Cover Reveal: First Encounters anthology

 
 
 
 
Cover Reveal

First Encounters anthology
8 full length romance novels
8 sassy authors
 

The First Encounters anthology is a compilation of eight full length novels, each of which was the first from the following authors:
 
L.L. Collins – Living Again
 
Skye Turner – Alluring Turmoil
 
S.C. Ellington – Unsettled
 
T.H. Snyder – Touch Me
 
T. Renee Fike – Needing You
 
Joanne Schwehm – Unexpected Chance
 
Regina Bartley – Klay
 
J.M. Witt – Letting Go
 
 
**ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS ANTHOLOGY WILL BENEFIT ALEX’S LEMONADE STAND, A CHARITY THAT ASSISTS WITH CHILDHOOD CANCER.
 
Living Again by LL Collins
 
**DUE TO ADULT CONTENT AND LANGUAGE, 18+ only, please.
 
Kayley Carson thought she had it all…married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living.
 
When she meets someone that challenges her belief that she’s better off alone, she has to decide if she is capable of letting him in after swearing she was never going to love anyone the same way again.
 
She’s not the only one with a painful past. He is struggling with trust issues after a previous relationship went horribly wrong. After a terrible misunderstanding brings out both of their insecurities, will the painful memories of the past keep them both from living again?
 
 
LL Collins
 
LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Living Again, Reaching Rachel, Guarding Hearts, and Finding Forever are available now in both eBook and paperback. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 15, and a mom to two boys, 12 and 10.
 
 
 
Alluring Turmoil by Skye Turner
 
***Contains graphic sex and language. Not for young readers.***
***Alluring Turmoil is a second chance love story and is nothing like a love story when strangers meet.
 
Alexia Sloane is the twenty-six year old owner of the highly successful Louisiana coffee shop/bakery, Java and Sweeties. The past couple of years have been all she’s dreamed of and her business takes all of her focus, all of her heart.
 
Jude Delecroix is the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands in the country, Bayou Stix, and the man who broke Lexi’s heart.
Lexi and Jude have a past.
 
When Jude comes back to town eight years after leaving to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a famous musician and comes face to face with Lexi, forces collide, old hurts are brought to the surface, and life as these two have been living it will never be the same.
 
There are two sides to every story, and what happens when the things you believed to be concrete suddenly crumble like ash and fade away?
 
What happens when two people afraid to face the past, become involved in the present? Can they hope for a future?
 
Welcome to Louisiana where humidity and passion are high and things are not always what they seem.
 
Skye Turner
 
Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer.

She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately life intervened and she made the choice to leave her studies.

She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 children, and 5 fur babies.

When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, or catching up on her family oriented blog.
 
 
 
Letting Go by JM Witt
 
When your past threatens to destroy your future, how long will you hang on before Letting Go?
 
Cassidy Charles has faced a terrible tragedy and is trying to put the pieces of her life back together. She’s managed to leave everything to do with that horrible night in the past. When James comes crashing back into her world it’s the last thing she expects, but could be everything she needs. Can she put aside the blame she’s placed on him for all of her pain and give in to the pull between them? She quickly falls into a world that she’s only dreamt about while rediscovering parts of her past she’s managed to conceal for many years.
 
James Benedict III, local playboy and successful real estate investor, hasn’t stopped thinking about Cassidy since the horrific events that occurred several months ago. Now that she’s back in his life, how long will she stay? He’s worked hard to get her back, but will it all be for nothing once their demons come head to head? More often than not, it seems as though his world is destroying hers, no matter how hard he tries to protect her.
 
Is the love between Cassidy and James strong enough to survive, or will the efforts of those out to destroy them prevail?
 
JM Witt
 
I’m a stay-at-home mom with four young children and one extremely supportive husband. We’ve been married for nine years and reside in Metro Detroit, Michigan.

I’ve dreamed of writing romance novels since I was little. After having baby #4, who may or may not have been fathered by Christian Grey, I decided it was time to pursue my dreams.

When I’m not volunteering at the schools of my children, running to various appointments, enjoying time with my friends and my book club, dating my husband, or avoiding cleaning my house, I’m writing!

I love music and believe that books and music can’t exist without the other. My goal is for you to read more than a good book, but for you to have an experience!
 
 
 
Klay by Regina Bartley
 
**Recommended for ages 18+ due to graphic language, sexual content, and mature subject matter.**
 
Klay Rosen has had one dream, and that was taking over the family business. There had never been time for anything or anyone else. His parents were the only thing standing in the way of him getting what he wanted. They believed that status and wealth were the most important things in life and that Klay should marry someone equally as high up on the ladder of status.
 
When Klay finally made an attempt at love, an unexpected attempt, he was faced with the most difficult decision. He had to decide if he could stay with Caroline and give up on the only dream he had ever had… Rosen Enterprises.
 
His parents said that she wasn’t good enough for him. They’d stop at nothing to keep them apart, even if it meant sabotaging the woman that he loved.
 
He knew what he wanted and how far he’d go to get it. It was time everyone else knew as well.
 
**This book is part of a series, but it is a stand-alone novel.**
 
Regina Bartley
 
Regina is a contemporary romance writer from Kentucky. She lives there with her husband, kids, and cat. She can be found behind her computer, a good book, or watching sports. She loves to hear from her fans. You can find out what’s coming next if you follow her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AuthReginaBartley, read her blog http://www.reginabartley.com, or follow her on twitter @regina_bartley.
 
 
 
 
Touch Me by t.h. snyder
 
Recommended for readers 18 + years
 
Char is a focused and driven career woman who’s had a relationship she would rather choose to forget, but can’t. Riley is a pure gentleman who can easily leave the past where it belongs, behind him.
 
Some people believe in fate where others deem it a coincidence. Char and Riley are meant to be together, so life just happens to make sure they are in the right place at the right time.
 
But is that enough?
 
You’ll be falling in love with this dynamic duo as they find out who they are and why fate keeps making sure their lives are intertwined.
 
Their differences are what make them all too similar, and throughout the course of their journey there is one thing that always brings them back together…the need for each other’s touch.
 
t.h. snyder
 
t. h. snyder (1979) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books. Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!
 
 
 
Unexpected Chance by Joanne Schwehm
 
When that unexpected chance comes, take it. Don’t let it pass you by. You never know what you could be missing.
 
Always wanting to be a writer, but not having much experience with men or romance, Aubrey sets out to find her inspiration with the help of her best friend. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she meets Alex Logan. He’s beyond handsome, well dressed, and is known to be a player—perfect for the role.
 
The unexpected happens and Alex becomes more than just an inspiration to Aubrey, but a misunderstanding leaves her heartbroken. Before an opportunity arises to straighten things out, tragedy strikes, and Aubrey’s world is turned upside down.
 
While Aubrey is trying to cope with her new life, a new chance at love arises. Can she find it in her to trust again? Will Alex be able to win her back? Or will she take this new unexpected chance at love?
 
**Adult Content** 18+ is recommended
 
Joanne Schwehm
 
Family and friends are the most important things to Joanne. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, relaxing on a beach and shopping. She has an addiction to Coffee and Diet Coke; you may want to stand clear if she hasn’t had her daily intake!

Writing has been something that has been private and not shared until the day she decided to publish Unexpected Chance. Waking up one morning to the voices of Alex Logan and Aubrey Ryan changed everything!!
She is an avid sports fan especially when it comes to the New York Yankees. She also enjoys playing and watching golf.

She firmly believes when that unexpected chance comes, take it. Don’t let it pass you by. You never know what you could be missing.
 
 
 
Needing You by T. Renee Fike
 
Harper is an independent girl who’s never relied on anyone but herself. She does what she needs to get by and doesn’t have time for friends let alone a boyfriend.
 
She’s determined to push people away, but there’s one person who’s eager to get to know her.
 
Tuck is a sexy bad boy who doesn’t do relationships and makes no apologies for his own actions. He sets his eyes on the strong, independent Harper and will not take no for an answer.
 
Will Tuck be able to change his bad boy ways to show Harper who he really is? Does he want to or does he only want her as another notch on his bedpost?
 
Both Harper and Tuck have secrets that they’d rather hide and forget but secrets always have a way of coming out.
 
Will Tuck and Harper be able to deal with their personal demons or will it rip them further apart? Will everything Harper worked so hard for crumble to the ground or will she realize that needing you is all she has ever really needed?
 
**This contains graphic sexual content and situations suitable for readers 18+.**
 
T. Renee Fike
 
I’m a born and raised country girl from Pennsylvania. When I’m not writing, I’m either working a full-time day job, or pursuing my Master’s degree. Aside from work and school, I enjoy hanging out with friends, reading a good book, watching football, (GO EAGLES) or hanging out with my nieces and nephew.
 
You can follow me on Twitter https://twitter.com/TRFike
 
 
Unsettled by SC Ellington
 
WARNING: This novel contains content suitable for readers 18+
 
**Debut romance author S.C. Ellington knocks it out of the park with this steamy contemporary romance.
 
After a horrific breakup with her longtime boyfriend, Brooklyn Caldwell is completely disenchanted with the notion of mingling with the opposite sex. Damon Williams had been everything she thought she wanted…until he wasn’t.
 
In an attempt to escape her heartbreaking past, Brooklyn seeks refuge in bustling Washington, D.C. where she folds into the fast-paced society unnoticed…until she meets a young entrepreneur, Logan Colton.
 
Brooklyn is surprised to find that while she has been successful in keeping the opposite sex at bay, somehow she is defenseless against Logan’s confidence and charm—and it doesn’t hurt that he is absurdly beautiful.
 
As much as Logan didn’t plan on pursuing her, he is drawn to Brooklyn’s muted beauty and her witty persona. For all his success, Logan is ensnared in the coveted world of unequivocal wealth and power, but behind closed doors is taunted by his own demons and an undeniable need to atone for a monumental mistake.
 
As the two embark on a tumultuous obstacle course saturated with unknown twists and turns, Brooklyn is left to question whether she can endure the journey ahead.
 
SC Ellington
 
S.C. Ellington is an up and coming author who enjoys expressing her creativity through frequently writing adult, contemporary romance novels that readers can relate to, but more importantly, enjoy.
Aside from writing, Ellington enjoys curling up with her e-reader and absorbing herself in novels loaded with emotion, desire, and passion. She also likes to spend sunny, wistful afternoons, in her hammock thinking up new ideas for great stories.
Ellington currently resides on the west coast with her beautiful family and loving friends.
 

 
 
 
 
 

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Book Review: Shameless by Nina Lemay

Hey everyone!!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a review on the blog besides the blog tours reviews…My schedule lately is just HECTIC! I just started Law School and between that and my several jobs, time has been passing so fast!!

SHAMELESSBook Synopsis:

Girls like me don’t get happy endings.

I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my past, only to wind up working in a low-end titty bar. Even my excuse is as lame as it gets: I’m paying for college, getting my art degree from Montreal’s most prestigious school. Although some days it becomes confusing: am I just a student who moonlights as a stripper, or a stripper who masquerades as a student?

But the inevitable happens and my two lives collide. And now there’s one other person who knows both the quiet, antisocial Hannah and the sensual, shameless Alicia. One person who keeps my secret.

He’s beautiful, he’s sophisticated. He comes from the other side of life, the one where I’m not wanted or accepted. But he calls me la petite Américaine, and his hot, hot hands on my skin promise me things I long ago gave up on.

The problem? He teaches my Classic Photography class.

This is a standalone novel, no series, no cliffhanger.

 

Rating: 2.5 – 3 stars

My Review:

First of all, I loved the cover of Shameless. Not only it is beautiful, but it actually has something to do with the story (I get so tired of those covers that have nothing to do with the books)!

Now about the book…Shameless is a book I wasn’t certain if I’d like when I heard about it. Stripper books are very tricky and I believe I haven’t liked any before.

Hannah, despite of her opinion about herself, is not your cliché stripper paying for her education. She thinks herself as shallow when actually she is deeper than a lot of characters I’ve read about.

This story is actually quite poetic and deep and I did enjoy it. It was sad and desperate, I could feel like I was in Hanna’s shoes once or twice in my life. She has no aspirations, she’s desperate, sad and alone…

Than she meets Emmanuel. He is her unwilling client. And he is her new teacher. He wants to show her the world, but deep down he doesn’t accept who she is and what she does because of his own past.

I missed knowing more about both Emmanuel and Hannah. There was no real back story and by the end, it could really make a difference in the whole story,  in my opinion. It didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book to some level, but it did prevent me from connecting more with it, in a higher level.

Also, I thought Emmanuel’s big secret was a big chiché. Well, not so much a cliché, but more like something really fabricated, it didn’t seem very real. It was quite shallow and random to me and  I would have even accept it better if it had had some outcome from his big mystery to his present (and future).

Also, I missed any good supporting characters. Emmanuel’s friend from the beginning of the book just disappeared (I kept hoping I would see him again) and well, we have no real background on Emmanuel’s life or his friendships. Emmanuel was not a loner, designed just to be Hannah’s leading man, so  I wanted to see him being a person outside of Hannah. I know he had friends, but I would have liked to see it, instead of having just a hint of who he is. I also wanted to see Hannah being a little less depressing.

Because the story missed important things as the main characters’ background and supporting characters, it fell a bit flat towards the middle and when it started to pick up again, it didn’t really picked up. :(

My favorite thing about this book was Hannah and how she had been misinterpredted and misunderstood. But I wanted more. More for her and more for both of them as a couple.

Although she was my favorite character, there were something things that really bothered me about Hannah. And the biggest one of those is that she was a doormat! She let everyone stomp on her and she kept quiet! She had options and in one of the most disturbing scenes, she didn’t even fight back. She just rolled with it and accept it. It was such a disappointment and also very disturbing to me. I get that she felt like she didn’t deserve to be loved or even the simpathy of others, but it was a bit too much…There’s a level of desperation and depression I can accept as real. And I doubt a real person would just accept what happened between Hannah and her elder teacher without at least a bit of a fight. Specially because it haven’t happened before, so she shouldn’t be as resigned  as she was.

As I said, I missed more about the characters and I believe Emmanuel and Hannah have the potential to be a great couple, but right now they don’t feel much like one. They feel too disconnected from the real world and I actually liked both of them, but I wanted them to seem more real. Yes, they both had a kind of desperation that pulled them apart of the rest of the world. It was like they  they lived alone in it, but they don’t. I can get Hannah not making friends, but I know Emmanuel is a friendly person, so where was his family and friends? I want to know what makes my characters who they are in the books and unfortunately I missed it in this one.

It was, however, an enjoyable read. I wanted more of it, because I know it could turn out to be so much more!

BUY THE BOOK

 

XOXO

Carol

 

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Cover Reveal: The Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3) by Sarina Bowen

Today is the cover reveal for The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

The Understatement of the Year coverThe Understatement of the Year (Ivy Years #3)
by Sarina Bowen

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Blurb:
What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.

Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexual preference from everyone. Including himself.

So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.

John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.

And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.

Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.

Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Warning: unlike the other books in this series, this heartbreaking love story is about two guys. Contains sexual situations, dance music, snarky t-shirts and a poker-playing grandmother.

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Excerpt:
Bella grabbed the front pocket of my Vermont sweatshirt and actually pulled me through the din of the most crowded room, toward a table where Graham sat in a booth, across from Hartley.
Ugh. I had no idea this would be so cozy. In fact, there was nowhere for me to sit. For a second there I felt like it was seventh grade all over again, and I didn’t know where to sit in class.
That’s how I met Graham — seventh grade Spanish. We were the two runts in the back row with terrible gringo accents and no friends. The teacher always made the class pair up to practice dialogue. Graham and I were partners.
Hola, Miguel.
Hola, Juan.
Te gusta el futbol?
Sí, me gusta el futbol.
The early days of middle school had been awkward. But this? So much more awkward than that.
“I’ll sit on Graham’s lap,” Bella suggested, grabbing a slice of pizza off the tray.
“Naw, let me find a chair,” I said, turning quickly into the crowd. And lo, by the grace of God, I found one in front of an ancient pay phone. Setting the chair at the end of their booth gave me some much-needed distance. Bella sat on the end, boxing Graham into the corner. Bella’s hand found its way onto my knee about two seconds after I sat down.
Someone filled my glass. “Have a slice?” Hartley offered.
“Thanks, I already ate,” I said quickly. But I sucked back some of the beer. It was pretty wimpy stuff, but I’ll bet the price was right.
“Tell us about your transfer,” Bella prompted while the others dug in. “You said you’d tell it over beers.”
Right. Too soon. “Well,” I hedged. The thing was, I’d told people I was gay many, many times. I was actually pretty good at it. But you don’t say it when you’re all trapped at a table. You have to drop the bomb when your victims are free to walk away from you. Because even the people who are going to turn right back around and be there for you often need a minute to digest the idea.
And the fact that Graham was sitting three feet away, staring at his slice of pizza as if it might reveal the secrets of the universe, made this a particularly bad time. I didn’t want to look vulnerable in front of him. I’d tried that before in my life, and it ended badly. Very badly.
“Thing is, I haven’t had enough beer yet to tell it.”
“There you go with the buildup again,” Bella said, nibbling on a slice.
“Yeah? Well my stories don’t usually disappoint.” That was a bit of pointless bravado. But it was probably true.
I happened to glance toward Graham then. And even in the low light of the pizza place, I saw him freeze. And I realized just how far a little smack talk about stories I might tell would freak him out. I hadn’t meant it like that. But the effect on him was instant and powerful. His jaw went hard and his fist clenched on the table.
Easy, boy. “Tell me about the practice schedule,” I said to change the topic.

About the Author:
Sarina Bowen makes her home in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she lives with her family, eight chickens and a large pile of skis and hockey equipment. She is a graduate of Yale University.

You can find and contact Sarina here:
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Blog Tour Stop: Degradation by Stylo Fantôme

 

Hey everyone!!
 
I’m so happy to be a part of the Degradation Blog Tour! I loved this book and recommended it to several of my friends!
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Degradation 
Author: Stylo Fantome
 
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Rating: 5 amazing-kinky-dirty-mouthed stars

 

Book Synopsis:

  

Eighteen year old Tatum O’Shea is a naive, shy, little rich girl. Twenty-three year old Jameson Kane is smart, seductive, and richer. They come together for one night, one explosion, one mistake, and Tate is hurled into space – no family, no money, and no Jameson.
 
 
Seven years later, life is going pretty good for Tate, when she runs into Jameson again. This time, she thinks she’s ready for him. She doesn’t have a naive bone left in her body, and she can’t even remember what shy feels like. Jameson has evolved into Satan – sharp teeth, sharper claws, and a tongue that can cut her in half. It all sounds like fun to a girl like Tate, and she is ready to play, determined to prove that she isn’t the same girl he conquered once before. A series of games start, each one more devious than the last.
 
 
But the devil likes to play dirty, and she learns that playing for souls is playing for keeps. The lines between games and reality, heaven and hell, get blurry. Can she beat Jameson at his own game before someone gets hurt? Or will he leave her soulless, making him the winner, once and for all?
 
 
WARNING: contains a wannabe B-rate porn star, an impersonal personal assistant, and the F-word, A LOT. Also graphic sexual situations and sadomasochistic themes. 96,000 words.
 
 
 
My Review:
 
 
Are 5 stars even enough for this book?? I devoured every page of it!!! At first I thought the very first scene of the story was quite rushed, but then I realized it actually wasn’t. It was written to be just like I felt it was and it was perfect to set the tone of the story seven years later.
 
 
I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I did. I mean, from the blurb I was already interested, after all I wouldn’t be a very good kinky reader if I wasn’t interested in that:
 
“If you want to run, I suggest you do it now, ” he told her.
“Why?” she asked, and he leaned in close.
Because I eat girls like you for breakfast ” he hissed in her ear. She shivered again.
 
 
I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, because I haven’t read anything by Stylo until Degradation. And let me tell you, I will follow all her releases now!  This book impressed me a lot and towards the end it completely gutted me…OMG!
 
I will be honest with you, there is a cliffhanger, and although at first I thought it was a pretty big cliffy (it still is a big one, but the drama queen here thought it was the end of the world because I was so invested in the story and didn’t even see it was ending…after reading the snippet of book 2 I saw it actually isn’t THAT bad), I woldn’t change it for nothing. It was perfect the way it was. Plus, how awesome is Stylo for giving us a “Mission Statement” where she promise us to never leave us hanging and that all cliffhanger sequels will be published within 16 weeks maximum of the first part. I mean, that IS awesome! Plus she gets brownie points with me for being that honest upfront!

 

Now…about the characters…If you like your men dirty-filthy-mouthed you HAVE to read this. And if you don’t like, you HAVE to read this book, because you WILL like Jameson.

 

Jameson “Satan” Kane is one of the filthiest bastards I’ve ever seen, and I love him for it! Not only because he has a very dirty mouth (*grins mischievously*), but because he is a bastard. He is a mean bastard. He is mean to our heroine, but I can’t not love him. He is totally my type of jerk LMAO.

 

 Our heroine, Tatum is my kind of f****ed up girl!! Their whole relationship is twisted and that’s why they work (when Jameson is behaving LOL). Their relationship is f***ed up just like they are, but the problem is that Jameson takes it to the next level of twisted by being more f***ed up than Tatum. His problem is that even though he can admit he likes her, he can’t really commit to her.  It bothered me he kept seing other people, even though it kind of turns Tatum on. She couldn’t see anybody else even though he said she could as long as it was one person at a time, never repeats of the same person. It bothered me, no matter how turned on Tatum is about it. And it didn’t really bother me because it’s cheating, it bothered me because he was using it, and Tatum’s kinky side, as a excuse not to comit.

 

 But even bothering me, Jameson is my kind of guy. I really loved him inspite of him breaking my heart and gutting me. This book was phenomenal, it brought so many feelings out of me and I loved every page, even the cliffhanger one! LOL
 
 
I can’t wait (and the wait won’t be long) for book 2! Jameson will need a LOT of groveling and pulling his head out of his ass for me to forgive him! And I can’t wait to see his reaction to what Tatum when through! And Tatum, hang in there girl! I know you’ll make him suffer, in the best and most pleasurable way possible!!
 
 
Jameson and Tatum are so dysfunctional it actually feels normal to me. Tatum is something Jameson only dreamed of and never found before…and before him Tatum would never know what it is that she likes. Jameson brought 18 year old Tatum a sense that she didn’t have before. She knew she wasn’t that goody girl, but because of him, she blossomed as the girl she only had the potential to be. And that’s why I root for these two! They need to find a way to meet in the middle and find each other together. It’s not enought for those two to just find themselves, they are incomplete if they’re not together. Stylo, PLEEEEASE, hurry up with book 2!!! LOL, I’m kidding. Not really. :)
 
 
Another character I loved is Sanders. He is the perfect friend. Not only for Tatum, that managed to conquer him as a friend, despite him being a stuffy guy, but also for Jameson, even when he doesn’t see it. I loved how honest and real Sanders were and that he, in the end, didn’t choose to kiss ass, but really chose to reamain true to himself and his friendship. His loyalty is amazing!
I gotta admit I didn’t like Aug, very much. I loved that he and Tatum could be the best fuck buddies in the world, but I see a bit of envy on him, maybe because he loves her despite keeping things light between them. So far he’s been a loyal friend (although his loyalties were a little misguided sometimes), but I want to see more of him to really make up my mind about him.
 
 
This book, despite of the mind-f***ckery and kinkiness seems to have quite a simple story. It doesn’t have a mastermind mistery or even a really big mind-f****ck. It does have a more straightfoward plot, but the characters are so complex, and so are their relationship, that it’is is difficult not to be impressed with what Stylo created.
 
 
 
I don’t know if I’m explaing it well, but this is the kind of story that doesn’t have a dark, heavy cloud above it, making us angry and angsty while reading it. It makes us feel it to its fulliest. It makes us feel like we’re there with the characters. This is the kind of story that just flows and when you know, you’ve reached 93% and it isn’t over and you want to scream at your iPad! LOL
This is the kind of book you never want to end, it makes you want to start it all over again! It’s gritty and the story grips you and you never want to let go!! The complexity of it is disguised as simplicity and I just LOVE that! It’s truly BRILLIANT!!!
 

 Bravo Ms. Fantôme!! You certainly have a fan in me!!!

 

 
 
 
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EXCERPTS/QUOTES:

 

“You started these games,” Jameson reminded her. Tate hiked up her dress a little and
 
lifted her knee to his desk.
 
“I didn’t realize they’d go on for this long,” she replied, lifting her other knee. She bent 
 
forward and crawled across the desk towards him. He didn’t move.
 
“They’re going to go on for a lot longer,” he warned her. She reached out, putting her 
 
hand on his knee.
 
“For how long?” she asked as she slid her hand up his thigh, moving as slow as possible.
 
“However long it takes you to realize who the winner will always be.”

 

***************

 

 

“Oh, you’re done. Time for good girls to go upstairs and show me how bad they can be,”

 

 

Jameson told her.

 

 

“I don’t think there’s very much that’s good about me anymore,” Tate laughed.

 

 

“I think you have no idea what bad really is.”

 

 

***************

 

 

“There will never be a ring from Harry Winston. I will never ask you to marry me. I don’t 

 

 

want those things, I never did. I like to have fun, I like to fuck. I don’t want to put stars in your 

 

 

eyes. I’m not that guy. I’m the devil, and I don’t have any plans to change.” – Jameson

 

***************

 

 

“If you want to run, I suggest you do it now,” Jameson told her.

 

 

“Why?” Tate asked, and he leaned in close.

 

 

“Because I eat girls like you for breakfast,” he hissed in her ear.

 

 

***************

 

 

She smiled and slipped to her knees in front of him.

 

 

This, she could do. This, she was very good at.

 

 

Love, however, was a completely different story.

 

 

***************

 

 

“What do you want, Kane?” Tate asked in a low voice. Jameson dragged his eyes away 

 

 

from her tits and stared her in the eye.

 

 

“Call me that name again, and I will punish your mouth,” he warned her. She chuckled.

 

 

“Don’t make promises you won’t keep.”

 

 

“Your life story is much shittier than mine,” Jameson told her. She glared at him.

 

 

“But probably a lot funner,” Tate countered.

 

 

“I highly doubt that. Have you ever had sex with a supermodel while sailing through the 

 

 

mediterranean on your 250 foot yacht?” he asked. She thought for a second.

 

 

“No. I gave a handjob in an Arby’s bathroom once, though. Kinda like the same thing,” 

 

 

she told him with a bright smile.

 

 

“I stand corrected. Your life leaves me in awe.”

 

***************

 

 

Tate sat forward, arching her neck to look up at Jameson. He stared straight back at her, 

 

 

the fire casting shadows on one side of his face, and burning up the other side.

 

 

He looks like Satan.

 

 

***************

 

 

She felt his teeth against her skin, fangs to her jugular, claws to her heart. He bit down, 

 

 

once. Twice. A third time, so hard, she thought he was going to take out a piece of her.

 

 

He already did that, a long time ago, baby girl.

 

 

***************

 

 

“I have the strangest feelings about you. Like I want to take you everywhere and have you 

 

 

by my side, but I also want to hold you down. Make you beg and and cry,” Jameson told her. 

 

 

Tate kept her eyes focused on his, didn’t move a muscle.

 

 

“Sounds like a pretty good plan to me,” she whispered.

***************

 

 

She felt her temperature soar through the roof. Jameson had an uncanny gift that made it 

 

 

impossible for Tate to be truly mad at him – the angrier she got, the more she just wanted to 

 

 

have sex with him. He was blessed that way. Or rather, she was cursed.

 

 

***************

 

 

“I’m not going to fuck you. That would be giving you a treat. You’ve been very bad. I’m 

 

 

going to do whatever I want.” – Jameson

 

***************

 

 

“Why do you like to push me?” Jameson groaned, lifting her hair so he could bite at the 

 

 

back of her neck.

 

 

“Because I like it when you push back,” Tate whispered.

 

 

 

 

We are a match made in Hell. He may be Satan, but I’m Lillith. – Tate

***************

 

 

The whole time, he raked his nails down a path on her back. Peeling away a layer of skin, 

 

 

exposing a piece of her soul. Stealing it from her. Or just taking it back.

 

 

Houston, we have a problem.

 

 

Jameson watched her sleep for a while, his eyes wandering down the angry scratch 

 

 

marks on her back, over the bruises on the side of her neck. She let him do so many things to 

 

 

her. Eventually, Tate would want something in return, and that thought scared him.

 

 

***************

 

 

“Men are retarded assholes. You make a bad jokeand he looks at my tits, and it’s one-

plus-one equals whore,” Tate explained, and Jameson finally laughed.

 

 

“I wish I had gone to that school.”

 

 

***************

 

 

This was her comfort zone. Tate felt like if Jameson was nice to her, if he was sweet 

 

 

to her, she would forget what was really going on, forget her place in the grand scheme of 

 

 

things. And he was Satan, after all. He would make sure to put her back in her place. That

 

 

would be real pain, and she couldn’t handle that, not from him. Not again.

 

 

I’m losing this game.

 

 

All she could focus on was Jameson’s hand. His strong fingers, linked through hers. She 

 

 

squeezed his hand, so hard it hurt. So hard, she wouldn’t be able to let go, not ever again.

 

 

Why did everything feel so different?

 

 

Because everything is different.

 

 

***************

 

 

“Do you think there’s something wrong with me, treating you the way I do?”

 

 

“Not necessarily. It’s consensual. Empowering.”

 

 

“Empowering?”

 

 

“Yes. You have the power to hold me down, say things, call me names. But I have the 

 

 

power to say stop. End it all. Your power is an illusion. Mine is real.”

 

 

Speaking nice to her, that was too much. Saying sweet things, even in the fucked up way 

 

 

they had, was more than Tate could handle. She hadn’t wanted to care about this man. Not at 

 

 

all. She had wanted to play with him. Turned out, he was much better at the game.

 

 

“I don’t want a nice, normal girl. I want a girl who likes to be knocked down and dragged 

 

 

around. A girl who will let me smack her around and talk dirty to her. I want a girl who will let 

 

 

me sleep with other girls, and then get so turned on by that fact, she’ll blow me while we’re 

 

 

driving down a highway doing seventy-five,” Jameson snapped.

 

 

True story.

 

 

“Sounds like a pretty hot girl,” Tate commented.

 

 

“Hottest girl I know.”

 

 

 

 

This. More than anything, Tate wanted to remember Jameson like this; she loved his 

 

 

biting words and his stinging hand, but his kiss. His kiss gave her hope.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:

 
Indie author, writing anything that pops into my head … which happens to usually be kinda crazy and a lot dirty. Working out of an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity), I have been writing since …, forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
 
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me.
 
Yeah. I think that about sums me up
 
 

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Cover Reveal: Master Over You by Cerys du Lys & Ethan Winters

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Master Over You: A Dark Romance Novel 
Authors: Cerys du Lys & Ethan Winters
Publication date: October 20th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

There’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours
My name is Noah. I’m not a nice person. This isn’t cupcakes and candyland, love.
I’ll take you, break you, and offer you to the highest bidder without a second thought. You’re mine now. It’s business, nothing personal. You wouldn’t understand, and I’m not going to explain it. Sorry, love, you don’t mean a thing to me.
Just know that there’s a monster in every closet, and I’m in yours.
Author Note - This dark romance novel contains themes that may be discomforting to some people. If you are sensitive to depictions of violence, then this book is not recommended for you.
(Ethan Winters official debut release co-authored with USA Today bestselling author Cerys du Lys)
Man’s POV = Ethan, Woman’s POV = Cerys
There is a light at the end of every dark tunnel, no matter how dim it may seem.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Cerys

Cerys lives in New Hampshire in the New England area of the United States. She spends her days writing, reading, learning, and working. Some of her most favorite activities involve understanding and learning about the human psychology.

She enjoys pondering sexuality and human response to it. Most of her writing delves into this in some way, exploring reactions and relationships between different people. While she enjoys writing erotica, her goal is to also keep a certain literary appeal to the writing instead of something purely pornographic.

She prefers fantasy settings, with magic, monsters, intrigue, and epic adventures. Her secret kinks include blackmail/coercion, reluctance/dubious consent, and prostitution. She loves writing about all of these things, though very strongly acknowledges they are simply exciting fantasies and nothing more.

Author’s Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6979877.Cerys_du_Lys
Website: http://cerysdulys.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cerysdulys
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CerysduLys

 

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Release Day Blitz: Mr. X by Clarissa Wild

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Title: Mr. X

Author: Clarissa Wild

Publication Date: July 21, 2014

Genre: Dark Romance

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Happy Release Day to Clarissa Wild!! I can’t wait to start this one and meet Mr. X!!!

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Synopsis:

He’s come to kill me.

I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In my darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.

Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.

I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X: the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath deprivation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence.

 

 Excerpt:

She clenches her teeth. “You can’t keep me here …”

“Watch me.” I lean against the wall, picking up a lighter and a pack of cigarettes. I’ve been dying for a smoke ever since I found her in that room.

“And then what? Is this supposed to scare me?” she says, her hand fisted like she’s trying to resist, even though there is no way out of this.

I smile and put down the lighter. “If you think I am doing all this just to scare you, you’re mistaken.”

“Then what is the reason, huh? Why are you keeping me prisoner?” She fights the tears in her eyes. I can’t help feel a little overcome with the urge to grab her and kiss her to take away all the hurt. However, I can’t. The past cannot be erased. What we are is set in stone and nothing can chafe away the rugged surface of our souls. I’d be a liar if I said it doesn’t pain me to see her hurt, but I like pain. I live for it. I was reborn in it.

I don’t fear it. On the contrary, I survive on it. Pain is a means to an end and her pain is my end. If she stops feeling pain, then so do I, and that would mean the end.

It’s too soon.

I need her pain to feel alive. And so, I will continue to make her answer for her sins.

“A man must do what a man must do,” I say.

“A man? How can you call yourself a man? You’re a monster.” The look in her eyes, so in awe of my wickedness, is exhilarating.

I smile. “Thank you.”

Her jaw drops, a brow rises, and she snarls. It’s amusing to see the mixed emotions scatter on her face. “Are you insane? Why are you thanking me?”

“Because I’d rather be a monster than a man in your eyes. Being a monster beats being a wretched human being. You’ve freed me of the burden of having to act sane. So yes, you could say that I am insane.”

She just stares at me, her mouth open, but in complete silence, like she’s at a loss for words.

“Believe me when I say you are better off with me than out there,” I say.

“You’re mad! You wanted to kill me, and now you say I’ll be safe with you?” she scoffs.

“I never said you’ll be safe with me. I can get quite dangerous …” A smile quirks up my face.

She shivers. Clutching her body, she stampedes toward me. “Let me out.”

I grab both her arms, squeezing tight as I hold her back and look down at her. “You don’t want to do that.”

“I want anything but staying here with you.” She tries to jerk free, but I keep her close, forcing her to listen. She cannot leave me, because I won’t allow it, but I’ll give her a good reason as well.

“Do you think I am the worst thing that could overcome you?” I lean forward and whisper into her ear. “There is more evil out there than you think.”

Her breath comes in short gasps, her tits pushing up against me as her chest rises. Courage is making place for fear again, I can feel it on her skin. It’s riveting. She fights me, her arms locking with mine as she attempts to free herself from my grasp, but I twist her in my arms and keep her hands behind her back. Her ass is bumping against my cock, straining it to the limit. God, I love it when she struggles.

I never stopped loving it.

“Do you think I’m the only one who came for you, huh?” I whisper in her ear. “That I’m the only one who wants you dead?”

She shakes her head, and I can feel her heart thrumming through her chest.

“Did you see those men that were following us? Can you guess what they wanted?”

“Me?”

I smirk. “Great deduction. Now, there is a difference between them and me; can you tell me what it is?”

It’s quiet for a few seconds. I guess she really hasn’t figured it out yet.

“They want your head. I want your body.”

She swallows, and it turns me on so much I want to rip off her clothes right now and do her against the door. But I don’t. Taking her would be so easy, it would take all the fun out of it. I want her to offer herself to me willingly. I want to see the regret in her eyes afterwards when she realizes she gave her body to the devil.

“But …. I don’t understand. I thought you wanted me dead?”

“I did. Now I want more.”

She gasps. “Why? What changed?”

“I did.”

 

About Clarissa Wild:

Clarissa Wild

Clarissa Wild is the USA Today Bestselling author of FIERCE, a college romance series. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

Check out Clarissa’s sexy books: http://smarturl.it/clarissawildbooks

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Release Day Blitz: Don’t Let Go by M.J. Summers


Happy Release Day to M.J. Summers!!

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Book: Don’t Let Go
(A Full Heart Novella)
Author: M J Summers
Genre: Contemporary Romance
SYNOSPSIS:
 
Readers fell in love with Ben and Alicia’s picture-perfect marriage in BREAK IN TWO, but, for these two, the road to a happy ending hasn’t always been smooth.
Alicia Williams has been in love with Ben Mitchell since he picked her up out of the mud in elementary school. But baseball-obsessed Ben has dreams to make it to the majors and see the world, and those dreams don’t include the girl next door, no matter how perfect she is. Ben is forced to choose and he leaves Alicia behind – but dreams can change and regrets can grow. When Ben returns back home to the ranch in Colorado Springs, trying to re-discover the man he was meant to be, will the girl he can’t get off his mind still be waiting?
Join Ben and Alicia in DON’T LET GO as they fall in love and discover that sometimes life’s greatest adventure is the one you find at home.
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MJ Summers currently resides in Canada, not far from the Rocky Mountains, with her husband, three young children and their goofy dog. When she’s not writing erotic novels she loves running, reading, going for long dinners with her girlfriends, swimming, and camping with her family.
Don’t Let Go PLAYLIST:

 

“Ahead by a Century” by The Tragically Hip
“Over You” by Miranda Lambert
“The Lightning Strike” by Snow Patrol
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
“Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae

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EXCERPT:
           “How about you and me pretend we are the only two people on this island and we’re staying for a good long time?” Ben nuzzled her neck for a moment and then found her earlobe with his lips, savouring it.
            “Why, Ben,” Alicia said coyly, “if there is no one else on this island, that means we can do anything we like, anywhere we like . . .”
            “Exactly,” Ben replied in a low, sexy tone as he slid his hand in between her thighs. Finding the high slit in her skirt, he ran his large hand along the silk of her legs, wasting no time in getting to her bikini bottoms. He toyed with the strings resting on her hips. One little tug and they would fall away from her, leaving her exposed under her skirt. Trailing kisses down her neck to her collarbone, he pulled at the strings. “I’ve been waiting to do that all day,” he murmured in her ear.
            Alicia gasped a little at the thought of being so exposed to the world before she realized that they really were alone. She allowed herself to enjoy the hot breeze as it caressed her sensitive skin. “That’s kind of why I bought it.”
            Ben’s fingers moved along the length of her sex, taking in its satin warmth. Alicia gave a little moan and turned to find his mouth with hers, feeling her body respond as it always did to Ben’s touch. After years of his kisses, she never stopped getting that thrill from feeling his lips on her. He kissed her the way he looked at her, as though she were the only woman to have ever inhabited the planet.

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            Sliding his fingertips gently into her, pressing his palm against her, rubbing with exactly the amount of pressure that he knew she loved, Ben knew every inch of her body, how she wanted to be touched, what she needed, and he took full advantage of that knowledge as he moved his other hand up over her breasts. Moving his fingers in tiny circles inside her, he could feel her press herself hungrily against his hand. It wasn’t long before they reached that exquisite moment when she tensed in long waves as commanding as those in the ocean nearby. Alicia bit down on her lip to stifle the loud cry that begged to erupt from her throat. Ben’s own breathing become ragged and his entire body hardened at the desire that was building up in him. He wanted her right there on that beach and he was going to have her.

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