Review: Red Hot Romantic Suspense

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Red Hot Romantic Suspense by Jo Raven
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Billionaires in Disguise: Rae is a stunningly brilliant and deeply passionate testament to the overwhelming power and beautiful vulnerability of finding love when you least expect it. There is something so amazing when love comes into your life like a uncontrollable whirlwind that steals your breath away and disintegrates the impenetrable walls surrounding your heart. Nothing and no one can stand in its way when its time has come. It may be an unwelcomed guest at times, but it soothes and seduces you with scorching heat, gentle touches, and all-consuming contentment. There is truly nothing quite like it.

Rae is in trouble. She is losing her precious college scholarship due to failing an impossibly hard statistics class. Her beautiful dreams of opening a clinic for autistic kids are crumbling around her. The only thing left for her to do is to go home and surrender to the hollow and lifeless future that is callously staring back at her. Everyone told her that she was nothing, and maybe they were right. However, her friends Georgie and Lizzy convince her that she has one last chance left to pursue her dream. What and who they introduce her to will literally change her life forever. What she needs now is the courage and the strength to move forward one step at a time. Will Rae be able to walk into an unknown and unfamiliar future, or will she let her fear send her back home resigned to her miserable fate?

I stared reading Blair’s books with Georgie’s story which I immediately feel in love with. Then, I recently read Lizzy’s which tore my heart to shreds while it swept me into a spectacular whirlwind romance. Now, I am finally reading Rae’s story, and I am left utterly speechless with a heart full of too many fantastic emotions to name or feel at once. Rae’s journey has captured my heart in a very different and very real way that will forever leave its awe-inspiring mark on me. The characters were truly incredible and totally unforgettable, and the emotions are so real, I swear they jump right off the page and sear themselves into your very soul. You can’t run away because your heart has a strong and unbreakable connection to this epic storyline. What an unbelievable rush!

Blair Babylon is an epicly phenomenal author! I know I have said this many times, but it is so completely and honestly true. There is nothing that this author can write that will not touch you in a major way. Her stories reach into your heart, your mind, and your soul, and they ingrain themselves so deeply that you do not walk away the same. These words will mold and reshape you in ways that you never imagined, and I hope that you will give this author’s books a chance. I guarantee you that you will walk away with a new appreciate for the extraordinary literary gifts that she pours from her heart and soul.

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Surprise Prologue Reveal: Checkmate: This Is War

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Title: Checkmate: This Is War

Series: Checkmate Duet #1

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Enemies to Lovers Romance

Release Date: October 3

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Synopsis

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.

He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards.

He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes.

And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable.

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are wasted on such an arrogant man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed.

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.

Checkmate.

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PROLOGUE

VIOLA

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, lived a young princess who awaited a prince who would give her everything she ever dreamed of… love, passion, loyalty. He’d be the sweetest, kindest, most heartwarming gentleman a girl could ever ask for. And he’d be perfect.

…Excuse me while I vomit.

There is absolutely, positively, no way that a man like that exists on this earth. I used to think he was, but of course, I was proven wrong. I was young and naive, and didn’t know any better.

And he was Travis King.

I remember how clear the sky was as I sat on my rooftop outside of my bedroom window. Summer was fading away and the start of my seventh grade year was right around the corner. The stars were super bright and as I counted them, I heard Travis’ father screaming from the house across from mine. He did that a lot and occasionally, I’d see Travis through the window of his bedroom. He’d put on his headphones to tune out the yelling, as if it was something to which he was accustomed. But that night he didn’t go to his bedroom. He ran out of his front door, slamming it behind him, and began pacing his front yard. I swallowed, watching him intently as his hands balled into fists at his sides.

When the Kings moved across the street from us, Travis and my older brother, Drew, instantly became best friends. They were both going into their first year of high school and I was sad I wouldn’t be at the same school as them anymore. Well, mostly about Travis. Drew had made it very clear he didn’t like his little sister tagging along, but Travis never made me feel like I was a nuisance.

As I watched him kick the dirt on the sidewalk, he looked up at me. His lips were turned down and I could see the anger in his eyes. My breath stilled as he watched me watch him, and I was certain he’d tell my brother I’d been spying on him.

Instead, he walked across the street, climbed up the trellis and sat down next to me. He stayed silent for a long while, but then he finally turned and spoke.

“I hate my dad sometimes.”

“Why does he get so mad?” I asked.

He looked away and rested his arms over his bent knees. “He drinks. Sometimes too much.”

“Does he hurt you?” He didn’t look at me. “Or your mother?”

He winced. “No. Just yells.”

We sat in silence, both lying on our backs as we looked up at the sky above us, the stars so bright and big.

“You can sit up here anytime, you know? My parents won’t mind.”

“Drew would,” he said matter-of-factly. “He’d call me a pansy.” He chuckled.

“Drew calls everyone that.”

He laughed again.

I turned my head and looked at him. “I don’t think you’re a pansy.”

Travis tilted his head and looked into my eyes and everything went serious. I watched his throat move, swallowing hard. He licked his lips and moved in close. Feeling his breath against my skin made me so nervous, I instinctively turned my head.

“Are you excited about going into high school?” I spit out, trying to change the subject, looking back up at the stars. I could’ve sworn Travis was about to kiss me. It would’ve been my first kiss.

Moments passed and he finally responded. “Yeah, I guess. It’ll be nice getting back into basketball season and staying late for practices and games.”

I knew what he was implying without saying the words. Less time at home.

“Why do you think she puts up with it?” Curiosity got the best of me, and I could no longer keep it in. “Can’t she leave him?” I asked.

He shrugged. I supposed it wasn’t that simple for adults, but to me it just sounded like common sense. Why would anyone want to be with someone that treated them like crap?

That wasn’t the last time Travis snuck up the rooftop and sat with me under the stars. We shared details with each other that we hadn’t shared with anyone else before. It was our secret little spot where we could talk or just sit and stare up at the sky.

It was easy.

He wasn’t my brother’s best friend.

I wasn’t his best friend’s little sister.

And the lines between us weren’t blurred.

I was only twelve years old, so I truly believed prince charming existed. As I grew older, I came to realize he never really did. Because if he did, he most certainly wouldn’t be available. And he most definitely wouldn’t be interested in a girl like me. I’m not saying that because I want anyone to tell me otherwise, but if such a man existed, he’d have no chance with me anyway. Because for some only-God-knows-why reason, my heart only beats for one man. My pulse only increases when he walks into the room. My cheeks flush and my body hums when he looks at me. I feel the blood in my veins as my skin heats from his very existence. He’s the epitome of perfection.

…Too bad a decade later, he’s a complete asshole.

Travis King.

He’s no knight in shining armor; more like a royal jackass. He may look like a prince on the outside, but on the inside he’s a cocky, arrogant womanizer that I want to shove over a cliff.

All right, that might sound dramatic and all, considering I just confessed my feelings about him, but those are feelings of hate…not love.

From being head over heels for him as a young girl to loathing him as a woman, Travis King needs to remember the golden rule—never admit defeat.

It was game on.

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Kennedy Fox is a duo of bestselling authors who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate together under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! Both authors are from Manhattan living the glamorous bachelorette life, or perhaps they’re just confusing themselves with an episode of Sex and the City (Total #Girlcrush SJP). Either way, they’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

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Review: Depths of Salvation

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Depths of Salvation by Molly E. Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Depths of Salvation is truly an extraordinary masterpiece that will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that everyone is a priceless treasure that is worth any sacrifice or price to pay. There is beauty in every person that walks this Earth if we will only choose to take the time necessary to plunge into the depths of their heart to discover it. No one is an island unto themselves no matter how convincing they might be. Above all, we crave companionship, understanding, hope, and love. Without these precious gifts, life becomes dull and begins to rust from not being used to its fullest potential as it was meant to be. If you put in the time and effort needed, you will unearth something that you have only dared to imagine in your most private of dreams. You will be given everything and anything that your heart and soul craves in order to become the person that you were born to be.

Sadie has found a prize that she refuses to lose. An incredible treasure trove in the depths of the beautiful ocean she calls home beacons her to not give up as she searches for the means to its survival. However, her experience and passion alone may not be enough to ensure that the precious life and potential contribution it not destroy callously. When she is granted a small glimmer of grace through the help of an experienced diver and underwater welder named Connell, Sadie is thrilled for the help, but remains cautious of his motivations. Will Sadie see her deepest desire come to life, or will she be forced to watch a piece of her heart shatter and die by the hands of cold, uncaring people?

I was utterly fascinated and completed enthralled by Sadie and Connell. While Sadie pulled me in right away with her unwavering passion, it was Connell’s deep sense of pain and haunting beauty that hooked me. These two worked so well together, and they complimented the other perfectly. It was almost crazy, scary how they seemed to recognize their other half in each other. It was an unconscious reaction, and yet it was completely effortless. They left me breathless and so full of hope. I honestly didn’t want to let them go. They came to mean so very much to me.

Molly E. Lee is a wickedly talented author who pushes the envelope and refuses to settle for ordinary. She will peel back the layers of your heart and push your every boundary. You will find yourself deliciously stretched and loving the wondrous results. She is an epic literary master that you will not want to miss out on. Without experiencing her unbelievable fierce and heartfelt stories, you will never know how such an elite author can touch and impact every part of your heart.

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Cover Reveal: Elicit by M. Never

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Photo Credit: Sara Eirew
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 12, 2016

 

Synopsis

“You don’t know what he’s capable of.”

“You don’t know what I’m capable of.”

Jett Fox has been surrounded by women his entire life. He knows what makes them tick, how to make them feel beautiful, and how to work their feminine wiles to his advantage. Honing sexuality is in his blood.

It’s his gift.

Jett is accustomed to women eating out of the palm of his hand, but when a tall, mysterious, redheaded goddess strolls into Mansion – his domain – the eccentric Dom finds himself enamored. She becomes an obsession in his dark, secretive, and dangerous underworld – a world that appears one way on the outside but is entirely different within.

Forced to maintain the ruse at all costs, he’ll walk a treacherous line between allegiance and lust, deliberately deceiving the one woman who means anything to him.

But the mysterious redhead has secrets of her own – secrets inlaid so deep they could threaten to tear both their hearts, and worlds, and livelihoods apart.

You’ve been claimed by Kayne…seduced by Juice… now it’s time to live Elicitly with Jett.

 

 

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Owned (Decadence After Dark – Book 1)

Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

 

“I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.”

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes – until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo’s infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

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Claimed (Decadence After Dark – Book 2)

Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

 

With one look he consumed me.
With one touch he marked me.
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me.

“No matter where you go or who you’re with, you’ll always be mine.”

Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep her down. But things aren’t always as they seem.

Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she’s gone now, doesn’t mean she’ll be gone forever. She is his, and he won’t stop until he’s reclaimed her as his own.

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Ruined: A Decadence After Dark Novella (Decadence After Dark – Book 3)

Kayne Roberts.
Kayne Rivers.
Kayne Stevens.

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He’s the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me…For all other men that is.

My life.
My love
My happiness.
All belong to him.
I belong to no one but him.

He owns me.
And I own him.

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Lie with Me (Decadence After Dark – Book 4)

Tell me a secret…

CJ Carmichael hasn’t been able to get the vivacious blonde he spent four delirious days with off his mind. The blonde who was completely off-limits, but he couldn’t deny.

Tell me a secret….

CJ had no intention of pursuing her, but Tara Stevens knew what she wanted and it was him. Now six months later, their time together still haunts him. As much as he’s tried to talk himself out of seeing her again, the craving is just too powerful.

Tell me a secret…

Tara is more than willing to spend an entire fantasy weekend with CJ. More than willing to hand herself over to him completely and fulfill his every desire. More than willing to pretend he owns her despite their age difference and Kayne’s disapproval.

Tell me a secret…

Sometimes fantasy becomes a reality. Sometimes people fall in love before they even know it – before they even know each other – and after it’s too late.

Tell me a secret…

Sometimes, beneath the sweetest secrets are the most deceptive lies.


*Lie With Me is a dark erotic romance and can be read as a standalone novel. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.*

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M. Never resides in New York City. When she’s not researching ways to tie up her characters in compromising positions, you can usually find her at the gym kicking the crap out of a punching bag, or eating at some new trendy restaurant.

She has a dependence on sushi and a fetish for boots. Fall is her favorite season.

She is surrounded by family and friends she wouldn’t trade for the world and is a little in love with her readers. The more the merrier. So make sure to say hi!

 

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Review: Going Haywire

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Going Haywire by Rachelle Ayala
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Going Haywire is a wickedly fun and hauntingly heartfelt journey of giving love a second chance. This beautiful romance is set against the ghoulishly scary holiday of Halloween. If you were ever to think of romance, it doesn’t usually go hand in hand with such a chill inducing event, but this strange stage set things up in a rather unconventional yet meaningful way. We find that our characters are fighting their own demons while real ones are bumping into them and chasing them any chance they get. Fall is such a breathtaking season all of its own that shows us the beauty that is lost amid most of the year. Vulnerability can terrify, but it can also lead to healing in the most deliciously sweet way.

Honey is invited to join her ex-husband Max to celebrate Halloween in his childhood town of Sapphire Falls. Her intention is to take her kids Mattie and Sara to Sapphire Falls to allow them the time with their dad, their grandparents, and their aunts and uncles. She is fully aware that nothing will change between her and Max just as it hasn’t for years now. However, her best of intentions are thrown to the cold wind along with the howls and screams from the creatures of the night. Max has ulterior motives, but he isn’t sure if his luck will hold. Sapphire Falls is said to hold magic when it comes to getting couples to fall in love, but can magic be enough when the heart of one is focused on things that are nowhere near as important as love?

Honey is a stubborn, loveable, and lonely woman who just longs to be loved well and thoroughly. Max wants his Honey back at all costs, but isn’t sure how to go about getting her back. With crazy missteps and hilarious hiccups, we see these two slowly peeling back the heavy defenses that have been in place for so long. Their journey is one that neither will ever forget, and this is one vacation that will be imprinted on their hearts for as long as time exists.

Rachelle Ayala has given us a fun and unforgettable treasure in this beautiful second chance at a remarkably stunning love. It is truly a shame when we allow love to slip past our fingers and be wrenched from our grasp due to everyday things in life. While it is usually never a purposely change, it is sometimes one that is very hard to come back from. Above all else, we must cherish and nurture the love that we have granted by another. Never take it for granted and never assume that it will always take the leftovers of your time and attention. Listen, feel, and, seek to keep it blazing hot, undeniably contagious, and absolutely unwavering.

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Anchor by Nicole Blanchard Book Blitz

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Anchor

by Nicole Blanchard
First to Fight Series #1
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

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I’ll do anything to save her.

A woman I’ve never met, whose name I don’t even know, gambled her own life to protect my child. In return, she was taken by a mad man.

I’ll put my career, my security, and my life on the line to get her back, even if it means facing the truth about my own mistakes.

The only thing she can’t trust me with…is her heart.

This is a FULL LENGTH, STANDALONE with a HEA and NO CLIFFHANGER.

“Anchor is an out of this world, incredible story that combines an adrenaline-laced thriller with a sweet, steamy romance.” The Wonderings of One Person

“It had a perfect combination of action, suspense and romance.” Crystal’s Crazy Book Ramblings

“Heart pumping and thrilling!” Kawehi’s Book Blog

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Blanchard lives in Florida with her family and their menagerie of animals. She chooses each day to chase her own fairy tale even if they contain their fair share of dragons. She is married to her best friend and owns her own business.

Nicole survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she’s lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.

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