Blog Tour, Review, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – Blood Union, Reily Garrett

August 26, 2019 By

Title: Blood Union
Author: Reily Garrett
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 25, 2019
The only good vampire is a dead one.
 
Crystine employs every witchy spell and feminine deception in her arsenal to keep her ward safe. Failure would signify mankind’s downfall at the hands of demons. 
 
Over the centuries, she’s honed her skills to protect the innocent, but evil forces have united for a common cause. 
 
When the odds stack against her, she makes a deal with the very creature she’s spent her life hunting, a vampire who professes to be her destined mate.
 
It’s easier to kill the monsters who slaughter innocents for sadistic pleasure than to face one who claims to support mankind. Now, she must set aside her hatred while enduring his persistent need for close proximity.
 
He is everything she’s never encountered, with seductive skills perfected over many centuries and with many women. Her mind targets him as the enemy, but her senses crave his touch.
 
A bargain is struck. Blood is shared. Until the threat to mankind has ended, he is safe from her blades, but nothing can protect her heart from his carnal sexuality. She has no defense.
 

5 out of 5 stars
Blood Union is the second book in the Immortal Lovers series by Reily Garrett. It can technical be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading Unholy Alliance first to get the full experience and understanding of what’s going on. If you did read it then you should be excited since this is Gryffen and Crystine’s story! This two…
Crystine isn’t exactly a fan of vampires. She hates him and for good reason. They slaughter her family as she watched when she was just a little girl. She grew up training herself to kill them on site along with any kind of evil. She is also a nurturer. She took in Sariel as a young child and raised her as her own. She will die for her. She has definitely killed for her. She will do anything to protect her even if that means she has to put up with the man Sariel loves. A vampire named Reiner. Don’t get me wrong, she will kill him if he or anyone in his circle harms Sariel. Even if it’s the one she is “destined” to be with. Gryffen. Yep! You guessed it…a f*cking vampire and she isn’t happy about it.
Gryffen felt it from the very beginning. Something was different with the witch. He was a playboy but she turned him inside out. She was a challenge. One he wanted to conjure. He never wanted to be bonded with someone for eternity. That was him. Until her. A witch who wanted to kill him but also wanted to feel him. They were both in a confused limbo so they made a bargain. It wouldn’t be for eternity but it would be until Sariel and the others were safe. There was a new threat. One they never expected. And it was time to kick some ass.
Gryffen and Crystine’s relationship is complex. She hates vampires yet she somewhat trusts this him. She wants to know what makes vampires tick. She wants to learn more about the demons she might face. She wants to do anything that will help her protect Sariel. And at the same time she feels a need to be with Gryffen. And he feels it to. He has never wanted anyone so much and will do anything to show her they belong together. They share blood. It makes them heal and gain powers with each suck. But will they complete the bond and be together for eternity?
I knew their story was going to be awesome! Their snarky, sassy, and flirty banter was felt in Unholy Alliance. Him being of course more the shameless flirt where she was the snarky one. I loved how she got to know him in this book. He wasn’t just a playboy bloodsucker. He was much more. He would protect her with his life.
Overall…it’s a book full of fight, banter, heat, and maybe even some love. It was intense at times and fun at times. It definitely has some build up. With the battle and in the bedroom.
Quotes:
“I think we need to strike a bargain as soon as you regain your strength.”
“As long as it doesn’t involve your bed.”
“Fine. I like it in the shower, against the wall, or flying over the treetops. We have all kinds of new experiences ahead of us.”
“I look forward to your surrender.”
“Ah, sweet Crystine. I want more than your body and will settle for nothing less.”
Chapter One
Gryffen


Gryffen considered the many ways he could punish Crystine as he skimmed the treetops in the early morning light. His thoughts circled the ones she’d enjoy—if he could prevent her from killing him in the interim. The greatest risk arose from her five centuries’ worth of experience with spell casting. She’d proven herself skilled as well as clever, much to his dismay. He’d met his match.

Gray bled to orange, violet, and blue as the sun’s rays crept over the earth while he considered her motive for fleeing the sanctuary of his home.

It wasn’t the man which caused Crystine to sneak out like a thief in the night; it was her own reaction to him that challenged her re-examination of everything she thought she knew about vampires.

She’d spent centuries training and killing his kind and couldn’t switch gears long enough to sort her feelings. It didn’t matter they’d fought demons side by side in order to destroy an artifact destined to end humanity. The enemy of her enemy was not her friend.

Like prejudices burdened his thoughts. Vampires and witches just didn’t mingle, much less mate.

Another fiery pain sliced through his arm, the result of his witch’s newest wound. Whatever sensation she experienced was replicated in his body, a wretched reminder of them sharing blood.

Their connection’s sudden emergence indicated her lack of strength in shielding her aura. His fist clenched around the hilt of his sword in preparation to protect his mate.

Through their link, he sensed her desperation, along with overwhelming regret. She’d wanted a fresh start, away from vampires, demons, and the evil encroaching on mankind. Instead, she’d stumbled into more of the same darkness that had comprised her life.

Flying low over the desolate forest concentrated his vampire senses until the dull thud of steel striking demonic hide altered his southern course.

Doubt overshadowed his confidence in her ability to survive with each mile passed despite her wielding Cliffin blades the way an expert chef handled knives, an extension of the hands.

A flash of insight accompanied by an inhuman growl altered his path over the lush canopy. Veering slightly west, he witnessed glimpses of her struggle through budding leaves and swaying pine needles, her steel catching the sun’s first beams.

She faced three creatures, one beginning to slip her witchy hold. If not for the strength derived from their blood exchange the prior night, she’d be dead.

The intensity of last night’s encounter had left them both exhausted to the extent he hadn’t believed she’d run.

He’d recoiled at her self-disgust when the last shudder of her orgasm had subsided. Neither believed fate would pull natural enemies together. If not for his personal warding spell, she might have ended their problematic relationship with her sword.

He felt a kinship with the male praying mantis.

Waking from an unnatural sleep, he knew she’d fled to preserve her tattered self-respect. If not for the terror of what she now faced, he would’ve taken his time in stalking her, teasing her with his presence.

Another burst of speed shot him over the small clearing as the sun’s rays crept along the horizon. Crystine faced off against greater odds yet with equal determination.

She’d feel the specter of his aura before seeing him approach. Whether or not the demons she fought detected him depended on their level of power.

He circled behind them and descended while drawing his sword then hacking through the first creature’s neck using gravity and momentum. The speed of descent coupled with his strength detached its head, its look of shock in falling to the ground forming while black acid sprayed from its severed skull.

“Hi, hon. You miss me?”

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Reily is a West Coast girl transplanted to the opposite shore. When she’s not working with her dogs, you can find her curled up with a book or writing her next story. Past employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her fiction.
 
Over time, and several careers, many incidents have flavored the plots of her stories. Man’s cruelty and ingenuity for torment and torture is boundless, not contained by an infinite imagination. Witnessing the after-effects of a teenager mugged at knifepoint for a pair of tennis shoes, or an elderly woman stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, left an indelible impression that will forever haunt her subconscious. In counterpoint, she has observed a woman stop her vehicle in severe, snowy weather to offer her own winter coat to a stranger, a teenager wearing a threadbare hoodie. Life’s diversities are endless.
 
Though her kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.
In reading, take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four-legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.

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Release Tour, Review & Excerpt – Remnants of Evil , Reily Garrett

May 1, 2019 By

Title: Remnants of Evil
Series: McAllister Justice #6
Author: Reily Garrett
Genre: Romantic Thriller
Release Date: April 28, 2019
 
Fear is an illusion banished by courage.
 
Two months after escaping an underground prison, Abby is determined to redefine her limits by testing the boundaries defining her existence. 
 
Practicing law fulfills her need for order and consistency, but chaos soon decimates her neat and structured life. When a psychopathic killer draws a line in the sand, she’s forced to choose between her need for independence and the security of police protection. 
 
Royden has spent his adult life hunting society’s worst criminal offenders. Assigned to work with a McAllister wasn’t what he’d envisioned when relocating to Portland, but everything changed after meeting his partner’s sister. When death comes searching for his new family, each clue leads either to a dead end or more possibilities. 
 
Join the McAllisters, their better halves, and their dogs in an exciting romantic thriller.

5 out of 5 stars
Remnants of Evil is the sixth full-length and I believe the final book in the The McAllister Justice series by one of my favorite suspense writers, Reily Garrett. Each one can be read as standalone but they do intersect. If you want Royden and Abby’s full story then I suggest you first read Carbon Replacements.
Months after the scare of their lives, Royden and Abby decide to take a vacation. A much needed one. Only, it’s cut short due to a threat. An attempt on her life. They thought their lives were back to normal but they were very wrong. It was about to get a hell of a lot more twisted.
Abby is a lawyer and used to a good fight. She wasn’t going to let some psycho take her independence away. She knew her overprotective brothers and boyfriend would be watching her even if she doesn’t see them. Even if she tells them not to. She would never admit it but she loved that about them. And it helped that their better halves were the same way. Hackers and all were badass and helpful. In an illegal way. Lol
I don’t want to spoil anything so I leave it at that. I will say that there are lots of twists and turns. I read it pretty quickly since I wanted to find out what was going to happen next. And it was brilliant to get the killer’s POV.
Overall…it’s a suspenseful, sexy, at times even a funny ride. I loved the characters. The family bond. The story. The heat. The laughs. The twists.
Quotes:
“We’ll see this through, Abby, whatever it is.”
…It’s a scare tactic, cowboy, and I won’t scare so easy.”
She loved the taste of him, the sight of his losing control, and the knowledge he would always be there to catch her.
Reily is a West Coast girl transplanted to the opposite shore. When she’s not working with her dogs, you can find her curled up with a book or writing her next story. Past employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her fiction.
 
Over time, and several careers, many incidents have flavored the plots of her stories. Man’s cruelty and ingenuity for torment and torture is boundless, not contained by an infinite imagination. Witnessing the after-effects of a teenager mugged at knifepoint for a pair of tennis shoes, or an elderly woman stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, left an indelible impression that will forever haunt her subconscious. In counterpoint, she has observed a woman stop her vehicle in severe, snowy weather to offer her own winter coat to a stranger, a teenager wearing a threadbare hoodie. Life’s diversities are endless.
 
Though her kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.
In reading, take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four-legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.
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7th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser

May 1, 2019 By

Welcome the 7th Annual Mental Health Awareness Month Book Fundraiser benefiting the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 
 
For the 7th year, an amazing group of authors have generously agreed to donate a portion of their May sales to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund.
 
Here is how you can help raise money and awareness for mental health:
 
You can purchase a book from the amazing books listed below! We hope you will #1click4charity a number of these amazing books! Please note that although below are Amazon Kindle links, the portion of sales is from any platform: digital, print and audio.
 
Share the image below or any of the custom photos the participating authors share on social media to raise awareness and to show your support.
 
Make a tax-deductible donation directly to the Keith Milano Memorial Fund at AFSP.
 
Thank you in advance for your support as we work to bring mental illness out of the darkness.


 

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Blog Tour, 5 Heart Reviews & *Giveaway* – Order, Kindle Alexander

March 15, 2019 By

Title: Order
Series: Tattoos and Ties #2
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M MC Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
Order is the second book in the Tattoos and Ties Duet by the talented duo, Kindle Alexander. It can not be read as a standalone so you must read Havoc first. Order starts where Havoc ended. Six months after Keyes and Alec first met. The synopsis is is perfect so I will make this fast.
Alec and Keyes have been hiding their relationship over the last six months. And they will have to keep it that way if they want to stay safe. Between Alec working in the DA’s office and Keyes being a member of the Disciples of Havoc MC they can’t risk being seen in public together. Inside their bubble is full of heat, heart, and laughs. But, Keyes still doesn’t understand why Alec would want a man like him. He believes Alec deserves someone better. Someone he could go on actual dates with. Someone who couldn’t get him killed. Will Alec be able to show Keyes that his feelings are real? That they are not clouded by their mind blowing sex. That Keyes is the man he wants a future with.
I loved this duet. Hard. It’s full of action. Sexually and otherwise. Between the MC and the DA’s office these two have their work cut out for them. Its like the world wants them apart when fate wants them together. They are complete opposites on the outside but on the inside they both want the same thing. An Us. Will they get their happily ever after?
Overall…I love Alec & Keyes. The story was every thing I expected and more. I hope to see them again in future books. I need more!
P.S it’s so cute how they call each other His Mister.
Quotes:
Fairytales were for children’s books, and he sure as hell didn’t live in a damn book.
“Come on, Batman! To the Batcave, my engine needs revving.”
“You make me mad with need. Want you to feel half of what I feel when I’m with you.”
5 out of 5 stars

Order is the second book in the Tattoos and Ties Duet. You really do need to read Havoc first since this is an immediate continuation of Keyes and Alec’s story. Kindle Alexander broke my m/m cherry and I haven’t looked back since! This writing duo is one of my favorites. They always give us the angst, sexiness, lovable characters, humor and the sexiness. Key and Alec couldn’t be more opposite, but they are making their life together work. It’s not always easy, and when feelings are involved, it’s harder to navigate. They are on opposite sides of the law, but they lay their heads next to each other every night. While they both ultimately want the same thing, their happily ever after, the secrets they are keeping from each other could be their downfall. Key is afraid for Alec’s life if the club finds out they are involved. Alec is afraid of losing Key. In the end, they have to come clean, communicate and get on the same side. Will Key and Alec get a chance at their forever? I loved this story! There was just enough angst to keep me invested and the dynamic between Key and Alec is so much fun. Key doesn’t like to talk and Alec can’t stop talking! Overall, I laughed, cried, got hot and bothered and felt so hopeful!

 

Oh hell. Key had always been mouthwatering, but this…”You’re handsome.”

Key chuckled. “Surprised about that?”

“No…”

 

“I wasn’t the one withholdin’ sex. No more of that bullshit. Understood?”

“We’ll talk about that too. Come on.”

“Why do we have to talk so much? Just agree.”

 

“I’ll ride you about this, so much so that you’ll stay out of situations like this just so you don’t have to listen to me bitch.”

“Oh hell, I know how much you like your fuckin’ words, but my  mind kinda stayed in the gutter after you offered to ride me.”

“… full of emotion that guides a journey that will tug at your heartstrings. I loved every word and look forward to more from this crew of characters that only Kindle Alexander can create” ~Amazon Review

 

 

“This is a fast-paced book with action, adventure, a little mystery, and a whole lotta hot loving.” ~Amazon Review

 

 

“Their chemistry set my ereader on fire, and the HEA ending left me cheering so loud…” ~Amazon Review

Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce wants a future with the sexy, tough-talking biker who came to his rescue six months ago. But when evidence capable of destroying his future comes to light, Alec sets a plan in motion to keep the man he loves from a district attorney bent on vengeance.
 
Will Alec’s efforts pay off or will he destroy them both in the process?
 
As a Disciples of Havoc member, Keyes Dixon rides the line between society’s moral code and that of his brothers. He straddles two worlds… One owns him and the other seduces him with the promise of a future. But when a rush to judgment has him swerving to miss the roadblocks suddenly in his lane, he’ll have to choose between the club that demands his loyalty and the gorgeous assistant district attorney who deserves his commitment.
 
Can Keyes escape his circumstances to take a chance on a future he wants?
 
Six months into what started as a one-night stand, both men must navigate their developing feelings as they remain bound by differing oaths that threaten to drive them apart. Not only does their future hang in the balance of opposing forces, but an unexpected strike of the gavel could send them on a collision course neither is prepared for.
 
Will havoc continue to determine their lives or is their love strong enough to bring order?


Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
 
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
 
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
 
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
 
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
 
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
 
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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Release Day & *Giveaway* – Order, Kindle Alexander

March 5, 2019 By

Title: Order
Series: Tattoos and Ties #2
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M MC Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce wants a future with the sexy, tough-talking biker who came to his rescue six months ago. But when evidence capable of destroying his future comes to light, Alec sets a plan in motion to keep the man he loves from a district attorney bent on vengeance.
 
Will Alec’s efforts pay off or will he destroy them both in the process?
 
As a Disciples of Havoc member, Keyes Dixon rides the line between society’s moral code and that of his brothers. He straddles two worlds… One owns him and the other seduces him with the promise of a future. But when a rush to judgment has him swerving to miss the roadblocks suddenly in his lane, he’ll have to choose between the club that demands his loyalty and the gorgeous assistant district attorney who deserves his commitment.
 
Can Keyes escape his circumstances to take a chance on a future he wants?
 
Six months into what started as a one-night stand, both men must navigate their developing feelings as they remain bound by differing oaths that threaten to drive them apart. Not only does their future hang in the balance of opposing forces, but an unexpected strike of the gavel could send them on a collision course neither is prepared for.
 
Will havoc continue to determine their lives or is their love strong enough to bring order?


Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
 
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
 
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
 
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
 
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
 
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
 
Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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Release Tour, Excerpt & *Giveaway* – The Solidity of Us, Shana Vanterpool

March 5, 2019 By

Title: The Solidity of Us 
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 5, 2019

 

Beauty that close mixed with such turmoil was a cocktail of enriched poison—I wanted to drink it anyway…

 

 
Things with Cade didn’t start that way. They weren’t that easy, and they weren’t that smooth, but I assure you, some of the best love stories didn’t start out with ease and without bumps. How can anything that’s solid be simple? Cade and I both needed a solid ground. We’d earned it. 
 
This is the story of how I, Bray Gideon, Los Angeles transplant, lost soul, ran away to her mother’s hometown of Well Water, Kentucky, and discovered how love could heal the wounds of the past and strengthen the hope of my future.
 
This is the story of Cade Montgomery, a man who’d ran for so long all it took was one night with the right woman to set his demons free. And boy, did those demons hurt. They got in the way and they held his happiness over his head and mocked his scars.
 
Those demons took as much as they ruined.
 
But love was stronger.
 
It was greater.
 
Love was… solid.
I rolled over in bed and stared at my coffee candle. My room smelled of the rich, dark liquid I missed so much. Reminded me of the man I missed for no other reason than because when Cade wasn’t there, something felt like it was missing.
I heard his car door close around midnight. I waited a beat and then got up, tiptoeing down the hall and around the back to listen near my grandparent’s door. Two sets of snoring resonated from the other side. Relieved, I continued tiptoeing until I’d gotten my shoes on and the front door open. On the other side of the screen door, I spotted Cade sitting under the dogwood tree in my grandparent’s front lawn.
It was dark, but the moon was bright, and the summer heat still radiated off the hood of his Lexus parked on the curb. The scent of the perennials in the garden out front were thick and floral, warmed all day by the sun. The street was quiet, making the sounds of the cicadas nearby deafening.
I carefully stepped out of the screen door and shut both behind me. I crossed my arms over my chest and walked down to the dogwood tree.
“My mother used to say that hearing a cicada in the summer was good luck,” he announced, his voice low. “They mean you’re about to get a second chance.” He watched me. “Can’t be a coincidence.”
I hugged myself; I didn’t know what to say.
He nodded to himself. “Okay, you don’t want to talk, then can you please listen?”
I shifted from foot to foot, hugging myself tighter. Squeezing my tears tight in case they escaped. If one escaped, many more would follow. And I’d be on my knees under the dogwood tree. Begging him for so much, I didn’t know where to even begin. “Yes.”
He took a deep breath in preparation, and then Cade Montgomery laid it all out on the line. “I did not and will not bail out my father. He’ll sit in jail until his sentencing and then he’ll sit in there for years for what he did to you. And you know what? I’m so damn relieved.” Tears burst through his eyes. “I’m relieved that he’ll be in jail. For the first time in my life I won’t have to worry about him. I feel free in a messed-up way. But in others, I feel more lost than ever before. I don’t know how to say I’m sorry, how to convey how bad I feel for leaving you with him. For the hurt and worry and pain you endured. I’m sorry I was an asshole when we met. I’m sorry I continued to be an asshole. I’m sorry that I was afraid and took it out on you.” He took an uneven, ragged breath. “I gave my ex-wife what she wanted. Half of everything and she signed the divorce papers two nights ago. I’m officially divorced and she’s out of my life. I settled with the network and they’re paying out my contract. I don’t have a job, but I’ll have the money to take the time to find a new one and the money to take care of you and the baby. I hired a realtor to sell my father’s property and she already found someone interested in the almond groves. I did everything I could.” He pushed to his feet and since the roots of the tree were higher and gnarled, they gave him an advantage over me. “Here’s what I want. I want you to move in with me into the goldenrod house. I want a second chance. To be everything you wanted and deserved from the beginning. I was so caught up in everything falling down around me, I thought you were one more hammer falling. But you weren’t. You were a gift, and I was terrified of ruining a gift that was so perfect for me I couldn’t have asked for anything else if I’d known myself well enough to ask. I want this baby more than I’ve ever wanted anything. I want you and I want us. But I know you need time. I know you blame me for a lot, and you’re right to blame me. I messed up. Move in with me and give us both what we want. A second chance.”
Oh, hell.
Could he be any more transparent?
My heart was tattered and torn, eager to feel and accept the balm of his words.

 

I wasn’t like my mother. I wanted what she detested. I wanted security, normalness, and solid ground. She ran from Well Water and I ran to Well Water. In a moment where she would say no, I found myself saying, “Yes.”

Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.


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Cover Reveal & Excerpt – Order, Kindle Alexander

February 6, 2019 By

Title: Order
Series: Tattoos and Ties #2
Author: Kindle Alexander
Genre: M/M MC Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2019
Cover Design: Reese Dante
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Assistant District Attorney Alec Pierce wants a future with the sexy, tough-talking biker who came to his rescue six months ago. But when evidence capable of destroying his future comes to light, Alec sets a plan in motion to keep the man he loves from a district attorney bent on vengeance.
 
Will Alec’s efforts pay off or will he destroy them both in the process?
 
As a Disciples of Havoc member, Keyes Dixon rides the line between society’s moral code and that of his brothers. He straddles two worlds… One owns him and the other seduces him with the promise of a future. But when a rush to judgment has him swerving to miss the roadblocks suddenly in his lane, he’ll have to choose between the club that demands his loyalty and the gorgeous assistant district attorney who deserves his commitment.
 
Can Keyes escape his circumstances to take a chance on a future he wants?
 
Six months into what started as a one-night stand, both men must navigate their developing feelings as they remain bound by differing oaths that threaten to drive them apart. Not only does their future hang in the balance of opposing forces, but an unexpected strike of the gavel could send them on a collision course neither is prepared for.
 
Will havoc continue to determine their lives or is their love strong enough to bring order?

 


They came from two different worlds.

Fuck. Keyes’s eyes closed as the illusion that they’d somehow found their balance began to shatter. The pain in his chest grew, hurting on a level he couldn’t quite absorb, and that said a lot since his parents had really done a number on him as a kid.

He had seen enough about the world to know words like I love you were a conditional misconception, something said by people who didn’t understand what life was about. Keyes was never going to be good enough for Alec’s world, and at some point, Alec would get tired of isolating himself inside this house. Keyes couldn’t even imagine a time they could ever go out in public together. If for some unseen reason that time came, what the fuck would they do?

If the situation wasn’t so damned dire, he’d laugh at the mental image of Alec at a club BBQ. Club whores hanging out with Alec Peirce… What a fucking joke. His bothers would never understand whatever this was between him and the attorney.

Resentment and anger slithered up his spine and coiled around his heart. Fuck, if he wasn’t so much more comfortable with those emotions.

Nothing had changed between them. They were a good time, nothing more. Fuck his heart’s vehement denial. Where his heart and his head completely agreed, there was no way a good guy like Alec would continue to love him if he ever found out the truth of everything Keyes had done in his life. Hell, he’d been on a drug run less than a week ago. Alec wouldn’t understand why he did the things he had.

No matter what happened right now, their end didn’t change. They didn’t fit no matter how much he wished they did. White hot pain lanced through the useless organ in his chest. It hurt so fucking bad to think of Alec leaving him.

“Babe, your heart’s pounding,” Alec murmured, laying a warm hand dead center of his chest. Whatever Alec felt caused him to lift his head and open his eyes wider. “What’s going on? Are you okay?”

This was too much. How could he have let hope, of all things, cloud his reality? Hope and fairytales went hand in hand, both big fucking wastes of mind-space. He wanted to cry, which pissed him off even more. Thank God for the burst of anger, because now the bullshit pain wasn’t the only thing driving him. Keyes bucked his body out from underneath Alec’s and flipped the covers off, sending his phone flying. He literally jumped out of bed, making a beeline for his jeans draped over the bedroom chair. He shoved his feet in the legs of his jeans, forgoing his underwear. He needed out of this house. He couldn’t fucking breathe. He needed to be back in his world, back to what he knew, and never venture out again.

Luckily, Alec had removed his jeans in such a way that his keys, wallet, and belt were still in place. Keyes shoved his dick inside, zipping himself up as the memory of the unspoken need darkening Alec’s eyes when he’d arrived last night sent his rage skyrocketing. He didn’t get the jeans much more than zipped when he dropped down in the chair and started to shove his sockless feet inside his dirty work boots.

“What’s happened, Key?” Alec asked, his tone even but on the controlled edge of panic. Keyes looked up to catch Alec pulling on his athletic shorts which spoke volumes about the gravity of the situation.

 


Best Selling Author Kindle Alexander is an innovative writer, and a genre-crosser who writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and erotica in both the male/male and male/female genres. It’s always a surprise to see what’s coming next!
 
I live in the suburbs of Dallas where it’s true, the only thing bigger than an over active imagination, may be women’s hair!
Usually, I try for funny. Humor is a major part of my life – I love to laugh, and it seems to be the thing I do in most situations – regardless of the situation, but jokes are a tricky deal… I don’t want to offend anyone and jokes tend to offend. So instead I’m going to tell you about Kindle.
 
I tragically lost my sixteen year old daughter to a drunk driver. She had just been at home, it was early in the night and I heard the accident happen. I’ll never forget that moment. The sirens were immediate and something inside me just knew. I left my house, drove straight to the accident on nothing more than instinct. I got to be there when my little girl died – weirdly, I consider that a true gift from above. She didn’t have to be alone.
 
That time in my life was terrible. It’s everything you think it would be times about a billion. I love that kid. I loved being her mother and I loved watching her grow into this incredibly beautiful person, both inside and out. She was such a gift to me. To have it all ripped away so suddenly broke me.
 
Her name was Kindle. Honest to goodness – it was her name and she died a few weeks before Amazon released their brand new Kindle ereader. She had no idea it was coming out and she would have finally gotten her name on something! Try finding a ruler with the name Kindle on it.. It never happened.
 
Through the course of that crippling event I was lucky enough to begin to write with a dear friend in the fan fiction world of Facebook. She got me through those dark days with her unwavering support and friendship. There wasn’t a time she wasn’t there for me. Sometimes together and sometimes by myself, we built a world where Kindle lives and stands for peace, love and harmony. It’s its own kind of support group. I know without question I wouldn’t be here today without her.
 

Find out more by visiting www.kindlealexander.com or email me at kindle@kindlealexander.com

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Cover Reveal & *Giveaway* – The Solidarity of Us, Shana Vanterpool

January 29, 2019 By

Title: The Solidity of Us 
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2019

 

Beauty that close mixed with such turmoil was a cocktail of enriched poison—I wanted to drink it anyway…

 

 
Things with Cade didn’t start that way. They weren’t that easy, and they weren’t that smooth, but I assure you, some of the best love stories didn’t start out with ease and without bumps. How can anything that’s solid be simple? Cade and I both needed a solid ground. We’d earned it. 
 
This is the story of how I, Bray Gideon, Los Angeles transplant, lost soul, ran away to her mother’s hometown of Well Water, Kentucky, and discovered how love could heal the wounds of the past and strengthen the hope of my future.
 
This is the story of Cade Montgomery, a man who’d ran for so long all it took was one night with the right woman to set his demons free. And boy, did those demons hurt. They got in the way and they held his happiness over his head and mocked his scars.
 
Those demons took as much as they ruined.
 
But love was stronger.
 
It was greater.
 
Love was… solid.
Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same. 

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Blog Tour & 6 Heart Reviews – I Bet You, Ilsa Madden-Mills

November 7, 2018 By

Title: I BET You
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: New Adult Romance (Standalone)
Release Date: October 29, 2018
Photography: Wander Aguiar
Model: Steven
Cover Design: Shanoff Formats

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.
Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.
The late night text is random but Penelope knows exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.
Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him.
His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the nerdy guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?
Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.
Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.
Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secret mean everyone loses at this game of love?
Find out in this all-new standalone novel…

I Bet You is Ilsa Madden-Mills’ newest fun, sexy, flirty, angsty, swoony romance! I absolutely loved I Dare You and you don’t have to have read that to thoroughly enjoy I Bet You, but you should because it was awesome! I know I said this in my last Ilsa review, but I have to repeat it. I don’t know how she does it, but every new hero of hers becomes my new favorite. I feel like such a hussy! It’s like the others just fade away into the recesses of my heart and the new one comes barreling forward and takes hold. Smiling and pressing and making me fall in love with him. Ryker, QB1, you stole my heart with your awkwardness, your fuzzy chest hair, your nervous habits and your romantic heart. Penelope put up a good fight! She’s so damn pretty and smart and has your number. She’s not a jersey chaser and she’ll always tell you how it is. She loves romance novels and vampires and you love football and girls. You have your work cut out for you! Ryker wants this girl. Penelope isn’t like any other girl he’s ever met. She doesn’t care that he’s the quarterback. She’s sexy, loves her colored lip balm, is tall as hell and there’s just something about her that calls to him. Penelope doesn’t even like Ryker. Sure, he’s sexy and built, has that dimple that drives her wild, and that hairy chest? She can’t help but love it and want to run her fingers through it. But he’s a player and men like him never stay. Right?! Except Ryker is being real. He can’t stop thinking about her. He misses her and he seems to be there when she needs him. How can he prove that she’s not just a bet? That she’s the girl of his dreams. He can’t lose her, not now. Wow, I can’t even express how much I LOVED this story! It’s just perfect. Ryker and Penelope made me laugh out loud, smile, sigh, yell, swoon, cry and just feel. I didn’t want to put it down once I started and I kept hoping there was more when I was done. They are one of my favorite couples of the year!

 

He smells like alpha male and sex. Hard, passionate sex that makes you orgasm fast and furious.

 

“What do you want anyway? I’m busy.”

“Damn. No one talks to me the way you do.”

“I see you for what you are.”

“A hot quarterback?”

“An asshole.”

“Some girls love assholes.”

“I don’t.”

 

There’s something mesmerizing about her that calls to the caveman in me and brings all my alpha instincts to the surface. She’s part goofy but clever. Hot but innocent. Her lips are fucking perfect. And that long red hair…

 

“You’d have pretty babies together.” Blaze says.

“Are you drunk?”

“I’ve had a few, but just because I’m a football player doesn’t mean I’m not romantic and shit.”

 

“There’s only one reason a guy shows up at a girl’s house at one in the morning.”

“But you aren’t they kind of girl. Goddamn, you’re beautiful.”

 

“That, babe, is third base first class.”

Sandra's Review

I Bet You is the second book in the Hooking Up series by the ever-so talented, Ilsa Madden-Mills. It can be read as a standalone novel but I did met Ryker in I Dare You. I liked him then have totally fallen hard for him today.
Penelope hates Ryker. The cocky jock with jersey chasers all over him. He seems to think he is God’s gift to football and women but all she sees is a douchebag. A sexy one who she can’t get out of her head or her journal. Asshole. She doesn’t do football players. She especially doesn’t do quarterbacks. So, why does she feel a zing every time they touch? And when he kisses her…sparks fly. She shouldn’t want to kiss him again. She shouldn’t trust him. Especially when he says he will get her the man she is crushing on. Why would he do that? They aren’t friends. He didn’t even notice her until she called him out last semester.
Ryker and Penelope’s relationship is well…complicated. He confuses her. She intrigued him. What they both are is awkward when it comes to them being in the same room. But at the same time they feel at ease. Maybe because they know they won’t go there with each other. She is crushing on a guy who gets excited about mechanical pencils. And Penelope is not his type. But, you know what they say about how opposites attract. Can he prove to Penelope that he is not like all the others? And if he does, will it be too late?
I am in LOVE with this book!! The characters are addicting along with their story. I haven’t laughed out loud so much while reading in a long time. I want to read her journal. They are fucking hilarious with their banter. Banter full of flirt, swoon, and attitude. They are both strong characters in their own ways. I loved them as enemies, friends, and lovers.
Overall…it’s my favorite Ilsa book to date! I read it in one sitting. I didn’t want it to end even though I was swiping my iPad like a crazy person. I had to know what they were going to say or do next. I also enjoyed the supporting characters. I am really hoping for the next book to be ______’s story.
P.S. I ❤️ Vampire Bill. And I ❤️ Penelope’s clothes!
Quotes:
“For a writer, you seem to be at a loss for words. Do I make you speechless, Penelope?”
I scoff. “No.”
So, if I shave my chest hair off and toss on some glitter lotion, you’ll be into me?I burst out laughing.
Maybe.
Done.
OMG. Stop teasing me. I’m giggling.
Who said I was teasing?
“You only put that stuff on when you’re nervous.”
“Not true.”
“Don’t even try with me.”
Wall Street Journal best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap. She’s best known for her angsty and funny New Adult college romances.
A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice; Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.
She’s also addicted to frothy coffee beverages, Vampire Dairies, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females.

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Release Day Blitz & *Giveaway* – Devils with Halos, Natalie Bennett

November 5, 2018 By

Title: Devils with Halos
Series: Malignant #1
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: November 5, 2018
Ma-lig-nant
Adjective.
1. Malevolent
2. Very virulent or infectious.
 
Charm is deceptive. 
We were taken in the middle of the night.
 
Beauty is deceitful.
They called it an institution for the diseased.
 
Freedom is an illusion.
Our choices were no longer our own.
Our bodies became their exclusive property.
Our lives no longer mattered.
 
Survival is subjective.
We’d all done terrible things.
We all had demons.
We all had secrets.
And the truth would destroy everything. 
Natalie Bennett is the creator of erotic stories that always come with a warning label. She writes about depraved alpha a**holes and women that love to hate them. Her books don’t follow any specific tropes, have no set word counts, and tend to deviate from traditional HEA’s.
 
When she isn’t in front of her computer she’s spending time with her husband and their three little boys.
 
Natalie is an avid fan of caramel frappes, horror movies, Shameless, and of course, reading.
 
You can find Natalie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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