The Rules of Heartbreak by Brittany Taylor ~ Release Blitz w/ 4.5 Star Review!

THE RULES OF HEARTBREAK
Brittany Taylor
Release Date: December 2

I never used to live my life by rules.

At least not until my fiancé betrayed me, turning my entire world upside down.

Unsure of how to move on, my luck seemed to suddenly change. My estranged mother’s last gift to me before she died landed on my doorstep, giving me the opportunity to start my life over.

I snatched up the chance to leave my life behind in Minnesota, opening my arms up to the hot, sunny weather of Texas.

It was easy to start over in unfamiliar territory, my unofficial rules of heartbreak worn on my chest like a badge of honor.

But along with the house my mother left came a new neighbor. An obnoxious neighbor with dangerous glaring eyes and a set of abs that should be considered illegal. He was mysterious and full of secrets, a story hidden behind his hard exterior.

Before I knew it, Dallas Beckett was about to break all my rules.

I just didn’t realize he had his own set, and I was about to put every one of them to the test.

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Review

Feels 2
Storyline 4.5
Steam 2
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

This was a great love story of two people who both vowed to never love again. Sloan has just gone through a horrible ordeal with her ex and decided to start over in Texas. Texas was convenient since her mother left her a house. Dallas is a bar owner who lives across from Sloane’s new house. He has had a bad experience that has left his heart shattered. He has a heart of gold and might be one of the sweetest male characters I have read.

They meet and their attraction is real. But Dallas acts like a jerk and pushes her away. Their paths cross again and these two find themselves thrust into each others lives for the foreseeable future. This was a great love story from start to finish and it didn’t feel forced or rushed. I loved watching these two work through their own issues and heal and come together. There were some funny scenes with other characters that I’d love to have their own books. It was a pleasant addition to Dallas and Sloane’s story. Definitely recommend this one!

Meet Brittany Taylor

Brittany Taylor grew up all over the world including places such as California, England and Texas. Today she resides in Connecticut with her husband, son and two cats. She loves reading, but loves writing even more. Her favorite things in life are her family, binge watching Netflix, and tacos. 

Brittany Taylor has been obsessed with reading since kindergarten. She followed her lifelong dream in 2017 when she published her first novel, Without You. Ever since, she’s been hooked and can’t write the stories in her head fast enough. 

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Secrets & Lies by Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.25 Star Review!

Secrets & Lies by USA Today Best Selling Authors Brooke Blaine and Ella Frank is Now Available!

Blurb

I wasn’t supposed to want him. The bronzed god lying by my pool in tight shorts that left little to the imagination. But I was only human, and with the temptation constantly within reach, it was only a matter of time before I could no longer resist.

It was wrong. I knew that.

He was my son’s age.
Hell, he was my son’s friend.

But even worse…I was his teacher.

Secrets & Lies is a standalone teacher-student MM romance from USA Today bestselling authors Brooke Blaine & Ella Frank. 

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Review

Feels 2
Storyline 4.25
Steam 5
Overall Rating 4.25
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

This forbidden romance evoked so many mixed emotions for me! I loved Ash and Ryder…their flirty meet cute, unbelievable attraction and insane impulse control. Ash’s hot and cold actions drove me crazy. I wanted to shout…just tell him we can put this on hold until you graduate. But no….my heart was skipping a beat with taboo rendezvous where they can be discovered! Yikes! Nevertheless…I was pulled into the story HARD and I always am addicted to an emotional student/teacher romance. Entertaining and definitely worth the heartache in the end. Great quick to read standalone.

About Ella Frank

Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”

A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.

Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.​

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Brooke Blaine is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that ranges from comedy to suspense to erotic. The latter has scarred her conservative Southern family for life, bless their hearts.

If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find – just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for years. Or you can reach her at www.BrookeBlaine.com.

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Ruthless King by Faith Summers ~ Blog Tour w/ 4 Star Review & Excerpt

The truth hurts, but lies can kill…

Ruthless King, an all-new standalone dark mafia romance by Faith Summers is available now!

I offer to do anything to save my father’s life when he’s captured by the devil he owes a debt to.

A three-million-dollar debt. 

So, I became the devil’s spy as I enter the lair of the Cartel King to take a job as a live-in nanny for his niece.

My orders were simple.

All I needed to do was this: 

Get close to the Cartel King. 

Be his to do anything he wants me to do. 

Make him trust me enough to tell me the secrets his enemies need. 

Do that, and I will save my father.

I just never expected to fall in love.

Or that Alejandro Ramírez would be the first man to heal my broken heart.

When he discovers the truth, I may wish I’d died instead of making that deal with the devil. 

Ruthless King’ is the sixth book in the Dark Syndicate series. It is a standalone Age-Gap Dark Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers.

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Review

Feels 1
Storyline 4
Steam 2
Overall Rating 4
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Ladyballs

Lucia is taken to be a nanny to a cartel king’s child as part of her way to help her father out of debt. While Lucia and Alejandro are attracted to each other, I did not feel the chemistry between them. It was super fast insta love…which unfortunately I do not care for. She doesn’t know anything about this guy except that he’s a cartel leader, killer, murderer and is swooning minutes after she meets him. Knowing he will use her as a human pin cushion. On top of that, she is supposed to be taking care of the most precious thing in the world to him and getting inside info to give to the guy who her dad owes money to.

I saw some of the reviews were glowing for this story and I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t able to connect with the characters. I have seen this storyline before and really need a twist early on in a book for me to like it. Sadly this story did not do it for me, contrary to a lot of readers. A few steamy scenes kept my attention but other than that I skimmed a little. Maybe like the majority of the reviews, you will fall in love with this book and enjoy the insta love.

Excerpt

Raw heat is still streaking through my body just from the mere handshake.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more perfect man.

Eyes the shade of a crow’s wing are locked on mine, and full symmetrical lips

quirk up into a mercurial smile.

His face is all angles with high exotic cheekbones and a chiseled jaw you’d

find on a storybook prince. The bright morning sun shines over his skin, making it

look like the sun kissed it that color bronze.

The gray streaks in his beard, hairline, and temples only serve to highlight his

beauty and strength in what I can see of the rest of his body. As if to highlight that his

perfection came with age and he’ll look even better and better, and sexier, the older

he gets. The silver hoop in his ear tames him a fraction, adding to his style but also

conjuring the image of a pirate in my mind. It gives a glimpse of the conquering cartel

king he is.

Of course, I was given a picture of Alejandro Ramírez before coming to this ill-

fated interview. So, I already knew he looks like a seamless blend of Antonio

Banderas and my all-time favorite Mexican actor Eduardo Verástegui.

Alejandro is what they would look like if they were one person.

The lucid image makes me wonder if I really am stuck in a fucked-up rendition

of a dark fairytale. One where he is the prince and I’m the villain, or maybe everyone

is the antithesis to good in this story.

About Faith Summers

Faith Summers is the Dark Contemporary Romance pen name of USA Today Bestselling Author, Khardine Gray.

Warning !! Expect wild romance stories of the scorching hot variety with the kind of alpha male bad boys best reserved for your fantasies. 

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The Ritual by Shantel Tessier ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.5 Star Review & Excerpt!

I will protect and own her.

The Ritual, an all-new dark college romance by USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Shantel Tessier is available now!

The Chosen One

 I vow. You vow. We vow.

Barrington University is home of the Lords, a secret society that requires their blood in payment. They are above all—the most powerful men in the world. They devote their lives to violence in exchange for power. And during their senior year, they are offered a chosen one.

People think growing up with money is freeing, but I promise you, it’s not. My entire life has been planned out for me. I never got the chance to do what I wanted until Ryat Alexander Archer came along and gave me an option for a better life. He offered me what no one else ever had—freedom.

I chose to be his. He made me believe that anyway, but it was just another lie. A way that the Lords manipulate you into doing what they want.

After being sucked into the dark, twisted world of the Lords, I embraced my new role and allowed Ryat to parade me around like the trophy I was to him. But like all things, what started out as a game soon became a fight for survival. And the only way out was death.

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Review

Feels 2
Storyline 4.5
Steam 5
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Crazy intense. Insanely addictive. Dark and twisted. Everything I freaking love with some boundary pushing triggers in a dark college romance. Welcome to a secret society of the rich and powerful with arranged marriages, covert missions and a chosen girl to serve your needs…if you’re lucky. Blakely was an amazingly strong, likable, sassy heroine. Ryat was definitely a dominate, protective, loyal guy and I really loved him with Blake. Their connection was extremely steamy and the spicy scenes…whoa mama! This gritty romance had so many unpredictable curves thrown out and page gripping suspense…I couldn’t put it down. If dark romance is your genre, look no further…grab this baby and dive right in.

Excerpt

INITIATION

RYAT

Loyalty Freshman year at Barrington University I KNEEL IN the middle of the darkly lit room along with twenty other men. My hands are secured tightly behind my back with a pair of handcuffs. My shirt is torn, and blood drips from my busted lips. I’m panting, still trying to catch my breath while my heart beats like a drum in my chest. It’s hard to hear over the blood rushing in my ears, and I’m sweating profusely.

We were dragged out of our beds in the middle of the night to serve. Our freshman classes at Barrington University start in two weeks, but we already have to show our loyalty to the Lords.

“You will always have to prove yourself,”my father once told me. “You were each given a task,”the man calls out as he paces in front of us. His black combat boots slap against the concrete floor with each step, the sound echoing off the walls. “Kill or be killed. Now how many of you can fulfill it?”

“I can,” I state, lifting my head to stick my chin out in the warm and sticky air. Sweat covers my brow after the fight. It’s rigged. You are supposed to lose. The point is to wear you down. See just how much you have to give. How far you can go. I made sure to win mine. No matter what it took.

 He smirks down at me like I’m fucking joking. “Ryat. You seem so confident in yourself.”

“I know what I’m capable of handling,”I say through gritted teeth. I don’t like being second-guessed. We were each raised for this—to be a Lord.

Wealth got us here.

 Yet our determination will separate us by the time it’s over.

The man looks at the guy on my left and nods. The guy walks behind me and yanks me to stand by the back of my shirt. He undoes the cuffs, and I rip the shredded material up and over my head before dropping my hands to my sides when what I really want to do is rub my sore wrists.

Never show weakness. A Lord does not feel. He’s a machine.

The man steps up to me with a knife in hand. He holds it out handle first to me, his black eyes almost glowing with excitement. “Show us what you can do.”

Taking it from him, I walk over to the chair bolted to the floor. I yank the bloody sheet off the chair to reveal a man tied to it. His hands are cuffed behind his back, and his feet are spread wide and secured to the chair legs.

I’m not surprised I know him—he’s a Lord. Or was. The fact that he’s restrained tells me he’s not anymore. But that doesn’t change my orders.

Kill without questions.

 You want to be powerful? Then you realize you are a threat to those who want your position. In order to succeed, you don’t have to be stronger, just deadlier.

The man shakes his head, his brown eyes pleading with me to spare his life. Multiple layers of duct tape are placed over his mouth—those who spill secrets will be silenced. He thrashes in his chair.

Walking behind him, I look down at his cuffed wrists. He wears a ring on his right hand; it’s a circle with three horizontal lines across the middle. It stands for power.

 Not just anyone would know what it means, but I do. Because I wear the same one. Everyone in this room does. But just because you get one doesn’t mean you’ll keep it.

I reach down and grab his hand. He begins to shout behind the tape as he tries to fight me, but I remove the ring easily and walk back around to stand in front of him. “You don’t deserve this,”I say to him, placing it in my pocket. “You betrayed us, your brothers, yourself. The payment for that is death.”

When he throws his head back and screams into the tape, I press the knife to his neck, right below his jawline. His breathing fills the room, and his body strains, waiting for the first cut.

A Lord does not show mercy. Blood and tears are what we demand from those who betray us.

Meet Shantel Tessier

Shantel is a Texas born girl who now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her high school sweetheart, who is a wonderful, supportive husband and their two daughters. She loves to spend time cuddled up on the couch with a good book.

She considers herself extremely lucky to get to be a stay at home wife and mother. Going to concerts and the movies are just a few of her favorite things to do. She hates coffee, but loves wine. She and her husband are both huge football fans, college and NFL. And she has to feed her high heel addiction by shopping for shoes weekly.

Although she has a passion to write, her family is most important to her. She loves spending evenings at home with her husband and daughters, along with their cats and dogs.

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Jonah Bennett by Tijan ~ Blog Tour w/ 4.25 Star Review & Excerpt!

Jonah Bennett, an all new emotional and thrilling novella from New York Times bestselling author Tijan and 1,001 Dark Nights, is available now!

Blurb

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tijan comes a new story in her Bennett Mafia universe…

Jonah Bennett wasn’t like his family. The mafia business was firmly what his brothers did, not him.

That changed the day a rival family killed his fiancée.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

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Review

Feels 1
Storyline 4.25
Steam 4
Overall Rating 4.25
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Anytime I can get my hands on a Tijan book, I’m all in. And the Bennett Mafia? Count me triple in. I am fascinated with the Bennett family and loved the peek we got inside from Carson’s outside introduction. Jonah is exactly the man I wanted him to be and loved the inner turmoil between wanting to do “good” and keeping everyone he cared about “safe” versus listening to his heart and cultivating friendships, lovers…those normal connections we make every single day. With this story being a novella, the suspense, romance and conflict were all ramped up. It all made me wish I had a full Bennett Mafia story in my hot little hands. But I will take this sweet, tasty morsel of Bennett and savor it to the fullest extent. Jonah’s book was flat out entertaining, enticing and slightly addictive. I will be over here jonesing for my next Bennett Mafia hit. Wait…I didn’t mean it that way!

Excerpt

A screech of brakes. 

A horn blaring. 

That was the only warning we got. 

Melissa and I were traveling. We’d taken time off from our residencies, mine in surgery and hers in family practice. We were in different locations. The driving distance wasn’t that far, but this time together was special to me. 

I had decided. I didn’t want to wait anymore.

That was my last thought as we came to a quick stop in our rental car. The traffic had frozen, bumper to bumper. 

“What the hell is going on?” Melissa asked.

I looked over at her and smiled. She was beautiful, like always. Big doe eyes. Long brown hair that had a slight curl. We’d been together for the last year. When I switched to go to medical school in the States, she was in the same year as me. We dated on and off for that year and the year after, but it was on and off for a reason. 

Then school happened. 

We graduated. 

We went into our specialties, but we decided to try again. 

I was happy that we had. I was happy with her. 

I was just happy. 

She was gorgeous. She was kind. Smart. She liked to tease me with this little sparkle in her eyes. She was also competitive, always pushing to get the best marks on each test and exam. She pushed me to do better, and that was a novel experience for me. I was used to pushing myself. No one in my family was in the medical field. It wasn’t what they did, but me… That was not me. I was the first to venture outside our family business. 

It wasn’t that I didn’t have their support. I did. They wanted me to go, to do better, to be better, but that’s all they had to offer. So I was left in the role of pushing forward, forging a new path. Though not with Melissa. She motivated me, and that was one of the many reasons I’d fallen in love with her. 

Right now, however, I was mostly focused on the fact that we had six days left to celebrate before going back to our normal, hectic lives. I reached over and threaded my fingers with hers, staring at the sparkling ring on her finger. 

“We should call our families tonight,” I suggested. “Tell them about the engagement.” 

She’d been glaring out the window at the traffic, but when I dropped a kiss on our fingers, she relaxed. 

She turned to me, that sparkle in her eyes. “Oh, you mean I’ll actually get to meet your family? Your very reclusive family that you’ve always said isn’t in the States and out of phone reach?” She was teasing, but sort of not. 

She hadn’t met my family for a reason, but they knew about her. 

Kai had her investigated. And if Kai had any files on her, then I knew Tanner got them as well. He probably had done a couple passes, too. Meaning, that he saw her in physical proximity, he knew her, but she wouldn’t have known who he was. Brooke wasn’t one to be left out. She insisted to overhear a phone call I had with Melissa one time. It was her way of “meeting” her. 

That was my family. 

But it was time. If she was going to marry me, she needed to know what she was marrying into. It was only fair, but once she knew, I’d have to be prepared that she might decide not to be with me—or worse, that she’d say something to someone else. 

I leaned back and shot her a grin. “When you meet them, you’ll know why.” 

The traffic still wasn’t moving forward, and more horns had started to blare. 

I frowned. “You think it’s an accident up there? That’s why we’re stalled?” 

“Oh.” Her smile melted away. 

If someone was hurt, we were supposed to go help. 

Melissa reached for her seatbelt at the same time I did. 

“Open the trunk,” I called as we rounded to the rear of the car. 

She found the button to pop it open, and I saw a first aid kit pushed back in the corner. I grabbed it, shutting the trunk. 

As I did, a guy came walking toward us, past the truck in front of us. Tall. Broad shoulders. White. He was in cowboy boots and a cowboy hat, decked out like a stereotypical cowboy—probably Wrangler jeans and a shirt stolen from the set of an old Clint Eastwood movie. I catalogued all that out of habit. 

He saw me and stopped. 

He looked at Melissa. 

He turned back to me. “You’re Jonah Bennett?” 

I frowned. “Who’s asking?” 

“Do we know you?” Melissa stepped toward him, looking him over. The doctor in her came first, always. “Are you hurt? Is there a car accident back there where you came from—” 

She was concerned about him, concerned about others. 

That’s what she did, who she was, and why I loved her. 

He pulled a gun out and pointed it at her. 

She didn’t seem to register that. 

She was looking for blood on him when he pulled the trigger. 

About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new series from north Minnesota where she lives with an English Cocker she adores.

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