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!




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.


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!


Five Arcadia meets NYC stars!
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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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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!



– “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…”



Blog Tour – Into The Light by Aleatha Romig

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An investigator’s search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

Published through Thomas and Mercer and scheduled to be released June 14, 2016

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Jacob leaned over me, his chest flattening my breasts. With our proximity in the darkened room, I could only make out his form, his shoulders, arms, and the silhouette of his hair against some distant faint light. There were no details. Hearing his familiar voice, without seeing his unfamiliar eyes, eased my anxiety. He smoothed the hair away from my face and kissed my nose. “We both follow Father Gabriel. You aren’t the only one who must obey the rules. I can’t question why you lost those memories any more than you can question me. All I can do is hold tight to the memories I have of us, for both of us. Even though you don’t remember my face, I remember yours.” He traced under my eyes, wiping away the remnants of tears. “I remember your beautiful blue eyes, the way they open with amazement at new discoveries and the way they flutter as you come apart beneath me.” He was back to stroking my hair. “I remember the first time we made love and every time since.

“I remember the first time I saw you, the first time I heard your voice, and”—he brushed his lips against mine—“the first time I kissed you.” He scoffed, “It wasn’t supposed to happen, but I couldn’t resist. I knew you were mine from the first time I saw you, even if you didn’t.”

His memories gave me a sliver of my past. “I didn’t?”

“No, not then.  You were dating someone else.”

“What? That was before we were here, right?”

“Yes, it was before everything.”

He sighed and laid his head back on his pillow. I was afraid he’d stop talking, yet more scared to ask him to continue. Thankfully, he didn’t stop, but when he resumed speaking, his voice had a faraway tone, as if he was seeing it all again.

“You were laughing, and I thought you were one of the prettiest women I’d ever seen. You have a great laugh.” He reached for my hand and intertwined our fingers. “I know this crash course in remembering how to be an Assemblyman’s wife hasn’t given you many opportunities for laughter. That’s why I want your memories to come back. Sometimes it seems like we’re back at the beginning. I want to be beyond that . . .” He was back up with his elbow beside me and his head on his hand. Looking down at me, he continued, “To where you laugh instead of cry.”

“I’m sorry.”

He touched my lips. “To where you’re not constantly apologizing.”

I kissed his finger. “I’d like that too, but you have to admit, this hasn’t been easy. I mean my eyes, leg, and ribs. I’ve just gotten my sight back. We’ve been banished, and my hair is gone.”

“I do.” He exhaled. “I admit that it’s been a rough few weeks, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

“The Light?” I asked with a smirk.

“Yes. See? It’s something everyone wants.”

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Blog Tour – Boss by Sierra Cartwright

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His erotic demands test everything she believes.

When the fearless, larger-than-life Nathan Donovan becomes her boss, Kelsey Lane’s life is turned upside down. The multimillionaire wants her by his side, but his demands don’t end there.

Kelsey avoids romantic entanglements, especially with overwhelmingly dynamic men like Nathan. But she quickly discovers his attention and sensual desires ignite something deep inside her, leading her on a journey that tests everything she believes.

The youngest, boldest of the dynamic Donovan brothers, Nathan is accustomed to getting what he wants. And he focuses his attention on the smart, sexy Kelsey. He quickly discovers she’s unlike any woman he’s ever known.

She meets him, desire for desire, getting deep inside him, destroying the barriers he keeps around his heart. He wonders, though, if she’s willing to give him the one thing he demands…


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Winner of the 2013 Best BDSM Book of the Year award (Over The Line), the 2014 LASR Book of the Year award (In The Den), and the 2015 Golden Flogger (Crave), Sierra was born in Manchester, England where she spent her early years traipsing through castles. After living in Denver for a number of years, the internationally acclaimed author now calls Galveston, Texas, home. She loves the way history blends with Southern manners (being called “sugar” is an experience unto itself) and rich pirate lore.

She invites you to join her on a sensual journey where the limits are explored and expanded.




Review: Everywhere and Every Way by Jennifer Probst


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A fun read! With sweet romance, angst, hot brothers, a feisty southern belle, and two adorable giant dogs! Ahhh I loved this book! What can I say? This is a story of hate turned love! It was wonderful! Probst had me flipping page after page to find out what would happen! I couldn’t put it down! Forget Property Brothers; give me Pierce Brothers!

Cal Pierce has been running Pierce Brother’s Construction alongside his dad for as long as he can remember. He and his brothers have been estranged, not speaking for 5 years, after unfortunate circumstances occurred. His fathers passing brings them all back together. Why? Because their unloving, likes to have the last laugh and word, father put the stipulation in the will: no one will get Pierce Brother’s unless they all agree to work together. One year working together. One year living under the same roof. Tension and emotions run high between these insanely hot brothers. Can they fix what broke their bond in the past?

Morgan Raines is a sexy, feisty southern belle. She’s a professional interior design consultant to famous people. She is the point of contact between builder and client when they want a house built and she has never failed at delivering the perfect house, with the perfect design to her clients. When the “darlings of Hollywood” hire her to build them a house in Harrington, she has to have the best construction company around! That company……Pierce Brother’s Construction!

When Cal turns down her job offer, it doesn’t deter Morgan. She’s dead set on getting what she wants. She’ll do anything, even manipulation.

I truly loved Everywhere and Every Way. It’s a wonderful start to the Billionaire Builders series and I can’t wait for the next release! The gradual growth of respect and then love between Cal and Morgan was heartwarming. Probst nailed it with this book!


5 Stud Stars!!!


Hot on the heels of her beloved Marriage to a Billionaire novels, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst nails it with the first in an all-new sexy romance series featuring red-hot contractor siblings who give the Property Brothers a run for their money!

Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.

Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.

But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?



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Blog Tour -No Simple Sacrifice by Angel Payne and Victoria Blue


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If I could turn back time…

You know what they say about wishing for the impossible.

My name is Talia Perizkova, and time is usually my best friend. It’s been good to me in the months since I left the man who nearly killed me, and I’ve returned the favor by working hard at Stone Global Corp, even getting promoted to lead one of SGC’s key expansion projects.

There’s only one mar on that record. The night I told time to kiss my ass, during a business trip to Vegas with my bosses–yes, my bosses–and experienced a night for the record books with them both. But what happened in the City of Sin refuses to stay there for any of us, and time has joined forces with his pal, karma, to exact payback where it most matters. In my heart.

Fletcher Ford. Drake Newland. They’re two of the business world’s sexiest, most sought-after bachelors, and I’ve fallen for them both. Their passion is everything I crave, their protection is everything I need–and their love is everything my orthodox family will never let me accept.

The solution, according to them, is simple. One man steps down, so at least two of us are happy.

I could find a way…

But sacrifices are rarely simple, and one plus one doesn’t always equal happily-ever-after. That means all three of us have some huge, hard decisions to make. Take a chance on this rare love we’ve been given…or give in to fear, and lose each other forever?


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Angel Payne

Hi there. I’m Angel: book lover, writing addict, hopeless romantic, pop culture geek and avid shoe lover.

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A bit about me…

I’ve been hooked on books since I was a kid but it got worse in my twenties, when I discovered romances–the hotter, the better. Growing up in Southern California, with lots of surfer manliness surrounded me, was certainly a good boost for reading about delicious alpha guys and the women who adore them. When I learned I had a knack for telling these stories too, I guess you could say I was doomed–though my path toward romance novelist took a few detours via a concert-reviewing gig for my college newspaper (free show tickets…backstage passes…that was a no-brainer), artist interviews for a Beverly Hills dance music mag, personal assistant work for a record producer, dance club disc jockey, and a lot of fun in the hospitality industry.

These days, I still live in California, and have found an amazing alpha guy of my own who was brave enough to marry me. We live on a street that looks like Brigadoon, with our beautiful daughter. I have the best life ever, and never forget to thank the Big Guy Upstairs for it, either.



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Victoria Blue lives in her own portion of the galaxy known as Southern California. There she finds the love and life sustaining power of one amazing sun, two unique and awe inspiring planets and three indifferent, yet comforting moons. Life is fantastic and challenging and everyday brings new adventures to be discovered. She looks forward to seeing what’s next!




Review: The Officer’s Promise by K. Langston


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Heartbreaking, joyful, angsty, funny….The Officers Promise takes you on a whirlwind ride of emotions through this novella. This was a phenomenally perfect beginning to The Brother’s In Blue series! K. Langston has blown me away with characters that I couldn’t get enough of!
Ryker is a sinfully sexy NY Police Officer. He lives a simple life of a single man and fighting crime. It’s in his blood. He wants to settle down, but he wants to do it with “the one”. He doesn’t want to settle for something that won’t last. What he really wants? His childhood love who was taken to live with her Grandmother after a tragic accident.
MaryAnn is a beautiful woman. She’s married to a man with money. Only problem? It’s not the life she wants. She’s living in a prison. A cage. She stays out of fear. What will he do next? She longs for the simpler carefree days of her childhood and her best friends who she hasn’t seen in years.
When Ryker and MaryAnn meet, they know nothing can come of it. She’s married and he’s not the kind of guy to disrupt a relationship…..until he notices the bruises. He can’t walk away. It’s his duty to serve and protect and he’ll do anything to protect her. Sparks begin to fly between these two characters and it’s beautiful! Ryker and MaryAnn will make you cry, make you laugh….and Ryker’s sexy and sweet self will make you swoon all over the place!
This story is not only amazing, but it comes with a very important, real life information. The Officer’s Promise is real, it’s raw and I loved every heartbreakingly beautiful minute of it. I am in desperate need of the other Brother’s In Blue Series ASAP! K. Langston stole my breath away with The Officers Promise!
5 Phenomenal Blue Stars!!!



prom-ise: assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.

NYPD Officer Ryker Cunningham comes from a family of men committed to upholding every letter of the law. But when he crosses paths with MaryAnn Glover, a troubled woman who not only tempts his heart but also his self-control, his need to protect her overrides everything he’s ever believed in. With a promise to keep her safe at any cost, Ryker shows MaryAnn what it means to live without fear…and love without regret.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a novella, consisting of approximately 38,000 words. The Officer’s Promise is not only Ryker and MaryAnn’s story but an introduction to the Brothers in Blue series as well. The remaining five books of the series will be full-length novels. Each book will feature one of the six Cunningham brothers. I recommend you read them in order as the characters will have appearances in each of the stories.

The Officer’s Promise is written from dual POV, with an HEA and no cheating.

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My hands moved to her ass, dipping beneath the little black dress that had driven me half-crazy tonight, my fingers digging into the soft skin to lift her up as I fed from her hungry mouth. Short, ragged breaths were the only sounds filling the hallway, and I was certain they fled in time with my thrumming heart.

Her hands snuck beneath my shirt, wrestling for purchase. Her touch was a sword, slicing me wide open for her to reach inside and take what was left of me.

She could have it.

It was all useless without her anyway.

“Ryker, please.”

The longing in her voice had my hands moving to her face, angling her head so I could find a deeper connection. A growl vibrated in my chest as I lifted her and carried her to the hotel room door. Once inside, I stood her up next to the bed, swaying slightly, almost drunk on her taste, her presence.

Her fucking need.

    My control was fading, erased by my own desire for her.

“I want you so bad, baby,” I whispered between her lips. “Can you feel it?”


My hands moved to the back of her dress, drawing down the zipper slowly. “Tell me what you feel.”


My tongue tasting the skin of her neck, I asked, “Where?”


Her dress fluttered to the floor. “What else?”

“Lips,” she answered breathlessly.

I pressed them to her bare shoulder. “Where?”

With the tilt of her head, her mouth stole mine, fingers burrowing into the back of my head as she tugged me closer, completely taking over. Each scrape of her nails raking across my skin and every moan that escaped her mouth was one step closer to my demise.

Jesus, I could come just from this fucking kiss.

She slowed her breathing and the kiss, easing her hold on my neck, relinquishing control back to me.

“What else do you feel, baby?” I asked in a deep voice that made her eyes flutter closed as I pressed myself against her.

I could taste it on her lips, but I was dying to hear her say it. In the span of three breaths, she finally opened her eyes once more and answered.



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She didn’t come in the following week.

Or the next.

I found myself constantly worried about her. It was driving me crazy, and I needed to know she was okay. Today was my day off, but I went to the West Side Deli for lunch anyway. I’d been here every single day since, hoping like hell she’d show up.

I’d almost given up for the day, after sitting here for the last four hours, when she finally walked in. Rain pelted the sidewalk outside but she was wearing those damn sunglasses again.

Anger simmered in my blood as I slid from the booth, halting her before she could even place her order.

She kept her chin tucked to her chest, eyes trained on the floor as she tried to sidestep me.

“Whoa, MaryAnn, are you all right?”

Her gaze lifted to mine, and I could see the dark shadow beneath the tinted shades. “I’m fine.”

“Are you? Because you don’t look fine. Come sit with me for a minute. Let’s talk.”

“I can’t, I’m in a hurry.”

“Listen, I just want to be your friend. Remember when we were friends and we could talk and trust each other?”

Her lip trembled. “Please, I just need to get my order and get home. If I’m gone too long he’ll—”

She snapped her mouth closed, realizing her mistake.

“He’ll what?”

“Nothing, never mind.” She shoved me aside and made her way to the counter to place her order. Once she had her cup in hand, I met her over by the fountain.

“Listen, I appreciate your concern, but like I told you before, I’m fine,” she tossed out, refusing to look in my direction.

    She continued to shift her face away from me, and I was growing more and more irritated by the second. “I don’t believe you.”

    “Excuse me?”

    “I said I don’t believe you. I think you’re far from fine. I think you’re in danger and need help.”

    “You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

    “I’m not stupid, MaryAnn. I’m a fucking cop for Christ’s sake.”

    She recoiled, and I instantly regretted the anger in my tone. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

    “Then why are you wearing sunglasses when it’s raining outside?”

    “My contacts were giving me problems this morning and—”

    I reached up, gently pulling them down her nose, revealing her eyes, the right one damn near swollen shut.

“Jesus,” I gritted. She quickly shoved them back in place, spinning away from me. “Who did that to you?”

    “No one.”


    “God, why are you doing this? Why can’t you mind your own business and leave me the hell alone?”

    I stepped in front of her, gently cupping her elbow. “I just want to help you.”

    “I don’t need your help.”

    “Your husband did that, didn’t he? And the bruise I saw a couple of weeks ago, he did that, too.”

    “You have no idea what you’re talking about.”

    “Then call me a liar.”

Silence hung heavy between us.

“Why stay? Why not leave him?” I asked, desperate to know why someone as strong and beautiful as her would put up with a piece of shit like that.

“Because I’m more afraid to leave than stay.”

    “Ticket number 298!”

    She jerked from my grasp, snatched her order off the counter, and stormed out without a second glance.




Blog Tour – Paige’s Warriors (Bondmates, Book 3) by Ann Mayburn




After a lifetime of war, Commander Trenzent has left behind the bloody battlefields of the Bel’Tan galaxy and traveled to Earth in the hopes of finding his bondmate. He can only pray that the one woman in the universe who can save his battered soul can look past his scarred exterior to the man within. Unfortunately for Tren, his potential bride is terrified of men thanks to years of abuse at the hands of her father and won’t be easy to seduce.

Paige Grant is pretty sure she’s losing her mind obsessing about a man who doesn’t exist. Ever since the night a wormhole opened up next to Jupiter she’s had these intense dreams about a terrifying, damaged man who awakens a passion inside of her she never knew existed. Despite his grim exterior, he makes her feel safe, something she desperately needs in the real world as she fights off the advances of a man who will not take no for an answer.

But Trenzent isn’t the only Kadothian warrior who believes Paige is his bondmate. An old political enemy of Tren’s, Rell Thantos, also believes the sweet and shy young Earth woman holds the missing part of his soul. He will do whatever it takes to win her heart, even if it means becoming bloodbrothers with a man he hates.

The men will have to find a way to get past their anger and work together to protect Paige against an unknown enemy who is determined to keep the women of Earth out of the Bel’Tan Galaxy forever.


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With over forty published books, Ann is Queen of the Castle to her husband and three sons in the mountains of West Virginia. In her past lives she’s been an Import Broker, a Communications Specialist, a US Navy Civilian Contractor, a Bartender/Waitress, and an actor at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. She also spent a summer touring with the Grateful Dead-though she will deny to her children that it ever happened.

From a young Ann has had a love affair with books would read everything she could get her hands on. As Ann grew older, and her hormones kicked in, she discovered bodice ripping Fabio-esque romance novels. They were great at first, but she soon grew tired of the endless stories with a big wonderful emotional buildup to really short and crappy sex. Never a big fan of purple prose, throbbing spears of fleshy pleasure and wet honey pots make her giggle, she sought out books that gave the sex scenes in the story just as much detail and plot as everything else-without using cringe worthy euphemisms. This led her to the wonderful world of Erotic Romance, and she’s never looked back.

Now Ann spends her days trying to tune out cartoons playing in the background to get into her ‘sexy space’ and has accepted that her Muse has a severe case of ADD.