Release Blitz: Cocktales – The Cocky Collective

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Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th – August 26th.

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Download your copy today:

Amazon | Amazon UniversalAmazon Print | iBooks |
Nook | Kobo | Google Play | Add to Goodreads

Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’
Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’
Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’
Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’
Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’


*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com


Story of a Kiss Anthology

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There will be a thousand kisses in a lifetime but only a handful trapped forever in your heart. This Valentine’s day, join The Story of a Kiss anthology as we take you into the lives of thirteen couples. From a very first kiss of a high-school prom queen, to a kiss that travels the width of time. Kisses of redemption, heartache, discovery, and so much more. 

Thirteen authors. 

Thirteen kisses you’ll never forget.


I really liked this Anthology :). Most of the stories were pretty good, some of my favorites were Maybe Now by Kelly Lincoln, Crazy Beautiful Kiss by Kathryn L. James, At Long Last by Leslie Kung and Missed Kisses by Kate Dehart – funny how most of these stories are about best friends falling in love. 

There were a few that I’ll be keeping my eyes open for possible future novels, because the characters needed more space :).

Unfortunately there were 3 stories I really didn’t like, and that made the rating go down a bit. Below you can read the synopsis and my thoughts on each of the 13 stories.


Never Regret by Taylor Sullivan

At twenty-four, Margaret Andrews is still a virgin and sick of it. After a year on the top dating site in America, and a late night episode of HUNG on HBO, she’s decided to take matters into her own hands and hires a professional.

Ok, this overall story was kind of weird and not the best one to start this anthology (in my opinion). I found the dialogue a bit cringe worthy and the main character was way too childish.

Maybe now by Kelly Lincoln

Maybe now I should kiss her.
The thought haunts fourteen-year-old Hunter whenever he is with his best friend, Ava. The second he makes his move, their moment is destroyed and Ava leaves town. Ten years later, she’s back, and so is the maybe now that Hunter thought was buried.

OMG, this is the cutest little story ever! I could read a whole book of Hunter thinking about Ava. I felt like her character wasn’t very well developed, but his made up for it. This boy is dreamy. I love how Twilight was such a huge part of the story :D. I love male POVs in romances…

Fighting Faith by Brandy Ayers

At nineteen, Faith spent one perfect, passion-filled summer in San Sebastian. But just when she thought she might have her happy ending, Jasper, the love of her life, shattered her heart. Now, ten years later, they’re forced together once more. Can she hold onto the last few remaining pieces of her heart?

This was a nice one, nothing special, but with some potential. It ended way too fast though, even if the ending was kind of open.

Crazy Beautiful Kiss by Kathryn L. James

Two years after Calista DeLuca and Colin Williams shared a sizzling kiss…the one she couldn’t forget and the one he didn’t remember, their paths cross again. Secrets unfold. Tears fall. Hearts open. He’s the only one who can fade her pain into non-existence, but is it enough?

I sure hope these two will get their own novel, because this short story was by no means enough for the heaviness and potential of the subjects. I want more. Calista and Colin were super cute and good together.

Missed Kisses by Kate DeHart

Struggling with the recent death of her mother, Jess finds solace in her best friend Ben. Everything about them says they shouldn’t click. He’s the trendy guy with the damaged family; she’s the bookish introvert with a lonely heart. Years of sweet memories cause their feelings to grow, until he does the one thing that could tear them apart.

I honestly wanted to read more about these two. I liked how we got a small glimpse into their friendship while growing up… I could definitly use some more.

Can’t Let Go by Louisa Blackwood

Josephine “Joe” Burke has been running from the past since the night her mother died, choosing solitude over dreams. She’s suddenly forced to return to her Tennessee hometown and to her old flame, Colton James. Joe can feel her defenses crumbling under his irritating charm, but with the past still haunting her future, can she open her heart to happiness again?

I’m glad this one will a full length novel, because there was too much there, too much potential, in this very short story. I want to see more of Joe and Colton, for sure!

Forbidden Kisses by Sha Renée 

Layla is enlisted in the Navy. Ethan is an officer. According to rules, personal relationships between officers and enlisted personnel are prohibited, but their desire is so strong, they can’t stand to be apart. Can military regulations separate lovers who are destined to be together?

This was a sweet story with a few weird (yet somewhat hot) moments. I think this plot would have worked better in a full length novel, it was just too much for a short story.

Wrong time by Emma Marie Leigh 

Jo Stevens is an archaeology graduate student on the opportunity of a lifetime- an excavation in Pompeii. When her group discovers a basement, everything Jo knows is rocked. Rules are broken. Lines are crossed. Jo unearths everything she’s ever wanted. She’s just in the wrong time.

Ok, no! I was kind of into the story about the archaeology stuff, but then it turned utterly weird. I’m not a big fan of paranormal stuff, so this didn’t work for me… at all!

At Long Last by Leslie Kung 

Janny and Tom grew up together, but right before their friendship could turn into a budding romance, life and gravity pulled them apart. When the friends reconnected, their chemistry was undeniable – but tragedy put distance between them again. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to finally fall in love.

Oh yes! This one I liked a lot, too bad it wasn’t a full novel, because the plot could totally work. I found Tom and Janny adorable, right since they were toddlers :). I would say that it wasn’t that they needed a lifetime to fall in love, they needed a lifetime to come together.

Left Swipe Chronicles by Jody Pardo 

Roommates Liz and Michelle venture into the world of online dating. After a series of bad first dates, how many swipes will it take to find her Man of Steel?

This one was just funny :D.

Love in Photographs by Jaye Cox

When her heart remembers but her head doesn’t, will one photograph change everything? Claire didn’t need her memories when everything within her knew she loved him.

This story was kind of sweet, though the ending was too open. I never got around to fully understand why the 2 best friends were mad at each other.

Ever Be by Polly J. Brown

Evangeline’s life revolved around the water until she nearly drowned. Now, she’s returned to the beach to confront her fears, and Gregory Owen, the super-bro who saved her life. Greg wants to help, but can she trust his intentions? Or worse, her own?

This was such a sweet story and it left me wanting for more. I really loved how Greg helped Evangeline to start to overcome her fears. Well done.

Precious by Cherry Shephard

18 year old Precious Montgomery is a nobody, she’s never even had her first kiss . . . but that’s about to change. When her best friend nominates her for prom queen, Precious has just one week to make over her image and beat the queen bee – Amber Delancey. Amber has everything Precious doesn’t: Confidence, sophistication and popularity. But a chance meeting with Amber’s boyfriend changes everything. Now, Precious has to decide what’s more important; what she’s always wanted . . . or what she’s always had. Can a crown . . . or a kiss, really dictate your self-worth?

Oh, hell no! This was my reaction while reading this story, just no! The clichés are all there and none of the characters is likable, the main character is weak, the guy is weird, no, it just didn’t work for me at all.

BANGED: Rock Stars, Bad Boys & Dirty Deeds

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I should warn you that when I requested this bundle I thought that the books would be all New Adult with a dash of Erotic romance… turns out it was just the opposite, so all books are sex heavy, with the lightest one being More Than Music. So, this is definitely not fit for a younger audience, as some books deal with alternative forms of sex… you have been warned!


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She’s the daughter of rock royalty. He’s been warned off her by her famous father. But Jed Brody has lusted after Chloe Blackthorne for four years, and when Chloe lets him know the lust is entirely mutual, nothing will stop the bad boy of rock claiming her as his. Career be damned.

This Anthology starts with a bang! Lust’s Rhythm starts with an almost hypnotic way… the first chapter got me hooked, I liked the writing THAT MUCH! I really liked both characters, Jed and Chloe were kind of adorable, and their relationship was adorbs too. It moved way too fast, but I think that Lexxie Couper did a great job in setting their relationship up, and letting us know that despite having just actually met for the first time, these two had been in each other’s lives (and in an important way) for four years. And more importantly, they had amazing chemistry…

I do realize that I would have liked the story better if I read the other books in the series, but because I hadn’t, Chloe’s father and brother sounded a bit douchey to me. Either way, great start for this bundle…


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When a beautiful former fling blasts back into his life, jaded rock star Darko Dunne’s peaceful seclusion on a private island comes to an explosive end. Faced with a band of ruthless criminals and a ticking clock, Darko and Muireann must pool their resources to rescue the baby he never knew he had.

Ok, Goodreads didn’t let me rate this one 0 stars, but I can do it here, right? This was definitely the worst book I ever read! I liked absolutely nothing about this story, which makes me so so sad. The plot was atrocious, so were the characters, there was zero chemistry between the main couple and the sex was so badly written… nothing worked for me here.

It was such a shame, especially because Darko had potential, given that he was facing depression and was stepping away from his band, but it all got lost in a plot that involved a lot of guns, a baby, a desert island and a french cook that was not what he seemed like. Did I mention that the sex was awful?! bahhhhh….


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When Hailey crashes a Half-Life after party, she expects to find the bastard who knocked up her little sister. Instead she meets the sexy front-man who agrees to give her access to his crew if she gives him access to her body.

All Lock demands in return is three days of complete control over the Sunday School teacher. With a contract, because he’s been burned before. One misstep could send the band—and his tenuous sobriety—up in flames.

Hailey and Lock push each other’s limits… Against the penthouse window. Backstage. In the limo and on the elevator. But as the contract counts down, neither are ready for the party to end.

This book actually had a good premise and the plot was kind of good, it definitely had some twists that I did not see coming. But unfortunately the writing did not do it for me, it tried too hard to be lyrical at times, especially in the more intimate situations, and I didn’t like it.

About the characters… I tried to sympathize with Hailey, but after the first day I just couldn’t… no matter how attracted you are to a guy you never met, you don’t sign a contract allowing him to do ANYTHING to you… I don’t know… isn’t it weird? I kind of liked Lock, lol, surprisingly, and I felt that his character had a LOT of potential. There was a parallel story to theirs, about Hailey’s sister and the guy who knocked her up, and I honestly liked that story line better than the main one.

This book was a lot more erotica than I was expecting, and I mean a LOT MORE. Some situations were fun and hot, but there was a particular moment of light BDSM that I didn’t like because it felt so out of place… There’s also a threesome, and some guy to guy action, and I’m pretty sure that the main male character is bi and slightly in love with his best friend, but the situation was loaded and the book didn’t explain it, and I felt that it should have. There was a lot of tension and unsaid things between the two guys and I, as a reader, was totally lost to most of it.


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Nathaniel Darke: She knows just how to press all my buttons. Bass-playing bitch, crawling under my skin. I want to believe one good shag will cure me of her. But instead, I end up addicted.

Loveday Trevaskis: Nathaniel Darke is a perverted tit fucker, I know because I let him fuck mine. He’s my enemy. I ought to run away from him as far and fast as I can. But I don’t.

OOOOHHHHH! I liked this one so much! But it was so short!!! But I’ll definitely want to read the rest of this series. Nate won me over when he allowed his brother to be beat up by his ex, eheh, and Loveday was just super cool, that girl knew what she wanted ;-).

I’m a sucker for first person present tense, especially when both main characters are funny as hell, and British to boot. I loved the writing, it was funny and witty, and the plot was simple but worked well, and I’m curious to see what will become of the band. And Nate and Loveday had amazing chemistry and I loved it.


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He’s the rockstar she doesn’t recognize. She’s the fighter he’ll never forget. Nothing stings as much as the first hit…or hurts so good.

This story has so much damn potential, I will be continuing this series, for sure, because I want to know more about Evie and Johnny. But it got me a long while to actually get into the writing style and the main character, Evie. The British slang is strong on this one, but my problem was that Evie cursed more often than not. I don’t usually mind it, but right off the bat it made it hard to connect with her, and given that this is only told in her POV, it was hard. But once she and Johnny were together, and things started to heat up, this book was damn amazing! (I would say that the first part would be 1* and the rest would go up to almost 5*).

The chemistry with these 2 was off the charts and their time together was hot as hell! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.


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Wilson: Tabitha Leyton is a mess, but now she’s my mess. To the rest of the world, she’s a superstar. Secretly, she’s a witness to depravity and a train wreck waiting to happen. But I can’t get her out of my head. And for one angry, secret night, we have each other in every imaginable way. The whole time, I know she’s off-limits. So in the morning, I’ll walk away. Officially.

Ok, I only had one small (huge) problem with this story: IT WAS TOO DAMN SHORT. I did like the pull between Tabitha and Wilson, and both characters have enough hidden to make them extremely interesting. Also, despite the title, I didn’t find this novella as “dirty” as some of the other stories, in fact, it was super well written.


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When geeky guitarist Maddie Taylor joins tattooed rock star Jared Cross’s band to compete on a reality TV show, their attraction becomes impossible to resist—but their forbidden romance might tear their band apart and cost them everything.

It should come to no surprise that I loved this book, just as I loved all the others in this series. This was the one I really wanted to read, because I already loved the characters so much. The writing is amazing, and so is the plot. You can read my full review of this book here.


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Sex is the last thing on his mind, or he wishes it was…

Spook Mortensen has one rule when it comes to relationships: just say no. He has his reasons. Good reasons. His policy of total abstinence has kept him out of trouble for years. Sex ought to be the last thing on his mind, but whenever go-getting sound engineer Allegra Hutton shows up, she doesn’t just hijack his libido, she downright screws with hit. The only way to deal with her is to tie her up. Alle realises she’s upsetting Spook’s rhythm, but she’s under no illusion that he’s the right top to warm her bottom.

Hmmm, I don’t even know how to start with this one. This novella is the follow up to another novella, Remastered, when Spook and Alle meet, so I went ahead and read that one before going on with this one, because I was a bit lost. I liked this one better than the first, but in both I really liked Spook, but I’m still not convinced about Allegra – by the way, where can I buy her small purse that fits a pack of condoms and a vibrator?! Because I’m pretty sure that party bags don’t have that kind of size… Moving on… Spook is an interesting character, and I’m curious to actually read the next book to find out what the hell happened that made him abstinent.

I was curious about Xane’s character though, and I can even see myself reaching for this series to learn more about his sexual fluidity, because I found that unusual and different. By the way, I should mention that Spook and Allegra are both into BDSM…


Ufff, we’re done! Let me tell you, reading this bundle was no easy task, Erotic romance is not really my comfort zone, yeah, I like a hot and spicy romance, but in most cases, it was not what these books were. Still, it was worth it for a few of them…