Saturday, July 28, 2018

Release Blitz; Heart by K.M. Neuhold & Nora Phoenix (Reviews + Excerpt)

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RELEASE DATE: 07.24.18

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Some people might look down on being a porn star, but to me, this job has been a salvation. It’s the only one that didn’t turn me away after learning about my criminal record. After being screwed over by my ex, I vowed to never let another man close, but when my sweet, nerdy friend Mason asks for my help improving his skills in the bedroom, I can’t resist. And then there’s my gorgeous yet grumpy parole officer who has made it his mission to save me. They both seem determined to test my resolve, and it’s getting harder and harder to remind myself why it’s so dangerous to trust.

When it comes to me, awkward nerd is an understatement. I’d rather spend my nights and weekends gaming and coding than socializing. When I somehow stumble into not only a friends with benefits situation with a freaking porn star, but also land a date with a drool-worthy parole officer, I’m certain I’m in over my head. Can I manage to keep from getting my heart shattered if these two figure out they’re better off together than with a klutzy dork like me in the middle?

I’ve always had a weakness for nerds, so when I score a date with uber-cute Mason, I’m over the moon. The only problem is that I can’t seem to get a certain bad boy porn star out of my head…and he’s a freaking client. Dating him is against all the rules, but when I find out Mason and Heart know each other, I find myself in an unexpected threesome. My predictable life turns to chaos, but in the end, it may just be worth it.

Heart - different with Mason
Mason - kiss scene


“So...about that kiss?”

Lucky smiles and gives my hand a squeeze before letting it go.

“I’ll go,” I offer, making a move to skirt around them and keep heading toward my car. Heart’s first kiss with Lucky should be special, they don’t need me standing here making it weird.

“No,” they both say at the same time.

“I want you here. This isn’t just about me and Lucky, or you and me. I want you to be part of this.”

I nod and shuffle my feet, not sure if I should stay standing right next to Heart or give them a little space. Heart makes the decision for me by grabbing my arm and pulling me close. Then he turns his attention back to Lucky and bats his eyes suggestively. Lucky chuckles and cups Heart’s face, tilting it up and running his thumb along Heart’s bottom lip.

A little jolt of anticipation prickles along my skin as if I’m the one about to be kissed. I smile and hold my breath, my eyes fixed on their faces as they inch closer, both captivated by the moment.

Heart seems to be holding his breath as well, his eyes fluttering closed as Lucky’s nose bumps against his. Lucky’s lips hover a few inches from Heart’s, his decent on hold as he seems to savor the moment. Heart’s lips part and he drags in a ragged breath before fisting the front of Lucky’s shirt and dragging him in to close the gap between their mouths. Lucky chuckles but it’s muffled against Heart’s lips and it quickly turns to a moan.

Their lips move together and I can’t tell who’s leading or if they’re battling for control, all I know is it’s unbelievably hot to watch their tongues slide together, their lips crashing and parting over and over. Heart’s hand squeezes mine tight like he’s afraid I’ll run away if he lets go. Fat chance I’m going anywhere with a scene like this playing out right in front of me.

When they finally part, they’re both dragging in panting breaths, lips damp and swollen, and cheeks pink.

“Wow,” Heart mutters and Lucky smiles smugly. “Do I get a kiss from you too, sweetie?” Heart asks after the daze from Lucky’s kiss seems to fade.

“I’m not sure I can follow that.” I force a laugh, nerves fluttering in my stomach. I’ve kissed Heart plenty, but after the way Lucky just kissed him, I’m sure I’ll pale in comparison.

“Don’t be silly.” Heart yanks me forward without giving me further chance to protest.

His lips are just as hot and sweet against mine as they always are, but this time there’s the hint of Lucky’s flavor on his mouth as well, and it makes my cock harder than it’s ever been. Heart coaxes my tongue into his mouth and tangles his fingers in my hair, turning the kiss deep and greedy. When he releases me, Lucky is watching us with heat in his eyes.

5 stars
My love for this series grows with every word I devour. When I read book one I wasn’t sure if I would like it but I had it read in a matter of hours and steamrolled right into book 2 and once Tank was done, I had withdrawals, I needed more Ballsy Boys. Thank god, we didn't have to wait months.

I felt an instant kinship with Mason with as clumsy and introverted he is, I saw myself reflected in just about every action he made (except gaming and coding, couldn’t do either to save my life.) I love that with Heart and Lucky his confidence slowly begins to grow.
With Lucky, I loved that he had morals and that even though he felt one thing he knew he couldn’t act on it and unlike some people he stuck to that. He is literally so good for both men, patient and kind and I do not have enough words to describe how much I love him.
Heart makes my heart hurt because of what he has been through but the fact that he didn’t turn around and become this horrible person makes me just wanna hug him and never let go.

The Ballsy Boys as a group just make me happy with how much of a family they are even if some are hiding secrets. If these books were based anywhere else I don’t think it would work as well as it does with sunny L.A.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

3 Stars

I was so excited for this 3rd installment of the Ballsy Boys series. I loved Rebel and Tank. The throuple theme of this book seemed very intriguing. While the plot was interesting and the storyline was well paced, I, unfortunately, could not connect with the main characters.

Very inexperienced, very naive, and extremely insecure Mason… I just did not find him relatable and there were times he was just kind of off-putting, which is probably the exact opposite of what the authors intended. I think they meant for him to be considered cute and adorable, but I just found him too uncomfortable in his own skin that it was difficult to read at times. Fortunately, near the end of the book, he seemed to come out of his shell.

Straight-laced Lucky… He was certainly likable enough. There seemed to be aspects of his past that were left unexplored. I felt like I wanted to know more about him.

Oh, how I fell in love with Heart... He is definitely the star of this one. His past is heart-breaking and he’s so beautifully broken… Seeing him open up, little by little to his men was endearing on a deep level.

Their relationship was almost unbelievable. While an ex-Marine/current parole officer (Lucky) who wants a committed, deep relationship and the ex-hooker/current porn star (Heart) who wants nothing to do with relationships doesn’t make a lot of sense, the dichotomy of their pasts and current mindsets makes for a great storyline in and of itself. And the story went there somewhat, but the authors didn’t really dig into the potential tension there except as insecurities on everyone’s part.

But then throw either of these characters with Mason and I just go huh??? Not only does he not seem to make sense with either of these guys individually, but it boggled my mind how this super inexperienced and insecure boy would embrace such an unconventional relationship like a throuple. Talk about going from 0 to 60… There was literally no tension or hesitation on his part with respect to entering such an unconventional relationship. Having said that, I would’ve expected some hesitation or reluctance from the parole officer, Lucky, too, but nope…

On the plus side, it was great getting glimpses of my other Ballsy Boy faves like Rebel and Pixie. I sure hope the next book features Pixie and Bear (please, please, please)!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requiremen
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When she was a little tot, Nora’s mom got a library subscription for her. That, as they say, was that, and a lifelong love for books was born. Nora never stopped reading and doesn’t exaggerate when she says she devours books, rather than plain reads them. She started writing stories as soon as she could hold a pen, and wrote her first full book as a teen (on a typewriter!). It took her waaaay too long to follow her dream to become a romance author.
Nora writes M/M romance, because hello, sexy boys, and likes her men flawed, strong, and a tad broken. She appreciates a little kink, but insists on a happy ever after.
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I'm an author of m/m and new adult romance. I have a strong passion for writing characters with a lot of heart and soul, and a bit of humor as well.


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