🏳️‍🌈Cover Reveal/Review of the first three books in this amazing series

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Word count: Approx 35k

Blurb: It’s been a hell of a year in New York City. Detective Cohen Bailey is determined to put Jake Bartlett, the last remaining threat, behind bars for good. To do that, he’s going to need all the help he can get. Their team is still reeling from almost losing two of their own and Cohen knows that if there was ever a chance to prove himself, this is it.

Brock Hart is a pinch-hitter for the Department of Justice, a mobile asset that moves with the big cases and steps in to clean up messes when they occur. Prosecuting isn’t all done in the courtroom, and Brock’s got a personal connection of his own to this particular case. Detective Cohen Bailey is attractive, competent and more importantly, half Brock’s age. Brock’s better off sticking to his long-time no-strings arrangement than risking it all on Cohen.

The more they dig into the web surrounding Bartlett, the more certain they become that there’s something bigger going on. Neither of them have the time to fall into bed together, let alone fall in love, but if there’s anything Brock’s learned it’s that sometimes, the best choices are the ones you don’t mean to make. 

Exclusive to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

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Global buy link for book 2: rxe.me/9DCBT6

Global buy link for book 3: rxe.me/79WB3S

Mens Rea (Casus Fortuitous Book 1): This short story sets up the direction and fills in the background of what you’ll soon find out is a fantastic series. The author provides a lot of info within a limited amount of pages. It’s extremely well-written, and I was very excited to start the next one.

Law and Disorder (Casus Fortuitous Book 2): This installment is a continuation of James and Derek’s story. I think it’s worth saying that this story is as much a crime/murder/mystery as it is a love story.

James Carter is a forty-four-year-old NYPD police chief, whose precinct is filled with colorful, funny, complex, and intelligent co-workers. But now that he’s romantically involved with twenty-nine-year-old US Attorney, Derek Moore, his life has been turned upside down even more so when Derek becomes the main focus of a madman’s obsession. James’s sole concern is to keep his guy safe, but that proves to be a daunting task as the two stumble and flounder while attempting to navigate the uncertainty of a new relationship when there’s a killer out there!

I love the author’s writing style. It’s similar to watching a movie or a TV crime show. Each scene feels like the camera is fading to black, and I can’t help but think of the two musical beats used in Law and Order.

This series is something else! The cast of characters, no matter how big or small a part they play, add a perfect balance, resulting in a storyline filled to the brim with creative dialogue and painstaking attention to detail. The sex scenes are non-existent but are left to the readers’ imagination through teases of playful or sensual caresses and images of clothing strewn and tangled sheets. I highly recommend this series and couldn’t wait to start the next one. A Five-Star read for me.

Cause and Effect (Casus Fortuitous ~ Book 3): Loved this story of Peter Saracen and Daniel Callahan, the NYPD detective who Peter has been obsessed with for some time now. Peter puts himself in harm’s way by nosying around crime scenes and winds up needing protection. As the situation escalates between a killer at large and James’s man, Derek, the whole precinct is on edge, rightfully so.

Peter seems to be a balm to Daniel’s rough edges and worms his way into his heart. Again, this installment (or episode!) is action-packed and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. No single person is truly front and center as Brooke Edwards does another outstanding job bringing in the whole cast. Positively crazy about this series and can’t wait for the next. Again … another Five-Star read!

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Author bio:

 Brooke Edwards is an Australian LGBTQ+ author and dreamer, slowly working her way through the stories that keep demanding (loudly) to be told. She’s hopelessly obsessed with procedural law enforcement shows, flawed human beings and coffee – not necessarily in that order.

A hybrid author, Brooke’s first books were released through Dreamspinner Press in 2015 and 2016, followed by self-published ventures in 2017 and onwards.

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Website: www.brookeedwardsauthor.com

Blog: www.brookeedwards.blog

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🏳️‍🌈Review of Rend by Roan Parrish

30697638-C41D-4103-B655-9552B54C8543Rend (Riven #2) 

by Roan Parrish

Amazon: http://a.co/d/7cffljT

SYNOPSIS:

After a whirlwind romance, a man with a painful past learns to trust the musician who makes him believe in happy endings.

 

Matt Argento knows what it feels like to be alone. After a childhood of abandonment, he never imagined someone might love him—much less someone like Rhys Nyland, who has the voice of an angel, the looks of a god, and the worship of his fans.

Matt and Rhys come from different worlds, but when they meet, their chemistry is incendiary. Their romance is unexpected, intense, and forever—at least, that’s what their vows promise. Suddenly, Matt finds himself living a life he never thought possible: safe and secure in the arms of a man who feels like home. But when Rhys leaves to go on tour for his new album, Matt finds himself haunted by the ghosts of his past.

When Rhys returns, he finds Matt twisted by doubt. But Rhys loves Matt fiercely, and he’ll go to hell and back to triumph over Matt’s fears. After secrets are revealed and desires are confessed, Rhys and Matt must learn to trust each other if they’re going to make it. That means they have to fall in love all over again—and this time, it really will be forever.

Roan Parrish’s pitch-perfect Riven novels can be read together or separately:

RIVEN | REND

 

 

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I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that Rend was not about Theo and Caleb, the couple from Riven, but it is about Caleb’s oldest friend, Rhys.  We already know Rhys is married to Matt, and Rend is their story.

The first half of the book is, well, rather boring.  It tells of Matt’s day to day life, and I just felt like it was almost void of any emotion from Matt.  Rhys is full of life and is madly in love with Matt, but Matt is struggling.  The second half of the book, you learn more about Matt’s heartbreaking past, and it had me wondering if the author made the first half emotionally boring to make the reader feel so much in the second half, because the emotions hit you hard. Matt started questioning if he was good enough for Rhys, even feeling unworthy of being loved.  His childhood is full of heartache and hurt, and you begin to understand why Matt is so afraid, but Rhys will fight for him.

Yes, Theo and Caleb are in this book, quite a lot, actually.  I enjoyed catching up with them and seeing such a strong bond between Caleb and Rhys.

Once again, the author’s writing will hit you with all the feels, and I have a feeling this story will be with me for a long time.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher/NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Thanks for the great review by fellow blogger and good friend, Diana Murphy, of Turning Pages at Midnight Book Blog ~ Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/125752-turning-pages-at-midnight-book-blog

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Book Tour/Giveaway

Title: Blinding Echo
Author: Tina Saxon
Genre: Romance/Drama/Suspense
Release Date: November 27, 2018

“Blinding Echo is a thrilling book that will make your blood and emotions boil with excitement. Be prepared for an unconventional love-story, catching you like a deer in the headlights.” Goodreads reviewer

“Do yourself a favor, read this story, go into it with an open mind and heart. It’s gonna make you gasp and make your heartbeat a little different.” Goodreads reviewer

We were best friends at ten. 
 
Lovers at sixteen. 
Going to be married at nineteen. 
 
Until she woke up one day and couldn’t remember me. 
 
Leaving the small town was easy. Leaving her was my only regret. Ten years later, with a resume that said I had the perfect kill shot, I landed a job at a Security firm. Finding my way in the civilian life, I never thought it would be her I would find. 
 
She still owned my heart. She still looked at me like I was a stranger. I wasn’t leaving her again. This time, we were playing by my rules. I’d been given a second chance to right my wrongs and I was going to start by claiming what was mine. 
 
We were lovers at twenty-eight. 
Getting married at twenty-nine. 
 
Until she woke up and remembered me.

EVERLY
Love stories typically begin with boy meets girl. Ours did. Yet, our story is anything but typical.
I had always thought the heart led us to ‘the one.’ But, I’ve learned the heart doesn’t have a memory. Its beat is steady until our brain triggers an emotion, making the beat so unmistakable it takes your breath away. It’s blinding, life-altering and sometimes earth-shattering. The feeling of true love. We grow up with the grand illusion there is only one person made for us—our soul-mate. But what if your memories are stripped from you? Your soul-mate forgotten. The unmistakable heartbeat gone. The love that completely filled your heart, now an empty space. 
That was my heart. Vacant.
He was a stranger, determined to make me fall in love with him. He made it easy. Even though I didn’t know him, he felt familiar. The scars that riddled my body, illustrating my past, he made them feel invisible. Made me feel like I deserved to be cherished and loved. 
He was also lying.
Doctors told me my memories were locked in my brain. Eighteen years of my life was under lock and key inside my head somewhere. It was Pandora’s box.
I wish I had never found the key.
Our love story began with boy meets girl. Now… 
I love two men.
He loves two women.

 

Tina Saxon lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two kids. She’s not afraid to try new things because it’s outside the box of typical housewife. CEO of her home is by far the most rewarding job she has ever had. Her jobs include, but are not limited to, seamstress, carpenter, craft extraordinaire, PTA President, chauffeur, dance mom, mediator—of mentioned kids—and author. Once upon a time she was a Financial Analyst but traded budgets and forecasts in for diapers and bottles. The former was definitely easier but the latter more fulfilling. Tina’s love for reading surged into her passion for writing. Wanting to bring the reader an intriguing story that’s hard to put down with steamy love scenes that heat you up, she’s always thinking of the perfect way to take you down that path.
 
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New Release

Title: Blinding Echo
Author: Tina Saxon
Genre: Romance/Drama/Suspense
Release Date: November 27, 2018
We were best friends at ten. 
 
Lovers at sixteen. 
Going to be married at nineteen. 
 
Until she woke up one day and couldn’t remember me. 
 
Leaving the small town was easy. Leaving her was my only regret. Ten years later, with a resume that said I had the perfect kill shot, I landed a job at a Security firm. Finding my way in the civilian life, I never thought it would be her I would find. 
 
She still owned my heart. She still looked at me like I was a stranger. I wasn’t leaving her again. This time, we were playing by my rules. I’d been given a second chance to right my wrongs and I was going to start by claiming what was mine. 
 
We were lovers at twenty-eight. 
Getting married at twenty-nine. 
 
Until she woke up and remembered me.

 

 

“Blinding Echo is a thrilling book that will make your blood and emotions boil with excitement. Be prepared for an unconventional love-story, catching you like a deer in the headlights.” Goodreads reviewer

“Do yourself a favor, read this story, go into it with an open mind and heart. It’s gonna make you gasp and make your heartbeat a little different.” Goodreads reviewer

 

Tina Saxon lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband and two kids. She’s not afraid to try new things because it’s outside the box of typical housewife. CEO of her home is by far the most rewarding job she has ever had. Her jobs include, but are not limited to, seamstress, carpenter, craft extraordinaire, PTA President, chauffeur, dance mom, mediator—of mentioned kids—and author. Once upon a time she was a Financial Analyst but traded budgets and forecasts in for diapers and bottles. The former was definitely easier but the latter more fulfilling. Tina’s love for reading surged into her passion for writing. Wanting to bring the reader an intriguing story that’s hard to put down with steamy love scenes that heat you up, she’s always thinking of the perfect way to take you down that path.
 
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Pre-Order

Title: Fraud
Author: R.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Forbidden, Suspense
Release Date: December 6, 2018
Kindle Unlimited

Eleven years together and today I find out . . .
I don’t know the first thing about the man I’m sleeping beside every night.
My marriage is built on a bed of lies . . . Nothing is real.
Each day I’m barely surviving, falling deeper into despair and loneliness.
Meeting Hayes Taylor is not in my plan.
Younger, beautiful and broken—just like me. I feel a connection with him I’ve never experienced before. But I am a married woman, and cheating isn’t in my DNA. I ignore the sexual tension between us and push him away.
And like most women, I stay in my marriage for my kids.
But my husband not only manipulates, he keeps secrets I’m not prepared for. 
Secrets that may destroy me . . .
This is not only my fight song, this is my journey to discover love.
R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a master’s Degree in Political Science.
 
R.C. is an avid reader, so when she isn’t cooking for her clan or on her laptop writing, she’s snuggled tight with her Kindle devouring any romance novel she can. Okay, with the exception of Thursday nights. She makes time for Scandal and Vampire Diaries. She’s a fan of drama and suspense but she’s also a sucker for a happy ending.
 
Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters she could never think of living anywhere else.
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Book Blitz

Title: Snapshot
Author: Rebel Farris
Genre: Romance Suspense Novella 
Release Date: June 6, 2018
A new standalone romantic psychological thriller, unlike anything you’ve read before.

 

 
Love stories don’t usually start with tripping over a dead body.
 
But mine did. That’s when I met him.
 
Xander Novak wasn’t like the guys from around here. The cowboy with a mysterious accent had secrets, sure. But he helped me escape certain death and welcomed me into his home.
 
Or did he? Because his home could be my safe haven… or it could be my prison.
 
And I could be walking straight into the arms of a killer.

“5+++ HOLY FORKING SHIRT STARS!! This story is full of suspense and mystery, but it’s also filled with emotions and steam.” -Chiara, Goodreads Reviewer


“Romance, suspense, twists, and turns will keep you flipping the pages of this book.” -Jamie, Bloom & Buck Book Blog


“So many crazy things happen, and boy did I love every dark and disturbing moment!!!” -Amy M, 2 Amy’s Love Reading Blog

Now I could see what my fingers had explored before. He had a multitude of scars across his body; they were faint, just a shade lighter than his fair skin. Which was probably why I never noticed, the few times I’d seen him shirtless in the garage. All were in various shapes and sizes, no pattern or obvious cause. It didn’t detract from his beauty. He was beyond perfectly constructed, a work of masculine art. The scars only added to his story.I watched, fascinated, as he folded the shirt and set it on top of his dresser. Biting my lip, I clenched my fist to stop from reaching for him. I wanted to have my hands all over him, but he was watching me with a look that said he was waiting for me to make the next move. I popped the button on my shorts and let them fall to the ground, then pulled the borrowed T-shirt over my head.

A dark shadow passed through his eyes. “It has been a long time since I have lain with a woman. I’m not sure I can… please you.”

His honesty shot through me like a bolt of lightning and cracked something inside of me. I breathed in deeply and blinked a few times. He swallowed. His Adam’s apple bobbed in his throat, making me want to lick it.

“You really can’t do it wrong. I just want you.”

“I want to see the rest of you.” His voice was gruff and commanding.

I felt the wetness pool between my legs in response. Unhooking my bra, I let it slide down my arms to the floor. His gaze never strayed from his slow perusal of my body. My panties hit the floor next, and he watched. The feral hunger and undisguised lust, the erection straining against his pants—I was too distracted to even bother with being self-conscious. It was obvious he liked what he was seeing.

“Lay back on the bed and spread your legs for me.”

Rebel Farris is a country girl who’s spent far too much time in an urban setting. A gentle, pure soul, who can’t speak a word without dropping f-bombs or dripping sarcasm everywhere. She was born and raised in Texas, living a mostly nomadic life before settling down in Austin. When she’s not busy being a workaholic, writing the next dark story that fills her twisted mind, she can be found hanging with her three minions and two pups, Thugg Dog and King Pin.

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Release Blitz

Title: Determination 
Series: Portentous Destiny, Book Four
Author: S.E Rose
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 6, 2018

 

He’s a broken man, except you’d never know it. She’s a star trying to make her way to the top. A typhoon brings them together, but will their romance survive an unexpected storm of danger that is heading their way?

 

Jesse Ryder lost his dad, his hero when he was still a kid. Instead, of dealing with his loss and his past, he paved his way to a better future. Now, he stands upon the precipice of an empire. He doesn’t need anyone or anything, or so he thought.
Vanessa Tourney is a pop music princess. She has it all, yet her life is missing something. She trusts everyone until she meets Jesse, and her world is flipped upside down.
Their whirlwind romance is cut short and then re-ignited, only to be overshadowed by an unforeseen enemy lurking in the shadows. Can a monster be stopped from doing the unthinkable, or will a foe catch up to them faster than they thought?

 

S.E. Rose lives in the DMV. And if you know what that means, then you know where she lives. She currently resides with her husband, two children, and always at least two cats and usually other random creatures her children decide they need. While she works at a desk during the day, her evenings and weekends are devoted to writing and editing her romance novels. She loves all things wine, coffee, tea and dark chocolate; that’s right, dark chocolate. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, going to concerts, and reading.
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