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January 2017

Paw Prints on Her Heart (Crawley Creek #7) by Lori King

Paw Prints on Her Heart (Crawley Creek  #7) by Lori King


Payton Storm served her country with honor and loyalty, until an IED ended her career and scarred her for life. Struggling to overcome PTSD and find her purpose in life again, she agrees to a long-term stay at Crawley Creek Ranch under the care of a PTSD specialist. She’s surrounded by happy people who have no comprehension of the nightmares she battles, and a four-legged furry friend who’s supposed to be her lifeline to recovery. What could possibly go wrong?

Single father, Luke Gillian, has been the Montford veterinarian for most of his adult life. In fact, he’s barely left the town he grew up in. Arguments with his belligerent teenage son, and the pressure of a down economy have left Luke in a dark place. Until a ray of sunshine appears in his life with her injured service dog. Could Payton be the change his life needs?

Two people with too many problems to open their hearts, but fate won’t take no for an answer.


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Moving as quickly as she dared, she followed him to the kitchen with her plate in her hand. “I can wash the dishes if you want to put them away.”

“You don’t have to do that. You’re my guest,” he protested.

“Think of it as my way of repaying you for your medical services today.” Payton went to step sideways around him to reach the sink and stumbled on Chinook who was still patiently following her around. Her knee twisted and buckled under her, but instead of hitting the floor this time, she landed against Luke’s rock solid chest, his arms wrapping tightly around her. Her nose pressed against his collar bone, and her lungs filled with his scent. Damn, she really wanted to lick him right there where his pulse fluttered beneath his scent.

“Are you okay?” His concern drew her attention away from her horny musings.

“Yeah.” Her voice sounded hoarse, and she cleared her throat. “I just moved too quickly I think. This dog seems to be everywhere all at once.”

“You two will find a rhythm soon enough. He’ll learn to anticipate where you’re going, and you’ll start sensing where he’s at. Then you won’t stumble over each other so much.” Luke held her still, and she was debating pulling away from him when his hand came up to cup the back of her head, his nails scraping lightly across her scalp. “Payton…”

She tipped her face up, and caught sight of the fire in his brown eyes before his mouth captured hers in a passionate kiss. The tingles started at their joined lips and traveled throughout her body centering on her nipples and the now dripping slit between her thighs. She sighed with pleasure when he pressed closer, his tongue dipping into her mouth and tangling with hers. Good lord, the man knew how to kiss.  He was masterful, his large hands supporting her as if she’d become and extension of himself, and his mouth making love to hers. She’d never experienced a kiss like this one, and she knew she’d never forget it until the day she died.

When they broke apart, panting heavily, he rested his forehead against hers. “I didn’t plan that, but I’m not sorry.”

Payton’s eyes fluttered, and she looked up at him warily. “You’re not? I mean, I didn’t plan it either; it just sort of happened. We can forget it ever happened, okay?”

“No, not okay.” Luke was frowning now, “Why would I want to forget it? That was incredible. There’s fire between us Payton.”

“It’s probably just because it’s been so long since I was kissed. I mean, I was overseas with my unit and then in the hospital for months on end, and—”

Luke actually took a small step backwards now. “So you’re saying you’re just horny then? It could have been anyone?”

She shook her head, fighting to control the rising panic in her chest, “No, I just… Look, I’m not in the right headspace for a fling, or a boyfriend, or a lover, or anything.”

Luke’s visage grew even more firm, and he released her completely. “Your situation is duly noted; however, I’m not going to apologize for being attracted to you. In fact, I’m not going to hide it from you either. You can pretend you’re not feeling the buzz from that kiss, but you and I both know you are.”

“I don’t know what I’m feeling right now.” She spoke softly, dropping her eyes to the ground. “I just know I’m not ready for it, whatever it is.”

About the Author

Lori King is the author of more than twenty-five Amazon best-selling romance novels, as well as a full-time wife and mother of three boys. Although she rarely has time to just enjoy feminine pursuits; at heart she is a hopeless romantic. She spends her days dreaming up Alpha men, and her nights telling their stories. An admitted TV and book junkie, she can be found relaxing with a steamy story, or binging in an entire season of some show online. She gives her parents all the credit for her unique sense of humor and acceptance of all forms of love. There are no two loves alike, but you can love more than one with your whole heart.

With the motto: Live, Laugh, and Love like today is your only chance, she will continue to write as long as you continue to read. Thank you for taking the time to indulge in a good Happily Ever After with her.

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The Reluctant Alpha (Highland Wolf Clan #1) by AK Michaels

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Miss Behaved – Raging Fall #3 is ready for pre-order!!!!

Available for Pre-Order     Miss Behaved – Raging Falls Book 3 by Milly Taiden

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There’s a reason all those women follow me around you know.

” Your stunning personality. Quick wit?”

Toni gave him a once over, stared at his cock and replied, “I know it can’t be for your… smooth lines.” ”

Says the woman currently inspecting me. You sure you don’t want to come back to my room and see for yourself?”

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Love Beyond Loyalty (The Outsiders #3) by Rebecca Royce

Gabriel is coming to terms with the fact that his life long friend, Alexa, has gone deep into Sebastian’s lies. He’s just glad he escaped the demons clutches when he did. But when he is stuck and an unnatural flood is bearing down on him he gets some help from an unexpected source!


Loraine has been hiding her “Dr Doolittle” type talent for most of her life. But with apparently non ageing doggy friend, Futon, helping her she manages to do some good with her talents. When they rescue Gabriel he realises he is one of the Outsiders and they head off to Maine to introduce Loraine to the others.

We get to see more of Alexa in thos story and you really just want to grab hold of her and shake her into next week!!! How can she be so oblivious to Sebastian’s sliminess!!! If she really is Leonardo’s mate – oh dear!!!

My real quibble with this series so far is that mates are only supposed to love and get intimate with each other. But so far only the girls seem to stick to this!! The boys apparently got to act like any randy teenager! They do say they didn’t love their partners but the poor girls don’t even get to do anything!!!! The only even appearing to try and generate interest in the opposite sex is Alexa, who seems to be getting closer, manipulated or not, to Sebastian…ick!!!!!

These are re-releases of books first issues a few years ago but I haven’t read them before so I’m really enjoying getting to know the world through fresh eyes – virginity quibble aside!!!

Roll on book 4!!!

Claimed by the Cyborg (Cy-Ops #5) by Cara Bristol

I’m loving this Cyborg series. There is Sci-fi, romance, action and a good dose of humour which all mix into a wonderful story!


March has never really got over being dumped by Jules whilst they were students. She just vanished into the call, no letter. He now has business of the sneaky kind on her home planet and he decides to try and look for her just to make sure that she is safe and well. But she does have the most common name on her planet! He is just to deliver a spacecraft as a bonding gift for the empress to be and then try and dig out some contacts to see if the AOP can get a base on the planet.

But when he realises that Jules is the aforementioned Empress-to-be he is shocked and thinks that she never really loved him in the first place, she knew that she had to return to her planet at some time for this bonding. Eventually he realises that all is not what it seems and there are major Machiavellian schemes going on behind the very pleasant, non emotional Xenian (Think Vulcan like) facade of the Emperor and his council.

There are weird bonding rituals, that March gets involved in and then further incidents occur that lead to poor March getting into a LOT of hot water! There are brilliantly comic moments during the talks between March and his fellow cyborgs. March is still an Alpha male but much different to the other Cyborgs we’ve seen so far. He is much more of a thinker and less of a “smash now ask questions later” type. Jules is so self sacrificing that she stands in her own way! If the Zenian Seer was any more vague she’d be as well not saying anything!

This is a quick, enjoyable read and fits nicely into a lunch hour for me. Looking forward to more.

Never Match a Dragon (CZR #7) by Rachael Slate

Holy Moly we are back with a bang into the world of CZR!


Jade & Liem are fabulously well written and their chemistry is off the chart! Jade’s on the slippery slope with the Matchmaker when she realises that the date she set up for Liem is a no show! Her parents were set up by the Matchmaker and she has always wanted to make them proud of her and she is determined that Liem will find his mate!

Liem Long is a Fucanglong dragon, guardians of metals and jewels and all the pretty shiny things. But after 500 years he is feeling the pull of insanity form hoarding so much and needs a mate to keep him on an even keel.

There are twists and turns, family treachery and wee bit of transmutation!!! Lets just say Jade is well named! Fabulously well written and descriptive story, with a colourful world you can get lost in for a few hours!

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Iron Rods (Strip Club for Women #1) by Brenna Zinn

What a great read! I loved the dysfunctional family of Bennett, Lyle and Iron Rods. Tatum was a breath of fresh air and just what the club needed. I enjoyed the duplicitness that Bennett was so determined to get what he wanted and prove himself right only to find himself in love with damn place he wanted to tear down!


Lyle was just a genius mix of weird and wonderful! Tatum’s introduction to the club and the strippers was an absolute hoot and I could feel her horror leap off the page! I really want to learn more about Steele and the others.

Totally enjoyable read!

Freedom:Flora (Blood Courtesans) Romance by AK Michaels & Michelle Fox is LIVE!!!!!

FREEDOM: Flora A Vampire Blood Courtesans Romance
By Ava K Michaels


I never thought I’d become a Blood Courtesan but to find love was beyond my wildest dreams. Maxwell Steele has given me everything but can I face the tormentors of my past: a pack of wolves?

A terrified call from Scotland has us on a journey to confront those that made my life a living hell.

What I didn’t expect to find was they still have a hold over me and I still have a fight on my hands to gain what I’ve always craved: my freedom.

My name is Flora and this is my story.



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