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Pre-Release Blitz ~~ Deep by Kylie Scott

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His laughter, it didn’t really sound the smallest bit amused. “Christ. You’re done here.”

“Ah, no. I’m actually not. Now see, this is where we have a problem.” I folded my arms. Then unfolded them because like fuck I’d look defensive. He was the one in the wrong, not me. “You’re not prepared to take me, or my feelings, seriously. What you want is to hide away in Mr. Too Cool for Commitment land and just play with my affections when it suits you. Okay, I’ve accepted that. But none of that means it’s okay for you to come in here and act like you’re the boss of me. None of it.”

“That so?” he asked, leaning down so that we were almost nose to nose.

“That’s so, baby.” I play-punched him in the shoulder, which it should be noted, I barely came up to. Okay, so maybe the alcohol on a mostly empty stomach had made me slightly/lots braver/sillier. “So why don’t you take your little caveman jealous tantrum bullshit somewhere else. See, I do this funny thing I like to refer to as whatever the fuck I want. Understand?”

He just stared.

“And as pretty as you are with your beard and your muscles, you are too damn tricky and . . . complicated and shit for me.”

“I am?”

“Yes, you are. Are you finally seeing my point here?”

“You bet.”

“Excellent. So take your hotness elsewhere, kind sir. I want no part of it!” Huh. I had so told him. Drunken bravado was the best. 

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Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins’ ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the irresistibly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben’s the only man she’s ever met who can make her feel completely safe, cherished, and out of control with desire at the same time? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn’t looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She’s his best friend’s little sister now, and no matter how hot the chemistry is between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he’s not going to go there. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible…but will it lead to a connection of the heart?

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Audible Reviews ~~ Easy & Breakable by Tammara Webber

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Easy & Breakable by Tammara Webb- Audible Review

Easy Synopsis: 

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…
 
The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.
 
Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of  love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

Breakable synopsis:

He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

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Many times I am leery about alternate POV books.  I have read some that make me want to scream because it’s the same damn story.  This series however, is so different.  To hear Landon/Lucas’s side of the story was just delightful and heart wrenching. 
LOUISA’S 5 STAR REVIEW

 

I loved this series when I read it.  I read Easy in January of 2013 and Breakable in May 2014.  If you haven’t had a chance to read this series – please take the time…but honestly, I think the audible version of this book was even better than the book – gasp- I know.  The narrators in these audibles should receive an Oscar for their performances.  Honestly, if Zachary Webber can read every book for me in audible I would be OK with that.  I first heard him on audible when I listened to Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday (which was my first audible purchase).  I have listened to other books with the same narrators and found myself often confused wondering why a character from another book was in this book! Not once while I was listening to Landon/Lucas did I think Ridge from Maybe Someday!

His voice is like the most beautiful thing I have ever listened to.  I should warn you that either grocery shopping or driving while listening to these audible book may be dangerous or embarrassing. Crying in the grocery store will get you a few sideways looks and driving and crying is never a good idea. I honestly believe in my heart that during parts of Breakable Zachary was crying while reading this book, his heart breaking too!  His emotions were so real.  Even when Landon/Lucas was happy I could almost hear the smile on his face.

Just beautiful!  Take the time to listen to these books! – schedule a car trip so you have a reason to listen to these book…go on vacation, do your spring clean….just find time to listen to them!!

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AND…OMG I had no idea this was happening….

Book THREE??? What?? How did I miss this??

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He’s the love of her life, but he doesn’t know it.
She’s his one moment of sacrifice in a lifetime of survival.

He was damaged and wild, but resilient.
She’s always been obedient; now she’s restless.

Home for the summer between college and med school, Pearl Torres Frank knows two things: Boyce Wynn is the embodiment of everything she should run from, and everything she wants to run to. Rebellious and loud. Unconcerned with society’s opinion of him. Passionate. Strong. Dangerous.

And one more trait he hides from everyone but her:

Sweet.

(A Contours of the Heart novel – can be read as a stand-alone story)
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Review~~ Let Love Live & On Solid Ground by Melissa Collins

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Contemporary M/M by Melissa Collins: Sales Blitz
For the entire month of March, bestselling author Melissa Collins has put both of her contemporary M/M titles on sale.
Let Love Live and On Solid Ground will only be $2.99 each.

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Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?

For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.

Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona – tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough – a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.

Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan’s long ago buried heart and let love live once more.

READ THE PROLOGUE AND A TEASER HERE.

DAWN’S 5 heartfelt Star Review
 
I freaking love this book! Wowwwwww!!!!
I often find the more I enjoy a book the harder it is to articulate my review. Anything I say about Let Love Live will not prepare you for it. It is an experience. This book affected me tremendously.  Melissa Collins did an exquisite job in telling a story with so many facets. A breathtakingly beautiful and tremulous journey from childhood to adulthood…. Discovering who you are, coming out, dealing with shame and ridicule, finding love and losing it. Although an emotional read,  there are many fun moments that make you smile and sarcasm that will make you laugh out loud. It’s flirty and dirty too!!
 
It is a special kind of book. One that buries itself into your heart and calls to your soul. Ever wish a book could swallow you whole, just so it could be your reality? Well, that’s how I felt as I read this one. I loved the characters so much, I wanted to know them!  This is my first book from Melissa and certainly not my last. It’s evident, she writes from her heart and the stories come from her soul. While other authors write with logic and are analytical. Melissa pours her being into the pages. That is what makes this book so magical. It’s tragically beautiful. The overwhelming love in this story encompasses you and takes you hostage. While the disparity and helplessness cripples you. I was completely over run with emotions. On quite a few occasions,  I actually had to take a break and breathe.
 
 
The first part of the book is a coming of age story that nearly killed me! Two best friends Dylan and Shane realize they have feelings for each other… Dylan has a wonderful home life, while Shane’s is a nightmare. His story will devastate you. Most of it was excruciating to read. The stuff he had to endure, no one should ever have to go through. Many times, I wanted to jump into the book and protect him. Between the pain and turmoil, an infinate love bloomed. During their intimately tender moments, I forgot, I was reading about two boys… It was just a story about two young people falling in love. You will fall head over heels right along with them!
 
The last half of the book takes a different turn into adulthood. That’s where we meet Conner. I swoon just thinking about him. He is beyond amazing… I adored what he brought to the story! I have never fallen in love with so many boys in one book!! All of them very different but just as extraordinary.
 
I have read a few M/M books now. I honestly believe my heart and mind has growth exponentially since I started reading them. I see things so differently now. If you allow yourself to let go while reading,  the rewards are confounding. I commend anyone who puts a voice to not only their plight but to their love!
 
Thank you Melissa Collins for writing this wonderful book, it will stay with me forever. Even if you aren’t an M/M reader, you should take a chance with this one. It may change your mind and open your heart.

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When Jacob “Dax” Daxton returns home from war, he has to fight a new battle – the one to find his place in the world. The man who normally has a clear path to victory surrounded by brothers in combat is suddenly lost and alone. After meeting Beckett Ridge, a bearded tattoo artist, Dax’s journey begins winding down an unexpected path.

Still reeling from events that shook his foundation, Beck has never been part of anything meaningful. Now faced with responsibilities foreign and daunting, Dax’s broken spirit mends Beck in ways he never even knew he was destroyed.

As both struggle to find balance, they are healed by the comfort they find in one other. On the other side of chaos, they hope to find themselves On Solid Ground.

READ CHAPTER 1 AND AN EXCERPT HERE.

DAWN’S 5 STAR REVIEW
Melissa Collins has done it to me again! She has floored me with On Solid Ground. After I finished, Let love live, I jumped into On Solid Ground, not knowing what to expect. Never thinking I could love these boys as much has her others. Well, I was wrong!! I fell truly, madly and deeply! Dax and Becks are amazing. Total and complete opposites but share an abundance of tragedy and heartbreak. Dax is ex military. He is struggling with finding himself and dealing with severe PTSD. He’s also grappling with the guilt from a tremendous loss. He is a total alpha male but gentle and kind. Becks is a tattoo artist and part owner of a tattoo shop. He is trying to keep it together, but he has his own demons to deal with. A turn of events has him plunging head first into being a caregiver for his sister’s 4 year old daughter. He is softer, more nurturing and beyond compassionate. Both men feed off the others strengths.
 “How do you let go of the guilt of being alive?”
“By Living the best fucking life you can.” I seem to gravitate towards books about broken people. Maybe they remind me of my broken self and how far I’ve come. It’s nice to read about fairytales, but it’s even better to read about people with real issues and flaws…. To be able to relate to their struggles. We are all broken in one way or another. Melissa’s stories are Inspirational and filled with hope. They give us faith that maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

 “Nothing that’s worth anything comes without challenge.”

Melissa’s characters don’t feel contrived, they feel very REAL. People you want to know and wish you had in your life. I honestly believe the world would be a better place, if Dax and Becks were in it. I loved the way their relationship developed. Both knowing when to push and pull back. Their journey was not easy, far from it…. It was tough, raw and emotional. Two people battling internally. Seemingly broken beyond repair. The patience, compassion and support they show one another left me speechless. I found myself choked up quite a few times. They are two halves that make a whole. They need one another!

Add a child and a dog into the mix …. and I am done!!! Wait till you meet Tonka and Violet. They both had me wrapped around their fingers. They will bring a smile to your face and tears to your eyes! This is another book from Melissa that will stay with me forever. Her boys will always have a piece of my heart. I look forward to reading all her books! Don’t miss out on this beautiful story…..read it and live it.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.

Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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Dual Review ~~ Verum by Courtney Cole

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THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.
My name is Calla Price and I’m drowning.

My new world is a dark, dark ocean and I’m being pulled under by secrets.

Can I trust anyone? I don’t know anymore.

The lies are spirals. They twist and turn, binding me with their thorns and serpentine tongues. And just when I think I have it figured out, everything is pulled out from under me.

I’m entangled in the darkness.

But the truth will set me free.

It’s just ahead of me, so close I can touch it. But even though it shines and glimmers, it has glistening fangs and I know it will shred me.

Are you scared?

I am.

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DAWN’S REVIEW

5 mind blowing stars!!
“The end is the beginning,” Finn yells. The end is the beginning. Don’t you understand?”
After I read, Nocte I knew, Courtney Cole has taken off into another stratosphere with her writing. VERUM validates my assessment. It is like nothing I have read before. I am so proud of Courtney for taking a risk and pushing the boundaries. VERUM is even more psychologically suspenseful, exhilarating and exhausting.  We soon find out there is a fine line between reality and insanity. Our minds have a greater capacity then we realize. I found myself befuddled and blabbering…. is it??? Could it be? No friggin way? Once you think you have it figured out, think again.
“Am I starting down a slippery path? It’s a rabbit hole and I’m the rabbit and I’m crazy.”
While reading, I had become the rabbit… I was in the rabbit hole. Total mind manipulation!
The secrets keep piling up. While the truth is just out of reach. You are on a constant carousel. Only a genius could come up with an epic plot like this! I am honestly scared to see where this goes in the next book… I’m sure, I will go through the many highlights I made searching for more clues… My friends and I have many theories running wild through our minds. From the utterly ridiculous to the just maybe!! We just do not know. Our minds are open to every possibility!
Jade’s review
4 out of 5 Blushes!
I finished Verum last week…. and I am STILL processing this book, searching for my sanity and booking a LONG stay at Bellvue.

Reading Nocte was something like I never experienced… Until I read Verum!  Courtney Cole once again takes you on a “trip” where for an entire book you question every character, every word, every thought and even your OWN sanity.  You genuinely try to figure out what’s real and what’s NOT.
You immediately are thrown into the “rabbit hole”… Dare and Calla’s father decide she needs to find the TRUTH.  What IS the truth though?  What’s real?  What is in Calls’s head?  Finn is also there still guiding Calla as she travels to London to an estate she knew nothing about.  As the story unfolds, life is twisted, perception is skewed and her thoughts are dangerous.  Dare travels with her to try and help Calla find this truth she so desperately seeks.  Just when you think you’ve figured it out…….. THINK AGAIN……
I can’t give away ANYTHING in this book… Ill let you find out for yourself… but it’s Courtney Cole at her best.  It’s a complete mind game from beginning to end.  A perfect continuation of the craziness of Nocte.  You will throw your kindle or whatever device you read on… so Id invest in insurance if you can.  Luz cant get here fast enough……..  Awesome Job as ALWAYS by Courtney Cole.

 

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~~ Distance and Time by Mel Henry

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Book: Distance and Time
Author: Mel Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis


Carlene Cooper was your average teenager. Average, that is, except for her relationship with Josh McCarthy, member of teen mega-group, South Station Boyz. Young love blossomed at a chance meeting when Carly was a senior in high school and Josh was just discovering what stardom really meant. Despite their chemistry, it was no surprise to anyone when their very different lives took very different paths a few months down the road.
Years later, their paths cross again, and they must decide if the spark they felt back then is strong enough to rekindle. Josh has built a name for himself in show business, but Carly, too, has planted roots as a journalist in New York City. Will they be able to successfully merge their lives and overcome the obstacles that drove them apart a decade earlier?
Just as she comes to the decision that will change their lives one way or the other, tragedy strikes and Detective Trey Foster enters her life unexpectedly. Now, Carly is faced with another choice. Will she choose the man she’s spent her whole life loving, or will she push it aside for a chance at happiness out of the spotlight?
 
Louisa’s 3.5 Star review

This is a debut novel and I have to say I enjoyed it.

The story begins in 2003, when Carly is heading back home for her 10 year High school reunion.

As she travels back she flashes back to her high school years.

Carly – the average teenage girl, who just wants to go as far from home when college comes. She lives with her mother, who is a pushover, and an overbearing step father.  She is the teenager we all remember being, posters of the latest and greatest boy band on our wall. For Carly it was the South Station Boyz.  She was infatuated with Josh, the lead singer of the band.

She talks her mom and step dad into letting her go to Chicago for the weekend to look at a college.  While there, she makes friends and they talk her into going to the clubs for the night and low and behold she has a chance meeting with Josh. I know, I know, you are thinking, please, a pop star falls in love with a “regular” girl.  But this book was so much more than that.

Josh was a nice guy, he just danced with Carly, talked to Carly, enjoyed her company.  And yes, their weekend together is a whirlwind, but there was no BDSM, crazy sex, or drugs.  Just some innocent time together and maybe  a kiss or two.  It was refreshing. To read a book that showed us the innocence of teenage infatuation and love.

We follow their relationship through the years and watch as they grow and even grow apart. The metamorphosis of their friendship, love affair and life is beautiful to watch. This book is a refreshing change to many books on the market today. There is no bdsm, no alpha male, (yes there is a rock star but he’s not really a jerk) and it was so nice to read this sweet story about real life.

I always enjoy an epilogue that brings everything full circle.  Beautiful debut novel!

Author Bio

Mel Henry has been an avid reader since stealing her first Harlequin from her mom’s nightstand in second grade. Because some words were too big for her seven-year-old vocabulary, she took to writing her own stories (much to the relief of her teacher) and has been doing so ever since.
After having held various jobs in her life that brought her no satisfaction and only a piddly income, she decided to publish her first book. She figured being a starving artist instead of just starving sounded much more interesting. Being able to do it in her pajamas and no make-up are just perks to the job.
Living in Iowa with her husband and a couple of teenaged kids, Mel’s an avid cook (sometimes by choice), traveler (always by choice), and a hardcore warrior against chronic Lyme disease (definitely not by choice). She loves concerts, thunderstorms, and good coffee. She loathes conspiracy theories, egotistical people, and sushi.
She is currently collaborating with three other authors on a project, and has the foundation in place for her next series. In the meantime, you can find her current works on Amazon and other online booksellers.


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Still reeling from a break-up with his first love, Carly, Josh McCarthy is replanting his roots in Los Angeles in an attempt to start over. Once part of South Station Boyz (a teen super-group in the ‘90s), and a lengthy stint with a Broadway theater company, success is something that has always come easily to Josh—at least where his career is concerned. Love, on the other hand, has been a struggle.
With a new role on a hit TV show and a change of scenery, Josh is hoping to get  back on track in every aspect of his life, with or without Carly. Meeting model-turned-agent, Abby Levy, should be the answer to his “without Carly” equation. So why do his thoughts keep driving back to her? Every day, to his own detriment, he finds new ways to compare his new love to his old one. He just wants to move on and not feel her absence anymore.
Now faced with another major life decision, Josh decides to take a trip back to the Big Apple—back to Carly—to either reclaim his lost love or to finally gain the closure he needs to move on. What will he decide, and can everything really get Better in Time?
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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~~ REVVED by Samantha Towle

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Happy Release Day to Samantha Towle and her new standalone REVVED! You will LOVE Carrick Ryan!!! #BreakTheRules #ToTheLimit

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Synopsis

Race car mechanic Andressa “Andi” Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit…

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DAWN’S 5 STAR REVIEW

I love the feeling you get when you finish an excellent book. It’s always bittersweet. It’s euphoric and depressing all in the same! That’s what I am experiencing right now. I just finished Revved by Samantha Towle and I’m already getting the dreaded book hangover!! I adored this book and will miss the characters greatly.

It had everything I wanted and more…. the more being Carrick Ryan, fast cars and British slang!!! Revved is my third book from Samantha. She always puts smile on my face! I am drawn to her easy breezy writing style. She simply tells the story and doesn’t over complicate it. I can tell she probably writes like her personality, fun, cheeky and direct! All the characters she has created are very relatable. Even the ones who have larger than life personas, such as Jake Wethers and Carrick Ryan are down to earth. It’s what’s deep inside them, that makes them real and beautiful. There are always way more then meets the eye.Her female leads are always strong and kind. The girl next door that everyone wants to know.

Thank you Samantha for giving me, Carrick Ryan!! I have fallen hard. Who wouldn’t? He’s a hot Irish Formula 1 race car driver. Need I say more?? He’s a notoriously cocky bad boy and player. The ladies throw themselves at him and he indulges! Aside from him being ridiculously hot, he’s also charismatic, funny and sweet! If you look under his hood, he has a heart of gold and shows it often…. Andi Amaro is a young and very beautiful race car mechanic. She knows the racing world all too well… It has both completed and wrecked her to the core. Andi is a strong woman in many ways, but due to a tragic past, she has cracks in her armour. When she gets her dream job to work for Carrick Ryan, she jumps at the chance. When she meets Carrick the sparks fly. They are immediately drawn to one another. But Andi has a rule, she does not get involved with drivers!!! Let the cat and mouse game begin! The switch is flipped and the girl is running from the boy…. So frustratingly awesome!

Plenty of times I wanted to throw my kindle!! I was yearning for these two to be together. Their chemistry, passion and NEED were off the charts! A forbidden crush turns into a beautiful friendship. Can they deny their attraction??? Is the risk worth the reward? There are many supporting characters that bring the book to life. Especially the pit crew and Andi’s friend Petra. I love her. She’s a perfect friend! Lively and supportive. Always there when Andi needs her. I would love for her to get her own book!! Hint hint!! As they tour all of Europe going from race to race….

The music soundtrack is strategically placed and enhances the book!! I love every song mentioned, especially Dangerous! Prepare yourself for a bumpy, exciting and stimulating ride!! I just wish I could get more!! Please Samantha give us more……

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“Deny it all you want, but you know it’s true. You want me to fuck you.”

“And you want to fuck me,” I fire back.
“Sure I do. I’m not the one denying it here.” He lifts his hand from my waist to cup my cheek, his thumb touching dangerously close to my lips. “So what do you say?”
“To what?”
“Fucking.”
“I’d say you’re seriously overconfident about it.”
He throws his head back on a deep laugh. It makes me glow inside.
A smile is still touching his eyes, when he says, “You say that now. It’ll be a different story afterwards.”

AboutTheAuthor

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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM and TROUBLE.

She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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REVIEWS ~~ DARK LIGHT SERIES by SL Jennings

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With the bundle release of The Dark Light Series I thought I should share our reviews of this amazing series!

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Synopsis
Love. Sex. Magic.

Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.

And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?

Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.

Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost.

*Contains strong adult content.

Louisa’s 4 Star Review of Dark Light
Louisa’s 4 Star Review of Dark Light 

I am sorry to say that I have had this book on my kindle since January.  I am not sure how this happened.  I am sure someone said to me to read it and I was not 100% sure about reading a paranormal book.

I am currently kicking myself that I have waited this long to meet Dorian and the bad ass that is Gabriella!  At times Gabiella is a bit dense, but I honestly don’t think she is as clueless as she seems at time.  I think her feelings for Dorian have her mind so clouded, she doesn’t see what’s obviously in front of her.

Gabriella was a “normal” 20 year old girl until she met, Dorian.  A tall dark handsome stranger who will change her life forever.

Maybe Dorian really is a creeper.  A ridiculously sexy, alluring, gorgeous creeper that I wouldn’t mind being accosted by in a dark alley”

Dorian has this hold over Gabriella, but as the book progresses, we see that Gabriella also has a hold over Dorian.  This isn’t a one sided relationship.  They are drawn to each other.  In their worlds, that shouldn’t be happening.

And Dorian can sweet talk like no other…

“I want to take my time with you.  Torture you slowly.  I’m going to savor every second of you undoing.”

**Picks self up off floor**

I have said it already, but SL Jennings is a master at writing love scenes, they are intimate, raw, hot, sexy, dirty and no holding back.  I almost need a moment after reading them myself.

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The Dark Prince

Dark Light #2

Synopsis

Dorian Skotos is Dark. And although that brand of sheer, unrelenting evil is a direct threat to her life, Gabriella is tragically in love with him.

Gabriella knew it was all too good to be true. The way his touch radiated electricity right to her core, the way his ice blue eyes somehow made panties drop involuntarily, how his sexy half-smile crumbled the barriers around her heart…Dorian was extraordinary in every way.

She ignored the alarm bells for the sake of pleasure and a little slice of peace from her mixed-up life. She thought that whatever he was, she could help him. Maybe even change him. But now that the proof of Dorian’s true identity and what he was sent for is staring her in the face, Gabriella can’t deny the inevitable. And confronting that truth could very well slaughter more than just her fragile heart.

***Intended for readers 17+ for sizzling hot sex, violence & language.

Louisa’s 4 Review of The Dark Prince

Gabriella knows who and what Dorian is, but her love for him is too strong to make her turn away.  This book was a roller coaster.  Love, hate, light, dark…it’s all in there.

In The Dark Prince we meet, Nikolai.  The charming younger brother of Dorian.  We see a friendship begin between Gabriella and Nikolai. He is an arrogant, fun loving, and loyal friend and brother.

Gabriella needs to trust Dorian and it becomes harder and harder as their time together is jeopardized.  As her ascension nears, she needs Dorian but he is unable to be the one their for her.  We see Niko become that one go-to person.

My heart breaks for Gabriella and Dorian in this book but their love is not what is meant to be and being together may not be the best for everyone.

There is again, so super hot sexy scenes, more violence than the 1st book but it’s necessary to the story to show the seriousness of the situation between Dorian and Gabriella and the Dark and the Light…

 

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Light Shadows

Dark Light #4

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Twenty-one years ago, Gabriella’s life was stolen from her before it even began.

Orphaned at birth and encompassed in a fortress of lies to protect her identity, she never truly understood her purpose on this earth. But now that she has ascended, embracing her destiny, the ghosts of her past have come back to haunt her.

Even with insurmountable power running through her veins, part of Gabriella is irreparably broken. And with old enemies working to destroy the tiny shred of normalcy she has left, she’ll be forced to face the ugly truth about Dorian, the man she chose to love despite his darkness.

Everything she loved is a lie, and everyone she thought she knew is a stranger. And now that Gabriella is about to be thrust into the battle of her life, she discovers that she may be fighting for the wrong side.

*This is book 3 of The Dark Light Series, the highly anticipated conclusion to Gabriella and Dorian’s beautifully tragic love story.

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Louisa’s 5 star review of Light Shadows

This may be one of the hardest reviews I have ever written.  I have said a few times now, I don’t read paranormal.  I guess I need to just change my statement on that.  I guess I DO READ paranormal because in one week I DEVOURED all four books in this series.  The conclusion, Light Shadows was nothing like I thought it would be.  It had me on the end of my seat…always.  Honestly, I admit I spent more than a few minutes on a few occasions, sitting in my car reading. I couldn’t put it down.  I will also admit, I texted a friend who read the book too to vent.  This book has twists and turns but all of which I followed and wasn’t confused.  I have found with a few of the paranormal or sci-fi books, I find myself confused…a lot.

Syreeta Jennings was introduced to me with her book Taint.  The cover grabbed me and I HAD to read it.  This book’s cover did the same.  It’s beautiful but it was the relationship between Dorian, Gabriella and Nico that solidified my love of this series.  Of all the books in the series, this was my favorite.  I cried, I laughed (usually at something Nico said) and I held my breath for more than a few chapters.

This review isn’t complete without giving SL Jenning’s a standing ovation for her ability to write some of the sexiest, most compassionate, hot, panty soaking love scenes that I have ever had the privilege of reading….holy moly, girl, YOU are the Queen!

Gabrielle said it best when she said

“Naked. Dorian Skotos, the god of f*ck hot, is naked with bedhead”

The image of that in my head is absolutely x-rated and thank you for that mental image SL Jennings!

I don’t give 5 stars to really anyone, well maybe occasionally. I am going to go out on a limb and give this book a ROUSING 5 out of 5 stars…I am a SL Jennings reader for life.  If she choose to publish her latest shopping list, I think I would buy it…don’t miss out on this amazing conclusion to a series that now sits in the top 5 of all series for me!

 

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Nikolai

A Dark Light Novella

Synopsis

We met Nikolai in The Dark Prince (Dark Light #2). Now learn his story…

Two centuries ago, I clawed my way into a world of immorality, filth and destruction. A world seething with secrets and lies, both mortal and immortal.

Complete and utter Darkness.

I know we’re supposed to be inherently evil, but something inside me refuses to fully believe our legends. Something that calls out for more…calls out for her.

But there are rules. Rules that control the balance of nature. And if broken, it could destroy everything I’ve ever known. It could destroy me.

I am Nikolai Skotos, son of Stavros and Delia, and brother of Dorian, the heir of the Dark throne. I am one of the most powerful Dark forces to have ever walked this earth.

And I once was lost.
Now, I’m about to give it all up for the girl that found me.

*Recommended for mature readers only due to scorching hot sex scenes, explicit violence & Niko’s potty mouth.

Louisa’s 4 Star Review of Nikolai

Nikolai is a novella and sometimes I think readers think they are little, after thoughts but this novella is vital to the series.

In this book, we learn about Niko, what makes him!  Once you read this you will understand why he is the way he is.  Prior to this novella I was all about Dorian. After reading Nikolai, there is a special place in my heart for this dark and tortured man.

Amelie was his one love and he will always be changed for knowing her.  In The Dark Prince he’s a smart mouthed, man-whoring, arrogant boy.  But in Nikolai we meet the man beneath the hard exterior.

“Amelie was my dream.  She was my life.  My Love. My reason to breathe.”

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.

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Review ~~ Manwhore by Katy Evans

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Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player–without getting played?This is the story I’ve been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I’m the one discovering him…or if he’s uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

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ABBY’S 4 STAR REVIEW

I remember so vividly in Katy Evans Real when Brooke meets Remy and how much chemistry floated around the two. I can picture them in my head when I close my eyes, a club filled with people and yet the only two people were Brooke and Remy. Guess What!!!! Katy does that again! Everything about the way Rachel’s meeting with Saint plays out is described beautifully. I can close my eyes and see a messy young woman covered in paint, but determined to get the job done. The imagery is beautiful.

The love story is beautiful.

I didn’t want to put the book down.

That said, Rachel’s best friends annoyed the hell out of me, even Saint’s friends bordered on annoying. I’ve never liked sub characters less, and for that reason this is a 4 and not a 5. Heck I even liked Otis the driver more and he only said a few words.

This book did remind me of a movie I once saw, but I found the writing to be so original and beautiful that even though the plot wasn’t completely fresh, I was still very much enamored with the book!

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LOUISA’S 4 STAR REVIEW

Oh Katy Katy Katy…(speaking to her like she’s my BFF!)

I began this book worried.  We have seen a million and one Billionaire manwhores who fall in love with the young naïve girl. And the first few chapters I was really concerned.  I have read them all and this seemed to be going in that direction THEN it all changed.  I was hooked.  Saint was not the run of the mill alpha male and Rachel – she’s now on my list of bad ass women!  She is no push over. Her spunky attitude made me laugh throughout the book.

Now as we all know – Katy Evans can write some steamy hot scenes…we have all read Real Series, right?

But this book has so much more for me.  This isn’t a relationship that jumps them right into bed on date one…nope!  Even just them kissing was so unbelievably sexy hot and intimate!  I have officially added Saint to my book boyfriend list and I think I want Rachel as a friend. She’s a bad ass, career minded woman who just wants to do the right thing. Caring for her mother is her main priority and he is caught up in the world of Malcom Kyle Preston Logan Saint.  Will she be able to have it all?

And the ending…OMG…a cliffhanger to end all other cliffhangers.  Brilliant Book Katy Evans!

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About Katy Evans

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Katy Evans is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Real series.

The first book in her adult contemporary series, Manwhore, is to release in March 2015.

To find more, please visit www.katyevans.net

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Synopsis

Race car mechanic Andressa “Andi” Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit…

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I run my fingertips over the blue-and-silver paintwork as I walk toward the back end. Bending over, I start poking around, taking a look at the engine.

“Please tell me that you’re my birthday present.”

The Irish drawl has the hairs on the back of my neck standing on end.

I turn my head to find Carrick Ryan standing behind me.

Oh. Wow.

He’s definitely better looking in the flesh than on television. I knew he was attractive. But blonds aren’t usually my thing. I’m more of a dark-hair-and-dark-eyes kind of girl.

But his dirty-blond hair, blue eyes laced with sin, and full lips—the kind of lips you spend hours sucking on—and that chiseled jaw decorated with stubble…yep, it all seems to be working for me. Well, my body anyway. Definitely not my head. Man-sluts are not my thing.

My eyes meet with his as he lifts them from blatantly staring at my arse. The look in them hits me straight in the gut, surprising the hell out of me. His eyes are profoundly blue and filled with heat. My skin starts to prickle as his intense stare burns me up.

I’ve never had such an instant visual reaction to a man before.

Fuck.

Take it easy, Andi. This isn’t a problem. You’ve met good-looking men before. You can turn this off. Drivers are a no-go area, especially ones you work for.

My job is too important to lose over a man.

Straightening, I turn to face him.

“Hello,” I say in my most confident and formal voice.

I get nothing back, and that’s because he hasn’t heard me. He’s too busy staring at my breasts.

Typical man.

I have the sudden urge to punch him in his handsome face.

But I won’t because I’m a professional. I’ll handle this in the best way I know when it comes to dealing with pervy dickheads like him.

“It’s your birthday?” I say sweetly, my smile a little on the flirtatious side.

He grins. “It sure is, and it’s definitely looking up now that you’re here. Are you going to make it extra special for me, sugar?”

He thinks he’s about to get lucky.

Far from it. Smarmy twat.

I tilt my head to the side, keeping the flirty smile on my face, as I walk up to him until there’s very little space between us. I press my fingers to his chest. God, that’s firm. I can feel the ridge of his muscles underneath my fingertips.

He’s tall, too, a good few inches higher than my five-nine. I’d say he’s six-one, which is tall for a driver, but he’s lean. He needs to be to fit into those cars. I bet, under those clothes of his, there’s nothing but toned muscle. Drivers have to be seriously fit, and Carrick Ryan certainly ticks that box on both counts.

Now, I’m imagining him naked. Great. Just fucking great.

I force my focus back to the now. “Well…” I lean in closer to him, hearing him suck in a sharp breath. I lower my voice as I whisper, “If you ever call me sugar again, you won’t see your next birthday. That’s for sure.”

He tilts his head back in amusement. “Feisty. I like it.”

I take a step back, dropping my hand from his chest. “There’s nothing here for you to like.”

His eyes run the length of me, lingering on my legs, the lusty look firing in them again. “I see plenty to like. Jesus…your legs go on forever.”

I wish I had something to hide my legs behind. Instead, I fold my arms to bring his focus up. “I’m not your type.”

Lifting his eyes back to mine, he gives me a confident smile. “Amazing arse. Great stems. Awesome rack. Beautiful face. Yep”—he nods—“you’re definitely my type.”

 

 

AboutTheAuthor

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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM and TROUBLE.

She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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Blog Tour, Reviews & Giveaway ~~ Consolation by Corinne Michaels

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Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.

He wasn’t even on my radar.

He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.

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Kristine’s 5 Star Review

Have you ever read a story that had you in tears on the first page and shocked and feen for more at the last page?  This story did this to me and so much more.  I want to hug Corinne Micheals and thank her reapeatedly for her worshipping talent!  Her books just keep getting better and better which I really don’t know how because each story is written to perfection.

Consolation is the first book in the consolation Duet.  Love, strength, friendship, secrets, new beginnings and revelations are some words that come to mind for this marvelous gut wrenching journey.  With all the  heartbreaking moments there are many funny and happy moments too!  One can get through anything with friendship, love and support.
Natalie was happy living the life she  and Aaron started together.  No marriage is perfect.  Everyone has their battles they have to fight through. Until those battles crippled their world! How is she suppose to get through this?

Liam is living his life as any alpha male would. No worries until his next mission.  These  missions and his brothers are number one.  He would lay his life on the line for anyone of them. 
As Natalie’s life hits a brick wall, Liam feels like each brick….crushed like no one can believe.  Two people crushed beyond belief!
Natalie and Liam have know eachother for years as friends.  But when life takes turns and a friend helps another, could things change and what is right and wrong?
Holy crappity crap!  I’m still reeling on a high after finishing this hours ago. My review is not gonna do this book any justice. How could I come close find the words to describe a story like this. This is one that needs to be experienced with no hints or clues to what your about to read. I just wanna say If you haven’t read any of Corinne’s books you sure are missing out majorly.  She is one of my favorites, one that I know will bring me all my reading wants and needs!   She introduces the most complex, interesting, lovable and loathing characters. Stories described with backgrounds and dialogue that put you right in the moment and experince the emotions like its all real.  Consolation has all this plus twist and turns that make this story a must read! Its a story that will stay with you forever. When talking books, its one that everyone will ask…did you read this?!  One that if I could gift each and everyone I would!  Thank you again Corinne for such an emotional, inspirational twister for 2015!! A five plus stars must read! I’m looking forward to many, many more from you!

 

Louisa’s 4.5 Star Review

I went into this book blind. It doesn’t really matter to me what it’s about because Corinne Michaels wrote it, so I will read it.

So I began reading and thought…OMG, I know this story. How do I know this story? But as I kept reading, in came back to me, Jackson and friends! I kept reading because I remember how much I loved all these amazingly gorgeous and loving Navy SEALS!

The Prologue alone will have your tear ducts open and ready to go!  The thought of Lee having to go through labor and delivery without Aaron is something in itself that makes me wanna cry and not stop.  The beautiful moment when my husband met his children was one that I will forever cherish.  To not have that moment for Lee made me so sad.

Thankfully, Arabelle & Lee have an extended family to help her through this unbearable time.  The only problem? Lee doesn’t want/need any help. She repeatedly pushes away everyone who wants to be there for her, constantly saying, “I am fine” not that everyone believes her.

“I don’t get to be whatever else. I have Arabelle,” I say as I look at the baby in my arms. “I have to be fine.” The steel wall I hide behind is strong and solid. I’m safe there.

And in comes Liam.  Aaron’s best friend.  The best man in their wedding.  He feels the duty as a brother in arms and best friend, so come and help and care for Lee and Ara.  But, as he becomes closer and closer to them, something changes.

Their attraction is undeniable and they don’t want it, but there is a pull and they don’t know how to stop it. But the problem?  Aaron,  is always in the back of both their heads…in the shadows

“You think I don’t have sympathy for what you feel? You’re fu&&ing kidding me. I’ve never said a word, but I’m fighting a damn ghost.”

Lee is unsure of starting a relationship with Liam. Does she really want to put herself in the same situation? Being with a Navy SEAL, always wondering if he will come home to her. But her feeling have a mind of their own.

Corinne really threw a few twists and turns into this book that came out of left field for me.  I love that about this book.  I would be remiss, if I didn’t mention that I did cry quite a few times while reading this book, but there was also some great laughs too.

Then the end of the book came and I thought, OH NO, she wouldn’t do that! And no she didn’t, but she surely did something else that totally blew me away…i kept clicking back and forth, to make sure I didn’t miss something, and nope – I didn’t. She left me hanging.  Can’t wait for the next book!

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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of the author or publisher.

 

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“Oh, Chloe, if you’d like to come out, please wait until your Daddy gets back,” I insist, holding my belly as another Braxton Hicks contraction hits. I grip the dresser and try to breathe through it. It seems like they’re coming more frequently.

Once it passes, I try to finish what I came in here for. Aaron is away, but I want the nursery done so we can enjoy the next few weeks once he returns. I walk around what will be her room, putting a few more of the pretty pink dresses in the drawers. Aaron and I have fought about the vast array of pink things that are now strewn around the house—he hates it, I love it.

He insisted we paint her room in camouflage. Brown, green, and black camouflage for a girl? No. I almost sent myself into labor with that argument. I got home and he and Mark were drawing it out on the walls. I launched various household items at Mark while throwing him out of the house. My husband found out shortly after how much he could suffer by my hands. I may not be a SEAL, but you don’t mess with me either. In the end, I won with purple walls and the sheer netting around her white crib.

“Daddy’s going to love this room, Chloe. I can’t wait to see his face when he sees the pretty butterflies.” Needing to take another break, I sit in the rocking chair and rub my stomach. It soothes me knowing she’s in there. I can protect her—it’s my job. I love being pregnant and it’s a miracle we were able to conceive her. I’ve already told Aaron I want to try for another one as soon as she’s born. I close my eyes and sink, allowing the world to fade away.

I imagine holding her in my arms, sitting here in this chair, soothing and kissing her. I picture Aaron with her asleep on his chest as she gets to hear his heartbeat. She’ll own his world and have him wrapped around her finger.

Knock, knock, knock.

I hear the door, but it takes me a few seconds to get out of the chair.

KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK.

They bang louder this time.

“Coming!” I yell at the door. Jeez, give me a second.

Waddling to the door takes me a minute since I’m the size of a whale.

I open the door and see Mark Dixon, Aaron’s boss and close friend. He works at Cole Security Forces with Aaron and served with him for years. His head is hanging low and when he looks up, his eyes are full of sorrow.

“What’s wrong?”

“Lee,” he chokes on the one syllable of my name. The one Aaron uses. Something is definitely not right.

“What happened?” I ask again as I begin to shake.

Tears fill his eyes and I know. I know my life is never going to be the same. I know everything I’ve ever feared is about to come true because Mark doesn’t cry. Mark wouldn’t be at my door if something weren’t really, really wrong. “It’s Aaron.”

My heart stops beating and the world I live in ceases to exist. “Don’t,” I beg with tears blurring my vision and my breath accelerating.

This can’t be happening.

“Please, don’t, Mark. Please,” I beg him again, because once he says it…but I know it’s futile. It doesn’t matter because he can’t stop it. It’s already happened.

“Natalie, I’m so sorry.”

The dreaded words that every military wife fears. Only I wasn’t supposed to have to worry about this anymore. We were done. We got out. I wasn’t supposed to ever fear this again.

Please, God, don’t take him from me. Please!

“But, I’m p-pregnant. I’m having a baby,” I stammer as if that will somehow make none of this real. “He said he’d be back. He said he…” I trail off as it becomes difficult to breathe. My hand flies to my mouth to stifle the scream about to escape. Everything goes colorless.

“It was an IED. I’m sorry,” Mark says as his eyes glimmer with unshed tears.

I fall.

But he’s there, cradling me in his arms. “I’m so fucking sorry.”

“No. No. No.” Mark holds me as I sob clutching my stomach. “You’re lying,” I hiss, tearing myself out of his embrace.

“I wish I were,” he says as I struggle to get up.

“It was a mistake. He’s having a baby. He said it was a simple in and out!” I scream and throw my hands against his chest. “You’re lying!” I scream, even knowing it’s not a lie.

“I’m sorry.”

“Stop saying you’re sorry!” My sorrow turns to hatred. I hate him. I hate everyone in this moment. I hate Aaron and everyone who was there. I hate this house and everything in it. I hate the air that he no longer breathes. Hate consumes me. Hate smothers me. “Get out!” I yell and push against his chest. “Get the fuck out of my house! Aaron will be back in a few days and then we’re going to get ready for our daughter to be born.”

“Please,” Mark beseeches and I refuse to look at him.

This isn’t happening because Aaron’s alive.

He’s not dead. How dare Mark lie to me.

“He’ll be back. He wouldn’t leave me. He promised.” Aaron wouldn’t lie to me. He never does. When he left for missions, he would always say goodbye like it could be our last. But this time he kissed the tip of my nose and said, “Now don’t have that baby until I get back.”

“Can I call someone? Your mom?”

“No, you can’t call anyone because he’s not dead! Go get him, Mark! Go get my husband and bring him home.” I step back pointing my finger at him. “You all promised. He promised.” I clutch my stomach as a sharp pain radiates, but it’s nothing compared to the agony sitting on my chest. Tears flow relentlessly as I struggle against his hold. “He promised.”

“I know he did,” Mark says as he holds my head against his chest.

“He lied.”

My life is gone.

My heart is dead.

I’m a widow at twenty-seven.

 

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Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

 

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.

 

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