Excerpt – REAPER’S FIRE by Joanna Wylde

Book #6 in the Reaper’s series by Joanna Wylde is nearly here, and I have an excerpt from the book for you today! I am currently reading Reaper’s Fire right now, and I am loving Gage and Tinker! This is definitely a book you need to pre-order! (I think I’ve gone exclamation crazy!)

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New York Times bestselling author Joanna Wylde returns to the “wild and raw”* world of the Reapers MC with the story of Gage and Tinker…

The club comes first.

I’ve lived by those words my whole life—assumed I’d die by them, too, and I never had a problem with that. My Reaper brothers took my back and I took theirs and it was enough. Then I met her. Tinker Garrett. She’s beautiful, she’s loyal, and she works so damned hard it scares me sometimes . . . She deserves a good man—one better than me. I can’t take her yet because the club still needs me. There’s another woman, another job, another fight just ahead.

Now she’ll learn I’ve been lying to her all along. None of it’s real. Not my name, not my job, not even the clothes I wear. She thinks I’m nice. She pretends we’re just friends, that I’ve still got a soul . . . Mine’s been dead for years. Now I’m on fire for this woman, and a man can only burn for so long before he destroys everything around him.

I’m coming for you, Tinker.

Soon.

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Tinker

It was almost seven that evening when I felt the AC kick back on. I’d been lying on my back on the (relatively) cool tile floor behind the counter, staring up at the pressed-tin ceiling and trying to remember why I hadn’t already moved back to Seattle.

In Seattle it rained.

Cool breezes blew off the bay and the lush greenery covered everything with its shaded canopy. People didn’t really need air-conditioning, but if they happened to have it and it broke, there were lots of repair men available.

Of course, Seattle also had Brandon. Not only that, my dad didn’t want to move, and I’d come to realize I couldn’t leave him here alone. It wasn’t safe for him, not since Mom died.

Ugh.

At least the AC was working again, blowing down from the ceiling vent across my sweaty body, reminding me that while the world might not be crawling with perfect men, at least there were still a few useful ones running around. Cooper Romero was a keeper, and it had nothing to do with how sexy he was . . . although the fact that he was sex on a stick—make that sex with a stick—didn’t exactly diminish his appeal.

When I’d dragged him up to the black tar roof to show him the ancient AC, I’d expected him to make a run for it. Any sensible man would. Instead, he’d spent the whole afternoon busting his ass to save my chocolates—Oh God, I wish that were code for something more exciting—officially qualifying him as a superhero in my book.

As for me, there wasn’t much I could do once I got all the sweets safely downstairs into the basement. There weren’t any customers walking in off the street, and seeing as I couldn’t make or ship candy in a 102-degree shop, I’d alternated between attempting to read a book, looking over orders I couldn’t fulfill on my laptop, and bringing Cooper glasses of iced tea. I’d been nervous around him at first, but you can only stay nervous for so long when you’re sweating like a pig—there’s a certain freedom in knowing you look like hell and there’s no saving your hair. I’d thrown my arm across my eyes in a pathetic attempt to block out reality toward the end.

When cold air started flowing into the room, I could’ve cried with relief. He’d never had a chance to fill out the application form, and I’d long since decided it didn’t matter. Unless he was an ax murderer, I’d give him the apartment and the job.

Might give it to him even if he was, to be honest.

“It’s working again,” Cooper announced, and I jerked, startled. Shit, had I fallen asleep? Opening my eyes, I looked up to find him standing over me. Dear God in heaven—that was one hell of a bare chest.

Holy. Shit.

I’d taken note of his build when he first walked in the shop, but everything under his shirt had been theoretical. Now there was six-foot-plus of raw sex appeal right there, all sweaty and sculpted and . . . well, let’s just say I’d be stopping off on the way home to pick up some fresh batteries.

That’s when the situation hit me—Cooper Romero was the hottest man I’d met in forever, and he’d just found me lying on the floor in my own sweat and filth like a dog. Typical luck. I scrambled to my feet, pretending I wasn’t totally embarrassed (I was) and not in the least bit freaked out by how unspeakably attractive this guy was. Okay, “attractive” wasn’t quite the right word, because it implied a certain level of polish and class that just didn’t fit Cooper at all.

Brandon was attractive.

Cooper?

I’d lick him all over and massage his butt if he asked. He stared down at me, his eyes carefully blank, making it very clear he wasn’t asking. Story of my fucking life. Sitting up, I pushed myself to my feet without bothering to dust off. Lost cause at this point.

“Not sure how much life the AC has left,” he said slowly. “I managed to get it going, but fixing it right would cost more than it’s worth and then some.”

Of course it would.

“I just need to get through the summer,” I told him, wiping a finger under my eye. My perfectly applied, vintage-style makeup had melted, leaving me with a clown face. Fortunately I’d (mostly) given up on caring three hours ago, right around the time I’d discovered the floor tiles were cooler than the rest of the room. “After that, I’ll worry about the furnace and by next summer I might not even be here anymore.”

“Really?” he asked, cocking a brow. “You selling out?”

“Not sure,” I told him. “I’m not thinking that far ahead right now. Things are very iffy with my dad . . . I think he’s got some—”

No. I couldn’t say it. Saying it out loud made it too real, plus the last thing I needed were a bunch of rumors flying around town. So far we’d kept dad’s situation mostly to family and friends.

“Tinker?”

Shaking myself, I smiled at him. “Thank you so much for fixing that. I’m not even sure what I would’ve done—I can’t afford to miss a week’s worth of orders. Not only would it put me behind, it would burn my customers.”

He nodded, studying me thoughtfully. God, he really was beautiful . . . Nothing like Brandon’s polished sophistication. No, Cooper gave off more of a warrior-tossing-you-over-his-fearless-steed kind of vibe. Yeah, like that would end well, because my track record with men was so fucking perfect, right?

Pull your head out of the gutter. He probably has a girlfriend.

At least I could finally lock up this hellhole of a shop and get a shower.

“Thank you so much—you have no idea how much I appreciate it.”

“No, but the whole throwing yourself at my feet thing was a subtle hint,” he said, and I realized he was teasing me. Was he flirting? I couldn’t decide if that kicked ass or scared the shit out of me.

“Anyway, it’s getting late,” I told him, feeling suddenly awkward. “I’m going to grab some dinner down the street, and then I could take you over and show you the apartment.”

A small, knowing smile crossed his face, and I realized he thought I was hitting on him.

“No,” I said quickly, mortified. “I wasn’t asking you out. Omigod, this is weird.”

“What, you aren’t turned on by a man who smells like old socks?” he asked lightly, raising his arm and giving a sniff. He was joking, but the sweat wasn’t a turnoff. Nope. Not even a little bit. “If that’s not enough for you, the roof tar on my ass should be a big attraction.”

Closing my eyes, I bit back a groan. He started laughing. Not in a cruel way, but companionably, which I guess made sense because both of us were disgusting as hell. Of course, now I wanted to check out his ass, but I managed to keep my eyes on target (mostly) when I answered him.

“Well, it’s sexy but I’ll manage to control myself somehow. I do want to grab dinner, though, and we need to figure out the apartment details.”

“I’ll take the place, doesn’t matter what it is,” he replied. “I’m in a hotel and it’s getting old. I’d love to move in on Sunday, but I can’t go look at it right now—gotta get my ass cleaned up. Meeting up with someone later.”

Of course he was, because men who looked like Cooper didn’t spend Friday nights alone.

“Sounds great,” I told him, refusing to show any disappointment. “Just text me when you’re ready, and I’ll get you the key.”

He opened his mouth to say something, but a sudden pounding against the locked shop door caught us both off guard. I spun around to find Talia Jackson glaring at me through the glass. Talia and three of her skankier friends, including Sadie Baxter, a girl I used to babysit when I was in college.

A girl who was now twenty.

Damn.

“Cooper!” Talia shouted. “What the fuck are you doing?”

I glanced at my new handyman, startled. Talia Jackson and her brother, Marsh, were two of the nastiest people I’d ever met. Marsh was president of the local motorcycle gang, a group called the Nighthawk Raiders motorcycle club. The club had been around most of my life, but it was only in recent years that they’d turned really bad. I mean, they were never the kinder, gentler sort of bikers, but I’d never been actively afraid when I’d heard a motorcycle, either.

Now? Let’s just say we’d all gotten a little edgy.

“That’s my girl,” Cooper said, and something deep down inside of me died a little. Of course he’d go for someone like Talia. She might have the heart of a deranged circus clown—you know, the kind that survives by eating the souls of innocent children—but she was hot.

Really hot.

Not only that, she was slutty, and while I wasn’t into the whole slut-shaming thing (like I had room to judge after the bachelorette party debacle . . . ugh), I wasn’t naive enough to think he was attracted to her personality. Cooper Romero might have a sweet smile, and he’d fixed my AC, but now I had proof positive that he’d never be into a girl like me.

Specifically, a grown-up with curves.

All righty, then. Probably for the best anyway.

“Just a sec!” I called to her, determined to take the high road, then I grabbed my keys so I could open the door. She pushed inside with her posse, and I do mean pushed. Little bitch shoved me so hard I nearly knocked over the display of antique Russian teacups my mother had lovingly collected. (So far as I knew, she’d never sold a single one of them, but it’d made her happy.)

“Careful,” I warned, and Talia turned on me.

“What did you just say to me?”

“Babe, let’s talk,” Cooper said, catching her arm and pulling her into his body. She squealed, going from aggressive to flirty in an instant.

“You’re all sweaty. It’s sooo disgusting.”

I noted she wasn’t trying to get away. Cooper smiled down at her, a hint of something feral in his eyes. Yeah, okay—whatever smile he’d been giving me, it hadn’t held any of that kind of intensity.

Yours truly was officially chopped liver.

“I was just about to head out and grab a shower,” he told her. “Wanna come with me?”

She pouted. “I can’t. The girls and I need to get fixed up. I’ll see you at the bar, though, right?”

He looked down at her, offering a sexy, indulgent smile. “Can’t wait.”

“Perfect,” she said, reaching around to grab his ass for a quick squeeze. Then she turned and strutted back out without a word to me, her gaggle of girls following like well-trained geese. Sadie gave a little finger wave on the way. The door closed behind them with a cheerful little jingle, and I wondered why the hell I even bothered with Hallies Falls.

I missed Seattle.

So what if it had Brandon? I could drown him in Lake Washington. Problem solved.

“Sorry about that—Talia is a little high-strung,” Cooper said.

“Oh, I know all about her,” I replied, hoping I didn’t sound as catty as I felt. Cooper didn’t seem to notice.

“I’m new to town, but she’s been showing me around,” Cooper continued, stepping over to stand in front of me, hands shoved deep in his front pockets. “I should get going.”

“Of course—don’t let me keep you. What time do you think you’ll be in touch tomorrow?”

“Afternoon work?”

“No problem. Looking forward to hearing from you.”

He nodded and pushed through the door, walking down the street without a second look back. I locked up behind him, wondering why all the hottest guys were douchebags. Not that Cooper had acted like a douche, but he had to be my age or older—late thirties—and Talia was the same age as Sadie. She was also a raging bitch. There was only one reason a man like him would date a girl like that, and it had nothing to do with personality or character.

Cooper Romero might be beautiful, but obviously he was shallow. Suppose it was too much to hope for a man who could fix an air conditioner and have a soul at the same time.

Pity



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REAPER’S PROPERTY #1 – Out Now!
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REAPER’S FIRE #6 – Out August 9th!
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Review – PENNIES by Pepper Winters

Fantastic new book alert from Pepper Winters!!! Check out my review below.

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“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfil and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.

He was rich.

Together…they were bankrupt.

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Pennies was a fantastic start to Pepper Winters newest series, Dollars! A lot of people have asked me if it’s similar to Tears of Tess, considering the main character is sold, and I have to say, that is where the similarities begin and end. Pim’s story, up to now, is so very different from Tess’ and I cant wait to continue this series to see where the plot takes us.

I really enjoyed this first instalment. I thought it was a great intro to the characters and the start of their story. I have no idea what to expect from this series; this first book was pretty messed up and twisted (in typical Pepper Winters style) but to me, it was more like the backstory to the main story, so what happens next is anyone’s guess!

The majority of Pennies was a really good read, then it got to the ending…and WOW, it turned GREAT! I seriously loved the edge of your seat, intense drama which ensued. A lot of people have said this is Pepper Winters darkest work yet, I don’t agree, but this is only just the beginning of a 5 part series, and I cannot wait to explore more in her latest twisted story.

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Fuck this.
I stalked forward.
My hand came up.
The urge to soothe her catapulted my fingers to her cheek. My skin erupted from her delicate heat. I’d already had my single touch when I’d petted her hair. I wasn’t permitted a second.
But it didn’t stop me.
One second, she stood close, arching her chin at the door.
The next, she was across the cage, flying into a stack of boxes that tumbled in a clatter of butcher knives, butter knives, and sharp forks.
Her eyes turned luminous in the gloom, locking on mine with rage.
Shit.
I’d forgotten myself by feeling sorry for this beaten wraith, but she hadn’t forgotten her overwhelming hatred of men.
I didn’t look away. But I didn’t explain myself, either.
I’d borrowed her for the night. If I wanted to touch her, I could. The fact that she’d leapt away meant I could report her to her master and have her punished.
Or you could punish her instead.
The distance between us grew thicker as we breathed fast.
I waited…wanting to know just how deep her education in pleasure flowed. Tearing her gaze from mine, she swallowed hard. Piece by piece, she hid her loathing, replacing it with reluctant acceptance.
Inching closer, her toes nudged aside sharp blades as she made her way to me and fell to her knees on the cold concrete.
Half of me jolted with insane lust. Most of me shied away with repulsion as her straggly hair covered her face but not before I saw the twisted disgust and echoing despair.
“Get up,” I murmured. Even though my voice was low, the cavern of the garage amplified it, layering it with bite.
Instantly, she swooped up. The crackle of her joints and misused cartilage in her bones sounded like tiny gunfire.
“Don’t kneel. Not in here.”



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PENNIES (#1) – Out Now!
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DOLLARS (#2) – Out TBC!
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HUNDREDS (#3) – Out TBC!
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Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.

She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com

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Review – A GIFT OF TIME by Beth Flynn

*sniff sniff* The third and final book in the incredible Nine Minutes series by Beth Flynn is here. A Gift Of Time was everything I hoped for an so much more. Check out my review and buy links below.

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Are some secrets meant to stay buried?

Three months have passed since Jason “Grizz” Talbot was put to death by lethal injection for crimes he committed. His former wife, Ginny, whom he had abducted from a convenience store when she was a teenager and became the love obsession of his life, has spent more than the last decade trying to carve out a life of normalcy in the bustling suburbs of Fort Lauderdale—including a thriving and happy marriage to Tommy “Grunt” Dillon, a former member of Grizz’s gang.

Tired of the secrets and the lies, Ginny and Tommy thought the final piece of their past could be left behind forever with Grizz’s execution. However, the past comes crashing around Ginny and Tommy when a newly discovered secret threatens to destroy their marriage. When tragedy strikes, Ginny is forced to reach into her heart and decide, once and for all, what she really wants.

In this third book in the Nine Minutes trilogy, A Gift of Time takes readers from the busy tropical metropolis of South Florida into the serenity of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains as Ginny chases down the answers she needs.

Will she have the strength to confront the secrets of her past…and her heart?

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It’s no secret that I am a huge, huge fan of the Nine Minutes series by Beth Flynn. Having only read the books for the first (and second) time earlier this year, they immediately shot to my list of favourite books of all time! The wait for the final book in the series, A Gift Of Time, has been almost painful, and when it hit my Kindle, I wasted no time in diving in.

As with each book in this highly addictive series, I was hooked from the very first chapter; that prologue…oh my word, I needed to know who it was!!!!!! Gah, Beth Flynn is the ultimate tease, and I both wanted to read faster so I could find out all that happens between the time we left off at the end of Out Of Time, and where the prologue began (yes, Beth once again started at the beginning), but I also wanted to savour every word, knowing this was the final ride.

It’s actually taken me a long time to be able to find the words to review this book. I haven’t been able to read or write anything since I inhaled A Gift Of Time in just one sitting a week ago. I have been in a major book funk, and if you know me well, you’ll know that book hangovers do not happy often for me, I am always reading! Now that I’ve finish (*sniff sniff*) I miss these characters with everything that I have. This has been such a special series to me, and I can say without a doubt that Beth Flynn executed the perfect HEA for Ginny.

There was a lot less grit, angst, and drama this time around compared to the previous books. There was a much bigger focus on fate, feelings, and family in the finale. Yes, I cried, yes, my heart ached, yes, I laughed, yes, I loved, and yes, I believe Ginny’s destiny happened the way fate had always intended it to. And I think the thing I loved most was the family aspect. I’m obviously not going into any details, but for me, I found what I had wanted to know since book 1, and it was complete and utter perfection.

The final ride was everything I hoped for and so much more. Now, Mimi and Christian Bear spinoff, anyone?

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Beth Flynn is a fiction writer who lives and works in Sapphire, North Carolina, deep within the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. Raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Beth and her husband, Jim, have spent the last 17 years in Sapphire, where they own a construction company. They have been married 31 years and have two daughters and two dogs. In her spare time, Beth enjoys writing, reading, gardening, church and motorcycles, especially taking rides on the back of her husband’s Harley. She is a five-year breast cancer survivor.

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Cover Reveal – SAFE BET by Monica Murphy

Fantastic news!!! The Rules series is my favourite Monica Murphy series, and there’s going to be a 4th book!!!! I am SO ridiculously excited for Slow Play! And what makes this book even better is that its a crossover with the One Week Girlfriend series!!! If you’re new to The Rules series, you can get the box set featuring books 1-3 for just $2.99!! Check out all the details below.

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SAFE BET features Sydney (Gabe’s little sister from IN THE DARK, The Rules #2) and Wade from the One Week Girlfriend series (Owen Maguire’s best friend!). This is my mashup book, peeps, and I am so incredibly excited to share Sydney and Wade’s story with you. It’s been a lot of fun, bringing together two series. Plus, readers have been requesting a book about Wade for YEARS and I’m finally doing it!

What else is exciting? You’ll get to catch up with Drew and Fable and the gang, as well as some of the characters from The Rules series. More information is coming soon so watch for it!



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SAFE BET #4 – Out Soon!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Review – HOTTEST MESS by J Kenner

The second book in the intensely sexy and forbidden S.I.N series by J Kenner is live and not one to miss!!

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imageNo one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.

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Well, where do I even start with this book? I absolutely loved book 1 in this new series from J Kenner, so I couldn’t wait to see where this story went in book 2, and I was not disappointed!! Though, yes, the forbidden aspect of this story is a big part, there is so much more to sink your teeth into and I loved that though I had my suspicions about certain people, I still don’t know for definite who is behind all the chaos in Jane and Dallas’ lives.

There is such a great storyline to this series, and if I was able to binge-read the entire series in one I absolutely would do! I have devoured both books which are currently released, and I have no doubt I’ll do the same as the third and final book releases later this year. Forbidden romances are one of my favourite type of books, and I love everything about Jane and Dallas, and their relationship. They have such a deep love for one another and as a reader, you can almost feel that love. *dreamy sigh* I just love them.

And hot damn, they are on fire!!!! The S.I.N series is so freaking sexy, I wouldn’t suggest reading it in public. I’m not a fan of books which are more sex than story, and though there is a lot of sexy scenes in Hottest Mess, I felt like the rest of the story was so very well fleshed out that it didn’t bother me at all, especially considering how hot those scenes were! *fans self*

Hottest Mess was another great book by J Kenner, and I cannot wait for the release of Sweetest Taboo.

 

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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, Victorian-era thrillers (coming soon), and paranormal mommy lit.

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Excerpt Reveal – PENNIES by Pepper Winters

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Pepper Winters has a brand new series coming out!!! Pennies is the first book in the Dollar series, and it releases later this month! Check out the cover, synopsis, and an excerpt from the book below.

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“At 18 I had pennies, but money didn’t make me bold. At 19 I had dollars, but it didn’t dull the pain of being sold. At 20 I had hundreds, but then I met him and was found. At 21 I had thousands, but all I wanted was to be bound.”

“At 23 I had dollars, but life changed and made me rich. At 25 I had hundreds, but it wasn’t enough to stop my killing itch. At 27 I had thousands, but my reputation didn’t set me free. At 29 I had millions, but I met her and could finally see.”

Tasmin was killed on her 18th birthday. She had everything planned out. A psychology degree, a mother who pushed her to greatness, and a future anyone would die for. But then her murderer saved her life, only to sell her into a totally different existence.

Elder went from penniless to stinking rich with one twist of fate. His lifetime of crime and shadows of thievery are behind him but no matter the power he now wields, it’s not enough. He has an agenda to fulfil and he won’t stop until it’s complete.

But then they meet.

A beaten slave and a richly dressed thief. Money is what guided their separate fates. Money is what brought them together. And money is ultimately what destroys them.

She was poor.

He was rich.

Together…they were bankrupt. Read More »

Cover Reveal – PREPPY by TM Frazier

Ho-ly smokes. If you’ve read King by TM Frazier, you are more than likely desperate to get your hands on a book about the bowtie-wearing, pancake-loving, Preppy, and if you’re up to date on all TM books, you’ll without a doubt be insanely desperate to get your hands on it. Well as look would have it, releasing on October 25th, 2016, we will finally be getting Preppy!!!!! The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, part 1, is just 3 short months away, and while we wait to have our hearts put back together and then broken again, I have the cover, synopsis, and pre-order!! Let me know what you think…

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Bowtie…’till I DIE.

Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck. 

He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.

Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired.

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.

And their deaths.

For most people, death is the end of their story.
For Preppy and Dre, death was only the beginning. 



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Review – CREAM OF THE CROP by Alice Clayton

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton is finally here!!! This is not a book to be missed.

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!

Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is…cheese.

Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.

Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be…love?

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Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton was without a doubt, one of my most anticipated read of 2016. After the all around fantastic-ness that was Nuts, I could not wait to get my hands on Oscar Mendoza…err…I mean his book, obviously😉

Alice Clayton’s writing has fast become a favourite; I always look forward to her books, but it’s the Hudson Valley series which has really had me hooked and constantly begging for more. I have to say, I never imagined farmers would do it for me, but my god, the guys from Hudson Valley certainly get my blood pumping! And as much as I loved Leo in Nuts, Oscar had me head over heals in love.

I mean, hello!! He looks like Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo!!), no wonder Natalie couldn’t keep away from his cream😉. And speaking of Natalie…I loved her so much!! She was absolutely fantastic!!! I love to read about characters like her-strong and sassy and sexy, and she knew it, too! Oscar couldn’t keep his hands of her and her “great (comma) big fat ass” and I don’t blame him!

I loved everything about this book to be quite honest. Oscar the grouch, Natalie and the rest of the fab characters we have come to know and adore, the writing, the plot, the humour, the heat (holy scorcher!!), and most of all, the heart. I now eagerly await to release of the next book in this deliciously addictive series; I cant wait to see who we get to know next.

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ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop).

She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her.

Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.

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Review – HERE TO STAY by Suanne Laqueur

The third and final full length book in the Fish Tales series by Suanne Laqueur, was just as fantastic as its predecessors. Another 5 star read from me.

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“You can’t sort of do this, Fish. Draw a line and get on one side or the other…”

Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to her award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare’s romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for twelve years, the extraordinary bond forged in their youth has endured. But when your soulmate has caused you indescribable pain, how easy is it to forgive? How much trust is needed to place your heart back into the hands that once broke it? How much faith does it take to ask the question, “Do you still want me?” and believe in the reply: “I still want us.”

Erik and Daisy commit to creating a new life together. They are separated by geography, loyal to career commitments and burdened with lingering pain from a decade spent apart. Yet despite the challenges, Erik knows Daisy is the best thing to happen to him twice.

Slowly Erik earns back Daisy’s love as well as the trust of his incomparable friend, Will Kaeger. Both relationships grow deeper and more complex, as do Erik’s ties to the past. Unexpected contact with distant cousins offers new insight to the cruel childhood desertion that shaped so much of Erik’s adult life. With Daisy at his side, he travels back to his hometown to meet his people, explore his family’s history and learn about the men who wore his heirloom necklace before him.

The cathedral once burned down is rebuilt. But a love affair is never a finished thing. Life is never without its tragedies. Daisy and Erik soon face a threat more harrowing than gunfire, more sorrowful than the lost years. With Will at his back and family close by, Erik must fight for the things he once walked away from and prove his love is here to stay.

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The Fish Tales series is one which has completely taken me over. When I picked up book 1, I had no idea I would end up binge-reading this series, book after book, within the space of a week. Not only did I love this series enough to devour it, but I loved it enough to crown it one of my favourite series, and top reads of 2016.

Here To Stay started where Give Me Your Answer True ended. Daisy and Fish have officially been reunited and I couldn’t have been happier!! They had been separated for a looong time, and I was so ready for them to get back on track towards the HEA that they so very much deserved. It was so good to see them together again, though it wasn’t all sunshine and roses.

They had a lot to talk about from not only their time apart, but also the events which led to Erik leaving Lancaster all those years ago. Erik also had to not only make it up to Daisy, but also everyone else who he left behind, especially Will, who is a series favourite for me. I loved Will and Erik’s relationship probably just as much as I loved Erik and Daisy’s.

Here To Stay kind of steps away from the whole Lancaster ordeal, and takes a twist I wasn’t expecting, turning almost into a bit of a mystery. I loved this aspect of the book. It really kept me on my toes and I thought it was a great plotline addition to the series. I also love how when this “mystery” is resolved, it helped to make the ending the very best it could possibly be.

I was sad to see The Fish Tales series end, though I was more than happy with how perfectly it all ended. Erik, Daisy, Will, Lucky, and the Bianco’s, are characters I will hold dearly in my heart for a long time to come. This series is a must read!!

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Review – GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER TRUE by Suanne Laqueur

It’s been over a week since I finished the second book in the Fish Tales series by Suanne Laqueur and I still have a massive book hangover. Check out my review below.

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Suanne Laqueur’s award-winning debut novel The Man I Love thrilled readers with its memorable characters and depth of emotion. Erik Fiskare’s journey of love, recovery and forgiveness captivated hearts but also left questions unanswered. Now Daisy Bianco has a chance to tell her story.

It’s been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he’s chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik’s unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm, cutting into her own skin as a means to atone. Only the timely appearance of an old friend, John “Opie” Quillis, saves her from self-destruction and gives her a chance to love again.

Laqueur skillfully weaves flashbacks to the college years with Daisy’s present life. Supported by John’s patient affection, she works to separate her evolution as an adult from the unresolved guilt and grief of her youth. As her professional accomplishments lift her out of depression, Daisy learns to hold onto her accountability without letting it become her identity. Years pass and she builds a beautiful life filled with dance and friends. Lovers come and eventually go, leaving her on her own with the old thought: Come back to me.

In this parallel narrative, Laqueur peels open the beloved characters from The Man I Love to reveal new and complex layers of vulnerability. The scars from the shooting are deep and pervasive within this circle of friends. Like Daisy, they are trying to evolve without being fully resolved. But when questions from the past go unheeded, you alone must find and give your answers true.

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I became completely enamoured with Erik and Daisy’s story in The Man I Love, and I absolutely could not wait to dive into Give Me Your Answer True, to experience things from Daisy’s point of view. Yes, this is a POV book, but unlike many out there, this isn’t a carbon copy of the original story. This book not only highlights scenes that we do know, but it delves into exactly what happened in those pivotal scenes for Daisy, and also focuses heavily on what happened to Daisy during the many years she spent apart from Erik.

I loved that with this book, we didn’t just revisit the past events we already experienced in TMIL, we were given a whole new story to sink our teeth into. We learn more about Daisy as she tries to come to terms with what happened at Lancaster, and the domino effect of events which followed in its wake. We see her career blossom, her friendships strengthen, relationships form (hello, silver fox!!!), and yet through it all, what looks to be an almost perfect life, we see her suffering.

Poor Daisy. I don’t think I fully took into account what she went through during book 1, because we were focused on Erik, so it was great to have that chance with book 2. My heart absolutely went out to her, and I found myself wanting to shake some sense into Erik. Yes, she hurt him horrendously, but he put not only her, but also Will (and therefore veryone who loves them), through hell after that fateful night. And speaking of Will… we get to see more from him and Lucky!! (I’m dancing in my seat right now).

I honestly loved everything about this book. Suanne Laqueur is a truly wonderful and talented writer, and Erik and Daisy’s (do you know what? No. This was more than just Erik and Daisy’s story) this story, that of everyone who was effected by the events which happened at Lancaster, has firmly wedged itself inside my heart, and I don’t see it budging for quite some time, if ever. It’s not often at all that I binge-read a series, but there was no stopping me with The Fish Tales series. I read all 3 full length novels back to back, completely ignoring life for a week, and I had no regrets at all.

It’s a series I wish I could read again for the first time, but know that I’ll still love them just as much the second, third, and fourth times over. One of my favourite books/series of the year, and an absolute must read.

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GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER TRUE #2 – Out Now!
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HERE TO STAY #3 – Out Now!
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