Release Day & 5 Heart Reviews – Shades, Jaime Reese

May 25, 2018 By

 
 
 
Title: Shades
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Reese Dante

 
 
 
 
 
Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.
 
Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.
 
For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.
 
Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shades is a  new standalone story by the fabulous Jaime Reese. I’m a huge fan if Jaime’s and I absolutely loved her Men of Halfway House series. Shades is a standalone mm romance and once I started it I didn’t want to put it down. Jaime always delivers the good with her strong characters who have pasts, but somehow are optimistic about love. When they find the right man! Killian is hitman. It’s in his blood. But he’s not a soulless killer. He’s been doing this a long time. Living his life as a hitman, but he has standards. There are things he just won’t do. He has resigned himself to being alone without someone to share his life with. Until he meets Nick. His sexy waiter who brings him back to the same restaurant over and over. Nick sees what everyone else sees when they look at Killian. A man who intimidates people just by breathing. He’s tall, dark and dangerously handsome but Nick isn’t afraid of him. When their paths cross again one fateful night, they find out they only have each other to depend on. Someone’s coming and they have to trust each other to make it out the other side. Together. Can Killian keep his promise to protect Nick? Now that he has him, he’s not going to lose him. Will Nick use his instincts to fight for what he wants? I loved this story! It has everything I love in a book, sexy characters, humor, suspense, angst, lust and love. I instantly fell for Killian. He’s broody and stoic. But there’s a softie who lives inside him. Nick is guarded but is trying to live life to its fullest. He smiles and talks more than Killian, but he’s deep and smart also. They are yin and yang. Dark and Light. Overall, I laughed, teared up, had to fan myself and loved every word!

 

“I’m not going anywhere without you.”

“Promise?”

“Yes.”

“That’s my favorite fucking word in the entire English language.”

“I would have figured ‘fuck’ was your favorite.”

“Only if you’re involved.”

 

“Hitmen need love too.”

“Stop calling me that.”

Sandra's Review

Shades is a standalone novel. I love Jaime’s Men of Halfway House series so I will always look forward to her new books. She mentioned Shades is darker than her other books, and that got me excited. I love books with Hearts and flowers but I also crave books with a darker side. A dangerous and twisted side. This one is dangerous and I loved every minute of it.
Killian was born into this life. A life of a hitman. Along the way he changes the rules. He only killed villains. That doesn’t mean he thinks he is a good guy. He is dark. Lonely. Untrusting. He doesn’t see in color. His life is in black and white until he sees him. A man moving in and out of tables in a restaurant with ease through the tension. He makes him see one color at a time. He didn’t do routine but he couldn’t stop going to that restaurant to see him. A man who wasn’t scared of him. A man who even made him smile. But, he also knew he was a man who deserves more than what he could give him. Nick was a man who could change everything.
Nick was intrigued by Ian. Everyone else feared him. He didn’t. His had his secrets. His own darkness under his light. Maybe that was why he didn’t fear Ian but wanted more from him. Even though he knew they couldn’t have anything more than stolen glances and small talk within the restaurant. He wished his life was different. That he could have a regular life. But that changed two years ago. Now his life was about living day by day. No future in sight. But, it seems someone else has other plans.
I can’t really get into much more of the story without spoiling anything. I will say that once I opened the book, I did not want to put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Had to know if Killian and Nick would find what they weren’t even looking for.
Overall…It’s full of suspense, secrets, fate, love, laughter, and sexiness.
Quotes:
“Hitmen need love too.”
“I like him,” Dex said.
“Me too.”
“He makes you smile. I want to keep him.”
“He’s not a puppy.”
“Shut up.” Dex leaned over and bumped his shoulder. “You know you want to keep him too.”
“Have I made the strong and scary Killian Marks blush?”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Release Blitz & 5 Heart Review – Hard Love, Shana Vanterpool

May 24, 2018 By

Title: Hard Love
Series: Guns & Ink
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: N/A Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: May 22, 2018
When two people in pain collide, there is something intoxicating about drowning in the chaos of hard love.
Brando Hawkins is a detective with the Denver Police Department. The world should be his to take. He’s a dedicated officer with a promising career. But Brando’s got secrets. Dark, ruthless secrets. At twenty-six, he’s burned-out, and the sight of another body, one more unhappy ending, might just do him in.
 
Catherine Abbott is a woman who wars with her demons and guards her heart. Immersed in a world where people ink their lives on their skin, Catherine trusts only that which she can see. And, as a rape survivor, she finds comfort in control.
 
But Brando’s demons start to tangle with hers. They’re dangerous, like hers. But they’re beautiful too.
 
A spray of bullets brings them together, and the pain of their pasts collide with the lure of their futures. Cat wants to mend his heart and his wounds, but Brando’s secrets lay tucked away in a vault so tightly sealed, she can’t get through.
 
Everything around them is covered in the confusion of love and the burn of revenge, but no one ever said love was easy.

Hard Love is the next standalone installment in the Guns & Ink series by Shana Vanterpool, a world of tattoos, love, and redemption from Swoon Romance.

 
 

Hard Love is the second book in the Guns & Ink series By one of my favorite authors, Shana Vanterpool. She is the queen of writing about cracked by not broken characters. Characters in pain. Flawed characters. Her writing is nothing short of poetic. This story can be read as a standalone but if you read Mad Love then you have already met Cat and Brando. Tattoo artist and detective. Two unlikely souls who want each other.
Brando, and Catherine both have painful pasts. It has made them hard. Brando hides his scars from everyone but she sees them and wants to know more about them. The ones under his skin and in his heart. She knew it was not a good idea. That he would do nothing but hurt her. She knew that she would fall for him. She knew it the first time she saw him and months apart didn’t change that. He was everything she wanted, and everything she couldn’t have. Not only was he far away in distance but he was also far away from letting anyone in.
Brando saw through her. Because she is like him except she beautifully sexy with a wicked tongue. He wanted her. Bad. But he knew she deserved better than a broken man who had no business falling in love. With anyone. He wished life was different. He was tired of hiding and when he forced to let his guard down, things get complicated.
I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say that the story is beautiful, sexy, heartbreaking, sweet, dangerous, and funny. I loved these characters in Mad Love but fell hard for them in their story. Their magical, wild, and tattooed loving story.
Overall…it kicked ass! The characters. The story. The pain. The love. The tattoos. The magic. It gave me all the feels!! I can’t wait to read the next one!
Quotes:
I would rather want from afar, than yearn from inside forever.
“I want you. More than I’ve ever wanted anyone. But I don’t know how to make it last. I don’t know how not to turn you into a painful memory.”
His eyes slid closed and his breathing deepened. “I want to be your painful memory.”
“Damn it, Cat. Is there any chance you’ll ever learn to do what you’re told?”
I blinked.
“Yeah, probably not,” he grunted.

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 – Shades, Jaime Reese

May 9, 2018 By

 
 
Title: Shades
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Reese Dante
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.
 
Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.
 
For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.
 
Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Blog Tour & Review – Anonymous, L.P Dover

May 4, 2018 By

Title: ANONYMOUS
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba
Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished.

My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.

I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.

31773

It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.

His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

Anonymous is a suspenseful standalone that had kept me on my toes from the very beginning. I have read many of L.P Dover’s book and I must say that this might just be my favorite! It just had a different feel to it. I will try to keep this short so I don’t spoil anything.
Ellie’s life is as close to perfect as it could get. She is married to a romantic alpha who would do anything for her. She owns a bakery in town which makes her passion for baking soar. Her parents are healthy and happy. She has a sister and nieces that she adores. And a best friend who has been with her through thick and thin. Then, one day she receives a text from someone in her past.
She didn’t always have the best of luck when it came to dating. Before Jake, she dated more than one guy who could be sending her these messages. But why now? She has been with Jake for nine years. The good thing is that she has not only one alpha male in her life. She has two. Jake used to be an MMA fighter and would kill anyone who touched his wife. Owen, her best friend is an undercover agent who would gladly hunt down anyone that went after her. And Jake might call her cupcake but she is badass when she has to be. Will the three of them find the fucker before it’s too late?
Like I said, this is one of my favorite books by this kickass author. I crave suspense once in awhile and I always know I will find that in one of her books. I also know that it will be sexy, and smart. I loved that this one had a married couple! We don’t see that much so it made it unique to me.
Overall…it was a crazy, sexy, suspenseful ride!
Quotes:
“I’m ready to eat my dessert now.”
“If you only knew how wrong you are.”
A sexy chuckle escapes his lips. “Oh, I’ll definitely be up for it. The question is . . . can you handle it?”
It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl. “You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I still recognize it.
Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?”
I show her the text.
Anonymous: 31773?
Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.”
“But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person. Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply.
Me: WHO IS THIS?
Anonymous: Why all the yelling?
I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous.
Me: I like using all caps.
Anonymous: Don’t stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked.
Me: Yeah, it’s because I blocked the number.
Anonymous: Why?
Me: BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!
“What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?”
I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if they can block it permanently.”
My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I just want whoever it is to leave me alone.
Anonymous: That hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me.
Me: Obviously not friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way. GOODBYE!
Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I can block the number, another text comes through.
Anonymous: Sorry 31773 but that’s not going to happen.
The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final text, her face growing pale.
“I don’t think this person’s going away.”
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Release Day Blitz, 5 Heart Review & Excerpt – Anonymous, L.P. Dover

April 23, 2018 By

 
 
Title: ANONYMOUS
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba
 
 
Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished.

My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.

I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.

31773

It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.

His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

 
 
 

 
Anonymous is a suspenseful standalone that had kept me on my toes from the very beginning. I have read many of L.P Dover’s book and I must say that this might just be my favorite! It just had a different feel to it. I will try to keep this short so I don’t spoil anything.
Ellie’s life is as close to perfect as it could get. She is married to a romantic alpha who would do anything for her. She owns a bakery in town which makes her passion for baking soar. Her parents are healthy and happy. She has a sister and nieces that she adores. And a best friend who has been with her through thick and thin. Then, one day she receives a text from someone in her past.
She didn’t always have the best of luck when it came to dating. Before Jake, she dated more than one guy who could be sending her these messages. But why now? She has been with Jake for nine years. The good thing is that she has not only one alpha male in her life. She has two. Jake used to be an MMA fighter and would kill anyone who touched his wife. Owen, her best friend is an undercover agent who would gladly hunt down anyone that went after her. And Jake might call her cupcake but she is badass when she has to be. Will the three of them find the fucker before it’s too late?
Like I said, this is one of my favorite books by this kickass author. I crave suspense once in awhile and I always know I will find that in one of her books. I also know that it will be sexy, and smart. I loved that this one had a married couple! We don’t see that much so it made it unique to me.
Overall…it was a crazy, sexy, suspenseful ride!
Quotes:
“I’m ready to eat my dessert now.”
“If you only knew how wrong you are.”
A sexy chuckle escapes his lips. “Oh, I’ll definitely be up for it. The question is . . . can you handle it?”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl. “You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I still recognize it.
Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?”
I show her the text.
Anonymous: 31773?
Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.”
“But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person. Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply.
Me: WHO IS THIS?
Anonymous: Why all the yelling?
I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous.
Me: I like using all caps.
Anonymous: Don’t stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked.
Me: Yeah, it’s because I blocked the number.
Anonymous: Why?
Me: BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!
“What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?”
I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if they can block it permanently.”
My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I just want whoever it is to leave me alone.
Anonymous: That hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me.
Me: Obviously not friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way. GOODBYE!
Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I can block the number, another text comes through.
Anonymous: Sorry 31773 but that’s not going to happen.
The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final text, her face growing pale.
“I don’t think this person’s going away.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
 
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cover Reveal & Excerpt – Anonymous, L.P. Dover

April 4, 2018 By

 
 
Title: ANONYMOUS
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Romantic Suspense Standalone
Release Date: April 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba
 
 
 
Every person has a story to tell. Some may be sweet with a happily ever after, but there are others that end in tragedy. Mine has yet to be finished.

My name is Elizabeth Kingston and this is where my story begins.

I never thought my life could be so perfect. I have an amazing job owning my own bakery, and a wonderful husband who I love and who loves me back. Never once did I have to worry about anything, at least, not until the texts started coming in. They always begin the same way … numbers that spell my nickname when read upside down.

31773

It’s someone from my past, only they won’t to tell me who they are, but that by talking to them, I’ll figure it out. It’s a game I refuse to play. Unfortunately, I’m left with no choice when things begin to take a dangerous turn.

His name is Anonymous and there’s only one thing he wants … ME.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It’s closing time and Vikki and I are busy cleaning, so we can get home. My phone beeps with an incoming text and I look down at it and growl. “You can’t be serious.” Staring back at me isn’t a text from Jake, but from Anonymous. Even though I deleted and blocked the number ninety days ago, I still recognize it.
Vikki moves closer, her eyes wide. “What’s going on?”
I show her the text.
Anonymous: 31773?
Brows furrowed, she sits back. “What does that mean?” I turn my phone upside down, so she can see that the number spells out my name. Her eyes widen. “Wow, that’s cool you can type your name with numbers.”
“But not so cool when I don’t know who the person is,” I counter. “About three months ago, I got texts from this exact same person. Whoever it is likes to play games. I’m sick of it and I want them to leave me alone.” Taking a deep breath, I type out a reply.
Me: WHO IS THIS?
Anonymous: Why all the yelling?
I roll my eyes. This is just ridiculous.
Me: I like using all caps.
Anonymous: Don’t stop on my account. So, what have you been up to? Been a while since we talked.
Me: Yeah, it’s because I blocked the number.
Anonymous: Why?
Me: BECAUSE I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!!!!!!
“What is he saying?” Vikki asks. I show her the texts and her eyes widen. “So, you haven’t talked to him since you blocked the number?”
I think back to when I blocked it and if my calculations are correct, the ninety days was up yesterday. “No, but he has perfect timing. My ninety days ran up yesterday. I might need to run to the cell store and see if they can block it permanently.”
My phone beeps again and a sharp pain settles in my gut. I just want whoever it is to leave me alone.
Anonymous: That hurts. You’ve always been friendly toward me.
Me: Obviously not friendly enough, if you can’t tell me who you are. It’s weird and it makes me uncomfortable. You need to leave me the hell alone. Don’t text, call, or try to contact me in any way. I’m happily married, and I want it to stay that way. GOODBYE!
Heart racing, I log into my cell phone account and before I can block the number, another text comes through.
Anonymous: Sorry 31773 but that’s not going to happen.
The blood in my veins runs cold. Hands shaking, I block his number and my phone drops onto the table. Vikki picks it up and reads the final text, her face growing pale.
“I don’t think this person’s going away.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
 
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cover Reveal & *Giveaway* – Hard Love, Shana Vanterpool

March 26, 2018 By

 
 
Title: Hard Love
Series: Guns & Ink
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: N/A Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: May 22, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When two people in pain collide, there is something intoxicating about drowning in the chaos of hard love.
 
Brando Hawkins is a detective with the Denver Police Department. The world should be his to take. He’s a dedicated officer with a promising career. But Brando’s got secrets. Dark, ruthless secrets. At twenty-six, he’s burned-out, and the sight of another body, one more unhappy ending, might just do him in.

Catherine Abbott is a woman who wars with her demons and guards her heart. Immersed in a world where people ink their lives on their skin, Catherine trusts only that which she can see. And, as a rape survivor, she finds comfort in control.

But Brando’s demons start to tangle with hers. They’re dangerous, like hers. But they’re beautiful too.

A spray of bullets brings them together, and the pain of their pasts collide with the lure of their futures. Cat wants to mend his heart and his wounds, but Brando’s secrets lay tucked away in a vault so tightly sealed, she can’t get through.

Everything around them is covered in the confusion of love and the burn of revenge, but no one ever said love was easy.
 
Hard Love is the next standalone installment in the Guns & Ink series by Shana Vanterpool, a world of tattoos, love, and redemption from Swoon Romance.
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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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Release Blitz & Excerpt – Torn, Alexis Noelle

March 21, 2018 By

 
 
Title: Torn
Series: Deathstalkers MC
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: March 21, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
Loyalty

 

That’s what it’s all about here.

 

I’d do anything for one of my brothers,
Even go with his old lady to a parent-teacher conference.

But when I see the sweet little number who’s the teacher,
Suddenly, school’s right up my alley.
She’s innocent, naive, and sexy as Hell. 

Damn, I just want in her pants,
And to maybe teach her a thing or two.
And I’m not backing down,
I’ll get to her.

But if she ever finds out the truth about our connection,
It’ll sever the ties and ruin it all.
I’m just going to keep my mouth shut–
 
And all over her.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The loud crash jolts me out of bed and a few seconds later my mother comes running in the room. “Sweetheart you need to hide, there are people in the house.” Her voice is quiet but I can hear the fear in it.My stomach drops as my body freezes.

“Now.” Her voice is a raised whisper. She points to my bedroom closet and I run trying to grab for her hand but she shoo’s me away.

I open the door thanking God for once that my closet is such a disaster. I lay on the floor covering myself with any clothes I can.

Mom quickly rushes over finishing the job for me. “No matter what, don’t make a sound.”

She quietly shuts the door and I can hear my father’s voice downstairs. I can’t make out what he’s saying but he’s yelling at someone. There is a loud bang and my heart stops. That sounded like a gunshot but it couldn’t be, this can’t be happening right now.

I lift on if the shirts just a little bit so I can see through the opening in between my door and the floor. I see mom working her way under my bed but I know I shove so much stuff under there, that there is probably no room.

Heavy footsteps sound as my whole body goes rigid. The boots stop at the edge of my bed and I hear a stomach churning laugh before his hand appears and pulls my mother’s leg out from under the bed.

I can hear her pleading with him to take whatever they want and go. I pray that he listens, and that whatever sound I heard my dad is still okay. He doesn’t say a word though. After a few more seconds another loud bang sounds and my mom falls to the floor. I clamp my hand over my mouth silently sobbing and praying that they don’t find me.

My body is stiff from fear, and I’m scared to move because I don’t want him to find me.

“Take anything that’s not nailed the fuck down but do it quick.” I hear him shout to whoever else must be in the house. He stands in my room for a minute before heading over to my dresser. “There ain’t much in here.” I hear the sound of my music box being picked up. My dad gave it to me on my last birthday. It crashes to the ground and I flinch from the noise. “All fucking junk.” The sound of the boots fades.

I can hear crashing and things being thrown around as the men tear through my family home. My mom’s eyes are closed and I pray to god that she is just passed out. She can’t be gone.

It feels like I sit in that closet for days listening to things banging and breaking.

When the closet door opens, I scream.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with three kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.

She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Title: Wild In The Windy City: The Anthology Volume 2
Authors: Ryan Michele, M.C. Decker, Mandi Beck, M. Piper, H.J. Bellus, Chelsea Camaron, Kat T. Masen, JM Witt, Jenna Galicki, Gia Riley, L.B. Dunbar, Lisa Suzanne, and J.D. Hollyfield
Genre: Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2018
-Get wild in the Windy City-
Thirteen bestselling romance authors pack the pages of this anthology full of sex, love, romance, rock and roll and more. Offering a taste of a wide range of themes, this anthology isn’t one you want to miss out on.
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Life is a new short story by M. Piper. I love her writing and I always know I’m going to be entertained, laugh, cry and need to fan myself. I loved this story from the first word to the last. It’s short, but packs a punch and left me literally breathless wanting more. I quickly became attached to these characters and invested in them and I need to see what happens! This is just a taste for the full length novel coming out later this year! Woo hoo!

JM Witt

M. Piper

Mandi Beck

Lisa Suzanne

Gia Riley

Jenna Galicki

M.C. Decker

Ryan Michele

Chelsea Camaron

J.D. Hollyfield

H.J. Bellus

Kat T. Masen

L.B. Dunbar



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Title: Wild In The Windy City: The Anthology Volume 2
Authors: Ryan Michele, M.C. Decker, Mandi Beck, M. Piper, H.J. Bellus, Chelsea Camaron, Kat T. Masen, JM Witt, Jenna Galicki, Gia Riley, L.B. Dunbar, Lisa Suzanne, and J.D. Hollyfield
Genre: Romance
Release Date: March 6, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
-Get wild in the Windy City-
 
Thirteen bestselling romance authors pack the pages of this anthology full of sex, love, romance, rock and roll and more. Offering a taste of a wide range of themes, this anthology isn’t one you want to miss out on. 
 
On sale for a limited time only.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Life is a new short story by M. Piper. I love her writing and I always know I’m going to be entertained, laugh, cry and need to fan myself. I loved this story from the first word to the last. It’s short, but packs a punch and left me literally breathless wanting more. I quickly became attached to these characters and invested in them and I need to see what happens! This is just a taste for the full length novel coming out later this year! Woo hoo!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM Witt

 
M. Piper

 
Mandi Beck

 
Lisa Suzanne

 
Gia Riley

 
Jenna Galicki

 
M.C. Decker

 
Ryan Michele

 
Chelsea Camaron

 
J.D. Hollyfield

 
 
H.J. Bellus
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kat T. Masen

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
L.B. Dunbar
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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