Title: CAPTURE ME
Author: Anna Zaires
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Models: Sarah Stroven and Adam Stroven
A new dark romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me
She fears him from the first moment she sees him.
Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.
One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.
Instead, it’s just the beginning.
He wants her from the first moment he sees her.
Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.
Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.
She betrayed him.
Now she will pay.
NOTE: Capture Me is the first book about Lucas & Yulia and has a cliffhanger-ish ending. It’s a long novella/short novel of approximately 45,000 words (about 200 pages) and is a spin-off from the Twist Me trilogy. It’s not necessary to have read that trilogy to enjoy Capture Me, but the book does contain major spoilers for books 2 and 3 of Twist Me.
Author’s Note: This is from Yulia’s POV. For those of you familiar with the Twist Me series, this scene takes place in Moscow, when Lucas & Julian were there to meet with the Russian officials.
He steps into my apartment as soon as the door swings open. No hesitation, no greeting—he just comes in.
Startled, I step back, the short, narrow hallway suddenly stiflingly small. I’d somehow forgotten how big he is, how broad his shoulders are. I’m tall for a woman—tall enough to fake being a model if an assignment calls for it—but he towers a full head above me. With the heavy down jacket he’s wearing, he takes up almost the entire hallway.
Still not saying a word, he closes the door behind him and advances toward me. Instinctively, I back away, feeling like cornered prey.
“Hello, Yulia,” he murmurs, stopping when we’re out of the hallway. His pale gaze is locked on my face. “I wasn’t expecting to see you like this.”
I swallow, my pulse racing. “I just took a bath.” I want to seem calm and confident, but he’s got me completely off-balance. “I wasn’t expecting visitors.”
“No, I can see that.” A faint smile appears on his lips, softening the hard line of his mouth. “Yet you let me in. Why?”
“Because I didn’t want to continue talking through the door.” I take a steadying breath. “Can I offer you some tea?” It’s a stupid thing to say, given what he’s here for, but I need a few moments to compose myself.
He raises his eyebrows. “Tea? No, thanks.”
“Then can I take your jacket?” I can’t seem to stop playing the hostess, using politeness to cover my anxiety. “It looks quite warm.”
Amusement flickers in his wintry gaze. “Sure.” He takes off his down jacket and hands it to me. He’s left wearing a black sweater and dark jeans tucked into black winter boots. The jeans hug his legs, revealing muscular thighs and powerful calves, and on his belt, I see a gun sitting in a holster.
Irrationally, my breathing quickens at the sight, and it takes a concerted effort to keep my hands from shaking as I take the jacket and walk over to hang it in my tiny closet. It’s not a surprise that he’s armed—it would be a shock if he wasn’t—but the gun is a stark reminder of who Lucas Kent is.
What he is.
It’s no big deal, I tell myself, trying to calm my frayed nerves. I’m used to dangerous men. I was raised among them. This man is not that different. I’ll sleep with him, get whatever information I can, and then he’ll be out of my life.
Yes, that’s it. The sooner I can get it done, the sooner all of this will be over.
Closing the closet door, I paste a practiced smile on my face and turn back to face him, finally ready to resume the role of confident seductress.
Except he’s already next to me, having crossed the room without making a sound.
My pulse jumps again, my newfound composure fleeing. He’s close enough that I can see the gray striations in his pale blue eyes, close enough that he can touch me.
And a second later, he does touch me.
Lifting his hand, he runs the back of his knuckles over my jaw.
I stare up at him, confused by my body’s instant response. My skin warms and my nipples tighten, my breath coming faster. It doesn’t make sense for this hard, ruthless stranger to turn me on. His boss is more handsome, more striking, yet it’s Kent my body’s reacting to. All he’s touched thus far is my face. It should be nothing, yet it’s intimate somehow.
Intimate and disturbing.
I swallow again. “Mr. Kent—Lucas—are you sure I can’t offer you something to drink? Maybe some coffee or—” My words end in a breathless gasp as he reaches for the tie of my robe and tugs on it, as casually as one would unwrap a package.
“No.” He watches as the robe falls open, revealing my naked body underneath. “No coffee.”
About the Author
Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.
After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.
Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.
In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.
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Title: Sins of Sevin (A Standalone Novel)
Author: Penelope Ward
Release Date: 21st September, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover designed by: Abs Marketing
Hosted by: TRSOR Promotions
What happens when the one you want is the only one you can’t have?
My name is Sevin.
Homeschooled and sheltered by my ultra-religious family, I was always taught that lust was a sin.
Elle was the girl who’d been carefully chosen for me.
After a long-distance courtship, I’d be moving into her family’s guest house so that we could get to know each other in the months before the wedding.
Boundaries were set: no inappropriate touching, no kissing, no sex before marriage.
I’d accepted those rules and my fate.
Until I met the one I wanted to sin with.
That was when restraint became a problem…especially since THE ONE wasn’t Elle.
It was her sister, Evangeline.
You know what they say about best laid plans.
My name is Sevin, and I have sinned.
Told in alternating points of view, Sins of Sevin is a full-length standalone novel.
Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language.
Only appropriate for adult readers
Copyright © 2015 by Penelope Ward
He quietly followed me into the dining room, carrying the flatware. The tension in the air was thick as he walked behind me around the oval table, setting down silverware after each plate I’d put down. It was like some weird game of musical chairs where awkward silence replaced the music. The hairs on my back stiffened. We weren’t saying anything, but it was as if I could feel the weight of a thousand words along with the heat of his body so close behind me.
When I noticed he’d just put a fork where the spoon was supposed to go, I switched it. “The forks go on this side, actually.” My hand was shaking. I couldn’t believe how little control I had over myself.
Noticing my nerves, he suddenly placed his hand over mine and whispered, “Stop.”
Chills ran through me. My heart started to beat faster. My nipples hardened. I hated my body for responding to him with equal amounts of fear and lust.
I turned to him, his hand still over my knuckles. It felt like I couldn’t breathe as he just looked at me.
My mother’s footsteps caused Sevin to move his hand off mine with lightning speed.
Mama entered, and we continued setting the table as if our stolen moment hadn’t happened.
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall
To say I was surprised at the beginning of this standalone novel would be putting it lightly as the storyline the author has created is innovative in its complexity. In this day and age, two people normally get married because they’re very much in love or maybe there’s even a child in question. Unless of course, it is forced or arranged. Something we don’t normally see in the western world. Even though this story touches upon these lines, two of the characters are quite willing to seal their vows in this sacred union. Both have their reasons which I had trouble coming to terms with; however, you really do need to read this beautifully written story to understand their stances.
Two issues which I didn’t take lightly in this read were religion and morality. Not only were my feelings put to the test throughout the read, but I also had my doubts as to whether or not either of the protagonists would be able to find light at the end of the tunnel. It was most certainly going to be an extremely hard and distressing ride for all.
Quote: Evangeline ~ “…I want to die knowing that I didn’t live in fear but that I lived life to the fullest with no regrets. I don’t want to feel guilty about being true to myself.”
Sevin Montgomery’s deceased father’s friend informs him of his father’s wishes. Out of the immense love and respect he had for him, he seriously considers taking up an offer. However, the chance for a new life has strings attached. And a very unconventional proposal it is, too. Although it saddens him to leave his step-brothers behind, there’s nothing else holding him back as his relationship with his highly religious step-mother had been strained for years. Before packing his bags, he meets his pretty wife-to-be, Elle, and a long distance courtship begins.
Quote: Elle ~ “…I truly believe becoming your wife is God’s will for me.”
Courting a naïve lass who, like him, had had a strict religious upbringing, meant Sevin would have to abide by Elle’s parents’ rules. Intimacy in any shape or form was out of bounds before tying the knot. Sevin is far from innocent. He’d sinned and he will again. And not with whom you think.
Quote: Evangeline ~ “Honestly? This. Right now. Being here…is my deepest darkest secret.”
Albeit unjustly painted rebellious by her parents, Evangeline has a beautiful soul and worries about hurting a certain member of her family. Riddled with guilt, this young woman fights against her desires, and well-knows that her feelings for someone who has already been taken is morally wrong. Yearning to be her own woman insofar as such an austere household allowed, made my connection with her deepen. Then we lose track of her, and I could only guess the worst. Not even her dearest friend, Adelaide, who she’d always confided in, knew of her whereabouts. What Evangeline considered to be correct, had disastrous results. And oh my god, did I have to grab for a man-size handkerchief tout de suite.
Quote: Sevin ~ “…I wish I f**king hated you, Evangeline. I’d give anything. I wish I could rid you from my heart, but you are my f**king heart.”
How could I not fall for Sevin! It was a pleasure observing him mature from a young adult to a man with a strong personality. How he coped with all the upheavals, made me weep for him. And when he finds solace in religion, I was taken aback considering everything he been through.
Quote: Sevin ~ “I’ll never forgive her.”
Adelaide ~ I’m not saying you should forget, but you need to ask God to help you forgive.”
From the very first moment they set eyes on each other, their attraction was—well, the only way that I can describe it is that I could feel the magnetism filter through the pages! An impossible love flourishes between Sevin and Evangeline and as I don’t won’t to spoil their story for you, I shall say no more about it. But what I will say is this. Although I really enjoyed this read, it only seemed to pick up the pace I needed about a third way in, but on reflection, perhaps I was a little too eager to get to the crux of matter. The occurrence of one tragedy after another left me utterly spent. It seemed that my broken-heart could take no more, but believe you me, I had to adhere to what would become my keyword, forgiveness. The bitter-sweet finale likened to one of Shakespeare’s dramas fast-forwarded in time. In fact, the epilogue was beyond my expectations. Beyond perfect. I loved both points of view told in past tenses; the faultless grammar and flowing dialogue. The secondary characters were extremely well-developed, Addy being my favourite. Masterfully written Ms Ward. Bravo!
Last word: I read this book twice before writing the review. Something I have never done before.
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
Jake Undone (Jake #1)
Jake Understood (Jake #2)
Series: The Club Girl Diaries #2
Author: Addison Jane
Release Date: 21st September, 2013
Genre: MC Romance
Cover designed by: Kari at cover to cover designs
Chelsea spent most of her life running.
She was young when her parents were killed, and she was thrown into the system as just another statistic. One foster home after another, hell after hell. When things got too hard, her first instinct was to get out and fast.
She didn’t mind being a club girl. Who wouldn’t want a group of possessive alpha males on your side and in your bed? The freedom and the lifestyle allowed her to spread her wings while the rules and bylaws kept everyone in line. It was comfortable – safe.
But while her head told her she was happy, her heart reminded her constantly of what she really wanted – Brothers by Blood President, Optimus. He was a brooding asshole who was sexy, loyal and pushed the boundaries of both her body and her mind. He never let her all the way in, but she still couldn’t stay away from him – he was addictive.
Optimus had only one rule – family comes first.
He knew that sometimes sacrifices needed to be made in order to keep the ones he loved safe. He’d done it before and he would do it again.
Being President of the Brothers by Blood MC meant he couldn’t show any weakness. His feelings for Chelsea were off the charts, but so far he’d managed to hide them and keep her at an arm’s length thinking he was protecting her. Beautiful, athletic and sassy, she wasn’t just another club girl, she was HIS girl.
Danger is fast approaching and Chelsea is in its direct sight. Will it be too late for Optimus to show Chelsea how he really feels? And when secrets are revealed will Chelsea stay and stand beside the man she wants or will the urge to run just be too strong?
Review by Claire Rose on behalf of KFF
Claire has award this read 5 sublime stars
First and foremost, you need to one click this absolutely fantastic book. Twists, turns and secrets brought tears to my eyes rooting for the alpha men and a very special heroine. I do hope my review does this novel justice as I was literally blown away by this story told in present tense with the protagonists’ points of view. Even though this can be read as a standalone, I really do suggest reading book one first as you will get more of an idea of the story and its characters.
Wow — just wow! I LOVED IT. I have reviewed quite a few MC books, but this is on a whole new level. Looking at the gals’ we love to hate perspective for messing with our bikers has in fact, made me understand why they become club girls. Not everyone of them expects to become an ol’ lady or have their HEA.
Chelsea, Chelsea, Chelsea! What a strong and beautiful character. After her mother and father were murdered, she was thrown into the foster care system and had a rough time growing up. Then she found her way into the MC life as a club girl with no expectations. All the club wanted to do was protect her, put her through college and give her the family she had never had. Chelsea is the one for the prez. Everyone inside the club knows how they feel about each other, yet he won’t claim her. He is trying to protect her as her life is in danger in a big way. She has a flashback in time. She knows what she must do. Run!
Optimus is the club’s president and just how I like my MC men! Strong and one-hundred percent alpha; however, he’s riddled with guilt from his past which will soon to be revealed. He has strong feelings for one of the club girls, Chelsea. In spite of the fact that he keeps pushing her away, he won’t let anyone else near her. He’s also hiding a secret from her and only time will tell before she finds out. The club’s trying to figure out why and by whom her life has been put in peril, and therefore he reaches a harsh decision. I quite agreed with the club’s stance regarding Optimus’ wrongdoing and I got so damn mad with him. Screaming out loud at my Kindle didn’t help matters, either. I found all the pulling and pushing, him blowing hot and cold, totally exhausting. So much so that I could have jumped into the book and slapped the f***er!
Quote: Chelsea ~ “I can’t do it, Op. I can’t sit around and pretend like every thing’s fine. I can’t pretend that I’m okay seeing you every day and knowing I can’t touch you. It hurts, Op. It hurts so bad.”
Optimus ~ “I can’t …”
Chelsea ~ “Let me go”
Optimus ~ “I can’t …”
Living outside the club’s protection, Chelsea tries to patch her broken heart. But her life takes a nasty turn making Optimus realise his ginormous mistake and only hopes its not too late. Secrets are out, betrayals abound from all sides and even worse, the baddies— they are on her heels. Optimus goes crazy. I went dooallay and with heart pounding nineteen to the dozen, I swore my head off. Is this the end for them or do they get their HEA? Read it and find out.
Now the ending. Miss Jane, how could you do this to me? I need the next book like now! Regardless of the slip ups in the editing which were few and far between, this read had my full attention from page one. I became part of the story which I have rated this five stars. I have already recommended this author to friends. Well done you.
What others are saying:
This is an OMG read, one you won’t want to miss.. The writing just keeps getting better.
*****5+ STAR***** ~ Goodreads Review
32% in and I’m in love. never seen an author do a mc a book from the club whores opinion and i love it. ~ Evocative Book Reviews
This book kept me on the edge of my seat I really didn’t know what was going to happen next and some of things were so surprising that were heartbreaking as well. I loved this book and the characters and the way this book ended just let me say OMG the author better be working on the next already cause my heart can’t handle it. ~ Book Boyfriend Heaven
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi! I am Addison Jane!
I come from a small country called New Zealand.
I have always had a strong love for reading and writing and Missing Link, whilst not the first story I have written, is the first I will be releasing.
My favourite genre is romance, specifically MC, rockstar and young adult.
I’m a single parent to a beautiful little girl, we live in a quiet little town and I have a small but amazing group of close friends.
My other passion in life is working with kids! I work with them part time along with going to school to complete my graduate diploma.
I am fortunate enough to have a great support base, whom without them, I would never have stepped out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to share my writing with you all!
Other Books In the Series
Club Girl Diaries #1
Title: The Beach Wedding
Author: Bella Cruise
Release Date: 23rd September, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Three weeks. One quirky small-town. The wedding of the year. What could go wrong?
Big-city wedding planner Ginny Austen has landed the job of a lifetime. Her new celebrity clients want a smash hit TV wedding, and they’ve got their hearts set on a quirky home-town wedding. Her home-town: Pelican Key Cove, Florida.
Ginny hasn’t been home since she high-tailed out of town the night before her high-school graduation with nothing but a vintage pink Camaro and a broken heart. She’s spent years building a life of her own, but now she’s got just three weeks to face her past and put together a dream wedding — in a town that makes ‘eccentric’ its middle name.
Ginny may be determined to stay professional, but the inhabitants of Pelican Cove have other ideas. And between her crazy aunts, a TV producer who puts Macciaveli to shame, and a downright sexy former flame, nothing about this wedding is going to plan. Can she pull off the big day with her sanity – and heart – intact? Or will her reputation go down in flames — on national TV?
Bella Cruise is a Florida girl turned California beach babe. She loves to travel and explore new places, and currently works as a nanny to two adorable little girls. For a close-up view of her crazy life (and favorite cupcakes!), you can find her on instagram @bellacruisewrites.