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BLOG TOUR: Guilty Pleasures by Manuela Cardiga

Guilty Pleasures

The Food and Fornication Fables 
By
Manuela Cardiga


 
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Category: Romance/ Erotica 
Publication Date: December 5th 2013
ISBN paperback: 978-1-61213-192-4
ISBN ebook: 978-1-61213-193-1

Summary:

 
Gorgeous, narcissistic Lance Packhard—a sex therapist specializing in helping anorgasmic women—is writing a revolutionary book entitled Sexual Secrets of a Sexual Surrogate.
When a ruthless mother offers him an enormous sum to impregnate her daughter, Millicent Deafly, a debt-ridden Lance hesitantly agrees.
Millicent, however, isn’t into sex. She’s carefree, joyfully voluptuous, and dedicated to her palate. Lance will only get her attention if he dabs soy sauce on his pulse points.
To get close to her, a determined Lance takes a job at Millicent’s dinner club, Guilty Pleasures, as an assistant to her irascible and eccentric chef, Serge Moreno.
But for Lance, nothing goes according to plan. He’s not only failing to seduce Millie, he’s falling madly in love with her.
Lance’s life becomes next to impossible when his best friend, George, gets married and wants to hold the reception at Guilty Pleasures. Will the truth be uncovered?



About the Author:

 
Manuela Cardiga was born in Mozambique and raised in South Africa where she studied fashion design. She moved to Europe where she worked as a fashion designer, then moved to the crazy world of advertising as a graphic designer and copywriter. Manuela is a designer by profession, a cook by vocation, and a writer by compulsion. She currently resides in Lisbon, Portugal where she writes contemporary and historical fiction, designs book covers, illustrates children’s books, and mothers a gorgeous daughter while juggling a day job. She also dabbles enthusiastically in exotic, experimental cuisine, much to the discomfort of family and friends.
 
 
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Praise for Guilty Pleasures:
 
At last, we have that absolute rarity: a titillating novel which is multi-layered, intelligently written and very, very funny… All the characters are strongly drawn. There is Millicent Deafly, a single woman of quiet strength, who has channelled her creativity and skills into producing feasts of almost carnal delight. There is Serge Moreno, a physically stunted man who has survived every misfortune (sexual and social) that can be imagined and by embracing these has turned them into empathy and wisdom. There is Millicent’s unappreciative mother, narrow- minded and set in her ways, and many grateful clients who are defined by their guilty pleasures…Guilty Pleasures is a novel that works on all levels and is hugely entertaining – a breath of fresh air in a field where novelty is becoming increasingly rare J. McKenzie
 
Debut author, Manuela Cardiga, arouses all senses in her stunning novel of  epicurean and sexual pleasures…Guilty Pleasures is hilarious, entertaining and erotic. Cardiga has an uncanny understanding of our deep rooted emotions and relationship with all thing pleasureful, but guilt inducing. Her main protagonists are wonderfully flawed, yet at heart, both as courageous and romantic as long forgotten princesses and knights in shining armourBeautifully written, in at times Victorian-like prose, Guilty Pleasures is a must read and will surely satisfy most readers’ hedonistic side. Elana Sabharwal ~ Author of “Delhi Deception”
 
5.0 out of 5 stars 
I defy anyone to read this book and not wish it was scratch and sniff! The food in it is to die for, and the relationship between Lance/Will and Millie is equally fantastic, full of lust and UST. Guilty Pleasures has a great deal of humour alongside the romance and food porn. Some of the chapter openers – snippets from Lance’s book (which I REALLY want Manuela to write next!) – had me laughing out loud for days. And can we pause a minute to appreciate the cover… *sigh* I highly recommend this wonderful debut novel.
Andrea ~ Goodreads
AUTHOR INTERVIEW

 

 

Excerpt from Guilty Pleasures“Can you believe this, Will? Here we place fake dew on berries, for people who sell fake dreams and pay real money so they can eat real food without anyone knowing. Amazing. They go out and eat macro/micro/molecular or whatever is in fashion for the week, when their bodies crave something fat and rich . . . we are like a dirty secret. They come and eat with their hands and they lick their fingers. Here is the world.”Lance laughed and shook his head.Serge waved the spray mister about. “People are ashamed to eat good food in decent portions in public, but you get a two-bit whore teaching bored housewives how to give great head on morning TV.” He sighed and shook his head. “And let me tell you, she didn’t know what she was talking about. Best practitioner of fellatio in the world was the Empress of China.”

Lance’s jaw dropped. “Empress of . . . are you serious?”

“What an artist . . . the man could make a stone come. He was a eunuch, a real pure from birth, reared in the Forbidden City. He trained us—the new arrivals—decided on our speciality, and our look. He was an old, old man when I knew him, but he still had all his own teeth, and was limber and graceful as a gazelle. A very wise man. He told me I had to decide, as a freak, if I’d rather be a clown or a demon. He said we oddities—and he spoke from experience—attracted the cowardly and the cruel. Easy targets for the unimaginative, you see.”

Lance nodded soberly. “A wise man, your friend.”
Serge smiled grimly. “Yes, he was. So I was the demon, and Yusuf was the angel. What a spectacle we were, Will. Food for the gods’ lust, or the devils’. Yusuf was a hermaphrodite, see. Beautiful, Will. Never have I seen a more beautiful face. He had breasts and a body to make Aphrodite weep with envy, and a man’s prick he had, but the Empress always presented him fully clothed in a long white virginal shift, his hair loose like an angel’s, and then he’d wet the shift down. It would cling, see, the breasts of Venus, the prick of Mars. Some bastards would pay to see us freaks together.”
“My God, Serge, how did you stay sane?”

“Willie, things are simple. You do what you do to survive. We all pander to the powerful’s desires, don’t we? Only today, it’s even worse. Since survival is practically guaranteed, these people obsess over the basic things that signify survival—food and fucking. My father said that when the few value our art the most, is when the many are the most hungry. He was right.”

 

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Title ~ Renovating A Heart
Series ~ Love Under Construction, Book Three
Author ~ Deanndra Hall
Genre ~  Erotic Romance
 
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Steve McCoy survived a harrowing youth and a horrible tragedy and still made it as a successful attorney and businessman. And he’s managed to keep his broken, battered heart under wraps by working with short-term submissives at his popular BDSM club, Eden’s Gate.


Until Kelly Markham came along. Kelly’s history was as bad or worse than Steve’s. She lost the only man she ever loved, a faithful, loving Dom, but she never lost hope. When she’s invited to visit Eden’s Gate, she feels like she’s finally found a home. Better yet, she finds a man who’ll help her reintegrate into the community, even if his help is only offered for one month.


Unfortunately, Kelly discovers that being Steve’s submissive is not easy. Matter of fact, when she accidentally trips a trigger from Steve’s history, being his submissive could actually be dangerous, even deadly. Steve’s determined to keep her at a distance and never show her his heart, but can he hold out when he realizes his best shot at a happily ever after might not survive?


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Love Under Construction Series Dream Cast (Through Book 3)

 

Tony – Raoul Bova

Nikki – Patricia Clarkson

Vic – Alessandro Etrusco

Laura – Lauren Graham

Dottie – Roseanne Barr

Kelly – Lisa Ann

Katie – Emmy Rossum

Annabeth – Gal Gadot

Brittany – Deborah Ann Woll

Clayton – Alex O’Loughlin

Raffaella – Valerie Harper

José – Ash Armand

Peyton – Scott Caan

Molly – Mary Louise Parker

Steve – Chris Charles

Doug – Chris Hemsworth

Jared – Sean Murray

Wendy – Alyson Hannigan

Kyle – Jason Ritter

Malcolm – Brandon Mychal Smith

Hunter – Ryan Gosling

 

 

 

 

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Deanndra Hall is a working writer living in far western Kentucky. A free spirit and chronic jokester, she and her partner of over 30 years enjoy visiting their two adult children and their partners and playing with their three crazy little dogs. When she’s not writing, Deanndra can be found kayaking, working out at the gym, cooking something healthy, or reading. After writing for business, industry, academia, and non-profits for years and having her work credited to others, she jumped into the fiction realm, particularly erotic fiction and erotica, and had so much fun she never looked back. Look for her on Twitter and Facebook and on her website and blog.

 

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Email:  DeanndraHall@gmail.com

 

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BLOG TOUR: A Girl Walks Into A Wedding by Helena S. Paige

 

Title: A GIRL WALKS
INTO A WEDDING: Your Fantasy, Your Rules
Genre: Erotica
By Helena S. Paige
Release Date:  5/27/2014
SYNOPSIS:
 
The wedding has just begun and every decision you make can
leave you satisfied… or craving more in this funny and sexy novel in which
you make the rules…
YOU are invited to a
wedding. As you try on what must be the ugliest bridesmaid dress (and that is
saying a lot) you realize so much can go wrong with this event. Your best
friend needs to know NOW if you are bringing a date. So what is a girl to do?
Do you bring the sexy guy you have only gone on one date with, or do you brave
it and go alone?

 

In this novel, you make the decisions. Will your dream date
turn out to be a dud? Will the best man find a way under your ugly dress? Will
the bachelorette party end with a bang or a fizzle? Will the wedding even
happen at all? Will your decision leave you pleasantly satisfied or
disappointed and yearning for more? All of these experiences are awaiting you
at the beautiful country estate. Now all you must do is choose…
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It’s your fantasy. Your rules.
The choice is all yours. . . .
Your best friend is getting married and she’s asked you to be a
bridesmaid. You have so many decisions to make. . . .
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Do you ask the gorgeous but mysterious man you just met to come as
your date?
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Or do you go solo?
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Once the wedding weekend gets under way, will you ditch your date?
Get down and dirty with the hot DJ? Dodge the disreputable best man?
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Or perhaps the rugged pilot you meet in the bar will open up
unexpected erotic opportunities—and who knew the maid of (dis)honor had such a
sultry streak?
You also have to navigate through the bachelorette party, the
bride’s wedding jitters, the dress from hell, and more. Perhaps the most
tempting option is to flee the entire affair with a tall, dark stranger . . .
or maybe an old friend who could surprise you with a sizzling encounter.
You make the decisions—a wild ride is guaranteed.
Here’s
a brief excerpt—it’s hard to give you more, because of the interactive nature
of the text. However, there is an app available for 5 excerpts from the book
that simulate the choose your own experience. I’d love it people could post
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EXCERPT:
Dear
Reader,
This
isn’t a regular novel with a set beginning, middle and end. This is your story,
and you’re in charge. Of your life, your sexuality, your fantasies.
So
here’s how it works: at the end of every scene, you’ll be given a choice, with
instructions to turn to the page that corresponds with your selection. It’s
simple: YOU pick what you want to do, where you want to go, who you want to be
with. There are no right or wrong decisions. Just keep turning or clicking
through to the pages, and you’re guaranteed a wild ride that you shape and
control.
Wondering
“what if”? Want to try something different? Unlike in life, here you can press
the “reset” button. Just click or flip back the pages to the previous fork in
the road, pick something different, and head out on a new adventure.
Because
remember: it’s your fantasy, your rules.
Enjoy!
Helena
S. Paige

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All
women know that bridesmaids’ dresses are a secret plot of the devil. No matter
how much your best friend, sister or cousin promises she will not dress you up
as The Bride of Frankenstein on Disco Night, odds are you’ll be walking down
the aisle swathed in the kind of fabric used to upholster sofas, in the one
color designed to make you look jaundiced.
But you’re not feeling any pre-bridesmaid’s dress fitting panic
today. Jane is your oldest friend in the world, and you know she’d never expect
you to wear a monstrosity. You’ve seen pictures of what she has in mind for you
– a tasteful slip-dress in a harmless dark-blue satin.
‘Champagne?’ a shop assistant asks, holding out a tray of glasses, the bubbles
racing to pop out of the top of each glass.
‘Yes please,’ says Cee Cee, Jane’s older sister and maid of honor, appearing
beside you and taking a glass. Cee Cee adores weddings – in fact, as a wedding
planner, she makes a living out of them. You’re a little worried she might be
infecting Jane with too much bridezilla hysteria and over-the-topness – most of
the events she presides over make the last royal wedding look like an elopement
followed by a piss-up in the local pub – but you have to admit, she’s a great
organizer.
‘Have you seen Jane’s dress?’ you ask, sinking into one of the luxurious
armchairs set in front of a wall of mirrors and a little podium, designed for
optimum dress viewing.
‘Not yet! But I can’t wait,’ Cee Cee says, settling down in the
chair next to yours, eyes shining. ‘And you will just die when Jane
tells you about my idea for the bridesmaids’ dresses!’
That sounds rather alarming. You’re about to ask for details, but
then Jane steps out of the dressing room, closely followed by a mountain of
fabric, the bridal shop proprietor fussing over the train of the dress.
‘Oh my God, Jane!’ you say.
AUTHOR INFO:
Helena S. Paige is the pseudonym of authors Helen Moffett,
Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick.PAIGE NICK is an author,
award-winning advertising copywriter and columnist, she has a weekly column in
the Sunday Times, which covers everything from sex to dating and
general lunacy.

HELEN MOFFETT wears many hats:
freelance writer, editor, researcher, trainer, academic and flamenco fan.

SARAH LOTZ is a screenwriter and
novelist with a fondness for fake names.. She writes urban horror novels under
the name S.L. Grey with author Louis Greenberg and a YA pulp-fiction zombie
series with her daughter, Savannah, under the pseudonym Lily Herne.

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BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY + REVIEW: Roman (Saints and Sinners) by Kennedy Streath

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BOOK INFO
Title – Roman
Series – Saints and Sinners
Author – Kennedy Streath
Genre – Dark Urban Fantasy
Publication Date – 12/11/12
Length (Pages/# Words) – 89935
Publisher – PubRight
Cover Artist – Poppet

 

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BOOK BLURB/SYNOPSIS
Benedict Nowak bailed on his marriage, taking his son with him but leaving behind his five year old daughter. He had his reasons. He had no idea they’d come back to haunt him.

TJ had come to terms with the mother she despised, making those small concessions that made life bearable. But her mother’s death changed everything.

Her brother, Anton, was the parent missing in TJ’s life, until he found a calling in violence, and left his sister at the mercy of shrinks and a mother with ice in her veins.

Roman Rincon was the juvie rescued by Father Marcus and placed in the care of Benedict Nowak. With his records sealed, no one knew what happened that fateful night when Roman was only fourteen. All Father Marcus knew was the boy had confessed to a crime not even the cops would talk about.

In the small coal mining town of Montville, two teens whose lives have been shattered beyond repair must find a way to cope … with school, with each other, with growing up marked as broken in a town dying under the weight of secrets and lies.

Warned off having anything to do with Roman, TJ is all too willing to agree, except for one little thing. The young man lives in the apartment above her father’s car repair business so avoiding him might be a problem.

As for Roman, he will take his secret to the grave, no matter what the cost.

 

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EXCERPT
Forced into making decisions no young girl should ever make, TJ must deal with her conflicted feelings for a mother who cared only for her career and a father who turned his back on his responsibilities. When TJ’s mother dies, the teen must go live with a father who is a stranger, in a town dying under the weight of poverty and ethnic divisions.
TJ’s father, Benedict Nowak, has given Roman Rincon sanctuary. Fresh out of three years in juvie, the only friend Roman has is Father Marcus. The priest convinced the court to remand the troubled teen to Benedict’s supervision. Roman has to keep his head down and his nose clean.

This excerpt is the scene when TJ finally gets to meet the elusive teen.

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“Come on in, Roman. I want you to meet…” Ben waved in her direction, “…my daughter, TJ.”

The teen stared, eyes a flat obsidian, framed by impossibly long lashes, the thick brownish black brows creased into a single, disapproving line. Deepset, those eyes were all she could focus on, commanding her undivided attention.

Ben rattled on, “TJ stands for Theresa Jane…”

Throat dry, TJ mouthed a ‘hi’ but it died before her lips could form the word. To her surprise her father wasn’t filling in the blanks like she might have expected, spilling all her particulars.

No … her mother just passed. I’m all she has. Well, Tony also. But Tony’s gone, back to his unit. She’ll be going to the high school. We’ll see the prin—

Instead he’d turned back to his task, shoulders rigid with tension. TJ wondered why.

But then she looked closer at the man hiding behind a boy’s lean and lanky frame, at the sharp planes of his high cheekbones, the cruel set to lips just on the edge of full, a hint of a dimple offset by the tilt of his head that spoke to defiance and self-sufficiency.

The hoodie masked all but his face. Short sideburns shadowed by the fleece suggested raven dark hair. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he wore it long, perhaps in a tail. He wasn’t as tall as her father or Tony, maybe five eleven, but she’d thought him bigger the way he commanded a room, like he’d emptied it of air and filled it with his presence, something physical … and something not. That something seemed to hover in the air currents, leaving her feeling like cannon fodder in a bad horror movie.

She felt the catch in her lungs, the sensation of menace, but refused to look away. She knew all about turf wars from her mother: the legal kind with briefs and a quick wit, the other with self-actualization on each side of a tennis court, the advantage always Eleanore. Mostly she knew about negotiating. About trade-offs. Being bought. Staying out of the way. Rigging the balance sheet so losses looked less like failure and more like incremental skirmishes.

Eleanore cooked the legal ledgers to get what she wanted. TJ leaned toward a slightly different interpretation but both had understood a zero sum game.

Roman had that very special knowledge also. But one thing about him was different: he needed no one, he feared nothing. Of that she was one hundred percent sure.

When he turned away and left without a word, she and Ben breathed a sigh of relief.

 

MY REVIEW 

I was intrigued by the synopsis for this story as I’m a big fan of the Paranormal genre, be it television, movies and now books; however, it pains me to say that I wasn’t able to get into this story as I had hoped. The book started off too past faced leaving me confused. Characters were introduced so quickly and I was losing track of who was who at first. Internal monologues threw me off. I couldn’t tell if the characters were remembering past conversations or just pondering to themselves. I also had a difficulty relating to the characters; which made it difficult for me to follow along with the story and feel for these characters. I neither liked nor disliked TJ and Roman, I just didn’t feel an instant connection with them as I have with past reads. I had high hopes for this read and it’s possibly just me but I wasn’t a fan. Everyone has their preferences and I know this book received many 5 star reviews but based on my experience with this story, I’m only able to give it 3.5. It pains me to do so as this is my first 3.5 review. 

 

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AUTHOR BIO
Kennedy Streath writes with gritty realism, exploring that intersect where the paranormal and the suspension of disbelief take a back seat to the power of the spirit and the raw edges of conflicted souls. He moves to the backbeat that’s a heartbeat, blending action, suspense and intensely sensual romance.

Kennedy lives in the country with horses to ground that spectre of disquiet that haunts us all and holds to a belief in the promise of the young and young at heart.

 

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: Bound and Unbroken by Skye Callahan

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Title: Bound and Unbroken
Author: Skye Callahan
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: Erotica

Synopsis

Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.

To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her. Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening—leaving the near-fling to become a memory. Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.

Will she submit to his desires?

Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew. He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn’t expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.

Will his binds be enough to keep her?

Note: This book contains explicit sexual content (including BDSM themes), graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: M/f anal play, bondage, spanking, exhibitionism.


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Bound and Unbroken was a well written romance with just a touch of BDSM.
Lena meets Eric in a bar.  They each feel drawn to the other and after an amazing kiss in a shared cab ride, they can’t stop thinking about each other and Eric is persistent in keeping Lena around so he can get to know her.  As her learns more about her life and past, he uses his skill as a Dom by using his need for control to help her overcome the painful memories she’s kept with her since she was young.  Of course, if it were me, I’d be willing to use the smallest nightmare as an excuse to have a sexy Dom tie me up and do naughty things to me.
There was great chemistry between Lena and Eric with only a touch of drama in the story.  It wasn’t over the top which worked quite well for the story.  Being that the story provides POV from both Lena and Eric to allow us to see more of the story.  My preference would have been if the POVs were written in the 1st person but Skye Callahan did a good job showing us how Lena and Eric were feeling in their situations.
All in all this was a good book.  For those interested but wary  of BDSM or Dom/submissive relationships but are unsure, in my opinion, I think this book would be a good intro to that genre since it’s a “light” amount for the genre.

 

About the Author

Skye Callahan LogoSkye Callahan has been coming up with stories for as long as she can remember, and by elementary school she was writing them down to share with friends and teachers. Ghosts and vampires were always her favorite beings to write about and those interests led to her debut novella Fractured Legacy in 2013. With Bound and Unbroken, her characters led her on a departure from the paranormal world and into the realm of BDSM romance. When she isn’t spending time with the voices in her head, she works to help other women design their own style of freedom as a consultant for Jamberry Nails, and spends time with her Husband and ferrets.

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: What The Heart Takes by Kelli McKracken

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Compelled by fate, will he sacrifice everything to save her?

Dylan McBride has never liked hiding—from his fans, the press, or his father. He’s left with no other choice after his father threatens Heaven’s life. Protecting his wife and unborn child is the only thing that matters. He’d do anything to save them. Even tolerate a connection she shares with her Keeper, the man sworn to save her life. The man he used to call his friend.

Layne’s struggling with his pyrokinetic abilities, as well as accepting his role as Heaven’s Keeper. As if kissing her didn’t make things awkward enough, he learns that their connection is more complicated than he ever imagined. So complicated, it affects not only his mind, but also his soul.

Though he’s taken to his Keeper duties, Heaven senses a battle between Layne’s heart and soul. A battle that’s preventing him from accessing his abilities. There’s only one sure way to help him. Their friendship must deepen. But nothing’s ever easy, and she soon discovers there’s a thin line between love, hate, and What the Heart Takes.

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Soulmates #1 – What the Heart Needs
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Review

In What the Heart Takes we see the bond between Heaven and Dylan continue to grow stronger.  Instead of being able to focus on their new roles of husband and wife, they’re learning about their abilities and trying to ensure the safety of Heaven and their unborn child.  Now that Layn knows his role in Heaven’s life, his struggle only grows as he battles with his feelings for Heaven.

Throughout the story we learn more of the history between the parents and the “secret society” they were born into.  Bonds are tested and more secrets are revealed that will pull you to the edge of your seat.  We meet new characters as the support for Dylan, Heaven and Layne grows.

“Love isn’t about what our hearts want or need.  It’s about what our hearts take to keep breathing.  My heart takes you.”

I found myself so consumed with this story that I couldn’t put it down.  I kept my Kindle app open and couldn’t put my phone down.  The storyline and intense emotions between the characters more than made up for the fact that I could barely see straight for a couple of days.  This latest installment of the Soulmate Series is a rollercoaster for your emotions.  I felt the story drag just a bit in some spots but overall, I was impressed. The ending had me rolling around screaming because I have to wait for the next book.  It was not something I expected.  Another very well written story from Kelli McKracken.

This Naughty Mom gives What the Heart Takes 4.75 stars

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As a curator of characters, you’ll normally find Kelli McCracken sitting at her desk, working hard on her next novel. When she’s not arguing with those persistent people inside her head, you can find her hanging out on Facebook, chatting with readers about books and upcoming writing projects.

“It seems like all I ever do is write…and listen to Layne. He’s always whispering something naughty in my ear, like being dipped in chocolate. Now I’m craving a Kit-Kat. Welcome to my zany life, where sanity is optional, romance is required, and liquor is most definitely quicker. Jack Daniels keeps me sane, my characters, not so much.”

Kelli lives with her husband, four children, and her German Shepherd fur baby in the Ohio Valley region in the United States. If you’d like to learn more about Kelli, please visit her on the web at Kelli McCracken ~ Author » Writing About Love, Fate, and Soulmates

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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: My Soul Keeper by Ker Dukey

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Synopsis

What if your entire reality changed on you one day?
You wake up and your family and friends aren’t who you thought they were.
You look around, and the world isn’t what you thought it was.
You don’t even recognize yourself.
You and your reality are a complete mystery to you.

Simone’s life was about to undergo that disturbing journey. Love, lust, death, betrayal.

How do you fight the devil himself when he consumes you with lust?
How can you love someone who has come to take back your brother’s soul?

Shamar, soul keeper and son of Death, had never met such a unique soul before Simone. Captivated by her, he broke all rules to be near her — to love and protect her. But how do you protect someone from evil when the forces of good seem to be working against you?

When Lucifer himself crawled from Hell to claim Simone, what sacrifices would Shamar make to keep her safe?

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There comes a time when we’ve read a book that makes us feel honored to have been one of the first readers of a story.  That statement applies to this book.  I’m familiar with Ker Dukey’s work and have been a fan since reading Broken.  Then I her follow up novel The Broken Parts of Us which went in a direction I didn’t expect and I was truly impressed with her growth as an author.  After reading My Soul Keeper, I was in awe of the storyline and characters in her latest book.

My Soul Keeper is a story of Simone and Shamar.  Simone is just the typical girl finishing her senior year of high school.  Shamar is the son of Death and has a job he’s been devoted to for centuries until he sees Simone while performing the tasks of his current assignment.  The moment he crosses paths with Simone he’s overwhelmed by his need to know about her and just be in her presence. Though unseen Simone can feel the comfort and calm Shamar presence brings her.  The moment she lays eyes on Shamar she’s consumed by her desire to be with him.  However, as her heart is drawn to Shamar, she feels her body fight the desire for another.

As the battle of good and evil wages on, Simone must too fight the battle between her hear and her body.

“You’re extraordinary.  the light in the darkness, the smell of the meadow, the rain in a desert, the sun in the summer…  Your fresh water in the clearest lake.  You’re the soul of life, Heaven on Earth, the beat in my heart”

As I read the story I could actually envision it as a SciFi movie; which I love.  Angels vs. Demons; good vs. evil and an all consuming love are all wonderful combination for a great read and Ker Dukey did a magnificent job of telling her story and transporting me to a realm where all of this is possible.  My Soul Keeper is the first paranormal romance I’ve read since beginning my romance reads addiction.  If My Soul Keeper is any indication of what I’ve been missing in this genre, I will most certainly be reading more of them.

This Naughty Mom gives My Soul Keeper 5 shining stars and looks forward to exploring more of this romance genre.

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Shamar

Not seeing Simone all week left my craving for her unsatisfied and vibrating my blood with anticipation for when I could feed it again. New charges have kept me busy and the temptation to touch her when she was reaching out to me in her bedroom after the party nearly consumed and broke me. Distance was what I needed but now I need to see her again. I waited long enough; I have proven to myself that I’m strong and not a fool to human weakness.

Sensing her soul I appear close to her. She’s in a shop so I go to the coffee stool positioned opposite and order a drink. The girl serving me blushes when she hands me my change. I can sense her attraction to me; it radiates off her in waves and has her embarrassed because of it. I smile with a wink at her and drop the change into the tip jar. I hear her intake of breath and laugh quietly to myself as I turn and almost spill my cup onto Simone’s chest.

“Oh my go…,” she gasps and her eyes twinkle with recognition. A smile falls over her face, stilling my heartbeat. “We meet again.” Her soft musical voice flows.

“I’m sorry I nearly scalded your…” I look down at her impressive chest and back to her face, which is tinted with the pink flush from my gaze.

“Body,” I offer with a shake of my head, which earns me a giggle. It nearly floors me. Pulling a stray hair from her mouth, she watches my movements. Parting her lips, her tongue darts out to moisten them; I caress her bottom lip with the pad of my thumb, taking the hair with it across to her cheek. There’s an electrical storm erupting inside my body. Her eyes are glazed; everything around us has fallen into silence, we are the only two who exist in this moment.

My thumb retraces it journey to her mouth with a press of her lips she kisses it. My whole body crackles and tingles. She’s turned on and it magnifies my own arousal. Leaning forward without thought of consequence, I touch my lips to hers. Her body melts into mine; the taste of her red lips is like the sweetest forbidden fruit. The warmth of her tongue slips into my mouth and I meet it with my own: grasping her face deepening the kiss. Her supple body moulds further into mine, her breasts pushing against my chest, our hips pushing into each other’s. The whole world falls away and I feel like Heaven has claimed me and this is it; she is my Heaven.

“Holy shit!” a voice shouts out, ringing in my ears.

Simone pulls away, breathless, her pouty red lips still slightly open and swollen from my kiss. Her eyes roam my face with bewilderment. “That was…”

“Amazing,” I finish her sentence.

Her friend grabs her shoulders and turns her from my gaze. It breaks the spell. I notice we have gathered an audience as were standing in the middle of the mall making out like we were in a private room. She looks around and drops her face to the floor, embarrassed. Lifting her chin, I whisper, “Never look down Simone, only up.” I bring my lips to her forehead before walking away once again.

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BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: BOUND AND UNBROKEN by Skye Callahan

Title: Bound and Unbroken
Author: Skye Callahan
Genre: BDSM/Erotic Romance
Publication Date: February 23, 2014
 
Synopsis
 
Lena is about to discover pleasure in the things she can’t control.
 
To get even with her roommate for dragging her to a sports bar on a Friday night, Lena begins flirting with the handsome stranger who sits at the bar next to her.  Their anonymous conversation leads to a shared cab ride, but Lena’s conscience puts a damper on the evening–leaving the near-fling to become a memory.  Until she finds him roaming the halls of the school where she teaches.
 
Will she submit to his desires?
 
Eric’s only reason for returning to his hometown is to care for his recently orphaned nephew.  He knew the return would involve dredging up his past with family and friends, but he didn’t expect a lone girl to capture his interest and offer an escape within his new life.
 
Will his binds be enough to keep her?
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NAUGHTY MOM REVIEW
Bound and Unbroken was a well written romance with just a touch of BDSM.
Lena meets Eric in a bar.  They each feel drawn to the other and after an amazing kiss in a shared cab ride, they can’t stop thinking about each other and Eric is persistent in keeping Lena around so he can get to know her.  As her learns more about her life and past, he uses his skill as a Dom by using his need for control to help her overcome the painful memories she’s kept with her since she was young.  Of course, if it were me, I’d be willing to use the smallest nightmare as an excuse to have a sexy Dom tie me up and do naughty things to me.
There was great chemistry between Lena and Eric with only a touch of drama in the story.  It wasn’t over the top which worked quite well for the story.  Being that the story provides POV from both Lena and Eric to allow us to see more of the story.  My preference would have been if the POVs were written in the 1st person but Skye Callahan did a good job showing us how Lena and Eric were feeling in their situations.
All in all this was a good book.  For those interested but wary  of BDSM or Dom/submissive relationships but are unsure, in my opinion, I think this book would be a good intro to that genre since it’s a “light” amount for the genre.
About the author
New Adult Paranormal and Urban Fantasy author of FRACTURED LEGACY, the first novella in the Darkness Bound Series.
Skye Callahan grew up- in a backwater Appalachian Ohio town — it was a crazy little place that inspired her need to create new worlds in her head.  She has been coming up with stories for as long as she can remember, and in elementary school she began writing them all down.  Her earliest stories were inspired by R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike.  After getting away from the world of writing, she was drawn back into the fantasy world while studying for her M.A. in History.
When she’s not spending time with the voices in her head, she works in business consulting and hangs out with her husband and two ferrets.
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