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Cover Reveal * WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wicked Trilogy.

It is being released on December 8th, 2014. So make sure you pre-order it today!!

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WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

 

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Book Blast: Vampire Secrets by RaShelle Workman

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Title: Vampire Secrets (Blood and Snow Season Two)
Author: RaShelle Workman
Genre: Urban Fantasy (Reinvented Fairytale)
Release Date: September 14, 2014
Publisher: Polished Pen Press Corporation
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Blood and Snow Season Two Book 2 ~ Vampire Secrets

A dream is a wish your heart makes… It’s been a month since Jasmine agreed to the wish that would keep Laeddin safe. By all accounts she should be happy. She’s attending high school, hanging out with friends, and spending time with Laeddin. but she isn’t. Ever since the sorceress ripped away a part of her, she hasn’t felt like herself. To make matters worse, the man with red eyes, the one that haunted her dreams, is appearing in real life. And demonic creatures keep showing up in Salem. The question on both counts is why? Jasmine must figure out who the man is and what the creatures want. Thankfully, she isn’t alone. Laeddin, Peter, Zoe, and some friends from the mansion next door will help. And then there’s the sorceress. she’s using what she took from Jasmine to inflict havoc on the human realm as well as other realms.

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Rashelle Workman photo 6-7-14me2_zps37bfac11.jpg RaShelle Workman is the author of the popular Blood and Snow series. She loves to reinvent fairy tales teens and adults can sink their teeth into. Her stories include kissing, vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, and more kissing. Her books: Sleeping Roses, Exiled, Beguiled, and Dovetailed have foreign rights contracts with a Turkish publisher. RaShelle is also one of the co-founders of Indie Recon LIVE, a self publishing conference that will debut October 10-11, 2014 in Sandy, Utah.

 

 

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Cover Reveal * FORBIDDEN FLAWS by Pepper Winters

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Title: FORBIDDEN FLAWS

Author: Pepper Winters

Release Date: November 10, 2014

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She’s forbidden.

Saffron Carlton is the darling of the big screen, starlet on the red carpet, and wife of mega producer Felix Carlton. Her life seems perfect with her overflowing bank balance, adoring fans, and luxury homes around the world. Everyone thinks they know her. But no one truly does.

The silver limelight is tainted the day the couple announce their divorce.

He’s flawed.

Raised in squalor, fed on violence and poverty, Cas Smith knows the underbelly of the world. He’s not looking for fame or fortune. He’s looking for a job to get him the hell away from the danger of illegal fighting, and comes face to face with the woman who ran all those years ago.

Unable to turn down her job offer, he agrees to be her bodyguard and personal trainer, all while she hides her secrets.

He had no intention of letting her back into his heart.

But neither of them were prepared for what happens when forbidden and flawed collide —fracturing the world they know, changing the rules forever.

 

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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.

Her Dark Erotica books include:

Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)

Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3)

Debt Inheritance (Indebted Series)

Her Grey Romance books include:

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Cover Reveal: Away (The Keaton Series) by B.A. Wolfe

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AwayEbook_2014Title: Away (The Keaton Series)

Author: B.A. Wolfe

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: 11/20/13

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What good is running AWAY when you only end up lost?

Cassandra Pierce had her whole “perfect” life planned out by her parents. One night of pure weakness and lust has her running away from it all and seeking refuge in Alamosa with her best friend. But it seems life has other plans for her when she finds herself lost in the small town of Keaton.

Jason Bradley is a charming country guy. He lives a simple life that’s nothing like what Cassandra is used to. A single moment in life changed everything he thought he once knew, leaving him with a broken heart and an unplanned future.

What happens in Keaton is nothing Cassandra or her heart could have ever prepared for. The instant connection she shares with Jason is no secret, but what they’re keeping hidden from one another is. Will these two be able to find a way to trust each other or will their secrets tear them apart?

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profileB.A. Wolfe is a girl with a passion for reading and writing, and lives in the good ol’ state of Colorado with her husband (her biggest cheerleader), and her two crazy min pin fur babies. These days, her life is anything but calm, and there isn’t one thing she’d want to change. B.A. spends all her free time either furiously typing stories on her laptop or happily reading through her endless TBR on her Kindle. Her list of favorites would be long enough to fll a book, but most would likely fall under the romance category. She is a sucker for a good love story that makes her cry, and an amazing book boyfriend who will melt her heart. ‘Away’ is B.A. Wolfe’s debut novel.

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Release Day Blitz * ROCK ADDICTION by Nalini Singh

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RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014

SYNOPSIS

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.

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The China Dogs by Sam Masters (Review)

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Title: The China Dogs
Author: Sam Master
Genre: Thriller
Publish Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins

 

 

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Man’s best friend is about to become America’s worst enemy…

When a sudden rash of deadly canine attacks hits the greater Miami area, Lieutenant “Ghost” Walton, Special Ops, takes little notice. Blame it on the heat, a rare disease, or the fact that people just don’t know how to take care of their pets.

But when the body count rises, and the perimeter of blood and carnage spreads wider and wider, into the farthest reaches of Miami-Dade county, Ghost has no choice but to pay attention. Doggedly, he tries to uncover the link between these lethal incidents, but he doesn’t count on falling for a sassy out-of-towner with a dark past, nor does he expect to stumble onto a plot that threatens national security.

David’s Review:

This is the first book I have read from author Sam Masters and I anticipate it will not be my last.  China Dog was a thrilling read that was extremely fast paced with its short chapters and multiple POV. The main protagonist is  Police Detective Walton, who is also known as “Ghost”.  Ghost is faced with an increasing number of deaths from dog attacks in the Miami area within a short period of time.

What he doesn’t know is that this is an intricate terrorist attack devised by one of the United States’ most ruthless enemies.  A hostile takeover is the end goal and they are using our most trusted pets to massacre and maim.  But Ghost is stubbornly tenacious. He is resolute in his belief that these are no ordinary dog attacks.  Even if his superiors are not in agreement, he has no qualms about suffering insubordination in order to get to the truth. With minimal support from his department, he accepts the help of an aspiring photojournalist who is new to the Miami area, who is someone that he has become closely involved with.  It does not take long for a relationship to develop between the two characters.  With her spiky black hair and her brash attitude, Zoe Speed seems to be the complete opposite of Miami PD’s Lieutenant Walton, but in many ways, they complement each other as well. Both are broken and gutsy people, and both are afraid to get too close to the other.

The novel also includes a plot involving  two scientists. In another part of the world, a father and a son,  conducts experiments on these feral creatures trying to find a way to contain them. They are being deceived by their leaders and believe the propaganda they are being told.  National leaders meet in closed doors and threats are made. Their countries are unaware of what is going on. The book will take you to several cities and nations, from Miami to New York, to China and Korea and many other places along the way. I doubt the reader will be bored from lingering in one area.

If you, the reader, already have a fear of dogs, then I would not recommend this book.  The author executes the thriller aspect of this novel well and the suspense builds with every chapter.

Young and old. Babies and young children. Men and Women. They are all susceptible to the same fate. The book can be violently gruesome and does not hold back on describing a crime scene. Bodies are mutilated, so be forewarned. But behind the tragedies there is a back drop of political intrigue which was just as absorbing. There are so many characters in the book that is does sometimes get confusing in the beginning, but the further you read the more engrossing these characters become.

I would highly recommend this book to readers that love suspenseful and gruesome thrillers.  It was an engaging book that kept me reading well into the night.

A 5 star review for this thrilling novel, and I am hoping this will become a series! If so, I can’t wait for the next addition!

 

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Chapter 1

Gobi Desert, Northeastern China

The silver buses drive across the land of endless sand. Onboard are prisoners from China’s notorious Death Row. Rapists, serial murderers, and child abusers.

Twenty men about to be given an extraordinary chance to live.

To wipe the slate clean.

The long vehicles that carry them are equipped with lethal electrocution equipment, state-of-the-art technology designed to deliver on-the-spot executions. The inmates can choose to stay on board and be quickly put to death; their organs harvested there and then and sold to those needing donations.

Or—when the doors swing open—they can run for their lives. Run into one of the largest deserts in the world and take their chances with what lies out there.

Air brakes hiss, sand sprays, and the five buses come to a syn- chronized stop in the blistering heat.

Three army copters hover in the sweltering air. Military bosses watch like circling vultures.

On cue, automated locks clunk and the big doors of the ve- hicles slide open.

Clouds of hot sand rise as the bare feet of desperate men jump and run from the vehicles.

No one remains.

Six miles away—six miles north, south, east, and west—the doors of four armored personnel carriers also open .

General Fu Zhang peers down like God. Watches life and death play out. People reduced to black dots, scattered like dung beetles. He can’t help but think it would be better for the men if they’d stayed on the buses.

Their deaths would be less painful.

The leader of China’s armed forces follows each and every fa- tality on his video monitor.

Nonchalantly, he waves a hand to the pilot to return to base.

He is pleased.

Seldom has he seen such efficient slaughter. Such economic carnage.

Project Nian is nearing completion.

 

About the Author

SAM MASTERS is a pseudonym for an author who has written seven books, including a bestseller that has sold in more than 30 countries. This is his first novel for Witness.

 

 

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Spotlight: London Calling by James Craig

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Title: London Calling

Genre: Police Procedural/Adult

Author: James Craig

Publish Date: Sept 9, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

 

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Edgar Carlton is rich, handsome, and in line to be the next Prime Minister. But his rise to the top takes a steep turn
downwards when somebody begins murdering alumni of the 1984 Merrion Club, an exclusive Cambridge University
society to which he belongs. Bullheaded Inspector Carlyle is tasked with handling this delicate case and, to discover the killer, he must question all the members of the 1984 Merrion Club. But finding the truth proves difficult when this group of powerful men is so
determined to let events of the past remain in the dark…

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JAMES CRAIG has worked in London as a journalist and as a consultant for almost thirty years. He lives in Covent Garden with his wife and daughter.

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Cover Reveal: Midnight Eclipse by Arial Burnz

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Title: Midnight Eclipse (Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles #4)

Author: Arial Burnz

Genre: Paranormal Vampire and Shifters

Setting: Historical

Publish Date: November 7th, 2014

 

Book 4 – Shetland Islands, 1734 – Shapeshifting Pirates

This paranormal adventure contains a sexy vampire and a kick-ass wolf-shapeshifting heroine. It also contains lots of other sexy shapeshifters, has strong romantic elements with HOT love scenes, and swashbuckling pirate action.

Broderick MacDougal follows the familiar yearning of his soul to a fierce warrior who is as seductive as a siren at sea – and she is just as deadly. The world of the supernatural opens to Broderick as he not only finds himself in the midst of an ancient war of shape shifters, the devious Cordelia Harley has re-entered his life and has a few of her own surprises.

Born into a hated race of Norse werewolves, Celina Hunter knows all too well the dangers of trusting anyone other than her two brothers. And yet the survival of her family hinges on trusting the strangely familiar Broderick MacDougal, a natural enemy of her kind…yet one her tribe’s Shaman advisors confirm is her soul mate. Enemy or not, Celina slips into the spell of this vampire’s promises of eternal love, gambling with all she holds dear.

Broderick and Celina are bound by a curse, but having come this far through the centuries, Broderick is not about to risk his chance at having his soul mate for eternity. The price, however, may be more than Celina is willing to pay as there is more at stake than just her immortal soul.

 

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Paranormal & Fantasy Fiction Author

ArialBurnz_300x353I’m an author of paranormal and fantasy fiction, and I love all things magical! My adult stories tend to have strong romantic themes and usually some pretty HOT sex, so I do NOT recommend my adult fiction for anyone under the age of 18. You have been warned! However, my young adult and children’s stories (written as Christine Davies) are more than suitable for younger readers. Those stories are also fantasy fiction.

I love to create detailed worlds and very layered plots, creating the type of books I love to sit down before a warm, cozy fire and disappear into another world! I hope you like them, too.

Other little tidbits about me that might interest you:

  • I am a Desert Storm Veteran – I served 5 years in the US Air Force and was stationed in Germany, England and Turkey. I spent a total of 6 years overseas.
  • I am a certified hypnotherapist and the study of psychology is a hobby of mine. (GREAT for character development)
  • For a few years I was an actress and did some voiceover work, which I now apply to the podcast I host at pnrradio.com
  • I was born in Chicago, Illinois (do NOT pronounce that with an “s” at the end…it is silent! Obviously, that’s a pet peeve of mine…lol)
  • My husband and I are planning to retire in Ireland…or at least somewhere overseas.

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Release Day Launch * MELT FOR HIM by Lauren Blakely * Excerpt * GIVEAWAY

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We are so excited to bring the Release Day Launch for Lauren Blakely’s MELT FOR HIM! MELT FOR HIM is the first full length novel Lauren’s written in the Fighting Fire Series published by Entangled Brazen. Snap up this saucy read today! MELT FOR HIM releases on Sept. 8, and is $2.99 for pre-order and release week, and will then go to $3.99. Her novella BURN FOR ME is free for a limited time!!

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“Why didn’t you tell me you were from here?” he asked, holding his hands out in question.

She furrowed her brow. “What?”

“I had no idea you were Travis’s sister,” he said, and he sounded pissed.

“And I had no idea you were a fireman,” she said, parking her hands on her hips.

He shoved a hand roughly through his hair, shook his head. “And I had no idea you were the photographer. You said you were an artist.”

“I am!” she said, her voice rising. What the hell? “I can draw, and I do tattoos. I also happen to be good at shooting pictures. Besides, you said you were a bar owner,” she pointed out, as if they could both redo this colossal mistake by rehashing the moments they both could have been more honest. “Why didn’t you tell me more about yourself?” she countered.

He didn’t answer. He moved closer, maybe a foot away now. The anger felt like a pulsating life force, but there was something else between them, too. Heat. And want. The nearness was intoxicating. She could reach out and touch his chest. That broad, sturdy chest that she’d loved having her hands all over.

She was edgy now, nervous, as they stood like two sparring partners, tucked away in the back hallway of the coffee shop near the restrooms. She wanted him to touch her again, and she hated that she was still thinking of last night, and how they’d connected so deeply in bed. But also in their conversations all through the night and up to a few minutes ago when they were texting. She was torn between needing to leave and wanting him to pin her against the wall and bury her in kisses that made her weak in the knees.

Too bad she could never do any of those things with him again.

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I want to let you all in on a little secret about me. I love hot firemen. I stare at hot fireman. I slow down when driving past the fire station to try to get a better look at the men inside. Which might explain why I wrote a sexy firefighter series! But all ogling and firemen lust aside, not only are firefighters sexy, they are also brave, courageous and active in their communities. As I wrote MELT FORHIM, I learned more about the work that volunteer fire departments around the country do — both in responding to emergencies and in helping their communities. And because firefighters have given me so much inspiration, I wanted to be able to give back with this book.
That’s why I will be donating half of all my proceeds from the preorders and release week sales for MELT FOR HIM to the NVFC Firefighter Support Fund that supports the nation’s volunteer fire and EMS departments. Together, I believe we can all make a difference and help support the men and women who serve our local communities and come through for us when we need them most!

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He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.

50% of all preorders and release week sales will be donated by the author to the National Volunteer Firefighter Support Fund.

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

 

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Night Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison (Review)

18803739Title: Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7)

Author: Thea Harrison

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Publish Date:  September 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

 

 

In USA Today bestselling author Thea Harrison’s latest Novel of the Elder Races, a woman finds herself in need of protection—and seduced by honor…

On the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.

The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….

 

 

 

 

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First off I love urban fantasy and paranormal book, they are my ‘go-to’ genre of choice.  Second, I adore Thea Harrison’s writing from the Elder Race Series, to the Game of Shadows series.  She has always written books that have kept me riveted.  When Night’s Honor, was popped up on pre-order, I clicked it right away.  There would be no question that I would buy, read and love the book….. so then I read it and it’s a good book, it just isn’t up to the standard I expect of Harrison.  The book centers around Xavier del Torro and his new attendant Tess, and the first half of the book is slow.  I honestly expected to learn more about the Nightkind demesne from this book. I wanted a book that delved into the Nightkind; as her previous books have delved into the Wyr way of life. I got a glimpse into the demesne and some minor Djinn backstory, but I didn’t get the depth I wanted.  Normally Harrison does a brilliant job, and has me feeling connected to all the characters in her books from major to minor ones, but this book left be feeling that besides knowing Xavier and Tess; I still did not know the characters all that well.  I did get a wonder glimpse of Julian, and I can’t wait for more of him.

On another note, Harrison does get high marks for the last twenty five percent of the book.  If I could give just the last quarter of the book stars it would get 4.25 stars; as it was riveting, and sensually charged. Then she throws in the epilogue and I got the Empire Strike Back feeling about this book.  This book is necessary as it is a bridge into the Nightkind demesne, but could it have been better, for me as the reader yes.  Will I read more from Harrison?  There is no question I will continue to be an avid reader of her books  Do I recommend the book?  At $5.99 I would still recommend the book for the last twenty five percent, as it sets the stage for the next book.

 

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Thea HarrisonI write paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stuff. I taught myself to read when I was four. That was around the time I tried to ride my tricycle to work. I wasn’t sure where work was, but I knew it had to be interesting if people went there every day. Now I combine my love of books with work, and I don’t have to ride my tricycle to get there. My Elder Races series began May, 2011. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook!

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Title: Cold Killing

Author: Luke Delaney

Genre: Thriller Crime

Published:  May 21st 2013

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Terrifyingly authentic, London-set debut crime novel with a psychological edge, by an ex-Met detective. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham, Peter James and Stuart MacBride.

DI Sean Corrigan is not like other detectives. The terrible abuse he suffered in childhood hasn’t stopped him enjoying family life with his wife and two daughters, or pursuing an impressive career with South London’s Murder Investigation Unit. But it has left him with an uncanny ability to identify the darkness in others – a darkness he recognises still exists deep within his own psyche and battles to keep buried there. Now Sean’s on the trail of the most dangerous killer he’s ever encountered. The perpetrator has no recognisable MO, leaves no forensic evidence and his victims have nothing in common. But Sean knows they were all murdered by the same man. Now all he has to do is find the evidence, convince his bosses and stop the killing …before his adversary gets too close to home…

Review:

I’ve been currently reading more thriller books as of late.  Detective and psychological thrillers have been piquing my interest.  Characters broken with a dubious past always makes for an excellent story, and when both the antagonist and protagonist have this makeup it makes for a delectably dark read.

We are introduced to Luke Delaney’s character DI Sean Corrigan in Cold Killing. I picked this one up after a friend, ahem Robbie,  raved about his writing in The Keeper, and boy was she spot on!

Sean Corrigan is not your typical detective from how this story reads.  This is an intricate man with an intricate and deeply troubled past, although this really doesn’t come to light until the very end. Perhaps I should say, the reader has the allusion of this troubled past as we don’t really get the full spectrum of what really happens to him until closer to the end; and even in the end it just barely touches upon it.  But his past is an important part.  It’s his past that makes him better at what he does. It’s how he treats the criminal that keeps him one step ahead, and helps to catch the perpetrator in the end.

What he has is empathy, a sort of criminal instinct that is second nature to him.  That is not to be confused with sympathy, a sentiment he does not waste among the rapists and murders he is after.  But he does have empathy. He recognizes the suspects emotions, the reasoning for the way the suspects acts, and he is able to step into the footsteps of a madman if only for a few moments.  Corrigan is eerily precise as he clinically dissects and assesses the crime scene.  The death of the victims haunts him and he is fueled with the need to stop the criminal even if his driven nature hurts those close to him. Corrigan is not “superman” and I don’t believe he wants to have this gift.  But he is haunted by a past that he cannot escape and to keep from crossing that line of good and evil he needs to believe that he is inherently good, no matter what he feels inside.  And so he conforms to the good guy persona that police officers are usually associated with in our society.

This makes the reader want to cheer him on.  His internal battle is agonizingly frustrating and he hides his flaw amongst his peers and his enemies, lest they use it against him,  or perhaps worse, feel sorry for him. You want to shake Sean Corrigan and say, “You are the good guy mate, you are.” And you want his wife Kate to slap him and to make him believe it too.  But let me interrupt this review for a second to verbalize a pet peeve of mine. Why do authors insist on writing families into a thriller novel?  It really is irritating, because I can feel a domestic crash happening in a future book. I really hope that I am wrong because his wife is a strong figure, deeply committed to a difficult relationship that entails long hours and many nights where they are mere ships passing.   His wife Kate and two children keep him anchored to normalcy. They are his light.  It would be a shame if Corrigan’s family life was destroyed by all the darkness that surrounds him on a daily basis. Please don’t let me hate you Detective. I did that with the Chelsea Cain novels and I wanted throw my tablet across the room.
But back to the review, I absolutely love Delaney’s writing.  You follow along and you really have no idea what the next page will bring. The unpredictability of his story will suck the reader in.  The characters are complex, and at times you have no idea what side anyone is playing on.  No motive, mo mercy, no remorse.  You would think that was the antagonist Delaney was talking about in the front of the book.  Could he be referring to Sean Corrigan? Now I’m not so sure after having read the end.

Before concluding, may I say, that is a killer cover ;-) Just LOL’ing aren’t you?

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Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by Yesi

I WANT IT THAT WAY Synopsis:

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”

—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

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I am huge fan of the New Adult genre. I love reading a good college romance that is filled with fun yet also with struggles along the way. If you are like me and enjoy this genre then I WANT IT THAT WAY is a book that you would mostly enjoy. I was sold on the synopsis…new neighbors, a cute kid, strong attraction, etc… Ann Aguirre gives us a great hero and a great heroine, their personalities made me want to be their friend, and they are extremely likeable. She also gives us some really fun secondary characters who have tons going on in their life as college students…studying, partying, adjustments, and even heartbreak. I think I wanted to love this book more than I actually did. While the setup is really good, the story is just a little too slow building at times. No, I am not a fan of the insta-love, jump in bed within in hours of meeting, but I do want spark and excitement.

Ty is a gorgeous single dad, he only has time for his son, his work, and his studies. When Nadia enters his life, he wants her, bad, but knows it is just not the right time. She wants him just as bad and doesn’t know how to proceed. They can’t seem to stay away from each other so they come to an agreement. Does it work out? Maybe, maybe not. What does happen is that hearts get involved and things don’t turn out as one party, Nadia, would hope. And that is totally okay, I love conflict when there is good reason for it. So here is where my rating started dipping a little…too much time is spent on Nadia’s every day life in her apartment, cooking, going out, watching TV, new roommates, etc…and not enough time is spent Ty AND Nadia. He fades away, not from her mind or heart, but from her life and well, from the book. Things do pick up and the last 10% or so had me back to loving them together but I guess I just wanted more, expected more.

Overall it was a quick, easy read and I do recommend this book if you are a fan of the genre. It is a sweet, sexy, heartfelt college romance. It will make you smile, laugh at times, and it will warm your heart. Who knows, you may LOVE it and I sincerely hope that you do!

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EXCERPT:

“Where are you from?”

Ah, an actual question. That means I can ask one back.

“Nebraska, toward the South Dakota and Wyoming side, if that helps.”

“I’ve never met anyone from there.”

Michigan was a long way from home. “I usually get ‘not in Nebraska anymore’ jokes, and then I have to decide if I’m going to remind them that’s Kansas or play along.”

“What do you usually do?”

“Play along.”

“You don’t like conflict, huh?” He sounded normal tonight, as if talking to me wasn’t an unpleasant chore anymore.

That was a relief since I’d come to look forward to these moments with him so much. More, maybe, than I’d like to admit.Right. Friends. I distracted myself by considering his question. “Not if it can be avoided. I’m not what you’d call pugnacious, no. But I like to think I don’t back off important issues. What about you?”

“No.” His voice was bleak and quiet. “I don’t. Even when I should.”

Wow, that took a dark turn.

If I could’ve jumped onto his patio without breaking an ankle or waking Sam, I’d have been down there like a shot. The distance between us seemed intolerable, and from the knot in my throat, I didn’t see how I could live another second without touching him, finding out if his hair was as soft as it looked or what he smelled like. I wanted him in a way I never had before.

In high school, I had a boyfriend who played basketball, and we broke up when I left the state. It was a rational decision, and I didn’t miss him that much once I was gone. My freshman year, I went out with a lot of different guys, one date here, two dates there, but I never clicked with anyone enough to focus on them. Sometimes there were hookups with no strings, no expectations. Classes, friends and work seemed a lot more important. The intensity of this attraction was foreign and frightening, if exhilarating. I might already be backing off if I had the faintest sense that Ty was jerking me around on purpose.

Wish he didn’t make me feel this way. It’d be so much simpler if I could friend-zone him.

I realized I still hadn’t touched his verbal grenade. “We all have things we’d do differently in hindsight.”

“What is it about you?” he asked in a wondering tone.

“Huh?”

“You make me…better. Calmer.”

“Like a sedative?” I snickered. It was the least sexy thing a guy had ever said to me, including a junior high squeeze who said my face wasn’t actually that bad.

He laughed, too, a sheepish sound. “I didn’t mean it like that. Just…I’m worried pretty much all the time that I’m dropping the ball somewhere, about to face-plant, but when I come out here and hear your voice, everything backs off like ten steps. I can breathe again.”

 

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Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

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TFY ebook cover FINALTitle:  Temper for You (For You #3)

This is the Final book of the For You series and can be read as a Standalone

Author:  Genna Rulon

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date:  September 24, 2014

Cover Design: G. Relyea

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“Life is messy.  Love is messier.” –Catch and Release

Meg Adeio has led a life of isolation—not by choice, by necessity—until one act of heroism forces her out of seclusion. Despite a past shrouded in mystery, Meg is “adopted” by an eclectic group of friends that become the family she never had. Life was good for the first time in…ever.

Or it was until Westly Black reappeared on her doorstep. She knew he was the last man any woman should give her time to—only good for one thing—yet a temptation no woman could deny. Wes might make her life messy, but Meg’s eyes were wide open and she had it under control.  At least she thought she did.

When past and present collide, loyalties are tested, forcing Meg to sacrifice her future to protect those she loves.

Temper For You is a gripping story of regret, deception, and redemption – filled with raw emotion, sarcastic wit, intrigue, and love’s propensity to forgive.

 

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Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was raised in Long Island, New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man, who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy’s writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

 

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Larissa Ione’s MoonBound Clan Vampire series

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Book I of The MoonBound Clan Vampire series

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Bound by Night was a fantastic start to this very promising new series…

a very tasty treat from a must be read author.  Happy reading everybody…you’re bound to love it.

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“The exceptionally entertaining Ione kicks off a sexy new vampire series…

Ione does what she does best: deliver paranormal romance with a sexy and dangerous bite!

RT Book Reviews ****HOT Review for Bound by Night

 

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“Ione’s second MoonBound Vampires paranormal deftly uses a mixture of complex rivalries, primal violence, and sex to portray a society in which frequent vampire enslavement provokes a civil-rights dispute…Ione’s characters are relatable and sympathetic both because of and despite their id-drenched setting, and Ione’s flavor of vampirism produces a fascinating mixture of authoritarianism, atavism, and compassionate humanity that works on multiple levels.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW August 25th

 

“Ione has created a fascinating vampire world steeped in Native American traditions and lore and developed a path to happiness for Hunter and Aylin that is fraught with potent and poignant internal and external conflicts. The action-packed plot and creative worldbuilding keep us enthralled; the romance and sexual tension keep us emotionally invested.”

Kirkus Reviews August 28th online, Sept. 15th print

 

“Major talent Ione is back with the second installment in her gritty new MoonBound Clan Vampire series, where vampires live under the threat of enslavement and torture by humans.  Ione’s vampire world is made up of sometimes warring clans who fight against each other as well as humans.  Uniting the clans may be the vampires’ best hope for survival in the upcoming war with humans.  With so much at stake, these excellent character relationships are fraught with intense and conflicting emotions.  Hang on tight, as this is one exciting and dangerous world!”

—Romantic Times ****1/2 HOT

 

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Larissa IoneAir Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career as a meteorologist to pursue her passion of writing. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, her teenage son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhound, a King Shepherd named Hexe.

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Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheradin

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Author: Mia Sheradin

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Rating: 4.5

Synopsis: 

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

Review 4.5 Stars 

For me it’s all about the story.  The physical intimacy shared between two characters is a bonus, but if a good story isn’t there it just doesn’t do it for me. Archer’s Voice was a beautiful story. The beginning takes you into Archer’s world. He shows us a glimpse of what happened to him as a child, but the tragedy that happens to him is what the reader really wants to know. Shifting forward to present time and we follow Bree’s story. A newcomer to a small town, away from a past that continually haunts her on a daily basis. A new life is what she is looking for, hoping that memories and nightmares will subside planting herself far away from her hometown in Ohio.

On her first day she meets Archer. Bumping into him and feeling flustered as her Almond Joys and tampons lay on the ground, she talks to him hoping to decrease the embarrassing moment. Archer picks up said items, but does not talk back. Bree feels an instant connection with him and from that moment forward she is happy whenever she sees him, an emotion she hasn’t felt in awhile. Now I’m not one that really goes for the Love-at-First-Sight kind of story, but this felt different to me.

Archer’s awkward personality is evident from his quiet ways, to his disheveled appearance, and his mistrust of people.  He’s a man with many layers and his long beard and hair, along with his rugged clothing keeps people from really seeing the real him.

Bree considers herself lucky that her cottage is so close to Archer’s home.  As she passes his house to go to the lake, she stops at the tall locked fence and wonders what it is about Archer that attracts her. He doesn’t seek her attention, but she seeks his.

Then one day, the gate to his house is open and she walks in; and the story really takes off.

I love books like these. I love that the characters are so flawed you ache for them.  You can see the characters transform and you feel sympathy during their most vulnerable times. Both are underdogs with the tragedy they have had to live through, but I had such a soft spot for Archer.  I’m not sure how believable some readers may find his character. After all, he was alone most of his life without much socialization. Bree was his lifeline and his relationship with her bordered on obsession. That to me I suppose was realistic. Most of his life he was alone, and when he fell in love Bree, he feared the thought of losing her more than anything.

The ending to me seemed a little rushed and could have done with a more suspenseful and climactic conclusion. It felt a bit like a “let’s wrap it up” sort of ending. That was the only disappointing part. The use of how “beautiful” Archer was also a little redundant.

The epilogue did make up for it though, so this should not deter other readers from picking this one up. It was very well written and edited. No obvious hiccups grammatically and the story flowed very well. I’m new to this author’s work, and quite impressed with it. I’ll be keeping a close eye on future and past works. One-click this if you haven’t already. Certainly a 4.5 star rating for Archer and Bree that kept me reading well past my bedtime.

 

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I’m Mia Sheridan. So nice to meet you! :) I’m an avid reader, and now writer! of romance and erotic novels. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio with my husband who is a police officer and my biggest fan (not necessarily in that order). We have four children here on earth and one in heaven. When I’m not sitting on my couch with my head buried in my Kindle, I can be found writing or doing anything creative from building a patio, to sewing pillows. The wild hairs I get know no bounds. My published novels include Leo, Leo’s Chance, and Stinger.

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Title: All Things Pretty (Pretty #3)

Author: M. Leighton

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 30th

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Pretending to be something they’re not, afraid to trust anyone completely, destined to tear each other apart– this is the story of unlikely love and unbearable consequences.

Sig Locke is a cop. He was raised by a cop and all his brothers are cops. He bleeds blue, believes in right and wrong, and sees in black and white, never in shades of gray.

But that was before he met Tommi.

Tommi, with her long legs and bright green eyes, she captured Sig’s interest from the moment he saw her. Even after he discovered who she was–the girlfriend of a drug dealer, the beauty behind a criminal–he still found her utterly irresistible. What Sig doesn’t know, however, is that she has a secret even a cop can’t uncover.

Tommi Lawrence hasn’t had an easy life, and it only got more complicated the day she met Sig. She learned long ago that she can’t trust anyone. Her gut tells her that Sig is no exception, her heart tells her that he is. But that was before she found out his real identity.

Can love be forged in a fire of lies? Or will the truth destroy them both?

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I was born and raised in the United States, and I’ve lived in several of the fabulous fifty. Though I currently live in the deep South, I spent much of my childhood up North and hope to return there one day. A few other things about me: I believe that sometimes you have to look really, REALLY hard to find the good in people, but it’s there. I believe that I’m shrinking (I swear five years ago I was two inches taller). I believe my husband is quite possibly one of the most amazing men in the entire world (I can’t be sure because I haven’t met all of them). I believe coffee and chocolate, when combined, could be the basis for world peace. I believe that Jesus rocks and communism doesn’t. I believe that white makes me look fat and black collects lint. I believe summer’s too hot, winter’s too cold and fall was made for football. I like dogs better than cats and the first movie in a trilogy is invariably the best. But most of all, I believe that love conquers all.

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