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Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Knocked Up Plan: Lauren Blakely

The Knocked Up Plan
Lauren Blakely

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Release Date June 23, 2017


There are three little words most guys don’t want to hear on the first date. Not those…I mean these… “knock me up.

This single gal has had enough of the games, the BS and the endless chase. I know what I want most, and it’s not true love. It’s a bun in the oven, and I’m not afraid to hit up my sex-on-a-stick co-worker to do the job. Ryder is gorgeous, witty and wild — and he’s also a notorious commitment-phobe. That makes him the perfect candidate to make a deposit in the bank of me.

I won’t fall for him, he won’t fall for me, and there’s no way baby will make three. 
Right?

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There are four words every guy wants to hear on the first date — “your place or mine?”

When my hot-as-sin co-worker makes me a no-strings-attached offer that involves her place, my place, any place — as well as any position — I can’t refuse. Besides, I've got my own reasons to take her up on her deal even with her one BIG condition.

There’s no way I’ll want more from one woman than any position, any where, any night? Except . . . what if I do?


Note: Be prepared to swoon and fan yourself from the heat! This full-length standalone contains lots of hot baby-making s-e-x, happy tears, naughty jokes and a hot, swoonworthy hero you will fall madly in love with. 


Ryder Lockhart and Nicole Powers are dueling dating gurus. They both have radio shows giving advice for love, sex, and relationships. Their personal interactions are full of dirty innuendo, witty banter, and plain old fun. 

Ryder's love life did not pan out as he expected so he has become more cynical and his show is discussing more about lust and hook ups than true love. His ratings are tanking, the sponsors are not happy, and he has lost his touch as a dating coach and speaker on love and relationships. Nicole's love life is non existent but she is much better at analyzing relationships and love and can fake it for her audiences if needed. 

They both could use some help. He needs her to help with trying out dates for a crucial assignment. She wants something more personal...as in his babymaking juice. She wants to be a single mom and she trusts him to make his deposit and give her what she needs.

They thought they were both getting what they wanted. They thought they were safe from emotions or getting too attached. He doesn't want to fall in love again and risk being hurt. And she thinks she is broken or immune to love. But what happens when all of their plans and decisions come into question? Sometimes getting what you think you want might not be what you really need.

I love that they came into their deal with honest expectations, trust, and respect. Their interactions were playful, passionate, and natural. They were truly friends with benefits shooting for a bonus for her. And she in turn was trying to help him get his career back on track. They invaded each other's lives, but started to realize that sometimes letting yourself be close to someone is not as scary as it seems. No expectations starts to feel more uncomfortable, they find they miss each other, and become more  afraid of overstepping boundaries.

I absolutely adored these two. Their banter and rapport were fun. and their chemistry was off the charts. They trusted each other and were honest with their expectations and respected each other. They had their personal goals, but the process became more enjoyable than they expected, and they began to become more invested in the other's outcomes as well.

But what really touched me was the underlying vulnerability, the slow burn towards feeling more, the admitting it to themselves, and the building intimacy. They both started to figure out their own needs, but were not sure of the other's. And there was so much at stake if they were wrong and ran the risk of losing their friendship or making things even more complicated and awkward. These relationship gurus could talk the talk, but were afraid to walk the walk. 

Will they be brave and take the risk of putting themselves out there? Or stay true to the no strings attached is safer theory?

This book and trope was unique.  It was different than an "accidental pregnancy" book, or just a friends-to-lovers book. It was all of it and more...more fun, more feels, more complications.  I liked that they had set plans, but it got all complicated and messy with unexpected feelings. I swooned and happily sighed so many damn times. My eyes would tear up, I might have even awwwwed outloud. I abso-freakin-lutely loved Ryder. He made me swoon so hard.

Ryder can melt panties and hearts. He is just that consummate good guy needing to see his full potential and get the most out of life...but he isn't sure he could get there. And Nicole is a perfect sassy match for him who knows what she wants. The way they interact, support, and take care of each other is sweet. Even if they do confuse themselves and each other at times, and sometimes have communication issues and fears.

There are opportunities for them to also show personal growth, adjust their attitudes and expectations. They are smart, and enlightened people who make their careers in selling love and intimacy, but it also makes them more cynical at times. So the road to them finding it and believing in it is bumpier for them

I adored this book. It was funny, sweet, sexy-as-hell, emotional, and so freakin' swoony. I smiled so much, but there are so many moments that I got tears in my eyes. My heart was totally captivated and invested in how this story was going to play out. I loved getting both of their points of views, and how the author added another way to let their personalities shine with their advice columns and shows.

It can easily be read as a stand-alone. But there are some fun cameos. I loved getting more with the girls, Delaney and Penny, as well as a few other familiar faces that made me smile. And we got to meet a couple of his friends--male twins, Dylan and Flynn-- who are highly intelligent, rich, athletic, and a bit nerdy. They have a lot of potential.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Nicole Powers isn’t looking for forever, or hearts and romance. She wants a baby and her clock is ticking. After scouring donor lists, she decides she already knows the perfect candidate if he’s willing to donate to the cause.

Ryder Lockhart isn’t interested in more than a bit of fun from women. His love life didn’t turn out how he planned and he isn’t interested in taking another go. Nicole’s proposition intrigues him, and as it turns out, he needs her help as well. As their arrangement progresses he finds himself questioning everything he thought about relationships.

These two have a lot in common, starting with their jobs. As they are each radio hosts, though looking at sex and relationships from different filters, they see each other often and have noticed a spark. Their working relationship is important though and they haven’t crossed any lines beyond casual flirting. Nicole’s proposition is the first crack in the wall between them and as the crack widens, the chemistry ignites.

But even as Nicole and Ryder are readjusting their individual hopes for the relationship, they fear that the other may not feel the same. Because they started with a formal arrangement, keeping things in line is important. They need to be able to work near each other. They need to be adult about their interactions. I loved that even as things started the change, they were continually learning things about themselves and modifying expectations (even if they didn’t always share right away).

This is a great story as it both stands alone and continues to follow a familiar group of characters. Readers can enjoy The Knocked Up Plan even if this is the first Lauren Blakely book they have ever picked up because everything one needs to know is contained here without vague references or a series storyline. A few characters from previous stories play minor roles, so fans of Lauren’s will love seeing those cameos, but they don’t drive the story.

Once again, Lauren has written a story that had me reading in every spare minute. It is a grown-up twist on a baby driven plot with humor and heart woven throughout.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
“How does it work?” I ask. “The whole donation process.”

She stabs a carrot slice, chews, and swallows. “Well, there’s this thing guys do when they’re horny. It’s called”—she glances furtively from side to side—“jacking off.”

“I’m well aware of how the protein shake is made. What I mean is, are we talking about one of those little rooms you go into?” I ask, since what man doesn’t have an image of a jerk-off chamber? “With magazines or porn or whatnot?”

“Yes, they schedule the donors for forty-minute sessions in them.”

“I’m more efficient than that, but that’s good to know.” I take another bite and chew. I set down the burger. “So, a nurse or orderly would escort me to a special room, and then I’d need to drop my
drawers and whack off. Into a cup, right?”

“A plastic sample cup. With a top,” she says, and I’m kind of amazed that she’s answering every question like a champ. No blushing, no stammering.

“What do they provide for entertainment? Laptops? Computers? Or is it old school with Playboy?”

“They provide pornographic material in printed form as well as video on a TV screen.”

“Awesome. So I just choke the chicken in a room with a ton of other dudes going at it in their own rooms, too. Hand a cup to the nurse. She seals up the goods. Then, what’s next?”

“They do tests on your swimmers.”

“They’ll pass. Then you come in, maybe the same day, maybe a few days later?”

“Same day. We’d have to time everything to my cycle and when I’m ovulating.”

“Fine, so they undress you, prop you up on an exam table, and stick a turkey baster into you?”

“You paint a lovely picture of the process.”

I hold up a hand, waving her off. “Wait. I’m not done. You’re in nothing but a hospital gown. The doc tells you to put your cute little feet in stirrups, and they stick that baster up inside what I am sure
is an absolutely gorgeous and heavenly home,” I say, because if she can complement my tadpoles, I can say something nice about the paradise between her legs. She mouths a thank you. “After the boys
make the upstream trip, they send you home.” I mime patting her on the rear and then sending her out the door.

“I think you’ve got the basic idea.”

“And after that?”

“That’s all,” she says. “That’s all I’d want you to do. I don’t expect or want any involvement. I’d have all the paperwork drawn up in advance saying there are no legal rights, responsibilities, or expectations of parenting, and no financial commitments required.”

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but that’s the clincher for me—the lack of involvement. If I’m ever going to raise a child, I’m damn well going to do it right. The whole nine yards, two parents, just like my mom and dad raised my brother, my sister, and me.

Nicole isn’t asking me to sign up for daddy duty, though. She doesn’t want me to help with diaper detail or midnight feedings.

She’s a friend asking for the help she needs so she can then do those things on her own.

And helping a friend seems like something I should consider.

Fine, she’s asking for a hell of a lot more than a dude to put together an IKEA TV stand, and those things are beyond Da Vinci Code-level cryptic. I’d like to see Robert Langdon decipher some IKEA assembly instructions. Good luck with that, Harvard symbologist.

I like Nicole. I respect the dickens out of this woman. I want to take her request as seriously as she’s asking it. “Can I have a few days to think about it?”

“Of course. Take all the time you need,” she says, then glances at an imaginary watch on her wrist. “It’s only my biological clock ticking.”


✦The audiobook will be narrated by Sebastian York and Andi Arndt! Link coming soon! ✦


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Lauren Blakely

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter
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Release Reviews and Giveaway: A Kind Of Home: Lane Hayes

A Kind of Home (A Kind of Stories #4)
Lane Hayes
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Isaac Dalton is the guitarist for Spiral, arguably the biggest rock band in the world. The band’s meteoric rise to superstardom has its perks, but fame and fortune aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Nonstop touring and performing exhaust him, and when an overzealous fan makes it imperative that Isaac travel with a clingy bodyguard, he is ready for a break from the madness. More so when his newly single first crush shows up on his doorstep. The man is strictly off-limits. He’s a memory from a place Isaac would rather leave behind. And he’s straight.

Fun-loving former athlete slash construction worker Adam McBride desperately needs a new beginning. And New York City is the perfect place to start over and think about how to rebuild his life. A short stint as roommates with his brother’s best friend from high school seems like a mutually beneficial arrangement. However, when friendship gives way to fierce attraction, both men find themselves in unchartered and possibly dangerous territory. Isaac has to decide if he’s willing to take the ultimate risk for a kind of love and a kind of home he never dreamed possible.
For some reason, I didn’t realize until shortly before the release of A Kind of Home that Lane Hayes had planned to write a fourth book in the series that contains my favorite book of 2016, A Kind of Romance. I like happy surprises! I also liked (loved, to be honest) the fact that this book looked to match my love for the earlier novel as well, but then the ending of this rock-star story sounded a little off key to me. Just a little, mind you, but it was just enough to keep me from quite reaching the beautiful place that my short list of all-time favorites achieves.

This time, the focus is on the lead guitarist of the mega-popular band Spiral, Isaac Dalton. After finishing an international leg of their latest world tour, Isaac is ready for a break, especially since it’s not just the seemingly endless tour schedule that’s exhausting him. Lately, a particularly creepy fan has unwillingly forced him to have a round-the-clock bodyguard that drives him crazy. And coming home to find the hot older brother of his best friend from back home still living in Isaac’s apartment three months after the one week he was supposed to be crashing there just adds to the stress. Adam McBride may be Isaac’s first big crush and recently divorced, but that doesn’t change the fact that the guy is straight and off-limits for more reasons than just that. It turns out, though, that Adam is more than Isaac thought. He’s still built like the star athlete he was back home, but his passions have changed since his divorce—he’s traded his hammer and nails for cookies and a spatula, for one. And that’s not the only thing that’s changed. When the mutually beneficial living arrangement turns into an undeniable attraction, acting upon it puts both men in a place they’ve never been before. Even so, Adam knows what he wants. Isaac, though, will have to decide if taking the risk is worth the potential danger, even if it means finding what he’s been missing from his life for so long.

As with the previous books in the series, A Kind of Home can be enjoyed as a standalone, but because this series is full of such wonderfully developed characters and some of the most beautifully constructed passages of dialogue placed within some of the most well-crafted and perfectly paced romances I’ve read in the genre, there’s no reason not to read the other books in the series. 

And this title in the series is no exception. I’m sure my love of Adam has something to do with his physical description. What can I say? I love hunky guys. Guilty as charged. But it’s more than that. He’s upbeat, a little bit goofy, and a much better communicator than I expected him to be. In truth, he’s a surprisingly deep and complex character that I really fell in love with. The fact that this story is written entirely from Isaac’s point of view means that the author did something truly special to make Adam leap off the page as much as he did for me. It also makes the romance between them land right up there with my other favorite of the series. There are so many moments of simple and beautifully intimate sweetness interspersed among the deliciously hot scenes of a different type of intimacy that the romance meter in my chest stayed pegged…

And then the ending sequence happened. The side plot about the creepy fan resolves and while it was certainly an underdeveloped plot line by any standard of romantic suspense, I don’t think its purpose was to add suspense so much as to add another layer of trust between Isaac and Adam. So that wasn’t my problem, though I imagine some people will cite this as being an issue. What got me was the apparently inevitable break-up scene. It happens so late in the story that I had actually convinced myself that there wasn’t going to be one this time, that the story was beautiful and didn’t need the drama of a breakup to give me the big feels that I love so much in romance because it had already done so all along the way, that the slightly dramatic resolution of the stalker-fan thing was enough to make Isaac realize that he needed to cling to the things that bring him joy and life and the feeling of home. But alas… it happened anyway. And while I understood where Isaac was coming from in doing it, I still didn’t get why it was necessary to the story. Had this part been omitted, this would have been my first five-star read in just over twelve months and over 110 books read—and yeah, the last time was to that other book in this series. When they get to the reuniting scene, it contained the loving sweetness that is expected, but at that point, it didn’t resonate with me as much. It was as if the magic was broken. So while it didn’t completely ruin my love of the book, rarely have I wished that I could pay an author to rewrite a chapter of a book as much as the final chapter of this one.

Despite the ending (and my own drama over it), I still loved A Kind of Home. I suspect that this will be the last full novel of the series because there aren’t any more band members and no more gay/bi side characters that I recall. I admit that makes me a little sad, as this series really is one that pulled at my heartstrings from start to finish. Uncomplicated and largely without unnecessary and unrealistic drama, Lane Hayes’s A Kind of Stories series will hold a special place in my heart for a long time to come.

The author and/or publisher generously provided me a complimentary copy of A Kind of Home in exchange for this fair and honest review.
This one picks up later than the other books as the band Spiral has become extremely popular and the guys are under a lot of pressure and media scrutiny. Lead Guitarist, Isaac Dalton used to be the member who dressed up in various costumes, but his style has scaled down a bit. He lives for the music, but could do without the fame and lack of privacy.

Coming off an exhausting European tour, Isaac just wants to come home to some peace and quiet. But he did not realize that the house guest he said could stay for a week awhile back is still in residence. His best friend's older brother and previous crush, Adam McBride is still living in his apartment after going through a divorce and leaving the town they grew up in. Adam is handsome, charming, funny, and loyal. He is starting his life over and is harboring a secret.

Isaac is somewhat disconnected from life and is not really feeling anything. He has a rule against no repeats and does not do relationships. He is also dealing with a stalker super fan that has him on edge and is a security worry. The rock and roll popularity is wearing on him.

There is sexual tension between them even though Isaac has always thought Adam was straight. And one drunken night, they act on it. But neither want to face the awkward morning after. And since Isaac does not do repeats, it is easier for him to try to force themselves back into the friend zone. But their attempts at wholesome diversions and shared interests cannot keep the unwholesome thoughts and attraction away. And as they spend more time together and get closer, it is harder to resist the physical pull. And an intimate intentional repeat will change their dynamics again.

I liked both of these guys and I liked them together. Adam is just so good-natured, lovable, and positive. Isaac definitely has more issues from his past and current situation. But he is supportive of Adam as well. They have good chemistry, history, a connection, and get along so well. They also trust each other and develop intimacy along with desire. 

But Isaac's life is not his own. He is at the mercy of the public and there are safety risks. He feels guilt about dragging Adam into his chaotic life. He is used to repressing emotions and trying to avoid problems and hope they will just go away.  He is not a risk taker when it comes to his emotions or relationships. And Adam has his own plans for his future that do not really coincide. His life has undergone so many changes and he is still finding his footing. They are both protective but go about it differently.  Adam wants to be there when Isaac needs him, while Isaac tends to push Adam away for his own good. 

I enjoyed getting more from previous friends Rand, Will, Tim, Carter, Cory, Holly, Benny, Zeke, and Cammy. This group has been through a lot together, and they try to be there for Isaac even when he is stubborn and prideful. There was some mystery and suspense as to who was sending Isaac messages that added tension. I did have some issues with some of the questionable choices made by the characters and a few plot points. It is a slower paced and slower build story in the first half, and some more drama and romance in the second half. I liked these two, but Benny and Zeke are still my favorite couple of the series.

This is a combination rock star, room mates, best-friend's-brother, and friends-to-lovers story with laughter, companionship, taking chances, and new beginnings. But also has some added suspense. I really liked the underlying theme of finding out what home really means to each of them.

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

 “I’ve got it!” Adam sprang to his feet and waved his hand excitedly.

I gave him a weary sideways glance. “Whatever you’re thinking, stop.”

“No, it’s perfect. You teach me guitar and I’ll teach you how to bake something.”

“Tonight?”

“Not necessarily. When we can. The point is I’ll be here if you don’t feel like being alone. We can keep each other sane with wholesome diversions without having to ask ‘What do you feel like doing, roomie?’”

“‘Wholesome diversions’? You’ve been mainlining confectioner’s sugar again, haven’t you?” I quipped.

“Ha. Ha. Don’t overthink. I’ll keep my hands to myself. You’re safe with me. I promise. I just—we’re both adjusting to change. It might be helpful to lean on each other. That’s all.”

“Platonically?”

“Sure. Boston cream pie for a tip or two on how to play a couple Guns N’ Roses classics. What do you think?”

I lowered my eyes as I worked on the row of buttons on my navy shirt. I was touched. I couldn’t remember the last time someone stopped to notice my state of mental well-being and offered to ease my mind. I knew my friends cared, but they were going through the same things I was. All they could say was “Hang on. It’ll get easier.” Adam was offering something more—himself and his time. Platonically.

I wasn’t sure I trusted myself to keep us in the friend zone. Even now I wanted to tackle him to the bed and grind against him. He was solid, familiar, and trustworthy. Just what I needed to keep my mind off my troubles.

“Okay. You’re on.” I chuckled when he let out a whoop before I continued. “But we each get to choose what we want to learn.”

Adam mulled over my suggestion for a moment, then inclined his head. “As long as you know we aren’t making anything from a box.”

“And as long as you know I can only take so many run-throughs of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ before I’ll strangle you.”

Adam gave me a megawatt grin and then held up his hand for a high five. I slapped his hand and then rolled my eyes when he broke into a decent impression of Axl Rose’s version of “Patience.”

“Go,” I said, shooing him out of my bedroom. “I’ve got real-life bullshit to deal with. No more nonsense.”

“A little nonsense is good for you, Isaac. It’s what keeps you afloat so the bad stuff doesn’t drag you under.” He reached for my wrist and pulled me against him so our chests collided.

It was a slapstick maneuver that was too rough to be taken as a sensual overture. Until he backed me against the wall and lowered his head a fraction of an inch, stopping when his nose brushed mine. I held my breath, aware of my thundering heart. My world constricted to the smallest fragment of space. I occupied a place against a wall, covered by a man I’d known most of my life. Someone I cared about and, yeah, lusted after too.

Adam lowered his head again, and this time he didn’t stop. He pressed his lips to mine and went perfectly still as though testing my response. When I didn’t protest, he melded his mouth over mine, careful to keep the connection light. I reached out and ran a tentative hand along his cheek. Adam trembled and leaned into my touch, deepening the kiss ever so slightly. Then he licked my lips in a silent request for entry. I groaned when our tongues glided together and let him pull me under.

I broke for air and pushed his chest. This was ridiculous. We were friends only, and we were destined for heartache if we tried to be something else. “We can’t do this. I told you, I—”

Adam tugged at my belt loop and drew me against him. Then he rested his forehead against mine and went still as though he was wordlessly giving me control. I should have pushed him away, but I couldn’t. I fused my lips to his and moaned into the connection. I shivered when he moved his hands up my chest, then placed them on the wall on either side of my head. He nudged my chin with his nose until I exposed my neck. He traced my jawline with the tip of his tongue and then bit my earlobe before whispering in a raspy voice, “No repeats. I’ll behave. But I gotta admit… I really want to change your mind.”
A Kind of Truth (A Kind of Stories #1)
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Rand O’Malley dreams of superstardom. He hopes to one day sing the blues like a rock god. Moving to New York City and hiring a new manager are steps to make his dreams a reality. But nothing moves as fast as Rand would like, and everyone has opinions, which include he keep certain pieces of himself quiet if he plans on making it in the Big Apple. Like his bisexuality.

Will Sanders is a gifted musician who dazzles Rand with his ability to coax gorgeous notes from an electric guitar one moment and play the piano like a professional the next. He’s a geek, but Rand isn’t concerned about Will’s pressed exterior clashing with his tattoos. His focus is music. Yet there’s something about Will that makes Rand think there’s much more to the quiet college student than he lets on. As Rand’s dreams begin to materialize, he’s forced to reconsider his priorities and find his own kind of truth. One that might include Will.


A Kind of Romance (A Kind of Stories #2)
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Released June 6, 2016
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Zeke Gulden is a ruthless Wall Street exec. His hard-edged, no-nonsense attitude has served him well in the cutthroat business world, but less so in his personal life. When he finds out his ex-boyfriend cheated on him with a coworker, Zeke can’t let go—not until he finds a way to get even. However, his meddlesome father has other ideas. The new hire at the family-owned bagel store is somewhat colorful, but his dad is sure he’s the perfect man for Zeke.

Benny Ruggieri is a fiercely proud New Yorker who dreams of making it big as a costume designer in the theater. In the meantime, he’s working two part-time jobs in the food biz. When his new boss sets him up with his successful son, Benny has zero expectations. If nothing else, he figures he can entertain himself by making the uptight businessman squirm. Instead, the two become unlikely friends with an inexplicable attraction they can’t ignore. Benny might be the one to help Zeke set aside his quest for revenge, if he’s willing to let go and forgive what he can’t forget… and give in to an unexpected kind of romance.


A Kind of Honesty (A Kind of Stories #3)
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Released October 7, 2016

Music is Tim Chalmers’s great escape and the one thing that’s never let him down. But his band Spiral’s meteoric rise to fame has made it difficult for the drummer to maintain a low profile. Unwanted press pesters him after a public breakup with a volatile ex-girlfriend who loves the limelight as much as he loathes it. Tim’s main goal is to avoid confrontation. However, when he meets a handsome stranger in a dive bar who turns out to be someone he may know, everything changes.

Carter Hamilton-Temple might be a successful financial consultant with more brains, sophistication, and charm than most, but he always falls for the wrong guys: closet cases or men with issues. He can’t fight his attraction to the tattooed rock star, but can he trust his own judgment? When the thrill of danger combined with a fierce physical connection proves too strong for either man to resist, a quiet liaison away from the public eye and curious friends seems like a safe bet. But some secrets are hard to keep. When rumors threaten to rock his world, Tim realizes it’s time to confront his fear with his own kind of honesty.
Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes is finally doing what she loves best. Writing! An avid reader from an early age, Lane has always been drawn to romance novels. She truly believes there is nothing more inspiring than a well-told love story with beautifully written characters. Lane discovered the M/M genre a fews ago and was instantly hooked. Her first novel was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards. She is the bestselling author of the Better Than Stories series and Right and Wrong Stories and the new A Kind of Stories series. She loves travel, chocolate, and wine (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in an almost empty nest.

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Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget I Want You: Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


We are excited to bring you the next cover from New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.

DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is the next standalone Contemporary Romance Novel from this sensational duo releasing on September 18, 2017!

   

Model: Philip Van den Hoogenband – Chadwick Models Melbourne
Photographer: Brian Jamie
Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA Designs

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Dear Bridget,
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. 
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways. 
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke. 
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime. 
No questions asked. 
Think about it. 
Or don’t. 
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway. 
--Simon

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Blog Tour: Tycoon: Katy Evans



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by Katy Evans 
Publication Date: June 20th, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He's assessing every piece of me, to the point I've never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.
 
  I hop off the train and walk several walks to his building. 

It’s a brownstone in Park Avenue, one of the most elite of the elite spaces in town. 

My lungs feel a little bit overworked from awe as I head up the steps to the double doors, grateful that I came dressed to kill in a little black dress, a jacket, and pumps. Simple, but effective. 

See, I may be feeling a little awkward, but at least I don’t look it. 

I’m greeted by his maid. She’s dressed in black and white, her hair drawn back in a neat bun, her expression stoic and formal as she leads me down the hall to a gorgeous study. 

I catch my breath when I notice all the books and shelves. 

It’s like a reader’s paradise in here. There’s a sleek chrome bar, a modern mahogany glass-topped desk, and two huge whiskey-colored leather chairs that almost swallow me up when I’m instructed to wait in one. 

I drum my fingers, inhaling the scent of leather and wine, remembering a guy I knew with his mechanic navy-blue uniform, black streaks on his jaw, his big nose always the first thing you’d see, which was a pity because he had beautiful eyes and a really sinful pair of lips. 

He’s living in luxury now. Wow. Good for him. 

I hear footsteps approaching and the little hair on my arms prick at attention. My head turns as a tall, dark figure steps into the room, and the most intimidating guy I’ve ever seen enters and crosses the room toward the desk. He walks like he’s the shit…his strides proud and composed, elegant and powerful.  

Christos, I hear myself breathe in surprise. 

He’s so tall now…six three, at least. Dirty-blonde hair, gold-green eyes, chiseled jaw, and a gorgeous profile. 

All in black, he looks very much a New Yorker. 

He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black turtleneck beneath the jacket... 

I stare at him, my jaw hanging a little bit open. The man is….all man. Testosterone. Muscles. Height. Width. My chest hurts all of a sudden because I realize…  

The boy you knew is gone. 

 I force myself to stand. “Thank you for seeing me.” 

He heads to the bar to pour two drinks, then he prowls over, takes the whiskey leather chair across from mine and leans forward, pushing a glass of cognac with one finger across a small table, toward me. 

And he waits. 

In silence. 

But my stomach dips as if he’d said something ultra-sexy and decadent. 

“You might not remember me, I’m sorry to be reaching out like this,” I say, nervous. 

“What do you want?” 

There’s a pleasant shiver as he speaks. Recognition of his voice, even though it’s far deeper than I remember. 

“I was told you sometimes invest in startups.” 

“I’d say more than sometimes.” He raises his eyebrows as if I should’ve done my homework better. 

Ugh, Bryn! Focus! Be SMART! Make yourself and your business irresistible! A silence settles as he eyes me, slowly setting his drink down as he leans forward and finally, unexpectedly, smiles. At me. 

It’s just a smile. 

But the world tilts under its impact. 

“Hello, little bit.” Amusement touches his gaze as he tilts his head and watches me. “You know, I’d think you’d have grown up the ten-plus years since I last saw you. At least an inch.” He leans back in his seat, seemingly displeased. Wow, this guy is not the lanky kid I knew once. This guy oozes danger. 

Every ounce of “boy” is gone. Oh God. For a moment I wish that we could go back in time and I could discuss my startup with the guy I knew before. 

 But time travel is not really my talent, and it seems like I have yet to see if I even have any special talents at all—depending on what this guy thinks. 

“I grew two in width,” I shock myself saying. 

He laughs then, his eyes drinking me in openly. 

“Shame on you, you’re not trying to see if it’s true?” I ask him, frowning now. 

He shrugs casually, his lips curved at the corners. “I can’t help it. Something has to have changed.” 

“Why?” 

“Because nothing good ever lasts. Even you, little bit.” A smile touches those unforgettable gold-green eyes. 

A shiver runs through me. Because… 

Christos recognized me. 

“I can tell you’re as incorrigible as ever.” I shake my head, but I’m smiling, truly just relieved that he recognized me. 

“I try to be,” he purrs dangerously. 

I’m feeling warm all of a sudden. I can’t believe I’m staring at him so much, but it’s like I cannot take my eyes away. He looks achingly familiar, but at the same time, so different I cannot help but stare and track the differences in his features. The way his jaw squared out even more, the way his body filled out with hard, lean muscles that shift and ripple beneath his expensive designer clothes. I cannot believe that this is a guy I knew once. 

He seems to silently be taking in my changes too, his keen stare allowing me to see that he seems to approve of it all. Even the dress I’m wearing. “You changed enough for the both of us,” I blurt. 

“Really. How so?” he asks. 

“You grew into your nose.” 

“Really?” He chuckles as if despite himself. 

“Width and height too. Quite a bit,” I add. 

“Anything else,” he prods, one eyebrow rising. 

“You learned how to dress.” 

He looks down at his black suit. “This old thing?” He grins, then shifts forward, sobering up. “What can I do for you, Bryn? Considering I’m rather surprised to see you here, I’m eager for you to satiate my curiosity.” His stare becomes keen. 

“So am I. I didn’t expect to be here,” I admit, and for a moment when I look into his eyes, all I see is someone I’ve seen before. Someone who belonged in my life long ago. “You know when you had that misplaced crush on me and told me one day I’d know what it felt like to throw pebbles at someone’s window wanting them to open? I’m sort of throwing rocks here.” 

“Not to sing me a love song,” he says flatly, his eyes shuttering. 

“No. Well, you know that was never....I mean...” Don’t bring up your rejection of him, Bryn! “It’s for something better. Business.” 

“Go on.” 

“I knew that’d get you.” I smile privately. “So it’s true your love is money now.” 

“She gives back what I put in. Though her ass isn’t as juicy as I like,” he says nonchalantly. 

“Wow. No matter how polished you look, your mouth is still as crude as ever.” 

“Thank you,” he purrs, his eyes grinning at me. 

I laugh. Then I sober up and realize he’s waiting for me to speak. “I’m looking for money for my startup,” I say. 

“How much.” 

 “One hundred thousand.” 

“I don’t invest less than a million.” He twirls his whiskey in his glass, eyeing the liquid. 

“Well then, I’ll ask for a million.” 

He raises his brows, setting his glass down. “It’s not how much you want to ask for, it’s how much the company’s worth.” Eyebrows up, he skewers me with a cold, intimidating look. 

“It’ll be worth more than a million, trust me,” I bluff. 

“Good for you. Except…” he leans back with a rustle of clothes, every athletic inch of his black-clad body flowing sinuously like a feline with the move, “considering that has yet to happen and I’ll need to trust you on that, my trust needs to be earned.” 

This version of Christos is even more intimidating than the old one, unfortunately. 

I try to hide it, keeping my voice as level as possible. “How does one earn your trust?” 

“I’d tell you if I were interested, but I’m not exactly sure that I am.” He eyes me as if debating in silence. 

This guy is the only guy in the world that unnerves me in this way, and I can’t seem to slow the fast pounding of my heart in my chest as I try to remember what I came here to say. 

“I have a full presentation for you. I’m not taking no for an answer.” I reach into my briefcase. 

“Darling. Are you ready?” 

I start at the female voice and glance at a gorgeous woman striding into the study. Christos continues looking at me as he stands and reaches for the cell phone the woman extends out. 

“We’re done here,” he answers her as he pockets the phone, his gaze remaining on me. 

“I’ll wait for you in the car.” She leans up and kisses his jaw, her hands proprietary on his chest, then sends me a woman-to-woman claiming look, before she swishes away, all glittering jewels and lean body. 

There’s a silence as he approaches, and for a second all I can hear is the sound of a toilet flushing, taking my only opportunity with a possible investor away. 

“I’ll think about it,” he says. 

“Christos.” 

“I said I’ll think about it,” he says from the door. 

“Please do,” I say as he exits the room.  I cup the sides of my mouth, “I’ll be back tomorrow. Same time?” I say jokingly. 

I’m surprised when I hear footsteps returning. He pauses when our eyes meet. “I’ll make contact,” he says, raising his eyebrows meaningfully, “If I’m interested in hearing more.” He nods. “Nice to see you, Bryn.” 

“Nice to see you. Christos.” 

Well, that went sort of awful. 
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Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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