Aspiring author, Nate Wilson wants some space from his overbearing family and a job he doesn’t like. A week on the Oregon coast sounds like paradise and just what he needs to get the creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, his plans are derailed when a storm moves in and a ghostly figure flashes in his headlights, sending him skidding off the road and into a tree. Lucky for him, he ends up in front of a Bed and Breakfast, and the beautiful owner may do more to spur his creativity than any beach could.
Hesitant witch and inn owner, Haylee Clark is cursed. Well, not her exactly—at least not yet—but all of the women in her family have suffered the same fate. They fell in love, only to have that passion turn sour and their husbands die tragically, leaving them brokenhearted. So far, Haylee has done well to avoid that destiny, but when the captivating Nate Wilson crashes into her life, he awakens something within her that she never thought to feel.
When the pair stumbles upon a hidden room where Haylee’s grandmother used to conduct her rituals, they unknowingly unleash a dark entity hell-bent on destruction, and discover that a family heirloom is the source of the Clark family curse. Despite the spell, they can’t deny their attraction, and give in to the magic between them. But the closer Haylee and Nate get, the more the curse tries to tear them apart. If they don’t find a way to defeat the evil, they may lose more than their hearts.
Black Hills Wolves # 36
She has a secret the wrong people know…
Hannah Fuentes has graduated Magna Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks. Beaten, pregnant and betrayed at seventeen, she has slowly built a life for herself and her daughter Jessie in the small town of Hennessey, South Dakota.
He faces a future he doesn’t want…
Caleb Burrows is leaving town. His parents long to return to Los Lobos and pack life, lured by the promise of change under the new Alpha, Drew Tao. The most vivid memories that Caleb and his twin siblings have of pack life are ones of betrayal, pain and horror. They do not remember a time when the pack was at peace.
A chance meeting…
Caleb has one final job to complete for the family construction business – the refurbishment of the local diner in Hennessey. He gets more than he bargained for, however. One look, one scent tells him that Hannah, the ‘pocket rocket’ waitress, is his mate. Caleb is determined that nothing will stop him from claiming her as his own.
The first touch…
An explosive encounter lays bare the secrets they have both fought so hard to keep hidden. Caleb must prove he can protect Hannah and her adorable little girl who steals his heart with one look. Can he persuade her to give up the safe life she has worked so hard for? Her burgeoning relationship with Caleb shows there are untold wonders to be explored in the hands of a man who understands her true worth.
The past will test them…
When Hannah’s past rears its ugly head, they must face it side by side. Only united can they save what is most precious to them. Together they will learn that family comes in many guises and there is nothing they won’t sacrifice when one of their own is threatened
In this tale we meet another family, that had been secreted away by Ryker. The Burrows family is preparing to relocate back to Los Lobos. They are planning to sell their construction business to two of their foremen but first they need to complete promised projects.The last thing Caleb expected when doing an appraisal on renovations to Will and Bridie’s Diner was to find his mate.
A Mate’s Healing Touch (Black Hills Wolves Book 36) (Kindle Locations 202-203).
Hannah doesn’t quite know what her feelings are other than she is nervous around this strange man. When circumstances have Caleb witnessing her using her unique power to help Bridie, the outcome is hotter than hell. This also causes a reaction of pain that has Caleb taking her pain and forcing him to change. OOPS! Shortly thereafter is my favorite scene when her daughter Jessie bursts into the kitchen.
“Momma, Momma! I missed you, what’s going on…oh! Look at the doggy; he’s beautiful. Can we keep him, Momma, can we?” Jessie whipped past Will and came to a sudden halt in front of the wolf. She was inches from his jaws, his head at the same height as hers although he sprawled across Hannah’s legs.
“Get back, Jessie!” Will made a grab for her, but her little arms circled the huge neck as she buried her face into his thick fur.
“I knew you would come,” she whispered. “I told Grampa my momma needed someone to protect her, and here you are.”
Jessie burrowed deeper against the wolf, who confounded Hannah by turning his head to rub against the little girl’s shoulder, tucking her close against his thick body.
Everything about the wolf’s body language was protective and although her maternal instincts screamed at her to pull her daughter away from the huge beast, enough rationality remained for her to sit still and observe the tender moment.
She raised her eyes to Will and quirked an eyebrow at him and he mouthed, “Grampa?” at her. She pointed back at him, assuming it meant him, but he shook his head in denial. Another mystery for them to unravel in a night of unsurpassed strangeness because there was no other man in Jessie’s life she could imagine her calling Grampa.
The weight on her legs grew uncomfortable and she tried to shift her legs a little. The wolf moved his head, swiping his big pink tongue up the side of the little girl’s face, making her giggle and squirm away from him. Raised up on his big broad paws, his shoulder stood above the child’s head once he gained his full height.
A Mate’s Healing Touch (Black Hills Wolves Book 36) (Kindle Locations 465-477).
This was only the beginning of a very interesting, sizzling hot relationship. There is also a bonding of family both wolf and human that hasn’t been seen with regard to the Los Lobos pack before. I loved the way things play out and the lessons that they all learn.
5 Contented Purrs for Merryn!
Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer. She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.
Rhonda Lee Carver
Avary Pine plays the cello like an angel.
One evening she is attacked outside of the theater after a performance and is left without the use of her hand.
Fast forward two years. After grueling physical therapy and living and breathing the cello, Avary is determined to become the musician she once was. Her music coach encourages her to start playing in the public again, but the mind doesn’t heal as fast as the body. Each time Avary closes her eyes she is filled with memories of the attack.
Living with her sister, out of money and in a career rut, Avary accepts an offer to play at a dinner party at the illustrious Knight Estate. Baby steps back into the musical world didn’t include a luxurious weekend at a vineyard, but does she have a choice?
Reserved, intimidating, rich Victor Knight reluctantly invites unworldly, mousy Avary to his estate–but he’s in for a shock. Nothing about her is mousy. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a sweet, free-spirited cellist, but why can’t he resist? She cramps his bachelor lifestyle, and he’s never been happier. But he can’t lose someone again…
Can they leave the baggage at the door and learn to trust? Or will their past poison their future?
This new series starts out really strong. Hitting upon two issues very high on the list for women from the first page. Cancer and assault. Both require strength and courage to deal with during treatment and after. A gift of a glass Panda becomes a key.
Invited to play at a dinner party, Avary Pine has accepted in an attempt to re-launch her performing career. If she can do this she can once again play in public.
Victor Knight is not a public man, not anymore. He does the minimum to get by and prefers to stay behind the scenes, caring for his sister. He has a friend with benefits to see to his other needs and otherwise concentrates on his business.
When he greets Avery that first evening, the day before her performance he finds she is nothing like he expected. There are plenty of innuendos in this book but this one is almost an accident and a favorite passage.
“So,” she was in a hurry to get the conversation back on track. “I received the letter, and then I spoke to your secretary. You’re wishing me to play privately?”
“For a small dinner party tomorrow night. A small gathering.”
“Gathering?” Her palms turned clammy. Relax, Avery.
“Is that a problem?” He lifted one brow.
“No, of course not.” She gave her head a dramatic shake. “I’ll play only at dinner?”
“Unless the need arises before then.”
She slid her hands down her thighs. “Okay. I’m here for you, so I can play as often as you wish.” What? My words totally came off as sexual.
He blinked and his jaw turned solid again. “Let’s get one thing straight, you’re not here for me,” he said point blank and fumbled with a pen, sticking it back into a metal holder.
“No, Miss Pine.”
“But-but you were the one who wrote to me asking for my services.” The room suddenly grew warmer.
He cocked his head to the side, regarding her with his brooding gaze. “I arranged for you to come here, but I’m afraid that’s where my interest ends.”
Although his voice was soft, the meaning of his words were harsh. It was as if the water faucet had been turned to cold. “I’m sorry, but I’m confused.”
“Don’t be. It’s rather simple.”
In spite of a near run-in with a friend with benefits this romance blossoms, whether Victor wants it to or not. Lots of the very hot sex Rhonda is known for, but also tears and pain. A bit of an emotional rollercoaster. A definite page turner.
5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!
Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.
She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.
When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.
Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“
The Landcaster Brothers – Book 1
After a less than perfect childhood, voluptuous Hailey Timmons is finally able to start leading a normal life when she starts living out on her own. Her peaceful existence is soon shattered though when her father shows back up in her life with a serious problem…and in need of her help. While taking a second job to help out her father, she finds herself falling into something more emotionally shattering.
Mark Landcaster is content to just be the mechanic everyone knows him to be, but he turns out to be so much more. When he encounters Hailey, he finds himself wanting to remove the carefully placed mask he wears to keep hidden from the outside world—the mask that currently is keeping his heart intact.
As the trouble in her father’s life comes to call on Hailey personally, leaving her no one to turn to, how will she pull out of this alive? Can Hailey keep her heart safe against the man who wants to help and keep her close? Or does the price of the protection cost her heart, body, and soul?
I don’t know what I was expecting when I pick up this book to try a new author, but this went above and beyond. This is a story of the deepest betrayal a person can experience, that of a father. I kind of understand why Hailey endeavored to help him but I know for a fact I wouldn’t have. She exhibited a strength of a thousand women in dealing with the hell thrust upon her.
As a result of her father’s debt Hailey takes on a second job as a receptionist at a garage. When her car breaks down, Mark (the owner) fixes it ignoring all her protests. Now she has to figure out how to thank him. She decides to let her feisty side out to play and corners him in the break room. This is one of my favorite scenes.
Walking silently on my almost tiptoes, I leave the lobby and make quick work of the short trip to the break room and peek inside. Perfect. His back is to the door and he is very alone. I kick the door wedge and step toward him. His attention moves from the counter in front of him to the door when the woosh and click of the door closing fills the room.
“Hailey?” his confusion to why I’m here only makes this better.
“I wanted to thank you for fixing my baby.”
“You’re welcome. Now, go back to your office.”
Oh no, his bossy attitude isn’t going to stop me. Grabbing his shirt in both hands, I pull him down at the same time I lift up on my tiptoes. Our mouths slam together and I moan at my first taste of him. Sweet like chocolate but with a spicy kick like cayenne pepper. So fuckin’ good. So lost in the taste of his mouth it takes me a few seconds to realize he’s not kissing me back. His hands grip my upper arms, I now realize not by passion but to keep me balanced. I pull away from his mouth, let go of his shirt, and step back.
“Sorry, I just wanted to thank you,” I apologize. The anger in his eyes feels like a knife to my heart. He’s so confusing, I thought he wanted this.
“Why do you keep putting yourself into these positions? For fuck’s sake.” He gives me a little shake but still not letting my arms go. “Anyone could have walked in.”
“What? So you want me when no one is looking?” I stutter out. Figured. God I was so stupid! What was I thinking? A man that looked like him didn’t openly pursue a bigger girl like me. Set myself up for that one. Another shake from him has me bring my eyes back up his.
“Wherever you just went in your head get away from it. It wasn’t a good place. Now, I already told you I’m on the edge as it is, and you come in here and press that sweet body all up on me and give me the mouth I’ve been dyin’ for and expect what exactly? Everyone who works here thinking your free game? I’m trying to keep you respectable here, bunny, but you’re killin’ me.”
Keeping Her Close: BBW/New Adult Romance (The Landcaster Brothers Book 1) (pp. 35-36). JK Publishing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.
Mark on the other hand wants Hailey, but he is too closed off from his feelings to accept her any other way but his own. He becomes her salvation but only on his terms. Terms that make her feel more of a sex object than his lover.
This is a dark story, with enough light and hope to have you keeping the faith that they will come together the right way. The sex is smoldering and the story is intense. I laughed, cried and bit my nails.
5 Contented Purrs for Rayne!
Rayne is a fun loving BBW who loves to write about curvy girls getting the hot man (men) of their dreams. She is the mother of three awesome (but exhausting) children. She has been married for 10 years to a wonderful supportive husband. Her mother was the one who got her started with writing and she will ever be thankful to her for that push. She loves sharing her brain babies with you and hopes you enjoy them as much she did writing them!
Hotel Rendezvous – Book 1
Welcome to the Menger Hotel. Where a Hotel Rendezvous isn’t always as it seems.
High School reunions are supposed to be about seeing how your classmates fared in the real world. For Jenn Bailey, it’s nothing more than good business for her beauty parlor.
Until it means her first love is coming back to town.
Eric Somers is a man on a mission. His biggest regret is not manning up after an embarrassing first time in the sack. Heading back to San Antonio for his ten-year reunion is the perfect opportunity to apologize…and maybe show Jenn Bailey he’d learned a thing or two between the sheets
This was a delightful tale of a reunion of a couple who had a not so great sexual encounter in high school. The initial meet up in the bar was a bit uncomfortable, both remembering the aftermath of their last meeting. Dinner is apologies filled with laughter and sexual innuendos. This is a favorite scene during dinner.Jenn fiddled with her wine glass, debating if she dared tell him what she was thinking. Screw it. That was the beauty of his living in another state. He’d be gone almost as quickly as she could embarrass herself. “I loved the way you kissed. If I’m being honest, you still hold the top spot in that department.”
The only thing that kept Eric from leaping across the table to prove he still deserved that honor was the arrival of the waiter with their tortilla soup appetizer. He took a couple of bites of soup and still had to clear his throat before speaking. “I think you’re still the best kisser for me, too.” making a statement.”She laughed again and damned if hearing that sound wasn’t becoming a need, too. He’d always enjoyed being with her, and that hadn’t changed. It wasn’t long before they both relaxed and got caught up on their daily lives with the easy flow of being old friends.
Makin’ It Right: Hotel Rendezvous Book 1 (Kindle Locations 178-187). Dalton Diaz. Kindle Edition.I giggled with them as they reminisced. Making up for the past can definitely lead to a sizzling night. A definite must read.5 Contented Purrs for Dalton!
Hmm. I have no idea why people want to know what makes me… me, but here it goes: My favorite hobby is reading, and I am a complete romance snob.
If a story doesn’t have romance, it isn’t worth it. If there’s hot sex, all the better.
Let’s face it, fantasy is usually a lot more fun than reality. Not always, but usually. As a writer, one can be anything, do anything, say anything that comes to mind. There are a thousand and one ways to make things happen, each one more exciting than the last.
Since I have a very active imagination, this is the best job in the world.
Alexandra Ivy and Carrie Ann Ryan
The first rule of being Alpha of the Canine Pack is to protect their secrets from the humans at all cost. One look at the dying human at his doorstep and Holden Carter knows he will have to break it. The broken woman with no hope at survival is his mate. When he forces the change on her to save her life, he not only sets forth motions that could risk both their lives, but the lives of every shifter in the world.
Ariel Sands grew up in a post-Verona infection world and under the care of the very humans she thought had cured the disease. When they betray her in the worst ways imaginable, she finds herself not only mated to the Alpha of a the very species she’s been taught to fear, but the focal point of a traitor and path to destruction for everyone’s way of life. It will take more than trust and a mating bond for Ariel and Holden to not only survive their enemies, but the burn of their own temptations.
In Stolen, we meet the canines.
I love the Alpha Holden, he is trying so hard to do the right thing for his pack, one of those things has been not to mate. He is careful about who he beds, since none of the females in his pack are his mate.
When he comes across what he at first thinks is a body dump, his wolf cries mate. Ariel has been left for dead by the SAU, and Holden is given no choice by his wolf. There is only one way he can save her, and that way will but everyone at risk. Change her into a wolf.
One of my favorite passages is when Ariel wakes up already healing and Holden is trying to explain what happened:
“I’ll explain everything once you’re clean and have food in you.” He nudged her chin with his knuckle and she met his gaze. “You’re my mate, Ariel. You don’t have to believe that right now, but you’ll feel the connection.” He frowned. “At least I hope you will. We’ll deal with what that means at another time, but first, let’s get you cleaned up.”
She blinked. “You changed me. Is that what you’re saying? Because if that’s true, you didn’t give me a choice.” She ran a hand over her chest. “I… I don’t know how I feel about that.”
He winced but didn’t defend himself. “Shower, Ariel. Now.”
“Don’t order me around.”
“I’m the Alpha, siren. You’ll have to get used to listening to my orders.”
“Siren?” she asked, her head spinning.
“It was either that or mermaid.” He shrugged then picked her up, holding her close to his chest. She let out a yelp and wrapped her arms around his neck so she wouldn’t fall.
“I can walk,” she snapped.
“Can you?” he asked in that annoyingly arrogant tone.
Keeping Arial safe is top on the list of the Holden’s priorities. Yet as the Alpha’s mate she must also find her place in the pack. This will not be easy as so many things are thrown at both her and the pack simultaneously.
Jealousy, new love, sizzling sex and the SAU causing more than enough grief for everyone.
5 Contented Purrs for Alexandra!
Soren Slater is a Beta wolf who understands that duty to his Pack comes before his own needs. At a young age he takes a position as a liaison between his Pack and the other species of shifters. He never expected his enticing flirtations with Cora Wilder, a Tiger Princess, would encourage her cat to consider him a potential mate. He’s forced to walk away, choosing a partner among the wolves to try and strengthen his Pack.
Cora has no intention of forgiving or forgetting Soren’s rejection. Not even when the Packs are forced to live together and she discovers Soren’s former mate has died. But then, she’s kidnapped by the SAU and she has no choice but to work with Soren to escape. Together they must put the past behind them if they’re to survive the human’s evil plot.
In forgiven we meet the felines as they are forced to move in with the canines. Not an ideal situation for either of them. However, there is one feline and one canine whose interest in each other is more than just surviving together.
Soren had left Cora, the feline Princess, to do what was right for his pack and mated another wolf. A fact he regretted, and even two years after Leah’s death he still feels guilty.
In spite of Cora wanting them to stay away from each other Soren and his wolf have decided not to let that happen, especially with a male cat sniffing around her. Having come up with an idea for games that would challenge and help tone down aggression he enlists Cora’s help.
As the games progress, even Cora has to admit the idea was brilliant. This is a scene as Soren leads her to his place after gifting her with her favorite chocolates.
She nearly stumbled as she felt the damp urgency between her legs. Oh, lord, it’d been so long. Too long.
“You shouldn’t waste your money on me,” she forced herself to mutter.
His fingers moved up her back, threading in her hair that she’d left down this morning. “I would give my last penny to see you smile,” he assured her.
She licked her lips that suddenly felt dry. “Soren.”
They reached his front porch, and he halted directly in front of his door, gazing down at her with a tenderness that nearly broke her heart. “I would give my soul to earn your forgiveness, princess.”
She wavered. It would be so easy to submit. To give in to the aching need of her cat. But there was still a part of her that couldn’t let go. Perhaps it was a need to punish Soren. Or to protect her vulnerable heart. Or perhaps it is simply a very female desire to continue with this delicious game, she wryly conceded. There was, after all, a heady power in having this gorgeous male chase after her.
Whatever the reason, she found herself giving a slow shake of her head. “I’m not ready.”
“I know. I’m sorry.” His hand lifted to cup her cheek, his thumb trailing along the line of her jaw. “I can be a pushy bastard. Honestly, I’m happy we can at least be friends.” His light touch sent sparks of pleasure shooting through her body.
Swaying forward, she placed her hands on his chest, relishing the feel of his sharp shudder. “Friends,” she said, the word sounding oddly empty.
His thumb found the pulse that was hammering just below the line of her jaw. “We are friends, aren’t we?” he asked.
“I thought…” She deliberately allowed her words to trail away.
“Maybe we could be friends with benefits,” she suggested.
Never stupid, Soren was swift to follow her implication. His muscles tensed, his heart pounding beneath her palm. “Would those benefits include having you in my arms?” he demanded, his eyes fully wolf as he gazed down at her flushed face.
“If you want-” Her words broke off in a startled shriek as he abruptly grabbed her by the waist and tossed her over his shoulder. “What are you doing?”
Wrapping his arms around her legs, he shoved open the door and headed into his cabin. “Not giving you the chance to change your mind.”
Stolen and Forgiven (Branded Packs Book 1) (Kindle Locations 2266-2289). Kindle Edition.
Then the smoldering sex begins, as they both start to realize there is much more there.
It’s not going to be that easy though. The SAU knows Alpha’s can turn humans now and it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
Love this story and can’t wait for more of the Branded Packs!
5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!
Coming in July
Buried and Shadowed – Book 3
I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library. Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.
Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!
I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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