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Shielding Kalee – SEALs of Protection Legacy Book 6 By Susan Stoker


Securing Kalee
SEALs of Protection Legacy Book 6
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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker

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After her capture by rebels in the mountains of Timor-Leste, Kalee Solberg doesn’t think she’ll live to see her father, friends, or hometown again. What started as an adventure with the Peace Corp until she figured out what to do with her life has turned into a waking nightmare, every day a struggle to survive. Beaten into submission, Kalee guesses she’s been presumed dead by now. And she has been…by everyone but one man.

A childhood filled with abuse and neglect has turned Forest “Phantom” Dalton into the kind of man who finishes what he starts. The failed mission to rescue Kalee Solberg is no exception. After discovering she’s still alive, that he and his SEAL team left her to a fate worse than death, Phantom will stop at nothing to bring her home, with or without permission…no matter the cost to his career.

Neither Phantom nor Kalee could ever guess another, equally grave threat awaits them back home.

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Ever since the team left Timor-Leste with Piper and the girls, I was waiting for Phantom to remember what he had seen. When he was injured in Avery’s rescue and remembered, I cried my eyes out. I thought they would all go get Kaylee. Apparently that wasn’t what the government had in mind when Tex supplied the information of Kaylee’s whereabouts.

Without a doubt Forest ‘Phantom’ Dalton, wasn’t going to sit around waiting. Tex had given him all the information he needed to get Kaylee back home where she belongs.

I held my breath as I read, Phantom truly is one. The way he got Kaylee out was perfectly executed, but the after brought me to tears.

This is a favorite scene and the first one that made me cry.

Suddenly anxious to clean every inch of herself, to rid her body of the dirt that clung to her like a parasite, she reached for the used bar of soap sitting on a ledge nearby.

Not caring that others had used it—it was amazing how things that would’ve grossed her out a year ago didn’t even faze her now—Kalee quickly rubbed her hands together and worked up some foam. Then she ran her hands over her body, cleansing all the unwanted touches away. She felt almost giddy.

The dirty bubbles swirled at her feet before they disappeared down the drain.

But then the enjoyment and high of being free faded suddenly, and the realization of just what she’d escaped pressed down on her. Of what she’d endured. Of what she’d been made to do.

Tears formed in her eyes again. She hadn’t cried in forever, and here she was crying for the second time in minutes. It was as if getting clean washed away the armor she’d donned to protect her heart and mind from the hell she was living in, leaving her vulnerable and unable to function.

Kalee’s knees went weak, and she fell to the floor, not even feeling the pain from her knees hitting the tile. The hot water rained down on her back as she bent, her arms around her stomach, her forehead resting on the floor.

She sobbed. The unfairness of her situation hitting her all at once. She couldn’t breathe, images of what she’d seen and done flashing through her brain, sickening her.

One second she was lost in her memories, and the next the water above her turned off and she felt a towel drape across her back. She should’ve freaked out when she felt hands turning her. Lifting her. But deep down inside, she knew it was Phantom. He wouldn’t hurt her. Not like the others had.

She found herself sitting on Phantom’s lap, her face buried in his chest. His beard tickled her cheek.

After a few minutes, she barely registered the sensation of her body being lifted. Clinging to him, Kalee let her mind shut down. She couldn’t take any more. Not one thing. Everything was overwhelming. Her skin, which had felt so clean a second ago, now tingled and burned with the heat of the water. The dirt flaking from her body had opened a wound so deep, she wasn’t sure it would ever heal.

“I’ve got you, precious. That’s it, let it out. You’re safe now.”

She heard his words, but they didn’t really penetrate. Kalee felt him push open the door to the bathroom and stride toward his room. The cold air felt good against her overheated skin, and she didn’t even care at the moment that she was probably flashing anyone who might happen to come down the hall.

Phantom leaned over and sat her on something soft, but she refused to let go of him. The tears wouldn’t stop either. They coursed down her face as if someone had turned on a faucet inside her.

Phantom didn’t seem to have any plans to make her let go. She felt him shifting them until she was under a sheet, and he was sitting on top of it. He readjusted the towel over her shoulders, and she snuggled into his side as he leaned against the headboard of the small bed in his room.

Squeezing her eyes shut didn’t stop her tears. Nor did it stop the images running through her brain as if they were a movie on fast forward.

The bodies of the little girls she’d gotten to know at the orphanage.

The leering expression of the first man to rape her as she fought him with all her might, to no avail.

The screams of villagers as the rebels swooped into their small towns, shooting everyone who moved.

The drunken laughter of the rebels as they celebrated the day’s haul with beer and food, making sure she didn’t get any.

The pictures went on and on in her head. Taunting her with all she’d had to endure.

How long she sobbed on Phantom, Kalee had no idea. All she knew was that with his arms around her, the nightmares couldn’t pull her under. She was watching everything that had happened to her over the last months, but Phantom was there to make sure she didn’t get sucked back in.

When she finally realized where she was again, and that she wasn’t a captive anymore, Phantom was slowly rocking her back and forth. She was still naked, but at the moment it didn’t matter. She was being touched. More than that, she was clinging to Phantom as if she’d fly away if she let go.

But she wasn’t embarrassed. Mostly because of Phantom. He wasn’t telling her to hush. Wasn’t begging her to stop crying, as she figured most badass Navy SEALs probably would. Instead, he was murmuring for her to let it out. To cry as long as she needed to. To cleanse her soul…that nothing she did was her fault.

Feeling exhausted, Kalee tried to lift her head. Tried to get her muscles to obey, to let go of the man under her. But Phantom simply tightened his hold.

“Close your eyes, Kalee. Rest.”

But they needed to go. He’d said they had to get to the embassy and catch a flight.

As if he could read her mind, Phantom said, “We’ve got time. I’ve got you. Sleep. Just for a bit. I’ll wake you when we need to go. You’re safe, Kalee.”
Stoker, Susan. Securing Kalee (SEAL of Protection: Legacy Book 6). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Locations (470-511).Kindle Edition.

Phantom didn’t take her straight back to California, he knew she need to acclimate first. A beach house in Hawaii, becomes a place of healing for Kaylee. She has an inner strength that just needed some prodding. Phantom was the perfect person to bring her through.

Their relationship is a slow simmer and we learn much about the grumpy Phantom. He knows, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that when he returns to California he would be facing an Admiral’s Mast for disobeying a direct order.

We meet a new SEAL team in this one. Mustang, Midas, Aleck, Pid and Slate become pivotal in proving to Rocco that Phantom truly was in Hawaii and not Timor-Leste. Of course he’s already been there and returned with Kaylee.

I loved every interaction between Phantom and Kaylee as well as those with the Hawaii team. The love, the emotional support and so much more flew off the pages of this story of survival.

I laughed, cried and cheered as this story unfolds, there are than a few surprises, some good, some bad. Just don’t start reading at bedtime…there will be no sleep if you do.

I can’t wait to read the books Susan has planned for the Hawaii Team and of course the one coming soon for Commander North.

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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 Tennessee where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.


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Hot SEALs Undercover Groom – SEALs In Paradise: Wedding Edition Book 8 By Maryann Jordan


Hot SEALs: Undercover Groom
SEALs in Paradise: Wedding Edition Book 8
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Maryann Jordan

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Nolan (Ringer) Bell is a SEAL, sidelined for a ruptured appendix and on medical leave. Bored at his mom’s house, he agrees to help his sister, a local PI, specializing in financial fraud. The case…suspected money laundering through a wedding chapel with ties to a casino.

His sister partners him with Lynn Cox, another PI, who just happens to be the high school crush he left behind when he joined the SEALs. Their assignment…to have a pretend wedding to get a close up view at what is going on in the chapel and spend their “honeymoon” at the Casino resort.

Ringer’s sweet but meddling mother is the secretary setting up the details. She has always had a soft spot for Lynn and uses their real documents when applying for their “fake marriage license”.

Discovering they are married for real, Ringer and Lynn have to figure out how to get unmarried while still investigating the casino mob’s money laundering scheme. A night gambling and drinking lands Ringer and Lynn in honeymoon suite.

Maybe mom knows best, after all. Or maybe they won’t survive the night.

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What does a healing Navy SEAL do when he’s bored out of his mind? He jumps at the chance to help his sister with one of her PI cases.

Nolan may not have been totally thinking straight when he decides to go along with his sister Nancy’s hairbrained scheme to get the financial information her client needs to prove her husband is hiding money from her.

Lynn Cox is a certified fraud examiner and forensic accountant, she has been Nancy’s best friend for years and even as a teen had a crush on Nolan. When presented with the idea of posing as a bride to get into the office of ‘Cupid of the Mountains’ Wedding Chapel she sort of agrees. However when she finds out who her groom was going to be she was more than a little shocked.

This is a favorite scene.

Throwing up her palm toward Nancy, she halted her litany. “Okay, okay, I get it. Yes, we’ve been sneaky before. But why do I get the feeling that what you’re going to ask me to do is beyond regular subterfuge and possibly involves something more nefarious?”

“Look, it’s not illegal for us to get our hands on the wedding chapel’s financial records. After all, Sally is a co-owner of the business and has a legal right to those records. She’s going to permit us to obtain those records in any way we see fit and then follow the trail of money wherever it leads. Legally, she can do that without her husband’s permission.”

“So, she wants us to get our hands on the records instead of her giving them to us.”

Nodding, Nancy grinned. “Exactly!”

Lynn thought for a moment, pondering the implications. Finally, shrugging, she said, “Well, you’re the PI. You get your hands on the records, and I’ll take a look at them.”

“Um… well, that’s where it gets a little complicated. I can’t exactly sneak in. I’ve done some PI work in the area, and I’m afraid they might recognize me. What I need is someone who can get inside the business to get the records.”

Lynn opened her mouth to argue, but Nancy jumped in, cutting her off.

“I know it sounds weird, but I was hoping you could go in as a potential bride who’s checking out the place, and perhaps, if someone was with you who could keep an eye out, then you’d be able to grab a copy of the records. Sally claims everything’s kept on his computer in the office.”

Air left her lungs as she exhaled, but she forgot to inhale again. Finally, sucking in a deep breath, she tried to clear her mind. “Nancy, this is the most harebrained scheme you’ve ever come up with, and you’ve come up with some doozies before!”

“It can work. You’ve told me yourself that it’s easy to get financial records off the computer and only takes a few minutes.”

“Yes, but I don’t know anything about how to get into a place unseen and undetected! That’s not legal! I’m not going to lose my accounting license so she can get her husband’s ill-gotten gains!”

“Sally is giving us legal permission to go into the business and get the financial records. Plus, it will be virtually no risk because I’ll pair you with someone who will handle doing everything needed except for you getting the records. He’ll figure out what to do. Plan everything. They’ll make sure you get in and out with no problem.”

“Girl, this sounds like you’ve created a recipe for disaster.”

Shaking her head, she said, “No, actually, this is going to be a mission planned to precision.”

“So, I’m supposed to go in and pretend to be a bride?”

“Yes, and the person you go in with will be your pretend groom. You look around, you get the lay of the land, and then he’ll figure out how to get you into the office to obtain the records.”

“And if we get discovered and they call the police?”

“Believe me, the person who’s going to help you would not be involved in anything illegal. Remember, Sally is a co-owner of the business and is giving you written permission to go in. Granted, she’s not telling her husband ahead of time, but she’s still permitting you to get those records. Plus, let me just add that Sally Hightower is willing to pay a huge sum for us to do this. She knows her husband is probably making millions, and she is more than willing to make sure we’re well compensated for helping her get her due.”

That gave Lynn pause. Her business was certainly doing well, but it was sporadic, and she was still paying student loans while saving for a house. Nibbling on her bottom lip, she thought how nice a fat paycheck would be. Sighing, she finally nodded. “As long as it’s not illegal, and I’ll have written authorization from Sally that says I can get the records just in case we get caught and someone tries to get me arrested, I guess I can do it—”

“Yay!” The cheer from the doorway caused both Nancy and Linda to jump as Rita popped into the room, her hands clapping and her face bright with excitement. “I’m so glad you said yes! I think this is going to be perfect!”

Uncertain why Rita would be so excited for her to take on this scheme, Lynn shot her gaze over to Nancy.

“Mom, you’re a little premature. I haven’t finished letting Lynn know the whole plan.”

Lynn swung her gaze between Rita’s beaming face and Nancy’s tight smile. “Um… the whole plan? Who’s going to go in with me?”

The buzzer from the front door rang. “Mom? Nancy? Are you guys back here?”

The deep voice coming from the front of the office echoed down the hall, causing Lynn’s stomach to plunge. Oh, no! No way!

“Back here, dear!” Rita called out. She beamed toward Lynn as she stepped to the side and Nolan’s presence filled the doorway, his gaze landing on hers.

Nancy, her gaze cautious, piped up from behind her desk. “Lynn, meet your undercover groom.”
Jordan, Maryann. Hot SEAL, Undercover Groom (SEALs in Paradise) (pp. 26-29). Kindle Edition.

What Nolan has never admitted is that if Lynn had been older he wouldn’t have been upset by her kiss all those years ago. Now faced with spending time with her, he finds himself enjoying her company.

Their plan goes a bit awry but they do manage to get the information the client needs. The honeymoon at the casino has it’s own surprises and twists as well.

Suspense, intrigue, a bit of action and sizzling heat will keep you turning the pages.

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Maryann Jordan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vampire in Design – Family Blood Ties Book 3 By Dale Mayer


Vampire in Design
Family Blood Ties Book 3
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Dale Mayer

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Tessa and her friends were supposed to be on their way home. On their way to safety. Instead she wakes up alone, with her friends kidnapped. Targeted and hunted, Tessa goes on the attack, desperate to find her friends and family. But her attackers want her throwback genes and will do anything to have her locked down in their lab.

Caught in a dangerous maze, Cody is torn between helping his fellow captives and finding Tessa. He’s young to have the connection that’s growing between him and his best friend’s sister. But any future they might have is in jeopardy if they can’t stop the blood farm from taking over the humans…and his people.

Jared is free at last, but he can’t stop thinking about what he went through at the blood farm and those who helped him. Then he finds out something personal that so horrifying, he has to act…even if it means walking back into the place he swore to never return.

These three need to be strong… the war is far from over…and they are right in the middle of it.

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When we left Tessa she was heading home with David, Jewel, Ian Cody and the counsel member their father trusted. She didn’t know him or the driver. She falls asleep and when she wakes, she’s alone in the car. There’s no sign of anyone and there is really nowhere to hide then she remembers something she saw when she first awoke. Not a jet stream but their energy.

While Tessa is trying to find her brother and friends, Jared gets some visitors, the police of course and his Aunt. He’s pretty sure his Uncle sold him to the blood farm but he’d have to prove it.

Jewel and Cody wake from the drugs first and manage to get free of their bindings. The other two wake while they are untying them. In a typical mistake the room they are in isn’t locked so they start looking for Tessa. What find is more vampires including the Counselman who was with them all drugged but the Counselman is on a different type of machine.

Serus and Goran realizing the kids are missing AGAIN, head back to the blood farm, they also need to find Taz.

In the meantime Tessa gets closer to where the guys and Jewel are being held, and having some interesting thoughts.

This is a favorite scene.

“Oomph!” Smash. Tumble. Groan. Tessa cried out in panic as her legs pumped hard, trying to keep her on her feet as the force propelled her forward.

“Ah, shit.” Again, she wasn’t thinking. She should have landed and lifted off immediately. And then suddenly she found herself airborne again…and how she soared! The energetic force propelled her way further than she could have guessed.

“Yes!” she laughed as her jump crossed half the field and removed much of the force from her fall. She landed, a little hard, but immediately lifted off again and soared another amazing amazing distance. Finally, she could slow enough to land and walk a few feet before finally coming to a dead stop.

She took several more steps, then crouched to rest and catch her breath. That had been a rush. Not one she really wanted to repeat any time soon, but if that’s how fliers felt every time they flew…wow. What an incredible feeling.

With her nerves steady again and her breathing more or less normal, Tessa walked toward the small village off to the left.

She slipped behind the first set of trees and surveyed the cluster of buildings. The windows were covered to almost black. So, it was a vampire holding.

Where the hell was she, anyway? And how come there were so many vampire holdings hidden away? The very concept of a hidden holding made her think again of the assholes who had been screwing her life up

There was no sign of anyone out of the buildings. But the windows were a dead giveaway.

Time was running out. It was getting harder to see the trail and, with the sunlight, the rest of the energy would be even harder to see. She jumped to the top of the nearest tree, picked out her next spot and glided across, keeping as low a profile as possible. Now, if she could land as smoothly as her father, she’d barely disturb the trees. Instead, the tops swayed and shook with her erratic movements. It took time, but she eventually worked her way around the small village to the far side. And then she found the house where the energy stream dissipated.

So, whoever had been at the vehicle had landed here. She studied the area, searching for any other energy patterns but found none. If the vamps had come here, they were either still here or had left by a different method.

Shifting her gaze slightly, she could barely see the shimmer of other energies melting into the mix. Cody’s shone – weak, but threaded through the stream.

Her heart lightened.

He was here. She could sense him. Her gaze widened as she realized the truth of that. She couldn’t actually hear him or see him, but there was a feeling of connectedness. She closed her eyes and focused as hard as she could. Cody?

There was nothing except…maybe a warming warming sensation. But then, maybe there wasn’t either.

She didn’t dare worry about all the reasons why Cody might not be able to answer her. If she did, the fear would drop her to her knees.

She shivered in the tree. Why didn’t she have a cell phone? Well, she did, but…the damn battery was dead. She needed to be able to call her father at least. Did he have any idea that they were missing yet? And what about her mother? Had those damn drugs left her system yet?

Still, it was David, Jewel, Ian, and Cody who worried her the most right now. They’d been with her when they’d left the blood farm. They should be with her now. She was damn tired of waking up alone.

Her eyes widened. And then she grinned.

And didn’t that bring up a whole slew of possibilities? Damn Cody for taking over her thoughts and stirring up her hormones. She’d believed Jared was the love of her life until Cody flew in and stole a piece of her heart – or maybe the whole thing.
Mayer, Dale. Vampire in Design (Family Blood Ties Book 3) (pp. 51-54). Valley Publishing Ltd.. Kindle Edition.

There are so many things going on from so many different angles. You just won’t be able to stop reading.

Jared gets involved again, more information on who’s doing what to who and some interesting weapons come to light.

Plenty of action, some tears and yes, a cliffhanger. Off to read the next one!

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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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Coming Sept. 30th! Redhead on the Run – Redheads Book 1 By Rebecca Royce


Redhead on the Run
Redheads Book 1
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Running away on my wedding day probably wasn’t the best idea. Horrified by the future I’d signed up for, I turned right around and rushed up the aisle away from my drug-addicted groom….and right into the arms of my father’s estranged business partner, Zeke Scott.

Zeke makes me a promise: he’ll help me become independent, the kind of woman I’ve always wanted to be, if I help him discover my father’s hidden secrets proving his betrayal.

But Zeke is a man with secrets of his own and although our love should be forbidden—he is sixteen years older with a lifetime of experience—I can’t resist the pull between us. The longer our explosive arrangement goes on–the less I want to.

He’s another man in my life who wants something from me but at least he’s honest about it and his kisses come with promises of freedom from the gilded bars I’ve spent a lifetime behind. But when the time comes to leave…can I walk away at all?

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This book has a happily ever after, with a complete love story. The reader should be aware this is a dark age gap contemporary romance with a possessive hero and a heroine who needs to find her way to know herself. They have a lot to go through to find their forever love. This is the first in a series where every book is a different couple and each book has a happy ending.

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It’s amazing just how cruel family can be, but in Layla’s case it just might be her salvation.

Layla was about to marry Kit Allard. Everything about this wedding was planned by her future mother-in-law, even her dress. As she walked down the aisle on her father’s arm she realized she hated the man at the end of the aisle, and she was pretty sure he hated her too. With that thought she flees, running with no destination in mind, and losing her shoes in the process. She’s in Paris, she doesn’t speak or understand the language and finally when she ran out of steam she sat on a bench to think.

They found her there, her father, her sisters, Bridget and Hope, her brother Justin, and their security chief Michael. In a very public display her father disowns her ordering her siblings to follow or be cut as well. Justin gives her a debit card, and takes her jewelry to return to Kit, a promises to meet her at the Hotel des Oiseaux, ‘the Hotel of Birds;. Unfortunately the debit card had no money on it.

It’s Zach Scott who meets her there, her siblings all whisked away to the airport and a flight back to New York. That is except for Justin who took off with Kit.

Zach makes her an offer she has to take, a place to live and a promise to teach her how to never be in this position again.

What follows is a story as heartbreaking as it is romantic. Paris is for sure the city of love, and exploring it through their eyes was a beautiful experience.

Now you know nothing is going to be easy and the antagonist is the same throughout. Sometimes family just stinks. It’s also an awaking of sorts for Layla and her sisters as well. But Layla hers is a journey, one you really mustn’t miss.

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

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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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Fast Forward – Time Captive Book 3 By Heather Long


Fast Forward
Time Captive Book 3
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Heather Long

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“In one and the same fire,
clay grows hard and wax melts.”
– Francis Bacon

Valda is finally free, but her secrets have revealed new puzzles. Hatch and Dirk have been taken. Worse, Oz seems to have abandoned them.

Now, with Andreas at her side, she will wage a war she never wanted to fight against an organization she knows nothing about to save the men she loves.

The answer everyone wants is housed within her mind. Now, if only Valda knew what the question is. No matter what, she will do whatever it takes to save them. They didn’t give up on her.

She will be damned if she will lose them now.

The epic conclusion to the Time Captive trilogy. Brace yourselves, it’s going to be a wild ride.

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This is a reverse harem and the author suggests you always read the forward in her books. This is the third and final book in a trilogy.

When we last left Valda, she had awoken to find, Dirk and Hatch were taken and now missing, and Oz was going to leave her to pursue his life again. With her compound destroyed she returns to the island where she was ‘born’ to recover in a way only she can. Oz leaves her in Andreas’ care and goes off to do whatever he needs to do. Let me just say that was a bit of a surprise.

Once Valda awakens, Andreas has a much better understand of who and what Valda is. Still she has recovering to do before they can go after Dirk and Hatch. Once Andreas sees she can undertake the journey they make a call from Campbell’s yacht. They discover that Blossom Foundry has he men in England and Smithson would do anything to get what he wants.

This is a favorite scene.

England.

Hatch and Dirk were in England. They’d been taken halfway around the world, or so Alexander Smithson claimed during the single call I’d accepted from the Blossom Foundry. We’d done it on board the yacht while on open sea away from the island and the Utopia lab. The precaution was one I could agree with, though Andreas was not a fan. Campbell’s ship wasn’t really a yacht, but it was sleek and well-armed. She also cut through the seas neatly, and while the waves offered some sway, it barely dislodged me from where I held my pose on the foredeck.

My muscles protested the position, because I had to maintain vrksasana, tree pose, no matter the ship’s movement as it sliced through the water. The engines had been opened to full throttle, and while there were more than twenty men on board with us, there were even more awaiting us in England.

Campbell had sent a unit ahead to scout and track the actual location. I trusted them to do their job. If he had his way, I would be back in the Utopia bunker. But I refused to stay hidden. I understood the concern. I even appreciated how the man laid out all the ways Smithson and the Blossom Foundry were trying to lure me in. I was the target.

Yes.

Dirk would kill him if they let me get taken.

I understood his worry there as well. I trusted Campbell and his men because Dirk trusted them. Dirk had seen to my security for years, and I trusted him with all of it. It was easier for me to let go of that piece of control to focus on my work, and it soothed him to maintain an iron fist over my safety. What I had only confessed to him once left a mark on both of us, looking back with the perfection of hindsight, I could almost see when the indelible shift in our relationship had begun.

While my faith was absolute, my conviction was devout. I would not let them be kept a moment longer than necessary. They had not abandoned me, and I refused to abandon them. To my surprise and ever-lasting delight, Andreas had taken my side in the argument. He wanted them back, too. We were lovers again, finally. And I’d woken each day since in his arms, wrapped and safe. Yet I could not savor it the way I wanted to while I worried about what was being done to Hatch and Dirk.

They’d been kind enough to provide proof of life.

Bloodied.

Battered.

Proof of life.

All the calm I’d scraped together during my yoga fled as images of Dirk’s shaved, cut head and swollen face filled my eyes. Hatch hadn’t faired much better. There were burn marks on his skull. I didn’t need expertise to know what had been done to them. The images had been geared to show me one thing.

They were alive.

They didn’t have to stay that way.

If the Blossom Foundry did not get what they wanted, they would use Dirk and Hatch to attempt it. Lowering my leg, I dipped into adho mukha svanasana, downward dog, and let out a breath. Maybe the blood rushing to my head could cleanse it from those images.

Still, nothing could fully erase them, and I didn’t want to. I could see Hatch’s beautiful eyes, all puffy and bruised. Blood trickled from his nose. The metallic taste coated my tongue and my pulse throbbed against my eyes as I pushed down into urdhva mukha svanasana, upward facing dog, then I opened my eyes, expecting to see the blue sky and the snow white drift of clouds in the distance.

Hatch stared back at me, a corner of his mouth kicking a little higher, despite the puffiness marring the other side of his beautiful lips. A cut sliced through the bottom one, likely inflicted by a ring slamming a blow there. As if the very thought of it summoned the image, I could feel the blow, and a wet laugh escaped me.

“Hey, beautiful,” Hatch murmured, his voice a little slurred and his head leaning a little to the side as though it were a great effort to keep it up. “This is an excellent fucking dream. You look great.”

My heart squeezed. I didn’t release the pose for fear of losing sight of him.

“Yeah, I’m not pretty.” He tried to shrug, but his shoulders barely moved. A faint grimace pulled taut over his face. “But this is hardly the worst I’ve been. Gimme a hot shower and a good night’s sleep, and I’ll be all better again.”

Tears filtered across my vision, and he wavered.
Heather Long. Fast Forward (ARC Copy): Time Captive Book 3 (Kindle Locations 746-751).

Hatch and Valda seem to have an unusual connection, one they will have to investigate further once they are all together again. The only problem is that it exhausts Valda. So even though Andreas doesn’t quite believe what she says she saw and heard, he doesn’t want her doing it again.

England is where all of this will come to a head. Valda has questions she needs answered and frankly she has no intention of giving in to Smithson.

This is the perfect conclusion to this awesome trilogy. There is romance, lots of action, and that sizzling heat as only Heather writes it.

Don’t miss this book it was definitely worth the wait!

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Her Dirty Doctors – Men At Work Book 3 by Mika Lane


Her Dirty Doctors
Men At Work Book 3
By
Mika Lane

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Headlands Hospital’s hottest doctors.
Brilliant.
Good looking.
And terribly off limits.

I went to the hospital with an aching… need.
And the handsome doctors made me all better with their big… instruments.

I want to show them my… gratitude.
But first I have make sure they don’t find out my father is their boss.

Or that I’m just finishing nursing school—and will start working with them next month.

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The last thing Charleigh ‘Char’ Biddle expected when she went to the emergency room with a badly cut hand is to run into Bowie Grier. She didn’t recognize him at first, after all she met him in Aspen. She didn’t even know he was a doctor.

Dr. Bowie Grier, hasn’t forgotten the beautiful blonde he is now treating. Although he doesn’t believe a word of her story of how it happened. They had quite the night in Aspen, one he hasn’t forgotten.

Char will be starting work at the hospital and now she knows Bowie works there. Thankfully he doesn’t know her father is the CEO. She intends to keep it that way too.

We get to meet Bowie’s friends first through their interactions at the hospital. Flynn Morrow is an orthopedist, and Ace Hardin a plastic surgeon.

This is a favorite scene.

I changed the subject, speaking in a lowered voice. “Don’t look now but there go the new nurses,” I said, glancing in the direction of the lunch line.

A gaggle of fifteen or so young women and one man had just joined the lunch line. They stood out in their clean, white sneakers, and also because they were huddled together like kittens trying to get warm.

I understood. It was intimidating as hell to start a new job, much less one in a hospital with all eyes on you.

“I’m surprised they brought in so many new ones. I thought there were budget cuts,” Ace said. “There sure as hell are in plastic surgery. We’re desperate for another doctor, but keep getting told no. Think of all the boob jobs we’re not doing.”

“Damn shame,” Bowie added, craning his neck, looking.

“You see something over there you like? You’re gonna end up with a crick in your neck, Bowie, staring like that,” I said, finishing my egg.

“Are you gonna tell Flynn? Or should I?” Axe asked him, smirking.

He held his hand up as if to say go ahead.

Axe leaned closer and lowered his voice. “Remember Bowie’s story about hooking up with some beautiful blonde in Aspen last year?”

Oh yeah. We’d gotten a good laugh out of that. She’d blown his ass off big time by giving him a fake email. He never should have told us because now we’d never let him live it down.

He’d acted like it was no big deal, but Ace and I could tell it bothered him. Pretty boy Bowie wasn’t used to being ghosted by women.

“Sure, I remember. It’s just further proof that Bowie sucks in bed,” I laughed.

“Well, she’s over there,” Ace said, gesturing with his head.

Huh?

“What are you talking about?” I asked, watching the talkative group take up several tables in the middle of the cafeteria.

Ace drew his napkin across his mouth, his plate having been cleaned of the slab of lasagna. He ate like that all the time. Never gained an ounce. The bastard.

Bowie continued stealing glances. “You won’t believe this, but she came in a couple days ago to get sutures in her hand. Had no freaking idea who I was until I reminded her. And now she fucking works here.” He shook his head.

Ace stifled a laugh. “Yeah. That’s the way it goes when you suck in bed.”

Bowie discreetly popped Ace the middle finger.

“Seriously, Bowie. How could she just totally not recognize you?” I asked.

Sounded suspicious to me.

“Well, my hair was shorter then,” he said, shrugging. “That’s all I can figure.”

“Okay. Say she didn’t remember you. You gave her stitches. Fine. But now she works here? At Headlands Hospital? How is that even possible?”

Bowie shook his head in disbelief and lowered his voice. “I know. It’s fucking crazy. I was treating a little kid who had a pea up his nose, and Giovanna Rosso comes by like a mother duck with all her new nurses in tow. They start observing me and boom, there she was, in her scrubs with her hand all bandaged up. I nearly fucking fell over.”

“But did you get the pea out?” Ace asked, shaking with laughter.

Bowie rolled his eyes.

And I was speechless.

Bowie said slowly. “She’s one of our new nurses. A floater. So if we’re lucky, we’ll all get to work with her.”

Un-fucking-believable.

“Did you know she was from here, Bowie?”

He shook his head. “Nope. I knew nothing about her. Except that she was hot as shit. And could ski. And gave me a bullshit email address.”

I fake-stretched over my chair back, turning in the direction of the new nurses, now getting up from their tables.

“Oh shit. Is that her? The blonde with the braid?” I asked, watching them file out of the cafeteria.

“Yup. That’s her.”

“I think the woman next to her with the curly hair and glasses was the friend she was with in Aspen.”

No fucking way. They were both working at the hospital?

“That’s crazy shit, man,” Ace said.

I could see why Bowie was so taken with her. Not only was she stunning, but she moved with confidence, smiling and chatting with her fellow nurses.

Hell, I wouldn’t mind getting to know that woman, either.

“Guys,” I said. “You know my party is coming up. Maybe it’s time to invite some of our new nurses.”
Mika Lane. Her Dirty Doctors: A Forbidden Love Romance: A Men at Work Reverse Harem Novel (Kindle Locations 494-532). Headlands Publishing.

Bowie is the one to invite her to Flynn’s party and that’s where things start heating up very quickly.

There’s also quite a bit of family drama for Char, her father surrounds her with guilt to get his way.

Intriguing and suspenseful with lots of white hot heat!

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Writing has been a passion of mine since, well, forever (my first book was “The Day I Ate the Milkyway,” a true fourth-grade masterpiece), but steamy romance is now what gives purpose to my days and nights.

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Lacey’s Warriors – Bondmates Book 6 by Ann Mayburn


Lacey’s Warriors
Bondmates Book 6
By
Ann Mayburn

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Kidnapped from Earth by alien slavers, Lacey had to fight her way to freedom in an inter-galactic gladiator match against the Hive, a fearsome race of psychopaths bent on destroying everything in their path. After defeating the Hive in battle, all she wants to do is return to Earth and her young daughter. But the Universe has other plans.

When Kadothian Warrior Gwarnon was young, he was told by his sadistic, manipulative mother that his Matriarch had died. His blood brother, Chel, had always insisted that she was alive, but Gwarnon had long ago given up hope. When he finds out through a twist of fate that his Matriarch is indeed alive, he is elated. At least at first. Lacey wants nothing to do with them, but Gwarnon and Chel are determined to show her that staying in the Bel’Tan Galaxy and being loved by them is her destiny.

Lacey will have to find a way to bring her worlds together, while protecting both her men and her family from an unseen enemy that is determined to destroy everything she holds dear.

Author’s Note:
It is HIGHLY suggested you read Roxy’s Warriors and Tara’s Warriors first, as there is a slight time overlap with all three books.

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If you haven’t read Roxy’s Warriors and Tara’s Warriors, I suggest you do. Even though it’s not necessary it will make this book more enjoyable to see things as they occurred from those earlier books.

No one was more surprised than Gwarnon when he arrives to help with the earth women’s implants and finds his mate. Well his and Chel’s.

Unfortunately, Lacey is more concerned with getting back to Earth somehow, than in transitioning. Gwarnon and Chel are training her for the upcoming battle in the Baladium’s arena. During one of the epic verbal exchanges between Lacey and Gwarnon, Chel calls a halt, taking Lacey to another room. He felt all the hurt coming from Gwarnon and he needs Lacey to stop.

This is a favorite scene.

“I’m sorry, okay! I know fighting with Gwarnon is stupid, I know it. I know it’s screwing with my training, and that I can’t afford the distraction, but I just can’t help it!” She threw her hands up with a growl before dropping them again. “It’s just…it’s just that I can’t stand it when he gets all cold and closed off. I hate it when he does it, and I just want him to snap out of it.”

Understanding gave him another small clue to her soul as he took a seat in one of the chairs, avoiding the couch.

It would be too tempting to pull her into his lap, and that wasn’t what she needed from him.

And her needs would always come first.

“In order for you to understand Gwarnon, you must first understand his mother.” He gestured to the other chair. “You might want to have a seat for this.”

Frowning, she did as he asked, grabbing a deep purple pillow from the couch and holding it to her chest. “This is bad, isn’t it? I can feel…I mean your face is very expressive, I can see this story makes you sad.”

“It makes me incredibly sad, Lacey, and you can say what you really mean. You feel my sorrow, and that is normal and natural for bondmates.” She looked down and muttered something about not being his bondmate, but he ignored it. “Gwarnon’s mother is a sadist and what I believe you humans call a sociopath.”

Chel told Lacey about some of the mental torture Gwarnon had been subjected to at the hands of his mother, how Lady Melissi could bend people’s emotions to her will, that she was the ultimate manipulator. He briefly described all the years he’d hidden the fact that Gwarnon was his bondmate and told her about Lady Melissi convincing Gwarnon that his blood brother Jerit and Matriarch were dead. If Gwarnon believed he had no future, no Matriarch, Lady Melissi had hoped to finally crush Gwarnon’s will and make him her puppet—something she had been unable to do, even at her worst.

He told her about Gwarnon’s break from his mother’s hold, how their mate had joined the Kadothian Military, despite being one of the few Kadothian males who wasn’t expected to serve. As Lady Melissi’s only child, he could have lived a much easier life, one of leisure where he would have been treated like a prized possession and would never have to face true battle. Instead, he’d worked his way up through the ranks, going on endless combat missions, until he was recruited for a secret branch of the Kadothian military. Then, Chel told a noticeably quiet Lacey about all the good Gwarnon had done, all the personal risks he’d taken to protect people from his mother’s insanity. How they’d secured a small, isolated Territory and made it a secret safe haven for the innocents running from Lady Melissi’s wrath.

“Jesus Christmas.” Lacey looked faintly ill as she said, “Lady Melissi sounds like a monster.”

“Absolutely. To protect his mind and soul from that monster while growing up, Gwarnon learned the less reaction he gave his mother, the less she would torment him. He learned to wall himself off from everything, to feel nothing in order to survive Lady Melissi’s court. Nothing can penetrate the wall he built around himself if he doesn’t allow it. And there are very, very few that get to see the true Gwarnon. With most people, he is as cold and unfeeling as the robot you call him. There are very, very few that have seen him smile—like you have. That have heard him laugh—like you have. Those are the most precious gifts Gwarnon could give you, and those are your gifts to properly cherish…or lose.” He gave her a moment to think about what he’d said before he lowered his voice to a softer tone. “I know you don’t mean to truly hurt Gwarnon when you trash talk him, but you wound him nonetheless. It brings back memories of his mother’s court that he would rather not ever remember.”

Lacey sagged back into her chair, holding the pillow so tight, her knuckles turned white. “Fucking shit, I feel horrible. I didn’t mean to hurt him like that. I was just joking with him. I didn’t know he’d been abused.”

“Just joking?” Chel arched a brow as he laced his fingers together and stared at her. “You were not using him as an outlet for your frustration?”

She gave a dry chuckle and shifted uncomfortably. “You know, my drill instructor used to look at me like that when I did something particularly stupid. Yeah, I won’t bother lying, ‘cause I have a feeling you could tell. I might have taken a little bit of my frustration out on y’all, but I didn’t know Gwarnon would take it personally. I…” Tears shimmered in her gaze for a moment before she blinked them away. “I didn’t know. God, I’m such a bitch. Seriously, I am the last person that would want to bully someone else, hurt them like that, ever.”

“I believe you.” He wanted to reach out and hug away her miserable expression, but he held himself back. “Gwarnon is an exceptional man, alyah, and I swear to you he will be an amazing husband. I know our culture is hard for you to understand without the full knowledge of a crystal implant, but trust me when I say Gwarnon is one of the best men you will ever meet. Despite having been raised in such a corrupt court, he managed to come out with his honor and sense of compassion intact. He sacrifices everything to keep the people his mother rules safe, pretending in public to be under her sway, so he can buy them protection.”

Lacey drummed her fingers on the arm of the chair, her lips thinning out into a frown. “If she’s such an evil person, why don’t they arrest her or whatever?”

“It is extremely complicated, but suffice to say Lady Melissi is powerful, and she uses that power to protect herself. Plus, one of her husbands has precognition. He gets glimpses of the future that further allow her to avoid detection and punishment. Not to mention all the people she has blackmailed, bribed, and bought over the centuries.”

“She sounds like the evil Queen in a fairytale.”

“I am not sure what a fairytale is, but Lady Melissi would indeed make a good evil queen in one of our epic sagas.”

Lacey chewed on her pink lower lip for a moment, distracting him with the desire to kiss her. “And, if I bonded you guys, she’d be like—my mother-in-law? Yikes.”
Mayburn, Ann. Lacey’s Warriors (Bondmates Book 6) (pp. 69-73). Honey Mountain Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Lacey’s apology also begins her transition, which is a good thing since she will need every advantage once she and Roxy are in the arena.

She doesn’t know that her mother and daughter are both on Kadothia, and they only know she is a prisoner of the NevShoo and scheduled to fight an unknown opponent.

Their opponent is the Hive and they win spectacularly. Then things get complicated as more than one group would see Lacey dead, and of course there’s Gwanon’s evil mother.

However there is a spectacular reunion, a trial and so much more in this romantic, exotic and sensual book. Once again I am surprised my kindle didn’t melt from the heat coming off the pages.

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

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With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young age Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.

Ann loves to talk with her fans, as long as they realize she’s weird, and that sarcasm doesn’t translate well via text.

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Halo – K19 Security Solutions Book 8 By Heather Slade


Halo
K19 Security Solutions Book 8
By
Heather Slade

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After surviving a plane crash and a kidnapping,
I just want to lie low.
But when one of our own goes missing,
K19 Security Solutions needs me,
And I can’t refuse.
I owe them my life.

With a trip to Italy to find the missing debutante,
One thing is certain: she’s in over her head.
I just can’t figure out if she’s a pawn in her father’s game,
Or if she’s helping run the show.

Getting closer to her,
And knowing every curve of her body,
Is the only way to get to the truth.
They may call me “Halo,”
But I’m no saint.
I am going to be her savior, though.

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One of the things I really love about Heather’s books is the way they intertwine with her other series. In this book, the vineyard owner Pia is someone I remember from ‘Grinded’ book 3 in the Invincibles series. It seems Pia can be quite the matchmaker.

Tara is feeling left out and is more than irritated with her friends. It was bad enough when her credit card was declined and Pen bought her plane ticket, but now she is discovering her father is being investigated and her friends think she’s ‘on’ something. At her request, Quinn arranges for her to return home to NY.

Halo and Tackle are best friends and are currently considering joining K19, when a mission comes up they both jump on it, not realizing everything was about to go FUBAR. We met Onyx their pilot in ‘Dutch’ and in ‘Striker’ we see Onyx and meet Corazón there too.

Now back to Tara, when she lands she gets a call from her father’s secretary Vi. She meet with her at her father’s apartment and the next thing she knows, she has a new identity, cash and is on her way to Europe. Essentially, like her father, Tara has just vanished.

K19 gets involved to find her father, but to this crew Tara is most important. Quinn, Ava, Aine and Penelope are worried out of their minds. This becomes Halo’s mission as he travels to Italy.

Ironically runs he into Tara almost immediately at Valentini’s tasting room. Apparently she will be working there and is now being encouraged by the owner Pia to tour other vineyards.

This is a favorite scene.

I set my plate on the table and poured myself a cup of coffee, added cream, and breathed in the aroma. It was heavenly.

“What?” I asked when I sat down and noticed Ben staring at me.

“That sound… you made it a lot last night too.”

“Sound?”

“You’re very… expressive when you like something. It isn’t just the murmurs of pleasure; your eyes roll back in your head a little.” His voice was so soft and sexy I felt like I was falling into a trance.

“I’m sorry,” I mumbled.

He leaned forward and rested his forearm on the table, almost close enough to touch. “Please don’t apologize. I quite like it.”

I looked away, unable to speak. It had been a long time since I had any real interest in a man. In fact, Pen had mentioned of it a couple of times. “You might not be so bitchy if you got laid,” she’d said on more than one occasion. A sad feeling, the one that washed over me whenever I thought about my friends, sat heavy on my chest.

“She’s right, you know?”

That if I got laid, I wouldn’t be so bitchy? Had I said that out loud? “I’m sorry, what?”

“You’re at Valentini. No more sad memories.” Ben repeated Pia’s words from earlier.

“There’s no switch to turn them off,” I muttered, surprising even myself. I couldn’t talk about the reasons I was sad, not to anyone, but especially not to a man from America.

He touched the back of my hand with his fingertip. “You’re too beautiful to look so sad.”

I looked into his eyes. “Thank you.”

He sat back abruptly when Pia rejoined us. “Am I interrupting?” She smirked and then winked.

“I think we need to cheer Catarina up,” said Ben.

I looked between them. “I’m fine.”

Pia tapped her cheek. “I have an idea.”

“Oh, no,” I groaned under my breath, and she laughed.

“For you to be really good at your job in Valentini’s tasting room, you should visit some of the other wineries in the area. That is the work you and I will do today. Since it is Monday, our tasting room and many others are closed. This will be the perfect time for us to visit.”

“That doesn’t sound much like work.”

“It’s research. We’ll visit Chianti.”

I stared at her with wide eyes.

“Sì.” She nodded. “That is what we will do.” Pia looked at Ben. “And when your business is complete, you can join us.”

“Pia!” I gasped.

“I’d like that very much,” said Ben.

I looked between them again, incredulous. “I think you should give me a tour of Valentini instead today.”

Pia nodded again. “We will do that this morning. This afternoon, we will go to Chianti. There are two wineries in particular we should visit. Casavetti, which is owned by my father’s sister and her husband. The other, I’m not sure is a good idea.”

“Which one?”

“Vitticio.”

I’d heard of it and would certainly like to visit. “Why isn’t it a good idea?”

“Paolo Vitticio.” When she rolled her shoulders, the expression on her face changed drastically from a frown to a wide smile. “He is married now, so it will be fine.”

I made a mental note to ask about him later when Pia and I were alone.

“It’s a date, then, sì?” Pia looked at Ben.

“Yes. Absolutely.” Ben looked at me.

“A date? Or work?” I asked.

“Both,” answered Pia, grinning from ear to ear.
Heather Slade. Halo (Kindle Locations 608-638). K19 Security Solutions Book Eight.

Halo is enthralled by Tara and wants nothing more than to begin a serious relationship. However, when things turn to the art world and forgeries, she becomes a prime suspect in her father’s problems.

I truly felt like I was touring with Tara and Halo, Tuscany is so beautiful and came to life on these pages. Their relationship is one full of ups and downs, simmer to sizzle and back again.

So many surprises, lots of intrigue and suspense and hair-raising action.

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

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My books are filled with things that bring me joy: music, wine, skiing, families, artists, and cowboys. Not always in that order.

I’m an Amazon best-selling author, and a PAN member of Romance Writers of America. I speak, teach, blog, am an executive sommelier, and all-around entrepreneur.

I grew up an east coast girl, and then spent half my life on the west coast. Now my husband, our two boys, and I happily call Colorado home.


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Derailed – The Driven World By Anjelica Grace


Derailed
The Driven World
By
Anjelica Grace

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I want to save the innocent and vulnerable, right the wrongs they’ve faced in their young lives. I strive to give those in our care the love and support they may have never received before.

This mission, my job, brought him to me.

Liam Hayes is the most unexpected, amazing surprise of my life.
He sees me for me, accepts my career, and is just as passionate about saving kids as I am.
He’s perfect.
He’s also hiding something.

I can feel it, but I have no idea what it might be, or what it means for us. I only know whatever it is, it drives him forward, yet seems to hold him back, too.

One child. One case.

It’s what cements our bond. It may also be the one thing that ruins both our lives for good.

When hearts get involved, lines get blurred.
Can we overcome and grow?
Or will our lives be derailed forever?

This book may contain triggers for some people, it deals with domestic abuse and aftermath.

As this story begins, we meet Liam and then Everleigh and get a glimpse of their inner demons. They both have their ways of dealing, Liam by working out or working extra shifts and Everleigh does yoga and has some quiet time on the beach.

Everleigh works for Corporate Cares she, is the lead counselor at the Castle, a home dedicated to the care of orphaned, abused and neglected young girls. That means long hours and sometimes middle of the night calls.

Liam is a firefighter/paramedic, most would see him as a hero, but he doesn’t think so. He gets a big surprise when his lieutenant tells him he would be in the auction at the Firefighter’s Ball.

Although they first meet at a softball game, things don’ really happen until the Auction. Everleigh and her sister attend and without telling Everleigh, Addie bids on and wins the date with Liam. Addie’s crafty and changes things up turning a coffee date into a blind-date with Everleigh instead of herself.

On a professional level they meet up again after Liam and his crew respond to a domestic abuse situation. The little girl, Sky, was unharmed but her mother wasn’t as lucky. Everleigh arrives at the hospital to find Liam with the child. I really loved his interaction with Liam and Sky and how he introduced Everleigh.

Sky becomes a focus in this tale and Liam is very protective of her even though she is officially a resident of the Castle.

That closeness brings him and Everleigh together even more and that relationship just sizzles of the pages. Until Liam royally messes up and puts both their careers on the line.

I couldn’t put this book down.

I hope there will be more in this series.

5 Contented Purrs for Anjelica!

Anjelica Grace

Yes, that’s Anjelica with a ‘J’ not a ‘G’. You can thank her parents for the birth certificate spelling mix up, but it makes for a unique and fun story.

Anyway, Anjelica Grace is a twentysomething Denver native living in the same suburb north of the Mile High City that she grew up in. She’s an avid reader, and blogger, turned Contemporary Romance author that has an affinity for crazy socks, Minions, and candy. But not chocolate.

Family and friends are the most important things in Anjelica’s life, but when she’s not with them, you can find her with a book in hand, writing, or studying hard while she pursues her other career dream of becoming a Child Life Specialist.

Still new to the publishing side of things, Anjelica started her journey off in late 2018 by publishing a short story as a part of a Christmas anthology with a group of amazing authors that helped and encouraged her along the way. Once she dipped her toe into the writing waters, that was it, she knew she couldn’t stop or look back again.

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My Apologies!


I am a bit behind in reviews at the moment.
I’ve had some issues with migraine headaches
with the onset of ragweed season.

I am going to post two reviews a day one at 8AM and another at 8PM to catch up.

Again I sincerely apologize for this delay, it was unavoidable.

Carol – Carol Kittie Reviews