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#ReleaseDay #Review #WOTR The Enforcer by Teresa Gabelman (Taming the Vampire Box Set)

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Ok, so this is Mrs. Teresa Gabelman’s contribution to the Taming the Vampire box set, one of 25 books by some fabulous authors, out just in time for Halloween.

This book is about Maverick, a vampire and Becky, a human. Once upon a time Maverick was human and they were in love, but Maverick was turned and pushed her away to keep her safe.
First let me say that Maverick being a Vamp doesn’t change the fact that he’s a dude and dudes think they know what’s best when it comes to the safety of the women they love.
Second, hello another group of sexy vamps from one of queens of sexy vampires.
Maverick, once human now vampire, is a part of the Enforcers. If Gabelman’s vampires were law enforcement the VC Warriors would be the Feds and the Enforcers the local law enforcement. They are after a certain group of vamps and Becky just happens to be caught in the middle.
The action starts right off the bat, I love the reactions that Becky and Maverick have to each other after the time they’ve been apart. The way they feel about each, like in real life, hasn’t changed due to time and circumstance.
The new vampires are funny as heck, they protect the good guys, and love hard. I for one have my fingers crossed for more of the Enforcers, whether they are on their own or intergraded in with the Protectors, hint hint!! . Oh, and Becky by the way kicks ass, literally!!! Love a strong woman who knows what and who she wants.
When men, be they human or vampire, realize that no matter what happens to you a woman who loves you will always love you, magic happens.

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The Enforcer by Teresa Gabelman

 

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

Oh Teresa you and your vampires….I mean you know I love me some VC Warrior Jared in The Protectors series but these new guys…Can I get a hells YES to them!!  OMG!!  I am thinking ol’ Dusty may be my new baby daddy in this series too!!!

SO this is a new series by one of my favorite paranormal writers.  If you love her other series, you are going to need to jump into this series as well.  The Enforcers are tough, big and uber alpha plus super funny. Maverick has loved Becky forever but he disappeared due to being changed.  When he sees her with the bad guy he and his Enforcer friends have to figure out her connection to James.

Becky is still not over Maverick.  He left her and she has no clue why.  When she is forced to spend time with him to protect her from some bad people, she has to deal with her heart falling all over him again and the devastation she will feel when he leaves.

This story is a GREAT into the new vampire series.  I can’t wait for more!!

Melinda's Review

Teresa Gabelman – The Enforcer

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I love Teresa Gabelman’s Protector’s and even her Lee County Wolves but there Enforcers are going to be some competition. Although Maverick was great I’m thinking Dusty is going to the top of my list.

This is about Maverick who was absolutely in love with Becky. Until one night his life changes and he disappears from Becky’s life. She is heartbroken for months. You see Maverick was changed in to a vampire and he decided his life was too dangerous for his Becky. He though the only way to protect her from him and his new life was to leave her. Until one night she is tossed into his world and planted right in front of him. Now he has no choice but to protect her and keep her safe.

Becky will have to endure his presents and deal with the heart break all over again when he leaves her again because she knows it will be coming.

What a great series I loved Becky’s sass, stubbornness, and fight. She is a strong female that can stand on her own feet and stand up to big bad vampires. The vampires are wonderful too and I cannot wait to get to know then better.

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

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

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#ReleaseDay #Review #WOTRAttendingAuthor Bound To Surrender (The Doms of Genesis Novella) By Jenna Jacob

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After suffering a brutal hate crime, submissive Trevor Hammond’s outward appearance projects the usual carefree demeanor his friends know and love. But inside, the remnants of his battered psyche and the ghosts of his assailants keep him bound in chains of anxiety.

While his Master, Moses Abrams, aka Daddy Drake, is aware of the devastation consuming his precious sub, he finds himself powerless to neutralize his lover’s demons. Embarking on an unconventional journey, Drake is determined to find a way to heal and bring back the man who owns his heart.

Will his love be enough to draw Trevor back from the darkness?

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Yay, Moses, aka Daddy Drake, and Trevor finally get their book!! I have been waiting for their book since Embracing My Submission!!!!
It really bites that it happens to be after the events in Seduced by My Doms, but this is where they needed to be.
Trevor has always been this bubbly, happy go lucky sub; the sub that everyone at Club Genesis, Dom and Subs alike, love.
However after he was severely beaten, he is no longer the sub he once was.
The love that Drake has for Trevor can be seen in everything he does, it’s a beautiful thing. No matter how bad Trevor is mentally after this event, Drake doesn’t stop fighting to get His Trevor back. Both are dealing with guilt about the incident and Trevor seems to be sinking further in a black pit.
Yes, the sex scenes are hot between them, once Drake realizes he isn’t going to trigger a relapse in Trevor. However, for me they are just the icing on the cake in this story. Trevor finding himself and releasing he can’t let his tormentors win is the very best part of this story. It is a rough road getting there with a few bumps along the way, but he finally find himself in the end and it is wonderful to see the Trevor we all love come back.
Omg!!! Julianna and Mika are the best family anyone could have by the way, what they do for Drake and Trevor is simple heart melting!!!

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USA Today Bestselling Author Jenna Jacob’s erotic romance comes from the heart of submission. With over twenty years’ experience in the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, Jenna strives to portray Dominance and submission with a passionate and comprehensive voice. Her stories will make you laugh, cry, and may leave you with a better understanding of the fulfillment found in the BDSM power exchange.

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#Review – Grit, King’s Harlots 1, by J.M. Walker

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

 

He refuses to fall in love.

He was born alone and he will die alone. Or, at least he thought so until now.

Vice-One is all he knows. His squad. His brothers. The men he spends every day protecting. He is empty and only one person can fill this void. This darkness.

Meanwhile, Genevieve Gold makes it clear he should stay away when she is everything he craves.

 

She is lost.

Her heart has been ripped out; stomped on…crushed into tiny pieces, leaving only a gaping hole behind.

King’s Harlots is all she has. Her club. Her sisters. Her life. But something is missing until he shows up.

Angel Rodriguez is everything she hates but everything she needs.

 

Putting differences aside, they will work together to bring down a malevolent force threatening to rip them apart…

 

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Female MC’s and Alpha Military? Yes, please!!! O.M. Wow! Absolutely instense! The perfect set up for an incredible series. Alpha female and alpha male….who dominates?

Jay has grown up in the MC world and ends up starting her own female MC club. She has has so many things happen to her in the past that she closes people out but is fiercely loyal to the ones she loves. Angel is a Seal and is constantly being sent out on missions. He had a difficult childhood and with work he generally closes people out, except the ones he loves. On Angel’s downtime, him and his team do construction work. While working on Jay’s club there is an explosion, literally. The brief time that Angel and Jay met he has felt sort of protective of her. The explosion amplifies it. There are girls missing in the area and both are trying to get it sorted out. Both of their pasts creep up on them and things go chaotic. There are so many underlying secrets coming to light that will keep you glued to this story. There is no way you will put this down. From the HOT physical intensity to the chaotic story line to all the feels…….My only issue with the book is that it ended! Noooooo! This is the perfect storm for a crazy good, hot as hell story!

 

“A small smile crept on my face. He was adamant I would fall for him. Maybe he was right. But two could play that game. I was the creator of my own story, and no man was going to change that.”

 

“Angel Rodriguez was the epitome of every sinful desire I had. Every dark secret. Every fetish and fantasy. He dominated my body and took control, giving me the greatest pleasure in return.”

 

If you are still reading this you need to stop and one click this. One helluva ride! Woohoo!

 

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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

#WOTR #ReleaseDay #Review #WOTR Sloan (Book 9 The Protectors Series) by Teresa Gabelman

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Not only does VC leader, Sloan Murphy, have to keep the peace between the human and vampire race, but he also wrangles VC Warriors in his spare time. It’s a job that could drive a saint insane, and Sloan is no saint, but insane he may be. While his Warriors find mates, he swears he will not follow in their footsteps.
Becky Spencer, his new secretary who he reluctantly employs, is set to threaten every stoic promise he’s made.
With an instant attraction that is hard to deny, she fits into his world with confident ease.
Even though Becky has sworn off men after her nasty divorce, she can’t help the desire the sexy and serious Sloan Murphy stirs in her. It isn’t until she sees how devoted he is to his job and the Warriors under his command, that her lusty feelings turn into more. Working in close quarters, they both fight the pull that grows with each passing minute.
Who will win, the secretary, the Warrior, or an attraction that just won’t go away?

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Sloan Murphy is the boss man of the VC Warriors as well as the oldest member of the vampire council. He does it all and if vampires could get high blood pressure and have heart attacks Sloan would be a prime candidate for both. Becky Spencer is Sloan’s new secretary that he really doesn’t want. She’s got a douche bag for a ex, a son in college that she loves, and is swearing off all men, good thing Sloan isn’t a man.
We get to see all of our favorite Warriors again; Sid and Jared are still smart asses, Damon and Duncan are still strong and true, Steve is still funny as hell and getting into trouble, Adam is still Adam, Jill is still throwing people through walls, Jax and Blaze are training the warrior wannabe’s, and Slade well he’s still my Dr. Hottie McVampire being all Dr. Buchanan.
Sloan really doesn’t want a mate, he’s too busy and he wasn’t ever supposed to find his, but he can’t stop thinking about Becky. It’s so funny watching Becky silently swearing herself off Sloan all the time when he does something to melt her panties.
Watching Sloan try to fight his feeling the she’s his mate is like watching a tree slowly fall, then BAM it happens!!
Since our last bad guy died in Jax’s book, Gableman has given us a new slimy bad guy with thugs of his very own who’s already done some damage and pissed off the Warriors!!
I love that Becky is tough and can stand up to the Warriors when she needed and that she’s has the same goofy since of humor that they do and can give it as good as they can. She fits the group and most of all she is exactly what Sloan needs.
What’s so great about Terese is all the while she’s writing about the main couple, she’s setting you up for the next one, with out letting the main couple down. The next book is gonna be awesome and I can’t wait!!!

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

Oh Sloan!!  I have been waiting for the boss man to fall and fall hard he did.  He TRIED to fight off the sassy redhead but he ended up falling head over heels, as we the reader did as well.

Sloan has been grumpy and moody in every book.  I mean I get it.  He is the boss and has a lot to run and control so love is not in the cards for him oooorrr so he thinks.  It’s not that he doesn’t WANT love but he knows he is moody, grumpy and busy so women don’t take kindly to being 2nd in line for his attention.

Becky is done with men.  After her failed marriage she is over men and going to switch teams…LOL then she gets this job with the VC Warriors as the boss’ secretary.  He is commanding and intense but super sexy.  The chemistry these two have in sooo well written.  They are joking and flirting but still keeping the whole boss/secretary thing going.  Mainly Sloan is pushing her away and she is hiding for fear of being rejected.

When they have their first kiss…..I was super excited and then watching Becky put him in his place…LOVED IT!  She is definitely perfect for Sloan.  All the Warriors, except for Sid because she also puts him in his place, love her as do their mates.

The buildup for the next book has me sooo excited for a few reasons….1 – new awesome bad guy. 2. -Blaze…need I say anymore???

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I have been waiting for the Boss man’s book. Sloan is not happy go lucky he has so much on his plate. He doesn’t have the luxury of letting his guard down and letting loose he has a vampire race to protect.  Sloan does not have time for anything but his job he defiantly doesn’t have time for a mate.

Becky is hired to be Sloan’s secretary to help him out. She has sworn off men after her divorce even contemplating switching teams. Sloan finds out quickly Becky is not a “Yes, Sir” kind of woman. She speaks her mind and stands up to anyone no matter which Warrior it is.

I enjoyed this one the chemistry between Becky and Sloan was off the charts. Watching them fight it and the banter between them was great. I loved the side stories of the trainees and Blaze *wink* *wink*. Let me just say Jax is my warrior but Blaze is right up there with him.  The new nemesis is going to cause so big issues for the warriors. I have to say I found myself laughing at times, wanting to throat punch some newbies.

I cannot wait for the next book to find out what is going to happen next and I have to know more of Blaze and also what’s going to happen with Steve. OMG Steve I see him getting into some major predicaments in the future. I have fallen in love with series it only grows and becomes so much more. I feel invested in the lives of the warriors and their mates. I want to know more about them all.

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

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

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#WOTR #Review Girl Departs Three, Part One (Spoken For) by Suzie T Roos

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Zach and his family made it impossible for Tatum to be his girlfriend. Nigel made it oh-so-easy for Tate to move on. But the shock of seeing Zach again, of finally meeting his mobster family, and even coming face to face with his fiancé, convinced Tatum more than ever that Nigel was the one for her.

 

Tatum knows Zach still dreams of one day sharing his life with her, but Nigel offers her his life now – no dreaming necessary. And while Zach spends a month entertaining the fiancé that has been forced upon him by his family, why shouldn’t Tatum take her relationship with Nigel to the next level?

 

When Nigel betrays Tatum, her heart is broken. What once was clear becomes dark. She finds herself by Zach’s side yet again, needing him in a way she never imagined.

 

Zach or Nigel?

 

The decision isn’t easy because Tatum has learned the hard way—

 

Choices last a moment. Consequences last forever.

 

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OMG! I don’t have words right now! Sooooo….In Girl Divided the author leaves us with a huge cliffhanger and this picks up exactly where the other ended. Perfect! So I pick up the book and am immediately engrossed by the story and BOOM! Chaos! Tatum is confronted by Zach and is more or less forced to go to a family dinner with his “fiance” who is a real… you know what. Tatum is trying to keep Zach at bay and convince herself that Nigel is the safe and best choice. Well, that is until we find out what Nigel has been hiding. Our perfect Nigel is not so perfect. Naturally, Zach is there to help Tatum when one thing leads to another and she and Zach are back together. Officially unofficial. Soon enough everything seems to be going the way it should and another curveball is thrown. Whew! Then things just keep hopping at this point. I have no way to tell you about this story other than to tell you to go read this, and now! If I tell you anything more about it then I will give it all away. Again, Tatum is playing with FIRE! HOT FIRE! Then the end happens and smacks you in the face! Suzie T Roos has absolutely captivated me. You have my attention and yes, I am on pins and needles waiting for part two. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!!

 

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Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.

 

She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, Ca. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.

 

Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.

 

She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

#WOTR #Review Girl Divided Two (Spoken For 2) by Suzie T. Roos

 

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Life was supposed to get easier…

 

At least that’s what Tatum had hoped. New school year, great boyfriend…and things with her and Zach were supposed to be wonderful. Fairy tale wonderful.

 

They aren’t.

 

Zach’s overbearing family controls his every move—and worse, they want to control Tatum.

 

Now Zach is pressuring her to ‘speak for him’, which means she’ll not only be committed to him but also his mob family. Where’s the guy she fell in love with? To make matters worse, her friends introduce her to Nigel, the new guy who is more tempting than Tatum wishes.

 

So which will Tatum give in to…coercion or temptation?

 

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5 stars from this girl! What is a girl to do when she has an overbearing jock ex (absolute horrible person), an Italian mobster boyfriend, and a hot Brit that all want you, one way or another? Tatum is living every girls nightmare of a dream. In this installment we continue Tate’s crazy life. She is being pressured to “speak for” Zach from his family. All Tate wants is to be with Zach but she feels like she will belong to the mob if she does “speak for” Zach. When push comes to shove they are torn apart by unfortunate circumstances. Tate meets Nigel. Oh Nigel *sigh* the hot Brit that gives Tatum a crazy case of the butterflies. She decides to move on and give things a try with Nigel but things continue to get crazy. Kyle is back and is as crazy as ever. Zach is in Italy and desperately trying to get back to Tatum. And Tatum, she is falling for Nigel. Secrets continue to surface and Tate is right back in the middle of trying to figure out what is right for her. Tate can be rather naive but what girl isn’t somewhat naive in high school? You have to fight for what you love and want but Tatum is playing with fire. The author leaves you with a huge cliffhanger so be ready because I finished this and immediately started the next. Oh yeah….I am hooked!

 

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Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.

 

She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, Ca. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.

 

Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.

 

She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

#WOTR #REVIEW – His Precious Cargo (The Heart Nebula Series, #1) by Ava Cuvay

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One illicit lap dance becomes a flight for their lives.

 

A stripper with dreams of being a princess.

An intergalactic thief with a freighter of stolen cargo.

 

At the outskirts of space and away from the rigid control of Central Command, Granger entices Kaedi to break her strict no-lap dace polity. The repercussions force her to pack up and hitch a ride off-world in the same freighter he has hired. They discover a passion hotter than a super nova, but their plans are shattered by the untimely death of the ship’s captain and the duplicity of the co-pilot.

 

The two lovers crash headlong into the clutches of Granger’s best-friend-turned-torture-happy-enemy. When Granger’s heritage is revealed, Kaedi relinquishes the pleasure she finds in his arms, believing herself unworthy. Granger chases after her, determined to convince her she is more precious to him than stolen cargo.

 

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Oh my stars and planets! A stripper and an intergalactic thief! What more could you ask for?! This book was exciting from beginning to end. It grabs your attention and holds you right to the very end and leaves you wanting….no, needing more. Right from jump the author puts you in a seedy type of strip club with all types of characters. Granger is the intergalactic thief and he has hired Dex, a shady pilot, to get him off of the rock they are on. He runs into Kaedi, our dominant exotic dancer, and he cannot get her out of his mind. Kaedi decides at the last minute she is going to hitch a ride with the guys but they run into all sorts of trouble with Central Command. They lose their pilot and lots of cargo. Only to have to deal with ships tailing them and some not so savory back stabbers. Kaedi and Granger grow instantly close. They cannot keep to themselves and it’s not about number one anymore….its about them together. Absolutely action packed with crazy ship chases, crashes, and very hot scenes between these two! Just wow! This is my first book by Ava Cuvay and will absolutely not be the last. This is one of my new favorites!!!

 

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She resides in central Indiana with a hubby who makes her laugh and kiddos who are growing up way too quickly. She enjoys the world of wine and spirits, amusement park thrill rides, and laughing at her own foibles (yeah, she laughs a lot).

 

She believes life is too short to surround yourself with negative people, and Han Solo shot first. When not writing, Ava is thinking about writing. Or wine. And she’s always thinking about bacon.

#WOTR #Review – Girl Spoken For by Suzie T. Roos

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What’s the point of making a New Year’s resolution when weeks later your life goes to the toilet anyway?

 

Sixteen-year-old Tatum Duncan’s life has turned upside down. Her best friend and grandmother has died, her mother is threatening to send her to an all-girls school for defending herself against a bully, and her abusive boyfriend nearly kills hers. 1989 isn’t turning out to be her year.

 

But just when it seems like all is lost, Tatum is saved by Zach Bertano, her longtime friend and secret crush. Her dormant attraction to him surfaces with his persistent attention. As her love for Zach grows, she comes to learn that he too has skeletons, and his issues could affect Tatum’s life in ways she never imagined.

 

Zach’s overlooked her baggage—can she overlook his?

 

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I have Spoken For this story! This is a mixture between YA with some scenes that could move it into the NA category. I absolutely love that this is set in 1989. So refreshing! Tatum is a sophomore in high school and has just lost her best friend, her grandmother. She has always embraced being different and being her own person. She ends up with Kyle, the super hot jock. She then thinks that everything is great and how she is so lucky that he wants her. Tatum is extremely naive and keeps trying to give Kyle the benefit of the doubt when he gets extremely possessive and abusive. She is put in a situation that is life altering. This is where things get really emotionally unstable. She feels that she cannot go to anyone. Zach (the other super hot, dark and mysterious guy) knows something is going on but cannot resist being Tatum’s knight in shining armor….or mobster in black. So many conflicting emotions and crazy secrets start surfacing. Gauntlets are thrown. And Tatum always ends up in the middle. The characters in the story are well written, extremely relateable, and easy to fall in love with. In the end Tatum does get what she wants but it may be at an incredible price. I have to say that I picked this book up because of the cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous! The perk is that the story is even better. I could not put this down. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

 

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Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.

 

She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA to out West in Santa Monica, Ca. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.

 

Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going with her husband and friends.

 

She’s always been an animal lover and animal rights advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.

#WOTR #Review Soul Journey (Soul Series Book 1) by Miranda Shanklin

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It has been many lifetimes since the cycle began.

The cycle that still haunts Annisa Lawson.

A spell cast in desperation to help, which only caused heartache.

Now, Annisa has found her way out of the varying repeats of her past; only to bring more danger to herself, and those around her. Now she must learn to survive with the help of her friends: Chase, Penelope, and Landon have all gone through each life cycle with Annisa. Sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Now that Annisa has broken the cycle of their collective punishment, she finds that she needs her friends more than ever to keep their enemies, known, and unknown, at bay. As the group of friends learn of their souls’ journeys through their many life cycles, they must also learn to control the magick they have discovered within themselves and each other, in order to defeat the most feared assassin in their world.

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So, Annisa is your average small town high schooler; captain of the cheerleaders, boyfriend is the hunky captain of the football team. Nothing is going to change the fact that they’ve been best friends since they were kids and boyfriend and girlfriend for years, they love each other.
Nothing until the new kids move in next door.
Chase and his little sister Penelope know no one in town and Annisa goes over to introduce herself and invite them to a end of the summer party to get to know the other kids.
Right away there is something that draws her to Chase and she feels as if she has known Penelope forever.
Her boyfriend, Landon, starts acting very possessive when Chase is around and she calls him on it. Torn she has to choose between her best friend and this crazy pull she feels around Chase, her heart and soul tell her to pick Chase.
Omg, who knew the crap was gonna hit the fan when she makes her choice!!
Witches are real, she and her family are witches. Also, Chase, Penelope, Landon, and they’re families are as well!! Witches powers are from the soul thus when they die they do not go to heaven or hell, but rather a special place just for them until their souls are reincarnated in new bodies.
There’s a good reason she had to choose and a good reason why these four witches are drawn to each other.
The four of them aren’t just ordinary witches they are the most powerful of all and the witch council is trying to kill them!!
I really enjoyed the new take on witches!! Everyone has their own take on them and this is a good one.
Reading about the group made me feel like a teenager again, I wish I had those powers to use when someone was after my man. Lol!!
I’ve told my teenage daughter about the book, I’ve yet to let her read it though due to the fact o don’t wanna give up my Kindle!!
Honestly, I really enjoyed it and the feeling of being young again that Shanklin’s writing brought.
Buy your copy now to find out the reason the council wants them dead and why Annisa had to choose, I don’t wanna give everything away!!
Can’t wait to read book 2!

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Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.

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#Review – Fractured Palace by RJ Loom – Blog Tour – #WOTR Attending Author

Title: Fractured Palace

Author: R.J. Loom

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Standalone

Release Date: March 22, 2016 

They say home is where the heart is. 

Ashton Roberts never understood that saying. Heart couldn’t be found anywhere in the rundown bungalow she grew up in. It also couldn’t be found in the luxury estate she moved into when her mother married her stepfather. 

All Ashton wants is to get her degree, meet Mr. Right and find the happy stable life she never had. But when life constantly throws her curve balls, she begins to wonder if it really is just a pipe dream.

Until she runs into her former neighbor, Reed Collins.

As a child, Reed had always been Ashton’s silent protector. As an adult, he is everything she has ever dreamed of in a man. If only he didn’t keep her at arms length. But as things heat up, guards drop and secrets are revealed which toss Ash back into the turmoil surrounding a tragic event from her youth. 

Will Ashton let her past fracture the perfect picture of her future? Or will the meaning of loyalty, family and love be redefined?

After laying out rugs and putting away towels she began a battle with the packaging for the shower curtain rings. The plastic was sealed on all sides and no amount of tugging or biting at the edges would tear it open. She growled in frustration.

“Uh…Ash?” Reed chuckled from his bedroom. “You okay in there?”

Great. He heard her. “Yeah,” she called out. “I just can’t get this package open. Do you have any scissors?”

“Hang on…”

Ashton continued her fight then hissed as the plastic edge sliced into her thumb.

Reed appeared in the doorway and held out his hand. “Give it here.”

Happy to get rid of the stupid package, she tossed it to him, then stuck her thumb in her mouth to suck away the sting. As he began to struggle with the container, his eyes lowered to her mouth. They lingered there for a moment before he lifted them to meet her own. “Are you all right?”

She removed her thumb from her mouth and inspected it for any bleeding. “Yeah, I’m fine,” she dismissed, tucking her hand in her back pocket of her jeans as if she could hide the fact she was just sucking her thumb.

Fortunately, her slight embarrassment was short lived. With one last hard tug, the package popped open and shower curtains rings flew everywhere. They ricocheted off of the medicine cabinet, sink and walls before scattering all over the floor and in the bathtub. But it was the one ominous plop which came from behind her that was cause for concern. Reed must have heard it at the same time because he stepped forward just as she turned. A lone chrome shower curtain ring sparkled back at them from the bottom of the toilet.

Ashton swung her head around and locked eyes with Reed in alarm. “Injured,” she called out, thrusting her hand in the air as if she were holding up a free pass.

“Oh yeah?” Reed chuckled and raised a brow.

“Yeah.” She nodded solemnly, cradling her hand to her chest. The small, barely visible slice in her thumb had suddenly and conveniently become a grave situation. “I could contract MRSA or some other nasty infection.”

His eyes flicked down to her hands then back up to meet her gaze. “Well, we wouldn’t want that.”

“No, we wouldn’t,” she agreed, narrowing her eyes as a smile slowly crept across his face. The smile would not have been worrisome had it been a regular smile. No, this smile should have warned her to take a step back. Instead, she got lost in the way it reached his eyes and showed off his white, almost perfectly straight teeth.

“Good thing your other hand is fine,” he pointed out just as he lunged forward to try to grab her wrist.

“No!” She squealed, jumping out of the way.

He laughed and pushed one of his shirt sleeves up. “I’m kidding, Ash. I wouldn’t do that.” Shaking his head, he turned back to the toilet. “I’m going in.”

Ashton watched from the safety of the doorway as Reed swooped in to retrieve the shower curtain ring. He tossed it into the sink then washed it and his hands, going all the way up to his elbows. After he was done, he flicked water at her then grabbed a towel.

Reed’s eyes met hers as he dried his hands. Their laughter died off and silence stretched between them. Eventually, he cleared his throat and averted his gaze to the floor. A crease formed between his brows and she wondered what he could possibly be thinking.

“Ash …,” he began and lifted his eyes back to hers. In that brief moment, Ashton’s heart beat faster and she swore she felt some kind of connection with Reed she had never felt before. She wondered if it was her imagination or simply anticipation for what he was about to say. Most likely, it was a combination of both.

“Jackpot!” Danny announced from the bedroom, shattering the moment. “I found Reed’s spank bank!”

In spite of the horrible timing, Ashton could not help but burst out laughing. Reed groaned and stepped toward where she stood in the doorway. They both looked over to find Danny with a huge grin on his face as he held up a couple copies of some car magazine.

She shook her head and turned back to Reed. “You share a gene pool with that one.”

“Yeah,” he said, running a hand over the back of his head before he looked back over toward his room. “Hey, Danny. Why don’t you go outside, dig a hole, jump into it and bury yourself,” Reed suggested as if it were a great idea.

This only made Danny laugh harder.  

“I’m just messing with him, Ash,” Reed murmured in her ear before he stepped passed her.

She knew he had been but her curiosity over what he had been about to say made her reach out to grab his arm to stop him. “Wait, what were you about to say in there,” she asked, inclining her back toward the bathroom.

His eyes shifted from the bathroom over to meet hers. He smiled but it was nothing like the smile he wore only a few minutes earlier. This one was weak at best. “Oh…nothing important,” he said with a shake of his head. Hooking a thumb over his shoulder, he took a step back. “I better get back to this so I have a bed to sleep in tonight.”

“Okay.” Ashton released his arm and watched as he walked back into his room.

kellys review

Oh my gods! Wow! Put your pajamas on, get your tissues, and settle in for the long haul. This is not a story that you can just pick up and put down whenever you get tired, need to eat, or even go to the bathroom. This is a story of love, sacrifice, and finding one’s self. Perfectly flawed fairytale!

We start the story off with Ashton. She is at a party and has to make a split decision to call her stepdad to pick her up. After she is picked and is gearing for an arguement they go look for her mother. She is dead. Ashton feels like she has been through it all. She has had a shabby home and upbringing, watched a string of boyfriends come in and out of her home, and was in the middle of her mother’s addictions. Her mother cleaned up, married her stepdad, and things went well until her mother relapsed and ended up dead. It was a devastating time but her stepdad continued to support Ashton. Ashton always knew what she didn’t want and worked incredibly hard to do everything in her power not to end up like her mother. Only this didn’t work out to her advantage. She constantly fell into bad relationships but the one thing that always seemed to help was her old friend, Reed. He always seemed to be there when she needed him. This goes back as far as her being 5. They used to be neighbors and Reed, along with his mother and brother, helped look after Ashton when she was in a bad spot at home. They would lose touch due to their age differences but he always popped up when she needed him most. Everything moves along and you just know this is going to work but Reed is beating himself up about something. Some terrible secret, some darkness, that he just can’t shake. This is where I leave you to find out the rest of the story. The twists and turns you are about to embark on cannot be given in a review. The only way to find out is to experience the emotions that both of these characters deal with. New love, turmoil, guilt, what-if’s….If you want it, this story has got it!

“It was all Ashton wanted, to be happy . She wanted the fairy tale with a Prince Charming, palaces and happy endings. Unfortunately, all she seemed to get was the part of damsel in distress. And it sucked.”

“So you’re the ‘Expect nothing from me. I get bored easily, guy’?” Reed chuckled and shook his head. “No, Ash. I’m just a guy who hasn’t found the girl I want to shape my world around. Simple as that.” Her brows pulled together in a frown. It was a sweet sentiment but something didn’t sit well with her. “Reed, you shouldn’t have to change for anyone.” His lips tilted up in a half grin. “I know. It’s the willingness that would be telling. And the right girl, would be willing to shape her world to include me in it too.”“Good answer, Mr. Collins,” she teased, even though she may have slightly melted on the inside.”

“My point is you cannot assume the motivations of others. You can judge but you have no idea what pushes people to make decisions that are unlawful or immoral. Sometimes , they may feel it is their only option.”

Perfectly flawed! This is an incredible journey to follow. Once I started reading I could NOT put the book down. It is exhausting chasing after fairy tales that don’t exist…but their fairytale is incredibly different and soooooo worth the read. If you have made it this far into my review I am not exactly sure what you are waiting for…you want a sweet love story? Go somewhere else. You want an emotional feelcoaster that is witty, funny, but also enough to break your heart and put it back together??? This is the story you NEED! A MUST READ!

R.J. Loom was born and raised along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, where she still resides with her husband, two children and two spoiled dogs. She loves books, music, travel and anyone with a great sense of humor. When she’s not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book, looking for more books to add to her “to-be-read” pile or spending time with her family.

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