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Defying Gravity by K. K. Allen Blog Tour and ARC Review

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Their greatest risk was the one they never took …

Defying Gravity, an all-new emotional sports romance from USA Today bestselling author K.K. Allen is available now!

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It was an accidental spring fling three years ago—one week spent in the mountains of Big Sur and no one was the wiser. Ignore the fact that Tobias James was my neighbor and my best friend’s older brother. Or that upon our return his hoop dreams were waiting for him, robbing us of any potential future we could have shared.

Now, I’m fulfilling my own dreams in L.A. and my biggest dream of all is about to come true. The last thing I expected was for my past and my present to collide.

Not now. Not here. Not him.

But he struts back into my life like he never even left. Unfortunately, I’ll never forget what happened after he did.

The ball is in my court, but Tobias isn’t below stealing—my power, my resolve, my heart… When he wants a second chance to reignite our connection, my answer is simple. We can’t.

Not unless we defy the rules our dreams were built on and risk everything.

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Excerpt:

“Where can we find the best view in Los Angeles?”

I had to think about that one. Every trail I’d hiked in the area ended with a gorgeous view, but I didn’t think a hike was what he’d had in mind. That gave me an idea. “Griffith Observatory has some nice views. Not sure how parking is this time of night.” I was still thinking. “Or there’s always Canyon Lake Drive.”

The look he gave me next wrapped a string around my heart and tugged gently. “Somewhere you haven’t been with a dude.”

Forcing back my smile, I grabbed his phone. “Drive. I’ll program the directions so I can enjoy the ride.”

I tried to ignore the pleased look on his face when I blushed at his request, but it was almost impossible to ignore him when I handed back his phone and my fingers accidentally brushed his. Our eyes connected on a beat, the electricity so charged between us that I felt the vibration throughout my body.

We rode the rest of the way in silence, like we both knew the conversation to come was a big one. Besides that, neither of us was a fan of small talk. Maybe that was why we’d always gotten along so well. We preferred hours of comfortable silence to awkward conversation. It made each moment we were together meaningful.

“Almost there,” he said once we were on Western Canyon Drive. “Where should I park?”

“You’ll keep going up the hill. Park on West Observatory Road. You’ll see the line of cars. I usually find a spot up close, but—” I made a face as I looked around his truck. “My car is three times smaller than this.” I grinned at him. “You might want to park about a half mile away.”

He chuckled. I didn’t understand why until he continued driving past where I recommended and almost reached the top of the hill, when he slowed. Just then, like fucking magic, a large truck was pulling out of a parallel parking spot, leaving it vacant.

“You are kidding me.”

He laughed again and parked with ease. Growing up in Malibu didn’t give us many opportunities for parallel parking, but I was certain he’d had his fair share of chances to get it right in Chicago.

I hopped out of the truck just as he made it to my side. “So impatient to hang out with me.”

I rolled my eyes. “Keep dreaming, James.”

He rolled his head back, grinning. “You realize there are women out there dreaming about a night just like this, right?”

I hoped he could feel the heat of my glare. “You don’t say.”

His lips pressed together like he was biting back a smile, then he took my hand in his and tugged me forward. “Let’s move. We have to make it before sunset.”

This time, silence didn’t fill our gaps. It dissipated with the first view we encountered before ever reaching the observatory.

“Wow.” I tugged away from him and walked to the balcony of the outlook.

As I stared out over trees and rock mountains, I had an epiphany. Taking Tobias here conveyed an unspoken promise that I’d never shared the same space with another man. I hadn’t even questioned the intimacy of what that meant, because it felt natural, just like everything with Tobias, even when the world was trying to pull us apart.

My choice had always been Tobias, even when he wasn’t around for me to choose. My heart still belonged to him.

A breeze whooshed by, tossing my hair. I breathed into the wind as it continued to beat against me, like the week hadn’t been enough for me to endure. And then strong arms wrapped around me from behind as my insides softened to putty. It had been only a week of knowing Tobias was back in town to stay, and I already knew I was in trouble.

Neither of us dared a word as he held me there, the hills of LA a beautiful sight before us, but it was his touch, his breath, his nearness that stole my focus. We’d never even made it to the observatory, but I knew what his mission was in wanting to take me somewhere with a view.

It was reminiscent of the one we’d shared in Big Sur, and I couldn’t ignore the rush of those memories that surfaced in the moment.

We stood in silence for a long time while Tobias held all of me—physically, emotionally, and metaphorically. His presence grounded me in a way that only my soul could feel. He owned me. All it took was the admission, and for the first time in a very long time, I felt at peace.

Once upon a time, Tobias had called me his moon. His rock. His strength. The one he reached for when the waters got rough. As risky as it was to admit it, I still wanted that to be true.

“Should we keep going?”

I knew Tobias was referring to the observatory, but my response was to a different interpretation of the question.

“Yes.”

Meet K.K. Allen

K.K. Allen is a USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author and interdisciplinary arts and sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt contemporary romance stories that are as real as they are inspiring. K.K. is a Hawaiian girl who was raised in Seattle, and currently resides in central Florida. She works full time as a digital producer for a leading online educational institution and is the mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.

K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With K.K.’s love for inspirational and coming-of-age stories involving heartfelt narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by what K.K. releases next.

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Review:

This is the first time that I read a K. K. Allen book and I must say that I am hooked. Defying Gravity took me on one hell of a ride. It’s one of the most heartwarming books that I’ve read in 2019.

Amelia and Tobias are one of those book couples that you know are just totally meant to be. Its raw and emotional scenes were so enjoyable to read that I found myself too engrossed to the whole plot and I just couldn’t put it down.

I loved how the author portrayed Amelia’s struggles on fulfilling her dream. Her frustrations and disappointments echo every sentiment of anyone who aspire to make it in their chosen field. It was inspiring how she turned her life around and put herself back together little by little.

Meanwhile Tobias was just around the corner waiting for their second chance to happen. I loved his unwavering loyalty to Amelia even after all these years. Eventually, they managed to finally found their way back to each other. Their love story captivated my hopeless romantic heart. I can’t wait to read more books by this author. Looking forward to her next release!

Rating: 4.5/5

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Corrado by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

CORRADO

by Bethany-Kris
Guzzi Duet Legacy, #1
Publication Date: July 8, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

The son of a prominent Cosa Nostra Don, Corrado Guzzi’s life should have been all mapped out. He would be what every other Guzzi man was, too—made, mafia. It’s their way. But when given another choice, the chance to be something more, he takes it. Even if it comes with strings.

It’s there that he might find where he belongs, and Alessio Sorrento. The man who could change his whole life.

This love thing? It should have been easy, but they made it hard. Nothing about a relationship like theirs is simple. Dictated by rules, weighed down with things left unsaid, and already hanging by a frayed thread.

This is what love looks like before, and after.
Before she came along.
And after she was there.

It takes one woman to change everything.

Ginevra Calabrese wasn’t ready for this—for them.

So, what happens now?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review:

What I love most about Corrado is that this is something that I haven’t read before from Bethany-Kris. Much to my surprise, I am floored with how much I love it! 2019 is definitely Bethany-Kris’ year! Every book release is a much-anticipated treat for book lovers like me who love to devour a good romance like nobody’s business.

I just love the conflicting emotions of these three characters. Corrado, Les, and Ginny’s relationship have redefined the status, “It’s complicated” for me. My heart really goes out to Corrado whose alternative lifestyle is frowned upon by the long-held traditions imposed by the organized crime family. His struggles to find his place in the world where he knows that big expectations are set upon him is something that is so remarkably human that I could not help but love him all the more.

Gian and Cara are undoubtedly the best parents in the world. I love their steadfast support to all their sons. Raising five boys are quite a handful but they did it without suffocating them and never dictating what they can or can’t do.

And then there’s Les. His unconditional love for Corrado is something that any man or woman would be so lucky to have. His giving nature makes him so thoughtful and understanding of the circumstances of their relationship. I just love the contrast between these two men. But surprisingly, they just fit well together.

Lastly, there’s Ginny whose arrival has shaken the foundation of Corrado and Alessio. It’s funny that when she’s fleeing from another life she didn’t want for herself, then she’ll end up finding love in the arms of Corrado. I just loved the sizzling confrontation between Ginny and Les at the end of the book.

There were so much left unsaid and so much more to unravel between these three characters. I cannot wait for Alessio to come out and see through the conclusion of this book!

Rating: 5/5

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Dirty Pool by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

DIRTY POOL

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: May 6, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

To get what he wants, he’ll have to play a game of dirty pool.

Michel Marcello never wanted to be a mafioso like every other man in his family—he wanted to be more. That doesn’t mean he’s unfamiliar with the life, or that he can’t hold his own against other made men.

They forgot where he came from …

His chance encounter with the fiery and beautiful daughter of Detroit’s most notorious Irish mob boss stokes flames beyond the ones that ignite between Michel and Gabbie Casey. Rivals shouldn’t mix, but these opposites have never been more attracted, either.

The lines between family loyalty, their duties, and responsibility begin to blur.

Love ruins all.

But these two aren’t the only ones playing this game, and it just became far more dangerous to get out alive.

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Dirty Pool is a standalone romantic suspense.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review:

Michel Marcello is probably the most low-key out of the entire clan. Him not being part of the organized crime business of his family might make you brush off his character, BUT wait until you read his story.

Michel may be used to flying under the radar in the organized crime world but that doesn’t mean that his life isn’t interesting. In fact, this has got to be one of the best standalone books that I’ve read this year.

I really loved Michel’s character. I loved how emotionally adjusted he is especially when he found out that he was adopted. I loved how he took the news. He didn’t have any existential crisis. And most of all, he understood. He didn’t even doubt for a second regarding how much Catrina and Dante love him. He firmly believed that the people who raised him are his parents.

But most of all I love his drive to become a doctor and be something more than his family name. This is something that Michel and Gabbie have in common. Their will to succeed in their respective fields and pursue their dream is really awe-inspiring.

Gabbie is a feisty redhead who knows what she wants in life. When she decided that she wanted Michel Marcello, she goes for it. Despite being the daughter of the Irish mob boss, it didn’t stop her to go against the rules to be with him.

Michel and Gabbie together? Well, that’s a fiery little combination that’s full of passion and chemistry. As always, Bethany-Kris delivered such a wonderful tale between these two characters and so much more. I enjoyed reading their love story because it’s a modern version of the star-crossed romance tale that I always love to read. It reminded me of the classic love story between Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, and Abelarde and Heloise.

Rating: 5/5