Monday, May 21, 2018

Royally Hung by Anne Marsh

Royally Hung
My Rating:
Written by: Anne Marsh
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: InterMix
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
ASIN: B07B78KBTG
Genre: Contemporary Royal Romance

Fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a bad guy. In real life, Prince Charming is the bad guy and his favorite happy ending is the big O.

I'm Prince Dare but you can call me Prince Charming. Cinderella never wanted the prince--she wanted a night out, a banging dress, and some midnight fun. I deliver that. I make being bad look way more fun than being good, and no one leaves my royal bed without a happy ending.

When my uncle, the reigning king of Vale, orders me to marry and offers to make me the heir to the throne, I'm thrown for a loop. I'm the spare, the extra, the free gift with purchase. I can't be the hero and I won't be the villain who knocks his brother off the throne, so I've come up with an evil plan of my own...

I'll marry someone completely unsuitable to take myself out of the running. The only problem? My suitably unroyal bride is far too tempting to resist--Edee is funny, sweet, and sexy. And best of all, she's American. It's a great plan. Everything's working out just fine until reality starts to intrude on my fantasy and for the first time ever, I wish fairy tales did come true.
Royally HungRoyally Hung by Anne Marsh

Called by his uncle the king of Vale to do his royal duty and marry, bad boy Prince Dare wants to fight it every step of the way. He is sowing some of his wild oats, when he runs into Edee, an American.

Edee has built up a successful second hand internet designer clothes business from nothing, She smart, goal centered woman who knows exactly what the prince is after but isn’t going to fall for his charms.

Until they both start to fall and then the realization that an American wasn’t what the King’s idea of the perfect Prince of Vale’s bride would be.

Marsh writes marvelous flirty and dirty with a heart of gold.

I received this copy of Royally Hung from Berkley Publishing Group - InterMix. This is my honest and voluntary review. Royally Hung is set for publication May 22, 2018.



Offsides series by Natalie Decker Blitz and #Giveaway


Right Text Wrong Number
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #1)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: July 11th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Cheerleader Layla and football player Tyler are complete opposites. She thinks he’s the biggest jerk in school and he thinks she’s too high on her horse to even be worth a second glance. When the two of them are near one another, sparks fly in all the wrong directions. They can hardly endure speaking, let alone dating.
But when Layla unknowingly sends Tyler a smack-down text meant for the girl sending naked photos to her then-boyfriend, Adam, Tyler has no idea it’s Layla and decides to play along. After all, Tyler cannot resist messing with the pissed off girl firing off texts about junk pictures, cheating, and girl code.
As the fallout from Adam’s scandalous texts plays out in front of the entire school, Tyler and Layla secretly continue to text each other using fake names. But as days and weeks pass, things take a turn for the serious between them, and suddenly, their texts mean more. Maybe it’s time to come clean about who they are and risk taking the relationship from texts to dates, then kissing, and maybe more.
They say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Can reality live up to the fantasy, or will Layla and Tyler be forever offsides?
Book 2:
Right Kiss, Wrong Guy
You’d think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine’s Day sucks when you’re single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom’s match-making business is doing great, and her school’s new fundraiser is “Love-Grams.”
Juliet’s miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he’s all but invisible. She isn’t impressed.
Jared’s never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and he’s determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla’s sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won’t work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone’s face. Juliet won’t play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.


Author Bio:
Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!





GIVEAWAY!
Rival Love Series Paperbacks and both eBooks in Offsides Series 
+ $15 Target Gift Card 

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#Cover Reveal - Someone Else’s Soul by Meradeth Houston, designed by Damonza


Someone Else’s Soul
Meradeth Houston
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication date: May 7th 2019
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Suspense
There are 14 strangers who share her face, and one company is determined to erase them all.
Everyone has secrets, and it’s Diana Kane’s job to know them. It’s a talent–being able to see into someone’s life from the scuffs on their shoes to the way their hold their hands–a talent that sets her apart from everyone. When a mysterious stranger drops into her life dangling the possibility of something she’s longed for, a real connection with someone who might actually understand her, she’s too intrigued to refuse.
But when David Addington shows up to their date knowing too much about her, and the top secret agency she works for, Diana realizes their meeting was anything but coincidence. David has more than his share of surprises, including an impossible claim about Diana’s past and photos of an inexplicable woman who shares her face.
When her life begins to unravel around her, Diana has no choice but to put her faith in the mysterious David and the man he claims is his father. As she struggles to piece together the truth about where she came from, she’s forced to face the reality that her entire life has been manufactured, along with fourteen other women who share her exact same DNA. Confronted with the troubling reality that she’s nothing more than a research experiment that’s pushed the boundaries of science and ethics, Diana must rescue the others like her before the company can erase them as mistakes. She will have to put all her skills to the test in the ultimate game of survival…


Author Bio:
Meradeth’s never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some random tidbits about her:
>She’s a Northern California girl. This generally means she talks too fast and use "like" a lot.
>When she’s not writing, she’s sequencing dead people’s DNA. For fun!
>She’s been writing since she was 11 years old. It's her hobby, her passion, and she’s so happy to get to share her work!
>If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little strange, because she’s terrified of heights.

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Don’t Cheat Me by Jackie May Blitz and #Giveaway


Don’t Cheat Me
Jackie May
(Nora Jacobs #2)
Publication date: May 21st 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
One month after Nora’s violent induction to the dangerous supernatural side of Detroit, she’s finally settling into her new life as the underworld’s token human. All she wants to do is mind her own business, enjoy her new friends, and stay safe. But that’s easier said than done when she’s such an enigma to everyone around her.
Thanks to her unique psychic abilities, she’s garnered a reputation for being mysterious and powerful. When the alpha of a local werewolf pack asks her to help him figure out who is stealing from him, she can’t say no, even though getting involved in pack business could have deadly repercussions.
While tangled up in a heap of werewolf troubles, Nora can’t quite shake her old vampire problem, either. Henry is practically stalking her, Parker is breaking down the walls around her heart, and Nora’s blatant fear of the blood-sucking monsters is a delicious temptation for the natural predators.
Nora’s succubus friend, Cecile, believes throwing her a “coming out” party into underworld society is the best way to solve all of her problems, but Nora disagrees. If the vampires and werewolves don’t kill her, Cecile’s party planning definitely will.
This is book 2 in the Nora Jacobs series and should be read after book 1. It is a slow burn reverse harem series.
EXCERPT:
“Hey, sexy, how about you bring a shot of Angelfire and that pretty little ass over here.”
I pour a shot of the fey alcohol and bring it to the tactless man with a forced smile. As I take the cash he lays out on the counter, he grabs my arm and pulls me close. “You know, I’ve never had a human before—they’re not usually worth my time—but I’d make an exception for you.”
I yank my arm back. “Not interested, thanks.”
I start to walk away, so he quickly downs his shot and asks for another. “What’s the matter? Think you’re too good to bed an underworlder?”
I smirk as I fill his shot glass with another round of the light blue liquid. “Nope. Just too good for cocky assholes.”
I don’t have time to regret running my mouth off before the man has me by the throat and is pulling me across the counter to his seething face. “I’ll show you manners, human. You’re nothing but an insect in my world. A plaything. And now you’ll be mine. I’ll have you begging for death for all eternity.”
His thoughts are scarier than his words. He plans to follow through on his threat. He knows many fey in the winter court that keep human pets. He’s never seen the appeal, but now he wants nothing more than to humiliate me and make me suffer. And maybe he’ll eat me once he’s bored of the torture.
His grip is so strong I can’t breathe, but before I start to see spots in my vision, Wulf and Nick rip me apart from the psychotic winter faerie. Wulf has me behind him, using his body to physically shield me, while Nick has the faerie laid out on the bar by his throat. The man is wailing in pain, and it takes me a moment to figure out it’s because Nick’s buried a dagger in the man’s shoulder, hilt deep. Judging from the screams of pain, the dagger is made of iron, which is poisonous to faeries. “What was that about begging for death for all eternity?” Nick asks. “Is that how you like to play?”
“But she’s human,” the faerie cries, as if that justifies his actions.
Wulf growls at this, and his whole body begins to shake. I place a hand on his shoulder in an attempt to calm him down. I’ve heard that werewolves like physical touch, and a gesture to tell him I’m all right should help with his protective instincts. I’ve never seen a werewolf shift, and I don’t really want to see one now while he’s pissed and I’m trapped behind a bar with him. I want to say something soothing, but honestly, I’m too scared to get any words out. That faerie has a dark, twisted mind.
“She is an employee of this club and Terrance’s only clan,” Nick says.
The fey’s eyes pop wide open. “She’s his clan?”
“His first.” Nick nods. “And he’s especially fond of her. So I would advise you to leave her alone. In fact, I bet you’re a dead man walking once Terrance figures out you’re the asshole who put the bruises around her neck.”
Nick’s eyes do that thing they do when he gets really pissed. The pupils turn into vertical slits. It’s freaky looking. He also emits some kind of power. I can’t really explain it. I don’t know what kind of underworlder Nick is. It’s rude to ask, and he’s never offered the information up. But it’s something totally badass that scares even the nastiest underworlders. Mr. Creepy Fey Man is squirming under his grip, looking like he’s about to piss himself. “I’m sorry,” he whines. “I didn’t know who she was. I’ll leave. Just let me up before Terrance comes.”
“Maybe we should leave him pinned to the bar for a while,” Wulf says, making the fey’s eyes go wide again. “That’ll send the message that Nora is off limits, which might appease Terrance.”
I can’t help the way my mouth falls open. “You’re not serious.”
Wulf gives me a grim look. “This man disrespected Terrance’s staff. That won’t go unpunished—house rules.”
“Terrance will kill him for touching you, unless we punish him first,” Nick adds, backing up Wulf’s claims.
They’re not kidding. They plan to keep this guy staked to the counter the way he is. The underworld runs on a different set of rules. It’s brutal and dangerous. If I want to survive it, I need to learn to stomach the darker side of it and trust those who have my well-being at heart.
“Okay,” I say, since both Wulf and Nick seem to be waiting for my approval. It’s not that hard to agree, considering how evil the man’s thoughts were. “Let’s leave him for a while.”
“Put a sign on him so everyone knows,” Nick says.
Wulf writes a note on a pad that says I touched the human girl. He puts it on the faerie’s chest. “Hold this, and don’t drop it.”
The man grips the message and holds it against his chest where everyone who gets close can read it. But he’s squirming, swearing, sweating, and hollering about the pain. I have no doubt it hurts. Nick has no sympathy for him. “Shut your mouth,” he says, touching the dagger’s hilt and twisting it ever so slightly, causing the faerie to scream in real agony. “This is a tender mercy. Stop whining, or I’ll put this dagger through your heart to shut you up.”
I’m not surprised when the faerie shuts his mouth and keeps his discomfort to mild whimpers from then on. If Nick had looked at me the same way he looked at that guy just now, I’d find a way to forget about the pain, too.


Author Bio:
Jackie May is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Josh and Kelly live in Phoenix, Arizona with their four children and their cat, Mr. Darcy. Jackie May is their only daughter. (And she keeps asking for her cut of the profits since we’re using her name.)

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A signed copy of book 1: 
Don't Rush Me
Ends May 31, 2018
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Border Romance by Hebby Roman (On the Border, #3)

Border Romance
by Hebby Roman

My rating: 5 stars

Series: On the Border - Book 3
Publisher: Estrella Publishing; 1 edition (June 9, 2017)
Publication Date: June 9, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Western Romance - Mature Love
Print Length: 161 pages
Available from: Amazon
When Leticia Villarreal, a lonely widow, considers adding Quarter horse racing to her ranch, she finds she has a lot to learn.John Clay Laidlaw, a millionaire rancher and old acquaintance, races Quarter horses and offers to help. But he also cares for her and wants a relationship. Remembering his high-handed tactics when they were young, she doesn't trust him. But when someone tries to harm her horses and John Clay rushes to her rescue, can she open her heart to him?
Border Romance by Hebby Roman (On the Border, #3)

Border Romance (On The Border #3)Life experience has made Leticia Villarreal the strong and independent woman she is today. She has known soul-deep love had it cruelly taken away, has taken the reins of a thriving ranch and given back to the community she is part of. The only thing missing is someone to share her life with, but is she ready to let go of the ghosts of her past? The future of her ranch looks exciting, could that future include love?

In a community where everyone’s business is fodder for gossip, John Clay Laidlaw’s less than conventional marriage, his handsome good looks, wealth and self-assuredness both attracts and repels Leticia. Long ago, he did all he could to hurt her, why should she think he is any different today? Leticia may be older, but she is also wiser and will not be fooled. It will take an act of true kindness and a shoulder to lean on to melt her heart, does that shoulder belong to a more mature John Clay?

Not everyone needs a fiery, blazing romance between twenty-somethings to be enraptured by a tale. Hebby Roman’s BORDER ROMANCE proves that the passion of romantic love never grows old and life’s experiences gained through age may not take away the butterflies of budding romance, but it does instill the wisdom of a heart that knows what it wants when the time is right.

Ms. Roman has given passionate romance a realistic and beautifully grounded platform to launch from as she shows us that love is powerful when two people come together at the right time and place in their lives. Love is not only for the young, but it can be far more precious with age. Wonderful as a standalone, but I'm sure it is priceless as part of the series!

I received a complimentary copy from Hebby Roman!

Halfling by Adrian Wolfe (Dark Immortals, #1)

Halfling
by Adrian Wolfe

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Series: Dark Immortals - Book 1
Publisher: Dark Cypress Bend (January 31, 2018)
Publication Date: January 31, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Print Length: 272 pages
Available from: Amazon
She dreams of a dark-haired man whose face she can’t see. 
Layla longs for an escape. Growing up with an alcoholic father gave her a goal; get out of Orlando, and run away to start a new life somewhere else. Desperate to find herself, Layla seeks for the truth of who she is… but it’s not what she’s expecting. Layla has magic, and the man she’s been dreaming of is a demon. 
An outsider to his kind with a troubled past, Hunter is hired to bodyguard a coven of witches in the human world. There, he meets Layla. Hunter knows Layla is his true mate from the moment they meet, but fate is determined to cruelly keep the two apart. 
Witches despise demons; a romance between the two is unheard of. Yet forbidden love blooms between Layla and Hunter as her coven is hunted by a malicious evil with incredible powers. 
Their target is the woman Hunter would give his life for. 
Magic always has consequences; so does love. 
Halfling by Adrian Wolfe (Dark Immortals, #1)

Halfling (Dark Immortals #1)Her life was like a Cinderella story, and not the good part, so when Layla turned eighteen, after unwittingly sabotaging even her job, it was time to just run as far and fast as she could. Little did she know, her attempt to re-make herself would be as dramatic as the truths she was about to learn, as incredible as the four women who saved her life, or the love she was about to find.

Adrian Wolfe’s HALFLING exists in a world where supernaturals are real, but their existence is not flaunted. Layla was clueless to the fact that she had magic, she was immortal and she was a witch coming into her powers. She also never dreamed that demons existed or that she would find her true love with Hunter, a demonic bodyguard, useful for his power, but despised by witches. Fate has a funny way of turning things upside down, though and while the rest of her world is a deadly question mark, sometimes that oasis of love is all that can keep a young witch sane.

Ms. Wolfe has created a world that makes the supernatural seem, well, “natural.” I found it fascinating that the witches were not all-powerful without a downside to using their powers. It made them more “human.” The style of writing made Layla seem her age, filled with a lack of self-assuredness that resonates with her age group.

Light on depth in the romance department, this one certainly makes up for it in the paranormal aspects, for sure! A nice way to spend a few hours in another world!

Wicked Heat by Mila Young & T.F. Walsh (Lick of Fire, #1)

Wicked Heat
by Mila Young

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Lick of Fire - Book 1
Publication Date: April 29, 2018
Publisher: Mila Young
Genre: Paranormal Reverse Harem
Available from: Amazon
Four haunted men, and a death wish with my name all over it.

My friends call me Sephy (short for Persephone). At seven I killed my first demon. It wasn't much, an accident really... but one taste of a demon kill and I was possessed. At thirteen, my home-town banished me. Still, I considered this ability a gift and not a curse, until my twenty-first birthday... when all Hell broke loose.

Now, a powerful demonic spirit is coming for me. He whispers in my mind, promising terrifying things, and he's brought his own fan club for the goddamn ride. Four of his followers have targeted my piece of shit ex-boyfriend, a damn cop who's been riding my case for the last two months, a friend who's broken my heart, and a brother of a girl I saved from a demon attack.

Normally, I'm a look-on-the-bright-side kinda girl, but the bright side is getting darker, and demons are closing in. And the only hope of me surviving is to team up with these four guys, as long as the madness doesn't claim me first.

Wicked Heat by Mila Young & T.F. Walsh (Lick of Fire, #1)

Wicked Heat. A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance: Book 1 (Lick of Fire)WICKED HEAT is sassy, sexy and wickedly fun reading as one powerful, demon slaying woman finds that turning twenty-one is going to be one Hell of milestone, if she survives.

It all started with a call for help from one of her closest friends. A demon has possessed a young girl and Sephy’s “talent” is needed, ASAP. Little did she know, this is no ordinary demon and she is his true target, as he sends his demonic minions to take out four men whose only crimes are knowing her, some better than others. But wait, these are no ordinary men, so grab the ice water as one by one, their alpha ways are revealed and who doesn’t like a hot alpha male being a good guy or trying to save a possessed little girl?

As Sephy realizes she, too has been possessed, she will become a siren of desire and a magnetic for male hotness and desire.

Mila Young and T.F. Walsh have teamed up so well, their storytelling hits new heights! Lots of attitude, humor, action and demonic high jinx have made this simmering reverse harem read a total tease with a promise of more heat to come! Fabulously drawn characters, each unique and well-defined, a twisted plot of dark and evil design, and oh, the attitude that oozes “This series is a keeper!”

I received a complimentary copy from Mila Young!


Malevolent Sadness by Julian Coleman Blitz and #Giveaway


Malevolent Sadness
Julian Coleman
(The Prophet’s Mother, #2)
Publication date: June 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Horror, Thriller
***Contains Graphic Violence/Adult Content***
A new paranormal suspense thriller from the WINNER of The Independent Author Network 2016 OUTSTANDING BOOK of the YEAR. Can a detective save a Prophet from a monster? Harry is an Army veteran who survived a childhood tragedy and tough years in foster care. Today, he’s a pragmatic and no-nonsense Homicide detective investigating the Victor Adamson kidnapping. As he digs for leads, Harry realizes he’s in the middle of a dark conspiracy, and his life is in jeopardy. His only option is to save Victor. But to do that, he must embrace the supernatural. He has to believe monsters are real. If he doesn’t, then both he and Victor may die.
EXCERPT:
The shadow woman floated upward. Her elegant ascent was the most beautiful thing Harry had ever seen. Outside the wind screamed like a lost soul in perpetual torment. There was an inhuman quality in the sound, which convinced Harry he’d lost any chance of reasoning with Evie.
Edgar dipped inside a pocket and pulled out a stone. It was black, larger than a half-dollar, and etched with gold symbols. Edgar grinned without a glimmer of humor as he held up the stone like a talisman.
“I hope you rot in hell!” Edgar said as he faced down the specter.
She didn’t recoil.
As she floated closer, Edgar’s bravado wavered. Outside the wind’s fierceness kicked up and the soulful moan sounded more pained.


Author Bio:
I'm a Paranormal/Supernatural Award Winning author who grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As a child I suffered from night terrors. I'm sure you've heard of sleep paralysis which leaves you with the inability to move or speak. There are those of us who not only suffer the paralysis, but we see and hear horrible creatures. Most of the time, I had the good sense to keep my eyes closed. Yes, most of the time. Tell me, who wants to have nightmares about demons?
As I grew older, I realized some demons may not be hideous. To this day, I believe true evil is seductive, even beautiful. Unfortunately there are bad things you can't outgrow. You learn to cope. I did that by writing about demons who will sip your soul while giving you a kiss.
As an adult I also discovered that love transcends nightmares. I'm a dog lover and on several fortunate occasions my dogs entered my dream realm and saved me. The author in me couldn't resist, so in addition to writing about seductive demons, I've penned a tale about a mischievous pooch. If you want a chuckle then read about my canine diva. But...you may want to take a darker path with me. You may want to meet my demons. If that's the case, then I want you to be scared with me. Is that wrong? I don't just want to scare you, though. I want you to care about my characters. Because if you care about them, then you will be afraid for them too. Who knows, you could have nightmares about beautiful demons, too.

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$25 Amazon gift card
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Just For Megan Melanie Bennett (For Passion #2)

Just For Megan
by Melanie Bennett

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Passion - Book 2
Publisher: Melanie Bennett (April 26, 2018)
Publication Date: April 26, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 204 pages
Available from: Amazon
Sorrow will challenge Love.
Hearts will Break.
Dreams will Shatter.
Promises will change.

Ric Pallindino and Megan O'Dwyer.
Their seemingly chance meeting, inevitable.

Megan O'Dwyer is a beer and burger girl, practical and grounded. Forced to abandon the innocence of childhood far too soon, she stumbles along the path she chose. Her dreams and goals are on pause until further notice, while she works two jobs.
For Megan, Love has left a deep cut on her soul. It doesn't gape, but it hasn't healed. Love came again, with an ultimatum, a price she refused to pay.
Megan expected her life to be lonely, it went with the territory. Regardless, she loved her decision and shame would never be allowed to taint it.
Except, Ric Pallindino stormed into her life, disrupting her world and flooded her with hope. Everything she had wished for, promised in his warm brown eyes, in his touch.

Ric Pallindino takes a hard turn and veers away from his brother's shadow. From the maneaters that prey on his attention. Convinced the younger Pallindino brother must be as notorious and reckless as the older.
Ric's existence has been held hostage by remorse and guilt. His past taunts him. A determined reminder, he is undeserving of peace, and that Karma always collects.
In spite of the darkness, Ric is struck by Megan's light. Her exquisite beauty and a glimpse of what could be, demands he escape his private hell and pursue what his heart desires. Her.

Brought together by Fate.
Broken by Fury.

Can their newly ignited love, their reality, withstand a devastating Truth?
Can Fate be defied, when Love has a plan? 
Just For Megan Melanie Bennett (For Passion #2)

Just For Megan (Passion #2)Sometimes people come into your life for a reason. Call it Fate, call it love, call it meant to be. Megan wasn’t expecting her knight in shining armor to rescue her from the life she has chosen. Nor did she expect he would be everything she needed, embracing her life, her baggage and all that was dear to her.

Ric isn’t the player his looks would suggest. He is a prisoner to his past, a nightmare he will never forget or forgive himself for. How could he possibly think he could deserve someone like Megan? One thing for sure, he needs her, he needs her world, but when his past stares him in the face, he knows he could lose her in the time it takes to tell her the truth of who he is.

Long ago, one action destroyed lives, but now, one action could lead to redemption and a future filled with light and love.

JUST FOR MEGAN by Melanie Bennett is “that” love story. There is pain, loss, discovery and hope for two people deserving of more than life has given them, but were Fate and Cupid just waiting for the right moment?

Ms. Bennett tells her tale in a slightly different way. I noticed there was almost a veiled quality to the budding romance between the feisty Megan and the tortured Ric. There is no big machismo, no over-wrought heroine, these two feel alive and real. This isn’t a floodgates-opening romance, it is one to watch blossom until the harsh realities of their lives cut like a razor’s edge.

If you’re looking for a romance with some sweetness, humor, and high-power tension, but NEED to know that Fate has a heart, too, this is one to pick up and get lost in.

I received a complimentary copy from Melanie Bennett!


Blessing of Luna by Blaise Ramsay Blitz and #Giveaway


Blessing of Luna
Blaise Ramsay
(Wolf gods #1)
Publication date: April 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Lonely. That’s how it felt when Damien Pierce returned to Big Timber, Montana. It had been his childhood home until the day he was hit by a speeding car only to learn he wasn’t badly hurt. The experience landed him the label of the town freakshow.
Following the death of his foster mom, Damien soon disconnected from the world around him. That was at least, until he met her. She looked human but something about made her appear otherworldly to him. He knew he shouldn’t but he wanted her. He would do anything to get to know her. To have her.
Jillian Styles was immortal. Cursed by a dark god never to find rest. A shifter capable of taking the form of a beautiful wolf. She had searched for her lover’s reincarnated soul for centuries only to find he was nowhere to be found. When she meets Damien, her world is turned upside down. She falls in love with him instantly and begins to pursue him.
However, Damien soon learns the darker part of Jill’s world. He finds himself on the hit list of the same vampire Lord responsible for killing Jill’s lover and reigniting the flames of an old war. His daughter desires Damien and vows to have him at any cost.
With the help of Alexander Kain, the mysterious wolf shifting soldier, Damien will learn what he thought he knew was only tip of the paranormal iceberg. He soon finds himself in the eyes of a vindictive and rage-filled dark god.
If you like hot lycanthrope guys, overly possessive vampire chicks, vindictive gods, strong female leads and some hot sex scenes, this book is for you.
EXCERPT:
Realization hit Damien as to who he was staring down. The same dark god that had challenged him stood in Lilith’s form. Damien’s heart inside his chest burned as he thought about Kain and all he’d done for him. Jill. Dad…Rob…Gabriel…Holt…Chelsea.
“Looks like it’s just you and me, Damien. You can surrender and die in peace or you can fight and die anyway. Your choice.”
Save him. Luna’s voice inside of Damien’s mind drew his attention. Save him. I beg of you. Please.
Damien’s body became surrounded with a radiant light so bright it forced Lilith step back. Her wing covered her face. He braced himself on his front legs, roaring at the monster in front of him responsible for taking so much.
The light became so intense not even the lycans could stare at it.
When it finally faded, Damien stood in his true lycan form. His white fur blew in the wind like mist at the tip of his stiffened ears to the end of his tail. The dark markings of his wolf form only seen on the tips of his ears, feet and tail. The fur on the back of his neck was thicker, almost resembling a mane.
“By the gods, he looks like…” Lune stood in awe.
“Tenebris.” Gabriel’s finished, his voice nothing but a whisper.
Stoker used the opportunity to sneak off, nursing the wound on his arm inflicted by Gabriel when he shifted into his full lycan form.
The vampires hissed at the light rising from the east, trying to flee towards the waning night. They had fallen right into Damien’s plan and were intercepted. Howls and snarls joined dying screams as the vampires were overwhelmed.
“What trickery is this?!” Lilith’s fangs spat as she tried to speak.
Damien ignored her, seeing the fear in her eyes as he made his way over to Kain on the ground.
The alpha was so weak he couldn’t retain his shifted form.
“Kain.” Damien’s voice was a comfortable echo. Warm and reassuring. “Alex. Can you hear me?”
Kain opened his eyes, slightly jumping. “Tenebris?”
Damien shook his head. “No. It’s me.”
“Damien. How?”
Damien took Kain’s jacket he was always wearing around his waist and covered his friend with it. “Stay here. Don’t move and don’t die.”
He stood back up and went to face Lilith. The lycans in his way stepped aside, their heads bowed. “This ends here, Lilith. You won’t hurt anyone else.”


Author Bio:
FyreSyde Publishing owner and founder Blaise Ramsay worked over fifteen years in the graphic design industry, with some experience in indie gaming. Recently she shifted her attention to the world of literature with her debut paranormal romance series, Wolf gods. The debut title, Blessing of Luna is set to release in 2018. She currently lives in North Texas with her two children, her husband and pets. A UTD graduate with a Bachelor's in History with an intention on teaching, Blaise decided that the world of teaching just wasn't for her. A stay at home mother of two, business owner and self-publisher, Blaise loves to meet new people and encourage others to follow their dreams through weekly posts to her instagram, twitter, facebook and blog.
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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

Three Shoeboxes
by Steven Manchester

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Fiction Studio Books (June 12, 2018)
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Romantic Drama | PTSD
Print Length: 262 pages
Available from: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect—or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac’s fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything—most importantly his family. 

One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again. 
Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

Three ShoeboxesIn a world filled with emotional pressures and personal expectations, one family will fracture as it precariously teeters on the hidden fault line of P.T.S.D. Steven Manchester’s THREE SHOEBOXES is a heart-wrenching rollercoaster ride that is raw, brutally honest and as painfully tender as a gaping wound.

Mac Anderson’s family is strong, dedicated to each other and his marriage is the cornerstone that holds everything meaningful together. He never expected that repressed memories from a horrific event long ago would bring him to his knees just as he has the world in the palm of his hand. As Mac slowly devolves into an insecure, mentally ill shadow of himself, he will lose all that is dear to him, including his three children and his life’s partner.

Before he is legally ripped from his family, the depression, anxiety and panic attacks, will weaken Mac enough to alcohol. But the monster within will not be quieted and society will give him no quarter as he struggles to survive one more day, alone and broken.

His journey will be long, the battle horrendous, but Mac’s love for his family and hopes to be reunited prove to empower him to take each step forward. Will his family be waiting for him? Will the love they all share be enough?

Steven Manchester has taken a compassionate look at PTSD and its victims, while telling a story of faith, hope, love and regaining trust and self-respect. A master storyteller, Mr. Manchester takes us into the heart and soul of one family as it is crushed, founders and is rebuilt anew on a foundation of healing.

From start to finish this tale will have readers caught up in the both the worst and best life has to offer. The struggle is real and through the heartfelt words of Steven Manchester, the struggle comes alive and the characters breathe. Powerful reading with an eye-opening message of hope!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Fiction Studio Books and Steven Manchester!