Wednesday, February 21, 2018

New Release-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: BULLETPROOF by Jenna Galicki





Bulletproof
Series: Bulletproof #4
Author: Jenna Galicki
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018


Blurb

Derek has finally met his match!

Derek MacAlister, the wild one. Known for dancing on table tops, partying too hard and possessing a never-ending thirst for excitement.

With his bandmates now settled in committed relationships, he’s the last man standing. The only problem is that he wants to party all night long, but his best friends are content to stay at home. Enter Travis Fontana, a bad boy with a reputation for trouble, and Derek has his partner in crime.

Travis Fontana just scored the gig of a lifetime opening for the nation’s top heavy metal band. He’s a rebel who thrives on pushing the limits of a good time, and Bulletproof’s sexy, long-haired guitarist, Derek MacAlister, is right by his side to share the fun. Together, they’re double trouble.

But all is not as it seems. Underneath the painted-on smile and carefree exterior that Travis shows the world lies a tortured soul with a dark past. Little by little, Travis lets Derek see a side of him that no one else knows. Derek, unused to the unfiltered raw honesty that Travis shares, finds that he wants to take care of this troubled, vulnerable man and turns out to be Travis’ rock in times of crisis.

When the pressures of newfound fame begin to overwhelm Travis, he quickly starts to unravel. Pushed to the breaking point, it becomes clear that even Derek can’t save him. Travis needs to save himself.




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Excerpt

If anyone ever needed a f*cking hug, it was Travis right now, and it made Derek’s heart ache. He took a step forward, wanting to embrace the lost soul in front of him. He longed to feel this man in his arms again and wanted another gentle kiss. He hesitated only because Travis made no move to bridge the space between them, and because of the remark earlier about people only wanting sex from him. Derek decided he was going to dispel that myth, and wrapped his arms around Travis. The guy clung to him. Travis dug his fingers into Derek’s shoulder, pulling Derek’s T-shirt into his fists and burying his face into Derek’s neck. The intensity took Derek by surprise and overwhelmed him with compassion and empathy. He held Travis tighter, melding their bodies together and shouldering whatever burdens lurked inside this passionate man.




Carra's Review

This has been a fantastic series so far, and this book is no exception.  The author delivered another well written story that flowed smoothly and easily drew me back in to the Bulletproof world.  While this could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading the books in order to get the full background of the band and its members, it will definitely enhance your enjoyment of this story.

I really liked Derek and Travis together.  Travis had past and current issues that made his character one I really wanted to see get a happily ever after.  The author did a good job of handling those issues, evoking protective feelings from me, and making me want to just scoop Travis up in a comforting hug.  Derek is wonderful with his support, and their story really tugged at my heart.  There's plenty of emotion and angst, and Travis' strength to push through made their journey and ending all the more satisfying.  

It was also great to see how far all the band members have come from when we first met them at the beginning of the series.  This really is a great ensemble of characters, and this story just emphasizes what an engaging series this is.

Bulletproof was a 4.5-star read for me, and I highly recommend this story along with the rest of the series.  It's definitely made it difficult to decide which book is my favorite!  This book is meant for readers 18+.


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Author Bio


Jenna Galicki writes in multiple genres including m/m/f, m/f, and m/m. She is predominantly known for her Radical Rock Stars Series. The Prince of Punk Rock (Radical Rock Stars Book 1) was a finalist in the 2015 Bisexual Book Awards.

A native New Yorker, she now resides in Southern California. She's a Rottweiler enthusiast and an avid music buff. When she's not hunched over a computer, you can find her front row at a rock concert.


Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: POKE CHECK by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (Harrisburg Railers #4)




Length: 50,000 words approx
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Harrisburg Railers Series

Book #1 - Changing Lines
Book #2 - First Season
Book #3 - Deep Edge


Blurb

One scorching summer in each other's arms could never be enough.

Stanislav "Stan" Lyamin is happy playing for the Railers. The towering goalie is well-loved, respected, and making a home for himself even though that home only contains him, his cat, and his growing Pokemon trading card collection. Stan prefers it that way.

He'd given his heart to a man in a secret affair, and that man walked away, leaving Stan shattered. Now Erik is back in his life, and he has the same tumultuous effect he had on Stan's heart as before. This time it's not just a kissable mouth and sweet blond curls that Erik has brought to Harrisburg, there's a soon-to-be ex-wife and a precious baby.

Despite the vow Stan made to hate Erik forever, he's now finding it harder and harder to turn away.

Erik Gunnarsson's dream had always been to play in the NHL, he just never imagined he'd land a contract with the Railers. Who would have thought that fate would put him on the same team as Stanislav Lyamin; the man whose heart he'd callously broken?

Secrets and lies had defined their summer relationship, and the choice that Erik made to end it all haunts him still. In the middle of a messy divorce and with a baby in tow, Erik finds himself back in Stan's life. Now all he has to do is be the best dad he can be, prove to the team that he deserves the chance to stay on the roster and try his hardest to get Stan to forgive him.

Is it possible to persuade a man who hates you to give love a second chance?


Excerpt

Stan

There are many people I would have rather seen standing on the ice of my practice arena than Erik. For example my beloved sister, Galina, my sainted mother, Arina, my cat, Lucy, or my new gay American heartthrob, Zachary Quinto.

Zachary would be wearing only a smile even though it’s cold on the ice.

But no, none of them were standing in front of me wearing a Railers sweater and curls. Those damn golden curls. They’d always tempted me beyond sense. As had his mouth. And the way he would tilt his head when he was trying to understand me out of bed. In bed? There was no language barrier. Our bodies had always been tuned to each other like radio waves to a satellite dish.

Even now, I felt the low hum of his presence in my veins. I had feared this moment would come. From the first time I’d heard his name mentioned as being a new member of the Rush, our AHL feeder team, I’d known he would eventually stand in front of me, tipping his head, with his curls, his eyes and his mouth.

Connor was looking at me as if he expected something from me. Ah yes, words. He wanted me to say something. How did “go f*ck a donkey” translate into English?

“We are known to each other.”

I skated to my net, mask perched on my head, and tried to focus. The humming in my blood was unsettling. Closing my eyes, I let the blue ice under my skates talk to me. Opening myself up to the sounds of hockey, the stress of seeing Erik again lessened. I whispered to the pipes as I tapped them. Asked them in Russian if they were going to be my friends during this practice.

“Uh, hey, I know this is a strict breach of protocol and all…but is there a problem between you and Gunner?”

I glanced to the left. Tennant stood there, geared up, his stick casually resting across his shoulders. So Erik now had his American hockey nickname. Why didn’t I have a new American hockey nickname? Pah. I was being petty. It tasted bad on my tongue.


“Gunner is okay person from time back in space.” Was that right? English was hard to speak. It made no sense. How could there be three ways to spell one word? Russian was simple. Strong. Pure. A language of passion and spirit. American was whiney and tied my brain into knots. No, that was not true. American was a wonderful language. It was me who was whiney and unhappy. “Time back. In the back of time. Is bad time to talk. Go away.”


Carra's Review

Okay, this is easily my favorite book of the series, and that is almost entirely due to Stan.  I've really enjoyed his character in previous books--he'd always made me smile, and I was just waiting for his story to be told.  The way he talks in his broken English is endearing, and even as a side character in the previous books of the series, he's been a favorite of mine.

Even though you might expect there to be a lot of angst based on Stan and Erik having a past, there's really not a lot of it.  I love second chance romance, and these two really matched together quite well.  I didn't want to stop reading their story, and wound up reading this straight through it one sitting.  Stan's been lovable from the moment he first was on page in the series.  Erik I was prepared to not like based on the fact he left Stan the first time around, but there was no way I couldn't like him, especially with how devoted and loving he was with his son.

Fans of the series will be extremely happy with Stan and Erik's story, and as for me this one was a 5-star read (definitely one I'd love to hear as an audiobook!).  While you could read this as a standalone, I personally would recommend reading the series in order, especially as it will build your anticipation for Stan's story here.  This book is meant for readers 18+.


About the Authors


RJís goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the bestselling author of over one hundred romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

The last time she had a week's break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn't defeat.





V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.



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New Release-Review & Excerpt: BREAK DOWN by Rebecca Norinne (Dublin Rugby #4)


Break Down
Series: Dublin Rugby #4
Author: Rebecca Norrine
Genre: M/M Sports Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2018




He knows his place on the pitch, but in life, it's a whole other game.

All his life, Liam Donnelly looked and wondered. Could he? Would he? And then, finally, he did. But when he sampled a taste of that forbidden fruit, his whole world came crashing down, his position with Dublin Rugby right along with it. When the chance to ply his trade in Edinburgh comes along, Liam jumps at the offer, knowing it could be his best opportunity to start fresh and get back to the man he once was. But one look at Chef Lachlan MacLeod — his knowing, whisky-colored eyes, the abrasive scruff dotting his jaw, and the colorful ink lining his forearms —and Liam's wondering all over again. Can he? Will he? His heart says no, but his body says yes.

He's conquered his own demons; can he help another man do the same?

Out and proud Chef Lachlan MacLeod has no problem with who he is, except he has a history of hooking up with bi-curious straight men. He's vowed never to go down that path again, but when Liam Donnelly shows up in his restaurant, his eyes filled with heat and secret longing, Lachlan can't help himself. He knows the closeted rugby player is a terrible idea, but the man calls to him in a way no one ever has before. What started as a safe way for Liam to explore his sexuality quickly morphs into something much deeper, and now Lachlan wants more. But can his heart reconcile what his head already knows-that loving the gorgeous, broken athlete might actually mean letting him go?



 




I absolutely adored Liam and Lachlan’s journey. It was sweet, smexy, frustrating and real and I savored each step forward and back that these men took in order to find their HEA. - Books-n-Wine
What do you get when you take a hot rugby star who is sexually confused and add in a sexy, chef who knows what he wants? An excellent read! - Que Sara Sera Book Blog
From start to finished i devoured this read and couldn't put it down till i had. I was drawn in and captivated with Liam and Lachlan's story. - Millsy Loves Books
Break Down was everything and more; all of Rebecca Norinne's words are so beautifully and tastefully written you will not be disappointed with this book. - Scandalous Book Blog
Wow this book! I am having a hard time putting into words how I feel. I absolutely loved this book. This is one of the best M/M romances I have read in a while. - Laid Back Book Bitches
Holy amazing story Batman! This is the first story by this author that I have read. I'm a automatic one clicker for her now. WOW. - The Heathers Blog
This M/M read is beautifully written. The characters being both sexy & rough, yet emotional & vulnerable. - Dani's Book Review Blog




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No amount of logic or reason could prevent me from stepping between Liam’s thighs and fisting his blond hair between my fingers. No amount of caution or doubt would keep me from tugging his head back. And when he gasped—his mouth parting in surprise—no amount of uncertainty would keep me from crushing my lips to his, from my teeth nipping at the sensual curve of his full, bottom lip. Nothing, and no one, would keep me from devouring the mouth I’d dreamed about for weeks, from licking my way inside, from tangling my tongue with his until he weaved his fingers through my hair and moaned, the sound moving from his chest, through his mouth, and into mine.



I absolutely loved Lachlan and Liam.  And while it does drive me nuts when one character is not out (mostly because the fact that they feel they can't be-no one should be made to feel that way), I understood why Liam wasn't, and was glad Lachlan was still there for him regardless.  Their feelings were clearly evident, and the tie between them quite obvious-along with their chemistry, both emotional and physical.

This is a great story of Liam's journey of discovering and accepting who he is, and Lachlan is supportive of him while still staying true to what he wants in a relationship as well.  The two of them fit so well together, and their matchup felt natural even when Liam was still uncomfortable admitting to what he wanted.

The story was very well written, and even though it's part of a series it can absolutely be read as a standalone.  This is the first book I've read by this author, and I found it to be very well written with a good flow to the story.  The characters were believable and easily relatable, and I felt invested in their lives and the outcome of their relationship.

Break Down gets 4.5 stars from me, and is one I highly recommend, particularly if you're a fan of M/M romance and/or sports romance.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and steamy sexual content.










USA TODAY bestselling Rebecca Norinne writes steamy contemporary romance featuring smart and sexy heroines and the men who adore them. When not writing, Rebecca is watching rugby, drinking craft beer, or traveling the globe in search of inspiration for her next story. Find out more at http://www.rebeccanorinne.com




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