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I am a software developer, avid reader and reviewer. While I read all genres, I love romance and erotic romance. I am devoting this blog to the Authors of Romance, for now. I review books for Bea's Book Nook where you can catch my reviews for books that do not qualify under the Romance genre.

New From USA Today Best Selling Author Heather Long – Magic and Mayhem: Bridget’s Witch’s Diary – Witches of Mane Street Book 2


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Bridget’s Witch’s Diary
Witches of Mane Street Book 2
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Heather Long

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How much mischief can a witch with misfiring magical mojo get into?

Plenty… Life in Assjacket seems to have achieved an odd normal—if living with a former skunk turned into her professor lover and raising a hot-tempered teenager with out of control magic can be called normal. Bridget wants to embrace her new life except…déjà vu is driving her crazy.

Not to mention she still has to satisfy a deal with the vampires, please the Baba Yaga, get Rika’s wild magic under control, oh and—just in case there wasn’t enough on her plate, she has to learn to compromise with Martin, lest he skunk out on her again.

Impulse control has never been Bridget’s best quality. After Rika summons a highlander from the pages of her novel and declares her intentions to keep him, Bridget is pushed to the end of her tether. Then there’s that déjà vu. Maybe it’s just the repetitive nature of small town life.

Of course, when a witch shows up to take her highlander back, it will take Bridget’s odd little family working together to save Angus.

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If you’ve read the Witch Singer you know that Bridget is not happy with Baba Yaga’s edict that she must help sixteen year old Rika control her magic. Well Rika isn’t exactly pleased either, all she does is go to school and do chores. She doesn’t feel Bridget’s teaching her enough so she’s rebelling in full force teen mode.

Now don’t get huffy things get explained quickly, and a hunky Scot named Angus is just a small issue, really it is.

This is a favorite scene.

“Bridget!” Rika shrieked. “I summoned him. Let me go.”

Yeah, that’s what I thought she’d said earlier. Still not on board with whatever mad plan she’d concocted. The Scotsman—oh Angus, for beef and damn if he wasn’t beefcake…

“Witchypoo,” Martin’s voice took on a distinct note of disapproval. “You’re drooling.”

“Dude, he’s hot but I love you and you’re way hotter.” To prove my point, I twisted, caught Martin’s face in my hands and planted a sinful kiss on his lips.
Heather Long. Bridgets-Witchs-Diary (Kindle Locations 334-338). Kindle Edition.

Funny and hot with surprises popping up when you least expect them.

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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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February Indulgence: A Game of Hearts by Tigris Eden


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Welcome to A Game of Hearts, one of the twelve books in the Indulgences series where twelve authors offer the stories of people who came to Indulgences Resort to live out their fantasy.
It’s not just a beautiful place, but also, as you will find, has magical secrets. Each fantasy will come to life, taking guests on an adventure that could change the rest of their lives.
Although each book is a standalone, I suggest that you start by reading Indulgences, The Prequel so you can meet the staff of Indulgences Resort. You’ll see some of these characters in every story.

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A Game of Hearts 
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Dumped by her boyfriend of three years just a few days before their anniversary and planned trip to an island paradise, a place where fantasies come true—a resort called Indulgences — Zoraida Lemes is forced to do a little soul searching, and what she discovers is not what she expected. Especially when her best friend from childhood, Mateo Vargas, expresses an interest in being more than just friends.

Now everything is up in the air. Including her friendship with Mateo.

One almost steamy night sets the two on a journey that Zoraida may or may not be ready for, but Mateo hopes she is as the two indulge their fantasy with a game of hearts.

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What does a girl do when her boyfriend breaks it off just a few days before her surprise anniversary trip. Why she asks her bestfriend to go with her instead, of course. Paige however has other ideas when she turns down Zori.

Here’s a favorite scene as Paige sets the stage for her best friend.

“I don’t know what she wants us to do.” Paige said, breaking into my thoughts.

“Yeah, she wants us to get to know each other, but I gotta be honest with you, Paige…” I started to say.

“I already know you’re in love with her, Mateo. Everyone can see it.”

“Everyone can see it?” Shit. I’d thought I was playing it cool, biding my time. Time is running out. And that was the truth of it. Time was running out. She’d wanted that idiot Clinton to propose to her. Propose! As if he could give her what she needed. He didn’t know the first thing about Zori. Not like I did.

“Well, if you already know, how come she doesn’t?”

Paige shrugged her shoulders and smiled widely. Her eyes were blue orbs of mischief. She had some crazy idea, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be down.

“Hey, I have an idea.”

“Yeah, what?”

“She’s got those tickets to that island. I’m gonna make sure the two of you end up there together.”

“Tickets to an island? What island?” This was the first time I’d heard anything about an island.

“Yea, Aragon Island and the resort is called Indulgences. Trust me, if you want her to see what everyone else already does, then you want to go on this trip with her.”

“I’ll take all the help I can get.”

“Excellent. And, Mateo….”

“Yeah?” “Drop the nice guy routine.”

What the hell did she mean by that?

“Explain?” I said, standing taller. Sure, I was nice, but I wasn’t that nice.

“Come off it. You’re always so polite and sweet around her. I know she crushed on you big time back in high school, but that guy wasn’t nice. That guy brooded, that guy knew what he wanted and went after it. That guy had a tongue war with some chick in Kroger a few weeks back like he wanted to prove to her what kind of night she was in for.”

My eyes widened. She’d seen me at Kroger with Rosa? Oh, shit. That was not good. Rosa was a family friend…and a mistake.

“You’re still not making any sense, Paige.”

Paige patted my shoulder as if I were some little kid who just didn’t get it. Okay, I didn’t get it, but still. I was almost six-four, and in no way, shape, or form little.

“Honey, she needs a man-man. Not a nice boy-man.”

With those parting words, she headed off into the kitchen where Zori was.
Eden, Tigris. A Game of Hearts: February Indulgence (An Indulgences Novella Book 3) (Kindle Locations 293-314). Kats Kreative Ideas. Kindle Edition.

Zori isn’t sure about this trip with Mateo. She doesn’t want to lose her bestfriend because they have sex.

Mateo wants more and suddenly her fantasy changes, from a week-long fling to a contest to see who is the best fit for Mateo.

Oh what a tangled web. The change from friends to lovers is not an easy one. However it’s more than just that for Zori. She needs to decide what she really wants and needs. Obviously what she thought she wanted really wasn’t, since that relationship failed big time. Will she be able to give her heart completely to Mateo and be happy about it.

I loved the twist in this one. It was perfect for Zori to think things through. Just like we all have to do sometimes.

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May Indulgence, Hildie McQueen
June Indulgence, Xyla Turner
July Indulgence, JD Monroe
August Indulgence, Kalyn Cooper
September Indulgence, Allie K. Adams
October Indulgence, Victoria Zak & D.L. Roan
November Indulgence, Tara Cromer
December Indulgence, Elizabeth Rose

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Tigris is the Amazon #1 Bestselling Author of Arctic Bound, book 1 in her Arctic Wolves Series and Give and Take, her Southern Contemporary series, Stories from Beauville. She’s a military brat who’s done her fair share of travelling, thanks to her Army father. She’s married to the infamous LL and has three amazing boys. She currently resides in Houston and is actively seeking a book-buddy for the end of the world.

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Uncaged Love – Black Swan Book 2 by Kalyn Cooper


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Uncaged Love
Black Swan Book 2
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ATF Special Agent Harper Tambini is kidnapped by a Colombian drug lord and forced to use her explosives knowledge to kill his competition before she can escape with the help of undercover CIA agent Rafe Silva.As they make their way through the rivers, mountains and jungles, their desire for each other detonates.

But Harper reminds Rafe of his murdered fiancée, and the shadow world he wants to leave. Harper learned the hard way that men never stay, so now she doesn’t keep them around long enough to see if the sparks can light a fire that will last forever.

In their short time together, can they crystallize a relationship, or will it all blow up?

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I originally read this as Explosive Combination, it has been revised and edited to fit closer with the Black Swan Series and we hear and see more of those fabulous ladies in this one.

While the basis of the story hasn’t changed it is really different and we meet some new characters as well.

This story starts off with a bang. Under the noses of her ATF team Harper Tambini is taken by Carlos Narváez the head of one of the drug running Cartels. Carlos’ Secundo Rafe is taken by surprise but follows orders to take her to the Narváez compound.

Unknown to Harper, Rafe is CIA and has been undercover for a long time keeping watch on his one time friend. He knows Carlos is becoming more paranoid and using his own product more and more. This scares him especially since he doesn’t know why Harper was taken. He contacts his agency and plans for her extraction and his own.

This is a favorite scene as Rafe wakes Harper after a call with his CIA boss.

Harper stirred. He crept to the bed and bent to shake her shoulder to awaken her.

She grabbed his arm and flipped him onto the bed face down, arms locked behind his back. She held a knife to his throat. His legs splayed, and her knee nudged his crotch.

“Harper,” he choked out in English, “I’m CIA. I’m one of the good guys. Let me up.”

She held her position. “You’re very high ranking in this organization to be CIA. How long have you been under cover?” She kept her face close to his and spoke in undertones.

She was good. He’d never expected that move. “I started at the top. Narváez and I were college roommates. Now can you get off me?” His heart beat rapidly for what seemed to take forever. The cold steel at his throat didn’t quiver. He heard her sigh and the pressure of her knee at his crotch ease.

She finally removed the knife and slid off his back. “I’d hoped someone was inside, but I didn’t think it was you.” She moved quickly away from him and braced herself on her knees, the knife still held in fighting position.

Rafe rolled onto his back and sat up. He rubbed where the blade had pressed, thankful not to feel any blood on his neck. “You’re better than I thought you’d be. I never saw you steal this from the supper table.” He glanced at the satisfied look on her face.

“Yes, I am good. The hardest part was to find some place under that dress that it wouldn’t imprint. The last thing I wanted was Narváez to strip-search me at the supper table.” She shuddered.
KaLyn Cooper. Explosive Combination (Kindle Locations 1292-1307). Kindle Edition.

As we all know the best plans always go awry so, Rafe and Harper proceed to plan B or is it C through the jungle. A tense action packed story as they work their way through not only the jungle but also the attraction to one another.  Topped off with explosive (pun intended) sex.

Don’t miss book one of the Black Swan Series, Unrelenting Love. Links below.

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KaLyn Cooper writes romantic suspense based in fact. Twenty-seven years as a military wife has shown her the world and the men and women who protect it every day. Thirty years in PR taught her fact can be stranger than fiction, but leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination. She and her husband live in Tennessee on their micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, quail, and a bird dog. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or on the river.
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Release Day!!! Elite Elements – The Conclusion of the Elite Warrior Series!


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Elite Elements
A Seven Novel Cohesive Military Romance Boxed Set

Seven novels from some New York Times, USA Today and award winning bestselling authors! Seven individual novels that create one giant book! One story leading into the next into the next! This is the conclusion of the hunt for Red Wolf including all the characters you love from Elite Metal and Elite Ghosts!

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Elite Elements

Book Three in the Elite Warriors Series

For most of their lives they’ve lived in the shadows, pulled from every nation and background, united by one common cause—an all-consuming hatred of Red Wolf. The unquenchable desire to rid the world of his very existence fuels them, drives them.

These men and women pulled the fallen Elite from the snow-covered wreckage of Operation Phoenix years ago. To some they’re called saviors. To others they’re called traitors.

As Red Wolf’s power grows, the end game they’ve sacrificed everything for may destroy them all. Or just maybe they’ll finally find the peace they’ve been hunting for.

Revenge is their salvation but is there enough humanity left inside them to save?

A new end. A new beginning. Elite Elements.

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Satisfying SiliconVirginia Nelson
Cesium’s CaptureSabrina York
Vibranium’s TruthAnna Alexander
Palladium’s ConfessionSaranna DeWylde
Francium’s ChanceRebecca Royce
Asset: ArsenicHeather Long
Kryptonite’s OxygenJennifer Kacey

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As I begin these reviews I want to thank the wonderful authors for bringing this amazing story to life. I have fallen in love with each of the characters as they were revealed and watched as they overcome much adversity to find love and revenge for past losses.

At the end of the last book, seven more characters were unveiled as it were. These are their stories of how they became involved and how they now contribute to the end of Red Wolf.


Satisfying SiliconVirginia Nelson
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Lady Dead may be number five on his hit list, but she trusts that Silicon will come for her. Save her or kill her… either way, it’ll be a hot ride.

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The first book opens in the present where Emmaline is awaiting her fate. Restrained and suspended she is hoping Silicon has quickly made it through his kill list and will come for her.

Then we go to her past, one which was not very pleasant, well except for the fact she became part of a gun-running syndicate family. Adopted as their child for her negotiating skills.

Ryan Anderson aka Silicon, has yet another persona, that of Crisis as Emmaline aka Lady Death knows him. An arms dealer making purchases from her to discover who exactly she is working for. For Crisis that is all there is, for Silicon there is another issue. He is attracted to her in a way he has never been with any other woman.

Timing is critical in this story, much is happening behind the scenes and with a good portion of her adopted family dead, Emmaline has only Crisis to turn to. Whether he kills her or not is still up in the air. Yes, the pun is intended.

Lots of action, interesting twist with the attraction between them and so much more.

Here is a favorite quote:
“Strip. I like my men naked and submissive. Can you be submissive, choir boy?”
Virginia Nelson. Elite Elements (Kindle Location 529). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

I hope you will enjoy meeting Silicon and Emmaline as much as I did. You will not be able to stop reading.

5 Contented Purrs for Virginia!

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Cesium’s CaptureSabrina York
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The mission is all that matters…until he meets her.

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Jason “Coop” Cooper AKA Cesium is following Ming Kow. He is intrigued by his companion with her ponytail swinging. He needs to get to the SOB’s mainframe and copy all the goodies he knows is on there.

Natalia Goodinov Petrova is Ming’s assistant, she thinks she is being followed and is determined to find out why and by whom. Well the answers are going to surprise them both.

Natalia tries to convince Coop not to go after the information he wants to no avail.

A favorite quote:
Seriously? He went back for a necklace?
Sabrina York. Elite Elements (Kindle Locations 1781-1782). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

Oh the complications, and the surprises in store for them. I loved every second of this and lets just say this couple sizzles off the pages.

5 Contented Purrs for Sabrina!

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Vibranium’s TruthAnna Alexander
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It’s not the size of the gun that makes a warrior, but the strength of her convictions.

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Evan “Vibranium” Christopher hated listening to and seeing Federoff and his crony manhandling a young girl. He was there to get information in the form of a picture. Following the young girl into the restroom where she had escaped for a few moments of peace, he was able to get a photo of the tattoo on the inside of her thigh. The tattoo would give the location of Demetriu Sandoval’s operation and bring them another step closer to Red Wolf.

Miho has her own vendetta, she wants revenge for everything that has happened to her since she was eight years old. Her revenge throws a monkey wrench into Evan’s mission.

A favorite quote.
Because you’re the insane one, that’s why.
Anna Alexander. Elite Elements (Kindle Location 2901). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

This step towards the end of Red Wolf is intense and has some OMG moments as they follow their prey to a seedier sex club. However the attraction between Evan and Miho is a truer form and is as sweet as it is hot.

5 Contented Purrs for Anna!

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Palladium’s ConfessionSaranna DeWylde
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A defrocked priest and his benediction of death are no match for this BBW on a mission.

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Hekate Bakas has a problem, her Uncle Talbot has decided that she should be with Viktor Semion, a Ukrainian associate of his. He wants control of the shipping business left to her by her father and she has no intention of ever letting her Uncle have any part of it. She needs to take him down, but she’s sure she will end up dead in the process.

Elite has some surprises for Talbot. I confess I enjoyed seeing John ‘Mercury’ Thrace in action again as a prelude to Wen “Palladium” Theophanes’ Mission.

Instead of dying, Hecate ends up with Wen and the plot thickens as he falls for this strong woman.

A favorite quote.
“But you didn’t. You saved me. I’d say you’re my best bet. I’m a practical sort of woman.”
Saranna DeWylde. Elite Elements (Kindle Locations 4400-4401). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

I kind of felt sorry for Wen, he’s not used to any of the things he’s feeling. Hekate is a match for him in so many ways.

Lots of action in this one as we get yet another step closer to Red Wolf.

5 Contented Purrs for Saranna!

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Francium’s ChanceRebecca Royce
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Just because he’s on the right side of the fight doesn’t mean she can trust him.

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A big step in taking down any organization is finances. That is Russell “Francium” Burke’s Mission. While they had already been manipulating things so money was being heavily lost. The position they now had Remington Reagan, Red Wolf’s CFO, in was becoming critical and Russell was positioning himself to be his replacement.

Lara London-Reagan was trapped in a loveless marriage, held captive by actions she confessed to her husband before they were married. She’d about reached the end of her rope when she caught their new neighbor watching them having sex.

One thing about all these books is the strength of the women, Lara is no exception and she puts herself at great risk.

A favorite quote.
“I’m not a wilting flower. I mean, I have been, but before that I wasn’t. I was the kind of woman who knew how to get things done.”
Rebecca Royce. Elite Elements (Kindle Locations 5477-5478). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

I do love the ways the Elite crew persuade co-operation. Again this will cause a change in the initial plans but hey, whatever works.

More surprises and hold your breath moments as Lara and Russell explore their relationship. This one with a little kink.

5 Contented Purrs for Rebecca!

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Asset: ArsenicHeather Long
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Arsenic is playing a dangerous game, but one with hefty payout—Red Wolf’s head on a platter.

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Addison “Arsenic” Leeds has gone dark making the Elite crew wonder if she has been turned, killed or too deep in to make contact.Tasked with getting rid of the leaks in Elite’s ranks she does what she must to protect her team.

When she’s headed into trouble she contacts the one person outside of the Elite she can trust. Sam Reese, the man she didn’t kill but probably should have.

While the quote used in the teaser is definitely a favorite, I liked this one too.
“No, I was being factual. You’re not a dog. Dogs are loyal.”
Long. Elite Elements (Kindle Locations 6933-6934). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

These two team up to take down yet another Red Wolf crony and in the process rediscover themselves through barbs, sex and a mutual desire for revenge.

Another action filled installment with sizzling sex and a past to resolve. This one even has some family issues within the Elite ranks.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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Kryptonite’s OxygenJennifer Kacey
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To rid the world of the deadliest wolf a broken girl must trust her kryptonite.

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Clark “Kryptonite” Leeds made a promise to Gold as he lay dying in Moscow at end of Operation Phoenix, the mission that gave birth to the Elite Warriors. His promise was to find and protect Gold’s sister Catarina. She had put herself into the hands of Red Wolf to protect her brother.

As the final mission approaches all the teams are involved. Metal, Ghosts and Element combine for the final takedown. First though they had to get Red Wolf’s code book, a book he always carries with him. The key to all the cyphers in their possession.

This one had me crying and laughing and holding my breath as Kryptonite does his very best to diagnose and fix Catarina.

A favorite quote.
He’d never wanted anything more. To be her Superman.
Jennifer Kacey. Elite Elements (Kindle Locations 9479-9480). Never Settle Publishing, LLC.

Knowing that he has fallen in love with her just from the stories Gold had told him, only makes his task more difficult. Is Catarina truly with Red Wolf or is she merely his prisoner? More importantly does it even matter at this point?

A Surprise for all as this awesome tale comes to a close. Irecommend you read the entire series if you haven’t already. This truly is epic!

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A New Series from Sidney Bristol! Alpha Prince -Twisted Royals Book 1


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Alpha Prince
Twisted Royals Book 1
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Once upon a time there was a princess with an evil step mother, who wanted her dead, and a prince ready to stand by her side…

Ian Kelly never thought he’d see her again. The woman who ran out on him after some of the hottest sex of his life. Taylor Carter. He knows a damsel in distress when he sees one, but Taylor doesn’t want saving.

Taylor only meant to do the right thing. Now she’s on the run from her mafia step-mother and her best friend might be dead. Even the FBI has turned on her, and the only person in her corner is a hot Irishman with a nose for danger.

Ian can’t turn his back on Taylor, not when his gut tells him she’s an innocent in a den of thieves. Soon enough her past comes calling, and it’ll take more than true love’s kiss to fix Taylor’s problems.

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From the moment Ian accepted the job to determine where the threats to George Wachtel are coming from, he knew it would be an impossible task. All his employees have records, well except for one and also the man didn’t seem to care. On the other hand there was Taylor, the woman who ran out on him after a night of unforgettable sex. She was the nanny and sort of George’s assistant. She’s hiding something the question is what.

Taylor has a lot of things to hide not the least of which is the threat was meant for her. She wasn’t going to be forthcoming to anyone. Trust is not something she has in people. Too many of them have left her or died for her to even consider trust in anyone or anything.

This is a favorite scene where Ian tries to convince her to open up.

On the run from her family. Turned on by the FBI. And what little she had went to paying off the rats who would eventually turn on her. If things could get worse, she hoped she didn’t survive that long. A surprise execution would be a mercy at this point.

“Maybe you think there’s nowhere for you to go, but I promise you there is. Whatever’s goin’ on, I can help you.”

Taylor closed her eyes.

She’d heard those words before from a well-meaning twenty year old.

Her ex-husband was like Ian. He’d wanted to rescue her, and she’d thrown herself at the first Prince Charming with dented armor and a lame horse. What a mistake that’d been. No, she had to save herself. Which meant using whatever came her way.

Ian was a man with the means and drive to protect.

Her conscience said to push him away for his own good. Because that was the right thing to do. But that sort of thinking was what had gotten her into trouble in the first place. If she were being as cutthroat as she needed to be, she’d use Ian. She’d let him think he was saving her, and the whole time, she’d use his good intentions to build her a boat out of this mess.

God, she knew what she should do, what the easy way was, and yet…this would destroy her a bit more. Was her life worth it? She still had the building blocks for a case that would bring down not only her family, but others. But who could she trust? Not the FBI. Not the cops. She’d tried those already.

He should have remained her bit of midnight comfort. She’d gone out that night looking for someone to hold her, to chase away the shadows, and she’d found him. An Irishman with an easy smile, rough hands and a quick laugh.

Ian didn’t know what she was, that she was worse than George or any of his thugs by the simple virtue of her bloodline. “I still want to call you Anne.” He chuckled. “Guess it wasn’t a total lie.”

“Anne was my mother’s middle name.”

“Yeah? She wonderin’ where you are?”

“She’s dead.”

“Sorry.”

“Me, too.” Taylor didn’t want to end up like her mother, which meant she had to do what she didn’t want to. Taylor had never understood the Catch 22 she grew up in until now. To keep the sister no one knew about safe, and to buy a little time, Taylor would have to seduce Ian. Blind him to the truth, until Taylor could get away.
Sidney Bristol. Alpha Prince (Kindle Locations 436-456). Sidney Bristol. Kindle Edition.

From here the plot thickens, as Ian tries to gain Taylor’s trust and bring down George at the same time. Mostly for the safety of Stacey, George’s child.

A fun read with the origin of the Alpha Prince title. Tension, and the betrayal of family to save oneself.

I couldn’t put it down, waiting for the other shoe to fall. I look forward to the next book in this series.

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It can never be said that NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, tattoo addict and board game enthusiast. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents.

Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she spends her time writing, reading, hunting Pokemon, playing board games and catering to her furry overlords, aka the cats.

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It’s Here! Marrying Emily by Susan Stoker


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Marrying Emily
Delta Force Heroes Book 4
By
Susan Stoker

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Few people know better than Delta Force soldiers that life is unbearably short and achingly precious. So Cormac Fletcher isn’t waiting one more day to marry the love of his life, Emily. Fletch has already adopted her daughter, Annie. Now it’s time to officially make Emily his too.

Emily understands just about every woman experiences a few wedding snafus—but they’re usually not of the harrowing, life-or-death variety. Fortunately for her, a guest list full of Delta soldiers and SEALs will make this an event to remember—for both Emily and the uninvited guests trying to ruin her special day.

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I did a lot of giggling at the beginning of this one. Fletch was a hoot as he tried to get a look at Emily before the ceremony. Then of course there is Annie, precocious as ever and looking like a little angel.

This is a favorite scene as Annie comes down the aisle as flower girl.

Annie smiled at him from the end of the aisle and she started toward him slowly, as she’d been trained. Her tongue stuck out in concentration as she picked a flower petal from her basket and dropped it on the floor. Her eyes were glued to her basket, trying not to mess up.

Fletch smiled. Her hair was wild around her face and shoulders, hanging loose. It was interesting that for a girl who eschewed anything feminine, she wouldn’t let anyone cut her long hair. He was thankful for that, because she had beautiful hair. Long, shiny, and thick. Yes, it was messy at the moment, but it was totally Annie.

Fletch heard the chuckles start from the back of the church and slowly move forward as Annie continued down the aisle. He wasn’t sure what everyone was laughing at until Ghost leaned into him and whispered, “Look at what she’s dropping in the aisle.”

Fletch’s eyes went from his daughter to the floor behind her— and he almost choked, trying to keep his chuckle from erupting.

Annie was dropping white flower petals, as she’d been instructed, but she was also dropping little green Army men. She’d reach into her basket, pull out a petal and drop it, then reach in and pull out an Army man. She continued down the aisle, alternating between sprinkling the floor with flowers and the toys.

As much as he wanted to scold her for being mischievous, he couldn’t. It was so freaking adorable. He worried about Emily stepping on one of the plastic toys and twisting an ankle though.

As soon as the thought went through his head, Dude, one of the SEALs, moved. He was already sitting toward the back of the room, but he quickly walked back up the aisle and unobtrusively brushed the toys to the side of the aisle as he went, standing at the back of the church when he got to the end so as not to bring any more attention to himself.

Fletch relaxed. He didn’t know the SEAL team that well, but it was obvious Dude was the kind of man who took extreme care of his woman. Fletch would bet everything he owned the man had a daughter… one he was extremely protective of.

Annie got to the end of the aisle and beamed up at Fletch. “Hi, Daddy Fletch!” she said loudly. “I’m sooooo ready for you and mommy to get married. I mean, you’re already sleeping in the same bed, so that won’t change, but now mommy will be ‘Fletch’ too.”
Stoker, Susan. Marrying Emily (Delta Force Heroes Book 4) (Kindle Locations 250-268). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.

You’d think I was at an actual wedding the way I blubbered as I read them saying their vows. A beautiful ceremony surrounded by family and friends.

Of course their reception wasn’t typical at all, everyone dressed comfortably instead of in the formal attire. I couldn’t believe how many characters made an appearance in this. Just about everyone was there, Fletch’s team, the guys from Seals of Protection and their families, even Tex attended with his family. As was Penelope (“the Army Princess”) and Moose and TJ Rockwell from Texas Heroes.

We learn more about all of them and meet a couple of new folks as well over the course of the reception, which has a surprise of it’s own.

This is a must read, but then all of Susan’s books are a must read for me.

5 Contented Purrs for Susan!

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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Unmasked Secrets by Brenna Zinn


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Unmasked Secrets
Strip Club for Women Book 2
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Brenna Zinn

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Hannah Armstrong, the new principal of Santana High School is a complete ball buster, so Mack Garner, her drama teacher, thinks. Her cutbacks to his department’s budget will force him to scrimp on his students—something he refuses to do. The stubborn woman won’t listen to reason so he’s taking matters into his own hands. He devises a plan to secretly replenish the money that is surefire, as long as he’s not found out. By stripping under the stage name The Dom and using an ironclad disguise at Iron Rods, Austin’s only strip club for women, he and his hard body will have his program flush again and soon.

But Hannah Armstrong has secrets of her own. The rigid, by-the-rules school administrator harbors dark desires to surrender to the titillation of BDSM. She needs a man—a real man—who can melt her inhibitions and master her. Exploring the lifestyle is a dangerous proposition for a small town principal though. Any whiff of scandal would destroy her career. She’s nearly given up on the dream until she meets a masked Dom at Iron Rods. The gorgeous male stripper so far away in Austin seems like the perfect solution. Is there a chance she can satisfy her furtive fantasies without being discovered?

Warning – this book contains graphic sex, interesting characters, and touches of humor.

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We first saw Bron the Dom at the competition for the new dancer hires. Masked and mysterious, he easily won a place. His goal is simple, make money to fund the drama program at his school and help pay for the field trip the club is planning. That’s right folks, he’s keeping his identity a secret because he’s a teacher and his real name is Mack.

Now Hannah is a different story, she is the principal where Mack teaches. She is responsible for the cuts to the drama program. She has her sites on Mack using his other degree, the Math one to teach summer school so those seniors accepted into college will graduate.

Before Mack agrees to teaching he wants her to beg him, just like he begged for her not to cut his funding. He gets a lot more than he expected with that one. This is a favorite scene.

“All right, “she said on a sigh. “As you wish. Please, please, please teach math this summer.”

“No, no, no. You have to put some heart behind it,” Garner insisted, his fist pounding her desk. “I won’t agree to do anything unless I believe you’re sincere. I’m a trained actor, so it had better be good.”

“Seriously?” “I want to be convinced you really mean it. Otherwise, no deal.”

The muscles in her back and shoulders tightened. Oh, I’ll give you convincing, all right. You want me to beg? I’ll give you the begging performance of the century. You’ll hand me an Oscar when I’m through, you insolent son of a bitch. She regarded the man so many people adored and reminded herself of her primary mission— dig the school out of its “Improvement Required” status— then closed her eyes.

Drawing in a breath, she cleared her mind of everything except the one man who had already mastered her in many private fantasies. The elusive being to whom she would willingly submit. Willingly beg.

The Dom of her dreams. He, the powerful male both strong and gentle, waited in shadowy relief in her mind’s eye. Though darkness masked his face, she could make out the flogger in his hand. Its many strips of leather dangled from a wooden handle.

Her Master raised the tool.

“Touch the tresses. Feel how soft they are.”

His voice, low and steady, enveloped her as if being wrapped in a comforting blanket, shielding her from any doubts and fears.

“Yes, Sir.” She leaned forward, her arm outstretched.

“On your knees,” he instructed. “When I hold this flogger, you must always be on your knees to touch it. You will show my most favorite tool proper and unfailing respect. Do you understand?”

“Yes, Sir.” Naked and unafraid, she fell to both knees before him, and then ran her fingers through the long pieces of lambskin. Unimaginably supple, the tresses were like velvet to the touch.

“Place your hands on the floor.”

Without a moment’s hesitation, she did so, splaying her fingers and bracing herself.

Her shadow Master moved behind her, trailing the ends of the leather strips down her bare back and onto her ass. Her nerves, heightened and tingling with expectancy, danced beneath every inch of her skin. Her body ached, truly ached, to feel the biting sting of the tresses.

“Now beg,” he ordered. “Beg me to do what I know you want. What I know you need.”

Hannah’s eyelids flew open, taking in Mack Garner. As though still in her dream, her mouth moved unbidden and gave voice to words originating from her very soul.

“Please. Oh, God, please,” she pleaded on an exhale, desperation tingeing her tone. “I want this so badly. I need this. Please, do this for me.”

The smirk on Garner’s face melted. His cheeks sagged. With the exception of the dazed look glazing his eyes, which were now the size of baseballs, his face transformed to a blank slate.

“Sincere enough for you, Mr. Garner?” she asked.

“Uhh,” Garner muttered before visibly swallowing. “Tha… that works for me.” He shuffled back a step and tripped over his own booted feet. His hand shot out for the back of the chair, but missed the mark. He nearly fell ass over elbows to the floor before awkwardly regaining his balance.
Brenna Zinn. Unmasked Secrets (Kindle Locations 481-512). Brenna Zinn.

And then things really get interesting as Mack sees her at the club. She’s there because of her sister’s bachelorette party. It’s here we find out her secret desires.

Hot, sexy, funny with enough tension to keep it all very intriguing. Don’t miss the special bonus chapter at the end!

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I remember reading about Texas in an Illinois grade school and thinking I probably would never see the great state where real cowboys ride their horses to work every day and everyone wears western hats and boots. Then again, I never dreamed I would elope in Gibraltar with a Navy man who hailed from the Lone Star state. But here I am, smack dab in the middle of Texas, still married to the same wonderful man and boasting not only the greatest daughter on the planet, but three dogs that are as big as long horns.

In between grade school and now, my journey through life has taken me all over the United States, as well as many places throughout the world. Using my travel experience as a guide and peppering in interesting characters I’ve met along the way, I love nothing better than weaving tales of romance and leaving readers yearning for adventures of their own.

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