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Blog Tour And My Review! Inked Memories – Montgomery Ink Book 8 By Carrie Ann Ryan


The Montgomery Ink Series
by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan
Continues when the final Denver Montgomery sibling refuses to fall for his brother’s former flame—the company’s new plumber.

Inked Memories
Montgomery Ink #8
By
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The Montgomery Ink series by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues when the final Denver Montgomery sibling refuses to fall for his brother’s former flame—the company’s new plumber.

Wes Montgomery watched his entire family fall in love, and now finds himself ready to settle down. Except the one person he seems to find chemistry with is not only his twin’s ex, she also works for Montgomery Inc. But when the two find themselves in one compromising situation after another, Wes realizes he’s having second thoughts about the dynamic woman who’s burst her way into his life. Sure she sets off his temper, but she also makes him hot in every other way possible.

Jillian Reid never loved her best friend like everyone thought she should, so she pushed him away so he could have his future. Now, despite fighting it, she finds herself attracted to the one man she shouldn’t. When her father’s health takes a turn for the worse, and a danger no one saw coming show its face, she’s forced to turn to Wes for help. The two of them have fought off their attraction long enough, and each cave to the desire. But this enemies-to-lovers tale might have an ending no one ever dreamed of.

 

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Jillian tore off her shirt right beside her truck. Thankfully, she’d thought to put on her normal tank underneath like usual, even though she hadn’t planned to work that day. She needed a shower, but the fact that she’d washed her face and hands to the point of reddening her skin and was now pulling on a new shirt would at least take care of most of the damage.

Almost all of the crew was gone for the day since it had taken her much longer to do her job than probably anyone had planned. But, hell, it had been a much larger piece of crap bathroom than even Storm figured. Now, she was ready to go home, drink a beer— after her shower—and watch a Harry Potter marathon.

And didn’t that just sound like the most interesting life ever.

She sighed and honestly didn’t care all too much what others thought of that. She’d had a long day she hadn’t planned for, and she just wanted to relax her way.

After tossing her dirty shirt into the garbage bag in her truck since she knew there was no saving that particular piece of clothing, she turned and let out a silent screech. Her foot slammed into the curb, and her ankle twisted slightly. Hands out and braced for an ugly fall, everything seemed to go in slow motion as she tried not to hurt herself any worse than necessary.

Strong arms wrapped around her waist and pulled her up so her back pressed firmly into a very hard chest. Her heart raced since she still felt like she was falling even though she wasn’t, and she let out a slow breath.

“You okay?”

Of course. Of course, it was him. It couldn’t be anyone else who witnessed her clumsiness and near accident. It had to be Wes fucking Montgomery.

Where was a crevice in the earth to swallow her up and take her away from this situation when she needed one?

“Jillian?”

“I’m fine,” she grumbled. “You can take your hands off me now.”

But he didn’t.

Instead, he turned her in his hold and looked her right in the eyes. “Are you sure you’re okay?”

She swallowed hard. Why hadn’t she noticed the brightness of his eyes before? Or the way his pupils dilated when he focused on something…namely her at the moment?

“I’m fine,” she repeated. And she was. Her ankle throbbed slightly, but it wasn’t even a sprain since she’d had enough of those to tell. She’d just tweaked it a bit in her clod-hopping way of walking.

He didn’t let go.

“Seriously, Wes. You need to stop trying to baby me, or whatever the hell you think you’re doing all the time. I’m not an idiot. I can handle myself. Why do you—?”

She didn’t even know what she was going to ask at that moment because her mind went blank at the first touch of Wes’s lips to hers. Her eyes closed of their own volition, and she leaned into him. That seemed to push him harder, and he deepened the kiss, his lips soft yet firm against hers as his tongue traced the seam of her mouth. She opened for him, tangling her tongue with his as she moaned.

The sound seemed to break them both out of whatever the hell they were doing, and they pulled apart as if struck, both left panting, their chests moving quickly up and down.

“No. Not going to happen.” She held out her hands, trying to catch her breath. “Nope. No way.”

Wes looked at her as if he hadn’t seen her before, his eyes a little wide. “It was…it was an accident.”

She didn’t even flinch at that, too numb from everything else hitting her all at once. “Fine.”

She turned on her heel, grateful she hadn’t actually hurt her ankle, and jumped into her truck before turning her engine and pulling away.

“Nope,” she muttered to herself again. “Not going to happen. I’m not going to do another Montgomery and fuck myself over. And I’m sure as hell not going to do a boss Montgomery. Nope. Nope. No. No. No.”

And if she kept repeating that to herself, she just might get the damn taste of Wes Montgomery out of her mouth.

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It’s quite amusing to watch these two spar and dance around each other.

Jillian is a strong woman who has fought her way up in a male driven profession. Now working as the Montgomery’s lead plumber, she finds herself in constant battle mode with Wes. With respect of course, she loves this job.

Wes has no idea when his feelings toward his brother’s ex changed but suddenly he’s fantasizing about her and when he kisses her on impulse all bets are off.

I think my favorite quote in this book is “Fighting’s foreplay for some” which is so very appropriate in this relationship.

Of course nothing can go totally smooth and a mystery surfaces as the Montgomery’s start a large warehouse conversion. Lots of things start going wrong, Wes is attacked outside the site and oh so many other things.

I laughed, cried and fanned myself more than once from the heat of these two. You won’t be able to put this one down.

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Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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My Review of Carrie Ann Ryan’s Fractured Silence – Talon Pack Book 5


Fractured Silence
Talon Pack Book 5
By
Carrie Ann Ryan

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The Talon Pack continues with a dark secret that could shatter the future of the Packs, or save them all.

Parker Jamenson is the son of three Packs, the sole mediator between every Pack in the United States and Europe, and…he’s dying. He knows he doesn’t have much left in him and is in desperate need of a mate. But with the new and unyielding changes thanks to the Moon Goddess, he might not have as much time as he thinks.

Brandon Brentwood is the Omega of the Talon Pack and the youngest of his family. He’s not only one of the famed triplets; he’s also the most secretive. There’s a good reason for that, however, and when a shocking revelation meshes the past and present in a very unexpected way, he’ll look to not only Parker but also a disgraced human to save them all.

Avery Montag knows she’s the daughter of a traitor and doesn’t have much to give the wolves in the way of atonement. But she’ll do everything she can to pay for her father’s sins and find a way to end the war between the humans and the wolves.

When the three turn to each other in a time of unrest and for vastly different reasons, temptation burns and seduction beckons. Only, the past, present, and future are never as solid as they seem, and the path the trio thought to travel may just vanish before they’re ready.

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The opening of this book was quite the surprise as we see Parker ‘The Voice of the Wolves’ in Europe. I never would have seen any of that coming.

As a result of those events, Parker decides he needs to put some distance between himself and his family. Needing to stay close what with war on the horizon, he seeks shelter with the Talon Pack. With the approval of Gideon the Alpha of the Talon pack he makes the move. Only he finds himself roommate to the one wolf that can’t stand him, Brandon.

Brandon has issues not the least of which is he feels the wards, every time they waver he feels excruciating pain. He has been able to hide this from everyone by staying alone and only doing his necessary duties. Another problem is he needs a mate, they learned that an Omega needs to be able to share the feelings they help others with or they can slowly go insane or die.

That said, there is an attraction between Parker and Brandon but since neither has felt the mate pull, they choose to ignore it. Both need mates not just a fling, of course if you isolate yourself finding a mate could be just a bit difficult.

Enter Avery Montag, the daughter of the General who started this war. She watched the whole thing unfold on video and was sickened by it. Now she wants to help the wolves in whatever way she can. She doesn’t have much to offer, but she needs to try.

Now she must wait for the decision of the Alpha’s. This is a favorite scene right after Parker and Brandon leave her.

Parker slid through the wards on his way back into the den, ignoring the pinpricks of sensation along his skin. He ran a hand over the back of his neck. “Something’s wrong.”

“You mean beyond the fact that no matter what we do, the Packs keep facing the unknown?” Brandon asked, a frown on his face. The other man rubbed his side, and Parker held back a frown. He knew Brandon had healed from the gunshot wound, there wasn’t even a scar since their Healer knew what he was doing, but it still had to ache sometimes. He hated that he’d been too slow to help him when it had mattered.

He pushed those thoughts from his head, focusing on what mattered now and not what he couldn’t change. “No, not that. I mean, yeah, that too, but something about what we just left. I can’t place it, but…”

Brandon stopped in his tracks, and Parker did the same, his wolf rising slightly to the surface. “We shouldn’t have left her on her own in the dark.”

Parker looked up at the darkening clouds and cursed. “A storm’s coming in, making it feel later than it is. It wasn’t that bad when we left her…”

“But that was only a few minutes ago, and now it’s worse. Shit.” Brandon turned on his heel. “Let’s just make sure she made it back to her car alone. We shouldn’t have let her leave like that anyway.”

“Because she should be safe,” Parker bit out as he once again slid through the wards. Magic sliced over him, tugging at his wolf. Since he wasn’t a Talon, going through the wards hurt more than if he’d been going through the Redwood’s. Because he was a guest and under the Alpha’s invitation, he could go back and forth without a Talon member at his side, but it still hurt like hell.

“Her car was only like fifty feet away behind the copse of trees,” Brandon muttered. “Still…”

“Still, we shouldn’t have just let her go alone.” Parker shook his head, annoyed with himself for thinking that anyone could be safe anymore. Avery had shown up at the den because of their lack of security, and yet he and Brandon hadn’t made sure she made it to her vehicle safely.

If it weren’t for the fact that his head was in a thousand different places, he might have actually done what he was supposed to do, instead of going half-assed. But between what was going on inside his body, the fact that he was in a new and unfamiliar den yet again, and his weird attraction to not only Brandon but also Avery, it was all a little little too much for him.

As soon as he and Brandon made it completely through the wards, Parker knew something had gone terribly wrong. The two sentries on duty turned, their wolves in their gazes.

“Blood,” the one closest snarled. “It just hit the wind.”

Parker cursed.

“We’re on it. Notify Gideon,” Brandon bit out as he started to run to where Avery had gone off. Parker followed, his wolf reared up fully now.

At that moment, it didn’t matter that he was growing weaker with each passing day. It didn’t matter that something was terribly wrong with his wolf and the blood in his veins. It didn’t even matter that the man by his side—the man who had a chip on his shoulder for some reason—was in a similar boat as Parker regarding health. They each had secrets, each was growing weak for a reason beyond what Parker could comprehend.

But none of it mattered right then.

Not when blood filled the air, and the woman who had been in his charge was in danger.
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Everything is now about to change. Not only for Avery but Parker, Brandon and the Packs as well.

So much happens in this book, so many secrets, new revelations, and a battle you won’t soon forget.

This books delivers on every level, emotional, sexy and action packed.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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My Review of Passion Restored – Gallagher Brothers Book 2 by Carrie Ann Ryan


Passion Restored
Gallagher Brothers Book 2
By
Carrie Ann Ryan

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The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the one brother who thinks he can handle it all and the one woman who could change that.

Owen Gallagher likes everything in its place and is organized to a fault. While his brothers have each dealt with their own personal tragedies and stresses, Owen figures he’s had it pretty easy. That is until his perfectly ordered world is rocked at its foundation and he’s forced to rely on others. Now, he must heal his body and his soul while trying to ignore his delectable and utterly off-limits neighbor.

Liz McKinley is stressed out, exhausted, and not in the mood for a bearded and growly man in her ER. When she patches him up to the best of his ability, she’s prepared to push him firmly from her thoughts. Of course, that would be easier if she and her best friend hadn’t bought the house next to his. Now their paths seem to cross daily, and she is finding it harder and harder to say no to the injured and angry man next door. But she’s been scarred one too many times in her life, and even though this Gallagher looks good enough to eat, she knows that sometimes, sating that craving is the worst thing she can do.

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When Owen first glimpsed Liz, she was collecting her friend from a bar. He was immediately attracted to her and knew he would have to get to know her, that is if they ever run into each other again.

Liz wasn’t thrilled she had to go pick up Tessa at a bar, but that’s what friends and roommates were for. She just wasn’t expecting to have to make a stop at the bar to meet a couple of men before Tessa would leave. She was even less happy when she gets called back into work. Being an ER nurse the schedules were killer and being called back was even worse.

Well, Owen has something run into him, instead of the other way around. A truck comes out of nowhere to send him flying in the bar’s parking lot. The last thing he expected was for Liz to be his nurse. With him drugged for surgery and her being the epitome of professionalism, he grasped onto the familiar face. He really didn’t think about asking her to talk to his family, he just did it. I mean they really didn’t know each other.

Unfortunately for Liz, this faux pas on his part has the rumor mill flying. Hospitals are notorious for gossip among staff. She doesn’t need this complication when jobs are on the line with the coming new budget. She totally thinks everything will be alright, that is until she finds they are neighbors. So not good, especially when she really, really wants to get to know him better in spite of her feelings that nothing should ever happen between them.

“I’m fine, Liz,” Owen said softly. He reached out and wrapped his hand around her wrist. “Just a little embarrassed that I bit it like I did. I saw you walk out to your porch earlier so I figured you saw me fall. That’s why I was lying down like I was. Not because I actually hurt, but because I’m an idiot.”

She frowned, studying his face. “You’re not an idiot. Everyone trips.”

Owen rolled his eyes as he forced himself to a sitting position. She tried to help him, but he waved her off. “I trip more than others recently. Or, at least, it feels like that. Thanks for checking me out, though.” He wiggled his brows. “And not just now.”

She swore she could feel herself blush and she hated her pale skin. “Let’s get you inside.”

“Anything you say, Nurse Liz.”

“And stop calling me that.”

“But you are Nurse Liz,” he said with a smile as they both stood up. “But I guess every time I call you that, I remind you that you used to be my nurse and that means it would be wrong to check out my butt. So I guess I’ll stop doing that.” He turned and shook his ass in her direction, looking over his shoulder as he did. “What do you think? You like the jeans? They’re pretty old, but you should be able to get a nice glimpse of my assets.”

She couldn’t help herself.

She laughed and looked down at his butt. “Yes, I guess I can get a nice glimpse. But that’s the only thing I’m getting. Just a glimpse.”

“Whatever you say,” Owen replied and took her hand. She was so surprised, she didn’t pull away. “Can I offer you a cup of coffee? To say thanks for running to my aid?”

She thought of the bitter cup she’d left on her porch, but for some reason, she didn’t answer as she should. “Okay.”

Surprise filled his eyes for a moment, and it matched her own. “Okay.” He smiled and pulled her toward his front door and inside. She hadn’t gotten a good look at it last time, but now that she did, she liked what she saw. Strong lines and colors filled his home, and it looked like someone cleaned up daily.

In fact, she was pretty sure the place was cleaner than hers had ever been, and she might have been a little jealous of that fact.

“Cream and sugar?” Owen asked as he poured two cups.

“Both please,” she said. “I can drink it black and usually do at work, but I have a sweet tooth.”

Owen’s eyes flared. “Good to know.”

Liz licked her lips, and his eyes dropped down to follow the movement. This was so not a good idea. She shouldn’t be here, and she sure as hell shouldn’t be following up on any attraction they might share. He wasn’t good for her, and she damn well knew she wasn’t good for him.

And yet when he set her coffee cup next to her hand on the kitchen island, she didn’t move to reach for it. Instead, she stood still, and he moved closer, so close she could feel his breath on her lips, the warmth of his body achingly close to hers.

“Tell me to stop,” Owen whispered. He moved even closer, resting his hand on her hip. Her heart raced, and she tried to say no, tried to remember that she shouldn’t do this.

She didn’t tell him to stop.
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It seems like things are going to go slow and smooth but alas Liz’s past comes flying into her mind every time she thinks things will be alright. I found myself as frustrated as Owen as they fumble into one thing after another.

I love the closeness of this family and how it neatly intertwines with the Mongomerys via Maya. I just wish the struggle they all seem to go through to be with their soul mates wasn’t so difficult to overcome.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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Once Upon A Valentine – A Valentine Collection For Charity – 12 Authors – 12 New Stories to support Autism.


100% of earned royalties go directly to
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to help fund programs that support families with children on the spectrum.
Help us educate and make a difference
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12 BRAND NEW BOOKS from some of your favorite paranormal and contemporary romance authors!

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Once Upon A Valentine
12 New Novellas – 12 Fabulous Authors

In This Collection

Accidentally In LoveEmma Roman
Love, Honor, and Ink Carrie Ann Ryan
Secrets of a Silver MoonJodi Vaughn
Loving HallieKrystal Shannan
Highland ValentineC.A. Szarek
Wrong Valentine DateGeri Foster
Kiss of Her DragonJulia Mills
Cupid StupidSylvia McDaniel
His Moonstruck WolfHeather Long
Death by ChocolateGwen Knight
Valentine KissesRebecca Rivard

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I was fortunate to have received two of these wonderful stories as ARCs so I am spotlighting and reviewing those first.

I have this preordered, so once I have it in my hot little hands, I will read and review the rest.


His Moonstruck Wolf
Wolves of Willow Bend #9.5
Heather Long
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When a matchmaker gets toasted at the after party, she finds the perfect wolf for her in the most unlikely of places. Of course, the last thing he wants is a mate, much less a matchmaking one.

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I have to say right from the start I love the Wolves of Willow Bend. With the packs currently in turmoil this was a welcome reprive for everyone in the Delta Crescent pack.

A Voodoo Valentine’s Ball celebrating the mating of Christopher and Rachel Ferrar done up as only their Alpha Serafina could do. One of the guests celebrating the mating of is Lesley-Anne Saucier the pack matchmaker. Now it’s not what you might think. The matchmaker only scents whether a couple is a possible mate match. It’s really up to them to make the choice.

As this celebration floats around her Lesley-Anne is approached by a male. Not just any male but by his scent a possible mate for her. That is until he removes his mask.

Hugo Ferrar the brother of the groom is one of Sarina’s Hounds. The last thing Lesley-Anne wants is a mate who is never around and is in constant danger.

It seems Hugo is very opinionated about matchmakers and the fact his brother had gone to one. This is a favorite scene.


“It’s a pity that sometimes mates can’t recognize each other right off. It’s not always mate at first sight.” He’d aroused her interest with that statement; he felt the weight of her focus shift to him. “Most often it just simply requires a knowledge. Wolves are human, too, of course, and we’re very busy. In times like these, it can be even harder to see the promise or the potential that’s there.”
“Yeah, but to go to a matchmaker? Really?” He stared at his brother and shook his head. “You have to be pretty desperate to ask someone else to find your mate for you.”

“Is that what you think a matchmaker does?” A thin, hard layer edged her words.

“I have no idea what a matchmaker does. I’ve never needed one, nor would I ever seek one. The very idea that some wolf takes one look at me, gets my scent, and then goes willy-nilly through the pack to find the other wolf that matches it before returning to tell me whom they’ve chosen— that’s bullshit.” He couldn’t keep the derision out of his voice.

Matchmakers might be a part of Delta Crescent and dated back to their founding, but that was like saying the fortunetellers in the quarter were the only way to get a bead on what was coming down the pike. They had enough voodoo in the pack.

“Only a fool asks an outsider for assistance in finding who is meant for them. Now, Christopher and Rachel would’ve found each other eventually. They just needed to be patient. Besides, the matchmaker still has to identify the scent and then see if she can match it to another wolf. It’s only one factor and a gamble at that. You can’t tell who your mate is going to be until you get to know them. None of it is fait accompli.”

“So, you think the matchmaker is what? A jester for the pack? A false hope to those around her?”

“I think she’s just like any other curiosity in New Orleans. Here to please the tourists.”

“Well, that’s utterly fascinating, Mr. Ferrar. Thank you for your insight.”

“Lesley-Anne,” Serafina called as she came to the door with Lincoln quick in close attendance. “There you are. This party is every bit as much you for you as it is for the happy couple. Get in here and dance.”

Lesley-Anne? Lesley-Anne Saucier? Hugo’s hackles rose.

The woman straightened and inclined her head toward their alpha. “I was just getting some air and a lesson on the tomfoolery of having a matchmaker in the pack from Mr. Ferrar here.”

Oh shit.

“He’s been quite illuminating on how utterly touristy my talents are. Isn’t it fascinating?” She turned and met his gaze. Amidst the laughter in her eyes, he glimpsed a hint of hurt and his wolf snarled. “It’s been fascinating talking to you Mr. Ferrar. Good evening.” With that, she whirled then stalked away, her skirt flowing behind her. She paused to give Serafina kiss on the cheek and to receive one in return before disappearing into the rest of the party.
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Hugo will have to do more than just apologize for putting his foot in his mouth if he is to claim his mate.

Sweet, snarky, fun and sizzling hot. You won’t want to put this one down.

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Kiss of Her Dragon
Dragon Guard #18
Julia Mills
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Dragon kisses, bear hugs and evil wizards…Valentine’s Day should come with hazard pay.

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The Dragon Guard Brannoc has known Annie is his mate from the moment he rescued her from the the O’Baoill’s dungeon. Now they have been destroyed, he has to read through all the unspeakable tortures so they would know how to better help such victims.

Taking a break he sees a bear near the tree line outside the cabin. All the bear had to say was that she was Annie’s sister Tabitha and Annie needs him for him to follows willingly.

What he finds is a male bear trying to get to his mate who is in heat. A favorite scene is after he dispenses with the bear and he claims his mate.

He had to give her props for fully committing to avoiding his questions, but Brannoc wasn’t about to be deterred. Crossing his arms over his chest, the Guardsman narrowed his gaze, raised a single eyebrow, and with a low growl warned, “Annie…”

Her eyes opened wide, her jaw dropped, and his little bear stood staring. Sure that he had her complete attention, Brannoc spoke in a low, even tone as he asked, “Are the males of your sloth planning to take you by force? Will they be coming back in greater numbers anytime soon?” He cleared his throat, amazed his independent mate was still being silent and added, unable to keep the growl from his tone, “Yes, Tabitha came to get me and thank the Heavens that she did.”

His last comment lit the fuse on the powder keg of his explosive mate’s ire, just as he’d been sure it would. Annie’s expression changed to one of adamant disbelief. She huffed and mumbled under her breath about pain in the ass dragons and meddling family members before finally looking up at him and spitting, “What? You think I can’t take care of myself? You think I’m a damsel in distress and need a big bad dragon to come save the day? Is that it, Brannoc?” She stepped forward, planted one fist on her hip while the other continued to hold her sheet in place, and demanded, “Well, is it? Is it?”

She didn’t give him time to answer before spinning around and beginning to pace. “That’s the problem with men… they think because we have boobs, we can’t think. Like it takes extra brain power to carry these,” she motioned to her chest, “around. Or that their penis came with extra IQ points. Oh, you let us take care of our homes and your children. Cook your meals and wash your dirty underwear, but when it comes to protecting hearth and home, you think we somehow fall short.”

Stopping beside the bed, Annie blew her hair out of her face, glared at him and with a look of utter defiance, growled through gritted teeth, “Well, you are sorely mistaken and if that is the kind of woman you are looking for then I suggest you pull those fancy wings outta your ass and fly back where you came from because I’m Annalissa Olivia O’Bairne, the next Matriarch of the Golden Bear Sloth and Keeper of the Magic of the Ancients and I, Mr. Dragon Guardsman, can take care of myself.”

The flush on her cheeks, the conviction in her voice, and the unwavering strength he felt pouring off her was the sexiest thing Brannoc had ever seen. Gone was the poor, broken, timid shifter who’d been kidnapped and abused. His Annie was now a force to be reckoned with. She was formidable and unbending in her beliefs. A true match for him in every way.
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Annie hits Brannoc with some hard truths, one of which is that she is the future Matriarch of her bear sloth.Yes, the male bears came and a challenge gets issued. Not an ideal way to begin a mating.We have the male bears, the dragons, and wizards. Not good wizards by a long shot.

This is a story of love and trust between mates with plenty of heat in more ways than one.

5 Contented Purrs for Julia!

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Accidentally In Love:
Bad Boys, Billionaires & Bachelors
Somewhere, TX
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A client who won’t listen and a matchmaker who won’t give up.

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Love, Honor, and Ink:
A Montgomery Ink Novella
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A wedding planner and her neighbor. Falling in love with your best friend is never easy.

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Secrets of a Silver Moon
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Some Valentine secrets are too hot to handle.

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Loving Hallie:
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One kiss will change her life.

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Highland Valentine:
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Her forever is put in jeopardy when her husband pushes her away; He must face his worst fears to win back his wife before she flees to the future.

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Wrong Valentine Date
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Cupid comes knocking on the wrong door.

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Cupid Stupid
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When three women dance naked around Cupid’s fountain, there will be consequences.

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Death by Chocolate
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Love is death…but so is being single on Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine Kisses
A Fada Shapeshifters Novella
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Jenny’s just looking to spice up her life when she says yes to a date with a sexy Latino shifter. But there’s magic in a Valentine’s kiss.

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Heart of A Hero
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A Valentine’s Accident, an ancient spell, and Paul Banfield will never be the same.

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A New 1001 Nights from Carrie Ann Ryan: Adoring Ink – Montgomery Ink #6.5


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Adoring Ink
Montgomery Ink #6.5
1001 Dark Nights Novella
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The Montgomery Ink series continues with the most unlikely of romances between the one that got away and the man who can show her the world.

Holly Rose fell in love with a Montgomery, but left him when he couldn’t love her back. She might have been the one to break the ties and ensure her ex’s happy ending, but now Holly’s afraid she’s missed out on more than a chance at forever. Though she’s always been the dependable good girl, she’s ready to take a leap of faith and embark on the journey of a lifetime.

Brody Deacon loves ink, women, fast cars, and living life like there’s no tomorrow. The thing is, he doesn’t know if he has a tomorrow at all. When he sees Holly, he’s not only intrigued, he also hears the warnings of danger in his head. She’s too sweet, too innocent, and way too special for him. But when Holly asks him to help her grab the bull by the horns, he can’t help but go all in.

As they explore Holly’s bucket list and their own desires, Brody will have to make sure he doesn’t fall too hard and too fast. Sometimes, people think happily ever afters don’t happen for everyone, and Brody will have to face his demons and tell Holly the truth of what it means to truly live life to the fullest…even when they’re both running out of time.

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Holly wants to experience some new things, to step outside of her comfort zone, even if it’s only for a little while.

Brody gets a kick out of the woman singing in her car at a light. Little did he know he would run into her a few minutes later at Taboo, Hailey’s coffee shop. This is a favorite scene.

“You weren’t that off-key, just saying.”

Holly whirled around, nearly knocking over her tea in the process. The guy from the bike reached around her quickly to keep the glass upright. The movement put the heat of him dangerously close to her skin.

“Wha… How did you know I was going to be here?” She swallowed hard. She hated coincidences, and this one felt a little too weird.

“It was you?” Hailey asked with a smile. “I should have known the guy on the bike telling people to sing and be amazing was you. Holly, this is Brody. Brody, this is Holly. He’s a regular over at the shop and a friend of the Montgomerys. I’m surprised you two haven’t met before.”

“I’m surprised, too,” he murmured.

Holly just sat there, confused.

“Anyway, I liked that you sang as if no one was watching,” Brody drawled. Damn it. The man drawled. Not only did he have a very nice face with perfect lips and a perfect jaw but he also had that hair that was longer on top than it was in the back or on the sides. So when he moved his arm up to push his hair from his eyes, it made his biceps bulge in just the right way.

This man was dangerous.

And, yes…Holly had just said she wanted a little danger.

“Thanks. I think?”

He studied her face for a moment before sticking his hands in his pockets. “I didn’t mean to make you feel bad. Sorry if I did.”

Holly was aware that Hailey and Arianna were watching with rapt attention, but she ignored the other two women.

“You didn’t make me feel bad. Just the opposite, in fact.”

Brody smiled then, and her heart did that little fast beat thing she thought was just in movies. While Brody was handsome in general, the smile just pushed it to the next level.

Holy hell. The man was sex on a stick.

“That’s good to know,” he said smoothly, his voice going deeper. “And if you’d ever like to test out that adventure on the back of my bike, since I saw the way you were looking at it, just let me know.” He grinned this time. “I’ll be right over at the shop if you’re interested after you finish your meal. It’s nice to meet you, Holly.” He nodded toward the others. “Ladies.”

And with that, he strolled away, back toward Montgomery Ink. Holly’s eyes were glued to his very firm butt encased in perfect-fitting jeans.
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Holly does take him up on his offer and what follows is a fun journey of new and delicious experiences.

Holly and Brody have secrets and they both need to move past them to the future. The big question is not will they, but can they.

Another wonderful and sexy journey into the world of the Montgomery clan.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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Happy New Year 2017!


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As we enter this New Year, I want to thank all the Authors, Publishers and Publicity Groups that have contributed to my blog in 2016. Not only in ARCs but also in recommendations of new authors.

I look forward to reading and reviewing many new books this year. Some by new authors and others by authors I have come to love.

Each new book I read is a journey to a new adventure, a new love and new experiences for the heroes and heroines.

Thank You All For Your Love and Support!
Much Love,
Carol LaGatta

Holiday Favorites! Santa’s Executive – Holiday Montana Book 2 by Carrie Ann Ryan


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Santa’s Executive
Holiday Montana Book 2
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Justin Cooper wasn’t always the straight-laced Holiday Elementary School principal. In his youth, he broke all the rules and enjoyed being the bad Cooper brother. One Christmas Eve night he got a little too rowdy and things changed forever. Now the consequences of that fateful night have come back in full force and the myths of Christmas might be more real than he thought.

Rina Brewer is one of Santa’s elves. Not the tiny cute little toy maker, but the sexy, petite, energy filled bombshell kind. She’s come to Holiday to aid Justin in his new role as Santa’s executive, but as soon as she sees the sexy ex-bad boy, she realizes the job may be more than she bargained for.

As they work together to make this Christmas one to remember, an old foe has come to town to make sure that his holiday is the coldest yet.

Warning: Contains a perky elf who dreams of something more, a Christmas myth who may be a baddie, and a sexy ex-bad boy who craves Christmas cookies … and a certain perky blonde.

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Justin finds it hard to believe what Rina tells him about himself even though it does explain some things.

This is a favorite scene right after they exercise Justin’s powers for the first time.

They stayed for a couple more hours and then left, leaving happier children than when they’d first arrived.

“That was amazing,” Justin said as they got in the car and started on the way back to Holiday.

She smiled right back at him and bounced in her seat. “I know. I’m so happy just watching those kids. You did it, Justin. It was you and your magic.”

He shook his head and took his hand off the steering wheel long enough to pat her knee. The tingles shot right up her body, and she bit her lip.

“You did most of it I think. All I did was release that tension, but you took care of it, and you made sure it didn’t hurt anyone or go wrong. You are the amazing one, Rina.”

She blushed and shook her head. “Let’s just say it was a team effort.”

“Deal. Now, I am hungry. I know we fed the kids there, but I didn’t feel comfortable eating their food since I wasn’t starving. Want to go to the diner and get some lunch?”

She looked at him, surprised. “Really? You want to spend more time together? I’d have thought you would’ve grown tired of me.”

“I don’t think I could ever get tired of you, Rina. Let’s go get some food.”

She warmed at his comment but didn’t say anything back. She wanted him, really wanted him. This couldn’t end well.
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As with most things in life nothing runs smoothly. Justin tries to use his powers on his own and gets some unexpected results in the school cafeteria.

Of course we need some added angst so Jack, Rina’s boss, shows up and all sorts of things start to go awry. Why he decided to be more of a jerk is extremely interesting.

A unique twist on Santa and his elves and another classic entity. Magic, love and some sizzling scenes to melt the snow around you.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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