Review for Hard Ever After by Laura Kaye

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By: Laura Kaye
Release Day: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: eARC
Source: InkSlinger PR

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About Hard Ever After:

Justice served. Honor restored. Team reunited.

After a long battle to discover the truth, the men and women of Hard Ink have a lot to celebrate, especially the wedding of two of their own—Nick Rixey and Becca Merritt, whose hard-fought love deserves a happy ending.

As Nick and the team shift from crisis mode to building their new security consulting firm, Becca heads back to work at the ER. But amid the everyday chaos of demanding jobs and their upcoming nuptials, an old menace they thought long gone reemerges, threatening the peace they’ve only just found.

Now, for one last time, Nick and Becca must fight for their always and forever, because they know that when true love overcomes all the odds it lasts hard ever after.

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My Thoughts
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I absolutely loved this novella… it was sweet and romantic but also filled with so much emotion and suspense. Now I did not expect this when I finished with this series. I mean the series ended with a happy ever after but I always wonder how their story continued so these little novellas is what I live and breathe for. I absolutely loved this little novella and I would easily reread this book.

Now this book is all about Nick and Becca. The fight they had so far is officially over and Becca is going back to work. Little did she know that she might have gotten some PTSD after being attacked at the hospital. Nobody knew that she had PTSD until later. She was doing okay back at her job but she thought she kept seeing the guy who attacked her. Nick did not want to live another day not being married to Becca so he decided to make them both a happy by asking her to marry him. He asked her to marry him in the best way possible. He asked her in his unique style.

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Only, always, forever is what they keep saying to each other it means everything to them and I just love their relationship like this. Their relationship is what I aspire to because between hard and tough times they still ended up together and they just gotten stronger by the second. Now this is just a perfect addition to this series with a perfect balance between romance and sweetness and also got some danger as expected by the Hard Ink series. Even though Hard to Let Go ended with a happy ever after, Nick and Becca still had to fight for their happy ever after and let me tell you they fought hard for that.

Anyway like I said it is a perfect addition to the series. It was sweet and sexy and it left me smiling for hours after I finished this novella. I highly recommend you read this book but you need to read the series’ first before you read this book.

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. 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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Review for Hard To Come By – Laura Kaye

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Hard To Come By
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Military
Pub Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Source: N/A
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Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team–sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

 

My Thoughts

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Okay so this is going to be a short review as I am at work.

Let me tell you this book is just so much fun to read. This book had the perfect balance of romance and suspense and don’t forget all that emotion! It was SEXY & HOT and don’t forget about all those funny moments. I always want to see what T-Shirt Jeremy wears, it always make me smile…. But I loved Marz.

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As always Laura Kaye kept my interest since the beginning of the book! I also love it that I can see into both of the main characters minds. The emotions in the book was amazing. I mean I figured out that lighting the mood for everyone and making jokes is short of a defence mechanism. I don’t know how he survived for so long without loving people except his team mates. I feel for him so much because all his life he was alone.  I also can’t believe how strong Emilie is I mean it takes a strong person to go to the police and ask for an evaluation knowing that Manny is struggling with PTSD as she is afraid he might hurt himself or someone else. The problem with that is she was too late to save him.

Now what is this story about? Derek DiMarzio wants to restore his honor and his teams honor and to do that they need to find out what Many Garza has to do with all the stuff they uncovered. They need to find Manny but he is like a ghost. Marz thinks the way in would be Manny’s sister Emilie, they think he might go to her. First Marz did not know if they can trust her but soon he became to like her. Marz made Emilie feel again and when she was in danger he came running to save her. She never thought she would fall in love again or trust again not with her past. And also because when Marz first met her, he kind of lied to her about everything up until she got into danger.tumblr_nsxyvr77ib1qlgbzbo1_500

Anyway like always this book was amazing and I loved rereading it. This book had my emotions running high and I would highly recommend it to anyone I see. Trust me it is such a quick read with a lot of suspense and sexy swoon worthy men!!!  I mean this book had more than enough action, suspense and like I said already a lot of emotions with steamy romance. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

 

 

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. 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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Review for Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye

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Hard To Hold On To
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Military
Pub Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Format: Paperback
Source: N/A
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Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

My Thoughts

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Okay so this is going to be a short review as I am at work. Anyway like all of Laura Kaye’s books I loved this one. This book has so much emotion in it. What Jenna went through broke my heart and I just wish people would stop hurting women. This book also had one sexy guy and what I love most about this book is everyone treats each other like family. I absolutely adore Jeremy in every book, I always wonder what shirt he is wearing at the time. I wish I knew someone like him in my life.

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I love this cover as well. Now what is this story about?

Jenna was kidnapped by Sara’s ex-boyfriend and held captive in Confession strip club. She has epilepsy so being kidnapped was even more dangerous for her. Sara’s new friends went to Confessions to save her and Easy liked her the moment he met her. If you read the Hard As You Can you will read when Easy and Jenna met for the first time. Jenna is like saving grace for Easy. He has had a hard life since he got back from the army. He keeps thinking that he does not deserve to be alive. He misses his best friend so much and he thinks he does not deserve to live.

Jenna gave him the courage to talk to his friends about it and after that he told her about it. Easy is like ten years older than Jenna but yet they start falling for each other. Jenna does not trust being around anyone right now. The only place she feels safe is if she is with Easy. She does not want to be around Sara much because she is scared to talk about what happened and also she feels like she was a burden all her life. She blames herself about what happened to Sara.

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Anyway this was one easy and quick read that I finished in about an hour and a half. I love this book so much and I would easily reread it all again. This book had the right emotions and steamy. I mean this book had more than enough action, suspense and like I said already a lot of emotions with steamy romance. I highly recommend this book and the entire series.

 

 

 

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Easy’s heart pounded in his chest. And it had absolutely nothing to do with the five miles he’d just run. Jenna needed him. Fierce protectiveness and a deep masculine satisfaction roared through him. She’d sought him out for comfort, for strength, for protection. Not only that, she was wearing his shirt. And she’d been staring at his body like she was fucking hungry. Needless to say, the past few minutes had tripped all kinds of switches in Easy’s brain where Jenna Dean was concerned. But he had to dial himself down. She was scared. And hurt. And clearly traumatized by everything that’d happened. He leaned down to look her in the eye, trying not to focus on the bruises—he didn’t want to make her feel self-conscious, and he sure as hell didn’t want to get any more enraged on her behalf than he already was. “You ever need me, for any reason, I am here for you. No questions asked. Got that?” He brushed his knuckles down her uninjured cheek. “Yes,” she said, giving him a quick nod and leaning into his touch. And damn if that didn’t make him feel ten feet tall—a notable feat for a guy who’d felt beaten down for most of the past year. He gently rubbed his hands over her arms. “What do you need right now?” – See more at: Divider_031

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. 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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Review for Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

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Hard As You Can
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Military
Pub Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Source: N/A
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A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn’t want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can–and never let go.

 

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Hard as you can is one of my favorite books of this series. Yes I have already read this book but I just never reviewed it. I planned to change that. I love the romance and suspense. It is just a perfect balance between the two. Don’t forget the sexy hot southern charm of Shane McCallan. Laura Kaye just knows how to write a book that keeps all my attention I mean I haven’t touched my study materials much lately.

First off all I adore this cover. What is there not to like? It’s just one amazing cover. What I like about the cover is you can see how well defined and strong Shane is well the guy portraying Shane in the covers but still the same. They got the right guy for the cover.

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Now what is this great book about? Shane McCallen is one of the five men working together to clear their names after they got discharged from the army for something they did not do. They were all blamed for it and now they may not speak to anyone about it. In the previous book Charlie Merrit found out something about their Frank Merrit that started this entire investigation. What Charlie found out had put him in harm’s way and he got himself kidnapped. Becca Merrit needed the help of the five men to get him back and that is how they all got together again. They found out where Charlie was held and they went to rescue them. Now this is where Crystal comes in. She somehow helped them even though she knew it was dangerous.

Shane saw something in Crystal that made him think of his sister at first. She was scared shitless and she has nowhere to go. Crystal is in debt to the Church gang and she needs to pay her debt off. She is working it off at Confessions and she is doing everything she can to blend in. after all it is just eight months more….. The moment Crystal met Shane was the moment everything changed in her life. I mean she decided to help him even if it was dangerous for her. Shae made her feel safe and protected and he made her feel cherished. Shane fell for Crystal fast and hard and the same went for Crystal. What I love about Shane and all the other men is how protective they are over the women I mean they don’t raise their fists to any of the women. Not like Bruno the boyfriend Crystal had when she met Shane. I admire Crystal so much. I mean she had a real hard life but yet she did everything she could to take care of her sister and to keep her safe. She never want Jenna to be in danger and she tried her best to keep her safe.

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Anyway back to the novel I loved every moment of every second. Yes I took a while to read this but that is because I got busy with my work.  I would easily reread this book again as this is nearly one of my favorite books in this series. This book has the perfect balance of romance and suspense. Loved every moment of it.

 

 

 

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“Do you like to dance, Crystal?” Shane asked in a low voice.   “Uh, what? Why?”   His smile was crooked, playful. “ ’Cause dancing’s something people do when they’re getting to know each other.”   “Really?” Maybe where he was from. Then again, she worked in a strip club. Dancing was something people did to make money. So, okay, maybe her view of dancing was a bit jaded.   “Absolutely. Ask anybody.” The song faded away, followed by the announcement of a Southern rock station’s call sign. A new song started, and Shane turned to her with a smile. “Dance with me.”   Crystal peered up at him without the slightest idea how to respond. Because her body was saying hell, yes!, while her brain was screaming bad idea, really, really bad idea.   He stepped closer, arms raised, expression full of all kinds of invitation.   The next thing she knew, her right hand was in his and her left had slipped around his neck. Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod, ran over and over in her mind. What am I doing? But then he tucked her hand against his chest and tugged her against him with the hand that settled at her lower back. And the closeness stole her breath.   He moved them to the beat of the song, a slow, sexy, bluesy number she didn’t know but would never forget. Some songs carried memories like the images were imprinted upon the very lyrics themselves, and she had no doubt this would be one of them.   All of a sudden, the air in the room felt ten degrees warmer. As they swayed to the beat, Shane’s body pressed against hers from thighs to chest. With every step and move and turn, Crystal’s breasts rubbed against the hard plane of his chest. Strong hands held and guided her body, making her want to feel them explore her everywhere. Arousal rose like a waking dragon inside her. Cautious. Curious. Dangerous.   This was wrong and stupid on so many levels. But, scary as it was, it felt so freaking good that she couldn’t force herself to pull away. One song. It’s just a dance. Just a dance just a dance just a dance.   And, holy crap, she wasn’t the only one aroused.   Against her belly, Shane hardened.   Crystal sucked in a breath, and he pressed his lips close to her ear. “We’re just dancing here. That’s all. I promise,” he said. But the adrenaline was already in her blood, setting her to a trembling she couldn’t control. Part curious interest and part instinctive fear. “Sshh,” he almost cooed. “Just dancing.”   The echo of her own thoughts from a moment before allowed her to draw a breath that almost calmed. They turned and swayed to the music, moving closer, pressing tighter, Shane’s lips so close to her face that she could feel his breath shudder across her cheekbone.   He was a fire she had no business playing with. She knew that even as she leaned her face against his . . . and got exactly what she’d hoped for.   He kissed her.   Just a brush of his lips against her cheek, but a kiss all the same.   And as much as it made her head spin, it was the little catch of breath in the back of his throat that sent a jolt of electricity down her spine to settle low in her belly. Light as a feather, he caressed her cheek, her temple, her ear with his lips. With him, always such gentleness, so different from almost every other sexual experience she’d ever had. It made her feel safe to allow this to continue.   Between them, his erection was firm, long, totally unyielding.   She shivered, caught between interest and fear, desire a river moving faster and faster inside her. The whole experience was a revelation—that her body had the capacity to respond this way, that a person existed who could pull these reactions from her.   For a moment, she gave herself over to the dizzying sensations. In her mind’s eye, she saw them undressing, fumbling their way back the hall, falling naked and wanting on the bed. What would it be like, just once, to take something that she wanted without worrying about anyone else, without being afraid? Just one wild, secret night, all for her? What would Shane be like? – See more atDivider_031

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. 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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Release Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway: Ravel by Shari J. Ryan

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Title: Ravel
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Genre: Military Romance
 Release Date: November 12, 2015
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At twenty-three, I’m left with a decision. The outcome could be life or death.Trent hit me once, and I cried. Then he hit me again. And again. After a while, I got used to it, as I slept on the floor beside his bed, night after night.

Everyone told me to leave him, but I can’t. He won’t let me.

The moment I wanted to give up on myself and any form of hope, Kemper—a tall, sexy Marine just home from Afghanistan walked into my bar. With one look in his eyes, I saw pain that mirrored my own.

At first, I thought maybe he would be my prince charming, riding in to save me, but all it took was one tragedy for me to remember…fairy tales don’t exist in real life.

 *The content in this book discusses domestic violence and is suitable for readers over 18*

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“That’s twice in one day I’ve had to save you,” Kemper says, his soft voice soothing my nerves as he presses a cool compress against my forehead. His other hand is cupped around my cheek. No one has ever cared enough to save me. Kemper’s face is inches from mine and I can smell the cool mint on his breath from the gum he’s been chewing.

“I guess so,” I mutter, falling a little deeper into his gaze.

His thumb runs down the length of my nose, and while most of me is feeling pain, that sensation still drives quivers through my body. “Does that hurt?” he asks.

I shake my head, “Not too much,” I say, noticing a slight ache in my neck.

His thumb moves over to my right cheekbone and he presses gently. “How about that?” All I feel is the warmth from his skin. I shake my head again. He does the same for my left cheekbone. This time I wince. It hurts. I clench my eyes and I hear him yell to someone to grab ice. “Is this the first time he’s hit you?” Kemper’s brows are bowed toward his nose while his thumb continues to trace small circles around my cheek. I’d rather lean into his hand than respond.

In truth, I just don’t want to answer him, but he’s still staring at me, waiting for a response. I look down, away from his gaze. The ache in my chest, mixed with feeling like a weak woman, makes me want to cry, but I won’t cry in front of all these people. His finger curls under my chin and he tilts my face back up to look at him. His eyes are kind and caring, yet pained at the same time. The light is hitting them at the perfect angle, giving them the slightest shimmer in the center of each pupil. Then there are his lips—I can’t stop looking at those either. They’re full and capable. They look like they have the ability to kiss in a way I’ve definitely never been kissed. I want to touch his lips, but I belong to Trent—the asshole that just hit me.

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International Bestselling Author, Shari J. Ryan, hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.

When Shari isn’t writing or designing book covers, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.

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Book Blitz with Giveaway: Maverick by Irish Winters

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Title: Maverick
Series: In the Company of Snipers #9
Author: Irish Winters 
Genre: Military Romance
 Release Date: October 18, 2015
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He’s heartsick and battle-weary.Maverick Carson returned home from war with too much pain and not enough honor. Searching for a way to forgive and forget, he quits The TEAM and starts to walk. He’s walked all the way to Wyoming when the sight of a pretty girl riding a massive draft horse steals his breath—until the hillside gives way beneath the horse. Rushing to her aid, he runs straight into the world of China Wolf, the headstrong owner of the Wild Wolf Ranch and the owner of the finest Percherons in the country.

She doesn’t need a man in her life.

Never has. Never will. China Wolf has responsibility enough between the rowdy horses she loves, the wayward sister she tolerates, and the precocious niece she adores. Besides, Maverick’s made it clear he’d rather hit the road than hang around her ranch. Why should she care? She doesn’t—not until she glimpses the cowboy in his eyes. Maybe she needs a man after all.

Just. This. One.

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Irish Winters is an award-winning author who dabbles in poetry, grandchildren, and rarely (as in extremely rarely) the kitchen. More prone to be outdoors than in, she grew up the quintessential tomboy on a farm in rural Wisconsin, spent her teenage years in the Pacific Northwest, but calls the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah home. For now.The wife of one handsome husband and mother of three perfect sons, Irish divides her time between writing at home, and travelling the country with her man while – writing. (Seriously, what else?)

She believes in making every day count for something, and follows the wise admonition of her mother to, “Look out the window and see something!”

To learn more about Irish and her books, please visit http://www.IrishWinters.com.
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Release Blitz with Giveaway: Base Instinct by Fallen Kittie

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Title: Base Instinct
Series: Black Bliss #1
Author: Fallen Kittie
Genre: Romance/New Adult/Military
 Release Date: October 23, 2015
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Melissa Black is a woman of few words and even fewer friends. Not that she’s complaining. Considering all she’s accomplished, all work and no play are words to live by. Shooting for the moon led her land among the stars as an astrophysicist. On top of that, she breaks new altitudes on the Air Force. And she isn’t even 30. From sleepless study habits to army crawls on dirt roads, she’s soared above and beyond time and again. So, why the hell should she care when the man who took her virginity twelve years ago flies back in her life?The Blacks are all Kingsley Hastings has. They weren’t just neighbors. They were the family he’d never had, but always wanted. He’d found a real friend in Lionel and General Black had pledged a paternal promise. But it was Melissa who’d given him his real taste of pleasure all those years ago. Too bad that taste came too little, too late. Searching for a life beyond the base, he was set to leave town the next day. He should’ve known better. Now, his father’s funeral brings him back to the barracks—and he’s determined to make things right.

But the alluring aviatress clouds his judgment.

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Fallen Kittie is a freelance writer and sociologist currently studying existentialism and supernatural folklore. Midway into her academic career, she started considering writing as a means to escape the miscellaneous monotonies of her syllabi.
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Cover Reveal with Excerpt: With Gratitude and Love by Skye Turner

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Title: With Gratitude and Love
Author: Skye Turner
Genre: Contemporary/Military Romance
Cover Design: Kari Ayasha, Cover to Cover Designs
Cover Model: Conner McGillick
Photographer: Shauna Kruse, Kruse Images and Photography
 Release Date: November 19, 2015
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Bestselling romance author, Maloree Arceneaux’s steamy stories have created dedicated fans around the world, though in reality her love life is lackluster at best. The troops are important to her and she’s always supported them in whatever way she can.Cord Hoffman is a Sergeant with the United States Army who is stationed overseas. Joining the Army straight out of high school, he’s always envisioned the military would be not only his career, but his life.

Fighting for his country is something Cord takes great pride in, though being single and away from family is starting to take a toll on him.

One fateful day, Cord receives a thoughtful gift of a simple cup of coffee from a stranger through the Java for a Joe program. After reaching out to the sender, an unlikely friendship is formed.

As time passes, Maloree and Cord’s friendship progresses across the miles and feelings blossom.

When granted leave for the holidays, Cord decides to seek Maloree out.

 Will two people who found each other through the words of a simple gesture, sent from a world away, have a real chance at love once they’re face to face? Or will their romance be tucked away as a beautiful memory along with the letters signed… With Gratitude and Love…

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© Skye Turner 2015

Chapter OneMaloree

Dear Service Member,

I hope that this message finds you well. It’s such a small token of my appreciation for all that you and those who serve beside you do, but it’s all I can send from the home front.

I’m writing to you from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I’m an author and while it seems like such a meaningless task to some, to me it’s so fulfilling. I create elaborate romance stories for readers around the world who pick up my books. The fact that I can create a brief respite for those who read my written words and involve them in my stories and characters is very rewarding.

Though not nearly as rewarding as what you do.

I’m sorry, I’m rambling.

I simply wanted to send you this cup of coffee (or tea, hot chocolate, iced coffee, etc.) to show that I’m thinking of all of you back home. You’re service and sacrifice is noted and appreciated. At least by me.

I sincerely appreciate your sacrifice in leaving those you love behind to serve and protect our country and our freedoms. It’s because of you and those who came before you that I am able to chase my dreams and live my life free in the country I love.

I’ll send this off now, but again, thank you for your service.

With Gratitude and Love,

Maloree Arceneaux

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Just as I’m hitting “Send” on the message and sending another Java for a Joe, my personal assistant, Beth, pops her head into my office. “Mal, do you have those chapters done? I can get started on reading through them if you have them ready.” Her reminder is not really needed, but I do appreciate the way she keeps me on task.

I nod as she asks, “Do you think you’ll make your deadline?”

Turning in my chair to face her, I pop my back and stretch my arms high above my head. Moaning as it alleviates some of the tension residing there, I grunt at her. “I have chapters one through twelve done. They’re not edited, so they’ll be rough, but I did finish twelve just now.” She looks at me and sees my laptop behind my chair.

Her brows raise and she smiles. “That’s not the book. You just sent more coffee to the troops?”

I grin. “I did. It’s something I can do and the thankful messages I get every week, show me that the gesture is appreciated. Most of them thank me for the coffees and really it’s me who’s thanking them.” I spin back around as my computer makes a whooshing sound to show the transaction has gone through. “It’s a two buck cup of coffee. It’s nothing for me to send that, yet, they thank me as if I’m sending them boxes of chocolate molten lava cake. It’s a great feeling and I’m happy to do it.”

Beth leans over my shoulder to glance at my screen. “Send me the link again. I keep saying I need to do this, and then I get caught up in working for you and forget. You slave driver.”

I laugh and wave my hand behind me. “Yeah, I’m so harsh. I’ll send you the link and then I need to get back to work.

This book is not going to write itself. Shoo.”

She chuckles as I hear her head for the door. “Hey, do you need a top off on your coffee or are you still good?”

Looking down, I see my empty mug. “I need more. You know java fuels my soul and keeps the words flowing. I’m only at about six cups so far today. You’re slacking.”

She swoops in and grabs my cup as I once again start to type. “Uh huh. You drink too much coffee, boss.”

I grunt, “Nah. No such thing.” And once again immerse myself in my story.
Author Bio
Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned International Bestselling Author of the Sexy Adult Romance series Bayou Stix, the Romantic Suspense series James Black, and the Erotic Romance Short Story Serial, Dear Diary.
 
She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. Unfortunately, life intervened and she never finished her studies.
She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, two children, and six fur babies.


When she’s not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing ‘Supermom’, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), listening to music and dancing like a fool, cooking, baking, crafting, or spending time with those most important to her.


She loves to incorporate pieces of her home state of Louisiana into her writing.
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Blog Tour + Excerpt: Black Dawn by Cristin Harber

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Black Dawn by Cristin Harber
Titan #6
Publication:July 14th 2015
Publisher:Mill Creek Press
Genre:Military, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Synopsis

What happens when nothing is as it seems?
Lexi Dare is on a one-woman mission to stay alive. Both at home and at work. Because how did she end up with a ring on her finger and an abuser in bed as she readies to hit the high point in her career? Everything should be perfect. Amazing job. Handsome fiancé. It’s all a disaster.

Parker Black is the brains behind Titan Group, an elite security firm. In his world, everything is ordered and controlled, except what he feels for his buddy’s girl. Something in her eye screams for help, but he has no idea what.

When Lexi disappears, Parker realizes what he should have known. The lines blur between friendships and work, and they must find each other to survive a terror attack that only Lexi can stop.

Black Dawn can be read as a standalone and does not have a cliffhanger.

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EXCERPTShe moaned and licked his bottom lip. But it was the wrong thing to do because he stopped his onslaught and left her cold, wanting. Hell, begging for more of his mouth on hers.
“Parker…” Lips still close enough to flit across his, she wanted to catch their touch again. “Please don’t stop.”
“You have to know something, Lex. I’m not going to take you here, on some random couch in a safe house.”
“Why not?” The desperation in her voice sounded close to pathetic, but she didn’t care. His blue eyes neared black. She’d never seen a look more intense, more at war after kissing her.
“You want this?” he asked.
She nodded. Wanted. Needed. All the same.
“You’ve wanted this? Between us?”
Her eyes sank shut. Parker was calling her on her past, when she’d watched him when she shouldn’t, when she’d closed her eyes to fantasize over a kiss she thought she’d never get. When her eyes opened, she couldn’t lie to the man who seemed to know her in every conceivable way. “Yes.”
“Then that’s why.”

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About the author

Cristin Harber is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She writes sexy, steamy romantic suspense and military romance. Readers voted her onto Amazon’s Top Picks for Debut Romance Authors in 2013, and her debut Titan series was both a #1 romantic suspense and #1 military romance bestseller.

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Waiting On Wednesday #10: Hard as Steel (Hard Ink 4.5)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine. This spotlights the most eagerly anticipated release of any book. So with no further ado here is this weeks book that I’m drying to read!!


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Hard as Steel by Laura Kaye
(Hard Ink #4.5)
Publication:September 22nd 2015
Publisher:Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Genre:Romance,Romantic Suspense,Contemporary Romance,Military,Adult Fiction, Motorcycle Club
Purchase:Amazon
Synopsis

After identifying her employer’s dangerous enemies, Jessica Jakes takes refuge at the compound of the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. Fellow Hard Ink tattooist and Raven leader Ike Young promises to keep Jess safe for as long as it takes, which would be perfect if his close, personal, round-the-clock protection didn’t make it so hard to hide just how much she wants him—and always has.

Ike Young loved and lost a woman in trouble once before. The last thing he needs is alone time with the sexiest and feistiest woman he’s ever known, one he’s purposely kept at a distance for years. Now, Ike’s not sure he can keep his hands or his heart to himself—or that he even wants to anymore. And that means he has to do whatever it takes to hold on to Jess forever.

Why?

Why would I not want to read this book? I absolutely love Laura Kaye and I am so excited to know that Ike and Jess get’s a HEA. After all the Hard Ink guys should get a happy ever after! I really loved Jess from the few times we read of her so her own book is making me grin like fool.

About the author

4805272Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink, Heroes, and Hearts of the Anemoi series. Laura’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura 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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