New From JS Scott: The Billionaire Takes All – Sinclair Family Book 5


 

The Billionaire Takes All
Sinclair Family Book 5
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From Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.S. Scott

A-list movie star and billionaire Julian Sinclair learned from past tragedy that life doesn’t come with multiple takes. Now that he’s figured out what he wants—in the lush form of redheaded Kristin Moore—he’s got one chance to claim it. Between working as a medical assistant and filling in at her parents’ bar, Kristin has no time for pleasure. So Julian is bringing her to his brother’s Vegas wedding, where their mutual attraction can finally get a starring role.

What happened in Vegas has followed Kristin right back to Amesport, Maine. In the space of one magical weekend, the leading man in all her X-rated fantasies whisked her off to Sin City for breathtaking sex, followed by an “accidental” marriage she doesn’t remember. Kristin fully expects Julian to demand a quickie divorce. But instead he’s daring her to go all-in. To gamble everything on a love that might be too good to be true…or the best, wildest adventure of their lives.

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I have to say the title of the book says it all, but only at the beginning. While Julian is somewhat overpowering and definitely used to getting his way, you can’t control matters of the heart.

Kristin and Julian seem to fight every time they see each other, and the day before his eldest brother’s wedding is no exception. Overriding Kristin’s every objection with a suitable solution, he leaves her no choice but to travel with him to Vegas to see her friend marry his brother as he affectionately calls their arguing ‘foreplay’.

Kristin never relaxes and being in Vegas she lets her hair down and her inhibitions as well. Now we all know ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes what happens follows you home even if you aren’t aware of it.

This is a favorite scene when Kristin finds out what followed her from Vegas as she is on a coffee date setup by her friend Mara.

Unfortunately, Kristin couldn’t see him ever being anything more than a friend. There was just no spark, no chemistry.

Because he’s not Julian.

Irritated with herself that she was still thinking about him, she took another sip of her chocolate caramel coffee as she listened to Rob talk about how much he admired Mara, and how much he appreciated his job.

“Kristin?”

She suddenly realized that her mind had drifted off somewhere else as Rob had been singing his praises about Mara’s company. “Yes?” She trained her eyes on his face, determined not to let her mind wander . . . again.

Rob had a kind face, dark hair and eyes, and the slight, slender build of a man who looked like he worked in an office.

“I asked if you wanted to go to the office holiday party with me. You didn’t answer.”

Maybe because she hadn’t heard the question. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what to say.”

He smiled at her, and she noticed his teeth were perfect. Rob had the kind of friendly smile and brilliant teeth that were perfect for a marketer. Kristin was pretty sure he could be persuasive given the right audience.

“Say yes,” he said, his smile growing even larger and more inviting.

She didn’t want to think about holiday parties, but Christmas would be here and gone before she even noticed, this year, if she didn’t start planning her Christmas list. She’d done the Christmas cards for Sarah’s office right after Thanksgiving, but she hadn’t done anything for her personal friends yet.

This just isn’t working for me!

Rob was a nice guy, and he deserved to be going somewhere with a woman who was really interested in him. As much as she’d tried, this evening, Kristin knew she was edgy and distracted. Honestly, she wondered why Rob even wanted her to go to the party with him.

Maybe because I’m Mara’s best friend and he thinks it will get him in a better position with the boss?

Instantly, Kristin hated herself for thinking the worst of a guy who’d taken the time out of his evening just to meet her. Sure, Rob was polished, but it was part of his job to be a communicator, a polite person who was able to persuade people to buy Mara’s products.

But, for Kristin, she couldn’t lead him on by accepting and giving him the impression that she was interested in anything more than being his friend. It wouldn’t be fair to him. “I really—”

“Can’t make it,” a husky baritone finished her answer as he slid into the seat beside her. “Sorry, she can’t go.”

She turned her head in surprise, already knowing who was sitting right next to her because his scent and his voice had immediately gotten her attention.

Julian.

He looked angry, his blue eyes emanating malice as he looked at Rob.

Annoyed, Kristin told Rob, “That wasn’t what I was going to say.” Turning to Julian, she asked irritably, “What are you doing here?”

He shrugged. “Where else would I be, sweetheart? Sorry it took me so long to get back. There was a little accident while we were filming, so we went over schedule. And the damn location was in the middle of nowhere. Bad cell service.”

He looked all banged up, bruises to his forehead and plenty of scrapes on his face. “What happened?” she asked, concerned as she looked at his visible injuries.

“Nothing real serious.” He blew off her concern. “Who’s your friend?”

“My date,” she corrected, looking back at Rob. “This is Julian Sinclair.”

Obviously not one to miss a good connection, Rob reached across the table to shake Julian’s hand. “I recognized you. Robert Larkin. I work for your cousin’s wife, Mara. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve seen your movies. Liked the last one the best.”

Julian mumbled under his breath, “You seem like the type who would.”

Kristin jabbed him in the side with her elbow, only to hear him groan with pain. “Oh, God. You really are hurt.”

She was starting to get worried about Julian’s physical condition.

“I’m fine,” Julian answered gruffly, his eyes still focused on Rob. “You aren’t really on a date,” he informed Rob matter-of-factly.

“We are,” Rob pronounced happily. “I just met Kristin tonight, but I can tell she’s special. She and Mara have been friends forever. I can see why. I’d like her to go to the holiday party with me this year.”

“She can’t,” Julian remarked angrily.

“I don’t see why not,” Rob replied, still wearing a winning smile.

Julian leaned forward, putting him physically closer to Rob as he stared the smaller man down. “Because if you ever touch her, I’ll have to kill you.”

“Julian, don’t be ridiculous,” Kristin told him, her heart starting to pound in alarm. What the hell was wrong with him? Had he hit his head harder than she imagined?

“Hey, man, I didn’t know you liked her.” Rob put his hands up in surrender.

“Of course I fucking like her. She’s my wife,” Julian growled, seizing Kristin’s hand and pulling her to her feet. “Let’s go home.”
Scott, J. S.. The Billionaire Takes All (The Sinclairs Book 5) (pp. 93-96). Montlake Romance. Kindle Edition.

It doesn’t get any easier from here, a negotiation worthy of a peace treaty has to take place before Kristin agrees to give the marriage thing a shot.

A page turner for sure, as Julian and Kristin maneuver around all the stumbling blocks in the way of their relationship. Plenty of sizzling sex has Kristin wondering if that’s all it is, or can she trust her heart.

I can’t wait for the next in this series, I love the Sinclairs!

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J.S. “Jan” Scott is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary steamy romance stories and paranormal romance. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way! She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds.

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My Review of Lane – Rope N Ride Book 5 by Em Petrova


 

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Lane
Rope N Ride Book 5
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Em Petrova

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Dating an older woman has lots of benefits, and #1 is upsetting all the right people.

Lane Calhoun is on a winning streak in his steer wrestling event. His family is thriving, and their reality TV show is breaking records. So why can’t he find happiness? Well, it could be that a passing fling splashed his favorite sex positions all over the news. And now that he’s been named the year’s most eligible bachelor, he’s through with dating.

When Delaney Monroe spies a gorgeous cowboy in chaps, hat and the sexiest grin she’s ever seen, she forgets she’s a forty-two-year-old midwife with a failing small ranch and a son in college to support. No way could she date a younger man. But as soon as she and Lane get within eyeing distance, all bets are off.

Hiding out in the bed of a hot older woman sure sounds cozy to Lane. He’s tired of cameras, interviews and worse, false people. He just wants a spell of peace—is that wrong? But between his struggles to leave the reality show and Delaney’s problem with him being a few years shy of her, their paradise could end up as a mudhole. He only sees one path to freedom, but getting out of the next year’s TV contract means the end for the Rope ‘n Ride show.

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There are many things I love about this series, but this book just made it to being my favorite in this series.

It’s not everyday you see an older woman with a younger man, especially with a significant age difference.

The moment Lane saw Delaney he knew he had to get to know her. The big problem was losing the cameras. Not everyone wants to be in the spotlight and Delaney sure didn’t want to be gossip fodder.

With a new article out in a magazine, he had far more intimate thoughts than just getting to know her when he was introduced.

This is a favorite scene, it has lots of well deserved language. I’m sorry for that, but I was laughing hysterically over this reaction.

He grabbed a beer and headed to a group of guys. They stood around bullshitting about the scores, and someone commented about him having the best year of his life. He only kept half an ear on the conversation, because he’d suddenly spotted the woman. Kashley was dragging her from person to person, introducing her to the family.

She held herself like a woman who knew her way around a horse. Shoulders back, head erect. She had a smooth gait that made him want to watch her all day. In jeans and boots, her honey hair trailing just below the shoulders of her black top. He couldn’t stop looking at her.

Then he was towed off to shoot some whiskey. After two shots, a magazine was shoved under his nose. “Have you seen the latest issue of Men’s Monthly?”

He dropped his gaze to the cover—him wearing a sly grin, his hat dusty as if he’d just come in from a ride. Probably had. But the words beneath his image had him wanting to upchuck all that good whiskey he’d just drunk.

Lane’s Ex Spills His Top 10 Sex Positions

Jesus, he had ten?

He nabbed the magazine and shouldered his way to a group of plush chairs set up in the corner. He’d barely flipped to the article before Ridge joined him, a whiskey glass in each hand.

“Figured you need one more.”

“Thanks.” He nodded toward a glass and chrome table, and Ridge set it down.

“What the fuck’s this shit? Who’s the ex?” It had to be one of two women, and he wouldn’t have believed it from either one. When he’d dated them, they’d seemed like normal girl-next-door types. He wasn’t into dating celebrities or the thousands of Buckle Bunnies wanting a piece of him.

He scoured the page to find a small snapshot of Brianna.

“Motherfuck.”

Ridge leaned over him to look. “Jeez, it was her? I never would have thought her capable.”

“Guess the money was too good to pass up.” He ground his teeth as he skimmed the article. Each sex position was labeled with a big number and a stick figure drawing of the arrangement of body parts.

He cringed. “Isn’t number 1 everybody’s favorite?” Up against the wall sex. He remembered having that with Brianna twice, but they hadn’t been together all that long. And they hadn’t had sex ten different ways.

“Hope she got paid well for making these up. I never did 2 or 3 with her. And what the fuck is 7?” He turned the magazine sideways.

“Your lucky number?” Ridge shot out.

He grunted and shook his head. “Sure as fuck never did that to anybody.” He rotated the magazine, trying to figure out just what body part went where.

“Hey, guys. We brought more whiskey. Thought you’d need it, Lane.”

He jerked his head up to see Kashley standing there with the beautiful relative. His heart hit his boots. He slammed the magazine shut and dropped it to the side table. As he got to his feet, he tried to look like he hadn’t just been reading his own favorite sex positions.

“Do you guys remember my Aunt Delaney?”

The older woman shot her niece a cool look.

“Sorry, just Delaney. No aunt.” Kashley slipped her arms around Ridge, and he pulled her close.

“Good to see you again,” Ridge said. “It’s been a number of years.”

“I’m sorry I missed the wedding.” She shook Ridge’s hand with the same sureness that she walked. This woman knew who she was, and it was sexy as hell.

Lane extended his hand, wondering if he should have wiped it off after touching that magazine. Freakin’ ten favorite sex positions—what the fuck?
He looked directly into her penetrating blue stare. “I’m Lane.”

Her lips quirked up. “You don’t remember me, do you?”

He laughed. “I’m sorry.”

“She lives out east. She hasn’t visited us for ages. My momma’s excited to see her.”

“And I missed the wedding.” Delaney’s voice sounded as though she’d downed a few shots already. A smooth, throaty sound that made Lane think of number 1 with brand new excitement.

“She was in Mozambique, working to provide women’s health care to several tribes,” Kashley piped up.

“Now that’s a noble cause.” He let his gaze skitter over her face, lightly kissed by the sun. She had a worldly look to her, right down to her eyes that looked like the reflection off an exotic sea. Where her hair waved from her forehead were a few glints of silver.

Now that he looked more closely, he detected a crinkle at the corner of each eye. She didn’t look to be much older than Kashley, yet she was no twittering young groupie either.

Her attention dropped to the magazine, and he inwardly cussed. Why hadn’t he thought to flip it facedown?

“Will you be staying with your sister?” he asked Delaney.

“Just for a night or two, yes. It’s nice to come to Tulsa to see Kashley. Then I’m back to work.”

“She’s a midwife,” Kashley put in. Lane shot his brother a look and received a slight nod of verification. They were looking for answers, and Delaney was part of that. Which meant Lane might be seeing more of the woman.
Petrova, Em. Lane (Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 5) (Kindle Locations 149-203). Kindle Edition.

Thus begins the pursuit. For Lane the pursuit of a beautiful older woman and for Ridge and her niece Kashley the pursuit of conception.
Of course there has to be some angst, so we have Delaney’s son to contend with as well.

Lots of fun and sneaking away from the cameras.

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My Review of Passion Restored – Gallagher Brothers Book 2 by Carrie Ann Ryan


Passion Restored
Gallagher Brothers Book 2
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The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the one brother who thinks he can handle it all and the one woman who could change that.

Owen Gallagher likes everything in its place and is organized to a fault. While his brothers have each dealt with their own personal tragedies and stresses, Owen figures he’s had it pretty easy. That is until his perfectly ordered world is rocked at its foundation and he’s forced to rely on others. Now, he must heal his body and his soul while trying to ignore his delectable and utterly off-limits neighbor.

Liz McKinley is stressed out, exhausted, and not in the mood for a bearded and growly man in her ER. When she patches him up to the best of his ability, she’s prepared to push him firmly from her thoughts. Of course, that would be easier if she and her best friend hadn’t bought the house next to his. Now their paths seem to cross daily, and she is finding it harder and harder to say no to the injured and angry man next door. But she’s been scarred one too many times in her life, and even though this Gallagher looks good enough to eat, she knows that sometimes, sating that craving is the worst thing she can do.

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When Owen first glimpsed Liz, she was collecting her friend from a bar. He was immediately attracted to her and knew he would have to get to know her, that is if they ever run into each other again.

Liz wasn’t thrilled she had to go pick up Tessa at a bar, but that’s what friends and roommates were for. She just wasn’t expecting to have to make a stop at the bar to meet a couple of men before Tessa would leave. She was even less happy when she gets called back into work. Being an ER nurse the schedules were killer and being called back was even worse.

Well, Owen has something run into him, instead of the other way around. A truck comes out of nowhere to send him flying in the bar’s parking lot. The last thing he expected was for Liz to be his nurse. With him drugged for surgery and her being the epitome of professionalism, he grasped onto the familiar face. He really didn’t think about asking her to talk to his family, he just did it. I mean they really didn’t know each other.

Unfortunately for Liz, this faux pas on his part has the rumor mill flying. Hospitals are notorious for gossip among staff. She doesn’t need this complication when jobs are on the line with the coming new budget. She totally thinks everything will be alright, that is until she finds they are neighbors. So not good, especially when she really, really wants to get to know him better in spite of her feelings that nothing should ever happen between them.

“I’m fine, Liz,” Owen said softly. He reached out and wrapped his hand around her wrist. “Just a little embarrassed that I bit it like I did. I saw you walk out to your porch earlier so I figured you saw me fall. That’s why I was lying down like I was. Not because I actually hurt, but because I’m an idiot.”

She frowned, studying his face. “You’re not an idiot. Everyone trips.”

Owen rolled his eyes as he forced himself to a sitting position. She tried to help him, but he waved her off. “I trip more than others recently. Or, at least, it feels like that. Thanks for checking me out, though.” He wiggled his brows. “And not just now.”

She swore she could feel herself blush and she hated her pale skin. “Let’s get you inside.”

“Anything you say, Nurse Liz.”

“And stop calling me that.”

“But you are Nurse Liz,” he said with a smile as they both stood up. “But I guess every time I call you that, I remind you that you used to be my nurse and that means it would be wrong to check out my butt. So I guess I’ll stop doing that.” He turned and shook his ass in her direction, looking over his shoulder as he did. “What do you think? You like the jeans? They’re pretty old, but you should be able to get a nice glimpse of my assets.”

She couldn’t help herself.

She laughed and looked down at his butt. “Yes, I guess I can get a nice glimpse. But that’s the only thing I’m getting. Just a glimpse.”

“Whatever you say,” Owen replied and took her hand. She was so surprised, she didn’t pull away. “Can I offer you a cup of coffee? To say thanks for running to my aid?”

She thought of the bitter cup she’d left on her porch, but for some reason, she didn’t answer as she should. “Okay.”

Surprise filled his eyes for a moment, and it matched her own. “Okay.” He smiled and pulled her toward his front door and inside. She hadn’t gotten a good look at it last time, but now that she did, she liked what she saw. Strong lines and colors filled his home, and it looked like someone cleaned up daily.

In fact, she was pretty sure the place was cleaner than hers had ever been, and she might have been a little jealous of that fact.

“Cream and sugar?” Owen asked as he poured two cups.

“Both please,” she said. “I can drink it black and usually do at work, but I have a sweet tooth.”

Owen’s eyes flared. “Good to know.”

Liz licked her lips, and his eyes dropped down to follow the movement. This was so not a good idea. She shouldn’t be here, and she sure as hell shouldn’t be following up on any attraction they might share. He wasn’t good for her, and she damn well knew she wasn’t good for him.

And yet when he set her coffee cup next to her hand on the kitchen island, she didn’t move to reach for it. Instead, she stood still, and he moved closer, so close she could feel his breath on her lips, the warmth of his body achingly close to hers.

“Tell me to stop,” Owen whispered. He moved even closer, resting his hand on her hip. Her heart raced, and she tried to say no, tried to remember that she shouldn’t do this.

She didn’t tell him to stop.
Ryan, Carrie Ann. Passion Restored (Gallagher Brothers Book 2) (Kindle Locations 860-885). Carrie Ann Ryan. Kindle Edition.

It seems like things are going to go slow and smooth but alas Liz’s past comes flying into her mind every time she thinks things will be alright. I found myself as frustrated as Owen as they fumble into one thing after another.

I love the closeness of this family and how it neatly intertwines with the Mongomerys via Maya. I just wish the struggle they all seem to go through to be with their soul mates wasn’t so difficult to overcome.

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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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New From NY Times Bestselling Author Patricia Briggs: Silence Fallen – Mercy Thompson Series Book 10


 

Silence Fallen
Mercy Thompson Series Book 10
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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

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*** Note from Patty: For the best reading experience, please pay attention to Mercy’s notes at the beginning of each chapter. Fair warning—the timeline is not completely linear. My imaginary friends made me do it. ***

Now some of you might say this is not a romance, so why is Carol Kittie reviewing it. I emphatically disagree. All of Mercy’s books are romances of the very best kind. An Alpha Werewolf and his Coyote, Alpha Male and Mechanic, Adam and Mercy, their devotion is undeniable and theirs is a love story that will never end.

This is the next episode in their ever changing relationship.

Once again while doing something totally mundane, Mercy ends up in trouble. This time the trouble is in the form of an Italian Vampire.

Waking in a cold steel room, Mercy can’t feel Adam, her pack or her link to Stefan. She knows she has to get away, which she does but, as all of us know, she only ends up in more trouble.

Adam feels the accident and Mercy’s pain as she is abducted. Discovering her gone and then their mating link silent has him frantic. With the help of Stefan and several others, some new and some not. He begins the journey to find his mate.

The Lord of Night had taken me from my mate, and now Adam was going to visit him. There was no way that was not going to be a disaster. Not at all.

What was everyone thinking to have allowed that to happen? Okay, granted that Adam made his own decisions. But Stefan had sounded so confident that as long as I remained at large, diplomacy could happen.

My husband was not overly diplomatic under the best of circumstances.
Briggs, Patricia. Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) (p. 86). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

So many trials, so many twists. This book will keep you on your toes from the moment you start it until you turn the final page.

As always I look forward to the next book in this series.

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Haunted Redemption – Cascade Series Book 1 by Rebecca Royce


Haunted Redemption
Cascade Series Book 1
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What’s more terrifying…
What you can’t see,
Or what you can’t remember?

Since her divorce, Kendall Madison has been in over her head. Between trying to make ends meet, raising three kids, and hunting ghosts, Kendall just can’t seem to find balance in her life. When she finally lands a job right up her alley, she hopes it’s a sign for better things to come. She couldn’t be more wrong…

Hiring Kendall to locate and eliminate ghosts is Malcolm Fallons’ best way to get close to her. After years of yearning for her, he’s ready to finally have the woman who’s always been his. Unfortunately, Kendall’s feelings for her ex-husband, Levi Yates, are complicated and not exactly platonic.

When the demons of her past and present begin to threaten her family, Malcolm and Levi vow to protect her. As secrets from her childhood come to light, Kendall is torn between both men. Only one can have her heart. Will she always be haunted by her past, or can she exorcise the shadows before they destroy her future?

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Kendall, has more than one problem being a single Mom, first she’s still in love with her ex-husband. Second instead of clearing ghosts, she is saging houses whether they need it or not just for the money it brings in. That is all about to change as she embraces who she is and her father sets her up with a broker.

Levi doesn’t believe in ghosts, he thinks his wife is a bit crazy even though she’s a good mother. He’s about to learn some things the hard way.

Malcolm is a broker, he is the key to Kendall making enough money she doesn’t have to worry about bills and other incidentals. He also has secrets, secrets that he can’t share with her, at least not yet.

This is a favorite scene right after Kendall’s first job. A job that should have been simple.

Spots danced before my eyes as I panted next to my car. I was exhausted, beyond done, and happier than I’d been in years. The euphoria wouldn’t last forever; it was a natural reaction to clearing the wrongness from the planet. The harder the job, the longer the high. It would be days before I came down, and I couldn’t say I minded much. With my shaking hand, I texted Malcolm. Done.

I raised myself up and opened the door to my car. Should I drive? There were laws about drinking and driving. What was the rule for operating a motor vehicle when buzzing from too much paranormal exertion?

Took you a while. Did you run into any trouble?

I rolled my eyes at his response. You see how fast you can manage a Cascade.

I giggled. The big point was that I had managed it. A whole Cascade by myself in my first job back. I couldn’t believe it.

Wait. What? Are you okay? The phone rang, and I answered. “Are you serious? A Cascade?”

Malcolm apparently knew what that term meant. I shouldn’t be surprised. My father was famous in our world. If he coined a term, it would have taken off. “I’m serious.” I laughed again. Euphoria proved hard to resist even if I had wanted to. “I lost count of how many. But they’re all gone now. Whoever owns this house can come home to a clean living space.”

“You are high as a kite.” He groaned loudly. “Don’t drive. I’ll be there very soon. I’m five minutes out. When you texted, I was on my way to see you because it was taking so long.
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Of course there is always someone who makes you question your decisions. For this one there is Chase who keeps warning her about Malcolm.Then there’s her attraction to Malcolm, finding out her best friend has kept things from her and the continued attentions of her ex. Then circumstances combine to trigger memories. Memories she’s not sure she wants, but knows she must face.

A hold your breath, somewhat sexy and definitely intriguing book. A major twist I didn’t see coming and plenty of surprises for everyone.

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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

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My Review of First Contact by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne


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First Contact
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Fugitive Tristan Hawthorne loved his captain and has spent five years searching for proof to convince Shadow Fleet he’s innocent his lover’s murder. Captured and bound for transport to a penal colony, he comes face to face with an old enemy and revelations about the murder. Tristan vows to expose the truth to the Fleet. He escapes, but crash lands on an unidentified and uncharted planet where he encounters an alien who stirs passions he thought long buried.

Lucan receives special permission from the council to fly to Oria to release his mother’s spirit on the sacred world. With no family remaining, he’s broken and unsure. However, he didn’t count on meeting a human while he’s alone and mourning. He’s drawn to Tristan’s swagger and strength. He longs to be near him, even though his mother warned him that humans are a violent race, bent on destroying themselves and anyone around them.

With one working ship and a failing planetary cloaking device, it’s a short time until humans discover Oria and Tristan is recaptured. Under the starry, moonlit sky of the holiday Jainfest, the men learn to overcome their feelings of fear and distrust, and winds up finding out they aren’t so different after all.

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Luc has received special permission to travel to Oria during the time of Jainfest. His purpose, to release his mother’s soul on this sacred planet then he would celebrate Jainfest there. A fitting place since the holiday was one of celebrating lost loved ones and communicating with them if they chose to appear.

It is after he finds the perfect spot to release his mother’s soul that he sees the human. The human is a beautiful man, and Luc’s reaction to him is one he didn’t expect. Especially with his heart so heavy with loss.

Tristan was fleeing with the evidence he needs to clear his name when he crash landed on a planet he never knew existed. He’d traveled this way thousands of times and had never seen it. It was uncharted, how could it be and then not be. The answers could possibly come from the alien he saw hiding behind a tree.

Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, Tristan because he is human after all, and Luc because of the things he was taught to believe, all humans are violent and dangerous. However, neither of them can deny the attraction between them.

Luc helps Tristan send his evidence to Shadow Fleet command, and explains why they can’t leave the planet for three days.

In appreciation, Tristan offers his help and companionship with the rituals. Knowing that he is safe from being re-captured, at least for now, he finds he can relax.

A favorite scene is the beginning of Jainfest.

“Now, we wait,” Luc said. “If the spirits are going to appear, they will.”

“I’m patient.” Deep down Tristan wondered how long they’d wait. Not that he wanted to leave the spot. It was calming in a way. Besides, the night was beautiful and lying next to Luc helped relax him in ways he never could’ve imagined another man could.

A whisper on the breeze made him sit straight up, his heart hammered in his chest. “Austin?”

The captain’s name was a whisper but Tristan guessed by the way Luc tensed slightly beside him, he’d heard him, too. Luc reached for his hand, clasping it in his own.

A blurred figured appeared in front of them, becoming clearer by the second. It wavered as it materialized, but there was no mistaking who it was. A lump formed in Tristan’s throat. “Austin,” he repeated.

This is impossible. Tristan didn’t believe in ghosts. Or at least he didn’t before Austin appeared in front of him. He looked exactly like he did the day he died. Luc squeezed his hand in encouragement.

A warm tear rolled down Tristan’s cheek and he pulled free of Luc and stepped toward Austin. “I’m sorry.” His voice cracked and he didn’t care if it made him sound weak. If only he’d been there…

“There is nothing for you to be sorry about. If you were there with me, Gregor would have killed us both.” Austin moved closer, but not too close. He darted his gaze to Luc and gave a short nod. “You see, you have purpose. Things happen for a reason, remember?”

Austin had always told him the same thing. He lived his life with the belief that no matter what happened, it was meant to. Like Austin was meant to leave this life, and Tristan was to continue with his.

Without him.

Tristan also cursed the theory, screaming it wasn’t fair. That he was being punished for whatever he’d done in a past life. Glancing to Luc, who sat quietly watching, Tristan understood what Austin believed. What Tristan’s purpose was.

The dark, painful path Tristan had been on for the last five years led him to Oria. To Luc.
Lia Davis, Kerry Adrienne. First Contact. MM/Sci-Fi/Romance. After Glows. Kindle Edition.

Emotional and inspiring this book takes us from the pain of loss, to believing there can be a new beginning.

5 Contented Purrs for Lia and Kerry!

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In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.

While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.

Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it!

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USA Today Bestselling Author  Kerry Adrienne loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and many small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. She loves music and her Mini Cooper, Sheldon, and spends a lot of time driving around pondering and plotting stories and settings for her books.

She loves to read and write in most genres–historical, erotic romance, science fiction, paranormal, m/m, fantasy–and crossovers are her favorites.

She’s also a college instructor, an editor, a costumer, and an artist, and enjoys most anything creative–except cake decorating, which she really dislikes.

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Release Blitz for Thunder Wolf – Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11 by Heather Long


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Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11
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Most Lone Wolves have a story–a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back… 

Enforcer John Nelson has pulled double duty for months, keeping an eye on the Lone Wolves who are his charges as well as those that once answered to Margo Montgomery. More of a loner than most, he doesn’t mind going months at a time without seeing another Enforcer as was his typical pattern or at least it was until the formation of the Three Rivers pack disrupted lives everywhere. Now he must divide his time between watching the upstarts and checking on his charges while working with the other Enforcers to anticipate the next move by the Russian Volchitsa. No Enforcer expected to find themselves among the hunted, but when they target the one wolf he can tolerate, John defies orders to go after her. 

Hadley Sexton is a bit of a wild card even for an Enforcer, and she loves being unpredictable. More of a mother hen than she likes to admit, she keeps an eye on her Lone Wolves, and treats them more like family than charges…but when three Enforcers are brutally murdered over the course of three weeks, Hadley discovers someone has been shadowing her trail and they aren’t alone. It is a dangerous game with a brutal enemy, one willing to kill the wolves she’s sworn to protect to draw her out. 

For Hadley, John will break every rule, but will he be in time?

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While trying to figure out what the hell the Russian Volchitsa is really up to, Julian has ordered his enforcers to gather up their lone wolfs. This is for their own protection, Hadley took that opportunity to purchase an old resort, where all her charges are now ensconced. While some are enjoying the camaraderie, others not so much.

Now with an Enforcer tortured and killed, and another missing and presumed dead, Julian is weighing the possibility of having all lone wolves within pack territories until the threat is eliminated.

Having lost contact with Hadley, John wants to go after her, unfortunately Julian wants him in Willow Bend. Mason has other ideas and sends John on his way with supplies and his request to find her safe. Hadley’s one of his.

This is a favorite scene when John catches up with her.

The Russian witch tracked her in moments, then lunged toward her with a fierce snarl on her face. Hadley met her, and they struck tooth and claw. The woman jerked her hair and tried to flip her, but Hadley was an Enforcer. She’d trained for moments like these. She raked the wolf’s face and drew blood.

A shadow fell over them, and the wolf was hauled off of her. The audible sound of the wolf’s back cracking, followed by the snap of her neck, infuriated Hadley. Just like that, her potential prisoner was dead and thrown to impact against the side of a tree.

Hadley snarled and came to her knees, then met John’s intemperate gaze.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

He frowned, then blinked. “I was saving your life.”

Dammit.
Heather Long. Thunder Wolf (Kindle Locations 1768-1774).

Boy was Hadley pissed. And that was just the beginning.

There is a lot going on in this one. The Volchitsa is getting more aggressive and there is no pattern. It seems they are always one step ahead.

John and Hadley have their own ideas and there are lots of sexy surprises for both them and us in the midst of all this.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

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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It’s Release Day! Forbidden Inmate by Carmen Falcone


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The new prison counselor just met his sexiest challenge…

Mia Singer has only two months left before she’s released from jail for a crime she didn’t commit. She did however get involved with the wrong guy in the past, a mistake she swore she’d never repeat. However, when she meets her new counselor Trent Coleman, all bets are off. Keeping her hands to herself is damn near impossible.

Trent is the overqualified new guy who’s trying to implement a bold new program at Leland Correctional Facility. Divorced and pragmatic, he hates playing games. He never met someone so honest and refreshing as Mia Singer. An affair with her could put an end to his entire career yet he can’t keep his hands off of her.

With her release looming, will Trent let go of her or will he be imprisoned by unexpected feelings?

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When Mia’s counsellor at the minimum security prison retires, his replacement is young and handsome and well to be blunt hotter than hell. Let’s face it almost a year without a man and then being faced with a perfect specimen is enough to make any girl squirm with want.

Trent knows he shouldn’t have feelings for an inmate. It’s a sure way to end up unemployed and discredited. There’s just something about Mia he is having trouble resisting. She doesn’t seem guilty of the charges against her yet she doesn’t proclaim her innocence like so many others.

An fun and sizzling read with some creative ways this couple manage to get together. Everything leading up to life changing decisions for both of them.

5 Contented Purrs for Carmen!

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Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beat doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband–living proof that opposites attract.

She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

She loves to procrastinate, so please indulge her and drop her a line. For more info, visit her website: http://www.carmenfalcone.com

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Coming March 21st Pre-Order Now! After I Fall – Falling Series Book 3 by Jessica Scott


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After I Fall
Falling Book 3
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Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done.

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she’s been and where she’s going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.

Until she meets Eli Winter.

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him.

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything.

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli’s military record. And sins from the war he’s tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.

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“What do you want?” A murmured question that feels like a demand.

The single word I need is lodged in my throat. It’s thick and heavy, filled with potential and promise.

“You,” I finally say.

“Why?” Such a complicated question. I search his face, looking for an answer, a lie, something simple to fill the space left by his question.

I lift my hand, afraid he’ll see it tremble. It takes every ounce of willpower I’ve got to slide my fingers over his forearm. I’m surprised by the raw power beneath my touch. I expected the tattoos to be physical manifestations of the violence on his flesh. His skin is hot and smooth. My hand looks pale and small against it.

“You seem…” I lift my eyes to his, never removing my hand. “You seem like a straightforward kind of guy.”

A man with rough hands and dark ink carved into his skin. A man so unlike the men I’m used to, it’s not even funny. I lift my hand to his cheek, just above the edge of his beard. I’ve never touched a man with facial hair before. He is still beneath my touch.

A moment before I’m about to press my palm to his cheek, he grips my wrist. Not hard enough to hurt, but he definitely gets my attention.

“Not here.” I swallow. My mouth is suddenly dry. “Where?”

He jerks his chin toward the dark hallway behind us. I follow him silently, wishing he was already touching me, making me feel, letting me pretend I matter, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

He leads me through the maze of small tables and patrons at various stages of intoxication. Away from the noise and the smell of fries and smoke and cologne and all the good things that bars have. We step out of the noise and into shadows and silence. He doesn’t pounce, doesn’t push me against the wall and run those rough hands over my skin.

Instead, he leans against it—a casual, arrogant male.

Waiting. I know for what. For me to make the first move.

For me to step into the space between us. For me to touch him first. I want to. But I am paralyzed. Rooted to the damp concrete beneath my feet. The cool night air might as well be chains, holding me, restraining any thought or movement.

He doesn’t move. His arms are folded over his broad, heavy chest, his T-shirt straining against his body. The silence hangs on, stretching and thick and tight.

“Scared?” he finally whispers. A dare. A terrible, wicked promise in that single word.

“Should I be?” My throat is tight and dry.

His answer is nothing I expect.

And everything I want.

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Jessica Scott is an Iraq war veteran, an active duty army officer and the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America’s Army. She is the mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, and wife to a retired NCO.

She is the bestselling author of the Homefront series and the Falling series, both about soldiers and veterans adjusting to life after returning from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Her bestselling Falling series features soldiers integrating into life on college campuses.

She’s also written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/New Dawn and has had the honor of serving as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas twice.

She’s holds phd in morality in Sociology with Duke University and she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.

Her debut novel Because of You launched the return of Random House’s  Loveswept digital imprint and launched the start of the ever popular contemporary military romance genre.

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My Review of West – Rope N Ride Book 4 by Em Petrova


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Rope N Ride Book 4
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It’s hard to resist a bad boy who’s a good man.

But that’s exactly what Malou Bullers, M.D. is trying to do. While working as the rodeo doc, she turns a blind eye to the bulging biceps and Wrangler butts that pass by. Except for one cowboy—and he’s worst of all. West Calhoun is a womanizer, plain and simple. The tie-down roper and reality TV star is never seen twice with the same woman.

When he’s not busy on his family’s growing ranch or trying to keep the TV cameras on his good side, West has his eyes on that big win. But he’s distracted by the eccentric new-age rodeo doctor. After a one-night stand with Malou, he’s hooked, but convincing her that he isn’t with a dozen other women might be more challenging than taking on a herd of angry bulls.

Meanwhile, a new TV producer is luring West with the promise of a spinoff show and big money that will help his family. But with Malou avoiding him, he’s got troubles that won’t be helped once her secret is revealed, sending West into a tailspin. Can she walk away from the best man she’s ever known?

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West has wanted to be with Malou ever since he met her. Trying to have a relationship when the TV crews are following you around and people are expecting the worst from you just isn’t easy.

Ever since their one night together Malou can’t get West out of her mind. She doesn’t want to start a relationship with him because she is a doctor. The publicity would kill her career and Wade’s habits would more than likely destroy her heart.

A bar fight that was in effect a case of misunderstanding, leads to an apology date. One that West carefully orchestrates to avoid the camera crews. Unfortunately that doesn’t end well.

This is a favorite scene.

Watching Malou taste her very first bite of shepherd’s pie followed by a decadent coconut cream dessert was one of West’s high points of the day. Between the fans, the fights and the cameras, it was damn hard to stay centered on what was real in his life.

Lately, gathering in the Calhoun circle hadn’t delivered the peace it normally did, not with the production manager eyeing him. West wasn’t sure he wanted that spinoff show, but he wasn’t being left alone long enough to consider it.

But being with Malou—that was one-hundred-percent real. There was nothing affected about the way she brushed her dark ropes of hair over her shoulder or her rapt expression when she chewed and swallowed the rich, beefy bite on her fork.

She argued about letting him pay for her meal, but he wasn’t taking no for an answer. He gave the waitress a generous tip—mostly because she hadn’t asked for his autograph in the middle of his date. When he led Malou to the exit, placing a protective hand on her lower back, it felt like the most natural thing in the world.

As soon as the night air hit his face, so did a flashlight beam. “West Calhoun?” The rough, barking voice made him stop in his tracks. Malou gasped.

“What is this?” He looked between the two cops before him. Malou skittered to the side, and his heart squeezed in anguish.

“We need to take you down to the precinct for questioning about assault allegations,” the cop said.

“Ffffuck.” He was aware of a couple cameras pointed in his direction, and one of them was definitely from the show. Either way, he’d be all over the news.

His momma would hear of this. Buck would give him that disapproving glare.

I’ll get my spinoff.

He shot a glance at Malou, who was shaking her head and backing away.

“Miss, do you have a ride home?” one officer asked her, and she nodded.

“You need to come with us, Mr. Calhoun.” The cop gripped his shoulder, and he remembered Malou’s truck keys in his pocket.

“Just a second, I need to give her the keys.” He made to reach into his pocket, and the cops were instantly on guard. “I’m not carrying, officers. I just want to give her the truck keys.”

They patted him down and when they nodded, he slowly reached into his pocket to retrieve the keys. Malou came forward reluctantly to accept them. West stared down at her bowed head. She wouldn’t meet his gaze.

He’d fucked this up bad.

“I’m sorry,” he said quietly. She nodded but didn’t look up.

Then he was bundled away by the officers and put into the back of a police cruiser. He twisted his face away from the window, not wanting to add to the humiliation he faced by giving the cameras a great photo op.

But he did glance back in time to see Malou climbing into her truck, head still bowed. Fuck, he’d never get another chance with her. The only woman who hadn’t put on an act with him, who’d given him total honesty in and out of the bedroom, was lost to him.
Petrova, Em. West (Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 4) (Kindle Locations 707-736). Kindle Edition.

This relationship has much to overcome. The scandals, the publicity, the cameras and so much more. A fun and super sexy read that had me laughing as they hide from the cameras and the fans.

5 Contented Purrs for Em!

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Em Petrova lives in backwoods, Pennsylvania, where she raises four kids and a Labradoodle named Daisy Hasselhoff. Her dream is to buy an old pickup and travel small-town USA meeting people and hearing their stories. Her heroes are hardworking—in bed and out—and she is known for panty-scorching erotic romance.

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