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Book Review and #Giveaway: WUNDER VOL. 1 by A.R. Von (@ARVonDreamz)

January 8, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Favorite Books, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways 11

I <3 zombies, especially sexy stories about almost sort-of zombies… Intrigued? Welcome to my stop on the Wunder Vol. 1 by A.R. Von book tour! Volume #1 is the compilation of the first two novellas in the Wunder series, as well as the prequel. AND, I’m giving away a signed copy of the book, a Wunder swag pack (both US Only), and a kindle copy (Int’l)!

 

About the Book

 

SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION *Includes Bonus Material*

Wunder isn’t your average girl in fact—she isn’t even an average human. In a world ravaged by Zombies, she was born amidst the chaos. She may have a normal life now…well as normal as a freak of nature could have. Part zombie while her job is to hunt bloodthirsty creatures to protect the innocent. It’s the dreams that haunt her and they aren’t nightmares. Wunder dreams of a man, a man made just for her. Is he real, can he be the one she‘s yearned for?
Wunder’s life has been far from perfect so far, secretly being part Zombie in a world devastated by the plague of the walking dead. Still, she knew there was something special awaiting her, someone out there who could change everything and she did find him. Pete is everything she dreamed of and more as she discovers passion and fulfillment for the first time in her life.
Pete has his own secrets to tell. His world is a lonely one as he wrestles with the reality of being part zombie. His hatred for the creatures that killed his parents drives him to patrol the streets and wipe them all out. His life would be stark, but for the dreams he’s been having; of a woman, so sensuous, so sexy. These alluring visions have become erotic and consuming. He feels as if he made her up to keep from going crazy. Is this life of hunting the walking dead, all there is? Or is she out there waiting—just for him?
Now—with the reunion; Wunder’s life turns into a journey of discoveries. Secrets from the past come full circle and her world is changed forever. In the coming chaos, can she keep her new found happiness and the man of her dreams?

(18+ only this edition contains the Wunder Prequel though book 2)

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Wunder Vol. 1 is one of my favorite post-apocalyptic reads! It has so many elements that I love: a kick-ass heroine, a sexy leading man, hot sex, sweet romance, tons of action, and of course, ZOMBIES!

I read and completely enjoyed each book in the Wunder series, and I love that it’s now a compilation. The bonus material was great and added to the flow of the story, making it smooth and cohesive.

Wunder and Pete are couple that have a lot to live for, each other, friends, and loved ones, but just surviving in their world is a fight. Zombie hordes and past secrets threaten their love and very existence, but this is a couple to root for. What’s worth fighting for, hoping for, but love and the possibility of a future?

Dream sequences flow with hot sex scenes and heart-pounding, action-packed fights. Emotion and humor also find their way in to this zombie novel that has both heat and heart; a great twist on the post-apocalyptic romance.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

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A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, writing, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and reading. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!
She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.

She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.
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Book Review: THE BIG BOOK OF ORGASMS: 69 SEXY STORIES edited by Rachel Kramer Bussell

January 7, 2014 Adult, Book Review, Erotica 0

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Title: The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories

Edited by: Rachel Kramer Bussell (multiple author anthology)

Publisher: Cleis Press

Publication Date: October 15, 2013

 

About the Book

What happens when you bring together 69 authors sharing their hottest orgasm stories? If you have a top notch erotica editor like Rachel Kramer Bussel, you get The Big Book of Orgasms!This climactic collection captures top erotica writers serving up steamy scenarios all focused on The Big O. Whether getting off from exhibitionism, voyeurism, or a very special pair of blue jeans, the characters in The Big Book of Orgasmsexplore all sorts of ways they can come, with lovers who range from sweet to sweetly sadistic. Go “Under The Table” with Elizabeth Coldwell and cheer for “The Pink Team” by Kelly Rand. Discover the thrill of hot wax and even hotter sex; the 69 short stories collected here bring the heat on every page! From Orgasmic editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, with a foreword by Ecstasy is Necessary author Barbara Carrellas, these are climaxes you’ll want to relive again and again.

Dr. Ruth once said about Rachel Kramer Bussel, “she is only satisfied if you come and come again.” Let The Big Book of Orgasms count the ways, all 69 of them focussed on all the wonderful ways women get off. This arousing read is inspirational as well as aspirational, a celebration of women’s sexuality that reaches new heights of excellence. Each of the 69 nine stories about “the big O” is a peak experience in and of itself.

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My Review

My Rating: 5 Stars

Orgasms for everyone! Quickies galore! This naughty anthology is full of “one-handed reading”: sexy stories that cover a broad range of fantasies, fetishes, kinks, and experiences, each story suitable for a single sitting.

The Big Book of Orgasms is a must own collection for any erotica fan. The stories are well written and vary in taste and tone. There’s heat, humor, and mind-blowing, creative sex. For me, this book has found its place in the “bedtime story” pile, and I know I’ll enjoy reading randomly picking a story and reading out loud to my partner.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 


5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: GIRL OF LIES (Rachel’s Peril #1) by Charles Sheehan-Miles (@CSheehanMiles)

December 26, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Favorite Books, Mystery/Suspense, Past Giveaways 0

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I’m so excited to share my review of Girl of Lies, the newest chapter in the Thompson Sisters and first book in the Rachel’s Peril series! I LOVE the Thompson Sisters and couldn’t wait for more of their story! Also, enter to win a signed copy of Remember to Breathe, an earlier Thompson Sisters book 🙂

 

About the Book

 

Andrea Thompson is smart, assertive and beautiful. She’s also desperately lonely. Raised in Europe by her grandmother, she struggles knowing neither of her parents wanted her, and she has no idea why.

When Andrea receives an urgent call from her older sister Carrie, she agrees to fly to the United States to help. Carrie’s newborn daughter Rachel needs a bone marrow transplant.

What Andrea doesn’t know is that her return to the United States will launch a chain of events that will uncover secrets hidden for decades. Secrets which will rock the Thompson family and ignite a political firestorm.

Secrets that some will kill to protect.

 

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“Adelina Thompson and her daughters were likely in a great deal of danger.”

I’m still trying to catch my breath! I was so excited to read more of the lives of the Thompson Sisters. Julia’s story has always been my favorite but the others touched me deeply as well. BUT, I had no idea of the larger picture. There’s an entire story behind the girls: a web of lies, violence, conspiracy, and deceit at the highest levels of international government and intelligence. Through no fault of their own, the Thompson women and those they hold dearest are in very grave danger.

Sheehan-Miles writes mystery and suspense beyond anything I could have hoped for. (I know, where’s the romance?) Even without the stories of the sisters’ romances, there’s such intense and palpable emotion woven through every thread of the story. These women have endured such heartbreaking losses, difficult lives, complete family dysfunction, and yet remain as strong as they can. It’s clear they will need every ounce of that strength for what is to come.

I loved this book. The action is intense and heart-pounding, their are mysteries and surprises around each corner, it is expertly written, and there are the sisters: characters that I adore and feel close to. My heart has loved with them, hoped with them, broken with them, and felt loss with them. I’m so excited to share in the next chapter of their exciting journey. I’m already completely invested in this next chapter of their lives, and it seems this newest story, grander in scale than I could have imagined, is only just beginning.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

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Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America’s Future.

Find out more at http://www.sheehanmiles.com

You’re also invited to join the Remember to Breathe Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/remembertobreathe/

 

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Book Review and #Giveaway: DUST (Of Dust and Darkness #1) by Devon Ashley

December 20, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Fantasy Romance, Past Giveaways, Young Adult 1

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Welcome to the Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1) by Devon Ashley Book Tour! Read my review and enter to win a *signed* print copy of the book!

 

CLICK HERE to follow the tour for reviews, excerpts, and more!

 

About the Book

 

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Title: Dust (Of Dust and Darkness #1)

Author: Devon Ashley

 Release date: Nov. 18, 2012

 Age Group: Young Adult

 Genre: Fae Fantasy

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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Book Description:

 

 

4. The number of times my delicate wings have been broken and clamped behind my back.

68. The number inked upon my skin, marking me the sixty-eighth pixie to be stolen.

87. The number of days I’ve been wrongfully imprisoned.

88. The first day the faeries will regret stealing me.
Healthy. Cheery. Vivacious. All traits Rosalie has before becoming enslaved by the faeries to make an endless supply of pixie dust. Now that Rosalie has been traumatized by slave labor, extreme desolate conditions and multiple deaths, this hardened pixie is anything but. When this rebellious teenager attempts an escape, she’s isolated in cramped quarters until she learns her place. Just as she begins to let go of all that hope, she finds an unlikely friend in Jack, the faerie assigned to guard her. Interspecies dating is forbidden in the fae world, so their growing attraction is unacceptable. And even if Jack can find a way to free her, they know the prison is the only place they can truly be together.
Clean YA Fantasy.

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

“I realize with each passing second how difficult it’ll be to escape this nightmare.”

Are you looking for a story that’s unique and original, that transports the reader to another place, an escape from your own reality? This book is it. That’s not to say that this book is a light and easy read. Some of it is even quite difficult and harrowing: even though the characters are of the fae, the author makes the pain and torture of their slavery feel quite real.

The world building is beautifully detailed, but not overly so, never interfering with the flow of the plot. It’s just enough to draw the reader in; I feel like I now know what it looks and feels like to be a pixie, albeit a tortured and enslaved but very strong and brave pixie. Rosalie, our heroine, is a survivor and a leader. She endures the extreme pain of having her wings broken, slave labor, starvation, and torture. But, she still holds on to the hope that there is an escape, and she is determined to save all of the other pixies, those that are not as strong as herself. Any reader can’t help but feel for and cheer for this sassy, spunky, and incredibly courageous character.

I enjoyed the chaste, though forbidden romance between Rosalie and Jack. There’s something about relationships formed in extreme circumstances an in the face of extreme characters: a connection and understanding based on a shared experience and such a strong bond. Even in the darkness of their circumstances, there was lightness and even moments of humor in their romance.

This book is appropriate for YA readers but is certainly a book for adults as well. I loved the entire journey, the immersive storytelling, and the fae characters that feel human in their own way. This first book in the series left me eagerly anticipating the next installment.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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About the Author

 

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I’m a mom, wife, a lover and a fighter, coffee addict, wicked knitster, Microbiologist, baker of fine yummy treats, and someone who will fight you to death for that last twinkie bag of M&Ms during the zombie-apocalypse. Seriously, my addiction is that important to me. Oh yeah, and writing is cool too!

Author Social Media Links: Blog, GoodReads, Facebook

 

 


Book Review and Excerpt: WOUNDED WINGS (The Cupid Chronicles #3) by Shauna Allen (ShaunaAllen101)

December 18, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, New Release, Paranormal Romance 0

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Welcome to the Wounded Wings (Cupid Chronicles #3) by Shauna Allen Book Tour! I <3 this series and I’m super excited to share this newest release! All of the books can be read as stand-alones, and I recommend all three!

 

CLICK HERE for my review of book #1: Inked by an Angel

CLICK HERE for my review of book #2: The Halo Effect

 

About the Book

 

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Wounded Wings

Cupid Chronicles

Book III

Shauna Allen

 

Genre: Light Paranormal

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing

Date of Publication: December 18, 2013

Number of pages:  269

Cover Artist: Rae Monet

 

Book Description:

 

Wounded.

Judged harshest by his own heart after the greatest of sins, Elijah Smith imposes the most brutal of punishments upon himself. He is now a fallen angel, cast down by his own hand—lost, suffering, caught between two worlds, and searching for redemption.

Scars.

Scarred emotionally and physically, Naomi Evans has always put her happiness aside to repay her debt to the one who saved her. Never quite fitting into her friendly little town after being abandoned as a child, she’s not sure love will ever find her aching heart.

Redemption.

New Destiny, Arizona will never be the same. Two strangers have rolled into town, shaking Heaven and Earth. One, a handsome loner is temporarily stranded and biding his time, quietly bestowing random acts of kindness on total strangers until he can be on his way. The second, an undercover Cupid named Michael, is determined to bring healing and true love.

His assignment? A fallen brother and his equally wounded soulmate.

Will Naomi be able to see past both their scars? Can Elijah ever forgive himself?

Is such redemption possible?

Book Trailer for Inked by an Angel, the first book in the series:  http://youtu.be/EDdKGsa_kjA

 

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

“He was a temporary treasure. Perfection for her to hold today. And she fully intended to do just that. She’d be stronger tomorrow, after another taste of him.”

Confession time: This isn’t my favorite book in the series so far… BUT, I have a feeling that I’m in the minority, and that Eli will become many readers’ favorite.

Jed is my favorite Cupid Chronicles guy, but Elijah is something different: angelic, beautiful, and damaged. His is a story of a fallen angel seeking redemption at all costs, even the cost of his human heart. Oh, and he’s supermodel hot 😉

Eli and Naomi’s story is emotional, spiritual, and laced with a very subtle sexual chemistry. Allen has a knack for creating lovable characters, both angel and human, and making the reader believe (or at least hope) that there really are angels masquerading as big, tattoo artist/bikers that are sent to earth to help us humans find our destiny and true love. The connection between our main characters is intense but complicated. Eli and Naomi both have scars, walls and baggage; forging any kind of relationship will require both of them to take a huge leap towards trust and hope.

The small town of New Destiny, Arizona offers the reader a quirky backdrop and cast of characters, and the setting for a story filled with emotion, heartache, humor, hope, healing, and a touch of sexiness. The writing is genuine, clever, and smooth, and the story original, heartfelt and entertaining. This is a fantastic addition to a great series.

“He remained motionless, vulnerable. A broken thing unworthy of her perfect love, but asking all the same.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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The tune changed. It slowed and couples began to filter onto the dance floor. The melody was pleasing, and Elijah began to enjoy it. But then the haunting lyrics began to filter into his consciousness . . . something about a broken road.

Okay, time to go.

He spun to the left and right into a beautiful, blond vision.

Naomi’s green eyes stared up into his and a slow, sweet smile spread her lips. “Would you like to dance?”

His heart began to pound. He said the first thing that came to mind. “I don’t know how.”

Her eyebrows furrowed adorably. “You don’t know how to dance?”

His gaze darted to the door. To escape. “Uh . . . no. Not really.”

“Oh.”

He couldn’t miss the hurt that clouded her eyes. “But thank you for asking. I’d love to if—”

That must’ve been all she needed to hear. Another smile lit up her face and she grabbed his hand and tugged him toward the dance floor. He thought about pulling back, but Claudia was closing in on them, a predatory gleam in her eye.

Naomi led him to the periphery of the floor and slid her body in front of his intimately, snaking both of her arms around his neck. Not sure what to do, he glanced around and tried to mimic the other men by placing his hands on her waist.

She snuggled into him further, shooting a furtive glance in the direction they’d just come from. “We have an audience,” she whispered.

He glanced over. Claudia was watching from the corner he’d just vacated, her dark eyes shooting daggers at Naomi. His stomach pitched.

Naomi just laughed, a sweet, lilting giggle. He peered down into her sparkling green eyes. “You know,” she said, “this isn’t an eighth grade dance. And if you don’t have any interest in Miss Choir Director over there, you might just wanna give her a little show so she’ll leave you alone.”

His brows dipped. “What do you mean?”

She tilted her head. “Wait. Are you interested in Claudia?”

“God, no!”

“Okay, well, obviously our little kiss at the ice cream parlor didn’t do the trick, and she still has her sights set on you, big boy.” She raised a brow at him mischievously. “So, here’s what we do . . .”

He leaned in, unable to help himself.

She took advantage and pressed her lips to his, stealing a kiss. The exchange was quick, sweet, nothing like the mind-blowing ones they’d shared, yet he still found himself reeling when he opened his eyes to find her lovely, innocent, perfect smile. She was intoxicating.

And dangerous.

“That was a good start,” she said breathlessly.

She kept her focus intently on his eyes, never letting him free for a moment. He couldn’t have looked away if he’d wanted to as she snuggled in even closer than before, wrapping her arms even tighter around his neck. Her breasts brushed his chest, their hearts now beating side by side.

“Now,” she whispered, “tuck your hands in my back pockets.”

His mind couldn’t comprehend through the haze, but his body complied automatically. He slid his fingertips around her waist as it moved slowly to the continued melody, her hips rhythmically swaying under his hands, until his fingertips found the pockets of her jeans and rested on the swell of her bottom.

Her fingers played with the hair at the nape of his neck.

Her eyes sparked in the dim lighting.

The band played on, her hips showing him how to move as he cupped her intimately.

She was everything carnal, every temptation, every perfect thing that Father created for man and woman to enjoy together. Now he understood the beauty of that creation.

 

About the Author

 

Shauna grew up an only child with two open and loving parents in Central Texas.  She’s married to her high school sweetheart and is the mother to three fantastic (no, that’s not a typo!) teenagers—one she’s about to send off to the Air Force.

When she’s not writing, editing, or acting as a personal assistant to two NYT Bestselling authors, Shauna enjoys reading, movies with Gerard Butler, vacays to the beach, and hangin’ with the kiddos–even if they don’t like hangin’ with her!

 

Connect with Shauna:

Website and blog: www.shaunaallen.com

Angel Kisses Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/D_RcP

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/shauna.allen.12

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaways: OUT OF TURN (Kathleen Turner #4) by Tiffany Snow (@TiffanyASnow)

December 17, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Favorite Books, New Release, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 2

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Hey guys! I’m super excited to share my review of the newest book in the Kathleen Turner Series, OUT OF TURN by Tiffany Snow! I <3 this series so much. Oh, and there’s a giveaway for a $100 Gift Card!! Also, comment on this post for the chance to win an ecopy (kindle) of the book from this blog…

 

About the Book

 

Breaking up is hard to do, as Kathleen Turner discovers. After a falling-out with her ex, high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, she’s moving on the best she can. Unfortunately, someone from her past is set on revenge and nothing short of killing Kathleen will stop them.

Keeping his brother’s ex-girlfriend alive isn’t something new to assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, but this time can he protect her from himself? She’s a woman he can’t convince himself to walk away from, no matter what it costs him.

Regret is a constant companion for Blane as he realizes the truth behind the lies he’s been told. Can love heal the past, or can some mistakes not be undone?

Murder reunites Blane, Kade, and Kathleen as the police put Blane in their crosshairs. Blane may lose everything unless he and Kade can find the real murderer before it’s too late. But if they can’t set aside their love for the same woman and work together, it will tear them apart.

In Out of Turn, Kathleen is caught between two warring brothers, and the consequences may be fatal.

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“I’d withstood my father’s death, my mother’s illness and subsequent death, the break-up with my fiancé, being kidnapped- twice- and nearly dying too many times. Surely I could handle this.”

TEAM KADE!! Okay, that had nothing to do with my review, I just had to get it off my chest. Kade and Blane are both bad boys in their own right, but Kade is the baddest of the bad, unapologetically dark, deadly, and HOT! I understand that Blane has his appeal, but for me it’s no competition.

The fourth book in the Kathleen Turner series is packed full of the action, suspense, burning sexual chemistry, and palpable emotion that I’ve come to expect from these books. The story continues seamlessly from book three, and I was immediately drawn back in to the lives and Kathleen, Blane, and Kade.

Kathleen is just as I expected her to be: tough, beautiful, no-nonsense, but with enough vulnerability and relatable emotion; I love her more and more each time I read her stories. She just feels real, like I could be her friend and hang-out, drink a few glasses of wine, and hopefully not get kidnapped or involved in a high-profile murder investigation. (Though I might risk a kidnapping if I thought Kade might be involved in the rescue.) Her relationship with brothers Kade and Blane has become incredibly complicated; navigating these highly emotional waters without someone getting hurt is pretty much impossible, and drama is high.

This book has everything I love: steamy sex, dramatic emotion, mystery, intrigue, humor,  and tons of action. All of the elements are perfectly timed and I read the book cover to cover, gripping my kindle, breathless from either sex or action/suspense, sometimes crying, and even laughing. I can’t wait for more from these characters and this series!!!

“How did I deal with the fact that I loved two men? Two brothers? It was a disaster that left me reeling, my heart breaking inside. Two men who were far better to me than I deserved, and I loved them both.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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NO TURING BACK

Kathleen Turner, #1

 

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Being a bartender by night and law firm runner by day helps make ends meet for Kathleen Turner. Mostly. Being 23 and single in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly a thrilling adventure, but then again, that’s not what Kathleen wanted. At least, not until she met Blane Kirk.

Navy SEAL turned high-profile attorney, Blane is everything a woman could want. The only problem? He’s her boss.  Blane is known for playing the field and the last thing Kathleen needs or wants is to get involved with him. But when her friend is murdered and it seems Kathleen will be next, she may not have a choice.

Now Blane is the only thing standing between her and people who want her dead, including assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon. Beautiful but deadly, he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way, even the woman who makes him question everything he’s become.

The deeper she sinks into the web of lies and murder, the more Kathleen realizes she can trust no one if she’s going to survive. No one is innocent. Not even Blane.

Available on Kindle:  http://tinyurl.com/kturner-ntb

 

TURN ON A DIME – Blane’s Turn 

Kathleen Turner #1.5

 

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Blane Kirk is a Navy SEAL turned high-powered attorney with old money and an even older pedigree. Yes, he plays the field, changing women as often as he changes his ties, but they’re not complaining. He has only two rules – 1) Don’t date employees and 2) Don’t get emotionally involved. Those rules have served him well. He sees no reason to change his ways, until his Runner, an employee in his law firm named Kathleen Turner, does an unexpected face plant in his lap.

Kathleen’s too young, too innocent, and suddenly much too vulnerable when her friend is murdered and Blane knows she could be next. Keeping her alive means keeping her close, but can Blane keep her safe…from him? Kathleen’s like no woman he’s ever met, and protecting her could be the one thing he never expected that would make his life turn on a dime.

TURN ON A DIME – BLANE’S TURN is a companion novel to NO TURNING BACK, Book One in The Kathleen Turner Series.

Available on Kindle:  http://tinyurl.com/kturner-blane

 

TURN TO ME

Kathleen Turner, #2

 

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What Kathleen Turner doesn’t know just may kill her.

Her boyfriend, Navy SEAL turned high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, is keeping secrets from her – the deadly kind – and it may end their relationship before it’s even begun.

Someone in the shadows is stalking and terrorizing Kathleen, and Blane must lose a trial with far-reaching ramifications if he wants to keep her alive. Blane turns to assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon to keep Kathleen safe, a strategy that may backfire in more ways than one. Though Kade swears he hates her, he’s helpless to guard against things he’s never felt before and when they’re together, Kathleen sees something forbidden in his eyes.

Kathleen must find the truth behind the lies before her time, and luck, runs out, or she may pay the ultimate price for falling in love with Blane Kirk.

Available on Kindle:  http://tinyurl.com/kturner-ttm

 

TURNING POINT

Kathleen Turner, #3

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After her promotion from law firm Runner to Investigator, Kathleen Turner is learning the ropes of her new job from none other than assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, a situation her boyfriend Blane Kirk is none too happy about. But the lessons with Kathleen take a back seat when Kade becomes a target. Previously untouchable, his enemies now know of the chink in his armor – his brother’s girlfriend.

And Kade’s not the only thing coming between Kathleen and Blane. From Blane’s inexplicable defense of a man guilty of a horrible crime, to a mysterious stranger from Kathleen’s past, to Kathleen’s risky investigation into human traffickers, the obstacles mount against a relationship that’s just begun to find trust again.

While Blane considers a job offer that would take him back to the front lines in the war on terror, Kathleen is determined to pursue her new career, with or without his approval. Unfortunately, her current case is far more dangerous than anyone knows. Someone close to Blane will go to extreme lengths to split them up, lengths that may prove worse than death for Kathleen.

Kathleen, Blane and Kade must atone for the sins of the past and the present. The fallout will force Kathleen to a turning point…in her career, and her life.

Available on Kindle:  http://tinyurl.com/kturner-tp

 

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TiffanySnow

My debut novel, NO TURNING BACK, is the first book in The Kathleen Turner Series. I write about things I love to read myself – a heroine who could be a neighbor or best friend; two men who each portray their own version of darkness and light, each vying for her affection; and a story that focuses as much on the characters as it does the suspense. NO TURNING BACK, TURN TO ME, TURNING POINT and OUT OF TURN currently comprise The Kathleen Turner Series. The fifth and final book, POINT OF NO RETURN, will be released in May, 2014. A companion novel, TURN ON A DIME – BLANE’S TURN, is also available.

As for me, I’ve been reading romance novels since I was way too young to read such things, have an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefer Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, think men who drink girly cocktails are wusses, have learned to never stop believing in my beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero. Most of all, romance never, ever gets old.

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Book Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED by A. Rosa

December 10, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 2

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Emotionally Compromised

By: A. Rosa

“A smile will get you far, but a smile and a gun will get you farther” -Al Capone.

Federal Agent Alex Turner deals better with guns than boyfriends, and prefers it that way. Her emotional range is bleak, but her aim is damn near perfect.

Thinking saving the world is a far easier task than dating, Agent Turner springs at the opportunity to prevent young scientist Marcus Gibbs from selling his biological weapon to the highest bidder. With her goal in sight, and Marcus eating out of the palm of her hand, an obstacle she doesn’t see coming interferes. Meet Jeremy Hunt — the distractingly handsome CEO of Sunscape Biotechnologies, and Marcus’s boss and best friend.

A man who is accustomed to getting what he wants, Jeremy’s never been one to take no for an answer, which has Agent Turner realizing for the first time that her wit might get her farther than her weapon. With no protocol or training to reference when it comes to matters of the heart, she worries that this might be her hardest assignment yet.

 

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Relationships are more stressful than saving the world.”

I love romantic suspense, and this book succeeds in perfectly combining the romance and the suspense elements, resulting in a story that is all at once sexy, intense, exciting, and even funny.

Alex and Jeremy come to realize, in their own dysfunctional way, that they are perfect for one another. Their chemistry is absolutely sizzling and it’s impossible not to want them to be together. The complement and challenge one another, and even though they struggle in their budding relationship, there’s not an overwhelming amount of drama. They each manage to be strong when the other is weak, and when it seems they still may not make it, a heart-stopping climax decides their fate. They produce fireworks both in and out of the bedroom, and the small moments of warmth and humor add balance. Their interactions and emotions are genuine and even though the characters are bigger than life (an incredibly sexy CEO and a dangerous and beautiful secret agent), they still feel relatable. I loved both primary characters, but Alex especially: she’s a bad-ass and strong woman, but still a woman with real feelings and struggles with relationships.

The story is filled to the brim with excitement, intrigue, and action. Witty dialogue punctuates the interactions between all of the characters: the cast of secondary characters is well rounded in its own right. The author gives many layers to even the villain of the story feels real and accessible, and I could *almost* feel sorry for him.

This book has spicy romance, well-realized characters, and perfectly paced action and suspense and is a great read for fans of the genre. I hope we get to see more of these characters!

“This is dangerous. He is dangerous. We are dangerous, but I guess I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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I try the distraction technique. I press my lips against his, and though he is shocked by the move, he accepts them willingly. His lips devour mine in need.

He slams my body hard into the wall, and pins me with his hips. His hands drag down my torso, gripping my behind roughly, and his fingers dig into my skin.

This is Jeremy Hunt. Commanding and demanding. Another favorite. With this version, I don’t need to think.

He pulls away from me, out of breath. “I need to know we are OK.” I realize this is our way of doing things. Sometimes I suck at talking, and this might be my only way of showing him that we are fine.

His mouth covers mine again, and I can’t help but whimper. He pulls away once more. “That’s better.”

The bastard knows that talking like this isn’t my thing, and he seems aware of his power over me. I return his heated crystal glare with a wry look. Obviously, he’s aware I let him control me. “Fine. Let’s not talk, then.”

He scoops me up, bridal style. “Jeremy, what are you doing?” I yelp in surprise.

“You don’t want to talk. Fine! But I will at least make this more comfortable for both of us.” He beelines for my bedroom.

“I am no good at talking,” I blurt out.

He raises an eyebrow at me, starting up the steps. “Oh really? I think you are good at it when you are scolding me.”

Before I can respond with something sarcastic, he throws me onto the bed. “Jeremy!”

“Oh, are you angry at me now?”

His grin is infectious as I watch his Viking form, in only his boxer briefs, crawl over the bed toward me. My previous anger vanishes, and I smile. How does he do that?

Before I can finish my thought, his lips come down on mine hard, he presses his hips into me, and he grabs my hands, pinning them above my head. His tongue dips into my mouth for a brief moment, teasing me, eliciting an involuntary moan to slip from my lips.

He pulls away looking triumphant. “Now that I’ve got you calmed down, and right where I want you”—his eyes glitter mischievously—”you need to know that I am glad I am everything to you.”

My eyes widen, and the previous panic seeps back into my core. My arms jolt, trying to get free of his grasp, but his grip is firm. I try to speak, but he cuts me off with an authoritative voice. “I am not finished yet.” He places a chaste kiss on my lips to soften the conversation. “We don’t have to talk about it if you don’t want to, and I have to admit that would frustrate the hell out of me, but for now I will let it go. I just want to say a few things. Maybe we don’t know what everything means to us, but those feelings are mutual. You don’t need to be scared, or embarrassed by your emotions. I can tell this is something you don’t know how to handle, and in a way, it’s kind of”—he tilts his head to the side as if pondering it for a moment—”cute.”

I furrow my eyebrows at the word cute. Teddy bears are cute, not trained federal agents.

He laughs at my look and kisses the soft skin between my wrinkled brows. “You are so much cuter than you let on, but that is beside the point. You are a lot to handle, you know that?”

My lips twitch playfully, hiding my own secrets.. “Oh, you have no idea.”

We both let out a belt of laughter, and things feel back to normal. Whatever normal means to us.

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A. Rosa lives in San Diego, California. When she isn’t scouring city parks or cafe’s to write she is more than likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure. A sufferer of wanderlust, she is always looking for a new mountain to climb, a canyon to hike, or a plane to board. Her resume consists of coroner, to working at a zoo, and most recently as an executive assistant, but finds her home amongst words, whether it be in books, or in film. Her obsessions are on the brink of bizarre, but that’s just the way she likes it.

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Book Reviews and #Giveaway: DEADLY CAPTIVE Series by Bianca Sommerland (@BSommerland)

December 3, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Past Giveaways 13

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Deadly Captive & Collateral Damage

By: Bianca Sommerland

Warning

This book contains material not suitable for readers under 18. While there are aspects of BDSM in several scenes, many are dub/non con. This book contains situations that some may find disturbing, including torture and rape which is part of the story and not intended for titillation. This book contains violence, sex, and blood, among other things. Reader discretion is advised.

 

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 Lydia awakes, bound and blind, to the whispered urgings of a man who has his hands on her. His words confuse her at first, but she soon understands they are both in the middle of a performance that will determine whether she remains in captivity or dies.

The crowd must be entertained, and her cellmate makes sure it is.

Forced submission is not the only horror Lydia endures. She has no memories of life before her imprisonment, and Joe, her cellmate, is her only comfort as the powerful creatures that hold them captive torture and debase her. Together, she and Joe cling to the will to survive long enough to break free and seek revenge. Their desire to sustain one another triumphs over their wardens’ efforts to destroy them. There is no pain, no suffering, that can tear them apart.

Beyond their cell, their love is tested. Can they hold strong in the face of the challenge of the new powers they have gained along with their freedom?

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My Rating: 4 Stars

“Something kept him from giving up. I realized suddenly what that something was- me.”

*Warning: this book is extremely dark. It contains acts of rape, torture, and unspeakable violence.

Joe and Lydia’s life together is set against a backdrop of horrors. They are the playthings of hideous monsters that will use their bodies as entertainment and torment their minds as well. They have only each other for solace and comfort, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. As they grow close, it become apparent to their captors that they are each others weakness, but they can not afford to be weak, not if they want to get out alive.

This book was constantly surprising. It seems that their was a new twist, a new horrific surprise on each page. Joe and Lydia are powerless, sitting in their cell and awaiting the next chapter in their story, and as the reader, I felt the same. The plot was jarringly unpredictable, with secrets being revealed and unexpected events catching me completely off guard. It is a wild, terrifying ride to say the least.

The author creates two very strong characters. Though it seems impossible, they do not break. They stay strong enough, barely surviving. They connect with each other, though the connection always feels tenuous and strained. A relationship formed in the face of such fear, secrets, violence, and unknown pasts just seems unstable. Their chemistry and connection is undeniable and a twist makes their relationship makes it in to something much more than I expected.

This book is pure darkness, laced with evil. The end offers a glimmer of hope, only to be shattered when it is clear that Joe and Lydia may never truly escape their tormenters. I can only hope that the strength they have gained from their time in captivity and the bond that has formed between them is enough. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book: it is difficult to put in to words. I was horrified, but completely invested in this intense, gripping story, and I hope the next book in the series offers more of the same.

“I would still bleed, I would still hurt, but I would do it for Joe. This time, we’d pretend this was our game, not theirs. It would be one hell of a show.”

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

 

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Collateral Damage, Book 2

Stolen from a bright life full of colors, happiness, and youth, Nicole Reed is dragged into a pit of pain and depravity where all she can hope for is a quick end. But her captors don’t want to kill her. They want to use her to teach a little boy whom they plan to mold in their image.

She must free him before that happens. Only she can’t stand against those who hold him, not alone. Her only hope is Vince, one of her tormentors, who may still show a glimmer of humanity.

Or maybe that’s just a trick of the light.

Warning: BDSM, graphic violence, dubious consent, forced sex, forced M/M sex, less than willing participation in edge play, content that some readers will consider objectionable including hot sex with a drool-iciously evil man.

 

 

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“I was a damned good teacher. But I’d been an even better student.”

A dark and terrifying follow-up to the first book in the series, I connected with this book and these characters just a little bit more. The monster Cyrus is back, and is continuing in his evil ways…

The book has a softer edge, if only very slight. It is still incredibly dark: rape, torture, death, and horror fill the pages, but the this story felt somehow more noble, more real, the emotions more tangible. A teacher who will do anything to protect a little boy, and the haunted man who will try his best to help her survive in the process.

Perhaps because these characters had pasts, I could connect with them on a deeper level. Their relationship, which morphs from captor/captive, to Dominant/submissive, and sometimes even more, is based on more than just what has occurred since Nicole’s capture. Obviously capture is what has brought them together, but the connection and need for one another runs deeper. Their bond, their trust, and their strength as individuals holds them together, helps them to survive, and even adds a little bit of sexiness and romance to a terrifying and harrowing read. I adored Nicole for her bravery and sass as much as her submission, and Vince makes for a hot, if dangerous and slightly unstable Master.

As in the first book in the series, the plot is fast-paced and gripping, and evil and violence await the reader at every flip of the page. This book has a few more moments that allow for respite, an opportunity for the reader to catch their breath, but the moments of light, though bright, are short lived. I couldn’t put the book down and was completely engrossed, horrified, desperate for revenge, and aching for the connection between Vince and Nicole. This chapter in the story, punctuated by an intense climax, is finished but it is clear there is more terror to come.

“Dependence and desperation didn’t equal love. I felt closer to him than anyone I’d ever know, but that didn’t mean much. I’d never needed anyone else to stay alive.”

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Tell you about me? Hmm, well there’s not much to say. I love hockey and cars and my kids…not in that order of course! Lol! When I’m not writing—which isn’t often—I’m usually watching a game or a car show while working on promo. Going out with my kids is my only down time. I get to clear my head and forget everything.

As for when and why I first started writing, I guess I thought I’d get extra cookies if I was quiet for awhile—that’s how young I was. I used to bring my grandmother barely legible pages filled with tales of evil unicorns. She told me then that I would be a famous author.

I hope one day to prove her right.

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Book Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: BETTER (Too Good #2) by S. Walden (@swaldenauthor)

November 29, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 3

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Their relationship has been exposed, and now their lives are changed forever.
For Cadence Miller, the fast track to adulthood proves intimidating and frustrating. She’s a little girl lost—abandoned by her parents and uncertain of her future. She doesn’t think she “fits” anywhere. She’s eighteen. She wants to be older. And the result is both comical and heartbreaking.
Mark Connelly will do anything to provide Cadence a stable, loving home—to be her protector. But he’s just as broken and lost, and his heart won’t let go of his past so easily. He knows he must share his secret with Cadence. And he hopes his revelation won’t tear them apart. He hopes it will draw them closer, and make their love better.

 

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“She’d destroy him, and he thought he wouldn’t mind.”

A fantastic follow-up to the difficult and heartbreaking Good, Better gives depth to Cadence and Mark’s love story as they struggle to build a lasting, stable relationship.

The dust has mostly settled. Mark is not going to jail. Cadence is eighteen and this is no longer a forbidden, illicit relationship. This is two people with different pasts, different experiences, and plenty of baggage trying to make a go of it. To further complicate things, the age difference rears its ugly head, Cadence is struggling with adolescent insecurities and a self-destructive streak, and Mark is carrying a secret that could destroy the shaky foundation of their relationship.

This is a wonderful continuation of the first book: told from multiple perspectives, and with flashbacks to the first book through Mark’s eyes, Better adds depth to the unforgettable story of Good while still smoothly transitioning in to the new story of Better. It adds depth and understanding to a romance, that perhaps began in a questionable way, but that I was completely invested in from the start. Like it or not, I love this couple together and wanted desperately for them to overcome their struggles and be the sexy, warm, loving, complicated couple that they can be. Though their individual issues are different, that’s what makes them compelling: they are very separate characters with an undeniable chemistry and connection. These two belong together, despite all of the roadblocks. In addition the Cadence and Mark, a fantastic cast of supporting characters bring complications, levity, and depth.

This story is emotional and heartbreaking, sexy, romantic, and even humorous. There’s a spiritual undertone: faith, God and religion is woven subtly throughout the book, adding an interesting, thoughtful layer. There’s plenty of darkness and the stark reality of death and those it leaves behind lurks quietly in the pages. The writing, dialogue, and situations feel genuine: it’s an honest and unflinching portrayal of this couple’s struggle, and the struggles of those around them. At it’s heart, it’s a beautiful story of growing up, of great love, tragedy, friendship, hope, and forgiveness, and a reminder that family is not always blood, but the people we choose.

“The need for another human being. Skin on skin. That fusion of minds and hearts. The need for constant love- dirty, wrecked, beautiful, imperfect, essential. Love. Better than hope. Better than faith. The greatest thing.”

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Mark sat in his car staring through the windshield. Any minute now, Cadence, dressed in graduation robe and cap, would round the corner with her brother and Fanny. All he wanted was to see her smile.

He knew her parents didn’t show up. They made their intentions clear three nights ago when Cadence called home to speak to her mother. After she hung up, she told Mark she didn’t care that they refused to attend, but he awoke later that night to the sounds of her soft cries. She was curled up lying close to the edge of the bed, far away from him. He reached out to touch her, then stopped. Something told him not to, that it’d be disastrous if he tried to comfort her. So he left her alone. The next morning she was bright and cheery and as fake as he’d ever seen her.

He drummed his fingers on the steering wheel. “Please smile. Please smile. Please smile.”

He thought back to the first time he saw her really smile. She grinned at him on the side of Highway 28, but it wasn’t until she sat on a metal bench in the bus parking lot on the first day of school that he saw a real smile. She giggled about the names she’d been calling him, revealing pretty teeth with one imperfection. She had a calcium deposit on her eye tooth. Yeah, he’d noticed. And he recalled feeling like a total creep for liking it so much.

 

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S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. Her dreams include raising chickens and owning and operating a beachside inn on the Gulf Coast (chickens included). When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.
She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her blog at http://swaldenauthor.blogspot.com where you can get up-to-date information on her current projects.

 

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Better is the second book in the Too Good series…

Book #1: Good

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Book Review: HEY, SANTA (An Alien for the Holidays) by Jessica Subject (@jsubject)

November 28, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Novella/Short Story, Romance, Sci-Fi 2

Confession time: I am a scrooge. I dislike the holidays. In an effort to thaw my icy heart, I thought I’d try a little bit of hot sic-fi romance (Christmas themed) by author Jessica E. Subject…

 

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Title: Hey, Santa (An Alien for the Holidays)

Author: Jessica E. Subject

Length: 44 pages

Release Date: August 12, 2013

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

 

She doesn’t want a lot for Christmas…

Claire Otton dreads spending another holiday alone. When her best friend convinces her to approach the sexy mall Santa, she takes the chance and asks him out, hoping for so much more.

He’s waiting under the mistletoe…

Although Andreas Castellanos blends in on Earth, he knows he will never belong. But when the gorgeous woman he’d been staring at invites him to dinner, he has a hard time saying no.

All they’re asking for…

Can these two lonely souls find magic together or will their secrets steal their chance of a happy Christmas?

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My Rating: 4 Stars

” ‘Claire, you didn’t tell me what you want for Christmas.’ Leaning in close, she gave him a breathtaking view of her cleavage. ‘Stick around,’ she whispered. ‘And you’ll find out.’ “

Hey, Santa warmed my heart (and a few other places as well!).

This short is sexy and sweet, with a sic-fi twist. Andy, the HOT mall Santa just happens to be an alien: humanoid, but an alien nonetheless. He also happens to be gorgeous and skilled in the bedroom.

Both Claire and Andy have lost love ones and just want a partner they can trust and share themselves with, but sharing secrets could have devastating consequences. Immediate chemistry boils over into some spicy sex and heartwarming romantic moments. This light and sexy read is perfect for a single sitting and has just enough romance and holiday cheer.