I let him steal my breath and I want to give him my heart too.
But it’s complicated.
Internet dating and Callie St James do not go together.
Desperate for sex.
Earns shit money waitressing while desperately trying to get a publishing deal.
Only does yoga to keep core muscles strong—trust me, guys thank me.
Reads too much because gets no sex.
Did I mention desperate for sex?
She’s about to give up on love when the guy she’s been lusting after for a year breaks her three month sex drought.
Mysterious, moody and all alpha, Luke is hiding a secret—one that Callie never saw coming.
The secret, however, is nothing compared to the discovery she makes about Luke’s family when she starts a new job at the local paper. Callie finds herself caught between her morals and her desires. Whichever path she chooses, someone will lose. Is she ready to give up the man she’s just found or will she go against everything she believes in so she can finally have the love she’s always dreamt of?
This story contains all the panty-melting sexiness and alpha goodness that Nina Levine books are known for.
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
4.5 rounded up to 5
This was a new contemporary series by Nina Levine and even though I love her biker series this one really grabbed my attention and I think I will be enjoying it just as much. We are introduced to Luke Hardy and Callie who do nothing but argue and have wore on each other’s nerves for the past year.
Luke owns the bar where Callie’s BFF works and Callie is a writer who had been spending her time trying to find her perfect man via internet dating which drives Luke crazy. After all this time these two butting heads they finally give into what they both really want and hook up and both start to open up to each other. WOW I never saw those past coming. To say I’m shocked about Luke’s past is an understatement. I love Callie for sticking to her guns and morals. I love that they take things slow and get to know one another before taking things to the next step until Luke can get his situation figured out.
Then Holy crap when Callie gets the job at the news paper and she finds out what she does and then does what she does gives me so much more respect for her but breaks my heart for what she loses. She has lost so much in her life and now to lose more was a punch in the gut. To see her so sad was just heartbreaking. I do have to say I loved how Luke supported her and praised her something she never received before. My favorite line in the book is when Luke is describing Callie because he could so be describing me to a T. I absolutely loved Luke’s mom, brother Tyler and Callies BFF Avery. I cannot wait to see more of Tyler and Avery..OK I really hope we see more of Tyler and Avery.
A few of my favorite lines:
I’m convinced Callie could talk under water.
Surprisingly you love both county music and heavy metal; and you prefer to support indie artists rather than mainstream. You don’t back down easily when you’re passionate about something or believe you’re right, but you will begrudgingly admit when you’re wrong.
I’m like a dazed teenager around you.
“And I’m like a fucking horny teenager when I’m around you, Callie.”
There’s no harm in asking for what you want, Luke. It’s time you started putting yourself first. Live a little. God knows life flies by so fast that if we don’t make ourselves happy while we have the chance, we’ll grow old in a puddle of regret.”
ESCAPE WITH AN ALPHA
USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Levine is an Aussie author who writes alphas with a side of dirty and sassy women who don’t hand their hearts over easily.
When she isn’t creating with words, she loves to create with paint and paper. Often though, she can be found curled up with a good book and some chocolate.
One year after Jacob “Smitty” Smith is stood up at the altar, his good friend Jules encourages him to redeem his honeymoon package before it expires. Reluctantly, he agrees, and finds himself sitting beside free spirit Sloan Talbott, who is attending her sister’s destination wedding at the same resort. Both have been hurt. Neither is looking for love. Will one week in paradise be a fling to remember or could it possibly lead to something more?
AWWW Smitty!! Lemme tell ya..this man stole my heart is Jules book. Then to SEE he was getting a book….Imagine me being a crazy girl jumping up and down. Yes I wanted Smitty to find love. SO imagine my shock when I SEE that the beginning of the book he is getting married. *Insert wrinkled eye brows* Unless her name is Angie, this won’t do!!
Smitty has found his one love. I mean I was even shocked to hear about their whirlwind courtship and pending nuptials but it just SEEMED right. It seemed he found his one…until Jules dropped the BOMB that Caroline isn’t coming. My heart was breaking for my man in the first chapter. NO NO NO not my Smitty!!! Why would this woman leave. He is perfection …in my eyes anyway.
So fast forward a year later and Smitty is still hurting. He hasn’t had the heart to remove Caroline from his life so to speak. He looks at her photo every morning and is still hurt by her departure. Jules has had enough. She FORCED Smitty to go on his trip…..errr…..his honeymoon because the trip hasn’t yet expired. She packs his bag and ships him off to Jamaica for the week.
Sloan is going to Jamaica to see her little sister get married. But before she can leave she has to go and visit a grave sight of someone she loves dearly. Her husband. She hasn’t been able to move on in over 5 years since he died. Her love for Cooper is so strong and she is happy, or so she thinks, with her life the way it is.
A simple seat assignment on a plane has the two meeting and forming a connection. I gotta say there was something SO RIGHT about Sloan and Smitty the more and more we saw them together. They were like two missing puzzle pieces. They just FIT!
When the story starts to unfold and we learn what happened to Coop and then why Caroline doesn’t show for the wedding. OMG I dunno which story made me sadder. But the things that REALLY BROKE Me was when Sloan leaves Smitty because of her involvement with Caroline…OMG….DESTROYED!!!
I was a bit mad at my man Smitty but loved when how he owned his heart and feelings. I loved how he never gave up on Sloan and even assisted is getting her family to help him get his woman back!!
I am so going to miss this guy and these characters but trust me you won’t be disappointed.
Lyssa Lane is first, and formost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.
I ran away from the glitz and privilege of my famous New York City family to this small-town Texas college to find myself. I didn’t expect to find him…
…the muscular, tatted bad-boy who would soon become my obsession.
He was broken, lost, and voiceless … just like me.
His eyes smoldered me with one look. His touch awakened the woman inside me.
And through his lips, his perfect, plush, kissable lips, he drew out the inspiration deep in my soul I did not know was there.
I needed to believe that he could save me. I wanted him to help me find my voice at last … the voice that would set me apart from my tragically perfect family, the voice that would finally break me free …
If only he could hear a word of it.
The College Obsession Romance series centers around a group of friends and the relationships they form during their time at a small-town Texas school. They are angsty, steamy new adult novels with HEAs and NO cheating. Although they are obsession-themed romances, there are no stalkers or psychos!
I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Holy Smokes! This book! The dang anxiety and stress of these beautifully flawed characters. I mean FOR REALZ!! I was a hot mess. My stomach was in KNOTS. I was dying for them to TALK and then KISS let along fall in love!! GAH!!!! Well written Mr. Banner, VERY WELL WRITTEN!!!
The book is about Dessie who runs to a smaller Texas university to study theater. She is a child of theater celebrities and is stuck in the family name shadow. She wants to hide out essentially and make it on her own. She spies a talk dark cup of water and is flustered by him. She can’t understand why this stranger has her so mixed up. When she gets up and sings at a bar, she gets the confidence to stroll over, mic in hand, to sing to him but he LEAVES!! SAY WHAT????
Clayton is deaf and angry. He uses his disability to push people away. He has been broken by a theater women in the past and refuses to go that road again and then he sees Dessie. The way she goes out of her way to communicate with him after learning he is deaf…..yup I said “AWWW”. He is a mess because he wants to see what happens but he can’t let another woman break him.
People, the FEELs of this book were off the hook. I was screaming at the character to JUST KISS ALREADY so many times. Then when we thought our couple was on the right track something or some “skeleton in their closets” came flying out. OMG they have both been burned and are full of fear. They want to experience what the other has to offer but fear and doubt can really wreak havoc on a person.
Can I tell you how freaking excited I am at book 2?? OMG Brant…..for real though. I can’t wait to see this woman who kicks the man whores butt into submission!!!
Daryl Banner is an author and composer who graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Theatre and Psychology. He writes new adult romance, M/M romance, post-apocalyptic fantasy, and dystopian. He is most inspired by the smart and unlikely hero, but urges you (the reader) not to fall in love with them; they may deceive you with their innocence.
In this second book in the Greg Dorn Series, Denver police officer Dorn wakes up one day to discover he is handcuffed to a bed in a
quasi-medical facility recovering from some serious wounds. He is in severe pain and has no memory of how he got there. As his memory slowly returns, Dorn is obsessed with getting home to his wife and daughter but finds he is being
held captive. He discovers that someone, somehow has tampered with his identity—and his head. He is now being prepped by his captor to become a
“soldier” in a killing scheme intended to radicate the enemy. “The General” fails to realize the extent to which he has perfected his new killing machine. Using his new skills, Greg escapes, jumps on a cargo train and heads home…but his homecoming is nothing like he expected.
B.A. Sherman’s passion is writing psychological thrillers.
He lives in Colorado with his wife and daughter and, when not writing novels, he is a police officer in Colorado. He has been in law enforcement for 24 years. The Test is his first full-length novel.
The short stories and books he writes are based on experiences he’s had over the years, with “a heaping spoonful of
fiction,” he says. He has published one short story, The Truth, currently available on Amazon.com.
When he’s not writing and working, Brad enjoys hunting,
camping, fishing and skiing. These are areas he plans to write about in the future, perhaps incorporating them into a thriller or two.
Welcome to Halfway; where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner.
A century old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time.
Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie’s spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers.
But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules:
1. Don’t complain about the diner’s waffles.
2. Don’t break the laws of magic.
3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.
Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire’s curse without burning the waffles?
Come hunt with Carlie, and answer the call of the wild.
Oh my stars! Nothing halfway about this series! The Halfway Witchy series is one of a kind!
As if Carlie’s life isn’t already crazy enough there are strange happenings occuring in Halfway. And guess what? Carlie is here to protect, no matter the cost. Exit is a man who has been under an ancient curse who has recently woken up. Carlie and Gran are trying to help Exit, but Exit is not the only newcomer to Halfway. Warlocks and hunters are in the area and it’s unacceptable. We follow Carlie and how she is handling the fact that Wulfric is no longer hers but we also follow Exit and learn of his life and curse. It’s perfect for the book and Exit is a great charater to continue in this story. Crazy situations and emotions can cause people to do some incredible and insane things for the people we care about…and for ourselves. And this fits Carlie to a T.
“I did my best to look friendly and incapable of turning someone into a toad. Flowers were good. Toads, not so much. I probably could if I had time to write the spell, but that wasn’t the point, perception being reality and all that.”
“Gran and I are more than wardens and less than saints.”
“I wanted blood, but we needed justice. The two were diverging paths for me, and the only question was whether or not I could find the strength to hold back when the moment of truth came. As I began to walk deeper into the woods, I had no answers, only hope.”
***Carlie’s and Exit’s journey is a wild ride and is nothing short of exciting. Loving this series and can’t wait for more!***
Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books.
My life was mapped out and planned to perfection. I knew exactly what I wanted and where I was going, until I was thrust into his world and ripped from mine. In the blink of an eye everything shattered, proving to be nothing more than a cheap illusion. Now I’m living in this twisted form of hell, where enemies and friends are one and the same. I thought I wanted perfection. Now I don’t know what I want – perhaps not even my own freedom.
I’m the definition of wrong. I’m violent, I’m greedy, and I stop at nothing to win. I’m a notorious bookie and in my game paying with your life is not just a figure of speech. You lose, collect. I take whatever you have. She’s collateral for a debt, and if that debt’s not paid someone will die. This should be just business, so why can’t I kill her?
Everything is not always as it seems.
I received this book from the authors for an honest review.
So when Stevie told me about this book I was like HRMMMMM. She is great at writing filthy rockers and awesome paranormals sooooo how is this dark romance gonna be??? In once word : HOLY-MUTHER-OF-GOD!! OK so I guess that is more of a phrase right???
This book is a hot mess and by that I mean a good hot mess. Ria/Victoria is a soon to be doctor who is dating Mr. Perfect soon to be doctor but spoiled brat Euan. At dinner someone shows to collect the money he owes JP the bookie ANNNNND he throws them is WOMAN as collateral?? UHMMMM who does that? Oh a DB that is who.
So Ria is taken as a hostage to JP/Jude/yummy hottie bad boy. He is NOT happy his lackey took a woman as a hostage. He doesn’t do hostages. He just kills ya if you don’t pay up but not a hostage. So as anyone would do, Ria fights and tries to get away. This part of the book was my favorite. You get to see scrappy Ria fighting with Jude and people no one fights against Jude!
As the story progresses, we find out some stuff about the “awesome” boyfriend and his family connections. Then Jude and newly named Tor (Jude hates Ria) start to connect and form an understanding along ….with…..falling….in….love????? Best scene of the book, Tor drunk in the strip club…CLASSIC humor!!!
The book ends with a major cliffy but not the cliff you expected???? I loved it and cannot wait for the next book. I need more Jude in my life!!
Lauren Lovell is an indie author from England. She suffers from a total lack of brain to mouth filter and is the friend you have to explain before you introduce her to anyone, and apologise for afterwards.
She’s a self confessed shameless pervert, who may be suffering from slight peen envy.
LP Lovell’s She Who Dares series are all international best sellers.
Lauren loves to hear from readers so please add her on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter. Visit her websitewww.lplovell.com.
Stevie J Cole
I enjoy the escape writing allows, and fully enjoy weaving a tale and creating crazy characters. When I’m not writing I am cuddling with my two little girls, and listening to my husband play his guitar (swoon). Some trivial fact about me would be: I love the color pink, I adore sloths, and I have a thing for British accents. My biggest fear is completely irrational, but I can’t help it. The thought of the pending zombie apocalypse absolutely creeps me out. I honestly can not imagine a more horrifying way to be blotted out of existence than by the hand of a decaying, oozing corpse.
I hope if you read my books you will enjoy them and will be sucked into the little world I have created with words. After all, writing is the most amazing magic trick in the universe because it allows the reader to crawl inside the mind of the author. If you really think about that … it’s kind of disturbing.
“Nothing good ever happens before ten in the morning.” ~Skylar Wolfe
Skylar Wolfe is far from your average PI. Full of snark and purple hair with a quick tongue and no filter from her brain to her mouth. Trouble always seems to find her and she always drags her cousin Levi along for the ride.
But this last bit of trouble she seems to have fallen into is the deadly variety. There’s a corpse at her door (no really, I’m completely serious) with her name all over it. It seems she has pissed off the wrong person. Being Skylar the list could be a little long. She teams up with Norcrest’s new delicious lead detective, Aiden Livingston.
Then leads the hunt to find the person responsible.
Hide & Seek
Skylar is annoyed that Aiden didn’t even bother to call or show up for moviethon.
She decides to head into the station to get on his case and maybe score a new case. What she finds one of Norcrest’s uppercrust in a cranky mood. Her daughter is missing and she’s bitching at everyone. Of course Skylar can’t resist messing with her. Mrs. Vivienne Cox rushes out in a huff after dealing with Skylar. Aiden decides to bring her in on the case.
Missing person cases were Skylar’s favorite. She dives right in. So did Collette Cox run away from her “oppressive” rich party life or was it something more nefarious?
Wiggle & Jiggle
Take off your clothes and pull up a seat, Skylar Wolfe is headed to a nudist community for her next snarky adventure! Join Levi, Aiden, and her newest victim, Bryce as they investigate a death involving Skylar and Levi’s mothers, Lorlei and Dorthoy Wolfe.
It all begins with a phone call from jail. With Lori and Dori locked up and Uncle Vic off on vacation, it’s up to Skylar and Levi to rescue them. With a ride from Aiden and a healthy dose of snarkiness from Skylar, they are off to save the day!
But it looks like that will be no easy task. Murder is a harder charge to post bail for than public nudity. So with the help of Aiden’s friend Bryce the crew has to come together to figure it out before it is too late. All the while the growing heat between Aiden and Skylar starts to deepen to something more than just dysfunctional coworkers. It will all come down to a choice…
and for Skylar’s sake, let’s hope she chooses right…
Snag & Bag
Skylar’s in over her head…
This time it begins with a visit from Aiden’s lawyer friend, Bryce. He has a case for Skylar. It’s a special one. He thinks the guy he’s prosecuting is innocent. He wants Skylar to find the real killer. Of course she agrees.
It will be fun, she thought.
With Levi in tow, she sets off on the investigation. Everything is confusing, nothing seems right. Then the unthinkable happens and they end up in a tight situation. Skylar must use all her skills to get them out of trouble this time. Will her snarky attitude make things worse?
There is no way you can read this story and be in a bad mood. If you are looking for a fun and light read, this is absolutely what you need! Absolutely a page turner. I just love how no matter how heavy the situation is with Skylar she keeps a level head and continues with her sarcasm. Love it! Four short stories in one bundle, a must read!
Slice and Dice, 1
HIlarious from the start! Right from jump Skylar and her cousin, Levi are out on a bounty that has gone downhill. You can tell right away that Skylar is very confident in what she does but has the snarky, smart alec attitude to go right with it. She and Levi are private detectives but also handle some bounty work as well. Skylar is a bit unconventional but makes you fall in love with her character as she is incredible easy to relate to. I think she could be my best friend, lol! She is put right in the middle of a murder investigation and gives the detectives a run for their money. So funny!
“What time is it,” I grumbled. “Seven in the morning,” he answered. “What the hell?” I burrowed deeper under the blanket. “Give me three more hours . Nothing good ever happens before ten in the morning.”
“Come on, you know that you wouldn’t survive the zombie apocalypse, let alone a psycho chick.”
LOL! Funny and sweet! Skylar is back at it. She has an attraction to the new detective and may or may not be mad at him for not calling or texting her. She goes to the police station trying to get another consulation job. Naturally, using her powers of persuasion, she lands a missing persons case that she can’t wait to figure out. Following Skylar and her crazy antics will have you smiling through the whole story. She has an intense personality but speaks sarcasm fluently. All the characters just go together like peanut butter and jelly.
“Missing person’s cases were fun. It was like a giant game of hide and seek.”
Wiggle and Jiggle! This next episode that Skylar and Levi go on has their mothers right in the middle of a murder investigation. And who comes along to help? Aiden! Skylar and Levi run right to their mothers’ rescue along with Aiden and a new friend, Bryce. Right from jump Skylar has her no nonsense attitude and is determined to get to the bottom of this case. The story is so funny but has a little love twist now. You can’t help but to continue to smile, laugh, and keep turning pages.
“Skylar, we know you’re awake,” … “Shut up until ten. People that get up before then should be shot on principle.”
“Was it time now? For better or worse, I knew what my decision would be. It was how I lived my life. My motto or creed, if you will.”
Skylar Style! Nothing she does is small…go big or go home. She is brought in on a murder investigation and ends up being right in the middle, again. She just can’t stay out of trouble. Aiden tries to talk her out of it and she pushes back. She is put in a very bad situation but comes out on top. Bryce and Aiden try to help her and Levi, but Aiden pushes her more and puts a twist on this story.
I pressed the buttons on the controller in a fury. I was going to kill every alien on the damn screen. …. I hit the pause button and turned. It was Aiden’s friend, Bryce. That piqued my curiosity. “Did you come to help me kill aliens?”
“A wackado. You know someone not right in the head. A moron. A dumbshit that doesn’t know when to leave someone alone. A wackado.”
If you look in the local coffee shop or bookstore you might just find Mariana Thorn. She can usually be found with headphones in and deep into the worlds she has created. There is this thing about her pens if you touch them you might receive a smack to the hand and the well-known glare of destruction. Besides writing, Mariana enjoys reading, photography, and playing with her dog. She lives in Western Washington, but loves to travel to Florida to sit on the beach to write.
She is the author of Fantasy and Mystery stories. She has many more projects planned and coming.
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Former model Chalise Boudreau returns to Louisiana after ten years and faces an uncertain future. Watching her budget, she’s living with her mother and plans to open a luxury salon, but she fears the community sees her homecoming as a failing, and she knows any malicious gossip will jeopardize her success.
Once bad-boy, now entrepreneur Chaz Riboucheaux is home and trying to rebuild his old reputation. He believes one of his companies, the Magnolia May, a pirate ship, can make Ascension a tourist destination, but the mayor refuses to grant him a lease at the city’s dock.
Chalise and Chaz come face to face at a Twelfth Night party. Years ago, he stood her up and left her brokenhearted. Now her brain is at war with her heart, but her body has a mind of its own. As Chaz leads her across the dance floor, he knows when the music stops it won’t be the end of their waltz. He has questions only she can answer, and he won’t stop until he gets what he wants.
“Forget him,” her adoring father had said at graduation when he spoiled her by replacing her Mazda with a Mercedes. Then he sent her off to modeling school in New York where luck found her. She quickly signed with an agent. Her career took off in a flash, and the thrill of modeling turned into a drug for a year.
But like a catfish flopping around in a boat, her life flip-flopped when her father died suddenly of a heart attack. When she and her mother discovered the estate was nearly bankrupt, Chalise made a new plan. That fall, she started college in New York City and continued modeling. Often when studying, her thoughts would drift. Though they were miles apart, she dreamed of what could have been with Chaz. She hadn’t wanted to believe the worst of him, but her pain poked her imagination in the most antagonistic ways.
Now he was back. She was home.
The pain of the past stabbed at her. Her chest tightened. He could live anywhere. Why had he picked Ascension? His nearness created a tension she couldn’t avoid. She would die of a thousand little cuts. No one need ever know how much she still cared for Chaz. Including her mother.
He was an enigma. An aloofness replaced his tough outer shell. He moved with confident masculine grace—much more appealing than any male model she’d ever dated. He looked way too sexy in a pirate costume. And then there were his business connections. The boy had savvy and brains.
Linda Joyce is an award-winning and Amazon best selling author who writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them in her Fleur de Lis series and Fleur de Lis Brides series. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her people buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and four-legged boys—Beau, Jack, and Renior—who think she’s their pet. www.linda-joyce.com
Chloe Reed and Nick Grayson couldn’t have more different lives. Where Chloe had a bleak future and was trying to deal with a loss that had left a hole in her heart, Nick was a happy-go-lucky guy, leading a carefree life with a path set.
Until one fateful night, they met and everything changed. The night that gave Chloe hope for the future, left Nick scarred for life. Was their meeting a one-off tryst or was their story just beginning?
An incredible story of taking a chance on someone and saving them. I could call this a story of fate. It makes you feel like there is always a reason for certain things to happen and for certain paths to cross. Chloe is facing a family loss, things spiral out of control and on one fateful night Nick finds her and brings her back to reality. But then when she wants to find her knight in shining armor he is no where to be found. Nick is facing an unexpected devestation and ends up going a different direction. This might be cliche’ but they run into each other one night a couple years later. They reconnect briefly only to be redirected once again. There is some push and pull with the story but it is written beautifully. Both characters are very well defined and you connect with their feelings and thoughts in a way that grabs you by the heart and will bring tears to your eyes if you are not careful. This is a novella, but it could have been so much more. The good news…there is another full length novel coming out soon! I am so excited! Getting this glimpse of Chloe and Nick will be on my mind for a long time to come. I can’t wait to continue their story!
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