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O_o! A New Trilogy by Lia Davis Begins! My Review of Book 1 – Moon Curse


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Shifting Magick Trilogy Book 1

A Shifter and Witch Paranormal Short

Publisher: After Glows (April 14, 2015)

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Olivia Kelly is cursed. The eldest of three witches, she is doomed to spend her existence alone unless she finds and mates with a male descendant of the moon goddess, Artemis. Just when she thinks that all hope is lost, a handsome – and very naked – Alpha wolf stumbles into her life.

Sawyer Scott has been spelled to turn into a house cat once a month during the full moon. A humiliating predicament for an Alpha, and one that has kept him from his Pack every full moon for the last year as he searched for the witch responsible. In a last ditch effort to find the crazy old lady; he stumbles upon a scent he can’t deny. His mate.

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An Alpha Wolf, rather the Alpha wolf was spelled to be a house kitty. I have to admit knowing that just from the blurb had me laughing so hard the tears were rolling down my face. This was one of my favorite scenes:

Settling into the corner of the sofa with a glass of wine in one hand and the boxes of tissues within reach, she clicked the play button on the DVD remote. “Ahh, the joys of being a cursed, mateless witch. I’m so pathetic.”

About ten minutes into the movie, she heard scratching at her back door followed by a soft meow. Glancing around the room, she spotted Midnight, one of her two black cats, sleeping in the window near the front door. Sam was nowhere to be seen.

With a heavy sigh, she sat her glass on the end table, pushed pause and stood. “How the hell does that cat get out?”

She padded through the kitchen to the rear entrance. When she opened it, she frowned. It wasn’t Sam; it was an orange tabby. The poor thing looked hungry and cold.

When she scooped the cat up, it hissed and growled at her. “Now, that is uncalled for.”

As if her voice calmed the little beast, it stopped its verbal protesting and peered up at her with gorgeous gold eyes. A quick peek under its tail told her that the cat was a male. He slapped at her, and she tssked. “Behave. I had to check to see if I needed to lock you up separate from my boys, but since you’re not female, you should be fine.”

“Are you hungry?” She opened the cabinet and pulled out a can of cat food and a saucer.

After setting the cat on the floor at her feet, she opened the can and dumped the contents onto the plate. She then placed it on the floor in front of him, but he didn’t want it. Olivia shrugged. “That’s all I have, bud.”

Picky-ass cat. As she re-entered the living room, the phone rang. Now what?

Now what, indeed! With an eccentric grandmother, who spelled on impulse, life is never boring with these sisters. Olivia was sure she would be alone forever based on the family curse. Could this wolf/kitty Sawyer be the one to break the curse?

Big surprises and really great sex! The perfect length for a beach/pool read. Finish one, Flip. Move on to the next! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 Contented PURRS for Book 1 of Lia’s new trilogy.

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Lia Davis Lia Davis

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and three equally special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, and a lover of romance. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very active imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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My Review of Love Beyond Loyalty Outsiders Book 3 by Rebecca Royce


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Release Date: 5/8/2015

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Gabriel Ward has no problem with the fact that he’s an Outsider. Hell, he’s always known he was different. What he takes issue with is the idea that he has to follow any destiny at all. He’s always taken care of himself, and there’s no way he’s going to start following rules now.

Loraine Peacock can speak to animals. Other than that, she thinks she’s just a regular woman making her way in the world. She figures it’s not that weird. Many people have unusual abilities.

But when Gabriel and Loraine are forced together by the very destiny he denies, they will both have to accept their legacy and join the Outsiders in their quest to defeat the ultimate evil. That is, if they can survive long enough to find their way to their most important destiny of all: love.

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In this installment we get a closer look at Gabriel who was raised as a brother to the Evil Other.  Gabriel has been questioning Sebastian’s motives for quite a while and has come to the conclusion that the Outsiders are not the evil ones at all.

When a magic Tsunami like wave hits his home Gabriel has been spelled and he can’t move out of the way.  He is saved by Futon a Border Collie and his mistress Loraine.  Now he has nothing, again. Nothing that is except his soul mate, who thinks Alexa is his. This is one of my favorite scenes.

Gabriel reached out and brushed a piece of her hair off her face. God, she hated her hair. Why was he doing that? Why wasn’t he listening?

“Beautiful Loraine, I think you’ve gotten the wrong idea.”

She pushed his hand away, and he had the audacity to grin at her. “I haven’t gotten the wrong idea. What you are doing is sexual in nature, whether you mean it to be or not, and I rather suspect that you do, in fact, mean it to be.”

“No, I think you got the wrong impression of my relationship with Alexa. She’s not my soul mate.”

Barely able to speak over the lump that formed in her throat, she whispered, “She’s not?”

He shook his head. “Alexa is my best friend. I took care of her growing up, kept her alive and, for the most part, unharmed. We still managed to get taken in by the demon, and I blame myself for that. I’m intensely loyal to Alexa, like you might be if you had a sibling. These days, however, in addition to still sort of being my friend, she’s also my burden, or if you prefer, my obligation to save.”

Loraine could hardly breathe. “Then who is your soul mate?”

“You tell me, lovely Loraine.” He caressed her cheek with the pad of his thumb. “Who is my soul mate?” His lips met hers.

 

Things are getting more intense as the Demon Sebastion gets stronger.  He once again attempts to get rid of Kal and Isabelle and as a bonus Leonardo.  This time Gabriel steps in, and later wakes up in Alexa’s room.  He once again tries to get her to leave with him to no avail.

Futon has some secrets of his own, Loraine is learning more about her powers and helping Gabriel finesse his.

There are many intense moments in this book, from the battles to the sex.  Leonardo is getting very testy and knows Alexa is his mate.

They must find the rest of the outsiders and their mates. So far we have, Leonardo his mate Alexa, is with Sebastian willingly. Eden, has someone talking in her head, I assume it’s her mate, but we don’t know who that is yet. Kal and Isabella, Marina and Drew (who keeps popping in and out, on purpose), Jason and Charma and Gabriel and Loraine.

In this book we get a glimpse of Christophe, who can’t help but disappear, and Ruby, I think she’s his mate.

Every book we learn more and more, see another outsider, who doesn’t know what they are. I am loving this series and I can’t wait for the next installment!

Another 5 Contented PURRS for Rebecca!

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Rebecca Royce Rebecca Royce

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!

Cheers!!

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Romancing Austin – Seven Authors – One Wild Party! With a Giveaway and My Reviews


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Romancing Austin

Seven Romances. One Wild Party
A multi-genre contemporary romance anthology

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Authors: Riley Bancroft, Evelyn Berry, Cara Carnes, Jax Garren, Irene Preston, Rebecca Royce, Chandra Ryan

Introductory Price: $0.99 (limited time); reg. $3.99

 

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 Former rock star Dex Reed throws a wild comeback party in his Austin penthouse, and seven romances heat up the night.

 No Quitting Allowed, Rebecca Royce

One last assignment and then Lana is quitting her job, quitting Austin, and moving on with her life. Until Jake stumbles into her and changes the direction of her whole world.

Twisted, Cara Carnes

Caleb “Colt” Douglas agreed to close out Twisted Delirium’s sold out world tour with a gig at SXSW for one reason–win back the woman he left behind.

Do Over, Chandra Ryan

When life offers Juliana a fresh start, will she follow her heart or play it safe?

Consortium, Riley Bancroft

Record exec Holt Michaelson married the enigmatic Chloe to keep his assets safe from a vindictive competitor, but after a fiery encounter with his new wife, he’s determined to claim her as his own, body and soul.

Tall Order, Irene Preston

Dylan made the worst mistake of his life when he chose his career over Aston, but tonight he’ll take a risk on Aston even if it’s too late.

Enchanted, Evelyn Berry

Stripped of her magic, fairy princess Aurora is torn between her duty to her imperiled family and to a brilliant musician who holds the key to their freedom…and her heart.

One Night with the Vampire, Jax Garren

Tonight Alex will finally possess the woman he’s craved, but Sofia’s dangerous family secrets threaten to tear them apart.

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No Quitting Allowed, Rebecca Royce

I loved the view of Austin, TX through Rebecca’s character’s eyes.

Lana Del Monaco is a personal assistant to an extremely self-centered Rock Star Dexter/DBR.  He really made me angry before he was introduced in the book.  His texts to her were insistent and childish.

So when Jake Perry bumped into her on her way into DBR’s building, I guess I understood her angry rant.  The brewing storm inside her let loose once she confronted Dexter in the middle of his party and quit.  She headed off to the bar and Jake joins her there. This leads into a favorite part of the story which is also the excerpt I was given to share.

“You’re staring at me.” She set her glass on the bar and it made a large clink.

“You’re beautiful. It’s easy to look at you.”

She waved her hand as if to indicate the room. “Stare at someone else.”

He looked around for no other reason than to appease her. She was a woman who needed a break. How badly did you have to be pushed to shove a bag and your job at your boss?

He caught the gazes of two of his employees. They waved with a lot of gusto. He grinned. They’d be hung over in the morning. It was a good thing he’d given them a few days off to enjoy South by Southwest. Employees weren’t productive when they’d rather be somewhere else.

“Nope,” he turned back to Lana, “I think I’d rather focus all my attention on you.”

“Why? Don’t you want to gaze at Dexter adoringly?”

“Let’s try a new refrain. We’ve had the Dexter back and forth already. I’ve registered it. You hate him. I don’t care one way or another about DBR. I listen to eighties’ punk. How about you?”

She pursed her lips. Whatever she was about to say, he’d wager money she would shout it. He could feel it in his bones. In their short acquaintance, Lana liked to yell. God, she was really going to be an exciting person to know.

So completely impolite on the street—and he had to admit, in the elevator. Yet, when she’d collided with him in her haste to get away from DBR, she’d apologized. Somewhere in all her bluster was a huge heart. He could see her light.

“I enjoy listening to Broadway musicals.” She shouted the fifth word, exactly as he’d known she would. “And any other music found in New York City.”

“Ah, I can feel an Austin dig coming on. And your criticism of my beloved city, I won’t take. Hate DBR all you want. Hate Austin? No, ma’am, no one with a soul can hate my city.”

The full blaze of Lana’s temper turned on him and all straight from her eyes. What did it say about him that he got so fucking hard? Tonight would be an important turning point in his life; he could feel revelations buzzing in his bones. By the end of the evening, he would know himself better. Life was funny. The universe showed him truths at the most unexpected times. He’d known when he saw her on the street he had to purposely bump into her. She was a woman he needed to become acquainted with.

 “Have you ever been to Manhattan?”

He smiled. “Sure.”

“And you wouldn’t rather be there than anywhere else in the universe?”

He threw his head back and laughed. “Right, Lana, baby.” He had to add the last bit to watch her color rise. “I’m right where I want to be.”

Her grin twisted. “Hey, can I ask you a question?”

“Sure.” Her query would be great, her mind had so far taken her mouth to really unusual statements.

“If any of the bedrooms in here are unoccupied, would you want to fuck me? A really big quasi-anonymous romp in the sheets? Immediately?”

Let me say here that jumping right into one of the hottest sex scenes is a good place for this story to begin.  The next parts are a whirlwind of sex and Jake trying to win her heart as well as make her love Austin as he does. From his boat, to his club and the restaurants, to the amazing hot sex they share, romance is blossoming.  He shows her Austin by day and night, spending as much time as possible with her during her two week notice.  In spite of the strengthening dynamic between them, she is determined to return to New York. No matter how much it hurts them both.

Although I don’t live in Manhattan I am close enough to visit.  I can’t imagine, if I had moved to Texas, that I would ever come back here to live.  I have never been to Austin, but I have been to San Antonio and I love it.

Thank you, Rebecca for making me want to visit this city.

Five Contented Purrs, for Rebecca!
About the Author

Rebecca Royce Rebecca Royce

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!

Cheers!!

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Twisted, Cara Carnes

Sometimes BFF’s can be a pain, both literally and psychologically.  Shasta ‘Shas’ Monahan’s BFF Betsy aka Bets falls into that category simply by taking her to a Twisted Delirium concert to celebrate her birthday.

Caleb ‘Colt’ Douglas had left her, broke her heart and now it would be ripped to shreds watching him perform. But of course it couldn’t end there, Bets had backstage passes.

After a not so awkward but interesting reunion, Caleb and Shas head to an after party requiring an appearance by ‘Colt’.

This excerpt is during the party and it actually leads into some very, very hot balcony sex.

His hands settled on my hips as hot breath fanned my pulse. Winding my fingers with his, I took a few deep breaths and regarded the lights of Austin sprawled before us. My head spun. Whether from the four shots or the musky heat enveloping me, it didn’t matter.

I’d lost my mind. Bring on the cute, white jacket with the shiny buckles in the back. Maybe a few months of self-hugs and padded rooms would knock sense into me. Seven years and I still reacted like he was the sun in my universe. My damned, traitorous body refused to loosen its grip on what’d once been.

Whatever rash judgment call I’d made to land myself on the highest balcony in Austin with Caleb holding me undid every step away from the past. The decision had little to do with exorcising the demons I’d battled and everything to do with the grand what-if my inner dreamer refused to let die.

What if he hadn’t left me? What if I’d fought to remain at his side?

The old me didn’t fight, scrabble for what was hers. She toed the line and remained unnoticed. Uncomplicated.

What a fucking stupid bitch.

“You’re scrunching your nose,” he accused with a chuckle. “What are you thinking about so intensely?”

I stilled under the implication. He remembered my tells? Answering meant going down the serious road. Tequila-filled Shasta had zero business opening the serious vault. Not when hussy Shasta was primed and ready to carouse.

Tonight. I’d give myself tonight to bask in the chemical imbalance Caleb Douglas created. I’d revel in the delirium and pretend the seven years we’d been separated meant nothing and I somehow stood a chance of competing against the millions of people filling the chasm between the man I loved and who he’d become, a rock sensation capable of having any woman he wanted.

“Why are you here? Why me?”

“It’s always been you, Shasta Monohan.”

The balcony..sex, the elevator..sex, oops arrested.

Note to self, if ever about to have elevator sex, push the STOP/HOLD button first. I was really shaking my head at this one while laughing hysterically. Shasta’s mood swings were epic in her mind and all it takes is Caleb to calm her.

The thing is she doesn’t realize that everything she felt when he left, he felt too.

I loved this book!

Five Contented Purrs, for Cara!

The antics here were the perfect introduction to  Cara’s new series Delirium.  I can’t wait to read the next installment.

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Cara Carnes Cara Carnes

Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13.

In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves traveling, photography and reading.

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Do Over, Chandra Ryan

Jilted at the alter, or rather right before going down the isle, Julie Prescott races to the airport. There was no way the slimeball was going to take his new girlfriend on her trip. She had the tickets in her purse and was going to Austin.  Once there she found herself at South by SouthWest, sitting alone and staring at her drink.  Here is one of my many favorite passages from this book.

When she looked over and caught him staring at her, he stood. He’d obsessed about her long enough. He wasn’t a teenager. He didn’t gawk at women from afar. It was time he introduced himself.

After grabbing his drink, he made his way over to her table and smiled. “I do believe you’re cheating your drink out of its destiny.”

Her expression changed from one of melancholy to confusion. “I’m sorry?”

“It’s not me you should be apologizing to, angel.” He nudged his way between her and the person to her left to sit on the crowded bench next to her. “That poor whiskey is dying to be tasted.”

She glanced at her drink as if she finally remembered it. “Oh.” She focused her attention on him again. “Wait. How would you know what my whiskey wants?”

“I happen to have a lot in common with whiskey. We’re spirit brothers.”

“Are you, now?” She lifted the glass and took a slow sip. “You’re both certainly bold.”

“Life doesn’t favor the weak.”

Luke Sinclair definitely had a great opening line.  It led to them attending DBR’s Party and her saving him from an awkward situation.  Followed by, I kid you not, Chicken Donuts!  I have to admit I am skeptical.

This was a fun read. I think I spent more time laughing than speculating on what would happen next. An awesome couple and of course, heart pounding sex.

Five Contented Purrs, for Chandra!

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Chandra Ryan Chandra Ryan

Being from a rather nomadic family, Chandra Ryan loves to travel and meet people. But she’s found that sometimes, like when you’re stuck inside because of a good old-fashioned Southwestern heat wave, you have to make do. Fortunately for her and her loving family, who don’t like seeing her suffer from cabin fever, she’s found creating new people and places equally as fascinating. Also, you’re a lot less likely to spill your ice tea.

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Consortium by Riley Bancroft

Chloe Davenport has an unusual marriage, one of I guess you could say convenience, for him.  Holt Michaelson needed a wife to help him save his record label from a ruthless competitor.

Right from the beginning there were so many mixed signals from both of them. Especially from Holt, I couldn’t decide if he really wanted this relationship to move on or not. Chloe wasn’t much better with all her waffling. Someone had to make a move.  Here is the excerpt I was given, it is also one of my favorite scenes.

“So you marry a stranger to escape instead?” He pursed his lips into a thin line, narrowing his gaze on her.

“Why now?” She stomped her foot. “Why are we having this conversation now and not three weeks ago before we said ‘I do?’”

“I didn’t realize then that your fiancé would show up, demanding you back.”

“He’s not my fiancé. You’re my husband.” Exasperated, she took his hand in hers. “There’s no reason to think for one second that I will leave. I’m not going anywhere.”

“And what about when you decide you need more? Hmm?” He took a step closer boxing her in against the side of their house. “What about when you want a relationship? When you want somebody to love you?”

Her heart dropped. After Adam tore her soul to shreds, she hadn’t wanted to be with anyone again, to go through the ache of being heartbroken and depressed. She’d written off men, figuring she would be better off alone. Yet, Holt offered her a different type of security, one she thought would satisfy her. It was a relationship with some benefits—not all.

“What about you? Do you plan on having affairs to keep yourself happy? You know this door swings both ways.”

“I already told you Chloe, I wouldn’t. My words should be good enough for you.” He rubbed his chin in slow back and forth strokes.

She took a deep breath and exhaled with force, trying to understand where their conversation headed. “I’m not going anywhere. This is you and me.”

He placed his palm against the stone exterior of the house right next to her head, effectively caging her. “I guess we’ll see after this weekend. You will be attending a South-by-Southwest party tomorrow night as my wife.”

As he said ‘my wife,’ her heartbeat sped up and warmth blossomed in her core. “Wha—I—what?”

“Dex Reed is throwing a party at his condo. There are rumors that he’s thinking of leaving his label to start his own and I want to sign him. I need you to be by my side to win him over with your charm and I will be introducing you as my wife.” Wife.

This continues on a rocky road where it is anyone’s guess what will happen. I certainly won’t tell.   I have to say I was very glad for the excerpt I was given to share.  There is a lot of very hot, steamy sex in this one and most of my favorite scenes are in the middle of them.

All I can say is WOW.

Five Contented Purrs, for Riley!
About the Author

Riley Bancroft

Riley Bancroft grew up in the heart of Dallas. Ever since she was little she favored stories on the darker side, not only supernatural, but psychological. The pursuit of her writing career began when she wrote a short story based on an intimate scene to share with her friends. They encouraged her to write romance. And so, she did.

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Tall Order by Irene Preston

Dylan had left Win, gone to NYC to open a restaurant.  Now he’s back in Austin, a failed restaurant behind him and cooking in a diner and for a less than stellar catering firm.

Win had made something of himself after Dylan left, he had no choice.  Dylon had paid all the bills all Win had to do was create.

At Dexter’s South by SouthWest party Dylon hoped to make connections to find a chef postition. One he could be proud of. His boss at the catering firm however snuck in food that wasn’t gluten free and not what Dylon had prepared for the party.

When Win shows up at the party and he asks Dylon to leave with him to go listen to real music. Dylon thought twice then quit his job and left.

Win and Dylon have a lot to overcome. Dylon has a lot of arrogance and Win doesn’t seem to know how to fight productively.   They really need to sit down and find out what had happened in the eleven months Dylon has been gone.  I felt like cracking heads together more than once as I read this book.

When they come together it is fireworks and sizzling hot, but when they are apart it’s like the Artic freeze.

This is one of my favorite scenes, when Dylon decides to quit his job and leave with Win.

Win stared at him. “You’ll never get hired anywhere else in Austin if word gets out you’ve been slinging slop for Joe Bob’s. You can’t tell me you’re going to put this on your resume.”

“I—“

“If you don’t want to come with me, just say so. I mean you broke up with me a year ago. I thought we might be able to be friends after all this time, but if you don’t want to, just say so.”

“Eleven months.”

“What?”

“Eleven months. Not a year.”

“That’s what you have to say?”

“And I didn’t break up with you.”

“The hell. Dylan, you took a job in New York City and left.”

“But I didn’t break up with you. I asked you to come with me. So if we broke up, you broke up with me.”

“If we broke up? We haven’t spoken to each other in a year.”

“Eleven months.”

“Jesus, I—“

“Yes.” Dylan interrupted before the conversation could degenerate further. Because what was he thinking? Win wanted them to leave together and Dylan was arguing.

“Yes, what?”

“Yes, let’s get out of here. It’s good to see you again. This job blows. Let’s leave.”

“Really?”

“Yes, really. What? You don’t want to now?”

“No. God, you’re touchy. Let me go tell Jim I’m leaving.”

“Yeah, Felix can kiss my ass, but I should tell Mark I’m ditching, at least. Come get me when you’re ready to go.”

Another fun read with sizzling sex and fluctuating emotions.  It’s not just girls that get bent out of shape.  Thank you for that, Irene.

Five Contented Purrs, for Irene!

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About the Author

Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.

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Enchanted by Evelyn Berry

I loved getting a little of the paranormal in this anthology.  Aurora has a mission to complete in four days or be a slave to the Fairy Queen, her Aunt Titania for the rest of her life.  I love the way she pretty much fell into a job and a place to stay.  Fairies have an innocence that cannot be compared to anything else. Especially if they have never been to the human world.

So she becomes a page turner for organist Dallas Turner, and gets the opportunity to meet the object of her mission, rocker Dexter Bryce Reed at the end of the fourth day.  She completes the first rehearsal with Dallas and leaves.  Dallas gets a phone call from one of the organizers of the concert Fern, who informs him that Aurora would be staying with him until after the concert.  The concert that was also an audition for the position of the accompanist for the Austin Choir.But now he has to find her.  This is one of my favorite scenes in the book.

Finally, he found her walking along the sidewalk, still barefoot and in her revealing dress. Her hands were cupped as if she was holding and talking to something.

“Aurora,” he yelled out the window. Her head jerked, and she adjusted her bundle so she could wave at him.

“Dallas.” She walked toward him with a wide grin but took one look at his car, and her steps faltered along with her smile.

He tightened his hands on the steering wheel. He knew it was a bucket of bolts, but it got him from Point A to Point B—most of the time—and he wasn’t going to apologize for his lack of wealth at the moment.

“Fern called me and told me you’d be staying with me until after the concert.” Knowing Fern, she probably hadn’t told Aurora anything about her living arrangements. He should count himself lucky she’d made it to the church for even part of the rehearsal.

“Uh…she did? I am?” Her eyes widened in surprise, and she leaned down to say into her cupped hands, “Did you hear that Manuel? We have a place to stay. I told you we’d find shelter.” She looked up again, and her sunshine smile returned. Her happiness shined through unfiltered and stunned him, leaving him gasping under her beauty.

Keep it together “You are.” Proud of his firm tone, he put the car in park, then jumped out to lead her to the passenger side.

“You better let me open the door…it kinda sticks.” Who was he kidding? His face warmed with embarrassment as he struggled to open the passenger side.

 As they get to know each other, Aurora also learns all sorts of things from TV that she plans on practicing with Dallas.  Which of course will give us the sizzling sex.  The question is will Aurora complete her mission in the midst of all this.

While this is more on the outskirts of SXSW, it has all the music and charm of Austin that all the other stories do.  I truly enjoyed this offering.

Five Contented Purrs, for Evie!

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Evie Berry was made, born, and raised in Austin, but has lived in Michigan and Alaska. Yes, Alaska. She loves long road trips with her family, meeting new friends, and daydreaming about distant planets. After reading romance for most of her life, she finds putting her fantasies on paper a dream come true.

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One Night With the Vampire by Jax Garren

Sofie Velasquez is a massage therapist and a paranormal creature, a jaquar. This is the reason that Alex Moreau only gets his massages from her. She won’t freak at his lack of a heartbeat. It was kind of like a date every Thursday night. It was expensive for him but he owed her something he could never really repay. They have something more than a masseuse client relationship, it was more of a friendship.

On this Thursday, Sofie tells him about her parents and how she had been sent to the United States to be with the pack that included other family members. The jaguar’s main source of income was drugs and in order to stay out of it she paid dues. In return Alex spoke to her about being with Cash Geirson, the well known leader of CoVIn’s military.

At the end of their session Alex asks her out and they agree to meet later for a movie. This excerpt is when he arrives to pick her up and is one of my favorite scenes.

Alex shot her another one of his smiles like a ray of sunshine in the gloom. “I’ll put this in the icebox for later.” He took the Champagne to her refrigerator.

Icebox? He’d accidentally used a word from the early twentieth century. He must be at least one hundred years old. He bent over to slide the wine in, outlining his tight glutes beneath the chinos. As his therapist, she’d seen them naked already—pale, smooth skin over perfectly shaped muscles—but then he was a client on a table. In her kitchen, bent over as he sorted through leftovers to make space, he was all man. Desire rose through her fiercely, setting her skin tingling and her breath on edge. She could probably have him tonight, too.

The problem was she didn’t just want him. She liked him. Given her way, they’d make tonight amazing and then see about tomorrow, but a relationship meant a lot of honesty she didn’t know him well enough to give. It wasn’t fair to him to start anything if there was a chance she had to work for Marcos.

He straightened and turned to her. The dark look in his eyes meant he knew she’d been staring at his ass.

She cocked a hip. “How long does it take to find room in a near-empty fridge for one bottle?”

He shut the door and sauntered toward her. “How long would you like it to take?”

She popped him on the rear and headed to her room for her purse. “You are trouble with a French accent.”

When she came out, he was right where she’d left him, waiting for her with a soft expression. “You are an angel with magic hands.”

She swallowed past the lump forming. This was not a relationship. She didn’t have the freedom for a relationship. So tonight she’d keep it light and hot, one really good night before her fall from grace. She looked him over in a thorough examination. When there was no room for doubt about the wicked direction of her thoughts, she strode across the room to the door, high heels clacking on the tile. “If you like my hands, you’re going to love what I can do with my mouth.”

Cash’s girlfriend Rhiannon had gotten invites to Dex Reeds SXSW party and gave one to Sofie.  She had to get her cousin Miguel into the party in lieu of her dues this month.  She didn’t want to but she didn’t have the money.

Can Sofie save Dex from a fall? Could she not do what the Alpha wanted her to do and not pay for rebelling?  Would she have a future with Alex? The answer to those questions and more in the book.

Hot Frenchman, hot sex, rebellion, witches and more.  This book has it all.  I am sure you will love this one as much as I did.

Five Contented Purrs, for Jax!

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Jax Garren is the author of hot, urban paranormal romances the Austin Immortals and the Tales of the Underlight. Though descended from Valkyries and Vikings (she’s part Swedish), Jax was raised a small town girl in the Texas Hill Country. She’s been a programmer, a theater teacher, a wedding singer, and a foster parent. She’s now happily married to an engineer who studies renewable energy. Jax loves meeting new people, so if you see her, give her a Viking “Hail!”

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Release Week Blitz! Jessica Scott’s After The War with My Review


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After the War
5/5/2015

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The second book in the emotional new Homefront series from USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott

A terrible loss…

Captain Sarah Anders lost her husband to the Iraq war and has nearly lost the career she loves. Sent to Fort Hood, she only wants to do her job and take care of the daughter she’s raising on her own. She never counted on running straight into a memory she’d tried to forget.

A love he never forgot…

Captain Sean Nichols never got over Sarah. He simply tried to forget her amidst the war and the chaos of combat. But when she’s assigned to investigate his unit, he comes face to face with the woman no war or any amount of time could make him forget.

A dark secret…

As Sarah gets closer to the truth, Sean must accept that actions he took during the war may end the tentative love building between them. And even if Sarah can forgive him, Sean may never be able to forgive himself.

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This book was a gift from the author/publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Every job has good bosses and bad. Captain Sarah Anders has had more than her share of the bad ones, and this latest one is no exception.

Sarah’s assigned to investigate a bar fight between a Lieutenant and a Sergeant, one that seems like an open and shut case. As she reads the information in the folder, the name of the company commander sends the past roaring to the present.

She never thought to see Captain Sean Nichols again. She had moved on, she had married Jack Anders, and lost him to the war, but has his daughter as a loving memory of what they had together.

Sean was not expecting Sarah to be the one investigating.  He hadn’t known she married.  His reaction to her was, shall we say, a bit immature considering their relationship had been nine years ago. He introduced her to his First Sergeant as his ex-fiancé Sarah Delany. She corrected the introduction but the interpersonal hostility remained.

Things change between Sean and Sarah when she is taking a PT test for the record, even though she wasn’t required to based on her injury profile.  Late that same day, she is ordered to go in to answer Battalion Commander LTC Gilliad’s questions on her investigation.

With her daughter Anna in tow, she arrives to run into Sean as he leaves the Command Sergeant Major’s office.  This leads to him taking Anna to his office while Sarah meets with the LTC, and one of my favorite scenes in this book. Anna wants to draw on Sean’s white board and in spite of his needing the information on it he lets her.

He handed her the blue marker. “Go wild, kiddo.”
He sat back and let her go to town. And wondered how he
was going to remember who had been tasked for what
tomorrow.

“Whatcha drawing?”

“This is Captain Meow,” she said soberly. “He’s in charge
of all the mice.”

“And who is this?” He pointed to a black ball.

“That’s Sergeant Bandeet. She’s the HIC.”

“Don’t you mean Bandit?” Sean narrowed his eyes. “HIC?”

“Ban-deet. She’s French. And she’s the hamster in charge,” Anna said. “She’s in charge of the rodent airborne division.”

Sean laughed out loud. “Are you sure you’re only five?”

She scowled at him. “You don’t like my drawing?”

“I love it,” he said quickly. “I just never thought of
hamsters doing airborne operations. What are they doing them
for?”

“Because the rats are trying to steal all the strawberries.” As
though that was the most obvious answer in the world.

“Ah. Makes sense.” Sean wondered if she was always this
creative and funny. Jack had been a hell of a smart ass. He’d
hidden a blow-up sheep in his cot once when the commander
had been inspecting their areas out in the field. The commander
had not been amused.

As Sarah’s investigation heats up so does her involvement with Sean.  There is so much emotion in this book, in the back stories as well as the present.

Throughout this story I can feel Sarah’s pain, the heartbreak and strength that is part of being a single Mom in the Army while we are at war. The pain Sean feels that never leaves an officer on the loss of men. Whether it be to the violence of war or in the aftermath at home, is seen and felt on the pages.

We also get to see Claire Montoya, Sarah’s best friend and Evan Loehr again, their story is in Until There Was You Book 2 of the Coming Home Series.

Jessica Scott has once again written a book that tugs at the heartstrings, and shows us some of the painful truths of war and homecoming.

5 Contented PURRS for this book.  I cannot wait for the next in this series.


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“I’m sorry you have to go through this alone.”

“Thank you for saying that.” She blinked quickly, and she heard a rustle of blankets. Her mind detoured into a very unprofessional space. “Did you just get into bed?”

He laughed quietly. “Yeah. Are you?”

“Yeah.” There was something illicit in that simple agreement. Illicit and enticing all at once.

“So we’re in bed together?”

“Ha ha ha.” She cleared her throat, though, as a fresh heat traced over her skin, warm and needy. “Tell me more about Kearney.”

“Damn, and here I thought you were going to ask me what I was wearing to bed.”

She hesitated. Only for a moment, not giving herself time to talk herself out of her next words. “What are you wearing to bed?”

A silence that let her mind wander. “Sweats.” He paused. When he spoke, his voice was husky and thick. “Tell me what you’re wearing.”

“Yoga pants and a T-shirt,” she said softly, her cheeks turning hot. Was she really having this conversation?

“Sarah?”

“Yeah?”

“This doesn’t feel wrong to me. I just wanted you to know that.”


 

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USA Today Bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

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

She’s pursuing a graduate degree in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

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Laura Kaye’s – Hard Ink Series! Trailer Reveal!


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We are over the moon about this Trailer Reveal for Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink Series! HARD TO LET GO-the final title in the Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance, is releasing June 30th!! Laura has a very special treat, through June 29, anyone who pre-orders HARD TO LET GO, and Fills Out This Form, will receive a Hard Ink Series Short Story! Just fill out the quick form here!

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And now….The Amazing Hard Ink Trailer…

About HARD TO LET GO:

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

Pre-order before or on June 29, fill out the form, and get a Hard Ink Short Story!

 

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Praise for Hard to Let Go:

“Kaye wraps up her bestselling series with this action-packed story, highlighting her talent for alpha military heroes, hot romance, and an ensemble cast of characters who are unique and engaging. A supersexy, high-octane romantic suspense novel that concludes the popular Hard Ink series in a completely satisfying way.” ~Kirkus Reviews

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Release Day! Kendall Ryan’s The Gentleman Mentor


 

He calls himself the Gentleman Mentor.

Just reading his ad makes me feel more alive than I have in years.

He promises to teach me the art of seduction … and show me the most sinfully erotic pleasures. He’s going to help me become the kind of confident, sexy woman men can’t ignore.

Six lessons … with the most gorgeous man … who happens to be a Dom.

The only problem … now that I’ve experienced his brand of delectable domination will anyone else ever compare?

She’s a client. That’s all.

Or it should be.

But with every lesson, she’s becoming more.

The secrets I’m hiding behind the image of the Gentleman Mentor make telling her the truth—and having anything real—impossible.

I’m training her for another man, and that fact guts me every time I think of it.

I know she’s not mine … but part of me won’t accept that.

Am I willing to risk it all to keep her?

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“You need to be punished for that little stunt you pulled earlier. Making my dick hard and swollen like that…” He makes a grunting sound of disapproval, and my pulse spikes. I can read the need written all over his features, in his tight posture. The need to punish me is flaring inside him, and that excites the fuck out of me. What’s happening to me?

“I’m sorry, sir.” I blink up at him, my eyes communicating my own need.

“What should we do to settle this?” His firm hands settle on my waist, making my belly twist with nerves.

Boldly, I reach down between us, my hand curling around the weight of his shaft, that even soft, is heavy in my hand. “I could take care of this,” I offer.

His eyes sink closed for a moment, and I feel him begin to harden against my palm. When he opens his eyes again, his perfect control is back. “Would you like that, pet?”

I nod. “Yes.” The idea of sinking to my knees before him and taking his heavy cock in my mouth makes me wet.

He shakes his head, telling me I’ve said the wrong thing, given too much away. “Not this time,” he says, then reaches for my throat.

Lightly circling his fingers around my neck, his lips graze mine. With his hands at my throat, holding me in place, he has my full attention, which I think is the entire point. His thumb strokes along the column of my neck, and he smiles slightly when he feels the insistent thrum of my pulse.

“Being in trouble excites you. Naughty girl,” he remarks.

I make a small whimpering sound as the need to touch him, to kiss him, rises inside me. The masculine scent of his skin, the way he towers over me, even in my high-heeled shoes, the devastating look that says you will belong to my cock. It’s all too much.

“How much time do I have before I have to return you?” he asks.

I can see into the kitchen, to the clock on the wall. “I have forty-five minutes before my next appointment.”

“Perfect.” Placing a kiss at the base of my throat, Hale steps back and begins removing his tie as I watch in hungry anticipation the way he slides the knot free and pulls it from his collar. “Turn around.”

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

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My Review of Homefront – First in the New Series from Jessica Scott


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He’s always loved her…

First Sergeant Gale Sorren waited a war and half a lifetime for a chance to get stationed near the ex-wife who left him years ago. When he finally musters the courage to see her, the life he imagined she was living was nothing close to the reality.

She’s never stopped loving him…

Melanie never stopped worrying about Gale each time he headed off to war. But he’s never been there when she needed him and she’s had fifteen years to steel her heart against him.

But when Gale moves to Fort Hood, he finally has a chance to make things right with Melanie and the daughter she raised without him.

Can Mel trust her heart to a man who has always let her down?

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First Sergeant Gale Sorren has finally gotten his wish to be assigned to Fort Hood, but somehow has not come up with the courage to approach his ex-wife and daughter. As a result he ends up running into Melanie at a “mandatory fun” event, two months after moving here.  Mel was not happy that he had been there so long and had not even picked up the phone to call his daughter.

After that awkward meeting he finally convinces himself to go see his daughter Jamie and to try to make things right with Melanie.

Jamie and her mother fight all the time and since she had been hospitalized for cutting, the trust between them is hard in coming. Gale offers to help Mel with Jamie, try to be a father now he is close by.  As such, one of the first things he had to do was escort a boy from his daughter’s room after they had cut school.

Alex is the son of First Sergeant Tellhouse, Gale had served with him in Iraq. Now he had to bring the Alex to his father for his cutting school and being removed from Jamie’s bedroom.  The boy looked scared and more than just a little.

When Alex shows up with a black eye and a really poor excuse Gale suspects Tellhouse is hitting his son Alex. However with no proof and Jamie worried, he is keeping an eye out. He needed proof to take it to command.

One of my favorite scenes is actually between father and daughter, occurring because she hasn’t spoken to her mother since the Alex incident and her mother took her door.

“Go away.”

Gale stood on the opposite side of a deep magenta sheet
that Jamie had stapled across her doorway. Gale smiled at the
petulant defiance in her voice.

She sounded like her mother. He wondered how she’d
react if he told her that.

He decided against it. He was there to try and make the
peace, not stir up the revolution again.

He was used to dealing with petulant kids. Hell, half his
company was only a couple years older than Jamie. He could
handle a cranky private.

Daughters were a whole ’nother ballgame.

He supposed it was different when said disgruntled
teenager was one’s own spawn, as opposed to someone else’s
kid. He was starting to think that dealing with a platoon full of
nineteen-year-old boys was infinitely easier than dealing with his
own kid.

Still, he’d never backed down from a challenge, and this
one was so much more important than anything he’d done
before.

He knocked on the doorframe again.

“Are you deaf? Leave me alone.”

“Jamie, it’s me.” He wanted to say it’s your father but the
word was awkward. Like a shirt that didn’t fit and cut too tight
beneath his arms.

The sheet yanked open. For a moment, she looked
genuinely curious about his presence, then the angry mask
dropped back into place. “What do you want?”

Gale stuffed his hands in his pockets and tried to figure out
how to get into that room without violating her space. She
needed to invite him in, otherwise it would be defeating the
purpose.

He couldn’t just give her orders like one of his soldiers.
That made the entire situation trickier than anything he’d
dealt with and he’d dealt with a lot.

“Can I come in?”

She scowled. “Aren’t you just going to barge in like mom
does?”

“Nope. Not until you invite me.”

“What are you, a vampire?”

Gale covered his mouth as he laughed out loud. Holy shit,
his daughter was a budding smart ass. He wondered if she knew
how funny she sounded. She stepped back to throw the sheet in
his face. He caught it. “I wasn’t laughing at you, Jamie. Swear. I
thought your vampire comment was funny, that’s all.”

She narrowed her eyes at him, only slightly mollified.
“Fine. Come in.”

Things heat up between Melanie and Gale and in a different way between Gale and Tellhouse as so many things come to the fore.

Turning pages was not an option, it was a must.  I couldn’t put this down.  Jessica handles the sensitive subjects of cutting and child abuse in a way I think few others can.  I laughed, cried, held my breath and I think I also had to take a cold shower while reading this book.

5 Contented Purrs for this wonderfully written book.

We also see some friends from the Coming Home series in this book. Sergeant Reza Iaconelli’s story is in Until There Was You Book 4 and Captain Ben Teague’s is in It’s Always Been You Book 5. Both are great reads as are all of The Coming Home Series!

 

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

She has written for the New York Times At War blog, War on the Rocks, PBS Point of View Women and War and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012.

She has published 11 novels and novellas about soldiers returning from war and has hit the USA Today Bestseller list twice. She has compiled two nonfiction projects about her time in Iraq and the return home.

She has recently completed a master’s Degree in sociology from Duke, a Masters Degree in Telecom Management from University of Maryland University College, BA in Cultural Studies from State University of New York. She is currently pursuing a phd in sociology.

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