Maddie – Corked and Tapped Book 8 By Becca Jameson


Corked and Tapped:
Because the best stories never start
with someone eating a salad.

Maddie
Corked and Tapped Book 8
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Becca Jameson

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“How many amaretto sours have you actually drank?” The truth was she’s had very little to drink. She kept buying the damn things in order to flirt with the mystery man behind the mask at the bar. He knew her. He knew her best friend. Who the hell was he? Intrigued and aroused from a night of flirting, she decided to take a chance on him.

So we learned quite a bit about the Phantom that matches Maddie’s Christine in the last book. Now finally we get to find out if this is a match made in Heaven or Hell.

Our Phantom is someone who knows Maddie, but she doesn’t recognize him. She’s pretty sure this is something her best friend Clara set up and she’s not sure how she feels about it. What she does know is she’s going to give this a chance.

“You say you’re in charge of this company party of yours?” he asked.

“Yes. I’m the event planner. I organized the entire thing.”

He nodded. “How late does it go?”

She tried not to pump a fist at that question, hoping he might invite her to join him in this main bar when her responsibilities were over. She could at least do that. No harm in having a drink with him. Getting to know him better. “I only paid for the open bar until eleven. After that, everyone is on their own.”

He ran a finger around the rim of his glass. “Do you have to clean up or anything?”

She shook her head. “Nope. Corked and Tapped is covering that part.” Yeah, he was definitely hitting on her. It gave her the courage to show her cards. “Will you still be here? I could join you?” She glanced at her watch. “I need about fifteen more minutes.”

His smile grew. He also set his hand on her hip, slid it around to her lower back, and leaned in to set his lips on her ear. “I’d like that.”
She shivered. Holy shit. He set her on fire. The dress she was wearing was incredibly low-cut. The bodice was actually a corset, and her breasts suddenly seemed two sizes too big. She hoped they didn’t pop out and embarrass her.

As he leaned back, she held her breath. He met her gaze, set a finger on her cheek, and trailed it down to her neck. “What are the chances I would show up here tonight dressed as the Phantom only to find a woman in a Christine costume? You kind of have to join me for at least one drink. It’s fated.”

What were the chances, indeed? She assumed this was not a coincidence. And that fact was the main reason she was going to let herself give him a chance.
Becca Jameson. Maddie: Corked and Tapped, Book Eight (Kindle Locations 102-117). Becca Jameson Publishing.

Once Maddie returns to the bar and her Phantom, things heat up quickly. She also thinks there’s something familiar about the Phantom. The only reason she is going to agree to anything is because he definitely knows Clara and although she can’t remember he says he knows her too.

I love the way he keeps the mystery going right up to the extremely hot scenes.

I laughed, sniffled and had to hydrate from the heat coming off the pages.

I can’t wait to see what Becca comes up with for the next book in this series.

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Becca Jameson is a USA Today bestselling author of over 70 books. She is most well-known for her Wolf Masters series and her Fight Club series. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two grown kids, and the various pets that wander through. She is loving this journey and has dabbled in a variety of genres, including paranormal, sports romance, military, and BDSM.

A total night owl, Becca writes late at night, sequestering herself in her office with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate, her fingers flying across the keyboard as her characters weave their own stories.

During the day–which never starts before ten in the morning!–she can be found jogging, floating in the pool, or reading in her favorite hammock chair!


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Explosive Vengeance – Vengeance Book 3 by Kaylea Cross


Explosive Vengeance
Vengeance Book 3
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Kaylea Cross

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Two opposites in uncharted territory.

The government made Chloe Wilson an explosives expert, trained to take out a target with a precise, controlled hit. But there’s nothing controlled about her current situation—or the danger coming after her. When a good-looking stranger is sent to watch her back, she’s not impressed. This mission is personal, and it’s liable to get her killed. The former Valkyrie can’t afford any mistakes or attachments, but this time she has no choice, and soon her new partner proves his worth.

One explosive situation.

When former Pararescueman Heath Barrett gets a call from his best friend asking him to keep tabs on a woman in danger, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Far from a helpless civilian, Chloe holds him at knifepoint the first time they meet. She’s a deadly operative being hunted by lethal enemies and by the time he realizes the extent of the danger, it’s too late to walk away. Now they’re both targets, and he and Chloe must face the threat head on—and if they want to survive, they’ll have to do it together.


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When Megan gets confirmation of Chloe’s identity and whereabouts, she and Ty are to far away to reach her before she disappears again. Ty knows someone who is in Paris and could reach her and with Megan’s okay he calls Heath, telling him little and asking him to keep an eye on Chloe until they can get there, but not to approach her.

Unfortunately for Heath, Chloe turns the tables on him when she reaches her destination. Catching him unaware, he is stunned as he realizes Chloe is not a just a regular person, she’s highly trained and deadly.

Chloe isn’t one to trust and Heath has to decide how to handle this. He’d do anything for Ty but this was just a bit over the top. Plus the two of them end up on the run before Megan and Ty arrive. There’s unfinished business for Chloe to attend to and while she’s not used to having help, it’s something she won’t turn down.

I loved the way this book progresses, the attraction between Heath and Chloe is obvious, but it’s a slow simmer until they can trust each other. It’s always great to see other characters from the series so far and Megan and Ty are two of my favorites.

Plenty of action, intrigue and suspense, with some sizzle.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kaylea Cross writes edge-of-your-seat military romantic suspense. Her work has won many awards and has been nominated for both the Daphne du Maurier and the National Readers’ Choice Awards. A Registered Massage Therapist by trade, Kaylea is also an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, belly dance enthusiast and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and family.

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This Earl of Mine – The Bow Street Bachelors Book 1 By Kate Bateman


Introducing the Bow Street Bachelors
Men who work undercover for London’s
first official police force
and the women they serve to protect…
and wed?

This Earl of Mine
Bow Street Bachelors Book 1
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Kate Bateman

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WILL A FALSE MARRIAGE
LEAD TO TRUE AND LASTING LOVE?

Shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed is done with men who covet her purse more than her person. Even worse than the ton’s lecherous fortune hunters, however, is the cruel cousin determined to force Georgie into marriage. If only she could find a way to be . . . widowed? Georgie hatches a madcap scheme to wed a condemned criminal before he’s set to be executed. All she has to do is find an eligible bachelor in prison to marry her, and she’ll be free. What could possibly go wrong?

Benedict William Henry Wylde, scapegrace second son of the late Earl of Morcott and well-known rake, is in Newgate prison undercover, working for Bow Street. Georgie doesn’t realize who he is when she marries him—and she most certainly never expects to bump into her very-much-alive, and very handsome, husband of convenience at a society gathering weeks later. Soon Wylde finds himself courting his own wife, hoping to win her heart since he already has her hand. But how can this seductive rogue convince brazen, beautiful Georgie that he wants to be together…until actual death do they part?

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I love strong women and Georgiana Caversteed is definitely one of them. For the times she is an anomaly, as she is inheriting the company she ran with her father as soon as she turns twenty-five. Her wealth is an attraction the men around her can’t resist and mostly that’s what they want, not the woman attached to it. As a stipulation to marriage she has designed a contract, one that so far none will sign.

With her birthday fast approaching, her cousin, Josiah is determined to marry her, he needs the funds as he has gambled his own away. Not having any of that she finds a way to marry a convict, one who would be hanged the next day, leaving her a widow. Unfortunately he dies before the event and she is given a replacement. A man scheduled to be sent to Australia.

Benedict Wylde is undercover at Newgate prison to get leads on a conspiracy to release Napoleon from his island prison. He’s the one the bribed guard has selected for Georgie to marry. Only he isn’t leaving England at all but he can’t tell her that surrounded as they were.

Attending one of the many Balls thrown in London during ‘the season’, imagine Georgie’s surprise to see the man she married in the prison chapel.

This is a favorite scene as they dance.

He shook his head. “Ben Wylde is on his way to Australia, alone and unlamented.” A dimple creased his left cheek. “Benedict Wylde, on the other hand, brother of the Earl of Morcott, is very much present and correct. And delighted to renew his acquaintance with you.” He passed an idle glance around the room and lowered his head to her ear. “I do believe we’re setting tongues wagging, Miss Caversteed.”

Georgie shot him a cynical look. “I doubt anyone here will think it odd that a man known to be permanently in need of funds should be dancing with the richest single woman in the room.”
Bateman, Kate. This Earl of Mine. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. Kindle Locations (683-687). Kindle Edition.

With her husband very much in her present she needs to find a way not to cause a scandal that would limit her sister’s chances of finding a husband within the ton.

Ben and Georgie reach an agreement to wed publicly at the end of the season, in the meantime he would court her.

A unique relationship develops between these two as they get to know one another. Of course Josiah rears his ugly head a couple of times but that just adds to the fray.

A suspenseful, fun and romantic read with just enough heat. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Kate Bateman

Kate Bateman (also writing as K. C. Bateman) wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she’d ‘never finish the thing.’ She gleefully proved him wrong. Her Regency and Renaissance-era romances all feature her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to both strangle and kiss.

When not traveling to exotic locations ‘for research,’ Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a number-loving husband who still owes her that dollar.

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Illicit Connections – Illicit Minds Book 2 by Rebecca Royce


Illicit Connections
Illicit Minds Book 2
By
Rebecca Royce

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Previously published as Embraced.

Anomalies. Abnormals. Curiosities. Freaks. Threats. The Conditioned bear many labels, heavy restrictions, intolerable scorn, and unforgiving laws. For thirty years they have been consigned to regulation behind the walls of safe houses and camps. The Conditioned have no rights. They are not people. They are the damned.

Attorney Ben Lavelle, a widowed father of twin girls, has a ghost problem. It bangs through the houses in his neighborhood, terrorizes his kids, and is generally creating havoc. Turning to his brother Gene who has ties to organized crime, he asks for his help—for the girls. Never having dealt with a Conditioned before, Ben has no idea what to expect but Seven is definitely not anything he imagined.

Seven-Two-Four is a Ghost Talker, she can manipulate the energy malignant and otherwise. Isolated in the Institutions, Seven’s lived a harsh existence where even the simple luxuries like sleeping in a bed are denied to her. When the job with Ben and his family buys her a few more days before her scheduled euthanasia, Seven experiences life as a person for the first time.

When tragedy strikes, Ben turns his legal prowess on the Institutions dehumanizing the Conditioned in the first place. Can he and Seven survive when even the memory of their love threatens everything they hold dear?

*Please note this book was previously published under a different title and series name. If you feel you’ve read this before, you might have. Also, the author suggests that you always read the forward to her books to see if there are any triggering things for you and to make sure it is the kind of book you want to read. But, if you like smart, strong characters who grow exponentially over time in love than she suggests you go grab this book right now.*

In the first book in this series, Wade and Addison had managed to destroy places holding the ‘Conditioned’ and many escaped. However things are even worse now than they had been then. Now these two are hard at work to change things once again.

In this book we meet Ben Lavelle, an attorney living in an area with a ghost problem. A widower with twin girls, Ella and Daphne, he has been ‘elected’ by the neighborhood to do something about this problem. He contacts his brother Gene to get the services of a Conditioned Ghost Talker. Something that was nearly impossible nowadays, his brother who works for the mob got results very quickly. Ben had to take ‘it’ within the hour, as she was being taken back from what was to be her last job before being put down. Something that shouldn’t happen until she’s older and also something Ben feels should happen at all.

Ben can’t think of this beautiful woman as an ‘it’ and he finds himself falling in love with her. He’s appalled that she doesn’t have a name and as she requests calls her Seven. After an initial attempt to see the ‘ghosts’ in his home, she is even more exhausted than she was when she arrived. After he literally puts her to bed he starts researching Conditioned law looking for the ways he can tackle the system.

Seven is the one who points out Ben’s daughter Daphne is Conditioned and that only validates his planned lawsuits to change the way the Conditioned are treated.

There is much at play here, we have Seven, the information she shares about Madame Joan, the Twins, Guy and the Island Sanctuary. There are also some time jumps that accelerate the story. Plus more about Addison and Wade.

I can’t wait for the next book, I am cheering very loudly for the Conditioned.

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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.

I’d love to hear from you!

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Drew – Lighthouse Security Investigations Book 4 by Maryann Jordan


Lighthouse Security Investigations

The Lighthouse SI Keepers were men and women from the SEALs,
Rangers, Special Forces, Deltas, and AF Special Ops.
All having been trained in CIA Special Ops,
the Keepers were the best of the best
and ready to take on any mission.

Drew
Lighthouse Security Investigations Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Maryann Jordan

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Drew…southern boy, former Air Force and CIA Special Ops. Now, he works for Lighthouse Security Investigations as a Keeper. And has his eye on Babs.

Babs Mabrey, also a former CIA Special Ops and the woman who manages the Lighthouse office.

When Babs is injured in the line of duty, the LSI boss sends her on a vacation. Fun in the sun on a Caribbean cruise. But when the cruise from hell is more than she can take, she decides to enjoy the islands on her own. A run in with modern-day pirates puts Babs in danger and on the run.

Drew jumps at the chance to fly to the Caribbean to aid Babs, only to get stranded when a storm hits the island. Finally giving into their mutual attraction, secrets are revealed and love blooms.

But pirates and corrupt police have them running for their lives. Staying one step ahead, they fight back until the other Keepers can come to the rescue.

Note: Language and scenes similar to what you would find in an R-rated movie. For adults only.

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Babs is a slave driver when it comes to reports, but recently she’s helped out on missions, something she said she didn’t want to do. As a result she ended up almost poisoned.

Drew spent a lot of time at the hospital with Babs, the two of them have been flirting from the beginning, but now Drew is stepping up his game. Starting with a visit to her at home after she was discharged.

This is a favorite scene.

“Yo, Flyboy, how’s it hanging?”

Drew, standing at the door to her apartment, dropped his chin to his chest and stared at his boots, a smile spreading across his lips. Her voice was scratchy from the effects of expelling the poison from her system, and just hearing it pissed him off all over again, wishing he had spent a little bit more time making Joseph wish he had never come to the United States. Pushing that down, he looked up at replied, “You ever want to find out, Babs girl, you just let me know.”

She barked out a laugh, and he once again tried to ignore the harsh sound. He stepped into her apartment as she moved back and swung her hand out in silent invitation. She had a water bottle in her hand and took a deep drink, and he assumed she had to keep her throat moist.

“I wanted to come by and check on you earlier, but I figured you’ve been mother-henned by Sylvie, Julie, Marge, and Helena… hell, probably Mace, even though I have a hard time imagining our boss as being a mother hen to anybody.”

“You know it would take more than a little ol’ poison to do me in,” she quipped.

He heard the bravado in her voice but was not sure if he imagined a tremor of nerves running through it as well. Her long hair was pulled back into a braid that fell across her chest. Her complexion was pale, and she had dark circles underneath her eyes. He wanted to reach out and offer her a hug, but hesitated, uncertainty filling him.

As he stepped inside her apartment, he looked around. It was the first time he had been to her house. At first stunned, he quickly realized it was pure Babs. A deep green sofa sat in the living room with its back to the entry foyer, giving her a chance to not only see the TV in the corner but enjoy a fire in the fireplace in the winter and look out the large window that overlooked a small side yard. Two burgundy chairs and mismatched end tables and a coffee table completed the furniture. A built-in bookcase on one side of the fireplace was stuffed with books and knick-knacks.

A small dining room was to the right, a green and yellow tablecloth covering the small table. The only thing matching were the cushions in the dining room chairs. The wooden floors were old and scarred with use, but she had a few rugs on the floor, none matching and the colors vibrant. Wild, crazy, vibrant… just like Babs.

“Thanks for not letting Sylvie call my mom.”

Her words interrupted his perusal of her home, and his gaze snapped back to her. She stood nearby, her gaze on him, but he detected a note of nervousness.

“I told her it was up to you to decide what you do and don’t want to tell them,” he said. One night over drinks, Babs had opened up a little bit about her family. They were not close, and she had no plans to change her life to fit into what they wanted. She did not give him a lot of details, but he was honored she told him that much. Before he had a chance to say more, she surprised him by what she knew.

“Heard you did fifteen rounds with the fucker.”

Startled, he asked, “Who the hell told you that?”

“I make it my business to know everything that goes on with the Keepers,” she said, grinning. After a moment, her smile slid away, and uncertainty moved in as she asked, “What I want to know is why.”

He felt the emotion in the room, heavy like a weight pressing down on them. Shrugging his large shoulders, he replied, “Just felt like a message needed to be conveyed.”

She snorted, and the sound reached inside of him, and he grinned.

“Well, it sounds like a good message to send. I appreciate it,” she said, chuckling deeply.

He loved hearing her laugh but found himself hating the pain he could hear in her voice. He knew she needed to rest, so he moved to the door. “Well, I just wanted to check on you, Babs. But I can tell you need to rest your voice, so I’ll say goodnight.”

Sticking his hand into his pocket, his fingers touched something that he had forgotten about. Pulling out a silver bracelet, he held it out to her and said, “I found something for you. It’s really nothing, but when I saw it, I thought of you.”

Cocking her head to the side, she took the bracelet from his palm, and her eyes grew wide. Hanging on the chain was a single silver charm of an airplane. Her gaze jumped up to his, and her smile lit her face. “Oh, my God, it’s beautiful!”

“I saw it a while back and couldn’t figure out when would be a good time to give it to you. I’m always telling you that flying is the only way to travel, so I thought this would remind you of me.” The heat of blush filled his face, and he turned to place his hand on her doorknob. He hesitated, not sure what else to say. “Um… take it easy, and I’ll see you soon.”

“Hey, Drew,” she said quickly, moving closer. She leaned her head way back to look up into his face.

“Yeah?” he asked, finding his name on her lips to be unfamiliar, so used to the nickname she tossed out.

“Thanks,” she said, her voice softer now, more like a low whisper. “Thanks for coming. For checking on me. For what you did to the asshole.” Holding up the bracelet, she said, “And thanks for this. I’ll treasure it because it will always remind me of you… my Flyboy.”
Maryann Jordan. Drew – ARC copy: Lighthouse Security & Investigations (Kindle Locations 222-262).

I love the banter between these two, the teasing and flirting are so much fun.

After all Babs had been through, Mace and Sylvie decide she needs a great vacation on the company. A cruise was booked and off Babs went, but that turned into the cruise from hell when Babs discovers she gets seasick.

Then there’s Drew who gets antsy with her being gone alone, it was amusing to watch his mind work.

Things get interesting when Babs leaves the cruise and books a resort on the island stop. Drew gets involved and flies down to get her only to find her in a precarious position that has him seething a bit.

So much fun, with action and interesting twists and turns. I couldn’t put this book down as Drew and Babs finally decide to see where these feeling take them.

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

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Hisss – Catnip Assassins Book 4 by Skye MacKinnon


Hisss
Catnip Assassins Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Skye MacKinnon

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Don’t read if you’ve not read Purrr***

Not all battles are fought with swords…

Kat’s world has changed dramatically. Her home is gone, her business destroyed, her confidence frayed. She’s used to dealing with problems (mostly by killing them), but trying to cope with her newfound siblings, mysterious enemies, and three yummy smelling men is a little too much even for Kat. It’s time to polish those claws and prepare to forge out a new life – with a little bit of murder, obviously.

The fourth book in this purrfectly exciting urban fantasy series. A slow burn reverse harem where Kat won’t have to choose.

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While I have read this whole series to date, I have not yet reviewed them all. I’m going to have to rectify that.

This is the fourth book in the series and let me say things are really heating up. With two of Kat’s sisters(clones) K4 and K5 showing up on her doorstep the M.E.O.W. crew are more than a little suspicious of them. The tow of them were created together and they are like twins, they complete each other’s sentences and thoughts, it’s a bit spooky. However the crew feels at the moment, then need to listen as K4 and Ivy(K5) have information about K2 and another pack lab.

What they have to say about K2 is not good but as always Kat hopes there is a way to help her after they get her out.

Since their house burned down, they are living in a wagon that was once owned by a circus. While sleeping with Ryker, Lennox and Gryphon usually isn’t a hardship, the close quarters and their need for her sends Kat running. She runs until she’s exhausted and falls asleep far from town. Ryker sends a kitten to find her and after waking Kat the kitten finds herself in a lot of trouble.

This is a favorite scene.

I follow her pitiful meows, away from the river and towards a small forest. Why the heck did the kitten even go here? It’s not the direct way to the town and definitely not a shortcut.

When I get closer, a new scent hits my nostrils. Wet dog. No, not dogs. Wolves. Like Lennox’s scent, but a lot more menacing. There are shifters out here and they’re not the nice kind. This is getting ever more intriguing. Judging from the scents, there are at least three werewolves out here. If they’re all the size of Lennox, that could be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, most wolf shifters are smaller than him and less powerful. There’s no way around it, anyway. The kitten is in danger and I’m the only one around to help it.

Why can’t people get themselves into trouble when I’m not nearby? That would be so much easier for me. Not for them, but still… sometimes I deserve to be selfish.

The forest gives me enough cover to slowly sneak up on the wolves. I was right, there are three of them, surrounding the little kitten. She’s got scratch wounds all over her little body, but they don’t seem deep enough to be life-threatening. They’re playing with her.

Anger fills me. I like torture as much as the next assassin, but I only do it to people who deserve it, not to innocent kittens. She’s got her paws above her head, shielding herself from the next attack.

No more.

I leap out of the foliage and land on one of the wolves, pinning him to the ground. By the time the other two realise what’s happening and turn towards me, I’ve already ripped out this one’s throat. Blood fills my mouth, hot and sweet. I freeze, realising I shouldn’t find it this… delicious. I shouldn’t want to drink my fill from his bleeding throat.

One of the other wolves, a dark grey one, pounces and I react by instinct, rolling onto my side, evading him easily. The other joins the fray and then we’re fighting, biting, clawing at each other. Every time I bite one of them, their blood joins that of the first in my mouth. I swallow it down, greedily drinking their life essence. The frenzy makes it hard to think, so I let my instincts free reign, fighting wild and dirty.

When one of them jumps into the air to attack me from above, I roll onto my back and extend my paws, slicing open his abdomen. Entrails rain down on me and all I can think of is how good they might taste. Hunger burns through me, a deep craving that won’t be controlled. The wolf’s body falls on top of me like a flying buffet. I open my jaws wide, catching whatever organs are tumbling towards me, but then the other wolf is there, his teeth sinking into my side.

I roar and roll to my feet, facing the ashen wolf who’s growling at me. In slow motion, I see his hind legs lower, readying for the jump, but I’m faster. Before he’s even left the ground, I’m on him, my claws racing across his back, my teeth at his neck. He’s dead before he can take another breath.

Alright, this has never happened before. I’m fast, but not that fast. The wound in my side is throbbing, but the pain is already lessening. As if I’m healing at record speed.

The kitten meows pitifully. She licks blood off her little paws before progressing to the wounds she can reach. She seems fine though. A little shaken, a little bit injured, but nothing dramatic.

I turn away from her to focus on the wolf corpses. They smell delicious. Sweet, raw, with an echo of life. I want to sink my teeth into their flesh and rip them apart, wolfing down the fresh meat. Drink their blood.

“Please don’t eat me.”

The kitten’s trembling words pull me from my frenzy.

I stare at her in shock. Blood is dripping from my fur, coating the inside of my mouth, filling my stomach. What the fuck have I done?

I stumble back, away from the corpses. Even though my head is slowly getting clearer, their scent is still tempting me. This is so much more potent than catnip. If the kitten weren’t watching me with wide eyes, I’d devour them all until only bones are left.

“I’m not going to eat you,” I mutter, retreating further. “How badly are you hurt?”

“I’ll be fine,” she says bravely, but her voice is weak.

I sigh and lower myself to the ground. “Climb on. I’ll carry you.”

She looks at me with fear reflecting in her large eyes. She’s afraid of me, one of her own. I’ve really messed up.

“Do it now or you’ll have to walk home,” I snap, more harshly than I want to.

With another cautious glance, she does as I said, climbing onto my back, her little claws pressing against my skin as she finds a secure spot to hold on to. I carefully get up, making sure she’s not about to slip. When I’m sure that she’s safe up there, I increase my pace, hurrying towards town. As much as I want more solitude to think about what just happened, I’ve got a kitten in need of help.
Skye MacKinnon. Hisss: Catnip Assassins – Book Four (Kindle Locations 301-338).

So now along with a new lab to find and infiltrate, we have a bunch of new wolves, not associated with the pack. First priority has to be the lab and getting K2 out of there. In the process perhaps they can get back some the research they lost as well.

Lots of action, suspense and plenty of sizzle too! I can’t wait to read Lick the next book coming soon I hope!

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She embraces her Scottishness with fantastical Scottish settings and a dash of mythology, no matter if she’s writing about Celtic gods, cat shifters, or the streets of Edinburgh.

When she’s not typing away at her favourite cafe, Skye loves dried mango, as much exotic tea as she can squeeze into her cupboards, and being covered in pet hair by her two bunnies, Emma and Darwin.

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Finn – Hathaway House Book 6 by Dale Mayer


Finn
Hathaway House Book 6
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Dale Mayer

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Welcome to Hathaway House.
Rehab Center. Safe Haven.
Second chance at life and love

Navy SEAL Finn MacGregor arrives at Hathaway House not only with half of one leg but with a stoma, one that necessitates the use of a colostomy bag. While it’s nice to once again see his old friend Dani Hathaway and her father, the Major, it’s tough to feel like the least sexy man on the face of the earth. Especially after he meets the pretty nurse in charge of his care …

Fiona Smithers has seen practically everything when it comes to the human body, and Finn’s physical problems don’t faze her. Emotionally she’s wary though. Once before, one of her patients had confused the gratitude he felt for her as love. … That scenario left Fiona devastated to know her friendliness had been misunderstood. Whether deemed love or friendliness, those emotions directly effected that patient’s initial healing and then his setbacks of body as well as of heart and of mind, making her more determined not to run the same risks again. Yet, this time, she may not be able to help herself. She wants Finn in her life on a permanent basis, but, after seeing his obsession with her in his artwork, is that even possible?

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We met Finn briefly when he urged Elliot to go to Hathaway House, at the time he was recovering from his latest and last surgery. He really wanted to see how Elliot did before he committed to going.

One thing we didn’t know then is that he is friends with Dani and when he makes he makes the call, he’s in. As is always true, Finn’s injuries and the approach to therapy are different. Some of his issues stem from his having a colostomy bag, it was life saving, but the position of it and the function it serves is an embarrassment to him.

When Fiona meets Finn, she is a delight. Open and honest she doesn’t pull any punches. She’s not only part of his team, she also frequently helps out with the animals in the Vet Clinic. Her initial interactions with Finn are both fun and informative.

This is a favorite scene

She smiled. “Appearances matter to you, don’t they? You have this view of who you are and what you should be, and, anything different than that, you’re not willing to accept.”

“Is anybody?” he asked, wanting to challenge her on that. He shifted uncomfortably. “Besides, you’re my nurse, not my shrink.”

She settled back and looked around.

He wondered if he’d hurt her and immediately felt bad. “I’m sorry,” he muttered.

“No need to be.”

“Yes, there is,” he said. “I didn’t mean to come across as an arrogant asshole. Apparently, I’ve been doing a little bit too much of that lately.”

“Or, you are somebody desperate for the same chance that you see everybody else getting,” she murmured. “The thing is, when you’re desperate, it doesn’t happen.”

Her words were like a sock to his gut because so much truth was behind them, but how did she know? He stared down at his water bottle, wondering.

“Everybody comes here with that same look,” she explained, her voice once again cool but warm. “And you have every right to it. This is your life. This is your physical body. This is your future. You have to want this change, to be the best you can be. You have to be hungry for it,” she said. “But you have to be willing to do the work to get there. And the work is not always the work that you think it’ll be.”

He stared back at her. He didn’t even necessarily want to go down that train of thought. But what she was offering him was tantalizing. “Is that part of your shrink duties?” he asked, but he tried to keep the sarcasm out of it.

“We’re all shrinks here,” she said, “because we’re all people who walk this world called life. None of us are any better than you. None of us are any worse. We’re all here on this journey. We’re all at different stages. Just because I’m healthy and seemingly whole and have a job where I get to help people become healthy and whole doesn’t mean I’m ahead of you. On the contrary,” she said, “I’ve learned so much on a day-to-day basis from each and every one of you that I know that I’m further behind.”

She almost took his breath away. He took a sip, trying to gather his thoughts as he considered her words. “I guess you’ve seen it all, haven’t you?”

“I keep thinking I have, and then I get a new patient with a new set of problems and a new set of beliefs and a new set of handicaps, and I realize that, yet again, somebody new with something different has presented which I haven’t seen before, and it’s another opportunity to learn.”

Her words were hard-hitting, and yet, so damn meaningful that it made him feel small. “It seems like, every time you open your mouth right now, you come out with something incredibly prophetic, and it makes me feel even smaller,” he admitted. “I had no idea my insecurity was such an issue.”

“What I’ve found,” she said in a conversational tone, leaning forward and linking her fingers loosely in front of her, “is that whenever we’re up against a new challenge— in your case, your physical disabilities— it makes us all feel very insecure because it’s different. We don’t experience a stable footing to stand on. We don’t know what we’re up against, so we don’t have the confidence to know if we can handle it. It’s as if the mountain seems to be so big that you just don’t have the coping skills, so everything falls apart. And the first thing to go is your sense of confidence, your sense of security, your ability to do versus maybe I can do.” She cut her roll in half and offered him half.

He stared at it and then nodded. He leaned forward, wincing only a little at his back as it twinged with the movement.

“Did you lose that kidney too?” she asked, her tone so normal and commonplace.

He laughed and said, “I did. That and a bunch of other stuff.” He picked up the half of her roll, took a bite and slowly savored it.

She nodded and said, “You haven’t allowed yourself much in the way of food, have you?”

Instinctively he gazed at his waist. She nodded, “Because whatever goes in has to come out, and you’ve been avoiding what comes out.”

He flushed, looking around, wishing she kept her voice low.

“If I were to stand on this tabletop and yell out to everybody that you have a colostomy bag,” she said comfortably, “not one person here would give a shit or be fazed by it.”

“How do you know?” he asked in horrified fascination. “Do you do that to all the newbies who come here?”

She stared at him in surprise for a moment and then went off in a peal of laughter. When she finally calmed down, she wiped the tears from her eyes, still chuckling, and said, “Oh, that was great,” she said. “No, I don’t. I should though, shouldn’t I?” Still chuckling, she checked her watch and said, “Not sure what time your next appointment is, but I have to get going.”

“What time is it?” he asked.

“One.”

He nodded. “I should go too. I’m not exactly sure how anything works here, but it seems like it’s not really been set up yet.”

“That’s normal until everybody on the team gets up to speed,” she said, standing. “Do you want a hand back?”

“I think the answer that I’m supposed to give you,” he said, “is, No, I’ll do it myself. But the honest truth is, I would. I’m quite tired.” He lifted a hand to see it trembling.

She gave a decisive nod. “I’m taking my lunch back to my desk. Let’s get your drink and your lunch and bring it back with you.” She quickly packed up a tray, put it on his lap, walked behind him, pushing him toward his room.

“Are you supposed to see me this afternoon?”

“Yes, I am,” she said. “Will you be there, or will you run away?”

“I was thinking that I really wanted to see you,” he said. “You have a take on life that’s refreshing.”

“It’s because I like to take life by the hand and give it a good shake and see what falls out,” she said, still laughing.

“Like I said, refreshing.”
Dale Mayer. Finn (Kindle Locations 490-538). Valley Publishing Ltd..

As Fiona works with Finn she finds her attraction to him growing but because of things that happened previously she is very wary of her feelings. Something she find the animals help with.

Finn finds himself more than a little attracted to Fiona and he knows he needs to find a comfort zone with his own body.

It’s quite the interesting journey for Finn and Fiona, balancing the personal and professional. There’s also Finn’s friendship with Dani that puts and interesting twist on things even though Dani and Aaron are solid and engaged.

I loved seeing Stan the Vet, he does so much and with the new additions of an Appaloosa named Appie and his sidekick a llama named Lovely, plus some difficult cases we see a new side to him. I think he needs a book. Did I mention the puppies and the injured Mom?

Then there’s Danny from the kitchen, he seems to be everywhere and knows what everyone needs nutrition wise. I’d like to know more about him as well.

I truly love the entire process that we witness in these books, from the first day to almost the end of a stay.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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