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RELEASE BLITZ & EXCERPT + REVIEW: BEAUTY IN WINTER (Beauty #4) by Alexa Riley

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BEAUTY IN WINTER

Series: Beauty #4

Author: Alexa Riley 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: April 20, 2017

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Synopsis

Fiona Lamb has lost everything, and her only option is to work for a reclusive billionaire to get back the one thing that’s most important to her.

Reid Gold has been cursed. He’s the alpha shifter, but he’s unable to change into his wolf and lead his pack. But one scent of his mate and everything changes.

Warning: This beauty and the beast-inspired story is quick, filthy, and over-the-top alpha. Hold on to your Kindles because Reid’s inner beast finally gets to come out and play.

 

 

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CHAPTER 1


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“Miss Lamb, Mr. Blackden is ready for you.”
I look up at the woman who has been watching me from the corner of her eye since I walked into Blackden Law Firm thirty minutes ago. I don’t blame her. I’m a mess and out of place against the elegant interior of the law firm. I know this, but I just can’t find the will to care. All I want is for this to be finished. I need to take the next step in my life and try to move on, if not for myself then for my grandma.

I told her I’d be okay and that I wouldn’t let my grief drag me down.
My grandma was buried yesterday, but final decisions on her estate had to be made. I’m here for one thing, and one thing alone. I pray there’s enough money from the sale of our home and antiques my grandma left me to cover the bill from the hospital. There is only one thing I want from all of this, and that’s the rose ring.

I want it more than anything. My grandma never took the ring off her finger since my grandpa put it there when he asked her to marry him. When I was little she’d tell me about their love as a bedtime story. Then when she got sick it was my turn to tell her the story as she lay in bed fighting for her life.

Even then I knew she was only fighting to stay with me. She didn’t want to leave me all alone in the world. I don’t remember my parents. The only family I had ever known were my grandma and grandpa, but in my eyes, they were my parents. They raised me, kept me safe, and made me feel loved. She and my grandpa were the only people I had and we’d lost him five years ago. Then it was just the two of us. But now she’s gone and I’m all alone.

I swallow the lump in my throat and stand. Reaching down, I grab my oversized bag that I’ve been carrying around since the auction. It’s all I have left. Everything else is gone.
The woman turns, heading down the long hallway, with her heels clicking on the marble with each step. She leads me to a set of double doors, the dark, carved wood gleaming. She grabs the handle and pulls one open for me. She motions for me to go in and nods as I pass.
“Thank you,” I mumble as I step through.

I hear the click of the door closing behind me as a man behind the desk on the other side of the room stands. I can see a small smile pull at his lips, but I can’t find it in me to smile back.

“Miss Lamb,” he says.

“Was there enough?” The words fall from my lips before I have a chance to think about it. And I’m not sure I care. That’s the only thing I need to know.

“Why don’t you have a seat?” He motions to one of the chairs in front of his desk, not answering my question.

I step forward, getting a better look at him. He doesn’t look like I thought he would. We talked on the phone a few times over the past weeks. His deep voice made me think he’d be a heavy-set man, but he isn’t. He’s thin and tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He gives me a bright smile, this time flashing his teeth. It makes me feel uncomfortable. Against my better judgment I do as he asks, even though I still want my answer more than anything. Something is wrong though. I can feel it.

I drop my bag next to the chair beside me, drawing Mr. Blackden’s eyes. I swear he smiles even more at the sight, and I want to shout at how unfair this all is. It’s nothing to smile at.
“We had to sell all of it, Miss Lamb.”

I close my eyes at his words and try to fight the tears. I nod, then begin to stand. What else is there to say? I don’t want to go over all the odds and ends of how everything was auctioned off. I want out of here. I want to find a cheap hotel for the night and let myself have a good cry.
Tomorrow I’ll pick myself up and see if I can get my old job back. I had to quit to be at my grandma’s side for the last few months, but I have to find something quick.

“But I can get it for you.” His deep voice penetrates my fog of sadness.
I freeze, my eyes snapping to his. He leans back in his chair, seemingly without a care in the world. He doesn’t go on. I feel as if he wants me to beg him, and to be honest, I will. I’m not above anything right now.

“How?” I ask, and he motions for me to sit back down. I drop down into the seat, but scoot to the edge.

“The ring was valued at $200,000,” he informs me. I gasp. “It had to be sold to cover the rest of the debts. Your grandmother had taken out a second mortgage on her home, and she also stated in her will to clear up any debt you had as well.”

I hang my head, my dark brown hair falling forward and shielding my face. I didn’t know she knew. I had run up some credit cards trying to make ends meet for us. I didn’t want her to know about them. I was going to take care of them later. It wasn’t something she needed to worry about.
“You said—”

“That I can get you the ring,” he finishes, sitting up in his chair. He grabs a folder and opens it. A large stack of papers sits inside it, clipped together.

“I have a job proposal for you. It’s a live-in job. You’d stay on the estate and assist the owner in anything he needs.”

“I’ll do it.” I stand up, grabbing a pen off the table. He turns the folder toward me, and I flip through the contract quickly to get to the last page. I see a place I need to sign, so I scratch my name on it quickly and toss the pen down.
When I look back up at Mr. Blackden, I watch as he grabs the papers from me, sliding them back into the folder.

“You smell fertile. Mr. Gold is going to be very pleased.”

I glance at the folder he has in his hand and wrinkle my brow in confusion. I have no idea what he’s talking about, but his words and the look on his face make me think that maybe I should have read that contract…

 

 

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PERFECT ENDING FOR THE BEAUTY SERIES!!!

Of course these ladies had to keep the best of this deliciously naughty and enchanted series for last. This was the smuttiest and sweetest of these four beauty and the beast retold tales (don’t forget to see their first book with this theme in Owning The Beast).

I know I can always count on Alexa Riley to lift my spirits after a bit of heavier read. Their insta-love, equal parts sweet and filthy stories are a guaranteed cheer-me-up. And some of their OTT crazy lines manage always to crack me up, even when least expected.

She breathes a sigh of contentment when I release into her, like she’s burning and my cum is her aloe.

LMAO!!! They really are too much! But just the right thing for when you are looking for a very light and extra tingling read with some incredibly romantic loyal and caring characters. I love these fairy tales’ adaptations, and all this series – specially this last installment – hit just the right spot at the right time!!! Oh, and that perfect AR trademark epilogue… WOW<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

He’s my other half. I am his. I know it deep down inside me. I don’t know why or how, but I am. My soul has belonged to him since the beginning of time, and now we are meeting anew.

 “This is crazy,” I say in awe.
“No, this was fate. You were meant for me as I am meant for you.”

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 BEAUTY IN SUMMER (Beauty #2)

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About the Author


Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: SAVED BY DARKNESS ( Darkness #6 ) by Katie Reus

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SAVED BY DARKNESS

Series: Darkness #6

Author: Katie Reus 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 21, 2017

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He thought he lost her decades ago.

Half-demon, half-dragon shifter Ian McCabe is hellbent on getting back the only woman he’s ever loved. When Fiona O’Riley kicked him out of her life decades ago, he thought she was gone for good. Now that she’s back, nothing will stop him from claiming her. But she wants nothing to do with him—or his family.

She’ll do anything to save him.

Fiona knows that Ian is the only male for her. The only way to keep him alive is to stay away from him. But when tragedy strikes and they discover a wicked agenda for the mass murder of humans, they must work together to take down the enemies that threaten everyone. But there’s so much more on the line. As their undeniable desire intensifies, they’re faced with an unbearable choice. If Fiona and Ian succumb to their temptation, mating could be the last thing they ever do.

Length: NOVEL
Author note: Saved by Darkness can be read as a stand-alone novel with an HEA and no cliffhangers.

Excerpt

His brother flipped open a thin manila file on the desk and revealed an 8×10 glossy of…

Fiona.

Ian blinked once. Twice.

He stared at the picture, feeling his entire body heat up. It had been years since he’d seen her. He had a picture of Fiona, but it was from decades ago and it was in one of his safes—along with other treasures. That was not a myth about dragons—they loved treasure. Given her modern style of dress, this was taken fairly recently. “What is this?” His voice was always raspy, but even more so now.

Rory flicked a glance at Liberty before looking back at Ian. “This is what I wanted to talk to you about. Finn wants to speak to this female. She lives on the outskirts of his territory. Not in it, but close enough. And we needed to know if she is a trustworthy female. I know you know who she is, but I don’t know the nature of your relationship.” He stared at Ian questioningly.

Ian stood abruptly. He’d shared almost every part of his life and history with Rory. Fiona was the only thing he’d left out of that narrative. He simply couldn’t talk about her. It hurt too bad. Made his dragon want to take over, to burn everything and everyone to ash. “She’s trustworthy.” Without saying anything further he strode from the room. He heard his brother curse softly behind him, but ignored him.

Rory was lucky he hadn’t burned a hole in the ceiling and just flown out of there. Which yes, was insane, but Ian wasn’t in control now. He needed to get to the Stavros estate as soon as possible. The Alpha wolf who ran this territory wouldn’t be happy to see him since he didn’t plan to call first, but the male could just deal with it. Seeing Fiona’s picture again had his most primal nature clawing to the surface.

He couldn’t even convince himself that he’d buried memories of her because it was a lie. He thought of her every damn day. The woman lived inside him, was his mate. It didn’t matter that they’d never crossed that final line and mated. That he’d never marked her—that she was mated to another. Another female would never do for him. Now to know that she was somehow nearby, close to Finn’s territory… He was going to find out everything from the Alpha.

Then he was going to see her. He knew he shouldn’t. She was mated, taken. She’d broken his heart into a thousand shards and gone off with another male. Another male her family deemed worthy. Too late he realized she’d done it to protect him, that she’d sacrificed her own happiness to keep him alive. Or it had been an attempt to—but he didn’t need anyone’s protection. He would have kept them safe, alive. He just wished she’d known that, trusted him enough.

Now there was no logical reason to go to her. Still, he would see her. He had to.


 
 
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True PNR Romance PERFECTION!!!

Saved By Darkness goes straight to my top 3 all-time-favorites PNR!!! After Taste of Darkness I thought Katie Reus couldn’t possibly give me anything better since it was paranormal perfection in writing, but this book proves me wrong, because it sits right there alongside it, on the top of the pyramid!

The present of the story starts when a photo of Fiona is revealed to Ian, in a quest for information on the female dragon. This single act opened up old wounds, but also the beginning of this second chance tale…

He couldn’t even convince himself that he’d buried memories of her because it was a lie. He thought of her every damn day. The woman lived inside him, was his mate. It didn’t matter that they’d never crossed that final line and mated. That he’d never marked her—that she was mated to another. Another female would never do for him.

Ian and Fiona met many years – fifty two, to be exact – prior to the present events of the Darkness series, and their attraction was instantaneous. A true case of love at first sight. 

From very different backgrounds, but with the same lonely existence, their secret romance develops at the speed of light and they make plans of mating and sharing an eternity together. 

But life is a bitch, and in this case it takes form in a despicable family, that resorts to any means to separate them, and to their heartbreak, successfully.

And even after all these years one thing is certainty that they couldn’t destroy: their love.

Half dragon shifter, half demon. The only male she’d ever loved. Still loved. He was a few feet behind Finn, his expression fierce and determined as he made his way to her.

Of course that things aren’t easily solved upon this reunion, as endless questions, fifty two years of them, need answers.

Why hadn’t she come to him then? Maybe she’d still been trying to keep him safe all these years. Joy and rage pumped through him in equal measures. She wasn’t mated and they’d lost so many damn years.

These answers were important to Ian, but not more important than the ecstasy he felt to know that Fiona wasn’t mated, completely free for the taking. Oh, and he sure intended to take, because this time, she wasn’t getting away. He would make her his…

He’d been alone when they’d met, wandering with no purpose. Still felt like he was, some days. Because without Fiona in his life, it was as if he was missing a vital part of who he was.

… Which she already was. Or better yet, never stopped being. Not even once, in those 52 years, did she love him any less. 

And he made her think of her homeland. Made her think of home, period. Because at one time, he’d been her home.

She’d never given her family a reason to come after her, had never shown interest in a male for that very reason.
Well, because her heart already did—and always would—belong to Ian.

A series of events from the equally enrapturing sub-plot take place, which end up involving them all, as well as most of the main characters from the previous books of the series, makes them put their confrontation and reunion on the back burner, but not truly, because feelings that intense can’t be controlled. With them working together it was evident that their chemistry would blow up and reveal itself. Specially given Ian’s OTT alpha attitude, where Fiona was involved! LOL

“I’m not letting you go, Fiona,” he murmured before brushing his lips over hers. She tasted like heaven. And his.
Only his.
“I’m not going anywhere.”

She had no chance of refusal. Not that she wanted to, because of that she had no doubt, Ian was hers, as much as she was his. She was made to leave him once, she was never doing it again.

When she’d left him, it had been like cutting off a limb, leaving part of herself behind. And she had, essentially. Because Ian was a part of her, embedded in her skin, her soul.

I adored this book so very much, and one of the main reasons for that was the love and loyalty of this couple. Staying faithful and true to each other, even when they had lost hope, during that long separation really warmed my heart and made, in my opinion, their love unquestionable. This right here is the reason for which Romance is my preferred genre, for EPIC love stories, like Ian and Fiona’s. The other reason for my love for this book was that Ian was the personification of everything I want in my literally hero: strong, loving, caring, loyal and devoted to his heroine to the max, no matter the circumstances. And to take it up a notch he was a true alpha, which made his loving side that more dreamy… 

He knew himself well enough that once she was gone he wouldn’t last regardless. His heart would simply stop beating without her.

There would never be anyone else. Not if he lived a thousand lifetimes.

She was his life, his everything.

Add to that the dirty talking, and who could resist?! Their lovemaking scenes were fantastically well written, and their build up, given their insane chemistry, and their dragon and demon sides, was just as rewarding! They were HOT in every way possible! Hello… Dragons!!!! 😉

“Want to feel you come around my cock,” he whispered darkly. “Want to hear you say you’re mine.” There was that bite of darkness to his words again.
 “I’m yours.” She could never be anyone else’s. That was a fact she knew without a doubt.
“Say it again.” He thrust harder.
“I’m yours, Ian.”

It was an absolute pleasure to see again some of the past main characters, and little tease on Gray and Ophelia’s story, wow! I can’t wait to read more about them!

This book really worked perfectly from start to finish. The character development, the believability of all the scenarios and creatures created – specially if we take in consideration we’re talking about the supernatural universe her – where Katie Reus really transports us along with the characters through all these world in a way that makes us feel we are right there besides them and sharing their experience. The interconnection between all these installments even though they all can be read as standalone deserts merit on itself, and it’s one of the reason’s for this is one of my all time favorite series. All of this, coupled with the most perfect love story, how could we not get addicted?! But it sure is the best kind pf addiction, and I can wait for my next KR’s hit! 

“Would you want to live without me?”
 Tears flowing freely, she shook her head.
 “Then don’t expect me to live without you. You’re mine, Fiona. Have been from the moment I laid eyes on you, from the moment you tried to warn me off fighting your brother because you were worried I’d get hurt. Don’t you dare expect me to live a life without you! You go into the afterlife? So do I. Simple as that. If we have a day left, I want to enjoy every second of it with you.”

As long as they were together, they could face anything. For the first time in a long time, she didn’t feel alone—and she knew he didn’t either.

ARC kindly provided by the author through NetGalley from CrushStar Multimedia LLC for an honest review. 

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About the Author

 

1563059Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Darkness series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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RELEASE BLITZ + REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: BOUND (Lamian Wars #1) by C. M. Steele

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BOUND

Series: Lamian Wars #1

Author: C. M. Steele

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 17, 2017 

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Synopsis

Book I of III

A tale tells of a baby girl being born from a vampire and his human bride. She would be the sign that all would never be the same again. The wars would come to a bloody end and they would rule in peace.

Three hundred years of waiting for an answer to their problem had worn on the soul of Falcon Lombardi. and his best friend Draco Romano. The pain and guilt of the past etched in their hollow hearts. Both men spent their lives working to make things right, however nothing had truly changed in all that time. Disillusioned and left empty, neither of them expected the end of the dark to come from a trip to the theater.

How could something so twenty-first century fix the woes of a seventeenth century curse?

This is not a standalone.

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When I first heard that C. M. Steele, one of my ‘auto-read’ authors, was releasing her first full length novel, I was beyond excited, because as she is known for her insta-love/lust, and specially her OTT obsessed alpha, I couldn’t wait to see how that would translate into a lengthier, vampire ‘supernatural’ world, and I have to say she surpassed my expectations, since she gives us much more than that.

In Bound, the author created an amazing and original setting, where the vampiristic war, the Lamian Wars, is always present in the background for all the story and working as connecting line and enrichment in perfect harmony with the love story, or stories, in this case.

This first installment introduces us to the The Lamian Wars well thought out universe and its main characters, Falcon and Draco, and Leonora and Charlotte. Coincidently – or nor so much, lol – each others best friends, but with four centuries of separation.

Since the tragedy that struck his family, the royals of his kind, Falcon Lombardi has been living a life of solitude (expect for for his best friend, Draco Romano) and his apparently endless search for a cure for his people, until one day, after nearly four hundred years of wait his mate finally crosses his path.

She was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. It must be why it took so long to find her. That much perfection was centuries in the making.

Of course there were some basic obstacles – besides the bigger ones – like her human nature, her despicable parents and the matter of his vampirism, but all is easy solved because they were united on the most primary level, they are soulmates, they are bounded.

My mate didn’t know it yet, but she was bound to me. She was my other half, the missing piece I’ve waited many lifetimes for.

Since she also felt it on a cellular level, the chemistry, the connection, it was easy for Leonora to accept her fate and his (and now hers) nature, and all that came with it.

I didn’t deserve her, but I wouldn’t give her back. She was mine for eternity if not longer.

But Bound isn’t only about Falcon and Leonora, so when Draco discovers that Leonora’s best friend is his other half, he was overjoyed. And his reactions, thoughts as well as Charlie’s were delightful to read, and gave a new dynamic to the storyline. These heroes sure know how to treat their leading ladies. Their love and care really shone trough, and we truly feel like they are the most precious thing in the world for them. Completely swoon-worthy. 

And of course, their obsession sure spiced this love and their relationship. Who doesn’t love a good OTT obsessed, protective and possessive alpha that needs his love like the air to breathe?! <3

“You’re crazy,” I whispered, my head tilting and inching closer to his.
“For you, I am. And there’s no cure for it, so you’ll just have to deal with it.”

Both love stories are for me equally enticing, and their sex scenes, for four unexperienced people, sure are off the charts, scorchingly HOT!!! And that back story, the action and suspense and that ending!!! It was fantastic, and I want the next one now!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

“I love you, Falcon.” That was the first time she said that, and it felt like it was more than just the vampire connection. It felt sincere and danced along my spine. I’d waited for those words. They were human words and meaningless to most vampires, but she was special to me, and from her those words were honest and pure.
“I love you so uncontrollably. It’s more than just being bound.”

 

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C.M. Steele is a full time mom and author. She loves writing and doesn’t do much else except watch ID Discovery and take care of the kids (of course.)

She has 30+ novellas under her belt and many more in her head. 

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY + REVIEW: DRAGONS NEED LOVE, TOO (I Like Big Dragons Series #2) by Lani Lynn Vale

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DRAGONS NEED LOVE, TOO

Series: I Like Big Dragons Series #2
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Release Date: October 19, 2016
 

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Nikolai Vassago has a plan.

His day starts out fairly normal. Get up, kick some ass, fondle his beard, take some names.

One second he’s participating in a normal every day mission, and the next he’s saving the one woman that fate has promised him for the rest of his life from the grips of a criminal mastermind.

Nikolai can’t say he’s altogether displeased with what he’s given, though. Not with that gorgeous brunette that would soon be warming his bed.

The same can’t be said for Brooklyn.

Living in a commune most of her life meant she wasn’t exposed to all of life’s craziness. The moment she turned eighteen, she was off and running, experiencing all of what life had to give.

That means she sometimes jumps in feet first, not thinking about consequences until the deed is already done.

Nikolai rescues her from a fate worse than hell, throwing her on the back of his dragon and flying off into the night.

He’s a go-with-the-flow kind of man. Brooklyn, however, is not.

Having been caged for the first eighteen years of her life, she wants nothing more than to be free to do what she pleases, consequences be damned.

Nikolai, however, has different ideas, and he’s not above using his masculine will to prove to her that she’s exactly where she needs to be.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING…

“This is an all action paranormal romance with lots of dangerous family drama. One family is over protective the other is full of dangerous killers. Add in dragon magic and hot sex , you get a book you can’t put down.” ~Warrior Woman Winmill

“…this series is just so different. It’s a breath of fresh air, and it draws the reader in right from the start. I can’t recommend this book and this new series from Ms. Vale highly enough.” ~Red Cheeks Reads

 

“This book was witty, entertaining, serious, and funny all at the same time.” ~Swoon Worthy Books

Excerpt

I don’t know why I never expected Nikolai to be able to fight.

He had the muscles.

He worked out.

He was aware.

But he never struck me as fierce.

I wasn’t thinking that anymore, though, as I watched him beat the ever loving shit out of his opponent.

He never used a single one of his powers to accomplish it, either.

He did it all with sheer strength, force of will, and knowledge.

He was divine.

All we were supposed to be doing was buying some supplies for the house.

It’d been over two months since I’d woken from my coma, six weeks since he’d told me I was his mate and even longer since the housekeeper had stocked the kitchens.

I’d never been so happy to leave the confines of a house.

I would’ve been happy with going in a plain old car; but, today, Nikolai had taken me on a motorcycle, of all things.

I’d always wanted to ride on one but had never had the courage to ask for a ride.

Today, though, I’d practically begged Nikolai for us to take it.

He’d argued that a truck would hold more groceries, but I’d been adamant.

I didn’t even know why, either.

Just the thought of being in the open air, outside the confines of the sanctuary, turned me into a giggling mass of excitement.

And I was sure that nothing would ruin this day…but I’d been wrong.

Since I was now watching my man get ganged up on by five men.

My uncle’s cronies could ruin my day, as evidenced by the stupid goon trying to slash Nikolai’s face off with a fuckin’ saber sword.

I’d at first tried to help Nikolai, but his insistence that I back up and stay the hell out of it had been loud and clear, even when he hadn’t actually said any of those words out loud.

But he’d been awesome at screaming them inside my head like I was a disobeying three-year-old, rather than a twenty-six-year-old grown ass adult who knew how to wipe her own butt.

I watched with the brick wall of a convenience store at my back.

Nikolai’s bike was on its side where he’d dumped it.

My arm was scratched, and a strange throbbing sensation was going on with my ribs.

Funny enough, I hadn’t remembered ever hitting my ribs. Nikolai had been extremely careful about laying his bike down as we slid.

He’d also made me wear protective clothing, such as a brand new pair of motorcycle boots. A leather jacket with padding in the elbows and back, as well as a pair of pants that were supposedly flame proof.

I was glad he’d forced me to wear them now; but a scant hour before, as I’d been getting dressed, I’d been reluctant.

“Duck!” Nikolai screamed.

Then, I was seeing nothing but black. Everything around me was black.

“Nikolai!” I whispered frantically. “I can’t see!”

Strong arms, the arms that I was coming to care for in the short few days that we’d officially started to ‘date,’ wrapped around me.

“Shh,” he breathed, so low that I couldn’t be sure that he said anything at all.

Grab the bike, he whispered through my brain.

I moved my arms forward and grabbed on to the bike, feeling him shift as he got on. Then he pulled me on behind him and a loud roar sounded as he turned over the engine.

“Hold on,” he rushed.
I held on.

 

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 Lani Lynn Vale really is blowing me away with this series! This entire fantastical world she created captivates me deeply, in every detail portrayed. She really makes me want to be a part of it. No, that’s not true, she actually makes me feel like part of it, and I love every single second of it!

I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie, introduced us to this universe, but Dragons Need Love, Too showed us even more of this complex world and its hierarchy, and how perfectly it was conceived. All this discovery is of course done simultaneously, and via, the development of an love story, Brooklyn and Nikolai’s!

Brooklyn has been rescued from torture and near death from the hands of her uncle’s men, as per his orders, by Nikolai.

Of course, given the magical/paranormal character of the story, he immediately feels the connection to her, even though she isn’t awake for several months. That doesn’t their mating process to develop though, so when Brooklyn wakes up, she not only has to deal with this all new world reality, but also having a dragon rider hunk of a man for mate. Oh, the hardship, LOL!

Once she comes to terms with all that, she does see all the good things that she is lucky to have been handed to her, and realizes how truly special her mate his, and how deep their feelings run, in such a short time.

 You’ve protected me. Sheltered me. Saved me. In my book, it doesn’t matter what you used to be. All that matters is what you are now,”

His devotion, specially during her coma,  did have a big impact in her decision, but I loved that  although she was an incredibly strong heroine, she never fought or deny those feelings. When she noticed them, she instead embraced them.

And I fell in love. I fell in love so deep and hard that I would never be able to dig my way out.
He was mine.
 And I was his.

I have to say that Nikolai and Brooklyn, did resist their mating call, for the sexual connection, more than I expect, which made for a bit more realistic relationship development than Blythe and Keifer (whose decisions and behaviour really made me mad in this one, lol) , in the first book, in my eyes. But no worries, you pervy readers like myself, when they did catch up they more than caught up. They actually blew the scale up! And for such a reserved and contained dragon rider prince, Nikolai sure packed a punch in the sex scenes! Holy mother of Alpha Hotness!!!

“You smell so good,” he growled. “You always do. The scent of you clings to me, making me think about you even when you’re not here,” I admitted. “My mind never strays far away from you.”

And in their tender moments, he could say the sweetest thing. Impossible not to melt in the spot! And no, I’m not he’s perfect, but really who is?! His inner battle between heart and head prove to be constant, and he doesn’t always make the right decision, but I understood his dilemma, since it’s very hard to decide between his brother, his king and family, and his love for his mate. 

I would literally have to force myself to think with my brain and not with my heart.
But my heart would win.
 Every single time.
 Because Brooklyn was my mate and would always come first…even if it meant the end of the world.

I loved the first book, specially by the introduction of all this fantastical and new world, and the amazing writing, but I have to say that relationship wise, I think this second book is much more successful on that, because we really see and feel the development of Nikolai and Brooklyn’s love, even if fate had declared them as soulmates. I adored that here! <3

And these secondary characters keep getting better and better, specially these dragon riders, which are the perfect combination of badass with humorous touch. Lani Lynn Vale leaves us more and more curious about them, and I can’t wait to find out whose are getting their own story. I want them ALL!!!

Every single one of the dragon riders I’d come into contact with were exactly the same.
Hard headed, stubborn as hell, bad asses.

This series is so damn addictive! And the sarcastic and LMFAO moments…. Really, it’s a MUST read! I have barely finished this one, I’m already counting the days to the next, Oh, My Dragon, which I have a feeling – specially after the ending in this – that unlike the initial expectations, it will not be about Farrow, the third brother, but about the groody, Ian. But let see… Now, can’t 2017’s Spring come any sooner, so that I I can sate my craving?! Pretty pleaassseeee… <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

“I’d give my left nut for you. Is it so hard to believe I’d give up my sanctuary for you?”

“That’s disgusting.”

“It’s the truth.”

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Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue.  The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed.

Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.

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BURN by Suzanne Wright is my All Time Favorite PNR!!! No words to describe how much I ADORE this extraordinary and magical read!!! I’m going to try, but it will be hard, because with how much I loved it, it’s hard not to simply gush all around, fan-girling, because it’s THAT good!

Harper Wallis is a very special demon, with an independent streak a mile long, a fierce protective instinct with those she loves, and a brutal honesty, not much can shake her. That is until Knox Thorne crashes into her life and doesn’t intend to move from there…

Knox is one of the most, if not the most, powerful demons in the world. He is the Prime of his huge lair and let’s just say, with how important he is, evidently, he has a reputation.

There were many other rumors about Knox: that he was dangerous, calculated, notoriously sexual, and someone who lived by his own rules on his own schedule.

When they meet for the first time, even though both try to brush it off and disguise it, the chemistry and pull in immense and instantaneous in all the levels, but it’s when they touch that they discover their unique psychic connection. Harper is his one and only anchor (definition is perfectly explained in the book, but each demon has his on anchor in the world, it settles them, give then stability and with that power, amongst other things)

Of course after her past, Harper is not one to let go and just follow blindly, especially in something so delicate as this life long commitment. But Knox fast realizes this and why, and let’s just say, what he wants, he ways gets, no matter how much, and how he needs to fight for it. And he wants Harper, more than anything! 😉

Evidently, he wasn’t denied things often. Well, Harper did like to introduce people to new experiences. It was more of a calling, really.

Harper certainly doesn’t make his task easy, but where is the fun in that?! Their banter, and her back and forth were some of my favorite things in this story. her sassiness, intelligence and perceptiveness really shone through, and for the first time in his long life, Knox was surprised at every turn by his little sphinx. And surprisingly to him, his demon part instead of being aggravated by this, it agreed with him, and wanted to possess the she-demon, just as much as his human counterpart.

I absolutely loved this couple, it fast became one of my all time favorite fictional couples. I equally loved  them as individual characters, and that doesn’t happen often for me. They were undeniably PERFECT in my opinion. Specially perfect together.

“Oh, little sphinx, do you really think I can’t sense how powerful you are? In any case, that doesn’t matter. I don’t want you for power. Or even to stop me from turning rogue.”

“Then why?”

“Because you’re mine. I don’t walk away from what’s mine.”

The magnetism and dark (not strangely, since they’re demons) sexual energy is always present in their interactions, and when they give in it’s beyond explosive! Their sex scenes are fucking spectacular and in them they let go and show they true nature, so be prepared because Knox’s dominant and possessive nature, is elevated in those scene and coupled with his filthy talk, he really becomes lethal to the feminine genre! 

No one kissed like Knox Thorne. He poured every ounce of himself into it, making it just as erotic as sex itself.

Suzanne Wright created, IMO, the PERFECT paranormal, that I’m always ready to read and re-read! The individual development of the characters, the unrevealing of the intricate side plot, the secondary characters, that make us wish for all their individual stories, is abso-fucking-lutely BRILLIANT!!! And now the continuation of Harper and Knox’s story is almost here (September 1st) and I couldn’t be any more excited! I want more Dark in You NOW!!!! <3 <3 <3

“They’re not freaky or a defect. They’re unique, just like you.”

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She’s worked in a pharmaceutical company, at a Disney Store, at a primary school as a voluntary teaching assistant, at the RSCPA and has a First Class Honours degree in Psychology and Identity Studies.

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
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Keifer Vassago, The Prince of Dragons, has enough on his plate without adding a brunette with a bad attitude to the mix.

Fate has a way of screwing all his plans, though, whether he wants them screwed or not.  One second he’s fetching his brother from yet another situation that could possibly compromise the Vassago name, and the next that brunette is grabbing his assets.

Blythe isn’t after anyone’s assets, though.  She’s a good girl.  All she wants is to graduate from nursing school, get a job, and move out of her hell hole apartment.  What she does not have time to deal with is a sexy bearded man that accuses her of grabbing his junk.

She tries to forget about the encounter, but fate’s a cruel bitch.

One second she’s a normal college student barely living paycheck to paycheck, and the next she’s setting her panties on fire with powers from an ancient immortal dragon.

To add insult to injury, she’s hearing voices, and none of them are figments of her imagination. Blythe’s life is turned upside down, and Keifer forces her to adapt even though she doesn’t want to.  She likes her life just the way it is.

Not to mention she wants nothing to do with that arrogant asshole.  She doesn’t care that he rides a dragon.  She also could care less about his stupid beard, and his sexy eyes.

Yeah, who was she kidding?  She wasn’t convincing anybody.

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“’I Like Dragons and I Cannot Lie’ is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best PNR I have EVER read!!!” Gi’s Spot Reviews

“Holy freaking crap!!! This book is absolutely nothing like I expected and everything I could ever want in a paranormal. This is Lani Lynn Vale’s first foray into paranormal and let me tell you she knocked it out of the park.” – Devious Book Blog

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I woke up to my lower half on fire.

At first, I thought it was just an aftereffect of my dreams, but when I finally peeled my eyes open, I could smell smoke.
When I opened my lids and looked down, it was to literally find my panties on fire.
I screamed and rolled; rolling so far in the bed that I hit the floor and kept going.
By the time the fire was finally out, my panties were burned to ash. However, my skin was perfectly fine. In fact, the hairs that I’d planned on having waxed later in the week were gone.
It’d given me a fire waxing…minus the wax.
“What the fuck?” I yelled, staring down at my now hair-free mound.
Blasphemy.
My eyes widened and I looked around. Was someone in the room with me?
I started reaching for the lamp but couldn’t find it. There was a pile of things beside the bed that I’d knocked over in my haste to get up. I could only assume that the lamp was one of those things.
“Light, light, light,” I chanted, shifting through the things on the floor.
My candles that I had interspersed around the room all lit at once, and I screamed.
“What the hell is going on?” I shrieked.
Macy started hammering on the wall, or her boyfriend. Whatever. Fuck her.
I narrowed my eyes at the wall.
That stupid heifer! I’m allowed to scream if I want to. She fucks day and night, and she’s going to bang on my wall to get me to quiet down?
Master Farrow has always had excellent stamina with the ladies.
I froze, turning around and scanning the room.
“Who’s there?” I asked nervously.
A deep, rumbly laugh filled my head and my eyes widened.
“Holy mother of God, get out of my head!” I yelled.
The voice in my head continued to chuckle. Oh, this is almost as good as when Prince Keifer came into his powers. He didn’t shriek like you do, though.

 

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In I Like Big Dragons and I Cannot Lie, we are transported to a brand new paranormal world where magic and dragons exist, and are ruled and organized by their dragon riders…

Amongst them, or better yet, on the top of the commanding chain is Keifer Vassago, the Prince of Dragons. Keifer already has an immeasurable amount of responsibility, but when his youngest brother again ‘falls off the tracks’, he’s the only one who can impose himself and force him to fulfill his obligation. He knew it was no easy task, but could not foresee that it would become  that much interesting, when this journey made him literally, run into his mate.

Blythe is a nursing student, part time diner worker, that lives her own life, and doesn’t interfere in other peoples businesses, but when she runs into a tall, dark, hunk of man pushing a young man from the next door apartment, she had no idea that that single moment would change her life forever, and open her reality to a brand new world. With a delicious dragon rider Prince. In this case there was no way to say no to that, because they were forever bonded…

“Coming here. I couldn’t stop myself though. It’s like I can sense your need. Your body calls to me like a fucking fire I can’t put out,” he groaned, glancing up at the numbers, watching them as they went at a turtle’s pace.

 I chose not to say anything, knowing he knew I felt the same way. It was as if he were under my skin, permanently there for eternity. 

He knew my wants, needs, and desires.

Their chemistry and fate is obvious and undeniable, but now Blythe will need to change and adapt her mindset for her new role and this society, and first of all she needs to me shown and taught all the fantastic ways of this magical world. This was a fantastic way for us, as a reader, to be introduced into this world, through Blythe’s eyes. It was done beautiful and fluidly.

After only a brief moment of hesitation, Kiefer and Blythe could not deny what her bodies and spirit were telling that. Their attraction was instantaneous, and they couldn’t deny they were meant to be together. 

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Of course, the primal reaction of their bodies stands out, not only in the regards of magic – with their interexchange of powers- but also sexually. You truly feel like they are drawn together, like industrial sized magnets, and that they will only be satisfied when they fully complete their mating. This explosive magnetism gave of course, some scorchingly hot and fiery – appropriate, given the dragon theme, lol – sex scenes. You could almost feel their most deep and primal desire to be joined that way, in the most delicious fashion. And then the serious and somewhat broody Prince of Dragons transformed in one deviously, impossible to resist, panty melting – or better yet, pantie incinerator- filthy talker.

“Don’t you dare come without me. The next time you come will be with me inside you, buried so deep you’ll feel me in your throat,” Keifer growled over the powerful engine.

Take it, Drakina. Let me feel that sweet cunt of yours pulse around my cock until you and I are the only things that matter in this world.

Blythe sure was one lucky woman. A brand new and exciting and a HOT sexy man, all in one day. What else could she wish for?! She was an amazing character on her own, sassy and strong, with a seriously independent nature, that gave Kiefer quite a few headhaches, LOL. And Kiefer, was absolutely amazing, OTT alpha, all the way, but with a secret sweetness and loving nature, specially reserved to Blythe (sure he has some asshat moments when the position demands were too high, but what man doesn’t?!), he more than proved his love and devotion to her. It was wonderful seeing their love and feelings blossom and that a special nature of itself. I LOVED this couple, and it’s going to be a tough one to beat. They were superb!

Of course this delicious package didn’t come alone, and with his two brothers and all the other dragon riders, they were more than a hierarchy, they were a true family on its own, a brotherhood.

That was how you made a successful brotherhood. You made sure that the people that would always have your back had a reason to have it. That they knew the person that they’d give their lives for was worthy.

I will not reveal any more of the storyline or characters, because it would steal from your enjoyment of this MUST READ. All this fantastic characters need to be savored while reading the story, but I can guarantee you will not be disappointed.  It’s a definitely MUST READ, that it will really transport you to a brand new world…

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WOW!!! What an absolutely fucking stellar PNR debut!!! ‘I Like Dragons and I Cannot Lie’ is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best PNR I have EVER read!!!
Just when I thought I could love Lani Lynn Vale’s writing anymore than I already did, she throws us this outstanding curveball, and managed to leave me completely astonished, because seriously this story couldn’t be any better!!! Beware Lani, because if I fan girled before now it only got much worse, you won’t be able to get me off your back, just don’t call the cops on me! Or better yet, please do because if they’re half as delicious as this dragon riders, damn….
I can’t wait to dig into more of this astonishing world!!!! And Keifer… OMG, No words!!! Sigh…

Gone was my breath.

 I didn’t care about that, either.

 I knew Keifer wouldn’t let me die by orgasm. He’d revive me later once he was done. 

Gone was my pride. I’d do anything for him. Anything. Crawl. Beg. Steal. Die. 

If he wanted me to, I’d do it. 

But the thing about Keifer was, I knew that he wouldn’t make me.

 Looking up into his eyes as he looked down into my own, something passed between us. 

It was as if I saw his soul, and he saw mine. Pieces of our separate lives melded into one whole life. 

And I realized what it was to be a dragon rider’s mate. 

To be utterly and completely his. 

Because that was what I was now, his. 

And that was what he was, too. Mine.

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Series: The Dragon Series #1
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Keifer Vassago, The Prince of Dragons, has enough on his plate without adding a brunette with a bad attitude to the mix.

Fate has a way of screwing all his plans, though, whether he wants them screwed or not.  One second he’s fetching his brother from yet another situation that could possibly compromise the Vassago name, and the next that brunette is grabbing his assets.

Blythe isn’t after anyone’s assets, though.  She’s a good girl.  All she wants is to graduate from nursing school, get a job, and move out of her hell hole apartment.  What she does not have time to deal with is a sexy bearded man that accuses her of grabbing his junk.

She tries to forget about the encounter, but fate’s a cruel bitch.

One second she’s a normal college student barely living paycheck to paycheck, and the next she’s setting her panties on fire with powers from an ancient immortal dragon.

To add insult to injury, she’s hearing voices, and none of them are figments of her imagination. Blythe’s life is turned upside down, and Keifer forces her to adapt even though she doesn’t want to.  She likes her life just the way it is.

Not to mention she wants nothing to do with that arrogant asshole.  She doesn’t care that he rides a dragon.  She also could care less about his stupid beard, and his sexy eyes.

Yeah, who was she kidding?  She wasn’t convincing anybody.

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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING…

“Oh my heavens to Betsey, I was given an opportunity to have a sneak peek at this bad boy from Lani Lynn Vale. First, I love that Lani’s style of writing that balances family, feels, and loyalty with lots of life follows through into this series.” Author Chelsea Cameron

“’I Like Dragons and I Cannot Lie’ is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best PNR I have EVER read!!!” Gi’s Spot Reviews

“On a closing note Lani Lynn Vale did it again with another amazing book…” Goodreads Reviewer

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I woke up to my lower half on fire.

At first, I thought it was just an aftereffect of my dreams, but when I finally peeled my eyes open, I could smell smoke.
When I opened my lids and looked down, it was to literally find my panties on fire.
I screamed and rolled; rolling so far in the bed that I hit the floor and kept going.
By the time the fire was finally out, my panties were burned to ash. However, my skin was perfectly fine. In fact, the hairs that I’d planned on having waxed later in the week were gone.
It’d given me a fire waxing…minus the wax.
“What the fuck?” I yelled, staring down at my now hair-free mound.
Blasphemy.
My eyes widened and I looked around. Was someone in the room with me?
I started reaching for the lamp but couldn’t find it. There was a pile of things beside the bed that I’d knocked over in my haste to get up. I could only assume that the lamp was one of those things.
“Light, light, light,” I chanted, shifting through the things on the floor.
My candles that I had interspersed around the room all lit at once, and I screamed.
“What the hell is going on?” I shrieked.
Macy started hammering on the wall, or her boyfriend. Whatever. Fuck her.
I narrowed my eyes at the wall.
That stupid heifer! I’m allowed to scream if I want to. She fucks day and night, and she’s going to bang on my wall to get me to quiet down?
Master Farrow has always had excellent stamina with the ladies.
I froze, turning around and scanning the room.
“Who’s there?” I asked nervously.
A deep, rumbly laugh filled my head and my eyes widened.
“Holy mother of God, get out of my head!” I yelled.
The voice in my head continued to chuckle. Oh, this is almost as good as when Prince Keifer came into his powers. He didn’t shriek like you do, though.

 

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Just when I thought I could love Lani Lynn Vale’s writing anymore than I already did, she throws us this outstanding curveball, and managed to leave me completely astonished, because seriously this story couldn’t be any better!!! Beware Lani, because if I fan girled before now it only got much worse, you won’t be able to get me off your back, just don’t call the cops on me! Or better yet, please do because if they’re half as delicious as this dragon riders, damn….
I can’t wait to dig into more of this astonishing world!!!! And Keifer… OMG, No words!!! Sigh…

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REVIEW & EXCERPT TOUR: KAYDEN / SIMON (Bayou Heat #21-22) by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

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KAYDEN/SIMON by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright, novellas in their Bayou Heat Series brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights, is here! Be sure you check out the trailer and all the stops on the tour. It’s available now so grab your copy today!

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Kayden is obsessed with revenge after his parents disappeared when he was just a cub. Now the gorgeous Hunter has discovered the man responsible for betraying them – Joshua Ford – and it’s time for payback. Beginning with the kidnapping of Joshua’s daughter, Bianca. But last thing he expects is to be confronted with the horrifying realization that Bianca is his mate. Will he put revenge before his chance for eternal happiness?

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Sexy male model, Simon refuses to give up his exciting life in New York City to return to the slow heat of the Wildlands. For a decade, many pantera have tried to capture the rogue Diplomat and bring him home, but all have failed. Now it’s Tryst’s turn. The hard, brilliant, and gorgeous, Hunter is the ultimate tracker. But can the admitted beast-girl of the Wildlands capture her prey without losing her heart in the process?

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“Did they teach you nothing in Hunter school? When you go outside the Wildlands, you don’t draw attention to yourself and your kind.”

  With a curse, she pushed away from him, releasing his wrists. “Get dressed.”

  “It’d go faster if you helped.”

  She dropped into a chair and snorted. “No interest in touching you.”

  “You’re just going to leave me like this?”

  “I’m sure it’s not the first time.”

   He laughed and pushed away from the door. She was feisty. A true cat. Spitting one moment, purring the next. It was disappointing that he’d never see her again after today. But such was life. Well, his life.

  He pulled on his shirt then grabbed his jeans. “Can I ask you something?”

  “What?” she practically snarled.

  “Why do you love it? The Wildlands?” He zipped up and put on his shoes. “Don’t you feel caged there? Like an…animal?”

  “I love being an animal. I wish I had fur on my back right now.”

  “That’s right,” he recalled. “No shifting outside the magic of the Wildlands… So…are you in your cat more often than you’re like this?” He walked toward her, his gaze flickering past her for a brief second.

  “If I could be in my cat 24/7, I would.”

  “Interesting.”

  She stood up. “Can we go now.” It wasn’t a question, and his answer wasn’t a verbal one.

  He reached behind her, yanked the chair forward, which made her falter, her butt landing on the cushion once again. He leaned in close, his eyes locked with hers, his face just an inch away. “Cab waiting outside? Or is it a limo? Maybe a horse-drawn carriage? I’m used to grand gestures.”

  For a few brief seconds—which was all he needed—the female seemed to consider this. Then her lips twitched and her eyes took on a mocking look. She was damn good at those looks. Made his knees buckle. Almost.

  “I’m thinking I’ll just throw you over my shoulder, caveman style.” She batted her eyelashes. “Or cavewoman.”

He groaned. This sucked. “Goddess, you don’t know how good that sounds.” He stood up, exhaling with disappointment. “Another time. I hope.”

She sniffed and rolled her eyes, then started to rise. When she realized she was tied to the chair, her gaze blasted his and she bared her teeth.

 

 

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These Pantera just keep getting more and more delicious. Kayden and Simon’s story just proves that…

The Bayou Heat is one of my favorite series, and I’m always counting the days to every new release or news of it. This series is the perfect example of a wonderful and successful writing collaboration, because Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright really make it work! These enticing short stories about every member, and his mate, got me completely hooked, and the connecting sub-plot between all the books, just entices us even more! 

I loved both couples, for various reasons, and would have given a even higher rating if not for the sudden ending on both stories. I know that’s typical of the 1001 Dark Nights series, and this series itself, but I wanted even more!!! But I’m sure we’ll get some more peeks into these couples’ lives in the upcoming books of the series. I already want the next! One thing is always guaranteed: off-the-charts charts chemistry and some scorching sex scenes, and these two stories had that in spades!!! 

KAYDEN – 4.75 Stars

Kayden was set out to revenge the death of his parents. What he didn’t expect was to find in their killer’s house, his destined mate.

Bianca has been locked down from the outside world all her life, so when she was captured by a delicious man who made her feel SO many different and new things, she didn’t have much of a chance to resist. They were, after all, meant to be together.

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Kayden was absolutely the perfect Hero! Even when his motives and revenge were so present and justified, and he didn’t even know her, or who she was, he always treated Bianca like some precious for him.

“My princess.”
She flashed him a chiding smile. “Why do you keep calling me that?”
He captured her fingers that had been exploring his face, pressing them to his lips.
“That’s how I think of you,” he murmured. “An exquisite, rare beauty who has been hidden away. Just waiting for me to rescue her.”
“My very own Prince Charming?”
“More like the Big Bad Wolf.” His smile was wicked. “Or in this case, the big bad kitty.”

And soon enough she overtook the attention, and her happiness, their happiness became his main goal. 

“Why did you change your mind?”
He leaned toward her, his eyes darkening as his cat prowled close to the surface.
He didn’t hesitate. “Because your happiness is more important than my revenge.”

Bianca was fantastic too, but Kayden… Wow… He’s the kind of character that true romances are made of! He had me constantly sighing and thinking of even with her horrible parental situation, Bianca was one lucky girl! 

“I’m a Pantera,” he said on a growl. “Once we choose our mates, there are never any second thoughts. Our love and devotion is unwavering. And eternal.”

SIMON – 4.25 STARS

Simon may present a cocky and confident image as an international model, but when Tryst is sent to bring his back to the Wildland, their home, she quickly find out that it’s all a facade to protect and cover something that was broken a long time ago.

They both try to fight the scorching chemistry between them, but it was evident from the very beginning that it was a lost battle.

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I loved how confident and honest Tryst was. And absolutely kickass!!! She is a completely no-bullshit kind of woman, and when she sees something she wants and believes in, she fights for it with everything she has! And fight she did!

Simon’s gorgeous exterior hides an immeasurable amount of pain and trauma caused by the ones who should have protect him the most, his own parents. Trust is very hard for him to believe in and that someone loves his, even more. So Tryst will have to fight to change his mind, and show him he could be the center of someone’s world and make him a believer. And since she never loses a battle, you can be sure, she most certainly did!

And when he eased back, his nose resting against hers, and whispered the words, “My home” and “My Tryst” against her lips, she finally understood the true meaning of the word “mate.”
It wasn’t about claiming at all. It was about connecting.
Two Hearts.
Two minds.
One soul.
Forever.

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About the Author

Alexandra Ivy - headshotAlexandra Ivy is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Alexandra: “I’m not exactly sure when I fell in love with books. Probably on my mother’s knee listening to her read Dr. Seuss to me. I do remember that I was barely old enough to cross the street by myself when I discovered the delights of the local library.

Could anything be more wonderful than spending summer days surrounded by stacks of Nancy Drew mysteries? Over the years I fell in love with Victoria Holt, Jane Austen, Agatha Christie, and J.R.R. Tolkien just to name a few. I read poetry, essays, biographies, and plays. In fact, I read anything I could get my hands on.

Years later (no, I’m not admitting how many) I’m still an avid reader, and my tastes are still as varied as they were in my youth, which I suppose helps to explain why I enjoy writing regency historicals under the name of Deborah Raleigh, as well as my contemporary paranormals as Alexandra Ivy. For now that is enough to keep me busy, but who knows what the future might hold!

I do have a few other loves in my life besides reading and writing, the most important being my unbelievably patient husband, David, and my two sons, Chance and Alexander. Without their constant support and belief in me, I never could have been able to follow my dreams. They are truly my heroes.

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Laura Wright - headshotLaura Wright is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Laura: “Unlike many of my peers in the writing world, I wasn’t a writer or a reader until I left high school. During my youth I was into theater, song and dance, commercials and boys. I loved romance surely, but I had never read a romance novel until my late teens. With that said, I remember the day I did like it was a moment ago – my aunt gave me the Jude Deveraux novel, Knight in Shining Armor and I couldn’t put it down until the very last word. Then I went straight to the library and got another – then another until I’d read everything she’d ever written. After that, it was McNaught, Howard, Schone, Kleypas, and the Silhouette line, Desire. I instantly loved those emotional, sexy reads, so much so that I began to carve out ideas for my own stories, themes that were unique to me and moved me. In 1997 I enrolled in UCLA extension writing classes, met my mentor and critique partners and since have never stopped writing. I was committed then and I still am now; the need to tell my own romantic stories a full on obsession. My first manuscript was rejected, and though the second one was as well the editor who’d rejected it wanted to see something else from me. I had something (note to authors; always keep working, even after you’ve sent in a proposal) and sent it right away. The day I got the call telling me Desire wanted to buy Cinderella and the Playboy was the best day of my life. That is until I married my husband, and had my two beautiful children. But I must say, writing is much like motherhood – tough, grueling, surprising, delicious and for me, a dream come true.”

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HUNTED BY DARKNESS (Darkness #4) by Katie Reus

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Bo and Nyx met in the previous book, Beyond the Darkness. They were immediately draw to each other, but none of them knew how to really deal with this attraction.

Bo is a half demon, the result of demon raping his mother. He was raised by his loving human mother, but he’s full of self loathing of his demon part, because in his mind it puts him close to his father’s nature, whom he hates.  The moment he sees Nyx, his world view shifts and she becomes the center of it, even if she does see it. For the first time in his life he is overwhelmed with new feelings. He is such a strong and wonderful character, I admit I was surprised to love him so much considering his manwhoring past (pet peeve of mine), but we really feel that Nyx completely changed his reality and that his promiscuous past really was a consequence of his restless demon nature. And one he truly and deeply regrets.

“If I could go back and change how I was before I met you, I would. But I can’t. Sex and fighting are the only things that keep my demon at bay in this realm. Until you.”

As a reader, even with the occasional small OW drama and misunderstandings, we feel his shame, and never once doubt his loyalty to Nyx. I adored that he was celibate from the very moment he met Nyx, even fighting his very nature and his coping mechanisms, which reinforced his feelings and love for her, even more. And didn’t have to fight hard because Nyx, even only her presence, calmed his demon.

“I never imagined someone like you existed, Nyx. And definitely not for me. I feel like I’ve been living in a haze until I met you.”

Nyx is a half demigod, half fae princess, who’s searching for her own place in the world, since she was always controlled by their selfish and uncaring parents. This quest brings her to Bo’s supernatural club, were she meets her fate, even if she doesn’t realize it at the time.

She is strong and sassy, but also one of the most selfless characters I have ever read, she truly puts everyone else’s needs in front of her own, even if it means putting her own life is at risk. Something that Bo’s is not allowing, only if he’s there to protect her every step of the way.

Bo’s protective and possessive side are just part of reason for her attraction to him. What he doesn’t realize is that she is just drawn to his half demon as she is to his human one.

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Throughout this book’s journey, they both discern that they can’t deny those strong feelings, and that the things they fear are going to be rejected by the other, are in fact part of their allure to the other. 

“I know I’m not good enough for you so I get your fears because I have them too. I’m terrified you’ll wake up one day and realize you can do so much better than me.”

Bo’s possessive and primal demon side is only more enhanced, complemented by Nyx’s sweet and innocent nature. I adored how incredibly devoted he was to her, showing us his sweet side, within all that alpha hotness.

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Once their magnetism combusts and they give in, it translates in some steamy, off the charts sex scenes, where we can really feel Bo’s  demon nature uncontrollable necessity to claim her as his mate.

But all he wanted to do was keep her safe. Claim her. Make her his forever.

And Nyx, even though innocent, doesn’t lack passion, and her chaotic demigod side sure spices things up! 😉

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When they finally embrace the love and feelings they have for each other and realize that they are the strongest together and balance one another, they find out that their natures are the perfect counterpart to the other, that they truly complete as ONE. 

The adventure side and all the fantastic secondary characters augment even more the appeal of this story and makes us want to dig into the side characters own story, to find out more about them, especially Ian and Rory, Bo’s half brother. 

Katie Reus creates these magical paranormal worlds with exciting and amazing characters that always leave us wanting more and more, and are without a doubt one of the best PNR books I have ever read, therefore an auto-read for me. I can’t wait to dive in Into the Darkness!

“I don’t know if it’ll matter to you, but I want to get married. I’m half human and I want the symbolism.” Being mated mattered to him as well but he needed the marriage too. He needed it all from Nyx. 

Her blue eyes brightened. “I’ve seen a lot of human movies,” she whispered. “I think you’re supposed to be on one knee.” 

He was on the ground before she’d finished—and so was she.

 

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley from CrushStar Multimedia LLC for an honest review.

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