Thursday, March 26, 2020

Julius by Nicole Cypher: Release Blitz + Giveaway + Review

Title: Julius
Author: Nicole Cypher
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: March 26, 2020
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions

They say success is the best revenge.

I say it isn’t enough.

I’ve spent the last twenty years building my empire, but I’ll never forget the gutters I had to crawl through to get here. Or the enemy who made it that way. Kevin Cryson, the man who destroyed my life. It isn’t enough to build my own empire if I can’t crush his.

Luckily, I’ve found his weak spot. The perfect lure in the form of a brown-eyed devil with chestnut hair and a deviant smile. The princess he never should’ve let leave the castle.

They say revenge makes people bitter.

I’ve never tasted anything so sweet.

**Julius is complete story with a guaranteed HEA and NO cliffhanger. It is set in the same world as the interconnected standalone series Darker Places, but the series is not necessary to read in order to enjoy Julius. This book is a dark romance, and thus contains dark subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.**

To live your whole life consumed with nothing but revenge will take a toll on a person. That's the exact life Julius lived. Wanting to avenge the murder of his father, he came up with an elaborate and fool proof plan to get even; or so he thought. Hiring someone to kidnap the daughter of his target to lure out his father’s murderer quickly backfired. They ended up getting the wrong girl. Laney was a free spirit who lived a very sheltered life, thanks to the uncles who helped raise her. Always one to break the rules, she changed the rest of her life by doing so on her cousin’s 21st birthday.

          The emotion in this book from both Julius and Laney really comes to life through the words of this author. The love of a captor and captee that comes to life was so hot and cold that it gave me the chills in a very good way. This is the first book I've read by Nicole, but will most definitely not be the last.

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Nicole Cypher is an author and avid reader of dark romance. She began her writing journey in college and hasn't looked back since. In her books you can expect a yummy anti-hero, plenty of action, and a happy ending.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The Model by Harlow Layne: Release Blitz + Review

Title: The Model   
Author: Harlow Layne
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 25, 2020

The Model by Harlow Layne is LIVE! This is a hot and sexy reverse age gap (younger man/older woman ;) office romance that will steam up your Kindle! #OneClick today!

The moment I heard Ryder’s voice I was a goner.

 As a photographer, I was used to working with beautiful people, but Ryder Williams was the most perfect male specimen that had ever stood before me. I knew without a doubt it would take no time at all for him to be the next big thing... or for him to steal my heart.

 Model and photographer, we shouldn’t cross that line, but there was no stopping the passion we felt. Nothing else mattered. Not the age difference. Not that he was a client. Not even our pasts.

 After my assistant caught us together, he was gone. I tried to put him out of my head, until fate threw him back into my life and my bed.

Time and time again we’re brought together, should I keep fighting or finally accept what my heart wants?

This is a new to me author and I have to say, I must read more of her work. I was sucked in from the start and couldn’t put it down. The flow was great, and the storyline was quite steamy to say the least. The age difference made the story.

We have one of the best photographers around and one of the most up and coming models. The chemistry these two display from the get-go was catchy. What I found fascinating is the fact that the elder in the relationship was a woman instead of a male. I loved it! 

To celebrate The Model’s release, Harlow Layne is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card.

Harlow Layne is a hopeless romantic who writes sweet and sexy alpha males who will make you swoon.

Harlow wrote fanfiction for years before she decided to try her hand at a story that had been swimming in her head for years.

When Harlow's not writing you'll find her online shopping on Amazon, Facebook, or Instagram, reading, or hanging out with her family and two dogs. 

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Chute Yeah (The Valentine Boys, Book Three) by Lani Lynn Vale: Release Blitz + Double Review

Title: Chute Yeah
Series: The Valentine Boys, Book 3 
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Photographer: FuriousFotog - Golden Czermak
Publish Date: March 24, 2020

Candy Ray Sunshine—Yes, that is my real name, thank you very much, Mom and Dad—knew two things.

One, she was going to work her butt off and open her very own coffee shop, even if she had to die doing it.

Two, Banks Valentine was the world’s worst ex-boyfriend in the history of ex-boyfriends. Even if they were only boyfriend and girlfriend for one evening. She wouldn’t sneeze on him even if he was on fire.

Banks Valentine also knew two things.

One, he was an immature jerk when he was in high school, and Candy Ray Sunshine probably could open a coffee shop if she put her mind to it. But he still thinks that she should shoot a little higher, anything that gets her the heck out of Kilgore, Texas.

Two, he likes riding bulls. It’s a dangerous job, and when he gets on the back of one of those thousand-pound death machines, he can finally feel his head clear enough that he can think.


Candy and Banks would never get along. Not after what he said, and definitely not after what she did.

Then again, neither one of them expected that night to end the way it did, either—the night that both of them refused to talk about the next morning.

Well, here’s another top of the charts for Lani Lynn Vale. I have been waiting for Banks story since The Valentine Boys series began. There’s just something about a big headed, ex-jock and military man who grew up on a farm. Those tight jeans and wide smile will do a girl good, anytime. Throw in the fact that he is a closet hopeless romantic. My heart was just swooning when we find out the little things that he did for Candy back in the day. All this time they thought there was a mutual hatred, when in turn, there was a mutual attraction. Candy herself is no slouch. She fits right in with the Valentine crew and can definitely hold her own.

I am pretty sure that each review I write, I mention that this one was better than her last. I keep waiting for a mediocre book coming from Lani and it has yet to happen. That’s a great thing of course, but the talent she has for writing is astounding. I love how raw and real each book is. How unabashedly true these relationships are and how well the characters mesh with each other. I am never, ever disappointed in one of her books and look forward to every release. Do you want an author that you just one-click without needing the synopsis? Then make that Lani Lynn Vale. She’s one of the best!!

I was so excited for this book! We got Candy Ray Sunshine’s and Banks Valentine’s story. I loved how it was put into two sections. Section one for the first 15 years then part two is present. And like usual, the Valentine boys sure are my favorites…Banks included.

Banks and Candy went to school together. Banks being the popular one and Candy the loner goth girl. To say they didn’t get along was an understatement but one day she thought things were turned around for good. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Things got worse and both Banks and Candy ended up having devastation on both ends. Fast forward to the present and not much has changed, well, so Candy thinks anyway….

So, this book was fun…but so is every Lani Lynn Vale book so nothing new there but this story pulls you in from the start!! I am in LOVE with Banks! He is my favorite Valentine to boot! I just love the family dynamics of this series and you always get some type of drama. LOVED IT!!

Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over thirty titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.

Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Beefcakes by Katana Collins: Release Blitz + Giveaway + Review + Video

Title: Beefcakes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 24, 2020
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions

I might as well permanently add the label "Ex" to my name. I'm an Ex-Mr. Universe. Ex-Mr. Olympus. An Ex-Hollywood Stuntman. But no one from my small hometown cares anything about that. They only care that I'm the ex-boyfriend to the beloved Mayor's daughter, Elaina Dyker.

And now, ten years later, I'm back, helping my siblings run my mother's bakery while she takes on chemo. What should have been a routine cupcake delivery turns into utter chaos when the bachelorette party thinks I'm a stripper. And what's worse? Elaina is the maid of honor.

But the meme about us sure went viral fast. My small hometown has become positively infested with tipsy bridesmaids looking for my erotic cupcakes.

Now Hollywood's knocking again--and this time they want me and my ex, Mr. Beefcake, and Ms. Prude, to star in a reality show.

It could solve all my problems—except her.

2nd Chance, Hot Hunky Guys, Cupcakes, Romantic & FUNNY!! This book has it all. I'm gonna have to go get all the Maple Grove Series books and get those read too. In this time of uncertainty and stress, this funny and romantic book is just what I needed.

Elaina & Neil - WOW!! Neil the famous stuntman and BAKER!!!! Yes I said Wow, but it's a necessary word!!!

They both have issues they are dealing with but when thrown into a TV show neither can refuse, they figure out some things about themselves. AND there are recipes in this book I HAVE to try!

The writing and the story are amazing! The characters are wonderful! It's just a seriously great read!!!

Highly Recommend!

Click here to learn how to make a Thin Mint Cocktail with Katana Collins!!

Enter to win a signed paperback of Beefcakes.
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I love coffee.
As an author and a story-teller, it is the lifeblood to which my ideas take flight. And I believe in giving credit where credit is due. Occasionally someone (ie – my husband) will try to secretly switch out my beloved regular coffee for decaf. I always know the difference. ALWAYS (I’m looking at you, SEAN).

I am incapable of achieving the perfect ponytail. I’m dyslexic. I can never wear white without spilling on myself. And I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice (gasp!).

When I was younger and stole my mother’s Harlequins to read beneath the covers with a flashlight (seriously, did we ALL do this? I think we did.), I wanted to read about the tough as nails heroine. The perfectly imperfect girl with quirks and attitude and sass. And the anti-heroes who were anything but “Prince Charming.” Forget the knight on a white horse… give me the bad boy on a motorcycle.

So, now, I write those romance novels I craved to see on the shelves all those years ago—the sassy heroines. The badass heroes. I spend my days in the throes of my imagination and am loving every minute of it. I can travel anywhere and become anyone I want to be. One day, I’m a mechanic in Boston and the next, I’m a vampire stripping in Las Vegas.

Since penning my first novel back in 2012, I’m now an international author with 15 published books, in a wide range of contemporary romance genres–(Paranormal, New Adult, Small town, Erotic Suspense… you name it!).
After living for a decade in Brooklyn, NY, I took the plunge and moved to beautiful (although kinda chilly) Portland, Maine. I now live full time in ‘Vacationland’ with a kind of mean cat, a mellow chihuahua, and a very NOT mellow lab-pittie mix. Oh, yeah… there’s a husband who draws comics somewhere in that mix, too.

I can usually be found in a coffee shop with my nose in my laptop wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.

I love connecting with readers and follow sassy storytellers, so feel free to drop me an email at or connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@katanacollins). You can find a list of my available books over on my Bookshelf or if you’ve already read a book, it would make my day if you wrote a review! 

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