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Flame (Dark Kings #17) by Donna Grant

Cain and Noreen are great leading characters!  Cain is pretty straight-forward as Dragons go but Noreen?  Oh that woman has secrets, layers and layers of secrets!  Just when you think you have her sussed, blam another secret. This book just gives more weight to the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”.  Another example of that is Ubitch – I mean she is just rotten to the core!
 
I’m now on tenterhooks for the last Dragon Kings book.  I’m torn – I want the conclusion to the story arc, to know EXACTLY what happened and when.  I need to know that my faith in Ubitch being the worst baddie in the world is justified LOL!
 
Please read this series in order, along with its offshoots.  It just helps so much to keep Dragon Kings, Mates and assorted other characters straight in your head. 
 
PS  I do hope ol’ JusticeBringer is sharpening his skills – I think his time to shine draws near!

The Taste of Redemption (Deliverance Duet #2) by IA Dice

1589702685760Continue the story with Nadia and Thomas, in The Taste of Redemption (Deliverance Duet Book 2) Now Available on Amazon!

It’s easier to hide behind a mask than let the true colours shine.

It’s easier to love and suffer than love and inflict pain.

It’s easier to wait for better days than turn the tide.

Good intentions pave the road to Nadia’s own little hell. Her past becomes her present, the vicious cycle starts again, but she’s not a helpless, fragile girl anymore. Thomas taught her that she’s a survivor.

When the past unleashes its full potential, selflessness gives way to selfishness.

There’s just one problem… the bridge that leads back to the safe haven of Thomas’s arms is destroyed.

Thomas struggles to take a step forward. The aftermath of Nadia’s decision leaves him exposed and wondering whether he deserves to live a meaningful life. The goal is simple–forget about the girl that made him a better man.

But when she runs back home and uncovers her secrets, the foundations of his resolution are shaken.

There’s just one thing standing in the way… forgiveness isn’t in his nature.

Bury me underground, cover me with a stone and I’ll dig the bones out, anyway. What am I?

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Cover Reveal _ Cherish by Evelyn Sola

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We are excited to share the cover for CHERISH by Evelyn Sola! Readers who love the unlucky in love trope will enjoy this diverse, light, and steamy romance. Keep reading for more details about this upcoming read!

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Release Date: June 22, 2020

Publisher: self-published

Series: The Clark Family #2

Genres: Contemporary Romance

 

Alexandra

I thought I finally had my life figured out. Fate? Destiny? I know mine. But one afternoon questioned everything I thought I knew.

Then it happened. Dr. Jason Dupree crashed into my life.

His eyes linger on me longer than they should in polite company. You see, there is nothing polite about him.

He’s arrogant and overconfident. His touch? It’s my undoing.

I let him know in no uncertain terms that he is not the man for me.

He is not my destiny.

And his reaction? Totally unexpected.

 

Jason

The things in my life that matter to me? It’s a short list. My career, a handful of family and friends. To call myself unlucky in love would be a gross understatement. Hence my list. It’s how I keep it all figured out.

Then one morning, that safe little list collides with my future.

Her eyes follow me everywhere, and they see through me like a soul x-ray. But it’s her touch that nearly brings me to my knees.

She doesn’t see it, though.

She’s full of denial and sass, and her stares are indignant. She’s a liar too. Telling me she’s interested in another man.

My reaction? Let’s just say she never saw it coming.

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About the author 

A Boston native, wife, mother, and wine enthusiast. If she’s not writing, thinking about writing, you will find her with a book in her hands. While a new publisher, she’s been writing for years, and she will continue to write for many years to come.

Evelyn is obsessed with assertive and confident men who will stop at nothing to get their woman. Her stories are filled with love, passion, and humor.

She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two daughters.

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Rewind (Time Captive #2) by Heather Long

Valda and the boys are back!  Well I say boys, these 4 are all men and all of them are just what Valda needs to get through life!
 
Valda may be trapped but she is not about to down without a fight.  She has 4 very big reasons to get out of the hot water she has found herself in. Andreas, Hatch, Oz, and Dirk are again providing her with all the energy and inspiration to get them out of the hellish prison they’ve found themselves in.
 
Now fighting not only their prison but also a countdown clock, things are going to get hairy for our quintet!
 
Really enjoying this dystopian journey through Valda and boys adventures.

Bookish Princess by C Lesbirel


Bookish Princess by C. Lesbirel is a contemporary Beauty and the Beast. Fans of enemies to lovers and angsty love stories will devour this new adult romance. The next installment of the Modern Princess Collection is now LIVE!

 

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Desperate to escape the responsibility that came with her gypsy roots, Bella buries her head in books and does everything she can to hide her true identity.

Hunter was born to fight and win, but fighting for Bella is a losing battle from the very beginning.

When she is forced to marry a monster, will she take a chance on love and see beneath the beast, or will she run away and turn her back on everything she knows?

If you enjoy angsty love stories and need to know what happens when love is unrequited, you’ll love this new adult, Beauty and the Beast retelling.

 

About C. Lesbirel

Clare Lesbirel is a lover of all things pink and fluffy with a huge obsession for Happy Ever After’s. This includes most romance novels, country songs, and Hallmark movies. She lives in England where she spends most of her time reading or dreaming up new love stories. She first published with her best friend under the pen name, Autumn Ruby in 2018 and won a handful of indie author awards. It is the love and support of the friends she has made along the way that has led her to follow her dreams of publishing sweet, sexy stories that celebrate the relationships of the perfectly imperfect.

Clare loves to befriend those who are equally as obsessed with hot alpha’s as she is, so be sure to catch up with her on social media.

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Follow seven of your favorite fairytale heroines as they find their happily ever after, in these standalone, contemporary romance novels. The ladies of Cam U are a dangerous combination of cute and badass, full of attitude and imperfections, and an innocence only fairytales can convey.

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Cover Reveal – What Becomes of a Broken Heart by KM Lowe

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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Editor: Karen Sanders
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A SHORT COFFEE BREAK READ
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What Becomes Of A Broken Heart?

Andrea has everything she possibly dreamt of; a life, a job, a husband, and a baby on the way… until that one fateful day.

Andrea’s life is turned upside in a heartbeat. Everything she once knew has changed and nothing and no one can help her…or so she thinks.

Once the heart is broken it takes something special to repair it. Only true love, friendship, and support is the key.

Can Andrea repair her broken heart and move forward?

Will her life ever be the same again?

Only time will tell.A SHORT COFFEE BREAK READ

What Becomes Of A Broken Heart?

Andrea has everything she possibly dreamt of; a life, a job, a husband, and a baby on the way… until that one fateful day.

Andrea’s life is turned upside in a heartbeat. Everything she once knew has changed and nothing and no one can help her…or so she thinks.

Once the heart is broken it takes something special to repair it. Only true love, friendship, and support is the key.

Can Andrea repair her broken heart and move forward?

Will her life ever be the same again?

Only time will tell.A SHORT COFFEE BREAK READ

What Becomes Of A Broken Heart?

Andrea has everything she possibly dreamt of; a life, a job, a husband, and a baby on the way… until that one fateful day.

Andrea’s life is turned upside in a heartbeat. Everything she once knew has changed and nothing and no one can help her…or so she thinks.

Once the heart is broken it takes something special to repair it. Only true love, friendship, and support is the key.

Can Andrea repair her broken heart and move forward?

Will her life ever be the same again?

Only time will tell.A SHORT COFFEE BREAK READ

What Becomes Of A Broken Heart? ​
Andrea has everything she possibly dreamt of; a life, a job, a husband, and a baby on the way… until that one fateful day. ​
Andrea’s life is turned upside in a heartbeat. Everything she once knew has changed and nothing and no one can help her…or so she thinks.​
Once the heart is broken it takes something special to repair it. Only true love, friendship, and support is the key. ​
Can Andrea repair her broken heart and move forward? ​
Will her life ever be the same again? ​
Only time will tell.
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Cover Reveal – Shelby by Mandy Harbin

 

 

Series: The Bang Shift #4
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Design: Najla Qamber

Release Date: June 23, 2020

Blurb
No
one likes being played…
FBI agent Shelby Landry knows what it means to be a team player. She reluctantly
investigated the Bang Shift out of duty, but the government now needs her in a
way that doesn’t involve torque wrenches or transmissions. The fed’s mark?
Mason Showalter, a newly promoted executive who is the key to unlocking this
case. The FBI knows this businessman’s dark side extends beyond the boardroom
into the bedroom, and it’s his sexual appetite that’ll be used to their advantage…at Shelby’s expense.
Mason
Showalter is the type to always chase the thrill, no matter the cost. He’s a new senior vice president of capital management and part owner of an exclusive club, yet he still isn’t satisfied. When he meets Shelby, he’s immediately drawn to her, curious if the beautiful woman will present the real challenge he craves. He’ll play with her and put her to the test, but he isn’t prepared when she rocks his world in more ways than one.
What starts out as an assignment becomes a shocking path of self-discovery rooted in unbridled passion and deceit so deep that no one is prepared when secrets come out.
It’s easy to forget who’s playing by the rules, and who’s being played.

 

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Excerpt
Mason stood
inside his plush new office and grabbed his tablet off his custom walnut desk.
The leather of his executive chair still had that new luxurious smell, one he
would never tire of. When he’d been promoted to senior vice president of
capital management a couple of weeks ago, he knew all his hard work over the
years had finally paid off.  Being in his
mid-thirties, Mason was the youngest VP at the company, but he was also the
only one who didn’t have a wife and children at home who demanded some of his
time. He’d climbed each rung of the corporate ladder with eighty-hour
workweeks, new clients, and the appropriate amount of ass-kissing—though he
loathed to look at it that way. He knew when to stand strong and when to
schmooze. It was the nature of the business. He didn’t make the rules, but he
knew how to play by them.
Especially
when they got him something he wanted.
He deserved
to be where he was at today. He’d earned his position the blood-sweat-and-tears
way, unlike his boss, who could only claim blood as his method. Not because
he’d spilled any of his own. William Baxter was one of the founding members’
great-nephew. He’d coasted into his position simply because of what coursed
through his veins.  The man was senior
executive director of private clients and managed the funds of some of the
wealthiest people in the world—a position Mason would do anything to get.
He would
probably never become the CEO of Fieldstein and Baxter since he hadn’t been
born into the family like William, but Mason was content with his track to one
day take over his new boss’s position. Even if that meant he’d have to ruin the
man’s career in the process. It wasn’t personal. Mason would never indulge in
something as weak as emotion in his career. It was business, plain and simple.
He took the
elevator up to the floor where the executive staff primarily worked since he
was scheduled to meet with his new direct boss in five minutes for a conference
call with some brokers. He knew how to play the game—come too early and William
would think he wasn’t busy enough, but come too late and William would be
insulted by Mason wasting his precious time. It was a tune he’d danced to way
too many times, and he never missed a step.
He was a
shark when it came to business and knew the game so well he could go through
the motions of his job, saying all the right things without even really having
to think much about it. But that also afforded him the opportunity to be
someplace else mentally…whether it was intentional or not.
As he
walked into William’s office, took the seat offered, and began to listen in on
the call, his mind strayed to the place it had often sought since meeting the
beautiful Shelby. On the outside, he listened to the execution of securities
transactions, but in his mind, he was undressing Shelby, touching every inch of
her body, kissing every exposed part of her, and bringing her to orgasm over
and over while the voices of his colleagues droned on in the background. He’d
envisioned paddling her bottom until it was rosy and hot to the touch, hearing
her cry out as the confusion of pain as pleasure set in, and picturing her
reaching subspace as euphoria took over her body and mind.
“That’s an
interesting point, Carl, but not why we’re meeting. Mason will look into the
hedge fund issue,” William said toward the speakerphone.
“Sure
thing,” Mason replied easily. This wasn’t the first time he’d mentally played
out the scenes he’d planned for Shelby, but that didn’t mean he liked her
controlling his thoughts. He’d fantasized to the point of obsession, and that
bothered him. He was a master at domination, yet could easily detach himself
emotionally when it came to harmless play. For some reason, this one woman had
perplexed him. He didn’t know her, had never met her before that night, but he
was already attached to her on a primal level. He’d found himself dreaming
about her at night, moaning her name when he took himself in hand in the
mornings, and getting lost in the pools of emeralds that graced her lovely face
whenever he blinked longer than a second.
And he
hadn’t even seen her naked, had only held her and very briefly kissed her. That
was all. And apparently, that was all it had taken to hook him.
He’d told
himself it was just because he’d been bored lately and she was a new distraction,
but even that felt false. He couldn’t explain his reaction to her, but one
thing was becoming painfully clear—he needed to get a handle on this sudden
fascination. He didn’t like it when he wasn’t in control of anything, and that
included his own emotions. He preferred things tightly tethered in all matters
of his life, and when he thought of that woman, he felt frayed at the ends.
No, he
didn’t like that at all.
She’d come
to him for guidance, and his sense of duty had swelled. With any sub he’d have had
a hard time rejecting such a request, but with Shelby, he could not have turned
her away even if he tried. It was that connection he did not understand but
couldn’t deny.
As a Dom,
he’d easily put her needs before his. There was no doubt about that. However,
as the man he was, he needed a dose of self-preservation. Hell, he’d wanted her
to wait to be sure she was ready to submit, but instead, he was giving himself
the time he apparently needed to control whatever connection he’d felt toward
her. He could not let normal male weaknesses deter him.
As a
powerful businessman, however, he really didn’t need the distraction of Shelby
right now. His plan for William had already been put into play, things already
in motion, and he couldn’t stop the momentum even if he wanted, which he
didn’t. He’d worked too fucking hard on his plan. It wasn’t a good time to get
involved with a woman on any emotional level. He glanced over at William and
watched as the man continued with the meeting. Yes, bad fucking timing.
Something
was going to have to change.
He clenched
his jaw. He’d made an agreement with Shelby, so he couldn’t back out. It wasn’t
that he was a man of his word. It was his role within the community that
solidified his resolve to help once he’d agreed to. Only now, he’d have to
switch gears. He would still guide her on her discovery as he’d promised, but
there really was only one option for him now.
And he
couldn’t fucking stand the idea that had formed. It did not sit will with him.
At. All. But he saw no other choice.
Mason would
be in control, but he was going to have to let another Dom experience what he’d
been dreaming about for almost a week. It wasn’t something he and Shelby had
talked about specifically, but he couldn’t see this working out any other way.
If she wanted him as her Dom, even temporarily, she’d do as he instructed. This
would be her first lesson—and a test for himself he hadn’t expected. He’d never
let another Dom top his sub before he got the privilege of doing so himself. He
would have to watch as another man showed her the pleasure of the lifestyle.
That
thought sickened him, which only strengthened his resolve. He could not, would
not, allow himself to become attached to Shelby any more than he’d already
become. This sudden bond wasn’t healthy, and he was too powerful of a man to
fall victim to it. Shelby was just another woman who wanted to experience
submission. Period.
He was
taking control of this situation, so it would not get out of hand. As soon as
the meeting was over, he’d call Rafe before he had a chance to change his mind,
not that he would. He knew what he had to do, and he was going to do it.
There
really was no other option.
* * *
“We have new information from a source within Fieldstein and Baxter,”
Rick announced in the impromptu meeting scheduled late Friday afternoon.
Shelby was
too nervous to focus on facts that were peripheral to the night’s upcoming
events. She’d entered Mason’s phone number into her cell a hundred different
times since she’d met him with the intention of canceling their plans. No way
could she do that. She’d be in serious trouble if she did anything to
jeopardize this assignment. She was a nervous wreck who knew the score. She had
to find a way to remain focused on her task and work her mark for
information…somehow. One step at a time. If she concentrated on the immediate
responsibility of the night, then maybe she’d be able to get through it. This
was, after all, her mission.
And her job
was important, even if she was picked for this assignment because of her looks.
She had to be successful, so next time she’d be chosen because of her track
record, not her bra size. Shelby had a lot to prove if she wanted to come out
from under the protective shadow of her mentor, Darrell, and make a name for herself.
“Who’s the
source?” Darrell asked as he folded his arms and stared at their boss. “I hope
the SEC isn’t running around shouting to all the employees of F and B that
they’re looking for info. Kinda makes our job to help not necessary, don’t cha
think?”
Carson
chuckled. “Yeah, not to mention flashing neon signs for the executives. If they
get wind of this investigation, they’d lock themselves up tighter than a hooker
with a poor man.”
“You’re
such a sleaze,” Viola said.
“Tighter
than Fort Knox. Is that better?” he asked with a wink.
“Too little
too late.” Viola rolled her eyes at Carson. The man never missed an opportunity
to flirt. “Anyway, his name is Carl O’Brian. He called his contact with the SEC
to discuss some discrepancies he’d found within a hedge fund. He couldn’t get
the returns paid out to calculate based on the figures they were reporting.
Since F and B is flagged in the computer, the contact reported this to our
liaison, Jerome Parker, who then spent the last couple of days running the numbers.
He couldn’t make heads or tails on just how F and B reached the reported
amounts either. Jerome called with the info a couple of hours ago.”
“Viola then
told me, which is why I called this meeting.” Rick looked at Shelby, and she
forced her knee to stop bouncing erratically under the table. “According to
O’Brian, Mason has been assigned to work on the fund.”

 

Echoes in the Mist by Rifi Strawn

Stanley Howard has led a charmed life.  Raised by her loving and extremely wealthy aunt after the deaths of her parents, groomed her for a life running the family cosmetics firm.  She’s pretty much a workaholic but after the sudden death of her aunt, after turning down a holiday in Africa with her due to work, she is flabbergasted to realise that her aunts will states she has to take her ashes to Africa.  And stay there for 3 months!
 
If she doesn’t she’ll lose everything she has ever known.  But between her city ways and her terror of all things wild, just how on earth is she going to last 3 months!  Enter her saviour in safari clothing.  Wild Animal Vet Jeremy.  His small conservation lodge is where her aunt spent her last few months and she slowly understands why.  The staff treat you as family, the wildlife is amazing (though terrifying) and the scenery is heartstopping.
 
Jeremy is an animal lover, but he also has wealthy blood.  He fell in love with the lodge when he was a child, before heartbreak forced his family back to South Africa.  He can’t believe that Stanley’s go-getter aunt is the same elderly, female who lived at the lodge.  But that’s not going to stop him for falling for the cute American.
 
What follows is a whirlwind of plot, subplot, double-dealing, gold digging family relatives, deep family secrets and action packed adventure over Africa and California. I loved the fast pace and I soon found myself immersed in the stunning landscapes depicted.  I struggled with liking Stanley occasionally, she comes off as just a bit too entitled and rubbed me the wrong way.  But overall she was an engaging character.  Loved all the big reveals – there was more than one!  Just as you get things sussed – plot twist!

One Hundred Reasons (Aspen Cove #1) by Kelly Collins

Sage is a damn good nurse but she has a major case of Saviour complex. She hasn’t met a good cause she wouldn’t help/support/nurse or finance.  But she hits an emotional rock-bottom after her favourite patient dies.  She later learns that that same patient left her a B&B in a blink and you’ll miss it town.  She only intends to travel to Aspen Cove and sell her inheritance before trying together salvage her career or move on.
 
Cannon will forever live in the shadow of his father, for all the wrong reasons.  He runs the towns bar and is the son of the town drunk, not a great combination. He had long ago given up his dreams in favour of looking after his alcohol soaked father.
 
Very slow-paced romance but is actually quite a quick read!  Our leading couple are very much frosty to one another to begin with but they are soon chipping off each others rough edges.  Sage is very much an advice giver but she can’t take her own advice!
 
Whilst not a “Clean romance” it’s not a bed burner either. There are a few triggers some might need to know above: Alcoholism and Domestic Abuse.

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