I’m a born and bred Coloradan. While I now reside in Virginia, the land of the Rocky Mountains is where I’ve left a piece of my heart and where my characters come to life. When I’m not writing I’m reading; when I’m not reading I’m writing…you know how it goes! I also enjoy cooking, baking, crocheting, and jigsaw puzzles. Basically, I’m an old soul with a young heart, nonchalantly waiting for my prince to come.
Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior.
The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance.
Okay… if I’m going to be real, I’ll admit that I’m sobbing. In these strong arms—no, sprawled on top of the solid chest of a man I hardly know—I sob in a way that I never have before. And hopefully, I’ll never have occasion to cry this bitterly again.
My emotions are practically indescribable, yet I need to apply words to them, in an effort to make some sense of what I’m feeling. The pain is raw, grating, and unbearable… and unfortunately there’s more. I’m guilt-ridden and mortified. Devastation crossed with desperation—this is me, at the moment.
And I’m not sure why I’m still here on earth. I want to disappear.
Liam stays silent, but I know he’s awake because his hands have resumed the rhythmic stroking on my back.
“Why’d you have to go and s-save me? Y-you should have let me d-die like I was supposed to!” I’m furious, which is evident in my trembling accusation. The pain would be over if he’d have let me die. I add mad as hell to my list of indescribable emotions. And highly irrational… I tack this one onto the end of the fast growing list.
He inhales deeply. “We’re gonna survive this. Our bodies survived Friday night in the theater. Now we’ve gotta make our minds survive the aftermath.”
“What makes you think I want to survive it? What makes you so sure I didn’t want to go with her?” It’s too hard to say her name.
Wide palms freeze on my shoulder blades and rest there heavily. “Sorry, dude, but it wasn’t your day to die.” He takes another one of those huge swallows of air that causes both of our bodies to rise and fall. Then the mesmerizing movement of his hands resumes.
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Strong language, explicit sexual situations, M/F. F/F. 18+
If anyone had asked ten years ago, I never would have imagined I’d be a thirty-five-year-old widow today.
I could tell you I married Hartman Wick out of love, but it’s complicated. We were friends. He was dying. And he needed me. He also made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Of course, I agreed with the very best of intentions. But we all know what the road to hell is paved with.
All I ever dreamed of was owning my own gallery. A place where my best friend and I could introduce the masses to inspiring and new artists. Hartman promised me the deed to the gallery, wealth, and security for the rest of my life.
Instead, I find myself in a war with his estranged son Kieran—my stepson and one of the most prolific painters, known for his erotic shock art. He’s been plotting revenge against his father for years, and now that Daddy’s dead, he’s seized the opportunity.Between the constant battles, heated exchanges, and threats of blackmail, I find myself inexplicitly drawn to this twenty-four-year old. He’s beautiful, seductive, arrogant, and evil. Not only is he a gifted artist, but he’s certainly inherited some of his father’s more unsavory traits. He truly is a Wick.But then he takes things too far and pushes me to my breaking point. I’ve had enough. In retaliation, I make a plan.
And I almost feel sorry for him—almost. I’m sure, even as a child, he was never read a single fairy tale. Poor bastard.
He has no idea how truly wicked a stepmother can be.
Catch My Heart (A Valentine’s Collection) by Lyssa Layne
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2016
Sloan fingers walk up my chest, grabbing my shirt and forcing me to look down at her. Her eyes glimmer with sensuality and I know exactly where her mind is going. Leaning down, our lips barely touch and the passion is ignited. With a shrill squeal, I scoop her into my arms as though we’re newlyweds about to cross the threshold for the first time. Sloan nibbles on my neck and I moan as I walk us toward the bedroom, ready to christen our new bed.
“You gonna give me the chance to marry you and do this for real?” I ask, already knowing the answer.
“Not a chance in hell.”
I chuckle as I set her on the bed, tugging my shirt off. “I’ll get you to change your mind some day.”
Sloan pulls her own shirt off, leaving me licking my lips at the sight of her in just a black lacy brassiere. Teasing me, she runs her index finger from her collarbone between her breasts, licking her lips and keeping direct eye contact with me. The tip of her finger slips inside her bra and I bite my lip, wanting to replace her hand with mine, but am way too turned on by her own handiwork to stop her.
“Maybe one day, when we’re old and gray,” Sloan says, drawing out her words and speaking in barely a whisper.
She stands up, wiggling her hips and pushing her pants to the floor. Now she’s in just her black lace bra and thong. She turns her back to me, crawling over our king size bed and I reach out, running my hand over her perfectly tight runner’s ass. Sloan stops moving forward, placing her hand on top of mine and leaning up on her knees. Her back is against my chest, our bodies flush against each other’s and I squeeze my hand tightly around the handful in my touch.
“I don’t want easy right now, Smitty. I want you, me, and passion.”
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I have got to say I have never read anything from this author so to me this was a GREAT introduction to her writing and even possible books I will want to read later!
Love is a Fire/Burst Into Flame – This story is a great look at the family dynamic of today’s families. There are your biological kids and your “adopted” kids . WE are seeing teen preganancies plus extended families.
Andy is being set up by one of his daughter-in-laws to meet Tricia. That part of the story was sweet but to be honest I so want to read about Katy and Nick. I loved the glimpse we got into this man and his children after the love of his life has passed.
Everybody’s After Love/My Favorite What If – OMG this story….we are so excited to see this family of three growing to be a family of four. The arrival of the baby is so wanted in one family while another pregnancy is not wanted in another part of their family. The story line was so amazing and so sad at times but it also is a topic that needs to be addressed as this issue recently occurred to a friend of mine!!!
Loved by the Linebacker – Blake and Molly are hiding out from the prying eyes of the world. His brother is dating his best friend Camilla. When the two can finally be together to Valentine’s Day, there is a lot that both characters are hiding from the other…….*Que music*
Holding the Other – Lee and Miranda are a couple who have fallen into the marriage rut. Sex has lost its excitement. It’s just a perfunctory. This Valentine’s Day everything chances when the couple have to face where they are and where they’re headed.
My Favorite What If – Sloane and Smitty are spending their first Valentine’s Day back in the USA. They have been in a “honeymoon” period without any nosy family members around to disturb their new relationship.
*Clapping* Brad the DB gets redeemed!! I am happy because I liked and felt sorry for Brad at times in the last book. Granted he DESERVED the issues he had too contend with BUT still he does deserve a HEA.
Brad has been in love with Taylor forever. He messed up and move on but never really forgot her. He shakes stuff up in the last book and decides to go after his woman. We see Brad stalking Taylor outside of work. He is so scared and afraid of her because he wants and needs her in his life.
Taylor is stunned to see Brad. She literally drives over him *snickers*. He is a mess. She loves him but the hurt he caused her is a very real wound. Taylor is afraid of her heart plus a huge secret she has kept from him for over 2 years.
Brad put son the hard core press to get Taylor to forgive him. He also decides to work part time at the swimming center near his house. When Taylor shows up at his lessons he is stunned and happy over this new predicament he finds himself in.
The two really open up, deal with her family, her closest friend who happens to also love her , and his ex while figuring out how to be together and move forward. Their relationship still had the college romance chemistry but a new grown up feel. She is there to help give Brad the strength to move on and up with his failed Olympic dreams plus he is there to help her realize that she made all the right choices in keeping the secret she did from him.
I CANNOT wait for Dylan and Bea’s story. Those two made the book so funny. They are this weird love/hate thing going on and I cannot wait to see them both get all mushy over the other.
I have to say I wasn’t sure I wanted to cheer for Brad after everything he did in his past. He was messing up his life and could have messed up a lot of others while on this path of destruction of his. Brad had a girl, Taylor Delaney, and loved her but he let two years go by before he tried to get her back now he was going to have to prove himself to win her over.
Taylor is none too pleased to see Brad at her work one night that she runs him down. Well Okay maybe not that bad but his foot doesn’t get away unscathed. All Brad is asking for is a chance but Taylor has to protect herself, her heart. She has seen drug addiction before and is not sure if Brad has changed. As the saying goes once a cheater always a cheater, but is that true of Brad also or not.
Brad is determined to get her to see he has changed and is committed. He is clean and working part time as a swim instructor trying to figure out what he is going to do with his life but he knows sitting behind a desk utilizing his degree is NOT it.
How is it that Michelle has a way of taking the one I don’t like that I think is not redeemable and redeems him and makes him one of my favorites in the process? Well she does and she did it with Brad. I enjoyed seeing Piper and Tanner and the entire family again. But I have to say I’m so ready for Dylan and Bea’s story. As much grief as Bea gave Brad and her spunk it will not disappoint.
Here is one of my favorite lines from the book and it fits Brad to a T:
Piper and my dad are more similar in that they dip their toes in and then painfully and slowly walk down the stairs into the water. I do a cannonball, not knowing if the water is cold as fuck or warm as pie. I prefer my method much more.
designated sides of the relationship circle.
from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten
years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family
and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
Desperate for money and running out of time he finds himself signing a contract for an acting job that is about to break every rule that he’s ever made…
Is dying. With only a year left to live, falling in love is the last thing that she wants to do.
But with a mother desperate to see her find her one true love before her final days and an inability to say no to the one woman that she loves more than anything in the world, Neddie sets herself a simple task…
- Hire someone to play her ‘lover’.
- Don’t fall in love.
“You can ask me anything.”
She takes a deep breath as if she is suddenly nervous. “How do you do it? How do you love me knowing everything you do?”
She still doesn’t get it.
I stare at her for a moment before taking her glass out of her hand. I place both glasses in the little slots that were made for them and turn to her. “Come here,” I whisper. She slides toward me and I pull her onto my lap so she is straddling me. I wrap my arms around her waist and breathe her in for a moment. “What makes you love your parents, Ned?” I ask calmly. She looks puzzled and shakes her head.
“I don’t know,” she says shrugging her shoulders. “It comes naturally, I don’t have a reason … I just love them, I always have I guess.”
“That’s exactly the way I feel about you. I can’t explain the reason that I love you. It’s like asking me why I breathe … I do it to survive.”
She’s silent. Then she nods her head.
“I get it,” she whispers. “I just needed to know if you felt it too or whether I was going crazy.”
“You’re definitely going crazy, you’re just not going crazy by yourself,” I chuckle. She laughs.
“Well, misery loves company so why shouldn’t crazy,” she teases.
“Doesn’t it scare you?” she asks seriously.
“Knowing it’s all going to come to an end,” she says sadly.
“It terrifies me,” I say honestly. “I hate that I never found you sooner but I’d hate it if I never found you at all.”
“Yeah,” she breathes.
“Are you scared?” I ask.
“Yes, not of dying but of knowing that I’ll never feel anything like this again.”
“That’s ridiculous,” I scoff.
“What?” she asks in confusion.
“Babe, do you honestly think that when I get to heaven I’m not coming to find you — well after I thank the big guy for letting me in of course. But after that, your ass better be prepared to spend an eternity with me because if I’m going to live forever then I’m going to spend every day of it seeing that smile.”
Sharlay is a British author who released her first book, PRETEND in 2012 following it’s huge success after uploading it in draft form to the free and popular writing site, Wattpad. After the book received millions of views (to date the book has exceeded 9 million views) and became a finalist in the site’s annual contest, fans wanted to know where they could obtain the paperback and ebook version. This began Sharlay’s journey as a self published author.
Sharlay is also one of the very few authors with a single pen name. At heart she is a storyteller and loves to write in any genre but always loves to include an element of romance. Her books have fallen into the Young Adult and New Adult romance genre and will most definitely give you a HEA (Happily Ever After).
Sharlay loves her family, friends, amazing readers and God. She is extremely blessed and privileged to be living her dream!
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I don’t let things slip through my fingers. I clutch them to me fast and never let go. The more I desire something, the harder I drive to get it. I fight for what I want, and what I want is Kara Brooks.
She wants to run away. I don’t blame her. It’s probably the smart thing to do.
She can run, but she can’t hide.
I don’t know how this is all going to end. But I do know that sh*t is about to go down. And when it goes down, it’s going to go down big.
I’ve let him break my heart. Twice. The first time I was 18. Back then, I could blame him. I was just a kid and he played games with my heart.
Now, I have no one to blame but myself. Sometimes I think that’s what hurts the most. Other times, I know that’s not the worst. The worst pain of all comes from his betrayal.
I have to move on. I need to focus on getting my life back on track, setting out far, far away from Declan Hunt. During the daylight hours, I know I have plenty to keep me busy.
It’s the nights I’m worried about. How am I going to make it through all those long, dark hours when the memories of our scorching hot nights together are so close I can practically taste them? Every time I close my eyes, it’s his face I see, his fingers I feel, his heat making me quiver and moan. I should hate it, resent the power he still wields over me. Instead, I never want it to end.
NOTE: Unleashed is a four-volume story launching the Beg for It series about the hot, alpha males in Declan’s family and the battles they wage with the strong, sexy women who make them finally meet their match.
Callie Harper writes contemporary romances so hot they may melt your eReader. You’ve been warned! She is powered by coffee, wickedly sexy bad boys, and all things funny, intentional or otherwise. She is the author of OFF LIMITS and the BEG FOR IT series which starts with UNLEASHED, released in January and February 2016.
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You want the truth?The truth is there’ll never be enough time in the world to figure out how to go back.
I’ll never come up with a way to change the outcome.
The truth is I don’t need to hear I have a son.
I can’t deny it’s real because he’s the living, breathing proof my life is out of control.
But the truth is I love him.
The truth is it’s just him and me for the foreseeable future…
Until I met a girl who crossed my heart and changed it all.
Emelia was a bright star in my abandoned sky, and it would take a miracle to keep her there.
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
I love Alice. Her books always make me super anxiety filled and then super in happy love. She has the ability to make you love and hate a character at the same time……..LOL Skills people…she has mad writing skills!!
So Max is…well…uhm..he is a DOUCH! Period. The End. He finds out that his hook up is knocked up and is not nice about it. He doesn’t do relationships, feelings and especially doesn’t wanna do a baby or have baby mama drama. However, Max gets all that and then some with the birth of his child.
Emelia is a woman on the run. She is totally moving on with her life and running away from troubles past. She moves in next door to Max. The two form an unlikely friendship. She being nice and him being a dick…..She helps Max be a better dad. The two end up having this slow burn kind of a romance. I mean you are hating Max and then thinking he is ok and then you get butterflies when he is around.
“Kristina Knight gets me hooked- What a great start to a sexy new series!”
“It’s impossible not to fall in love with a story by Kristina Knight. I felt right at home with these characters. Gage and Callie kept me on my toes!” ~USA Today Bestselling Author, Nikki Lynn Barrett
Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way, she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.
Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!