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Leather & Lace: Inferno Glory MC by: J.A. Fredericks

 

GENRE:

Contemporary erotica

RELEASE DATE:

July 2015

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

The day Harley Sonnick is released from a three year prison sentence for a crime she didn’t willingly commit, she returns to the only family she has left—the Inferno Glory MC. But the club’s president isn’t ready to forgive her for past sins and turns her away, forcing her to trust in a new club member who’s arguably the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on.

Colt Sawyer, a young military veteran like the other MC members, is elusive and doesn’t have much to do with the women throwing themselves at him until Harley comes riding into his life on her own motorcycle. Together with his best friend and fellow MC member Ranger, Colt will do everything in his power to remind Harley what it’s like to be pleasured by a man and make her feel at home despite the reluctance of the MC.

Things take an unexpected turn when Harley’s worldly possessions are ripped away, forcing her to rethink her future. But she isn’t a pathetic princess in need of saving and is reluctant to accept help. Prison made her hard, forcing her to guard her feelings at all costs. So when dark, blue eyed Colt does inexplicable things to both her body and heart, she’s forced down a dark path of passion and desire that threatens all the safeguards she’s set in place. 

 

 

 

Excerpt:
 

Fourth shot of Jack held in the air, I salute the guys. The brown liquid sloshes over the side. “I hope you boys like what I’m wearing because I’ll be wearing it for a looong fucking time. I’m brokety-broke.”

“We’ll get you new clothes,” Colt growls, prying the shot glass from my hand. “Whatever you need, darlin.’ You let us know and we’ll take care of it.”

I ogle him for a long moment, wondering how he’s even sexier when I’m fueled with booze. Now that I have liquid courage, it’d be easier to finally get a taste of his splendid mouth and run my tongue all over his giant muscles.

Shaking the thoughts from my head, I release a nasally laugh. “Could you get me a new life? ‘Cause I fucked mine up. Royally.” Swiping the shot back from Colt, I slurp it down in one swallow. “More shots!” I call to the bartender, slamming the empty glass on the wooden bar top.

“No, we’re good, Christine,” Colt tells the surly, old woman behind the bar. She shakes her head and leaves us to attend to the only other patron drinking before noon.

“You’re young, Harley,” Ranger says from Colt’s other side, drinking from his glass of whiskey. “Whatever happened, you’ve got time to bounce back.”

“Bounce back?” I ask with a hiccup. “Kinda hard to bounce back without a cent to my name and a record.” I study the two hunks with the only eye that will stay open. They’re collectively so damn hot I’m ready to take them both on the bar-top. “Either of you boys have a record? And I don’t mean the kind that go round and round.”

Colt’s brows knit together. “You’ve done time?”

“Three years, just got out yesterday.” They may as well know the whole truth about me if Remmy hasn’t told them already. “It’s the reason I’m homeless and family-less and completely without anyone who could give a fuck about me.” I turn to rest my elbow on the bar, but miss and about topple off the stool while laughing my ass off. “And now I don’t even have any underwear! Can you fuckin’ believe that?”

Colt rises and hooks his arm around my waist. “Time to get you out of here.” He hoists me over his shoulder so my jean-clad ass is in the air.

“Put me the fuck down!” I yell, beating my fists against the back of his leather coat and kicking my legs through the air. “You can’t just fuckin’ man-handle people like this!”

Ignoring my best efforts, Colt laughs as he slaps a hand-full of bills on the bar. “Thanks, Christine. Ranger, let’s roll.”

“Be there in a minute, hoss,” Ranger answers, chuckling.

I fight Colt the whole way to the pickup where he dumps my ass on the seat like a sack of potatoes before sliding in next to me. When I swing my fist at him, he wrestles me down onto my back, pinning my arms at my sides with one arm braced across my body. His beautiful eyes are hard as he hovers over me, using his free hand to flip his hair behind an ear. “Stop fightin’ me darlin,’” he breaths heavily, our lips enticingly close. “You may think nobody gives a fuck, but I do and I’m here for you.”

Frozen by the enduring look he’s giving me, I become limp beneath him and inhale his enticing scent. Then the exquisite cock I got a preview of earlier stirs to life between us, locking my breath in my chest. His grip around my wrists loosens as the expression on his face morphs into something raw and primal that does unexplainable things to my insides.

Oh god. I’ve never wanted someone this way.

Just as I bite my lip with the thought of bringing my mouth up to meet his, the driver’s door creaks opens behind me. “You two need alone time?” Ranger asks, his voice wavering with amusement.

The kind of phenomenal sexy smile that could impregnate a virgin spreads across Colt’s lips and he laughs, sky-blue eyes still staring down on me. “Let’s go get this girl some new panties.”

 

 
 

AUTHOR BIO:

J.A. Fredericks is a contemporary and paranormal erotica author who
adores sexy stories with ghosts, vampires, tattooed bikers, and anything hot
that likes to bite. Previously published several other YA paranormal novels,
but ready to crank up the steam and going stealth mode under a pen name.



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Deep Down 

by Brenda Rothert

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I’m falling.
Faster.
Further.
Deeper.

Sometimes you fall so hard you can’t get back up. My closest companions now are shame and loss. But a sliver of hope lies in the only person I have left in this world – the one who’s growing inside me.

Survival becomes living again because of my child, and the town where I begin anew. That’s where I meet the man who starts to melt the ice inside my heart.
As we get closer, reminders of my past become sharper. Clearer. To confront the pain, I have to discover what’s deep down inside me. Is there enough left there to become whole again, or am I too wounded to heal?

**Warning** This book has mature content that some readers may find troubling. It is intended for readers 18 and up.

 

 

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It happened without warning on a quiet, snowy January day. Or maybe there had been signs that I’d ignored because they were too painful to acknowledge. Either way, the course of my life was changed that day. After it was over I just remember watching the snowflakes through my open bedroom window. Falling silently from the sky, they were the closing curtain on eighteen years of trusting that all people were inherently good. ———————– It was the first day back from the winter break and I was wrapped up in the excitement that filled the hallways of Lexington High School. There was an unspoken energy circulating around those of us who were seniors. Home stretch, baby. The last semester of high school is underway. Your future starts now. And, for me, this new term couldn’t end soon enough. My mom’s death this past September had plunged me into a deep sadness I still hadn’t fully emerged from. Over the course of the past four months I’d gotten good at plastering on a phony smile to let everyone know I’d moved on. Putting this school year behind me would be more sweet than bitter. Sure, I had great friends I’d miss when I went off to college in the fall. And dance team…for sure I would miss that. Most of all, I would miss my boyfriend Levi, but somehow I knew that once high school was over I really would be able to move on. A warm, familiar arm wrapping around my waist from behind made me break out in a genuine grin. “How was your day, baby?” Levi asked, pulling me against his side as we walked down the hall. “Good. You?” He shrugged. “Everybody’s talking about graduation. It hasn’t seemed close until now.” “Did you get those scholarship essays done?” “Yep.” He pulled me a little closer, steering me away from a cluster of loud underclassmen who were about to run me over. “Am I riding with you today? I can catch a ride home with Sami if you’re lifting weights after school.” He leaned down and kissed my temple. “The only weight I’m interested in right now is yours on top of me.” I held back a smile. Our after school make out sessions were one of Levi’s favorite things. But between the time off his parents and my dad had taken off over the holiday break, we hadn’t gotten much time alone.
 

 

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Beth's Review

 

4.5 stars

 

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WOW what a fabulous and very deep read from Brenda Rothert. I must say I knew going in it would be her normal fun and flirty read she normally writes with her hot hockey hunks and I knew there would be some strong subject matter but the synopsis doesn’t give much away so I basically went in blind with this one, and I must say I am glad I did, I think I would have went in with a different and probably closed minded attitude if I hadn’t gone in blind . And although I was taken by surprised with the subject matter, and how it made me feel and affected me, I was not one bit disappointed. The author has taken me on an emotional roller coaster with her books but this one was definitely a ride I had yet to be on and so glad I decided to hop on.

 

 It happened without warning on a quiet snowy January day. Or maybe there had been signs that I’d ignored because they were too painful to acknowledge. Either way, the course of my life changed that day

 

Ivy Gleason is a high school student about to graduate when a terribly tragedy has struck her family. But tragedy didn’t stop there, but this time when it struck, it changed Ivy’s life forever and not only left her heartbroken, it left her alone, completely shattered and broken but also pregnant. But somehow she survives with the help of one of her teachers and upon graduation she now decides to start over somewhere new and finds herself landing in Lovely, Missouri. She finds a place to live and a job but keeps to herself for the most part and will not date. Now years later she is now a single mom to a beautiful little three year old, Noah, and has gotten close with Margie and Gene, the owners of the diner she works at, they have become her family now. Reed is one of the 5 Lockhart boys and is just returning to town after being away in St. Louis studying to become a lawyer. The moment he sees Ivy he is taken with her and determined to convince her to go out with him.   Ivy finds herself feeling things towards Reed that she has never felt, she wants to say yes, she wants to trust a man again but she is scared, what would happen if he found out the truth about her and Noah.

 

WOW and OMG are the first two things that come to mind as I sit here and try to process this book. I won’t play it down, the subject matter is deep and strong. The main part of the strong subject matter happens in the first 10% of the book but it plays an important part of the storyline throughout the book. I will say when I first picked up this book and hit the main part, I had to put it down, I had to take a breather and I actually didn’t pick it back up for 24 hours, I needed to be in the right mindset to read it but when I picked it back up, I inhaled this book.

 

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My heart broke for Ivy and to see her survive the tragedy that has happened and the tragedy her life has now become was absolutely amazing, you couldn’t help but be in awe the strength she had to go on with life broken and alone. She had her whole life ahead of her, she was smart and had a full scholarship to Standford to get her English degree.   But all that changed, she was now faced with being alone, in a new place, pregnant and trying to make enough money to have a roof over head and food in her belly on top of trying to survive the tragic event that put this all in motion. To have a man she trusted break that trust and break her like he did. It truly broke my heart to the point I needed to catch my own breath and take a break. It was heartbreaking to have someone she trusted do what they did, but it was also sickening. But I truly admired her for the tough decisions she had to make and continue to make just to survive. And the person she became after surviving was absolutely amazing, how could Reed not fall in love with her.

 

All the Lockhart brothers came from a crazy good gene pool, they are all tall dark and handsome. Reed Lockhart, for the first time in a long time has caught Ivy’s eye and her interest with his brown eyes and dark brown hair and his boyish and manly look he had all at the same time. Reed was sexy but oh so sweet, he moved home not looking for anything serious but all that changed the moment he first saw Ivy at the diner and he was a goner the night he saw Ivy with Noah at the restaurant. He was so totally swoon worthy with his patience and kindness he showed Ivy, never pushing her to tell her secrets, he recognized that she had been hurt badly and gave her the time and space she needed to be able to open her heart, her past and her future to him.

 

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Overall this book was a fabulous but very emotional read.  There were a few times the subject was hard to read, but it was written so beautifully that it told enough to make you feel the heartbreaking emotions the character was feeling but at the same time it wasn’t too much or too graphic. There were moments I felt so overwhelmed with emotion that I had to put this down but for me that speaks to how well the book is written that it has brought those emotions out of me and made me feel them so deep that I was overwhelmed. The characters and the story are so well developed you can’t help to be pulled into this story, to be so very invested in what happens that I was sitting on the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to play out and constantly being surprised with how it did. I am a huge fan of this author’s hockey series but I must say she truly outdid herself with this one that has made me fall so much more in love with her writing than I already was. And I am so very excited to know that there is more coming with the rest of these hot brothers, can’t wait for Mason and for Kyle’s stories.

 


 

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Brenda Rothert lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three sons. She was a daily print journalist for nine years, during which time she enjoyed writing a wide range of stories.

These days Brenda writes New Adult Romance in the Contemporary and Dystopian genres. She loves to hear from readers by email at bjrothert@sbcglobal.net.

 

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Conviction by Corinne Michael Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

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Liam and Natalie’s return in Conviction by Corinne Michaels!

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Book Two in the Consolation Duet

I fell in love with Liam only to be left shattered into a million pieces. Again. The idea of being without him cripples me but the reality is, he’s gone.

 

He doesn’t understand and I can’t make him.

 

If only he’d see the conviction behind my words—then he’d still be here.

 

 

 

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5 stars

 

5+ A-MAH-ZING Stars

 

WOW, A-MAH-ZING, PHENOMENAL… I could go on and on but no amount of words will ever truly do this book justice. To say I have been waiting anxiously for the conclusion of the Consolation Duet is a huge understatement and I must say I was not one bit disappointed. If I could give this book more than 5 stars it would get every star I could give it, it’s just that good, everything about it is absolutely perfect, the story and the way it played out, the characters and the amount emotion that is conveyed in this book is just amazing.

 

Conviction picked right up where we were left off in Consolation and so began the ride, an amazing emotional rollercoaster that I never wanted to get off but at the same time couldn’t wait to get to the end. So I will say this now, if you have not read Conviction, stop now and read no further as this may contain spoilers. Corrine Michaels has given us a truly great ensembles of characters that we first met in the Belonging Duet where she began to tell us their stories and in both the Beloved Duet and now this one, she has done it so beautifully. I have to say though she has left me a bit shocked and surprised with how well written these were with how new she is to writing, she truly is a master storyteller. From the moment I picked up this series, the author has instantly pulled me in with her wonderful words well developed characters and storyline so much that I immediately felt connected with Natalie and her story. The author made me cry my eyes out with Natalie and for Natalie after all she has gone through. She has made me fall in love with both the men Natalie loved and feel every emotion Natalie felt. She then left me with my jaw on the floor and with a serious book hangover at the end of Consolation.

 

I loved that the author didn’t waste a moment and immediately threw us right back in the thick of things with where we left off at the end of Consolation. Natalie had finally reached a point where she was in love again, happy and ready to start the next chapter of her life with the man she loved, Liam. She has finally gotten past the grief of losing her husband but also the betrayal he left behind. That is until her past and his betrayal is back right in front of her when Aaron turns up alive and has taken Natalie’s life once again and turned it completely upside down and inside out and has her feeling every range emotions you can think of. Although, not only did it turn Natalie’s life upside down but Liam’s as well and though Aaron is alive and now back, life will never be able to go back to what it once was nor can it go back to what it was just 24 hours ago. I must say I did find myself torn at times though, Natalie is in love with Liam, and was ready to start the rest of her life with him and her daughter but she also loved Aaron and they share a child and has been in hell this past year while he was captured, only surviving it all with the thought of coming home to her. But the big question is, can she finally get the answers she needs regarding the affair and will she move past his betrayal and forgive him or will she move on with Liam. Corrine Michaels of course weaves a wonderful story that leaves us wondering right to the very end as you never know when to expect a twist or turn that you never saw coming.

 

No matter how this story played out people were going to be hurt, two men loved her but she had to choose one of them, and even with the betrayal, it was not going to be an easy decision. Not only that, all of these men, Mark, Jackson, Aaron, Liam, are all close friends. They have all been to war and back, they are not only friends but they are also brothers. How can a friendship survive when they are both in love with the same woman but one will be left as the one she chose one and one will be left heartbroken.   The situation is not easy for any one and you feel that the whole time, it truly is an emotional ride. I found myself actually at times sympathizing with Aaron and what he went through and came home to, even though he had been unfaithful and I had hated him and cursed him so bad because of the affair. I found myself heartbroken for Liam but also falling in love with him so much more, he truly was an honourable man.   And then there is Natalie, the emotional rollercoaster that was her life had just kicked in to high gear and I couldn’t not feel the anguish, heartbreak and the many other emotions facing her.

 

I knew going into this book it was going to be one filled with drama and angst but I must say with this author, it was never over the top or there for the sake of adding drama, it’s exactly what is expected and works perfectly with the story but at the same time not at all what you expect. It left me sitting on the edge of my set devouring this book, needing to know how this would all play out but at the same time trying to force myself to slow down and savour it as I knew once I got to that very last page I would be devastated that there story was over. You can re-read your favourite books and enjoy the ride again but books like this one you only get to read it for the first time once, that knot in your stomach from not knowing what will happen and that elation and giddy feeling when things go that way you have been hoping they would or that feeling of sheer anger when they don’t. It’s those times that make me love reading and I must say this author does it in spades!

 

Natalie was such an amazing strong female lead, I love how she handled things with both of these men.  The story was the story of Natalie and her journey to finally be happy and in love once again.   And I must say her journey was an amazing story, and she will be a character that will stick with me for a long time. Seeing Natalie at the beginning of this series and then seeing the much stronger women she became by the end was amazing to be part of. Never once did I feel like anything felt off or wrong with how her journey played out. So many times in a series you meet a character you love but as the series plays out, the character doesn’t feel like the same character that you first met, never was that the case here.

 

Liam, sexy yet sweet Liam, truly a perfect BBF. I though Jackson was going to be a favourite but after meeting Liam, Jackson is still a favourite but Liam is so much more. It’s going to take a lot for Corrine Michaels to have one of her other hot sexy military men out do Liam, he is just that good. He’s sweet, he’s sexy but most of all he is caring and so selfless and there were so many moments my heart broke for him, to see him hurting so bad, knowing he may lose the love of his life.

 

Corrine Michaels has truly outdone herself with this amazing story that is just the perfect length and this series is an absolute must read. This series is definitely a top read for me for 2015 and overall. I had already decided after reading the Belonging series that this author was going on my automatic one click list of authors but after this series, she is now there permanently never to be removed.

 

 

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Time isn’t something I ever thought much about.

It ebbs and flows, but it never changes. I can’t make it stop—no matter how much I want to. There’s no way to rewind the clock or halt it. In this moment, all I want is to make the world stop and go back to when I was happy and ready to tackle the world. Just two short minutes ago, there was no worry about how my day would go. I was going away with the man I love, the one who healed me. But time isn’t my friend. It slaps me in the face and laughs as I stand here wondering how the hell any of this is happening. I don’t want to move forward, and I sure as hell don’t want to slow it down.

 

 

 

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His voice is thick and husky as he refuses to break from my eyes. “Tell me you’re real.”

“I’m real.”

“Tell me you’re really here.”

“I’m here with you.” My hand rises, and I press my thumb to his lips. “I’m here for you. I’m here with only you. I need you so much.”

His eyes close as I rub my thumb, savoring the rough feel on my skin.

“Stay with me,” he pleads.

Liam’s hands rest on each side of my face as I drag him down further. “There’s nowhere else I want to be.” Our lips meet, and I lose myself.

 

 

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Consolation (Book One)

 

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Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.

He wasn’t even on my radar.

He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.

 

About the Author

 

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Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

 

 

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THE OTHER MAN by R.K. Lilley Release Blitz & Giveaway

THE OTHER MAN

Author: R.K. Lilley

Release date: May 25, 2015

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He was brazen as hell from the moment I laid eyes on him. He was aggressive, and dominant, with Mack truck arms, and a bar brawler voice.

He was too good looking for his own good, with a hard jaw, and harder eyes.

I’d always led a fairly peaceful life, but even I could tell at a glance that this man was dangerous. For so many reasons.

Not the least of which being that rough, dirty, sheet-clawing sex fairly radiated off him.

I’d thought I’d known how to handle every kind of man, but this one left me baffled.

To say he wasn’t my type was putting it lightly.

But you couldn’t tell that to my libido.

Not even when I found out the truth.

My lover had lied to me from the very start.

Nothing about our meeting was a coincidence.


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Heath’s jaw clenched, like he was bracing himself for something. “I don’t think I have time for lunch.”

My breath stuttered out of my chest. “What do you have time for?”

He didn’t even bother to answer, just took my hand and started pulling me.

And I let him.

Dammit, once I again, I was going to make this way too easy for him.

But one look at his agitated face had left me with an agitated body. The man could make me wet with one look. It wasn’t lost on me how twisted it was that that look was a scowl.

Heath angry = Me turned on.

I really hoped that wouldn’t turn into a thing for me.

R.K. Lilley lives in Colorado with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is the author of the erotic romance novels In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, and the novella, Lana.

 

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Wash Me Away
by Wendy Owens
Publication Date: April 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

 

 

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Monsters have a way of following you.

Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake. When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.

 

 

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“Do you ever feel like you don’t even know the people in your life?” I say from complete impulse.

Leo moves between me and the edge of the cliffside. “Are we talking family or friends?”

“Family, I suppose.”

He doesn’t answer me right away. He shifts his weight, even though there isn’t much of it to shift, from foot to foot. Finally, he lets out an exasperated breath.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know why I’m even talking about this, it really is nothing.” I take a couple steps back, waving my hands in the air. “I should probably just get back to class.”

“Life is a burden to me. Nothing gives me pleasure. I find only sadness in everything around me. It is very difficult because of the ways of those with whom I live, and probably always shall live, are as different from mine as moonlight is from sunlight.”

I looked down at my muddy shoes. If this is a movie quote, it is absolutely not from one I have ever seen. I can feel my throat tighten as I think about his statement.

Leo continues, “Napoleon Bonaparte said that at the age of seventeen. My father named me after him because he was a brilliant strategist. He understood the behaviors of men, and what kinds of actions would elicit what responses. As I learned about Napoleon, I came to realize we had more in common than just our names.”

“You’re a good general?” I snort a laugh through the snot.

“No, dork.” He smiles. “He couldn’t relate to his father, and, after being moved to France, he had trouble relating to his classmates as well. Burton is France.”

“I didn’t realize you hated it so much here.”

He shakes his head. “You don’t have to hate something to know it isn’t right.

 

 

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4.5 stars

 

 

Wash Me Away is such a powerful read that made me stop and think because of how real the storyline felt. While I was reading this book I lost myself in Addie’s journey. The author did an amazing job with the development of the characters. Depression and suicide ideation isn’t an easy subject matter to write about but the author did an amazing job on it. I felt the authenticity and struggle these characters had through her words. I loved that the story also provided resources for anyone seeking help. Wash Me Away is told in First person and is told through Addie’s POV. While this books deals with serious issues, it also gives us a remarkable story on how these issues can be overcome and life can become enjoyable again.

 

Addie is living with her Aunt Jane and Uncle Gil after losing her father in a storm. Addie’s life is not at all what her aunt and uncle thought. She has never spoken to anyone about her life with her father Thomas. Just before she is scheduled to start school at Burton Academy, her aunt and uncle want her to speak to a counselor about her feelings. Unbeknownst to Addie, she befriends Leo who also attends the Academy. Julia is not used to having friends but on her first day she becomes friends with not only Leo but Julia and Miyagi. The four become very close and establish an easy and natural friendship. They help Addie focus on her new life rather than her past life. Of course I helps that Leo is around, even though he has a girlfriend.

 

 

Addie’s character is one that I loved. Even though she was damaged by her past we see her grow throughout the story. It is not easy for her to see her friends have loving parents when she lost her mother and a young age, and life with her father was nothing like people thought. At her new home Addie finds letters from her mother and she begins to learn the truth about her family. I loved the eagerness and focus Addie takes when she reads these letters. Just when she starts to get comfortable tragedy strikes the group of friends. Miyagi’s sister, Willow commits suicide. They are all having a hard time dealing with it, but the reasons for her suicide leaves Julia and Addie confused. Addie starts to see that Willow and her have more in common that she thought. Addie learns of a family secret that changes her already shattered existence.

 

 

We do not get Leo’s POV but you can see how special Addie is to him. Even though he has a girlfriend, there was no doubt for me on where his heart and head are really focused. The connection and chemistry between these characters is strong

 

“You know you’re not like most girls.”

“From this angle, it appears I’m like most of the girls I’ve met.”

“I don’t mean like that. God not, you’re beautiful. What I mean is you’re different because you are easy to talk to.”

 

 

Addie will have to find a way to accept the truth which can very well be the last straw to her already fragile mind. The things this poor girl has endured and lived through will break your heart. I loved the way the author wrote this entire story and how well the characters were woven in perfectly. Each of the friends are dealing with issues of their own and I loved how their strange friendships helped them to deal with the realities of their own lives. I loved how they find solace and peace together. Addie and her friend’s journey is one you’ll want to get on and one you will not regret.

 

 

 

 

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Wendy Owens was born in the small college town, Oxford Ohio. After attending Miami University, Wendy went onto a career in the visual arts. After several years of creating and selling her own artwork she gave her first love, writing, a try. Her first novel flowed from her in only two weeks time. That moment was when she knew she had found her calling as an indie eBook author. Wendy now happily spends her days writing the stories her characters guide her to tell, admitting even she doesn’t always know where that might lead. Check out her New Adult Romance and Young Adult Fantasy books.

 

 

 

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Love endures all things.

 

Darby McKenzie’s heart started beating funny the day that she met Trace Chamberlain. She was four, he was five, and that meeting altered the course of both their lives forever.

 

Trace was born into a nightmare. Before meeting Darby and her family, the only love he ever knew was that of his twin brother. The two of them endured years of abuse that left scars. The permanent kind.

 

For Trace, meeting Darby was like catching a rainbow. She exploded into his life in a pop of Technicolor that awakened his senses. She wasn’t just his best friend—she was his life. His touchstone, his safety, his heart—she was everything.

 

Darby had been through it all with Trace and her love for him never wavered for a second. But no amount of love could make Trace believe that he was worthy of her. Knowing that she deserved better, Trace pushed her away, when what he really wanted was to pull her closer. Emotionally destroyed and bitter from the back and forth, Darby finally let go and decided to move on.

 

Sometimes hitting rock bottom is the only way to understand that you need to change. Realizing that losing Darby means losing everything, Trace sets out to fight for the love of his life.

 

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“We can talk every day on the phone or by text and Skype, right?” he asked anxiously.

I knew if I said yes, he’d call every day. Distance would be useless if I didn’t put my foot down.

“Once a week,” I told him. “Pick a day and we’ll talk then. This is our time to redefine our relationship.”

“I don’t want anything to change,” he complained. “I don’t want to see less of you or spend six fucking days a week not hearing your voice. Even thinking about doing it makes me feel sick.”

 

I understood how he felt because I was experiencing all the same anxiety, but I stood my ground.

“This is the way it needs to be for a while,” I answered. “You can like it or lump it, but I’m not backing down. Call me next Friday.”

When I went to leave, I let him hug me because friends hugged. I counted off five seconds and then pulled away. He tried to hold tighter, but I wiggled away. The benefits of being strong meant that he couldn’t keep me where I didn’t want to be.

“We can’t hug?” he asked in a panicked tone.

“We can,” I said calmly. “When I hug Tristan, it’s probably a two or three second process. I gave you five. Friends don’t hug for minutes at a time unless there’s a crisis.”

“This is a crisis! You’re fucking leaving me.”

I knew then that drawing it out any more was only going to make things worse. There were times when cutting something short was the way to go, and that moment was one of them.

“This isn’t a crisis,” I refuted calmly. “This is a reality. I’ll talk to you next week. Take care of yourself.”

I kept my chin up as I walked away, and I ignored him when he called out my name three separate times.

 

 

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You’re playing dirty,” he said huskily.

“Who, me?” I scoffed. “Never. What makes you say that?”

He rubbed his hand along the back of his neck as he stared at me, his eyes taking in every inch of my face.

“I don’t know, Darby. Maybe it’s the fact that you’re naked except for a pair of high heels? I don’t stand a chance.”

“Oh!” I answered with a laugh as I gestured down at my body. “This old thing? This isn’t me playing dirty,” I assured him.

“You don’t think so?”

“No,” I assured him. “But this is.”

I dropped to my knees without warning, and I smiled as I came face to face with the fact that he had a very visible hard-on.

 

“This is crazy,” he groaned as I ran my hand over his erection.

“Something like that,” I agreed.

I worked fast to get his tuxedo pants open, quickly pulling them down along with his boxers so that I could grip him. Gripping his erection, I looked up at him and wiggled my brows suggestively.

“Did you still want to sleep on the couch?”

The pained look that flashed across his face was priceless, and I choked out a laugh as his eyebrows shot up toward his hairline.

“I should go sleep on the couch,” he answered huskily. “But I can’t.”

 

 

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Mia Reeves faith, trust and sense of security were all taken away in the blink of an eye. In need of a fresh start, she settles into a new town and begins to make a new life.

 

Tristan Chamberlain has always kept girls at arm’s length and he has no intention of changing. He’s caring, smart, handsome, but he’s also dealing with a lifetime of guilt that’s slowly but surely destroying him.

 

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When Kennedy Ryan moves to California, she never expects to come face-to-face with Liam Taylor-the intriguing man she hasn’t been able to forget. Somehow Liam managed to get Kennedy to let down her guard for a single night of passion that ended up meaning more than it was ever supposed to. Accustomed to disastrous experiences with men, Kennedy shields herself before he can break down more of the carefully built control she’s clung to for the last four years. But every time she sees Liam, she feels her resolve weakening.

 

Liam Taylor has been asked to befriend his boss’s nieces. But what starts out as a reluctant favor ends up leading Liam to the only girl who ever slipped away before morning-a girl he thought he’d never find again. And now that she’s within reach, Liam’s determined to never let her go.

 

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Kennedy

Cracking an eye open, I immediately shut it against the harsh light coming into the room and bit back a groan from the pounding in my head. Making another attempt—this time with both eyes—I squinted at the unfamiliar hotel room and blinked a few times before letting my eyes open all the way as I took in my surroundings. Well, as much of them as I could without moving.

There was a heavy arm draped uncomfortably over my waist, a forehead pressed to the back of my head, a nose to the back of my neck, and an erection to my butt. What. The. Hell. I was naked; he was naked. Why are we naked, and who is behind me? If I wasn’t seconds from screaming for someone to help me, I might have snorted. The why was obvious, there was a familiar ache between my legs, and my lips felt puffy from kissing and where he’d bitten down on them.

I inhaled softly. He. Him. Oh God.

Flashes from last night took turns assaulting me with the pounding in my head. Impromptu trip to Vegas with the girls after finals ended. Dancing. Club. Drinks. Arctic blue eyes captivating me. More drinks and dancing. Him holding me close, and not close enough. Lips against mine. Stumbling into a room. Hands searching. His tall, hard body pressing mine against the bed—still not close enough.

My eyes immediately went to my left hand, and I exhaled slowly in relief when I didn’t find a ring there. Thank God, the last thing I need is a marriage as result of a drunken night in Vegas. I rolled my eyes. The last thing I needed was a man in my life, period. And if my family didn’t kill me for it, I would have died from embarrassment if I had ended up with a ring on my finger after last night. Because unlike what everyone loves to believe so they can feel better about their dirty deeds while in Sin City, what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.

Trying not to wake him, I slowly slid out from under his arm and off the bed to search for my clothes. Once I was dressed, I told myself to just leave, but I couldn’t help it—I turned to look at him in the light. I needed to be sure I hadn’t made him up.

The images from last night tore through my mind again when I saw the large, tattooed arm resting where my body had just been. The muscles were well defined even relaxed, and the face had a boyish charm now that he was asleep. Such a difference from the predatory stare and knowing smirk I kept seeing in my mind. Before I could stop myself, I gently ran my fingers through his dirty-blond hair that, now in the sunlight, I could see had a red tint to it. And I knew if he opened them, those arctic blue eyes would once again captivate me.

But I couldn’t risk that.

I’d already stayed too long; I’d already made a mistake with him. Drunken one-night stands weren’t my thing. Drunken one-night stands with strangers in Vegas were even worse.

Straightening, I turned and walked quietly from the room.

 

 

 

Chapter 1

May 21 … One year later

 

 

Kennedy

“Why are you trying to doing this to me?” Kira yelled as she stood from where she’d been sitting on the couch.

I looked over at my identical twin to see a look of horror on her face, and waited for the freak-out that I knew was only seconds away. Shifting my attention back to our parents, I mumbled, “Told you it wouldn’t go over well.”

“But—you can’t—Kennedy, why—Zane’s in Florida,” Kira sputtered out, and I rolled my eyes at the same time as my dad.

“Is that supposed to mean something to me?” Dad asked as he crossed his large tattooed arms over his chest.

Not willing to give Kira time to respond to that kind of question, I started talking over Dad before he could finish. “Did you ever think that maybe a little distance might be a good thing for the two of you? And did you not hear Dad? These guys are out of prison, Kira!” I shouted, punctuating the last few words in case she’d missed the memo the first time around.

“Maybe Zane will go with you,” Mom offered with a sympathetic look on her face that I knew was as well practiced as it was a lie. The worry was still there in her eyes, as was the eagerness to get us away from Florida … and it wasn’t exactly a secret that we all wanted Kira to get space from Zane.

They’d been together since we were fifteen, and the more time went on, the more Kira’s world revolved around only him. It was annoying.

“And leave his job?” Kira countered.

“Well, then maybe this will be good for you, like Kennedy said. Get a break from Zane so you can see other options. You girls are only twenty-two, you just graduated from college, and you’re too young to be getting serious anyway, Kira, just ask Kennedy. You’ll regret not enjoying life first.”

“Wow, thanks for that, Mom. What’s that supposed to mean?”

Before she could respond to me, my dad’s head jerked back and he sent Mom a look. “What the hell is that supposed to mean? You were twenty-one when we got engaged.”

“Do I look like I’m not enjoying life suddenly? What did I miss?” I asked Kira as Dad spoke, but she didn’t make any indication that she’d even heard me.

“Seriously, Kash?” Mom shot Dad a look that even I was impressed by. “That was different. We were different. She’s only dated Zane.”

“Can we get back to the more important discussion?” I cut in before Dad could respond, and looked back to Kira. “I’m going to California. You’re going with me. Zane can deal with it.”

“You can’t do this! I’m not going!” Kira shrieked as the tears started.

“You act like I’m giving either of you a choice. Both of you need to start accepting this.”

My eyes widened at my dad’s dark tone, and I shot right back, “You act like you still have a say in our lives. You haven’t for four years. And if you remember, I’m going along with what you want without complaint. So don’t throw me into the same category as Kira when she’s the only one fighting you on this.”

One dark eyebrow rose, and I saw Kira sink back onto the couch from the look he was giving. Too bad I was just like him: hardheaded and stubborn. I might be my sister’s mirror image, but I was nothing like her. I raised one eyebrow back at him, and Mom sighed.

“I don’t know how I put up with you two sometimes,” she groaned, rubbing her hand over her forehead. Looking at Kira, she said, “You’re going to California, no more discussion. This is for your safety, why can’t you see that?”

“I’m not going!” Kira sobbed. “Who cares if some guys Dad put away years ago are out of prison?”

I snorted, but before I could respond, Uncle Mason’s deep voice sounded directly behind us. “These men do.”

I turned quickly to look at him, and tried not to laugh when he gave Dad a questioning look and mouthed, “Zane?” as he gestured to Kira.

“Is there any other reason she would be freaking out like this?” I asked as I stood to go give him a hug.

“Are you both packed?” he asked.

“Packed?” Kira yelled again. “They just told us! I haven’t even called Zane!”

“Oh my God, no one cares.”

“Kennedy,” Mom chastised, but I knew she was thinking the same thing.

As soon as Kira was out of the room, I sighed and headed to my room to pack as much as I could. Kira was already packing and sobbing into her phone when I passed her room, and I somehow managed to hold back an eye roll. Never mind that our parents had just told us that our family was being threatened by members of a gang our dad and uncle Mason had put away over twenty years ago. A gang whose members had kidnapped our mom before we were born and held her for over a month in an attempt to free their main members from prison. Or that a chunk of them were getting out of prison within the next handful of months. Or that Kira and I were the main targets in their threats. Nope … none of that mattered to Kira right now. What mattered was that we were going to be living in California for the time being—close to our mom’s side of the family—and Zane wouldn’t be going with us. No Zane meant devastation in Kira’s world. She couldn’t even get dressed without telling everyone about a memory with Zane in that outfit, or that it was one of his many favorites.

Snatching a hairband off my desk, I pulled my thick, black hair into a messy bun on the top of my head and started packing. I didn’t turn to face Kira when she came into my room ten minutes later, but I knew she was there.

“How could you do this to me?” she asked quietly, her words breaking with emotion. “You’re supposed to be on my side, you’re always supposed to be on my side. And you went behind my back and planned this with Mom and Dad without even warning me?”

I glanced over my shoulder, my eyebrows rising at her assumption. “I didn’t plan shit, Kira. They told me while you were talking to Zane right before they asked you to get off the phone. They just wanted me to know because they thought you would freak out and they needed me to be able to try to talk you into it calmly—rather than hitting us both with the news at the same time. The only difference between you and me is I have no problem with this move because I’m not stupid enough to think that the gang won’t actually make good on their threats if we stay here. Or try to.”

I went back to packing, and there was a couple minutes of silence before she said, “I know why you’re all really doing this. Don’t think for a second that I’m stupid enough not to realize this is about Zane.”

I released a heavy breath and shook my head. “Despite what you think, this has nothing to do with you and your boyfriend. But I do think that this is something we need to do, and I think it will be good for us.”

“I won’t forgive you for this. You of all people should realize how much this is going to kill me.”

My breath caught, but I didn’t reply. I knew I couldn’t without lashing out at her. Without another word, she left my room. The only sounds were her soft cries and her feet on the hardwood as she walked away.

 

“So now that you have us on a private jet—which just makes this all the more weird, by the way—do you mind telling us details about where we’ll be spending the next however long?” I asked Uncle Mason a few hours later.

“Didn’t your mom and dad tell you everything?”

I gave him a look that he immediately laughed at.

“Okay, tell me what you know, and I’ll fill in the blanks.”

“Basically, all I know is that Juarez and a handful of others from his crew are up for probation within a few months of each other starting next week. They’re somehow threatening us—but more specifically, Kira and me—and Mom and Dad think it would be best if we weren’t near Tampa. Since we just graduated and don’t have a reason to stay up in Tallahassee anymore, the only other place to go is California near Mom’s family, and we’ll be there for an undetermined amount of time.”

“I wasn’t told most of that,” Kira muttered from where she was sulking across the aisle.

“You were told that,” I shot back. “All of that. You just couldn’t get past the California-equals-no-Zane part, and flipped while they told you the rest!”

Before we could start on another war, Uncle Mason spoke up. “You’ll be just North of San Diego, near your Uncle Eli. He’s already been looking into places for you to live, and your parents are working something out with them for a car.”

“Lovely. Sounds like everyone is already completely filled in,” Kira sneered.

Uncle Mason didn’t respond for a long time, he just sat there staring at Kira with a somber expression. It was so unlike him. “I don’t want you two to have to do this any more than you do, trust me. Your dad and I know better than anyone what it’s like to pick up and move at a moment’s notice and not be able to have a say in it, so we know what you’re going through.”

Kira mumbled something too low for me to hear, but it was obvious in her expression that she didn’t agree with him.

After a subtle shake of my head, I looked back at Uncle Mason and tapped his leg with my foot to get his attention again. “Okay, so we’ve heard about Juarez’s gang and what happened with Mom being taken. But here’s what I don’t understand and am having a little bit of trouble with. Why after so much time has passed do you think it’s them threatening us? Wouldn’t they be over it by now? I mean, couldn’t it just as easily be someone you’ve arrested recently, and you’re just jumping ahead and thinking its Juarez?”

Uncle Mason was already shaking his head before I even finished asking my questions. “No. It may have been twenty-three years ago, but we haven’t forgotten what happened, and we know for a fact they haven’t and are still holding a grudge because there have been letters delivered to your dad.”

“What did they say?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“What did they say?” I asked louder, and Kira leaned toward us in her seat to hear his response.

“I said it doesn’t—”

“We deserve to know!” I snapped.

After a beat of silence, he admitted, “They’ve said, ‘Can’t wait to meet the rest of your family’, or ‘How are those daughters of yours?’” Uncle Mason sighed heavily and looked out the window for a few seconds.

“That’s it?” I asked when he didn’t continue. “I mean, that’s really creepy but it doesn’t prove much of anything.”

“It does, because at the bottom it had the gang’s symbol. A symbol your dad and I used to have tattooed on us when we were undercover. A symbol they left spray-painted on your parents’ wall after kidnapping your mom.”

“Oh,” I breathed, and Uncle Mason sent me a look.

“Yeah. ‘Oh.’”

 

May 27

Liam

Squeezing Cecily’s waist once, I deepened the kiss for a few seconds before pulling away. A smirk crossed my face when she tried to follow me. “I gotta go.”

“Just a little longer?” she asked huskily as she pulled on my tie, bringing us closer together.

“I can’t. You know I have to get to that meeting.” Grabbing her slender wrist in my hand, I took my tie from her firm grip and sent her a look.

“Of course, the so-called ‘meeting’ that no one else in the office seems to know about.” Her full lips pouted, and I exhaled slowly at the annoying look.

“You know about it.”

Cecily smacked my arm and huffed. “Only because you told me.”

“That’s not my problem. Besides, it might be a bad thing that I’m the only one. Who knows? You may get your wish, I might be getting fired.”

She smiled wryly and wrapped her arms around my neck before pressing her mouth to mine. “Now that definitely sounds like a meeting I want to happen,” she murmured against my lips.

“Power-hungry bitch,” I growled, and kissed her hard once more before backing away.

“Manwhore.”

“Hasn’t stopped you.”

Her gaze raked over me as I backed up toward the door before snapping up to my face. “No, it hasn’t.”

I grinned and nodded in her direction. “Are you going to leave my office?”

She slid off the desk and walked around to sit in my chair. “I don’t know, maybe I’ll sit in here a while to get used to what my new office feels like.”

“I haven’t gotten fired yet.” Not bothering to wait, I walked out of my office and left Cecily in there. I looked behind me to watch the door shut as I fixed my tie, a soft smile tugged at my lips as I thought about the girl in there.

There was no bullshit when it came to Cecily and me. I didn’t like relationships, labels, or being tied down to any one girl; and she liked guys who demanded control. It was the complete opposite of who she was, but I wasn’t going to question it. She wasn’t shy about her need to be at the top of everything—including a company—nor was she shy about her willingness to step on any and everyone to get there.

She wanted my job, I’d known that before we started sleeping together, but she couldn’t have it. And despite our current status and her greed-filled eyes, she wasn’t one to sleep her way to the top—we just happened to be a nice distraction for each other at work.

I looked up just in time to stop myself from running into the man standing in the hallway. He hadn’t been moving; he was just standing there with his arms crossed over his chest, one eyebrow raised as he studied me.

“Excuse me,” I said, and moved to walk around him—he moved with me. My eyebrows slanted down, and I looked up at him. Yeah. Up. I was six-two. To have to look up at someone was saying something. “Can I help you?” I asked when I noticed his mirrored-movement hadn’t been a mistake; he was still staring down at me with a calculating expression.

The man didn’t move, and he didn’t say anything. With a huff, I gave him a once over and smirked. My dad owned a boxing gym, meaning I’d grown up around some of the leanest, deadliest fighters, as well as some of the biggest meatheads. But this fucker was massive. “If you don’t mind, I have somewhere to be. And lay off the steroids, old man.”

When I went to move around him this time, he let me pass; but when I looked over my shoulder, he was turned around and glaring at me with that same expression before he glanced behind him toward my office.

My footsteps faltered and I racked my brain trying to think of any mention of another guy Cecily might be seeing—one who would come looking for her at work—but I came up with nothing. And somehow I knew in the way he was glaring at me again, that he wasn’t looking at me like he was ready to fight. He looked like he was frustrated with what he was seeing in me.

Shaking my head as if to clear it, I looked ahead of me and continued down the halls to my boss’ office. Before I got there, I stopped at his secretary’s desk. “Hey, call security. There’s a guy in here I’ve never seen before, and I don’t think he’s supposed to be here. Height is probably six-five. Weight is around two seventy or two eighty. The guy is solid muscle, tan, Caucasian, black hair.” I watched as she jotted everything down. “Got it?”

“Yeah,” she said as she grabbed the phone, but I didn’t wait to hear the conversation.

Walking toward the office beside her, I knocked on the door as I opened it, and flashed a smile at my boss, Eli Jenkins.

“Hey, Liam, come in and have a seat.”

I sat in one of the two chairs on the other side of his desk, and waited for whatever he had to say as he sat directly next to me. Despite what I’d told Cecily, I wasn’t worried about losing my job. I knew Eli liked me and my work, and I was on the same path he’d taken in this industry. But that didn’t mean he didn’t know about Cecily and me, and our interoffice relationship wasn’t exactly allowed.

Before he could say anything else, his eyes snapped up when the door to his office quickly opened.

“Two hundred and seventy, to two hundred and eighty pounds? Hardly.”

I turned quickly at the deep voice, and my eyes widened at the roided-out guy from the hall.

“Two hundred eighty five, actually. I’m proud of those extra five pounds.”

“Who the fuck are you?” I asked, standing up from the chair. Turning to look at Eli, I pointed at the guy. “I had security called on him.”

“He called me, ‘old man’, can you believe that?” The guy snorted. “At least you were right about the height. Good one, kid.” He walked around to sit in Eli’s desk chair, and I looked back and forth between him and where Eli was sitting next to me.

Eli rolled his eyes. “Liam Taylor, it’s not exactly a pleasure to introduce you, but this is Mason Gates. He’s a close friend of my sister and her husband.”

“You still don’t like me?” Mason asked Eli. “It was twenty-three years ago.”

Eli shot him a hard look. “She’s my sister. No, I still don’t like you.” Glancing over to me, Eli explained, “He also dated my other sister.”

Mason snorted a laugh at the word “dated”, but didn’t say anything else to piss off Eli. Nodding in my direction, he said, “He’s good. Probably dumb as shit, but he’s funny, and he was pretty spot-on about me. Minus the steroids.”

“I’m lost,” I whispered to the room, and then looked at Mason. “What was your deal in the hall?”

“I already knew I wasn’t going to like you. Any other questions?”

“Mason,” Eli barked, then looked at me. “Act like he’s not here. For whatever reason, he felt the need to be here when I talked with you.”

“Okay…” I said, drawing out the word. “Talk to me about what?”

“Mason just brought my nieces to California from Florida so they could get away from a situation going on back home, and they’re not exactly happy about being here. They know they need to be here, and that’s all that’s keeping them from going back to Florida, but they need something to do to keep them busy. A job, friends … anything. And I was hoping that you would be able to help with that.”

I waited to see if he would add anything, and when he didn’t, I shrugged. “I—sure. I mean, I don’t know how much I can do for them to find friends, but if they’re old enough for the gym, I know my dad is looking for a few people.”

Mason cleared his throat, and Eli gave him an annoyed look before saying, “We also need to make sure that one of them, Kira, doesn’t try to run back home. She has a boyfriend and is taking the separation harder than her sister. My sister and brother-in-law trust my judgment to find someone who can do that. I trust you as much as I trust my own son, and I think you and your connections will be exactly what they need to settle in here.”

I laughed hesitantly and looked at both of them for a few seconds. “Are you serious? I’m not a babysitter, Eli; we work in advertising. Besides that, I’m twenty-four, what do you expect me to do with these girls that will make it seem okay for me to even act like their friend?”

“I knew I didn’t like him,” Mason blurted out and stood. “Meeting over.”

“Sit down,” Eli ordered, but didn’t look to make sure he did. “Liam, my nieces just turned twenty-two, they’re close to your age. And no one is asking you to babysit them.”

“You want me to make sure one of them doesn’t run back to her boyfriend! That sounds like babysitting,” I argued.

“Still don’t like him,” Mason chimed in, but Eli and I didn’t bother responding to him.

“I don’t need you to watch her every move, I was just hoping that you could maybe include them in whatever you and your friends are doing one or two times over the weekends. See if the girls get along with you or your friends, try to get them to have a good time so they won’t focus on how much they don’t want to be here. You don’t have to give up your life for them, Liam. And if you aren’t willing to do that, and if your dad does have space at the gym for them, that would be more than enough. I won’t ask you for anything else.” When I just sat there staring at him, Eli leaned closer. “Please. I’d have my son do this, but you know he’s backpacking through Europe this summer with his friends.”

If it had been something as simple as inviting his nieces to a party, I would do it in a heartbeat. But with Mason there—whatever his real reasons—and with the part that still sounded like I’d be babysitting them, I knew there was something else behind this than the girls just needing to be introduced to a few people. The fact that there was a “situation” back in Florida, and that they didn’t want to be here, only confirmed that thought. But Eli was my mentor. I’d interned for him in college, and he’d hired me on after the internship had ended. He’d continued helping me throughout the last couple years of college, always pushing me to work harder and be better, and then did the same so I would work my way up in his company after I’d graduated. He’d done more than I could’ve ever asked for, and this was the first thing he’d asked of me. No matter how odd it seemed, I knew I couldn’t tell him no.

“Okay,” I finally agreed. “I’ll call my dad. I know for a fact that he needs new people for the drink station in the gym. I’ll see if he can interview them and let you know when.”

“Perfect,” Eli said on a relieved sigh. “They’ve already been here a week, I know they need to get out of their condo.”

I nodded and reluctantly said, “And I’ll make sure whichever one you mentioned won’t go running back to her boyfriend. I’m sure a bunch of us will end up at the beach this weekend, at least. I’ll let you know when I do.”

“Still don’t like him,” Mason said again. “I vote we find someone else.”

I rolled my eyes and looked over at him. “Why did you even need to be here?”

“A question I’ve already asked a few times,” Eli mumbled.

Mason’s teasing tone and expression quickly left, leaving him looking at me the exact way he had been in the hallway. “I’m here because someone needs to tell you that you aren’t to touch either of them. Rachel and Kash may trust Eli’s choice in you being the one to help them out, that doesn’t mean I do. No one chose you so you would have another girl to fuck.”

“Mason,” Eli snapped, but Mason’s gaze never left me.

One eyebrow rose, and a short laugh burst from my chest. “Excuse me?”

“You didn’t try to hide the girl who was in your office earlier, and that already makes me not like you as much as I could. You see an opportunity in a girl, and you take it. Trust me, I get it. I was the same way when I was your age, which is why Eli still hates me. But those girls mean the world to Eli, to me, and to their parents. This is me warning you now, if you touch one of those girls, you will have all three of us on you. And their dad is the last person you want to piss off. Your job is to be their friend. Nothing more.”

“Noted,” I huffed as I stood to leave the office. “Anything else, Eli?”

He shook his head at Mason, and sighed when he looked back at me. “Just remind Cecily that I don’t want her in your office.”

The corner of my mouth tilted up and I nodded as I turned to leave. “I’ll call my dad and let you know what he says.”

“I appreciate it, Liam. Really,” he called out as I reached the door.

Mason snorted. “Still don’t like him.”

The feeling was mutual.

 

 

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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

 

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Center Ice (Corrigan Falls Raiders)

by Cate Cameron

Release Date: 05/19/15

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The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

 

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4.5 stars

 

 

 

Center Ice is a really great and very sweet YA romance that I really enjoyed. I will say I am usually not a huge YA fan and like to have a little heat in my romances I read but when I saw hockey , I was a sucker and had to check it out. I am so glad I did, it was such a great story that I didn’t even miss that there was no sex in this one. And I will say being Canadian and familiar with the Major Jr Hockey leagues here I really enjoyed the fact that this story took place in Ontario with Tyler playing in the OHL.

 

Karen has found herself now living with her father and his family after her mother has tragically died.   But leaving her home in the big city to be now living with her step mother, half siblings and a father she doesn’t know, adjusting to this new life is not easy. Tyler MacDonald is the captain of the Corrigan Falls Raiders hockey team and is hopeful to make the NHL in this year’s draft. The amount of stress he is under, no thanks to his father and agent, is getting harder and harder to deal with but upon meeting Karen, he seems to once again enjoy life and is actually happy. Tyler is known as a man-whore but is tired of all that now and finds himself wanting more with Karen, but Karen is not sure she is wanting to make the same mistake her step-mother made with her father.

 

Karen and Tyler have a chance meeting when running and Karen is attacked by a squirrel and Tyler has come to her rescue. The slowly get to know each other, slowly opening up about their life and their families. I really enjoyed how these two met and how their relationship slowly grew into more. It was such a great and really different YA story that was such a fresh change for the same old clichés you tend to find in most YA’s.   I really enjoyed seeing how both these characters were living very different lives but both dealing with families that were causing much stress to them and finding each other helped them to find place where they could forget it all, feel like they were living a happy normal life, even if it was just for a little while.

 

I really loved Karen, she was such a great strong female lead. All she ever had was her mom and her. Her dad had cheated on his wife but he had his own family. Her mother has tragically died in a car crash and she is now forced to live with a family she doesn’t know, she is the outsider, her whole life has changed with going from big city life to very small town life. She had her moments of weakness but I must say, most faced with what she was living would have not survived it like she did.

 

Tyler was such a totally swoon-worthy hot hockey hunk that I absolutely loved. I was so glad this book was done in dual POV as I really enjoyed getting in his head and hearing all his thoughts and struggles. He was till a young kid, about to turn 18, living with a billet family with a ton of pressure put upon him to perform. He never really had a childhood and thrown into stardom at a young age, how could he not make some bad decisions and let it all go to his head. It was really great getting to see how life was really for him. I am a true lover of hockey and getting to see it from his angel of things really made me see it in a totally different perspective.

 

This was my first book by Cate Cameron and I must say it was very well written. I loved the storyline and I love how the author played it out. Their relationship wasn’t over a long period of time but the way things played out I really enjoyed it.   I felt their connection but it also didn’t feel insta-love. There was this instant connection between them but I love how neither gave into it right away. I did feel the last bit of the book felt a little bit rushed compared to the flow of the rest of the book. I also would have liked to have seen more in the epilogue and a little further down the road to see what end verdict was for Tyler but after seeing that we will be getting Winslow’s book soon, I am hoping that is the reason why we didn’t get it and that we will see more of Tyler and Karen in Playing Defense.

 

 

 

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Cate Cameron grew up in the city but moved to the country in her mid-twenties and isn’t looking back. Most of her writing deals with people living and loving in small towns or right out in the sticks – when there aren’t entertainment options on every corner, other people get a lot more interesting!
She likes to write stories about real people struggling with real issues. YA, NA, or contemporary romance, her books are connected by their emphasis on subtle humor and characters who are trying to do the right thing, even when it would be a lot easier to do something wrong.

 

 

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Revelry by Carmen Jenner Review Blitz & Giveaway

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Title: Revelry

Series: Taint #1

Author: Carmen Jenner

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: May 25, 2015

 

 

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Cooper Ryan is living the dream. Between the parties with rock royalty, booze, groupies and performing to crowds of thousands with his band Taint, life seems pretty sweet. There’s just one thing missing: the feisty little red-head that took his baby and ran off with his heart. Throwing himself into music is the only thing keeping him sane. Until a run-in with a nonplussed, package-wielding PA throws everything off balance. Ali Jones is having a craptastic life. Her grandmother died, leaving her homeless, penniless, and alone, and her boyfriend left her for a tramp who takes her clothes off for money. That’s why when she lands her dream job at a record company it seems like it’s too good to be true. Because it is.

Slapped with an ultimatum, Ali must decide if facing the horror of the unemployment line is a fate worse than going on the road with four rowdy rockers hell-bent on making her life misery.

He’s adored by millions.

She’s not even loved by her cat. Can they ignore their hatred long enough to survive the tour from hell? Or will their chemistry force everything to come crashing down around them?

 

 

 

 

 

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5 stars

 

 

OMG, Carmen Jenner has just blown my mind!

I have read and loved her Sugar Town Series but Revelry is by far the best to date. Ms. Jenner has done an amazing job writing this love story. The author does not leave anything out and does not sugarcoat how rock stars live their lives – drugs, sex, alcohol, groupies and life on the road. Revelry bought out so many emotions and feelings from me while reading; humility, passion, humor, depression, insecurity, determination and love. The author gives us characters and side characters that you cannot help but to connect with and love. The story is told in alternate POV’s and each of their thoughts and lives really captivated me. What I love about this author and particularly in this story is that it’s not conventionally done. She has her own sense of writing and is not afraid to write certain themes, scenes and theories that some might stay away from.

 

 

We met Cooper in the first 2 books of the Sugar Series. He was dating Holly and was part of an up and coming rock band. OK to be honest, I did not like Cooper in the Sugar Series. What he did to Holly broke me but reading how much Holly leaving him with his daughter Piper affected hi made me slowly fall in love with this character. Cooper is gorgeous, lead singer of Taint, has money and fame and can have any choice of woman every night. All but the red haired vixen that haunts his dreams. Cooper is broken hearted, damaged and can’t let go of his loss. He is determined to never feel that helpless again. All of that goes out the window when a sexy redhead stumbles into a meeting. Cooper is not sure why he makes this move but he decides he wants her to be the band’s PA, even if she reminds him of another certain redhead.

 

 

Ali has not had the best time lately. She walks into her flat to find her boyfriend having sex in their bed with another woman. Her grandmother has died and she was forced out of their house. She now lives in her car with a cat that hates her but because that is the only thing left of her grandmothers she is determined to keep it. Her dream is to become a manger for rock bands and as much as the members of Taint and the lead singer, Cooper are gorgeous, the last thing she wants is to work for them and to be at their beck in call.

 

One thing we can count on from this author is that you’ll get a heroine that is funny, feisty and sassy. The banter in this book alone between the main characters is hysterical. I couldn’t stop laughing. The chemistry and connection between Cooper and Ali was strong and burned the pages, but Cooper could not get it together fast enough. Here is where the author throws in a bit of a kink. We get another possible love interest thrown into the mix.

 

 

The author does an amazing job in blending in these three characters that had me feeling all kinds of excited. Both Levi and Cooper cared and wanted Ali. She made them want to be better men. It was so hard for me to really pick a side on who would be right for Ali because for me they both were.

 

 

Cooper at times would not reveal his true feelings for Ali and let me tell you, with his inner dialogue and thoughts it was clear. Cooper, Ali and Levi’s triangle added a wonderful and hot touch to this story line. OK I AM GOING TO SAY it, the author gives readers some really hot and dirty m/f/m scenes – yep Ménage a trios PEOPLE – HOLY MOLY!

 

There is heart break, misunderstandings and of course being in the public eye, leaked photos and videos that will tear the couple apart. Levi and Cooper both want Ali and never have a problem sharing her until true love, jealously and possessiveness emerge. As far as Ali goes, there is one man that occupies her heart and mind throughout these steamy encounters. One man she always looks to for approval and acceptance but will he be the one to finally speak up? Can Cooper let go and fully let Ali in before it is too late? Who will make the ultimate sacrifice and walk away? When Ali’s life is destroyed by outside pressure and secrets which man will pick up the pieces? Pick up this book fall in love with Cooper, Ali, Levi and the members of Taint. I can’t wait to see who the next book will be about.

 

 

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My vision is partly obstructed by Ali, but the sight of her head bobbing as she takes him in her mouth is all I need to know what’s going on. Levi meets my gaze across the limo. There’s gloating there—that much is obvious—but there’s also understanding. When you spend as much time together as we do, you come to know your bandmates pretty well. For all his talk, he’s not as big of a douche as he claims to be. He may not ever sleep with the same woman more than once—with the exception of Ali, I guess—but I know he’s not immune to the loneliness our lifestyle creates. It’s strange how you can be adored by millions and yet completely alone all at the same time.

He slides his hand into her hair and closes his eyes, throwing his head back against the seat.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck,” he whispers, and then he gathers her hair to the side and shifts her body so that my view is completely unobstructed. I watch as she works her hands up his shaft in time with her mouth. He doesn’t attempt to fuck the back of her throat and make her choke on it, the way we both had that first night we fucked her. Instead, his touch is gentle. Reverent.

It makes me crazy, and hot as fucking hell. I shift uncomfortably, adjusting my cock within my jeans. I don’t make a move towards them, though I want to. I want to bury myself inside her and mark her as mine, but at this point the lines are so fucking blurred it doesn’t matter whom she belongs to. Him. Me. The both of us, or neither one.

I lean forward, taking a glass from the shelf and a crystal decanter filled with amber liquor, and I pour myself a drink, and then I slide back into the leather to watch.

“Play with yourself, Red,” he whispers.

“No.”

“Do it,” I say, and she turns around to glare at me. I can’t tell if she’s disappointed I’m not joining in, or if she forgot I was even here.

“I don’t want—”

“Why are you suddenly so embarrassed?” I say sharply, swigging back more of the scotch than I should.

“I’m not embarrassed. I’d actually rather that you joined in.”

“I’m watching,” I say, eyeing her coolly over my glass. She scowls at me a moment and then she kneels up, steadying herself with one hand on Levi’s thigh. She wriggles her skirt up over her hips and bends over. Everything is on display as she takes him in her mouth again. I close my eyes, not wanting to watch her on her knees in front of him, her head bent low, her full fuck-me lips wrapped around Levi’s cock. I feel as if I’m on a ride that’s spinning out of control and I can’t find a way off. I can’t make it stop. And I so badly want it to stop.

 

 

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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child. A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

 

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