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My Review of Gabe – Alvarez Security Book 1 by Maryann Jordan



Gabe
Alvarez Security Book 1
By
Maryann Jordan

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Alvarez Security Agency

Former Special Forces brothers-in-arms now working together to provide an elite security service in the southern city of Richland.

Gabe Malloy, dedicated to his brothers, spent his weekends with cheap booze and easy women. When some of his friends finally settled down, he wondered if he would ever find the woman of his dreams. He just never expected to encounter her in an alley.

Jennifer Lambert worked as a social worker for the city and would often take food to the elderly residents in her building. One night, in an alley behind a restaurant, she was startled by a tall, handsome man wanting to assist. Giving him the cold shoulder, she left…but dreams of him followed her long into the night.

Gabe knew the independent Jennifer was a woman worthy of knowing, but convincing the beauty that she needed him was the challenge. Raising her young brother plus the responsibilities of the elder center, had kept her from looking for love…but she took a chance on Gabe.

Now that he found her, can he keep her safe when someone threatens her and those she loves? Calling upon his brothers, Alvarez Security races to save her before it is too late.

****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned – for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues…again be warned!!*****

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Going back and re-reading is one of my favorite things to do. In doing so I am going to review those that aren’t already done. This is one from 2015, and I love it!

Gabe gets the surprise of his life while on a break from his bodyguard duties to actress Alicia Morgenstern. What he thought was a dumpster diving child was instead a beautiful young woman.

Jennifer is looking for a box to put the leftover unused bread and food from the kitchen of the hotel in. The manager donates to her center for the elderly. She never expected to meet a blond haired giant who suddenly has a movie star hanging all over him.

Star-struck and not by Alicia, Gabe makes it his personal mission to find the lovely young woman he startled in the alley. What he finds pleases him and he knows he has finally met the woman he is meant to be with, but he has to convince her of it.

Jennifer is a social worker whose focus is on the elderly. She lives with her little brother at the center she obtained the grants for. Grants that included a 5 year lease. She isn’t looking for love but she may have found it anyway.

This is a favorite scene after Gabe has almost made her acquaintance twice, and finally succeeds behind the restaurant again. Well sort of anyway.

“What do you mean you came here to meet me?” she asked incredulously. This man hangs out with movie stars. Or women in bars that look like they could be in movies. Well, playing the trashy slut in a movie. What the hell does he want with me?

Gabe, mesmerized by her blue eyes, could see the questions flying through her mind. He slowly reached out his hand and cupped her face, feeling her cold cheek pressing against his hand. “I wanted to meet you.” Seeing her about to retort, he continued, “I work for a security company and was on duty providing security services for the event. And yes, that included making sure that Ms. Morgenstern Morgenstern was safe. I was on my much-needed break when I saw you out here.”

Jennifer felt his calloused thumb rub over her frozen cheek and couldn’t help but slightly move her head toward the warmth. For an instant, she allowed herself to forget that she was there to pick up food for the center, or that she was only a city social worker not a socialite, or that Ross wasn’t home waiting…Ross! Shit! Jerking back suddenly, she turned and tossed a few more bags into the back of the truck shouting her goodbyes to Carlos as he went back inside.

“Wait,” Gabe moved forward stealthily, taking her arm and gently turning her back around to him. “What’s the hurry? I’d like to help.”

“Help?” she asked, confusion marring her perfect face.

Nodding toward her truck, he said, “Yeah. With the food. With whatever you’re doing.” Seeing the doubt in her eyes, he hurried to keep talking. As long as she’s not walking away from me, I’ve got a chance. “Look, I know we didn’t meet under the best circumstances. In fact, it was pretty fucked up,” he admitted shaking his head at how the scene must have looked to her. And then he thought of the scene outside of the bar and he visibly cringed.

Taking a deep breath, he rose to his full height and moved back a step, putting his hand out toward her. “Good evening, Miss. I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Gabriel Malloy. I work for Alvarez Security Agency and I would very much like to make your acquaintance.”

A giggle erupted from her perfect lips and she could not help but take his huge hand in her much smaller one, noticing how he held it delicately as though he did not want to crush her. She knew she was blushing again, but somehow the look of uncertainty on his face was endearing. “It’s nice to meet you Gabriel. I’m Jennifer Lambert.” Trying to pull her hand back, her face shadowed with doubt as she accused, “But you knew that, didn’t you?”

He held fast to her hand saying, “Yes, that’s true. But I promise I’m no random stalker. I just…” Finding himself uncharacteristically not in charge, he floundered. How can I tell her that after years of meaningless sex that I want something more? And when I saw her, I felt something. Something deep inside. And since then, I haven’t been able to get her off of my mind?

Focusing back on her face, he saw the doubt moving back in and noticed her taking a step backward toward the truck.

“I’m not a stalker but I wanted to meet you. And the two times we met have been completely fucked up. I’m not like what you saw. At least not anymore. At least not now.”

“Gabriel, look I have no idea what you are trying to say to me or why you wanted to meet me so much. I don’t know what you think I am, but—”

“What do you mean, what you are?” he asked sharply.

“Look, if you’re looking for a little woman to save, I’m fine. I get the food for people who need it and work hard to make sure the arrangement works. But if you are looking for some kind of rescue, I assure you that in spite of what some think, I’m not alley trash!” she exclaimed, throwing Alicia’s words back in his face.

Growling, he moved into her space slowly pressing her back up against the door of her pickup truck. “Those were not my words.” Tipping her chin up with his fingers, he leaned down until his lips were a breath away from hers, noting that she did not move away. Instead, her eyes widened as her pink tongue flicked across her lips, making him impossibly hard. With no resistance in her eyes, he moved closer capturing her mouth in a kiss.
Jordan, Maryann. Gabe: The Alvarez Security Series (pp. 46-49). Kindle Edition.

Now getting to know Jennifer isn’t an easy thing and Gabe experiences plenty of frustration.

I love these two together and unbeknownst to either of them the Center has caught the eye of a real estate mogul who doesn’t like to fail and the excitement begins.

Lots of sizzling hot sex, family fun and older veterans make this a wonderful read.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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Maryann Jordan

I have always been an avid reader. My early memories were of my mother taking me to the library and allowing me to check out as many books as I could carry. My favorite books were checked out numerous times and read over and over. I would use my Barbie dolls to play out the scenes in books (such as Nancy Drew!).

I have written as a hobby for many years (probably since childhood). I have written devotionals, autobiographical writings about having a severely handicapped, medically fragile child, about my mother’s Alzheimer’s, and other subjects that interest me.

I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. In 2013, I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and was involved in education for the past 30 years, until retiring in 2015. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

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ARC Review! Sunset Flames – Baytown Boys Book 6 by Maryann Jordan


The Baytown Boys

Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Sunset Flames
Baytown Boys Book 6
By
Maryann Jordan

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Zac Hamilton, one of the original Baytown Boys, had returned from the Navy to become the Fire Chief for the small town. But, the Eastern Shore was gripped in fear as an arsonist continued to set fires all over the county just after sunset.

Madelyn Stover returned reluctantly to Baytown to bury her estranged father, but finding journals he had written left her wondering what secrets her parent’s marriage had held.

A fire on her property led Zac to the beautiful newcomer and as they grew closer, discovered they had more in common than either realized. When the arsonist strikes too close to home again, can Zac keep his promise to keep her safe?

**The language and sexual scenes in the book are similar to what you would see in an R rated movie, therefore the book is for 18+ readers.**

I’ve really come to love Baytown, it’s small town togetherness and shore atmosphere has me running to read more.

In this one get to know Zac, an original ‘Baytown Boy’. He’s now the fire chief and as such has more than one responsibility to the town. He also supervises and trains both rescue workers and the volunteer firefighters.

Madelyn never thought she would return to Baytown. Her mother had taken away as a young teen and divorced her father. Only one disappointing meeting between father and daughter had occurred over the years. Now her father has died and named here his heir.

A chance meeting with Jillian and the girls leads to Maddie having support and help where she expected none. The American Legion and the auxiliary step up and help provide a beautiful service for the father she hardly knows. It’s then she meets Zac, after he gives a poignant eulogy.

This is a favorite scene, when Zac stops by while the arrogant David Wills is evaluating her father’s antiques.

Another knock at the door sounded and, expecting David’s assistant, she yelled for him to come in as she crawled over several items. Tripping over a low stool, she landed in a heap just as the door opened. Palms stinging, she looked up in embarrassment, seeing Zac standing in the doorway.

“Uh, hi…” she stammered, blushing as he bent forward to assist her to her feet. Even standing, she still had to lean her head way back to look into his face. When she had been near him at the funeral she was wearing heels but now, in her flat shoes, she realized how tall he was.

“Are you all right?” he asked, his hands still on her waist. “I came by to see if you would like to get lunch, but I didn’t expect to have to use my EMT skills.”

“Nothing hurt but my pride,” she quipped, attempting to cover her embarrassment. The warmth of his fingers on her waist traveled through her body making her very aware of the effect he had on her libido. His dark hair looked as though he had just swept his hand though it and her fingers twitched at her side, itching to see if it was as soft as it appeared.

Hearing a noise, his gaze shot behind her, his eyebrows lifting. “Did I stop by at a bad time?”

“No,” she rushed, stepping back. “David… Mr. Wills is here… helping me with—”

“Fuckin’ hell,” Zac said under his breath as he stepped inside and viewed the mess that he assumed was a living room. “What the hell happened in here?”

She opened her mouth to explain, but David popped his head around the corner, surprise on his face. His eyes dropped to Zac’s hands still on her waist. “Oh,” he said, “I didn’t realize you had company. I thought we could go out to lunch and then I could take you to my office so we can start the appraisal process.”

Deciding to keep his hands where they were, Zac noticed she stepped slightly closer to him. Inwardly fist-pumping, he smiled pleasantly at David.

“I don’t think so, David, but thank you so much for what you’ve done today. I’ll see you tomorrow and we can continue the downstairs. If you can, bring your computer tomorrow. That would probably save time, be more efficient.”

David’s eyes narrowed slightly at the dismissal, but his lips curled into a smile. “Of course. I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow.” With a curt nod toward Zac, he walked outside.

Zac shut the door behind David and swung his gaze back to hers. “I get the feeling he wasn’t too happy with my arrival.”

Blushing, she leaned forward and whispered, “I think I messed up his plans when I said I didn’t want to rush the process.”

He wondered about her change of heart, but then his gaze drifted over the furniture and the sheer volume of her father’s collection would take some serious time.

Madelyn observed him staring at the mess and felt her blush deepening. “I… uh…” Sighing, she said, “I can’t think of any way to explain this, other than to just say, welcome to my father’s world.”

Uncertain what to say, Zac nodded, his gaze moving away from the conglomeration of furniture to her face. “Hey, don’t be embarrassed. I was just startled at the size of the antique collection your dad had. At least he collected something worthwhile. My old man just collected debts.”

Madelyn opened her mouth, then closed it quickly. His words were so brutally honest and yet, said with a hint of humor.

He grinned, disarming her, and added, “Sorry if that was a bit too much. My dad’s faults were well known in town, so I forget that not everyone knew him.” Observing her gaze avoiding his, Zac said, “So, what’s going on here?”

“My dad collected antiques and it seems that he filled the house.” She sighed, adding, “I’m afraid the whole house looks like this. I had no idea, of course, until I got here the other day.”

His gaze narrowed as he stepped further into the room. Madelyn watched as his eyes not only travelled over the furniture, but swept the ceiling as well. He walked through the room, calling over his shoulder, “The kitchen this way?”

“Uh… yeah… uh…” she said, hastening after him. Rounding the corner, she saw him looking up at the ceiling.

He grabbed a kitchen chair and stood, quickly removing the cover of the fire alarm. Her eyes were drawn to the skin now showing where his t-shirt rode up. Good Lord. His abs were tight and, from what she could see, well delineated. His tan skin was smooth with just a hint of hair leading to the top of his low-slung jeans. It took a few seconds of ogling before she lifted her eyes and saw his blazing at her in anger.

“There’re no batteries in this,” he growled. “Your dad had a house full of wooden furniture, like kindling ready to burn, and no fuckin’ fire alarm?”

Snapped out of her lust, Madelyn opened her mouth a couple of times, shutting it when nothing came out. “I… I guess so.”

“Are you staying here?”

Nodding, she said, “Yeah. I figured I might as well stay here so that I can work on the house easier. Not to mention, it’s cheaper than a week or more staying at a hotel.” She looked around at the mess in the kitchen and her shoulder sagged. “I have no idea how Dad lived like this but, then, I have no idea how he lived at all.”

Zac heard the defeat in her voice and dropped his chin to his chest. Heaving a sigh, he looked up, his heart aching for the sadness in her voice. He knew a lot about regret and wondered if she felt the same.

“Look,” he said, “I’m sorry. Really. It’s just in my nature to look at things through a safety perspective. I’m sure David walked in and viewed a paradise of antiques which must have made you feel good, and then I come in and start barkin’ and make you feel like crap.” He easily hopped down from the chair and set it to the side, next to a pile of other chairs stacked on top of each other. He stepped over, placing his hands on her shoulders, her body feeling so much more fragile than he imagined it would. Now that he had seen the inside of Lenny’s house, he realized what a massive undertaking she was forced to deal with.

“Hey, why don’t I get you out of the house, take you to lunch, and we can pick up some batteries on the way back.”

Madelyn stared for a moment, indecision filling her mind, before she nodded slowly and her lips curved slightly. “Okay… yeah, that’d be good.”

Laughing, he threw his hand over his heart, claiming, “You’re killing my ego, Maddie. I was afraid I was going to get shot down like David.”

Narrowing her eyes, she poked him in the chest. “Somehow, I think, Zac, that your ego doesn’t often get bruised. You strike me as the type who doesn’t exactly have problems getting lunch dates… or any other kind of dates.” As soon as the words passed her lips, she inwardly grimaced. He probably thinks I’ve been thinking of him… and dates. She hated the blush she felt climbing up her face and was grateful he appeared not to notice.

“Nah, I work too much to have many dates,” he admitted. Sticking his elbow out, he said, “Come on, let’s get out of the fire trap and have some good pub food.”

“Finn’s? I haven’t been there,” she smiled. “Well, not since I was a little girl.”

“Then you’re in for a treat,” he promised.
Maryann Jordan. Sunset Flames: Baytown Boys Series – ARC copy not for sale (Kindle Locations 849-906).

I really loved the build of this relationship, from friends to friends with benefits then an official couple. This book is also much more that just the extremely hot relationship. There is plenty of tension and suspense with a hunt for an arsonist and lots of soul searching for both Zac and Maddie.

I laughed and cried enjoying every interaction, every get together with the other Baytown regulars, and I truly did not figure out the arsonist.

I can’t wait for the next book in this series, I think it will be the new addition to Baytown who shows up at the end.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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Maryann Jordan

I have always been an avid reader. My early memories were of my mother taking me to the library and allowing me to check out as many books as I could carry. My favorite books were checked out numerous times and read over and over. I would use my Barbie dolls to play out the scenes in books (such as Nancy Drew!).

I have written as a hobby for many years (probably since childhood). I have written devotionals, autobiographical writings about having a severely handicapped, medically fragile child, about my mother’s Alzheimer’s, and other subjects that interest me.

I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. In 2013, I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and was involved in education for the past 30 years, until retiring in 2015. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

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Kindle Worlds is Closing! Here are some of my favorite worlds and Authors within them!


 

Kindle Worlds will be gone forever
July 16th 2018!

This deeply saddens me, I have found many new to me authors by seeing them in these worlds.

It was always a place to find quick, inexpensive reads that blended with another author’s characters and settings.

I have heard that some of the World owners are going to continue them on their own and some will need to have an acknowledgement of the originating series before republishing. Yet others may go away completely. For some worlds no decisions have made as to their fate, as this news just broke.

This is a response to a reader friend from Amazon:

For five years, Kindle Worlds has been thriving, engaging writers and readers who enjoy writing in one another’s worlds, and we’re proud of the work we’ve done together. While we are closing Kindle Worlds, Amazon is constantly innovating on behalf of our authors and readers, and we look forward to continuing to do so.

As of May 17th, Kindle Worlds will no longer be accepting new submissions. Previously published Kindle Worlds stories will no longer be available for sale on Amazon.com on or around July 16th. The Kindle Worlds website will be closed on August 29th.

Rest assured previously purchased or borrowed Kindle Worlds stories will remain unaffected.

With that in mind and since the time is short until they are gone, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Worlds and Authors from them. I hope you will take the time to browse through these links and possibly enjoy them as much as I have.

I put the link I have for the main world and then covers that link to Amazon for individual authors within those worlds that I have read and enjoyed.

I would also like to thank the owners of the worlds that so many wonderful authors wanted to play in, Elle James, Susan Stoker, Paige Tyler, Desiree Holt, Sable Hunter, Millie Taiden, Carly Phillips, Robyn Peterman, Cat Johnson, Eliza Gayle, Erin Nicholas, and Roxanne St.Claire.

HAPPY READING!!!

This the first Kindle World I ventured into so I’ll start here. 

Brotherhood Protectors 

Special Forces: Operation Alpha 

Dallas Fire & Rescue 

Magic & Mayhem

Hell Yeah!!

Hot SEALs

Southern Shifters

Omega Team

Sapphire Falls

Barefoot Bay

Phoenix Agency

Paranormal Dating Agency

Dare To Love

Sassy Mates

ARC Review! Rafe: Heroes at Heart Book 2 by Maryann Jordan


Rafe
Heroes at Heart Book 2
By
Maryann Jordan

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The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.

Rafe Walker gained fame while in the Army when he was photographed for a Military Calendar. Afterward, modeling contracts rolled in but he found his life in California lacking and longed for a change.

Accepting an offer to work as a groundkeeper for a shut-in one summer, near his family in Virginia, he jumps at the chance to return to his roots.

But as he got to know the enigmatic woman, he began to desire a more permanent change with her.

But secrets abound between the two and when they are revealed, will he have lost his chance for a new forever?

The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.

Subject matter is similar to what you would find in an R-rated movie. Please be advised, for 18+ readers.


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I am loving this series. This one is a take on Beauty and the Beast.

Having reached the end of his modeling contract, Rafe has had more than enough of the shallow, self-serving world surrounding him. He returns home to Virginia, set on finding something he really loves to do.

Miss Ethel, the woman who raised him and his ‘brothers’, is a crafty woman. She entices him to take the job as groundskeeper for a nearby shut-in. Of course she neglects to mention said shut-in isn’t old or infirm.

Sighing, she walked carefully to the stone wall, in the shadows of the terrace, to peer over into the ravine below. The river rushed by, the waterline high.

Hearing a noise behind her, she glanced back, startled at the sight of a large man stepping to the edge of the terrace, seemingly unaware of her presence.

Jerking around, so that her back was to him, she felt her breath rush from her lungs fast as the river below. “You… you’re not supposed to be here.”

“Oh, ma’am, excuse me,” he said. His voice was deep and rich, its timbre resonating through her. He continued, “I didn’t mean to come where I wasn’t supposed to, but this area isn’t safe until I clean it up.”

She nodded jerkily, knowing he was right but unable to turn around to face him. Indecision rooted her to the spot, her heart pounding furiously.

“Ma’am, I’ll step around the side of the turret, allowing you to enter your house in private. Once you’re safely inside, I’ll come back to clean the area. I’ll… uh… let you know when I’m finished.”

Nodding again, she now felt foolish. He must think I’m a crazy ol’ bat. Clearing her throat, trying to regain control, she said, “Yes, please. That would be best.”

She heard his steps retreating from the stone patio, and she limped toward the door, her legs strangely weak. Once inside the glass-paned terrace door, she closed it behind her, drawing the heavy curtains.

Walking forward a few feet, she stopped, her heartbeat still racing. Swallowing deeply, she hurried toward the study down the hall, far from the terrace. Slipping inside, she slid into a chair, before she allowed the tears gathered in her eyes to tumble down her cheeks. Dropping her chin to her chest, she hated the impression she had made on him almost as much as hating the need to be alone. Life had been so different once… a long time ago. As thoughts of her former life, and the life she had planned, moved through her mind, she wondered if a life of seclusion was all she had to look forward to.
Maryann Jordan. Rafe – ARC version – not for sale or distribution: Heroes at Heart (Kindle Locations 896-913).

As Rafe gets the outside of the estate looking pristine, our heroine Evelyn, starts thinking about her life and the cruelness of the world that caused her to hide away.

Storms lead the way to them actually meeting face to face. The twists and turns in this story will keep you wondering if these too will ever get together.

It’s a good thing Rafe isn’t one of those sit and watch TV guys, the cottage that comes with the contract has no TV, it does however have books. Lots and lots of books. Having him settle in to read after dinner is inspiring in itself. I really loved that when he looked around his temporary home he thought of a Hobbit house.

Full of references to several classics including Jane Eyre and The Hobbit. This is an entertaining love story you won’t want to miss!

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!


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Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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My Review of Just One More Chance – Baytown Boys Book 2 By Maryann Jordan


Just One More Chance
BayTown Boys Book 2
By
Maryann Jordan

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Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Grant Wilder, one of the original Baytown Boys, came back from the war a changed man, walking away from his hometown and the girl he left behind.

Jillian Evans worked for years to hide her broken heart, especially when Grant moved back home to become one of Baytown’s police officers. He wanted friendship only and that’s what she’d give him. Focusing on her own career, she expanded her coffee shop into a local art galleria.

Grant and the Baytown police fight against drugs running through the small, coastal town, but when Jillian is threatened, Grant has to fight his wartime demons to save her…and finally declare his love.

**Author Note**
Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned – for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues…again be warned!!

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After leaving the service, Grant had avoided coming home but the call of the closeness of friends and family won out. Now on the police force in Baytown, he has to face Jillian.

Jillian promised to wait for him and she did. Even when he determined to put her in the ‘friend zone’ she was still waiting. Now after seeing him with so many hook-ups she’s decided to try moving forward.

That didn’t seem to go over very well with Grant, he apparently doesn’t get that what’s good for the gander is good for the goose.

This is a favorite scene as Jillian discusses the confrontation with Grant the night of Tori’s engagement party.

Shrugging once more, Jillian said, “It was time to move on, Katelyn. Maybe for both of us.”

“I take it Grant wasn’t happy to see you with someone else?” Tori prodded.

“Well, it’s not like I haven’t had to watch him with others ever since he came back! He’s flirted with just about everyone and while I have no idea how many he has actually slept with, he’s certainly earned a reputation!” Jillian replied, her chin trembling before she shook her head slightly, steeling her resolve.

“But I show up with someone else, and proceed to watch Grant drink too much and get angrier as he does. Ben went to talk to some of his friends and Grant took the opportunity to get me alone. He ragged on me about going out with some young jock, which pissed me off. Then accused me of being a tease.”

At that statement, both Katelyn and Tori’s eyes bugged wide. “What the hell?” Katelyn sputtered.

“Oh, he was letting the alcohol talk,” Jillian said, her heart squeezing at the memory.

“Maybe the alcohol was letting him speak the truth, in a way,” Tori surmised. “Maybe it was his convoluted way of letting you know he’s still interested in you and not as just a friend.”

“Well, it was a dumbass way to do it,” Katelyn huffed.

Nodding, Jillian agreed, “Yep, that’s what I thought. Anyway, Ben came back over, Grant shoved into his shoulder on his way past us, and then grabbed one of the young, new teachers that came to the party. Jesus, she must have only been about twenty-one years old and had a god-awful giggle that set my teeth on edge. I think she works at the high school with Ben… he seemed to know her.”

Katelyn raised her eyebrow in surprise. “With that high-pitched giggle and that rack, she’ll have the teenage boys’ attention!”

“Yeah, well, she had Grant’s attention last night,” Jillian admitted, her voice now low as her shoulders drooped with the familiar ache in her heart.

Katelyn and Tori shared a glance over Jillian’s bowed head, both sighing in unison. “Maybe he didn’t—”

“Doesn’t really matter if he took her home and banged her silly or not, does it?” Jillian interrupted, eyes glaring out the window, staring at nothing. “The fact is, he could have either told me that he liked me and wanted to be with me, or he could have left me alone to be with my date. But instead, he confused me then stalked out with a pick-up right in front of me. If that’s not a royal kiss-off, I don’t know what is!” Her voice took on the sadness in her heart as she added, “I just don’t think I have any more chances left in me to give.”
Maryann Jordan. Just One More Chance: Baytown Boys Series – ARC Copy (Kindle Locations 318-339).

Now Jillian has some new plans for the Gallery above the Coffee Shop and as Artists contribute their work there are other forces working against the small town.

Drug runners are shortcutting through their peaceful little town and the Police department is following up one lead after another. So many trails, leading only part of the way to where they want them.

As busy as he is Grant and the others returned from the service make time for their new VFW Post through which the group is making many more connections including counselling for PTSD.

Now Grant realizes that if he is going to have anything build with Jillian he’s going to have to face his demons, demons that come to the surface every time he looks at her. The chance he wants isn’t going to come easily, she isn’t sure she has another one to give.

Full of suspense, action, misunderstanding, interesting drama, smoldering scenes, laughter and scenes that brought tears to my eyes.

I fall more and more in love with this series with every book I read.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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Arc Review of Zander – Heroes At Heart Book 1 by Maryann Jordan


Zander
Heroes At Heart Book 1
By
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The true measure of a man is not in the mistakes he makes…but in how he handles those mistakes.

After leaving the Army, Zander King wants nothing more to do with being a hero. His life plan is to keep his nose clean, work hard to make his bar successful and avoid damsels in distress. Old habits died hard, though, so when a beautiful stranger walks into the bar to drink alone, his protective instincts kicked into high gear. It was a good thing too, because his was not the only eye she caught in his rough-side-of-town establishment.

When a man won’t take no for an answer from her, Zander kicks him out, but he sends the woman, who doesn’t belong there, packing too. Too late, he realizes his mistake in releasing the petite, vulnerable woman out into the neighborhood alone, when he finds her near death outside the bar at closing time.

Racked with guilt, Zander’s conscience won’t let him abandon her until he knows she’ll be okay. At the hospital days later, his sleeping beauty, Jane Doe, finally wakes up, but she doesn’t remember who she is or how she got there.

Zander vows to help her put the pieces of her memory back together, but would regaining her memory only put her in more danger?

A Heroes at Heart novel based loosely on the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty.

Themes, language, and adult situations are similar to an R-rated movie. For 18+ years.

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This book is a modern beautiful twist on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

Zander feels incredible guilt after finding the beautiful woman he sent away, beaten and barely alive in the alley behind his bar.

No one knows who she is or where she came from and now in a coma she can’t tell them. At the suggestion of the nurse he visits and reads to her every day from a collection of condensed classics. The book is a favorite, he’d read from it to all his foster brothers. He’d even brought it overseas with him when he was in the service.

This is a favorite scene from the first day he reads to her.

His gaze slid to the whiteboard on the wall, seeing her name listed as Jane Doe. His heart hurt as he viewed the evidence that no one knew who she was. Waiting until they were alone, he scooted the plastic chair across the tile floor to rest next to her bed. But, before he sat down, he reached over and placed his hand on her palm. His gaze moved over her swollen face, noting the reddened area where the dark stitches had pierced her skin. The bruises around her eyes had darkened even more, black and angry. The hospital gown was open at the neck, exposing the upper part of her chest and shoulders, those bruises deepening as well.

Bending low, he stared at her dry, cracked lips. Seeing a tube of lip balm on the tray, he squirted some on his forefinger, hesitating to touch her injuries before rubbing it lightly on her mouth. The flesh was pliant, warm, and his breath hitched as he realized how vulnerable she was.

Blowing out a breath, he whispered, “Hey, princess. It’s Zander… uh… I’m Zander. I’m so sorry… so sorry. But, I want you… well, need you to get well.”

He stared, hoping she might twitch, or blink, or indicate she could hear him. But she continued to sleep.

Sitting down in the chair, he said, “I brought a book to read. I don’t know what you like to read, but this book was given to me years ago.” His fingers moved along the worn cover, remembering when Miss Ethel gave it to him.

“Alexander, don’t you let no one tell you you’re too dumb to learn. You’ve got more intelligence than most and I know it’s locked inside of you. Your teachers are going to go over the basics of reading, but that won’t teach you to love the written word. You and me, son, are going to read through this book. It’s got everything in it… classics… fairy tales… stories of bravery and strength. Stories of love. Stories of life.” Then she opened the book, flipping through the pages until she pressed her hand flat on a page, and I sat at her feet, listening as she opened my world.

As he continued to read, he glanced up occasionally, giving her hand a little squeeze. His voice, soft at first, grew stronger as he hoped she would be able to hear him. Not wanting to go too fast, he enunciated each word carefully. After a few minutes, he came to the description of the princess.

“ ‘The maiden grew up, adorned with all the gifts of the wise women; and she was so lovely, modest, sweet, and kind and clever, that no one who saw her could help loving her.’ ”

As soon as the words left his mouth, his gaze jerked up to hers. The truth was he had very little to go on as to her personality, but remembering her at the bar, he thought about the way she tried to be polite, first to the asshole bothering her and then to him… even when he was being a different kind of an asshole. He remembered the way she tucked her hair behind her ear, her head ducking slightly, having no idea how beautiful she was. Her voice had been soft, even when angry.

“This sounds a lot like you, princess.” Giving her hand another squeeze, he continued the story. After another few minutes, he came to the line,

“ ‘… the beautiful sleeping Rosamond, for so was the Princess called…’ ”

Sucking in a quick breath, his gaze shot back to her. “Rosamond. I know that’s not your name, but I hate like hell for you to keep being called a Jane Doe. So, if you don’t mind, can I call you Rosamond?” Shaking his head, he knew it was foolish to expect a sign from her. Looking down at her hand, he rubbed his calloused finger over her skin. Her arm was covered in abrasions from the gravel drive behind the bar. Grimacing, he forced the thoughts of her attack from his mind, focusing instead on the story. As he came to the climax, he read,

“ ‘And when he saw her looking so lovely in her sleep, he could not turn away his eyes; and presently he stooped and kissed her, and she awaked, and opened her eyes, and looked very kindly on him.’ ”

“Is that what you’ll do with me, Rosamond? Look upon me kindly?”
Maryann Jordan. Zander (ARC copy – not for Sale): Heroes at Heart (A Modern Day Fairy Tale) (Kindle Locations 700-744).

We journey with them as he reads to her, waiting for her to awaken. Passages from the book are shared and bring back many memories for me as well.

A heartrending story as the beauty awakens with no memory and with Zander’s help they piece together her life before she found her way to his town.

A page turner that had me laughing, crying and holding my breath as it makes it’s way to a HEA.

I look forward to reading the fairy tales Maryann pairs with Zander’s foster brothers.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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My Review of Coming Home – Baytown Boys Book 1 by Maryann Jordan


Coming Home
Baytown Boys Book 1
By
Maryann Jordan

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Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Mitch Evans left his career as an FBI agent after his father retired as the Baytown Police Chief. Returning home to take up the mantle, he was glad to be back with his family and the Baytown boys. The bonus? Reuniting with his childhood friend and teenage crush.

Victoria Bradford came back to Baytown to run the Sea Glass Inn after her grandmother’s death. A simpler life was what she yearned for. When the new Police Chief showed up on her doorstep, her heart skipped a beat as old memories came rushing back.

When one of Tori’s guests died from poisoning, Mitch was determined to stay objective while solving the murder. Then the evidence pointed to Tori as being the intended victim and another attempt was made on her life.

Mitch, desperate to find the killer before he strikes at Tori again, calls upon the Baytown Boys to assist, as he vows to protect her.

Warning!
****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned – for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues…again be warned!!****

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When I reviewed the latest in this series I said I was going back to read the rest to meet other characters in more depth. I meant it and I am so very glad I did.

The Baytown Boys are back in town, each doing something to benefit the town. In this first book we center on Mitch although we do meet all the others.

Mitch has his hands full with his new position of Chief of Police. There’s much he wants to upgrade, things he wants to change, not too quickly but a process.

The best part of coming home for him is Tori. He fell hard for her when he was only eight and those feelings have only grown over the years. He never really expected to find her in town though.

Tori only spent summers in Baytown, but she loved being there with her grandmother. With the passing of her grandmother she is now owner of the Sea Glass Inn. Being here has all the memories of her and Mitch and those summers coming invading her mind.

One of my favorite scenes after Tori and Mitch go on their first date as adults.

Sipping the wine, they relaxed, letting the years drift away, finding once more that time was easy between them.

“So you never married?” she asked, curiosity overriding common sense.

“Nope. Never found the right woman to spend my life with. When I get married, it’ll be for life… like my parents.”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth and he saw the hurt flash across her face, he wanted to pull them back in while simultaneously kicking himself in the ass.

“Jesus, Tori. I’m sorry.”

The silence was no longer easy, but strained. Finally, he said, “Can you tell me about your marriage?” He paused, and then added, “Only if you want to.”

She grimaced but forged ahead. “There’s not much to tell. I married a man I met through work. I think we were actually more friends than a great love and I was too naïve to understand the difference.”

“So what happened? Did you just grow apart?”

Her gaze drifted over his shoulder, as she admitted, “No… like you, I planned on being married for life. But, well, he… um… well, he cheated and I found out.”

“No fuckin’ way!” Mitch cursed, hating the insecurity he heard resounding in her voice.

Sitting up straighter, she met his angry stare. “Yep. I found out and hired someone to follow him to make sure. When I had all the evidence I needed, I confronted him. Told him I was leaving and I wanted a divorce. He didn’t want one. Swore it was all a mistake and he’d never stray again.”

She suddenly turned sideways, facing Mitch on the glider, bringing her face close to his. Taking a deep breath, she said, “As hurt as I was, I wasn’t tempted one little bit to take him back. You want to know what I discovered? Grandma always said I deserved someone special and Mitch, right there, at that moment, I knew he wasn’t special!”

Mesmerized by the strength in her words, he pulled her in for a kiss. Unlike the one at the restaurant, this kiss went from soft to a hard, wet kiss almost instantly. Delving his tongue inside her warm mouth, he tasted the wine and essence of her… drinking her in.

She relaxed into his embrace as he moved her closer. Reaching up, she cupped his face, finally allowing her fingertips to move over his close-shaven beard. His lips were strong and supple, moving over her mouth while his tongue tangled with hers.

Just when she slipped into a dreamlike state of kissing bliss, he moved away slightly. Her lips tried to maintain contact, but she opened her eyes to find him staring deeply into hers.

“You are special, Tori. I knew that the minute I saw you when I was eight and you were only six years old. And all these years later… I still know that. And your grandma was right.”
Maryann Jordan. Coming Home: The Baytown Boys Series (Kindle Locations 1038-1061).

It’s a fun read as we get to know Mitch and Tori’s past and watch them once again become a couple.

Now there are a couple of folks I’m not fond of and that’s the Mayor and the City Manager, oh and the Mayor’s secretary too. Can’t wait to see how they develop in future books.

With a threat to Tori but no obvious motive, things escalate quickly.

Fast paced with plenty of suspects, lots of friends and Tori and Mitch burn up the pages just about every time they’re together.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers and finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.
Discover Love was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!
I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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Release Day! Maryann Jordan’s Picking Up The Pieces – Baytown Boys Book 5


Picking Up The Pieces
Baytown Boys Book 5
By
Maryann Jordan

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Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Lance Greene. Former military. Current artist…and recluse. Moving to Baytown was a chance to get away and forget. Forget his family’s expectations, forget the friends he lost on his last mission, and try to forget the nightmares that follow him. Staying away from people worked, until he met her. She was bright, happy, and everything he did not want.

Jade Lyons. Elementary teacher. Sea glass collector. New to Baytown, she embraced all the small town had to offer, loving the little town, her friends, her students, and her new habit of early morning walks on the beach to find sea glass. Until she met him. He was overbearing, rude, and everything she wanted to avoid.

But sea glass works magic and when Jade discovers a body, Lance steps up, vowing to protect her.

Can picking up the pieces bring two souls together?

WARNING:
**The language and sexual scenes in the book are similar to what you would see in an R rated movie, therefore the book is for 18+ readers.**

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Ah, once again I am starting a series at the end and not the beginning. From the opening pages I fell in love with this seaside town. Maryann’s descriptions put me on the beach, with the breeze filling my senses.

Lance as we first meet him is really a jerk. He wants his privacy but oversteps his bounds, in the process, embarrassing and scaring Jade away from the beach. The art he creates, although I can’t actually see it, I can picture in my mind. The pieces of sea glass suspended by intricate wires, moving in the air, sparking like a rainbow.

Jade in my opinion has the patience of a saint, and I loved her right away. Her strength and devotion to her teaching is inspiring. Her friends are loyal and supportive.

One of my favorite scenes is when Lance asks her why she gathers the sea glass.

Finally, gathering her wits, she rushed, “You can fuss and fume all you want, but the truth of the matter is, I like looking for sea glass, but other than giving some to my students for art projects I don’t need what I find.”

“Then why take it? What fascination could you possibly have with sea glass?” he bit back.

Her chest quivering, she stood her ground, staring at the infuriating— and furious— man. Dropping her eyes to the bag of colorful fragments, she wondered how to put into words what was in her heart without him trampling on her feelings. Slowly, she confessed, “Everyone looks at the ocean, but waves come and go. It’s as though nothing changes, if the only thing we do is just stare out at the water. But the beach does change… it’s full of what the ocean decides to leave for us to discover. Like little gifts. Sea glass is…” swallowing, she lifted her gaze back to him, “it’s proof that things can change… for the better. Life can break us into pieces, but we can change, become more beautiful than we were before.”

Lance sucked in a quick breath through his nose, her words striking a chord deep within. Letting his breath out slowly, he wondered how she managed to so eloquently state exactly what he had always thought… both about the waves and the sea glass.

Knowing her words sounded ridiculous, Jade shrugged, adding, “I know you make beautiful things with your glass. I’ve seen them at Jillian’s galleria. I’ve admired them for a while but never knew who made them.”

Feeling foolish in the face of her poetic words about the very thing he cared about, Lance just nodded. “Yeah… okay… thanks. But… uh… you don’t have to get any more sea glass for me. I’m good. I find what I need.”
Maryann Jordan. Picking Up the Pieces: Baytown Boys Series (Kindle Locations 630-644).

I truly loved the way this relationship develops, the slow chiseling Jade does to the walls around him.

But not all is so peaceful in this small seaside town, as murder and mayhem ensues.

Filled with suspense, love, and friends this is a book you won’t be able to put down.

I am going back to the beginning of this series to meet the others in this book in more detail.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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  Maryann Jordan

As an Award Winning, Amazon International Bestselling and All-Star author, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble Best Selling Author, I have always been an avid reader. In 2013 I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My first novel, Emma’s Home became an Amazon Best Seller in 3 categories within the first month of publishing. Its success was followed by the rest of the Fairfield Series and then led into the Love’s Series. Soon, other spin-off series came along and 8 of my books have made Amazon top 100 Bestselling books.

Gabe, from the Alvarez Security Series won Silver Medal and 5 Star Review by the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Honor Love was an award winning novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Serial Love was an award finalist novel from the 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards.

Coming Home was awarded the 5 Star Review by the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I have just retired and look forward to more time with family and writing!

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 36 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers, so please email me!

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My Reviews of Duty, Honor & Love: Box Set For Charity – Part 2


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Duty, Honor & Love
Box Set for Charity

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The Semper Fi Fund

Release Date: November 7, 2016

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Anyone’s happily-ever-after is never a given…it must be earned–something these military heroes have learned the hard way.

Sink into this sexy collection of binge-worthy reads from eleven of your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and a few new-to-you authors.

All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 wounded and critically ill vets from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.


MOVING TO LOVE
Rolling Thunder
By
PJ Fiala
Iraq veteran Jeremiah “Dog” Sheppard is looking forward to the annual Veterans Ride, but this year he might be rewarded with more than the usual satisfaction of doing a good deed when he asks the stunning single mother of one of his employees to help with the charity event.
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Jocelyn “Joci” James is  a free lance Marketing and web/graphics designer. With that in mind her son Gunner invites her to the Veteran’s Ride planning session at Rolling Thunder Motorcycles. He knew his Mom could come up with some great stuff to not only make the Ride more successful the next time but also for the shop itself.

Jerimiah “Dog” Sheppard an Iraq Veteran, owner of Rolling Thunder Motorcycles and Gunner’s Boss, sponsors the Veteran’s Ride every year. The proceeds go to aid local veterans. When he first meets Joci, he knows immediately she was something special and makes a point of getting to know her as they make changes to both his shop and the Ride.

Joci is immediately taken with Dog, he is tall, muscular and incredibly handsome and she almost forgot what she was there for as her son introduced them. As they sat down to get to the business at hand, the last of Dog’s employees LuAnn makes her appearance, flaunting her assets. To say she was not pleased at Joci’s presence would be an understatement at best.

Joci almost immediately proposes a logo for the shop. A necessity to boost recognition for business. Dog loves it and so does most everyone else. LuAnn thinks it’s stupid and doesn’t think he needs it. After the meeting Joci follows him to his office to get one of his cards and when he asked declined the offer of dinner.

A pissed off LuAnn confronts her as she is leaving. Making the claim that Dog is hers and she’s the only one who knows what he needs.  That he asked her out if he is indeed involved with LuAnn doesn’t set well with her at all.

This is only the beginning of the trouble LuAnn brews trying to keep Joci and Dog apart.

While neither of the main characters has been married, they both have adult children. Joci’s son Gunner works at the shop as do Dog’s twin son’s Ryder and JT. As they all work together to bring about a successful ride, a relationship begins between Joci and Dog, even though they haven’t gone on an actual date.

It’s right before the run that things heat up for them and when I say heat up I mean they start sizzling and really don’t stop.

Of course no relationship is without pitfall and this one has some of the worst. We have exes, friends of LuAnn and LuAnn herself all making this extremely trying.

I only had an issue with unrealistic recovery timelines for some medical things that come up. Other than that I loved the dynamic between all the major characters. I look forward to reading the next in this series.

4 Contented Purrs for PJ!


GABE
Alvarez Security
By
Maryann Jordan
Gabe Malloy, former Green Beret, now special investigator stumbled across a beautiful woman in an alley. The chance meeting quickly grew into a mission as Jennifer Lambert was threatened. Letting him into her complicated life, she took a chance on him.
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Gabe gets the surprise of his life while on a break from his bodyguard duties to actress Alicia Morgenstern. What he thought was a dumpster diving child was instead a beautiful young woman.

Jennifer is looking for a box to put the leftover unused bread and food from the kitchen of the hotel in. The manager donates to her center for the elderly. She never expected to meet a blond haired giant who suddenly has a movie star hanging all over him.

Star-struck and not by Alicia, Gabe makes it his personal mission to find the lovely young woman he startled in the alley. What he finds pleases him and he knows he has finally met the woman he is meant to be with, but he has to convince her of it.

Jennifer is a social worker whose focus is on the elderly. She lives with her little brother at the center she obtained the grants for. Grants that included a 5 year lease. She wasn’t looking for love but she found it anyway.

I love these two together and unbeknownst to either of them the Center has caught the eye of a real estate mogul who doesn’t like to fail and the excitement begins. Lots of sizzling hot sex, family fun and older veterans make this a wonderful read.

5 Contented Purrs for MaryAnn!


ROCCO AND MANDY
A Red Team Wedding Novella
By
Elaine Levine
The past is more real than the present in covert operative Rocco Silas’ broken mind. His girlfriend’s pregnancy should be a joyful event, but it’s more like a nightmare…one he believes can only end one way.
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Rocco is a broken man, suffering with extreme PTSD with suicidal thoughts even as he tries to put on a normal face to the rest of the world. The things that led him to this dark place in his mind were brought on by being deep undercover in a war torn land.

Mandy his pregnant girlfriend and his band of brothers see through his façade and try to get him the help he needs. When Mandy makes the decision to leave him it breaks her heart and Rocco hits bottom.

As with many healing processes the bottom is a turning point that can go either way. In this case fortunately things go the right way both for Rocco and the abused horse Kitano. While a happily ever after rarely happens as quickly as it does in this story, the journey and the revelations to get there run true.

It was hard reading this story in the beginning. It is an extremely emotional read and one with many tears for the reader. I haven’t yet read the rest of this series and Elaine Levine is a new author to me. So I now have the books on my TBR pile to get to know each of the characters I just met more in depth and prepare for the books I know have to be coming.

5 Contented Purrs for Elaine!


ENFORCER
Enforcer Series
By
Ryleigh Rhodes
Small town Texan Claire enlisted in the Marine Corps, survived an IED in Iraq, went through rigorous physical therapy, and made it through med school. Now, after the loss of her beloved husband, she’s struggling to rebuild her life and raise their twins. Her friends rally around, but it’s up to Claire to pick up the pieces, open herself up to love, and truly live once again.
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 Holy Hell! It’s bad enough being pregnant with twins, with your husband deployed and you roped into a celebrity charity golf thing in ungodly heat. But for the Class A dressed military to show up there with the news your husband was KIA, unconscionable.

Fortunately Claire’s husband’s friends Q and Pohl were there caddying. As well as Kristen one of the Football celebs wives, who is also pregnant. She calls her husband Jack who had Q caddying for him and the two of them get the situation under control.

Claire’s life remains hectic as she manages her twins and her residency and finally has her MD as an alternative oncologist. Jack and Kristen have become family to her and as such Jack’s cousin Clay takes more than a passing interest in her.

When her townhome burns to the ground, she moves in with Jack and Kristen. Only to find herself spending more and more time with Clay.

I loved the way this romance developed slowly over time. As well as some of the back stories that come out for both of them. Sizzling hot when they do get together although he does get a bit pushy about her moving in. Twins, dogs and friends antics made this a fun read. This is another series I will be reading from beginning to end.

5 Contented Purrs for Ryleigh!


OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Falcon Securities
By
Geri Foster
Falcon Securities and ex-Ranger, Agent Brody Hawke sees the world from a tilted angle. His best friend, A.J., who saved Brody’s life is captured and diplomats aren’t working on his rescue. CIA agent Kate Stone’s life is torn apart when a Falcon agent, Brody Hawke, kidnaps her.
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This book jumps right in with Brody kidnapping Kate. His plan, exchange Kate for his friend and partner AJ then get her out too. Unfortunately fate has other ideas, and Kate and AJ are both imprisoned and an injured Brody is left trying to find a way out for them.

I don’t know who I feel sorry for more AJ, Kate or Brody. Every time someone gets free, someone else manages to get them again. Always with Brody on the outside.

As this story unfolds, there is more than meets the eye with this cartel leader and his minions. There are more powerful and far more dangerous things at risk.

Yet in the middle of all this Brody and Kate manage to fall in love, and have a common goal take them all down and get home.

A fast paced, action packed story that will have you on the edge of your seat sometimes squirming.

5 Contented Purrs for Geri!


And Bonus Story
WHEN YOU RETURN TO ME
Broslin Creek
By
Dana Marton
Maggie O’Connor thought she lost everything when she lost her true love, Cameron Gardner, four years
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Maggie lives next door to her fiancé and true love’s grandfather. He likes to shoot turkeys from his bathroom window and sometimes scares the living daylights out of her. He can’t see very well and the one thing they have in common is the loss of Cameron four years ago.

As she defrosts and cooks a large rooster to convince the man he has killed his own dinner, she fields a call from a friend Zak, he wants her to go out with him.

Maggie doesn’t believe that what they buried was her Cam. She still hears his voice on the wind and in her heart and cannot give up hope.

Short and somewhat predictable, this is a light-hearted read. I think I might have enjoyed it more had I read the rest of this series.

4 Contented Purrs for Dana!


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PJ Fiala

PJ Fiala is a best-selling author of steamy contemporary romance focusing on bikers and veterans.

As a biker herself and from a family of veterans and current service members, she spends her time seeing the country on two wheels and writing stories she loves to read.

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Maryann Jordan
Award Winning and International Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo Best Selling Author

I have always been an avid reader. I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. I’ve written as a hobby for over 30 years. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I recently retired and now can spend more time devoted to my writing.

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers.

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Elaine Levine

Elaine Levine lives in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, a middle-aged parrot, and a rescued pit bull/bull mastiff mix.

In addition to writing the Red Team romantic suspense series, she is the author of several books in the historical western romance series, Men of Defiance.

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Ryleigh Rhodes

Ryleigh Rhodes grew up in Texas and enlisted in the military after high school.

After traveling the world she came back stateside and started a new chapter in her life.

When she isn’t crafting with words she can often be found outdoors with her toddler or be found reading a good book and eating dark chocolate.

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Geri Foster
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

Geri Foster is a multi-genre author with over 15 titles. They include her bestselling Romantic Suspense series Falcon Securities, the Historical Romantic Suspense serial Women of Courage and cute, short, sexy ERoms, Accidental Pleasures. She stays busy continuing her series and consistently coming up with new and exciting stories for her readers.

She’s been writing for years and enjoys hearing from her fans and chatting on her Facebook Groups, Women of Courage Book readers and Smart Women’s Romantic Suspense Readers Group. She’s been a member of RWA for almost twenty years, and belongs to two local chapters.

She enjoys her grandchildren, friends, family, and traveling. Europe is her favorite destination. She always has fun at conferences and can usually be found at the bar.

She lives with her husband and their shy rescue dog, Lola, in the DFW area of Texas.

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Dana Marton
New York Times Bestselling Author

If you love heart-pounding romantic suspense, books you can sink your teeth into, Dana Marton’s stories.

Kirkus Reviews calls her writing “compelling and honest.”

RT Book Review Magazine says, “Marton knows what makes a hero…her characters are sure to become reader favorites.”

Her writing has been acclaimed by critics, called, “gripping”,
“intense and chilling”, “full of action”, “a thrilling adventure”,
and wholeheartedly recommended to readers.

Dana is the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, the Readers’ Choice Award, and the RITA Award, the highest industry award for romance.

Her latest release GIRL IN THE WATER is a quarter-finalist for Publisher Weekly’s BookLife Prize in Fiction.

Beyond being a bestselling author of romantic thrillers, Dana also writes a popular fantasy romance series: Hardstorm Saga. Book 1, RELUCTANT CONCUBINE, spent 6 weeks at #1 on Amazon’s fantasy romance list.

Dana is always giving away FREE BOOKS to readers.

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Duty, Honor & Love
Box Set for Charity

Proceeds Benefit:
The Semper Fi Fund

Release Date: November 7, 2016

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Anyone’s happily-ever-after is never a given…it must be earned–something these military heroes have learned the hard way.

Sink into this sexy collection of binge-worthy reads from eleven of your favorite New York Times, USA Today, and a few new-to-you authors.

All proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 wounded and critically ill vets from all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.


ACCIDENTAL SEAL
Seal Brotherhood
By
Sharon Hamilton
Wrong open house, naked Navy SEAL on the bed, missing Team 3 buddy, gangs, dirty cops, and terrorists. Oh yes, and a love story. S.O Kyle Lansdowne gets lucky, but the path is a very dangerous one.
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This certainly is a new twist on how not to make a first impression. Although it works out with a lunch date. An almost involvement with a sexy SEAL that turns dangerous before you can blink your eyes.

Dangerous for Kyle because he can’t stop thinking about her and that’s a distraction he can’t afford as he tries to find his SEAL team buddy Armando.

Dangerous for Christy because she not only gets her heartbroken by him but he keeps coming back for more. In doing so he also involves her in his danger as she falls deeper in love with him.

I love this SEAL team, Kyle, Cooper, Fredo, Armando and Chief Petty Officer Commander Timmons. Gunny, owner of the gym they frequent when off duty. He is a Retired Gunnery Sgt. feisty even though he is very ill, he helps the team in so many ways.

I just couldn’t stop reading every turn of the page brought something new and surprising. For the record I’ve owned this book for a while it’s sitting on my TBR pile. It took buying this collection for me to read it. Now I have to read the rest of the series most of which is also in my library. Obviously I’ve waited long enough.

5 Contented Purrs for Sharon!


EMBATTLED MINDS
Lost and Found
By
J.M. Madden
Brutally scarred in Afghanistan, Zeke Foster has no expectation that he’ll ever find a woman capable of accepting him the way he is. When the damaged soldier with the kind eyes brings some security to Ember Norton’s crazy life, she’s afraid to trust her luck, but his wounded soul calls to her.
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I absolutely love this book! JM’s characters are portrayed in such a way that in no way do you feel sorry for them you actually cheer them on.

Zeke has had a hard road, with his face brutally scarred, it has also scarred his confidence. He feels unworthy of anything but disgust for his looks.

Ember sees beyond all the scars and sees the man beneath it all. On a personal level her problems are beyond the physical and she finds herself dealing with a lot of changes. Including falling hard for Zeke.

Don’t miss this great story and the rest of the series. Each book gets better and better.

5 Contented Purrs for J.M.!


SEAL’S DEFIANCE
Take No Prisoners
By
Elle James
A Navy SEAL and a beautiful aide doctor navigate hostile territory in their attempt to rescue a kidnapped doctor in the Horn of Africa.
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This book starts right off with an op. Tasked to take out Emir Fuad Hassan Umar who is annihilating villages in the Horn of Africa. An op that quickly goes FUBAR.

On extraction one copter goes down but before it does, Declan “Irish” O’Shea slides out and falls twenty feet to the ground.

Dr. Claire Boyette along with her Somali counterpart Dr. Jamo had taken as many women and children as they could and hidden them when Umar had headed to their village. Now with the activity in the village they moved away from their tents to hide from the rebels. One they were hidden Claire had slipped away to get closer to the village incase the ones they had left behind need care because of the shooting.

One helicopter flew over her head and then a second one headed toward her and was hit and something or someone fell to the ground within twenty feet of her.

From here out story becomes one of survival. Claire prevents Irish from being detected while the rebels searched the area, then hides him in her tent.

When she and Dr. Jamo are taken to the village proper, Irish finds himself in the position of rescuing the lovely doctor.

A journey that leads to the beginnings of love, a revelation of bio-warfare and so much more. I couldn’t stop reading this one and I have to read the rest of this series soon.

5 Contented Purrs for Elle!


PROTECTING CAROLINE
SEAL of Protection
By
Susan Stoker
Caroline foils a terrorist hijacking of an airliner, with the help of three members of a SEAL team, but after she gets home she finds herself still in the sights of the terrorists. She means everything to Wolf, but in order to save her, he first needs to find her.
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I’ve read this book before and there is no question this is one of my absolute favorite SEAL books.

Matthew “Wolf” Steel, Christopher “Abe” Powers and Sam “Mozart” Reed were headed to Norfolk. They had two weeks before they were scheduled to leave from there on their next mission. Their intention, to spend most of that time with their friend “Tex” a medically retired SEAL. Tex has some truly awesome computer skills and frequently aided their missions.

Caroline is a chemist heading to her new job in Norfolk when she meets Matthew. She switched seats with him so he could be more comfortable during the four hour  flight from San Diego. A flight that was destined to be a disaster. That is until Caroline smells something off with the ice in the drink she was served. The three SEALs on board with a little help from Caroline, prevent the terrorists from succeeding. It’s then that Caroline earns the nickname “Ice”.

This was just the beginning, Caroline now has a price on her head. The terrorists want to know how she knew something was in the ice.  She’s not talking not to anyone.

We get a little bit of everything in this book a stalking, break-in, witness protection, kidnapping, torture and a love story you will not be able to put down.

5 Contented Purrs for Susan!


SEA OF DREAMS
The American Heroes
By
Kathryn Le Veque
When Blakesley Thorne wanted to start a new life in San Diego, CA, she had no idea that Fate would bring her face to face with Cmdr. Beck Seavington, USN. When Beck must save Blakesley in a final showdown, the Wild West reigns and ghosts from the history of old San Diego come full circle.
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Blakesley and Beck meet in an unusual way. Her daughter Cadee gets swept into the current of the ocean near their hotel. Even as she dives in to get her the SEALs that were training nearby quickly make their way to them. In a flash mother and daughter were in the inflatable and back on the beach.

Cadee, Crosby and Charlotte all wrap the SEAL Commander around their pinkies and he is charmed. He misses his own daughter so as his relationship with Blakeley grows so does his love of her daughters.

This relationship is fraught with deployments, old curses, exes, murder,  and so  much more. Every page adds to the mystery and the drama.

I got angry, laughed and cried, another one you won’t be able to put down. As well as a series I need to add to my TBR pile.

5 Contented Purrs for Kathryn!


BACK FROM HELL
Marine For You
By
Marissa Dobson
Wounded Lance Corporal Kyle Phillips had gotten to the point that he wished he’d died on that battlefield instead of living the life of half a man…until a woman with whiskey brown eyes and a feisty side strolled into his room looking to save him.
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What Kyle wants as he is nearing his discharge from the hospital is a bottle of whiskey. What he gets is a stubborn whiskey-brown eyed beauty.

Staci is getting her master’s degree in Physical Therapy, but while she earns it she visits the military hospital near her home. She goes to just talk to the men there, not in any medical capacity but just to listen to what they have to say.

Kyle and Staci’s first meeting didn’t go so well, he’s still very angry and guilt ridden over the loss of his friend as well as the feeling of being half a man. Having lost one arm and one leg to an IED plus the burns on his chest and neck.

Once discharged Kyle buys that whiskey and a gun. when he contemplated using both Staci’s card falls on top of them. He calls but doesn’t leave a message and doesn’t pick up when she calls back. This prompts a visit from her that will change both their lives.

A story of friendship to love, that will at times bring tears to your eyes. With family issues for Staci to the reuniting with old buddies and families for Kyle. A story of hope.

5 Contented Purrs for Marissa!


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Sharon Hamilton
NYT and USA/Today bestselling author
 

Sharon Hamilton is most known for her SEAL Brotherhood series.

Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany are not like any vamps you’ve read before, since they don’t have to go to ground, and can walk around in the full light of the sun.

Sharon’s Guardian Angels struggle with the human charges they are sent to save, often escaping their vanilla world of Heaven for the brief human one. You won’t find any of these beings in any Sunday school class.
 
All of Sharon’s books are available on eBooks (most formats), print and Audible.
 
A lifelong organic gardener, Sharon lives with her husband in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place. When she’s not writing, she’s getting verra verra dirty in the mud, or wandering Farmer’s Markets looking for new Heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.

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J.M. Madden
NYT and USA/Today bestselling author

J.M. Madden writes compelling romances between ‘combat modified’ military men and the women who love them, but occasionally she writes spicy, angst-ridden love. An eternal optimist, she believes there is a soulmate for everyone, no matter what the situation or physical challenge.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND YOUR HEART STRONG!

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Elle James
NYT and USA/Today bestselling author

Also writing as MYLA JACKSON, she is an author of books including cowboys, intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edges of their seats.

With over eighty works in a variety of sub-genres and lengths she has published with Harlequin, Samhain, Ellora’s Cave, Kensington, Cleis Press, and Avon.

When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, snow skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

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Susan Stoker
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author

Susan Stoker’s series include Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes, SEAL of Protection, and Delta Force Heroes.

Married to a retired Army noncommissioned officer, Stoker has lived all over the country—from Missouri to California to Colorado—and currently lives under the big skies of Texas.

A true believer in happily ever after, Stoker enjoys writing novels in which romance turns to love.

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Kathryn Le Veque
USA TODAY Bestselling author, an Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Historical Fiction.

Kathryn Le Veque has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog.

In March 2015, Kathryn was the featured cover story for the March issue of InD’Tale Magazine, the premier Indie author magazine. She was also a quadruple nominee (a record!) for the prestigious RONE awards for 2015.

Kathryn’s Medieval Romance novels have been called ‘detailed’, ‘highly romantic’, and ‘character-rich’.

She crafts great adventures of love, battles, passion, and romance in the High Middle Ages.

More than that, she writes for both women AND men – an unusual crossover for a romance author – and Kathryn has many male readers who enjoy her stories because of the male perspective, the action, and the adventure.

Kathryn loves to hear from her readers.

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Marissa Dobson

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, Marissa Dobson now resides about an hour from Washington, D.C.

She’s a lady who likes to keep busy, and is always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, she believes you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave her the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read she has always had her nose in a book. It wasn’t until she was a teenager that she started writing down the stories she came up with.

Marissa is blessed with a wonderful supportive husband, Thomas. He’s her other half and allows her to stay home and pursue her writing. He puts up with all her quirks and listens to her brainstorm in the middle of the night.

Her writing buddy Pup Cameron, a cocker spaniel, is always around to listen to her bounce ideas off him. He might not be able to answer, but they’re helpful in their own ways.

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