Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate. As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from. But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.
‘Not in a million years, kid.’
‘Get the fuck out of my face!’
Four cities in two days, and more doors slammed in my face than I can count. I sling my backpack over my shoulder and scratch another name from my list.
Hopping on to a bus and hopping off thirty minutes later, I scan the mix of both commercial and apartment numbers down the block, then knock on my last door.
He’s a tall man, his hair like pepper, clad in sweats, with a yellow timer hanging from his neck. He gives me a questioning look.
“I’m your next champion.”
He laughs, but then he must see something on my face. In my stance. Thirst, resoluteness, guts. Maybe I’m wearing my balls in my eyes. He falls sober and swings the door wide-open. “Come on in.”
He doesn’t ask for my name.
I guess with one look, he knows he’ll find my name in the dictionary, right next to “determined.”
He leads me to his garage. “Where’d you train before?” he asks.
“Self-taught. I watch videos.”
He scoffs, then shrugs. “Okay, let’s see what you’ve got.”
I eye the equipment across the room. The heavy bag hangs from the ceiling, the leather worn from other fighters before me. There’s a boxing dummy at the corner. Speed bag. Weights. A whole private gym set up here. I drop both my bags, then zip open my backpack and start to put on the gloves without bothering to remove my hoodie.
“Take that off; I need to know what you’ve got. Need to see your form,” Hennesy says.
I clench my jaw. Slowly unzip my hoodie. Take it off and glance past my shoulder, shifting to keep my back from the coach’s view. The guy is clearing the fighting area. Good. We can get down to business. He walks to me when I face him.
“Give it over.” I hand him my hoodie and he tosses it aside, then crosses his arms and looks at me. “Speedball first.”
I inhale, position myself before the speedball, and hit. Wham.
I keep on hitting, lightning fast, my fists making the bag fly.
I would have warmed up first, but I’ve been doing this for days, and I won’t stop until I’ve got myself a coach—and not even then.
I’ve got momentum now, and I pick up speed, my arms moving back and forth, working the speed bag until it’s moving so fast you can’t even see it.
I’m starting to sweat; it’s stuffy in here, but I can’t stop. I need him to take me on. I need one yes to get me in the ring. Just one yes and I’ll do the rest.
“Time.” Hennesy stops me. He signals to the boxing dummy and the heavy bag. “Let’s see you pound the bag.”
I swing out and slam my knuckles on the bag, putting everything into my fists. Thack, thump, thud.
Hennesy’s composure starts to crumble with excitement. “Holy shit, boy!”
I’m getting in to it. I’m in the zone—where it’s just me, the leather brown bag, my fists, and nothing else but slamming the spot I’m looking at.
“I’ve seen enough.” He stops the bag from swinging. His eyes glassy. “Fill this out.”
I pull off my right glove and grab a pen as he slaps a paper onto a desk at the corner. I bend down to fill out my name and contact information and realize, too late, that I exposed the tattoo on my back.
“You’re his boy.”
I freeze midsignature.
A second ticks by. Then two.
I slowly set the pen down and take one last look at the paper. I might not get to fill it out after all. I turn.
His face has paled.
I wait it out for a few beats. Maybe he’s different. Maybe he can deal with it.
He tosses my jacket at me. “Get out. Nobody wants to see you fight.”
I frown fiercely as I catch my jacket in my fist and edge forward, equally mad now. “That’s too damn bad. ’Cause I’m fighting anyway.”
I keep my eyes on him as I pull off my left glove, shove my arms into my hoodie, and zip up.
I walk out and the door slams behind me. I clench my jaw, and I shove my gloves into my bag and spot the old, black gloves inside too. I push them down into the bottom of the duffel bag and zip it up.
The season starts in a week and a half. No coach? No fight. I can’t even get into a gym.
But I won’t let anyone or anything keep me from the ring.
I pick up a penny from the ground.
And I spot a girl in workout clothes across the street, tying her shoelaces. She’s a step away from the gym door. I straighten, pull my hoodie over my head, and cross the street, following after her like I belong.
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Only one man can help her. Is she willing to pay his price? Faced with the potentially overwhelming loss of her family’s fortune, Lara Bertrand turns to the one man who can help her, the gorgeous and powerful Connor Donovan. She knows he’s dangerous to her on every level. Only desperation would drive her to make such a risky proposition. After all, she knows all about his ruthless nature and relentless determination to succeed. When the classy, elegant Lara walks into his office with an outrageous proposal, Connor is stunned and more than a little intrigued. Ever since he first met her, he’s been attracted to the cool beauty, but she’s more than kept her distance. Connor is absolutely willing to help her out. For a price. He not only wants her hand in marriage, but also her total submissive surrender…
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.
Winner of the 2013 Best BDSM Book of the Year award (Over The Line), the 2014 LASR Book of the Year award (In The Den), and the 2015 Golden Flogger (Crave), Sierra was born in Manchester, England where she spent her early years traipsing through castles. After living in Denver for a number of years, the internationally acclaimed author now calls Galveston, Texas, home. She loves the way history blends with Southern manners (being called “sugar” is an experience unto itself) and rich pirate lore. She invites you to join her on a sensual journey where the limits are explored and expanded.
Jesse: I admit, I didn’t think much of Charlie at first. She was rounder than the girls who usually caught my eye. Not my type. But when I saw her sitting in that booth alone, for the first time something in my mind or my instincts or my heart told me to join her. She defied me. She challenged me. She gave me hope.
Before I knew it, moving forward was my only option. Charlie: I couldn’t tell you when it happened, but it had to have been a gradual change; I never moved too quickly. If someone would have told me earlier that year what I was going to go through, I wouldn’t have believed them. Jesse was so different from anyone I’d met before. And everyone I’ve met since. He sucked all the life out of me, in the best—and worst—ways. We don’t get strong overnight. For most of us it takes time. Strength isn’t measured by how high and fast our walls go up, but how easily we can watch them fall.
Warning: This book contains material that might be a trigger for some readers. Abuse and rape are implied, but not described in detail. Discretion is advised.
Amalie Silver resides in Minnesota with her husband, two toddlers, and German Short-haired Pointer, Saba. She consumes approximately three pots of coffee a day, and credits this for her survival over the past decade. When not completely consumed in her writing, she can be found taking road trips to northern Minnesota, engaging in fierce Scrabble games, or reading a good book. She’s a sucker for all romance genres, literary fiction, and psychological fiction.
The club comes first. I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead. Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him. I’m coming for you, Tinker. Soon.
Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.
It’s a child’s toy—what could go wrong? While playing with a spirit board, two sorority sisters summon the vindictive spirits of three women brutally murdered by a psychopath. Join Logan, Kacie, and the rest of the Orion Circle as they delve into the disturbing events of the past to find the key to freeing the spirits. But this isn’t any ordinary haunting. These ghosts were banished before, and now they have returned more powerful than anyone could have imagined. Anger breeds hatred and hatred leads to darkness—these phantoms are on the verge of losing their last spark of humanity and becoming completely lost to the shadows. Can Logan and Kacie convince the tortured souls to embrace the light and move on, or will the spirits succumb to the hypnotic pull of evil, leading to an eternity of torment and suffering?
Round two of The Orion Circle finds the gang knee-deep in a sorority house mess. After playing with they thought was a children’s toy, two sorority sisters inadvertently unleash three seriously nasty spirits that have been tied to the house since their brutal murder in the 1970s.
Logan is dispatched to the sorority to house assess the situation and quickly discovers he is well out of his depth and needs some serious back-up. The spirits are unlike anything Logan (or the Orion Circle) have ever encountered. The long-dead sisters are beyond angry, they are likely the most powerful the group has ever faced, they have been banished from the house once before, and they are hell-bent on revenge. To make matters even worse, the strongest of the three vengeful spirits had (and has) the ability to read negative emotions and thoughts. Her ability to manipulate other’s thoughts and exploit their fears coupled with her ability to move (read: throw!) large objects wreaks havoc on the group causing both mental and physical injury.
In order to permanently fix the sorority house’s ghost problem, the Orion Circle must harness all their collective powers and convince the three angry apparitions to cross over into the light. For two of the three spirits, it is surprisingly (like way too surprisingly) easy to convince them to cross over but the third takes considerably more skill, effort, and cunning. As the group delves deeper into the deaths of the three sorority sisters they discover how truly heinous the crime was. Between the manipulation, the drugs, the betrayal, and the brutality, it is no wonder the girls are angry and vengeful. By the time the group is able to solve the problem, the sorority house has been destroyed, loyalties have been tested, old friendships re-forged, and premonitions of future darkness and danger spoken.
The Bottom Line: Round two of The Orion Circle series fell into the dreaded sophomore slump for me. Just about everything I liked in this read also had a serious negative side. For example, I like Kacie and Logan but there are a lot of other members of the Orion Circle I am interested in learning more about. Daniel, Blake, and Raven are at the top of the list and though they got some time off the bench in this read, they still played second fiddle to Kacie and Logan. I like the basic premise of three sorority sisters haunting their old home but the explanation into their murder was too much of reach for me and their end felt quite anticlimactic. I really hope Twisted Sisters is just a sophomore slump and not an indication of what’s coming for the series as a whole. There is still a great deal of potential and a great number of characters waiting to be tapped which is why I am hopeful future books in the series will rise like a phoenix out of the slump.
Cole Bryant is a highly decorated Captain in the Marine Corps. His whole military career has been embedded deep inside a Special Ops organization. But that life is over. He is re-assigned to a recruiting office in Washington. It was at his request, in order to be closer to his sick mother, but pushing paperwork and selling the dream is far from the heart pumping, heat of battle he is used to. Savannah Rogers is a high achieving high school principle that doesn’t have time for a relationship—even if she wanted one. When Cole and Savannah cross paths, both their worldviews are called into question. Can Cole trade in his high profile, risk-seeking life of service, for a simpler life? And will Savannah be able to let her guard down long enough to see that there are men with merit left in the world? Or, will the ravages of war destroy everything?
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KB Winters: KB Winters is the author of the brand new Billionaire Romance Series, Plush. She has an addiction to caffeine and hard-bodied alpha males. The men in her books are very sexy, protective and sometimes bossy, her ladies are…well…bossier! Living in sunny Southern California, this hopeless romantic writes every chance she gets!
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First come lies. Then comes temptation… Former Black Ops soldier Logan McCabe is in high-tech heaven. The “smart” apartment he’s staying at has it all—luxurious amenities, walls that change color, and a seductive and nearly naked woman in the living room. Now, that’s everything a man can ask for. Except Kensey Roberts is no pixel pinup…and the sexual tension between them is most assuredly real. Kensey is in way over her head. She’s undercover to expose a possible art thief and clear her absentee father’s name. She doesn’t need a distraction—especially the ex-military, crazy-sexy hot kind. “Captain McBabe” is over six feet of pure, delicious temptation. But one sizzling night won’t just compromise her reputation…it could blow her cover sky-high.
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
One Sizzling Night falls into the category of “I don’t really know what to say about this book.” Here’s the breakdown:
Plot/Characters: Though she hasn’t seen her father in years, Kensey Roberts still feels compelled to help him when he is falsely accused of stealing a Degas. Mind you, Kensey’s father didn’t ask for her help, he abandoned her years ago, and he is a career criminal with a reputation for stealing famous works of art. Logan McCabe is an ex-military man with a growing private security business. In order to really grow his business and do some real good among the vets he hires, he needs to win a huge contract. With his presentation and sales pitch prepped and ready to go, Logan is ready to go to war for his contract.
While it doesn’t seem like these two plot lines or characters should intersect, they do in a smart apartment owned by a mutual friend. Turns out, in order to save her father, Kensey has to prove the man Logan needs to win his contract from actually illegally owns the Degas her father is accused of having stolen. When each figures out what the other is up to, it causes all kinds of crap between them. The crap is further complicated by the fact they have already slept together. . . . twice.
The Secondary Bits, Pieces, and People: Overall, I liked the second string team better than the first string players in this read. First, there is Neil, Kensey’s boss and mentor. Neil is the picture of calm, cool, and collected and a little like Bruce Wayne. Neil has the connections and money to make things happen, the sense to know when (or when not) to become involved in a situation, and a fierce loyalty to his friends. Second, there is Sam, the tech genius who tends to stay behind the scenes where she is most comfortable; tech doesn’t talk or have feelings, people do. Sam is quite literally a genius who has created some seriously cutting-edge products for the tech, security, real, etc. world. Her smart apartment is the common ground for Kensey and Logan, her super-cool gadgets save Kensey’s bacon when the sh*t hits the fan, and her friendship with Logan helps smooth the way for the HEA. Finally, there is the smart apartment. WOWSA!!! I love the apartment, wish it had a name, and totally want to live there. In all honesty, I may have liked the apartment more than any other element of this read. That’s not good, right????
The Bottom Line: One Sizzling Night is truly a middle of the road read for me; I can’t say I disliked the book though I also can’t say I completely loved it and couldn’t put it down. It took me far longer to finish this read than the page count warrants which always tells me something about my feelings for the read. I don’t have any real complaints about the book but nothing, other than the smart apartment really jumped out and screamed “I’m awesome!” either. Ultimately, I think I got my hopes up way too high (art, sexy ex-military, naughty bits!) and my expectations just weren’t met. One Sizzling Night sort of turned into Several Fizzling Nights 😦