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ARC Review: Lure of the Fox (Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #6) by Anna Lowe

Lure of the Fox - Anna Lowe
Lure of the Fox

Aloha Shifters: Jewels of the Heart #6
Anna Lowe
Paranormal Romance
Twin Moon Press
January 18th 2018
ARC Review Copy


The steamy, passionate, and thrilling series finale!


Desert fox shifter Ella Kitt is better at risking her life than her heart. Not that she's expecting to do either when she flies to Maui to help her Special Forces comrades with an easy security job. Or maybe not such an easy job, because she’s forced to work — and live — in close quarters with smoking hot army hero, Jake McBride. Jake isn’t just the one-night-stand she can’t forget — he’s also a human, totally off-limits to shifters of her kind.


Jake has only had one goal since returning stateside after years of active service: to find the woman he loves. But he didn’t expect to find his kickass lover so soon, and he’s caught off guard. There’s something alluring and powerful about Ella — not to mention the mystery that surrounds her and his new employers at Koa Point. How exactly can a group of Special Forces vets afford to live on an exclusive oceanfront estate? What kind of enemy are they on guard against in their sun-kissed corner of paradise? And is that enemy targeting someone at the estate — or Jake?


ALOHA SHIFTERS: JEWELS of the HEART is a thrilling new series set on the tropical shores of Maui. Each story is a page-turner packed with action, emotion, and romance! If you like Magnum, PI and smoldering hot, alpha shapeshifters, you'll love these books!


* No cliff hangers. Each story is a standalone paranormal romance with adult content. This story features strong heroines, alpha heroes, werewolves and shapeshifters, billionaires, military romance, paranormal suspense, action-adventure romance, fantasy romance, and exotic, tropical locales! *






Lure of the Fox continues the saga of the Aloha Shifters and concludes story arc of the Spirt Stones.


I have adored this series and community of shifters. This story is packed with action, suspense, and romance. It’s well written with a few twists plus a verity of shifters to enjoy. We get to see all our previous couples and a unique kind of shifter. The world is built beautifully. I have enjoyed how Ms. Lowe builds her world and characters.


Lure of the Fox was a sweet romance of second chances. Destiny will not be denied this time around. I had a little trouble getting into the story. Not sure if it was me or the story. If felt a little slow for my taste and things didn’t pick up until the 50% mark when the action starts to happen. The romance between Jake and Ella was sweet. It’s a slow build. Even though they have previously been together each kinda pushes the other way, well Ella more then Jake, until they deiced to give things a chance.


The ending was acceptable. We don’t get closer on Moira. She is the evil dragon shifter who wants the Spirt Stones, so the author has left it open for more stories to pop up. And, the way Lure of the Fox ends and the talk that the Aloha Shifters have about bringing in some Security help, well we might be getting a spin-off with more shifters to enjoy.


Lure of the Fox was a satisfying read. I’m excited to read the spin-off. I do recommend reading this series in order, but it’s not necessary, though you might get better enjoyment if you do.


Rated: 3 Stars


*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Anna Lowe 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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Reading progress update: I've read 56 out of 384 pages.

Runaway Vampire - Lynsay Sands


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Black and Blue (Black Star Security) by Cynthia Rayne (Tour) ~ Giveaway



Black and Blue


by Cynthia Rayne
Series: Black Star Security, #1
Publication Date: March 12th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance



Life can leave you bruised


Former Navy SEAL, Jackson West, is starting over. After his son died, West chose between serving his country and being the parent his young daughter deserves. He’s missed too much already and isn’t wasting another second. West formed Black Star Security with his military buddies, and they’re gonna kick a little @ss. For a price.


Sometimes you need a second chance


Deputy U.S. Marshal Annie Foster accidentally got her partner killed during a routine prisoner transport. Now three dangerous felons are roaming the Kentucky countryside, and it’s all her fault. West is also hunting the fugitives and Annie’s assisting. She’s devastated but determined to make it right. Although, Annie didn’t count on West, a big, bad alpha male who’s an intoxicating mixture of ruthless and tender.


Will they capture the escaped convicts? And will West and Annie take a chance on each other?




A copy of Black and Blue, a Kentucky necklace, and a $5 Starbucks gift card

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Cynthia Rayne is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Black Star Security Series, the Lone Star Mobster Series and the Four Horsemen MC Series. While Cynthia was born and raised a damn Yankee in Ohio, her parents hail from Dixie, and she grew up on homemade buttermilk biscuits and southern wisdom. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, reading way too many romance novels, and drinking a truly obscene amount of coffee.






Library Love
Library Love


Some Library Love. I pre-ordered Silence Fallen for my nook to go with the rest of my Meryc Thompson series, but I've yet to read the book. I'v been feeling like having physical books to read, so I grabbed this from my library!


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New Additions To My Shelf
New Additions To My Shelf


Bought Ride Dirty to go with the rest of my paperbacks in the Raven Riders series. Sill need to read, but will be soon.


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Culling The Herd of Books


Goodreads has been a godsend in keeping track of the books I want to read, what I’ve read, what I own, and what I liked. I decided to go through my Mountain of a TBR list and cull it out some. I’ve got books on their that I can’t remember why I put them on my list in the first place. I’ve also got all the books in a series on my list. With the series books; what I want to do is put only book one on it and once I read book one, then put book two on the list, and so on and so forth. If I decided I want to keep reading that series.


When I started this cull, My Goodreads TBR was 1275. At the end it’s down to 1194. I removed 84 books off my TBR. WOW!!


Claimed (Mate Seekers #1) by Elle Amour
Forbidden Magic (Wing Slayer Hunters #4.5) by Jennifer Lyon
BloodSworn by Stacey Brutger
Hidden Dragons (Dragon Knights, #8) by Bianca D’Arc
Forbidden Embers (Dragon’s Heat #3) by Tessa Adams
Mark of the Sylph (Demons of Infernum) by Rosalie Lario (Books #2 – #4)
Bound (Eternal Guardians, #6) by Elisabeth Naughton
Tristan’s Lyceum Wolves (Immortals of New Orleans, #3) by Kym Grosso
Perfect Gravity (Wanted and Wired, #2) by Vivien Jackson
Hatched (Dragons of Preor, #6) by Celia Kyle – (Books #6 – #10)
Seduced by the Vampire King (Vampire Warrior Kings, #2) by Laura Kaye – (Book #2 – #3)
Hard Justice (Alpha Security, #3) by April Hunt
Shut Up And Kiss Me by Mahalia Levey
Rhapsody by Mahalia Levey
Hunter’s Moon (Moon, #2) by Lisa Kessler – (Books #2 – #8)
Jason & Cadence (The Wolf’s Mate #1) by R.E. Butler – (Books #1 – #7)
Walk On The Striped Side (Big Bad Bite, #2) by Jessie Lane – (Book #2, #3, & #4)
Alpha Knows Best (Southern Shifters, #3) by Eliza Gayle – (Book #3 – #6)
A MacKenzie Clan Gathering (MacKenzies & McBrides) by Jennifer Ashley – (Novellas #6.5 & #8.5)
Rebel Child aka “The Taming of the Vamp” (The Murdoch Vampires, #2) by Kate Eden
Falling Hard (Colorado High Country, #3) by Pamela Clare – (Books #3 & #4)
Black and Blue (Otherworld Assassin, #2) by Gena Showalter
Waking the Phoenix (Mythrian Realm #2) by Lindsay Avalon
Hard Run (Delta Force Brotherhood, #2) by Sheryl Nantus
The Darkest Promise (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter – (Books #13 – #14)
Fury of Ice (Dragonfury, #2) by Coreene Callahan – (Books #2 – #6)
Tangled in Texas (Texas Rodeo #2) by Kari Lynn Dell – (Books #2 – #4)
Not His Werewolf (Not This, #2) by Annie Nicholas
Kiss Me Like You Mean It by Mahalia Levey
Pure Blooded (Jessica McClain, #5) by Amanda Carlson – (Books #5 – #6)





Do you go through your TBR list and cull it down or do you leave it alone?


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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Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop ~ March 15th – 28th


March is the month of GREEN. And, so I thought I’d share with you some books that feature Green in their cover and Fae in their story’s. 



Hunter’s Season: A Novella of the Elder Races

(Elder Races #4.7)

by Thea Harrison


This title was previously published and is being rereleased by the author. It has not been revised.


As an assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.


A year ago Aubrey’s wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life proves the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can’t help but be drawn to the shy assassin and loyal protector to the queen. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn’t, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.


(Moonshadow #1)
by Thea Harrison


Her past is a blank, her future uncertain….


Recovering from a shooting, LAPD witch consultant Sophie Ross leaves her job and travels to the U.K. to search for answers about her childhood. When she encounters a Daoine Sidhe knight of the Dark Court, she becomes entangled in an ancient hatred between two arcane forces.


He has given his body and soul to fight for his people….


Barred from his homeland along with his surviving brother knights, Nikolas Sevigny is embroiled in a conflict that threatens everything he holds dear. Only by uniting his people’s resources can they hope to prevail against Isabeau, the deadly Queen of the Light Court. He will do anything and use anyone to return home to Lyonesse.


When Nikolas encounters Sophie, he sees a tool to be used. The insouciant witch might be the key to unlocking every passageway that has been barred to the knights of the Dark Court, even as a fascination for her takes root in what’s left of his soul.


Sophie has no intention of becoming anyone’s pawn, yet the fierce Nikolas is so compelling, she can’t deny the temptation that endangers her guarded heart.


As magic threatens Lyonesse, Queen Isabeau unleashes her merciless Hounds, and Nikolas and Sophie become embroiled in a race for survival. Meanwhile, the passion that ignites between them burns too hot to be denied and quickly turns into obsession.


Thank goodness they both know better than to fall in love…


Dog with a Bone

(Black Dog #1)

by Hailey Edwards


Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave’s marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you’ve just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.


Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she’s not going anywhere. Even if it means following in her notorious father’s footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.












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Audio Review: The Hotter You Burn (The Original Heartbreakers #2) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)

The Hotter You Burn (Original Heartbreakers) - Gena Showalter
The Hotter You Burn

The Original Heartbreakers #2
Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)
Contemporary Romance
Recorded Books
11 hours and 40 minutes
Audible Romance Package


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…


Beck O'ckley is ruthless in the boardroom...and the bedroom. He's never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.


Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck's home—her ancestral estate—for food, she's shocked by his early return...and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.


For the first time in Beck's life, he can't get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he'll have to break her heart...or surrender his own




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Their is just some special about The Original Heartbreakers series. I don’t know what it is that keeps me swooning and comeing back for more. Maybe it’s the small-town feel, the people who all have their own issues, pasts, and hatreds, or maybe it’s just Ms. Showalter’s amazing storytelling skills.


I was pulled in from start to finish and I couldn’t stop listening to the audio book narrated by Savannah Richards.


We are treated to Beck who is friends with Jase and West. They all moved to Strawberry Valley to start fresh, except Beck hasn’t changed his ways. He’s a player, a ladies man, and known as, One and Done. Then we have Harlow who grew up in the home that Beck and his friends now own. She’s lost a lot. Her mother, her home, and no one will give her a job all because of how she acted as a teenager; she was the town bully. She’s different, changed, but no one will give her a chances. No one has forgotten and so they give her a hard time, every chance they get.


The chemistry between Beck and Harlow is scorching. They have sparks from the start, but Harlow knows his reputation and will not be a one night stand and so she will settle for friendship. This book was fantastic. I was laughing out loud one moment and having my heart break the next. I just love the characters, the snarky humor, and those sexy scenes made me sigh with delight. This book is full of snark, steam, and lots of heart.


Narration: Ms. Richards is a wonderful narrator. She captured me. The voices are all distinctive and come across clear, crisp, and well defined. The small-town feels like a small town with it’s own unique people making a living in and around it. Everything from the setting to the characters felt genuine and passionate. I’m loving the audio books for The Original Heartbreakers series and I plan to continue the series in this formate.


Rated: 4 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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Series Guide: Rulers of Darkness Series by Amanda J. Greene


Series Synopsis


Five vampire Clans are led by the Rulers of Darkness. Each must find their fated mate or their immortality will be claimed by the Death Curse – a slow, agonizing death that consume the mind and body until the vampire wastes away to nothing.


Each Clan faces their own challenge, either from outside forces such as the Red Order Hunters, or personal trauma, in the case of the return or crazed exiled king. All want nothing more than to protect their people and bring out peace between vampires, witches, and shape-shifters and as they fight their battles, they mus also fight  to claim their mates. But there is something else at work, something that has triggered a change within their realm of darkness and they will have to work together if they all hope to survive.


The Books


Book 1: Caressed by Moonlight

  • Main couple: Dorian Vlakhos & Victoria Kingston


Book 2: Caressed by Night

  • Main couple: Dimitri Arsov & Kerstyn Ingmar


Book 3: Caressed by the Edge of Darkness

  • Main couple: Hadrian Lucretius & Eva Maldonado


Book 4: Caressed by Shadows

  • Main couple: Sonya Rebane & Falcon Kenwrec


Book 5: Caressed by the Edge of Darkness

  • Main couple: Gabriel Erhard & Jordan Culver




The Characters




*Dorian Vlakhos, King of the Mylonas Clan


*Caressed by Moonlight is his romance


* A Greek general, he was changed by Cassius, a pure vampire, and was the very first fledging ever created. Approximately 3,000 years have passed and he is now the second oldest vampire in existence, behind Dimitri.


*Marries Victoria Kingston without knowing she was his mate. 


*Tall, muscled and thick with deep brown hair and fathomless blue eyes like a sea after a tremendous storm. He is absolutely beautiful, in a dangerous, very male way. 


*Light-hearted but deadly.


*Cast: Hugh Jackman




*Victoria Kingston


*Eldest daughter of the Kingston family. After her parent’s deaths she and her young sister were left in debt. Forced to move to London to live with their spinster aunt, Victoria must find a suitable husband so that she may care for her sister.


*Caressed by Moonlight is where she makes her first appearance and is her romance.


*Marries Dorian without knowing she is his mate.


*She is no wilting flower. Victoria speaks her mind and isn’t afraid of a challenge.  


*Dark, long curling hair and deep, emerald green eyes. 


*Cast: Natalie Dormer




*Dimitri Arsov, King of Volkov Clan


*Appears in Caressed by Moonlight, romance is in Caressed by Night


 *Friends with Dimitri and the other Rulers of Darkness


*He is the last pure vampire, the only one who knows the secrets of their creation. He has been away from vampire society for hundreds of years and returns when he receives visions of his mate.


*Fated mate/wife, Kerstyn Ingmar


*Nearly seven feet tall with blonde hair and piercing, nearly colorless blue diamond eyes he reminds many of a Viking warrior—has a commanding presence.


*His accent is old, but light. Every now and then his phrasing gives away his age.


*Regal, powerful, he is the oldest and strongest of their kind.


*Cast: Brad Pitt




*Kersytn Ingmar


*First appears in Caressed by Night. Romance is in Caressed by Night


*She’d lived a sheltered life until she struck out on her own and moved to Las Vegas. She has devoted her life to her studies and everything has gone smoothly until she meets Dimitri.


*Mate/husband, Dimitri Arsov


*Likes her to earn her way, independent, easy going. She prefers to go with the flow. Kerstyn is intelligent and has worked hard to achieve her dream of being an art historian and museum director.


*Shoulder length strawberry-blond hair, sapphire eyes, fair skinned, lithe and slender.


*Cast: Ashley Greene




* Hadrian Lucretius, Kind of the Validus Clan


*First appears in Caressed by Night, but his romance is in Caressed by a Crimson Moon


*After the tragic death of his twin brother, he lost control over his vampire and went mad. He’s lived in self-imposed exile for roughly 350 years and abdicated his throne.


*Fated mate, Eva Maldonado


*Intelligent, calculating, tortured, and dark, many rumors are whispered about his past. Mysterious, cunning, and guarded, he has many secrets to hide.


*Speaks with an older accent and has worked hard to learn/adjust to current times.


*Tall, leanly muscled, with short black hair and obsidian eyes.  


*Cast: Luke Evans




*Eva Maldonado, from the jaguar shape-shifting pack, Silveria


*First appears in Caressed by a Crimson Moon, romance in Caressed by a Crimson Moon


*Hadrian Lucretius’ fated mate


*Only half shape-shifter, she is treated like an outcast among her father’s tribe. She wants nothing more than to be free and when she is sent as a peace offering to the vampires she feels this will be her change to escape. But she never expected the mad king, Hadrian, to be so darkly seductive.


*She’s brave, outspoken, stubborn, and not easily intimated.


*Petite but can pack a punch. She is beautiful with dark, wavy hair and amber eyes. 


*Cast: Débora Nascimento




*Sonya Reban, Queen of the Voidukas Clan


*First appears in Caressed by Moonlight, romance takes place in Caressed by Shadows


*She is the only female Ruler of Darkness and is much younger than her male counter parts, but she is a fierce warrior and is known as the Warrior Queen.


*Mate, Falcon Kenwrec


*Willing to do anything for her Clan and will never back down from a fight, but she has a softer side not many see. She is nurturing and has always wanted a family of her own.


*She is tall with a willowy figure with long, golden hair. Her eyes are a striking yellow-green. 


*Cast: Charlize Theron




*Falcon Kenwrec, Validus Clan Black Knight


*First appears in Caressed by Moonlight, romance in Caressed by Shadows


*Fated mate to Sonya Reban


*Loyal, steadfast, takes his vows as a knight seriously. Had faith that Hadrian would recover and return to the Clan.


*Fit and muscled, he trains constantly with his sword. 


*Light brown hair and silver eyes.


*Cast: Stephen Amell




*Gabriel Erhard, King of the Tapfer Clan


*First appears in Caressed by Moonlight and his romance is in Caressed by the Edge of Darkness


*Fated mate, Jordan Culver


*Created his own Clan.


*Former blood slave, turned into a vampire against his will, and fought hard to become successful. He’s powerful and highly respected. 


*Tormented by his past, he seeks to end the slave trade.


*Easily over 6feet with blond hair ad glacial green eyes. Dresses in an all-black suit all the time, with black leather gloves.


*Cast: Chris Hemsworth




*Jordan Culver, (unprofessional) vampire hunter


*First appears in Caressed by Shadows, her romance is in Caressed by the Edge of Darkness


*Fated mate of Gabriel Erhard


*Has the voice a siren and has the ability to enthrall with her song.


*Experienced fighter and always ready for battle. She will never give up on those she believes in.   


*Deep red, burgundy hair and vivid violet eyes.


*Cast: Meghan Ory


Meet The Author



Amanda J. Greene creates paranormal romance for ravenous readers. She lives in Southern California, where she enjoys escaping the rewarding but hectic world of writing by spending time in the sun and sand with her military husband and their two dogs. 




It’s Release Day! Justice for Milena by Susan Stoker ~ Excerpt


Justice for Milena


Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 10
Release Date March 13, 2018
Susan Stoker



It’s been years since Milena Reinhardt has seen TJ “Rock” Rockwell. The last time, he was nearly a shell of a man…but he was her man…and he tore her heart out of her chest. Circumstances unbeknownst to TJ have ensured Milena’s never fully recovered.


TJ left his sniper days behind—for the most part—when he left the Army and become a respected Texas Highway Patrolman. He also left behind Milena. He’s convinced it was the right thing to do at the time, but that doesn’t mean he’s ever forgotten the woman who loved him in his greatest time of need…or has stopped thinking of her since.


Neither thought they’d see each other again, until a pedophile’s operation is taken down and the evil man sets his vengeful sights on Milena. This could be their second chance, even though TJ and Milena have enough secrets and trust issues to end any relationship before it starts. But when the bad guy closes in, they’ll have to set aside their fears and trust in each other, to save the one thing that means the world to them both.


** Justice for Milena is the 10th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.


** TJ and Milena face a truly nasty foe. While his sins are never described on the page, certain basic information is included for the characters to grasp the full breadth of the villain’s evilness. For my more delicate readers, please remember…good always triumphs over evil.





Milena bit her lip and stared at the FBI Agent. She’d thought he looked friendly enough when he’d first entered the room. He was good-looking and tall. She had a weakness for tall men. But at the moment, he looked ruthless. She had no doubt he’d do just as he said—make sure all the perverts who partook of Jeremiah’s immoral and hideous scheme would go to jail.

But wait…she was also a part of it, even if indirectly. Was she going to be arrested too? Was that why she’d been held for so long? “Am I going to jail?”

“Should you be?”

Milena stood on the other side of the room and stared at Cruz, honestly not sure how to respond. She opened her mouth to speak when a loud thump came from the mirror behind the agent.

Intellectually, Milena knew the mirror wasn’t really a mirror, but a window where someone, or several people, watched from the other side, but she’d blocked that out. After the bang on the window, she couldn’t ignore the fact that there was, indeed, someone observing her interview.

Someone who wasn’t happy about the turn in the conversation.

Another heavy thump sounded, and Milena jumped. Whoever was on the other side definitely wanted attention.

Surprisingly, Cruz smirked. Milena stared at him, totally confused.

“You’re not going to jail,” he told her, standing. He walked over to her chair, still lying on its side on the floor, and righted it. He held the back and gestured to the seat. “Come. Sit back down. I’ll explain what’s going to happen next and answer any other questions that you have.”

Warily, Milena inched toward the chair and sat at the very edge. Without commenting, Cruz walked back around the table and sat down. “It’s obvious you had no idea what was going on at the school. Not only that, you don’t exactly meet the criteria to be an insider.”

“The criteria?”

“You’re female, for one thing, so you obviously aren’t a customer of Jeremiah’s and his stable of girls,” Cruz told her.

Milena swallowed hard at hearing the poor abused children being described as belonging to a “stable.” It was appropriate though, as they’d been treated like animals…with no feelings or rights for as long as they’d resided at the school.

“And, I’m not trying to be rude, but you’re simply too old for Jeremiah’s tastes. You’re what…twenty-six?”

“Seven,” she told him.

“Right, you and Sadie are of no interest to Jeremiah. The school has been under investigation for quite a while, and what you’ve said you did there matches up with the records we confiscated from Jeremiah’s office.”

“I saw some of the men who came at night,” Milena said shakily. “Do I need to be worried about that?”

Cruz immediately shook his head. “I doubt it. They have enough to worry about. You weren’t blackmailing them, and they’re going to be more than aware that the evidence against them isn’t based on anything you saw. The videos, pictures, and bank records are going to do them in without any eyewitness testimony from you.”

“And the children? What’s going to happen to them?”

For the first time since the interview had started, Milena saw true anger on the agent’s face.




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


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


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It’s Release Day! Ride Dirty (Raven Riders #3.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Laura Kaye ~ Excerpt


From New York Times Bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes RIDE DIRTY, a new novella in her Raven Riders Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!




Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.


But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.


Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.


But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.



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* Coming to other retailers June 2018 *



“What do I do?” Emma asked.

We,” Caine said as an urgent, demanding possessiveness dug its claws into his soul. Dug them in, deep.

And it was, without question, something he’d never felt before in his whole life. When you felt as unworthy as he did, you rarely believed that you deserved to possess anything at all. But now, in the face of her vulnerability, Caine dared to hope that he might deserve…what? Not her, exactly, because after being viewed as no more than a possession by the couple that ran his group home, the idea of possessing another person made his stomach roll. But maybe the chance to get to know her, at the very least. And maybe even the chance to give her the things he’d always wanted but never been able to have.

Jesus, even daring to hope for such things made him feel like the bottom might fall right out from underneath of him. And when that happened, he’d just fall and fall and fall…

But if she was going to be brave, he sure the fuck would, too. “We’ll figure this out, Emma. Do you hear me? You’re not in this alone.” His voice sounded like it’d been scoured with sandpaper.

She peered up at him, and her bottom lip trembled a little more. “Promise?”

“Jesus, come here,” he rasped, hauling her in against his chest. He held her tight with one arm and stroked her hair back with the other. And Christ, she felt so good there. So warm and soft against all his cold hardness. So right. These thoughts were so foreign to him he hardly knew what to do with them, but that didn’t make them any less true. He had to swallow around a knot of emotion before he could go on, but when he finally did, his voice was rock solid again. “I give you my word, Emma.”

He made one more promise, too, but this one he kept to himself. Once, he’d failed to protect someone he should’ve. Worse than that, her death had been his fault.

Caine vowed to himself—he wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

This time, he’d rather die first. 






About Laura Kaye:


Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Raven Riders, Hard Ink, and 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. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.



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Kid Corner – Review: I’ll Hug You More by Laura Duksta


I’ll Hug You More
by Laura Duksta
Illustrator: Melissa Iwai


Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: 1 – 4
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (January 3, 2017)
Language: English

I’ll hug you as we swing together in the old oak tree
I’ll hug you on a stormy night and keep you safe with me


Hugs can say a lot of things like “hello,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry.” But underneath it all, every hug says “I love you.” Share I’ll Hug You More with someone you care about and remind them that every hug is a special message of love! 



I’ll Hug You More is an adorable story. It’s a heartwarming picture book with beautiful illustrations. It features animal parents and kids doing fun things together. Along with them snuggling; which showcases the affection and love the have for each other. 


Me and my son love this book. It’s one he has picked up several times for us to read at bedtime. I love that it’s like two books in one. You can start either from the front or the back. Once you get to the center it showcase Lemurs hugging and then you turn the page and find out you have another story that starts at the back or front of the book. 


I’ll Hug You more is a sweet fun story to read with children.




 Borrowed from my library!




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Angel’s Weekly Book Releases: 3/12 – 3/16



March 12th, 2018



Guardian’s Bond (Ancient Ink #1) by Rhenna Morgan (PNR)
Blade to the Keep (Goddess With A Blade #2) by Lauren Dane (UF/PNR)



March 13th, 2018



Blood Heart (Immortal Curse #3) by Lexi C. Foss (Gothic Romance)
Banning (Dragon Guard Berserkesr #1) by Julia Mills (PNR)
Dearest Ivie (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15.5) by J.R. Ward (PNR)
Autumn’s Kiss (Kiss Series #2) by M.K. Eidem (Erotic Sci-Fi)
Alien Healer’s Baby (Warriors of the Lather #4) by Mina Carter (Erotic Sci-Fi)
Ride Dirty (Raven Riders #3.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Laura Kaye (CR)
Justice for Milena (Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes #10) by Susan Stoker (CR)
INK: A Love Story on 7th and Main by Elizabeth Hunter (CR)
Burning Kiss by Angela Addams (Mystery, Thriller & Suspense)
Six Feet Under (A Kenni Lowry Mystery #4) by Tonya Kappas (Cozy Mystery)



March 14th, 2018



The Wolf Lord (Ars Numina #3) by Ann Aguirre



March 15th, 2018



Huntress Unleashed (Wolf Legacy #4) by Aimee Easterling (Fantasy)



March 16th, 2018

Born with a Silver Moon: Galaxa Warriors (Paranormal Dating Agency #15) by Milly Taiden (PNR)






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Cover Reveal: Esher (Guardians of Hades #3) by Felicity Heaton ~ Giveaway/Excerpt



(Guardians of Hades Book 3)
by Felicity Heaton


Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Water, Esher was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.


Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Tormented by his past, Esher burns with hatred towards mortals and bears a grudge against Hades for forcing him into their world, condemning him to a life of battling to keep a fragile hold on his darker side—a side that wants to kill every human in the name of revenge.


Until he finds himself stepping in to save a female—a beautiful mortal filled with light and laughter who draws him to her as fiercely as the pull of the moon, stirring conflict in his heart and rousing dangerous needs long forgotten.


Aiko knows from the moment she sets eyes on the black-haired warrior that he is no ordinary man, just as she’s no ordinary woman. Blessed with a gift, she can see through his stormy façade to the powerful god beneath, and the pain and darkness that beats inside him—pain she grows determined to heal as she falls deeper under his spell and into his world.


When the daemon bent on turning Esher against his brothers makes her move, will Esher find the strength to overcome his past and fulfil his duty, or will the lure of revenge allow the darkness in his heart to seize control, transforming him into a god intent on destroying the world?





Esher drew his hand away from his right side and frowned at the blood coating his palm. It caught the light of the narrow signs that jutted out from each building, running their entire height to mark what was on each floor, and reflected white, red and yellow back at him.

The wound would heal rapidly, not like the wraith wound, but he would have to conserve his strength until it had knitted back together, which meant he couldn’t teleport home. Stepping, as he and his brothers called it, would drain him, and it was only just gone one in the morning, meaning there were still another four or five hours of darkness in which another daemon could attempt to find the gate.

Or a Hellspawn, one of the accepted species in his father’s eyes and one allowed to enter the Underworld via the gates, could call on him to open it.

So, he would have to do the unthinkable.

Public transport.

He ground his molars and reached into the breast pocket of his shirt, tugged the tiny headphones out and jammed them into his ears. Instantly, the soothing melody of Bach filled him, swamping the song of the rain and the grating noise of Tokyo.

Esher took a few deep breaths, giving the beautiful classical piece time to do its work, and then trudged forwards, past the two dead daemons. He didn’t look at the dead mortal as he passed the male, kept moving onwards on auto-pilot, slowly constructing a wall of calm inside himself, a barrier that would shut the world out and allow him to venture down into the train station and tolerate the presence of the mortals as they surrounded him.

Crowded him.

As the strings rose, he spotted the airplane-wing canopy that stretched above the central entrance of Tokyo station, extending from the glass skyscraper to its right. Clouds swirled around the top of the towering structure, glowing yellow from the city lights. The rain continued to pour, soothing Esher as much as the music, but as he approached the entrance and the number of mortals rose, hurrying to catch the last trains, his grip on calm began to weaken.

He could do this.

He balled his right hand into a fist, and grimaced as the cut across his forearm stung as his muscles flexed beneath it, a flash of fire that tested him. He breathed deep, letting the flare of irritation fade without affecting his mood.

He was calm. In control.

Calm. Control.

Esher breathed through it, steeled himself and moved forwards, avoiding the busier paths into the building.

It was only a short trip. Barely fifteen minutes. He could do this.

A mortal female passed close to him and he tensed, his breath seizing in his throat as he leaned to avoid her even though she was more than ten feet away.


Calm. Control.

Keras would fucking kill him if he lost his shit and caused a bloodbath. His oldest brother had lectured him more than once about playing nice around the weak little mortals. By the gods, he tried. He could almost tolerate them now. He had even managed to speak with some when he was feeling strong, able to cope with breathing the same air as them.

But he wasn’t feeling strong.

The coppery odour of blood clouded his senses, tugging at his memories, and it was hard to keep them shut out, to hold the wall of calm in place.

He shoved the bloodied fingers of his right hand through the longer lengths of his black hair, pushing the damp strands out of his face, and scrubbed at the shorter sides.

He could do this.

He took another step towards the building, a pressing sense of urgency building inside him and driving him to move as he picked up the warning over the public-address system. It was last train time.

Now or never.

He froze as a male passed him, flicking a glance his way that turned into a double-take before he pivoted on his heel and hurried away from the station.

Esher touched his face, drew his hand away and looked at his fingers. Black smeared their pads. Daemon blood.

He huffed, grabbed the handkerchief he always kept in the back pocket of his dark blue jeans and wiped the blood away, scrubbing his neck and face, and then his hand to clear it of both daemon and his own blood.

It took barely a second for the blood to roll back down to his fingers. He buttoned his coat to hide the crimson stain on his shirt, tugged the sleeve back and wrapped the handkerchief around his forearm, covering the wound there. It would have to do.

The last of the mortals ran into the building ahead of him.

Esher strode towards it, his left hand closing over his right side again as the wound below his ribs burned. He pressed hard against it, stopping the flow of blood down his side, and trudged forwards, moving as quickly as he could manage.

The lights inside the station stung his eyes and he lowered his head, letting the hand-length ribbons of his black hair fall forwards over his brow to shield them. He kept his head bent as he hurried past the closed shops towards the Yamanote Line. It would stop at Yoyogi Park and he could walk from there. The streets in that neighbourhood would be quiet.

Unlike the immense room around him.

Someone almost ran into him as they rushed towards the ticket barriers, and he bared his teeth at their back. Keras would have to forgive him if someone bumped him, because he wasn’t sure he had the strength to stop himself from hurting them.

It was leaking from him as he passed his bloodied right hand over the card reader on the barrier, using his abilities to force it to open for him. It swung open and he passed through, scanned the area ahead of him and spotted the sign for the line. It was further than he remembered. He was going to have to use a little bit of power to make it to the train.

Not stepping. Just running.

He clutched his side and sprinted, passing the mortals with ease, and reached the platform just as the last train pulled in. He boarded at the first door, and moved down through the carriages until he found one that was quiet.

The seats near the next car were empty, so he slumped into them, arranging himself in a way that put off the mortals who were eyeing the spot beside him. He looked at his bloodied hand, felt a few mortals glancing there too, and then moving away. He was tempted to wipe it on his jacket, but since it was acting as a nice deterrent, he kept it on show. Another barrier to keep the mortals at bay.

He couldn’t believe he had been reduced to using public transport. He eyed a few of the humans, issuing glares to the braver ones who looked as if they might chance it and sit beside him on the three-seater bench. Wretched creatures. The wall of calm cracked a little, and he drew in a deep breath. Mistake. His right ribs protested, a sharp pain echoing along them from the wound, worsening his mood and adding a few more cracks to the wall.

He closed his eyes as the train pulled away, meaning to shut out the crowded carriage so he could claw back the calm.

Not meaning to fall asleep.

He woke with a jolt as the train rounded a bend, and his black eyebrows pinched in a frown as he swept his blue gaze around the carriage. It was almost empty.

“Fuck,” he muttered and peered out of the window, trying to see where he was as he silently berated himself for succumbing to sleep around so many humans. They weren’t to be trusted. Fuck knew how many of them might have taken the opportunity to kill him if they had known what he was.

Building after building whizzed past outside, none of them standing out to him. The damned city looked the same no matter where he went in it. He rubbed his tired eyes and squinted at the display screen above the doors. Broken. Just his luck.

Had he missed his stop?

He looked at the two people in his carriage, assessing them, and then squeezed his hand over his side as he leaned forwards and looked to his left, into the next one. Five people in that one, none of them a threat.

He leaned back into the padded seat.

A shriek rose from his left.

Esher edged forwards again and glared into the next carriage. A petite raven-haired female with bunches and a fringe that cut a straight line above her eyebrows swatted at a male with her black backpack. Her thick-soled patent leather shoes skidded on the floor of the car as she swung again, causing her short black dress to rise up and reveal the tops of her stripy black and white stockings.

A little Lolita with a vicious streak.

Or a terrified little Lolita.

He canted his head, trying to figure out which one it was, and growing increasingly annoyed and disgusted with everyone in her carriage as they all pretended not to notice her plight.

“Chikan!” Pervert.

A public transport one in particular.

The male grabbed her again, snapping his hand tight around her delicate wrist.

Still no one moved to help her.

Why the fuck was he forced to protect a people who cared nothing about their own kind? No Hellspawn or god would tolerate this female’s cries.

She battered the male again, but the bastard pulled her towards him, undeterred.

Esher growled and shoved to his feet, not pausing to consider what he was about to do.

He was going to save a human for the first time in his life.







Book 1: Ares
Book 2: Valen
Book 3: Esher
Book 4: Marek – Coming in 2018




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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.


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Reading progress update: I've read 315 out of 432 pages.

Tempted & Taken (Men of Haven) - Rhenna Morgan

Things are now just starting to get good. We now know why Darya on the run.


As for the romance I'm not falling for it. Most of the book is Knox keeping his distance and when he does give in they have sex and then it's back to staying away. After a few weeks of this they make a go of it. I think only two months have passed with them together. They are now spending time at each others places but all we see is their strong attraction and then their sexy times. With things picking up on the man after Darya we are not seeing a little more, but still all we get is them in bed together. 


I'm just not digging this book in the series. I've loved the previous ones out, but not so much this one. I guess their will be one in a series that just doesn't work. 

Movie Review: Hidden Figures (2016)



Hidden Figures is a positive and inspiring tale about the role three African-American women played in the NASA program.


I LOVED this movie. It had me experience, so many different emotions. These women where amazing. What they did and how they changed the NASA program was spectacular. This story is based on a book, a true story, which I’ve not read, but the movie was superb. The performances where truly exceptional. It’s educational, but entertaining. Affirmative without being preachy and family friendly in a straightforward way.


Hidden Figures is a treasure. Full of heroism and hidden doubts.


Borrowed from my local library! 







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