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Review Blitz: The Hard Truth About Sunshine: Sawyer Bennett

The Hard Truth About Sunshine
Sawyer Bennett
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Release Date March 28, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.

Despite having narrowly escaped death's clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It's only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.

What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again... can he learn to love again?

He's about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can't decide whether she wants to live or die.

Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.

The hard truth about sunshine...
Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.

I am a huge Sawyer Bennett fan...I read her sweet, romantic, sports, and even erotic series. But this book is a departure for her and probably her most compelling, raw, and emotional story yet. It held me captivated and invested from beginning to end, and pulled out so many feels in the process. This book delves into tough topics and does not pull any punches. It is real, honest, and at times hard to read. But that is what makes it such a heartfelt and powerful book. Even though there are negative and painful parts, there are also positive and heartwarming ones that touched me deeply.

Four people are thrown together in a peer-led support group. They have their individual reasons and issues, and do not seem to have anything in common. Christopher is a disabled veteran with amputations and PTSD. The story is told in his point of view in present and flashbacks. We see this mismatched group through his eyes and learn of their challenges. Jillian is losing her eyesight and has other physical affects from a disease. Connor has terminal cancer. And Barb is a victim who has tried to kill herself. All of them have reasons to give up on life and be angry, but that is not how they all deal with their challenges.

One road trip and close contact has the ability to alter their perceptions, allow them to learn from each other, and gather strength. It's an adventure to get away and conquer bucket lists, but leads to confessions, bonding, and the unexpected emergence of hope.

Jillian's positive sunshiny attitude casts a light on the other three. Her optimism and hope are foreign concepts to them, but do cause them to think. Connor is younger and easier to convince despite his negative projected outcome. But Christopher and Barb are plagued with bitterness, anger, and hopelessness from their hard lives. They don't want to open themselves up to rejection and hurt. They don't see the good in themselves, others, or the world. It's easy to scare people away and isolate yourself than to let them see the vulnerable parts and risk rejection. 

But as the miles pass, their empathy and understanding begins to grow. We follow Christopher through his most traumatic moments and the gradual lightening up of his attitude during the trip. I enjoyed seeing his more vulnerable side as his walls began to crack with glimpses of hope, and the tentative belief that  healing, happiness, and feeling whole again might be a possibility. Yes, there is a love story, but it is not just about the love of a couple, but about loving yourself and those around you. I enjoyed the unraveling of the characters and their changing dynamics throughout. 

This is a story with sadness and heartbreak, but it is also full of good messages about friendship, empathy, acceptance, love, and hope. Most importantly about the gift of living and how not to squander it. And finding joy where you can and sharing it. It shows that any one person can have a meaningful impact on another one.

It is unique, enthralling, poignant, raw, emotional, and inspiring. There are unpleasant topics and they are not glossed over. It made me  angry, hurt, cry, but also laugh and smile. These characters are so well developed that they feel alive. They are not stagnant, and they have opportunities for growth and change. I felt like I was on this journey with them. It is believable and relevant.  It makes me thankful for the blessings in my life, but also makes me want to pay it forward and make a difference to someone else. This may not be Sawyer's typical style or genre, but she nailed it and hit me right through the heart. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
This book left me emotionally wrung out. It is so different than anything else Sawyer has written. I wasn’t sure what to think as I started the book. The group therapy sessions and Christopher’s stand-off nature made it difficult to start. I even had one point early on where I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep going. But I’m so glad I did.

Each of the characters is dealing with his or her own pain, in his or her own way. They are all attending group therapy for their own reasons. Though the idea to take a road trip together is a bit unorthodox, the reason behind the trip gives it extra meaning and adds to the emotions during the trip.

There is a lot going on in this book. Though Christopher is the narrator, he begins to see things about his companions that he wouldn’t have noticed if they had kept to their regular therapy schedule. But the bond they forge must withstand a lot as they each continue to battle with the reasons they need each other in the first place.

There is a bit of a romance angle. With Christopher finally letting people in, it only makes sense that there is a romantic interest as well. Even before he was letting his walls down, he acknowledges that he thinks Jillian is good looking and though it grates on his negative outlook, he likes the way she always sees the bright side. She sees his injuries, but they don’t detract from what she sees behind his pain.

Barb and Connor each bring their own perspectives about life as well. One not sure if she wants to live, and the other facing his impending death. It was interesting to watch as Barb and Christopher went from antagonizing Jillian and Connor for their positivity to understanding their need for hope. 

While there was a point I wasn’t sure I could keep reading I am so glad I did. This was a heavy book, but one that left me thinking about each character: their actions, their motivations, their journeys. And in the end, the heavy emotions have light in sight and there is hope. Ultimately, each character has to learn to face the hard truth of about sunshine. The way they deal with that truth is what sets each of these characters apart. 
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jillian holds my gaze for a moment, her eyes drilling into mine before she gently tugs on the material of my jeans near the shin rod of my prosthetic. “What happened to you?”

She doesn’t look away. Not down at the fire, not down to my legs. She stares right at me. Although my gut is turning slightly at the thought of telling her what she asked, I forge straight ahead. For the first time, I tell someone who is not medical personnel or a shrink my story.

“I was driving a military Humvee and the right front tire ran over a roadside bomb,” I say, and Jillian makes a sound of distress low her in throat as her eyes turn sad. “It completely obliterated my buddy sitting in the passenger seat.”

To my surprise, Jillian scoots over closer to me and lays her head on my shoulder. She pushes her hand in between my ribs and my arm, curling her fingers over my bicep. It’s a show of support. Solidarity. That she’s settled in for the long haul of this story, and she wants to hear it all.

“It didn’t blow my leg off,” I tell her, and I can feel her body jerk slightly in surprise. Her fingers squeeze my bicep. “The fingers yes, the leg no. It just shattered and shredded it badly, but the doctors tried hard to save it.”

“Obviously, they couldn’t,” she whispers the obvious.

“They tried for three months,” I tell her, reaching down to grab my phone laying near my left hip. Jillian lifts her head up, watching as I pull up my pictures. I scroll backward, but it doesn’t take long to find what I’m looking for because I don’t take a lot of photos. I hold the phone out so she can see. “This was taken about a month after my injury.”

Jillian makes a strangled sound as she looks at the photo of me in bed. My eyes are half open because I was bombed out on so many heavy-duty pain medications, and I have a grimace on my face. I vaguely remember this picture being taken, and I think it may have been by my brother, Hank, when he came to visit once during that first month. He came a few more times after that, and then he didn’t.

Jillian’s eyes roam over the photo. My leg is encased in the external fixator with several rods leading from the outside of the cage right into my skin, where it’s drilled through and into the bone to hold the pieces together. The wounds on my leg are all open to the air, red and some of them dripping with puss and lined with blisters. I’ve got IVs in both arms and a PICC line in the right side of my neck to deliver the hordes of antibiotics and pain meds I needed to keep me alive and functioning. I took the maximum dosages they allowed me, preferring to try to be oblivious to what was happening. Yet, the pain was so great it just couldn’t be fully erased.

Jillian turns her head to look at me, and I lay the phone back down. “How long were you like that?”

“Three months. But they couldn’t get ahead of the infections, which were delaying the bones from knitting. I was in so much pain that I wanted them to amputate.”

“You had to make that decision?” she whispers.

I nod. “Yup. I mean… the doctors were at the point they felt it was the right way to go, although they were willing to keep trying if I wanted. But I wanted it gone. I was tired of being in the hospital and being in so much pain. I just wanted it gone.”

“Do you regret that decision?” she asks me bluntly, but with that still-sweet melody her voice makes. The question doesn’t bother me, because even her hard questions sound lovely.

“Yes,” I tell her without any shame. “I wonder what would have happened if I held on just a little bit longer. Not long after the leg came off, the pain receded and I became more lucid. Once I’d forgotten how bad the infections smelled, I regretted it.”

“Three months is an awful long time to be in pain like that,” she points out the obvious.

I shrug. “And the rest of my life is a long time to wonder ‘what if.’”


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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

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Review Blitz: Say I'm Yours: Corinne Michaels

Say I'm Yours
Corinne Michaels
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Release Date March 27, 2017

From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a new second chance standalone romance.

I spent twenty years waiting for Trent Hennington to open his eyes and see me. But it was all for nothing. He chose to keep himself guarded and let me walk away, proving that my time and efforts were wasted.

 I'm done being invisible.
 It's time to move on.

A single dance sets my new reality into motion, and I welcome it. After all, Cooper Townsend is perfect. He's kind, sexy, and attentive--everything a girl could want.

I thought I got it right this time. That my heart could mend, and I would be happy. Apparently, some things really are just too hard to walk away from.




Grace Rooney has loved Trent Hennington for twenty years, but she can never seem to capture his whole heart or all of him for her own on a consistent basis. As she sees her friends settling down, she realizes she needs to let go and try to move on. And a lifeline comes unexpectedly from her old friend, Cooper Townsend.

Cooper is ready to take his chance with Grace. He is her best friend's brother and has also been there her whole life. He is caring, attentive, funny, and determined to win her heart. Will he be able to show her that love can be easy and no so much work?

Trent has taken it for granted that Grace will always be there. But he is now realizing how serious she is and this might really mean he loses her for good. He has to make some tough decisions. He's been letting demons eat at him and keep him from being open and vulnerable with her, and that has also kept him from committing. Can he finally convince her of his sincerity or will this finally be the end?

There is a lot of back and forth, confusion, jealousy, heartache, fights, and make-ups. But it all comes down to who Grace thinks will be the best man for her. It is her turn to decide what she wants, needs, and who will be the man to give her the future and family. 

Trent was such a dichotomy. He really could push her away and hurt her. He was adept at avoiding and running. But he also had a really good heart and really loved her. He was not a cheater or playboy. His issues were internalized and kept him from fully giving himself to her. But the dance between them had lasted for twenty years! And Cooper was a good, charismatic, and sweet guy who understood her needs and wants. He was strong, determined, and willing to pursue her and fight for her.

Grace was sweet and caring, but sassy too. She realized she needed to finally put herself first and stop chasing Trent and hoping he would change. But deep down she was confused, hurt, and it was hard to reconcile giving up on a twenty year old love. But she also knew she deserved a chance at real happiness and was willing to try to move forward and explore what she might have been missing. This is where it gets down to the nitty gritty. Each man has a case and wants to be heard. But ultimately she has to make her choice and do what she needs to do in order for them to have a chance at succeeding. And life isn't always easy. Challenges are bound to occur, and coping mechanisms and commitment will always be tested.

They all had history together and their families and friends were all intertwined in their small town of Bell Buckle. So no matter which man won, they would have to deal with the consequences and live in peace. And all of the townspeople have their opinion and want to help bring the right couple together. I enjoyed getting more with Zach, Presley, Wyatt, and Angie from the first two books. I would like to see another book for the man who does not end up with Grace in this one. 

This was told in mostly Grace's points of view, but I found myself looking forward to the chapters in Trent's point of view. I love Corinne Michaels' books. She creates these interesting, flawed and dynamic characters and makes you fall in love them...even when sometimes you want to throttle them. There is always drama, angst, longing, fighting, and heartbreak that keeps you on edge and sometimes drives you crazy amidst the swoony and passionate moments. She can make you laugh, get angry, and cry in rapid succession. She throws in surprises and twists. But in the end she makes it all worth it. I feel like  I have been on an emotional journey with the characters and couldn't help but smile my way through the epilogue. This series and these characters are just so embedded in my heart now. I enjoy their banter, dynamics, and how they both taunt and support each other. I really enjoyed this story and cannot wait for more from this author. 

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

Grace Rooney has held on to her relationship with Trent Hennington for 20 years. Through ups and downs, she was happy as long as she had hope that he would one day open up to her. But one dance has her rethinking everything she thought she wanted, and when longtime friend, Cooper Townsend gives her an out, she takes it. Maybe it’s time to move on.

Cooper is the perfect gentleman. He was interested in Grace, but held off out of respect for his friend. Can his perfection make Grace forget all the pain she’s feeling? Because she is sure if she can forget she can move on.

There is so much going on between all three main characters. Most of the story is told from Grace’s perspective, which really works because she is the linchpin that will decide what happens next. The chapters from Cooper and Trent’s perspectives, though, give great insight to both men as they take each new step. At times the triangle aspect almost became too much. It frustrated me that Trent waited until there was competition to try to change his behavior.

There were some great surprise twists in the plot, especially as Wyatt & Angie, and Zach and Presley’s stories continue in the background of this one. 

Overall, a sweet story. There is a lot of back and forth, miscommunication, heartache, and longing. But there is also warmth, compassion, friendship, and a whole lot of history. Once again, Corinne Michaels has pulled me into the world of the Hennington brothers, and made me like the one brother I wasn’t sure I could like.

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

All can be read as stand-alones but feature brothers and cross over characters

Say You'll Stay
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One word. 
Stay.  

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him. 

That was seventeen years ago. 

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again. 

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .


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From New York Times Bestseller, Corinne Michaels, comes a new friends to lovers standalone romance. 

There’s no way I’ll fall for Wyatt Hennington.

He can keep his Southern drawl, irresistible smile, and those pick-up lines all to himself. I made the mistake of sleeping with him not once, but twice. I’m not stupid enough to give him round three, especially after he left me in the middle of the night so I could see myself out. I vow to return to Philadelphia and forget him.

It proves easier said than done.

When the doctor informs me I’m the winner of door prize number two, I put my life on hold and head back to Bell Buckle. Three months and if we can’t make this work, I’m gone.

The problem is—when the cards are stacked against us, and I can’t bring myself to leave him, I’ll finally know if he truly loves me or if all my fears were real . . .
Corinne Michaels

Corinne Close MediumCorinne Michaels is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series and Say You'll Stay. She's an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness. Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn't ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.





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Release Review: Amy Lane: Bonfires

Bonfires
Amy Lane

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Release Date March 24, 2017
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Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.

The last time I read a novel by Amy Lane was before I started reviewing books for the blog, and the three books of hers I have read gave me the impression that she is a master of heavy and angsty plot in the manner that I really enjoy. Now that I have read Bonfires, I need to adjust my impression because it’s clear she can also write good lighter stories as well.

Don’t get the wrong impression from that last sentence though. With its own angsty background stories and subplots, Bonfires is far from fluffy, but it’s certainly not the sort of book that will rip your heart out and stomp on it with cleats before getting around to the happy ending (Chase in Shadow, I’m looking at you!) Here, the angst comes not only from a heinous crime but from how it has the potential to lead one of the main characters back down the same path that upended his family and nearly destroyed his life several years prior.

The story features two main characters—the high school principal, “Larx” Larkin, and a deputy sheriff, Aaron George—who live in a small town in the mountains of California and are both in their late forties. Besides being written by Amy Lane, this was the main draw for me, simply because the kind of drama that arises in these stories is a refreshing change of pace compared to the stuff in books with younger mains. Something else I don’t recall encountering before is also present with these characters: they’re both bisexual men who were married to women (one divorced and one widowed) and have kids who are all in their teens or older. As such, this is a story largely about family, for both the good and the bad of it. And happily, none of the drama of the book is caused by the reappearance of a spiteful ex-wife or other person from the main characters’ pasts.

Of more importance to the romance, though, is that the events that caused both these men to become single parents happened nearly a decade ago and neither has been in a serious relationship since then. So when Aaron and Larx, who have known each other for several years, both realize their feelings are mutual, it’s sort of a mad rush to act on it. Well, it would be if it weren’t for their responsibilities to their kids and their jobs, since the bulk of the plot revolves around a pair of crimes, the discovery of a dead body floating in a nearby lake and the assault of popular football player after homecoming, the latter of these looking largely like a hate crime.

Even though Larx and Aaron have known each other so long, the story does have the feeling of insta-love, mainly because the bulk of their relationship building happens over the course of the few tumultuous weeks that not only threaten what they’re trying to build, but also their careers and the town itself. While I enjoyed this story a great deal, I’m not sure if it was because of this brief timeline, during which their relationship went from “we’re interested” to “I love you” within a matter of days, or if it was because of the importance of the background story to the plot of the book as a whole, but something about it kept me from getting the level of feels out of the romance here compared to the other books of hers I’ve read. Of course, it might well be that I’m having a bit of book hangover from recent reads where I’ve fallen in love with the mains so much that I wanted to crawl into bed between them, so in no way do I mean this as something to deter someone from reading the book.

Probably the thing I appreciated most about Bonfires is the author’s realistic portrayals of the consequences of her plots. It’s worth noting that the solution to the crimes is fairly obvious, so don’t go into reading this story thinking that it’s going to be a mystery/romance mix, but this fact adds to the realism in that the crimes and reactions fit well within what one might expect from small-town rural America. Of course, this is a romance, so the guys get their happily ever after, but it’s not a fairy-tale ending where every loose end is tied up with the best possible outcome. There’s a very real sense that just like in real life, the events that take place could well result in bumps in the future. But with this comes the equally strong feeling that these two and their newly extended family will persevere. And more than the feels sometimes, it’s this sense of hopefulness and optimism that gives a better sense of satisfaction in a romance.

The author and/or publisher generously provided me a complimentary copy of Bonfires in exchange for this fair and honest review.

Amy Lane 
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Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance--and if you accidentally make eye contact, she'll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She'll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.


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Release Blitz and Review: Wedlocked: Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine




WEDLOCKED 
Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine 

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Release Date March 23, 2017


Because you have believed in them,
Celebrated with them, 
Loved and encouraged them, 
Ella Frank and Brooke Blaine invite you to join

Ace Samuel Locke
And 
Dylan Prescott

Saturday the Twenty-Fourth of May
At Six-O’Clock in the Evening 
The Grand Floridian Hotel
4406 Palm Way
Orlando, Florida

For Love, Laughter and Happily Ever After  


After watching Ace Locke and Dylan Prescott meet, fall in love, and deal with some serious challenges and drama in Aced and Locked, it is now finally time for the real good stuff. The stuff from engagement to wedding to HEA that we have all been waiting for. 

And all this good stuff happens with them surrounded by all of their friends...like all of the characters from these series that we have loved from Ella and Brooke are an integral part of this story. There is so much fun, banter, and celebration. I adore the dynamics of all of these characters, and it made me smile so many times as they spent time together.

There was a bit of drama, but it did not overshadow the true heart of this story--the love, lust, devotion, and commitment of Ace and Dylan. These two guys are just so perfectly matched...the popular, magnetic action star and the gorgeous model. They both have such big hearts, passion, respect and true admiration for the other. I truly cannot pick a favorite out of this duo because they both are so lovable and charismatic. And they truly bring out the best in each other. They challenge and ground each other at the same time. Their chemistry has always been off the charts, but I also enjoyed seeing them become more comfortable being themselves and showing affection to each other.

I was excited to share the progression of their lives with them in this installment. It was funny, sweet, hot and steamy, romantic, and swoony. I absolutely adored these two guys. I love getting both of their points of view. I enjoy their friends and family. I still cannot get enough of some of the couples that I have become attached to in previous series so touching base with them makes me even more happy. They are a quirky, eclectic group, but the events in this book let their personalities shine even more.

I enjoyed that the authors did not throw a bunch of over-the-top angst in for dramatic purposes, and that it was a more real and romantic conclusion for Ace and Dylan's trilogy. Sure they had decisions to make, situations to handle, and fears to calm, but it felt realistic for where they were at in their lives and did not pull attention away from what was important. But they did give us: All the people. All the good things. All the laughs. All the feels. All the way down to a smile inducing, heartwarming epilogue. ***Happy sigh***

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

From Ella Frank’s Sunset Cove series and Brooke Blaine’s L.A. Liaisons series comes a scorchingly hot novel that blends humor, passion, and romance.

What happens when these two worlds collide?

Ace Locke is Hollywood’s hottest action hero. Women across the globe fling their panties in his direction, but Ace isn’t interested in those—he’s more of a boxer briefs kind of guy. Specifically, those of the nearly naked male model on a billboard he drives past every day.

Though he recently made headlines for his public coming out, Ace is wary about pursuing a relationship, fearing what the court of public opinion will do to his career. But there’s something in the model’s expression that intrigues him and has him wondering what if?

Dylan Prescott just scored his biggest modeling campaign yet. One that has him plastered all over L.A. in not much more than what he was born with. And when he’s cast in Ace’s latest blockbuster, it puts him in close proximity to his ultimate fantasy.

Outwardly confident, Dylan has no problem with his sexuality or his pretty-boy looks, and uses both to his advantage to get what he wants. And what he wants is the impossible—Ace Locke.


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“ACE LOCKE JETS OFF TO SIN CITY WITH MYSTERY MAN”

Sorry, ladies—and fellas—Hollywood’s hottest action star, Ace Locke, is officially off the market!

The man on Locke’s arm has been identified as Dylan Prescott, the sexy new “it” model currently featured in the latest Calvin Klein ads. Sources tell TNZ the men met on the set of Locke’s upcoming action film Insurrection 2, and that “they only have eyes for each other.”

This is the first public gay relationship for Locke, who came out a year ago, and there has been much speculation on who would finally be the one to catch his eye.

According to multiple eyewitnesses, Locke whisked Prescott away on his private jet for a romantic weekend at Syn, the most exclusive hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. After pictures recently surfaced of the new couple, affectionately named PresLocke, it appears from the possessive way Locke keeps his new beau close that things are heating up.

The world is watching #PresLocke, and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on this budding relationship!

Ace and Dylan’s story continues in Book Two of the Bestselling PresLocke Series.

PresLocke is a spin-off from these series....

Ella Frank's Sunset Cove Series


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Also meet Tate and Logan first in Ella Frank's Temptation series. 


Brooke Blaine's L.A Liaisons Series




Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R.Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her 'quiet time.' Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.

Brooke enjoys writing sassy contemporary romance, whether in the form of comedy, suspense, or erotica. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts. 

If you'd like to get in touch with her, she's easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that's dominated her cell phone for ten years.

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