The Darkest Star – Release Day & Review!

You guys all know I’m pretty obsessed with Jennifer L. Armentrout.  I love everything she’s ever written and this book is a companion to her Lux world which is where many of us started our love affair with her writing.  She was the first author I read when, exhausted with a baby / toddler who never slept, I finally relented and downloaded the kindle app to my tablet.  Obsidian was being offered for free, so I gave it a shot and the rest is history.  It was extra fun for me that the publishing house was located in Ft. Collins, CO, a city I know quite well as I attended college there and lived in the area most of my life.

Returning to the world of the Luxen and Origins and aliens among us was actually kind of a relief.  That sounds odd, but really I felt like I had been holding my breath and waiting for a continuation of the adventures there.  We finally get more about Luc in TDS – the great and powerful Origin we met along the way in Kat and Daemon’s stories.  There’s a splash of our old favorites as well, a pinch of Archer, a dash of Daemon, but really this is Evie’s story and so we have to step away from them to fall into her reality.  But Luc is there, so it’s mostly okay.

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Secrets and lies are common threads that can’t be avoided in the Luxen world.  Evie finds herself completely submerged in both very quickly after simply going to a club with a friend.  I don’t love spoilers, so I can’t say much except nothing is really as it seems (ain’t that always the way?) and what you think you know you probably don’t.  This cast is fantastic, and I’m excited for the next one.  I’ll ALWAYS be excited for the next one.  Always.  Jennifer gives me all the feels every time I read her stuff and I find her entirely re-readable which just adds to the appeal,

You want to read this one.  If you haven’t read the Lux series, no worries – you can jump right into this and won’t be lost at all.  I will highly recommend that if you read this first you then go back and pick up Lux.  Naturally.  Start with Obsidian.  You won’t regret it!

–A

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Love and Chaos – Teaser!

Today we are sharing a teaser reveal for LOVE AND CHAOS by S.M. Soto. It is the third, and final, book in the Chaos romantic suspense series. It is available for pre-order now and will release on February 28th!

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Love and Chaos by S.M. Soto

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Book Blurb:

Hell is rising
People are dying…all in the name of love.

Tell me, can the Devil and his Angel survive the flames?

Deception and Blood were the counterparts, but now, can Sophia and Creed navigate their way through the never ending Chaos?

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S.M. Soto was born and raised in Northern California where she currently resides with her son. Her love for reading began when she was a young girl, and has only continued to grow into adulthood. S.M. lives for reading books in the romance genre and writing novels with relatable characters. She refers to herself as a bit of a romance junkie. S.M. loves to connect with readers and eat copious of donuts that will surely lead to her demise (carbs are life).

 

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Depraved – Release Day & Review

I was prepared to enjoy this way less than I did. I’m honestly really anxious for the second half of the duet. The story is engaging, the sexual tension and scenes very intense, and the characters well-drawn. It’s no secret I have a hard time with darker romance, and this fits into that category, but it’s very well done. I don’t like blackmail or revenge tropes, and this toes that line but there’s enough consent on the part of the heroine that I relent most of my struggle with this theme.

JD is a jerk, admitted and fully understood by everyone who knows him. Gabrielle is no weak player in this story, and together they are a force – their past and his secrets keep them from fulfilling their full potential though. There’s mystery and intrigue still uncovered about what really happened when they were young, what nefarious deeds are afoot in regard to Gabrielle and so many secrets it’s maddening.

If you like your romance with an edge of darkness and a second chance with the flavor of blackmail, this is a good one for you.

–A

 

Title: Depraved

Series: The Devil’s Duet #1

Author: Eva Charles
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 21, 2019

Blurb
I’m the devil’s spawn.
The son of evil incarnate.
The heir to corruption and depravity. 
Gabrielle Duval once belonged to me. And whether she likes
it or not, she’s destined to be mine again. What will it take to lure this
luscious woman back into my bed? A deal with the devil himself, of course.
My name is JD Wilder, and this is the story of how I reclaim
what’s mine. 
 

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Author Bio
A confirmed city-girl, Eva moved to rural Western
Massachusetts in 2014. She found herself living in the woods with no job, no
friends (unless you count the turkey, deer, and coyote roaming the backyard),
and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she had been thinking. But
as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning
in her head and weave them into steamy love stories. 
A romantic at heart, Eva looks forward to date night all
week. The perfect evening includes well-crafted cocktails, a fabulous perfume,
Cherry Garcia ice cream, and her husband, of course. If you add good friends,
live jazz, and impossible shoes, she will follow you anywhere.
Eva holds a BA from Boston College, and a JD from the
Washington College of Law. She spent a career working in domestic violence,
child abuse and neglect, and civil rights. Aspects of this work often find
their way into her books.
When she’s not writing sexy stories, trying to squeeze
information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs
you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.
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The Heiress Duet – Cover Reveal!

Title: Protecting the Heiress
Series: The Heiress Duet #1

Author: Nana Malone

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 18, 2019

 

Blurb
All I ever wanted was family. But one mistake cost me everything I’ve
ever worked for.

 

To get it all back, I’ll have to return home and protect the most stubborn
woman on the face of the planet. To do that effectively, I’ll need to go
undercover as…a Manny.

I didn’t mean to fall for her or the kid. I really should have known better.
When you get this close, it’s easy to get burned.

But I’ll do anything to protect them, even if it costs me everything…again.

 

 

 

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Title: Tempting the Heiress
Series: The Heiress Duet #2
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 9, 2019

 

Blurb

 

One error in judgment. That is all it took.

 

They say don’t mix business with pleasure, but I fell in love with the client
and now I’ve lost her.

But I would do it all over again if it meant keeping her safe.

Now I’ll have to fight like hell to earn her trust again. If I don’t, it could
cost both of us everything.

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Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all
things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she
borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious
thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.
With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner
Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own
characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime
works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as
sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle
and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books
list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working
hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances
for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding
in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and
puppy in sunny San Diego.

Want to hit me up? Just email me:

nana@nanamaloneromance.com
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Overture – Release Day & Review

This is a taboo guardian and ward / age difference romance. Skip it if that kind of thing isn’t for you!

I was drawn to Sam and Liam even though I was prepared not to be. It’s hard not to feel at least sympathetic to this sheltered girl who has dealt with so much tragedy and has mainly her music as a focus in life. Her intense, grumpy guardian Liam, is fighting with a ton of internal conflict, much of which about Sam and the circumstances that brought her to him.

I did struggle a lot with some of the vague allusions to things that had happened and that the characters were struggling with. I was left wanting more concrete discussion when it came to Sam’s past, the security firm and what was going on at the school and with Cody. While relevant, the overarching and repetitive “I shouldn’t want this” became a bit exhaustive. Hoping to get more in the next one since this left on a bit of a cliffhanger!

–A

 

Title: Overture
Series: North Security #1

Author: Skye Warren

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Release Date: February 19, 2019

 

Blurb

 

Forbidden fruit
never tasted this sweet…
The world knows
Samantha Brooks as the violin prodigy. She guards her secret truth—the desire
she harbors for her guardian.
Liam North got
custody of her six years ago. She’s all grown up now, but he still treats her
like a child. No matter how much he wants her.
No matter how bad he
aches for one taste.
Her sweet overtures
break down the ex-soldier’s defenses, but there’s more at stake than her body.
Every touch, every kiss, every night. The closer she gets, the more exposed his
darkest secret.
She’s one step away
from finding out what happened the night she lost her family. One step away
from leaving him forever.
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Excerpt

The memory of our last talk heats the air between us—about condoms and sex. And the way he walked in on me when I moaned his name. God. I’m not sure I can stand another talk like that. “I’m not naive, Liam. I know you took me in because I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”
A muscle in his jaw ticks. “That wasn’t exactly the reason. And even though I didn’t know you before I took custody, I’ve grown to care about you over the years. If I didn’t state it clearly enough, then the fault lies with me. I wasn’t raised to show… affection.”
I stare at him, incredulous. Affection? It’s a cold comfort to a girl who’s always wanted the surety of forever. And the word might as well be alien to a man like him. “I’m going to tour the country. The world. I’m leaving, Liam.”
He looks away. “Christ.”
Unease moves through me. “Did you really think I wouldn’t come back?”
“I don’t know why you would want to.”
“Because I care about you.” Liam is six feet of pure muscle and hard will. There’s no way someone like me could go up against him and win. Except that when I take a step closer, he tenses. Another step and he goes still as stone. It gives me a sense of power, enough that I take the final step. “I care about you even though you’re controlling.”
There’s only an inch between the ruffle of my blouse and the flat of his abs.
“You think I’m going to apologize for keeping you safe?” he mutters. “You think I give a damn that you’re mad at me as long as you’re in one piece? That’s the only thing that matters.”
“Because you think of me like a daughter?”
He shakes his head slowly, not breaking eye contact. “No.”
“No?” I whisper.
“When I walked in on you…” His voice is hoarse. “I didn’t think of you like a daughter.”
I should probably be horrified that he would think about me in any way other than family, except I’m the one who started it. I take a step closer, and there’s nowhere for him to go. He’s already backed up against the wall. This big, strong man who could probably make a whole army quake—or at least a battalion. And he’s cornered by me.
This close I can see the green of his eyes, so dark they’re almost emerald, flecked with gold. A scar bisects one dark eyebrow, probably a scar from something terrifying and deadly.
“How did you think of me?” I’m afraid to know the answer, but I’m even more terrified of never knowing. Of being a nameless, faceless body in that writhing crowd, hooking up with a stranger when the man I really want is standing right in front of me, inches away, his breath a feather-touch on my forehead.
A small shake of his head. “It’s not right.”
I’m not sure what right and wrong mean when it comes to us, but I know what it means for music. Someone can play a piece with perfect timing and notation. They can hit every single note, but it still won’t have passion. That part comes from inside. “Then be wrong with me. Don’t make me do it alone.”
I push up on my toes, pressing my lips against his in a blind, artless kiss. I’m off center of his mouth, kissing the corner. He stands still as a statue, letting me wobble on my heels, letting me fall against him, only my broken kiss to balance me.
Grief beats against my ribs. He’s going to make me do it alone. Of course he is. I’m always alone. A small sound escapes me. Loneliness. Pain. It vibrates against his mouth, sound made real.
He jolts as if I’ve shocked him. Something unspools inside him. I feel it in the inch of air between us. And then I feel it in my lips. He takes over the kiss with shocking possession, his hand behind my head, his body turning us so I’m against the wall. He looms in front of me, blocking out the view. There are no vinyl records on the wall, no bass thrumming through concrete and steel. There’s only him, only this. How is it possible that only a few minutes ago I felt powerful? I didn’t know what this would be. I couldn’t know the way I’d revel in surrender.
His tongue touches the seam of my lips, a pure electric sensation that makes me jump. I part my lips in surprise, pulling in the scent of him—man and earth, salt and sea. He tastes elemental. His tongue swipes the tender inside of my bottom lip. It’s more sensitive there than I could have imagined. I feel the slickness of the caress all the way in my core. My thighs clench together.
So careful. So wary. I touch my tongue against his. He’s the one who groans.
His hand fists in my hair, creating a delicious little ache. “Do you know what you’re doing to me?” he breathes, and I try to shake my head; it only makes him pull harder.
“Liam… I need…” It’s like the bedroom when he walked in on me, my hips rocking, mindless, hungry. Worse than that. My whole body is moving restlessly against him.
He tears himself away with a hard sound. Only an inch away. A rough tremor runs through him. It’s a small comfort, knowing that I’ve moved this man. Knowing how much control he has, knowing it’s eroded. But only a small comfort. He still leaves me panting against the door.
“I’m supposed to protect you,” he says, his voice taut with guilt.

Author Bio

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

 

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Anguished – Release Day & Review

I enjoyed the first Crimson Elite novel, but I think this has overtaken as my favorite. Even in that first story, I was very curious about Echo. He was clearly tortured over something, missing work, spending all his time at the beach… and now that we know the situation with his family and ex – holy cow, what a mess. His family is something else. I don’t really even have words for how detestable they are.

Storm is a perfect match for him in wills, desire, and her making him check his BS at the door. It’s a wild ride seeing them come together in some pretty explosive chemistry and trying to keep it only physical.

As usual, the accompanying cast of friends is fantastic and adds a lot to the overall enjoyability of the read. Be aware that this is a darkish romance that leans toward erotica. I’m ready for the next two!

–A


It wasn’t meant to be this way—she shouldn’t have fallen for my brother and left me for him. But she did. And now I’m left to pick up the pieces of my shattered, broken heart. And to top it off, they want me to come to their wedding. Do they think I’m a pushover? Do they think of me as a joke?

The old saying stands true, ‘why have enemies when you can have family.’
 
I understand it now, better than I ever have in my life.
 
There’s one unexpected surprise though, Storm. She blew in just like one and makes the pain diminish. She’s exactly as her name describes her—she is a storm. A beautiful and powerful one.
But not all things are meant to last. Like a storm that wreaks havoc, some things cause anguish, and in my life she may very well be one of them.
Title: Anguished
Series: Crimson Elite #2
Author: T.L. Smith
Genre: Romance (standalone)
Release Date: February 19, 2019
 

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Savage Fall Duet – Cover Reveal

Aren’t they gorgeous?!
–A
Title: King’s Men

Series: Savage Fall Duet #1

Author: Lana Sky
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: The Illustrated Author Designs

 Release Date: February 27, 2019

Blurb

 

The more treacherous the lie…
Ten years ago, Snowy Hollings did the unthinkable: she
betrayed the love of her life.
Now, when her family’s fortune is decimated overnight, the
popular socialite is in for a rude awakening: you reap what you sow.
…the harder the fall.
Mysterious newcomer Blake Lorenz despises everything that
Snowy Hollings stands for–and he’s determined to destroy her piece by piece.
When all is said and done, this ruthless corporate king will
stop at nothing to torment the redheaded beauty.
She had it coming, after all.
And, when he’s through, she’ll be lucky if there’s anything
left to ever make whole again.
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This story contains dark, disturbing subject matter not
suitable for those under 18 years of age, including mentions of rape, child
abuse and eating disorders.
 

 

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Title: King’s Horses
Series: Savage Fall Duet #2
Author: Lana Sky
Genre: Dark Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: The Illustrated Author Designs
Release Date: April 10, 2019
Blurb
The harder the fall…
Ten years ago, Snowy Hollings betrayed the love of her life…
Or did she?
Blake Lorenz has finally broken the Hollings heiress but
revenge doesn’t taste quite as sweet as he’d hoped. And as the murky depths of
his past begin to come to light, the more he’s forced to realize that he may
have made a grave mistake.
…the more brutal the redemption.
Destitute and disillusioned, Snowy is trying her best to
piece her broken heart back together. But Blake isn’t the only man on her
trail, desperate to claim her.
No good deed goes unpunished, after all.
And the truth has a way of destroying even the most
resilient of hearts…
Author Bio
Lana Sky is a quirky writer from the US who dabbles in dark,
paranormal and contemporary romance. Her stories aren’t always typical, but
contain a little something for everyone.
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13 Days of Love – Day 12

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About MEANT FOR YOU by Layla Hagen
Will Connor lives his life by simple rules: take care of those he loves, give one hundred percent to his job, and never ignore his instincts. So when he meets Paige, he doesn’t plan to ignore their crazy chemistry, or the way her pretty smile strips him of all defenses…
As the development director of a nonprofit, Paige Lamonica has met her fair share of people. But Will is something else entirely. The sexy detective is a little too confident. With sculpted muscles and a chiseled jawline, he’s also far too easy on the eye. She loves that he goes toe-to-toe with her at every turn.
When Will asks her to attend his sister’s wedding with him, Paige thinks he just wants to throw some relatives who want to play matchmakers off his scent.
She couldn’t be more wrong. Will wants her.
When she teases him, he teases her right back. When she pushes his buttons, he repays her with dangerously hot flirting…and even hotter kisses.
As they spend more time together, Paige discovers there’s more to Will than she thought. With every layer she peels away, she craves more…
But as the daughter of an Army man, Paige has never wanted to get involved with someone on the force.
Can Will persuade her to explore their growing connection with him?
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About Layla Hagen

Layla Hagen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She fell in love with books when she was nine years old, and her love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
She writes steamy and romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
She is represented by fabulous Louise Fury (The Bent Agency)
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