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#WOTR19 #Review #NA #SeriesFinale – Hitched (Western Palm #5) by Britni Hill

Hitched (Western Palm #5)

Releasing March 18th

Western Palm University brought them together, making them a family.
Tess and Blake stuck together and headed straight toward their happily ever after. They have everything they need and can’t imagine wanting more. Does that mean they’ve reached the end of their story?
Jason stood up to his father. He made all the right choices for his family. Corinne and their toddler, Arianna, are the bright spots in his days. He thought he put his doubt and self-sabotage behind him. So why does he feel like everything is crashing down on him?
Abby gave in, letting Adam break down her walls. She let him convince her that she needed him. It turned out he was right. And having a stubborn boyfriend isn’t as bad as she thought it would be. They’re going strong, sweetly in love, and happy with their relationship. Is it enough?
Megan is far away from Western Palm attending law school. With Matt back at home and his ring on her finger the distance between them is tough. Does chasing your future have to lead you so far from the ones you love?
Turns out they might have a few more things to learn.

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If you haven’t started the Western Palm series yet that’s okay! Check out book 1!

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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

*Wipes tears* I am soooo happy with this book and so sad at the same time.  I don’t think you understand the love I have with my Baby Daddy Blake AKA The Lip Ringed Hottie!!  It’s been serious love since the first time I read him.  I am not sure I am ready to let him go………

If you are a fan of this series, THIS. BOOK. IS. EVERYTHING!!!  It was the perfect mix of each couple.  We are seeing a happy Blake and Tess along with a content Jason and Corrine…I mean WHAT!!>??  YES CONTENT!!!

I still love to see and read the Firecracker and her teddy bear, Abby and Adam. They have grown so much but seeing them still growing and moving their relationship further was the best.  Abby is still in her head, but I love that Adam knows what to do to reach his girl.

Megan and Matt ….sigh….serious IF Blake didn’t own my heart, Matt would be my guy.  Megan and Matt are so sweet and in love but seeing her doubt everything about what she thought was important was making my heart hurt.  Matt *swoon* yeah just dreamy sigh about what a perfect man he is.

Jason and Corrine..who would have thought I would like him let alone be pulling for HIM to succeed in life given everything he did in the beginning???  But Jason Parker is Not That guy anymore.  The things that Corrine and he deal with are real life situations and I loved their story line so much.  Seeing her become more of the group and with the girls was good too.

Blake and Tess…….STOP!!  I can’t …..I won’t.  I mean…NOOO!!!  I refuse to think their story is over!!!  Blake and his Pretty Girl are in a good place.  They are so happy but seeing Tess worry and stress over everything they deal with and seeing Blake still stand behind her…sigh…..guys…yeah I just……I love them so much as characters………

If you enjoyed the Western Palm series like I do, you absolutely MUST read the final book because it totally answers all the questions about each couple.

Britni Hill is an author with books ranging from new adult to contemporary romance. She spends her days as a hair stylist, and her nights with the characters in her head striving to write real, page turning romance.

Britni lives in Indiana where she was born and raised. She has a rescue pup she adores and an unhealthy love of binge-watching cheesy, teenage dramas. If she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching horror flicks.

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#WOTR19 #Review – Fall by CA Harms

Title: Fall 
Series: Montgomery Series #3
Author: CA Harms
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Knoxville Montgomery liked things his way. He kept everything simple and he was always in control. That is until a head-strong blonde stumbled into his life and changed everything. She became a challenge he refused to give up on.
 
It didn’t matter how much Knoxville tried, Tinley would not give into him. She couldn’t. On the outside, she appeared to be resilient and untouchable, but her reality was a much different story. 
 
But Knoxville would not give up. Little by little, he started to tear down her walls, and at that moment, Tinley knew. Even though she fought it with every, single fiber in her body, their outcome was fated.
 
She would Fall…
 
And all she could do now was hope he’d willing to catch her.

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Finally, my man gets a dang book!!  LOL

These men are super great reads.  I mean HELLO I was torn up about which brother I was going to claim.  Since my friends get MAD when I claim them all, I stuck with Knox.

So Knox and Tinley…holy hell did the pages melt.  These two are some kinda yummy to read.  Knox is just *Dream Sigh* I mean …yeah he is just that!!  Tinley….guuuuuuuurl has some stuff going on that she has to deal with but Knox was all in .  He knew she was it for him and he was not letting her down!!  Remember how I said he was dreamy…yeah me too…wait ok back to the story review….

So Tinley was done with men and the Ice Queen was not going to give in to it anymore.  She has her mind set and then ….yeah….Knox…….Ladies if you haven’t realized by NOW…..this story is everything you will love in a romance.  There are hilarious scenes thanks to Lex.  There is chemistry thanks to Knox and there is a great HEA waiting for you to read and discover!!!

C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.
 
She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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#WOTR19 #CoverReveal – Hitched by Britni Hill


Mark your calendars! Hitched is coming soon!

The final installment in the steamy Western Palm series releases March 18th!

Blurb: Western Palm University brought them together, making them a family.

               Tess and Blake stuck together and headed straight toward their happily ever after. They have everything they need and can’t imagine wanting more. Does that mean they’ve reached the end of their story?

               Jason stood up to his father. He made all the right choices for his family. Corinne and their toddler, Arianna, are the bright spots in his days. He thought he put his doubt and self-sabotage behind him. So why does he feel like everything is crashing down on him?

               Abby gave in, letting Adam break down her walls. She let him convince her that she needed him. It turned out he was right. And having a stubborn boyfriend isn’t as bad as she thought it would be. They’re going strong, sweetly in love, and happy with their relationship. Is it enough?

               Megan is far away from Western Palm attending law school. With Matt back at home and his ring on her finger the distance between them is tough. Does chasing your future have to lead you so far from the ones you love?

               Turns out they might have a few more things to learn …

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Britni Hill is an author with books ranging from new adult to contemporary romance. She spends her days as a hair stylist, and her nights with the characters in her head striving to write real, page turning romance.

Britni lives in Indiana where she was born and raised. She has a rescue pup she adores and an unhealthy love of binge-watching cheesy, teenage dramas. If she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching horror flicks.

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#Review #Contemporary #HoP House of Payne:Ice (HoP book 8) by Stacy Gail

One year ago…
Sunny Fairfax, daughter of a former Chicago mayor, had been tops in the marketing game. She’d taken a tiny tattoo parlor, Skull and Bones Ink, and turned it into the most famous studio in California. Then the owner and unrequited love of her life, Atticus “Ice” Eisen, fired her.

One year ago…
Everyone thought Ice had it all—a privileged Beverly Hills background, a hot ink-slinging studio and a kickass reality TV gig. The truth? He’d hated most of it, especially that frigging show. The only reason he’d stuck with it was because of Sunny. Then shadows from his past closed in, and he’d had a choice—let the one thing he actually gave a damn about get destroyed, or sacrifice everything.

The way he saw it, the choice was easy.

Now…
Sunny’s stunned when Ice walks into her new life in Chicago. He’s the newest tattooist at House Of Payne, and no amount of dodging him works. Wherever she goes, he’s already there, ready to melt her panties with hot glances, hotter words and the hottest kisses she’s ever known. But none of it makes sense. Why had he fired her? And how can she trust him now?

The shadows are back, but Ice is a different man now. He’ll protect Sunny from the darkness that’s been dogging his steps every day of his debauched and useless life, and this time he has to destroy it. He has to, because when it comes to convincing Sunny he’s a man she can believe in, he’s on very thin ice.

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

Soooo every time I see or here this title all that plays in my mind is “Ice, Ice, baby. “ Lol!!!!!

It’s Christmas in Shy town and we are back with the gang at HoP you know our favorite crazy tattoo artists!!! Man, I love these people…..

Any who, like I said we are back but with a few new people. Atticus “Ice” Eisen and Sunny Fairfax.

Sunny is a Chicago native and a PR whiz. After all it was mostly her that brought Ice’s California Tattoo shop Skull and Bones Ink to the most famous shop in Cali.  That is until Ice fired her on TV and a show that she started no less.

Since the firing a year ago she came back home, which is good because her dad a beloved ex mayor is in poor health, but bad because she is working at a place that is the exact opposite of the Ink world.

Now, Ice has been in town since the summer and has sold his shop and taken a job at HoP and is ready to get his Sunny Day back.  Yes he fired her, yes he did it in a horrible way, but he had his reasons.

Sparks everywhere with these two folks, all over the place. Lol, from the first “Why the Hell are you here” scene to the “I love you” scene  these guys kill it.  Throw in a slimy. black mailing, tabloid owning father and lots of secrets and BAM you got yourself one heck of a story.

What I love about most about Sunny and Ice is they are not a couple who met a few years ago, they have been in each other’s lives since Sunny was a teen, went to college together, worked together to build something from nothing, and yes loved each other.

Yes, Ice did some really crappy things, but we learn why and he had a great reason and thought he was doing the right thing.

We also learn secrets always get out, its better to get it out there then for it to be twisted to be used against you.

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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 #Contemporary #MontgomeryInk Jagged Ink (Montgomery Ink:Colorado Springs Branch) Carrie Ann Ryan

The Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs series continues with a couple fighting to keep what they thought they had and gain what they didn’t know they needed.

Roxie Montgomery met her soul mate when she least expected it. When he asked her to marry him, she thought her happily ever after was only just beginning. Then, she found that walking into the sunset was much harder than her favorite books made it out to be. After a crushing loss, she feels as though she doesn’t know her husband anymore, or rather…she doesn’t know herself.

Carter Marshall has loved Roxie since the first time he saw her. But as the days pass between them, so does the distance. He doesn’t know how to show her that he’s all in, and honestly doesn’t know if she’s in at all. When an accident changes everything, they’ll have to decide if what they have can be salvaged, or if starting over is the answer. Or even possible.

Without fighting, without a true new beginning, sometimes, the remnants of what was lost can leave anyone jagged, shells of what they were before. It will take more than the idea of forever for Roxie and Carter to find themselves again, but as the Montgomerys know, nothing worth fighting for is easy.

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

We have come to the end of the Colorado Springs branch of the Montgomery tree with Roxie and Carter’s story.

If you are new to Carrie Ann Ryan”s Montgomery clan don’t fret you won’t be lost as each book in the series is a stand alone story, reading the other stories isn’t mandatory it’s just plain FUN!!!

Roxie and Carter’s story is a little different because they are already married, but that marriage is coming to a end and it isn’t because of a lack of love.

Ryan shows us what a lack of communication does to a marriage with this one and boy does she just rip those heartstrings apart with it.  As I said a lack of love is not what drives these two, Roxie and Carter have soo much love for each other that it is a beautiful thing and seeing that fall apart is just awful, however there is a happy ending in sight.

Falling apart, divorce papers, and a blind date is the push that is needed (Wow that is one heck of a push) to get Carter to see that what they need is communication and to fight for them.

Only Ryan can rip you apart and put you back together with a nice little bow and introduce the next Montgomery Branch in one awesome story.  She also showed me that no matter what talk to your partner, no matter what it is or how you think you’re being strong for them by not talking, because in the end it will just end up hurting you both more.

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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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#ReleaseWeek #Review #Anthology – SEDUCTIVE: A Contemporary Romance Anthology

SEDUCTIVE: A Contemporary Romance Anthology

EIGHT STEAMY ROMANCE READS.

ONE ANTHOLOGY YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS.

Pure Textuality PR is proud to present SEDUCTIVE, an anthology which speaks directly to the romance lover in all of us. Featuring eight of today’s best romantic storytellers, this anthology promises to deliver the love stories you crave.

FEATURED AUTHORS | Brea Viragh, Donna Mercer, Jade C. Jamison, Krista Ames, M.C. Cerny, Marlow Kelly, Michelle De Leon, & RaeAnne Hadley

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My Boyfriend’s Dad

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! Jade GUUURL!!! The sexual chemistry was oooooffffff the chain in this book. OMG I wanted to sample some of that tall drink of water AKA Her Boyfriend’s Dad AKA Logan.

Bree goes through a lot in this book. She loves her boyfriend Bren but why wont he take things further with her *wink*. I mean what teenage boy turns down a willing girl??? UHM not many but Brendan is all about “waiting”. Bree seeks advice from Logan, Brendan’s dad when things start to change and develop between Bree and him.

The two have some great chemistry and when things “progress” for Bree we can see and feel the guilt she feels. She cheated. Period. She cheated, and it will destroy her boyfriend. It will destroy their future. As the book progresses, we can see Bree is really conflicted about both the men in her life. She loves Brendan but why is she thinking about Logan. Why does being part from Logan make her so sad. Why is Brendan still not interested in her???

When things start to come out about Brendan’s reasons for waiting we think Bree and Logan MIGHT have a chance when a BIG Plot twists is thrown at us. I have to admit I felt so bad and sad for her with her new possible reality. But I still loved Logan and was praying to Sweet Baby Jesus to find away for our couple to be together.

The final chapter of the book was GREAT!! I loved the time hop. We got to see what everyone was doing and how everyone was feeling after a couple of years have passes. I kinda hope we might get a book about Brendan because he is a great character plus his HEA looks like a great read!!

Jade Jamison

“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” While you’re more likely to see Jade headbanging than Dirty Dancing, she–like Baby–won’t be put in a corner…or a box. So even though you can’t really stick her books in one genre, you could say she mostly writes steamy Contemporary Romance–and, while you’re at it, you’ll notice in her stories that Jade freaking loves Colorado, hard music, coffee, bad words, and CHOCOLATE!!! And so do her characters.

Oh, and there’s always a glimmer of hope…because if life doesn’t have that, what’s the damn point?

#NewRelease #Revew #MontgomeryInk #Contemporary #1001DarkNights Ashes to Ink (Montgomery Ink Colorado Springs 2.5) by Carrie Ann Ryan

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a new story in her Montgomery Ink series…

Back in Denver, Abby lost everything she ever loved, except for her daughter, the one memory she has left of the man she loved and lost. Now, she’s moved next to the Montgomerys in Colorado Springs, leaving her past behind to start her new life.

One step at a time.

Ryan is the newest tattoo artist at Montgomery Ink Too and knows the others are curious about his secrets. But he’s not ready to tell them. Not yet. That is…until he meets Abby.

Abby and Ryan thought they had their own paths, ones that had nothing to do with one another. Then…they took a chance.

On each other.

One night at a time.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you’ll enjoy each one as much as we do.*

 

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Abby lost the love of her life too soon, they didn’t get to get married and he didn’t get to see their child born.  Yet, she knows he’s still there and does her best to instill in their daughter the love that he had for her.  She is moving on with her life of running her business and raising her daughter and is slowly learning that is ok to ask for help. Well, slowly learning because the Montgomery family has added her to their ever growing brood and telling her daily that it’s ok. Lol

Ryan, is a artist at Montgomery Ink Too.  He has a hard time letting anyone in too, but for a totally different reason.  He is attracted to Abby, but will never act on it if he has his way.

You can’t stop fate though.

Ryan has once again shows us why she is a great author by giving us a couple with real world issues, instead of a couple who just has no problems what so ever, have a great love and live happily ever after.  Abby and Ryan want each other and have to deal with their obstacles before they can.

She also shows us that family is not always about the blood that runs through your veins, but about the love that is in your heart and that is what the Montgomery family is all about.

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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 #Review #Anthology – Melt with Harley Easton and Marie Piper

Harley Easton and Marie Piper are our attending authors.

Melt

Kick off the holiday season with this sexy collection of five brand new romance novellas.

Rocky Mountain Meltdown by Harley Easton
Writer Tessa Hazel can’t stand the cold, so when her agent banishes her to a Colorado ski lodge in January, she’s far from happy. To make things worse a surly hotel worker and her favorite frienemy are working to keep her out of the arms of a sexy ski instructor. Will a little extra snow fix everything or cause Tessa a major meltdown?

Body Heat by CM Peters
Whether it’s in the green valleys of Ireland or the cool land of Maine, love can bloom and wither as fast as a snowflake. Is it a good omen when two lonely hearts meet on a stormy night? Can they make it through when everything pulls them apart?

Off-Season by Marie Piper
Winter in a rafting town means blessed solitude as far as Eva is concerned, until sexy rafting guide Charlie shows up on New Year’s Eve. If the two of them can survive an ice storm, a bear, and each other, they just might realize they’re perfect together.

Finding Home by Sienna Saint-Cyr
When Marina scheduled her long overdue vacation to Leavenworth, Washington, all she’d wanted was a chance to sip her tea in the adorable Bavarian village and forget about her ex. But her plans quickly went awry when a hipster in a beanie stormed into the teashop demanding his rental manager fix her mistake… for she’d rented his cabin to Marina, while he’d planned to be there.

Damsel by Stephanie Bissette-Roark
Cassandra never wanted to return to that old, converted barn atop the hill. But when her estranged father leaves it all to her in his will, she journeys home to discover if any part of her broken past still remains. She didn’t expect to find Ethan Bailey waiting for her, a strange man who kindles in her powerful—but unwanted—feelings of familiarity. When a treasured childhood toy transports her into an imaginary world, Cassandra will come face-to-face with a man that looks just like Ethan, but whose medieval garb tells a different story. As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, will her new companion bring healing love and open her heart in the real world or will the monster of her past consume her?

All proceeds from this collection will go charities that support mental health research and aide.

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Rocky Mountain Meltdown by Harley Easton

This was a sweet and quick read.  The story is about an author who along with her rival are checked into a ski resort for the weekend of writing and working.

Tessa is none to thrilled for the burly lumberjack, Bryce, who seems to keep judging her but is thankful for the hot as heck ski instructor, Kevin….or is she.

It seems our burly and grumpy lumberjack has a few secrets in the closet in regard to Tessa and her writing.

The story made me laugh at the antics of our rival author because who doesn’t love to see an enemy get their much deserved paybacks!  But seeing the connection between Bryce and Tessa develop and the ending chapter was a sweet ending to the story.

 

Off-Season by Marie Piper

This story was probably my favorite of the set of stories.

Eva was left her uncle’s diner in a small rafting town.  Eva is quite happy to live her life in solitude because she doesn’t feel she is good enough to be with the person she really desires.  Her fear and insecurity make her push him away at every turn.

Charlie is the owner of the main rafting group in the area and he is head over heals for Eva.  He has no idea what he did in the past to make her run but he is dead set on claiming her for the new year.

The couple have major issues because Eva thinks so many wrong things about Charlie is doesn’t really believe him when he tells her the truth.  When a scary situation with Charlie makes Eva run to help him, she slow opens her heart to what he might be….a really good guy.

I really enjoyed seeing Eva open up to Charlie and seeing him help her overcome some of her insecurities within herself.

Harley Easton

Harley Easton is a Renaissance woman dabbling in everything life offers. She’s worked at a major theme park, found expert witnesses for legal cases, been a guest lecturer at a well known national museum, and worked with medical students. Putting experience and insanity to good use, she’s become an author specializing in erotic, romantic, and speculative fiction.

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Marie Piper

The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, and the gothic dime store serial, MAIDENS & MONSTERS, are available now. Marie’s short pieces are featured in a variety of anthologies.

The brand-new western romance series, THE GILDED BRIDES, will kick off on Novermber 13, 2018 with the release of HIS BLUEBIRD BRIDE.

When Marie isn’t writing, she’s likely out exploring the Windy City, gathering more books for her towering hoard, or happily drinking coffee and wasting her time on Twitter

 

#WOTR19 #NewRelease #Excerpt – Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black

Today we have the release blitz of Love and Pancakes by Lacey Black! Check out this fantastic contemporary romance and be sure to grab your copy on January 15th!

Title: Love and Pancakes

Author: Lacey Black

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Love and Pancakes:

Marissa Grayson’s dream went up in smoke. A devastating fire has ripped apart her family’s bed and breakfast, leaving her off-kilter and scrambling to repair the damage. What she doesn’t need, or have time for, is Rhenn Burleski. Sexy, confident, and dangerous to her heart. A man who clearly knows his way around the female body and will leave the moment the sheets start to cool. Yet that doesn’t stop her from making a deal with the devil himself.

Work hard, play harder. That’s Rhenn’s life motto. An electrician by day, Rhenn turns it up at night, always with a different lady friend in tow. He makes sure they know the score: he’s not looking for anything more than one night of fun. However, he knows the second he meets the shy daughter of the bed and breakfast’s owner that his life is never going to be the same. As hard as he tries, he just can’t resist one taste.

What happens when their time is up and Rhenn must leave, returning to his old life? Will they be able to walk away, hearts unscathed, or will their time together prove to be nothing more than a fading memory?

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“Our first time together isn’t going to be on the floor or on the table.”

“I’m not opposed to the counter,” I whisper, apparently loud enough for him to hear.

Rhenn chuckles. “I promise you, our first time is going to be better than this,” he adds, nodding toward the floor, and believe it or not, I’m disappointed by this development. “Right now, my friends are probably getting ready for our day of sailing. We’re going to head back to my boat, you’re going to throw on a swimsuit, and I’m going to enjoy the fuck out of watching you prance around my boat. And tonight? I’m going to love sliding into that shitty-ass fold out bed, and do you know why?”

“Why?” My mouth is Sahara dry.

“Because you’re going to be beside me.”

“And because you’ll get sex?” I tease with a smile.

He shakes his head. “No, no sex tonight. Not with Nick and Meghan on board. When I finally have my way with you, there’ll be no one else around to hear your moans, Angel. No one else will know how many times I’ve made you come. No one but me.”

Then he kisses me again with a hunger that feels as if it won’t ever be quenched. Like he might die if he doesn’t have another taste. I know right then and there, I’m in trouble. I’m completely over my head with this man, which is why I must keep my heart completely out of the equation. In fact, I’m leaving it here at the house. No way am I taking it with me, allowing it to catch one glimpse of the man who kisses me like I’m the very air he breathes.

“And at the end of the two weeks, we walk away.” I say the words aloud, as confirmation to him, but to me, as well. Saying them makes it true, right?

“At the end of my time here, you probably won’t hear from me again.” Even though those are the words I expected to hear, actually listening to him say them causes a little hitch in my heartbeat. See? That’s why my heart is going to be locked in the cabinet at home and not allowed anywhere near my time with Rhenn.

“Just promise me one thing,” I say, pushing aside the heavy feeling in my chest and digging deep for the girl who’s engaging in a no-strings relationship.

“Anything.”

“Promise me you won’t fall in love with me.” I mean it as a joke, as a reminder of what this really is, but I don’t anticipate the catch in my breath and the slight pang of sadness when his eyes twinkle with laughter.

“No worries there, Angel. Love isn’t my thing.”

About Lacey:

Lacey Black is a Midwestern girl with a passion for reading, writing, and shopping. She carries her e-reader with her everywhere she goes so she never misses an opportunity to read a few pages. Always looking for a happily ever after, Lacey is passionate about contemporary romance novels and enjoys it further when you mix in a little suspense. She resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband, two children, and a chocolate lab. Lacey loves watching NASCAR races, shooting guns, and should only consume one mixed drink because she’s a lightweight.

Lacey’s debut novel, Trust Me, was released in August 2014 and has been an Amazon Bestseller twice for Free e-books, as well as #1 for Contemporary Romance. All of the Rivers Edge books have been bestsellers in the Romance and Contemporary Romance categories.

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#WOTR19 #FavoriteBooks #RH #Contemporary #Witches #Dark #MMA #Mythology #Wolves #Shifters #Paranormal #MC- Twinsie Angie’s top 5….top 6 books from July to December 2018

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Where do I even begin?? The last 6 months my reading has been all over the place from erotica to dark romance to RH to Contemporary Romance to mythology. I had such a hard time picking my top 5…er scratch that top 6!  My Blog My Rules!!

Out of my 5 books ALL of them are books you can find at my author event called Writers on the River. It is in Peoria, IL on July 20.

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Ok here are my top 5…errrr….6 …….In NO PARTICULAR ORDER!!!!

The Ties That Bind by Mary Martel

The Ties That Bind by Mary Martel

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The Ties That Bind is book 4 in the Ariel Kimber Series.
Ariel Kimber isn’t like most seventeen year old girls. She’s different because she’s a witch with magic and it’s rare for females to hold magic anymore. She’s settling into her new place amongst her coven of guys while she’s settling into her new home at the same time.
The Council’s appearance into their lives has put everyone on edge. With good reason. Ariel is forced to meet with one of them on a regular basis so that they can learn from each other. Really, though, they just want to get to the bottom of where Ariel came from and she is more than happy to comply with them.
Because there is one thing she wants more than anything else in the world, and that’s to find the man who has been searching for her for years. Her biological father.
And Ariel is willing to go through any and every thing to find him.

This is the fourth book in a slow burn Reverse Harem Series

My Review –

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Man, this book…in a word….INTENSE!! There is a lot that goes on this this book plus a hella-lotta of set up for the next few books. You better buckle in friends because shit is about to get crazy!!

Before I begin, I gotta say I LOVED seeing Ariel spend time with Dash *Blushing* I dunno what it is about him but he is just *Sigh* so sweet. I also loved Ariel starting to date the other guys she hasn’t bonded with. We see the bonds she has with Her Salt & Pepper Twins, Uncle Panty Thief, Tyson, and even Dash but Her date with Damien…seriously put him on my radar!!! Then her time with Julian even if it was brief…..Yeah I loved it!!

You guys so much happens in this book…like for real…so much. Rain makes an appearance and I am still not sure if he is the wonderful Father Ariel is hoping for OR a Sociopath…like I am on the fence and you will be too when you read this book. We see more of the Council, Chucky and even *GASP* Annabelle appears in this book. *Grumbles under my breath about that skank*.

But the biggest reveal comes when we find out about Ariel and her Biological Witch Family….WHOOOOOOO that is some heavy stuff!!! But I think learning more and more about the Council gives me the chills because Ariel is gonna have some serious problems if they find out her true nature as are her seven coven boyfriends!

I cannot wait for more because this series is getting just so much better and more complex with each story!!

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Tray , Hells Harlem #2 by JM Walker

Tray by J.M. 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…

My Review

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Holy hells bells friends. Strap in for a bumpy, sex filled ride with our favorite Mistress of Teasing!!
Tray…man I loved him in Greyson’s book. I so wanted to know more about this fun guy. I was a bit shocked at all that he was hiding from us seeing how fun and light he was with Eve. He has major layers people. He is dealing with his guilt over treating his best friend so badly and hoping to salvage their friendship when he meets Zillah. He is stunned stupid at her beauty and her sassy mouth!!
Zillah has lead a bit of a sheltered life. Her dad is a bad ass MC President who will not let any man look at his daughter as anything other than HIS LITTLE GIRL!! She is naïve to the way of the club and to the way of seasoned men but when she sees Tray, she is hooked. She needs to see where this connection will go.
The two have an insta-love-ish story but it’s also built on mutual respect and their love of horror movies! Tray hides a little bit about himself because he wants to make sure someone loves him for him and not the bad ass biker everyone thinks he is. Along the way we find out someone is stalking the couple and it makes them both a bit on edge because who would be following them.
When Zillah gets a call and the Hell’s Harlem get some news all the shit erupts in an epic battle of good guys vs bad guys!! The why for the stalking is crazy and what happens later is even crazier!! Dude but Zillah is one bad ass chick. I have a total girl crush on her and you will see why when you read it!
JM got a few emails from me yelling at her because she made me cry A LOT in those parts of the book…good tears, happy ears and of course, sad tears!! The epilogue and bonus epilogue ….have tissues because damn it they killed me.
I am so happy with Tray’s story but my heart aches for Catch…it just aches…..but who is this River kid and when do we get to read about his!!???

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Reviving Kendall by Brandy Slaven

Reviving Kendall by Brandy Slaven

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“I’m not so sure that I’m strong enough to take yet another blow to the heart.”

Growing up, I’ve always lived on the wrong side of the tracks. I’m used to the stares, name calling, and disrespect. A tragic accident that leaves me short three of the only people I’ve ever loved, has me devastated enough to try to end my own life. Just when I think there’s no hope, I find a reason to live again, or four of them as a matter of fact. Lucas, Maverick, Teagan, and Goose. But what happens when those bonds are tested? I’m not so sure that I’m strong enough to take yet another blow to the heart. My name is Kendall Davis and what if my story doesn’t have a happy ending?

*This is the first book in a Contemporary Reverse Harem Trilogy.

My Review

I received this book from a friend.

SHUT UP!! #WhyChoose is why I LOVE RH!!! My friend Mary was all “DUDE you need these books in your life” and then she gifted them to me. HOLY HELLS BELLS!!! I sat and read 50% before I knew it. Kendall is so awesome and feisty and yet so broken and damaged. The guys IE Mav, Teagan, Goose/Grant and Lucas made my heart just beat so fast and so hard for each of them. Each guy is so different but such a needed part to make Kendall whole again.

Kendall is the only girl who has the strength and NERVE to take on these 4 different guys. “The Quad”, as she calls them, are sweet and hard headed but so in love with our girl. They are so confused and yet they can’t wait to try and make her theirs separately and as a group.
Kendall has had so much hardship losing her parents, her nana, her dying grandpa and her VanPelt brothers AKA her boyfriends. She is just living and dealing with a jealous rival named Derrick. Kendall has no idea why he hates her yet he won’t leave her alone.

The Quad comes to her restaurant and she is none to pleased at their come on so gives them the business!! She may live in a trailer park and everyone might THINK she is less than, but she lives by a certain code of honor.

As the story unfolds, we see the guys showing up and helping her out but individually stealing kisses and moments. When a fun trip to the mountains turns sour, Kendall turns her back and runs. When her crappy life gets eve worse, she is shut off to the world until her guys come back and refuse to leave her.

When the 5 decide to give things a try, we can see the stress of the unknown disappear. When the decide to openly claim each other as THEIRS, we can see the group becoming closer and tighter. I can’t wait to read the net book and have it downloaded to start right away!!!

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Secrets by Aleatha Romig

Secrets by Aleatha Romig

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The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity is coming back at you with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

I’m Sterling Sparrow. You’ve no doubt heard my name or read it on the top of tall buildings. There’s more to my business—my realm—than what is seen aboveground.

Within the underbelly of one of America’s largest cities lives a world where a man’s word is either his most valuable tool or his most respected weapon. When my father ruled that world and that city, he promised me someone who would one day make my reign complete.

Since that day, long ago, Araneae McCrie has been mine.

She just didn’t know.

My father is now gone.

The city and the underbelly are now mine.

The time has come for me to collect who was promised to me, to shred her life of secrets and make her who she’s always been—mine.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

*Secrets is book one of the Web of Sin trilogy.

My Review – 

I received this book from an honest review from the author.

Holy crap on a cracker!!! Gah!! This book!!!! #Anxiety #NeedADrink #GodIsHeSexy

Sterling is so alpha, so domineering and so yummy yet I know he is going to break my heart at some point in this series!! I can already feel it. There are so many secrets and things he isn’t telling Kennedy/Araneae my anxiety is through the roof!!! But can we talk about how much of an ass he is and yet he only followed her instruction…Snicker……the airplane scene is the BEST!!!!

Kennedy was thrown a huge curve ball in the beginning of the story and we know once the Sparrow family finds her things will go dark and bad. Ugh but why does bad have to come in such a yummy package!!! I feel for her because she is a caring person and it seems caring for others is the weakness that will get her killed. I only hope she can finally listen to Sterling and realize he is the one trying to protect her from others who want to harm her….or is he?????????

This story is an amazing set up for what is surely to come. The final scene has me going “Oh snap!!” I mean gahhhh!!!! I am dying to know what exactly will happen because it seems Sterling didn’t tell our girl the whole story about what is going on and what is happening.

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See Me by M. Jayne

See Me by M. Jayne

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Throughout history, The Lady, Goddess of the Lycan world, has gifted werewolf packs with humans who carry her mark. Theodora Morrissey’s plans to return to college for her graduate degree are ended when she is awakened by an otherworldly voice on a rarely used airstrip in Nebraska. Injured and disoriented, she has no idea the discoloration on her back has marked her as a Seer, and that she is now a possession—and the prisoner—of the Novus Pack of Lycans.

To the Novus pack, the word of their leader, their Laird, is the law. With compelling gray eyes and long dark hair, Raider Black rules his pack with intelligence and ruthlessness. To cement the security of his pack, Black has committed to mate another Packleader’s daughter. But he’s finding it impossible to fight his attraction to the pack’s alluring new Seer, claiming her as his own.

Sweet, fearless, and unintentionally funny, Theo upends Black’s world and pushes the boundaries of his rules. How far is Black willing to go, and what will he sacrifice, to save both his pack and the human Seer who’s found a way not only into his bed, but his heart?

My Review

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

Before I start this review, I am going to let you in on a little secret. I am a paranormal whore. I love love love paranormal AND shifters are like the icing on the cake for me. So, if you write a paranormal and I read it, I will judge/rate harshly. Its my favorite genre and its my go to read when I want something to read. With all that stated up front, you gotta know what I am about to say is deep and true to my soul……I. Loved. This. Book!! Like WTF!! It blew me outta the damn water. I will admit I was a bit skeptical about the whole Lady Goddess stuff at the beginning. I wondered if I would dig it or if it would be something I found to be an OK read. FRIENDS, this book rocked my world!! Like legit, ROCKED ME HARD!!!!

I absolutely loved the world M. Jayne (Melanie) created. I loved her mythology. I loved her side characters and seriously I am hard crushing over Lore BUT I am also scared outta my mind at him. Raider Black is our main character and he is so tough and bad ass but so tender when he wants to be but also please remember he is uber bad ass!!! Theo is thrust into this NEW world. She stumbles but runs into it with eyes wide open. When she is given her new title in the Pack, she tried to be 100% the best she can be. Her friends Solle and Conal are the best companions for her. They are loyal to Black but guide her and help her understand the human world is not at all like the Pack’s world.’

The story was so wonderfully written. I seriously kept saying “one more chapter before bed” and then the next thing I knew it was 11PM and I and 10% of the book left!! Might as well just read it and appreciate the reason for being grumpy the next day was because of the wonderful story telling. I thought the flow of the story was amazing. You were always wondering what would happen next. I know the angst of the two main characters fighting their pull and draw to one another was amazing. When they finally give in to one another it only made their bond THAT much stronger. The character banter was hilarious, but the emotional draw of the characters made me so excited for this new series!

I am so excited for the next book and wonder where the story will take us because I am totally hooked on the Novus Pack!! #TeamNovus #TeamLore #TeamSweetBabyJesusThoseWereHotScenes

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Blood Lust by Tricia Andersen

Blood Lust by Tricia Andersen

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She doesn’t believe she has a soul.
She believes it was stolen from her when that bastard turned her into the creature she is now.
But little does she know, she does. What is there isn’t dark and twisted, defiled by the lust for blood. She is pure and loving, with a body and attitude that arouses me every moment of the day. And I will move universes and defy my father and mother to make her into something I’m worthy of loving, someone that will stay by my side through eternity.
I will fight the forces of the gods to make her mine. I won’t stop until she belongs to me forever. And how am I, just a mere fighter, going to do that?
Because, baby, I’m a god.

My Review –

I received this book from the author for an honest review.

HOLY MOLY this book knocked my socks off!!! Paranormal meets the Greek Gods?? Uhm YES PLEASE!!! When Tricia told me about this book, I was super excited. When I finally got the book, I was ecstatic. I can’t say enough how much I loved reading this book. But remembering all the Gods from college, I was like “OMG Yes I remember them.”

Juliet is a typical vampire looking to score some blood. Well our little vampire is a little more than usual because she actually cares about who she drains dry. She strolls into the underground MMA fight looking for meal, when she sees the most beautiful and sexy man EVAH!! She is all “Game on” with this one. She knows he might be a bit more of a challenge, but she is ready for it. She is stunned when all of a sudden, the man of hour is right there at the bar hitting on her …along with others things he does with her at the bar *snickers*

Ares, the God of War, is mesmerized by the vampire at the club. He knows she will be able to “handle his appetites” so he dives into a night of fun with the little minx. He is loving spending time with her because she challenges him at every turn and he loves it. He can’t get enough of her telling HIM, the God of War, No!! I love the banter the two have because they cracked me up a lot.
When Ares and Juliet discover there are serious emotions at play, they both freak. The last person Ares loves was Aphrodite and we all know how wonderful their relationship turned out….not good if you weren’t aware. The last person who Juliet loved broke her heart and turned her into the creature she is now. Love and Trust is not something these two people can willingly accept from others.

His family hates her and wants her dead. His ex has become a bit too clingy and needy…ya know I don’t want you but I don’t want anyone else to have you type of chick *eye roll*….her maker is all about claiming what is his again after hundreds of years, PLUS the vampire hunter is closing in on Juliet. There is so much action and so many plot twists you never see what will happen next!! I seriously hope we get another book really soon and I am BEGGING for it to be Aletha because I just loved her so hard but Pan would be pretty funny to see which nymph captures his heart.

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Buy Links

The Ties That Bind by Mary Martel

Tray , Hells Harlem #2 by JM Walker

Reviving Kendall by Brandy Slaven

Secrets by Aleatha Romig

See Me by M. Jayne

Blood Lust by Tricia Andersen