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The Replacement & The Prisoner by Rachael Wade
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Replacement
Synopsis for The Replacement (January 24th 2014):

*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*

A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.

My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.

No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.

All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.

 

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Review for The Replacement : 

*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

~~4 Stars~~

Wow I really don’t know how to explain my feelings about this book.  I really enjoyed this book, but there were some things that I wasn’t comfortable with, which held me back from giving it 5 stars.  I can’t explain what I mean because it would ruin the whole book.    This is the first book by Rachael Wade that I have read and as I said before I thoroughly enjoyed it.  This book was like no other that I have read before.  I loved that the storyline was unique.  I thought the pace of the story was really good, nothing dragged and nothing was rushed, so you didn’t feel like you missed anything.  I thought the writing was flawless.  She does an excellent job sucking you into this story right from the start and not letting go until the last page.  This story truly had me guessing throughout the whole thing.  Some things were predictable, but Rachael was still able to add enough shockers in this story to keep the reader on their toes.

As for the characters in this story….we are introduced to a lot of them…mostly male ;). I will say out of those men I really only liked Jay (the father figure), Ryder, and even Brad was ok.  As for Tim, Christian, and Nate….they were all severe douchebags.  You’ll understand why pretty much from the start.   As for Elise….I don’t know what I really feel about her.  On one hand I loved her character but then on the other hand I also didn’t agree with some of her behavior.  One thing I loved about her character is she didn’t apologize or hide who or what she was.  She knew exactly what she was doing and wasn’t hiding behind a fake persona.  But it was also this behavior that had me not liking her much at certain times in the story.  She truly was a broken soul, who had such a low self portrait of herself.  This is all due to how she was raised by her horrible father.  We learn quite a bit about her home life as a child and I can see why she was messed up in the head.  That’s why I loved Ryder so much…he was willing to help Elise see what an amazing person she was and that she didn’t deserve the life she was leading.  I thought their relationship grew at a great pace.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a story about a girl learning how to love herself and working towards redemption and a better self worth but also has a great love story hidden in the mix.  Like I said earlier…. This book will definitely keep you thinking and on your toes.

 

jenniferh-sig

 

 

 

 

Prisoner

Synopsis for The Prisoner (July 24th 2014):

***THE PRISONER is a novella (approx. 25,000 words) intended to be read AFTER The Replacement. Contains explicit material and language.***

My name is Christian Walker, and Elise Duchamp is my drug of choice.

No matter how hard I try to break the habit, it’s a lost cause. Okay, maybe I haven’t really tried to quit this particular habit. All I can think about is owning her. Making her mine. Can you really blame me? With that sinful body, luscious mouth, and wicked tongue, she’s every man’s dream, and she knows it.

No one is immune to her charm, not even me, a man who has everything—a beautiful wife, an office with a view, and more money than most people can spend in one lifetime. Only I know how to make her toes curl. Only I know her body better than the other men she screws in her free time. None of them can compare to me.

But the joke is on me. I’m the prisoner.

The one who will never compare to him. The one man who makes me see red. His name is stored in her cell phone. It’s the first one she calls out to, the first one she cries for when all hell breaks loose. Ryder Jacobson.

The name makes me cringe.

She loves him, and I love her. In my own way, I always will. But the bad guy doesn’t always belong with the bad girl. Sometimes the bad girl needs a good man to believe in her, to give her that final push toward ultimate transformation. I wish I was that good man. That I could be her happily ever after. I guess that’s the thing about prisoners, though. They’re left alone with their torment, and in the end, they have no one to blame but themselves.

 

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Review for The Prisoner :

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

~~ 5 “Christian Walker” Stars ~~

Have you ever read a book and have fallen for a secondary character and wanted to know more about that person??  Well that is what happened to me in The Replacement from Rachael Wade.  We meet Christian Walker and I didn’t like his character very much but he intrigued me for some reason.  When I saw Rachael was writing a novella from Christian’s POV…I was thrilled, because we were finally going to get into his head and know what he was thinking and feeling.

This novella should be read AFTER you read The Replacement, because there are spoilers to that story in this one, plus I think you need to know Elise and Christia before reading this book.  I have to say that this novella was GREAT.  I thought it was gritty, raw and stocked with emotions, we didn’t get to see in book 1.  This showed so much more of who Christian really was as a person.  I will warn you that this novella does have cheating in it, but if you read The Replacement before this one, then you are aware of Christian’s situation before hand so it doesn’t really bother you.  I didn’t realize the true level of cheating that Christian did.  I was a little shocked by some of the things we learn in this book.

This book is not a retelling of The Replacement in Christian’s POV.  What Rachael did was picked out scenes from that book and gave us Christian’s side of the story.  Like I said before there is also scenes that are new to the story, that we didn’t see in the original book.  I am truly glad that Rachael wrote this book and we got to see the real side of Christian.  Even though when I started this book I knew what was going to happen, it was great to see how attached Christian was to Elise, but I have a hard time believing that he will ever be able to love just one woman.  This novella doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending, but the way it is ended it really makes me want the author to write a full length book for Christian.  I think there is more to his story!!!!

I would definitely recommend this novella to anyone who has read The Replacement….you NEED this side of the story.  If you haven’t read The Replacement….what are you waiting for.  Read these books NOW!!!!

jenniferh-sig

 

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abouttheauthor
Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of The Preservation Series, The Resistance Trilogy, and the upcoming sci-fi series, The Keepers Trilogy. When she’s not writing, she’s busy learning French, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. Visit her at www.RachaelWade.com and www.LightsOnOutreach.com, or come chat with her on Twitter via @RachaelWade

 

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 The Beast Part 3 By Ella James    (New Release  0.99)
Return to La Rosa Prison as Annabelle tries to save Beast from his grizzly fate. Her tongue and hands are doing most of the saving.
Just kidding.
There’s suspense and a healthy dose of smut, too. You know that’s how you like it…
In all seriousness, this is an adult book that deals with a variety of intense and mature topics. It’s also a novella. If you dislike reading stories in installments, or are a prude, a whiner, or other unsavory sort of character, this may not be a good read for you.
*Part 3 is on sale for 99 cents for the first 12 hours only. Tell your friends!
*Part Four is coming September 22. I expect it to be the final installment in the Beast serials.

 

 All or Nothing By Kendall Ryan   (New Release)
You’ve met Ben Shaw. Now meet Braydon Kincaid, the devil-may-care male model who nearly stole the show in Working It by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.
As one of the world’s most sought-after male models, Braydon is no stranger to the finer pleasures in life. The last thing he wants to do is limit himself, especially when it comes to women. His best friend, Ben, might’ve settled down, but Braydon doesn’t want to waste his youth on the messy complications of commitment. He wants fun. He wants easy.
Ellie isn’t looking for a casual relationship, but her tough and sassy personality instantly attracts Braydon, who proposes a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Unable to resist the powerful pull of the charming bad boy, Ellie eventually relents, though she longs for all-consuming love.
As the two spend more time together, Ellie soon realizes that Braydon’s posing skills extend off the runway. His carefully crafted façade masks a secret hurt that he’s reluctant to share with Ellie, even as they embark on a passionate affair that sends them hurtling toward a fate neither expected. Can Ellie risk her heart while she waits for Braydon to let her in, or will she be forced to demand all or nothing?

 

 Damaged Goods By Nicole Williams   (New Release)
When Liv Bennett said goodbye to the sinkhole of a town she grew up in, she hoped she’d left that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.
Returning home to her two younger sisters after their addict of a mother up and disappeared, Liv promptly reinstitutes her golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: Don’t date the local boys and god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.
It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.
Will Goods isn’t the same boy she remembers growing up by in the next trailer over. The wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars by night and takes care of his mentally ill mother during the day is nothing like any of the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.
But just when Liv considers suspending her golden rule this one time, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.
Will Goods isn’t who he used to be; he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s someone else entirely.
He’s become . . .
Damaged Goods.

 

 Melt For Him By Lauren Blakely   (New Release)
(Limited Time Promo! MELT FOR HIM is being offered at $2.99 for pre-order and release week and will then go to its regular $3.99 price)
He knows exactly how to make her burn…
Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he discovers the woman he wants back in his bed is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.
Megan Jansen has one rule–no firemen. Just out of a toxic relationship, she’s only in Hidden Oaks long enough to visit her brother and photograph the local calendar before she slips off on another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend…and a fireman. She knows she’s going to get burned, but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.
Lauren Blakely is donating half of her author proceeds from the pre-order and release week sales for MELT FOR HIM to the NVFC Firefighter support Fund which supports the nation’s volunteer fire and EMS departments.

 

 Shattered Innocence By Alexis Noelle   (New Release)
**Shattered Innocence is for mature audiences only—strong language, and explicit sexual content are apparent.**
Growing up poor and with a set of parents who couldn’t care less about her, Jessica Evans was on her own. She knew she wanted better and was determined to make it through college. Her only problem was that she was broke, and college was expensive. That’s when she was introduced to the world of depravity and scandal that she currently resides in.
Damon Shaw has just been assigned to take over the day-to-day operations of the escort service where he’s has been working for almost five years. He immediately bumps heads with the sexy and stubborn Jessica. Damon is determined to show Jessica who is in control and make her follow his every instruction.
When the two get together, sparks begin to fly. Jessica and Damon will challenge and enrage each other at every turn. The sting of words and the temptation of seduction are ever present between them. Damon is not at all what he seems. When all hell breaks loose, will Damon and Jessica make it or will she send him packing?

 

 Beyond The Orange Moon By Adrienne Frances   (New Release)
Sometimes fate strikes in unexpected ways.
Lucy Dalton was tired of living a life she didn’t want.
Charlie Mathews was living the life he always wanted.
But one night, fate changes the course of their lives forever. A year later, Lucy and Charlie’s paths meet again, igniting a spark neither can deny.
Lucy knows he doesn’t remember her, but she’s already in too deep.
Charlie knows the unwritten family rule: Mathews men never admit when they’re broken.
Can they leave the past where it belongs and find a way to look beyond the orange moon?

 

 My Control By Lisa Renee Jones   (New Release   0.99)
I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define
who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has
seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. I’m consumed with my hunger for her
and my need for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more.
She’s about to find out that the Master has returned.

 

 Happenstance 2 By Jamie McGuire    (New Release)
Erin Easter was now Erin Alderman, because Erin Alderman was dead.
In the second installment of this USA Today bestselling series, follow protagonist Erin, a high school senior in tiny Blackwell, Oklahoma. After a terrible accident leaves two classmates dead, Erin learns that she was switched at birth. Shortly after, she moves into the home of her true parents, Sam and Julianne Alderman, transforming Erin over night from pariah of Blackwell High School, to the only child of one of the most affluent couples in town.
Also being pursued by her childhood crush, Weston Gates, the dream she once had is now reality. But when Erin stumbles upon secrets that give her the answers she’s been searching for, she also finds a truth she never wanted to know.

 

 Boarded By Love By Toni Aleo   (New Release)
Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.
She’s beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.
She’s my game changer.

 

  Uncivilized By Sawyer Bennett   (New Release)
**Warning: This book is a wild, sexy beast of a read. 18+**
Putting a woman on her knees before me is what really makes my cock hard. I fuck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender from my conquests.
Savage man, loner, warrior… I am dangerous at my core. I have lived amidst the untamed wild of the rainforest, in a society that reveres me and where every woman falls before me in subjugation.
Now I’ve been discovered. Forced to return to a world that I have forgotten about and to a culture that is only vaguely familiar to my senses.
Dr. Moira Reed is an anthropologist who has been hired to help me transition back into modern society. It’s her job to smooth away my rough edges… to teach me how to navigate properly through this new life of mine. She wants to tame me.
She’ll never win.
I am wild, free and raw, and the only thing I want from the beautiful Moira Reed is to fuck her into submission.
She wants it, I am certain. I will give it to her soon.
Yes, very soon, I will become the teacher and she will become my student. And when I am finished showing her body pleasure like no other, she’ll know what it feels like to be claimed by an uncivilized man.
Note: This is a big, damn book and it is a stand alone, coming in at a whopping 109,000 words.

 Before I Break By Portia Moore    (New Release   0.99)
Authors Note:Though this could be read as a stand alone, I highly recommend reading the first book in this series titled ‘If I Break’ first.
Out of the past six years of my life, I only remember about half of it. After a dozen doctors and thousands in medical bills, I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder–one that causes me to lose track of time. Sometimes it’s hours, days or even weeks with no recollection of anything. The good thing is it’s been almost two years since I had my last ‘black out’. It sounds much better than what the doctors refer to them as, ‘episodes’, like my life is a freakin’ comedy.
During those two years of normal, I finally managed to get my Bachelor’s degree, a job I love, and I’ve just proposed to a woman who has been there for me through it all. For the first time in a long time everything is on track.
Until a strange woman shows up at my door—she says I’m her husband and I think she’s crazy. Until, I get a voice mail on my phone. It’s from a guy name Cal. The weird part is, it’s the same name the strange woman called me. What terrifies me, is this guy Cal…his voice sounds just like mine.

 

 Wildcard By Missy Johnson   (New Release   0.99)
** This is part one of a three part serial. Part two will release on the 16th September and part three on the 30th September. Part one is a 25,000 word novella **
246.
That’s the number of women I’ve shagged in the last twelve months.
I’m Ryder Stevens.
Don’t pretend you don’t know me. I’m a god.
I’m hot, I’m British and I take what I want. I’m also the number one ranked tennis player in the world. But it’s my off court antics that gain the most attention. I cruise through life, running from one scandal to the next. Hell I can’t even take a piss without the world knowing about it.
Rules? Who gives a shit?
Rules are there to be broken and I’m the king of breaking them.
But even the king can be bought to his knees. I’m sidelined with an injury that changes everything.
And suddenly I’m left thinking that maybe my life isn’t so perfect after all…

 

 Bang Bang By Rachel Van Dyken   (New Release   0.99)
He was my best friend.
Until he became my enemy.
All within the span of one night.
Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang.
The rapid fire of gunshots became the soundtrack to my life.
This is the Mafia. Lines are blurred. Choices are never black and white. And the life you thought you knew is… one giant lie.
He was dead.
And I didn’t want his life to be in vain, so I tried to make something of myself. I tried and failed.
Now he’s back. Alive. And he wants something…
Me.
Nobody ever said the mafia played fair.
Welcome to The Family.

 

 Shelter Me By Kathy Coopmans   (New Release)
At the young age of nineteen, Shayne Andrews thought she had it all. She had the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and a bright future ahead of her. That is, until one day he just disappeared, leaving a note as his only goodbye. With her heart shattered and broken, Shayne did the only thing she could. She left her small town on the shores of Lake Michigan to start her life over, needing to distance herself from the memories she and Luke had made. At that time, she vowed to herself that she would never return to her hometown again. Seven years later, Shayne realizes that fate is not on her side as she returns home for her aunt’s funeral, bringing back the one secret she swore to protect.
Luke Schavone has regretted every day that he had to leave Shayne behind. Though he didn’t have a choice, his heart still bore the scars from the impact. After five years, Luke returned only to find that Shayne was gone. His best friend was the only lifeline he had to finding her, but Adam wasn’t talking. When the one thing Luke has wanted everyday for the past seven years runs right into him one night, he becomes determined to make sure he doesn’t lose her again.
At first, Shayne is hesitant. She wouldn’t be able to survive losing him again, but the pull toward him is so fierce, she can’t deny herself the chance. With the decision to start over, Luke and Shayne must admit truths and come to terms with the events that forced them apart in the first place. When secrets are revealed and old threats come to pass, will Luke be able to shelter Shayne from the destruction, or will she become lost to him forever?
***Shelter Me is a full length novel. You will notice that the story ends at approximately 75%. The remaining 25% you will be able to enjoy the first few chapters from four incredible Authors. Kristin Kitchen, A.m. Madden, Kate Stewart and A.d Justice. Enjoy.***

 

 One Southern Night By Marissa Carmel   (New Release   0.99) 
Kamdyn Ellis is the man.
Mr. All-Star athlete and resident bad boy. #7 quarterback on the field, and #1 player off.
Every guy at school wants to be him, and every girl at school wants to date him. Well, except Laney Summers that is. The sassy city girl is the only one immune to Kam’s clear blue eyes and arsenal of southern charm. But when a debilitating injury sidelines Kam’s future and ability to play football, it’s Laney who is tasked to be his tutor while he recuperates at home.
The chemistry between Kam and Laney is undeniable, and after months of ignoring what’s clearly evident, Laney gives in. Allowing herself one night with Kam, no strings attached, no commitment to speak of. Alone, under the stars, on the fifty-yard line, Kam and Laney set out to discover if what they have is real, or just one steamy southern night.

 

  Worth The Fall By Claudia Connor   (New Release)
They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

 

 Chasing The Sun By Nikki Thompson   (New Release)
When Ian Radcliffe gets the opportunity to leave town to consult on the project of his career he’s doesn’t think twice. He loads his dog and guitar into the back of the Jeep and flips Dallas the bird as it becomes a speck in his rearview.
A change of scenery, that’s just what he needs. His heart isn’t broken anymore, just sore. He thought he’d found the one in Katrine MacNamara, but unfortunately she thought he was number two.
He wasn’t a rich businessman, or a rockstar…he was just an architect. He believed in love, family, and friendship. Some might call him the ‘nice guy’. He always thought so—do the right thing, protect the bullied, return your mom’s calls.
When two dynamic women enter his life in this new city the lines of friendship, sex, and love are blurred, his world of black and white becomes a little more gray.
Will the heartbroken become the heartbreaker?
Readers fell in love with Ian in Rebound and Resilient. This is his story and his chance at a love of his own. It won’t come easy, like he always thought it would. But nothing good comes easy…at least nothing worthwhile.
Hold onto your hammocks girls, your favorite nice guy is taking center stage. It’s Ian’s turn to get the girl…or two.
Chasing the Sun is a 40,000 word novella, and although this is a spinoff of the Rebound series, it can be read as a stand alone.

 

 Rock Addiction By Nalini Singh    (New Release)
A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…
Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.
A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…
Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

 

Innocence

 

synopsis

Growing up poor and with a set of parents who couldn’t care less about her, Jessica Evans was on her own. She knew she wanted better and was determined to make it through college. Her only problem was that she was broke, and college was expensive. That’s when she was introduced to the world of depravity and scandal that she currently resides in.
Damon Shaw has just been assigned to take over the day-to-day operations of the escort service where he’s has been working for almost five years. He immediately bumps heads with the sexy and stubborn Jessica. Damon is determined to show Jessica who is in control and make her follow his every instruction.
When the two get together, sparks begin to fly. Jessica and Damon will challenge and enrage each other at every turn. The sting of words and the temptation of seduction are ever present between them. Damon is not at all what he seems. When all hell breaks loose, will Damon and Jessica make it or will she send him packing?

**Shattered Innocence is for mature audiences only—strong language, and explicit sexual content are apparent.**

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abouttheauthor
Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, three kids, and two dogs. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.
She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.

She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.

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Other books by Alexis Noelle

Playing With Fire (#1)

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Breaking Through The Wall (#2)

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Fighting To Survive (#3)

Amazon US

Breaking Free

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Surrender To Me

Amazon UK  ~  B&N ~ Amazon US

 

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The Outsider Chronicles, #2

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New Adult/Adult Contemporary

Release: September 9, 2014

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When Liv Bennett said good-bye to her sinkhole of a hometown, she planned to leave that chapter of her life behind forever. But forever turned out to only be three years.

After her addict of a mother up and disappears, Liv returns to what she considers her own personal hell smack in the middle of nowhere Nevada to take care of her two younger sisters, and she promptly reinstitutes the golden rule that got her through her first nineteen years of life without getting knocked up, roughed up, or messed up: don’t date the local boys and, god forbid, don’t fall in love with one of them.

It isn’t long before that golden rule is put to the test.

Will Goods grew up in the next trailer over, but the wild, careless boy who used to tear up the town with his three brothers has morphed into someone else so completely, he’s almost unrecognizable. The quiet, contemplative man who works on cars every night and takes care of his mentally ill mother every day is nothing like the local boys Liv grew up avoiding.

But when Liv considers suspending her golden rule just this once, she finds out something about Will that will change everything.

Will Goods isn’t who he used to be—he’s not even the man Liv thinks she’s gotten to know over the summer. He’s become someone else entirely.

He’s become . . .

Damaged Goods.

 

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Will was about to walk away, and I’d never see him again. The man I’d fallen for, despite every attempt against it, the man I’d tried to push away with my steely character, then by trying to drown my feelings for him, and finally by accusing him of some horrible things. I’d been pushing him away, and he was finally giving in. Just when I knew I didn’t want him to. I’d had to make about every single mistake I could along the way to realize Will wasn’t just another guy. He was the guy.

And there he was, saying a silent good-bye.

“Will, wait.” I shoved out of the chair and hurried toward him.

I grabbed his arm right as he reached the hall and spun him around. He didn’t look surprised by my abruptness or irritated that I’d stopped him. Instead, he looked almost sad. Like he already knew what was coming.

“Come with us. Come with me.” I hadn’t know those exact words were coming, but I didn’t regret them. In fact, I was relieved they’d finally formed.

Will’s forehead wrinkled as his eyes sealed shut. From the looks of it, my words had been painful. “I can’t, Liv.”

“But do you want to?” I moved closer to him. I wasn’t taking no for an answer, not now.

“If I want to and if I can are two opposite things right now.” Will stepped back.

I took one more step forward. “But you want to?”

Will’s eyes stayed closed, but he worked the tortured lines from his face. “That’s irrelevant. Whatever my answer, it doesn’t change the fact that I cant come with you.”

“Why not?” When I took one more step forward, my body crushed into his, and all of that energy moved between us, further confirming my unexpected request. If life was a game where a person was expected to grab their happiness along the way, I was grabbing or stealing or whatever I had to do with mine and not looking back.

That was when Mrs. Goods let out another tirade, cursing those little monkeys with every last profanity known to man.

Will sighed. “That’s why. I can barely leave her side for a second, let alone move a couple of states away and check in with regular phone calls.”

That was as obvious to me as it was to him. “I know, but after you get her settled in this assisted living place, after you make sure she’s adjusted and safe and happy . . . then come. There’s about as much here for you as there is for me.”

“I can’t.” This time, there was a finality in his voice, and his expression matched it.

My instinct was to step away and save myself the pain, so I took the last step I possibly could toward him. “Why not?”

Will looked like he wanted to wrap his arms around me and pull me close—I could feel the muscles in his arms quivering as he held back—but instead, he stepped away from me, then took one more step back. A not-so-small piece of my heart shattered.

“Because you deserve the best, and I’m not the man who can fill that role.” Will extended his arms at his sides. “Obviously.”

After all of Will’s lectures about letting in the good and rejecting the bad, after every single thing he’d done to prove he was an exception to every rule, hearing and watching him fall on a weak excuse boiled my blood like nothing before.

“You know what, Will?” I closed in on him and shoved his chest. “Fuck the best and fuck deserving and fuck that sorry excuse. Why don’t you swallow a bit of your own advice and admit what you really want? Why don’t you stop pushing me away the moment I finally stop pushing you away, and we can see if this thing will work?”

“Why should I do that? Huh? Why should I tell you everything you’re so sure is on my mind when you are seconds from walking out that door and out of my life for good? Why admit everything I’ve been trying to tell you while you’ve been basically begging me not to? Why now?” With each word, Will’s voice went quieter and his expression looked too close to defeat.

We weren’t defeated though. Not yet. Bolstering up the very last of my courage, I looked at him. “Because, Will Goods, I’m finally ready and able to admit what I’ve known for a long time.” I studied him for a fleeting moment, unable to remember why it had taken me so long to admit it. Right now, it was so clear it would have been impossible not to admit it. “Because I know I lo—”

“Don’t say it.” Will lifted his hand and backed into the wall behind him. “Not now. Please, Liv, if you really do feel that way about me, don’t say it a minute before you leave. I can take a lot, but I don’t think I can take that.”

 

 

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Longing
Club Inferno # 2
By: Jamie K. Schmidt
Releasing September 2nd, 2014
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Desire never goes out of style, as Jamie K. Schmidt proves in the sizzling continuation of her Club Inferno series—perfect for readers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You.

Reeling from a disastrous love affair, model and budding fashion designer Anya Litton needs a temporary refuge, a place to lick her wounds and plan her next career move. At Club Inferno, where seductively chic men and women indulge their most intimate fantasies, she can mix business with unimaginable pleasure. Anya quickly connects with club Dom Clint Reyes, who unleashes Anya’s deepest longings over nights of burning passion.

Clint is a master at taking submissives to the heights of pleasure in Club Inferno’s opulent private dungeons. But it’s Anya who has Clint begging for more when the woman of his dreams becomes his eager partner in exploring the limits of desire. As their relationship ignites into an erotic contest of wills—and a jealous rival plots against them both—Clint prepares to fight for a future with Anya. In this complicated dance, the wrong move could end it all . . . and taking control means total surrender.

Longing is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

 

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~~ 4 Stars ~~

Longing is book 2 in Jamie Schmidt’s Club Inferno series and the second book by her that I have read.  I am finding this series truly enjoyable.  I like Jamie’s writing style and her story telling.  She creates interesting story lines that will keep you turning the page all the way to the end.  This series is an easy, fun and sexy series to read.  It is classified as erotica, but I would have to say that to me it is pretty tame when it comes to the erotica part.  Yes there is sex scenes..I mean really it’s based in a sex club, but the scenes aren’t described like I would think they should be in an erotic tale.  This is definitely not a negative for me, but I am just putting it out there so people don’t go into this book or series expecting something that I don’t think they are going to get.  I have seen some reviews state that there was too much sex and that this book is even hotter then book 1 ( Heat ).  I failed to see that.  Yes this book had it’s sexy scenes but the couple didn’t actually have sex for the first time until around the 70% mark, plus when a book is labeled erotic…really is there ever such a thing as too much sex??  Not in my book. 🙂

In this book we meet Anya and Clint.  We were introduced to them in Heat (Book 1), but got more of their story in this book.  One thing that I thought was missing in this book was the backstory of Clint.  Also I thought Anya’s backstory could’ve been expanded on.  This book made Anya’s body type a big issue for her and I would’ve liked to know more about the reason why.  We do find out, but I just felt that there should’ve been more there.  I liked Anya and Clint together….I think they brought out the best in each other.  I only wish that their feelings would’ve been developed a little better…things just seemed to move quickly but also awkwardly.  I mean one minute they are hooking up, the next they’re mad at each other and then boom they are a couple.  It just didn’t seem natural to me.  Once they were together…I thought things moved along nicely.  I also loved that this couple actually talked to each other.  There were two characters that were trying their darnedest to break them apart, but Clint and Anya weren’t having it and pretty much called them on their crap right away.  That was quite refreshing to see.

I liked that we got to see more of Colleen in this book.  We got to see her friendship with Anya, which was nice.  I would’ve liked to see more of Max and Mallory and what they are up to now, but we did get little tid bits about them.  I am hoping that the next book will be about Colleen and Chase….I think there is an interesting story there!!!!

I would recommend this book/series to anyone looking for a fun, easy and sexy read.  If you are worried about reading this book because of the Dom/sub theme, don’t worry this book won’t push your boundaries.  There are some scenes that are described by others in the book, but nothing that will push anyone’s limits.  I am not a huge BDSM fan and I would say that, that doesn’t even really factor into this book.

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Jamie K. Schmidt has published more than thirty short stories in small-press journals and e-zines. She’s an active member in the Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at Connecticut’s historic Dudley Farm during the summer.

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The image was seared into my mind. Imprinted. Emblazoned. Etched.

 

Did I blame him for what I saw? Or myself, for allowing him the ability to cause the pain coursing through me?

 

Betrayal was a weapon that cut to the core—the ‘what ifs’ the infection that festered in the wound.

 

I’d thought we’d had roadblocks thrown in front of us before. Damn. Those would have seemed like mere speed bumps if I’d seen what was coming…

 

Little did I know that what was headed our way would prove to be the biggest test of all—putting impossible choices in front of us. None of which seemed to lead to a happy ending in which the two of us were together.

 

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“Why didn’t you tell me you were from here?” he asked, holding his hands out in question.

She furrowed her brow. “What?”

“I had no idea you were Travis’s sister,” he said, and he sounded pissed.

“And I had no idea you were a fireman,” she said, parking her hands on her hips.

He shoved a hand roughly through his hair, shook his head. “And I had no idea you were the photographer. You said you were an artist.”

“I am!” she said, her voice rising. What the hell? “I can draw, and I do tattoos. I also happen to be good at shooting pictures. Besides, you said you were a bar owner,” she pointed out, as if they could both redo this colossal mistake by rehashing the moments they both could have been more honest. “Why didn’t you tell me more about yourself?” she countered.

He didn’t answer. He moved closer, maybe a foot away now. The anger felt like a pulsating life force, but there was something else between them, too. Heat. And want. The nearness was intoxicating. She could reach out and touch his chest. That broad, sturdy chest that she’d loved having her hands all over.

She was edgy now, nervous, as they stood like two sparring partners, tucked away in the back hallway of the coffee shop near the restrooms. She wanted him to touch her again, and she hated that she was still thinking of last night, and how they’d connected so deeply in bed. But also in their conversations all through the night and up to a few minutes ago when they were texting. She was torn between needing to leave and wanting him to pin her against the wall and bury her in kisses that made her weak in the knees.

Too bad she could never do any of those things with him again.

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I want to let you all in on a little secret about me. I love hotfiremen. I stare at hot fireman. I slow down when driving past thefire station to try to get a better look at the men inside. Whichmight explain why I wrote a sexy firefighter series! But all oglingand firemen lust aside, not only are firefighters sexy, they are alsobrave, courageous and active in their communities. As I wrote MELT FORHIM, I learned more about the work that volunteer fire departmentsaround the country do — both in responding to emergencies and inhelping their communities. And because firefighters have given me somuch inspiration, I wanted to be able to give back with this book.

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He knows exactly how to make her burn…

Fire captain and bar owner Becker Thomas usually spends his nights alone, trying to escape painful memories from his past. When he meets a sexy, free-spirited brunette outside his bar, he knows he’s found the perfect way to forget for one night. But when he later discovers the woman he’s itching for another night with is his best friend’s sister, everything comes to a halt.

Just out of a toxic relationship, Megan Jansen is only in Hidden Oaks to visit her brother, photograph the firemen’s calendar, and then slip off to another adventure. The brooding man who gave her the best sex ever is an unexpected surprise. The problem is, he’s her brother’s friend and a fellow fireman, and Megan’s rule is no firemen. She knows she’s going to get burned …but keeping their hands off each other is easier said than done.

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Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

 

 

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Destiny brought them together. Will Death tear them apart?

My name is Catalina Franklin. And I should be dead.
When Death called my number, sending one of her Guides to take my soul, she didn’t count on one thing. The Guide she sent – He was made for me, and I for him. Pulling me back from the arms of Death, Telor changed my fate – and his. Now we’re left with the question of not only how he’s still here, by why. Will we get the answers we need? Or will Death find us first? Only time will tell…but ours is quickly running out.

 

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4 stars

It has been a LONG time since I dipped back into the paranormal romance reading world. Paranormal use to be my main reading genre’. So a chance to see if I still enjoy it as much as I use to excited me. And Telor and Lina’s story reminded me that I need to read more paranormal. I very much enjoyed their story. One of the things I love about paranormal is I am not constantly relating them to real life. While reading them, I truly am getting away from reality and just enjoying my love of reading.

“I knew Catalina was special, but I was just starting to see how special she truly was.”

Telor and Lina are “soul mates” and that gave just enough romance aspect to this story to also grab my attention. But I have to admit, I REALLY liked Gavin, too 🙂 My heart hurt for Gavin, at times. In the beginning I got a tad confused by some of the afterlife talk and what the different characters were responsible for. But, I quickly caught up and understood it all…or at least enough to enjoy it.

“When he was here all I could do was hang on his every word. I felt like a junkie who just kept needing fix after fix. The more I heard it, the more I needed it. When he was gone, I felt his absence in my whole body. I t pined for his return like it fought for air.”

But Telor and Lina’s pull towards one another is not an easy task or an instant HEA. Duh, right, he is dead and she is not. So now their real struggle begins as they try to figure out how to be together. Because, obviously they can’t stay away from each other 😉

“You tame my soul, Cariad.”

I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters in this story and I feel like there might be more to come about one of Lina’s room-mates, something just felt different about her, but maybe it was just my mind playing tricks on me.  This story ends in a way that I liked and didn’t like. It wasn’t the 100% HEA that craved but I at least still felt somewhat content with it.

I felt like this story flowed well and was easily followed. I look forward to reading about where their story takes them next, and if you paranormal romance is your thing, definitely give this one a try 🙂

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Out of the past six years of my life, I only remember about half of it. After a dozen doctors and thousands in medical bills, I was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder–one that causes me to lose track of time. Sometimes it’s hours, days or even weeks with no recollection of anything. The good thing is it’s been almost two years since I had my last ‘black out’. It sounds much better than what the doctors refer to them as, ‘episodes’, like my life is a freakin’ comedy.

During those two years of normal, I finally managed to get my Bachelor’s degree, a job I love, and I’ve just proposed to a woman who has been there for me through it all. For the first time in a long time everything is on track.

Until a strange woman shows up at my door—she says I’m her husband and I think she’s crazy. Until, I get a voice mail on my phone. It’s from a guy name Cal. The weird part is, it’s the same name the strange woman called me. What terrifies me, is this guy Cal…his voice sounds just like mine.

 

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*~*I DO NOT recommend reading this review without reading If I Break first*~*

 

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4 stars

I totally fell in love with If I break when I read it a few months ago. So, when I got the chance to get a little bit of Chris’ POV, I was ecstatic. Now, we all know I am a bad boy junky, but Chris started to win me over in Before I Break…just a little 😉 But, I will be honest and say that I did wish it was Cal’s POV. Although, I am just happy to have a male POV for this story  🙂

“I can’t be who she wants me to be but I’ll be the best man that I can, that, I know how to be…”

Before I Break is a companion novella and you HAVE to read If I Break before reading it. It’s a must, not a recommendation. Before I Break is pretty much a continuation and different POV of If I Break. And it’s quick, so this review will not be very long. About all you need to know is that Chris’ world has been rocked, and I am interested to see where he goes from here. Two women, a wife, a fiance’, a daughter, and a lot of unknown…I can’t even imagine the turmoil going on within him.

“I replay the message again and again. My hands won’t stop shaking. The scary part is, this is the second time today I’ve heard the name Cal. But, what terrifies me is the voice in the message is mine.”

But, the guy is dealing with it, and in the best way he can, in my opinion. He has such a caring heart, and sweet side to him.  I really enjoyed being in his head and finding out how he feels about where his world is now. Just like in If I Break, this novella flows well and it was over way before I was ready. It felt like a tease to me and I am ready for so much more of this very addicting story.  Happy Reading!!!

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FORGET YOU

By Jennifer Snyder

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Cold Creek Companion Series #4

New Adult Contemporary

Releasing September 2, 2014

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Eva Bennett might be known for her candid approach and sharp tongue, but on the inside she’s still a vulnerable twenty-four year old who’s sick of kissing toads and being habitually single.

Full of comical one-liners and wielding a charming smile, Sawyer Keeton is more than meets the eye. After the news of his brother’s tragic death, however, Sawyer is pulled into a place filled with crippling emotions and pain—a place no one can seem to reach him…until the moment Eva steps into his life.

A twist of fate will bring them together and then tear them apart, forcing the two to learn there are people in life whom you cherish and pray will never forget you.

 

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“Hey there, pretty eyes.” The voice slipped over me in a silky way, and I instantly spun to see who was behind me. I hoped that it was someone sent directly from the love gods.

Looking up, I locked eyes with Soldier Boy from the park. “Son of a bitch.”

Really, love gods? Really?

Soldier Boy’s lips twisted into an incredibly sexy smile at my outburst. “You know, my mother never saw the irony in calling me that.”

I laughed. A look of complete shock plastered on Soldier Boy’s face at the sound. Why the hell was I laughing at him? Laughing at something he’d said constituted as flirting in the guy code dictionary.

“Pretty funny, Soldier Boy,” I commended him. Maybe he would leave it at that, and not consider my laugh as an invitation to inflate his ego and flirt relentlessly with me for the remainder of the night.

He cocked his head to the side. “You liked that, huh?”

And there it was, the cockiness I’d been waiting on. Love gods, you suck tonight.

“And that was the only thing I liked.” I moved past him, hoping he’d take the hint. “Excuse me. I need a refill.”

I didn’t have to look behind me to see if he’d followed. I could feel that he had. It was as though he had this massive presence mine enjoyed latching onto, that it desired to be fused with, because I could feel him all around me.

“What’s your name?” he asked. He was closer than I thought, his breath practically brushed against my ear when he spoke.

I pretended not to hear him. It may have been a simple question, but I still didn’t care to answer. He didn’t need to know my name, because I wasn’t interested. Once I reached the kitchen counter, I picked up the ladle lying beside a large bowl, and dipped it in for another glass of sangria.

“Not going to tell me your name?” He leaned against the counter, and grazed his eyes over every inch of my face. I could feel the burning trail his stare left in its wake.

When I still didn’t answer—this time because I was dumbfounded at how much power this guy suddenly had over me—he reached out and touched the small of my back. I knew this move; it was so he could better gain my attention. What he didn’t know, though, was that he already had my attention even without the deliberate placement of his hand. Every inch of my skin blazed to life from his touch. If he could make me feel this way from the smallest of contact, I wondered what else he could do for me tonight. Maybe the love gods weren’t being cruel; maybe they were showing me mercy in the form of a seriously sexy soldier boy.

“Eva,” I answered. Gaining control over my hand again, I finished pouring myself that second drink I so desperately needed.

“Eva? Like from the Disney movie Wall-E?”

And the moment was over. He’d opened his mouth, and crushed it to smithereens.

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SHATTERED SOUL was my debut novel and no, you haven’t seen the end of me yet…

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