Bad Teacher – Bad Housewife’s Club Book 3 By Carmen Falcone


Bad Teacher
Bad Housewife’s Club Book 3
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Carmen Falcone

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Violet can’t afford to lose her job—she has lots of bills to pay and needs to cement her new lease on life after a horrific trauma. She’s summoned with the hard task of kicking a failing student out of the prestigious school where she works—but she ends up colliding into the disgruntled father’s expensive car. Just her luck, said father is intense, bossy, and sexy as hell. Not to mention, off-limits.

Restauranteur Theo can’t have his troubled daughter kicked out of yet another school. He’s willing to do whatever he can to get through to Marcelle—even blackmailing the teacher for private lessons to help her pass. After losing his wife, he’d sworn off serious relationships. He can’t ignore the strong pull he feels toward Violet, but he makes it clear his heart isn’t part of the deal. Little does he know, an unexpected event will force him to second guess his choices.

Violet is the one who left her family to get help for severe post-partum depression. While she was gone she also finished her degree and now that she’s come back her world has changed radically. Her now ex-husband is marrying one of her best friends and while she isn’t totally comfortable with it, she knows they both deserve that happiness. She also has a great teaching job at a French language private school, but has been put in an awkward position by the principal. She has to inform Theo Brodeur that his daughter Marcelle is failing two classes and the rest aren’t any better. She’s has to tell him she has been expelled, but Theo is having none of it. He tears up the confirmation of the talk and leaves.

Upset with the outcome and what it could mean for her job, Violet leaves for home but distracted she rear-ends a car. The car with Theo Brodeur and his daughter Marcelle in it. Thinking quickly Theo comes up with a plan to keep his daughter in school. Violet would tutor his daughter for which he would pay her and convince Principal Clark to let Marcelle stay or he would tell the school of this accident. They would surely fire her after that and she really needs her job to pay off all the medical bills she incurred over the last couple of years.

Theo never expected to be so attracted to a woman so soon after his wife’s death and tries not to give in to his libido. On the other hand Violet is the first tutor that Marcelle has ever responded to, that in itself is a reason to stay away.

I love the way this story plays out, and it gets really sizzling. There’s also Principal Clark who isn’t happy with the turn of events and is determined to show Marcelle to the door.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this series which I am guessing will be Lara’s story.

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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.


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Buried Lies – Crimson Point Book 2 By Kaylea Cross


Buried Lies
Crimson Point Book 2
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She left her painful past behind.

Poppy Larsen is finally free. She moved to Crimson Point to make a new life for herself, full of bright possibilities. A whole new world awaits her, if she can find the courage to trust again—even her gorgeous neighbor, the town sheriff. But darkness lurks in the picturesque Oregon Coast town, concealing a deadly threat that’s closer than she ever imagined.

Now a killer is watching her from the shadows.

Sheriff Noah Buchanan can’t help but be intrigued by his new neighbor. She’s hard working, sexy as hell, and unlike most of the women in town, she hasn’t thrown herself at him. After it becomes clear that she plans to put down roots here, he finds himself falling more and more for Poppy and her big heart. When someone from her past tries to hurt her, it triggers all his protective instincts. But the real danger is hiding in plain sight. When the unthinkable happens, Noah is thrust into a race against time to save her before it’s too late.

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We met Poppy at the end of Fractured Honor as Noah lends her a hand painting her store after discovering she’s his new neighbor. She moved to Crimson Point for a new beginning, with a house that needs work and a store front needing the same. She worked hard and had managed to open the bookstore and café for business before tourist season hits.

Noah has been really busy, the FBI has sending him more and more information on missing women from the surrounding area on top of all the normal town business. He is delighting in getting to know his new neighbor, and in that regard actually sets up a poker night with the guys to be held at her bookstore Whale’s Tale.

This is a favorite scene.

Whatever else Poppy Larsen was, she was a damn hard worker. She’d done most of the renos on the shop herself, due to budget constraints, and apparently was committed to rolling up her sleeves at home as well. “Are you planning to paint the fence once you’re done washing it?” It was yellowed and peeling in places.

“Yeah, it needs a new coat of paint, and so does the cottage. Everything’s peeling. I’ll get to the landscaping later.”

She intended to do all of that in addition to running her own business that had just opened? “You can borrow my sprayer again. And the lady you bought this place from had a landscaper come take care of the yard once a week during spring and summer, then do a cleanup a few times over the fall and winter. We get big windstorms here in the winter, so you’ll have a lot of downed branches from the trees.”

He nodded at the tall cedars and firs bordering the east side of her property. “I can get you the guy’s name and number if you’re interested. He’s pretty reasonable, and he has a lot of clients here in the area, including Beckett.” Noah’s best friend, and future brother-in-law. Damn, that sounded weird.

“Have you used him?”

“No, but my yard’s way smaller than yours, and I don’t have many trees.”

“Okay, that would be great if you could give me his number. Thank you.” Poppy considered him for a moment. “I was thinking of hosting a poker night this coming Thursday down at the shop. I’m getting a liquor license for special events like that. Do you or anyone you know like to play?”

Noah blocked a frown from forming. Poker at a bookshop-slash-tearoom? “I know some guys.”

She beamed at him, her sunny smile transforming her entire face. And it had already been pretty before. “Great. I’ll be doing board game nights there as well, some Dungeons and Dragons, things like that. And by the way, I haven’t forgotten that I promised you a cherry pie for helping me paint the shop. I just haven’t had the chance to make it yet.”

His lips quirked. “I wouldn’t say no to a cherry pie, but I don’t want you to go to any trouble. You’re really busy.”

She shrugged. “I’ll fit it in. I always keep my promises.”

“Well that’s nice to hear. Since we’re neighbors, and all.”

Her eyes sparkled at him. Not flirtatious, however. Warm. Sincere. “Exactly.”

No flirting and she’d been in a rush to cover up. He was getting more curious about her by the minute. She also made it damn hard to stay wary of her and her background. “Tell you what. I’ll make some calls and see if I can get a couple of my buddies to come out on Thursday.”

“That’d be great, thank you.”

“No problem. And don’t hold off on the power washing on my account. I’m up now.”

“You sure?”

“Positive.”

“All right.” She held up the plate, raised her tawny eyebrows. “Want anything else?”

Oh, he did. But it wasn’t on the menu, and wasn’t going to be. “I’m good. Gimme a couple minutes to make some calls and I’ll let you know about Thursday.”

The first person he called was Beckett.

“It’s not even seven-thirty in the morning,” his best friend grumbled. Noah’s sister, Sierra, had moved in with him just over a month ago. “Better be important.”

“I thought anything after oh-four-hundred was considered sleeping in for a Green Beret.”

“Former Green Beret. Now that I’m a civilian again, I remembered how much I love sleeping. So, what’s up?”

“You, me and Weaver, poker game this Thursday night.”

“Poker? Man, we haven’t done that in years. At your place?” Beckett asked.

“Seven at the new bookshop in town. Whale’s Tale.”

“Whale’s Tale? What?”

“Just be there. We still on for tonight?” They were having a barbecue at Beckett and Sierra’s.

Beckett grunted. “If you hang up right now and let your sister and me get back to sleep, then yeah.”

Now that was a mental image Noah didn’t need. He loved them both, but even after a few weeks to adjust, it was still weird to think of Beckett and Sierra getting married and having a family together someday. “Okay. But next time you see your yard guy, can you have him call me? My neighbor might be interested in hiring him.”

“I’ll text him. If you hang up right now.”

“Fine. See you later.” He hung up and called Weaver, a former teammate of Beckett’s, who was much perkier than Beckett had been.

Noah ended the call and walked back to the fence. Poppy had hauled the power washer over to the far corner, still wearing her shirt over her bikini top. Noah flagged her down before she could fire it up. “The three of us are in for Thursday night.”

Her face lit up. “That’s fantastic, thank you. If you think of anyone else, please let them know.”

“Will do.” He turned and headed back toward his house, in a far better mood than he’d been in ten minutes ago. And maybe, if he was lucky, Poppy would decide to take that flannel shirt off once he went back inside. Then he could enjoy his morning coffee while standing in front of the kitchen window and admire the view.

Yep, no doubt about it. Hardwired cynicism aside, his neighborhood had gotten a major upgrade the day she’d moved in next door.
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All is not fun and poker though. A woman from town is reported missing and the search to find her becomes even more urgent with the possibility of a serial killer on the loose. Some anxious moments for Poppy with a guy from the garden store. Poppy is the one who finds the girl as town folk perform a grid search. Becoming a sort of hero has Poppy a bit embarrassed but business immediately picks up.

With the help of Noah and his friends, things start shaping up at Poppy’s home as well. Noah’s attraction to her increases as he tries to get a real date with her but they end up grilling in his yard. When some of her past comes to light she’s afraid she’s lost the respect of everyone. Not true of course but the pain was present and she worried about losing Noah because of it.

Something I also like about these books is the glimpses we get of the bad guy, it lets us know what’s in his head and keeps us on our toes.

There’s some sizzling heat as well as suspense as this tale unfolds. Have plenty of tissues on hand it’s very hard to read with tears streaming down your face. Plenty of fun and laughter and camaraderie too as Noah and Poppy discover love.

I’ve already reviewed Shattered Vows, so the next book reviewed will be Rocky Ground. Seriously don’t miss this series!

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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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Rewind – Time Captive Book 2 By Heather Long


Rewind
Time Captive Book 2
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Heather Long

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Valda is trapped, but far from alone. Andreas, Hatch, Oz, and Dirk are all fighting to stay at her side as they work their way through a puzzling prison. The greater struggle for Valda is rebuilding the trust between the five of them.

She doesn’t have their memories, but her guys have proved they’ll start over again as many times as needed. When Oz discovers they are on the clock, the pressure ramps. It will take every one of them working together to solve the riddling path to freedom. As they pull apart their lives to help her rebuild hers, Valda and her men will be tested.

If they succeed, no one can really tell her what waits on the other side. They’ll sacrifice everything to save her. Can she do any less?

NOTES:
This is a reverse harem and the author suggests you always read the forward in her books. This is the second in a trilogy and the story will continue through future books.

Previously published as Their Sacrifice by Jazz Michaels, a pen name. Now re-edited and proofed for re-release.

When we left Valda,  she had discovered what was happening, her upset causes the construct to fail and the guys have to start again. This time Hatch makes a decision that can change everything. When Andreas, Oz, and Dirk realize what he’s done they are angry because of the possible consequences.

It’s Valda herself who’s going to change things going forward, and while it’s not totally unexpected, they have to accept whatever happens.

This is a favorite scene.

I fought to turn my head, but it wouldn’t move.

A flicker of movement, and Oz was in front of me. What the hell was he wearing? The white body suit clung to him, outlining every part of his musculature. He’d lost weight. Stubble decorated his cheeks, but his head gleamed where the light touched it. Pure color in the white, foreign chamber holding me captive.

He wasn’t looking at me, and I tried to wiggle my hand or open my mouth to call him. “Perform a bone scan, then pull and run blood work.”

“Acknowledged.” The computronic voice came from everywhere and nowhere. Was I back in that biosphere? Even trapped at this angle, I knew it wasn’t the medbay.

Medbay.

Biosphere.

What?

Dammit. Oz! I railed inside, but no sound escaped.

“Hey,” he said, his voice softening as his gaze met mine. He lowered whatever was in his hand, and leaned forward. “Are you awake?” Hope and something much darker surged in his voice.

Yes! I screamed the word. Yes, I’m awake.

What was going on?

No sound escaped.

He looked from me to the monitors. Twice more, his gaze went to me, then away.

I’m here! What’s going on?

“Shit.” He jerked. “Sedate her, now!”

Sedate me? Oz! No!

“Hold on, sweetheart,” he said, twisting away and then back. Switches clicking filled my hearing, but no matter how I tried, I couldn’t turn my head. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t say anything. “I know it’s scary,” Oz murmured, his face filling my vision. Then his fingers appeared in my periphery. Was he touching me?

Why couldn’t I feel it?

“We’re coming for you sweetheart, we’re there. But I need you to go back to sleep— just a little longer. I swear it.”

I wanted to believe him, I wanted to…

Blink.

I rocketed to my feet and jerked away from Hatch. Dirk shoved away from the wall, and Andreas’ coffee cup hit the floor.

The room around us flickered, and I swung in a circle, then met their gazes one at a time. The cold in my blood began to warm, and I could wiggle my toes, and move my fingers. Oz wasn’t here, though.

No. Because Oz was there— in the room with the equipment and my mind trapped in my body.

None of this was real.

The lights on the periphery exploded in a shower of sparks, and Andreas took a step toward me. Hatch blocked him with an arm.

Trapped.

The mission was to escape, but not their mission.

My mission.

They were here to help me.

In. My. Mind.

The knowledge surfaced, and I heard the explanation replay— a dozen different variants, but all the same.

Locked in my mind.

Locked away.

A panel on the wall sparked, then shattered.

Closing my eyes, I forced one calming breath after another, until my heart went from racing to steady.

Science required calm and rational thought, divorced of emotion.

Only when I was certain my hand wouldn’t shake, did I allow myself to open my eyes. Even braced for another scene change, I didn’t let the fact we were all still in Andreas’ suite provide me with any calm.

How long had we been here? The cascade of information threatened to overwhelm me, but I refused to do more than search for a correlation of dates.

Years.

Years in this place.

And my guys… my guys hadn’t given up on me, but they were here— in my mind with me.

An invasion and a salvation in the same breath.

“Valda—” Dirk began, but I silenced him with a raised hand, then I focused on Hatch. Hatch, who’d been thrilled, then worried in equal measures.

“What did you do, Hatch? You changed something.”

His beautiful blue eyes gleamed as he locked gazes with me. “How do you know?”

“Because I remember.” I exhaled slowly. “I remember all of it.”
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As Valda spends more time with her guys in the areas of ‘Memoriam’ she comes to a decision that none of them are going to like.

The biggest problem is ‘Memoriam’. Hatch procured this complex computer system specifically for this task. Much to her dismay the program has a thing about failing and Valda has to beat it at it’s own game to survive the way she wants to.

Very emotional with laughter, tears, heartbreak, kindle melting heat and so much more!

I can’t wait for the next book!

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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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Broken Bonds – Crimson Point Book 5 by Kaylea Cross



Broken Bonds
Crimson Point Book 5
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Kaylea Cross

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Autumn winds and rain
have returned to Crimson Point.

It’s November in the Pacific Northwest and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Beckett and the Crimson Point gang are looking forward to celebrating the holiday together. This year they all have more to be thankful for than ever…but that also means they have even more to lose.

But this year
a different kind of storm is looming.

Recent problems at work have left Beckett and crew scrambling to get projects completed. It’s all hands on deck, and just as the end is finally within sight, a deadly threat emerges from the shadows. When things take a lethal turn, the Crimson Point team must once again come together to save one of its own, and hunt down the vengeful killer before he can strike again.

NOTE:
This novella is a final wrap-up of the Crimson Point Series and is not intended to be read as a stand-alone.



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This book is a wrap-up to the series. If you haven’t read them all yet…STOP…Go and read them first.

This book takes place two years after the last one and it begins with Beckett and Aiden ‘Mac’ texting about an employee they had to let go.
Troy reminded them in some was of Carter and they were doing their best not to have history repeat itself.

Everyone is gathering at Beckett and Sierra’s home for dinner. Jace, Molly with their daughter Savannah, Noah and Poppy have already arrived when Aiden, Tiana and Ella arrive. Ella is such a big help with Savannah, I love the way she’s grown. She the one to spring a surprise on they others, her mom Tiana is pregnant. So much love and laughter comes through the pages here.

Ella gets permission to take Walter for a short walk in his stroller even though it’s dark, although her mom watches from the driveway. Armed with a flashlight she walks up the lane, I love the way she talks to him like he’s a person, but it’s once again Walter who’s warning growl alerts her to danger. In the distance she sees a man with a rifle and immediately turns them around and runs back to the house. This is where I say Damn it not again.

This is a favorite scene as the guys go into protective mode.

At the sudden commotion coming from the front porch, Beckett shot up from his chair and rushed for the door with Aidan. Tiana was on the porch with a protective arm around Ella, hugging her close as she herded her daughter toward them.

“What’s wrong?” Mac demanded behind him, holding the screen door open for them.

“I saw a man with a gun,” Ella blurted, rushing for the door, eyes wide.

Beckett and Mac shared a look, then Mac caught her and picked her up, holding her close as he took her inside. “Where?” Chairs scraped behind them as the other two men both stood and came over.

“At the top of the lane. He was at the edge of the forest. When he saw me he went back into the trees.”

A wave of protectiveness rushed through Beckett. They’d all been through enough shit. If this was another threat, he was ending it before it started. “What sort of a gun, Ella?” he asked, grabbing his jacket at the door. Noah was beside him, still in his sheriff’s uniform.

“A long one. A rifle.”

“Stay with your mom and the other lasses while we check it out,” Mac said, placing Ella on the couch in front of the fireplace. Tiana slid Ella onto her lap while Sierra, Poppy, Molly and Savannah clustered around them.

Beckett retrieved his pistol and was the first through the door with Mac, Weaver and Noah right behind him. Walter was at the foot of the porch stairs still in his stroller. Beckett lifted him out and handed him to Mac. “Bring him with us. If someone’s in the woods, he’ll be able to smell them.”

Together they headed to the end of the driveway and paused to look around. There was no one standing at the top of the lane. Walking up it would make them perfect targets because of the streetlights. “We’ll cut across into the woods here and move south.”

“Could be an out-of-town hunter who got lost,” Noah said, sidearm in hand as they crossed the lane and headed for the trees, his tone doubtful.

“Yeah, right.” He and Noah had been best friends since they were kids. They’d grown up together here in Crimson Point, knew every inch of the town by heart, including this stretch of forest.

Beckett’s senses were on high alert as they entered the forest. Dim streams of light from the streetlamp filtered through the trees.

“You had any trouble lately that I should know about?” Noah whispered.

“Few staff issues,” Beckett whispered back, already compiling a mental list of anyone who might want to threaten him. Three people immediately came to mind. All employees he’d been forced to let go recently, and one of whom he’d had a run-in with where the guy had been pissed off and threatening to sue.

Mac put Walter down at the edge of the forest. The old dog immediately began sniffling and snuffling around on the damp, leaf-strewn ground.

Beckett let him wander, keeping an eye on him as he slowly moved through the shadows ahead. “Fan out, and stay behind me,” he whispered to the others, immediately slipping back into the role of team leader that he’d held during the last ten years of his SF career. “Weaver, on my right,” he said to Jase, who had been one of his A-Team soldiers.

He hugged the edge of the forest as they moved southward, staying just deep enough inside the trees that the light coming from the lane didn’t cast them in silhouette to anyone who might be hiding in here.

Beckett headed up the hill toward the top of the lane, where Ella had last seen the suspect. The others moved silently through the woods behind him, scanning the underbrush. Walter was busy exploring but hadn’t given any alerts or done anything to indicate he’d picked up an interesting scent.

Beckett held his weapon at the ready and focused on the area to his left as he neared the top of the lane. There was just enough illumination filtering down from the half-moon for him to identify Weaver about ten yards behind him on the right.

Beckett signaled for his former soldier to cover him, then crept back toward the lane. He was about to be backlit by the streetlamp but he needed to find where the guy with the weapon had been, and what direction he was heading. While the others watched his back, he stepped out of the shadows and into the light, searching the strip of earth that bordered the pavement.

A few yards from the crest of the hill, he saw the prints. Large boots, size eleven or twelve. Beckett crouched to examine them more closely, the streetlamp at the top of the hill giving him plenty of light. The prints near the edge of the pavement pointed toward the lane. They were deeper at the toe than the heel.

Their mystery visitor had been trying to be stealthy, placing his weight on the balls of his feet and rocking backward, rather than heel first. Ella must have surprised him and made him dart back into the woods.

Moving a little farther south, he found another set of tracks leading back into the forest. Beckett’s spine tingled. This didn’t feel random. Whoever it was had scouted the area before using the woods as cover to reach his target, then slipped back into the trees.

Only Beckett’s, and Tiana and Mac’s houses were down this way. As far as targets went, Beckett’s gut said this had to be about him. If he was right, then the stalker must have been trying to cross the lane and circle around to the back of Beckett’s house, using the darkness as cover.

Cold settled deep in his gut. Had Ella not scared the guy off, things might have taken a far more dangerous turn tonight.
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This is only the beginning and I love the way Kaylea gives us incite into the bad guy and his motives without giving away who he is.

I love the interactions between all these friends and their children and pets. While I’m sorry the series has ended it is truly one of my favorites from this author.

A shopping trip, mudslides and more make this a page-turning read with laughter, many tears, sizzling heat and so much more!

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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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Lost Star – Wings of Artemis Book 11 By Rebecca Royce


Lost Star
Wings Of Artemis Book 11
By
Rebecca Royce

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Evander wants her…

Trapped in stasis, Sienna reaches out to her caretakers with her mind. Awakened to the war, she must confront not only why the remains of the distant corporation wants her but her own chances at survival with the viruses riddling her system. The new crew of the Artemis will do anything to keep her safe though they long to defeat the overlords who have wreaked so much havoc.

They will do anything to protect her…

Super Soldiers Blaze, Anders, Corbin, and Kellan tease her with their blunt attitudes and artless charm. Human doctor Wade figured out the solution to hold the viruses at bay and wake the siren whose voice sustains him. Trenton, the wickedly talented human pilot, will use every skill he has to keep Artemis in fighting form. The ancient ship has her work cut out for her when a seventh soul inserts himself into their crew, stealing Sienna and possibly her heart.

As the Wings of Artemis races to its epic conclusion, Sienna will have to trust her heart and these men to save the galaxy or die in the attempt.

PLEASE NOTE:
This is the 11th novel in a science fiction romance series. Although every odd numbered book starts a new arc in the series, with brand new characters as the leads, the story does progress from book to book. The author strongly suggests you do not start at book 11. There will be one more book in this series and then the series will officially be completed.

Sienna has been in stasis for a long time. The viruses Evander injected with have no cure, at least none available to the people protecting her. Even more puzzling is the mystery as to why Evander wants her. Wade has taken on being her doctor as they flee Earth with Trenton and the super soldiers Blaze, Anders, Corbin, and Kellan as protection.

With the help of others, Wade is able to design a device similar to Avery’s delivering medication to keep the viruses at bay. As this book opens they are waking her, hoping to find the answers to at least some of the puzzle.

Playing hide and seek with Evander is getting them nowhere and knowing they’d need supplies they head to the reopened Mars Station. There things take quite the interesting twist with a new journey through the dark planets and plenty of action.

Sienna has some interesting powers and they can only imagine what Evander would do if they could replicate it. Stopping Evander is something everyone wants but they need someplace defendable to do it.

I loved seeing everyone again. I know the next book is the last in the series so with all the action we’ve seen so far, the laughter and tears, even the super soldiers falling in love. Plus there’s all that sizzling heat from the dynamic of reverse harem. I both look forward and dread the end.

This series is so very awesome, with strong women, strong men, the desire to live in peace and the determination to make it so.

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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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Tempting Elizabeth – Club Zodiac Book 9 By Becca Jameson


Tempting Elizabeth
Club Zodiac Book 9
By
Becca Jameson

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Sometimes a fresh start doesn’t look
like anything you imagined…

Elizabeth is starting over. New city. New job. New club. Miami is the perfect choice. Warm year round. Gorgeous beaches. Plenty of opportunities. It all seems perfect until she spots Flynn at Zodiac, the club she just joined. The one man she never wanted to see again. Miami isn’t big enough for the two of them.

Flynn moved to Miami to take over his family’s restaurant. He loves being back in his home town. He’s living his best life. Until he spots Elizabeth at Zodiac. He used to work with her. Infuriating woman. Seeing her brings back all the pent-up stress and anger he felt every day sharing an office with her.

The tension between them could start a fire, but a chance encounter causes Flynn to see her in a new light. Elizabeth isn’t interested in anything he has to offer though, nor is she willing to listen to reason. Convincing her to give him a chance is like eating soup with a fork.

But someone is following her, and it makes Flynn nervous. Why does she feel the need to stubbornly control everything? There’s something about her that makes Flynn unwilling to give up. When the perfect opportunity comes along, can he convince her to stay in town and let her guard down?

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Elizabeth has just become a member of Zodiac, she’s a Domme and very good at what she does. When she finds a former co-worker is a Dom and also a member, she isn’t happy about it.

Flynn was intrigued when he saw Elizabeth, he would have pegged her as a submissive not a Domme given her personality in their former workplace. He approaches her after her scene as a courtesy.

This is a favorite scene.

Elizabeth was zipping up her toy bag when a shadow fell over her. She lifted her gaze and nearly dropped the bag on the floor. “Flynn?”

“Yep.” He stood in front of her, smirking, his fingertips in the pockets of his black jeans.

Surprised didn’t even begin to describe her shock. Flynn Taylor. Great. “What are you doing here?”

“That’s what I was about to ask you,” he countered, his brows furrowed. He looked about as happy to see her as she was him. As in not at all.

“Just moved to Miami. I didn’t know you’d left Atlanta.” She’d never expected to see Flynn again in her life after leaving SaFleur Pharmaceuticals three years ago. And frankly that would have been too soon.

“A few months after you left. My father died. I moved back to Miami to take over the family business.” His brows were furrowed. “What brought you to Miami?”

She shrugged. Miami had lured her with its promises of sun and sand and good weather. Suddenly, she half wished she were a fan of snow instead. “I picked it at random. Need a fresh start. I’m planning to open my own business.”

He nodded, not asking her for further information, which was just as well because she didn’t have more details yet.

She lifted her toy bag over her shoulder. “How long were you watching me?”

“Long enough.” He smirked again. She wanted to slap him. It was amazing how fast he could get under her skin. And for no good reason. The two of them simply clashed, probably because they were both intelligent, headstrong, and determined. Any time one of them had an idea, the other had shot it down immediately on principle alone.

He wasn’t moving, and she suddenly wondered why. She decided to needle him because that’s what she was good at. She glanced back at the St. Andrew’s cross she’d just finished using. “Oh. Did you want me to dominate you? I have someone else in a few minutes, but I can fit you in afterward if you’d like to blow off some steam.”

He tipped his head down, his brow furrowing further, just as she’d expected. “Fuck no. You aren’t dominating me.”

She shrugged, trying to look nonchalant. “My bad. I guess you already have someone lined up.” It was difficult not to smile since she knew she was full of shit. There wasn’t a chance in hell Flynn was a sub, but man did she enjoy watching his jaw tighten.

“No one is going to dominate me, Elizabeth, but if you decide you want to blow off some steam yourself, let me know. I’ll try to fit you in. I’m pretty good with just about any toy you’d like to experience.”

“Ha.” She forced herself to laugh at him now. “Not in this lifetime.” She stood tall, which in her heels was sometimes enough to meet people eye to eye. But not Flynn. He was about six four. She couldn’t compete with that. She had to lean her head back to meet his gaze which infuriated her.

This time he was the one to shrug. “Your loss. Are you planning to join Club Zodiac because I’m not sure the place is big enough for both of us. There’s another club in Miami you might enjoy. It’s called Breeze.”

She chuckled deeply and rolled her eyes. “You afraid I’ll upset your mojo?”

“Not at all. My mojo is unflappable.”

“Well, I guess if my presence bothers you, you’ll just have to stay out of my way. I’ll probably visit Breeze as well, but I find I like it here at Zodiac.” She glanced around. “It has a vibe that agrees with me.” Except for finding out you’re a member too. No way would she let Flynn think he’d pushed her out the door though.

He gave a curt nod. “Knock yourself out. We obviously won’t be participating in the same scenes anyway.”

A young blonde came up beside Flynn and set her hand on his biceps. “Hey.” Her voice was soft. Demure. She smiled up at him and then let her face dip.

Flynn covered her fingers with his, glancing at her before returning his attention to Elizabeth. “I actually booked this apparatus after you,” he informed her.

“Ah. Okay. Well, I’ll just get out of your way.” She hefted her bag higher on her shoulder as she gave a wide berth circling around the couple on the side of the blonde. She didn’t have any desire to get closer to Flynn than necessary. The man made her skin crawl.

Unfortunately, though she would never admit it out loud, he also made her heart flutter.
Becca Jameson. Tempting Elizabeth: Club Zodiac, Book Nine (Kindle Locations 118-120).

When circumstances throw them together, they both make an effort to get re-acquainted. Elizabeth is stubborn but the attraction is there. The question becomes can she give up the control, or can Flynn?

Aside from their incredibly sizzling story there is plenty of suspense, intrigue, laughter and tears.

I really hope there will be more books in this series!

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Becca Jameson currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and the various pets that wander through.

After editing for about five years she recently started writing. She is loving the journey, dabbling in various genres.

When not writing or editing she can usually be found taxiing kids to and from their activities, scrapbooking, and reading!

Late at night she can usually be found sequestered in her office creating fantasy with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate.


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Jaden – Hathaway House Book 10 By Dale Mayer


Jaden
Hathaway House Book 10
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.

Jaden Hancock knows that things could be a lot worse. He still has two arms and two legs, even if one of his legs is so badly damaged it’s virtually useless. And it’s not that he isn’t willing to work toward recovery — it’s just hard to see the lack of progress even after weeks of therapy. While he knows that he needs to accept the current state of his body, that acceptance feels like giving up. And he’s not prepared to do that.

Brianna Kole crossed the country to get away from her old life. As the newest member of the staff at Hathaway House, she’s polite but not overly friendly. The last thing she wants is to get attached and to risk getting hurt again. But, in spite of her reservations, she and Jaden gravitate to each other as the two newcomers to the facility. After that, it isn’t long before Brianna’s questioning her feelings… and his.

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I’m really loving how as we meet new people, both as patients and staff, we also love how they find the healing they need at Hathaway House.

In this book Jaden and Brianna are both new to Hathaway House. Jaden as a patient and Brianna as a relief nurse.

Jaden was inspired by Iain’s recovery to apply to Hathaway House. His time at the VA Hospital has reached a point where he is not progressing and he really wants to be better.

Brianna is a caring nurse, who came to the area for a new beginning. Her position at Hathaway House was to be a relief nurse. That has quickly turned to full time hours and Dani offers her a full time position and one of the apartments on site.

This is a favorite scene as Jaden and Brianna meet for the first time.

She drove carefully toward where the apartments were, then took her assigned parking spot and started unloading everything. She was more than delighted to live here. As she took out her last load, she looked up to see one of the men on the deck above, outside the cafeteria area. She waved a hand and called out, “Good evening.”

“Good evening,” he said back. She quickly dropped off that last box to her new apartment and then made her way closer to him, standing on the grass below the upper deck. “Did I miss dinner?”

“I don’t think so,” he said. “But I just arrived today, so I’m not sure.”

She raced up the stairs and recognized him as one of the men who had had the ice cream earlier. She smiled at him. “If you’re up for some company,” she said, “I’ll see if I can grab some food first before my time runs out and then join you.”

His eyebrows popped up, and he nodded. “Absolutely,” he said. “I’m just finishing.”

“Good. Can I get you anything while I’m there?” She turned to look at him as she walked slightly backward to the cafeteria line.

“I might come and get seconds in a bit,” he said. “Go ahead and get yours first.”

She raced up to see Dennis standing there, cleaning up a lot of the trays. “Did I miss out?”

“Some of it’s gone, but we always have something to offer,” he said. “What would you like?”

“Just give me a plate of goodness,” she said.

He nodded and served her a massive amount of a beautifully unique salad. It had chickpeas and olives, and it looked like a variation of a Greek salad with skewers of meat and some beautiful rice, yellow in color, with vegetables and maybe raisins too, but she didn’t quite know for sure. With that cursory glance, she put it on her tray, grabbed a bottle of water and some cutlery, and headed to where the guy was who she’d talked to earlier.

As she placed her tray down, she said, “Thanks for offering to share your table.”

“I think here,” he said, “we all share.”

She smiled, nodded, and said, “I’m Brianna, by the way.”

“Jaden,” he offered. “And I literally just arrived today, so I don’t know anything about the place.”

“And I arrived almost four weeks ago,” she said with a conspiratorial look. “So we’re both newbies.”

“Wow,” he said. “Yet you act like you’re very comfortable here.”

“I am to a certain extent,” she said. “But now I just moved into one of the resident apartments, and that’s made my life a little easier.”

“I’m sure it went well then,” he said. “You work here?”

“Oh, sorry,” she said, as she paused and looked at him. She gave a shake of her head. “Yes, I’m one of the nurses. I was part-time, but now I’m full-time.”

“Good for you,” he said. “Well, obviously I’m one of the patients.”

She smiled and nodded. They ate in companionable silence, and then suddenly Dennis was at her side. “Jaden, how are you doing?”

Jaden looked up at him and smiled. “I think I’m good,” he said.

“Do you want any more dessert or other food?”

“I think I’m full. That traveling is likely to upset my system as it is.”

“Got it,” he said. Dennis took away his plate as well as the rest of his cutlery. “Do you want anything else to drink now?”

Jaden shook his head. “I’ll probably crash after this.”

“Good enough,” he said. He looked over at Brianna. “How are you doing?”

“I’m doing great,” she mumbled around a chunk of meat that she’d popped off from the skewer and into her mouth.

Dennis grinned and took off.

“Is everybody this friendly?” Jaden asked. “I came from an institution where people speak in whispers, low voices, and everyone doesn’t want to disturb anybody.”

“It’s not like that here at all,” she said.

Just then came several barks.

Jaden turned in surprise to see an older man and a great big Newfoundlander walking toward the edge of the deck. The dog stopped beside Jaden and woofed. Jaden reached out a hand, and the dog immediately came closer, looking for ear scratches.

The older man looked at him, smiled, and said, “I’m the Major,” he said. “Dani is my daughter.”

Jaden smiled, reached out a hand, and shook it, whereas Brianna stared at him.

“Wow,” Brianna said. “You’re the one she started this for.”

“Yep, in a way,” he said. “Although I’d say both of us started this.”

Brianna immediately felt embarrassed. “I just heard rumors,” she rushed in to save her mistake.

He lifted a hand. “Don’t worry about it,” he said. “What we’ve built, we’ve built. But she has carried it on.” He reached down, scratching the dog on her head. “This is Helga. She’s around all the time too.”

Both of them stopped for a moment to give her a cuddle, but Helga now stared and sniffed at the meat on Brianna’s plate.

“Just remember to never feed any of the animals around here,” the Major said. “Most of them have stomach issues over the more obvious physical ones, and too much human food just causes them more trouble.”

“I’ve heard about that,” Brianna said, giggling, “but Helga is not listening to you.”

The Major gave a shout of laughter. “No, she’s not, but I’ll take her for a walk along the paddocks to distract her and to get her away from this temptation.” And he called Helga to his side, and the two descended the stairs and took off toward the fenced-in area. Several of the horses came wandering over to see the Major. He talked with a few of them and then kept going toward the others.

“It’s beautiful here,” she said dreamily.

“It is,” he said. “For you, it’s home and work. For me, it’s a place to rest and to heal and then to move on.”

“A small distinction,” she said, “but one that is very important.”

“Exactly,” he said with half a smile. “And, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll head to my room now.” And he slowly pushed his wheelchair back from the table, pivoted, and headed inside to the cafeteria and beyond.
Dale Mayer. Jaden (Kindle Locations 366-418). Valley Publishing Ltd..

While Brianna and Jaden do hit it off, there are some conversations that have me shaking my head. Brianna is a caring nurse but perhaps too much so for the patients here. She needs to come to terms with a lot of things, including the fact that pain is regretfully a part of the healing process.

I really love the journeys to healing these two have. For Jaden it’s physical and mental, and for Brianna it’s personal growth and understanding.

The interactions with Shaun are interesting and informative and I really loved getting more insight into Dennis. The animals are also an integral part here and much fun to see and get to know.

I really 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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Fractured Honor – Crimson Point Book 1 By Kaylea Cross


Fractured Honor
Crimson Point
By
NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Kaylea Cross

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An elite warrior struggling
to find his place
in the civilian world.

Weary from his years on the battlefield, SF Captain Beckett Hollister has returned home to Crimson Point to take over the family business for his dying father. But adjusting to life outside the military is harder than he imagined, and being back home forces him to confront things he’d rather not face. Including the one woman he shouldn’t want and can’t have—his best friend’s little sister.

A love that was always meant to be.

Town vet Sierra Buchanan has known Beckett her entire life. She’s crushed on him for years, but because of his relationship with her family, the stubborn man refuses to see her as more than the girl he grew up with. As tragedy brings them together, neither of them realizes that the sins of Beckett’s past have come home to haunt him. When Sierra becomes the target of his unforeseen enemy, Beckett must vanquish his demons to save her.

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As I seem to do with many series I started this one in the middle. I meant to go back and read the rest sooner but life sometimes gets in the way. There is a novella coming out in a few days so I grabbed the books I didn’t have and started reading.

In this first book we meet the people that will feature in the rest of the books, but it centers on Beckett and Sierra.

The story opens with a rather disturbing scene that occurs while Beckett is serving our country as a green beret. It’s also when he decides he’s out when this tour is done.

Before he’s out he gets word that his father is ill and over Thanksgiving he goes home to hear what the results of the testing are. With his Dad dying from cancer, and his time with the Army done, Beckett returns home, his father insists he live in the family home which brings him both comfort and sadness. He also takes over his father’s business, adding some veteran friends to the staff. Carter who suffers from TBI, as a project manager and Jace as CFO.

Sierra has always had a thing for her brother’s best friend Beckett. She fears he would never see her as other than Noah’s little sister. Little does she know Beckett is fighting his attraction in order to not lose the closeness he has to Sierra and the rest of her family.

In a town as small as Crimson Point it’s more than a little difficult to avoid someone. Beckett also befriends his neighbor Tiana’s daughter Ella which ultimately leads to him adopting a dog. With Sierra being the only vet around they get thrown together again.

There’s much going on in this book from Beckett’s PTSD, to things with Carter’s TBI, to something a bit off about Ella.

This is a favorite scene between Sierra and Beckett.

Before she could chicken out or give herself the chance to overthink it, Sierra went on tiptoe and brushed her lips across his. A soft caress meant to soothe even as it lit her senses up. She’d wanted to kiss him for so damn long.

Beckett stiffened. It was subtle, but she felt it, heard the rumble of protest issuing from his throat.

Hurt and humiliation pierced her. It was as if all of her buried insecurities had just been proven right. He didn’t want her. She was a friend to him and nothing more and she’d just made a fool of herself.

Closing her eyes, she allowed herself only another moment to savor the feel of his mouth against hers before she eased back, sparing herself the formal rejection she was certain was coming. But as she turned to walk away he snagged her wrist, stopping her.

And what she saw when she looked up at him stole her breath.

Beckett’s dark eyes blazed with raw hunger, his entire face taut as he stared down at her.

Sierra’s pulse skittered in her throat. Had she been wrong? Her gaze dipped to his mouth once more, the tension crackling between them like live electricity as she anticipated feeling his lips on hers.

“Don’t,” he rasped out with a shake of his head, the warning in his voice clear.

She met his stare, unsure what to think. The mixed signals he was sending confused the hell out of her. “Why not?”

“Because.” A muscle bunched in his jaw, his eyes burning with suppressed need she would give anything to satisfy.

No. Because wasn’t an answer. She needed to know the reason why. “Because I’m still Noah’s little sister to you?”

He huffed out a bitter laugh. “Not even close.”

The tiny bubble of hope she’d been suppressing swelled in her chest. Sensing she could break through his defenses if she just pushed a little harder, she cocked her head to study him. “I’m a grown woman, Beckett.”

His gaze lingered on her mouth. “I noticed.”

The underlying heat in his tone, the way his eyes darkened, made that bubble expand. “Good. It’s about time.”

He didn’t answer.

She pushed again, the depth of her feelings throwing caution aside. “And since we’re being honest, I’ve wanted you for years.”

Shock flashed across his face. “What?”

Oh, please. She held back a snort. “No way you never noticed. None.” He was a Green Beret. He saw everything, details most people would miss. There was zero chance she had hidden everything well enough for him not to notice.

He shook his head, stepped back to run a hand through his hair in agitation. His knuckles were bloody, already turning color. “We can’t. You and I are a really bad idea.”

Maybe. Crossing the line was a huge risk for both of them. Still, she’d exposed too much to turn back now. She’d already laid herself bare. “Why not? Because you’re Noah’s best friend? Because I’m too young for you?”

“No.” He seemed to force himself to meet her gaze, and the look in his eyes made her heart thud. He wanted her, but refused to allow himself to go there.

Well, she refused to let this go. “Tell me why, Beckett.”

He made a frustrated sound and growled, “Because of this.” His hands locked around her upper arms as he spun them around and pinned her up against the side of the house with his powerful body.

Sierra gasped, her whole being going hot, then weak at the way he caged her in with his hands on either side of her head.

His dark eyes burned with a raging hunger as he towered over her, the muscles in his arms and shoulders taut, the unmistakable bulge of his erection shoved against her abdomen. His lips were inches above her own, his clean scent filling her lungs.

She shivered, paralyzed, every nerve ending coming to sudden, painful life, unfulfilled need making her ache inside. Oh, God, she needed him so badly, had no idea he’d wanted her this much…

And then his mouth was on hers, those big, strong hands diving into her hair, gripping tight. She moaned and automatically arched into him, her tingling breasts hitting the solid wall of his chest as she reached for his broad shoulders. She’d dreamed of this for so long, could hardly believe it was happening.

Beckett tightened his hold on her, asserting his dominance and control. Her lips parted beneath the demanding stroke of his tongue and then it slid between them, caressing hers with such skill it tore a whimper of longing from her. It was so much more than she’d imagined it would be. She’d sensed this in him, this forceful, slightly rough edge as a lover.

It turned her into a puddle of need.

Beckett didn’t just kiss her. He took possession of her with a masterful blend of dominance and seduction that made her tremble. Her insides liquefied beneath the white-hot tide of desire that swept through her, her entire body humming with need.

Far too soon he abruptly broke the kiss to stare down at her, breathing hard, his expression almost angry. Her legs were so weak they were barely keeping her upright, her lungs fighting for air. Holy God, what he could do to her with a single kiss.

He shook his head once, that haunted look back in his eyes. “You think you want me, but you don’t know what you’re asking for. You have no idea the things I want to do to you,” he rasped out. “The things I’ve wanted to do for years now, and don’t dare, because of what you and your family mean to me. I can’t risk wrecking that. Because if I ever crossed that line with you, I wouldn’t be able to hold back and I wouldn’t let you go.

Understand?”
Cross, Kaylea. Fractured Honor (Crimson Point Series Book 1) . Kaylea Cross Inc. Kindle Locations (1985-2030). Kindle Edition.

There really are a lot of folks to get to know, Molly, Carter’s wife, is also Sierra’s best friend. Noah aside from being Sierra’s brother is also the Sheriff, and of course there is someone stalking Beckett and Sierra with ill intent.

Plenty of interesting things to keep you turning the pages. There’s laughter, tears, anger , suspense and the wonderful simmer to sizzle relationship between Sierra and Becket.

Starting Book 2 now, but I won’t have enough time to post all the reviews before the new book, but they will make here shortly.

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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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Coming May 26th: When You Wish Upon A Rogue – Debutante Diaries Book 3 By Anna Bennett


When You Wish Upon A Rogue
Debutante Diaries Book 3
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Anna Bennett

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She knows what she wants.

Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.

He makes an offer she can’t refuse.

Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman―trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.

Is this love for real―or just a dream?

Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her―and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers can find a way to risk it all―all the way to happily ever after…

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Certainly well ahead of their time, Fiona, Lily and Sophie have compiled a diary of their experiences as debutantes. The premise is to compile advice into a  weekly column, Lily is the author of the column The Debutante’s Revenge and Fiona is the artist who’s drawings accompany it. Sophie on the other hand, holds meetings with fans of the column. Known as the Debutante Underground, they meet each Friday evening to discuss the column that published that day.

Fiona is married to an Earl, Lily a Duke and Sophie is soon to be engaged to a Marquess. Only unlike her friends she is not in love with the man she’s promised to.

Henry Reese the Earl of Warshire, wasn’t supposed to be Earl, he was the second son and was happy serving in the armed forces. When his brother died in a tragic accident he had to leave his men. Now he is tortured with nightmares and guilt over the men who died soon after he left. Sleep is something he needs but forces himself to stay awake.

Sophie is looking for a new venue to hold the meetings of the Debutante Underground. One of the members mentions a vacant building near where they currently meet, and Sophie checks it out after a meeting. It’s late and she’s surprised the door is unlocked but decides to investigate anyway. She is startled by a man she assumes is the owner and tailor Mr. Peabody, but in actuality is the Earl. This first encounter is intriguing and for the first time in a very long time the Earl sleeps peacefully.

It’s not that encounter that was the most poignant to me, it’s the second, where he arranges to see her in the garden at a ball. The proposition he puts forth is almost denied until he does something very sweet and romantic.

This is a favorite scene.

But he couldn’t let her leave without playing his very last card, which wasn’t a card at all. “Wait,” he said. He reached behind the base of the birch tree and picked up the single rose he’d cut from his garden that morning. The yellow blossom, large as a saucer, had reminded him of her– bold and open, but soft, too. And the petals, brilliant gold with hinds of orange at the edges, were as fresh as the sunrise. As warm as her smile.

He said none of those things, of course, as he gave her the flower, opting instead for, “This is for you.”

Her eyes grew wide and her lips parted. “It’s beautiful,” she whispered, holding it up in the moonlight. “I’ve never seen a rose quite like this. Did you find it in Lady Rufflebum’s garden?”

He shook his head. “It’s from Warshire Manor.”

“You have a garden?” she asked, as if he’d piqued her curiosity.

“I’m not certain you could call it a garden. More of a wasteland. A colorless collection of dead bushes and shriveled flowers.”

“But this rose,” she said twirling the stem between her fingertips.

“It was the only blossom on the bush. Probably the one living thing in the whole damned place.”

“Truly?” she asked, intrigued.

He took a step closer, determined to memorize the gentle slope of her nose and the bowed shape of her lips. He didn’t blame her for refusing to help him. But if he wasn’t ever going to see her again, he might as well leave her with the truth. In a sea of decay and death, that rose was a stubborn spot of sunshine–and it reminded me of you.”

He shoved his hands deep in his pockets and swallowed a mouthful of despair and loneliness. Tried not to think about the endless days and torturous nights that stretched out before him. He inclined his head and said, “Enjoy the rest of your evening,” before turning on his heel and striding away.

He’d almosst reached Lady Rufflebum’s back gate when he heard Miss Kendall call out behind him. “Reese. Wait.”

He froze, wondering if he’d wished her voice into his ears. But when he slowly spun around, she was standing there, her chest rising and falling with each breath.

“I still don’t believe that I can help you sleep,” she said, “but I’m willing to try.”

A tiny seed of hope took root inside him. “Thank you,” he said, his voice ragged to his own ears.
Anna Bennett, When You Wish Upon A Rogue, (Kindle Locations 559-578). ST Martin’s Paperbacks. Kindle Edition.

With the agreement in place an unusual relationship develops between Reese and Sophie.

The underground has a place to meet and even with her impending engagement Sophie finds herself falling in love with Reese. She is determined to do her duty and marry to save her family from financial disaster, but is in no way happy about it.

With Sophie’s help Reese also starts confronting his demons and there are many surprises here as well.

Plenty of secrets and a few wonderful surprises that had me turning the pages to see if these two could possibly get their Happily Ever After.

I have to go back now and read both Lily and Fiona’s stories. I love these women.

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Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided historicals (with their balls, dukes, and gowns) were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® for Regency Historical Romance. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

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Craved By Bears – Claiming Her Bears Book 3 By Skye MacKinnon


Craved By Bears
Claining Her Bears Book 3
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Sky MacKinnon

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Isla was supposed to get her happily ever after. A cute baby cub, a cottage by the sea, and four doting bears catering to her every need. Lovely, right?

Things take a turn for the worst when her cub begins to crave blood and Isla realises not everything is as perfect as she’d hoped…

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Isla isn’t getting much rest, baby Ruby isn’t sleeping and seems to be always hungry. Then the almost unthinkable happens, a cut opens while Isla is breast feeding and Ruby is getting both blood and milk. The aftermath shows she’s more satisfied and she starts feeling better. In the meantime Ilsa has a strange dream where she is asked about Ruby and if she is ursine, then it sort of recurs at the oddest of moments.

This is a favorite scene.

When I wake, I have four panicked faces looking down at me. I try to remember what happened. The cave. Ruby being called some sort of Key. And before, a circle. Candles. And before that… sex. No wonder they’re worried. I must have disappeared on them in the middle of an orgasm. Oops. Not the best time to have a weird vision.

“What the fuck happened?” Torben asks. He’s wearing the frown he usually reserves for deadly danger. Double oops. “You suddenly passed out. Are you okay?”

I rub my forehead. My skin is hot, too hot.

“I’m okay, I think,” I reply, my voice more a croak than anything else. “I had a dream.”

“A dream?” Torben asks incredulously. “Does that mean you fell asleep while having sex?”

“Was it that bad?” Húnn mutters, only half in jest.

“It was just like in the other dream,” I begin, only then remembering that I never told them about the first dream. Oh no. Torben is going to kill me. I know he’s just concerned, but he’s not good at expressing that. It looks like he’s furious, and I only stay calm because I know him so well. Other people would probably run at the prospect of dealing with an angry bear alpha.

I give them a quick recap of both dreams. With every word I say, the furrow on Torben’s brow deepens. He’s not saying anything though, letting me speak. When I’m done, I’m waiting for the lightning to strike.

It doesn’t come.

His expression softens. “You should tell us about strange dreams like that. I know you were raised in a human world where people don’t believe in the significance of dreams, but you’re with us now. Dreams can be messages, even prophecies. It’s important to make a note of them.”

“Do you have any idea of who they may have been?” Húnn asks the others. “The only three mysterious beings I know are the Fates and we’ve dealt with them. You would have recognised them.”

I nod. “They were different. Less corporeal. I don’t even know if they were male or female. They could be ghosts, for all I know.”

“No matter what they are, I don’t like it,” Torben grumbles. “Especially if what they say is true. That Ruby thinks she’s in danger. She’s on an island protected by four fathers and a mother who would all die to protect her. Nobody knows we’re here. We don’t have any enemies.”

I almost protest, thinking of how my uncle is still somewhere out there, but he doesn’t matter. He’s probably forgotten about me by now. He never cared about me as a person. Just as a commodity that could be traded with for things he craved more than a niece.

“Have any of you checked on her?” I ask, suddenly very aware that Ruby isn’t in the room with us.

“Yes, she was sleeping,” Finn says. “That was about ten minutes ago. Shall I bring her here?”

I nod. “I’ll get her. She might be hungry.”

It takes a moment to get out of bed – there are two large men on either side of me that I need to climb over. All of them seem to enjoy my naked self trying not to hurt them. I doubt I could, but my knees won’t be comfortable if I press them against their important bits.

Just like Finn said, Ruby is sleeping peacefully. Her tiny hands are scrunched up into fists. I think she’s going to be formidable one day. She doesn’t wake up when I take her cot and carry it into our bedroom. I guess she’s had enough of her strange milk and blood mixture to fill her little stomach for a while.

I carefully put her down on a low table in the bedroom, then climb back onto the bed again.

“No more cuddles?” Húnn asks, sounding deflated.

“Cuddles are fine,” I reply with a wink. “But let’s get some sleep before she wakes up and demands our attention.”
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As Torbin researches bear shifter babies drinking blood, Ruby continues to grow at a startling rate. When Isla once more slips into the ‘dream’ her bear Alis is in the forefront which presents a unique problem.

Plenty of weirdness in this book as time changes rapidly and Isla being trapped. Only Ruby will be able to help when she is strong enough to do so.

I couldn’t put this book down, there was laughter, tears and plenty of sizzling heat in more ways than one.

A very unique and satisfying ending to this series.

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Skye MacKinnon is a USA Today & International Bestselling Author whose books are filled with strong heroines who don’t have to choose.

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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