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Book Review and #Giveaway: WORTH THE FIGHT by Vi Keeland (@ViKeeland)

October 12, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Past Giveaways 3

Welcome to the Worth The Fight by Vi Keeland Book Tour! Enjoy my review and enter the giveaway for the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!

 

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Title: Worth the Fight

 Author: Vi Keeland

 Release date: October 3, 2013

 Age Group: Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half.  But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“His breath is so close to my ear when he speaks, I feel the words throughout my body as he speaks them. ‘But when I finally get you underneath me, I’m definitely not going to treat you like a lady.’ “

*Shivers*. That what Nico Hunter does to me, gives me the chills, makes me tingle all over. He’s smokin’ hot, tattooed, possessive, sweet, and broken. Though you may not see it on the surface, Elle is broken, too. They have more in common than they realize, but their dark pasts threaten to tear them apart. This a fantastically sexy story, a great romance, and a difficult journey towards healing and understanding.

Keeland writes a romance that transitions easily from dual points of view. Both main characters are given a unique voice and perspective, but the flow of the story stays perfectly intact. I enjoyed each voice equally, his rough and hers a bit more refined, but their feelings were clear: this thing that is brewing between them could change their lives forever.

The chemistry is absolutely sizzling, and the sex scenes are super hot. Nico is a possessive alpha-male both in the bedroom and out. Elle is a great match for him: smart, sassy, and determined. I loved this couple together and was so pleased that the author let their relationship start to solidify somewhat early in the book. The reader gets to spend time with Elle and Nico; we get to experience their blissful happiness, the difficulties that occur when their pasts come back to haunt them, and the intense emotions that come along with facing demons and finding love, healing and redemption.

I truly enjoyed Nico and Elle’s story: the juxtaposition between the rough fighter and lawyer with the polished exterior. This is a complete story, carrying the reader from the relationship’s sizzling early chemistry, to a tentative romance, times of difficulty, a tear-jerking climax, and a hopeful conclusion. The author promises more books in this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

“God, the man is beautiful. And not just on the outside… on the inside too… and he doesn’t even have to try. It’s just who he is. Underneath 220 pound of tattooed hard muscle that screams trouble is the most sensitive and beautiful soul I’ve ever met. For the first time since I was eight years old I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet.”

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

 

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About the Author

 

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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5 Star Book Review and #Giveaway: I STAND BEFORE YOU by S.R. Grey (@AuthorSRGrey)

October 9, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 1

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Welcome to the I Stand Before You by S.R. Grey Book Tour! Read my review and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card and one of five ecopies of the book!

 

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Title: I Stand Before You (Judge Me Not #1)

Author: S.R. Grey

 Release date: September 3, 2013

 Age Group: New Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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When it comes to tattooed bad boys, Chase Gartner is the real deal. Partying, engaging in meaningless sex, getting into fights—Chase indulges in it all during his late teen years, thus firmly solidifying his status as a heartbreakingly gorgeous but way-too-dangerous-to-trust guy in his hometown of Harmony Creek, Ohio. Then, following one fateful night of reckless decisions, Chase’s actions finally catch up to him and land him in prison.

Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life.

Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That’s why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced.

But their love is soon tested. Chase’s wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart.

I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it’s a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. First in a series.

***Warning: contains graphic sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***

Recommended for ages 17+

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

“As I stand before you, judge me not.”

I Stand Before You is a  brilliant combination of darkness and light, love and friendship, utter despair and blinding hope. A story of a relationship that on the surface seems unlikely, where it quickly becomes obvious that these two people were made for each other.

This story of friendship turned love is told from both Chase’s and Kay’s points of view, and the author executes this flawlessly. Both main characters possess a unique voice, illustrating how different they are, and also how much they are the same. Chase and Kay are each broken in their own way. As their relationship moves from easy friendship laced with underlying chemistry to an intense romance, they begin to heal. Their clear love and acceptance of one another is something neither have ever really experienced, and it’s salve on old wounds.

One of my favorite things about this book is the way the author combines hardness and softness, darkness and light. Chase is the ultimate hard-ass bad, boy: good-looking, sexy as hell, with a checkered past, and tons of ink, but there’s a softness when it comes to Kay. And Kay, the beautiful, soft girly-girl has had to develop a hard-shell just to survive what life has thrown her way. This hard/soft combination is evident throughout the book. The story itself is perfectly balanced. Just when I thought it might become sticky sweet, there’s just enough turmoil to balance it out. Kay’s kind voice is balanced with Chace’s much rougher tone, and beautifully romantic lovemaking is balanced with down and dirty fucking. Both sides of the story are equally satisfying.

This is a story of overcoming past demons and learning to live again. It’s a book filled with friendship and laughter, drugs and violence, healing, redemption, sinners, saints, death, and a love that could change everything. I was completely engaged in these two character’s intense emotions, their struggles and triumphs, and rooting for them all the way. This part of Kay and Chase’s narrative is complete in its own right, but there are new conflicts on the horizon, and I can’t wait to follow them in to the next chapter of their lives.

“If Chase’s wings are broken, then mine are shattered. Maybe that’s why we work so well together, why we have from the very beginning. Some things are meant to be, and Chase and I have been destined from day one. We are two broken people who, when put together, become whole.”

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

 

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S.R. Grey is the author of Harbour Falls and Willow Point, first and second novels in A Harbour Falls Mystery series. She is also the author of I Stand Before You, first novel in the Judge Me Not series (New Adult/Contemporary Romance).

Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, as well as an MBA from Duquesne University.

She is currently working on Wickingham Way, the third installment in A Harbour Falls Mystery series, to be released in January 2014, as well as Never Doubt Me, second novel in the Judge Me Not series.

Other interests include reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: ADAM’S APPLE by Liv Morris

October 4, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Past Giveaways 8

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Welcome to the Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris Book Tour! Enjoy my review, a teaser, and enter the giveaway for the chance to win gift cards, signed copies of the book, ecopies of the book, and swag!

 

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By: Liv Morris

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold, making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta.

What more could a thirty-two-year-old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable, but life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist. He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm’s length, but Kathryn’s arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.

Hidden secrets, Kathryn’s passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

 

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“My breath hitches as I feel her fingers undoing the ties of my pants. Loosening them until they’re free and hanging open. She places her hands on the area above my boxers and gives me a devilish look. One which promises to undo me. I keep eye contact with her, though; I’ve learned to follow rules tonight.”

 

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My Rating: 3.5 Stars

“So far the beast in me remains wild and undomesticated. However, I don’t remember a woman inducing such a raw desire in me like Kathryn Delcour.”

Adam’s Apple offers a little something different than the more typical billionaire romances. This is not a story of a young, innocent ingenue being swept off her feet by the sexually brilliant but emotionally flawed businessman. Adam is a wealthy man with no shortage of young, beautiful women to take care of his sexual needs. Enter Kathryn: stunning, clever, and with her own wealth and sexual prowess, she is Adam’s equal, if not his superior in many ways. She’s a strong, confident character, and they are a great match.

There are so many aspects of this book that worked for me. I loved Kathryn and her clever remarks, her confident sexiness. I enjoyed the engaging storyline, the original plot, and the chemistry between the main characters. I was excited to read a book from the male character’s point-of-view and the author does a good job creating an interesting, multi-layered character, but I didn’t love Adam. Something about Adam’s voice just read a little off for me. It didn’t sound natural or flow as well as I would have liked. It did interfere with my ability to really connect with his character.

As a whole, this is a completely enjoyable story, with a great combination of romance and suspense, an interesting tantric twist, and a fantastically refreshing female lead.

” ‘The truth is all the money you possess can’t make you a man.’ “

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

 

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Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. After relocating eleven times during her husband’s corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing.

A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis.

She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Liv has published five short story series, Love in the City. Two of her short stories have landed on Amazon’s top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam’s Apple, is due for release this summer.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: FOUND IN YOU (Fixed #2) by Laurelin Paige (@LaurelinPaige)

October 2, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Past Giveaways 0

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Welcome to the Found in You Book Tour! This is the second book in the Fixed Series by Laurelin Paige. Read my review of the book and enter the giveaway for a $50 Gift Card and Fixed Series Gift Packs!

 

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Title: Found in You (Fixed #2)

 Author: Laurelin Paige

 Release date: October 1, 2013

 Publisher: Mandevilla Press

 Age Group: Adult

 Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the obsessive, crazy stalker kind. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she’s determined to stay away from her past tendencies and develop their love into more than just amazing sex. At least Hudson is as dedicated to her as she is to him, though she could do without his new found jealousy and need to control everything. To complicate matters, Hudson has his own baggage including a penchant for mind games and a hateful alcoholic mother who’s set on destroying any happiness he might find with Alayna.

Needing insight, Alayna turns to an unlikely source—Celia Werner. Celia’s been in love with Hudson herself and knows how to ride the rocky waves of the emotionally closed-off man. But when Celia’s true motivations behind their friendship are revealed, Hudson’s commitment might not be as solid as Alayna thinks, and even their all-consuming passion for each other isn’t enough to fix their mistrusts. This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn’t spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway…

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My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Our pasts will always threaten to come between us. But nothing can come between us unless we let it.”

 I was so happy to get to spend some more time with one of my favorite couples, Alayna and Hudson. Found in You picks up immediately where the first book left off and I felt like I had only just finished the first book, though it was months ago. The story and the characters had stuck with me and the author immediately brought me right in to the moment: into Alayna’s whirlwind emotions and the amazingly sexy, domineering presence of Hudson.

This second book in the series completely lived up to my high expectations. We really got to see growth in these two characters as they continue to struggle to find trust and stability and a real, solid relationship. It’s absolutely clear how they feel about each other: the chemistry is beyond sizzling, the sex HOT, and their love towards each other is genuine. Old habits and insecurities get in the way as more past secrets are uncovered. Alayna in particular shows how far she has come in her handling of the precarious situation and volatile emotions. It made me like her even more: she’s far from perfect but recognizes her her issues and does her best to deal with them. She may be neurotic and a little insecure but her strength and determination to move past it is admirable. And Hudson, well he’s Hudson. Sexy as all hell and I can’t help but feel like his dark past makes him even more alluring, especially now that he too is trying to move beyond it.The story holds some definite surprises and I was rooting for this couple all the way through.

This book is romantic, super sexy and moves along quickly and smoothly. It’s not without darkness and angst but it’s well-balanced with humor and warmth. I truly enjoyed getting deeper in to this couple’s lives and reading what felt like a natural progression for these characters. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment in this series.

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

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Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: HERO FOR HIRE by Merissa McCain and Margaret Madigan

September 30, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Dystopian/ Post-Apocalyptic, Past Giveaways, Romance 11

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What? You’re looking for zombies, fairytales, and romance? You’ve come to the right place! Welcome to the Hero for Hire Book Tour! Read my review and enter to win gift cards and ecopies of the book!

 

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Tales from Beyond the End #1

By: Merissa McCain & Margaret Madigan

Lyrical Press

Releasing October 1st, 2013

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One day her prince would come…disguised as a zombie-killer.

Having been disgraced and tossed out by her own scientific community, Gwyn is convinced she can develop a cure for a SuperVirus that has turned the Infected into zombies. By pure luck and determination, she has survived on her own for years, but while out scavenging, a clash with the local zombies leaves her potentially infected. Now, running out of time, she needs help and takes a chance on a hero for hire.

Rafe loves the apocalypse. Since the world went to hell, everything’s come up roses for him. Having procured a mansion in the Hollywood hills, adopted a slew of homeless boys and one cantankerous but useful Doc, Mr. Charming is benefiting from the nasty zombie infestation. His job? Killing the bastards, which he considers fun anyway.

Gwyn Snow needs Rafe Charming to help retrieve her research from the Paragon Pharmaceuticals lab, also known as Zombie Central. Believing she can yet save the world, Gwyn makes Rafe question what’s right and what’s worth the fight.

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My Rating: 4 Stars

SO. MUCH. FUN. An entertaining twist on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves set in a post-apocalyptic world that is completely overrun by zombies. Gwyn Snow just might have a cure for the zombie virus, but it’s going to take all of the combined wits, will, and bravery of her new family of Rafe Charming, Doc, and the orphaned boys to make it happen. Gwyn must risk her own life for the chance to save many.

I love fairytale rewrites and this one was great! Loosely based and with the added fun of zombie gore, lots of action, and some spicy-sweet love-making. The story is relatively short and very fast-paced, but everything is there: endearing characters, a good bit of exciting violence, and a sweet romance complete with the fairytale ending.

Who doesn’t love a story with a hot zombie hunting hero and an incredibly brave heroine who finds love and family and manages to find a way to save the world?

” ‘And I always keep my promises, Princess.’ I dropped a kiss on her lips. ‘Guaranteed.’ “

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My name is Merissa McCain. I grew up in the African bush, without T.V, and often without electricity. I now live in the deep South, with my very own superhero, and my three minons. Together, we attempt to take over the world.

When not otherwise occupied with planning world domination, I love to read, write, drink strong coffee and eat dark chocolate–not necessarily in that order and sometimes all at once.  I’m a voracious reader, and will devour any type of good fiction I can get my hands on, but I’m particularly partial to happy endings.

I write with a partner (Margaret Madigan) and on my own. We love to hear from our readers, so please shoot us an email at Merissa.mccain@gmail.com or mmadiganauthor@gmail.com.

 

Margaret Madigan

Hi. I’m Margaret Madigan. Or M.K.D. Bail, depending on what literary genre we’re talking about.

I live in the vast Northern Plains where it’s quiet and mostly empty, and very conducive to letting my imagination run wild. As a result, I have difficulty focusing on just one genre of storytelling. Of course, I love romance, so I write a lot of that, but I also write science fiction, a bit of horror, and dabble in other genres just for the fun of it.

When I’m not writing you’ll find me in a college classroom teaching English, or working as a literary agent for an amazing agency…and of course enjoying time with my family.

 

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Book Review and #Giveaway: FINDERS KEEPERS by Nicole Williams (@nwilliamsbooks)

September 22, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 0

Welcome to the Finders Keepers Book Tour! The third book in Nicole Williams’ Lost and Found Series finally gives us Garth Black’s story! Read my review and enter to win print copies of the book and a gift card.

 

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Title: Finders Keepers (Lost and Found, #3)

Author: Nicole Williams

Release date: September 16, 2013

Age Group: Mature YA/New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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There’s tortured. And there’s Garth Black.

His life has been a constant carousel of tragedy and disappointment, including his love life. Of course, applying the term “love” to Garth’s conquests is a gross misuse of the word. Some people were made to give and accept love, and others weren’t. Garth Black redefines the “others” category. He’s made a vow that the day he meets a woman who could sucker him into falling in love will be the day he runs away.

Garth’s plan has one flaw. What happens when he’s already fallen hard for a girl before the warning signs and red flags go up? What happens when the love he’s avoided his entire life brings him to his knees? What happens when Garth Black lets the dirtiest four letter word he’s ever known into his dark, lonely life?

This cowboy’s about to find out he can control some things, and he can’t control others. Number one on the what he can’t control list?

Love.

 

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My Rating: 5 Stars

“Everything she was saying about the trail she’d navigate if she gave me the chance was right. Except for one thing. If she was brave enough to take that first step, and I was brave enough to let her, there wouldn’t be an end. I knew the trail we walked together would be a hard one, but I wouldn’t ever leave her alone on it.”

Garth Black’s story was the one that I have been waiting for in this series. With Rowen and Jesse perfectly in love and off in Seattle planning their wedding, Garth is still in Montana and so is Josie. Together they will have to face their past, present, and future. They will have to face tragedy and heartbreak and if they are still standing on the other side, decide if their love for one another is enough.

I absolutely adore Garth Black. Except for a couple of appearances, this book lacked our golden boy Jesse and his deep “Jesse-isms”, but instead we get Garth, and I’ll take the rough around the edges, bad-boy bull rider any day. Jesse’s deep thoughts are replaced by Garth’s dark, sardonic humor, just one of the ways he deals with his tragic and abusive past. Along with whiskey, women, and fighting, Garth also deals with his past and self-loathing by pushing people away, specifically Josie, the one person with power to break down his walls. Their relationship is a tumultuous emotional roller-coaster, a constant push and pull; just when things start to go smoothly for them, all hell breaks loose. It was so clear to me that they were perfect for each other, they complemented each other so well. I cried and gritted my teeth as they fought hard to find that out for themselves. As Garth faces his own demons, Josie must face everyone around her thinks Garth isn’t good enough. They are both such strong characters, stubborn, proud and protective, and that protectiveness may tear them apart.

” ‘The only reason I paint you as the misunderstood good guy is because that’s who you are. You’re the guy who shows up on his friend’s doorstep in the middle of the night if they call. You’re the guy who is one of the first guys at work in the morning and one of the last to leave. You’re the guy who played Cupid when his best friend almost lost the woman he loved. You’re the guy who would give your kidney to a homeless three-legged dog if it needed one. You’re that guy, Garth. You know it. And I’ve known it for a hell of a lot longer.’ “

Garth and Josie’s story is heartbreaking and funny, intense and emotional. As always, Williams creates palpable connections between her characters, complemented by witty dialogue, heartfelt romance, a hint of sexiness, just enough darkness and those profound moments that make the reader believe in friendship and hope and love and happily-ever-afters.

” ‘Who we choose to love, and who chooses us has nothing to do with being deserving or undeserving. It has to do with who you simply have to love and who simply has to love you.’ “

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I’m the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Book Review and Excerpt: PURE AND SINFUL by Killian McRae

September 17, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance 0

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Welcome to the Pure & Sinful (Pure Souls #1) by Killian McRae Book Tour! Enjoy my review and an excerpt from the book!

 

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Pure and Sinful

Pure Souls Book One

Killian Mcrae

 Genre: paranormal romance

Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press

ASIN: B0096SYZMG

ISBN-13: 9780983979784

 

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When it turns out your ex was actually a sexy demon sent by the devil to seduce you to evil, you’d think the next guy, no matter what he’s like, couldn’t be a worse decision. Enter Father Marc Angeletti, a smooth talking piece of forbidden fruit with onyx eyes and a razor wit, and Riona Dade may as well start packing her luggage for damnation now. But come Hell or… well, Hell, Marc, Riona, and demigod Dee Zitka have a mission: serve as a Pure Soul and vanquish Lucifer’s minion scum from the face of the Earth to protect humanity from evil.

Oh, and don’t get seduced into sin yourself, because a fallen Pure Soul is one of Lucifer’s biggest thrills. As long as Riona and Marc can keep things professional and north of the sheets, no problem, right?

Yeah, that worked out great in the Thornbirds, too…

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The donuts weren’t the only things with holes. Though invisible to the naked eye, Riona and Marc had a matching pair in their heads.

“What the Jim Dandy f- were you thinking?”

Dee struggled with his volume amid the gaggle of middle-of-the-night patrons at Donuts DeJour. Not that he thought any of them gave a damn about anything he was saying. And frankly, a handful of them were suspicious, dark world wash-ups anyways. Failed demons really enjoyed a midnight crueller, from what he heard.

Riona’s expression wore “f-you” like it was the latest thing off the Paris runway. “It was the charm, Dee. You honestly believe someone as green as I could stand up to something Asmodeus himself was dishing out? The demon has been heating things up since the Ice Age.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” Dee said sweetly. “I didn’t realize you only signed up to fight middle-management evil.” With a blink, the scowl returned to his face. He focused his attention on Marc. “And you, Father Feely. I thought we had this all sorted out with our little powwow the other night? Do you not truly grasp that you were within six inches of damning yourself to Hell and becoming a demon?”

Marc remained nonplussed. Without looking so much as concerned, he pulled a white mug of caffeine sludge to his lips, and rattled off, “About nine inches, actually,” before drawing a sip.

The coffee never reached his mouth. It became a Jackson Pollack-inspired masterpiece on the wall adjacent the table at which they sat.

Dee leapt to his feet, his chair demonstrating the principle of Newton’s first law of motion as he lunged forward and plunged his fist down on the tiled tabletop, cracking it straight down the middle.

“Is this all a joke to you?” he bellowed, drawing Marc and Riona’s gazes back from the mug’s final resting place. “What part of ‘damned for all eternity and serving the dark side as its demon minion’ don’t you get? Yes, someone like Asmodeus is about as hard as they come. You still kicked his ass back to Hell, Riona. Barely. If you’d been ‘distracted’ a minute more, who knows though? You both have got to get a hold of yourselves before things go too far. I refuse to stand by and watch another person I care for get killed for something as silly as love.”

Now it was Riona’s turn to spring. “Jesus H. Christ, I am not in love with the priest here. I don’t know where the hell you and Ramiel get these ideas.”

“Ramiel?” Marc blinked violently several times. “You’re talking to Ramiel about us?”

Dee didn’t miss that dangerous two-lettered word. “Us?”

The witch slashed her hand through the air like a ninja using flies for target practice. “No, there is no us. Marc and I are not a thing. It only came up because Ramiel kept hinting that I have some destined love that’s supposed to shake the cosmos, or start an apocalypse, or melt the polar ice caps, or something. I think he was warning me not to be distracted,” she whipped in Marc’s direction, “by screwing you.”

“Why do I feel like you’re trying to make this my fault?” the priest shot back. “I backed off. I tried to stop. You’re the one who decided to act like a kitty that wanted to climb my tree.”

The witch blanched. “How dare you?”

By this time, even the transient who’d been having a three-way conversation with himself had paused and was watching the trio with utter confusion. Dee, noticing their audience, leaned in over the remaining half of the table and pushed the red-faced Riona back into her seat. Her attempt to resist stood no chance against Dee’s demigod strength.

Narrowing his gaze on the reticent couple, he yelled through a whisper, “It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. You’re both on the hook if something happens; Marc for obvious reasons, and you because you would never subject someone to Hell, if given the choice. That’s it, I don’t see another solution. You two are not allowed to be alone anymore.”

“Seriously?” Riona barked.

“Chaperoned visits only from now on, preferably with Ramiel or me,” Dee confirmed. “It’s as much for your own good, as well as for our mission. I know I’m pretty damned talented, but I can’t fight evil on my own.”

“You’re right.” Brow furrowed, Marc nodded solemnly. “You’re right, indeed.”

But Riona didn’t like the looks of that bandwagon. “Oh. My. God. I am an adult and perfectly capable of putting a kibosh on my own behavior. I do not need to be chaperoned like this is some goddamn reenactment of Victorian courtship.”

Marc turned to Riona, taking her hands in his. The witch dashed a look at him in confusion, trying to figure out from his expression why he would do something so traitorous to their claims. It was when the saccharine words began to fall from his lips that she understood.

“My child, we all fall prey to Satan’s snares from time to time, and acquiesce our better judgment to the darkness. There is no sin in being human, the only sin is failing to strive for purity when we realize the error of our ways.”

She ripped her hand away as if Marc’s palms were a hot stovetop. “Don’t pull the compassionate clergy routine on me, Father. I am not one of your parishioners, and if I recall correctly, your error was about to make a beeline straight for my purity.”

 

About the Author

 

Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead.

She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

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Book Review, Excerpt, and #Giveaway: DANGEROUS DREAMS by Aileen Harkwood

September 16, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Paranormal Romance, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 4

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Welcome to the Dangerous Dreams (The Dreamrunners Society #1) by Aileen Harkwood Book Tour! Enjoy my review, an excerpt from the book, and enter the very cool jewelry giveaway!

 

About the Book

 

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Dangerous Dreams

The Dreamrunners Society, Book One

Aileen Harkwood

Genre: Paranormal/Romantic Suspense

ASIN: B00DGL0HBC

Number of pages: estimated 220 pages

Word Count: 65K

 

Sometimes danger comes in a dream…

Plagued by nightmares of terrorist bombings, Lara Freberg is a so-called Lost One, unaware of her psychic gift for literally being in two places at once. While her true body sleeps, her twin is helplessly drawn to scenes of unspeakable horror. Kidnapped by a corrupt, CIA-like organization determined to exploit her abilities, Lara is given no choice. Cooperate or die. Until the midnight spying missions that make her the willing prisoner of an erotic stranger. Does she dare trust him with her warning of a future attack on American soil?

Jack Mayfield will never forgive himself for being too late to free Lara from the Greys, sworn enemies of The Dreamrunners Society. An elite front line operative, Jack is able to find and save the Lost Ones no one else can. Nothing, however, can prepare him for the shock of losing the woman who holds the key to unlocking his war weary heart. Now Jack is in a race for her life. Lara’s dreaming half may be able to drive him wild with passion, but can he believe her when she says the Greys haven’t turned her against him and the Society?

It won’t be easy to rescue his one true love from certain death.

Note: Dangerous Dreams is expanded from and inspired by the short story “In Her Dreams,” by Aileen Harkwood.

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My Review

 

My Rating: 5 Stars!

 

“She wanted. She wanted so much she couldn’t have. A haven. Raw sex. Understanding. Wildness. She had no idea what this was, if she was really here, if he existed, if there were one or two of her or him. She didn’t think about the interrogation room or Grey Man. Lara simply didn’t care. At this moment, she felt instinctively safe in the arms of the man who claimed her lips with ruthless passion.”

Dark and captivating, with a story and characters that get under your skin, and a reality intermingled with dreams and frightening nightmares, Dangerous Dreams is the start to what is sure to become one of my favorite series. Violence and political intrigue lurk in the shadows of an intense romance forged by an undeniable and mysterious connection between two Dreamrunners, or humans with a special ability to leave their bodies and travel instantly to distant places. Lara does not know that she is special, and Jack must save her from those that will torture and even kill her for her gift.

The story is fast-paced and filled with action and surprising plot twists. The author does an excellent job of weaving important information about the Dreamrunners in to the flow of the story. Facts are revealed in perfect timing with the action, just enough to make sense, but never too much to be overwhelming. The ins and outs of being a Dreamrunner could become complicated or confusing, but it’s a seamless part of the story.

I could not put this book down. Lara and Jack’s mysterious connection is filled with heat and passion, and I was instantly engaged in their story, desperate for them to find and save each other. They offer each other a safe place, a connection the neither have ever had with another person. It is clear that their story is just beginning; that they will need all of the strength that they have shown and more to survive what is to come. I am hopelessly invested in this couple and and desperate to read more of their story and continue the story of The Society, Dreamrunners, and the Lost Ones.

“They would live or they would die, but they would do it together.”

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

 

Excerpt

 

Lara opened her eyes and found herself standing at the foot of a bed with a rust-colored spread. She recognized this place immediately as the room, the one in the photograph they’d shown her. Pain radiated up her right arm to her chest from the last touch of the electrodes, reminding her what would happen if she didn’t obey.

How had she gotten here? Was this yet another dream? A hallucination? All of it looked so real, felt real, like she was really here. Why would they want her to dream about this room?

“You see the window?” someone said to her. 

Lara started nervously, the voice rattling her. It sounded as if he was inches from her ear, but when she turned her head to look, no one was there.

She heard another noise, so slight she thought she might have imagined it. She glanced toward the room’s bed. 

Someone was watching her. A man.

She cried out in surprise, or tried to, but nothing came out of her mouth. Her voice didn’t exist here.

From a prone position, head on a pillow, he bolted upright to a sitting position. His hand shot toward the nightstand. Lara saw a gun there and shrank back in fear, but when he reached for it, he couldn’t grasp or pick up the firearm. 

He tried again, but could not lift it free.

Frustrated, he turned back toward her. He was in the darkest part of the room and she couldn’t make out his features.

“The window,” Grey Man’s disembodied voice hissed in her ear. “Go to the window.”

Lara was in a near fugue state, her mind overwhelmed. She didn’t know where she was. Was she here in this place that seemed so real? Or back in the cell with Grey Man? She didn’t feel right. She didn’t feel real. Panic ignited along her spine, telling her she was about to die. It stripped away any coherent thought. 

Please. She didn’t know what she begged for, only that she begged.

“Go. To. The. Window.”

Lara started to obey.

“Stop!” the man on the bed shouted. He leapt to his feet, but didn’t come closer. “Don’t move,” he ordered.

Deep, rumbling, his voice startled her. She froze in place, apparently willing to take orders from anyone now.

“Not a muscle,” the man said. “I’m deadly serious. What you’re doing, you’re not doing it right. You’ve put yourself in danger by coming here like this.”

He took another step forward, edging into the golden light. 

It’s him.
    
The man she’d hallucinated in her bedroom. 
    
He’s real?
    
Like the first time she’d seen him, he wore jeans and nothing else, the ripple of toned abs on display as he stalked toward her. She’d glimpsed only a little of his face the first time, but she saw the same panther-black hair and granite set to his jaw. Only this time she noticed that one of his cheeks, the left one, wasn’t quite right, the bones slightly out of alignment with the rest of his face. It didn’t look entirely natural. Had he been in an accident? His cheekbone shattered some time in the past? 

His dark eyes remained in shadow, refusing to tell her whether or not she could trust him. The glow she’d seen around him in her bedroom was still there, reflecting off his smoothly muscled chest.

Pain shot through Lara. Back in the cell, where they kept her body, Grey Man used the car battery again. Her muscles and joints contracted, convulsed, the fire of electricity burning its way up her arm, reaching for her brain. Her heart stopped. She couldn’t breathe.

“The window, Lara,” Grey Man said. “Or this continues.”

She started toward the rust-colored drapes.

“No!”

The man with black hair vaulted over the bed and suddenly blocked her way. He put a hand up to gesture for her to stop, but didn’t touch her.

“Your body isn’t stable,” he said. “I know you probably don’t know what I’m talking about, but every step you take while you’re like this has the potential to kill you. You can’t touch anything here.”

Though taller than most women, Lara was forced to look up into his face. Their eyes met, and as had happened in her bedroom, recognition clicked. She knew him. She’d found him without ever having known she was looking. He was really there. Standing in front of her. 

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he said. “I want to help you.”

Joy soared through her for the briefest fraction of a second.

“An evil man lives in that room,” Grey Man whispered in her ear. “A terrorist. You’re there to find out his location, where he’s hiding.”

 

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Aileen Harkwood is a die hard fan of the mysteries, thrills and romances life has to offer and has wanted to write her own since she penned her first, safely-hidden-away-in-a-drawer-never-to-see-the-light-of-day novel in high school. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing, and resides in the Southern Rockies of the United States with her family, a Labrador with an extensive chew stick collection, and two cats named after birds.

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Book Review and #Giveaway: KISS ME IN PARIS by Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov

September 13, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Past Giveaways 2

Welcome to the Kiss Me in Paris Book Tour! Read my review and more, and enter to win a $50 Gift Card, a signed copy of the book, or an ebook!

 

My Review

 

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Love is the cornerstone of the human experience.”

Le sigh… What a great read! A lovely romance that spans continents and emotions: a satisfying combination of both heartbreaking moments and moments that made me laugh out loud.

Cade and Winter didn’t initially seem like the perfect couple to me, but there’s certainly a connection from their first meeting. The relationship has its ups and downs, but they are able to find common ground in their difficult pasts. It didn’t take me long to realize that this couple DOES belong together and I was rooting for them through all of their obstacles and triumphs. Cade and Winter are both strong passionate characters, and in steamy moments, their passion really heats up the pages.

Kiss me in Paris is a story about risking your heart to for love, and risking everything to truly become who you want to be. Engaging and descriptive prose transports the reader to the romantic city of Paris, and into the hearts and lives of two characters you are sure to fall in love with.

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

 

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About Kiss Me in Paris

Kiss Me in Paris by Karpov KinradeNo one knows my secret. Ever since high school, ever since I started living in fear, no one has known the true me. But then I met him, and I couldn’t hide anymore.

He became my hero, saving me from the villain of my past. He became my friend, his smile a blanket of warmth. And he scared me. Because he, this beautiful man, he might become more. Then he’d see the real me, and I couldn’t let that happen.

My name is Winter, and what I desire most I can’t have.

Flashes of the night I was drugged rush back to me. His strong arms carrying me through the streets of Paris. The feel of his heart beating as my head rested against his chest. The soft press of his lips against my forehead when he thought I was asleep.

Oh shit. I’m falling for the cowboy. Cade.

But we can’t be anything more. He has his own secrets. His own darkness he keeps hidden, like the letter he keeps with him everywhere he goes.

The letter he refuses to open.

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Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Full length novel: 87, 000 words

Kiss Me in Paris is a standalone novel in the Kiss Me Series. Travel the world with the Deveaux sisters as they find love, and trouble, in all the right places.

Kiss Me in Paris is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. Add it your Goodreads to-read shelf here!

 

If reviewers can be believed—and OF COURSE they can be—then Kiss Me in Paris is an epic tale of love, romance, family, friendship and forgiveness. For those of you who might think this book is just another insipid romance, not so my friend.

Not so.

You will pee your pants laughing and cry your eyes out weeping. You will become so angry you might need to punch something, and you will sigh in pure happiness. One reviewer even left part of her soul IN THE WORDS OF OUR BOOK.

Yes, this is the power of Kiss Me in Paris. It’s SOUL STEALING, and we are not going to apologize for that.

You see, we are the authors, and we are married, living our own epic romance. So epic we even had a fan-following during the early days of our courtship. So we know love.

And we know you will love Kiss Me in Paris!

Here’s the part where we tell you about the book, but it’s really not enough to do it justice. So let us first say that there is just so much in Kiss Me in Paris. Layered themes and a sexy cowboy studying to be an architect, and a girl who’s a dreamer with a dark past, and gargoyles and Notre Dame and mazes designed by futuristic architects (because that’s an actual thing, and the sexy cowboy will tell you what that means), and heartbreak and love and happy endings and evil and just SO MUCH.

But here’s the ‘official’ blurb about Kiss Me in Paris:

No one knows my secret. Ever since high school, ever since I started living in fear, no one has known the true me. But then I met him, and I couldn’t hide anymore.

He became my hero, saving me from the villain of my past. He became my friend, his smile a blanket of warmth. And he scared me. Because he, this beautiful man, he might become more. Then he’d see the real me, and I couldn’t let that happen.

My name is Winter, and what I desire most I can’t have.

Flashes of the night I was drugged rush back to me. His strong arms carrying me through the streets of Paris. The feel of his heart beating as my head rested against his chest. The soft press of his lips against my forehead when he thought I was asleep.

Oh shit. I’m falling for the cowboy. Cade.

But we can’t be anything more. He has his own secrets. His own darkness he keeps hidden, like the letter he keeps with him everywhere he goes.

The letter he refuses to open.

 

Here’s what reviewers are saying about Kiss Me in Paris

5 stars “I experienced every emotion as each character felt it. Every tear, every laugh, all of the fear, anxiety, and stress, I experienced every last bit of it. And even though this is a romance, there are tears. I cried more times reading Kiss Me in Paris than I did watching Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song. Kiss Me in Paris left me hollow when I finally finished it. I feel as if a piece of me was left in the words as I read. And for once, I have a book to call my favorite.” ~Merumei on Amazon

5 stars “A timeless and beautiful love story that will sweep you off your feet, but it’s also much more than that.” ~Amy Conley, Amazon

5 stars “Beautifully drawn characters and stunning pallets that bring you in to Paris itself.” ~Stormy, Amazon

Here are some of our favorite quotes from Kiss Me in Paris

  • “One star breaks off from the others, shooting across the sky, a bright light trailing behind it, and I finally understand why people wish on dying stars. Because something always has to die for life to give birth to a new dream. “
  • “Paris is pregnant with layers of history, colored with the ink of artists who dared to dream of a world only they could see.”
  • “It’s like I’m giving birth from my mouth.” [You’ll understand this when you get to chapter 5. Then you’ll pee your pants laughing.]
  • “It’s the nature of being human that, in our own blindness, we lash out and blind others.”
  • “I think of Winter, of her smile, her eyes, her arms wrapped around me, and I know where home is. It’s wherever she is, and right now she is too far away. My heart has escaped my body and is walking Paris without me.”
  • “She opened herself to him, and, in that moment, she opened herself to the world. Let it hurt her. Let it burn her veins, boil her blood and scorch her heart. For where there could be pain, there could be pleasure and love. She would be cold no longer. She would melt the hearts of others, and in turn, they would melt hers. She would feel the full spectrum of emotions and cry. She would be human. And she would be happy.”

And this is just a SAMPLE. It’s like hearing an inside joke if you weren’t at the party. So go to the party, and by this stretched metaphor we mean READ THE BOOK. Then you can laugh and *le sigh* and cry and be a part of the cool crowd.

Kiss Me in Paris is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. Add it your Goodreads to-read shelf here!

 

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Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry KarpovKarpov Kinrade is the pen name for the husband and wife writing duo of bestselling, award-winning authors Kimberly Kinrade and Dmytry Karpov.

Together, they write fantasy, paranormal, mystery, contemporary and romance and hook readers into new and exciting worlds that will leave you laughing your ass off, crying your heart out and falling in love.

Look for more from Karpov Kinrade in the Kiss Me series, Seduced Saga, the Forbidden Trilogy and more coming soon.

They live with three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers and who are also showing a propensity for telling tall tales and using the written word to weave stories of wonder and magic.

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Book Review and Excerpt: NEVER GONNA DESERT YOU (The Underground Series) by Jessica E. Subject (@jsubject)

September 12, 2013 Adult, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotic Romance, Novella/Short Story, Sci-Fi 1

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Never Gonna Desert You

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Determined to find and bring back her girlfriend, Brook enlists in the next mission to the foreign planet, Airondelle. But the deception at Planet Core continues, and Brook doesn’t realize the depth of her father’s involvement until he orders her terminated. Struggling to stay alive, she quickly learns nothing is as she believed.

Will she ever find Melina? Or will Brook be stuck light years from home, alone, and with a fierce predator hunting her down?

 

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“I loved reading Brook and Melina’s story. Just be prepared that this is a very quick read but has an well developed plot that will keep you interested in the book.” Regina Ross

 “Their sensual interludes are HOT and nicely paced alongside intriguing sci-fi elements.” – J. Faltys

 

My Review

My Rating: 4 Stars

A short, sexy, and exciting read, Never Gonna Desert You combines f/f romance and science fiction. Brook and Melina’s love for each other is forbidden by Planet Core, but they will do anything and everything to be together, and it may cost them their lives.

Even with it’s short length, I found myself very invested in this story and he characters. The political intrigue of a corrupt dystopian society provides the backdrop for the spicy romance between the two women. Sizzling, stolen moments between the couple mix with scenes where they must run and fight for survival and a nearly impossible love. The plot has some twists and turns and quite a few surprises.

A fun, quick read for romance, sci-fi, or dystopian fans alike, Never Gonna Desert You has the right mix of world-buliding and spicy romance. Though Brook and Melina’s story reaches a satisfying conclusion, the intrigue and action of The Underground is just beginning: I’m eagerly anticipating the continuation of this series.

” ‘I love you. I always have. And I promise you, I will never desert you again. I will be glued to your side for the rest of my life.’ “

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

 

Excerpt

“Let’s go, Malock.” Jager raised his eyebrows. “Or did you change your mind?”

She stood and released a deep breath. Even with her trepidation, she refused to back out now. Melina waited for her. “No, I’m looking forward to seeing Airondelle for myself.”

Brook spun away and rushed to catch up with her comrades. If she revealed her plans, she’d be stopped before she could find her lover. She would have to hide Melina right under their noses to bring her home. She pushed her shoulders back. I can do this. I have to.

The all-terrain vehicles sat loaded with equipment for the mission in front of the swirling mass of the portal. Her father certainly wasn’t wasting any time getting a team back to Airondelle. Crewmembers already filled the first vehicle, so she hopped into the back of the second.

Jager passed around everyone’s mission directives then shoved in on her left. Thank goodness he was the last to load. With his bulk, he occupied both of the remaining seats.

Before she had time to read her personal orders, they proceeded into the portal. She passed through the spinning matter, her body pulled and stretched in every direction. Unknown forces pushed on her chest, making it difficult to breathe. She gripped the seat, hoping she wouldn’t get pulled out. But the awkwardness didn’t last long. The transporter room light years away, clean, fresh air poured into her lungs. The alien vegetation of the foreign planet lined the rough dirt road they traveled. She yearned to explore the flora and fauna on a more intimate level. And she would, after setting up camp.

She opened the folder with her mission directive inside. Instead of the stack of papers detailing what Planet Core expected of her, she found a single sheet.

Her father’s handwriting scrawled across the page. You can never know the truth.

Hard, cold steel pressed against her temple. A gun. Her breath caught. What the hell is going on? She grabbed her knapsack and launched out of the vehicle.

 

About the Author

Jessica Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotica. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk. Fast. But she just may slow down if there is a waterfall nearby.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers.

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