5 Star Book Reviews: PLAGUE TOWN and PLAGUE NATION by Dana Fredsti

April 16, 2013 Book Review, Favorite Books, Urban Fantasy 0

I’m super excited to share these books with you. I realize that they are not really “romance”, but there is a romance as part of the story, some sex, and a hot guy! I enjoyed both books immensely, and I hope you check them out 🙂

*Both of the reviews originally appeared in the April issue of the BTS eMag.
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Title: Plague Town

Author: Dana Fredsti

Publisher: Titan Books

Publication Date: April 3, 2012

 

My Rating : 5 Stars

 

 

 

About the Book:

Ashley was just trying to get through a tough day when the world turned upside down.

A terrifying virus appears, quickly becoming a pandemic that leaves its victims, not dead, but far worse. Attacked by zombies, Ashley discovers that she is a ‘Wild-Card’ — immune to the virus — and she is recruited to fight back and try to control the outbreak.

It’s Buffy meets the Walking Dead in a rapid-fire zombie adventure!

 

My Review:

I want to be Ashley Parker when I grow up!

This action-packed zombie adventure features Ashley Parker: a cool, sexy, bad-ass zombie fighting heroine. Her inner and outer strength, quirky sense of humor, and relatable vulnerability make Ashley one of my favorite female leads of all time. Put her in the midst of the motley crew of immune “Wild Cards” that are her supporting cast and the result is a brilliant group of characters.
As they fight to contain a budding zombie outbreak, our characters face gory battles with rotting zombies and struggle to come to terms with the fact that their lives are forever changed. Despite the dramatic horror aspects of the book, Fredsti manages an undertone tinged with humor. All of this, with a touch of romance and an epic climactic battle make this a fantastically addictive first book in the series.

* I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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Title: Plague Nation

Author: Dana Fredsti

Publisher: Titan Books

Publication Date: April 9, 2013

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

About the Book:

Sequel to the thrilling zombie novel PLAGUE TOWN.

The undead have been defeated in Redwood Grove, CA, but reports of similar outbreaks are coming in. What seemed to be an isolated event is turning into a pandemic.  The last thing Ashley Parker wanted when she went to college was to join the military, but she is one of a select few who are immune to the virus. Gifted with enhanced speed, strength, and senses, she’s recruited by a shadowy international organization that’s existed for centuries, its sole purpose to combat the zombie threat.

Dark secrets begin to emerge, and when an unknown enemy strikes, Ashley and the other zombie hunters—known as “wild cards”—embark on a desperate mission to reach San Francisco. If they fail, the plague will sweep the nation unchecked. And the person she cares for most may die. Or worse.

 

My Review:

What?! It’s done?! But… What about…?!

The second book in the Ashley Parker series could be read as a stand-alone, but the first book is too good to miss!

As a zombie outbreak worsens and threatens the entire country, Ashley and a band of misfit “Wild Cards” must face more zombie mayhem in this gory, action-packed and entertaining thrill-ride. As the situation becomes dire, the mood becomes darker and bleaker. Even Ash’s constant, witty pop-culture references have a dark tinge. As we become more attached to the characters, their mortality is brought to the forefront, and we must watch sadly as their strength and bravado deteriorates, along with the civilized world.

Questions are answered but more are raised and a dramatic cliffhanger left me desperate for more of this clever and addicting horror series.

*I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway: JUST THE MESSENGER by Ninette Swann

April 10, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Erotica, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 6

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Welcome to the Just the Messenger Book Tour! Today I am sharing my review and the chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and one of three ebook copies of the book!

 

About the Book:

 

When Graciela Merced fumbles a package she’s delivering for her mysterious and sexy boss, Gene Hardy, she finds out he’s more than just a wealthy photographer. Prepared to lose her job, she confronts him…and ends up embroiled in the tricky takedown of a powerful drug cartel pushing cocaine into the heart of New York City.
Marco Valencia is an undercover agent, working against time—and against Gene Hardy—to crack Angel’s Drug Cartel before the story makes it to the press. When Hardy’s luscious Venezuelan messenger literally falls at his feet, he has no idea just how well he’ll get to know the beauty or how difficult it will be to drop her.
Hardened by experience, Gene Hardy takes his undercover work seriously, and charges a hefty price. When Grace makes a careless mistake and hurls him back into the visage of Marco Valencia, he must either fire her, or involve her in a twisted plot that could kill them all.
As the two men battle over their feelings for Graciela—and their attraction to each other—one thing becomes perfectly clear.
Grace is much more than just the messenger.

 

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

“An IIB agent bent on righting wrongs and doing whatever it took to save the entire world, and a hardened, cynical businessman who would do what was right or what was wrong for a price? Did they have the capacity to love? Is that even what she wanted from them?”

Just the Messenger is action-packed, smokin’ hot, and suprisingly sweet. 

Swann succeeds in combining the intrigue of government agents and international drug cartels with an unlikely romance. The story is engaging and fast-moving, with non-stop action. There are twists, turns, surprises, a few brushes with death, and a super steamy threesome.

Grace, Gene, and Marco compliment each other well. The men are opposite ends of the spectrum, each with their own appeal. Grace, though a bit naive, is tougher than I would have expected, and quite the vixen besides. Whether in pairs or all together, they have great chemistry and the sex scenes are HOT.

I enjoyed this entertaining thrill ride. The action (in and out of the bedroom) kept my pulse racing and my palms sweaty, and the romantic ending left me with a smile.

“Her mind was screaming for answers, but she shut it off, choosing instead to listen to her body, which was screaming for the touches of the two men she’d fantasized about for weeks. She reached one arm around Marco’s thick neck, pulling him up to her for a searing, wrenching kiss. Her other arm wound its way back around Gene’s waist, pulling him against her again…”

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Ninette Swann is a journalist turned novelist who writes her books from sunny Florida in between parenting, freelancing and editing. She writes all genre of romance, including contemporary, thriller, suspense, and dystopian. Her books include Hit and Stay, Body Combat, Finding Home, Just the Messenger and Direct Combat.
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Book Tour, Review and Giveaway: SIX NAUGHTY NIGHTS by Serenity Woods

April 4, 2013 BDSM, Book Review, Book Tour, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Past Giveaways 4

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Welcome to the Six Naughty Nights Blog Tour! Today I am sharing my review, a sexy excerpt and the chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

 

About the Book:

Six nights to remember, six days to forgive…

Esther is grateful for the strong arms that saved her and her young son from an earthquake. But she wishes their rescuer was someone else. Anyone other than the man who left her pregnant after a holiday fling.

Toby’s carpentry skills take him wherever there’s work, and right now that work is definitely cut out for him. He has to get over the shock that the little boy in his arms is his own son—and convince Esther that he’s always regretted walking away from her.

Esther can’t bring herself to deny Toby his right to get to know Charlie. Besides, with her own home flattened, she has nowhere to go but with him to his apartment…where she discovers a sexy role-playing card game tucked in his suitcase.

When Toby invites her to accompany him to the Northland to attend his best friend’s wedding, the opportunity to explore their still-simmering attraction is too tempting to resist. As the steamy scenarios heat up, they start to realize this is more than a game. But Esther’s hiding a secret that could cause as much devastation as the earthquake…

Product Warnings
Contains role-playing fun including Roman slave and master, sexy schoolgirl spanking, and interrogation of a spy. Silk scarves included.

 

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My Review:

 

My Rating: 5+ Stars

Warm, emotional, and breathtakingly sexy, this book was not what I expected, in absolutely the best way possible.

I love when I pick up a book by an author that I have never read, and within the first few pages I know I’m going to enjoy the book. There is connection, a feeling of comfortable understanding with the author’s voice. For me, this was one of those books.

I had a feeling this book would be scorchingly hot (which it is), but what I did not expect was the deep level of emotion. I cried within the first few minutes. That’s not to say it’s an all out tear-jerker, but the author easily connects the reader with the characters’ deep emotions. Woods has an unfailing talent for seamlessly blending warmth, feeling, and a touch a humor with the extremely sexual. There is never a moment where it feels disjointed. In this book, she tackles difficult issues of relationships, family, trust, forgiveness, and love, and still delivers unique and beautifully written erotica.

I fell in love with the characters, especially Toby. Handsome, well-built, sensitive, funny and forceful and adventurous in the bedroom (and a few other locations): what’s not to love? He shows Esther such tenderness but completely possesses her sexually. HOT. I was devastated when it occurred to me that they might not actually be able to make it work: and I held out hope and held my breath until the very end.

I loved this book: the story, the sex, and the satisfying ending.

“Her thoughts drifted hazily-brief replays of the sights and sensations she’d just experienced mingled with the thoughts and emotions spiraling through her. I’m Yours, she’d said, and the truth had brought tears to her eyes. But she’d only said it in the passion of the moment. It was all part of the role she had been playing. Wasn’t it?”

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

 

Excerpt:

He pulled her hard against him and crushed his mouth to hers. The full force of his passion washed over her, and she gasped. He took the opportunity of her open mouth to deepen the kiss, and she sighed as his tongue stroked hers, warm and inviting. He slid his hands up her ribcage over the tight dress, brushing her breasts, and then pulled back.

“I’m sure you look delightful in this pretty bra,” he murmured. “But I’d rather feel the real you. Can you do that miraculous trick girls do and take it off under your dress?”

“Are you sure?” Nerves filtered through her again. “It kind of props up everything that’s beginning to head south.” He just raised an eyebrow, however, and she cursed beneath her breath, trying to remind herself that she was supposed to be a slinky call girl. Slinky call girls didn’t talk about baby tummies and sagging breasts. “Sorry.”

First she took out the check he’d given her from her bra and popped it into the purse she’d left on the table. “Don’t want to lose that.” She reached behind and unclipped the bra, drew the straps down her arms beneath the sleeves of the dress, then pulled the garment out and tossed it onto the table. She glanced down. The dress was really more of a long, tight tube with small sleeves, and it clung to every part of her body, leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination. Her nipples stood out like buttons through the fabric, and her breasts looked huge.

“Wow.” Toby’s eyes gleamed. “You have an absolutely fantastic figure.”

Warmth spread through her at his admiration. “Thank you.”

“You’ve lost some weight.”

“Breastfeeding did that.” The words were out before she could stop them, and she bit her lip. Could she think of any more ways to turn him off?

But he didn’t look turned off. He ran his hands up her body to cup her breasts. “You’re so soft.”

“You’re not,” she said breathlessly as he pulled her to him, his erection obvious even through the jeans.

“Is that any surprise while you’re in my arms, so sensual and womanly?” He moved his large, warm hands over her, making her quiver as he ran his fingers up her back, then brought them around to cup her breasts again. He brushed his thumbs over her nipples, murmuring his approval as her eyes fluttered shut. “You smell fantastic,” he said. He nuzzled her neck and ear, and she shivered.

She kissed him again, holding his face with both hands as she delved her tongue hungrily into his mouth. He tasted divine. It had been so long since she’d kissed anyone—since she’d kissed him, in fact. How had she lived without this for so long?

He was coaxing her body awake, stirring long-forgotten sensations, and an ache grew between her thighs. Her nipples tightened in response to his touch, and she arched her back to push them into his gentle hands. He groaned.

Her fingers itched to touch his skin, so she began to undo the buttons of his shirt, gradually revealing his wide, bronzed chest, shaped with firm muscles. He went to slip the shirt off, but she shook her head. “No,” she whispered, “keep your fuck-me shirt on.”

His eyes widened with amusement. “My what?”

“You heard me. That shirt wants only one thing. You look so damn sexy dressed like that.”

He grinned. “Fine.” He held the bottom of her dress. “But I want you naked.”

Instinctively, she grasped his wrists, stopping him. A skintight dress was one thing. Being completely naked and not in utter darkness was another.

He wrested his hands free, and gently but firmly moved hers away. “My check is now in your purse,” he reminded her. “I seem to remember offering you an amount that would cover pretty much whatever I wanted.” He let go of her hands and held the hem of the dress again. “Arms up.” His voice was firm.

Her cheeks grew warm at the desire in his eyes. Closing her own, she lifted her arms.

He peeled the dress up her body and over her head. The fabric whispered to the floor. Fighting the urge to cover herself, she stood for a moment biting her lip. Even though her eyes were shut, she was sure she could feel his gaze burning through her.

Then his hand cupped her cheek, and she opened her eyes to see him smiling. “Hey, beautiful,” he said.

She looked down at herself, finding it difficult to see anything but the stretch marks and the way her muscles had loosened since childbirth. “You want your money back?”

In reply, he kissed her.

 

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Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway: IDENTITY CRISIS by Eliza Daly

April 3, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 7

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Welcome to the Identity Crisis by Eliza Daly Book Tour! Today I have my review, an excerpt, and a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!

 

About the Book:

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Title: Identity Crisis

Author: Eliza Daly

When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across country to a family and past she doesn’t remember.

At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.

Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?

 

My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

Not just a romance, this book has action and intrigue, centering around the world of underground art forgeries and mob connections. The story’s twists and turns kept me glued to the pages. Though it has a very different plot line, with it’s sexual tension, art forgeries, and exciting game of cat and mouse I was reminded of The Thomas Crowne Affair.

I enjoyed Ethan and Olivia’s romance. Along with sizzling sexual tension, they share the emotional scars that come with the early, tragic loss of family. There is a connection, an understanding: I was rooting for them the entire time. Not just their romance, but the chance at trust, healing, redemption, and a future involving love and family.

The romantic elements, and a plot providing plenty of action and mystery (I was completely surprised when the mystery was finally solved!) make this a very good read.

“She wrapped her arms around his neck, tunneling her fingers through his wet hair. The thought of ever being away from Ethan again increased the urgency of their kiss. She longed for their bodies and lips to remain fused forever, except she had something she needed to tell him.”

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

 

Excerpt:

Father Clifford slipped a yellowed envelope from the side pocket of his vestment. “Your father gave this to me many years ago. Asked that I give it to you upon his death.”

She took the envelope from his hand. The organ music faded and a desolate, eerie stillness fell over the church, raising the hairs on the back of her neck. She tightened the shawl around her shoulders. She opened the envelope to find a letter and a newspaper clipping. She started with the letter.

Dear Livvy,

First, know that I loved you more than anything in this world. That’s why I hope someday you’ll forgive me for what I’ve done. Telling you the truth while I was alive could have put your life in danger. Now that I’m gone, I no longer fear for your safety. They would only have hurt you to get to me.

The only way to keep us safe was to enter the Witness Protection Program when you were five. Leaving our friends and family was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I can’t stand the thought of you now being alone. I hope you’ll go back to our family, in the town where I grew up, Five Lakes, Wisconsin. I’d like to be laid to rest there, next to your mother. Please forgive me enough to grant me this one last wish. If you should ever encounter any problems, contact Roy Howard, the U.S. Marshal who relocated us, at 415-334-9076. I’m so sorry. Please believe you were the most important thing to me. You were my life. My Livvy.

Love, Dad

Olivia stood paralyzed, her mind racing, trying to comprehend the letter. Was this some kind of sick joke? For the past twenty-four years her dad had lived in fear that somebody would hurt them? What had forced him to leave behind everyone he’d loved? Everyone she’d probably loved, but obviously couldn’t remember. And if her mom wasn’t buried in San Francisco, whose grave had Olivia been visiting here all these years? She tried to hold the letter steady in her trembling hands. Of course it was vague. Her dad had been a man of few words. However, these few words expressed a lot of emotion, something he’d never been good at doing.

“Is everything all right?” Father Clifford’s voice penetrated her thoughts.

Concern creased the older man’s brow and from the curiosity filling his gray eyes, he had no clue what the envelope contained. Her dad hadn’t even trusted a priest with his secret. Her dad had been the only person she’d ever really trusted, and it turned out she hadn’t truly known him.

She merely nodded, unable to find her voice. She inhaled a deep breath. The scent of beeswax candles and incense did little to calm the panic racing through her veins. She unfolded a clipping from a Chicago newspaper, dated twenty-four years ago. The headline read Art Dealer in Bed with Mob Blows Whistle on Forgery Ring and Vinnie Carlucci. The article included a photo of police officers escorting her dad. She started reading the article. Prominent Chicago art dealer Andrew Donovan confesses to having sold more than a hundred forgeries

Her stomach dropped. She slapped a hand over her mouth, certain she was about to vomit right there on the pew.

Her dad had been a criminal.

The nature of his crime made it all the more surreal.

She stared in disbelief at the papers in her hand. His name had been Andrew Donovan, not Alex Doyle. Her last name was Donovan. Was her first name actually Olivia? Instead of inheriting a family fortune, she’d inherited a new identity.

Or rather, an old one.

 

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Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley, Frankie, and Sammy.

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Tied-Up Tuesday: Author Guest and Review: HIS DESIRE, HER SURRENDER By Malia Mallory

April 2, 2013 BDSM, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Guest Post 2

Happy Tied-Up Tuesday!

Today I am super excited to welcome author Malia Mallory! She is sharing with us some of her Favorite Bondage Lines from His Desire, Her Surrender! There’s also a sexy excerpt as well as my review… Enjoy!

 

About the Book:

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Title: His Desire, Her Surrender (Dominating BDSM Billionaires Erotic Romance #2)

Author: Malia Mallory

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

 

Tabitha Quinn’s Hawaii vacation was anything but ordinary. Dominant billionaire Marcus Granger saved her life, swept her into his bed, and then left her heartbroken. Now she’s back in New York, mourning the man she’s sure she’ll never see again.

 Marcus may have left handprints on her skin, but Tabitha’s left handprints on his heart: he tracks her down, and they resume the sizzling affair they began in the islands.

 Tabitha belongs to Marcus body and soul in bed, but she worries she doesn’t belong in his high-stakes world. They’ve already dodged a murder attempt, and now Marcus is fighting off a competitor’s takeover. When the rival company obtains critical information, suspicion falls on Tabitha. She has to prove she’s innocent–and worthy to wear Marcus’s collar.

 

Author Guest:

 

Welcome Malia Mallory!

Thank you Gillian for hosting me! I’m told today is Tied Up Tuesday….so I picked something appropriate to our theme.

My newest release is entitled His Desire, Her Surrender. It is the second book in a series and the sequel to His Need, Her Desire. The lines are taken out of context, but I think you can use your imagination to figure out what might be happening.

 

1.  “I’ve had a vision in my head of you tied to the bedpost.”

2.  Tabitha reached out and handled the loops. They were soft on the surface. Thick, velvet fabric padded the strong line within.

3.  He looped it around her waist, up between her breasts, and over her shoulder, pulling it snug.

4.  This bondage didn’t compare to the handcuffs they’d used before. It encompassed her whole body, heightening her feeling of submission.

5.  The bonds held her securely, but she didn’t struggle. She’d never envisioned herself like this. Never. She looked ripe, ready, sexy.

 

Which is your favorite?

#3 is definitely my fave!

 

Excerpt:

Marcus tapped his stomach. “I don’t know about you, but I’m getting hungry. If you fix something, I’ll reward you later. Deal?”

“Sure.” Tabitha pulled chicken from the refrigerator as Marcus left her to find her way around the kitchen. She planned to cook something quick and easy on the stovetop. She located onions, chopped them and tossed them into a sauté pan. Further searching turned up rice and spices. A little saffron and cardamom and she’d have something tasty.

Once everything was in the pan, she tracked down the makings of a salad. That would do, she thought, chicken and rice with salad. Simple but appetizing.

As she set the table, Marcus reappeared, towels in hand. “I thought you might want one for sitting.” He spread one on the chair at the head of the table and the other on the chair to the side.

Tabitha handed Marcus the salad bowl. “This whole nudity thing. I’m not sure if I’d get used to it. Might get chilly.”

Marcus stole a carrot slice out of the salad and tossed it in his mouth. “I imagine so. But it can be a fun change of pace.”

“Yes.” Tabitha brought the chicken and rice to the table, and they settled in.

Marcus gazed on the food with appreciation. “This is great. I’m starving.”

“I hope you like it. I make it quite often.”

Marcus placed one hand on her thigh as he took a bite with the other.

Tabitha’s fork stopped in mid-air as heat flooded her. She was glad for the towel underneath her. The last thing she wanted was to stain the upholstery.

Marcus massaged her skin and slid his hand between her thighs.

Tabitha set down her fork. “Marcus!”

He continued eating. “Yes?”

“I can’t eat when you do that.”

“You can’t?” He took another bite of chicken, clearly enjoying it. His fingers searched her intimate recesses.

Tabitha pursed her lips, displaying an amused frown. “No. I’m too distracted.”

“Mmm. That is unfortunate. This meal is wonderful.”

“It’s hard to think about eating right now.”

Marcus maintained his innocent air while he explored her moistening skin. “Really? I’m having no trouble at all.” He ingested another bite.

 

My Review:

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

Combine a sexy billionaire, a sassy sub, super hot sex scenes, a dash of corporate intrigue, and a romantic HEA, and you have this fantastic story!

I was super excited to spend more time with Marcus and Tabitha. After the first book, their relationship seemed to have so much potential, and this book proves it. I enjoyed witnessing their chemistry as they grow as a couple and as Dom and sub, battle insecurities, learn to trust, and truly cement their feelings for one another. Both are believable characters, down-to-earth and relatable (even with Marcus’ extreme wealth). The story of their relationship has just enough heart-felt emotion and drama to keep it interesting, without too much angst. The real heat between this couple is in bedroom (or most any room they may happen to be in): the sex scenes are original, well-written, and super steamy, including a beautifully detailed bondage scene involving velvet covered rope that I just loved. The sex is deliciously kinky without being too edgy.

This story has it all, interesting characters, an engaging plot, great sex scenes, and a satisfying romance. It does not need to be read with the first book, but I highly recommend them both!

He tapped into her most secret needs- her desire to be taken and tamed. She wasn’t a masochist. She wasn’t in to pain. But the sting of the paddle combined with surrender of control opened her mind and body to limitless pleasure. She yearned to feel it again. She’d never imagined that connections like she found with Marcus existed.”

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

CLICK HERE to read my review of His Need, Her Desire (Book #1)

 

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About the Author:

Malia Mallory lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She’s been working with words since alphabet blocks rolled into her crib, not only writing her own work but copy editing and proofreading the work of others. She has loved to read about relationships since she first sneaked off with her mother’s Harlequin.

Malia Mallory is the best-selling author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released the Mia’s Cop Craving series and Santa’s Backdoor Baby. Malia’s books have hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords and AllRomance Books.

For a free copy of B is for Beach from The ABCs of Erotica, head to her website and sign up for the newsletter at http://www.maliamallory.com/Join_My_Mailing_List.php.

 

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Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway: THE VISCOUNT’S PLEASURE HOUSE by Suzi Love

March 27, 2013 Book Tour, Erotica, Historical Romance, Past Giveaways 17

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Welcome to the Embrace the Pleasure Review Tour! Today, I have my review of The Viscount’s Pleasure House the opportunity to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

 

About the Book:

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Title: The Viscount’s Pleasure House

Author: Suzi Love

Lady Chrissie Wellsby and her two country friends research dozens of rogues before selecting the notorious Viscount Hawkesbury, owner of London’s most exclusive and expensive brothel, to educate them in erotic seduction. The ladies abandon respectability and coerce Justin Tremayne into letting them visit The Pleasure House and to teaching them the sensual tricks mistresses and prostitutes use to entertain men.

Though Justin believes three naive ladies will see the debauched romps in his themed rooms, cover their eyes and ears, and run back to their sheltered lives, he underestimates the desperation of abandoned women who imagine a wider knowledge of sex will keep the men in their lives at home, in their own beds. But despite watching several of their friends, men and women, perform raunchy acts at his brothel, the ladies insist on participating in the last of Justin’s infamous Sultan’s galas, held in numerous silk tents and outdoor bathing areas on his estate.

Justin concedes to Chrissie’s demands only to gain information about his long-lost mother and sisters, but the world-weary viscount falls head over heels in love with his emotionally bruised pupil. He yearns for a wife, children, and an uncomplicated wife, but can he convinced Chrissie to take a chance and marry again? Because Justin never wants to leave her bed.

 

My Review:

 

My Rating: 4 Stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this sexy, historical romp! I was immediately whisked away to another time and place, and I was quite happy to stay for a while.

I was drawn in by the main characters, especially Justin, the “Virile Viscount”. His is an intriguing, lovable, and flawed character, engaging in the most dishonorable of activities in order to become the honorable man he seems in his heart to be. When Chrissie enters the story, sparks fly and I loved the chemistry the author so easily creates for the pair.

The book has an engaging plot. I was hooked: I wanted to keep reading, find out what happened next, and learn more about the characters. The author creates a vivid and sexy world then captures the reader’s attention. Love flawlessly uses tone, dialogue, and details to completely transport the reader to another time, while still keeping the characters and story relatable and intriguing. I felt like I was inside one of the period films I so adore. Though there is drama, heartache, and intensity, there is also an underlying sense of humor. I often caught myself smiling as I turned the pages.

The characters, plot, steamy sex, and beautiful romance combined with the extremely well done historical aspect of the book make this a great read!

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

 

Excerpt:

Justin, Viscount Hawkesbury, stepped closer and in reaction the black-clad lady moved back. As if remembering her reasons for coming, she shook her head and moved that same pace forward. Not as close as before, yet near enough to appear fearless.

He sighed, and rubbed a fist across his aching eyes. “I’m fatigued, out of sorts, and my friends and I have business to conduct. Either join in, or leave.”

He waved towards the door, hoping she’d walk out and leave him in peace, but also hoping, ridiculously, that she’d unveil, undress, and stay. Because something about this particular woman was different. Something about her stirred his first true sexual interest in many months.

He smiled a little. “I’d still like to see a little more of you. I can’t even see the color of your hair.” He pointed towards her groin. “Top or bottom. Here, let me unbutton you,” he said, his fingers set to work on her top button, brushing the soft skin of her nape as he did so.

She flinched and held tight to the gaping neck of her dress with clenched fists.“Please. Listen to me. I’m not seeking employment.”

“Ah, then you’re simply a bitch in heat like all the others. Wanting a lusty tale to recount to your upper-class friends over tea and cake. Perhaps compare notes on Viscount Hawkesbury’s infamous prowess.”

Her quick series of breaths hissed and sizzled like water spitting on hot coals. He heard the girls tut-tutting nearby, but taunting, teasing, and arousing the lioness who’d dared brave his den so late at night had proved too delicious a temptation to resist. Only one more jest at her expense and then he’d summon the butler and a couple of strong footmen, and bid her farewell.

He turned, slowly and deliberately, and spoke to his two friends. “Gentlemen, which of you is capable of keeping your prick upright long enough to provide such a lusty lady with the thrill she so clearly came to my house seeking?”

Justin knew that in their heightened state of inebriation, neither Bart nor Thomas would be capable of servicing any girl tonight. And the Virile Viscount had given up such jaunts. The only business he involved himself in now was the palace and even then he kept a very low profile. By next month, he’d no longer own that either. His pleasuring days were finished. Investing in the rapidly expanding railway tracks and steam engines was far more profitable, and respectable, for a man who hoped to bring his mother and sisters home to live with him.

Thomas, red-faced, lurched to his feet. “I say, Justin, she seems like a lady.”

“Thomas, you should know by now, on the outside they’re all ladies. However, underneath they all seek the same thing.”

The woman flinched. Justin yawned, not bothering to cover his mouth, and then collapsed back into his armchair. Leaning his head back on the headrest, he laughed.

“My love, if you’ve better to show me than them, do as I’ve asked. Undress!”

She muttered something that sounded like, “Rude swine.”

He laughed and indicated the empty space on the chaise longue beside Bart. “If you’re suffering personal timidity, at least take a seat and watch. Give the girls your opinion on what tricks attract gentlemen the fastest. What do you do to entice a man?”

Her hands fisted at her sides but she stood her ground. “I realize you’re amusing yourself at my expense, but I give you fair warning, my lord. If you continue with these childish taunts and force me to leave without letting me speak to you, in private, you’ll regret it later.”

He pointed to the door. “And I’m also issuing a warning. Join in or leave. Perkins will show you out. I’ve run out of patience with the so-called weaker sex and the schemes and lies that women seem to delight in bringing to my door. ”

Bart spat out an uncouth curse while Thomas muttered under his breath, both scolding him for his rudeness. Disgust suddenly flooded Justin’s body and the heart he’d assumed was frozen in his chest clenched, hard. Despite being forced into unseemly money making ventures, the three of them had vowed to remain, at heart at least, gentlemen. They all needed to take their places in society, which was why Justin never usually entertained this sort of female at his house. Too many watching neighbors and too many wagging tongues in this respectable neighborhood.

Had he now passed the point of no return? Had the indecent acts he’d committed, all to either survive or earn his some of the ready, tainted his thinking to this extent? It terrified him that his morals were as lost as those idiots who assumed a title and riches gave a man leeway to be rude, arrogant, and even to inflict pain on those they considered inferior.

He’d picked out this woman and had intended on using her as an example, encouraging her to pass along his message to long line of societal whores who would continue to plague him. He wanted to stand in the street and scream and yell,“The Virile Viscount is finished!”

Behavior such as his here showed the arrogance he’d always deplored. Rude attacks on a woman were despicable, and it was especially ill-bred of him to tease and taunt what he now suspected was a well-bred lady. But he’d underestimated the woman’s pluck, or perhaps her determination to make herself heard.

“Be warned, my lord, I shall return. Tomorrow. Early. Very Early. And if you refuse to speak with me, I’ll haunt your house until you are prepared to listen to me.”

Her ferocious expression made him burst out laughing again. Bart wiggled his eyebrows in a suggestive manner and held out his hand to encourage the woman to take a seat on the thigh of the woman he still held.

“I like her, Justin. Can I have her?”

“Feel free, Bart. If you dare! Though I suspect Thomas is correct. I’ve come to the unwilling, and unfortunate, conclusion that she’s not here to audition for the Harem.”

“Certainly not.” Her tone was icy. “I’m offering you an exchange. Your skill in tutoring my friends in return for information.”

“Regrettably, my services are no longer for hire.”

She inhaled so sharply he swore her ribs vibrated. Then she made her announcement.“If I leave this room, I’ll take with me what may be your last chance to see your mother. Alive, at any rate.”

 

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About the Author:

Suzi Love lives in a sunny part of Australia and loves to travel – anywhere and everywhere.

Her romances, ranging from sexy to erotic, are set in Britain, Australia, and the South Pacific, while her historical romances take place during her beloved late Regency to very early Victorian years. Best of all, Suzi loves exploring the many-layered and ever-changing aspects of society from the end of the Regency through to Queen Victoria’s very early reign.

Her titled heroes and heroines may appear to live privileged lives in and around London, but these strong characters challenge traditional manners, morals, and occupations, either through necessity or desire, and expose the seamier sides of tonnish life. Though Suzi’s books often have a grittier side, she tries to make history fun, one year at a time.

Apart from writing and reading, her favorite thing is traveling. She loves to visit historically famous places and speak with fascinating people and uses her research in her vivid and romantic books.

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Book Tour, Review, and GIVEAWAY: SELLING OUT (The Lost Girls #2) by Amber Lin

March 20, 2013 Book Review, Book Tour, Favorite Books, Past Giveaways, Romantic Suspense 14

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Welcome to the Selling Out Book Tour! Today I have my review as well the chance to win a $75 Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ARe gift card!

 

About the Book:

Shelly Laurent escapes her life as a high-class escort, but against her better judgment she takes the scared young Ella with her. Framed for murder by her pimp and his dirty cops in retaliation, Shelly turns to the one man who could be her salvation: Detective Luke Cameron. She doesn’t know if she can trust him or if he’s just a mirage, but it’s time for her to take a stand. Just one shot, make it count, she’ll fight Ella’s demons—and face her own.

Shelly throws light on the shadows of Chicago’s underworld, challenging everything she knew and the man she’s come to love. Together, a prostitute and a cop fight for truth stronger than secrets, hope deeper than deception, and a bond more enduring than betrayal.

 

Excerpt:

“Shh,” I murmured, stroking his back.

 “Shelly, goddammit.”

But his protests fell away as I pressed my breasts to his arm and my tongue to his ear. His harsh inhalation sounded broken, shattered, or maybe that was me.

I tasted salt and man, earth and spring. Slow licks alongside his lobe and upward, more suggestive than sensation, but for a man like this, anticipation would be everything. Or so I had imagined, all the times I had dreamed of it.

A small sound escaped him, somewhere between a grunt and groan. I took it as encouragement and smoothed my hands along the hard planes of his shoulders, his chest. Not anywhere near the bulge in his jeans, because this wasn’t about pleasure—it was about wanting.

Anything to get closer, I let my knees slide apart around his side, the faint heat of his body a shock to my core. His hands clenched and opened on his knees, and again, the muscles rippled beneath his darkly tanned skin. Was he restraining himself from touching me or pushing me off?

“Baby, no,” he groaned, letting his head fall back onto my shoulder.

No, I would never deserve to have him as more than a sex partner. And he had never fucked me, though I knew he wanted to. Every time he saw me, his eyes would darken and my stomach would bottom out, but we’d never touch. But maybe for one brief inconvenient moment, while the door was open and the young woman beyond it needed help, we could pretend. Maybe it could be enough.
I shut my eyes tightly and pressed a kiss to his temple. Pretend, just pretend. I would give him the sex he had craved, and in return, he’d give me memories. It would be a payment, just the same.

“You want this,” I whispered.

He shuddered in my arms; it was like hugging a wild animal, one who could just as easily maul me as cuddle.

“Can I touch you?” he whispered. “Please.”

It unraveled me, that plea. As if he understood that a little bit of my soul slipped away every time someone touched me. As if he would cherish the part I gave him.

I scrambled away from him as if burned, breathing hard. No.

No one understood, which was exactly the way I liked it. I ran a shaking hand over my face to smooth away the panic.

Sure, he knew the score better than most people. He had worked the beat as a patrol cop and then as a detective. Life as a high-priced escort wasn’t glamorous; it was sweat and blood sprinkled with glitter. But he didn’t know the full extent, and I prayed he never would. Henri didn’t sell bodies; he gutted them.

I panted against the headboard, unable to walk away but unwilling to beg. Luke remained carved in stone where I’d left him sitting on the edge of the bed. The air pulsed with doubt and longing—with sex.

“I want it to be real between us.” He spoke low and hoarse.

A quiet sound escaped me. Every caress, every pinch. Every slur ever spoken. “It’s always real. That’s the problem, Luke. It’s always too damn real.”

He hung his head, and I thought for a moment I heard him say I know, but the moment slipped away, the sweet intimacy sailed away like clouds on the horizon—never really mine.

 

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My Review:

My Rating: 5 Stars

Dark, gritty, seductive, and action-packed, Selling Out is a fantastic follow-up to Giving it Up. Though the stories are told in a similar style, this one is definitely my favorite. I relished the opportunity to spend more time with Allie, Colin, Philip, and especially Shelly.

From it’s first moments, the book kept me glued to the pages. As the author peels away Shelley’s layers, giving the reader more insight in to who she is, she peels away layers of plot, revealing twists, turns and surprises. We get to know the characters as well as the seedy Chicago underworld, and just when everything seems too dark, too impossible, there is a pin-point of light. But nothing in Shelly’s world is simple…

For me, the best part of the book is Shelly’s character; I adore her. She is so incredibly broken, damaged, and dark, but for whatever reason, she keeps fighting for herself, for others, and for redemption. She is complex, subversive, intelligent, and beautiful. I am drawn to her, like the people around her, especially Luke. I was taken by their electric connection, and the mystery surrounding Luke.

I enjoyed this book immensely. The story, the characters, the emotion and the author’s perspective left me breathless and wrung-out. I was completely sucked in and though I was satisfied by the ending, I was disappointed when it was over.

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

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Amber Lin writes erotic romance with damaged souls and deep emotion.

Her debut novel Giving It Up (Loose Id, 9781611188431) received The Romance Review’s Top Pick, Night Owl Top Pick, and 5 Blue Ribbons from Romance Junkies. RT Book Reviews gave it 4.5 stars, calling it “truly extraordinary.” The sequel is slated for release in early 2013. Her small town romance will be published by Carina Press in Fall 2013. She is represented by Jewelann Cone of the Cascade Literary Agency.

Amber married her high school sweetheart, birthed a kid who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty thoughts. In other words, life is good.

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Book Review: VIRGIN UNDER GROUND (A Prepper Romance) by Kate Richards

March 19, 2013 Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Favorite Books, Novella/Short Story 4

 

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Title: Virgin Under Ground (A Prepper Romance)

Author: Kate Richards

Publisher: Decadent Publishing

Publication Date: January 18, 2013

 

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

About the Book:

Doctorate in hand, Jane Ann Summers is ready to return to the South Seas paradise of her youth, when the director of the institute—her mother—drops a bomb. She cannot return until she experiences more of life…a social life.

Determined to waste no time, Jane searches for a shortcut and discovers the 1Night Stand dating service. A single night with geologist Dr. Lukas Gerard, and she can go home and get on with her fascinating study of world weather trends. The only question is whether to have sex with him…after all, it would be her first, and maybe only, time.

Lukas’s own field of study has shown him some alarming trends. He believes a killer earthquake may rattle the western half of the United States in the near future. In preparation, he converts an abandoned gold mine to a secret bunker, loaded with supplies and all the comforts of home. Only thing he needs now is company in his hideaway. Unsure how to find the right companion, he turns to 1Night Stand, but neither he nor Jane are prepared for the sudden impact of one of Madame Eve’s connections.

One night teaches them there is more to life than science…for both of them.

 

My Review:

A ruggedly sexy, brilliantly intelligent, disaster prepping hero? Ummmm, YES PLEASE!

I love this story. It’s a quick read, and very well-written. I really appreciated the writing style: the story flowed so smoothly. The romance between the two main characters is sensual, sexy, and ultimately, hopeful. The author creates a sizzling chemistry in a short amount of time. Lukas is the exact right combination of protective strength and tenderness.

For me, a highlight of this story is the underground bunker that the bulk of the story takes place in. The author’s creation of this incredibly beautiful, and very useful, safe place is highly imaginative. That space and the irresistible Dr. Lukas Gerard have me wishing for the apocalypse!

“The man who stared down at her was not the urbane professor who had picked her up. Rather a god, a man of unlimited strength who could carry her through disasters and fears, who had built a fortress of safety and beauty inside the belly of the earth herself.

 When he reached for her, she went to him, and put herself in his hands. She was living, for the first time.”

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

 

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About the Author:

Kate Richards lives with her wonderful husband and menagerie of adopted pets in sunny SoCal. She loves the beach, the High Sierra, where she has a very tiny cabin, and spending her days making sure all of her characters—eventually—get to have a happily ever after.

Kate loves hearing from her readers, and you can email her at katerichards09@gmail.com, visit at http://katerichards.wordpress.com, or stop by her Facebook: katerichardsauthor.


Book Review: WUNDER by A.R. Von

March 18, 2013 Book Review, Erotica, Novella/Short Story 3

 

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Title: Wunder (Wunder Series #1)

Author: A.R. Von

Publication Date: February 14, 2013

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My Rating: 5 Stars

 

 

 

About the Book:

The Wunder Series from Debut Author, A.R. Von
A Semi-Zombie Erotic Treat

Wunder isn’t your average girl, in fact, she isn’t even an average human. In a world once ravaged by Zombies, she was born amidst the chaos. Where can a girl like her find the man of her delicious dreams? She has an idea and it leads her to the hottest new club in town, where she finds what’s been missing in her life.

Pete has his own secrets to tell, and when they come together, another story unfolds while the sparks fly.

 

My Review:

A unique and sexy short, Wunder offers a twist on the “typical” post-apocalyptic zombie story. The main characters, also romantic leads, have a zombie-related secret to share!

I’m a fan of pretty much anything zombie, and this story did not disappoint. It’s well-written and a great introduction to the characters. In a short span of time the author creates an undeniable heat and connection between Wunder and Pete, culminating in a steamy sex scene. Their relationship, the possibilities it holds, along with this story’s compelling plot and unique twist on the genre, has me eager to read more!

“ ‘I was always afraid too. I’m different from everyone else and never wanted to be with anyone before now.’

 I realize he felt the same way I did. I was always afraid, and never felt any motivation to go after a guy before. I know I need to say something about this, but I couldn’t find any words, so I did the next best thing, and kissed him. He says everything I feel, that longing I’ve had too, for what feels like forever. I needed this.”

 

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Book Tour, Review and Giveaway: STRICT MACHINE by Justus Roux

March 15, 2013 BDSM, Book Review, Book Tour, Erotica, Past Giveaways 8

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Welcome to my stop on the Strict Machine Blog Tour! Today I’m sharing my review, a sexy excerpt, and a couple of fabulous Giveaways*!

 

*Giveaway info: The author is offering a tour Grand Prize of a $100 Amazon Gift Card! Also, comment on this post for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book (US only).

 

About the book:

Salome was tricked by the man she loved most in this world. Lucian said he was her Master and that he loved her. Yet, he abandoned her here with these strange men.  Her life quickly became a living hell. One in which she thought she never escape until a man named Master Darius saved her from these slavers.  He was going to hunt down Lucian and she wanted to be there when he caught him.

Darius wasn’t too happy when Salome wanted to be his submissive after he saved her from those slavers.  He couldn’t refuse Xanthos’ request to train Salome. They had to keep her from running back to Lucian. Darius knew Salome wouldn’t fit into his home, his submissives were trained to break up slave rings and she was nowhere near tough enough to do this. He figured he would keep her until he caught Lucian then he would send her to Master Drake. She would certainly fit in with Drake’s pampered pets.

Salome finds herself falling in love with Master Darius despite the fact that he comes across to everyone as a strict machine. She knows underneath his frigid façade there is a Master beyond all others. But will she have the strength to uncover it, especially after what Lucian has put her through.

 

My Review:

 

My Rating: 3 Stars

There are many elements to this story that I enjoyed. There is sexy Master Darius, a former Marine, now a Master that has dedicated his life to saving submissives caught up in a seedy sexual slavery ring. I particularly enjoyed his brave vigilantism and penchant for steampunk inspired fucking machines.

The plot in general has action as well as romance, and moves along very quickly. I only wish that I had been able to form a stronger connection with the main characters. The writing is a bit stark and unemotional, and the style is reflective of our hero’s strict and somewhat cold demeanor. Fortunately, Salome’s character provides a bit of softness and vulnerability. Overall, this is a good book with a compelling plot and a satisfying finish.

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

 

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Excerpt:

The bars of the cage were cool to the touch. The cement floor in which the cage was bolted onto was hard and unwelcoming. The air reeked of urine, sweat and sex. And what was worse there was no light in this room most of the time, though at times this was welcoming, the light only served to illuminate this dank place. This was Salome’s reality for the last four months. Her truth, her hell, it threatened to rob her of her mind, her very soul. Her only crime that damned her to this place was that she chose to love the wrong man.

At times she could hear soft weeping. This saddened her, knowing that other women shared her fate.

Lucian led her to this place, and like a fool she followed. She can still see Lucian’s smile in her thoughts. He was so handsome, so charming…God she was a fool.  He let those other men use her roughly and when he grew tired of it he simply left her here. He didn’t say goodbye or give any explanation on why he did this to her. The smelly older male of the bunch locked her in this damn cage over a week ago. He said she needed to be housebroken. And when she inquired about Lucian the older male only said that she belong to this house now.

Her tears would not come, though she disparately needed to cry. She huddled in a corner of the small cage trying to warm herself. The ratty dress they had made her wear offered no warmth and barely covered her. She looked at the two dog bowls that were placed in her cage. The repugnant old man took so much pleasure in treating her like a dog. The only time she was let out was twice a day to use the bathroom.

Salome closed her eyes and prayed for release from this abyss. She prayed that someone would save her and the others or that one of these monsters would hurry up and take her life. One way or another she wanted to be free of this hell.

 

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