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Release Blitz & Review ~ Too Good at Goodbyes by RC Boldt

Title: Too Good at Goodbyes
Author: RC Boldt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 29, 2019
Blurb
First Top 40 hit at age seventeen? My first tabloid breakup scandal quickly followed. 
Earned my first Grammy? Discovered Mommy Dearest was embezzling my money. 
Landed a leading role in a movie? My fiancé called off our engagement the next day.
I might have a multi-million-dollar recording contract, a sold-out world tour, and more money in the bank than I ever imagined, but every time I hit a milestone in my career, my personal life suffers.
Then in steps my new bodyguard, rugged and with a past I connect with. The closer we get, the more powerful my feelings grow, complicating our professional relationship.
I thought Kane would be different. I hoped he’d be the one man to stand by my side, undaunted by the fame and attention that trails me. 
The press calls me the “Ice Princess of Pop” because of my unyielding façade throughout heartbreak and betrayal. Perhaps it’s time to show
them the real me. 
With every syllable, I pour out my emotions and allow them to puddle, forming lyrics from my soul’s breath. And with each word, my broken heart cries out for Kane, begging him to help me break this pattern.
To help me stop being so damn good at goodbyes.
Purchase Links
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Excerpt
Copyright @2019 by RC BOLDT

SIMONE

Present Day

The Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Gardens, Florida

Facing what’s estimated to be over sixty-seven thousand
people with my favorite guitar strapped snug against me, I prepare to sing my
final song.

Standing up here in front of thousands of fans is second
nature. I performed in countless dive bars before breaking onto the scene and
securing my first record deal, then moving on to sold-out world tours. Which
means I shouldn’t have sweaty palms like a preteen working up the nerve to talk
to her crush.

My heart shouldn’t be racing like a horse competing in the
Kentucky Derby.

My stomach shouldn’t churn as though I’ve eaten ceviche from
a questionable food truck.

Tremors shouldn’t affect my hands like a virgin embarking on
their deflowering.

None of this should be afflicting me. But it is.

Because of him.

Because of the current state of my heart.

But this is how I deal with heartache. With tragedy. With…life.

“This is a little different, and I hope you like it,” I rasp
into the mic. Noise from the cheering fans is deafening, and like every time I
perform, the surreal quality never quite fades.

Tonight marks the first time I’ll share a song I wrote about
someone who eviscerated my heart entirely. My other relationships—and
subsequent failures—pale in comparison.

It’s no secret that love and broken hearts inspire great
songwriting. With regard to the latter, it’s never hard to find someone
mourning an unrequited love, suffering heartache, or wishing they’d find their
own glorified everlasting love.

But have you noticed when male musicians write about it,
they’re never on the receiving end of the snide, sarcastic comments of, “Oh,
poor thing. He’s rich and famous and can’t find love. Boo-freaking-hoo.”?

Yet when I write lyrics that are the closest thing to
ripping out my heart and putting it on display for the world, I receive the
“She’s probably selfish and put her career first” or “She probably cheated, and
now she’s regretting it” or “Mm. So sad. The Ice Princess of Pop is
heartbroken.”

My response? Fuck that noise. I’m writing from my heart and
soul, regardless of how damaged they might be at any given time. And as long as
my fans continue to support me, I’m going to keep on keepin’ on.

“I’d like to dedicate this song to a special person.” I duck
my chin, willing myself to maintain composure. “It’s called ‘Embers.’”

Once I strum the first note on my guitar, everything around
me fades. My voice emerges from the shards scattered within my chest where my
working heart once was.

When I play that final chord, I see tears streaming down the
faces of the fans in the front rows. And yet again, I’m reminded of something
all too easily forgotten. That there are others who can relate to lyrics
written from my soul’s breath.

Because in heartache, we’re never truly alone.
Author Bio
RC Boldt
currently lives on the southeastern coast of the U.S., enjoys long walks on the
beach, running, reading, people watching, and singing karaoke. If you’re in the
mood for some killer homemade mojitos, can’t recall the lyrics to a particular
80’s song, or just need to hang around a nonconformist who will do almost
anything for a laugh, she’s your girl.
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5 “North” Stars (you’ll understand once you read)

Last year, I found a book called The Good Samaritan by RC Boldt and it was my favorite book of the year. I loved it so much. So when I saw the same author had another book coming out, I was all over it!

Simone King is the Taylor Swift of the world – mega successful pop star with a string of bad relationships under her belt.  She’s been dubbed the Ice Princess of Pop thanks to the media – despite being anything but. When her head of security gets married, she sends him on a three month honeymoon and is replaced by Kane Windham, swoon worthy southern gentleman.

Kane and Simone start off being completely professional. Kane is coming off a broken heart and Simone decides she’s done with men. Their relationship develops naturally over the course of a few months. Kane stands up for Simone to the paparazzi (to her dismay). He defends and protects her at all costs. All while falling hard.

This is a simple story of two people who meet and fall in love. They face obstacles along the way but learn to overcome. There are also some pretty awesome songs in this book as well.

I really loved both these characters. They were both so real.  I was sucked into this story and instantly loved both Simone and Kane. Ms. Boldt has a way of writing characters that I just can’t get enough of.

There are so many great things about this story, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I loved it and can’t wait to read more of what Ms. Boldt has to offer in the future.

 

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Book Review – Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Catching Him (How to Catch an Alpha #1)

 

Title: Catching Him
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

Leah Emerson isn’t looking for a man—she’s looking for the right man. But her mother’s idea of a great catch leaves her cold, and she’s pretty sure her cocky, arrogant, and way too good-looking new neighbor isn’t the one either. If only her wayward cat would stop jumping through his window, she could get on with her life.

Tyler Duncan moved into town for a new job, not to fall in love. But he always goes after the things he wants in life with steadfast determination…and he wants Leah Emerson. He wants her smiles, he wants her touch, and he definitely wants her in bed.

Unfortunately, someone else wants Leah—in the worst way. Now Tyler’s on a mission to protect the woman he’s falling in love with while proving he’s worth falling for, and Leah must decide whether Tyler is a catch worth catching…

Review

I’ve read a bunch of books by Aurora Rose Reynolds, and I’ve come to expect a certain type of male character from her – alpha, mainly; so I was excited to read this new book from her, but unfortunately, the hero wasn’t really as alpha as I hoped (not really at all).

Tyler Duncan is new to town, and his neighbor, Leah Emerson, has a cat that likes to escape – right into his house! Imagine Tyler’s surprise when he finds a half-naked woman in his house looking for her cat. They don’t exactly get off on the right foot, but that is quickly corrected when Tyler’s dog, Bruce, takes a liking to Leah and keeps escaping to go to her house!

Leah and Tyler form a friendship at first. One that involves their pets (a plot line which I absolutely loved). Leah comes home to find Bruce waiting for her. She falls for Bruce, and vice versa. It’s really cute. At the same time, Leah and Tyler start spending more time together, and you can guess what happens next.

As is typical in an ARR story, there are great characters. While Tyler wasn’t as alpha as I hoped he would be, he was still a really great character. He was very protective of his sister, while at the same time dealing with an overbearing mom.

Leah was a tough character (in a good way). She stood up for herself and for others when she had too. She was a cool aunt to her nephews and had a few close friends she looked out for. I loved that she was really close with her family. That’s one of my favorite character traits (notice my Top Ten Tuesday reference there?).

The story itself was a bit predictable, but it was still enjoyable, and I would recommend it. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

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Axel by Samantha Whiskey

Axel (Carolina Reapers #1)

 

Title: Axel
Author: Samantha Whiskey
Rating: 4 1/2 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Unlimited

 

Goodreads Summary

The NHL’s been at my door since I was 18. 
But I’d never leave the Swedish Hockey League— 
Not while raising my little brother. 
But now he’s grown and the Carolina Reapers show up with my greatest weakness: 
Langley Pierce, their new head of PR. 

I’ve never been able to say no to her. 
She’s fierce, independent, and the sexiest woman I’ve ever met. 
She also has a stubborn streak wider than my entire country. 

One comment from her smart mouth about never dating again, and I propose. 

No, really, I actually propose: 
A six-month marriage contract in exchange for signing with the Reapers. 
I want to date this woman so badly that I’m going to marry her first. 
I’ll use each day to show her how a queen should be treated. 

Our wedding day started a countdown I’m powerless to stop, 
And the faster the months fly, the harder I fall. 
She’s sworn she’ll never choose a man over her career, 
And I promised never to ask her to. 
Until I’m forced to. 

How can we move forward when we started this whole thing backwards? 
If I can’t convince her this marriage is anything but fake— 
The next document we sign will crush us both. 

Review

This is book #3 with the title of Axel in my list, and this one may be the best!!

Axel is a hockey player in the Swedish hockey league, who has NO interest in going to America to play in the NHL. His younger brother, Tage, whom he has raised, is in Sweden. That all changes when he sees Langley Pierce step off an airplane with an offer.

Langley is the PR person for the Carolina Reapers, and they send her to Sweden to try to convince Axel to come to America and join their expansion team. Turns out Axel and Langley had met a year before, and Axel is seriously smitten with her. He tells Langley he will come to America and play for the Reapers – if she will marry him for 6 months.

Langley was a likable character, but to be honest, her insecurities got a little old after a while. She had a rough childhood, with a mom who cared more about the men in her life than her daughter. Langley also had a boyfriend break up with her because she was way too devoted to her job. She doesn’t like to give up control.

But Axel. Good god, this man. I freaking adored him. He was SO good to Langley. He went into the marriage with every intention of making Langley fall in love with him. I sure fell in love with his character. He was kind, sweet, loving and incredibly loyal. I can’t say enough good things about him.

I really enjoyed the beginning of this new hockey series and I’m excited to read more. I would highly recommend this book.

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Crazy Sexy Love by K.L. Grayson

Crazy Sexy Love (Dirty Dicks #1)

Title: Crazy Sexy Love
Author: K.L. Grayson
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Kindle Freebie

 

 

Goodreads Summary

Three-time world champion bull rider Rhett Allen has never been afraid to get his hands dirty. Hard work, sweat, and determination have gotten him where he is today—and that’s holed up in a hospital room, wondering how he let that damn bull buck him off. He’s also wondering why he thought it was a good idea to let his twin brother talk him into returning home to heal.

Rhett has a million reasons to come home to Heaven, Texas, and only one reason to stay away. That reason comes in the form of a sweet and feisty girl who stole his heart long before he ever thought to give it away. The only problem…that girl has turned into a stunning woman.

Monroe Gallagher is downright sexy with more curves than County Line Road. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, six years since he’s felt any form of peace, and six years since she gripped his heart in her delicate little hands and squeezed the life out of it. The longer he’s in Heaven, the more he starts to realize that the heart she took from him—the one she crushed into a million pieces—she also never gave back.

Review

I haven’t read a book about a bull rider before, so this was kind of appealing to me.  This is also a second chance romance, which is one of my favorite tropes. It added up to a good story.

Rhett was a tough guy. I think to be a bull rider, you have to be. He gets injured riding a bull and has to take a break, so he returns home to Heaven, Texas, where the girl who trampled his heart lives.

Monroe is an interesting character. I loved her because of her love of animals – she runs a no-kill shelter.  She’s taking care of her father, who is ill, and puts the animals and her father ahead of herself. This part of story was a bit annoying. She’s a young woman not living her life, and nobody stepped up and told her “hey, live your life”. When Brett comes back into the picture, he finally does that, but I found it a little irritating that nobody else was able to do it before him.

Mo and Rhett had some great chemistry, and there are a slew of interesting characters that will get their own books (which I want, but realize I read one already).

If you love second chance, small town romances, this book is for you.

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Legend by Sawyer Bennett

Legend (Arizona Vengeance, #3)

Title: Legend
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

Goodreads Summary

Everything is clicking for the Vengeance. We may be new, but we’re well on our way to winning the championship, and I’m having the time of my life headlining the sports media as the hottest goalie—hell, player—ever. I for one am going to live up to my name . . . because I am Legend Bay.

Dragging my ass home from the gym, I’m blinded by some gaudy, glowing holiday lights. As usual, my hot-as-hell neighbor Pepper Nantais has gone way over the top. But just as I’m about to tell her off, something else catches my eye . . . Seems like Santa left me a present, and not one I was expecting.

As life takes an unexpected turn, I realize that there’s much more to Pepper than meets the eye. Sure, she’s gorgeous. And exasperating. And her taste in decorating may be a bit . . . unique.

But beneath her carefree demeanor is a fierce determination and a heart of gold. And before I know it I’ve fallen for her. Hard . . .

Pepper is exactly the woman I never knew I needed.

Review

The third book in the Arizona Vengeance series is by far my favorite!

Legend Bay is the goalie on the team, and lives next door to a woman he finds infuriating, Pepper Nantais. She has a very unique decorating style, which Legend finds incredibly horrifying. They fight like cats and dogs (mostly because of Legend), but that all changes the next Legend finds a surprise on his doorstep.

Once Legend is faced with this unexpected turn of events, Pepper is right there for him, every single step of the way.

Pepper is an amazing character. She was so strong but had the biggest heart. You couldn’t help but root for her. Legend grew up really fast and was a cool guy. He seemed a bit older than he was, but not in a bad way. You really rooted for him in the book.

I love the Vengeance guys. I really wish Tacker’s story was next, but I’m excited for Dax’s. Should be good:)

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Erik by Sawyer Bennett

Erik (Arizona Vengeance, #2)

Title: Erik
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

 

 

Goodreads Summary

I’m having the time of my life with my new brothers on the Arizona Vengeance. We may be an expansion team, but after notching some big wins, the entire league knows to watch out for Erik Dahlbeck. That’s me.

The only person who doesn’t seem to think I’m so great? Blue Gardner, the hot-as-f*** flight attendant on our team plane. I sure wouldn’t mind joining the mile-high club with her, but besides bringing me lukewarm coffee, she won’t give me the time of day. Whatever I did to rub Blue the wrong way, my teammates think it’s hilarious. After all, we’re used to women flocking to us. #puckbunnies

When I run into Blue back on land, I’m shocked to learn how she spends her time off: taking care of her handicapped brother. There are layers to this girl I never imagined, layers I can’t wait to peel away. And that’s a new feeling for me.

But first I’ve got to find a way to melt that ice-cold stare. Because as much as I try to pretend I don’t care what Blue thinks of me, how can you not care when you’re falling for someone?

Review

I LOVE hockey romances. Book two in Sawyer Bennett’s new Arizona Vengeance series picks up right where book one ends off. 

Erik Dahlbeck is a defender on the Vengeance. He has a crush on Blue Gardner, one of the team flight attendants (on the team private plane), but Blue won’t give him the time of day. Once he finds out why, he’s pretty bummed, but it has a good, positive influence on Erik.

Blue is taking care of a handicapped brother. He’s all she has and she feels very protective of him. Her brother, Billy, lives in a home, but she goes to visit him all the time. Once Blue finally forgives Erik and they form a friendship, part of that is Billy, and I have to say, Erik is great with him. I loved this aspect of the story.

I love the Vengeance guys. There is a lot of build up to Legend’s story, which is next and it’s going to be good!!!

Overall, this was a good story and I would recommend.

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Game on by Kelly Jamieson

Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)

Title: Game On
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance
Where I got it: Public Library

 

Goodreads Summary

Cam Brickley and his pro hockey teammates bet on everything: who can win five faceoffs in a row, who can do forty pushups in less than a minute, who can eat a ghost pepper without puking. But when his buddies bet him he can’t date the same woman—like, say, the hot blonde over at the bar—for two months and not fall in love, he’ll take that bet all day. Then he’ll laugh all the way to the hockey arena, where they’ll be washing his jock straps for the rest of the season, because Cam’s never giving up his bachelor lifestyle.

Olivia Lockwood, heiress to the Lockwood Industries fortune, is used to people using her for her money and family connections. When Cam Brickley hits on her in a club, Olivia’s first instinct is to brush him off. But he couldn’t be using her for her money, since he has more than enough of his own. Cam’s gorgeous and built, and it would be no hardship to go out with him . . . besides, he’d be the perfect spokesperson for the children’s charity she works with. Maybe it’s time for her to start using people.

Cam and Olivia are both in it for something. What they don’t know yet is that they’re playing for keeps.

Review

I LOVE hockey romances. I’m not sure why; oh, yeah, because I LOVE hockey. Add to that this book took place in Chicago (my town) and added a lot of actual Chicago history and landmarks, and I’m sold!

Cam Brickley is a hockey player on the Chicago Aces. Olivia Lockwood is an heiress to Lockwood Industries, but branched out from the family business and started a not-for-profit to help kids get moving. When Cam hits on Olivia after making a bet with his friends that he could date someone for two months without falling in love, Olivia decides to see if she can get Cam to be the celebrity spokesman for her charity.

Their relationship started off rocky. I won’t give a bunch away, because this book has some really funny moments between Cam and Olivia.

Olivia has some lingering self-doubt from her childhood, but feeling she could never measure up to her siblings, and Cam’s most serious relationship ended very badly. Watching them fall in love was sweet. It was obvious they were in love to us, even when it wasn’t to them.

Hopefully this isn’t the last of the Aces. I’ve enjoyed those I’ve read. And I would recommend this one.

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