My Review of The Mate Mistake by Saranna DeWilde


The Mate Mistake
Woolven Secrets Book 3
By
Saranna DeWylde

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After waking up in a hotel room in Vegas married to waitress Belle Vaughn instead of wolf heiress Maribella DeVaughn, Parker knows he’s made a mistake of epic proportions. One that his family, money and position can’t fix for anyone involved. There will be no annulment or divorce. Not only because wolves mate for life, but because of Woolven Industries. They can’t afford another scandal. Belle doesn’t understand why it’s such a big deal until the full moon Parker tries to turn her and fails—because she’s a vampire. They aren’t even the same species, but somewhere along the way, the show they put on for human society became real and that mistake became something not only worth dying for, but worth living for, too.

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Parker the wild child has done it again, only this time he royally screwed up. Marrying Belle, was a somewhat honest mistake, but now there are a lot of fires to put out. Not only the business ones, but a huge one caused by his relationship with Belle.

Belle has been running from her father for years refusing to take on the mantle he wishes her to take. Now she fears she will bring his wrath down on the Woolvens. In her opinion she can’t afford this mating and neither can Parker.

This is a favorite scene as Parker tries to convince Belle to stay married to him.

“Of course.” He called the hotel desk and first, complained about the violation of his privacy, which the staff obviously took very seriously and then proceeded to give them the room service order. He paused to turn to her. “Would you like a change of clothes or anything? All things Woolven are at your disposal.”

“Really? Actually, I’d like someone to go to my apartment and retrieve my bug out bag. Can you make that happen?”

“I can.” Parker hung up the hotel phone and pulled out his cell again and started texting. “Address?”

She took the phone from him and typed in the address of the apartment building and added “under the floorboard in the maintenance shed.”

“They must be some bad motherfuckers you’re running from.” He pursed his lips. “What if I told you that Woolven could shield you from whoever you’re running from? We could fix it so they never bother you again.”

It would be so easy to believe him. To lean on him and let him take care of her, but that certainly wasn’t fair. He didn’t know who she was, not really. So he didn’t know what he was promising.

He must’ve seen the doubt on her face. “You may think I’m a soft, little rich boy who can just throw money at a problem. My family is— well, let’s just say we can be bad motherfuckers, too. We didn’t get to be where we are by eating someone else’s shit sundae with a spoon.”

Her heart twisted on itself just a bit. “What if I told you I recognized the name you spoke earlier and the people after me are just as bad. That they’re…” She struggled to find the right description. “… the same.”

Belle should’ve just come out said she was a vampire, but she needed to know how he was going to react. He didn’t seem like the type to sell her out, but he didn’t know her. Why should he put his whole family at risk for someone he barely knew? She didn’t expect him to be a saint. After all, she’d do what she had to do to protect herself and anyone she loved.

Even sell him out. She’d feel bad about it, and it would keep her up nights— days— whatever. The point being, she’d do it.

“I don’t know, Parker. We barely know each other and—”

He held up his hand. “Look, I know all of that. But necessity makes for strange bedfellows. I know I’m totally fucking up this negotiation by showing you all my cards, but I prefer honesty. It’s easier.”

His words made her feel like the lowest piece of slime. Like she’d already been obliterated and she was just what was left on the bottom of someone’s shoe. She tried not to shrink in her chair.

Parker continued, “I need you. My family needs you. We can’t afford the scandal. Or to insult the DeVaughns. If we present this like some kind of whirlwind romance, it keeps our board happy. It keeps the DeVaughns…” He held his hands out like they were the mighty scales of justice weighing their sins. “… Maybe not happy, but understanding. And maybe this can do something for you, too.”

“Well, you already put neon on the target on my back.” She sighed. “Not you, specifically. I mean, you did tell me who you were. I just didn’t believe you.”

He peered at her. “Whyever not?”

“Come on. Really? Feature the headline. Billionaire Dines At Greasy Lamb. Marries Waitress.” She rolled her eyes. “It’s like some stupid rom-com.”

“Well, it did happen. And here we are. Also, what’s wrong with rom-coms? People have to fall in love somehow.”
DeWylde, Saranna. The Mate Mistake (The Woolven Secret Book 3) (Kindle Locations 254-281). Corvus Corax. Kindle Edition.

Falling in love is never easy and with all that’s going on in Parker’s family this is quite the twist.

Her family, his family, the emotions and pain, I cried and laughed and held my breath more than a few times.

Some really tough battle scenes, lots of snark and plenty of hot sex.

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Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.

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Reviewing the Black Hills Wolves # 26: Worth Fighting For By Virginia Cavanaugh


Worth Fighting For
Black Hills Wolves #26
By
Virginia Cavanaugh

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When Myka Hayes accepted the interior design job for The Den on Tao pack lands, she didn’t expect to be reunited with the wolf that’s haunted her dreams for the last six years. But there he stood behind the bar, looking all too sexy and mysterious.

Kaden Boyd was ready to leave his past behind and begin his future. At least until Myka walked into Gee’s Bar and stirred feelings inside him he’d thought he’d forgotten.

Both burn with desire for each other, but their past complicates things. Not wanting to cause any problems in his new life, Kaden tries to resist his attraction to Myka, but she has other plans. Once and for all, she intends to make him see that some things are Worth Fighting For.

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Kaden and Myka knew each other as children but when he was a lone wolf and stumbled on her and a friend, her brother Lance, once his best friend, chased him away.

Now she’s redecorating Gee’s Bar, he should stay away but Gee has business away and he has to coordinate things.

Now Myka knew Lance wouldn’t have let her take this job, but she never expected him to show up within hours of talking to her on the phone.

Nothing like trying to put the Alpha in the middle of a family argument. Have I mentioned how much I love Drew? This is a favorite scene.

The groan of old hinges and the scrape of the door sliding across the jamb was all the warning he got. With quick movements, he picked up Myka and deposited her on her feet then rolled to his as he closed his zipper. He darted out of the office, ready to tear into someone’s flesh for the interruption.

His feet stopped, and his brain absorbed the two men standing in the room. Drew, his Alpha, ran a hand through his brown hair and lifted an eyebrow in question. Lance stood behind Drew, and furious didn’t describe the look on his face.

“What in the hell are you doing here, Lance?” Myka asked from behind Kaden.
But Kaden didn’t even glance at her. He watched his old friend closely. Lance’s hair was longer, but his appearance hadn’t changed much since the time Kaden had last seen him.

“I’d ask you the same thing, Myka, but I already know the answer,” Lance grated through clenched teeth.

“Don’t talk to her like that,” Kaden warned. Lance’s words had dripped with disapproval as if Myka had tainted herself in some way.

Lance attempted to push past Drew, but the Alpha reached out grabbing Lance by the shoulder, halting him. Lance shook off the Alpha’s hold but didn’t take any more forward steps. “I told you to never come near her again, Kaden.”

This was exactly the kind of drama Kaden had wished to avoid. He didn’t need to bring any trouble the pack’s way—Drew’s way.

“It’s time to leave, Myka. You just quit.” Lance reached for his sister’s arm.

Myka jerked away. “What? Did you jump on a freaking plane as soon as you hung up with me?” She held her hand up to halt any response. “It doesn’t matter. You have no say over my life. I haven’t quit anything. In fact, I’m going to my apartment to shower and then I’ll be back to work. Here. And I don’t care if you don’t like it.”

Kaden watched as she pushed past her brother and Drew, leaving through the back door.

“I should have known you had something to do with this,” Lance growled.

“I’m not going to fight with you, Lance.”

Drew held up a hand to try and diffuse the situation. “Lance, I’m not my father, and I will vouch for Myka’s safety inside the Tao pack borders. A lot happened to all of us in the past, but that’s behind us. I’m not going to tell your sister she can’t work here if she chooses.”

“Of course not. Why would I expect you to be any help to me?”

“I’m not Magnum, but I won’t take disrespect. I’d watch your tone, son, or you will be leaving here with a limp. And your sister can make her own choices. In case you forgot, I’m the Alpha here and my word is law.”

“Damn it, Lance, leave Drew out of this. You’re pissed at me, so just keep directing that shit this way.”

“Fuck you, Kaden. And you need to stay the hell away from my sister.” Lance turned his attention to Drew. “So, you’re not going to consider my wishes?”

“You can handle your family problems however you want, Lance. You’re both adults. But if you ever disrespect me or one of my decisions again, you won’t get a second chance.” Drew nodded to both men. “Have a great morning and get the hell out of Gee’s place before he finds you here after hours. He’s not as sweet as me.”

Drew walked out while Lance and Kaden stared each other down. So many emotions swirled inside Kaden’s chest. On one hand, he wanted to reach out to Lance, but he knew the gesture would be received badly. “Look, I just want to move on. We have fucked-up pasts and fucked-up lives, but I’m trying to make something of mine now. I don’t need this drama.”

“Of course not. You’re weak and pathetic and you need to stay the hell away from my sister.”

Kaden growled. “Just because I have no wish to fight with you doesn’t mean I’m going to sit here and take your insults.”

“As I remember, you have a good history of standing there and doing nothing, or turning around and walking away.”

Kaden shoved Lance. “You have no idea how hard that was for me!”

Lance shoved him back. “I figure about as hard as it was for you to walk away when I caught you with Myka six years ago.”

The words were like a blow Kaden felt in his chest. “That was different. I couldn’t offer her anything. I was alone.”
Cavanaugh, Virginia. Worth Fighting For (Black Hills Wolves Book 26) (Kindle Locations 542-553). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Kaden really has to figure out what’s important here. I kinda wanted to smack him a few times.

Lance really has some screwed up ideas on what a kid can and can’t do. His treatment of his sister was way over the top, but I loved the way she handles him.

Lots of family drama with some sizzling scenes and a happy ever after.

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Virginia Cavanaugh is a multi-published author of erotic romance. Her work covers many sub-genres as new characters present themselves to her every day. After working for years as a nurse in pediatrics, her love of the alpha hero sparked her desire to bring her own stories to life. When not playing housewife, mother, maid, laundress, taxi driver or just general all-around slave, she enjoys finding a quiet corner to read or work on her next story.

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The Final Episode: Persuasion Enraptured – Cascade Series Book 4 by Rebecca Royce


Persuasion Enraptured
Cascade Series Book 4
By
Rebecca Royce

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It’s come down to this…

Kendall sacrificed herself for everyone… but her journey isn’t over.   Alive and alone in the Shadow Dimension, Kendall has surrendered hope. But those who love her have not. Rescue is not beyond possibility. Saving Kendall is only the first battle. Can she save the world or is it already too late?

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In the last book Kendall has sacrificed herself for her family and friends. Now her existence is in the Shadow Dimension. She gave up hope of Malcolm coming for her a long time ago. But surprise!

This is a favorite scene.

“Your name is Kendall Madison Fallon. You’ve also had the last name Yates. You’re my wife. You weren’t always. Once, you were married to a guy named Levi. You and he have three children together— Grayson, Dexter, and Molly. They’re waiting. We have a baby. She’s just two weeks old. You named her Abigail. She’s … beautiful.”

I put out my hand. “Stop it. Stop talking.” I couldn’t breathe. His words were daggers stabbing at my heart. “What is this pain? What is this you’re doing to me? And why would you want to? Who sent you here to do this to me?”

“I’m not here to hurt you. I’m here to bring you home. That pain? It’s probably from the memories trying to resurface. I don’t blame you for letting them go. One hundred years? They’d drive me mad. You jumped here to save us all. You did it. You plugged the hole. You sacrificed yourself. But I’m not done with you. I’ll never be. There are three choices. You take my hand, and you come home. I grab your hand, you come home, and the resistance hurts Victoria. Or I stay here with you.” He took another step closer. “If you insist on option three, we’ll make our daughter an orphan. I also don’t know what will happen with the battle. We need to kill the Master. I’m the guy to kill him. Maybe Ross can do it. I don’t know. So what’s your choice, my love? Because I will not live without you. It’s always Malcolm and Kendall. I found you here. I will not lose you. We live. We die. Together.”

I covered my eyes like I could make him go away. “Why would you do this?”

“Because I love you. Kendall, open your eyes.” I obeyed him. For one hundred years, I’d not taken a command from anyone. Yet he told me to do something, and there I was following his command. “Take my hand. The rest of it? We’ll figure it out. Your memories aren’t gone. They’re there. You’re feeling them right now. Come back with me. There are people who will help you.”

“Help me?” I stepped away from him. “That’s hope talk. That’s what makes people lose their minds. I won’t do that.” My hands shook, but I ignored them. “You have The Master up there? He was once a leader here. That’s what they tell me.”

He put his hand out in front of me. “He’s a very bad opponent. He did this. We need to kill him, and I’m not sure I can without you.”
Rebecca Royce. Persuasion Enraptured (Kindle Locations 127-145). After Glows Publishing.

Kendall has changed and the lengths they go to help her regain herself leave her conflicted.

She finds out a lot about herself and the others as they prepare for the final battle.

A page turning, emotional, conclusion to this fabulous tale!

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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.

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Blog Tour for Inge Saunders’ The Wolf’s Choice – Black Hills Wolves #64


 

The Wolf’s Choice
Black Hills Wolves #64
By
Inge Saunders

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Thirteen years ago Rebecca Ferguson died, at least to everyone in the Black Hills territory. With a human mother and unable to shift into a wolf, Magnum Tao, the deranged alpha of the Tao Pack would’ve had both her and her father killed for deceiving him. Magnum didn’t allow humans to mate with members of his pack.

Now Magnum is the one who’s dead, and Rebecca can return.
But coming back from the dead, building a new life after her divorce, and opening a library in town aren’t the only obstacles Rebecca faces. Elijah, her father, doesn’t approve of her being in Los Lobos to the point where he forbids her to get involved with the pack, especially the males.

Their relationship has suffered because of her absence and she hopes to bridge the divide, confident that she doesn’t want a romantic entanglement with anyone human or wolf, anyway.

In walks sexy private detective Blaine Walker.
Thirteen years ago Blaine stumbled on his mate at the local swimming hole. The next day, she was dead. Once he learns Rebecca is alive and living in Los Lobos, he decides it’s time to give up his career in Brooklyn and return to the Black Hills. But he knows it won’t be easy to claim her since Elijah’s unnaturally overprotective. The only way Elijah will back off is to challenge him.

A challenge that will end in one of their deaths.
The Tao Pack’s rebuilding itself and needs to guard against any threats outside or in. For Blaine to have any chance to claim Rebecca, Elijah needs to be dealt with and to deal with Elijah, Drew, the alpha of the Tao Pack, has to sanction the challenge according to pack law.

Rebecca can’t deny the old attraction she felt for Blaine is still there and even stronger now that they are grown up. She’s caught between the man fate has brought back to her and her father, whose affection she’s craved her whole life.

But there’s a secret governing Elijah’s erratic behavior that can cost Rebecca everything she’s worked hard to build and everything she thought she could never have with a man or wolf.

Will Rebecca and Blaine beat the odds stacked against them?
Or will the choices they make ultimately lead them down a path both of them don’t want?

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Yes I know, I am still catching up on this series, but they keep releasing more and I can’t resist. This is Inge Saunders’ first Black Hills Wolves and it is my pleasure to review this ARC.

As with many daughters, Rebecca was sent away from the Tao pack under Magnum’s rule and most believed her to be dead. Though her father sent her for a different reason, she is a latent wolf and he spread the rumor of her death.

Before she left she had an encounter with another wolf, Blaine. She knew even then there was something different about him, but he too left the Tao pack to save his own life. He was too dominant and so a threat to Magnum.

With Magnum dead and Drew rebuilding, Rebecca has returned to the Black Hills and is contributing by converting a building into a library.

Blaine has discovered that Rebecca is alive and back in the Black Hills. Now he has also returned but needs a promise from Drew in return for his blood oath to the Alpha.

This is a favorite scene.

Blaine realized his mistake. He hadn’t broken eye contact with the alpha. He lowered his head, and the acerbic atmosphere warmed a fraction.

“Why do you want to come back?” Drew’s tone held a bite.

No pleasantries. He should’ve been submissive. Instead, he lifted his head. Neither Drew nor Ryker flinched as he gazed at them. I need to be honest if I’m going to get anywhere with these two.

Ryker seemed one step away from grabbing him by the shirt collar and throwing him out for his insolence.

“I’m here because the Black Hills is home.”

Drew’s eyes narrowed. He had noted his phrasing. “I’m the alpha here, Blaine. You’ll have to swear a blood oath to me.”

A blood oath would prevent Blaine from killing Drew. “Has everyone sworn such a pledge to you?”

“Only those who place the pack above their ambitions.” Drew showed a flash of teeth. Steel reflected there.

His gaze shifted to Ryker who took a step toward him. He couldn’t take on an alpha and an enforcer. Maybe one at a time, but not together.

He understood why Drew wanted the commitment from him. The pack was healthy again. If a wolf came along to upset the order the alpha had built, who knew what could happen. Blaine’s family had left because Magnum’s insanity had infiltrated all aspects of pack life. Drew worked on restoring the pack again.

If Drew wanted him to swear an oath, then Blaine needed him to do something in return. “I’ll pledge my loyalty to you through a blood oath, if you’ll support my choice of mate.”

Drew’s eyebrows went up. Ryker, true to form, didn’t blink an eye.

“Why would you need my support?”

“It’s Rebecca Ferguson.”

Ryker straightened, taking on a solid stance next to Drew. The discussion wasn’t a threat to the alpha in any way.

“Her father won’t allow it.”

“I know.”

“He’s alpha of his household.”

“I know.”

“Are you going to challenge him?”

“If I have to.”

“And you want me to sanction it.”

“Yes.”

Drew sank into his chair. “What does Rebecca have to say? The last time I spoke to her, she didn’t mention you.”

Blaine smiled. He hadn’t earned himself any favors. “She doesn’t know yet.”

“You expect me to support your claim without her being aware of it?”

“You expect me to swear a blood oath to you without assurance whether or not you’ll turn into your father.”

The menacing growl from Ryker vibrated through the room.

“You’re playing a dangerous game, Blaine.”

“All of us have done it for our mates.” He stared from one to the other.

News traveled through the wolf-grapevine. Drew’d had to gain his mate, Betty’s, trust when he returned to Los Lobos after she believed the lies his father told about him. Ryker had overstepped their laws by mating a human, something the old alpha would’ve killed him for. But Drew didn’t seem to have a problem with humans becoming part of the Tao pack.

“Elijah isn’t going to hand over Rebecca to you. He went to extreme measures to keep her safe.” Drew sat forward again. “Even with the new order, he’s still protective of her.”

Blaine didn’t budge. He knew what he wanted. And he rarely lost.

“I will sanction the challenge if Elijah concedes to it.” Drew shook his head. “And I have a feeling he will.”

“I’ll take the blood oath.”

“As simple as that.” Blaine nodded.

“You’ll obey the law of the land and the pack. Be committed to rebuilding the town. To protect. To serve.”

“I understand.”
Inge Saunders. The Wolf’s Choice (Kindle Locations 280-321). Decadent Publishing.

Elijah doesn’t want his daughter to be part of the pack, he doesn’t want her to mate with Blaine. His fear has to do with his experience and his reasons will surprise you.

A feisty tale, with fun, sadness, a challenge and plenty of sexy scenes.

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Inge Saunders lives in the biggest small town in South Africa‒ Worcester. She fell in love with books when she started reading romance novels with her grandmother. Intrigued by the worlds books unlocked, it was inevitable she would take pen to paper. She holds an Honors degree in Community Development and Learning Support and loves to sink her teeth into the research part of a story.

When she’s not writing about that ‘inexplicable attraction’ she’s reading almost every sub-genre in romance out there, spending time with friends and family and taking hikes in her hometown’s National Karoo Park.

Inge’s been a member of ROSA (Romance writers’ Organization of South Africa) since 2012 and has three titles published with Decadent Publishing, Falling for Mr. Unexpected, Dance of Love & The Wolf’s Choice (Black Hills Wolves).

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It’s Here! Rebecca Royce’s Love Beyond Flames – The Outsiders Book 7


Love Beyond Flames
The Outsiders Book 7
By
Rebecca Royce

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Zane is not a good man, but who said he has to be to fulfill his Outsider destiny? The battle has come to a head and, with everything on the line, it’s time the Outsiders stopped playing it so easy. At least as far as Zane is concerned.

Raquel exists to handle flames. Her soul mate needs to be a man who can handle her heat. Zane is just the man for the job. But with the world exploding around them, it may be too late for love. The battle has just begun and yet it’s already too late.

Unless they can still win the day.

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I was so happy to see this one! I’ve been waiting what seems like forever for this saga to continue. That said, I don’t think I’ve felt bad for any of these couples except maybe Leonardo and Alexa who really have some stuff to overcome.

In every story the attraction has been pretty instantaneous and hotter than hell. However, Zane and Raquel have a hard time just being together for more than a couple of minutes before some sort of hell breaks loose, let alone make love.

So here’s where we are, Alexa is in a sorry state, covered in demon that the healers can’t seem to clear. Zombies are everywhere. We still don’t know where Gia is. Sebastian is still causing havoc and his father gets pissed.

Zane and Rachel are together and trying to connect further but things are intense and interruptions are rampant. The first right at the beginning has Zane and Rachel in a future they need to get the others to help prevent.

This is a favorite scene that ultimately sets up the rest of the book.

“This is pretty bad, isn’t it?” Zane whirled around at the sound of Kal’s voice. But… that was impossible. He was dead. The other Outsider, one of the most powerful SOBs Zane could ever imagine, glistened in front of him, looking a phantom rather than the flesh and blood man Zane had seen only that morning.

“Kal?”

His friend shimmered forward. “I brought you here. This glimpse of the future is courtesy of me. And Gabriel. And Jason helped too. Don’t tell Isabelle. Only you can see me and it’ll hurt her tremendously to know I can’t talk to her. It’s the Fates. They have their rules.”

“What can I do to see to it this never happens?” Because if Zane had any say in it, the future he found himself in would never take place.

“That’s the million dollar question.” Kal looked away. “There were a million small decisions which led to this. But the biggest was Leonardo and Alexa. Our leader is stubborn and where I was back then, I didn’t feel I had the right to challenge him on his love life or lack thereof. Eventually, Alexa gave up. She let go and died. In no world should a power as strong as Alexa Lane give up hope. That’s on all of us. But mostly on him. I don’t know anyone who challenges Leonardo like you do. Or like you will do. He has to be made to see. This is where we are headed if we don’t win the war. And Sebastian wasn’t wrong. He can keep this dimension as long as he wants it. If he never gets bored, we don’t have another battle. It’s all over. We lose.”

Zane didn’t have as much of a relationship with Leonardo as Kal suggested. Maybe he would but they weren’t there yet. Although to avoid the future around him, he’d fucking play matchmaker if he had to and force their leader into compliance. If such a thing was possible…
Rebecca Royce. Love Beyond Flames.(Kindle Locations 816-835). Fireborn Publishing.Kindle Edition.

Between the zombies, trying to help Alexa, finding a way to open the safe of their memories and so much more, you won’t be able to put this book down.

I can’t wait for the next one, Love Beyond Lies!

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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.

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April Indulgence: Yours For The Weekend by Lana Williams


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

Indulgences, The Prequel by Hildie McQueen

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Yours For The Weekend
An April Indulgence An Indulgences Novella Book 5
By
Lana Williams

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When successful businessman Brody Davidson is asked to be groomsman for yet another friend and learns his ex-girlfriend will be maid of honor, he does what any desperate millionaire would do–he hires a date. Convincing the sexy waitress with mile long legs to agree to play his girlfriend is no easy task, despite his promise to her and himself that it’s strictly business. He’s determined to make all decisions with his head instead of his heart to avoid being hurt again.

No matter how many times Amanda Foster runs the numbers, her final year of graduate school will have to wait. She’s already in debt up to her eyeballs. Though she’s learned not to trust guys in suits, how can she say no to spending spring break at the exclusive Indulgences Resort with a ruggedly handsome guy while getting paid for it? Pretending to be Brody’s girlfriend will be no hardship–as long as she remembers it’s just pretend, but her attraction to him is all too real.

Amanda’s already gotten under Brody’s skin. Can he convince her their deal is far more than business, and that he wants her forever, not just the weekend?

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I love this kindle world, a fabulous exclusive resort in a tropical setting. What more could you want to fuel your imagination?This is the April indulgence and it’s one of my favorites.

Brody needs a date for his best friend’s wedding, in order to keep his ex (the maid of honor) at bay. Rumor has it she wants him back and will go to any lengths to get him. But he’s done with her, she cheated on him and only wants him for his money.

Amanda knows she probably shouldn’t agree to the deal to go to a wedding with Brody. She really doesn’t know him she’s only waited on him at the bar. She needs the money for her tuition after her father, once again, fails to him his end of the bargain.

This is a favorite scene where Brody tells her about the indulgence requirement of the wedding weekend.

He cleared his throat, telling himself the sooner he got this over, the better. “I discovered some additional…details we need to resolve prior to our arrival.”

“Oh?”

Suspicion clouded her expression. Amanda was no naïve young thing. She was pursuing her MBA at the University of Denver, but she seemed like an old soul. That was one more thing that made him curious about her.

He wondered if something in her past had made her distrustful or if she’d always been that way. It didn’t matter. She was only a passing acquaintance. Nothing more. He certainly didn’t need to know her entire life story in order to convince Christina that he and Amanda were dating.

The plane picked up speed, telling him it was safe to broach the subject. “One of the managers of the resort contacted me. Apparently, the name of the place is more than just a name.”

Amanda frowned. “Indulgences?”

“Exactly.”

“I don’t understand.”

“They specialize in planning ‘indulgences’ for each guest. Or rather, for each couple.”

He could almost see understanding come over her expression, along with a healthy dose of distrust.

“What, like Fantasy Island or something?”

The mention of the popular TV show from the 70’s and 80’s had him grimacing. That was exactly what he’d asked when the manager had called.

“You can’t be serious.” Her husky voice was laced with skepticism.

He paused as the plane ascended, noting Amanda’s lips tighten as she leaned back in her seat. Flying made her uncomfortable, but he appreciated that she controlled her fear. He traveled frequently for business. The sensation of his stomach dropping away was nearly as familiar as the feel of a leather steering wheel beneath his hands.

At last the plane leveled off, heading south.

“Are you saying we have to come up with some sort of fantasy for them to arrange for us?”

Not for the first time, Brody cursed Brian. Of all the places he could’ve held his wedding, did it have to be at Indulgences Resort?

“That’s what I was told.”

“Did you tell them we’re only coming because your friend is getting married there?”

“It doesn’t matter. It’s a requirement for anyone staying at the resort.” He lifted one shoulder in a casual shrug, hoping to downplay the wrinkle. No doubt she thought he’d arranged this to answer some odd sexual fantasy. The idea of doing something of that nature with Amanda had him shifting in his seat. Obviously, he should’ve picked someone less attractive than the woman seated next to him.

“Well then.” Amanda raised her hand to gain the attention of the passing flight attendant. “May I have that other drink, please?”
Williams, Lana. Yours for the Weekend: An April Indulgence (An Indulgences Novella Book 5) (Kindle Locations 174-178). Kindle Edition.

The decision of the indulgence they would have was a source of amusement to me. Camping… Of course Kenderly will take that to an unusual level.

The ex is indeed a barracuda in a dress, creating trouble wherever she can.

The characters are perfect and the way they resolve the issues at hand delightful. Oh and there’s plenty of sexual tension and scenes to make you quiver.

Sexy, lots of fun and overall a enjoyable read!

5 Contented Purrs for Lana!

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  Lana Williams

Lana Williams is a bestselling and Amazon All-Star author who writes historical romance filled with mystery, adventure, and a pinch of paranormal to stir things up. Filled with a love of books from an early age, Lana put pen to paper and decided happy endings were a must in any story she created.

Her latest series is The Seven Curses of London, set in Victorian times, and shares stories of men and women who attempt to battle the ills of London, and the love they find along the way that truly gives them something worth fighting for.

Her first medieval trilogy is set in England and follows heroes seeking vengeance only to find love when they least expect it. The second trilogy begins on the Scottish border and follows the second generation of the de Bremont family.

The Secret Trilogy, which shares stories set in Victorian London, follows three lords injured in an electromagnetic experiment that went terribly wrong and the women who help heal them through the power of love.

She writes in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, two growing sons, and two labs, and loves hearing from readers.

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Blog Tour for Ann Mayburn’s Sweetest Obsession – Book 2 of the Cordova Empire


 

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This is a STANDALONE insta-obsession erotic romance set in the Cordova Empire series (no cheating-HEA-no cliffhanger)

Ramon

In my family, there’s an old story going back generations about love at first sight. I used to think it was a fairytale, until I met my sweet Joy. The more I got to know her, the more I wanted her. But the world of the cartels is a dangerous place, so I watched her from afar, wishing things were different and I could claim her for my own. Despite my best efforts to keep her safe, evil found Joy. After she endured a savage beating at the hands of a rival cartel, I vowed to do everything in my power to make her mine and win her heart. I can only pray that when she finds out the truth about me, and the things I’ve done to bind her to me forever, that she’ll be able to love the monster I really am.

Joy

Without a doubt, Ramon Cordova is one of the biggest jerks I’ve ever met. He’s egotistical, bossy, and seems to know how to push all my buttons. Too bad he’s also sinfully handsome, utterly charming when he wants to be, and is the only man I feel safe with. After the attack, I’ve become afraid of the world outside of my home—afraid of crowds, afraid of loud noises, afraid of everything. When I’m in Ramon’s strong arms, those fears melt away. I know there’s a darkness inside of him that he tries to hide, and I’m afraid that when I finally find out the secrets he’s been keeping, he’ll destroy what’s left of my battered heart

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In this the second book of the Cordova Empire we get a glimpse of some of the really dark sides of humanity. Not for the faint of heart and this is definitely not the usual way for a relationship to develop.

I love Joy, she is strong and sexy and insecure all at the same time.

Ramon on the other hand is over-bearing, misogynistic and a torturer for the Cordova family. However, nobody hurts his family and gets away with it and that family includes Joy, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.

Of course one of my favorite scene is in the prologue, before they get together, a scene where Joy is coming to discuss Jacob Roja’s missed tutoring sessions with his parents. There is language but it is necessary.

I smoothed the black blazer I wore over the coffee brown silk shirt, resisting the need to check my hair. As usual, when I was trying to look like a grown up, I had my mass of hair pulled back into a tight, high bun and wore more makeup than usual. For a moment, I considered grabbing my briefcase. It was like a safety blanket for me, a visible icon that said I was a serious businesswoman, but thought it might be overkill for this situation. I was simply going to ask Mr. and Mrs. Roja to please make sure their offspring showed up to his tutoring sessions…otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to afford my books next semester.

Well, I probably shouldn’t mention my tale of financial woe to people with a three-story mansion, but I was out of options.

Wide, grey and white marble steps led up to the dark maroon painted front door of the house. Beautiful cut glass inserts flanked the entrance on either side, and potted flowers added a touch of color.

I pressed the button for the doorbell, mentally berating myself for the crappy condition of my nails with half the pink polish worn off.

When no one answered, I rang again, wondering if anyone was home, or if it just took twenty minutes to walk from one end of the massive place to the other.

I was just getting ready to ring a third time when the door opened with a rush. My breath caught as I took in the man standing before me. Probably in his late twenties, I swear he was the sexiest and most dangerous man I’d ever seen, but the sneer curving his beautiful, full lips wasn’t exactly welcoming.

When I glanced up, I caught a glimpse of his eyes—gorgeous dark brown flecked with amber and green, highlighted by his cinnamon brown skin. He studied me with a cold detachment that made me want to shrink into myself, those intense eyes framed by wide cheekbones and well-arched brows. His dark black hair, long enough that it swept over his forehead, almost covered his eyes as he cocked his head to examine me. I allowed myself a quick darting look down his body, taking in the wide shoulders hidden behind his black, button up shirt, the thick chest, and powerful arms all tapering down to a trim waist. His black dress slacks fit him perfectly and, as he leaned against the doorframe with a bored expression, his gold watch flashed in the sunlight. A hint of a tattoo on the side of his neck peeked through, and I could see the shadowy suggestion of more ink on his wrists that trailed down to the back of his left hand in the form of a stylized climbing rose vine.

Across his square jaw, he had a thick, dark shadow that only grown men got when they haven’t shaved in a few days.

Damn, he was sexy, dangerous catnip to any woman with a single working hormone in her body.

Then he totally ruined my pervy fantasy by opening his mouth. “What do you want?”

His lightly accented, harsh tone and arrogant, disgusted expression snapped me out of my admiration. “I need to speak with Jacob, please.”

“He’s busy. You can talk to me.”

I gritted my teeth but forced my hands to remain relaxed at my sides. “Fine then, Mr….?”

“My name is none of your fucking business.”

I jerked back. “Excuse me?”

He gestured to the drive behind me, his gold watch reflecting the light. “Look, bitch, whatever you’re selling out of your piece of shit car, we ain’t buying.”

“What? No, I’m here about Jacob. I’m not selling anything. He owes me money.”

His pretty upper lip curled in obvious distaste as he scanned me up and down, his eyes lingering on my breasts for a little too long before he sneered. “Let me guess, he knocked you up? You need money for an abortion?”

“I—pardon me?”

His Latin accent thickened as he crossed his muscled forearms over his broad chest, the gold and diamond watch on his wrist catching my attention again with its sparkles. “Whatever bullshit you had in mind coming here, you can forget it now. He’s never gonna be your baby daddy, so I don’t know what strip club or escort service—”

“Escort service! Did you just call me a whore?”

“I see how you’re eyeing my watch, trying to figure out how much money you can get from it. But you can forget that shit, because I would never touch a puta like you.”

My hands clenched down painfully into fists and I took a step forward, crowding him in the doorway and catching a hint of alcohol on his breath. Great, I get to deal with a drunk asshole. Why me? Seriously, what did I do to piss off karma to deserve this?

Gathering myself, I hissed out, “I’m not a stripper, you arrogant fuck. I’m short and I have to wear heels to come even close to looking people in the eye. I’m Jacob’s tutor! Not his ‘baby mama’ or a whore, thank you very much.”

His snort of derision made me see red. “Right, tutor? With those tits? Get back in your car, trailer park Barbie, and drive away, before I make you leave. You’re not the first gold digging stripper to show up claiming he’s the baby’s daddy.”

“I am not a stripper!”

He took out his wallet with a sigh, pulled out a few one hundred dollar bills, then tossed them at me where they fluttered to the ground between our feet. “There, that should cover his lap dances. Now, get the fuck out.”

As I stared at the money laying on the glowing wood floor between our shoes, something inside of me snapped.

I don’t think I’ve been so mad in my entire life. He actually took a step back when I moved into his personal space then grabbed the front of his shirt to keep him from backing up further as I stared up—way up—at him. “I don’t know what kind of messed up, misogynistic world you live in, but a woman’s breast size has nothing to do with the size of her brain. I am not a fucking stripper! I am Jacob’s tutor at ASU, an honor student working on eventually getting my PHD in education. Jacob hasn’t been showing up to his appointments for the last three weeks! He promised me he would be there, and he broke his word. Now, I need to speak to Jacob, and I need to do it right fucking now, or so help me…” I trailed off for a moment, not sure what his name was, then went with my initial pet name, “You arrogant dick, I will make you regret the day you were born.”

“Too late,” he said in a bitter voice, but something in his eyes sparked to life. The sneer curving his rather nice lips softened. Hell, his entire face warmed in a way that made me distinctly uncomfortable. “Do I know you?”

I wanted to look around to see if I was on one of those prank shows with the hidden cameras.

“What?”

His pupils widened as he slowly examined my face, that disconcerting warmth turning to full on heat. “Do I know you? You seem…familiar.”

“Are you high?”

“Excuse me.” A woman’s husky voice came from my left. “I’m Mrs. Roja, and who might you be? And why are you roughing up my nephew?”

I turned to see an older Hispanic woman with long black and grey streaked hair standing at the base of the stairs. Her cheeks were nicely rounded, which should have given her a kind old woman look, but her gaze was pure ice. A flush burned my cheeks as I realized I was still holding onto the arrogant asshole’s shirt, which I quickly released and then smoothed into place. As I did that, I realized the man’s heart was thundering beneath my palm, and that his skin was warm, so warm. Mrs. Roja cleared her throat, and I snatched my hand away from his chest, feeling guilty like I was caught groping him instead of trying to fix the damage I’d done to his pristine look.

“Ah…uh, I’m sorry. My name is Joy Holtz, and I’m Jacob’s math tutor at ASU.” I cleared my throat then licked my lips, trying to gather myself after my temper tantrum. “He hasn’t shown up to his tutoring appointments for the last two weeks, despite his promises to do so. Normally I wouldn’t bother you with this, but I don’t get paid if he doesn’t show up and…well, I need the money for tuition next semester. He’s missed three sessions. I could have used that time to tutor other clients, but each Jacob swears he’ll be there, then he isn’t. I’ve tried to hold him accountable for this, but he’s avoided me at every turn, which left me no alternative but to come here. I’m so sorry for interrupting your day, but this is important. Not just for me, but for Jacob. He’s going to fail out of school, and I’d hate to see that happen to anyone, but he’s going to leave me no choice but to report him to the school.”

Her lips thinned, and I swallowed hard at the anger filling her deep brown eyes. “No, I completely understand. I’m so embarrassed you’ve had to take time from your no doubt busy schedule to come here. I know who you are, Ms. Holtz. You were highly recommended by the Dean of the Education Department. I was hoping you could perform a miracle with Jacob and get his academic affairs in order.”

I couldn’t help but glow a bit about the words of praise from my usually prickly boss. “Thank you, but I’m afraid it’s going to take a miracle for Jacob to pass at this point, unless he really applies himself.”

“Oh,” Mrs. Roja said in an ominous voice that made me faintly alarmed for Jacob, “that won’t be an issue. I’ll be having a talk with my son about responsibility, and I assure you he will be most eager to do whatever you wish. You have my word.”

I let out a mental sigh of relief. “Thank you.”

“Ramón,” she snapped. I darted a glance at the handsome, brooding man now staring at me in a rather disconcerting manner. “Pick up that money. This poor young woman is going to think all the men in this family are ill-mannered animals. Dios, wait until I tell your mother about this.”

I gave Ramón a good glare as he picked up the money he’d thrown at me, then mouthed the word ‘asshole’ at him.

Instead of looking pissed or embarrassed, he smiled at me suddenly in weird way that made the hair on the back of my neck want to stand up. His entire face softened, and I swear his dark eyes were near dancing with laughter. When his gaze dropped to my lips, my stomach filled with a thousand tingling, bursting bubbles. Something…powerful passed between us as he stood and gave me a long, slow look. Before I could protest, he crossed the room and took my hand gently in his own.

The moment our skin touched, a riot of pleasant tingles raced through me. I found my breath picking up. This close, I could smell his sinfully spicy cologne, could admire the perfectly sculpted bow of his upper lip. He had a great mouth, almost pouty, the kind that reminded me of stars from the silent movie era. I bet those lips would feel like velvet against my own. Soft as pillows.

“Please, Joy,” he said in a low voice that seemed to flick my clit. “Accept my apologies. I—well, there is no excuse for the way I treated you. I was an ass. You can smack me if you want. I know if my mother was here, she’d be whacking the back of my head right now for being such a—what did you call me? Ah, yes, an arrogant dick, wasn’t it?”
Ann Mayburn.Sweetest Obsession.Kindle Locations 112-194.Kindle Edition.

A few times during this read I had to stop to remind myself that this is a story from the other side of the fence. Not the safe little world we imagine ourselves to live in.

Intense, sexy, scary, and at times downright shocking. Written in a way that even while you disagree with some of what’s happening you understand it.

5 Contented Purrs for Ann!

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ann-mayburn-new    Ann Mayburn

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 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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