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Winning the Game by Leesa Bow Release Blitz + Review



Winning The Game

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Title: Winning The Game

Author: Leesa Bow

Genre: New Adult/ Sports Romance


Cover designer: Najila Qamber

Release Date: May 17th





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Troubled Aussie football star, Rhett Williams’ infamous off-field misdemeanors land him in front of his club’s board with an ultimatum: clean up his bad-boy image or lose his contract.


There’s one catch: appear on a reality show to reinvent himself.


Football is Rhett’s lifeblood, but his family and the orchard farm in the country where he grew up means more, especially as his family relies on his wage to keep the business afloat. So Rhett puts his opinion of reality shows aside to concentrate on doing whatever it takes to be re-signed.


Career-focussed TV mentor, Tori Winchester doesn’t have time for men, or a social life, which suits her fine. When Rhett Williams arrives on set with his blond beach hair and his mesmerising blue eyes, her resolve begins to crumble. He’s not the spoiled bad boy casting had told her to expect.


Getting involved with someone like Rhett could not only damage her long-term career prospects, they could both lose everything.


In a game of cat and mouse, Rhett is playing the one game he doesn’t want to win…






Winning the Game is another winner from Leesa Bow. Rhett Williams is caught in a bad place. He has to appear in a reality show about finding love, much like the Bachelor, if he wants to have his contract renewed. This is a chance for him to clean up his bad boy image.

Tori Winchester is busy trying to build her career as a TV mentor who is brought in to help Rhett on the show. She has no time for romance, but it’s funny how love strikes when you least expect it or even want it. As she spends more time with Rhett, she gets to know the man, not the football star the public knows. She’s finding it hard to resist him.

I loved the relationship between Tori and Rhett. Yes, there is an amazing attraction, yet I loved their friendship and their conversations with one another. As they were learning more about each other and falling in love, so was I. Bow always has a knack for making me do that. Both of them thought they realized what was important to them, but they soon find it isn’t the job that defines them…it’s something much more.

It was interesting to see a look behind reality shows, especially the ones about love. We, as an audience, see one thing, not realizing what goes on behind the scenes. WOW…what an eye opener if this is indeed what goes on. I know when I watched reality shows about finding love, I always wanted the couple to find their HEA. Winning the Game showed me that love in front of the camera is much different than real life.

I really liked the way the epilogue was done. It was divided up into three different time periods, so readers get to see how Rhett and Tori are doing throughout a period..not just jumping to a longer period of time in their future. LOVED it! I know whenever Leesa Bow writes a book, I’m going to love it. She always writes from the heart, and I always see that. That’s why I always fall in love with her stories and her characters. Now, I’ll just patiently have to wait for her next one!!!!




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Leesa Bow loves to read and write spicy romance. She spends her spare time with her family, catching up with girlfriends in cafes, or taking long walks along the beautiful, southern beaches of Adelaide, Australia. Leesa’s love of sport has inspired her to write stories about hot Aussie heroes and the strong women they fall in love with.


Leesa is the Author of ‘Winning the Player’, ‘Charming the Outback’, ‘Jardine’, and ‘Caught Out’. You can find her here:





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When Life Happened, an all-new standalone romance from Jewel E. Ann is coming June 5th!

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When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann

Publication Date: June 5th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.


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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Title: Ryder


Series: Knights Corruption MC, Book 5 


Author: S. Nelson


Genre: Romantic Suspense


Release Date: June 9, 2017


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If secrets fester long enough they will devour a person’s soul, leaving them black and dying on the inside, blocking the smallest glimpse of healing light.



With steadfast focus, Ryder Casteel immerses himself in the club, working tirelessly alongside his brothers of the Knights Corruption to figure out how to end the war with the Savage Reapers once and for all. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a feisty blonde. 


Her sassy mouth intrigues him.


Her willingness to go toe-to-toe ignites the fire inside.


But when his nightmares suddenly return, he’s forced to reveal his secret.

A tragedy that happened many years ago, eventually shaping the man he became.


Braylen Prescott lives a charmed life. She’s happy. Content. Then in the blink of an eye, her world changes when a gorgeous biker captures her interest.


He’s blunt..


He’s crass.


He renders her speechless.


But is the imminent danger surrounding him worth losing everything?


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S. Nelson grew up with a love of reading and a very active imagination, never putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard until 2013.. Her passion to create was overwhelming and within a few months she’d written her first novel, Stolen Fate. When she isn’t engrossed in creating one of the many stories rattling around inside her head, she loves to read and travel as much as she can. She lives in the Northeast with her husband and two dogs, enjoying the ever changing seasons.

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Heated Sweets (A Taste of Love Book 3) by A.M. Willard Release Blitz + Review + Giveaway

Heated Sweets (A Taste of Love Series #3)

Author: A.M. Willard

Cover Design: MadHat Books

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Do you believe someone can change your whole perspective on life? I didn’t, but I do now…

It all happens when I meet my sexy neighbor, Evan Taylor.

My name’s Francesca, better known as Frankie, and I’ve been hiding behind my camera for years. It’s what I know and love- not to mention the best way to disguise myself. It’s easy to make life look perfect from this side, even when yours is in shambles. My chronic illness is my biggest insecurity, and what I not only hide from myself, but from the world. Good thing I have a group of friends who can supply me with massive overloads of cupcakes, or life would totally stink.

Brody’s always been my crutch, but I knew deep down that he wouldn’t be the one I’d end up with. We just had to find a way to let the past go as we moved forward with our search of happiness. He’ll always be my hero, but sometimes in life you need more than a cape.

Evan Taylor is exciting, and doesn’t expect me to give him the world. He accepts me for who I am with no additional pressure. Evan’s also the one who can offer me the one thing I think I can’t give him – life. With the passion and desire that we hold for each other–it might be enough to win in the end and come out from behind the camera.



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I love a romance that is smart and tugs at my heartstrings, and Heated Sweets did just that. Frankie appears to have it all together. She is a successful photographer doing what she loves and has a huge support system of friends. However, she’s been hiding behind her camera lens for a long time. She is dealing with a chronic illness, but she makes it seems to everyone on the outside that she’s dealing with it. After all, she did come back from NY, after running away from her love, Brody. Yet, she’s still dealing with the emotional toll of chronic endometriosis and all that comes with it. She’s tired of running and is finally coming to terms with it both physically and mentally. As if that isn’t enough, an old love will re-emerge in her life, and a new love may be on the horizon.

While this is a romance, it’s so much more. It’s a journey, Frankie’s journey to discover herself and her road to HEA. If someone deserves a HEA, it’s Frankie. She has dealt with doctors and surgeries all of her life. Her perseverance is astounding. Her BFFs keep her strong, and I loved their relationship. Frankie does have two men vying for her affections, but it isn’t a typical love triangle. Both Brody and Evan were good men, and I loved both of them. However, Frankie has a hard decision to make. One man represents her past and one her future. I think you will agree, it ends the way it should. I’m not really going in depth into the story because it’s one you really need to read for yourself. Just know, it’s a good one!!!!

I like a book which can change my perception on things and one that I can learn from. I certainly learned a great deal from this book. Willard sheds light on endometriosis. A lot of us I’m sure have heard about it, but I did not know about the daily struggles and pain, both mental and physical, that some women endure. Willard does a phenomenal job of bringing all that to light. Be sure to read the acknowledgements at the end…it spoke to my heart! I have not read the first two in the series, but I already have them downloaded to my Kindle. I can’t wait to read those. I’m so happy when I discover a new writer whom I fall in love with, and I certainly fell in love with A.M. Willard.


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Thicker Than Blood (Sistas #3) by Anne Marie Citro Blog Tour + Giveaway

How can you feel safest
with the person who has hurt you the most?
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Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance
Publication Date: May 5, 2017
Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.
Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.
How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?

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Series: Sistas, Book 1
Have you ever wondered why you were so lucky? Then you wake up to find every you cherished is gone. You don’t fit into your life without the people who defined it. So, you run. You run as fast and as far as you can. Then you smash into them!
“This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable.”
– Amazon Customer, Amazon reviewer
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Series: Sistas, Book 2
Can the misfits of society considered substandard and their child/ youth worker teach a broken man that has no heart how to love? Can love and trust be taught? Ryder has what every person strives for yet it isn’t worth having if you have no one to share it with.
“Beautiful Story…A 2017 Summer Beach Read Not To Be Missed!”
– Annette Cosentino, Amazon reviewer


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About Anne Marie Citro

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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband’s Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can’t wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
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Betting the Bad Boy (A Behind the Bar Romantic Comedy) by Stefanie London Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

He’s an expert at breaking the rules…

Behind the Bar #3
Stefanie London
Releasing May 8th, 2017
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Self-confessed perfectionist Paige Thomas isn’t used to failing. But when a critical error in romantic judgment sends all her big city career dreams crashing down, she scrambles to find a job—any job—to make ends meet.

 Noah Reid may as well have “trust issues” tattooed on his forehead. Being raised in the foster system didn’t give him a positive outlook on relationships, but now he’s looking after his best friend’s bar for one month, and he can’t do it alone.

 Things get steamy when Noah hires Paige, but she’s determined not to repeat her mistakes and she bets Noah that she can keep her hands to herself while they’re working together. Too bad for her, Noah is an expert at breaking the rules…    



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I fell in love with this book and with Paige and Noah! Nothing gets much better than a sexy Aussie man who definitely knows how to set a woman on fire, an intelligent, sassy heroine, romance, angst, and yes, coffee!

Paige is a girl from the country who came to the big city to make a life for herself. She has had her life mapped out for a long time…a good job in an accountant’s firm, a great apartment, and a sexy, successful husband. She learns the hard way that life has a way of messing up those plans. Instead, she finds herself sleeping on her best friend’s couch, out of a job after an unwise decision, and definitely no sexy boyfriend, much less a husband. Now, she’s begging the hot guy at the coffee shop/bar for a job. She’s about to learn that life’s little surprises can be the best treasures, and sometimes what you weren’t expecting ends up being just what you need.

Paige and Noah are complete opposites with the exception of their inability to walk away from a bet. After Paige begins working with Noah, who must be one of the sexiest barista/bartenders in Australia, the heat between them continues to build. After one unforgettable kiss, yes it even made my toes curl, Paige insists that it doesn’t need to happen again. Her poor decision about a guy is what landed her in her current position. But, sweet, dirty talking Noah bets her, she won’t be able to resist him in the few weeks she will be there. Could this be her most unwise decision yet? Who could work with Noah and not touch him, especially when he is whispering such naughty things in her ear?

Noah is a player who has HUGE trust issues. He can’t ever stay in one place too long, and only allows only a select few into his inner circle. In fact, he prefers being alone. His belief is it’s hard to disappoint people if you don’t ever make them any promises. He does have a rather painful past with most of the people he cared about never sticking around. Paige somehow is making rethink his philosophy though. The question is: will he listen to his head or his heart?

Paige may be a girl from the country, but she’s a tough as they come. She left everything she knew and came to the city for school and to make a new life for herself. Instead of giving up, she digs her heels in and is determined to make it. Even though Noah gets under her skin and makes her want to give into that bet, she certainly works hard to let him know that. She is a girl I would definitely want in my corner.

Once I started this book, I literally didn’t stop. Now, I was in the backseat of a car on a trip, but in my mind, I was thousands of miles away in a bar in Australia with a front seat watching one heck of a romance unfolding before my eyes. The angst and anticipation of Paige and Noah was INCREDIBLE! The build-up of the deed between the two of them was HOT! When he was whispering those naughty things in Paige’s ear, I was getting butterflies! I love when a writer takes control of my emotions, and Stefanie London certainly did that. It was the PERFECT mix of sexy and sweet. If you are looking for a romance to make you swoon, READ THIS ONE NOW!!!

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Stefanie London is the USA Today bestselling author of over ten contemporary romances with humour, heat and heart. Growing up, Stefanie came from a family of women who loved to read. Thus, it was no surprise Stefanie was the sort of student who would read her English books before the semester started. After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, she got a job in Communications. When writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfil her creative urges, she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.

Originally from Australia, she now lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is currently in the process of doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and zombie movies.




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Highland Faith (The Wild Thistle Trilogy) by Madelyn Hill Release Blast + Review

Lady Faith MacAlister wishes for adventure, be careful what you wish for . . . 


The Wild Thistle Trilogy #2
Madelyn Hill
Releasing May 17, 2017
Soul Mate Publishing




Huntress Lady Faith MacAlister seeks adventure. Her father’s dying pledge tethers her to Wild Thistle Keep, thwarting her desire to explore the world beyond the palisade. Solace is found while hunting and providing sustenance for her clan. When snatched from the safety of MacAlister lands by a rogue bent on securing a ransom, she finds the adventure of her life.

Disgraced Captain Graeme Ross travels the high seas in search of bounty to sell in order to secure family lands seized by the Crown. He longs to regain his honor in his father’s eyes and continually risks his life buying and selling goods. Lacking enough funds, Graeme and his crew follow Lady Faith MacAlister as she hunts. Out of need and desire, he kidnaps her. The lady captivates him for the moment he laid eyes upon her. Bold and spirited, she fights him. When he negotiates a ransom, deception tears the burgeoning romance apart.

Now, Faith and Graeme seek to settle those differences hindering their union, despite the stretch of sea and land—and angry Highlanders standing between them.



’Twas her sister’s fault.

Hope had married Aidan MacKerry, leading the MacAlister Clan together, and now they were acting like lovesick cows. Aye, they’d recently had another bairn and ’twas why they were smiling like amadans. But Faith MacAlister had enough of the cooing and kissing.

She had to leave the Wild Thistle Keep or go mad.

Hunting was the only option.

The size of the MacAlister Clan dictated hunting trips each fortnight to keep the larder full. Faith grabbed her quiver and bow, left word with the guards at the palisade to inform the lairds Aidan and Hope her direction, and left to find sustenance and peace.

And now, three days later she continued stalking the elusive stag. She kenned her sister would be close to sending a group of men to look for her in a day or so. Luckily she’d managed an agreement with her sister whom was also her laird. An agreement between sisters proved hard to negotiate, but she’d won in the end. And she hunted without escort as long as she never left without telling the guards her direction.

A sun filled day, just cool enough not to need too much clothing that may hinder her movement, but warm enough she didn’t need to start a fire to warm herself. She stretched in the britches she’d stolen from one of the stable hands. Aye, she’d tried the tartan her sister Hope loved to wear, but found it too revealing as she moved and climbed to find her prey. And a gown, the devil take them, ’twould make it nigh impossible to hunt and secure meat for the clan.

She moved quietly through the woods. Each footfall, purposeful, silently brought her closer to her elusive prey.

Aye, there he stood. In the morning mist that hovered just above the low foliage, a proud, beautiful stag who’d avoided her arrow for too long. Huge, with several points on his rack and a cocksure stance stating, I’m king of the forest. She hated to take down the magnificent animal. But he’d provide for her clan and her duty dictated securing meat for those who depended on her.

She drew her bow, stretching the sinew, straining her arm muscles as she prepared to let the arrow fly. The feather fletching grazed her cheek as she held her breath waiting for the perfect moment to release. She’d traveled far for this chance, stalked her prey as her father had taught her so many years ago with her so wee she could barely hold a bow, much less draw and aim. And today, her size may well again thwart her hunting.

’Twould be problematic once the massive stag was felled. She’d have to dress him in the field and lug the meat back with her. No matter, she’d manage as always.

Two more steps forward. Stared down the length of the arrow past the head, ready to release.

“Well, well, well. What have we here?” a man said.







Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she’d sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a “closet” writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts to the universe and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn’t be happier!  A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, going to the movies, and of course reading!