Blog Tour: Forget the Stars by Kelsey Kingsley

Title: Forget the Stars
Author: Kelsey Kingsley
Genre: Friends-to-lover/2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Cover Design: Danny Manzella
“From August 26 to September 26, 2019, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.”

“There is just something about a vulnerable hero that gets me every time and Chad Wilcox was no exception. His pain becomes your pain thanks to Kelsey’s descriptive writing and the ability to invoke emotional pull. And, with a nickname like Chaddington Bear, he is everything.” – Bree, Goodreads reviewer

“I’m a big Kelsey fan, so I knew I’d love this book before knowing anything about it. What I didn’t know is how deep it would move me. I should have known though, because she always finds a way to break the mold and set a new standard of excellence.” – Katie, Goodreads reviewer

 

“This is one of those times I am thanking my lucky stars I took a chance on a new-to-me author. The writing was engaging, smart, and effortless to read. The storytelling was honest and sweetly addicting. I craved it when I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to sink into it for hours, lose time with these wonderful characters and their original, adorable, emotionally satisfying love story. I can’t say it enough: I loved it! I adored it! This is an absolute MUST read!” – Bookgasms Book Blog

 
Guitarist Chad Wilcox’s life isn’t going according to plan. 
At thirty, he never thought he’d still be unmarried and living with his parents. And with the added stress of his poor health, he’s convinced the only thing within his control is the success he’s found as a rockstar.
 
After reconnecting with his childhood best friend, Chad sets into motion a new plan to regain control over his happiness, and things start looking up. But when he finds himself diagnosed with a potentially debilitating chronic illness, he begins to wonder…
Is this as good as it’s going to get? Or is it at all possible for a guy like him to get everything he’s ever wished for?

 

 

 

“What’s that look for?” she asked with a giggle, as she reached around to secure her bra.
 
I shook my head as a smile stretched over my lips. “Nothin’. Just …” I swallowed at the warmth crowding my heart and my lungs. “You’re my best friend.”
 
She tugged a tank top on and sighed, her exhale lingering in the air. “You’re mine.”
 
Mine. The word was simple and yet held the world. It was an agreement, it was possession. It was an invisible contract that lingered between us, and I would’ve gladly used my own blood to sign on the dotted line.
 
But instead of pricking a finger and sealing the deal, I simply nodded, as only two words left my mouth.
 
“I’m yours.”

 

 

 

Kelsey Kingsley is an author of eight, almost nine, novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese.
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Hitched by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

 

 

Title: Hitched
Authors: Pippa Grant & Lili Valente
Genre: Romantic Comedy

 Release Date: September 3, 2019

Blurb

 

She’s the last woman on earth I’d marry….again.

Yet here I am.

Saying my vows. Again.

To save an alpaca.

At least, that’s my story.

But the truth might be a little more complicated.

I didn’t want to let her go the first time. But now I have a second chance to
win over my wife.

We’re older. Wiser. And hornier.

This time, I won’t fail.

 

Hitched is a red hot, enemies-to-lovers laugh-a-palooza featuring a girl in
need of a marriage of convenience and a man in need of a cold shower to keep
from falling for his fake wife. They say opposites attract, but with Blake and
Hope, they also combust…

 

My review:

In Hitched, we return to the small Georgia town of Happy Cat. While this is technically a standalone story, some aspects will be very confusing if you have not read the previous two books, particularly Hammered if you want to really know what all the fuss is about Hope and electronics. It’s basically explained via context in this book but the previous one explores it much more. It’s also where we first “meet” Hope and Blake.
This second-chance story isn’t quite as slapsticky as the previous two books, although it still has its moments for sure. With the exception of George Cooney, pet raccoon, the animals actually act like animals here. Since the men are all brothers, the couples from the previous two books are also prominent in this book.
I did enjoy this one, but it wasn’t phenomenal. It was such a refreshing change from the ‘trying to hard to out-comedy previous books’ feeling I’ve been getting from Ms Grant’s books lately, until a few scenes near the end that are way over the top.
If you like straight up romantic comedy without a lot of depth (although Hope does make some personal development progress, albeit rapidly and without professional help) then you will probably love this book.
Rating: ♥♥♥
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Pippa Grant
Pippa Grant is a USA Today Bestselling author who writes romantic comedies that will make tears run down your leg. When she’s not reading, writing or sleeping, she’s being crowned employee of the month as a stay-at-home mom and housewife trying to prepare her adorable demon spawn to be productive members of society, all the while fantasizing about long walks on the beach with hot chocolate chip cookies.
Lili Valente
Lili Valente has slept under the stars in Greece, eaten dinner at midnight with French men who couldn’t be trusted to keep their mouths on their food, and walked alone through Munich’s red light district after dark and lived to tell the tale. 
 
These days you can find her writing in a tent beside the sea, drinking coconut water and thinking delightfully dirty thoughts.

 

 

Royal Shark by Kylie Gilmore: New Release + Giveaway

 

 

Title: Royal Shark

Series: The Rourkes #6

Author: Kylie Gilmore
Genre: Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 3, 2019

 

Blurb

 

Adrian
I’m a gentleman and a card shark, so taking the lead on the new upscale casino on
Villroy is a natural fit. I’m proud to run the place, especially given our flagging economy. Except, after a month in operation, it’s been proving to be more than one prince can handle. I need a right-hand man (or woman) to make this operation a success, and hundreds of jobs are counting on me.
And then my twin, Silvia, gets in touch about Sara, a girl we were close to as children
when her family summered in Villroy. Ironically, at twelve, we swore a solemn vow to marry when we were twenty-five. We’re now twenty-five.
But that’s not why Silvia contacted me. Turns out that Sara, like me, loves poker, but now she’s in trouble, running a poker game in New York and upping the pot high
enough to attract the wealthy underbelly of the city. Of course, I ride to the rescue with the perfect solution—a job, working for me.
Except the stubborn woman won’t stop her game, won’t leave New York, and won’t leave her sister, who’s all grown up. Now I find myself wanting her for more than just
business, unable to leave her in such a dangerous situation. But my kingdom is counting on me to make the casino a success.
Something’s got to give.

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Author Bio
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water. 
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash. 
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The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London

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The Aussie Next Door by Stefanie London

Release Date: August 27, 2019

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The Aussie Next Door, an all-new standalone romantic comedy by USA Today Bestselling author Stefanie London.

American Angie Donovan has never wanted much. When you grow up getting bounced from foster home to foster home, you learn not to become attached to anything, anyone, or any place. But it only took her two days to fall in love with Australia. With her visa clock ticking, surely she can fall in love with an Australian—and get hitched—in two months. Especially if he’s as hot and funny as her next-door neighbor…

Jace Walters has never wanted much––except a bathroom he didn’t have to share. The last cookie all to himself. And solitude. But when you grow up in a family of seven, you can kiss those things goodbye. He’s finally living alone and working on his syndicated comic strip in privacy. Sure, his American neighbor is distractingly sexy and annoyingly nosy, but she’ll be gone in a few months…

Except now she’s determined to find her perfect match by checking out every eligible male in the town, and her choices are even more distracting. So why does it suddenly feel like he—and his obnoxious tight-knit family, and even these two wayward dogs—could be exactly what she needs?

My review:

This one was pretty good. I found myself getting frustrated with the characters, but how they frustrated me did fit with their backgrounds and personalities. Both Jace and Angie have a lot of baggage that influences their behaviours. One big difference between this and other romance novels, though, is that Jace is autistic. He has a large, supportive family and a successful career as a cartoonist. Angie had a traumatic childhood and then exploited by someone who was supposed to protect her. She is making a new life in Austrailia, and has found the community she’s always yearned for.

While this was a decent book, it didn’t blow me away. I did, however, love Angie’s group of ladies at the assisted living facility where she volunteers, and Jace’s family is amazing.

Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

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Judging by the way Angie was talking to Elijah, smiling sweetly and toying with the end of her ponytail, she was definitely “vibing,” as Chloe put it. An ugly, foreign feeling surged up inside Jace that made him feel the exact same way as when he’d watched his brother flirting with her.

Turn around and walk away. It’s none of your damn business.

But before Jace fully thought through the consequences of his actions, he was crossing the road with Truffle leading the way. As soon as the little white dog caught sight of Angie, his tail started going a million miles a minute.

Stop. You’re not going to get involved. Don’t be a hypocrite. Other people in this town meddle and you hate it.

It was true. He came from a family of meddlers, and it drove him nuts. But maybe there was some meddling-specific chromosome that had been passed on from his parents without his knowledge, remaining dormant all this time and waiting for the right moment to strike.

“Jace.” Angie looked at him with wide eyes, almost like she was a kid with her hand stuck in the cookie jar.

“I was taking Truffle for a walk.” He raked a hand through his hair like he was totally relaxed and going about his day. The truth was, he had no bloody idea what he was doing. “How was yoga?”

“Awesome.” For some reason, Angie’s voice seemed an octave or two higher than normal. “Super great, actually. Excellent.”

Hmm. Three ways of saying the same thing. She did that whenever she was nervous.

“Are you into yoga?” Jace asked Elijah.

“Yeah, man. With all the firewood I have to chop for the pizza oven, my back gets real tight.”

Jace resisted the urge to roll his eyes. How did he manage to say shit like that without coming off like a total douchecanoe?

“But I could always use some tutoring.” Elijah shot Angie a flirty look, and her cheeks turned the prettiest shade of pink. “Any opportunity to expand my skills.”

“I’m sure Chloe could help with that,” Jace said stiffly.

Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Truffle sniffing around Elijah’s leg. He’d done the same thing to the coffee table earlier that morning—inspecting his target. Jace really should put a stop to it…

“I wasn’t talking about Chloe,” Elijah said, his eyes still trained on Angie.

Angie laughed and gingerly stuck her hand in the air. “I volunteer as tribute.”

Jace forgot the dog and stared at her hard. Was this one of those gray-area things he’d never understand, or did Angie really like this guy? He had no freaking clue.

Just then, Truffle jumped up on his hind legs, hooking his front paws around Elijah’s calf. His hips started to hinge back and forth, and Elijah glanced down, a what the hell do I do now expression on his face as he and Angie looked down at Sir Hump-a-Lot.

“What the hell?” Elijah stumbled back, and Truffle dropped down to the ground, looking mightily miffed that his sexy times were interrupted.

“Truffle!” Angie snort-laughed. “So inappropriate.”

“It’s a dominance thing,” Jace said to Elijah. “He tends to do that whenever he thinks he can overpower someone.”

Angie shot Jace a raised brow, but she squatted to give the dog a scratch behind the ears before he could figure out exactly what she was thinking. Was the comment too much? He’d blurted it out without thinking, and Elijah seemed off his game now.

About Stefanie:

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Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies, and drink coffee.

Her bestselling book, Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.


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Forget the Stars by Kelsey Kingsley

Title: Forget the Stars
Author: Kelsey Kingsley
Genre: Friends-to-lover/2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Cover Design: Danny Manzella

 

“From August 26 to September 26, 2019, 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.”

“If you want a book with eternally endearing and relatable characters, a heartfelt, captivating, poignant storyline, and one that has the potential to compassionately enlighten the reader, ponder it no more and get your copy of this one today.” – BookAddict

 

“I can’t forget the stars when I have to give this book all the stars! Seriously. All the stars in the universe. I can’t even begin to tell you how special Forget The Stars is. I just want to go around to everyone I know yelling “READ THIS BOOK!”” – Red Hatter Book Blog

Guitarist Chad Wilcox’s life isn’t going according to plan. 
At thirty, he never thought he’d still be unmarried and living with his parents. And with the added stress of his poor health, he’s convinced the only thing within his control is the success he’s found as a rockstar.
 
After reconnecting with his childhood best friend, Chad sets into motion a new plan to regain control over his happiness, and things start looking up. But when he finds himself diagnosed with a potentially debilitating chronic illness, he begins to wonder…
Is this as good as it’s going to get? Or is it at all possible for a guy like him to get everything he’s ever wished for?

My review:

Chad and Molly were best friends from birth, until they weren’t any more. Then nearly two decades later they reconnect in a beautiful way.
This isn’t your typical rock star romance. Chad has a good bit of fame, but he isn’t a household name. He isn’t the leader of the group like most novels in the genre. He is also dealing with a serious health issue. Molly found herself in the years they were apart, growing from the tormented girl who would hide behind her protective best friend to a confident yogi who sings and plays guitar at a local bar three nights a week. Turning 30 just a few months apart, they are both at  crossroads in their lives.
I did really enjoy this book. The moms are adorably meddling, but also we get to see the various reactions to Chad’s diagnosis. This book also addresses how things go viral – both good things and bad things – and is quite thought provoking. Chad and Molly, when they are finally together, are perfection and have a connection that comes from already knowing each other as well as they know themselves. And Chad’s bandmates – Sebastian cracked me up! I haven’t read any of the other band members’ books but now I feel the need to go read them to get more of those characters.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

 

 

“What’s that look for?” she asked with a giggle, as she reached around to secure her bra.
 
I shook my head as a smile stretched over my lips. “Nothin’. Just …” I swallowed at the warmth crowding my heart and my lungs. “You’re my best friend.”
 
She tugged a tank top on and sighed, her exhale lingering in the air. “You’re mine.”
 
Mine. The word was simple and yet held the world. It was an agreement, it was possession. It was an invisible contract that lingered between us, and I would’ve gladly used my own blood to sign on the dotted line.
 
But instead of pricking a finger and sealing the deal, I simply nodded, as only two words left my mouth.
 
“I’m yours.”

 

 

 

Kelsey Kingsley is an author of eight, almost nine, novels. She lives in New York with her family and a cat named Ethel. She loves tattoos, music, makeup, and Frasier reruns. Kelsey is a Slytherin. She curses a lot, and she fucking hates cheese.
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Tactical Heart by SK Rose

Title: Tactical Heart
Author: S.K. Rose
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2019
My name is Scarlett Mavis. I have a sweet tooth, no filters, and video games are my life.
Let me clarify that last part: They’re not a hobby; they’re not a way to kill the time; They. Are. My. LIFE.
Where family, men, and humans, in general, have failed me, video games are always there waiting for me to return to their warm and accepting embrace.
In real life I may be a heartbroken geek, but put a controller in my hands and I become an indestructible warrior.
What else does a girl really need?
 
Enter player two, Kane Decker.
Handsome, nerdy, incredible kisser, and just my type. Our first date was perfect in every way.
Then, like always, reality came crashing down with one simple truth. 
He wasn’t my teammate; he was the enemy. And there’s nothing I’m better at than taking out a rival player.
But this isn’t a game, and the stakes are all too real.
For the first time in my life, I may have met my match.
Game on.

My review:

This book, guys.

This book is incredible. Scarlett is a gamer girl – and she is phenomenal. She has skills that few gamers do. Kane is also a skilled gamer. Neither of them have had much dating luck, since not many people get gaming or accept it.

I loved so much about this book. As someone who is very familiar with this lifestyle, I really enjoyed reading about “my people.” And there are so many amazing lines. I even took a screenshot of one, where Scarlett is talking about her online best friend since middle school, and sent it to a friend:

People always say online friends aren’t “real friends” but that’s a crock of shit. We’ve never physically met, but we talk every week, and he’s always been there for me when I needed him. If that’s not a “real friend” then I’ll just have to stick with my fake ones.

Someone *gets* it!
But anyway, this story is full of sassy, competitive gamers, amazing friends, kickass family game night, and an intense gaming competition, and it even includes a glossary of gaming terms so you don’t even have to be into gaming to understand this book. Scarlett and Kane have an incredible push-pull relationship throughout the entire thing. Their chemistry is off the charts but so is their online animosity, which makes for some interesting interactions.
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

Red Hatter Book Blog – “OMG. TATICAL HEART IS AMAZING! I laughed so hard throughout this entire story.”

 

Cali Gals – “WTH?! I am dying here. This book is SO FLIPPING GOOD!”

 

Naughty Librarian Blog – “S.K. Rose hit it out the fucking park with her first ROMCOM”

 
S.K. Rose lives in the hellish desert of Arizona with her newly appointed husband and two obnoxious cats. When she’s not writing, Rose enjoys reading, gaming, swearing like a drunk sailor, collecting swords, and obsessing over the magnificent sea creature: the octopus. Remember the Reaper is her debut series with many more to come.

 

Checked by Jacob Chance

Title: Checked 
Series: Boston Terriers Hockey
Author: Jacob Chance
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: August 23, 2019
They call him ‘Wilde Man’. Rumor has it he’s an animal on the ice and between the sheets.
 
Like the rest of the female population, I’ve been crushing on Clancy Wilde, the captain of Boston University’s hockey team, since the first time I saw him. Big, blond, and charming, he ticks all the boxes. 
 
When we find ourselves at a wedding, drunk and flirting, I know I can finally check this tattooed, bad boy, hockey player off my wish list.
 
One night is all it was meant to be, until I see two pink lines on the pregnancy test.
 
How did the notch on my belt turn into a ball and chain?

My review:

Tensley has had a crush on her best friend’s cousin Clancy since they were kids, but he lives in another state and her cousin warned her away from him repeatedly. A one night stand ten years later, though, has consequences neither of them saw coming. Tensley is 21 and a junior in college; Clancy is a senior so around 22 years old. I was impressed by the maturity both showed about their situation. I also liked how supportive each set of their friends were, and especially how Clancy took the initiative to educate himself about everything Tensley would be going through.

However, the book was a bit uneventful. Outside the unplanned pregnancy between two people living 7 states apart, there isn’t any real drama. Tensley has a strained relationship with her mother, but the only interactions we see between them are pretty mild and don’t really explain that tension. And at the end, after the birth, Tensley mentions to Clancy some bullying issues she had been dealing with the entire pregnancy. Getting to experience them along with Tensley would have given this book so much more depth. Honestly, even though this was an interesting story and a decent read, Tensley is a bit boring and Clancy is a bit of a male Mary Sue. He doesn’t seem to have any character flaws at all.

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book. The main plot is the pregnancy and mostly how Clancy deals with his impending fatherhood, to the detriment of developing the other characters further. This book would probably be enjoyed more by someone closer to the age of Tensley and Clancy and can relate to them better.

Rating: ♥♥♥

 

“Oh my gosh! This book was amazing!” – Christine~justlovemybooks.com blog

 

“No one writes a confirmed bachelor turned swoony, love-of-your-life like Jacob. Get ready ladies, Clancy is going to steal your heart!” – Keri Loves Books

“Anytime Jacob Chance releases a novel I spare as much time as necessary to devour his words!” – Words We Love by Blog

 

Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

 

A writer of sports romcoms and romantic suspense, he plans on providing you with many more stories.
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