Let's Play: JUST PRETEND by J.P. Nicholas, excerpt + GIVEAWAY!

J.P. Nicholas is here today to share his new release, JUST PRETEND with us! I am so excited to share it with you—check it out and be sure to grab your copy!


Author: J.P. Nicholas

Genre: Contemporary Romance


When yet another publisher rejects Hannah’s most recent book due to poor love scenes, she concocts a fail-proof plan to increase her creativity… spine-tingling, no strings attached sex. How can she write about love and lust if she's never really felt it? As the only man in her life she truly trusts, Logan is the perfect one to help her find this new side of herself—and stand in as her pretend boyfriend at an upcoming reunion. For Logan, a Broadway actor by trade and passion, Hannah’s proposal is both outrageous and intriguing—especially since he's fought for nineteen years of friendship to avoid thinking of her in a physical way. Against all reason, Logan takes the bait and agrees… then ups the ante by turning their pretend relationship into a pretend engagement in front of her entire family. Now, they just have to navigate their new situation while playing house… and somehow remember this is all Just Pretend…


"Lesson one: if it feels good…tell me," I whisper into the crook of her neck, letting my lips linger over the spot I know she's going to love. I bite down on her tender flesh, drawing a high-pitched squeal from her; it lingers in the air above us.
I answer her through clenched teeth. "Yeah?"
"That. Feels. Good."
Those three words were all it took to break the ice and help me unleash my inner beast. I release my grip on her neck and put my lips up to hers.
Our mouths crash together, tongues twisting and wrestling with passion. I send a trail of kisses down the column of her throat and reach around her to unzip the back of her dress. She tugs at the hem of my shirt. Taking the hint, I grab it, fling it over my head, and onto the floor.
I throw her onto the bed, and her dress falls to the floor during the transfer. I lean over her, our bodies close, but not touching. With a swipe of my thumb, I unhook her bra, causing her perky breasts to spring into place.
"Fuck," I husk out.
I take her right breast in my mouth and massage the raspberry nipple with my tongue. She starts grinding her pelvis against my erection. Her breaths grow shallow as I tweak her left nipple between my fingers. She moans from the pleasure. I pick my head up and let my gaze find hers.
I laugh.
"You like that?"
She nods. "Don't stop," she orders through her panting.
I slide my finger under her panties. I can feel her raw heat radiating off her body. Without warning, I plunge my finger into her pussy. She's dripping wet. Fuck.
Then I take off her panties and bring my head down to her most sensitive region. I inhale deeply, wanting to memorize her scent. She smells so good.
Our eyes lock, causing me to stop dead in my tracks. "Are you sure this is what you want, Han?"
"Oh, God, yes," she hollers.
Unable to satisfy my insatiable hunger, I bring my mouth to her pussy, exploring every fold. She seems to like it because she places her hand on the back of my head and pushes me deeper into her. God, she tastes so fucking sweet. Better than I could have ever imagined. I curve the tip of my tongue upward as I massage her clit aggressively with my forefinger. Her breaths grow shorter and shorter, alerting me that she is close. I don't let up; this is what she needs, and it's what I fucking want. Her legs writhe out of control, and I love feeling her go wild under my tongue. She howls as her orgasm rips through her.
I lick her sweet orgasm off my lips.
She stares at me with dazed eyes as she drops her voice to a sexy whisper. "That's fucking hot."


About J.P. Nicolas:

J.P. Nicholas has the great misfortune to be A Male Romance Writer. Turns out, men are also hopeless romantics, given half the chance, and Nicholas’ fascination with love began long before he could write. His parents—high school sweethearts who are still mad for each other—left him enamored with the idea of true love, and its ability to transform and redeem even the most jaded soul. Nicholas lives to capture this magic, lust, and passion on the page; his characters known for their sizzling chemistry and chest-squeezing plot lines.   When J.P. Nicholas isn’t tapping away at his laptop, he can be found in his home state of Florida, binge-watching This Is Us with his girlfriend, or devouring Italian food with his family. His latest novel, Just Pretend, is a friends-to-lovers drama and the first in his new Sandy Heights series, to be released in June.  

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JPNicBooks

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17518951.J_P_Nicholas

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/J.P.-Nicholas/e/B078HPMWX3

Books and Main: https://bookandmainbites.com/JPNicholas

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Blog Tour Schedule:
June 9th             
Suey Library        Review
A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile          Review
June 10th           
Quesarasera Book Blog  Review
Of Pens and Pages           Review
Deluged with Books Cafe              Review
June 11th           
Melena's Reviews            Review
Ink & Stone         Review
June 12th           
Sweet Red Reads             Review
cupcqkesandbookshelves              Excerpt
June 13th           
Jen's Reading Obsession                Review
Ree Cee's Books               Review
June 14th           
All Things Dark & Dirty    Excerpt
Have Words Will Scribble              Review
June 15th           
Once upon a romance blog          Review
Bookwormqueen92         Review
June 16th           
Forward Writes Review
June 17th           
Tales of the Ravenous Reader     Excerpt
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm        Excerpt
June 18th           
Shakespeare’s Wench Book Blog               Review
TBR Book Blog   Review
June 19th           
Once upon a romance blog          Review
Adventures in Writing     Excerpt
June 20th           
Sweet Red Reads             Review
What Is That Book About              Excerpt
Harlie's Books    Review
June 21st            
Gavinsmommaloves2read             Review
Reading away the days   Review
Books A-Brewin'               Excerpt
June 22nd          
For The Love of Romance Books Blog      Review
The Book Addict's Reviews           Review
Lucky 13 Book Reviews and News             Excerpt
June 23rd           
The Romance Reviews    Review
Books 2 Blog      Review
Honest Book Reviews     Review

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Nothing Like the First Time: FRESHMEN by Tom Ellen + Lucy Ivison Interview & Giveaway

Hello and thank you for joining me today on my Freshmen by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison, blog tour stop. I am a big fan of Tom and Lucy's previous novel, A Totally Awkward Love Story and jumped at the chance to join this tour and interview them both. Please check out this interview with these two fun authors and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end.


Getting in is just the beginning. 

The author team of Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison are back with another laugh-out-loud and at times cringe-worthy read in FRESHMEN (Delacorte Press / On sale June 12, 2018 / Ages 14 and up), which in alternating chapters tells the story of Phoebe and Luke, whose paths may not have crossed in high school but are about to in college.

Phoebe can’t wait to get to college. On her own, discovering new things, no curfew . . . she’ll be free. And she’ll be totally different: cooler, prettier, smarter . . . the perfect potential girlfriend. Convenient: the only person from her high school also going to York is her longtime crush, Luke.

Luke didn’t set out to redefine himself, but as soon as he arrives on campus, he finds himself dumping his long-term long-distance girlfriend. And the changes don’t stop there. In fact, being on a soccer team is the only thing that stays the same. 

Just when things start looking up (and Phoebe and Luke start hooking up), drama looms on the horizon. Rumors swirl about the Wall of Shame, a secret text chain run by Luke’s soccer team, filled with compromising photos of girls. As the women on campus determine to expose the team and shut down the account, Luke and Phoebe find themselves grappling with confusing feelings and wondering how they’ll ever make it through freshman year.

with Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

1) Freshmen is a classic intro to college novel, it's pages filled with partying, hook ups, and an occasional class. Yet, you both take it a step farther by exploring themes of loneliness, homesickness, and shameful events that can make or break the college experience. What made you decide to write a novel that chronicles the first year of university?
Our first novel, A Totally Awkward Love Story, takes place in the summer between finishing high school and starting college - so writing about the college experience seemed like the natural next step for us. The first semester, in particular, is so perfect for a novel, too, as it's SO packed with drama - you arrive at this brand new place, full of brand new people and there's so much pressure to fit in and make friends, as well as doing well on your course, academically. It's a rollercoaster of emotions - both good and bad - so that seemed like a good environment for comedy, drama and romance!

2)Did you enjoy attending university and how similar were your experiences to Phoebe and Luke's?
TOM: I think we both had quite mixed experiences at university, really, and that's why we thought it would be an interesting period to write about. We had some really great times (we both went to the University of York, in the north of England), and made some great friends, but we also had periods of feeling quite low and homesick and a bit lost, really. So we wanted to pack the duality of that experience into Freshmen. Luke's experience is not that similar to mine, as I never joined the football team (I was more into skateboarding, which tends to be a little more outsider-y and less 'alpha male!'). But Luke's experiences of dealing with sexism and homophobia in the football team were based on stories friends of mine (who were in the football team) had told me. And the storyline of Luke splitting up with his girlfriend from home while arriving at university was directly based on another friend (with his permission, of course!)
LUCY: Phoebe is ready to go to university and is excited about the possibilities to reinvent herself and have fun that it presents. I think I went with similar notions. I also felt confused and homesick at times and I remember very clearly feeling like I was in free-fall at times. I constantly worried if I was making the right decisions and berated myself if I felt I had missed an opportunity to make a friend or go out. I was constantly worried that everyone would form groups and that I would be left on the outside. My diary at the time is full of worries that people have met their 'friends for life' and I haven't. I had brilliant times too, but I think insecurity and anxiety were ever present too, especially in the first year. 

3)What was your most embarrassing incident that happened to you during your Freshmen year?

TOM: So many to choose from, but I'm going with a night during the first week, when my corridor-mates and I took the mattress off our friend's bed, stuffed some skateboards underneath and rode the contraption at high speed up and down the corridor like a gigantic, bouncy skateboard. Two of the people involved were violently sick (on the mattress) within minutes.
LUCY:   I can remember having to answer a question in a seminar about a book that I simply had not read. I kept repeatedly saying 'it's a very important novel' until finally the professor said, 'yes, it is, but have you actually read it?' 

4) Although Freshmen is one of the funniest books I have read this year it does delve into a darker plot line, what was the decision to explore that in this novel?
We wrote an entire first draft that only had the comedy/romance themes in it - it was a pretty basic 'love triangle' rom-com between Luke, Phoebe and Abbey. But when we read it back, both we and our editor agreed that it needed something more to it. We had read a lot of articles over the past few years about 'toxic masculinity' on university campuses, and horror stories about sports teams using social media for nasty, misogynistic purposes, so that seemed like an interesting area to explore. We were a bit worried about doing it at first, because Freshmen is - hopefully! - a comedy first and foremost. But we really felt it would compelling and interesting and relatable to look at these darker themes too.

5) I am always curious about writing duo's and their writing genesis, how did your decision to co-author come about?
Well, we met when we were 16, at high school - we were friends for about a year and then we dated for two years after that! We went to university together, and then broke up during our second year, but remained friends. And then after university, we both moved back to London and we were working quite boring jobs and we really wanted to do something more creative. We had done a lot of creative stuff together at school - writing/acting in plays etc - so we made a pact to try and write together again, just as something to do, really, as a fun way to hang out. That lead to us writing the first draft our first novel, which we submitted to The Times/Chicken House writing competition in the UK. It got shortlisted and Chicken House told us they wanted to publish it, and we went from there!

6) How does being joint male and female author's impact your stories?
Hopefully it makes them more appealing to all readers! One of the reasons we first decided to write together in separate boy/girl voices was that Lucy was working as a teacher, teaching lots of teenage girls, and they would always complain that they "wished they knew what boys were REALLY thinking". So, drafting in Tom - a genuine, REAL-LIFE boy - to provide a genuine boy's voice seemed like a good idea!

7) Can you tell us what you both are working on now? 
We are both working on solo projects at the moment - just starting out - and realizing that writing is much tougher when you're not doing it with someone else! But we have another idea for a joint YA novel - set in the 1990s - that we would love to do, so hopefully we'll get going on that pretty soon...

TOM ELLEN and LUCY IVISON met at the end of high school and quickly became sweethearts. Though they broke up in college, they remain best friends. Lucy is a librarian at a girls’ school in central London, where she gets most of her inspiration. Tom is a journalist and has written for Time Out, Vice, ESPN, Glamour, and many other publications.

978-0-553-53735-2Their first book, A Totally Awkward Love Story, was partially inspired by their own high  school relationship, with Tom writing Sam’s chapters and Lucy writing Hannah’s. Freshmen is their second novel together. Follow them on Twitter at @lucyivison.

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6/18 @mmfbooks
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6/20 @elliesinfinitebooks
6/21  @desertbibliophile
6/22 @toallthenerdygirls
6/23 @buttthisbook
6/24 @undeniablyromantic
6/25: @librarycutie
6/26: @readwithmikee
6/27: @andye.readingteen

6/11       Novel Knight Book Reviews
6/13       The Clockwork Bibliophile
6/14       Selina Falcon
6/15       Mary Had A Little Book Blog
6/18:     The Book Nut
6/19:      Here's to Happy Endings
6/20       Ellie's Infinite Books
6/21:     The Desert Bibliophile
6/22:      Jessabella Reads
6/23:     YA Books Central
6/24:      Undeniably Book Nerdy
6/25:     Dana Square
6/26:      Kid Lit Exchange
6/27:     The Book Prophet
6/28:     Library Cutie

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Last night at Kepler's I and many others had the pleasure of attending an event for Tamara Ireland Stone and Andrew Shvartz. I have to say it was one of the best events I have attended in a long while and I am so happy that both of these lovely people are my local authors. So, please take a moment and check out this awesome event.

Cover Reveal: ACCIDENTALS by Sarina Bowen

I am so excited to share with you the cover reveal for Sarina Bowen's upcoming YA novel The Accidentals. I am a big fan of Sarina's and cannot wait to read her YA debut novel that comes out on July 10th. Check out this awesome cover and the summary makes me want to read it ASAP. 

Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Coming July 10th


A YA novel from USA Today bestselling author Sarina Bowen.

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong.

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost. 

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul.
There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love.

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.

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JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS by Leah and Kate Rooper, Review + GIVEAWAY!

Royalty, romance and hockey! What more does one need to find reading bliss? I surely found mine while reading JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS for Entangled Teen Crush. This book was just what I need to get all the tingles of my current royalty obsession while creating the perfect amount of tension between the leading couple and flirting around with one of my  favorite sports, hockey. If all those subjects checks a box off on your list then you will not be disappointed with this quick and fun read.

There is nothing that I adore more than reading romances about relationships of convenience. In Just One of the Royals you have a reluctant prince that will stop at nothing to keep his secret and thats where Madison comes in posing as his girlfriend to help clean up his rebel image. I truly enjoyed how things were set up in this story and although it was a bit outlandish it worked for me. I so enjoyed witnessing Madison slowly fall for Daniel as she helps him polish out his image but in doing so she finds that instead of liking him better she misses his old rebel self. Oh the torture! Which I have to say is the best part of this story. The angst is dealt with quite well and I could not help but stay glued to this tory till the very end.

Leah and Kate Rooper did a fine job of engaging me from the beginning and then keeping my interest with a well paced story that was purely entertaining. This was the best read to keep a smile on my face and giving me that bit of royal romance and fun that I always enjoy in my reads. If you enjoy a quick read with a royal rebel and the girl that is there to make him respectable while giving you the right amount of swoon then this book is for you.

Just One of the Royals (The Chicago Falcons #2)
by Leah Rooper and Kate Rooper
Publication Date: June 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen: Crush

Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons

to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.

Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.

Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever...

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Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books - lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they're not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.

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