COVER LOVE : 4 STARS
FINAL RATING : 5 STARS
|This was just the cleanse I needed after a bad DNF. I was very curious about these two and I was not disappointed. Shelly and Levi have been best friends for years. Even though they didn’t see each other often, they wrote, talked, sent gifts and more. Levi goes back into town after his aunt gets sick and reconnects with his bestie. Only she’s not the dorky girl he left behind. She is what she always was to him at 15 and more. He definitely likes what he sees. They have been in love with each oth This was just the cleanse I needed after a bad DNF. I was very curious about these two and I was not disappointed. Shelly and Levi have been best friends for years. Even though they didn’t see each other often, they wrote, talked, sent gifts and more. Levi goes back into town after his aunt gets sick and reconnects with his bestie. Only she’s not the dorky girl he left behind. She is what she always was to him at 15 and more. He definitely likes what he sees. They have been in love with each other a long time but neither of them realized. Watching them figure it out is sweet, sexy and full of awesome moments. I loved it when Levi became aware. The writing pulls you right in and doesn’t loosen its grip. I enjoyed the epilogue which gives us a glimpse into their relationships a few years later. I’m sad to see this line end but I hope we get to read about more characters from the little town . Safety: No OW/OM/Sharing, though Levi gets a peck on the mouth from an old flame in front of Shelly (grrr). No rape/abuse. h was a V. Condoms sometimes. One instance of pushing away.
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Katarina wasn’t afraid of Baden. Not anymore.
He took a step to the side, intending to move around her. Oh, no. She flattened her hands on his shoulders, keeping him in place.
“I want to know what’s wrong with you.” She said. “Tell me.”
He snapped his teeth at her in a show of dominance. “You think you want to know my problem. You’re wrong.”
Her tone dry, she said, “I’m so glad you know my mind better than I do.”
“Very well. I need sex.” He threw the words at her as if they were weapons. “Badly.”
Heart pounding, she jerked her hands away from him. “Sex…from me?”
“Yesss.” A hiss. “Only from you.”
Only. Amazing how one little word could send pleasure soaring through her, warming her. “You told me never to touch you.” Which she’d just done, she realized. My bad.
“I’ve changed my mind.” His gaze dropped, lingered on her lips.
Burning her… “But you and I…we’re a different species.” As if that mattered to her body. Gimme!
He took a step closer, invading her personal space. “We’ll fit, I promise you.”
Tristo hrmenych! The raspy quality of his voice, all smoke and gravel…she shivered with longing. Must resist his allure.
But…but…why? Before she’d committed to Peter, she’d dated around, had made out in movie theaters, cars and on couches. She’d liked kissing and touching and “riding the belt buckle,” as her friends had called it. Then, after committing to Peter, she’d gifted him with her virginity. At first, he hadn’t known what to do with her—he’d been just as inexperienced—and she’d left each encounter disappointed. When finally she’d gathered the courage to tell him what she wanted, he’d satisfied her well.
She missed sex. But connection…intimacy…she thought she missed those more.
The dogs barked, jolting her from her thoughts. They’d cleaned their food bowls, and now wanted to play. She clasped Baden’s hand to lead him out of the kennel. He jerked away, severing contact.
One action. Tons of hurt.
“I’m allowed to touch you and you want to have sex with me, but you’re still disgusted by me.” She stomped outside the kennel, done with him. “Well, I’m leaving. Good riddance! Your do-what-I-say-or-else attitude was annoying, anyway.”
He darted in front of her, stopping her. Breath caught in her throat as sunlight streamed over him, paying his chiseled features absolute tribute, making his bronzed skin glimmer.
So beautiful. Too beautiful.
“I’m not disgusted by you. You need me. I’ve come to accept it,” he admitted, looking away from her. “But being skin-to-skin with another is painful for me. We’ll have to proceed carefully. And you’ll get over your annoyance.”
Another order! She would show him the error of his ways.
The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series, available now! Grab your copy today!
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THE DARKEST TORMENT Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…
Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.
Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.
But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.
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About Gena Showalter:
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.
She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan
I really enjoy this author’s writing. It has become an auto read for me. Mitchell is a doctor who plays the field and doesn’t do more than 30 days with one woman. Jessica is this interesting and quirky woman that doesn’t fit the mold he cast for his affairs. He likes her anyways. She helps him take a step back and enjoy the simple things in life. He helps her overcome rooted insecurities due to promiscuous parents. The story isn’t very long but it covers everything you could possibly want. It doesn’t skimp on development either. There’s one aspect that was never resolved: the money thing, but it didn’t deter from my enjoying the story. I loved the glimpse into the other couples and look forward to Derek’s story. Safety: No OW/OM/Sharing, though there is a misunderstanding. Neither are Vs. Condoms until they decide not to. No rape/abuse. Some pushing away.
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FINAL RATING : 5 STARS
4.5 Stars. Neve was an awesome heroine. She did not fit the mold of the self absorbed light fey and managed to become something pretty special even among snakes. Talin felt a pull to Neve immediately and was able to establish a relationship with her while still doing his job. Bran exploits the connection between Neve and Talin to try to do damage to the reapers. Betrayal, Death and love all make this quite the exciting story. We get a glimpse at other characters from this and the Dragon King series and I’ve got to commend Ms. Grant for how well she meshes the lines and for how mysteriously she’s weaving Rhi into the stories. Just when I thought I had it figured out, she throws something in that makes me question it lol That’s some serious talent. I am DYING to know when we are going to be put out of our mystery. The anticipation is palatable >.< Safety: No OW/OM/Sharing. No abuse/rape. Neither are Vs. No condoms. No pushing away.
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FINAL RATING : 5 STARS
Totally enjoyed this sexy ride with Dare and Lila. Lila starts to work at a tattoo shop where Dare is manager. There is definitely a spark but she is hesitant to let it ignite because of a difficult past being in relationships with men she works with. Of course resistance to Dare is futile and they begin a no strings deal with rules to keep them in line. Rules were made to be broken and before they know it, Lila starts becoming a part of his MC life. That world is in a class of its own and what starts off great is soured by a really bad experience with one of the members. The experience that serves as a reality check for Lila. I was really saddened by how Lila reacted but it felt genuine for someone of her background. I’m not all that sure Dare knew what he wanted based on his actions sometimes but I’m glad he ended up getting his shit together. The book was really good but I would definitely have liked it more if it slowed down the love scenes a bit. The build up was great but it was over way too fast and I was left wanting more. To savor it. The book deals with several difficult topics in a tasteful manner. The plot was good but the pacing a little off. Not so much so that it ruins it, but noticeable. It’s labeled a dark romance but it’s not too deep in the dark imo. Safety: In their time apart and as they try to move on from each other, H tries to do something with OW but can’t and h ends up kissing OM. h also pretends to be with two other of his MC brothers because a bunch of them want her in earnest after Dare and she needs protection. In the beginning it could be assumed they used condoms but a few times I wasn’t 100% sure, but it’s expressly mentioned that they do after the first few times. No rape. Yes to abuse. Definite pushing away.
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FINAL RATING : 4 STARS!
From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes CHARGED, the latest in her sexy The Saints of Denver Series, releasing May 24th! Known for her strong heroines and alpha males, you won’t know what hit you as you read Avett and Quaid’s story. Keep reading for more about the Leagle Eagle and Avett and order your copy today.
Don’t worry, Sprite, bad decisions always make for good stories…
I could hear my dad’s gruff voice, lightened with humor, in my ear as he told me those words every single time I got caught doing something I wasn’t supposed to do when I was growing up. I was always doing something I shouldn’t then and now, so I heard those words a lot from him. Unfortunately, as an adult, my bad decisions resulted in consequences far worse than a scraped knee or a broken wrist from falling out of the tree in the backyard he warned me repeatedly wasn’t sturdy enough to limb. And sadly, my dad reassuring me in his firm and gentle way, while calling me his little Sprite as he kissed my boo-boos, wasn’t going to help my current situation at all.
This boo-boo was big-time.
This boo-boo was life-changing.
This boo-boo was anything but a good story waiting to be told.
This boo-boo very well could be the end of me, the end of the rope where my patient parents had dangled precariously for years, and it very well could be the end of any kind of future I may have had. A future I was well on my way to letting a lifetime of bad decisions and even worse choices screw up. At barely twenty-two, bad decisions had sort of become my stock in trade and were as familiar to me as my own face. I was almost legendary, at this point, for putting all my trust in the absolutely wrong kind of people. If there was a wrong path to take, I was going to skip gleefully down that road and not look back until I ended up exactly in the kind of situation I found myself in at the moment. It wasn’t like this was even a new dead end; it was the same one I ran into over and over again. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get myself turned around, and the longer I was at this dead end, the darker and more wicked it became.
I knew better. I really did, even if there was a boatload of evidence contradicting that fact.
I wasn’t stupid, naïve, immature, or senseless. I might appear that way to anyone on the outside looking in, but I had my reasons for being a consummate failure and lifelong loser. All of those reasons had nothing to do with me not knowing better and everything to do with me knowing exactly what I deserved.
For a long time now I had been spiraling out of control, whirling, falling deep and deeper into a pit of really awful actions and consequences, each seemingly worse and more painful than the last. I also hadn’t made any kind of effort to try and pull myself out of it, so logically I knew the only place I was going to end up was right here, right at the lowest part of rock bottom. I never imagined the landing would be so jarring.
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.
Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.
When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.
Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.
As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.
And don’t miss the first titles in The Saints of Denver Series!
About Jay Crownover:
Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point,and the Saints of Denverseries. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
Vincent and MacKenzie have found their happily ever after, and now they’re just kicking back and enjoying life.
But Mac is hiding something.
Vincent has known for some time, but he loves Mac more than anything and he’ll wait for her to reveal the truth.
Warning: It’s the same intense love as before, but this can be read as a standalone. So whether you’re new to Vincent worshiping his woman and Mac’s sassy mouth, or if you loved reading about them before and want to see how they’re doing, hop on!
“God, you’re so beautiful. I love you,” I say, tucking her dark hair behind her ear.
She bites her lip again, and I think she’s finally going to tell me. But just as she takes a breath, the door to the range opens.
“Yo, Casper! You done?” Knox shouts from the doorway, and I want to punch him in his face.
He can’t see us from where we’re standing, but she was so close to telling me. He knows we were in here fucking, so what could he possibly want?
“What the fuck do you want, Scribe? I’ve still got Vince twelve inches deep!” There’s a hint of relief in her voice, and I wonder if she’s thankful for the interruption.
“Pres wants a meeting.”
I hear the door shut, and we’re alone again. The moment has passed, and she’s not going to tell me right now, but hopefully it’ll happen soon. I can’t stand the wait much longer.
“Hey, everything okay?” I ask, holding her chin and kissing her lips softly.
“Yeah, just have some stuff I need to take care of.”
I pull out of her, and a rush of her cum and mine flows out behind me. She moves her shorts over. They’re soaked in the crotch, and she lets out an annoyed sigh.
“Don’t act like you don’t love that,” I say, reaching down and rubbing the wet shorts against her pussy. “I fucking love knowing my cum is smeared all over you.”
“Fine,” she says giving me a wicked smile and another quick kiss. “But you’re cleaning me up after this meeting is over. Get that tongue ready, Shield.” With that, she turns to walk out.
Tucking myself into my jeans, I follow behind her, smacking her ass. “Anything you want, baby.”
Other books in the series.
Series Reading Order
Pulling Her Trigger #1
Beauty and the Biker #2
Letting Her Lead #3
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