Release Blitz + Review + Giveaway: Something Like Hate by Claudia Burgoa


Something Like Hate

By Claudia Burgoa

Release Date: August 15, 2019





Between a troublesome client and my fake-girlfriend-for-my-sister’s-Cancun-wedding canceling at the last minute.
I’m having the day from hell.
Then I spot Claire. Sexy. Smart. Sassy. 
So one of my superstar employees is boarding the same plane. 
With her help, I could kill two problems with one tequila shot.
That thing about never mixing business with pleasure? 
I should’ve remembered.
Now the hottest one-night stand I’ve ever had is my biggest business rival.
We’re after the same client.
I’m after her heart.
The trick is how to win one without losing the other.
Because when love has you by the balls, it’s time to play dirty.

USA Today bestselling author Claudia Burgoa spins a new romantic comedy. This hot office rivalry romance will have you swooning and laughing your panties off!

Something Like Hate is a full-length novel based on Miller and Claire’s short story, “The Accidental Hookup,” which was previously released in Spring Fling: A Romance Anthology


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4 star

Michel’s Review

Something Like Hate by Claudia Burgoa is the extended full length story from The Accidental Hookup novella. The full length novel is a doozy of a story.  It steps over the line for any Human Resources Department, oversteps employer/employee relationships, business protocol, and redefines friendly professional competition in a cut throat market.

Miller is forced to attend his sister’s destination wedding in Cancun. He doesn’t have time for the wedding let alone all of his family nonsense even though he loves them dearly. His mother is trying to set him up with the bridesmaids so he tells a little white lie and says he is bringing a plus one. Now he needs to find a date for the weekend. He gets his best friend to line one up for a price. At the last minute she backs out. He’s at the airport without a date and the plane for Cancun will be boarding soon. When he spots Claire, his superstar employee from the media advertising department, he devises a plan. He is going to make Claire his plus one.

Claire is finally taking her much needed vacation that “almost” didn’t happen because of her greedy bosses. Now her one of her bosses is trying to bribe her to be his weekend girlfriend at a wedding. At first she wants nothing to do with him until she realizes this is an opportunity to get more vacation time and an all expenses paid trip to Tuscany. 

What starts out as a business transaction turns into a fun vacation hookup for both of them. Miller decides to spend the week with Claire in Cancun. Paradise doesn’t last forever and business butts it’s ugly head. Miller leaves Cancun and Claire without an explanation.

Claire is not only embarrassed and humiliated but she’s also mad. Her exotic beach vacation was ruined by her boss. She’s dreading returning to work but never imagined how bad it would be. While she was away on vacation she lost her account, her promotion, her job, and Miller. Nothing can fix this kind of humiliation and heartbreak.

What happens next is more than Miller doing a little groveling, it will take years for him to gain her forgiveness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book because love wasn’t easy. Claire and Miller both had to work really hard for their professional lives and love lives. They had to learn things the hard way in order to fully appreciate their feelings for one another. There is a thin line between love and hate. Which side will they end up on? Read the book!






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Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado, working for a small IT. She has three children and manages a chaotic household of three confused dogs, and a wonderful husband who shares her love of all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.














New Release + Release Blast + 4 Star Review: The Best Friend Problem by Beth Ankenman


Prudence Carlson has been lucky in life. A fulfilling wedding-planning business run with her girlfriends in Colorado, plus the best guy friend ever in her firefighter bestie Finn. All that’s missing from it is a baby. Luckily, it’s the twenty-first century–Pru can take matters into her own hands. She doesn’t need to find true love to create the future love of her life.

Except all this talk of babies and insemination and…Pru and Finn cross a line they never expected to. Sure, one night of passion won’t change their close friendship. Until Pru goes in for a fertility check-up to find…she’s already pregnant. 

As best friends, Pru and Finn have survived college, new jobs, and bad breakups, but can they survive crib shopping, birth classes, and late-night cravings. Especially when Finn has never considered himself even remotely Daddy material?


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Tracey’s Review
Author Beth Ankenman delivers nicely with her new release, THE BEST FRIEND PROBLEM. Lighthearted, humorous, and sexy, with plenty of sweet and tender moments mixed in, this book was a delight to read, and a good take on the friends-to-lovers trope.

Pru and Finn know each other so well and are so comfortable with each other that it’s an almost easy step over the ‘friends only’ line, and the affection and growing feelings that they develop for each other as events unfold make for the perfect segue to an HEA. The fact that both characters are likable, intelligent, and actual adults with real adult lives made this book even more enjoyable, and, if events are prettier than they might be in real life, well, this is a romance, after all.

A strong cast of supporting characters, a cute as a button fur baby, and an entertaining and heartwarming storyline made this book a pleasure to read, and one that is an easy recommendation to fans of sweet and steamy romances with an ending that will ensure a smile.


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Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious daughters and her loving husband who provides ample inspiration for her heart-stopping heroes. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious RWA Golden Heart and CRW Stiletto awards.
Whether she’s writing hometown heroes or sexy supernaturals, Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books. 
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New Release and Review: Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy

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Bad Apple

By Elle Kennedy

Release Date: August 13th, 2019



A flirty standalone novel* from New York Times and international bestselling author Elle Kennedy!


One night with him will change her life…

Between her waitressing job, volunteer work, and college classes, there are never enough hours in Maggie Reilly’s day. Especially not for a relationship. Luckily, she’s got the perfect arrangement: a lover she meets three or four times a year. But when she shows up at the hotel expecting to hop into bed with one man, she accidentally ends up with another—Ben Barrett, Hollywood’s most notorious bad boy.

Ben, determined to lay low after another scandal, just wants some much-needed sleep. What he gets is a scorching make-out session with a gorgeous, naked redhead. He won’t accept her apology, but what he will accept is a place to hide out…and if there’s some hot, no-strings sex involved, why the heck not?

But Ben soon discovers that one week with his sassy, bed-hopping waitress is definitely not enough. He wants more. A lot more.

Now he needs to convince relationship-averse Maggie that a bad boy might be oh so good for her—and the best thing that’s ever happened to both of them.


* Previously published in 2008, Bad Apple (formerly Midnight Encounters) features almost entirely new content, including a point-of-view switch. Enjoy this new version of an old favorite!



Michel’s Review

Although Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy is a re-release from 2008, it is still a current,steamy, sexy, Hollywood romance.

This story takes place in New York City when Hollywood Bad Boy film star, Ben Barrett, is on the run from the paparazzi. Taking refuge in a small, somewhat seedy hotel idea seems like a good place to lay low and get some sleep. He never thought he’d be woken up by a naked, sexy redhead in his bed. He could never imagine that this new scandal would forever change his life.

Maggie Reilly barely has time to take a few hours off let alone date. She has a scheduled hookup twice a year with a travel journalist when he is in New York. When she discovers the man in her room is not her hookup, she is downright mortified. When she finds out who he is, she is running in the opposite direction. She does not have time for his Hollywood nonsense but she can sympathize with his current problem. When she offers him one night of refuge in her apartment it turns into something else completely. It could destroy her perfectly synchronized life or become the best thing that ever happened to her. She just has to take the first step and take a bite of what Ben is offering.

I read this novella years ago when it was first released and loved it. Reading it eleven years later was like reconnecting with a good memory. This story can still stand on it’s own merit and is still current in today’s fast paced society. It didn’t feel dated or technically behind today’s trends. Elle’s writing is good enough to stand the test of time and still capture the reader’s complete heart.

I highly recommend Bad Apple by Elle Kennedy. It is the perfect book to read on your lunch break or tight schedule.


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 Elle Kennedy

Elle-KennedyA USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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New Release and 4 Star Review: Good Guy by Kate Meader – Rookie Rebels Series – Book 1



Good Guy

Rookie Rebels – Book One

By Kate Meader

Sports Romance – Hockey

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He’s a Special Forces veteran making his pro hockey debut. She’s a dogged sports reporter determined to get a scoop. She’s also his best friend’s widow…

Fans can’t get enough of Levi Hunt, the Special Forces veteran who put his NHL career on hold to serve his country and fight the bad guys. So when his new Chicago Rebels bosses tell him to cooperate with the press on a profile, he’s ready to do his duty. Until he finds out who he has to work with: flame-haired, freckle-splashed, impossibly perky Jordan Cooke.

The woman he should not have kissed the night she buried her husband, Levi’s best friend in the service.

Hockey-stick-up-his-butt-serious Levi Hunt might despise Jordan for reasons she can’t fathom—okay, it’s to do with kissing—but her future in the cutthroat world of sports reporting hangs on delivering the goods on the league’s hottest, grumpiest rookie. So what if he’s not interested in having his life plated up for public consumption. Too bad. Jordan will have to play dirty to get her scoop and even dirtier to get her man. Only in winning the story, she might just lose her heart…


4 star

Michel’s Review

Good Guy by Kate Meader is the first book in her new sports romance series, The Rookie Rebels.  The Rookie Rebels series features rookie hockey players making their appearance in the NHL while finding love.

Levi Hunt is making his rookie debut at the age of thirty after serving in the special forces military.  Not only is he the oldest rookie but he is also “The Story” of the season. He wants to concentrate on his professional hockey career rather than being in the spotlight as a war hero. That part of his life is over and he can’t talk about most of it. A rookie female reporter, a woman who has past connections with him, is assigned to cover his debut and deliver his story.  He thought he had seen the last of Jordan Cooke after his teammate and her husband’s funeral five years earlier.

Jordan and Levi are both starting new careers in their lives.  Jordan is venturing into a  male dominated field as a sports writer. She has regrets that she has been forced to use her connections to Levi to kick start her career.  She also remembers the emotional moment she shared with Levi on the worst day of her life. Now she is getting to know Levi as a man, an athlete, and friend rather than her husband’s teammate in the Green Berets.  He’s honorable, engaging, and sexy. She’s ready for more than a new career. She’s ready to love again and Levi has captured her heart. Hopefully he can see past her career and see her heart.

Levi has felt guilty for kissing Jordan after her husband’s funeral. It was a weak moment for both of them. He doesn’t want that moment to ruin the friendship they are beginning to form. He has wanted her for years but he’s not about to ruin her new career. He wants her to be a success and protect her from the jerks dominating her field.

Jordan and Levi are in for something special and much better than a new career. They are finding love.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would of liked to see more romantic interaction and dialogue between Levi and Jordan. At times I felt the book focused on PTSD issues and female equality issues a bit too much. I wanted more romance.



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6551743Kate writes sexy contemporary and LGBTQ+ romance with strong guys and amazing women and men who match their heroes quip for quip. In her latest series, Rookie Rebels, a new generation of players take to the ice and learn that all’s fair in love and hockey.

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New Release + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak – Smart Jocks Series- Book 3

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I’ve spent years hiding in the shadows.

He’s spent his whole life chasing the bright lights of the NBA.

We have nothing in common, except for the fact our friends ditched us for spring break.

I have a bucket list for my senior year at Valley U.

He’s the only person I know on campus.

I’m ready to start checking things off my list.

Frat party: Check.
TP the baseball house: Check.
Goat yoga: Check.
Skinny dipping: Check.
Falling for Zeke Sweets, Valley U’s MVP: Not going to happen.


I can’t make out her form until I’m halfway down to the water. She sits on the dock, feet dangling above the water. She’s so fucking beautiful and innocent and I want to ruin her and worship her all at the same time. I’m not going to do either of those things, though. I’m going to stick to the path. The path doesn’t include dating. The path doesn’t even include fun most days and Gabby deserves days that are all about fun.

She turns her head as I get closer and there’s that big Gabby smile pointed right at me. “Hey.”

“Hey, yourself. Whatcha doing down here all alone?”

“I thought we could cross skinny dipping off both our lists.”

My brows raise. “What about your tattoo?”

She shrugs. “It’s been a week. I’m willing to risk a quick dip if you are.”

I rub a hand over my chin. I’m not ashamed of my body, but I’d also prefer not to have my black ass photographed if one of my teammates happen to stumble upon us. Last year one of the sophomores got drunk at a party and passed out naked in the bathroom. I have no idea why he was naked in there, but the photos of his hairy ass were everywhere. My ass is baby smooth and awesome, but I still don’t want it on display.

“Well, come on before someone sees us.” She’s unbuttoning her shorts and pushing them down while I stand there gawking. The sight of her bare legs puts me in motion. Just not a part of me I want in motion right now. I turn around, give my dick a little pep talk that includes promises I won’t be a celibate asshole forever, and then undress to my boxers.

“You decent?” I ask over my shoulder.

“No. Oh my God, don’t look.” She laughs, I hear her footsteps on the dock and then a splash. A few seconds later, she calls, “Your turn.”

I push my boxers down and then hold my hands over my junk, semi-erect still because promises be damned, and take two large steps before jumping in beside her. Her happy squeals direct my entry into the lake as I clear the water from my eyes. We’re treading water buck naked not two feet from one another. It’s a little trippy. I haven’t spent time with a girl naked like this in… well forever. If I’m naked and this close to a girl, it’s for one purpose and though I’m a gentleman, of course, it’s not about anything but carnal desires being met. Thrusts and grunts and release.

I don’t think it would be like that with Gabby. No, I know it wouldn’t be like that, which is another reason it can’t happen.

“So now what?” she asks, suddenly looking a little nervous.

“Far as I know, this is all there is to it. How do you feel?”

“Naked.” She laughs. “But also like a rebel.”

She splashes water at me playfully and I do it right back.

“Think anyone can see us?”

I shrug. “Maybe. Do you want them to see you?”

“God, no,” she says too fast. The excitement in her eyes is a dead giveaway. I think Gabby likes the thrill, the possibility of being caught, and God help me because I want nothing more than to keep her safe while she explores every sordid fantasy.


4 star

Michel’s Review

The Tip-Off by Rebecca Jenshak is the third book in the Smart Jocks series, a New Adult Sports Romance series.  This is the first book I have read by the author , I quickly backtracked and read the first two books in the series. I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. The Tip-Off can easily be read as a stand alone novel but has so much more flavoring after reading the first two books in the series. The series is based on the solidity of coed friendships as well as the camaraderie of teammates.

Zac and Gabby have been screaming for their own book and Rebecca has delivered. This adorable couple will capture the heart. Zac has been focused on going pro in basketball all through his college career. His laser focus has left little time for light hearted fun and romance until he met Gabby. Gabby is the kind of girl who values friendship, love, and life. She has had her own set of hoops to conquer and jump through to reach her personal agenda. Together these two find there is more to life than specific goals or tasks. Together they find their true hearts.

The thing I loved most about this book was perspective. Two individuals growing beyond the limitations they set for themselves. Together they found how to win the best game of all- the game of a life filled with love.

This was a sweet, somewhat predictable romance that completely entertained me in the best possible way. I would highly recommend the Smart Jock Series. The Tip-Off was my favorite book in the series.


Rebecca Jenshak is a self-proclaimed margarita addict, college basketball fanatic, and Hallmark channel devotee. A Midwest native transplanted to the desert, she likes being outdoors (drinking on patios) and singing (in the shower) when she isn’t writing books about hot guys and the girls who love them.

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New Release + Review Tour + 4 Star Review + Giveaway: Christmas In Evergreen – Letters To Santa by Nancy Naigle

Today we have the blog tour for CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA by Nancy Naigle! Check out this sweet new Hallmark holiday romance and grab your copy today!


Author: Nancy Naigle

Genre: Holiday Romance

Publisher: Hallmark & Crown Media


About Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa:

Return to Evergreen,

the town where Christmas wishes come true…

But only if you know what your heart really wants.


When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has closed. The place was a beloved local tradition, and she decides to use her skills as a professional retail designer to bring it back to its former glory. She charms a local contractor, Kevin, into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another.


One of the biggest surprises of all is finding the mysterious 25-year-old letter to Santa that never made it to the North Pole. Who really wrote it, and will its request come true at last? And will Lisa and Kevin figure out what they’re truly wishing for?


This sweet small-town romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Incredible Apple Dumplings.


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Tracey’s Review

So, as I peruse my very long TBR wondering what to read, I ask myself, is it really ever too early to begin the Christmas books? My answer is a resounding “No!” I’m a sucker for the holiday reads, and Christmas in July (literally!) is just fine by me. To that end, CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN: LETTERS TO SANTA by author Nancy Naigle was just what the doctor ordered. A sweet romance, set in the best little town in Vermont ever, and at Christmas time, to boot. Win, win, win.

It’s nice to find a romance that creates a spark, but leaves plenty to the imagination. The relationship between Lisa and Kevin is born of a common goal, and, while it isn’t slow, it pairs nicely with the small town, tight-knit community feel of the book, and is actually pretty wonderful.

This was the perfect little reading detour, and lifted my spirits in a lovely way. Fans of the Hallmark Channel’s non-stop holiday line-up will love this book, as it is based on the 2018 movie of the same name. Romance readers looking for a respite from this cruel cruel summer will find this little story to be just the change of pace they need, and the sweet and innocent message of love, forgiveness, and following our dreams makes for a read that is well worth it.


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USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle whips up small-town love stories with a whole lot of heart. She began writing while juggling a successful career in finance and life on a seventy-six-acre goat farm. Her many books include The Secret Ingredient, Christmas in Evergreen, and Christmas Joy and Hope for Christmas, which were adapted into Hallmark movies. Now happily retired from a career in the financial industry, she devotes her time to writing, horseback riding, and enjoying the occasional spa day. A Virginia girl at heart, Nancy now calls North Carolina home.



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Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway: Thirty-Five & Single by Terri E. Laine



Title: Thirty-five and Single
Author: Terri E. Laine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2019



USA Today Bestselling Author, Terri E. Laine, brings a new standalone, funny but sexy novel, Thirty-five and Single.

What can go wrong when you’re getting divorced from your high school sweetheart, it’s your thirty-fifth birthday and you have too much to drink?

Throw in the gorgeous neighbor who comes to the rescue when you can’t seem to open your apartment door after all the alcohol and end up taking a drunken slip and slid across the floor.

Then you look up into his gorgeous face and forget all the reasons why it’s a bad idea to hook-up with said twenty-something neighbor. In fact, it’s a fan-freaking-tastic idea.

Now let the games begin because this is Olivia’s life: – interfering sisters, the ex, co-workers… and Joel, her way too sexy, too young, but oh so hot neighbor.

Wanting to explore single life, Olivia fights her growing connection with Joel. Only he’s is determined to prove to her that age is just a number and she’s is his number one.

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When I meet Joel Matthews, I’m in an unexpected place in life.


I mean who expects that after fourteen years of marriage to your high school sweetheart.

Not me.

It hits me while celebrating my birthday with my sisters that I’m thirty-five and single. Shouldn’t I finally date someone other than my ex?

I totally deserve that, right?

After way too many lemon drop shots, I’m tricked into trying on my younger sister considerate gift as she put it. Did I mention it’s a gag gift? A “my milkshakes bring all the boys to my yard” t-shirt and velour sweatpants with “Sin-a-Buns” written across my bottom which she finds all too hilarious.

That’s how Joel finds me, too smashed to open my apartment door and when I do, I take a drunken slip and slid across the floor with my Sin-A -Buns on full display.

Joel doesn’t seem to notice. Then again, I swear I heard a chuckle. But no matter, he’s right there to make sure I’m okay as any knight in shiny armor should do.

Okay, where did that come from? Clearly, I’m not in my right frame of mine.

When I look up into his gorgeous face, I forget all the reasons why it’s a bad idea to hook-up with my twenty-something neighbor. In fact, it’s a fan-freaking-tastic idea.

(Ride that pony, girl? Did I really just think that?)

Until I wake in the morning with a delicious ache between my legs and a pounding headache. I’m mature enough not to regret it, but adult enough to realize it can’t happen again.

First—I’m too old for him. He’s in his twenties for goodness sakes.

Second— I’m single for the first time in years. Like I’ve only ever dated one guy.

Third—Shouldn’t I date multiple men before I find the one? Wasn’t that my first mistake?

Only Joel isn’t giving up.

He’s determined to prove age is just a number—

And I’m his number one.

Ashley’s Review

***ARC generously provided by Author/Publisher for an honest review.***

Storyline: 4 
Characters: 4 
Hotness: 4 
Overall Rating: 4 

I’ve read multiple books by Terri E Laine and enjoy the characters she creates and the stories she builds. I like that she gives her characters quirks and imperfections, making them more real and providing more depth to their character development.

Her latest novel, Thirty-Five and Single centers around Olivia and her coming to terms with being divorced and single at thirty-five. Feeling out of place in this crazy dating world and older, she struggles to navigate what her future may hold. With pressure from her sisters to finally “let her hair down” and explore her new-found freedom, Olivia finds herself drunk and face to face with the hot guy next door. Joel is 27. He’s hot. He’s fit. He’s tatted!!! I mean he’s the complete package…but too young for Olivia… or so she thinks. Since the day she moved next door, Joel has fought the pull of desire he has for Olivia.

When her girl’s night out turns to a romp in the sheets with Joel, Olivia finds herself wanting Joel more than ever but feeling like it can’t work because of their age gap. What she doesn’t know is that Joel isn’t going to give up easy and that he’ll prove that age is just a number!

A cute and fun read. Can easily be read in a matter of hours. The story is entertaining, and the characters are memorable. The chemistry between Joel and Olivia is scorching!

If you are looking for a good read, then you must give this book a try.

4 stars!

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Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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