Blog Tour ~ Heart- Shaped Hack by @Tgarvisgraves Includes Derna' Review, Excerpt, The first five Chapters and a Giveaway
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I was so excited when the Arc of Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves appeared on my Kindle. I’m such a fan of this author, and as most of my book friends know On The Island is one of my favorite books. So with my Kindle in one hand and a cup of green tea on the go I got comfy on my sofa and dived right in. And that is where I stay for the rest of the afternoon, as I couldn’t put it down. The more I read, the more intrigued I became and the more I wanted to find out what was going to happen. So it’s safe to say I loved it from start to finish Kate, and Ian’s story was a brilliant read.
“Always choose love. Always choose the adventure. You’ll never regret it”
Kate was strong, kind, and selfless. She was more understanding than I would have been when Ian gave her very little information about himself. But that was one of the reasons why I like her she gave Ian a chance and she didn’t let her head rule her heart. Sometimes you have to go with that gut feeling and hope it doesn’t steer you wrong.
“She wanted to do more than kiss him. Lots more. All of this with a man she knew very little about”
Ian was an enigma to me at first, and it wasn’t that I didn’t like him because I did. He was a little cocky, but I could tell his heart was in the right place. I was just cautious, as his behaviour at first glance seemed a little unethical to say the least. But I have to say like Kate it didn’t take long for Ian to win me over there was just something about him. There was so much more to this Robin Hood, who was charming, and confident than meets the eye.
“Come on over to the dark side Kate. I’ll save you a seat next to me”
I loved Kate and Ian together such sincere characters. I adore watching their relationship developed. It’s romantic, sexy, funny (basketball game) understanding, tender, and heartwarming. They made me laugh many times with the banter that they shared together. These two were perfect for each other.
“You made it so damn easy for me to love you and just as easy to like you.”
”I fell in love with him so hard, and never saw it coming”
I like the storyline it was such an interesting concept, I loved the premise of the story and it showed that Tracey did her research. It was certainly interesting learning about hackers who knew there were “black hat” hackers “gray hat” hackers and “white hat” hackers well not me but I do now. Oh, and so do two boys aged 13 & 16 who asked what book my review was about, and it was great as it not only were they surprised but it prompted an interesting conversation about hackers. I have to say I’m grateful for “white hat hackers” .
Overall, Heart-Shaped Hack was it was and sweet, funny, romantic, smart, emotional and an enlightening read. After reading it, my advice would be to don’t try to work out what is going to happen just go with it. Tracey knows what she is doing, and she likes to throw in a few twists to keep you on your toes to stop the story becoming boring. Don’t get me start on what Tracey did to my feelings at about 70% talk about emotional, but as Tracey knows I love her, so all is forgiven.
Tracey with her faultless and captivating writing pulled me in from the start and didn’t let me go. So much so that in between finishing this book and writing up my review I have gone on to read two more of her book Covet and Cherish as expected I just loved them.
I highly recommend that you one- click Heart-Shaped Hack today.
Kate was taking a break and having coffee and a muffin at Wilde Roast Café when Ian slid into the booth and sat across from her. He was wearing a lightweight cream-colored sweater with a tan-and-green-patterned shirt underneath, and he smelled good.
Confused, Kate looked around. “Where did you come from?”
“I walked in the door like everyone else.”
“Do you live nearby?” Kate lived in the St. Anthony Main neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis. The food pantry was conveniently located on SE Main Street, which was a short three-block walk from her apartment. The quiet brick-paved street was lined with restaurants, shops, and a movie theater and included a stunning view of the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls. There were also bars that featured live music and plenty of green space in nearby parks.
He shook his head. “Not really.”
“Then why are you here?”
“I felt like talking to you again. You’re seated, so you probably won’t try to strangle me this time.”
“How did you know where to find me?” She was tucked away in a back booth instead of one of the tables near the windows that looked out over SE Main, so it wasn’t like he’d walked by and spotted her.
He held a steaming cup of coffee and blew on it to cool it. “I tracked your credit card activity. According to Capital One, you bought a cup of coffee and a muffin here twelve minutes ago.”
“You tracked my credit card?” Her voice sounded rather loud and shrieky.
He held a finger in front of his mouth. “Shh, Katie Long Legs. That information is for your ears only. How’s your coffee? Would you like a refill?”
Kate did not appreciate being shushed, but she lowered her voice. “Are you some kind of cyberthief?” she whispered. And since when were criminals so well-dressed and impeccably groomed?
“I did not steal your credit card number. I simply accessed your account to see where and when you’d used it last. Then I came here.”
“If you wanted to talk to me again, why didn’t you just go to the food pantry?”
He looked at her like it was obvious. “Because you’re not there. You’re here at this café.”
“If you’re not a cyberthief, then what are you?”
“I’m a hacker.”
“Is there a difference?”
“When you said you steal from the rich to give to the poor, I thought you were kidding. Is that how you get the money?”
“I don’t steal it. I appropriate it from people who shouldn’t have it in the first place. Then I give it to those who are more deserving.”
Kate twisted her napkin. “I can’t keep the money. I’ve already spent the first two donations, but if you come back to the food pantry with me, I can return the most recent one. It’s still locked in the safe because I wasn’t planning on going shopping until tomorrow.”
“No, Katie. I don’t want it back. It’s for you. It’s for the babies.”
“It’s wrong,” she said quietly.
“It’s against the law.”
“Trust me when I say the people I took it from don’t want the law involved any more than I do.”
“What are you saying? That you’re a thief who steals from other thieves?”
He wrinkled his nose, and it was adorable.
“It sounds so distasteful when you say it like that. I prefer master appropriator of ill-gotten funds. You can call me master for short.”
“I have lots of things I’d like to call you. Master is not one of them.”
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Title: Kick Push
Author: Jay McLean
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: Young Adult / New Adult
Release Date: 4th August 2015
There’s a single defining moment within every skater.
It lasts only a second. Two if you're good.
Three if you’re really good.
It’s the moment you’re in the air, your board somewhere beneath you, and nothing but wind surrounds you.
It’s the feeling of being airborne.
The sixteen-year-old version of me would’ve said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Then at seventeen, I had my son.
And every single second became a defining moment. Even the ones that consisted of heartbreak when his mother left us.
Seventeen. Single. Dad.
That’s what my life became.
Yet, every day, I managed to find that feeling of being airborne.
Or at least I convinced myself I did.
But I lied—to myself and to everyone around me.
Until she showed up; Tanned skin, raven dark hair, and eyes the color of emeralds.
You know what sucks about being in the air?
Coming down from the high.
Sometimes you land on the board and nail the trick.
Then kick, push, and coast away.
Other times you fall.
You fall hard.
And those are the times when it’s not as easy to get back up, dust off your pads and try again.
Especially when the girl with the emerald eyes becomes your drug...
And you become her poison.
Kick Push by Jay McLean was one of those books that I started reading having preconceived ideas of how expecting the story to go. And the suddenly within the first few chapters I realise this is going to be different and much more that just your normal boy meets girl story. Single dad Joshua Warden’ story wow was emotional at times, and once I started, I couldn’t put it down.
“Sometimes the basic of moments become your most treasured memories”
I’m not going to go into the storyline as it one you need to read only knowing what Jay tell you in the synopsis. What I will tell you is that Kick Push is about second chances, family, sacrifices, friendship, falling in love, trust, and happiness.
“There’s a big difference between being happy and being selfish. Choose to be happy and Fire truck the rest”
It’s not just Josh that will have you reaching for the tissue as he tries to deal with all that come with being a single parent at such a young age. There is the girl with the emerald eyes who has stolen his heart she is an amazing character, and her story is heartbreaking. I love the connection and empathy between these two.
“His touch is safe”
“I’m addicted to her. To every single thing about her. And even though I know It’s bad, it feels so dam good”
The secondary characters added to the story and play an important part of it without taking the focus away from Josh and the girl with the emerald eyes. Okay, well maybe someone did, and that would be Tommy Josh’s son. He was just too cute. Loved Tommy’s relationship with his dad, and many of the other characters.
I loved Jay’s writing is beautiful, and you can feel the passion she has for these characters. If you love, emotional, heartwarming, heartbreaking reads, then this one is for you. Don’t get me wrong yes, it emotional but, Jay still in flicks her great sense of humour that made me smile and laugh to myself and I love that.
Push Kick is a must read that you won’t forget in a hurry, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.
“I see you Josh”
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.
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From New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Vi Keeland comes a steamy new standalone novel about a rockstar. Or two
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 15th June 2015
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Photographer: Brice Hardelin
Dimpled smile of a boy
Hard body of a man
Sings like an angel
Fucks like the devil
I was stuck between a rock(star) and a hard place.
At fifteen, his poster hung on my bedroom wall. At twenty-five his body hovered over mine. Every girl’s fantasy became my reality. I was dating a rockstar. Yet I was slowly falling for another man. The problem was—the two men—they shared a tour bus.
Flynn Beckham was the opening act.
Dylan Ryder was the headliner.
What happens when the opening act begins to shine so bright, it seems to dim everything else in its wake?
I’ll tell you what happens. Things get ugly.
Meet Flynn and Lucky in this rock star romance!
Beat is the second book in the Life on Stage series by Vi Keeland and just like the first book in the series Throb I loved it. It is Flynn Beckham’s story and I first met the rock star in Throb he was the other man vying for the leading lady’s attention. I was so excited after finishing the book and discovering that he would be getting a story. You see Flynn was never the bad guy in the other book. Unfortunately, he just wasn't the guy for the leading lady. I had felt for him times as he was a genuinely a nice guy.
I loved Flynn and Lucky Valentine together the attraction is high on both sides. Lucky believed she was happy with her own rock star boyfriend Dylan Ryder the lead singer of the band Easy Ryder until she meets Flynn. He starts to make her see things differently and it all gets a little complicated.
“A Man with good rhythm has always been my weakness. Musicians have always been my Kryptonite”
Love the sexual tension between Flynn and Lucky it was infused from the very beginning. Loved the way things developed between them. There are some heartfelt moments between these two as they spend more time together and get to know each other.
“I like her I like the way I feel when I’m around her”
“Something about Flynn Beckham makes me nervous. He’s different.”
I will warn you that yes, there is a love triangle, and there is cheating, but don’t let that stop you reading it really is worth the read. I’m not condoning the cheating, but there is more to it when it comes to Flynn and Lucky. Again, it’s a case of the heart wants what the heart wants.
“Some thing’s are just fate. And you can’t fight fate”
I really enjoyed this book; Flynn is just gorgeous in personality and looks. I mean just look at that cover!! If that won’t make you read the book, then nothing will. This was another winning read for me by VI Keeland, with its great characters, and a great plot. It made me laugh, smile, swoon, tear up, and go me go weak at the knees. And if that wasn’t enough, it ended with lovely epilogue.
If you love rock stars, then I recommend that you 1-click Beat today and meet the very sexy and the very lush Flynn Beckham.
“So. Give it to me straight. What am I doing wrong?”
Ummm…absolutely nothing from what I can see. Everything was perfect. Don’t change a thing. Shit. “Could you do it again? Maybe a different song, one you haven’t sung in a while. So the sounds are less familiar to your body. Sometimes that can give me a different view.” At least I make it sound like a real thing when the words come out.
He sings again, and this time I force myself to observe. “Hmm…your posture is great. Most people have a tendency to favor one side of their neck, which makes them tilt a bit when they speak, and it becomes magnified when they sing, which puts strain on the muscles around the vocal cords. Your alignment is perfect.”
“Thank you, it goes with the rest of my perfectness,” he says with a teasing arrogance that, from the little I know about him, I know isn’t real.
“You didn’t let me finish.”
“You can’t now tell me I’m not perfect. I was already basking in the glow.”
“Actually, it was perfect…but almost a little too perfect. Which makes me think you don’t usually stand this way when you sing.”
“It isn’t the way I normally sing. On stage, I usually have a guitar over my shoulder. Even if I’m not playing it, it’s there.”
“Well, I need to see you holding your instrument to assess you fully, then.”
Flynn’s eyebrows quirk up and the dirty grin on his face is unmistakable.
“The guitar. I’d need to see you holding the guitar.”
“That’s a shame.” He shrugs, the playful smile still on his face. “But okay. It’s your call. Whatever instrument you want to see me hold is fine with me.”
“How big of you.”
“So now we’re talking about the other instrument again?”
I roll my eyes, although this conversation is having more of an effect on me than I let on.
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Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)
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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
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Title: Enduring Fate
Author: Alicia Rae
Series: Fate For Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 28th December 2014
Colton Kingston has loved Paige Summers his entire life. All he has ever dreamed of is having Paige by his side while he lives the simple life of a cowboy raising horses and cattle on his farm.
When tragedy strikes, fate tests the strength of their love.
Paige’s confidence is shaken as she wonders if she can heal from her past and move forward, so Colton can have the life he was born to live.
Can Colton and Paige endure everything in fate’s path?
Or will Paige give up her one true love to give Colton the life he deserves?
Enduring Fate is the first book in Alicia Rae’s new series Fate For Love. I was looking forward to meeting cowboy Colton Kingston, who we had met briefly at the end of A Beautiful Purpose the last book in Alicia Beautiful’ series.
“Paige had change my fate the day she walked into my life. I was hers and she was mine”
It was simple Paige Summers was the love of Colton’s life, the woman who he had always planned to spend the rest of his life with his farm. However, their love and strength is tested when tragedy strikes. Paige starts to question what her future holds when the past still haunts her. For Colton it was still simple all, he wants, is Paige, and he is going to fight for what he wants.
“I’d loved this girl with my heart and soul, and now, I was going to remind her that my love for her would never change, no matter what challenges came our way”
Paige and Colton's connection is strong, and I like them together. Colton was a sexy cowboy with a heart of gold, and I liked him. I love the way he was with Paige, and the things he did for her. He was so sweet, and so patience, all he wants to make her happy, and show her that she doesn’t need to let the past influence her future. I liked Paige, and I felt for her as she struggling to put the past behind her, and her emotions are running high.
“Our kind of love is rare, Paige, and I won’t let your fears keep you from me. You are stronger than that. Our love runs deeper than that. It’s one of fate”
Love the way Alicia had incorporated my favourite characters from the beautiful series; it was lovely to see them again. As I read this book I, was looking to see who out of the secondary characters may have a book of their own later on in the series. I have a feeling that Paige’s best friend Ashlee and her sister Kayla may get one.
I will say the last chapter took me by surprise as I was not expecting the cliffhanger ending, and I did say out loud “what” but to be honest I didn’t mind. And I’m looking forward to the next book in the series Boundless Love, as its safe to say that Paige and Colton’s story is far from over, and it's now Paige who has to fight for her one true love.
Overall I enjoyed this book, I enjoy the storyline it was a heartfelt read. I love Alicia’s writing as it’s always passionate, and from the heart. I can tell she has a passion for horse and knows about life on a ranch. And as I write this review on a cold, wet day in England I know where I wanted to be, Oh yes on a ranch with my very own sexy cowboy.
If you’re a fan Alicia or you like a good romance, or simply you like cowboys then I recommend this book.
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
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Blog Tour: Inflame (Explosive #3) by Tessa Teevan~ Double 5 Star Review's, Excerpt, Teasers & Giveaway
Easy going soldier Kale Montgomery, a self-proclaimed ladies man, has no plans of settling down, especially not with his best friend- the sexy, sassy schoolteacher Lucy Dawson. Their relationship, though unconventional, is mutually beneficial, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Friends with benefits? Casual lovers? Whatever you want to call it, they’re having fun, in and out of bed, and to them, that’s all that matters. At least that’s what they think, but how long can you spend in someone's bed before you find they're also infiltrating your heart?
As their casual fling with no strings attached progresses, it's not long before they realize they're both in way over their heads. One fateful night changes their lives forever in ways they could never have imagined, giving them the push to finally admit that maybe, just maybe they want more than they’ve let on. Their mutual attraction rapidly intensifies as it shifts from burning lust to unrelenting want, need, and possibly even love. Suddenly the idea of settling down doesn't seem so bad. In fact, it sounds pretty damn perfect.
Just when things seem to be falling into place, past pain and renewed insecurities rise to the surface and threaten to smother the flames of their passionate relationship, reminding them both why they’ve always kept the idea of love at arm's length. Will Kale and Lucy realize that what they've been waiting for is each other, or will the blazing whirlwind of their feelings burn out too quickly, causing it to all go up in smoke?
Tessa Teevan has done it again with the third book, Inflame, in the Explosive series! This oh so sweet and sexy read will grab you from the first page.
Solider Kale Montgomery meets school teacher, Lucy Dawson on the day he is fulfilling his godfather duties for 'Bring Your Daddy To Work Day'. They immediately hit it off. However, Kale is known as a ladies man. No settling down for him. Soon enough their playful banter turns into flirting and eventually into friends with benefits. With Kale's upcoming deployment, the 'what are we question' arises. Neither one wants to admit it, but they have fallen for each other. Hard. When lines are crossed, their past comes back to haunt them. Obstacles are thrown their way. It challenges their beliefs of love. They are reminded why they always stayed away from love. But this is Kale and Lucy. Their love is like no other.
"I have every intention of making her mine, but until I know she’s ready, hell, until I’m sure that I’m even ready, I’ll bid my time and continue to be her best friends... I know that in the end it’ll be more than worth it. Waiting for her will be worth it."
Time apart does nothing to dim the flame (pun intended) between Kale and Lucy. Their passionate summer fling is so much more than they ever imagined. Friends with benefits? Sexy times with your best friend? What more can you want? They soon learn that the thought of being without each other is no longer an option. Life makes so much more sense when they are together. Even when life throws curves, Lucy and Kale face them head one. No matter what, Kale and Lucy always find HOME within each other.
“Home isn’t just a place for me, babe. It’s wherever you are. So we could be at my place, at your place, or in a van by the river. As long as I’m with you, then I’m home.”
Inflame is so much more than a friends with benefits or friends to lovers story. Why? Because it goes much DEEPER than that. The connection between Kale and Lucy is felt the moment they met. The reason they never found true love? Because their souls were still looking for each other. That is the kind of love that exists between them. Their love goes beyond what they could have ever imagined. They found love when they least expected it-when they weren't looking. But love doesn't work that way. It finds you when you're ready. With the right person. Inflame attests to that.
“All my time with you is the best times infinity, Kale Montgomery.”
Kale Montgomery. You have absolutely stolen my heart when I least expected it. You are not only drop dead gorgeous, you are kind and you also hold the most beautiful soul I've ever met in a hero in a story. Kale loves with everything he has. With all of his heart and soul. With conviction. Kale. Just. Loves. He protects. He is possessive, yet compassionate. He will make you laugh. He will also make you cry. And you will love him even harder through both.
"And just like that, Lucy Dawson shines the light in my life and my dark thoughts completely disappear."
While you can read Inflame as a standalone, I highly suggest you read the other books in this series. The author has a talent for allowing you to go beyond reading her stories. You live them. You want to crawl inside her books and become friends with these sexy men and their sexy, sassy, and fierce women. Her characters are genuine. She holds nothing back. As a reader you experience raw emotion in her books, and Inflame adds to that.
This is how the series started for me… With a “fuck” something. Can I just say how much I love that the series hasn’t lost its tempo? Awesome.
Tessa Teevan is probably one of those “special” Authors that we only come across once in a lifetime. Her books are not pretentious, or overgrown, or too cliché. Her books have real meaning and guts and heartfelt banter and love of real life. The reason why I love this series goes far beyond book boyfriends and casual sex. The reason why I love this series is simple. Every single character has a meaning and purpose. EVERY character pulls you into to them as if they were a portion of your heart that you cannot get back. To say this series has stolen my heart would be an inadequate disclaimer. This series and this writer own my crazy little book heart, and I could only hope that you all feel the same love and emotion that I have.
Best friends with benefits right? Yeah you’ve seen the movie-blah blah blah… But this isn’t like those movies! I’m sure you’re asking yourself why not? How is THIS book different? Well let me tell you why… Am I going to tell you exactly how it’s different? Hell no, but I will give you some insight on why you need to read this book.
“I don’t do relationships either Lucy. I just want to get to know you and have some fun. No feelings, no strings, no nothing”
Lucy and Kale have an unconventional relationship to start off, He has a past and so does Lucy. And if you’ve read the first two books in this series you might have a tinge of what’s going on with them. I’m not going to ruin the book by telling you all of the previous drama, but it sucks. And why are these two forced together? Well they aren’t really, that’s the point. I firmly believe that Kale isn’t forced into anything. He’s just that good of a guy. Are you confused yet? GOOD, read the first two books *he he*
“The night I met Kale Montgomery, I knew I was in trouble. I just didn’t know how much.”
This I will tell you… Lucy is an amazingly strong woman, as are all of Tessa’s female characters. Lucy I actually felt was the most like me personally, so I grew an attachment to her early on. She’s strong yet fragile without knowing her worth. She doesn’t need a man to show her what she holds in her strength, yet when a man does-- it feels too good to be true. She’s an over optimistic under-believer. Yes, I just coined that phrase. Ha!
“I’ve always thought the whole puppy-dog-eyes thing was a farce, but now that I’m staring into his, I’m a believer. They’re two of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and I could get lost in them for days.”
Either way the chemistry felt between these two is unruly and almost forbidden. Not that they were doing anything wrong, but the romance and sexy times just seemed almost “unclassified” like they were trying to hide a truth that nobody cared about , yet only they yearned about. These two are truly best friends.
“We’re in this together, no matter what. You’re my best friend and so much more. Don’t forget it.”
The story of Kale and Lucy goes far beyond anything that could be misconstrued as “friends with benefits” Kale is truly a stand up dude with a heart of gold. And I just loved every stinking part of his protective sweet dirty ways when it came to Lucy! Not only is he sexy, but he’s unbelievably smooth and heartfelt. This man will steal your heart. Is there drama? Oh hell yes there is! What would a book be without some heartfelt tears and pain? I cried and laughed and cried again. This book will melt you. I’ve been recommending a lot of summer reads lately, and this book is truly an all seasons read. Recommended wholeheartedly!
“She is my heart, and nothing anyone says or does will ever be able to rip her away.”
Shaking her hand, I say it out loud. “Lucy. I like it.”
“That’s fortunate since I’m stuck with it. Okay, Montgomery. As much as I love flirting with a hot ass soldier in the parking lot of an elementary school, I’ve got to get going. Maybe I’ll see you around?”
She starts to walk away, but I grab her hand, reeling her back in. I’m not ready for her to go, yet I don’t want to seem like some crazy stalker guy.
“Can I see you again? You know, outside of an elementary school?” I ask, my eyes bearing down into hers, begging for her to say yes.
She hesitates, and I’m afraid she’s about to say no when she finally responds. “I don’t date. I’m not looking for anything serious, so if that’s what you’re looking for, I’m the wrong girl.”
My cock practically sings at her words. A no strings attached relationship with a hot teacher right before I deploy? I couldn’t have asked for better luck.
“I don’t do relationships, either, Lucy. I just want to get to know you and to have some fun. No feelings, no strings, no nothing,” I tell her, and watch as a look of relief washes over her.
She starts digging in her purse and I watch as she scribbles something on a piece of paper before hanging it to me. “Number’s right there. Call me when you’re feeling adventurous,” she says. Before I can say anything, she spins around and swiftly walks away, leaving me to wonder just how adventurous she can be.
The Explosive Series
Incinerate (Explosive #2)
If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
Title: See Jayne Play
Author: Jami Denise
Series: Jayne #1
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 12, 2013
Jayne King lived in a world of players. She’d been groomed by her father to win, taking no prisoners in her quest to reach the top. But, it was never enough. She wanted out, and just when she finds her escape, she’s pulled back into the underground crime world of Las Vegas. One phone call spins her life out of control and she once again has to live her life behind a mask of lies.
Her body is for sale, but her heart is off limits.
Flynn Maguire, professional gambler and notorious ladies’ man always wins. Always. As the heir to the Maguire Grand Hotel and Casino fortune, he’s always had his desires delivered on a silver platter. When he crosses paths with Jayne King, he will stop at nothing to have her. Nothing has ever stood between him and what he wanted, and there wasn’t any amount of money too high to pay to own her. He realizes too late that money can’t buy her heart and finds himself in a place he never thought he’d be. Out of luck.
I had very little red, surprisingly, and I wasn’t sure how my handsome client was going to take it when I showed up disobeying his wishes. He seemed like the type that expected everyone to submit to his whims, especially the people he paid.
My phone vibrated from beside me and I picked it up, seeing it was Vince calling.
“Hello,” I answered.
“What’s taking you so long? The car is sitting outside.”
I got up and peeked out the window, and sure enough, a sleek black town car was parked at the curb, Collins standing beside it.
“Shit,” I huffed. “I’m not ready yet. Give me ten, and I’ll be right down.”
I ended the call and grabbed a silk blouse from my bed, shaking the wrinkles out and slipping it on.
It was sheer and red, and I hoped the lacy red bra I wore underneath would appease Flynn. I
matched it with a slim skirt and in an effort to make him happy, I slid on a pair of red satin pumps.
I found myself wanting to impress him, and that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. He was a client, not my boyfriend. I resented him for it, and irrationally, I wanted to hate him. At the end of the day,
I’d always be what I was, and he’d always be him. We were two different people from very different walks of life. It was ignorant to think otherwise.
I grabbed my purse and flew down the stairs to meet Vince outside. I wanted to get the date over with so I could come home and sulk. Alone.
I opened the door, and was surprised to see Flynn standing on my steps instead of Vince. He looked peeved, and that just set my back tight and defensive.
“It’s past five.”
I pressed my lips together and bit my tongue. I wanted to tell him to go fuck himself, but that was the last thing I needed to do. He’d paid to fuck me, or not fuck me if things went the same direction as the last time we met. So, instead, I took a deep breath, relaxed my hips, and gave him Jayne’s winning smile.
“Beauty takes effort, Mr. Maguire. I wanted to look special. Just for you.”
His eyes danced. He gave me a quick glance, up and down, and then cocked his lips into a small smile.
“You do look beautiful, as always, Miss King.”
He held his arm out for me, and I tucked my hand into his elbow, tightening my grip as he turned to walk down the steps. I could feel the muscles underneath his coat, and the warmth from his body sent shivers up and down my spine.
I looked side to side, hoping to spot Vince. I wanted to make sure our plan was still in place without Flynn catching on.
“Your friend is waiting in his vehicle across the street.”
I laughed nervously. “He’s protective. It’s just a precaution.”
He hummed but didn’t comment. Collins opened the door for us and stepped aside while Flynn helped me inside. Sliding across the leather seats, I noticed right away that Flynn’s scent permeated the space. Delicious and spicy.
He moved in next to me and immediately threw his arm over the back of the leather seat, letting it settle on my shoulder. I moved in closer, enjoying the way it felt to be tucked under his arm.
I liked the way he took charge. It wasn’t so much arrogance as it was confidence. There was something very attractive about a man that knew what he wanted. It was even better when he took it.
Once the car began to move, Flynn turned sideways, facing me. I smiled at him, batted my lashes a bit, and adjusted myself so I could see him better. He was so devastatingly handsome. The line of his jaw was cut so sharp, and the smooth skin of his lips was so inviting.
I’d had my share of handsome men, but there was something so raw about his beauty, something wild. It danced in his eyes and played in his smile. There was darkness underneath, but I could definitely see some tenderness in him.
He was a player, same as me. His game was different, but not by much. He was well known for the high-stakes card games he played, a proud member of the Millionaire’s club. He may have been born into money, but he probably never had to touch it. A night at a table would set him ahead for years.
That was sexy to me. He was smart, a challenge. Pretty boys with brains were hard to come by, and it was refreshing to have someone that I could actually have a conversation with.
“Where are you taking me tonight, handsome?”
I ran my finger over his trouser-covered thigh, watching my fingernail leave a trail of red against the charcoal of the fabric.
I looked up, confused. “Well, it feels like we’re moving, so we have to be on our way somewhere.”
His eyes darted between my eyes and my mouth, and for a brief moment I thought he might kiss me.
It thrilled me. I wanted him to touch me in the worst way.
“Take off your shoes.”
I blinked several times, puzzled by his sudden request. His eyes told me there was no questioning his words, so I shifted around so I could do as he asked. As I bent over, I made sure he got a good glimpse of my tits in my low-cut dress, and slowly slid the shoes off my feet and dropped them to the floor.
“I thought you’d appreciated the shoes. They’re red.”
“I do,” he said, smiling. “But I want to touch your feet. Put them in my lap so I can rub them.”
I moved quickly, happy to finally have his hands on me. There were far needier places that I needed him, but having him touch me at all was good enough.
His hands were strong, smooth, and his fingers gave the perfect amount of pressure on the arches of my feet. It felt amazing, and I couldn’t remember the last time a man had touched my feet, if ever.
His eyes were bright as he stared at me. He never missed a beat, rubbing and probing my feet like a professional. I was mesmerized, once again, lost in his eyes like a tamed lion.
“So, tell me, Miss King, do you enjoy being a tease?”
I couldn’t help it—I laughed. “I think you have it all wrong, Mr. Maguire. I only tease if I’m paid to tease. Otherwise, I always deliver.”
He hummed. “Yes, I guess you do. Up.”
He threw my legs off his lap and I scrambled to get up. It was no easy task, being that we were in a limo and all.
“Where do you want me?” I asked. My voice cracked. The look in his eyes told a thousand stories, and I wanted to read them all. I needed to know what he was thinking.
My confidence was failing. Miserably. He left me frustrated and confused. I had to get myself together and take control.
Looking up into his eyes, I gasped. His voice was so soft, I had a feeling he hadn’t wanted me to hear him. I could see there was more to his comment.
I had to turn things around. The fire was burning out and strange emotions were stomping it out, so I got up on my knees and pressed my palms against his chest. “Lean back, Mr. Maguire.”
His lips twitched, but he held back a true smile. He wasn’t used to releasing the control, but I had a feeling he liked it. Wanted it.
I climbed over him once his back was against the cushion of the seat. He was absolute perfection, and that niggling in the back of my head started tugging again. It still made no sense that he was paying me to do what hundreds of women would gladly do for free.
Sacrifice a limb for.
“Tell me, Mr. Maguire,” I purred. “Do you always play hard to get?”
He finally smiled. “Hard to get? I have no intention of playing games.”
He shook his head and moved his arms around to grasp my legs, pulling me down against him.
“The only thing hard around here is me. That’s what you’re here for.”
My skin pricked with excitement.
“I want you to rub your pussy on me. Make me come.”
His words shot through me like a stiff swig of harsh whiskey. Hearing him say he wanted anything from me was like gasoline. My engine roared to life, and my body was ready to give him everything I had.
The dark, bracing look in his eyes pushed me back into the reality of the situation, but there was no way I was turning my body off.
I would give him what he wanted.
“And I want your tits,” he spat. “Take that off so I can touch them.”
I wiggled out of the top, and began to gyrate on his lap, moaning when I felt his hardened cock press against my heat. I wanted him inside desperately. Like never before, I needed it.
“Just like that, and don’t stop. I want to watch you make me come.”
I rolled my hips, pressing myself down on him and moving back up again. Over and over again I went through the motions while he twisted and pulled at my nipples.
He was enthralled with them, never letting his eyes stray. He groaned, biting his lip as he concentrated on his hands and what they were doing with me, but never moved his hips to match my motions.
“I like this,” he murmured, letting his hand slip down my torso and placing it on my stomach. “So soft.”
My head fell back, my eyes rolling and my jaw slack. I wanted to cry out and beg him to touch me, to push my panties out of the way and thrust his fingers deep inside. It was ridiculous how badly I craved his touch. There was electricity between us, a true and undeniable attraction that was driving me slowly insane.
“You want me to fuck you, don’t you?”
I whimpered and raised my hips before slamming back down on his lap. He was tempting me, playing with my head, and I was glad he’d thrown me a reminder. This was not seduction. I was there to fulfill his needs, and only that. I wasn’t about to let him patronize me into begging for something from him.
“You like fucking all those men, Jayne? Their sweaty bodies pounding into you without knowing who you are?”
My eyes snapped open and then narrowed. Who the hell did he think he was?
“Does it bother you?” When I didn’t answer, he grabbed my hips, dragging his fingers across my hipbone and spreading his palms across my abdomen, barely avoiding my aching pussy underneath.
“I see. It does, doesn’t it?”
I didn’t answer. I merely gritted my teeth and continued rubbing myself harder and harder over his clothed cock. I would get off, damn it. If he wanted to mess in his pants, that was fine with me. I would still walk away with his money, and an orgasm was just a bonus.
I’d take it.
He smirked, and I’d finally had enough. Rich, handsome, it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that I indeed wanted him to fuck me, and badly, but I was no one’s bitch.
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Title: Awaken (Spiral of Bliss #3)
Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Cover Design: Victoria Colotta of VMC Art & Design
Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.
“I love that you love me, professor.”
“I love loving you, beauty.”
Since their intense, passionate beginning, Professor Dean West and his wife Olivia have fought dark secrets and betrayal in order to save their marriage. Now reeling in the aftermath of a personal tragedy, Liv and Dean are driven further apart by a vindictive threat to Dean’s career.
Struggling to stand on her own for the first time in years, Liv is determined to defend her husband and prove herself. Then an unexpected letter dredges up old insecurities and endangers Liv’s newfound independence. As Dean fights for his professional life, he is forced to confront his worst fear when he discovers that he can’t protect his beloved wife from her own painful past.
Oh, how I've loved this series! I have followed Dean's and Olivia's love story from the very beginning, and they will forever live in my heart as one of my favorite literary couples ever. This book, as with the rest in this series, is full of romance and passion, and the love between these two characters will bring you to your knees. One thing I absolutely loved about this series from the start, was that we got to experience life after the happily-ever-after. This author portrays married life-- the ups, the downs, the struggles, and triumphs, in a very authentic and genuine way. I feel like I've come full circle with this couple. I've laughed with them, cried with them, and rooted for them the entire way. To see their journey end is bittersweet, but Awaken was a lovely conclusion and it definitely did their romance justice.
"My husband and I will always be two people living one life of perfect imperfection"
For Dean, who is comfortable in the role of Liv's "knight in shining armor," this is a struggle. He always puts Liv's well-being and safety above all else, and, being so far away, feels like he isn't able to protect her as much as they both need him to.
"...Still scares me sometimes. How much I love her. All this stuff about her needing me, relying on me, depending on me… when I’m the one who can’t take his next breath without her."
“Somehow, always, everything is okay when it’s just the two of us alone together.”
"You're the only woman I want to look at, beauty." His deep, affectionate voice warms me to my toes. "The only woman I can see."
"Pie love you, professor," I whisper. "Have faith in me, okay?"
Ah, Liv." He presses his lips to my forehead. "I don't have faith in anyone but you."
As someone that has followed this series from beginning to end, I must say this is one of my favorite romance stories EVER. We are taken upon a journey between two beautiful individuals as they live their life as man and wife. Their all consuming, passionate love captured my heart the moment I started reading. Their epic conclusion to their story is bittersweet. While Dean and Liv may stay with me forever, I was so happy the way their story ended.
"You and me, professor," I whisper.
"You and me, beauty."
Knowing that this was the end of Liv and Dean's journey, I took my time with this one. I held on to every word, every sentence of their story. The writing? Beautiful. Flawless. Breathtaking. You do not read this story, you simply LIVE it. It continues the issues that Dean and Liv faced in the first two books, but on a much deeper level. How much can this couple have thrown at them? Despite it all, they have each other and that is what matters the most.
"...my beautiful wife. Wanting her is like breathing. Needing her is in my blood. And loving her will always be the beat of my heart."
Do you hear my heart beating? Yes, it's for Dean West. He is the epitome of romance. He loves Liv with such a need and such a conviction that gives you all the FEELS. His love knows no boundaries. His wife, Liv is everything to him. Despite his right and wrongs, he does everything with her in mind. Their intense love and chemistry is beyond words. While their need for each other is highly erotic, it is also passionte and romantic. These raw emotions added to the story in that the love they share is undeniably beautiful.
I cannot recommend this intense and passionate story enough! While I gave the conclusion a four, the entire series gets a 5+++ from me. Yes, off the charts. The only thing that I wanted to see more in this story was perhaps something less predictable. I also wanted more time with Dean.This journey with Liv and Dean has been nothing short of amazing. This ever after story is deep, all-consuming, and beautiful. Love is limitless. Love is powerful. Love never fails.
Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she's that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina's novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon's Erotica Bestseller list, and Allure is a USA Today Bestseller.
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Title: A Woman Gone Mad
Author: Kimber S. Dawn
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: January 8th 2014
Forget everything you know about fairytales. There comes a point in a woman's life when she realizes not everyone gets a happy ending.
And no one knows this better than Lillian Shaw.
The safety of a small southern upbringing and a happy normal family couldn't keep life from chipping away at her.
And nothing leaves its mark like the bite of a broken heart.
Blow after blow, Lillian tries to stay optimistic, but when faced with a choice that could destroy her future, she gives in to the temptation.
When your first true love comes crashing into your happily ever after, you're supposed to walk away. Not fall back in love.
But saying no to Leo was something Lillian could never do...
Once lines are crossed is there any going back?
Or is the risk that Lillian Shaw takes going to leave her broken again...
And this time be enough to make her A Woman Gone Mad?
***Warning: This is not a shy and tender fairytale love story. It's a raw, tragic, and gritty story inspired by true events. This book is not for the faint of heart, it contains graphic language, sex, violence, and drug use. MATURE Audiences Only. Not intended for young adult readers.***
Well holy crap! If this book doesn’t screw with your head and rip your heart out! I had no clue what I was getting into when I started reading this book. It is by far nothing close to what I imagined. In fact I’m not even sure what I expected, but it wasn’t that! This book takes you on a journey through Lillian Shaw’s life, starting in the 8th grade all the way into adult hood and beyond. And when I realized that this is the direction the book was going, to be honest I wasn’t really looking forward to that. But to my surprise I found myself completely wrapped up in this woman’s story that I just could not do anything else but commit to it.
This story takes you through Lilith’s life and the loves, and losses that she felt along the way. She doesn’t come from a horrible home with crappy parents, in fact it’s quite the opposite. She adores her Mom and respects her Dad to a fault. This is just a story about real life, and finding that first love that ripped you heart out once it was over. And then finding love again, just for it to turn into some monotonous lifestyle in which you can’t escape. Finding friends that you didn’t realize you had, and falling into relationships with people to dull the pain of reality. All of these things happen in this book!
I really felt everything Lil felt. Kimber did a great job of making this story into more than a story. It felt more like a saga, and my heart hurt right along with it the whole way. Well not the whole way but sheesh! Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster. And I say that with the biggest compliments. It can’t be easy to write a story that spans through that many years so fluidly, and with no flashbacks! I’m not a fan of flashbacks unless they are extremely necessary.
So coming around full circle is exactly what this book did. I fell in love with some of the characters, as well as I was truly disappointed in some of them. As in real life, book characters can let you down too, but that’s all part of the story I guess. I will tell you this, if you’re not a fan of Leo by the end of this book something is wrong with you! I was pulling for him the whole time, and when he wasn’t there he was in the back of my head, probably similar to how he was in Lil’s head, always. And no, this is not a love triangle if that’s what you’re wondering. There are simply different men at different times throughout the years, which is totally normal.
I cried my fair share of tears on this one, so keep tissue handy. My heart really went through some emotions which were very real. There are some very serious issues which are mentioned that really cut deep if you’ve ever known anyone in that type of real life situation. But Kimber did a great job of doing it in a very respectable way. It might have gutted me, but it happens. Also, there are some little things that Leo says that kinda made me go “Huh?” But I guess that was just him. LOL. Overall this book was great and was told very well, and I’m pretty sure I haven’t read a book like that ever. So if you’re tired of the same old romance story, than read this book! It is far from typical.
“She’s lost, she’s so fucking lost and she doesn’t even know it. But I’ll find her, you’ll see. I’ll find her and wake her up.”
Tattooed across my ribs are the words I have always lived by 'Aut viam inveniam aut faciam tibi' Latin for: If I can not find a way, I will make my own.
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Author: R.S. McCoy
Release Date: December 16 2013
"Everyone in the world has a spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.”
Myxini School for Children specializes in training young men and women who have powerful sparks. Strikers are taught to manipulate fire. Trackers learn to find animals in the most formidable terrains. Handlers are instructed in communication with large predators. But forty years have passed since the last time they had a Reader – a student with the ability to read minds.
When Lark Davies enrolls at Myxini, he knows there aren’t many like him, but he doesn’t realize just how rare his abilities really are. He thinks nothing of being asked to keep his spark a secret; after all, he can barely control it. Thoughts and emotions flood unbidden into his mind until he can scarcely walk or hold a conversation. But just when he needs it most, his ability fails him.
Larks meets Khea, a small frightened girl who mysteriously insights his protective nature. He has no explanation for the curious strength of their relationship, and it doesn’t help that she is one of the few people in the world whose thoughts can’t be read. As he struggles to get to the root of their unique bond, Lark begins to unravel more power than even his mentor expected, but in the process makes himself a target to political leaders eager to take control.
Lark has the Reader spark. Before he went to Myxini, he had no idea what a spark was and that there were more like him out there. I liked Lark. He's sweet, caring and really protective of Khea and of those closest to him. I loved seeing him grow up through the years and learn more and more about his spark, and how to use it. I liked Khea, but wish I had more time with her to get to know her and connect with her a little more. I loved seeing her go from this scared little girl to a strong young woman. I also liked Mathias as well as Avis, even though I didn't like him at first but he grew on me by the end.
The plot was interesting, but at times I found myself getting a little bored (mostly when the political stuff came into play). I liked learning about all the little islands in the world that R.S. McCoy created and about the people in them.
Overall, I liked this book. I liked learning about their world and the different sparks. I recommend it to anyone looking for a different kind of book.
She wore light blue, and held her blonde hair out of her face with a braid. She looked better than when I last saw her: she'd put on a few pounds which got rid of her starved look, her clothes fit properly, and she was clean. Girls at Myxini wore brown fitted pants, and her narrow knees were the only hint of what she'd been like before.
I ran over to her as soon as I saw her, but the blank expression she wore made it clear she wasn’t all that pleased to see me. It had been months, and I'd almost thought she'd gone home, or hadn't had a bright enough spark after all. I could have jumped and yelled from excitement to see her.
“Lark, have you met my mentor Mathias?” She turned to look at a middle aged man who stood behind her. I couldn’t get a read on either one, though it was hard to tell in the commotion of the training area. He wore the gray coverings that all mentors wore, and despite the age on his face, his golden hair matched the yellow pendant about his neck; which itself was inlaid with a black stone spider.
“Where have you been all this time?”
“Training, of course. Haven’t you?”
“Well, yes, but–. Why haven’t I seen you?”
“Mathias is responsible for all my lessons.” She was cold and dismissive, almost as if I bothered her. I couldn’t believe it. Why is she being so weird? I only wanted to make sure she was safe, that she was taken care of. What happened?
With a wave of dismissal she walked past me to challenge Parvani and I was sure my mouth dropped to the ground. Does she have any idea what she’s doing?
“Is she crazy?” Micha asked. He seemed more worried for her mental faculties than her general well-being, though I couldn’t disagree.
They stood and faced each other as Sinha commenced the fight. Khea was at least a full foot shorter than Parvani and looked like she could be her toy. I didn’t imagine Parvani was going to let her down easy.
In a moment of what must have been suicidal desire, Khea lunged, blocked a punch, and landed her fist square on Parvani’s cheek before the larger girl dropped onto her back on the ground. It was the most impressive display I had ever seen. Once she knew what she was up against, Parvani put in real effort to fight, and for a while, it seemed as if they were evenly matched. The final blow came when Khea grabbed Parvani's wrist, spun around her, and forced her to the ground. “Yield,” Parvani let out, defeated.
Without a word to me or Micha, Khea walked back to Mathias and he led her away. It was all I could think about the rest of the day, and into the next morning. What happened to Khea? Where has she been all this time and why is she so distant now? And since when was she some sort of combat master?
The next day Khea returned alone and challenged Shaz, a move that made me feel that Micha might have been right. Unlike Parvani, Shaz only lasted a measly few minutes before the pain in his leg prompted a yield. That time I was able to catch her before she left.
“Hey, Khea. What’s going on? Why won’t you talk to me?”
“I’m sorry, I’m not allowed to.”
“You’re not allowed to? Says who? That Mathias guy?” It seemed outlandish that anyone should be prevented from seeing me, particularly Khea.
She nodded before she replied, “I’m not supposed to talk to you. Please leave me alone.” Right then a boulder fell from the sky and crushed me. I just wanted to make sure she was alright. Why would someone prevent that? What made it worse was that she went along with it. She hadn’t fought against it or refused to follow his rules. My insides ached in a new kind of pain.
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Title: In the Firelight
Author: Sibylla Matilde
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Date of publication: December 19, 2013
Blog tour Dates: December 30th-January 6th
***** Mature Content, Sexual Situations, Adult Situations, Strong Language *****
She found him on a snowy night. He sparked her desires and inflamed her dreams.
Independent and feisty, Shea Madison has a tussle on her hands. Living in and loving her quiet little corner of Montana, she’s fiercely determined to fight a real estate developer trying to turn her quaint little mountain town into a touristy ski resort. So, when an outsider shows up to study the effects on the area, she instantly attempts to sway his impression… even if it means a little harmless flirting with the enticing visitor.
Rhys Weland’s charade has one purpose—to bring the locals around to the idea of the resort, primarily the ringleader, Ms. Shea Madison. Embroiled in his deception, he’s stunned by the feelings she draws from deep inside him. Her integrity and sincerity quickly have him second-guessing his twisted morals. Her spirit arouses his soul. Her sensuality steals his breath.
In the dark of the night, in the warmth of the fire, the passion smoldering between them combusts. But just when it all seems to make sense, one small stubborn mistake shreds the fragile bond between them. Will an impetuous act reignite their flame, or will their love vanish like sparks in the air?
This isn’t a story about a man-hating woman, or an overbearing Mountain Man. This is the story about a beautiful young woman forced back in to the solitude of her Montana Country life due to a man who brutally butchered her heart. Shea Madison is a strong independent woman living solo in a quaint cabin in the desolate Montana wilderness, her only companion being her Beautiful big “Wolfie” dog. She’s in a constant fight for the land that she holds so dear to her heart, trying to keep the precious claim on it, before the big conglomerate “McHugh Corporation” tries to turn the cute little town into a bustling winter resort. Shea has no clue that the one thing she never wanted might be the only thing holding her back from her dreams of keeping her home intact.
That thing comes in the form of a beautiful gorgeous creature named Rhys Weland. Mr. McHugh’s right hand man and puppeteer-playboy for the multi-million dollar development firm. When Mr. McHugh says jump, Rhys jumps full force into any project given to him. Not caring about who it may hinder in the process. You see, this horrible McHugh man sends Rhys out on adventures to “Woo” stupid women into handing over key elements in business practice which might benefit him and his company. In turn, Rhys is physically and monetarily compensated GREATLY. So when he gets the “project” to tame a certain Shea Madison, He thinks it will be another walk in the park. What he doesn’t know is that he’s about to step in the biggest pile of crap he’s ever seen!
“Instantly, Rhys thought back to why he was here. He had to behave himself, to focus on the end prize. Not to perv over this little paradox of femininity.”
Rhys was instantly drawn to Shea, and he had no clue why. He became stupidly stuck in a snowy ditch, and Shea came to his rescue. This is where this sweet sexy love story takes an interesting turn. Shea wants Rhys, BADLY but of course has to keep her guard up being a single independent woman and all. And Rhys pretty much perfects pushing Shea’s buttons! Literally and figuratively! But underneath it all, Rhys had a job to do, But Shea made it extremely hard, the chemistry between these two is through the roof HOT! When they finally figure it out that they need each other it is BAM hot! I’m just saying stuff now, but it’s true! Rhys is a pretty good dirty talker for those of you that need that!
“Rhys could barely believe the heaven he’d just experienced. His face was buried in the sweet scent of Shea’s neck, and he never wanted to move. Ever. He wanted to stay here, right fucking here, for the rest of his fucking life.”
These two go back and forth quite a bit with their want and need for each other. Or I should say they let their head outplay their heart, because the need is most definitely there! There is obviously some drama, but in the end I was extremely happy with what Sibylla Matilde did with the story. The characters were believable and LOVEABLE! At least Rhys was, I wanted to slap Shea a few times for being so damn stubborn! But ultimately I liked her too. This was a great read for me, and the fact that they spent most of their time in a cabin by the firelight wasn’t lost on me. I loved it! Reading it made me feel warm and cozy, and Rhys is totally a sexpot ladies
Music is her emotional trigger. Growing up with a Wagnarian-loving mother, Sibylla was raised to treasure music that digs deep into the psyche, drawing out elation, sorrow, grief, desire. The soundtrack to her life includes many genres spanning centuries. She looooooooves Thirty Seconds to Mars (rather obsessively, actually... but, really, how can you NOT be crazy about this guy!? Jared Leto. Shhh. ) & pimps them out to all her friends through Spotify. She also delights in Met Opera HD broadcasts at her local movie theater & hopes (listening Met?) to someday see Diana Damrau reprise her role as Mozart’s Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
Sibylla lives with her husband and hero who saved her from her own calamitous, young-adult self. He makes her laugh daily, even when things are tough. He's proved to her that love really can heal a shattered soul. In 18 years, they have never had a fight, although argue regularly with their two teenage kids who have, unfortunately, inherited their father’s quick wit (unfortunate as it is a quick wit that Sibylla, herself, definitely does not possess – there is a reason she is a writer & not a stand-up comedian). They live a quiet life with their two weird little rescued Chiweenies. Wait… teenagers & little yap-dogs? OK, maybe not so quiet.
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