#WOTR18 – #Review – Karma’s Revenge by Teresa Gabelman

 

Karma's Revenge

 

In a world where human’s and vampires coexist, one woman with only one name and a score to settle has a hefty price on her head. She call’s herself Karma, other’s called her the Slayer of Vampires. Karma didn’t care what she was called as long as she got her revenge.

Axel Walker, also known as the Assassin, was a half-breed so his loyalty lay with the highest bidder. Who had the most money to hand him at the end of a job was the side he was on whether human or vampire. His highest pay day was yet to come and all he had to do was kill the one they call the Slayer of Vampires.

The Slayer and the Assassin become players in a tangled web of deceit. It is Karma and Axel who have to decide whether killing each other is the best plan of action or joining forces to take out those who dare make them pawns in their dangerous games.

 

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Slayer of Vampires plus Assassin equals KARMA! And Karma can be a…..well, I’ll let you fill in the blank, LOL!

 

Sophia is human and has revenge in her blood with the incredible need to avenge her sister’s death. She has been dubbed the Slayer of Vampires as she has slayed several vamps in her search for the one they call Savior. Axel is an Assassin with a special set of skills. He is on the side of the highest bidder and takes the bid to assassinate the Slayer of Vampires. Although, when he is watching the slayer he realizes that she is in fact a woman and rescinds his original acceptance of the job. This is where things go from bad to worse. Sophia has to protect herself and her bestie, Darin (who is a drag queen and is super hilarious!) but Axel is able to find them. Now seeing that they all have hits out on them they have to get over their trust issues and either join the same team or kill each other. As the twists and turns unfold in the story you will be sucked in and won’t be able to put the book down. It is full of sarcasm with snarky comments and come backs and full of angst that will have you fanning yourself before long. This is an amazing world where vampires and humans co-exist but still with prejudices and illegal dealings. The characters are great to get to know with a strong female lead whose strength is kind of dormant but grows exponentially as the action unfolds. This is a fast paced story full of snark and action. A must read!

 

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Teresa Gabelman

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!

Website: www.teresagabelman.com
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Email: tgabelman@live.com

****Paranormal****

The Protectors Series
Damon – Book #1
Jared – Book #2
Duncan – Book #3
Sid – Book #4
Adam – Book #5
Slade – Book #6
A Warrior Wedding – Book #7
Slade – Book #8
Jax – Book #9
Blaze – Book #10
The Invisible Warrior – Book #11

Lee County Wolves Series
Forbidden Hunger – Book #1
Forbidden Seduction – Book #2
Forbidden Desire – Book #3
Forbidden Temptation – Book #4 TBA

Sanctuary

The Enforcer

Magic & Mayhem Kindle World
Wicked *itch

****Contemporary****
Rodeo Romance
Blind Faith

#WOTR18 – #REVIEW – Rules of Protection (Tangled in Texas #1) by Alison Bliss

 

Rules of Protection (Tangled in Texas, #1)

 

It’s rule breaker Emily Foster’s birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she’s entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake’s as hot as he is infuriating, and she can’t help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake’s determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.

Each book in the Tangled in Texas series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Rules of Protection
Book #2 Playing With Fire

 

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Oh holy hell! I am going to try and put into words, ever so graciously, what this book did to me. This story had me giving an eye roll at the beginning to the slimy freak that was hitting on Emily, to fanning myself and laughing at the kiss and arrogance of Jake who is trying to help Emily out with the slimeball, then squirming in my seat yelling “RUN!” to Emily when she witnesses a brutal murder. THIS ALL HAPPENED AT THE VERY BEGINNING! What a way to start a story! I was stuck at this point. Very invested and couldn’t put this book down. Turns out Jake works for the FBI and is trying to take this murderer down but now has to save Emily and put her in witness protection for her safety. These two are both hawt and absolutely attracted to each other but no matter what, things go from bad to worse. There is a leak and the safe house has been compromised. Jake goes “rogue” and takes Emily to stay with his family in the boonies in Texas. The angst between these two is INTENSE! Jake has morals and the job comes first but Emily is slowly wearing him down. As with most stories our two main characters carry a ton of baggage. Emily has her reasons and is very stubborn and always a live in the moment type of person. She goes for what she wants and when she wants it. And if it doesn’t pan out she moves on. This personality really bumps heads with Jake who is very rule oriented and very by the book trying to protect her. As with most relationships when we argue things are said that we don’t necessarily mean but these two are under so much stress with all the craziness that is going on that things get crazy between the two. She is super stubborn and just wants to go back to the way things were before the murder but Jake is realistic and has to push her back to make her see reason. These two are constantly going back and forth getting under each other skins and trying to get into bed with one another. And all of the supporting characters from Emily’s friends Dale and Gina to Jake’s aunt and uncle and all of his childhood friends makes for an super funny and super eventful story. I absolutely recommend Tangled in Texas to everyone and am looking forward to reading the second. Alison Bliss is a new author to me and I am tangled up this story!

 

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Alison Bliss

Alison Bliss is a best-selling, award-winning author of humorous, contemporary romances. A born and raised Texan, she currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, she has never turned down a challenge or been called by the right name. Alison believes the best way to find out if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it’s obviously meant to be. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “Romance…with a sense of humor.”

#WOTR18 #TwinsieForTheDayJordan #Review – Rust by JM Walker

 

“An unexpected evil brings both the MC and Military world together in this brand new series by J.M. Walker”

His demons are loud.
Held captive within his mind, he does everything he can to forget his life before Vice-One.
As one of the newest recruits, his main goal is to have his “brothers” trust him and he’ll do just about anything to make that happen. Until one passionate night with Creena Chan, the military was all he had.

She’s hiding from her past.
A trained professional, she keeps that part of her life to herself. The darkness weighs heavily on her chest, mixing with the beats of her heart, caused by the one man she tries to ignore. Vincent Stone is nothing like she imagined. Months of flirting lead to an explosion she never saw coming.

Only when Creena and Stone’s limits are tested, do they realize exactly what they will do to find that peace their family and friends deserve.

 

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Review by Jordan

Stone and Creena have an explosive chemistry that they are incapable off avoiding. Other than their friends, these two would never have found each other. They are both closed off emotional due to their pasts and yet find ways to open up to each other. Whether they planned it or not they both weaseled into the others hearts until they were too deep to ever walk away. This series has continued to surprise me at every turn. I loved the series and all the characters that were involved.

 

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.

“Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life…” ~ Nora Ephron

#NewRelease #Shifters #Wolves The Blackstone She-Wolf (Blackstone Mountain 6) by Alicia Montgomery

Having been burned before, Kate Caldwell has always avoided relationships. That’s why when her wolf tells her that the brooding and serious Petros Thalassa is her mate, she runs in the other direction. Still, she can’t get that sexy Greek wolf out of her head, but she’ll be damned before she submits to him.

Petros Thalassa has longed for a mate of his own, someone to share his lonely life with. While the woman his wolf has chosen seems reluctant, he’s not giving up that easily. He’s searched far and wide for her, and he knows that she’s worth the chase. He’s going to make her his, to cherish and love forever.

When a threat from his past comes back, he must do what he can to protect his intended mate. But Kate is no shrinking flower; when she realizes that being with Petros is something she wants for herself, she vows to be by his side, no matter what.
Can their love survive or will danger tear them apart? Find out by downloading this sexy shifter romance now!

 

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

Are you ready for a angsty shifter, because Kate is definitely angsty!! Lol, however she is also a strong independent woman who does relationships on her own terms and has no need for the mate that she just met.

Petros  Thalasssa has left his home of Lykos and come to Blackstone because he works for the Shifter Protection Agency that now has a office there.  He also hopes to find his mate as she knows that she is not on his island home, he also was okay with leaving because of a mission that went wrong and he thinks it was his fault that his BFF was killed.

Ahhh!!! Kate is sooo funny, I love her and her gal pals and am so happy that the ladies of Blackstone finally get their turn!!  she is totally a modern woman and needs no man mate or not, however that may be because she had a past relationship that was terrible and she refuses to get caught in another one.  She is also hella smart, she is the Lennox Corps systems designer and she designs apps too.

I feel so bad for Petros because all the man wants his a family with his mate and his mate is fighting him tooth and nail about even becoming his mate.  Kate is reallllllllly making him work for it, but like I said she was hurt before and so she’s not doing it out of spite but she trying to protect herself.

So while Kate and Petros are doing their dance there is also a outside threat coming at them and boy is it a twist!!

Montgomery also does a great job writing about shifters and their mates, she also does a wonderful job creating  stimuli outside of what’s going on with the couple.

I’m so glad that there will be more of the Blackstone ladies!

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Alicia Montgomery has always dreamed of becoming a romance novel writer. She started writing down her stories in now long-forgotten diaries and notebooks, never thinking that her dream would come true. After taking the well-worn path to a stable career, she is now plunging into the world of self-publishing.

Sexy shifters, billionaires, alpha males, and of course, strong, sexy female characters are her favorite to write. Alicia is a wanderer, along with her husband, they travel the world and have lived in various spots all over the world.

#WOTR18 #NewRelease – Bought by the Zandians by Renee Rose and Rebel West

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They bought me at auction. Claimed me. Forever.

Two purple, horned males with massive chests and arms as thick as my waist.
They’re taking me to Zandia to bear their young.
The only trouble–I’m already pregnant.
And if my former master finds me, he’ll tear me to pieces once his young is born.
My new masters are firm, but kind. They give far more pleasure than pain. Their planet is beautiful.
But when they find out my secret, I have no doubt they’ll cast me out.
And my life will be forfeit.
Because no human female with a bounty on her head survives more than a lunar cycle alone.

About the Authors:
USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE is a naughty wordsmith who writes kinky romance novels. Named Eroticon USA’s Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews’ Best Historical, Best Erotic, Best Ageplay and favorite author. She’s hit #1 on Amazon in the Erotic Paranormal, Western and Sci-fi categories. She also pens BDSM stories under the name Darling Adams. To receive FREE Renee Rose books, click here.
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REBEL WEST writes deliciously dirty books that are completely out of this world.

#NewRelease #RH #Review – Jinxed: Toxic Bitchcraft Book One by K.B. Ladnier

Jinxed: Toxic Bitchcraft Book One

Never cross a Craft witch…

Christi Craft is the name and being witchy is my game!

I own a little shop in rural Salem, filled with all manner of fun things; priceless heirlooms, cursed artifacts, bath bombs, Spills (magically spelled pills, if you get my drift). You know, harmless things.

However, Milo James, a sexy AF Warlock Warden, disagrees. He’s always giving me citations and fines for selling my cursed artifacts to humans who don’t know any better. I’ve known him most of my life, and he sees me as a little sister – at least, that’s how he treats me. Dang it…

If that’s not enough, Arlo, my Incubus lover, suddenly wants more from me than just an occasional roll in the sheets. On top of that, I have to deal with this poltergeist I unknowingly acquired with a recent purchase. He’s demanding I solve his murder. What he doesn’t seem to grasp is that I suck at being a witch.

But things aren’t what they seem when it comes to this spirit, and I’m not sure I can help him on my own. With or without my power.

**This is a REVERSE HAREM romance filled with laughs, lust, and a whole lot of foul language. You’ve been warned.** 

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Shut up!!  This book is to freaking funny!!!

I don’t know what I loved more?  The ghost haunting her, her cussing skeleton head, or her two hot men lusting over her.  I guess her pixie sidekick was a great read too.  If any of the past 2 sentences intrigued you, then buy this book people.  I laugh so much when I read her books.  They are so hilariously funny and yet so true to life.

Christi is a Craft Witch!!  Yikes run and hide right!!  I mean we all know how powerful they are ….well they all are except for this little witch.  She is a hot mess and can’t seem to cast a simple levitation spell correct.  On top of her lack of witchcraft abilities, she is now dealing with a pouty demon who is all “Can’t you just love me” to her when she is all about the booty calls.  Poor girl right!!

Now the next part of her life drama happens when her hottie warlock shows up.  She has crushed on him since they were little kids are her mom dated his dad.  Mom likes to hit it and quit it, but Christi and Milo have stayed friends.  When Christi notices her inappropriate feelings for her friend and wonders if he has them for her, she freaks.

I think the worst part of Christi’s life is when the ghost AKA Buttons shows up in her life.  This drama forced her to go and see Mommy Dearest who decided to “help Christi” embrace the witch she truly is…by cursing her to have sex!!  LOL

I loved the story and can’t wait for more. The ending chapters we see there will be some men fighting over our girl plus the death of Buttons seems to be anything but accidental!!

K.B. Ladnier is from a small city in Southern Mississippi. She has one daughter and three cats who she claims are stealing her soul in only tiny doses so she won’t notice. She is a cyborg and spends most of her time hiding from her tiny human so she doesn’t have to share her snacks as she reads her favorite books. She hates the beach yet lives only ten minutes away from it and daydreams of mountains and snow. She is married to a hot nerd and loves him dearly even though he hordes cookies and occasionally hides her prosthetic leg from her when she’s mad, so he can get a quick escape. She plans to write as long as people continue loving what she does, otherwise she’s going to say screw it and do her second dream of owning a coffee shop. Though, she may still do both.

 

 

#WOTR18 #Review – False Security by Evan Grace

FALSE SECURITY by Evan Grace is LIVE from Crave Publishing!
ROGUE SECURITY & INVESTIGATIONS #2
It was supposed to be a harmless blind date-but it ended in a one night stand when Shayla up and left in the middle of the night without a wink or a wave.
 
I didn’t think I’d see her again…until I walked into my office and met our new employee—none other than the curvy brunette who had rocked my world. 
 
The more she fights the attraction between us, the more determined I am to make her mine. Not even the ghosts from her past have the power to stop me from wanting her. 
 
There’s a threat hiding in the shadows, a danger whose only goal is to ruin Shayla. But I’ll go through hell and back to keep her safe from harm, to protect her. 
 
She’s mine…and not even the devil himself will take her from me. 

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

Shyla, Eric and Grant….This book was just what a girl needs when she is feeling not so great.

Eric is total player…like with a capital P and you might wanna even pop the P when you pronounce it.  Dog is another wording you might like to use for him…because friends he is.

Shyla is a single mom raising her son Grant.  She is divorced from her abusive ex and looking to start over.  Her world revolves around Grant and his revolves around his mom.  However, mommas got some itches that need to be scratched so when her friends hooks her up on a blind date, she totally hits it and leaves.  This totally floors Eric because he was actually interested in this woman who left.

Eric cannot stop thinking about this woman when he walks into work to see her sitting there as the new employee!!  Uhm yeah do ya see where this is going?  LOL  They are both freaked out over the connection they have but when something from the past comes into play, they have to make some decisions to do this together or be done!!

I loved the story and cant wait for more from this series.

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MEET THE AUTHOR:
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.
During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

#WOTR18 #CoverReveal – Marked Series by Elena Reyes

Series Title: Marked Series
Titles: Marking Her ~ Marking Him ~ Scars ~ Marked
Author: Elena M. Reyes
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Cover Artist: Decadent Designs by Dee

 

 

 

– MARKING HER –

Talan Cox wants to mark Maya—with more than his ink. The owner of a prominent tattoo shop, he’s used to being hit on by easy women. Though “easy” is not a word associated with Maya when she comes in to support her friend. Flirtation ensues, but what will it take to break the painted man.




– MARKING HIM –

 

The day Maya Owens walked into his tattoo shop, everything Talan knew changed.
 

 

After officially starting a relationship, he’s now having trouble managing Maya—a woman who consumes every part of his being—and his own heart. His need to control everything, including her, is driving Maya insane, but he has good reason. After all, Janice is still lurking, and she has a vendetta against his Bitty.
 
In no time Talan wants more, and it’s faster than Maya can handle.
 
Things begin to get complicated; months of frustration and want take them for a ride neither wanted, but now yearn for.
Will they make it through the turbulence? And if so, at what cost?


– SCARS –
 
Abandoned. 
Thrown away.
Invisible.
Every single one of those could be used to describe me. They can tell you my story—my sad past—without a single syllable passing through my lips.
I hate them—those who lied to me. They claimed to love me, but in reality, they used me when convenient. My parents. Sister. And now Talan.
Loving them has left me empty. Sad.
Alone.
Not anymore. Screw them. My love has turned to anger…hate.
Now, what consumes me is the urge to destroy, to force them to see what they wrecked with their carelessness. My name will never be forgotten. Not after I have my revenge.
His tears will be my ultimate retribution.
– MARKED –
“With everything I am. I’ll always be by your side.”
It was his truth.
A vow Talan made to the woman who owned him. Because that’s what Maya did; she held his entire life in her hands. He lived for her smile. Her happiness.
And now someone’s dimmed that light in her eyes with their malice. His love for Bitty has taken him past the breaking point, and he’s determined to make those that hurt her pay with their blood.
He wanted his hands on those that wronged—almost took her away from him.
Because if one thing’s certain, it was that he breathed for her. It was her warmth and love that gave him a home—a purpose and desire for more—but now that had been threatened. Maya was in pain, and that for him was unbearable.
It was his fault. A fault that he would right no matter what he had to go through.
How does a man so completely in love with his female react to seeing her in a hospital bed and broken?
He fights. Goes against all logic and seeks vengeance.

 

Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.
As a small child, she was always intrigued by all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth-grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.

 

Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn’t until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting characters grow.

 

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#REVIEW – Arrogant (A Real Man, 6) by Jenika Snow

Even a bad boy can wear a suit and tie…

NOAH

All it took was one look at Harley to know I wanted her.

It wasn’t about the deliberate sexual dry spell I was going through either … the one I voluntarily participated in. No, there was something about her innocence and her vulnerability that had possessiveness running through my veins.

I wanted her as mine, and I’d have her. I’d show her that although I could be cruel to those who went up against me, when it came to her, I’d make the world bow down at her feet.

HARLEY

The position I had been offered was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but it also came with working for a man who had the most notorious reputation in the city.

Noah Wright was anything but Mr. Right, especially not with his arrogant, unforgiving, and tyrannical attitude. He was wealthy and gorgeous, but he struck fear into people with just a look. They knew who held the power when he was in the room. So did I.

And I was now working for him and getting an up-close-and-personal experience with his cold, hardened, and abrasive personality … and it turned me on.

But there was something else under the frigid demeanor he showed everyone, a slice of warmth he showed only me. I knew if Noah wanted me, he could easily have me, because putting up a fight was not what I planned on doing.

I wanted him, but I wouldn’t be just a conquest.

Warning: Love insta-everything in a book? Like over-the-top sugary goodness? Want your stories dripping with cocky and possessive alpha heroes who only want one woman? Get a fan and a cold glass of water ready, because this story will definitely heat you up.

Twinsie Jo’s Review

Oh now this is what I’m talking about. I have an obsession with powerful dark brooding grumpy alphas. Noah is a highly successful business man who falls instantly for his new intern. And wow. The sparks that fly are something else. And when they finally do their thing?? Holy moly! *fans self*

Harley becomes an intern at Noah’s company and although he makes her nervous, she’s attracted to him.

This book is instant everything that I love and so hot. It’s definitely my favourite so far in the Real Man series.

#Tour #Excerpt – SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST by Skye Warren

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Survival of the Richest, an all-new emotional and romantic standalone from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren, is available NOW!

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A Park Avenue princess…

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan’s harbor. A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy, the son of my mother’s latest husband. Instead he protects me with fierce determination when I need him most.

This tale begins with a fall, but it doesn’t end there.

Because another man wants me.

Sutton wants to consume me with a passion more feral than kind. In the lush emotional wilderness I’m not sure I want Christopher to save me this time…

Or if there will be anything left if he tries.

SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST is a book about finding your soul’s desire, even if the search leads you places you never expect. A woman torn between two men. An impossible choice. And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield–the heart.

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My body heats at the words, at the remembered pleasure of Sutton’s mouth on my sex. Christopher looks down at me, as if he can feel the heat emanating from between my legs. His expression turns stark, as if he’s in pain. That’s only fair, because I’m in pain too.

“You deserve better than that,” Christopher says, but there’s no way to pretend he’s talking about Sutton. He’s talking about himself and we both know it.

“He gives me what I want, which is something you might try next time you like a girl.”

“It wasn’t that,” he says, harsh again.

“No?” I step forward and place a hand on his chest, feeling the way his heart beats strong and fast. He may want to be unaffected by me, but he isn’t. I tilt my face up toward him.“You didn’t imagine me naked in the cabin later?”

He sucks in a breath.“You were too young then.”

My words come out as a whisper.“What about now? Will you do what Sutton said—imagine me in this dress when you go home after this?”

“It’s not fucking decent,” he says, even though the silk covers every part of me. It’s a perfectly respectable dress, when it’s not hitched up around my waist.

“You can thank Sutton for this,” I say, because it’s true. He’s the only reason I lean forward and place my lips against Christopher’s, touching them in some terrible attempt to show him what he gave up, to prove to myself that I don’t care about either of them.

Christopher sucks in a breath. For a second I think he’s going to pull away. He stiffens and grasps my hair with his fist. Easy enough for him to stop the kiss. Instead he dips my head back and deepens it, exploring my mouth with his teeth, his tongue. Opening me wider until I whimper. Pulling me close until I can feel how hard he is beneath his slacks.

His other hand fists in the gauze of my dress, and I realize he’s holding me with both hands clenched—one in my hair and one in my clothes. I don’t know whether he’s doing it so he doesn’t have to touch me or because it’s a way to control me without bruising me. He uses both hands to tug me closer; I’m pressed so tightly I can’t imagine getting away.

Where Sutton had been raw sensuality and playfulness, Christopher is pure determination. He kisses me like he’s a conquering army, like I’m made of gold he has to grasp—or lose forever.

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance such as the Endgame trilogy. Her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, sweet dogs, and evil cat.

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