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I refused to work my way up the company ladder by sexually favoring my sleazy boss. I was beginning to lose hope.

Until one day, he surprised me with an assignment that would literally rock my world.

I never imagined my first assignment being my last. But Brent Nichols worked his way inside every way possible, unlocking something within me.

Becoming a porn star was never part of the plan. Neither was changing my name.

Everyone else knows me as Lucy Rogers, but you can call me Lotus Raine

 

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~~ 5++ Stars ~~

 

Have you ever decided to read a book expecting one thing but once you dive in and read the book you get something complete different?

 

Well that is what happened to me with this book.  I will admit that the title of the book is what initially drew me to this book.  I went in expecting it to be a book that was all a bunch of sex scenes and maybe a small storyline plot to keep the reader interested.  What I got was so much more!!!!

 

This book was a fun, sexy read that had me chomping at the bit for more.  I didn’t want to put this book down and I couldn’t read fast enough.  I thought the storyline was well developed and written extremely well.  This book had me smiling, chuckling, and of course blushing ;)  If you are looking for a book that is different from other books out there on the market, then this is the one for you!!!  This book was so original and different.  This is definitely one of my FAVORITE reads of 2014 :)  I loved how this book was presented to us the reader…it was so different from all the books out there.  I can’t say much, but you are going to want to read this book!!!

 

“I’m not a prude.  I’ve tried to be for the last ten years because I was afraid of what I would become if I didn’t control it.” … Lucy (aka Lotus Raine)

 

Lucy and Brent were great characters.  I thought they were both relatable and very likable.  I loved the chemistry that they had between them, but I also loved the friendship and companionship that they built throughout this story.  Both Lucy and Brent came from a messed up parent.  But they didn’t let them bring them down.  Both of these characters knew they would do whatever they had to, to not turn out like the bad parent they had.

 

Lucy had a mother who put stripping and men before her.  She learned some things at a young age that she shouldn’t have learned until much older thanks to her whoring mother.  Lucy was determined to not be like her mom, so she sheltered herself off and turn anything that had to do with sex away.  That is until she meets a stranger in a bar and decides to let loose.  Little did she know that meeting Brent would change her life in the best way possible.  I loved how strong Lucy was, yes she took some crap but she also knew how to give it right back.

 

Brent…..what can I say….He was AMAZING!!!! He was sweet and caring, but also knew how to melt a girls panties with his dirty mouth, among other things ;)  I loved that we got to see more of the person Brent really was and that him being a porn star didn’t define who he is.  He always looked at it as a job, but he was so much more then that.   I also loved how he did whatever he had to, to help bring Lucy out of her shell.  These two just really worked well together.

 

I would 100% recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique, fun, sweet and sexy read!!!  This will definitely bring a person out of a book funk and show you something different.  I know some of you might be worried about if there is cheating in this story…don’t worry there is NO CHEATING what so ever!!!  This is a MUST READ!!!!

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His Reverie

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I knew from the moment I first saw her she was the one. The only girl I could ever want.

The only girl I could ever love.

She is light.

I am darkness.

She is innocent.

I’ve done too much.

She is good.

I am bad.

She is my every dream.

I should be her every nightmare.

We come from different worlds. She’s…perfect. And I’m…

Not.

Somehow she wants me anyway. So we’ll grasp at what we can. We’re going to make this summer count. She’s my secret. And I’m hers.

The problem with secrets is they never last for long. And when others discover we’re together, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.

Because Reverie Hale? She’s mine.

 

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“Thirsty?”

I jump at the sound of a soft female voice, my hand jerking so the hose splashes me right in the face. Muttering a curse, I drop the hose and reach out blindly, wrenching the faucet off with one hand as I swipe at my eyes with the back of the other. I hear the girl laugh and I whirl around, fully prepared to find some bratty preteen Hale daughter mocking me.

But she’s not a preteen. Not even close. More like around my age. She’s tall and slender, her long blonde hair falling far past bared tan shoulders. She’s wearing some sort of sundress or whatever you call it and she’s pretty much covered since it hits just above her knees though her arms are exposed since the dress is sleeveless. The sun catches her just right though, shining through the thin fabric of her skirt so I can see through it.

My gaze drops and all I can see is long, long legs through the shadowy fabric. Damn. Those sexy legs are endless. She clears her throat, like she knows exactly where I’m looking and what I’m thinking and I jerk my gaze up guiltily to meet hers, feeling like a jackass.

That’s when I notice her eyes are blue. As blue as the sky above us, and she’s so damn pretty, with delicate features and pink, pink lips, that I can’t seem to form words.

“Who are you?” she asks curiously. Her voice washes over me, sweet and melodic and now it’s my turn to clear my throat to get the lump out so I can freaking speak.

“Who are you?” I ask back like an idiot.

She smiles shyly and my entire body reacts, a bolt of electricity seeming to go through me. “I asked first.”

“Are you Hale’s daughter?” If she is, that sucks because holy hell she’s hot but yeah.

She’s completely untouchable if she’s a Hale.

 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

 

 

 

 

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As Watts and Catherine become more entangled in a relationship marked by searing sex and imminent danger, he reveals the horrific events of his past that led to his current, dark life. Now Catherine must decide: with all that she’s been through in her life, can she risk suffering the heartache she could be forced to endure if she stays with Watts?

Watts:

I’ve had to do some unspeakable things in my life. Some might even consider me a bad guy.

My secrets can get people hurt, even killed. For that reason, I’ve never let anyone get close to me.

Until Catherine.

Her life of isolation so closely mirrors mine that I feel inextricably bound to her.

She’s my one shot at redemption, and I just may be hers. If the risk is too much for her, she’ll leave. If she stays, my life’s mission changes forever…

Due to mature themes, this book is recommended for readers 18+.

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*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*

5 Stars

Illicit Contact is the second part of the Shatterproof series. I was hooked in Privacy code (the first part) by Watts and Catherine’s story, and jumped almost immediately into Illicit Contact, in hopes of getting more info on Watts. And I did!!!! Still love Watts, too J But, I still have Naked Risk to go and the ending of Illicit Contact makes me nervous. Please let this series end in a HEA!!!

“The way I saw it, I had three options: One, break things off with her; two, tell her everything and make her aware of who she had become involved with; three, go on like we had been and not tell her anything.”

Illicit Contact continues Catherine and Watts’ story after they decide to take their email relationship to the next level. The HOT level!!! And believe me when I say that the HEAT level does not come down a bit in this story. But, pasts finally come out and decisions have to be made about where they will go from here. And in my opinion, Catherine made the right choice. But, there is so much more to come!!

“I wanted so badly to know what it was about Watts’s life that necessitated his cloak of privacy.”

I am thoroughly enjoying where this story is going and actually like that it is broken down into three parts. It’s crazy but I feel so accomplished thinking that I am almost done with three different books ;)

Just like, Privacy Code, this one also comes highly recommended, but you have to read Privacy Code first :)

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Filthy Beautiful Lies (book 1)

 Release Date: August 18th

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I have no idea why she auctioned off her virginity for a cool mill. Regardless, I’m now the proud new owner of a perfectly intact hymen. A lot of good that will do me. I have certain tastes, certain sexual proclivities. My cock is a bit more discriminatory than most. And training a virgin takes finesse and patience – both of which I lack.

Sophie Evans has been backed into a corner. With her sister’s life hanging in the balance, the only choice is to claw her way out, even if that means selling her virginity to the highest bidder at an exclusive erotic club. When Colton Drake takes her home, she quickly learns nothing is as it seems with this beautifully troubled man. Being with him poses challenges she never expected, and pushes her to want things she never anticipated.

A sinfully seductive erotic romance where everything has a price and the cost of love is the highest of all from New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Kendall Ryan.

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Filthy Beautiful Love (book 2)

Release Date: September 29th


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I never expected to watch Sophie walk away. She was mine. She just didn’t know it yet. New goal: Seal the deal and rock her world so thoroughly she never wanted to leave again.

Highly sexual and emotionally charged, Filthy Beautiful Love is the provocative conclusion to Filthy Beautiful Lies.

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Children’s librarian by day. Romance novelist by night.

British single father.

Someone else is writing this love story…

Blair Walton isn’t your average curvaceous tattooed children’s librarian. She’s also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her BFF Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she’s afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death . . . if she knew about them. That’s why she and Raine write in secret.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and “do some research”. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He’s British, looks fabulous in a suit, has glorious blue eyes and gets bonus points for being an amazing single dad to his adorable son, Drake. But what starts out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. And Blair’s not the only one with secrets.

 

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* A review copy was provided by author for the Blog Tour *

 

~~ 3.5 Stars ~~

 

If your are looking for that light beach read that has witty banter, some steamy scenes, and a lovable 3 year old boy….then this is the book for you.  I have read many books by Chelsea Cameron and I have to say that I thought this book was different from her other books.  I enjoyed this book, but not as much as her other books.  I thought this was an interesting story about being a writer and what their lives are like.  I loved that she created characters who were relatable and easy to connect to.  The only thing I really wish this book would’ve had was a little more drama or angst.  This story really was drama free.  There is a small (I mean really small) blip towards the end but it was over just as quick as it started.  The storyline started off really strong, but somewhere around 55% the story started to drag on and went in a different direction.  I think the story between Blair and Declan could’ve been developed a little more.  At about that same point in the book we lost sight of Declan for a while.  I was really happy with how the story ended but I think it was kind of abrupt and rushed a little bit.  You’ll understand more once you read the book.

 

As for the characters…I loved that Chelsea created a heroine who was different.  She was a person who loved tattoos and refused to live a life that her parents dictated for her.  Blair was also a librarian, who worked in the children’s section.  She was so down to earth and relatable.  I could totally see her being someone I would be friends with.  Declan…..he was a sweet and lovable Brit!!!!  I loved how he talked to Blair.  I could totally hear his accent in my head when I was reading his parts (I know that makes me sound a little crazy…lol)  He was such a wonderful father to Drake.  What I had to keep reminding myself about with these two, was that they were only 22 (Declan) and 23 (Blair).  The way they spoke and behaved, you would totally think they were much older.  They definitely didn’t act like your typical NA characters.

 

Like I said, if you are looking for that NA love story with very little drama and a sweet love story and an adorable 3 year old boy….then I would recommend this book!!!  If you are a fan of Chelsea M Cameron’s, then I think you should pick this one up as well.  Just know that it is different from her other books.

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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

 

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

 

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, LIsten coming out in 2014.

 

Website: http://www.chelseamcameron.com/

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**This can be read as a STANDALONE. The second book in the Lost series tells Jessica and Parker’s story.**

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All Jessica wants -as a college graduate — is to be a good girl. She landed the job of her dreams at a museum and is trying to eliminate temptations. No more short skirts (when she can help it). No wild parties. And no men.

She particularly excels at that last thing. . .

Until her path crosses Parker’s. Again. Jessica remembers the last time their paths crossed very well. She was left with a seriously bruised ego. She knows it would be best to avoid him altogether. But the charming Brit makes it hard for her to elude his electrifying pull. He is as irresistible as he is captivating.

And enigmatic.

Because underneath the sleek Armani suit and the sweet British accent that makes her crave his touch, Parker isn’t the perfect gentleman everyone thinks he is.

He’s exactly what Jessica doesn’t want, but desperately needs.
A bad, bad boy.

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* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

 

~~ 4 Stars ~~

 

Found in Us is the second book in Layla Hagen’s Lost series.  Lost in Us was book 1 and I really enjoyed that book.  This book was no different!!!  I really enjoyed this book as well.  I was excited to find out we were getting Jessica and Parker’s story at the end of book 1.  I just knew they would have an interesting story to tell (and boy was I right)  I will warn you that this book was way HOTTER then I remember book 1 being, so if you aren’t comfortable with that type of book, then this might not be the right fit for you.  Let me just say that Parker really pushes some of Jessica’s boundaries ;)  As with book 1 I thought the flow and pace of this book was great.  The storyline was filled with intrigue and secrets, so it kept your attention all the way through.  I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough….I wanted to know everything about these two characters.  What I loved more about this book was that we got to see Parker’s POV.  The story is primarily in Jessica’s POV, but the author did throw in there many chapters of Parker’s POV.!!!  It was great being in his head.

 

This book was more than just a love story.  It was a story about 2 people trying to find love, trust and overall redemption.  Both Jessica and Parker come from troubled pasts and neither of them felt they deserved to be loved.  I will say that after finding out their secrets and the troubles of their past, that they were actually pretty similar in nature, but how these two dealt with it was totally different and is what made these two characters so different.  Jessica felt she needed to be the “good girl” to find the redemption she thought she needed.  Parker was truly driven by guilt and forced himself to become the “good boy” even though it didn’t make him truly happy.  I don’t want to say more about the story because I don’t write spoiler reviews.  Just know that you need to read Jessica and Parker’s story.  They truly are a great couple together and prove that opposites truly do attract.  I loved both of these characters equally, they were fun, loving, swoony and spicy :)..Now don’t get me wrong they both made me mad at times, but you could really feel their connection to each other.  I loved watching them grow into a trusting and loving couple!!!

 

As for other characters in the story….there really weren’t any.  This story really did focus on Jessica and Parker.  We did get to know Dani (James’s Sister and Jessica’s roommate in London) better.  We got to see a little bit into her life, although the author did leave just enough mystery and question there, for us to be waiting for the 3rd book to be released, which is Dani’s story!!!  I was also thrilled to stay in touch with Serena and James.  We got to see what is happening with them after their story ended.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a love story that is over all intriguing, fun, quite steamy, and a sweet read.  This was a great addition to the Lost Series.  Even though it is part of a series, it really can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete story with NO Cliffhanger :)

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Title: Song Chaser

Series: Chasers #2

Author: Kandi Steiner

Release Date: July 1, 2014

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For more than a year, Tanner West has tried to shake his feelings for his long time best friend, Paisley Bronson. She was the perfect girl to fit the lyrics in all his favorite songs – the girl he had always wanted. When she fell in love with another man before Tanner had the chance to tell her how he felt, he was left with no resolve to find love again. Burying himself in school and easy girls has become his new lifestyle, but when Kellee Brooks shows up at his favorite bar, he begins to think there may be another verse to his song, after all.

Kellee Brooks moved to New York City for one thing: escape. Growing up in a small town where her entire life was planned out for her, she’s desperate to break free and find herself without following the same path as her mom. Kellee thought working at the local dive bar would mean more money for school, but when she meets the smoldering, scarred honey eyes of Tanner West, she finds there’s much more hiding in the smoky building than just a few tips.

With Paisley still haunting Tanner and Kellee vowing to save anyone the trouble of loving her, will the pain and fear keep them apart – or will they find a way to rewrite their song together?

Break free with this heartbreaking story of letting go and letting love in.

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* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *

 

~~ 5 “I pick U” Stars ~~

 

Song Chaser is the second book in Kandi Steiner’s Chaser’s series, but can be read as a standalone.  This is the second book I have read of Kandi’s and I have to say this book was so WONDERFUL!!!  I liked this book even more then Tag Chaser (Book 1).  What I loved was seeing how Kandi’s writing grew in this book compared to the first book.  The story and characters were well developed and pulled at my heartstrings a couple different times.  I thought the storyline was an interesting one and it kept me intrigued all the way through.  I honestly didn’t want to put this book down!!!  I totally felt a connection to the characters in this story.  When they were happy, I was smiling, when they we sad, I had tears in my eyes and yes there were a couple times that I wanted to throw my kindle and smack Tanner upside the head…lol.  Overall this is very pleasant read without a huge amount of drama.  Don’t get me wrong Tanner and Kellee have their ups and downs in this story, but they are brought on solely by themselves.  They were each others worst enemies.  I did end up with a HUGE smile on my face by the end of this book.

 

Tanner and Kellee were amazing characters.  What I liked the most was they weren’t the typical broken characters we see a lot these days in college aged books.  Yes they had their issues, but nothing traumatic has happened to them to make them this way.  These two were perfect for each other.  I loved how they kept saying that they saved each other.  The biggest problem these two had were being able to openly communicate with each other, which of course lead to the issues in their relationship.  Tanner was swoon worthy, but I will say I wanted to smack him.  The way he clung to his past started to really piss me off, but I am glad to see that he finally woke up and saw what was right in front of him.  Kellee was a strong female character.  Her biggest problem was taking her mother leaving her family as a bad thing and causing her to have serious trust issues.  I was glad to see Tanner made her see things in a different light!!!  These two had amazing chemistry and I loved their banter.  I was laughing out loud on many occasions.

 

All of the secondary characters were great too.  They all were great support systems for both Tanner and Kellee, but they also had no problem telling them when they were being dumb.  I have to say that Kandi has a great ability of creating secondary characters that I like almost as much as the main characters.

 

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!!!  It was a fun and sexy read with little drama.  You don’t necessarily have to read Tag Chaser first, but I would suggest it, because you get to know Paisley and Corbin, but you also meet Tanner in that book as well.  There is a lot of back story there.  Although Kandi does a wonderful job filling in the blanks between Tanner and Paisley.  This is for sure a book I will read again in the future.

 

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What people are saying about Song Chaser –

“This story will have you cheesy smiling, tearing up, mad, sad – every emotion will be brought out. READ THIS SERIES!” – Lyndsie, Mean Girls Luv Books

“You will laugh, cry and want to slap the crap out of Tanner a couple of times; I guarantee it! 5 *WINK* READ!” – Jessi, Book Flirts by Jessi

“Kandi Steiner has done it again….only even better.” – Booked on Romance

“Song Chaser is a great story on how 2 people can overcome their pasts and make a song of their own. 4 smooches!” – Sarah, Red Cheeks Reads

“It was beautiful. I hate to admit it (don’t kill me Corbin!! I LOVE YOU BOO!) but I seriously loved Song Chaser more than Tag Chaser.” – Sam Stettner, Sammie’s Book Club

 

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My heart feels like it’s about to beat right out of my chest. Tanner is looking at me like he’s not good enough to touch me and like he can’t keep his fucking hands off me all at the same time. I inhale deep, my breath shaky as I try to find the words to say. I want to talk about it more – about what she is to him, about when she’s coming and what I’m going to have to deal with – but right now all I can think about is how his hands feel on my waist, and how I wish he would touch every inch of my body with those hands.

“Kiss me,” I breathe.

Tanner doesn’t waste another second. His lips find mine, soft and gentle at first, but then a fire consumes us both and I’m biting his neck as he lifts me from my chair. He kisses down my collarbone and then back up to my ear, sending chills cascading down my arms and legs. I moan softly, running my fingers through his hair and tugging a little as I pull his lips back to mine. He slides his tongue between my lips and takes my mouth, deepening the kiss as his hands explore my body.

“How long until dinner?” he pants between kisses.

“Maybe twenty minutes.”

“That’ll do,” he replies, carrying me to the couch.

Tanner’s hands are hungry as he positions himself on top of me, pulling the straps of my tank top down to kiss my shoulders. He nips and sucks softly, trailing a line from my shoulders, to my neck, across my collar bone, and back again. Slowly, he kisses a little lower, sucking at the swell just above the hem of my top. I inhale sharply, my fingers gripping his hair.

“You taste so sweet,” he mumbles against my skin, lighting it on fire. He lifts my shirt and slowly kisses down my stomach, stopping just above the hem of my shorts. He blazes a trail of fire with his tongue from one hip to the other, working the buttons and zipper until he has my shorts loose enough to pull down my shaking legs and throw across the room. He smiles up at me, his sexy half grin silently killing me, and then he completely takes my breath away – because he pulls my panties off with his teeth.

With. His. Teeth.

Suddenly, my heart is beating in my throat. I’m not a virgin, but I’m definitely no where near as experienced as Tanner, no matter how cocky my façade may be. My legs are shaking uncontrollably and I feel it start to move up to my hands. Tanner stops kissing my thighs and looks up at me, concern laden on his face.

“Are you okay?” he asks, moving to position himself on top of me again. He brushes the hair from my face and pulls my shaking hand to his lips, kissing my fingers softly as he waits for me to reply.

I nod, though not confidently. “I hate admitting this to you, but I’m not that experienced.”

He smiles devilishly, his eyes lighting the fire in my stomach again. “You think I don’t know that? Why do you think I’m going so slow?”

I let out of a puff of air, “This is slow?”

His grin grows wider, “Trust me – if I had it my way, your ankles would have been on my shoulders the first night I saw you.”

Tag Chaser (Chasers #1) – Released October 2013

Paisley Bronson is a 27 year old successful advertising professional, but the most exciting part of her life happens outside of work. Claiming the life of a Tag Chaser toward the end of her college career has taught her one thing: Never get too close. She has enjoyed her dating lifestyle, but when her best friend makes a bet that she won’t ever be able to date a normal guy, her competitive nature takes control and she vows to change the game.

When Paisley meets the incredibly handsome and practically perfect Corbin Ray, she begins to think keeping her word might be easier than she thought. But when an accidental discovery reveals that Corbin is in the Army, she knows she must run the other way and never look back. Although it kills her, she aims to move on and look for a new prospect.

There’s just one small problem.

Paisley’s been assigned a new client at work, and his name is Corbin Ray.

Will Paisley and Corbin give in to the chemistry between them, or will their past and present complications keep them apart?

Fall in love with this fun and irresistibly naughty game of cat and mouse.

 

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Who inspired you to start writing?

My mom, definitely. She’s actually very into reading like I am and is a great writer herself. I hope to one day convince her to write a novel, too. She inspired me when I was very young and encouraged me to pursue my love of writing, no matter what. Everything I’ve written from awful love poems in high school (yuck!) to decent pieces in college, she has always been there for me.

Why romance?

Great question! I have no idea. I always pictured myself writing non-fiction or nothing at all, but one of my final capstone courses in college was an advanced fiction course that really turned me on to the possibilities of creating a story. Why romance specifically? Well, we could blame it on my husband for showing me love so early in life, but it’s probably more Disney’s fault than anyone else’s. I’m a girl, I love to love, what could be better than romance writing?

How do you write your novels?

Sporadically and without any structure at all. Sometimes I’ll be driving and I’ll whip out my phone and record something to write down later. Sometimes I’ll write a scene and sometimes I’ll just write about my character to get to know them better. Eventually, I sit down and map everything out so that I don’t forget anything (blonde moments are a habit for me) and then I slowly start piecing it all together. It makes sense to me, but if I told any of my professors this they might kill me lol.

When did you know you wanted to write a novel?

Honestly, it hit me out of the blue. I got the idea for Tag Chaser when I was in the shower and I just couldn’t shake it. I was dreaming about the characters, writing random scenes in my head, and just thinking about them constantly. I decided it was a sign to stop being so scared of failure and just write it. The way I see it, the worst thing that could happen is no one likes it – and in that case it will still be loved by me and that’s what matters.

Why should readers pick up Tag Chaser?

Tag Chaser is a unique story that I think hasn’t been told yet. Often times we fall in love with characters who are so perfect, either individually or for each other. Tag Chaser is about exploring our imperfections and learning not to fight that chemistry that sometimes we just feel, whether it’s easy or not. I think anyone who reads Tag Chaser will laugh and love, and those are both two very beautiful things.

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Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.

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HARD KNOX

A New Series by NYT Bestselling Author Nicole Williams

 

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The Outsider Chronicles, #1

New Adult/Adult Contemporary

Releasing August 12, 2014

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synopsis

Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.

Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.

As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.

How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .

Hard Knox.

 

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I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.

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Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined and uncomplicated, at least on the surface. Then she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café. As a focused but struggling photographer with a passion for art, her outwardly happy world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soul mate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seem picture perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork, until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.

Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend is something she can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code and molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and circumstance intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael proves to be everything she’s ever wanted, but remains just out of her reach.

Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through. Their morals and their faith in true love and in each other will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.

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*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*

3.5 stars

This one is a hard one for me to review, and I will tell you why.  To start, you need to know that this a very well written story about true love and my 3.5 star rating has nothing to do with the author’s writing style, it is more about my personal likes. I have said it many times and I will say it again, we all can’t love every book we read. Each one of us has different things that we enjoy and unfortunately, Behind the Glass just didn’t have those things that wow me.

“He had never really believed in love at first sight or the concept of soul mates before, but he knew now that he would never feel about anyone the way he felt about her.”

Behind the Glass is Rebecca and Michael’s love story, and it’s an emotional one. Well, for Michael it’s not as emotional, but for Rebecca, it’s a struggle. Rebecca, actually both Michael and Rebecca, have some of the best morals of any characters I have read about in probably my whole reading career (yeah, I said career cause I wish reading was my career). But Rebecca’s emotions are all over the place. Thank goodness Michael has the patience of a saint let’s her work through her emotions.

“The development of a strict moral code that would guide her decisions throughout her life started early.”

The two meet but Rebecca is currently in a relationship. Now, when I read the synopsis, this made me think love triangle, and that excited me. But I was wrong and the story went in a whole different direction than I anticipated. Which is fine, but I did get a tad bored with it at that point. I understand Rebecca’s side of how things went and I applaud her for her actions but I just needed a tad bit more to pull me in to the story.

So, like I said before, this story is well written and packed full of sugary sweet emotions and details. The flow is great and the end was perfect. And for the right reader who loves to read more romance than mystery or drama, this one is PERFECT for you!!

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“I’ve tried to stay away from you, Rebecca. Believe me, I’ve tried. But tonight, like I said, I had a moment of weakness.” He locked eyes with her again.

As she slowly thought this through, something occurred to her.

“But, what about the bookstore?”

A look of genuine conflict crossed his face.

“I promised to leave you alone, to let you have your place to escape. It took all of my will power to stay away, knowing you were there.” He looked down after he spoke.

“So, why now? Why here?” she asked, hoping he would look at her again.

“Like you said, Claire’s persistence is … impressive, and I couldn’t seem to stop myself from coming knowing you would be here. I’m sorry,” he said, as his eyes met hers again.

You’re sorry?” she sighed, realizing the irony of the situation.

As she looked at him, images of her dreams filled her mind, followed by the intense guilt from this morning and for what she felt at this moment. She couldn’t deny the unexplainable completeness she felt when they were together, and she knew it was unlike anything she had experienced with Brett. It wasn’t until she met Michael that she truly understood the difference. She also knew she simply didn’t have it in her to be unfaithful to Brett or to break his heart. Her personal principles forbade it. She would never adequately be able to convey how sorry she was.

She could feel the sudden tears brimming in her eyes, betraying her.

“I shouldn’t have come. It was selfish. The last thing I wanted to do was upset you. Please forgive me.”

As he spoke, he automatically brushed his hand over her cheek, comforting her.

His very touch sent unexpected shivers down her spine and made her tremble slightly. She lightly caught her breath as she unconsciously leaned upward toward him. It seemed the closer they were to each other the more intensely drawn to him she became. At this moment, her actions were admittedly somewhat out of her control.

In response, his grip became slightly firmer and his hand moved back toward her neck. He leaned in slowly, trying to control himself but she was quickly moving in toward him at the same time. Their faces remained inches apart for what felt like an eternity, neither of them daring to cross the line.

They gazed deeply into each others’ eyes until finally Michael closed his and gently kissed her forehead. She closed her eyes at the gentle touch of his lips to her skin. Slowly their hands naturally found each other as they stood with only their foreheads touching for several minutes until Rebecca finally spoke.

“I can’t,” she whispered with tears streaming down her face.

“I know,” he whispered back, “it’s okay.” His voice was amazingly soothing.

This however, was anything but okay, and Rebecca desperately wished she could stay here with him like this forever. She had never felt conflict like this in her life. She wished she could put her conscience on hold and think with her heart instead of her head for once. She realized all too clearly that her dream had become reality.

As if on cue, a knock at the front door interrupted them.

They both flinched guiltily and took a step back from each other. Rebecca quickly wiped the tears from her face as she tried to compose herself. Michael sighed and gave her a long solemn look before he turned toward the foyer to answer the door.

 

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abouttheauthor

Kristen Morgen, an up and coming new adult contemporary romance author, can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t crave designing, creating, discovering, and using her imagination in some way. Educated and trained as a licensed architect and working at her own architectural firm for many years, her true passion has always been writing. An avid reader from a very early age, the romance genre is admittedly her favorite guilty pleasure – a hopeless romantic to the end.

Kristen loves the art of shaping words and sentences into relatable stories while creating rich characters for her readers to connect with. She enjoys exploring relationships and discovering the little reasons people fall in love with each other while uncovering deeper truths. Honing her craft in her free time and choosing exactly the type of story she wanted to tell, Kristen presents Behind the Glass as her debut novel.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. Never one to let her creative mind sit idle for very long, in her free time she is currently hard at work on her next novel and reads almost anything she can get her hands on.

 

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Title: Wild Temptation (Wild, #1)

Release Date: August 18th, 2014

Author: Emma Hart

synopsis

In this sexy new CALL series spin-off series by New York Times bestseller Emma Hart, enter the intense world of a no strings relationship and experience addiction like you never expected…

The moment I walked in to find Mr. Tall, Dark, Handsome, and Oh So British–my mind-blowing one night stand–as my photographer for the shoot that could change it all, I knew life was throwing me a curveball.
The moment he, Tyler Stone, walked into my best friend’s apartment, I knew that curveball was heading straight for my gut.
The hit comes in the form of a no-strings proposition… One that gives him utter control over my body.
If I surrender, that curveball is steadily en-route for a collision course with my heart.

He’s a sex addict. I’m a love addict.
This is temptation.

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Tyler grabs my arm and tugs me into what looks like an office. He closes the door behind us and spins me into him. “You really are a feisty little thing, aren’t you?”

“Fuck you, asshole.” I glare up at him, shaking his hand from my arm and stepping back.

“Damn, Liv, why don’t you tell me how you really feel?” he says with a smirk.

“Why? So it can go right over your egotistically enlarged head?”

“I might consider it for a moment… Actually, on second thought, you’re right. I won’t pay any attention.”

“You are the most arrogant, self-entitled, patronizing bastard I’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting in my life,” I hiss anyway. “And before you mention the pleasure, because you inevitably will, you should know the displeasure far outweighs the measly amount of pleasure you’ve given me.”

Tyler’s eyes darken and he closes in on me, grabbing the back of my head and pulling me into him. His fingers thread through my hair and tug my head back so I’m looking at him, and, “Measly bit of pleasure? Didn’t seem so small when you were screaming my name and begging for more.”

“Clearly you’ve never watched When Harry Met Sally. That movie taught a woman everything she needs to know about faking it.”

He presses his lips to mine in a crash of teeth and a tangle of tongue. He grips my hip and pulls me toward him forcefully, his grasp on my hair never easing as he sweeps his tongue through my mouth. The zinging tension of earlier is back, except this time it’s worse and it’s swirling around us and holding us together. Holding his mouth against mine, our bodies flush together.

My anger swiftly changes to desire at the feel of his teeth nibbling my bottom lip, and a whimper leaves me involuntarily when he pulls away.

“I don’t believe for a second you fake it, Liv.” He ghosts his nose along my jawline. “I can feel the realness of your reaction in your body. I saw it earlier—I felt it earlier. My fingers barely brushed your gorgeous arse and you moved away as if I’d run them along your pussy. Your body responds to me whether you want it to or not, and it does it so clearly. So obviously.”

“My body is a liar,” I breathe when he sucks on my earlobe lightly.

“Much like you.” His words are spoken again my skin with a gentle brush of his lips.

“My dislike of you is no lie, Tyler.”

“Well, your body didn’t get the memo, babe. Your body likes me. A fucking lot.”

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