Blog Tour: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is available NOW!

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Title: The Varlet and the Voyeur
Series: Rugby Series #4
Author:
L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Release Date: June 14, 2018
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SYNOPSIS:

He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)

William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)

Joesy Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally got her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Joesy homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN

What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.

What she needs is an apartment with free rent.

Will is convinced Joesy will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’  Joesy is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.

Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!

Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th (and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

Read my review of The Cad and The Coed (book #3)


Enter the giveaway to win this bundle of signed paperbacks!
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Excerpt:

*Will*

When I saw how spotless the shared living space was, I allowed my curiosity to get the better of me and peeked my head into her bathroom, Rocky dancing around my feet as I entered the space. The counters were covered in woman-products, but the marble surface and sink were free of water spots, and the glass of the shower had been wiped clean.

I glanced at Rocky. He glanced at me. Bemused, I chuckled to myself, about to turn back to the door, and that’s when I spotted it.

A dildo.

A big, Pyrex dildo.

With ridges.

In the shower.

I froze, blinked, and I stared at it, my brain sluggish. Oddly, I had to remind myself to breathe. Likely because I was . . .

I was—

I was shocked.

I shook myself, tearing my eyes from it and rubbing my chest where an odd kind of pang was spreading mild warmth up my neck.

But why was I shocked?

Why should I be surprised?

Despite my never seeing her that way, Josey was a woman and women have needs.

Don’t they?

I hadn’t grown up around women—any women. My mother died when she had my youngest brother. My grandmother died before I was born. I had no sisters. We lived on a farm, way out in BFN Oklahoma.

Girls—women—and their bodies were sacred lands of the unknown to us Moore boys.

Unbidden—completely unbidden—an image of Josey flashed through my mind’s eye. Her full lips parted, her big eyes closed, causing her thick black lashes to catch droplets of water before they dripped over her sharp cheekbones. Her head would be lolled back as shower spray melted bubbles of slippery soap, sliding down her bare skin as they dissolved. Her legs would be parted, and maybe one hand would be braced against the wall of the shower while the other moved in a steady rhythm.

Holding that huge, glass dildo.

I swallowed a sudden rush of salvia and, unable to help myself, I leaned closer to the sex toy, examining it and comparing its size against my own.

I was bigger.

But not by much.

And for some reason, this realization made me instantly hard.

Crap.

Of course I knew Josey was a woman, but until this moment, I’d never really thought of her that way. Not even the tampon-mountain drove the point home. Up until this point, she was someone I liked as a person, someone who made me laugh, who was smart and compassionate, someone around whom I felt completely comfortable. A good—no, a great companion.

She was still all of those things, except—

Except now I’ve pictured her naked.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

pennyreidauthorpicMeet Penny Reid:
Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full-time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Connect with Penny: 
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lhcoswayauthorpicMeet L.H. Cosway:
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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New Release: The Varlet and the Voyeur by Penny Reid & L.H. Cosway

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The Varlet and the Voyeur, an all-new standalone in the USA Today bestselling Rugby Series from Penny Reid and L.H. Cosway is LIVE!

VAV02

Title: The Varlet and the Voyeur
Series: Rugby Series #4
Author:
L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Release Date: June 14, 2018
Add on Goodreads

SYNOPSIS:

He kept his salacious secret for years. But soon, everyone is going to be reading about it in their morning paper…

THE VARLET (and the VOYEUR)

William Moore is a long way from home. A farm boy from Oklahoma, he’s now the most well-respected member of the Irish rugby team. But appearances are often deceptive, and Will isn’t the clean-cut, all-American good-guy everyone imagines him to be. He’s got a secret, one that will tarnish his reputation forever.

THE VOYEUR (and the VARLET)

Joesy Kavanagh is a self-proclaimed mess, but she’s finally got her shi…uh, act together. She’s set her sights on becoming a veterinarian, but there’s one teeny tiny road bump. Her living arrangements are coming to an abrupt end, leaving Joesy homeless and in need of a job to pay her way through college.

THE PLAN

What he needs is a companion to keep him on the right path.

What she needs is an apartment with free rent.

Will is convinced Joesy will make the perfect companion, since she’s brutally honest and basically ‘just one of the guys.’  Joesy is convinced she can ensure Will doesn’t succumb to his voyeuristic proclivities by keeping a scrupulous eye on him.

Except, what happens when the varlet is tempted by the voyeur, and vice-versa?!

Perchance something very, very volatile. And vexing.

The Varlet and the Voyeur is a full-length romantic comedy novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the 4th (and last) book in the USA TODAY bestselling Rugby Series.

Read my review of The Cad and The Coed (book #3)


Enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback of The Varlet and the Voyeur! Click here

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

pennyreidauthorpicMeet Penny Reid:
Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full-time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

Connect with Penny: 
FacebookAmazonTwitterNewsletterInstagram – Website

lhcoswayauthorpicMeet L.H. Cosway:
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.
She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Connect with L.H.:
FacebookAmazonTwitterNewsletterInstagramWebsite

 

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering – Blog Tour and Review

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Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering
Atria Books / June 12th, 2018
Hardcover 384 pages
Contemporary Fiction
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Synopsis:

A thrilling, sexy coming-of-age story exploring toxic love, ruthless ambition, and shocking betrayal, Tell Me Lies is about that one person who still haunts you—the other one. The wrong one. The one you couldn’t let go of. The one you’ll never forget.

Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.

Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.

Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.

With the psychological insight and biting wit of Luckiest Girl Alive, and the yearning ambitions and desires of Sweetbitter, this keenly intelligent and staggeringly resonant novel chronicles the exhilaration and dilemmas of young adulthood, and the difficulty of letting go, even when you know you should.


MY REVIEW

4 Stars

Put simply, Tell Me Lies is about a boy and girl in a very toxic relationship. But of course, there is so much more to say about it.

This book follows Lucy as she navigates college and post-college life. It is told in dual POVs and dual timelines, but surprisingly (and thankfully) it was not difficult to follow. She has a bit of a fraught relationship with her mother due to something that happened when she was a teenager (Lucy deems it the “Unforgivable Thing”). She leaves her hometown in Long Island to attend a small college in California. This is where she meets Stephen.

Stephen, also from Long Island, is confident, arrogant, and cocksure. He has issues with his mother as well, who suffers from Bipolar I, and his relationship with his father is more one of pity than love. When Stephen sees something he wants, he goes after it and doesn’t stop until he has it. Even if that means hurting people along the way. And soon, that want becomes Lucy.

For me, it didn’t take long to see that Stephen is not a good guy. He is not just manipulative, secretive, and insensitive, there is something seriously wrong with him. But all Lucy sees is a charming, attentive guy who is a bit chubby but who she also has insane chemistry with. And so begins their extremely toxic relationship.

Lovering did a great job weaving these two characters and their lives together. The two timelines were easy to follow and the dual POV was incredibly captivating and enthralling. There were some surprises along the way, but due to knowing both characters’ POVs as a reader, it gives insider knowledge which caused me personally to yell out loud at them many times.

There is a lot of drug use in this book. I don’t know if I’m just naive, but I kept wondering if this portrayal was an accurate one of college life. Do college kids do hard drugs like cocaine this often? If so, that’s crazy and they should definitely stop. I know drinking is prevalent, I did go to college, and maybe I just didn’t surround myself with people who were into drugs, but it was pretty shocking reading the extent of these kids’ casual drug use.

In addition to that, it was difficult to read at times. Being inside both of these characters’ heads wasn’t a picnic and made me extremely uncomfortable at different points of the book. I read a lot of romance and things frequently get steamy and explicit. But honestly, this was explicit in a way that made me uncomfortable to read. Mostly because I knew how Stephen was viewing those interactions vs how Lucy saw them. It is a testament to Lovering’s writing that she made me have such a visceral reaction to her words so many times.

It had a bit of a psychological thriller feel to it, even though I wouldn’t classify it as one necessarily. Not only is Stephen playing with Lucy’s mind, he plays with the reader’s as well.

Also as a side note, for me, there is a clear villain in this book and that is Stephen. You are not supposed to like him. That is one of the whole points of the story in my opinion. Even though her friends tell her many times, Lucy has to figure out on her own that Stephen is a horrible person with serious problems. I don’t want to give anything away but I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to figure it out pretty quickly what he is.

Like I said, this story is about a toxic relationship and those involved are seriously flawed.

Even though I would have liked a bit more comeuppance for a particular character at the end, as it felt a little bit anticlimactic to me, I would still highly recommend the book.

(Because this book is so visceral and in a way graphic, there are some potential trigger points that you may want to be aware of. I’ll put those below.)

I received a free advanced readers copy of this book from Atria Books and a finished hardcover from BookSparks in exchange for an honest review.

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. This commission helps to maintain this blog.

Potential Trigger Points
Disordered eating
Death
Cheating
Toxic relationship
Narcissism
Gaslighting


MEET THE AUTHOR: CAROLA LOVERING

Carola Lovering attended Colorado College, and her work has appeared in W Magazine, National Geographic, Outside, and Yoga Journal, among other publications. Tell Me Lies is her first novel. In addition to writing, Carola teaches yoga at CorePower. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren – Review

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Title: Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages:
432
Genre: 
Women’s Fiction, Romance
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Source: Publisher
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Synopsis:

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head 

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