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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: Cupid’s Desire by Phoenix Rayne

CUPID’S DESIRE
Author: PHOENIX RAYNE
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: G Street Chronicles
SYNOPSIS:
Alareik is a Cupid, and get that image of a diapered baby with a bow and arrow right out of your head. Cupids are all six foot Gods of love, invisible to the mortal’s eyes, who are sent down to Earth with their daily assignments…to help mortals fall in love.
Alareik is the most popular Cupid out there, and not only is he the hottest Cupid but he’s the most compassionate. Alareik stumbles across a mortal who has a third eye. Sapphire, a waitress no one would take a second glance at, can see the invisible Cupids. Alareik has never met a mortal who could do this. He’s put on a special assignment to figure her out.
Alareik willingly accepts this task and finds himself falling for the plain and peculiar girl. Sapphire’s love for life changes this Cupid’s heart forever.
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This story was different.  I enjoyed the concept and the fact that it was solely in the male lead’s POV as with most books the female’s POV dominates in the romance genre.  I had a tendency to lose my understanding of the plot.  Everything was happening so fast I had to re-read pages sometimes to try and get back on track.  There were a couple of times that I just didn’t understand what had just happened. I enjoyed Alareik’s character.  He was a gentle soul and I got a kick out of his constant reference to “the beast” in his pants…that was a first for me in all my reading.
I liked how the story started out giving the reader a glimpse of Alareik’s daily Cupid duties.  It was insightful.  The storyline itself was cute but it needed more.  The plot could have been “slowed down” a bit and been given more details as to what was happening. Characters were introduced so quickly (almost rushed) as the story progressed that you don’t really have the opportunity to connect with them.
The story’s ending did give me the impression that there may possibly be a follow up so I’d be interested to see where the story goes, if that’s the case.
This Naughty Mom gives Cupid’s Desire 3.5 stars 3-half-star-hotel2
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Phoenix Rayne was born in Federal Way Washington in a small community. Currently she resides in Nashville Tennessee where she is a student as well as a full time author… Phoenix is a published author that has several novels under her belt that she has penned with G-Street Chronicles. When not writing you can find her in a shoe store shopping or catching a good movie.
 
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NEW RELEASE+BOOK REVIEW: BURN (BLOOD & ROSES BOOK 3) BY CALLIE HART

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Title: Burn (Blook & Roses Book 3)

Author: Callie Hart

Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 22, 2013

SYNOPSIS

Book 3 in the Blood & Roses series. 

Please be aware that this is a Dark Romance novel and deals with serious themes, including violence and murder. 

This story is the first part in a series, each approx. 30-40k words in length. 


Sloane 

I’m not safe. 

I haven’t been safe for a while now. 

I ran to Zeth for protection, but Zeth is in danger himself. With Julio on one side, and the leader of the Widow Makers MC on the other, the smartest thing to do would be to run. I’ve been running long enough, though. 

This is the closest I’ve come to finding my sister in two years. 

I can’t back down now. 


Zeth 

My right hand man’s being tortured in the basement. 

The guy who tried to buy Sloane’s virginity is burning rubber in our direction. 

My psychotic boss is on a mission to find me, and the girl I’m supposed to be keeping safe has landed herself right in the middle of all of this. 

Just another breezy weekend in the Californian desert. 

What could possibly go wrong in the next 48 hours?

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Fracture (Blood & Roses Book 2) Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes&Noble

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100007817833760pizapw1400815083Let me begin with expressing how much I love Zeth. He’s just the perfect bad boy and I’m a sucker for a man with a stone exterior and a secret soft center. All I can say is that Sloan is one lucky beeotch! She gets to enjoy the amazingly naughty things Zeth does to her when they have their private moments.

Burn picks up immediately where Fracture left off. Sloan and Zeth are in a brothel trying to manage ways to stay alive so they can find and save Sloan’s sister. They’re already having to deal with a ruthless drug lord, now they have to deal with a badass MC biker gang that just rode in for a monstrous soiree about to take place. While they figure out how to survive…Sloan and Zeth inch just a little bit closer.

Sloan is just a great character. She’s strong yet timid on occasion. The fact that she can balance her desire for Zeth with her fear of him shows just how strong she is. She doesn’t deny he’s a dangerous man but accepts it and him for all that he is. Sure he has a tendency to scare the bejeezus out of her but she continues to hold her own against him and all the other menacing men she comes across. I think this is why Zeth wants her so badly. Deep down he wants someone to break through his stony layers and get to the soft gooey middle he hides and protects with his rough exterior and criminal behavior. I think Zeth feels that Sloan is just the person for that job. She keeps him on his toes by constantly surprising him with her reactions to the mess they’re constantly in. She always ends up doing the opposite of what he expects. He doesn’t know what side of Sloan he’ll get from one minute to the next and deep down…he loves it.

What goes down in the brothel is nonstop… from Zeth having to keep his cool and ‘cover’ while making sure Sloan remains unharmed. There were plenty of comical moments to lighten the mood and keep you pulled into the story. I love the banter between Sloan and Zeth. They definitely have great chemistry. I was hoping to get more Naughty time between the two so I’m hoping the next books in the series will give a little bit more.

All in all it was wonderful continuation to the Blood & Roses series. I will definitely NEVER get enough of Zeth.

This Naughty Mom gives BURN 4.75 stars 4-75-star-rating

 

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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1 Print copy of Roman (Saints and Sinners) (US only)

2 eBook copies of Roman (Saints and Sinners): PDF, mobi or epub

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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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REVIEW TOUR: DESTRUCTION by Sharon Bayliss

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Title: Destruction
Series: The December People #1
Author: Sharon Bayliss
Genre/Age Range: Contemporary, Fantasy, Adult
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Release Date: April 14, 2014

 
 

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice. 

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children. 

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.
 
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The storyline of this book surprisingly exceeded my expectations.  It went in a completely different direction than what I anticipated and I was pleased.  Sharon Bayliss brings us a world of wizards that live normal lives and possibly living right next door in typical suburbia.  Her take on magic; good magic vs bad magic, was very interesting along with her ability to incorporate Christian beliefs along with it.  
On top of learning about being wizards and the secret world that life entails, we see a family coming to terms with David’s infidelity as his two children from a secret relationship join the family forcing everyone to adjust to such a drastic change.  What we expect to happen does and David must deal with the resentment and feelings of betrayal not just from his wife but from his other three children. Now a family of seven, they must get to know each other and learn to get along as a family. 
Sharon Bayliss brings us a wonderfully delightful paranormal story.  I enjoyed the characters and loved the locations.  Being a Houstonian I was pleased to read a story that was written as if everything could be happening right next door to me.  This was a great book that transported me into a fantasy world I’d love to live in.  Though I enjoyed the storyline, I did have some trouble with the way the conversations were written.  They didn’t flow easily and every quote ended with “mom said”; “dad said”, etc.  I feel these could have been rephrased better to give it more of a ‘real’ feel to how they spoke to each other.  I enjoyed the humor and had a couple laugh out loud moments at some of the antics with the children and their practicing of magic.  Overall it was a really good book.  This Naughty Mom gives it 3.75 stars
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Author Info:
Sharon
 
Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.
 
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BLOG TOUR + REVIEW: Locked Together (In Chains #2) by Michelle Abbott

 

She would do anything for him, even throw away her freedom.
For Savannah, it was an easy choice; getting sent to the Compound meant she and Kayden could be together. But nothing is ever that simple. Caught in a system that encourages cruelty and mind games; will their love survive?
This is book two in the In Chains series and continues the story of Kayden and Savannah. I would recommend reading book one first as this is not a standalone.

Please note: this book contains strong language.

 

 

Review

 

 Locked Together picks up immediately after In Chains ends.  Savannah has joined Kayden at the Compound where slave training takes place.  For Savannah it was an easy choice.  She would do and give anything to be with Kayden but giving up her freedom to be with Kayden; Savannah didn’t realize what it would involve but her worst nightmare wouldn’t have come close.  She learns first hand what it’s like to be a slave and that being in the Compound was no guarantee of alone time with Kayden.  Kayden can’t understand why Savannah would choose to be there but is thankful for the time he can spend with her; but there are still those that want to keep them apart.

I was pleased with this follow up to In Chains and happy to see how the love between Savannah and Kayden would grow and overcome the many obstacles they faced.  With so many against them, they face their self doubt and insecurities, but their love for one another only gets stronger.

Locked Together gives us more steam and intimacy between the main characters which results in a much more sexy read.  Not only does their love continue as simple and as pure as it began but the sex is on a higher level compared to the first book.  Locked Together was a great ending to Savannah and Kayden’s story.

This Naughty Mom give Locked Together by Michelle Abbot a BIG 4 stars.

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I’m shoved into a room. My mouth falls open as I see Kayden sitting on the floor; he looks as shocked as I feel. As he scrambles to his feet, the guard plonks a bundle of grey cloth into my hands. “Put those on,” he says, leaning against the door frame. I glance down at the clothing; it’s the same shade of grey that Kayden is wearing. I catch movement out of the corner of my eye, the guard is lunging at me, he’s scowling and red in the face. I gasp as Kayden steps between me and the guard and pushes me into the corner of the room. He surrounds my body with his, shielding me, his arms either side of me, his palms flat against the wall.
“Put the scrubs on,” Kayden says to me, “before he blows his stack.”
“Get away from her,” the guard yells. I quickly yank off my t-shirt and pull the scrubs over my head. It’s at least two sizes too big and comes down to my knees; it’s more like a dress. As I’m tugging off my jeans Kayden cries out and his hands shoot to his neck, his body stiffens and he falls to the floor, convulsing. I scream. In a blur I see the guard’s hand coming towards my face, then I feel a burning pain on my cheek and a ringing sound in my ear. “I told you to put them on,” the guard says, pointing to the grey pants in my hand. Kayden slowly gets to his feet; he’s glaring at the guard, his fists clenched. I pull on the grey pants. “Pick those up.” The guard points to my clothes that are now on the floor. I bend to retrieve them and he snatches them from my hands. “You won’t need these anymore.” He stomps out of the room and the door slams behind him.
Kayden, pulls me close, his arms encircle me. “What you doing here? Why have they put you in level three?”
I throw my arms around him and bury my face in his neck. “Are you okay?” I ask him.
He rubs his cheek against mine. “Yeah.”
I burst out laughing, I can’t stop. “This is so funny.” I’m laughing so hard I’m shaking. “They think they’re punishing me but I’m right where I want to be, I’m finally with you.”
I feel him shaking his head and feel his warm breath on my neck as he lets out a sigh. “Baby, you’re crazy but I’m glad you’re here where I can take care of you, I’ve missed you.”
I reach up and hold his face between my palms. “I’ve missed you too.”
He gives me a beaming smile. “I love you, I love you so much.”
“Can you love each other with a bit less noise,” comes a male voice from across the room, “I’m trying to sleep.”
For the first time I notice there are two other guys in the room. The one who spoke looks about Kayden’s age, the other much younger, just out of his teens; they’re both lying on the cement floor. I glance around the room. There are no bunks, mattresses, pillows or blankets. The room is empty. There are two bright fluorescent lights but no windows. “You guys don’t have beds?” I ask.
Kayden shakes his head. “No, but you can lie on me baby, I’m not as comfortable as a mattress but more comfortable than the floor.” He takes my hand and leads me over to a corner of the room, then he lies down on his back. I climb on top of him, my legs resting on his, my head on his chest.
“I’m not crushing you am I?” I know I’ve lost weight but having a body on top of him when he’s lying on a hard floor can’t be very pleasant.
“I’ve got your gorgeous body pressed against mine, there’s only one part of me that’s uncomfortable right now.” He grins at me and we both bust up laughing. The guy across the room yells at us to shut up, which makes us laugh even more. Kayden doesn’t know it but he’s way more comfortable than my lumpy mattress, he’s warm, he smells safe and familiar and his heartbeat soothes me. He wraps his arms around me and I fall asleep within minutes.

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Kayden gasps, then he closes his eyes, his face is screwed up, he looks like he’s in pain. He leaps off the bed, heads to the bathroom and slams the door closed behind him. Bailey is wearing a smug smile and I want to wipe it off but I content myself with replacing her gag and tying it tightly.
I head to the bathroom, open the door a crack and peek through. Kayden’s standing at the wash basin, scrubbing furiously at his hands. I go in and close the door behind me. I turn off the tap and place my hand on his. “Kayden, stop. Your hands aren’t dirty.”
He’s refusing to look at me; I see his Adam’s apple bob as he swallows. We stand in silence for a few minutes until finally, he looks at me. “Why are you with me?” he asks. “You can do better.”
“Better?” I frown. “In what way?”
He looks down at his feet. “You could have someone with money and nice clothes, a man who could take you out places and buy you things.” He wrings his hands together. “Someone who could marry you and give you kids.” He closes his eyes. “I love you but I don’t deserve you, I never have.”
I take a deep breath before I reply. I don’t bother trying to stop the tears that are now rolling down my cheeks. It breaks my heart that he thinks so little of himself, that other people have made him feel so worthless. I reach up and stroke my fingers along his cheek; he’s still staring at the floor. “Kayden, I don’t want a man for money, there are other ways to get money and it doesn’t buy you anything that’s really worth having.” I place my finger under his chin and tilt his head up so I can look into his eyes. “We can get you nice clothes but I’m going to want to take them off you most of the time.” I smile at him and he reaches across and wipes the tears from my cheeks with his thumb.
“Baby, don’t cry, I’m sorry,” he says.
I peck him on the lips. “I’m crying because when you hurt, I hurt, because I love you.” I kiss him a second time. “Marriage is just a piece of paper, it doesn’t stop us wearing each other’s rings or committing to each other.” I slide my arms around his waist and lean my head against his chest. “You’re thoughtful, loving and gentle. You’re fun to be with and hot as hell. And children, unless you’ve had surgery I don’t know about, there’s nothing to stop us having children.”
He steps out of my embrace and backs away, shaking his head vehemently. “No. They’d be slaves.”
I hear loud tapping and the bathroom door opens, Reece pokes his head around it. “I need to take a piss,” he says.

 

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Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in 3rd person. She’s a self-published author of new adult romance, and likes to write about heroes who begin as the underdog and are protective of their girl. She’s an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits 🙂 She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral 🙂

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NEW RELEASE: Flame (Fierce #2) by Clarissa Wild

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Author: Clarissa Wild

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: May 07, 2014

 

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This is book 2 in the Fierce Series, and it is the conclusion to Autumn and Hunter’s story.
It is recommended that you read book 1 first: http://amzn.to/1g9TCfo 

When trust is challenged and desire takes control, is love enough to conquer fear?

When geeky book nerd Autumn Blakewood falls for the cocky, confident fighter Hunter Bane she knows she’s in for life. Their undeniable connection, fueled by the desire to protect, grows stronger every passing second. However, the need to feel cherished threatens her college graduation, family bonds, and future, tearing her apart, but she won’t give up on Hunter so easily …
After he was abandoned by his family, Hunter Bane struggles to cope with daily life. Having a learning disability turns every task into a challenge. With his brother now free, Hunter feels the pressure to succeed and take care of the people he loves, forcing him to choose between college and a job. Hunter’s devotion to Autumn keeps him on the right path. His infatuation with her turns lust into passion, drawing out his alpha tendencies. But with affection comesadmission, putting a strain on their relationship as secrets are exposed and unforeseen circumstances spiral out of control.
Being complete opposites, their love is flaming hot, but it burns away all inhibitions, unveiling the fears that were locked deep inside. As past and present collide, difficult choices must be made. Can Autumn and Hunter’s love survive this ultimate test?

A New Adult Contemporary Romance with a Happy Ever After (HEA)
84000 words, or 300 pages in print
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1. FIGHT (#0.5, Fierce)
2. FIERCE (#1, Fierce)
3. FURY (#1.5, Fierce)
4. FLAME (#2, Fierce)

 

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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 SERIES

Soulmates #1 – What the Heart Needs
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Soulmates #2

What the Heart Wants

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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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Author Bio

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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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Naughty Mom Review

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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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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When not lost in my mind of characters i can be found reading or spending time with family. I prefer a darker edge to my writing, not all life and love stories are light, some are grown from darkness. I was raised by a bookaholic. My mum started me on Anne rice as soon as i was old enough. I love losing myself in an authors world and create them for my fans.

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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
 
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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.
 
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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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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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