Monday, 8 January 2018

Book Review & Release Blitz: Cocksure by K.I. Lynn & Olivia Kelley (+ author giveaway!)

Title: Cocksure
Authors: K.I. Lynn & Olivia Kelley
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 8, 2018



My life is great. I love my job, have awesome friends, and a great family.
Women love me, even if they know it’s just for a night.
I always thought love at first sight was bullshit. Then she came storming into my life.
She tore through my every rule, rocked my world, and knocked me on my ass.
There’s only one problem...she lied.
Turns out my best friends little sister isn’t so little anymore.


I stole a night with my fantasy. Lied to him.
After ten years of not seeing each other, Niko doesn’t even recognize me.
So I take what I want from him, what I need from him. Without worry. Without consequence.
What I didn’t count on was the lingering need for him.
What I chose to forget is that he is my brother’s best friend.
Once the truth is out, the game changes. There are consequences.
I should have known nothing in my life is ever simple. 

My Thoughts
I had a bumpy start with this book given its cliché ridden beginning. 

Everly Hayes, the ugly duckling who transformed into the beautiful swan, indulges in a one night stand with Niko Callahan and decides not to tell him who she is; his best friend’s little sister. Then there’s the deceived Niko, who I did feel bad for but not as much as I could, given his atrocious pick-up lines. For example, “Baby, you tell me your name, and I’ll scream it all night and pray to it all day.” Erm…yeah.

Thankfully the clichés give way to a story about love, friendship and loyalty.

After an absence of many years, Everly has returned home to start a new life and put the disappointments of the past behind her. She is low in self-esteem and feels unworthy. Much of the book from her perspective is about her journey in realising her worth.

For me, Niko was the star of this book. He's got some dreadful pick-up lines but he is open, honest and sincere. He is genuine in his feelings for Everly yet he does not put her up on a pedestal. He may be falling for Everly, but she is also the one putting his friendship with his best friend in jeopardy because she refuses to publicise her relationship with Niko. And Niko's friendship with Cameron means a lot to him.

Cameron (Everly’s brother and Niko’s best friend) and Alyson (Everly’s best friend) play good supporting roles throughout the book. It’s a given that Everly and Alyson will talk but I enjoyed the talks the Niko and Cameron had together. They are both serious and funny together. Theirs is a bromance for a lifetime.

The book was longer than I felt necessary but overall I enjoyed it and I look forward to reading the next book which I assume will feature Cameron and Alyson.

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K.I. Lynn

K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn’t until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about. 

Since she began posting stories online, she’s garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination…or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain… Usually it’s cheese.

Olivia Kelley

Olivia Kelley grew up in Boston the oldest of six children. After her first son was born prematurely at only twenty-four weeks, she became an active advocate for parents of disabled children, sharing her own experiences with others. Sadly, he passed away in 2005 at the age of only fourteen. She has a firm belief that you live your life as a lesson. Learn from it and let it mold you into the best person that you can be.

While caring for her son, she turned to reading to escape the reality and stresses of her everyday life. Up until recently, she spent years working corporate America and the Marketing and Public Relations for many different authors in the romance community. Her first book, Cocksure, is co-written with her friend, USA Today Bestselling Author K.I. Lynn, and due to release January 2018.

She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts with her four children and one very naughty cat. She’s social media-addicted as well as a reading addict and loves to meet new people. Look for her on Facebook under Olivia Kelley!


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