In Too Deep (Doing Bad Things #2) by Jordan Marie-Review & Excerpt Tour

IN TOO DEEP (Doing Bad Things #2) by Jordan Marie-Review and Excerpt Tour

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IN TOO DEEP
Doing Bad Things #2
by Jordan Marie
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance

In Too Deep

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I did a bad thing.

I did a really bad thing.

I’m not a bad person, I swear. I just made a few mistakes.

Mistake number one was agreeing to rent my hotel out to an insufferable a**hole, named Aden Smith¬.

Mistake number two was ignoring his threats to sue me when he handed over a list of items he deemed “unacceptable”.

Mistake number three was diving into the pool to save his life when he fell. It would have been less complicated to hide his body.

When the hospital refuses to let me know how he is, I panic.

Claiming to be his wife might be my biggest mistake yet—especially when he believes me!

He might have been the one drowning, but I’m sinking in a bed of lies, going down fast—and there’s not a rescue in sight.

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REVIEW: IN TOO DEEP is the second installment in Jordan Marie’s contemporary, adult DOING BAD THINGS erotic, romance series. This is forty year old Hollywood movie star Aden McIntyre, and twenty six year old single mom / motel owner Hope Lucas. IN TOO DEEP can be read as a stand alone story without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story line is revealed where necessary. Aden McIntyre is connected to our story line heroine through her cousin White, and his friend Gavin O’Leary (GOING DOWN HARD #1).

Told from dual first person perspectives (Hope and Aden) IN TOO DEEP follows the acrimonious relationship built upon the ongoing lies between Hollywood actor Aden McIntyre, and single mom/motel owner Hope Lucas. Aden McIntyre is tired of the Hollywood scene and the fame-hungry starlets when he walks away from his latest picture deal into the anonymity of Clancy, Idaho, population six hundred. With a recommendation from Gavin’s friend White, Aden heads to the Hard Acres Motel where his life will take an unexpected and disastrous turn. Enter Hope Lucas, White’s cousin, and the woman with whom Aden will fall in love. What ensues is the building but deceptive relationship between Aden and Hope, and the fall out when the truth is finally revealed.

When Hope Lucas inherited the Hard Acres Motel in Clancy Idaho, our heroine had no idea the mess of which she was walking into. With renovations only partially complete, and no readily available cash to continue the work, Hope considers walking way until her ‘first’ customer arrives two weeks early demanding a room, and a place to stay. Aden McIntyre wants nothing to do with Hope Lucas, and her run-down motel but our hero is desperate to escape, and pushes our heroine into a two week deal. The back and forth, excessively angry confrontations, name calling, and bitter feud will end when Aden lands in the hospital without any memory of past. A small lie will snowball into the scam of the century as Hope claims to be Aden’s wife, and immediately begins to turn Aden’s life into a comedy of errors as the lies continue to build-one after another.

IN TOO DEEP is a story of deception; of one woman’s desperate need to feel wanted; and one man’s desire to escape the world from which he belonged. The believability aspect to the story line is limited; I had a difficult time with the continuous, ongoing, over the top lies and fabrications that snowballed into an unimaginable and preposterous backstory for one man whose memories were wiped clean by a pool side accident. Not withstanding the couple’s original acrimonious and hate filled, rude and crude introduction, the lies spewed and fabricated history by our story line heroine is questionable on so many levels. In the end my sympathies leaned towards Aden McIntyre as Hope Lucas continued the ruse for weeks.

On one level the story line could have been a great romantic comedy but the couple’s introduction and their original treatment of one another revealed a distasteful and offensive side to each of the story line characters; the language was cutting, meant to hurt and inflict damage-the use of a certain four-letter word is caustic. The premise is engaging; the characters are impulsive and spirited; the romance is heartbreaking-forged by deception and lies.

I am probably in the minority with my review ;I wanted to accept the circumstances presented but the believeability was lacking on so many levels. I need to be pulled into a story that resonates with my emotions but I could not get past Hope and Aden’s original treatment of one another, and the heroine’s ongoing deception and bizarre tale of lies.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Aden

I planned to apologize. Really—I did. I was dreading it. In my experience when you apologize to a woman you show them weakness, and with weakness they smell blood. It never ends well. Still, I shouldn’t have said what I did about her. I was going to the office to say I’m sorry, see if there was literature about where I can find a place with take-out food and leave—quickly.
One thing stops me.
I open the door to the office and this small boy comes running out at me, completely naked. He slaps his hands against my legs, just reaching above my knee. I stop quickly so I don’t plow him over.
“You my Daddy?” he asks. I know nothing about kids, but I do know one of the last things I ever want to hear from one are those words. His question strikes fear in my heart, but the fact his hands are covered in some dark brown unknown substance terrifies me. I watch as it smears across the legs of my favorite jeans. I’m not sure what it is, but he’s not wearing any clothes—including a diaper. Do kids his size wear diapers?
“Jack! You get back here right now young man!”
“Daddy!”
The child screams the name like it’s being torn from his heart, the moment White’s cousin captures him in her arms and pulls him away. The scream is so piercing I wince.
“Do you need something?” she asks over the noise. Her face instantly hardens, whereas just a moment ago she was smiling, even chasing after her son.
“Does he belong to you?” I ask, all thoughts of giving an apology gone. My voice is that of a growl really. It seems this woman brings out the worst in me.
“I—”
“He destroyed my clothes.”
Her eyes go round and briefly I notice she has brown eyes…almost as dark as whatever the child rubbed all over me.
“Daddy!” he screams again, and the woman’s face blushes a deep red.
“Hush, Jack. That’s not your Daddy,” she hisses.
“He doesn’t know who his father is?” I don’t bother keeping the censure out of my voice. This entire revelation doesn’t surprise me. I’m making a mental note to punch White in the face the next time I see him.
“It’s just chocolate. It will come out of your pants. You should probably flush it with club soda or…”
“Do I look like I do laundry?”
“Well—”
“Does your hotel even have laundry service?”
“There’s a laundry mat in town,” she says defensively.
“Charming.”
“Daddy!” the child screams again.
“Listen, Jack and I were—”
“Wrestling in chocolate?”
“Is there something you need?” she all but growls, her face tight with irritation.

 

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A QUIRKY WRITER GOING WHERE THE VOICES TAKE HER.
USA Today Best Selling Author Jordan Marie, is just a simple small town country girl who is haunted by Alpha Men who talk in her head 24 hours a day.

She currently has 14 books out including 2 that she wrote under the pen name Baylee Rose.

She likes to create a book that takes you on an emotional journey whether tears, laughter (or both) or just steamy hot fun (or all 3). She loves to connect with readers and interacting with them through social media, signings or even old fashioned email.

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Unintended (The Sin Trilogy #5) by Georgia Cates-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour

UNINTENDED (The Sin Trilogy #5) by Georgia Cates-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour

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UNINTENDED
The Sin Trilogy #5
by Georgia Cates
Genre: adult, contemporary, erotic, romance
Release Date: October 20, 2017

Unintended

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The Fellowship saga continues with Kieran and Westlyn’s story in this standalone spinoff of The Sin Trilogy.

Captor becomes lover…

I’m a marksman. Mobster. Deadly assassin.
My job is to protect my brotherhood, but that isn’t my only responsibility.

I’m Kieran Hendry, the up-and-coming leader of The Order, and a new duty calls. I must take a wife.

A wife I don’t know.
A wife born into a position at the top of The Fellowship hierarchy.
A wife who will forge a strong alliance between her brotherhood and mine.
A wife I don’t want.

I knew next to nothing about Westlyn Breckenridge when I abducted her, but I quickly discover that she’s intelligent, strong, defiant, selfless. And beautiful.

One night with her is all it takes for me to see that she is no typical Mafia princess. I’m hopeful this arranged marriage won’t be the miserable union I imagined it to be. But convincing my intended to give us a chance won’t be easy when she sees me as the enemy. The brute who kidnapped her. The vile fiend who threatened to do as he wished with her body.

It’s true. I am all those things. I had cruel intentions. But everything has changed. My affection for her is unexpected. My love, unintended.

***Unintended can be read as a standalone novel although it is a novel accompanying The Sin Trilogy. It is best enjoyed after reading The Sin Trilogy and Endurance: A Sin Series Standalone novel.

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REVIEW: UNINTENDED is the fifth installment in Georgia Cates’ contemporary, adult THE SIN TRILOGY erotic, romance series focusing on the men and women of the Scottish Mafia known as the Syndicate. This is The Order’s assassin and heir Kieran Hendry, and The Fellowship’s Westlyn Breckenridge’s story line. UNINTENDED is a standalone story line in Georgia Cate’s THE SIN TRILOGY SERIES but I recommend reading the original trilogy and series in order for backstory, cohesion, and an understanding of the world of The Fellowship and The Order. Some of the timeline in Unintended crosses over and runs parallel with events in book four-Endurance.

SOME BACKGROUND: The Syndicate is the Scottish Mafia comprised of two ruling families – The Order and The Fellowship. The men are in control; the marriages are arranged; the women and wives are brutally claimed; the men are baptized into the Mafia through a test of endurance that will either make or break the prospective members. The Sin Trilogy series looks at the current generation of the Scottish mob, the struggle to adhere to the older ways, and the building and sometimes forbidden love between two people forced into an unknown marriage of convenience.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Westlyn and Kieran) UNINTENDED follows the building romance between The Order’s assassin and heir Kieran Hendry, and The Fellowship’s Westlyn Breckenridge. Kidnapped (along with her brother Jamie’s girlfriend Ellison) and threatened by Kieran Hendry, Westlyn must come to terms with the possibility that the cruel and potentially abusive male will stake his claim leaving her without the possibility of a future or a choice. What ensues is the growing love between Kieran and Westlyn, and the potential fall out when sins of the past come looking for revenge.

Westlyn wants nothing to do with Kieran Hendry-a man who is all but willing to destroy our heroine, taking her innocence and threatening her life within minutes of meeting his potential bride. Kieran struggles between honor and duty; and claiming Westlyn Breckenridge, the mouthy and combative Fellowship female, is seen more of a duty than an honor bound between warring families.

The relationship between Westlyn and Kieran is one of immediate attraction but Kieran’s threats of physical violence push all of our heroine’s buttons including the possibility of sacrificing herself to protect the people whom she loves. Kieran is an over protective, sexy alpha male; Westlyn is an innocent who has prepared for life within The Fellowship knowing that at anytime she could be claimed by someone on the other side. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive and intense. When it comes to his future mate Kieran is passionate, protective and affectionate- a complete turn around within hours of kidnapping his prospective bride.

All of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles including Sin and Bleu (The Sin Trilogy 1-3), Ellison and Jamie (Endurance 4), several members of both the The Order and The Fellowship. Mitch Breckenridge will claim Kieran’s younger sister Shaw-a relationship that will further cement the peace treaty but a relationship and romance we know nothing about. We are introduced to Kieran’s parents Lennox and Arabella, as well as his brothers Maddock, Calder and Carson. Lorna Frazier and Leith’s relationship continues to crumble with the author hinting at potential story for theses secondary characters. I am hoping the author has plans for Mitch and Shaw’s story-their relationship and claiming is but a blip on the radar.

UNINTENDED is a story of family, honor, duty and love. A passionate tale about two people pushed together by circumstance and obligation who fall in love through passion and acceptance. The premise is sexy and edgy; the characters are sassy, dynamic and lively; the romance is heartwarming, encouraging and seductive. UNINTENDED is a dramatic and powerful look at commitment to family, prestige, obligation and respect.

Reading Order and Previous Reviews
A Necessary Sin
The Next Sin
One Last Sin
Endurance
Unintended

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Kieran Hendry makes me feel like a woman. A desired woman. His words, the way he looks at me, his
body language. Everything he does is a huge turn-on. Yet I hate this man. Loathe him. But damn, he has
a way of touching me that makes me forget every logical thought in my head. It doesn’t make sense to
me how I can despise him and at the same time respond so strongly to his touch.
It’s my body reacting to him, not my head. It must be hormones and sex drive. Those two things
combined have the power to make people do things they wouldn’t normally do.
“You’re trembling.” He grazes the back of his fingers down my cheek and my stomach does some kind of
flip. “Do I frighten you?”
I look away because I can’t tell him that it isn’t fear giving me the trembles.
He grasps my chin and forces me to look at him. “Do. I. Frighten. You?”
“No.”
He rubs my bottom lip with his thumb. “Then what is it?”
I shake my head.
He leans in for another kiss but stops before his lips touch mine. We’re so close I can feel his breath on
my mouth. Just like last night when my body turned to mush.
I’m quivering and my breath has become more rapid. I may even be a little lightheaded.
His bottom lip grazes mine, but he still doesn’t kiss me. “I’ll back off right now if it’s what you want.”
I don’t want him to back off. I also don’t want him to know that I don’t want him to back off. Feels too
much like giving in to something I’m not supposed to crave.
“I’m going to kiss you.”
I’m his captive. We made an agreement. I must submit without a fight per our deal to maintain Ellison’s
safety.
Yeah. Keep telling yourself that, Wes. Maybe if you say it enough, you’ll start to believe it.
His fingers lace through my hair and he holds me prisoner when he lowers his mouth to mine. I open,
giving his tongue an invitation to come inside. The two meet, and together they become erotic dance
partners with Kieran taking the lead.
I’ve only had one very forgettable kiss in my life. But this kiss… I could live a million years and never
forget it or the way I feel right now.
He stops, his lips hovering over mine. His breath warm against my skin. “More or stop? Your decision.”
He’s asking me to venture further with him. My body says yes, but my head tells me that one more step
will take me to a place I shouldn’t go with this man. I’m twenty-three and being kissed for the second
time in my life. I don’t want this to stop. “More.”

 

 

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Georgia CatesGeorgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her iPod and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

Representation: All questions regarding subsidiary rights for any of my books, inquiries regarding foreign translation and film rights should be directed to Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich.

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Duke of Desire (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour

DUKE OF DESIRE (Maiden Lane #12) by Elizabeth Hoyt-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour

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DUKE OF DESIRE
Maiden Lane #12
by Elizabeth Hoyt
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: adult, historical, romance

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 17, 2017

A LADY OF LIGHT

Refined, kind, and intelligent, Lady Iris Jordan finds herself the unlikely target of a diabolical kidnapping. Her captors are the notoriously evil Lords of Chaos. When one of the masked-and nude!-Lords spirits her away to his carriage, she shoots him . . . only to find she may have been a trifle hasty.

A DUKE IN DEEPEST DARKNESS

Cynical, scarred, and brooding, Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, has made it his personal mission to infiltrate the Lords of Chaos and destroy them. Rescuing Lady Jordan was never in his plans. But now with the Lords out to kill them both, he has but one choice: marry the lady in order to keep her safe.

CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DANGER . . . AND DESIRE

Much to Raphael’s irritation, Iris insists on being the sort of duchess who involves herself in his life-and bed. Soon he’s drawn both to her quick wit and her fiery passion. But when Iris discovers that Raphael’s past may be even more dangerous than the present, she falters. Is their love strong enough to withstand not only the Lords of Chaos but also Raphael’s own demons?

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REVIEW: DUKE OF DESIRE is the twelfth installment in Elizabeth Hoyt’s adult MAIDEN LANE historical romance series. This is the Duke of Dyemore Raphael de Chartres, and Lady Iris Jordan’s story line. DUKE OF DESIRE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty . Any important information from previous installments is revealed where necessary. We were first introduced to our heroine in book eleven DUKE OF PLEASURE. Iris is Hugh Fitzroy’s sister.

NOTE: DUKE OF DESIRE contains references to pedophilia, rape, abuse and torture, and may not be suitable for all readers.

Told from several third person perspectives DUKE OF DESIRE is a story line that focuses on a dark secret within the notable society of Georgian England. Kidnapped just days after her brother’s marriage to Alf, Lady Iris Jordan comes face to face with the evil that permeates the rich and famous-the Lords of Chaos- a group of sick, twisted and perverted aristocratic men who use their power and position to kidnap and destroy the innocent and young. Enter Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, Iris’s savior, and the man with whom our heroine will fall in love. What ensues is the building romance between Iris and Raphael, and the potential fall-out as Raphael seeks revenge against the Lords of Chaos for destroying his life, and the lives of so many others.

DUKE OF DESIRE is a darker story line that follows the abduction and rescue of our story line heroine, and the subsequent search for the leader of the Lords of Chaos. Raphael is the reluctant Duke of Dyemore but with his father’s death, Raphael assumes more than his rightful place as Duke but that of his father’s membership and mantle within the group that destroyed Raphael’s life.

Iris never thought of herself as a potential target until the Lords of Chaos kidnapped our heroine in a plot against her newly betrothed brother. Her would-be rescuer is familiar; possibly evil but definitely the man with whom Iris would fall in love. Raphael wants nothing to do with consummating his marriage while our heroine struggles to seduce a man who isn’t willing to play along. The $ex scenes are intimate although Raphael battles too many demons, and memories from his past making for some heartbreaking moments between our newly married couple.

DUKE OF DESIRE is an emotional read about one man’s struggle to move on from the past. Raphael’s need for revenge is all consuming to the point of suicidal actions that could very well end his life, as well as the life of the woman with whom he is falling in love. The premise is sensitive, dramatic and tragic; the characters are broken, strong, passionate and intense; the romance suffers with one man’s inability to let go of the past.

My only concern is the cover image that does not match our hero’s horrific physical scars.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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Desperately she flung herself at the opposite seat and tugged it up. Thrust her hand in.
A pistol.
She cocked it, desperately praying that it was loaded.
She turned and aimed it at the door to the carriage just as the door swung open.
The Wolf loomed in the doorway—still nude—a lantern in one hand. She saw the eyes behind the mask flick to the pistol she held between her bound hands. He turned his head and said something in an incomprehensible language to someone outside.
Iris felt her breath sawing in and out of her chest.
He climbed into the carriage and closed the door, completely ignoring her and the pistol pointed at him. The Wolf hung the lantern on a hook and sat on the seat across from her.
Finally he glanced at her. “Put that down.”
His voice was calm. Quiet.
With just a hint of menace.
She backed into the opposite corner, as far away from him as possible, holding the pistol up. Level with his chest. Her heart was pounding so hard it nearly deafened her. “No.”
The carriage jolted into motion, making her stumble before she caught herself.
“T-tell them to stop the carriage,” she said, stuttering with terror despite her resolve. “Let me go now.”
“So that they can rape you to death out there?” He tilted his head to indicate the Lords. “No.”
“At the next village, then.”
“I think not.”
He reached for her and she knew she had no choice.
She shot him.
The blast blew him into the seat and threw her hands up and back, the pistol narrowly missing her nose.
Iris scrambled to her feet. The bullet was gone, but she could still use the pistol as a bludgeon.
The Wolf was sprawled across the seat, blood streaming from a gaping hole in his right shoulder. His mask had been knocked askew on his face.
She reached forward and snatched it off.
And then gasped.
The face that was revealed had once been as beautiful as an angel’s but was now horribly mutilated. A livid red scar ran from just below his hairline on the right side of his face, bisecting the eyebrow, somehow missing the eye itself but gouging a furrow into the lean cheek and catching the edge of his upper lip, making it twist. The scar ended in a missing divot of flesh in the line of the man’s severe jaw. He had inky black hair and, though they were closed now, Iris knew he had emotionless crystal-gray eyes.
She knew because she recognized him.
He was Raphael de Chartres, the Duke of Dyemore, and when she’d danced with him—once—three months ago at a ball, she’d thought he’d looked like Hades.
God of the underworld.
God of the dead.
She had no reason to change her opinion now.
Then he gasped, those frozen crystal eyes opened, and he glared at her. “You idiot woman. I’m trying to save you.”

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Dirty Rich One Night Stand by Lisa Renee Jones-Review and Excerpt Tour

DIRTY RICH ONE NIGHT STAND by Lisa Renee Jones-Review and Excerpt Tour

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That’s all it was supposed to be. Her. Him. Pleasure. And then a fast goodbye. He’s a stranger. And yet, he’s not. She knows him even though he doesn’t know her.
He’s the powerful attorney, now world-renowned after coming off the trial of a century which was publicized across the country. And I’m one of the reporters that sat in his courtroom.

I watched him, studied him, got to know him from afar which isn’t hard since I know his exact brand of confidence, arrogance, and wealth.
I know his type. I’ve dated his type. Which is why when I happen to come face to face with him, when sparks fly and heat simmers between us, I know what happens if I say “yes” to Reese Summer.

I know he’ll taste like sin and sex, even before he kisses me.

I know he’ll feel like pleasure and passion, even before he touches me.

I know he’ll demand more than I want to give, and yet, because I dare to give myself to him, the result will be deliciously hot.

I know that I will not leave his bed without being utterly, completely sated.

And I know that I will leave the next morning anyway.

And so, I do.

And so, he follows.

And as chase begins my question becomes: Is Reese Summer THE one or is he really just a dirty, arrogant lie that should have stayed a one night stand?

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REVIEW: DIRTY RICH ONE NIGHT STAND by Lisa Renee Jones is a contemporary, adult, stand alone, erotic romance storyline interconnected with the author’s Walker Security and the Tall, Dark and Deadly series. This is successful and prominent attorney Reese Summer, and attorney/writer/columnist Cat Maxwell’s story line.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Cat and Reese) DIRTY RICH ONE NIGHT STAND follows the building relationship between attorney Reese Summer, and writer Cat Maxwell. Cat’s latest assignment is to cover the ‘trial of the century’- coverage that will earn Cat another book deal but a deal she refuses to due to the terms presented. Enter defense attorney Reese Summer, the man with whom Cat will fall in love, and the man who wants more than a ‘dirty rich one night stand’. What ensues is the building relationship between Cat and Reese, and the potential fall out when several conflicts of interest cross over to threaten our couple’s happily ever after. As the trial gains momentum so too does the building love between our leading couple-a love that is tested when circumstances tear Reese and Cat apart.

Cat is a former attorney; a reluctant attorney whose interest now lies in covering and reporting about some of the sensational trials. Attracted to defense attorney Reese Summer, their back and forth, acrimonious relationship hides a continuous simmer of palpable sexual energy and attraction. Burned in the past, Cat doesn’t do relationships and isn’t the one-night stand kinda girl but she is willing to push her emotions aside for a chance with the dark and brooding Reese Summer- a chance that could threaten more than her heart.

The relationship between Reese and Cat is one of immediate attraction but an attraction that is caught between the heart and the head. Cat knows to get involved with Reese Summer could quite possibly be a conflict of interest but Reese is willing to risk it all for a chance with our story line heroine. The $ex scenes are intimate, intense and seductive.

We are introduced to Cat’s family: father Mike, and brothers Reid and Gabe Maxwell-all high powered attorneys; and younger brother Daniel, an engineer who made his way down to Texas, far from the world of law; Reese’s siblings Dylan and Stacey; and their feuding parents; as well as Royce and Lauren Walker, and Blake and Kara Walker of Walker Security.

DIRTY RICH ONE NIGHT STAND is a story of seduction; of heartbreak, of passion, of controversy. The premise is dramatic and provocative; the characters are energetic and dynamic; the romance is captivating and emotional. Lisa Renee Jones writes a moving and imaginative story line of raw love and broken lives.

My only complaint is the cover which does not match the description of the story line heroine; and there were NO lace masks involved in their sexual play.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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“You’re as perfect as I knew you would be,” he says, his voice managing to be both sandpaper and silk on my nerve endings, as he adds, “and almost as naked as I want you to be.”
The idea that he has wanted me as much as I have wanted him does funny things to my stomach, but more so, delivers an unexpected wave of illogical vulnerability. This is sex. The end. I don’t want or need to feel anything more. I want and need him naked and fucking me now, fast, hard. That’s safe. Desperate to find that safe place, to shift the control from him to me, I push to my toes, my breasts molding to his chest, and press my lips to his lips. They are warm, and he is hard everywhere I am soft.
And his response to my kiss, the answering moan I am rewarded with, is white-hot fire in my blood that he ignites further with a deep, sizzling stroke of his tongue. He slants his mouth over mine, deepening the connection, kissing me with a fierceness no other man ever has, but then some part of me has known from moment one that he is like no man I have ever known. Which explains why he is everything I want. And nothing about this night is what I expected, any more than this man is anything I can control.
But there is something intensely arousing about the idea of trying.
As if claiming I am reaching for the impossible, he molds me closer, his hand between my shoulder blades, his tongue playing wickedly with mine, but I meet him stroke for stroke, arching into him. He cups my ass and pulls me solidly against his erection. He wins this one. Now I am the one moaning, arching into him, and I welcome the intimate connection. I burn for the moment he will be inside me.
But I also want him to burn for this just as much as I do, and I need to touch this man. Really, really, need to touch him. My hand presses between us, and I stroke the hard line of his shaft. Reese tears his mouth from mine, pressing me hard against the pillar supporting the window again, and when his hands leave my body, when his palms press to the concrete above me again, I sense his withdrawal is about control. I was winning. I confirm that as reality when our eyes lock, and the dash of fire in his eyes is lit by one part passion and one part challenge.
“If I slide my fingers between your legs right now,” he says, “are you wet for me? Are you ready for me?”

 

 

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Lisa Renee JonesNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling the bestselling DIRTY MONEY and WHITE LIES series. And will be publishing the first book in her Lilah Love suspense series with Amazon Publishing in March 2018.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.

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Burn For You (Slow Burn #1) by J.T.Geissinger-Review Tour

BURN FOR YOU ( Slow Burn #1) by JT Geissinger-Review Tour

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BURN FOR YOU
Slow Burn #1
by JT Geissinger
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: adult ,contemporary, erotic, romance

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The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…

Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.

The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.

As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?

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REVIEW: BURN FOR YOU is the first installment in JT Geissinger’s contemporary, adult SLOW BURN erotic, romance series. This is heir to the Boudreaux Bourbon dynasty Jackson ‘The Beast’ Boudreaux, and New Orleans’ chef Bianca Hardwick’s story line. A number of the chapters begin with a series of Cajun/Creole recipes that look as yummy as our story line hero sounds.

Told from dual first person points of view (Bianca and Jackson) BURN FOR YOU follows the fake engagement between New Orleans’ chef Bianca Hardwick, and heir to the Kentucky Boudreaux Bourbon dynasty Jackson Boudreaux. Jackson is desperate: the caterer and chef he hired quit just two weeks before the fund raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project; and Jackson is about to loose access to billions of dollars unless he agrees to marry before he turns thirty-five. There is only one other option-an option Jackson refuses to acknowledge-fearing the demons from his past will continue to rear their guilt-ridden heads. Enter Bianca Hardwick, restaurant owner and chef, and the woman with whom Jackson will fall in love. What ensues is the fake but building relationship between Jackson and Bianca, and the fall out when Bianca is no longer in need of a million-dollar payout.

Bianca Hardwick works hard but her mother’s illness is costing our heroine thousands of dollars she does not have. Nearing the end of her available cash the surly but beautiful, Jackson Boudreaux makes Bianca an offer she cannot refuse-five years to play along and become Jackson’s wife in return for a one million dollar price.

The relationship between Jackson and Bianca begins acrimoniously. Jackson’s gruff exterior and lack of social manners pushes all of Bianca’s buttons and more. But Jackson hides a dark past of secrets and shame- secrets that once revealed will bring about forgiveness and acceptance from the people he cares about most. The $ex scenes are limited but intimate and intense, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text.

We are introduced to Bianca’s employees including Pepper the hostess; sous chef Ambrosine aka Eeny; pastry chef Hoyt, Bianca’s ex-husband Trace; her ailing mother Davina Hardwick, and her mother’s ‘boyfriend’ aka the Colonel. Jackson’s circle of friends is limited to his assistant Rayford and little man Cody, but we will come face to face with his parents Brig and Clemmy Boudreaux.

BURN FOR YOU has moments of heartbreak and grief; truth and acceptance; falling in love and letting go of the past. The premise is engaging and encouraging; the characters are broken, colorful and intense; the romance is seductive and provocative. BURN FOR YOU looks at one man’s struggle with the past, and one woman’s battle for the future.

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Reviewed by Sandy

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She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards.

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Dreaming of a White Wolf Christmas (White Wolf #1 / Heart of the Wolf #23) by Terry Spear-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS (White Wolf #1 / Heart of the Wolf #23) by Terry Spear-Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
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About the book: Release Date October 3, 2017

In the first installment of Terry Spear’s bold, sexy White Wolf series, a romance writer’s life is changed forever when a white puppy bites her and turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter.

May all your Christmas wolves be bright…
Romance writer Candice Mayfair never missed a deadline in her life–until the playful bite of a werewolf puppy accidentally turns her into an Arctic wolf shifter. Talk about a life-changing event! Candice is at the end of her rope with the unpredictable shifting, a strong desire to howl, and the need to vacuum constantly to keep the shedding fur under control.

Enter werewolf private investigator Owen Nottingham. Owen has a new mission: convince the pretty she-wolf she needs to join his pack in time for Christmas…and be his mate. It’s the only way he can think of to keep her safe…

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REVIEW:  DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS is the first installment in Terry Spear’s spin off, contemporary, adult WHITE WOLF paranormal, romance series and the twenty third installment in the continuing HEART OF THE WOLF series. This is Arctic white wolf shifter PI Owen Nottingham, and paranormal author/white wolf Candice (aka Clara Hart) Mayfair’s story line. DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines and series is revealed where necessary. As well, some of the characters and couples cross over from the author’s HEART OF THE JAGUAR series including Arctic wolf shifters Cameron and Faith MacPherson, and their wolf pup Corey whom we met in A VERY JAGUAR CHRISTMAS (October 2016).

Told from dual third person perspectives (Owen and Candice) DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS follows the search for reluctant heiress Clara Hart. Two years earlier, while camping with some friends, Clara’s life changed the night she attempted to feed a hungry looking white wolf cub- a werewolf Arctic shifter-who accidently bit and transformed our story line heroine. Fast forward to present day and our heroine, who now goes by her professional name author Candice Mayfair, finds herself a lone wolf in a world she brings to life in her popular romance novels. Enter private investigator and Arctic wolf shifter Owen Nottingham, and the man with whom Candice will fall in love. What ensues is the quick building relationship between Candice and Owen, and the potential fall out as Candice and Owen battle the clock, and their shifts, as the deadline to claim Clara’s inheritance is fast approaching.

DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS is a sweet story of family and friendship; of one man who discovers his other half; and one woman who finally finds a place where she belongs. There is no conflict between our leading couple; their attraction to one another is immediate and intense; Owen knows he has found the mate that calls to his heart. The $ex scenes are passionate; Clara/Candice’s questions about life as a wolf are entertaining and educational.

We are introduced to Owen’s business partners, friends and fellow Arctic wolf shifters David Davis, and Gavin Summerfield, as well as the familiarity of Cameron and Faith MacPherson, and their triplet wolf pups; Candice /Clara’s uncle Strom Hart, and Montana homicide detective Rowdy Sanderson who is aware of the supernatural world of shifters.

DREAMING OF A WHITE WOLF CHRISTMAS is a predictable but cute story line; an easy read. The author’s writing style is almost too simple for an adult novel. I don’t know when or where the change in style began but there is something different in the water-downed presentation within the last few tales of Terry’s paranormal shifters. The conflict is limited; everyone gets along; there is no competition for the few female shifters that are potential mates to the numerous single males. I am looking forward to Gavin and David’s storyline, as well as the possibility that Clara’s Uncle Strom will find someone to love.

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Candice had been writing for two days straight, working on her publisher’s book deadline, when she wrote the ending, smiled, and set the book aside. She would start proofing it tomorrow after she’d given her brain a break. Now she’d do what she always did when she finished a book or reached a good stopping point in one. Clean house. Check her backlog of emails. Pick up some more groceries. And take a run on the wolf side.She finished vacuuming and dusting, swearing every window must let in all the outdoors, and then started a batch of gingerbread cookie cutouts to celebrate the Christmas holiday season and finishing another book. While they were baking, she finally settled down to check her emails. Fan mail always came first, and one from her website got her attention right off. She opened it and read:

Hello, I’m Owen Nottingham, private investigator for White River Investigations, White River Falls, Minnesota. My client, Strom Hart, hired me to locate you. Your parents, John and Cynthia Hart, left you an inheritance, and you need to see the lawyer about it so you can claim it. I need to verify that
you are the right woman first. Is there any way we could meet and get this taken care of so you can collect your inheritance? Strom Hart will be the one to receive it by the end of the month otherwise. His assistant, Jim Winchester, said Mr. Hart is your uncle.

Candice reread the message, not believing her eyes, tears filling them. She quickly looked at the date of the message. Two days ago! She knew she shouldn’t have neglected her emails, but when she was into a story, she couldn’t break away.

She ground her teeth, raised her fingers to respond, and heard a knocking at her door. No one came here. Never. Ever. Not even salesmen.

She glanced at her phases-of-the moon calendar. The waxing gibbous was just beginning. She should be fine. Just to be on the safe side, in case the person at the door was trouble, she pulled a can of mace from her desk drawer and headed for the door. She peered through the peephole. Waiting at the door was a handsome black-haired man with rugged features and intense blue eyes. He was dressed in a black suit, a red shirt, and a dark-purple tie covered in red, purple, and gold Christmas balls. She raised her brows.

“I’m Owen Nottingham,” he said to the door, holding up his PI license and driver’s license. He couldn’t know that she was watching him, so he must have hoped she was there, observing him. “I tried getting ahold of you through the contact form on your website about your inheritance. Your contact form might not be working, so I had to locate you in person.”
So this was the man who had sent the message. Was he for real? He had to be. He wouldn’t have come all this way to see her if he wasn’t. But how had he found her?

Candice opened the door, the bells jingling on her Christmas wreath, and the man glanced down at the can of mace in her hand. He smiled, his gaze holding hers with such intensity that it was as though he could see clear through to her soul. “Really, just a PI doing my job.”

A chilly breeze carried his scent to her. Wolf scent. All at once, she felt so light-headed that she grabbed the door to keep herself upright and dropped the can of mace on the tile floor. It clattered, but she couldn’t have reached for it if her life depended on it.

Oh. My. God.

This couldn’t be real. He couldn’t be real. No wonder he’d been talking to the door. He must have heard her footfalls as she’d approached.

He took a deep breath at the same time, and when he smelled her scent, his eyes widened in surprise. His hand shot out to grab her arm and steady her. For a minute, she tried to control her breathing and her heart rate, neither of which she could steady. She felt like she was going to pass out.

“Hell, you’re the wolf I saw across the White River, aren’t you?”

Her jaw dropped, and her knees buckled. He swept her up in his arms and she wanted to object, but he slammed the door behind him with his hip and carried her into the house. He was the wolf she’d seen across the river that day on the camping trip in Minnesota two years ago, sipping from the water? She still remembered it like it was yesterday. Him looking up and seeing her staring at him while she’d believed she was hallucinating.

Until the next night, and then she knew she hadn’t been dreaming at all.

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USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over sixty paranormal and medieval Highland romances. In 2008, Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Spring, Texas with two Havanese puppies.

 

 

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Holding Onto Forever (The Beaumont Series: The Next Generation #1) by Heidi McLaughlin-Review & Excerpt Tour

HOLDING ONTO FOREVER (The Beaumont Series: The Next Generation #1) by Heidi McLaughlin-Review and Excerpt Tour

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HOLDING ONTO FOREVER
The Beaumont Series: The Next Generation
by Heidi McLaughlin
Release Date: October 12, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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The road for Noah Westbury has been carved out for him, long before he knew who his father was. Making sure he worked hard to deserve the opportunities provided to him, Noah is exactly where he dreamed of being – starting QB for Portland Pioneers. Together with a Victoria Secret’s model girlfriend by his side, life couldn’t get much better. Except for the fact that standing in his path is Peyton Powell-James, his life-long friend and the one woman he can never have.

Peyton Powell-James always knew her future would be in football and dreams of having a successful sports journalism career once she graduates college. After being given an assignment to cover a professional game from the sidelines, Peyton believes that everything is going to plan until one fateful night changes her life.

Harsh reality sets in for Noah and Peyton. One could lose everything, while the other one struggles to keep the families together.

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REVIEW: HOLDING ONTO FOREVER is the first installment in Heidi McLaughlin’s The Beaumont Series spin off-The Next Generation. This is quarterback for the Portland Pioneers Noah Westbury (Liam and Josie’s son-Forever My Girl) and journalism major Peyton Powell-James’s (Katelyn, Harrison and Mason’s daughter-An Unexpected Forever) story line. HOLDING ONTO FOREVER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty although I recommend reading the original BEAUMONT series for cohesion and backstory about the people of Beaumont and the rock band 4225 West.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Noah and Peyton) HOLDING ONTO FOREVER picks up immediately upon (and crosses over with) the events of the author’s October 2017 novella FOREVER OUR BOYS wherein life will take an unexpected turn for our story line couple. Best friends since childhood Noah and Peyton have danced around their attraction to one another for several years but Noah’s professional football career (and their two year age difference) placed him directly in the path of unwanted attention and a myriad of women vying for his money and love.

Peyton’s latest journalism assignment finds our heroine front and center with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, and their star quarterback Kyle Zimmerman when a near fatal tragedy will bring together the Beaumont clan and the members of the rock band 4225 West. Noah Westbury will struggle with the potentially life changing circumstances for his best friend, while Peyton fights the battle of her life. What ensues is the friends to lovers relationship that is threatened when sins of the past come looking for a second chance.

The relationship between Noah and Peyton is a friends to lovers romance wherein Noah must decide with whom his heart belongs. Peyton struggles with her attraction to the man she has loved all of her life, a love that may not be given in return. The $ex scenes are limited; the romance is passionate and heartbreaking.

HOLDING ONTO FOREVER looks at memories, introspection, flashbacks to the past, and the otherworldly presence of one woman struggling with the here and now. I am being purposely vague such that to give any more clues would reveal the heartbreaking and emotional concept of the story line premise. The world building brings together most, if not all, of the BEAUMONT series characters and couples giving the spin off a sense of familiarity and love.

HOLDING ONTO FOREVER is a story about friendship and family; love and understanding; healing and letting go. The premise is dramatic, imaginative and encouraging; the characters are emotional and spirited; the romance is subtle and passionate. HOLDING ONTO FOREVER re-introduces the next generation- the progeny of the rock back 4225 West with a captivating look at two treasured and cherished characters we have grown to love.

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Kyle Zimmerman, one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the league, and Chicago’s most eligible bachelor is holding my hand as he guides me to his car. The schoolgirl in me is trying not to let his presence affect me, at least not on the outside. On the inside, though, I’m all a ball of nerves mixed with excitement. Who would’ve thought a simple assignment would turn into a date? Not me. Not in a million years, but here I am, being helped into his car and anxiously waiting for him to get behind the steering wheel.
And once he does, the sweet scent of his cologne fills the small space. I find myself leaning a bit closer to him so I can inhale deeply without looking like a creeper. Kyle smiles. It’s an ear-to-ear grin with a slight chuckle. I’ve been caught, but he doesn’t seem to care. He leans forward, pulling himself away from me. It’s probably best. We’ve just met and if he kissed me now, I don’t know what I would do.
“Tell me about yourself, Peyton.”
“I’m majoring in broadcast journalism. I love football. I’m a twin.”
“Is your twin as pretty as you?”
“Prettier,” I tell him.
“Impossible,” he replies, never breaking eye contact with me. “What do you know about me?”
“Everything, yet nothing. Your rookie year, you sat on the bench but started your second year. You threw sixteen touchdowns, eleven interceptions and accumulated 3,440 yards. Your completion rate was fifty-eight percent. This year, you’re pushing seventy percent and in line to win the league MVP. You’ve thrown for almost 4,500 yards, twenty-five touchdowns and four interceptions.”
Kyle’s eyes widen as his mouth drops open. “Wow, you had to go and bring up my first year, huh?”
I shrug. “You asked, but …”

 

 

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Heidi McLaughlin Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she’s isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, will be in theaters on October 27, 2017, starring Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe.

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Crave Part Two (Crave Duet #2) by E.K. Blair-Review and Book Tour

CRAVE: Part Two (Crave Duet #2) by E.K. Blair-Review and Book Tour

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CRAVE Part 2
Crave Duology
by EK Blair
Release Date: October 16, 2017
Genre: new adult, romance
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Weeks became months, and months became years. Each day, nudged Kason deeper into his addiction. Each memory of the girl destroyed fed the craving for what he could never have again.

Leaving a life-altering first love behind, Adaline tried moving forward to find love and trust and happiness. Pain eventually faded, wounds slowly healed, yet scars were forever left behind.

But some scars feel like kisses.

When the shattered pieces of their hearts are forced to meet again, the two of them must decide how much pain their love is worth enduring.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.

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REVIEW: CRAVE Part Two is the second installment in E.K. Blair’s contemporary, new adult CRAVE duet that focuses on the relationship between two high school lovers, and the resulting turmoil and fallout as each enter their first year of college. CRAVE Part two cannot be read as a stand alone as it picks up immediately after the events of CRAVE Part one.

Told from dual first person perspectives (Adaline and Kason) CRAVE Part two covers several years in the life of Kason, Adaline and her best friend Micah but mostly focuses on the struggles of our story line heroine. At the end of Part one Adaline’s life was destroyed; the pain and humiliation found our heroine walking away from the young man that she loves in the hopes of protecting not only his heart but from a future marred by memories and tears. Adaline believes revealing the truth will hurt everyone involved but her secrets and lies will eventually destroy the boy that she loves. Fast forward five years and our heroine must return to the town and people where it all began as tragedy continues to destroy the young man she left behind.

CRAVE Part Two is a story about one girl, two boys and a lifetime of secrets, heartache, addiction and recovery. Kason’s life slowly began to unravel when Ady refused to admit or acknowledge the truth about that fateful night that would tear apart their lives. Kason would remain oblivious but suspicious about the events that led to Ady’s spiral out of control while his own demons would demand and take hold without a second backwards glance. There are moments of infidelity, grief, shame and revelation. Age does not equate to maturity, and in this, our story line couple will continue to hurt the people they love. Ady runs when things begin to overwhelm; Kason buries his feelings with every willing female that crosses his path. Adaline will make selfish choices that affect the people in her life knowing that she will destroy a young man who has already suffered more than anyone could have ever imagined.

CRAVE Parts One and Two reads like a mature YA (Young Adult) story line rather than the more age appropriately titled new adult genre. The $ex scenes are implied and fade to black; the requisite love triangle is pervasive and frustrating, angst filled and frustrating; discouraging and frustrating ; heartbreaking and …frustrating ! Everyone deserves a happily ever after in a romance story line but with love triangles there is always someone whose heart will be destroyed never alluding to a happily ever after. The premise is emotional but I struggled with the love triangle aspect of the story- at times my lack of sympathy for the heroine bordered on apathy in light of what happened years before. The consequences of her choices, and her decision to remain quiet and run destroyed several lives in the process. The characters are dynamic but immature; the romance struggled with too many demons both current and past. CRAVE Part Two concludes Adaline and Kason’s roller coaster relationship-here’s hoping that Micah, Trent and Kate find their own happily ever after.

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EK BlairE.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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