Bookalicious Babes Blog Exclusive Excerpt Reveal from Ella James

The amazing Ella James’ upcoming release, THE BOY NEXT DOOR, is coming MAY 10TH! Bookalicious Babes Blog is proud to present an exclusive excerpt from the book featuring a steamy scene from the book’s hero and heroine, Dash and Amelia! Get ready for these two. You will fall… HARD!

The Boy Next Door is a contemporary, second chance romance published by HEA Press.

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img_0283The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.

No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.

Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.

He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.

I’m guarding my heart this time.

But Dash has secrets that could break us both.

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He runs a finger over my lip, giving me the saddest look. A look that I can’t handle, so I kiss him hard—to hurt—and am rewarded with a bark-groan sound. Then we’re in his car; I’m spread out on the back seat, Dash is lording over me, his body crowding the small space, his mouth and hands more frenzied than usual.

He makes me come hard, twice, and then he kisses my cheek, helps me put my clothes to rights, and pushes the car door open. One look at his tented pants, and I want to do something about it…

But I get in the front seat anyway.

“Your eyes look nice,” he says as he backs out. “I always loved your glasses, but your eyes are even better.”

I give him side-eye at the use of the word “always.” Dash has the good grace to look down, then at the road. When we get back to our building, he walks around and opens my door. I get out, laughing when I notice the party in his pants.

“Looks like you’re having a hard time there.”

“Har har.”

“Maybe you should carry me inside. Sort of in front of you?” I giggle.

I shrug, and Dash throws me over his shoulder. He carries me all the way to the elevator, and when we reach the seventh floor, he picks me up again. He’s still hard when he drops me on my doormat.

I eye his impressive tent. “Pretty sure there’s something in your pants there.”

“You think?”

I nod slowly. “Definite trouser snake. Too bad you can’t get someone to help you…let it out.”

“Can’t I?”

Then his mouth is on my neck; my key is in the door; the two of us are on my foyer floor…and Dash is in my mouth.

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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of seventeen teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

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Bookalicious Babes Blog Exclusive Cover Reveal – Forever Love by J. Lum

Bookalicious Babes Blog is proud to present the cover of debut author J. Lum’s upcoming release Forever Love!

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FOREVER LOVE by Author J. Lum
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Release Date: To Be Announced

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To appreciate the sun, you have to withstand the storm.

Free-spirited, poetic Casey Loughlin has had her fair share of rain, and she always manages to see the silver lining.  During her teenage years, when she met Toby Cordona, she learned everything she ever needed to learn about love and loss–all in one year.  

When Toby lost Casey, everything changed for him.  The once caring and endearing boy, with dreams and hopes of his own, became the cold, broken, money-hungry man he swore he’d never be.  Now with Casey back in his life, it’s up to her to show Toby that the second time around, love can still hurt, but it’s worth every painful prick.

Will Toby weather the storm, and embrace a second chance, with the woman he’s always loved?

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Excerpt tour- Love, Home, and Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan



ABOUT LOVE, HONOR, AND INK:


In a bonus Montgomery Ink novella, it seems that falling for your best friend isn’t as easy as fiction says and friends of the Montgomerys might finally find their happy ever after.

Wedding planner Arianna King had everything planned out down to the last detail until her father’s ultimatum changed everything. Now she’s alone, trying to open her own business, and seemingly failing at every corner. Just when things start to look even bleaker, she’ll find out just how much she can rely on her best friend—and herself.

Being in love with your best friend isn’t always easy as Harper Rosso knows. He’s been by her side since the beginning, but now that she finally has time to breath, he might just be able to show her what he could be for her. Only he’ll have to make sure he’s ready to take that chance and perhaps lose her forever.

Sparks fly between the two of them once they finally take their relationship to the next level. Only the burning temptation than fills them might not be enough in the face of what they left behind and what threatens their future.

“You always see something in me that no one else does. Are you sure it’s even there, Harper?”


He fought the urge to turn his face and kiss her palm. “I see you, that’s what matters. Now, I’m going to take you upstairs and tuck you into bed so you can sleep off your drunk. In the morning, you and I can talk about exactly how you’re going to face this head-on. You can do whatever you set your mind to, and you don’t need your stinking father to make that happen. And while we’re at it, you don’t need Justin for anything.”
She snorted and tried to stand. When she wobbled, he got up, taking her with him and hoisting her into his arms. She was so freaking light, even with all those sexy curves. Ari wrapped her arms around his neck and sighed into him again.
“You’re acting like my white knight again, Harper.”
He made his way down the hall to her room, trying not to let the feel of her body against his seep into his bones. “I’m not the white knight, more of the dented armored stable boy.”
“Did stable boys wear armor?” she asked, sleepily.
“Well, they should have with all those swords and lances everywhere.” He tucked her into bed, her clothes still in place. He wasn’t that much of a saint, and even trying to get her comfortable by stripping her down would have been too much for him.
Harper leaned down and brushed a kiss against her forehead. “Get some sleep, and we can figure it all out in the morning. I’m here, Ari, I’m never going away.”
She didn’t answer, her chest rising and falling as she slept.
It was just as well; if she’d answered, he was afraid she’d say she didn’t need him, and he couldn’t live with that. Not anymore.


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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Bookalicious Babes Blog Exclusive Cover Reveal – Her Russian Knight by Red Phoenix

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Her Russian Knight by Red Phoenix is coming March 27th!

Rytsar Durov is a sadist—and he’s upset. He just sent Tono Nosaka packing

 and is about to confront Master Brad Anderson. Bones may be broken.

The Russian Dom is a force unto himself, and he intends to take care of the threat once and for all.

No one touches radost moya. NO ONE!

Nothing fazes this sexy Russian Dom, but how will he cope when he finds out the tragedy

 that’s befallen his comrade—the only man he calls Brother?

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Rytsar grasped her head with both hands and lowered it so he could kiss her firmly on the top of the head. “What you do not realize, Tatianna, is that I will make sweet, sensual love to this mind. Every thought will become mine, not because I demand it, but because you will be hopelessly devoted to me.”

Her eyes shone with the enthusiasm of young love, and she tentatively took his hand and placed it on her right breast. “Make love to me, Anton.”

Rytsar had to check himself. What she was asking was exactly what his entire body ached for, but he could not succumb to the temptation.

Tatianna deserved to be swept off her feet, and that was exactly what he planned to do. After a day of being treated like a princess for her birthday, then—and only then—would he claim her virginity.

Rytsar took the Durov family ring off his pinky and slipped it onto her delicate finger. “The day I ask for this ring back is the day I will make love to you, Tatianna. It is my solemn vow.”

Tatianna stared at it, knowing it’s worth and significance to Rytsar. His grandfather had gifted him the ancestral ring, passing over his father and older brothers to do it. Although it had created animosity with his kin, Rytsar treasured this symbol of his grandfather’s belief in him. He was not a product of his current lineage—his reputation and destiny was his alone to forge.

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Review – Royally Matched by Emma Chase 


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Royally Matched by Emma Chase

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, “What if you fly?” ~Erin Hanson

Our lives may not always be fairy tales, but we can experience them in books every day. Some books make us fly, carrying us to destinations unknown, daring us to dream. Oh did I dream in Emma Chase’s newest romantic delight. Royally Matched made my soul soar and my heart dance in a dreamy delight of a romance that is PURE HEAVEN.

Feeling like a Disney Princess, I dove into the delicious Royally Matched. I wanted to take my time, sprinkling myself into this dream like fairy dust, where I could bask into the glow of wonder. Reality: I swallowed this story nearly whole on a packed tour bus in route to the Czech Republic. When a book begins with the word, ‘BALLS,’ you can’t help but roll in laughter at the ensuing humor that follows.

Oh did I immediately chuckle like a drunk in that bus full of people who likely wondered if my water bottle was filled with vodka. That’s okay…I love books that begin with a BANG…of humor. Royally Matched made me giddy like a school girl! 

I like my sports the way I like to f**k—wild, loud and dirty.

I was insanely captivated and catapulted onto a stage filled with hot and humorous Henry, lighting me up with laughter and lust. Henry is pure heat. His dirty mouth is delicious!

Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco. GORGEOUS. Dark blond locks, emerald green eyes, a mouth and body of sin. Rebel rogue, the royal who marches to the beat of his own drum, and oh is it loud. Next in line to be King of Wessco, thanks to older brother screwing him over by marrying a commoner. Newest reality show star of Matched: Royal Edition where he gets to crown of 20 blue-blooded beauties as his princess.

Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum. BEAUTIFUL. Brown hair, brown eyes, glasses, and hour glass figure. Bookworm but looks like a naughty librarian. Librarian for real too. Sweet and shy but wants to be brazen and feel as beautiful inside as she does outside.

Henry only has eyes on the shy beauty in the corner who’s not on the reality show but tagged along with her sister who’s a contestant. 

“You’re pretty. Hasn’t anyone every told you that?”

“Not really.”

“They should have. You should’ve been told every day how pretty you are – inside and out.”

 

I MELTED!!! My body morphed into lava, a puddle of goo as Henry WOWED me in every way. This magical prince made me SMILE, SMOLDER, AND SWOON. Henry went from making my body melt with heat to melting my heart with words that uplifted this shy lass to the beauty she is inside and out. Sarah prefers to be in the background but Henry wants her front and center! He is giving Sarah her wings so she can finally fly. Oh did my FEELS FLUTTER!!!

This prince is a bit broken, a bit like Sarah in that they both need encouragement, someone to lift them up, hold them tight and tell them that they are worthy. Sarah is also giving Henry wings or perhaps the crown, the courage to be king and own that crown. 

This beautiful, broken, pitiful prince. Was Henry ever told how brilliant he is? Kind and strong, generous, and good? I don’t think he was and they should’ve told him. Every single day.

Oh did these sentiments of kindness and strong words of wisdom wrap themselves around me, making me FEEL EVERYTHING!!! Tears trickled down my cheeks as I felt for this prince who doesn’t feel king worthy. Prince Henry needs Sarah, this sweet and sensational gal who is making him feel like he could conquer the world. 

Her words make me feel. Like I’m a hundred feet tall and a thousand times as strong. Like I’m a superhero or a god. Like…I’m a king.

Henry and Sarah are each other’s saving grace…MINE TOO. 

I’m starting to think of it as the Henry Effect, because he makes me feel so many…things. Safe and wild and maybe just a little bit mad at once. Henry makes me want to take a chance. On new experiences. And on him.

Sweet, shy, and stunning Sarah is coming out of her shell. The beauty in the corner is slowly believing that she’s incredible, and it’s all because of one magnificent prince…sexy as sin and sweet as pie.

Speaking of pie…I’m suddenly HUNGRY.

“I’ve been thinking about this all day.”

I MELTED INSIDE.

It’s only when I speak that I realize I’m breathless. “About what?”

I WAS RENDERED BREATHLESS, as my heart beat out of its chest. 

And the man who will be my king sinks to his knees before me.

 

That image of the man to be king on his knees is POWERFUL, and image that nearly brought me to my knees.

“About tasting you. I’m going to lick you until my tongue gives out. Any objections?”

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Oh…my…HEAT!!! I was on fire, my body blazing in need, thighs clenching hard. Every part of my body…ALL OF ME…was ACHING…aching for this prince…aching for this addicting story that scorched me EVERYWHERE. Reminder: I was still reading—a now slightly uncomfortable story because of location—on a tour bus full of people who hopefully did not think I was a pervy princess….though inside I was…am…I so am.

Oh God…His lips slide into an adorably crooked half-smile.

“Speechless, love? Was it something I said?”

Oh Henry, I bow to you and your magical tongue with its sweet words and its even sweeter touches to the princess promised land of the lower region. I wanted to be Henry’s princess badly. 

He could crush me; the foreshadowing is clearly written. It’s a tale as old as time: the inexperienced bluestocking and the bed-hopping rogue. Bloody hell; I’m a trope.

Royally Matched crushed me, crashing into me with a force I never saw coming. 

I’m not going to fall. I can’t. Because Henry has shown me how to fly.


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Henry has made Sarah see the world through new eyes where she wants to take that leap with him, sprouting the wings he gave her to fly. 

And I feel like I’m falling after all—like my wings have been clipped.

However, with flying, there’s a risk of falling…falling in love and even falling down on your face when your wings break by the one who gave them to you.

Royally Matched gave me wings, and I am still flying so fast from this fairy tale, my soul soaring high like an eagle in the sky. But I’m still falling too…falling in UTTER LOVE with this brilliant and beautiful book…falling in love with a prince who still has my heart. Prince Henry had my heart before this book. There’s more to this playboy prince than meets the eye: a huge heart waiting for the right woman to unlock it and hold it as her own. This prince held my heart in his hands…owning it…OWNING ME. Royally Matched UNEQUIVOCALLY OWNED ME.

After reading Royally Screwed, I knew Henry would be my favorite prince and oh was HE ALL THAT AND MORE!!! This prince doesn’t follow the crowd, he leads them…sometimes in a t-shirt, jeans, and combat boots. Gorgeous inside and out, Henry is both rogue and regal, a lethal combo for a powerful and passionate prince. A prince who went from callous and cocky playboy to caring and confident man fit for a king. Although Sarah is Henry’s polar opposite, their connection is commanding; she completes him in every way.

The laugh-out-loud humor, off-the-charts chemistry, passion, smolder, strength, sweetness, swoon, soul, and sooo much heart…Royally Matched was EVERYTHING!!! Royally Matched royally exceeded my expectations!!! I did not expect this story to twist and turn itself around me where I FELT ALL THE FEELS. I did not expect to CRY sad tears along with my happy ones. I did not expect to swoon, but oh did I SWOON IN SPADES. I could not help but FALL IN UTTER LOVE with this rom-com that is a fierce and feel-worthy fairy tale but SO MUCH MORE.

Royally Matched blew me away! This book is bloody brilliant and a top 2017 read already!!! I fell in UTTER LOVE with this soul-searing and swoon-filled story!

I may have been late to jump on board the Emma Chase Fan Girl Train, but oh am I a passenger for life! Emma Chase has quickly climbed to the tier of my all-time favorite authors. Her imagination, humor, and heart are poured into every beautiful and brilliant word she writes, words that sparkle like diamonds, and books that are PURE GOLD. Emma Chase doesn’t simply write stories; she pens escapes from reality, adventures where I free-fall so hard that I don’t want to surface for air; I don’t want to stop dreaming.

This book shone in beauty and brilliance like a diamond, lighting me up. Royally Matched CAUGHT ME…CLAIMED ME…CROWNED ME in BOOK BLISS. My heart is still chasing the high of Royally Matched, a hypnotic and heartfelt tale that hit me like Cupid’s arrows, dart after dart, straight to the heart.

Royally Matched was my humor…my heat…my heart…my heaven. Royally Matched was a MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!!! With a SWEET SIGH and permanent smile etched on my face, I’m still floating on Cloud Nine where I feel like Cinderella, royally hitched to this fairy tale forever. I’m still dreaming too…DREAMING BIG.

“My story hasn’t been written yet, but I know it begins with you.”

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★★★★★ 5 royally good stars

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Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry John Edgar Thomas Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap.

He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition.

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight.

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

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Sarah stands up and presses her lips against mine. And it’s so unexpected, so surprising—I freeze up. But only for a moment. As her mouth gently moves over mine, I begin to thaw. She’s so fucking soft, her taste so very sweet. The kiss is almost chaste—at least it’s the most chaste I’ve ever had. Unpracticed.

    And yet, it still manages to make my heart pound against my ribs like an animal in a cage.

    “What are you doing?” I whisper, when she pulls back just a little.

    “I’m distracting you.” She looks up at me uncertainly. From behind those ridiculously prim little glasses with those big, dark eyes that could bring me to my knees. “Is it working?”

    My tongue traces my lower lip, craving more of her.

    “I’m not sure. Keep trying—I’ll let you know.”

    She smiles quick and relieved . . . and then she reaches back up, wraps her arms about my neck, and kisses me.

    Her two lips envelop my lower one, then the upper, all eager, pleasing sweetness. My hands find Sarah’s lower back and I pull her in close, tight against me. Slowly, I open my mouth and she mirrors my movement, opening for me. And it’s good. So very, very good.

    It’s like my blood has turned to gasoline, and the touch of her wet, warm tongue is the spark.

    I delve deeper, kiss her harder—more demanding—taking the lead. I cup her head in my hands, holding her still while I plunge and devour. A moan seeps from her lips and I devour that too.

    But then, breathing harshly, I tear my mouth away.

    “Sarah, maybe we shouldn’t. Maybe we should just—”

    “I’m sick of being afraid, Henry. And I’m so tired of being alive . . . but not really living. I’ve wanted this for a long time. I want . . . you.” It’s only then that hesitation dims her eyes. “Do you want me too?”

    I grip her arms. “More than I’ve wanted anything or anyone in my entire life.”

    She takes my hands in hers, lifts them and presses my palms to her breasts. They’re soft and full and absolutely perfect.

    “Show me.”

    Beneath her robe, her bedclothes are paper thin. I trace my thumbs across her nipples, feeling them harden and peak. I want to suck on them until she’s mindless. I want to lick every inch of her skin and watch her flush with desire.

    I wrap my arms around Sarah and lift her right off her feet. With a groan, my mouth is back to hers. Her small pretty hands cup my jaw as I carry her toward the bed. I stop against a wall on the way, knocking a frame sideways, lifting her leg in one hand and wrapping it around my hip so I can thrust against her.

    There’s so much I know—deviant, filthy, lovely moves. And I want to teach her every damn one.

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Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

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Review tour- Pieces of Heaven by Natasha Madison.


My rating is 6 out of 5 stars

When you read a book that is so good that every piece of your heart is touched, you give that book 10 stars. This book was beyond any expectation that I ever had for it. I laid my claim on Mick and I know that I will have lots of fights on my hands because EVERYONE, and I mean everyone, is going to want this man. He is absolutely perfect in every single way. You will read this book so quickly. 


You will become an addict to these words that Natasha has so expertly put together. I have loved every book that she has written, but this one is by far my  favorite. Hands down.
Mick is stuck in a rut. He has been holding out hope that this loser, Sandie, is going to leave her husband and be with him. She strings him along for so long that is considered normal for him. When Marissa walks into his life though, he will find out what true love really is. Thrust together while Mick is searching for Lori’s missing daughter. He never stood a chance. These two were made for each other.


Marissa is a strong woman. I absolutely loved her character. When her daughter, Lori, disappears she will stop at nothing to get her back. She tries to fight those feelings for Mick, but their chemistry is too strong to deny. 


Basically, what you’re getting when you read this book, is not just a piece of heaven. Its all the pieces. This book was one hell of way to start the new year. It is an absolute must read.


I didn’t want this life.

But sometimes you’re forced to make the best of the crappy hand you’ve been dealt. I wanted to teach my daughter that. No matter what happens you face your problems head-on.

Never cower. Never give up.

Then someone took her and I had to put my faith in a system that had failed me, and my hope in a man I didn’t know.

Serve. Honor. Protect, are the only things I’ve ever cared about until her case was dropped on my desk. As we searched for her missing daughter, the last woman I thought I’d fall in love with became my reason for living.

Then the world came crashing down around us.

One secret would change everything, but I had one more hand to be dealt. And if I played my cards right, maybe, just maybe we’d get our piece of heaven.

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Review – Written In The Scars by Adriana Locke

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Some books make you laugh.

Some books make you cry.

Some books act as a distraction to take you away from reality.

Then there are books like this one. Words that change your mind, imprint on your heart and shake you to your core. A story that whether it was meant to or not, heal not only your hurts but mend the hurts of another carrying an ugly awful pain right along you. Words that show the brutal honesty and heartbreaking roller coaster reality of marriage, friendship and family.

Marriage isn’t always easy. It isn’t always the fairy tale that we read about. Sometimes even the strongest of bonds can be broken by the obstacles of life and happily ever after isn’t always guaranteed – it has to be earned. Elin and Ty have always loved each other. Ty knew that Elin was his future from the moment he saw her. Elin wanted nothing more than to love Ty… be his wife and have a family. But as Written begins, the couple isn’t in that happy marriage and building the family that they planned.  They are separated and the pain of that separation has taken on a life of its own. There are secrets that both are carrying. And there is anger. So very much anger.  Stressed from an unfortunate accident, feeling lost and worthless for months, Ty had left his wife – and has returned to town.  Still unsure of where he stood with his wife, Ty wondered if he could reclaim his love, his home and his sense of self.  Elin never dreamed that she and the man she has loved for so long would end up at opposite ends of a relationship.  But here they were – and she wasn’t sure if the fighting and anguish was worth it.

Adriana Locke is such an amazing talent. As she weaved Elin and Ty’s story, their pain is so gut wrenching, so unbearably real. The miscommunications, insecurities and the fight to hang on are evident in every sentence, every paragraph, on every single page.  Still these two loved each other so much.  Is love enough though? Can love overcome heartbreak and the loss of a dream of home and family? The secondary characters in this book aren’t really secondary. They are just as integral and vital to this story as Elin and Ty. Without Jiggs and Lindsay – Elin’s brother and her best friend – there would be a void in the story. Without Cord there is no story. He is the glue holding together this family of five. In this story, Cord McCurry is proof that family is not always blood. Family is made in the heart and nurtured in the soul.

As I read on through this thought provoking story, I had to face my own personal demons and my own struggles. To say that I identified with Elin in every way is an understatement. I shed so many tears right along with her. I felt her anguish and hoped for her healing.  I believed in their marriage even when Elin didn’t.  I rooted for Ty and celebrated as he fought for what he wanted. I prayed as I turned the pages that Elin could find a way to forgive Ty and that Ty could forgive himself.  I was right there with them. All credit to an amazing story teller.

Emotionally stirring and beautifully written.  I couldn’t put it down when I started and truly, I didn’t want to. No one reading this book will walk away unchanged. This story isn’t so much about the white hot burning romance between two people as the sweet long lasting journey that their love story takes. That journey was not without pit stops, speed bumps and accidents. Even the truest love can veer off course.  It was Elin and Ty knowing in their heart of hearts that no matter what the scars from those pit stops, speed bumps and accidents were proof that they could survive anything.  Love always wins.

Fantastic, Addy!  Absolutely the very best  that you have written and one of the best books of 2016!

5 Beautiful Stars!

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Falling in love is easy.

Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.

And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.

The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.

Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.

Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.

When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.

Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.

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His mouth falls, his eyes leaving mine and heading across the lake to some place, some memory, some thought I’m not privy to. He slips off the back of the truck and faces the lake for a long minute. When he turns to me, he’s resigned to a decision.

“I tell the boys on my team that we don’t quit,” he says, his tone steady. “I’m always reminding them that we set our eyes on a prize and we work our tails off until we get there. Regardless of how painful, even though it might hurt, we get to the finish line.”

“Sounds like good logic,” I say, swallowing a lump that’s suddenly lodged in my throat.

“It is. In theory. But I’m rethinking it now.” He shoves his hands in his pockets and squares his shoulders up to me. “Sometimes you have to let things go. Just because you start on a path, even if you’re balls-to-the-wall at first, doesn’t mean you should stay on it. It’s less quitting, I guess, and more adjusting. Moving on to the next thing you think you want.”

He knows I’m dying for him to expound, that I’m terrified that he means he’s decided my recent rhetoric is right. Even though that’s what I’ve asked him to do, I can’t bear to hear it come out of his mouth. He knows this, yet he doesn’t go on. He waits for me to respond.

With a voice shakier than I’d like, I give in. “What are you moving on from now?”

Slowly, inch-by-inch, the corner of his mouth upturns. With every movement, every flinch, my heartbeat picks up.

“I quit pretending like I don’t know what we’re doing,” he says. “I’ve tried to ease back into this because I think that’s what you want. I’ve slept on that fucking futon in Cord’s room with that stupid dog licking me in the face every morning long enough.” He smirks, cocking a brow. “Baby, I’m coming home. If you don’t like it, too damn bad.”

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Review – Naughty Little Gift by Angel Payne

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I do so love my time in Arcadia. The Cimarrons make the trip so worthwhile. One gorgeous king determined to bring his small island nation into the 21st century. His strong brother by his side protecting his King and his home. And two other siblings that we will know more about soon. I expected amazing things for the spin off of this great series. Temptation Court does not disappoint. Once again I found myself drawn into the mysterious world of the Cimarrons through one of their most trusted and loyal servants.

Mishella Santelle knew her place in her family. She was a commodity, a pawn piece in her father’s plan for more money and position as Arcadia comes out of hiding. Cassian Court, American billionaire and engineering genius, knows Ella’s father’s game and is determined to beat him at it. He sees so much beauty in Mishella and so much hurt as well. They have instant chemistry and they both want more. So Cassian makes a deal with the devil – in exchange for his business with Mishella’s family, her father must agree to allow Ella to spend six months in NYC with Cassian.

Oh, the power and passion between these two! Cassian has his own dark secrets and his own past pain to get through. In Ella, he has found something that he thought he would never experience again. But he can’t allow himself to get close. He figures in six months time he will have gotten the beautiful Arcadian out of his system and given her a chance to spread her wings and discover her true self. Their relationship is so steamy, so sensual. Cassian can run but he cannot hide what’s in his heart. Ella is determined to remain loyal to her family and do what she has to make sure they are supported but can she really step away from the one person who makes her truly complete?

This is the beginning of a wonderful relationship! Cassian and Ella’s love story continues in Pretty Perfect Toy and I thrilled to continue my tour of Arcadia!

FANTASTIC, Angel!

Five Arcadia meets NYC stars!
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Make a wish…

Engineering genius. Billionaire icon. Consultant to kings. Golden-haired god. Cassian Court is a legend before he even steps foot on the remote island of Arcadia—but from the moment he locks eyes with Mishella Santelle, she can see only the man beneath the power, the presence, and the muscles…the bruised soul for whom hers has been destined…

But destiny isn’t a luxury for a woman of the Arcadian Court.

Close your eyes…

When six months of her life are bargained to Cassian in a multimillion dollar contract, Mishella must learn the rules of a more ruthless kingdom: New York City. In this glamorous jungle, paths are harder to discern, enemies are more cleverly camouflaged…and passions are impossible to ignore, especially when awakened by the man who can read her every desire with a glance, control her every arousal with a touch…

And leap…

Helpless against how her body and soul react to this man, Mishella dreads her heart is soon to follow—for the ghosts from Cassian’s past will never free him to return her love. In six months, she’ll simply be a memory to him…the naughty little toy he played with for a while…

Unless she can prove the impossible.

That their love is worth fighting for.

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Review Tour – Dirty Sexy Cuffed by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde

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Oh Levi…

This has been, for me at least, the most anticipated book in the Dirty Sexy series. Levi was also the mysterious Kincaid brother. Quiet. Intense. Very self controlled and self contained. He was a beat cop. He had no vices that we saw. No drinking, no drugs, nothing that would label him the inked bad boy or the revered saint. But it’s the quiet ones that can get a girl into the most trouble.

Sarah Robins has had her fair share of hard times. Losing her entire family in a house fire. A childhood filled with abusive or emotionally distant foster homes. Bad relationship decisions based on past pain lead to a relationship that put her in danger. Now she was on the run working a dead end job at a convienence store and living in a disgusting pay by the week motel. The one bright spot in her life – Officer Levi Kincaid. Sarah finds herself drawn to the handsome cop and she was sure he felt something for him too. One night will change everything for them. But no matter what Sarah knows that she has to leave Levi behind and leave Chicago before it’s too late.

He has to be in control, has to stay in control – even in the bedroom. Levi Kincaid is certainly very alpha and very sexy. Some of the dirty things that come out of Levi’s mouth! Wow! But as the relationship progresses, Levi has to learn to trust and let Sarah lead. He finds that he doesn’t want to lose her. At the same time, Sarah has to learn to trust Levi with her heart and all the pain that she has endured from childhood. This is the story of two damaged souls searching for a way to heal each other. They shared a similar past – the loss of family, the drive to be the “good one” so they wouldn’t be taken away. It was heartbreaking seeing just how the past effected their budding relationship but just as amazing to see two find solace with each other. And boy, was it STEAMY!

This series has been the best reading experience! Three sexy brothers… the responsible one, the bad boy and the silent one. If Carly and Erika wanted to end the series in style, then they certainly could have. But then, there’s that epilougue and a cliffhanger that set this reader on her ear! I cannot wait for Sexy Dirty Sinner.

FANTASTIC, Carly and Erika!

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5 Absolutely Incredible Kisses!

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As a cop, Levi Kincaid is all about discipline and control . . .in the bedroom, and out of it, and he’s always been very careful about choosing women who abide by his rules.  Hot sex and intense pleasure?  No problem.  Emotional commitment and forever promises?  No way.  But he never anticipates falling for a blue eyed angel who makes him want to cuff her to his bed and do dirty, sexy things to her.  And that control of his?  It doesn’t stand a chance against Sarah Robins, the one woman he can’t resist . . .

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Blog Tour – Fallen by K.L. Silver

 

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TEN years ago, the most handsome boy in school asked Zoey Benton to senior prom. The Olympic-bound darling of the gymnastics world was over the moon with excitement.

SHE had no way of knowing he was a budding psychopath, as well. WHEN she comes to, she’s vomiting, her dress is askew, and a chunk of her hair is missing. Shattered, she has no recollection of what happened. A career-ending injury soon follows. With her Olympic dreams quashed and her world in free-fall, Zoey retreats within herself.

AFTER a decade of healing, she meets the man of her dreams. An Olympic gold medal wrestler, Ash Harrington is a national hero. To Zoey, he’s everything a man ought to be and more. She’s just beginning to live and love again when the unimaginable happens. Gymnasts begin to turn up dead. Raped and killed in unspeakable fashion, their broken bodies are left on display for the world to see.

YET, this calculated killer is fixated on one gymnast in particular—the one that got away. Biding his time and honing his skills, he saves the best for last. If Zoey falls into his clutches this time, there will be no second chances.

SET against a backdrop of elite gymnastics, FALLEN will keep you BALANCED on the edge of your seat!

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– “Like most soulless sociopaths, he was brilliant at affecting emotions, duplicating behaviors, and simulating compassion – otherwise known as pretending to give a shit…”

– Only his parents had an inkling as to the depths of his depravity. Early on, they realized they’d spawned seriously damaged goods. He’d hear them screaming late at night, each blaming the other for the ‘monster’ they’d created. Not that he’d given a shit, other than their racket made it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. He’d never felt any connection to them. His instinct was to feed from them until he was glutted and they were gutted.

– “A knot of desire unfurled in her belly, molten lava hot. Her panties didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of withstanding the heat. This man was dangerously fall-in-loveable…”

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