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I Want It That Way

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 New Adult/Contemporary Romance

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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REVIEW:

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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Cover Reveal : Temper For You by Genna Rulon 9/4

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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Synopsis

 

“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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You can find Genna online at: http://www.gennarulon.com

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Larissa Ione’s MoonBound Clan Vampire series

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THROW BACK THURSDAY’S BOUND BY NIGHT!

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!

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Book II of The MoonBound Clan Vampires series

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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.”

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“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!”

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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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Cover Reveal * ALL THINGS PRETTY by M. Leighton

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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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Release Day Blitz * LINGER by Lauren Jameson

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We’re so excited to celebrate the release of LINGER by Lauren Jameson from Signet Eclipse! The chemistry between Scarlet and Logan is off the charts in this steamy read and you don’t want to miss it!

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About LINGER

From the author of Breathe and Blush comes a blisteringly hot new novel about baring it all.…

On her last night in Nevada before embarking on a yearlong veterinary internship, Scarlett Malone is celebrating—and looking for one night of incredible pleasure. But the man who draws her eye is not her usual type: He’s a cowboy whose alpha-male tendencies tempt her beyond belief. Scarlett can’t understand why she wants this man and no one else, but she’s determined to entice him to submit.…

Dr. Logan Brody lives an isolated life in rural Montana, running a ranch and suppressing his submissive tendencies. Only on his occasional trips does he give into his hidden urges. He can’t deny his scorching attraction to Scarlett or that she makes him want more, but he never lets anyone break him down fully. He’s hers for one night and one night only.

But when Scarlett shows up at Logan’s door as his intern for the year, he realizes that the walls around his heart are about to crumble—and that this sexy dominant woman has no intention of letting him keep control.…

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Scarlett kept her steps slow and deliberate as she left him, though her heart was pounding in a wicked rhythm against her ribcage—a rhythm born of excitement and anticipation.

What the fuck was that?

Forcing herself not to look back, Scarlett crossed the room, her goal a table that was far enough away that it was clearly a dismissal, and yet would give her an unobstructed view.

Logan.

The name suited him, suited the shadow of a beard that covered his jaw line, the attractive smirk that curled his lips, the challenge in his eyes.

She wanted another look at him.

But she would just have to wait. She was the one in control.

Hoping she was projecting outward calm, no matter how much anticipation was roiling inside her, Scarlett pulled out the tall chair, lifted herself onto it, feeling the stretch in the muscles that had once propelled her across a stage. Slowly she crossed one leg over the other, a deliberate tease, knowing the fact that she hadn’t yet looked back at him told him she didn’t care one way or another what he did.

But she did. Oh, she really, really did. And so she finally let herself look across the room, back to where she had left him.

She hadn’t given him leave to move. If he felt even half of what she did, he wouldn’t have. It was disconcerting how much she wanted him to still be there.

Deliberately torturing herself, she let her eyes skim the mosaic tiled floors. And then there he was.

He was still in place, though he had risen to his feet, staring after her. As their gaze met, Scarlett felt something tangible pulse in the air between them.

Slowly, expression wary, he dropped back down to his knees as she watched. He even went so far as to lace his hands behind his head, which told her that he was far from new to BDSM.

But he didn’t drop his eyes, instead leaving his stare fixated on her. Still, triumph washed over her, and Scarlett had to try very hard not to grin.

About with Lauren Jameson

Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

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Release Day Launch * RIGHT KIND OF WRONG by Chelsea Fine * GIVEAWAY

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Chelsea Fine’s RIGHT KIND OF WRONG! Published by Grand Central Forever, RIGHT KIND OF WRONG is the third novel Chelsea’s Finding Fate Series and is a New Adult Contemporary Romance.

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Padding my bare feet back into Jack’s bedroom, I start riffling through his drawers like a wet raccoon, searching for something that can pass as pajamas. I try on four pairs of basketball shorts and two shirts before finding items small enough to fit me without being obscene.

I’m not a small person—not at all. I’m average height, average weight. It’s just that Jack’s a giant who, apparently, wears size 100 in everything. Twisting the shirt around my middle so it hangs properly, I absently inhale and smile when I catch Jack’s scent.

What? No. Don’t smile about that, you idiot.

I unclench my fists from his shirt and smooth out the wrinkles I created clutching it to my nose. I’m not like a wet raccoon at all. I’m worse. Raccoons would be ashamed of me.

My inner dialogue—I’ve just accepted that I’m certifiable, at this point—comes to a halt when I hear an engine in the front yard.

Jack.

My first instinct is to run outside and smack him—you know, violent tendencies and all—but I regain my composure and choose a more mature tactic.

I stand perfectly still in the dark living room and wait for him with a scowl.

Through the window, I watch his dark figure stumble out of the car and slowly climb the front steps all hunched over. What did he do, go get drunk? Great.

I cross my arms, scowl still poised to kill, and wait as he opens the door and quietly steps inside. He flicks on the living room light and I ready myself for the shit storm I’m about to rain all over his ass. But my words, my anger, my bitter intentions fall away the instant I see his face.

“Jack.” It’s more of a gasp than a word as it leaves my mouth.

He pulls his eyes up from his bloody and torn hand, and sets them on me. “Jenna. What the hell?” Several emotions cross his eyes. Anger. Fear. Relief. Anger.

I pull a face. “Don’t ‘what the hell’ me. You’re the one who stole my car and drove off into the night.”

He screws his face up. “So you waited up to yell at me?”

“Well…” I pause.

Is that why I waited up? Well, crap.

“Yeah,” I finally say, not particularly proud of my answer.

“Typical,” he mutters. “Listen. I’m not in the mood to bicker with you right now so if you don’t mind rescheduling this bitch-out for tomorrow, that would be great.”

He brushes past me, his shoulder lightly sweeping mine, and halts at the touch. Facing me, he softens his husky voice. “I’m sorry.”

Long eyelashes lower over his storm-gray eyes as he searches my face, and the wicked wildfire inside me instantly reignites as his gaze drops to my mouth.

The thick frustration that filled the room just moments ago thins into a sweet trepidation, curling around us with a daring charge. So delicious. But so dangerous.

I carefully step back and clear my throat. Jack does the same. We’re masters of avoidance.

Without another word, he moves past me and marches down the hall. That’s when I spy the blood running down the back of his shirt from a large gash between his shoulder blades.

My heart stops.

“Jack?” I say, staring with wide eyes. “What happened to your back?”

He looks over his shoulder and frowns. “Oh. That.” Turning back around, he continues striding down the hallway. “Knife wound.”

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Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

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Chelsea lives in Phoenix, Arizona where she spends most of her time writing stories, painting murals, and avoiding housework at all costs. She’s ridiculously bad at doing dishes and claims to be allergic to laundry. Her obsessions include: superheroes, coffee, sleeping-in, and crazy socks. She lives with her husband and two children, who graciously tolerate her inability to resist teenage drama on TV and her complete lack of skill in the kitchen.

 

 

 

 

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Empathy by Ker Dukey

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Author: Ker Dukey
Genre: Dark Romance Thriller
Rating: 4.75/5 Stars
Publish Date: August 27, 2014

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I am a brother
I am a police detective
I am a contract killer
I don’t want to love
I don’t want to feel
I don’t want … EMPATHY.

They say some people are born with decreased activity in the front central lobe causing them a deficiency in empathy. Maybe that’s true about me but whether I was born this way or created in a moment of evil, empathy was something I didn’t possess until her green eyes met mine in the mirror and I couldn’t take her life.
I didn’t want to feel, didn’t want this woman in my life complicating how I lived but she was there at every turn. Sent to haunt me for my sins. Her light so bright she provoked a shadow from everyone she touched. When a job turns bad quickly altering my life forever I’m forced to feel. When nothing is making sense I’m forced to face truths I never would recover from. When life drowns you in its cruelty you don’t know which way the current will drag you or who you’ll become once you re-surface.

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I was a daughter
I was a student
I was a victim
Did I have his love?
Did I make him feel?
Did I have his empathy?
When the actions of a soulless killer forces sorrow into my veins I never dreamed the man healing my wounds would be the one to leave the worst scar. His love would scar my soul. Scars are permanent; I will never feel the relief from them. Will I learn to live with them, remember why I have them and learn never to let him close enough to inflict more? Will I eventually cover them… like tattoos coating them with new memories, new love and new starts? I didn’t know these answers because the pain was too suffocating, the only thing I knew was they will always be under the surface lingering. He had scars too, from his sins. There is nothing that can cover them, they were too deep, too ugly, too dark and they marked us both forever.

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You can ask any of my blog mates and they will tell you I not easily shook by books I read. But this book shook me, to my foundation. There were parts in this book that made me very uncomfortable and it challenged me as a reader, as I am one of those who imagines herself in the book.  Is this book for everyone? NO.  Instead of telling you, you should read this, or it is a must read, or it is an awesome book… I am going to tell you not to read this book if you have a young college age girl just starting her freshman year at any of the number of colleges around the good ole U.S. of A., cause you will never ever sleep again.  Period. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK!!!

Now if you love dark, gritty, twisted books that will leave you shaking and wondering what you just read, then this is the book for you.   This book decimates all the other dark romances on the market, as it left me gasping for air, wondering if my brain will ever function like it did prior to this read.  I swear Ker Dukey, who I never read prior to today, is some evil genius rubbing her hands together chuckling an evil little laugh.  Take that my book readers, and try to sleep in you soft little bed, since I have messed with your brain.  I honestly may need therapy after this book.  I know you are wondering what the book is about. Well honestly, even if I told you the framework of the plot, I would ruin this book for you. The book is like an onion with so many layers but you know how those onion skins rip apart so easily, that is what happens to the characters worlds, they freaking rip apart.   This book is filled with so much darkness, that you may wonder why I am recommending it. I am recommending it because it is brilliantly written and it is a book that ripped the fabric of my psyche to shreds.  Dukey has written characters that are not easy to forget and there is a love story that does shine through.  Dukey grabbed me figuratively by the throat and would not let me breathe until I finished the book.  She mesmerized me by the way she weaved the plot of the book and I am stunned by the impact that I felt as I finished it. I kept thinking after I closed the case on my kindle ‘What is the price of love?’ HOLY CRAP!

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About the Author

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters. I wanted to be an actress growing up so I could live many roles but I learned early on that my mind was too active, I would want to change the script haha! I would watch films and think of ways they could of improved the story if they took another direction.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light, some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling too 

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts with my younger sister, who shares my soul, we are two peas in a pod.

 

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Book Review: The Illicit Love of a Courtesan by Jane Lark

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Title: The Illicit Love of a Courtesan (Marlow Intrigues #1)

Author: Jane Lark

Genre: Historical Romance 18+ Regency Period

Publication Date: October 3, 2013

Publisher: HarperImpulse an imprint of HarperCollins

Synopsis

Trapped under the reign of a cruel keeper, Ellen Harding longs to be free. Under his oppression, her soul and conscience have died while her body lives on, fulfilling his dissolute desires. She is empty—a vessel—deaf to the voice of morality and blind to shame.When her eyes are drawn to a beautiful man for no other reason than his looks, she imagines what it would be like to escape her chains for a night by giving her body to him.But Edward Marlow is kind and gentle when he touches her, and her subconscious whispers, this man could be her salvation. Yet how can he help her when she has secrets which prevent her freedom?Edward is restless, lonely, and a little angry with his lot in life—it is his only excuse for being drawn to another man’s mistress. The woman’s dark hair and pale eyes are striking, and he cannot take his gaze off her while she watches him over the top of a fan with an illicit intent in her eyes.Once he’s known her, he cannot forget her, and once he’s seen the evidence of her supposed benefactor’s brutality, he wants to help her. But how can he when she will not run any more than she will speak of her past?When a desperate Ellen finally relents and shocks Edward from his sleep, he doesn’t hesitate, he helps her flee. He just doesn’t know he’s running headlong into the secrets of her past.

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5 Star Review

Ellen Harding was a beautiful woman who was sold into an abusive relationship that she couldn’t escape nor felt she was good enough to try. Edward Marlow was a handsome, strong, and loving man and after seeing her, wanted Ellen for himself.   Edward was her salvation.

After having had a taste of Edward, Ellen felt like she deserved better; she hadn’t felt worthy of anything good in a long time.

She walked away, snapping shut her fan and then holding it to her chest. Her heart thumping, she weaved a path through the tables, twisting and turning, making her way through the crush of drunk and over eager men who watched the games, ignoring the hands that stroked her bottom or grazed her breast.

For a respectable woman they would part like the red sea for Moses. For a harlot, like her, they deliberately blocked her way, and often only a sharp elbow in their ribs or a shove would move them.

Normally she ignored their uncouth leers. She knew what she was, what to expect but tonight she felt vulnerable and violated.

Edward lent his love and strength to Ellen as he couldn’t save her until she wanted to be saved. Just being seen with her would risk shaming his family. But he didn’t care, to him Ellen was worth it. The road to happiness for both of them was a tough one and once again Jane Lark made the journey enjoyable for me as the reader. Her writing makes you feel like you’re a part of their story and struggling to find your happy ending along with them.

The strength and passion that Edward felt towards Ellen’s cause was positively overwhelming. Having read this series out of order (I do recommend that you start with this title first), I felt closer to Ellen than I would have, had I just met her character. Again, this wasn’t planned and I recommend you read the series in order. Already knowing the ending of her story, but not knowing what she and Edward went through to get there, made this one big book of foreshadowing. I couldn’t wait to read about how she met Edward and what they went through to save her. She was forced into it and needed a hero.

He’d called her a work of nature’s art that first night. She was, only it was more than visual, it was physical too. She could ease his soul, reduce his anger and fear and she made his life something precious. He was nothing without her, he knew it. Together they made a whole.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

 

The Marlow Intrigues Series by Jane Lark.

Jane Lark Marlow Intrigues Series

Purchase links for book #1 – The Illicit Love of a Courtesan:

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Purchase links for book #2 – The Passionate Love of a Rake:

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Purchase links for book #3 – The Scandalous Love of a Duke:

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Purchase links for book #4 – The Lost Love of a Soldier:

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Purchase links for book #5 – Capturing the Earl’s Love (FREE):

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 photo For13_Jane_Lark_Full_Res_zps518c75cf.jpgJane is a writer of authentic, passionate and emotional Historical and New Adult Romance, and a Kindle top 25 bestselling author. She began her first historical novel at sixteen, but a life full of adversity derailed her as she lives with the restrictions of Ankylosing Spondylitis. When she finally completed a novel it was because she was determined not to reach forty still saying, I want to write. Now Jane is writing a Regency series and contemporary, new adult, stories and she is thrilled to be giving her characters life in others’ imaginations at last. You might think that Jane was inspired to write by Jane Austen, especially as she lives near Bath in the United Kingdom, but you would be wrong. Jane’s favourite author is Anya Seton, and the book which drew her into the bliss of falling into historical imagination was ‘Katherine’ a story crafted from reality. Jane has drawn on this inspiration to discover other real-life love stories, reading memoirs and letters to capture elements of the past, and she uses them to create more realistic plots. ‘Basically I love history and I am sucker for a love story. I love the feeling of falling in love; it’s wonderful being able to do it time and time again in fiction.’ Jane is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development in the United Kingdom, and uses this specialist understanding of people to bring her characters to life.

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Title: The Devil’s Edge (Cooper & Fry Series)
Author: Stephen Booth
Genre: Crime/Mystery/Detective/Thriller
Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins

 

~ Synopsis ~

The 11th in the series of acclaimed thrillers featuring DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don’t leave a clue—but this time, they’ve left a body. T he first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it’s up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers. But the enemy isn’t who they think it is. Beneath the sinister shadow of the mountain ridge called the Devil’s Edge, a twisted game is in play, a game more ruthless than the detectives can imagine.

Packed with nerve-jangling suspense and moody atmosphere, this is a thriller to rival the very best of Peter Robinson and Peter James.

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Stephen Booth is an award winning British crime writer, the creator of two young Derbyshire police detectives, DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry, who have appeared in thirteen novels set in England’s beautiful and atmospheric Peak District.

Stephen has been a Gold Dagger finalist, an Anthony Award nominee, twice winner of a Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel, and twice shortlisted for the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year. Ben Cooper was a finalist for the Sherlock Award for the best detective created by a British author, and in 2003 the Crime Writers’ Association presented Stephen with the Dagger in the Library Award for “the author whose books have given readers the most pleasure”.

The Cooper & Fry series is published all around the world, and has been translated into 15 languages.

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Title: The Devil’s Edge (Cooper & Fry Series)
Author: Stephen Booth
Genre: Crime/Mystery/Detective/Thriller
Publish Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Witness Impulse an imprint of HarperCollins

~ Synopsis ~

The 11th in the series of acclaimed thrillers featuring DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry.

The newspapers call them the Savages: a band of home invaders as merciless as they are stealthy. Usually they don’t leave a clue—but this time, they’ve left a body. T he first victim is found sprawled on her kitchen floor, blood soaking the terracotta tiles. Before long, another corpse is discovered, dead of fright. As the toll rises, it’s up to DC Ben Cooper and DS Diane Fry to track down the killers. But the enemy isn’t who they think it is. Beneath the sinister shadow of the mountain ridge called the Devil’s Edge, a twisted game is in play, a game more ruthless than the…

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