Thursday, April 30, 2015

Changing His Game by Megan Erickson

Title: Changing His Game
Author: Megan Erickson
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Gamers #1
Main Characters: Austin and Marley
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
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Sexual Intensity: hot bordering erotic

Story Overview:
He controls the game, but she’s rewriting all the rules…

Marley Lake is no stranger to awkwardness, but getting caught watching a dirty GIF by the company’s hot new IT guy exceeds even her standards. That is, until she realizes he's as turned on by it as she is. But with a big promotion on the line, she refuses to let her current dry spell be her downfall. Maybe.

Austin Rivers has no business lusting after the irresistible editor of Gamers Magazine. He's a secret partner in the business—and technically Marley’s boss. One look at that GIF, though, and he’s ready to install a whole lot more than just software…as long as she never finds out who he really is.

But reality’s not as virtual as it seems, and when Austin’s identity jeopardizes Marley’s promotion, he has to change his game or risk losing the only woman with the cheat code to his heart.

My Review:
I liked this book. If you like your heroes and heroines with a touch of nerdy, I think you'll like this one, too. 

Marley works at a gamers' magazine. She loves her job and she loves her gaming time and cosplay conventions. She's definitely a nerdy girl at heart, but she's also driven and ambitious and works hard at her job which puts her in the realm of a lot of men. Men who don't always see her as an equal, so she has to work that much harder. 

Austin is a secret owner of the magazine where Marley works. She was there late one night and had an IT issue that he went and fixed. She just assumes he works in the IT department...which he doesn't. He just also happens to be the creator of her favorite video game. He doesn't tell Marley any of this because Austin has trust issues that stem from a really tragic childhood. The only person he ever lets in is his best friend, Grant, who IS Marley's boss. 

You can already see where all that side of the story is going to go. Lying, even just by omission, is never a good idea. But what makes this book so good is that it's so sexy. Marley is always in control. As a result, she'd like someone else to take the reins and Austin is just the guy for the job. Hmmm...yeah, this is good and sexy. 

It's a really fun book. It has all the eye-rolling nerdiness of the gaming world, but it's set in a big time, professional setting. It's a great dichotomy that I really, really enjoyed. I loved Marley's character and her great relationship with her brother, Chad (ahem...Megan Erickson, you write m/m too...are we going to get a story for him?? Please!!) And Austin is just so awkward, despite his success in life, you can't help but love him. I also loved the fact that he's awkward everywhere except when it comes to sex where he's completely take charge and in command. So sexy... but I've mentioned that already, right? 

hehe...I liked it and definitely recommend it!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Overruled by Emma Chase

Title: Overruled
Author: Emma Chase
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Legal Briefs #1
Main Characters: Stanton and Sofia
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Gallery
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series!

A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don't call him the Jury Charmer for nothing, with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he's a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him. 

Stanton's a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan. 

Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married, to someone who isn't him. 

That's definitely not part of the plan. 

*** 

Sofia Santos is a city-raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn't have time for relationships or distractions. 

But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits," begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi, to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. Her head tells her she's crazy...and her heart says something else entirely. 

What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage, and a gun-toting Nana? 

The Bourbon flows, passions rise, and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart.


My Review:
Stanton...god love him, but for as brilliant and smart as he really is, he's a complete and total idiot. This book is about how clueless he is. 

When they were seniors in high school, Stanton and Jenny got pregnant with Presley. Stanton had a promising future so he went on to college while Jenny stayed at home with her parents to raise their little girl. They led separate lives with the promise that they could do whatever when apart, but when they were together, they were completely committed. That open relationship went on for ten years...until Stanton got Jenny's wedding invitation. He's completely devastated. Someday they were supposed to be together forever. She wasn't supposed to fall in love with someone else. Yeah, like I said...he was an idiot. 

But just wait, it gets better. Another lawyer who works with Stanton is Sofia. She's just as driven and talented as him. They have a great friends with benefits relationship...to the point where they are regularly having sex 3-4 times a week for the last 6 months. Yeah, they are in a committed relationship too. They just really don't realize it. But she's his voice of reason, so he takes her home with him to convince Jenny to not go through with the wedding. 

Okay, I know what you're thinking...and no, this is NOT a book about cheating. Even with all the "open" relationship...there is no bed hopping in this. Believe me, I would let you know that if that were the case, because those kinds of books make me feel sick to my stomach. This book is about Stanton and Sofia. They are both just so accepting of their easy relationship, it just never occurs to them that maybe they've become something more along the way. It's sweet just in that they, especially Stanton, are so bogged down in what's supposed to be that he doesn't see what truly is.

The other really heartwarming aspect to this book is that these are NYC lawyers, but when they go down to Kentucky, Stanton's country comes right back to the forefront. The scene out in the field after Carter's party is especially funny and sweet just in that it's so unexpected with their professional personas.

The book is fun and sweet. There isn't much actual romance, but I enjoyed the friendship between Stanton and Sofia. They definitely have sexy times, but for them, the friendship is always first and that was fun to read. 

If you've been reading Emma Chase, then you will see a familiar face. Drew Evans makes an appearance in this too. He was in the same fraternity as Stanton at Columbia...so it's fun to see him in this new series. And the series is setting up for some fun books. I'm assuming that Brent and Jake are the other two upcoming heroes and I, for one, can't wait. I really, really liked both of them. 

I definitely recommend this one, especially if you've enjoyed Emma Chase before. If you haven't read any of her books, it's time you gave her a go. She's an incredibly talented and fun voice in contemporary romance. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hold Me by Susan Mallery

Title: Hold Me
Author: Susan Mallery
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Fools Gold #16
Main Characters: Destiny and Kipling
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Mira
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's classic blend of lighthearted humor and intense emotional conflict works its magic on two newcomers to the California town of Fool's Gold, which Library Journal calls "a setting so real and appealing readers will want to start scoping out real estate." 

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does. 

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker's cool facade is a woman who needs more than he's ever given. With her, he's ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.


My Review:
I've really been looking forward to this book, ever since Susan Mallery introduced Kipling while he was injured in New Zealand. And while it was pretty good, I was hoping for a bit more angst and drama. It just didn't seem to pan out as well as I'd hoped it would with the possibilities of this great story line. But even with that tiny complaint, I did still enjoy this book. Although I was surprised to find that it was really more of Destiny's story rather than Kipling's.

Destiny grew up in the shadow of her country star parents who dragged her out on the road with them and through all the drama of their many high's and low's. As a result, she wants nothing to do with the music business although the music literally flows through her. She just chooses to ignore that side of herself. She also doesn't believe in love...a hard lesson she learned by watching her parent's many, many mistakes. She's a pretty stoic girl. She works hard to stay on a very even keel, but between Kipling and her new fifteen year old sister who she suddenly has to care for, that ability is getting heavily challenged. I thought the sisters story line was very well written and really enhanced the story of Destiny's own issues with both her parents and music.

Then there is Kipling. He knows he should stay away from Destiny...he's not a long-term kind of guy and it's obvious she doesn't have a whole lot of experience, but he can't seem to help himself. I have to admit there is one point in this novel that is VERY unlike the way most scenes like this go in romance novels. I loved that Susan Mallery went there and the entire situation kept me laughing and giggling as it ALL played out over the course of the book. I loved that little bit of unexpected and applaud her for going there. 

I've enjoyed all the Fool's Gold series. And while this one doesn't rank up there at the absolute top of my favorites, I did really enjoy it. I LOVE that we have a new bar in town, too. While I love Jo's. I'm happy that the guys have someplace to go too...and karaoke? Oh yeah, I hope we see lots of this bar in the future installments in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Match Made On Main Street by Olivia Miles

Title: A Match Made on Main Street
Author: Olivia Miles
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Briar Creek #2
Main Characters: Anna and Mark
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Forever
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
This kitchen isn’t big enough for both of them…

If there’s anything Anna Madison knows, it’s how to turn life’s lemons into a lemonade cocktail served in a vintage glass. So when her beloved Briar Creek cafĂ© burns down, she sees it as an opportunity to start fresh. But the only kitchen available to her is in the diner down the street—owned by her sinfully sexy ex.

If Anna thinks she can take over his greasy-spoon kitchen with her high-end cuisine, Mark Hastings is about to set her straight fast. Their breakup is his biggest regret—not that he’ll ever admit it to her. Nope, he’d rather show her exactly what she’s been missing. With desire set on a high simmer, their menu is about to get a whole lot spicier…
 

My Review:
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoy foodie reads and this one was great just because both the hero and heroine are chefs. In fact their history goes back to when they were in culinary school together and fell in love...7 years before the book takes place. But Mark couldn't handle the commitment and broke Anna's heart. Now they both live and work in the same hometown...and pretend that the other doesn't exist. Something that isn't easy when they are tied by friends and family and small town life. 

But when Anna throws a curve ball at Anna, suddenly she finds Mark there...with possible solutions. She just knows that she can't trust herself or him to get close to him again. Her broke her heart once before with no warning and she's never recovered. She can't let herself feel that deeply or become that vulnerable ever again. 

This is a new series for me. It's book #2 in the series and I have the first book, I just haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I think this one may be a real winner. I do love small town contemporary romances and this one fell right along the lines of Robyn Carr or Susan Mallery. It revolves around a core group of friends, family, and businesses. Not only did this one deal with the restaurants, but Anna provides the food for the local bookstore too. Books and food--we have a win!

I liked the history and the back story for the two main characters. The conflict was very believable and the secret that Anna never told Mark really upped the suspense while reading the story. I also liked the addition of the cooking contest and the fact that the author didn't take the obvious route with that story line. 

Overall it was good and I definitely plan to continue to follow this new small town series. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.



About A MATCH MADE ON MAIN STREET:

Anna Madison has faithfully avoided her old flame for six years, even though their Main Street restaurants are only a few blocks apart. The sting of his rejection was enough to make her swear off dating for good, but when her successful restaurant is damaged in a fire, she's left to the mercy of the one man she's spent years proving she doesn't need...and convincing herself she doesn't want. Mark Hastings can't say he's happy being alone, but at least his heart is safe. Burnt out from running the Briar Creek diner, he's ready for a change. He tells himself he's just being neighborly by letting Anna use his kitchen, but being by her side again stirs up temptations he might not be able to resist a second time around.  


About Olivia Miles:

Having grown up in New England, Olivia Miles attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups. When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.


Olivia's SM:
@MsOliviaMiles

Buy Links:
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Who I Am with You by Melody Anne


Title: Who I Am With You
Author: Melody Anne
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Unexpected Heroes #1.5
Main Characters: Taylor and Travis
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
A spinoff of Melody Anne’s New York Times bestselling Billionaire Bachelors series, this entrancing e-novella features motocross racer Taylor Winchester and little sister to Hawk, the hero of “Safe in His Arms” from the romance anthology Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

As a motocross rider, Taylor Winchester has made a career out of throwing herself headfirst into danger, as fiercely as any of the guys racing against her. But after a brutal crash, she takes a little forced R&R while her injuries heal. Her mom wishes she’d settle down, find love, maybe have a baby or two…but all Taylor wants is to get back on her bike. 



She heads to her brother Hawk’s cabin to get a little peace and quiet—but is shocked to discover she’s not the only inhabitant. Ex-military man Travis, her high school crush, has also borrowed the cabin, and the two of them are each too stubborn to let the other one win. Nothing left to do but share the cabin…which quickly leads to sharing a bed! As Taylor and Travis discover that the heat between them is far more than a fling, they both struggle with letting go of control. But if they learn to give a little, what they could win is worth more than any prize…
My Review:
This is a short, light read about two people occupying the same remote cabin...not exactly big in the creative department, but it was entertaining enough to read. What is creative is that the heroine is a motocross racer, recovering from a bad accident...definitely not a normal occupation for most heroines in romance. And I liked that she was  tough and independent, until that went to the extreme. I know that you're supposed to have drama at the end of a story for the climax, but that just seemed contrived. She's not stupid and I find it hard to believe that she would do the things she did at the end of this story. BUT...that's my personal two cents. 

I did enjoy the backstory between the characters and found that to be believable...although there were issues in this ARC about whether that happened 3 years ago or 6 years. I'm thinking that's something that will have been fixed by the final copy. At least I hope so, because that's a big difference between 23 and 26 for where Taylor is in her career and ability to heal and bounce back.

Travis, the hero, has just been medically discharged after and IED explosion screwed up his peripheral vision. They are both recovering and I wish the author had exploited that a bit more, because that's some serious common ground for the two of them, especially with Taylor's paranoia issues after her brain trauma. The groundwork was all there for what could have been some great moments between the two of them, but didn't quite pay out. 

But what is there are some hot scenes skinny dipping and a sweet playing in the rain scene that I loved. Like I said, for what was there, it was entertaining. I just hate that the author didn't expand on the great foundation she built to make it a great book...and I know that's not all that easy to do in a novella format. But I'm still looking forward to reading more from her. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Nobody's Hero by J. Leigh Bailey

Title: Nobody's Hero
Author: J. Leigh Bailey
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Brad and Danny
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Carina Press
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot



Story Overview:
Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.


My Review:
This was a sweet book about family and what that really means...which is so much more than simply blood ties. 

Brad's family is all about appearance, so when they discovered he was gay, they lost it. His brother tried to kill his boyfriend and Brad was shipped off to the worst military school to finish off high school. His parents hoped that being surrounded by all that masculinity would "cure him". Brad's simply tried to survive the last two years, trying to make it until he was 18 and could make his own decisions without his parents' influence. He's finally made that break, but that's left him broke and homeless until he finds work with the Ortega family construction company. 

The Ortega's are the exact opposite of Brad's family. They are a huge bunch and immediately accept Brad into the fold. They feed, shelter, and offer him a job...no questions asked. They also completely accept the fact that Danny is gay and always have...no questions asked. Their love is not conditional which is so different from what Brad has grown up with. 

This is all so different from what Brad has known. He wants to stay firmly and safely in his closet...where no one can hurt him in any way. Brad hasn't known trust or acceptance, so he has a really hard time accepting that from the Ortega family or from Danny. But as the book progresses, he learns that from both Danny and his family. 

This is a sweet coming of age story for both these guys. Brad's had to grow up fast because he's learned some really hard lessons along the way. Seeing what Brad has had to deal with is an eye-opener for Danny, which forces him to take a new view on his world too. Not everything is as easy as he's always had it. He's taken that for granted before he sees all that Brad has dealt with. 

In the midst of all this is a little mystery. Equipment is going missing from the construction company and the disappearances just happened to coincide with Brad's arrival within the company. There are also some weird things happening with Danny's older brother Ray, but it's hard to know if he just has an issue with Brad or if something more is going on there. 

Overall I enjoyed the book. I'm not usually a fan of having the main characters quite this young, but the book was entertaining to read and I liked the severe contrasts between the two families and what the definition of family meant for each of them. For anyone that enjoys m/m and coming of age stories, this is a good one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Caught Up In You by Kim Boykin

Title: Caught Up in You
Author: Kim Boykin
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Mauldin Brothers #5
Main Characters: Shelby and Declan
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: mild

Story Overview:
After attending her baby sister’s destination wedding, Shelby Worthington decides she’s ready to do some husband hunting of her own. The only problem? She’s still insanely attracted to Declan Enright, her high school and college crush. He’s now a wildly successful painter who’s temporarily back in Magnolia Bay, but Declan should be Shelby’s last choice for possible husband material. He didn’t earn the reputation of runaway groom for nothing…

Declan has worked hard to make his mark on the New York art scene and has succeeded at everything he’s ever done…except love. But Declan has come back to the Bay to change that and care for his dying father, even if he’s still never forgiven Declan for leaving the family business. Shelby is determined to steer clear, but while her lips keep saying no, her heart is pounding out yes each time she and Declan are together. While she can’t deny her attraction, Shelby’s convinced that Declan’s track record means he will break her heart. Or has Declan changed for good, and made love worth the risk?


My Review:
This is a sweet story about a lost first love. When Shelby was a freshman in college and Declan was a senior about to graduate, they hooked up. It was her first time, he was drunk. He doesn't remember it, although she never forgot him. Now he's back in town, fifteen years later, to care for his ailing father. 

Unfortunately in that 15 years, Declan has a rotten track record for relationships (3 fiance's left at the altar). He falls in love too easy and doesn't plan to do that again. Shelby wants a forever kind of thing, so she's not looking to Declan for that. She knows better. 

There's a lot going on in this story that is so good. Unfortunately, it just didn't feel like it delved into those issues deep enough to make it the great book it could have been. 

As it is, it's sweet and cute...although it does get bogged down at times trying to explain other characters from other books that I couldn't care less about. (I'm noticing this to be an issue with the Tule series books. I understand wanting to tie them together, but when it's just a random mention of someone who really doesn't matter in this story, I don't care about all their history.)

But it's a sweet little story about a small-town girl who loves her shoes, and a big-time artist just trying to connect with his dad before it's too late. Both characters were really likable and it was easy to feel empathy for their situations and root for their romance to work out in the end.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Promo Post: Snowcroft Safehouse by Christi Snow


Here are the basics:
Title: Snowcroft Safehouse
Author: Christi Snow
Release Date: April 24, 2015

Genre: Contemporary male/male Romantic Suspense
Series: Book #2 of the Men of Snowcroft Series
Wordcount: approximately 75,000 words
Price: $2.99 ebook/ $11.99 print

Story Overview:
A year ago Declan Jasper was entertaining sold-out arena crowds as the lead singer of Black Rainbows. But that came to an explosive end when the band got caught up in a criminal cover-up, one that ended with the entire band dead. At least that’s what everyone is supposed to think. 

Now, Dex is hiding in plain sight, working as the school band director in a sleepy little mountain resort town while under the protection of a hard-nosed FBI agent. Instead of eyeliner and black leather, he now wears glasses and corduroy. Instead of having sexy coeds—both male and female—throw themselves into his bed, he’s dealing with teenage angst and grumpy parents. 

At the top of his troubles list is Kelsey Walker, a junior high bundle of rare musical talent in the form of one confused, messed-up adolescent. Dex figures the problem comes from her broken home and wants to help. But when he meets her father, sexy bar-owner, Jack Walker, he realizes that instead of helping he’s probably just bringing more trouble and danger to their door. 

Dex has to stay alive until the trial to bring his bandmates’ murderers to justice, but can he do that if it means sacrificing his own happily ever after?



A note from the author...

Finn Alexander was inspired by a substitute teacher at my daughter's school. He only sub'ed once, but he was gorgeous and dressed just so perfectly with his fitted pants and vest over a button down shirt. He was gorgeous and stood out because of it. I sat in the parking lot that morning when I dropped off my daughter and wondered where he came from...because he did not look like the normal substitute teacher...in any way, shape, or manner. Hell, he didn't look like any other teacher in the entire school. He was just so put together...and a guy. Not normal in my West Texas town elementary school experience.

And my writer's mind started spinning. Within an hour of school drop-off, I knew who was Jack's perfect mate. A gorgeous band teacher turned hard rocker who then had to transition back to band teacher to hide out from the mob.

I hope you fall in love with Finn as much as I did. I love this reformed bad-boy.


*****

And don't forget book #1, Snowcroft Lost, is on sale for 
ONLY $.99
(for just a couple more days)












Thursday, April 23, 2015

Since Drew by J. Nathan

Title: Since Drew
Author: J. Nathan
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult 
Series: -
Main Characters: Andi and Drew
Release Date: April 2015
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase:
Sexual Intensity: hot




Story Overview:
All Andi Parker has ever wanted, all she’s ever dreamed of, is a spot on the Olympic track team. But when an accident leaves her hospitalized with serious injuries and shattered dreams, she’s not only uncertain what her future holds but also completely alone.

Drew Slater is a wanted man. Professional football teams want him for his arm. Women want him for his good looks and magnetic personality. But the well-crafted disguise he wears, the one that helps him score on and off the field, hides secrets. Conceals lies. Threatens the happiness of everyone around him.

One chance encounter brings Andi and Drew together, changing their worlds in ways they never thought possible. Unfortunately, what they thought they knew about themselves—and about each other—might just be the biggest lie of all.

My Review:
I have never read this author before, but wow, this book was really, really good. And I don't even know where to start this review, because there are several twists to this story and I don't want to give a single one of them away. One I saw coming, one I suspected, and one I had NO IDEA and it blew me away when I read it. So, yeah, this book was good.

The story belongs to Andi. She's out running the day before qualifying for the Olympics when she's hit by a car. That leads to a long hospital stay and an even longer recovery. The problem is...Andi has been so concentrated on training, she doesn't have a large circle of support. And her hospital mate, Drew, realizes that too and he befriends her. 

Drew is gorgeous, an athlete in his own right (on the cusp of number 1 pick for the NFL draft), charming, and just an all-around perfect guy. But Andi can't figure out why he's in the hospital...he seems healthy. 

This story has it all. It's sweet and romantic and so gut-wrenching emotional. In one event, Andi has lost her dreams. She's in double-casts and has virtually no support system. My heart hurt for her. But Drew is amazing...until...and then the book spun...and I can't say anymore without spoiling anything and I don't want to do that.

Just...Drew and Andi. Love them both and ADORED their story and their deep, emotional connection.  

Wow...I just don't know how to explain how good this book was. I'm giving it an A rating and putting it on my possible top 10 of the year, which is normally reserved for only A+ ratings. Honestly, the story was there to really put the reader through the emotional wringer...and it is done well. It just didn't quite hit that depth...at least not to me...that would have taken it to the pinnacle of A+. But wow...it was good!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: Secret by Kindle Alexander

Title: Secret
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: Summer 2015

Tristan Wilder, self-made millionaire and devastatingly handsome CEO of Wilder-Nation is on the verge of a very lucrative buyout. With tough negotiations ahead, he's armed with his acquisition pitch, ready to launch the deal of a lifetime. There’s just one glitch. The last thing he expects is to fall for the hot business owner he's trying to sway.

Dylan Reeves, computer science engineer and founder of the very successful social media site, Secret, is faced with a life-altering decision. A devoted family man with three kids and a wife, Dylan has been living a secret for years. Fiercely loyal to his convictions, his boundaries blur after meeting the striking owner of the corporation interested in acquiring his company. For the first time in his life, reckless desire consumes him when the gorgeous computer mogul makes an offer he can't refuse.


After a few minutes of staring at Dylan, who hadn’t looked his way since he entered the conference room, Tristan cleared his throat, stopping the flow of the presentation. “Can you all give me a few minutes alone with Mr. Reeves?”
He could feel every eye turned his way. Dylan was slower to respond. He’d been reading from the contract and lifted his head, business clearly on his mind. But the minute their gazes met, Tristan got why Dylan had avoided eye contact. His gaze held a mixture of both heat and need. Sparks flew between the two of them and Tristan smiled.
“You heard him,” Landry said and began shooing everyone out. As the last person left, Landry came to the center of the table, standing between the two of them. He clearly thought Tristan’s request hadn’t included him.
“Landry, I need a private discussion with Mr. Reeves,” Tristan said, rising from his seat at the end of the table. Landry came immediately to him, standing in front of him, blocking Dylan from seeing or hearing anything he said.
“I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Landry whispered so quietly Tristan barely heard him. “We almost have them, I can see it.”
Tristan cut his eyes over to Landry’s and motioned with his head for him to move along out the door with everyone else. Landry’s brow furrowed and he started to shake his head. Tristan stared at him with intense attitude until he finally left the room. Tristan had no doubt he’d stand right outside that door. There wasn’t too much of Wilder, Inc. that Landry wasn’t included in, and he certainly wouldn’t like being put out of a meeting he’d orchestrated. Tristan moved to a chair directly beside Dylan who hadn’t uttered a single word since his request for privacy.
“You look nice today,” Tristan said quietly, smiling as Dylan’s cheeks grew red.
“Is that why you made everyone leave?”
“No, of course not. I could have just told you later, but that whole look’s perfect on you. The hair’s hot. Pinstripes fit your frame remarkably well. You look taller, more intimidating. Great look for negotiations or the cover of GQ. You could do both.” Tristan scooted closer. “Did you get my flowers?” he asked even quieter.
“I did. Thank you, but that was a risky move,” Dylan said, clearly ignoring the compliment.
“I wrote and sealed the card myself. What did you do with the flowers?” Tristan leaned forward, then moved in a little more, smelling Dylan’s cologne. That had Dylan pushing back in his chair.
“I gave them to the concierge that helped me this morning,” Dylan answered and then backtracked. “I didn’t think I’d be in my room very much and didn’t want them to go to waste.”
“I figured you’d do something like that. It’s why I picked those colors. So that means you’re coming with me tonight?” Tristan asked, his eyes still focused directly on Dylan’s.
“We’ll see how things go today. I’m not sure about all this. You lowballed me and I was just reading about the staffing…” Dylan started, but Tristan lifted a hand to Dylan’s lips to stop his words. He let his fingers linger as he spoke.
“I don’t want to talk business yet. I honestly was only informed of the changes to personnel when I walked in today. From this point forward, you and I will decide how this sale goes, no one else, but before we do, I want to put personal before business because they are two separate entities between us. Will you please go with me tonight? I need to cancel some things if you’re not coming,” Tristan added at Dylan’s skeptical look.  


Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It's always a surprise to see what's coming next!

I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it's true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women's hair!

Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life - I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations - regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal... I don't want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I'm going to tell you about Kindle.

I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I'll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died - weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn't have to be alone.

That time in my life was terrible. It's everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.

Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness - it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.

Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn't a time she wasn't there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It's its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn't be here today without her.

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