Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Buck the System – Sealed With A Kiss Book 2 By Margaret Madigan


 

Buck The System
Sealed with a Kiss Book 2
By
Margaret Madigan

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Dr. Melinda Emerson is still reeling after her escape from Russian mafia terrorists. If she never sees or hears anything Russian again, it’ll be too soon. She’s ready to go back to researching a cure for Alzheimer’s and to begin building a life with her new man, Grady “Buck” McCormick. But the Russians aren’t done with her just yet.

Grady “Buck” McCormick likes to be in charge. But he loves Melinda more. Turns out it’s not so easy for a single alpha male to learn how to be a partner rather than a leader, but he’s determined to do it. That resolve is put to the test when his team gets orders for a new mission where the tables are turned and he must relinquish control, depending on Melinda to protect him.

The Russian mafia is back like a bad penny. They’ve been experimenting on the cognitive enhancing drug Melinda invented. Their version makes users obey orders without question, but it’s also fatal. Melinda is sent along as a civilian consultant with two SEAL teams to infiltrate a secret Siberian lab, secure the head scientist, and retrieve all the research on the drug. But the mission goes sideways when Buck and several of the SEALs are injected, and Melinda is forced to find a cure, or lose the man she loves.

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Well it seems I have started to read the second book in a series once again. I didn’t really need to go back to the first, but curiosity got the best of me and I wanted to know the relationship’s beginning. My review of Bang For The Buck posted last Friday.

This book opens with an argument that I think many women have had with their partners at one time or another. The ability to drive and getting where they are going the best way possible.

I really love this developing relationship between Melinda and Buck, and her friend Jayla is a hoot in her relationship with Noah another SEAL.

Fearing what the Russians might do with her accidental discovery Melinda agrees to work with the CIA. Never expecting to actually do more than consult on things.

This is a favorite scene.

“Dr. Emerson will go along on the mission as a consultant to assist in the interrogation of Petrov, and identify and obtain pertinent information,” Moss said.

“Sorry, ma’am, those are your orders.” Commander Gerald “Hard-Ass” Hardigen entered the room through a door at the front corner, and everyone in the room shot up from their seats to attention. “Have a seat, men,” he said.

Buck dropped into his chair, numb that his first mission with his new team had his loyalties divided between the mission itself and protecting Mindy no matter what. Certainly protecting a civilian asset would be part of the mission, but this was the woman he loved who had exactly zero military or covert ops training. She could barely hit a fucking target with a handgun, and she fainted in crowds.

“Sir,” Mindy said. “What’s the purpose of my going? Couldn’t Dr. Franklin go? He seems knowledgeable enough.”

Buck bit back a grin. She managed to drag Franklin for his disrespect simply by adding ‘enough’ to her comment. Good girl. But one look at Franklin and the guy was in no better shape for a mission than Mindy.

“No. You’re going. You have two of the Navy’s finest SEAL teams protecting you. Trust me, you’ll be fine,” the commander said, implying the discussion closed. Buck knew she’d have at least one SEAL stuck to her like glue the whole time. “All right, men. You have your orders. Team Leaders will be given infil, exfil, rendezvous, and mission details, and teams will receive those on the flight. You’re to prep and report for departure at oh-six-hundred tomorrow. Dismissed.”

As the rest of the men filed out of the room, Buck worked against the flow to get to Mindy. She looked stunned, just standing at the front of the room like a lost little girl.

“Mindy,” Buck said. When she saw him she came to life, her eyes welling up with tears.

She threw herself into his arms. “Buck. I don’t want to go.”

“I know. But you work for the CIA now, too, right? I assume when the Commander said you had orders, that’s what he meant?”

She pulled away and swiped at her eyes. “Yes.”

Ice Bates stepped up and cleared his throat. “I assume you two know each other, then?”

If the guy wasn’t his team leader Buck would have shot back with some sarcastic response. “Yes, sir,” he said instead. “Dr. Emerson is my girlfriend.”

“Is that going to be a problem for you on this mission?”

“No, sir.”

“Because if it is, I can replace you for this one.”

The hell he would. “Having Dr. Emerson on the mission will not compromise my ability to perform my duties, sir.”

“Good to hear.” He turned to Mindy. “Nice to meet you ma’am. You’ll be briefed further in transit. I suggest you go home and pack a small bag, make whatever arrangements you need to for your job, then report back in the morning.”

“Any idea how long we’ll be gone?” Mindy asked.

Ice held her gaze, his expression flat. “No.”

Buck and Mindy followed Ice to the door. Wolf Steele met them near the exit, offering his hand to Ice to shake.

“I’m Wolf Steele, leader for my team. We’ll be working together on this mission.”

“We will,” Ice said, shaking Wolf’s hand.

“You know, my wife’s call sign is Ice,” Wolf said.

Ice paused for a beat then said, “I trust you won’t get us mixed up.”

Buck swallowed a snort, and Mindy covered her mouth to muffle her snicker. Wolf just grinned.

“No chance of that.”

Ice nodded. “See you all in the morning.”

After Ice left, the three of them looked at each other.

“Wow. He needs a sense of humor,” Mindy said.

“Hey, if he’s good at his job, he doesn’t need one,” Buck said.

“I haven’t had a chance yet to welcome you to Coronado,” Wolf said, offering his hand.

Buck accepted the handshake. “Thanks, Wolf. I’m looking forward to working together.”

Wolf turned his attention to Mindy.

“You okay, Melinda?” She smiled, having collected herself enough to do so. “I will be. My experience with the Russian mafia so far hasn’t convinced me I’m any more qualified to deal with them now than I was the first time.”

Wolf rested a hand on her shoulder and squeezed. “We’ve got your back. You’ll have fourteen of the best soldiers the Navy has to offer, protecting you. I promise, it’ll be a breeze. In and out and home before you know it.”

Mindy raised an eyebrow, not buying into the hype. “Thanks, Matthew. I appreciate your confidence. And your protection.”

Wolf smiled and patted her shoulder. “You’re practically part of the family. Besides, Caroline would never let me hear the end of it if I allowed anything happen to you.”

“Oh, that reminds me. I need to talk to her before we leave. You think she’d watch Mr. Wiggles while I’m gone?”

“I’m sure she would.”
Margaret Madigan. BUCK THE SYSTEM (Kindle Locations 481-524). Kindle Edition.

This mission has disaster spelled all over it. The Russians do not give up easily and finding her original kidnappers lived begin the nightmare all over again.There are lots of twists and turns as the SEALs are compromised in the most horrible way and the clock is ticking.

Action, suspense, and plenty of romance! A hold your breath combination.

5 Contented Purrs for Margaret!

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I write romance for Entangled Publishing and Evernight Publishing. I write and indie-publish romance and sci-fi through M&M Publishing.

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I’m a donut and pastry addict (pretty much any carbs, really).

I like cats.

I’m terrified of balloons.

When I’m not writing you’ll find me in a college classroom teaching English and, of course, wrangling my family.

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A New Release from K.G. Fletcher – Love Song


 

Love Song
By
KG Fletcher

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Her heart searched for a melody. Will the love song she finally hears be loud enough to drown out the screaming memories of her past?

Back-up singer Casey lived the old anthem, “work hard, play harder.” When she meets handsome sub-drummer, Sam Wildner on a gig, their attraction is immediate. The two musicians forge ahead in a dizzy rhythm of passion and music, both impressed by each other’s harmonious abilities. When Sam learns of Casey’s family trauma involving her sister’s abusive ex-boyfriend, he commits to being there for her and her young niece who is caught in the middle.

The melody of their love song rings loudly in Casey’s ears as she and Sam navigate the precarious fast lane of jealousy, murder and rock ‘n roll.

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Right from the start I am going to issue a warning, this book contains scenes that could be an emotional trigger for those who have dealt with abuse. The scenes are harsh, well written and extremely powerful.

As far as I can see Casey has her life pretty well in order. That is until she meets Sam. For some reason she reverts to previous behaviors and instead of them repelling him, it drives him closer.

An unexpected gig in New York City, takes them on a magical, musical journey. This is a favorite scene.

They walked along a crowded, noisy sidewalk hand in hand. She had no idea where they were headed, anxious to get there so she could finally talk to him. Several blocks later they crossed a busy intersection into an area laden with trees in full, fall splendor.

“Ahh, Central Park.” Casey said.

Sam nodded and pulled her into his side. He slowed their pace under the fall branches and time seemed to wind down once they entered the park. It was bustling with people, but in a more laid back way. They passed several street musicians and Sam always stopped to encourage them with polite applause or a dollar tip in their music case. They paused at an open park bench and sat down. He kissed her hand and turned his body to look at her.

“Are you okay?” he asked.

She smiled. “Yes, of course. Why would you ask that?”

“I don’t know. I missed you this morning. And now, you seem… distant.” He tilted his head with a look of concern before he looked at the ground. “I crossed that line we talked about…”

“You sure did.”

He looked up at her, quickly, as if trying to figure out what she meant. Casey grabbed his cheeks and pulled him in for a long, lingering kiss. When she finished, she looked intently into his eyes. “You’re amazing and I’m speechless about what happened last night. It was probably the best night of my life.”

Sam’s facial expression turned from apprehension to joy in an instant. He leaned in and kissed her lightly on the lips again and rubbed the tops of her thighs with his large hands. “So, maybe I can come to your room tonight?”

“Absolutely.”

His smile rivaled the sun as he grabbed her hand to stand. “Come on. I still have something to show you.” They continued through the gorgeous park, stopping once to curiously watch a young girl play the violin while she hula-hooped. They finally came to an area that had been designated a “quiet zone.” Sam turned to her before they entered and spoke softly. “Strawberry Fields. I’ve always wanted to see this memorial to the Beatle’s legend, John Lennon.”

“Me too.” She nodded excitedly. In all the years she had been coming to New York, she had never been to the famous memorial. They walked hand in hand on a winding, wooded trail flanked by shrubs and mature trees—an unexpected oasis in a city of eight and a half million people. They came to a clearing where a circular, mosaic pathway of inlaid stones had been created. There was a single word in the center of the mosaic, the title of Lennon’s famous song, “Imagine”. Colorful flowers and flickering candles in glasses covered the stones, left behind by Lennon fans. They stood there, lost in their own thoughts about music, love and a life lost tragically too soon. Sam put his arm across her shoulders and held her tightly as they listened to a lone guitar player strumming the chorus of the famous song for which the mosaic was dedicated. It was a beautiful, contemplative place. She felt at peace. She felt…love.

A slight breeze picked up, causing a few colorful leaves to rustle and fall onto the sidewalk. She watched as a large, orange maple leaf danced across the inlaid stones, an homage to the eccentric music legend. Sam brushed her hair out of her face, his fingers lingering on her cheek. She brought her hand up and laced her fingers with his, gazing at him. They were writing their own song. The melody was coming into form with each minute they spent together.

The universe had shifted in the past twenty-four hours. A line had definitely been crossed… and there was no turning back.
KG Fletcher. Love Song (Kindle Locations 838-866). Kindle Edition.

Now all is not a bed of roses for Casey, she lives with her sister Laura and niece Gwyneth (GG). She set this up for their safety, when Laura had to get a restraining order against GG’s abusive father. When he shows up in the picture things get rough.

Expecting Sam to distance himself he instead draws closer and the love and romance builds.

A tale of suspense, pain and a love that can endure.

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KG Fletcher is the author of the romantic suspense novel, Unexpected released in December, 2016. She is an active member of RWA and the Georgia Romance Writers Association. She was a singer/songwriter in Nashville, TN and a recipient of the “Airplay International Award” for “Best New Artist” showcasing original songs at The Bluebird Café. She earned her BFA in theater at Valdosta State College and has traveled the world professionally as a singer/actress. She currently gets to play rock star as a backup singer in the National Tour, “Remember When Rock Was Young – a Tribute to Elton John.”

KG lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Ladd and their three gorgeous sons. She is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “Love” to help promote her romance novels.

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Release Blitz! Two New Novels by Ripley Proserpina! Finding Nora and Finding Valor


 

 

Finding Nora
Searchers Book 1.5
By
Ripley Proserpina

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Cleared by the police of any wrongdoing in a school shooting, Nora’s finally looking to her future with hope. She and her five guys are ready to move on with their lives, and take their unconventional relationship to the next level.

But not everyone is ready to accept her innocence. Viewed as a monster by the people in her small town, and put in a frightening position by the people claiming to help her, Nora has to make a choice between what she wants, and what she believes is best for the men she loves.

Will her budding relationship be strong enough to survive these new challenges, or will it all be too much, and she’ll be alone again?

Still recovering from her injuries, Nora needs to contribute to the household.

When an opportunity comes to her through Tyler a friend of Cai’s she listens carefully to Dr. Murray as he describes the study he is involved in and the benefits to her, housing on campus and classes to reach her goal of a teaching degree.

She is going into this with her eyes open but the first interview and coffee with the Dr.’s colleagues ends with an experiment that ends badly.

The guys don’t like her going off by herself after an unpleasant confrontation with a reporter Seok escorted her to the appointment and returned to pick her up.

This is a favorite scene.

“Let’s go.” Glowering at the men, Seok wrapped his arm around her, leading her down the street.

She gave a little squeal when he brushed against one of the wounds on her side. The seatbelt had dug into her with such force her blood pulsed beneath the older injury. She’d have a hell of a bruise later.

“Are you okay?” he stopped, putting his hands on her shoulders, and bending his knees a little bit to see her face.

“My side,” she whispered. “The seatbelt dug into it.”

“Can I look?” She glanced back over her shoulder where Dr. Murray’s team still stood, but nodded.

Slowly, he lifted her sweatshirt and t-shirt, hissing in a breath when he saw the clear contact abrasion of the seatbelt against her skin. The healing bullet graze looked okay, it wasn’t bleeding, but the abrasion went right across it.

“He did this?” he asked, voice shaking with anger.

“I didn’t realize.”

He lowered her shirt gently, and placing his hand on her cheek, leaned forward to kiss her on the forehead. One moment he held her, then he took off like a shot. A blur of movement, he sprinted down the road and leapt at Nils.

The man let out a soft, “Omph,” when Seok tackled him. He managed to land one blow before Grant and Dr. Murray wrestled him off Nils.

“You fucking asshole,” he said, shaking out his fist.

Shock kept her in place, but now she rushed to him, holding his arm, putting her body between him and the team.

“She’s fucking injured. What is wrong with you?” He was genuinely confused. “Is this how you run your lab?” he asked Dr. Murray. “Because I’m sure the college is going to wonder about this. You want her to trust you? To work with you? Maybe you should try a little goddamned compassion.”

The doctor shook his head, while Nora kept her eye on Nils. A dark bruise formed on the man’s cheek, and she waited for him to retaliate. Seok packed a punch, but he didn’t seem bothered. It was weird.

“I’m sorry, Seok. Honestly.” “

I really am sorry as well, Seok,” Nils added. “Look, if punching me makes you feel better. Do it again. I was wrong. It wasn’t funny.”

“You’re goddamn right it’s not funny.” Turning his back on the others, he strode to her. Her body jerked when she tried to go to him. Jessica held her arm. Distracted by the fight, she hadn’t realized the woman’s hands were on her. When she tried to move again, Jessica let her go.

“I want to go home,” she told him. “Can we please go?”

Pressing a kiss to the top of her head, he held her to his chest. “You okay?” His voice was calm, but she knew him well enough now to catch the fury.

“I’m pissed and my side hurts.”

He stepped away from her, tracing her face with his gaze. It dropped to her lips, and he leaned in, kissing her. He wrapped his arms around her before burying his face in her neck, and giving her a soft kiss.

“Let’s go.” As they got out of earshot, he took her hand. “Will you tell me what happened?”

Leaning her head on his arm, and squeezing his hand tightly, she nodded. Seok, she could trust. She’d tell him anything he wanted to know.
Ripley Proserpina. Finding Nora (Kindle Locations 656-687). After Glows.

Personally I wouldn’t have given the man the time of day and would have reported the whole thing to the Dean. That’s just me though.

Things get weirder and weirder with this study and Nora gets more frustrated not only with it, but with her inability to get a job.

Nothing seems to be going right except her relationships with her men. However that has it’s moments too.

Suspenseful, romantic and enough going on to keep you turning the pages to see what happens next.

5 Contented Purrs for Ripley!

Finding Valor
Searchers Book 2
By
Ripley Prosperina

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Forgiveness is out of reach…

Nora’s relationship with Ryan, Seok, Apollo, Matisse, and Cai is everything she could want. Never believing she’d fall in love, the acceptance they offer her is the only thing standing between her and a world that still hates her, no matter her innocence. Falling into a routine with the guys, she finally lets herself relax and dream about the future.

Until the past catches up with them…

Suddenly, Ryan’s entire future is at stake, and a man from his past, one with good reason to hate him, arrives to take the things he’s worked so hard to build. Rather than fight, Ryan wants to submit, weighed down with the guilt he believes he deserves. Pushing Nora away, he distances himself from her and his friends, placing everything they have at risk.

Can Nora help Ryan heal? He has to believe the person he’s become is nothing like the man he was, but all he sees in the mirror is evil. Will he ever believe he’s earned her love and the chance to be happy?

Finding Valor centers on Ryan. Ryan status for the local Law School has gone from early admission to waitlisted. His calls are not returned and finally Nora convinces him to go in person to see the Dean.

What he finds out is disturbing on a lot of levels yet he feels he deserves the censure and to be waitlisted. Although the question remains, who dug into his past to sabotage him.

This is a favorite scene between him and the Dean.

“Mr. Valore,” she began. “Our school’s mission may seem antiquated, but it has a purpose. We want to graduate lawyers who are truly guided by a moral and ethical code.”

“I understand.” He was not the kind of student they were looking for.

“Any student who may not meet this standard is immediately suspended or waitlisted while an investigation takes place.”

The irony of a school requiring their students to hold themselves to a higher standard, suspending— or in his case waitlisting— accused students before asking for evidence, was not lost on him.

“I’ve spoken to your professor, Erik Bismarck, and he assures me you would be a boon to our program.”

Some of his tension left him. Was there hope?

“He told me about your work with Legal Aid and your support of the accused school shooter, Nora Leslie. You apparently went above and beyond your role as intern. You let her live with you when she was evicted and lost her job?”

“Yes.”

“Mr. Valore, we will be taking a closer look at your case, but until then, you remain on the waitlist. CCSL has a student committee who will have the final say on your admission. They put you on the waitlist.”

“Someone on the committee wanted me to be waitlisted?”

“Your name was brought to the attention of the committee, but the committee is not one person. It is not an entity out to get you, Mr. Valore. I promise.”

“Of course not… But so I understand, the student committee has the final say on all incoming students?”

“No,” she clarified. “The student committee is one part of the admissions process. However, they do have the final say on any student who has been waitlisted or might be expelled.”

“Dean Williams,” he ventured. “The thing I don’t understand is, who would have brought me to the attention of the committee?”

“Vermont is a small state. It isn’t hard to run into someone who knows your story. I can’t go to the grocery store without meeting a cousin of a cousin of a cousin.”

His mind went a mile-a-minute, trying to think of someone who knew of his past, who believed he was a liar, and who knew of the requirements of CCSL.

Someone had it out for him; someone wanted him to get what he deserved. Because he did deserve to be waitlisted. What right did he have to move on with his life? No matter who he was now, he’d once stolen someone’s future.
Ripley Proserpina. Finding Valor (Kindle Locations 335-360). After Glows.

Nora has unwittingly met the person responsible for Ryan’s problems. It throws a bit of a wrench into their relationships as does an enlightening session with Dr. Murray and his cohort Dr. Chase. Love that Nora catches something here as well.

Communication is key in this form of relationship and while all the guys know each others secrets Nora does not.

The time has come to see if this relationship really can work.

Piecing together the mystery of the waitlist, a life-threatening illness and more weirdness thanks to the study. All these challenges and some really sizzling scenes will keep you from putting this book down.

I can’t wait to see what’s next for these intriguing characters.

5 Contented Purrs for Ripley!

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Ripley Proserpina spends her days huddled near a fire in the frozen northern wilds of Vermont. She lives with her family, two magnificent cats, and one dog who aspires to cat-hood. She is the author of the Reverse Harem series, The Searchers, and “Missing Linc” from the paranormal series, The Aegeans in the horror romance anthology, Bloody Kisses.

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New From Christine Glover! Tempting the Heartbreaker – Hollywood Heartbreakers Book 1


 

Tempting the Heartbreaker
Hollywood Heartbreakers Book 1
By
Christine Glover

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A temporary fling… sizzling summer nights… two hearts on the line…

Former child star Sabrina Maguire is poised to make a major comeback, but an image destroying scandal while she’s vacationing in Italy threatens the film’s successful release. Her brother asks his best friend, Rafe Cavelli, to hide her for three weeks until a counter PR campaign reverses the damage and guarantees a box office winner.

When Rafe promises to protect Sabrina from the media, he’s positive that supervising her won’t be a problem. He’s wrong. Sparks fly between them. He’s determined to fight their intense attraction, but there’s nothing to stop them from indulging in their desires. Not when they’re in his secluded Tuscan Villa where anything is possible for three sexy weeks…

But indulging in their temptation leads to more than passion. Now their hearts are on the line… can they have it all, or will their differences tear them apart?

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Sabrina’s career is about to take a plunge. Arrested in Italy while trying to help her former co-star, her family now has to do damage control. The story, she’s in rehab. The reality, she’s at her brother’s friend Rafe’s Villa in the countryside.

Rafe had no issue in helping his friend out. His problem now is to keep his hands off her. He wasn’t quite expecting the beauty to be so enchanting. Their attraction is off the charts, but he doesn’t do relationships. Especially not this one, he stays out of the public eye for many reasons.

Sabrina forms an attachment to his cook Aida’s daughter Gia as she prepares for a school production. Rafe enjoys watching them together. Then an unfortunate injury causes Aida to have to be away from her job. Leaving the cooking and clean-up to the two of them.

This is a favorite scene.

She was unlike any woman he’d ever known. Sabrina intrigued him, but he’d exercised extreme caution around her because the ramifications of acting on his fascination with the woman behind the Hollywood persona could be irreparable.

Still, he wanted to in a bad way, which freaked him out more than he cared to admit. Not to himself. Not to anyone. Because he didn’t have obsessions over women. Ever.

She lifted a slice of meat from the platter and nibbled. “Mmmmm… just the ticket.”

Her tongue darted out to lick her lower lip and the explosive kiss they’d shared snapped into sharp focus. Hell, it haunted his dreams, making him wake up in a tangle of twisted sheets every morning since it happened.

Yes. He definitely wanted to kiss her again. A long, hard, deep kiss until neither of them could breathe, speak, or think. “Glad you approve,” Rafe said, locking his eyes onto hers.

“You know, we could just make a picnic out of this— add bread and olive oil dip,” she said. “Hang outside and chat.”

“Good idea,” he said. “I’ll get the bread.”

He moved to go around Sabrina and accidentally brushed against her. Her breath hitched and he struggled to control his instant reaction while withdrawing a serrated knife from the drawer opposite the sink. Dio. How in the hell could he be alone with her when the merest touch between them made his body go wild?

He grabbed a loaf of hearty homemade Tuscan bread and a wooden board, sliced and hit his finger first. Pain screamed through his nerves. “Shit.” He dropped the knife and sucked his finger into his mouth.

Sabrina was beside him in an instant with a wad of paper towels in her hands. “Let me help,” she said.

His eyes watering, Rafe gave her his hand. She quickly rolled the towels around his wound, squeezing the area to stem the flow of blood. “We’ll have to clean it and check to see how deep it is,” Sabrina said. “Good thing we didn’t put the first aid kit back.”

He didn’t argue while she led him to the sink and ran the water, checking it with her free hand. “Perfect.” She undid the paper towel, didn’t flinch at the site of the jagged cut, and held his hand under the rushing warm water.
The blood flowing into the sink and down the drain dizzied him.

“Whoa, there,” Sabrina said. “You look like you’re going to pass out. Don’t watch what I’m doing… look at my face, not your hand. I don’t need to take another member of this household to the village doctor.”

He did exactly as she ordered. She worked with confidence and skill as she dried his hand and rewrapped it with a soft cloth. “Keep the pressure on while I get the disinfectant and gauze,” she said calmly. “I don’t think you need stitches, but it’s a nasty cut.”

“I can take care of it now,” he said.

“Rafe, you’re always taking care of everyone else… me, Aida, my brother,” Sabrina said, then opened the first aid kit and withdrew the disinfectant. “Now it’s your turn to let someone else look after you even if you’re too bullheaded to accept it.”

Then without waiting for him to argue, she gently exposed his wound and held his hand over the sink. “This will sting a little.” She poured the liquid over his cut.

“More like a lot,” he groaned. She blew on his skin and the stabbing sensation evaporated only to be replaced by the heat burning through his body.

“Almost done.” Sabrina expertly wrapped his finger, taped it, and kissed it. “This should make it better.”

Something in her voice, the warmth along with the hint of flirtation dancing in her sapphire eyes, crushed through the last of his self-control. “Only one thing can make me better,” he said. And he needed to have it now.

She blinked, but didn’t let his injured hand go. “What?”

“You.”

Rafe closed the scant distance between them, skimmed his fingers through her hair, then lowered his mouth to hers.
Christine Glover. Tempting the Heartbreaker (Kindle Locations 659-691).

This is a complicated relationship, one that shouldn’t go any further.

Sizzling sex, arguments, secrets revealed, and a betrayal by an employee mold this into a page turner.

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

5 Contented Purrs for Christine!

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Christine Glover is the author of tantalizing, sensual, emotional contemporary romances. She enjoys finding the silly in the serious, making wine out of sour grapes, and giving people giggle fits along with heartfelt hugs. When she’s not writing, you can find her traveling the world, cooking gourmet food, and desperately seeking a corkscrew.

Discover her sexy Happily Ever Afters written with a fresh new twist.

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A Giveaway Celebrating The Arcadian Bears – A New Series From Becca Jameson: Grizzly Mountain Book 1


 

Grizzly Mountain
Arcadian Bears Book 1
By
Becca Jameson

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Heather Simmons is excited to start a new job in Alberta, Canada, as a glaciologist. But when a minor accident leaves her trapped on a hiking trail overnight, she finds herself facing a burly mountain man and a pair of grizzly bears. From that moment forward, things could not get weirder.

Isaiah Arthur knows instinctively that Heather is his mate the moment he scents her clothing before heading up the mountain to rescue her. The sensation is confusing since she is obviously human, and converting a human to his species is strictly forbidden.

A rogue shifter takes Heather’s transition out of Isaiah’s hands, however. Isaiah is left with no choice but to take her home and find a way to inform her of her unintended fate, while fighting the intense need to make her his as soon as possible.

The North American governing body, the Arcadian Council, is not amused by the rare turning of a human, and chaos ensues as Isaiah races against the clock to bind his mate to him forever before someone steps in the way and takes the opportunity out of his hands.

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If you don’t already know I love shifters. I really don’t care what animal they just call to me.

Grizzly bears are huge and you never want to interact with one. One of the first things I noticed with Heather hiking alone is that she didn’t seem to have some safety items, bear repellant would be a thought. The other thing, no matter how experienced you are you should always hike with someone. Case in point, this story.

Now Heather was experienced, it was a day hike, although she started later than she should have. Injuring her ankle was unexpected and she was at least prepared should she have to spend the night in the wilderness. Her mother notified the park rangers when she didn’t check in so that was good too.

Isaiah is a shifter, he and his family often help with tracking lost hikers. This time was different though. From the moment he scented her he knew she was his. His mate, but that couldn’t happen she wasn’t a shifter, she is human.

Getting in the face of a bear isn’t something Heather is used to seeing and neither is two bears getting into a fight. That is what happens, unfortunately not before she is clawed. In this respect these bears are different from other shifters I have read. This ‘scratch’ is going to change her life.

From meeting his family and having her injuries tended to calling her parents to let them know she is safe, Heather has no idea what’s coming.

The Arcadian Council sends representatives to be sure she doesn’t leave Isaiah’s home and others search for Jack, the bear who attacked her.

This is a favorite scene as Isaiah tries to get her to understand what’s going on.

He shook his head. “You have no idea the danger you’re in or what I’m protecting you from. Those guys out front won’t hesitate to take you with them. I doubt I would ever see you again.”

“The bears? The two bears out front?”

“There are four of them, but yes.”

“What are they doing? Guarding your home?”

“No. They’re not keeping anyone out, baby. They’re making sure you don’t leave. I made a deal with them to give me some time to help you shift. The only reason they probably agreed was because none of them want to deal with an independent shifter in the back of their car on a trip north.”

“An independent shifter?” She felt like a parrot. And why the hell was she bothering to continue this ridiculous conversation?

“As in not having a pack. Alone. When you transform, you’ll automatically be a free agent, so to speak. A shifter without a pack. You’ll be able to choose your own pack. I’m hoping you’ll choose mine, but I can’t stop you from choosing whatever you want. You have your own free will.”

Progress. He admitted she had free will. That had to be worth something. He kept speaking, his tale growing by the minute.

“A scratch that draws blood forces a human into the change. If Jack had bitten you, his bite would have forced you to become a member of his pack without consent. And finally… a bite with the right secretions from his saliva would have bound you to him for life as his mate.”

She tried to focus on his words, but they were so preposterous.

He leaned closer, his face inches away. “I want the man that bites you and binds you to be me.”

“I see.” She saw nothing but a pile of insanity. She also shivered and tipped her head to one side, thinking about the spot where he’d set his teeth on her earlier and then licked.

“You don’t, but you will.”

She was so hot. The inside of his damn house was a furnace. It might be worth racing out the front door just to cool off. She’d take her chances with the bears out front, whom Isaiah believed to be half human. “What if I want to go with the bears out front?”

“If you still want to go with them after you change and understand the implications fully, I won’t stop you, but for now, you’re humoring me with extreme skepticism. I can’t blame you, but I also won’t let you put yourself in danger.”

It was true he didn’t seem mad. Just frustrated. She bit her lower lip to keep from saying more.

“You’re burning up with fever, baby.” His words were far gentler. “Our body temp runs a bit higher than humans, but the fever is from your body fighting off the need to shift as if it were a virus. When the bear wins, you will shift, and the fever will disappear.”

She struggled to follow his logic. “You think I’m going to become a bear soon?”

“I know you are.”

“And you intend to help me.”

“All the way.”
Becca Jameson. Grizzly Mountain (Kindle Locations 1233-1261). Hartwood Publishing.

Now there are many implications here and many things to be explained and worked out. Most importantly her safety, her choice in pack and their mating.

Conflicts, seriously hot scenes and plenty of humor put this series on my must follow list.

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Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Bang For The Buck – Sealed With a Kiss Book 1 By Margaret Madigan


 

Bang For The Buck
Sealed with a Kiss Book 1
By
Margaret Madigan

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Grady “Buck” McCormick blows shit up for a living as the explosives and demolitions expert on his SEAL team. He grew up on a thoroughbred farm in Kentucky, but he joined the Navy to escape the pain of watching his mom die a long, slow death of cancer. Since then he’s lived with the guilt and dedicated his life to protecting others, carefully guarding his heart along the way.

Melinda Emerson loves chemistry but isn’t so crazy about people. A pharmaceutical chemist with social anxiety, she’ll happily climb through a jungle canopy in search of medicinal plants, but put her in the middle of a party and she passes out. As the only child of older parents, she struggled watching her father fall victim to Alzheimer’s, and is determined to find a cure. Instead, she discovers a cognitive enhancer that has everyone from the CIA to the Russian mafia after her and her new invention.

When Melinda’s social anxiety spikes at a friend’s barbecue, she lands in Buck’s arms. After their one-night stand, Melinda makes a desperate call to Buck for help when her lab is attacked by Russian terrorists intent on kidnapping her and stealing her drug research. He blasts in guns-a-blazing, but under his watch, the relentless Russians manage to kidnap both of them, holding them hostage on board a container ship steaming toward the motherland. Now Buck must protect Melinda, her research, and his heart as he embarks on the mission of his life.

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Melinda was more than embarrassed when her anxiety causes her to faint at Caroline’s party. She didn’t want to attend but her other friend and co-worker Jayla talked her into it. Now instead of going home with her friend she is being escorted by Buck, a SEAL she could definitely fall for.Buck (Grady), is at Coronado for specialized training. His home base is in Virginia. He is not looking for romance or really even a fling. Something about Melinda strikes at the core of him, and he’s not sure what to do about it.

The drug Melinda has been working on for Alzheimer’s accidentally produced another, one that is dangerously mind altering with fatal side effects. The government wants her to perfect it and she has been holding off answering them. She wants to focus on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s not something that was a dangerous mistake.

Unfortunately the Russians found out about the drug and they not only want it, but her too.

This is a favorite scene after the first attempt to capture Melinda.

She pulled a couple of bottles of beer from the fridge and offered him one. “You want some?”“Sure. Thanks.”

Melinda opened her bottle and took a long, cold gulp. For the first time since the Russians invaded Triada, she breathed deeply and let it out, allowing herself to relax some.

“If you don’t want to talk about it, that’s fine. I understand. But I’m curious, what was that all about?” Buck asked. “At Triada. Why were they after you?”

The muscles of her neck tightened as the whole thing came back again. She didn’t really want to talk about it, but he’d saved her life, and her colleagues’ lives. He deserved some answers.

“Remember I told you I work with cognitive enhancing drugs? I’ve been researching cures for Alzheimer’s, but not too long ago I created something else, completely by accident. Unfortunately, it has a lot of bad side effects, but when the government got wind of it they wanted it anyway. And they wanted me to continue perfecting it. I guess someone leaked the information and the Russians decided they should have it, too. And me.”

“At least they didn’t get it.”

“Well, they got the drug and the research, but they didn’t get me. Thanks to you.” She leaned into him, resting her head on his shoulder and drawing comfort from him.

“Then they missed the most important thing,” he said, kissing her forehead.

“You should get some sleep.”

“I want a shower first,” she said. Her skin itched to clean the horror of the day off. “I still have Brent’s blood on me.”

He nodded. She suddenly wanted the blood off of her. She guzzled the rest of the beer, went to her room to grab some clean clothes, then into the bathroom to start a shower.

As she stripped her clothes off, tears stung her eyes and her throat clogged with grief and anger and confusion. She threw the clothes in a corner and climbed into the shower, setting the water as hot as she could tolerate, and stood under the spray as the tears poured down her already-wet face.

The tears turned to sobs, and when her knees went weak, she collapsed into the tub, wrapped her arms around her bent legs, and rocked and cried while the hot water pounded down on her.

She didn’t register the door opening and only noticed Buck when he pulled the curtain open.

He squatted down to her level. “I heard a thump. I wanted to be sure you were okay.”

She dropped her forehead to her knees. “It’s my fault they’re dead.”

He reached in and turned off the shower before grabbing a towel and held it open for her. “Come on. Stand up.”

She looked up at him. Kindness warmed his eyes, but his jaw set firm like he wouldn’t tolerate any argument from her. She was too tired to care, anyway. It was easier to do as he asked because it didn’t require her to think.

She stood, unashamed of and comfortable in her nakedness, and stepped out of the shower into the towel. He wrapped it and his arms around her, holding her tight.

Leaning into him, she allowed herself to absorb his warmth and solid strength.

“It’s not your fault,” he said.

She looked up at him, gazing into the deep blueness of his eyes. “It is. They were there for my drug. And for me. If not for me, those people would still be alive. And if not for you, more of them would be dead. Oh my God. I haven’t thanked you yet. I’m so sorry.” She’d been so wrapped up in her own feelings about the incident that she hadn’t even thought to thank him for rescuing her.

“You don’t have to. It’s what we do.”

“No. You put your life at risk to come after a woman you’ve known for three days. You didn’t have to do that. So, thank you. I’m so grateful you saved the rest of those people. And me.”

He smiled and caressed her cheek with his knuckles. Her heart lurched at that little expression of kindness and affection. “You’re welcome, darlin’.” He backed away and took her hand. “Now, let’s get you into bed. You need some sleep.”
Madigan, Margaret. Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Bang for the Buck (Kindle Worlds Novella) (SWAK Series Book 1) (Kindle Locations 848-884). Kindle Worlds. Kindle Edition.

This night doesn’t go so well and the rest of this is fraught with danger, fear and unparalleled strength of will.

A nail-biter for sure, with plenty of action and a sizzling relationship, you will definitely want more of.

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I write romance for Entangled Publishing and Evernight Publishing. I write and indie-publish romance and sci-fi through M&M Publishing.

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Introducing A New Series from Ann Mayburn! Turning Leaf – The Awakening Book 1


Turning Leaf
The Awakening Book 1
By
Ann Mayburn

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As a little girl, all Leaf Hatathli dreamed of was growing up and having a family of her own, but fate had something else in mind for her. Instead, she’s spent her life as a mercenary working for the Goddess, acting as her hand of justice in a world torn apart by the reappearance of magic. It’s a lonely business, and Leaf had given up on the idea of ever being someone’s beloved. After all, who could love a woman who’s possessed by a sex demon?

When Mir DePaul, Alpha of the Shiraz Pride, is captured by slavers he never expected rescue to come in the form of his true mate. And he certainly never expected his mate to be a Shadow, a human sharing a body with the spirit of a demon. He shares his body with his tiger spirit, and they both know their mate when they see her. Even if she refuses to believe it. They’ll do everything they can to convince Leaf and her demon that their love is real…as soon as they escape the contingent of death wizards hunting them down.

Everything has a price, and Mir will do anything to keep his mate safe while she tries to save the world from an ancient evil that threatens them all.

In a world full of sex witches and lust demons there is a lot of hanky panky going on, so fair warning you may have some clutch your pearls, or vibrator, moments.

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Subterfuge is the name of the game as this book opens. Leaf has to tone everything she does down to conform with the purist regime around her. She has one goal, bid on and win the Shiraz Pride’s alpha at the auction.

His glamour is holding, he looks like a weak, somewhat sickly boy. Not the powerful Alpha he is. Even thought he may actually be ill from the magic draining collar they have on him.

Okay, so from the moment Mir awakens without the collar and realizes the woman who saved him is his mate, there is lots of sex. I mean LOTS of sex! Very Hot Sex between Mir and his mate Leaf. It doesn’t help that her demon is a sex demon and feeds off the act.

However the whole mate thing throws Leaf for a loop and she protests right from the start.

There is some language in this scene but it made me giggle and trust me when I say it was hard to find a scene I enjoyed without sex in it.

He took a step closer, then another, until he stood before her, tall enough that his chin could easily rest on top of her head. “Long black hair that refuses to be tamed by any brush, big brown eyes dark enough for a man to lose himself in, and the most beautifully made body I’ve ever seen. Ample breasts, thick thighs and hips, a body that curves perfectly into mine and cradles me in softness. You have skin the color of richly polished bronze, and thick, old scars on your chin and forehead. Without a doubt, you’re the most striking woman I’ve ever seen.”

Flushing, she tried to step back, but he merely followed her. “That’s kind of you to say, but I know I’m not exactly a guy’s first choice in a beauty pageant.”

The gleam of his fangs in the porch light coming through the window made her heart race. “I’m not lying to you. It’s all I can do to keep my hands off your spectacular curves.”

She sighed, then reached past him to flick on the interior lights. “It’s just my demon. He makes me sexually irresistible to men I feed from. Your attraction to me isn’t real, and I’m sorry I manipulated you like this.”

“You think I want you because of some bullshit glamour?” He bit out each word with a click of his teeth. “I want you because you’re my mate.”

“Mate?” she squeaked out. “Wait, what exactly do you mean by ‘mate’?”

He gave her a beaming smile. “I mean, you’re the woman the Goddess created for me as my perfect wife. You’re my mate.”

Her mouth went dry and tingles prickled over her scalp as the hair on the back of her neck went stiff and her entire world shifted on its axis.

“No.”

His enchanting blue cat eyes narrowed and his jaw flexed. “No?” She stumbled back until she ended up slumped against the wall. “You must be wrong. The Goddess isn’t cruel. She wouldn’t stick you with someone like me. You deserve a sweet and kind Twin Soul woman who can give you a family. I can’t.”

His nostrils flared. “Why not?”

“Because I just can’t!”

The thought of having a family with Mir sent a pang of longing through her, and she had to grit her teeth against the useless need to have what she could not. Babies, homes, and holidays with a family were no longer things that she could have, thanks to both her demon and her job. She’d racked up her fair share of enemies during her career—mostly spent running women and children to the border of Canada or the Tribal Nations. Not every woman born into the fractured United States accepted or could live with the distorted and warped biblical laws in place. Sure, the cities were a refuge where women still had some rights, but in the country it was a different story. People had twisted the words of the Christian bible to suit their lifestyle, had justified their need to keep women subservient to men with scripture. Even if they had to beat the sin out of the women. Of course, many women thought that was bullshit, and Leaf was there to help them escape. As a result, there were many, many pissed off husbands and fathers that would love to get their hands on Leaf and make her suffer.

She also knew for a fact that the National Association of Manimal Hunters had a six hundred-thousand-dollar trophy on her pelt. Well, since she didn’t have a pelt, on her skin. If they ever caught her, she’d be killed and stuffed just like the Twin Souls they hunted, mounted like a trophy in some museum or private collection.

Sick fucks.

“Leaf, why do you think you can’t have a family of your own?”

“Because my life is too dangerous, too unstable for a family.”

“No, it’s not.”

“Yes, it is.”

“Not with me around.”

Her eyes were probably bugging out of her head as she stared at him. “You are unbelievable.”

“Get used to it, mate.” Giving her an imperious look, Mir crossed his arms across his bare chest, flexing in a mouthwatering display of ripped muscles. She admired the dark claw marks scarring his pectorals. “We will discuss this later. Feed me, woman. Preferably naked.”

Her jaw dropped at his arrogant order, and she almost slugged him before she saw the slight smile lifting the corner of his lips. “Tell you what, your highness? You can forage for whatever you want in my kitchen, but if you think I’m making you a sandwich, you have the wrong girl.”
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Trying to get Mir back to his pride becomes quite the challenge. Between her demon and the mating drive, these two have issues staying apart. There is plenty of other action too.

Battles to keep Mir free. Topped off by the request of the Dark Goddess combine to make this a page turner.

I just hope there’s a bit less sex in the next one. That demon is quite insatiable.

I really enjoyed reading this world, the characters are unique and well thought out. I can’t wait to see what she has planned for the next book in this new series.

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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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