Thursday, 22 September 2022

❤ B.B. Easton πŸ€ DEVIL OF DUBLIN πŸ–€

 


• 22 September 2022
• standalone Dark Irish Mafia Romance

★★★★
4.25 Stars

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 44 Chapters About 4 Men (inspiration for the Netflix Original series Sex/Life) comes a dark mafia romance steeped in Irish folklore.

I can’t remember anymore if my grandfather’s eyes were blue or green, but I’ll never forget the way they wrinkled at the corners when he laughed at one of his own jokes. Or the way they sparkled with mischief when he told me tales about the magical creatures that dwelled in the forest behind his humble Irish sheep farm—shy fairies who liked to eat tea biscuits, cruel witches who liked to eat children, a moody lake spirit with a taste for expensive gifts.

As a child, I believed every fantastical word. But when he warned me about the mute boy who also lurked in those woods, the one the priest had declared to be the spawn of Satan himself, I refused to listen. Kellen wasn’t evil. He was kind, and beautiful, and special, and hurting. He was my friend. And with every summer I spent stolen away with him in those enchanted woods, he grew to become so much more.

But when I return to Glenshire as an adult, grieving and engaged to someone else, all those legends quickly morph into nightmares.

My grandfather had been right about everything,
especially the boy.

If only I had listened.

WARNING: If you are a sensitive reader or find certain subject matter triggering, please exercise self-care and select a different book. Devil of Dublin is a dark romance, intended for mature audiences who enjoy high emotional intensity, explicit adult content, graphic violence, heart-pounding suspense, fairy-tale worthy love, and gorgeous Irish scenery. If that sounds like you, then … welcome to Glenshire!






Darby + Kellen

When she was only eight years old Darby went to visit her grandpa in Ireland for the first time. And that's also when she met the mute boy in the woods for the first time. He was living with the local priest and people thought he was the son of the devil just because he couldn't talk. They became the bestest of friends and played in the woods every summer. Until Darby didn't return for eight years.
When she came back for her grandpa's funeral - she was engaged. And Kellen wasn't the scared little boy anymore. He was working for the Dublin mafia.
And suddenly things get very dangerous for our darlings...

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH DARBY + KELLEN?
WILL WE GET A HEA??
READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT ☺




Phew. What a story.
I loved reading this. The chapters from their childhood were so adorable and sweet and heartbreaking!
And then they're all grown up. I'm not a mafia romance fan at all. But I loved Darby + Kellen.
It was such a sweet childhood-sweethearts-second-chance love story in the middle of all that crime and violence. Both Darby and Kellen have been through so much in their short lives. They're perfect for each other. Or they would be in a perfect world. But in their world, they have to fight through lots of obstacles to get to that happy end.
And the reader enjoys every page of that journey!

I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!

It was a bit silly here and there. No matter what Kellen did, nothing worked! On the run from the bad guys - nothing worked. I wanted my hero to be a bit smarter than the mafia! I wished one of his ideas had worked. But pfft - in the end everything worked out perfectly!
 
DEVIL OF DUBLIN was a sweet and heartbreaking and dark and violent and exciting and sparky and sexy and very Irish love story. I didn't even mind the mafia bits all that much! I enjoyed reading this!



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Standalone
 

The Netflix Hit Book!
 





Wall Street Journal bestselling author BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write books about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about that.

BB’s debut memoir, 44 Chapters About 4 Men, is the inspiration for the #4 Most-Watched Netflix Original Series of all time, Sex/Life. Because she had so much fun writing it, BB went on to publish four more wickedly funny, shockingly steamy, and heartwarmingly honest books, one for each man in her memoir: Skin, Speed, Star, and Suit.

The Rain Trilogy, an epic, immersive, end-of-the-world romance, is BB's first work of fiction. Or at least, that's what she thought when she wrote it in 2019. Then 2020 hit and all of her dystopian plot points started coming true. Hopefully, her feel-good romantic comedy Group Therapy will fix everything.

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

✪ Making The Match (River Rain #4) ✪ Kristen Ashley ✪

 




It was never meant to be . . . and then it was.


Making the Match, an all-new second chance, single parent, standalone romance full of heat and heart from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley, is available now!


Decades ago, tennis superstar Tom Pierce and “It Girl” Mika Stowe met at a party.

Mika fell in love. Tom was already in love with his wife. As badly as Tom wanted Mika as a friend, Mika knew it would hurt too much to be attracted to this amazing man and never be able to have him.

They parted ways for what they thought would be forever, only to reconnect just once, when unspeakable tragedy darkens Mika’s life.

Years later, the impossible happens.

A time comes when they’re both unattached.

But now Tom has made a terrible mistake. A mistake so damaging to the ones he loves, he feels he’ll never be redeemed.

Mika has never forgotten how far and how fast she fell when she met him, but Tom’s transgression is holding her distant from reaching out.

There are matchmakers in their midst, however.

And when the plot has been unleashed to make that match, Tom and Mika are thrown into an international intrigue that pits them against a Goliath of the sports industry.
Now they face a massive battle at the same time they’re navigating friendship, attraction, love, family, grief, redemption, two very different lives lived on two opposite sides of a continent and a box full of kittens.


 


ARC received for an honest review 

I have been intrigued by Tom Pierce since he was first introduced to us.

There was so much alluded to, so much I needed to know, and KA has not disappointed.

He did come across in the previous books as the bad guy in the breakdown of his relationship, but as they say there's two sides to every story and now we get Tom's.
 
I liked that both Tom and Mika are both more mature characters - not just by date of birth but in their actions and attitudes.  I liked that even as we saw them in the past, they were the same as they are now.  No nonsense, not BS, just themselves.

I admit that I have missed a few of the KA books (but not this series), so I did not know that that character Susie who plays quite a part in this book was a big player in other series, but that did not affect my reading enjoyment.

I liked seeing the characters come full circle, I liked the growth in Tom's kids, especially Sasha and Matt.

I did feel that things did get a little bit lost for a while in the second half, however things found their way back on track and tied up everything by the end.

But tell me, WTF is with Imogen (Tom's ex).  I liked her in the past books, but this time, nope, she really was quite unlikable, and selfish brat and just...nope nope nope.  Glad you got away from that one in the end Tom.

I am now looking forward to the next installment of the River Rain series (though I can't even remember who Blake is???)

 

• EXCERPT •

She looked beyond him and called, “Hey, Mom.”

Suddenly, Tom felt like he’d been punched in the chest, his breath not coming easy.

Dragging some in, he turned and saw Mika standing there.

She was wearing a kaftan dress with a low V at the neck, draping sleeves and a string through an empire waist that gathered the material. The print on a black background was mostly reds, oranges and pinks with bright accents of green and blue and turquoise. She had some flat, embroidered mules on her feet. And her still-golden hair was up in a messy knot on top of her head.

Even though she was dressed like she was hanging around the house, she wore makeup. Mostly neutral but with black cat’s-eye, drawing focus to her eyes and the startling sea-blue color of the iris. She had some delicate chain bracelets at her wrists and a number of piercings in her ears, with studs or small hoops running up the shell, and dangling beads coming from the lobe.

She looked the picture of what a poet, photographer, novelist, filmmaker would look like. An easy style that was not unique, but she made it that way.

She was also still one of the most attractive women he’d ever laid eyes on.

In fact, he’d go so far as saying she was in the top two, vying for number one.

“Tom,” she greeted.

“Mika,” he replied, and then was surprised yet again in his short visit to her home.

 

He saw a soft pink rise in her cheeks, the kind a woman got when she felt nervous or didn’t know what to do with flattery, something he hadn’t offered, unless she caught it in his gaze.

She looked to her daughter and ordered, “Scram, kid.”



     

 


About Kristen Ashley


Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over eighty romance novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold millions of books. 


Kristen recently released GOSSAMER IN THE DARKNESs, a novella with 1,001 Dark Nights based in Kristen's Fantasyland universe. 


In September 2022, she'll publish the fourth in the River Rain Series, the story of Tom and Mika, MAKING THE MATCH. She also has upcoming books in her Wild West MC romance series, and her romantic thriller series, Misted Pines.


Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana and was a fourth-generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.


Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.

You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website: www.KristenAshley.net



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Tuesday, 20 September 2022

πŸŽ… A MERRY LITTLE MEET CUTE πŸŽ„ Sierra Simone & Julie Murphy πŸ†

 ©  Bianca & Janeane 





A Merry Little Meet Cute
Julie Murphy & Sierra Simone


• 20 September 2022
• Book #1 in the
Christmas Notch, Vermont series

★★★★★
4.85 Stars

Cowritten by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy and USA Today bestselling author Sierra Simone—a steamy plus-size holiday rom-com about an adult film star who is semi-accidentally cast as a lead in a family-friendly Christmas movie, and the former bad-boy pop star she falls in love with.

Bee Hobbes (aka Bianca Von Honey) has a successful career as a plus-size adult film star. With a huge following and two supportive moms, Bee couldn’t ask for more. But when Bee’s favorite producer casts her to star in a Christmas movie he’s making for the squeaky-clean Hope Channel, Bee’s career is about to take a more family-friendly direction.

Forced to keep her work as Bianca under wraps, Bee quickly learns this is a task a lot easier said than done. Though it all becomes worthwhile when she discovers her co-star is none other than childhood crush Nolan Shaw, an ex-boy band member in desperate need of career rehab. Nolan’s promised his bulldog manager to keep it zipped up on set, and he will if it means he’ll be able to provide a more stable living situation for his sister and mom.

But things heat up quickly in Christmas Notch, Vermont, when Nolan recognizes his new co-star from her ClosedDoors account (oh yeah, he’s a member). Now Bee and Nolan are sneaking off for quickies on set, keeping their new relationship a secret from the Hope Channel’s execs. Things only get trickier when the reporter who torpedoed Nolan’s singing career comes snooping around—and takes an instant interest in mysterious newcomer Bee.

And if Bee and Nolan can’t keep their off-camera romance behind the scenes, then this merry little meet cute might end up on the cutting room floor.



 
Bee + Nolan

Bee is happily living her life in Los Angeles as a professional plus size porn star. And former boy band bad boy Nolan is not-so-happily working a local theater job to keep his sister fed and to afford the expensive medication for mom. And now here's his chance to star in a Christmas movie, make some good money and to finally stop being in the tabloids with whatever idiot thing he did last!
Bee always wanted to be a real actress but Hollywood doesn't like big girls. Not even highschools liked her for important parts. But now the original star of the movie got hurt and Bee gets the job - because her friend and porn producer boss is also producing this wholesome Christmas Romance. LOL!
Nobody can know anything about any porn related things on set!
Only problem is... Nolan is Bee's biggest fan!

LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN...


I love a good Christmas Romance - be it in paper or movie form.
August 3rd is a tiny bit early in the season to start to read one, but pfft - who cares!
I really enjoyed this book and I can already see it on Netflix!
The Christmas town and the snowy weather and the whole atmosphere. And all the porn people behind the scenes - hilarious!
Poor Nolan is half in love with Bee already - has been ever since he discovered her porn channel years ago. And Bee has been in love with Nolan since she saw him on that casting show as a teenager!
Those two would be perfect for each other - but of course it takes us a while to get to that happy end - especially because it is strictly verboten to get any kinds of happy endings of the sexual variety with anyone in town - says the movie contract! LOL!
This was such a cute - I was about to say movie! - see - it's already a movie in my head. I really loved reading this. It's so sweet and adorable and funny and sexy and christmassy and crazy and a bit sad and heartbreaking with Nolan's past!
And all the co-stars! There are so many more stories possible in this world! I can't wait!

Side note - just to let you know what an amazingly smart reading person I am - I understood the meaning of the name of Nolan's former band at the 94% mark in the book. ROFL!!!

There were some tiny things that might/should be edited before the book releases. I had some problems with some timelines. Ages. Events. As in they're not really mentioned. It's all a bit complicated to follow - but if you just don't think about such things while reading you won't care/notice at all.

What else can I say?
From the amazingly beautiful cover to the last word: PERFECT CHRISTMAS ROMANCE!




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Stalking Sierra ...




Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio).

She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily.

Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1904-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order

She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they're so naughty we don't talk about them.)

 


Stalking Julie ...




Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cats who tolerate her. After several wonderful years in the library world, Julie now writes full-time.

When she’s not writing or reliving her reference desk glory days, she can be found watching made-for-TV movies, hunting for the perfect slice of cheese pizza, and planning her next great travel adventure.

She is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Dumplin’ (now a film on Netflix), Puddin’, Ramona Blue, and Side Effects May Vary. Dear Sweet Pea is her debut middle grade novel.


Some of Julie's books:


If the Shoe fits