Release blitz, Review and Giveaway! Better Have Heart by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday

Release Blitz for:Better Have Heart by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday

Series: Harrison Campus #2

Publisher: Andy Gallo & Anyta Sunday (Self Published)

Release Date: July 1, 2020


Print 243 pages, eBook – 60,944 words


“Better Have Heart” is an enemies to lovers, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract, rich-boy poor-boy novel can be read as a standalone.

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Book synopsis:

They hate everything about each other, so why do they harmonize so well?

Isaiah Nettles wants a chance. A chance to help his family.

The prestigious Gage Scholarship will secure his future. He needs this.

The competition might be hot, but Darren Gage is a golden child.

No way will Isaiah let an entitled rich kid be handed the award.

But what if Darren is more than an entitled rich kid?

Darren Gage wants to be seen. Seen as more than just his name.

The Gage Scholarship will let him shine. He needs this.

Sure, Isaiah is insanely sexy—and right to stand up for himself—but he is the competition.

No way will Darren let just anyone take his legacy.

But what if Isaiah isn’t just anyone?

“Better Have Heart” is an enemies to lovers, slow burn M/M romance with a HEA. This New Adult, college, opposite attract, rich-boy poor-boy novel can be read as a standalone.

A note from the authors:

We want readers to enjoy a good, new adult romance with two MCs who helps each other overcome what’s holding them back from finding love.


Isaiah could have laughed. Of course.

Like a king, Darren came to the meeting like he’d rolled out of bed from a good fuck. Cheeks bright, hair damp and teased at the ends, gait relaxed like he was well and truly spent.

It was infuriating on many levels. Like the way President Jenkins didn’t bat an eye and said, “on time.”


On time was Isaiah missing his modern jazz performance class, putting on a suit, and walking through the ninety-plus degree heat to get here before the mentors.

On time was turning down a paid yoga session because they had scheduled two hours for this meeting.

On time was ignoring the call from his mom ten minutes before the meeting because Jenkins had delivered him a look.

He glanced at Darren again.

Yeah, Darren coming in like that was infuriating, all right. Especially how Isaiah’s traitorous body responded every time their gazes clashed.

So, Darren might be hot. Okay, insanely hot. But beneath all that, Isaiah was looking at an aristocratic charmer. The type of man who knew all the right names to drop to get his way.

There was a certain amount of jealousy in that assessment, sure, but his frustration stemmed from something deeper than that. It stemmed from the gnawing worry in his gut.

Winning for him meant being that much closer to giving mom a break from two jobs just to keep a roof over her and his siblings’ heads.

For that to happen, he needed a chance. A level playing field. Not Darren waltzing in with a smile to make the judges swoon.

My review: Isaiah Nettle is a pianist, loves music and his family. He’s at a fancy school on a scholarship but it’s not enough for him to continue to help out his family back home. He applies for the Gage Scholarship and is surprised to discover that it’s already been awarded to the grandson of the man who created it. Isaiah contests the award… and ends up in a competition for it with Darren Gage.

Darren Gage just wants to impress his father. It’s not the money he cares about, he just wants his father to love him and be proud of him. The problems began when Darren came out to his parents. His mom seemed to take it in stride, but his father has become very distant and will hardly even speak to him. Winning the Gage Scholarship would show Darren’s father that he really is smart, loyal, and committed. He just wants his father’s respect and love.

From the moment the two men meet over an off-kilter portrait of Darren’s grandfather, they are drawn to one another. They bond over music, playing together, and realizes what they have in common. But there’s a lot going on in both of their lives.

The two main characters have to work together on a fundraiser` as they compete for the Scholarship, and they realize that they have a lot in common even as they realize they are from very different worlds. They stumble a bit, both of them basing their judgments on past behaviors. But what if Darren and Isaiah are different from everyone else?

This book is really about being recognized and loved for who you are… not for what people assume you are. Getting to know people is difficult when you have preconceived ideas about someone… but it can be overcome, right? Right?

The story progresses at a great speed and this book is long enough to truly sink your teeth into. It’s got some very satisfying character development and the love story is sweet, slow, and then explosive.

I really like the writing style of this series! I can’t wait for the next book.


Meet the authors:

Andy Gallo:

Andy Gallo prefers mountains over the beach, coffee over tea, and regardless if you shake it or stir it, he isn’t drinking a martini. He remembers his “good old days” as filled with mullets, disco music, too-short shorts, and too-high socks. Thanks to good shredders and a lack of social media, there is no proof he ever descended into any of those evils.

Andy does not write about personal experiences and no living or deceased ex-boyfriends appear on the pages of his stories. He might subconsciously infuse his characters with some of their less noble qualities, but that is entirely coincidental even if their names are the same. And while Andy leaves the hard sci-fi/fantasy for his alter ego, Andrew, in his mind a touch of the supernatural never derailed a good relationship.

Married and living his own happy every after, Andy helps others find their happy endings in the pages of his stories. He and his husband of more than twenty years spend their days raising their daughter and rubbing elbows with other parents. Embracing his status as the gay dad, Andy sometimes has to remind others that one does want a hint of color even when chasing after their child.

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Anyta Sunday:

A bit about me: I’m a big, BIG fan of slow-burn romances. I love to read and write stories with characters who slowly fall in love. Some of my favorite tropes to read and write are: Enemies to Lovers, Friends to Lovers, Clueless Guys, Bisexual, Pansexual, Demisexual, Oblivious MCs, Everyone (Else) Can See It, Slow Burn, Love Has No Boundaries. I write a variety of stories, Contemporary MM Romances with a good dollop of angst, Contemporary lighthearted MM Romances, and even a splash of fantasy. My books have been translated into German, Italian, French, and Thai.


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Giveaway: To celebrate the release of Book 2 in the Harrison Campus series – BETTER HAVE HEART – Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday are giving away 3 e-copies of Better Have Heart! Must be 18 years old to enter and win; open internationally.

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I received an ARC of Better Have Heart by Andy Gallo and Anyta Sunday  via A Novel Take Promotions  in exchange for an unbiased review.

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