Release Day Blitz: One Night In Paradise #4 by @ScarlettMetal ~ Includes Derna's review of the series &Teaser
Title: One Night In Paradise #4
Author: Scarlett Metal
Series: One Night
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: 29th July 2014
Erika's neat new life is turned upside down in a matter of moments. Which man will she choose or will fate make the decision for her?
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review*
After the way things ended in part 3, I have to dive straight into part 4, so much had happened, I was desperate to discover, what was going to transpire next for Erica and Nick. Choices and a decision had to be made.
I enjoyed part 4, and another quick sexy read. I enjoyed the different POV again, and loved the way Scarlet keep me guessing, with the little twists and turns that she added. I didn’t know how it was going to end, but I have to say as I read the last chapter I liked the way Scarlett pulled it all together, and I was happy with the way things work out for Erica, and Nick, and some of the other characters.
Overall I have really enjoyed the One Night series, especially so of the hot sex scenes that Scarlett never disappoints on, but don’t worry, it's not all just hot sex I enjoyed the storyline, each novella was just as good as the last. I liked the connection between all the characters.
If you're looking for a quick hot sexy read, then I would go 1-click today, and enjoy this one today.
“All I know is that when I’m not with you, all I do is think about you. I want to spend all my waking moment with you, making you smile”
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Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her sexy husband, two girls, andthreefurbabies. She dabbled in writing right after college but it wasn't until she took up blogging about eight years ago that she started writing seriously. After writing a few boring service pieces for some online publications, she went back to her true passion, fiction. When she's not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80's hair bands.
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*The book contains adult content and is appropriate for ages 17+*
This means, the characters like to swear - or as we say in the south, cuss. While there is no strong sexual content, the story does imply the act itself. You have been warned ;)
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Launch Day Blitz: Lady Luck (Colorado Mountain #3) by Kristen Ashley. Kat and Av'a's Reviews, Giveaway & Excerpt.
“I know it’s fake but thank you, Ty. I never expected to have anything that nice and it is nice, no matter what. So thank you for giving it to me.”
He didn’t speak but his eyes changed, one of those changes I didn’t know, didn’t yet understand but this one was meaningful. They all were but this one was more meaningful than the rest.
A lot more.
And I couldn’t stop myself, his eyes so close, that look in them, my arms moved from around his shoulders, my hands framed his face, I leaned up and whispered, “Thank you.”
Then I pressed my lips to his.
I meant to give him a soft kiss of gratitude. This was not to say I didn’t want to give him a long, hard, wet kiss of something else. And just what I wanted to give him and what that would lead to had also been filling my head space the last couple of days but that wasn’t where I intended to go just then. Not yet. Not with a house full of people downstairs waiting to eat fried chicken.
But when my mouth hit his, he didn’t give me the chance to give him a soft kiss of gratitude.
Instantly, his fingers slid up into my hair, cupping my head, and his mouth opened over mine making a demand.
Mine complied. His tongue spiked into my mouth and I liked the taste of it, I hadn’t had it in what seemed like a decade, I missed it and he tasted so fucking good my body pressed into his and not just because his arm around me grew super tight.
Then I was twisted, on my back in what was, I noted vaguely and was unbelievably happy for, a bed. His torso was on mine, his hips beside mine, his long, heavy leg moved to tangle with mine as his tongue moved in my mouth. I wrapped one arm around his back, one around his shoulders, my hand moving to cup the back of his head and hold him to me.
God, he couldn’t kiss. He could kiss.
Just when I thought I couldn't love a Kristen Ashley book any more than all my favourites before it BAM...It happens AGAIN!
Lexie and Tate met when she was tasked to pick him up from his 5 year stint in prison (don't worry, he really didn't do it), a favour she was doing for a man, Martinez, who held people of her past over her head. What she didn't know, is that she was going to become Ty's wife as part of the deal. Now, one would freak the F out over that, but really, this was her only way to escape Martinez. Plus she was to get a sizeable payday out of the deal, not to mention some seriously serious bling. I'd be all in too, if not just for that, but to be able to look at that gorgeous man every day.
Now, if you really know me, you would know I'm a total man-thigh loving girl, so as soon as I read the part about his "enormous thighs", I was hooked on Ty. From his initial cave-man communication skills, his tell-it-how-it-is straight up attitude and the whole alpha bad-boy without really being a bad-boy at all...how could one not fall for all that? The words that fall out of that man's mouth is both hilarious and hot. He's guaranteed to put a smile on your face and butterflies in your belly.
"Your nightmare, mama, was my dream."
"Doesn't take a lotta energy to eat you, though."
I think Lexie is pretty kick-ass and her pet names for Ty are too cute. "There's a bitch in this town who needs a lesson and I'm the teacher." I suppose growing up as she did, gave her that kick-ass attitude. which is perfectly matched for Ty. It didn't take them long to fall for each other, but it's like they fell in love without really falling in love. It just happened without having to be said, you know it from all the little things they did for each other. The way others saw them through their eyes. It's kind of the sneak-up-on-you kind of love. Just how one would expect it to be with a pair like Ty and Lexie.
Of course a whole lotta shit goes down with conspiracies, lies and deception in relation to both Ty and Lexie. And when Lexie goes missing, shit hits the fan and Ty goes into full-blown protective alpha hero mode. You think it's one thing, but really I had no clue who was doing what. Which is great because I'm forever trying to nail down the plot in my head before it happens. It's nice when you get it all wrong and are surprised about the series of events unfolding.
My favourite parts are always when the heroine gets saved. Then you really get to watch just how much love they have for each other. It's always after the one you love is gone or in danger to really realize what greatness you had together. Ty and Lexie are the perfect couple. Oh and the epilogues! Good lord I love seeing their love grow and grow.
I really don't know what else to say about this book, other than READ IT! I fell hard for this book and really cannot get enough of Kristen's stories.
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I think I was waiting on that one book, that one book that would make me fall head over heels for Kristen Ashley. Little did I know it wasn’t a book but rather a book boyfriend and his name was Ty. Oh how I loved Ty from the very first page and I didn’t sleep a wink until the very last!
Ty and Lexie don’t have the most conventional of introductions. Lexie thinks she’s to pick a strange guy up and deliver him where he wants to go, little does she know Ty is buying Lexie’s time for the foreseeable future. Ty has just been released from prison for a crime he didn’t commit. He’s hell bent on seeking revenge and Lexie will be his live-in alibi to prove his innocence when needed. But neither of the two expected to fall in love along the way.
I loved Lexie and Ty’s story. I was engrossed in the storyline of Ty’s wrongful incarceration and the circumstances surrounding it. Slowly, over the length of the story, I got to see the real Ty and couldn’t help but fall for him. He was a good man through and through and of course, it helped that he was rockin’ the sexy Alpha traits completely. I wasn’t the only one falling for his charm. Ty may have been a stranger but ever so slowly, Lexie discovered he was a diamond in the rough and just perfect for her.
“You’re far and away the most beautiful man I’ve met and it isn’t just that you have the looks and the body but it’s a whole lot more Ty Walker.”
Lexie had me laughing many times; she is my favourite KA heroine to date as I loved her sass. She didn’t grow up in a land of fairy tales so Lexie was under no illusions, but that made her strong, passionate and willing to stand up for herself. She was someone I wouldn’t mess with.
“So something has to give because there’s a bitch in this town who needs a lesson and I’m the teacher.”
“Shit, darlin’, remind me not to get on your bad side.” To which I turned my head to him immediately and said, “Don’t fuck over my husband, you’ll be fine.”
It was the slow bubbling romance that held me to this book, I loved reading about Ty and Lexie’s relationship growing into something more. From their very first night, when Ty fixed her bouquet to adding little touches around their house, the romantic in me was beaming all over the place. I loved every moment Ty and Lexie were together and the love they shared.
“Love you, Ty.” “Down to my bones, mama, right back at you.”
I am loving the world Kristen Ashley has created. At first, I was aware of the length of each book, 500 pages being the average, but now I get why they are so long. Not only are we getting to know the characters but the entire community too. I love all the supporting characters and the support they provide each other and it just makes me want to read on until the series end.
I am becoming accustomed to KA’s writing, the men tend not to pose questions, rather statements and I found myself having to reread a few sentences. The story was told mainly from Lexie’s point of view in first person, which I love, but I was also desperate for Ty’s point of view in this book. We did get it but it was told in third person and that did throw me, I wanted into Ty’s head. Having had the opportunity to ask Kristen Ashley in person about the point of view change, her answer was understandable. She isn’t a dude so she won’t attempt to write like one. I say that’s fair enough and I’ll come to terms with it eventually ;-)
Lady Luck was filled with twists, turns, drama and emotion. Lexie and Ty are my favourite couple to date. I love the dynamic between them and Lexie’s fire made her a girl after my own heart. I know I am late to the Kristen Ashley party but if you are a late bloomer like me, I say rectify this immediately!
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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Title: A Fighter's Desire
Author: L.P Dover
Series: Gloves Off #1
Category: New Adult
Publication Date: 28th July 2014
Two is always better than one.
Knowing a fighter’s desires and needs are one thing, but actually experiencing them is another. A Fighter’s Desire gives you not one, but two stories full of hardcore passion, angst, and action that’ll leave you breathless and aching for more.
Part One: Ryley and Camden Jameson, well-known MMA fighters and identical twins, were just as aggressive and passionate in the bed as they were in the ring. They loved a good fight, and that’s exactly what they got when they met Ashleigh Warren. The brothers had a habit of sharing things—including women—and she happened to be the only one they truly craved. However, the problem was getting her to agree to their proposition. It was one she couldn’t refuse, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy to win. Nonetheless, she sure as hell was going to enjoy it.
Part Two: Fighting temptation isn’t easy when you’re constantly around the one person you’ve desired more than any other. Gabriella Reynolds was warned by her brother, MMA Heavyweight Champion Matt Reynolds, to stay away from his friends; they only wanted one thing, and in the end they’d break her heart. She heard it, but the desire to have the one man she couldn’t led her down the forbidden path to pursue him; he also happens to be one of her brother’s best friends. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, and he’s afraid she’ll want more than what he can give her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes. They have no choice but to keep their time a secret, and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.
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USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
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Title: Mr. X
Author: Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: July 21, 2014
Genre: Dark Romance
He’s come to kill me.
About Clarissa WildClarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.
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“Oomph,” I grunted into a hard chest as warm hands grasped my arms to steady me. I took a deep breath and a woodsy scent that was somehow both spicy and a little bit sweet hit my nose. I didn’t think I’d ever met a guy who smelled this good before.
“You okay?” a deep voice murmured.
“Yes,” I whispered as I looked up into green eyes, my hands resting against his chest.
“Good. Wouldn’t want to start my night off by mowing down defenseless women, now would I?” he asked as I moved away.
I couldn’t help the laugh that bubbled up at that since I’m the one who ran into him. “No, we certainly wouldn’t,” I said as I stepped into the elevator.
I watched his ass, lovingly hugged by his jeans, as he walked away with a couple of guys I hadn’t even noticed. And just like that, my libido jumped back to life. Holy fucking shit.
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Release Blitz - Torrent (Condemned #1) by Gemma James @CJMicheals80~ Triple Review, Top Ten Facts and Giveaway
* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I am a huge fan of dark romance, so the synopsis for this book was what definitely pulled me in. I thought long and hard about what rating to give this book. For the first time, in probably ever, I finished a book feeling kind of dirty (lol!). When I turned that last page I had no idea what the hell did I just read and was I supposed to have liked it (all in a good way!!). Torrent is definitely twisted and dark, but most of all, completely messed up!
Teen Alex had a secret crush on her step-brother's best friend. Due to some crazy shit that went down, Alex points the finger at Rafe for a heinous crime he didn't commit. Fast forward eight years, Rafe is out for revenge. He has lost a big chunk of his life thanks to the lies Alex told. He wants her to pay and knows just how to do it.
Page after page, I kept telling myself how I shouldn't be liking where the story was heading. It felt wrong and every one of Rafe's actions left me with a bitter taste on my mouth (not literally, of course). This guy does the craziest things to Alex, all in the name of revenge. But in a weirdly, I-should-really-hate-you-but-I-don't kind of way I liked Rafe. I understood that his life was forever altered because of one girl's accusations.
Rafe doesn't know what Alex has been through and her motives for accusing him, so you can tell his hatred for her runs deep. I, of course, felt really bad for Alex because even though she did send him to prison eight years ago, the things she has been though because of someone she should trust are just awful! And on top of that having to deal with Rafe? Crazy! But I was also mad at her throughout the book. She could've put a stop to Rafe's plans of revenge if she would've just opened her mouth and told him why she did what she did.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was twisted, dark, and completely wrong. I applaud the author for invoking so many emotions from me while I read this book. I am definitely looking forward the next book and cannot wait to read it!!!
After reading the blurb for this book I just knew that I had to read it, it was my kind if thing. My co blogger read it before me, and was keen for me to read it so that we could discuss it, and after she had said” it was pretty good, but I feel like I shouldn't have liked it” well this just increase my excitement more!!
Well, she was right, it was good!! Really good, and like her I also felt that I shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did, and that due to the nature of the story it was wrong to like it as much as I did. I loved the storyline, it was, dark, twisted edgy, violent and raw, I loved the plot, character development, the hot sexy scenes!! I won’t say anything more about it as I don’t want to give anything away as I feel you really need to read it to understand.
Rafe Mason OMG!!!! What can I say about this sexy man? The more I read, the more I like him, I knew I should because of what he was doing to Alex, he was out for revenge, but I could help it, he has a way of getting under your skin. Oh! And once I discovered his UFC background, I was sold!!
I didn’t know how I felt about Alex. I felt sorry for her at times as one was to suffer like she did, and she has had a shitty life, but at the same time I was also angry at what she had done. However, by the end, I did feel for her. I love the relationship between Rafe and Alex, disturbing as it was, it was also hot sexy and emotional as their feeling for each other ran deep.
I really enjoyed this one; it just goes to show I have a thing for dark, twisted erotic romance. Once I started, I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen. After the cliffhanger ending, I was left with a wow!! And a emotional roller coaster of feelings. I can’t wait for the next one in the series Rampant!! I want that book NOW!!
This was the first book I had read by Gemma Jones, I felt that it was well written, and you feel the emotions, and the struggles of the characters. I will without doubt be reading more of her work, as she definitely knows how to dark romance with disturbing themes, that come with violent and explicit content, and hot sexual scenes. And if like me that is your thing, then I highly recommend that you one- click it today or at the very least add it to your TBR list. It’s a must read.
A question to Gemma… Will Jax be getting a story?? As I feel he seems slightly well more the slightly fucked- up and has one to tell.
“Rafe Mason was essentially the love of my life. I could lie to everyone else, but not to myself. Nothing he did would change that”
I wanted a fight I wanted her fingernail digging into me. I wanted her kicking and screaming and begging for mercy. I wanted her tears and her fucking pain”
“Now I’m black on the inside. I just don’t give a fuck anymore”
“I could deny it all I wanted, but our chemistry didn’t lie. There was something irresistible about her”
“He might have love me if things had turned out differently. If I hadn’t wrecked him”
“Too much of me still hated her…but too much of me still wanted her. How more messes up could I get
“I hated and loved him all at once, and my body was on the same page”
“I’m going to make you beg for it, gonna make you cry until you can’s breath for wanting me”
“What we shared was pure obsession, nothing more and nothing less, and it was sweetest madness in hell"
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
After reading the synopsis, I had to read this book. The theme of revenge intrigued me and with it being on the shorter side, I had to dive in.
Alex has suffered at the hands of her stepbrother Zach, for most of her life. After being forced to testify against her teenage crush, Rafe, Alex has reason to be fearful of his revenge after he’s released from prison. Rafe is out for blood after losing eight years of his life because of Alex, his plan is to make her pay like he did, but once he has Alex secluded on his island, the lines definitely begin to blur.
Before I go on, I must say Torrent is crazy! My mind tells me that every page is wrong, I shouldn’t be liking these characters and I certainly shouldn’t be accepting the situation, yet I find myself making excuses for Rafe and Alex and of course, I’m always looking for the HEA route. I don’t know who is more messed up, this book or me?!
Rafe’s treatment of Alex is abhorrent, yes he is fueled by revenge, but she didn’t deserve to be degraded the way she was. Mentally, Alex is already screwed up after years under Zach’s control, so Rafe’s treatment seems like a walk in the park in comparison. One minute I would hate Rafe and then the next, I would be feeling sorry for him. This book spun my head and made me question my morals!
For lovers of dark romance, Torrent will be right up your alley, it’s sinfully good. For me, I was looking for a deeper connection to the writing. I felt avenues were explored but then just dropped. A few key points were highlighted and I felt they would have had a greater impact had they been explored fully.
This was a really quick read, it ends with a twist and it does leave me wanting to read the second book. I really have no idea what will happen but of course, I’m rooting for Rafe and Alex even though I know I shouldn’t and I feel dirty for doing so, but that’s what happens in the crazy world of Torrent. Regardless of writing or characters, I’m not going to forget this book in a hurry.
Top Ten Facts about Torrent. . .
Author: Melody Grace
Series: Beachwood Bay #4; The Callahans #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult/Adult
Release Date: July 21, 2014
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He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…
Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…
She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion…
Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction -- and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.
Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…
No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?
Melody Grace returns with her sexiest book yet!
*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*
UNINHIBITED is part of the Beachwood Bay series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
“You found me, and you kissed all my troubles away.”
Uninhibited picks up a few months from the prequel Unrequited, Alicia hasn’t taken Dex up on his offer of a week of hot sex and her mundane life isn’t measuring up. When things get too much Alicia takes a leap of faith and makes the call to Dex, to her delight he has been waiting and that’s when the fun really begins.
“Like I said, you’re over-thinking this. It’s not about a purpose or a plan. Except my plan to make you scream the house down in pleasure.”
I really liked Alicia, at first she was highly strung and didn’t stray from routine. She pined over her long time friend who was happily in love with someone else. It was great to see the change in Alicia’s character. Dex kept Alicia on the edge, she never knew what he would suggest next and she loved it. Her rules didn’t exist in his world.
“When I’m with you, there’s no room for anything else. You’re all I can think about,”
As much as Dex was helping Alicia with her problem, she was a soothing balm for him. Dex felt like he didn’t deserve to make music again after losing his friend. Alicia made him see that he wasn’t to blame and he had to let go of the past. It was at that point, it was clear that it was no longer just a week of no-strings that this pair were after, it was becoming the real deal.
“This isn’t just playing anymore. We’re past the flirting, and the easy games. I need to know him, know everything that’s inside that heart of his.”
“Dex..This is real, the fragile threads of our connection our confidences have spun. I’m tethered to him by a thousand shimmering strands of hope and history, an intimate bond that feels like everything and nothing all in one.”
“I can’t bear to see him hurting like this. Something about him has slipped under my skin, wrapping around my heart, and now it squeezes tight, so I feel his grief as if it were my own.”
Just like the rest of the series, this is a sexy, fun read. The scenes between Dex and Alicia were hot and their chemistry crackled between that pages, also it doesn’t hurt that I love a broken rock star. With that being said, Dex wasn’t a bad boy, he was so sweet, he cared for his family and for Alicia. It’s not often a guy will lay his heart on the line and he was all in, very quickly with Alicia.
“I’ve seen a man at his worst, most broken, and I’ve held him in my arms most free.”
“From the moment I saw her, I knew she could save me from the darkness. My angel, full of sweetness and passion and wild, reckless hope. Every moment we’ve spent together has been a miracle, discovering her, knowing her. Loving her.”
I’m usually a stickler for instalove. I’m the one rolling my eyes saying as if that would happened but to my surprise I didn’t care how long Dex and Alicia had known each other, ‘if you know, you know’ and I believed in what Dex and Alicia shared so I was all for it.
“Some things, you can’t plan for. Some people, you know before you even meet. Some loves are forever.”
“I don’t need anything else, just this. Just her. Mine. Always.”
I love the way in which the books are all connected, after being introduced to Dex’s sister, Tegan in this book and discovering who her hero is going to be from the teaser chapter at the end, I really can’t wait to read it.
For fans of this series, Uninhibited will not let you down. It has all the markings of a Melody Grace novel, a light fresh feel, endearing characters, hot chemistry and a good story. You need to check this one out today.
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Winning the heart of an immortal assassin was a dream come true for Kristia Tostenson. Now she’s knee deep in wedding plans, goddess lessons, and stolen kisses. But her decision to become immortal could end in heartbreak -- not only for Kristia, but for the god who loves her. Because while Ull would do anything to protect his bride, even the God of Winter is powerless against the Norse apocalypse. Ragnarok is coming.
When I came to, my chest heaved with sobs. Cold sweat cloaked my body from my forehead to the backs of my knees. My hair was damp, my pulse was racing, and my fingers gripped the sheets so tightly my knuckles ached. I was in my room at Ýdalir, the one place I had always felt safe. Only now I was absolutely terrified.
I ripped the covers off and wrapped my arms around my legs. My nose twitched at an unfamiliar smell. I pulled the cord on the bedside lamp, and looked around to see what might be burning. There was no smoke in the room; all of the furniture seemed to be intact. But when I glanced down, I saw the hems of my pajamas. They were black, singed from the fire I’d desperately hoped had been part of a dream.
This time things had gone too far. If my smoldering pant legs were any indication, being injured in a vision could have far-reaching worldly consequences. And if Elfie had come that close to killing me . . .
Ull had his rules, but I no longer cared. I jumped out of bed and raced down the hallway. When I reached his door I pounded on the distressed wood. Tears streamed down my face but I didn’t bother to wipe them away. The downpour was too intense; it wouldn’t have done any good anyway.
The door flew open and Ull stood on the other side. He wore a loose pair of grey sweatpants and nothing else. Oh hot bejeebus. There was no way this guy was for real. It just wasn’t humanly possible to look that good.
Oh, right. Ull wasn’t human.
Despite the agony coursing through my awakening consciousness, this was a moment of glory I’d remember forever—the first time I saw Ull’s naked torso. His sweats hung low on his hips, affording me a view of the cut just above the bone.
“Kristia?” Ull rubbed the sleep from his eyes. He took in my matted hair, tear-streaked face, and shaking hands. “Great Odin. What happened?”
He pulled me to him, crushing my face against the muscles of his chest. The knot in my stomach loosened infinitesimally. Just being near Ull gave me peace, but being this near Ull was like taking a sedative. Breathing in his woodsy smell made my panic subside. And when he pressed his hands against me—one to my hair, the other against the small of my back—my gut knew I was safe. Nothing bad could happen to me so long as I was in Ull’s arms. I inhaled again, letting his familiar scent fill me from the inside until my shaking stilled. Then I pressed my lips against his skin. Hard.
“Sweetheart?” he asked again.
“I had another vision and it freaked me out. Can I stay with you?” I didn’t take my lips off his chest as I spoke. I couldn’t. He tasted divine—like spruce and soap and home. There was a very real possibility my mouth might be permanently adhered to his flesh, like a kid who’d tried to lick a frozen railing.
Only this was far less unpleasant.
What reviewers are saying about The Elsker Saga:
"The characters will leave an imprint on your heart and mind for a long time to come." -Lisa (Bound by Books)
"Bende takes classic bits of Norse mythology and throws in original elements to create her own tasty Nordic blend... I'll definitely be checking out the sequel!" -Bookalicious Reviews
"One of my favorite books of the year." -White Zin Bookends
"Action packed with a heart pounding romance!" -Curse of the Bibliophile
"This book was nearly impossible to put down and I'm dying for the sequel!" -Brittany and Bianca Blab Books (now BiblioBelles)
Tur: An Elsker Saga Novella (Prequel)
AMAZON - BARNES&NOBLE - KOBO
Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all -- great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.
Some things are worth fighting for.
Elsker: The Elsker Saga Book One
You don't win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way. Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr. Her new boyfriend isn't exactly what she was expecting. He's an honest to goodness Norse God - an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth. Kristia's crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.
Her orderly life just got very messy.
Author Social Media Links:
Find ST on Twitter @stbende or her blog (http://stbende.blogspot.com). While you’re at it, introduce yourself to @UllMyhr -- when he’s not saving the cosmos from dark elves, he loves meeting new friends. Especially the human kind.
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