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Playing the Fool series by Lisa Henry and J.A Rock

Book 1:

Expected publication: December 29th 2014 by Riptide Publishing

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Book 2: 

Expected publication: February 2nd 2015 by Riptide Publishing

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Book 3:

Expected publication: March 9th 2015 by Riptide Publishing

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About the series: 

Mac and Henry aren’t just an odd couple—they’re completely improbable: a tough-as-nails, by-the-book FBI agent who picked the wrong week to give up caffeine and donuts, and a young con man who’s as handsome as he is difficult to pin down. But when they’re stuck on the run together, the snark and heat reach Shakespearean proportions. Or maybe that’s just Henry’s flair for the dramatic.

Rural Indiana has never seen an accidental crime-fighting duo quite like this. But when the danger’s over and the play’s done, Mac and Henry may have to write their own script to find a happy ending.

 

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Thank you Netgalley via Riptide Publishing for the e-copy of these books! 

I have mad author love for both Lisa Henry and J.A Rock. My 1 wish is that someday I get to be in a room when they are plotting their next joint story. Whether they are going for dark, sad and twisted or fun with fisting 🙂 you’re sure to get a dose of greatness. I was honoured to be able to Beta read Another Man’s Treasure for these 2 ladies. A dark and twisted book that left me feeling a little desolate. I was able to pre- review When All The World Sleeps and was so amazed how these 2 thought up some of the shit they did. And my heart hurt. And the ANGST. OMG these 2 do ANGST so well.

And here’s a well known secret. They write fun stuff too! Like make you LOL and LOL!

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So much fun and hot that book!

So now I get to tell you about Playing the Fool. 

Well no I won’t spoil it for anyone because it’s a long time b4 it releases to the public but I will tell you to Treat yourself with book 1 for Christmas. Good tidings and good cheer! A little Mac and a little Henry really will leave you feeling good.

I can’t even imagine how much these 2 ladies must of laughed their asses off writing some of the sentences in these books.

I am totally not Disguspressed ! Like not at all. I am totally and 100% in love with the way these stories flowed.

Henry and Mac take you on such a fun fun ride. Costumes and dresses! Guns and murder!

Candy and donuts and just say no to sugar.

Say no to decaf and nasty ass tea!

Happy birthdays, twisted persona’s, running, someone’s always running.

So here’s my advice. Start this book with a great big mug of coffee (pot! pot of coffee) and a box of doughnuts. Don’t share the doughnuts with anyone. This box should be your’s and your’s alone. Ensure that you have lots of candy or chocolate with you at all times.

If you’re on a diet this book is not for you 😉

I’m totally saddened that this ride has ended for me…. for now

I am so disguspressed with those last 2 words cause I want more more more and soon soon soon and please please please!

But alas while I wait to see if get more Mac and Henry….  I’ll take some Brandon and Alex to keep me company!!!

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Sweetwater by Lisa Henry

 

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Hi! I’m Lisa Henry, author of Sweetwater! I’m touring the web talking about my inspiration, my

writing process, and giving you a behind ­the­ scenes look at Sweetwater. And of course there’s a

giveaway! You could win a title from my back catalogue, as well as a $20 Riptide gift voucher!

Giveaway!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with a way for me to contact you, be it your email, your twitter, or a link to your facebook or goodreads account. Please put your email in the body of the comment, not just in email section of the comment form, because I won’t be able to see it otherwise! On October 8, I’ll draw a winner from all eligible comments! Be sure to follow the whole tour, because the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win the prize!

About Sweetwater:

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Wyoming Territory, 1870.

Elijah Carter is afflicted. Most of the townsfolk of South Pass City treat him as a simpleton

because he’s deaf, but that’s not what shames him the most. Something in Elijah runs contrary to

nature and to God. Something that Elijah desperately tries to keep hidden.

Harlan Crane, owner of the Empire saloon, knows Elijah for what he is—and for all the ungodly

things he wants. And Crane isn’t the only one. Grady Mullins desires Elijah too, but unlike Crane,

he refuses to push or mistreat the young man.

When violence shatters Elijah’s world, he is caught between two very different men and two

devastating urges: revenge and despair. In a boomtown teetering on the edge of a bust, Elijah must

face what it means to be a man in control of his own destiny, and choose a course that might end

his life . . . or truly begin it for the very first time.

 

 

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Lisa Henry lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn’t know why, because she

hates the heat, but suspects she’s too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a

government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of

a mix­up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English,

neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as

many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown­up.

You can visit Lisa her website, at Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter.

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A Royal Affair by John Wiltshire

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About the book: 

Doctor Nikolai Hartmann represents himself as a learned man of science who believes wholly in the rational and scientific above all else. In reality, he is a man haunted by an unusual past and running from his own nature. While the Reformation transforms much of Europe, it has yet to touch Hesse-Davia; this is a land mired in superstition with cruel punishments for crimes such as witchcraft and sodomy.

While traveling to the dying king’s bedside to offer his medical expertise, Nikolai is set upon by a bandit. Reaching the king’s ancient stronghold, he discovers his mysterious brigand is the beautiful, arrogant Prince Aleksey. Aleksey is everything Nikolai is not: unguarded, passionate and willful. Despite their differences, Nikolai feels an irresistible desire for the young royal that keeps him in Aleksey’s thrall.

But Hesse-Davia is a dangerous world for a newly crowned king who wants to reform his country—and for the man who loves him.

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4 Stellar Kingly stars. 

What can I say? I am totally in love with this book.

The story reminded me a lot of Captive Prince. But. It is definitely not the same. The similarities are there is a Prince, except there is only 1 prince. The sarcasm. The banter. The flirting. The sexual tension.

Is it me or is it that most historical’s that I’ve read have way more sexual tension than a modern day romance? I’m assuming that there would be because back then it was such a sin. But. Sexual tension is such a rush with books. It keeps you on your toes and keeps you interested in reading the book. It makes you salivate with WANT till you get to that part. The build up. The connection.  Because really it is and always will be about the connection for me when reading.

This book was neither meh or just ok. I loved it. Told in Nikolai’s POV the whole time.

I fell in love with a Prince and a Doctor, a horse and a wolf.

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I fell in love with the banter. The sarcasm. The innuendos. The touches. The glances.

Before I dived in, I checked the book on GR, and I saw that the author answered someone’s question on whether this book was HEA or HFN. He responded to state ” There is sequel with the same characters, so I will leave you to decide!” 

I hate cliffies.They are the bane of my existence because then I have to wait. And wait. And I forget. But even with knowing this, and knowing that it probably wouldn’t end well for me,,, (the waiting, the wanting…I still jumped in both feet first. I’m so happy that I did! Because it did not end with a WTF moment. It ended superbly, with a smile on my face, and my heart squeezing with Love oh sweet love.

John Wiltshire wrote such a vivid tale of historical love. The supporting characters, the main characters. Love.

It is a slow build but for me it was worth it. The intrigue, the deaths, the magic.

Aleksey and Nikolai will stay with me forever.

Love is

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Not Fade Away (Hell or High Water #3.5) by S.E. Jakes

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About the book:

Truth or dare.

Ever since superspy Cillian moved into Prophet’s building, their game of Steal the Couch has been funny to Prophet, but a thorn in Tom’s side. Then Prophet gets bored one night during an ice storm and insists on playing another simple game with Tom: Truth or Dare. In exchange for one of Prophet’s truths, Tom steals the couch one last time.

But Prophet’s truths are never easy—Tom should know that by now—and this one raiseshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20700010-not-fade-away neither ofhttps:/https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20700010-not-fade-away://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20700010-not-fade-awaywww.goodreads.com/book/show/20700010-not-fade-away quite know how to answer. In response, Tom finds himself laying claim to Prophet in the most basic way he knows how. And also finds that he doesn’t mind it in the least when Prophet returns the favor.

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Thank you Riptide Publishing and SE Jakes for an advanced readers copy of the ebook!

4 Smoking Hot STARS!!!!!!

❤️❤️❤️ Prophet ❤️❤️❤️

This was a sexy sweet intense short motherfuckin teaser!!!

52 pages of pure smoking kinky sexiness and sweetness.

I so wanted in there like swimwear!!!!!

Tommy & Proph

And even tho most pages were smexin times, we still had some sweet points that made my heart hurt so facking much!!!!!!!

Like Prophet’s blurry eyes. Ahhh my heart. Tommy u better continue to treat him right or I will come after you Bebe.

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Second Helpings by Charlie Cochrane Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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I’m thrilled skinny to be dropping in here as part of the Second Helpings blog tour. A million thanks to Slitsreads for having me as a guest.

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About Second Helpings

Stuart Collins’s life might as well have ended a year ago when his partner died in a car crash. Even Stuart’s widowed father has found new love with an old friend, Isabel Franklin, so why can’t Stuart be bothered to try?

Then he gets a phone call from Isabel’s son, Paul, who wants to check out whether or not Mr. Collins is good enough for his mother. During dinner together, though, they end up checking out each other. Trouble is, Paul’s got a boyfriend—or maybe he doesn’t, since the boyfriend’s supposedly giving Paul the push by ignoring him. Or maybe Paul just wants to have his cake and eat it too.

Honesty with each other is the only way to move forward. But maybe honesty with themselves is what they really need.

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Thank you Riptide Publishing and Charlie Cochrane for a copy of the book. 

3.5 Stars

This is going to be a shorty review. My 1st Charlie Cochrane book! Will no be my last. 

I liked the story and I liked it’s delivery. Charlie’s words flowed rather poetically after the 1st 2 chapters. 

I was hooked, and I couldn’t picture spending a Sunday afternoon and the cottage any other way. 

Lying in the hammock, with a drink and the breeze and my ereader! Perfection! 

I can state that I wished the book was a longer, and a little bit more in depth but I’m sure my next Charlie book will give me that! 

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About the Author: 

As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries.

 

Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series, set in Edwardian England, was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name. She’s a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Mystery People, and International Thriller Writers Inc., with titles published by Carina, Samhain, Bold Strokes Books, MLR, and Riptide.

To sign up for her newsletter, email her at cochrane.charlie2@googlemail.com

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Stories Beneath Our Skin by Veronica Sloane

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Tattooing might have once been Liam’s passion, but he left it all behind along with ugly memories when he went to college. When his uncle’s health fails, Liam must come home at last to say his goodbyes. His days are spent at the hospice, leaving his nights to rake over the past. To fill those empty hours, he takes a job at Great Sin Ink. The close knit friendship of the workers there both intrigues and shakes Liam, who has spent the last four years keeping everyone at arm’s length. Neither Deb, the no-nonsense piercer, nor Goose, a manic tattoo artist, will let Liam get away with his isolationist ways for long.

If it were just those two, Liam might have stood a chance — but there’s also Ace, the owner of Great Sin. He hires Liam despite a thin resume, and that is a kindness Liam can’t forget. The two start up a tentative friendship, learning about each other as the summer days melt into each other. Slowly, Liam reveals a tender heart underneath the wall of quotes he uses to keep everyone out. Unfortunately, life doesn’t stand still, and both Liam and Ace have hard struggles before them that might break them up before they can even get together.

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5 I am so in love with this book stars

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This was like being in love for the 1st time all over again.

It was beautiful.

It was poetic.

It was magic.

It was love at first page.

It had me from sentence 1.

The 2 MC’s were just, ahhh, they were just so. Words defy me here guys. You are gonna just have to read the book.

Trust me. READ this book.

It was not long enough. I wish this book was over 2000 pages.

Will def be a re-read of mine. The over and over kind.

I am in love with this book.

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Stranger on the Shore by Josh Lanyon

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Twenty years ago young Brian Arlington, heir to Arlington fortune, was kidnapped. Though the ransom was paid, the boy was never seen again and is presumed dead. Pierce Mather, the family lawyer, now administers and controls the Arlington billions. He’s none too happy, and more than a little suspicious, when investigative journalist Griffin Hadley shows up to write about the decades-old mystery. Griff shrugs off the coldly handsome Pierce’s objections, but it might not be so easy to shrug off the objections of someone willing to do anything to keep the past buried. 

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4.5 I’m not Joshin stars

This book guys. This book. Was so damn good.

AND FULL LENGTH!

81000 word count= sheer bliss.

Mystery/Suspense is not my go to genre. I find that when I read this little things make me jump. The rustle of leaves, that one lone leaf scraping against the concrete in the wind. Trees swaying. People walking behind me. In general I become this paranoid mess and I second guess most people’s motives. ON EVERYTHING. And yet, its been drawing me in this year. More and more because there is substance and intrigue, story lines that don’t falter, the ahh ha ha moments when you guessed the whodunnit right.

I’m kinda new to the Josh Lanyon fan club. I only started reading ALL of his books this year. And I liked them all. BUT. I felt left. Like when you have an argument and think about all the things you could have said, but didn’t and will never get another chance to. All of his books have left me wanting more and wanting to throw my e-reader across the room. AND. Make me seethe with hate.

Stranger on the Shore left me fulfilled, satisfied, happy. Made me feel not so much of a murderous rage like Jake did, but more of a why? why? why? you douche Pierce .

As with Lanyon, it is heavy on the mystery, subtle on the romance and a slew of supporting characters that make you second guess the motives, the reasons and the why’s of it all. I loved where the story went, I loved how it kept me guessing. I loved that the clues kept me going, kept me turning the page, kept me so entranced that I couldn’t, wouldn’t put the book down.

And as per every Lanyon book the 2 MCs have the similar mannerisms but their individuality makes them… well them in each book.

You can’t help but fall in love with Griff. He’s easy to want to love. AND. You can’t help but to hate a bit, a tad bit, a wee bit,  on Pierce. Lanyon is excellent in making you feel so many feelings for the MC. And he excels at writing men that “seem” cold and heartless, mean and OMG asses! Excellent at making us pick apart the MCs until we feel we’ve gotten to the core. But. We haven’t because  like a true mystery writer we’re still left with…well… a mystery. And I like that because I will think of these characters long after I have finished reading these books.

I can’t wait for more Lanyon books. And I hope and pray and ask for full length novels. Because 100 odd pages of his magic just isn’t enough.

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