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February 2017

HEATING IT UP by Elizabeth Harmon

Download a new Red Hot Russians novella from RITA finalist Elizabeth Harmon!


In HEATING IT UP, a heart-warming novel of mistaken identity and forced proximity, widow Nora Bradford and Russian adventurer Alexei Zaikov must work together to save their small Antarctic town from being shut down—but will the truth about Nora’s role in Amity Bay’s demise, doom their romance?


Alexei Zaikov loves his life in remote Amity Bay, Antarctica, until a new luxury guesthouse threatens the small town’s future. As head of Amity Bay, he’s driven to save it, but first must discover who is hiding out in the supposedly deserted lodge…and why.

Nora Bradford has lost everything; a promising career and the man she loved. Glacier Ridge Lodge, the architectural masterpiece she designed but was denied credit for, seems like the perfect place to grieve her loss, until a ruggedly handsome Russian arrives on her doorstep, determined to bring her in from the cold.

Desire sparks, leaving them hungry for more. But will the truth about Nora’s role in Amity Bay’s demise, doom their romance?

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Copyright © 2016 Elizabeth Harmon

The first thing she noticed was that yesterday’s sad vulnerability was gone. Now his ice-blue eyes were flinty and determined as he strode inside. She remained by the door, hand on the knob, ready to show him the way out. Yet she sensed that sending him away wasn’t going to be so easy this time.

“You’re too late,” he said.

“I beg your pardon?”

“Fifteen years ago some New Zealander became first woman to winter-over solo. Maybe you already know that. Or maybe you don’t care, because we both know that’s not the real reason you’re holed up in here.”

She winced. He knew she wasn’t being honest, but not to what extent. Burdened by guilt and too deflated for battle, she sighed and leaned against the door. “You’re right it isn’t.”

“Nora..,” the gentleness in his voice felt like a caress. “Staying here alone doesn’t hurt Herbert Quinn, it only hurts you. And it hurts me too.”

“How’s that?”

“Because to keep you secret, I have to lie, not just to IFAR, but to the people who work for me.  People whose trust I don’t take lightly.  Staying up here not only puts you in danger, but also them. This what your brilliant boss forgot. Down here, people survive because they depend on each other. If one of the systems failed in bad weather, or you had an accident, computers and Vancouver would be useless. Someone would have to put themselves at risk, and come to help.”

Most likely, that someone would be him. Even with blizz lines strung, making such a trip could be life-threatening. Fear tightened her throat as she considered how it would feel to mourn another man she cared about.

“I know you’ve lost much,” he said. “And while I know losing a fiancé is different, I understand the hurt of missing a person I loved dearly.”

“That woman who lied to you?” she demanded, shocked and angry.

“No,” he said. “Not Natalia. I’m talking about my mother.  For a long time, I felt like she was the only person who understood me. But when I came here to Antarctica, I found others like me and a place to belong. In time, the pain was not so bad. Up here all alone, you don’t have that.”

“No,” she whispered.

“Ask yourself if this is what he’d want for you. I don’t think it is. I know that if I was gone… and the woman I loved was left behind, this isn’t what I’d want for her.”

Her fingers twitched on the doorknob, and she thought of ordering him out, but didn’t. In her heart, she knew he was right. Even if she weren’t drifting through darkened rooms in a ruined wedding gown, she was teetering dangerously close to Miss Havisham territory. In the process, she was putting others in danger.  The weather was turning, and soon the months of darkness would come.  It was time to decide where she would spend them.

Other Books in the Red Hot Russians Series

PAIRING OFF (2016 RITA nominated Best First Book!)

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TURNING IT ON (Red Hot Russians #2)

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GETTING IT BACK (Red Hot Russians #3)

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Author Bio & Stalker Links:

Elizabeth Harmon loves to read and write romances with a dash of different.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has worked in advertising, community journalism and as a freelance magazine writer. She feels incredibly blessed to have a career that allows her to spend her days imagining “what if?” and a loving family that keeps her grounded in the real world.  Her debut novel, Pairing Off is a 2016 RITA Award Finalist.

An adventurous cook, vintage home enthusiast, occasional actress, and entry-level figure skater, Elizabeth makes her home in the Midwest, where life is good, but the sports teams aren’t. She loves to hang out on her front porch, or at her favorite local establishments, enjoy good food and wine, and talk writing with anyone who will listen.

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Love Beyond Sight (The Outsiders, #4) by Rebecca Royce

Eden feels her gift is a bit of hit and a miss. Sure she can see premonitions but she can’t always decipher what they men or when they will come pass. Worse, her visions tend to suck her in and spit her out. All those at least where “he” doesn’t ground her at least! She can’t seem to see his face or know where he is but he is her saviour, even if he can’t be her other half.

Samuel had an early run in with Sebastian and as a result he has become a man of a thousand faces, none of which can be his own damaged one. But when he and Eden eventually meet he worries why she can’t feel the tug as his other half. Is it truly because she hasn’t seen “his face” or has she truly given up on having a mate after thinking he has been dead all this time?

Great chance to catch up on all the previous Outsider couples and keep tabs on the malevolent Sebastian and his minions. Will Alexa ever see through his creepy facade to the evil within? Will Marina ever be able to die town that flighty mate of hers??? I love this series and can’t wait to see what happens next.

Sevan: (Interstellar Alphas #1) by Mandy Roth

Earth banished Supernaturals eons ago but those who hid out on earth were executed when they were discovered. Those who escaped into space were thought to have been lost, or if they were lucky, landed safely on unknown planets undetected.


Captain Sevan Vasil works for the Commission those who rid the earth of Supernatural’s but…they didn’t realise he was one too. His test was negligible and he slipped through the net. Sevan for the past 6 months has had dreams of a woman that was perfect for him. His only problem was he was a werelion and could not trace her in case his supernatural abilities were found out.

Lorelei was dreaming of a mate she knew she could never have.
Their worlds collide due to a mission to repair a broken ship and a fight for their lives due to some unseen evil force.

This book has everything you could want: Vampire Sorcerers, hunky shifters, badass heroines, life and death situations. Everything that signifies a Mandy Roth book. Fabulous series and I’m looking forward to the other books in the series!!

Rafe (A Wolf’s Hunger #1) by A.K. Michaels


Rafe may be the Alpha of the Darkmoon Pack but even he has to occasionally listen to his mum! When he and his Wolf become more bloodthirsty than usual, hunting far from pack lands and killing for the sake of the hunt and not for hunger, even he realises there is something seriously hinky afoot. When his Mum recalls the legend that this happens when a shifter needs to find their mate he trusts that he finds this mate soon, before he slips into madness!


Tasha has lost everything she once held dear. Her family is gone, her pack decimated and she is only just managing to outrun the rogue shifters on her tail. When they finally corner her she decides to go down fighting but when one of the largest wolves she has ever seen comes to her rescue, she is about to get more than salvation…she is about to get her mate!

Another sure fire winner! A perfect blend of action, adventure, romance and with an undercurrent of loss and redemption. Characters leap off the page and into your heart. Rafe’s mum is a total gem and I love the way she treats him still as her son first and foremost not the Alpha! I had to read it all in one go and then read it again just in case I missed anything.


Hard Play (Delta Force Brotherhood #1) by Sheryl Nantus

Lisa has reached the end of her rope! Her friend has gone missing, the police are far from interested and a friend of a friend has recommended she visit the Devil’s Playground Night Club and she’ll get the help she needs. Jessie Lyon, an ex-cop & current PI as missed her check in whilst working undercover and Lisa needs the cavalry ASAP. Edward Molodavi is not someone to be taken lightly but this is personal for Jessie, who believes he was involved in the shooting of her father.


The Brotherhood uses the Devils Playground as a profitable front for their team. They tread were normal law enforcement fear to tread. Led by the indomitable Dylan McCourt, this bunch of Vets are doing what they can to right the world. One look as Jessie and Dylan is having all sorts of non professional thoughts about saving her.

This is a tightly wound plot with great characters, horrible mobsters and an entire ocean worth of good people willing to go the extra mile (and willingly look the other way in some circumstances) to jet justice for those whom the system has failed. Jessie is a tough cookie and just hates to appear vulnerable in anyway. Dylan is honourable and wants to let her get her revenge but he just can’t seem to stop trying to protect her!

I’m really looking forward to more in this series and Ace and Lisa are gonna be fun!

I have chosen to read and review this novel and this is my honest opinion.

Unmasked Secrets (Iron Rods Strip Club #2) by Brenna Zinn




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Hannah Armstrong, the new principal of Santana High School is a complete ball buster, so Mack Garner, her drama teacher, thinks. Her cutbacks to his department’s budget will force him to scrimp on his students—something he refuses to do. The stubborn woman won’t listen to reason so he’s taking matters into his own hands. He devises a plan to secretly replenish the money that is surefire, as long as he’s not found out. By stripping under the stage name The Dom and using an ironclad disguise at Iron Rods, Austin’s only strip club for women, he and his hard body will have his program flush again and soon.

But Hannah Armstrong has secrets of her own. The rigid, by-the-rules school administrator harbours dark desires to surrender to the titillation of BDSM. She needs a man—a real man—who can melt her inhibitions and master her. Exploring the lifestyle is a dangerous proposition for a small town principal though. Any whiff of scandal would destroy her career. She’s nearly given up on the dream until she meets a masked Dom at Iron Rods. The gorgeous male stripper so far away in Austin seems like the perfect solution. Is there a chance she can satisfy her furtive fantasies without being discovered?


Warning – this book contains BDSM elements, graphic sex and touches of humour.

Does it get any better than male strippers?! I’m just saying… grab your copy now!

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Brenna hails from the Lone Star state where she lives with her husband and four dogs, three of which are as big as long horns.  She’s a fun-loving writer who likes nothing better than to explore while she travels (no planned excursions, please!), eat what others cook (it works out better for everyone that way), and avoid the gym whenever possible.

Her journey through life has taken her all over the United States, as well as many places throughout the world. Using her travel experience as a guide and peppering in interesting characters she’s met along the way, she loves nothing better than weaving tales of romance and leaving readers yearning for adventures of their own.

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Alien Protector by Ashley West

Draco has been hunting for The Cillidan Artefacts for his king, and foster brother, Plintos. He has managed to find 2 but so far the 3rd is proving to be the most elusive! But as Plintos mental stability seems to be in jeopardy, information comes to light that the 3rd artefact is in some sleepy backwater planet called Earth!! Draco is deployed to retrieve the artefact.


Draco lands on Earth and with the help of some earthbound aliens tracks the artefact down to a local museum.. Whilst scouting out the museum he meets the lovely Stephanie.

Stephanie is an intern at the museum and is constantly belittled by one of her supervisors. When the handsome Draco takes an interest in her and her work she is flattered but will she be so enamoured when she realises what he is upto???

Well paced and engaging story. With hot, sexy aliens and smarmy human curators, there is a lot to like in this little story!

Shifter Untamed (Aspen Valley Wolf Pack # 1) by Amber Ella Monroe

Trina is in dire need of some extra cash. Her dad’s medical bills are piling up and their family business is just not pulling in enough cash. But is a sleazy nightclub really the place she wants to work? During her interview she sees an ad for a temporary wife. But isn’t that just this job, selling herself (and her dignity) for money?


Dane needs a human wife to secure the property that belonged to his grandmother. But when he saves Trina at a nightclub he can only hope that any potential temp wife can have the same impact on him that she did! When she replied to his ad he can’t believe his luck. But as they grow closer and danger begins to mount Dane finds himself hoping that this temporary arrangement becomes permanent!

Family secrets and distant relations are making life hell for Dane and Trina. I loves how Dane just accepted Trina and her dad as a package. The wee sideline friendship between Trina’s dad and Dane’s cook/cleaner is really sweet too. The bedroom scenes rock and the storyline has a bit of bite!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book

A Mate for the Dragon Girl by Cara Wylde

The Alma Venus world expands again with another Valentines Day based novella.


Astrid is a dragon shifter and sister to Viggo. She is in London to meet with James Harrington, her brother in law by marriage. He is looking for investors to further research the antidotes to make mates for shifters into hybrids.

She’s not quite sure what to make of her feelings towards antidotes. She is a female shifter, those of her clan can’t reproduce with her and she can’t imagine mating with someone who was not equal to her. Then she meets James. Sweet, intensely hot, slightly nerdy James. He is not be your stereotypical mad scientist and the chemistry is intense and hot.

I did feel a bit annoyed with Astrid as she didn’t want a mate of lower financial standing than her. I can understand she didn’t want a freeloader but would she really rule out love because he was in the wrong income bracket?!?!?!?! James was well matched with Astrid as he was a child of privilege also.

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