Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Release Day Blitz: xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan

Book info:

Title:  xo, Zach
Author:  Kendall Ryan
Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Release Day: Jan 23rd, 2018


The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date. 

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days. 

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact. 

I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it. 

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too. 

xo, Zach

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Audible:  Live release, narrated by Andi Arndt and Sebastian York!


"This is serious, Poppy. Will you promise?"
"What am I promising?" This man had a way of getting me to say things, to feel things, to admit things that I might not have otherwise. I wasn't sure if it was because he was older and wiser and that much more cunning at these types of discussions, or if it was just because being near him seemed to physically lower my inhibitions. He was like a walking shot of tequila. 
"I need you to promise me that if anything physical happens between us—that it will be very consensual, and very sex-positive. I need you to understand that I will worship you and make you come So. Many. Fucking Times."
He annunciated those words so clearly and slowly, I felt them with every beat of my heart, every pulse of heat between my legs.
Oblivious to my hammering heart, Zach continued. "But I also need you to know that if I do or say anything you don't like, all you have to do is say so and everything will stop. Just the word no, Poppy. Use it and I promise to leave you alone."
"Leave me alone as in stop mentoring me, stop helping me in the program?"
His face was serious and he shook his head without even considering it. "I will never stop mentoring you, as long as you want it. Giving in to our attraction—or not—will never be a condition for my help. I want you to succeed, and it has nothing to do with how much I want you in my bed. Do you understand that?"
I felt myself nodding my head. 
I knew what he was saying. Despite how aggressively Zach put his feelings on the subject of us out there—I knew he'd never betray my wishes. 
"Okay," I murmured.
He considered me for a long moment, neither of us blinking. 
"Why did you approach me that night at the party, Poppy. Did you find me attractive?"
Was he fucking serious?
Of course I find him attractive. Actually, attractive was too weak a word. I found him mesmerizing. Addictive. Enchanting. Impossible. 
"I'm not saying I do, but if I wanted something to happen ..." I swallowed a wave of nerves and took a shallow breath as Zach's mouth curved into a grin.
"Something as in finding out how many times in a row I can make you come using my mouth, my hands, and my ..."
I held up one hand. "Yes. That. How would it work, isn't it, like, forbidden?"
God, why did the word forbidden make me feel even hotter? 

About the Author:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras


Release Day Blitz with Giveaway: Dear Dwayne, With Love by Eliza Gordon

About The Book:

Author: Eliza Gordon

Genre:  Adult contemporary romance
Pub. Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 380
Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook


Wannabe actress Dani Steele’s résumé resembles a cautionary tale on how not to be famous. She’s pushing thirty and stuck in a dead-end insurance job, and her relationship status is holding at uncommitted. With unbearably perfect sisters and a mother who won’t let her forget it, Dani has two go-tos for consolation: maple scones and a blog in which she pours her heart out to her celebrity idol. He’s the man her father never was, no boyfriend will ever be—and not so impossible a dream as one might think. When Dani learns that he’s planning a fund-raising event where the winning amateur athlete gets a walk-on in his new film, she decides to trade pastries and self-doubt for running shoes and a sexy British trainer with adorable knees.

But when Dani’s plot takes an unexpected twist, she realizes that her happy ending might have to be improvised—and that proving herself to her idol isn’t half as important as proving something to herself.

* * *

This is a work of fiction. While Dwayne Johnson p/k/a The Rock is a real person, events relating to him in the book are a product of the author’s imagination. Mr. Johnson is not affiliated with this book, and has not endorsed it or participated in any manner in connection with this book.

About the Author:
Eliza Gordon has excellent taste in books, shoes, movies, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.

In real life, she’s an editor, mom, wife, and bibliophile and proud parent of one very spoiled tuxedo cat. Eliza writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After; Jennifer Sommersby, her other self, writes YA and is repped by Daniel Lazar at Writers House.

Giveaway Details
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sunday Post #88 and Stacking the Shelves January 21st, 2017

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  As I mentioned last time I did this, about two weeks ago, I think I want to try to start doing this post again.  Will just depend on time though.  I keep having some issues with either tours getting postponed, or finding that for some reason I wrote down a tour, but am not actually scheduled for it. So this week I'm ending up with three days that have nothing on them.  I won't stress if I don't have time to fill them in.

This week was not the greatest. We had Monday off for Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.  And then it was so cold on Tuesday that they cancelled school. So it was a three day week, which was nice.  We had a snow day the week before as well.  Friday, when I was taking my trash out, I did something to my back, twisted or sprained/strained a muscle.  It was so bad that I went to Urgent Care Friday afternoon. The doctor gave me a muscle relaxer and anti-inflammatory, and today I'm feeling a lot better. Still hurts though.  I didn't get much writing done last week. :-(  Not sure how much I'll get done this coming week either.   But I am hoping to get another sewing lesson from my mom.  Next weekend I'm scheduled to work Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at my 2nd job.  Which sucks, because it means I won't have any days off after today for about two weeks.  We'll see if my back is all better by then, I may see about having someone take my hours if possible for one of those days.  

I've also found a couple new challenges I might join into.  One was a challenge that the faculty sponsor for our LGBTQ club at school set for them, it was to read 10 LGBTQ books this year.  I am going to count Meet Cute as one, and then read some others like by Adam Silvera, or the one that the movie Love, Simon is going to be based on.  The other challenge is one that I will have to see if I can fit in, and it is catching up on series, by reading one a month.  I have so many series I either have only read the first book in, or that I want to start, that I am thinking this would be a good one, if I can fit it.  If I decide to do it, I'll do a separate post just for that challenge.

Here's what you missed last week on my blog:
Coming up this week on my blog:
  • Review:  Americanized by Sara Saedi
  • Promos:  XO Zach by Kendall Ryan, Dear Dwayne, With Love by Eliza Gordon, Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann, and Neesa by Dina Haynes
  • Can't Wait Wednesday
  • Possible reviews:  Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren, On the Plus Side by Alison Bliss, Without Merit by Colleen Hoover, Miss Me Not by Tiffany King, Friends Without Benefits by Penny Reid, Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia, and Three Blind Dates by Meghan Quinn

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is a way for us to share the new books we have collected.  I have a few I've collected the last two weeks.  Here they are:

Both of these were sent from the publisher for me to review.  

I won these two books from Take Me Away to a Great Read.  

Another book from the publisher.

I won this book from a giveaway on Facebook!

I had already received an ARC of this to read, but the publisher sent me a finished copy as well!  I'll be sure to add this finished copy to my school library where I work.

Also from the publisher.

I've got a lot to read as you can see!  It's been a great couple of weeks for free books. The really good thing is that I didn't buy any of these.  :-)

How was your week?  What did you add to your shelves this week?