New From NY Times Bestselling Author Patricia Briggs: Silence Fallen – Mercy Thompson Series Book 10


 

Silence Fallen
Mercy Thompson Series Book 10
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Patricia Briggs

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In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone…

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…

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*** Note from Patty: For the best reading experience, please pay attention to Mercy’s notes at the beginning of each chapter. Fair warning—the timeline is not completely linear. My imaginary friends made me do it. ***

Now some of you might say this is not a romance, so why is Carol Kittie reviewing it. I emphatically disagree. All of Mercy’s books are romances of the very best kind. An Alpha Werewolf and his Coyote, Alpha Male and Mechanic, Adam and Mercy, their devotion is undeniable and theirs is a love story that will never end.

This is the next episode in their ever changing relationship.

Once again while doing something totally mundane, Mercy ends up in trouble. This time the trouble is in the form of an Italian Vampire.

Waking in a cold steel room, Mercy can’t feel Adam, her pack or her link to Stefan. She knows she has to get away, which she does but, as all of us know, she only ends up in more trouble.

Adam feels the accident and Mercy’s pain as she is abducted. Discovering her gone and then their mating link silent has him frantic. With the help of Stefan and several others, some new and some not. He begins the journey to find his mate.

The Lord of Night had taken me from my mate, and now Adam was going to visit him. There was no way that was not going to be a disaster. Not at all.

What was everyone thinking to have allowed that to happen? Okay, granted that Adam made his own decisions. But Stefan had sounded so confident that as long as I remained at large, diplomacy could happen.

My husband was not overly diplomatic under the best of circumstances.
Briggs, Patricia. Silence Fallen (A Mercy Thompson Novel) (p. 86). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

So many trials, so many twists. This book will keep you on your toes from the moment you start it until you turn the final page.

As always I look forward to the next book in this series.

5 Contented Purrs for Patty!

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Patricia Briggs is the author of the New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series. She lives in Washington state with her family, and a small herd of horses.

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Haunted Redemption – Cascade Series Book 1 by Rebecca Royce


Haunted Redemption
Cascade Series Book 1
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What’s more terrifying…
What you can’t see,
Or what you can’t remember?

Since her divorce, Kendall Madison has been in over her head. Between trying to make ends meet, raising three kids, and hunting ghosts, Kendall just can’t seem to find balance in her life. When she finally lands a job right up her alley, she hopes it’s a sign for better things to come. She couldn’t be more wrong…

Hiring Kendall to locate and eliminate ghosts is Malcolm Fallons’ best way to get close to her. After years of yearning for her, he’s ready to finally have the woman who’s always been his. Unfortunately, Kendall’s feelings for her ex-husband, Levi Yates, are complicated and not exactly platonic.

When the demons of her past and present begin to threaten her family, Malcolm and Levi vow to protect her. As secrets from her childhood come to light, Kendall is torn between both men. Only one can have her heart. Will she always be haunted by her past, or can she exorcise the shadows before they destroy her future?

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Kendall, has more than one problem being a single Mom, first she’s still in love with her ex-husband. Second instead of clearing ghosts, she is saging houses whether they need it or not just for the money it brings in. That is all about to change as she embraces who she is and her father sets her up with a broker.

Levi doesn’t believe in ghosts, he thinks his wife is a bit crazy even though she’s a good mother. He’s about to learn some things the hard way.

Malcolm is a broker, he is the key to Kendall making enough money she doesn’t have to worry about bills and other incidentals. He also has secrets, secrets that he can’t share with her, at least not yet.

This is a favorite scene right after Kendall’s first job. A job that should have been simple.

Spots danced before my eyes as I panted next to my car. I was exhausted, beyond done, and happier than I’d been in years. The euphoria wouldn’t last forever; it was a natural reaction to clearing the wrongness from the planet. The harder the job, the longer the high. It would be days before I came down, and I couldn’t say I minded much. With my shaking hand, I texted Malcolm. Done.

I raised myself up and opened the door to my car. Should I drive? There were laws about drinking and driving. What was the rule for operating a motor vehicle when buzzing from too much paranormal exertion?

Took you a while. Did you run into any trouble?

I rolled my eyes at his response. You see how fast you can manage a Cascade.

I giggled. The big point was that I had managed it. A whole Cascade by myself in my first job back. I couldn’t believe it.

Wait. What? Are you okay? The phone rang, and I answered. “Are you serious? A Cascade?”

Malcolm apparently knew what that term meant. I shouldn’t be surprised. My father was famous in our world. If he coined a term, it would have taken off. “I’m serious.” I laughed again. Euphoria proved hard to resist even if I had wanted to. “I lost count of how many. But they’re all gone now. Whoever owns this house can come home to a clean living space.”

“You are high as a kite.” He groaned loudly. “Don’t drive. I’ll be there very soon. I’m five minutes out. When you texted, I was on my way to see you because it was taking so long.
Royce, Rebecca. Haunted Redemption (The Cascade Book 1) (pp. 57-58). Kindle Edition.

Of course there is always someone who makes you question your decisions. For this one there is Chase who keeps warning her about Malcolm.Then there’s her attraction to Malcolm, finding out her best friend has kept things from her and the continued attentions of her ex. Then circumstances combine to trigger memories. Memories she’s not sure she wants, but knows she must face.

A hold your breath, somewhat sexy and definitely intriguing book. A major twist I didn’t see coming and plenty of surprises for everyone.

5 Contented Purrs for Rebecca!

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As a teenager, I would hide in my room to read my favorite romance novels when I was supposed to be doing my homework. I hope, these days, that my parents think it was worth it.

I am the mother of three adorable boys and I am fortunate to be married to my best friend. I live in Austin Texas where I am determined to eat all the barbecue in town.

I am in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and try to use all of these elements in my writing. I’ve been told I’m a little bloodthirsty so I hope that when you read my work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. I love to write series because I love to see characters develop over time and it always makes me happy to see my favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In my world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

I’d love to hear from you!

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My Review of First Contact by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne


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First Contact
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Fugitive Tristan Hawthorne loved his captain and has spent five years searching for proof to convince Shadow Fleet he’s innocent his lover’s murder. Captured and bound for transport to a penal colony, he comes face to face with an old enemy and revelations about the murder. Tristan vows to expose the truth to the Fleet. He escapes, but crash lands on an unidentified and uncharted planet where he encounters an alien who stirs passions he thought long buried.

Lucan receives special permission from the council to fly to Oria to release his mother’s spirit on the sacred world. With no family remaining, he’s broken and unsure. However, he didn’t count on meeting a human while he’s alone and mourning. He’s drawn to Tristan’s swagger and strength. He longs to be near him, even though his mother warned him that humans are a violent race, bent on destroying themselves and anyone around them.

With one working ship and a failing planetary cloaking device, it’s a short time until humans discover Oria and Tristan is recaptured. Under the starry, moonlit sky of the holiday Jainfest, the men learn to overcome their feelings of fear and distrust, and winds up finding out they aren’t so different after all.

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Luc has received special permission to travel to Oria during the time of Jainfest. His purpose, to release his mother’s soul on this sacred planet then he would celebrate Jainfest there. A fitting place since the holiday was one of celebrating lost loved ones and communicating with them if they chose to appear.

It is after he finds the perfect spot to release his mother’s soul that he sees the human. The human is a beautiful man, and Luc’s reaction to him is one he didn’t expect. Especially with his heart so heavy with loss.

Tristan was fleeing with the evidence he needs to clear his name when he crash landed on a planet he never knew existed. He’d traveled this way thousands of times and had never seen it. It was uncharted, how could it be and then not be. The answers could possibly come from the alien he saw hiding behind a tree.

Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, Tristan because he is human after all, and Luc because of the things he was taught to believe, all humans are violent and dangerous. However, neither of them can deny the attraction between them.

Luc helps Tristan send his evidence to Shadow Fleet command, and explains why they can’t leave the planet for three days.

In appreciation, Tristan offers his help and companionship with the rituals. Knowing that he is safe from being re-captured, at least for now, he finds he can relax.

A favorite scene is the beginning of Jainfest.

“Now, we wait,” Luc said. “If the spirits are going to appear, they will.”

“I’m patient.” Deep down Tristan wondered how long they’d wait. Not that he wanted to leave the spot. It was calming in a way. Besides, the night was beautiful and lying next to Luc helped relax him in ways he never could’ve imagined another man could.

A whisper on the breeze made him sit straight up, his heart hammered in his chest. “Austin?”

The captain’s name was a whisper but Tristan guessed by the way Luc tensed slightly beside him, he’d heard him, too. Luc reached for his hand, clasping it in his own.

A blurred figured appeared in front of them, becoming clearer by the second. It wavered as it materialized, but there was no mistaking who it was. A lump formed in Tristan’s throat. “Austin,” he repeated.

This is impossible. Tristan didn’t believe in ghosts. Or at least he didn’t before Austin appeared in front of him. He looked exactly like he did the day he died. Luc squeezed his hand in encouragement.

A warm tear rolled down Tristan’s cheek and he pulled free of Luc and stepped toward Austin. “I’m sorry.” His voice cracked and he didn’t care if it made him sound weak. If only he’d been there…

“There is nothing for you to be sorry about. If you were there with me, Gregor would have killed us both.” Austin moved closer, but not too close. He darted his gaze to Luc and gave a short nod. “You see, you have purpose. Things happen for a reason, remember?”

Austin had always told him the same thing. He lived his life with the belief that no matter what happened, it was meant to. Like Austin was meant to leave this life, and Tristan was to continue with his.

Without him.

Tristan also cursed the theory, screaming it wasn’t fair. That he was being punished for whatever he’d done in a past life. Glancing to Luc, who sat quietly watching, Tristan understood what Austin believed. What Tristan’s purpose was.

The dark, painful path Tristan had been on for the last five years led him to Oria. To Luc.
Lia Davis, Kerry Adrienne. First Contact. MM/Sci-Fi/Romance. After Glows. Kindle Edition.

Emotional and inspiring this book takes us from the pain of loss, to believing there can be a new beginning.

5 Contented Purrs for Lia and Kerry!

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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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USA Today Bestselling Author  Kerry Adrienne loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and many small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. She loves music and her Mini Cooper, Sheldon, and spends a lot of time driving around pondering and plotting stories and settings for her books.

She loves to read and write in most genres–historical, erotic romance, science fiction, paranormal, m/m, fantasy–and crossovers are her favorites.

She’s also a college instructor, an editor, a costumer, and an artist, and enjoys most anything creative–except cake decorating, which she really dislikes.

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Release Blitz for Thunder Wolf – Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11 by Heather Long


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Thunder Wolf
Wolves of Willow Bend Book 11
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Most Lone Wolves have a story–a pack they left behind, a love they lost, or worse, one they buried. Some leave their packs to roam because they crave freedom, and independence. Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay. Some leave because they see no way to go back… 

Enforcer John Nelson has pulled double duty for months, keeping an eye on the Lone Wolves who are his charges as well as those that once answered to Margo Montgomery. More of a loner than most, he doesn’t mind going months at a time without seeing another Enforcer as was his typical pattern or at least it was until the formation of the Three Rivers pack disrupted lives everywhere. Now he must divide his time between watching the upstarts and checking on his charges while working with the other Enforcers to anticipate the next move by the Russian Volchitsa. No Enforcer expected to find themselves among the hunted, but when they target the one wolf he can tolerate, John defies orders to go after her. 

Hadley Sexton is a bit of a wild card even for an Enforcer, and she loves being unpredictable. More of a mother hen than she likes to admit, she keeps an eye on her Lone Wolves, and treats them more like family than charges…but when three Enforcers are brutally murdered over the course of three weeks, Hadley discovers someone has been shadowing her trail and they aren’t alone. It is a dangerous game with a brutal enemy, one willing to kill the wolves she’s sworn to protect to draw her out. 

For Hadley, John will break every rule, but will he be in time?

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While trying to figure out what the hell the Russian Volchitsa is really up to, Julian has ordered his enforcers to gather up their lone wolfs. This is for their own protection, Hadley took that opportunity to purchase an old resort, where all her charges are now ensconced. While some are enjoying the camaraderie, others not so much.

Now with an Enforcer tortured and killed, and another missing and presumed dead, Julian is weighing the possibility of having all lone wolves within pack territories until the threat is eliminated.

Having lost contact with Hadley, John wants to go after her, unfortunately Julian wants him in Willow Bend. Mason has other ideas and sends John on his way with supplies and his request to find her safe. Hadley’s one of his.

This is a favorite scene when John catches up with her.

The Russian witch tracked her in moments, then lunged toward her with a fierce snarl on her face. Hadley met her, and they struck tooth and claw. The woman jerked her hair and tried to flip her, but Hadley was an Enforcer. She’d trained for moments like these. She raked the wolf’s face and drew blood.

A shadow fell over them, and the wolf was hauled off of her. The audible sound of the wolf’s back cracking, followed by the snap of her neck, infuriated Hadley. Just like that, her potential prisoner was dead and thrown to impact against the side of a tree.

Hadley snarled and came to her knees, then met John’s intemperate gaze.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?”

He frowned, then blinked. “I was saving your life.”

Dammit.
Heather Long. Thunder Wolf (Kindle Locations 1768-1774).

Boy was Hadley pissed. And that was just the beginning.

There is a lot going on in this one. The Volchitsa is getting more aggressive and there is no pattern. It seems they are always one step ahead.

John and Hadley have their own ideas and there are lots of sexy surprises for both them and us in the midst of all this.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

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It’s Release Day! Forbidden Inmate by Carmen Falcone


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Forbidden Inmate
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Carmen Falcone

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The new prison counselor just met his sexiest challenge…

Mia Singer has only two months left before she’s released from jail for a crime she didn’t commit. She did however get involved with the wrong guy in the past, a mistake she swore she’d never repeat. However, when she meets her new counselor Trent Coleman, all bets are off. Keeping her hands to herself is damn near impossible.

Trent is the overqualified new guy who’s trying to implement a bold new program at Leland Correctional Facility. Divorced and pragmatic, he hates playing games. He never met someone so honest and refreshing as Mia Singer. An affair with her could put an end to his entire career yet he can’t keep his hands off of her.

With her release looming, will Trent let go of her or will he be imprisoned by unexpected feelings?

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When Mia’s counsellor at the minimum security prison retires, his replacement is young and handsome and well to be blunt hotter than hell. Let’s face it almost a year without a man and then being faced with a perfect specimen is enough to make any girl squirm with want.

Trent knows he shouldn’t have feelings for an inmate. It’s a sure way to end up unemployed and discredited. There’s just something about Mia he is having trouble resisting. She doesn’t seem guilty of the charges against her yet she doesn’t proclaim her innocence like so many others.

An fun and sizzling read with some creative ways this couple manage to get together. Everything leading up to life changing decisions for both of them.

5 Contented Purrs for Carmen!

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carmen-falcone  Carmen Falcone

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beat doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband–living proof that opposites attract.

She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she’s not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

She loves to procrastinate, so please indulge her and drop her a line. For more info, visit her website: http://www.carmenfalcone.com

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Coming March 21st Pre-Order Now! After I Fall – Falling Series Book 3 by Jessica Scott


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After I Fall
Falling Book 3
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Her entire life has been a lie. Being with Eli is the most honest thing she’s ever done.

Parker Hauser lives the perfect life and knows exactly where she’s been and where she’s going. Parker has to be perfect. Perfect grades, perfect body, perfect life.

Until she meets Eli Winter.

Eli throws her entire life into chaos when he denies her the one thing she wants from him.

One chance encounter stokes her desire for the man who refused to touch her and left her questioning everything.

When Parker tries to help his new business, the spotlight turns on Eli’s military record. And sins from the war he’s tried to forget may come back to destroy them both.

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“What do you want?” A murmured question that feels like a demand.

The single word I need is lodged in my throat. It’s thick and heavy, filled with potential and promise.

“You,” I finally say.

“Why?” Such a complicated question. I search his face, looking for an answer, a lie, something simple to fill the space left by his question.

I lift my hand, afraid he’ll see it tremble. It takes every ounce of willpower I’ve got to slide my fingers over his forearm. I’m surprised by the raw power beneath my touch. I expected the tattoos to be physical manifestations of the violence on his flesh. His skin is hot and smooth. My hand looks pale and small against it.

“You seem…” I lift my eyes to his, never removing my hand. “You seem like a straightforward kind of guy.”

A man with rough hands and dark ink carved into his skin. A man so unlike the men I’m used to, it’s not even funny. I lift my hand to his cheek, just above the edge of his beard. I’ve never touched a man with facial hair before. He is still beneath my touch.

A moment before I’m about to press my palm to his cheek, he grips my wrist. Not hard enough to hurt, but he definitely gets my attention.

“Not here.” I swallow. My mouth is suddenly dry. “Where?”

He jerks his chin toward the dark hallway behind us. I follow him silently, wishing he was already touching me, making me feel, letting me pretend I matter, even if it’s only for a few minutes.

He leads me through the maze of small tables and patrons at various stages of intoxication. Away from the noise and the smell of fries and smoke and cologne and all the good things that bars have. We step out of the noise and into shadows and silence. He doesn’t pounce, doesn’t push me against the wall and run those rough hands over my skin.

Instead, he leans against it—a casual, arrogant male.

Waiting. I know for what. For me to make the first move.

For me to step into the space between us. For me to touch him first. I want to. But I am paralyzed. Rooted to the damp concrete beneath my feet. The cool night air might as well be chains, holding me, restraining any thought or movement.

He doesn’t move. His arms are folded over his broad, heavy chest, his T-shirt straining against his body. The silence hangs on, stretching and thick and tight.

“Scared?” he finally whispers. A dare. A terrible, wicked promise in that single word.

“Should I be?” My throat is tight and dry.

His answer is nothing I expect.

And everything I want.

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

She is the bestselling author of the Homefront series and the Falling series, both about soldiers and veterans adjusting to life after returning from the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan. Her bestselling Falling series features soldiers integrating into life on college campuses.

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

She’s holds phd in morality in Sociology with Duke University and she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

Jessica is also an active member of the Military Writers Guild.

Her debut novel Because of You launched the return of Random House’s  Loveswept digital imprint and launched the start of the ever popular contemporary military romance genre.

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My Review of West – Rope N Ride Book 4 by Em Petrova


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West
Rope N Ride Book 4
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It’s hard to resist a bad boy who’s a good man.

But that’s exactly what Malou Bullers, M.D. is trying to do. While working as the rodeo doc, she turns a blind eye to the bulging biceps and Wrangler butts that pass by. Except for one cowboy—and he’s worst of all. West Calhoun is a womanizer, plain and simple. The tie-down roper and reality TV star is never seen twice with the same woman.

When he’s not busy on his family’s growing ranch or trying to keep the TV cameras on his good side, West has his eyes on that big win. But he’s distracted by the eccentric new-age rodeo doctor. After a one-night stand with Malou, he’s hooked, but convincing her that he isn’t with a dozen other women might be more challenging than taking on a herd of angry bulls.

Meanwhile, a new TV producer is luring West with the promise of a spinoff show and big money that will help his family. But with Malou avoiding him, he’s got troubles that won’t be helped once her secret is revealed, sending West into a tailspin. Can she walk away from the best man she’s ever known?

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West has wanted to be with Malou ever since he met her. Trying to have a relationship when the TV crews are following you around and people are expecting the worst from you just isn’t easy.

Ever since their one night together Malou can’t get West out of her mind. She doesn’t want to start a relationship with him because she is a doctor. The publicity would kill her career and Wade’s habits would more than likely destroy her heart.

A bar fight that was in effect a case of misunderstanding, leads to an apology date. One that West carefully orchestrates to avoid the camera crews. Unfortunately that doesn’t end well.

This is a favorite scene.

Watching Malou taste her very first bite of shepherd’s pie followed by a decadent coconut cream dessert was one of West’s high points of the day. Between the fans, the fights and the cameras, it was damn hard to stay centered on what was real in his life.

Lately, gathering in the Calhoun circle hadn’t delivered the peace it normally did, not with the production manager eyeing him. West wasn’t sure he wanted that spinoff show, but he wasn’t being left alone long enough to consider it.

But being with Malou—that was one-hundred-percent real. There was nothing affected about the way she brushed her dark ropes of hair over her shoulder or her rapt expression when she chewed and swallowed the rich, beefy bite on her fork.

She argued about letting him pay for her meal, but he wasn’t taking no for an answer. He gave the waitress a generous tip—mostly because she hadn’t asked for his autograph in the middle of his date. When he led Malou to the exit, placing a protective hand on her lower back, it felt like the most natural thing in the world.

As soon as the night air hit his face, so did a flashlight beam. “West Calhoun?” The rough, barking voice made him stop in his tracks. Malou gasped.

“What is this?” He looked between the two cops before him. Malou skittered to the side, and his heart squeezed in anguish.

“We need to take you down to the precinct for questioning about assault allegations,” the cop said.

“Ffffuck.” He was aware of a couple cameras pointed in his direction, and one of them was definitely from the show. Either way, he’d be all over the news.

His momma would hear of this. Buck would give him that disapproving glare.

I’ll get my spinoff.

He shot a glance at Malou, who was shaking her head and backing away.

“Miss, do you have a ride home?” one officer asked her, and she nodded.

“You need to come with us, Mr. Calhoun.” The cop gripped his shoulder, and he remembered Malou’s truck keys in his pocket.

“Just a second, I need to give her the keys.” He made to reach into his pocket, and the cops were instantly on guard. “I’m not carrying, officers. I just want to give her the truck keys.”

They patted him down and when they nodded, he slowly reached into his pocket to retrieve the keys. Malou came forward reluctantly to accept them. West stared down at her bowed head. She wouldn’t meet his gaze.

He’d fucked this up bad.

“I’m sorry,” he said quietly. She nodded but didn’t look up.

Then he was bundled away by the officers and put into the back of a police cruiser. He twisted his face away from the window, not wanting to add to the humiliation he faced by giving the cameras a great photo op.

But he did glance back in time to see Malou climbing into her truck, head still bowed. Fuck, he’d never get another chance with her. The only woman who hadn’t put on an act with him, who’d given him total honesty in and out of the bedroom, was lost to him.
Petrova, Em. West (Rope ‘n Ride Series Book 4) (Kindle Locations 707-736). Kindle Edition.

This relationship has much to overcome. The scandals, the publicity, the cameras and so much more. A fun and super sexy read that had me laughing as they hide from the cameras and the fans.

5 Contented Purrs for Em!

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