[REVIEW] Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

About the book

Death of Darkness
(Immortal Guardians #9)
by Dianne Duvall

ebook
Publication Date: August 20th 2019

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe. But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

review

Have you ever opened a highly anticipated book and hesitated a moment when you hit the table of contents. Thinking to yourself “what if it disappoints me. What then?”. Of course, in hindsight that fear was totally uncalled for and totally irrational.

Death of Darkness was – for the lack of a better word to convey my feelings – AWESOME! (yes, in capital letters).

I cried, laughed, cried some more, was shocked to my core, did I mention the crying?

I’m not even sure why I cried that much. Death of Darkness isn’t that sad. Sure, it has its sad moments, but overall it’s quite funny and I’m usually not a crier. Maybe it was because I was exhausted as I read the book till 5:30am and had to wake up two hours later. Maybe I was crying for my lack of upcoming sleep and the fact that the first thing I had in the morning was math. Math on a sleep deprived brain is not a good combination, let me tell you. I nearly fell asleep in class.

I originally had 2.5 hours of sleep available but I had to reminisce a bit more in the feeling of having read a fantastic book. So it shrunk to only 2 hours. Whoops.

Anyway, Death of Darkness not only met my expectations. It exceeded them by far. I’m even going so far to name it my favourite book of 2019, even though I’m still waiting for some releases in these last few month of 2019. It definitely takes the top.

The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat (maybe I should said on the edge of my bed? As that is were I read) Normally I’m mostly able to guess what twist will accure in a book but Death of Darkness kept me guessing and I loved that.

Did I mention that this – do I dare call it masterpiece? Yes, I do – is 600+ pages long and it did absolutely not feel like it. I’m actually quite impressed with myself that I finished the book in five and a half hours.

Dianne Duvall did Seth justice. Many questions, we as the readers had, were answered. Also I absolutely loved and adored Leah. Her brand of humor was on-point.

I loved to see more Zach and Seth interaction. I always loved those two together and I have to apologize to Zach, because he now has to share his number one spot with Seth. I’m totally allowed to love both, right?

The one thing I have in mind now is that Dianne Duvall set the bar for herself and her next book quite high. I’m quite curious to see who the next book will be about.

Also can we talk about that mini cliffhanger. That was mean, Dianne! Really, really mean. I’m giving you the stink eye right now. Lol

Did I also mentioned I just bought the audio book version as well? That says a lot about my love for this book, because I find English audio books sometimes hard to listen to and usually only buy my absolute favourite books in English (if they are not available as German audio books).

Now the only thing I have to decide is whether I reread it again today, start listening to the audio book, take some nap time or learn for my upcoming exams. The struggle is real, folks.

Also here is my favourite quote, which makes absolutely no sense without context. Just know that it made me laugh hard. So enjoy 🙂

“Well then, boys, you’d better put your rain boots on. Because monsoon season is coming.”

Rating: 6 stars out of 5 stars

 

[Releast Blast] Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall

Delve into the most eagerly anticipated book in New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly) Immortal Guardians series – available now!

Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians Book #9
Release Date: August 20, 2019

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his
side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary
armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise
against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as
much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will
use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians
have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But
they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his
Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe.
But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild
her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful
immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in
Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that
make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But
Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

 

 

The Immortal Guardians Series:
 

 

About the Author:

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal
Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books
“fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews),
“extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and”wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance
Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and
are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or
Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the
independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit
grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit
DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

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Tour-Wide Giveaway:

1 — $50 Amazon Gift Card
1 — $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 — Immortal Guardian & The Gifted Ones Prize Packs that includes; a Death of
Darkness tote bag, signed paperback copies of Blade of Darkness and Awaken the
Darkness, 13 bookmarks, 13 collector cards, and 5 postcards.

[Blog Tour] Death Of Darkness – Dianne Duvall ~ Promo + Teaser

Delve into the most eagerly anticipated book in New York Times bestselling author
Dianne Duvall’s “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “fast-paced and humorous”
(Publishers Weekly) Immortal Guardians series – available August 20, 2019!

Death of Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Guardians Book #9
Release Date: August 20, 2019

 

Seth has led the Immortal Guardians for thousands of years. With them fighting by his
side, he has protected humans from psychotic vampires, defeated corrupt mercenary
armies, defended military bases under attack, and more. But the latest enemy to rise
against the Immortal Guardians has proven to be a formidable one, wielding almost as
much power as Seth. His goal is simple. He wants to watch the world burn. And he will
use every means at his disposal to accomplish it. Seth and his Immortal Guardians
have succeeded thus far in staving off Armageddon despite heartbreaking losses. But
they have never before faced such danger. Seth has only one wish: to protect his
Immortal Guardians family and ensure the continuation of humanity by defeating his foe.
But then Leah walks into his life and sparks a new desire.

Leah Somerson has suffered losses of her own. It has taken her a long time to rebuild
her life and find some semblance of peace. Then one night a tall, dark, powerful
immortal with what appears to be the weight of the world on his shoulders stumbles into her shop, and everything changes. Peace and contentment are no longer enough. Now she wants more. She wants to find happiness. She wants to erase the darkness in
Seth’s eyes and replace it with love and laughter. She knows he’s different in ways that
make most fear him. Even some of his immortal brethren keep a careful distance. But
Leah will not. Nor will she shy away when danger strikes.

 

The Immortal Guardians Series:

 

About the Author:

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous”  (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and”wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance
Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews, and/or Night Owl Reviews.

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the
independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit
DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

Blog Facebook | Twitter |YouTube Pinterest Goodreads |Google Plus | Instagram 

Tour-Wide Giveaway:
1 — $50 Amazon Gift Card
1 — $25 Amazon Gift Card
1 — Immortal Guardian & The Gifted Ones Prize Packs that includes; a Death of
Darkness tote bag, signed paperback copies of Blade of Darkness and Awaken the
Darkness, 13 bookmarks, 13 collector cards, and 5 postcards.

Mini Reviews #8

The Marked Prince by M.A. Grant (review copy provided by NetGalley)

Color me surprised, but the first book apparently wasn’t a fluke for me, because I liked The Marked Prince just as much and I’m pretty such I still dislike fae themes in other books.

It looks like it is just this series that is the exception and I really don’t know why. Still I really liked The Marked Prince. It was different and kind of dark. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed compared to the pacing of the rest of the book but I at the same time I was kept on my toes while reading it, always wondering if the scene I’m reading at the moment would be the scene where Seb would finally find out the truth.

I will definitely pick up the third book of the series as well, which according to Goodreads is namen The Iron Crown, and I’m quite curious who this book will be about.

Rating: 3,75 stars


Vampire with benefits by E.J. Russell (review copy provided by NetGalley)

I read Vampire with Benefits right after Single White Incubus as I was approved for both of them on NetGalley and while I reviewed the Single White Incubus, I never got around to reviewing this book. Normally I love the fake boyfriend trope and vampire-shifter relationships as well, it’s just that I wasn’t totally a fan of the story overall and I didn’t like the ending. When I compare this with Single White Incubus Vampire with Benefits definitely fell through, the first book was more my style, maybe because vamp-shifter stories are plenty out there but not many incubus stories.
I still liked it enough to finish it though, there were quite some humourous scenes and I liked Rusty and Cas.

Rating: 3 stars



Game Changer by Rachel Reid (Review Copy provided by NetGalley)

After reading the second book of the series recently (which I loved), and not making the connection that Game Changer is the first book in the same series until the very end, I decided to give Game Changer another chance. I actually dnf-ed Game Changer the first time. Back then I wasn’t exactly sure why, but during my second read I figured out the why. It was too sweet and too fast for me and I hated the constant sex scenes. I started skipping them, both times. I usually love all ice hockey stories, because I’m just a sucker for them, but I think in this instance it was a “it’s me, not you”-type of situation. The later half of the book was better than the first half though and the second time around I actually finished it, that does count for something, right?

Rating: 2 stars

Mini Reviews #9


Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert

I tried reading this when I got approved by NetGalley month ago, but I somehow wasn’t in the mood for it, because I put it aside to read something else and apparently never picked it up again. I made up for that by giving it another try today.

But I still wasn’t satisfied by it. The pacing was off – I never thought I would say this, but it was too slow for me -, I felt no chemistry between River and Griffin whatsoever and while I’m normally a big fan of angsty books, this one didn’t do it for me. I liked that the characters weren’t perfect, but they were so damn insecure. It was driving me mad.

I don’t really know why I didn’t like this book. I’ve read probably 15 books by Annabeth Albert prior to Arctic Sun and I enjoyed them all in various degrees, but most of them I rated quite high, none got a 2 star rating though. Arctic Sun is going to get that and be the first Annabeth Albert book that gets one from me. I’m not sure if I will pick up another book of this series. Probably not, maybe Annabeth Albert and I are meant to go our separate ways now, after her books slowly declined for me the more I’ve read. We’ll see.

Rating: 2 stars


Hard Truths by Alex Whitehall

I stumbled over this book on Amazon and it sounded weirdly familiar, so I checked goodreads if I had already read it. No. But it was on my ARC shelf. Apparently I requested this book on NetGalley ages ago, got approved, put the book in my arc folder on my kindle and promptly forgot about it. I finally read it through and I really liked it. The two things that bothered me were the fact that they said “I love you” way too early for my taste – they were dating for two month, but on page we only saw the first two dates, so it felt kind of rushed, even though it wasn’t really – and that immature conflict at the end. That didn’t really do anything for the book, in my opinion. I just pissed me off a little bit. I totally wanted to give Isaac a big long hug after what happened with his parents.
Usually I enjoy my books with a dual first person POV, but wasn’t mad that in this instance it was just a single POV of Isaac’s.

Rating: 3.75 stars


Riot by Tillie Cole

To this date I don’t know what possessed me to request this one on NetGalley. I liked the first book in the series decently enough but quit reading the second one half-way through. I think I requested this way back then, because I was curious about 152 and 901. While I finally read this though, I remembered why I quit reading Reap, because this isn’t really my genre. It’s too crazy, too dark and too violent for me.

So I gave it a try, because I did request it, so I still owe the review for this and I got to about 30%. After that I just couldn’t take it anymore. I won’t rate this book because this is a clear case of “it’s me, not you”. I’m sure lots of people that like this genre, loved this book. It just missed its mark with me. I’m sorry.

Mini Reviews #7

Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant (Review copy provided by NetGalley)

I told a friend about this book after I sent in my request to review it on NetGalley and she was like “what is it about?” and I answered “Fae…”.  Her response was “fae? You hate fae, how come you requested this?” Well, she isn’t wrong, but… the synopsis spoke to me and I had this intense notion to hit that request button.  Let me tell you though, I seriously don’t regret it one bit. This is – I believe – the very first book with fae in it that I like. That is huge!

I loved the whole human and ley lines thing and you might not believe me when I say this but my favourite character was not the human Phineas (called Finn by Roark) but the fae Roark. I loved Roark’s and Finn’s “hate” relationship at the beginning – even though I personally would only describe it as mild dislike – and the slow transformation into more.

This book is definitely a slow burner with lots of… let’s call them… fight scenes and I mean actual fights with fists and magic and not arguments.

I can absolutely see me reading the second book which is about one of Finn’s friends.

Rating: 4 stars


Blood Is Forever by Asta Idonea (Review copy provided by NetGalley)

I’m always intrigued by halflings, characters that are two types of creatures. The main character in this one is vamp/fae and while the synopsis sounded promising, I wasn’t completely sold by it. My main problem was Holden, the main character. He was supposed to be this guy with a hard shell, because he had a rough childhood but he is extremely easily hurt by something a random stranger at that stage in the story said. Also his immediate attraction and obsession with Val was also strange. Also I liked Raoul a lot more with Holden than Val.

I liked the twist and thought that was cool because it was something I wouldn’t have thought would happen.

Nevertheless, even though I had my problems with Holden, I still kind of want to read the next book of this series.

Rating: 2,5 stars


 

[Release Blitz + Review] Unspoken Vow by Eden Finley

Release Date: July 11, 2019

Cover Design: Angsty G

 

Synopsis

 

He’s everything I want but run away from.

There’s a long list of things I don’t handle well:
Change.
Relationships.
Breakups.

But there’s one person above everything else I can’t seem to get a handle on.
Brody Wallace.
In short, he’s perfect. The reality, he scares me.

He’s the opposite of what I usually go for. He’s bigger. Intimidating. He reminds me of someone I’d rather forget.

When I need to find a new place to live, Brody offers me his spare room, but I have no plans on taking him up on the offer. He doesn’t know what happened to me five years ago, and I want to keep it that way.
But with limited options, I find myself outside his apartment holding a full moving box and wondering: How can I do this without exposing the darkest part of my past?

 

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Unspoken Vow was totally different from Unwritten Law, still funny, but it also hurt my heart so much more than Unwritten Law. It just had a different vibe to Unwritten Law. It dealt with anxiety and the struggles Anders had to face and all I wanted to do was hug Anders so so much. Brody was perfect for him, he was patient and kind and just overall lovely.
I loved Unspoken Vow and will definitely reread it – and Unwritten Law – again this year.
Rating: 4,75 stars

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She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF. 

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

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[Cover Reveal] Unspoken Vow by Eden Finley

Release Date: July 11, 2019

Cover Design: Angsty G

Synopsis

𝙃𝙚’𝙨 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙧𝙪𝙣 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢.

There’s a long list of things I don’t handle well:
Change.
Relationships.
Breakups.

But there’s one person above everything else I can’t seem to get a handle on.
𝘉𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘞𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦.
In short, he’s perfect. The reality, he scares me.

He’s the opposite of what I usually go for. He’s bigger. Intimidating. He reminds me of someone I’d rather forget.

When I need to find a new place to live, Brody offers me his spare room, but I have no plans on taking him up on the offer. He doesn’t know what happened to me five years ago, and I want to keep it that way.
But with limited options, I find myself outside his apartment holding a full moving box and wondering: How can I do this without exposing the darkest part of my past?

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Excerpt

My feet carry me across the apartment to Anders’ door, and I knock gently. “Anders?”

There’s a moan and then a curse.

I have no idea what I’m doing or what I’m going to say. Demanding answers isn’t an option, and neither is laying it all out there that I want more.

He still hasn’t opened the door.

I knock louder. “Anders? Are you okay?”

“Uh, hang on,” he calls out.

There’s something in his voice that sounds strained.

His footsteps get closer but then stop, and the door doesn’t budge. I lean in closer to try to hear more, which is when Anders, of course, opens it. I jump back but not fast enough.

He’s bare chested. Breathing hard. His face flushed. His mouth opens. Then closes.

That’s when I notice how poor a job his boxers are doing at hiding the giant erection trying to get free.

“Oh.” My gaze flies to his. “Oh. Umm, right. Okay. I … you know what, it’s not important.” I practically fall over myself trying to turn and get away as fast as I can, because oops. Interrupting a wank session is poor form.

A chuckle comes from behind me. “It’s your fault, you know.”

I spin to face him. “Mine? How?”

Anders closes the gap between us with torturously slow steps. “All I’ve been thinking about is kissing you again.”

I feel his voice all the way to my toes, making them curl into the carpet.

He’s a breath away now, so close I can smell sex on him as if he’s wearing it like cologne.

I want to close the gap. I want to kiss him. My gaze lands on his lips, and I feel my tongue run along my own.

“But we can’t,” he whispers. There’s absolutely no conviction behind it. It sounds more like resigned defeat.

“Why not?” My voice mimics his, low and sexy with a tiny hint of a growl.

Anders takes a step back as if needing space. “My therapist. She said we shouldn’t. Not until …”

“Until?”

“Until I’m ready.”

“I’m guessing you’re not going to be ready in say the next ten seconds?” I ask hopefully.

Anders laughs. “Goddammit.” He rushes me, almost knocking me off my feet as he claims my mouth.

I groan as his tongue meets mine and his hands embrace and cling to me. He pulls me close, and while I’m still so bloody confused, I can’t stop myself from taking it.
Anders murmurs words I can’t understand against my lips, but when he pulls back a tiny bit, no longer assaulting my mouth but still kissing me, I hear, “Why do you have to be so … you?”
He kisses my cheek, the side of my jaw, and my neck, while his impressive cock digs into my side. His lower half rubs against me, and my own cock wants friction, but my head gets stuck on his words.

“What do you mean, why do I have to be me? What’s wrong with being me?”

“I’ve tried everything to make you unsexy in my head. Only, it’s not working. I still go to bed with you on my mind and my hand on my dick.”

His breath is hot on my skin. “I’ve been trying to be good. Trying not to touch you. Trying to forget how good it felt to have your cock in my mouth. I’ve been trying to avoid this. I don’t want to freak out again. But you feel so damn, amazing, Brody.”

He’s moving into rambling territory as he ruts against me, and I throw my head back when our cocks line up through our boxers.

If we keep going like this, we’re no doubt going to fall over.

“Couch,” I croak.

His head snaps back, and he looks me in the eyes. “Couch?”

“Pin me again. Make it so I can’t move from beneath you and take what you need.”

“Brody,” he whines but pushes me towards the couch.

I fall onto my back, but I get a chance to whip my shirt over my head before Anders’ hard body lands on top of me.

I lift my hands above my head, joining them at the wrists.

“Hold me in place,” I encourage. If this is what he needs to get off, I’m more than willing to give it to him.

As much as I’m dying to touch him and hope one day I’ll be able to, this, what we have right here, is more than enough for me.

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About the Author

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff.

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF.

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

Connect with Eden

Newsletter Sign Up: http://bit.ly/2owAsgY

Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/2GMjfag

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[Release Blitz] The Nature of the Game by Amy Aislin + Review

The Nature of the Game by Amy Aislin

Series: Stick Side #2

Book 1 in the Stick Side series, ON THE ICE, is on mega sale at only 99¢ May 6 – 13!

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Publisher: self-published

Release Date (Print & Ebook): May 7, 2019

Length (Print & Ebook): 87,000 words / 330 pages

Subgenre: m/m contemporary romance

Tropes: second chances

Warnings: N/A

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Book synopsis: Six years ago, an ultimatum forced Dan Greyson to make a choice that cost him everything he loved most. One of those things? His boyfriend, hockey player Ashton Yager. Now that they’ve crossed paths again, Dan isn’t about to let the opportunity slip away. Ash’s reappearance in his life is just the catalyst Dan needs to escape the rut he’s fallen into…and win back Ash’s trust and love.

Ashton Yager, once burned and now a little bit shy, didn’t mean to publicly come out as bisexual. But now that he has, he’s got to deal with the consequences, including the fact that it might’ve cost him his NHL contract. With his job on the line, he needs to keep his head down, work hard, and play the best hockey of his life. Rekindling things with Dan? That’s not exactly keeping a low profile. It’s also never going to happen, not after Dan walked away once without an explanation.

When a hurricane forces Ash to seek shelter out-of-state, he and Dan find themselves in the same B&B, where old feelings resurface. But with everything Ash has on the line, does he dare play with fire again?

 

Teaser

What kind of pizza should I get?” he asked. They moved forward in line a few paces, the rain plop, plop, plopping onto the top of the umbrella. It was cozy underneath it. Not uncomfortably so. Dan’s body was warm against his where it brushed against his left side. He was slim and fit with a swimmer’s body—or a runner. His light brown eyes were bright and his curly hair was made even curlier by the damp weather. Curly bordering on frizzy. Cute.

You a meat eater?” Dan asked.

Ash shot him a disbelieving side-eyed glance he hoped conveyed Are you freakin’ kidding me?

Dan grinned. “How about spicy foods?”

A second disbelieving glance.

Then the hot chicken, definitely. Spiced chicken, hot peppers, hot sauce.”

Ash might’ve drooled. “You’re speaking my language.”

I’ll have to make you my Thai chicken curry one day. I learned the recipe from one of my friends at Columbia. She’s an international student from Thailand, so it’s the real deal.”

Columbia.” Ash whistled lowly, impressed. “Fancy.”

Dan’s thin-lipped smile didn’t reach his eyes. “Yeah. Hey, we’re up.”

Don’t talk about school. Got it. Ash wasn’t stupid—he could read body language.

Ash ordered a slice of the hot chicken, Dan got four cheese, and they added on a basket of fries and a basket of mozzarella sticks because they were growing boys and needed it, plus a soft drink each to wash everything down. It was wet everywhere, and the rain was still coming down. Not in sheets, but steadily. They found a bench tucked under a tree just beginning to sprout spring leaves that was a tiny bit less wet than everything else. They perched on the very edge, juggling trays and baskets of food.

Sitting underneath the umbrella, the raindrops cast gentle shadows across Dan’s face, making him appear ethereal and soft. Something tilted in Ash’s chest, making the world fuzzy and sweet.

 


Review

I really, really liked The Nature of the Game and I’m not that big of a fan of second chance novels, but I liked the way it was done here. What normally bothers me, is that the main character forgives too quickly. That isn’t the case here. It was done in a timely manner that seems appropriate to me.
I’m also a big fan of dual POV and ice hockey romance in general. So this book has all the things I like.

I can absolutely recommend The Nature of the Game and also the first book, On the Ice, of this series. Though you can read The Nature of the Game without having to read On the Ice.

Rating: 4 stars


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Amy started writing on a rainy day in fourth grade when her class was forced to stay inside for recess. Tales of adventures with her classmates quickly morphed into tales of adventures with the characters in her head. Based in the suburbs of Toronto, Amy is a marketer/fundraiser at a large environmental non-profit in Toronto by day, and a writer by night. Book enthusiast, animal lover and (very) amateur photographer, her interests are many and varied, including travelling, astronomy, ecology, and baking. She binge watches too much anime, and loves musical theater, Julie Andrews, the Backstreet Boys, and her hometown of Oakville, Ontario.

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[Cover Reveal] Blindsided by Eden Finley

Release Date: March 20, 2019

Cover Design: Kellie Dennis / Book Cover by Design

 

Synopsis

 

𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫:

When Talon left to play pro ball six years ago, the hole in my chest confused me. I focused my heartache into making my own NFL dreams come true, and by the time I was drafted, the longing I had for my best friend was buried deep.

Now he wants everything to be like it was in college, but we can’t have threesomes and be reckless like we once were. The media storm would be enough to break both our careers.

That’s not my biggest concern though. The torch I had for him burns brighter after so long apart, and there’s nothing I can do about it. Marcus Talon is straight.

I need to stay away from him.

𝐓𝐚𝐥𝐨𝐧:

Years ago, Miller and I made a pact that we’d win a Super Bowl together. When I’m offered a position on his team in Chicago, I don’t hesitate. I move across the country to chase a dream that’s a decade old.

Only, now that I’m here, he’s avoiding me every chance he gets. If he was anyone else, I’d cut my losses.

But this is Shane Miller—the guy who makes everything better just by existing in my universe. The guy I’d do anything for. The guy who’s more to me than a brother, a friend, or even a teammate.

I’m not going to let him get away.

 

 

 

Excerpt

 

“God, I wish I was there,” Miller says. His solemn face fills my phone screen, and I wish he was here too.
“Here?” I croak. “Why?”
Scenarios run through my head of what Miller could do if he were here right now, and not one of them is PG-rated.
“Why do you think? I’m going batshit and my leg is messed up. I wanna be back on the field.”
Ah, he’s still talking about football. Duh.
“I’ll get you there,” I promise.
“You’re really going to spend your off season training me? Shouldn’t you be taking a jersey chaser or two to a sex island?”
I perk up. “There are sex islands? Think we could recondition there?”
“On second thought, I don’t think you should be let loose on a sex island. You’d probably forget to do important things like eat and drink water, and then you’d die of dehydration.”
“Like those animals who literally fuck themselves to death?”
“What?” I ask.
“There are these rat-looking things from Australia. The males literally stop eating so they can have sex until they die. Something about their need to keep their gene pool going.”
“I shouldn’t be shocked about your weird knowledge of animal sex, but I am.”
“Just trying to find my spirit animal.” I sigh. “Although lately I’m more like a panda. If I go much longer without sex, I’ll forget how to do it.”
Why my brain thinks that’s a good idea to tell Miller, I have no idea. Maybe I’m fishing for him to agree with me or maybe I want him to know that I’m not fucking around with anyone else. Not that I’m fucking around with him either.
“Aww, how long has it been? A few days? A week?” He smiles but there’s something in it that makes me think he’s gritting his teeth while he does.
“Try months. That night … with you and those two girls. That’s the last time I …” I wave my hand in a you know what I’m trying to say gesture.
“Holy shit, how are you surviving? And what about your pregame ritual?”
“The new calluses on my hands aren’t from throwing footballs.”
Miller cracks up laughing, and something inside me breaks. What it is, I don’t know, but it’s like charging the field at the beginning of a game. It’s a touchdown in the last minute. It’s putting that championship ring on for the first time. It’s … everything.
“Shane,” I say, my voice coarse.
His eyes flick to mine through the small screen, and his laughter dies.
My confession is a whisper. “I chickened out.”
Miller’s brow furrows. “Chickened out of what?”
“This. FaceTiming you.”
Miller looks like he’s trying to decide to mock me or let me off the hook. I beat him to talking so he can do neither.
“I’ve wanted to. You have no idea how much.”
His expression softens. “I think I have a fair idea. I wasn’t calling you on your bluff or taunting you.” He lowers his voice and whispers, “I wanted it. I want this.”
Miller’s gaze burns so hot I expect my phone to overheat. How I’ve never seen him this way before now is confusing, but not really when I dissect it.
I uprooted my whole life for him. Moved to Chicago to be near him. All because I missed what I had with him, which up until recently, I thought was just a solid friendship.
Friends don’t give up what I did just so they can see their college buddy again. That’s illogical. That doesn’t stop me from trying to make sense of it. And to make sense of it, I need to do something I’ve been putting off. For fear of rejection, fear of discovering some unknown truth that’s always been a part of me, I don’t know. But I do know Miller doesn’t scare me. Doing this with Miller doesn’t scare me.
“Take your shirt off,” I rasp.
“Talon—”
“Take. Your. Shirt. Off.”

 

 

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About the Author

 

Eden Finley is an Amazon bestselling author who writes steamy contemporary romances that are full of snark and light-hearted fluff. 

She doesn’t take anything too seriously and lives to create an escape from real life for her readers. The ideas always begin with a wackadoodle premise, and she does her best to turn them into romances with heart.

With a short attention span that rivals her five-year-old son’s, she writes multiple different pairings: MM, MMF, and MF. 

She’s also an Australian girl and apologises for her Australianisms that sometimes don’t make sense to anyone else.

 

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