We are extremely excited to share the covers for the wicked hot Seductive Nights Series, Lauren’s first erotic romance series. The first novel in this erotic romance is NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, releasing May 12 and can be read as a standalone romance. The prequel novella releasing with it called FIRST NIGHT is a reworking of the previously released ebook FIRST NIGHT AND EVER AFTERS. It’s no longer available on retailers, but will be republished in its new form in May and we can’t wait!! Don’t miss the beautiful covers below and the giveaway!
Message from Lauren:
I am having a blast writing Clay and Julia’s love story. They are a super sexy and feisty couple and I cannot wait to share them with readers! Clay is all alpha male hot guy in a suit with a tender heart, and Julia is one of my favorite heroines. I do feel I should warn readers — he’s my dirtiest of my dirty-talking heroes, and if you’ve read Playing With Her Heart that’s saying something 🙂
ABOUT FIRST NIGHT:
An erotic novella from the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…
It was only supposed to be one night…
When the sexy-as-sin lawyer walked into her bar in San Francisco,Julia Bell simply wanted a break from the troubles that kept chasing her. That escape came in the form of sinfully handsome Clay Nichols, a man who captivates her mind AND turns her inside out with pleasure.The attraction is electric and they share one scorchingly hot night together, but they also discover there is more than just off-the-charts chemistry; the connection between them runs deep. Clay
never thought he’d return to New York with this woman still on his mind. But he can’t get her out of his system, and he needs more of her…He wants more than just the first night…
*This is a prequel novella to the erotic romance NIGHT AFTER NIGHT.
ABOUT NIGHT AFTER NIGHT:
A sensual, emotionally-charged erotic romance from the New York Timesand USA Today Bestselling author Lauren Blakely…
He plays to win and isn’t afraid to break all the rules…
Fiery bartender Julia Bell has been hit on by her fair share of customers, but has never been tempted to dip so much as a toe in that particular dating pool. She wants a man who can claim her body AND captivate her mind. Enter Clay Nichols, a lawyer with a dirty mind and a mouth to match. Confident, sexy, and commanding, he takes Julia to new heights of pleasure. And after one unforgettable weekend together,he craves more of her. If only she hadn’t taken off without saying goodbye…
Julia has no room in her life for commitment, not while she has serious trouble breathing down her neck, thanks to the criminal dabblings of a former flame. She doesn’t want to involve anyone she cares about in the kind of danger that’s chasing her and that’s the problem with Clay-she’s falling for him. Hard. He makes her heart race, and sets her body on fire.
He’s determined to keep her in his life, no matter the cost. She’s the woman he desires in every way. But when the past threatens to destroy any chance at a future, she has to make a choice -keep running, or give love a shot with a man who can hold her imagination, and her heart, night after night…
NIGHT AFTER NIGHT TEASER:
Her eyes darkened with lust as she stared at him. Her reaction madehim hotter, harder.
“I’m being punished for turning you on?”
Another shake of his head. “No. You are being rewarded for turning meon. But we’re doing it my way. You teased the f*&k out of me, and nowI want to watch you squirm. Crawl up on my bed and get on your hands and knees.”
She held up her wrists, a sexy wink in her eyes. “I’ve been waiting for this.”
“Go, woman. And leave your shoes and stockings on.”
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.
NIGHT AFTER NIGHTGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19300203-night-after-night
FIRST NIGHTGoodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/edit/19052161-first-night
Lauren Blakely Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6860216.Lauren_Blakely
The man was sinful. It wasn’t just the looks that made him dangerous, it was the cocky confidence that dominated every move, every touch. And the frustrating yet ecstatic fact about the whole package was that he could back it all up…
Julia Campbell never knows what to expect with win-at-all-costs Brad De Luca. And she’s starting to like it that way. She gave up safe, conventional relationships when she let the elite divorce attorney seduce her into his world. Now that he’s determined to strip her naked of every inhibition, she’s in danger of falling too deep and too fast.
But their affair begins to feel even more dangerous when a murder leaves a trail of suspicion that points straight to the mob…and Brad. Trusting a man with a bad reputation and a past full of secrets seems like a mistake. But when she’s forced to make a choice, the consequences will take her further than she could ever have imagined.
First if you have not read Book 1 in this series, Blindfolded Innocence (Innocence, #1) you should read it before reading book 2. You will get to understand and know the characters in the story as well as get background that is important (I made the mistake and did not read book 1 and was lost so I had to go back and read book 1).
Masked Innocence starts off right where book 1 ended, with Julia and Brad agreeing to explore their relationship. After reading book 1, I thought book 2 was going to be filled with sex, upon sex, upon sex (OK there was really hot sex) but Alessandra threw us a curve ball and created a huge plot. It blew me away! Julia and Brad have agreed to have a relationship and to expand in their desires…push the limits. The couple attended a sex party. Of course Julia being new to this is skeptical but not long after she is enjoying herself. Julia takes a tour of the rooms and what she finds out that it is not what she expected and is excited.
“It was very interesting. Beverley is very sweet. Why don’t we find a private place?”
“Why don’t we skip the private place? Do you like people watching you? Do you? God you are wet. Almost as wet as I’m going to make that sweet blonde on the couch.”
Brad and Julia decide to have an exclusive relationship. They agree to only inviting another party if the other one is present (I am not sure how that is exclusive but it worked for them). Once they both accepted that they wanted more from their arrangement, it seemed to work pretty smoothly. Brad and Julia also have a funny banter amongst themselves and I enjoyed that a lot.
“Right that’s me. Easily distracted be beautiful woman.”
“No. One beautiful woman. Remember. You’re committed now.”
“Oh, that’s right. How could I ever forget?”
So as I mentioned this story was more than just really hot sex (because Lord Brad SURE KNOWS SEX). About halfway through things become serious and dangerous. I did not see this plot line coming and I found myself glued to the book. We get to see more of Brad’s background and his lifestyle, which I loved. I am a sucker for quotes but as I started to highlight I realized I would give off major spoiler alerts, and that would not be good. When you read it and get to this point you’re going to saying the same things I did…“WTF!” and “How did I miss that?!”
Even though their is danger, Brad and Julia’s relationship continues to grow and things get more intense between the couple. Brad takes on a total alpha male role, because he realizes that his feelings for Julia runs deeper than he imagined. He becomes caring, vulnerable and protective (I honestly was not sure how I felt about him at first and this helped change my mind).
“She is not just pu**y. I don’t know what she is yet, but she means something to me. You’re right I know world, and I know the risk involved. If they come for her, they will have to go through me. And I have no problem dying in that fight.” (SWOON YOU SEE I FEEL FOR THIS COCKY AROGANT MAN)
Secrets come, and Julia is one feisty lady, she speaks her mind, and does not hold back. She knows that she loves Brad and she is not afraid to let him know. When he needs to hear how she feels she gives it to him without any problem.
“Julia – I know I should have told you. There is no excuse for that and I’m sorry.”
“So you would have keep this a secret. I understand you know starting the relationship with that tidbit, but when the sh*t hit the fan —— that is when you should have told me this.”
Not only was this story about the growth of their relationship but also about the danger and secrets that come out. I loved that despite the danger lurking, the couple was committed to one another, fought together and stuck by each other. I was glad to see that there will be a book 3 in the series. I would like to see how the danger lurking for the couple is concluded and what lies ahead in the next phase of their relationship.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks. The sequel to Blindfolded, Masked Innocence, will be released in February 2014.
Alessandra lives in the Southern United States and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.
Rose’s Book Bog | Madison Says | Sam’s Book Basket | ♥The Romance Vault♥ | Meleth Bookaddicted | First Class Books | Sofia Loves Books | Eskimo Princess Book Reviews | The REAL Housewives of Romance | Three Chicks and Their Books
NWA Gossip Girl | Books Are Love | Mean Girls Luv Books | The Blushing Reader | Daydream Books | Rumpled Sheets Blog | Lustful Literature | Mommy Reads What?! | Turning Pages At Midnight | 6 Chicks and Their Love of Books
True Story Book Blog | StarAngels’ Reviews | Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews | Love Bites and Silk Ties | Kayla The Bibliophile | Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews | Mommy’s a Book Whore | Southern Belle Book Blog | My Secret Romance Book Reviews
Drue’s Random Chatter | Ramblings of a Book Lunatic | Stephanie’s Book Reports | The Lusty Literate | Love Drug Book Blog | Lit Junkies | Romance Schmomance | Book Bitches Blog | I Feel the Need, the Need to Read | Smut and Bonbons | Rebel Book Chicks
Lincoln Minzotto has the life everyone wants, yet he resents it.
He’s grown up as the youngest of three children to a wealthy congressman and successful lawyer. Pushed to his absolute excellence, Linc felt the real path for him was different than his parents’ hopes and dreams.
On the most important night of his father’s reelection, Linc makes a choice that will lead to a lifetime of regret.
Deciding to start a new life, he and his best friend, Daulton, purchase a rundown tattoo shop called Cursed Magic.
While restoring Cursed Magic, Linc’s faith in life is put to the test in more ways than one. Faced with the horrors of the bleak, starless nights and the women that come and go, he decides to give up all together, until one fateful night with a stranger.
Will one night shape his future forever? Can he turn the Curse he’s endured into a blessing even though all odds are against him?
Title: Dirty Little Lies
Author: Clare James
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Twenty-nine-year-old Stevie Sinclair has just lost everything: her boyfriend, her apartment, even her ugly bird named Free. (Yeah, she knows it’s stupid name, so don’t start.) But most importantly, Stevie’s lost herself.
As she shuffles through her days in worn-out Hello Kitty PJs—eating ice cream, sipping wine, and contemplating her next move—a magazine article catches her attention. Blaring black letters read: “How to Get Your Sexy Back in Six Easy Steps.”
Stevie studies the article in the trashy magazine like the good student she is and immediately knows what she has to do. With the magazine article in hand, and a bottle of red in her bag, Stevie embarks on a journey to reclaim her life and win back her ex.
Until she meets Gabe Shannon. Gorgeous, single, and on a quest of his own, Gabe introduces Stevie to a lifestyle that is sure to help get her sexy back and then some. If she doesn’t chicken out … (Oh, you know where this is going.)
What follows is a story of self-discovery, romantic gestures, erotic encounters, and following one’s heart–even if it leads in unexpected directions.
Portions originally published online as The Club e-series, Dirty Little Lies now has 70% more content, chapters from Gabe’s point of view, and a sizzling conclusion to this steamy tale.
I have no trouble spotting him—he looks like a picture. Business casual in grey pants and a pale blue button-down, sprawled across a plaid blanket with a picnic basket at his feet. His eyes are closed and his arms are folded behind his head.
I want to make a meal out of him.
Slowly, I move toward him, not wanting to disturb this image. I just want to savor him for a few more minutes.
A warm smile stretches across his face. Busted.
“You like what you see?” he asks, eyes still closed.
I play it cool and take a seat next to him on the blanket, fighting the incredible urge to mount him.
“The picnic?” I ask, refusing to feed his ego. “Yes, it looks fab.”
He opens his eyes and they look even brighter against his shirt. “So, that’s how you’re going to play it, huh?”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” I smirk. How am I supposed to be sexy around this guy? He catches my every move. “I’m just very excited for our picnic.”
“Well, I’m very excited to see you,” he says, before yanking me down on top of him.
Buy the Book
“I’m going to show you how I can make a woman come without even touching her.”
Everything in Stevie’s life is falling apart, her relationship is over, her apartment lost. After reading a magazine article: “How to Get Your Sexy Back in Six Easy Steps.” She decides to cash in her points and holds up in upscale hotel and work on putting the pieces of her scattered life back together.
In stumbles Gabe Shannon, a hot dark eyed mystery man who makes it his mission to help Stevie fill the steps to getting her sexy back. Having Stevie write a list of her most sexual desires, Gabe is determined to check them all off her list.
“Gabe is forceful. Confident. Incredibly sexy. As I sink into the kiss, my mind goes to all sorts of dirty places.”
Gabe is an entrepreneur, dabbling in a few different businesses, one of which is an underground sex club where he takes Stevie to fulfill her checklist.
“The feeling of her coming, on my hand, on my tongue. Christ. I want her in about five different positions, all at the same time.”
When the truth of the deception with her ex comes out, Stevie is forced to decide whether she wants to give her ex another chance, or ride out the rest of her time with Gabe and hope it goes somewhere.
“Just you, baby, he purrs. A club for two-you and I, members only.”
This is a great Sunday afternoon read. It shouldn’t take you more then a few hours in one sitting. This is a short super steamy and sexy read. I really enjoyed the storyline, and Gabe makes me want to drop my panties at Venus’ feet too!!!
This book contains some seriously steamy sex scenes. Truth be told, some of the situations these two get themselves into have crossed my mind a time or two ::evil grin::.
Overall this is a great short read.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.*
About the Author
Clare James is the author of steamy contemporary romance and new adult novels: BEFORE YOU GO and MORE. A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on—mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine.
A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare spends most of her time lost in books. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son—and loves to hear from her fans.
What good is running AWAY when you only end up lost?
Cassandra Pierce had her whole “perfect” life planned out by her parents. One night of pure weakness and lust has her running away from it all and seeking refuge in Alamosa with her best friend. But it seems life has other plans for her when she finds herself lost in the small town of Keaton.
Jason Bradley is a charming country guy. He lives a simple life that’s nothing like what Cassandra is used to. A single moment in life changed everything he thought he once knew, leaving him with a broken heart and an unplanned future.
What happens in Keaton is nothing Cassandra or her heart could have ever prepared for. The instant connection she shares with Jason is no secret, but what they’re keeping hidden from one another is. Will these two be able to find a way to trust each other or will their secrets tear them apart?
“You left. It scared me,” I told him, embarrassed by my fear of being alone in this dark, vacant library.
“I’m right here.” He reached out his hand. At the same time I grabbed his hand, a loud rumble of thunder roared through the old building making everything in my body tense. I screamed like a little girl and all but jumped into Jason’s arms.
“You’re okay. I’ve got you,” he whispered into my ear as I clung onto him. His hands slid down my back to my waist, soothing me from the thunder’s jolt.
The candle in the aisle next to us did little to break the darkness that surrounded us, but I could clearly see his eyes. I would always be able to see those eyes. They pierced mine as my hands leisurely moved up his chest and around his neck. He slowly took a step closer, moving us so that my back was now against the bookshelf. His hands left my waist to rest on the shelf behind me. My chest was rising and falling as quickly as his was, and it was as though our bodies were in sync. I could tell we both were feeling everything. Every butterfly that fluttered in our stomachs, every breath exhaled and inhaled, and every bit of self-control lost the longer our bodies held this position.
I couldn’t help but lick my lips. I wanted his on mine badly, they needed the taste of Jason on them again. It was as if the storm now raged inside of us, ready to be unleashed. Another loud roar of thunder around us, and then, there it was. A growl escaped Jason as I bowed my back to take a tighter hold of him. His eyes watched as my teeth captured my bottom lip, and his lips immediately found mine. For a split second, a crash of lightning appeared, lighting up the row around us. Our tongues immediately intertwined, kissing frantically as though it was our first kiss.
I slid my hands from around his neck, and up his arms, until I reached his hands, placing mine inside his. He gripped them tightly as he pulled his lips from mine and began softly placing kisses down my neck into the curve of my shoulder. I let out a soft moan, loving the feel of his wet lips against my skin. His grip tightened as his body pressed harder against mine, and his teeth bit down softly on my ear. I wanted to melt into a puddle right here on the floor. Turning my head toward him, my lips were ready to taste more of him. I kissed him and then like something fierce had stricken inside me, I bit his bottom lip. His answering growl made every pulse in my body race. I trailed my lips down his neck but enjoyed the feel of his scruff against my soft cheek first. When I got to his neck, he moved back slightly. With my hands still gripped tightly in his, I was stuck, unable to continue kissing his neck.
“This isn’t funny,” I said, my voice husky.
He leaned closer, his hold still firm on my hands. “Cassandra, I don’t know if I’ll have the ability to stop, so I have to keep your hands locked in mine where they’re safe.”
I slowly shook my head. “I don’t want to beg for this. I have never wanted anything more in my life. I’m giving this to you, and I want you to take it and never give it back. I want you, Jason.”
“I gotta go. I promised Kasey a dance,” Moose said before running off like he was up to something.
I shook my head and took another sip of water.
“Hey there. This seat taken?”
I didn’t even have to look at her to know who the voice belonged to. The sweet sound made everything inside of me melt. “For a girl like you? It’s never taken,” I told her as I finally realized what Moose was up to.
She smiled back, but this time, she didn’t take her eyes off of me. I knew the feeling all too well. I didn’t ever want to stop staring at her. She looked away and began fidgeting with her glass. The contents were clear and only confirmed what I thought I knew.
“What are you thinking about over there Cassie?” She swiveled her stool in my direction and I couldn’t help but watch her cheeks flush. It was the perfect shade of red on her. Jase, get a grip man.
“Nothing,” she replied.
The look in her eyes said otherwise. “I can tell you’re lying.”
“Fine, you seem sad, Jase,” she said.
How could she tell? How did she know? Was I not hiding my feelings or past good enough? I gazed down at the floor as I held my glass tight in my hands.
“You can talk to me,” she said, placing her hand on my knee. My skin blazed with heat under her touch. It was all I could do to keep from screaming out to her what was wrong. She had too much going on in her life to have to deal with my problems too. I was stuck. I couldn’t tell her the truth. She wouldn’t accept it and then it would just be heartbreak. At least at this point, we weren’t anything but friends. I wanted more. I couldn’t deny that part of my heart that was internally punching me for not making a move already. It wouldn’t be fair to her though.
A sudden coldness lingered over my knee. Her hand was back up on the bar. I missed her touch. I needed to touch her. We had to dance.
I hopped off the bar stool and stood behind her gorgeously dressed body. It was all I could do not to put my lips on her bare shoulder as I inched my mouth closer to her ear.
“You can talk to me too you know,” I whispered.
I moved her stool around so she was now in between my legs. “Let’s dance pretty girl,” I said.
A smile tugged on her lips. Her hand was still in mine as I started to walk away, except she didn’t budge.
I looked back; her eyes were double their normal size. “There’s a slight problem,” she said, quietly.
I moved in closer, put my hands on her knees, and leaned my ear by her mouth. She smelled so good. Jase, man you have got to stop. Focus.
“I don’t know how to dance country,” she confessed.
What? I moved back and started laughing, uncontrollably. That was what her problem was? It was adorable and innocent and in turn, only made my feelings for her that much stronger. Why couldn’t it have been that she had to go the restroom or something awkward like that?
The flesh of her palm suddenly covered my mouth and instantly stopped my laugh. My stomach knotted. It took all of the control I had in me not to press a kiss to the inside of her hand that so roughly covered my lips.
“Stop laughing, this is serious,” she said. Yes, it is serious; seriously cute.
I reluctantly took her hand off my mouth. “I’ll lead, you just follow. You’ll be okay. Just go with it, Cassie,” I told her. This time I made sure she came with me as I pulled her off the chair similar to a parent helping a child off.
The song that played through the speakers was perfect. I didn’t even plan it, but it worked out to my benefit. I really hoped she recognized it, but I wasn’t positive she would. I didn’t know if she was feeling the same pull I was and if our moment in the street was one that would stay with her, like it did me.
I took her hand in mine and placed her other behind my back. I pressed our bodies together as I wrapped my other hand around her lower back. I made sure there was no space between us, not even room to breathe. The song had me wanting her badly, and getting her as close as possible was all I could think about.
“Don’t be scared, just like we practiced in the street,” I said. Her eyes gazed into mine as if they were seeing them for the first time.
My mission at first was to get her to let loose and have fun tonight, but now, all I wanted to do was recreate the moment in the street. This was far surpassing that though.
I took control and did as I told her I would. I led and swayed us, keeping it smooth and slow, just like the song. Our eyes hadn’t stopped staring into one another since we stepped onto the dance floor, and every ounce of me wanted our skin to touch. The music kept us moving as I slowly rested my check against hers. The heat of her skin immediately radiated onto mine. It traveled down to my torso and only continued further. This girl had me flushed from head to toe. Her body suddenly relaxed into mine as my hand held onto her. It was that moment that I knew I had her; I had all of her, mind and body. And it was then that my voice box let loose and started humming along with the song.
Her body tensed in my arms and a second later her warm soft cheek slid away from me. Her eyes peered into mine as she searched them. I continued to hum as the wheels in her head seemed to turn. I know you know this song, Sweetheart. Come on. I know you do.
“This is the song you were humming in the street isn’t it?” she asked, her lips smirking.
God yes. She knew it. It came to her.
My lips grew into a smile that was larger than life. I pressed our bodies back together and finally without having her eyes to distract me, I moved my lips by her ear.
“It’s called Wanted by Hunter Hayes,” I whispered gently.
Feeling her body mold next to me as I held her, I thought to myself how nothing could ever explain how badly I wanted this girl.
Her hands moved and delicately cupped behind my neck. Feeling her latch onto me was enough to make my brain fog over and my knees want to collapse. I did everything I could to contain myself as I locked both of my hands behind her back. We were a chain link; nothing could break us apart now. Our cheeks were no longer side by side, as our eyes were now peering softly into each other. Her eyes. Those damn eyes could kill a man. The soft hazel color could get you lost if you stared into them long enough. They swirled green and brown and became lighter the happier she was. They were like a drug as they caught your attention and didn’t let go. They pulled me in and I’d be lying if I said I tried to stop it. Her whole face was drawing me in like a gravitational pull. Those eyes, those flushed red cheeks, and those pink lips. They took me in and pulled me so close I could feel her warm breath hitting my lips. We weren’t inches apart or even centimeters. We were mere millimeters, a breath and one second apart.
As the song winded down my heartbeat only grew louder. It was the only thing my ears were hearing. Boom. Boom. Boom. It accelerated faster as I moved and passed our millimeter mark. One last breath and one more second my lips would be on hers. The rights, the wrongs, and every reason why I shouldn’t kiss this phenomenal girl in front of me silenced as my breath hitched and now we were only one second from kissing.
Her eyes seared into me, her body was snug against mine and her lips were within reach. They were almost grazing, and then it happened. We stopped moving toward each other and gravity now yanked us apart. The song changed, the mood altered, and the crowd around us went chaotic. Our moment was gone, vanished. Only one second away from our lips connecting and one second was all it took to steal it away.
Was it a sign? I knew I was playing with fire, but maybe it was bigger than a matchstick flame and more like a bonfire. I almost kissed this fantastic girl. What was I thinking? I couldn’t have her. She wasn’t mine to take. She would kill me if she knew the secret I was withholding from her while I stood there, trying to kiss her and make her mine. I was more than sure this was a sign and I was even more positive it was needed.
“My turn next,” Moose shouted as he grabbed her hand. The very one that was just around my neck.
The stinging pain behind my eyes threatened as I watched her face. It had lost its luster as we both stared. Was she thinking the same thing as I was? Were the wheels turning in her mind about the coincidence of the moment we lost? The first moment I reluctantly stopped and then this one that was cut short for us? I tried to smile for her but I’d be lying if I said it was easy.
Kasey grabbed my hand and led me off in another direction, far away from the only person I wanted to be next to. I lost sight of Cassie as we got closer to the edge of the dance floor, away from the crowd. We were dancing, but it was weak and the allure of having fun on a dance floor vanished the minute my hands left Cassie.
The look in Kasey’s eyes snapped me out of my thoughts. “Why are you looking at me like that?” I asked.
“What was all that about?”
I popped a brow and looked at her like I didn’t have a clue what she was asking.
“With Cassandra. Stop playing dumb. I know you better than you think.”
I felt the tension in my shoulders relax as I let out a breath. She knew me well. Too well. Growing up together didn’t help the fact that she already knew the things going on in my life and the blank emotions I wore on my face to hide my feelings.
“I don’t know what to do Kasey.”
A smile surfaced on her face like she knew something. “Make a move you pansy ass. She likes you. A whole helluva lot. I had to get the scoop out of her too.”
“What did she tell you?” I asked her, sounding way too eager for a guy that’s twenty two.
“I’ve already told you enough. She likes you, you like her. Make your move already.”
“I don’t think it’s a go-.” She hovered her hand over my mouth and stopped what she knew was going to come out of it; the reasons why I should not make a move.
“Just go with it Jason. I see the way you look at her. Even when you brought her over for dinner at Maggie’s,” she said as her eyes went soft. “What is it you always say? Let the-the-“
Damn her and her smarts. “Chips fall where they may,” I reminded her.
“That’s it. Let them fall where they may. Make a move and let the rest work itself out.”
“We’ll see. I can’t promise anything, but I appreciate the subtle nudge.” I laughed.
“You deserve to be happy too, Jason,” she said. Her eyes went from determined to soft as she gave me a knowing smile.
She was right. I needed to follow my own damn advice. Tonight I’d let the chips fall and not look back.
OMG, seriously I have to say you need to pick this book up. I mean like stop what you are doing right now and go and pick up this book. You will not regret it. This book completely left me speechless. B.A Wolfe has absolutely out done herself in her debut novel. I am sitting here still trying to process this beautiful master piece. Yes I really mean it. I read this in one sitting and literally could not put it down. This author has taken me on one of the most emotional roller coaster rides I have ever been on. I was all over the map with this and I couldn’t get enough of every single breath taking word. From the very beginning to the very end I was completely invested. There wasn’t a single moment that she didn’t have me completely glued to the edge of my seat. This story packs so much punch you will literally be left breathless.
“Girls like me didn’t run away. We had our lives handed to us on a silver platter, garnished with dollar signs. So why was I running away? All because of one night. One single, stupid night that ruined everything I worked for.”
Her whole life has been planned out for her by her parents and after a night that changes everything for Cassie she leaves to start anew and to try and figure out what she’s going to do. On her way to the only person she thinks can help her she ends up crashing her car in a small town. She gets rescued by a knight in shining armor.
“He was gorgeous, helpful, and sweet. Talk about a trifecta.”
Jase is the town’s golden boy if you will. He’s caring, he’s devoted and he’s absolutely sexy. I fell in love with the way he views life. The way he cares for his family and the way he was with Cassie. I mean the connection between these was so strong. He didn’t hesitate to help her out the second he found her and he became determined to show her that there was more to life then being guarded. That it’s ok to let loose and live a little. Not everything has to be planned out, sometimes it’s ok to just live. This boy has got to be one of my favourite book boyfriends. He’s complex but simple at the same time. Through out the book you get a sense that he’s keeping a secret from Cassie. I had some theories on what it could be but once I learned of it I was completely blown away. I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. My heart was racing, I was freaking out and I didn’t know what to do. I even went to the extreme of messaging the author thinking OMG DID I JUST REALLY READ THAT! Well played!
“It was about us, two strangers finding friendship and love in a crazy situation, and in the end, what I ended up with was our story.”
I can’t even explain to you what I was feeling without giving out any spoilers and I’m not about to do that.. These characters were so well written and the connection between the two was what true love stories are written about. I really loved the way B.A introduced us to the secondary characters. They were interesting, they were fun and they really helped to add more to the story.. Honestly, I really hope that B.A gives some of them their own story.
Hands down this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.. Congratulations B.A Wolfe on this brilliant story. I am in awe and I can’t wait for the next book. This book definitely did a number on me and I loved every single second of it. A MUST READ!
“You might red light it now, but you’ll green light in in the end.”
“Because in the end, everything will be okay. It has to be.”
Cowboy Take Me Away – Dixie Chicks
Wanted – Hunter Hays
If I Didn’t Have You – Thompson Square
Crash into Me – Dave Mathews Band
Sure Be Cool If You Did – Blake Shelton
Runnin Outta Moonlight – Randy Houser
Don’t You Wanna Stay – Jason Aldean
Collide – Howie Day
Fix You – Coldplay
Wherever you will go – Lifehouse
Over You – Miranda Lambert
B.A. Wolfe is a girl with a passion for reading and writing, and lives in the good ol’ state of Colorado with her husband (her biggest cheerleader), and her two crazy min pin fur babies. These days, her life is anything but calm, and there isn’t one thing she’d want to change. B.A. spends all her free time either furiously typing stories on her laptop or happily reading through her endless TBR on her Kindle. Her list of favorites would be long enough to fill a book, but most would likely fall under the romance category. She is a sucker for a good love story that makes her cry, and an amazing book boyfriend who will melt her heart. ‘Away’ is B.A. Wolfe’s debut novel.
In this fun-filled, fast-moving young adult novel, sassy fourteen-year-old Megan Miller, and her close-knit friends, begin their four year high school journey. Expectations and hopes are high for their Freshman year. Meggie wants nothing more than to experience all high school has to offer – growing freedom, hot boys, parties, make-out sessions, and did I mention hot boys? Enter Alex Aguilar. At seventeen, he is Carver High’s sports superstar and dreamy superstud. Yet, despite the hype, Alex is undeniably sweet, and Meggie is beyond smitten. But, of course, he is a SENIOR. So, ought to be completely off limits for a ninth grader, right? Age doesn’t always dictate whom you will love, though. So I’m A Double Threat is the start of their journey. Will young love survive the challenges presented them or is friendship all they can only really hope for? Backs will be stabbed, hearts will be broken, tears will be shed. But, despite this, Meggie’s strong-willed determination, loyalty, and zest for fun, will ensure the ride is a memorable one. (This book has mature content intended for older young adult audiences.)
Meggie begins her sophomore year with one less best friend, and a boyfriend who is over four hundred miles away. Things couldn’t be worse, right? Wrong! Crappy grades, a teacher who is out to get her, and being grounded more times than she can count, double threat her bleep. With Alex being gone, Meggie relies on her girls to keep her busy with parties, movie nights, and trips to Denny’s. Joining the crew this year is Travis, who is patiently waiting for Meggie to ditch her college boyfriend. While annoying at times, Travis is funny and cute, and may just provide the temptation that Meg can’t resist. Confronted with gorgeous college-aged girls in his dorm, distance and typical teenage boy desires, Alex’s commitment to his young high school girl is threatened. He is forced to make a decision he doesn’t want to make. Can Meg and Alex survive the long distance and temptations? Should they even try? (This book has mature content intended for older young adult audiences.)
Megan Miller has done the crush thing, had her heart broken and flirted with a close friend to the point of an almost relationship. She is over the drama of her Freshman and Sophomore years and is ready to be single and to mingle. With Keesha and Steph by her side the girls are ready to rock the single hood in their Junior year. Playing the field, meeting new people, doing different things sounds like the life. But is it? What happens when you are out their working the dating scene but your heart is somewhere else, or better yet with someone else? Can you be tied down and still manage to enjoy not being attached? Meg is about to find out. Sometimes being single takes double time.
High school eventually comes to its end. After three years of broken hearts, parties, exams and fights, Megan Miller and her crew, have finally made it to their senior year. If they can manage to keep drama out of their personal lives, they are ready to rule Carver High, and show what the true meaning of being a double threat is. But, life is never that simple is it? What should have been the year of prom, good memories and more is turning out to be one of unexpected struggles. Meggie starts to crumble under the pressure of deciding what path her future should take. Her life has revolved around her friends for so long. Can she endure her final year and make wise choices that allow her to become independent and secure her hopes for forever with Alex? Are the two possible? Will she be able to choose? (This book contains mature content that is intended for older young adult audiences.)
So I’m A Double Threat (Double Threat #1)
Double Threat My Bleep (Double Threat #2)
Double Time (Double Threat #3)
Double Threats Forever (Double Threat #4)
So I’m A Double Threat (Double Threat #1)
Double Threat My Bleep (Double Threat #2)
Double Time (Double Threat #3)
Double Threats Forever (Double Threat #4)
Julie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she’s not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football. As a reading intervention teacher, she prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers.
Julie has written five young adult books which are all available now:
The Double Threat Series
-So I’m A Double Threat
-Double Threat My Bleep
-Double Threats Forever
You Act So White
Julie has also written six adult romance novels:
More Than A Friend Request
Against The Wall
-Between The Sheets (Against The Wall #2)
-Straddling The Edge (Against The Wall #3)
-Playing Chase (Against The Wall #4)
Very Wicked Things
Book 2 of the Briarcrest Academy Series
A new adult romance from bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills
Release Date May 13, 2014
Born on the poor side of town…
Ballerina Dovey Beckham is a scholarship student at Briarcrest Academy, determined to prove she’s more than just a girl with the wrong pedigree. She does whatever it takes to succeed in her endgame, even if it means surrendering her body…but never her heart.
Until the day she meets him, and he rips apart all her well-laid plans. Suddenly, the girl everyone thought unbreakable might just shatter.
Born into wealth and privilege…
Cuba “Hollywood” Hudson is rich, spoiled, and a star football player. With his fast cars and superficial girlfriends, he lives the high-life, hiding his secrets from the world.
Until the day he meets her, and she offers him something he’s never tasted…love.
But once in a lifetime kind of love doesn’t come easy. When trust crumbles and doubts creep in, both will have to decide to either love or let go…forever.
Welcome to Briarcrest Academy, where sometimes, only the wicked survive.
Not exactly a meet-cute…
The room closed in, making me sweat. I hadn’t talked to her in over a year, and now here we were, face-to-face. Two ex-lovers who hated each other.
I had to get away from her.
Dovey tilted her head as I stood, giving me a scathing glare. “Leaving so soon? Yeah, go ahead, cut and run. Coward.”
I ignored her and tried to get Weinstein’s attention, to let her know she could flunk me for all I cared.
“Before you go, tell me one thing, and I’ll make sure we aren’t partners in this class. You’ll be free of me,” she said.
“What?” I asked, my voice going all raspy, blocking all the words I wanted to say. They weren’t things she ever needed to hear.
“Why so cruel to me? You aren’t to the other girls you date and dump. Why single me out?”
I seethed. “And it didn’t take you long to find someone else, now did it? How is Spider? Does he get you hot like I did?”
She smirked. “He’s fine. He thinks I hung the moon. He thinks you’re an ass. I agree.”
I tightened my fists and pressed them against my thighs, swearing to myself I wasn’t responding to her bait. I swore. She was a dangerous game I didn’t need to play.
Suddenly, her face fell. Was she recalling the last time we were together? Was she remembering how I used to…
“I trusted you,” she whispered, all her anger seeming to be gone. The unsteadiness of her voice undid me, sent me right over the edge of that precarious cliff I’d been hanging on to by the skin of my teeth.
Yeah, she hadn’t been the only one who’d trusted me. I’d ruined them all. Every last one. Dark thoughts assaulted me, of the blood I had on my hands.
Snap! My pencil broke and small pieces flew across my desk and into the empty space between us.
I wanted to pummel my desk until my fists bled. I wanted to punch a hole through the wall, the floor, my face.
Everything was my fault. Just mine.
She’d been collateral damage, the kind that breaks everyone involved. And I was sorry for it, but sometimes you do what hurts because it’s for the best.
But she was my kryptonite, leaving me no option but to hurt her. Again.
I didn’t think about my cruel words, I just said them. “You were a curiosity, Dovey. You weren’t the usual BA girl, and I wanted a taste. That’s all. I moved on when it got boring. Get over it.”
Awesome Book Trailer to Very Wicked Things
Ilsa Madden-Mills is a loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, and a teacher. When all that is done, she writes. Obsessively.
She spent several years teaching high school English, but now hangs out at home with two small kids, a neurotic cat, and her Viking husband. She collects magnets and rarely cooks except to bake her own pretzels.
When she’s not typing away at a story, you can find her drinking too much Diet Coke, jamming out to Pink, or checking on her carefully maintained chocolate stash.
She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors.
Very Wicked Things is Book 2 of the BA Series.
Very Bad Things is currently available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.
Author Ilsa Madden-Mills FB link:
Want to read the number one new adult romance Very Bad Things first?
Universal Amazon Link: http:// myBook.to/verybadthings
I know what you’re thinking. “You were such a jerk, Nick!” Believe me, I know I screwed up the best thing I had going in my life, but that was kind of my thing. I’d learned how to run cons before I could even form complete sentences, and I’d always been selfish. But I changed. Lila forgave me, my brother and I were getting along, and I was trying to make a name for myself in the music world.
At least that was what I was trying to do when I negotiated my way into the recording studio with pop superstar Sadie Sinclair. I thought it would be a piece of cake—charm my way into her heart and into her record label’s good graces.
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, I got mixed up in a web of lies, manipulation, and deception. A web that had me questioning my motives and desires altogether.
Was the fame and fortune really worth the price?
“As far as I could tell, you made your own luck in life-which is exactly what I was trying to do.”
At the end of Give Me Something, I couldn’t stand Nick so I was interested to see if he was able to redeem himself in Taking Something. Let me tell you now…he absolutely does!
“There are two things I know inside, outside and upside down, sir. Music and women.”
Nick is now an A-Lister DJ. He wants to get into producing music and one night at a club, Hollace Westwood, a record label owner, happens to be there. It also helps that pop superstar, Sadie Sinclair, is there and is unhappy with who produced her last album. She wants something new and fresh and Nick thinks he’s the guy for the job. He knows that if he can pull this off he can than move onto bigger and better things.
“A con’s job is to utilize any and all information to make his mark vulnerable, right?”
At first Nick thinks nothing of bedding Sadie in order to help further his career. Even if means having to pretend to be in a relationship with her. That is until he meets Sadie’s assistant, Gia. Gia reminds him of Lila and he is slowly starting to fall in love with her. This is something new to him and he’s not sure what to do about it. He knows that if he gives into his feels for Gia that it could ruin his future career but is it a change he’s willing to take? Is it a chance Gia is willing to take?
“I want you so bad.”
“You can’t want me.”
“I can’t not.”
Gia is holding onto a secret from her past that she doesn’t want anyone to know. Unfortunately, her fate is also in Sadie’s hands. Will these two be able to get out from under Sadie’s grasp or will she ruin something for them they never knew they could have?
“The way I see it, sometimes the best ideas people have are the ones others put in their heads.”
I liked Give Me Something but Taking Something is even better! Nick, Lila and Tucker have all seemed to call a truce in the name of family and it was something Nick truly needed in his life. He was able to see that he wanted the type of love that they have for himself. Nick truly did believe he loved Lila, he just didn’t know how to show it until it was too little too late. This book is his second chance at love and it’s amazing to watch the progression of his character from book 1 to now. It was gradual but it helped him remain true to himself. I really loved being able to get into Nick’s head and see that he really does have a heart. If you liked book 1 then this is an absolute must read.
“But could I do the happily ever after? I wasn’t sure if I even deserved one.”
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
When I’m not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here’s the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!
One kiss could be the last.
Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.
Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.
Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.
But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
“I don’t think of Zayne that way!”
She laughed. “What man-parts-loving female in this world doesn’t think of Zayne that
way? I can barely keep myself breathing when I see him. All the guys in school have squishy
waists. I can tell Zayne doesn’t. He’s the awesome sauce with extra sauce.”
That he was and he so didn’t have a squishy waist, but I tuned Stacey out at that point. I
really did need to cram for this test and I also didn’t want my fantasies involving Zayne to
occupy my mind right now. Especially after I’d woken up this morning, carefully tucked under
the covers. The bed had smelled like him: sandalwood and crisp linen.
“Oh, sweet baby Jesus in a manger,” Stacey murmured.
I clenched my jaw, cupping my hands over my ears.
She jabbed me in the side with her elbow. At this rate I’d be covered in bruises before
lunchtime. “Our bio class just got a billion times more interesting. And hotter, lots and lots
hotter. Holy mother, I want to have his babies. Not now of course, but definitely later. But I’d
like to start practicing soon.”
The cell wall is a thick and rigid layer covering the plasma something, something plant
Stacey stiffened all of a sudden. “Oh my God, he’s coming—”
Composed of fat and sugar—
Something slender and shiny fell from who knew where, landing in the middle of Sam’s
notes. Blinking tightly, it took me a couple of seconds to recognize the faded and half peeled
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sticker covering the back of the silver cell phone.
My heart slammed against my ribs. Gripping the edges of the notebook, I slowly lifted
my gaze. Unnaturally beautiful golden eyes met mine.
“You forgot this last night.”
Now that you have a taste for this fabulous new series, here are the details for the AMAZING international giveaway!!! Harlequin Teen is giving away a large Harlequin Teen Tote.
• Harlequin TEEN branded tote
• The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (trade)
• Pawn by Aimee Carter (hard cover)
• Crash Into You by Katie McGarry (hard cover)
• Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (hard cover)
• 2 copies of White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
• 1 pair of black harlequin branded socks (they are so comfy!)
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.