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#NewRelease #Review #Contemporary #SeriesFinale Whiskey Undone (Whiskey and Lies #3) by Carrie Ann Ryan

Two best friends follow a dangerous and seductive path in the final standalone novel of the bestselling Whiskey and Lies series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Ainsley Harris has always kept a secret from her best friend. She’s stood by his side, helped him raise his daughter, and tried to keep her distance even though she’s been in love with him for years. She knows he has secrets of his own and she’s not willing to chance what they have on a possibility.

Loch Collins has hidden himself and his past from the world for good reason. Darkness always comes back to haunt those who fight against it, and he knows better than most. One night of temper, however, forces him to realize his true feelings for Ainsley—for better or worse.

But Loch’s former allies aren’t on his side anymore, and now not only is his life and the life of his daughter on the line, but Ainsley is in the crosshairs, as well. Together, two best friends must fight for each other and their small town, because Whiskey has never burned brighter. And danger, it seems, is ever lurking.

 I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book.

I am always a bottle of mixed emotions when it comes to the last book of a series.  Happy because “Yay, a new book”, sad because “Boo, it’s the end of the series,’ and as  Loch Collins and the rest of the Collins Family have been around for a while this one being the end is especially hard.

Loch is the last single man of the hunky Collins men and I believe the grumpiest and hunkiest.

Ainsley Harris has been around the Collins family for years; went to school with Loch’s sister and as adults she and Loch became besties,  she also has a little secret that she has been keeping from him for years.

Ok seriously there is something about a growly man that gets my motor running and boy does Loch get my motor running.  Loch owns a gym and security company in town, he runs his businesses and raises his daughter that is all the man does.  OMG, Ryan just wrote the perfect man pumped, awesome with kids, protective, and growly!!!! Swoooooooooooon!!!!!!!

The push and pull between these two is amazing.  Change is never easy and when it’s a change in a relationship it’s even harder.  Loch is afraid what the change will do to his daughter, not to mention no one he has ever been with has stayed and now that there has been a murder in town he’s afraid that his past has comeback to hurt his family and that means Ainsley too.

He pulls her too him because he can’t help himself when she’s around, but he pushes her away to try and keep her safe.  

Ainsley is own strong woman because if my man was so damn wishy washy I’d have to hit him with a frying pan!!!

Ryan has once again wrote a beautiful love story with heat, passion, danger and family.  No matter what the love story she writes is about one of her main themes is family has always got your back, always there when you need them, and love you for you.

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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#WOTR19 #NewRelease #Review Lobos: Big Bend Wolves by Victoria Danann and Teresa Gabelman

The Three Rivers Pack has been deeply embedded in Kerrville commerce and society for generations. They own businesses and hold government offices, including that of sheriff. But the influx of retirees and well-to-do building second homes in the Hill Country has squeezed the shifters for room to run.

The only answer is relocation to a less populated locale and that will require making a deal with the pack that holds that territory. The alliance struck by the two alphas is blood seal, a political mating between the Lobos alpha’s daughter and the Three Rivers alpha’s son. It’s the perfect solution that benefits both tribes.

Except nobody asked Fleet Ryder and Dani Alvarez if they were willing. And they aren’t.

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Teresa Gabelman comes together with Victoria Danann to bring us a new shifter story.

The Alpha of the Three Rivers pack realizes that it is time for his pack to move on, humans have moved in droves to their once little town and it’s just not safe anymore.

The Lobos pack has plenty of room, more than enough room for two packs, what they lack however is the funds to keep their pack going.  The two Alphas come to an agreement, Three Rivers will move and pay into the Lobos pack and both Alphas pledge that their children will marry the other.  

 Arranged marriages in this day and age is outrageous and Fleet, son of the Alpha from Three Rivers and Danita, the daughter of the Alpha from Lobos, are not happy that they have been thrown at the other for the sake of their packs.

Ok, this story maybe on the shorter side but Fleet and Danika’s story is awesome long or short.

The way these two know that no matter what they have to do what’s right for the packs and decide to see if they will make a good mated pair is really sweet and their friends!! Their besties all help them spend some time away from the packs and together before the mating.  

So, not only do we get one of the sweetest love stories, but let’s face it it’s shifters so it’s also HOT, we also get a little danger in the story too!!  Not everyone is so happy about this mating, even if the pair themselves were against it in the beginning.

I certainly hope we get to see more from these two lovely authors, they go together so well.

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Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is the author of over twenty five romances: paranormal, scifi, and contemporary.

Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES FOUR YEARS IN A ROW. – Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

She also won Paranormal Romance Novel of the Year FOUR YEARS IN A ROW and Scifi Fantasy Series and Novel of the year this past year..

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#BlogTour #WOTR2019AttendingAuthor #Review #Charity #Anthology Alphas of Seduction by Victoria Blue, M. Clarke, Avery Flynn, Anissa Garcia, Jenna Jacob, Isabella LaPearl, Mickey Miller, Lauren Rowe, K.M. Scott, and Sierra Simone

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Synopsis

A glance. A touch. A word. And then it begins…

When an alpha falls in love, it’s not just about the fire. It’s the spark. The moment he’s pushed to his limits by the person who will transform his life and his heart forever. He just doesn’t know it yet…

The push. The pull. The possibilities…

The hottest heroes. Their greatest challenge. Nothing they’ve ever conquered will equal the ultimate quest of all–or the excitement of that journey. Nobody knows this better than twelve of your favorite romance fiction stars, bringing you their ultimate alpha males in short stories meant to make you smile, swoon, and celebrate the best part about falling in love…

The seduction.

Once Upon An Alpha along with 4 Paws for Ability, and these several bestselling authors, bring you this page turning, limited edition, anthology that’s sure to keep you up well past your bed time and craving your own Alpha of Seduction.

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Do you wanna read some hot stories with the money going to a great charity ?  If so, buckle up baby because it going a be a bumpy ride, they are Alphas after all.

Now, these are all pretty short novellas, but they do pack a punch.  While some of these author are some of my favorites, some were brand spanking new to me and maybe they have a new fan.

Theardbare by Victoria Blue

Who doesn’t loves second chance romances; I mean come on you get reunited with your one true love, it’s awesome.

Jane is back at her childhood home for her father’s funeral.  Her parents were her foster parents and decided to adopt her.  Her mother was controlling and overbearing and she marred her perfect husband just to get away from her and because he was just the type of man her mother approved of.

Daniel was a boy that her parents fostered, they fell in love and her parents ruined that and made him leave.

This was a lovely second chance story. I wanted to smack Jane upside her head and say “Get with the program!”  Luckily she has some awesome friends in her corner.

Always and Forever by M. Clarke

Maxwell Knight has taken over the CEO position at his father’s company Knight Fashion.  Crystal is a new hire in customer relations at the company.  On Max’s first day they literally run into each other in the hall.

Let me just say where this story started was NOT where I thought it was going to end. I love when you think you.  Know what’s going to happen and the author totally flips the script on you. 

Little Tease by Avery Flynn

Cyn had been in love with her brother’s best friend for years and she’s only been going through the motions in her relationships because she knew she was never gonna get him.  Hunter was everything she wasn’t, smart, successful, and uptight.  

Cyn is by no means dumb, she just lives down to everyone’s expectations of her.  Hunter knows that Cyn is off limits, not only is she is best friend’s little sister the girl is a hot mess.

One midnight boat ride and a storm changes everything for the pair.  

I always love little sister/brother’s bff romances, they are so much fun!! The danger of what will happen when the brother finds out, how long can feelings be fought???!!!! Sometimes hot messes are the best kind of messes and being uptight is nearly as bad as you think.

Lost Seduction by Anissa Garcia

What’s a woman to do when her boyfriend leaves her because she hasn’t given up her V-card yet?  Why hire someone to take it and be drunk when said person arrives!!! Lol

Emerie is helping is friend Lily at a HR retreat and the man she invited into her hotel room to get her card punch, that she thought she hired, she finds out is her bestie’s boss and not  a hired professional.

Sebastian is taken with Emerie and has been since he saw a picture of her in Lily’s office.  This was such a funny a cute little story.  Emerie and Sebastian, after all the funny and v-card nonsense are very much two people who belong together.

Seducing Sophia by Jenna Jacob

Ok, this was one story I was sooooo looking forward to just because Jacob is one of my favorite Authors and has one of my alt time favorite series so reading her was like welcoming a old friend.

In this novella Jacob introduces to a whole new group of characters by way of a pit stop at my favorite place Club Genesis.

Licks of Leather is a chart topping rock group and Sophia is their assistant on this tour.  Burk Jennings is the lead singer of the man and a total man whore. Sophia knows if he ever turned his powers of Seduction on her she would have a heck of a time turning him down, but she’s not a blonde or skinny so she’s not his type.

Man oh man!!!!!!! New friends, old friends, people trying to keep their true desires hidden Jacob brings it all in this little novella. Oh, OH, OH, and she’s introduced us to her new series!!!!!!  It’s a tasty little amuse bouche and I can’t wait for a full meal of these rockers.

Just a Little Mischief by Isabella LaPearl

Brian is a hard man, a professional soldier that has returned to a home that never really cared about him because he was the second son. He’s a man so hard he doesn’t do softness or relationships that he doesn’t pay for.  

Georgia is the oldest of triplets, she’s the responsible one, the less adventurous of the three.

I really hope that we get more of Georgia and Brian down the road!!  Talk about your cliff hangers, man meets girl in a bar, girl gives him someone else’s name, she sneaks out on him after a night of hotness including giving up her V-card, then sneaks out on him while he’’s asleep!!!!

This was awesome!!!!

Picked Up by Mickey Miller

Dagny is having a rough week( it’s only Tuesday) and decides she need a drink so she heads to a bar since she doesn’t have to race home to her daughter.

While she’s there she meets Sam, a handsome man in a suit that looks like he’d be trouble.  They start talking and telling each other about their ex’s.

Everyone needs a little human kindness and if that kindness comes in a hot suited up package even better.  They decide to spend one night together since he will be going back home tomorrow and she has to get back to her daughter.  

Another tricky ending story!!! I loved it!! I definitely will be picking more up from this author.

The Secret Note by Lauren Rowe

Let’s face it crossing a Hemsworth off my to be done list is never gonna happen  however, I can live vicariously through our next heroine Kaylee.

Kaylee is out camping with her college age brother and his school friends, one who is a student from Australia, giving him a secret note she invites Ben into her tent for the night.

Kaylee is the Alpha in this story, not only is she secretly inviting a dude into her tent; he’s Australian, younger that her, and a virgin!!!  

Poor boy gets his mind BLOWN!!!!

7 Yrs later Kaylee gets her mind blown when Ben calls her up and wants to see her!!!

OMG!! This story could totally be a movie and if Chris Hemsworth was in it I’d pay to go see it!!  

Hard As Stone by K.M. Scott

Ethan Stone is the only son of worldwide hotel owner Tristen Stone and artist Nina Stone.  Although he doesn’t work for his father’s company he is expected to fall in line and find a “normal” girl to settle down with instead of bed hopping with the models he photographs.

Summer works for Belle Magazine and is “normal” in every since of the word.  When Ethan meets Summer on a photo shoot he knows he’s found the girl to get his family off his back for a while.

Why is it that men who think they can use a girl to trick his family never realize that it always backfires on them and they end up falling for said girl.  Men really can be silly when it comes to matters of the heart.

Red and White by Sierra Simone

OMG!!!  This one is hot from the get go!!!  Two lovely ladies, Scarlett and Snow, get away for Winter Break.  They two have been slowly coming together through out the semester and now is time for something to happen.

When a big bear looking man comes booming and passing out on them in their cabin, in the middle of a snow storm what can the girls do but help him out.

Liam is the bearded brooding man of every girl’s dream and when he wake up to find himself in a cabin with not one, but two visions of loveliness he can’t believe he’s not dreaming.

Talk about your hot stories, this one might very well be the hottest of the Anthology.  I mean you can’t help but be hot with a threesome!! Think I found another new author, lol!!!

Authors Contributing to Alphas of Seduction:

Victoria Blue – Threadbare

Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke – Always and Forever

Avery Flynn – Little Tease

Anissa Garcia – Lost Seduction

Jenna Jacob – Seducing Sophia

Isabella LaPearl – Just A Little Mischief

Mickey Miller – Picked Up

Lauren Rowe – The Secret Note

KM Scott – Hard As Stone

Sierra Simone – Red and White

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#WOTR2019Attending #Shifter #Review Forbidden Secrets (Lee County Wolves Book 5) by Teresa Gabelman

Forbidden Secrets (Lee County Wolves Series) Book #5 by [Gabelman, Teresa]

On the run since the murder of her parents, time has come for Leda Kingsman to take her rightful place as pack leader. First she needs to fight for what was stolen from her and her little brother, Sam.

A shifter without a pack, Taz Whelan worked his way into the Lee County Wolves as a tracker. Always the loner, Taz never found anyone he wanted to spend more than five minutes with. That’s until stubborn Leda entered his world.

As Leda leaves the Lee County Wolves under false pretenses, Taz lets her go, a decision that haunts him. When he discovers the true reason and what she has been keeping from them all, nothing will stand in his way as he searches for her before the forbidden secrets she holds takes her from him forever.

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It’s  Leda’s turn, after 4 books we finally get to hear her story with her words.

When we first met Leda all those books ago, LOL, she was a child hurting from the loss of her parents, now she is a woman ready to right a horrible wrong and save those that were once her pack.

Leaving without telling anyone in the Lee County Pack, including her Alpha, is what she does thinking that she is keeping more people from being harmed by her evil uncle.

Taz is a new pack member, but has only had eyes for Leda since joining and since when he became pack she was with our favorite Invisible funny man Steve she was out of reach.

Now, there is nothing stopping him from having her except that she has left the safety of the pack and is headed straight into danger and he will go after her to insure that she comes home safe.

Man, Teresa gives us so much in Leda’s book.  We have a killer wolf, our favorite Warriors make a appearance, over protective father figures, old friends both good and sort of good, fighting of good versus evil, and the finding of mates.

There was so much packed into it that it seemed like it was a short read, it was so good.

Leda is such a strong girl to have gone through so much, I really think that she is going to be someone that the younger women of the Lee County Pack can look up to.

Taz is a beautiful person not just to look at, but on the inside too.  Leda and Taz together is nothing short of perfect, they really do go together so much better than she and Steve.

Now we have new pack members in the Lee County pack which means MORE STORIES!!!!!!

 

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’, Lee County Wolves Series and Rodeo Romance (Contemporary). When not writing about alpha vampires, sexy shifters, hot cowboys and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

Website: www.teresagabelman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresa-Gabelman/191553587598342
Email: tgabelman@live.com

****Paranormal****
Damon (The Protectors Series) Book #1
Jared (The Protectors Series) Book #2
Duncan (The Protectors Series) Book #3
Sid (The Protectors Series) Book #4
Adam (The Protectors Series) Book #5
Slade (The Protectors Series) Book #6
A Warrior Wedding (The Protectors Series) Book #7
Jax (The Protectors Series) Book #8
Sloan (The Protectors Series) Book #9
Blaze (The Protectors Series) Book #10
The Invisible Warrior (The Protectors Series) Book #11
Ronan (The Protectors Series) Book #12
TBA (The Protectors Series) Book #13 COMING SOON

Forbidden Hunger (Lee County Wolves) Book #1
Forbidden Seduction (Lee County Wolves) Book #2
Forbidden Desire (Lee County Wolves) Book #3
Forbidden Temptation (Lee County Wolves) Book #4
Forbidden Secrets (Lee County Wolves) Book #5

****Paranormal Single Titles****
The Enforcer
Sanctuary (Stone’s Wolf Sanctuary) Book #1
Refuge (Stone’s Wolf Sanctuary) Book #2
Karma’s Revenge (A Bad Girls Novel)
Claiming Jade

 

 

#WOTR2019Attending #MC #Review Tray (Hell’s Harlem Book 2) by JM Walker

Tray by JM Walker
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Despair. Hunger. Pain. Need.
It started the moment she bumped into me.
Ecstasy. Danger. Seduction. Terror.
She was off-limits, but it didn’t stop me from wanting her.
My life was empty. My thoughts were dark. My heart was stone.
Feeling unwanted for most of my life, I didn’t know where I belonged or what my purpose was. He was all I had until she came along and brought out emotions I never knew were possible. She was innocent. Pure. Untouched. She was the daughter of a rival club member, but that didn’t stop us. It only heightened the desire, the passion we felt. We were happy…until someone she trusted made a move that no one saw coming…

 I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book.

I firmly believe JM Walker is going to win some sort of award for being the first author to get someone pregnant just by looking at the cover of her books!!!  Greyson’s cover was hot, but Tray’s……….  Well Tray’s is life altering!!!!!! Lol!!!

Tray is a Nomad, never thought he’d stay in one place because he has no family any more.

Zillah works at her daddy’s garage, but not on cars like she wants, dad wants to keep her away from the men that work for him.

When Tray walks into the garage they both feel the change in the air!!!!!!

The one draw back, besides having a dad that thinks she’s still a little girl, having a dad that is the president of a MC and that the man that makes her hot for the first time in her life is in a rival MC.

Man oh man, Tray is a hottie for sure, but when things get dangerous with Zillah and he becomes protective too that hotness ramps up to like a million times!!!!

Of course you can’t have a MC book without some danger and Walker so gives us that with having two MC’s and it wouldn’t be a JM Walker book without HOT SEX and she gives us that too!!!!!! Lol!!!

Tray and Zillah work so well together, it’s so great.  Yes, it seems super fast, but it’s almost as if they had something the other had been searching for.

I am saying nothing about the story itself because you have to experience it for yourself.  All that heat, passion, danger, and WTF moments hearing about it second hand will not make you feel the same as reading it for yourself.

So in conclusion;  Tray’s cover will make you pregnant so beware and make sure your birth control is up to date, Zillah and Tray’s story is awesome, and I will be waiting on pins and needles for the next Hell’s Harlem MC book.

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

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#ReleaseBlitz #Anthology #Charity #WOTR2019AttendingAuthor Alphas of Seduction by Victoria Blue, M. Clarke, Avery Flynn, Anissa Garcia, Jenna Jacob, Isabella LaPearl, Mickey Miller, Lauren Rowe, K.M. Scott, Sierra Simone

 

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Synopsis

A glance. A touch. A word. And then it begins…

When an alpha falls in love, it’s not just about the fire. It’s the spark. The moment he’s pushed to his limits by the person who will transform his life and his heart forever. He just doesn’t know it yet…

The push. The pull. The possibilities…

The hottest heroes. Their greatest challenge. Nothing they’ve ever conquered will equal the ultimate quest of all–or the excitement of that journey. Nobody knows this better than twelve of your favorite romance fiction stars, bringing you their ultimate alpha males in short stories meant to make you smile, swoon, and celebrate the best part about falling in love…

The seduction.

Once Upon An Alpha along with 4 Paws for Ability, and these several bestselling authors, bring you this page turning, limited edition, anthology that’s sure to keep you up well past your bed time and craving your own Alpha of Seduction.

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Authors Contributing to Alphas of Seduction:

Victoria Blue – Threadbare

Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke – Always and Forever

Avery Flynn – Little Tease

Anissa Garcia – Lost Seduction

Jenna Jacob – Seducing Sophia

Isabella LaPearl – Just A Little Mischief

Mickey Miller – Picked Up

Lauren Rowe – The Secret Note

KM Scott – Hard As Stone

Sierra Simone – Red and White

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#NewRelease #PromoTour #ReleaseBlitz #Contemporary #MoreThanWords More Than Crave You (More Than Words Book 4) By Shayla Black

I’m Evan Cook—billionaire tech entrepreneur and widower. Professionally, I’ve got it all. But since my wife died, my personal life has fallen apart. Remarrying seems like the obvious answer, so I place an ad. I’m not asking for much. The ideal woman only needs to be smart, organized, pretty, and helpful—both in and out of bed—without expecting romance. I never thought to look right in front of me…but it turns out that Nia Wright, my sexy, sassy assistant, just might be the perfect candidate.

After an unexpectedly hot night together, I’m ready to stop interviewing strangers and simply marry her. On paper, she ticks every box on my list. Best of all, she’s far too sensible to fall for me. I didn’t see the flaw in my logic until it was far too late. I never thought I’d lose my heart for the first time. And I definitely never imagined that she could consume me until I more than crave her. But she’s harboring a secret that could tear us apart—just as I’m finally putting myself together.

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I charge down the hall toward what might be the stupidest mistake of my life.
I move through the sea of bodies, shrugging past the Latina dancer, a few of the French maids, then bump into my assistant’s handsy dance partner. I stare him down. He looks at me blankly. One thing I realize instantly? My gaydar is absolutely silent. He’s every bit as straight as I am.
As he hovers protectively around Nia’s dressing room, I snarl and shoulder my way past him.
He grabs my arm. “Where do you think you’re going?”
“To see Nia. Let go.”
His eyes narrow. “Is she expecting you?”
No. In fact, I’m about to shock the hell out of her. I don’t know if I’ll be unwelcome, but I’m going to test Bas’s theory that she wants me. If he’s right…this could get messy really fast.
I shake him off, barrel inside the room, and shut the door. Behind me, I immediately hear the asshole jimmying the knob. I throw my weight against the portal to keep him out and lock it behind me.
Nia whirls to the sound of my intrusion, dressed in an inch of stage makeup, a silky white robe—and nothing else.
The moment she recognizes me, her mouth drops open. Shock spreads across her face. “E-Evan?”
“Nia.” I can’t find more words. I can’t do anything except stare and put one foot in front of the other. I certainly can’t defuse the anger and possessiveness I know I have no right to feel.
“What are you doing here?”
“That’s my question for you,” I growl. “Why the fuck are you taking your clothes off for strangers?”
She rears back and blinks at me. I don’t think she’s ever heard me curse. I keep the office professional, totally aboveboard. But I can’t manage decorum now when she’s breathing hard and her nipples are poking her thin robe.
She raises her chin and glares at me. Everything about her demeanor is like waving a red cape in front of a bull.
“It’s burlesque, not stripping,” she snaps. “I don’t do this for money. I do it because I enjoy dancing.”
“Yeah? You enjoy that asshole’s hands all over you, too?” Even though the logical side of my brain tells me I’m way out of line, I point at the door behind me and stalk closer to her. “You enjoy sex standing up with him?”
Her nostrils flare. Her mouth presses into a firm line. “Last time I checked, boss, I don’t have to justify my personal life to you.”
The fact she’s right only pisses me off more. “You do when your behavior reflects badly on Stratus Solutions.”
She shoots me a quelling glare. “You’ll have to do better than that. No one in the audience knows who I am. I never take off my mask and I never use my real name. Nothing I do on stage can taint your reputation.” Arms crossed over her chest, she saunters closer. “Why don’t you be honest and tell me what’s really bothering you? I know you’re not this mad simply because I was dressed a little risqué and gyrated on stage with Kyle?”
I debate the wisdom of blurting the truth. The rational part of my brain tells me to shut up, leave, and act on Monday like nothing happened tonight. Every other part of me knows that ship has sailed. My cock is especially eager to lay my cards on the table, grab Nia in my arms…and not worry about what happens next.
“You’re right. I’m mad because I think you’ve fucked him.”
She jerks as if I’ve slapped her. “Not that it’s any of your business, but we haven’t been together in almost two years. Thanks for letting me know you think I’m a whore.”
Hearing I was right royally pisses me off. Having her put words in my mouth kills what’s left of my patience, stripping away anything resembling professional civility.
I try not to squeeze her arms as I drag her close. “I never said that. Or thought it. I’m telling you that I can’t stand knowing he’s touched you. I don’t like the fact you still have anything to do with him. I don’t even understand why I’m here yelling and angry. I’m just…”
How the hell do I put the storm raging inside me into words? No clue, but I need to get it all out somehow or I’m going to explode.
“Jealous?” Soft surprise crosses her face.
Something about her confusion rips the confession from me. “Yes.”
“Because you…want me?”
I grit my teeth and try again to think through the wisdom of spilling all this to her. But I can’t keep it in. The softness of warm silk and hot woman under my palms almost undoes me. “Yes. I know I shouldn’t. I’ve spent forty-eight hours telling myself what I’m feeling is ridiculous and I can’t allow this—whatever it is—into our perfectly comfortable, efficient working relationship. But I can’t turn it off. I can’t fight it. I can’t pretend it doesn’t exist.”
“Is that what you’d rather do? Bury your head in the sand and not feel it?” She looks hurt.
Her expression makes me feel like an asshole. Nia always asks insightful questions. Why should now be different?
I shake my head. “For the first time in months—maybe years—I feel alive.”
Nia stares at me in silence, her gaze fused to mine. I swear I see a hundred thoughts whip through her head. For once, I can’t read a single one.
“Say something.” If she doesn’t soon, I don’t know what I’ll do. I don’t even know if I can be responsible for what happens next.
“Have you been drinking?”
“Not enough to drown out how much I want you.”
“In spite of your opinion about my sexual past? And what about our working relationship?”
She’s not wrong, but they’re barbed questions. I have to maneuver around them carefully. “Nothing matters to me except touching you right now.”
Before Nia can chew on my answer and remember all the reasons she should say no, I pull her against me. She gasps. The instant her soft body makes contact with my hard, aching cock, I groan and hold her tighter, cupping her face and lowering my mouth to her parted lips.

 

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More Than Want You, Book 1

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels. For nearly twenty years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold millions of copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past eight years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and two spoiled tabbies. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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#NewRelease #Review #MontgomeryInk #ColoradoSprings Restless Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Book 2) By Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink series continues with the so-called sensible sister and the one man she never should have fallen for.

For Thea Montgomery, baking isn’t only therapeutic, it’s also her dream job. She’s worked countless hours keeping her bakery afloat, and now that it’s where she wants it to be, she’s ready to expand and take the next step. When it comes to work and her family, she’s on top of her game. Her personal life, however, is a different story.

When Dimitri Carr isn’t teaching and hiding his ink under long sleeves to keep the bosses happy, he’s trying to be the best brother and friend he can be. After his divorce, he’d thought he would lose Thea from his life forever because she’s his ex-wife’s best friend. But now that he’s free, and the two of them realize they want to keep their friendship. Then he finally sees what he’s been missing all this time.

But there are more problems than the fact that Dimitri is Thea’s best friend’s ex. And when accidental touches and flirtations aren’t enough for either of them, and they’re finally ready to take the next step, they’ll find out exactly what that cost is for crossing that line. And will need to find the strength to face it.

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I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but I love this family!!!!!!  

Thea Montgomery is the head baker and owner of Colorado Icing and loves it.

In her sister Addi’s book we learned that Thea’s best friend Molly and her husband Dimitri were divorcing.

Thea was having a hard time because she was friends with both before they even got married and was finding it hard to stay that way after the divorce.

Dimitri Carr  a divorced tatted teacher and lets not forget he’s a HOTTIE!!!  Oh and he loves dogs too!!! Lol.

After seeing each other after again after her date from hell Thea has thoughts about him that she’s never thought before.

In typical Montgomery fashion we have scenes that involve the Colorado Springs siblings.  I absolutely love these, they show just how close this family is.

Thea and Dimitri are so good that I don’t know why he even married Molly!!  These guys should have been together before now, but maybe they weren’t ready to see how much more than friends they could be.

As with a lot of Ryan’s books in the middle of couples falling in love there is also a lot going on in their lives else where.

Thea’s in the middle of trying to finalize things in the next step for her bakery, Dimitri has the normal troubles that go along with being a teacher, and there is the drama that may or may not be coming from Molly Dimitri’s ex.

Ryan never disappoints and always leaves you wanting the next story.  The next Montgomery is going to be a doozy, but it will as always be well worth the wait.

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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#NewRelease #Review #Contemporary #HoP House of Payne: Tag ( HoP Book 7) by Stacy Gail

Mysterious. Anonymous. Genius.
No one knows the identity of the famous urban artist known only as Tag, and that’s just the way Tag likes it. He got his start in one of the most gang-ridden neighborhoods in Chicago by anonymously tagging his world with beautiful graffiti, and that anonymity kept him alive. Sure, Tag’s work is now so hot it’s being turned into tattoos at the greatest tattoo studio in the world, House of Payne, but he’s still not going to reveal himself. To anyone.

Volatile. Passionate. Brilliant.
Artist Ivy Gemelli is the last of her family. Mother—dead. Father—shot in his cab for fifty bucks. Uncle and brother—murdered in the family’s auto paint shop, which was then burned down to the ground. She’s the last one standing in a never-ending struggle to just freaking survive, and it’s made her tougher than nails. That’s why, when she sees her own art show up in Tag’s designs, she’s more than ready to go to war.

Hot. Powerful. Irresistible.
Tag wasn’t looking for a sexy complication like Ivy, but that’s exactly what he’s got. Her murdered brother’s long-ago lie brought them together, but now that Tag’s got Ivy in his sights, he’s not about to let her go. Ivy is all fire and fury, and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep this sex-on-stilettos woman with him, even if he has to keep her in the dark about his past.

***This standalone, hot contemporary romance contains a strong alpha male, mention of the sexual practice of edging, and a spank or two (or three). There are multiple, explicit sex scenes (you have been warned). No cheating, no love triangles, no cliffhangers. HEA guaranteed. This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18**

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It’s time to go back to my favorite Chicago Tatttoo shop House of Payne!!  Boy does Gail start this one off with a bang!!

Ivy isn’t about to let anyone steal her unique artist signature and she doesn’t care how famous he is.

Ivy is awesome!!!  She is a stuff as nails girls from a rough part of Chicago and has lead a rough life.  The one thing that has been there for her is her art, the thing that she has had all her life.  She might be small but she is mighty and takes no crap off anyone!!

Tag is a internationally known artist, will known as everyone knows the name and art, but no one knows who the mysterious artist actually is. 

I love how Ivy and Tag are introduced!!  Talk about bearing it all for your art, lol.  She’s so talented and feisty I want to be her when I grow up.  I also love how when she learns the truth about something she owns up to her mistakes.

Tag, well I must say I must say he is no Max, however he ain’t half bad. While he is a artist that creates tattoo designs for the House he isn’t a tattooist.  He always goes after what he wants and after seeing Ivy he wants her.

While the way these two get together is not your average meeting, it certainly is fitting for two unique artist to come together in their own unique way.  No one else can say that they met the way they did.

The way the get to see where both Tag and Ivy came from and what they made of themselves is awesome.  It just shows you that you can be more than your surroundings. 

I have never been to Chicago but Gail has a way of making me feel like I am there each and every time I read one of her House of Payne books and a way to make you feel like you are a part of the family that is the House of Payne.

I can’t wait to find out more about the new characters that have been introduced and see our old friends again in the next book!!

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A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail wrote stories between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a skating coach who was also a romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from PNR and cyberpunk to contemporary romance at night, both dreams have come true.

 

#NewRelease #Review #NewSeries #Shifter #SpinOff Mating Season (Morgan Clan Bears Book 1) by Theresa Hissong

Drake Morgan has kept his family secret from the humans for eternity, having no desire to put their existence out into the open like the other shifterkind. He lives a solitary life with his two brothers hidden on his farm deep in the backwoods of Northern Mississippi.

Every spring, their bears call to prepare their home for the arrival of a mating season. The search for their mates begins, and Drake has to rethink his disgust of humans when one of their females show up on his land, scenting of his destined mate. Morgan’s bear demands he keep her for himself, but he knows she will never accept his true nature.

Tessa Ward moved to this little town to hide from her abusive ex, taking two jobs to pay rent and put food on the table. Her position at the local parts store sends her into the heart of the country to make one simple delivery to the local farmer, Drake Morgan. Upon arrival, she is thrown into the world of the paranormal after one touch from the bear shifter and she finds out his true nature.

Mating season has arrived, and Drake is prepared to fight for the woman who is fated to be his bride. When his mate’s ex comes lurking around his sacred property, Drake will stop at nothing until his female is safe, even if it means killing a human…not that he cares for them anyway.

If you have read Theresa Hissong’s series Talon Pack you have met Drake Morgan.  He is a grouchy bear shifter that sticks to his land, loves his brothers which are his Clan, and hates humans.

Tessa Ward is new to the area, on the run from her abusive ex husband and not in anyway looking for a man, which is good since what she finds is a shifter. LOL

I do love a broody, bearded man and that is exactly what Drake is.  Yes his bear is after him to find a mate, however he does not agree that it has to be this little human.  Humans are bad and nothing you can say will change his mind.

Lol, the bigger and broodier they are the harder they fall.  Drake’s bear knows what he wants and he wants the lovely Tessa.

Tessa has been through some crap man, you would think that a man like Drake would scare her but instead there is something that calls her to him.  Even though Tessa has had it rough doesn’t mean she is a push over though, she stand up for herself when she needs too.  

Drake are her really are meant to be,that Drake is a dominant in the bedroom  and found Tessa to be submissive is HOT!  I love how everyone sees how Tessa has a calming affect on the grouchy bear that he doesn’t.  However, when Tessa is threatened he is no where near calm!!!  She is also calmed by him.  Soul Mates!!!!

The way the bears are with their women is awesome and I can’t wait to see Drakes brothers find their mates.

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Theresa Hissong is the bestselling author of the Rise of the Pride series. She writes paranormal romance, rockstar romance, and romantic suspense.

She enjoys spending her days and nights creating the perfect love affair, and she takes those ideas to paper. When she’s not writing, Theresa spends her free time traveling and attending concerts