Blog Tour – ALEX (Perfect Opposite #1) by Zoya Tessi

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ALEX by Zoya Tessi
Series: Perfect Opposite #1 (Extended edition)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Their wishes were simple and modest. Fate had other things in store though, and she can be a real bitch sometimes.

– All he wanted was to get the job done and somehow to endure those long months playing nanny to a spoiled little rich girl. Without strangling her with his bare hands in the process. Well, it is going to be much easier said than done.

– All she wanted was to escape the past and live like any other nineteen-year-old girl. Her plan definitely didn’t include the arrogant, tattooed savage, with his awful mohawk hair and lack of social graces, whose only mission was to stick real close and mess up her life.

But, people aren’t always what they seem to be, are they?

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Excerpt

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The alarm had been ringing for a full five minutes when I finally reached out a hand, felt around for the phone and tossed it on the bed. It was time to face another day in hell.

Sliding out from under the quilt, I dragged myself to the bathroom, turned on the shower and stepped in. Slowly turning the faucet from hot over to cold and letting the water flow over me, I felt myself growing more alert.

Oh, it would be so good to imagine all my problems somehow disappearing with the water.

Riding this wave of optimism, I remembered that once there would have been three goons following me, but now there was only Alex.

I mean, how much mess could one person actually make? I’ll just pretend that he’s not even there. He’ll be gone soon, anyway.

Lifted by these positive thoughts, leaving the bathroom and heading down the hall, I’d almost convinced myself that things might soon go back to normal. That bubble burst the second I entered the kitchen.

Reality hit me in form of a huge tattooed guy dressed only in baggy cargo pants, kicking back in my home, drinking my coffee and, it seemed from his face, planning new ways of disrupting my life. Looking like he’d really made himself at home, Alex was sitting at the kitchen table, flicking through a newspaper. Though the room was actually pretty big, he seemed to fill it, and the once familiar space felt suddenly cramped and hostile. It was obvious he’d heard me enter when he turned his eyes in my direction.

It seemed so strange that someone could make you want to hot tail it and run just by glancing over, while at the same time part of you felt like jumping right into his lap. That was a really annoying feeling.

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About Zoya Tessi

Zoya spent years doing volunteering work all across Europe, from cleaning school basements in Northern Russia to excavating Stone Age artifacts in Euskadi (the Basque country) and renovating castles from the middle ages in Southern France. She always dreamed of working with ‘Doctors without borders’ somewhere out in Africa, but ended up doing an ‘ordinary job’ in one of the smaller European countries. 

Her greatest passion is devouring each and every book that comes within her reach.

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Blog Tour & Review: The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman

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The Heartbeat Hypothesis by Lindsey Frydman
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 20, 2017
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Synopsis

Audra Madison simply wanted to walk in the shoes of Emily Cavanaugh, a free-spirited teenager who died too young. After all, Audra wasn’t supposed to be here.

Thanks to Emily, Audra has a second chance at life. She’s doing all the things that seemed impossible just two years ago: Go to college. Date. Stargaze in the Rocky Mountains. Maybe get a tattoo. You know, live.

Jake Cavanaugh, a photographer with mysterious, brooding gray eyes, agrees to help chronicle her newfound experiences. She makes him laugh, one of the only people who can these days. As they delve into each other’s pasts – and secrets – the closer they become.

But she’s guarded and feels like she can’t trust anyone, including herself.

And he’s struggling with the fact that his beloved sister’s heart beats inside her.

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Review

I generously received this ARC from IndieSagePR in exchange for an honest review…

The Heartbeat Hypothesis is about two lost souls becoming one in this story of adventure and the journey of learning how to love someone even through the hurt.

What a breathtakingly captivating debut novel from the beautifully talented Lindsey Frydman! For the moment that I picked up this story, I couldn’t put it down and I quickly devoured it in less than three hours. This book captured by full attention and made my heart flutter from the very beginning to the very end.

There is literally a million things that could be said about this book, but nothing I could say would ever be able to justify just how extraordinary of a read it was. From the cover to the perfectly original characters, this story is everything. What a perfectly unique tale about two young hearts discovering what the true meaning of love is all about. Audra and Jake show book lovers just how strong of a bond two people can have. I strongly recommend picking up a copy of this amazing story today!

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I started to inch back, but his hands pressed against my hips, urging me to stay. Our mouths collided, and the air between us hummed electric. This kiss was slower than our first. Different somehow. My pulse jumped, a brightness flashed behind my eyes, and my beloved treehouse fell away. Everything fell away. It was just me and Jake. His lips and mine. And for a moment, while his tongue explored my mouth and his fingers grazed my lower back, my pain ceased to matter. Nothing mattered aside from the warmth buzzing through my veins, and the quick beating of my heart.

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About Lindsey Frydman

Lindsey has been writing since she was nine years old, when she discovered the awesomeness that is Harriet the Spy. Her books always include a romance, though sometimes there’s an added sci-fi or magical realism twist. She lives in Columbus, Ohio (where the weather is never quite right). Her BFA in Photography and Graphic Design has granted her a wide assortment of creative knowledge that serves as inspiration (and not much else). When she’s not crafting YA and NA stories, you’ll likely find her spending waaay too much time on Pinterest, playing a video game, singing show-tunes, or performing in a burlesque show—because she enjoys giving her introversion a worthy adversary. (Plus, it’s the closest to Broadway she’ll ever get.) Lindsey was a proud 2016 Pitch Wars Mentee and thoroughly adores being a part of the wonderful writing community. THE HEARTBEAT HYPOTHESIS is her debut novel.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Blog Tour & Review: Between the Secrets by S. Ferguson

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Between the Secrets by S. Ferguson
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Release Date: March 16, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Sometimes the past won’t let you escape no matter how much your future wants you to.

Jake James lives in the shadows of his shame. The guilt for what he’s done, for what was done to him, has left him hollow and haunted.

Greg Bissen just wants Jake to let him in, having accepted who he is a long time ago, he is desperate to break through Jake’s defenses. 

When danger and an agonizing loss threatens to tear them apart, will Jake let the burdens of his past crush him?

Or can love really conquer all, even if it’s hiding in between the secrets? 

This book contains strong adult content that may not be suitable for readers sensitive to hard to read subjects.

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Review

I generously received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review…

This is a M/M romance, just in case you didn’t figure that out from the synopsis – so please keep that in mind when purchasing this book!

As much as I adored the author’s debut novel – Something There In Between, nothing can compare to her follow up – Between the Secrets! Don’t get me wrong both of these books are five stars without a doubt, but this book was literally everything. If you have been fortunate enough to read S. Ferguson’s debut novel then you might remember Jake and Greg (you aren’t required to read the first book in order to enjoy this one, but I strongly encourage you to in order to better connect with the characters). If not, then be prepared to fall in love with these two gorgeous men.

So where do I even begin with this review? I guess I could start by talking about that fact that I literally devoured this beautifully captivating story in less than two hours because the second I turned on my kindle and saw this ARC, I just had to read it from start to finish right away. Or, I could talk about how these two characters managed to pull on every single one of my heartstrings. Either way I would just be discussing all of the reason why you should pick up a copy today. Since I don’t want to give any of the plot twists away, I will leave you with this, GO PICK UP THIS BOOK NOW and clear your schedule! You’ll want to because this is one of those stories that you won’t want to put down until the final page is read.

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I hear a clatter, pulling me out of my own head, as Jake tries to yank the dusty cloth off the stove. That’s enough of that shit. I don’t know if the stove is still connected to the gas and I don’t feel like dying in a giant fireball tonight.

Marching up to Jake, I grab his shoulders and try to steer him toward the back door, but he isn’t having it. Spinning around, he puts us chest to chest. I swallow the sudden lump in my throat. Does he know? Of course he doesn’t.

The tension between us has been rising to a boiling point. Our chemistry is so much deeper than just friendship. Jake’s walls come down when he drinks, but I have never dared to hope for a moment like this.

“There isn’t any food,”Jake pouts, his baby face making him look like an adorable child—a child I want to smack and kiss, in no particular order. I’m tired too and ready to go home. But I know Jake won’t drop his hunt for food. We’ve been down this road before.

I sigh in defeat. “I’ll take you to Waffle House,”I whisper. I’ll push aside my tiredness for Jake. I would do almost anything for him. This moment feels intimate, being in the dark alone with him in my arms. It’s pretty much every dream I’ve ever had come true.

“Greg…”Jake’s voice trails off. I can just barely see in the dim light, but it looks like his eyes are focused on my lips.

“Fuck, don’t look at me like that.”It’s only a half-hearted protest. More of me wants this than not. And that’s the problem.

Jake doesn’t speak. He just leans forward and then, after a brief hesitation, pushes his lips to mine.

My entire body stiffens, afraid to move. God I hope this isn’t some drunken mistake on his part. My hands lock into their position resting on his shoulders. I’m so nervous I’ll spook him. I know his history, probably better than most. I don’t know if he realizes what he’s doing. I know I’m a bastard for not pushing him away, and despite all these thoughts, about ninety percent of the blood in my body is rushing south.

Jake ignores the fact that I’ve frozen on my feet. Slanting his head, his tongue teases my bottom lip, asking me to open up.

And I do. Oh my God, I do.

He wraps his arms around the back of my neck, pulling us even closer. I can feel I’m not the only one aroused by this, his erection pushing against mine through our dress pants. He moans when he feels my hard-on pushing back, and that’s all I need to thaw. I move my left hand up to the back of his head and take control of the kiss. I don’t even think about it; I lower my right hand to rub him through his pants. Despite the material between us, I can feel how hard he is. I feel the heat coming off of him. He moans long and low into my mouth, thrusting himself into my hand.

I curse as I manage to undo his button and fly with one hand, mentally high-fiving myself for the coordination, and reach past the layers of fabric to grip him. He’s just as big as I thought he would be. Smooth skin over something hard enough to hammer nails. I run my hand from his base to tip. I had already known from plenty of times in the men’s room together that he was uncut, but feeling it like this makes me want to do so many dangerous things to him. I wonder how he would feel about me nibbling on…

A sudden crash scares the shit out of us. I rip my mouth from Jake’s and we both turn our heads to our left at the same time.

Ron is standing in the doorway. Despite the shitty lighting, I can see his heaving chest. His eyes are wide and he’s holding his gun.

This is not good. This is so not fucking good.

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About S. Ferguson

Ferguson is a military wife and mother of three. She loves to find beauty in the flawed and broken.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Blog Tour & Review: Parker by Jillian Quinn

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Parker by Jillian Quinn
Series: Face-Off #1
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

I’m Alex Parker, the best defenseman in the NHL, heartbreaker, and troublemaker. My team had the best penalty kill record in the league, thanks to me. I was on a winning team and so close to the Stanley Cup before I hooked up with the wrong puck bunny—the team owner’s granddaughter. Oops! So, they shipped me off to Philadelphia to play for the Flyers, one of the worst teams in the league.

My agent thinks I need to clean up my act. I drink too much. I sleep around too much. He assigns Charlotte Coachman, aka Coach, to whip me into shape. Coach is a sexy as hell sports agent that challenges me, and every time we’re around each other it’s as if we’re having our own face-off. I want her but she has strict rules about dating clients. And I like breaking them.

Review

I generously received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review…

I just want to start off my calling dibs on Alex Parker. He’s mine (and Coach’s of course, but that is besides the point) so ladies stand back. I mean it, he’s MINE!

Okay now that we got that out of the way, lets get on with talking about how much I absolutely adored this story. The author did an extraordinary job developing her characters and making it nearly impossible not to both connect and fall in love with them. Although Alex Parker and Charlotte “Coach” Coachman are the main characters, the secondary characters wiggle their way into your heart just as much! These characters are ones that I would be happy to know in real life. Not only that, but the sports aspect was spot on. The moment I opened this book I was a goner and ended up reading in one sitting. I cannot wait until the next book in the series is released and I hope we will be seeing more of Parker and Coach in the future!

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About Jillian Quinn

Jillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game. 

Connect with the author: WebsiteFacebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Blog Tour & Book Review: Wanderer (Nomad #2) by Janine Infante Bosco

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Wanderer by Janine Infante Bosco
Series: Nomad #2
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, MC, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

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I’ve lived two lives.

One full of innocence and one full of sin.

I mourned the perfect life I was born into and made it my duty to chase the phantom who stole it from me.

Revenge, mayhem and loss are all I know.

I am the lone man—I am the wanderer.

The former nomad—now, Satan’s deadliest soldier.

The two worlds were never supposed to collide. Innocence and sin aren’t made to coexist yet somehow my past bleeds into the present and I find myself facing my biggest regret…I find myself face to face with her—the girl who got away.

The girl I let go.

The woman I’ll ruin if I stay.

Celeste

Our young love was marred by violence.

Our guilt destroyed us, fate tempted us but, it was he who broke us.

They say time heals all, but all time did was dull the ache of his abandonment.

Now, dressed in leather, covered in ink the boy I mourned is now a man—a man tormented by his demons.

In another life we were everything to one another.

In this life we’re strangers.

Review

I generously received this ARC from IndieSagePR in exchange for an honest review…

So I have to admit that I only recently discovered this extraordinary author back in September 2016, but instantly I feel in love with her beautifully intensive writing style. Every character she develops has a personality of their own and no two characters are ever the same. They all have their own unique characteristics, which isn’t something you always find in many of the books being released today.

I absolutely adored Stryker and Gina’s story in Drifter (Nomad #1), but I have to admit that Cobra and Celeste’s have taken the number one spot in my heart. These two are both tragically flawed and yet I couldn’t get enough of them. This is the second chance romance that you’ve always wanted to read, but never had the chance. UNTIL NOW! Wanderer (Nomad #2) totally blew my mind and I couldn’t imagine a more deserving couple. And if you still aren’t convinced, the intense love that radiates off the pages will surely do just that. Cobra and Celeste may be two lost souls, but when they are collide it creates an undeniable love.

Yet another 5 star read from Janine Infante Bosco! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!

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As a boy, I identified desperation as a narcotic, something toxic that defined a man as weak. It was the sense of hopelessness I saw in my old man’s eyes every time the cops knocked on our front door. It robbed him of his ability to think straight and made him crave vengeance.

For my father, desperation was his confirmed resignation on life.

As a man, my views have changed and I now identify desperation as an act of war. The fundamentals of war are someone wins and someone dies trying but it is the cause, not the death that makes the martyr.

My cause is simple.

It’s driven by the ice in my veins.

Fueled by the blood in my eyes.

Sparked by the hate in my soul.

My cause is retribution.                       

I’ve been grooming myself for this battle since I was fourteen years old, since Vladimir Yankovich first took my sister. Back then, he didn’t have a face, nor did he have a name and by the time I discovered who was responsible for the tragedy that claimed our lives, the Russian cocksucker had already taken more from me by brutally killing my parents.

I became familiar with desperation and morphed into the same hopeless man my father used to be. I wandered alone, hunting a faceless stranger for years, adding to my list of immoralities but never got my due vengeance.

I gave up before I signed away on my confirmed resignation too. Resolving that all the sins I committed chasing the Devil would eventually catch up with me. Life only lets you get away with inflicting evil for so long. Sooner or later we all pay the price and when you get the bill, you better be prepared to pay.

Today I got the bill and I’m paying for my sins but I’m not the only one—she’s paying too.

With the heart of an angel and a soul so pure, I was sure she was sent from Heaven.

So sweet.

So innocent.

She brought light into my life and I knew the moment I laid eyes on her I would never love anyone the way I love her.

He knew too.

Now, he’s taken from me again and I’ve become the man I feared being.

I’ve become my father.

And desperation has claimed me because I won’t let history repeat itself again. I won’t let Yankovich take from me and live to tell.

Not this time.

Not ever again.

This is war and there is only one victor.

All men have fears but the ones that are brave, place their fears down and go forward. Sometimes death is the only victory allowed. Lucky for me, I’ve never been afraid of dying. I used to think I’d die for my club, that the patch on my back was worth the sacrifice, but it’s that patch that’s led Satan to my doorstep.

It’s the stitching that reads Brooklyn that has made my angel become Yankovich’s next target.

Stripping the worn cut from my shoulders, I toss it to the ground as my boots pound the pavement and I run through the shipping yard. Alone, defying my brotherhood, chasing retribution I spot the boat anchored at the end of the pier.

My father’s voice rings in my ears, reminding me to listen to my gut, schooling me on intuition.

Intuition knows the game and has your best interest at heart.

What my father should’ve taught me is retribution and bad decisions go hand in hand. He should’ve taught me not to be reckless because one reckless mistake is about to cost me the sweetest, the purest love I’ve ever known.

One mistake can cost me her.

The distinct rumble and roar of straight pipes echoes behind me and I know the men I once called my brothers have arrived and their duty isn’t to save me but to kill me.

They can try but, they gotta catch me to kill me.

Rounding the dock, I see Yankovich’s men running towards the boat. Without hesitation, I take my father’s advice and follow my gut, dragging the strap of my automatic shotgun around my shoulders. I lift the gun, wrap my finger around the trigger and ignore the voices behind me.

“Cobra, stand down!” Riggs shouts from behind me.

“Get back!” Blackie demands.

Fuck them.

I continue taking long strides along the wooden dock, closing in on my mark—deciding execution style is the way I’m going to deliver them to Hell but I’m too slow. They spin around, draw their weapons and unleash their bullets in my direction.

Shot after shot.

Clip after clip.

Bang! Bang!

Gun powder fills the air, mixing with the dense fog, making it impossible to see my targets or the bullets headed straight for me or the ones whizzing through the air from behind me.

Blindly, I fire back, keeping my finger on the trigger as I have a showdown with death. Voices shout around me in both a native and foreign tongue. In front of me, my last rites are given to me in Russian. Behind me, orders of war are declared.

“Riggs, press the fucking button,” Blackie bellows.

“Cobra, get down!” Riggs shouts.

“Do it now!” Blackie commands.

“No,” I scream at the top of my lungs as I drop my gun.

Spreading my arms wide, I close my eyes and offer myself to both sides of the fence, praying they take me and spare her.

A million smiles flash before my eyes.

Every single one I’ve tallied through the years.

All belong to Celeste except for the final one.

It’s the smile of an innocent child.

Big blue eyes, pure and full of wonder, stare back at me asking me—pleading with me to rescue her from the ugly world.

Save me, daddy.

It’s her face I’ll die remembering…the beautiful face of my daughter.

Helpless, spent and defeated, I drop to my knees as the blast reverberates through me and the sky lights in hues of orange and red.

I open my mouth to scream but the voice I hear isn’t my own.

“NO!”

“Get back, Celeste!” Blackie barks.

I close my eyes.

“JAGGER!”

Bullets tear through my skin.

Blood pours from my wounds.

But I don’t feel a thing.

Numbly, I open my eyes and stare down the dock into the flames of Hell.

Once the wanderer, I am now the martyr.

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About Janine Infante Bosco

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.

She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter /  Goodreads / Newsletter

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Blog Tour & Book Review: Bluff by Julie Dill

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Bluff by Julie Dill
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Release Date: February 7, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N / Kobo

Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea’s father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it’s no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it’ll be up to her to keep the lights on.

With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she’s quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her.

Chelsea’s life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler’s life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her bluff?

Review

I generously received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review…

Ever since 2010 when I came across Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt, I’ve been on the search for another book that centered around a female poker play desperately trying to survive her family’s financial troubles. You can imagine my surprise when I came across Bluff by Julie Dill on Xpresso Book Tours! Upon discovering it I quickly signed up for the Blog Tour and am I glad I did. This book gave me some the same feelings that Aces Up did, without being identical (it was a completely different storyline).

I started this book as I was going to bed and finished it in less then two hours because once I started reading I didn’t want to put it down. Although there were a few parts I questioned throughout, I have to say that overall I really enjoyed this book. Chelsea Knowles was a funny and identifiable character that showed the readers that addiction is real and once you’ve started, it’s hard to stop. Gambling is a major addiction that so many people struggle with, so it was good to see how the author chose to approach the subject.

The only problem that I had was the fact that Chelsea was never ID’ed, something I know that all casinos do (trust me, I am 21 almost 22 and I my ID is checked every single time, with the comment that I look 14, yep 14!) and they didn’t ask for it when cashing out her money (something that the majority of casinos do if they are paying out over $500). However, it was enough to deter me from giving this story 4 stars!

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ENTER HERE for a chance to win a Bluff-themed box (including an Amazon gift card, a signed book, among other items related to the book)!

About Julie Dill

Julie Dill lives in Oklahoma City where the wind always comes sweeping down the plains—literally.

As a young girl she always wanted to be a teacher, so she went on to receive her Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma and taught in elementary schools for ten years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct professor and loves helping students achieve success. One of her greatest professional accomplishments is earning her National Board Certification.

She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Oklahoma City University and continues to work on various writing projects. From hiking in Colorado, to playing poker in Vegas, she’s always up for a new challenge. Julie is a busy mom of two teenage daughters, and any extra time that she may carve out is spent reading, writing, and rooting for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Connect with the author: Twitter / Goodreads

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Blog Tour: Wet by Ashley Bostock

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Wet by Ashley Bostock
Series: Love in Lone Star #1
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 26, 2017
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I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.

But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.

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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.

I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.

Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.

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That’s when I spotted her. My feet slowed and my heart slammed into my chest as I drank in her features. Her light brown hair fell in waves around one side of her face showcasing her exposed shoulder on the other side. She had tied it with a purple flower cut from the same color of fabric as her top. Why did she have to be so fucking beautiful? Was I the only one in this town whose skin she got under? In a good way. 

She hadn’t noticed me yet and I glanced around the restaurant confirming that I was in fact, the only person staring at her. She sat alone, her ever-present notebook sitting open on the table next to her glass of beer. A reporter was never off duty I supposed. My heart felt slightly heavy at the fact she was sitting by herself with no one giving her so much as a second thought. Unable to stop myself, all reasoning of why I shouldn’t be seen with her in public flew out of my mind as I passed our booth and came to a stop at hers.

She glanced up at me then, her wicked brown eyes widening in surprise and I couldn’t help but smile.

“Working?” I asked.

“Waiting for the waitress to take my order.”

“Alone?” God. Why was I questioning the obvious? Could I be any denser?

“I wasn’t. My co-worker was meeting me here, but her son’s father had to run out so she went to pick him up.”

“Mind if I sit down with you?”

She glanced up and around the tavern then and I followed her gaze. Not a soul was paying any attention to us. A few women who were always trying to snag my attention, but no one that counted. Except for Alex. He furrowed his eyebrows at me and cocked his head. He was questioning what I was doing and I turned my neck silently conveying it was nothing.

She straightened her back, “If you’d like but that goes against your whole-”

“The more important question is would you like me to? I don’t want to ruin your dinner.”

“I haven’t ordered yet, but I can assure you, you aren’t going to ruin it.” She glances around once more before turning to me, “You already made it clear what it would do to your reputation if you hung out with me. You don’t have to do this. Sitting with me because I’m alone or because you feel sorry for me. I’m used to it.” 

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About Ashley Bostock

Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.

She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.

She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.

She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.

Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.

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