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Cover Reveal: Inked Expressions (Montgomery Ink #7) by Carrie Ann Ryan


Today we have a look at the super swoonworthy cover of Carrie Ann Ryan’s INKED EXPRESSIONS to share with you! Check out the awesome cover below and find out more about this next book in her Montgomery Ink series. Plus, find out more about how to get an INKED EXPRESSIONS post card and enter to win a mystery book giveaway!



The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.


Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.


Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.



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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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I LOVE the color green. March is my favorite month just because of St. Patrick’s Day and the wearing of green. Though I wear green throughout the year.


I thought what fun it would be to share some covers that focus on my favorite color:


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Review: Vampire Most Wanted (Argeneau #20) by Lynsay Sands

Vampire Most Wanted - Lynsay Sands

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Vampire Most Wanted 

 Argeneau #20  
 Lynsay Sands  
 Paranormal Romance  
 February 18th 2014  


For Basha Argeneau, anything is better than facing her estranged family. Even hiding out in sweltering southern California. But when a sexy immortal in black shows up determined to bring her back to the clan, she'll do anything to keep far, far away from the past she can't outrun.


Marcus Notte isn't here to play games—especially not with someone as crazy as the infamous blonde. Asked by Lucian Argeneau to bring her back for questioning, Marcus is determined to carry out Lucian's request—no matter how the seductive little mind-reading vamp feels about it.


Basha doesn't mind fighting fire with fire, especially with a hot immortal involved. But if he wants to take her away, he'll have to catch her first . . . 




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I took a little break from the Argeneau series. The stories where all started to feel like the same thing. Nothing new and exciting. Don’t get me wrong. I very much enjoy the series and I own books 1 – 15 and have reread several of my favorites. I just needed a break.


What drew me to the Argeneau series is that the vampires are different from the typical vampires. They are genetically enhanced humans, so they are still human, just they have nanos running inside them that help keep them young and fit. The story on how they became to be is one that is retold in each book, so you can get the full picture on it.


The other thing that pulls me into each book is the humor. I love it. Also the stories are sweet, easy to read, and enjoyable. I also love that some of the previous characters come into the stories and help out the characters. It’s nice to always see previous characters. 




In Vampire Most Wanted we have Marcus and Divine. As a couple neither of them stood out. They where ok. The novel didn’t have the constancy or chemistry I’ve previous read and come to enjoy from others in the series. 


Divine was painfully naive. She’s been avoiding immortals for a reason. Why is she hiding? We find this out and more. I felt that she really should have talked to an immortal sooner and not hide like she did. She felt to much like a child instead of a 2,700+ year old immortal. Her past is traumatic, but how can she not question things. She knows the difference between right and wrong. She’s been helping humans out, so it was just disappointing that our heroine does all this for over 2,700+ years. 


Marcus. He does show up in several of the previous novels, but their is nothing all that remarkable about him. He’s a good man who’s spent his life looking after and loving his family and when he’s no longer needing to be a protector, he agrees to help out Lucian. 


This story does give us several major surprises and shocking revelations, but the closer on a certain story arc sadly didn’t come and that is one thing that bothered me. We don’t get closer on the bad guys. All of them. It’s a little sad they haven’t been found and dealt with. And, also at the end Divine is informed she will help in the search, which it should be that way, but the end was/is abrupt and their is no search, so this goes back to not getting closer on the bad guys. 


I will say Vampire Most Wanted was an ok read. It wasn’t outstanding, didn’t have as much humor as I’m used to in the story, and we didn’t get that chemistry either, but still it was a delight to read. 


Rated: 3 Stars


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Release Day Launch: Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC #6.5)(1001 Dark Nights) by Joanna Wylde ~ Excerpt


From New York Times Bestselling author Joanna Wylde, comes SHADE’S LADY, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure you grab your copy today!



New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the world of the Reapers Motorcycle Club…


Looking back, none of this would’ve happened if I hadn’t dropped my phone in the toilet. I mean, I could’ve walked away from him if I’d had it with me.


Or maybe not.


Maybe it was all over the first time he saw me, and he would’ve found another way. Probably—if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that Shade always gets what he wants, and apparently he wanted me.


Right from the first.



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Shade's Lady

“Did you get my text?” Sara asked, pushing through the office door. I’d just finished tying my apron around my waist, and was leaning toward the cracked mirror on the wall for one last makeup check before punching in. 


“No,” I replied, frowning. “Dropped my cell in the toilet this morning. I called the phone people. They said I didn’t have any insurance, so I’m fucked. I put it on Future Me’s list of things to worry about.”


Sadly, Future Me’s list got longer every day. She was supposed to pay our credit card bill, figure out whether we should break up with our boyfriend, and find a better place to sleep than my sister’s couch. She also needed to lose ten pounds and magically fix the rusted-out Kia Sedona currently broken down in my sister’s yard.    


Present Me would’ve felt guilty about dumping all this on the poor thing, but I only had three minutes left to punch in and start slinging drinks for drunken bikers, so it would just have to wait.


Yup. I’m organized like that.


Studying my reflection, I ran an eye down the length of my body. Tight tank with a hint of bra showing? Check. (Nothing like some boob action to bring in the tips. Not only that, Rebel had said he’d be here tonight, and he always liked seeing the girls.)


Lipstick was bright and shiny, no smudges on the teeth. More eye makeup than I’d usually wear, but ever since I’d started hanging out with Rebel’s biker friends, I’d kicked it up a notch. Made me look wild and sexy. Not gonna lie—I liked this new me. I liked her a lot. I guess if there was one good thing about my sister’s life falling apart—and me moving to Violetta to help with the kids—it was that it’d forced me to change my life, too.



Joanna Wylde started her writing career in journalism, working in two daily newspapers as both a reporter and editor. Her career has included many different jobs, from managing a homeless shelter to running her own freelance writing business, where she took on projects ranging from fundraising to ghostwriting for academics. During 2012 she got her first Kindle reader as a gift and discovered the indie writing revolution taking place online. Not long afterward she started cutting back her client list to work on Reaper’s Property, her breakout book. It was published in January 2013, marking the beginning of a new career writing fiction.


Joanna lives in the mountains of northern Idaho with her family.



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Interview: Janine Infante Bosco (Wanderer) ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

Give us some insight into the main characters of WANDERER?
The main characters of Wanderer are Jagger “Cobra” Richardson and Celeste Spinelli. When we first meet them in Wanderer they are twenty-four, jaded and scorned. We learn that they weren’t always like this, that tragedy made them this way. As young kids, they were care-free–
just two unsuspecting kids, who thought they had forever. I wanted everyone to see the change in them, how Jagger went from being a good kid to a teenager who lost himself to rebellion and guilt. I wanted the reader to see the evolution of the character and in essence understand how he morphed from Jagger Richardson, the football player and prodigal son–to Cobra, Satan’s deadliest soldier.
I also wanted you to be able to see the changes in Celeste. I wanted woman to relate to her as someone who is strong despite the heartache she’s suffered. I wanted Celeste to be the character who gives hope to others.

What is your favorite scene from the book?

Jeez, I have a few. I really enjoyed writing the younger years of Celeste and Cobra. It’s not something I do often and I liked the challenge. I also think those four chapters were very poignant to the story. Another favorite—and possibly my all-time favorite scene to write was Jack Parrish’s chapter. He’s a character from my Tempted Series but this was my favorite scene I ever wrote of him. I just loved the way that at all came together.

What do you do when you are not writing?


When I’m not writing, I spend some downtime with my kids. Things get hectic around here when mommy is trying to finish a book, mainly because I’m piecing everything together and flying blind. Once I type THE END we all get a reprieve. I also catch up on all the fantastic books I’ve added to my TBR list while I was writing.


How much research do you do?


 The Nomad Series covers a lot of sensitive subject matter so I find myself doing a lot of research. I pride myself on writing realistic interpretations on situations many people face and believe its important to get my facts straight. I’ve already began researching for Roamer, which is the next book in the series.


Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?


Jimmy Hoffa. I want to be the one to solve the case.





(Nomad Series #2)
by Janine Infante Bosco
Published March 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, MC, Romantic Suspense




I’ve lived two lives.
One full of innocence and one full of sin.
I mourned the perfect life I was born into and made it my duty to chase the phantom who stole it from me.
Revenge, mayhem and loss are all I know.
I am the lone man—I am the wanderer.
The former nomad—now, Satan’s deadliest soldier.
The two worlds were never supposed to collide. Innocence and sin aren’t made to coexist yet somehow my past bleeds into the present and I find myself facing my biggest regret…I find myself face to face with her—the girl who got away.
The girl I let go.
The woman I’ll ruin if I stay.




Our young love was marred by violence.
Our guilt destroyed us, fate tempted us but, it was he who broke us.
They say time heals all, but all time did was dull the ache of his abandonment.
Now, dressed in leather, covered in ink the boy I mourned is now a man—a man tormented by his demons.
In another life we were everything to one another.
In this life we’re strangers.


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It’s times like this I wonder if God and Heaven truly exist. How does one continue to believe in Him when He gives you a million reasons to quit the life He bestowed upon you? He stuck Jagger and me in this vicious cycle of loss, tossing one heartbreak after another at us, each one worse than the other. While I held onto faith, Jagger gave up, and now I know why.


He leans over me, presses his lips to mine quickly before he cups my face and stares back at me with his heart on his sleeve and conviction in his eyes.


“But he died loving you,” he rasps.


I wrap my hands around his wrists desperate to hold onto him…to keep him.


“Don’t go. Stay with me…choose me,” I plead, glancing over his shoulder at the offensive duffel bag. I may not know what has happened in the last six years, but I know deep down inside there is a sliver of the innocent boy who loved me. 


“Whatever it is you’re planning on doing with those guns, don’t do it. Don’t throw your life away. You said it yourself…she’s gone. We don’t have to spend the rest of our lives blaming ourselves. We can turn evil to good if you stay.”


His thumb brushes over my lips and he leans in, pressing his lips to my forehead.


“I wish it was that easy, but I’m in too deep. I’ve sinned too much to back out now. This is all I got left,” he says, pausing as he cocks his head to the side and stares at me thoughtfully.


“In another life, baby…in another life I would’ve given you my all. I would’ve chosen to be a better man and not one that carries his sins on his sleeve. I’d choose Heaven over Hell. I’d choose you over and over again.”


His hands drop away from me and he backs away.


“It’s your turn to walk away,” he rasps, bending down to retrieve my dress. Holding it tightly in his hands, he pauses for a moment, rubbing the fabric between his fingers before dropping it on the foot of the bed and turning around.


I stare at his back watching as he walks away and disappears into the bathroom. Foolishly I wait for him to return, but minutes later I hear the water and know our reunion is over. Feeling numb I reach for my dress and slip it over my head. I pull my panties up my legs, slip my feet into my shoes and grab my purse. I glance over at the bed, kiss our love goodbye, and vow to hang onto the memory of tonight for all my days.


I reach the bathroom door, lay my hand over it and fight back tears as I silently pray for his soul. Look at that—I guess there is still a shred of faith inside of me.


I slip out of the hotel room, lean against the door and finally give into the tears. Trying to understand how one person can lose the love of their life twice in a single lifetime. I say my final goodbyes to the tragedy that changed me, the family who suffered with me, and the man who will spend the rest of his cruel existence seeking vengeance.


Goodbye Alexandria, no one can hurt you ever again.


Goodbye Mr. and Mrs. Richardson, may you finally rest easy.


Goodbye Jagger, I’ll always carry a piece of you with me.


Selfishly, I wonder if I dodged another bullet. If God spared my life only so I could live in pain. I push off the door, force myself to walk away and learn it’s not that easy.


Maybe being the one left behind isn’t so bad after all.





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Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.


Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself. 


She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.



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Early ARC Review: Lover Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #2) by A.M. Griffin ~ Giveaway/Excerpt

Lover Claimed - A.M. Griffin
Lover Claimed 
 Dark Wolf Enterprises #2  
 A.M. Griffin  
 Paranormal Romance  
 Totally Bound Publishing  
 March 14, 2017  
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When Meisha comes home and finds a strange man in her kitchen, she does what any sensible person would do. She beats the crap out of him first, then asks questions after. When he explains her best friend is in mortal danger, Meisha knows the whole mess—including a recent murder and the threats on her friend’s life—may be her fault, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. And no sexy stranger is going to stop her.


Lajos Farkas isn’t expecting to meet a spitfire, martial artist when he’s on a mission to figure out who’s stealing from Dark Wolf Enterprises, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to insist on butting in on his investigation. But getting rid of Meisha is seemingly impossible, and when his wolf decides she’s his life-mate, suddenly he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her close and grow old with her.


If they can just stay alive long enough to make that possible.




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Lover Claimed is book two in the Dark Wolf Enterprises series by A.M. Griffin. It takes place during the same time period as book one, Shifter Claimed, only with a different brother Lajos.


We are treated to embezzlement and murder. Action and adventure.


The story gives a little recap of what took place at the beginning of Shifter Claimed; before the brothers split up. Lajos, ends up having Meisha, Trudy’s best friend tag a long. She doesn’t need a man to save her and he’s never run across a women, like Meisha, one that makes his Wolf stir.


Lajos and Meisha both have dominant personalities and are both strong willed. I liked that Meisha can kick butt and is dedicated to protecting her family, which includes Trudy. Lajos is the same way. He will protect his family and pack. These two where good together. I liked the banter and how Meisha kicked Lajos butt in one scene. Oh my, what fun!


I enjoyed that we don’t have the instant imprinting that we got in book one. Here these two spend more time together and it’s not until around 60% in that they fall in bed and the imprinting happens.


Lover Claimed was a wonderful read. It’s fun, feisty, and entertaining. Giving us a little intrigue, humor, and sizzle.


Rated: 4 Stars


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


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Lover Claimed Excerpt
Since the man lying on her kitchen floor had been so brazen about his break-in, it meant only one thing. All her threats to the people in her apartment complex were starting to fall on deaf ears. She needed to take this punk out into the courtyard and give the neighbors a reminder as to why they should leave her and her stuff alone.


She squinted at her captive. He was big, too big for her to drag out the door, down the stairs and into the courtyard.


Roll him?


Piper went back up to his face and swung a leg that looked as if it couldn’t support her fat body over the intruder’s neck, straddling him, trying to hump him to death. “Make sure you keep that up. When I get him out in public you can embarrass him all you want.”


Her burglar frowned and groaned. “Pft. Get off me, dog.” He tried to move his arms. Meisha smiled. She had tied them behind his back. His eyes flew open in panic.


Meisha pushed Piper aside just in case she needed to knock him out again. As soon as Piper was out of his way, the intruder landed his eyes on her.

She was right. His eyes were pretty. Light brown with a hint of gold speckles.

He squinted, his glare focused on her. “Untie me,” he ground out.


Meisha glared at him. “No.”


The color of his eyes flashed from brown to green.


She leaned closer to get a better look. “Holy shit, how did you change the color of your eyes? Is that some kind of trick?”


“I don’t want to hurt you,” he warned, ignoring her question.


Meisha raised an eyebrow and chuckled. “Really? You? Hurt me?” There was no way he was getting out of the bindings. When she’d first moved to the US from Japan, her mother had told her that she wanted her only daughter to experience a normal American childhood like she had. That meant enrolling Meisha into the Girl Scouts. Thanks to that organization, she’d learned to tie a wicked knot.


The intruder grunted. His face turned red as he tugged at his bindings.


Meisha nodded at his arms. “If you haven’t noticed, you’re all tied up. I could do whatever my little heart desires to you.”


The side of his mouth quirked up. “And tell me, love. What does your heart desire?” His voice had dropped an octave.


She caught her breath. The dimple in his cheek was…cute. Her heart fluttered. She scooted away from him. That was what she needed—distance.




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A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies. 



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March 13, 2017



The Siren’s Promise: A Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romance: Pisces by Jami Brumfield – (PNR)


March 14th, 2017



When the Marquess Falls (The Hellions of Havisham #3.5) by Lorraine Heath – (HR)
Lucille, A Lucky Bride (Brides for All Seasons Book 3) by Hildie McQueen – (HR)
Shade’s Lady (Reapers MC #6.5) by Joanna Wylde – (CR)
Claiming Grace (Ace Security #1) by Susan Stoker – (CR)
Origin (Glory MC #2) by Ana Jolene – (CR)
Crossroads (Wind Dragons MC #6) by Chantal Fernando – (CR)
Drunk On You (Hope Town #4) by Harper Sloan – (CR)
Changing Her Plans (Santa Fe Bobcats) by Jeanette Murray – (CR)
Break Me (Corrupted Hearts #2) by Tiffany Snow – (RS)
Lover Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #2) by A.M. Griffin – (PNR)
Wicked Seduction (Venice Vampyr Book 5) by Michele Hauf & Tina Folsom – (PNR)
Midnight Unbound (Midnight Breed #14.6) by Lara Adrian – (PNR)
Heart of Stone (Bad Things #5) by Cynthia Eden – (PNR)
Hunted by Meagan Spooner – (Young Adult)


March 15th, 2017



Redemption (Many Lives Book 3) by Laxmi Hariharan – (PNR)




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Delectable Delights — Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner


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


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


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Winner Winner Chicken Orzo Dinner





Roma Tomato
Italian Seasoning
Mozzarella Cheese
Orzo Pasta
Chicken Breast
Panko Breadcrumbs
Parmesan Cheese


Wash, Dry & Cut Produce – Preheat oven 450. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Slice zucchini into 1/4 inch thick rounds, cut tomato into wedges then toss zucchini and tomato w/ 1 TBSP olive oil and Italian seasoning. Season w/ slat and pepper. Chop mozzarella into 1/2 thick cubs. Halve lemon.


Roast Veggies – Place veggies on baking sheet. Roast 20min.





Cook Orzo – Once water boils, add orzo. Cook until al dente, 9-11min. Drain and return to pot. Squeeze in juice of half the lemon. Add salt and pepper.


Cook Chicken – Cut three quarters of the way though each chicken breast. Open like a book. Season on both sides with salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Heat olive oil in pan then add chicken cook until done.



Broil Veggies – With 5min left on veggies, remove baking sheet. Heat broiler to 500. Sprinkle veggies with panic, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. Broil until  cheese is melted and panic golden brown about 3-5min.



Finish and Eat – Plate orzo and top with cheesy roasted veggies and chicken breast. Pour over any juices from plate and squeeze remaining lemon.



It was mouthwatering.



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ARC Review: Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye (Tour) ~ Excerpt/Giveaway

Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel - Laura Kaye

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Ride Hard 

 Raven Riders #1  
 Laura Kaye  
 Contemporary Romance  
 April 26th 2016  


Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .


Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.


Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.


The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .




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This is my first Laura Kaye experience. I’ve had Ms. Kaye on my TBR since she came out with her PNR series Hearts of the Anemoi and of course I added the Hard Ink and Raven Riders to my TBR pile. Yes, I bought the Hearts of the Anemoi series, all of them, and meant to read, but of course I got distracted, so I’m diving into her MC Contemporary Romance.


Ride Hard is book one in the Raven Riders series by Laura Kaye. It is a spin-off from her Hard Inkseries. The Raven Riders series can be read as a standalone and you don’t have to read the Hard Inkseries to dive in.


Even though I did’t read the Hard Ink series I was just fine picking this up. Yes, the guys from Hard Inkmake appearances, which of course if you haven’t read them it makes you want to read their stories and for fans who love the Hard Ink guys, it will be a treat to see them again.


Raven Riders MC President Dare is honorable, loyal, gruff, and alpha sexy. Haven is shy and has lived a very sheltered life. She and her best friend Cora, have taken shelter with the Raven Riders. Haven brings out Dare’s protective instincts even more then they already are. This story is full of sexual tension between our leads. These two were sweet. They had several endearing moments together, but they also had some very steamy moments.


What I liked about Ride Hard was the introduction to all the characters. The guys of the Raven Riders MC are all so scrumptiously delicious and intriguing. I also love that the MC is on the up and up and not a 1% MC, which is the bad kind. These guys have a great mission and what they do is awesome. I love how they are dedicated to helping those who can’t protect themselves.


What I had trouble with in this story is that it moved a little slowly at times and I didn’t fall head over heels in love with Haven. She felt too innocent, too shy, and I didn’t connect well with her.


All and all I enjoyed Ride Hard and the introduction into the Raven Riders. I had a delightful time reading this story. If you love a slow burning romance and MC romance, then you should give Ride Hard a try.


Rated: 3.5 Stars


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


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“So much better out here,” Haven said, the night air cool against the tingling warmth of her skin. Although she was pretty sure that not all of the heat burning through her insides was from the alcohol—her unusual flirtatiousness and closeness to Dare over the past half hour had made her desperate with a heat that had nothing to do with her drinking game.


She walked to the railing and leaned against it, chuckling a little at herself for needing the support it offered. She felt so damn free, and it was a heady, exhilarating thing.


“What’s funny?” Dare asked, settling a hip against the railing right beside her. Arms crossed, jaw ticking with tension, dark eyes blazing, he was staring at her like he wanted to reprimand her or devour her. Oddly, neither alarmed her the way she would’ve expected it to.


Haven shook her head, leaning it back and letting her gaze float over the night sky. Blurry points of light swam in the moonlit heavens. It was beautiful and peaceful despite the pounding bass beat of music thumping from inside the clubhouse. “Not funny, just good. Happy, you know? Being able to do something a little . . . scary, but knowing I’d be safe doing it.” When Dare’s gaze narrowed, she shrugged. “I don’t know.”


A long moment passed before Dare finally spoke. “You are safe here, Haven. Never doubt it.”


Peering up at him, she nodded, all kinds of words sitting on the tip of her tongue, challenging her to let them fly. “It’s weird feeling safe—or at least safer—after a lifetime of not. It makes me want to try things I could never let myself try before. It makes me . . .” She shook her head and dipped her chin.


Dare stepped closer, his thighs coming up against her hip. He lifted her chin and made her look at him. The contact combined with the command in the gesture lanced white-hot desire through her veins. “Makes you what?”


“Want to feel alive,” she whispered, her heart suddenly racing in her chest.


Dare’s jaw ticked again as his gaze swept over her face. She didn’t think she was imagining the raw emotion pouring off of him and wrapping around her, but she wasn’t sure if she was reading that emotion right or projecting her own desire onto him.


“Do you feel alive, Dare?” she asked, the alcohol flowing through her and the night spinning around her like she was walking through a dream.


“Jesus,” he bit out.


The rough desperation in his voice made her wet between her legs. “Just once,” she whispered, not sure what she was asking him for.


But he seemed to know. Because his hand was suddenly tangled in her hair and his mouth was suddenly on hers, claiming, probing, tasting. 


Haven moaned and parted her lips, inviting him deeper.


Dare jerked back from her, his fingers rubbing roughly over his lips. “Fuck, I’m sorry.”


On instinct, Haven’s body pursued his, pinning his back to the railing. “Please don’t stop,” she said as her hands gripped his shoulders. She had the strongest urge to climb him, to wrap her legs around him, to grind against the hard bulge pressing electrically against her belly.


“Please,” she whispered, tilting her mouth toward his. “I liked it.”


Dare’s hand cupped the back of her head. “You’re killing me.”


“Dare,” she said, her body restless against his.


In a move that sent the world spinning, he flipped them around so that she was the one pinned against the railing. He pushed his legs between hers and leaned down over her, forcing her to arch her back, to yield, to open to him. “Tell me what you want from me. Say the words,” he said, his eyes absolutely on fire.


Her heart was a runaway train in her chest, frantic and picking up speed. The thought of giving voice to her desires was terrifying and thrilling and dizzying all at once.


“I want your mouth,” she said. The words sounded odder out loud than they had in her head, but they were more accurate than asking him to kiss her—because her mouth wasn’t the only place she wanted his.


“Jesus,” he rasped again, his mouth coming down on hers once more.


The whimper she released was part relief, part anticipation. It had been so long since she’d kissed someone that she felt a little uncertain, but Dare’s intensity barely allowed her the capacity to worry about it. He was like a dark storm bearing down on her, relentless, magnetic, all-consuming.


Rough callouses from his hands scratched against her cheeks as he guided her. Hard breaths spilled over her lips, and the wet slide of his tongue tasted like whiskey and desire and man. Her hands found the soft length of his hair, and her breasts pushed against the hard plane of his chest.


Then her lips were freed as his mouth slid over her skin—exploring her cheek, her jaw, her ear, her neck. He hiked her up to sit on the wide railing, the move surprising a gasp out of her, especially as he crowded the space between her legs, pushing himself closer, bringing his erection against the place between her legs craving friction, hardness, so much more of him. Maybe even all of him.


One strong arm wrapped around her back and held her steady, while the other hand stroked her hair, her face, her breast. The soft groans and breathy grunts spilling out of him were delicious and thrilling, and bolstered her confidence that she wasn’t the only one losing herself in this moment, in these touches. She almost couldn’t believe this was happening, and part of her was certain she must be dreaming. Because Haven Randall didn’t have beautiful things in her life. At least, never before.



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Review: The Undead In My Bed (Dark Ones #10.5; Half-Moon Hollow #2.5; Midnight Liaisons #1.5) by Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper, Jessica Sims

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The Undead In My Bed 

 Dark Ones #10.5; Half-Moon Hollow #2.5; Midnight Liaisons #1.5  
 Katie MacAlister, Molly Harper, & Jessica Sims  
 Paranormal Romance - Anthologies  
 Pocket Books  
 September 25th 2012  


A sizzling vampire romance anthology featuring enticing novellas from beloved and bestselling authors Katie MacAlister, Jessica Sims, and Molly Harper.


In “Shades of Gray” by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. While working on the set of a ghost-busting reality show in a haunted castle, she meets a sexy vampire, and together they prevent a Master Demon from killing everyone in the castle.


In Undead Sublet by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from “exhaustion.” Choosing a random rental house in Half-Moon Hollow to spend time in, she’s unaware that the house comes with a strange man. Even though Sam Masden’s ex-wife has rented the house out from under him, the divorce settlement allows him access to it for another ninety days. With Tess unable to go anywhere else, and Sam unwilling, a war of epic proportions is declared—and romantic sparks and heavy pots fly.


Jessica Sims’s “Out With a Fang” features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons. When she arrives, she finds out that her date, a vampire, was the human she’d been in love with four years ago but was forced to dump.




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I enjoyed these three novellas featuring the Dark Ones, Half-Moon Hollow, & Midnight Liaisons series. I read these novellas a long time ago way before I started reviewing and I remembered a little of what was going on. It was nice to re-read them. It made me want to re-read the Dark Ones series and to read more of the Half-Moon Hollow series. The Midnight Liaisons novella in this anthology was a new to me author/series. It didn’t impress me enough to want to read more in the series.


Shades of Gray (Dark Ones #10.5) by Katie MacAlister – Rated: 3.5 Stars


It’s been awhile since I read the Dark Ones series. This novella was fun and I’m thinking I might go back and re-read the series.


From what I remember in the series Noelle had a Dark One and is a Beloved, but it turned out she wasn’t that Dark One’s Beloved and her X feel for her roommate instead. In this novella she feels rejected and when she gets another chance at finding love in Grayson she’ll do what she can to protect and keep him.


Even if you haven’t read the series the author does a good job of explaining what a Drak One is and all the steps in the joining process for Beloveds.


Shades of Gray was a sweet and fun read.


Undead Sublet (Half-Moon Hollow #2.5) by Molly Harper – Rated: 4 Stars


I’ve just started to get back into the Half-Moon Hollow series. It’s light humor, fun, and enjoyable. I like Ms. Harper’s humor.


In the Undead Sublet we have Tess a human and a chef. She’s overworked herself and other areas of her life aren’t going so well, so she ends up taking a vacation to Half-Moon Hollow. Then there’s Sam her unexpected roommate in the home she rents. These two don’t hit it off, but eventually they both find healing and what they need in each other. I love how Tess ends up falling in love with the town and starts to build an exciting future there, when she didn’t have plans to stay. Sam I loved him. He was sweet and kept Tess on her toes.


Undead Sublet was a humorous, sweet, fun and enjoyable read.


Out with a Fang (Midnight Liaisons #2.2) by Jessica Sims – Rated: 3 Stars


This was a new to me author and series. We get a second chance love story.


Well Ruby is a shifter and hasn’t been able to find a date since she broke up with her X. Deep down she still loves him, but humans and supernaturals can’t date, one nights sure, but no permanent relationships allowed. What does she do, but turn to a dating agency and go on a blind date. Things get weird and unusual at the get go.


This was a fast-paced story. The second chance at love comes quickly and they fall into bed fast. The vampires featured in this novella aren’t new. They are the dead ones with no beating hearts and can’t be out in the sun. All that typical vampire lore.


Out with a Fang was just ok.


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Review: Reaper’s Fire (Reapers MC #6) by Joanna Wylde

Reaper's Fire (Reapers Motorcycle Club) - Joanna Wylde

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Reaper's Fire 

 Reapers MC #6  
 Joanna Wylde  
 Contemporary Romance  
 August 9th 2016  


It’s time for more men and motorcycles in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Fall...


The club comes first.


I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.


Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.


I’m coming for you, Tinker.






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I’m not sure what has drawn me into this series. Maybe it’s the sexy covers or maybe it’s the hard core bicker men or maybe it’s the issues each couple go through or the passion that sets the sheets on fire. It’s probably all of it combined.


Falling in love was not on Gage’s agenda; especially when he’s undercover protecting his club, but he just can’t resist falling for his landlady, Tinker.


Tinker aww man her husband/ex-husband is an ass. I felt for her and what she went through. No one should have to go through what she did alone. Gage never expected to find a women that would make him think about settling. He loves his club, it’s his life, and he has and will do anything for them. 


The sexual tension was strong between Gage and Tinker. When he finally tells her the truth and claims her as his property; well it’s intense. The chemistry was hot and steamy between them. Theirs also some drama in the town and Tinker’s best friend was great. She added the comic relief. 


Their where a few things that bothered me: 


– We don’t get closer on the bad guy and his sister. 
– We don’t get closer on Tinkers husband/ex-husband.
– I thought that Tinker could have had a kid of her own. We have procreation options available to us. The end was nice, but with how powerful the opening was, I felt sad that she didn’t get to experience the joy of caring her own child.
– I wasn’t fully on board with what Gage felt he had to do for his club. I get it and think of it as undercover work an agent or cop would do, but eww.
– Also from the last book it’s mentioned that Gage got cut up and I was hoping we would get that scene in Reaper’s Fire, but we don’t. It’s the authors book, so they can add or not add stuff, but I was just hoping it would be in here, so I was just a little disappointed we didn’t get that scene. 


Reaper’s Fire delivers action, suspense, and club business. It was a fun read. 


Rated: 4 Stars


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Interview: Kristal Hollis (Rescued by the Wolf) ~ Giveaway/Except


Hello & Welcome!


Today I’m happy to introduce Kristal Hollis author of Rescued by the Wolf. Kristal, Thank you for visiting Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and speaking with me today. 


Hi Angela! I’m delighted to be here.


What do you do when you are not writing?


I work a full-time “day” job, so I do the majority of my writing at night or on the weekends. But when I manage to squeeze in a spare moment, the Hubster and I will hang-out at Cloak and Blaster—a gamer’s pub, or head to the movies. My favorite films to watch are action-adventure and fantasy. Those that combine both, send me over the moon.


I also love spending time with friends and family, and I’m always looking for interesting things to do. Especially outdoor events such as fairs and festivals, and anything that has to do with animals.


We also have two rescued dogs that beg for attention whenever they aren’t napping.


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


Ooh, that’s a tough one. I’m fixer, or rather, a problem-solver. Since heroines in romantic fiction tend to get their happily-ever-afters at the end of the story, I’m not inclined to swap with them because there’s nothing fix.


However, the Hubster and I did see ROGUE ONE recently, and though technically not a romance novel, I do consider it a romantic film. <SPOILER ALERT> Only in the end, they die in each other’s arms instead of living happily-ever-arm. Sort of like the focal characters in Nicholas Sparks’s novel.


Now I don’t have a death wish and I certainly don’t find it romantic or emotionally satisfying for a hero, heroine or both to die at the end of the story; but if I could,  I would temporarily swap places with Jyn Erso. As a determined a romance writer, somewhere in the course of reliving Jyn’s life as it unfolds in ROGUE ONE, I’m sure I could figure out a way to give her and Cassian a true HEA.


Who are your favorite authors? Why?


Jill Shalvis is my all-time favorite contemporary romance author. I’ve met her several times. She’s so sweet and funny and so are her books.


I also love Amy Tan. Her captivating books are about women’s trials and triumphs in the quest to make their lives their own.


What type of scenes are your most favorite to write?


I love writing scenes where the hero and heroine have to work together. Usually one is resistant to help, but has to go along with the plan to achieve their own goal. The reluctant give-and-take can lead to some funny, but endearing moments that bonds them.


Which of your characters are you most similar to and why?


I believe every character an author creates is inherently sparked from their own personality.


In the first book of the Wahyas of Walker’s Run series (AWAKENED BY THE WOLF), the heroine, Cassie Albright, is dead-set on making her own way in the world. Although I didn’t imagine myself as Cassie when writing the book, her determination to succeed when all the odds are stacked against her is something that deeply resonates with me.


As for Grace Olsen, heroine of RESCUED BY THE WOLF, she is searching for a place to belong. This story is a slight variation on the theme, but at it’s core, it’s still about a woman making her way in the world. For Grace, that means finding “home.”


Years ago, I made an active choice to venture beyond my environment and circumstance. The journey has been frightening and exciting, and still continues. Perhaps the sliver of similarity between me and my characters lies in taking the first step in a new direction.


Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?


Hands down, I want to meet Julius Caesar. This man had a reversal of fortunes on more than one occasion, yet his grit and determination helped him scale upward, time and again. His military campaigns and political influence, good or bad, shaped the evolution of the modern world. I would love to pick his brain.


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Would you tell us a little about your book, Rescued by the Wolf?


Widowed wolfan, Rafe Wyatt is lucky not to be road kill. He’s also bare-ass naked after shifting into his human form to assist Grace Olsen—the lively, human female who wrecked her car instead of running him over. Owing her his life, Rafe becomes Grace’s guardian during her extended stay within the wolf pack’s territory.


Grace has lived all over the world, but has never had a real hometown. Being stranded in an idyllic, close-knit Appalachian community gives her a glimpse into what her life could be like if she settled down—and she likes what she sees. Especially the gruff, sexy mechanic who seems to be at her beck and call.


When a bitter pack member draws Rafe and Grace into a life-or-death fight, Rafe must draw upon the primal beast within to defeat the deranged wolfan. Overwhelmed by the ordeal and deeply wounded by Rafe’s deception about his true nature, Grace leaves him. But time is running short. If Grace doesn’t regain her faith in Rafe soon, the tender, ethereal bond between them will wither and die, destroying their last chance for true love ever after.


What was the hardest thing about writing Rescued by the Wolf?


Rewriting it. When I contracted with Harlequin Nocturne, the first two books in the series were completed. Although AWAKENED BY THE WOLF only needed a few minor changes, RESCUED BY THE WOLF needed to be deconstructed to eliminate a secondary subplot and hone the overall concept so that it would be appropriate to the publisher’s brand. The process felt much like trying to force a scrambled egg back into its shell, and then trying to turn it into an egg-white omelet.


What is your favorite scene from Rescued by the Wolf?


I absolutely love the scene where the widowed hero, RAFE WYATT, loses his home in a devastating fire. Everything in his past is being stripped away, leaving his emotions raw as he deals with reconciling who he was with who he wants to become. He feels utterly alone in this endeavor until the heroine, GRACE OLSEN, shows up at the scene of the fire. She becomes his strength, his solace and his sanctuary. This scene is a definite roll reversal, with the heroine becoming the knight in shining armor for the hero.


If you could spend the day with one of the characters in Rescued by the Wolf, who would it be and what would you guys do?


I would spend the day with Doc Habersham, Rafe’s human, adoptive  father. There’s a long history between Doc and the Alpha of Walker’s Run that I’m dying to investigate further. So, if I could, I would invite him over for a quiet dinner and convince him to tell me all those delicious, dark secrets.


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


Thanks for inviting me over. I’ve had a lovely time and appreciate the opportunity to share my new release, RESCUED BY THE WOLF, with you and your readers.




Rescued by the Wolf


Wahyas of Walker’s Run Series


Book Two


Kristal Hollis


Genre: Paranormal Romance


Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne


Date of Publication:  March 1, 2017


ISBN:  0373139837




Number of pages: 304


Word Count: 74,000


Book Description:


She’s not afraid to run with his wolf.


When a poacher killed his mate, Rafe Wyatt lost his future. While the Wahyas of Walker’s Run have been pulling him back from the brink, he’s certain he won’t have another chance at love. That is, until Grace comes to town.


Grace Olsen is a woman without roots. That’s exactly how she likes it, until a sojourn in a small, close-knit Appalachian community gives her a new vision of what home could be—and so does Rafe. He was supposed to be nothing more than a casual lover, just as wary of commitment as she is. When their raw attraction becomes something deeper, more complex, they could be looking at a new future together. But someone close to them both would rather see Grace dead than let her be with the man—and the wolf—she’s grown to love.



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“Rafe, wake up!”


He didn’t move, snort, or otherwise acknowledge her presence.


Grace eased off the Murphy bed, slid her feet into pink slippers, maneuvered between the coffee table and couch, and reached over Rafe to the alarm clock balanced on the top frame of the couch, the LED face flipped so that the time flashed into the cushion instead of into the room.


In a sudden whirl, she slammed onto the couch seat cushions. Rafe’s steely fingers clamped around her wrists, pinning them over her head. She stared into icy, cobalt blue eyes that would’ve stolen her breath if she hadn’t lost all air when he plastered his hard, hot body onto hers.


The short crop of his auburn hair stuck out in different directions. A pillow crease cut across one high cheekbone and dipped into the reddish stubble dusting his strong jaw. His firm, full lips would look much more kissable if he smiled.


Squared shoulders rose above a sculpted chest swirled with soft tufts of hair, and a quarter-sized scar marred the taut, tan skin over his right ribs.


Her gaze slid over the ripples of his abs and the sharp indents of his hips. She couldn’t follow the treasure line that arrowed down from his belly button because he was lodged intimately against her pelvis.


A giddy heat rushed her body and struck her with the acute awareness of a virile man in his prime.


“Never sneak up on me, Grace.” Rafe’s laser-intense eyes burned holes straight through her body. “It’s dangerous.”


No doubt.


From his deeply etched scowl to his silent, panther-like movements, she needed no further warnings. He was dangerous on all levels.




Rafe sat on the couch in the living area of the suite, opened the fast food bag and methodically set three wrapped sandwiches, an extra-large order of fries, napkins and a plastic spoon on the small round table.


“How you can eat like that and not have an ounce of fat?” She knew he didn’t because she’d seen every inch of him.


“I run almost every night.” Rafe unwrapped the first sandwich, wadded the paper and dropped it in the bag.


“You don’t look like a runner. They’re usually lean and lanky.” Grace pulled a bottle of water from the small in-room refrigerator and placed it on the table for Rafe. “You’re thicker, more solid.”


Elbows on his knees, holding the sandwich in front of his face, he took a giant bite, chewed slowly and swallowed. “You think I’m dense and slow?” His gaze lifted to her with a challenge in his eyes.


“No.” She joined him on the couch. “Think of greyhounds and rottweilers. Greyhounds are sleek, elegant and fast. Rottweilers are—”


“Blocky and stout?”


Neither of which described Rafe.


“I was going for strong and durable.” She picked up the spoon and shoveled a big scoop of delicious, soft, vanilla ice cream drowning in hot fudge into her mouth.


Her entire body cheered.


“I could give a greyhound a run for its life.”


“Keep eating junk and you won’t.”


Eying the sundae in her hand, he halted before taking another bite of his sandwich. “Who’s the pot and who’s the kettle in this conversation?”


“Hey. This is my only vice.” She savored another bite. “Ummmm.”


“What about coffee?”


“Isn’t a vice. Coffee is as essential as oxygen.”


“If you stopped breathing, which would you rather have, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation or a cup of coffee poured down your throat?” Rafe’s gaze lingered on her mouth.


Her lips tingled. She gave her spoon a slow, sensual lick. “Depends on who’s providing the rescue breathing.”




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Raised in a small Southern town, Kristal Hollis has spent most of her life helping people and animals. When a family medical situation resulted in a work sabbatical, she began penning deliciously dark paranormal romances to escape the real-life drama. After the crisis passed, her passion for writing love stories continued. An RWA 2015 Golden Heart® Finalist, Kristal lives with her husband and two rescued dogs at the edge of the enchanted forest that inspires her stories.



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Release Blitz: Elemental Runes by Rebecca Brooke


Elemental Runes

Series: The Folstad Prophecies #2

Author: Rebecca Brooke

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: March 8, 2017



While secretly protecting the king’s daughter, Jocelyn Marske left her realm to learn more about her powers. She accepted the sacrifices she was making, including finding the one man destined to be hers. 


With her powers no longer a secret, Jocelyn’s not sure there is a place for her in this world. Until the day Gunnar steps into her life and for one brief moment she has everything she wants. But things aren’t as easy as they seem…


Jocelyn and Gunnar have no idea what awaits them. A secret they never expected. One that can kill them or make them stronger. 


With the rebels hunting them at every turn, will Gunnar and Jocelyn realize that the need each other more now than ever?





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Rebecca Brooke grew up in the shore towns of South Jersey. Writing has always been a love for her, as well as reading. She loves to hit the beach, but always with her kindle on hand. She is married to the most wonderful man, who puts up with all of her craziness. Together they have two beautiful children who keep her on her toes. Rebecca is the author of contemporary, new adult, and paranormal romance.


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THUNDER WOLF by Heather Long


Most Lone Wolves have a story. 



First things first, he was going to go very long hot shower to scrub his brain and body free of the lingering hunger he experienced where Hadley was concerned.


Twenty minutes later, with a towel wrapped around his hips, he walked back into his bedroom to find Hadley perched on the foot of his bed with a cup of coffee in hand. She looked deliciously sleep rumpled, right down to the creases in her cheek and the wild disarray of her curls.


He wasn’t sure if it was her or the scent of coffee, which struck him in the solar plexus.


“Coffee.” The syllables came out like a pair of grunts. She pointed toward the dresser and he followed with his gaze to where she indicated. A large mug of coffee awaited him, cream no sugar.


“Thank you.” He claimed the cup and took a long drink. The scalding heat combined with the rich flavor of the Arabica beans and the hint of sweetness in the cream went a long way toward soothing his unsettled beast.


“Yep.” Only the hardness of the word made it discernible in her mumble. The beast might be sitting upright and drinking coffee, but he knew better than to engage. John gathered his clothing in one hand before grabbing the mug with the other, then walked toward the bathroom.


It wasn’t until he stepped inside that he realized he’d gone to change out of sight of the wolf he cared about so much. Embarrassment flooded him. Chagrinned, he glanced toward where she sat, but she didn’t so much as glance up from staring into her coffee mug. 


Hopefully, she hadn’t noticed. Nudity among wolves couldn’t be an issue. They shed their skin for fur and fur for skin—they were always naked. Being a prude or worrying about body issues wouldn’t let them last long. Hell, he’d seen Hadley nude plenty of times, as she had him. While he treasured those memories of her beauty, he refused to ogle her. 


Why was it a big deal today?


Uncertain of whether to be annoyed or worried, John stripped off the towel and ran it over his body quickly to dry off any remaining moisture. Afterward, he dragged on a pair of briefs, followed by jeans then a loose T-shirt. He skipped shoes, as he didn’t expect them to go out anywhere and he preferred the maneuverability bare feet provided.


Sipping his coffee, he returned to the bedroom and Hadley. She hadn’t moved from her previous position, and continued to cradle her coffee mug. 


“You want a second cup?”


She grunted.


She never was very good before she had at least one full cup of coffee in the morning.


“Come on down when you’re ready. I’m going to start breakfast.”


He made it all the way down the stairs and halfway to the kitchen when he realized breakfast wasn’t what he’d been seeking when he left the room. He’d been running away.





Title: Thunder Wolf


Author: Heather Long


Release Date: March 7, 2017


Series: Wolves of Willow Bend


Genres: Paranormal Romance


Format: Digital


ISBN: 9780997073294




Most Lone Wolves have a story–a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back… 

Enforcer John Nelson has pulled double duty for months, keeping an eye on the Lone Wolves who are his charges as well as those that once answered to Margo Montgomery. More of a loner than most, he doesn’t mind going months at a time without seeing another Enforcer as was his typical pattern or at least it was until the formation of the Three Rivers pack disrupted lives everywhere. Now he must divide his time between watching the upstarts and checking on his charges while working with the other Enforcers to anticipate the next move by the Russian Volchitsa. No Enforcer expected to find themselves among the hunted, but when they target the one wolf he can tolerate, John defies orders to go after her. 

Hadley Sexton is a bit of a wild card even for an Enforcer, and she loves being unpredictable. More of a mother hen than she likes to admit, she keeps an eye on her Lone Wolves, and treats them more like family than charges…but when three Enforcers are brutally murdered over the course of three weeks, Hadley discovers someone has been shadowing her trail and they aren’t alone. It is a dangerous game with a brutal enemy, one willing to kill the wolves she’s sworn to protect to draw her out. 

For Hadley, John will break every rule, but will he be in time?



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National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.


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