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Audio Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)

[ [ Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #NO. 3) - Greenlight ] ] By Jones, Darynda ( Author ) Jan - 2012 [ Compact Disc ] - Darynda Jones
Third Grave Dead Ahead

Charley Davidson #3
Darynda Jones (Narrator: Lorelei King)
Paranormal Romance - Urban Fantasy
Macmillan Audio
January 31st 2012
Audiobook
9 hours and 51 minutes
Library

 

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up?

 

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Many have recommend the Charley Davidson series to me and now I’ve finally picked it up. I’ve been really enjoying this series and how things are progressing. The series does need to be read or listened to in order. 

 

Third Grave Dead Ahead is full of mysteries, betrayals, heartache, and revelations. 

 

There is a lot going on in this installment; with three different mystery’s happening, understanding exactly what Charley can do, and Charley now trying to get in and out of the asylum without the biker club catching her.

 

The overall plot moved along well and now I know a bit more about Charley and her abilities, though we are not finished learning what she can do as the Grim Reaper. Their is much more to discover. I love the friendship Charley has with Cookie. Cookie is a great secondary character and just adds to the story. The witty humor continues to be fun, but at times if feel like Charley uses it to mask her stupid mistakes or maybe it’s her way of copping with a difficult and stressful situation. I do have to say I was rolling my eyes at some of the things Charley did in this one and I will point out that I didn’t care for how this one started, dream sex. Other then that I had fun and enjoyed the story and progress happening. 

 

Reyes of course plays a part in the story. He’s got his own agenda in Third Grave Dead Ahead and once Charley figures it out, it’s almost too late. Then to top it off she’s got her investigations and her family to deal with. She really hasn’t had it easy and dons’t have many people on her side. I was angry and sad for Charley. The men in her life really upset me. What Reyes and her father do, really made me sad. 

 

The Narrator, Lorelei King continues to make this series enjoyable. She does an outstanding job bringing Charley to life and all the characters. I continue to appreciate and like the audio version for this series. 

 

If you enjoy snarky humor and a good mystery then give the Charley Davidson series a try. I highly recommend the audio version for the series. 

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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Challenge(s): Library Love | Pick Your Genre (PNR/UF) | Backlist Reader (2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Black Friday Book Bonanza Giveaway Hop 11/24 – 11/27

 

It’s time for the 7th Annual BLACK FRIDAY BOOK BONANZA hosted by Reading Reality & Caffeinated Reviewer.

 

Cozy up, grab a hot beverage, and get ready to enter some fabulous giveaways! What better way to pick out gifts for family, friends, or yourself then to enter to win Books, Gift Cards, and More…

I’ve got my PJ’s on and my click finger all ready to go… For me my shopping for the Holidays will all be online. I avoid the stores just before Thanksgiving and until the Holidays are over. 

I’m ready to go! How about you?

 

 

My giveaway is open to USA only. I have for you your choice of 4 books featured/listed below. Some are signed, some are used, others new, and some are advanced reader copies.
It’s my stack of giveaway books.

 

 

 

  • Record of Wrongs by Sharon Kay (CR)
  • Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan (CR/RS)
  • Tyler: Montana Creeds by Linda Lael Miller (CR)
  • Vipers Run by Stephanie Tyler (CR/RS)
  • Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy (CR/RS)
  • All I Want For Christmas Is A Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (PNR)
  • When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy (PNR)
  • The Cursed by Alyssa Day (PNR/UF)
  • Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall (PNR)
  • Kinked by Thea Harrison (PNR/UF)
  • Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison (PNR/UF)

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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2017 Disney Family Vacation

 

At the begging of the month I took my family to Disney. We went to CELEBRATE my son’s 6th Birthday. It was a family vacation not to forget. It wasn’t just my little family, but also both set of grandparents and one set of great-granprants.
WOW that’s a lot of family. 

 

On the first day we went to Animal Kingdom where my son surprised me in wanting to ride Expedition Everest. He loved it that we rode it 2x’s, but the best ride and favorite of everyone was the brand new Avatar Banshee ride. Pandora – The World of Avator opened up in Animal Kingdom. It’s a cool place and the Banshee ride is awesome. Since it’s a new ride the wait is over 4hrs long. Yes, 4hrs. Did we wait 4hrs? No, we got lucky in that one of our grandparents is handicapped and had the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card, so we got to get a FastPass for the ride each time we went. So our wait was only 10-15min at most. The DAS card came in handy for a lot of the fun we had and so did the FASTPASS Service they offer at Disney. A 5/6 year old is not going to wait long in lines. We also did, Kilimanjaro Safari, Festival of the Lion King, Tusker House for Lunch, & River of Lights. 

 

On day two we did Magic Kingdom. This was Birthday day and so we had a special breakfast at Chef Mickey’s, then we rode the new Seven Dwarfs roller coaster ride, did the Laugh Floor, Peter Pan Flight, Speedway, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party, & Big Thunder roller coaster ride. The roller coaster rides where the best and ones he wanted to go on over and over again and so we did. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On day three was a rest day. We did the pool and sent Cullen off with grandparents, so mommy and daddy could have the afternoon, dinner, and the evening together. Parent time is always important. ^_^

 

On day four we did Epcot. Cullen surprised me again by wanting to go on Mission: Space. That’s the roller coaster all in the dark and most people say at this age it’s to scary and kids don’t like it, but my boy loved it and had to ride it twice. We also did Test Track and I have to say I love how they revamped the ride. You get to build your own car and race it against the others in your car. It’s cool!!! Had lunch at The Garden Grill, Did Soarin’, Living the Land, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Cursh, Spaceship, and then over to the different countries we did Norway Frozen ride & Tutto Italie for dinner. 

 

On day five Hollywood Studios. This is my least favorite park. I think it’s because it’s full of shows and not many rides. We did the New Frozen Musical Show, Star Wars ride, Toy Story Midway Mania, ate at Hollywood & Vine, did Disney Junior and Fantasmic.

 

On day six we went back to Magic Kingdom to get in all the other rides we missed on day one at MK. Did all the rollercoaster rides again, over and over. It was a great end to a fantastic vacation. 

 

Besides all the park fun. I walked a LOT. When I go to work on Sunday I walk anywhere from 3 to 4 miles, just at work, but doing 5 to 6 miles a day was tiring. My feet hurt at the end of the day. 

 

AK: 5.5 miles, MK: 6.2 miles, Day Off: 2.5 miles, Epcot: 6.2 miles, HS: 3 miles, MK: 4.3 miles

 

Cullen loved Disney and was absorbed all day long. We had such a blast!

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Movie Review: Coco (2017)

 

 

Went on open day to see Coco with my son. 

 

My boy is 6. He made it through the special feature of Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, it was very cute, and then as soon as the movie started he was like I want to leave. This movie is too scary. I don’t want to watch. I really don’t understand young kids. Some movies he’s all into and others he finds a reason to say that they are to scary. 

 

Coco was not scary, well maybe the skeleton’s in the land of the dead could be scary, but they are not featured right off. We start by learning the story of Miguel’s family and his dreams of becoming a musician like his idol. He finds himself in the land of the dead and meeting up with his relatives, who then go on an adventure. Along the way he and his family learn the true story of his families history and how important family is. 

 

I loved how Mexico was represented, The culture, the music, and the colors. I loved the musical numbers, the animation was wonderful, and I loved how the story all played out. The colors are so vibrant and the characters where marvelous. The characters and story had me crying at least 3 different times during the movie. 

 

Coco is a sensational Pixar production. For my son, he wasn’t into the movie, but for me I adored Coco and want to watch it again. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Review: True Colors (Elder Races) by Thea Harrison

True Colors - Thea Harrison
True Colors

Elder Races #3.5
Thea Harrison
Paranormal Romance - Novella
Teddy Harrison LLC
July 11th 2017
eBook
80
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This title was previously published and is being rereleased by the author. It has not been revised.

 

Meeting your soulmate? Great. Preventing your possible murder? Even better.

 

Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she’s just stumbled upon the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime—and, as Alice inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.

 

But the intense connection Riehl and Alice feel is further complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again.

 

And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.

 

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True Colors is #3.5 in the Elder Races series.

 

I’ve previously read True Colors when it first came out on 2011. It has been republished with a new cover, but the content is still the same.

 

I really like the Elder Races series and anything that is published I devour with great relish.

 

Ms. Harrsion has created a fun and unique world. With a verity of supernaturals. This novel is short, to the point, and gives you just a taste of what she has created. Their’s danger, romance, and passion. Both characters are likable. It’s an insta-love romance. They both know they are mates and so they hit it off right away. The murder mystery was nice, but wrapped up rather fast and without a big explosion.

 

I enjoyed this novel, but I wish their was more.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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It’s Release Day! Dirty Filthy Fix (Fixed #5.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Laurelin Paige ~ Excerpt

 

From New York Times bestselling author Laurelin Paige, comes a sexy novella in her Fixed Trilogy Series…DIRTY FILTHY FIX, a new novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy of this amazing novella today!

 

 

I like sex. Kinky sex. The kinkier the better.

 

Every day, it’s all I think about as I serve coffee and hand out business agendas to men who have no idea I’m not the prim, proper girl they think I am.

 

With a day job as the secretary to one of New York’s most powerful men, Hudson Pierce, I have to keep my double life quiet. As long as I do, it’s not a problem.

 

Enter: Nathan Sinclair. Tall, dark and handsome doesn’t come close to describing how hot he is. And that’s with his clothes on. But after a dirty, filthy rendezvous, I accept that if we ever see each other again, he’ll walk right by my desk on his way to see my boss without recognizing me.

 

Only, that’s not what happens. Not the first time I see him after the party. Or the next time. Or the time after that. And as much as I try to stop it, my two worlds are crashing into each other, putting my job and my reputation at risk.

 

And all I can think about is Nathan Sinclair.

 

All I can think about is getting just one more dirty, filthy fix.

 

 

 

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“I’d like a try.” It was the stranger with the green eyes.

 

Hot damn.

 

Of course the night would ramp up right when I announced I was leaving. I looked up at him expectantly, but he didn’t approach. I realized he was waiting for my invitation. He was definitely new. Everyone else knew Miss T was one of the most ready and willing participants in the room—to the point where some tried to take advantage of it. I never needed to issue invitations, but I often needed to reinforce boundaries.

 

“What are you waiting for, then?” I sat up straighter, ignoring Chuck’s grunt of complaint.

 

The stranger came forward with slow, swaggering steps. When he reached me, he loosened his bowtie a little before lowering himself to one knee at my side. He placed his arm next to mine on the chair, his fingers barely grazing my skin. Goosebumps sprouted up my forearm all the way to my neck, and he hadn’t even bent in to whisper yet.

 

And then he did. His breath skated over the shell of my ear, and my heart tripped unexpectedly in my chest.

 

How long had it been since that had happened from just the feel of someone breathing against me?

 

“I’m going to kiss you one way or another tonight,” he said, low and with such surety a shiver ran down my spine. “It’s your decision whether it’s now or later.”

 

So. Not just a voyeur then.

 

He sat back to study my features. My jaw was slack, and I scanned his expression, searching for a hidden motivation. My body tingled from head to toe. I was used to men—strangers—wanting me. I was used to them approaching me. I was used to them telling me how much they desired me.

 

Why was this man so different?

 

Maybe it was because those other men always looked everywhere in the room. When their eyes landed on me, I knew I was just one of many options.

 

This man…

 

He’d looked around the room. I’d watched him throughout the night. But nothing had interested him. I could tell by the way he was still wearing his jacket, by the way his eyes were only now beginning to dilate as they stared into mine.

 

He’d studied the room and decided nothing here had interested him but me.

 

That was definitely not the kink that usually got me off. That was Cinderella-story kind of kink. The fairytale kink with a happy ending was traditional, but a kink all the same—being chased. Being placed on a gilded pedestal. I never wanted to be somebody’s Only One in the Room. I liked having my own space. I liked being able to disappear when I wanted. I liked not having chains or boundaries. I was turning thirty-five soon. I wasn’t a starry-eyed teenager anymore. I knew what I wanted from life and love and relationships and sex. And it wasn’t a pedestal. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman.

 

 

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Release Blitz: Blind Magic by Natalina Reis

 

Blind Magic

 

Author: Natalina Reis

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Release Date: November 18, 2017

 

Will her promise to heal the man who’s captured her heart put him in danger? In Natalina Reis’s whimsical novel of spells, desire, and unwavering determination, a hot detective with a painful past and an impulsive witch armed with potent tea are linked by an instant connection and the promise of possibility.

 

Marcy has never been in love. But when Oliver Dawson walks into her store, she falls head over heels. Unable to shake the feeling that she and Oliver were made for each other, for the first time in her life, the quirky witch considers casting a love spell for herself.

 

Oliver’s life is turned upside down when he’s shot and almost killed. Even though events haven’t been kind to the sexy police detective, he’s determined to make the best of his situation. But still, nothing could have prepared him for feisty Marcy breaking down his defenses, nor the healing tea that leaves him gagging.

 

Unconventional and hell-bent on getting her man, the little witch soon weaves her magic and captures his heart. He’s more than willing to give it to her, but when faced with his painful and turbulent past, neither are sure they’ll get their happily ever after.

 

 

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Author of We Will Always Have the Closet, Desert Jewel, and Loved You Always, Natalina wrote her first romance in collaboration with her best friend at the age of 13. Since then she has ventured into other genres, but romance is first and foremost in almost everything she writes.

 

After earning a degree in tourism and foreign languages, she worked as a tourist guide in her native Portugal for a short time before moving to the United States. She lived in three continents and a few islands, and her knack for languages and linguistics led her to a master’s degree in education. She lives in Virginia where she has taught English as a Second Language to elementary school children for more years than she cares to admit.

 

Natalina doesn’t believe you can have too many books or too much coffee. Art and dance make her happy and she is pretty sure she could survive on lobster and bananas alone. When she is not writing or stressing over lesson plans, she shares her life with her husband and two adult sons.

 

 

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ARC Review: Shelter for Elizabeth (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #5) by Susan Stoker

Shelter for Elizabeth: Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series, Book 5 - Susan Stoker
Shelter for Elizabeth

Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #5
Susan Stoker
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
May 17th 2016
eBook
340
ARC Review Copy

 

Elizabeth Parkins lived through a nightmare come true—getting kidnapped by a serial killer. Seeking a fresh start, she moves to Texas, but escaping her demons proves impossible when she’s too terrified to leave her own apartment. A small, accidental fire sparks a coping method she’d never expected, and brings an amazing man to her door.

 

Firefighter Cade “Sledge” Turner’s idyllic life ended the day his sister was kidnapped. Now he knows firsthand that tragedy can befall anyone, at any time. Meeting Elizabeth on the job was a gift. Cade can envision spending his life with this woman. He understands what she’s been through, is willing to help her heal…though even Cade is unaware of Beth’s new secret obsession.

 

As Beth takes steps to help herself heal, and Cade attempts to earn her trust and prove his own, they’re both about to be tested—in a way that could see everything they’ve worked for go up in flames.

 

* Shelter for Elizabeth is the 5th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

 

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Shelter for Elizabeth was a satisfying read. Who doesn’t like a sexy firefighter hero! Just look at that cover. Yummy!

 

Ok, So as I mentioned in my previous review for Justice for Corrie I’ve had Ms. Stoker on my blog and ever time I would tell myself I’m going to try her books. Just reading the blurbs and looking at the covers gets me intrigued in what she’s written. For those that don’t know me CR is not my normal go to genre, but I do like to give it a try now and then.

 

Here we have Beth who struggles with agoraphobia. We see her struggles on dealing with the aftermath of her kidnapping and everything that happened during that time. Just seeing her dealing with what happened and then add on her agoraphobia which makes it impossible for her to leave the house, was heart breaking. But, she’s not alone.

 

Writing about a disability of any type is hard and Ms. Stoker does a wonderful job portraying these different disabilities that several people deal with on a daily basses. It makes her characters that much more believable.

 

I loved Penelope she was an amazing friend to Elizabeth. It was great to see her have a strong friendship with Penelope and then through Penelope meet Cade and then watch as their relationship grows. Cade is so patient and caring. He doesn’t give up or put pressure on her. He sees how strong she is and helps her find ways to deal. He’s their for the long haul.

 

Shelter for Elizabeth deals with overcoming fears, becoming stronger, and not letting the monsters win.

 

Over all I had a delightful time reading. It had it’s ups and downs, it’s sweet and tender moments, and it’s corny spots as well.

 

Note: Can be read as a stand alone. Books in this series do not have to be read in order.

Rated: 3 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Susan Stoker via RockStarLit with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Book 1: Justice for Mackenzie – FREE
Book 2: Justice for Mickie
Book 3: Justice for Corrie
Book 4: Justice for Laine
Book 5: Shelter for Elizabeth
Book 6: Justice for Boone
Book 7: Shelter for Adeline
Book 8: Shelter for Sophie
Book 9: Justice for Erin (Coming Nov. 2017)
Book 10: Justice for Milena (Coming 2018)

 

 

Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (CR) Backlist Reader (2017)

 

 

 

 

I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Angel’s Weekly & Buy The Books: 11/20 – 11/24

 

Nov. 20th, 2017

 

 

Tempted & Taken (Haven Brotherhood #4) by Rhenna Morgan
Eversong (The Kindred #1) by Donna Grant
Not His Vampire (Not This #3) by Annie Nicholas
Beneath the Skin (de La Vega Cats #3) by Lauren Dane
The Unlikeable Demon Hunter Collection: Books 1-3 (Nava Katz Box Set) by Deborah Wilde

 

 

Nov. 21st, 2017

 

 

Siege of Shadows (Effigies #2) by Sarah Raughley
Dirty Filthy Fix (Fixed #5.5) by Laurelin Paige
The Rivalry by Nikki Sloane
Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic #1) by Molly Harper
Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires #2) by Jessica Clare
The Duke Who Came To Town (The Honorable Scoundrels #3) by Sophie Barnes
Pricked by Thorns: A Redeeming Cupid Novel #3 by Jenn Windrow
When Gargoyles Choose (Shades and Shadows) by Ashley C. Harris
Endless (Dragon Wars Book 5) by Rebecca Royce
Magic Currents (Watchtower #8) by Jayne Faith
Wicked as a Christmas Fruitcake (Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery: A Cozy Mystery on Kindle Unlimited Book 10) by Lotta Smith
Lure of Oblivion (The Mercury Pack #3) by Suzanne Wright

 

 

Nov. 22nd, 2017

 

 

Trial By Flame by M.K. Eidem & Michelle Howard

 

 

 

 

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Delectable Delights — Very Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

 

Over on herding cats and burning soup, Anna does Tasty Delights and Dazzling Disasters; where she shares about playing in the kitchen and having some fun.

 

I’m sharing my kitchen creations or disasters with you!

 

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Very Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin w/ Basmati Rice and Asparagus. This one was new and different. We enjoyed it very much.

 

Ingredients: 

 

Ginger
Scallions
Basmati Rice
Hoisin Sauce
Pork Tenderloin
Garlic
Asparagus
Soy Sauce
Honey
Cornstarch

 

Two small posts with 1 1/2 cups water and pinch of slat, bring to boil. Add rice to one pot, cover and reduce to simmer cooking 15-20min. Remove from heat and keep covered.

 

 

Mince the garlic, peel and mince ginger, time and discard bottom inch from asparagus – cut into 2in pieces, trim and thinly slice scallions – keeping greens and whites separate. Fill a med bowl with ice water.

 

 

Asparagus goes into other pot of boiling water and boil 2-3min until tender. Drain and immediately plane in ice water bowl. Whisk soy sauce, hoisin and 2 tsp honey in small bowl.

 

 

Heat oil in a large pan over med-high heat. Halve pork lengthwise, cut into strips and season with salt and pepper. Put 1 TBSP cornstarch in a med bowl add the pork and toss to coat. Add pork to pan in single layer and cook until browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

 

 

Heat oil in same pan add ginger, scallion whites, and garlic tossing – 30sec. Add sauce, asparagus, and pork tossing until cooked through 2-3min.

 

 

Fluff rice. Divide between plates and top with stir-fry. Sprinkle green scallion on top and serve.

 

 

 

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ARC Review: Dance With The Devil (Gods of War #1) by Katherine Garbera

Dance With The Devil (Gods Of War Book 1) - Katherine Garbera
Dance With The Devil

Gods of War #1
Katherine Garbera
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
Silverhart Publishing
October 10, 2017
eBook
179
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Kaylee Thomas escaped from Madrid, taking secrets with her that could get her killed. As an cyber operative for Grimaldi Global, Kaylee’s single-minded focus is on tracking down criminals who use the internet to hide their identity. A survivor of cyber bullying, she uses her skills to ensure that no one can hide on the internet.

 

Mick O’Halloran is a covert ops agent for Grimaldi Global and leader of the Ares team. Saving lives and protecting others is a way of life for him. But babysitting a computer geek sounds like a job better left for the boys back in the office until he meets Kaylee. Sparks fly between them as he takes her into protective custody until the facts she’s uncovered can be verified.

 

But some secrets can’t stay hidden and when an assassin comes calling Mick and Kaylee go on the hunt for the mole inside their group. It’ll take every bit of her computer savvy and his lethal skills to keep them alive. Releasing the information that Kaylee has uncovered threatens to burn the world down around them.

 

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Dance With The Devil is book one in the Gods of War series by Katherine Garbera. We get a little suspense and romance.

 

This is my first experience reading Ms. Garbera. I have to say I did like Dance With The Devil, but it felt like it was lacking a little in the suspense and romance department.

 

I liked Kaylee, Mick, and the covert ops team that Mick runs. Though the characters weren’t overly impressive and all felt a little flat. I didn’t see any depth into them. No background history and very little is talked about their team or the camaraderie. I like to get to know my characters and I didn’t feel like I got that.

 

As for the romance well they had the lust, but I never felt the romance. Kaylee and Mick are thrown together and act on their attraction and the stress of the situations. They don’t have time to really get to know each other, to get the deep connection, and yet they both see past all the outer stuff and into the heart of one another. I wasn’t buying into their romance. Lust, yes… They had that. Their moments together where oh so steamy and filled with some tension.

 

As for the plot well I had an idea within the first chapter on who was betraying Kaylee’s team and the covert ops guys; before it was an indication and found out. The story was slow going, though the heat between the couple was their, but things didn’t get exciting until around the last 80% when Kaylee gets herself kidnapped. (Rolls Eyes) She already new that this team member was betraying them, yet she goes off with said person, alone…

 

Something else that bothered me was in the beginning after Mick and his team pick up Kaylee’s team. Mick clearly didn’t trust Kaylee or her team. He took their electronics away, but something happens and he lets them have it all back, so that they can do their computer thing even though he has a suspicion that someone on the computer geek team is betraying them. (My thought during this scene was the betrayer can make contact and tell the bad guys the plan.) So why do this when he clearly didn’t trust them???

All and all I wasn’t overly impressed. I enjoyed and had a delightful time reading, but I probably won’t be continuing with the series anytime soon. It wasn’t bad. It was just predicable to me and the characters didn’t make an impression.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Katherine Garbera via RockStarLit with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Interview: Christi Barth (Bad For Her)

 

Hello and Welcome All!

 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Christi Barth author of Bad For Her.

 

…and I’m very lucky to be here. Thanks for letting me chat about my book!

 

What do you do when you are not writing?

 

Hahahahaha. Not writing? What is this concept of which you speak? I adore cooking. Big, complicated, multi-course meals and reading cookbooks for fun. (Before you ask, my husband does all the dishes.) 

 

What was your best read of the month?

 

I just finished In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware – a completely twisty mystery that I couldn’t figure out at all, so it was great! But back here in Romance Land, it’d be Blood Guard by Megan Erickson – a whole new vampire world. Wait – can I do three? The Wedding Date Bargain by Mira Lynn Kelly – a super fun contemporary.

 

Of course you can do three. We readers like verity and options when it comes to picking our our books….

 

 

 

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

 

Witty, hysterical banter. Whether sexy/flirty between the hero/heroine, or laugh-out-loud funny between best friends/bromance. So. Much. FUN!

 

If you could have dinner with any three authors (alive or dead, who would you choose and why?

 

Agatha Christie, to find out what really happened when she disappeared for 11 days; Brad Meltzer, because I think he knows a ton of secrets that I’d worm out of him about D.C. and the Masons; and Ernest Hemingway (whose books I can’t stand) because I think he’d be an amazing dinner companion. 

 

If you could swap lives with the heroine of any romance book, which book would you choose? 

 

Hmmm – it is always a toss up between being royalty and being magical…. Mia Devlin, from Face the Fire, in Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters trilogy – because she has kick ass powers and runs a bookstore!

 

 

 

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Please share the opening lines of Bad For Her….

Ronan Connolly had a talent for sizing up the mood in a room. More than once, hell, more times than the thirty-one years under his belt, it had saved his life. Because when you worked for the Chicago mob, sometimes all the heads-up you got that a situation was going south was a squinted eye or a tightened mouth.

Is anything in the book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

 

I will freely admit that I’ve never had sex on a forest floor—or been in the mob—so this one is 100% pure imagination. But when I wrote my wedding planning Aisle Bound series, there were several true-life experiences in there (with the names changed to protect the happily married)

 

Tell us all about your main characters — Who are they? What makes them tick? 

 

Rafe Maguire (at least, that’s his name now that the WITSEC program has changed it five times) lives and dies for his family. Specifically, his two brothers. He’s given up his entire life—literally—to keep them safe. He used to be the Chicago mob’s fixer. Money, women, power, all his. Now Rafe’s an auto mechanic in a beach town the size of a sneeze, trying to lay low. And trying desperately not to fall for a gorgeous doctor who makes him almost want to second-guess this life of lies he’s building.

 

Doctor Mollie Vickers loves her small town—she just doesn’t want to date anyone in it who already knows her too well. So she’s thrilled to meet a handsome stranger on the side of the road. Especially one who doesn’t want a relationship, either. Her plate’s full already, living with a pot-selling grandmother and a juvenile delinquent nephew. Rafe’s the perfect guy to laugh with and do all sorts of rated R activities with…as long as she can resist falling for his big heart…

 

The main couples first kiss…

 

Ha! I took a risk with this one – especially since it is in the first chapter and would make editors decide whether or not to buy the series. It’s…um…on the side of the road. Rafe stops to help Mollie change her tire, they flirt outrageously, and he goes for it.

Rafe moved to cage her against the car with his arms. They weren’t touching anywhere, but he hadn’t left room between for daylight to pass. “How good you are. Better yet, how bad you are.”

Then he waited. Didn’t move a muscle. Because it needed to be Mollie’s choice. Mostly because they were on the side of a semi-deserted highway. The sun—or Oregon’s pale version of it—was streaming down from overhead, and they were still on the blacktop. Rafe knew, though, that it could be seen as a potentially risky situation. He didn’t want her to feel pressured or scared. He just wanted to keep having fun with her.

But he’d read all the signals right and didn’t have to wait long.

“Stop flirting. Start doing,” she ordered. And then Mollie crooked her leg around his calf in an invitation about as subtle as a gun to the head.

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  • A piece of the series arc is the town’s Cranberry Festival (lots of small town hoopla that you know my big city ex-mobsters just don’t understand), and it is real! I was thrilled to discover – accidentally – that this is a big deal in Bandon, OR.
  • It is not easy to come up with detailed information on protectees in the WITSEC program, even for someone with my advanced level of Googling. (Way to go, U.S. Marshals – your secrets are safe!) But for a fascinating read about how it started (it only began officially in 1971!) check out WITSEC: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program, by the founder of the program. I’d hoped for inside details, but I’m not sad with the origin story instead.
  • If there was video of me, in my office chair, trying to figure out the exact logistics of sex in a hospital bed with all of its movable parts, I guarantee you would die laughing. I also guarantee that no such video exists. 
  • I gave my heroine a male BFF. Why? Because I went to junior high in a school that was all boys until the year I joined. The ratio was 45 boys to 6 girls that first year (and it didn’t increase much over the next two) and I discovered just how awesome it is to hang with guys – no flirting, just friendships. Men are terrific! 

 

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

 

 

USA Today bestselling author Christi Barth launches a sexy new series about three bad-boy brothers in Witness Protection who are about to learn that going good is harder than they thought…

 

Doctor Mollie Vickers loves the tight-knit community of her tiny Oregon town. But she’s not a fan of the limited dating options. Sleep with a guy who tried to copy off her in junior high? Pass. Mollie’s sex life is flatlining… until a deliciously handsome man she’s never seen before stops to help her fix a flat tire.

 

As an ex-mobster, Rafe Maguire’s no saint. But he’s trying to turn over a new leaf. Although he probably shouldn’t kiss the hot doctor on the side of the highway. Or suggest a no-strings fling with a woman he has no business pursuing. Rafe’s life is too complicated for love—his new WITSEC-provided identity doesn’t fit him at all and there’s a U.S. Marshal watching his every move. He can’t tell Mollie the truth… but their chemistry is scorching and being good doesn’t mean he can’t be a little bad.

 

Mollie can’t resist the guy who looks rough, talks tough, and is loyal to the bone. But it’s obvious Rafe is keeping secrets. When the truth comes out, Mollie must decide if she could ever love an ex-mobster… or if this bad boy has truly gone good.

 

 

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“You’re chock-full of good ideas this morning. How do you feel about skinny dipping?”

 

Like she’d be willing to try any dangerous and decadent thing Rafe Maguire suggested.

Twice

 

USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series. 

 

Christi can always be found either whipping up gourmet meals (for fun, honest!) or with her nose in a book. She lives in Maryland with the best husband in the world.


 

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Giveaway: Justice for Erin (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #9) by Susan Stoker

 

Justice for Erin

 

Susan Stoker
Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes
Release Date Nov. 14, 2017

 

Blurb:

 

Part-time bartender Erin Gardner is friendly to everyone who bellies up to her bar, including the local law enforcement and firefighters who keep her city safe. That’s where she meets game warden Conor Paxton, a regular who asks to join a canoeing trip she’s leading for her university day job. When the trip leads to something more, Erin couldn’t be happier.

 

Conor adores Erin, more than enough to help her continue to get over lingering self-esteem issues from her childhood. He’s thrilled he’s found someone who enjoys spending time in nature as much as he does.

 

Just when the couple thinks they’re on their way to a happily ever after, Erin finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. But there’s no way she’ll just lay down and die. She’s woman enough to save herself―and lead her man to her when she’s done.

 

Justice for Erin is the 9th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

 

 

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all-American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

 

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

 

 

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It’s Release Day: Free Ride by M.N. Forgy ~ Excerpt

 

M.N. Forgy brings us a unique romance featuring a Motorcycle Club princess with a Split Personality Disorder and one man’s unconditional devotion to her..

 

 

I’m crazy, deranged, and psychotic. I’m out of my mind and my life isn’t even mine half the time. Having Dissociative Identity Disorder, it’s an accurate assumption.

 

Born an MC brat, my only dream is to wear the colors of my father’s club, The Shadow Keepers. To feel the weight of the warm leather press across my back, and to be a part of something with purpose.

 

It wasn’t until the last drop of blood dripped from my fingertips and the gun smoke faded into the night sky that I realized what was really important to me.

 

Him.

 

In a blink of an eye, I lost it all. I lost him.

 

There’s no such thing as a Free Ride in life, and our story is an example of that.

 

 

FREE RIDE IS NOW LIVE!

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A large callused hand grasps the nape of my neck, the familiar smell of leather, weed, and whiskey wafting around me. That smell should be put in a candle, it’d sell a shit load the way it eases the anxiety in one’s chest.

A hard, warm body presses up against my back, and my eyes nearly roll into the back of my head.

“Benji.” The name falls from my tongue like a moan midst ecstasy. He feels so good against my body, my mind nearly loses its reality.

His lips brush against my ear. His hands slowly, lazily, slip down the back of my jeans, and his fingers brush against my sex. Tingles of pleasure surround my wetness, the notion to forget what is right and wrong nearly a breath in the wind with his hands on me.

“I want to bite this ass, trail my tongue down your supple cheeks until I dive my tongue deep inside this hot cunt of yours,” he mutters.

I grit my teeth with temptation. I want to wrap my legs around his neck while he licks every drop of my wetness. My body clenching around his tongue as I release what I’ve been denying myself into his mouth. I want to let him mouth fuck me into another world where it’s just him and I… but that would be selfish of me. A fucking mess.

I could lose him.

I grab him by the wrist and pull his hand out from my bottoms, his finger leaving a trail of wetness behind it.

“You can’t say my name like that, and deny me that tight ass, Harley.” He growls into the back of my ear.

“We can’t do this, you know that.” I clear my throat and shake my head.

There’s no denying that Benji is a catch. Tall, dangerous, and smoldering eyes that make you want to throw the idea of wearing panties into a fire.

But, I’m not capable of having a traditional relationship. I’m not saying that to be that teasing bitch everyone knows. I’m just the kind of girl that doesn’t get to experience the glamorous kind of love. No, my heart comes with a little bloodshed and a shot of insanity on the side. That’s the biker’s way of life, after all, and that alone makes me bad at this thing called love. I can’t promise I won’t break his heart. If I did lose him as my best friend, it’d be the first thing I’d never forgive myself for. Even if I did tease him, you couldn’t blame me. Benjamin Daxton is the sexiest man in this club. 

 

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M.N. Forgy was raised in Missouri where she still lives with her family. She’s a soccer mom by day and a saucy writer by night. M.N. Forgy started writing at a young age but never took it seriously until years later, as a stay-at-home mom, she opened her laptop and started writing again. As a role model for her children, she felt she couldn’t live with the “what if” anymore and finally took a chance on her character’s story. So, with her glass of wine in hand and a stray Barbie sharing her seat, she continues to create and please her fans.

 

 

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It’s Release Day! The Bed Mate (Roommates #3.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Kendall Ryan ~ Excerpt

 

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Room Mate series…

 

I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.

 

Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.

 

She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.

 

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my … other parts … all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.

 

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?

 

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I said a silent prayer of thanks to Ben, Jerry, and Jose Cuervo as I blearily made my way to Sam’s bedroom. He hadn’t bothered to make his bed before he left this morning, but I didn’t mind.

 

Instead, I snuggled into the space where I knew he slept, breathing in deep so I could smell his shampoo on the pillow, and closed my eyes. Sam would never do what Trevor had done to me.

 

Never.

 

I drifted off to sleep for what felt like roughly three seconds before I woke up to find my thigh vibrating and the late morning sun streaming through the window.

 

“What the…” I sat up, rubbing my eye with one hand as I grappled down into the sheets where my cell phone rested. I found ten missed calls—seven from Trevor, three from Sam.

 

Sliding my thumb over Sam’s name, I called him back and pressed the phone to my ear.

 

“Hello?” I asked, my voice cracked and groggy.

 

“It’s eleven there,” he said.

 

“Yeah, yep. I knew that,” I said, trying to make my voice sound less like it had just gone through a wood chipper.

 

“So why are you still asleep?” he asked.

 

“I’m not allowed to sleep in?” I asked lightly, the pounding in my head making me a little nauseous with its intensity.

 

“No. You never do. What’s going on?”

 

He sounded suspicious and for a moment I fought with myself over whether to tell him the truth. One way or another, he was going to get it out of me; he knew me too well for me to lie to him for long.

 

“Look, could I stay at your place while you’re away?” I asked.

 

“What? Why? Did something happen to your apartment?” he demanded, the worry clear in his voice.

 

“No, nothing like that. I just… I need a break for a couple of days.”

 

“That’s not cryptic or anything,” Sam scoffed.

 

I sucked in my cheeks. Okay, here we go. Like a Band-Aid.

 

“I need to be someplace where Trevor can’t find me.” 

 

 

 

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

 

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Excerpt: Caressed by the Edge of Darkness by Amanda J. Greene (Tour) ~ Giveaway

 

Caressed by the Edge of Darkness
 
Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/10/17
 

Hardened by centuries of torture, former blood slave, Gabriel Erhard, is driven by an insatiable need to destroy his enemies. Violence darkens his battered soul, leaving no place for mercy in his world. Gabriel’s only desire is vengeance—until he finds her.

 

Seized by vampires, bound as a slave, and placed on the auction block, Jordan Culver is instantly entranced by the dangerous male who claims her. Jordan’s new captor vows to set her free, but his haunted gaze burns with savage desire and his wicked kiss makes her crave his touch and…complete surrender.

 

While Gabriel battles his enemies, he will break every sacred law to achieve his ultimate goal—uniting the Outcast Society and creating a new vampire Clan. But the distracting human with mesmerizing violet eyes jeopardizes his plans. With every soft whisper she evokes his tormented memories, testing his sanity and challenging his every boundary. Can Jordan help him overcome the miseries of his past and find a future with her? 

 

 

 

 

Gabriel set her on the edge of the tub before turning to the cupboards lining one of the walls. He began to rummaging through their contents, searching for something.

 

Steam rose from the water and Jordan couldn’t resist dipping her fingers into the warmth. Bad idea. She tumbled and fully anticipated to meet the water. A large hand gripped her shoulder and pulled her upright. “Can’t leave you for a second.” Though Gabriel’s tone was sharp, his eyes sparkled with amusement.

 

“Sorry, I haven’t recovered my balance yet.”

 

He shrugged then tossed two pink discs in the water. They instantly began to fizz and the room filled with the scent of midnight blooming jasmine. The water foamed over, billowing clouds of bubbles took shape.

 

Gabriel reached over and turned the faucet off. “I should give you some privacy, but I’m afraid of leaving you alone.”

 

She smiled. “I promise to stay in the shallow end.”

 

That earned her a chuckle. “See that you do. I’ll be right back. Try not to slip or drown in my absence. I’d hate to have spent so much energy saving you only to have you perish from an accident in my home.”

 

How is a girl supposed to respond to that? She shrugged. He’s a sweetheart.

 

Jordan’s fingers trembled as she unsuccessfully worked the buttons of the shirt. This was going to take forever. After another futile moment ticked by, frustration got the best of her. Gripping the material with both hands, Jordan tore it apart. Buttons flew like tiny missiles, some binged off the mirror over the double sinks while others bounced and rolled across the floor.

 

Once free of the shirt, she scooted her bottom back and gingerly slipped into the welcoming heat of the water. “Oh, yes,” she sighed, her eyes closing. This was exactly what she needed. She sank further under the bubbles and rested her head on the rim. The warmth eased her aches and twinges and chased away the cold that permanently settled in her bones.

 

“Good. You survived while I was gone.”

 

Jordan’s eyelids snapped open. “Y-your back already.” Did she just squeak like a mouse?

 

The edge of his lips twitched, but he didn’t smile.

 

She cleared her throat and eased into a sitting position. Stretching her arms wide, she drew a mass of bubbles to her chest to conceal her breasts. “Not going to lie, it was touch and go there for a minute.”

 

Again he resisted a smile. Why? He’d be beyond gorgeous if he smiled.

 

Gabriel set a way too large black robe on the counter then headed back to the wall of cupboards to pull out a stack of fluffy white towels. After placing the pile beside the tub, he said, “That should be everything you need. I’ll remain in the room to grant you privacy.”

 

“No.” The force of her tone even caught her off guard and the panic that had laced that one word struck her like a blow to the gut.

 

“Jordan?”

 

“Sorry.” She flashed her best I’m-fine smile. “For the last few days…weeks? Damn, it could’ve been months, I’ve been locked away. Isolated. I missed having someone to talk to.”

 

Anger flashed in Gabriel’s eyes but vanished as quickly as it appeared. He gave her a tight nod then crossed to the counter. Leaning against the granite edge, he folded his arms over his wide chest.

 

“You’re staying?” she asked, trying her hardest to hold back her surprise.

 

“Warning, I’m not one for chatting.”

 

“A man of few words, uh? I like that.” Jordan smiled then dipped below the water’s surface. Slicking her matted hair back, she reached for the bottle of shampoo. Her fingers still trembled. She cursed when the bottle slipped from her grip and banged to the floor. Gabriel abandoned his post to retrieve it.

 

Studying her hands, she curled and uncurled her fingers. Was it the shock of the night’s experiences, the remnants of adrenaline? Or was it withdrawals? How long ago was her last dose?

 

“What time is it?”

 

“A little past eight.”

 

Her eyes went wide. “In the morning?”

 

He answered with a nod.

 

“Shouldn’t you be dreaming of nocturnal rainbows and blood fountains right now?”

 

Gabriel arched a single golden brow. “Nocturnal rainbows?”

 

“Yeah, or…whatever vampires like.”

 

“Such as unicorns.”

 

Jordan gaped. Had the rough and gruff vampire made a joke?

 

“The sun doesn’t rule us all,” he added.

 

“In other words, you’re old and very strong.”

 

Again, a silent nod was her answer. How interesting, she thought. Her aunt had explained that powerful vampires could resist the call of the sun. Rumor was some could even walk under its rays without becoming as crispy and chard as burnt fried chicken. Could he chill on the beach and not burst into flame?

 

Gabriel offered her the shampoo. This time, Jordan reach for it with both hands, but still couldn’t hold on to it. The bottle dropped into the tub and water splashed across Gabriel’s shirt. “Sorry. My hands won’t stop shaking.”

 

He dipped his arm into the water and retrieved the bottle. “Would you like me to help you?”

 

Heat stung her cheeks. His hands in her hair? Oh, yes. Lord, please! A simple touch could lead to so much more. Did she want more? Was she ready for more? Never had she been so completely attracted to a man. Her interest in the opposite sex normally rated next her love for oral surgery—seriously low. But Gabriel Erhard, the Chief of the misfit Outcast Society, was no ordinary guy a girl would meet walking in the mall. He was a warrior to the bone: lethal, powerful, and sexy as sin. His dangerous aura and I’ll-protect-you-from-everything-but-me gaze called to her wild, base instincts. She wanted him with a ferocity she never knew existed inside of her. Since the night they’d met at the bar, she’d been infatuated with him and while she languished away in Hell, her desire to see him, to hear his voice, to feel his touch one more time was torturous. Gabriel Erhard, the enemy of her enemy, the male who dared to break the laws of his society to save the humans and bring peace to the realm of darkness, was a man she’d fight to possess.

 

Jordan mentally shook herself. She’d never been the brazen type and short of throwing her naked body at him, she wasn’t sure how to seduce the big, bad vampire. Was he single? Did he find her attractive? She’d felt his erection earlier—hadn’t she?—while she drank his blood.

 

Whoa. I didn’t drink his blood. That had been a dream. Jordan’s brows pinched into a frown and she began nibbling on her bottom lip. That hadn’t happened. Right? Her hopes dwindled as she realized she’d likely imagined his reaction to her when he placed her on the bed.

 

“Jordan?”

 

At the sound of his forceful voice, she violently flinched, sending water cascading over the side.

 

“Are you feeling well?”

 

She met his gaze and the concern she saw there made her heart melt. “I just got lost in here,” she tapped her temple, “and I’m not used to having company.”

 

Gabriel’s eyes flickered black with rage then return to their serene, normal green. “You’re here now and you’ll never experience that again.” He went to his knees beside the tube. “Turn around. I’ll wash your hair.”

 

Mouth suddenly dry, Jordan gave a silent nod of her own. She turned in the water and dunked her head under again. When she came back up, Gabriel was ready. His large hands worked the shampoo into her matted hair. His touch was so light, so gentle, and welcome. Her eyes drifted closed and she swore she heard purring, from him or her? 

 

 

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