Oh, I’m such a big fan! IMM! Hearts and doodles. Who does Sports Romance Better?
And let me preface this with the disclaimer there are barely any sports in this–Not My Match is an Ode to Nerd-dom and Physics. I’m talking the Multiverse, anti-matter, CERN, String Theory, purple aliens with sexy tails–wait, she took the tail out–we are saying yes to STEM! And hello, to women in STEM. My kinda book. And Giselle Riley is my book girlfriend!
Devon Walsh, #89, has a crush. Man, is he bad hiding it. Just about anyone looking at him grinding his teeth while other men talk to Giselle can see it written in blood. But nope, Giselle isn’t his type. Too innocent. Too good. Too smart. Too in need of him to help her find the perfect match for her because she can do better than anyone she’s picking out for herself.
This game is ‘Tell Me a Secret, Tell Me a Lie.’ It’s just what it sounds like. I give a prompt, and you, the character, gets to determine if you want to hint a secret or lie: one or the other.
Tell me a secret about the last lie you told your partner or Tell me a lie you told your partner to keep that secret.
*Asher explodes with laughter* Asher: Tell her where Felicity thinks you are today man. Jason: F%^$ off Cameron: You lied to her? Jason: I didn’t… it’s not… I may have extended the truth but only because I knew she’d want to come
Tell me a secret you can’t tell your bestie or Tell me a lie you just told your parents.
First, let me say that my favorite book is Alice in Wonderland. Why does that matter? Because Sinjin Bellisario reminded me of the Mad Hatter and the Tea Party put together. The man is brilliant chaos, and I could eat him up.
Ruby Vincent’s Saint is a bit different from her academy books in that she’s taken a dark path, and I like it. Adeline Redgrave is a struggling chef trying to make it in a crap situation. She can barely make rent, much less pay for the care for her father. When she sees something she shouldn’t, it puts a crinkle in her life that she truly can’t afford.
Cinco City lives and breathes on the sin that feeds and fuels it. The Merchants are another gang who are making a stamp on the underworld until a Bunny witnesses them making a hit. But their leader is sheer wonky unpredictability, and he decides that she can live, but the caveat is she’s theirs.
OH, Goodness, woman, you kill me with these cliffhangers. YOU SLAY ME WITH THEM!
I don’t even know where to start. I can’t. My mind is blown.
Sabina’s very naughty mate, Kade, destroyed Shadow at the end of Submission, and now is the Alpha of Shadow pack meaning, he’s split Bean’s sub-pack. Bean starts this book fed up with all of them and needs some time with the women in her life. She tells the boys to figure out their sugar and has Artemis spirit her away to her cousins and Nessa. Thus we begin Seduction. A book in which snack foods are seriously threatened.
Elias, who was voted “Wolf Most Likely to be Sexed-up by Readers,” is the novella’s hero, X-Clan: The Experiment. He gets Daciana, an Ash Wolf omega from the Shadowlands. I’m so very excited because Kale Willams and Sarah Puckett get to read these parts, and the two are so damn good at it that there were times I fell into the story.
The Andorra Sector hasn’t been able to produce its omegas for decades, and because of this, their entire society is endangered. But there is hope for the future if the Ash Wolves are compatible. So the Alpha of the X-Clan and Elias’ best friend Ander Cain have arranged a trade, the experiment. Elias gets Daciana, and if she proves to be compatible, then they will mate.
Kale Williams sounds filthy reading Elias’s parts. It’s compelling, and even though his reading voice is sometimes delivered without a ton of inflection, it sounds even dirtier for it. Sarah Puckett is an excellent counter in Daciana’s voice.
Would you rather hear your parents do the deed or put up with Khloe hitting on the guys again?
Jason: What the actual f*#%? Why would you ask that? Asher: *retches* You’re triggering some serious shit here, I hope you know that. Cameron: No way, you heard them go at it? Asher: Dude, not cool! Jason: Seriously, can we move on? I just can’t…
Would you rather wake up and find you had three-inch-long eyelashes or go to bed without lips?
Asher: Oh my god, where are you getting these questions? *explodes with laughter*
Can you go wrong with a Dianne Duvall novel? In my experience, it hasn’t happened yet.
The second book in the Aldebarian Alliance series, The Segonian, picks at the point in The Lasaran where they are attacked. And don’t worry, no tension is lost in the continuity. Dianne Duvall quickly gets our hearts pumping. Our girl Eliana is stranded in space with a few hours’ worths of oxygen while her rescue, the Ranasura, is weeks away. Commander Dagon and his crew quickly are falling for the charm of Eliana as they check in with her, sadly knowing that there is no chance they will arrive in time.
Thank Gathendians for the one positive thing they did was create the virus released on Earth that makes Eliana an Immortal Guardian. The only reason she could survive the weeks in deep space.
‘Hi, I’m Eliana, thank you for saving me.’ – Eliana
I’m old enough for that to be romantic and adorable before reading Kelly Anne Blount’s and Lynn Rush’s In The Penalty Box.
After a horrendous injury, Willow Covington is home nursing her wounds. She’s doing what she can to work her way back to the Olympic Figure Skating Team she was on before getting hurt. It just isn’t going well. Going to open ice time at the local ice rinks is giving her practice and keeping her sane.
Title: The Sweetest Fix Author: Tessa Bailey Genre: Contemporary Romance/Rom Com Release Date:21 January 2021
The Sweetest Fix, an all-new opposites attract standalone rom com from New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey is available now!
Reese dreams of seeing her name in lights on Broadway, but so far she has only graced the used car parking lots of rural Wisconsin. With her window of opportunity shrinking fast, a miracle happens. She wins an audition with Bernard Bexley, Broadway’s most respected dance choreographer. When disaster strikes and Reese misses the audition, she has to find another way in front of Bernard, otherwise face the disappointment back home.
Following the sage advice of a Times Square Pikachu—Reese seeks out Bernard’s son, prepared to beg for his aid, never expecting mega sparks to fly between her and the gentle giant baker. With Reese’s heart now involved, she refuses to use Leo to her advantage and tries to walk away before her ulterior motives are exposed, but gravity continues to draw them back together…until it’s impossible to stay apart.
But Reese’s lie of omission can only stay buried for so long. When Leo finds out how their relationship started, will Reese keep her ultimate role as Leo’s leading lady? Or will the curtain fall on their real-life fairytale?
Ali: My questions today are about the cover artwork of the Aldebarian Alliance series. The Lasaran and Segonian covers are very dynamic, how do you feel they express the stories you were telling?
Dianne Duvall: I admit my book cover preferences have been strongly influenced by the years I worked in the independent film industry. I was accustomed to seeing movie posters that reflected a film’s storyline and—at the same time—piqued moviegoers’ interest. So I wanted the covers of the Aldebarian Alliance books to reflect what readers will find in the new series. And I believe they do a stellar job (forgive the pun).
Quite a bit of The Lasaran takes place on Earth. Taelon (the hero) is alone and suffers greatly before Lisa finds him, risks much to free him, and shows him the first kindness he’s known in years. So I wanted to cover to reflect his solitude, which it does well. 🙂 When he and Lisa later venture into space, their trip is a very active and harrowing one, as reflected by the battle erupting in the background.
The Segonian, on the other hand, takes place entirely in space. The hero is the fierce commander of the battleship Ranasura. And the heroine is a powerful immortal warrior from Earth. So both totally kick ass. 🙂 They also forge a friendship before they even meet in person while Dagon and his crew race to reach Eliana before her oxygen runs out . . . a friendship that continues to grow once they meet, soon deepening into love. I think their stance on the cover—both their closeness and their ferocity—reflects this well. The book is also full of action, as evinced by the background.