Friday, March 24, 2017

Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley - Paperback Release

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THREE WISHES is now available in paperback for the first time! This heartwarming and epic love story from New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, returns with an amazing new cover!

And that’s not all!

THREE WISHES is being re-released in eBook form with beautiful, new formatting! So make a wish, grab your copy, and prepare to fall in love all over again!

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Book Description:

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.
Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).
He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.
Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.
Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.


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 Nate didn’t know what he wanted but whatever it was, it certainly was not Georgia. He was saved from answering Victor when he spied a youth wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, the hood worn up even though it was a warm day. The boy was slouching down the pavement, head bowed, hands in the front pocket of the sweatshirt, his head swinging this way and that, looking for his mark. Nate’s guard, already on alert—always on alert—went into overdrive. Nate’s eyes narrowed as he watched the youth, and Victor started to get into the Rolls. Then, as expected, the boy darted toward his target and Nate heard a woman’s outraged cry. “Hey!” she yelled. He watched the boy snatch the woman’s purse, his body tensing for action. And then his eyes moved to the woman and uncharacteristically, he froze. “Hey! He stole my purse! Stop him! He stole my purse!” she shouted. Nate vaguely registered she was an American tourist. Nate also absently noticed that no one moved to assist. In that brief moment in time, Nate was too busy drinking in the vision that was her, he himself didn’t move a muscle. She was tall, incredibly tall. And curvy, delectably curvy. She had the most unusual colored hair. Hair that he knew from vast experience living in a house with Laura and Danielle for years came through a supremely talented and expensive stylist’s hands. And she had an exquisite face, flawless skin and a bearing that was extraordinary. She had been given a wide berth around her even on the crowded pavement. Not because she was screaming her head off but instead because she was majestic, radiant, elegant… Untouchable. In a stupor from simply looking at her, the boy with her purse charged right by Nate. Not in a stupor, she realized no one was going to help her, gave up screaming and charged right after the boy. At the noise, Victor turned away from the car and Nate shifted to watch in astonishment as she deftly and agilely dodged the crowd, her long legs a match for the short boy. Then Nate watched in stunned surprise as she jumped onto the thief’s back with a graceful leap. Everyone stared in shock but no one lifted a finger except a few started to take photographs. “Give me back my purse, you thug!” she shouted. Wrapping her long legs around her prey, one arm around his neck, she slapped him around the head with the other hand. The thief staggered back then he staggered with intent and slammed her against the side of the building. Her head snapped back and cracked against the stone so loudly Nate could hear it from where he stood twenty paces away. At the sound Nate jerked out of his stupor and forged forward.  

  

Kristin Ashley - headshotAbout Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.  

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hard Justice by Lori Foster - Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.

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Author: Lori Foster 
Publication Date:  21 March 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: Body Armor, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA/Suspense
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Description:

Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…




My Review:

I am throughly enjoying this spin off series from Lori Fosters Ultimate series.  That series was my first foray into MMA based writing and I love that she is taking a turn and giving some of these guys a new life as bodyguards in an elite agency.  

I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, we all know how nice it was to see Leese, bad boy (and not the good kind of bad boy...really just a bad. boy) the Hero in book 1, Under Pressure (click link to see my review) get his final redemption and HEA, but there was just something special about Justice and Fallon's story.  I'll admit when I first met Justice in this book I thought 'oh crap, he's going to be a smart ass with a chip on is shoulder in this book.' but man I was so happy to discover my first impression was way off the mark.  Justice is a truly sweet, kind, and loving Hero and Fallon, with her sweetness, insecurities and guilelessness, is the perfect Heroine for him.

I will admit that at times I found Fallon frustrating with how trusting she is and how 'proper' she believes she has to be.  Allowing one character to continue to basically harass her out of some feeling of 'duty' or 'honor' bugged me.  Justice had it right every time he tried to tell her to let him deal with the guy.  Of course it all works out in the end but that doesn't stop the frustration when you are working through the story.  On the other side of that frustration was a feeling of pride as we watch Fallon work to take her life back.  After a horrific event her once 'hovering' parents become overbearing in their fear for her safety, and really while you can't blame them, they are honestly doing what every parent deep down wishes they could do in order to keep their child safe, they take their concern for her safety to the extreme which leads to Fallon being overly sheltered and at the age of 24 almost child like in her experiences.  I loved that she fights to gain control over her life but at every turn she is still thoughtful and respectful to her parents feelings.  It is not just about her being free but it is about them learning to let her go.

I'd like to say right now that I LOVED Fallon's mother.  I kept thinking how like Justice I found her to be and then had that confirmed near the end of the story that made me want to punch the air and shout YES!  While I am on the topic of 'family' I just have to mention Justice's grandmother....I want her in every book!  Talk about a woman with pluck and spirit.  I need her out there digging into everyone's business and bringing smiles to my face when things get tough.  She was hilarious and I plain and simple did not get enough of her!

Not only do we get a sweet love story full of depth and character growth, Lori gives us the suspense I have come to expect from her stories, and I think that this time around this has to be one of the more devious plots to come out of this series or the Ultimate series.  I will say I wish that we got more of an understanding as to why, other than the simple explanation of entitlement and arrogance.  Maybe that's just my desire to believe that people can't be so horrible just because they feel like they have the right, that there has to be something deeper to their reasoning, it is simply hard to understand the I have the money so I have the right concept.

I love that we get so much time with the Ultimate characters, it always makes me smile to see their updates and the fact that Lori brings us back to them every book for that glimpse gives me major happy feels.  I miss that group so much so it is wonderful seeing that their stories really haven't ended.  We also get a big look into Miles who I am guessing has to be our next Body Armor story and man am I ever curious about his mysterious love interest.  I am also wondering in the back of my mind if we may see Tomahawk as a hero in the future.  I missed getting a little snippet about Sahara's brother...in the first book I got the impression that there is quite a story surrounding her brother so I kept looking for a maybe a little hint that something would be happening there, but nothing this book.  Also, what is up with Sahara and Brand, *temples fingers together and hums with giddy curiosity*.

Hard Justice is a great addition to the Body Armor series, I am definitely hooked and anxious for more!  If you love contemporary romance with an MMA background, if you love alpha guys who aren't asshole alphas but plain and simple alpha males who protect their community and the ones they love then you will love this series!  

~ HAPPY READING ~ 


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It took Fallon a few seconds more to get her feet moving, then she darted to the closet with new excitement. Shoot, even having a bodyguard would be an adventure when the bodyguard looked like him.

She stepped into her flat-heeled shoes, found a cardigan to pull on over her top and chose a scarf to drape around her neck. She didn’t particularly like the outfit, but no way would she make him wait while she went through her wardrobe.

After one last fluff of her brown hair and a quick swipe of gloss over her lips, Fallon squared her shoulders, filled her lungs with a fortifying breath for courage and ventured forth.

The second she stepped out, she heard his deep voice and paused to listen.

“No need to worry. I’ll cover her.”

Her father choked, turned it into a cough, and said with authority, “She is not to be alone. Not for a single second.”

“Promise I’ll stick real close.”

Alarmed, her father corrected, “But not too close.”

“Just close enough, then.”

“No one is to get too cozy with her either.”

“No cozy shenanigans,” he said. “Got it.”

“She’s naive and doesn’t understand that thugs—” here her father paused for effect, his narrowed gaze on the man “—might try to use her to get to her wealth.”

“Yeah? That’s happened before?”

“Well…no.” Her father harrumphed in that familiar way that showed his annoyance. “But it’s a very real concern.”





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Lori Foster - Author photoAbout Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.    

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Soul Mates by Nadine Nightingale - Review and Giveaway

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Soul Mates by Nadine Nightingale! 
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Soul Mates

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Author:  Nadine Nightingale
Publication Date:  10 March 2107
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Series:  Drag Me To Hell, book 2
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 5 Stars
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Book Description:

Alex is a righteous witch hunter. I’m a stab-worthy witch. We loved each other once. Now, we can’t stand to be near each other. It’s my fault. We are natural born enemies, after all. I had to help him save his brother from a psychotic voodoo priest, though. What can I say? I like Little Remington as much as I pretend to dislike Alex. Besides, he promised to never bother me again after that.   He kept his end of the bargain. I left my dubious life behind and started over. All is well. Until—   The truth about a deal with hell is revealed. I have to choose between the ultimate sacrifice or losing jerk-face forever. One will live, one will die. Who, solely depends on my selfishness.


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My Review:

So don't ask me how it happened, clearly me just not paying attention and getting so excited about a books synopsis that I disregarded the facts, but I managed to go into this book not realizing it was a second in a series, I have no excuse.  The good thing however is that Nadine does a wonderful job in giving us the background we need in Soul Mates that you won't be lost one bit and you won't feel like you're being overwhelmed with unnecessary 'history' if you're smarter than me and read the first book well, first.  Now does that mean I think you can pick this book up and never worry about reading the Karma (the first book), no.   You know how much I advocate for reading a series in order, its a big thing for me.  Yes you won't be totally lost, woot, but if you want the full story and feel then definetely begin at book one.  To Nadine Nightingale however, thank you for keeping this clueless for a moment reader in the loop.  I love how the background information wasn't lumped in one chapter but spread out through the book so I get it when needed and not overwhelmed by it.

On another note I have to mention how much I love that Amanda is a Styx fan (I am so happy people still know who Styx is) and not so much a Led Zeppelin fan.  Even though she drove me nuts more often than not with her attitude which I would describe as sassy if you know what I mean she and I could still be good friends due to her music preferences.  Haha.

I went into this a bit nervous because I love Paranormal Romance but I typically stick to my tried and true authors because a paranormal done wrong is just DNF worthy and it takes a lot to make me DNF a book, but I am so glad this came across my desk and I gave it a chance.  The drama can get to you every now and again but the storyline is all there, the character development, particularly for Amanda (in this book) is all there, the laugh, the anger, the swoons....it's all in this book.  This is a clever, witty, fun, frustrating, (only because you are wondering why they don't see what everyone else sees) romantic, and moving read.  I want so much for these characters now, even our secondary characters.  Everyone in this book plays a vital part and you will fall in love with each of them.  I want Amanda and her sister to mend their bond, I want Alex and Amanda to admit their love, (I want that one part to have been a fluke) I want something to happen between Bonnie and Jesse to have something, (and I will want their story as well) I want JJ to get a story, because, Amanda is right and who wouldn't fall in love with her, I want to know more about Leandro, (what is going on there, all the feels and questions) and finally Bay...maybe he and JJ, I don't know.  What I do know is I am ready for so much more from this series.  You are totally going to sit down with it and read nonstop because the action keeps coming and reader investment is high in this one.

I will warn you this comes with a cliffhanger and I am typically not a fan of them but I can't regret having read it and being left hanging.  It didn't piss me off but I am anxious to get my hands on the next book and hopefully soon.

If you are a fan of PNR definitely pick up this series and unlike me do start from the beginning, haha. Get ready to be absolutely engrossed in the story and ready for more.  More, more, more....I need it now, is there really a much better review than that.  Get these in your hands!

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Author PhotoNadine aka Dini is a traveler at heart. She considers the world her home and practically lives out of her suitcases. When she’s not glaring at a blank page or abusing her poor keyboard, she spends her time reading, watching movies (preferably horror), pretends to work out, and hangs out with friends and family. Poor girl also suffers from a serious Marvel superhero addiction. So, if you run into her at night, wearing black, know she’s secretly dreaming of being the infamous Black Widow. Her love for writing started in the sixth grade where she annoyed her classmates with a short story featuring Sailor Moon characters, a cemetery, and creepy ghosts. Yes, she’s always been addicted to the dark side. Nadine writes paranormal romance. Her debut novel “Karma” the first book in her paranormal romance series Drag.Me.To.Hell. is published by the Wild Rose Press and will be out in May 2016. She has a serious girl crush on her protagonist Amanda Bishop. Nadine has a BA in Comparative Religions and studied Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.    

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Undone by Wendy Higgins - Cover Reveal








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Told from dual points of view, Undone is the upcoming finale for New York Times bestseller, Wendy Higgins’s, apocalyptic romance trilogy. 

Best friends Remy Haines and Amber Tate are separated with no way to contact one another—no way to know if the other still lives. Remy and Jacob (Tater) Tate are taken as prisoners to the alien camp in Nevada, while Amber escapes to another hidden military bunker in Alaska with her crew of military friends.

Does Rylen make it to Alaska after his fighter jet is caught in the sight of two enemy jets?

Will Remy and Tater be able to fool the aliens into believing they’re allies, and possibly earn their trust enough to infiltrate? And how will Remy handle her feelings for Tater, especially when she earns the attention of a very important man at the camp?

Will humanity be saved?


Find out November 7, 2017 in Undone.




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Book Description:

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins's debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. 

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she'll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother's best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She's wrong on both counts. When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed-everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn't one to hide or watch helplessly. She's determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.






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New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins brings you the second book in this thrilling war-torn world.

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.





Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN series.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett by Gerald M. O'Connor - Spotlight



I am really excited to share 
The Origins of Benjamin Hackett 
by Gerald M. O'Connor with you today.  
I have been out of town due to a family funeral but have this on the top of my review pile for next month.  
Check it out below and look for my review next month! 

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett is out now!



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Book Description:

All families have secrets. Most go untold…

In the summer of ’96, Benjamin Hackett has come of age, technically. And in the midst of the celebratory hangover, his world is whipped out from under his feet. His parents have finally shared their lifelong secret with him; he’s adopted.

At the age of eighteen, the boy still has some growing up to do, and with the help of JJ, his loquacious consigliore and bodyguard, he embarks on an adventure that’ll put to bed a lifetime of lies.

Over the course of five days, they find themselves caught up in the darker side of Cork. But when they sweep through the misfits blocking their way and finally discover the truth of it…now that’s the greatest shock of all.

The Origins of Benjamin Hackett is a tender tale of heartache and displacement told through a wry and courageous voice. Set in Ireland, it’s a timely reminder that the world hasn’t moved on just as fast as we fancy. Now, in this emotionally charged story, Gerald O’Connor explores conditioned guilt and its consequences in a country still hiding from the sins of its past.


Praise for The Origins of Benjamin Hackett:

"The Origins of Benjamin Hacket by Gerald O'Connor is a raucous and riotous coming of age story that is brutal, tender and hilarious." -- Paul D. Brazill, author of A Case of Noir and Guns of Brixton

"O'Connor doles out killer dialogue that adds oodles of character to this hero's journey. Told with the lilt and panache of Joseph O'Connor and Dermot Bolger in their novels of the 90s, Gerald O'Connor is the new and improved voice we've been waiting for." -- Gerard Brennan, author of Undercover and Wee Rockets

"Visceral writing that inherits a long Irish tradition. O'Connor's narrative contains sharp characterisation, and has an assured voice, while dramatising conditioned guilt with humour and style." -- Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour and One Lost Summer and others

"If you're expecting the usual coming-of-age tale, you're in for a big shock. This is a tale big on heart and one which the author, Gerald O'Connor, has hied religiously to the advice of Harry Crews for writers, to leave out the parts readers skip. None of those parts remain in these pages. An auspicious debut!" -- Les Edgerton, author of The Death of Tarpons, The Bitch, The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping, Bomb, and others




I am a native Corkonian, born in 1975 in the village of Blarney. I studied dentistry in University College Cork and spent 18 years working in the UK. I am currently living in Dublin with my long-term partner, Rosemarie, along with our three children.

I have been writing all my life in many ways, but for the last four years I have been doing it full-time. I love to read all books, no matter the genre. I write character-driven novels of various styles ranging from fantasy to black comedy to contemporary literature. When I am not glued to the keyboard, I enjoy sci-fi films, spending time with my very patient family and being anywhere in sight of the sea.

My first novel ‘The Origins of Benjamin Hackett’ will be released on the 6th of February 2017 by DOWN AND OUT BOOKS, and will be available on trade paperback and ebook formats. I am currently working on the final draft of my second novel ‘The Tanist’ which is due for completion soon.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wicked Favor and Wicked Wish by Sawyer Bennett - Cover Reveal

Sad to have seen The Wicked Horse come to an end? Well, a new one’s been opened in Vegas and it’s hotter than ever! Wicked Favor & Wicked Wish are the first two books in the new series from New York Times Bestselling Author Sawyer Bennett.

Wicked Favor releases June 5th and Wicked Wish releases August 15th, both are standalones. 

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New York Times bestselling author, Sawyer Bennett, is happy to introduce a new Wicked Horse club in Las Vegas and you’re cordially invited to attend the grand opening... 

 As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up. Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed. As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.  

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 New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett heats up Sin City when the Wicked Horse comes to Las Vegas. Stop by and visit the Wicked Horse Vegas to fulfill your Wicked Wish and to make your darkest desires reality.    

In celebration of the opening of The Wicked Horse Vegas, you can now purchase The Wicked Horse series as a boxed set! The Wicked Horse Boxed Set is available for a limited time only.

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AuthorPhoto Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mixed Up by Emma Hart - Cover Reveal

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Hiring my brother’s best friend was not on my to-do list. Neither was he.    
Expanding my dirty cocktail bar into food was supposed to be easy, except finding a chef in my little town of Whiskey Key is anything but. Until Parker Hamilton comes home—bringing his Michelin starred chef’s hat with him. He has no work. I need someone like him in my new kitchen. There’s just one problem: I hate his cocky, filthy-mouthed, sexy-as-hell guts. Even if I might want him. Just a little…     
Working for my best friend’s sister? Not on my to-do list. She’s another story.   
Whiskey Key was supposed to be a relaxing vacation, except I haven’t reached the heights I have by lying in a hammock drinking cocktails. So when Raven Archer is desperate for a chef, I offer up my skills. I’m bored. She needs what I can give her. Except there’s a problem: I’ve always hated her. Her and her big, blue eyes, sassy mouth, and killer curves. If only I didn’t want her.      

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emma-hartBy day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye - Review, Excerpt, Trailer, and Giveaway

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From New York Times Bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes the first steamy standalone in her Raven Riders Series

RIDE HARD! 

A sexy romantic suspense, you might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! 

The Raven Riders Series takes you on a new adventure and kicks it into overdrive!

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Author: Laura Kaye
Publication Date:  26 April 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series:  Raven Riders, book 1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, MC based
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 5 Stars





Book Description:

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders… 

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before…

 

My Review:

If you know me at all you know that I love myself a biker book.  I love the nitty gritty of it all, the passion for their lives and their relationships, for their club and 'brothers', I love the description of the MC flying down the road, imagining the sound of all the motorcycles and the wind in my face.....what I love most about the Raven Riders though is that they aren't the typical dark club, they aren't really 1%ers...they are a group with a mission to protect those that can't protect themselves.  They are all the things described above, a lot of hell with a large dash of heart and heaven thrown in.  


Her two main characters Dare and Haven will have you falling in love.  Haven is on the run from her past, an abusive relationship with her father, a man who isn't ready to let her 'go' and is now tracking her.  She ends up in the best place she can, the Raven Riders compound and with their mission to protect the 'innocent' she finds herself safe for the first time in her life, unfortunately it can never be quite that easy.  Dare is Raven Riders President and he takes their role seriously, the appearance of Heaven at his club peeks his interest and Haven makes him want something that he hasn't wanted since losing his mother and brother, to let down his walls and let someone in.

I loved the relationship between these two.  It's full of passion and struggle.  Watching them fight their growing attractions because neither feels good enough for the other can be sad at times, but we all know Laura Kaye isn't going to leave us crying in our beers and she gives up a beautiful story with our craved for HEA.  Watching this couple grow, Dare coming to know that he can be more than the President of the Club, that he still has a heart to give, watching Haven become confident in who she is on her own and grow into a strong woman, is inspiring.  

 The secondary characters will have you craving more, I can't wait for each book and I am hoping it will be a nice long series similar to Hard Ink.   The storyline will have you turning ALL the pages in one sitting because you can't put the book down! I love that our Hard Ink family make an appearance, it was so hard (no pun intended) to leave the Hard Ink crew behind.  I really grew to love them and their stories.  I was so happy that they made an appearance and I don't think this is even the last time we will see them, they may not make huge role appearances but I am hopeful they are there and we get peeks into their lives through out the entire series.  The Raven Riders have a similar vibe to her Hard Ink men only more raw. If you liked Hard Ink you will love these guys but don't worry that you are getting more of the same these guys are different 'beasts'! Their stories are just as touching though...if not perhaps a little more. 


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Excerpt:

“So much better out here,” Haven said, the night air cool against the tingling warmth of her skin. Although she was pretty sure that not all of the heat burning through her insides was from the alcohol—her unusual flirtatiousness and closeness to Dare over the past half hour had made her desperate with a heat that had nothing to do with her drinking game.

She walked to the railing and leaned against it, chuckling a little at herself for needing the support it offered. She felt so damn free, and it was a heady, exhilarating thing.

“What’s funny?” Dare asked, settling a hip against the railing right beside her. Arms crossed, jaw ticking with tension, dark eyes blazing, he was staring at her like he wanted to reprimand her or devour her. Oddly, neither alarmed her the way she would’ve expected it to.

Haven shook her head, leaning it back and letting her gaze float over the night sky. Blurry points of light swam in the moonlit heavens. It was beautiful and peaceful despite the pounding bass beat of music thumping from inside the clubhouse. “Not funny, just good. Happy, you know? Being able to do something a little . . . scary, but knowing I’d be safe doing it.” When Dare’s gaze narrowed, she shrugged. “I don’t know.”

A long moment passed before Dare finally spoke. “You are safe here, Haven. Never doubt it.”

Peering up at him, she nodded, all kinds of words sitting on the tip of her tongue, challenging her to let them fly. “It’s weird feeling safe—or at least safer—after a lifetime of not. It makes me want to try things I could never let myself try before. It makes me . . .” She shook her head and dipped her chin.

Dare stepped closer, his thighs coming up against her hip. He lifted her chin and made her look at him. The contact combined with the command in the gesture lanced white-hot desire through her veins. “Makes you what?”

“Want to feel alive,” she whispered, her heart suddenly racing in her chest.

Dare’s jaw ticked again as his gaze swept over her face. She didn’t think she was imagining the raw emotion pouring off of him and wrapping around her, but she wasn’t sure if she was reading that emotion right or projecting her own desire onto him.

“Do you feel alive, Dare?” she asked, the alcohol flowing through her and the night spinning around her like she was walking through a dream.

“Jesus,” he bit out.

The rough desperation in his voice made her wet between her legs. “Just once,” she whispered, not sure what she was asking him for.

But he seemed to know. Because his hand was suddenly tangled in her hair and his mouth was suddenly on hers, claiming, probing, tasting. 

Haven moaned and parted her lips, inviting him deeper.

Dare jerked back from her, his fingers rubbing roughly over his lips. “Fuck, I’m sorry.”

On instinct, Haven’s body pursued his, pinning his back to the railing. “Please don’t stop,” she said as her hands gripped his shoulders. She had the strongest urge to climb him, to wrap her legs around him, to grind against the hard bulge pressing electrically against her belly.

“Please,” she whispered, tilting her mouth toward his. “I liked it.”

Dare’s hand cupped the back of her head. “You’re killing me.”

“Dare,” she said, her body restless against his.

In a move that sent the world spinning, he flipped them around so that she was the one pinned against the railing. He pushed his legs between hers and leaned down over her, forcing her to arch her back, to yield, to open to him. “Tell me what you want from me. Say the words,” he said, his eyes absolutely on fire.

Her heart was a runaway train in her chest, frantic and picking up speed. The thought of giving voice to her desires was terrifying and thrilling and dizzying all at once.

“I want your mouth,” she said. The words sounded odder out loud than they had in her head, but they were more accurate than asking him to kiss her—because her mouth wasn’t the only place she wanted his.

“Jesus,” he rasped again, his mouth coming down on hers once more.

The whimper she released was part relief, part anticipation. It had been so long since she’d kissed someone that she felt a little uncertain, but Dare’s intensity barely allowed her the capacity to worry about it. He was like a dark storm bearing down on her, relentless, magnetic, all-consuming.

Rough callouses from his hands scratched against her cheeks as he guided her. Hard breaths spilled over her lips, and the wet slide of his tongue tasted like whiskey and desire and man. Her hands found the soft length of his hair, and her breasts pushed against the hard plane of his chest.

Then her lips were freed as his mouth slid over her skin—exploring her cheek, her jaw, her ear, her neck. He hiked her up to sit on the wide railing, the move surprising a gasp out of her, especially as he crowded the space between her legs, pushing himself closer, bringing his erection against the place between her legs craving friction, hardness, so much more of him. Maybe even all of him.

One strong arm wrapped around her back and held her steady, while the other hand stroked her hair, her face, her breast. The soft groans and breathy grunts spilling out of him were delicious and thrilling, and bolstered her confidence that she wasn’t the only one losing herself in this moment, in these touches. She almost couldn’t believe this was happening, and part of her was certain she must be dreaming. Because Haven Randall didn’t have beautiful things in her life. At least, never before.



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HARD AS STEEL now available 

RIDE HARD now available 

RIDE ROUGH coming April 25th, 2017 

RIDE WILD coming October 31st, 2017

     
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Laura Kaye - author picAbout Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Raven Riders, and Blasphemy series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.      






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