Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Has-Been Series by Kat DeSalle & Kristin Leigh Jones

Title: Ting Tang Tony &
Stick Me Baby...One More Time
Series: The Has Been Series
Author: Kat DeSalle & 
Kristin Leigh Jones
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publish Date: 
Review Source: eARC

G-Strings, fake bodies, what lubricant to use, and which angle looks best on camera, these are all things Tony knows. What he doesn’t know is how to pursue a real relationship, one outside the industry that’s making him retire and leaving him behind. Tony DiMarco, aka Ting Tang Tony, made a big name for himself– regardless of being small–in an industry where size truly does matter. He’s had a long career hiding behind a camera lens where his shortcomings didn’t affect him at all. At 38 he’s forced to find a real life where hopefully size doesn’t matter. The last place he thought his life would change is in Florida.

Tripping over the gorgeous and upstanding, Emily Grant, snaps him out of the pity-pot he is just about to take a bath in. However, having never dated outside the industry has him second-guessing everything. How would someone possibly want his “little engine that could”? Can Tony open up about his playboy-style career, and more importantly, can he overcome the insecurities that he’s shoved aside his whole life?

Tony’s got his work cut out for him, he needs to penetrate the walls Emily’s built to protect herself and her own insecurities. Will she be able to handle Tony’s crazy double life he’s trying to hide from her, the one he lives back home in L.A.? There’s a small chance it might work, that it might fit—something Tony certainly isn’t used to. This may be his one opportunity to find that missing puzzle piece he’s only been able to fantasize about.

The whirlwind journey these two set out on will keep you rooting for the underdogs, and teach you that it’s not always the size of the package that’s important—it’s what’s inside that matters most.



Rod Stick—though his birth certificate says Rodney Moore— has everything a top-notch porn star ever wanted. Friends are his new family, money satisfies his every wish, and endless lines of willing and ready women fulfill any voids his jaded childhood left behind. Drugs and alcohol patch the remaining leaks those things can’t fix.

However, things are beginning to change. His friends and their bachelor lifestyle are fading in the hot L.A. sun. Irresponsible decisions and self-destructive actions have his career on the rocks. Like his best friend, Tony, he worries he’s going to be the next “has-been.” To complicate things further, a certain sexy and dangerous amber-haired stripper is changing him into another person—one that he isn’t sure he can handle. They say you can’t make a “ho into a housewife.” But two hoes? There are better odds in Vegas.

Can Rod find the solace he searching for in his own private dancer, Crystal Amber? Settling down with her might close the door on that dark chapter of his life forever—the one he’s been running from since he was a kid. Or, will he lose himself and everyone else around him instead creating his own version of hell?

Sometimes our own light is hiding in dark places. Will Rod find his?

I have had the chance to chat with Kat DeSalle regarding this series, and I just have to say that Kat is wonderful! I am looking forward to hearing from both Kat, and Kristin in the future concerning the rest of this series! It was a fun, series, and was definitely an entertaining HOT, STEAMY reads. This series also came highly recommended to me from M.M. Koenig, and I cannot thank her enough! Anyways, on with the review!

The Has-Been Series focuses on a group of "used to be" porn stars, and where their lives are headed after being major assets to the porn industry. Where do the gentleman head off to? Do they get their happily ever afters that some of them are searching for? Or do they end up sulking after a life that they know they will never have due to their past endeavors? This is one series I will make sure to have handy when I need a good, light-hearted read.

First in Ting Tang Tony we meet with a retiring porn star who has just finished his career of well, porn. He isn't your typical porn star - no. Tony is known for his debut film, Ting Tang Tony, and the Little Erection That Could! With a title like that, how is anyone supposed to get anywhere in an industry that focuses on the use of erections!? It isn't until later in the book that we learn that Tony is well known for other things - and he is VERY good at this thing that pertains to the porn industry. When he's in Florida for Ric's shenanigans, it is no shock that he practically runs over what the reader can assume is going to be his love interest for Ting Tang Tony. Emily is so much more than just Ric's attorney to Tony though. She turns out to be the best thing for Tony, and towards the end it is unclear as to if Emily, and Tony end up together.

No spoilers here, my dear friends!

Stick Me Baby...One More Time, is Rod's story. And a rocky, bumpy, messed one it is. Rod has had one messed up, horrible life that it is shocking that he turns out half way decent throughout everything life has hit him with. Now, Stick Me Baby....One More Time touches on some subjects that may set some readers off. If you have an issue with drug addiction, and how someone overcomes the necessities of getting away from them, this is not something to be picked up. While Kat, and Kristin didn't go so far into depth that things get ugly. Instead, they tell Rod's story with the way his friends assisted in his overcoming his addiction, and getting better.

There were many times that I was horrified for Rod. It is no surprise what drug, and alcohol addictions do to people. Rod was one hell of a strong man for going through the things he did, and still coming out of them. Rod makes the reader stop, and think about the things in life that matter the most. For Rod its his friends that turn into family. I am really looking forward to Levi's in the next book, and cannot wait to visit with Tony, and Rod all over again!

Kat, and Kristin brought a wonderful series to life with the men of the Has Been Series. There is no doubt in my mind that they love these men just as much as their readers, and the women in the novels do. Their writing was flawless - the story line flowed well, and there was really no guessing work required to read this series. I love that each of the men get their own book. Not only do they each get their own book, but they all appear in the others books. The reader is able to keep up seamlessly from book to book, and not have to ask nine million questions while reading.

A wonderful 5 BARS to Kat, and Kristin on a really well-written series of books! If I could give more stars, I would, in a heartbeat. Thank you ladies for allowing me to review your books!

Kat DeSalle is one half of the crazy writing duo that created the HAS BEEN SERIES.

Born and raised in California, she graduated with a degree in Fine Art, which introduced her to a number of creative outlets. She dabbled in various jobs ranging from teaching art, to working in the finance industry. Ultimately, she found her passion in writing. Now, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children, where she follows her dream of writing romance novels.


Kristin Leigh Jones is the wearer of many hats—not literally—although she does look good in one. From being a full-time mom, wife, chef, maid, dog walker, litter box scooper to owning a photography business and working as a freelance editor … She now adds writer to her long resume. Between juggling all these tasks she squeezes in as much time as possible for snuggling her babies, reading, and watching football on Sundays in the fall. Da Bears! Hailing from the Midwest her whole life, she fully appreciates the change of seasons but admits to really only enjoying it less than 5 months of the year.

Kristin is very thankful to have found another half of her brain in her dear friend Kat. Who, might be thousands of miles away, is never farther than a text or a phone call. Together they make up the dynamic duo writing and producing the hilariously romantic and sexy Has Been Series.



  1. Thank you so much for this amazing review! We're so glad that you loved the series so far and can't wait until you get your hands on Levi ;)

  2. My favorite guilty pleasure is reading way past a reasonable sleeping time ;)