Trailer – Dare to Submit

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We’re going to take a look at this one a little more when it releases in a couple of weeks but I thought I’d share the cool new trailer just to get you in the mood.

Click on the picture below and check out super sexy Decklan Dare!

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Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?

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Spotlight – Love Match

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Here’s the first of two new reads for ya today!

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by Reggie Thomas

Release Date: May 16,2014

Genre: New Adult Romance

Blurb:

Harper Reed loves balls. Tennis balls, that is. A tennis ace, Harper earned a full scholarship to a prestigious Philadelphia university. There, the demure virgin meets her first lover, the gorgeous, rich, connected, football star Wes Wood. Harper thinks Wes is the man of her dreams, but is he? Or will some other lover capture the beauty’s heart, like the exotic surgeon Dr. Raj Sharma or the irresistible actor Cam Carpenter?  Or maybe Harper’s sexy tennis pro, Gabriel Garcia, is Harper’s true love. Read Harper’s account of her wildly entertaining adventures and find out. The fascinating young woman will instantly captivate you with her remarkable life, straight out of Sex and the City, and leave you yearning for more.

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Author Info:

Reggie Thomas is a native of the Philadelphia area with a wealth of different life experiences.  A spouse and hands-on parent of two teenagers, Reggie has worked as an Atlantic City casino cocktail server, a substitute teacher, and a labor and employment lawyer. Her debut novel, Love Match, is the culmination of a lifelong dream.

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Book Review – Four Weddings and a Fiasco: The Wedding Date

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cover50892-mediumSweeten up your Kindle with the combination of Lucy Kevin’s beloved Rose Chalet  characters and Katy Regnery’s signature sweet heat and happily ever after!

Curvy, vulnerable Jasmine Turner has never had much luck with men and doesn’t believe in true love. When she grudgingly accepts an invitation to her sister’s wedding, the last thing she expects is to be seated beside gorgeous, teasing Robert Callahan.

Finding herself attracted to the handsome swimmer and won over by his kindness, Jasmine lets herself fall for the first time in her life. But, even if she can overcome her fears and give him a chance to win her heart, will Robert’s checkered past be a problem for the young couple?

Based on beloved characters found in Lucy Kevin’s charming Four Weddings and a Fiasco series, The Wedding Date tells the story of Anne Fairleigh’s half sister, Jasmine Turner and  Robert Callahan.

I haven’t read any of Lucy Kevin’s stories so I’m not familiar with this world, but I found Katy’s entry to be wonderful.  There were a lot of characters that I would have met in the previous books, but because it mostly focuses on Robert and Jasmine it isn’t that big a deal.  There is some history for these two from the rest of the series, but Regnery does a fantastic job of filling in the details for new readers.

Jasmine doesn’t find herself all that attractive, at least not compared to the skinny, Barbie doll girls at school.  And she’s got a lot of trust issues related to the fact that her father had an affair with her mother, only to go back to his wife.  When Roberts parents divorced he rebelled, getting into some pretty serious trouble.  Trouble that followed him around for years and that he’s hoping to escape at school.  Thrown together at Anne’s wedding, they discover that they have a lot in common and a very strong attraction to each other, but can they get past their issues and actually make a go of it?

It is a novella so it is short and it is also very sweet.  The characters are young, still in college, so it does fall into the New Adult category but they’ve been thru a lot in their short lives so they have a good amount of maturity for their ages.  I loved seeing them make a connection and take some time to explore it.  There is the typical misunderstanding that is very common to romances but Regnery handles it with style and it doesn’t feel like the same old thing.  Their issues are very understandable and I really enjoyed how they make their HEA work for them.

I do have to say, though, that part of me was glad it wasn’t a full length book because I absolutely couldn’t put it down.

Spotlight – Dante’s Fire

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Today we’re going to get a look at Jennifer Probst’s newest – Dante’s Fire.  I’ll have a full review up sometime soon but I will say that if you like paranormal romances (or just romances with a paranormal twist) then you’ll want to pick this one up.

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by Jennifer Probst

August 26th, 2014

Adult Paranormal Romance

Blurb:

It’s Time To Meet A New Kind Of Hero…

Dante Stark has a dark secret–a legacy left to him by his father which is both a blessing and a curse. A traumatic experience as a small boy gave him special powers of healing, but it comes with a price. Destined to wander the world alone to heal others, he’s accepted his fate. Until Selina Rogers forces him to confront his deepest fears, erotic desires, and question his capacity to love.

Selina Rogers has made a name for herself at Inferno Enterprises. She’s tough, confident and prepared to succeed. She’s also built a world she believes is safe, until she’s attacked and then saved by a masked stranger. As he helps her heal physically and emotionally, she becomes fascinated by his overwhelming power and gentle touch. Determined to show Dante the love he’s been denying himself, Selina surrenders her heart, and dreams of a future with the mysterious man who completes her.

But will his dark legacy destroy them…or save them both…

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22587388-dante-s-fire

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

Author Links:

Website:  www.jenniferprobst.com

Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/jenniferprobst.authorpage

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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2965489.Jennifer_Probst

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Book Review – Keeping Mr. Right Now

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by Robin Bielman

A Kisses in the Sand novel

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she’s up close and personal with the world’s sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander’s playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She’s genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he’ll just break her heart. Because nothing’s more important to Zane than following the tide.

In Keeping Mr. Right Now there is a supposed division in the attractiveness of the couple – nerdy Sophie and hottie Zane – but it is handled well.  Zane is kind and strong, able to see the things that make Sophie a true beauty, and is caring and patient enough to help Sophie see it too.  It is so very sweet and made me fall in love with Zane all the more.

Amazingly enough, considered his popularity, Zane does have a bit of a confidence problem which stems from his abusive father.  He doesn’t believe that he’s intelligent and that all he’s good for is surfing.  My favorite thing is how Sophie immediately sees the truth about how smart he actually is and supports him every chance she gets.  Just as how he makes her see she’s beautiful, she shows him that he’s smart.  It leaves you with a warm and fuzzy to see how well they mesh to make that perfect couple, believing in each other and, by extension, themselves.

This isn’t the first Robin Bielman book I’ve read and I’ve loved every one of them (Kissing the Maid of HonorWild About Her Wingman, Her Accidental Boyfriend).  She creates lush characters and believable relationships, delivering them with tenderness, humor and, sometimes, a bit of heat.  She’s quickly embedded herself on my automatic TBR list – I don’t even hesitate when I see her name on a book, I just know that it is going to be a winner.  And Keeping Mr Right Now is no different – go now and pick it up!

Spotlight – Taking Control

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We’re going to finish out the week with a look at Jen Frederick’s sexy hero Ian Kerr in book 2 of the Kerr Chronicles, Taking Control.

(BTW, I’ve got some empty days in my schedule next week so I’m going to skip the book reviews this weekend.  But if you haven’t already, check out the archives … I’m sure you’ll find something fantastic to read!)

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Taking ControlTaking Control 

by Jen Frederick

Release Date: September 8, 2014

Blurb:

The hotly anticipated sequel to Losing Control.

I thought I needed only one thing in my life–the money and power to crush one man. But the moment I laid eyes on Victoria Corielli, my thirst for revenge was replaced by my craving for her.

No rule would keep me away; no obstacle too large to overcome. Not her will, not our differing social positions, not my infamous past. When she lost everything, I helped her pick up the pieces. When she trusted me with everything, she sealed her fate.

I’ve convinced Victoria she can put her heart in my hands. Now I have to protect it–from her shady stepfather and my business rivals, from enemies known and hidden. I’ll do anything to keep her. And I might have to prove it, because now Victoria’s risking more than her heart to be with me; she’s risking her life.

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Excerpt:

“I want us to get married. Soon. Do you want a big wedding?”

“Married? I mean, I guess I thought you were serious but I figured…I don’t know.” Her voice trails off.

“That my proposal of marriage was somehow insincere? I’ve never wanted anything more. I just didn’t want to pressure you because of all the emotional upheaval you’re experiencing now.” Rolling over so she can see me and judge the sincerity for herself, I declare, “I want you to be my wife. The mother of any children we have. My partner in life. I want that to happen now so that I can introduce you as Mrs. Ian Kerr.”

Her eyes close for a moment and beneath the lids, silent tears leak out. Her words, though, are classic. “Maybe you should take my name. You can be Ian Corielli and I’ll introduce you as Mr. Victoria Corielli.”

“As long as it means you’re mine in the eyes of the world, I’ll be Mr. John Smith.”

She wraps her arms around my neck and clings to me. This time the shudders I’m soothing are from maybe, possibly, hopefully joy for our future. “I’m okay with Victoria Kerr,” she chokes out. “You better give me a big rock and lots of flowers since you’re proposing to me while we’re naked.”

“I proposed to you when I first took you to the house on the Long Island Sound.”

“You didn’t propose. You said that you wanted me to be your wife and fill your big house with lots of little people.”

“That’s a proposal.”

“It was a demand.”

“It was a request couched as a demand.”

Her body is shaking with laughter. “You’ve been in charge for too long. That was no request.”

Pushing to my knees, I reach into the nightstand and retrieve the box I bought before Sophie died. Her eyes grow huge and her hands come up to the cover her mouth. I flip the box lid open, pluck the ring out and toss it aside.

Lifting her shaking hand in mine, I slide the ring down her finger.

“When I was fifteen I made a hundred different stupid vows. I’d avenge my mother. I’d rise to the top of Wall Street and smite everyone down. I’d crush Richard Howe beneath the sole of my boot. I’d win at everything. But I never wished for happiness because I didn’t know what it was until you came into my life. How could I want something I didn’t know was missing? Now, everything I’ve achieved pales in comparison to having you love me. When I say that you’re my heart, my everything, those aren’t just words. They are the only truth in my world. I’d give up money, revenge, success, as long as I could lie down next to you at night and wake up with your face beside mine.

There is no greater achievement in my life than having you fall in love with me and I recognize on some mysterious level that is pure luck. I need you to marry me and be my wife. I need you to be the mother of my children. I need you because without you I am nothing. I am a pile of bones and flesh filled with misery. You bring me to life. Love me, marry me, be with me in this life and into all the ones we live from this point ever after.”

“Well, since you put it like that, I guess I must.” She rises and kisses me. Our mouths sealing the promises we’ve made to another one another.

I make love to her again then, slowly. We barely move. I just slide in and we rock together and allow the strength of our emotions to carry us into the heaven.

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Bestselling author Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick@gmail.com.

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Guest Post – Laura Simcox

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I’m super thrilled to welcome the totally awesome Laura Simcox to talk with us today.  She writes fantastic, witty, funny, sweet romances and I’m so happy that she’s stopping by to visit!

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Hey there, Romance Readers. I’m thrilled to be Julie’s guest today, chatting with you about Various States of Undress, my sweet and sexy contemporary series with Avon Impulse. VSOU is about celebrity heroines falling in love—but celebrities who come with Secret Service details and a whole lot of expectation attached to their public images. When a girl’s dad is president of the United States, falling in love can be tough. Meet Carolina, Virginia and Georgia—their dad may run the country, but he can’t run them!

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Carolina (book one): the middle child, the good girl, the daughter who secretly lusts after her Secret Service agent, and gets snowbound in a cabin with him for two weeks. This book released May 27.

Virginia (book two): the eldest child, the wild girl, the daughter who falls head over heels for her boss while leading the paparazzi a merry chase all over Manhattan. This book will release October 7.

Georgia (book three): the youngest child, the brainy girl, the daughter who interns at a TV news station and is mesmerized by her interview subject: a sexy pro baseball player. This book will release January 6, 2015.

I’m a romance author who firmly believes that falling in love should be FUN. I love flirting, sexy times, adventure, surprises and writing a happily-ever-after that usually makes me ask myself—is this too corny? And I usually answer—Nahhhh. Take that author perspective and add in First Daughter heroines? Yeah…I’m having a blast writing this series.

I’m an avid romance reader, too, and from a reader’s perspective, I love my series even more. The covers are awesome, the stories are short, fun and sexy and the price is great, too. A buck ninety-nine a book (for e-book) and sometimes they’re on sale for 99 cents. (Like now. Books one and three, on Amazon, until August 25. Lol.)

Please feel free to come say HI on social media. I’m not going to give you a billion links because they are all easily accessible from my website: www.laurasimcox.com Facebook is my fave, by the way. In fact, I’ll be running a contest there in the near future, doing an official cover reveal for VSOU: Virginia. Friend me (Laura Simcox Author) to keep tabs. I also invite you to join a fave Facebook group: Avon Readers and Authors. It’s truly interactive, and we have random chats about random things. Avon authors frequently post contests, news and funny stuff.

Thanks for reading! Hope your day is full of romance.

Laura Simcox

“Sweet, sexy humor in every story!”

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Some of you may remember when we met Laura before and looked at the first Something to Celebrate story, Ivy Entwined (which got a sexy new cover, btw).  Now we get the next book in the series, Permanent Ink, with the oh-so-sexy Ben and the very entertaining Blair.  Happy reading!

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Something to Celebrate series

by Laura Simcox

Blurb:

Blair Whitaker has one goal: get the hell out of Celebration, NY. Her ticket out is helping the town take the grand prize in a parade contest, which will ensure she lands her dream job. It’s a win-win.

Standing in the way is Ben Lambert, a sexy, local tattoo artist whose smile makes her weak. To win the contest, she’ll have to sideline his plans for the tattoo festival the town council allowed on the same weekend. But trying to thwart Ben is more than she bargained for, and before she knows it, she’s starting to see Celebration–and Ben–as something more than a temporary distraction.

But Blair’s in too deep to change directions now. Celebration is behind the parade contest, the mayor revokes the tattoo festival permit, and Blair is on the cusp of getting everything she’d planned.  But coming clean will turn Ben against her for good, and going forward means losing what she really wants and hurting the town she’s grown to love.

Find it at B&N, Amazon, and Goodreads.

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Laura Simcox publicity photo 2013Author Info:

After spending twenty years in professional theater as a costume designer, with a few of those years also spent as a college instructor, Laura Simcox abandoned her nomadic lifestyle to sit in a comfy pleather office chair at a beat-up secondhand oak desk and write. The result? Romance novels. Her favorite thing ever since she was, oh, about twelve. Laura writes light contemporary novels and enjoys creating quirky characters and funny dialogue. Still, the love story is always the focus, and Laura has a soft spot for a sappy, happy ending. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her adorable, high -energy four-year-old son who is currently obsessed with pirates. When not playing mamma pirate, she loves hearing from readers. You can find your favorite way to say hi from the social media buttons on her website: www.laurasimcox.com.

Cover Reveal – The Collectors’ Society

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Now we get to be some of the first to see the cover of the newest book by Heather Lyons, coming in October.  It looks SUPER cool!

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From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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And here it is!  Doesn’t it look fantastic?

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Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

Links:

Website: http://www.heatherlyons.net

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hymheather

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherlyonsbooks?fref=ts

THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22735431-the-collectors-society

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Guest Post – Emerald Fire

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I’m so excited to welcome Valerie Twombly as she talks about what makes demons so hot and shares with us a sneak peek at her newest book, Emerald Fire.

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What makes demons so attractive?

Thanks for having me today. Since Emerald Fire is about demons, I thought I’d pose the question. What makes demons so attractive?

Well first off like any paranormal hero, they have sex appeal and in the case of my Demon Heat series, lots of it. Normally we imagine demons as ugly creatures with funky skin and odd protrusions all over their bodies. Of course there are those kind, but then we have the ones like in Emerald Fire.

The male demon is strong, oozes sex appeal and has a little of that bad boy in him. Let’s face it, we do love our bad boys and a demon can sometimes be unpredictable. They know what they want and usually are not afraid to go after it. Unless of course it’s the woman they love. That is the one thing that can scare a demon.

Some of my favorite demons are from Lords of the Underworld, by Gena Showalter. While not true demons they are possessed by them, which makes them even more delicious. Two personalities fighting with each other, yet they rely on each other.

I’d love to hear who your favorite demons are.

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Demon Heat Book 2

by Valerie Twombly

Genre: Paranormal Erotica

Publisher: Resplendence

Date of Publication: 7/2/14

ISBN: 978-1-60735-787-2

ASIN: B00LHCCQRA

Number of pages: 103

Word Count: 30K

Cover Artist: Les Byerley

Blurb:

Ever since Brock lost his mate and son in a tragic murder, he’s been unable to move on. When urged to go back home and bury his past, he never expected to meet Sarah. The demon is strong, sexy, and kind-hearted. Everything a man could want in a woman.

Sarah has longed to discover the mate who completes her and finds herself wondering about the demon who left the house next door shrouded in magic. After he appears in her camera lens, it’s an instant attraction and doesn’t take long to realize he belongs to her.

When Elias steps into the picture, Sarah must fight the urges he stirs inside her. She can’t believe fate has given her two mates. Now she is faced with a decision. Choose the one who promises nights of passion and undying love, or the other who can only offer her his broken heart.

Available at Amazon  Resplendence and ARe

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Excerpt:

Sarah stood outside the house and watched while Brock unraveled the magic woven around it. The demon fidgeted and paced, and on more than one occasion, she worried he would run from her. She hoped, once inside, he would be able to find peace. Something in her gut told her his jitters were not all due to the opening of old wounds. She realized she actually made him nervous. When she’d caught him admiring her assets, she’d been anything but angry. His roving eyes had sent moisture between her thighs and a longing that nearly had her shoving him to the floor to sate her desire. Hot, inviting, he made her mouth water. She wondered if he tasted anything like the spicy cinnamon scent she inhaled every time she got near him and decided she needed to find out. Would it be in poor taste to seduce him when he was at his weakest? For some reason, she didn’t care, and that was really out of character for her.

“Sarah?”

She looked up and met his dark, brown eyes, noting a twinkle of mischief in them.

“Find something you like?” he chuckled.

Shit. She’d been caught staring at his ass. Well, it wasn’t her fault he filled out a pair of jeans like nobody’s business. Not to mention he was standing two steps up from her which put the muscular perfection right at eye level. She curled her lips upward. “As a matter of fact, yes. Yes, I did.” There, let him chew on that! She hoped he’d take it as a hint of her interest.

He tipped back his head in laughter. “Well, I guess I deserve that after I gawked at you.”

He pushed the door open, his features immediately schooled. Her heart ached for him and longed to see the sexy smile again. Her new goal was to get him through this and help him move on. She wanted to get to know the real Brock. The one who wasn’t in pain. “I’ll go first just to make sure it’s safe.” He slipped past the threshold and disappeared. Sarah remained on the first step, waiting for him to give her the all clear. Minutes later, he stuck his head out, his face ashen. “You can come in.”

She made her way up the remaining steps and through the doorway, not sure what she would find inside and half expecting her senses to be assaulted. She took in a deep breath and found the air to be crisp and clean. She must have had a puzzled look on her face.

“The spell kept everything out so there’s no mildew or mold,” he stated matter of fact.

She glanced around the spacious kitchen and felt as if she’d stepped back in time. The white porcelain refrigerator and gas range with its side storage compartment were state of the art for the period when the house had been previously occupied. Everything glistened as if freshly cleaned, waiting for the museum patrons to walk through the time capsule. She noticed Brock no longer stood next to her so she moved across the linoleum floor to the beige carpeted living room. She found him standing in the center, staring down at the floor.

“Brock?” She walked up and stood next to him. He didn’t respond and almost seemed to be mesmerized except that his hands balled into fists then released, only to repeat the process. Her heart fractured. Clearly, this was where he had found his mate. She reached out to touch him but hesitated unsure how he would respond. “Brock, maybe this wasn’t a good idea. I think we should leave.”

He lifted his head and glanced around the room. “No. I need to face my ghosts. I guess I wasn’t expecting it to be this difficult.” He ran his fingers through his short, blond hair. “Hell, I’m not really sure what I was expecting.”

It was heartbreaking to see him so vulnerable. This time, she didn’t stop herself from placing a hand on his arm.

“Is this where…?” She couldn’t finish the question without her voice giving away her emotions.

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aAuthor Info:

As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.

Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.

Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.

Web http://www.valerietwombly.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FangedFantasy

Twitter https://twitter.com/fangedfantasy

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/vtwombly

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Book Review – Officer Next Door

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For our third and final post today, I’m super thrilled to get a chance to share with you Ranae Rose’s Officer Next Door.  With a sexy prison guard hero, a spunky heroine and a good amount of danger, it’s an addictive page-turner.  Make sure you check out the cute first-meet between the two, plus my review.

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by Ranae Rose

Publication Date: June 2, 2014

Genres: ContemporaryEroticaRomanceSuspense

Blurb:

How can anyone resist temptation when it’s right next door?

Riley County North Carolina has a lot to offer: coastal views as far as the eye can see, and men in uniform who are even more gorgeous. Home to the most notorious prison in the state, Alicia’s new hometown is crawling with men who carry their own handcuffs and know how to use them – like Officer Liam Alexander, her one and only neighbor. After catching him out of uniform, she can’t resist pausing to enjoy the show. When Liam’s Southern charm drives him across the property line, life gets hotter than the Carolina summer could possibly account for. Unfortunately, there’s a dark side to life in the coastal haven, even with an officer next door.

Coordinating special events at a historic – and supposedly haunted – plantation is enough to have Alicia questioning her senses and her sanity, but the spirits of the past take a backseat to a pair of escaped convicts who blaze a trail of mayhem across Riley County. Not even the most intense chemistry can survive the perils that make a sunny seaside town a dangerous place to be after dark … can it?

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Excerpt:

Chapter 1

The rising sun burnt on the Carolina horizon like a jewel, causing the tidal mist to light up like it’d been set on fire. It was the most gorgeous thing Alicia had ever seen, besides her naked neighbor. The sight of him stripping down lit up the morning like nothing else could – not even the extra-bold, extra-large cup of coffee she clutched as she stared through her kitchen window.

Everything about him was extra-large, too. She, however, was anything but bold.

She’d die if he knew she’d been watching him like this for the past three weeks, ever since she’d moved in. Guilt surged through her system just like her daily caffeine infusion, but that didn’t keep her from enjoying the display, all that taut muscle and bare skin.

Not even close.

“Good Lord,” she sighed, to no one but herself. DC seemed faraway already; the big city had disappeared in her rearview mirror weeks ago to be replaced by real Southern heat and charm, two things her new neighbor radiated in spades.

Not that she’d spoken to him much yet.

There’d been the occasional hello when they glimpsed each other outside, usually coming to or from work. That was it, mostly because the sight of him in uniform had a way of leaving her tongue-tied, silenced by the guilty pleasure that struck her every time she looked in his direction. She couldn’t so much as glance at him without thinking about that uniform coming off in slow motion, revealing his perfect body.

Maybe it was his fault for not closing the bathroom blinds, the ones that hung over the window directly across from the shower.

Or maybe it was her fault for enjoying the striptease with her morning coffee day after day, saying nothing.

Either way, she wasn’t complaining. Close-cropped dark hair, sun-tanned skin stretched over a six foot frame of solid muscle and an ass that appeared to be sculpted from granite, not to mention the amazing view when his back wasn’t to her: the vision had been seared into her memory, and it stayed with her even after he slung a towel around his hips and strolled out of the bathroom, disappearing from her view.

That was her cue to gulp down the rest of her coffee and pull herself together before she rushed to the Wisteria Plantation House. She’d been hired there as the special events coordinator, had moved and reshaped her life around the new job, though as she drained her coffee mug, swallowing the bitter grit that swirled at the bottom of the cup, she was so dazzled by what she’d just seen that it was sure to be a challenge just to coordinate her hair and makeup for the day, let alone an outfit.

Despite the sexually-charged fog her neighbor had left her in, she managed to brush on some cosmetic staples, twist her chestnut hair into a simple chignon and shed her robe, pulling on khaki pants and a purple blouse. As she dressed, she pretended that the brush of her own fingertips against her skin didn’t inspire imaginings of what it’d be like to feel her neighbor’s hands on her body. Lastly, she slipped on sandals, a pair with modest kitten heels that’d allow her to navigate Wisteria’s grounds without breaking an ankle.

Or so she thought. When she finally walked out the door with her purse slung over her shoulder and a travel mug in one hand, she tripped over the threshold and was launched forward through the muggy Carolina air.

She windmilled, dropping her handbag but – miracle of miracles – managing to maintain her grip on her coffee.

The mug was a fancy one that remained sealed until one pressed a button, freeing the flow of liquid within. As she bent to pick up her purse and then straightened, quickly smoothing her clothing, she realized that the anti-spill mug was the best twenty dollars she’d ever spent.

Heat flooded her cheeks as she said a silent prayer of gratitude for spill-proof technology. Her neighbor was standing on the front porch of his bungalow-style house, a cute place painted a shade of moss-green that blended right into the wooded backdrop. Judging by the way he stared, frowning in her direction, he’d seen everything.

“Are you all right?” His voice echoed across the few yards between them, sounding with a depth that sent a frisson racing down her spine.

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Review:

I’m going to start with a disclaimer.  I’m not sure that everyone is going to appreciate the paranormal portion of the book – it’s hinted at a little in the blurb and it makes a few (occasionally important) appearances in the story, but I don’t know that it was developed as much as it could have been.  So it might throw some people off stride, but for me the rest of the book made up for any oddities in having a ghost here and there in my suspense romance story.

I loved Liam and Alicia together and they are so sweet as they do a little dance around each other.  Both are a little awkward as they try to decide if the other one is interested, but once they get their act together it goes full speed from there … and it works.  Plus, with the escaped convicts, there is that extra touch of danger to keep things moving fast.

We’re also introduced to Alicia’s two girl friends who conveniently have the hots for Liam’s two guy friends (what are the chances, huh?).  But the characters are intriguing and I’m looking forward to finding out more about them.  Being prison guards there is definitely opportunity for sexy guys doing manly stuff to help their women, but the ladies seem strong enough that I think they’ll prove to be just as useful in getting out of scrapes.  And there is enough of an opening at the end of Officer Next Door that I’m sure it will come to play in at least one of their stories.

Full of fabulously sexy men in uniform, a scrappy heroine (and future heroines), menacing bad guys, and hot bedroom scenes, Officer Next Door kept me turning pages and has me anticipating more installments in Rose’s Lock and Key series.

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Author Info:

Ranae Rose is the best-selling author of more than twenty adult romances and counting. Originally from Maryland, she grew up the daughter of a US Marine and always wanted to be a writer. Today she lives on the US East Coast with her man in uniform, young children, German Shepherd dogs and overflowing bookshelves.

Her love affair with the romance genre began as a teen when a classmate handed her a romance comic book. Instantly hooked, she read them during class behind her textbooks and under her desk. She hasn’t looked back since.

When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys things like good coffee, travel and fitness – especially pursuing her elusive goal of getting her husband to tap out on the jiu jitsu mats (no luck so far).

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