Friday, April 20, 2018

Review: Return of the Lycan King: Lex and Elizabeth by Candace Blackburn



Lex and Elizabeth can finally be together as mates. But the Lycan who killed her is back, and he's threatening the King. Will they be able to bring down the threat to their future happiness, or will Elizabeth's fears tear them apart? Find out in the newest edge of your seat title in Candace Blackburn's Return of the Lycan King Trilogy!



About Return of the Lycan King: Book 2: Lex and Elizabeth:



Title: Return of the Lycan King: Book 2 Lex and Elizabeth
Author: Candace Blackburn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Publisher: Candace Blackburn
Series: Return of the Lycan King Trilogy
Format: Digital eBook
Digital ISBN:

Synopsis:

Lex thought he'd lost her, but Elizabeth is back and she is his mate. But between her getting used to life as a Lycan, threats from dangerous elements looming over their heads and very odd changes in the Lycan kingdom happening all around them, nothing will be easy. Lex and Elizabeth's love has to be the strength to pull them through.

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Review:


Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


I didn't like the book as much as I wanted to and that's the reason I am giving it 3.5 stars. I couldn't help but feel frustrated with the Darren/Cass sub-plot. They could have their story the same time Elizabeth and Lex did and have Dante get the third book. I was rooting for them since the first book, so to me, they stole the spotlight from Lex and Elizabeth. I hope everything will run smoothly in their book, once Darren tells the magic words to Cass. Another thing that bothered me was the cliffhanger on book one. Elizabeth wanted to become a vampire again and in this book she barely mentions it. I had completely forgotten about that until her maker came to find her. I feel cheating because book one just left hanging and this one barely addressed the matter. 


The rest of the plot was interesting though and I liked the story. I read it quickly and almost without a hitch. I hated the parts that were about Darren and Cass because they just added to my frustration and I was not happy. Still, I would recommend the book. I liked some subplots and the secondary characters. 


Excerpt:

Copyright © 2018 Return of the Lycan King: Book 2 Lex and Elizabeth
Candace Blackburn

"Alexei, are you okay?"
"No. I'm not." He turned, facing her now but still staying by the window. Keeping distance between them. "If those two... damnable women had not drugged my stew. If you hadn't seen me with them. If you hadn't been attacked. So many what ifs, and so many lost years. All this time, we could've been together. We could've had every night together. Met every morning in each other's arms." He slashed his arm through the air. "No weeks or months spent wondering if I'd get to see you again. No missing you with every beat of my heart." The tears steadily flowed. His canines had dropped, and his eyes held the unmistakable telltale yellow of a transitioned Lycan. Claws tipped his fingers. Wolf and man seemed to battle for control, and Lex was emotionally raw. "So many nights I wished you were there, so I could tell you I loved you. Every night, I prayed you were safe. And many nights, I asked God why you couldn't be mine. But. You. Were. And the idiocy of three people cost us two thousand years of happiness."
"You're right," she said as she rose off the bed. "I can't understand why any of this happened. I've questioned the very same thing, and can find no answer. But we're here together now. And isn't that what counts?" He watched as she took slow steps toward him, and his expression slowly began to soften. "In a matter of speaking, you claimed me that night in Portugal, and we've been together since."
His eyes momentarily widened in surprise. "Yes, but we spent so many nights apart. Nothing should have separated us. Nothing." He was right. There was no sense trying to talk him down when she believed what Lex said just as strongly as he did. "You mentioned Portugal. Were you following me?"
Nodding slowly, she now stood in front of him. "Yes. Jules made sure I had control of my hungers, and taught me how to use my strengths. Once that was done, and I was confident in my abilities, I went in search of you. By that time, you were serving the King. And I followed you on your missions."
"When I saw you, I damned near lost track of what I was doing."
She smiled, remembering making eye contact with Lex for the first time. The sensation was electric, the pull of a Lycan mate bond weakened, but still present. "But you did your job, and then you came to me."
His claws retracted, and a smile curling his full lips, he nodded. "And then I came to you." He pulled her into his arms, and embraced her firmly. "I mourn all the moments we lost."
"As do I, Alexei. But we have the future."
His chest shook as he exhaled a ragged breath. "Yes we do. I can't lose you again, Elizabeth."

"I'm here now, and I'm not going anywhere.”


Other Books in the Return of the Lycan King Trilogy:


Return of the Lycan King: Book 1 Nicholas and Kristen

One life, one mate. Nicholas Konstantine has been waiting over a thousand years for his mate. But when he finds her, she's completely unaware of her Lycan biology, and she's battling her own personal demons.

Kristen O'Connor is a recovering addict, with some major trust issues. By not letting anyone get close, she won't get hurt. Yet after one meetiing with Nicholas, her walls are crumbling, and she wants more with this man.

But Nicholas reveals his Lycan side, and hers as well. In addition, ghosts from both of their pasts come back to haunt them. Will they face everything together, or will Kristen's fears be stronger than her love?

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About Candace Blackburn:

Candace makes her home in North Carolina with her high school sweetheart husband and their two sons. She's an indie author who has published two previous romances (with a bit of fantasy in each), Tristan's Redemption and Nate's Forgiveness. Her current works are all paranormal romance (her favorite genre to read!) and are set in her home state. She loves coffee, cold weather, the Boston Red Sox, the Carolina Panthers, and hearing from fans.

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Review: Embraced at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #8) by Addison Cole



Things are heating up at Seaside! 


EMBRACED AT SEASIDE
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #8
Addison Cole
Releasing April 11, 2018


After working hard all day creating his beautiful metal sculptures, Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot babe–or two. But after spending a handful of nights with smart, sassy, and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

As a dancer, boxer, actress, and waitress, Jana is tough, organized, and as dedicated as she is committed. She has to be to maintain her crazy schedule. But when it comes to men, Jana’s had a string of bad relationships, and there’s only thing she’ll commit to–not committing.

Passion ignites every time Jana and Hunter are together, but the closer Hunter gets, the faster Jana runs. When Hunter lays on the charm, Jana throws out a challenge she’s sure he can’t meet, and Hunter steps up to the plate, forcing her to face her hurtful past or let go of him forever.

Embraced at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Embrace by Melissa Foster

PLEASE NOTE: “Embraced at Seaside” is true sweet with heat. Jana and Hunter’s story is the steamiest in the series, and remains true to the characters’ personalities. As with all Addison Cole novels, “Embraced at Seaside” does not include any explicit scenes or harsh language (with the exception of an occasional “damn” or “hell”).


Review:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

If you have read some of my reviews you will already know that I loved most of the books I have read from Melissa Foster. Embraced at seaside is not one of those books unfortunately. I didn't hate the heroine, but it was a close call since she was always pushing Hunter away. Up 'till the last 2 chapters, I felt like their relationship was going nowhere and I wanted to see Hunter moving on or at least trying to until Jana realized that Hunter must be kept at all costs. He is a great guy and since I never felt like she appreciated him, I can have him and she can have her loneliness. It will be a fair switch. Her past didn't really justify her behavior. 

I want to see a story with Clark and his wife Nina. Their problems are a big part of this book and I feel like we deserve a story with the two of them as they work things out. It would have helped if we actually saw Nina for a scene or two. The book wasn't that bad. I loved Hunter more than I disliked Jana, so that's something. The rest of the story was good and I liked the author's writing (as I usually do). I would recommend the book. 


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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.    



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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Review: Chaser (Dive Bar #3) by Kylie Scott


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Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant. Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue. There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?  

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Review:


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars


For me, Chaser is not a stand-alone book in the Dive bar series. There is too much going on from the previous book and I felt a little lost. What was up with Nelle and Eric's past? Why did they had to go down to that road? Also, what's up with everyone expecting a child? Nelle with Eric, Nelle with her man, Jean with her one night stand. There must be something in the water.  What was up with Nelle? I don't think we ever got an explanation on why she was acting like Eric had peed on her cheerios. From the first 'till the last page she is almost abusive to Eric and I couldn't understand why. That's one of the reasons that made me feel like I had to have read the second book to understand what was going on in this one. 

The story is told entirely from Eric's point of view and that was a bad thing for me since I hated the guy. That man is the definition of a manwhore and I couldn't for the love of what's holly to relate to a person who said that it had been a while since he had hooked up with someone and meant "almost a whole week". And that dude wanted a relationship. I was tired of having that dude think of sex all the time. His smaller head was leading his actions, while he used the big head to avoid Jean.

This story feels more like it was meant to show Jean and Eric's friendship with benefits rather than their romance. I was disappointed on that front. Yes, Eric helped with the baby, but then again so would half of the people in that bar. It was more like Eric and Jean had a one night stand, burned all their chemistry and then found out that they had a baby on the way and had to co-exist. I was not happy with the romance, but I did like the heroine and she saved the book as much as she could. It was too bad that we didn't get her point of view. 

Chaser wasn't the book for me since Eric was chasing around instead of chasing Jean. It's my third book in a row (they ended up been six books in a row) where the couple ends up with a kid from a previous relationship and by that point, I was already tired of that plot. The timing was bad, but with a little twist, I could have been won over. The heroine was good and the hero wasn't. I wouldn't recommend this book and I would suggest to read a book from the Stage dive series. 


             


 I’d been tricked. Betrayed. After Andre and Jean ate their lunch, we headed outside to deal with her stuff. The cold wind suited my mood to perfection. Talk about disappointed. “Don’t lift that, it looks heavy,” I snapped. Jean blinked. “It’s a pillow.” “The world’s largest pillow ever. You can’t be too careful.” My gaze roamed over her swollen middle. “You’re . . .” “Pregnant?” she asked with a voice dripping poison and sugar. “Are you having trouble with the concept?” “Absolutely not. I was just going to say huge, that’s all.” She blew out an exasperated breath. “Thanks, Eric. That makes me feel so much better.” “I just . . .” “Don’t bother.” The woman turned back to her sensible, medium-sized SUV and got busy riffling through the contents. I was surprised she’d been able to squeeze into the driver’s seat. Boxes and stuff took up almost every inch inside the vehicle. Each and every box seemed to have been neatly labeled with the contents. The woman took her organization seriously. She looked over her shoulder. “You know, I can’t help noticing that Eric-the-smooth-moving-flirt has been suddenly replaced by Eric-the-awkward-jerk.” “Well, you said you were single.” I folded my arms defensively across my chest. “I am.” And then there was an awkward silence. “Yeah, but . . . I mean, in your condition . . .” I fumbled to a halt. She turned, face all scrunched up. Like I was the one with the problem. “Just hop out of the way so I can grab some boxes,” I said, voice gruff. Still nothing from her. “It’s a second-story walk-up and you have a lot of stuff to get up there. You should be taking it easy.” Hands on hips, I tapped my black leather boot against the sidewalk, waiting her out. “Jean, I’m not trying to insult you. It’s the truth.” She swore quietly, going back to fussing with the contents in the vehicle. I don’t think any woman has ever given me the silent treatment quite this quickly. Usually I’m good for at least a couple of hours after seeing them naked. Man, I still couldn’t believe this was happening. God hated me or something. Pregnant women and me were enema. Anathema. Whatever. Now that I’d seen her out in the autumn light, however, she looked younger than I’d first guessed. Despite her tired eyes, her skin was smooth, soft looking. She was likely closer to her early twenties than mid. “How old are you?” I asked. “Why do you care?” I shrugged one shoulder. “Just curious.” “How old are you?” “Nearly thirty.” She sniffed. “I’m twenty-two.” Young, like I’d thought. She was probably too immature for me, anyway. “Come on, Jean. Let me get some of the boxes.” Boyd ambled out of the Dive Bar, turning his head this way and that, looking up and down the street. I raised my hand and he started over in our direction. The big cook would make short work out of moving all this stuff. Behind us, Andre and Nell came out of the tenants’ entrance to the Bird Building. The place was a big brick building about a hundred years old. Just past the door was an entryway with stairs leading up to the second floor, followed by two empty shops, their windows covered in flyers about local events. Concerts and parades and shit. They’d been vacant for a while, unfortunately. Andre’s Guitar Den came next, then Pat’s tattoo parlor Inkaho, and the Dive Bar on the corner. “Everything’s good to go. Alex and I gave it a cleaning last week just to be sure,” said Nell, smacking a kiss on Jean’s cheek. “You’ll meet Alex later. She’s probably busy working or something now. She’s sort of a shut-in.” “You two didn’t have to do that,” said Jean. “Thank you.” “Anytime.” Andre leaned against the SUV. “Your furniture got delivered yesterday too, so it’s all good to go.” “Excellent,” said Jean. “I can’t wait to sleep in a decent bed again. Road trips when you’re seven months’ pregnant kind of suck.” “I bet.” “Who’s minding the kitchen?” I asked. “Lydia will text Boyd if they need something,” said Nell. “We’re only going to be a few feet away from the place.” I frowned. “I own the kitchen, Eric. Not you,” she said. “You’re in charge of the bar, that’s all.” One of Jean’s eyebrows inched up slightly. So I might have implied that I was the sole owner. Shit happened. I crossed my arms. “Fine. No need to bite my head off.” “My best online friend just moved to town. We’ve been texting and skyping for months. She’s been an absolute rock for me through all the nerves of being pregnant again,” said Nell. “Stop messing with my happy.” And then there was an awkward silence. Great. If only there was some way to get out of helping without looking like a raging asshole. The possibility of anything happening between me and Jean had been buried six feet deep, never to be spoken of again.      
kyliescottimageKylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/   FACEBOOK | TWITTER | FACEBOOK FAN GROUP | INSTAGRAM | GOODREADS      













Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Blog tour: Embracing Her Heart (The Bradens & Montgomerys [Pleasant Hill - Oak Falls], #1) by Melissa Foster



Grace and Reed finally get a second chance at a first love!


EMBRACING HER HEART
The Bradens and Montgomerys
Pleasant Hill ~ Oak Falls, Book 1
Melissa Foster
Releasing April 17, 2018
World Literary Press


Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.

Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.

Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…



Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

To be honest here, I didn't really love Grace in the beginning and it took some time for me to warm up to her. I was not happy with her especially since she kept mentioning that Reece had betrayed her after she broke up with him, without explaining what he did. She was also a snob. She looked down on her town and the people living in it. That changes over time and I slowly began to like her. That's one of the reasons the book managed to keep the 5 star rating. Reece was a good man and I understand his reasons for "betraying" Grace. I liked him and his persistence. I want a man like him.

The secondary characters were a lot of fun and I want to see more of them in the next books. I am not just talking about the Montgomery sisters, but also for the ladies at the writing club. They were one of the best parts of the story and they kept it light. As far as second chances books go, this one was good and I more than tolerated it. It's one of the good books by this author. I was released one week after Embraced at seaside and this one is a lot better. You should read it. 


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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Review: Fallen Ink (Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan


About FALLEN INK

The Montgomery Ink series continues with a spin-off in Colorado Springs, where a familiar Montgomery finds her place in a new tattoo shop, and in the arms of her best friend.
Adrienne Montgomery is finally living her dreams. She’s opened a tattoo shop with her brother, Shep, and two of her cousins from Denver and she’s ready to take the city by storm with her art—as long as she can handle the pressure. When her new neighbors decide her shop isn’t a great fit for the community, however, she’ll have to lean on the one person she didn’t expect to fall for along the way…her best friend.
Mace Knight takes pride in two things: his art and his daughter. He knows he’s taking a risk by starting over in a new shop with the Montgomerys, but the stakes are even higher when he finds himself wanting Adrienne more than he thought possible.
The two fall fast and hard but they know the rules; they can’t risk their friendship, no matter how hot it is between the sheets and how many people try to stand in their way.


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Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Fallen ink gets a nomination for my top reads of 2018 because I loved it and I found it refreshing. It was the sixth book in a row where one of the two main characters had a child from a previous marriage/relationship and instead of being bothered by it, I enjoyed it. The kid doesn't appear much though which was a sad thing. I hadn't even realized that the book I was reading had the same plot (at least some part of it) as five other books I had read in the span of 3 days. I liked Adrienne more than I like the average heroine. She had some bad moments, but mostly she was feisty and a backbone. She had some strong moments and in others, she was caring. Mace was a good father. He had some weak moments, but mostly he was trying to do the best for his daughter and Adrienne. 

Adrienne and Mace's romance is a little rushed and instant, but that was okay with me. It was a good story and I loved this branch of the Montogomery family. I cannot wait for the other books and novellas to be released. I also liked the plot line with the person who was trying to sabotage MIT and I got invested in Thea and Dimitri's story.  



About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

Blog tour: Tame by Colet Abedi

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Tame by Colet Abedi Publication Date: April 16th, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance



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Abby Walters fell in love with me when she was a child.
In many ways, she still is one. That sweet, sheltered good girl may look like a walking orgasm, but I know she’s innocent.
Too innocent for me, the renowned British playboy.
It’s ironic, isn’t it, that I’m the one spending my career in philanthropy while she toils away as a barista. The heiress to her own fortune, she’s terrible at this job. It’s all wrong for her.
But then so am I.
So why did I offer to hire her?
Because I want her close to me.
Under my control.
And in my bed.
It’s not like Abby’s going to tame me. Right?

Review:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Tame is an average book. I would have liked it better if we had gotten some of Michael's point of view in the story and not only on the blurb. I wanted to know what he was thinking since he was always acting like one minute he wanted Abby and the next he was pushing her away and he was cold towards her. I don't like this kind of behavior and I wish Abby had a backbone. She should have demanded more for herself and make Michael work for it. She was a pushover. Still, I liked the book and that's why I am giving it a 3.5-star rating. I am not familiar with the author's writing style and I can say that it wasn't bad. If the author decides to write a book about a secondary character from this story I will definitely read it. I will keep an eye on future works by the author. I wanted to see the downfall of Abby's mother and brother. I hated that duo and I wanted to see karma hitting them. The main characters were flawed and that's human and the reason why I am recommending the book. The story's biggest flaw is the characters, but they are not a big reason to make me not recommend the book. 


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Excerpt:
Fifteen Years Ago I fell in love with Michael Sinclair when I was eight years old. I can even remember the exact moment. After years of being alone after the death of my father, my mother married one of the most eligible bachelors in London - Charles Edward Dalton Sinclair. He was wealthy, had an incredible pedigree, and adored my mother. What was more, he also happened to have a son who was five years my senior. I was thrilled I was finally going to have a sibling. An older, protective brother. One who would cherish and look out for me. It was something I had dreamt about my whole life and it seemed as though my wish had finally been granted. But God had a different plan. My new stepbrother, Davis Sinclair, would quickly become the bane of my adolescent existence. My curse. He was everything but brotherly and caring. In fact, I quickly became convinced he was the Antichrist. After our parent’s marriage, I soon realized his biggest pleasure in life came from teasing me mercilessly and making me cry. Davis liked to see people suffer. There was a sickening type of joy that came over him when he saw someone’s pain. Since I was so young and naïve , I played right into my stepbrother’s evil machinations. It wasn’t until I was much older that I finally stopped the tears and learned the art of feigning indifference, which in turn, made Davis thankfully leave me alone. But during my younger years, while I depended on my tears as a source of comfort, Davis’ cousin, Michael Sinclair was there to protect me. I’ll never forget the moment he stepped into my life like a knight in shining armor when I was only eight, and he was sixteen. It was a beautiful summer day in Surrey and I was outside playing with my dolls at my stepfather’s country estate. “Shabby Abby!” Davis screamed at me in a shrill voice as I cried over the injustice of such an awful nickname. “Shabby Abby, are you crying like the flabby baby you are?” He circled me and stuck out his tongue. I covered my ears with my hands and tried to block out his tormenting words. “Leave me alone!” I cried out. “Shabby Abby!” Davis shouted with glee. “Shabby Abby, you’re so flabby! Flabby Shabby Abby! Flabby Shabby Abby!” Looking back now, I must admit, I was on the flabby side. To my mother’s horror, I was a chubby child, so much so, that she had put me on a strict diet. Unfortunately, it ended up backfiring, because it turned me into a closet eater. Chocolate, potato chips and fattening baked goods became my constant companion in the hiding spaces I would sneak off to. I stole food from the pantry whenever no one was paying attention to me, which wasn’t so great for my mother’s plan, because it just so happened no one ever paid any attention to me at all. So there I was, surrounded by my dolls, remnants of cookie crumbs littered all over my uncomfortably tight pink dress, wishing Davis would somehow magically disappear. And that’s when something even better than his disappearance happened. “What’s going on out here?” The sun was glaring in my eyes as I squinted up to see who had joined Davis. If it were one of his hideous friends, I was ready to take my dolls and go inside the house for a few hours and hide inside a dressing closet where they wouldn’t be able to find me. “I’m here with Flabby Shabby Abby!” Davis declared proudly as he pointed at me like I was diseased. There was a break from the bright sunlight as the clouds moved, and it was at that moment I stared into Michael Sinclair’s piercing blue eyes for the very first time. He seemed as tall as the sun. And just as handsome as all the fairy-tale heroes I read about at night. He leaned down next to me and took in my sad face. He reached out and brushed my cheek with the back of his large hand and gave me a sympathetic smile. “Are you okay, Abby?” “Are you Prince Charming?” I asked in awe. “Are you here to save me from my evil stepbrother?” He smiled at me. “Do you need saving?” “I do,” I told him as I nodded my head. “He’s very mean to me.” “He is?” Michael asked sympathetically as I nodded. “He makes me cry,” I admitted softly. “Shut up, Flabby Abby!” Davis sneered. “You talk too much!” Michael gave me a sweet smile before standing to his full height and turning his attention to my stepbrother. “You need to stop teasing our Abby,” Michael told him sternly. I watched Michael with wide eyes, half in love with him already. “Or what?” Davis sneered at him. “What will you do?” “Punch you in the face,” Michael informed him. Davis shook his head and laughed, then for good measure stepped close to me and leaned in so that his face was only inches from mine. “Shabby. Flabby. Abby,” he taunted me again. Except this time he crossed a line he was warned not to go near. It happened so fast. span style="color: #000000;">One second Davis was leaning in so close I could feel his breath on my skin and the next he was lifted up away from me and punched soundly in the face. I watched in happiness as he flew through the sky and landed with a thud on the ground, a good distance away from me. Michael Sinclair descended, loomed over him like an imposing young demigod and grabbed him angrily by his collar. “You’ve been warned, Davis.” Davis was too frightened to move. He could only nod his head in acknowledgment before he ran off like the devil was chasing him. Michael turned to face me when Davis was gone and gave me the most beautiful smile I had ever seen in my life. “If he bothers you again, Abigail,” he said to me, “I will beat him to a bloody pulp.” And just like that. I finally had a hero. I decided right then and there when I grew up I would marry Michael Sinclair.

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About the Author:
Colet Abedi is a television and film executive based in Los Angeles. She had her first taste of living her dream as head writer and showrunner for the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV serials, American Heiress and Fashion House. She is the creator and executive producer of Unsealed: Alien Files, which is in its fourth season. She is the co-author of young adult fiction novel, FAE. Book one was released by Diversion Publishing Group and was an instant bestseller. The Dark King, the second in the planned FAE trilogy, was released in May 2014. FAE was optioned by Ridley Scott & Giannina Scott.
Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.

Review: Turn Me On (Man of the Month #7) by J. Kenner

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7 - July - Turn Me On

Sometimes one night just isn’t enough.
Though they see each other only once a month, Amanda’s sweet body and wicked ways have been driving Derek wild for over a year.
And now that he’s moving to Austin, Derek is determined to have Amanda in his bed permanently.
There’s only one problem: Amanda’s happy with their current arrangement. Can Derek convince her a lifetime of nights together will be so much sweeter?
Meet Mr. July … he’s determined to heat things up.
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Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Turn me on is my favorite book in the series so far! It was way shorter than the other stories, but it worked out for me. It didn't leave a lot of room for drama and I was happy with what we got. I liked Amanda and Derek's relationship and how they worked everything out even when they were meeting once per month. The story takes place in the span of several months and it begins about a year ago which means that everything started before anyone knew that The fix was in trouble and the man of the month contest began. Most of the story happens outside of the bar and I loved that. It was refreshing and it was a nice touch. The epilogue of the previous book led me to believe that all the story was going to happen on July with a lot of denial on Amanda's part, which didn't happen and that was for the best. I am wondering if Jared will get a book, I hope he will. I would recommend the book and I hope the next one will be as good.




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About J. Kenner

jkennerJ. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres. Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit. JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck. Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages. In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

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Website: www.jkenner.com