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Nov 19 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue’s Before the Dawn (November 30, 2015)

Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue
Before the Dawn (The Ending #4)
L2 Books / November 24, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A year ago, the Virus killed off most people in the world. 

A year ago, strange things started happening to those who survived. Some of them transformed into something dark and sinister, while others evolved, becoming something more, something beyond human.

A year ago, Dani and Zoe were lost. They traversed the country to find one another, losing some of the people dearest to them along the way. They fought for their right to simply live, uncovered long-buried secrets, and discovered irreversible truths. And after everything Dani and Zoe have been through—even with the battle wounds that they bear—they’re still not safe.

It’s time for the struggling to end, for survivors to take back their lives, their families, their safety. It’s time to really begin to live, and to do that, they must wait for the first rays of dawn.

Before the Dawn by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue is the fourth and finalish story in The Ending series. I say finalish because it looks like there will be another story told, but this book definitely closes the chapter on a harrowing, exciting, romantic, and dangerous. The world created here is rich and dynamic; there are several novellas that accompany the series that are worth a read for anyone who is addicted to The Ending series (like me!).

[Get in on this sci-fi series ...]

Nov 16 2015 9:30am

So Cheeky: Fall in Love with Curran in Cecy Robson’s Once Kissed

Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

In Cecy Robson’s Once Kissed we meet a serious law student intern who is counting down the days to graduation when her past comes back in a seriously sexy way. One of the police officers assigned to protect her turns out to be the only one night stand she allowed herself when she was an undergrad. Now that they are going to be spending quite a bit of time together, we get to see if these second chance romance lovers can make it work.

Set in the same world as her Shattered Past series, I fell in love with the O’Brien clan in Robson’s Once Pure. I was so pleased to hear the O’Briens would be getting their own series and having read Once Kissed, I can’t wait to see what happens when love hits the rest of the siblings.

The first sibling in this series to find a happily ever after is Curran, the O’Brien that has always been the life of the party and a golden boy who never had a problem keeping his bed warm. He takes his job as a police officer for the Philadelphia Police Department seriously and is well known through the department for his hard work and great instincts. However, he is currently on modified duty until he is cleared for full service; an arrest gone wrong ended with his partner getting shot and paralyzed. Now Curran has a harder time trusting his instincts and he can see in the eyes of his colleagues that they do, too.

[Reunited for some fun and sexy times, but will it be more? ...]

Nov 10 2015 9:30am

What Is Dark Romance?

Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

There have been a slew of what is considered Dark Erotica novels published recently, and truthfully, I have read and loved a great deal of them. When considering a post that rounds up some of the best of the most recent releases, or at least the most delicious and twisted selections, my first consideration was this: What the heck is Dark Erotica, anyway?

Off the top of my head I thought, well, Dark Erotica is an erotic story with dark undertones...or dark overtones. Not quite sinister, but definitely not Disney bubblegum storytelling. (Well technically, Disney stories are pretty dark, but I digress.) Dark Erotica seems to have less boundaries that typical romances; however with more secrets, lies, and intrigue it is not simply a romantic suspense erotica on steroids. When you are reading a book and give an audible gasp, it could be from an especially juicy sex scene or a secret revealed, and this reaction is common when reading dark romance novels. I think we are getting somewhere here!

I have a “dark” bookshelf on Goodreads, and I thought I could get some inspiration for an explanation from there. I was actually surprised at the variety of what I considered dark books on that shelf. Erotica of all kinds was to be found; from motorcycle clubbers and blue collar lovers to dubious consent, kidnapping novels, and secret BDSM of the affluent, anyone can fall victim to love on the dark side. This explains why DA is growing in popularity, but not exactly what it is.

[Get into the dark erotica romance ...]

Oct 29 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Brenda Jackson’s Breaking Bailey’s Rules (November 3, 2015)

Breaking Bailey's Rules by Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson
Breaking Bailey's Rules (The Westmorelands)
Harlequin Desire / November 3, 2015 in print; November 1, 2015 in digital / $5.25 print, $3.99 digital

In New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson's novel, a Westmoreland learns that rules are meant to be broken! 


Rule number one for Bailey Westmoreland: Never fall for a man who would take her away from her tight-knit family's Colorado home. So why is she following rancher Walker Rafferty all the way to Alaska? Bailey tells herself she owes the sexy loner an apology, and once she gets there, it's only right to stay and help him when he's injured…isn't it? Before long, Bailey realizes home might be where you make it—if Walker is ready to take all she has to offer.

In Brenda Jackson's Breaking Bailey’s Rules, we meet a self-assured, family oriented go-getter who trips and falls in love with a slightly older and way too sexy rancher who lives all the way in Alaska.

The Westmoreland family is notorious in Colorado. However, the Outlaw family is notorious in Fairbanks, Alaska and beyond due to their freight business, and the Westmorelands have discovered that they are related to the Outlaws. Being an open and welcoming but close-knit family, the Westmoreland bunch reach out to the Outlaws with this news, hoping to extend their familial ties. Being a cautious and close knit family, the Outlaws send Walker Rafferty, a close family friend, to Denver to check them out. Wild teen turned responsible adult Bailey Westmoreland is tasked with being his babysitter during his visit, and the sparks fly, but so do the tempers! Brenda Jackson’s frenemies turned lovers story Breaking Bailey’s Rules is delicious, a bit exciting, and a lot sexy.

[Just how we like 'em...]

Oct 5 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Jasinda Wilder’s Madame X (October 6, 2015)

Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

Jasinda Wilder 
Madame X
Penguin / October 6, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Madame X invites you to test the limits of desire in this provocative new novel from New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder.
My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do...
Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X wields culture and wit like a knife. But behind her sophisticated facade X is a woman adrift, trapped between a dangerous past she can’t remember and the protection of a seductive man who claims her body—and her soul.
Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for the safety of her tower penthouse, she also yearns to escape. But X has never known anything or anyone else—until he came along…

There is nothing typical about Madame X by Jasinda Wilder. The story itself is certainly different than what “old” Jasinda Wilder fans like myself have read in the fun and bubbly Big Girls Do It series, but reflects the direction her most recent offerings like her Alpha series have been heading. I find this hugely exciting as a fan of dark erotica and gritty storytelling. It could be a challenge to be unique in the dark erotica landscape, but Jasinda Wilder has done it, and done it well, in Madame X.

[A dark erotic for your pleasure ...]

Sep 25 2015 10:00am

Scandal 5x01 Heart-to-Heart: Liv-ing in the White House?

Scandal 5x01 Olitz

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5, Episode 1, “Heavy is the Head”
Ship(s): Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Scandal 5x01 Captain's Log for Olitz

In the Season 5 opener of Scandal, Olivia and FItz are living one of their fantasies out in in technicolor. With Mellie kicked out of the White House, Liv has been sleeping over with Fitz. A lot. And judging by her reactions, Fitz really really really (no, REALLY) knows what he is doing in bed. As usual with Olitz, Olivia knows the best course of action for their relationship is to play it slow and steady for the long haul; Fitz is the emotional (read: spoiled) one who can’t bear to live his life unless it’s on his terms. Besides all of the sneaking around that Olitz has been doing, Fitz has been courting the nation of Caledonia to put an American naval base there. It also happens to be a monarchy that an American married into and became a princess with Grace Kelly-like fame. Unfortunately during the royal visit to America, Princess Emily’s story took a tragic Princess Diana turn, and she was killed in a car accident. The queen hired Olivia to make the spectacle as small as possible.

[You do your job and I'll do mines ...]

Sep 24 2015 9:30am

Empire 2x01 Heart-to-Heart: Back in the Lyons Den

Empire 2x01 The Lyon Clan is Back

Show/Episode: Empire Season 2, Episode 1 “The Devils Are Here”
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious, Marisa Tomei and everybody

Empire 2x01 Captain's Log Cookie and Lucious

Empire’s knockout inaugural season highlighted the dysfunctional Lyon family and the complicated relationship between the recently released from jail matriarch and record company executive patriarch of the family, Cookie and Lucious Lyon respectively. Season 2 opens with a role reversal as Lucious is in jail and Cookie is on the outside, refusing to visit him. (There were also more cameos in the first ten minutes than most shows have all season!) They only had one scene together, but the magnetic pull Cookie and Lucious have to each other is felt through the whole show; Cookie throws a huge  Free Lucious free concert all the while courting rich investors to take controlling interest in Empire, Lucious laments to his son Jamal that Cookie hasn’t been to visit him in prison, and in a cheeky face time video when Cookie’s takeover bid fails, Lucious chuckles both evilly and indulgently at her antics.

[Cookie needs a favor ...]

Sep 12 2015 11:00am

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Falling for Danger (September 15, 2015)

Chanel Cleeton 
Falling for Danger (Capitol Confessions #3)
Intermix / September 15, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her third book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them… 
Kate Reynolds has just graduated from college and is determined to make it on her own. Her job as a junior political analyst at the CIA is a dream come true and the perfect opportunity to find answers about the night that’s plagued her for four years—the night she lost her fiancé, Matt, on a Special Forces mission in Afghanistan. Kate’s consumed with uncovering the truth and avenging the man she loved and lost, even if it means risking her own life to prove that his death wasn’t an accident.
When she gets too close to discovering what happened that fateful night and danger arrives on her doorstep, Kate’s stunned by the man who comes to her rescue. Together, they begin to dig for the truth, fighting to stay alive as they’re dragged down into a world of secrets and lies. But when the threat hits close to home, Kate must choose between vengeance and a future with the man who’s ignited a fire inside her that she thought died long ago.

Take some romantic suspense, mix it up with a little second-chance romance, and add a dash of secret romance and you will end up with the exciting, sexy, and fast paced Falling for Danger by Chanel Cleeton.

[She's trying to uncover a scandal of her lost lover ...]

Aug 14 2015 8:30am

First Look: Sidney Halston’s Laid Out (August 18, 2015)

Laid Out by Sidney Halston

Sidney Halston
Laid Out (Worth the Fight #4)
Loveswept / August 18, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and Cecy Robson, Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction.

As an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.

Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.

Violet Channing and Cain Sorensen have been best friends and army brats since practically birth. Jeremy Edwards made up the third part of their trio and when the slightly older boys decided to enlist in the Army, Cain didn’t leave before giving Violet her first kiss. She was in full crush mode over the silent and sexy Cain, but he humiliatingly never pursued her. Jeremy did, however, and over the years her relationship with Jeremy grew. They were engaged when he was killed in combat, and Cain was there to see the tragedy play out. Wracked with survivor’s guilt, Cain returned home but he couldn’t find it in himself to betray Jeremy and claim Violet as his own, despite the fact that he has wanted her as long as Jeremy did. Longer even, since Jeremy has been dead for a few years. In Sidney Halston’s Laid Out, friends turned lovers takes a tortured but seductive turn.

[Loyalty can no longer stand in their path...]

Aug 7 2015 8:30am

First Look: Laura Marie Altom’s The Escort (August 11, 2015)

The Escort by Laura Marie Altom

Laura Marie Altom
The Escort (Shamed #3)
Loveswept / August 11, 2015 / $2.99 digital

In Laura Marie Altom’s scorching new Shamed novel, perfect for fans of J. Kenner and Tracy Wolff, a broken heart pushes a rugged loner to the breaking point—until a not-so-innocent affair changes everything.
When the woman he loves marries billionaire Liam Stone, Nathan Black swears off dating and playing by the rules. He’s also tired of being broke. His new gig as a male escort isn’t exactly legal, but the cash will help him build a solid future. Then there’s Carol Moore, Liam’s personal assistant. She and Nathan always seem to get paired up at Stone family functions—and always seem to end up in bed together. She’s definitely intriguing. But how could a good girl like Carol settle down with a screw-up like Nathan?
After Carol’s dreamy boss gets hitched, crushing any chance of them getting back together, she finds herself hooking up with the bride’s best friend. Nathan is hot, adventurous, and just a little bit dangerous. But when one of their sexy games goes too far, Carol discovers how out of control Nathan’s life really is. And before long Carol is forced to choose between her safe old life and the bad boy who makes her feel like the woman she’s meant to be.

Laura Marie Altom’s The Escort starts with a bang, literally. Nathan Black and Carol Moore are left with nothing but their memories to comfort them when the objects of their unrequited loves get married. They decide to sneak away during the ceremony and comfort each other, to spectacular result. Can two jilted exes get over their pain of rejection and allow themselves to try love again...with each other?

[Such a heartbreak to watch your unrequited lover marry...]

Aug 1 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Megan Crane’s Make You Burn (August 4, 2015)

Megan Crane
Make You Burn (Deacons of Bourbon Street #1)
Loveswept / August 4, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.

Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.

Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.

Sophie Lombard knows what the motorcycle club life means for women. As the “princess” to the once thriving Deacons of Bourbon Street MC in New Orleans, LA, her father ran the club with an iron fist and raised her as a single dad with respect for MC culture. However, he did at least try to protect her from the ugly side of the MC life, and made sure she had a great education, including sending her to college. Ten years ago, something went down with the Deacons, and Sophie’s father sent away his four officers, including his Vice President, Ajax.

In Megan Crane’s erotic MC story Make You Burn, Sophie and Sean “Ajax” Harding bite the forbidden fruit and enter into a whirlwind, torrid affair that would make her father burn...in anger.

[Get gritty with these characters...]

Jul 25 2015 1:00pm

Signed with an X: Trending Names in Romance

The Billionaire's Game by J.S. Scott

The subject of hero naming trends never gets old. With the popularity of some books or television shows we see an influx of heroes with familiar sounding names (hello Christian and Jax!) However, there are some hero names that are staples in the romance genre that make me wonder “Who really has this name?” or “Why are so many authors choosing this name?” I’m talking about names that seem to be exclusive to romantic novels across sub-genres. It occurred to me that I was reading a lot of books with similarly uniquely named heroes, and I did a quick bit of personal research on the names most popular in certain sub-genres. For instance:

1) Cade

Cade has been credited with having Gaelic roots, short for Caden. Perhaps Margaret Mitchell is the trend setter in modern times as she named a character Cade in Gone With the Wind. It seems these days everyone has a hero named Cade or the popular variation, Kade. I’m not complaining! I have yet to meet a Cade/Kade that I didn’t want to be rescued by. Cade had strong western romance beginnings, but now a lot of Cades seem to be dangerous urban alpha heroes with a score to settle.

[Name that trend...]

Jul 20 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Playing with Trouble (July 21, 2015)

Playing with Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton 
Playing with Trouble (Capital Confessions #2)
Intermix / July 21, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies. 

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?

Growing up in a political family, Blair Reynolds of Chanel Cleeton's Playing with Trouble has been carefully groomed to be poised, ladylike, and above all else to stay away from scandal. However, between recently finding out she has another sister (a love child her age from her father) and catching her high school sweetheart fiance sleeping with someone else on their wedding day, Blair is unfortunately front row and center of scandal right now. She concludes that a change is in order and decides to go to law school. 

[The professor put the moves on me...]

Jul 17 2015 8:30am

First Look: Sparrow Beckett’s Finding Master Right (July 21, 2015)

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Sparrow Beckett
Finding Master Right (Masters Unleashed Series #1)
InterMix / July 21, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Dominant, crop-wielding men are all Kate dreams about, but how far is she willing to go?

Kate wants a man who will take charge—she just needs to find the right guy. Fortunately, her friend is throwing a kinky Halloween party with a guest list loaded with sexy, available men. That’s where she meets Banner.

Dark and intense, Banner’s not just a Dominant, he’s a Master looking for a slave. Kate isn’t interested in something that extreme, but when he offers to help her find the perfect Dom, while training her to be a flawless submissive, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector.

Banner knows they’re not compatible, yet something about Kate is impossible to resist. Once he finds her the right Dom, will he be able let her go?

Kate is still holding out hope that she can find the right Dom for herself, but she is a skeptic. Most of the dominant men she encounters she either scares away with her sharp tongue or turns them off with her brattiness. However, some of the bad guys accept her challenging ways and want to break her. What is a possibly submissive but definitely strong willed gal to do when she is looking for the one? Luckily, her best friend is also a submissive and has found her happily ever after in her Dominant mate; she offers to throw a Halloween mixer with their BDSM friends to see if Kate clicks with the right man. Banner walked in and he and Kate immediately clicked, but Banner isn’t looking for a submissive. He is looking for a full time slave. Considering the fact that Kate isn’t a hundred percent sure of her submissiveness, there is no way she could be the very hot and tempting Banner’s slave. However, there is another option available. In Sparrow Beckett’s Finding Master Right, Kate and Banner make an arrangement. Will love be a side benefit?

[Kate wants a Dom and Banner is over taming women...]

Jul 15 2015 3:30pm

First Look: Jennifer Snow’s Breaking Her Rules (July 21, 2015)

Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow
Breaking Her Rules (Beyond the Cage)
Intermix / July 21, 2015 / $4.99 digital

MMA fighters go the distance in this all-new series from Jennifer Snow, author of the Brookhollow novels.

Walker Adams was supposed to follow in his lawyer father’s footsteps, but instead he’s training to be an MMA fighter. And while he works for his chance to make it in the Maximum Fight League, he’s bunking on his baby sister’s best friend’s couch. Gracie Andrews is all grown up—in all the right places. But she’s engaged to the fight match-maker who holds Walker’s career in his hands…

Gracie had almost convinced herself that she’d put her silly childhood crush on Walker to rest. But the sight of him sleeping in only a pair of boxer briefs makes it clear that some things never change. And as old sparks turn to flames, Gracie is forced to decide between the future she thought she wanted or the man she’s never stopped loving…

Gracie Andrews had the biggest crush on her best friend’s older brother, Walker Adams, when she was a teenager. The Adams family were affluent where Gracie came from a struggling single parent home; Walker was a high school stud who serial dated cheerleaders while Gracie was tall and gawky; and all the while Gracie was longing for Walker, it appeared that he didn’t notice her at all. However, twelve years later, things have changed. Grown up Grace is in a committed relationship with successful MMA matchmaker Erik and as a favor to her bestie is letting law school dropout turned MMA hopeful Walker sleep on her couch. It will only be for a few weeks until her lease is up and she can move in with Erik, so no big deal right? Right. In Breaking Her Rules, Jennifer Snow shows us how a high school crush can become a grown up true love.

[There's nothing like hot flames from an old crush...]

Jun 18 2015 12:05pm

First Look: Crystal Bright’s The Look of Love (June 23, 2015)

The Look of Love by Crystal Bright

Crystal Bright
The Loook of Love (Mama's Boys #1)
Lyrical Press / June 23, 2015 (digital), June 28, 2015 (print) / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

You can’t fight love…

There’s only one thing MMA fighter Gunnar Wells is more devoted to than his career, and that’s his mother, “Queen” Elizabeth. An elegant African American woman who adopted Gunnar and his two white brothers, Elizabeth was there when they needed her, and they’ll do anything for her. For Gunnar, that means running her hair salon when she suddenly falls ill. And if that’s not awkward enough for the champion fighter, he’ll have to work alongside Eboni Danielson, the other love of his life. The one he left behind to pursue his dream. The one he’s never forgotten…

Between the salon and her volunteer work, Eboni keeps busy to keep her mind off the man who broke her heart. So when Gunnar shows up again, she does her best to stay cool—on the outside. But the more she watches Gunnar step up and help out, the less she can deny her feelings. Soon Gunnar is doing everything he can to convince Eboni to give him a fighting chance. Can she trust him again—even when old secrets and new dangers come between them once more?

We celebrate the variety of tropes in romantic stories, and while some tropes are more popular than others, the unique story surrounding the trope can rope us in. If there is one thing that can be said about The Look of Love by Crystal Bright, it is that it is unique. It’s also a fun, sweet, sexy, and charming second chance romance. 

Gunnar Wells left his past behind a decade ago to pursue his MMA career, and made himself a champion in the process. However it’s time to go home again because his mother, the indomitable and larger than life “Queen” Elizabeth, is ill and she needs him. Gunnar drops everything to be by his mother’s side and immediately butts heads with his ex-girlfriend Eboni Danielson, who has been taken under Queen’s wing. 

[Will they have a second chance at love?]

Jun 12 2015 1:30pm

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Drive It Deep (June 16, 2015)

Drive It Deep by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Drive It Deep (Desert Dogs Prequel)
Intermix / June 16, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Jeremiah Church and Raina Harper have been close since they were kids, back when life was all about hot Nevada summers spent running wild on the backs of their motorcycles with their friends. Now in their thirties, their lives are changing, and so is the way Miah looks at Raina—a sizzling tension has begun to smolder, impossible to ignore.

Miah is a man of simple pleasures—after a long day overseeing his family’s cattle ranch, a cool drink in his hand and a barstool under his backside are all he needs. Except lately, Miah’s begun looking at his bartender differently. Raina is Miah’s polar opposite—she’s as hot-headed as he is self-possessed, as wild as he is steady. And though they’re a recipe for disaster, the mutual attraction brewing between them is too tempting to deny.

But when bottled-up desires hit this hard, this fast, after so long, the results are positively explosive. And while the affair is hot enough set the badlands on fire, when the flames burn out, will their lifelong friendship survive, or go up in smoke?

Jeremiah Church has his life mapped out. He, like Churches before him, will take over the ranch from his father and work the land. The thought of this makes Miah content, happy even, and the other part of that planned life includes a wife and a parcel of children. Miah knows his own mind; there is no point in empty hookups that go nowhere when he could be settled and satisfied at home on the range. Ever since one of his best friend’s father died, he has been looking at her a little differently and thinking of the possibilities. Raina Harper has been his friend for over twenty years, and over the past several weeks he has been looking at her like he is seeing her for the first time. Of course, in Raina’s head, it’s about damn time Miah looked at her twice. She has had a crush on him since she was a teenager but there was never any heat in his eyes until recently and now Raina wants to find out what could become of a making a lover out of Jeremiah Church. She knows what Miah’s end game is, which is the opposite of Raina’s; marriage and children are not in the cards for her and it isn’t a negotiable point. In Cara McKenna’s Drive it Deep, best friends turn into hot lovers, but will their friendship survive the fallout?

[Friends make the best lovers...]

Jun 4 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Shady Grace’s Beautiful Criminal (June 9, 2015)

Beautiful Criminal by Shady Grace

Shady Grace 
Beautiful Criminal (McCoy's Boys #1)
Lyrical Press / June 9, 2015 / $1.99 Digital

Mima Etu lives a quiet life with her sled dogs in the stunning Canadian Rockies. But that all changes when she stumbles upon a plane crash while out on a supply run. She’s shocked to discover the pilot is still alive—though barely. With the sun setting and the temperatures quickly dropping, Mima knows he’d never survive the trip to the nearest hospital. So she takes the stranger back to her cabin. As he heals, his vague answers to Mima’s questions about the flight tell her he has secrets. But more disturbing is the consuming, immediate attraction she senses between them.

Before he lost control of his Cessna and plunged into a pilot’s hell, Gabriel Miller was on a deadly mission with precious cargo. Now he’s awakened in the comfort of a log cabin with a gorgeous woman tending to his every need. Her soft-spoken beauty sparks his longing for a different kind of life….and it isn’t long before they surrender to a blazing passion. But their blissful days are numbered. For the owners of the cargo are bent on finding Gabriel—and once they do, they don’t intend to leave any witnesses behind.

Gabriel Miller has been running drugs by plane and doing dirty work for a powerful criminal named McCoy for years. He was taken under McCoy’s wing as a young man and can truly be called Henchman #1. One night, flying in perilous conditions over Canada, his plane caught some bad winds and went down. A day later, Mima and her closest neighbor/best friend were playfully sled racing their dog packs when they came across the wreckage and saved Gabriel’s life. Mima’s cabin was closest so she nursed him back to health. In Shady Grace’s Beautiful Criminal, Gabriel is a very bad boy who is ready for redemption and Mima is a strong and smart woman looking for true love—and an end to a sexual drought is a great start.

[Are they a match for true love?]

Jun 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sarah Castille’s Beyond the Cut (June 2, 2015)

Beyond the Cut by Sarah Castille

Sarah Castille
Beyond the Cut (Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club #2)
St. Martin's Press / June 2, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital


As a teen, Dawn ran from a life on the streets straight into the arms of Jimmy “Mad Dog” Sanchez, a biker who promised to be her knight in shining armor. But his love was just another cage. Years later, Dawn's former life still has its hooks in her and she'll do whatever it takes to break free. When Cade “Ryder” O'Connor, a member of a rival club, makes her an offer, Dawn finds herself in a different, hotter kind of trouble with one irresistible Sinner…


Cade is an outlaw biker with allegiance to one thing and one thing only: The Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club. But when it comes to the stunningly sexy, fiercely independent Dawn Delgado, Cade finds himself…hungrier for more. Trouble is on Dawn's heels and he wants to be the answer to her prayers, whether she wants him to be or not. What can't be denied is the red-hot attraction between them. However, as they fall deeper, the danger rises and Cade may have to sacrifice it all…in Beyond the Cut by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille.Dawn remembers what  a loving home is like, even if it has been more than half her life since she lived in one. As a young teen, her parents were tragically killed in a car crash, and her life went downhill from there: she went from living with an abusive uncle to becoming a street teen runaway to getting plucked off the street by the very dangerous and sadistic Jimmy “Mad Dog”  Sanchez of the Devil’s Brethren Motorcycle Club. Many abusive years and a painful divorce later, Dawn is separated from her twin girls due to a set up by Mad Dog and is trying to do everything she can to keep up with the illegal custody demands of her ex sister-in-law. She is also trying to deny the feelings she has for Cade O’Connor, member of the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club. He is known as the most womanizing member of the club, rumored to have never slept with the same woman twice...but he has slept with Dawn twice and he is looking for even more. Dawn has sworn off bikers forever, but she can’t resist Cade. In Sarah Castille’s Beyond the Cut we see if Dawn can tame Cade’s womanizing ways permanently.

Dawn knew that Mad Dog couldn’t get to her in Sinner territory since they are rival clubs, so when she first left him, that is where she fled with her daughters. Mad Dog got back at her by framing her and filming her buying drugs (she thought she was buying something from her daughter’s school), then used that evidence to have custody taken away. He moved his sister to town and the torment of having her girls so close yet so far away is taking it’s toll three years later. Cade has never met anyone like Dawn. He admires her strength, independence, hot temper, and sassy mouth.

[Oh and the list goes on...]

May 25 2015 8:30am

First Look: Faye Avalon’s Indecent Exposure (May 26, 2015)

Indecent Exposure by Faye Avalon

Faye Avalon
Indecent Exposure
Samhain Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.49 print

She's gotten herself into hot water, and the heat just keeps on rising.

Gina McKenzie didn't make the same mistakes her mother made with men. She just made different ones. Like letting a good one get away-and trusting a bad one to keep her kinky tastes private.

With an ex-lover holding a naked bondage video over her head, she's forced to reunite with an old college crush to get the dirty on him. Back then, she resorted to humiliating Mitchell Coleman to keep her heart safe. Now she has no choice but to compromise him in the worst possible way.

When Gina walks back into Mitchell's life and starts seducing him, desire wars with suspicion. Last time this happened, she tossed him to the wolves. If she's going to serve herself up on a plate, he intends to make her see exactly what she missed by rejecting him all those years ago.

But Mitch soon realizes that Gina has an agenda other than heating up the sheets-and this time he's not going to let her play him for a fool.

Warning: A bad girl trying to be good, a good guy determined to be bad. Naughty goings-on with a stability ball, lunchtime quickies, and a Parisian hotel room where nobody plans on sleeping.

Gina McKenzie has found herself in a spot of bother. Always one to seek out the bad boy, she finally got involved with the wrong man, and he is blackmailing her with a bondage sex tape into getting blackmail material on Mitchell Coleman, a college chum turned savvy venture capitalist who had a crush on her way back when. When Mitchell spots Gina at a function, the lust, arousal, and humiliation from his college years comes flashing back. When she comes up to him with a feeble at best story about getting together to get business advice from him, Mitch’s guard instantly goes up. In Faye Avalon’s Indecent Exposure, Gina has a Big Secret. Will she be able to go through with this betrayal to Mitch?

[Gina wants to save her reputation and needs Mitch to help...]