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Book One: The Disappearance of Lady Edith ( The Undaunted Debutantes Series) by Christina McKnight. Historical Romance, Regency England, expected publication, May 23, 2017
One tragic night changed sensible, proper Lady Edith Pelton’s life: when her best friend fell to her death, pushed down a flight of stairs by a nefarious lord. Now, Edith dedicates her time watching the man she thinks is responsible, while gathering other information to expose other scoundrels posing as gentlemen of honor about London. But when her spying is noticed by a perfect stranger, Edith finds herself with two mysteries—what happened to her friend, and how to win the heart of a brilliantly handsome lord.
Book Two: The Misfortune of Lady Lucianna (The Undaunted Debutantes Series) by Christina McKnight. Historical Romance, Regency England, expected publication, June 13, 2017.
Lady Lucianna Constantine, a quick-witted hellion, has no doubt who is responsible for the murder of her dear friend—and she will stop at nothing from exposing his transgressions, and those of every despicable man in London. Though her two dearest friends were unwilling to point a finger at the dastardly man, Lucianna has witnessed the cruelty of London’s Beau Monde her entire life…starting with her own father. She is more than willing to singlehandedly take down every vile man that crosses her path. However, what happens when a most honorable man discovers Luci is the abhorrent woman who ruined both his life and stripped him of his rightful future?
Book Three: The Misadventures of Lady Ophelia (The Undaunted Debutantes Series) by Christina McKnight. Historical Romance, Regency England, expected publication, July 11, 2017
If only Lady Ophelia Fletcher—quiet, reserved, with her nose always stuck in a book—had witnessed the death of her friend that fateful night. Now she writes a column, Mayfair Confidential, that she uses to expose men with unsavory pasts to make amends for holding her tongue the night her dear friend was murdered. She is more than willing to never call attention to herself. But when a handsome stranger arrives to meet with her father, Ophelia can’t help but do a little investigating for her own benefit. At last, Ophelia has stumbled upon an adventure of her own—but does she possess the skills necessary to solve the mystery without the assistance of her friends?
Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.
Free from the hand of a tyrant, the Twelve Kingdoms have thrown all that touch them into chaos. New allies appear–and enemies encroach–from all sides. To survive, they must adapt to this new reality without a moment of doubt…
Growing up in a country where magic was common as dust, Zynda never had to worry about her enchantments upsetting the balance of nature. But the land beyond the borders of the thirteenth kingdom calls to her. It may be foreign and ugly, but the strangeness is laced with an excitement she has never known. Outside her homeland, Zynda’s shapeshifting and sorcery are a potent advantage to nations grasping for dominance–and the thrill of power lures her even as she recognizes the threat she poses to these magic-buffeted realms.
A ruthless enemy stalks them, promising destruction if she does not fight with all her strength–but if she upsets the equilibrium of the land, all will pay, the common people most of all. And a man of this outside world fascinates her, a mossback with no scrap of magic in him. He knows nothing of the fears and temptations pulling at her. But in his steady embrace she learns she must choose well–for the consequences may reach farther than she ever imagined…
Jeffe 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.
For six years, Holly has lived a reclusive life–with the Chesapeake Bay, the wild animals on her property, and dark memories as her only companions. Then she meets Cade. He’s smart and handsome and sensitive and sexy, and he simply will not go away. He wants to know all about her, and Holly starts to wonder if she can open up her heart again.
Cade comes back to his hometown for a break, barely holding on to the fraying edges of his true-crime writing career. He needs to write another book, and it needs to be a success. When he meets Holly, he knows there’s a great story hiding beneath her haunting beauty and her complete isolation. He’s going to be the one to tell that story.
Even if he breaks both of their hearts in the process.
As he walked back, he dried his face and chest. When he reached her, Holly was stretched out on her towel, her body displayed in a way that sent a surge of desire through him, most of it centered in his groin. Her suit was pretty much transparent now. The strings and fabric were stretched and thin. That bikini must be twenty years old.
“I’m exhausted,” she said, her eyes closed and arms stretched up above her head. Then she squinted at him in an exaggerated glare. “Why aren’t you tired too?”
He almost laughed at the irony. He must be a better actor than he thought. “I am,” he admitted, lowering himself to sit beside her on the sand. “I feel like I might just fall over.”
“Good.” She was doing that suppressed smile thing, and it made her face look absolutely enchanting—almost as attractive to him as her body.
He couldn’t keep his eyes from crawling over her long limbs and firm curves though. She was only a few inches away from him, and her breasts alone made him want to howl. He felt the erection that had tightened earlier get a little harder as he gazed at her. Soon it was going to be uncomfortable.
“Don’t get too turned on,” she said without opening her eyes. “Nothing is going to happen.”
“I know that. But there’s not any sense in trying to reason with my body. It does what it does, no matter how sternly I lecture it differently.”
She chuckled, and he was irrationally pleased that he’d managed to amuse her. She opened her eyes to meet his again. “If it’s going to be a problem for you, then you’ll need to leave. This isn’t an invitation.”
“I know it isn’t. I’m not a lumbering buffoon who thinks a body is only there for me to touch. It’s not going to be a problem for me.” He noticed that she didn’t offer to cover up. That was interesting and not a normal response for a woman—at least for the women he’d known before.
She wasn’t taking any responsibility at all for the state of his body, even though she was lying next to him mostly naked.
“Good. Then you can stay for a little while.”
“Thanks.” His voice was dry but not sarcastic.
She smiled again and relaxed on her towel, obviously enjoying the feel of the sun and the breeze.
Cade adjusted his position and tried to enjoy it too, although his mind was whirling with too many questions and responses.
“It doesn’t bother you?” he asked after a minute.
She turned her head to look up at him. “What doesn’t bother me?”
“My sitting here staring at you like this.”
“You weren’t staring just now. You were looking out at the bay, trying to get less turned on.”
She was exactly right, although how she’d realized it with her eyes closed he had no idea. “But I was staring at you earlier. It doesn’t bother you?”
“No. Why would it?”
“I don’t know. A lot of women are self-conscious about people staring at their bodies. And since you seem to be… reluctant to socialize, I would have thought it would be harder for you.”
“No. I think people are self-conscious because they want other people to think well of them, more so about the parts of them that are most intimate. I couldn’t care less about whether you like my body or not.”
She was speaking the truth. He could tell. It was so different from what he was used to that he had trouble wrapping his mind around it.
“And lying here like this doesn’t feel very intimate to me anyway. I’d far rather you see me naked than set foot into my house.”
She was telling him the truth about that too. He wondered whether something was in the house that made it so off-limits or if it was just a private sanctuary that no one but her could ever enter.
There were still far too many questions about her than answers. He might have seen her mostly naked, but he had barely scratched the surface of who she was.
He wondered why she’d allowed him to swim with her this evening, why she wasn’t sending him away now.
“You interest me,” she said at last, as if she had read his mind. “I can’t quite figure you out.”
“Same here,” he said, speaking only the truth.
“No one has really interested me in a long time.” Her words drifted off as if she was speaking to herself.
He didn’t give her the answer out loud, but the same was true of him. He wanted—needed—to know more about her. It made him feel alive, so alive that he wondered if he’d been living half-dead for the past few years.
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
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Reverend “Rev” Walker, expected some backlash after he foiled The Council’s attempts to overthrow the Blood Ravager Biker Gang. What he hadn’t expected was to wake up in the last place he ever wanted to see again—a dank cell of The Council’s Siberian dungeon. Drained and chained, he faces certain death if he can’t escape from the hellish prison. Now, his only means of escape depends on him accepting help from a fellow prisoner, a woman whose very existence is a lie and the only one capable of awakening Rev’s long-dormant heart.
Claire Deveraux is Dygarian, a race of shadow-shifters who have been slandered and hunted to extinction by The Council. But Claire has used her years of enslavement well, reading her captors’ secret texts and hearing their whispered secrets. Now, after being locked up for a crime she didn’t commit, she plans to use her knowledge of the dungeon’s maze-like interior to gain her freedom, or die trying. Then a new prisoner arrives, a man Claire has dreamed of and knows in her heart is her destined mate, if only she can break through his walls.
On the run and threatened from all sides, will Rev and Claire learn to trust each other and their growing feelings for one another before it’s too late?
Peering around Rev, Claire studied the new opponent. The thing was big and ugly and must’ve come running from the deepest crevices of the dungeons. It launched itself at Rev, saliva dripping from its huge sword-like fangs as if it wanted to gobble the vamp up for dinner.
This wasn’t her first run-in with the Council’s monsters who went bump in the night. There were others, many, many others that lurked in the shadows down here. In the past she’d always had a contingent of guards surrounding her when she’d come to clean, then later, she’d had the iron bars of her cage. Now, though, there was nothing between her and what looked like certain death. Nothing but a vamp she didn’t know and didn’t particularly trust, who was currently getting the thrashing of his immortal life from the looks of it.
The need for self-preservation swelling inside her, Claire mentally reviewed the texts she’d read about hand-to-hand combat while she searched for a weapon. At last, she settled on a sharp shard of wood from one of the vicious roots that had died and assumed a battle stance.
Time for a little payback.
As she crouched and prepared to strike, Rev dodged from one side of the narrow passage to the other, slicing the tip of his makeshift rock dagger across the beast’s throat…only to disappear. Vampires were notoriously fast and Rev even more so due to his training.
Still, the creature remained on its feet, healing quickly and growing angrier.
Rev reappeared in a flash and struck again and again, inflicting more damage each time. The creature tried to claw him, but Rev always seemed to duck at the perfect moment. Much as Claire hated to admit it, his masterful skill was impressive. He never seemed to make actual deadly contact with the monster or land a punch though. Why? She wasn’t sure, since the opportunities were there.
Then the idea occurred that perhaps the whispered rumors of the other prisoners were true. Perhaps he had left his killer ways behind and now searched for redemption by turning only against the people who had made him what he was. That would certainly make sense, given what he’d told her about why he was here, why he’d sacrificed himself and his freedom.
Claire clutched her wooden stake tighter. No. Even if that were true and he had changed his ways, it would not alter his fate. She had nothing to her name now, nothing but her integrity and her vengeance. She would use him to keep her safe until she could fend for herself and then she would end him as she’d promised.
The beast swiped a razor-sharp talon at Rev, nearly beheading him if not for his quick reflexes, and this time Claire jumped into the action. The assassin was hers to kill. No one else’s. “You have five seconds, creature,” she shouted. “I suggest you run. Fast.”
At the sound of her voice, the monster narrowed its black gaze, growling, “Mine.”
“Three seconds left.”
Rev dove through the air and gouged out one of the beast’s eyes. Yelps of pain echoed.
Retaliating, the creature slammed hard into Rev’s chest. Rev tumbled backward through the dark tunnel, disappearing into the shadows beyond.
Slowly, Claire turned back to face the beast that had just signed its death warrant. “Zero.”
Traci is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her stories feature sizzling heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and she loves animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.
Ry Morgan has always had a thing for Avery Hayes—one more hope his twin wrecked for him, pretending to be Ry to kiss her at the high school prom. Eight years later, Ry has had enough: he’s quitting the pro rodeo circuit, moving home to California to mend fences, and letting his brother clean up his own messes for a change. Reclaiming Avery’s stolen kiss is at the top of his agenda…
But Avery has changed. Her rodeo career ended with a fall that left her lucky to be alive, let alone walking. She hasn’t been on a horse since, and between surgeries and fighting off everybody’s pity she hasn’t done much else either. Ry is strong, confident, and sexy as hell—exactly what she thought she wanted at seventeen. Now, she’ll have to protect the safe space she’s made for herself—or risk it all for a dream she thought would never come again…
Ry Morgan is done! He’s done looking after his rowdy twin, HW, he’s done traveling all over the country from rodeo to rodeo, and he’s done feeling guilty about being done. For the first time in a decade, Ry Morgan is going home and he intends to stay.
Going home isn’t quite as hard for Ry as it was for his older brothers, Chase and Blue. Ry’s problem has never been with his dad, but with his mother and since she’s nowhere to be found, settling in is easy to do. Within days, Ry realizes ranching is exactly what he needs to be doing with his life. Life on the ranch is simple, pure work, hard work, and Ry revels in the aching muscles he earns each day. To top it all off, Ry has also been able to connect with Avery Hayes, the girl who stole his heart in high school and has never been replaced.
Avery Hayes isn’t the girl Ry once knew. Just before college, she survived a tragic accident that left her body nearly destroyed and in need of multiple surgeries and years of physical therapy. Though Avery has put in the hard work, she’s left with both physical and mental scars that have kept her from truly moving forward with her life. Her job at her family’s hotel is satisfying, but she’s capable of so much more and it isn’t until she takes on the Morgan wedding that she truly begins to spread her wings. As a bonus, Avery has reconnected with Ry Morgan, a man who pushes her boundaries, makes her feel safe, challenges her, and cares deeply for her.
As the weeks go by, both Ry and Avery face challenges they never expected. Ry’s brothers are actively looking for his mother and younger sister which dredges up memories and emotions best left in the past. Additionally, for the first time in a decade Ry is separated from his twin brother which causes him more anxiety than he would like to admit. In so many ways, Avery eases his troubles and helps Ry more fully settle into life at home. For Avery, being at the ranch is both exhilarating and terrifying. She loves the work she’s doing and wants to take on more responsibility, but being near the horses is emotionally draining. At every turn, Ry encourages Avery and helps her overcome a deep-seated fear that has kept her paralyzed for years. As the two help one another, a deep and abiding love years in the making blossoms.
The Bottom Line: Holy hot cowboys, I am loving this series!!! The Morgan Ranch series gets better with each installment and Ry’s story is no exception. Of the Morgan boys, Ry’s story is by far the most tragic as events with his mother come to light and he deals with the very real possibility of seeing her again. His journey would be far, far harder were it not for Avery who stands by him through thick and thin. Avery and Ry together are about as perfect as it gets. Though they face a few bumps in the road, there isn’t any huge, relationship-ending drama with these two and I found that to be quite refreshing. As always, the characters from past reads make appearances which only serves to enhance the overall story, the dialogue is quick, the naughty bits are delicious and appropriate to the characters/story, and the book specific and series plots are evolving. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, get on it! Kate Pearce is killing it with the Morgan Ranch series and I am stoked to see what happens next.
If Josh Lehman learned one thing as a Green Beret, it’s patience. Josh founded the Sentinels of Babylon because he was sick and tired of watching scumbags cheat the system—scumbags like the man who murdered his sister. Of course, if Josh’s sniper rifle was linked to the death of his ex-brother-in-law, that might be a problem. The bigger problem is the nosy reporter who’s this close to exposing the club. Josh has to find a way to keep her hot mouth from talking . . . but he’ll be damned if he lets someone take her from him. Not on his watch.
Ashley Carver thought she’d do anything for a scoop. That was before her latest story leads to multiple attempts on her life. Ashley’s been investigating a homicide that has gone unsolved for five years when she uncovers evidence tying the vigilantes of the Sentinels of Babylon to a revenge killing. Now she’s in their crosshairs. But after Josh defies all notions of club loyalty to come to Ashley’s aid, soon they’re burning up the sheets—and taking on the world.
Josh Lehman (aka Sentinel) isn’t what anyone thinks he is . . . . . as a former military sniper, Josh is skilled and capable, but most of the world thinks he’s just a bar owner. He’s a big, tatted up scary man most people wouldn’t think twice about crossing, but to the nurses in the NICU, he’s the man who spends every free night holding and cuddling the preemies. He’s also a stone-cold killer on a mission to right the wrongs perpetrated by the justice system.
Everything in Sentinel’s life changed the day his beloved sister was found murdered in the trunk of a car. Though Sentinel is sure her skeevy husband is to blame for the loss of his sister, the justice system didn’t agree and for two years the rat bastard has been missing. After two long years, Sentinel’s brother-in-law is back in town and he and the SOB’s have him on their radar for extermination. Before the deed can be done, however, complications arise in the form of new murders that are eerily similar to that of Sentinel’s sister and a nosy reporter who is convinced the whole mess is connected.
Ashley Carver has been following the story of Sentinel’s sister since the very beginning and she’s never lost interest in the story or the man left behind. When she begins to connect a series of new murders together, she’s is compelled to once again reach out to Sentinel. The combination of their information reveals a disturbing pattern indicative of a serial killer; since neither wants to find any more dead, pregnant women, Ashley and Sentinel combine forces to take down the person responsible for so much pain and sadness. While they both expect to find a sick, twisted person behind the murders, neither expects to uncover a twisted group involved in all manner of abuse and violence. Ashley is intent on exposing the group while Sentinel and the SOBs have a very different agenda.
Working together puts Ashley and Sentinel in close proximity (and danger!) which only enhances and highlights the sexual tension between them. Ashley has a tragedy in her past that has made it impossible for her to connect with anyone on an emotional level, but Sentinel makes her feel safe and cared for. With Sentinel, Ashley begins to heal and begins to see a future involving commitment and family, something she hasn’t fathomed in more than a decade. For Sentinel, Ashley is just the woman for him: wild, uninhibited, passionate, and willing to face danger in order to bring about good. She’s kind and compassionate and sees far beyond Sentinel’s surface to the man he really is.
The Bottom Line: I liked this second installment of the Sentinels of Babylon series better than the first. Ashley is feisty and awesome and so not your typical do-anything-and-screw-everyone for a story kind of reporter. Had she been that typical reporter, I very likely would have disliked this read intensely and immensely. Sentinel is the smokin’ hot, sexy, intelligent, badass kind of awesome. He also spends his free time snuggling babies in the NICU!! I find it very easy to forgive Sentinel his vigilante ways considering all that other stuff 😊 There is a great deal of awful and wretched, sick and twisted in this read and I liked every second of it!! As with the first book, Sentinel’s Kiss wraps up lightning fast, but this particular story lends itself to that kind of pacing. I only have two complaints about this read: 1) I’m not entirely clear on whether or not Ashley knows about Sentinel’s secret life, his vigilante actions and, 2) Ashley’s family. Those assholes sure are judgy and there was no apparent resolution regarding their judgement about Sentinel. With that being said, those are minor complaints about the overall read leaving me with a good feeling about the book as a whole. I’m seeing more promise in this series and look forward to its continuation.