Southbound Surrender by Raen Smith *Review and Excerpt*

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Title: Southbound Surrender

Author: Raen Smith

Expected Release Date: January 27, 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance


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Five days. Fifty square feet. One last shot at love.

Cash Rowland first laid eyes on the tenacious and irresistible Piper Sullivan when they were both seventeen. He falls for her hard and just when he thinks she’s doing the same, Piper is torn from his life without warning. She leaves no contact information but only a vague promise of fate.

Five years later, their paths unexpectedly cross. When he shows up with his eighteen-wheeler unannounced, Cash persuades Piper to head out on the open road to give him one last shot at love. But what should be a routine delivery across six states suddenly becomes an unforgettable journey when they save a woman with a broken past and discover that second chances are only for the lucky ones.




When Cash Rowland first laid eyes on Piper he knew he was in a world of trouble. He was hers – simple as that. Of course, he was just a seventeen year old and he never met the girl, but whatever. He knew she was it for him.

I loved, LOVED this story. Let me count the ways!

1. Cash Rowland

If there ever was a voice I’ve enjoyed reading it was his. He was adorable and funny as hell. I loved not only his humor but his loyalty and tender ways. I loved that this story was told from his point of view, I don’t think I would have loved it as much if it weren’t. It fit the story.

2. The Romance

Who doesn’t remember their first love? Who doesn’t enjoy a ‘second chance at love’ story? This one had it both and it was fantastic.

3. The Story

Sweet, with a dash of intense emotions, Cash and Piper’s journey of love had all the elements I’ve come to expect in a great romantic story. Plenty of ‘Aww’ inducing moments, characters that complemented each other and felt real throughout, appropriate emotions that captured each character’s frame of mind and chemistry that although tamed in the page still shined through.

I loved how the author went about bringing them together. Their adventure as they traveled in Cash’s truck was entertaining and enlightening. There were elements of the story that surprised me, but complimented it and made it sweeter. The characters’ emotions jumped off the page and their personalities never wavered. They grew as individuals as the story progressed, but it was their growth as a couple and how their connection strengthened that made this such a fantastic read for me.

If you like your stories sweet with a dash of humor and adventure I say that you pick this book right now. It had that and much more. This is one story that will go on my ‘favorites’ shelf for those times when I need a little pick me up. It was that good!

All in all, a fantastic read with emotional undertones, characters you will come to love and romance abound.



I pull the blanket over us and wrap my arms around her. She huddles into me for a moment, burying her face into my chest before I lift up her chin. We kiss then, and I start slow, tasting her with every flick of my tongue and press of my lips. She pushes faster, more frantic against my lips as her hands explore my chest and move down onto my waistband.

I let out a groan of pleasure and move my own hands to the straps of her bra. I slide my fingers beneath the thin fabric, pulling them down until they’re hanging by her arms. My fingertips play across the edge of her bra before she breaks from me to whisper.

“Take it off.”

Again, I obey with full enthusiasm.

The wet bra unhooks, and I pull it away from her, throwing it aside. She lets out a soft whimper as I explore her breasts, trailing kisses across her skin. Her body is starting to warm beneath my kisses, and all I want to do is keep tasting her. I run my tongue along her hard nipples as she slips her fingers beneath my boxer briefs, and a wave of arousal floods through my body.

I didn’t know I could want someone this bad.

My fingers trace down her belly until they find the lace of her underwear, and I’m in them now, feeling every part of her.

“Cash,” she whispers with her eyes closed as her hips push into me. She begs, “Please. I want you. I’ve wanted this for so long.”

“Me, too. You have no idea,” I whisper as she climbs on top of me. She reaches down to the floor of the truck and pops back up with the cowboy hat from Wildhorse Saloon. She sets it on top of her head.

She is so incredibly hot, and it’s taking all of my self-control to keep my composure.

“Yee-haw,” she whispers as she pulls my underwear down to my mid-thighs. I slide her underwear to the side and let her guide me in. She rocks against me, moving her hips in a slow, rhythmic motion that sends shivers through my body. She throws her head back, letting her hair fall to the middle of her back. I run my fingers through it, feeling the strands before I tug at her underwear and pull her closer to me. She moans.

God, does she moan.


  • Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
  • Mumford and Sons – I Will Wait
  • Ben Harper – Steal My Kisses
  • Sugar Ray – Spinning Away
  • Johnny Cash – Burning Ring of Fire
  • Johnny Cash – Walk the Line
  • Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly – Cruise
  • Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel
  • Luke Bryan – Country Girl
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Ray Charles – Georgia on my Mind


About the Author


Raen Smith is the author of the Unraveled Series and Southbound Surrender. She loves writing about complex characters with a sprinkling of happily ever after.

When she isn’t writing novels, she spends her time wrangling two small sons and teaching at a technical college. She lives in a small corner of Wisconsin with her husband and two sons.

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Book Spotlight: The Cowboy of Valentine Valley (Valentine Valley #3) by Emma Cane

Welcome to Valentine Valley, where the cowboys have many talents and love is waiting around every corner!

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Title: The Cowboy of Valentine Valley (Valentine Valley #3)

Author: Emma Cane

Published: January 28th 2014

Publisher: Avon Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance



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Ever since a heated late-night kiss—that absolutely should not have happened—cowboy Josh Thalberg makes former Hollywood bad girl Whitney Winslow’s pulse beat faster. But when she decides to use his gorgeous leatherwork in her new upscale lingerie shop, Leather & Lace, she’s determined to keep their relationship strictly professional . . . even if she wants so much more.

Josh has never met a challenge he isn’t up for. Which is probably why he allowed Whitney to persuade him to take the sexy publicity photo that went viral—and now has every woman in America knocking down his door . . . every woman except the one he can’t get out of his head.

But how to convince a reformed bad girl that some rules are worth breaking?


About the Author

Emma Cane fell in love with small-town, heartwarming stories, and created the fictional town Valentine Valley, a small ranching community in the Colorado Rockies, where she sets her novels. A Town Called Valentine was the first in her new series. True Love at Silver Creek Ranch followed in January 2013. Emma also writes as USA Today bestselling historical romance author Gayle Callen.

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Other Book in the Valentine Valley Series


All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy (Valentine Valley 0.5)



A Town Called Valentine: A Valentine Valley Novel (Valentine Valley #1)



A Wedding in Valentine: Valentine Valley Short Story (Valentine Valley #1.5)



True Love at Silver Creek Ranch: A Valentine Valley Novel (Valentine Valley #2)



A Promise at Bluebell Hill (Valentine Valley #4)

Expected Publication Date: February 25th 2014


Silver Heart by Victoria Green *Review*


Welcome to the Silver Heart Blog Tour. Below you will find all relevant information this new release along with my review.

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Title: Silver Heart

Author: Victoria Green

Publication Date: July 25th 2013

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance



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There comes a moment in everyone’s life when they must decide which road leads to personal happiness. For Dylan Silver, this is that moment…

For the past twenty-two-years, Dylan has been living in her parents’ carefully crafted world, always putting her own dreams on hold to play the role of a dutiful daughter.

So when her best friend coaxes her into a winter getaway to a mountain cabin, she sees it as a chance to forget about the responsibilities waiting for her at home. At least for a little while.

But then her past catches up to her—in the form of sexy snowboarder, Sawyer Carter.

Six years ago, Dylan bid goodbye to the only boy she ever truly loved. Now he’s standing right in front of her, bringing up bittersweet memories and igniting suppressed desires as he dares her to be the person she has always wanted to be.

Dylan and Sawyer’s unexpected meeting is a second chance, but will a girl who doesn’t believe in fate and taking risks be able to overcome her fears of losing control and finally embrace the life she desperately wants?

Only one thing is certain: after a week in Whistler, Dylan’s world will never be the same.

*Please note that this novel contains mature subject matter, including strong language and sexual situations that may not be suitable for all readers. Reader/buyer discretion is advised.*



4 stars

Dylan is following her life plan, or that of her parents. She’s still undecided on that one. But what she is completely sure about is that she never forgot about the one who got away. Her best friend through childhood and the boy she fell in love way back when. So when she encounters him again, she is both elated and scared. Happy because he’s still the boy she fell in love with even with his slight hard edges and scared of the feelings he brings out on her.

I loved this story. Victoria Green did an amazing job of bringing Dylan and Sawyer’s story to the page. I enjoyed getting to know Dylan, her quirks, fears and ambitions. She was determined to do what was right, but still wanted to be true to who she was. Her conflicting emotions felt real and made it easy for me to connect to her. I loved watching her with Sawyer, her true self came out to play and seeing them together made for an enjoyable read.

Of course they had chemistry, but it was the emotional interactions, those tender moments when they were getting to know each other again that truly did it for me. I loved their banter and the bond they had between them. I appreciated how the author went out of her way to show the reader how deep the bond between Dylan and Sawyer was and I loved watching as it grew and strengthened while the story progressed.

This was not an overtly emotional read, but the emotions were there and they were heartfelt and appropriate. I especially enjoyed the humor and conflicting emotions the secondary characters added to the story. Dylan’s interactions with her best friend showed her witty, charming and loyal side while her interactions with her brother and family showed the conflicted feelings of a woman trying to break free and be herself.

All in all, a wonderful ‘second chance’ love story about embracing your true self and making your own way in an uncertain world with the one person you are most connected to.

About the Author

Victoria Green is a New Adult author who enjoys writing about unspoken love and second chances. She’s a travel junkie and a huge photography enthusiast. Her experience growing up in a war-torn country has helped teach her the importance of living life to the fullest and appreciating every single day. She believes in true love, good chocolate, and great books. She lives in Canada with her high school sweetheart (though he’s graduated to a fiancé now) and their pack of puppies, and also writes Young Adult novels under a different name.

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Hudson by Shayne McClendon *Review and Playlist*


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Hudson. Below you will find all relevant information regarding Shayne McClendon’s latest release. I hope you enjoy the excerpt and playlist provided. Don’t forget to click on the giveaway link at the bottom of the post, good luck and thank you for stopping by!


Title: Hudson

Author: Shayne McClendon

Publication Date: October 24th 2013

Genre: Erotic Romance


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Refuse to compromise.

Hudson Winters is in control of every aspect of his world. From his earliest memories, he’s been driven to succeed. Starting from nothing, he built an empire based on opportunity and intimidation.

Personally, professionally, and sexually – he ensures the reins are always in his hands.

He never counted on a woman like Gabriella Hernandez.

From the moment she steps into his building, she proceeds to shake up his entire existence. Her very presence causes him to question everything about himself, his relationships, and his future.

NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is intended for mature audiences only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual situations offend you.



Gabriella decides to leave everything she has ever known to go to New York to be with Hudson Winters, the man she’s had a long-distance relationship with. Unfortunately, when she gets there not only is her ‘Hudson’ nowhere to be found, but the real Hudson Winters is as rude and exasperating as he is sexy. Add to that the fact that she’s now homeless and broke and Gabriella is definitely not having the best day of her life.

Hudson Winters doesn’t care for much except for his best friend, his mother and his job. He is arrogant, selfish and sexy as hell. He likes his sex kinky and has no time to waste on Gabriella. Except, she pushes all his buttons and he’s intrigued by her. Confused by this attraction to the innocent-looking girl and conflicted about his needs and who is the right person to fulfill them, Hudson embarks in his pursuit of Gabriella only to realize that what he was looking for was right in front of him all along.

Okay. So here we are.

First, I have to tell you that I’m a bit conflicted about this story. This is more a story about Gabriella discovering herself and although I enjoyed that part of the story immensely I can’t help but be disappointed by the outcome of the story. I loved Gabriella and I loved Hudson. I thought they had chemistry and complemented each other nicely. But Natalia? Not so much.

I enjoyed the way Shayne McClendon went about telling Gabriella’s story. It was one filled with new discoveries, adventures and heartache. I loved that she was conflicted about her feelings on what her attraction to Hudson led her to, it went with her character and personality. I liked watching how the experience allowed her to grow as a person and how it strengthened her resolve to be true to herself. Like I said, she was a great character to get to know and her journey in this story made for an interesting to read.

I can’t say much about what goes on without giving too much away, but I will say this. The story was packed full of emotions from all characters involved and the sex scenes were off-the-charts HOT. I enjoyed seeing Hudson so conflicted and frustrated. His growth as a character and his revelation and acceptance of his future was bittersweet for me, only because I came to care for him a great deal.

All in all, a hot, little read about discovering your true self, letting go of what’s holding you back and accepting what the future holds.

  • Feelin’ Love – Paula Cole
  • Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  • Closer – Nine Inch Nails
  • A Little Taste – Skyler Stonestreet
  • Satisfied – Aranda
  • My Demons – Starset
  • POWER – Kanye West
  • Sinner’s Prayer – Sully Erna
  • Madness – Muse
  • Person Jesus – Depeche Mode
  • Kiss From A Rose – Seal
  • Shape Of My Heart – Sting
  • Simply Falling – Iyeoka
  • What Goes Around…/…Comes Around Interlude – Justin Timberlake
  • My Immortal – Evanescence
  • Hurt – Johnny Cash
  • Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor
  • Special Cases – Massive Attack
  • Far Behind – Candlebox
  • Stepping Stone – Duffy
  • Wish I Didn’t Miss You – Angie Stone
  • Empire State of Mind – JAY Z & Alicia Keys
  • Fix You – Coldplay
  • Just Like Honey – Jesus and Mary Chain
  • Bad Things – Jace Everett
  • Feeling Good – Nina Simone
  • Is This Real? – Lisahall
  • Oblivion – M83, Suzanne Sundfor
  • Lloraras – Oscar D’Leon
  • She Wants To Know – Half Moon Run
  • Intro – The xx
  • Stay – Rihanna, Mikky Ekko
  • Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  • Lullaby – The Cure
  • Feel Good Inc – Gorillaz
About the Author

Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel “The Barter System.” Other projects recently released are “In the Service of Women,” “Yes to Everything,” “Damaged,” “Being Delightful,” “The Hermit,” “Hudson” – the second book set in “The Barter System” world, and many more.

Writer, mom, and hermit…Shayne listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have learned not to question the crazy. Coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right.

She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet connection.

You can contact her by email at, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website and subscribe for your free story!

Shayne McClendon’s work is available at all major e-book retailers. Print editions of her work are available on her website.

Forever’s ‘Between The Sheets’ Blog Tour *Reviews*


Welcome to Forever’s Between the Sheets Blog Tour. Below you will find all relevant information for books by authors C.C. Gibbs, Cecilia Tan, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Kate McKinley.

You will also find my reviews for All He Wants, Slow Seduction and This Man Confessed along with a spotlight for A Countess by Chance.

But first, I hope you enjoy the guest post provided. Don’t forget to click on the giveaway link at the bottom of the post for a chance to win.

Happy reading, good luck and thank you for stopping by!


What’s your hero’s idea of the perfect romantic evening?

Jodi Ellen Malpas: Jesse would bless Ava with the wide range of his degrees in fucking. Then he’d lick peanut butter off of her. Or make an Ava Éclair. Then they’d have a bath and tub-talk.

Cecilia Tan: James’s perfect romantic evening involves stimulation of the intellect, the senses, and the heart–possibly all at once. The thing he loves about BDSM is that it isn’t “mindless” sex. You don’t just hop in bed and “bang.” You have to be engaged in BDSM with your whole being, your emotions, your thoughts, and your physical self. When he puts someone in bondage he’s inviting them into a complex dance of power and aesthetics and sensuality that will bring both partners a deep sense of satisfaction. Of course, as anyone who has read Slow Surrender will tell you, he’s also very into delayed gratification, which leaves plenty of time for heart to heart talks.

C.C. Gibbs: With Dominic, the word “romantic” is a stretch. He’d have to process that through his pragmatic filter. But he knows how to please a woman. So specifically with Kate, he’d offer her what she liked. A quiet evening at home, chocolate truffles—hand fed between kisses, as many orgasms as she wanted and afterward, when she was sprawled atop him, warm and sated, he’d smile and say, “Now ask me anything,” because she liked when he talked about his life. And he was willing to do that for her.

Kate McKinley: A quiet evening at home, preferably between the sheets. He is a man, after all! lol



Title: This Man Confessed (This Man #3)

Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas

Release Date: January 21, 2014 (Forever Trade Paperback)


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Ava and Jesse are getting married. The Manor is filled with guests as the couple weds in the very place where their passionate love affair began. While Ava understands she’ll never tame Jesse–and wouldn’t want to–she believes his troubles are now behind him. But on what should be the happiest day of her life, Ava is faced with new problems. Her brother, Dan, disapproves of her marriage and is determined to make her see that Jesse isn’t the man she thinks he is. Could there be truth to his words? Is Jesse hiding another dark secret? Ava loves Jesse deeply, but has she bound herself to a man who cherishes her and will take her to the edge of ecstasy–or to the brink of despair?



Very sad to say goodbye to Jesse, but what a way to go!

So I found myself at The Manor attending Jesse’s and Ava’s wedding. And what a spectacle that was! Typical Jesse and Ava. That’s all I will say.

And that was just the wedding. The honeymoon and everything that comes after it was even better.

Happiness. Anger. Sex. Surprises.

Tears. Sex. Betrayal. Secrets.

Sex. Confessions. Confrontations. Sex.

Love. One hell of perfect EPILOGUE.

I wish I could tell you more about what went on, but I wouldn’t have wanted to know before reading the book, so I won’t share.

*You can find my complete review here.

About the Author

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, UK, where she lives with her family. Working for the family construction business fulltime and with the prospect of taking it over once her father retired, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing a novel until it became impossible. She finally found the time and courage to release her creative streak and in October 2012 self-published This Man as an e-book. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters, notably Mr. Jesse Ward, the Lord of the Manor, and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Two months later, Jodi made the decision to give up her day job to concentrate on her new and very unexpected career in writing.

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Title: All He Needs (All or Nothing #2)

Author: C.C. Gibbs

Release Date: December 17, 2013 (Forever Trade Paperback)


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Brilliant. Wealthy. Powerful. Dominic Knight is one of the hottest tech developers in the world–and the most demanding lover Kate Hart has ever known. Whether in the boardroom or the bedroom, he is always in charge. But there is one thing he cannot control: Kate’s fiery heart…

As a master in her field, talented Kate surpassed Dominic’s wildest expectations. As a woman of uncommon intelligence and beauty, she unlocked something deep within him. Yet since their professional relationship–and erotically charged affair–came to an end, the fire in him has only grown stronger.

Now, the man who has everything will do whatever it takes to reclaim the woman he lost. From Boston and Paris to Singapore and San Francisco, he will lure Kate back into his elite world of privilege and passion. Together, they will test the limits of desire and the boundaries of discipline. For both, this is uncharted territory–naked, reckless, and uninhibited. But when Dominic’s deadliest enemies target Kate, he must face his darkest fears…and admit to himself that she is all he needs.


4 stars

Once again, C.C. Gibbs delivers another awesome chapter in Dominic and Kate’s tumultuous love affair.

The story picks up right where the previous installment ended and we find Dominic and Kate trying to move on with their lives after the events that took place in All He Wants .

Dominic is a mess but very much keeping an eye out for Kate. He doesn’t sleep nor eats and passes his nights drinking and staring at a photo of Kate for company. Women don’t interest him and his mood is driving everyone crazy.

Kate is trying to move on and when an offer for another job lands in her hands she appreciates the distraction it will bring from her days passing the time crying and cursing Dominic.

Each of them are going through the motions but not really living or moving on, until a threat to Kate’s safety puts Dominic in Kate’s path again. Although hesitant to start something again with Dominic, Kate is no fool. She knows that her suffering was endless when he wasn’t around and just his presence calms her, so she gives in and decides to try again.

All in all, All He Needs was a wonderful addition to the All or Nothing trilogy and was infused with emotions, sensuality and love abound. I loved it and can’t wait for the next installment to see if these two will actually have their happily after and what they must endure to get it.

*You can find my complete review here.

About the Author

C.C. Gibbs is the pen name of a New York Times bestselling author. She lives in the Midwest, at times in Northern California, is married with three children and considers the life of a writer the best of all possible worlds. Bringing characters to life allows her imagination full rein, while the creative process offers fascinating glimpses into the machinery of the mind. And last but not least, researching anything, but particularly a book like ALL HE DESIRES–thank you Google–is great fun!

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Title: Slow Seduction (Struck by Lightning #2)

Author: Cecilia Tan

Release Date: January 28, 2014 (Forever Trade Paperback)


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Unforgettable passion . . .

Two months have passed since Karina’s painful departure from James, the mysterious lover who awakened her darkest desires, and she’ll do anything-anything-to locate him and win him back. Her search takes her to London, where she finds herself immersed in the world of fine art and forbidden pleasures. And soon, Karina meets another enigmatic man who promises to help her find James . . . for a price.

Unexpected pleasure . . .

Damon George is rich, gorgeous, and a member of a secret society that caters to the sensual thrills of the wealthy and powerful. Though Karina insists her heart will always belong to James, Damon is determined to have her, body and soul. By the time she finds James, Karina has been “trained” to please another. Will James reject her again . . . or find her more irresistible than ever?


3-5 stars3.5 stars

This installment picks up a couple of months after Slow Surrender left off with Karina moving to London not only to start a new job in a museum but also in search of James, who left her after Karina forced him to reveal his name.

This book was not what I expected at all, but still a great follow-up book nonetheless.

This story centers around Karina’s journey in finding James, the man who captured her heart and encouraged her to explore her sensual side. After all the experiences she shared with James, she can’t keep him out of her mind. She’s determined to find him and not even meeting Damon and his sexy ways detracts her from her mission. This story is all about her development as a characters where she explores her new-found kinks and lets herself accept herself for who she is.

She meets a lot of people along the way that enrich her experience one way or another and who get her closer to her goal of finding James.

I enjoyed how the story unfolded, the characters that were introduced and the growth Karina underwent in the process. There were some new discoveries and some interesting twists to the story that added to my interest in seeing this trilogy through to the end.

Of course, I can’t deny that I wished I could have experienced some more of James in this installment. I think that Karina and James are great together and they complement each other. Although he did make and appearance and some of the issues were dealt with, there were to many what-ifs and a whole new revelation was brought into play. I missed experiencing their connection on the page and seeing them unleash the passion they held for one another. That one scene was great, but it wasn’t enough for me after I had invested myself in their relationship in the previous installment.

However, I still believe that this was a great addition to the Struck by Lightning series. I’m looking forward to next installment to see if the author brings the range in emotions she brought forth in Slow Surrender and I’m expecting that the degree of anticipation and excitement that she left me with with Slow Seduction is worth the wait.

About the Author
Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball, from her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of many books, including The Siren and the Sword, The Tower and the Tears, The Incubus and the Angel, Black Feathers, Mind Games, White Flames,and The 50 Greatest Yankee Games. She has edited over 50 anthologies of erotica for Red Silk Editions, Thunder’s Mouth Press, Blue Moon Books, Masquerade Books, Ravenous Romance, and for the publishing house she founded, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Best American Erotica, and many other places, and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Slow Trains, Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball Magazine, Yankees Magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere.
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Title: A Countess by Chance (By Invitation Only #2)

Author: Kate McKinley

Release Date: January 7, 2014 (Forever E-Novella)


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A gambler’s daughter, Sophia Weatherby knows her way around a deck of cards. So when her family estate becomes threatened, she has no choice but to use her skills at the gaming tables to save herself from ruin. A lavish house party affords her the perfect opportunity-until the newly minted Earl of Huntington arrives. Adam Greyson has never forgotten the day Sophia rejected his proposal. Now to even the score, he challenges her to a shocking wager-his two thousand pounds against the one valuable commodity she has left: her virtue.

About the Author
KATE MCKINLEY writes Regency and Fantasy Romance. When she’s not staring at her screen, dreaming up delicious heroes, she’s a wife, mother and part-time assistant.
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Review: Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe


Title: Crashing Into You

Author: B.D. Rowe

Publication Date: October 3rd 2013

Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance



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Bookish college sophomore Sydney Baker wants Evan Taylor with every ounce of her being. The hottest stud on campus, Evan is six foot four, ripped, stacked with muscles. He’s even easy to talk to.

There’s just one problem: he’s her roommate Melanie’s boyfriend.

But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn’t take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more.

Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test. Especially when a sexy blonde freshman makes her way into Evan’s life, and tries to rip away everything Sydney holds close to her heart.

**Mature Situations and Sexual Content – Recommended for Ages 17+**




1.75 stars (rounded up because of the concept)

Hmmm, this was such a hard read for me because I really, really wanted to like this book. I thought that the concept would make for an interesting read and although some aspects of the story did, the story as a whole did not meet my expectations.

What Didn’t Work for me

1. Sydney’s rambling thoughts – the girl could go on and on about how much she wanted Evan. And really, do I need a play by play of her taking her final exams? Er, NO!

2. Too many tragedies, but none were dealt with appropriately – In the beginning, I was intrigued by what Sydney went through and felt for her for that tragic accident, but other than to preach about the dangers of drinking and driving, she never did anything about it. Then why make it a part of the story at all? I still can’t see what that had to do with Evan and Sydney’s story. Did I miss something?

Melanie’s death – nobody’s heard from her, nobody bothers to look for her. It’s  incomprehensible!!! How can a person be so self-centered that she doesn’t notice her best friend is nowhere to be found? But of course, then she feels guilty about it. Am I supposed to feel some sympathy for her? I don’t think so.

Then there’s Melanie’s sister. Why introduce her at all? Why make Sydney and Evan’s story more complicated? It didn’t make sense at all to me before Michelle arrived, so having her there in the middle of it only served to make a mess of a story even messier. Whatever interest I had in the outcome of the relationship diminished as both Sydney and Evan lost what little affection they had gained from me.

2. Too much of the romance not enough of the development of it on the page – so we know that Evan and Sydney were friends and spend some time together before Melanie died. But how do we get from their to declarations of love? I know it was implied that Evan and Sydney spent a lot of time together as ‘friends’ after he returned to LA, but I never got to see it. How am I supposed to invest myself in their relationship if I can’t see their connection grow deeper? I’m sorry, i don’t work that way. I need to see them interact, show some emotion other than lust and fight for what they have. Sadly, none of those things happened.

3. Not enough growth of character for either Sydney or Evan – in the first half of the book I didn’t judge Sydney or Evan too much. But once Melanie died I truly took notice of them and was expecting them to mature and show some deeper emotion. Neither of that happened though. Sydney continued to be all about Sydney and Evan continued to be his elusive self. I can say with certainty that I know next to nothing about these characters.

The blurb was what initially caught my attention and why I had expected this story to be so good. After reading the story I can safely say that the blurb is misleading.

But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn’t take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more. 

First of all, they did not turn to each other in their time of need. Evan spent a month in NY after the funeral and Sydney stayed in LA with Lukas. Furthermore, there was no ‘intense grief’ in sight. Neither of them grieved for Melanie.

Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test.

Secrets? As in more than one? The ‘secret’ was anti-climatic and if you paid attention to the story you already knew some of it anyway. And what test? She found out and  they had an accident. She’s in the hospital. She slaps him and when he starts to leave she calls him back and the story ends.


I feel like the story should’ve been cut to those events that truly mattered and focused more on showing the depth of the connection between Evan and Sydney, especially since they decided to pursue a relationship after Melanie’s death. I like the sex as much as the next gal, but not if I can’t feel connected to the characters or see more of a bond between them. I think that is my biggest complain.

This book had great potential and I’m sorry that it didn’t hold up to my expectations but the characters and their relationship truly lacked the depth that the story needed for me to invest myself in it.

*I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

Naked Edge by Charli Webb *Review*


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Title: Naked Edge

Author: Charli Webb

Publication Date: December 1st 2013

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance



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The first time Skylar and Rowdy give themselves to each other completely–heart, mind, body and soul–is also the night Skylar disappears without a trace. Rowdy promised to love her forever. But forever is a long time when you’re only seventeen.

After years of waiting, Rowdy gives up on Skylar and tries to purge her from his memory with cheap tequila and one night stands.

When Skylar finally returns, Rowdy is no longer the shy, sweet boy she fell in love with. He’s bitter, angry and determined to protect what remains of his shattered heart. She’s determined to reclaim it, but first she has to put it back together.

Set in the eclectic town of Eldorado Springs, Colorado and Eldorado Canyon State Park, a rock climber’s paradise, “Naked Edge” is a new adult contemporary romance about perseverance, second chances and the healing power of love.



4 stars

Wow! This story had a little of everything and some that I could’ve done without.

Rowdy and Skylar were first loves when they were teenagers until Skylar disappeared without a word at a time when Rowdy needed her the most. When Skylar returns home she knows that things can’t be picked up from where they were left up, but she had never imagined that her sweet Rowdy would transform into a cold, man-slut. Of course, it is all a front and the walls Rowdy has kept in place start to crumble as soon as he lays eyes on Skylar again.

So yes, there’s angst and drama between Skylar and Rowdy but they soon come to an understanding to try to mend what was broken between them – mainly trust. Their connection was already established but the author made sure to strengthen it as the story progressed. Needless to say that their chemistry was HOT! That first kiss alone after so many years apart was something else.

But in comes Anna and boy is that chick crazy! She’s determined to keep them apart and make Rowdy’s hers.

And here is where my only problem lies. Even though some of the events that transpire where Anna’s concerned were interesting and kept me guessing, some of them were too over-the-top for me to get into. I understood that the girl had problems, but it was too much.

That said, I thought that Rowdy and Skylar’s second chance at love story was fantastic. Their lives were not easy and the things they had to face truly showed their characters as both individuals and as a couple.

All in all, a sweet, romantic story about true love and overcoming the obstacles thrown at you so you can start living your happily ever after.

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Natural Harmony (Confession Records #1) by Kate Roth *Review and Excerpt*


Welcome to the Natural Harmony Blog Tour. Below you will find all relevant information regarding Kate Roth’s latest release. I hope you enjoy my review and the excerpt and teasers provided.


Title: Natural Harmony (Confession Records #1)

Author: Kate Roth

Release Date: December 30, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Romance



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Suddenly named the acting president of her uncle’s record label, former pop princess Sabrina Walker is finally ready to grow up. While her professional life moves forward, she still clings to the last fragment of her past life in the form of an uncertain relationship with her manager, Beau.

When Sabrina hires handsome, young assistant, Wade Lawson, he awakens in her the hidden confidence she’s always desired. What starts as a casual affair quickly intensifies to something much more.

Sabrina must decide—return to the familiar life of an insecure one-hit-wonder, or embrace Wade and the woman his passion has helped reveal.

Natural Harmony is a stand-alone, adult contemporary romance and the first in the Confession Records collection.





4 stars

3.75 stars

After being promoted to President of her uncle’s record label, Sabrina needs an assistant ASAP. In comes Wade. A resourceful, smart and handsome man, Wade ignites in Sabrina feelings she never experienced before. Although she has been in a ‘relationship’ with Beau, she knows that nothing is going to come from it other than to keep living on past expectations and desires.

Neither of them pursue each other straight out, but Wade and Sabrina’s attraction to each other gets the best of them. Wade gets Sabrina in every way – emotionally and physically. Something no one has ever done for Sabrina before.

Although Beau is in the background actively reaching for Sabrina for one more hook-up and Sabrina is torn between what she’s used to and starting something new with Wade, I wouldn’t say this was a love triangle type of situation. I didn’t believe Sabrina had any deep feelings for Beau, I think she was just used to the familiarity of what they shared. Her conflicted feelings stemmed mainly from her insecurities and her fear of giving of herself to Wade.

This was a fun story to read. Although it would involve more of a music scene, I was pleasantly surprised by the content of the story regardless. It was cute and cheesy and everything in between with interesting characters (including Beau which I’m still intrigued by!), little angst and great chemistry.



His ears perked at the sound of clicking high heels coming down the hall and it wasn’t too long before she was in view. Wade wanted to breathe normally, he really did, but it was impossible looking at her. Her strut was enough to give him a stroke. She had a perfect hourglass shape and she wore the right clothes for it. Her curves were like the deliberate paint strokes of an artist. Beautiful. Her gentle brunette waves of hair gleamed auburn under lights and seemed to bounce with her steps just as her ample chest did. When she saw him at the desk a smile overtook her heart-shaped face. Her lips could’ve been drawn by Disney they were so damn perfect. And the sweetest smattering of freckles across her nose and cheeks was enough to do him in. She’s your boss, he told himself.

He’d been telling himself that since the minute he walked into the interview on Friday. He spent the weekend psyching himself up for seeing her again. She’s just pretty, he’d said to the bathroom mirror, you’ve known plenty of pretty women. But she wasn’t just pretty. She wasn’t just anything. She was stunning. And not to mention … she was Sabra.

“Good morning!” Sabrina said cheerily as she came up to the front of his desk. She had two paper cups in her hands and she sat one in front of him. “I didn’t know your drink order so I just got you what I like—Americano.”

He opened his mouth but no words came out. He touched the warm cup and smiled. “Shouldn’t I be the one getting you coffee?” he asked.

“Eh, someday.” She smiled before popping into her office.

Someday, he thought.




About the Author


Inspired by music, film, art and the wealth of stories she has heard through her career as a professional hair stylist, Kate Roth has been dreaming up love stories since junior high. 
Kate’s first two novels, new adult romance The Low Notes and new adult paranormal romance Reckless Radiance were released by Rebel Ink Press in May of 2012 and September of 2013. Natural Harmony is her third novel and her first venture into independent publishing. She is hard at work on the next two novels in the Confession Records collection, as well as her first erotic romance, Last Resort. She is a small business owner and lives in Indiana with her husband, Adam and their dog, Sampson.

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Shelter You by Alice Montalvo-Tribue *Review*


Welcome to the Blog Tour for Shelter You, the latest release from Alice Montalvo-Tribue. Below you will find all relevant information regarding this title along with my review and an excerpt.

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Title: Shelter You

Author: Alice Montalvo-Tribue

Expected Release: January 2014


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She’s mine.

That was my first thought when I held my baby in my arms at seventeen. I didn’t care that I’d already promised to give her to a wealthy family.

She is mine.

I ran away from that hospital, from that family, from the very life I knew. My plan was to start my life over with what little money I (have/had?), determined to make something of myself despite the odds.

Then Logan Tate entered my life.

Gorgeous and controlling, he claimed he was trying to help me, and that he didn’t care that I was another teenage pregnancy story.

But I don’t trust him. I don’t trust anyone. And if Logan knew the real secrets and lies I was keeping inside, he wouldn’t dare try to shelter me.



4 stars

Mia is determined to make a life with her daughter away from her controlling family. She was not counting of running into a handsome, caring cop who awakens in her feelings the likes she never experienced before.

Logan is intrigued by the young woman he met and by her situation. Never one to back down, he tries to protect her and in doing so he becomes invested in her and her daughter’s well being. He’s not planning on letting her go anytime soon, so she better get used to him and his ways.

This was a sweet story with an excellent mix of drama, mystery and romance.

At first, I was hesitant about how the story would play out especially since Mia was so young. But within a couple of pages she convinced me that I had pegged her all wrong. She showed her resilience and her strong character. Her maturity shined through while she made a home for herself and her daughter. She was vulnearble, caring and scared, but she was also feisty, determined and stubborn. It made for some interesting moments when she went head to head with Logan.

Logan was also caring and understanding, but he had a stubborness to him that bordered on controlling. However, he was always honest and had Mia and Lily’s best interest at heart. He came to care about them both and although she pushed all his buttons he never failed to give her the strength she needed or the space to make her own decisions.

This is the first book by Alice Montalvo-Tribue that I have read and it won’t be my last. She managed to keep me riveted to the story. I admit that there were times when the pace of the story dragged a bit but just when I was getting ready to skim some passages she managed to bring some interesting fact, revelation or scene into play until I was all in and determined to stick it out.

I loved Logan and Mia together. Although there was an age difference between them, I didn’t see it affect their relationship. They treated each other accordingly, always sharing honestly their intentions, emotions or doubts. I liked that their relationship wasn’t wrapped up prettily even though their connection was established early on. I enjoyed watching how with each moment shared their connection developed and grew in strength. It was slow in coming, but when they did get together it felt natural. They matched in their attraction for each other, but it was the emotions that came into play that made it all the more worthwhile.

The concept behind the story was interesting and well played out. At times it was frustrating for me to not know what the hell was haunting Lily, but the author played her cards right and when it was revealed it had the impact it was intended to have. I enjoyed how she brought it all together, letting the bit and pieces fall into place slowly, ratcheting my curiosity with every page I turned.

All in all, a sweet, romantic story about letting go of the past, acceptance and moving on.


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I look up at her with tears in my eyes. If not for this kind woman, I’d be handing Lily over to her adoptive parents in a matter of hours. It may seem cruel of me to have promised to give my baby away to a couple who desperately wants one and then to just pick up and run away, but none of this was my choice.

Four months before my high school graduation I found out that I was pregnant, as you could probably imagine for a seventeen year old to hear that she’s going to become a mother is shocking and scary. So I did what I thought would be the right thing, I went to my parents and asked for there help. Their solution? Hide my pregnancy until after graduation and then keep me a virtual prisoner in my own home until I gave birth.

When I expressed to them my desire to keep my child they gave me an ultimatum, give the baby up for adoption, or keep the baby but leave their house with absolutely no financial help from them. What else could I have done? I had no choice but to agree to their demands and I thought I could do it. I thought I could go through with it until I held her, my Lily, and I knew that giving her away would literally kill me—would make it difficult to go on with the knowledge that she was out there in the world somewhere, living a life apart from mine. Because of this, I made her a promise and I’ll die before I break that promise.

About the Author


Alice Montalvo-Tribue lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She has a bachelors degree in communications and is currently working on her masters degree. She spends most of her free time reading, writing, and when the weather permits lounging out on a beach.

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‘Forever Young’ Blog Tour featuring Jessica Sorensen, J.A. Redmerski, Shannon Richard and Nyrae Dawn


Welcome to the Forever Young Blog Tour. Below you will find all relevant information and excerpts for books from authors Jessica Sorensen, J.A. Redmerski, Shannon Richard and Nyrae Dawn. I hope you enjoy my reviews for Masquerade, The Destiny of Violet & Luke and Undone along with the spotlight on Song of the Fireflies.


Title: Masquerade (Games #3)

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Published: January 7th 2014


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A biker. A tattoo artist. A love to last a lifetime.

Maddox Cross has always had to be tough. When his father went to jail for murder, the teenager took care of his sister and mother. Now on his own and working security at a night club, Maddox wants to become a tattoo artist-a dream that comes closer to reality when he falls for the hottest, most tatted woman he’s ever seen. She’s wild and beautiful, and Maddox will do anything to be with her.

Bee Malone came to town to open up her new tattoo parlor, Masquerade. Since being kidnapped as a young girl, Bee has had trouble getting close to anyone. But when she meets Maddox, she sees that under his hard biker’s body is the sensitive soul of an artist. What starts out as a sizzling one-night stand soon becomes so much more.

Bee wants Maddox to join her tattoo business, but letting him into her life means revealing all her most intimate secrets. And as the past begins to intertwine with her present, Bee fears their love may not be as permanent as their ink . . .



Maddox has always been taking care of the ones he loves, but his guilt for the one time he didn’t speak up has hunted him for years. He feels unworthy and like a failure, so he keeps to himself, making no commitments and keeping people from seeing who he really is. So when he meets Bee his rapport with her is no different since he doesn’t expect to see her ever again.

For the past few years Bee has been struggling about who she is and about what her family expects her to be. She knows what she wants and how to go about it, but she’s still conflicted by that one aspect of her life. Not one to let people get close to her, she sees in Maddox something that calls to her and although she wants to keep her distance, their chemistry is too strong to be denied.

Loved. L-O-V-E-D this story.

Out of all the books in this series, I have to say that Masquerade is so far the edgiest and most emotional of them all. I loved Maddox. He tried so hard to do the right thing and feels so conflicted about his actions when his family came apart. He feels guilty for Adrian, for his sister and his mother. He carried such a heavy burden on his shoulders that I just wanted to smack some sense into him and keep him from feeling worse.

Like Maddox, Bee’s problems were taking its toll on her. But in a sense she was stronger and more determined to stick to her guns. I loved how the author went about bringing these two together. It was great to see how Bee recognized some aspects of herself in Maddox and how drawn they were to each other.

Was there chemistry? Hell yeah! But there was so much more to their connection than lust. Slowly but surely they came to rely on each other. Their interactions grew from cold and withdrawn to something more meaningful where you could glimpse their vulnerability and their need to connect to someone else. Neither one of them was looking for love, but they got smack with it nonetheless. Through flirtatious banter, honest exchanges, looks and touches Maddox and Bee’s connection grew into something palpable that could not be stopped.

Masquerade is the second book in the Games series and although it can be read as a stand alone I recommend reading Facade first so you can get the whole story behind what has Maddox so conflicted. Plus it was a great story and a 5 star read for me.

All in all, an amazing story of letting go, fighting your demons and opening up to what the future holds.


“Did you bring any drawings?” Bee sits at the chair behind a desk.

I hand her a book, but the second I do, I want to snatch it back. It’s always like that showing someone my work, even though I know it’s good. “That’s just one I had with me. I have more at home.”

She doesn’t answer as she starts flipping through the pages. After a couple minutes of watching her study each page, I start to get jittery. Feel like she’s looking inside me instead of at some pages, so to distract myself, I move around the room, taking in pictures of her work and other tattoos on the walls.

She looks at the book for what seems like an hour before speaking. “These are good. They’re different. Your artwork has a unique style that I haven’t seen before.”

I nod.

“Why do you want to be a tattoo artist?” she asks. The question shows me how serious she is about what she does because no one has brought it up before.

The urge to tell her it’s none of her business surges through me, but I want this badly enough to answer. “Because when I’m around it, I feel more like myself than I probably ever have.”

A brief flash of shock shows on her face, but she covers it quickly. “Good. I won’t screw around with someone who’s playing a game. This isn’t something you do to make a quick buck. Not if you’re working with me, at least. Did you get a chance to actually give anyone ink?”

“No. The apprenticeship only lasted three months before he bailed.”

Bee nods. “That’s good. I actually rather you have hardly any experience—that way I don’t have to train bad habits out of you.”

“I’m not a dog.”

“No one said you were. Chill out, Scratch.”

I tense at the name, but before I can really say anything, she starts asking questions again. “Do you lean toward liking only black work or are you into color too?”

Everything I have so far is only black, but as I look at her again, I see a variety of black and colorful work. “Depends. I don’t want to do only one or the other. I love work with shading too. I’ve seen some pieces that are really incredible just because of the shading.”

She nods and I wonder if that was the right answer.

“I’m not saying you don’t, but this is something you have to take seriously. There are a lot of dumb-asses out there who think it’s all fun, but it’s not. Stuff like being clean and safe is even more important than the picture you put into someone’s skin.”

“That’s a given, isn’t it?”

She grins. “You’d think, but it’s not always like that.”

We’re both quiet after that. Bee glances down at my artwork again. “I’m surprised I even let you in here tonight. It’s important that you know that. I don’t take shit from people.”

One look at her and that’s obvious. Part of me didn’t expect her to open the door for me either. “I’m surprised I came, so that makes two of us.” When she looks up at me, I’m not sure how I feel about the way her eyes take me in. Don’t know what I think about the fact that we have shit in common or that her look is familiar to me. I give it myself.

Bee stands, walks around to the front of the desk, and then leans on it. “If we do this, can we keep things from getting awkward?”

My answer comes automatically. “I can if you can. It was one night. We don’t know each other and I’m never with someone more than once anyway.” I’ve shared this strange sort of honesty with her tonight that makes my body overheat. I want all the words back because they’re a part of me and I don’t want anyone to see who I am, but this is it. Saying these things to her is the only way to get what I want.

“Now that you’ve asked your questions and realize this isn’t a game to me, I need to know if we’re doing this or not.”

Silently she walks toward the door and opens it. I hold in the groan, pissed at myself for fucking this up again and even more pissed that she’s in control.

Bee turns toward me, her blond hair messy from sleep, but it’s another thing she doesn’t care about. It doesn’t take away from how sexy she is either.

“We’re doing this. Don’t make me regret it. Now I need to get some sleep and then we’ll talk tomorrow about a schedule.”

I let out the breath trapped in my lungs. Thanks, echoes through my mind, but all that comes out is, “Cool. We’ll talk later.” Then I walk out the door.

Instead of going home, I head to the high school. It’s such a dumb fucking thing to do, but like I’ve done other nights, I jump the fence and head to the football field. Sitting in the middle of it, I let my eyes trace over the whole thing, trying to remember the time this used to be important to me. And trying not to concentrate on the fact that even though I got something I want, something I need, I still want to take out the fucking world because of everything I’ve lost.

About the Author

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Writing has always been Nyrae Dawn’s passion. Nyrae gravitates toward character-driven stories. She loves going on emotional journeys with characters whether it be reading or writing. And yes, she’s a total romantic at heart and proud.

Nyrae resides in sunny Southern California with her husband (who still makes her swoon) and her two awesome kids.

When she’s not with her family, you can be pretty sure you’ll find her with a book in her hand or her laptop and an open document in front of her. Nyrae also writes adult romance under the name Kelley Vitollo.

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Other Books in the Games Series

Charade (Games, #1)

Charade (Games, #1)



Facade (Games, #2)



violet and luke

Title: The Destiny of Violet & Luke (The Coincidence #3)

Author: Jessica Sorensen

Release Date: January 7th 2014


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Luke Price’s life has always been about order, control, and acting tough on the outside. For Luke, meaningless relationships are a distraction-a way to tune out the twisted memories of his childhood. He desperately wishes he could forget his past, but it haunts him no matter what he does.

Violet Hayes has had a rough life. When she was young, she was left with no family and the memory of her parents’ unsolved murders. She grew up in foster homes, living with irresponsible parents, drugs, and neglect, and trying to fight the painful memories of the night her parents were taken from her. But it’s hard to forget when she never got closure-and she can’t stop dreaming about what happened that tragic night. To make it through life, she keeps her distance from everyone and never allows herself to feel anything.

Then Violet meets Luke. The two clash instantly, yet they can’t seem to stay away from each other. Although they fight it, they both start to open up and feel things they’ve never felt before. They discover just how similar they are. But they also discover something else: The past always catches up with you . . .



Luke just wants to leave his past behind the only way he knows how – through booze and sex. Although that has worked since he was 16 years old, he feels that his walls are closing in on him when he finds himself with nowhere to go but back home for the summer with his mother. Luke never paid attention to Violet before. But in a move that surprises even himself, Luke finds himself spending time with her after she runs into him at a party. Even more surprising to Luke is the fact that he’s drawn to Violet. She’s always on his mind bringing along the very emotions he doesn’t want to feel for someone else, let alone a woman.

Violet has always kept to herself. She doesn’t depend on anybody and believes that people don’t care about anyone but themselves. She’s detached and unemotional. So when she finds that Luke is awakening feelings in her she never once thought she would feel, she’s determined to keep in at bay.

Thrown together by circumstances out of their control, they find themselves fighting the emotions they bring out on each other. But Fate can be a sneaky game-changer and just as they find a balance between friendship and something more, their world is turned on its axis.

Loved, loved, LOVED this story! And if you like stories where you feel invested in the main characters’ emotional welfare this is the book for you too.

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in The Coincidence series, it can be read as a stand alone so don’t miss out on reading it if you haven’t read the previous ones.

You can find my full review here.


“Maybe you should go get cleaned up first.” She runs her thumb down the side of my lip and the connection sends uninvited emotions coursing through my body. I have to clench my hands into fists, just to keep myself from grabbing her and crashing her lips against mine. She withdraws her hand and wipes her thumb and her finger together. “You have blood on your face and clothes.”

I shrug, smothering the desire to jerk her hand back to me, rip her clothes off and bend her over the hood out of my truck. “I’m fine with looking like a man who just beat the shit out of someone, but if you’re too embarrassed to be seen with me, you can sit in the truck.”

“ ‘A man who just beat the shit out of someone’?” she muses, stopping at the passenger door of my truck, her hand hovering above the handle of the car door. “Or a guy who just got his ass kicked?”

I can’t tell if she’s toying with me or not, but it’s both irritating me and exciting me in ways I didn’t know were possible. Half the damn time I have no fucking clue whether she’s being serious or not. Being a control freak, this should send me running, yet it’s having the opposite effect when it comes to her.

I decide to give her a taste of her own intense medicine, throw her off a little, regain the upper hand and hopefully scare her away. “Are you saying that I’m not tough?” I position myself in front of her, trying to get her to back up into the truck, but she stays still. “Or that I’m not a man?”

“I’m not saying either,” she says with a fervent look in her eyes that nearly sends me soaring through the roof. The more intense I get the more excited she gets, which makes me want to get even more intense. “Although, I’m guessing that despite that fact, you’re still about to show me that you’re both of those things.”

“Is that what you want me to do?” My voice comes out husky. This isn’t working out how I want, my plan of keeping her away backfiring on me. I take a step forward and then another, until I’m pretty much stepping on her feet. She still doesn’t back up and it frustrates me even more. “For me to show you how tough I am or how much of a man I am?”

She presses her lips together, her gaze unwavering, eyelashes fluttering. “I don’t want anything from you, Luke. I’m just simply saying what’s in my head. And the longer you’re around me, the more you’ll realize this.”

The longer I’m around her? Fuck. I reach a hand around the side of her and grab the door handle of the truck. “So you don’t think I’m tough?” I ask.

“I think you want to show me how tough you are and how much of a man you can be,” she says.

I put my other arm on the other side of her, so she’s pinned between my arms. Most girls in this position would back up into the door, but she stands firm, refusing to let me control her like I desperately want to.

“And how would I show you?” I drop my voice to a husky growl, intentionally this time.

“I’m sure you have your ways,” she replies, her gaze flickering at my mouth as I lean forward and our bodies press together.

It takes every ounce of strength not to seize hold of her hips and gently shove her back. Instead, I lean farther in, our lips inching closer. “I do have my ways…” I lick my lips and feel the sting of the cut. It reminds me of everything I just

witnessed; with her, with me. I know if I kiss her it’ll more than likely lead to me jerking the door open and throwing her down on the truck seat, right here in broad daylight. I wouldn’t care who saw us. I never do. I’d just want to get this God damn need to regain control out of me, the need she’s putting in me. But then what would happen after it was all over? Would we go get tacos and come back to my dorm and hang out? Yeah, that doesn’t seem at all possible, but neither does screwing her and then bailing. I’m too far into her and I’m not sure how to get away or if I can get away at this point.

I clench my hands into fists as I fight the urge to shut my eyes and kiss her until she can barely breathe. I feel weak the moment I flip up that handle and start to pull the door open because I’m choosing to feel the vile, pathetic feelings of my past—how I did things I didn’t want to do, how my mother messed with my head, how I had no control over my life. I was a puppet. I was weak. I don’t want to be that person ever again.

I wait for Violet to move out of the way so I can get the door open, but she doesn’t budge and I’m the one who ends up stepping back, losing again. It’s an unsettling place I’ve arrived at and I don’t know what to do with it beside drink myself into a stupor and hammer my fist through anything that gets in my way. My body is actually shaking as my mind craves the burning, blissful taste of alcohol.

“So where are we going to get tacos?” She sidesteps around me and hops in the truck, tucking her skirt in as she brings her legs into the truck.

“You pick,” I say as I shut the door.

She smiles a plain, fake smile, not even giving me the benefit of a real one. “It doesn’t matter to me,” she says as I climb into the cab. Then she kicks her feet up on the dash and flops her head back against the seat, looking as calm as can be.

I have to wonder if she really means it. If nothing matters to her, and if she’s beginning to matter to me.

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Jessica Sorensen[1][1]

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Title: Song of the Fireflies

Author: J.A. Redmerski

Release Date: February 4th 2014


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When I made my way back to the top, I found Bray wasn’t sitting near the edge of the ridge where I had left her I moved farther out into the clearing with our blankets draped over one shoulder.

“Bray?” I said, looking around.

I brushed it off for a second, thinking she was probably just taking a piss behind a tree somewhere, and I set our blankets on the ground.

But then I got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

I walked quickly toward the edge and looked over. My heart started to bang against my rib cage. I peered down as far as my sight could penetrate the darkness, but took a step back upon realizing that if she had fallen there was no way I’d be able to see from way up here.

She had to be somewhere around close by. She had to be.

“Bray?” I called out again. “Where the hell did you go?”

Still no answer.

Panic set in quickly. I stood there as still and as quiet as I could for several long seconds in case she was coming through the woods, but I heard nothing. I arranged both hands around my mouth and shouted, “BRAY!” and my voice echoed through the wide-open space. But still nothing. I felt sick to my stomach. She wouldn’t have left like that way out here. And if she did, I would’ve seen her on the path coming down as I was making my way back up.

I ran toward the tree line, searching for any sign of her, for another path she might have taken. I refused to believe that she had fallen off the edge.

Just as I noticed another path through the woods that seemed to head south and I started to go toward it, I heard footfalls in the leaves. I didn’t wait to see if it was her, I ran blindly

straight into the woods. A skinny branch slapped me across the forehead on my way, but I didn’t stop.

Bray and I nearly crashed into each other.

“Shit, baby! Where the hell did you go? Scared the hell out of me!” I started to pull her into a hug, but something about her was off and I stopped. She didn’t respond or even raise her head to look at me.

“Are you all right?”

I took her hands into mine. Hers were shaking. Her whole body was shaking.

I cupped her face in my palms and raised her head so that she’d look at me. She was crying, and something in her eyes…I couldn’t place it, but it haunted me. I wondered if she even knew I was standing right in front of her. Her hair was messy, with pieces of leaves stuck within a mass of strands. Dirt was smeared across her left cheek. She looked like she’d been in a fight.

I touched her split lip, where a thin line of blood glistened near the corner. “Bray, you’re scaring me. What happened to you?” I shook her gently and then more aggressively when she still didn’t respond. “What happened? Talk to me!”

Her lips trembled and more tears seeped from the corners of her eyes. And then as if a floodgate had been opened, she started screaming through her tears, “It was my fault! Elias! Oh my God!”

“What happened?” I roared, scared for her and for myself, my heart about to burst through my chest.

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J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children, two cats and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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Title: Undone (Country Roads #1)

Author: Shannon Richard


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Things Paige Morrison will never understand about Mirabelle, Florida:

Why wearing red shoes makes a girl a harlot
Why a shop would ever sell something called “buck urine”
Why everywhere she goes, she runs into sexy-and infuriating-Brendan King

After losing her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend, Paige has no choice but to leave Philadelphia and move in with her retired parents. For an artsy outsider like Paige, finding her place in the tightly knit town isn’t easy-until she meets Brendan, the hot mechanic who’s interested in much more than Paige’s car. In no time at all, Brendan helps Paige find a new job, new friends, and a happiness she wasn’t sure she’d ever feel again. With Brendan by her side, Paige finally feels like she can call Mirabelle home. But when a new bombshell drops, will the couple survive, or will their love come undone?



Paige is down on her luck recently. Having moved in with her parents to a small town in Florida, Paige is having trouble while she gets her life back together.

In comes Brendan to the rescue. Literally and figuratively too. Brendan is a fix-it kind of man and when he notices Paige struggling he decides to help her in a any way he can. They develop an easy friendship that eventually leads to more, overwhelming them both.

Undone was a good start in the Country Roads series regardless of some of the problems I encountered. All in all, a simple, feel-good romance.

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When Brendan pulled into the shade of the park he saw Paige sitting on top of a picnic table. She was staring down at the screen of her camera, biting the corner of her lip. She looked up at the tree and then back down to her camera, shaking her head. Brendan pushed his sunglasses to the top of his head, grabbed his loot, and got out of his truck. When he slammed the door shut she looked over at him. She turned her camera off and shoved it into a bag that was on the table.

“Hey,” she said, standing up and brushing the back of her orange dress down before she started walked toward him.

“Hi,” he said, walking past her and sitting down on top of the picnic table.

“What are you doing?” she asked, spinning around and looking at him. “My Jeep’s over there.”

“Yes,” he said, grabbing a Coke and popping the top. “But lunch is over here.”

“I thought you were going to change my flat,” she said, frowning.

“I am, after I eat lunch. Care to join me?” he asked, patting the empty space next to him.

“You’re serious?”

“Paige, it’s almost one o’clock, so I’m going to eat. You can either stand there and watch me, or you can split this Cajun turkey sandwich that my grandmother made,” he said, taking the sandwich out of the bag.

She shook her head and smiled.

“You, Brendan King, are a whole mess of trouble,” she said, walking over to the bench and sitting down next to him.

“Good choice,” he said, taking his half out of the bag and handing her the other half. “What are you doing out here?” he asked, taking a bite of his sandwich.

“Taking pictures.”


“The tribute program that Mr. Adams wants to start using during the memorial services. He wants to use local pictures instead of the stock pictures that are already in the program.”

“That sounds like it’s right up your alley.”

“It is actually,” she said, reaching for the other can of soda and popping the top.

“Don’t sound so surprised.”

“Why? That I could actually fit in around here? It does surprise me.”


“I’m not used to this whole small-town thing, where everybody knows everybody and their business.”

“Yeah, that’s one of the things about small towns that sucks,” he said, opening a bag of chips and holding it out for her.

“You can say that again,” she said, reaching for a chip. “Why don’t you have oil stains on your hands? I thought all mechanics had oil stains.”

“I wear gloves,” he said, grabbing a few chips for himself and popping them into his mouth.

“Right.” She glanced down and frowned, reaching out for his arm.

“The tree,” she whispered, grabbing his elbow and pushing up the sleeve of his shirt.

Her soft, delicate fingers lightly traced the lines of his tattoo. It took only one simple touch from her for him to completely lose his mind again.

“I knew I’d seen it somewhere.” She looked up to the oak tree in front of them and then back down to his arm. “Why do you have that tree tattooed on your arm?” she asked, looking up at him.

She must have seen the heated look in his eyes because she let go of him and started blushing.

“Sorry, I just … yesterday when I’d been looking at your tattoo, it just sort of fascinated me, and … and it’s that tree,” she said, pointing to the tree in front of them.

“It is.” He cleared his throat and finished his sandwich. He grabbed an orange from the bag on the table and started peeling it. “My mom loved that tree,” he said, looking up at it for a second. “She would bring me and Grace here all the time.”

“Loved?” Paige asked.

“She died,” he said, turning to look at her. “Twelve years ago from breast cancer.”

“Oh God, Brendan. I’m so sorry.”

“I am too. She was a great woman. Grams still can’t talk about her without losing it.”

“Wait, your mom was Lula Mae and Oliver’s daughter?” she asked, confused.

“Yeah,” he said, looking over at her. “I know a little bit about being the center of town talk too. My dad walked out on us before I was born, and Grace’s dad, well, no one knows who Grace’s dad is. My mom wouldn’t tell anybody. That was a source of gossip for years,” he said, handing her half of the peeled orange.

The orange was still cold from being in the refrigerator. Brendan stuck a slice in his mouth, the juice bursting across his tongue. Paige sat next to him in silence, eating her half.

“How do you do it?” she asked, looking at him.

“Do what?”

“Accept stuff like that? Move on? I lost my job, my apartment, and my boyfriend all within a span of two months and I thought that everything was falling down around me. But you? God, Brendan, you had a girlfriend run off with another man, your dad abandoned you, and your mom she …” Paige trailed off. She looked down at her empty hands shaking her head. “You make my problems look trivial.”

“Paige,” he said, edging closer to her and pressing his thigh against hers.

She looked at him, her hair falling in her eyes. He reached out and pushed it behind her ear, letting his fingers trail down to her chin.

“That stuff happened over a long span of time, and I’ve had years to deal with it. You had to deal with a lot over a very short amount of time, and it didn’t happen so long ago. It isn’t trivial,” he said, rubbing his thumb across her jaw. “One day, you’ll wake up and it won’t hurt as bad. You’ll be able to move on.”

“I think I had that breakthrough a week ago,” she whispered, her eyes dipping to his mouth before they came back up to his eyes.

“Really?” He smiled, moving in closer. “And what was the catalyst for that development?” he asked, moving his hand to the back of her head, his fingers tunneling in her hair.

“A cracked radiator,” she said, putting her palms on his chest.

He brought her mouth to his. She parted her lips and when his tongue touched hers he lost himself. She tasted like oranges, like the sweetest freaking oranges that he’d ever eaten. He wrapped his free arm around her back, pulling her into his chest as he slanted his mouth over hers, deepening the kiss. One of her hands was in his hair, her nails racking the back of his head.

Brendan pulled back and looked at her, both of them breathing hard. He was still holding her face in one of his hands as he ran his thumb across her lower lip.

“That was …” He couldn’t even find the words to describe exactly what it was.

“Yeah.” She looked at him, dazed as she fisted her hand tighter in his shirt and pulled him back to her. And then they were off again and neither of them had any desire to come back up for air for a long time.

About the Author

Shannon Richard
Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective, but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in English Literature, and still lives in Tallahassee where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy, Mr. Darcy and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

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