Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Release Day Blitz ~ Love Letters by Anyta Sunday

Release Day Blitz ~ Love Letters by Anyta Sunday

Admiring Ash
Series (name + # in series):  Love Letters #1
Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook): 41600 words / 222 pages
Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance
(Link will be live July 31st)

Book blurb:
A is for Ash Heartford.
Adorable, strong, and independent.
Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister.
Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news.
Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in.
Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart?
A is for Admiring Ash.
Tropes: Slow burn, virgin, one true love, happily ever after, related but not, hurt/comfort, forbidden love
Themes: Sudden inheritance, broken family, insta-dad  
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Begging Ben
Series (name + # in series): Love Letters #2
Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018
Length (Print & Ebook): 41000 words / 220 pages
Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance
Direct Link:
(Link will be live July 31st)

Book blurb:
B is for Ben Spengler.
Brilliant. Bashful. Burned.
Brimming with desire for his BFF Landon, who is beyond compare.
But they aren’t the same Ben and Landon anymore. Not after what Landon did. And didn’t do.
Bitter about his unrequited love.
Bound by a night of drunken promises.

Will the chemistry between them change, or will Ben break first?
B is for Begging Ben.
Tropes: Pretend boyfriend, friends to lovers, virgin, brother-like, jealousy
Themes: Science, geek, alcohol induced oblivion
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Challenging Chance

Series (name + # in series): Love Letters #3

Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 32000 words / 182 pages

Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance

(Link will come live July 31st)

Book blurb:

C is for Chance Roosevelt-Sutton.
Chiseled jaw. Smug attitude. Wild ways.
Chained to his ego—or so everyone thinks. Except his personal assistant, Brook. He knows better.
Chance is challenged to make his father happy for once, but he needs Brook’s help.
Choosing honesty is too risky, so instead they choose secrecy.
Choked by their pasts, they dream of a better life . . . and
Charm each other into submission.

Will their pasts ruin what they have, or will they grow together?

C is for Challenging Chance.

Tropes: Alpha male, millionaire bad boy, athlete, help/comfort
Themes: Basketball, coming out
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

Series blurb:
Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.
Greenville has them all.
A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low.
Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers.
Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found.
Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.
Welcome to Greenville. Come for the sexy boys. Stay for the HEA.

Admiring Ash Teaser:
Who was this River? What was he doing here, unless . . .
Ash narrowed his eyes. Attractive and charming. Hadn’t his sister mentioned she was crushing on a local college guy? “Oh, fuck me. You’ve knocked up my sister, haven’t you?”
All playfulness evaporated as Ash catalogued River from head to toe. Would Ash be spending the next twenty years raising a kid that resembled this man? Would that kid grow up—like all the Heartfords—addicted to love? Raising fatherless children? Obsessed with falling for men, believing, every time that this one was the one?
He’d hoped he and Danielle would kick the tradition.  
He almost punched the stunningly sculpted man in the mouth.  

Begging Ben Teaser :
“What do you want from a real marriage?”
Ben paused, clawing back the “you” desperately trying to escape him. Not Landon. He was over that. “I want to have someone who supports me, and vice versa. I want conversations and shared interests. I want common goals, my husband and I, a team. Us against the world. I want to be so close to him that I can guess what he is thinking. I want a man who sees I have failures and flaws but loves me anyway. Who has a fantastic sense of humor and finds joy laughing at the silly things. And . . . .”
Ben couldn’t hold Landon’s deeply curious gaze. “I want to be his first choice. Not a backup when the guy he really wants doesn’t want him back.”
The silence that followed felt thick and taut, and Ben struggled to breathe.
Landon sat back with a determined stare toward the road. He licked his bottom lip and his hand rested on the wheel, thumb tapping. “You deserve all that, Ben. That and more.”

Challenging Chance Teaser:
Clenching the folder tightly against his chest, Brook kicked up a half smile. “I know you are a playboy, and charmingly faulted,” he said. “Didn’t think you’d be sexist too.”
Chance slung the towel around his neck, stretching it taut by pulling the ends. “There you have it,” he said. “I’m all those things.”
He sounded cocky, but the follow-up swallow and downward glance had Brook pausing. The glimpse of vulnerability quickly vanished as Chance strode off the court.
Brook hustled after him, matching his long stride easily since Chance was only a hair taller.
“I can do the job as good as anyone,” he said. “I’ll be at your beck and call, whenever you need me. Most importantly, I’ll keep my mouth shut.”
Chance abruptly stopped and whisked around. “What do you mean you’ll keep your mouth shut?”
“Public intoxication, public indecency, driver’s license revoked two years ago for accumulating too many fines. None of it is my business. I’ll help you navigate whatever paperwork comes with it, of course. But outside you and me? My lips are sealed.”
He would never blurt Chance’s mistakes in a crowded café. Though he’d been grateful to overhear the ex-PA, he didn’t condone being unprofessional and blabbing about an employer’s affairs.
Everyone made mistakes. They didn’t need those mistakes defining them.

Admiring Ash

3.75 Stars 

While I liked Ash and River, it took me a long time, almost to the end of the story, before I connected with them or even found any chemistry between them. Truthfully, I love Ms. Sunday’s stories, but something about this story felt off. It just didn’t quite work for me.

The characters felt a bit awkward and a lot younger than they actually were. The story is pretty well-written for the most part, but some of the scene changes didn’t flow as smoothly as they could have.

I loved River and my heart absolutely broke for him. Lester was such an important person in his life and it was so sad that he lost him. River was so sweet and willing to do anything to help Ash in any way he could. Ash, well, I loved him, as well, and my heart went out to him for all the suffering he’d been through. I had so much respect for him. He worked so hard to give his sister as mush as he could, but I was also a bit confused by him, mostly by his sexuality and if his sister was even aware of his attraction to men. It’s never really clearly stated and it was all a bit confusing.

While I liked the story itself and the characters were both lovable, I just didn’t connect with them. I think this is a case of it’s me and not the book and I’m sure many will love the story. While not my favorite, definitely recommendable!

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

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Begging Ben 

4.75 Stars 

I absolutely loved this story. I really liked Ben and Landon when I met them in Admiring Ash, and although I seriously wanted to knock their heads together at times, well okay, I mostly wanted to knock some sense into Landon, I still absolutely loved them.

I adored the premise of the story and once Landon and Ben gave into their attraction, well, sparks flew and they practically set my kindle on fire!

The story is well-written and although Landon’s twin brother, River and his boyfriend Ash, the main characters from the first book, are featured throughout, this can definitely be read as a standalone, although I did enjoy somewhat knowing what was happening when I first started the story.

Begging Ben was well-written and easy to read. It flowed well, and was a sweet, funny and a bit of an angsty read with an amazingly swoon-worthy ending. While definitely satisfying, I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Ben and Landon yet, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of them in the future. Very recommendable!

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

Challenging Chance

3.5 Stars

Challenging Chance is book 3 of the Love Letters series and can be read as a standalone.

Let me start by saying, I'm a huge fan of Ms. Sunday's books, unfortunately, while I found Brook adorable and I just wanted him to find his HEA, I didn't like Chance until the last 10% or so of this book.

As I said, Brook was totally adorbs. He was flawed, but he was trying to atone for what he did and make a life for both him and his awesome grandma, who I loved to pieces. Now, Chance was the typical poor rich boy, well, man, I guess, although you wouldn't have guessed. He was very immature, trying to emulate his younger brother and make his father proud with no success and hiding who he was from everyone, including himself, so he wouldn't lose his monthly stipend. The way he would throw money so his so-called friends would like him was sad and I just wanted to shake him and make him see how he was wasting his life. They had chemistry, yes, but I truly couldn't see what Brook saw in Chance, especially since Brook had to force a couple of things for Chance to actually see how badly he was messing up his life.

Overall, while not my favorite of Anyta Sunday's books, it may be a case of this not being the story for me, and you might feel differently, so try it out, it might work for you.

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

About Anyta Sunday:
A bit about me: I'm a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love.
Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries.
I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy.
My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.

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