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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Tomboy (the Hartigans #3) by Avery Flynn! @jennw23 @averyflynn #contemporaryromance @entangledpub @MissRiki

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How exactly has one good deed landed me in the penalty box?

Tomboy, an all-new, sexy romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author Avery Flynn, is available now!

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Ice Knights defenseman Zach Blackburn has come down with the flu, and my BFF—his PR manager—begs me to put my nursing degree to use and get him back to health. Of course she would call in a favor for the most hated man in Harbor City.

But when he’s finally on the mend and I’m sneaking out of his place, everything goes sideways. Paparazzi spot me and pictures, plus accusations that I slept with him, fly faster than a hockey puck.

At first, all of Harbor City wants my blood—or to give me a girlie-girl makeover. But then…the team finally wins a game. And now this fickle town wants me with the big jerk twenty-four seven.

Argh. I never slept with him the first time! But no one will listen. Then the grumpy bastard goes and promises to break his no-fan-appearances rule to help raise money for a free health clinic—but only if I’m rink-side at every game. That’s not a deal I can turn down.

But when the team keeps winning, and I realize there’s more to him than his bad reputation, suddenly remembering to keep my real hands off my fake date gets harder and harder to do.

 

So this is the third book in the series and while Lucy (Muffin Top) spoke to me in ways that most people wouldn’t understand, this one spoke to me in a different way.  Let me explain.

I worked for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club from 1998-2004.  Yes, I worked stadium promotions before the ice dancers (seriously) and watched the much hated Scott Stevens skate the Cup on our ice.  I don’t think I will ever get that image out of my head but I digress.  I’ve seen the good, bad, ugly and VERY ugly when it comes to the “other side” of professional sports.  I have seen The Great One (not a fan but that’s a whole different blog), named our kid after Brian Leetch and have too many hockey jerseys hanging in the closet.  Red Wing fans are the rudest fans EVER and I still HATE the Sharks.  Oh, and I have a cousin that married Keith Tkachuk.  I know I go on about baseball but hockey is my mistress.  He He!  Ms. Flynn nails the hockey parts in this book.

Zach is a teddy bear, despite the piercings and tats.  He never had it easy growing up and the way his parents treated him in the end, I can emphasize with him on not getting close to anyone or having the trust issues that he had.  Fallon absolutely has no filter but that’s what I loved about her.  Fighting for position in her big family isn’t easy so shooting from the hip and not having a filter helps.  I didn’t quite understand all the tomboy stuff because I felt like Fallon was her own person and didn’t need to be girlie for the book to work.  But that’s just me.  However, I did get it when the whole social media thing blew up.  And yes, trolls exist.  *sigh*  She’s a nurse for Christ’s sake.  I don’t know too many nurses that spend an hour in the bathroom before a shift knowing that the makeup will wilt within an hour of getting to work.

Ms. Flynn has written another winner in the series.  The sex is hawt, the emotions real and the issues that they both have are relatable.  Plus, Fallon’s family is priceless.  Her mom getting into the social media action, Lucy trying to still fix things and the girls with their Sip and Paint nights are golden.  Keep writing and I’ll keep reading.

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Excerpt:

The blaring ring echoed off the bare walls of the nearly empty mansion as Fallon Hartigan marched down the hallway with murder on her mind.

As soon as she got to the source of that ringing, she was going to give Harbor City what they wanted most and kill the most-hated man in hockey. Sure, she might get arrested, but the metro area would probably throw her a parade. She turned the corner and stopped dead in her tracks outside the open double doors leading to the overpriced defenseman’s bedroom.

The man—who’d been puking his guts up less than twenty-four hours ago—was in the middle of a king-size bed, wearing nothing but a smirk and a bed sheet that was draped so low across his hips that she could see miles of those V lines south of his hard abs. Like she was a newbie nurse on her first set of rounds, her breath caught, and a blush she most definitely did not want to appear started to burn her cheeks. Damn her pasty Irish skin.

Still, she had to admit, if only to herself, that the view was fucking amazing. The man was a professional athlete and had the muscular, inked-up chest to prove it. Practically against her will, her gaze traveled over the plentiful ink across his pecs and lingered a few breaths too long on his silver nipple rings.

Seemingly indifferent to her perusal, Zach swiped his thumb across his cell phone’s screen, ending the incessant ringing.

“About time,” he said, his voice a mellow, low rumble. “I’ve been ringing for you for almost ten minutes.”

He dropped his phone on the small table next to the bed and then lounged against the headboard, managing somehow to look down his nose at her even with their current height differential.

Forget killing him, she was going to go after her bestie. It was Lucy’s fault Fallon was even here.

She squeezed her eyes shut and counted to ten as she recalled all the reasons why the man was a menace and not the solution to her three-month-long sexual dry spell.

He was a selfish player.

He was surly to the press, to the fans, and probably to his neighbor’s dog.

He’d banged a puck bunny tattooed with the logo of the Ice Knights’ most hated rival.

She counted to another ten while remembering why she couldn’t off him.

He was Lucy’s client.

He was, for some incomprehensible reason, one of her bestie’s friends.

He had the skills to turn around the Ice Knights’ sofar shitty season if he could remove the giant chip from his shoulder and start playing as if he actually liked hockey again.

Exhaling a deep breath, she reopened her eyes and barely noticed his muscular shoulders this time as she moved away from the door.

There. All better.

She’d managed to pack away the Hartigan attitude, and her temper hadn’t even made an appearance. Bully for her. Now to get back to that cool, clinical demeanor she strove for whenever she was on the clock.

“You rang?” she asked, managing to keep a good 73 percent of her annoyance out of her tone as she walked farther into the room.

About Avery

USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

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#Review of Can’t Let Go (the Georgia Boys series) by Chrissy Brown w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @Thechrissybrown

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Chrissy Brown will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, also an ebook of the second installment of the series Come a Little Closer (tentatively to be released 2/9), to another randomly drawn winner, both via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

A sweet, yet steamy new adult romance about a girl who’s not ready to fall in love and a boy who isn’t ready to let her go.

Beau
She is beautiful, probably the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen, but she’s damaged.
Her a-hole exboyfriend broke her.
I still want her.
I can show her that all men aren’t the same
That I’m different.

Mallory
He’s everything I need to stay away from, and I try.
I really do, but he’s relentless.
So, I give in and let him have me.
All of me.
I should have known better.

Read an Excerpt:

Sitting up, I look around. The room’s the same as yesterday, although I don’t know why I expected it to be different. Tiptoeing to the door, I peek my head out and listen. Silence.

Did he ditch me?

Well, I reason, if I have to do the walk of shame I might as well be clean. If by chance he is in the house somewhere, I don’t want to be caught. I scurry to the bathroom, lock the door, and take a shower.

“Morning!” he shouts when I walk out of the bathroom.

In just a towel.

Busted.

His eyes widen, giving my body a once, no, a twice-over. In two long strides, he closes the gap between us. He sucks in a breath, holds it, then lets it out so slowly. It warms my neck, sending goosebumps down my spine. He cups my face, forcing me to look at him. My heart’s racing. His big brown eyes suck me into an abyss I’m not sure I’m ready for.

“I just can’t get over how pretty you are.”

“Uhh.” I look down my nose, only able to see his chest, he’s so close. But it’s better than his face. If I keep looking at that face, I might just let my towel slip. I can’t let him see me naked. For one, I need to wait, put off having sex a little while longer. Secondly, I’m not sure I could handle the rejection if he didn’t try to do something with my naked body. “Thanks.”

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I need to let you know that I almost didn’t finish the book.  For me, this was a tough one to read.  Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t like the book or the subject matter, but it took me longer to connect with Mallory and Beau.  The beginning of the book was a bit off-putting for me.  Maybe I shouldn’t say that but considering that I spent most of my 20’s in a drunken stupor when I wasn’t working, it was kinda like a trigger for me.

One thing that I loved was the dual points of view.  I really like it when an author writes in first person, dual points of view.  I’m old now, so what to know what my hero and heroine are thinking, doing, reacting to.  Most people don’t like that but I do.  Ms. Brown’s characterizaton of Beau and Mallory is well written and descriptive.  Once I got over the first chapter, the book really flowed for me.  It starts in the present, the middle is their relationship and the ending is spot on.  Normally, NA writers try to write like we THINK the characters talk and act.  Ms. Brown nails this aspect of the book.  Maybe that’s why I just cringed during most of the book.  Trust me, I was no angel at this age and at times, I felt like she was writing about my life.

Beau and Mallory are terrific characters, once the book started moving along.  Again, it took me longer to connect but once I did, I fell in love with them.  Mallory has had a horrible relationship before that just about destroyed her and poor Beau, he was just trying too hard.  In fact, at times, I couldn’t believe that Mallory put up with him but that’s what makes their relationship work.  Opposites do attract and these two couldn’t be more opposite.  This book is both sweet and spicy, so be warned.

Overall, I really liked the book.  Mallory and Beau grew on me in the end and I enjoyed them getting their HEA.  It was a hard row for them but in the end, it is worth it.

About the Author:

Chrissy Brown is a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance author. She lives in Central Florida with her husband, twin girls, two dogs, and the neighborhood cat.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like cuddling on the couch watching movies with her family, reading, Netflix, and beach trips. She reads two to three books a week, but favors stories with strong women, true love, and steamy scenes.

When Chrissy is not sitting at her computer, fantasizing about gorgeous country boys, she is teaching third graders how amazing books are…and writing, and math. She has also been an amateur wedding photographer and a CNA (to which she gives kudos but says never again.)

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Author Interview and #Review of Enticing the Boss by Lily Bly w/rafflecopter giveaway! #contemporaryromance @LilyBlyLove

Enticing the Boss

by Lily Bly

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GENRE:   Contemporary Erotic Romance

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BLURB:

Jean Price has loved her boss for the last six years. Unfortunately, he’s been engaged to her treacherous stepsister. When the wedding is called off and a project puts Jean in close proximity with the sexy CEO, she jumps at the opportunity to show him how she truly feels. It’s time to start enticing the boss.

David Shep is finally seeing his father’s protégé for the stunning woman she truly is—in the office and in his bed. But when her support is conspicuously absent when he needs her most, he can’t help but wonder if he can trust her with his heart.

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Excerpt One:

“David?” His gaze bolted up toward me, startled. Thank goodness he’d missed my personal tirade in the hall. He was slow to reply, as if recognizing me through a fog. “Jean.”

He breathed the word, and I tried hard not to get excited over the relief he seemed to pack into the single syllable. I took a few more steps into his office. It was in as much disarray as David. File drawers yawned open here and there with folders skewed at angles. White boards were covered with almost unintelligible notes.

“I didn’t expect to see you here this late.” I adjusted the strap of my purse across my shoulder and smoothed the lapel of my coat. He attempted to smile, but his expression fell far short of his usual jaunty grin. Instead, he let a frown fall and shrugged his shoulders, smoothing wrinkles on his normally pristine white shirt across the breadth of his chest.

He sighed, scrubbing a hand over his face. “Beth dumped me.”

“What?” I couldn’t believe it. David and Beth had one of those annoying fairytale love stories behind them that I couldn’t stand, but it wasn’t just because I was in love with the prince and, at times, had considered driving a stake through Beth’s heart. David and Beth seemed well-staged for happy ever after. No one except me—prince included—seemed to notice that the woman everyone thought was Cinderella had, in fact, always been an ugly stepsister.


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Welcome, Lily Bly! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

 

I’m a romance author with titles published through The Wild Rose Press. I’ve also started recording audiobooks for other authors. My first two will come out in the spring of 2019. I’m married and have two kids and two cats. I love computers and any new technology. I always spend way too much money at Best Buy.


Is Enticing the Boss a single title, or part of a series?


It’s the first novella in the Passion’s Price series. All of the books will be erotic romances and star a different member of the Price family. Jean Price is the heroine of Enticing the Boss. Her brother’s story is coming up next.


Please share your setting for Enticing the Boss.

 

The novella takes place in a present-day fictional city in New Hampshire called Elmburn. I’m building it into its own world for more books in the series. The second one takes place in Colorado, but the series will return to Elmburn periodically.


Have you read any new releases or authors that you would recommend?

I’m sorely behind on my TBR list. By the time I get to the books that I added as new releases, they’re no longer new. I recently finished Signs of Attraction by Laura Brown and You’re the Rogue that I Want by Samantha Holt. I’d recommend them both. I also reread Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn after watching the HBO miniseries adapted from it. I’d recommend that book to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. I think it’s the best of her novels.


If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

 

I’d choose Vi Keeland, Heather Graham, Heather Gudenkauf, Gillian Flynn, and Tom Hanks (yes, he’s also an author among his many other talents).

 

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?

 

I love hiking and hunting, and I hope to learn more about archery this year. It helps that I live in the middle of nowhere. I also love watching movies, new releases and old classics, in all genres except horror. I will watch psychological thrillers and paranormal films though if they’re not too gory. I also love, love, love attending live theater, especially plays, musicals, and comedy shows. When I travel, I always try to find tickets to something. I wish I could say I was crafty, but I have a closet of unfinished projects.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen?

 

A two-headed calf in The Carter County, MT, Museum. My grandmother lives nearby, and I would spend summer weeks with her when I was a kid. We would always go through the museum. They have an amazing fossil collection in addition to Montana history displays, but that two-headed calf has always been my first stop there. I’ve taken my kids to see it, too.


What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?

 

I would advise new writers to take a break when they need it but not to give up. This is a difficult business. As I get deeper in, I’m developing a love-hate relationship with it. Patience is key.

 

What are your favorite writing resources?

Autocrit and Scrivener are my favorite software resources. I use Scrivener on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Projects sync flawlessly through Dropbox, which I’ve used as a backup system for all my writing for many years. I’m very fond of the Writer’s Guide Thesaurus series by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, especially The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

For a hot, short story, it definitely packs a punch.  Why yes, this is a hot, sexy book but it’s so worth it in the end.  Plus, considering this is a twist on Cinderella, it makes it that much sweeter.  This will be a shorter review because of the length of the book, but I will definitely look up Ms. Bly in the future.  In fact, I can’t wait for Jean’s brother’s book.

You’ve all read about the employee pinning for the boss before but Ms. Bly uses a roadblock in the essence of the evil stepsister.  The creativity that Ms. Bly uses is great.  I won’t tell you what the sisters did to each other but it was epic on the revenge.  He He!  If I had one gripe, I would have liked some interaction from the parents.  Especially the dad and if you read the book you might agree with me.  I just felt like he didn’t understand his own daughter’s issues with the stepsister.

David is a dream.  Realizing that what is already had in front of him and acting on it as he did.  Dang, that is hot in my book.  But there is also a very tender side to him, too.  The shower scene, in particular.  Not many writers can write a scene like that and you can actually feel the tenderness that he has for Jean.  And of course, finding out something very emotional afterward, just had me tear up a bit.  Jean is NOT a whimpering wallflower.  She is a strong woman that unfortunately has a very cruel stepsister.  I would have said something at the end of the book to her but what happened (revenge) in the end is epic.  Pennywise.  Genius.

If you are looking for a short, hot book with characters that you care about, this is for you.  The Cinderella twist is great, the revenge is epic (again) and the ending is just too sweet.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Lily Bly lives in North Dakota and looks forward to winter. She prefers Marvel over DC, acoustic over electric, and tea over coffee. She thinks that love—whether sweet, sappy, or tough—is the stuff of life and likes her reading and writing to be chock-full of it. Before finally taking the plunge to write full time, she worked in various industries including funeral service, law enforcement, veterinary service, and retail health food. She writes heroines who can hold their own and heroes dying to hold them.

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Buy links for ebooks at all major retailers as they become available can be found at: www.PassionsPrice.com

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Barnes and Noble (preorder available prior to 1/14): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/enticing-the-boss-lily-bly/1129957161?ean=2940161697016

The Wild Rose Press: https://wildcatalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-erotic/6425-enticing-the-boss.html

 

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Lily Bly will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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