Saturday, December 8, 2018

[Blog Tour Review + Excerpt] ENGAGED TO THE EMT (Blue Collar Brothers #3) by Piper Rayne


Source: Received a copy to participate in the blog tour
and give my honest review.
Release Date: December 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 261 (Ebook)

DESCRIPTION

Luca Bianco is a jerk. There I said it.

He thinks he’s so suave and sexy, walking around in his paramedic uniform stretched out by all his hard muscles and saving lives every day. I swear he thinks every woman in the world would kill for a chance to be with him.

Men like Luca are good for one thing only — a one-night stand — not commitment. I don’t care if my friend did pay good money at a charity bachelor auction for me to go on a date with him, I refuse to do it.

That is until Luca offers me a deal I can’t refuse, and I agree to be his pretend fiancĂ©.

The heat that’s simmered between us for a decade ignites and I’m not sure even Luca will be able to kickstart my heart after I call code blue.

What’s that saying? Love is blind?

Not true. I can see this head-on collision coming a mile away.
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REVIEW

I’ve been eagerly waiting for Luca’s book since the Blue Collar Brothers series was first announced! I loved getting to meet him in the Bedroom Games series and I knew his story would be super interesting because he was an absolute character even in the brief snippet we saw of him! And now that I've read Engaged to the EMT, I can confirm that it was amazing...and it was so, so worth the wait!

If you're new to Piper and Rayne, then you should know that their series are made up of standalones that collectively make up little companion series, so with each book you get to see a new couple, and you also get to see bits of the other couples in the series because they're all interconnected. This means you can definitely read their books as standalones, but that you can also read them in order to see things unfold and tie in together. They also have characters from their other series make cameos occasionally. which is a lot of fun if you recognize the past characters! 

In Engaged to the EMT, we finally get Lauren and Luca's story! The previous two books in the Blue Collar Brothers series featured Luca's older brothers: Mauro and Cristian; and Lauren's two best friends: Maddie and Vanessa. In Flirting with Fire (Mauro and Maddie's book), we saw Lauren and Luca's rivalry for the first time, and in Crushing on the Cop (Cristian and Vanessa's book), we saw them clash even more...and now in Engaged to the EMT, we get to see their hate turn to love! ;) Not only did we get the awesome hate-to-love trope (oooh the tension ;D), we also get the fake relationship trope, which I'm always a sucker for! It was honestly, exactly what I hoped for and everything that I could've possibly wanted! I absolutely ADORED this book so much! I loved Luca and Lauren! I loved their banter, their competitiveness with each other, and I absolutely loved seeing them grow together! It was fun, sexy, and so, so good!!! 

If you're a fan of sweet, sizzling, and sexy romances, then you should definitely check out Piper Rayne's books! They're one of my favourite writing duos, and they never disappoint! For the Blue Collar Brothers series, specifically, I'd highly recommend it for anyone looking for sexy heroes and fierce and sassy heroines...especially if you love seeing wonderful friendships and family dynamics in your romances! I seriously can't recommend this one enough! I absolutely loved Engaged to the EMT and the Blue Collar Brothers has quickly become a favourite romance series of mine! I can't wait to see more of them in Piper Rayne's forthcoming White Collar Cousins series which is expected to release sometime in 2019! ;)


EXCERPT

     The light from the street reflects the humor shining in his eyes. “I’m just sick of the fighting.”

     “Fighting is what we do best. It’s basically how we communicate.” Then all the puzzle pieces join together in my head. I’m so stupid. “You want something.”

     We pull up in front of my house just as I realize what a fucking moron I am.

     “Nope.” He takes the keys, grabs the bag of food and gets out of the car.

     He’s totally playing me. I might not be a psychologist who can quickly spot a liar, but Luca, I know too well. Not well, but when it comes to our interactions—I know him. And this nice Luca, taking me to a Hawks game, buying me dinner, wanting to eat with me…this isn’t the Luca Bianco I know.

     I climb out of his car, the slam of the door echoing down the dark residential street. “Tell me what it is you want.”

     His lips remain straight, not even a hint of a smile or smirk.

     Another clear sign that this isn’t the Luca I know.

     “Come on. Let’s eat.” He nods in the direction of my house.

     “By prolonging whatever it is, you’re just pissing me off, which means if you need something, I’m more than likely going to say no. Or we could play a little game…”

     “How about we eat?” He waits patiently as I insert the key into my door, disengage the alarm that Cristian, Luca’s brother insisted we get installed.

     Police officers. Jeez.

     We step inside and he’s the one to shut the door and flick the lock.

     “Planning to have your way with me?” I’m not serious as I walk into the kitchen to grab us some drinks, utensils, and napkins.

     The sound of the television blaring drifts into the kitchen seconds later.

     With my hands full, I head back into the living room. “Feel free to make yourself at home,” I deadpan, handing Luca a Vitamin Water and a napkin.

     “Thanks.” He lifts the napkin and drink. “And thanks.”

     We sit on the couch because although our house is nice and newly redecorated thanks to Maddie’s mad skills, the family room area is small and the best place to see the television is the couch. No worries though, there’s still a cushion between us.

     I open up my box of food, a little bit of steam hitting my face. “I can’t just sit here and watch soccer with you and not know what you want.”

     I hate that I’ve had to resort to being sincere in my request.

     He opens up his own box and I’m a tad jealous I didn’t get the burger. It smells and looks delicious.

     Luca doesn’t respond, just stands and heads into the kitchen.

     He knows our house way too well thanks to his brothers always suggesting we meet here when we go out.

     I pop a cauliflower floret into my mouth, tasting the Korean flavor makes my mouth water. Opening up my Vitamin Water to cool my tongue, I ignore Luca’s return, instead, fixating on the television as he rounds the coffee table in front of me. The couch dips with the weight of his body which is now closer than before.


     I’ve never been alone with Luca, much less this close. I feel a shift in our volatile relationship like the stillness before a storm. It’s too quiet. It’s too calm. Too…enjoyable.

     “Here.” My gaze shifts from the television, although I couldn’t tell you the score of the game and I see he’s holding half his burger out to me.

     “What’s this?” I ask, loading my mouth with another califloret.

     Man, it’s hot.

     “I think you had a little bit of drool dripping from your mouth when I opened the container. How about we share?”

     He smiles. A smile I’ve only ever seen on his face with his friends, or his brothers, and especially his mom. He doesn’t even wear this smile when he’s with girls. At least not that I’ve ever seen. That fact runs around my stomach stirring up the butterflies to max flight.

     I don’t like this.

     It’s too damn calm.

     Where are the eighty mile per hour winds?

     “Luca, if you don't tell me what you want, I’m going to kick you out of my house.” I take half the burger and slide my cauliflower and fries closer to him as an offering.

     “You can’t just wait?” he asks, seeming disappointed.

     “HA!” I point to him with a greasy finger. “You do want something from me. Tell me what it is.”

     “You’re ridiculous you know that, right? A normal person would wait.”

     I shake my head. “No, they wouldn’t.”

     See, this feels good. This feels right.

     “LUCA!” I scream.

     He blows out a breath. “Fine. I need a favor from you.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

[Release Day Blitz] ENGAGED TO THE EMT (Blue Collar Brothers #3) by Piper Rayne


Woo hoo! Today is the day! It's release day for the final book in the Blue Collar Brother series, Engaged to the EMT...and this one is all about Luca! ;)

I have absolutely been loving this series, and I've been super eager for Luca's story...and you guys, it didn't disappoint! ;D


ENGAGED TO THE EMT
Blue Collar Brothers Book 3
By Piper Rayne
Release Day – December 6th
A Sexy FAKE RELATIONSHIP rom com standalone written by a duo of two USA Today Bestselling Authors



Luca Bianco is a jerk. There I said it.



He thinks he’s so suave and sexy, walking around in his paramedic uniform stretched out by all his hard muscles and saving lives every day. I swear he thinks every woman in the world would kill for a chance to be with him.



Men like Luca are good for one thing only—a one-night stand—not commitment. I don’t care if my friend did pay good money at a charity bachelor auction for me to go on a date with him, I refuse to do it.



That is until Luca offers me a deal I can’t refuse, and I agree to be his pretend fiancĂ©.



The heat that’s simmered between us for a decade ignites and I’m not sure even Luca will be able to kickstart my heart after I call code blue.



What’s that saying? Love is blind?



Not true. I can see this head-on collision coming a mile away.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have "Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle" (okay...you caught us, that's our tagline). A little about us... We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

Connect with Piper Rayne:


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I'm a sucker for companion series like this, and I'm a big sucker for the fake relationship and hate-to-love tropes, so this was right up my alley! ;)

What do you think?
Are you planning to read ENGAGED TO THE EMT?
What are some of your favourite romance tropes?

[Release Day Blitz] HOTSHOT DOC by R.S. Grey


R.S. Grey's next romantic comedy, HOTSHOT DOC, is available now!

Find out more about it below and pick up your copy today!



About HOTSHOT DOC
 
Dr. Russell has a bad reputation around our hospital. The scrub techs say he’s cold-blooded, the nurses say he’s too cocky for his own good, and the residents say he’s the best surgeon in the world—really, just a swell guy!—on the off chance he’s within earshot.

I try to avoid him and his temper at all costs. It’s just as easy to admire his sexy, grip-it-while-he’s-ravishing-you hair and chiseled jaw from a healthy distance, preferably from the other end of the hallway…half-hidden behind a plant.

Unfortunately, my plan crumbles when my trusty ol’ boss decides to swap his white coat for a Hawaiian shirt. His retirement leaves me with two terrible options: switch specialties and spend months retraining, or take an open position as Dr. Russell’s surgical assistant.

That means I have to stand near him in the OR for hours on end and anticipate his every need without letting his biting words and bad attitude intimidate me. Oh, and as if that’s not difficult enough, my silly crush on him—the one I’ve tried to stomp on until it disappears—might just be reciprocated.

It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I take my job seriously. There will be no smoldering bedroom eyes across the operating table, no angry almost-kisses in the storage closet. (Well, no more of those.)

What’s the phrase? An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

Maybe I should go for a whole damn bushel.
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About R.S. Grey

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com


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I'll be sharing my review for this one shortly, but I'll tell you this much--I absolutely LOVED Hotshot Doc! Matt and Bailey were absolutely amazing and their chemistry was off-the-charts!!! So, so good!!!!

Are you a fan of rom-coms? 
How about doctor/medical dramas? 

If you answered "yes" to either of the above questions, then this is the romance book for you. ;)

[Cover + Blurb Reveal] TKT by L.J. Shen


Hello, fellow romance readers!

In case you haven't heard I'm a HUGE L.J. Shen fan, so I jumped at the chance to get to know any and absolutely ANYTHING about her next release...formerly known as TKT...but now with an actual title, it's called: The Kiss Thief!

Keep on scrolling to see the cover and read the blurb! ;)



THE KISS THIEF
by L.J. Shen

Release Date: January 9th

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Blurb


They say your first kiss should be earned.



Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.



They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.



Mine were broken before we left church.



They say your heart only beats for one man.



Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.



I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.



Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.  



They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.



I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.


One kiss.



Two men.



Three lives.



Entwined together.



And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.


About the Author

L.J. Shen
is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.



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Well...this certainly sounds intense! And this cover reminds me of L.J.'s earlier books, Sparrow and Tyed, which seems to fit more in-line with the description of the book, too! I definitely can't wait to pick this one up!

What do you think?
Do you like the cover?
Does the description pull you in?