Review: Resisting Samantha (Book #10: Hope Parish Series) by Zoe Dawson

Resisting Samantha

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Samantha Wharton had escaped New York City to settle in Suttontowne and run Imogene’s, a quaint and historical eatery, struggling with a devastating painful past. She thought her heart had died along with her family, but when she meets Chase Sutton, the fallen son of the town’s founder, she cannot seem to hang onto her bruised and battered heart.  Chase Sutton was tired of being told what to do and whom to know. After the discovery of a devastating family secret, he left his life completely behind and opened up a bait and tackle shop supplying seafood to the local merchants. The simple life suits him fine. It isn’t until falls into Samantha’s sad eyes that he realizes what he’s lost. But how can he offer Samantha a future when he hasn’t dealt with his own past?

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

When I started this read my first thought was, “FINALLY! We finally get Chase’s story.”  As a devoted fan of this series, I have waited patiently (most of the time) to find out what Chase Sutton’s story really is and finally, the wait is over. 

It seems like Chase Sutton has always been a looming presence in the Hope Parish series but he’s rarely ever been a huge part of any of the reads.  All we really know for certain is that Chase wasn’t willing to follow his daddy’s mandates any longer and chose to leave the safety and security of his home for a life of his own choosing in the bayou.  Since he left home, Chase has kept to himself but managed to build a successful and thriving business.  Though he has rarely ever been truly lonely, he has started consider the emotion since the moment he saw Samantha Wharton.

Though not a local, Samantha Wharton has been heartily and warmly welcomed to Suttontowne.  Since her arrival, Samantha has single-handedly restored and revived a favored local eatery, Imogene’s and her cooking is something even the most uppity rave about.  Though she’s friendly at work and certainly enjoys her job and her customers, there is a sadness about Samantha that only Chase seems capable of seeing.  He doesn’t know her story, but for the first time in a very long time, Chase wants to get close to someone.  Knowing he can’t do that with a restaurant full of people, Chase arranges his delivery schedule so Imogene’s is the last of the day. 

The time Samantha and Chase get to spend together quickly becomes a favorite part of each’s day.  Each finds the other easy to talk to, comforting to be around, and exceedingly attractive.  For Samantha, opening up to another person after being alone for so long is scary, but Chase make her feel safe and protected so when strange things start happening late at night at the restaurant, she turns to Chase.  The strange things are just that, strange happenings and if Samantha didn’t have Chase, she would begin to wonder about her sanity.  To further complicate matters, Samantha’s past seems to be coming back to haunt her and if that is the case, it’s not just Samantha’s life that is at stake.  With any luck, some of the skills Samantha developed during her old life will come back to her if and when the need arises. 

Chase’s relationship with Samantha is about the only truly good thing in his life.  Though he has removed himself from the drama of his family, Suttontowne is small and it is hard to avoid everyone all the time.  Furthermore, there are those nosy Outlaw triplets who seem to think now might be as good a time as any to make amends with his family.  Though Chase would rather have a root canal without anesthesia, even he acknowledges it may be time for a reconciliation especially after he hears Samantha’s story.  Life is short, as Samantha so tragically learned and harboring old hates and holding grudges could very easily become regrets. 

The Bottom Line: What a wonderful story for a character I have been waiting patiently (most of the time) for.  That cover tells the story of Chase’s sexy side but there’s all those other sides that get revealed through this read.  Chase had very real reasons for leaving his family behind and it isn’t until he meets Samantha that he realizes precisely what he gave up.  Make no mistake, there are issues that have to be worked out but with Samantha by his side, anything seems possible.  As for Samantha, she is a truly interesting character and with the totally fun spins Dawson throws into her storyline, well, let’s just say Samantha is all kinds of awesome.  I also need to touch on the totally fun spins Dawson drops I this read.  For the first time, Dawson really delves into some of the supernatural history of the location and that makes for a really excellent twist.  In all, Dawson is still bringing a loads of fresh and awesome to the table even at ten books into the series.

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About the author and where to find her:

Zoe DawsonZoe 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: Ramping Up (Book #1: Maverick Allstars Series) by Zoe Dawson

Ramping Up

Title: Ramping Up Series: Book #1: Maverick Allstar Author: Zoe Dawson Format: Kindle Edition, 210 pages Published: June 21, 2016 by Loveswept ASIN: B010K2B8LW

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Helena “Lena” Mavrick is ready to prove that she can play with the big boys. Working at her father’s internationally renowned agency, Mavrick Allstars, Lena sets her sights on one of the most coveted phenoms out there: a twenty-four-year-old surfer caught ripping it in a viral skateboarding video. Signing him would be a huge win—and his marketing appeal isn’t the only thing that makes Lena’s heart skip a beat. Trouble is, fraternizing with the client is against company policy.  Professional surfer Gunner Smith lives under the absolute control of his coach—until he takes the ultimate risk and starts over as a skateboarder. Gunner swore he wouldn’t give up his freedom again, but Lena’s out-of-the-blue offer makes him think long and hard. She’s smart, she’s bold, she’s got sponsors lined up around the corner—plus she’s drop-dead gorgeous. He’s just not sure his coach will let him get away that easily, because he’s not just Gunner’s coach, he’s also his father.  Gunner is used to hiding his tortured past. But when his steamy affair with Lena threatens their future, he must decide whether he will sacrifice everything for the woman who’s stolen his heart.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

Gunner Smith has everything but the desire he needs to become the number one surfer in the world.  His skill is absolutely unparalleled and if he could muster up even an ounce of care for the sport, he would dominate the sport.  Unfortunately, Gunner’s father has succeeded in beating the desire and care right out of his son and when Gunner finally reaches his breaking point, it is spectacularly awful. 

During the years under his father’s control, Gunner’s only outlet has been skateboarding.  Like surfing, Gunner has some serious skills when it comes to skateboarding but he has never considered his skateboarding to be anything more than an escape from his miserable life.  That escape became more necessary than ever the day Gunner quit professional surfing and his father took his anger out on him.  In a fit of emotion, Gunner let it all out on his board and by the next morning, the video of his epic skate had gone viral. 

Helena Mavrick is a kick ass sports agent and she knows talent when she sees it.  When one of her oldest and dearest friends points her in the direction of Gunner Smith’s video, Helena makes it her mission to sign Gunner and make him a star.  Trouble is, Gunner is in a really bad place mentally and emotionally and convincing him to sign on with a new agent isn’t going to be easy. What Helena doesn’t take into account is Gunner’s reaction to her and his willingness to believe in her.  What starts out as a purely physical attraction very quickly becomes something far deeper and more emotional. 

Helena’s commitment to Gunner and her belief in his talent knows no bounds.  Her attraction to him evidently knows no bounds either and Helena fights the attraction for as long as she can.  Her company, owned by her father, has very strict rules about fraternization and the deeper she gets involved with Gunner the more willing she is to abandon her post in favor of a life with Gunner.  But, Helena isn’t willing to jump ship until she has thoroughly delivered on all her professional promises to Gunner.  Doing so isn’t going to be hard.  In the weeks since committing himself to professional skateboarding, Gunner has been tearing up the circuit and the offers of sponsorship and endorsement have been rolling in.  All Helena has to do is get everything set up before the proverbial sh*t hits the fan. 

The Bottom Line: I’ve actually read this book twice now and I have to say, I enjoyed it more the second time through.  The first time through, I just sort of took everything in and the second time through, I read for pure pleasure.  There is such a mix of things going on in this book from the initially forbidden relationship between Helena and Gunner, the horrifying relationship between Gunner and his dad, and the external forces that impact the course of Helena and Gunner’s respective lives.  Everything comes together in this fast-paced read to ultimately end on a very happy note.  As a final note, there is also a clear path to additional books in the series which will undoubtedly prove to be as exciting and entertaining as Ramping Up.

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About the author and where to find her:

Zoe DawsonZoe 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: Holding Still (Book #2: Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas) by Zoe Dawson

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Title: Holding Still Series: Book #2: Going to the Dogs 2: The Alphas Author: Zoe Dawson Published: August 22, 2016 by Blue Moon Creative

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 Stockbroker Nate Taylor knows he lost the love of his life when he screwed up with Pru. He’s trying to move on, working at his job and taking on extra work with AlphaGroup to keep his mind off his failure. Then Harper Shaw (matchmaking behind his back) suggests he use his influence at AlphaGroup for a worthwhile cause, a community garden project. But when a little homeless corgi puppy comes into his life, and the opportunity to get a second chance with Pru, things get messy, confused, and downright complex. But out of chaos, order can be found and Nate might just discover not only his calling, but that love is never lost…it just has to be found again.   Photographer Prudence Chambers is gun shy after a devastating artistic photography show flopped big time. She’s fallen back on her safe job manning one of her family’s portrait studios, repressing her biggest desire to be an art photographer. As an act of rebellion, she took that deal with the devil, Harper Shaw (Nate gets a second chance) to take pictures for her wedding and everything changed both personally and professionally. With the promise hanging over her head and Nate heavy on her mind, she agrees to work with him on a community garden project. She’s sure the workaholic will never change, never really understand her deep down, and never commit. She sets out to prove Harper wrong…but even the worst intentions can lead you down the right garden path.

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Sometimes in life, the best lessons are also the hardest lessons.  When Pru Chambers walked out of Nate Taylor’s life, he learned the hard way that you can lose that which you love the most when you don’t devote time and effort to that person.  To be sure, Nate has A LOT of money and a few very good friends but he doesn’t have Pru and that has haunted him since the moment she walked out of his life.  Good thing he has those few very good friends who are willing to scheme on his behalf J

Harper the Blonde Juggernaut (or Attila the Hun) Shaw has no problem interfering in the lives of her friends when they can’t clearly see what’s good for them.  Harper can clearly see that Nate and Pru are meant to be together and with a slick bit of maneuvering, Harper has Pru roped into a deal that will require Pru to give Nate a second chance.  While Pru is trying to figure out how to approach Nate, Fate) who apparently owes Harper a favor!) steps in to save the day.  The lot across from Pru’s apartment is just begging to be overhauled and Pru is of a mind to turn it into a community garden.  A community garden takes a lot of work and even more money which is how Pru finds herself, grant application in hand, sitting across from Nate at Alpha Group.

Nate has no idea Pru made a deal with Harper but having Pru back in his life in any capacity is a stroke of luck.  Nate can feel the attraction between he and Pru but he knows she’s skittish about becoming involved with him again.  Nate wants Pru back in his life for the long haul but in order for that to happen, he has to prove to and convince Pru he has truly changed.  No more horribly long hours at work, no more single-minded focus on earning money.  As Nate quickly discovers, Pru needs him to be steady and present now more than ever.  Along with the community garden project, Pru is also dealing with a dilemma in her professional life, one she has struggled with for years.

As the community garden project rolls on, Pru and Nate grow ever closer.  On a day to day basis, Pru sees Nate making a real effort to be present, to be available, and to be a true partner to her but she is still very hesitant to commit completely.  Pru desperately wants to believe in the change she is seeing in Nate but history has a way of repeating itself and Pru is wary.  In fact, even when Nate is ready to take their relationship to the next level, Pru has a hard time believing in Nate.  To make matters worse, Pru is still having issues with her professional life, the community garden is running into significant problems, and Nate, in an effort to fully prepare himself for married life is reverting to some of his old ways.  Yeah, it’s all sort of a big, fat mess that can only get worse before it gets better.

The Bottom Line: While Holding Still probably isn’t going to be my favorite read in this series, it is still a really good read and totally worth your time.  From the beginning Nate was my favorite character and that carried through all the way to the end.  Though he does make some mistakes, Nate is a truly changed man who has nothing but good intentions toward Pru and their future.  Nate is steady and strong which is exactly what Pru needs him to be.  As for Pru, she is a generally likeable character but I always wanted a little more out of her, a bit more courage, a bit more backbone, and a bit more faith in herself and Nate.  Oh, she eventually gets there but I wanted to see eventually throughout.  With that being said, there are still some really great moments for Pru in this read, Nate has some outstanding moments, and of course, there are the dogs.  One mustn’t forget about the dogs who always create a wonderful dynamic in Dawson’s reads.  The HEA for this read is so sweet and well-deserved after everything Nate and Pru endure to there!

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About the author and where to find her:

Zoe DawsonZoe 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: Finn’s Choice (Book #4: The Adventures of Finn MacCullen) by Darby Karchut

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Just when Finn MacCullen thought fate couldn’t kick him any harder after the events of the Festival of the Hunt, it does. Now, he must overcome a series of nearly impossible trials to prove his worth as an apprentice, or lose his place at his master Gideon’s side.   But Finn and Gideon, and their friends, are determined to boot fate right back. They’re going to do whatever it takes to succeed, including teaming up with a sorceress and a certain teen angel.  However, Finn’s life has as many twists as a Celtic knot, and master and apprentice find themselves in their ancestral homeland of Ireland with only their wits—and a fair bit of the Black Hand’s charm—to protect them from the vengeful Celtic goddess known as the Scáthach.  In this heart-stopping finale of the award-winning series, it’s going to take every scrap of Finn’s Irish luck and pluck to save himself, and his master, from death. Or worse.

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My Rating: 6 stars (and I use a 5-star system!)

My Review:

I don’t even know where to start with this read that doesn’t involve loads of bad words and hand waving . . . . . I will try and contain myself since I do want Amazon to publish this review🙂

The Scáthach, an ancient being with tremendous power who generally takes whatever and whomever she desires.  Gideon’s Spear, aka Finn MacCullen is who the Scáthach wants and she will not be denied.  Finn’s blood is powerful and precious and with the skills learned at the Scáthach’s side, she would be virtually indestructible. 

What the old ones like the Scáthach often no longer understand is human emotion and attachment.  Finn is young and has suffered terrible losses in his life as well as bigotry because of his half-blood status.  For the first time in his young life, Finn feels wanted, cared for, and settled by Gideon Lir’s side.  To be sure, Gideon is a tough teacher but his toughness is tempered with real affection for Finn.  To leave Gideon’s home, to abandon his training and his friends is absolutely unthinkable.  It is precisely that way of thinking that now has Finn and Gideon on the edge of their respective seats in anticipation of the trials the Scáthach intends to put Finn through in exchange for his freedom. 

Though Finn only has a few months of training, he has a wealth of practical experience but nothing could have prepared Finn for the demands of the Scáthach.  To strengthen her hand, the Scáthach has invoked the right to assign the most ancient of trials, the control of the elements.  For his first trial, Finn must demonstrate control over fire.  Uh, what??  Fire!  Finn has to control fire and he has absolutely no idea how to do that outside of using a lighter.  Thankfully, Gideon has a large network of friends and frenemies and with just over a week to get ready, time is of the essence.  To make matters far more stressful, Finn and Gideon have to be ridiculously careful that the Scáthach not know they have enlisted help.

As you might well expect, things just don’t go smoothly or as planned for Finn and Gideon.  Even with the help of trusted (and one not so trusted) friends, the trials are a nightmare that eventually leads the group to Ireland and on the trail of ancient legend that is pretty much a last-ditch effort at saving Finn from the Scáthach’s grasp.  Nothing, no matter how wretched and awful that has come before could have prepared Finn for what happens in Ireland.  Everything and everyone Finn loves is threatened, the Scáthach is ruthless in her pursuit, and if Finn and his friends don’t find the legendary burnt bones, all will absolutely be lost.

The Bottom Line: I truly wish I had the words to adequately describe how much I have loved not only this book but this series. If I were describing this book and the series to friends or strangers, there would absolutely be wildly waving hands, naughty words, and we’re-fairly-certain-she’s-bat-shit-crazy enthusiasm. Karchut has built a world that is steeped in legend and myth, friendship and loyalty, care and concern, and action and adventure. Each element is woven into the story and acted out by the various players rather than being bluntly written. Karchut’s descriptions, her characters, and her worlds are kind and welcoming, drawing the reader in from the very first page and having to forcibly kick us out at the end because we just can’t bear to let go. With that being said, I’m glad this series is ending where it does, at its peak and not five (or more) books from now with a stale and played out cast of characters and horribly contrived plots, schemes, and machinations. Karchut, like any elegant and graceful woman, knows when it’s time to leave the party. Though I am sad to see such wonderful and impactful characters walk out of my life, I know they, like all good friends are only a thought away and can be pulled from my shelf and revisited at any time. I bid you adieu, Finn MacCullen and wish you all the best in your next adventure . . . .

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Darby KDarby Karchut (aka Darby Kaye) is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.   Her Middle Grade books include FINN FINNEGAN (March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON’S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014, followed by THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015).  Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING, GRIFFIN’S FIRE, and GRIFFIN’S STORM.   She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.

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Review: Stone’s Heart by Darby Karchut

Stone's Heart

Title: Stone’s Heart Author: Darby Karchut Published: May 2016

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 No way, blue jay, and never again. That’s the vow Linney Van Horn has made regarding single dads and their adorable children. After all, that’s why she’s tucked tail and hauled herself and her beloved Arabian horse clear across the country from New Jersey to the small town of Venture, Colorado. To mend her bruised heart—and ego—and start over.  However, the good Lord has a different “do-over” in mind for Linney. She finds herself living next door to Stonewall “Stone” Wheeler, the frustratingly stubborn, but oh, so ruggedly hand-some farrier, and his seven-year-old son, Beau.   A widower, Stone has buried himself in his work to avoid the grief of losing his wife. Deter-mined to grow his horse-shoeing business and raise his child, falling in love is the last thing on his mind. Until an equally stubborn—but pretty as a daisy—teacher moves into the cottage besides his, and charms both him and his son.  Divine intervention. Yup, it’s a beautiful thing.  It’s going to take one adorable little boy, a pair of spirited horses, and a near-fatal accident to
convince Linney and Stone a second chance at a Grace-filled forever is theirs for the asking.

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My Rating: 5/5 stars

My Review:

It’s a long drive from the east coast to among the mountains of Colorado but Linney van Horn has made the drive and arrived at what will be her new life far, far from home and the heartbreak that drove her to the decision to leave home in the first place.  It’s certainly not how she saw her life playing out but it’s the situation she finds herself in and Linney intends to make the best of everything.  Her faith is in God and she is sure He won’t lead her astray.

Stone and his young son, Beau, have spent the better part of three years trying to come out of a fog of grief.   Since his wife was so cruelly taken from them in a tragic car accident, it has taken everything the two have just to survive.  Stone has never, not once in three years seen himself being involved with another woman until Linney shows up next door.  For the first time in three long years, Stone is able to look beyond his grief and see the possibility of happiness and a bright future.  Trouble is, those feelings are all kinds of uncomfortable and Linney has been clear, she wants nothing more than to be friends.

Friends??  HA!!  Even Linney has a hard time convincing herself that’s all she wants with Stone.  With each passing day Linney draws closer to Stone and Beau as she helps the two with their daily tasks and spends many evenings with them.  They share meals, recap their day, bounce ideas off one another, and share quiet moments that are filled with genuine feelings of friendship and so much more.  Though both are terribly scared of their growing feelings for the other, God has a plan for them and it’s going to take a bit of work, some true fear, and more than a little pain before Stone and Linney can be together.  Hey, God never promised the path would be easy🙂

The Bottom Line:  Make no mistake, I so love a down and dirty romance with loads of foul language and naughty bits, BUT the market and my Kindle are flooded with those types of reads, and sometimes I crave something different.  Stone’s Heart is something different but is no less good for being so.  As always, Karchut has packed her novel with very real, very likeable characters.  Though Stone and Linney are fictional, their personalities, problems, and emotions are walking around in the real world which makes each totally relatable.  Their actions and reactions to every situation are authentic, and the plot they have been written into is real and completely plausible.  There are no stretches or leaps and every situation makes perfect sense to the overall plot and characters.  Finally, there is not a single curse word nor naughty scene throughout.  Now, before you scoff at no foul language and no naughty bits, know this, Stone’s Heart is a truly beautiful romance between two (three if you include Beau Bear!) people who have both been hurt before but are willing to open themselves up to love once again.  From start to finish, Stone’s Heart is a well written feel good read that will more than satisfy most readers and offer a breath of fresh, clean air to those who are a bit desensitized from all the down and dirty reads that are so very prevalent.

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About the author and where to find her:

author - Darby KDarby Karchut (aka Darby Kaye) is an award-winning author, teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.   Her Middle Grade books include FINN FINNEGAN (March 2013 from Spencer Hill Press). The next book in the Finnegan series, GIDEON’S SPEAR (Spencer Hill Press) will be released February 2014, followed by THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015).  Her YA books include GRIFFIN RISING, GRIFFIN’S FIRE, and GRIFFIN’S STORM.   She has also co-authored a non-fiction book for teens entitled MONEY AND TEENS with her husband, author Wes Karchut.

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Cover Reveal: The Tides of Bara (Book #3: Sorcerous Moon Series) by Jeffe Kennedy

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Lonen’s War: Book #1: Sorcerous Moons

 An Unquiet Heart: Alone in her tower, Princess Oria has spent too long studying her people’s barbarian enemies, the Destrye—and neglected the search for calm that will control her magic and release her to society. Her restlessness makes meditation hopeless and her fragility renders human companionship unbearable. Oria is near giving up. Then the Destrye attack, and her people’s lives depend on her handling of their prince…

A Fight Without Hope: When the cornered Destrye decided to strike back, Lonen never thought he’d live through the battle, let alone demand justice as a conqueror. And yet he must keep up his guard against the sorceress who speaks for the city. Oria’s people are devious, her claims of ignorance absurd. The frank honesty her eyes promise could be just one more layer of deception.

A Savage Bargain: Fighting for time and trust, Oria and Lonen have one final sacrifice to choose… before an even greater threat consumes them all.

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Oria’s Gambit: Book #2: Sorcerous Moons

A Play For Power: Princess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to.

A Fragile Bond: To rule is to suffer, but Lonen never thought his marriage would become a torment. Still, he’s a resourceful man. He can play the brute conqueror for Oria’s faceless officials and bide his time with his wife. And as he coaxes secrets from Oria, he may yet change their fate…

An Impossible Demand: With deception layering on deception, Lonen and Oria must claim the throne and brazen out the doubters. Failure means death— for them and their people.  But success might mean an alliance powerful beyond imagining…

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About the author and where to find her:

jeffeJeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.  Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.   She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

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Excerpt Reveal: Neighbors (Book #1: Twin Estates Series) by Stylo Fantome

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Things a good neighbor can do for you: 1. Give you a cup of sugar 2. Let you borrow his lawnmower 3. Water your plants while you’re on vacation 4. Make your eyes roll back in your head with his tongue Katya Tocci has never paid much attention to who lives next door – her career always kept her too busy. She’s a good girl, working her way to becoming the most sought after cake designer in all of San Francisco. But even a good girl’s gotta cut loose once in a while, right? So one fake dating profile later, and she’s ready to tarnish her squeaky clean image. Little does she know, her fun time is closer to home than she ever imagined. Throw in a neighbor who wants to corrupt her, and another who just wants to own her, and her entire world is flipped upside down. Who knew neighbors could be so helpful?

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Excerpt from Neighbors (Book #1: Twin Estates Series):

“Not what I was expecting. You impress me,” he said to her, his voice low. “I’m flattered. I get the feeling there isn’t much you’ve seen that impresses you,” she said. “Katya,” he whispered, and she shivered. He so rarely said her first name. “I’ve never seen anything like you.” Words like that, and he didn’t need to make any deals. He’d barely finished talking, and she was all over him. His assistant was somewhere in the building, Katya was positive the conference room door wasn’t locked, and she didn’t care at all. Not even one little bit. She sat down in his lap with such force that his chair rolled backwards, threatening to tip over. She was able to kiss him once, but then his hands were in her hair, yanking her away. “Ah, but this is supposed to be a punishment, remember? Who said you could kiss me?” he said, and she felt him nipping at the side of her neck. “Please, I don’t want to – AH!” she ended in a shriek when he bit so hard, she wondered if he broke skin. “Dissension. Tsk tsk, Ms. Tocci. You’re on a roll tonight. Get off me.” She wasn’t given a chance to comply. He pulled harder on her hair, and she was forced to follow his hand. She slid off his lap and managed to get her feet under her, still moving with him as he stood up. Katya was dragged across the room and pressed up against the floor-to-ceiling window. She gulped at the feeling of cold glass on her hot skin, then moaned when she felt his lips on the back of her neck. She wasn’t sure what had gotten into him – their last time together, he hadn’t been so aggressive. Maybe she was seeing a new side to him. Or the real him. Very pleased to meet you, Mr. Stone. “Please,” she said again, pushing her hips away from the window and rubbing her ass against his crotch. “Please, I need you.” “Hmmm, that’s nice, but I don’t think that’s what you mean,” he whispered. As he kissed his way down her spine, his hand slowly slid out of her hair and crept over the back of her neck. “Please, Wulf.” “’Please, Wulf’. She begs so sweetly, yet still can’t get what she wants.” His free hand was at her hip, yanking and pulling at her underwear. Shoving them down, letting them fall to her ankles. Leaving her in only her bra. “Please.” She could feel his suit against her bare skin as he stood upright, and his hand slid around her neck, gently wrapping around her throat. She gasped as she was pulled back, her spine forced to arch as her head was drawn into his shoulder. She planted her palms against the window and started panting while his other hand moved across her stomach. “Please what?” “I want …” The hand on her throat squeezed tighter, the hand on her stomach moved lower, but neither pushed her over the edge she was so desperately seeking. She stood on the balls of her feet, almost crying from the tension running through her body. “If you can’t even say what you fucking want,” he growled, his breath hot against her face. “I don’t know why I should bother giving it to you.” “Please, I want you to fuck me,” she whispered. The chuckle she heard sounded more like a growl, and she moaned when she felt his tongue against her ear. “What was that? I couldn’t quite hear you,” he hissed. “Just fuck me,” she hissed right back. “Just fuck you? That’s it? My, your demands are so very simple.” Alright, Wulfric. You win. “Please, Wulf,” she purred, placing one of her hands over his own and moving it down between her legs. “Fuck me right now. Right here. Against this window. Fuck me so hard, people down on the street will hear me screaming your name.” She’d never spoken like that before, to anyone. She briefly wondered if it was too much. If she sounded ridiculous. But then he was slamming his dick into her, and she realized it wasn’t too much at all. Jesus, I should’ve been talking like this years ago. “I thought that was going to take you all fucking night,” he groaned as he bucked his hips against her. Slow and gentle certainly wasn’t on the menu that night – he just instantly started fucking her like it was his job. She couldn’t even respond. Could barely breathe. He was pounding the air from her lungs, and the hand on her throat was ensuring she couldn’t suck any of it back in. “See what happens when you do as I ask? You get rewarded,” he panted, finally moving his hands. She gulped in air greedily and managed to nod. “Yes. Yes, thank you. God, thank you so much,” she moaned. He gripped her hips and yanked them further away from the glass, forcing her to bend at almost a right angle. The new position enabled him to fuck her even harder, something she hadn’t thought was possible. She shrieked with every thrust, her hands beating against the window. “So polite. So sweet. Katya Tocci, best fucking dessert I’ve ever had.” She shrieked again as she was whirled around. She thought she was going to fall over, the position she was in wasn’t favorable when competing against gravity, but she didn’t have to worry. Wulf always had a plan. She was slammed down against the conference table top. She pressed her cheek to the hard wood and let out a long groan when his hips started banging against her, over and over. “The best. God, you’re the best,” she was whispering. Babbling, unsure even of what exactly she was saying. She had her arms stretched out to the sides, gripping the edges of the table, but he roughly grabbed her right arm and jerked it back. “Touch yourself,” he commanded, lifting her hips enough so she could work her hand between them and the table. “Oh my god.” One press of her fingertips, and she shot off like a starter pistol. Screamed as an orgasm rocked every single nerve ending. She went to pull her hand away so she could bathe in the sensations, but Wulf’s hand flattened over her own, his fingers working above hers. She whimpered and cried out as wave after wave of pleasure coursed through her. Became too much for her. Overwhelmed her. Yet still, he wrung more out of her, his fingers pressing even harder. It wasn’t until she was lifting her feet off the ground, her free hand pounding on the table top, begging him for mercy, that he let her go. And immediately, she missed his touch. Before she could beg him to start all over again, though, he had his own orgasm. He came with a shout, dragging his nails down her back before grabbing onto her hips. Digging his fingers into her flesh. While he throbbed inside of her, bruises throbbed on the outside of her, and every nerve ending throbbed within her. “Holy shit, Tocci,” he panted, and she felt him lean forward. Felt his forehead against her back. “You … you were … that was incredible,” she whispered, still finding it hard to breathe. “I know.” “Jesus, it was like you were angry at me.” “I was – your little strip tease from earlier pissed me off. How dare you keep something so wonderfully inappropriate from me.” She managed a laugh. “Duly noted. Next time I learn a new trick, I’ll share it with you immediately.”

About the author and where to find her:

styloCrazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since … forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT. I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me. Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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