Happy Book Birthday to A PERFECT DILEMMA

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the final book in the A Perfect Secret Series

New Adult Contemporary Romance and Mystery

About the book:
The one secret she can’t stand to keep is the one she can’t afford to tell.
The perfect little rich girl, River Pearl Sutton has always done what her family expected of her. She’d become the perfect little beauty queen, the perfect child model and now her global success locks her into a life she never really chose.

Coming home for the summer to prepare for the Founder’s Day Festival, a celebration of her lauded ancestor, she is tasked by her father to write a speech to be delivered at the end of the party.

Returning to Hope Parish brings her back into close proximity with sweet-talking, skirt-chasing Braxton Outlaw, the boy who always seemed immune to her charms in high school. But now he looks at her with those challenging blue eyes, both intimidating and seductive at the same time. Using research of her family lineage and his as way to get close to this bad boy, they fall into a hot, torrid affair.

She stumbles across a terrible secret that could bring to ruin not only her reputation, but the reputation and standing of her family. But when her infatuation with Brax grows into something that she can’t live without, she must decide what to do. Keep the secret and lose Brax or destroy her family and lose them.

It’s an awful, heartrending perfect dilemma.

A Perfect Mess CoverA Perfect Mistake coverA PERFECT DILEMMA is the third book in the A Perfect Secret series. I’ve reviewed the other two books–and they were interesting, spicy New Adult reads. They are all stand-alone novels with some common characters and no cliffhangers.

If you’re thirstin’ for an entertaining quick read these Bayou books might could wet your whistle. Check out my reviews for either A PERFECT MESS or A PERFECT MISTAKE.

I’ll tell you, never did suspect a pretty young smart gal could hide a body so darn good. And the Outlaw triplets are a big ‘ol slice of yum.

Interested? You can find A PERFECT DILEMMA on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.

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About the Author
Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Hi there! Today I get to share my review of Jessie Evans’ newly release steamer–SADDLE AND SIN. It’s a contemporary romance featuring the hottest singing cowboy in five states (and Texas) and how he woos his Ice Queen manager into a Happily Ever After. #Loved.

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Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…

Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions in Austin, and returns home to Lonesome Point to help out. Fortune and fame are all well and good, but family and friends come first. Besides, he’s ready to enjoy some off-the-clock time with his manager, a woman who has him dying to show her what a good man can do to a woman when he’s given permission to be bad.

Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager. A scandal with one of her clients nearly destroyed her, but now she’s close to launching an artist who will make her career. Robert Lawson has it all—talent, charisma, and a naughty side that flicks all of Marisol’s kinkier switches. But Robert is off limits. She refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch, doing her best to convince Robert to ditch the saddle and embrace his future as a star.

But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if fear is stronger than love, or if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.

My Review:
This is the second book in the Lonesome Point series, and I liked it better than the first.

Robert “Bubba” Lawson is reaching out for his dream. He’s always been a fave on the karaoke scene, but now he’s singing for real–booking gigs and everything. He’s keeping this on the super down-low because his mother is totally against performing, and especially against her sons growing up and moving away. Both his older brothers have built homes on their family ranch, but Bubba wants wings to fly. Oh, and he also wants his manager, Marisol.

Marisol got burned, professionally and emotionally, by a client/lover two years ago. Shunned by her family and plagued by internet video evidence of her folly, she’s sworn off men. Even Robert. Even panty-melting, heartstring-pulling, uber-lucious, destined-to-be-a-star Robert. Especially Robert, because he’s the real deal, both professionally and emotionally, and that scares the stuffing out of her pillows.

Okay. There are no surprises that Robert and Marisol do hit it. It’s more about how and when, and how they deal with it after. Marisol is loathe to give up any control in her regimented life, but she’s so attracted to the sensitive, hard-working, emotionally-available man who wants nothing more than to love and please her. Robert woos with the best of them: taking Marisol to his ranch to help with bull castrating. Yep, this cowboy is a real cowboy, fo sho.

I actually adored the ranching parts of this book. It felt fun and authentic. Marisol has more than a few tricks in her arsenal, and from the outset I felt compelled to cheer them on, knowing they would be each other’s best ally.

I got Marisol’s anguish–it’s brutal to have personal acts shared on porn websites. It’s rotten to be disowned by family. It’s empowering to isolate and cut away the hurting bits, but it’s exhilarating to be loved again, in spite of past mistakes. I so swooned for Robert. He didn’t bat an eyelash over Marisol’s sordid history. He loved her up, and down, and any which way he could get her. The smexytimes were G-O-O-D.

Bubba and Marisol made a great match and a great team, and this book is seriously just such a huge pile of beach-ready sunshine that I’m sure I’ll read it again. The Lonesome Point series is turning my head on cowboy romance. Or, maybe that was Bubba.

Interested? You can find SADDLES AND SIN on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

About Jessie Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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New Release! STRIVING FOR PERFECTION by BL Mooney

 

 

Title: Striving for Perfection
Series: Striving #2
Author: BL Mooney
 Release Date: September 18, 2014

 

Synopsis

Perfection is a gimmick.

It’s something they use to sell you shit you don’t need. The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect marriage. Photos of that perfect life are all around us, but none of it exists.

I know better because I take those photos. It’s all a ruse to make us think that’s what we want. Behind closed doors, the house is a mess, the family is fighting, and that loving couple hates each other. I prefer a different city every week, laughing friends, and a variety of lovers.

Until Carl. I’m not sure what I want when he’s around.

Perfection is an illusion.

It’s something used to make you forget all the bad shit that happens in this world. It’s an unattainable dream not worth the effort.

I had the perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect marriage. Or so I thought. That illusion died with my wife and slammed me into reality. Aside from my daughter, business deals and making money is where my heart is now.

Until Rachael. I’m not sure what I feel when she’s around.

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Excerpt

Cagney buzzed that the VIP had arrived. I stood up and smoothed out my jacket and slacks. I also took a moment to make sure the girls were still at optimum cleavage. Jimmy scoffed. “He’s married.”

I raised my eyebrows and looked at him. “So are you, but you still look.”

He shrugged, not denying the truth, and walked to the door. I was smoothing down the last of the wrinkles in my jacket when I heard his deep voice. I froze.

“Jim, thank you for meeting with me again.” I heard the door shut and heard him approach. I closed my eyes.

Carl Williamson was a man known to my family. He and my brother had fought for the same woman. Carl lost. He never stood a chance with his intimidating and aggressive tactics. He even used his daughter as a pawn to get Drew to go out with him.

I didn’t know who he was when I first met him. The only thing I needed to know was he was hot and I was in need of a hot man. At that time, being hot and single were my only dating requirements and I wanted to date Carl. It didn’t stop me from seeing him when I found out. A choice I later regretted.

Jimmy kept bringing him closer. “No problem. We’re just as excited to get started. This is the photographer you requested.”

“No. Fucking. Way.” I spun around and met Carl’s black eyes. It only took him a second to register what was happening and his eyes widened in surprise. “I’m not working with this asshole.” I started for the door.

“Rachael!” Jimmy grabbed my arm. He was surprisingly stronger than I had anticipated. “What’s wrong with you?” He tried to speak softly, but Carl heard him.

“I can’t do this.”

I couldn’t look at Carl. I already knew what he looked like. I didn’t need to see the man standing off to the side to know his shoulders were broad. I didn’t need to see the jet-black hair to remind me I wanted to run my fingers through it. I already knew he was the perfect height to offset my heels.

I could’ve bet money his designer suit fit his body perfectly, and was pressed as though he had just stepped off the pages of a magazine. And I didn’t need to see the look on his face to know his strong, squared jaw was set—hard. No, I didn’t need to see him again to remind me of all of that.

“You have to do this.” Jimmy started to drag me away from the door.

I wrenched my arm free of his grasp and from the corner of my eye, saw Carl take a step forward when Jimmy tried to grab me again. I placed my hand up to stop him. “Don’t.”

Jimmy held his hands up and backed away. “Just give us five minutes. I’m not sure what exactly went on between the two of you, but I’m only asking for five minutes.” I hesitated and Jimmy whispered, “Just think of the camera.”

I glanced at Carl and looked back to Jimmy. “Do I have to work with him?”

Carl answered. “Yes, you do.”

I could tell by the look on Jimmy’s face it was true. “Then forget it.” I turned and walked away. “I’m not working with an asshole.”

“Rachael,” Carl said my name as a command. It stopped me, but I didn’t turn around. “We can communicate through email. I’ll send you the list of prospects and you send me the photos, but you will answer directly to me.”

I turned at the sound of Jimmy whispering to see Carl silence him with the wave of his hand. “What aren’t you telling me?”

“Nothing that’s required for this job.”

Jimmy’s brows furrowed for a brief moment before he walked to his desk, shaking his head. “I don’t know what’s going on between you two, and I don’t want to know.”

“Nothing is going on.” I walked past Carl to Jimmy’s desk. “What were you whispering?”

“I had set up a test.” I still wouldn’t turn to look at Carl as he spoke. I watched Jimmy to see if Carl was being honest. “I didn’t know you were their best photographer. The test is no longer needed.”

“Of course it’s needed.” I finally turned to address him. “You don’t trust anyone, so I’ll take your lousy test. What is it? Stand on my head and get an impossible shot?”

It hit me then that both Cagney and Jimmy had said he was married. His wife had died over a year ago. I looked at the wedding ring on his finger. Carl noticed and put his hand in his pocket as I lifted my eyes to his. I stood there silent, just staring. I didn’t deserve an explanation, but one would’ve been nice.

Jimmy was either unaware of the tension or chose to ignore it. “He wanted family photos taken.”

“Jim.” He finally stopped staring at me and tried to stop Jimmy, but it was too late. He didn’t want me to take his family photos.

I couldn’t believe it. He was still hiding me as some mistress. I’m no one’s whore. I didn’t say a word. I just walked out. Jimmy was calling after me, but I ignored him and kept walking. I wasn’t going to stick around where I wasn’t wanted.

Problem was I didn’t know where I was wanted.

About the Author
B.L. Mooney started writing when the voices and storylines in her head ran out of room. They were getting too cramped and neither B.L. nor the characters could take it anymore, so she did the only thing she could do—she made room. She always knew she wanted to write, but vowed to make time for it later. Now that she’s made time for writing, most everything else falls to the wayside. That seems to suit the characters that keep popping up in her head just fine.

B.L. lives in the Midwest, and her other talents include in-demand cookies, a very dry sense of humor, and stealth eavesdropping. Some mannerisms, attitudes, or twists come from random sentences picked up while passing by strangers. So speak up the next time you have something to gossip about. You never know, it may just end up on the pages of the next book you read. She loves to hear from her readers and you can contact her via email at AuthorBLMooney@gmail.com

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He was Better Than CHERRY PIE–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m featuring a newly revised, expanded, and re-released novel by Samantha Kane. CHERRY PIE is a contemporary M/M romance that is as “country” and “delicious” as the dessert of its namesake.

Cherry Pie (Mercury Rising, #1)About the book:
“You can go home again if you can get a foot in the door.”

Months after packing and moving from L.A. to Mercury, North Carolina, John Ford still hasn’t adjusted to the heat. Or, to life without his long-time partner gone nearly a year by now. As he fixes up the old house he bought, the quiet becomes his only companion, and he’s content with that until a deep-voiced stranger plants himself under a tree across the street.

Eight years ago, Connor Meecham left someone behind in that house:  himself. Now he’s back to find the man he used to be, before drugs and prison sent his life careening off the tracks. But it’s not his mother’s face peering through the window any more. It’s a man who seems as lost as Conn himself.

When John learns what the house and the dying town mean to Conn, he finds himself opening the door to his heart. Just a crack. But it’s enough to get mixed up in a world of emotions as complicated as the recipe for the perfect cherry pie. Where one misstep can turn something sweet and juicy into one hot mess.

Warning: Contains a guitar-wielding, brooding Southern boy and a reclusive millionaire with a weakness for cherry pie and hot coffee. Excessive porch sittin’ and lemonade included.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book. First, John is a compassionate lead. He carries have the POV, and it’s good to see him break out of the shell he’s built around himself. He spent ten years as a monogamous partner to a closeted Army officer. This, in itself, wasn’t the worst part, however. It was how–at Steve’s funeral–John learned that he was the only monogamous partner in that relationship. Feeling betrayed, an unable to deal with his life in LA, he drives across the country and buys a worn-down farmhouse in Mercury, NC. It’s a po-dunk backwater town, but it’s perfect for John, who really wants to start over. He spends his time rehabbing the country home. John, see, he’s a very wealthy man–he designed an app game a number of years ago. And he’s kinda resting on his residual income.

Connor is a local boy gone astray. He was captain and quarterback of the state champ football team, on his full-ride to Univ of Georgia–when a hard tackle blew out his knee. Then it was failed rehab, painkillers and addiction. Followed by funding his addiction, however he could. Connor prostituted himself–first to high-paying men, and then to whomever would supply him, spiraling so far, he felt beyond redemption when he was finally arrested. That was three years ago and he’s been clean since. In that time, his mama died and he couldn’t bring himself to visit–even for the funeral.

Connor’s so emotionally lost, his only connection in the world is to the small town in which he was raised. His redemption tale begins at the end of John’s driveway. John is dismayed to see the hulking brute hanging out across the street in the shade of a tree. He tries to ignore him, but after a few days, John insists on driving Connor to the local shelter he helps to fund in town–it’s a safe space for homeless (straight and gay) men to live while they get their lives together. Connor’s mortified to be thrust back into the society he once knew, and reluctantly reveals his sordid tale, and his sexuality, to the people who feel, well, a bit taken aback. But, he does what he set out to do–come to terms with himself, and his past, and finds there are still people who care about him in this world. It’s quite the surprise.

Connor needs a job in order to stay in Mercury, that’s made crystal clear by the local law enforcement entities, and he begins to clean up his old home, with or without John’s approval. In time, John is obliged to accept Connor’s help, and offer him regular lodgings–allowing Connor to repair his own self-esteem in the process. These two find a mutual attraction, and when they become intimate, it is a mutually satisfying experience; John is allowed to be the top man–something Steve had never permitted, while Connor shares himself as a partner, not a boy toy–for the first time.

In the course of all these happenings, both John and Connor are also enveloped into the community of Mercury, and are able to make positive strides toward recover of the local economy. The small, close-knit group of neighbors with whom they associate–many being childhood friends of Connor–become the family that each of these men lacks. And that’s about as sweet as Connor’s mama’s signature cherry pie dessert the locals clamor to consume.

It’s a solid redemption tale, with interesting, compassionate leads and some delicious smexytimes. It’s a vanilla romance with tender insight and a quick pace. John thinks the way to Connor’s affection is to “take care” of him, while Connor knows he must rebuild himself to being a man worthy of love. They have some fits and starts, but they communicate. They share. It’s a whole new kind of relationship for John, who is more than happy to be openly affectionate, instead of being closeted away.

Interested? You can find CHERRY PIE on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Kobo.

Samantha KaneAbout the Author:
Reviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.”  Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.” She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction.  Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.

Samantha Kane has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

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Happy Book Birthday to SADDLES AND SIN!–with Giveaway

Releasing Today!

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a sultry contemporary romance from

Jessie Evans

About SADDLES AND SIN
Even sweet cowboys have a sinful side…

Robert Lawson—Bubba to his friends—is six feet, four inches of tall, dark, and handsome cowboy, with a panty-melting voice and a face made to launch a country music career. But when his family’s ranch hands go down with the flu, Robert cancels his high-profile auditions in Austin, and returns home to Lonesome Point to help out. Fortune and fame are all well and good, but family and friends come first. Besides, he’s ready to enjoy some off-the-clock time with his manager, a woman who has him dying to show her what a good man can do to a woman when he’s given permission to be bad.

Marisol Medina has been looking for her golden ticket since she became a country music manager. A scandal with one of her clients nearly destroyed her, but now she’s close to launching an artist who will make her career. Robert Lawson has it all—talent, charisma, and a naughty side that flicks all of Marisol’s kinkier switches. But Robert is off limits. She refuses to mix business and pleasure, even if it will be hell resisting temptation while spending a week at the Lawson family ranch, doing her best to convince Robert to ditch the saddle and embrace his future as a star.

But as Marisol and Robert grow closer and the passion between them ignites, Marisol must decide if fear is stronger than love, or if a chance at forever is worth breaking all her rules.

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Add it to Goodreads here! I’ve finished with my advanced copy, and holy smokes! the book sizzles. I LOVED. Stay tuned for my review on Friday, but, until then, feel free to Buy SADDLES AND SIN!

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About Jessie Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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He Learned to Love Between THE BEFORE NOW AND AFTER THEN–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a contemporary YA gay romance newly released by debut novelist Peter Monn. THE BEFORE NOW AND AFTER THEN relates the tale of Danny, a high school boy growing up gay in Indiana and learning to love following the loss of his twin brother, Sam.

The Before Now and After ThenAbout the book:

Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents, and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

My Review:

Danny Goldstein’s family dissolves the day he “comes out”–though the issues don’t surround his confession. No, it is also the same day his mother learns of his father’s infidelity and his twin brother, Sam, dies in a car wreck.

See, Danny was the shadow twin. Sam was bigger-than-life with all the friendships, girlfriends and sports prowess. In the wake of the family trauma, Danny and his mom move across town and he attends a new school for senior year. He is tentative, but actually makes a friend his first day. Cher, who is a spirited-outsider-girl, anxious to have a gay BFF. Danny hasn’t even confessed his sexuality, but all the kids he meets simply assume he IS gay, so I guess that worked out.

He also meets Rusty, a Venezuelan boy with bright eyes and a kind smile who may-or-may-not be gay (spoiler: he is) and an over-the-top-ass-riding-bully Pat Jones (who may or may not be gay…). Danny clings to his friendship with Cher, and makes a few other friends through her, though they don’t go to his school. Meanwhile he and Rusty become close.

Danny has never had a boyfriend, and Rusty becomes that–but Rusty has issues: his young sister is very ill. His family has moved around the country seeking specialized care for her for years. She is currently being treated in a teaching hospital in Indianapolis, but this may change at any time. As such, Rusty doesn’t want to get too serious because he doesn’t want to be hurt if/when his family up and moves, as they always do. Rusty stands up for Danny, against Pat’s bullying, which leads to some low level stalking and a big showdown that calls into question Pat’s sexuality.

During the six months the books spans, Danny learns a lot about himself. His “Uncle” Alex, BFF of his mother from high school, provides some insight–Alex is gay and had a rough time as a teen, and Danny has a good sense of his story growing up. For Danny, life isn’t much like that–his punk-rocker-grown-up parents accept his sexuality–almost eerily so. They shower him with acceptance and love, in a way that feels stifling, as if they are afraid he’ll get too depressed and kill himself and they’ll be left with no children; it’s almost its own burden.

There are some other, larger, societal issues–teen pregnancy, grief, the “out of control” aspect of teen life, homophobia, and bullying–touched on. Danny, after many months of not speaking about/dealing with his emotions regarding Sam’s death, his parent’s divorce, his own homosexuality, and his love-and-loss regarding Rusty, finally opens up to his therapist and gains some closure as well as the strength to grow into his own person–outside of the shadow of Sam and his parents’ expectations.

The ends wraps up tightly, with a rather solid happy. This is an excellent book for gay and questioning teens with lovely language and believable characters. For all that I have described here, I haven’t even done the novel’s plot justice. It moves so fast, and with such grace, I read it in a day.

Interested? You can find THE BEFORE NOW AND AFTER THEN on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I received an advanced review copy via NetGalley.

Peter MonnAbout the Author:

Peter Monn is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where he lives with his dashing husband Alex and their brood of dogs named after their favorite literary muses. He is known for being one half of the infamous celebrity interview team, http://raannt.com, as well as being a Huffington Post Gay Voices guest blogger. Besides being a life coach, a dreamer, a romantic, a moon-child and a lover of carnivals, night swimming and driving around late at night, he is also a writer. His first book, The Before Now and After Then, is now available.

You can find Peter on his website, Goodreads, Facebook and twitter.

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CLAIMED BY LIGHT Book Blitz and Kindle Giveaway!

Happy Book Birthday!

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New Adult Paranormal Romance from

author Reese Monroe and EMBRACE

(Entangled Publishing New Adult imprint)

About the book:
Forgiveness softens even the hardest of hearts…

College senior Slade Bennet is so close to his degree he can taste it…until his sister becomes tangled with a coven of demons and he must trade his soul to save her. But first he must kill the assigned target: a sexually charged beauty who ignites his protective instinct.

After the devastating loss of her Companion, the last thing Halena Girard can stomach is the emotional connection to a Mate. She lives for only two things: vanquishing demons, and seeking Artifacts rumored to lead to Lucifer’s downfall. That is, until she’s attacked by a…frat boy? Worse, a newly-demonic frat boy wearing the mark of her Mate.

Halena would rather kill Slade than give him her heart. Unfortunately, the only way Slade can find his sister and get Halena the Artifacts is to work together. As they face the darkest of evil, Slade’s ability to crush Halena’s carefully erected walls might prove to be the most lethal battle of all.

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CLAIMED BY LIGHT is the third book in the Bound By Hades series–find out about the two other books in the series below.

ForgedByFateBook #1 in trilogy: Forged by Fate

He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…

Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.

Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.

Somehow a vicious demon banished to Hades defies Theo’s vanquish and returns, setting his target on Sadie, and she is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.

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One choice away from eternity…
For 911 years, Gatekeeper companion Justin Bradford has denied the possibility of being mated to only one woman. He enjoys them all too much to settle down. So when he feels his mate’s Ahavah mark surface, his first instinct is to ignore it. But when he sees the leather-clad beauty in need of his help that’s easier said than done…

Yvonne wakes up naked on a cold park bench in a small town with no memory of who—or what—she is. All she knows is the gentle man who woke her was turned to dust when she touched him. And now the strange mark that appeared on her shoulder throbs in the presence of the raven-haired man now offering to help her…

As Justin and Yvonne navigate the mystery of her past, their bond grows, but the secrets they discover and the sacrifices that must be made could be enough to rip them apart for eternity.

Interested? You can find MARKED BY HADES on Kindle USA, Kindle UK, Kindle CA, B&N, Kobo, and iBooks.

Reese Monroe Author Bio:
Originally from Minnesota, Reese Monroe currently enjoys living in the sunny Arizona desert with her husband of seventeen years and her loveable Shetland Sheep dog, Maddux. Monroe holds a degree in psychology from Southwest Minnesota State University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. When she’s not busy writing her next trilogy, she can be found pounding the pavement, training for her next endurance event.

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I Found MY KIND OF CRAZY–A Review

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a recently released contemporary romance by Katie O’Sullivan. I “met” Katie a while back via some blog hops I join and I was interested in her adult work–she’s multi-published in paranormal YA romance for some cool mermaid books, but MY KIND OF CRAZY is a straight romance featuring two divorcee’s who find a fresh start in Cape Cod.

My Kind of CrazyAbout the book:

Kendall Roarke is betting everything on making her Harwichport Bed & Breakfast into the premier wedding destination on Cape Cod, despite her recent messy divorce.

Jonathan Reynolds moved back to the Cape to take over his uncle’s business and start fresh after his own marriage ended. He’s not looking for anything complicated – until he meets Kendall, with her big plans and wild mop of curls.

Throw an unruly foster puppy and an uptight new neighbor into the mix and things get a little crazy. Now Kendall has to decide if it’s the kind of crazy that she can live with… for the rest of her life.

My Review:
First, let me say I liked the story. It’s a well developed plot with two kind-hearted main characters. Kendall “meets” Jon obliquely in her local coffee shop. At the time, the shop gossip is speculating that Jon is a bit too friendly with the matronly librarian (his aunt, though Kendall doesn’t know this) with whom he is having coffee. Kendall is overly sensitive to infidelity–her own husband took off with a barely-legal waitress several months back and the divorce papers are freshly minted. So, she chucks Jon into the Cad Category, and moves on. Sort of.

Jon is a veterinarian who has newly relocated to Cape Cod to escape his own failed marriage–his wife had been having an affair with his business partner, so he cut his ties and moved east to take over his elderly uncle’s practice. He used to spend summers on the cape, having both his mother’s siblings as long time residents. He’s attracted to Kendall, but afraid to act on it–especially in the company of his family.

Once Kendall gets over her misunderstanding regarding Jon and his aunt, they become friendly. Jon admires Kendall’s independence and hard work–she’s single-handedly restoring her now-empty beach house and turning it into a bed and breakfast/wedding destination. She’s also fostering a St. Bernard puppy who is absolutely smitten with Jon.

While Kendall and Jon take faltering steps closer, Kendall’s fledgling business comes under attack from her new neighbor and her conniving ex-husband. It seems she’s going to have some legal battles, and just when this comes to the boiling point, Kendall is implicated in the arson investigation of her prickly neighbor’s property.

We end up with a well-formed, interesting plot that has a bit of heat, but no sloppy details. Jon and Kendall form a bond that is kinda too quick, in truth. I’m getting to the point where I’d rather see characters admit they “admire” one another, as opposed to “love”–because I think this is probably both more accurate and more believable. Still, I breezed through this beachy read, happy to see the good guys prevail, and the bad guys hide from the light of their machinations.

Interested? You can find MY KIND OF CRAZY on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Katie O'SullivanAbout the Author:

Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust.

She writes YA and romantic suspense novels, as well as working as an editor and magazine columnist.

Her debut YA novel, SON OF A MERMAID, made a big splash in the summer of 2013. The next book in the series will be released in May 2014. She hopes BLOOD OF A MERMAID will engage young readers with a Cape Cod tale of a boy who discovers both his roots and his destiny far below the waters of Nantucket Sound.

Her new contemporary romance, MY KIND OF CRAZY, is available now on Kindle from The Wild Rose Press.

Find Katie online on her blog, Facebook, twitter and her website.

Thanks for popping in, and keep reading my friends. 🙂

Mock Squid Soup–review of BURN AFTER READING

MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are proud to introduce Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society. Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to a particular movie. We invite others to watch the same film and post their own reviews.

Hi there folks! I’m doing something different today…a film review blog hop. My fellow hoppers have watched the Coen Brothers’ BURN AFTER READING and today we offer our opinions on the film.

Burn After ReadingI’m going to start off by saying…I’m not a particular fan of Coen Brothers’ films. in there entire filmography I have only completed watching three films–RAISING ARIZONA, OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? and now BURN AFTER READING. I know FARGO is a “great” movie, and THE BIG LEBOWSKI is a cult classic, but I really haven’t been intrigued by either. In truth, I think Jeff Bridges is a creepy dude and his “Dude” persona is, well, yuck.

BURN AFTER READING, I thought, would be an espionage movie. And it was, to some extent. The lead character, Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) is a CIA analyst who is unceremoniously fired. He’s developed a drinking problem, and this is the primary reason for his termination. In the absence of a job, Osborne decides he’ll write a memoir of his long CIA career.

This idea is scorned by his wife Katie (Tilda Swinton) is an Ice Queen of a physician who is carrying on an affair with the serial cheater and currently married Harry PFarrer (George Clooney). Katie thinks she and Harry have a future, and decides to divorce Osborne, kicking him out of their home to go live in their boat. While Harry and Katie carry on, Harry’s wife plans her own divorce. Oh, and Harry takes up with clueless personal trainer Linda Litzky (Frances McDormand) whose attempts at finding a decent man are hampered by her low self-esteem.

Linda, Chad (Brad Pitt) and Ted (Richard Jenkins) all work at a local fitness center. One day the cleaning staff comes across a CD of data–evidence that Katie had collected in her divorce against Osborne. They mistakenly assume it’s sensitive CIA information, because what they can read of is some disjointed notes for Osborne’s memoir. They bring it to Osborne, in an attempt to blackmail him for it’s return–the funds to be used for Linda’s plastic surgery.

There ensues a cat-and-mouse game involving Osborne, Chad, Linda, and Harry. One of these characters ends up dead. And, when Linda can’t get Osborne to pay up, she turns to the Russian Embassy to get some fast cash to finance cosmetic surgery. This dark comedy of errors ends with one man fleeing to Venezuela, one in a coma, two dead and Linda getting her plastic surgery (presumably). It’s a very short film–barely an hour and a half, and it left me feeling…cold.

All the infidelity, and callous behavior, is really not my thing. I watched it with my hubs and 17 y/o son. We were…well, I’ll just say we had two chuckles. Both came at the reports between Osborne’s former boss to his superior regarding the odd behavior and strange connections in this bizarre love rhombus. (I am one of those obnoxious people who laugh at inopportune moments–usually out of shock–and for me to hardly laugh at a “comedy” pretty much indicates a complete lack of humor. I felt this was the case here.)

My hubs, who is an action-adventure aficionado, actually asked if I’d pick up a Rom-Com for our next movie night…so. Yeah.

The pace of the film was brisk, for which I was thankful. The story didn’t appeal, but the acting was well done. McDormand plays a proficient twit. Love-em-and-leave-em Clooney is a perfect cad. And Pitt’s fitness-obsessed Chad is a delicious mimbo.   I liked how Chad and Ted both look after Linda, though I hated how incredibly selfish she was. This story could be called a tragicomedy, if only Linda had been held at all responsible for the wreckage her greed creates. Malkovich, as the scorned alcoholic, is solid. His problems are, essentially, of his own making, and he is punished in excess.

So that’s my take on BURN AFTER READING. I had thought my aversion to this movie had to do with my lack of a Y-chromosome, but neither the hubs nor my son really enjoyed the flick, either. In contrast, I have a decided affinity for OH BROTHER and RAISING ARIZONA. Perhaps because both of those movies have a strong romantic core and an against-all-odds scheme to find happiness.

Anywho, I’d love comments from people who have seen BURN AFTER READING. Tell me if I got it wrong. Or, if you felt the same.  And, feel free to pop in on my fellow reviewers linked below!

1. The Armchair Squid 2. Cherdo on the Flipside
3. V’s Reads 4. Scouring Monk
5. MOCK

Getting SOCIAL with JA Huss–A Serial Review

Socialmedia

Hi all! Well, I’m about turned inside out by a new sexy serial by best-selling author JA Huss. I got the inside scoop on the Social Media series because I won some swag on a Facebook party, and I’ve enjoyed both episodes released so far. This is a super-sexy novella series releasing 6 episodes at two week intervals.

Uh, I’ve used the word “sexy” twice in the intro paragraph, so that’s my subtle hint that Social Media is NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE KIDDOS!!! The excerpts below are, uh, whoa…blue? And the images? O_O

A quick word on Why I Like Serials:  They are short and sweet. I got four kids, a full-time job, and I read, write and blog. That leaves me very little time to sleep–thank goodness I’m an an insomniac…

Anywho, a serial release allows me to read little bites of a story–a complete arc with a problem resolved and a new one burgeoning on the horizon–in the time it takes for me to “watch” my kids’ wrestling practice or wait for my son’s cross-country heat to get called to the line.

Follow (Social Media, #1)About FOLLOW (Social Media Book 1):
#Women.
I fuck them. I use them. I pay them off. I find another. My demands are never denied. My contracts are always signed. They submit to me. Willingly. Completely. Temporarily. This is how it’s always been.

Until I saw that filthy tweet.

Grace @FilthyBlueBird
@VaughnAsher My bare pussy. Your tongue. #ThingsIThinkAboutToGetOff

“FilthyBlueBird” thinks she can tease me with hashtags and then hide behind a Twitter handle? She thinks I wouldn’t be more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld? She’s wrong.

Her online fantasy is about to collide with her public reality, and it’s about to happen… now.

My Review:
Okay, so I got this book b/c I signed up for the author’s email updates, and thought, “Huh! $.99 for a novella…not bad. I like the whole ‘tweeting’ plot idea. I’ll give it a whirl.” I’m glad I did.

The book moves quickly. Grace and her BFF Bebe are on a Caribbean vacation, as “honeymooners”, while at the same time the entire resort is booked out to the owner’s family–and that happens to be the family of Hollywood Royalty:  Vaughn Asher. Grace is a bit of a mystery–how did her parents die?–and she’s clearly not Bebe’s wife, but she is young, single and attractive. Vaughn wants to engage Grace as a submissive, and gets a whole lot more than he had bargained for–Grace’s sassy mouth is all about letting Mr. Asher have it.

It is a fun twist on the Dom/sub genre with some really sexy moments, and some appropriately squicky moments. (Really, Vaughn? At the dinner table? Is Mr. Grey YOUR BFF?). I admired Grace’s backbone, throughout. Vaughn is written to be a Dickhead Supreme, but in the end I had to shake my head and chuckle. He’s growing on me…

Interested? You can pick up FOLLOW at the usual places:  Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Like (Social Media, #2)About LIKE (Social Media Book 2):
#WhatADick
Vaughn Asher. I’ve stalked him relentlessly. I shaped and formed my lust into the perfect dirty hashtag…day after day… weekend after weekend. He was my prince. My fairy tale. My fantasy.

I gave him the best years of my online life and what did he do for me? Ruined my social media experience one tweet at a time. That’s what.

MovieStar @VaughnAsher
@FilthyBlueBird #Fantastic #BackToNatureFucking
#MissingSomething #You

And now #TheDickWhoIsVaughnAsher thinks he can weasel his way back into this filthy blue bird’s Twitter account? He’s wrong.

His public fantasy is about to collide… ah, fuck it. He’s hot as hell, bitches. I need more than a free sample. This time I want it all and I’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

My Review:
LIKE is the second book in the Social Media series, and it’s shaping up to be nuclear hot. For a novella it practically drips sex from it’s pages.

Vaughn is a man on a mission–to play with Grace in all the filthy ways he enjoys. Grace is a headstrong woman who is used to being on her own. Her parents died years ago and she’s made her way independently–which makes it difficult for her to submit to Mr. Asher’s sexual designs.

I wasn’t sure I would like Vaughn much, he’s domineering and prickly, but this episode brought more of his personal life into the story, and I can see how desperately he strives to control all aspects of his very public life. He’s got some good points, and his lack of scruples where Grace is concerned is a bit endearing.

Having been a public ‘property’ so long, it’s no surprise that Vaughn likes public sex, and he’s keen to make Grace’s exhibitionist and voyeuristic fantasies a reality–with explosively satisfying results. I liked how Grace held her own, regarding the contract–insisting on her own autonomy outside of the bedroom.

It’s clear that Vaughn is getting in far deeper than he bargained for–and an affinity for Grace is growing, which I LIKE very much. Looking forward to the next episode!

Interested? You can find LIKE on Goodreads, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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On the series as a whole, I really am enjoying the social media aspect of these stories. Grace and Vaughn have some witty twexting/sexting banter, online and off. Their chemistry is fierce, and yet, they aren’t mindless sex drones. Grace definitely puts Vaughn into his proper place, more than once. He’s trying to take care of her, the only way he can, but he keeps stepping on his own foot in the process–all his usual tricks–lavish trips, money, gifts, are just off-putting to our independent gal, Grace. All she wants is a normal life, and (maybe) Vaughn can be there with her.

The fun thing about this serial is early readers–those who preorder–can get each novella for $.99. After they release, the price goes up to $2.99. I already pre-ordered BLOCK, and cannot wait to see how filthy Vaughn will get before Grace tells him to #HitTheRoad!

Here’s the release schedule:
8-27 – FOLLOW
9-10 – LIKE
9-24 – BLOCK
10-8 – STATUS
10-22 – PROFILE
11-5 – HOME

J.A. HussAbout the author:
JA Huss is the author of the Amazon bestselling Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

You can connect with JA (Julie) on Goodreads, Facebook, twitter, her website, her blog or via her newsletter.

Thanks for popping in, and keep reading my friends!