Tuesday, March 21, 2017

REVIEW: Take Me Back by Meghan March


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OUR REVIEW:

Shel: You guys, if you're looking for a Meghan March stand alone, this is your book. I honestly went in to reading Take Me Back with a little trepidation because I hadn't heard if it was part of a series or not and after the last few weeks of reading books with cliff hangers, I was steeling myself for a cliffie in this one. GOOD NEWS: it wraps up by the end. OTHER GOOD NEWS: it's a really fantastic weekend read. For instance when I woke up this weekend and the weather decided to freak out, I had several hours of reading time and was able to finish this in one sitting. 

Court: It was a complete and utter vortex in that I started it...and then I absolutely had to keep reading to find out what would happen next! And yes, I tried to know as little about what the book was about but was so excited about it because LOOK AT THAT COVER! Just look at it folks...it really set the stage for this book, and is perfect. Then when we meet these characters we really are in for it because we fell in love with Kat and Dane immediately. They've hit a rough patch in their relationship and are going back to where it all started...the beach...and trying to get back on track. Marriage in crisis books are really great, and this one is no different! The premise is incredible, as is the writing and I don't think if you start this book that you'll want to put it down either.

Shel: Take Me Back has all of the things we've come to love about Meghan March's books--interesting plot, fun characters, lots of steam, and that touch of suspense that keeps you turning page after page. Even in this light read, Meghan March still infuses these characters with real life concerns and relationship problems weaves realism into the plot that gives their plight more depth. Pick up this novel and the more you get to know Kat and Dane the more you'll hope that they find their happily ever after. Court: Absolutely what Shel said. The story is beautiful, and the characters make your heart hurt while giving you hope for your own relationships at the same time. Meghan March just has that effect on me, and I love getting to share her wonderful work with all those who read our review. I highly recommend this book! Highly, highly...and I really can't wait for what she comes up with next because she just constantly tops herself and surprises us and is an incredible writer. Love! 


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We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and I carried her off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying “I do” doesn’t guarantee a happily-ever-after. Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we’ve built. It’s time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I’m not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything. Two damaged people. Countless secrets. The fight of our lives. We might be broken, but we’re not done. Add to Goodreads

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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

REVIEW: Dirty Souls by Karina Halle

OUR REVIEW

Shel: How do I love Karina Halle? Let me count the ways. Actually, screw that, I don't have enough blog space to give you all of the reasons why she's a must read author for me and really what I want to do is freak out about Dirty Souls for a few minutes so I think that's what I'll do. 

Court: She is a must-read-immediately-upon-release author, and I absolutely love this insane world of drug cartels and insane love that she has given us. 

Shel: Karina Halle is fearless when it comes to the characters in this series and I seriously love her for it. I love that I never ever know who will be safe and who could be killed off. At one point I told Courtney that I had no doubt Halle would burn everyone and everything to the ground if it served a purpose and as much as I know she cares for her characters it's her ruthlessness that I've come to love when it comes to this series. I don't even care to try to delve into what it says about me that I love all the antihero action going on here because I do love it, every single page of it; Halle is definitely in my top 5 of people who write the best antiheroes. But it's not just the 'anti' that I love. I love how Halle doesn't shy away from letting her characters have just as much softness as they do harshness. In this series, she creates complex characters whom we love, we love to hate, and we hate to love and wound up in all of that is heart racing emotion and action packed plot; this novel was tightly written, it didn't ever lag or slow down and everything seemed to be in its right place. As I was reading, I was practically breathless and that I had that wonderful anxiety of wanting to hurry up and finish so I knew how it ended while also trying to put the breaks on so I could enjoy the discovery of everything for a little bit longer. 

Court: They're real. And really intense, all the time. I love how Violet's psyche is so intense and she loves hard, and thinks and acts with every fiber of her being. From start to finish of this book, definitely this series and the other series you absolutely MUST read immediately...these people are so profoundly magical on the page. The plot is thick, the characters are deep and the pace is unrelenting. I love how Shel points out that antiheroes are our favorite...because who loves someone bright and shiny 100% of the time. I for one...can't take that, but I like when people surprise us in this book in a good way...and just about have a heart attack when they surprise me in a bad way...but I know for 100% that this book is not to be missed. 

Shel: This book is every thing I wanted it to be and I'm so glad we didn't have to wait for months to get back into the heads of Violet, Vincente, Ellie, and Javier. I'm even more thrilled for her note about her possible upcoming releases, so make sure you take a look at that and how to stay in the loop for what's coming from Karina Halle next. Court: I'm really, really thankful for that too so thank you Karina! We appreciate you for it, and just really am so glad that this story was in your mind to be told. I was nervous about how things would play out, and if the characters that I love who got their ending "twenty years ago" would keep it, so I'm really in love with how all of that backstory was intertwined in this one.

Shel: Karina Halle, if you're reading this, know that I was desperate for this novel--I had to know what would happen--and you did not disappoint. Thank you for taking a chance by fast forwarding us to the story of Violet and Vincente and for being fearless in your approach to this series. Court: Don't have much for follow up to that, because it was perfect! But, like Shelley said we were desperate. We loved it. And we hope that if you're reading this, reader, buy it. NOW! Because we said so! 

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SYNOPSIS:
From New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle comes DIRTY SOULS the much-anticipated, nail-biting conclusion to Black Hearts…

Violet McQueen has always been a sensitive soul. Troubled and misunderstood, she never realized her place in the world, nor her true potential…until she met Vicente Bernal.

From birth, Vicente Bernal has always known his place in the world – he’s been groomed to be a ruthless king. Yet for a man whose soul has become morally bankrupt, it’s only through Violet he’s realizing the worth of someone’s heart.

But at what cost?

With a deadly game set in motion taking them from the stark deserts of California to the steamy jungles of Mexico, Violet and Vicente’s forbidden relationship will be put to the test. Boundaries will be pushed, lines will be crossed and souls will get very, very dirty.

Because how do you choose between blood and love when both might get you killed?

LEARN MORE ABOUT KARINA HALLE: http://authorkarinahalle.com/

Friday, March 17, 2017

REVIEW: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

Shel: The Butterfly Project is exactly the kind of book I need--it was healing. Let me back up to say that in the last few weeks I've read several books that are the beginning of or middle of a series and they're all tortuous in their cliff hangers which means I've been in twisty knots of angst for days. I reached for this novel because I knew 2 things: less importantly it's a stand alone so I knew I'd have a resolution by the end, most importantly Emma Scott has an innate ability to cocoon me in her words and I knew I was in for a night of fantastic storytelling. 

Court: She does. And it is exactly as you said. Healing, yet searches for a truth that was somewhat quietly profound as we went on this reading journey. I had no idea what to expect, because the first one I read was so beautiful I was a little afraid of this one...in a good way! I read this one in one sitting and fee like I'm immensely better for it. I like when an author is capable of using words and putting a little bit of a healing balm on a crack in my soul, and Emma Scott has that tremendous ability and I can't wait to read her words more and more. 

Shel: When I think about the story of Zelda and Beckett I think of it terms of these words: forgiveness, redemption, risk, and love. While these words sometimes apply to the characters differently, they all apply. Until they both took risks, they were living in a world of grey--a world that I imagined looked a lot like Zelda's comic book world. Thankfully, Zelda took a huge risk and asked Beckett for help and slowly their grey world began to warm with color and color. In order for the full technicolor picture could envelop them, they both had to find a way to be open forgiveness (and redemption). He had to be willing to let it be given to him and she had to discover if she had any to give. Again a huge risk because the inability to tap into that emotion would be the death knell to a future not crippled by the past. 

Court: Forgiveness is definitely the primary theme, but it comes in so many forms. Forgiving others: those who don't deserve it, and definitely didn't ask for it, those who did...but most of all forgiveness of yourself. Their journey is a hard one...but it's the way that their paths are so very different from each other that the story is original and complex at the same time. The added elements of their pasts as they are unveiled do bring a lot of questions and a few angsty feelings along the way but I had faith that we'd survive...and we did! 

Shel: Another huge emotion both of them tangled with was love. Allowing themselves to feel it seemed like a betrayal to the people they held onto in their past. Being in love meant a sort of happiness neither of them seemed able to wholly accept. It was hard as a reader to see that they both needed it and deserved it and yet they couldn't or wouldn't give in...until they did. And that moment---gahhh, they evoked these huge balloons of emotion inside of me.

Court: Huge balloons!!! I loved the setting of the story too and the way their respective jobs really felt authentic to the heart of the city of New York. I love when a setting is such a big part of the book, and it became a place of new beginning for the two of them in a way they neither expected. Zelda and Beckett in my brain are old souls, and they related to each other in a beautiful way. They became friends when neither expected, and the journey to the will they or won't they become more is one that you cannot miss. 

Shel: I loved everything about this novel--their struggles emotionally. I loved their definition of home. I loved their crappy apartment and their friends. I loved Roy and Aunt Lucille. But I especially loved watching these two go from living lives that felt like they were just existing..just living in a black and white world (or gray) to living in full color.

Court: Shel, that is the best description of the heart of it. I hope everyone picks this one up immediately! You won't regret it...and definitely will discover a word of books Emma Scott has written that will such up you heart, mind and soul! 

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"Where you are is home..."

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

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256 pages
Published February 28th 2017
Source: Netgalley

Thursday, March 16, 2017

REVIEW: Thirty Nights (American Beauty 1) by Ani Keating

OUR REVIEW:
Is this?
Nooo..
Yes. Yes it is. 
I think?
*researches*
OHHHHH. I thought I saw echoes of ....
Yep. I thought I saw some slight resemblance to Fifty Shades of Grey and I think it would be silly for me to ignore it or not acknowledge it at all so if you're reading this novel and you get that very subtle thing that sorta reminds you of that novel, I DID TOO. It's interesting because while I saw some suggestions of fanfiction-eque type nods to FSoG, I also saw that Ani Keating did many things to make this novel her own and by the end of the novel the characters and their problems were so very much of Keating's making that I realized that the last vestiges of FSoG had left my mind chapters and chapters earlier.  Without going into a long rambling monologue about similarities and differences, I guess what I'd tell readers is that if you want a copycat version of FSoG than this is NOT going to give you that because it really is very different. If you want some of the same structures in place -- rich hero with some control issues/smart, innocent heroine + a few secondary character and setting similarities--then you might really enjoy this novel. 
A few other things I'm thinking? 
 I'd also go into this with a mindset of treating it like a total commercial escapist fiction. I know readers with backgrounds in some of the situations that are referenced would find errors or problems with the way characters behave or their circumstances but this is one of those times that A) I'm in ignorant bliss and B) because I'm reading it as commercial escapism, I didn't find that I cared so much about whether everything that happened was 100% something that could. In other words, I bought what she was selling and I kept turning pages because I was very much interested in these characters. I wanted to see exactly what was going to happen with Elisa and Aiden. I wanted to know if or how she'd be allowed to stay in the United States. And frankly, I wanted to see how Keating would deviate and make this thing her own. The dedication at the beginning and Keating's repeated acknowledgement of people seeing to become American citizens struck a chord; Elisa and Javier's characters and their very different problems gave me many things to think about. I appreciated the humanity that Keating brought to this very real issue and while I have no knowledge about her experience or research into this, her ability to convey the challenges that many people in this country fear and face really made me so anxious and worried for the characters, but also for the all of the people who live this daily.
So now where am I in how I feel about this novel? Now I'm very curious about how she'll resolve things. 
This novel isn't perfect--I would like to see more depth, more backstory, more scenes with secondary characters, more things to push and pull and form these characters-- yet I couldn't put it down. And then when I finished, I went to every media source I could to find out more. I have no idea what the timeline is for the release of the next novel in this series but I hope that Ani Keating's ideas are flowing and her fingers are flying over her keyboard.
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SYNOPSIS:
Thirty nights. Two hearts. One fate.
American Beauty, Book 1
After her parents’ tragic deaths, Elisa Snow wanted nothing more than to escape her past. Eighteen and alone, she fled her quaint English village and moved to the United States. A starving science student by day and an artist’s muse by night, Elisa has slowly built a new life. She never dreamed she would lose everything again.
She’s one week from graduation when her visa is unexpectedly denied. Given thirty days to leave the country, she must face the one thing she cannot survive again—saying goodbye and leaving her home. Yet within minutes of her world shattering, she meets a man with the power to piece it back together.
After finishing his tour of duty in Iraq, Aiden Hale traded battlefields for boardrooms, becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in the nation. But all his wealth can’t buy him reprieve from the horrific memories of war. The only thing that gives him peace is a painting of Elisa.
Drawn together by their invisible wounds, they begin a passionate affair as they race against the clock to defy their pasts—and fight for their future.
Earlier versions of this book were posted on the author’s blog under the titles of The Master’s Muse and 30 Nights of Snow, using the pen name Ani Surnois, and has since been extensively edited.

Warning: Contains a blistering exploration of desire, sacrifice and redemption…and love’s power to equalize us in ways laws cannot.

FIND OUT MORE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27409094-thirty-nights?ac=1&from_search=true


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

REVIEW: Insight by Santino Hassell

OUR REVIEW:

I have to admit that I've become one of those readers--the ones who don't even have to think about it when they see that an author they enjoy is putting a new book out? Yep, that's me when it comes to Santino Hassell. He's become my own personal Pied Piper and I appear to follow him everywhere he goes, with good reason. Santino Hassell absolutely 100% delivers, every single time. I know that when I pick up one of his novels I am going to get an interesting, well written novel with characters I care about and want to know more about.

Insight took me into a world I'm usually not in--a PNR world--and I found myself constantly wanting to stop and tell Hassell how in awe I was at how he created the characters and their exceptionalities. He made Nate and Holden and Chase seem so believable that I never really found myself questioning whether it could actually happen; as a matter of fact, I found myself actually wondering if what he proposed about psychics could be true! And with more coming from this community of characters I know that I'll be clamoring to get back in this world as quickly as possible.

Insight offers everything I've come to enjoy about Santino Hassell books--great characters and dialogue, perfect pacing, that kinda grimy film of realism, ---and it adds the supernatural and suspense and it all adds up to just the already mad love and respect I have for everything he touches. I'm super excited about this new series and I think many many readers will be too.

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SYNOPSIS:

Growing up the outcast in an infamous family of psychics, Nate Black never learned how to control his empath abilities. Then after five years without contact, his estranged twin turns up dead in New York City. The claim of suicide doesn’t ring true, especially when a mysterious vision tells Nate it was murder. Now his long-hated gift is his only tool to investigate. 

Hitching from his tiny Texas town, Nate is picked up by Trent, a gorgeous engineer who thrives on sarcasm and skepticism. The heat that sparks between them is instant and intense, and Nate ends up trusting Trent with his secrets—something he’s never done before. But once they arrive in the city, the secrets multiply when Nate discovers an underground supernatural community, more missing psychics, and frightening information about his own talent.

Nate is left questioning his connection with Trent. Are their feelings real, or are they being propelled by abilities Nate didn’t realize he had? His fear of his power grows, but Nate must overcome it to find his brother’s killer and trust himself with Trent’s heart.


Word count: ~85,000

MORE ABOUT SANTINO HASSELL and his books: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4942228.Santino_Hassell

Monday, March 13, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Just Like That by Nicola Rendell




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"I bet I can untangle you."

At an airport baggage claim, Penny Darling looks up from her knotted mess of ear buds to find the sexiest hunk of man she's ever seen. He's got a military haircut, a scar through his eyebrow, and he's rocking a pastel pink dress shirt like only a real man can. But Penny is on a man-free diet so she leaves the airport without succumbing to his delicious double-entendres...or his dreamy dimples.

PI Russ Macklin can't take his eyes off Penny. As she sashays out of the airport with hips swaying and curls bouncing, he suspects they may share more than just sweltering chemistry. That suitcase she's rolling along behind her? It looks a lot like his.

Because it is.

When he tracks her down, he holds her bag hostage in exchange for a date. Their night begins with margaritas and ends in urgent care, and Russ proves that Cosmo's theory about a very particular type of orgasm was oh-so-wrong.

In Penny, Russ finds a small-town sweetheart with a very naughty side. For the first time ever, he’s thinking about picket fences. Penny finds in Russ a loving, caring man who understands the power of massaging showerheads.

But Russ is only in Port Flamingo for a week. They agree it'll be a fling and nothing more. Because really, they can't fall ass-over-teakettle in love just like that...

Can they?

99k words. HEA. Dual POV. No cheating.
Featuring a big drooly dog named Guppy.








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Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons. She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She loves to cook, sew, and play the piano. She realizes that her hobbies might make her sound like an old lady and she’s totally okay with that. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is from Taos, New Mexico.


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Friday, March 10, 2017

REVIEW: American Prince by Sierra Simone


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OUR REVIEW:

Shel: OH MY GODDDDDDDDD. What have you done, Sierra Simone?! What have you done?!! This series has me in a choke hold and if I don't get some oxygen, I think I might die. OHMYGOD. I can't even care that I'm being overly dramatic right now because I just finished American Prince minutes ago and I am agog. I'm mouth agape, eyes popping, shaking my head, what the fucking and just OHMYGOD.  (EDITED TO NOTE--Don't even think about reading American Prince without reading book 1, American Queen).

Court: Yeah, so I had a little bit of this going on..



And really...just...it is hard to put into words how I feel about this book. The passion is so intense...and unconventional, but Sierra Simone's ability to craft a trilogy like no other I've read in such a long time is amazing. This story is off the charts seduction, intrigue, manipulation, suspense, submission, power struggle...just, wow. Wow, like Shelley said up there...this book will grab hold of you and not let go right until the very last word.

Shel: I knew that American Prince would be intense because of how American Queen ended. What I didn't have the foresight to see is exactly how you'd create these fantastic plot twists that would ramp up the intensity to DEFCON 10 levels. I've typed like what, five sentences and my pulse is still racing and my mind is just processing as fast as it can and WOW. I bow down to your writing and plotting prowess and I offer myself as tribute for everything you write from here on out. I loved how you wove Embry and Ash's history between the present and past. I loved how you kept Greer an active character in all of this. And I'm intrigued at how you took the threads of subplots from American Queen and built on them to create conflict and tension--secrets and lies.

Court: Politics is such a game, and the players always have to be on their A game. This story is no different, and if these types of things really happy - no wonder all those people be cray, am I right? Having the back story that we read about in American Queen really solidified the type of men that I thought Ash and Embry are. They're wonderfully deep characters, and I really could read about them thousands of pages. I know that is impossible, but I want what I want okay? K. I am just so impressed by all of the boundaries this book pushes, the risks that are taken in the plot...and really the way that foreshadowing gives me palpitations but doesn't actually tell me anything about the land mines I'm about to find on the next page. Just, unbelievable storytelling! 

Shel: Embry's story was interesting and infuriating and heartbreaking. There were so many times that I wanted him to put everything out in the open and let the chips fall where they would--but then would we have had American Queen? Would we have the relationship they all took part in? Would we have what we have at the end of this novel--concern, anxiety, curiosity, anger, sadness, and a small sliver of hope? Would be simultaneously agreeing with Embry even while we agree with Ash, when they can't seem to agree with each other? I.DON'T.KNOW. I had so much respect for why Embry did what he did, every time he did it, but then I'd think about Ash or Greer and I'd question if what Embry was doing was the best choice. I'M SO CONFLICTED. What have you done to me Sierra Simone? You've got me all twisted.

Court: It is definitely not black and white in their world. Literal shades of gray mar their landscape, and neither is more right or wrong than the other. The kicker is that I also AM SO CONFLICTED! I just want to strangle both of them (preferably with me in the middle) and make them talk and open up and not hide things. That sounds so easy right? Right.... Gosh, that ending though. Embry makes the wrong choices for the right reasons a vast majority of the time, but I am hoping that he is playing the long game here and can figure things out! 

Shel: The one thing I think we can all agree with is that there is one certain someone ..well actually two, and those two certain someones need to die in a fire, after being horribly humiliated (among other things). And there are other characters that I have many, many questions about and I can't help but question their motivations. So where does this leave me? With a ton of anxiety about how this trilogy will end and even more excited about what Sierra Simone decides to do with all of these characters.

Court: It does, but this book is seriously just as amazing as we hoped it would be, if not more. I didn't doubt that Sierra wouldn't deliver, but she has this innate ability to write a story with so many layers that I am drowning in plot, and pace and character development and I don't want to come up for air ever.

Shel: Since I have to wait until August to read the final book in this trilogy, I'm thinking it might be in my best interest to study Lancelot and Guinevere and all of Camelot to gain even more context to what I already know. Kudos to you, Sierra Simone, in your ability to take that tale and make it into something so modern, so sexy, and so heartpoundingly good that all of the hard work I know you've put into it seems effortless.

Court: Oh, Camelot. Fickle foe, that one...and these poor people are so twisted up in each other and I need them to figure their crap out asap! I cannot WAIT for the next book! 

American Prince, the highly-anticipated follow up to American Queen by Sierra Simone is available now!!

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American Prince by Sierra Simone Publication Date: March 7th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

I’ve been many things.
I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President.
But only with Him am I a prince. His little prince.
Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.
My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.
This is the story of an American Prince.

Excerpt:

In an instant, he was on me, straddling my thighs, one hand yanking my head back so I had to look up into his face. “Don’t play games with me,” Ash warned in a low voice. “Not tonight. Not after what you did. You don’t even want to know the things I’m thinking about right now.” I could barely breathe. Pain sang out from my shoulder and hunger sang out from my thickening cock. I was at the mercy of a monster—in the hands of an angry god, as they say—and I’d never felt more alive. It was like kissing his boot, like that first moment I’d been shot at in the trees—the whole world came to life, the forest thrumming and the leaves rustling and my blood and heart all part of this incredible symphony of magic and music that was playing all the time, if only I had the ears to listen. Being with Ash was like my battle high, the fragility of life so apparent, the thrill of surviving it so exhilarating. Surviving him. “Take it,” I said, my fantasies from all those years ago coming back and making me stir underneath him. “What?” he asked quietly. “Take what you’re owed. Take what you deserve for saving my life.” His lips parted, his eyes hooded, and he pulled my head back even more, exposing my throat. “And what exactly do you owe me?” he asked. “What exactly do I deserve?” I met his eyes, which were almost black in the dark. “Whatever you want.” “What I want will have you flat on the ground with tears in your eyes. You think you want to give that to me?” “No.” I swallowed. “I want you to take it from me.” He went still. “Let me thank you,” I begged. “Let me make you feel better. Use me. Use me how you need.” “Oh, that’s what you want, is it?” he breathed. He leaned in, his thighs on my throbbing erection, and I felt his own, an iron bulge pressing into my stomach. It was massive. He’d tear me apart with it. “You won’t let me have you any other time, not with kisses or love letters, but when you’re bleeding and I’m furious, that’s when you’ll open yourself to me? That’s when I get to have this?” How could I make him understand? That it had to be like this? That I had to be conquered, not wooed? sbpr-ss-ap-availablenow

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About the Author:

Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

EXCERPT REVEAL: Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige

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Dirty Filthy Rich Men, an all-new contemporary romance from NYT Bestseller Laurelin Paige is coming March 27th!

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Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige Publication Date: March 27th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

From NYT Bestselling author Laurelin Paige, discover a whole new world filled with sex, love, power, romance and dirty, filthy rich men.
When I met Donovan Kincaid, I knew he was rich. I didn’t know he was filthy. Truth be told, I was only trying to get his best friend to notice me.
I knew poor scholarship girls like me didn't stand a chance against guys like Weston King and Donovan Kincaid, but I was in love with his world, their world, of parties and sex and power. I knew what I wanted—I knew who I wanted—until one night, their world tried to bite me back and Donovan saved me. He saved me, and then Weston finally noticed me, and I finally learned what it was to be in their world.
And then what it was like to lose it.
Ten years later, I’ve found my way back. Back to their world. Back to him.
This time, I’m ready. I've been down this road before, and I know all the dirty, filthy ways Donovan will try and wreck me.
But it’s hard to resist. Especially when I know how much I’ll like it.

Excerpt:

After she was gone, I walked over to the windows and drank in the scene. The Town Center was high enough that it had an unblocked view of downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and beyond. Giddiness surged through me, starting like a pinprick at my center and moving out through my veins in all directions until even my fingers and toes felt warm. I was really here. I made it. It wasn’t the way I thought it would be, but in the end, it still came out of my time at Harvard. I’d always known that connections made the difference in a career, and here I was. Finally. At the top of the world, looking out. I couldn’t stop grinning. “It’s incredible, isn’t it?” a male voice came from behind me. Still smiling, I glanced up and caught his reflection in the window. And everything disappeared. The world that had buzzed below, the beautiful scene, the excitement that had unfurled through my body—all of it evaporated and all that existed in its place was a pale, hollow shell of myself and the man in the perfectly tailored suit behind me. I turned to look at him directly. Our gazes smashed together, and my legs nearly fell out from under me. “Donovan,” I rasped. It was a miracle that I managed to find enough voice to say that much. And there was so much more that had to be said. So much more that I hadn’t prepared for. Which was ridiculous since I’d talked to him so many times in my head over the years, practiced so many conversations, but never did he show up out of the blue looking so dastardly handsome in a dark gray three-piece suit, his face rugged with scruff, his eyes hazel and earnest despite the playful smirk on his lips. I opened my mouth to say something, but nothing came out. I wasn’t even sure how to breathe anymore. He broke our gaze to nod out the window at the skyline, walking toward me as he said, “I’m sure you found the Empire.” Though his focus was now on the scenery, I didn’t take my eyes off him as he approached. He didn’t stop until he was right beside me. So close our shoulders would touch if I coughed. Tension ran off him like foam spilling over from a mug of beer. Good tension. Bad tension. I wasn’t sure if there was a difference when it came to Donovan. Which was why I was screwed if he was here. Why the hell was he here? “I thought you were in Tokyo.” I couldn’t stop staring at him. He’d gotten more refined with age, and rougher at the same time. His hair was short and his curls gone, giving him a polished look he lacked before. The lines by his eyes were more defined and his expression seemed harder than I’d remembered. It made him sexier. As if he was a man who needed to be sexier than the one I knew. “I came back two months ago,” he said offhandedly. “That’s it right there.” He leaned his face in close to mine as he pointed to the famous structure. “Do you see it?” Fuck if I cared about the Empire. I was in Donovan Kincaid’s orbit. What else was there in the world? DFRM DEVIL 2

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About the Author:

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender. She's also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn't do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio. She is represented by Rebecca Friedman. headshothighres

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