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Month: April 2015 (page 2 of 8)

Blog Tour & Review: What the Lightning Sees – PART 2 by Louise Bay




By USA Today Bestselling Author Louise Bay


Adult Contemporary Novella Series

Part Two Release: April 27, 2015

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Haven had thought she was wrong about Jake, but apparently she should have trusted her instincts. He wasn’t the man she thought he was. The chink that Jake managed to put in her armor has healed over. She’s shut down and as far as she’s concerned, it’s all business between them from now on.

Thrown together on another assignment, anger, frustration and jealousy are at the forefront of Jake’s emotions. Will Jake convince Haven that he really cares or will he let her go as she insists he must?

What the Lighting Sees – Part Two – is the second part in a three part novella series.

Part Three is out on May 25th and is available for pre-order now.


We pick back up with Jake and Haven after she hears what she wants to hear and decides that Jake isn’t who she thought she was. Is that vague enough for you? Basically, there’s a massive miscommunication and even though Haven acknowledges that fact, she’s unwilling to reopen her heart to the possibility of having it shatter into a million pieces.

I oscillated back and forth between wanting to shake Haven and now wanting to slap Jake. PEOPLE, GET IT TOGETHER. DON’T YOU KNOW YOU’RE MEANT TO BE?! Louise Bay creates lots of drama in this second installment that will have you dying to get these two in the same room together so that they can work their shit out.

We get a little deeper look into Jake’s mind this time around. As his feeling for Haven become clearer, so does his need to fight harder to win her back. Haven’s smart and witty mouth reappears towards the end of this installment and I welcomed its reappearance. There’s a big cliffy at the end of this one that you can pretty much guess if you have an ounce of common sense, but I don’t care. I want more!

Overall, this book is fun, passionate and a great read. A solid 4.5 star rating from this gal.

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]


Part One Released: March 31, 2015

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Jake Harrison is everything that Haven Daniels hates about men: over-confident, born into money and too handsome for his own good. Haven finds it difficult to keep her opinions to herself and can’t help but tell Jake exactly what she thinks of him, again and again.

Haven Daniels is uptight, smart and a bit of a bitch – the perfect challenge for Jake. It doesn’t hurt that she’s movie star beautiful and has no idea.

Forced to work together, verbal sparring turns into sexual chemistry but men like Jake are trouble and Haven has had enough trouble to last her a lifetime.

Will Haven give into Jake’s charms? Can Jake peel off Haven’s prickly mask, revealing the woman he knows lies beneath?

Series Release Schedule:

Part One: March 31, 2015

Part Two: April 27, 2015

Part Three: May 25, 2015

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books Faithful and Hopeful are stand-alone novels although there are some overlapping characters. Bestselling The Empire State Series of novellas starts with A Week in New York. My next series is What the Lightning Sees.

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

Louise loves the rain, the West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

She loves to hear from readers so get in touch!

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Blog Tour & Review: Caress of Darkness by Julie Kenner

Buy Links:

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Book Summary:

I’d thought that he was mine, the dark, arresting man who commanded not only my body but my heart. Dante had swept into my life, and I’d succumbed to the burn of passion in his arms.

I’d believed we had a love that would last forever, but he’d shattered my dreams and broken me into pieces when he’d walked away, taking a piece of my soul with him.

Now he has come back seeking my help, and though I try to keep my distance and protect my heart, I cannot deny that the fire between us burns hotter than ever. And I cannot help but fear that this time our passion will reduce us both to ashes.


Ahhhhh, these books are the only time that jumping into a fire sound inviting. Although the heat you feel from this novella isn’t from the Phoenix fire. Dante and Brenna have been separated for thirteen years and they have a lot of catching up to do. As you’d expect, the chemistry between them hasn’t been forgotten and the sparks fly between them.

I love love love these short novellas from Julie. She quickly transports you to another world, and then hits you over the head with an adorable sweet love story. There isn’t long, drawn out he-said-she-said shit that drags out for ages. You want them together? You fucking get them together. You want the next piece of the story? IT’S RIGHT THERE, TURN THE PAGE. I loved it!

Caress of Darkness is a great addition to this series. It’s filled with love, drama, and that J. Kenner heat that you’ve come to expect. Great read!

[I received an ARC of this novella in exchange for an honest review]

About Julie Kenner

Julie Kenner (aka J. Kenner and J.K. Beck) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over forty novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” J.K. writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense and paranormal mommy lit. Her foray into the latter, Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom by Julie Kenner, is in development as a feature film with 1492 Pictures.
Her most recent trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner), reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries.

J.K. lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and several cats.

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Blog Tour: Black Collar Queen by A.N. Later


Buy Links:

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Series Buy Links:

Black Collar Empire Amazon | BN

Black Collar Beginning: New York Amazon | BN

Black Collar Beginning: Cuba Amazon | BN



Book Summary:

Claiming the Morgan Syndicate was supposed to be the hardest part—but now they have to keep it. 

Seth Morgan has taken his place as the head of the Morgan syndicate, with his cousin Emma by his side. But the change of regime came at a heavy price: Emma’s mother is missing, and the Oliver syndicate wants Emma’s head on a platter.

And there are secrets—skeletons from their parents coming to haunt them. Seth is moving pieces, struggling to keep Emma safe and peace in the city while Emma alienates her lover and grapples with her past.

With threats on every side, and unable to trust their allies, Emma makes a misstep that could cost more than the syndicate is willing to pay: the life of it’s young queen.



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AN Latro Bio:

I loathe writing bios. So let’s play a game. One of these three are true…

AN Latro lives in Ireland with her dog and cat and an over abundance of books. She loves solitude and boy bands, and hearing from readers.

AN Latro lives in Florida, where the ocean is her favorite muse. She enjoys wine and tequila, and old movies about the mafia. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and Twitter.

 AN Latro is the pen name of two friends. They love hearing from readers, and are usually getting into trouble with new ideas for the syndicate.

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Review: Blurring the Line by Kierney Scott

Author: Kierney Scott

Book: Blurring the Line (The Firing Line #1)

Other books in series:

Holding the Line (The Firing Line #2)
Crossing the Line (The Firing Line #3) – coming soon!

tl;dr recommendation: hot, rough, dangerous and intense. This is a good read!

Book Summary:

When DEA agent Beth Thomson recruits ex-soldier Armando Torres as an undercover agent, she knows she has hit the jackpot.

He will infiltrate ‘Los Zetas’, one of Mexico’s deadliest cartels, and expose their drug-running into the USA. In turn, she promises to turn a blind eye to him finding and killing the rival cartel member who shot his best friend. Beth is good at overlooking the gruesome details of her job; her focus is the bigger picture – nailing ‘El Escorpion’, the mysterious and most-wanted leader of the ‘Los Treintas’ gang.

Torres soon climbs the cartel ladder, and has the tattoo markings to prove his loyalty. So when a secret meet with Beth goes wrong, his cover is strong enough for him to save her from his fellow gang members. His silence hints at the horrors he has performed to get him where he is, and his brutality and strength both scare and arouse Beth simultaneously. The heat between them is unprofessional and yet undeniable. But has he gone rogue? Can Beth trust him to put her mission before his own revenge? And can she trust herself with him?

Longer Review:

I don’t know what I was expecting going in, but holy shit, this was a fun ride! Keirney tells a dirty, dangerous and rough story of two agents who find themselves in a crazy situation and an even crazier one as they begin to develop feelings for each other.

Deep undercover, Armando Torres has worked his way up in the drug cartel known as Los Zetas. Beth shows up a little too earlier for a meeting and Torres is forced to claim her as ‘his’ in order to save her from rape or worse. But now she’s been marked as a potential target. Can Torres keep her safe?

Beth is super uptight and frankly, a little crazy. But it’s a good crazy. She likes order, lists, peanut butter and M&Ms, and I can totally relate. I really liked her. Her lists and color coordinating help calm the crazy that goes on inside her mind that is otherwise filled with guilt and confusion over, god….the girl has some serious guilt issues.

She’s pretty sure she’s faking her way through life (CAN’T WE ALL RELATE TO THAT?!), and even though she has a prestigious job, she’s really not happy. Getting close to Torres totally throws her off her game, especially because she does NOT trust. ever. anyone. But she can’t stop her attraction to this big, scary looking man who is otherwise considerate, sweet and fucking awesome with his tongue. #yesplease.

Torres isn’t sure what he’s doing with Beth. He doesn’t know why he’s so drawn to her at first, but he knows that he can’t stay away now that he’s had a taste. He says he’ll do anything for her, but will he give up his need for revenge against the man that killed his best friend for her too?

As the two get closer, the sparks fly and control is lost. Turns out, Beth likes it a little rough. YES. GET IT GIRL. I really loved these two together and that cliffhanger gave me major sadface. This is pretty different than what I usually read, and I loved every minute. I NEED MORE! MUST GET BOOK 2!!!!

[I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review – thank you!]

Cover Reveal: Chasing the Wind by Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are revealing the cover for CHASING THE WIND by Nazarea Andrews. This is a novel that will be released on June 4th and it is the 2nd book in the After the Fall series. It can be read as a standalone.


Kaida grew up in two worlds–a child in the Manor raised by Sabah before she was granted Citzenship. But the only place she has ever felt like she’s belonged is with Cedric and Guin, the boys she grew up with.
When Cedric’s involvement in a rebel faction goes wrong, the Commission exiles her and holds Guin hostage. Now, she’s on her own for the first time, and searching for the sister who left her behind and a princess who was stolen from the City–and then she stumbles across a face from the past.
Hawke has been an outcast since his Tribe died. When he finds Sabah’s sister on the road, he agrees to help her. But as they search the wilds and grow closer, his disdain for her is slowly replaced by a deep attraction for the girl who faces every challenge so bravely.
And as the City’s deadline dwindles, and the boy she loves hangs in the balance, Hawke is left to wonder if he is protecting her, or if he the biggest threat she will face.



I can remember three times I should have died. Three times, I stood on that precipice and was snatched back from it. Three times, before Berg took me as his ward and gave me Citizenship.
Never, not in all my years Outside living in the Manor, not in the many times I should have died, and not in the decade I’ve lived as a Citizen, have I ever been this frightened.
The wind slips around me and I hear the uneven crush of footsteps. Without turning, I track his movements around our meager camp.
“Kaida.” He approaches, and I reach up, taking the coffee he’s carrying. “We have to pack up.”
Cedric stops without touching me. Close enough that I can feel the heat of his body and his tension, but too far away to feel.
For a heartbeat, I almost ask him to hold me.
“He’s running out of time.”
I swallow hard, and stand. “Did you look at the maptable?”
He gives me an impatient look and I clench my jaw to keep from snapping at him. Take a deep breath and swallow the rest of my coffee. It’s thick and grainy on my tongue, and I make a face. “Show me.”
He pulls the maptable out and steps close again.
“Berg said they follow the same paths. If he’s right, we should hit their campgrounds in the next day or so.” Cedric says. His long fingers trace the path on the maptable. I glance around again—the graylight is taking hold, pushing the ever present darkness back. I stand, brushing my pants off. “Let’s get going, then.”
He nods, slipping the maptable into the water proof bag. I pack up our clothing from the night before as Cedric starts collapsing our tiny tent.
“How much more food do we have?” I ask.
“Two days. And what he gave us to trade.” Cedric’s gray eyes flick to mine. “We should just use the pills today. Save the food.”
I nod, even though hunger is gnawing at my belly already. The pills don’t take away hunger pains.
Cedric stumbles a little as he swings the pack onto his shoulder, and I’m at his side instantly, shoving my shoulder under his. His weight is familiar, the heat of his body against mine almost scorching.
“I’m fine, Kai,” he snaps, pulling away.
“Why are you doing that?”
It’s the question that’s been circling my head for three days. Since we were tossed out of Berg’s hover, and Guin wasn’t. Three days. Fifty seven until…I shake my head violently, and stare at Cedric. “He wouldn’t want you to treat me like this. He’ll be furious.”
“When we have him back, he’s allowed to be,” Cedric says, so softly I almost don’t hear the words. “Come on. We’re wasting time.”
“We’re going to get him back, Cedric.”
His shoulders slump, and I fight the urge to cry. Damn them. How did they know that taking Guin was the fastest way to break Cedric? To break us both?
I stand in front of him, take his face in my hands, and force him to look at me. “We will. We’ve been beating the odds for sixteen years. We’ll get him back—we just have to give the Commission what they want.”
He takes a deep breath and nods, but I can see the doubts in his eyes. The questions. Can we really find the Hidden City? In fifty seven days, can we find what the Commission hasn’t been able to find in almost eight years of searching?
I shiver and Cedric takes my hand. My left hand hangs empty and tingles—the ghost of a touch of the boy who should be with us.
We have to find the City. Guin’s life depends on it.


Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.


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Promo – Under The Influence by L.B. Simmons

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I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.

Author’s Note: Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.



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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and
holds a degree in Biomedical Science.
She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three
daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

Cover Reveal: Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely

We are beyond excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for Lauren Blakely’s SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the first title in Lauren’s new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights! Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories — one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. You can expect nothing different from her upcoming Sinful Nights series! Starting with Brent and Shannon, SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is sure to give you thrilling and sexy moments alike! Available June 30th!!!

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Cover designed by Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS Preorder Links – Coming June 30

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Message from Lauren:

Dear Readers:

I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you! Many of you have been patiently waiting for SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the story of Brent Nichols and the woman he loves. Many of you already know Brent since he’s the younger brother of Clay Nichols, from NIGHT AFTER NIGHT….The good news is this-SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is Book One in a new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights, written in the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series that readers know and love, but heading in a new direction with a new family that’s full of drama, checkered pasts and dangerous life-and-death secrets.

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS kicks off this new series with a fiery, passionate, and suspenseful story of two lovers reuniting after ten years. Each book in this series follow a new couple and will be set against the backdrop of sin, money, sex, greed, passion and love in the city of Las Vegas. Brent’s love interest is Shannon Paige, and she has three brothers. Yep, you guessed it – each of her brothers will be getting a book! And while each book in the Sinful Nights series follows a new couple, get ready for a storyline that will carry across the entire series — a story of danger, risk and high-stakes suspense.

Q&A about the Sinful Nights series:

Does this take place after the events in the Seductive Nights series?

A: Yes. This story begins one year after the final Seductive Nights book.

Can I read this if I haven’t read the Seductive Nights series?

A: Yes! You won’t miss a beat if you start with SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS. That’s why it’s Book One!

Brent is Clay’s brother. Does this mean Clay will be in SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS?

A: Why yes! He will indeed appear in a handful of scenes!

Is this series similar to the Seductive Nights series?

A: Absolutely. The hero in book one is a Nichols man! Nichols men are known for being dirty, passionate and fiercely loyal! You can also expect scorching hot sex scenes, dirty talk, high-class and glamorous settings, and passionate love. Have I mentioned the heat :)?

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SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, Book One in a brand new erotic romance series, Sinful Nights! In the high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour style of the Seductive Nights series…

She turned around and pushed hard on the ladies room door. But she felt his hand around her wrist, and he yanked her back, spinning her in one quick move, so she was chest to chest with him. She felt his breath on her.

“It did work out well for me. I’m also not the same person I was ten years ago,” he said, then did that thing again — that thing where he undressed her with his eyes, where he fucked her completely with his hot, dirty stare. “And you obviously have become a different person too.”

He tugged her, pulled her closer. His heart pounded against her breasts. His hand gripped her lower back.

He felt so good that she didn’t resist because her stupid body was stuck in the past, was living ten years ago when he alone was the one who could help her, who could free her, who could take away all the pain in one touch.

But he hadn’t, had he?

He’d caused more in his wake.

In his cruel exit.

She jammed a hand against his chest. His strong, firm chest that she knew intimately. The fucker. “I had reasons. Real reasons. Life and death reasons,” she said in a low hiss.

He shut his eyes briefly, looking pained. He sighed heavily, then somehow his arms were around her, and this time his touch wasn’t sexual. It wasn’t lustful. It was an embrace. From someone who knew nearly everything about her.

“Are you okay? Are you safe?” he asked in a whisper into her hair.

A tear had the audacity to slip out of her eye. To slide down her cheek, and fall onto his shoulder. It was a Pavlovian reaction. Too many tears had fallen on that shoulder.

“Yes,” she said quietly, with a nod. “I am. It’s fine. It’s all fine.”

He pulled back, tucked a hand under her chin, and lifted her face. She was so close to him she could trace the outline of his jaw, could run the pad of her finger over his stubble, his unbearably sexy eight-o-’clock shadow. She could drag her fingernails through his hair, soft, thick strands that simply had belonged between her hands. She could look in his eyes as he moved in her, those deep, soulful eyes that understood her. Somehow, he was rough and gentle, he was charming and fierce, he was funny and dirty. He was the man she’d wanted to spend the rest of her life with.

“Are you sure?” he asked, so much tenderness and worry in his tone.

She gathered herself, and willed that obstinate organ in her chest to stop beating in double time. She informed her traitorous body to stop trembling just from being near him. “Yes. I’m sure.”

He let her go. He tipped his forehead back to the bar. “I should get back out there. They’ll start wondering. See you in a few.”

And he walked away.

Just like the last time she’d seen him.

She pressed her lips together, and breathed out hard. She pushed open the ladies room door, walked to the sink, dropped her hands onto the cool tile and let out the longest, hardest breath. She hoped to hell this was the only time she’d have to deal with Brent Nichols.

When she was near to him like that, she couldn’t think straight. She could only feel. And that was far too dangerous for her heart.

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A sexy, suspenseful new romance novel from Lauren Blakely, author of the New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series….

She was the one who got away…

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done…

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him – maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.

And be sure to watch for the next titles in the Sinful Nights series!






SINFUL LOVE – March 2016


Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she

thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book is 21 Stolen Kisses, a new adult romance filled with angst and romantic tension, releasing in May. This summer she’ll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).

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Release Day Blitz & Review: Taking the Fall – Vol 2 by Alexa Riley

Carter has finally claimed his woman and he’s never letting her go… Having her has only seemed to fuel his obsession.
Old demons are coming for Cherry and he’s doing everything in his power to protect her. Can he keep her safe while looking over his shoulder? Will her new secret send him over the edge? Can they find peace in chaos?
Maybe the very thing that started it all could give him more than he could ever dreamed of.
Warning: Volume 2 contains more sexy hotness, sweet gooey love, and an alpha male who would do anything for his Cherry.


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Holy Jesus. if you thought Carter couldn’t be more dominant, YOU WERE WRONG. More grit, lots more sex, and a whole lot of danger make this second installment way more fulfilling than the first. Speaking of filling….Carter most certainly does that. over and over again. mmhmmm….

Carter’s back and ready to protect Layla at all costs. He thought that he could stay away to handle his business, but when Layla is placed in danger in his absence he’s determined not to be apart from her for another second.

The raging dominance in this book once again skirts the line of crazy, and Carter should probably see a therapist about his anger issues; however, he adores Layla and that’s what won me over in the end. Layla’s a little sassier in this installment and I was extremely happy when she started asserting herself. Granted, she makes a really dumb decision there at the end, but where would the fun be if she didn’t?

You learn more about Carter’s past in this one and the blurry pixels are starting to come into focus.  I’m definitely hooked on this one now – get me book three! MORE STORY PLEASE.

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]


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I’m Alexa Riley! Mom, wife, and business woman by day and smut writer by night. I specialize in the Dirty Date Night reading. I wrote my first book, Owning Her Innocence, because well, I just couldn’t find any daddy books to my liking. So I sat down and just started writing, bringing the fantasies I find myself often dancing to in the dark of night to life, one page at a time.
Alexa Riley is my alter ego. I can’t let the other soccer moms know what I’m up to or the guys at work for that matter. Little do they know that they’ve got nothing on my dirty talk.
I’m here to give you a quick fix of filthy dirty smut. Got a few hours to kill? Then I’m what you’re looking for.

Blog Tour & Review: The Phoenix Campaign by Heidi Joy Tretheway



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The Phoenix Candidate:

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Book Summary:

Grace Colton’s life is a blur—security, appearances, and a desperately fast ramp-up to Election Day. Political consultant Jared Rankin is pulling the strings to win the White House with the Conover-Colton ticket.

But the fragile relationship Grace and Jared forged could be ruined by secrets traded for political leverage. She’s hiding her new relationship with Jared from the public, and concealing a deeper secret from everyone.

When Grace reveals the explosive truth to her running mate, squeaky-clean Senator Conover must confront his own haunted past. Grace’s future—and their campaign—could be ruined by the lies meant to protect what they love most.

Peek behind the curtain and under the covers in this sexy political drama that exposes the true cost of ambition, lust and sacrifice.
The Phoenix Campaign is an erotic romance set in the world of presidential election politics. Recommended for mature readers due to sharp dialogue, wickedly hot sex, and a few delicious taboos. This full-length novel is second in a series but can be read as a standalone.




politics and sex are a match made in heaven. 😉

Grace and Jared are back at it in this dramatic, sexy & sometimes whiny second installment of the Phoenix series that will have all of the pundits talking. If Grace thought that releasing the picture of her and Jared was bad….well, the secrets she now keeps are so much worse. She and Jared may have just professed their love for each other, but Grace is still a little unclear as to where they’re headed…and she can’t get anything out of Jared. Of course, she doesn’t ask the right questions either.

GAH. I have to admit, I enjoyed this book for the most part – and I love this series – but Grace infuriated me in this one. Don’t we know that keeping secrets only leads to disappointment and an explosion that otherwise could have been avoided?! I spent a large majority of this book wanting to slap Grace for her complete idiocy. WOMAN, PLEASE.

This book was redeemed with hot and delicious sex that somehow made up for Grace’s internal tantrums and selfish decisions. Even though Jared and Grace are rarely in the same State at the same time, when they are they do not waste any time. I loved the exploration of their sexual relationship. As Grace begins to let go, she begins to start asking for things she never thought she would. Things that are a little darker…a little grittier. mmmhmmmm, YUP, that’s the good stuff right there.

The ending was my savior. I felt like a soaking wet towel that had just been wrung out. I had been put through so much in this story and I was so incredibly thankful for that ending. I would have lost my mind otherwise. This one gets a 3.75 for me – & I am so looking forward to book three – ON TO THE ELECTION, BITCHES!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]



About the Author


Heidi Joy is a sucker for campfires, craft cocktails, and steamy romance in books and real life. She sings along with musicals (badly), craves French carbs, and buys plane tickets the way some women buy shoes.

Her first career as a journalist took Heidi behind the scenes with politicians, rock stars, chefs, and detectives, all of whom inspire her stories. Heidi Joy is currently working on her eighth book from her home in Portland, Oregon. She adores hearing from readers at author.heidi@gmail.com.

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Christina Lee’s newest addition to the Between Breaths Series  is LIVE!

Meet Cory  & Jude  in this M/M standalone romance!

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Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1Dm4CAL

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1DULv5B

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Book Summary:

From the author of All of You and Before You Break comes a new Between Breaths male/male romance about the silent, inked up skateboarder and the tattoo artist who unravels him piece by piece…

Tattoo artist Cory Easton has worked long enough at Raw Ink to know, just by looking at a dude, what his body art reveals, what makes him tick, what even makes him scared. Until he meets the quiet and remote Jude York–so unreadable, so unreachable, and so unlike anyone else, he can’t help but arouse Cory’s curiosity.

As captivating and complex as his ink, Jude is a mystery–and Cory’s falling fast and hard under his spell. Against his better judgment to steer clear.

The rumors of Jude’s past overshadow him–whispers of prison and an unmentionable secret that’s kept him in the protective shadows of a local motorcycle club. As Cory probes deeper, he wonders how much he really wants to know. Especially since Jude has awakened something inside him that has been buried too long–and has him feeling completely alive for the first time in forever…

Includes a preview of Christina Lee’s upcoming adult romance Two of Hearts.

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4.5 stars!

Hot, sexy, mysterious Jude is like a magnet to sweet tattoo artist Cory. The desire that flares between them is a living, breathing thing that grows until it…..well, you know. If you haven’t read a male/male love story before, you should just pick this one up and dive on in. This book contains some of the hottest blow job scenes I’ve ever read. *takes notes*

Cory is an incredibly talented tattoo artist who likes to keep things light. He can’t keep his mouth shut to save his life, which lends itself to some pretty funny foot-in-mouth situations. He’s a dog lover (*swoon*) and is still recovering from a really terrible situation that happened to him a few years back. When Jude York rolls into town the rumors start flying. Like in every small town people start making up stories and assuming all kinds of crazy things. Especially when Jude hangs around the local MC.

There is an MC in this book but it is NOT an MC book. We good? Ok, moving on. While Cory’s blabbering away unnecessarily, Jude barely says a word. But he doesn’t have to. The intense buzzing between them says everything he can’t – but something’s holding Jude back.

This story is full of sweet and passionate kisses, raging hard-ons, danger and mystery. Oh, and plenty of adorable dogs. I loved as both men began to open up to each other and build what they hope can be a lasting relationship. They’re both scared – of different things – and yet, there’s a real chance that this could be love. Danger spikes & sparks fly. I loved the hell out of this book!

[I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review]


Chopper, get your ass back here!”

While he was distracted, I silently moved toward him, hoping to grab hold of that leash. But just as I approached, he took off again, following that same squirrel who’d taken a leap to the next large maple.

I was out of breath and now beyond frustrated. I shoved my hand in my hoodie, my fingers closing on a sturdy dog cookie.

When I looked up again, Chopper was headed straight for the skate park. Shit.

“Chopper, goddamn it,” I called in some last-ditch effort. “You don’t listen for shit.”

Unexpectedly, Jude York neared the cement barrier at the entrance to the bowl. His board clenched in his fist, he seemed to be assessing the situation as the large dog charged nearer.

He left his skateboard on the concrete walkway and stepped into the lawn. He squatted down in the grass, made eye contact with Chopper, and the dog changed course to sail directly toward him. What the hell was that about?

Some type of deep whistle emitted from Jude’s lips and instead of slamming into his chest, Chopper came to a sudden halt beside him. Like Jude was a damn dog whisperer or something. His strong fingers grabbed hold of his collar and he reached down to mutter something in the dog’s ear. Chopper sat down in the grass. Actually fucking sat down—I had never been able to get him to do that.

I became motionless as I watched them, even though Ace was eager to inch closer. At least one animal heeded my command. I wondered what it was about Jude that compelled Chopper to run toward him. I mean, I got the appeal, so maybe it was just pure animal instinct.

The muscles in Jude’s forearm flexed as he stroked Chopper’s head and the dog’s tongue hung out in a happy pant. The little fucker.

As I walked closer to Chopper, Jude’s eyes lifted to mine. And for the first time I saw an array of other emotions alight in them. The most blatant being amusement, as if his irises contained a flicker of light. His lips tilted at the corners in an almost imperceptible smile and he looked so dazzling right then. As he held my gaze for the first time ever, something tightened like a fist inside my chest.

Shit, he was stunning. In that exotic kind of way. His hair was a mass of short blond dreadlocks, his skin inked mainly in black, and his eyes were the most gorgeous light green I’d ever seen—almost like cellophane. And now those same eyes locked on mine and held steady.


Series Reading Order:

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All of You (bk1) Between Breaths

Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1EYDMEd

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1EYEbqc

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1OrPIyX

Nook: http://bit.ly/1EeYlxu

iBooks: http://apple.co/1O6Ad4D

Before You Break (bk 2) Between Breaths

Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1Jh8IhZ

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1D0gide

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1O3DT7c

Nook: http://bit.ly/1IXkS2Y

iBooks: http://apple.co/1zzE2DD

Whisper To Me (bk 3) Between Breaths

Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1zvhJ1R

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1G7cr4c

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1IqZorV

Nook:  http://bit.ly/1FWfSoY

iBooks: http://apple.co/1D4cK8A

Promise Me This (bk 4) Between Breaths

Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1zvhNyK

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1D0gsRW

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1OrPZ5a

Nook: http://bit.ly/1JhbPGJ

iBooks: http://apple.co/1O6At3R

There You Stand (bk 5) Between Breaths

Amazon US:http://amzn.to/1Dm4CAL

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1DULv5B

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1HkFZtP

Nook:  http://bit.ly/1b9iTu4

iBooks: http://apple.co/1bilFO8

Author Information

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.

She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK, WHISPER TO ME and PROMISE ME THIS available now. Book five in the series, THERE YOU STAND, coming in April, 2015.

Also, her Adult Contemporary Romance, TWO OF HEARTS is releasing on May 5th, 2015.

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