Series Spotlight: Angel Series by Liz Borino *Guest Post and Review*

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Welcome to the spotlight for the Angel Series by Liz Borino. Below you will find all relevant information regarding these M/M Military Romantic Suspense releases by Lazy Day Publishing.

But first, please enjoy the guest post by author Liz Borino.

Ways to Ensure a Short Relationship with an Author

Hi everyone! I’m M/M romance author, Liz Borino, and since Valentine’s Day was last week, let’s talk about love. Specifically, I’ll discuss the worst ways to embark on a relationship with an author. These probably hold true for any professional creative person, but I’ll stick with authors because that’s what I know.

1. Ask them what they do all day. Please. They love this question, but you may not be prepared for the twenty-minute answer about writing, editing, promoting, and reading industry news.

2. In a related note, accuse them of not working when they’re on Facebook or other social media sites. These sites may be where YOU waste time, but social networking is a requirement of their job. It is also their best shot at keeping some semblance of sanity.

3. Tell them that you can’t wait to write a story when you “have more time”.

4. Having never read their work, or chosen genre, it’s why not make unsolicited suggestions to “fix” plot holes that they’ve been struggling with?

5. Remind an indie (or small press) author that they’d gain respect if only they got an agent/signed with the one of the “Big 5” publishers.

6. As a special bonus, if your author love interest decides to share their work with you – not for a critique, but because you asked to read it – pick apart every tiny thing. And when they get upset? Scoff that they need a thicker skin. Go ahead.

So, there you have it folks, in six simple steps you, too, can shorten your relationship with an author, or make sure it never gets that far.

“But, Liz,” you ask, “how do we lengthen a relationship with an author? We want a lifelong relationship!”

To which I can only shrug and ask you to please let me know when you figure that out. Because I would adore some clear instructions to put in my dating profile.

Disclaimer: This post is meant only in good fun and no dates were hurt in the process of collecting this information.

Liz Borino transcribes the world inside her head onto the page, and share it with the people who are stuck in the “real world” to makes their lives a little more interesting. Because in her world, heroes fall and stand up again with the help of their partners and friends. Liz’s world is littered with formidable obstacles, which her heroes overcome with a fire of courage and passion. The beauty of love between two men is celebrated. Who wouldn’t want to live there?

Title: Angel’s Hero (Angel, #1)
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Release date: February 26th 2014

CIA Agent Aaron “Angel” Collins doesn’t take many things on faith. He trusts his gut, his eyes, and his husband, Jordan, an Army Captain. When his commanding officers deliver news of Jordan’s death, Aaron needs proof. The facts don’t add up, and Aaron must decide if he can trust Major General Troy Hart to assist in his quest to discover the truth.

Captain Jordan Collins is battered and disheartened in an Afghanistan prison, but definitely not dead, though he learns his own government believes he is. His only mission now is to stay alive and make it home to Angel, if he can find an ally among the enemy. But someone in the US government will stop at nothing to make sure he never leaves that prison, And Jordan must reevaluate the lines between friend and foe if he is ever to return to his Angel.

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Title: Angel’s Truth (Angel, #2)
 
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Release date: March 12th 2014

“Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Aaron yelled and aimed the gun at Jordan’s chest.
“Angel, no, please.” Hacking fluid-filled coughs broke up Jordan’s words.
“Jordan?” Aaron whispered his name as recognition painted a mural of memories of their life together on his face.
“Yes.” He coughed red into his dirty hand. “Please help.”

So begins Angel’s Truth, the sequel to Angel’s Hero.

Army Captain Jordan Collins arrives home, only to find the man responsible for his imprisonment, torture, and near-execution with his husband. Had his Angel moved on without him?

Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away in his quest to learn the truth of Jordan’s fate, leaving only Major General Troy Hart willing to help him. When Jordan miraculously returns, with a spirit more broken than his body, Aaron realizes Hart was really a liar with an agenda of his own. Aaron is unable to take time to heal his own emotional wounds, because he and Jordan learn Hart’s betrayal is even greater than they originally believed, threatening the entire nation. Now the reunited couple must race against time to keep a promise to Jordan’s savior and prevent Hart from bringing terrorism once again to American soil.

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Review

4 stars

Aaron ad Jordan have been together for 11 years. Their relationship is one of mutual respect, adoration and loyalty. They were scheduled to work together on a mission overseas, but Aaron (Angel) was told that he was going to be replaced by another agent.

Both agree that this will be the last time they will be separated over work and are looking forward to start their ‘new life’ as soon as Jordan returns from his mission. However, their lives are turned upside down by the actions of another man who decided to get rid of Jordan so he could get his hands on Aaron.

Once again, Liz Borino delivers a great story that combines romance and an intriguing plot without one element outshining the other.

I loved watching Jordan and Aaron together. I admit that sometimes their ‘lovey-dovey’ ways had me rolling my eyes, but their bond was genuine and their love for each other palpable. My only complaint would be that I wish I could have seen more of how their connection as it developed over the years. However, Liz Borino did a great job of bringing their already established connection forth so I could overlook that minor fact.

I enjoyed the way the author went about telling the story. The use of flashbacks gave glimpses into Jordan and Aaron’s relationship and the dual POVs helped me to understand how deeply connected these two were and how their situation at the moment had affected them.

The plot was intriguing if a little over the top. But every fact and every event fell into place nicely.

In Angel’s Hero we get to experience how deeply connected Jordan and Aaron are and how committed they are to each other. We also get clues as to what is going to go wrong, who is behind it and why. It sure packed a punch with its mixture of romance and mystery.

But I admit that Angel’s Truth was my favorite of the two. I’m a sucker for emotions and this one didn’t disappoint. I loved the way the story flowed. From Aaron’s denial that Jordan was gone, his heartbreak at finally accepting his death and his surprise at seeing him again to Jordan’s determination to get back home, his anger at the man who betrayed them and his yearning to return to his Angel, the emotions both characters portrayed felt real and appropriate.

In this installment, every event and every revelation was written and placed to cause the greatest impact on the reader – be it Aaron’s acceptance of Jordan’s death, Jordan’s escape or the confrontation with Troy.

Troy. *shiver* that’s one man that gives me the creeps. Kudos to Liz for such a slimy villain.

All in all, a suspenseful military romance where a couple’s bond is put to the test and made deeper when their world is turn on its axis by an ambitious man hell-bound on keeping them apart.

*I received these titles through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

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Unraveled (Woodlands #3) by Jen Frederick *Review and Excerpt*

 

 

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Title: Unraveled (Woodlands #3)

Author: Jen Frederick

Release Date: January 18th 2014

Genre: New Adult Romance

Source: e-book

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Twenty-five-year-old Sgt. Gray Phillips is at a crossroads in his life: stay in the Marine Corps or get out and learn to be a civilian? He’s got forty-five days of leave to make up his mind but the people in his life aren’t making the decision any easier. His dad wants him to get out; his grandfather wants him to stay in. And his growing feelings for Sam Anderson are wreaking havoc with his heart…and his mind. He believes relationships get ruined when a Marine goes on deployment. So now he’s got an even harder decision to make: take a chance on Sam or leave love behind and give his all to the Marines.

Twenty-two year old Samantha Anderson lost her husband to an IED in Afghanistan just two months after their vows. Two years later, Sam is full of regrets—that she didn’t move with her husband to Alaska; that she allowed her friends to drift away; that she hasn’t taken many chances in life. Now, she’s met Gray and taking a risk on this Marine could be her one opportunity to feel alive and in love again. But how can she risk her heart on another military man who could share the same tragic fate as her husband?

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Review

5-stars

And here I thought that Bo was my number one Woodlands boy. I’m sorry Bo, I still heart you lots but Gray has just throttled you with that dirty mouth of his.

What’s not to love? Alpha-male with issues that walks around all broody and talks dirty to you before, during and after he seduces the hell out of you and THEN he whips out that tender side that ends up melting you down into a puddle. Yep, I have a new book boyfriend of the week.

But Gray is not the only great thing about this book. There was Sam too. She was was funny, vulnerable yet strong-willed with a truly sad story that tugged at my heart strings. I admired her tenacity at trying to keep on living just as much as her loyalty to her husband’s memory and his family. There was also the connection Gray and Sam shared coupled with their explosive chemistry. And last but not least, the array of conflicted emotions they both portrayed.

Jen Frederick did an amazing job in bringing Gray and Sam’s story to the page. I loved them together from their first meeting and invested myself in the outcome of the relationship from by their second encounter. What I loved best was that the characters felt real and their struggles were well founded, especially Sam’s.

I enjoyed the way the author went about deepening Gray and Sam’s connection. I admit that I didn’t feel their connection initially, but slowly but surely Jen Frederick made me see the light. Through funny and flirtatious banter, honest interactions, fun times spent together and life affirming moments Gray and Sam got to know each other and allowed themselves the opportunity to explore what was developing between them.

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I loved that they questioned their motives, their feelings and their expectations. Each one had issues to deal with and each helped each other work through those issues. Consciously or unconsciously, each came to depend on the other for comfort until they realized that what had started as a summer fling had developed into something that neither of them was looking for but yearned for nonetheless.

Needless for me to say that their chemistry was HOT. That first encounter alone had me tapping the hell out of my tablet. Every time these two got together their chemistry jumped off the page. Be it a lustful look, a whisper of a touch, a trail of kisses or a string of dirty words – what these two shared was fan-freaking-tastic.

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I loved them together physically and I adored them when they would lower their walls and let the other one in. It was a slow in the uptake, but once Sam made up her mind about starting her new life she did it head on. Of course men are completely clueless, especially when they have been hurt before, so Gray took a bit more time to get in the game but eventually he did and it was a treat to read.

It was great to see Noah, Grace, Bo and AnneMarie again. It was nice to see how Gray related to his friends outside the military and how affected he was whenever he saw the couples interacting. I loved it!

Keep in mind that although this is the third book in the Woodlands series it can be read as a stand alone. Yes, some past characters make an appearance but if focuses only on Gray and Sam’s relationship.

All in all, a wonderful story about taking chances, risking your heart and finding the love you thought you never wanted to experience again and embracing it for all it’s worth.

*I received this title from the publisher in exchange of my honest opinion as part of my participation on this event.

Excerpt

This was only temporary, I reminded myself, as Samantha so sweetly kissed me back. I’m only here for a short time, I reminded myself but as I felt her tongue stroke the side of my tongue, as she nipped her teeth against my lip, I wanted to just drown in the sensation. Her scent filled my head and the air around us shrank until all I knew was her small body sitting so close to mine. I moved my hand from her shoulder to cup her neck and angled her face for deeper penetration. I licked every inch inside of her mouth until the taste of her was all that I knew on my tongue.

And all that time I stared in to her green eyes and not once did she look like she was anywhere but right here with me. I saw my reflection there. Her heartbeat was made wild by my kisses.

And temporary was the farthest thing from my mind.

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About the Author

Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com.

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Adam’s Fall by Liv Morris *Review*

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Title: Adam’s Fall (Touch of Tantra #2)

Author: Liv Morris

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Genre: Erotic Romance 18+

Source: eARC

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Synopsis

“Kathryn’s mesmerized me with some kind of tantric magic. I’m bewitched without an ounce of fight left within me. She knows my dilemma, my hesitancy to surrender and loosen the grip I have on my past, and she’s won.” An excerpt from Adam’s Apple (Touch of Tantra #1) An erotic bestseller.

Adam and Kathryn’s tantric love story continues once again told in his point of view…

When roguish playboy Adam Kingsley meets the stunning Tantra instructor Kathryn Delcour, he falls hard, becoming captivated by her strength and beauty. An intense sexual chemistry sizzles between them from their first shared glance to the soul cleansing Tantra session they experience together.

While Adam recovers from injuries after saving Kathryn’s life, she instructs him in the sensual practice of Tantra. He becomes her willing student as their tantric lovemaking brings Adam to sexual highs he never dreamed were possible.

But Adam’s life takes an unexpected turn when newly exposed secrets surrounding his birth father force him to make a seemingly impossible choice. Avenge those he loves and let everything he holds dear crumble around him, or allow the guilty to go free. With Kathryn by his side, Adam faces the fight of his life.

Adam’s Fall is the concluding book in the Touch of Tantra series.

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4 stars

I love a good romance with an interesting conflict and Liv Morris didn’t fail in that regard. I did find the resolution a bit rushed, but I decided to focus mainly on Adam and Kathryn’s relationship. I wanted to see how they would fare, what obstacles they had to overcome and how close they would allow themselves to become to one another.

Adam’s Fall picks up right where Adam’s Apple ended. Adam has been shot and is now recovering and dealing with the fallout from the shooting. He is in a vulnerable place wanting to protect Kathryn, the woman he loves (but stubborn man that he is he won’t admit to just yet) and trying to keep his company afloat.

Kathryn’s presence serves not only to bring comfort to Adam when he needs it but she also grounds him and allows him to accept what is developing between them without pressuring for more. She gives as good as she gets and always manages to bring some of the best qualities in Adam. Although I did love the cocky, playboy charmer he was, it was nice to see him being more vulnerable and willing to open up to another person outside the his usual circle of friends.

After reading Adam’s Apple, I was a bit hesitant how the author was going to bring about Kathryn and Adam’s story to the page without losing focus on either the romance or the ‘mystery’. Although the pace was slow in the beginning, it picked up as Adam and Kathryn became closer and Adam worked hard to uncover what it was putting them both in harm’s way.

From the moment they met Adam and Kathryn had great chemistry, but as it is in this story that we see how that chemistry becomes more. Their emotional connection and the closeness they achieved whenever they finished a Tantra session was a treat to see. I loved the emotions it brought to the surface from both of them.

Questions were answered, passion was unleashed, a connection was deepened and so much more. All in all, a great conclusion to Adam and Kathryn’s story.

*I received this title from the author in exchange of my honest opinion as a participant in this tour.

About the Author

Author Liv Morris

Liv Morris resides in Manhattan with her first and hopefully last husband. She received a degree in communication from the University of Maryland. Liv has published five short stories in the Love in the City series. Her debut novel, Adam’s Apple, was published in July 2013.

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Wild (Wild #1) by Adriane Leigh *Review and Teaser*

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Title: Wild

Author: Adriane Leigh

Expected Release Date: December 13, 2013

Genre: Erotic Romance

Source: eARC provided by author

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Synopsis

Kat Kennedy moved to the rugged coast of Maine to start a new life, but encountered much more than she bargained for in dark, dangerous, and seductive Lane Wild…

Desire and temptation smolder before she succumbs to her darkest fantasies with the captivating stranger. She doesn’t expect to see him again after an explosive one-night stand leaves her breathless and craving more, but just like lightning in the darkness, he shows up in her life at the most unpredictable moments.

A sensual game of cat and mouse ensues before the attraction between them reaches a fever pitch—the magnetism combustible, the sexual tension nearly unbearable—and Kat finally abandons inhibition and explores the cunning, selfish, and sexual side of a world she’s never known.

They have the perfect non-relationship—passion-fueled nights with no strings attached—until life gets real and the past and present collide in a dangerous storm of lust and obsession

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Review

3-stars

The blurb covers the basics of what the story is about, so I’m not going to add to that.

I enjoyed the story. I thought Kat and Lane were amazing characters and their stories were intriguing which helped to keep me interested. They shared an explosive chemistry that could not be denied, even when they both tried to tame it. It was a treat to see how even though neither of them wanted a relationship with the other they shared about their lives to each other.

Their emotions ran all over the place and they centered mainly on denial  and lust. They refused to admit that they had more than a ‘friends with benefits’ arrangement and their lust for each other triumphed amongst all other emotions. I enjoyed the first couple of times they were together – it was HOT! I loved Lane’s dirty talk and how Kat let go of her inhibitions with Lane. But like everything in excessive amounts, it came to be too much.

Yes, I ‘m complaining about too much sex. It came to a point where I just wanted more of the connection less of the attraction. They did share a couple of touching moments but they were few and far between and not nearly enough for me to invest myself in their relationship. I wanted to see their connection develop outside the bedroom and although I understood that Kat was keeping a big secret, which prevented her from sharing too much, I believe there could have been another way to deepen their connection than with sex.

But I kept on because, as I said before, their story intrigued me and I wanted to know how it all played out. My saving grace came in the last couple of chapters where everything unraveled and I got to know Kat’s story. It did help answer some questions, but it was too little too late for me to achieve a connection to her other than the one I had already formed.

All in all, a good story.

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

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His arm brushed across my chest. Despite the chunky wool sweater I wore, I felt it as clearly as if I’d been naked. Sparks raced across my body and landed straight between my thighs and all I could think about was his strong arms lifting me up on the counter and taking me. Fucking me like he meant it. Fucking me like he was starved for my body.

My breath ratcheted up a notch and I pressed my thighs together, shifting back and forth, trying to get my mind off the sexy man infiltrating my space.

“Okay there, Sugar?” his breath whispered across my neck as he stood behind me. When had he gotten there? Where had I been?

Lost in my fantasy of him taking me in the kitchen, that’s where.

“Fine,” I croaked.

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About the Author

Adriane Leigh

Adriane Leigh was born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.

She graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.

Adriane is married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, plays mama to two sweet baby girls, and is a voracious reader and knitter.

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Book Spotlight: Full Steam Ahead (Sea Swept #1) by Valerie Chase *Review and Excerpt*

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Title: Full Steam Ahead (Sea Swept #1)

Author: Valerie Chase

Release Date: January 14th 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Seven days aboard a luxury cruise.
The perfect getaway from it all.
At least, that’s what Georgia Cantwell is hoping for…

With her inbox filling with menacing emails, Georgia just wants to run away from her shattered life on her sorority’s winter break cruise. What she doesn’t need is green-eyed Jace McLaren seeing through her tacked-on smile and stealing her breath away with each tantalizing kiss.

Growing up with a father in jail, Jace knows from experience that if you’re going through hell, there’s no way out but through. He has always steered away from girls like Georgia with her ice-queen attitude, but she’s in real trouble, and despite himself he pushes past her walls.

As much as Georgia tries to ignore it, Jace won’t let her pretend with him. But she can’t tell him the truth. Her past would ruin his trust, her family, her future—everything.

But out on the open ocean, there’s nowhere to hide. And when Georgia’s secrets come tumbling out, it might take more than Jace to get her through the storm.

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4 stars

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Georgia’s life is a mess. Many things in her life are not working out and although a week at sea should have made her feel better, she just doesn’t see how it could. She’s feeling the pressure from all sides – her family, her peers but mainly herself. Since she broke up with her boyfriend weeks before the cruise, she is now rooming with someone else – Jace. She knows Jace since he is a fraternity brother of her ex-boyfriend, but mostly she knows about his reputation as a man-slut.

Jace has mixed feelings about sharing a room with Georgia. Although he finds her attractive, he also ‘knows’ that she’s a snob who would never give him the time of day. However, his perception of her comes to change as he glimpses other sides of Georgia, especially her vulnerability, which has come to the surface due to what she’s been going through. His protective instincts come kicking in and try as he might he can’t stay away from her.

With a good bit of Chick-Lit and some New Adult, author Valerie Chase managed to deliver a unique story.

Valerie Chase drew me into the story immediately by introducing me to Georgia and her problems. Although Georgia’s situation was not divulged entirely, I came to understand that she was very much in trouble and that she was greatly affected by the situation she found herself in. I wanted to know what she had done and how the author was going to make her story play out.

I did connect to Georgia on some level, but there were times where I just wanted to shake her and smack her upside the head. Okay, she did a horrible thing that has come to bite her in the ass but the constant crying and whining and pity party got to be a bit tiresome. Thank goodness Jace kept popping into the picture taking the focus off of her.

I loved Jace. He was smart, caring and although he had his own issues he offered Georgia the comfort and understanding she needed.

Now this is the part that I loved. I enjoyed them together, especially when Georgia allowed herself to enjoy Jace’s company without thinking about her troubles. I loved that they flirted some, shared some of their past and connected on a new level. I won’t say that their connection was immediate, because I didn’t see it that way. The author went to great lengths to nurture it and develop it as the story progress and for that I am thankful. Because by the end of the story I was right there cheering them on and wanting them to find their happily ever after.

Maybe their connection wasn’t immediate, but their chemistry sure was hot! I enjoyed how flustered Georgia became when Jace was in close quarters with her – how his every look made her feel things she thought she was incapable of feeling at that moment. Jace too had to find the strength to fight his attraction to Georgia, especially when she managed to push all his buttons with her comebacks and her vulnerable state. I enjoyed their bickering, their honest interactions and their lustful encounters.

My only other complaint would be Georgia’s mistake. After all the stress, the heartache and the strain Georgia was under, I was assuming the worst of cases. Not that I’m discounting what she did but I when the time came to confront her demons it was wrapped up too easily to be believable. However, taking into consideration that this is a romance and not a mystery I overlooked it to focus solely on the relationship that developed between Georgia and Jace.

All in all, a romantic story about two individuals who find each other in spite or maybe because of the hardships each was enduring.

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

Excerpt

The club stops spinning for a moment. Jace’s mouth is soft, much softer than I’d have thought given the roughness of his jaw under my fingertips. He doesn’t move for a heartbeat, and it’s like we exist in a bubble outside of this dance floor, outside of time.

But he pulls away from me. “What’s gotten into you?” He breathes, our mouths only inches apart. “I thought—”

I kiss him again. I need to forget about those emails, forget about my parents, forget about Hunter and Kelsey. I need to lose myself tonight, and Jace hooks up with lots of girls, so I’m sure he’ll know how to take my mind off of my problems. I’ve seen how he looks at me, so I know he’s interested. We’ll have some fun, and both get what we want.

My tongue traces along Jace’s mouth and then I gently bite his bottom lip, tugging it teasingly. I dip my thumbs into the waistband of his jeans and feel the warm skin of his stomach, so hard and smooth. I moan before I can stop myself.

Whatever I’m doing must be working, because Jace starts to kiss me back. His hands settle at my waist, trailing down toward my hips. Our kiss deepens and his tongue circles around mine, once, twice. Soft as a whisper. I’m lost in a rush of feeling, and I wrap my arms around his neck to draw him closer. I need him closer.

I push us toward the outskirts of the crowded room.

The lights move dizzyingly in the dark, and the music throbs through my limbs. Jace and I reach an empty spot by the wall. Here, we’re hidden from the dance floor by a tall potted fern decorated with white twinkling lights. The tiny lights reflect in Jace’s eyes, which take me in hungrily.His hands move over my tank top to the bare skin of my shoulders, and I shiver as heat spikes through my limbs. My own fingers roam across his skin again eagerly: his waist, his back, across his hard abs that tighten at my touch… It has the temperature of a fever.

Jace dips his head to kiss my neck, and those dangerous lips make my whole body tingle. My thoughts go wild as I imagine him kissing down my belly, past my hips, and lower still. For a while we are a whirlwind, hot and spinning, and I haven’t felt so alive in months. Maybe years. I can’t help but think that it never felt like this with Hunter—this heat, this need. Not even when we first started dating.

I had no idea what I was missing.

And I don’t want it to stop.

About the Author

Valerie Chase writes New Adult romance in the suburbs of Washington, DC. When she isn’t typing away on her laptop or dreaming up swoon-worthy kiss scenes, she loves sipping hot tea, taking long walks by her house, and getting lost in indie bookstores. (You’ll probably find her in one right now.) Full Steam Ahead is her first book.

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New Release: Tempted by the Soldier (Falling for You #2) by Nicolette Day *Review*

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Title: Tempted by the Soldier (Falling for You #2)

Author: Nicolette Day

Release Date: February 24th 2014

Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Brazen)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: NetGalley

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When one touch isn’t enough, why resist?

Road trips are supposed to be fun. Or, at least, full of hot sex. For photographer Lilly Grayson, the fifteen-hour drive to her friend’s wedding with Nate Jennings will be neither. Not that Nate isn’t sexy—the man is six-foot-three-inches of mouth-watering Marine. But Lilly’s been there, done that…and he walked away. Now it’s time for a little payback. The kind that’ll make a man desperate for a taste of what he can’t have.

And Nate wants a taste—so badly that he can barely keep his hands on the wheel. But the scars and ghosts of his last tour still haunt him. He can’t give into temptation, not this time. Lilly deserves a whole man—one who can love her the way she deserves to be loved, even if she doesn’t believe it can happen. And that can’t be Nate. Not when he’s leaving again in two weeks, and this time, he’s not sure he’ll return…

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5-stars

Nothing gets to me more than a broody, military, alpha male hero and Nicolette Day nailed it with Nate. Phew! That man was all kinds of edgy emotionally while still dripping sex appeal with his very presence. I loved him!

After reading No Strings Attached I was curious about Jase’s brother Nate. He was a man of few words, but I imagined his story to be a doozy. And it was!

Haunted by his service in the military, Nate had withdrawn into himself. Rolling with the motions of his life but still plagued by guilt over events passed Nate doesn’t deem himself worthy of a relationship of any kind and fights his attraction to Lilly every freaking step of the way.

Determined not to dwell on the disappointment her one night hook-up with Nate brought about, Lilly has decided to forget the stubborn ‘soldier boy’. But fate has other plans and now she must get to her best friend’s wedding and Nate is her ride. And jeez, what a ride!!!

I loved, LOVED this story!!!

The way Nicolette Day brought about Nate and Lilly’s story was awesome. This story wasn’t at all about the lovey-dovey side of love. Nope, it was about getting to the nitty-gritty of who we are, exposing yourself to be hurt and accepting that sometimes it’s better to let go than to regret ever loving someone. It had its angst-y moments that brought about all kinds of emotions, it had its edgy, passionate moments where Nate and Lilly’s attraction took over and unleashed itself against their wills and then it had its romantic moments where I caught myself sighing.

The author did a wonderful job in developing Nate and Lilly’s connection by using flirtatious banter, snarky remarks and honest interactions. And even though I enjoyed the hell out of their chemistry, (really, that rain scene where he just about….) it was those few moments when they let their guards down and shared of themselves that I enjoyed the most. Sure, their chemistry was intense. Hell, the sexual tension alone could cut glass! But when they let go? H-O-T!

I loved that Lilly wasn’t meek. No, she gave as good as she got and I loved her reaction whenever Nate would push her buttons, and push he did. I don’t blame Lilly one bit for giving into Nate even when she had vowed to stay away. The man was magnetic. His brooding presence, mixed with his good lucks and heart of gold did me in EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

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Packed-full of emotions, sizzling chemistry and intriguing and complex main characters, Tempted by the Soldier is a great addition to the Falling for You series and although this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone. I did enjoy No Strings Attached, but I loved this one.

All in all, a hot romantic story about leaving your demons behind and embracing the future that’s right in front of you.

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

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New Release: Unravel Me by Tori St. Claire *Review*

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Title: Unravel Me

Author: Tori St. Claire

Release Date: February 24th 2014

Publisher: Entangled~Brazen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: NetGalley

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Synopsis

Letting go might be the key that unlocks her pleasure…

Attorney Cassie Blaire has spent most of her life living by rules. Rules that keep her life sensible, and on the right path. But five years after losing her husband, Cassie is saying sayonara to “sensible.” And it starts now—with indulging a need she’s long denied.

When he arrives in Colorado, all Brad Steele wants is a scotch before he has to play nice in the first face-to-face meeting with his co-counsel in an ugly divorce case. But instead, he finds her—a lush, inviting stranger whose dark eyes invite him to sin…and thirst turns into a raw, undeniable hunger.

Now Cassie is initiated into a world that has nothing to do with being sensible, and everything to do with sensuality. Under Brad’s guiding touch, she’s receiving an education in desire—one that breaks all of the old rules, and explores tantalizing new ones. And once she learns that her naughty one-nighter is her arrogant co-counsel, all of her objections will be sustained…

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Cassie finally takes a risk in experiencing something she has needed in her life. Although a strong-willed and independent attorney, she wants to explore another side she has kept hidden – the need to give up control in the bedroom. So when the opportunity arises in the form of a sexy ‘tourist’ she decides to indulge. Little does she know how much that one night will affect her life.

Brad is focused on his job and although he doesn’t make a habit of putting into practice his dominating side, Cassie brings out in him the need to assert his control.

Strangers that unleashed their inhibitions one night, business acquaintances with career goals the next day – Cassie and Brad must decide how best to work out the situation their desire led them to.

When I read the blurb it immediately captured my attention because Cassie seemed like she could be a characters I could relate to.

Tori St. Claire did not waste any time in introducing Cassie’s complexity as a character. From the start I could understand where she was coming from and what it was that she needed in her life. I admired her determination to finally do something for herself and found myself cheering her on as she explored the many side of her sexuality.

I liked that the romance was brought along slowly. At first, I could not see what their connection was or feel any type of chemistry between Cassie and Brad. Maybe it was because it was a one-night stand that was supposed to lead nowhere, but that first encounter did nothing for me.

However, as the emotions came into play and they started spending more time together out of the bedroom I came to see how deeply connected they were. They doubted their intentions of continuing their arrangement, questioned their need to be close to each other and overall denied what they were feeling and I enjoyed every little bit of it. True, I wanted to shake some sense into them, but it was a treat to see how two very determined and ambitious individuals analyzed and pondered each and every other emotion they brought out of each other.

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My only complaint would be that I would have rather seen more development of their connection and not so much sex. Yes, I said it! Chemistry does not a relationship make. But taking into consideration that this whole story was based on the fact that Cassie wanted to explore her sensual side and find someone who could fulfill her needs I came to overlook that ‘flaw’ in the end.

All in all, a story abound exploring your limits, acting of getting your needs fulfilled and finding love along the way.

*I received this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.

Red Dirt Heart by N.R. Walker *Review and Excerpt*

 

 

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Title: Red Dirt Heart

Author: N.R. Walker

Release Date: February 20th 2014

Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance

Source: eARC

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Synopsis

Welcome to Sutton Station: One of the world’s largest working farms in the middle of Australia – where if the animals and heat don’t kill you first, your heart just might.

Charlie Sutton runs Sutton Station the only way he knows how; the way his father did before him. Determined to keep his head down and his heart in check, Charlie swears the red dirt that surrounds him – isolates him – runs through his veins.

American agronomy student Travis Craig arrives at Sutton Station to see how farmers make a living from one of the harshest environments on earth. But it’s not the barren, brutal and totally beautiful landscapes that capture him so completely.

It’s the man with the red dirt heart.

Please note: This book is set in Australia, using Australian English and lingo.

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5-stars

Charlie came home when his father died and has settled into the routine of managing and running Sutton Station. Haunted by the ghost of his dad and working hard to keep the ranch afloat, Charlie doesn’t really have a life. He is content but lonely and yearning, just living day to day by rolling with the motions, enjoying his work and spending time with his ranch hands – until a carefree American comes to spend time at the ranch.

Travis is funny, caring and hard working – everything about the man has Charlie on the edge. Charlie tries to keep Travis at bay but his attraction comes to be too much for him not to give in.

Now it’s Charlie’s turn to step up and own his feelings, if only his father hadn’t done a heck of a job on him.

I loved, L-O-V-E-D this story!

As usual, I find myself returning to M/M to capture that je ne sais quoi factor I seem to miss when reading mainstream romance. And I am happy to report that this one did not disappoint.

I truly did enjoy everything about it – from the descriptions of the vast extent of land that was Sutton Station, to the characters and the emotions they portrayed all the way through the sex.  Kudos to N.R. Walker for delivering a sweet yet hot, romantic little read that had me reading until I fell asleep (against my will) and led me to ignore all Saturday morning duties until I finished it.

I was drawn into the story immediately. Their characters felt real and their humor and easy camaraderie shined through from the beginning. By the time Charlie and Travis spent their first time working together, I knew their journey to be together would be a hell of a story and that love it. Although the chemistry subtle in the beginning and ran under the surface of their connection it was always palpable to me. I was grinning form ear to ear by the time Charlie had his first naughty thought and when Travis made his first move I was whopping and celebrating like it was just the greatest thing in the world.

Charlie was adorable in his complexity. I admired the way his love for the land, his loyalty for the legacy he was left with and his strength of will to continue the path that was left by his father even when he wasn’t completely happy about it. He was torn about his needs, his upbringing and what having Travis near brought out of him. He doubted, he refrained, he gave in and he surrendered. His journey was beautiful and an absolute treat to read. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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Likewise, Travis was a great character too. I loved his easy going ways, his determination to make Charlie confront his feelings and his patience. Charlie was not an easy man to love, but Travis stepped up – pushed when he had to, backed up when he sensed Charlie couldn’t take more.

They shared some great moments of laughter and honesty where Charlie let his walls down a bit and where I got to see how truly conflicted Charlie was. I enjoyed watching him struggle with what Travis brought out of him, not because it caused him pain but because it made him question what he had believed all along – that he could not be gay, run the ranch and be happy.

Of course, when the passion was unleashed and they finally got together it was everything I was hoping it would be. Licks, nips, thrusts and moans. It was splendid with every sensation jumping off the page and every emotion there for the taking. I read, I re-read, highlighted and bookmarked. This is not the first book by N.R. Walker I’ve read but I was surprised nonetheless. Because the depth of emotions ran so deep and the attraction wasn’t just for kicks. It was so much more.

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The secondary characters introduced in the story were a great bunch, especially Ma and George. Their interactions with Charlie brought much more to the surface than I expected and I was glad they were made a part of the story. Charlie loved them as family and he truly did take to heart their opinions which helped him along his journey.

I would have loved to keep on reading about Charlie and Travis and was glad to see that there will be a sequel along the way. Their story was a great one, but I can’t help but think that there is much more to them that what we got to see here. I will certainly be paying close attention to N.R. Walker’s progress because I am curious to know what other challenges will be thrown at these two and how their relationship will fare when all is said and done.

All in all, a wonderful story about leaving your past behind, accepting yourself and embracing the unknown future that’s in front of you.

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange of my honest opinion as a participant of this event.

Excerpt

Just on sundown, I got off the motorbike, kicked the stand down so the bike stood upright without me and closed the gate. I’d been out all day in the South paddocks doing a final check of fences and water trough pumps before we bought the cattle down from the North. I’d seen the ute back at the homestead as I came in so I knew George was home.

George was my leading hand. He was in his fifties, with greying hair and sun-hardened skin. He’d worked here for as long I could remember, but he was more than a loyal employee. He was my friend, and in a lot of ways, more of a dad to me than my own old man ever was.

He’d been out all day, left before sun-up and headed into Alice Springs. We were a good three hours from the nearest town, and with a list as long as his arm from the Station cook, Ma—who also happened to be his wife—he needed a few hours in town before heading out to the airport to pick up the real reason for his trip: an American agronomy student by the name of Travis Craig.

When my father ran this farm, or station as we called it, every year we’d have people from another country come and spend a couple of weeks as part of some Diversification exchange program. My old man always said it was a good way to source out what other countries were teaching, but really I think he just liked the extra pair of hands at the finish of the dry season. And when we’d had a phone call back in July to ask if we’d be interested in hosting another student, and given it’d been a few years, I thought it seemed like a good idea. Now I couldn’t help but wonder if this Travis Craig would be a help or a liability.

I rode the bike into the yard and pulled up in the shed. I figured they’d know I’d arrived, having heard the bike, so I headed straight for the house. Like most homesteads built almost a hundred years ago, it was a weatherboard home, with an old iron roof and a veranda around four sides to try and keep it cool.

I kicked the red dust from my boots on the veranda steps and tried to brush the same from my jeans, took off my hat before I opened the door and walked inside. There was a suitcase and a duffel bag near the front door and voices at the back of the house.

“In the kitchen,” George called out.

I followed the sound of chatter and the smell of something good to find a meeting of sorts in the old country-style kitchen. The worn, solid wooden table that graced the middle of the room was covered with plates of scones and trays of cups and tea, and three people were in chairs around it—my right-hand man, George, his wife the cook, Ma, and a stranger with short light-brown hair and pale blue eyes.

George was the first to his feet, and the man beside him soon followed. “Here’s the boss, Charles Sutton,” George said, introducing me formally. “Charlie, this is Travis Craig.”

Travis looked about twenty-two years old, not much younger than me. Whereas I was a stockier build, with dull brown hair and boring brown eyes, he was taller than me by a few inches and muscular and lean. He held out his hand and smiled. “Mr Sutton. It’s a pleasure to meet you.” His accent was strange to hear at first, but his smile was warm and wide.

I wiped my hand on my shirt and held it out for him to shake. “Travis,” I said with a nod. “Please, call me Charlie.”

About N.R. Walker

Who am I?

Good question…

I am many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer.

I have pretty, pretty boys who live in my head, who don’t let me sleep at night unless I give them life with words.

I like it when they do dirty, dirty things… but I like it even more when they fall in love.

I used to think having people in my head talking to me was weird, until one day I happened across other writers who told me it was normal.

I’ve been writing ever since…

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Tragic Desires (Tragic #2) by A.M. Hargrove *Review*

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Welcome to the book tour for Tragic Desires, the latest release by A.M. Hargrove. Below you will find all relevant information regarding this title.

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Title: Tragic Desires (Tragic #2)

Author: A.M. Hargrove

Release Date: February 18th 2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: eARC provided by author

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Synopsis

My name is Gemini Sheridan. At least that’s what I thought it was for 23 years. Then one day a slight adjustment on the wheel of my mountain bike set into motion a series of catastrophic events that changed my life forever. Now I’m running from the headaches that threaten to destroy me… from the assassins that threaten to kill me… from the truth that exposes who I really am… and from the man that wants to save me. Because he now owns my heart and I fear him above all others.

My name is Drexel Wolfe and I’m a private investigator. Nothing ever stands in the way of what I want because when I see something I just take it. All of that changed the night my life collided with Gemini Sheridan’s and now everything is one hot damn mess. And the worst part of it all is that I’m trying to save her ass and I don’t know why the hell I’m even bothering. Well, that’s not exactly true. Fact is, I can’t stop thinking about her. She’s crawled into every thought I own, asleep or awake. I have serious plans for her that include making her mine. What she doesn’t know is that when I play, I play for keeps. Nothing and no one will get in my way or stop me… not even Gemini Sheridan herself.

**This book is NOT part of a series, but Drexel Wolfe, the main character, was first introduced in Tragically Flawed

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5-stars

After a a biking accident left her with post-concussion syndrome, Gemini became a shell of the woman she used to be. Plagued by intense migraines that leave her unable to function and reaching for alcohol and harder drugs to alleviate the pain, Gemini rolls with the motions of her life, but she’s not truly living. Until a one-night encounter with a stranger. Once Drake is in her life, Gemini’s life turns on its axis leaving her to question everything she thought she knew and wanted.

Drake owns his own security firm. When an acquaintance asks for help on a case, Drake jumps in never imagining how his decision would impact his life in the long run. Drawn to the woman he’s keeping an eye out for, Drake is torn between his job and the emotions Gemini brings out of him.

Hell yeah, this is what I’m talking about – Suspense. Lust. Mystery. Romance – all there for the taking and I devoured it all!

Rare is the story that captivates me from the very start without the author divulging much. Instantly, I was intrigued by Gemini’s ailment, her struggles to deal with it and its aftermath. I liked that the author didn’t pull any punches when bringing Gemini’s emotions to the page when it came to her struggle to keep a tight rein on her situation. She had dark thoughts, she pushed people away, she wasn’t an easy person to connect to. Not while she was suffering through her migraines nor by the way she went about dealing with them.

Drake wasn’t a walk in the park either, but he was easier to understand. He was as broody as he was sexy. I wanted to throttle him more than a few times, but man he could melt me with just a few words. *swoon* He didn’t want to be attracted to Gemini and although he fought it, he was too drawn to her to help himself. He had his own demons to fight and it was a treat to see how his walls came crumbling down as the story progressed and how much his character grew as his relationship with Gemini cemented.

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You would be right in guessing that their chemistry was HOT. It was and I enjoyed it very, very much. But mostly, I enjoyed how they opened themselves to the feelings that were developing between them. They doubted their situation, questioned their desires, gave in to their attraction, retreated from their emotions and came together again when the fight got to be too much. Loved it!

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Kudos to A.M. Hargrove for bringing the romance, the mystery and the suspense in a way that flowed seamlessly through the page without taking away from any of the elements of the story. I was kept at the edge of my seat, tapping the hell out of my table because I wanted to know what would happen next between Gemini and Drake and what new clues they would discover next. The pace of the story was perfect with every event placed to bring the most impact in the reader. I enjoyed how the story moved along shifting its focus from the romance to the mystery always keeping that edge of intrigue where the reader starts to make assumptions to try to solve the ‘case’. Little bit and pieces were revealed, bringing answers to questions and developing some new ones. So that by the time the story came to an end, every loose end was tied up regarding Gemini and Drake’s relationship and the situation they were involved in.

Although this is the second book in the Tragic series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone. This is the first book by AM Hargrove I’ve read and I’ll surely be picking up Tragically Flawed since I enjoyed this one so much.

All in all, an exciting, sexy read about second chances in life and new beginnings in love.

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange of my honest opinion as part of my participation in this event.

About the Author

One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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Frost Series by Liz DeJesus

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Title: First Frost

Series: The Frost Series Book # 1

Author: Liz DeJesus

Publication Date: June 22, 2012

Publisher: Musa Publishing

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Fairytales aren’t real…yeah…that’s exactly what Bianca thought. She was wrong.

For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

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Title: Glass Frost

Series: The Frost Series Book # 2

Publication Date: July 19th, 2013

Publisher: Musa Publishing

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When joined together, Cinderella’s slippers grant the wearer her heart’s desire. But whose wish will be granted?

When Cinderella’s glass slipper is stolen, Queen Felicia sends her faithful steward Terrance to the real world to retrieve his love and witch-in-training, Bianca Frost. The power of the glass slipper, when paired with its mate, and in the wrong hands, could ruin the peace of Everafter. Bianca must gather every bit of magic she has learned in the past few weeks to find the slipper and protect her new love. Together, Bianca, Ming, Prince Ferdinand, and Terrance venture deep into the heart of Everafter to seek clues as to who has stolen the slipper and why. Along the way, they uncover what happened to the Seven Dwarves after Snow White married the prince, but also learn the awful risk of tampering with black magic and the high price that must be paid for magic, even when used for good.

Bianca and Terrance’s relationship is put to the test. Through the pain of suffering and loss, Bianca must determine if following her gallant boyfriend into his faraway world is in fact her heart’s desire.

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Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico. She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007), The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011) First Frost (Musa Publishing, June 22nd 2012) and Glass Frost (Musa Publishing, July 19th 2013).

She is also a member of The Written Remains Writers Guild.

​Liz is currently working on a new novel.

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