Review Tour: “Rusty Nailed” (Cocktail #2) by Alice Clayton

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Title: “Rusty Nailed” (Cocktail #2)

Author: Alice Clayton

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 24th June, 2014.

SYNOPSIS

In this sequel to Wallbanger, the second book in the Cocktail series, fan favorites Caroline and Simon negotiate the rollercoaster of their new relationship while house-sitting in San Francisco.

Playing house was never so much fun—or so confusing. With her boss on her honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy long hours to keep the interior design company running—especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel on Sausalito. So with her hotshot photographer boyfriend gallivanting all over the world for his job, she and Simon are heavy-duty into “absence makes the heart grow fonder” mode. Neither has any complaints about the great reunion sex, though! Then Simon decides he’s tired of so much travelling, and he’s suddenly home more. A lot more. And wanting Caroline home more, too. Though their friends’ romantic lives provide plenty of welcome distraction, eventually Caroline and Simon have to sort their relationship out. Neither wants “out of sight, out of mind,” but can they create their own happy mid-ground cliché?

USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton delivers another delicious, frothy cocktail of a book, shaking up her characters, stirring in laugh-out-loud humor, and serving sizzling romance straight up!

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My Review

Complimentary copy provided by the author/publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 by Miss Clayton: it had been such a long time since I had read a book that could make me laugh until I cried, yet at the same time make me swoon into a puddle of mush. I also remember feeling, when I first learned that a second book about Caroline and Simon would be out, a bit apprehensive, because even though I really adored this book couple, I was unsure whether or not it was necessary. I mean, would a second book be just as good as the first one? I suppose many readers feel that way about their favorite authors, and I am not afraid to admit it.

Nevertheless, I confess that I have been really looking forward to getting my hands on “Rusty Nailed”, and now that I have finished reading it, I have a massive book hangover! Because yes, I really loved it! My earlier concerns were very much unfounded, and I hope my love for this book couple will shine through in my review.

The story begins with us learning how Caroline and Simon manage their long-distance relationship – it is not an easy feat, of course, but they are young, and they manage pretty well. Obviously, they miss each other when they are apart, but that is as it should be, and Caroline, for one, actually prefers having some alone time every once in a while (something I can really relate to, because I am the same way). Caroline is feeling some pressure, though, because her boss, Jillian, is off to her honeymoon soon, thus putting Caroline in charge of running the firm on a daily basis, and if you are a 27-year-old designer who has never held such a position, I have a feeling that you would be pretty scared out of your mind about it! But that is what life is about: taking chances, both personally and professionally, and Caroline knows and understands this.

Obviously, the support from Simon and her friends, Mimi and Sophia, help, but as time passes, Caroline starts to question if she really wants to the boss of everything? What if the expectations from her surroundings are too high? And what happens when Simon throws her for a loop, completely surprising her with his decisions about his own future?

As usual, my review will be completely spoiler free, so you will have to read the book if you want to know the answers to these questions.

I really enjoyed getting to know Caroline more in this second book: she is still a bit nutty (but that is a good thing), feisty and just a tad bit dramatic. Again, this is a good thing. The fact that she gets more and more snarky and stressed out as the months pass actually makes her feel very realistic to me, because it just goes to show that even though we may wantto handle everything – we also have to realize that that is just not always possible. Furthermore, the feelings of resentment and insecurity about her relationship with Simon come across as believable and even just to me.

I loved getting to know more about Simon this time, and he shows a great deal of emotional growth, in my opinion. Oh, he is still very much the same sexy, adorable Wallbanger as always, with a deviously delicious mind, but he, too, has to face his demons. Mainly his past and the fact that he has not been back to his hometown since he graduated from high school.

Ultimately, both Caroline and Simon have a lot of growing up to do in this second part of their story – but apart from becoming more mature, they also have to acknowledge that it is more than acceptable not having all the answers all the time. That even though their relationship progresses in a certain pattern, they are more than allowed to have fun and simply wing it – and, in the end, they will both have to face the importance of communicating with each other.

Apart from enjoying the main love story, it is also fantastic being back with the whole gang again – well, minus one. I absolutely love both Mimi and Sophia, and yes, a lot of the drama in this book is because of them. (No spoilers, I promise.) They provide some pretty laugh-out-loud moments, of course, and you just wish that they were real persons. Clive the cat is also back and he delivers his own kind of entertainment – he would not be Clive if he did not.

Now, I have to say that I am one of those book nerds who actually like a bit of a slow build-up to the big, dramatic finale: I enjoy taking my time with getting to know the characters in the books that I read, truly getting inside their heads, and once I feel comfortable with them – please, by all means, surprise me and blow my mind! What I love about this book, in particular, is the fact that every scene, every emotion, is described in great detail even though the pace is rather fast – and I have to confess that Miss Clayton has made me laugh until tears ran down my face again. She has a certain way with words that just gets to me, whether they are funny, sexy or sad, and that is part of the reason for my high rating. The issues Miss Clayton confronts through Caroline’s words and actions are very honest, scary, and just plain real.

So to sum up: if you want a fun, sexy (and steamy) romance, but one which also addresses many real-life problems, I heartily recommend “Rusty Nailed”. My eyes were glued to the pages until the very last one, and I was thoroughly satisfied when I reached the ending. There are plenty of tender moments between Caroline and Simon, the cast of secondary characters is perfect, and I just feel that if you loved “Wallbanger”, you will not be disappointed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!


After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother’s Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.

Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mt. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…

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Cover Reveal: “The Bondage Club” by Alexandrea Weis – Synopsis, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies!

It is no secret that I love Alexandrea Weis and her books, and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the cover reveal of her next book, “The Bondage Club” – it is stunning! And hot, of course.

Besides the reveal, you can read an excerpt from the book, AND there is also a giveaway for you all to enter: one lucky reader wins an e-copy of both “Cover To Covers” and “The Riding Master” by Miss Weis! These are 5 star reads for me, so yes, I heartily recommend them to all romance lovers.

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Title: “The Bondage Club”

Author: Alexandrea Weis

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 29th July, 2014.

SYNOPSIS

A man looking for a new beginning.

Hunter Donovan is a writer who dreamed of penning the great American novel but settled for a job running the family business, Donovan Books. Trapped publishing other people’s stories, Hunter buries his frustrations in vodka and an endless parade of one-night stands.  

A woman with a secret.

Cary Anderson is the perky, petite, and staunchly determined editor who is well versed in erotica fiction.  But Cary has a kinky side that she is struggling to keep hidden from the world.

 

Fed up with dwindling sales, Hunter hopes to breathe new life into his publishing house by breaking into the risqué world of erotica. He hires Cary to rescue his company and she is keen to show her new boss everything she knows. But what starts out as a lesson in sexual fiction turns into an unexpected roller coaster ride of disastrous romantic encounters. And just when Cary helps stir Hunter’s creative voice, he uncovers the truth about her wicked ways. 

Some ties that bind can cut right to the heart in…The Bondage Club.   

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans.  Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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      The veil of evening was reaching across his office window when Hunter’s cell phone on the side of his desk rang. Checking the caller ID, he frowned when he saw that the number was blocked.

“This is Hunter Donovan,” he barked into the phone.       “Do you always answer the phone in such a cheerful manner?” a seductive female voice reprimanded.

“That depends on who this is.”

“Cary told me of your little meeting today, and your interest in my next book. You don’t waste any time do you?”

Hunter’s heart skipped a beat. “Well, well, Ms. Slut. Nice to hear your voice again. I hope your time at the Book Expo was worthwhile.”

“You were the highlight of my trip, Mr. Donovan.”

Hunter smiled as he sat back in his creaky desk chair. “I’m so glad. I was beginning to think you didn’t like me.”

“Have you ever met a woman who didn’t like you?”

The question made Hunter chuckle. “Which answer will get me your next book, Ms. Slut?”

A high-pitched tinkling laugh came through the speaker of his iPhone, making Hunter’s stomach flutter ever so lightly. “I like a man who doesn’t waste time with sweet talk. Check your email. I just sent you the manuscript. It’s called The Bondage Club, and if you’re interested, e-mail me a contract, and I will look it over.”

“Can I ask what it’s about? I mean, with a title like that I can guess, but….” His voice faded as his curiosity rose.

“There are many different kinds of bondage, Mr. Donovan, that don’t involve ropes, chains, or even handcuffs.”

Hunter gaped at his cell phone. “I don’t get it.”

“Love can be a form of bondage,” she explained. “We can get tied to someone just as easily as we can be tied up by someone. The book is about bondage in all of its forms.”

“Then I look forward to reading it.” He paused as he thought of an idea. “But why not come to my office? We can discuss the details of the contract over lunch,” he pursued with a hint of insistence in his voice.

“I don’t think so. Lunch with you would be dangerous.”

Hunter coyly smiled. “For which one of us, Ms. Slut?”

“I’m not your type, Mr. Donovan.”

Hunter’s body rippled with the hint of a challenge. “You never know; if Donovan Books handles your novel, we may grow on each other.”

“I hope not. Getting involved with the man who publishes my book would complicate matters. I’m also a very demanding author. I might get on your nerves after a time.”

“I have a lot of demanding authors. You would fit right in.”

“Do you usually try and date your authors, or will I be the first?”

He fingered a corner of the manuscript open on the desk before him as his imagination began to wander. “You would be the first. I never date clients.”

“I heard a nasty little rumor to the contrary, about your brother and Monique Delome. They were engaged and then she up and married some Texas oil man. Lucky girl.”

“Lucky to be rid of my brother,” Hunter returned, pushing the manuscript in front of him to the side.

“Oh, do I detect a note of sibling rivalry, Mr. Donovan?”

He leaned back in his chair and turned his eyes to his arched window. “Rivalry, nah. More like deep-seated hatred. And if I’m going to bare my soul to you, you should start calling me, Hunter.”

“Let me guess, Hunter.” Her voice was throaty and delicious, spurring on his desire. “He stole your Legos when you were six and you have never forgiven him.”

Hunter ran his hand over his face, feeling the conversation was getting a little too personal. “Never mind my brother. Let’s talk about you.”

“I make it a practice never to talk about myself. The less people know about me, the better.”

“I don’t agree, Ms. Sl….” Hunter crinkled his brow. “What else can I call you? Ms. Slut is too—”

“Call me Smuttie, if you like.”

“Smuttie…don’t you have a real name?”

“Smuttie is all you need to know.” The sound of voices in the background broke in. “Let me know what you think of my manuscript, Hunter. I’ll be waiting to hear from you.” Then the line went dead.

 

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Cover Reveal: “Under Contract” by Jacquelyn Ayres – Synopsis & Excerpt

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Title: “Under Contract”

Author: Jacquelyn Ayres

Genre: Erotic Romance/Erotic Humor

Release Date: 5th July, 2014.

Cover Reveal Host: Barenaked Words

SYNOPSIS

Charlotte McKendrick is your typical thirty-something stay-at-home mom. She has three beautiful children, a loving family, special friends, and the most wonderful, adoring husband. Her life is a dream.

Er . . . let’s try this again. Charlotte McKendrick is not your typical thirty-something stay-at-home mom. Yes, she’s got three beautiful children, a loving family (all of them lingerers—you’ll see), and her friends are special, all right! As far as her wonderful, adoring husband, what a joke! That bastard abandoned her and the kids six months ago. 

Now, she will do anything she can to survive and provide for her children. Even if it means signing on the dotted line . . .

Mitch Colton is the CEO of Colton Technologies. Most of his year is spent traveling around the world, bringing companies the latest innovations in automobile technology. He doesn’t have time for a traditional relationship and the BS that comes with it. He doesn’t do the “marriage” thing, the “kid” thing, and he certainly doesn’t do the “falling in love” thing. All that said, he still wants someone to come home to. Someone who will offer everything he wants, and nothing he doesn’t. He realizes loyalty paired with these kinds of demands won’t come cheap. No problem. What he doesn’t realize is that once Charlotte McKendrick signs that dotted line, he’ll be paying with a lot more than money.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a Domestic Engineer (born and raised in NJ) whose sole responsibility is to guide three young impressionable kids into becoming phenomenal adults. This challenging, yet rewarding work requires a lot of love (coffee), patience (wine) and determination (periodic exorcisms). I work all of this magic in the beautiful state of New Hampshire. Before becoming a Domestic Goddess (not really), I spent over a decade working in the medical field where I wore more hats than the Queen. I have had a love for the written word and the great escape it provides since I was a little girl. When I wasn’t reading about people and the places they lived, I was creating my own characters and adventures. Finally, I have been putting a pen to paper allowing my characters to come to life. When I don’t have a pen and paper in hand, you can often find me laughing at the conversations my characters are having in my head.

 

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Release Day Blitz: “Come To Me Softly” (The Closer To You Series #2) by A. L. Jackson – Synopsis, Book Trailer & Giveaway

Happy Release Day to A.L Jackson as we celebrate her new book “Come to Me Softly”!!

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Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling author of Come to Me Quietly comes

a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.

 

A second chance at life…

A second chance at love…

 

Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?

To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

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Aleena Moore is content with her life. She has goals and dreams and an easy smile. She also has a secret she holds locked inside.

Jared Holt believes he doesn’t deserve to love or be loved. He destroys everything he touches. Haunted by the mistake that shattered his life, he’s fled from the memory of that pain.

Jared doesn’t know why he’s compelled to return, but finds himself drawn back to the place where it all began. The exact place where it ended. When he runs into his childhood best friend, Aleena’s older brother Christopher, he agrees to share Christopher and Aleena’s apartment while he looks for a place of his own.

Aleena is no longer the little girl Jared remembers from his past and evokes feelings in him he never wanted to feel again. Terrified of destroying her, he fights to keep her away. But her touch is something he can’t resist—the touch that sealed his fate.

Their pasts are intertwined and their futures uncertain. The only truths they know are the secrets they whisper in the night.

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A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, If Forever Comes, and Come to Me Quietly.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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Blog Tour: “Twisted Together” (Monsters In The Dark #3) by Pepper Winters – My Review, Excerpt & Giveaway

Hello, everyone!

So this is the final day of the blog tour of the final installment in The Monsters In The Dark Series…”Twisted Together” by Pepper Winters. It has been quite a whirlwind of emotions for me, reading these books, but I have loved every single moment – Miss Winters is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I am thrilled to participate in her tour!

Today, you will find my review, an excerpt from the book, and a fantastic giveaway for you all to enter.

Enjoy! ❤

 

 

Title: Twisted Together

Series: Monsters in the Dark, Book #3

Author: Pepper Winters

Genre: Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 3, 2014

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Synopsis

“After battling through hell, I brought my esclave back from the brink of ruin. I sacrificed everything–my heart, my mind, my very desires to bring her back to life. And for a while, I thought it broke me, that I’d never be the same. But slowly the beast is growing bolder, and it’s finally time to show Tess how beautiful the dark can be.”

Q gave everything to bring Tess back. In return, he expects nothing less. Tess may have leashed and tamed him, but he’s still a monster inside.

After surviving the darkness, a new dawn has begun. Twisted Together wades through black to grey, chasing the light of true love to banish the shadows forever.

Pain is a requirement, connection a necessity. But ultimately Q and Tess must face their demons, before they can embrace their future.

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I have many favorite authors. Each of them has their own, unique voices, of course, and it is particularly true when it concerns Miss Winters. I cannot say that I have a favorite sub-genre when it comes to romance novels, however: I have romantic suspense, love triangles, sweet romance, even a couple of chick lit novels on my book shelf. And let me not forget to add dark romance. And whenever I want something really dark and disturbing to read, I turn to Miss Winters.

I have started writing this review many times since I finished reading the final installment in the Monsters In The Dark Series…I must have deleted my words no less than 5 times because I felt that they were inadequate or because they felt lifeless or hollow. You all know how much I detest spoilers in reviews, but those have been a challenge to avoid this time, actually. I will try, nonetheless, to express my complete love and adoration of “Twisted Together”, and of the entire series in general, in this review.

After having experienced the worst kind of nightmare possible, Tess is back with her beloved Q, and they are trying to find their way back to living the life they want. But all is most definitely not well in Paradise: Tess suffers from horrible nightmares, and she carries a secret – a burden, really – she desperately wants and needs to keep from Q. How is she supposed to find a way back to herself when she no longer craves the same sort of release that Q does? How is she to free herself from the chains her very vivid dreams make her wear, even in the daylight, when she does not know how to do it? And how is she to ask her beloved Q for help when she fears that he will leave her once he learns her secret?

“Love suffocated my heart, stitching me up until I felt mummified with confusion. Bandages upon bandages held me hostage with no way out of the horrible prison I was in.” (Tess)

After everything Tess has endured, Q is trying his best to protect her this time. He, too, feels that he is a failure, after all, and he does not know how to help Tess getting back to her old self – or close to it, anyway. Q senses her lies every single day, and it angers, frustrates and saddens him. And a man as powerful as Q Mercer definitely does not do “helpless”. When he does unveil Tess’ secret, he feels completely crushed…but not for long. He conjures up a plan so frightening that I felt absolutely punched in my stomach when I read this particular scene. I had to take a deep breath as well, but then I could not help but keep reading, of course…

Now, I promised you no spoilers – so this is far as I will take it in terms of the story line. You will just have to read the book yourself.

Seeing Tess so damaged was very emotional for me to read. In the beginning, there are times when her old spark – her temper – shows itself, but it is dim and short-lived. I could feel her agony whenever she lied to Q, and I kept hoping that there would be a way for her to find herself and free her mind from her tormenting voices. But what I admire about her is the fact that, despite her fears, she is willing go through anything in order to stay with Q – he is her entire world, and I really felt her adoration for this intense, brooding, but also funny man.

“I’d been living a lie. A lie where I thought I only loved Q. I didn’t love him. I adored him. I worshipped him. I was alive because of him. Light and colour and effervescent joy gave me the strength to slap away my guilt and embrace what Q just showed me.” (Tess)

And yes, now onto Q…Be still, my beating heart! Reading the chapters told from his point of view was a real treat for me. He is a force all on his own: protector, beast, tender lover, and confidante…I am well aware of the fact that these words do not really seem to blend together that well, but he is all those things. And he is so much more, of course. Experiencing Q’s vulnerabilities made me feel both sadness and elation – the first, because you can truly feel his anguish, and that will tore your soul apart; and the latter because seeing this side of him makes him seem so real and human.

“For the first time in my life I’m vulnerable, all because I fell in love.” (Q)

Q may be a monster, but even monsters deserve and need love – and allow me to add: being protected by the women they adore…Q is no exception to this.

I thought my heart broke when I read “Tears Of Tess” for the first time…but then came book number two, “Quintessentially Q”, and my heart shattered. Again: or so I thought. This final book of the series, “Twisted Together” tore me apart, piece by piece, and there were times when I did not think that I could go on – but, as ever with Miss Winters’ books, I could not help myself: I persevered and I am absolutely thrilled that I did! I felt as if Miss Winters ensnared me with her written words, putting me under a spell…and, although horrific at times, I was really sad when I reached the last page of the book. That is what this author does to me: her words are magical.

“If I had sent you away, my life would’ve remained the same. Empty. Lonely. So then I can’t regret falling for you even though my need for you almost killed you.” (Q)

The journey these characters have gone through has been filled with terror, heartache, and pain – but Miss Winters has also allowed her readers to see the gentler, tender moments Tess and Q share. Yes, this may be a dark romance, filled with drama and terror, but this author also knows how to make me chuckle and laugh. I loved how you continue to see Tess and Q grow – both as a couple, but also separately – and how they, though their hardships, come out stronger than ever. Ultimately, this is a love story, and a very powerful one at that, which is why I give “Twisted Together”, and the entire Monsters InThe Dark series, my highest rating.

“Intertwined, tangled, knotted forever, our souls will always be twisted together, our demons, our monsters belong to the other,

Bow to me, I bow to thee, now we are free”

One final note before I stop: if you are prepared to get your heart torn to pieces, I would definitely recommend this series to any lover of romance. Yes, there are very disturbing scenes, and yes, you may have to take a small break from reading the book once or twice…but I am certain that you will fall for these characters as I have, and I am confident enough to promise you that you will fall under Miss Winters’ spell. If you are skeptical about these statements…Well…just try. And then come back and tell me if I were right or wrong.

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I shook my head. I didn’t understand. All I understood was his voice had the power to make me come. The deep tenor vibrated through my heart, sending tiny orgasms exploding in my veins.



I needed to be touched. I needed to be kissed.



Kiss him. Let him know.



Launching upright, I splashed a wave over the tub. Q jerked back, but wasn’t fast enough. Wrapping my arms around his neck, I dragged him down toward me. His hand slipped on the rim, plunging his arms into the water, landing on either side of my body.



His mouth opened to curse, but I swallowed whatever he said. My lips stole his, and the moment I tasted him, I went a little mad.



My core squeezed with delirium, demanding to be filled. My eyes rolled back at the sheer bliss of kissing.



He tasted like freedom and violence and pain.



Esclave…wait…” Q tried to speak, but he only gave me the opportunity to slink my tongue into his mouth. Joy bounced and fizzed in my heart, demanding more.



I moaned, dragging him closer. My hands dug into his hair, tugging with sharp-laced desire. His mouth opened, either in shock or passion—I didn’t hesitate. I thrust my tongue deeper into his mouth, willingly drowning myself in all things Q.

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“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect. 

Then it all changed. 

I was sold.” 

Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility. 



For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered. 
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror. 

Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold. 
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?

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Monsters in the Dark, #2

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Synopsis

“All my life, I battled with the knowledge I was twisted… screwed up to want something so deliciously dark—wrong on so many levels. But then slave fifty-eight entered my world. Hissing, fighting, with a core of iron, she showed me an existence where two wrongs do make a right.” 

Tess is Q’s completely. Q is Tess’s irrevocably. But now, they must learn the boundaries of their unconventional relationship, while Tess seeks vengeance on the men who sold her. Q made a blood-oath to deliver their corpses at Tess’s feet, and that’s just what he’ll do.

He may be a monster, but he’s Tess’s monster.

About Pepper
Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero the better and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. 
 
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby (who speaks French—hot!) who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. She loves to hear from her readers so hit her up at pepperwinters@gmail.com
 
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Cover Reveal: “Dear Juliet” (Forever Family #3) by Trudy Stiles – Synopsis & Giveaway

Along with Trudy Stiles, we are very excited to share with you the Cover to Dear Juliet, the 3rd book in The Forever Family Series. If you have not started this series yet, check out the AMAZING reviews and pick up Dear Emily today!

Make sure to check out the beautiful cover, add to your Goodreads, join the Facebook Release Event and enter the GIVEAWAY below!

Release Expected Summer 2014

Author: Trudy Stiles

Book Title: Dear Juliet ~ Series: Forever Family #3

Genre: New Adult/Romance

Cover Designer: Steph’s Cover Design

Photographer: Toski Covey Photography-Custom Design

I lost her.
I thought she was the love of my life.
 
She was everything I needed. Everything I wanted.
She made me forget about my past. My family.
She made me feel real.
Can I find someone else?
It’s time to pick up the pieces and move on.
But can I?
 
I’m Seth Tyson and this is my story.
I deserve a happily ever after, don’t I?
 
 
 

Book #1 – Dear Emily

Two women. Carly & Tabitha. Both have suffered life-altering events that have left them both traumatically damaged.
Carly Sloan’s life was perfect until the night her security and innocence was torn from her. The vast repercussions from that horrific night threaten to destroy her stability and her chances for a happily ever after. Kyle Finnegan comes into Carly’s life at the height of her turmoil. Can he help her find what she desires most?
Tabitha Fletcher, on the other hand, has suffered from a very young age. She has been hiding from her past, which was full of abuse, loss and turmoil. She has been so brutally damaged that she has very little hope of redemption. The revolving door of men only leads her deeper into misery.
What circumstance brings these two women together unexpectedly and can they help each other heal? And will they each find what they need?
Redemption.
Love.
Family.
This book is not suitable for young readers. It is intended for mature adults only (18+). It contains strong language, adult/sexual situations, non-consensual sex and some violence.
 
 

Book #2 – Dear Tabitha

You know me. You know who I am. What I am.
Damaged. Confused. Alone.
You feel sorry for me. You pity me.
You know what I’ve done. What I’ve given up. Who I’ve given up.
You try to understand what I’ve been through and how I can possibly go on with my life.
But you can’t possibly understand.
I’ve lost too much. Sacrificed too much. Given up everything so that I can find myself.
Well I’m done.
I’m done walking away from everything that matters.
It’s time for me to heal.
It’s MY TURN to earn…
Redemption.
Love.
Family.

Trudy Stiles is a New Adult author, mom to two beautiful children, and married to the love of her life. She is the author of the Forever Family series including “Dear Emily” and “Dear Tabitha”. There will be many more stories from this series and you never know who may have a standalone or novella written for them. Stay tuned!
Trudy is a music junkie and you’ll know that she’s writing when you see her plugged into her laptop with her earbuds in. Her playlist is unique and is a must for her writing sprints.
When she’s not writing, she’s carting her children to their various activities while avoiding any kind of laundry or housework. She also loves to run along the boardwalk of the beautiful New Jersey shore.
She’s always been an avid reader and frequently escapes into the fictional worlds of the many characters that she has come to love. Well, now there are some fictional characters in her head dying to get out!
This first story is called “Dear Emily” and was released in December 2013. “Dear Tabitha” was released in March 2014. The Forever Family series will continue with several companion/stand alone novels.
Email: authortrudystiles@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authortrudystiles
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/trudy_stiles
Twitter: @trudystiles
 
 

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***Anniversary Post: “Fading” (Fading Series #1) by E. K. Blair turns 1 year old!***

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Hello, my lovelies!

One of my absolute favourite books EVER is “Fading” by E. K. Blair, and it has now been exactly one year since it was published. Congratulations, Miss Blair! ❤

In honour to celebrate this amazing book, you will find My Review, which I wrote back in September, the Playlist, the Book Trailer, and not only one but TWO deleted scenes! They are, as ever with this author’s writing, completely captivating and heartaching.

Enjoy!

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SYNOPSIS

Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?

Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered. 

The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens. 

At what point do secrets become lies?

My Review 

I cannot write this review without mentioning the quote E. K. Blair has put on the first page:

“And though she be but little, she is fierce” – William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

To me, it sets the tone right away: it tells me how strong our main character will have to become during the story.

I am in sheer and utter book heaven – with a massive book hangover, too! This book is simply outstanding…I hardly know where to begin with this review, because my thoughts are just all over the place. I usually wait a few days to write a review, but not this time. No, I feel I have to write it now while the book is fresh in my mind.

First of all, this is not a book for the fainthearted – without giving too much away, I feel I have to warn you about one particular matter: there is a very vivid, very brutal rape scene in the beginning of the book, so if you refuse to read a book that deals with such a heavy subject matter, “Fading” will not be for you. However, if you can see past this one particular scene, I implore you to do so and read this book!

This is the story about a young woman, Candace, who all her life has led a very cautious, very simple (and even, at times, a bit boring) life, who really only have 3 constants in her life: her ballet and her two friends, Jase & Kimber.

As she is talking with her employer, Roxy, one day about her life, she decides to live it up a bit for her final year in college – to be spontaneous and carefree for once in her life. It starts with a simple tattoo: a small heart placed on her hip. Little does she know how significant this heart will become later on…but I am getting ahead of myself here.

The only thing in Candace’s life that is filled with passion is her dancing: ballet means the world to her.

“The freedom you can find within the strict boundaries of technique makes me feel alive. I am happiest when I dance.”

Candace starts dating this guy, Jack, basically because her mother tells her to – and at first he seems like a nice guy, but Candace does not feel this “spark” towards him that she desperately wants to feel. Needless to say, Jack does not take her refusal of him kindly…

This is the pivotal point for Candace:  when Jack rapes her, her world, her heart, her soul crumble to ashes and everything she used to be is, well…fading.

“I sit here, on the bottom of the shower, and everything I know about myself, everything I love, everything I am begins to fade.”

After this turn of events, we are shown how Candace struggles to get back to living instead of merely existing.

We get to experience everything with Candace, every step she goes through – in my opinion, the author very much excels at showing us how important mundane routines in life can be necessarry to a victim of such a heinous act. Your heart breaks every time she has a nightmare, every time she cries and seeks comfort in her best friend, Jase.

“I don’t understand what I did that was so wrong.”

Wiping away my tears with his thumb, he says, “You didn’t do anything wrong.”

“Then why did this happen to me?”

I find Candace to be a very believable character: in her own way, she IS strong, she has a beautiful soul and heart. I understand her fear of running into Jack again. I can even understand the guilt she feels, even though it is completely misplaced. I believe that is a very common conception many rape victims go through. I find her withdrawal from her friend, Kimber, incredibly sad, but, again, understandable and real.

It is not until Candace meets Ryan – the “hot-ass guy” as Roxy calls him – that she starts to really get better, though. From the moment they meet, you sense that these two will form an incredible bond with each other, and I must admit that theirs is one of the most beautiful love stories I have ever read. And even though the main story centers around Candace and her very emotional journey, the story of Ryan and their relationship is equally as important.

Ryan is a most swoon-worthy hero. He has the “bad boy vibe” going on but at the same time he has a truly amazing heart and he is not afraid to show it to Candace which is very refreshing. He has had to battle his own demons in his past and he slowly, but surely, makes Candace trust him with all of her heart by being very patient and sweet with her. The way he makes Candace feels…well, it is so heartwartming.

“You’re so fucking beautiful.”

I believe him when he says those words to me. I might not feel that way in a day from now, or even an hour from now. But right now, in this moment – I believe him.”

Yes, Ryan is perfect book boyfriend material. A protective alpha male who is also gorgeous, sensitive, playful…the list goes on and on. And true, he makes a very bad decision, but it is, in a way, necessary in order to make Candace take the final steps toward healing.

There are so many beautiful moments between Ryan and Candace but I do not want to give too much away – if you only read one book this year, let this be it. Yes, this is a long book, which I, personally, love, and you are not bored one single minute of reading it. I find it very refreshing, actually, to see a book that is 400+ pages, where the pace is never rushed but flows naturally. Not one sentence of this book is simply “a filler” – every sentence holds significance – and you want to savour it while reading it.

“Dropping his head to mine, he confesses softly: “You’re the only one I’ve ever done that with. You’re the only one I’ve ever made love to.”

Throughout reading “Fading”, I felt so many different emotions: anger, nausea, heartache, elation…I could go on. I find it absolutely amazing that this is E. K. Blair’s first novel because the way it is written…well, it is sheer beauty! Every character feels real, and I cannot wait to read “Falling”- Ryan’s story – when it comes out later this year. But first, I am looking forward to reading Jase’s story, “Freeing”.

I took a chance with “Fading”, meaning that I did not buy the ebook version – I went ahead and bought the paperback. I will never regret that I did because this book now sits on my Favourite Books shelf. And I have a feeling it will be the same with “Freeing” and “Falling”. Miss Blair: please do NOT hurry while writing “Falling” – please make it as beautiful a book as “Fading”. 🙂

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Book Trailer

Fading by E.K. Blair book trailer from Novel Idea Inc. on Vimeo.

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