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Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17th, 2013
In the past, I’ve always been given everything I’ve wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I’ve experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It’s the one thing that can’t be bought. It can’t even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.
Not until him.
Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.
The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.
And now that he has, I have to wonder if he’ll stay around long enough to catch me.
Abby’s review 5 stars!!!
Do you have go to authors? You know the authors that you know won’t let you down. I’ve probably said it before but Claire Contreras is one of those authors. Her stories are unique and riveting. Her first two books that she put out had me on Cole fever and Catch Me has me catching a similar fever. OH Ryan…..Swoon
Claire Contreras knows how to write a book boyfriend. Ryan is good looking and in the music business. He is a producer for Shea, a good looking but some what troubled musician. Ryan has a large build, a blonde faux hawk and blue green eyes.
Ryan skyrocketed to the top of the list. He is sweet and sincere, sexy and talented in so many ways.
Claire, oh how she can write. So many things about this story made me happy. I love how music helped set the mood. I was looking up songs throughout the book being completely thrown into the mood. It’s actually my favorite playlist right now.
Something else about Claire – she is funny is her very subtle ways. She said he looks like Laurence Fishburne, but fat. I love it cracks me up. She also has many other silly things like coffee cups, you will see and then you will be wanting one for yourself.
I loved this story, it’s the kind that you will want to read more than once and I rarely have those. The characters are well thought out dynamic characters that connect with you. This is another home run for Claire Contreras and I can’t wait to read her next book.
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
Claire Contreras knows exactly how to charm you with her writing. It grips you and holds you tight. Weaving a story that at first seems to have a separate threads that eventually all weave together to make a beautiful tapestry.
There are moments that had me laughing, had me looking for someone to rub up against and have them say raspy words in my ear, or had my heart breaking for the dysfunction of families.
There are so many moments of beauty, broken pieces that are glued together with love and friendship and hope. I still remember a particular moment that just about broke me. I gasped out loud when suddenly a few pieces fall into place. And I really liked the use of layering of past and present to draw the pieces together.
Nick – damn. That man was like a freaking drug to my system. I wanted to be Brooklyn when he spoke to her through simply a look from his blue green eyes or simply rasping ‘i want you’ in her ear. *Swoon*
Shea – at first, I didn’t really like him but then Claire did a wonderful job of making me see how his and Brooklyn’s relationship worked. And I swear he just about broke my heart!
Brooklyn – she is fascinating. Broken and real. Depressed. It’s sad and painful at moments. But I loved watching her fight her way through the moments of darkness along with learning what it could mean to truly love and be loved. She’s strong and even with moments of darkness, she was a heroine that I felt really owned her life and learned how to carve out her space. She knew what she wanted in a relationship (or didn’t want) and stood up for that.
Claire Contreras is a fascinating, must-read, immediate 1-click author for me!
Copy provided for honest review
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.
Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.
She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.
Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones or ones that will scare the daylights out of her and have her looking over her shoulder at every turn. Like I said, she’s very random.
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The force of nature that was Rebecca Donovan was in a rut. Money was tight, her elusive sister was suddenly hounding her and it had been far too long between dates. Becoming the victim of a sexual assault was the final straw that broke the vivacious and strong willed florist.
Charlie Cole was floating through life on a wisp of uninspired air. Nothing could compare to the excitement and fulfillment that one night with Rebecca Donovan had brought him. A misunderstanding and stubborn stand-off saw that one night of heaven remain just that, one night.
Little did Rebecca and Charlie know that from the depths of fear, with their lives thrown into turmoil, a fierce love would be born.
Dawn’s Review 3.5 Stars
I recently discovered Kirsty Dallas and read both Mercy’s Angels books back to back. Saving Ella, Book 1, is Ella’s and Jax’s story; Fighting Back is Rebecca’s and Charlie’s story. Both work well as standalone novels, however I think I benefited from reading Saving Ella first as I felt a strong connection right away with all of the characters and what Mercy’s Angels are all about.
Fighting Back starts with an intense, painful situation for Rebecca. I was immediately drawn into the story and definitely felt all of her conflicting emotions that arose out of it. And then there is Charlie…he’s a tough fighter with a soft spot for Rebecca – his ‘Betty Boop’ – and a tendency to fight before asking questions. I really loved watching their relationship grow in Fighting Back as they helped each other fight their own demons.
Kirsty Dallas adds just the right touch of humor mixed in with the danger of not knowing who is the ‘bad guy’. I loved seeing the same cast of characters from Saving Ella along with a few new faces – Lola and Emily and Braiden. Kirsty Dallas definitely knows how to dish up a hot alpha with a side of sweet and her female characters, while having experienced some at-times god-awful situations, are fighters with a sense of humor and a backbone. I can’t wait to learn more about the others we’ve just begun to meet in future books! Overall, a quick and intense read that left me hanging just a little bit for book 3.
Copy provided for honest review
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I’m just a little Aussie girl with a big imagination, so much to write and so little time to do it. When I’m not writing (or reading) I am kept smiling and sane (for the most part) by my 5 year old daughter. She is the light in my world. I have a wonderfully supportive family who keep me completely grounded. Trust me, they will never let any success go to my head!! And I love them for it. I enjoy ice cold ciders, barbeques, music and art. I hate cooking, in fact I think I have major kitchen allergies. My feet rarely grace anything other than flip-flops and even in the middle of a hot Aussie summer, I love my jeans!!! To sum me up in a few words (and you know how hard just a few words is for an author) ~ easy going, laid back, dreamy and passionate.
I hope you all love reading my novels as much as I love writing them.
Today we are thrilled to bring you our interview with Eliza Gordon! Dawn & Nicole recently reviewed and loved MUST LOVE OTTERS and couldn’t wait to get the inside scoop on Eliza Gordon…Enjoy and be prepared for a few good laughs!
Thank you for joining us on Up All Night Book Blog. After reading Must Love Otters, we couldn’t wait to visit with you both!
Must Love Otters is about 25-year-old Hollie Porter, unlucky in love, working a job she hates, in search of a better life. When her dad gives her a gift certificate for a Spa-and-Stay weekender at a posh resort in British Columbia, she decides to dump the yucky boyfriend and head into the wilderness on her own, in search of some action. The appealing thing about Hollie is that she’s Every Girl—so many of us have found ourselves in the same situation, wondering if there is more out there than what we have right now. Hollie goes in search of that, even though she doesn’t realize that’s what she’s doing.
How did you come up with the concept of Must Love Otters?
It incorporates all the elements we love: the Every Girl character, the hunky-but-real male love interest, the beauty of both Portland, Oregon (where I’m from originally), and British Columbia (where Mr. Gordon is from), hockey (!!!), and one of our favorite marine critters, the Northern sea otter. We’re very familiar with the current book market, and we knew we wanted to do something different, something that would make people laugh. Romance is great and all, but you can only read so many sexy-time books before they all start to sound the same. We wanted to throw the comedy in there so that at least, if people think they’ve read the Otters storyline before, they’d get the funny bits that are unique to our writing style. Plus I can’t write erotica because I giggle too much. Mr. Gordon teases me about this.
Must Love Otters had us in stitches so many times. Where did you get your inspiration for all the zany moments with Hollie and Ryan?
Mr. Gordon and I have pretty nutty senses of humor. We tend to think of a given situation—like, with Hollie, when she finds herself in an uncomfortable place with a guy she meets, faced only with a vast body of water and her own regrets—and we brainstorm all the trouble she could get into. For every wacky situation we come up with, there are three others that don’t get used. You have to be careful to not overdo the humor, and especially the physical comedy, or else it becomes farcical. We really wanted Hollie to be that girl who doesn’t have the greatest luck, because that’s closer to reality than the girl who gets the perfect job, the perfect body, the perfect guy—although Ryan is pretty perfect there in the end, I must say. Hollie needed to be relatable so that when crazy things happen to her, it’s that much funnier.
We live in a suburb of Vancouver, BC, and we have a lot of wildlife in our local area. I have photos from last winter’s only appreciable snowfall where a very large bear decided to leave his footprints in our side yard, just feet from our bedroom window; coyotes stroll our neighborhood like they’re someone’s lost pet; and cougars are not unusual. Just this year two were killed close by because they were stalking homeowners. We haven’t personally encountered any wildlife, other than raccoons getting into the recycling and the occasional rat our Maine Coon-cross brings home. We have to be conscientious when strolling by the river or in the woods, for sure.
What is it like writing as a team?
Very natural. We do everything as a team, so this was the next logical step. Mr. Gordon mostly writes screenplays, so his approach is much sparser than mine. I’m the one who recently had to shave tens of thousands of words from a project. Talk about painful. Because of the differences in our styles, though, Mr. Gordon is better at plotting and building the skeleton; adding the muscles and meat is my job. It’s a complementary system.
Do you find yourselves talking about your joint writing projects all the time?
We do. In fact, we’re totally boring to hang out with because we always talk about stories, about shit we can throw at characters to make them suffer. When we’re not writing, we work other jobs—I’m an editor so I see a lot of good (and not so good) stories come through the pipes, and Mr. Gordon works in the film industry, so when we’re not working elsewhere, we talk ad nauseam about story, character, problems with storylines, etc. We’re total nerds. Lately we’ve been talking about Man of Steel because Mr. Gordon worked on it and I am totally obsessed with Henry Cavill. Oh, and Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack. See? Nerds.
How do you keep the business of book writing separate from the rest of your life together – marriage and family?
LOL, we don’t. We have three kids and they think we’re insane. Actually, they’re pretty good themselves at comedy and general silliness and it’s almost a competition at times to crack each other up. They also give us time to chat when we need it—they understand that Mom and Dad are much easier to deal with when words have been written. More than anything, though, Mr. Gordon and I want the kids to see that if there’s something they want, something they believe in, it’s theirs for the taking. It simply requires a little madness, some shedding of blood and tears, and a hell of a lot of hard work.
Are there plans for a new book? Any hints/teasers as to what it might be about?
Definitely. We have two projects in embryonic stages right now, both romantic comedies, of course. I’m superstitious, so I don’t talk about the work until the first draft is done, but I hope that we can make folks laugh—because honestly, that’s the point of everything. Look for a cover reveal in early 2014, probably February. It would be ideal to have the next book ready for Valentine’s Day, but again, I don’t like to rush projects. I can’t release something that’s half-baked.
For someone wanting to write a book, what advice would you give him or her?
Hire a good editor. And writing is rewriting. Don’t finish draft #1 and call it good. Doing so is a grave disservice to you as a writer and to the reading public.
And one last thing … we hear there’s a very spoiled four-legged family member in your house. Does Nuit help with the writing process?
She thinks she does—when she’s not eating the paper I’m writing on. She’s sitting on my lap right now, biting me when I try to type … But because she’s so cute, there’s nothing like a snuggle or a quick game of chase-the-mouse-and-kill-it-dead to bring about some creative rejuvenation. We’re cat people, which is why otters were so easy to fall in love with. Nuit is such an otter at heart.
Anything else you’d like to add or share before we end?
Buy our book. And then tell your friends. Everyone needs a giggle now and again.
Thanks so much for the time!
Thank YOU so much for your enthusiasm for our book. We love it!
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Eliza Gordon is a forgetful girl who relies on Post-It notes and cellphone alarms to get her through the day. An avid eater of cookies, she can be found with her hand in the jar when not in her cubicle. A purveyor of fictions, Eliza is confident that the life she lives in merely the imaginings of someone else’s hand, poured from a dull pencil on cafe napkins, and that she is simply an understudy, waiting for her turn to take the stage. She has excellent taste in books, shoes, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.
In real life, she’s a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After.
About Must Love Otters
Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.
Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.
“Edgy, sexy, and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!”
~J.R. Ward on Hard As It Gets
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 26, 2013
About Hard As It Gets:
Five dishonored soldiers.
Former Special Forces.
One last mission.
These are the men of Hard Ink.
Tall, dark, and lethal…
Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.
With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.
Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…
Read Chapter 1 of Hard As It Gets
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
Hard As It Gets is the perfect blend of romance, humor, badass hero, feisty heroine, sexy good times, and suspense that kept me turning the pages and burning the midnight oil to see what was going to happen next! This is my first book by Laura Kaye and I’m hooked!
The story and suspense blended with romance factor reminds me of some of my favorite stories in this genre. There is a high intensity to the story with just enough romance to keep me happy.
In Hard As It Gets, you meet Nick Rixey and his former Special Forces team (hello, soldiers!!) who have been scattered around following a dust-up from their final mission. Nick, or Rixey, is hotter than hot, protective but not over the top Alpha, flawed and determined to take care of Becca. He is quite a panty-melter too! I loved the moments between him, his brother and his military brothers and of course with Becca!
“Think that’s funny, do ya?”
Grinning, she nodded. “I like you eager.”
He threw the jeans and boxers somewhere behind him. “Eager’s my middle fucking name when I’m around you.”
One of the things I loved about Becca Merritt is she is strong and is a gives-as-good-as-she-gets kind of heroine. She has a no-nonsense attitude and tons of determination to find her brother. I appreciated that Laura Kaye wrote her in a way that didn’t make me want to smack her for doing something dumb during critical moments. And the intensity between her and Nick…whew!
She wanted him.
It was that simple and that complex.
I felt the pace of this story was just right, the characters were well-developed and the use of humor had me snort-giggling a few times. Such as when the names were being tossed around for the puppy. Oh my, too funny!
I love a good serial story and although this was not quite a cliffhanger (there was a level of resolution), it did leave me panting for Shane’s story next. The bonus is that the rest of the Hard Ink team will be back!
Copy provided for honest review
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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Publication date: February 24, 2014
Genres: Horror, Romance
***A Standalone Horror Romance coming February 2014***
Jake McGraw was unlike anyone I’d ever known. He was brash, rude, unapologetic and arrogant; chauvinistic, close-minded, and terribly stubborn. He was built like a tree, tall with a hard chest and wide shoulders and hands that looked like they could wrestle a bear. He was a cigar-chomping, scruffy-faced, beast of a man. I was pretty sure I hated him. And I know he hated me. But among the flesh-eating monsters in these snow-capped mountains, he was the only thing keeping me alive
The year is 1851 and pioneers in search of California gold are still afraid to travel on the same route as the tragic Donner party did years before. When the last wagon train to go into the Sierra Nevada mountains fails to arrive at their destination, Eve Smith, an 18-year old half-native girl with immense tracking skills is brought along with the search party, headed by an enigmatic former Texas Ranger, Jake McGraw.
What they find deep in the dangerous snow-covered terrain is a terrifying consequence of cannibalism, giving new meaning to the term “monster.” While the search party is slowly picked off, one by one, Eve must learn to trust Jake, who harbors more than a few secrets of his own, in order to survive and prevent the monstrosities from reaching civilization.
***This is NOT New Adult***
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).
Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.
Elaina Morrison has loved Neil McManus her whole life. She doesn’t remember a time when she didn’t love him. Through heartbreaking tragedy and years of separation, her love holds true…until life stomps all over her heart, shattering her perfect dream, teaching her how hard it is to let go.
Real life doesn’t have anything on romantic dreams though, as these two have learned repeatedly. It sucks big time, leaving painful scars in its wake.
But Neil isn’t giving up. He’s endured years of longing and sacrifice to wait for her. Always a soldier, he knows his way around a battlefield, and winning Elaina is no different. So that’s precisely what Neil is going to do. He’ll go in fighting, and make Elaina see what he already knows.
That she will forever be his Cherry Girl…
Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.
As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.
Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.
The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.
Love is never more precious than when it’s new.
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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.
JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything has at least a splash of romance.
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Release Date: TBA
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About Phenomenal X
From the mean streets of Detroit rises the newest superstar of professional wrestling, Xavier Cold, better known as Phenomenal X. His muscular physique makes men cower before him and woman lose their minds with desire.
Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naive to the harsh realities of the real world. Tired of living under the thumb of her conservative family, she defies them when she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling’s most notorious bad-boy. Phenomenal X has an animalistic nature that even good girl Anna finds hard to resist.
One night forced to share a bed in a sold-out hotel, lines blur between them and they quickly learn that one lustful night changes everything and neither one of them will ever be the same.
Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect.
Then it all changed.
I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Abby’s Review 5 freaking holy hawt stars!!!
Whoa, I have seen people posting about this book and then a reader posted about Q. So I did it, I one clicked. I also have to admit that I rarely read a synopsis. I judge a book by others reaction to it and then I one click the heck out of it.
This is Dark. And by dark I mean really, really dark. There is murder, rape, more rape, sexual abuse, slavery, pain, torture, and that is just the surface.
Besides this book being totally crazy and intense, its not what you think. Just when you think you know everything, bamn you don’t total surprises. It also is the type of book you need to sit down for and be prepared to forego house work because you will want to do nothing else.
Here is the kicker…. This may be one of the hottest books I have ever read. I have to admit I felt a little bad thinking somethings were hot because it was so wrong and thankfully in the end Winters basically says here now don’t feel as bad as she throws out a few twists. Still maybe the craziest and sexiest book I have ever read.
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
“This was it. My new beginning. My new ending.
’Bon soir, esclave.’ “
What an intense, dark, sensual read! Pepper Winters takes you deep into the dark desires of Tess and Q and tosses you in to their lives to discover what drives them. Tears of Tess isn’t a light and fluffy read – it includes kidnapping, human trafficking situations, and rape. Even with those intense and potentially disturbing parts of the storyline, I found myself glued to the story and unwilling to put it down until the end.
Tess finds herself in a completely unexpected situation after traveling to Mexico for a fun trip with her boyfriend. I found Tess’s strength and fortitude and downright kick ass persona to be one I rooted for. She also faces some extreme situations that test her and her vulnerabilities are also well-drawn.
“Breathing hard, my entire body wanted to weep, but my eyes remained dry. These men didn’t deserve my tears.”
Q…how to describe and understand Q…I don’t know if that’s entirely possible. And even more so without giving potential spoilers. He is captivating and mysterious with this magnetism that is impossible to ignore. The moments between him and Tess had my head feeling like I had whiplash and my heart in my throat.
“You may not be mine, but I’m fast becoming yours.”
Pepper Winters delivers a very hot, erotic, painful-at-times story that had me wondering what was going to happen next. I was completely caught up in it and highly recommend it. It may push some boundaries for you, so heed the warnings about what is in the story. But if you can go beyond those, it is well-worth the read!
About the Author
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex.
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
Her debut book Tears of Tess will be followed with Quintessentially Q. You didn’t think Q could stop so soon, did you? Her other two titles, Last Shadow and Broken Chance will be coming soon.
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Date of Publication: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Gallery Books
Blog Tour Hosted by: The SUBClub Books
Underground fighter Remington Tate is a mystery, even to himself. His mind is dark and light, complex and enlightening. At times his actions and moods are carefully measured, and at others, they spin out of control.
Through it all, there’s been one constant: wanting, needing, loving, and protecting Brooke Dumas. This is his story; from the first moment he laid eyes on her and knew, without a doubt, she would be the realest thing he’s ever had to fight for.
Dawn’s Review 4 Stars
Remy, oh Remy…You stole my heart in Real and had me quite obsessed with you ever since!! Now, to hear your point of view of everything that happened in Real and Mine solidified your place in my heart as a sensual, primal, intense book boyfriend!
Katy Evans tells Remy’s perspective in ‘Remy’, from the moment he meets Brooke to present day. This is definitely one you will want to read after reading Real and Mine as the present day events would be spoilers otherwise. I LOVED being in Remy’s brain for this one! Not only did I feel his anguish, his intensity, and his moments of speedy and dark, but I also truly felt the depth of his emotions for Brooke and the demons he fought to allow himself to be loved and love. I’ll admit that with Mine, I ended up not liking Brooke in parts, but seeing their story through Remy’s eyes had me falling for her along with him.
“She looks at me questioningly and I can’t explain what I need, but I am a tangle and roiling and I need her like my next breath, and if I had to choose, I would choose her over oxygen.”
Remy’s story wouldn’t be his without living through his highs and lows with him. The way in which Katy Evans wrote those moments had me feeling his speedy times and the darker times and the depths of his pain in knowing that these moments happen. If I could have asked for anything in Remy, it would have been to have his POV during a very deep low that he experienced in Mine as it was a very emotional one.
“I loathe thinking I’m going to make her mine and the day my dark side catches up with me, she’ll be gone, her walls will be up and she won’t let me in, and I will be forever every woman’s adventure. A sex god and a plaything. Nobody’s real. Nobody’s choice. Nobody’s anything.”
Overall, reading Remy gave me what I needed to feel like the story was complete. Remy, in all his glory is truly a sexy beast and willing to protect and love what is his to the depths of his being. My heart beats a bit faster from having delved into his mind.
“I kiss her, slowly parting her lips with mine, so that it’s not the lyrics that tell her I love her, not a voice, not a word, but me.”
Copy provided for honest review
Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!