Release Day Blitz- Catch My Heart: A Valentine’s Day Collection-Lyssa Layne

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance
CONTENT WARNING: Some adult content
synNo one said love was easy. No one said love was perfect. No one said love didn’t hurt. No one said love would last forever.Follow these characters from your favorite Lyssa Layne books as they experience Valentine’s Day in an unexpected, non-traditional fashion…

Love is a Fire/Burst Into Flame – Andy Garrity lost the love of his life almost three years ago. Giving in to his daughter-in-laws, he decides it’s time to get back in the saddle and go on a first date for the first time since high school. Before he even meets his mate, Andy’s having second thoughts and ready to pass on this opportunity at love.

Everybody’s After Love/My Favorite What If – James Paul and Brianna Rossi are expecting their second child in less than a month. Brianna can’t wait to have a daughter while James Paul is thrilled to have a new princess to spoil. Brianna has the perfect day planned for her husband until she’s blindsided in a way she never imagined.

Loved by the Linebacker – Recovering from a torn ACL, Blake Purser isn’t used to taking it easy. He also isn’t used to not having his best friend, Camila Lemos, spend more time with her boyfriend and his brother Evan than him. His long-time on-again, off-again girlfriend, Molly Feiser, is doing her best to entertain him during the off season but Blake isn’t prepared for her latest news.

Holding the Other – Lee Maverick and Miranda Wallen are the king and queen of country music. The married couple have ruled the charts for the last ten years and fans love the chemistry between them. Before the night is over, this Valentine’s Day will be one for the records.

My Favorite What If – Sloan Talbott and Jacob “Smitty” Smith are spending their first Valentine’s Day as a couple. In the short time they’ve been together, they’ve carved out the perfect nook for just the two of them. Having spent the last six months in Italy, it’s time they head back to the States and learn to be together with their meddling families surrounding them 24/7.

Love’s not easy. Love’s not perfect. Love hurts. Love doesn’t last forever. Can these couples endure love at it’s ugliest or will it break them down more than they can endure?

Excerpt            Sloan’s fingers walk up my chest, grabbing my shirt and forcing me to look down at her. Her eyes glimmer with sensuality and I know exactly where her mind is going. Leaning down, our lips barely touch and the passion is ignited. With a shrill squeal, I scoop her into my arms as though we’re newlyweds about to cross the threshold for the first time. Sloan nibbles on my neck and I moan as I walk us toward the bedroom, ready to christen our new bed.

“You gonna give me the chance to marry you and do this for real?” I ask, already knowing the answer.
“Not a chance in hell.”
I chuckle as I set her on the bed, tugging my shirt off. “I’ll get you to change your mind some day.”
Sloan pulls her own shirt off, leaving me licking my lips at the sight of her in just a black lacy brassiere. Teasing me, she runs her index finger from her collarbone between her breasts, licking her lips and keeping direct eye contact with me. The tip of her finger slips inside her bra and I bite my lip, wanting to replace her hand with mine, but am way too turned on by her own handiwork to stop her
“Maybe one day, when we’re old and gray,” Sloan says, drawing out her words and speaking in barely a whisper.
She stands up, wiggling her hips and pushing her pants to the floor. Now she’s in just her black lace bra and thong. She turns her back to me, crawling over our king size bed and I reach out, running my hand over her perfectly tight runner’s ass. Sloan stops moving forward, placing her hand on top of mine and leaning up on her knees. Her back is against my chest, our bodies flush against each other’s and I squeeze my hand tightly around the handful in my touch.
“I don’t want easy right now, Smitty. I want you, me, and passion.” 
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     Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

     Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.Sign-up for Lyssa’s monthly newsletter here!

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: My Favorite What If-Lyssa Layne

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One year after Jacob “Smitty” Smith is stood up at the altar, his good friend Jules encourages him to redeem his honeymoon package before it expires. Reluctantly, he agrees, and finds himself sitting beside free spirit Sloan Talbott, who is attending her sister’s destination wedding at the same resort. Both have been hurt. Neither is looking for love. Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?
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Carrying my cup of coffee, I walk back to my bedroom and look into the suitcase. So far everything looks alright—swimsuit, shorts, t-shirts, dress slacks, and dress shirt. Jules came through on her other promise to go to the store for the trip—deodorant, soap, toothpaste, condoms. Wait, condoms?!
 
“Jules, what the hell is this?” I ask, holding up the box of Trojans.
 
Not missing a beat, she grabs the box from me and throws it back in the suitcase, zipping it up. “I got everything you could possible need. Soap, toothpaste, Pepto, Pedialyte—”
 
“And condoms?” I ask with a raised eyebrow.
 
“I’m sorry, I didn’t know you had another preferred method of safe sex,” she quips as she pulls my suitcase off the bed and drags it to my front door.
 
“And just who do you think I’ll be having sex with?”
She shrugs as she walks back to the bedroom and shoves a pile of clothes in my arms. “I don’t know, I don’t care, but you need to get laid. So go to paradise, find some lucky woman, and get some.”
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Sleep deprived and semi-delirious after plowing straight through My Favorite What If I have the strangest urge to smile uncontrollably and look at those ridiculously adorable photos of baby animals. You know the ones. Happiness. Grinning ear to ear as I write this, I can’t remember the last time I felt that warm glow of perfect bliss after reading an amazing book. My Favorite What If gave me a serious case of the warm and fuzzies. I just can’t get enough of Sloan and Smitty.
For the full review –>ARC Review My Favorite What If

Other Books by Lyssa Layne

 
If you want to find out more about Smitty’s friend, Jules, check out Everybody’s After Love
 
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Next Release
Lyssa’s next release Until You Fall In Love and will debut June 9
Single mom Jordan Glastetter doesn’t know how she’d survive without her best friend, Abram Tomko. He’s the father her son never knew and he’s the rock she’s always leaned on. When Abram’s father suffers a heart attack, it’s Abram’s turn to depend on Jordan, finally seeing her as the woman she’s become and not the little girl he grew up with. Will they risk their friendship for a chance at love?
 
 
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Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

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Friday, April 10 Lyssa will be taking over the One-Click Addict Support Group
Also, join the My Favorite What If Gossip Fest one week after it’s release so that we can chat about Smitty & Sloan, discuss their future, and share other spoilers. The party will be April 14 at 8PM CT. Join the fun here!
 
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ARC Review & Giveaway: Everybody’s After Love-Lyssa Layne

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cooltext1790897456 copyJules Rossi’s world is about to be turned upside down when her big brother, Paulie, announces his engagement. Having been raised by her brother after their parents died, she’s used to him being her knight in shining armor and isn’t ready to share him with anyone else.

Throughout all the wedding festivities, Jules’ path continues to cross with Paulie’s future brother-in-law, Bentley Ladner. Bentley soon begins to take on Paulie’s role in Jules’ life, which neither of the Rossi siblings is too sure about. Can Jules cope with the secrets Bentley is keeping? Or will she lose his support when she finally decides to give love a chance?

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4/5 Stars

***I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review and in correlation with this tour

Everybody’s After Love is the feel good romance you’ve been waiting for. It pulls you in with ease, the comedy and playfulness completely enthralling and with characters that will leave you with a cheesy smile permanently plastered on your face.

PROS:

  • Jules is a saucy, wonderfully open protagonist. No holds barred, she tells it like it is, turning up the snark and fire with every sharp little barb. She’s made of light and frivolity, she knows how to have a good time and that sunshine and sarcasm rolls off the pages. Jules is a guy’s girl, she doesn’t have girlfriends and while she’s not a tomboy, she likes to be passionate and have lots of steamy times without the weight of commitment. I adored that Jules was take charge, headstrong, and sassy but what made me really respect her was that she wasn’t afraid to admit it when she needed help, that she loved having people take care of her. I think so many times women feel they have to be strong, to fend for themselves, and Jules doesn’t think about this, when she needs a shoulder to cry on or someone to fix her dishwasher, she goes for it, and is rewarded by the guy friends who would do anything for her. 
  • While this is a romance at heart, the best relationships were between siblings. The way Bentley and Bri and Jules and J.P. are together is precious and oozes love. The bonds are strong, they’re there for each other and understand all of their quirks. Their interactions are bubbly and honest, they flip between warmth and reprimand. The way they tease and laugh at each other is heart-warming and uplifting to read. This relationship didn’t get lost in the emotional drama of the others and throughout the story, was the foundation that showed how these amazing characters became the compassionate, kind people they did. 
  • Flipping from Jules and Bentley’s POVs is brilliant. Seeing the relationship blossom from both sides was exhilarating. You can feel the build up, the magic, the emotional turmoil brewing. It’s a thrill ride that is made of adrenaline and the promise of a perfect romance. 
  • Bentley is a sexy, Southern charmer. The way her works his hands and his muscles flex from years in the agriculture business is enough to make any girl swoon. Then, he opens his mouth and the flirty, straightforward way he expresses himself is so confident and alluring. He’s constantly touching Jules in small ways, crowding her space and basking in her presence. His adoration is clear and getting his internal dialogue about Jules will make you melt. Seriously. Sighs galore. 
  • Sexual tension explodes off the pages. The chemistry is easy, natural, and tantalizing. It’s the little bursts of affection that reinforce their love.

CONS:

  • Kevin’s aggression was sudden and while it was terrifying and so slimy, it was unexpected and without hints. It felt random and forced. 
  • The story alternates between Jules and Bentley’s perspectives. While it wasn’t hard to follow, I would have liked for the sections to be labeled. The shift it abrupt sometimes and though there is a pattern, it takes a moment to get oriented. 
  • The cattiness between the bridesmaids, especially Nikki was unnecessary and cut into the storyline. It was focused on more so than the actual dramatic climax that changes everything. 

cooltext1790890114 copyAs much as I wanted to dislike Bentley as much as I did his sister, I just couldn’t. He was easy to talk to, he pushed me to go outside my comfort zone, and he challenged me to let go of my past, something Paulie’s been begging me to do for years. Not to mention, he was easy on the eyes and I still can’t forget the way I felt with his hands on my waist.

Taking my turn in the portable bathroom, I hurry as the stench of the warm, small area is overwhelming. Swinging the door open, I step out quickly. Combined with my natural clumsiness and the couple beers I’d already had, I trip and fall into a broad body that grips my arms.

“Julianna Rossi,” he says. I cringe from his touch, his words, and the alcohol on his breath. “I’ve missed you, babe.”

Kevin tries to pull me in for a kiss, but I firmly plant my hands on his chest and push away. My eyes drift up and down his body and I have to admit, his muscular physique looks good in the too tight red Cardinals shirt he’s wearing.

“Let me go,” I say quietly, trying not to cause a scene.

His grip on my arms gets tighter, making me feel uncomfortable. Suddenly, that fear I had when I was with him last, riding in that tiny elevator, starts to creep back. His fingers curl stronger around my upper arms, pain throbs through my biceps and my body starts to tremble.

Leaning in close to my ear, he whispers, “I don’t think so.”

Frantically, darting my eyes around the party, I am hoping that my brother or one of our friends is close by. As if I willed them to be there, behind me I hear someone calling my name. Kevin and I both twist around to the voice drawing our attention. Just as quickly as I was relieved, I’m shocked when I see who it is.

Walking toward us in jeans, a red t-shirt that isn’t too tight but definitely shows off his bulging biceps, and a camo baseball cap with a STL logo on it is Bentley. His dimple and sideways smile greet me until he sees Kevin’s grip on my arms and probably the fear in my eyes. His stride gets a bit quicker and I feel Kevin’s fingers let go of me as he gets closer.

The moment I’m free of his grasp, I step toward Bentley who pulls me under his arm. It’s only the second time I’ve ever met him, but I feel more comfortable with him by my side than my ex. Glancing up at Bentley, I can see in his eyes that he’s wondering if I’m okay. I give a slight nod to let him know I’m alright. My arm slides around his torso as I try to steady my body from shaking. Adrenaline races through my body because of both the men standing before me, for two totally different reasons.

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Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

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