The Reverse Play – Julia Clarke

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The Reverse Play – Julia Clarke

Football is my life, and coaching in the NFL is my dream. I have a doctorate in sports psychology, but the fact that I’m a woman means I couldn’t possibly know a thing about football, let alone coaching a team. At least, that’s what my critics say. Others argue a woman on the sidelines would be a distraction.

Distraction. Pfft. I’m a professional, and I certainly don’t fall for players.

When I land my dream job coaching the Boston Rebels, I realize just how difficult it will be to maintain a hands-off approach to the team. Everything about them, from their broad shoulders and thick biceps to their chiseled abs and narrow waists, makes it so I’m the one who’s having trouble staying focused.

As if that weren’t bad enough, I’m attracted to not one, but three, players. Three offensive players who keep breaking through my defenses.

I’m their coach, but absolutely nothing in my playbook prepared me for this. My head seems to understand they’re completely off-limits, but my heart is pulling a reverse play.

The Reverse Play by Julia Clarke
Series: The Rebels #1
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Reverse Harem, Sports Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

It’s no secret that I love Julia Clarke. She’s one of those authors that I’ll read just because I know she wrote it. In fact, her last book, Time of Enchantment, was one of my favorite reads of 2018 (also one of my favorite reads of last year was the final book in her Stardust series that she co-wrote with Autumn Reed). So, when I read the summary for The Reverse Play, I knew I had to read it. It’s completely different from her previous books, yet the same writing style that I’ve come to love from her.

Let me just tell you–I know next to nothing about football. So, I was slightly nervous about reading this book because I was afraid it would have some “technical stuff” that would fly right over my head and would impede my enjoyment of the actual storyline. Well, I needn’t have worried. Ms. Clarke wrote this book in such a way that there was a nice blend of necessary football jargon while still making it an enjoyable read for someone like me, who has no athletic bone in her body, lol.

Blake is one of my favorite heroines I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Not only is she a football coach, but she’s also a gold medal winner for Team USA. This girl is a badass. She’s incredibly strong–she has to be, being a woman in a field predominantly filled with men–but she also handles herself with grace, a hint of vulnerability, and a charming amount of humor. She has this way of showing her insecurities and weaknesses without it coming across as a “poor me” mentality. She knows she’s in the minority in the football world, but she holds her head up high and exudes confidence in her hard-earned knowledge and skill. Blake is a beautifully written and highly relatable character and I greatly enjoyed getting a peek inside her mind while reading from her perspective.

Now, the love interests … Holy freakin’ moly. Colt, Tristan, and Xavier couldn’t be more different from each other, but they have an exceptionally strong bond. They’re the best of friends as well as roommates; more like brothers than just friends. Something I wanted to touch on is that they have this little ritual–either before or after each game; I can’t remember which right off–where they grab each other’s shoulders and press their foreheads together. It’s such a cool little addition to their friendship and gives the reader a glimpse into just how close these men are.

As the story progresses and Blake battles her attraction to not one but all three of these men, you can’t help but feel your heart ache for her. She’s finally getting a chance to follow her dreams, but her heart keeps pulling her toward these guys who are not only incredibly easy on the eyes but also are each genuinely wonderful to her. She knows it’s wrong–and against the rules–to want to be with any (or all) of them, but she also can’t help the way she feels when she’s with them. It’s a precarious situation, and while I love seeing her in this position that few women work in, I also hate how she’s found these men who are perfect for her but she can’t pursue anything with them because it’s considered unethical. Agh! Chalk that up with some drama within the team, a concussion or two, and flirty glances and lingering touches and I’m already dying to find out what happens next. *screams internally*

Oh, and I should mention–Blake’s dad is the best and so adorable. He’s so supportive and it’s such a sweet thing to read. And then there’s Bastian, Blake’s best friend, who has a ridiculously huge crush on Colt. He’s hilarious and is pretty much setting the bar for best friend sidekicks in romance novels. The relationship Blake has with him and her dad is so sweet and special and it was another one of those things that added a little extra something to an already lovely story.

So, in conclusion (ooh, I sound so serious) … I loved this book. It’s my first five-star read of the year and I honestly have no negatives to say about it. I wish I understood a little bit more about football, but maybe Blake will help me out with that 😉 I highly recommend this book for any of my romance lovers out there–especially if you like sports romance and/or reverse harem!

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RELEASE DAY: Enzo – K. Webster

by K. Webster

Enzo

by K Webster
Publication Date: January 28, 2019
Genres: Taboo Treat

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Jenna’s grown up in the system.
Forced to be tough, wary, and hard.

She’s only been able to count on herself.
Until Enzo.
He’s much older and responsible for looking after her.
What should be a job to him, evolves into much more.

Late night phone calls.
Lingering touches.
A forbidden fire that burns brighter each day.

Everything about him exudes strength.
His will to protect her is more than she could ever ask for.
Sadly, though, even heroes have their limitations.

But she doesn’t need a hero.
She just needs him.

About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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BLITZ: United Part 1 & 2

by Kiera Jayne
Genres: New Adult, Romance

United: Part 1

Marked for Love #2
by Kiera Jayne
Publication Dates: January 25, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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After a rocky start to her unconventional relationship with James and Miles, Kida is finally starting to get comfortable with her situation. Her guys dote on her at every turn, showing that their love for her is more than enough to sustain their blossoming romance.

But the world doesn’t care about their joy. Everyone seems hellbent on tearing the trio apart, and when Kida receives some unexpected news, their union will be put to the test.

Now, more than ever, they’ll need a united front, but will Kida’s indecisiveness tear them apart?

United: Part 2

Marked for Love #3
by Kiera Jayne
Publication Dates: February 8, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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As she slowly comes to terms with her surprising news, Kida is working to rebuild the bond between herself, James and Miles. But when a deranged student targets Miles, the trio is put to the test once again.

When will they catch a break? Can the trio stay true to each other and overcome the obstacles in their way?

Will this break them once and for all, or can they stay UNITED?

About Kiera Jayne

Kiera Jayne writes love stories full of humour, fun, empowerment and angst. Her characters range from shy to sassy, troubled to flirty and everything in between.

Her influences include G.J. Walker-Smith, Cassandra Clare and Olivia Cunning.

She is an animal lover with wanderlust in her heart and a passion for music, history, the Aussie bush and epic television dramas. Not to mention an obsession with all things pertaining to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who & Marvel.

Residing in Brisbane, Australia, Kiera’s home is filled to the brim with books covering a vast variety of genres.

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BLITZ: Perdition – Jennifer Michael

by Jennifer Michael

Perdition

Love Unauthorized Series (Book 3)
Publication Date: January 24, 2019
Reading Order: (1) Deceit in Bloom, (2) Vengeance in Bloom, (3) Perdition
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In the eyes of a young girl with a crush, the perfect man exists.

After the events of the last year, she isn’t young or naive anymore. A brutal attack has left nothing but extreme darkness inside her that not even the people who love her the most can mend. A bus ride and a chance encounter have her shadowed path crossing with someone who nurtures the wildness within her as evil ravages her soul and a journey of self-medicating begins. Sometimes, you have to rip apart and tear away at layers of heartbreak and anguish to find a semblance of peace within the future.

Falling into a headspace so dark that there is no coming back.

Sinking into choices so self-destructive that her body, heart, and soul might never heal.

Spiraling down until she becomes her own worst enemy, inflicting further pain.

Pure evil takes away everything that makes her who she is. Cold touches from the hands of strangers and comfort in the form of injecting numbness straight into her veins can’t help her escape. Forget teetering on the edge of the wreckage.

She’s welcoming, inviting, seeking.

Nothing is ever perfect, and the same can be said here.

This is Teagan Hensley’s story.

Warning:
Perdition deals with heavy topics of violence and emotional distress. The graphic scenes and the followup are intense and dark. Caution is strongly advised for those sensitive to physical and sexual violence, drug use, and depression. Strong language is also used throughout the story. You’ve been advised.

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As a child, Jennifer Michael dreamed of being an author. Life and adulting pushed that dream down to a mere fantasy. Then, as a reader, she found the indie romance world, and the dream that had been long ago deemed unattainable became a reality.

Writing fulfills pieces of Jennifer she lost. She writes stories that range from sweet and sultry to dark and daring. Behind her computer, she’s constantly dreaming up where she’ll go next, not wanting to be put in a specific romance genre box. Pushing limits and striving to conquer wherever the characters take her is the ultimate methods to her madness.

Jennifer resides in southwest Florida where she wishes she spent much more time at the beach. She’s an avid reader of gritty books with deep emotion or dark, twisty plots and fond of more than a few guilty-pleasure television shows. She gets sucked into the world of characters from all mediums.

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COVER REVEAL: Finding the Fight – Brittney Sahin

by Brittney Sahin
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense

Finding the Fight

A Stealth Ops Novel
by Brittney Sahin
Publication Date: February 21, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

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Their well-kept secrets are about to unravel.

Former CIA officer Jessica Scott and Navy SEAL Asher Hayes have worked together for years as part of a black-ops team for the president, but Jessica’s close encounter with death is about to change everything between them . . .

As the team hunts down her abductor and tries to prevent an impending attack, Asher will stop at nothing to protect the woman he cares about. But will his actions push Jessica, aka the Ice Queen, further away; or will he knock down her impenetrable walls?

With their pasts coming back to haunt them, and their insatiable desire for each other pushing them to the brink, Asher and Jessica will find themselves faced with impossible choices–ones that could topple their very world.

In this high-stakes mission, will they be able to find the fight inside of them to win–or will this be one mission that hits far too close to home?

A standalone romantic suspense novel in the Stealth Ops SEAL Series.

About Brittney Sahin

Brittney Sahin began writing at an early age, with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing–never stopped imagining.

It wasn’t until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students’ advice and begin to write again.

In 2015, she published her first novel, The Safe Bet. When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys, and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

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Resolutions – Lucy Eden

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This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.
Resolutions – Lucy Eden

Mike is my best friend.
My tall, gorgeous, and bearded best friend.
We both share a love for music, Monty Python, dirty jokes and my grandmother’s homemade cookies.
I also have a giant crush on Mike.
And he has no idea.
I tried to tell him at a New Year’s Eve party last year, but I lost my nerve, and he ended up with someone else.
Armed with a broken heart and a massive hangover, I wrote a list of New Year’s resolutions intent on turning myself into New and Improved Jane who doesn’t let life pass her by.
With resolutions to check off the list and limited time to finish, I accepted Mike’s offer to help.
But spending all this time with Mike is bringing up feelings that I’d spent a better part of a year keeping under control. Mike has a girlfriend and I can’t risk losing my best friend, but sometimes the way he looks at me makes me think, maybe, he feels them too?
I’m probably just daydreaming, as usual…
This free newsletter-exclusive novelette has NO cheating and is a standalone, friends-to-lovers romantic comedy full of alphas, steam, sarcasm and Monty Python references.

Resolutions by Lucy Eden
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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This was such a cute book. I love the friends to lovers trope and this one was done exceptionally well.

Jane has a huge crush on her best friend, Mike. They’ve been the best of friends since they met when she spilled her beer all over him–effectively knocking over his drink and spilling it, too. There were sparks from the beginning, but something always seemed to get in the way. After a few years of being friends, Jane decides she’s going to tell him how she feels at a New Year’s Eve party, but just as she’s built up the courage and makes her way over to him, Mike is locking lips with another girl. Crushed, Jane puts aside her feelings for her best friend and drunkenly writes a list of resolutions, hoping to ignore the way she feels about him until her feelings leave her altogether.

Almost a year later, Mike finds the list Jane had written and decides he’s going to help her complete each item before the year is over with. After all, what are friends for? 😉 So begins some new adventures as they work together to complete the list and steadily grow closer. As Jane’s feelings continue to grow, she can’t help but feel conflicted. Not only is Mike her best friend, but he also has a girlfriend. Though…she can’t help but notice his lingering looks, the way he uses every excuse to touch her, and his not-so-subtle innuendos.

I had never read anything by Lucy Eden prior to this novelette, but I have to say that I’m now most definitely a fan. I greatly enjoyed the writing style, there were plenty of sweet and funny moments, and I loved the characters. I felt that Jane was relatable and Mike was the perfect amounts of sweet, sexy, and alpha male. I was impressed with this one and I’m looking forward to reading more by Ms. Eden.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys romance, friends to lovers, and nerdy but cute references 🙂

 

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BLOG TOUR: Healing Saint – Lynne Leslie

by Lynne Leslie
Genres: Romance

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Title: Healing Saint

Author: Lynne Leslie

Series: Skullz Ink Book Three

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: January 9th

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Saint

My heart on lockdown, my plan set, I wait.

Five years ago, I was set up by the woman I loved. Five years, I’ve spent locked in a cage waiting for the moment to get my revenge. Now, I’m free and ready to take my pound of flesh.

Then one day Rebel steps inside the cell I’m still trapped in and derails everything. She’s fire and fury and—beautiful. All my carefully laid plans—my vengeance—gone somewhere between the moment our eyes meet and the moment she says hello.

Rebel

My trust shattered, my heart broken, I enter.

Five years ago, I was in a wreck that tore my body to pieces. Five years, I’ve inked my skin, hiding the scars that tell the brutal story of a night I barely walked away from.

When I step inside the beautiful cell Saint’s trapped himself in, everything changes. He’s a beast in a cage—predatory, beautiful, and dangerous in a way that makes me want to run.

Truths from the past emerge alongside old enemies. We must question everything—including each other. Can our newfound love survive, or will it crumble beneath the weight of the past and the scars that threaten to break us?

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I watch Saint get dressed from my position in the bed. It didn’t take him long after this last round to decide to get up and leave. And why shouldn’t he? You don’t stay over for a casual hookup. I understand this, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t hurt. This is why I’ve never been big on being a casual kind of person. I don’t like how lonely it makes me feel.

I sit up as Saint makes his way back over to me. He leans down and kisses the top of my head.

“Thanks for tonight, Cupcake. I’ll see you around.”

He heads toward the bedroom door when the anger hits me. I don’t let my temper come out often but when I do, you better watch out because it’s like a tornado with the ability to wipe out the entire fucking state.

“Are you fucking serious right now?” I hiss, wrapping the sheet around me and climbing from the bed.

He’s heard me because he stops in his tracks and his back straightens. I watch his back rise and fall with what I’m assuming is a deep breath.

When he turns to me his face and eyes are blank. I get nothing of the man that was inside me not even ten minutes ago. I don’t get the man I had at the bar nor the man I brought home with me. No, the person I get now is the man that’s still locked behind the prison walls.

“What?” he asks in frustration.

I stand there wrapped in nothing but a sheet, my pussy still throbbing from his brutal thrusts, and stare at Saint. What happened? When did I lose the man that was in my bed? The one that gives sweet kisses to the neck and runs his knuckles down my face?

“That’s it?”

I keep my voice soft because if I don’t, I’ll lose the last hold on my temper that I have. Saint sighs running a hand through his hair. He walks back over to me.

“Look. That,” he waves his hand in the bed’s direction, “was all that this was ever going to be.”

I’m not stupid. Understanding that’s all this was isn’t hard when he continuously points it out, but he could have lounged in the bed with me for five fucking minutes instead of jumping up the minute he got off. I’m not going to examine how I felt when he did that. I’m going to do what he seems to be good at. I hide everything that’s building inside me behind a flimsy wall quickly built.

I raise a brow at him. “You couldn’t wait for five fucking minutes after you shot off to climb out of the bed and get dressed.”

“I didn’t want you to get the wrong idea if I stayed in bed with you,” he growls.

I snort. “What? That you’re a decent human being instead of an asshole?”

“That this is more than a few rounds of sex, goddammit!”

I shake my head and cluck my tongue. “You’re pretty full of yourself, aren’t you?”

“You telling me that you weren’t already feeling it?”

He holds my eyes, so I do my best to keep my face blank. I was already feeling it, but I’ll be damned if I let him learn that. Not if I ever want to see him again, and I do. There’s something about Saint that calls to me. I don’t know if it’s the loneliness I can read in him, the anger and pain, or if it’s the man himself. But I’m going to take Marina’s advice. I may not have wanted a relationship, but something put Saint in my path for a reason. I’ve just got to figure out what that reason is.

“No, Saint. I wasn’t already feeling it. Unless you mean the three orgasms you gave me before you jumped out of bed like it was on fire. If that’s what you’re talking about then hell yeah I was feeling it.”

His lips twitch and his eyes warm a fraction. It’s not a full-on victory but I’ll take it.

“Now, let me lay this out for you, sugar. I know that you’re not looking for anything permanent. Neither am I. If you’re worried I can’t keep this casual, then don’t be. You give me good orgasms.” I shrug. “I’m not willing to give those up yet. So, we’ll continue this until the fire between us burns out.”

Let’s hope lighting doesn’t strike me dead for the lie I just told. He must accept me at my word because his body relaxes, and I even get a tiny smile. One of these days I’ll get the full smile and I’m sure when I do it’ll be the moment I fall. Until then, I suppose I’ll hang on and enjoy the ride.

I let go of the sheet, feeling it flutter to the floor, grab a fist full of his shirt and pull his mouth to mine. I swirl my tongue around his, tantalizing and seducing, before pulling back with a nibble to his lip.

“You can go now. Call me when you want to do this again.” I turn, still naked, walk out of the bedroom, and head towards the bathroom. I toss over my shoulder, “If you don’t mind, would you lock the door behind you?”

Once I make it to the bathroom, I wrap my hands around the lip of the sink and bow my head as my breathing escalates. The flimsy wall I had eradicated comes crashing down. A tear leaks down my cheek as everything that the wall was holding back comes rushing in like a tsunami. I raise my head and look at the woman in the mirror. I don’t see the beautiful woman with bright green eyes and curly blonde hair. I see a woman whose ex didn’t love her enough not to get high before getting behind the wheel. I see a woman who’s been belittled and controlled by the man that should have loved her. I see a woman who’s too scared to fix herself, so she tries to fix someone else.

The slamming of the front door is the only indication that Saint has left and I’m assuming he may not be thrilled about the fact that I dismissed him. He’ll have to get over it. I needed to get away from him before I couldn’t handle any of the shit anymore. I’ve left the ball in his hands so it’s going to be up to him to play the game or get off the court.

I wipe my eyes and turn on the shower. It’s after two in the morning and I’m freaking tired, but I’m also sweaty and smell like a brothel. No way will I be able to sleep until I’m clean.

Once I’m under the spray of hot water, I let it beat down on me releasing the tension I didn’t realize I had. My eyes start to get heavy, so I grab my shampoo. The smell of green apples fills the small space as I scrub my fingers through my hair.

Minutes later, I’m shutting off the water and stepping out. I grab my fluffy green towel from the rack and dry my body off. Wrapping it around me, I head back to my bedroom. I have all intentions of putting on pajamas, but my bed looks way too inviting.

I lay down across it telling myself I’ll get up in a few minutes to dry my hair and put on clothes. Things don’t go as planned, though, seeing as soon as I hit the comfortable mattress I’m out within minutes and don’t wake until morning.

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Mom. Fiancee. Wine Drinker. Hot Mess. Even bigger Walking Disaster. Fluent Sarcasm Speaker. Word Writer. Collector of Readers Hearts. Taco Lover. Book Nerd.

Lynne lives in the quiet country with a bossy mister and two little divas. If you don’t catch her with her nose in a book or her fingers scribbling on paper, she’s usually right in front of the television with her family. She loves anything that glitters and has a weird habit of collecting pens. She thinks seafood is disgusting, beach sand is the devil, and Tom Hardy is life.

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COVER REVEAL: Dark Days: Semester Two – Liz Meldon

by Liz Meldon
Genres: Enemies to Lovers, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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Title: Dark Days: Semester 2

Author: Liz Meldon

Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers Paranormal Romance

Release Day: February 8, 2019

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A vampire desperate for a brighter future. A wolf shifter eager to forget the past.

A killer closing in.

Still reeling from the events of December 31st, wolf shifter Emma Kingsley stumbles into the new year knowing that nothing will ever be the same. Her sanctuary—her territory—is falling to pieces around her. Danger in the forest. Danger in the village. Danger at her door.

This time of year, wolf’s in season.

The cruel promises of two rogue vampires cling to her like a second skin, but so does the possibility for something more with the vampire who saved her life. Despite her growing feelings, she knows in her heart that Calder is a part of this madness.

And when the truth comes to light, will she ever be able to trust him again?

Forced to unite for the sake of their beloved boarding school, two former enemies are torn between doing what is necessary…

And following their hearts.

The fresh start that vampire Calder so desperately craved is shot straight to Hell when the past comes back to bite him. Had circumstances been different, he would have fallen back on old habits—and run.

But now that Emma is involved, he knows the game has changed. A price must be paid, and if it keeps her alive, Calder Holloway will pay it a thousand times over.

Even if that means forgetting his feelings for the beautiful shifter. Every. Last. One.

Because those messy, messy feelings are what got him into trouble in the first place.

In the dark days of winter, an ancient evil emerges from the shadows. Blood will be spilled. Lines will be drawn. Lives will be lost.

Only one thing is certain: no one is safe.

Not even creatures of the night.

Dark Days is a standalone enemies-to-lovers paranormal romance duet. While Book 1 has a cliffhanger, all will be resolved with a supernatural happily-ever-after in Book 2.

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Liz is a Canadian author who grew up in the Middle East. She has a degree in Bioarchaeology from Western University, and when she isn’t writing about her own snarky characters, she is reading about other people’s snarky characters, babying her herb garden, loitering on social media, or taking care of her furbabies.

Liz dabbles in both paranormal and contemporary erotic romance. Her paranormals are usually dark and angsty, and her contemporaries are stress-free smutfests, but you’ll find both full of feels. Most of all, she loves writing realistic characters in fantastical settings.

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New Year – Updates

Hey, everyone. I just wanted to write up a quick post to update you all on what’s been going on in my life.

On January 1st, my beloved papaw passed away suddenly. He was the best grandfather I could have ever asked for and my family is heartbroken that he’s gone. The world shines just a little less bright now that he’s not in it, but I take comfort in knowing he’s with Jesus. Needless to say, my parents and my husband packed up that night and took off the next morning. My husband and I stayed for about a week, where we had his memorial. Several years ago, I sang “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” at their church’s revival and ever since then, Papaw had said he wanted me to sing that song at his funeral…so, I did. It was easily one of the hardest things I’ve done, but I made it through and I hope I made him proud.

Anyway, it’s been an incredibly rough start to the new year. I’m behind on some reviews and had to back out of a beta read that I knew I just wasn’t in the headspace to work on, so If I’m supposed to be reading and reviewing for you, all I ask is that you grace me with a little bit of patience. I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things, but I’m devastated. My papaw was one of the best men I’d ever known and I miss him terribly. I wish I’d had more time with him. I know I need to contact a few people personally, but to be honest I just haven’t had the heart to yet. I’ll be doing my best to get ahold of any of you that I need to in the next week or so, but I wanted to make sure I wrote up a blog post to fill everyone in on what’s going on. I’m not sure who all will see it, but it’s here nonetheless.

Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this. Our hearts are heavy and our lives a little less enriched without Papaw in them. <3

With love,

Risa

 

Me and Papaw at my high school open house in 2009

Seduced by Blood – Sadie Moss

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.
Seduced by Blood – Sadie Moss

I once was told vampires are immortal but not invincible. I’m about to find out how true that is.

Thrust deep into the politics and intrigue of vampire society, I’m doing my best to keep my head above water and prove I belong here.

But the threat from the shades is growing. Inside the castle walls, whispers and stares follow me everywhere I go, and I'm pretty sure the king wants me dead.

The three vampire men who saved my life are the only ones I trust.

So why don’t they seem to trust themselves around me?

This is book two in The Vampires' Fae Series, a medium-burn reverse harem story intended for ages 18+. This book contains strong language, sexual situations, magical threats, and a heroine who doesn't have to choose between her men.

Book three coming January 17, 2019.

Seduced by Blood by Sadie Moss
Series: The Vampires' Fae #2
four-half-stars
Genres: Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

**Please note that there may be spoilers in this review if you haven’t read the first book**

 

Gah, have I mentioned how much I love Sadie Moss and her books?

This book starts out shortly after the first ends and we get to learn more about where Mal came from. It’s a completely different world in King Carrick’s castle. His subjects are bloodthirsty and the king himself is eager to punish his wayward son for what he deems rebellion against the vampire race. Along with this line of thinking, he decides the only way he’s going to allow Willow to stay within the vampire community is if she competes in three challenges to prove she’s strong enough to hack it as a vampire.

This book had a lot of action and it was written so well that I felt like I was watching an action movie inside my mind. That’s probably why the second challenge was so awful for me to read. Willow ended up fighting my biggest phobia and it was written entirely. too. freaking. well. I’m impressed with the level of imagery Sadie includes, but I was also somewhat terrified while reading this scene, lol.

As tends to happen, the plans the guys and Willow had ended up going bottom up and when it’s discovered that she has fae blood, a whole new level of chaos and menacing enemies are brought to light–most within their shared living space. And to top it all off, terrifying monsters are starting a war, controlled by two enormously powerful beings Willow and the boys know very little about.

There are a few sexy times in this book that … whew … I thought my kindle would catch fire at one point. And Sol’s ability to love her so deeply in his own unique way … ugh. It’s no secret that he’s my favorite, lol, so I was swooning hard.core. during their first love scene. I mean, I’ll be honest and tell you that I’m super happy this is a #whychoose story because I love all the guys in their own way, but dang, Sol has really taken my heart. *happy sigh*

I also want to point out that I’m incredibly impressed by the fact that I can tell this was written by Sadie Moss, but it’s not a carbon copy of her previous series. She’s managed to create something completely different while still retaining her own unique “voice” and for someone who reads A  L O T, this is a huge distinction of what I feel separates a decent writer from a truly gifted one.

What can I say? I’m a big Sadie Moss fan and if the first two books in this series are any indication, then that’s not going to change any time soon. 😉

I highly, highly recommend this series for anyone who enjoys paranormal romance and who doesn’t want to have to choose between each of her love interests who are each amazing in their own right. And as always, if you do read, please feel free to come back and let me know what you thought in the comments below 🙂

Happy reading, book friends!

 

My reviews for Sadie’s other books:

      

 

four-half-stars