Saturday, January 13, 2018

Black Hole Infection by Nazarea Andrews - Review








Author: Nazarea Andrews
Publication Date:  7 January 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  The Hopeless World, book 2
Genre:  Apocalyptic SciFi
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 3.5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~



Book Description:

They thought they knew how the world ends…
Parker has always been other, an outsider in the Last Holdout, a strange almost feral creature that trusted Josiah. Josiah always accepted his strangeness as a strength.
Africa changed everything.
Parker is different here. Dangerous and powerful in a way neither knew he could be. It's terrifying.
But if they are going to survive the continent, they'll need to trust each other--and their reluctant allies--in ways they never have before.
All of Africa is watching them as they change the balance of power.
And the zombies aren't the only things trying to kill them.





My Review:

So I am waffling a little on how I feel about this one.  I think that the concept and the plot are great, but to be honest it gets pretty darn confusing at times and pretty fast.  I spent the first 30% of the book almost totally lost and trying to understand how the story was being presented, some of that I am aware is because I had an ARC that was unformatted and at times things ran together, but I don't rate a book on how well the ARC is put together, that's an understanding reviewers go into when it comes to ARC copies, we all know they aren't finished. I think a lot of my challenge came in the form of  the flashbacks and just trying to keep up with when and who was talking.  The voice switches between Parker and Josiah and I'd be reading who I thought was Parker when all the sudden the character mentions Parker and I had to sit there all "wait, whaaat?' for a few seconds and then go backwards until I found the voice switch.  

With all that said I will say that I loved these characters themselves and the couples.  I loved that our two main characters are a gay couple and that is that.  There is no drama over who they are sexually either with themselves or with those around them, it simply is as it should be.  It's nice to read about a couple and not have everyone questioning their sexuality or making a huge deal of it, like they wouldn't if it was a hetro couple.  Parker and Josiah simply are and I loved that.  I also loved the strength and belief that they had in one another.  

This is a series that I believe whole heartedly you MUST start from book one.  Trying to jump in at book two and understand this world that Nazarea has created will make it almost impossible to truly enjoy the story.  There are too many facets lying underneath the story and each character to miss out on how they got there.  I also do believe that even with my struggles that this is a series worth reading.  It's deep, it's a bit dark, it can be complicated but at it's core it is also beautiful.  To see the way these characters survive and to see them love is worth a little ounce of any frustration.  

~ HAPPY READING ~ 






Author Bio:


Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. 
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Lost For You by Jayne Frost - Release Day Review, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Jayne Frost’s bad boy rockstar romance LOST FOR YOU is now available! Grab your copy today!

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Author: Jayne Frost
Publication Date:  12 January 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Sixth Street Band, book 4
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Description:

I've been clean for years. But now my addiction has a face. Her face... At eighteen, I stood at the precipice of stardom. I had the record deal. And the tour to back it up. But I succumbed to the pressure of that life. The dark side. Now, I skate on the fringe. My brother is the genius guitarist for the band Caged, and I’m the one who helped make that happen. I’m happy to run my bars and my land development company. Sure I am. And then I meet her—Taryn Ayers—the music manager behind the three biggest bands in the country. She doesn’t know I’m Cam’s older brother. Or that I’ve got a secret that makes her world and mine fundamentally incompatible. Problem is, I want to know Taryn. I crave her as much as any drug. But can I risk letting her know me?

Lost For You is a STAND ALONE New Adult Romance. 
Intended for mature audiences due to hot as sin rockstars and the world they live in.
  **Please note: This book contains instances of drug use.**





My Review:

So, Jayne Frost is a new to me author and I have to say that Rockstar romances have never seemed like my thing, I have actually always kind of just avoided them for some reason...but wow, after this series they may be my NEW thing.  When Lost For You landed in my inbox I hesitated because (besides being a Rockstar Romance, ha) a 4th book in a series and you guys know how I hate reading books out of order but I bit the bullet and went for it and I am so glad that I did.  I binged the first three books so I would be ready to review this one and don't regret it one bit.  That being said you honestly do not have to have read any of the previous books, this is truly a stand alone within a series and you will have no head scratching moments if you just dive in right here.  You'll definitely be going bak for the first three...but don't feel like you need to read them in order at all.

Chase is the brother to one of the main characters in this series and he's played a small role in each book so I was a little surprised to see that he was getting a book at all much less before the whole band had gotten theirs, but I am so glad that Jayne Frost went this direction and gave us this book.  It is a powerful and emotional read and worth every bit of anxiety I felt while devouring it.  I loved the strength of these characters even when they are falling apart.  Chase is a self made man, he has built an empire from nothing all the while battling addiction, regrets, fear, and a tinge of jealousy.  I was amazed by him every moment, even when every thing go to be too much and he broke.  His heart was always there on his sleeve, he just needed someone to see it and hold it for him.

Taryn, her strength amazed me just as much as Chase's, even during the times when I wanted to shake her or trying to hold the world together, when I just couldn't understand why she kept holding on, but we would need have had the story, her story if she had let go.  While Chase laid his heart bare to the world Taryn held hers closed behind an iron gate.  A gate she had to build so she could carry the world in her hands, a world she needed to release hold of so it could grow partially on its own and so she had a hand free to hold the heart Chase was trying to give to her.

There was a maturity to this book that I appreciated.  While the first three books are definelty New Adult in genre I didn't feel that way with this one.  This felt more straight contemporary romace.  These weren't characters trying to find their way, (well not exactly) they trying to learn how they fit in the big wild world.  These are established characters that have made their mark and are settling into the lives they have been building for years.  I loved that maturity, it added to the gravity of a story that was already heavy but I don't think a 'New Adult' character could have believably pulled off the story.

We don't see as much of the previous characters, though they are there...but one character we get quite a bit of is Logan and I have to say he's been kinda pissing me off between books 3 and 4.  I know that it is only building to something that will be explosive when his book comes out but man I just want someone to give him a taste of his own jerkish (got to keep it polite for the censors) medicine.  He has been really rough the last two books, clearly there is a lot happening in his mind but man I don't know how Jayne is going to bring him back to likable.


Speaking of secondary characters, I really hope that we will get a chance at seeing Beckett, Dylan and  Laurel.  They all played such major roles in this book that it would be a shame to never see them find their happiness and hopefully happily ever afters.


  I felt my heart breaking over and over again with the characters as I made my way through but I loved with them just as much as they did as well.  Each one of the books in this series has tugged at my heart in ways that I haven't felt in a long time.  Each one was even more special because some how it felt like a piece of me was in them, from being located in a place I grew up, a character that is similar to someone in my own life, or a hurt that I have felt.  I don't know how she has done it but there is probably a little bit of every readers soul inside these pages and I hope that you will give these books a read, you won't regret one minute spent with these characters, they will be ones that will stick with you through the years.



~ HAPPY READING ~ 



Book Excerpt:

At the subtle shift in energy, I pulled Taryn to my side. She kept her head down as I spun us toward the main floor. When we emerged on the other side of the bar, I ushered her through the door marked No Admittance and into the hallway that led to my loft. “I shouldn’t have come,” she said, her breath uneven. “Do you have a back entrance?” I rounded on her, and when I caught sight of those eyes, impossibly large as she blinked up at me, I couldn’t help myself. My mouth crashed into hers, my tongue demanding entry as I maneuvered her against the wall. Her lips parted on a gasp. But then her hands were in my hair, and it was all hot breath and soft moans. And fuck, the taste. Like strawberries fresh from the vine. “Fuck, you’re sweet.” My palms glided up her sides, inching towards her breasts. “I knew you’d be sweet.” Her little pants warmed the hollow of my neck. “So are you.” I stroked her jaw with the pad of my thumb, and even in the dim light, I saw the flush color her cheeks. “One more taste.” It wasn’t a question. More like a vow. One more taste and I’d peel her off the wall. One more taste and we’d go get that drink I’d promised. One more taste and I’d be able to control myself.

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Jayne Frost hails from Texas (by way of California), currently living in Sin City. A romantic by nature, she believes in fairytales and happily ever afters. And music. Because the best stories always have a soundtrack.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Wright Secret by K.A. Linde - Review

       


Author: K.A. Linde
Publication Date:  9 January, 2018
Publisher: K.A. Linde, Inc
Series:  The Wright Series, book 4
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

new brother’s-best-friend stand alone romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…

I was just his best friend’s little sister.

But he was always more than that to me.

After twelve years of pining over Patrick’s easy smile, baby blues, and captivating charm, I decide to take matters into my own hands—and completely blow my chance.

Who knew a self-proclaimed manwhore would decide to be a gentleman the first time I’m naked in his bed? Definitely, not me. But when I land there again, neither of us has any intention of stopping.

There’s only one problem: nobody can know. Especially not my three older brothers. If they found out, all hell would break loose.

So I’m willing to keep our secret. Because I want him Wright here, right now.

 

My Review:

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, I have been a fan of Morgan's from the beginning of the series.  I love that she is this strong, independent, hard working, caring heroine.  A take no crap while still being kind and gracious kind of character and gah, haven't we all been mooning over Patrick since day one as well?

Morgan and Patrick are a friends to lovers romance, though I can say with certainty that friends is never what Morgan wanted their relationship classified as.  It was a secret only to Patrick how Morgan felt about him and the only thing that must have kept him from seeing her as more than his best friend's little sister is sheer will power and fear of ruining relationships.  Once those two get together it is clear that friendship is never what either wanted.

I loved their relationship.  I loved the strength of Morgan, I loved the stoicness of Patrick.  I loved that he was willing to stand behind or beside her, however she needed him, that he never placed himself in front of her.  I love that he jut wanted her to be her, to do what she loves and to find a way to make space for him.  That he didn't want to take everything away from her so she could be with him, but that he wanted to be an do everything with her.  His main goal to be her support as she navigated this typically 'man's world'.

I will say hat I was completely put off by Jensen in this book.  Even at the end when he 'saw the light' I kind of felt like it was a little too late.  He brushed Morgan's concerns off without a thought and I was really turned off by that.  If it hadn't been for the fact that I have already read his book, this one may have kept me from ever wanting to know more about him.  I expected better of the 'head' of the family, to me he really showed an ugly side.  I don't know, maybe it is the stress he is going thought opening his own business, leaving his past in the hands of someone else and he is struggling to let go, but I can't get past how easy it was for him to lay blame at Morgan's feet, or simply disregard her concerns and honestly that is one of the main reasons this was a 4 start and not a 5 star for me.

On a better note, I loved seeing the glimpses Sutton and David, I am so anxious to get my hands on their story and also a bit terrified that it's going to make me bawl like a baby.  I won't go into that too much incase you haven't read the previous books, because while this is considered a stand-alone and can be read that way it is one of those stand-alone within a series books and at least or Sutton's story (which is coming next) there are significant developments that occur in previous books.

The Wright Secret is another great read in this 'series', the romance is as always lovely and totally swoon-worthy.  Our patient Patrick has a bit of a dominate streak which is *waggle eyebrows*.  The drama is just right with out a ton of angst thrown in.  There is some drama that I felt didn't get the proper follow through, like what the heck happened at Patrick's job...what happened with Bailey.  I needed some really goo closure there and that didn't happen.  I do love how the Wright family drama wrapped up and the possibilities that it puts on the table for future books, though I am totally still mad at Jensen and may never get over his arseholery.

If you are looking for a fantastic Contemporary Romance series, you need to get your hands on this one.  Like I said above you can read these books as standalones but I highly suggest reading them in order as they do in some way build on each other, it's not significant but I think enough that you will notice a difference.  In the end you will want to go back and learn all about this family from the beginning so why not start there anyway, ha.  
 


~ HAPPY READING ~



    



      

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Small Town Siren by Sophie Oak (Lexi Blake) - Review

   


 

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Author: Sophie Oak, A.K.A. Leki Blake
Publication Date:  9 January 2018, second edition
Publisher: DLZ Entertainment
Series:  Texas Sirens, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MFM 
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars


~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 


Book Description:

Re-released in a second edition with a prologue and three new chapters. 

Two cowboys looking for love… 

Jack Barnes and Sam Fleetwood met in foster care. Over the years, they’ve become best friends and partners. They share a business as cattle ranchers and a house. There’s only one thing missing: a woman to share. The men are sure they’ve found that woman when Abigail Moore arrives in their small town, Willow Fork, TX. 

A woman trying to find her place in the world… 

Abby left her hometown twenty years before under a cloud of scandal. She’s raised a daughter, forged a new life for herself, and is ready for the next phase when she meets the handsome cowboys. 

One small town that’s ready to explode…

They’re a dream come true—Jack is the sexy Dom, and Sam the playful lover. It’s everything she’s ever fantasized about. There’s only one problem. She’s still not welcome in Willow Fork, and someone is willing to kill to keep her away.    


     


My Review:

First let me say that if you have seen the original cover for the series you will know how awesome the new cover is.  I love it's simplicity and the tie in to the series so much better than that original cover.  That being said I can't put any of that on the author as they rarely have a choice in their cover art, so it gives nothing and takes nothing away from my rating of the book itself, I just want to make a note of saying how much better this cover is and I am thankful that Sophie (just going to call her Lexi from here on out due to habit) and her publicist took the time to revamp it as well.  

Second, I have read a lot of Lexi Blake books and I had no idea that she had this other pen name or books until I stumbled upon a hint of it is her last book, Master Bits and Mercenary Bites.  It's like a whole new world opened up and angels sand the song of Menage to me and I rejoiced.  I am doubly thankful that Lexi Blake was able to get the rights to this series returned to her so she could put it back out into the world, bigger and better than ever.  

So, onto the book.  This was just an all around fun read.  I loved the bits of drama, and I am not a drama fan normally.  I do not like angst in my reads, but that was what was great about this read, while there was drama it was pretty much angst free.  I didn't want to throw my kindle or scream obscenities...okay well, that part might not be true, there is one woman I would have like to given a good shake and a few foul words, but it wasn't anything that made my heart hurt (in that negative kind of way) or my anger to flare.  

The characters are wonderful.  I adored Abby.  She was strong in the face of fear and hatred.  She was understanding and compassionate when the same was never given to her.  She was loving and fearless, though she had every reason to grow hard and cold hearted.  She is just an amazing heroine who has absolutely no trouble standing on her own and doing what it takes to take care of herself and those that she loves and calls family, but she is also (with a little push perhaps) willing to see that those that truly love her should also be given the opportunity to care for her in return.  She is a bit older than the heroes and while it is mentioned a few times it is never much of a big deal and for the majority of the book I honestly forget that there is supposed to be an age difference.  

Sam, what a character.  I loved him, I think it would be hard for anyone not to love him.  He is sweet, kind, a bit of a horn dog, a tad guileless, a fun character to be around, and one of the biggest hearted Heroes I have had the pleasure of 'meeting' in a long time.  Sam goes in heart first and when he does e does it big, but thank goodness he has Jack at his back to temper his spirit a little and to pull  Sam back in when he goes to dive into the deep end with all his clothes on and head first.  

Jack is the strong broody hero that I adore in my books.  He has a lot of baggage that he keeps locked down tight, too afraid to let someone truly love him until he's built a wall so high around his heart that it takes a wreaking ball ( you're singing it, I'm signing it...why do we do this to ourselves? haha) to eventually tear them down.  Luckily for Jack he has his best friend, the one he's constantly trying to tame at his back to keep life in Jack's eyes and to show him that it's okay to be loved, and it's okay to let your heart bleed a little for others because despite the pain that might come with loving others, they will also bring you so much joy that the pain is worth it. 

All three of them together are a perfect compliment to one another, they truly round each other out and making a whole.  I loved how Lexi built their relationship and how they worked with one another to make their lives together fit their needs.  I love the little sign of what might be to come with two of the characters, I am curious to see where that goes and if or how it might change the dynamics.  In the end I just loved that these three characters found joy, happiness, and love together and that they don't give one hoot what any one else thinks.  This isn't some hidden secret in the town, I liked that while Jack and Sam weren't out there telling everyone how they chose to live their life they also weren't keeping it this huge secret.  I loved that while I am sure some in town are scratching their heads or giving a bit of side eye, in general Jack, Sam, and Abby's life choices are accepted.  Wouldn't it be nice if that was the way of life for all of us.  That people can just say, welp, it's their life, live and let live and all that.  Anywhoooo, that's another topic for another day, but, thank you Lexi for not making this book about some taboo secret between the couple, but just saying, this is who we are, take us or leave us.

Finally, Sophie Oak is Lexi Blake, do we really need to talk about the steam level in this book, nah, I didn't think so, ha.  Let's just say total swoon worthy moments between these characters.  I loved each an every one, whether it was all three or just two of them, each one was steamy and special.  I know some of you will say 'Eh, its a menage book, it's going to be all about the sex' and I can say that's not true for this book.  Are there more sex scenes than your average Contemporary Romance, yes, but remember this book has to balance a relationship between three people?  Does that make it more about the sex and less about the story?  In this book I don't believe so.  The story of finding yourself and letting those that love you care for you is beautiful.  The story of breaking down the walls surrounding a harden heart, a heart afraid to love is there.  The story of acceptance and finding your own happiness is all there.   Yep, the romance is there in all the glory that Lexi Blake gives us, threads of BDSM, and just plain hot steamy scenes, but there is also a beautiful story woven all around those moments and luckily for us there is more story to come.  I can't wait to see where this couple goes in Siren in the City and I hope you will join in on the journey of Abby, Jack, and Sam.  You won't regret a minute of it.  


~ HAPPY READING ~




Excerpt:

 The door to the women’s room slammed open. Abby practically jumped, ready to beg whoever was walking through to give her some privacy. Jack filled the doorway with his presence. “You can’t come in here, Jack.” She smoothed down her uniform and swept back her hair, trying to retain as much dignity as she could. “Why not, darlin’? I am going to admit that I’m not a man who tends to let things like social conventions keep me out of a place I really want to be in.” Jack walked right up to her. The man really wasn’t big on personal space. Sam walked in and closed the door. He leaned with his back against it. One boot rested negligently against the painted pink door. “Sam, tell him he can’t come into the women’s room.” “You’re the one who chose the venue for this particular conversation, Abigail.” There was nothing vaguely resembling a joke in Jack’s voice now. Abby looked to Sam for help. Sam shook his head. He was grinning like an idiot. “Hell no, honey. You’re gonna have to learn that when Jack gets that hard edge to his voice, he means business. Besides, I’m happy with the way things went. Thank you, baby. You made this so much easier. Jack was talking about dating you and treating you like a lady. That was gonna take forever. It’s much simpler this way.” “What’s simpler?” Abby was unable to keep the trepidation out of her voice. “Taking you home, taking you to bed, and showing you where you belong,” Sam replied with a wink. “Where do I belong?” Abby couldn’t take her eyes off Jack. There was a simple smile on his face that held a wealth of arrogance. He’d been serious. He really had been playing the gentleman. Abby got the feeling she was about to get a full dose of Jack Barnes, and damned if she wasn’t looking forward to it. “Always between me and Sam.” Jack reached out and put his hands on her shoulders, his expression intense. “Tell me you don’t want us, Abby, and I’ll walk away right now. I won’t bother you again.” “Don’t give her ultimatums.” Sam sounded a bit desperate. “I thought we’d give her a taste before we forced her to make a decision. Baby, why don’t you let us play around a little? I promise you’ll want us.” She looked up into Jack’s forest-green eyes. They were very serious as he stared at her. His hand came up to cup her face. He forced her to look at him and Abby felt his will. It should scare the crap out of her, but she found it amazingly sexy. This was a man who would always keep his promises, no matter what it cost him. “She already wants us.” Jack brushed his thumb across her mouth. It was all she could do to not open her mouth and suck his thumb in. “She just needs to admit it. Can you tell me you haven’t spent the last few weeks thinking about this? Thinking about you and me and Sam coming together in bed?” “No,” she said. Jack’s eyes flared, and she felt compelled to continue. “I have thought about it, but I’m scared.” The time for honesty was here. She could run, and they would probably accept her decision. She could give in and enjoy the sex and walk away. Or she could ask for what she wanted. She could be brave and tell them what she needed and what she was scared of. If she did that and it all fell apart, then she would have to forgive herself. She’d learned that one of the great joys of maturing was learning how to forgive herself. “What are you scared of?” A deep crease appeared in Sam’s forehead. He walked up to her and leaned forward. “Honey, we want to take care of you. We don’t want to hurt you.” She felt tears pricking at the edge of her eyes. Everything in her was screaming for that to be true. She wanted them. She craved them. “You could be lying to me. You could want to make me look bad.” She could hear her teenaged self in the statement. She felt every bit as vulnerable as she had then. The last month she’d spent with these two disparately different men had been one of the best of her life. Every evening they’d spent together over the last month had made her want them more. More than once, she’d fantasized about them sweeping into the diner and carrying her away. Lately, when things went wrong, her first thought was to call Jack. Now that her fantasy seemed to be coming true, she didn’t trust fate. Jack’s hands came out and soothingly rubbed the back of her neck. He hadn’t stopped touching her once. “Sweetheart, why would you say something like that? Why would we want to make you look bad?” “Because the Echols family wants me out of town.” Her heart soared when she saw the complete confusion on their faces. They couldn’t make that up. “Are you talking about that crazy old biddy who runs the church socials?” Jack seemed to struggle to place a name with a face. “She always looks at me funny.” “Ruby. That’s her name.” Sam frowned. “She’s real unpleasant to me. Why would we do anything for her? For that matter, why would she care that you’re in town?” Hope swelled inside her. They really weren’t gay, and they really weren’t working for Ruby Echols. If that was true, then she had to assume they wanted her. It suddenly didn’t matter that they were in a bathroom in a public place. She couldn’t wait to feel their mouths pressed to hers. It wasn’t forever. The universe didn’t work that way, but she could have this moment. She could have a few weeks with them. “It doesn’t matter. Kiss me.” “Which one?” Sam asked. Abby continued to smile, looking from gorgeous man to gorgeous man. “It doesn’t matter, but one of you should kiss me.” Jack’s eyes never left her face. “Sam, take care of that door. We wouldn’t want anyone walking in.” Sam cursed and bemoaned his fate, but he walked back and took his previous position. Jack took Abby’s face in both his hands. “I’m completely crazy about you, Abigail Moore.” He leaned over and finally, after what seemed to Abby like a lifetime of wanting, pressed his mouth to hers. Abby felt helpless against the onslaught of desire that rocketed through her as Jack took her mouth. He plundered it, his tongue gently forcing its way in and dancing strongly around hers. She held on to his lean waist for dear life as he slanted over her mouth again and again. He poured his will into her and everything inside her responded. She felt that kiss in her pussy and already she was slick and warm. Jack’s hands reached up and pulled at the band that held up her hair. He set it free and pulled back to look at the mane of auburn locks he’d unleashed. “You’re so fucking gorgeous,” Jack breathed almost reverently as he stroked her hair. In that moment, with Jack’s green eyes looking at her like she was some goddess he was worshipping, Abby felt gorgeous. “Why don’t we take this home, people?” Sam’s voice was tight. Abby looked back at Sam, and his blue eyes were dark with passion. He wanted to go home so he could join in. He wanted to have his turn. The thought should have turned her off, but all it did was get her hotter. Jack’s lips turned up in a lazy smile. “You’ll have to forgive Sam, darlin’. He’s always so impatient. Always has been.” Jack suddenly lifted her up and set her on the counter. He looked back at his friend with great affection. “Do you have any idea how many times I’ve told him that anticipation is the best part?” Jack’s hands pushed up the skirt of her uniform. “Anticipation is damn frustrating, Jack. And I’ve been anticipating for weeks,” Sam complained.  




 NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, comes BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS—a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again! Don’t miss this stunning new title from Kami Garcia!

BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS releases on February 6, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

   

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From #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kami Garcia comes a red-hot romance that will break your heart and put it back together again.

Her heart has to break before it can open.

When star soccer player Peyton Rios receives an offer from her first-choice college, senior year starts off exactly as planned. But when Peyton uncovers her boyfriend’s dark secret, she confronts him—and finds herself falling down a flight of stairs. Peyton’s knee—and maybe her dream of going pro—is shattered. Everyone is talking: Was she pushed, or did she fall? Peyton knows the truth, even if no one believes her.

He has to let someone in before it’s too late.

With her future on the line, Peyton goes to stay with her uncle in a small Tennessee town to focus on her recovery. Dating is the last thing on her mind—until she meets sweet, sexy Owen Law.

But Peyton doesn’t trust her heart, especially when she senses that Owen is hiding something. When their secrets are finally exposed, Peyton has to decide if love is worth fighting for.

   

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 “Ever feel like you’re screwed no matter what you do?” Owen’s question comes out of nowhere. All the time. Part of me wants to say it out loud. “Once in a while.” “Any advice?” He gives me a half smile. I don’t know this guy, but he seems nice—and unhappy. I can relate. He’s waiting for me to respond. I shrug. “Sometimes life only gives you two options. Bad or worse. So you go with bad.” “Makes sense.” He studies me like he’s taking inventory, checking off boxes on a mental list. The competitor in me wonders how I’m scoring. What if I’m giving him advice about his girlfriend, possibly a delightful friend of April’s? The faint sound of laughter from the party floats through the air. “Why did you come to Black Water?” Owen asks. “I’m guessing itwasn’t for the social scene.” I tap on my brace. “I tore my PCL, the ligament that runs behind my knee. My doctor said I’ll need a lot of physical therapy to get my knee back in shape, and I only have four months to do it.” “What happens in four months?” “I’m a soccer player. I need to get back on the field in March, when the season starts.” “What if you need more time to recover?” It sounds like he actually cares about the answer. “If I work hard enough, it will heal by then.” I hope. Losing my spot at UNC isn’t an option. I practiced soccer drills with Dad every day after school and on weekends—and it paid off. I’m not letting Reed destroy my dreams. “Don’t they have physical therapists where you’re from?” he asks. “In Washington, DC? Sure.” “You left Washington, DC, to come here? Why?” Owen is smart and nosy. Not the best combination when I’m trying to keep certain parts of my life private. But he does have an amazing smile. “Why not?” I counter. “How about because Washington, DC, is a major city with museums and concerts and the subway, and Black Water is . . . Black Water.” “In DC, we call it the Metro, not the subway.” He smiles at me again. “In Black Water we don’t call it anything, because we don’t have one.” “That’s the point. There are no distractions here.” “How did you hurt your knee?” I didn’t. “I fell down a flight of stairs.” It’s the truth, but for some reason leaving out the details makes me feel like I’m trapped in a room that’s too small and could get smaller any minute. “I’m a klutz when I’m not on the soccer field.” “That sucks. I’m sorry.” Owen looks me in the eye and says it, like he really means it. “It could be worse.” But with my scholarship hanging in the balance, it doesn’t feel that way. “It still sucks.” Why am I letting Owen ask me so many questions? I’ve known him for fifteen minutes. The incident with Reed taught me how easy it is to misjudge someone. I thought he was the kind of athlete who would never resort to doping and cheating. I’ve always relied on my gut instincts about people—the little voice in the back of my head. But I don’t trust it anymore. Owen cocks his head to the side and grins. “So do you still want to know if I have a girlfriend?” Heat crawls up the back of my neck. “I never asked you that.” “When I got off the phone, you asked if I was fighting with mygirlfriend.” “I was making conversation, not fishing.” Okay, I sort of was. “I’m not hunting for a boyfriend if that’s what you think.” “Your cousins made that pretty clear.” I’m going to strangle those two. “What did they say?” So I know how much salt to dump in their breakfast tomorrow. Owen leans back against the bales. “I saw them coming out of the locker room after the game and I mentioned that we met, and they said you don’t date.” The Twins are dead. They made it sound like I’m joining a convent after graduation. The heat spreads from my neck to my cheeks. I should ditch Owen and go back to the party before this conversation gets more embarrassing. But I want to stay. The last three weeks have been full of lies and accusations, surgery and doctors’ appointments, threats and depressing calls from an ex who won’t stop calling me and a best friend who never wants to speak to me again. My conversation with Owen makes me feel normal. It’s one of the few I’ve had in weeks that didn’t revolve around my injury or Reed. I want it to last a little longer. I also don’t want Owen thinking I’m convent-bound. “For the record, I do date. I’m just not interested in dating right now. There’s a difference.” Owen holds up his hands in surrender. “I’m just telling you what I heard. Is that the reason you’re back here instead of hanging out at the party?” “No. I’m just antisocial.” His eyes flicker to my mouth. “I don’t believe that.” I pull my hair back in a ponytail and secure it with the elastic around my wrist. Anything to keep from making eye contact with him. “You don’t even know me.” Owen leans forward and rests his elbows on his knees. His arm grazes mine and he looks over at me. “Not yet.”    



    

Something wonderful happened to me as I read this—I fell in love. Genuine, shattering, deep, heart-pounding love. Thank you, Kami Garcia, for Peyton and Owen. We need their story." —Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

     
About Kami Garcia: Kami Garcia is the #1 New York Times, USA Today & international bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures and Dangerous Creatures novels. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES has been published in 50 countries and translated in 39 languages, and the film Beautiful Creatures released in theaters in 2013, from Warner Brothers. Kami’s solo series, The Legion, includes the instant New York Times bestseller UNBREAKABLE, and the sequel UNMARKED, both of which were nominated for Bram Stoker Awards. Her other works include THE X-FILES ORIGINS: AGENT OF CHAOS and the YA contemporary novels THE LOVELY RECKLESS and the forthcoming BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS (February 2018). Kami was a teacher for seventeen years before co-authoring her first novel on a dare from seven of her students. If she isn’t busy watching Supernatural, Kami can teach you how to escape from a pair of handcuffs or bake a Coca-Cola cake. She lives in Maryland with her family, and their dogs Spike and Oz (named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Visit Kami at www.KamiGarcia.com.    

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Black Hole Infection by Nazarea Andrews - Release Day

 

Today we are celebrating the release of 

BLACK HOLE INFECTION 

by Nazarea Andrews.  

Black Hole Infection is an adult, paranormal romance novel in The Hopeless World series. Check out the buy links below and follow Nazarea's newsletter for exclusive news!


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They thought they knew how the world ends… Parker has always been other, an outsider in the Last Holdout, a strange almost feral creature that trusted Josiah. Josiah always accepted his strangeness as a strength. Africa changed everything. Parker is different here. Dangerous and powerful in a way neither knew he could be. It's terrifying. But if they are going to survive the continent, they'll need to trust each other--and their reluctant allies--in ways they never have before. All of Africa is watching them as they change the balance of power. And the zombies aren't the only things trying to kill them.



 

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NazareaAndrewsNazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Executive Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan - Release Day!

You can get your hands on EXECUTIVE INK by Carrie Ann Ryan today! Find out more about this sexy release from Carrie Ann Ryan and pick up your copy now!

   

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Ashylnn didn't want him…she craved him. That was her first mistake, but not her last. She's the boss of her life and decisions. She doesn’t have time for a bearded, inked man. But he may just make her yearn for it. Jax thought it would only be for one night but now he wants more. She’s the straight-laced executive to his leather-and-jeans life, and she makes him desire more. She is so much more. But how much, he may never know. 

Author Note: Executive Ink is a Montgomery Ink short story and a little different than what you’re used to from me. It’s shorter than my other novellas at only ~12,000 words. It has a complete HEA, and is perfect for a steamy evening, one-sitting read. 

Executive Ink was previously published in the Alphas of Danger Anthology.


 

 

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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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