Month: April 2023
Verse of the Day April 29, 2023
Verse of the Day April 28, 2023
Verse of the Day April 26, 2023
My August #BookBlitz #Giveaway
I know that this is a wrong, that I shouldn’t be doing this. But in this moment, nothing else matters except the brewing desire and longing between us.
Publication date: April 25th 2023
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Romance
August and I have been inseparable since childhood, but one kiss changed everything. Suddenly, I began to see things in a new light – not just about myself, but about him as well. It was as if he had morphed into a different person right before my eyes.
Sick, deviant, twisted – words I never would have associated with us before, now seem to fit like a glove.
Despite the fact that he slowly chipped away at my sanity and made me see the ugliest parts of himself, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving his side. Even as things grew increasingly dark and twisted between us, I remained fiercely loyal to the boy I had once called my best friend.
“Kiss me, August. Please…I want to know what it feels like,” she whispers.
Fuck she’s making it hard for me in more ways than one. Her fingers trail up my chest and brush my chin.
I hesitate, conflicted by my feelings. This is so wrong. But as Lu’s lips part slightly, her eyes on my mouth, I can’t resist any longer. She’s forbidden fruit, but I would rather go to hell than not taste her. I lean in, and my mind is a haze when her breath kisses my skin, and then I press my lips to hers. She’s soft and so fucking warm. Like the sun. I’m kissing the sun. I’m Icarus, warned not to fly too close to the sun but too damn exhilarated not to. Like him, I’ll fall to my death, but if these are my last moments of euphoria, I’ll take it.
She lets out a moan when I deepen the kiss, and soon, my tongue is exploring her mouth. She is even more delicious than I imagined. She’s hesitant at first, unsure, but then she gets the hang of it, the heat between us intensifying to boiling point. The movie fades to the background as I grip her waist, pulling her closer. I’m growing impossibly hard in my sweatpants, but when I drag her into my lap, and she gasps at the contact her wet heat makes with my erection, it’s the wake-up check I need, and I pull away abruptly.
“Fuck, Lu. No!” I move her off my lap and stand, staring at her while trying to get air back into my lungs. Her lips are swollen as she holds a trembling finger to them.
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The Scavenger: Club Southside Book 2
He can protect her but only if he can earn her trust!
When Royce is assigned to protect a new high profile client, he doesn’t understand how it’s any different from any other case… until he meets the woman he’s supposed to protect and hears her story.
Camille’s brothers work for Russian mafia boss, Aleksy Dokofsky. Three years ago in an ill-fated attempt to help them escape she witnessed the brutal killing of a senator’s family by a Russian kill team and her brothers deserted her as a distraction to the Feds. After being taken into custody she was placed in WITSEC. Now she has been brought to Chicago to testify against the Russian mafia boss.Continue reading “The Scavenger: Club Southside Book 2”
Filthy Desires #BookBlitz #Giveaway
A wide smile grew on my face. Finding Reese felt like torture. If I can survive that, I can manage a few more days not touching her body and kissing her sweet lips, right?
(Professors of Westview University, #2)
Publication date: April 25th 2023
Genres: Adult, Erotica, Romance
School’s my priority. All I do is eat, sleep, and study. My best friend says I need to loosen up and live a little. So I did.
I had one passionate night with billionaire playboy, Lucas Blessington. He’s tall, rich, and handsome, and can get any girl he wants. I’m just another woman that he can add to his long list of one night stands.
When he walks into my class and announces that he is the guest professor for the rest of the semester, I want to hide. Little did I know he did his research on me and managed a way back to his alma mater, Westview University, to continue where we left off from our night together.
I don’t know what’s riskier: having sex with my professor or having sex with a billionaire playboy? Either way, I’m risking my future and will have my heart broken by him anyway.
“Miss Lucero, can you please stay back for a moment?”
Reese glanced up, and our gazes locked. There was a sparkle in her eyes.
As soon as the last student left the room, our arms wrapped around each other, lips crashing in a fervent kiss. We hadn’t been physical for four days, but it felt more like four months.
Reese released the kiss and pushed away from me. She whispered in my ear, “I missed you so much. Let’s go to your office. I need you Lucas – inside me, right now.” Thank fuck.
We left the lecture hall and quickly scrambled to my office. The bolt clicked as I turned the lock on the door as slowly and quietly as possible. Our lips crashed again, kisses hot and hasty. We pulled each other’s clothes off effortlessly, with speed I didn’t know I possessed. Reese was my drug, and damn if I didn’t need my fix.
“I missed you so much, kitten.”
R. M. Grey is a healthcare professional by day and her alter-ego writes forbidden and panty-melting erotic romance at night. R. M. Grey brings taboo and age-gap stories of curvy heroines and alpha heroes that you’ve fantasized about.
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Entirely #BookBlitz #Giveaway
(Transformation Series, #3)
Publication date: April 25th 2023
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“…the deep interplay between the two main characters adds a special intimacy to the novel.” -Publishers Weekly BookLife Prize
“a fantastic story…with many surprises and exquisite intimacy. …an excellent read for romance fans and anyone new to the genre.” -Literary Titan
A startling revelation. A secret that speaks to who we are and who we hide. A choice that forces one heartbreaking question: Can their love survive?
Quinn and Jonathan’s journey continues in Entirely, the third novel in the Transformation series. Outfitting a wedding barn and planning Becca’s reception has Quinn furiously busy and—except for a stinging writing rejection—optimistic. Jonathan watches her self-protective walls crumble as their relationship begins to bloom.
Until Octavia calls with an urgent plea.
Quinn can’t refuse Octavia’s request, while Jonathan sees red. The erotic arrangement she proposes to make it up to him yanks him straight out of his comfort zone. He rises to the challenge, though, taking them to stratospheric heights of pleasure and closeness.
When a shocking discovery forces Quinn to make an impossible choice, will their story end with a chasm of hurt and betrayal between them, or can they find their way back to each other?
Intensely intimate, sensual, and emotional, Entirely concludes the first Transformation trilogy. (No cliffhanger.)
• Friends to lovers, slow burn, second chance, fish out of water—readers will click with the themes in this edgy contemporary romance.
• Third-person, alternating points of view
• Characters over 40 and a sexy beta hero
Note: Mature themes, strong language, dungeon and super-steamy open-door bedroom (among other places) scenes. Entirely is Book 3 in the Transformation series; the novels should be read in order.
Q&A with Talya Blaine:
What was your favorite scene or theme in Entirely to write?
My favorite scene to write was the one in which Quinn and Jonathan are standing in her kitchen in the early hours of the morning, after Becca’s wedding reception. They listen to Becca’s voicemail and then they go to bed. Funny, sexy, intimate–and before the realization of a secret that threatens to pull them apart. Writing that scene was a pleasure.
What was the hardest part of the story to write?
Without spoilers, it was when Jonathan makes his “discovery.” I felt terrible for him because I knew he would feel so utterly betrayed–it was hard to write the scenes where he’s trying to process what happened.
Entirely completes the first trilogy of the Transformation series. What’s next?
Plans are underway for the release next year of some shorter, lighter, funnier stories, more like sexy rom-coms. And with the chemistry between Quinn and Jonathan, as well as all the twists and turns I imagine their life–and the other characters’ lives–taking, expect to see more of them soon.
What’s at the top of your TBR (to be read) pile right now?
The pile is high and always growing but since I’ve been writing a lot lately, I haven’t had as much time to read. Also, when I’m writing fiction, the stories and characters really inhabit my life (or I, theirs), and it’s hard for me to get into other stories and worlds. That said, I’m excited because next up are:
- The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell, a locked-room whodunit on the set of a British reality TV baking show. (Big grin)
- Winter’s List by Jordyn Kross, a ménage tale about a law-school graduate who meets two sexy strangers on a flight to the Caribbean.
- War’s Peace by Raisa Greywood, the first Club Apocalypse novel. I’ve been wanting to check out more of these last two authors’ work since reading their short stories at the end of 2022 in a Holiday Shorts anthology.
- Last but not least, Big Swiss by Jen Beagin. Transcriptionist for a sex therapist falls for one of his clients and the two accidentally meet IRL? I’m in.
Where can readers find you online?
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Talya Blaine writes later-in-life contemporary romance that’s emotionally intense and thought-provoking, spicy and sweet. She writes “older” characters (40+), sexy beta heroes, and explores how relationships of all types change over time. Silently (Transformation Series Book 1) is her debut romance, with Secretly (Book 2) and Entirely (Book 3) completed and releasing soon.
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Verse of the Day April 24, 2023
Bookworm #BookBlitz #Giveaway
“Why are you smiling?” he asked.
“A smile is an excellent way to improve an awkward situation,” I said. “Or at least, that’s what I read once.”
Publication date: April 20th 2023
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Bookworm (buk-werm): Someone who loves books, reading, and/or studying. For reference, see Charlotte Kent.
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Kent likes happy endings. Not that she’s looking for one herself. Awkward, never been kissed, and bookish to the core, Lottie would rather read about love than experience it.
But she enjoys helping others find their HEA in books.
Lottie loves working at the library…even if it means running into Bo Stryker.
Broody, athletic, and unfairly attractive when he frowns, Bo works at the flower shop across the street. Lottie is about to get rejected…when surprisingly, Bo steps in, pretends to be her boyfriend, and steals her first kiss.
One viral video later, everyone thinks they’re together.
Bo wants to keep pretending. Lottie wants to make amends—long story short: she was on a ladder; he startled her; the book slap was an accident.
A fake relationship may be the solution. But as they grow closer, Lottie can’t help falling for Bo—which is a disaster because grumpy sunshine only works in fiction…right?
This book features two opposites with undeniable chemistry, one lovable librarian, so many stolen kisses and answers the question:
What happens when a nerd falls for the grump-next-door?
Rolling my eyes, I reached over, gently grasped his forearm and brought it closer.
“What are you doing?”
“Relax,” I said, trying not to laugh at the alarm I heard in his voice. “If I wanted to hurt you, I would’ve done it by now.”
“Says the girl who gave me a bookcussion” he grumbled.
Biting back a smile, I concentrated on his forearm, running my fingers over his skin to find the correct spot. This took a few moments. When I found it, I leaned closer, using my thumbs to press down, gently at first, then adding a little more pressure. Bo didn’t tense. He didn’t move a muscle. I might’ve thought he’d stopped breathing he was so still. But then I felt his breath against my neck.
The sensation sent shivers down my spine.
I counted the seconds under my breath and then released him.
“What was that, Kent?” he asked softly.
“I looked up how to treat a sprained wrist,” I said with a shrug. “It was nothing, just one of the techniques they recommended.”
“You looked that up?”
Meeting his eyes, I nodded. “Does it feel any better?”
Bo glanced down at his wrist before looking back up, locking me in his intense stare. “Yeah, it does. Thanks, Kent.”
For some reason, I blushed. “No problem.”
I didn’t know what made me say it.
But I added, “Maybe now, you won’t be so opposed to working with me.”
Bo shook his head. “It’s not that.”
“No,” he said. “I just don’t like the idea of you taking care of me out of some misplaced sense of guilt.”
I hadn’t even considered that possibility.
“I thought you hated having me around,” I admitted.
“You even told me how much you hate people.”
“Not you,” he said.
My heart skipped a beat.
“I could never hate you, Kent.”
Cookie O’Gorman Bio: Cookie O’Gorman writes YA & NA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her novels ADORKABLE, NINJA GIRL, The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder, The Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad, The Kissing Challenge (YA novella), WALLFLOWER, CUPCAKE, and FAUXMANCE are out now! She is also the author of NA sports romances The Best Mistake, The Perfect Play, and The Sweetest Game. Her newest release BOOKWORM came out on April 20, 2023!
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