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Privilege, Harbor & Contempt by Bethany-Kris

Privilege, Harbor & Contempt
by Bethany-Kris

Wow! Author Bethany-Kris proves she is the queen of Mafia romance once again with Renzo and Lucia’s love story in Privilege,Harborand Contempt.

I’m constantly awed with the author’s ability to yank me so deep into her worlds that at times I feel like I can’t breathe because of the drama within the pages. When I begin reading a book by Author Bethany-Kris I know I’m about to go on a thrilling and emotional journey. She didn’t disappoint with PrivilegeHarborand Contempt.  This series takes place in the Marcello/Commision world but it is considered a standalone love story.  There are many books within this world, and I’ve had the Privilege (pun intended) of reading them all.  

Lucia Marcello is the youngest daughter of one of my favorite couples Lucian and Jordyn Marcello.  I feel like I’m a part of this family I’ve been so immersed in their world.  As the story begins Lucia, the wealthy mob princepessa is about to turn eighteen and preparing for college.  She’s lived a privileged life so far but she’s ready to give back to society.  She just never expected a summer internship at a shelter would lead her to the love of her life.  

Renzo Zulla knows nothing of privilege.  His life has been one of struggle.  Renzo is doing everything he can to provide for his teenage sister and four-year-old brother.  Their relationship starts off rocky as each must put aside their preconceived notions about the other.  Once Lucia and Renzo begin their dance there is no turning back.  It is Ride or Die for these two.

Since I know going into this trilogy that there are three books I’m just waiting for the foe to the couple’s romance to show up.  Their foes were very surprising.  It is impossible to predict all of the things that take place.  I was ecstatic, I was petrified, I was pissed, I was heartbroken these are just a few of the emotions that rocked my world while reading Author Bethany-Kris’ Privilege,Harborand Contempt.  There were several points during Lucia and Renzo’s trilogy that I bawled like a baby! Perhaps, this sounds bad but it’s definitely not.  It’s a sign of a powerful and enthralling romance.

I must admit that when I know a Bethany-Kris series is coming out I wait until they are all released to begin reading.  Why…because I must have instant gratification.  The cliffhangers are always so incredible that I can’t stand the wait for a new title. 

Lucia and Renzo’s characters grow so much as individuals and as a couple throughout the three books.  There is a scene towards the end where a character is doing a bit of reflection and it’s easy to see how obstacles made this person stronger.  I love when you can really see character growth in books. It is a blast to watch them grow and it’s a sign of a great writer when they can take you on that journey with the characters. Author Bethany-Kris’ characters have left such a mark, reading a new book is like coming home. I have never read such a series where characters from book one are still growing and intriguing in book 25.

These books are classified as new adult and mafia, but they are so much more. You can count on them being jam packed with haunting emotion.  The kind that stays with you long after you finish the last page.

While this series is a part of a bigger world you don’t have to read the other books before reading Privilege,Harborand Contemptbut it makes the journey much sweeter.  

Author Bethany-Kris’ Privilege,Harborand Contemptare MUST READS! I’m so happy to Joyfully Recommend them.

GIVEAWAY! HOME IMPROVEMENT by Tara Lain

GIVEAWAY! HOME IMPROVEMENT
by Tara Lain

I apologize for the late posting I’ve been recovering from pneumonia.
Home Improvement
by Tara Lain
 
 
Blurb:
Romance on Aisle Sixteen—opposites attract amid the hammers and screws of the home improvement store.
 
Gabe Mason became a father at seventeen, and his daughter, Ellie, is the most important thing in his life. But being the parent the courts demand means Gabe has given up most of his dreams—education, making furniture, a gay social life—to be a model dad with a steady, reliable job in a home improvement store. Life’s predictable until Jerry, a shy, eccentric guy in a hat and sunglasses, begs Gabe to oversee the renovation of his run-down mansion.
 
Gabe loves the house and the work, and Jerry’s pretty lovable too, but when Gabe discovers Jerry’s secret identity, he fears their passion could overturn both their lives forever. 
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Excerpt

From the driveway, a flagstone walk led onto a lawn. He peered around the corner just as Jerry stepped out on one of several large wooden porches and waved. “Here.”

Oddly, the walkway stopped, and there didn’t seem to be a clear path to where Jerry was standing, so Gabe struck out across the grass, found another walkway leading down the side of the hill, and took it to the porch. “Hi. This isn’t an easy place to find.”

Jerry smiled. He’d taken off his glasses, but he still wore the beanie. “I’m glad you found it.” His voice seemed to have dropped half an octave since earlier at the ImproveMart, and it shivered down Gabe’s spine. “Please come in.”

Even on the porch, it wasn’t completely clear where a person was supposed to enter the house. There were doors on two different walls, but Gabe followed Jerry through the entrance on the back wall of the porch and stopped. “Whoa.”

Spread out in front of him was a wide-open house with thick plaster walls, polished-wood ceilings, a huge two-story great room with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a hand-polished wooden staircase leading to a second floor. The whole thing was run-down and in need of repair, but what an amazing house.

Gabe shook his head. “This is fantastic. How did you ever find it?”

“I saw it online and called the real estate agent.”

Gabe glanced at Jerry. Apparently in the comfort of his own home, the guy could actually put an entire sentence together. While you couldn’t describe him as relaxed, he didn’t appear to be ready to run. In fact he grinned. “Want to see the rest?”

“Sure.” He could hardly wait, actually. The place was some marvelous mix of midcentury and craftsman styles with all the wood details Gabe loved.

Jerry walked to the great room first—and great it was. A huge fan in the shape of giant palm fronds was suspended from the center of the soaring ceiling. Gabe pointed. “Does it work?”

Jerry shook his head. “No. It needs fixing.”

In the center of the room, in front of a giant fireplace that Gabe would bet also didn’t work, sat two plastic camp chairs—all the furniture in the entire room.

Off the great room was a smaller paneled library. After Gabe looked into it, Jerry led him back across the big room and up the beautiful staircase to the second floor. A long hall illuminated by skylights stretched in front of them.

Jerry laughed, and it was a light, airy sound that bounced through Gabe’s belly like a swig of champagne. “I think I must get a cat. Can’t you see a cat chasing a toy down this hall?”

“How many bedrooms and baths?”

“Five of each. One bath downstairs. I’ll show you when we go back down.”

Each bedroom had some kind of damage—peeling drywall, water-soaked woodwork, and stained carpet. The bathrooms were a particular mess with old, rust-stained fixtures.

Finally, they got to the end of the hall and stepped into what had to be the master—a huge room with floor-to-ceiling windows on two walls. Gabe drew a breath. “This is gorgeous. The light’s magical.”

“Yes. It’s one of my favorite rooms.”

Gabe glanced at the mattress lying on the floor covered in mussed sheets directly under a skylight. Must be quite a view. He swallowed hard.

The tour went back downstairs, and Gabe saw the wreck of a kitchen. “Does the cooktop even work?”

“No.”

Several pizza boxes lay on the large central island.

Finally, they walked out the dining room french doors to a huge backyard. “How big is the property?”

“Two and a half acres.”

“Wow.” The centerpiece of the back was an enormous pool, not quite Olympic standard, but it would have served a good-sized community. “At least it’s full of water. It must not be in too bad repair.”

“No, it’s pretty good, but the filter equipment is total trash. It leaks like the West Wing.”

Gabe snorted. Who dreamed Jerry had a sense of humor?

Jerry turned in a circle, like he was seeing the mansion for the first time. “It’d been on the market for years and people were scared off by all the work.”

Gabe stared at him. Giving the tour, Jerry had put together the most words he’d spoken end to end since Gabe met him. “And you’re not scared of the work?”

Jerry shook his head and grinned like a loon. Clearly, this was his baby. “No, I’m not worried.” His smile lit up his face, making his unusual eyes shine. “Not since I met you.”

 
 
About the Author

Tara Lain believes in happy ever afters – and magic. Same thing. In fact, she says, she doesn’t believe, she knows. Tara shares this passion in her best-selling stories that star her unique, charismatic heroes — the beautiful boys of romance —  and adventurous heroines. Quarterbacks and cops, werewolves and witches, blue collar or billionaires, Tara’s characters, readers say, love deeply, resolve seemingly insurmountable differences, and ultimately live their lives authentically. After many years living in southern California, Tara, her soulmate honey and her soulmate dog decided they wanted less cars and more trees, prompting a move to Ashland, Oregon where Tara’s creating new stories and loving living in a small town with big culture. Likely a Gryffindor but possessed of Parseltongue, Tara loves animals of all kinds, diversity, open minds, coconut crunch ice cream from Zoeys, and her readers. She also loves to hear from you.

You can find Tara at Lain

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GIVEAWAY! WHICH BEAST WILL YOU CHARM?Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

GIVEAWAY! WHICH BEAST WILL YOU CHARM?
Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau

There are a plethora of beasts with fantastic powers and unique personalities in Maxym M. Martineau’s debut Kingdom of Exiles. And while Charmers, the magical beast tamers of this world, can catch ‘em all (teehee), we’re here to find out which one would BEST suit you! 

Take the quiz below to find out which beast you would charm!

All of us at Joyfully Reviewed are so excited to reveal one of the five beasts you might charm from Maxym M. Martineau’s debut Kingdom of Exiles! Introducing…

The Nezbit


NEZBIT

Pronunciation: nez-bit

Rank: C-Class

Description: Nezbits are small, have rabbit-like builds with brown fur, and are coated with teal feathers. Exceptionally rare, they’re near impossible to find because of their low numbers and their preference for living underground. They form small colonies and create large networks beneath the soil, only poking their wing-like ears up once every few days to absorb nutrients from the sun. Their ears can hear sounds from miles away, and they track reverberations in the earth to avoid danger. When tamed, they’re used to listen to people’s hearts and determine lies from truth. Their opal eyes flash green for truth and red for lies.

Taming: As they live underground, the Nezbits have no known preferred environment. Finding a colony involves luck and careful examination of the earth, because Nezbits leave behind small mounds after sticking their ears up from the ground. Once a possible mound has been sighted, the Charmer should remain still for several days until the ears appear. The Charmer should then quickly yank the beast up from the dirt and immediately initiate charm. It’s import­ant to note that the mounds in question are extremely similar to those left by prairie dogs, and because of that, reports of colonies are often inaccurate.

Charmed the Nezbit?You’re a great listener, and you’ve got a knack for always knowing what’s in someone’s heart. People come to you with their problems, and you have little patience for liars.

Visit the other charmers to learn more about the other beasts! #beastcharmertour

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Title:Kingdom of Exiles

Author: Maxym M. Martineau

Series: The Beast Charmer #1

Pub Date:June 25, 2019

ISBN:9781492689386

Assassin’s Creedmeets Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Themin this gripping, epic fantasy romance trilogy.

My heart wasn’t part of the deal when I bargained for my life,

But assassins so rarely keep their word.

Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts—an offense punishable by death—and now there’s a price on her head. With the realm’s most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes Noc an offer he can’t refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena’s terms in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin’s oath will eventually force him to choose between Leena’s continued survival…and his own.

Maxym M. Martineau is an article and social media writer by day and a fantasy romance author by night. When she’s not getting heated over broken hearts, she enjoys playing video games, sipping a well-made margarita, competing in just about any sport, and of course, reading. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and lives with her husband and fur babies in Arizona. Connect with her at MaxymMartineau.com or through Twitter and Instagram @maxymmckay.

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Do you want to win a print copy of Maxym M. Martineau’s Kingdom of Exiles? Take the quiz and tell us which beast you would charm in the comment section or show us on Instagram! We will pick a winner on July 4th, 2019! Open to US/Canada only.

Hot New Release! THE FIRE GOD by Michelle Sims

Hot New Release! THE FIRE GOD
by Michelle Sims

THE FIRE GOD TOUR BY MICHELE SIMS

Miles Moore is obsessed with fire. He can’t help it—it’s in his genes. He’s also the famous performer Ari, an international hip-hop sensation. There are some negatives that come with fame—death threats and life on the road among them—but there’s also a lot of good: fast cars, fast women, international travel, and more money than he can handle. When Bella Wahlberg joins his team as the chief of marketing, she seems like the antithesis of what he’s looking for, so much so that Miles dubs her Belsa the Ice Queen. It would be unprofessional for them to get together, but more than that, she’s unavailable—and deathly afraid of fire. But as they prepare for The Fire God Tour, Miles can tell something is changing. Is he ready to commit himself to one woman? Can fire and ice come together?

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Michele Sims is the “author-ego” of Deanna McNeil, MD and creator of the Moore Family Saga and the Fire God Series. She loves writing hot love stories and women’s fiction with multidimensional characters in multigenerational families. She is the recipient of the 2018 RSJ Aspiring Author Award and first runner up in the Introvert Press Poetry Contest for February 2018. She is a member of the LRWA, in Charleston, SC and the From The Heart Romance Writers’ online group.
She lives in South Carolina with her husband who has been her soulmate and greatest cheerleader. She is the proud mother of two adult sons and the auntie to many loved ones. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to remember the importance of exercise, travelling, listening to different genres of music, and observing the wonders of life on this marvelous planet.

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GIVEAWAY! THE LIBRARIAN VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

GIVEAWAY! THE LIBRARIAN VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT
by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, book #3

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Synopsis:

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes an uncomfortably hilarious Mystery with a heaping help of sexual frustration, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Three. (Yep! It’s a STAND-ALONE. But why not read them all because…fun!)

FALLING IN LOVE WITH A LIBRARIAN JUST CAN’T GET MORE AWKWARD…

Michael Vanderhorst is not your usual vampire. For starters, he works in a library, is in love with Miriam, his hot nerdy human boss who has no clue what he is, and he looks like a college student.

In reality, Michael is an ancient deadly vampire, an ex-assassin, and is currently the de facto king of his kind ever since their ruling party disappeared. To where? He doesn’t know, but if he wants his life back, he’ll have to find out. (Mystery!) Especially because a civil war is brewing, and being king makes his librarian a mark for his enemies. She is, after all, his biggest weakness.

With a global uprising about to explode, Michael must give her the protection of his army. Only one problem: She must become his queen first. But every attempt he makes to tell her the truth is met with extreme hostility. “Vampires aren’t real. That’s crazy talk, Michael!” Clearly, the topic frightens her.

With time running out and her life on the line, Michael is left with one option: Marry her. Without her knowing.

Can he pull it off? And what will happen when the fight comes to their door?

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About the Author

MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

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Hot New Release! TAKE ME DOWN by Carly Phillips

Hot New Release! TAKE ME DOWN
by Carly Phillips

Opposites don’t merely attract. . .they combust. Take Me Down, an all-new, sexy contemporary standalone from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips, is available now! Parker Knight was going through the motions… and then he met her. Parker Knight lived and lost his dream. Now he works for his family’sContinue Reading

HOT NEW RELEASE! POP THE CLUTCH by Kristin Harte

HOT NEW RELEASE! POP THE CLUTCH
by Kristin Harte

REV UP YOUR SUMMER READING LIST! Pop The Clutch by USA Today bestselling author Ellis Leigh writing as Kristin Harte is NOW LIVE!!! GRAB YOUR COPY ANYWHERE: Amazon → https://amzn.to/2Wtif70 Apple → https://apple.co/2K6uGzf Google Play → http://bit.ly/2MBVwkD Kobo → http://bit.ly/2K5aSft Nook → http://bit.ly/2WzjfGM BLURB: To Violet Foster, the past ten years have been a continualContinue Reading

Hot New Release! PRETTY SCARS by CD Reiss

Hot New Release! PRETTY SCARS by CD Reiss

“A gripping, sensual and darkly romantic masterpiece.”– Frolic Pretty Scars, Carrie Drazen’s long awaited love story from New York Times bestselling author CD Reiss, is available now! In Carrie Drazen’s diamond-studded world, beauty is everything: a blessing, a commodity, and a curse. Her beauty got her past the velvet ropes and into New York’s highContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! CHERISHING THE GODDESS by Lucy Eden

GIVEAWAY! CHERISHING THE GODDESS
by Lucy Eden

CHERISHING THE GODDESS BY LUCY EDEN Billionaire CEO Alexander Wolfe has spent years putting in 120-hour weeks in the office and adding zeroes to his net worth. But lately, work has left him feeling burnt out and uninspired. Then he is given the chance to go head-to-head with a legendary corporate raider and the manContinue Reading

Pre-Order Today! 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BLACKTHORNES!

Pre-Order Today! 7 BRIDES FOR 7 BLACKTHORNES!

We’re so excited to share the covers for this hot new series! – Coming August 2019 – Don’t miss these sexy, heartwarming, emotion-filled books by bestselling authors: Barbara Freethy, Julia London, Lynn Raye Harris, Cristin Harber, Roxanne St. Claire, Samantha Chase and Christie Ridgway. BUY THEM ALL NOW — http://bit.ly/2HuWOJO Exclusive Apple Preorder – MoreContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! SWEET WILD OF MINE by Laurel Kerr

GIVEAWAY! SWEET WILD OF MINE by Laurel Kerr

Sweet Wild of Mine By: Laurel Kerr Publication Date: 5/28/2019   Love runs wild at the Sagebrush Flats Zoo… In a bid to revitalize his career, bestselling author Magnus Gray has come to Sagebrush Flats to write about the local zoo’s latest rescue—an orphaned baby polar bear. But Magnus dreads the drama of small towns andContinue Reading

Time to Get Rocking at the Book Bonanza!

Time to Get Rocking at the Book Bonanza!

The Rocking at Book Bonanza Anthology, an exclusive collection of samples by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors appearing at Rocking at Book Bonanza in Dallas Texas, August 9-10, 2019, is available now! Each author personally selected an enticing preview of their work for you to sample. There is a convenient link atContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! WICKED HIGHLAND WAYS by Mary Wine

GIVEAWAY! WICKED HIGHLAND WAYS
by Mary Wine

Wicked Highland Ways By: Mary Wine Publication Date: 5/28/2019   Brenda Grant has no desire to marry. Ever since her first, horrible marriage she’s made herself into a hellion of a woman to keep men from wanting her. But the Campbells, her previous husband’s family, are determined to find her a new husband. Highland Chief BothanContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! BAREFOOT BEACH by Debbie Mason

GIVEAWAY! BAREFOOT BEACH by Debbie Mason

Meet the Author: Debbie Mason is the USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and the Harmony Harbor series. The first book in her Christmas, Colorado series, “The Trouble with Christmas,” was the inspiration for Hallmark’s “Welcome to Christmas.” Her books have been praised by RT Book Reviews for theirContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! THE COWBOY MEETS HIS MATCH by Margaret Brownley

GIVEAWAY! THE COWBOY MEETS HIS MATCH
by Margaret Brownley

The Cowboy Meets His Match By: Margaret Brownley Publication Date: 5/28/2019 “A great story by a wonderful author.” —DEBBIE MACOMBER, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, for Left at the Altar His first mistake was marrying her. His second was falling in love. Chase McKnight will do anything to secure his family’s ranch—but marriage toContinue Reading

RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY! SMOOTH MOVES by Marie Harte

RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY!
SMOOTH MOVES by Marie Harte

Smooth Moves By: Marie Harte Publication Date: 5/28/2019 He may be all brawn But when it really counts… His heart is all gold Former Marine Cash Griffith is a brawny beacon for trouble, always finishing a fight that someone else starts. Working at his family’s moving company, he does his best to keep a lowContinue Reading

$25 AMAZON GC GIVEWAY! AVOIDING MATTHEW by Caroline Bell Foster

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AVOIDING MATTHEW by Caroline Bell Foster

AVOIDING MATTHEW BY CAROLINE BELL FOSTER A kiss. A promise. A mistake. Lacy Dawson would rather spend her days experimenting with brownie recipes and trying on wedding dresses, than go on yet another secret mission to save her country. She needed a way out and found it. Deaf, Special Operative Matthew Edwards, stumbled across LacyContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! SPITFIRE IN LOVE by Isabelle Ronin

GIVEAWAY! SPITFIRE IN LOVE by Isabelle Ronin

Spitfire in Love  By Isabelle Ronin   Publication Date: 5/28/2019   From the International Phenomenon with over 200 Million Reads on Wattpad She’s never at a loss for words.  He’s determined to have the last one. KARA There he was with his piercing blue eyes and Lucifer black hair. He was leaning against the wall, a lollipopContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! SEAL WOLF SURRENDER by Terry Spear

GIVEAWAY! SEAL WOLF SURRENDER
by Terry Spear

SEAL Wolf Surrender By: Terry Spear Publication Date: 5/28/2019 For a shifter with no interest in she-wolves…he sure is territorial. Wolf shifter and former Navy SEAL Brock Greystoke isn’t interested in she-wolves. The last one in his life ambushed him with the intent to kill. So when he’s tasked with helping his cousin’s friend getContinue Reading

GIVEAWAY! PUPPY LOVE by Lucy Gilmore

GIVEAWAY! PUPPY LOVE by Lucy Gilmore

PUPPY LOVE  By: Lucy Gilmore Publication Date: 5/28/2019 No matter the job, no matter the need These service dogs in training will always fall in love at first bark. When Sophie Vasquez and her sisters dreamed up Puppy Promise—their service puppy training school—it was supposed to be her chance to bring some good into theContinue Reading

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