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Release Day ARC Review: Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

Ride Rough - Laura Kaye

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Ride Rough

Raven Riders #2
Laura Kaye
Contemporary Romance
Avon
April 25th 2017
eBook/Paperback
480
Edelweiss

 

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

 

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

 

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

 

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

 

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“What am I going to do? My entire life is wrapped up in him. My job. Where I live. My car. Where Mom lives. Everything. Oh, God. This is going to be a nightmare, isn’t it?”

 

Maverick grasped Alexa’s hands. “One thing at a time. You’re out. You can stay here as long as you need to. I have plenty of room. I’ll help you through it. That’ll give you time to figure out what it is you want. There’s no rush.

 

“Okay,” she said. “Okay. God, thank you.” A shiver raced over her skin.

 

“You don’t have to thank me. I’m so relieved for you that I might fall the fuck over,” he said, his thumb rubbing over her knuckles. She almost managed a little smile. “Your hands are like ice, Al. I shouldn’t have made you stand her all this time when you’re soaking wet.”

 

Alexa shook her head. “It felt good to get it out, Maverick.”

 

“Glad to hear it. Would a hot shower make you feel better? I can find you a T-shirt and a pair of boxers to change into while your clothes dry.”

 

All the TLC and understanding he was giving her reached right inside her chest. When was the last time someone had taken care of her this way?

 

The last time you were with Maverick. The truth of that thought made her breath catch. “Yeah. I’d like that,” she managed.

 

He gave a tight nod and stepped back, and she missed his heat immediately. “Uh, good. That’s good. You remember your way around?”

 

“Of course,” she said. How much time had she spent here over the years? Even before they dated? At one point, Maverick’s place had practically been a second home.

 

“You okay?” he asked, watching her.

 

She pushed off the door. “I don’t know yet,” she said, coming to him. “But what I do know is how grateful I am to you. For everything. For being there when I told you not to. For listening. For just . . . being you.”

 

“Always.” He crossed his big arms and ducked his chin, like something about the exchange made him uncomfortable.

 

“I mean it,” she said, and then she pressed onto tiptoes and kissed his cheek, his stubble tickling her lips. “You saved me tonight.”

 

“No,” he said, eyes flashing, one brow arched. “You saved yourself, Al. I was just your getaway driver.”

 

Staring into one another’s eyes, the tender moment stretched out, morphed, suddenly flashed hot. Being so close to him set her body on fire, and finally she could actually consider acting on it. Need roared through her, a living, breathing thing. “Maverick,” she whispered.

 

“Fuck, Alexa, I think you better go take that shower,” he said, his jaw ticking. “Now.”

 

She released a shaky breath and nodded. He was right. Of course, he was.

 

So, showering. She could handle that. Afterward, God only knew what she was going to do.

 

 

Ride Rough is book two in the Raven Riders series by Laura Kaye. I loved this one.

 

Maverick and Alexa have a past, but they or I should say she broke it off. She just wasn’t ready and of course she’s moved own. Now she’s engaged to a man she thinks will give her everything she ever wanted. Maverick made a vow to watch over Alexa whether she is in his life or not. These two might just find a second chance.

 

WOW, it’s hard to read about abuse, of any kind, on anyone. The author vividly portrayed what was going on with Alexa, what she was thinking, and feeling. You can see and feel the abuse, but Alexa is not yet ready to see the signs, but when she does things get complicated; because her fiancé, Grant, has made it so her life is all wrapped up in his and their is no easy way out. 

 

Maverick is such a sweet guy. I loved him. When he gets his chance to be with Alexa again he doesn’t push. He is just their to help and maybe; become something more, if they can discuss the past and keep her safe. 

 

Their was just so much tenderness, passion, and warmth in this novel. I love the Raven Riders. They are a protective bunch and will do what they can to help Alexa out. The feelings Maverick and Alexa have for each other are deep and intense. The past was never resolved and they both have carried a torch for each other, even now, when they both tried to move on in their lives. 

 

Two things that really stood out and made this one fun, sexy, and entertaining where the carnival and the sex scene on Maverick’s bike. Who can resist a splendidly well written sex scene on a motorcycle. Oh boy, it was hot and so sexy. The carnival was adorable and delightful. It was so great that the Raven Riders had this idea to put together a carnival to bring back business after the events in Ride Hard. The carnival brought back many memories from when I was a kid and all the fun times me and my friends had at the fair. It was well done and everyone had such fun. 

 

The more I dive into the Rave Riders series the more I fall in love with the world, the club, and their ladies. I’m excited for Ride Wild, because it’s finally Cora’s turn. I’ve wanted her story since the moment she popped up in Ride Hard as Haven’s best friend. 

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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

 

 

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Release Day Launch: Arranged (1001 Dark Nights) by Lexi Blake ~ Excerpt

 

 

“Did you enjoy the dessert? They had been planning on serving crème brûlée, but I remembered you like gelato. Strawberry.”

She turned and Kash was standing in the doorway, the tie to his tuxedo undone and the first few buttons of his shirt open, showing off golden skin.

Oh, how the girls must swoon over that man.

Unfortunately for him, she was a woman and not a girl. She curtseyed, recalling her etiquette classes and going down deep, to show her respect for the crown. “I thank you, Your Majesty.”

“Come now, Day. I asked you not to call me that long ago, and now it appears there’s even less reason. We were friends then. We’re going to be husband and wife in a week. Shocking how quickly that woman can move when she wants to.”

He looked so composed, but she couldn’t forget that he’d only found out his mother was dying this afternoon. That was when she’d seen the real man. She’d interrupted them with her silly dress and she’d seen the shock and pain on Kash’s face before he’d smoothed it out and gone back to being the polite royal he’d become.

“Are you all right?” She asked the question for two reasons. First, she wanted to know the answer and second, to see if they really were still friends.

His lips curved up slightly. “I’m faring quite well. We Kamdars are made of sterner stuff than this. Did you enjoy the dinner?”

So, not so friendly he would talk about private things with her. It was good to know where they stood. They needed to have a long conversation about how this was going to work. They might be marrying to protect the Kamdar line and to give his mother some peace, but they needed a plan of action about how best to achieve their goals.

Partners. That was how she’d decided to look at this. They were partners. And if she ended up governing the kingdom while he was out fucking around with supermodels, she wouldn’t get her heart broken.

Just humiliated.

Yes, they needed a talk and perhaps a contract.

“I enjoyed the meal very much. The company left something to be desired, but I suspect I’ll get used to dining with windbag politicians.” She turned back to the balcony, leaning against it. The view from here was spectacular. Beyond that, it was soothing in a way.

“Yes, Mother told me they’re giving you trouble.” He joined her, leaning beside her, their bodies so close but not touching. “I’ll talk to them, ensure you have your funding.”

“Don’t. It can wait a few weeks. I need to go back to them and introduce myself as their new queen.” She wasn’t about to let them think she sent her husband in. If he behaved as he so often did, he wouldn’t be around much and it would be up to her to keep everyone in line.

“Is that why you agreed to this arrangement? Because you wanted power?”

“I agreed because I care about this country. I’ve spent the last ten years of my life working here and trying to ensure that our children get what they need to make it out in the world. I agreed because your mother is excellent at putting one in a corner. I agreed because someone has to and I wasn’t sure who you would bring home if given the chance.” She shuddered at the idea of some brainless model attempting to be a role model for Loa Malian girls.

“Ah, you don’t think I have good taste in women.”

“I think you have an unquenchable appetite for them, Your Majesty, and that is something we should talk about.”

“Ah, the wifely lectures begin,” he said with a sigh. “Please proceed. I’m anxious to get this over with so I can be properly chastened.”

“I only ask that you attempt some discretion, Kashmir. I don’t expect you to be faithful in any way, but I do expect you to not humiliate me.”

He turned, frowning a bit as though she’d surprised him. “You don’t expect me to be faithful?”

It was time for some honesty. “I don’t think you can be. How long have you kept a single woman? A month? Three?”

“Six,” he replied. “I was with Tasha Reynolds for six months before we went our separate ways.”

“And were you faithful to her?” She already knew the answer to that question.

“We had an agreement.” He frowned as though the conversation wasn’t going at all as he’d expected. “She was on set much of the time. She knew I had a highly stressful job, so she was understanding. I gave her the same options.”

“Excellent, then let’s be fair with each other. As long as we’re both discreet, this marriage of ours doesn’t have to mean the end of our lives.”

 

 

 

Kash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali’s sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash’s usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can’t stop thinking about her.

 

Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali’s most respected families. The Oxford-educated scientist has dedicated her life to her country’s future. But under her staid and calm exterior, Day hides a few sexy secrets of her own. She is willing to marry her king, but also agrees that they can circumvent the law. Just because they’re married doesn’t mean they have to change their lives. It certainly doesn’t mean they have to fall in love.

 

After one wild weekend in Dallas, Kash discovers his bride-to-be is more than she seems. Engulfed in a changing world, Kash finds exciting new possibilities for himself. Could Day help him find respite from the crushing responsibility he’s carried all his life? This fairy tale could have a happy ending, if only they can escape Kash’s past…

 

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Early ARC Review: Hunter Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #3) by A.M. Griffin ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

Hunter Claimed - A.M. Griffin
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Hunter Claimed

Dark Wolf Enterprises #3
A.M. Griffin
Paranormal Romance
Totally Bound Publishing
April 25, 2017
eBook
163
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When Hunter and Asha’s worlds collide, neither is able to walk away from the other.

 

Asha has a simple plan for her life—her hopefully soon-to-be immortal life. All she’s ever wanted was to be so powerful that no one could ever hurt her again, and once she becomes a Vampire her dream will come true. Sure, being a Vampire’s protégé isn’t the easiest job a girl could have, but there are far tougher roads she could be walking, like following in her drug-addicted mother’s footsteps.

 

Hunter Arany hates Vampires, and with good reason. So when Dark Wolf Enterprises is forced to hire a group of the blood-suckers to find out who’s been stealing company money, he’s sure having them around will be a problem. He never figured it would the Vampires’ human servant who causes him the most trouble—trouble of the love and life-mate kind.

 

He’s hoping to convince Asha a brighter future exists in his arms, but old dreams fade slowly and can become living nightmares—of the dying kind.

 

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Hunter Claimed is book three in the Dark Wolf Enterprises by A.M. Griffin. The story pulls you in and doesn’t let go. So much happens, with new possibilities.

 

What happens in Hunter Claimed will surprise you. I was shocked at some of the developments and decisions certain characters made. In the end it all worked out, but added a new development and direction for the series to go.

 

This was an emotional read with some twists and surprises, closer on the embezzlement, and new possibilities for all.

 

The emotional turmoil that happens with all the characters is intense. I found myself pulled into their lives and issues. It was great getting to go inside Hunter and see his fears, nightmares, and hatred towards vampires. As well as getting to see inside Asha and why she is determined to; become a vampire.

 

The relationship is a slow blossom; between Asha and Hunter. It was sweet. Their imprinting and bonding was different and played out nicely.

 

I had a delightful time reading Hunter Claimed and look forward to another installment in the Dark Wolf Enterprises series. If you enjoy paranormal romance and vampire wolf-shifter dynamics that are different, then you might enjoy this story.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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The automatic doors began to close.  “Welcome to Dark Wolf Enterprises,” Andras announced. 

 

The doors reversed on their tracks, opening again. Another Vampire—Hunter sniffed at the air—no, not Vampire. She didn’t have the same floral scent as the others. Human.  

 

Hunter hadn’t expected them to bring their food source to the company and from the telepathic cursing that Andras sent his way, neither had he.  “What is she doing here?” Andras pushed the thought to Hunter. 

 

The air instantly thickened as the Shifters watched the female. The human wasn’t beautiful, not like the Vampires, but she was pretty. And while she didn’t have an intoxicating aroma, she smelled…nice. Her skin wasn’t the pale-ashen one of a Vampire’s, either. Her brown hue radiated with life and energy. Another dead giveaway that she was human? Her beating heart and shallow breathing. The Vampires had neither. 

 

“I pray that she’s an accountant. I’m not watching them drink from her,” Hunter said. 

 

He’d run into plenty of Vampire junkies before and this woman didn’t strike him as the type who would lust after a blood-sucker. While she wasn’t dressed in a business suit like the others, she still looked professional. Her dark hair fell smoothly past her shoulders. She wore it styled in a blunt cut—sharp bangs and sharp ends. She had on a cream, low-cut silk blouse that showed a hint of cleavage. His eyes were immediately drawn to her round and perky breasts. Accentuating her long and shapely legs was a dark blue pencil skirt that went to her knees and the matching blue heels. 

 

“Trudy will freak if she finds out that we’re letting them feed here. Didn’t we forbid this in the contract?” Kristof asked. 

 

While the others arranged themselves in a line, the human did as well, but positioned herself one step behind the Vampires. Her placement told him everything. She was part of the group, but not really. Hunter’s wolf had lingered at the front, ready to come forth and fight if needed. But this time, instead of growling in the back of his mind and being on edge, his wolf was having a different reaction. 

 

Curiosity. 

 

Hunter could picture the wolf’s nose sniffing and poking at the barrier that separated man from beast, trying to find out more about the human who stood by the Vampires. Odd, since his wolf had never been interested in a human before. Whenever Hunter had taken one to bed, the wolf showed his indifference by sleeping. Hunter didn’t try to push back, he let his wolf satisfy his curiosity and afterward he would focus his attention on the Vampires where it should be. 

 

“Forgive us,” Andras said. “We weren’t expecting your…assistant to join you this evening. Our contract is very clear regarding this matter.” 

 

The woman met Andras’ eyes. “I have a master’s degree in IT and accounting,” she replied. “When you hired us, you hired me, as well. Is there an issue here?” 

 

Andras didn’t respond, but power radiated around him at the challenge.  

 

Hunter stepped forward. Pretty or not, the woman wouldn’t disrespect his Alpha. 

 

“Stop,” Andras commanded. 

 

“But she—” 

 

It’s a power play. The Vampires don’t allow their humans to do their talking. They want us to hurt her.” 

 

“What? Why?” 

 

“Because they are sadistic fucks,” Kristoff said.

 

 

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Buy The Books: New Releases 4/24 – 4/27 #Pre-Order #BookDeals

April 24th, 2017

 

 

Drakon’s Prey (Blood of the Drakon #2) by N.J. Walters – (PNR)
Once Bitten (The Wolves of Hemlock Hollow #1) by Heather McCorkle – (PNR)
The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy – (YA/Fantasy Romance)
Sit…Stay…Beg (The Dogfather #1) by Roxanne St. Claire – (CR)

 

 

April 25th, 2017

 

 

King (Space Gypsy Chronicles #4) by Eve Langlais – (UF)
Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill – (UF/PNR)
Snared (Elemental Assassin #16) by Jennifer Estep – (UF/PNR)
Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole – (PNR)
Hunter Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #3) by A.M. Griffin – (PNR)
A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley – (PNR)
Fur Fox’s Sake (Shifters Undercover #2) by Milly Taiden – (PNR)
Arranged (Masters and Mercenaries #13.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Lexi Blake – (BDSM/ER)
By the Hour (Pleasure Principle #2) by Roni Loren – (ER)
Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye – (CR/RS)
Midnight Target (Killer Instincts #8) by Elle Kennedy – (CR/RS)
Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons #3) by Tessa Bailey – (CR)
Haven (Beards & Bondage #1) by Rebekah Weatherspoon – (CR)
Dirty Thief (Dirty Players #4) by Tia Louise – (CR)
Sin With Me (Bad Habit #3) by J.T. Geissinger – (CR)
Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) by Harper Sloan – (CR/WR)
One Good Thing (Ten Beach Road #5) by Wendy Wax – (Women’s Fiction)
Echo of Danger (Echo Falls #1) by Marta Perry – (Cozy Mystery)
Hard-Hearted Highlander (Highland Grooms #3) by Julia London – (HR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exiled: Phoebe Meadows Book Three (Volume 3) - Amanda  Carlson

 

Phoebe gets her first look of Asgard. 

Book Tag ~ I Never

 

Thank’s to Under The Covers Book Blog for doing this tag. The creator of this tag is  LizziefayeLovesBooks.

 

More and more of these book tags are popping up on YouTube and around the blogosfere. I’m not comfortable enough to do a YouTube video, but I’m happy to share my thoughts in a post.

 

This looked like fun!! I hope that you’ll grab the tag and do one yourself. Then come back and share your link, or even tag me so I’ll see it!

 

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The Questions:

 

– “I never read that!” Name a book that you’ve never read, that everyone else has.

 

Fifty Shades of Grey – I never got into the hype and hubbub of the whole Fifty Shades series.

 

 

 

– “I never read anything so awesome!” Name your favorite book.

 

Oh this is a tough one. I have several favorite books, but if I must choose one then Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels) by Ilona Andrews. In this one Kate is trying to adjust to having friends and people she cares about. Her relationship with Curren changes as well. For me this one is pivotal; because so much changes in Kate’s life.

 

 

– “I never thought I would get through it.” Name a book that you didn’t like, but powered through it anyway.

 

Heated Pursuit – Oh man!! So many loved this Heated Pursuit, but I just felt like I was read something completely different. When it was done. I was like: “Finally! It’s over!”

 

 

– “I will never finish that!” Name a book or a series that you don’t plan on finishing.

 

The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I loved the earlier books. I mean LOVED, but I’m not going to keep reading the series. I’ve read up to book 11, Lover At Last. Everyone raves and loves this series, but something just stoped working for me and I can’t get myself to pick up the next book.

 

 

– “I will never regret reading that.” Name a book you read solely on a recommendation that you ended up really liking.

 

Beauty and the Highland Beast – This is completely out of my preferred genre. I don’t ever pick up Historical Romance, except on a whim, but after read Herding Cats and Burning Soups review on this book I just had to give it a try. I was captivated from the first to last pages. Plus that cover. Spectacular

 

 

– “I would never do that!” Name a relatable book character who made choices you didn’t agree with, or did things you would never do.

 

Alexis Lopez from His Virgin Mate by Grace Goodwin. She gets an alien match yet she doesn’t ask many, if any questions. I would want to know about the alien planet, world, and get more information; before I accept. Information is power.

 

 

– “I never wanted to admit it.” Name a book that you were embarrassed to say you read or were embarrassed to carry around with you.

 

Sensual Phrase, Vol. 1 by Mayu Shinjo (Manga) – This was way back in High School.

 

 

– “I never read anything so heartwarming.” Name a book or a series that really touched your heart.

 

Bodyguard (Shifters Unbound, #2.5) by Jennifer Ashley – Loved this book; because of Ronan who is so caring! He adopted a bunch of cubs that have had traumatic experiences and are facing problems, like Cherie with her PTSD, Rebecca’s PMS, and the boys Olaf and Scott’s night terror dreams. He knows what to do to help each one out and to make a loving and caring home for them. SWEET! TOUCHING!

 

 

– “I never laughed so hard!” Name a book that made you laugh out loud.

 

Love The One You’re Witch – Anastasia, I enjoyed her dry sense of humor and attempts to get the vampires to laugh. I ended up laughing in many parts.

 

 

– “I never could have made it through childhood without it.” Name a favorite childhood book or book series.

 

Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones – I love the artwork that’s in this story. I still do and read it to my son. I own the originally published edition back from 1981. It’s lasted. 

 


 

 

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Marrying the Wrong Earl by Callie Hutton (Tour) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Clarendon’s dark blond curly hair hung a bit more over the back of his cravat than was fashionable, but it suited him well. It appeared his valet had attempted to tame the curls but a few stubborn locks had sprung free and brushed his broad forehead. An aristocratic nose and full lips left no doubt he was descended from generations of nobility. His crystal blue eyes bore into her as he released her hand when they joined the line. They stood across from each other as the music began. He bowed, she curtsied, and they came together. She would be the bigger of them, and clear the air. “I do wish to apologize for the trouble I caused you today, my lord.”

 

They switched places. “’Tis nothing, I assure you.” He extended his hand, and they moved together with the other dancers for a few steps.

 

“I disagree, my lord. You ended up muddy, with your clothes torn.”

 

His jaw flexed as they moved around each other and joined the line of dancers again. “Of course, you disagree, but I assure you, my lady, ’twas nothing.”

 

As they weaved in and out of the other dancers, she mumbled, “What do you mean ‘of course I disagree,’ and why cannot you accept an apology freely given? Are you always so disagreeable, then?”

 

They joined hands once more. “Perhaps because I do not wish to be reminded of the incident.”

 

Separating, they moved around each other, dipping with the music. “I believe you are merely being stubborn.”

 

Nash closed his eyes. “And I believe you are being stubborn.”

 

“I am not being stubborn. I simply want to extend my apologies for the mishap this afternoon.”

 

They joined hands again and moved in a circle. “Fine. Your apology is accepted.”

 

Another couple switched places with them, eyeing them with curiosity. “There, now. Was that so very hard?”

 

“My dear lady, do you wish to dance, or converse?”

 

They stepped forward, hand-in-hand to the head of the line. “Can we not do both?”

 

“Perhaps I lose count if I talk and dance.”

 

Her eyebrows rose and she offered a tight grin. “Cannot do two things at once, my lord? Is that why you had such a difficult time rescuing a poor cat?”

 

Nash came to an abrupt halt, causing the couple behind them to stumble. “I did not have a difficult time of it.” He bent close to her ear and murmured. “Furthermore, I am finished with this conversation.”

 

 

Marrying the Wrong Earl


Lords and Ladies in Love #2

By: Callie Hutton

Releasing April 17, 2017
Entangled Scandalous

 


Lady Arabella Danvers is happy with her life just the way it is. She is free to be herself and take care of broken and abandoned animals. Her mother is desperate for her to marry, and has decided to take things into her own hands. There is just one little problem with her plan.

 

Nash, the Earl of Clarendon has determined it is time to take a wife. He has selected a woman to whom he intends to propose. However, the annoying Lady Arabella has stumbled into his life at the wrong time, and in the wrong place.

 

But he of all people should know if Lady Arabella is involved, plans will go awry.

 

 

 

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ARC Review/Guest Post: Traci Douglass (Blood Vowed) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

Blood Vowed (Blood Ravagers Book 3) - Traci Douglass

 

My Five Favorite Vampires and Five Reasons to Life Mate a Vampire 

 

Thanks so much for having me on your blog to talk about one of my favorite Otherworld creatures—Vampires! My hero in Blood Vowed, Rev, is a vamp and my fascination with these undead hotties began in high school when I read Anne Rice’s classic Interview With A Vampire. For months afterward, my friends and I were obsessed with Louis and Lestat and dreamed of finding a sexy bloodsucker of our very own. Alas, the only place I’ve found them thus far are in the pages of books or on film. And while it’s hard to pick just five, here are my top picks of the vampire variety:

 

  • Gary Oldman’s Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992) – those hypnotic eyes, that sexy stare, and such style. Yum!

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  • Louis du Pointe du Lac (The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice, 1976-present) – so broken and brooding and beautiful.

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  • Eric Northman (True Blood, HBO, 2008-2014) – ruthless, powerful, devoted to those he cares for, and man does he look F.I.N.E. in the buff!

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  • Miriam and John Blaylock (The Hunger, 1983)—David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve as gorgeous undead creatures. Look at these two! What’s not to love?

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  • Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries, CW, 2009-2017) – I have a fondness for gorgeous dark-haired men with blue eyes and major attitudes, so this gorgeous vamp is right up my alley.

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And let’s see, five reasons to life mate a vampire?

 

  • Eternal beauty
  • Eternal passion
  • Eternal devotion
  • Eternal fun
  • Eternal companionship

 

Who could ask for anything more!

 

 

BLOOD VOWED by Traci Douglass is a dark and sexy ride with an otherworld ex-assassin on a mission to atone for the sins of his past, and the woman who holds both his only means of escape and the keys to his ultimate salvation. This exciting installment in the Blood Ravagers series is perfect for fans of BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD by J.R. Ward and IMMORTALS AFTER DARK by Kresley Cole.

 

Title: Blood Vowed

 

Author: Traci Douglass

 

Series: Blood Ravagers

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

Release Date: April 13, 2017

 

Publisher: Tule Publishing

 

Synopsis:

 

Reverend “Rev” Walker, expected some backlash after he foiled The Council’s attempts to overthrow the Blood Ravager Biker Gang. What he hadn’t expected was to wake up in the last place he ever wanted to see again—a dank cell of The Council’s Siberian dungeon. Drained and chained, he faces certain death if he can’t escape from the hellish prison. Now, his only means of escape depends on him accepting help from a fellow prisoner, a woman whose very existence is a lie and the only one capable of awakening Rev’s long-dormant heart.

 

Claire Deveraux is Dygarian, a race of shadow-shifters who have been slandered and hunted to extinction by The Council. But Claire has used her years of enslavement well, reading her captors’ secret texts and hearing their whispered secrets. Now, after being locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, she plans to use her knowledge of the dungeon’s maze-like interior to gain her freedom, or die trying. Then a new prisoner arrives, a man Claire has dreamed of and knows in her heart is her destined mate, if only she can break through his walls.

 

On the run and threatened from all sides, will Rev and Claire learn to trust each other and their growing feelings for one another before it’s too late?

 

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Blood Vowed is book three in the Blood Ravagers series by Traci Douglass. It’s an adventure that’s full of suspense.

 

 

Rev has been in hiding from the Council for centuries. He has come a long away from being the Council’s Assassin. He wants to destroyed the Council and save and protect his friends in the Blood Ravagers gang. He was not looking, nor did he expect, especially with his sins, to find his true mate. Clair has been imprisoned with the Council her whole life. She is also a Dygarian, the last of her kind. All she wants is vengeance against the Council and the one who helped them destroy her people.

 

We finally get to see the elusive and evil Council. These three men have been using their powers not to uphold the supernatural world, but to control it and subjugate the supernaturals. Those that don’t get on their side soon learn the consequences.

 

Blood Vowed moved fast from the first to the last page. Rev and Clair have nice chemistry and their banter was enjoyable. There were secrets and pasts to overcome.

 

Just a few issues:

 

- The battle scene was lackluster. I was expecting more. Especially since we have been building up to this confrontation.

 

 

- I felt that one of the scenes, where the Council members parish, was taken from “The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter.” It was so close in similarities to when Krones dies in The Darkest Seduction.

 

- I found it odd that one of the Council members can just pull Clair anytime anywhere back to the Council headquarters. It didn’t make since this part; because she would permanently be trapped. Yet she escapes and they don’t pull her back until she has time with Rev. Then they keep pulling her back each time she escapes. My issue is if they can do this, then why did they wait the first time? It just felt silly and not thought out.

 

Blood Vowed was an enjoyable read. We get to finally meet the evil Council, change the future, and find love.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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

 

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Blood Bound

 

 

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Peering around Rev, Claire studied the new opponent. The thing was big and ugly and must’ve come running from the deepest crevices of the dungeons.  It launched itself at Rev, saliva dripping from its huge sword-like fangs as if it wanted to gobble the vamp up for dinner. 

 

This wasn’t her first run-in with the Council’s monsters who went bump in the night. There were others, many, many others that lurked in the shadows down here. In the past she’d always had a contingent of guards surrounding her when she’d come to clean, then later, she’d had the iron bars of her cage. Now, though, there was nothing between her and what looked like certain death. Nothing but a vamp she didn’t know and didn’t particularly trust, who was currently getting the thrashing of his immortal life from the looks of it. 

 

The need for self-preservation swelling inside her, Claire mentally reviewed the texts she’d read about hand-to-hand combat while she searched for a weapon. At last, she settled on a sharp shard of wood from one of the vicious roots that had died and assumed a battle stance. 

 

Time for a little payback. 

 

As she crouched and prepared to strike, Rev dodged from one side of the narrow passage to the other, slicing the tip of his makeshift rock dagger across the beast’s throat…only to disappear. Vampires were notoriously fast and Rev even more so due to his training.

 

Still, the creature remained on its feet, healing quickly and growing angrier. 

 

Rev reappeared in a flash and struck again and again, inflicting more damage each time. The creature tried to claw him, but Rev always seemed to duck at the perfect moment. Much as Claire hated to admit it, his masterful skill was impressive. He never seemed to make actual deadly contact with the monster or land a punch though. Why? She wasn’t sure, since the opportunities were there. 

 

Then the idea occurred that perhaps the whispered rumors of the other prisoners were true. Perhaps he had left his killer ways behind and now searched for redemption by turning only against the people who had made him what he was. That would certainly make sense, given what he’d told her about why he was here, why he’d sacrificed himself and his freedom.

 

Claire clutched her wooden stake tighter. No. Even if that were true and he had changed his ways, it would not alter his fate. She had nothing to her name now, nothing but her integrity and her vengeance. She would use him to keep her safe until she could fend for herself and then she would end him as she’d promised. 

 

The beast swiped a razor-sharp talon at Rev, nearly beheading him if not for his quick reflexes, and this time Claire jumped into the action. The assassin was hers to kill. No one else’s. “You have five seconds, creature,” she shouted. “I suggest you run. Fast.” 

 

At the sound of her voice, the monster narrowed its black gaze, growling, “Mine.” 

 

“Three seconds left.” 

 

Rev dove through the air and gouged out one of the beast’s eyes. Yelps of pain echoed. 

 

Retaliating, the creature slammed hard into Rev’s chest. Rev tumbled backward through the dark tunnel, disappearing into the shadows beyond. 

 

Slowly, Claire turned back to face the beast that had just signed its death warrant. “Zero.” 

 

 

 

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Interview: Jennifer Siddoway (Dealing with the Devil) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Hello & Welcome!

 

Today I’m happy to introduce Jennifer Siddoway author of Dealing with the Devil. Jennifer, Thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today.

 

What have you written?

 

I have written the first and second books in the Earthwalker Trilogy. Book one, Dealing with the Devil, is available in paperback and as an e-book. The second book in the series, The Devil’s Due, should come out Late May or early June of this year. I’m thoroughly enjoying writing about these characters and love where Wynn’s journey is taking me. Once I have completed her trilogy, I would love to write about her mother and how she got involved with this demon to begin with.

 

Which character in what book are you most similar to and why?

 

I definitely relate to Wynn quite closely, especially since we’re both strong willed, fiery red heads that grew up in the south. I think we have a lot in common and I particularly enjoy her brand of snark.

 

I think it’s almost impossible not to put a little of yourself into the characters you write. Obviously, I’m not a demon like the character in my book, but Wynn absolutely displays some of my personality quirks – the good and the bad. Every now and then I find myself giving her habits or personality quirks that I display myself and laugh it off a bit.

 

On one hand, she is funny, brave, and fiercely devoted to her family. On the other, she has some anger management issues, a fiery temper, and is also kind of a jerk at times. That’s understandable because she is, in fact, a demon and it gives her personality depth. No one is without flaw.

 

Most of the time when we read about teenage girls, we must ask ourselves if they are vicious or vulnerable—I suggest that they’re both. There is something deliciously satisfying about co-existing in that dual relationship and while I don’t strive to be like Wynn, her shortcomings are human nature.

 

For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?

 

That is a difficult one to answer! I love the feel and texture of having a book in my hand, but lately I’ve found more and more that I’m reading things on my kindle. As fun as it is to hold a paperback, they take up a lot of space after a while and can be extremely heavy.

 

What is your favorite color, food, and TV show?

 

My favorite color is bright teal or turquoise. There’s something about the electric blue that I just love ESPECIALLY when its couples with purple or black. Unfortunately, I don’t get to wear it very often because it looks terrible with my complexion, but I try to use it anywhere else I can.

 

My favorite foods include anything with gooey melty cheese. I’m not much one for chocolate, but melted cheese is my Achilles heel. Also, bacon. Give me all the bacon and we won’t have any problems. LOL.

 

The TV shows I’m watching right now are usually lighthearted and funny, such as Community, Parks and Rec, or How I Met Your Mother. I don’t really enjoy or get into political dramas, especially considering the current state of affairs, I just want to laugh and be entertained.

 

How did you come up with the concept and the characters for Dealing with the Devil?

 

I’ve always loved Fairy Tales and enjoy a good re-telling of an established plotline. It’s especially fun if there’s a dramatic shift, or unexpected role reversal. I started toying with the idea of Rumpelstiltskin and started thinking, “What if something went wrong?”

 

I didn’t want to do an actual re-telling, so I twisted things around a bit and tried to picture how that would play out from the point of view from the child who got wished away. The whole concept of selling your unborn child to the devil is such a terrible thing to digest you have to wonder what kind of a person would do that. Around the same time, I was pregnant with my first child and a well-meaning, older person in church put her hand on my stomach and said, “You only get to work hand in hand with God to create life a handful of times in life, so enjoy it while you can.”

 

I knew what she meant was intended to be sweet and reassuring, but I just felt this chill run down my spine. “What if I wasn’t? What if it wasn’t God that I was creating life with?”

 

I walked away and my arms were covered with goosebumps and after that the story just wrote itself.

 

What was the hardest thing about writing Dealing with the Devil?

 

Editing, hands down. I made the rookie mistake of trying to edit my own work and that just made me miserable. I’ve since learned my lesson and decided to leave that to professionals because I never know when to stop and leave it alone. If left to my own devices the story would never be finished, I would be continually going back and adding scenes here and there and tweaking dialogue. It important to know when to stop.

 

What is your favorite scene from Dealing with the Devil? 

 

I think my favorite scene from Dealing with the Devil is when Wynn wakes up from waving this hallucinatory fever and realizes she’s transformed into a demon. She’s been living in denial of what’s happening to her up till this point, but now faced with the reality of her situation, realizes that she doesn’t know how to conceal it without being trained in how to use magic.

 

I rolled up the sleeve of my shirt to expose the irritated patch of skin, or more appropriately, lack thereof. On the inner side of my forearm was a large section of flesh that had sloughed away to reveal a pattern of black and reddish scales. My hair was still the fiery, red that it had always been, but instead of curling gracefully down my back it looked as though it had been set ablaze with heatless flames. I still maintained a woman’s

 

figure, but my skin was covered in hard back scales and a pair of enormous, leathery wings sprung outward from my back.

 

As I stared at my reflection in the mirror and tried to formulate a statement in my mind, the words would just not come. “I’m…”

 

“Beautiful,” Aidan finished for me. “You’re a demon, Wynn. That human illusion was just a shell to conceal your true identity. Now that your demon half has been activated, your body’s begun rejecting it and your true, magnificent form has finally broken free. May I just say what a pleasure it is to be seeing you at last.”

 

“I’m a monster…” I muttered dismally.

 

He rolled his eyes dismissively and sat up in his seat. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, love. I’m telling you, you’re no such thing.”

 

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

 

Oh man, If I could give Wynn advice it would be to sign up for some anger management issues! Take a yoga class, learn about meditation, something. She’s extremely emotional and needs to learn the art of Zen. I’d also tell her to believe in herself and trust her instincts a little more.

 

If you could spend the day with one of the characters in Dealing with the Devil, who would it be and what would you guys do?"

 

If I could spend one day with any of my characters, it would probably be Aidan. He is sexy, funny and just the right amount of dangerous. Because he’s the Lord of Pride he’s incredibly well dressed and has charisma oozing out his eyeballs, I absolutely adored writing him and can’t wait to see where this story takes me. What would we do? … I’ve always wanted to go dancing with the devil.

 

Jennifer, it was a pleasure having you visit. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today!

 

 

 

Dealing with the Devil

 

The Earthwalker Trilogy #1

by Jennifer Siddoway

Publication Date: March 6, 2017

Genres: Romantic Fantasy

 

 

She wanted to be like any other girl…Fate had other plans.

 

Wynnona Hendricks has some shocking surprises in store. Struggling to figure out her comatose mother’s secret, Wynn gets more than she bargained for, and ends up caught between the realms of Heaven, Hell, and Earth, fighting for her life.

 

Family and friends are stunned by her bizarre behavior; the only one who believes in her is Caleb, an angel who chose to spare her life . But by saving her, he may have started a war between the factions, throwing the Mortal Realm into mayhem. Wynn discovers new allies, new enemies—including her own human weakness—and new powers. To protect her family she vows to fight. Like. HELL.

 

 

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Jennifer is an author from Tallahassee, Florida who writes paranormal romance and fantasy novels for young adults. She is a member of both Gulf Coast Authors and the Florida Writers Association. After receiving a degree in theatre from BYU and working as a scenic artist for twelve years, she changed careers to do what she really loves—writing.

 

Jennifer believes that part of her job as an artist and story teller is to create a narrative that explores a fresh perspective and leaves the audience thinking. Even as a child, she has always been intrigued by Grimm’s Fairy Tales and particularly enjoys a twist on an established plotline. When she’s not busy writing or burying her nose in a book, Jennifer enjoys doing medieval reenactment with her husband and two children.

 

Her debut novel, Dealing with the Devil, is a contemporary Young Adult Fantasy and the first book in the Earthwalker Trilogy. Jennifer is a member of the Florida Writer’s Association and the Gulf Coast Authors.

 

 

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Excerpt: Ride Rough by Laura Kaye (Tour) ~ Giveaway

 

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the second title in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE ROUGH. A sexy romantic suspense, you might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! The Raven Riders Series takes you on a new adventure and kicks it into overdrive! Order your copy of RIDE ROUGH today!

 

 

Maverick’s gaze narrowed. “Don’t ask a question you don’t want the answer to.”

 

Alexa swallowed and licked her lips. “What if I do want it? The answer,” she added.

 

Years of need and longing roared through Maverick like a drug he’d mainlined. His thoughts spilled out unfiltered.

 

“Damnit, Al. You’re laying there in my clothes in my house with your thighs spread after I’ve just woken up holding you. My skin smells like you. And I’m sporting an erection because of you. Don’t fuck with me.” The words came out harsher than he intended, but she couldn’t play with him. Not on this. Not when he cared so much. Not when he wanted so much.

 

Her mouth dropped open and her chest rose and fell a little quicker. “I’m not playing a game. I want to know.”

 

Planting his hands on his hips, Maverick studied her. Her beautiful, languid body. Her pretty, open face. Her eyes, honest and free of pretense. He felt pulled in a million directions. Between wrong and right, between taking advantage and taking care, between giving in and opening himself up to a world of hurt. “I was dreaming of you. Of us. Up at Swallow Falls.”

 

“That night we—”

 

“Yes,” he growled.

 

“Maverick—”

 

Fuck.” He dropped his chin to his chest and closed his eyes. Trying to be bigger than his base needs. Trying to put her before himself. “Whatever is about to come out of your mouth is not a good idea.”

 

“Mav—”

 

“I mean it, Al—”

 

“Maverick!” she nearly yelled. “Listen to me.”

 

His gaze cut up to hers in time to see her sit up a little and take off her shirt. Well, his shirt. Then she laid back again, her eyes on him, drinking him in, inviting him in. “What if I do want it?” she whispered.

 

Something inside him snapped.

 

He was on her in a second. Body covering hers. Hands going to her warm skin. Mouth tasting her everywhere—her shoulder, her throat, her cheek. His chest pressed against her breasts, her hard nipples evident, her excitement palpable. And then his mouth found hers. On a triumphant groan, he claimed her, his lips sucking, his tongue penetrating. His big hand found her breast and kneaded at the soft mound.

 

And Alexa was right there with him. Moaning, kissing him, clutching on to him. Her thighs wrapped around his hips and her fingers twisted in his hair.

 

Bad idea bad idea such a fucking bad idea.

 

Why did bad ideas have to feel so good?

 

 

Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2, 4/25/17)

 

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

 

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

 

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

 

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Interview: Rebecca Royce (Meeting Them)

 

What do you do when you are not writing?

 

I have three sons–they’re 11, 9 and 7. I take care of them, see that they’re getting their school work done. I clean the house (very exciting, I know.) Have lunch with friends. See movies. Watch television. I travel, as much as I can with three kids. I go to my childrens’ extracurricular activities. I’m a huge foodie. I love great restaurants. I hang out with my husband. I read, a ton. Wow–I am really, really, really dull.

 

How did you choose the genre you write in?

 

It chose me. I just felt compelled to do it. I wish I had a better answer but I fell in love with doing it.

 

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

 

Lia Davis, Heather Long, and Ripley Proserpina just because I love them and I’d love to have a dinner.

 

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

 

Paloma–duck. (You’ll have to read it to get that…)

 

What scene was your favorite to write in Meeting Them? 

 

Tommy is very off put-ish with Paloma at the beginning. And then there is a scene where they finally get each other–I loved writing that.

 

 

Meeting Them (Wings of Artemis)

 

Rebecca Royce

 

Content warning: Reverse Harem. Intense.

 

 

Paloma Delacroix has suffered greatly for a mistake in her youth. She dreams of a future she wonders if she can ever have. But for all her imagination, Paloma can’t predict what is about to happen. Thomas, Clay, Keith and Quinn McQueen are men with secrets and a past that keeps them on the run. But when life explodes around Paloma, the McQueens will be all that stands between Paloma and death.

 

Her sweet nature and strength make them believe the universe might not be as awful as they’ve come to believe it. But is it too late for all of them? Or can love win the day?

 

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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

 

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

 

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

 

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

 

I’d love to hear from you!

 

Cheers!!

 

 

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Blast: Sheik’s Rescue (Desert Justice #2) by Ryshia Kennie ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

 

Zafir hit the brake and brought the Pathfinder to a stop on the edge of the highway.  The sun had broken through minutes earlier and the snow had stopped over ten minutes before that.

 

Jade had her Colt in both hands.  She’d put a bulletproof vest on before they stopped.  Now, like her, he made a visual scan of the area before approaching the van.

 

He adjusted the vest, shifted his grip on his gun and moved in just behind Jade.  Big mistake.  She had a butt more attractive than any agent’s should be.  He pulled his gaze back to the perimeter around the van.  He crept up beside her.  The side of the van nearest the field was sunk lower than the rest, the hood dipping into the ditch.  The right front tire was flat.  The driver’s door was half open as if the driver had exited in a rush.  They split up, Jade approaching that side while he moved to the passenger door and pulled it open.  It took a heave to do it.  He frowned.  The van was old.  It should have been moved off the lot rather than rented.  Yet in an odd way it had been the perfect vehicle.  Plain and unobtrusive, it blended.

 

The van was empty except for the Wyoming tourism magazine that lay open to a page with a map of Wyoming.  A half-eaten candy bar lay beside it and in the back was Stanley’s suitcase, duffel and his camera bag.

 

“He ran,” Jade said with that soft-as-butter tone to her voice.  She straightened, looking across the field as if seeing immediate danger there.

 

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Sheik’s Rescue

 

by Ryshia Kennie

 

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

 

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Zafir Al-Nassar knows everything about Jade Van Everett. He’s studied the cases she’s worked for his family’s company and for the FBI. And it’s hard not to notice that she’s absolutely gorgeous. Teaming up for a routine security detail, Jade is desperate to prove herself and Zafir can’t help but admire her determination. But when their assignment turns deadly, it becomes difficult to stay focused on the job. Because although they were hired to protect a Morrocan royal from a trained assassin, Zafir also has every intention of keeping Jade safe and by his side. Forever.

 

 

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The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born.

 

In 2011 I won my city’s writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

 

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live.

 

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.

 

 

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Cover Reveal: The Siren’s Eyes (The Siren Legacy) by Helen Scott ~ Giveaway

 

An unexplained kidnapping. A man shrouded in mystery. An unimaginable twist of fate.

 
The Siren’s Eyes
Author: Helen Scott
Series: The Siren Legacy Series, Book 2
Book Type: Fiction
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Helen Scott
Publication Date: June 2, 2017

 

 

When Cin Porte’s sister is abducted, she’s left with nothing but an encrypted note warning her that going to the police will end in dire consequences. Desperate for help, she turns to Thad Cantio. He’s cold, distant, and infuriatingly sexy, but he’s all she’s got.

 

Thad has spent his whole life trying to control his powerful visions, knowing that if he doesn’t, he’ll be outcast and alone. Few people know that his reserved, rational surface hides a deeply passionate, lonely man. But when Cin Porte begs for his help, he knows he can’t refuse, even though she has the power to shatter the walls he’s built around his emotions.

 

As the barriers between them break down and the danger grows, Cin and Thad have to choose between holding on to their defenses, or risking everything to save Cin’s sister–and each other.

 

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The Siren’s Son

The Siren Legacy Series, Book 1

Release Date: April 25, 2017

 

 

Synopsis: When an immortal warrior meets a Scottish lass bewildered by the magic she has inherited, he yearns to protect her. But will his attentions doom them both to Zeus’ anger? Or worse, make his lovely mortal the target of the goddess Circe’s growing evil?

 

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Giveaway Date: April 19 – 23, 2017

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Helen Scott lives in the Chicago area with her wonderful husband and furry, four-legged kids. She spends way too much time with her nose in a book and isn’t sorry about it. When not reading or writing, Helen can be found absorbed in one video game or another or crocheting her heart out.

 

 

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Release Day ARC Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz #1) by Deborah Wilde ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (Nava Katz Book 1) - Deborah Wilde

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The Unlikeable Demon Hunter

Nava Katz #1
Deborah Wilde
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance
Te Da Media
April 18th 2017
eBook/Paperback
420
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Bridesmaids meets Buffy.

 

The ago-old story of what happens when a foul-mouthed, romance impaired heroine with no edit button and a predilection for hot sex is faced with her worst nightmare–a purpose.

 

Ari Katz is intelligent, driven, and will make an excellent demon hunter once initiated into the Brotherhood of David. However, this book is about his twin Nava: a smart-ass, self-cultivated hot mess, who is thrilled her brother is stuck with all the chosen one crap.

 

When Nava half-drunkenly interrupts Ari’s induction ceremony, she expects to be chastised. What she doesn’t expect is to take her brother’s place among the–until now–all-male demon hunters. Even worse? Her infuriating leader is former rock star Rohan Mitra, whose sudden retirement in his early twenties now seems a lot less mysterious.

 

Convinced that her twin still has a shot at his destiny, Nava hatches a plan to convince the Brotherhood to bring the other Katz sibling into the fold. It’s too bad Rohan’s guarding her so closely that she might not be able to put it into action.

 

And it’s really too bad Rohan’s exactly what Nava’s always wanted: the perfect bad boy fling with no strings attached, because he may also be the one to bring down her carefully erected emotional shields. That’s as dangerous as all the evil fiends vying for the bragging rights of killing the only female ever chosen for Demon Club–or the one demon in particular out for payback.

 

Odds of survival: eh.

 

Odds of having a very good time with Rohan before she bites it: much better.

 

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The Unlikeable Demon Hunter is a pleasant, engaging, and action-packed debut in the Nava Katz series by Deborah Wilde.
 
I wasn't to sure about Nava nor this book, but the more I read the more I was pulled in and couldn’t put the book down.
 
Nava is one of those characters who is annoying and unlikeable, but you can't help but end up liking her. The more I got to know this unlikeable character the more I felt for her and what her family has done to her. It’s heartbreaking and emotional. She’s perceived as the failure and the screwup, when her twin brother is the shining star who was Chosen and trained to be a demon hunter. When things go wonky and she is Chosen; her family doesn't ask her how she feels about it. It’s sad to see how little faith they have in her, even her twin turns on her. And, the Brotherhood, who is an all male Brotherhood, doesn't like this change. How many Chosen have they missed when they left out all the girls born to the Knights? It's a very emotional journey into Nava's head and a very action-packed adventure as she tries to come to terms with everything.
 
We have something of a romance starting. Something is going on between Nava and Rohan. They have a strong sexual draw and do have a few sexy times, but their relationship is new. I’m not on board yet, but look forward to seeing where things go.
 
The story is emotional, action packed, and fast-paced. The ending leaves you wanting more, wanting to find out what happens between Rohan and Nava, if the Brotherhood will accept her, and what happens on the next mission. It’s an intoxicating and invigorating read.
 
I enjoyed The Unlikeable Demon Hunter and look forward to the next installment.
 
Rated: 4 Stars
 
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Deborah Wilde via Goddess Fish Promotions with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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Challenge(s): New To Me (Author/Series) | Pick Your Genre (UF/PNR) | New Release (2017)

 
 

The maybe-demon from Josh’s alleyway was back, having stopped about five feet away and triggering the motion sensor. What with Josh’s sister trying to kill me and all, he’d fallen off my radar.

 

Aloe gooped over my fingers, having clutched the frond hard enough to break it, and my terror and an intense curiosity resurfaced. There was no denying his compelling presence. Plus, he had those long lashes that were my Kryptonite. I opened my mouth to scream. Or drool.

 

He held a finger up to his delectable lips to keep me quiet, circling me with lazy strides, checking me out.

 

I’d have been offended by the blatant appraisal except under his intense scrutiny, I lit up with an electric zing. I found myself stroking the aloe stalks in an obscene manner. Even knowing he couldn’t see my blush since I was in the shadows didn’t kill my utter mortification at jerking off plant life in not-so-subtextual yearning.

 

He stalked toward me, his leather jacket rustling with each step.

 

I held up a hand to stop him, the faintest electric crackle pulsing off my skin.

 

He didn’t stop, didn’t slow. In fact, he kept up his steady approach until his hand covered mine. My magic shocked us both at his touch. I gasped and shivered as pleasure, not pain, rumbled through me.

 

Hand still clasped in his, he stared at me suspiciously, instead of in fear, but had I wanted, I could have broken his hold. Not a demon, then? He fingered the thin silver necklace I wore with surprising gentleness, toying with the cute floral pendant dangling off it that read “I will kick you in the balls if I have to.”

 

“Should I be scared?” Given how he sounded like sex, sin, and salaciousness–the true definition of a triple threat–I decided that yes, he was most definitely a demon.

 

I met his mocking gaze, my rooted stance and beating heart placing me somewhere between morbid fascination and noping the hell out at warp speed.


 
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A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes adult urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. She is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

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Release Blitz: Fractured Silence (Talon Pack #5) by Carrie Ann Ryan ~ Excerpt

 

 

Carrie Ann Ryan's FRACTURED SILENCE is available now! Get your hands on Parker, Brandon, and Avery's story today - you definitely don't want to miss this next book in the Talon Pack series!

It’s war and not everyone makes it out alive...

 

 

 

Fractured Silence (1)

The Talon Pack continues with a dark secret that could shatter the future of the Packs, or save them all.

 

Parker Jamenson is the son of three Packs, the sole mediator between every Pack in the United States and Europe, and…he’s dying. He knows he doesn’t have much left in him and is in desperate need of a mate. But with the new and unyielding changes thanks to the Moon Goddess, he might not have as much time as he thinks.

 

Brandon Brentwood is the Omega of the Talon Pack and the youngest of his family. He’s not only one of the famed triplets; he’s also the most secretive. There’s a good reason for that, however, and when a shocking revelation meshes the past and present in a very unexpected way, he’ll look to not only Parker but also a disgraced human to save them all.

 

Avery Montag knows she’s the daughter of a traitor and doesn’t have much to give the wolves in the way of atonement. But she’ll do everything she can to pay for her father’s sins and find a way to end the war between the humans and the wolves.

 

When the three turn to each other in a time of unrest and for vastly different reasons, temptation burns and seduction beckons. Only, the past, present, and future are never as solid as they seem, and the path the trio thought to travel may just vanish before they’re ready.

 

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Avery had always been good at keeping secrets. It was one of the things she’d learned to do as a child, barely able to write sentences. She’d known from a young age that the moment her father knew the truth about her, he’d find a way to silence her the same way he’d ended her mother’s life.

 

So she’d never spoken aloud who she was, what she could do.

 

Soon, she knew she wouldn’t be able to hold it back any longer. Because the new Pack threads were slowly weaving their way around her soul, and there would be no hiding what lay beneath her shields once the Alpha and his family understood what they’d brought into their Pack.

 

She wasn’t dangerous, but she wasn’t normal either. She’d known that the moment she spoke to the Talons, her life would be forever altered. She’d known that one day, she would become wolf and run on four paws. She’d share her soul with another being and learn to become something that had once only lived in fairy tale books and the nightmares of those who didn’t understand.

 

She’d seen it.

 

Yet she hadn’t known how it would happen.

 

Nor had she known why she’d seen the vision. She’d never once seen her own future when her mind lost control and she was forced to see what hadn’t yet come to pass.

 

But for some reason, this vision had come to her, and she’d known it was more important than any of the others she’d had.

 

Now, she stood under the full moon, the wind in her hair, and fear almost too much to deal with. But the moon’s rays covered her like a well worn blanket and she felt like she could breathe again. Maybe. Parker stood by her side, his hand on hers, and she tried not to lean into his touch like she wanted to. Before the attack, she’d been attracted to not only Parker but Brandon, as well. And now, whatever was going on between the three of them only seemed to intensify.

 

Her senses were overwhelmed by the scent of them, of the trees, the sky, the birds. Everything seemed so loud and bright, and she couldn’t quite focus. Maybe she’d be able to deal over time, but right now, it was all too much.

 

Fractured Silence Teaser - Tempting

 

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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