BLITZ: Finding the Fight – Brittany Sahin

by Brittany 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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TOUR: The Forgotten Commander – K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard

by K. Webster, Nicole Blanchard

The Forgotten Commander

The Lost Planet Series, Book One
by K Webster & Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Romance

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Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying.
A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell.
My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak.
Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford.
The most we can hope for is survival.
We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.

Five females—a chance at a future.
Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
They’re ours now.
Asleep and made ready for breeding.
We won’t die out—lost and forgotten.
It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.

I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander.
My people will have the future they deserve.
I’ll make sure of it.

My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.

 

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The Lost Planet Series, Book Two
by K Webster & Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: April 3, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Romance

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Continue the out-of-this-world Lost Planet Series with Calix’s story.

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.

About Nicole Blanchard

Nicole

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.

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Sincerely Yours – Lizzie Fox

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This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.
Sincerely Yours – Lizzie Fox

Evan Michaels:
Everyone thinks being a rock-star is glamorous.
They couldn’t be more wrong. I’ve been abused, mocked, and ridiculed all in the public eye. I live for weeks on end in a smelly tour bus, my family is the worst, and all I have is my playboy manager, Christian, for company. So, I get bored and sit on social media. No big deal.
I don’t think anything of it until this gorgeous, sweet man named Jordan reaches out to me. He consoles me in the sweetest messages I’ve ever received, and says the nicest things I’ve always wanted to hear. I haven’t even met him yet. But one way or another, I’m going to make sure our paths cross.

Jordan Nashton:
I’m not sure what I was thinking reaching out to her on social media. Perhaps it was the unnatural desire I have to protect someone from the thing that harmed my sister. Maybe it’s just because I’m a bored, lonely, broke fanboy with nothing better to do. I didn’t think she’d actually read my messages.
When she shows up at my work one day, I can’t believe my eyes. She’s every bit as feisty and beautiful as she seems to be on stage. There’s a connection between us I can’t wait to explore, but love is rarely that simple. Her life is infamous, her manager is harboring a big secret from everyone and I’m not sure if I can handle it all.
I’m willing to try though, to see if I have what it takes to make Evan Michaels sincerely mine.

Possible trigger: Domestic violence is described and discussed, but not shown. Please read cautiously if these are triggering themes for you.
The (Lots of Love series is a polyamorous romance. Evan will eventually have multiple consensual love interests, and one of those interests has an interest of his own. While book one has m/f sexy time, the rest of the series may contain threesomes and maybe moresomes, m/m sexy encounters, and naughty language. This series is meant for adults only.)

Sincerely Yours Series: Lots of Love #1
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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Reverse Harem, Rock Star
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

This book … wow. It was such a good read. Between the heart, the complete badassery that is Evan Michaels, and the steam, it was a great read.

Evan is a multi-faceted character with more depth than you might expect. She has been through a whole lot of crap in her life, dating all the way back to birth. I felt so bad for her once you learn of everything she had to face in her life. It’s a wonder she had turned out as well as she did. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would like Evan a whole lot when I first started reading the book, but that opinion quickly changed. She’s outspoken and comes off a little brash; she’s also sexually confident and isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants. Beneath her hardened exterior, however, is an emotionally vulnerable woman desperately wanting to be loved for who she is.

Enter Jordan Nashton. Oh, Jordan. *swoon* This guy is just the epitome of perfect book boyfriend. He’s sweet, sexy, and so adorkably nerdy <3 I absolutely adored him. One of my favorite parts in this book was when he first met Evan in person. His mind was so blown, lol. I loved that he was a fan of hers before any type of romance began with them. There was also a nice realism–or at least what I assume is realistic, considering I’ve never been famous or around anyone famous–to Evan’s life in the spotlight and Jordan’s complete culture shock from the life he’s used to living. There’s also a pride issue where it starts to really grate on him that Evan is so much better off financially than he is. This was written exceptionally well; his emotions were believable and relatable–despite it being somewhat ridiculous in some ways.

Throughout this book, there’s not only a significant amount of steaminess–seriously, you might want to sit in front of a fan while you read this book!–there’s also a wonderful amount of growth from the two main characters, Evangeline (Evan) and Jordan (Nash). They go through quite a bit of shit together, and the more they go through, the deeper their bond grows. It’s clear they deeply love one another, and that love is a beautiful thing to witness. I loved the way this book ended, too; it was a bit of a cliffhanger, so it makes me that much more excited for the next book, but it also felt like Ms. Fox gave us a lovely ending to such a sweet chapter of their relationship. I feel content with this ending and I couldn’t be happier 🙂

In all, I greatly enjoyed this book 🙂

While this book focuses on an m/f relationship, the next books in the series will add more to the relationship as it progresses. I’m incredibly excited to see how the next books add to the relationships. <3

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COVER REVEAL: Staying Home – JC Valentine

by J.C. Valentine
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys, Romance

STAYING HOME

by J.C. Valentine
Roped by the Cowboy, #2
Publication Date: February 28, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Cowboy, Duet

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SYNOPSIS

Life has never been kind to Nash. Neither has love. He took a chance on Vivian and she walked away. Now she’s back. Too bad for her because he’s done.

Unfortunately for him, his psuedo-mother has other plans for his life, whether he likes it or not, and there’s no telling her no. Caught between a stubborn streak a mile wide and denying Vivian’s siren call to his heart, Nash has to decide if he’s going to close himself off from love for good or give in to one last chance at happiness. What will happen when stubborn heads collide and hearts refuse to be ignored?

*NOTE* STAYING HOME is book #2 in the Roped by the Cowboy duet.

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SYNOPSIS

Life is unpredictable. Vivian learned that the hard way and did the only thing she could: she ran. But life isn’t about to let her off easy.

Nash is everything a woman wants and nothing Vivian could have planned for. Gorgeous with his sexy blue-eyed stare, toned body, and wearing a cowboy hat, he’s the perfect package and Vivian’s ideal rebound. Too bad he wants nothing to do with her. That’s fine. Vivian wasn’t looking for love anyway, but her meddling new roommate has other ideas.

Two people from different worlds shouldn’t make sense, but desire is an animal that won’t be denied. With secrets lurking on both sides of the fence, however, it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

*NOTE* FINDING HOME is book #1 in the Roped by the Cowboy duet.

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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BLITZ: Bunny – HB Jasick & Ember-Raine Winters

by Ember-Raine Winters, HB Jasick
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Erotica, Thriller

Bunny

by HB Jasick & Ember-Raine Winters
Publication Date: February 14, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark, Erotic, Thriller

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Ireland was always the smart one. My Irritatingly perfect twin sister. I was the wild one. Her exact opposite. She was the voice of reason. She kept us safe.

She was my best friend.

Then she met him,

and he took her away.

Now I’m left trying to pick up the pieces they left behind. It’s hard being alone, when you’ve never done it before.

Now he’s back…

She wasn’t enough for him, and what they had didn’t last.

He wants me…

He plans to keep me.

I should run, or at least fight back.

The only problem is…

I don’t know who he is.

About HB Jasick

HERE ARE A FEW “FUN” FACTS ABOUT ME:

I live in Springfield, Missouri with my husband, and our two daughters. We have a cat that thinks she’s a dog, an obnoxious Cocker Spaniel named Freckles, and two fish. I actually like the fish.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and History Education, that I don’t actual use, because I prefer to substitute teach instead. I lead the Brownies to my daughters’ Girl Scout Troop , and I review books for my little tiny blog on the side.

I enjoy working out, when I can, which is not very often. I’m also determined to turn my house into my very own version of the library that Beast gave Belle, with bookshelves on every available wall.

My Favorite things include: movies, music, books, dachshunds, the color brown, LISTS, The Denver Broncos, sushi, coffee, Moscato d’Asti, and terrorizing all of my friends.

My favorite types of stories include Dark Romance, Psychological Thrillers, Dystopians, Horror, Suspense, Memoirs, and Historical Non-Fiction.

My Favorite Books: Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy & Public Enemies by Brian Burrough

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About Ember-Raine Winters

Ember-Raine Winters lives in sunny California with her two beautiful kids and a wolf. Also known as Apache her pure white Siberian Husky. She loves writing romance and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. And, football! She loves watching football and going to games. It’s one of her favorite ways to unwind. She dislikes the super-hot temperatures in her city and exercise. She hates to exercise but somehow her sister still gets her to do it every day. She also thinks it’s completely awkward talking about herself in third person. Ember loves connecting with readers so don’t be afraid to stalk her and drop her a line on social media.

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The Forgotten Commander – K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard

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This book is suitable for 18+ due to mature content.
The Forgotten Commander – K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard

Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying. A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell. My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak. Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford. The most we can hope for is survival. We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.

Five females—a chance at a future. Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures. They’re ours now. Asleep and made ready for breeding. We won’t die out—lost and forgotten. It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.

I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander. My people will have the future they deserve. I’ll make sure of it.

My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.

The Forgotten Commander by K. Webster, Nicole Blanchard
Series: Lost Planet Series #1
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Genres: Science Fiction, Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book since K. Webster first announced she was releasing a science fiction romance. Funnily enough, I had never read any sci-fi romance until I saw that K recommended Ruby Dixon. I thought, sure, K is one of my favorite authors, so why not give one of her favorites a shot? I read the first book in Ruby’s Ice Planet Barbarians series and I was hooked. Since then, I’d been secretly hoping K would write a sci-fi romance, but I know that just because you enjoy reading something doesn’t necessarily mean you are able or willing to write it, so I had no idea if it would be anything she’d be doing. Imagine my delight when my wishes came true!

So, let me begin by giving you a basic summary of this story. The people (read: aliens) of planet Mortuus–a dangerous and desolate planet filled with all sorts of things that will try to kill you–are the last of their kind. The worst part about this is that they’re all male, and unless they find females who they can viably breed with, their entire race will die out. In desperation, a few of the morts find cryochambers of female aliens (read: humans) and they quickly bring them back to their home with the intent of impregnating them and bringing hope of a future to their people. One of these women happens to wake up unexpectedly–effectively halting their original plan.

The female in question is Aria, a very famous actress back home who had recently been taking on some more risque roles due to some selfish “advice” from her manager. I won’t go into detail, but Aria had a rough life, and while there are some things she misses from the planet she comes from, it’s clear there’s not a whole lot she’s left behind of value. Now, as would be expected, she’s absolutely terrified when she wakes up to see these massive, snowy skinned, fanged men watching her expectantly, and she has absolutely no idea what’s going on–just that she’s scared witless. Before long, the commander, Breccan, takes interest in her more than just as a living incubator, and much to her surprise, she soon begins to have some interest in him as well.

While I mostly enjoyed this book, there were parts of it that I wasn’t thrilled with. While I understand the dire predicament the morts find themselves in, that doesn’t make it okay that they want to impregnate these women without their knowledge or their consent. Thankfully, at least Aria agrees and thinks that’s pretty awful, too, and decides to make it her mission to set them straight. Also, while I grew to like Breccan and Aria together, there were a few parts in this book that sort of fell a little flat for me. Honestly though, that could very well be more to do with my mood at the time of reading it than the book itself, because in the end, I felt like it was a good story and aside from the whole trying to get unconscious women pregnant thing (which is rectified by the end), I liked what I read. I do think I’m going to enjoy the next book a little more because I think I’m going to like that hero a bit better, but by no means was this book bad in any way.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of science fiction romance and likes their heroes a little otherworldly 😉

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BLITZ: The Forgotten Commander – K. Webster & Nicole Blanchard

The Forgotten Commander

The Lost Planet Series, Book One
by K Webster & Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: February 13, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Romance

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Our planet, Mortuus, is lost and dying.
A desolate place where a few lone survivors dwell.
My men have lost hope. Our future is bleak.
Longevity is a luxury we can’t afford.
The most we can hope for is survival.
We’ve all but given up when an opportunity presents itself.

Five females—a chance at a future.
Procuring these women went against everything I’d been taught, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
They’re ours now.
Asleep and made ready for breeding.
We won’t die out—lost and forgotten.
It’s our destiny to grow and once again inhabit our lonely planet.

I am Breccan Aloisius, the forgotten commander.
My people will have the future they deserve.
I’ll make sure of it.

My mind is made up…until she wakes and nothing goes as planned.

The Vanished Specialist

The Lost Planet Series, Book Two
by K Webster & Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: April 3, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Romance

Preorder: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Continue the out-of-this-world Lost Planet Series with Calix’s story.

 

 

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.

About Nicole Blanchard

Nicole

Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.

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BLITZ: Two Witches and a Whiskey – Annette Marie

by Annette Marie

Two Witches and a Whiskey
Annette Marie
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #3)
Publication date: February 8th 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

Three months ago, I landed a job as a bartender. But not at a bar—at a guild. Yeah, the magic kind.

I’m not a badass mage like my three smokin’ hot best friends. I’m not a sorcerer or an alchemist, or even a wussy witch. I’m just a human, slinging drinks like a pro and keeping my non-magical nose out of mythic business. Seriously, I know my limits.

So why am I currently standing in a black-magic ritual circle across from a fae lord?

Somewhere behind me, my three mage friends are battling for their lives. Somewhere near my feet is the rogue witch I just knocked out with a stolen spell. And I have about five seconds to convince this very angry sea god not to shmoosh me like a bug.

I’m pretty sure this wasn’t part of the job description.


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Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)
Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)

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Shouts burst from Aaron’s table in a mix of triumph and dejection. Half the table lifted their shot glasses and tossed them back, Aaron included. He slammed his glass down and growled.

“That one wasn’t fair,” he complained. “Lyndon, your turn.”

Surveying the gathering, I counted most of our top combat mythics—from mages like Aaron, Kai, and Laetitia, to sorcerers like Andrew, Lyndon, Gwen, and Zora. Even Girard, the first officer, had joined in. This was the elite faction of the guild—the ones who claimed the toughest jobs and took on the deadliest opponents.

Ezra was part of the circle too, but he’d slid his chair back and didn’t have a glass. He never drank much, stopping long before he got tipsy.
Whiskey bottle in hand, I leaned against his chair. “What’s going on?”

“Drinking game,” Ezra replied with a grin. “Going around the circle, each person shares something they’ve done or experienced on a job. Anyone who hasn’t had a similar experience has to drink.”

“Since Darius covered it so thoroughly,” Lyndon declared, “I want to know. Who’s been bitten by a vamp? If you haven’t, cheers!”

Groaning, Aaron downed his refilled glass. Wasn’t he happy to be vamp-bite-free? Or maybe he was so many shots in that he’d prefer pointy fangs over more liquor. Laetitia, Gwen, Andrew, and two others drank as well, but Kai didn’t.

Zora pushed her sleeve up and displayed an ugly half-circle scar on her forearm. “The bastard nearly ripped a chunk out of me. It happened back at my old guild and their healer wasn’t top- notch.”

As various mythics whistled appreciatively, Lyndon pulled his shirt collar aside. A similar scar marked the spot where his neck and shoulder joined. “She drained a solid pint before my team caught up. I don’t normally relish a kill, but that one didn’t bother me.”

They passed the whiskey around, refilling their shot glasses.

Andrew, a skilled defensive sorcerer and frequent team leader, leaned back in his chair. “I want to see who hasn’t tripped and fallen on their face in the middle of a fight. And when you drink, we’ll all know you for the liar you are.”

As everyone laughed, Kai alone lifted his shot and downed it. Smacking it on the table, he raised his chin in challenge. “Who’s calling me a liar?”

I snickered when no one said a word. If there was ever a mythic who hadn’t wiped out in a battle, it was super-ninja Kai.

Girard stroked his beard. “My turn, isn’t it?”

Aaron and Kai exchanged despairing glances.

Smirking, Ezra half-whispered to me, “Girard will try to make everyone drink.”

The officer shot him a grin, then lifted his glass in a mocking toast. “Not to get too macabre, but Lyndon brought up kills, so. If you haven’t seen at least six bodies in one place, drink.”

“What?” Gwen pointed accusingly. “What kind of horrific shit have you been sticking your greasy beard in, Girard? Who stumbles across six piss-reeking corpses?”

Ah, Gwen. Every time she opened her foul mouth, I had to fight the urge to laugh. With her sleek blond ponytail and penchant for designer business attire, she looked like a high-end executive— an impression she ruined whenever she spoke.

Girard wagged a finger. “Drink, Gwen.”

Scowling, she tossed back her shot. Everyone else lifted theirs—except Aaron and Kai. Their smiles had vanished, their expressions grim as they stared at their shots like they wished they could drink too.

An uncomfortable silence settled over the table, then Zora grabbed my arm and pulled me in front of Ezra’s chair. “Tori, you do one!”

“Uh, me?”

His drunken grin back in full force, Aaron took my replacement whiskey bottle and stuffed a full shot into my hand in its place. “Give us a good one, Tori!”

I blinked around the table, packed with the guild’s best warriors. What could little ol’ human me say? What had I done that none of them had? Well, there were a few contenders. Flown with a dragon? Made a darkfae scream like a sissy girl? Punched a rogue druid in the nose? Problem was, I couldn’t talk about any of that.

My gaze dropped to Aaron. “Who here has thrown a drink on three mages at once?”

Laughing groans circled the table. Even Girard had to take a shot.

“Wait!” Laetitia lowered her whiskey. “I spilled a coffee across Darius, Tabitha, and myself once. Does that count?”

The table debated, then decided it counted. Zora gave me a commiserating slap on the hip, making me stumble backward into Ezra, still seated in his chair. He steadied me with a hand on my waist.

“Good try!” Zora exclaimed. “You almost had it, but no one’s managed to make everyone drink yet.”

“Tori could have,” Kai interjected. “All she had to do was say ‘kissed Aaron.’ Then we all would have lost.”

The guys howled with laughter and Aaron snorted.

Zora turned to Alistair, an older man I knew only as the most powerful mage in the guild. He was rarely here, too busy hunting the scariest bad guys both in the city and outside it.

“Last round, Alistair,” she said. “I can’t handle any more whiskey, so this is your final chance to claim ultimate victory. Go big or go home.”

Alistair tugged thoughtfully on his snow-white beard. Deeply tanned and weathered, with full- sleeve tattoos on his sinewy arms, he oozed badass-ness. I leaned forward, eager to hear his challenge.

“Hmm. All right, this is mine: Who among us has fought the ultimate opponent?” His dark stare roved around the table. “Who’s fought a demon mage?”

No one moved. A wordless ripple passed among the mythics as they assessed their comrades’ reactions. Cold, tangible fear crawled through the eerie silence. Then, in near perfect unison, they lifted their shots and drank.

 

Author Bio:

Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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RELEASE BLITZ: Dark Days: Semester 2 – Liz Meldon

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Title: Dark Days: Semester 2

Author: Liz Meldon

Series: Dark Days Duet

Genre: Enemies-to-Lovers Paranormal Romance

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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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As soon as my hand settled over the nape of her neck, Emma bolted upright, shrugging me off. “You don’t have to… Just go, Calder, I’m fine.”

“No, you’re not.”

“Well,” she wiped at her cheeks, “that’s not on you to fix.”

“I’m not trying to.”

“Calder—”

Oh, fuck it. I wrapped an arm around her shoulders, dragging her out from under Sampson and straight to me. Emma fought back, just as I knew she would, but not as hard as she could have—and less still when the tears started up again.

“Calder, just stop…”

I maneuvered her easily, lifting the shifter onto my lap, her back to my chest, both arms snapped tight around her in an embrace she couldn’t break even if she tried. And she tried. Emma pushed at my arms, drove her elbows into my ribs—weeping. She fought until she broke, until she went limp against me, body wracked with sobs, her nails sinking into my forearms like a steel bear trap. Pain flickered at the indents. I ignored it, all of it, and just held her, my face buried in her hair, drowning in lavender.

Our hearts beating as one.

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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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Dark Days: Semester Two – Liz Meldon

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.
Dark Days: Semester Two – Liz Meldon

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.

Dark Days: Semester 2 by Liz Meldon
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Genres: Romance, New Adult, Enemies to Lovers
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

I loved the first book in this duet and I have been eagerly awaiting the sequel since I had finished it. I adore Ms. Meldon’s writing style, and she takes great care to breathe life into her characters, making you feel like they’re real people and not just words on a page.

Emma and Calder are such compelling characters; not only are they interesting, but they’re both relatable in their own ways–despite being supernatural creatures. They’re also about as different as possible, and even though it technically shouldn’t work between the two of them–partly because vampires and wolf shifters are sworn enemies–it does. Calder is the epitome of type A personality–everything has to be in its place, his clothes have to be impeccable and ironed to perfection, his living and working quarters are spotless, and he can’t stand a thing out of place. Emma, on the other hand, is messy; her office has papers and various items scattered all over the place, her housing is cluttered with clothes strewn about everywhere, and she’s constantly sporting dog hair due to her beloved canine rescues. The differences between these two are laughable, but somehow, they make it work.

These two grow much closer in this story, in part due to all the horrific events that take place throughout both books–though this one is arguably worse than the first. Somehow, Calder has discovered that he’s fallen in love with the stubborn shifter, and Emma, being her cantankerous and hot-headed self, isn’t going to make having a relationship with her easy. Part of the fun of this book is in the abrasive nature at the beginning of their relationship. Honestly, a lot of it is hilarious–especially in the first book–but most of it is angsty and gritty and oh-so-sexy. There’s a nice added depth to their relationship in this book that has more to do with feelings than just having sex because they’re attracted to each other, and that, in my opinion, makes it so much better.

This book not only explores the relationship between Emma and Calder, it also answers some crucial questions that were left open in the first book. And let me tell you, this book was packed full of information. There were several shockers that I suspected but wasn’t entirely sure of–one of them you don’t find out until nearly the end. It was exceedingly well written and I never felt like I was being bombarded with information, nor did it feel rushed or the opposite, too slow. The fossegrim from the first book plays a larger role in this one–which is something I was so hoping for; I find him incredibly interesting. I’d actually love it if this author wrote more about him, possibly where he finds his own mate? I’m not sure. I just loved his character, despite the fact that he had a part in luring unsuspecting humans to their deaths at the hands of his sister. There was something so fascinating and alluring about such a devastatingly haunted–and beautiful–creature.

Without giving too much away, I will say that despite the several heartbreaking circumstances Emma and Calder find themselves in, the ending is everything I hoped it would be. Ugh, I love this couple so much. The love that radiates from the two of them is perfect and I couldn’t be happier with this ending. Their relationship both softens them and makes them stronger, which is exactly as it should be. Also, we finally get to see Emma in wolf form! This was so beautifully written and I enjoyed being inside Emma’s head while she was in her wolf form, and I also loved Calder’s reaction to Emma’s wolf. Ahh, so, so good.

I loved this book. It definitely met my expectations for a sequel and honestly, I’m hoping the author decides to either add a novella of these two or write in the same universe with another character (preferably the fossegrim … ahem) because I’m not ready to say goodbye to these amazing characters yet. But, of course, it’s the author’s decision and I’m sure only time will tell 🙂

I highly recommend this duet for all the paranormal romance fans out there. Definitely one of my favorite PNRs I’ve read in the last couple years. Check it out, and as always, if you do, come back and let me know what you think! 🙂

 

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