Double Review from the All Hallows’ Erotica Box Set and Sweepstakes

Title: All Hallows' Erotica Authors: Breena Wilde, MJ Heiser, Madison Stone, Magan Vernon, Angela Corbett, Natasha Kingston, Zoe Dawson, June Gray, Reina Stowe Format: paperback; 181 pages Published: October 15, 2014 by B Wilde Books  ASIN: B00N67QZW6

Title: All Hallows’ Erotica
Authors: Breena Wilde, MJ Heiser, Madison Stone, Magan Vernon, Angela Corbett, Natasha Kingston, Zoe Dawson, June Gray, Reina Stowe
Format: paperback; 181 pages
Published: October 15, 2014 by B Wilde Books
ASIN: B00N67QZW6

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Synopsis:

Sex on Halloween is bound to get freaky…

LIFEBLOOD AND STONE by Breena Wilde ~ Amanda is a junior partner at the prestigious law firm, Lifeblood and Stone. During their annual Halloween Masquerade she meets the elusive Mr. Lifeblood and the sex is to die for – literally.

UNDER THE HARVEST MOON by MJ Heiser ~ Being typecast as vampire-bait has paid well, but actress Sasha deRocco feels like she’s stuck in a rut–until her publicist, Paul Sims, delivers a sexy script and offers his help in a read-through that spirals out of their control.

SAME TIME NEXT YEAR by Madison Stone ~ Life as a secret witch is a lonely one. Except on Halloween when Savi Knox’s powers – and desires – are the strongest. Will one night of passion with the man of her dreams be enough?

SWEET BEGINNINGS by Magan Vernon ~ Being locked on the rooftop during a friend’s Halloween party should be Brick’s worst nightmare, but since he’s with Paige in a sexy costume, it’s more like his biggest fantasy.

MONSTER MAN by Zoe Dawson ~ Community relation’s assistant director, Catherine “Cat” Everhart fantasizes about #66 Shane West, The San Diego Wildcat’s strong safety, a monster of a man, but the no fraternizing policy dictates she keep her distance. It isn’t until the company’s Halloween party fundraiser that their desire explodes its tight bonds.

UNTAMED by June Gray ~ People said he didn’t exist, that the tale of the savage forest man was only dreamed up around a campfire, but when Chloe Jane rents a cabin for the weekend she discovers firsthand that the lore is very real–and that he takes what he wants.

OH, COME ALL YE FRIGHTFUL by Reina Stowe ~ At the annual Upton Swingers Club Saints and Sinners Halloween party, Tania and her husband make new friends.

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Oh, Come All Ye Frightful by Reina Stowe

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Mini Review:

This is my first Reina Stowe read and I am here to tell you, it is naughty and sexy and I went to Amazon and bought more of her books immediately after finishing this read! Tania and her husband have been invited to a super-exclusive Halloween party and with any luck, it will not only be a very fun night but also a very naughty night that will satisfy some of each’s sexual fantasies.

From the moment they arrive at the party, Tania and her husband are turned on and looking for a little sexual release. Thank goodness everyone else in attendance is in the same frenzied state. It doesn’t take long before Tania and her husband are invited into a private room for a little fun and before either can catch their breath, they are whisked off to another room where their antics not only draw a crowd but earn them an enthusiastic round of applause. For most, the night would be more than satisfactory but Tania and her husband have hearty sexual appetites and both feel like they have at least one more round in them. Round three is not only as stimulating as the previous two but it also reveals to Tania and her husband who precisely invited them to the party. The invitation was certainly no trick and the reveal of the couple who invited them turns out to be all treat!

The Bottom Line: Balls this is a good read and once the naughty starts, it just doesn’t stop!! I love the idea of a Halloween swingers party as it allows all of the characters to let loose in a safe and somewhat anonymous environment. The inhibitions are definitely lowered and everyone is not only a perfectly consenting adult but an adventurous adult as well. The heart of this short read isn’t the sex but the dynamic between Tania and her husband, the trust and love that they have for each other and their willingness to experiment with one another and others. In all, this is a short, sexy love story that I really sort of adored!

Monster Man (Novella #1: Forbidden Plays Series) by Zoe Dawson

My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Mini Review:

Cat Everhart has worked her ass off for the promotion she is now up for. All she has to do is rock her current project, keep her nose clean and, the job is hers. Doing the work is not an issue for Cat because she is very good at her job; doing the work with Shane Bishop is an issue. Shane Bishop is a beast of man and since the day she met him, Cat has been head over heels in lust with him. Cat is not at all shy and if she worked anywhere else, she would very likely make her feelings for Shane known. But, Cat works for the San Diego Wildcats and management has a strict no fraternization policy. Cat certainly isn’t willing to risk her job for a little action no matter how damn hot the guy is.

Shane Bishop is absolutely intrigued by Cat and the opportunity to work with her is just what he has been waiting for. Cat is smart, beautiful and, absolutely committed to doing an excellent job. Shane totally respects that Cat is concerned about losing her job if they are caught together and he certainly doesn’t want to comprise her or her job but, she is a temptation that is very, very hard to resist. The temptation becomes even harder to resist after a brief encounter in Cat’s office which leaves both Shane and Cat desperate for more. More is certainly what the two of them go for until the moment when they are both sure they are busted. Fearful for her job, Cat determines the only thing she can do to protect herself and all she has worked for is break all ties with Shane. Shane has other ideas!

The Bottom Line: This is one of the steamiest reads Zoe Dawson has put out and I all but rolled around in the awesome that is Monster Man. I like Cat’s strength, intelligence and determination almost as much as I like Shane’s strength, intelligence and determination. Hot damn, Shane is a fine man and his skills definitely extend beyond the playing field. The locker room scene . . . .well, I’ll just let you experience that for yourself J In all, this short and sweet read is just about perfect: there’s a ridiculously, super-hot athlete, a woman who is lusty and willing, forbidden and stolen moments together and, the possibility of an HEA. Dive in dear reader because Monster Man is one hot read you won’t want to miss!

P.S. Zoe Dawson isn’t done with this line writing and already has two more short stories in this series in the works. On November 15th she will release Forbidden Plays #2, Hot Reads and Forbidden Plays #3, Illegal Motions will be released on December 15th. WOOOOO!! There are more hot men to come :)

Title: Hot Read Series: Novella #2: Forbidden Plays Series Author: Zoe Dawson Format: ebook Expected publication: November 15, 2014

Title: Hot Read
Series: Novella #2: Forbidden Plays Series
Author: Zoe Dawson
Format: ebook
Expected publication: November 15, 2014

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Lizzy Jordan has been working for the Wildcats franchise for a number of years and has maintained a professional distance from the big, hunky football players. That was until Texan Tyler Davis joined the franchise. But Lizzy is eight years older than the fresh-faced Rookie of the Year. But that doesn’t seem to affect the hawt gazes he keeps throwing her after that unexpected, completely naked encounter in the locker room—totally by accident. After seeing his buffed body in the buff, that cocky cowboy attention he’s paying her with his crystal blue eyes has everything to do with him seeing her as a desirable woman and Tyler proving he’s all…man.

Title: Illegal Motions Series: Novella #3: Forbidden Plays Series Author: Zoe Dawson Format: ebook Expected publication: December 15, 2014

Title: Illegal Motions
Series: Novella #3: Forbidden Plays Series
Author: Zoe Dawson
Format: ebook
Expected publication: December 15, 2014

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Holly Masters was once married to gorgeous, cocky quarterback, Clay Masters. But he’d betrayed her with another woman, although she never got him to admit it. Their divorce had been very public, but Clay has always been a sensual ache that has never gone away. Now with her new law degree under her belt, she’s been promoted to Player Liaison. It’s her job to do all the negotiations and Clay’s contract is up for renewal. But Clay is holding all the power and he’s bold enough to use it. He won’t sign until she gives it up to him one more time–hot, intimate, and out of control. Can Holly handle her ex and get the important signature on the contract or will she lose everything–including her heart?

About the author and where to find her:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Review and Sweepstakes: Captured (Book #8: Going to the Dogs Series) by Zoe Dawson

Title: Captured Series: Novella #8: Going to the Dogs Series Author: Zoe Dawson Format: ebook Published: 2014 by Blue Moon Creative

Title: Captured
Series: Novella #8: Going to the Dogs Series
Author: Zoe Dawson
Format: ebook
Published: 2014 by Blue Moon Creative

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A companion novella to Collared, Going to the Dogs, #4. Your reading enjoyment would be enhanced if you’ve already read Collared.

Harper and Caleb are getting married and for the most part nothing has really changed for Harper. She’s still uber rich, her life filled with charities and smoozing. But instead of loneliness and protective walls, she’s opened her heart to the best and most wonderful thing that has happened to her—gorgeous and tough, Detective Caleb Shaw.

But Caleb’s once normal, blue collar life has been significantly changed. With Harper’s money taking care of everything, what is there for him to provide her? Especially when he hears it bantered around that he’s a “kept” man. Harper dismisses that kind of talk as nonsense and urges Caleb to not worry about it. But even as he tries to grow a thick skin, his pride causes rifts. Will Caleb let Harper’s wealth destroy the deep and abiding love they found?

Will their marriage end before it even begins?

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Harper’s life with Caleb is pretty much perfect, for her. Since her engagement to Caleb, life for Harper has remained virtually the same. She still spends the bulk of her time on social and philanthropic pursuits, she still has a butt-ton of money and, she still lives in the same multimillion dollar home. The only real change in Harper’s life if the presence of Caleb and his dog in her home. For Harper, there is not much to adjust to and with the wedding plans in full swing, life is pretty perfect.

Life for Caleb is markedly different. Following his on-the-job injury, Caleb has moved from patrol to a leadership position, he has given up his bachelor pad and moved in with Harper and, he is now attending a lot of social and charity functions that seem to always require a tux. Caleb is a tough guy and if Harper needs him, he is going to be there but he is really getting tired of hearing the upper-class ladies and gentleman (and I use those words very loosely!) talking about his position as “Harper’s property.” The final blow to his ego is the moment when Harper’s dad and two brothers call him into the office to discuss the signing of a prenuptial agreement. Yeah, life for Caleb has changed significantly.

Harper has spent her entire life dealing with wealth and society and she has learned how to handle the cattiness and gossip, you ignore it. In fact, Harper learned from her mother that in any given situation, no matter how painful, one in Harper’s position must maintain the illusion of all being well. Caleb is in no way, shape or form prepared for the concept of maintaining and every time he tries to talk to Harper about his concerns, she basically dismisses him. The straw that breaks the proverbial camel’s back is the moment Caleb is blindsided by his future in-laws with the prenup. In most instances, Caleb would go to Harper but in this moment he is so damn angry that he needs the boys! Thank goodness all the other dog park girls have boys Caleb can count on.

The Bottom Line: Getting the blonde juggernaut to the altar is big, big, big business and Harper wants everything to be perfect. Caleb is the perfect partner for her but Harper has got to learn that sometimes maintaining isn’t the way to go. Caleb’s anger at Harper over the prenup isn’t at all about the money but about Harper not trusting him with every part of her life, her emotions and, her heart. Breaking through Harper’s cool exterior is not an easy thing to do but when things come to a head, Caleb is able to accomplish what no man before him has. He gets all of Harper and with her, a truly fantastic HEA.

Though I know this isn’t the end of the Going to the Dogs series, it is an end of sorts. Dawson has now coupled up and married each of the four original female characters and for me, the best has definitely been saved for last. Harper is by far my favorite of the dog park girls and to see her happy and settled is very satisfying. Dawson could not have dreamt up a better partner for Harper and I think I fell a little more in love with Caleb after this read. At the end of the day, this series is absolutely one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see what Dawson has in store for the future of the Dogs series!

About the author and where to find her:

Zoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery, urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Double Cover Reveal: Something Reckless and Something Real by Lexi Ryan

Title: Something Reckless Author: Lexi Ryan Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Expected Publication: December 22, 2014 ISBN: 1940832802 Cover Design by Okay Creations

Title: Something Reckless
Author: Lexi Ryan
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: December 22, 2014
ISBN: 1940832802
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He talks dirty to me, but I don’t know his name.  He wants to tie me up, but I don’t know his face.  He turns me on, but I couldn’t point him out in a crowd.  I’ve fallen for an anonymous stranger, and tonight the anonymity ends. Tonight I want more than typed secrets and texted promises. I want something reckless. Heat. Passion. The thrill of being entirely possessed.  Because I suspect this anonymous stranger isn’t a stranger at all.

Lizzy Thompson met riverrat69 online through Something Real, a service promising to deliver meaningful relationships by forbidding its users to share names or photos until they’ve reached a certain benchmark. She was looking for love. He was researching an investment. They hit it off. Talked and flirted, hid behind screen names and cartoon avatars.

Now they’re breaking the rules and meeting in person. But Liz is prepared. She’s picked up hints and followed clues.  She’s ninety-percent convinced she’s discovered the identity of her dirty-talking online friend.  She wonders if her ex-lover Sam Bradshaw knows her identity too.  When she rolls the dice on one reckless night, her chance at something real could crumble.

Title: Something Real Author: Lexi Ryan Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Expected Publication: February 2015 Cover Design by Okay Creations

Title: Something Real
Author: Lexi Ryan
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: February 2015
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About the author and where to find her:

Author - Lexi RyanNew York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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Review: One Gold Heart (Book #1: The Dominant Cord Series) by Sadie Haller

Title: One Gold Heart Series: Book #1: The Dominant Cord Series Author: Sadie Haller Format: ebook, 128 pages Published: December 3, 2013 by QTP  ASIN: B00H3QA5MM

Title: One Gold Heart
Series: Book #1: The Dominant Cord Series
Author: Sadie Haller
Format: ebook, 128 pages
Published: December 3, 2013 by QTP
ASIN: B00H3QA5MM

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A note of warning, this story contains BDSM elements, graphic sex and a scene recounting a rape.

Mac Wallis agrees to join the wind quintet, Dominant Cord, for the Christmas concert season as a favour to an old friend. It’s her first step towards recovery after a vicious attack more than a decade before. However, sparks fly when Dominant Cord’s unofficial leader, flutist, Finn Taylor takes issue with Mac’s reliance on medication in order to perform.

Mac can’t understand why the jerk who so completely humiliated her at their first rehearsal keeps showing up in her late-night fantasies as the Dom of her dreams. It’s not even like he’s the good kind of bad boy.

After his marriage ended in disaster, Finn tries to steer clear of damaged women, but as a Dom, he feels compelled to put aside his hang-up to help Mac reclaim her independence and her former life.

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My Rating: 4½/5 stars

My Review:

For more than a decade, Mac Willis has lived in virtual isolation. She is a master oboist yet refuses to play professionally thanks to a disastrous attack that has left her with not only trust issues but also a fear of playing to an audience. Her only real contact with the outside world is her best friend, Sully, a man she would do damn-near anything for. Except play in public . . . .

Sully the man-whore has broken a few ribs in an effort to impress a girl and needs Mac to take his place in the Dominant Cords quintet. With the Christmas season rapidly approaching a full schedule, either Mac is in or the group loses all of their performances. Though she is terrified to take the leap, Mac agrees to medicate herself and help her friend but man is Sully going to owe her big for this!! After meeting the leader of the Dominant Cords, Sully owes Mac even bigger.

After losing his wife to an overdose, Finn Taylor has no tolerance for drugs and even less for those who use them. When Mac Willis shows up on his doorstep as Sully’s replacement in the Dominant Cord and drops the bomb that she has to be medicated to play in public, well, things don’t start off so well. Finn makes it perfectly clear to everyone present that he doesn’t approve of Mac’s choice to use drugs and if he weren’t absolutely desperate to have her, he would kick her to the curb without a second thought. Unfortunately for Finn, he does desperately need Mac, she happens to be a phenomenal musician (just ask the rest of the group!) and, he is fiercely attracted to her. What is a boy to do? If you’re Finn, you call Sully and chew his ass and then ask questions :)

Sully’s injury is a blessing in disguise for both Mac and Finn. Sully wants to see Mac regain some control over her life and wants to see Finn move beyond the terrible loss of his wife. From the moment Sully gets in between Mac and Finn he requires full disclosure from both. Once all the cards are on the table, Finn feels like a complete ass (and he should!) and Mac better understands Finn’s almost militant feelings. What also happens and is most unexpected is Mac and Finn coming together as more than just musicians in a quintet.

The Bottom Line: Ooooh!! I am in love with the Dominant Cord series and this is just the first book!! This read has all kinds of things I love in a read: there is a feisty female, a dominant yet caring male, a good plot, good dialogue, some naughty bits, and an HEA that is well-deserved for both characters. My only real complaint about this read is the somewhat repetitive nature of Finn’s questions once he and Mac begin to take their relationship to new levels. I totally understand his concern and the need to ask but it does become repetitive. Beyond this small complaint, I have nothing but love for the Dominant Cord series and am certainly ready for more.

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Release Day Teaser: Broken Temptation (Book #3: Tempted Series) by Eve Carter

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Title: Broken Temptation Series: Book #3: Tempted Series Author: Eve Carter Format: ebook, 220 pages Published: October 27, 2014 by Belmonte Publishing LLC

Title: Broken Temptation
Series: Book #3: Tempted Series
Author: Eve Carter
Format: ebook, 220 pages
Published: October 27, 2014 by Belmonte Publishing LLC

 

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A week has passed since fight promoter Bruno Costello took off with the nine year-old daughter of MMA fighter Luke Romero and the FBI have no clue where to look. To make matters worse, the promise of Luke getting back his professional license has fallen through. When he’s offered a deal, he takes it, knowing it’s the best chance he has to find his daughter before it’s too late.  Luke’s girlfriend, Daniella Carrington, has her own issues to deal with. She’s been called back to Summerville to testify against her friend’s abusive ex. There’s only one problem; Dani is known to the Summerville police as Hanna and taking the stand under oath could land her in jail.  Add in a handsome stranger relentlessly pursuing Dani and nothing is certain. Will Dani and Luke be able to make things right or will they lose everything, including each other?

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About the author and where to find her:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Eve Carter, is a true romantic at heart and with a modern contemporary erotic twist to her romance novels, you had better fasten your seat belt, as the ride is always fun, exciting and fiery.

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Review: The Tethered Trilogy by Jennifer Snyder

Title: The Tethered Trilogy Author: Jennifer Snyder Format: ebook Published: June 30, 2014 by Smashwords Edition   ISBN13:  9781310632389

Title: The Tethered Trilogy
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Format: ebook
Published: June 30, 2014 by Smashwords Edition
ISBN13:
9781310632389

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CATALYST:  Sometimes who we really are lies buried just beneath the surface…

After learning she’s inherited a house in the beachside town of Soul Harbor, Georgia, Addison Harmon and her best friend decided to take a much needed vacation before the pressures of life after high school suffocate them too heavily.

But what Addison finds isn’t a chance to recoup from a bad break up and hang out with her best friend while she decides what she wants to do with her future. What she finds is Kace Sullivan—a sexy guy she can’t seem to get enough of—someone who with one touch reveals a seductive world full of magick and secrets Addison isn’t sure she’s ready to be a part of.

CONJURE:  Sometimes to understand the present you have to conjure up the past…

The last thing Addison Harmon needed was to become tethered to the broody, often seemingly cold, Theo Van Rooyen, but that’s exactly what happened.

Forced to partner up with Theo to figure out a way to break the tether, Addison soon realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew.

CONFINED:  Sometimes the things in life that seem to confine us most are often the ones that save us…

To Addison Harmon becoming initiated appeared to hold the answers to her every problem—all except what she would do after, when the tether was finally broken. But when the after Addison imagined isn’t the one unfolding before her, she finds herself tangled even further in a web of secrets, lies, and betrayal.

It’s not until Addison is captured by the last person she ever suspected would betray her that she’s forced to rely on herself for survival.

Questions will be answered. Trust will be misplaced. And hearts will be broken.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love trilogies!! This is the perfect type of read for me: I don’t have to give up characters I love too quickly and the story really has time to develop and unfold. I got exactly what I wanted with Jennifer Snyder’s character-driven Tethered Trilogy.

Soul Harbor, Georgia is not where Addison saw her life but when her adoptive parents tell her she has been left a home there, Addison is compelled to check it out. The house is old but totally livable, there’s a beach within walking distance and, the locals are definitely worth investigating. In a very, very short amount of time, Addison finds herself a delectable boyfriend, a new job, a hidden room in her new home and, a very curious little cat. Though she doesn’t initially understand how everything in her new home is tied together it isn’t long before Allison begins to understand her place in Soul Harbor.

Within moments of meeting Addison, Kace discovers something he has been hoping for his entire life, the awakening of his powers. As a life-long resident of Soul Harbor, Kace understands intimately that magic is a very real thing and now that Addison has moved to town, the balance of power can be restored. Though Kace is absolutely attracted to Addison he would be lying if he said the draw of her magic and the emergence of his weren’t a factor. For Addison, the whole idea of magic is something she is certainly open to and she thoroughly gets that she feels different when Kace is around but what Kace ultimately wants from her may not be something she can give. You see, in order for Kace, Addison and, their friends to awaken the full potential of their powers, they have to be initiated as a group. Furthermore, in order for them to wield strong magic and cease being reliant on hoodoo, they must always work together as a group. Well, isn’t that a lot to dump on a girl within the first two weeks of coming to town?

Just like Kace, Theo has lived in Soul Harbor his whole life but his experiences have been markedly different. For Theo and his family, the balance of power is just fine and so long as the potential magic-wielders stay in the realm of potential, Theo and his family will be just fine too. As hoodoo practitioners, Theo and his family are responsible for providing the magic and spells to those who need and/or require them. As you might well imagine, in a town that is well aware of magic, Theo and his family are seen as a necessary evil. For most of his life, Theo has had something of a chip on his shoulder and mixing with the locals has never been his thing. Until Addison moves to town. In a most unexpected turn of events, Theo and Addison find themselves tethered together and though neither want the connection, they have it and it seems only Addison’s initiation can break it. See where I’m going with this?? :)

The Bottom Line: Over the course of three reads, Addison, Kace, Theo and, a whole host of others try and work through a multitude of problems including relationships, burgeoning magic, threats against Addison and, what will become of each of them either with or without magic. The various mysteries are spread out nicely throughout the reads, the action is all kinds of cool with both magic and hoodoo thrown in, the naughty bits are kept at an appropriate level for the genre and, in all the Tethered Trilogy is just a really good read!! This is one I can heartily recommend to lovers of paranormal, lightish mystery and, love triangles. Go forth and one click, dear reader!

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About the author and where to find her:

Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven’t seen the end of me yet…

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Spotlight and Sweepstakes: You Turn (Second Chances Series) by MarionCroslydon

Title: You Turn Author: Marion Croslydon Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Published: October 6, 2014

Title: You Turn
Author: Marion Croslydon
Age/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: October 6, 2014

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“I was the little girl who loved you from afar. I was the woman who gave herself away for you and ended up losing a lot of who she was.” “Then allow me to give back some of what I stole.”

After being dumped by her fiancé, Eleanor Carrington flees to Paris to stay with her self-medicated mother. While keeping her mom from popping pills like gummy bears, Eleanor launches a new, no-strings-attached life plan with absolutely NO falling in love whatsoever. On her part at least, because her self-esteem could do with one or two Frenchmen of him—to schmooze his way into her heart again. She grew up loving the/this/that man until he dumped her five summers ago. Whatever shit-show/life drama she’s just been through was a stroll. What Zach put her though was a climb up Mount Everest. Barefoot. In a bikini.

Now a club-owner in Paris, Zach is intrigued by the troubled woman who was once the sweet girl he had to give up. Offering a shoulder for her to cry on is what he owes her. Loving her is what he lost the right to. Because there’s a reason he broke up with Lenor and that reason is why she’s in Paris.

But Paris is called the City of Love…

Will he be her turn at love?

*** You Turn is a contemporary adult romance and part of the Second Chances series. However, Lenor’s story can be read as a stand-alone novel. There is no cliffhanger. ***

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Marion loves to share happy vibes, talk book crush, fictional boyfriends and sexual chemistry with like-minded people. And because she spends most of her days on her own deep inside her writing cave—and under the grey London sky—, you are welcome to come and say ‘hello’ from time to time. Just to make sure she doesn’t sink into insanity. Her friends, family and arch-enemies (there are quite a few) will be forever grateful for your help.

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Playlist: A Week In New York (Novella #1: The Empire State Trilogy) by Louise Bay

Title: A Week In New York Series: Novella #1: The Empire State Trilogy  Author: Louise Bay Genre: Contemporary Romance Published: October 21, 2014

Title: A Week In New York
Series: Novella #1: The Empire State Trilogy
Author: Louise Bay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 21, 2014

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 A Week In New York Playlist:

A New York State of Mind: Alicia Keys

No More Tears (Enough is Enough): Barbara Streisand & Donna Summer

Same Kinda Man: Candice Glover

One Night Only: Jennifer Hudson

I Wanna be Your Lover: Prince

Ain’t Nobody: Chaka Khan

All The Lovers: Kylie Minogue

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 About the author and where to find her:

I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels – the kind I like to read!  Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.  I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

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Review, Excerpt and, Sweepstakes: Left Behind by Vi Keeland and Dylan Scott

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Title: Left Behind Authors: Vi Keeland and Dylan Scott Format: Paperback Published: October 14, 2014

Title: Left Behind
Authors: Vi Keeland and Dylan Scott
Format: Paperback
Published: October 14, 2014

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Synopsis:

Two stories so deeply intertwined, you’ll think you know how they intersect…but you’ll be wrong….

Zack Martin: The day I met Emily Bennett my whole world changed. Sure, we were just kids, but I was old enough to know my life would never be the same. She was my best friend. My destiny. My fate. I wasn’t wrong…I just didn’t know how twisted fate could be.

Nikki Fallon: After the death of my mother, moving from my dark and dreary trailer park to sunny California, I was focused on one thing – finding a sister I’d only just learned existed. Falling in love with him wasn’t part of the plan. But he filled a void I never knew was possible to fill. He had to be my fate. My destiny. Until the day I finally found out who my sister was…and how twisted fate could be.

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My Rating: 3½/5 stars

My Review:

Nikki always knew the day would come when her mother’s body simply gave up; between the bipolar disorder and the diabetes, she just couldn’t last forever. Nikki simply hoped that day wouldn’t come before she turned 18 and could legally be on her own. If wishes were dreams, right? Her mother dying certainly sucks but the real suckage sinks in when Nikki finds out not only was her mother keeping secrets, she kept some very, very big secrets like an aunt and a twin sister Nikki never, ever knew about. With her choice being foster care or her aunt, Nikki takes a leap of faith and moves to California with her aunt.

As Nikki is trying to sort out and adjust to her new life and make sense of the mysteries left over from her old life, Zack is doing good just to continue breathing. Emily, his girlfriend and partner in crime since the age of nine has died and his last memories of her are of anger and the fight they had. For more than six months, Zack has refused to go to school, refused to see his friends and, generally refused to live his life. The despair and guilt are almost more than he can bear and the very thought of moving beyond Emily is damn near crippling. In an effort to help their son finally begin to live his life again, Zack’s parents insist he return to school and the life he knew before that fateful night.

Zack’s first meeting with Nikki is perhaps the most significant moment of his life. For the first time in what feels like forever, he feels a spark of something deep in his soul. Nikki is new to the area and the school and has no idea about Zack’s past or what it is that makes him seem so very lost and desperately sad. What both know for sure is that they are interested in the other and they have to find a way to make that interest fit into their respective lives. The feeling out process for both is at times funny, at times sweet and, at times riddled with guilt and misunderstanding. Both Zack and Nikki are still very young and have dealt with incredible loss recently and so, the thought of happiness for themselves and with someone else causes an increased level of guilt mixed with their burgeoning feelings for one another. On top of all the mixed up and confusing feelings is the ongoing mystery of Nikki’s twin sister and the crazy neighbor lady who is virtually stalking Nikki. Neither Zack nor Nikki are in any way prepared for the resolution of these mysteries and when the truth finally comes out, all of the happiness that they have recently found with one another is torn apart.

The Bottom Line: Left Behind is a solidly written read from Vi Keeland and Dylan Scott. Though I did enjoy this read and had no difficulty getting through it, I can’t honestly say there is anything here that just blew me away. Once the story gets rolling, the light mystery is pretty easy to unravel and that just leaves a love story. The love story is riddled with angst, desire, and, some humor but it really doesn’t offer anything new or exciting. I liked both Nikki and Zack and certainly rooted for them along the way but I didn’t ever feel like I had a real connection with either character. Would I recommend this read? Sure. It’s a straight-forward and easy read that will keep your attention as most light reads will.

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Excerpt from Left Behind:

He looks up and I watch his eyes take me in. Slowly. They rake over me, dropping from my eyes to my glossed lips down to my exposed shoulders. Taking his time, he follows the neckline of my simple, yet body contouring sundress, lingering when he reaches my full breasts. I’m sufficiently covered, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aware that the dress showed off my assets well. Tight around my chest, gathering snuggly at the waist, with a scant amount of cleavage. Just enough coverage to still leave something for him to imagine. And I watch his face change as his imagination takes off running.

His eyes drift down my legs, tanned now from the eternal California sun. Momentarily he’s lost in what he sees and doesn’t even notice I’m watching him leer. Totally worth the extra effort getting ready tonight, I couldn’t be happier at the reaction I get. Eventually, his eyes make their way back up to mine and I arch one eyebrow, letting him know he’s been caught. A normal reaction might be to look embarrassed or perhaps even flustered a little. But not Zack. Instead, he flashes me a wicked grin. “You look incredible.” He’s the one doing the leering, yet I’m the one who ends up blushing.

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About the authors and where to find them:

Vi Keeland: Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Dylan Scott:  Dylan Scott is a New York trial attorney, wife and mother of four. She believes her job as a trial attorney is a subcategory to the field of entertainment more than law.   With a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature she believed teaching English was a destined career choice until she realized her life long talent of “argument” could actually be her job.   A recent, fairly boring, midlife crisis resulted in a brief stint as a middle school English teacher which confirmed that she wasn’t ready to give up the law.   Dylan has also taught legal courses at the college level and worked with at-risk inner city youth in the roles of mentor and coach. She is co-author Vi Keeland’s biggest fan.

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Review: Whipped by Sabrina York

Title: Whipped Author: Sabrina York Format: ebook, 50 pages Published: August 19, 2014
Title: Whipped
Author: Sabrina York
Format: ebook, 50 pages
Published: August 19, 2014

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Synopsis:

A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have… Dane Coulter is mourning the loss of his best friend, fellow Special Ops buddy, Cody. Oh, Cody didn’t die. It’s worse. He’s getting married. Cody is, in Dane’s opinion, whipped.  Dane swears he will never suffer the same fate. But when he meets a woman who can take all his dominant loving and beg for more, he realizes he may have met his match. It’s a damn shame she’s the one woman in the world his man-code deems untouchable…his best friend’s sister.

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My Rating: 4½/5 stars

My Review:

Dane Coulter’s life is all but over; his best friend, Cody is getting married and life as Dane knows it is over. Determined to never give in to the farce that is marriage and turn his life over to a woman who can control him, Dane is certain he will be the last man standing and he will be doing so solo. Las Vegas is meant to be full of fun and debauchery but Cody is having none of it. Cody is committed to his bride-to-be and won’t even go for the stripper/hooker the boys arranged for him. Not one to let his friends go unattended, Cody tells the boys to enjoy the stripper. Dane intends to do just that and as luck would have it, he runs into her in the hallway on the way back to his room.

Since she was a gangly teenager, Tina has been in love with Dave Coulter. He is everything she wants in a man and though she has dated others, they have never come close to fulfilling her in the way she is sure Dane can. Tina’s brother, Cody is getting married this weekend and with Dane as his best man, she fully intends to get Dane’s attention and keep it. As luck would have it, on the way back to her room Dane mistakes her for the stripper/hooker and invites her to his room for some fun and games. Though he has known her for most of her life, Dane doesn’t recognize Tina and she decides to go with flow and experience a night of unbridled passion with Dane. Not only is the night passionate, it is also the tiniest bit kinky and Tina wants more . . .

In the harsh light of day and at a most inconvenient time, Dane realizes that his night of naughty – one of the best of his life if he is being honest – was not, in fact spent with a hooker named Bambi but with Tina, his best friend’s sister. Man code clearly states that one does NOT ever date nor tie up and spank one’s best friend’s sister. Dane is sure that once he explains this to Tina she will understand and they can move forward with their lives and never speak of their night of awesome again. Tina has other plans . . . .

For two days, Tina does her level best to piss off Dane. If he is going to adhere to some stupid fictional code then she is going to show him exactly what he is missing. Tina is committed to her plan it doesn’t take long for Dane to realize that if he doesn’t do something drastic, he may lose the best thing that has ever walked into his life. All he has to do is tell his best friend and accept that he may not want to be the last man standing . . . . .

The Bottom Line: Whipped is delightfully naughty little read that I would have liked to have seen go on for a bit longer. Tina is funny and smart and determined in her quest to have Dane. She has spent her life loving him and refuses to give up on the possibility of being with him because of some dumb code. Her tactics are naughty and ruthless and make for a damn entertaining read. Dane is so convinced about the course of his life that he is practically blindsided by Tina. Tina not only fulfills him sexually but is a match for his wit, charm and, stern nature. In fact, Tina isn’t the least bit concerned by all of Dane’s posturing and calls him out on it when she needs to. Getting to their HEA is a whirlwind and that HEA is finalized with an epilogue that is both funny and sweet. In all, a fine read!

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