Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Tempting Little Tease (Lake State University, Book 2) by Rachel Brownell: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway + Review

Title: Tempting Little Tease
Series: Lake State University Series #2
Genre: College Romance/Brother's Best Friend Romance
Cover Design: Emily Wittig of Emily Wittig Designs
Release Date: November 11, 2021

The moment I met him I knew I was screwed.
It started with a sext.

An extremely hot, highly inappropriate sext during the wake for my best friend’s dad. That didn’t stop me from replying. From sneaking off to the bathroom, secretly hoping he would follow me.

And he did.

He staked his claim on me against the bathroom wall. Captured my moans with his kisses. And when it was over, I walked away knowing two things.

One – I wanted more.
Two – I couldn’t get involved with him.

He was dangerous to my heart. It was still healing from being destroyed two years earlier. And this man has the power to shatter it completely.

Still, I couldn’t stop myself from playing the game he started. Every sext was hotter than the last, tempting me to act on my desires. The first time we were alone, clothes went flying. There was no denying our chemistry as we collided. And in the heat of the moment, nothing else mattered.

Not my broken heart.
Not his reputation as a player.

Then the front door to my apartment opened… we were caught in the act. My roommate screamed. Her boyfriend growled. I cried. And he… he begged for more.

We needed to stop. One of us was going to get hurt – me! I was going to get hurt.

I should have known I couldn’t walk away from him. His promises sparked my curiosity. My body craved his attention.

It was his words that held me captive. They had the power to not only break my heart but destroy my soul if I let him in.

This is the second book in the Lake Street University series and holy cow was this book good. I have never read anything by Ms Brownell before this series and I am truly kicking myself in the rear. She sure has a way of sucking you in.


Kendall is no stranger to heartache and Declan just wants to prove he’s worth her time. This book is truly hot, hot, HOT. From the second these two meet there is a flame but someone is insistent on trying to ignore it; afraid she’s going to get her heart broken once again. 


This series has been a blast to read and I am so excited to see what comes next!!

Rina’s Reads - “Declan and Kendall's chemistry was visible from the beginning, their spark inextinguishable, their attraction undeniable.”
Goodreads Review - “Welcome back to Lake Street University, and we are coming in hot! Declan and Kendall’s story is so steamy and they haven’t even done the deed yet!”

“K,” he says, taking a step in my direction. I match his movements, backing up until I’m pressed against the glass of the shower doors with nowhere else to go. “Why. Are. You. Avoiding. Me?”

His words are punctuated, his voice barely above a growl. When I flick my eyes to his, I see them filled with lust. Dark pools swirling with need.

Oh, hell.

He wants me and that can’t happen right now. There are at least twenty people downstairs. Our friends. Lo’s family. His family. Acting on anything would be a big mistake. We could get caught. Again.

“I-I’m n-not,” I stutter out, my voice barely audible.

Declan lifts one hand to cup my cheek, and I automatically lean into his touch before I can stop myself. His hand feels like fire against my skin and I love the way his touch burns me straight to my soul.

“You are, and I want to know why because whatever is going on between us is great, but it could be so much better.”

Rules, I remind myself. I have them for a reason. Reasons I can’t remember right now. Not when he’s standing this close. When my body is aching to be closer to him. For him to lean in and brush his lips across mine, to taste the watermelon chapstick I wore just for him.

“Yeah,” I say, sensations washing over me as I close my eyes, the rest of my body now warming from his simple touch.

“So much better,” he whispers, his voice sounding dangerously close. “Tell me you want this,” he pleads, his breath fanning across my lips. “Tell me I can kiss you, Kendall. It’s all I’ve been thinking about today. Your soft, delicate lips, wondering if they taste like watermelon or not.”

Oh, hell.

Opening my eyes, I immediately feel my knees go weak. Declan’s lips are inches from mine, his gaze seeking permission to close the distance. It’s like he read my mind, or maybe my body language. He knows what I want, but still we stare at each other for a few tense moments before I finally nod my head.

It’s all the assurance he needs before he presses his lips to mine. Gently at first. A soft caress. When I place my hand against his chest, gripping the front of his shirt, his restraint snaps and he deepens the kiss, his tongue demanding access. As soon as I finally grant it to him, he growls into my mouth.

Suddenly I’m being lifted by my ass, my legs wrap around his waist, my arms around his neck, and then he turns swiftly, my back hitting the wall with a resounding thud. I can feel his erection against my inner thigh, long and hard. But that’s not where I want it, so I wiggle in his arms as he continues to assault my mouth and position him at the junction of my legs.

The second he thrusts against my warm center we groan in unison.

“So. Much. Better,” Declan says against my mouth, his hips thrusting with every word.

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Rachael Brownell is an International Bestselling author of new adult romance.

She lives in Michigan with her husband, son, snuggly dog, and hateful cat. She moonlights a few days a week (her excuse to get out of the house and socialize) and writes almost full time. Her first book was published way back in 2013 and since she’s released more than 30 additional titles.

When she’s not writing her next novel, you can find her hanging out with her family, watching her son play baseball, or running on the treadmill at the gym (though she skips more days than she goes). She also enjoys golfing but is still learning, so if you see her on the course… stand back.

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Twisted Bargain (An Underworld Kings Series Standalone) by Alexandria Bishop: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review

Title: Twisted Bargain
Series: An Underworld Kings Series Standalone
Author: Alexandria Bishop
Genre: Small-Town Billionaire Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2021

I’ve been cleaning up after my father for most of my life. Between his drug and gambling addictions, it seems like whatever I do, we’re always drowning. Until he does the unforgivable.

Trading me to the tortured billionaire in our small town. His debts are erased and I have to do whatever Marco Blackstone demands. I should have run screaming when the first task he gave me was to clean the bloodstains from his expensive five-piece suit.

When I overhear a conversation I shouldn’t, our bargain becomes even more twisted when Marco fakes an engagement to save my life. And I become even more trapped in this world I never wanted any part of.

I don’t know who I can trust. But I’m running out of time when my fake engagement turns into anything but and I just might have to say “I Do,” for real.

WOW! Marco and Ariana have a really odd relationship. Mainly because of him. He's closed off, secretive, and involved with things that are shady.

The way they "meet" is funny and kind of terrible. She is sent to live with him by her father because of her father's debts. She is literally paying them off by being sent to him.

It’s working out though. Kind of. She's engaged to him and planning a wedding.

Yes, I have moved the story forward. A lot. It is very well written and needs to be read. It's a story with a lot of things happening, with twists and turns. It's so good!! Definitely a must-read!

The writing, the characters, the story, the action, and the love.....all need to be experienced!

Highly Recommended!!!

Free in Kindle Unlimited!!

Marco moves toward me, going so quickly that I stumble backward, away from him. His jaw is clenched and I can see his face clearly now. “I told you from day one that nobody was forcing you to stay. You can walk away at any time.”

I laugh, hard. “Oh yeah, and how am I supposed to leave? I have no car, no money. I’m working to pay off a debt that isn’t mine and I’ll probably never be able to come out from under. So please, Marco, tell me how I am not a prisoner.” I roll my eyes and add, “I’m listening.”

Not to mention the hinted promise of killing my father and potentially me if I were to leave. Doesn’t sound like I have a choice at all... or maybe he just forgot about that little conversation we had.

He steps toward me, invading my space as my back hits the roughness of the plant branches. My halter top probably wasn’t the best idea and I’m sure to have scratches all over my back tomorrow. My temperature rises despite the chill from the pouring rain.

I don’t know what Marco Blackstone is doing to me, but at this moment, I don’t question it. I am at his mercy and I am one-hundred-percent okay with that.

Fuck. What is wrong with me?

He wraps his hand around my throat, squeezing just tight enough to hold me in place, not that I was planning on moving anyway. A current shoots through my body, straight to my core. I moan and his eyes go wide at first but then he smirks slightly, tightening his hold on me. Which only spurs me on even more.

We shouldn’t be doing this. There are a million different reasons why none of this is okay but I can’t even come up with one. I just want him. I have from the first moment I met him. Even when I was terrified of him, I wanted him.

Marco’s breath caresses my lips and I shudder at the closeness. If either one of us moves even a fraction of an inch closer our lips would be touching.

He pushes the strands of hair out of my face and runs the back of his cold hand against my cheek. I close my eyes and lean into his touch. I shiver at the contact and he leans down to whisper to me, “So na├»ve and so trusting. I could do whatever I wanted to you right now, take anything I want, and you’d let me.”

Born on a small southeastern island in Alaska and raised in southern Oregon, Alexandria Bishop is a PNW girl at heart. By day, she goes to battle with a tiny dictator aka her toddler and by night, she can be found typing ALL the words of her contemporary romance novels accompanied by a glass of wine or two ;)

When she’s not in mommy or author mode, she can be found drinking copious amounts of cold brew coffee, bingeing her latest obsession on Netflix, or attending concerts of her favorite pop-punk bands.

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