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ARC Review: Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates, #14) by Felicity Heaton

Treasured by a Tiger - Felicity E. Heaton
Treasured by a Tiger

Eternal Mates, #14
Felicity Heaton
Paranormal Romance
September 9th 2017
eBook
192
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Despised by his tiger shifter pride as an abomination, Grey has ventured far from home, deep into the bowels of Hell in search of answers about the machinations of Archangel, the mortal hunter organisation who held his twin captive. With no knowledge of the realm, and little skill with the local languages, he quickly finds himself at a dead end—until he crosses paths with a beautiful hellcat female who rouses his darkest most dangerous instincts.

 

Lyra has been a fool, falling for the charms of a male whose only desire was to make a fast buck by selling her. Shackled and collared, her strength muted by magic, she awaits her time on the stage at a black-market auction, but before it can come, all hell breaks loose and she seizes a chance to escape—and runs straight into a majestic warrior who steals her breath away and tempts her like no other as he battles alone to free everyone.

 

When Lyra offers her services as a translator to repay Grey for saving her, will he be strong enough to resist the needs she awakens in him and spare himself the pain of her inevitable rejection when she discovers the truth about him? And when the powerful male in charge of the slave ring starts a bloody hunt for Lyra, can she escape another collar and find the courage to trust the tiger who is capturing her heart? 

 

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Another magnificent addition to the Eternal Mates series. Treasured by a Tiger was a brilliant way to wrap-up the the sibling tigers HEA’s.

 

We are taking back to HELL where answers and more questions arise on what Archangel is up to, we meet some old and new characters, and Grey finds more then he expected to on his adventure.

 

I wasn’t much of a fan of the Hellcat’s when they popped up in Bitten by a Hellcat, but I found myself liking Lyra, our feisty Hellcat lead. Grey, our humble hero I was already in love with him the my moment he was introduced in Turned by a Tiger.

 

The story flowed nicely. I love the wide verity of paranormal creatures and I really loved finding out more of what Archangel is up to. Their are still questions, but we get a little more. Besides Archangel the author also throws in an old foe and wraps that little loose thread up. I like the little hits and answers we get throughout the story. They keep things going, besides the sexy romance.

 

Lyra and Grey’s romance was wonderful. I just loved watching these two together. Lyra is afraid of males and that is expected after the betrayal, but she finds the strength to see past that and open up to Grey. Grey, OMG he was fabulous. He doesn’t want to hurt Lyra and fights his instincts along the way as well as he doesn’t feel worthy of any female, but WOW when he shows Lyra what he is, she does what any fated mate would do and tells him how AMAZING and WONDERFUL he is. I had tears in my eyes.

 

Treasured by a Tiger gives us action, steamy romance, and an exciting story. As this story ends another will come. The author has created a captivating world, where their is no shortage of excited and interesting characters, plus clues and mischief thrown in to keep you coming back for more.

 

Rated: 4.5 Stars

 

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

 

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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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Treasured by a Tiger (Eternal Mates #14) by Felicity Heaton (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

  

It was almost her turn on the stage.

 

Sickness brewed in Lyra’s stomach and her legs trembled beneath her weight, but she refused to let fear overcome her. She tugged at the heavy metal collar around her neck, rattling the chain attached to it, and cursed. Her heart thundered at a dizzying pace that made it difficult to breathe.

 

Gods.

 

She needed to get away.

 

It was pointless though. There was a huge gulf between what she needed and what she knew was going to happen. She needed to be realistic, and not allow her fear to consume her. She had to keep her head.

 

Even if she did manage to get the collar off, and the shackles that bound her wrists, she wouldn’t be free. She would still be locked in a cage built of the strongest metal in Hell.

 

Lyra paced the small space, struggling to breathe through the panic as it started to sink its claws into her heart and her mind, conjuring vile images of her future, visions that tore at her strength, making it easier for the fear to take hold.

 

To strip away her control.

 

She sucked down another trembling breath.

 

She needed to be strong.

 

It was hard when she was falling apart inside.

 

The number of eyes on her grew, pushing at her fragile restraint, making her want to lash out at the other captives as they watched her.

 

She hated the sense of expectation that laced the warm air and pressed down on her.

 

These people expected her to be strong. Fearless.

 

She might be a hellcat, one of the most powerful and vicious of the shifter species that called Hell their home, but she still had a heart.

 

She still experienced fear.

 

The thought of what was about to happen to her was terrifying.

 

She clawed at her cuffs and her collar, her throat growing tight and her strength wavering for a heartbeat before she snatched hold of it and clung to it again, not letting it bleed from her.

 

She cursed the collar.

 

The magic in it sapped her strength, making it impossible for her to break free of her bonds, the drain it caused far stronger and more devastating than the one she felt from the shackles around her wrists. Those were just the back-up plan, a last resort in case she broke her collar somehow. They would inhibit her enough that she wouldn’t be able to break them open, but they wouldn’t stop her from snapping the chain and gaining enough freedom to sink fangs and claws into every male present.

 

Everyone responsible for what had happened to her.

 

She tugged at the ring of cold steel around her neck and growled.

 

Damn collar.

 

She let her left hand hang from it, her fingers looped over the top of the ring, and fought for the strength to push back against the feelings welling up inside her, the despair that would allow weakness to invade her heart and her body.

 

It would break her.

 

She closed her eyes and cursed again.

 

Aiming it at herself this time.

 

Gods, if she hadn’t been such a fool, none of this would have happened to her. She would be home, living the life she loved. Her need to track down others of her species had been a moment of weakness, brought on by loneliness, and she should have weathered it as she had every other time it had swept over her. She should have stayed far away from Hell.

 

Hindsight was a bitch.

 

She had longed for company, and now she longed for the solitary life she had left behind.

 

Her moment of weakness had only proven that she was better off alone.

 

Lesson learned.

 

Never trust another hellcat.

 

Lyra tugged at the collar, her strength flowing from her again, despair swift to roll in to take its place, eating away at her.

 

A collar a male hellcat had placed on her.

 

She shouldn’t have trusted him. Her mother would roll in her grave if she could see her now. Her aunt would roll right along with her. They had raised her better than that. She had been such an idiot, believing herself stronger than both of them, thinking that what had happened to them wouldn’t happen to her because she was more intelligent, had learned from their history and seeing the scars that ringed their necks every day of her life.

 

She had been a damned fool.

 

All males of her kind were the same.

 

They wanted to collar any female they met, using it to force them to become their ‘mate’. It was the reason most females of her species despised their male counterparts and had long ago decided to do without them, to find their fated ones instead of allowing a male to collar them.

 

So, the males of her species had grown vicious, driven to dominate the females in response to the rejection, determined to claim what they viewed as rightfully theirs.

 

She opened her eyes and looked towards the glow that filled the air in the distance to her left, where the stage had been set up and a low hum of chatter drove back the silence of Hell.

 

Was there a male of her kind in the audience, waiting to bid on her?

 

Eager to have her at his mercy?

 

Was she about to face the same dark fate as her mother and aunt had?

 

She shuddered at the thought of any male having that sort of power over her.

 

Owning her.

 

“You.” The deep voice sent a tremor through her and she whipped her head around and bared her fangs at the huge bare-chested male.

 

The demon smirked at her, his broken pale horns flaring a little from behind his ears, pushing through his shaggy mane of sandy hair. He always got off on her threatening him. The sick bastard enjoyed taunting her.

 

The dark-haired demon next to him just stalked forwards, keys jangling in his hands as he searched for the one that would unlock her cage.

 

Her heart kicked into overdrive again, pulse slamming hard.

 

She backed away.

 

Her bottom hit the back of the cage, the metal bars cold against her bare flesh, and she bared her fangs again, hissed through them at the two males, warning them away.

 

The brunet demon ignored her and unlocked her cage.

 

The blond flicked his wrist, extending the baton he held. “Be nice now.”

 

He grinned at her, revealing short fangs, a glimmer of arousal in his pale eyes. He wanted her to do the opposite to his words. He wanted her to fight him.

 

Gods, she wanted it too, but she wasn’t about to give the bastard the satisfaction of fighting with her.

 

A loud roar sent silence sweeping across the black lands.

 

And a shiver down her spine.

 

It wasn’t one of her kind.

 

But there was such anger in that roar, such strength and power, and it lit a fuse inside her.

 

She exploded from the cage, launching at the two males, everything she had held bottled up inside her blasting through her, driving her into a rage.

 

She was on the brunet demon before he was even aware she had moved, her bare body slamming into his. Her left foot skidded on the loose dirt as she drove forwards, putting all her remaining strength into shoving him backwards and off balance.

 

As she landed on his chest, the captives in the cages around her began shouting, some of them calling to her to free them while others screamed for the guards, their fear of being punished because of something she had done driving them to alert the bastards who held them in chains in the hope they would avoid a beating.

 

Lyra sank her claws into the demon’s shoulders and struck hard with her fangs, lodging them deep in the side of his throat. He roared and bucked up, but she held on, refusing to release him as he tried to shake her off him. She snarled, a red rage pouring through her, controlling her actions. 

 

She didn’t feel it when the sandy-haired demon struck her across the back with his baton. She didn’t feel it when he sank his own claws into her arm and pulled. Didn’t feel it when the male beneath her managed to shove his fist hard into her stomach.

 

She felt only the high of battle, the roar of victory in her ears, and the sheer elation that came with the taste of blood on her tongue.

 

The pale-horned demon finally managed to yank her off his colleague.

 

To his detriment.

 

Her fangs ripped through the side of his neck, gouging a deep hole in his flesh. Blood spurted across the black ground, and the male fumbled, desperately seeking the strength to cover the wound. The blond tossed her through the air and she shrieked as she hit the cage, the top bar of it slamming hard into her lower back, sending pain ricocheting through her.

 

By the time she had hit the ground, the dark-haired demon was still, his eyes staring blankly into the dark beyond.

 

The blond turned towards her, a growl on his lips.

 

Lyra roared and sprang at him, hitting him square in the chest with all of her weight. He didn’t fall. He grabbed her right arm and spun with her, flung her across the clearing and into the side of another cage. The occupant screamed and shoved at her, pushing her away.

 

She scowled at the female and spat blood on the floor.

 

Foolish bitch.

 

There was no currying favour with their captors now. 

 

Not if the unholy cacophony she could hear coming from the direction of the stage was anything to go by.

 

Someone was ripping through the crowd, and most likely their captors. Someone who wanted blood on their hands as badly as she did.

 

She hunkered down and growled low, and the demon backed off as blue flames flickered over her hands. 

 

The need to shift was strong, driving her to obey it, but she couldn’t, not with the collar on.

 

The male knew it. She saw it the moment he remembered, saw all that fear that had been building in his eyes drain right back out of them again as he cockily smiled at her.

 

Lyra wiped that smile right off his face.

 

In a lightning fast move, she closed the gap between her and the dead demon, and snatched the baton from his belt. She flicked her right hand out, extending the weapon, and roared as she swept it up in a fast, hard arc aimed at the blond’s head.

 

He growled and dodged backwards, her baton cutting harmlessly through the air a few inches in front of his face. 

 

She strafed left when he swung at her with his own baton, coming close to striking her with it, and threw herself into a roll when he struck again, diving beneath his blow. She came to her feet behind him in a crouch and sprang forwards, leaping high into the air. He turned, a frown on his face as he looked at the ground where she had been.

 

Lyra grinned as she came down on the bastard’s head.

 

She brought the baton down, a sliver of satisfaction rolling through her when it struck hard enough to crack his skull, and he grunted and dropped to his knees. She kicked off him and pirouetted, coming back around to face him. 

 

He shook his head, his eyes widened as he spotted her baton coming at him again, and he swiftly brought his arm up to shield his face. Another satisfying crack sounded as she connected with his wrist.

 

How many times had he beaten her with his baton?

 

How many times had he smiled as he did it, taking satisfaction from hurting her?

 

Gods, that left her cold. She was no better than he was.

 

It didn’t stop her though. She could hate herself later, when she was free, and this male was dead.

 

She pressed her left hand against the tip of the baton and drove forwards, into the male’s arm, shoving him sideways. He lashed out at her again, his baton striking her thigh and then her knee. Heat swept through her, numb at first but then fiery hot, blazing along her bones.

 

“Fucker,” she snarled and grabbed his baton before he could strike her with it again.

 

She wrestled with him as he tried to twist it free of her grip, his face contorting into vicious lines as he growled at her, flashing his fangs. His busted horns curled further, a flare of aggression, and his eyes brightened, glowing gold around his pupils.

 

He yanked his arm backwards, and she went forwards with it, refusing to release his weapon. She slammed into him, her bare breasts pressing against his chest, and pulled her arm back, trying to get the damned baton off him. She was going to kill him with the fucking thing. It would be a fitting end for him. Dying by his own weapon.

 

She was so focused on getting the baton off him that she didn’t notice his other fist coming at her face until it was too late. Pain splintered across her nose and blood poured from it, hot as it ran over her lips. She growled, grabbed his arm and twisted it hard.

 

He roared as the bone snapped.

 

Lyra grabbed her baton with both hands, shoved it against the front of his throat and pressed forwards, driving him down into the dirt. She settled all her weight on his chest, her knees pinning his shoulders, and pushed downwards on the baton. His eyes grew wild as he struggled beneath her, kicking his legs and growling.

 

His baton smacked her hard in the side.

 

She snarled, grabbed it and twisted it free of his grip.

 

And brought it down hard.

 

 

 

Treasured by a Tiger

 

(Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 14)
Felicity Heaton

 

Despised by his tiger shifter pride as an abomination, Grey has ventured far from home, deep into the bowels of Hell in search of answers about the machinations of Archangel, the mortal hunter organisation who held his twin captive. With no knowledge of the realm, and little skill with the local languages, he quickly finds himself at a dead end—until he crosses paths with a beautiful hellcat female who rouses his darkest most dangerous instincts.

 

Lyra has been a fool, falling for the charms of a male whose only desire was to make a fast buck by selling her. Shackled and collared, her strength muted by magic, she awaits her time on the stage at a black-market auction, but before it can come, all hell breaks loose and she seizes a chance to escape—and runs straight into a majestic warrior who steals her breath away and tempts her like no other as he battles alone to free everyone.

 

When Lyra offers her services as a translator to repay Grey for saving her, will he be strong enough to resist the needs she awakens in him and spare himself the pain of her inevitable rejection when she discovers the truth about him? And when the powerful male in charge of the slave ring starts a bloody hunt for Lyra, can she escape another collar and find the courage to trust the tiger who is capturing her heart? 

 

 

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Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince (Only 99c at all retailers!)
Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King
Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar
Book 5: Craved by an Alpha
Book 6: Bitten by a Hellcat
Book 7: Taken by a Dragon
Book 8: Marked by an Assassin
Book 9: Possessed by a Dark Warrior
Book 10: Awakened by a Demoness
Book 11: Haunted by the King of Death
Book 12: Turned by a Tiger
Book 13: Tamed by a Tiger
Book 14: Treasured by a Tiger

 

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

 

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

 

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

 

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Review: Ultimate Courage (True Heroes #2) by Piper J. Drake

Ultimate Courage - Piper J. Drake
Ultimate Courage

True Heroes #2
Piper J. Drake
Contemporary Romance - Romantic Suspense
Forever
July 26th 2016
Paperback
336
Library

 

LOVE IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY

 

Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.

 

Elisa's past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she's never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.

 

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Ultimate Courage is book two in the True Heroes series by Piper J. Drake. We get a little mystery, suspense, and romance.

 

I enjoyed this one more then the first book, Extreme Honor. The characters appealed to me more. We have Alex, his daughter Boom, his dog Souze, and Elisa.

 

I find that kids and pets always add something special to a book I’m reading. Very few times am I disappointed or don’t like having them around. Boom, I enjoyed her sassiness. Souse, I liked how he understood Elisa and also Alex. As for the story it was nice, but the pacing was all over the place, dragging in some areas and moving way to fast in others.

 

As for the romance between Elisa and Alex’s it was sweet; though it does move quickly. I did enjoy how Alex approached Elisa. It suited the situation she was in. Alex well he’s dealing with PTSD and being a single parent. As things progress we get to see his PTSD and how it’s affect him. Souze tied in nicely and helped both Elisa and Alex work out their issues.

 

The book was decent, but things took a turn at the end that was a little upsetting and the issues where so unnecessary. One, someone is out to get his girl, but when a person shows up spouting out stuff that you haven’t seen any evidence of and you believe this person over your girl. No, just wrong and sad! Two, one week you guys are together and you believe the most heinous thing about your girl, but then suddenly everything is all a ok and we are moving in together. Sigh!! All of this is within the last 15% of the book.

 

This will be my last read in the series. I started the series with book 3, but had to put it down; because it tied into the first two and I was miss connections and more, so I deiced to read from the beginning. Well book one was just Eh and two was Ok. So with that I’ve deiced to drop the series and not even attempt to read book three again.

 

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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ARC Review: The Hunt (Devil’s Isle #3) by Chloe Neill (Tour) ~ Giveaway

The Hunt - Chloe Neill
The Hunt

Devil’s Isle #3

by Chloe Neill

September 26, 2017

 

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels—the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war….

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.

 

Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out….

 

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This series needs to be read in order. 

 

The Hunt starts off 5 weeks from where The Sight ends. The tension is ramped up several notches in this installment. It’s filled with action, heartache, betrayal, fear, friendship, and death. 

 

Claire spends a lot of time in an emotional turmoil over Liam, secrets that she is finding out about her family, and what she can do to change the world for the better for those paranormals in it. When Liam comes back in the picture the tension between him and Claire is heightened. His stubbornness and issues with the magical abilities he has now add to their relationship troubles. 

 

The start was a bit slow in the beginning for me and I had some trouble getting into the story. I was surprised by a few events or revelations that popped up in the story. I was also not expecting things to go that path. The ending was a little unexpected and had me wondering what now. 

 

My only issues is Claire, Liam, and others are fugitives. They are on the run and trying not to get caught by the government. Well they sure do get around way to easily. They move from one place to another without running into conflict, trouble, etc. Just to easily for them to move around especially when the government wants to capture them. 

 

All and all The Hunt was an enjoyable read. 

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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

 

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Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Devil’s Isle, Chicagoland Vampires, and Dark Elite series. She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest.  When not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys–her favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

 

Chloe is represented by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency. Chloe is a member of the Romance Writers of America.

 

 

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures has a swag pack from Chloe Neill up for grabs to one USA Only winner. Fill out the rafflecopter to enter! 

 

The packet will include:

 

  • Devil’s Isle tote bag
  • Devil’s Isle sticker sheet, coaster, and bookplate
  • Chloe Neill pen and “Brainstorms” notebook
  • Signed Chloe Neill book
  • Bookmarks

 

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The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE HUNT Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs September 18 through September 29 on Chloe’s Website.

 

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Week One

Monday, September 18 – Novel Knight Book Reviews
Tuesday, September 19 – Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
Wednesday, September 20 – Wicked Cool Flight
Thursday, September 21 – Booklovers For Life | The Book Nympho
Friday, September 22 – Consummate Reader

 

Week Two

Monday, September 25 – Paranormally Yours
Tuesday, September 26 – Saucy Wenches | Fang-Tastic Books
Wednesday, September 27 – Goldilox and the Three Weres
Thursday, September 28 – Parajunkee | Desert Divas Book Addiction
Friday, September 29 – YA Reads

 

 

 

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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Release Day Blitz: Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians #7) by Dianne Duvall ~ Giveaway

 

 

Blade of Darkness

by Dianne Duvall

Immortal Guardians Book #7

Releasing September 19th, 2017

 

Return to the “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall’s Immortal Guardians.

 

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember.  But she never saw Aidan coming.  When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception… and passion.  Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan’s arms and in his bed.  Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

 

Immortal Guardian Aidan O’Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don’t trouble him.  The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan’s brethren turning against him, so he can’t help but feel alarmed.  While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?

 

“Fans of paranormal romance who haven’t discovered this series yet are really missing out on something extraordinary.” —Long and Short Review

 

 

 

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The Immortal Guardians Series

 

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1)

Night Reigns (Immortal Guardians, #2) 

Phantom Shadows (Immortal Guardians, #3) 

In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #3.5) 

Darkness Rises (Immortal Guardians, #4) 

Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians, #5) 

Phantom Embrace (Immortal Guardians, #5.5) 

Shadows Strike (Immortal Guardians, #6) 

Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians Book 7)

 

 

Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians series and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne’s books “fast-paced and humorous” (Publishers Weekly), “utterly addictive” (RT Book Reviews), “extraordinary” (Long and Short Reviews), and”wonderfully imaginative” (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Picks by RT Book Reviews, The Romance Reviews,and/or Night Owl Reviews. 

 

Dianne loves all things creative. When she isn’t writing, Dianne is active in the independent film industry and has even appeared on-screen, crawling out of a moonlit grave and wielding a machete like some of the vampires she creates in her books.

 

For the latest news on upcoming releases, contests, and more, please visit DianneDuvall.com. You can also find Dianne online . . .

 

 

 

 
 
 
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Release Day ARC Review: Danger’s Halo (Holly Danger #1) by Amanda Carlson

Danger's Halo: (Holly Danger Book 1) - Amanda  Carlson
Danger's Halo

Holly Danger #1
Amanda Carlson
Science Fiction - Dystopian - Futuristic
ACI Books
September 18, 2017
eBook
195
ARC Review Copy

 

Holly Danger’s current assignment, gleaned from a set of foggy instructions and a handful of coin stuffed into a slot, is pick up a street kid who’s about to terminate himself by jumping off a cliff. And, as a rule, she doesn’t turn down currency. Her job as a salvager keeps her fed and clothed above the norm, which isn’t saying much.

 

The norm in this city is a scrape-by existence in a post-apocalyptic world, where the rain never stops, food is always scarce, and the elite have deserted the ranks in search of something better. Picking up this urchin won’t take much time, even if he’s located outside city limits. Her craft is fast, her weapons deadly, and her tech has been optimized as well as it can be for a climate clogged with iron dust.

 

But things take a big turn when she decides to become the boy’s guardian instead of hand him over. Outskirts have descended on the city, and their plans don’t include playing nice. When her crew is backed against a graphene wall, it’s a good thing her Gem is primed and ready to go. It’s almost as deadly as she is…

 

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Their is a lot to enjoy in this new Sci-Fi Fantasy series by Amanda Carlson.

 

Ms. Carlson is departing from her usual genre and diving into something new. She has brought her characters and world to life. Her writing engrosses the reader from the beginning and keeps you hooked until the end.

 

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic / Star Trek type world. A meteorite hit earth and life was pretty much killed off. Only a handful of humans are serving, well struggling to survive. It’s a dangers and hazardous place to live.

 

Holly our lead character is pretty awesome. I liked her. She’s resourceful, has a good head on her shoulders, and has made a living for herself as a scavenger. As a scavenger she salvages items to barter for anything she may need. She tends to not trust anyone and expects the worst. With her past, what little we get, and the world as it is, I can see why she expects the worst and trust is a no no.

 

I absolutely loved the part where it’s reveled on how Holly gets her name Holly Danger. Though Holly is alone in the world, with her mother gone, she has managed to find people, her crew, and let them into her life. They have, in away, become a family.

 

The book was a little slow at first since we are getting introduced to a new type of world, but things pick up and we are on a another fast-paced adventure with mystery and danger heading for Holly and her crew.

 

I had a delightful time with Holly and her friends. The plot is interesting and will continue into the next, so I can’t wait to see what is next for our gang.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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

 

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Angel’s Weekly: Buy The Books: 9/18 – 9/22

 

Sept. 18th, 2017

 

 

King of Code by C.D. Reiss
Against All Odds by Jezz de Silva
Contracted Defense (Safeguard #3) by Piper J. Drake
Bulldog’s Girls by Ann Mayburn
Exes with Benefits by Nicole Williams
Dirty Boxing (Blood and Glory #1) by Harper St. George & Tara Wyatt
Royal Attraction by Tiffany Truitt
The Best Man’s Proposal (The Hamilton Sisters) by Wynter Daniels
Trinity (de La Vega Cats #1) by Lauren Dane
Light of the Spirit (The Muse Chronicles #4) by Lisa Kessler
Danger’s Halo (Holly Danger #1) by Amanda Carlson

 

 

Sept. 19th, 2017

 

 

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire #2) by Jessica Cluess
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
The Italian’s Pregnant Prisoner (Once Upon a Seduction #3) by Maisey Yates
Rock Me (Bachelor Bad Boys #1) by Carly Phillips
Romancing the Rival (Calypso Falls #2) by Kris Fletcher
The Queen (Masterpiece Duet #2) by Skye Warren
Ride It Out (Desert Dogs #4) by Cara McKenna
Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey #8) by Sawyer Bennett
Find Me (Corrupted Hearts #3) by Tiffany Snow
Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters #23) by Heather Graham
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones
Blade of Darkness (Immortal Guardians #7) by Dianne Duvall
Demon Hunting with a Sexy Ex (Demon Hunting #5) by Lexi George
Storm Gathering (Scorpius Syndrome #4) by Rebecca Zanetti
Successor’s Promise (Millennium’s Rule #3) by Trudi Canavan
Wickedly Spirited (Baba Yaga #3.5) by Deborah Blake

 

 

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Delectable Delights — Hearty Steak and Potatoes

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 thought I would also share my kitchen creations or disasters with you! HelloFresh has become a godsend for me when it comes to cooking. I love the easy of deliver, all the ingredients included, all packaging is recyclable, and I get to try some new things too.

 

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Hearty Steak and Potatoes w/ Balsamic-Cranberry Pan Sauce

 

 

Ingredients: 

 

Yellow Onion
Rosemary
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Red Cabbage
Mustard Seeds
White Wine Vinegar
Sirloin Steak
Balsamic Vinegar
Soy Sauce
Cranberry Jam

 

 

Preheat and prep: Preheat oven 425. Halve, peel, and thinly slice onion. Strip rosemary leaves and chop. Halve potatoes lengthwise, cut into 1-inch-wedges.

 

 

Roast Potatoes: Toss potatoes on backing sheet with large drizzle of olive oil and chopped rosemary. Season with salt and pepper. Then roast 30-35min, until lightly browned and crisp.

 

 

Cook Cabbage: Heat oil in med pan on med-high heat. Add onion and cabbage calling 5min, until softened, make sure to toss. Add mustard seeds an cook until they start to pop. Then stir in White wine vinegar, sugar, and salt. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 10min.

 

   

Sear Steak: While cabbage and potatoes cook. Heat in medium pan oil over med-high heat and cook the steak until desired doneness. Make sure to season both sides with salt and pepper. When done, remove and set aside.

 

 

Make Pan Sauce: Add 1/2 TBSP balsamic vinegar, 1 1/2 TBSP soy sauce, cranberry jam, and 3 TBSP water to same pan meat was cooked in, cooking sauce over med heat. Stir to combine and let simmer until reduced to a syrupy consistency, 2-3min.

 

 

Finish and Serve: Thinly slice steak. divide steak, potatoes, and cabbage between plates. Drizzle sauce over steak and serve.

 

 

We enjoyed the potatoes and steak. Neither one of us are much on eating cabbage. We did try it and it was sweet and enjoyable, but we didn’t eat much cabbage.

 

 

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Review: Wild & Sweet (Haven Brotherhood #2) by Rhenna Morgan

Wild & Sweet - Rhenna Morgan
 Wild & Sweet

Haven Brotherhood #2
Rhenna Morgan
Contemporary Romance
Carina Press
April 18th 2017
Paperback
432
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Live hard, f*ck harder and follow only their own rules. Those are the cornerstones the six men of the Haven Brotherhood live and bleed by, refusing to conform to society's expectations, taking what they want and always watching each other's backs.

 

Zeke Dugan is not a man who walks the straight and narrow. He may have sworn an oath as a trauma doc, but he has zero problem leveraging his medical skills outside a hospital if it means giving the Brotherhood—the group of men he calls family—an advantage. Blood before business. All that changes when shy Gabrielle stumbles into his life and ignites his protective instincts.

 

Mechanic Gabrielle Parker prefers the complexities of an engine over men. Her life wasn't always quiet and well-ordered, but now that it is, she finds peace in the solitude. When a robbery in her neighborhood forces her out of her safe bubble, she never fathoms that a dangerous, cocky trauma doctor will fix more than her injuries.

 

Zeke doesn't play by the rules that Gabrielle follows but knows that he's exactly what she needs in her life. He'll show her the fierce and uncompromising protection that comes from belonging to a man like him.

 

When tension outside the Brotherhood threatens Gabrielle, Zeke will do anything to keep her safe, and damn the consequences. No one will hurt his woman, even if it means putting the very men who saved his life at risk.

 

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OMG I have a new favorite series. Contemporary Romance is not my typical read or one I fall for, but WOW have the Haven Boys hooked me.

 

After finishing book one, Rough & Tumble, I new I was going to continue the series. I went out and bought book two, Wild & Sweet. I couldn’t resist buying. And, so after finished book two, I bought three, Claim & Protect. Do you see what’s happening? Ms. Morgan has acquired a fan and one who will be complete the collection for the Haven Brotherhood series as they come out. Now let’s get to the novel.

 

Zeke, oh my darling doctor. He is so sweet, understand, and patient with Gabrielle. It was so endearing to see how wonderful he was with Gabe. I loved that he has a plan. How he takes his time, notices when she’s having trouble in certain environments and situations, and then he helps to make it easier for her.

 

Gabrielle is the adorable in a tomboy/girl next door way. She’s got some issues and one is anxiety. It’s affect her life in a big way. I like how the author incorporated this issue into her character and how it was talked about. Haveing anxiety is tough and many people can relate, so when Zeke shows up and doesn’t give up on her, but helps. It truly is sensational and will melt your heart.

 

Their romances was so wonderful. Little by little Zeke breaks her down and helps Gabe to blossom and in the process Zeke finds the calm and quiet he’s been searching for.

 

Besides the romance we have a little action suspense when things in Danny and Gabe’s neighborhood start to happen.

 

This novel is swoon worthy. It’s emotional, captivating, and heartfelt. I highly recommend picking up this series.

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

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Interview: Anise Eden (All the Light There Is) ~ Giveaway

 

Hello and Welcome All!

 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Anise Eden author of All the Light There Is. Hi Anise, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

 

For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

 

Thank you so much, Angel’s Guilty Pleasures, for having me! I’m so excited to be here celebrating the release of ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS, the third and final book in The Healing Edge paranormal romance/suspense series. The first book in this trilogy, ALL THE BROKEN PLACES, was my debut novel, and it is quite a thrill to have the complete series out now for readers to enjoy. 

 

As for me, I love to explore the mysteries of life, wherever they may take me. My writing reflects my fascination with the intersections between science and the paranormal, as well as the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. I am also a huge “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fan from way back and can quote episodes with the best of them!

 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

 

I’d say that the genre chose me, rather than the other way around. With my first book, ALL THE BROKEN PLACES (The Healing Edge, Book 1), I wrote the book that was in me to write. It wasn’t until later that people who know about genre told me that I was writing paranormal romance/suspense. It turns out that there can be quite a bit of cross-over, as well, between this genre and others, such as fantasy, mystery, and even women’s fiction. I’ve learned that “genre” is not always an exact science.

 

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

 

I was surprised by how much fun I had writing the action/adventure scenes in this book, from goose hunting to paintballing. However, I have to say that I most enjoyed writing those scenes between Cate and Ben in which they uncover truths about themselves and their relationship that deepen their trust and strengthen their intimacy. It was delicious to inhabit those moments!

 

What are some books you have enjoyed recently?

 

As a recent convert to historical romance, I am thoroughly enjoying A GOOD DAY TO MARRY A DUKE by the wonderfully masterful Betina Krahn. I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of this book, which releases in December, and I’m relishing every minute of it!

 

What is your favorite quote?

 

There is one quote that I turn to again and again, both in writing and in life, about the wisdom of following your passions: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

Would you tell us a little about the The Healing Edge series?

 

The Healing Edge Series tells the story of Cate Duncan, a psychotherapist who is struggling in the wake of her mother’s suicide. When Cate reaches out for help, she is embraced by The MacGregor Group, a clinic of alternative healers with paranormal gifts. As they teach her more about her role as an empath, skeptical Cate has a hard time accepting what she’s learning, and ends up going toe-to-toe with the clinic’s hard-headed manager, Ben MacGregor, a psychologist and Marine Corps veteran. The story takes on unexpected, exciting twists as the MacGregor Group works to protect Cate from threats, both internal and external, that would seek to harm or exploit those with special abilities.

 

As the last installment in The Healing Edge paranormal romance/suspense trilogy, ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS casts The MacGregor Group in a new and galvanizing role as they uncover a deep web of subterfuge that puts them in the crosshairs. In this crucible of science and spirituality, danger and destiny, the relationship between Cate and Ben deepens, and the MacGregor Group discovers shocking truths about their true potential. ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS ties together the interpersonal connections and larger plots of the first two books, acting as both the culmination of the series and a broadening of the imagination for the future of the MacGregor Group. 

 

 

If you could have given your characters one piece of advice before the opening pages of the book, what would it be and why?

 

I would have said, “Fasten your seatbelts!” because ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS takes them places they never expected to go—including some very treacherous waters.

 

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

 

Before becoming an award-winning author, ANISE EDEN wanted to be a wildlife photographer. Unfortunately, a strong aversion to large insects, poisonous snakes, and sharks―along with a cat allergy that might well extend to tigers―limited that career option. Also, Anise always roots for the gazelle, and we all know how that usually turns out. Fortunately, Anise’s voracious hunger for reading kept her occupied, eventually morphing into a passion for writing quirky stories filled with heart, humor, and imagination. Anise loves that through writing, she can live out any adventure she likes without the need for antivenom or antihistamines.

 

 

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All the Light There Is 

 

The Healing Edge #3

 

Anise Eden

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Suspense

 

Publisher: Diversion Books

 

Date of Publication: September 12, 2017

 

ISBN: 978-1635761641

 

ASIN: 1635761646

 

Number of pages: 290

 

Word Count: 97,770

 

Tagline: Anise Eden brings us the thrilling and romantic finale to The Healing Edge Series, perfect for fans of Karen Robards or Shiloh Walker.

 

Book Description: 

 

Psychotherapist Cate Duncan is done with danger. Her whirlwind weeks of training at the MacGregor Group’s parapsychology clinic, while exhilarating, have also brought one crisis after another. So when their research colleague Skeet offers Cate and her boss-turned-boyfriend Ben some time away at his secluded hunting lodge, even though it’ll be a working vacation, they jump at the chance.

 

But the idyllic Mercier Lodge is teeming with secrets. An aura reader and a telepath who work with Skeet reveal his unorthodox research methods, triggering the MacGregor Group’s suspicions. Then there’s the matter of a tragic death that occurred at the lodge over a year ago, and how it connects to unsolved mysteries from Cate’s past―mysteries she may not be ready to confront.

 

As they delve into Mercier’s unsavory history, Ben and Cate stick close together, trusting in their love for each other to keep them safe. But when a plot separates them, Cate must rely on the MacGregor Group’s paranormal abilities, some surprise allies, and her own determination to track Ben down and crack Mercier’s mysteries before the strange place claims any more victims.

 

  

 

 

 

ParaTrain Internship, Day Six

It’s just a meeting. Nothing to be nervous about. I wiped my damp palms on my skirt and ordered my brain to focus on something else. Like the Jag, I thought. Focus on the fact that you’re finally getting a ride in the Jag.

And not just any Jag—the British 1936 Jaguar SS100 Ben had restored. He’d found the car in a barn in Pennsylvania, sitting on blocks and covered in hay bales. Now, it looked like it had just left the showroom. My fingertips roamed across the soft leather seat as I admired each piece of shining chrome and the deep glow of the wood on the dash. The car’s transformation was a testament to Ben’s workmanship—not to mention to his patience and tenacity when it came to the things he loved. 

The things—and the people, I thought, smiling down at my ring. I hadn’t exactly made things easy for Ben, but now, two gold birds were wrapped around my finger, holding a lustrous piece of Scottish agate between their wings. He’d wanted to give me a tangible reminder of how he felt, a talisman to guard against anxiety and doubt. 

I stole a glance at Ben. He was completely in his element, left hand loosely holding the steering wheel, right elbow propped up on the door. Everything about him was solid and squared-off, from the angle of his jaw to the way he carried his shoulders. These qualities were augmented by his charcoal gray suit and crisp white shirt—worn sans tie, as usual. I marveled that no matter what internal battles he might be fighting, Ben always exuded a quiet confidence.

“Enjoying yourself?” he asked.

“Completely.” I closed my eyes and inhaled my new favorite scent—a mixture of fine wool, cotton, and vintage leather that clung to Ben like an olfactory tattoo. “My mom would have loved this, you know.”

His light brown eyes softened. “You think so?”

“Absolutely.” Every summer when I was a kid, she had taken me to the local car shows. Back then, we could only look, never touch. Riding along with Ben, I felt like a glamorous movie star. I struck my best Hollywood pose, and he smiled.

It was such a pleasure—not to mention a relief—to see Ben relax after the nonstop drama of the past two weeks. There had been too many life-and-death situations, too much tension. And more than anyone, Ben had earned a vacation. With that in mind, after our meeting at the Smithsonian, we planned to spend the rest of the weekend on the Eastern Shore. That evening, we had a dinner date with my mother’s cousin, Ardis, and a reservation at a nice bed-and-breakfast. Sunday’s schedule was still open. I thought we might head to the ocean; I loved the beach in the fall. Or we could take the ferry to Smith Island; wander around St. Michaels, go sailing…. As I considered the possibilities, I nearly forgot to be nervous. 

Then we entered downtown D.C. I sobered as stately suburban homes gave way to modern office buildings and massive structures of chiseled granite. Before long, the Smithsonian office building came into view—ten stories of tinted glass reflecting the cloudless blue sky like a darkened mirror. It took up half a city block. 

Ben caught me biting my lip. “You know there’s nothing to be nervous about, right?”

“I know,” I lied. The truth was, I couldn’t believe we were actually there. It had been less than twenty-four hours since Ben told his mother, Dr. MacGregor, about our group’s experience with the double kheir ritual. Now we were on our way to meet with her world-class paranormal research team—and not just to exchange information. We’d been asked to give a demonstration, as well. 

I had dressed up for the occasion, wearing a dove gray pencil skirt and a wine-colored cashmere sweater my mother had given me one Christmas. Still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I didn’t belong at the Smithsonian—not as anything more than a tourist, anyway. 

“Well, just in case,” he said, “let me remind you that you have nothing to prove here. None of us do. My mother already told her colleagues what happened with our ritual, and they’re keen to know more. But they don’t have any definite expectations; after all, half of them still think the double kheir is just a myth.” In a conspiratorial tone, he added, “Think of it this way. I know you have a lot of questions. Today, you can ask anything you like.”

“Hmm.” I bit the tip of my finger. “Anything?”

“Sure.”

“Like whether The Da Vinci Code was based in fact? And whether they’re all members of the Illuminati?”

He chuckled as we pulled into the underground parking garage. “If you ask them those questions, I’ll make sure you get a substantial year-end bonus.”

“Deal,” I said, smiling tentatively. I was still getting used to the idea that my new boyfriend was also my new boss. 

Ben was the manager of the MacGregor Group, an alternative healing clinic founded by his mother and housed in a repurposed church. I first met him when my former employer, Dr. Nelson, sent me to the MacGregor Group for treatment. My mother’s recent suicide had left me in pieces, unable to function. As close as she and I had been, somehow I hadn’t seen that my mother was in crisis. Her shocking loss had debilitated me, and I could barely leave my house, let alone return to my job as a psychotherapist. What Dr. Nelson hadn’t told me was that Dr. MacGregor was a psychiatrist who specialized in paranormal gifts, and that instead of “treating” me, she and Ben were enrolling me in ParaTrain, a paranormal skills training program. My first lesson had been to learn the definition of an empath—and that I was one. 

Since then, my life had changed so dramatically that it was unrecognizable. Dr. Nelson, Dr. MacGregor, and Ben had all worked hard to convince me that because I was an empath, the key to maintaining my mental health was to leave my job as a therapist and go to work for the MacGregor Group. The idea of leaving my beloved therapy clients was nothing short of heartrending. But after due consideration and several persuasive paranormal experiences, I had agreed to take their advice. Before I could officially start my new job, though, I had to complete a three-week training program: one week of preparation, followed by a two-week internship. 

My time in ParaTrain had flown by. Although I was starting my final week of the internship, I still didn’t feel anywhere near ready to take on my new role as an empath healer. Before I met the MacGregors, I hadn’t even known that empaths existed, so I was still struggling to find my bearings. And the unexpected romance between Ben and me was keeping me permanently off-balance. Add in the mind-blowing experience we’d had with the double kheir the previous week, and…. Well, I didn’t even know what had happened there, so I was fairly certain that I’d make a fool of myself trying to describe it to the Smithsonian research team. 

That thought had me wiping my palms on my skirt again. “I am nervous, though, about this demonstration we’re supposed to give. The researchers may not have any definite expectations, but surely they’re hoping to see something. And unlike the rest of you, I have no idea what I’m doing.”

“You’ll be fine, Cate,” Ben reassured me as we pulled into a parking space. “Kai’s got it all figured out. He said he has something simple and easy planned, so just follow his instructions. Even if nothing interesting happens, that’s still useful information for my mother’s team. They’re scientists, remember? In an experiment, even a negative result is valuable.” 

I had no reason to doubt Kai. He was a highly capable expert in ancient rituals, among other things. But when it came to the paranormal, I had a track record of unintentionally messing things up. “What if I forget our instructions and start reading people’s emotions?” 

Dr. MacGregor had passed on a request from her project director that we refrain from using our paranormal gifts on the members of the research team without their specific permission. Apparently, they were much more comfortable observing others than being observed themselves.

“The fact that you’re already worrying about that means it’s highly unlikely you’ll forget,” he said. “And even if you do, who’s going to know?”

Only everyone, I thought. My poker face was nonexistent. I buried my face in my hands. “I’m just afraid that I’m going to embarrass myself. And you. And your mother. And disappoint everyone.”

Ben turned off the ignition. I felt him lean towards me and gently tuck an escaped strand of hair into my braid. “That’s not possible.”

His optimism was endearing, if ill-founded. “Oh, I assure you, it’s possible.”

 

 

 

 

 

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#1 – Covers The not so Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Recently I ran across a post from It Starts at Midnight that talked about Topics I Need More Of. One topic was Ugly – Ass Covers. Today I’m going to showcase some Book Covers that I think are Not So Good, Bad, & Ugly at least to me!

 

 

We all love covers. We look at them daily. We fantasize. We pet them. They are the first thing we see. The first thing that gets us to even look at a book and maybe pick it up.

 

So, why on gods green earth would the publishers, authors, and cover designers not make a cover look good? I do get we all have different tastes, but their are just some covers that someone should have said: NO.

 

For this first edition of The Not So Good, The Bad & The Ugly I’m going to be featuring books off my to-read-list from Goodreads. Just looking at these I can’t understand how they got on my to-read-list. Might have been a giveaway of some kind. 

 

 

I Kissed a Dog
(Werewolves of the West #1)
by Carol Van Atta
Published October 20th 2012 by Charles River Press

 

Why? Everything about this cover is odd. I don’t like the girl on it or the coloring. 

 

 

A Pirate’s Curse
(Legends of the Soaring Phoenix #1)
by M.L. Guida
Published July 24th 2013 by Buffalo Mountain Press

 

Why? To much red, dislike the ship, and the man is a bit distracting. 

 

 

The Alpha’s Mate
(The Wolvers #1)
by Jacqueline Rhoades
Published July 30th 2012

 

Why? It’s just pieced together. A shirtless man, a girl with gun, and plane bold letters.

 

 

Darkride
(Darkride Chronicles #1)
by Laura Bradley Rede
Published January 9th 2012

 

Why? Don’t like the horse or man in the background.

 

 

Honor Among Orcs
(Orc Saga #1)
by Amalia Dillin
Published April 1st 2014 by Thorskona Books

Why? To dark and not into the letter type.

 

 

What Are Your Thoughts?
Do think one or all of these covers need some work?

 

 

 

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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ARC Review: Divine Awakening (The Divinities #4) by Lia Davis

Divine Awakening (The Divinities) (Volume 4) - Lia Davis
Divine Awakening

The Divinities #4
Lia Davis
Paranormal Romance
After Glow
January 17th 2017
eBook
79
NetGalley

 

A mother’s love is her greatest power.

 

Divinity witch, Desiree Sanders has made a lot of bad choices in her life, but trusting the demoness, Samoan should earn her the award for traitor of the millennium. After several failed attempts to set things right, Desiree turns to the dark, sexy Death Demon, Lex for help saving her son and ending the war.

 

There’s no darker place than the soul of a demon.

 

Divinity guardian, Alexander, AKA Lex, has hardened his heart and locked away emotions following the betrayal of his mate over three hundred years ago. Until he meets the quiet and beautiful Desiree, and the walls around his heart start to crumble. When she calls him for help, broken and scared, he can’t deny her, and the urge to claim her for his own becomes an overwhelming need.

 

Trapped in the Underworld as the war between witches and demons escalates, Lex and Desiree must face their pasts and their fears—and open their hearts—if they are to find a way out. Meanwhile, the Divinities in the natural world prepare for a battle that is no longer just dark versus light. If lost, it could mean the end of life as they know it.

 

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Divine Awakening is book four in The Divinities series. The end is here.

 

This series does need to be read in order. The plot continues throughout the series and each couple we meet, meet up and develop a relationship throughout the books until they get their own.

 

Divine Awakening starts where Dark Divine ends with Desiree and Lex stuck in the underworld. They must find a way out and join the others to stop the coming apocalypse. I liked Lex and Desiree. She’s looking for her lost son and is grieving; because of the things she’s done to keep him safe and in the process trusted the wrong person. Lex doesn’t want another mate, but can’t help the pull towards his destined one. Things move fast and before you know it we are at the ending battle that will determine the fate of the human world.

 

Divine Awakening gives us the conclusion of the series. Secrets revealed, family’s coming together, mates finding each other, and more. Things wrap up nicely and everyone gets an HEA.

 

If you enjoy insta-love and quick fast-paced adventures then this series is right up your area.

 

Rated: 3.5 Stars

 

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

 

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Release Day: BLACK (All The King’s Men #8) by Donya Lynne ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Today we have the release day blitz of Black by Donya Lynne! Check out the release festivities and grab your copy today! 

 

Title: Black 

 

Author: Donya Lynne

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

About BLACK

 

Micah Black thought he was the last of his bloodline. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

 

Micah just found out he has a brother. Ronan, the cat burglar who broke into his apartment and stole the ankh he’d been entrusted to protect, has turned out to be none other than his own flesh and blood. But that’s not the only revelation he uncovers about his family. After centuries of thinking his father was killed during the war, he learns that his father is alive. Still suffering the loss of Micah’s mother, his beloved mate, but alive.

 

The discoveries continue to pile up as more tightly held secrets and shocking surprises come to light, upending Micah’s world, sending him into a whirlwind of emotions and memories of war, love, and death. But it’s what King Bain reveals that throws Micah for the biggest loop. One that will chart a new path for Micah’s future and change the course of the coming war between the vampires and the drecks forever.

 

In the much-anticipated eighth book of the emotionally-wrenching, heart-stopping All the King’s Men Series, you see Micah as you’ve never seen him before. You will meet new characters pivotal to the survival—and hearts—of the characters you’ve come to love. Aliases will be revealed, alliances will be formed, and new enemies exposed as paranormal forces converge in a battle to decide who will ultimately rule humanity.

 

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Books in the All the Kings Men Series:

 

Rise of the Fallen

Heart of the Warrior

Micah’s Calling

Rebel Obsession

Return of the Assassin

All the King’s Men – The Beginning

Bound Guardian Angel

 

 

Approximately 950 years ago

 

A steel-tipped arrow whizzed past Micah’s head as he and Malek battled their way through the rush of drecks pouring through the village from all directions. Metal on metal rang out as the village’s males took up their swords and engaged the enemy. It was their duty to defend the females and humans against this unprovoked, peacetime raid.

 

Who was Micah kidding? They weren’t in peacetime, anymore. This attack was enough proof that the drecks had risen up against them once more like some kind of fungus rot on their cultivated fields. No matter how many diseased plants you pulled, the shit just kept coming back.

 

Would the godforsaken war ever end? It had raged off and on for centuries before Micah’s birth, and, at this rate, would continue for centuries to come, even under the guise of peace.

 

Micah whistled to get Malek’s attention. When his friend and fellow warrior turned, Micah pointed to the top of a nearby ridge.

 

“High ground!” He had to shout over the roar of infernos consuming nearly half the cottages in the village, casting blazing heat that scorched his skin and singed his long, braided hair, coating him with soot and ash.

 

Malek nodded, pulled the strength from only God knew where, and hoofed it up the steep incline behind Micah.

 

Micah’s lungs pumped hard as his legs churned, propelling him higher as the burn and fatigue in his muscles grew so great that his thighs almost locked up in protest. But somehow, he pushed through the pain. The safety of his family depended on him. Katarina had fled to the forest at the first sign of attack, and thank God for that, but he refused to leave even one dreck standing who could pursue her and the other vampires and humans who had escaped.

 

But he didn’t know where his parents were. Surely, his father was engaged with the enemy, but he had yet to sense that his mother had found safety. On the contrary, what he felt vibrating in his soul was impending doom.

 

Another arrow flew past him, this one close enough to catch the side of his arm, nicking his flesh. Blood already spilled from multiple wounds all over his body, so this one merely added to the collection. None of his injuries were life threatening, but eventually, the loss of blood would weaken him. There was no time to spare.

 

He and Malek reached the top of the ridge and Micah turned, pulling an arrow from his fully stocked quiver as he brought his bow up in front of him. Malek did the same.

 

From here, the damage to their village robbed him of breath. It was a total loss. More than half the structures were consumed by flames or already falling into piles of smoldering rubble.

 

Beyond the steel tip of his arrow, Micah saw a dreck toss a torch on one of the remaining cottages. Calming his breath, he lined up the blue-tinted creature in his sights, held for a moment, and then released the arrow.

 

It impaled the dreck square between the eyes.

 

Malek took out another.

 

One by one, he and Malek sniped the enemy from their advantageous location, killing the drecks gradually but steadily as they worked their way along the ridge that surrounded the village, moving toward his parents’ cottage on the far end.

 

Behind him, he could feel the first sign of sunrise spreading light across the horizon. They needed to hurry so the vampires had enough time to seek shelter in the forest beyond the fields or in any of the remaining dwellings not taken by fire.

 

As Micah’s quiver neared empty, he caught sight of his uncle Rory, engaged with three drecks. Rory was a deadly male, fighting like a banshee unleashed by the devil himself. His skin and clothing were red with spilled blood, streaked with fresh, blue blood of the drecks, which quickly faded to red. No doubt Rory had killed half the invaders himself.

 

“I’m empty,” Malek said beside him.

 

Micah handed him one of his last two arrows. “Me, too.”

 

The good news was that the number of the fallen enemy was greater than that of the villagers. Drecks were no match for vampires, and their dead and dying bodies littered the cobbled paths and open spaces of their village, their blue blood running in rivers into the grass, where it pooled and gradually turned from blue to purple to red.

 

Just as he nocked his last arrow, Micah turned in the direction of his parents’ cottage. With the faint light of the pending sunrise granting him greater breadth of vision, he found his childhood home. His father was nowhere to be seen, but his mother stood in front of the open door, a sword in her hand, facing off against a pair of drecks.

 

Micah’s heart raced as a premonition of dread shocked his mind’s eye.

 

His mother was not a fighter. Not at the level needed for this kind of combat. Not against a trained enemy, and especially not against two of them.

 

As one attacked, she lifted the sword, blocking the dreck’s blade. But she wasn’t fast enough to counter the second dreck as he lunged forward, holding a pair of short swords, and sliced into her abdomen.

 

“NOOOOOO!” Ignoring the fatigue in his muscles, Micah took off at a sprint, traveling the top of the ridge like a streak of lightning.

 

“Micah!” Malek called as he gave chase.

 

His mother staggered backward, toward the open doorway as if she were trying to block the way inside, blindly swinging the sword at her attackers, unwilling to surrender even as her knees wobbled.

 

“No! Mother!”

 

Like a true warrior, she refused to give an inch, despite her rapidly weakening state. Mustering what must have been the last of her strength, she surged with determination, parrying her foe and driving her sword into his belly.

 

The next seconds flashed by in an instant, even though Micah saw the events unfold as if through a thick, slow-moving fog. The dreck she impaled fell, his body spasming in the throes of death. The second dreck moved in, blades flashing. His mother was left unprotected, alone, and without a weapon. Micah stopped and raised his bow, determined to save her.

 

Just as he released his arrow, the glint of cold steel dripping with vampire blood rose over her. Would the arrow find home before the dreck’s blade did? The firelight reflected off the sword’s edge as it fell in a swift descent.

 

Micah held his breath, his heart and soul flying alongside the arrow blazing a trail in the distance between them.

 

The sword sliced into his mother a split second sooner than his arrow lodged into the center of the dreck’s back.

 

“NO!” Micah burst into a run, barreling down the steep decline of the ridge, falling, tumbling, then regaining his footing as he reached the base.

 

With Malek hot on his heels, he vaulted the simple wooden fence and charged into the small square of land surrounding his parents’ cottage, leaped onto the dreck, who was still alive, and drove his dagger into the beast’s heart, releasing a savage war cry.

 

And he kept stabbing, long after the dreck was dead, turning the foul creature into nothing but tenderized meat.

 

“Micah, stop!” Malek remained a safe distance from his swinging dagger, but Micah could feel his desperation.

 

He couldn’t stop. He had to keep stabbing. Had to keep destroying that which had taken what he loved. His anger—his fury—required vengeance.

 

Malek pushed dangerously close, dodging Micah’s dagger as it plunged through the air and into the dreck’s chest, and grabbed him by the collar as he raised the blade again. “Micah! Your mother! She needs you!”

 

They were the only words that could have gotten through to him.

 

The bloody dagger in his hand halted in midair then dropped to his side as he swung his rage-hazed gaze around to where his mother lay in the flattened grass.

 

“Is she alive?” He abandoned the gore he’d created and lurched toward her.

 

“Barely.” Malek’s dismal tone said all Micah needed to know about his mother’s fate, and he froze, meeting his best friend’s eyes with a sense of foreboding. “She doesn’t have much longer, Micah.” Malek bobbed his head in her direction. “She asked for you.”

 

The breath caught in Micah’s raw throat, scorched by hot smoke and strained from shouting. Then he sprung to life and scurried to his mother’s side, falling to his knees. He took her hand. It already felt too cold. Too small. Too . . . lifeless.

 

“Mother . . .?”

 

Her eyes blinked open as if just that simple act took too much effort. “Mi . . . cah.”

 

Tears blurred his vision, but he forced down the sob that threatened to break through his throat. “I’m here. You’re going to be okay.” He squeezed her hand and brushed the bloody hair off her face.

 

She weakly shook her head as the corners of her lips turned up knowingly. She knew she was dying. This was her end, and nothing could stop it. Then she shifted her gaze to the open door of the cottage. “Your father . . . needs you . . .” Her breath rattled in her lungs like shackles being tugged by the Grim Reaper. “In . . . side.” She tried to lift her arm but couldn’t, instead pointing in the general direction of the doorway.

 

Micah glanced toward the cottage.

 

And that’s when he saw it.

 

His father’s booted foot lay on the floor, in the shadows, unmoving, just beyond the door.

 

“Go . . . to . . . him . . .” His mother’s voice was quickly fading, no louder than a whisper now. “Needs to . . . give . . . you . . .” Her hold on his hand weakened. Her body relaxed. Everything in her went slack.

 

“Mother . . .?” Micah turned back toward her, only to find the light that had been in her eyes moments ago was now gone. She was gone. Her soul claimed and taken to the other side. “Mom?” He shook her. But it was useless. She was dead.

 

Tears trailed down his cheeks as he bowed his head. “I will kill every last one of them, Mother,” he vowed on a whisper. “I promise not a single dreck will remain when I am finished avenging you.” He bent forward, placed his palm over her silent, unbeating heart, and kissed her dirty, abraded forehead. “I promise.”

 

There was no time for more. The remaining drecks were quickly closing in, and he had to save his father.

 

Pulling the strength from deep within, he leaped to his feet and rushed into the cottage. His father lay on his stomach in a pool of blood, his hand outstretched toward the large wooden chest against the wall. Its lid was open, the contents scattered as if his father had been searching through them before he fell.

 

There was so much blood. Too much.

 

“Father?” Micah crouched and rolled over the heroic male he had always admired and looked up to. No less than a dozen wounds seeped his life-giving blood.

 

“Son . . .” His father’s voice rasped from him as if from a ghost.

 

“Father . . . I’m getting you out of here.” He began to lift him, but his father protested.

 

“No . . . no time . . . I’m not . . . going to make it.” His skin was already so pale it was a wonder he had any blood left to sustain him. “Save yourself. Save your mother.”

 

Micah didn’t have the heart to tell him she was already gone. Hot tears stung his eyes once more. “I will.”

 

“Take . . . the chest”—his father let out an ugly cough that speckled his lips with blood—“with you.” He turned his head toward the large wooden structure only a few feet away.

 

There was no way he could take that with him.

 

“It’s too heavy.”

 

His father shook his head. “No. Inside. The chest . . . smaller one. The box . . .” He coughed again, and it sounded like his lungs were filling with what little blood he had left. “Take it. Protect it. The ankh . . . inside . . . keep it safe.”

 

Micah looked inside the large chest, and, there, to the side, was a smaller one. No wider than the length of his hand and as deep as three of the leather-bound books Kat enjoyed reading. It was ornately carved and secured by a disproportionately heavy lock. He lifted the chest and secured it under his arm as he returned to his father.

 

“I have it.”

 

“Take it . . . go . . .” His father held out a key fastened to a knotted length of leather. “Hurry . . .” His father’s midnight blue eyes glanced through the open door toward the east. “The sun . . . almost . . . here . . .” He winced and groaned then fell silent as his body went lax.

 

“Father?” Micah knelt closer. “Father?

 

“Micah!” Malek’s frantic voice shot through the doorway. “Hurry!”

 

There was no time. The drecks were coming, and the sun was close behind. He had to leave.

 

He plucked the key from his father’s loose grip and tucked it into the pocket of his cloak, stashed the small chest in his father’s pack, which he slung over his shoulder, and then crossed his forearm over his chest as he faced his father’s lifeless form. “I will avenge you, Father.” He glanced out the door at his mother. “I will avenge you both.”

 

With one last sorrowful glance toward his father, he breathed in the last inhale of air he would ever take inside the home he grew up in. Never again would he set eyes on the male who had taught him how to hunt, how to track prey, how to kill, how to be a good mate, and how to lead an army. A male more powerful than a tidal wave, stronger than a gale-force wind, and more respected even than the king. A male who had been, was, and would always be his hero.

 

His father was dead.

 

Or so he thought.

  

 

Donya Lynne is the bestselling author of the award winning All the King’s Men and Strong Karma Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she fulfilled her dream by publishing her first two novels and a novella. Her work has earned her two IPPYs, five eLit Awards, a USA Today Recommended Read, and numerous accolades, including two Smashwords bestsellers. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding.

 

 

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Release Day Launch: Tripped Out (Blacktop Cowboys #8.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Lorelei James ~ Excerpt

 

From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lorelei James, comes TRIPPED OUT, a new novella in her Blacktop Cowboys Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

 

About TRIPPED OUT:

 

Where there’s smoke…

 

Stirling Gradsky abandoned the corporate rat race for a more laidback lifestyle. So it’s ironic she’s stuck working with a hard-bodied, know-it-all scientist who treats her like a stoner instead of a stone cold business woman capable of running a large scale cannabis operation. Dr. Hot and Tattooed with the big…brain needs to stop sampling their product; he’s under the half-baked idea that he’s the boss.

 

Dr. Liam Argent’s doctorate isn’t in chemistry, but from the moment he meets his sexy new coworker, there’s enough heat between them to short out all the lights in the grow house. First item on his agenda? Clearing up the sassy, blunt blonde’s hazy notion that she’s in charge.

 

Sparks fly as their attraction blazes. But can they weed out their differences without getting burned?

 

 

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The first rule of being a prankster?

 

A killer poker face.

 

And StirlingGradsky had that down pat.

 

The second rule of being a prankster?

 

Learn your opponent’s weak spots.

 

Maybe Stirling didn’t have that rule down entirely. Her pranking prey, Dr. Liam Argent, remained as much a mystery now as he’d been when he’d waltzed into High Society ten months ago and declared himself emperor.

 

Okay, maybe not emperor, but he definitely acted like the laboratory was his private kingdom.

 

His appearance hadn’t been a surprise. Stirling’s brother Macon, her business partner in High Society—a cannabis operation that included a retail store, a medical dispensary, and an onsite grow house—had informed her that he’d hired a guy from California, a cannabis expert, to work in the lab.

 

After dealing in euphemisms regarding all things cannabis related, Stirling believed “the lab” was Macon’s shorthand for the grow house. She imagined the California dude to be an older version of the iconic stoner character Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

 

Turned out she had been wrong on both accounts.

 

Macon had indeed meant he’d created a full-blown, state of the art laboratory, complete with a beefed up security system for their resident cannabis expert. And the “dude from California” turned out to be Dr. Liam Argent, stuffed shirt extraordinaire, with advanced degrees up the wazoo.

 

The man drove her crazy.

 

Crazy.

 

From day one he’d refused to tell her what he was working on in his fancy-ass lab. When she’d complained to Macon about Dr. Argent’s secretive manner, he’d instructed her to leave Dr. Argent alone.

 

Her brother may as well have waved a red flag in front of her.

 

She’d tried being friendly…to no avail.

 

She’d tried being bossy…to no avail.

 

She’d tried every “employee relations improvement” tactic she’d learned in her years in the corporate world…to no avail.

 

Hence her oh-so-mature decision to prank him until he cracked. She’d worked with men like him before. At least if you got them angry enough, they’d yell at you, which nine times out of ten led to an actual conversation.

 

Except Dr. Argent hadn’t shown the slightest chink in his armor. In fact, he’d joined in on her prankfest and one-upped her on occasion.

 

Which was why today’s prank ranked as one of the better ones he’d pulled on her.

 

It was also why Stirling was massively annoyed. 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei’s books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family…and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.

 

From Lorelei: “Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I’m a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I’m not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.”

 

 

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