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Today’s Spotlight: Five Star #Review of CHAINED (Caged #2) by D.H. Sidebottom

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Be sure to read Caged BEFORE you pick up Chained. This is a continuations of Anderson and Kloe’s story and picks up right where Caged left off. Without the first book, you won’t have a clue about what is going on. Trust me, you’ll want to get started on it ASAP.

It’s been a while since an author sucked me into their story, pushed me out off the cliff and them stomped on my heart. And D.H. Sidebottom did that to me with this book. When I read Caged, I was a bit confused with the characters. I didn’t fully understand them or what they offered each other, but it ALL came together in Chained. The connection became so clear, I felt like a doofus for not seeing it before. The suspense, thrills and darkness within the story and characters was captivating. I learned to love Anderson and Kloe, deeply. Their connection was something way beyond what I expected and I was absolutely thrown for a loop.

When Chained starts off, she’s fully aware that Anderson has been playing her, but he’s not the only one. People have been weaseling into her life and trying to drag her back into a past she thought was long gone. Anderson knows, but he’s had his own agenda all along. Poor Kloe can’t trust anyone, but she loves Anderson and she’s willing to do whatever he needs so that she can provide him the closure she wasn’t able to in the previous book. She made a promise to him and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to keep it. Even if it means giving herself to him…COMPLETELY. A sacrifice she never would have considered before. Love knows know bounds and kindred spirits is what they are. The share an understanding of such a twisted childhood that they were practically made for each other.

Oh, this was such a roller coaster for me. From page to page, I was trying to guess who was playing who? What was going to happen next? And will Anderson give up his plan for revenge? It’s a guessing game and ultimately, you’re thrown into a tailspin of emotion that will leave you empty for some time. It took me two day to recover from this hangover. That’s a rare thing for me. I usually bounce back like a yo-yo.

D.H. Sidebottom is the Queen of twisted manipulation and she’s proven she plans to hold on to that title every chance she gets. I can’t wait for her next masterpiece.

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Caged #2
Genre: Dark, Thriller
Release Date: July 15, 2016
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The Conclusion to Caged. Caged MUST be read before this book.

I had once thought that when I found the light I had been searching for in that long, dark tunnel that it would finally give me the gift I had been holding on for.
I had scoured the joyless night sky for peace, a peace that only the brightness of the stars could grant.
And I had endeavoured to catch that single magic snowflake in the middle of a howling snowstorm.
I had been looking. Forever.

But little did I know that it WAS the sinister darkness in the tunnel that was the gift. It WAS the black reservoir of the deepest, darkest night that would be the very thing to give my chaotic soul peace. And it WAS the heaving rush of the bleakest blizzard that was filled with magic.

Anderson Cain WAS the darkness.
He WAS the black peace in my soul.
And within the raging pool of his wild green eyes WAS the magic.
The magic that saw me. The real me.
He made sure I saw me too. All of me. He’d told me he would make me accept who I really was.

I was Kloe Grant. And now – now I am the epitome of what he wanted me to be.

But when I finally let go, and I allowed that darkness to find me, neither of us was prepared for who I really was.

Death itself.

This book contains extreme violence, strong adult language and scenes of dark sex, including M/F/M.

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Today’s Spotlight: FRICTION (An Oath Keepers MC Novel) by Sapphire Knight

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image-06-07-16-10-29Friction by Sapphire Knight
An Oath Keepers MC Novel
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2016
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Twist
Gone.
I lost my mind that day.
I arrived home, to my wife’s sweet color, stripped. Her body motionless, slain in a puddle of blood, her delicate skin, riddled with multiple stab wounds. The brutality of the rape was horrendous. My precious little girl lain in the middle of the floor, pillow securely duct taped on her face. Her tiny body, left unmoving. I’ve never screamed so savagely, wishing I was dead before in my life.
Hope.
I’ve long given up on any light in my life, jaded. I wasn’t expecting to be blinded with friction, by a fucking ray of sunshine.

Sadie
Confused
I had no idea what to do with my life or my baby’s. I trusted the wrong man, who turned out to be a ghost, disappearing, leaving me scattered. I head to my brothers club, in hopes of leaning on the only shoulder I’ve ever known.
Strength
What I find instead, is a hunter. A fiercely loyal, broken man, just waiting for his next kill.

Come fall in love with the next installment of the Oath Keepers MC
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“Sunshine, you get your sexy little ass on over there, and sit like a good girl.”
She draws in a deep breath, standing still and utters, “You think I’m sexy?”
Her dazed irises glance to my mouth, and just that fast, my hand flies to her neck, gripping it lightly as I push her up against the counter. My face in hers, my nose nearly touching hers, just breathing her sweet smell in, and whisper, “So fucking sexy.”image-06-07-16-10-29-2
Impatiently, I shove my leg between hers, spreading her thighs I was just admiring and her breasts raise up a little higher, ready for the plucking. It takes every ounce of strength in me to not bury my face in them to suck and bite as I wish.
My other hand runs up over her rib cage, stopping when my thumb presses down over her stiff nipple, rubbing back and forth over the raised peak. I have to touch them in some way to satiate part of my craving. I’ve always been a tit man, and hers are big and full of milk, like a fucking dream come true.
My mouth lowers to Sadie’s, my lips lightly brushing hers. I don’t kiss her, just graze my bottom lip with her top, making her mouth part open further.
Fuck, I can’t do this. It’s not right showing her my brand of crazy. Her eyes close, giving herself to me, and instead of owning her like I want to, I back away, dropping my hands.
Confused, dilated eyes meet mine and I shake my head, taking my seat again. She sighs—dejected–and turns back to finish preparing our food without a word.
What the fuck am I doing? That’s 2’s sister!

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Today’s Spotlight: #Review of The Azure Kingdom (Skeleton Key) by Michelle Dare

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Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: June 15, 2016
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One key, one door, one man, one leap.

Alison Wescot inherited the antique store the day her mother died. It was nothing she wanted, but she couldn’t part with it. The antiques inside were all she had left of her mother. She thought she knew every piece in the store, until one day she discovered a box with a key inside, along with a letter from her mother. A key to a door she never knew existed.

Lucas Azure is the leader of the kingdom’s elite guard, a group of men whose sole purpose was to protect their territory and people. The youngest of the king’s four children, he was also the deadliest. The men in his group followed him faithfully, never questioning his orders. When Alison appeared, he knew he had to protect her at all costs.

The day Alison walked through the door, her recurring dream became a reality. The man who always remained a mystery was standing before her. There were dragons flying overhead and a castle in the distance. She was now in the Azure Kingdom.

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The Azure Kingdom was my first trip to a far off land where fantasy is reality and I absolutely adored it. I’m now officially an addict for fantasy romance and seek my next fix. I have added all the other books in the Skeleton Key series to my TBR/Wishlist and can’t wait to tackle them all. The whole concept of this series is brilliant! So many amazing authors writing their own tale that revolves around the elusive, mysterious and magical skeleton key.

After finding a letter from her late mother, Alison Wescot braves the chance at traveling to another realm. Having had magical dreams of a man too beautiful to be real, she ultimately learns that her trip to the Azure Kingdom was fated and Lucas Azure was truly a Prince Charming any girl would be lucky to have.

From the moment they meet, they feel the connection from their dreams and like moths to a flame they stay within each other’s orbit for the calm and safety it brings them. Faced with a possible war between kingdoms and a choice of returning home, Ali is taken on a breathtaking adventure where dragons are as real and domesticated as dogs and the land is more beautiful than anyone could possibly imagine.

This was such a fantastical story and I was whisked away from the moment she walked through that hidden door…much like The Witch and the Wardrobe. This was a stunning and beautifully written story and I can’t wait to find out where that skeleton key will lead to next.
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Today’s Spotlight: Review & Excerpt of TIGER SHARK by L.P. Lovell

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Cool-Text-150792200679458 “I am in a total book hangover. This book should come with a warning label!”
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“My eyes popped out my head around 18%!!!…Another brilliant read from this author and as usual the writing and story is spot on, there is humour, angst and darkness!”
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“I have read a lot of CEO billionaire falling for the average girl. This one is not that story. Tiger Shark has the most intriguing, cocky, sly, mysterious, hot, suave CEO ever.”
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“I opened this book, not even realizing how much I had been craving it. Like your favorite dessert you haven’t had in forever and then you treat yourself to it and it hits the spot in all the best ways… YES! Thats how this book felt. ”
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Genre: Erotic, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 11, 2016
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London’s square mile is witness to a revolution, a new breed of business woman. They call us tiger sharks. We out-earn, out-work and out-play our male counterparts. We work the system, play the game and most importantly, win. In a city full of sharks only the most ruthless make it to the top of the pool.

The number one rule: never sleep with the boss. Ever. I had no intention of breaking it until I met my new boss. No matter how strong my resolve, Landon Banks can smell weakness like a shark smells blood in the water, and I’m bleeding.

The hunter becomes the hunted, lines start to blur, and I have a choice to make. Screw or be screwed. Of course, I never was much good at taking it like a bitch. Landon Banks will be learning to grab his ankles if I have anything to do with it.

Things are about to get interesting in the game of predator versus predator. Who will come out on top?

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Holy hell was this one super HOT and supercharged read. The constant push and pull between the characters’ wants, needs and desires provided so much angst that I couldn’t help but feel like I was there with them. I was rooting Georgia on. I was frustrated and anxious as well as felt every other emotion she went through and lets not forget how so fricking turned on I was through the entire book. Continue reading Today’s Spotlight: Review & Excerpt of TIGER SHARK by L.P. Lovell

Today’s Spotlight Read: A Review of Sarah Robinson’s new release – SAVING A  LEGEND (Kavanagh Legends #2)

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Praised by Penelope Ward as “a unique story line with multiple layers to it,” Sarah Robinson’s Saving a Legend goes another round with the brooding Kavanagh brothers: MMA fighters who won’t call it quits in the ring, or in romance.
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Kavanagh Legends #2
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 14, 2016
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His family’s gym has produced a roster of mixed martial arts legends, but so far Kieran Kavanagh hasn’t followed in their footsteps. After a brawl lands him in jail, Kieran is assigned to work at a center for at-risk youth. Though given a second chance, Kieran’s simply going through the motions—until he meets one very special kid, Shea Doherty, and falls hard for her very beautiful, very grown-up big sister, Fiona. The trouble is, Kieran’s best opening moves are getting him nowhere fast.

Fiona Doherty has too many responsibilities to fool around, especially now that she has custody of Shea. Sure, she’d love to find a devoted partner. But she won’t jeopardize her sister’s happiness—or risk revealing her tortured past—on a love-’em-and-leave-’em type of guy like Kieran . . . so it’s up to him to prove her wrong. As Fiona spends more time with Kieran, she starts to see a softer side of the reckless warrior. Now she must admit that when it comes to the possibility of real love, well . . . there’s a fighting chance.

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I just knew I was going to love Kieran’s story. He was the mysterious brother only mentioned in the previous book; which made me want to know more about him, and I have to say that I think he’s my favorite of all the brothers.

Growing up in such a close knit loving family, Keiran makes a few mistakes that results in jail time, so when he’s freed he has the simple goal of getting his life back on track, finding a good woman and making his family proud.

Fiona is sweet and kind and has a lot on her plate. Caring for her younger sister and running a business doesn’t leave much time for herself and she’s made terms with that but when this super hot and hulky guy comes into her shop, she’s smitten. And everywhere she turns he’s there. And when she finds out that he’s at the community center where her sister spends time after school, she’s a bit taken aback. She leary of him being near Shea but she sees that they’ve bonded in a way that’s rare. With Shea’s special needs, she doesn’t take to people and knowing that Shea has connected to someone so quickly, she’s eager to help that little relationship thrive.

Saving a Legend was such a great story about redemption. Not just for Kieran but for Fiona as well. They both had pasts they needed to come to terms with and the underlying connection they had with each other as well as Shea helped tell a very memorable story. Filled with passion and emotion, I got everything I expected out of this story. And I just LOVE the Kavanagh family. They are so loving and strong and supportive. Each of their sons is a man any woman would be lucky to have. I can’t wait to find out which brother will be featured in Becoming a Legend!!

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Today’s Spotlight: My review of EMPIRE (Eagle Elite #7) by Rachel Van Dyken [Read an #Excerpt]

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Eagle Elite Series #7
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Release Date: May 31, 2016
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I have lost everything.
My purpose
My love
My soul
Death knocks on my door, I want to answer, but every time I reach for the handle — the promise I made her brings me back.
So I breathe.
I live.
I hate.
And I allow the anger to boil beneath the surface of a perfectly indifferent facade. I am broken, I don’t want to be fixed.
But the Empire is crumbling and it’s my job to fix it.
My job to mend the pieces that were scattered over thirty years ago.
A trip to New York, only one chance to redeem a lost part of our mafia family.
The only issue is, the only way to fix it, is to do something I swore I’d never do again.
An arranged marriage.
Only this time,
I won’t fall.
Or so help me God, I will kill her myself.
My name is Sergio Abandonoto, you think you know my pain, my suffering, my anger, my hate?
You have no idea.
I am the mafia.
I am the darkness.
Blood in. No out.

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EPIC…Sergio’s story spanned two books with two loves and each were epic in their own right. Emotionally charged while being heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.

Still suffering from the loss of Andi, he now has to honor the contract and marry the one he was supposed to marry, but he refuses to let that arrange be more than that. He’s shut down out of fear and grief and set it up so that Val could never have his heart.

The thing is…Val was so innocent and pure that she cracked through those walls with all the gentleness she possessed. She wasn’t raised in their life, so all the death that surrounded the families wasn’t something she was used to. That made her more appealing. Because she wasn’t the badass that the other girls were. She was Andi’s complete opposite; which spoke to Sergio’s deepest instinct to protect.

With the help of an unknown individual, Val was given the extra guidance she need to understand Sergio’s inner beast. She was able to provide him the calm and peace he needed. And through it all, she had to begin learning to live the life. Learn the dangers that came with it and take her place as a mafioso’s wife and all the while she gained strength and confidence and learned to pack a punch.

Sergio was such a lucky man. To have two great loves in his life. They each added a layer to him that made him a better man. I’ve never read anything as epic as this. I cried for their sadness, I cried for their grief and I cried for their happiness.

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“Taxi.” I held up my hand. “It’s too cold to walk.”
“Is it?”
“For those of us who have hearts,” I said under my breath.
He paused and then burst out laughing. “Holy shit, was that a dig at me?”
I shrugged as the taxi pulled up.
“Damn, and you’re not even apologizing.”
“It was more of a passing comment under my breath…” I got into the taxi and slid across the cold, worn vinyl seat. “But true.”
Sergio slammed the door after him. “And here I thought I was making a good impression.”
“You offered to kill me if I kissed you.”
The taxi driver frowned into the rearview mirror.
“She’s kidding,” Sergio reassured him.
I refused to let him get off that easy. “You also look at me like you want to throw up.”
Mr. Taxi Driver’s nostrils flared.
“Uh.” Sergio laughed uncomfortably. “I just have a lot on my mind.”
“The wife.”
Taxi Driver’s eyes looked like they were going to bug out of his head. Yeah, this was probably the best entertainment he’d had all day.
“I don’t talk about it,” Sergio said in a drop-the-subject voice.
“Maybe you should.”
“I have enough money to afford a therapist, thank you,” he said through clenched teeth.
“Money doesn’t buy happiness,” I fired back.
Sergio released a string of pithy curses. “Did someone spike your milk this morning during show and tell?”
“Lactose intolerant.”
“Sorry. Your Kool-Aid.” His eyes narrowed. “It’s like you’re trying to piss me off.”
Bingo. I smiled. “Funny, that’s what Dante says to me all the time. Just think of all the things you get to look forward to. Isn’t that what you said you wanted?”
Sergio looked ready to strangle me. “No. I don’t believe I asked for an annoying little sister, but if that’s what you’re offering, please don’t let me stop you. Just know, I won’t hesitate to put you over my knee if you get out of hand.”
The minute the words left his mouth. I froze.
He froze.
The taxi driver stared little laser-like holes into the rearview mirror.
And Sergio leaned toward me.
I swallowed as tension swirled around us.
He gripped me by the chin and turned my head to the side, his lips brushing my ear. “It’s like you have a death wish.”
“You wouldn’t do it.”
He pulled back as both of his eyebrows shot up, and then he looked down, like something had caught his eye.
I followed the direction of his gaze and let out a little gasp as a gun dug into my stomach.
“It’s been directed at you for the last four minutes,” Sergio said through a practiced smile. “I meant what I said. Listen well. I keep my word. Kiss me, and blood will be spilled.”
“Y-you’re a crazy person!” I hissed, shoving at his chest. “And I wasn’t going to kiss you!”
“Sure you weren’t.” He put the gun away. “Good talk though, right? Oh look, the movie theater.”
To say that I scrambled out of the car like a kid running away from her kidnapper would be a gross understatement, but the minute my feet hit the pavement, I paused.
My body told me to run.
The guy had pulled a gun.
On me.
I didn’t even watch violent movies, I’d just panicked and said the first thing that popped into my head!
And I was about to go to the theater with a guy who probably showered in blood on a daily basis and by the looks of it — got off on it.
Shivering, I forced myself to take a deep breath and wrapped my jacket tighter around my body.
That was the thing about men like Sergio, or maybe just loyalty in general. He’d promised he would keep me safe, but I wondered if that promise was only extended until I was more trouble than I was worth.
I was safe, not because of what I was to him.
But because of who my dad had been to him.
I was nothing.
And yet, a part of me still yearned to be… something.
Anything really.
Pathetic.
“Change your mind?” Sergio’s smooth voice interrupted my thoughts. He was the type of man you felt even when he wasn’t speaking. His presence was impossible to ignore, kind of like his ridiculous good looks.
Weren’t mafia guys supposed to be old?
Fat?
Chain smokers who bought Cuban cigars and sat behind large desks while counting money and ordering hits on people who pissed them off?
“No.” I finally found my voice. “I was just thinking….”
“About?” His hand touched my back, ushering me forward, but not pushing, almost as if he was giving me the option of still saying no.
I increased my pace so that I couldn’t feel the warmth of his fingertips. “Popcorn.” I turned and winked, hoping it would hide the fact that my body was shaking.
Maybe I was the crazy one.
Because he was armed.
The man was armed.
And he had no qualms about pointing his weapon at me whenever I got too close.
Huh, we’d have a happy marriage.
I guess we’d never argue, since I liked living.
And, you know, breathing.
It would suck not to make my twenty-first birthday because I didn’t fold the towels just right.
And again, I froze.
Was he that neurotic? Or was it just the closeness?
“On a scale of one to ten…” I was proud of the way I kept the shaking out of my voice. Why was I so scared? Oh right, because he’d pointed a gun, no, shoved a freaking gun into my stomach and done it with a smile on his face. “How OCD are you?”
An easy laugh escaped him as he glanced around the movie theater lobby and then back at me. “What makes you think I’m OCD?”
“Things.” I gulped then forced a smile that I didn’t feel. How was I supposed to go through an entire movie knowing he was one uncomfortable conversation away from losing it? “So?”
“What can I get you?” A teen boy looked at Sergio then smiled wider when his eyes fell to me.
Immediately, Sergio wrapped a protective arm around me, basically forcing my body to curve into his warmth. “My wife and I will have two buckets of popcorn, two packs of Sour Patch Kids, and a bottled water.”
I didn’t correct him about the water.
“Wait.” Sergio held up his hand. “Sorry, Dr. Pepper mixed with Coke.”
The teen scrunched up his face then rung us up. His eyes fell to me again then back at the register, like he was trying not to look but couldn’t help it, which was comical, since I didn’t really think I was anything to look at.
When he handed Sergio back his change I could have sworn I heard a growl from my “husband.”
As it was, he jerked the candy so hard out of the kid’s hands that I was surprised he didn’t do a front flip over the counter.
“He’s a boy,” I whispered under my breath. “No need to shoot him too.”
Sergio glanced down at me, muttered a curse. “He was staring.”
“He looked about one science project away from solving world hunger via his mom’s basement… hardly the type of guy that I’d date.”
“Date?” Sergio said it so loudly the people in front of us waiting to show the attendant their tickets jumped and then turned around. “What the hell do you mean date?”
Crap. I’d messed up again.
My palms went sweaty while my face felt numb with fear. Regardless of how pretty he was to look at — I was finally fully aware of how dangerous he was to me.
To everyone around me.
Sweat trickled down my lower back as I gulped down more soda and shrugged. “I just mean, he’s not my type.”
“No shit he isn’t, because you don’t get a type anymore.”
“Right.” I licked my lower lip, pretending not to be scared, pretending to be the brave person I wasn’t was wearing on me.
By the time we made it into the theater I was dizzy.
It was too much all at once.
“So…” Sergio’s voice was in my ear. I jumped a foot. He frowned as if he couldn’t figure out why I’d be so jumpy. “Dante sits behind you, right?”
“Right.” I exhaled in relief. I forgot. It wasn’t a date. It was a challenge. He’d called me his sister, so therefore he was my brother, right? Hah. I relaxed a bit as I pointed to a seat a few rows back and quickly stole the goodies out of his hands then made my way to my own seat before he could object.
The credits started rolling.
And I found myself ducking in the chair.
The hair on the back of my neck stood on end.
As if I was being watched — because I was.
Ten minutes into the movie, I was so stressed out, I almost burst into tears. My back was to him.
Wasn’t that a big no-no? My back was to the dude with the gun.
Even though he was supposed to protect me with the gun, all bets were off now.
Sweat pooled in the palms of my hands.
The music rose as one of the actresses ran down the stairs screaming.
I couldn’t take it.
And then, a body sat down next to me.
Sergio gave me a suspicious look then put a seat between us.
I exhaled.
But it wasn’t relief.
At least I knew where he was.
And where the gun was, he was right handed, so there was that.
I finally allowed myself to relax enough to watch the movie when I saw Sergio’s right hand duck into his jacket.
I gripped the plastic arm rests, my fingers digging into the cheap sticky plastic material as he slowly pulled something out.
He turned.
And I flinched so hard that there was no mistaking what I thought he was doing.
Even though he had grabbed a black cell phone.
The damage was done.
My entire body shook as a big fat tear escaped, I tried to wipe it away but I wasn’t fast enough.
“S-sorry.” I shoved past him and ran.
But my body was too scared.
Too tired
To make it very far.

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Today’s Spotlight: A New Adult RomCom by Ella Dominguez – ULTERIOR DESIGNS

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House of Evans #1
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 1, 2016
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A blueprint for desire …

With a shared passion for breathing life into an unconventional dream home, the attraction between a struggling new grad of interior design and an award-winning architect with eclectic sexual tastes is irresistible. But with a cloud of lies and loss hanging over him, the only arrangement Logan wants is one of indulgence and pleasure. However, fate seems to have another design plan in mind for them—a plan that ultimately leads them down a path of desire and discovery.

When the man obsessed with creating his unusual home sets his sights on the woman who keeps unknowingly navigating her way back to him, lust clouds his judgment and he makes an inappropriate proposition. After nearly blowing his chances with the talented and alluring beauty, he readjusts his plans, because it just so happens that his sexy ulterior motives go hand-in-hand with her expertise in interior design.

Though Chloe may be young and naïve in Logan’s eyes, she sees him for who and what he is: a man with severe commitment issues. But she’s optimistic—maybe too optimistic. And she isn’t easily deterred or scared away either, not even by the unusual nature of his design plans or his eclectic sexual tastes. In fact, she’s intrigued by them. Faced with a man who can give her not only the experience she needs to propel her career, but everything she’s ever fantasized about, she hopes that their physical and intellectual compatibility can prevail over his fears. And more importantly, that they can move forward to become not only design collaborators, but partners on a deeper level.

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“Make yourself come.”

The look on Logan’s face was new, different, and the urgency in his voice more demanding. The three words Logan had spoken with casual ease sent a shock wave of embarrassment and riot of emotions through her. Sitting idly and uneasily with her knees pulled up and her hands resting on her stomach, blood rushed to her cheeks.

She had never done that in front of anyone. Not to completion, anyway. She recalled a few years earlier overhearing a classmate tell about how she and her boyfriend had played with themselves in front of each other. The mortification it had elicited within her was something she remembered well, and a self-conscious giggle floated up from her throat at the thought of someone watching her, most especially the man whose opinion meant everything to her.

Chloe hesitated for only a moment when Logan stood upright and glared down at her.

A gust of wind whipped against the window and momentarily drowned out the man’s voice singing about Control. She opened her mouth and when the words I can’t slipped past them, Logan pushed her knees apart and kneeled between them to silence her with a finger pressed to her lips.

“She can’t,” he whispered with a light shake of his head. His tone was nondescript, and there wasn’t a hint of contemptuousness or sarcasm in his next statement. “Haven’t you figured out yet what makes this thing between us work? What will continue to make it work? Or, should I draw you a schematic or sketch you a diagram?”

Bewildered and taken aback by Logan’s questions and the intensity of his gaze, she awkwardly stretched out on the chair without saying anything. When he stood, gripped his shaft and commented offhandedly in a tone as if he was speaking to a child—see, this is how you do it—while slowly stroking himself into a full-blown erection, her face heated with humiliation again.

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A moment later, he spoke more purposefully. “I enjoy being with you, but my demands aren’t up for negotiation, so I need you to listen carefully.” Stroke. “When we’re together …” stroke, “… you do as you’re told.” Stroke. “As. You’re. Told,” he repeated with calm tenacity.

Doing as she was told was a nice idea in theory, but Chloe had serious doubts as to its practical application. During sex, sure—no problem. She liked Logan being in control of her pleasure. But in real life? She wasn’t the kind of woman to lie down, so to speak, for any one. Logan was pushing her too hard and too fast in his attempt to try and prove something, but what he was trying to prove was beyond her comprehension. At any rate, her mind was too clouded with excitement to attempt to figure it out.

As she lay tensely waiting for his next move, she made the mistake of meeting his eyes. The burn of heat in their shadowed depths urged her forward and it was as if she was watching herself from above when her hand slid down her belly and between her legs. Fingers glided over her labia and a digit swirled around her clit before dipping inside, she watched as one side of Logan’s mouth tipped into a sated grin.
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Today’s Spotlight: My Review of The Dom Games by Rachel Robinson [#Excerpt and $50 GC Giveaway]


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Genre: Erotica Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2016
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Dominic Reed, heir to an oil fortune, has spent his entire adult life perfecting his dark hobby. With little control in every other area of his manicured life, he finds his release as a dominant. With more money than he knows what to do with, he creates a TV show: The Dom Games.
This year is different than the past seasons, this year Dominic will be the star. He wants a forever submissive.
Before last month Kayla Parchet thought the word submissive only referred to dogs. Fresh out of college with a business degree that is scrap paper, she needs to get an Ivy League masters degree to pursue her dreams. When Kayla is accepted to be one of the ten, her world takes a dark turn as she competes against women who live the submissive lifestyle for enjoyment. Can she hold on to her dreams long enough to win the competition and ten million dollars? Or will she get sucked into Dominic’s twisted world?
Only a few whips and canes stand between Kayla and the future she’s always desired.
Lights, camera, sex…

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This was my first read from this author an I am now a fan. The premise of the story intrigued me. It’s a combination of The Bachelor and Fifty Shades…except our heroine in this story is no meek mouse. And I loved her!

Kayla Parchet is in need of funding to obtain her Masters so the easiest way to get her hands on that kind of money is to hope she’s picked for The Doms Games. A hit reality show where a Dom tries out several women to find his perfect submissive. The problem is, Kayla is NOT submissive. She outspoken, brash, spunky and stubborn. She’s PERFECT for reality TV.

Dominic Reed is a powerful man and his sexual preferences are highly publicized, but he’s reached the point he want to find his “forever” sub. Being the Dom on the upcoming season of the show is his way of, hopefully, finding what he’s looking for. He’s intrigued by Kayla and her behavior. He sees her lack of tendency to be/act submissive and makes it his mission to “break” her. And that’s where the entertainment comes in.

Both of these characters clash yet feel pulled to each other and they’re both so strong willed. I loved seeing them together. Kayla’s sassiness and sarcasm was awesome! Her quick whit kept Dominc and her competition on their toes. She truly was the star of the show.

This was a great read from start to finish and the only reason it didn’t get five stars is because I was expecting more BDSM aspects within the story line. Aside from that, I loved this book.
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red excerpt beautiful women in full growth pose in front of the chamber in lingerie “Are you ready?” I ask, placing my palm on her sweaty stomach. She’s so petite that my hand spans her entire stomach. It rises and falls with each deep breath she takes. This power I feel right now is utter heaven. She’s mine in every way possible, and no one can deny it. Fury of possession and lust hit me. I don’t want to hold back any longer.
Kayla nods. Gritting my teeth, I unfasten her gag and pull it away with a long strand of spit connecting it to her mouth. Her lips part and close a few times as she adjusts to the new sensation.
Lips. They’re such innocuous things in real life. They speak, and laugh. They kiss babies, and are responsible for filtering or not filtering every word you ever speak. In my world, this world, they’re the most erotic, beautiful, stunning part of a person. Lips praise. They suck and kiss and worship my body. Kayla’s lips worship me. I am obsessed with lips, but especially hers right now because I know that this isn’t her life, nor is it something she would pick for herself, yet her lips are asking me for more. Words passing her lips about how good I feel, how wet she is, thanking me for filling her with a vibrating dildo. It’s uncomplicated in here. She obeys. She wants more.
Removing the gag does give me pause, because she could potentially say something un-sub like and ruin the scene, but at this point I wouldn’t even care, I’ll still fuck her. My cock is heavy and dripping with pre-come. I glance at the large, digital clock to my right to make sure my timing is on par and catch sight of the crew.

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Today’s Spotlight: My review of Trisha Wolfe’s greatest erotic masterpiece and an excerpt with a $25 GC #Giveaway

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Genre: Dark Romance Standalone
Release Date: May 24, 2016
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Here at Lark and Gannet, you’ll work directly under the partners, being groomed by the most powerful, all-male partnership to handle an exclusive clientele. While within The Firm, your level of training goes deeper, requiring more…varied tasks, which you’re obligated to perform to your Master’s pleasing.

Are you nervous? You should be. Chase Larkin has chosen you to be his submissive.

Alexis Wilde, will you submit?

All I wanted was to save my brother. Something my parents failed to do—and then, I failed him also. As an introvert, getting ahead in the cutthroat law firm required a level of ego stroking I didn’t possess, and that meant my talents were overlooked. Until Chase Larkin noticed me.

My erotic fantasy come to life, Chase is all powerful, all man, all dominant. In one night, he changed my life irrevocably. Now I’m ruined, destined to crave him forever. His scent. His taste. His brutal touch…

If I never followed him to his office that night, then none of this would’ve happened. A serial rapist on the prowl. Our lives in jeopardy. And only a moment—one pivotal moment—to decide our fate. His life or mine.

*This is a full length, standalone dark romance with an antihero that may trigger uncomfortable feelings for the reader. The court proceedings are centered around a rape case. Although there is no onscreen rape in this book, there are instances of rough sex and violent debasement for the main character.

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It has been so long since I’ve been this enthralled by a story and its characters. It was so difficult putting it down to get life’s mundane tasks taken care of. All I wanted was more of Chase Larkin and Alexis Wilde.

Chase’s dominance was palpable from the get go. He owned it and demonstrated it every moment of his life. He was sexy and powerful and sexy. Did I say sexy? He was…so, so sexy.

Alexis Wilde was the epitome of introverted. She’s lived her life in the shadows. Doing what was expected of her and keeping out of everyone’s way. But a decision to try advancement at her place of employment puts her in everyone’s sights and Chase’s only play for protecting her was to claim her. And CLAIM he did. Oh my gosh, was it hot and steamy and arousing.

It has been too long since a book made me feel that much. I was Alexis. I felt every touch. Every word in this story made everything tangible for me. There was no power struggle between Alexis and Chase. She owned her submission just as much as Chase owned his dominance. They TRULY were a perfect match.

With Chase’s guidance, I was able to see Alexis’s transformation. She learned the true power of her submission and it gave her strength to be the woman that Chase always knew she could be.

This story will grip you and hold on tight until the end.

 

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I’ve watched him at a distance for a year, as an observer, fantasizing. Longing. Desiring…but never once confusing my reality with expectation. He was just like a fictional character. I was under no delusion that I’d ever become a part of his reality.
The moment he touched me, I changed. There was no impact on him; I absorbed the shock. I’m also under no delusion that I am anything more to him than what he desires for me to be.
I am his object of derision.
I am his.
A belonging.
And the glimpses he gives me beneath his rigid exterior is enough to sustain me. Like last night. I’m as equally aroused by his brutal touch as I am by his tender caress. I crave his harsh declarations just as I desire to hear his whispered confessions.
If you’re to love someone, love them wholly. You can’t break them down into pieces. Compartmentalizing. Trying to puzzle a person into the perfect, ideal someone. If I belong to Chase, then I belong to the monster as much as I do the man.
I’m just unsure of which one will finally break me.
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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Beautifully Forgotten and Always and Forever. She’s also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.

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Teagan Harper is barely ten years old when she finds herself orphaned and sent away to live at Raven’s Peak, a Gothic estate on the seaside cliffs of Maine. Soon, though, her heartache and loneliness are tempered by a blossoming friendship with the only other child living at Raven’s Peak: Kane Doyle, only two years older than Teagan and abandoned by his mother. Over the years, the pair grows inseparable. First they’re pranksters and confidants, but eventually their feelings change, and best friends turn into soul mates. On the cusp of Teagan’s departure for a university in Boston, they share a glimpse into their happily-ever-after and make promises of forever.

But Teagan and Kane’s engagement and dreams of the future are shattered when Teagan returns home to find Kane gone from Raven’s Peak—and living with someone new. Devastated and heartbroken, Teagan cuts ties with her beloved adoptive home and tries to move on with her life. But years later, when the shocking truth behind Kane’s betrayal comes to light, Teagan must decide whether to embrace her new life and let go of her past once and for all, or fight for her dream life with the only man she’s ever wanted.

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Lark O’Bannion learned early that life isn’t really like a fairy tale. Parents don’t always love their children unconditionally.

Damsels are usually left to deal with their distress alone and Prince Charming rarely, if ever, comes riding to the rescue.

Happily-ever-afters are a lovely concept, but in reality are few and far between.

When Sebastian Ross rolls into her life on his Harley, with his dark beauty and inked skin, Lark is willing to admit that maybe she doesn’t know as much as she thinks she does.

Sebastian wants nothing more than to get out from under the control of his parents and their desire to force him into a mold. Changing schools in his senior year isn’t an act of rebellion, but his attempt to take control of his life by following his own path.

One look into Lark’s emerald-green eyes and control is taken out of Bastian’s hands.

He will discover that the only path he wants to follow is the one that leads to her.

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