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Alpha Beta Omega

Alpha Beta Omega: A Shifter Box Set

Releases September 13, 2016

Each story is either a first in a series or a stand-alone novella.

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From today’s hottest
USA Today and Bestselling authors
A collection of 10 novellas
featuring hot alpha, beta, and omega shifters.
If you like tigers, bears, wolves, and more
you’ll love this box set.


Healer’s Fate
by
Beth Caudill

Bearly Smitten 
The Alpha’s Bride Book 1
by
Misha Carver

Breaking the Bond
Under the Demon’s Skin
by
Xandra James

Feral
A Many Lives Story
by
Laxmi Hariharan

The Beta’s Mate
by
Bethany Shaw

Night Falls
by
Nicole Morgan

The Scarlett Legacy
by
K.N. Lee

Wounds to Bear
Heart of The Bear Book One
by
Lily Marie

A Tiger’s Claim
by
Lia Davis

Tiger Time
by
Marissa Dobson

Each story is either a first in a series or a stand-alone novella.

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My Review of Ryder – Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 2 – By Em Petrova


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Ryder
Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 2
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Ryder Calhoun would rather face down an angry bull than commit to a relationship. And that’s exactly what every woman he encounters seems to be after. He’s a championship bull rider, and his family’s reality show is a big hit. He’s not into gold-diggers or Buckle Bunnies who are after the prize—him.

Joy Humphries is rodeo royalty—her dad is a big name in bull riding and she knows what the life’s all about. She also knows men like Ryder Calhoun. Strong, capable and reportedly dashing between the sheets, though Daddy wouldn’t let her hook up with a rodeo man even if she wanted to. But the more she’s around Ryder, the more she thinks he might be different. Or is that all an act for the cameras?

Ryder can’t complete a thought that doesn’t have Joy attached to it in some way. He doesn’t care if she’s slapping his face or letting him kiss her silly—just being around her is enough for him. Trouble is they can’t escape the camera crew, and her father seems to pop up around every turn. There’s also a not-so-little problem with her distracting him in the arena, and he needs these wins to help his family.

Maybe he should just give up on Joy, because the only thing worse than falling for a forbidden woman is doing it in front of reality TV cameras.

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I really can’t imagine having cameras following me day in and day out. The Calhouns have made it work, albeit with some reservations. As this tale unfolds, we get a bit more into the rodeo side of and also see more of life on the ranch.

I love Joy, she is feisty and quick witted, a perfect foil for Ryder. Her home, a ranch, where her father coaches up and coming bull riders, hoping to find the next champion. A favorite scene is in the beginning of the book, when Joy first meets Ryder.
She stopped dead. Face-to-face with the hunky cowboy. The blonde stood in front of him, toying with one of the patches on his shirt right over his pec. The cowboy looked past the blonde and directly at Joy.

Her heart gave a weird wobble. He’s not that great. I just have a weakness for cowboys because they’re forbidden.

“Riding bulls must be so hard,” the blonde said.

Rolling his eyes, the cowboy lightly grasped her wrist and pulled her hand away from his chest. “It’s not like painting your nails.” He looked at the pink claws on the hand he was holding and dropped it.

Joy found the urge to laugh irresistible and let it roll up her throat.

The cowboy looked straight at her and his eyes creased— God, they creased so adorably— and he pushed by the blonde to reach Joy.

Shit, now she was stuck. She’d been caught listening and there was no getting away from this cowboy even if she could uproot her boots from the dirt.

Now that her mind had caught up to her libido, she realized she knew him. Recognized him from TV. “You’re on that reality show Rope ’n Ride.”

He groaned so low that she wondered if she’d imagined it. There was a lot of noise around them.

He reached for his hat brim and gave it a tug. “Ryder Calhoun.”

“Joy Humphries.”

He blinked at her slowly. Then he let his gaze drop from her eyes to her lips and back to her eyes. She had her mother’s lips, too—“ kissing” lips some guy had once told her.

“Humphries. Are we talking rodeo royalty?” His drawl was back, deeper than before and doing brand new things to her body. The energy between them zapped her in all the right places, but she couldn’t act on it.

She nodded. “My father’s Thunder Humphries.”

“Damn, should I bow to you or something?”

She smiled and shook her head. “Maybe it’s you I should bow to. A big-time TV star.”

This time his groan was unmistakable, and she got the feeling he liked his position as much as she liked being the daughter of a famous bull rider. She never could be sure if people liked her because of who her father was or for herself.

“I’d kiss your hand, but they’re both full,” Ryder said.

She remembered the burger and lemonade. “Yeah, I’d better eat and get back to work. It was nice meeting you, Ryder.”

When she started walking away, she wasn’t surprised to find him keeping step with her, but unlike the last cowboy, she didn’t mind this one. Which was dangerous.

“Back to work? What are you doing here in Austin?”

“Helping my father. He’s coaching a few rising stars.”

“Ah.” The short response gave Joy the feeling he didn’t like having more competition, let alone ones coached by Thunder Humphries.

“Why aren’t you in the PBR? You’ve got what it takes,” she said, navigating around a cluster of guys standing in the way talking.

“Hmm, your father is a founder of the PBR, right? Are you selling memberships like Girl Scout cookies now?”

She laughed again— she couldn’t help it. Being back where she belonged made her feel so free and happy. And she liked having Ryder there. His body heat washing over her side made her skin prickle, but most of all she liked what she saw under his sexy exterior. So far, he’d revealed his disdain for a silly Buckle Bunny and his fame.

Maybe this cowboy had some substance.
Ryder (Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 2) (Kindle Locations 191-228). Kindle Edition.

There is a lot of family drama going on, and hostility toward the constant cameras. Finding time to be alone with Joy is one of Ryder’s goals, so he needs to get creative about it. Of course trying to keep it a secret from Joy’s father is a challenge as well. After all, he doesn’t want his little girl with a rodeo cowboy. Of course there are also the ever present Buckle Bunnies, they can give a girl cause to doubt her cowboy’s word. All that and a mix of sizzling hot sex, and maybe even a sniffle or too.

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My Review of Buck – Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 1- By Em Petrova


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Buck
Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 1
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Em Petrova

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It ain’t easy being a rodeo reality star—especially when you’re expected to marry your ex.

After a TV network approaches the six Calhoun family members about doing a rodeo reality show, they jump on the opportunity for even more income needed to keep their ranch in the family. But now that Buck’s knee-deep in film crews, he wishes like hell he could un-sign his name from that contract. Having his personal business aired is no damn fun, and America doesn’t know his fiancée broke things off with him.

Channing loved Buck the moment she spotted him on top of his powerful horse. But she’s had enough of his cool, emotionless personality and she wants out. Only she signed up for this reality series, and she needs that cold hard cash to keep her brother out of the hands of the thugs he owes for gambling debts.

For Buck and Channing, pretending all is well is difficult. Keeping their hands off each other is impossible, and throwing the film crews off their horny scent is a challenge that’s becoming fun. Channing is starting to view Buck in a brand new light. And he sees her true colors when she finds a way to help the whole Calhoun family. Maybe she really will get that wedding ring and his last name.

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Nothing like a reality show to add stress to everything. With an obnoxious cousin trying to take their ranch the Calhoun’s have rallied together to but it back from him. Channing has her own issues. With a gambler brother who owes more than he can pay and wondering if her relationship with Buck is only really good sex.

Then we have Buck’s  calf roping partner, Asher. His wife ends up in rehab leaving him with their two young daughters to take care of.  This causes a lot of stress on the main money maker, the Rodeo. A favorite scene is with Channing taking care of the girls and they escape from the motel room.
“Where the hell did they go?” She’d gone into the bathroom for two minutes and come out and they were gone. Nobody had a key but her, so it wasn’t possible that Asher had come looking to take his little girls to breakfast.

A muffled giggle sounded, and she whirled. “The little shits are outside!” She was only wearing a bra and panties. Hell, were they even dressed? She grabbed the first thing she saw— Buck’s T-shirt, and threw it on while jerking open the door. Two little dark-haired imps stood on the sidewalk like the twins from The Shining. At this point, they seemed as evil.

Channing dragged in a deep breath, almost asphyxiating herself on the exhaust from an idling truck and trailer not far away. At that moment, one of the competitors, Chip, came around the corner of his truck and spotted her. She wasn’t wearing pants. Was this how mothers felt? If so, she didn’t relish the thought of starting a family.

“Get your little bodies in here,” she whispered angrily to the little girls, who just laughed as they ran inside.

“Howdy, Channing.” Chip lifted his hat to her.

“Hi, Chip.” She couldn’t turn around— Buck’s T-shirt probably wasn’t even covering her ass. Sliding her foot to the side, she did a funny shimmying step back to the door. But she’d forgotten her key inside and Asher’s spawn had locked her out.

Frustration lit her fuse and she turned to pound on the door, uncaring about Chip looking at her ass and bare legs. “Let me in! Montana, Maddie! Open the door!”

More giggles.

Yep, she was definitely going to figure out how to remain childless for the rest of her days. If quiet, kind Asher produced hellions like these, she couldn’t imagine what a Calhoun child would be like.

Not that she’d ever find out anyway. She and Buck were not getting married. Well they might have to stage a wedding but there definitely would not be a marriage license.

She groaned and pounded her forehead on the door twice. “Dammit.”

“Dammit!” one of the girls said from inside. The other one squealed and repeated it.

Great. Now I’ve corrupted them. No, they’re probably plotting to exhaust me, then kill me in my sleep.
Buck (Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 1) (Kindle Locations 1606-1628).Kindle Edition.

Lots of emotional ups and downs for everyone not just Buck and Channing. Lots of sizzling hot sex in spite of the insecurities. I just had to keep turning the pages to see what kind of a twist would happen next.

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The Final Episode: Going Down – Dive Masters Book 3 – By Jayne Rylon


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Going Down
Divemasters #3
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Three SCUBA instructors, who happen to be sexual dominants, are about to take the ultimate plunge. If you’re extraordinarily lucky, you’ll be invited to join them on The Divemaster, where work and pleasure go hand in hand. Welcome aboard!

As the last lone wolf of The Divemaster, Tosin Ellis doesn’t plan on partnering up anytime soon. Then his friend Archer commissions an engagement ring for his fiancée…

Jeweler Kahori Akama is sensual, intriguing, and happy to accept Tosin’s help sourcing the black pearls she uses in her popular pieces. As their relationship goes from professional to personal, Tosin also learns Kahori’s family is threatened by someone intent on ruining her business to lay claim to its valuable property.

Tosin never expected to find a single woman that could slake his sexual appetites, but Kahori surrenders to her raw and primal urges with the natural power of a typhoon strong enough to blow even a veteran sailor far off course. Once he’s experienced loving in the eye of the storm, he can’t imagine being satisfied by less.

Once more, the crew of The Divemaster will do what it takes to protect their own. Especially Tosin, who realizes Kahori’s heart just may be his home.

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One of my favorite things about this series is the way Jayne brings us to each place. Her words enable the vision of each environment as if we are seeing, smelling and interacting with it.

The Dive Master’s set sail again with a location in mind to grow and continue the research begun in Going Deep. That’s not all that’s on the Cook Islands, Archer wants a unique engagement ring for Waverly and the creator of the perfect designs lives there. Also in their plans is talking to the council to get consent for their project.

From the moment Tosin sees Kahori, he is lost. This is one of my favorite scenes.
Before she could derail her own happiness, Miguel reminded her about the earrings he wanted as well. She wrapped them in pretty paper and a box, thinking about how on any other day it would have been a major sale. While she did that, Tosin pointed to the bracelets he’d noticed before.

“I can’t be left out. How much for the masculine version of the leather, coral, and shell bracelet? This one, way in the back.” He lifted his chin at his friends. “Unlike these guys, I’m single. Selfish, too. I want some of your work for myself.”

“Oh.” Kahori paused, trying to find a tactful way to decline. “I’d prefer not to separate the his-and-her set. They’re carved from the same components. See how they fit together? It’s actually my favorite thing I’ve ever made, though obviously not the finest.”

Archer had clearly snagged that object for himself.

Kahori opened the back of the case and laid the bracelets beside each other. Tosin watched carefully as the organic curves tucked into each other and made a single shape when connected, sort of like a best friend charm girls gave each other.

“You’re right. They belong together.” He smiled at her, close enough as they leaned over the counter together that she could detect the flecks of silver mixed into his irises. Tosin inspired all sorts of ideas for creations in her mind. She wished she had a sketchbook right then. “I’ll take them both, please.”

Kahori trailed her finger over the familiar length of the bracelets in a loving goodbye before she packaged them as well.

The day was easily the best in the history of her shop. And she had these three guys to thank for it.

When she handed Tosin the package, their fingers brushed. She sucked in her breath and tried not to drop the bag when he curled his hand around hers.

Tosin repaid her unintentional compliment. “I’m not going to lie. I expected to be bored out of my mind when Archie dragged us out shopping this afternoon. But you’ve made the experience extremely enjoyable.”
Going Hard (Divemasters Book 3) (Kindle Locations 335-349). Happy Endings Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Now to convince her he’s the one for her. Things go wrong almost from the start as Kahori runs from him and encounters more trouble than she could ever imagine on her island home.

A fast paced read with suspense, scintillating sex and twists at every turn.

5 Contented Purrs for Jayne!

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Her stories used to begin as daydreams in seemingly endless business meetings, but now she is a full time author, who employs the skills she learned from her straight-laced corporate existence in the business of writing.

She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband, the infamous Mr. Rylon. When she can escape her purple office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky, and–of course–read.

Jayne is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) and Passionate Ink.

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New From Lisa Renee Jones – Hard Rules: Dirty Money Book 1


Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy
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The smoldering, scorching first novel in the explosively sexy new Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

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How bad do you want it?

The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family’s business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil.

Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret that could that destroy them both.

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I think Lisa’s books are the only cliffhangers I read on a regular basis. I always tell myself I’ll wait until at least the second book before I start, but alas I have no will power. I fell into this book hard. From the beginning, when Shane gets his first look at Emily, to the end, I had no choice but to keep turning the pages.

A favorite scene is their first meeting.
My order appears and I straighten, intending to claim my coffee and find a seat, when a pretty twenty-something brunette races forward in a puff of sweet, floral-scented perfume, and grabs it.

“Miss,” I begin, “that’s—”

She takes a sip and grimaces. “What is this?” She turns to the counter. “Excuse me,” she calls out. “My drink is wrong.”

“Because it’s not your drink,” Karen reprimands her, setting a new cup on the counter. “This is your drink.” She reaches for my cup and turns it around, pointing to the name scribbled on the side. “This one’s for Shane.” She glances at me. “I’ll be right back to fix this. I have another customer.”

I wave my acknowledgment and she hurries away, while my floral-scented coffee thief faces me, her porcelain cheeks flushed, her full, really damn distracting mouth painted pink. “I’m so sorry,” she offers quickly. “I thought I was the only one without my coffee and I was in a hurry.” She starts to hand me my coffee and then quickly sets it on the counter. “You can’t have that. I drank out of it.”

“I saw that,” I say, picking it up. “You grimaced with disgust after trying it.”

Her eyes, a pale blue that matches the short-sleeved silk blouse, go wide. “Oh. I mean no. Or I did, but not because it’s a bad cup of coffee. It’s just very strong.”

“It’s a triple-shot latte.”

“A triple,” she says, looking quite serious. “Did you know that in some third-world countries they bottle that stuff and sell it as a way to grow hair on your chest?” She lowers her voice and whispers, “That’s not a good look for me.”

“Fortunately,” I say in the midst of a chuckle I would have claimed wasn’t possible five minutes ago, “I don’t share that dilemma.” I lift my cup and add, “Cheers,” before taking a drink, the heavy, rich flavor sliding over my tongue.

She pales, looking exceedingly uncomfortable, before repeating, “I drank from that cup.”

“I know,” I say, offering it back to her.

“Try another drink.” She takes the cup and sets it on the counter. “I can’t drink that. And you can’t either.” She points to the hole on top, now smudged pink. “My lipstick is all over it and I really hate to tell you this but it’s all over you too and…” She laughs, a soft, sexy sound, her hands settling on her slender but curvy hips, accented by a fitted black skirt. “Sorry. I don’t mean to laugh, but it’s not a good shade for you.”

I laugh now too, officially and impossibly charmed by this woman in spite of being in the middle of what feels like World War III. “Seems you know how to make a lasting impression.”

“Thankfully it’s not lasting,” she says. “It’ll wipe right off. And thank you for being such a good sport. I really am sorry again for all of this.”

“Apologize by getting it off me.”

Confusion puckers her brow. “What?”

“You put it on me.” I grab a napkin from the counter and offer it to her. “You get it off.”

“I put it on the cup,” she says, clearly recovering. “You put it on you.”
“I assure you, that had I put it on me, we both would have enjoyed it much more than we are now.” I glance at the napkin. “Are you going to help me?”

Her cheeks flush and she hugs herself, her sudden shyness an intriguing contrast to her confident banter. “I’ll let you know if you don’t get it all.”

My apparently lipstick-stained lips curve at her quick wit but I take the napkin and wipe my mouth, arching a questioning brow when I’m done. She points to the corner of my mouth. “A little more on the left.”

I hand her the napkin. “You do it.”

She inhales, as if for courage, but takes it. “Fine,” she says, stepping closer, that wicked sweet scent of hers teasing my nostrils. Wasting no time, she reaches for my mouth, her body swaying in my direction while my hand itches to settle at her waist. I want this woman and I’m not letting her get away.

“There,” she says, her arm lowering, and not about to let her escape, I capture her hand, holding it and the napkin between us. Those gorgeous pale blue eyes of hers dart to mine, wide with surprise, the connection sparking an unmistakable charge between us, which I feel with an unexpected, but not unwelcome, jolt. “Thank you,” I say, softening the hard demand in my tone that long ago became natural.
Hard Rules: A Dirty Money Novel (pp. 4-6). St. Martin’s Press. Kindle Edition.

With all the tension created by their dying, unfaithful father, Derek and Shane are at odds. Shane to make all the businesses legal and Derek who just doesn’t get the importance of that. All that and a mother whom I can’t tell who’s side she’s on, but probably just her own.

A relationship forming with enough ups and downs to mimic a rollercoaster, Emily has secrets that she needs to trust Shane enough to share with him. These two run hot and cold and back to hot again in a heartbeat.

A suspenseful tale with secrets we aren’t privy to. Family drama to the max and off the charts hot sex.
I really can’t wait for the next book in this series, February seems so far away.

5 Contented Purrs for Lisa!

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Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, which is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.

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Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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Fevered Hearts #6: Wanted Fevered Or Alive by Heather Long


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Wanted Fevered Or Alive
Fevered Hearts #6
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When the spirit fever struck a town, a village or an outpost, it left few if any survivors. The white man blamed the Indian saying they used their mojo on them. The Indians blamed the white man for angering the spirits. The survivors knew it didn’t matter. The Fevered were forever changed.

Threats overshadow everything they are trying to build…

Jason’s always been the outsider, the one with dreams and aspirations to leave Dorado. Rising from the ashes is bittersweet, but he keeps his grief private. His enemies know where he is and his family wishes he was gone, so he throws himself into building the town they love even as his heart remains decimated.

She left to pursue a dream and returns to a nightmare.

Olivia Stark grew up in Dorado, the town darling despite the severe handicap of blindness. When Jed Kane offered to pay for her admission and expenses at a special school for the blind back east, her parents sent her away. The four years gone from Dorado were a struggle, but nothing can compare to returning home to find everyone—everything—she knew in ashes.

Conspiracy, controversy, and craving block him at every turn.

When Olivia arrives in the half-built town, Jason’s world turns upside down. Her grief rends his soul, but he rejects her lest anyone discover what she means to him. Desperate to send her away, he’s not prepared for her steadfast refusal. Olivia’s waited for Jason most of her life and she won’t leave him now.

His desire. Her determination. Their destiny.

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This story tugged my heartstrings right from the beginning. Jason knew Olivia from when she was a child. Best friends and she had gone away to school in the east to learn to live a full life with her blindness.Jason believed her dead along with her parents when the fever struck Dorado. Memories pummeled him as the new constructed General Store with the apartment above was completed. Then he saw her and all he wanted to do was protect her. He couldn’t protect her from the truth though. This is a favorite crying scene.

“Olivia,” Jason’s hand tightened on hers and pulled her around.“Where are we?” Maybe he’d taken them into a quieter building for their reunion before going home. They’d crossed the street—and the store wasn’t on this side of the street.“Olivia, we need to talk.” Careful, considerate words deeply tinged by chill worry.Her heart began to race. “What happened? Where is Papa?”Jason sighed. “I need you to trust me for a few minutes more, I want you to sit down.”“Fine, but there are only stools in the store, no chairs. We’d have to go upstairs…”

His hesitation scared her more. “Come sit on the steps.”

A knock at the door and Jason turned away from her. “One moment, Olivia.” He opened the door. “Not now. Leave me to tell her. I’ll speak to you all later.” The door shut with an abrupt bang and the bolt slid home. He led her over to the steps and she took a seat. “May I take this for you?” He tapped the stick she’d locked in a death grip.

“Thank you.” It took effort to unpeel her fingers from it.

“I’m putting it one foot away to lean against the railing.” He tapped the railing so she could find it.

“Thank you,” she murmured again, and swallowed. All the moisture in her mouth seemed to have fled and her chest hurt. “Jason, please tell me what’s wrong.”

He sat down next to her, the weight of his presence a great comfort. Catching her hands in his, he sighed. “I have no easy way to say this.”

“Straight truth is better.” Because it had to be better than this horrible sense of wrongness.

“A fever came to the town last summer.” Her stomach clenched and tears burned in the back of her throat. “Oh…oh no…” “We lost nearly the whole town…including your parents.”

The world slid sideways and Olivia pulled her hands away to stuff them against her mouth before she started screaming. He didn’t let her get away, but instead wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close.

“I thought—I thought you had been one of those lost.” Grateful for the bruising squeeze of his arms, she fought to find her footing in this unfamiliar nightmare. “I was at the Perkins School in Boston. I’ve been there for the last three years…I went to learn.” They couldn’t both be dead. How could they have died and no one told her?

“I didn’t know.” Quiet wonder underscored his words. “I swear to you, I didn’t know.”

She believed him. “You weren’t here when I left.” It wasn’t an accusation, but he stiffened around her.

“I know.” He accepted her charge. “I should have been here. I thought…no one told me that you’d gone away to school.”

Odd. Then again Jason had traveled extensively and he’d gone back East to school. The last evening they’d shared together, and he’d sat with her throughout a town dance. She’d been just a month shy of her fifteenth birthday and they’d discussed her education possibilities. Dorado hadn’t much in the way of schools. Though she’d had some tutoring in subjects, most of what she’d learned came from the books Jason or her mother read to her.

“What happened to their things?” She wanted to go curl up in their bed, maybe pretend for a little while they were not gone.

Another silence and the dread ticked over inside of her. “We had to burn the town.” He went on to explain the devastation of the fever, the staggering number of the lost and the decision to burn everything lest they risk a spread of the fever. The dull pain inside of her numbed—it was almost too much to comprehend.

“This is a new Dorado, then?” Because she’d given her instruction to the coachman and he hadn’t acted like he took her to some destroyed town.

“Yes. We’ve been rebuilding it. We’ve also moved the town, the old one—the original one—is a few miles to the west. We’re closer to the Flying K, here.”

The Flying K. Jason’s home. The ranch so far away that he could only see her once every month or two. She’d always wanted to go and visit him on the ranch, but her father’s work in the store kept him busy and her parents never wanted her to go far—too afraid of what might happen if she couldn’t see the danger.

He brushed a finger down her cheek, and she realized she was crying. Hot, fat, damp tears slid down one after another.

“I am so sorry, Olivia.” He repeated the litany over and over, and when she burrowed into him, he held her. Her parents were dead. Her home was gone.

This was not the homecoming she’d dreamed about. But Jason was here…and her heart took solace in his nearness and clung to him for comfort. He didn’t disappoint her, and he didn’t let her go.
Wanted: Fevered or Alive (Fevered Hearts #6) (Kindle Locations 698-736). Kindle Edition.

Many hard truths come out in this book, even as Olivia finds her home with Jason. Lots and lots of tissues needed. Another one I just couldn’t put down.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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A MatchMaker Story: Amber’s Ace By Taryn Kincaid – Black Hills Wolves #51


Amber's Ace

Amber’s Ace
Black Hills Wolves #51
By
Taryn Kincaid

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Riley Morgan, the all-star ace pitcher of the world champion New York Kings, has long hidden his secret from his adoring fans and the clamoring metropolitan press. But when a long-distance mate call distracts Riley on the mound, he suffers a freak, career-ending injury that sends him back to his South Dakota wolf pack to heal.Stolen from her family along with her twin sister years earlier, Amber Northridge has been held prisoner and abused by the crazed former alpha and his henchmen since she was a teen, managing to survive through her resourcefulness and wit. Now, at long last, the pack has located them and set them free.

Home in Los Lobos, Amber recognizes the hunky baseball player she’s seen on TV as her mate, but she doubts she can be with any man after all she has suffered.

Can the romantic machinations of Los Lobos’ four renowned matchmakers unite the damaged pair?

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If you are following this awesome series, you will remember a glimpse of the beginning from Another Chance BHW #41.

It is that beginning which is truly the start of something very special for our two main characters, Riley and Amber. Here is one of my favorite scenes.

Luna, the man was gorgeous. She gaped at him, a jagged lightning bolt of need striking her dumb. Muscled and masculine, with bulging biceps and thighs and sharp angles in all the right places, he sported a scruffy head of inky hair she ached to run her fingers through. The hint of a five o’clock shadow sculpted his cheeks and strong chin.

An erotic shiver coiled through her, a sensation she’d never felt before. A sense of…rightness. Something like…destiny…her fate somehow entwined with that of the distant man.

Mine.

She stared at the baseball player’s image on the screen, stunned when the ball dribbled out of his glove and he glowered back into the camera as if he could see her, too, his eyes sharp and cool as frost. She recoiled, putting more distance between her and the TV.

The man stepped off the pitcher’s mound, a dumbfounded expression narrowing his eyes. He bit his sensual lower lip. Had he forgotten himself and where he was? She suspected his air of befuddlement was unnatural, a condition foreign to such a dominant and confident man.

A few moments later, he tossed a giant cream puff, the opposing batter squashing it in an instant. He raised his left arm as the ball shot back to him like a bullet. She could almost hear the stunning impact of horsehide and flesh as the ball barreled into his hand like a speeding locomotive. Her jaw dropped, and she stared at the screen in horror as the big, sexy male fell to the pitcher’s mound and rolled around in the dirt in apparent agony.

His pain became her pain. Sickness gripped her at the hideous scene unfolding before her eyes.

“No,” she whispered. “No, no, no, no, no!

She reached toward the television set, wanting to grab the male through the flickering screen and bring him toward her to hug him against her body and give him comfort. To heal him.

Without warning, four wolves and a giant bear bounded into the room, howling and roaring as they skidded to a halt and slid back into their human forms.

“Dear Sweet Luna,” one of the wolves shouted. “We’ve found them.” The man knelt beside her, grasping her hand in his much larger one. She flinched away, yanking her fingers from his steady grip.

“Sweetheart, it’s me,” he murmured.

She stared at the TV and the writhing ballplayer, even as the others swept up Garnet and bore her away.

“Help him,” she mumbled, her gestures frantic as she pointed at the jumping images.

“Help who?” The wolf looked around and then shook his head. “Amber, honey, don’t you recognize me?” Tears streamed down her rescuer’s face, and his voice choked. “It’s Chance.”
Amber’s Ace (Black Hills Wolves #51) (Kindle Locations 299-321). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.

What’s so special you ask. Aside from being rescued from an encampment Amber just claimed her mate, and he heard her across the miles. Unfortunately his injury and her experiences under Magnum’s rule may very well keep them apart.

While Amber and her twin sister Garnet have started a successful jewelry business, Riley starts working with the young wolves, swimming with them and teaching them teamwork with baseball.

A love story at it’s best with the aid of the Matchmaking Matrons. Whose idea this time is a variation on a barn raising with an auction for picnic baskets. Both male and female would participate, with culinary offerings or something from their own specialty. To take place once the baseball field was completed.

A tearful yet happy read, as Amber and Riley work their way to acceptance of what happened to them.

5 Contented Purrs for Taryn!

Summer About the Author

Taryn Kincaid writes hot and sensual paranormal, historical romance and contemporary romance, sometimes spiced with a little humor or a lot of snark. She enjoys pinching and tickling words, and writing stories to warm the heart.

Love wolves? AMBER’S ACE is her third Black Hills Wolves story. The first two, WOLF’S SONG and ANOTHER CHANCE are now on sale for a limited time for 99 cents! WOLF’S SONG introduced the Northridge family of Los Lobos, SD, featuring hunky wolf Brick Northridge. His older brother, Chance takes center stage in ANOTHER CHANCE. And now, with AMBER’S ACE, it’s their twin sister’s story!

Also on sale for a short time now, HER CAPTAIN. Romance is definitely in the signs when a steady-as-she-goes Capricorn Navy SEAL, tangles with the impulsive Aries out to win his heart. They are as combustible together as they are incompatible!

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