I’m so happy to be part of Gay Book Promotions blog tour celebrating the release of the celebrity matchmaker FF romance Love Beneath the Stars: A Matchmaker Wedding Novella by Claerie Kavanaugh! Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a chance to win your own ebook copy!
They say love conquers all, but what if getting it means losing your family?
After years of searching, a job gone wrong finally led Hollywood's most famous matchmaker Eve to her soulmate in up-and-coming starlet Jemma Mason. For a year, they had pictured their perfect destination Valentine’s Day wedding. But when Jemma’s family arrives from Montana, they quickly learn perfection is hard to come by.
Jemma’s conservative brother has always been distant, but when he meets his sister's fiancée, who is seven years her senior, he worries she’s moving way too fast and refuses to come to the wedding, let alone keep his promise to walk her down the aisle. Can love really conquer all, or are there some wounds that simply run too deep to be buried?
Eve and Jemma’s Wedding Novella. Sequel to LOVE AMONG THE STARS in the standalone sapphic celebrity romance series ENTERTAINING LOVE.
When I turn to face Eve, she’s sitting more fully upright, concern etched across her beautiful features. “What’s wrong?”
“Apparently, a storm is coming,” Despondence drips from my words as I sink, onto the edge of the bed. “They want us to stay inside.”
Eve climbs out of the covers and wraps her arms around me. “We’ll be alright, Jemma. We’re together, and that’s all that matters.”
Her confidence is contagious, and I can’t help but smile. “You always know how to make me feel better, don’t you?”
“Of course.” She grins, kissing my cheek. “Now, let’s make the most of this unexpected day indoors.”
We spend the morning lounging in bed, sipping coffee and flipping through the cable channels on the TV. But as the wind outside picks up, so does our restlessness.
“Let’s play a game,” Eve suggests, sitting up and stretching her toned arms above her head.
“What kind of game?” I ask, intrigued.
She smirks devilishly. “Strip poker.”
My stomach flips at the thought of being naked in front of her, but I can’t deny the thrill that pulses through me. “You’re on.”
We grab a deck of cards from the nightstand and settle in on the plush carpet, the sound of the wind howling outside echoing in my ears. As the game progresses, clothing is discarded, and as Eve tosses her shirt onto the pile, I can’t help but let my eyes roam over her gorgeous curves and her smooth golden skin. A flush spreads across my cheeks as I drink her in.
Eve smirks, arching an eyebrow. “Enjoying the view?”
I swallow hard, my mouth suddenly dry. “Very much so,” I reply, a slightly wanton rasp dancing at the edges of my words.
She crawls over to me on all fours, her eyes locked onto mine. “Why don’t you come a little closer?” I oblige, leaning in towards her, my heart pounding. She presses her body against mine, her skin hot against my own. My breath hitches as she trails her fingers down my spine, sending shivers through my body. I tangle my fingers in her hair, pulling her lips to mine. The kiss is electric, fire burning through my veins. I break away, gasping for air.
About the author
When she’s not writing, she loves to travel and explore new cultures, helping other authors polish their works as a freelance editor, and singing while doing so. Broadway musicals are her soul-food, something her mother and sister know well. She constantly blasts the newest soundtrack through the halls of their Missouri home, much to the chagrin of her very sassy and spoiled cat.
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Cover reveal! Today I’m excited to help reveal the cover of This Will Hurt by Cara Dee! Enter the Kingsumo Giveaway for chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
This Will Hurt I is the first book in Cara Dee’s new MM contemporary romance series and tells the story of Jake and Roe. Tropes include angst, awakening, friends to lovers, single dad and slow burn, so all of my favorite ones!
Here’s the beautiful cover with photograph by CJC Photography and model Eric Guilmette:
Maybe the heart needs to break before one can put together the pieces correctly.
I used to think leaving the Marines and moving to LA was the defining moment that changed my life. I was gonna become a documentary filmmaker and see the world through my camera. Then I met Roe Finlay.
Never in a million years could I have imagined…well, everything we went through. I sucked at expressing how I felt—which was emotionally stunted most of the time—but Roe seemed to get me. I became…dependent. Attached. Not in a sexual way or anything—I wasn’t gay. Far from it. Or bisexual like Roe, for that matter. No, this was different. I just wanted to be close to him. He made me laugh like no other. We were a fantastic team. We lived together. Worked together. He was my best friend.
He was everything. He was my defining moment.
Until he decided to commit to his f—to his girlfriend.
I’m so happy to be part of Gay Book Promotions blog tour celebrating the release of the wonderful second chance MM hockey romance Game Plan by Amy Aislin! Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for chance to win your own signed paperbook copy!
Coaching his new AHL team? Easy
Reconnecting with his ex…who’s also his best player’s father?
Not so much.
As the new head coach of the Vancouver Orcas, Matt Shore has got his work cut out for him. Coming off a season where the Orcas came in last in the entire AHL, Matt’s job is to whip his new hockey team into shape for the oncoming season.
He doesn’t need any distractions, especially not one in the form of a tall, dark, and gorgeous antiques dealer.
Who’s also his ex—and his best player’s father.
Pierce Langley-Brown has a lot of regrets. The biggest? Leaving Matt behind two years ago when his son needed him. Now, with his son on Matt’s hockey team, there’s no avoiding the man who once owned his heart.
Not that Pierce wants to avoid him. And that heart? It still belongs to Matt.
But will Matt choose to keep it after all this time?
Content warnings: past parental death (off-page but is discussed on-page); depression and mental health
“What do you think?” Matt slowed as they approached the entrance to Kitsilano Beach Park. The parking lot was mostly empty at this time of day. “Should we park here or find street parking farther down?”
“Doesn’t matter,” Pierce muttered. “We both know I’ll only last five minutes.”
Matt grinned and pulled into the parking lot. “Not to worry. We’ll build your stamina in no time.”
Speaking of stamina . . . Matt scratched at his thigh, drawing Pierce’s gaze.
He swallowed hard. Sipped his coffee. Eyed Matt’s profile as Matt backed into a spot. “What kind of strenuous activities do you expect me to be doing that I’ll need stamina?”
Putting the car in park, Matt side-eyed him. “Increasing your stamina helps reduce fatigue. Allows you to perform your daily activities at a higher level while using less energy.”
“Uh-huh.” Amused at the non-answer, Pierce sipped more coffee, hiding a grin behind his mug. “Is that all?”
Huffing, Matt popped his door open. “Get out of the car, LB.”
Pierce let his laughter loose, feeling giddy and happy and like Matt’s laughter gave him superpowers.
Until they got a few minutes into their jog.
“I’m—” Huff. “—dying.” Huff. “Jogging is . . .” Huff.
“Good exercise?” Matt prompted, not the least bit winded.
Matt chuckled, but he slowed to a fast walk. Other joggers and cyclists passed them, but Pierce didn’t care much about anything other than gulping big breaths of air. On their left, the sandy beach was dotted with wooden logs for seating, and the ocean was calm under a blue sky peppered with the occasional cloud. In the distance, the mountains rose, tall and green.
Pierce sucked in a deep breath of ocean-tinted air, held it, and released it in a long sigh.
“How did you survive in landlocked Laval for two years?” Matt asked
“Technically, it’s not landlocked. Laval is mostly on an island across the Prairies River from Montreal. It’s not the same, but there are waterfronts. I did miss home, though. It’s good to be back.”
“Yet you’d still move with Jason if he got traded again?”
Pierce blinked at Matt. “What makes you say that?”
“You sort of implied it,” Matt said, suddenly finding a hangnail interesting. “When you said you moved back here because Jason did.”
“Oh, well . . . I mean, generally, parents don’t follow their kids around, right? Especially when those kids reach adulthood?”
Matt raised an eyebrow, and if ever sardonic had an expression . . . “Yet here you are.”
“Sure, but . . .” Pierce shrugged. “I kept my apartment here for a reason, you know? Jase getting traded here was fortuitous. It gave me an excuse to return home, which gave me a reason to be close to Jason so we can keep repairing our relationship.”
“If he’d gotten traded to . . . I don’t know . . . somewhere in the States, you wouldn’t have gone with him?”
Pierce blew out a breath. “I might’ve gone with him for the first week or so, just to make sure he was settling in okay. Whether or not I would’ve moved there with him . . .” He rubbed his jaw, the overnight stubble he hadn’t bothered to shave scratching at his palm. “I honestly don’t know. I don’t spend much time mapping out what I would or wouldn’t have done in a situation that doesn’t exist.”
“But it could exist.”
Pierce stopped right there on the path, a frown pulling at his forehead. Once Matt had turned around, he said, “Are you trying to tell me something? Is Jason about to get traded? He just got here.”
Matt’s eyes were dark as sin under the autumn sun. “No. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m just . . . curious.”
Curious because . . . he didn’t want Pierce to leave again?
Because . . . he was still in love with him?
Pierce nearly laughed out loud at the fanciful thoughts.
“Curious about . . . ?”
Matt walked backwards, forcing Pierce to follow. “What your long-term plans are. I don’t even know what you do for work right now.”
“I’m a runner.”
Another sardonic eyebrow paired with an amused twist of the lips. “I beg to differ.”
“No,” Pierce said with a laugh. “Not a runner runner. A runner for an antiques dealer in Quebec.”
“Which is . . . ?”
“I buy antiques for my dealer. She tells me what she’s looking for and what her budget is, and I run around looking for it.”
This was such a cute and heart-warming second-chance MM romance with adorable characters that immediately stole my heart! I also really appreciated the added depth with a main character suffering from depression.
You can find my full review here: Game Plan by Amy Aislin
About the Author
Amy’s lived with her head in the clouds since she first picked up a book as a child, and being fluent in two languages means she’s read a lot of books! She first picked up a pen on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class had to stay inside for recess. Tales of treasure hunts with her classmates eventually morphed into love stories between men, and she’s been writing ever since. She writes evenings and weekends—or whenever she isn’t at her full-time day job saving the planet at Canada’s largest environmental non-profit.
An unapologetic introvert, Amy reads too much and socializes too little, with no regrets. She loves connecting with readers. Join her Facebook Group to stay up-to-date on upcoming releases and for access to early teasers, find her on Instagram, or sign up for her infrequent newsletter.
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Today is my stop on the Pride Book Tours bookstagram tour for the heartwarming and witty The New Town Librarian by Kathy Anderson!
Queer middle-aged librarian Nan Nethercott, a wisecracking hypochondriac with a lackluster career and a nonexistent love life, needs to make a drastic life change before it’s too late.
When she lands a job as librarian in a seemingly idyllic small town in southern New Jersey, Nan quickly discovers unforeseen challenges. Nan’s landlady, Immaculata, launches daily intrusions from below. The library, housed in the former town jail, is overrun by marauding middle-schoolers. A mysterious reader leaves distressing messages in book stacks all over the library. Thomasina, the irresistible butch deli owner, is clearly a delicious affair and not the relationship Nan craves.
There’s no turning back though. Nan must come up with her own wildly unorthodox solutions to what the town and its people throw at her and fight for what she wants until she makes a shiny new life—one with her first true home, surprising friends, a meaningful career, and a promising new love.
This was such a heartwarming and charming story about a middle-aged lesbian librarian wanting to change her life. I loved the library setting, the witty humor, the queer representation and all wonderful side characters!
Read my full review here: The New Town Librarian by Kathy Anderson