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Release and Review Tour: Gentleman Nine: Penelope Ward

Gentleman Nine
Penelope Ward
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Release date February 19, 2018

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

Growing up, the three of us were friends.
He was the nerd.
I was the playboy.
She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.
He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.
Amber never knew how I felt.
They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.
When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.
One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.
Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.
She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend—me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. 
When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Lucas Garcez
Cover Photography: Sven Jacobsen
This is a story of friends, first loves, second chances, and choices.

Amber Walton grew up with two friends, Channing and Rory. They were both a couple of years older and Channing was always off limits in her mind. And Channing and Rory agreed to not compete for her. But sometimes choices are made, rules are broken, and things change. And Channing was left the odd man out.

Nine years later, Rory has broken her heart. And her old friend, Channing, is suddenly there making her smile, laugh, and get hot-and- bothered. And in trying to get rid of her dirty thoughts about Channing, she comes up with an unconventional idea. But Channing has surprising ideas of his own. 

This one started out more of a coming-back-to-life-after-a-break-up and a friends reconnecting story. I just adored everything about Channing and the care and companionship he gives Amber. He is funny, sweet, thoughtful, and has a long history of being protective of her. And he never got her out of his system. Amber really needs to feel wanted and to rebuild her self esteem. She is a bit desperate for some extra friendly relations. And he is a man with a plan. But their casual arrangement is destined to get more messy and complicated. 

And there are secrets, lies, omissions and misconceptions gradually being revealed from past to present. And the surprises just kept coming. The second part of this book took a turn and became more emotional and angsty. There was confusion, jealousy, hurt feelings and hard decisions to be made. 

This was a humorous, sexy, sweet, and emotional friends-to-lovers story. It was told in dual points of view with a bonus one as well. It was easy to get pulled into this one and feel for the characters...especially the charming and  swoony Channing. 

I was gifted a copy.
I love a good friends-to-lovers, especially when there is a lot of time spent as friends. When he moves in with her, it is only a matter of time before the sparks begin to fly!

Amber was always between Rory and Channing. As the only girl in their group of best friends, Rory and Channing made a pact that Amber was off limits. But when Channing went away to college, Rory chased Amber and the pact was broken. For 9 years, Amber was Rory’s, until he broke her heart without warning. Now months later, Channing needs a place to stay and Amber has a room available. They pick up their friendship and Channing helps Amber heal after her heartbreak.

I loved watching the changes Amber went through as she settled into life after a breakup. By the time Channing moves in to her spare room she is still hurt, ready to move on, but unsure how to start dating again. Channing has always cared for Amber, and I loved watching as he helped to build back her confidence (even before anything started happening between them).

I was a little disappointed in the ending. I loved the first part of the book, but as it moved closer to the ending I felt like there was so much going on that each new twist in the plot just added to an already full drama. I think part of it was that I was already in love with Channing and Amber and didn’t want them to face any more challenges.

But the epilogue pulled everything back together for me. It gave me the time I needed to be settled with the conclusion and the couple. I loved the passage of time. The closure found from a few short scenes was exactly what I needed to fall back in love with this story.

This was a dramatic and angst filled story of coming back after a breakup and rebuilding friendships. It was full of humor, caring, sexiness and drama. Though there was a lot of angst, it was easy to put myself in the shoes of each character and feel what they were feeling. Both characters pulled me into the story and the pace moved quickly throughout the book.

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

Penelope Ward
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. 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 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

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Cover Reveal: The Pecker Briefs: Sawyer Bennett



The Pecker Briefs: 
Ford and Viveka's Story 
(The Legal Affairs Series, Book #7)
Sawyer Bennett 

Release Date: April 17, 2018
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I never thought a pecker would get me in so much trouble.

I mean, sure… if you’re talking about a certain anatomical feature of mine that the ladies just love. Given my bachelor status and appreciation for all things curvy and feminine, I could absolutely see that. But a different pecker is making my life much harder than it needs to be.

My name is Ford Daniels, partner at the law firm of Knight & Payne, and my latest case has me wading through the finer points of peckers—woodpeckers that is. Specifically, the red-cockaded woodpecker. I swear, I can’t make this stuff up but that’s what the sexy-as-hell blonde chained to a tree told me this morning. 

Her name is Viveka Jones and she is so much more than a pretty face. She’s got wit, charm, and razor-sharp smarts. Turns out my client is looking to bulldoze the red-cockaded woodpecker’s natural habitat in favor of a multimillion-dollar subdivision and the sexy attorney with legs for days (and days), just happens to be counsel for an animal rights group looking to put a halt to construction.

My client’s pissed, but all I can think about is getting Viveka across the table from me. And then on the table underneath me. Perhaps up against the wall. And then—

Well, let’s just say when it’s all said and done, I’m hoping the red-cockaded woodpecker isn’t the only pecker that gets some attention from Miss Viveka Jones.

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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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 daughter, as well as full-time servant to her 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 even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.
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Cover Reveal: Second Chance Charmer: Brighton Walsh

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Second Chance Charmer by Brighton Walsh  
Publication Date: March 19th, 2018  
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Willow Haven’s content. Okay, that’s a lie, but she has tried her damndest. Trouble is, it never sticks. Second oldest in a family her town was named after, she’s always felt the pressure. From the townspeople, from her sisters, but most of all from her daddy—the original Good Old Boy and Havenbrook’s reigning mayor. The only time she didn’t feel that stress had been those blissful months spent in the arms of the resident bad boy. The same one who broke her heart beyond repair when he left without a word.

Life hasn’t come easy for Finn Thomas. He’s had to claw and fight for everything he’s ever had—and truth be told, it hasn’t been much. He spent the first eighteen years of his life living so far from the wrong side of the tracks, he couldn’t even see them through his trailer window. The only thing that ever came easy for him and made his sorry ass happy was the one girl he loved with all his heart. And the one thing he had no choice but to leave behind.

When an opportunity arises to return to his tiny, southern hometown and open the first bar in a formerly dry county, he jumps at the chance. That won’t win him points with the mayor, who’s hell bent on making Finn’s life a nightmare for sullying his namesake. Too bad for Mayor Haven, Finn’s got his sights set on more than just the town, and this time he won’t be scared off quite so easily.

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Brighton Walsh

Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she’s not pounding away at the keyboard, she’s probably either reading or shopping—maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.

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Review and Excerpt Tour: Rough Ride: Kristen Ashley


Rough Ride (Chaos #4.5)
Kristen Ashley
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Release Date February 13, 2018


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes a new story in her Chaos series...

Rosalie Holloway put it all on the line for the Chaos Motorcycle Club.

Informing to Chaos on their rival club—her man’s club, Bounty—Rosalie knows the stakes. And she pays them when her man, who she was hoping to scare straight, finds out she’s betrayed him and he delivers her to his brothers to mete out their form of justice.

But really, Rosie has long been denying that, as she drifted away from her Bounty, she’s been falling in love with Everett “Snapper” Kavanagh, a Chaos brother. Snap is the biker-boy-next door with the snowy blue eyes, quiet confidence and sweet disposition who was supposed to keep her safe…and fell down on that job.

For Snapper, it’s always been Rosalie, from the first time he saw her at the Chaos Compound. He’s just been waiting for a clear shot. But he didn’t want to get it after his Rosie was left bleeding, beat down and broken by Bounty on a cement warehouse floor. 

With Rosalie a casualty of an ongoing war, Snapper has to guide her to trust him, take a shot with him, build a them…

And fold his woman firmly in the family that is Chaos.

Note: Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.




“For years, you’ve had a rough ride, what’s happened recently just the most recent. You’ve been jacked around since your daddy died and I don’t think either man meant to do you wrong but in the end they did. And I’m the man who’s gonna do your right, Rosalie. With me, that rough ride is gonna end, baby.” 

Rosalie has been looking for a man like her dad, a good guy who liked motorcycles and cared for his family. The first Chaos man she set her sights on dumped her, then she moved onto a man from Bounty, but that turned out even worse. Recently she tried to do the right thing, but got caught in between the two clubs and was lucky to make it out alive.

But now Chaos is claiming her, and specifically one member wants her to be his. Everett "Snapper" Kavanaugh has had his eyes on Rosalie for awhile, and now he finally sees a clear path to claiming her as his own. Unfortunately, recent events have left her hurt, fearful, and untrusting,  and him feeling guilty and angry.

Snapper is the kind of alpha hero who is bossy, possessive, and likes things his way, but he is also loyal, protective, loving, and thoughtful. He is ready to do what it takes to make her feel safe and cared for, even if she is resistant or scared of losing again. He is smart, motivated, actually reads books, and  holds meaningful conversations too! I adored him. Rosalie made me want to shake her at times, but it was also understandable with what she had been through. But she is sweet, funny, and caring too. This is about her wanting to stand up and find her own way, but also about being part of a bigger family and being accepted, loved, and protected. It is also about trust, being willing to take a risk, and finding inner strength.

It is so easy to sink back into this Chaos MC world with all of our favorite alpha men and feisty females. I love their sense of club and family loyalty. They are fun, social, supportive, and such big personalities. And some other KA cameos were just icing on the cake. This  installment is funny, emotional, sexy, and suspenseful. And even though it is a novella, it is actually longer than typical ones.

I appreciated that it was not too full of relationship angst. I liked that these characters actually talked and acted maturely. But they are dealing with danger and threats causing tension, suspense, and anxiety.  This can technically be read as a stand alone to get introduced to Chaos, and it may attract new readers. But this also ties in previous books in the series and even hints at some things farther back in the club's history, while also becoming a bridge to move the series forward again with some other characters. Fans of the series will recognize an ongoing nemesis. And the ending definitely leaves you wanting more. I have been looking forward to Tack's son, Rush, having a book for so long, and it seems like Hound is another brother who has some things to figure out.

I was gifted a copy by the author.
Rosalie put everything on the line to report about her boyfriend’s club to their rival, Chaos, but she felt like she had no choice because of the choices he was making. But though she knew the price if she was caught, what Rosalie failed to take into account was that she was growing further away from her boyfriend and Bounty, and closer to Chaos and Emmett “Snapper” Kavanagh. But when her deception is discovered and she pays the price, Rosalie’s trust in the biker world is thoroughly shaken even though it’s also the only world she’s ever known. Snapper is ready to claim Rosalie as his. He saw what happened when she was with Shy and wants to be the man she is looking for.

I was glad Rosalie had a chance to shine on her own. She got a bit of a bad rap in Own the Wind by being the one Shy tried things out with before he admitted his feelings for Tabby. Readers wanted Shy and Tabby together, and Rosalie was just in the way. All she wanted was a man like her father, and thought she had found it in Shy. I love that Snapper saw her, even then, and wanted to be that man for her. Timing wasn’t right though, and when he finally gets his chance he isn’t willing to take it slow, except to prove to her that he is serious.

This was a great mix of drama and heat. The battle between Chaos, Bounty, and other forces kept things moving in one direction while the chemistry between Rosalie and Snapper kept it moving in another. There was always something going on, but not so much that the story got bogged down. It is a novella that packs as much into it’s pages as possible without moving into KA novel length territory.

I was surprised how quickly I was immersed back into the Chaos world. It has been some time since I was in the thick of this series, but the characters and situations came right back. As a 1001 Dark Nights story, Rough Ride stands alone nicely. As a piece of the Chaos series, it fits in nicely. Whether a reader is new to Chaos or a long time fan, Rough Ride is a fantastic ride to find protection, family, and love.

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


He spit on me.
I felt it land on the side of my chin and slide down.
I didn’t move to wipe it away.
I couldn’t.
Lying on my side, curled into a ball, the pain screamed through me. All of it—and there was a lot of it—demanding attention, I couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t think, couldn’t move in case it got worse. I couldn’t do anything but lie there and pray that it was over.
It wasn’t.
He bent over me, grabbed my hair, yanked it back, and I felt his hot breath hit my face. 
“See if he wants you now, you stupid bitch,” he hissed.
He let my hair go and I felt him retreat, but he still wasn’t done.
He kicked me so hard with his foot in its heavy motorcycle boot, my body slid across the cement.
I was too far gone even to grunt.
I felt something bounce off my hip, clatter to the floor, and then his voice came back, this time from further away.
“There you go, baby,” he drawled. “Your line to Chaos. We’re done with you. I’m done with you. Now they can have you.”
I heard boots on cement, more than just his, his Bounty brothers in the club. I sustained a couple more kicks as they passed. One of them grabbed the underside of my jaw and shoved my head back into the cement, also spitting, his hitting my neck.
And then they were gone.
I lay there, my focus on breathing and continuing to do it even though each breath was not only an effort but an agony. The fear I’d felt early when he took me, how he’d taken me, the way he’d handled me and I knew he’d figured it out, had dissipated as pain took its place. Now, the fear was returning that they’d come back and dish out more.
He’d come back.
Throttle.
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Wild Man (book 2)
Law Man (book 3)
Motorcycle Man (book 4)
KRISTEN ASHLEY
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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. 

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.
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