To Have and to Hold
by Arell Rivers
The Hold Series
Publication Date: December 16, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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FIGHTING DIRTY Synopsis:
He’s the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
With the life he’s led and the muscles he’s gained, Armie Jacobson isn’t afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter’s effect on him. It’s not just that she’s his best friend’s little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that’s all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.
Good girl meets bad boy. It’s a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they’re both about to learn what’s truly worth fighting for…
Bestselling author Lori Foster shares a fighting scene from the last book in her Ultimate Series, Fighting Dirty
Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster is the final book in her addicting and wicked hot MMA-themed Ultimate Series. Check out the excerpt below to see just what we mean. Happy reading!
“Jesus, Quick. You’re a freak of nature. You know that, right?”
Armie Jacobson, known as Quick to his fighter friends, ignored the complaint and threw a few more jabs, then a solid body shot, making Justice, a six-foot-five heavyweight, double over. Stepping back, Armie flexed his hands, bounced on the balls of his feet, and waited.
Unfortunately, Justice only put his hands on his knees and sucked air.
Frowning, Armie removed his mouthpiece. “Seriously? Come on, dude. Let’s go.”
“Screw you.” Schlepping back to his corner, Justice grabbed up a water bottle. He doused his head and chest, and then started chugging.
Aware of others watching, Armie said nothing. Everyone worked out, trained and sparred in the rec center, but lately, whenever he did, a dozen or more people stopped to watch. He didn’t mind an audience. Hell, he couldn’t be a competitor if he did. For the most part he paid no attention. Once he got in the cage, he went into a zone and the world receded.
But this insane ogling shit, like he was a damned sideshow, bugged him big-time.
A trickle of sweat tracked down his temple from his headgear, and he swiped a forearm over his face. His muscles burned and more sweat soaked his chest, abs and rolled down his spine. He was figuring out what to say to Justice to get him back in action when he picked up her scent. The faint perfume cut through the rec center air, thick with the smells of sweaty men working hard.
Trying to look casual, Armie stared at Justice but in his peripheral vision he saw her striding across the room. No mistaking that long-legged gait, or that longer dark hair. He swallowed, frozen.
“What?” Justice asked, sounding both suspicious and ridiculously alarmed with the way Armie had locked onto him.
Armie shook his head – and thankfully Merissa disappeared into the hallway leading to the offices.
Releasing a breath, he looked toward the clock and frowned. Yeah, they’d been at it for a while, maybe longer than he’d intended. His cardio was better than most, definitely better than Justice’s, the big lug.
Armie walked over to him. “You need to get more gas in the tank.”
“Go fuck yourself.”
When Armie grinned, Justice eyed him warily. “Stop it.”
That switched his grin to a frown. “Bitchy much?”
Justice slouched against the wall and glared back. “You shouldn’t be able to grin, you prick. You should be as tired as me.”
A natural trainer, Armie took pity on him. “You’re a lot bigger.” As a six-foot tall middleweight, Armie stood five inches shorter and weighed a lot less than Justice.
“Lotta good it does me.”
Squatting down in front of him, Armie said low, “People are watching, so stop whining.”
Justice’s gaze slipped past him and he groaned.
“Yeah, the big dogs are here again.” Damned nosy bastards. Ever since he’d signed with the SBC, the powers-that-be had been scoping him out like their newest lab rat. “Stand up, go another two minutes with me, then we’ll call it quits.”
Huffing out a breath, Justice lumbered to his feet. “Freak of nature,” he muttered again, but he followed Armie out to the center of the ring, and he did his best.
His best was nowhere near good enough against Armie.
But then, they fought for very different reasons.
Twenty minutes later, fresh from the showers, Armie was ready to head out. The mid February weather left frost on every surface, so he tugged on a stocking hat over his still wet hair and pulled a thick hooded sweatshirt on over his clothes. Carrying his gym bag, he entered the main area cautiously. This late in the day, the mats were now cleared. Miles and Brand took their turn mopping with sanitizer. Many of the lights were turned down and only the core group of friends remained, clustered together in conversation.
The SBC heads were gone, and better still, he didn’t see Merissa anywhere. She’d probably just been dropping off paperwork for her brother, Cannon, who owned the rec center.
Relieved, Armie started for the door. With any luck, he’d manage it before someone stopped him –
Damn. After a slight hesitation, he turned to where Denver, Stack and Cannon all stood together. “What’s this? The three Married Musketeers?”
Stack, who’d only married a month ago, reeked of satisfaction. “Aw, he’s jealous.”
Yup. But since he’d die before admitting it, Armie said, “Nope.”
Denver, still a newlywed himself, grinned. “Probably lonely too, poor guy.”
Very. Groupies, orgies, and random one-night stands could only take a guy so far. He had a rep for sexual excess, and that’s what the ladies wanted from him. That, and nothing more.
Checking the time, Armie said, “I could be lonely with three very nice ladies if you yahoos would let me leave.”
Unlike the others, Cannon didn’t laugh. “Seriously? Again?”
Why the hell did his best friend have to sound so disapproving? And if he knew why Armie had made those plans, he’d probably be pissed as well as disapproving, because it was thoughts of Cannon’s little sis that he worked so hard to obliterate. Not that a foursome would accomplish much beyond taking the edge off. His obsession with Merissa seemed to amplify by the day.
Copping an attitude, Armie shrugged. “Yeah, really. Unless you have something –” Or someone “- better for me to do?”
“As a matter of fact, that’s why I wanted to talk to you.”
Well hell. He hadn’t figured on that. Armie ran a hand over his hair. “Then let’s hear it.”
“Yvette wanted everyone to come over tonight to hang out and visit.”
Armie adored Yvette. She was perfect for Cannon and a real sweetheart. But damn… “Who all will be there?”
With a very knowing smile, Cannon said, “Everyone important to us. So don’t miss it.”
Double damn. Merissa definitely counted as important.
Armie didn’t want to, but with all the guys eyeballing him, how could he refuse? “What time?”
Armie scowled. “What do you mean, now?”
“Now, as in you don’t have time to do anything else, so forget it.”
Justice came dragging out, his faux-hawk hair still wet, his goatee in need of a trim, and his cauliflower ears worse than ever. He shoulder-bumped Armie as he passed. “If you hadn’t been determined to cripple me, maybe you’d have had more time for playing.”
“Wuss,” Armie accused with a grin.
“He has a point,” Brand said as he pushed a mop bucket toward them.
Miles, giving one last swipe of the mat, followed him. “Keep pushing that hard and you’re liable to hurt something before the competition.”
“I still have two months.” Two months of freedom and he’d spend it however he wanted. Sure, Armie knew there were established training methods, but they weren’t for him. Never had been, never would be – no matter who he fought for.
“This isn’t local fighting anymore,” Denver reminded him.
As if he’d forget.
“Carter Fletcher isn’t a slouch,” Miles added. “You might not walk through him like you do the local guys.”
“They call him Chaos for a reason.” Brand frowned. “I’ve seen him fight and he’s unpredictable.”
Yeah, so his first opponent was supposed to be a stud. Big deal. Armie shrugged to show he didn’t really care. Not that long ago the SBC, the most widely known MMA organization, had run him to ground and all but coerced him into signing on with them. Cannon had helped with that, pushing him to take the next step since he’d already demolished all the records in local venues.
It was a big step, too, something all the other guys had worked for. The SBC paid a lot more and offered incredible name recognition. Their fighters traveled the world to compete.
But Armie liked being low key; it was a hell of a lot safer for multiple reasons. If it wasn’t for Cannon –
“He’ll do fine against Carter,” Cannon said. “And don’t worry about his training. Armie motivates differently, that’s all.”
Always, no matter what, Cannon had his back. As the only other person to know why he’d avoided fame and fortune, Cannon understood. They weren’t related, but they were brothers all the same.
Which was the second biggest reason he couldn’t, shouldn’t, crave Merissa the way he did. Cannon protected those he loved.
And he loved his sister a lot.
“It’s getting late,” Cannon added. “Don’t want to keep Yvette waiting.”
Glad for the switch in topic, Armie pulled out his phone. “Guess I better make some calls and let the ladies know I won’t make it after all.”
Stack looked at Denver. “If it was anyone but Armie, I’d think he was making it up.”
“Lonely,” Denver confirmed.
Armie walked away knowing they were right.
About Lori Foster:
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN. Visit her online at LoriFoster.com.
Author: Rosanna Leo
Series: Gemini Island Shifters #7
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pub Date: February 29, 2016
Source: Rosanna Leo
**Received an ARC Review in exchange for and honest review**
Last year I discovered this author and I think that was the best thing I ever discovered. I have nearly read all of her books and I have reread this entire series twice now. So the moment I got a chance read the Advanced Readers Copy, I jumped for the chance. I absolutely adore this author and trust me I loved this book. I didn’t think I would like it that much because I really didn’t like Fleur in previous book but strangely enough I loved her.
This book focuses on Jani a Tiger shifter and a feisty and strong Fleur who is a wolf shifter. Fleur just got out an abusive relationship with a cult leader August Crane and she wants to finally change her life. She is now on a mission to save her mother. When she left on that mission, Jani didn’t like it so he went to track her down. Now that Fleur escaped August Crane she is now set on living her life on her own terms but Jani needs to protect her and he wants to help her but he wants to keep her safe at Gemini Island Resort. They wind each other up so much but there sexual attraction is nearly off the charts and it can’t be fought. They fight their attraction at first but thankfully they saw the light after a pushes from friends.
Jani saw something in Fleur that no one else saw including herself and he makes it his priority to make her see it. He wants to help her recover from the abuse she endured and he needs her to see her self-worth. Fleur wants to belong somewhere but she feels that the people in Geminin Island does not want her. Jani made sure to set her straight on that. Fleur became good friends with Elaine and Suzan and later the others on Gemini Island started trusting her as well. Even though August Crane is dead she still somehow got abused subconsciously by him. It’s like his spirit decided to abuse her and that nearly killed her if she didn’t have Jani to give her support then she might have been lost.
I really enjoyed this book. I would so easily reread this book along with the entire series again. I loved that Fleur finally found an HEA. With all those emotions that she had to go through made her stronger. You know she earned her HEA. You can feel it. Jani was such a great hero and I really loved him. He was strong for Fleur and I think she needed someone to be strong for her. Everybody needs someone to keep them strong.
The ending was very tense and totally unexpected and I loved it. This is an absolutely wonderful book with so much emotions and sexy hot men. I loved every second of it. I cannot wait to see what comes next. I need to see what will happen to Barbi and Elaine. I want Elaine to be happy again because my heart breaks every time for her. I want both to have a happily ever after.
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I love all the books that Miss Mathewson has written so far. All her books always makes me laugh and I just adore her NFH series but sometimes I love Paranormal Romance novels and this novel is just the way to go I adore this series and it is nice to have a shifter as the lead characters for once in the PYTE/SENTINEL Series.
Author: R.L. Mathewson
Series: Pyte/Sentinel #5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pub Date: March 26, 2016
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.
Nick pulled her bra strap off to the side. “Ready?”
“Very,” Becca said, butterflies doing a small loop in her belly.
The tattoo machine came to life on a low buzz. “Just relax and let me know if you need a break, okay?” he said, dipping the tip into a little plastic cup of black ink.
“Okay.” His gloved hands fell against her skin, and then the needles. Almost a scratching feeling, it didn’t hurt nearly as bad as she thought it would. And just like when he’d drawn on her with skin markers, she was already dying to see what it looked like.
“How you doing?” he asked in a voice full of concentration she found utterly sexy. Just the thought that he was permanently altering her skin—just like he’d permanently altered her heart, her life, her very soul—sent a hot thrill through her blood.
“I’m good,” she said, relaxing into the sensation of the bite moving across her skin. “Is it weird that I kinda like how it feels?”
He didn’t answer right away as the needle moved in a long line. He pulled the machine away and wiped at her shoulder. “Not weird at all,” he said, his voice a little gravelly. “Some people like the sensation and even find getting tattoos addictive.”
“I can see that,” she said. He worked without talking for a stretch, and the combination of the quiet intensity radiating off of him, the driving rock beat, and the buzz of the machine was heady and intoxicating. She found herself breathing a little faster and wanting so much more of him to be touching so much more of her. If she thought he was sexy putting ink on someone else, it was nothing compared to how she felt when he was doing it to her.
“What are you thinking about so hard?” Nick asked, his breath caressing her bare shoulder.
“Really want to know?” she asked, already smiling at what his reaction might be.
“Always,” he said, wiping at her skin. He dipped the machine in the ink and leaned in again.
“How turned on this is making me.” She really wanted to turn to see his expression but knew she wasn’t supposed to move.
He pulled the machine away again. “Jesus, Becca. You’re killing me here.”
She grinned. “I asked if you really wanted to know.”
Nick chuffed out a laugh. “Yeah, well, I’ve never had a fucking hard-on the entire time I’ve done a tattoo before, so you’re not the only one.”
Becca unleashed a small moan. “Now you’ve got me thinking about your cock, Nick.” She couldn’t help the hint of a whine in her voice.
“You’ll never convince me that that’s a bad thing, Sunshine.”
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, 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.
Author: C.C. Hunter
Series: Shadow Falls: After Dark, #3.5
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pub Date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
**Received an ARC Review in exchange for and honest review**
Lately I haven’t been reading a lot of young adult books but I actually love reading books from this author. Now this book is a collection of all the Novellas in this series. I always love reading more from the Shadow Falls gang so I was so excited to read this book. Finally we have this book in print because I actually love have an original book with the entire collection of novellas.
Now the book starts off with the first novella of Della’s story. It is called Turned At Dark in that book we see or learn how Della actually become a vampire. We got to see a first glimpse of Della’s home life and what makes her tick. Saved At Sunrise will be the first mission Della went on for the FRU. The FRU is what we call the FBI in the supernatural world. It has always been Della’s dream of joining the FRU and finally she gets a chance to do so but sadly she could not go alone. Burnett paired her off with Steve anyway I enjoyed seeing their partnership grow and over the moon that it started to grow into something more.
In the novella of Unbreakable we get to see the first glimpse of the very sexy and mysterious vampire, Chase. Here we learn how he became a vampire and how he knows so much of the reborn vampires. I for one always wondered how he knew so much about that. Della’s life was long before intertwined with Chases even before they met and trust me this story made me love Chase so much more. Spellbinder was now the first ever book or novella of Miranda and I really wish she would get her own full series or something. Anyway she goes to Paris for a top spot in a spell casting competition and Perry is also in Paris. She wants to see Perry again, she still loves him no matter what he said for her to move on. I just want them to get back together! What Miranda did not expect would happen to her when she went to Paris was being thrown into a supernatural mystery that the FRU tries to figure out. Miranda learns so much about herself and her family which I tell you was quite shocking. The last novella in this book is Fierce written about Fredericka. I always hated her in the Shadow Falls series but trust me this book changed the view I see her. I felt so bad for Fredericka and I was rooting for her to find some happiness. That ending I loved so much and I want to know where her story might take her.
I would easily reread this book and I really want so much more of this author. Maybe something like a series for Miranda. I want to see her having a happy ever after and then I also want more from Fredericka. This was a nice quick read and I enjoyed it immensely. I highly recommend this collection of novellas.
Will Campbell, Ruby Riot bassist, is back at university and failing badly at everything apart from partying.
With Ruby Riot on a break, Will returns to university to finish his degree. He needs major help if he wants to pass his final year and attempts to join a not-very-rock star study group. Will is horrified to discover the person organising the group is Fleur Roberts, the girl he’s secretly crushed on for two years and who recently threatened him with a restraining order.
Fleur’s rock stars are history academics. She has no interest in any variety of pierced, tattooed slacker, especially not the jackass rock star who humiliated her at a party. There’s no way in Hell that Will Campbell is joining her group.
Faced with losing the easiest way to fix his academic problems, Will has the perfect solution: pretend he’s his twin, Nate. Will and Nate have swapped identities before so nothing can go wrong. Surely.
Fleur is successful academically, but her love life is a failure. Following a number of disastrous dates, she finds herself falling in love with a guy who is lying to her. But Will’s deceit isn’t the only thing about to shatter her world. When another man Fleur trusted betrays her, and she attempts to retaliate, Fleur discovers how dangerous he is. And when Will becomes involved, the repercussions threaten both of their futures.
Shuffle is the second standalone book in the Ruby Riot series and can be read separately to the first book.
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Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.
Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.
In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.
Hard To Be Good
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Pub Date: November 25, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Okay so this is going to be a short review as I am at work.
Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy….. What can I say I love him! He is so amazingly talented and I wish I could meet someone like him! His charisma pulled me in from the very first book. Laura Kaye keeps pulling me in with each book she writes. I need to tell you this novella was just amazing and such a quick and hot read. I don’t normally read m/m books but I really needed to see if Charlie and Jeremy were going to find some happy ever after.
I admire Charlie so much, after what he has been through it must be so hard but he is so strong. Thankfully Jeremy started pulling him out of his comfort zone he is the one that could get Charlie to smile and feel. Charlie is such an introvert just like me and he likes to observe so he does that a lot when it comes to Jeremy. He started having feelings for Jeremy but did not know how to show it and he was scared that Jeremy might push him away or their friendship might change after that. Jeremy saw that Charlie needs a push so he decided to push him and thankfully that was a good choice.
If he never kissed Charlie for the first time then they would not have gone after each other and they would never have found out how much they like each other. Though Charlie nearly lost Jeremy because he is afraid what others might think of him being gay but they he noticed that he does not care because he hated not being near Jeremy.
In basic terms I loved this short novella I read it in less than an hour in one sitting position. I would recommend this series to everyone but I would easily reread this novel and let me tell you it was already a reread. 😛 I adore Charlie because he is just so sweet but I loved and adored Jeremy with his shirts and innuendos. I love him!
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Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all…
Con artist Austin Shaw’s been in disguise so long he’s not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he’s been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.
Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she’s ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He’s infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she’s determined to resist him.
But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants…including a man that Polly must trust if she’s to escape their dangerous game alive.
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.