28 February 2017

Release Blitz ~ Beastly, Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story #3, by Michelle Irwin


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Series: Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story #3
Author: Michelle Irwin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017


Blurb

Not all things are exactly as they appear.

Beau Miller thought his happily ever after had returned in the form of the girl with the seafoam eyes. He never expected a second heartbreak at her hand.

When her father, Declan Reede, turns up with murder in his eyes, Beau discovers that the break-up might not have been what it seemed. He must solve the mystery if he’s to find his girl.

How can he and Declan rescue their princess when she’s been taken by someone with beastly intentions? And will they make it in time?

**Due to strong language and sexual content not intended for anyone under the age of 18. Some books in this series contain content, including sexual assault and violence, that may trigger emotional distress in some readers.**



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What The Reviewers Are Saying

This book is completely told in Beau POV and I will tell ya you won't have a dry eye or feel something pull at your heart. This book has left me in book hangover and I can't wait to read the next one. ~ Le Ann Foster

This is the third book in the Phoebe Reede The Untold Story series and I honestly can't remember the last time a series made such an impact on me emotionally and I loved every single second of reading this! ~ Kimberly Anne ~ Reviews From The Heart

As we said Michelle nailed another amazing book that just leaves us wanting more we are taken on a beautiful journey that’s not always rainbow and unicorns but it makes them feel real this whole series makes me feel like these are real people make me feel like there friends and we are just watching there lives unfold before us. ~ BFDU

Words cannot truly express how amazing and wonderful this story is. How Michelle Irwin hasn’t been afraid to step into the dark and bring us this heart wrenching story. Beastly may not be a sweet romantic addition to the series as some may have hoped, however it cannot be denied how wonderfully creative and enthralling this book is. ~ Alison

Oh.My.God This book! This series! I am blown away! Just speechless! ~ Tammi

Beastly was a steady paced, gripping story of a man in love and his refusal to stop looking for the woman he loved. It was at times heart breaking but also had a few lighter moments with Declan and Angel. A really well written and gripping story. Highly recommended. ~ Diary of a Book Addict



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Author Bio

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

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New Release ~ Game Changer, Game On in Seattle #7, by Jami Davenport

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Game Changer by Jami Davenport is live!

"The story line pulled me in from the get-go and was unlike anything else that I have read in the past, which was a really refreshing discovery. Highly recommend this one, it is sure to tug on your heartstrings and leave you with a smile!" - Reds Romance Reviews

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Blurb

When horse racing and football collide, Hunter McCoy, star tight end of the Seattle Steelheads and neophyte horse owner, finds himself in a battle of wills with a sexy horsewoman and a stubborn, champion Thoroughbred.

In order to save the farm and fulfill her dying mother's wish, Kate Vanderhof-Carrigan’s Thoroughbred has to beat Hunter's horse in the Derby, an easy enough feat until her heart entered the race.

Lilli McCoy, Hunter's sister, has been burned by men before, but she'd believed her last boyfriend was The One. He wasn't. He couldn't deal with Lilli's disability and used her blindness as tool to cheat on her. Reeling from the betrayal, Lilli returns home to lick her wounds. She hadn't factored in the instant attraction she’d feel for her brother's playboy teammate, Cameron Swift. One playboy in her life should've been enough.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1—Long Shot

Purple hair looked good on Hunter McCoy.

He glanced at himself in the rearview mirror and smiled. Lilli would love his new look—even though she couldn’t exactly see him.

He put his truck in gear and zipped out of the parking lot, anxious to get home. Several minutes later, thanks to less-than-average Seattle area traffic, he drove down the gravel driveway to the country home he lived in with his sister, Lilli.

Last summer, he’d purchased two acres next to the horse barn where Lilli kept her horse and spent the majority of her time when she wasn’t working. He’d bought the house when Lilli finally came to her senses, dumped her dickhead boyfriend, Steve, and moved back to the Seattle area.

The property had the added advantage of being close to his longtime friend and teammate, Tanner Wolfe, and his wife, Emma, along with Tanner’s brother Isaac and his wife, Avery, who taught and trained at the same barn Lilli rode at. Emma and Avery were also twin sisters, which only added to the family feeling of the property. Hunter appreciated family more than most. Lilli and he benefited from the closeness of the people surrounding them, since their own family resided two hours southwest of Seattle on the opposite side of Puget Sound.

Hunter had the sixties ranch house remodeled completely, not only to modernize it but to optimize it with the latest technology for the blind. They’d debated tearing it down, but Lilli hated waste, while Hunter appreciated the funkiness of the older home as opposed to the cookie-cutter appearance of the newer homes.

He walked into the spacious entry, which led to a large living/dining/kitchen area with a wall of windows and a glass door opening onto a deck. A patch of green lawn ended in a wild tangle of native plants and trees. A water feature with a koi pond blended into the landscape, trickling like a babbling brook.

Lilli met him at the entrance to the great room, having heard him pull in. The woman could hear her scruffy cat purring from three rooms away. Her guide dog, off duty and not wearing his harness, stood nearby, tail wagging. Hunter gave the golden retriever a pat on the head. Charlie responded by licking his hand.

Lilli was beaming, which always put a smile on his face. “So, what did you do, Hunter?” She could barely contain her excitement. He waited a few moments, prolonging the suspense. She tapped her foot impatiently and propped her hands on her hips, a sure sign he was about to be given a good-natured ass-chewing if he didn’t answer her question.

“Hunter…” she warned with a voice as strong as steel and as sweet as honey, so much like their nana. His heart swelled with love and pride for his sister.

“It’s purple—a deep, dark purple—and I had her put waves in it.” He subjected himself to shit like this because Lilli loved it, and he’d do anything for her.

“I can smell the dye.” She laughed and clapped her hands. “Let me feel. She moved forward and held out her hands, reaching for him. He stood still as she ran her hands over his long, now-curly hair. “I love it. Describe the color.”

“It’s the color of those violets that Nana had in a big clay pot on her porch in the summer.”

She nodded enthusiastically. “I remember.”

So did he. He remembered all too well that summer when he was seven and she was ten. The summer everything changed, and Lilli lost her eyesight in a freak accident. But true to form, Lilli never complained. She soldiered onward, dealing with her blindness as if it were an opportunity to meet a challenge rather than be a victim of a disability.

At thirty, she had bachelor’s degrees in both business and political science and an MBA from the University of Washington. She never let anything stop her and never would. Three years ago, she self-published her first thriller novel and never looked back. Lilli raked in the cash, each book’s sales growing exponentially.

Despite her success, Hunter worried about her. She dwelled in the darkness of her books too much, and he constantly worked to pull her into the light. He wished she wrote romantic comedy or something.

He knew he shouldn’t be concerned. Lilli McCoy had the most positive attitude of anyone he knew. She was also fiercely independent despite her disability. Lilli took risks, which scared the shit out of him, like going out for walks alone with Charlie, who was no protection at all, unless licking someone to death counted as protection.

Hunter glanced down at what Lilli was wearing and frowned. She had on one of those swimsuit cover-ups. “Did you go swimming while I was gone?” He’d put in a small covered pool across from the garage this summer. They’d both gotten a lot of use out of it.

Lilli nodded, the set of her jaw defiant. She stood up straighter, her back rigid.

“I told you not to swim when no one’s here. What if something happened?”

“You’re never here during the football season, and Emma’s busy today. Besides, nothing happened, little brother, and nothing will.” She shrugged. “And if it does, well, it does.”

“I’m sorry. I—” Hunter shook his head. The thought of losing her was unbearable to him.
“I’m not laying a guilt trip on you. In fact, I love football season because you aren’t constantly smothering me. Someday, you’re going to have to let go, find someone, and start a family of your own. I need nieces and nephews.”

“You’ll always have a place in my home.”

Her knowing smile denied his words, but she didn’t say anything further. Regardless, he had the distinct feeling he’d lost the battle—again.

Lilli was as stubborn and independent as he was, and he loved his sister fiercely. She’d always been wise beyond her years, and losing her sight made her all the wiser.

The year she’d moved back East with Steve had killed him. Love was truly blind. He’d seen through the asshole, but she never had until—

Lilli touched his arm. Something she did often since she couldn’t see a person’s expression. “You’re tense. What’s wrong?”

Hunter was nothing if not brutally honest. “Thinking about that dickhead, Steve.”

She laughed. “He wasn’t a dickhead, not exactly. He was what I needed at the time to learn the lessons I needed to learn.”

Hunter rolled his eyes, glad she couldn’t see him. “He was a dickhead. I never liked him.”

“And you made your opinions abundantly clear. Besides, you’ve never liked any man I’ve been interested in.”

“None of them have been good enough for you. They haven’t recognized your special gifts or cherished what a unique and exceptional woman you are.”

“I could say the same of your women.” She laughed again, and he had to smile. Her sunny outlook on life was contagious.

“You could,” he admitted with a chuckle.

“Hunter, leave the overprotective fathering to our father. He does a good enough job on his own.”

“That he does.” Hunter conceded that point, but Dad wasn’t here to protect her right now.

“I need to change. I’m meeting the girls for dinner.”

“Do you need a ride?”

“No, Avery’s picking me up.”

“Okay.” She headed for her bedroom, Charlie on her heels despite being off duty. The golden retriever took his job seriously, just as Hunter did.

She paused and turned. “Hunter, get a girlfriend. You need a distraction, and I need you to have one.” With a pleasant laugh, she headed back down the hallway.

* * * *

Beatrice Kathleen Vanderhof-Carrigan, known as Kate, lived in a horse barn. Not literally, but in every other way. She lived and breathed horses, from the show horses she rode daily to the racehorses her family had bred for generations in the Kentucky bluegrass.

Kate preferred horses over people most days of the week, if not all days. The youngest of three children, she’d spent her childhood in boarding schools. Her busy father was descended from “The Carrigans,” whose old money dated back practically to the Mayflower, while her mother chose to live on her family’s Kentucky horse farm where Kate spent her summers.

Kate arrived early at the Thoroughbred training and rehab facility to watch her horse work out on the all-weather track. Mist clung close to the ground, causing dampness to seep into her bones, so different from the dry heat of California. She’d brought her best Thoroughbred to Seattle to rehab at one of the top facilities in the country. Dr. Wilson was a pioneer in racehorse rehabilitation, and she could afford the best. Even if the best happened to be in Seattle.

She could’ve sent Fighter Jet here and stayed in her Malibu beach house, but Kate was hands-on when it came to her racehorses. A week ago, she’d moved her favorite show horse to a dressage barn down the road so she’d have something to do while Jet rehabbed a minor injury.

Kate leaned on the rail next to Mitch “The Wizard” Mitchell, Jet’s new trainer and one of the up-and-coming trainers in the business. She’d tried to hire him exclusively, but she hadn’t managed to convince him and probably never would. He’d gotten his start on the West Coast. Working for her full-time would require moving back East during the summer months. Mitch didn’t appear to be interested. Go figure. He’d rather hang out on the West Coast than be in the thick of things at some of the bigger East Coast tracks.

Her bay colt cantered by easily, showing no signs of the injury that’d sidelined him for the past month. His rider stood balanced in the short stirrups, slowing the colt as they neared the turn to canter around the track as per Mitch’s instructions.

A fiery red blur flew past her, almost airborne, as if gravity couldn’t hold him down and speed was his life’s joy. She leaned on the rail, and her eyes widened as she watched this incredible animal eat up the ground with huge strides of pure grace and barely leashed power.

At the turn, the exercise boy rose in the stirrups and attempted to rein in lightning under saddle. The colt shook his head and kicked out, communicating his displeasure at being slowed.

This horse loved to run, and damn could he ever run.

Kate’s greedy eyes ate him up.

She wanted that colt in her stables. She needed that colt in her stables. He could be the answer to her prayers, and she desperately needed that answer.

She turned to Mitch.

He grinned at her and read her mind. “He’s inconsistent at best. One day he’s brilliant, the next he’s surly and refuses to run. On his good days, he’s unbeatable. On his bad ones, he’s in last place.”

“What’s the name?”

“SeaStrong. As a two-year-old, he’s won two and lost two.”

Kate nodded, making a mental note to look up his racing record and his breeding as soon as she got home. “I want him.”

“You can’t buy them all, Kate, and he’s not for sale.”

“They’re all for sale for a price,” she said, echoing her late grandfather.

Mitch shook his head. “Not this one.”

“Who owns him?”

Mitch turned and pointed to a man about fifty feet down the rail from where they stood. She hadn’t noticed him before. How she could’ve missed such a magnificent male specimen was beyond her.

He was tall. Really, really tall, with long curly hair dyed a deep purple and held back from his face in a ponytail. His worn T-shirt hugged his incredibly muscled body. His profile was proud and his bearing full of confidence. He reminded her of one of the Western paintings her grandfather collected, the one of a lone brave standing on a bluff looking out over the prairie with an all-knowing expression indicating he saw things the average person couldn’t see. Kate’s dormant female parts woke up and paid attention to the hot man with the even hotter body. His proud bearing radiated quiet strength and deep wisdom, a combination she found alluring.

“Who is he?” She hoped her voice didn’t sound as shaky to him as it did to her.

“A tight end for the Seattle Steelheads.” He slanted a knowing glance in her direction.

“A football player?”

Mitch snorted. “Did you think I was talking about another kind of tight end?”

Much to her horror, Kate blushed. The heat started between her legs and slid upward to her face. Involuntarily, her gaze dropped to his ass, and what a fine ass it was, encased in well-used Levi’s.

“He affects all the women like that.” Mitch chuckled. “Though I thought if anyone would be immune, it’d be you.”

“He has to have a price,” she insisted, hating the husky rasp of her voice.

“I doubt he does. Besides, he has investors.”

“What percentage does he own?”

Mitch shrugged, clearly not interested in furthering the conversation.

“What did he pay for that horse?”

“I’m his horse trainer, not his financial adviser.” Mitch, who was known to be utterly charming or annoyingly cranky depending on his mood, was losing patience with her.

Kate shifted her gaze back to the man who should be an actor or a model, not a football player. He was entirely too gorgeous to sacrifice such male beauty to those hulks that bore down on him every game—not that she paid much attention to football, but she did know a thing or two.

She’d be paying a lot more attention now.

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Hunter had a touch of the gift, not like his sister, but nevertheless he still had it. He could see things or know things. He was never sure how he knew them, but he did. He’d known Tanner would fall in love with Emma before Tanner knew it. He’d known the Wolfe brothers had wanted to heal and become a family again and had pushed them in that direction. He’d predicted his own purchase of this very racehorse and knew this horse was special.

Some things were destined.

Such as true love. When he was a small child, he’d listened to his grandmother tell the story of how she knew when she’d found the one. His grandparents and his parents were happily married. Hunter wanted that, and he was convinced he’d know his destiny as sure as he knew his name. Something inside him would sing and the grayness of the Pacific Northwest would turn into a rainbow of colors. They’d instantly bond physically and emotionally, knowing at first sight they’d share their life together.

He’d sworn he’d found her, but in the end, she didn’t feel that way after all. He wondered if life was playing tricks on him or testing him as to his worthiness for such an eternal love. Regardless, for five years, part of him had been waiting for her to return.

One-night stands to alleviate sexual tension weren’t doing it for him. He wasn’t a one-night-stand kind of guy. In college, he’d never availed himself of the steady parade of women who’d gone in and out of the apartment he’d shared with Tanner and his wingmen. Tanner, the team quarterback, Cameron, Grady, and Hunter had been together since their freshmen year of college at the University of Washington, playing on the team’s offense. Tanner called his buddies wingmen, because if there was trouble to be found, Tanner always found it first and needed backup.

Through a set of lucky circumstances, they all played for the Seattle Steelheads football team, though Hunter preferred to call it fate. There were no coincidences. Everything happened for a reason—a simple fact that was one of Hunter’s guiding principles. Right now he wondered what twist fate had in mind for him next. Not that he put all his stock in fate. He believed in God but not necessarily as a white person would. His personal religion combined a belief in karma, the old ways of his tribe, and modern religion.

He turned to regard the woman staring at him as if she’d never seen a man before. Per usual, he waited for a sign, but nothing happened. No thrill of recognition of his soul mate. No quickening of his heart. No sense that he’d finally come home.

Nothing.

This woman was not The One. Not that he expected her to be, but he prided himself on being open-minded.

She approached him, and her blue eyes glinted with the single-minded purpose of a linebacker pursuing a quarterback. Hunter braced himself, ready to politely dismiss her, though he doubted she was the kind of woman easily dismissed.

Perhaps she was a football fan. Hunter always had time for fans. As one of the few Native American football players in the league and a member of a Coast Salish tribe, he was sought after for interviews and photo sessions, and as a role model for tribal youth. He did his best to meet every request as part of his campaign to further the average person’s understanding of Native American culture.

He smiled and held out his hand. “Hello, I’m Hunter McCoy.”

She didn’t exactly smile back. Instead, she looked him up and down as if she were assessing him for strengths and weaknesses.

“Kate Vanderhof-Carrigan.” She shook his hand, her grip surprisingly firm for such a slight woman. He sized her up. His well-honed instincts warned him she’d be a formidable opponent. She was attractive but not classically beautiful by society’s standards, though Hunter had little use for such crap. She wasn’t tall, but she took advantage of her every asset, from perfect yet subtle makeup to burnished reddish-brown hair that curled around her shoulders.

Hunter stifled a surprising urge to bury his fingers in her hair. She didn’t look like a woman who’d be interested in a one-night stand, nor was she his destined mate. She actually looked like the uptight, get-ahead-at-all-costs type. Everything about her reeked of money. Hunter didn’t care much for her type, even if his libido seemed slightly interested, but then right now it was interested in any woman.

“That’s your horse?” She pointed at SeaStrong, known as Sid around the barn.

Hunter puffed up a little with pride. “Yes, he is.”

“I’m interested,” she said, getting right to the point.

Hunter frowned. “Interested?”

“In your horse.” Her impatient tone indicated she considered him some sort of moron.

“In what way?” Hunter wasn’t sure he understood what she was getting at. He had a trainer, and she didn’t look like a groom, not with the quality clothes she wore.

“I’d like to buy him.”

Hunter threw back his head and laughed. “He’s my Derby horse.”

Her jaw tightened. “Name your price.”

“I have fifteen investors. Even if I wanted to sell, they don’t.” That wasn’t entirely true. Every one of his investors would sell if he wanted to sell. They comprised teammates, athletes on other Seattle teams, and a few team management types. None of them had much interest in horse racing, short of showing up at the Kentucky Derby and standing in the winner’s circle. Accomplishing that feat was a long shot in itself, but Hunter had a good feeling about this horse, and so did Lilli.

“Everyone has a price.”

He thought about that for a second. “I don’t. He’s more than a horse to me. He’s a member of the family. My sister would be heartbroken if I sold him. They have a connection.”

Skepticism crossed the woman’s beautiful face. “Maybe I should be talking to your sister instead.”

“It won’t do you any good. She gets very attached to her animals.”

“I want that horse.” Kate appeared to be one of those women who weren’t used to hearing the word no. She narrowed her eyes and studied him intently. He studied her right back.

That horse is not available. One doesn’t sell a member of their family.”

She snorted, as if she considered his statement ludicrous. One more reason he’d never sell to her.

Hunter shot her one of his best panty-melting smiles, just for the hell of it, to see if he could thaw her icy demeanor. He wasn’t conceited, just confident and self-assured. He was a professional athlete in his prime. Women flocked to him. Some of them got closer than an autograph, but never for long.

Hunter didn’t waste much time dating the wrong women. Kate was the wrong woman.

And Sid was not for sale.


About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami's new releases consistently rank in the top fifty on the sports romance and sports genre lists on Amazon, and she has hit the Amazon top hundred authors list in both contemporary romance and genre fiction multiple times. Jami ranked Number Seven on Kobo's Top Ten Most Completed Authors, an honor bestowed on the year's “most engaging” authors based on an average page completion rate by their readers.

Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.

Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher. She's a lifetime Seahawks and Mariners fan and is waiting for the day professional hockey comes to Seattle. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it's the most beautiful place on earth.

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New Release ~ For His Eyes Only, Masters and Mercenaries #13, by Lexi Blake

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For His Eyes Only
Masters and Mercenaries, Book 13
By Lexi Blake
Release Date: February 28, 2017


A night he can’t forget

Five years ago, Nick Markovic found himself consumed by his quest for vengeance. The one time he managed to find peace was in the arms of Hayley Dalton. Being with her was like bathing in sunlight, and he ached to feel that again, but he couldn’t. He gave his oath to Hayley’s cousin Desiree, his partner at McKay-Taggart and Knight, that he’d never let his darkness infect Hayley’s innocent world.

A spark she can’t put out

It was years before that Hayley offered everything she had to Nick. After that one amazing night, all she wanted was to be his forever. Unfortunately, Nick’s reaction was to walk away from her and never look back. The warm and caring man she’d discovered was gone, and after Des’s death, he’d only grown colder. But when Hayley finds herself in mortal danger, she’s forced to seek protection from the man who broke her heart.

A flame that threatens to consume them both

Haunted by the women he failed, Nick can’t allow himself to grow close to Hayley again. Running to stay ahead of the powerful forces that endanger their lives, they travel from the lush Garden in London to the glittering lights of Rio. As the threat against her becomes clearer, he realizes that to keep her safe he must confront the demons from his past, even if it costs him a future with the woman he loves.

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Nick went back to staring at the report. “Hayley’s not mine. She was Desiree’s cousin. Now she’s my client.”

Who had been tired the night before and that was why she’d said the things she’d said. This morning she’d seemed much more sensible. After she’d had some sleep and a shower and had straightened herself up, she’d been quiet and seemingly reflective. She was very likely embarrassed by what had been said the night before.

I would get safety from murderers and I would get orgasms. I’m sorry, Nicky, you’re going to tell me how that’s a bad deal for me.

He was going to make sure she understood that his protection wasn’t based on whether or not she slept with him.

Because he wasn’t sleeping with her. He couldn’t hurt her that way again.

“So she was your old lover’s cousin,” Owen mused. “The lover you weren’t exclusive with and who wouldn’t marry you. The pretty girl who looks at you like you’re the sun in the sky is her cousin.”

“She looks at me like she would look at man who can save her.”

“I can save her.” Owen’s eyes lit up, his brows waggling. “Maybe she’ll look at me like that.”

Anger flared through his system. “Don’t you dare. I told you I would take care of her.”

His arms crossed over his big chest and Nick knew he’d been had. “Well, that answers the question with more honesty. You can pretend, but you like the girl. And if you honestly don’t then you need to know that the boys got a good look at her last night. If she’s going to be hanging about, she should be ready for some serious male attention.”

“What are you talking about?”

“The lads talked it over last night and decided there’s no dibs on this one. They all saw her at pretty much the same time. They looked over that dead body and saw her walking in the hall and that was when the fighting started. We all sat down and decided no dibs on her. She’ll get to pick. You should know that Sasha and Jax have decided if she picks either of them, they’re willing to share. I don’t play that way. That’s something I do know about meself. No need for you to be telling me that tale. If there’s going to be some sharing in the bedroom, it’s going to be the traditional kind between a man and a woman and her stacked best friend. That’s what I say.”

“You tell those boys to stay away from her or they will be dealing with me. They will not like to be dealing with me. I will put up with many things from them. They can poke all the corpses they like. They can punch each other. I do not care. They touch Hayley and I will be caring.”

“Wow, now you do sound Russian. A scary Russian. Still, I think if you don’t want the girl, shouldn’t she be allowed to choose? Think about it. It could be fun.”

“Are we talking about the lost boys and their battle for the new chick?” Kayla strode in, her hair in a high ponytail. It bounced as she walked, a testament to her seemingly ever-sunny personality. “I had babysitting duty last night and they kept talking about her even after lights out. Bad boys. I had a plan though. I think we make them compete in a beauty pageant. Hayley gets to judge.”

“I’m judging a beauty pageant?” Hayley followed behind Kay, and both women were followed by Charlotte Taggart and Penelope Knight. It looked like Hayley was rapidly being accepted by the women on his team.

That was not necessarily a good thing. The women on his team could create chaos like no others.

“That sounds like fun,” Charlotte said with a smile. “I think we should require Speedos for the bathing suit competition. No boring board shorts. If Hayley’s picking a lover, she needs to see some booty.”

Hayley stopped, her cheeks going the sweetest color of pink. “Wait. What?”

Penelope put a hand on her arm. “They’re teasing you, dear. Don’t worry about it. The lads will be very polite. Though you should expect some suitors while you’re here. Especially if you come down to the dungeon.”

Now he was the one flushing. “Excuse me?”

Hayley shook her head as she joined him at the table. “It’s nothing. I was just talking to the girls. Did you get the report? Penny said the Dallas office had found something.”

He was all too aware that they weren’t alone. Damon and Ian walked in with Brody Carter and Walter Bennett. The four men settled into chairs as the women joined them. Nick held out a chair for Hayley. He would have to remember that he couldn’t leave her alone for a minute or someone would be whispering in her ear, giving her ideas she shouldn’t have.

Like visiting The Garden on a play night.

It wasn’t happening.

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What The Reviewers Are Saying

For His Eyes Only was everything you've come to expect from this author; non-stop action, twisty suspense, sizzling hot romance, and a gang of characters that you only love more with each new book. I can't wait for more. I hope this series never ends! ~ Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾

I can always count on Ms. Blake to bring the action, passion, and suspense to her romances. In For His Eyes Only, there is page after page of delicious kink and beautiful passion. ~ Shayna

For His Eyes Only was a story about love and second chances. It told about letting someone in even though how painful it may be, that person can end that pain and you can be finally be happy. It was also about forgiveness. The story definitely touched me and moved me to the core. ~ Tanaka - The Romantic Angel Blog

I am a huge fan of Lexi Blake’s work ever since a friend of mine recommend me the series. I don’t know how she does it because every book has been amazing! Now, with this being the thirteen story in the series I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t like it, but thankfully that wasn’t the case because I devoured Nick and Hayley’s story like my next breath depended on it. ~ Julianne

Lexi brings their story to life through her writing, you feel like your right there with them, and you don't know who's the good guy or bad guy! ~ Sharon


About The Author

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog int eh world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.



Cover Reveal ~ Finding Fulfillment, Found by Fate #3, by Lynn Burke

Finding Fulfillment
Found by Fate 3
By Lynn Burke
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Keywords: Erotic, Romance, BDSM, Novella, Series


Jade Matthews may be young, but she knows what she wants in a man--someone mature and kinky, a man who shares her deepest desires to have her pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen and submissively compliant in the bedroom.

Archer Brennan aches to unleash his dark side on the too-young grocery bagger, with her pert pony tail and glossy lips that makes him yearn for a taste. With an ex-wife and a messy divorce threatening to destroy his pursuit of happiness, he binds himself to one rule -- hands-off Jade's tight body until his divorce settlement is final.

A submissive must obey her Dom, but some rules were meant to be broken, and when one misstep threatens the dominant lawyer's life, will Jade defy Archer's hands-off decree or lose the only man capable of fulfilling all of her dreams?



About the Author

Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.

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27 February 2017

Release Blitz & Giveaway ~ Up In Smoke, Kisses and Crimes #2, by Natalie E. Wrye

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Up in Smoke
Series: Kisses and Crimes
Author: Natalie E. Wrye
Genre: Romance, Action, Suspense
Cover Design: Nicole Williams, Vivid Dreams Book Design
Release Date: February 27, 2017

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Blurb

Rules were made to be broken. Until I broke the wrong ones…

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Jackson Reed knew the only thing harder than his head was the insatiable one between his legs.

Sandwiched somewhere between following the law and his own instincts, he made up his own rules in the game of “private investigations”: his sacred version of the Holy Trinity.

Sex.
Career.
And more sex.

He towed the delicate line between the “three” until Penelope Castalano—a former flame he equated to the plague—re-enters his life…and obliterates it. Fresh from Paris, his best friend’s attorney broke the only deal they’d ever made, sauntering back onto the Manhattan scene at a costume party with more to hide than just her face.

And now one fugitive best friend and two broken promises will ignite a new Holy Trinity in Jackson’s hazardous life.

Caught in the midst of a government coverup that compromises everything he’s ever cared for, Jackson will discover that certain scandals never die.

Only their victims do.

And he’d better make damn sure that he and Penelope aren’t next…

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Excerpt

I couldn’t breathe.

And it wasn’t from nervousness. Not from fear or anxiety or even the all-consuming dread that I felt the minute I heard sounds around me.

I couldn’t breathe because someone was quietly crushing my windpipe.

I thought the coast was clear. I walked back into the center of the room and into a pair of hands that were as strong as the Jaws of Life. A voice, barely more audible than a breeze, washed in heavy breaths across my frightened face.

The breaths were cool, disturbingly even, and had a sweet smell tinged with the scent of whiskey. Surprisingly pleasant, it was the only thing my terrified mind could process.

Maybe because I knew that it would be the last thing my brain would ever remember…

I tried to speak, but the sound of my voice died in my throat.

The man let go of my neck, and embarrassingly I sputtered. It was actually easier to catch my breath than I expected, like a faucet of air that had been turned on within my lungs.

I breathed deeply as I tried to take a step backwards, and I wondered just who the hell this man was to have done what he had done. And though I couldn’t see his eyes… I knew he was silently daring me to even think about walking away from him.

And was that… was that a Bat suit that he was wearing…?


Review

Oh Natalie, what have you done to me? Making me stay up way past my bedtime, keep my heart racing, my mind wondering what will happen next, and sitting on the edge of my seat. You are one wickedly talented and sexy woman!

Up In Smoke is an amazing, suspenseful, emotional journey that will captivate the reader right from the start and holds you until the end. Jackson is, in short, yummy. And Penelope is someone I want to be best friends with.

I loved this story line and the ending is phenomenal. I loved the drama, the angst, the sexiness, the passion. It's exactly what I've come to expect from Natalie and I can't wait to see what comes next.

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Giveaway
One (1) $25 Amazon Gift Card
Three (3) Signed Paperback Copies of Up in Smoke




About The Author

Natalie Wrye is a tequila connoisseur, Game of Thrones addict and author best known for writing page-turning romantic mysteries and thrillers. A fan of the beautifully polarizing anti-hero, she crafts sexy stories about hard-bodied, complex men and the strong-willed women who crave them.
Find her, stalk her, take a disgusting shot with her at any one of the following.

Release Blitz & Review ~ Don't Speak, Modern Fairytale #5, by Katy Regnery


Don’t Speak
Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017


Blurb

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman's daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.
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Amazon US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited


Review

Fairytales are what little girls dreams are made of and Katy Regnery brings us another retelling that will have big girls dreaming of fairytales in a whole new light.

Laire & Erik's relationship isn't all sunshine and roses, but in the end their passion and strength see them through. I loved how the shouldn't have been together in the first place, but they found a way to makes it happen. The pain and heartache they suffered only made them realize how perfect they really are for each other.

Katy puts so much heart into her stories, that it's easy for a reader to connect with the charterers. When they cry, you cry. They laugh, you laugh, They love, you love. The passion and romance is exhilarating and makes you believe that true love will always find a way.

Don’t Speak is an exquisite love story that will grab you and keep you enchanted until the end. I highly recommend this series and especially Don’t Speak. You may want to stop reading with all the angst, but I promise it will be well worth it.


Also Available


A Modern Fairytale Collection

Don't Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now (Free!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now (99c!)
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017​

Series Links
Amazon US / UK
Free in Kindle Unlimited


Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.


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Release Blitz & Review ~ The Hot One by Lauren Blakely

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From #1 NYT Bestselling author Lauren Blakely, comes a hot new standalone second chance romance…

The Hot One!

Want a slow burn, sexy-as-sin second chance romance filled with wit, humor and so much heart? Dive in, and get ready to swoon and fan yourself from the heat!



A sexy, feel-good romance that makes you feel good all over, The Hot One is a hot, second chance standalone romance and the story of confident, charming and cocky attorney Tyler Nichols who is determined to win back his college sweetheart when he runs into her in NYC eight years later. He’ll do anything to win her heart… including stripping naked for her at her office. Can she move on from the hurt and give love a brand new chance? Find out in this sexy, fun, and sizzling romance full of heart, charm and heat! Told in dual POV, The Hot One is being called over-the-top hot and utterly addictive. Grab your copy of The Hot One and get ready to laugh, swoon, and fan yourself from the heat!

The Hot One is love, laugh-out-loud humor, and lust all wrapped up in the perfect package…Pure Pleasure!!!” ~ Bookalicious Babes Blog

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“Lauren Blakely is the Queen of sweet, fun, and steamy reads… Her books are utterly addictive.” ~ Angie’s Dreamy Reads

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A sexy new standalone romance from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely…

Ever notice that sometimes a guy will do something really stupid, like let the love of his life slip through his fingers?

Yeah. I'm that guy. But the instant I run into her again I’ve got one goal and one goal only—a second chance. The plan? Go big or go home.

Fine, at first glance, stripping naked at my ex-girlfriend's place of work might not seem like the brightest way to win her heart again. But trust me on this count—she always liked me best without any clothes on. And sometimes you've got to play to your strengths when you're fighting an uphill battle. As a lawyer, I know how to fight, and I'm prepared to fight hard for her. Because sometimes you need a second chance at first love.

He's the one who got away . . .

The nerve of Tyler Nichols to reappear like that at my job, showing off his rock-hard body that drove me wild far too many nights. That man with his knowing grin and mischievous eyes is nothing but a cocky jerk to saunter back into my life. Except, what if he's not . . .? I've tried like hell to forget him, but maybe I'm cursed to remember the guy I fell madly in love with eight years ago. Lord knows I’m not over him, so what's the harm in giving him a week to prove he's changed in the ways that matter?

After all, how do you resist the hot one . . .?



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“Tyler Nichols. Oh. My. God. The title is definitely apropos. This man is over the top HOT in oh so many ways. The Hot One is a read-in-one-sitting kind of story.” ~ Naughty Girls and Their Books



Excerpt

Technically, I didn't drop my drawers the first time I saw her again. Just my balls.

The ones in my hands. Juggling balls.

Here’s how it went down. Picture a Sunday morning in Central Park. A perfect summer day. The grass was green, the breeze was warm, and I’d just spent the last few hours getting acquainted with turtles and frogs at the children’s zoo because I’m an awesome uncle. And Carly’s one cool seven-year-old.

The kid loves all creatures, but especially the ones that jump and crawl, so I took her to the enchanted forest part of the zoo. When we finished, she tugged on my shirt sleeve, batted her hazel eyes, and asked ever so sweetly for an ice cream cone.

Like I stood a chance at resisting her. C’mon. She’s my cousin’s kid, and clearly she gets her charm from our side of the family.

With her hand in mine, we strolled across the grass near the running path, hunting for the nearest ice cream dealer.

And then Carly did that thing little kids do.

She shrieked for what seemed like absolutely no reason. Next, she pointed to an impossibly tall dude wearing a beret while juggling two Rubik’s Cubes, two orange balls, and a small green beanbag.

“He can do five, Uncle Tyler!” Carly shouted, her eyes going wide.

“Five isn’t too shabby,” I said with a shrug.

She turned to me with a questioning stare. “I’ve never seen you do five.”

“That’s because I haven’t shown you all my tricks yet.”

“Can you really juggle five balls?”

I scoffed. “Please, I can do that with my eyes closed.”

I didn’t put myself through law school juggling for nothing.

Just kidding.

You can’t put yourself through law school juggling anything but insane class schedules and lack of sleep.

Carly arched an eyebrow. So did the juggler, as he kept up the cascade of his quintet. Show-off.
“I want to see. Show me,” Carly urged.

Yeah, Carly’s a chip off the old block. She’s all about challenging me, and I’m all about rising to the challenge.

The stick-thin guy with the beret raised his chin. “Have at it, man.”

With clockwork precision, he let the balls fall out of orbit and into his palm. Next, the Rubik’s Cubes. Then the beanbag. He stepped closer, handed me the objects, and flashed a crooked, put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is grin.

Game on.

Packs of runners jogged along, cyclists wheeled over the black asphalt, and rollerbladers whizzed by on the concrete. With my feet parked hip’s width apart, I stood at the edge of the grass getting a feel for the items, weighing them, and then one , two, three, four, five, I whisked each one up into the air in a high oval arc. Round and round, in a perfect five-ball cascade.

Carly clapped, then demanded more. “Yes, now close your eyes!”

I groaned. What was I thinking? Juggling with eyes closed is fucking hard. But I could pull it off for a couple seconds. My special skill. I obliged my niece’s request, pulling off a few quick blind ovals. Five seconds later, after I’d shown off that particular party trick, I opened my eyes.

And I saw a vision from my past.

A blond beauty, with long legs, a lovely round ass, and a high ponytail swishing back and forth across her shoulders. She ran along the path in tiny orange let-me-peel-them-off-with-my-teeth-pretty-please running shorts. And that face. Dear Lord, the stunning face of an angel. High cheekbones. Deep brown eyes that saw me like no one ever had. Those red lips, shaped like a bow. Fuck me, the things she could do with those lips. The things I taught her to do with that sinful mouth.

Delaney sure as hell knew how to use it, and I don’t just mean in the bedroom. We used to talk about anything and everything when we were together in college. Days with her. Nights with her. Best time of my life. That woman was full of spark. Full of fire. So damn passionate. And look at her now.

Jesus Christ.

It had to be illegal to be that smoking hot.

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Review

When Lauren tells you to be prepared for something hot and sexy, she isn't kidding. Tyler Nichols is everything she promises him to be and then some. I would even venture to say he's sexier than his cousin, the delicious Clay Nichols. One thing is for sure, once you pick this hot baby up you won't want to put it down. Tyler and Delaney will have you laughing out loud, crying, swooning, and burning up. But have no fear, Tyler knows how to take care of you and will leave you satisfied and with a smile.

I was super excited when I heard Tyler was getting his own book, so when this hot little number showed up on my kindle I was jumping for joy. Lauren's writing is always captivating and this second chance romance sounds like it would be enticing.

When Tyler walked away from Delaney all those years ago, he never expected to get a second chance to be with her. Their relationship was everything he thought he wanted, until doubt was introduce by one of his professors. He's worked hard, made a name for himself, and life seems great. He never thought anything was lacking until he lays on eyes on the one that got away.

Delaney may look like person who has no care in the world. She's smart, talented, independent, owns her own business, and an amazing group of friends. However she's got an issue she's been dealing with for several years, and she's not one to share her thoughts and feelings about it even with her closest of friends. But a blast from the past wants her back. She remembers the good times they shared, but it's the bad break up that has worried about starting over with him.

Will Tyler's grand gesture be able to win Delaney's heart once again? Can Delaney open up to Tyler and let him be there for her? Will they be as hot as they once were or will they be hotter?

The Hot One really is everything I expected and oh so much more. I love Tyler's heart and his determination to win Delaney back. The way he knows what she needs and is there for her will make readers swoon. Needless to say, Tyler has a way with words that will have your panties melting and I don't just mean the ones you are wearing but also those in your dresser. Yes, he's that hot!

I adore how Delaney made Tyler work for it, she didn't just give in and jump right into bed with him. That's some great control on her part, but knowing Tyler wants more than just sex is important to her. Her heart was broken once and protecting herself is admirable.

Just when I think Lauren's heroes can't get sexier, she goes and knocks it out of the park... again. I loved this second chance romance more than words can express. And I highly recommend The Hot One to any and everyone. It's the perfect read to heat you up, leave you sated, and with a smile from ear to ear.

Treat yourself to Tyler and find out why he's called The Hot One.

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About Lauren Blakely

Author pic - Lauren BlakelyA #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she's sold more than 1.5 million books. In February she'll release The Hot One  a standalone contemporary romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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