New Release! Dark Nightmares – Dark Falls Book 4 by Becca Jameson


The Dark Falls, CO series
is a multi-author series set in Dark Falls, CO.
Bad things happen there,
but there are heroes that rise
when the darkness comes.
Follow the series to meet these heroes
and the heroines who claim their hearts.

Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but readers may enjoy the series best if read from the beginning.


Dark Nightmares
Dark Falls Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Becca Jameson

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Nicole Salway left Dark Falls eighteen years ago with no intention of ever returning. Destroyed beyond repair, she closed that chapter of her life for good. But nightmares have plagued her for two decades. Nonsensical nightmares that have kept her from leading a normal life. The Dark Falls police department failed her as a young girl, but now she’s a detective herself, and her hometown needs her help. Returning to the place where it all began could crack open her past and leave her raw and exposed if she’s not careful.

Mason England isn’t fond of going undercover without his usual partner, but the state has assigned one of their own detectives to help solve a horrific murder. After all, the victim is the governor’s daughter, and all evidence points to a local club. Mason’s temporary partner takes his breath away the moment she enters the precinct. But Nicole is a conundrum. She guards her secrets close, so close that Mason realizes no one has ever penetrated her walls. .

Sharing her past with Mason, or anyone, isn’t an option. Nicole does not date. Ever. But Mason is persistent and patient. As Nicole’s past unravels, threatening to destroy her, Mason just might prove capable of grabbing the pieces as they fall and putting her back together again.

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Mason finds himself attracted to his temporary partner Nicole Salway from the moment he lays eyes on her. He knew she was qualified or the State wouldn’t have sent her to partner with him, he just wasn’t expecting her to be so attractive.

Nicole didn’t like being back in Dark Falls, she has nightmares from the events that led to her family moving away. She even changed her name so she could have some normality in her life. She never planned to return but her hometown needed a woman to go undercover with one of their own. Since the victim was the governor’s daughter she couldn’t refuse.

She was also skeptical about going into a BDSM club as a couple with Mason. She knows nothing about the lifestyle other than what she’s read.

This is a favorite scene as they go to talk to the victim’s roommate.

He didn’t know much about Detective Salway, but he did rationalize the state wouldn’t have sent her to partner with him if she wasn’t incredibly qualified—a fact that warranted him ignoring her looks and taking her as seriously as he would any other partner.

When they were settled in his black Tahoe, he turned to face her. “You want to fire questions at me, or you want me to give you a rundown of the most important parts?”

She tipped her head to one side and asked the last question on earth he expected. “How did you know about the rope?”

If she had been any other person he’d met just thirty minutes ago, he would have been horrified, but he’d assessed instantly that she was sharp, and he’d suspected she didn’t miss the glance from Scanlon to Mason as she spoke about the rope.

He started the engine, glancing back and forth from her to the road. “I’ve dabbled.”

“Dabbled?”

“Yeah.” He gave her another partial grin.

“I might need you to elaborate if we’re going to go into a club together pretending to be a couple.”

His smile widened. “Don’t worry. I’ll fill you in.”

Her brows lifted. “I’m listening.”

“You want to talk about Cindy LaFleur first, since we’re headed to her apartment?”

“Nope. I get the gist of that.”

He shook his head, smirking. Not shocked at all. “How much do you know about BDSM?”

“You have to ask?”

Another grin. Since when did he smile on the job? Since when did he smile while working a homicide case? “Good point.”

“The question is, how much do you know, and how are you going to pass me off as anything but a novice?”

“Easy. I’m not. We don’t have to. I can take you in as a newbie and show you the ropes.”

Now she laughed, and he loved the sound. Shit. “Pun intended.”

He shot her another grin. “Unintentional, I swear. Wish I could take credit for that one, but I’m not that witty.”

She sobered. “So your plan is to bring me to the club as a guest with no experience?”

“Yep.” He slowed to a stop at a red light and looked at her again. “Trust me. No one will doubt the authenticity if we do it that way.”

“Uh-huh. I’m not at all sure I like this plan.”
Becca Jameson. Dark Nightmares (Kindle Locations 222-242). Becca Jameson Publishing. Kindle Edition.

The visit to the club proves their is a definite chemistry between them, but Nicole doesn’t stay with anyone. No one needs to know about her nightmares. Nightmares that have been escalating since she saw a woman in a cage at the Club.

Another murder and a lead that the victims met the killer at a dog park. This will require Nicole take a dog to the park in an attempt to lure him out. Mason helps her acclimate with one of his dogs to accomplish this part of the investigation. He also witnesses her having a nightmare and when she insists on returning to her hotel she admits the reason to be his seeing all her weaknesses.

Love the slow build to the relationship and the build up is sensual and emotional.

With fast paced suspense, plenty of emotion and the simmer to sizzle relationship, you won’t be able to put this one down.

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

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

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

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Releasing Tomorrow! Zero Trace – The Arsenal Book 4 by Cara Carnes



Zero Trace
The Arsenal Book 4
By
USA Today Bestselling Author
Cara Carnes

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Don’t get noticed.

Zoey “Zero D” Danson thought it was an easy rule to follow. For years she toiled in cubicle 12A of the NSA’s data farm compiling security briefings and Intelligence reports. But she put her neck on the line and burned a dirty government operation to keep a covert ops team alive.

Now she’s “one of them.” She’s not a nameless, faceless civilian anymore. She’s part of The Arsenal—and in way, way over her head.

Trust no one.

Gage Sanderson recognizes a threat when he sees it, and the newest geek in The Arsenal’s back office is trouble. She’s smart, secretive, sexy, and everything he shouldn’t want. They risked their necks to keep her safe, but she’s hiding something and it’s up to him to figure out what.

He’s sworn to never trust another crew at his back, but his team is worth the risk. He won’t make the same mistake twice—even if it means killing the only woman who’s ever made her way past his defenses.

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This book takes over where Blood Vows leaves off. Zoey has helped the Arsenal in several things earning their respect. However, the most recent has unfortunately put a target on her back, a call to the Arsenal has them sending someone to meet her.

Gage stepped in to get her out of a very sticky situation with orders to secure her and get her to the Arsenal.

This is a favorite scene as they collect her things and her cat.

“I don’t trust her,” Gage declared into the com.

Zoey Dansworth may have saved Fallon and his team, but that didn’t mean she wasn’t trouble. The woman skulked into her bathroom and shut the door. They’d been in the small, upper northside apartment for five minutes, and she’d yet to find Dobby—aka the reason they were there.

Gage glowered as something flashed in his peripheral vision. He drew his weapon and eased into the next room, a small dining room. The entire apartment was…

Clean.

Too clean.

Antiseptic, devoid of personal touches. Gage wasn’t the personal touch kind of guy. Give him a pillow and a passable sleeping surface, and he was good to go. But he had three sisters and a mom.

Women nested.

Hell, even Vi and Mary nested in their operational theater at The Arsenal compound—little knickknacks spread here and there, a few more than at first now that they’d both settled in with their men.

“She saved Fallon. I’ve worked with her in the past. She’s solid,” Vi said.

Gage couldn’t think of anyone he’d trust more than Vi and Mary, but that didn’t make them right. He aimed his weapon under the dining room table, where the white tablecloth moved. Something swiped at his leg.

What the ever-loving fuck?

He jumped backward and flicked the safety off his gun. A growl rumbled from beneath the table, followed by a hiss. Some rabid animal maybe? The paw had been small and gray, definitely not a cat.

“What are you doing? Put that away!” Zoey swatted his hand, positioned herself in front of his drawn weapon, and crouched down. “It’s okay, Dobby. The mean, scary commando isn’t going to hurt you. Come on out. It’s okay. Come on.”

Gage clicked the safety on his gun and listened as the woman cooed and whispered nonsensically. A hideous thing crawled from beneath the dining room table.

“That’s a cat?”

No way in hell. The wrinkled animal was half rat-gray and half tan, with bulging, green eyes. A feral-like rumble radiated from it as it swiped at Gage again and offered an opened-mouth hiss.

“Don’t be rude,” Zoey spat angrily as she curled the hairless, big-eared “cat” against her body and glared. “Dobby is a beautiful Sphynx. He takes a while to warm up to people, though. Here, you get to know him while I pack his clothes.”

“Clothes? Cats have clothes?” He stared at the strange woman as she went back toward the bedroom.

Snickering on the other end of the com made Gage growl a low warning in his throat. “Don’t.”

“Oh, you don’t scare me, Gage Sanderson. My man growls way better than that,” Vi said.

She was not wrong. Judson Jensen was one of the few men Gage wouldn’t ever want to take on in a fight. The former assassin had become a hell of an Arsenal asset, one who got a wide berth from everyone—including Gage.

“Here, put Dobby’s sweater on him, and I’ll get the rest of his things.”

The hairless cat growled from his new position in the crook of Gage’s arm. Zoey, aka Zero D, wandered out of the room. He followed.

Her shoulder-length hair was a bright purple with pink tips. She was a short bundle of full curves he couldn’t help but appreciate, especially since she’d changed into curve-hugging leggings with telephone booths which ran down her short legs.

He glanced down at Dobby, who watched with a wary expression. “I don’t like the situation either, but we’d best man the fuck up and get on with this. You gonna let me do this the easy way, or are we going the hard route?”

Dobby growled.

Fair enough.

Zoey’s voice drifted from the other room. Suspicious, he quietly made his way toward the bedroom, but couldn’t hear what she was saying.

“Can you amplify what she’s saying, Vi?”

The earbud he wore went silent a heartbeat, then returned, the volume louder than before. Gage didn’t know how Vi had turned the com into a listening device. He never understood half of what she and Mary did. That’s what made them the Quillery Edge.

“I’m sorry. I know the timing sucks, but I’ve gotta go. I’ll be in touch when I can, but until then I need you locking everything down, just in case. I’m sure it’ll be fine, but we need to be safe.” Zoey’s voice paused. “Okay. Let me know if you see anything or anyone at all suspicious. Don’t try and be a badass. Bye.”

“Find out who she was talking to,” he ordered.

“Already in process,” Vi said. “I started vetting her through HERA before we dispatched you to retrieve her. Her phone records will be dumped soon enough.”

Good.

While a part of Gage was more than willing to eat a bullet because she’d saved Fallon and his team, he wasn’t fully ready to trust her. Not yet.

He’d almost died because of blind trust once before.

He wouldn’t ever let it happen again. The moment she entered the living room, he crowded into her personal space until she backed up against the wall. The flash of fear in her gaze gave him a second’s hesitation, but this needed to be done.

The Arsenal was good people. They didn’t deserve to get mired in whatever shit Zoey Danson was hiding. She’d done Fallon and his team a solid, which meant Gage and everyone else would have her back.

“You’re hiding something,” he said.

“Step back.”

“Whatever you’re hiding had better not surface and affect The Arsenal. If it does, you and I are gonna have problems.” Gage stepped back and handed over the sweater-clad cat. The sooner they got back to The Arsenal, the better.
Cara Carnes. Zero Trace (Kindle Locations 238-284). Heartscape Publishing, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

As Zoey keeps her secret things are about to take a turn. Her former boss Ian Schmidt from the NSA links her to the disappearance of a Congressman’s daughter. Zoey has no choice but to involve the Arsenal in her network that saves women and children in trouble.

Lots of hold your breath moments, suspense and action will keep you turning the pages as you watch not only Zoey’s network but also her and Gage’s relationship. These two are kindle melting hot in more ways than one.

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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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New Multi-Author Series! Dark Falls – Dark Falls Book 1 by Lori Ryan


The Dark Falls, CO series
is a multi-author series set in Dark Falls, CO.
Bad things happen there,
but there are heroes that rise
when the darkness comes.
Follow the series to meet these heroes
and the heroines who claim their hearts.

Each book in the series can be read as a standalone, but readers may enjoy the series best if read from the beginning.

Dark Falls
Dark Falls Book 1
By
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Lori Ryan

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An investigation of jewelry store robberies across the city should have been routine for Detective John Sevier. But the woman he once thought he might marry owns a jewelry store, putting her in the line of fire and making this investigation anything but ordinary.

John is off his game at a time when he needs to be more on than ever before.

As the perpetrators begin to feed off violence, going from damaging property to taking lives, John doesn’t know if he can move fast enough to take down a violent group set on causing as much damage as they can before they go down.

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This book introduces the players, the team of the Major Crimes Division in Dark Falls. John Sevier is the first one we center on, divorced and not really thinking of a relationship since long hours and late night calls aren’t conducive to such things.

With multiple jewelry stores being hit, John’s thoughts go to the woman he once loved, the woman who left. Her family owns a jewelry store and although it is far more upscale than those being hit, he’s concerned.

Ava left school when her father became ill, working the jewelry store while finishing her degree online. The store is a true family business, with most of the designs created by her sister Janna and others commissioned from local artisans.

She leaned her hip on her desk and tried to get her heart to stop pounding and her hands to stop shaking. “It’s good to see you. You look good.”

Oh hell. She should just shut up. It was true, though. He still wore his brown hair short in what she guessed was some kind of police regulation, above the collar kind of cut. His skin was tanned and scarred in some spots, making her want to trace the pattern of his history written there and ask him about every little mark. His jaw was the kind you read about being chiseled, and that mouth looked like it could do things no woman could refuse.

What was she doing? She focused back on his eyes and tried to get her inner hussy to shut the hell up for a minute.

“You, too. I should have stopped in and said hi before. I, uh…” He ran a hand over the back of his head, from the base of his neck up to the top of his head. It was something he’d done in the past, too.

“I’m sure you’re busy,” she offered. “I heard you made detective.”

He nodded. “That’s why I’m here.”

Ava tilted her head.

“I wanted to stop in and make sure you knew about the jewelry store robberies that have been happening.”

She frowned. “I think I saw something in one of the papers about a store being robbed last week, but honestly, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the news when I get busy. There are others?”

John was all business now. “Yes. There are details I can’t share, but what you need to know is that three stores have been hit. They’re all lower end stores that don’t have a guard posted. You have your guard out there all day, every day?”

Ava was stunned. She didn’t think people really robbed jewelry stores anymore. There were guards in many of them and most of the other owners she networked with had high quality cameras and good security systems.

She looked toward the front of the store where Kirsten was standing guard, even though there were several walls between them, and she couldn’t actually see the showroom from her office. “Yes, Kirsten works two days a week, and we have two others. Kirsten and one of the others are former military, and the other is a former campus officer from one of the out-of-state colleges. I don’t remember which school.”

At the moment, all she could remember was that they all had families, loved ones. She brought her hand to the gemstone on her neck. Her birthstone, garnet. “Have there been injuries?”

John looked grim. “Thankfully, only during this last robbery. One clerk was shoved into a glass case. No serious wounds, though. He’ll be fine.”

Ava stared at a spot over his shoulder. She had to wonder how fine she or any of her people would be if they were held up at gunpoint. She assumed they had guns, or a weapon of some other sort.

He went on. “They’re not hitting shops like yours yet, but I wanted to make sure you guys are on your toes. Your cameras and alarms are working?”

“Of course.”

“You’d be surprised how many times people let those go, thinking the alarm sticker in the window is enough of a deterrent. Until their insurance company forces them to get into compliance, they let things go.”

Ava blinked. “Our cameras and alarms are all working. We put paste jewels in the window displays, but that’s the only fake thing around here.”

John stepped closer, and Ava was overly aware of the small size of her office in that moment. The man had always taken her breath away, but now that he was more than a college boy, he was almost overwhelming.

She’d long known she’d been an idiot to let him go. The point was no more obvious to her than it was right now as his eyes bore into hers. Still, he was here for business reasons. She needed to remember that, even if her body seemed to have other ideas at the moment.

“Good,” he said. “I want you to be safe.”

Ava swallowed. She opened her mouth to say something—she had no idea what that would be, since the sight of him in her office after all these years had her flustered beyond reason—but the intercom on her phone buzzed.
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To say that John and the rest of his team were frustrated is an understatement. The eyewitnesses couldn’t give any kind of a description because the perpetrators were totally covered up in nondescript clothing, and ski masks. We on the other had get to see the bad guys and some of their plans, and see the aftermath of the escalation in the robberies.

John keeps in touch with Ava as things escalate and the chemistry between them is powerful. There is a slow build to this relationship as John not only gets to know Ava again, but also learns to interact with Janna.

Hold your breath suspense and action, romance that gets hotter with every encounter and so much more!

I will definitely be reading all the books in this new series!

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Lori Ryan is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance with steamy love scenes and characters you won’t want to leave in the pages when the story is over.Lori published her first novel in April of 2013 and ​has fallen in love with writing.

​She is the author of the Sutton Capital Series; the Heroes of Evers, Texas; and the Triple Play Curse Novellas, a set of novellas with sexy baseball players at their core as part of Bella Andre’s Game For Love Kindle World. She has also published in Melanie Shawn’s Hope Falls Kindle World and in Robyn Peterman’s Magic and Mayhem Kindle World.

She lives with an extremely understanding husband, three wonderful children, and two mostly well-behaved dogs in Austin, Texas. It’s a bit of a zoo, but she wouldn’t change a thing. She loves to connect with her readers. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or subscribe to her blog.

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OMG! Rescuing Mary – Delta Force Heroes Book 9 By Susan Stoker



Rescuing Mary
Delta Force Heroes Book 9
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NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Susan Stoker


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Ford “Truck” Laughlin and Mary Weston have weathered their share of storms over the last couple years. Truck’s job, Mary’s health. His bossiness, her bitchiness. All while dancing around their intense attraction. Mary’s tried to push him away for his own good but Truck won’t let her give up…on herself or on them. Just when she decides they deserve a fair shot, disaster strikes.

Truck has wanted Mary since the moment he saw her. The prickly woman pushes all his buttons and looks beyond his scarred exterior, something few women have managed. His plan to take their relationship to the next level is stalled when he’s injured on a mission. And he’s barely feeling like his old self again before the couple is dealt another blow, one that could permanently end their chances…and their lives.

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Rescuing Mary is the 9th book in the Delta Force Heroes Series. Usually my books are stand-alones, but in this case, I feel you would get more enjoyment out of the story if you read the other books first, since Mary and Truck’s relationship evolves throughout the series. If nothing else, I recommend reading the first book in the series, Rescuing Rayne, where their relationship began.

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If you haven’t read Rescuing Rayne, go read it first. It will help you understand this book better. I have read the entire series from the beginning so this is the story I’ve long awaited.

Truck and Mary’s secret wedding has been exposed. Everyone was angry but Rayne was more than that she feels totally betrayed. The guys have already had it out, the women have taken sides and everything is a mess.

We learn Mary’s backstory in this book, have the tissues ready, keep them at your side, you will need them for this and so much more.

If you’ve been following this story you know that Mary has now battled breast cancer twice. This second time is when she and Truck got married. He insisted on it so she would have his insurance for the battle. For Truck, it was also because he loves her and whether she will admit it or not Mary loves him too. We’ve all seen it and felt it in the previous books. Now it’s time to learn everything about these two.

The thing is, while they have slept together there has been nothing physical happening. Truck is ready to take this relationship to the next level, but Mary needs to make that decision.

Mary is missing her best friend, so when Rayne comes into the bank with Emily and Casey she takes the opportunity to start the conversation they need to have.

Then all hell breaks loose while they are in the break room.

This is a favorite scene.

Holding her hand up to the other women, she stuck her head out of the break room and looked over the heads of the tellers at the windows.

What she saw had Mary moving before she’d really even thought about it. She grabbed Rayne’s hand and gestured for Emily and Casey to follow her. “Don’t say a word!” she whispered urgently. “Follow me.”

Without waiting for them to respond, she tugged Rayne out the door and headed for the safety-deposit vault. The safest place for them was there. Even though Mary hated the room, it was absolutely impenetrable.

Not only that, but if the two men with guns in the lobby decided they wanted more money than what was in the tellers’ drawers, they’d ask to be let into the money vault, not the one with the safety-deposit boxes.

“Holy shit,” Rayne exclaimed softly as Mary pulled her inside. “Is this really happening?”

Without answering, Mary gestured for Emily and Casey to hurry and the second they cleared the door, she shut it as quietly as she could, even though she didn’t think the robbers could hear the door shutting over the sounds of the screams and crying now coming from the packed lobby.

Mary did what she’d been trained to do in a situation like this. She secured the door, trying not to shiver when it felt like the lid to a coffin shutting, and went straight to the phone on the wall. It was a separate line from the rest of the bank, for safety reasons. No one would see the red light on the desk phones indicating someone was using it. She dialed 9-1-1 and quickly explained the situation to the operator.

She didn’t have a lot of details, but told the lady where she was, who she was with, approximately how many customers there were in the lobby as far as she knew, how many robbers she saw, and how many bank employees there were. The operator wanted her to stay on the line, but Mary hung up and immediately dialed another number.

Rayne, Emily, and Casey were murmuring behind her, but Mary ignored them for the time being. “Come on, come on,” she chanted as the phone rang in her ear.

“Hello?”

The sound of Truck’s voice immediately calmed her. “Truck, it’s Mary. I need you.”

“What’s wrong?” His voice was hard, but composed. It kept her from losing her shit.

“I’m at the bank and there’s a robbery in progress. Rayne, Emily, and Casey are with me, and I locked us in the safety-deposit vault. We can’t hear what’s going on out there, but the guys had guns.”

“Are you all right?”

At his question, Mary’s eyes filled with tears. How like Truck to worry about her first. “Yeah.”

“And the others?”

Mary turned to look at her friends. They were huddled together and looked completely terrified. “They’re good. We’re all good,” she told Truck, lying. She didn’t think he needed to know they were on the verge of freaking out.

“Okay. I’m on the way. The guys are all here…and I’m gonna bring another Delta team with me. We’ve got this. Hear me?”

“Yeah. I called 9-1-1.”

“Good. Mary…we got this,” Truck said again, more urgently. “All you gotta do is stay safe. Can they get in?”

“Maybe. I’ve hit the panic button from inside the vault, which locks it down, but my boss has the override code. I’m hoping if they want money, they won’t bother with this vault, they’ll want the one with the money. My boss should steer them toward that one.”

“Stay away from the door,” Truck ordered. She could hear him moving in the background and hoped like hell he really was on his way right that second. “Can you barricade it in any way?”

“No. There’s a table in here, but it’s bolted to the floor, and it would be too heavy for us to move even if it wasn’t.”

“Fuck. Okay, that’s okay. I bet those guys are already gone. They’ll take what money they can and get the fuck out. We’re comin’ for you, Mare. You tell the others their men are comin’ too. Okay?”

“Yeah.”

“Don’t do anything rash,” Truck warned. “I love you.”

Mary’s stomach tightened at his words. He’d never come out and said it before. Oh, she knew he loved her, but she hadn’t heard the words. Hearing them now was almost painful. “Be careful,” she whispered, wanting to return his words, but not able to make herself say them.
Stoker, Susan. Rescuing Mary (Delta Force Heroes Book 9) (Kindle Locations 475-510). Stoker Aces Production, LLC. Kindle Edition.

Now you would think a bank robbery would be enough excitement for one book, but no. Susan takes us on a rollercoaster ride of emotions as the guys head off for a mission and return.

I really can’t say much without revealing things better read. Just know that Truck’s past and Mary’s, combined with the telling of her treatments, detailed in a way that only Susan can, will pull on your heartstrings.

Even though I had to put this book down several times for tears invoked, there’s plenty of laughter and love in this book too.

The epilogue takes us into the future for each of the couples, a truly fitting end to this wonderful series. Thank you for this journey.

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

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

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Loving this Multi-Author Series! Hot SEAL, Black Coffee – SEALs in Paradise Book 8 By Cynthia D’Alba



Hot SEAL, Black Coffee
SEALs in Paradise Book 8
Dallas Debutants Book 1
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Cynthia D’Alba

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Dealing with a sexy ex-girlfriend, a jewel heist, and a kidnapping can make an ex-SEAL bodyguard a tad cranky.

Trevor Mason accepts what should be a simple job…protect the jewels his ex-girlfriend will wear to a breast cancer fundraiser. As founder and owner of Eye Spy International, he should send one of his guys, but he needs to get his ex out of his system and this is the perfect opportunity to remind himself that she is a spoiled, rich debutante who dumped him with a Dear John letter during his SEAL training.

Respected breast cancer doctor Dr. Risa McCool hates being in the limelight for her personal life. Her life’s work is breast cancer treatment and research, which she’d rather be known for than for her carefree, partying debutante years. She agrees to be the chairperson for the annual breast cancer fundraiser even though it means doing publicity appearances and interviews, all while wearing the famous pink Breast Cancer Diamond for each public event. The multi-million dollar value of the pink stone requires an armed bodyguard at all times.

Past attractions flame, proving to be a distraction to the serious reality of the situation.

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Risa has hired EyeSpy International to provide additional security for the Breast Cancer Gala. At the event she will be showcasing a necklace containing the Breast Cancer Diamond, a fourteen carat gem worth a small fortune. For her bodyguard she would have Trevor Mason, the owner and founder of the company and the man she gave up fifteen years ago.

Trevor wouldn’t assign anyone but himself to guard Dr. Risa McCool. They had been friends then lovers years ago before he joined the Navy and became a SEAL.

Arriving home late, with Trevor already in her condo there is more than a little snark from both of them.

This is a favorite scene.

“Made yourself at home, I see,” she drawled.

He turned around, leaned on the mahogany bar, and crossed his ankles. “Got a look at the layout.” He smiled. “Your panty drawer was very well organized.”

She rolled her eyes.

“I’ve checked out the building before I came. I met with the building’s head of security when I got here.” He shrugged. “I don’t know why I’m here.”

She gave a derisive snort. “I thought you were a bodyguard. Have I been misinformed?”

“Nope. That’s what I do, but why am I here?” He pointed around the room with the highball glass. “In your condo? Why not put me in a hotel like all the others who are working this event? This is Fort Knox disguised as a condo building.”

She narrowed her eyes, then gave him a stiff smile. “Tomorrow, I’m getting my grandmother’s jewels from the vault and they’ll be here until I can return them on Monday after the gala. Between now and the event, I have six event-related appearances. At first the plan was that I would be wearing the Breast Cancer Diamond necklace at each one. However, the designer doesn’t want to reveal the necklace until the night of the gala. You know, build up the suspense, so I’ll be teasing the reporters by wearing some of my grandmother’s jewelry, which in itself is worth a couple of million or so. Since I don’t usually keep a few million in diamonds in my home, and frankly it makes me a little nervous to do so with the whole world knowing about them, I thought it would be wiser to have someone here instead of having my bodyguard sleeping a few miles away.”

“Okay.” He nodded. “Makes sense.” He pulled out his cell phone and tapped on the screen.

“I’ll want you to escort me to the vault and back tomorrow.”

He looked up at her. “Do you know what time?”

She arched an eyebrow. “Why? You have a date you have to work around?”

“My team from EyeSpy has a meeting with the Dallas police and the hotel security to review the overall security plan for the event.”

“Fine.” She pulled her cellphone from her pocket. “Can you put your phone number in here so I can reach you if I need to?”

He entered his phone number without comment. His phone buzzed. “There. I have your cell number in my phone, along with your home and office numbers.”

The idea that he had programmed her into his phone made her gooey inside, even as she told herself it only meant he was doing his job, not getting ready to ask her on a date.

“What time is the security meeting? I’d like to put it on my calendar.”

“Eight a.m. Why? You don’t need to be there.”

“Since I’m this year’s gala chairwoman, I should be on top of all things related to the event.” He sighed. “Don’t you have to work or something tomorrow?”

“Nope. I’m off until Wednesday. I’m only working one day this week.” She smiled and took a long drink of wine, something she didn’t get to do very often.

“You have a lot of long weekends then?” he said, his tone a tad snarky.

Long weekends? She could barely remember the last time she’d had two days in a row off, much less four. But this event was her baby. The money raised would go a long way in funding more research for breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“Oh yes,” she replied, putting as much sarcasm in her voice as she could manage. “I only, what did you call it? Cut folks? Right, so I only cut folks three days a week.” She rolled her eyes. “I guess you had many long, relaxing weekends while you were a SEAL.”

“How did you know I was a SEAL?”

She shrugged. “Grapevine.”

He grunted. “Mom-vine is probably more accurate. And no, I didn’t get long weekends.”

“Fill my glass, and let’s go to the sun room. I need to get off my feet.”
Cynthia D’Alba. Hot SEAL,Black Coffee (Kindle Locations 141-172). Riante, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

I really liked Wendy, Risa’s twin sister. Where as Risa is more reserved, Wendy is an almost overwhelming personality.

I was like Risa in that I didn’t think she and Trevor would overcome the hurdle of their history. The sparks were flying all over the place, I’m surprised folks didn’t get burned when they got close to each other.

Nothing is ever easy and there are plenty of twists, turns, suspense and drama in this book along with that sizzling heat. I couldn’t put this book down.

5 Contented Purrs for Cynthia!


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Hi Y’All! I’m Cynthia D’Alba from Arkansas.Here’s a little about me…New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun.She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.newsletter - for blog


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Love This Series! Talon – SEALs of Steel Book 4 By Dale Mayer



Talon
SEALs of Steel Book 4
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Talon Lore, a former SEAL, has spent the last two years recovering from the damage done when his squad’s truck drove over an antitank landmine. Six other team-mates were also badly hurt, the seventh dead, in what their team leader Badger Horley realized later had to be a trap set to take them out. After his best friend is run down, Talon realizes his murder ties in with the original incident that drove him and his squad hell-bent for revenge.

A year ago, Talon walked away from his girlfriend, Clary Witcher when she’d given him an ultimatum he couldn’t win. Clary is the sister of his best friend killed in the hit-and-run. Determined to tell Clary in person that her brother’s death was no accident and keep her safe from those now targeting her, Talon struggles with the haunting prospect of a reunion.

Clary has never forgotten and never forgiven herself for chasing the man she loved and still loves away with her stupid, take-it-or-leave-it threat. Her brother’s death is a tragedy she’s barely dealt with when Talon shows up with answers that only beg more questions. He won’t leave her side, certain her brother wasn’t the only target. But Clary has learned one thing from her time away from him: Love–not trouble–needs to be Talon’s reason for staying with her…even if sending him away means jeopardizing her own life.

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Okay, confession time. I started reading Laszlo and realized I never read Talon. Horrifying I know, I was doing so well staying in order! So I searched my kindle library found it and started reading.

With the discovery that the accidents that have happened really aren’t accidents, Talon and Laszlo head to San Diego to talk to Chad’s sister Clary. Now Talon and Clary have history, he left her because she wanted him home for dinner every night and he wanted the Navy. Those two things just don’t go together.

Clary had moved on, but that didn’t work either. Her marriage ended in divorce right before her brother died. With Talon showing up after not showing for Chad’s funeral she is angry. The information they share with her cools her anger but leaves her wary.

This is a favorite scene when Clary learns more.

He stared at her but wouldn’t say anything in his defense.

She’d done that to him too. She used to rail at him when he’d done things wrong, and he’d never defend himself. He would just stand there and stare at her, wait for her to finish. She’d always felt better afterward, and then she would immediately feel worse because, of course, he never would stand up for himself. He would never give an explanation.

“Why couldn’t you have told me?” she asked, bewildered.

“Because,” Laszlo said, “he didn’t want you to see him as anything other than what he was before—strong, capable, determined, physically fit, whole.”

She sagged in her chair, realizing just how hard it must have been for these men to have dealt with the accident. And, if Talon had lost an arm and a foot, she glanced over at Laszlo and asked, “And the others? Were they as badly hurt? Or was just Talon so badly injured?”

“All of us were badly hurt,” Laszlo said quietly. “Some of us lost organs. Some of us lost limbs and organs. All of us lost muscle, tissue, bones, and all of us gained metal plates, metal screws, something added somewhere. All of us went through tremendous heartache, frustration, depression. Most of us hit the suicidal wall at one point. Only revenge kept our team leader, Badger, coming back from the brink.”

Talon picked up the story. “And now that most of us have healed enough to live a more or less normal life, and we have now realized that our incident was quite likely not an accident, we all have a purpose again. But with that purpose comes an understanding that all of us were directly affected and, in another way now, have been further injured with the loss of friends and loved ones. And we’re undertaking the difficult job of letting people know.”

“Maybe you would rather have been left in the dark,” Laszlo broke in. “I wasn’t sure what you’d rather know. I pushed Talon to come and to tell you because we ourselves would prefer to know.”

“Of course I want to know,” she said warmly. “And, yes, thank you for coming and telling me. It doesn’t make it any easier. In fact, it probably makes it worse, but at least I know Chad wasn’t being stupid in the parking lot or unaware. He really had no chance.”

“No, he didn’t,” Talon said. “He was targeted.”

“And I have to admit,” she said, feeling a huge weight come off her shoulders, “maybe it releases some of my guilt.”

“Why guilt?” Laszlo asked.

“Because I was having trouble with somebody at the time, and I told Chad about it. He said he’d check into it. And he was dead three months later. At the time I was terrified it was related to him checking into my problem. And, since my problem stopped when he died, I figured that was just more proof that I had a hand in his death.”

Talon leaned forward, his arms resting on his knees. “What are you talking about?”

She gave him a quick glance. “I thought I had a stalker. I kept looking around, and somebody always seemed to be there. A Lexus that kept following me. I didn’t know what he wanted. I finally told Chad about him, and he said he’d see if he could find out who it was.”

“A black Lexus was following you?” Talon asked.

She frowned. “I didn’t tell you the Lexus was black.”

“No, but we suspect the driver of a black Lexus was connected to your brother’s death.”

“At least it’s the same type of vehicle, but that doesn’t mean the same driver. We don’t know anything at this point,” Laszlo corrected. “Our killer was driving a Lexus in Santa Fe. We can’t be sure it’s the same one. We can’t even be sure it’s the same model. But he had a penchant for Lexus vehicles. Although that doesn’t mean he used them to commit crimes.”

She sat back. “Do you have a picture of the killer?”

Talon reached in his pocket, then stopped and glanced at Laszlo. “I left mine in my pack. Do you have a copy?”

Laszlo pulled several photos from his pocket. He handed the printed images to Clary.

“This is him,” Clary said.

“This is a man we only know as John Smith.”

“Right, great name.” She tapped the paper with her finger. “This is one of the guys. But it’s not the second one.” She shuffled through the photos. “Don’t you have a picture of the other one?”

Both men stared at her. In a low voice Talon asked, “Who’s the other one?”

She frowned. “He’s the man who started stalking me. And then this guy stepped in. I crossed paths with them at a coffee shop. They were having a conversation. When they realized I’d seen them, I didn’t see the other guy anymore, and this one took over. Honestly it was the most bizarre thing.” She watched as Talon and Laszlo exchanged a hard glance.
Mayer, Dale. Talon (SEALs of Steel Series Book 4) (pp. 30-33). Valley Publishing ltd.. Kindle Edition.

Clary offers more insight than just about her stalker, she also adds more to the reasons to further investigate Mouse.

Suspenseful, dramatic, emotional, with a gradual build up to a second chance.

5 Contented Purrs for Dale!

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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It’s a Dog’s Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

She honors the stories that come to her – and some of them are crazy and break all the rules and cross multiple genres!

To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print and ebook format.


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Bounty’s Flame
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His claim on the Phoenix and her host will finally unite them…or destroy them all.

Amelia Carter has one goal: to stay alive and keep the Phoenix within from falling victim to the evil that has kept them on the run for the past year. With the Phoenix’s power of sight, they are able to stay one step ahead, until Caleb Reed catches up with them, sparking desires beyond her wildest fantasies.

A shapeshifting hellhound and paranormal bounty hunter, Caleb finally ends his century-long search for his runaway mate. When he discovers his charge is the Phoenix who fled his bed over a hundred years ago, he turns the tables on the crime lord who seeks to capture her for her powers. Keeping his mate safe becomes his priority, because he won’t fail her again.

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Amelia has essentially inherited the Phoenix from her now deceased partner and bestfriend Melissa. On the run from Levi, a demon who wants the Phoenix and the one who murdered Melissa, Amelia has been having very sensual dreams. She doesn’t know the man but the Phoenix does.

Caleb has been having erotic dreams of his runaway mate, Nix. He has been looking for her for a century and suddenly she’s in his mind. Levi summons the bounty hunter for a job, find Amelia and bring her to him alive.

This is a favorite scene between Amelia and the Phoenix she calls Mel as she sees Caleb for the first time.

After pumping her gas, she used the restroom, thankful it was inside the store, and then picked up a soda and bag of chips on her way to the counter. A large man, with short brown hair, broad shoulders, and a navy blue T-shirt, entered the store. Mel went quiet. Amelia didn’t need the Phoenix to tell her the guy wasn’t a man, but a demon.

The same demon from the too-hot-for-words dreams.

Heart pounding, she tried to stay calm while the clerk checked her out.

Mel, this is not the time to leave me.

“Um, he’s a hellhound with shape shiftingabilities. He’s also a bounty hunter.”

Fuck me. That wasn’t good. Levi sent him, didn’t he? Mel didn’t respond. Mel. What is wrong with you?

“Nothing. Let’s get out of here.”

In the year they’d been together, Mel had never lied to her. But that was what the Phoenix just did. Amelia knew it. Or at least Mel was not telling her something, and that was the same thing in Amelia’s book. She bet it had something to do with the erotic dreams.

Gathering her purchases, she darted out the door and ran to her car. They were on the road within moments.

“Spill. What the hell is going on?”

Mel let out a sigh. “That demon is my mate.”

Oh, hell no.

“You do realize he is here to either kill us or take us to Levi.”

“There is that.” Mel fell silent for a moment. “We could seduce him. With a hellhound on our side, you’d be strong enough to kill Levi and whoever else comes after us.”

The Phoenix had gone insane, completely lost it.

“I’m not seducing a demon.”

“We can’t fight him either. Besides, we have been seducing him for the last few months.”

“The dreams?” When the Phoenix didn’t reply, Amelia released a frustrated growl. She already knew the answer. “Damn it, Mel. Why couldn’t your mate be a nice, normal, wealthy human?”

The bird didn’t respond. Whatever. Damn it.

“I’m not on board with this until you explain to me who he is to you.”

Mel blew out a frustrated breath. “I told you, he’s my mate. Now that he has found me…us, he will track us no matter where we go. At least leading him to the farm will be away from human ears and eyes.”

There was a hint of saddens in her tone that made Amelia’s heart ache.

“He broke your heart.”

“More like broke my trust. Although, I’m not sure it was completely his fault.”

“I’m so confused.” Amelia gripped the steering wheel tighter. “I’m not seducing him. I’ll talk to him, but I’m not seducing him.”
Lia Davis. Bounty’s Flame (Kindle Locations 234-259). After Glows Publishing. Kindle Edition.

When Caleb finds his quarry he’s surprised to find not only is she the Phoenix’s host, she is also his mate. Keeping them from Levi and other hunters is a challenge Caleb is more than willing to take on. He will protect his mates with everything he has and they will protect him as well.

A fast paced read with lots going on. Plenty of action, intrigue and heat combine to make this an enjoyable read.

5 Contented Purrs for Lia!

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In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.

While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.

Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it!

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