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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy **Beth’s Review**

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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Caution: May cause accidental aspiration of tea or coffee. Do not read in a public place where loud laughter is inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppy cuddling and a snarky pair of underwear.

 

 

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Beth's Review

 

4.5 stars

 

I am a lover of both Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s hockey hunks so I am always up for checking out hockey hunks that are a collaboration of these two amazing authors.  I read and thoroughly enjoyed Wes and Jamie’s story in “Him” and must say I am wishing I had followed it up with the conclusion, Us as I loved getting to see more of them in this one.  Good Boy can definitely be read as a stand-alone but I must admit, I enjoyed this one more having read Him but I think I would have loved this one even more had I read Us, and I will definitely be going back to check that one out.

 

Jess, Jamie’s sister is the planner of Wes and Jamie’s wedding with her new Party planning business but one thing planning this wedding has taught her is this is something she doesn’t want to continue to do ever again.  Jess has always been the Canning sibling that never seem to have her stuff figured out and now being in her middle 20’s she is once again changing her career again and heading back to school to accomplish it.  Through her brother’s partner Wes, Jess has met Blake Riley, a teammate of Wes.  Blake is a big hot and sexy hockey player but along with his larger than life size, he has the same type of personality.  Jess has already fallen to his charms and now that he will be around her life more she is determined to not fall under his spell again.

 

This was a fabulous read that was fun and flirty along with also being very hot and sexy at times.   But I loved that this was also very sweet and romantic with filled with a ton of angst.   I really loved the build-up and banter between Jess and Blake and loved how their storyline played out.  I must add that there were so many times in this story I was almost sure the story would go a certain direction adding that predictable drama and angst but even though the story kind of hinted it could go that way, it never did.  I loved that the authors didn’t add unnecessary drama to their storyline when they so could have easily done so.  But at the same time they still kept this story engaging and moving at a great pace.  I was actually shocked to find myself  pleasantly surprised at almost 90% with no major drama yet a very interesting engaging and enjoyable story.

 

Blake I must say in the beginning really got on my nerves with his very large personality and his strange “Blake original” vocabulary.  But I must say he started to grow on me the more we got to really see the real Blake by getting to know more of the story from his POV,  and the more I fell in love with this big goofball.   I really enjoyed Jess’ character, she was a girl just trying to find her way and live the dream and struggling to do so and lacked confidence but I really enjoyed her character.  She wasn’t ditzy or whining which tends to happen a lot, she was real and down to earth and I find myself really connecting to her.  And I must say I really loved these two together, they were a great mix.  I loved when were at odds, him trying to convince her to hook up again and she wanting no part, Kind of.  But I also loved when these two finally came together and realized their feelings for each other.  And when things heated up between these two it was hot and sexy and never overdone.

 

Overall this was a fabulous read I absolutely loved.  Was a great sports romance with some great sports action and a story filled with lots of sweet and romantic, fun and flirty and off the chart hot moments.  I loved that we got more of Jamie and Wes but really love the new cast of characters we got to get to know . I am so excited about this this spinoff series and very excited to know Erikson’s books is up next!

 

 

About The Authors

 

Sarina Bowen

7737308Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college.

Waiting for more Ivy Years? You can read more about upcoming volumes in the four book series at http://www.sarinabowen.com/theivyyears

Also, the Gravity series.

Sarina enjoys skiing, espresso drinks and the occasional margarita. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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Elle Kennedy

1935000A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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Reunited by Felice Stevens Release Blitz & Giveaway

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Title: Reunited
Series: Rescued Hearts #2
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017

 

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Ryder Daniels and Jason Mallory seem to have it all but even the most loving marriage takes work. Ryder’s past leads him to remain silent yet resentful in the face of conflict while Jason strives to prove he can take care of his family without Ryder’s wealth, even if it costs him precious time with his husband and daughter.When a devastating illness leaves them shaken and helpless, Ryder is forced to face the one person he never thought to see again with a life or death request that even he isn’t sure will be granted, but his decisions have far-reaching consequences. Believing he and Ryder have no secrets, Jason is distraught to discover otherwise, revealing yet another crack in their once-perfect relationship.

Adrift and uncertain, both struggle to hold onto a love previously thought unshakable. A forbidden past is exposed, shocking Ryder to the core, but it means little without Jason by his side. Marriage is a true partnership and both men must learn that only by working through their pain and heartbreak together can they achieve a lifetime of love.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Daddy!”Four-year-old Gemma’s plaintive cry split the night. Ryder squinted at the glowing numbers on the digital clock next to his bed. Three a.m. Shit. Nothing good ever happened at this hour of the night, or morning, if he wanted to get technical. Maybe it was a bad dream, even though Gemma rarely woke up at night anymore.

He settled down beneath the warmth of the comforter, preparing to fall back asleep. Jason moved closer to him, and Ryder slid his foot down Jason’s calf, relishing the scrape of his hairy leg. As long as he was up, it shouldn’t be a total loss. Ryder kissed Jason’s naked shoulder and licked up his strong neck, the steady pulse of life quickening beneath his lips. Jason’s sighs spurred him on, and Ryder smiled to himself, unsure whether his husband was fully awake, but that didn’t stop him from palming Jason’s ass and giving it a hard squeeze.

“Daddy, please. Come.”

Damn. No use. Fully awake now, Ryder slid out of bed, immediately missing Jason’s solid heat. Longingly he gazed back down at him splayed out in the center of the bed and shook his head with dismay. The man worked too damn hard. Jason had collapsed after they put Gemma to sleep the night before, barely able to stifle his yawns long enough to eat dinner. Mallory Brothers Construction had taken off in the past few years, and though Jason and Liam had hired several other architects and construction engineers to help alleviate the load of work they took on, Jason still tried to be as hands-on as possible. He and Ryder had numerous discussions about his long hours and how they kept him from being home with Gemma, but Jason insisted his presence was necessary, and Ryder backed off, unwilling to argue about it.

The past few weeks, Ryder tried to push dinner later and later, but Gemma had fallen asleep at the dinner table too many times for that to remain feasible. He loved the quiet times at night when they’d sit together and he’d read her a bedtime story, but Ryder missed having Jason beside him, sharing those special moments. The last thing Ryder wanted was for Jason to work so hard he missed Gemma’s childhood; his own father had missed his and Landon’s childhoods by burying himself in his work. Ryder wouldn’t allow Jason to do that, but he had to find a way to tell Jason without him getting upset.

“What’s wrong?” Jason mumbled, his face buried in the pillow. “I had a dream someone was copping a feel.” He turned his cheek on the pillow and mustered a tired smile. “Thought I was gonna get lucky.”

“You were about to, but Gemma woke up before I could make your dreams come true. Go back to sleep, babe.” Ryder leaned down to kiss Jason’s stubble-rough cheek. “She probably had a bad dream.”

“Mmm. Well, hurry back. I was dreaming of the beach, and you were my hot cabana boy.” He wiggled his ass. “I’m ready for my massage.”

 

Ryder snorted and rolled his eyes. “You’re insane.” But he couldn’t help kissing Jason’s smooth shoulder again. “Be right back,” he whispered against Jason’s skin, but all he received was an answering sleepy sigh.

 

 

 

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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, my characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

 

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Title: HARD RHYTHM

Author: Cecilia Tan

Series: Secrets Of A Rock Star, #3

On Sale: January 31, 2017

Publisher: Forever

Trade Paperback: $12.99 USD

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Are they ready to go all the way?

 

Maddie Rofel has seen it all. Even the kinkiest games she witnesses working as a hostess in L.A.’s most exclusive private sex club fail to shock her, much less turn her on. Until the night she has a very personal encounter with drummer Chino Garcia, and the two discover an intimate connection neither can deny. Suddenly the jaded hostess is softening under Chino’s touch, and submitting in ways she never expected . . .

 

All his life, Chino has been running from something. Normally he beats back his demons by losing himself in his music. Now he’s losing himself in Maddie. And, while it drives Chino wild when Maddie bares her body to him, what he really wants is for Maddie to bare her soul. For that, Chino will have to push Maddie past her furthest limits-and share his own dark secrets.

 

 

 

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TAKING THE LEAD, #1

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Cecilia Tan writes about her many passions, from erotic fantasy to baseball. Not only is she an author, but she has also edited more than fifty erotic anthologies and founded her own publishing house, Circlet Press. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and her nonfiction on baseball has been in Baseball Ink, Gotham Baseball magazine, Yankees magazine, Yankees Annual, and elsewhere. Cecilia currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

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Cover Reveal: Mayhem by Alexis Noelle

 

 

 

Title: Mayhem
Series: Deathstalkers MC #4
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017 

 

 


 

I had to step up, take over,

 

Save her from herself,
From him.
He doesn’t deserve her.
But I sure as Hell don’t either
She’s too sweet, too soft, too kind.
A broken shell of the woman she once was.
But now, there’s more on the line,
She’s in too deep.
And I’ll be damned if I ever give up
On putting her back together,
Piece-by-piece,
Owning every ounce of the woman,
Who stole my heart.

 

 

 

 




Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, and three kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.

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Review Blitz: The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

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room-mate_amazonThe last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

 

 

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3.5 stars

 

If you are looking for a quick read that’s fun and flirty then The Room Mate is definitely one you should check out.  Add in the fact that this is also a “friends to lovers” story with the romance being a forbidden one and I knew this was one I had to check out.

 

Paige has never really had luck with relationships and it’s been a while since her last disastrous one.   She lives a simple life living on her own and likes it that way.  But that all changes when her best friend asks her a favor, let her brother stay with her for the next two months until he finishes his residency.  Cannon Roth shows up on Paige’s doorstep and is not the same nerdy younger brother she remembers.  He’s now a doctor and is totally of the charts sexy.  Cannon has his own problems with relationships, woman fall madly in love with him immediately and the last few have gone a little psycho.  Cannon and Paige’s attraction is immediate and totally off the charts and they struggle to fight the attraction.  That is until Paige learns about Cannon’s curse when it comes to women and she decides she’s going to prove that it’s simply not real while having some fun.

 

I really enjoyed both Paige and Cannon’s characters.  I liked the dynamic the author built up between these and loved their banter.  I did find the author jumped a bit too quick into things between these two but was glad that after the initial quick pace, things slowed a bit with them and the storyline to a nice pace.  I must add that Cannon was totally swoon worthy and I would definitely love to volunteer to test his theory but already know I would lose, one night with him and I would be a total goner.

 

I enjoyed the premise of the story and how the storyline played out but the one down side that tended to continually take me out of the story, was the minor inconsistencies with the storyline timing.  I know they may be minor details,  but for me, when the inconsistencies happen, it makes me stop and think back to what was just said to timing and what was originally said and realizing timing is contradicting itself.  It also makes me go back an re-read just to make sure I am not wrong and it pulls me out of the story and in the end, sadly it make my reading experience less enjoyable.  Had these inconsistencies not been there, my rating would have definitely been higher.  Some may look past these, some may not notice these at all, but for me when I am reading, accurate timelines in a story make or break a book for me.

 

Overall it was an enjoyable story with some really great characters.  I do love this authors writing and the characters she creates and must say I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

 

 

 

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I’m safe in the ivory tower Gabriel Miller made for me. That’s what he says. Enemies lurk outside, waiting to strike. An army of enemies held back by these walls.

Except some animal instinct warns me the danger is much closer. It’s already here. Is Gabriel Miller my protector or my enemy? Is this house a castle or a cage?

There’s nowhere for me to go, no one left for me to trust.

No escape from a past determined to capture its prize.

Praise for the Endgame series:

“Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!” – Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

“Edgy, provocative and deeply erotic, The Pawn is one of my top reads of the year! Skye Warren brings you a sensual battle of wills guaranteed to leave you gasping by the end.” – Elle Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author

“Positively sinful, and outrageously sexy! Emotions run high and readers will be left gasping.” – Lisa Renee Jones, New York Times bestselling author

 

 

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

 

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Thanos (Masters Among Monsters #3) by Ella Frank Release Blitz & Review

 

 
Thanos by Ella Frank
Series:
Masters Among Monsters #3
Publication Date: January 26th,
2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
 
 
 

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CHARMED FOR LIFE?
Thanos Agapiou has always been a charmer. For over two millennia, the
vampire had no problem acquiring whom and what he wanted with a flash of his
handsome smile. He took for granted the boyish good looks he presumed he’d
possess for the rest of eternity.
How very wrong he was.
A nearly fatal attack distorted his entire existence. With his
appearance now matching the title many have bestowed their kind—monster—he
hides away from the world and all of those who know him, including his Ancient,
Eton.
Until one night when a stranger draws him out from the shadows.
OR CURSED FOR ETERNITY?
Ever since Paris Antoniou was thrust into a world of vampires, his
reality has become stranger than the history and the myths he’s studied for the
past decade.
When he learns the truth about his origins and the power he wields, his
confusion and fear have him running for his life. What he doesn’t expect is to
run into the arms of Thanos—a vampire who doesn’t intimidate him as much as he
intrigues him.
WHAT HAS THE POWER TO MAKE YOU WANT TO SURVIVE?
As their worlds collide under extraordinary circumstances, an attraction
neither can deny takes hold. But will that be enough to save Thanos from his
demons, or will he condemn Paris to his fate?
Destinies have been changed. Lines have been crossed. And, with tales of
the vampire race coming to an end, who will make the ultimate sacrifice?
After all, in a world run by vampires and gods, only one can be the true
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4 stars

This final installment in the Masters Among Monsters series is not to be read as a standalone. These books must be read in order. If you have not started this series and are a fan of paranormal than this is one series that needs to be read.  I am not a big fan of paranormal but because it’s Ella Frank and I love anything she writes, I had to read this series. Her words and her characters just have this allure to them that are completely mesmerizing.  This series is addicting, these characters are phenomenal and the storyline is just nothing like I’ve ever read before.  

 

 

This final book in the series continued on right from where the last one had left off. However this time we get a lot more up close and personal with Thanos, Paris and Eton.  As like the other two books it doesn’t just focus on just two characters. Every single character has a POV.  Even though this third installment is Thanos’s story he is just one part of the whole picture that is painted for us and I have to admit I really wish we had seen a lot more of this trio.  I love all the other characters that are part of this intricate maze of beings, but I really wanted more page time with Thanos, Eton and Paris.  Don’t get me wrong, I really love how we get to go back in time and see the how’s and why’s. Loved seeing how Thanos ended up as Eton’s first sired and learning the kind of dynamics they had going on and where Paris fit into all of that. Their story is not pretty, it’s intense and heartbreaking. Eton and Thanos have a very complexed history together and with the darkness that keeps pulling Eton into very scary places, I really wanted more.

 

 I really loved that Ella created all of these characters with a lot of feeling even when some of them didn’t believe they could feel. Seeing how vulnerable some of these characters were and how affected they all were with each other added to this story and helped paint a larger picture for what was going on. Jealousy, love, anger, happiness, sadness, lust, envy, determination, protectiveness and salvation were just a few of the things that really came to the forefront in this book.

 

I really don’t want to go into any details because that would just ruin the whole experience of the story.  Just know that Thanos, Eton, Paris and all the other characters don’t disappoint. This series truly was exceptionally written.  I do have to admit that ending really had me confused. I had to flip back and forth to see if I had missed something because I was sitting there in the midst of such a high point, a moment that had been building up throughout the entire series and then I was honestly a little annoyed because I couldn’t believe after everything it would end that way. I needed more. I needed to know what the heck just happened.  Ella Frank really is the master among monsters and regardless of that ending, I loved meeting each and every one of these characters.

 

 

 

 

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Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Temptation series,
including Try, Take, and Trust. Her Exquisite series has been praised as
“scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic
fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR.  You can reach her on the web at
www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.authorSome of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart,
J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
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Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn Blog Tour & Review

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E-Original published by Swerve
Publication Date: January 24, 2017
ISBN: 9781250126368
Price: $3.99

 

 

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Savannah’s brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure.
But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

 

 

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She lifted her head to look up at him, horrified by his story. “The first day we met, Michael, you told me you were a horrible person. I’m confused. The person you’re describing is not that, not at all. The person who arranged this trip so Rowan and I can feel better is not that.”

Even in the darkness, she could see the cold void in his eyes, as if he were looking at something terrible that only he could see. “Bad shit follows me, Savannah. It just does. I don’t know if I’m working off some kind of karma or what. It never ends.”

“That can’t be true,” she protested. “I accept that Tommy was an accident. My family probably never will, but that’s how they are. It’s no reflection on you because the way they feel is based on a lie.”

“Tommy isn’t the only one.”

Those words affected her like ghostly fingertips up her spine. “Who?” she asked softly.

“When I was a kid, my mother had a new man every month, and none of them except for one or two were worth a shit. The ones who were decent didn’t last long, because they couldn’t deal with her issues. But it seemed the worse they were, the longer they were around. Some of them were straight-up predators. I was a kid and I saw these things; she was an adult and she didn’t, or else she didn’t care.”

Savannah didn’t need to hear any more. She didn’t think she could. “Anything you did in defense of your family was completely understandable.”

“Is it?” he asked, searching her eyes. “Why does it still follow me?”

“Maybe because you let it?”

“Believe me, if I could shake it, I would.”

“I know. Easier said than done. Probably the worst thing I’ve ever done is shoplift a box of condoms; I’m not one to give advice.”

He blinked at her and then, amazingly, burst out laughing. The shock of it stunned her, but after a moment of embarrassed silence—had she really just told him that?—she couldn’t help but join in. My, but he was gorgeous when he laughed. “Well! I didn’t want the lady at the checkout counter to know I was going to have sex. Turns out I didn’t anyway. What a jackass that guy turned out to be.” Actually, the damn things expired before she could ever use even one of them, but he didn’t have to know that. “To think I risked a misdemeanor over him.”

“I needed that,” Mike said once he’d caught his breath. “But don’t hold it against me that I’m glad you sent the jackass packing.”

“Oh, I’m glad too. I should have made him get the damn condoms.”

Easily, naturally, Mike’s hands found hers again, both of them. This time his fingers laced through hers, sending a nice shivery sensation through her. The slightly uncomfortable girth of his fingers between hers had her thoughts running wild with imagining the girth of other areas of his body. “You’re something else,” he said.

“But you don’t know what, right?” she teased.

“No,” he admitted, shaking his head a little dazedly. “I don’t know what. Yet.”

“Same here.” Oh God, was he leaning closer? She felt dizzy looking up at him with the stars all around his head, like they revolved around him. A small wave washed up around her feet, cool and fleeting. Simple as that wave that touched her, his lips touched hers, then drew back. Simple, but enormous. Savannah shivered, drinking in his breath, off balance and whirling though she stood perfectly still, held to earth by nothing but his hands holding hers.

More. Please. She tried to tell him without saying a word, looking into his eyes, seeing the raw need there. And he came back to her, his mouth opening against hers now to invite a deeper contact. The wind whipped wildly around them and she let him in, let his tongue tease inside her mouth and coax hers out to play. His thumbs drew lazy circles on her palms, drawing desire from a wellspring inside her that had been dry for so long now—

“Mike!” a shout came, borne on the wind. It jolted them apart, Savannah blushing and trying to tame her hair into something that looked like it was attached to her head, Mike straightening his shirt.

 

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4 stars

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything from this author and oh how I’ve missed Cherrie’s writing. What a great start to this series. This book is fast paced but full of emotions.  What I enjoyed about this book is how I was able to put myself in all the characters shoes and feel exactly how they felt. 

 

Can you forgive and fall for a guy that is partly responsible for your only brother’s death? This is a question I even found myself asking.  Savannah is a great character one that is easy to fall in love with.  She’s grieving the loss of her only brother due to a MMA brawl but sees pain, regret and remorse in the eyes of the man who threw the final blow.  Throughout the story you could feel Mike’s anguish. He’s had a hard life, and the guilt and remorse he lives with from taking away a life was heartbreaking. I really admired Savanah for her strength and her ability to forgive even when others around her couldn’t understand her actions.

 

Mike and Savanah build a unique relationship with one another and both find not only friendship, forgiveness and love.  Things are not easy for the pair, which I found the author handled nicely.  Death is painful and those left behind have a hard time letting go.  Savannah’s family can’t see how she can be with Mike and not feel the same pain and anguish they feel towards him.  The story didn’t drag on and wasn’t overly filled with drama and angst, it was well balanced.  Savannah and Mike will have to learn that forgiveness and love might not be enough when Mike goes back into the ring.  This was a great start to a new series and full of promise.  I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Zane and Damien Larson. 

 

 

 

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Raw Deal Blog Tour: Author Q&A

 

 

  1. How would you describe Raw Deal using no more than 140 characters (a la Twitter)?

Undeniable passion ignites between a fighter and the heartbroken sister of the man he accidentally killed in the MMA cage.

 

  1. Which scene would you say was the hardest for you to write?

 

Definitely the final fight. Any time I write something action-heavy, which isn’t very often (unless it’s sex, haha), I find it terribly difficult and tedious. “This happened and that happened and so on.” And then to take it and make sure it doesn’t look like I found it difficult and tedious presents its own set of challenges. I can only hope I pulled it off, because I’m a terrible judge of my own work.

 

  1. Where do you get inspiration for the names of your characters?

Michael’s and Savannah’s names simply came into my head and felt right. A lot of times, however, I torture myself trying to find the perfect character name, poring through baby name websites for inspiration. Some characters are named by accident. For instance, when I first introduced Brian Ross in Unleashed, I never planned for him to have his own book. So I just sort of stuck a name on him. But he turned out to be one of my most popular heroes (Rock Me), and same goes for his best friend Ghost (Leave Me Breathless). So, some come easily, some are like pulling teeth, and some are happy accidents. 🙂

 

  1. You’re known for creating characters with a lot of depth and a full range of truly human emotions. What experiences do you draw on to make your characters feel so alive? 

Oh, so many. But I don’t think my experiences are so different from most other people’s. We’ve all been heartbroken. We’ve all felt loss. We’ve all felt joy. I just take those feelings and channel them as best as I can. I also listen when other people talk about their own feelings and experiences that might be different from mine, and I listen to a lot of highly emotional music. But there are things in my books that are drawn from personal experiences. The eagle in Raw Deal, for example, was taken from something similar that happened at my grandfather’s funeral a couple of years ago. I like to think whenever I see an eagle now, it’s my grandpa saying hello.

 

 

  1. What do you love most about Mike and Savannah?

I love Mike’s fierce loyalty. I love Savannah’s mostly level-headed approach, the way she’s able to give him a chance despite her emotions and her heartbreak. I love the comfort they find in each other. They were very easy characters to write. I’m not sure if that’s because I was coming off my Ross Siblings series and invigorated by starting something brand new, or if they simply resonated deeply with me (a little of both, I suspect), but I *loved* writing their story. They still give me butterflies!

 

  1. How much research did you have to do on MMA for the book? Are you a fan of the sport?

 

I am! But my husband is an even bigger fan. He was a great source of information, and I probably pestered him to death. I looked up so much equipment on Amazon that I kept getting ads for weeks—they obviously thought I was a fighter. I watched fights on YouTube and I read articles. And although they’re about boxing and not MMA, I’m a HUGE fan of the Rocky movies. I figured the passion, motivation, hunger and discipline would be the same for a fighter of either sport, so I drew a lot of inspiration from that. And yes, a couple of Rocky references pop up in the book! I couldn’t resist.

 

  1. Did you always want to be a writer?

For as long as I can remember. As far back as third grade, you could find me writing stories that my teachers would have me read to my class. Everyone thought I was a little weird, I think. As I grew up, I wrote stories for fun and for my friends. Almost all of those involved a romance, and this trend continued as I would sneak into my mom’s stash of steamy romance novels for inspiration. 🙂 I sought publication as far back as 2000, but that didn’t work out. It wasn’t until 2008 that I tried again with what would become my first published book. It’s been an amazing, lifelong journey!

 

  1. Who are some of your favorite writers/writers that inspire you?

I read all over the place. Right now, I’m loving Alessandra Torre. She’s amazing. I’m also so obsessed with the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I’ve been reading them on repeat for two years now. I finish, I start over. Such incredibly rich and effortless world-building. (Hurry up with Winds of Winter, George!) I’m also loving Sarah J. Maas. For my horror needs, I read Stephen King and Joe Hill. I must admit, the idea of a straight-up horror romance intrigues me…

 

 

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CHERRIE LYNN has been a CPS caseworker and a juvenile probation officer, but now she writes contemporary and paranormal romance on the steamy side. She’s also an unabashed rock music enthusiast, and she is fond of hitting the road with her husband to catch their favorite bands live. Cherrie lives in East Texas.

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Title: Where Promises Die
Author: R.C. Stephens
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

Haunted by a childhood trauma that leaves her orphaned, eleven-year-old Grace finds herself on the doorstep of the Duncans, her new adoptive family, broken and unable to speak. Catapulted from a bustling New York City life, she must find a way to call the rural town of Sade, Iowa her new home. Twins Eisav and Jacob Duncan immediately take a liking to Grace, wanting to erase the dark shadows etched on her perfect features.

As the twins vie for her affection, it becomes clear which one makes her smile.

Grace never has a choice for falling in love.

What starts as a way to coax his adopted sister to speak and smile, blossoms into the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.

In this small town it shouldn’t be a crime to fall in love . . .

Isaac Duncan warns his son to stay away from the forbidden fruit. Eisav never listens.

Now an intricate web of lies and secrets stand in the way of Eisav winning back the only woman he has ever loved.

In a place where yesterday’s promises were broken, Eisav must learn what it truly means to love and cherish . . .

But is he too late?


 

 

“You have no right to be in here.” She took another few steps into the room and crossed her arms over her chest. Her lips pursed in anger. “This is my personal space. Keyword being personal,” she emphasized. 

“I honestly didn’t mean to intrude on your privacy,” he spoke quickly. “The door was open a nudge and my curiosity got the best of me. We’ve been apart so long, I was hoping to get some answers about the woman you are today,” he answered honestly. It was the truth. He’d made her that promise and kept it all along, even when the truth hurt. 

“You’re right. You have no clue who I am today. If you wanted to know, you should have asked me instead of sneaking into my room like some creeper to stare at my work,” she snapped, her voice elevated and shaky.

Eisav’s lips turned up in a slow curve. “Is that what you think? I’m a creeper.” He laughed and it came deep from his chest. “You know … I think you’re the only woman alive that would have this reaction to me being in her room. ” He quipped and then immediately regretted his words when he took in the frown on her lips.

“I’m sorry, Mr. Rock Star, if my panties aren’t getting in a twist over you, but I’ve had more serious and pressing problems in my life than worrying about my next concert.” Her words came out harsh, bitter.

“Is that how you see me?” Eisav’s eyes grew hooded. “I’m not a rock star. I’m a boy that fell in love with a girl in a forest at the break of dawn.” His voice grew soft and tender as he took two steps forward and pointed to the first painting he saw when he walked in the room. The painting of a young Grace and Eisav in their forest for the first time. “And if I’m not mistaken, that girl fell in love with me …” He put his palm to his heart, feeling winded yet full of hope that she would finally come to her senses and realize that what he said was true.

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Grace’s eyes turned wide and her insides began to quiver as she allowed the brunt of his words to penetrate her mind. Then something inside her switched off. She almost seemed shocked with herself that she had called him a creeper. Her eyes grew soft, shoulders slackened. She felt like each of her limbs were shouting to run into Eisav’s arms, but she fought them with every fiber of her being. Deep down she was always his. As much as she worked to deny that fact, it always rang true. Now it felt like there was a magnetic force pulling them together and it was too strong for her to resist.

Taking her silence as rejection, Eisav’s lips turned down. “I won’t let you back away from me.” He took a few steps until he was close enough to touch her. Then he grazed the pad of his thumb along her cheek. Her eyes began to swell with tears as her walls slowly chipped away. “I’m here, Gracie. I’m not walking away,” he began to say.

R.C. Stephens was born in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in Political Science.

Her debut Novel Bitter Sweet Love is book one of the Twisted Series. Followed by Twisted Love to be released May 31st 2015.

R.C. is an avid reader, so when she isn’t cooking for her clan or on her laptop writing, she’s snuggled tight with her Kindle devouring any romance novel she can. Okay, with the exception of Thursday nights. She makes time for Scandal and Vampire Diaries. She’s a fan of drama and suspense but she’s also a sucker for a happy ending.

Her husband was her first teenage love. They live together with their three children in Toronto. Loving Canadian winters she could never think of living anywhere else.

 

 

 

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The power of pleasure…

Gabriel Miller took everything from me. My family. My innocence. My home. The only thing I have left is the determination to get back what’s mine.

He thinks he’s beaten me. He thinks he’s won. What he doesn’t realize is that every pawn has the chance to become a queen.

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THE KNIGHT is book two in the Endgame series from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love.

 

 

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“Sinfully sexy and darkly beautiful, The Pawn will play games with your heart and leave you craving more!” – Laura Kaye, New York Times bestselling author

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden auction…

Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

Except he’s playing a deeper game than I know. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

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THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren about revenge and seduction in the game of love. It’s the first book in the brand new ENDGAME series.

 

 

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About the Author:

 

Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance such as the Chicago Underground series. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, two sweet dogs, and one evil cat.

 

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