BLOG TOUR                                               COLLARED by NICOLE WILLIAMS

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Title: Collared

Author: Nicole Williams

Release date: 22nd March, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover design: Paper and Sage Designs

 

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COLLARED SYNOPSIS LABEL1

 

When a seventeen-year-old girl vanishes,
A community is shaken.
Parents turn desperate.
Friends hold vigils.
And the boy who loves her searches.

When a year goes by,
The community is recovering.
Parents feel hopeless.
Friends feel helpless.
And the boy who loves her continues his search.

When ten years go by,
The community has forgotten.
Parents cling to the past.
Friends move toward the future.
And the boy who loves her . . .
Brings her home.

Jade Childs spent ten years in captivity, but now that she’s back, the real battle for survival begins. The media shadows her. Flashbacks haunt her. Her old life evades her. Her so-called new life rejects her. She spent too many years in the dark to recognize the light. She spent too long repressing her feelings to remember how to express them. She spent a decade abandoning hope and cannot dare letting it back into her life. Jade’s not just defined by what happened to her—she’s collared to it.

When the twenty-seven-year-old woman is found,
A community wants to know the story,
Parents want to forget the story,
Friends want to be a part of the story,
And the man who still loves her faces the greatest challenge yet: letting her go.

 

 

COLLARED REVIEW LABEL1

 

By Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

 

I’ve just finished this book after reading it in two sittings and literally have no idea how to start this review. My emotions were stretched to the limit; it left me numb, happy, sad, plain exhausted. Told in present tenses from the female protagonist’s point of view, I found the grammatical structure used a feat in itself considering that the subject is extremely delicate and revolves around past events. Comprehensibly, this book isn’t overflowing with banter and neither did I feel the need for it. Nevertheless, what dialogue there is between all the characters is extremely good, especially in chapter one where we get to know two teenagers madly in love with each other. Then boom! From here on in I was taken on a staggeringly heart-breaking journey. Never in a million years could I ever have imagined the twist that was to come. I. Was. Stupefied! In fact, there are more bends than in a wiggly hairpin which only added to unlimited angst. At the end of the story, I didn’t know what to do with myself and as I’m still suffering from a monstrous book hangover, my thoughts on a high, low… totally out of control, picking up another read is for now, out of the question.

What can I tell you about Jade Childs’ traumatic teenage experience without giving anything away? I instantly invested in this happy and outgoing lass; however, something didn’t seem to ring true. It was all too perfect, too beautiful. In a split of a second, her life is shattered to smithereens and in another, the ground was pulled from underneath my feet. What should have been the best moments in her youth converted into ten long years of utter agony; every detail is crudely described and I can honestly say that I wasn’t prepared for such a fallout. She barely survives and coming out unscathed from an ordeal so horrendous was not only impossible, but also made for very hard reading. Consequently, the lines became blurred with tears.

Struggling to have a little normalcy is taking one step forward, two steps back. She can’t open up, she feels smothered by most of her family, her state of mind…fragile. Why her loved ones treat her the way they do and have difficulty handling their damaged daughter who I thought, beyond repair, was understandable. The press diving in like vultures twenty-four-seven causes much unrest in more ways than one, and is a strong factor in Jade’s story. Throughout the read, I desperately needed to see a light at the end of the tunnel and couldn’t wait for her to seek professional help which earlier, was offered. It took me a while to warm up to her sister whose standoffishness was cruel. Her father is at a loss; her mother tries her best but nothing seems to work. Except one person. Torrin. He has the key. He will take control simply because he worships her. Worship being the optimal word as you will discover.

“He’s the tether that keeps me from falling away.”

Undying love tied by the medulla, the heart and soul has always been just them! Tears are falling on the keyboard while writing about these two outstanding characters. Very slowly, Torrin’s quest to find the girl who was virtually stolen from under his nose unravels. What a man! He has the patience of a saint, understanding and how guilt-ridden this poor man is. For me, he is beyond god-fearing. But I got so angry with him and know I was being unfair because in dire circumstances like this one, call for dire decisions to be made. How often I asked myself the question; “If only…?”

“You and Torrin, you two could never just do anything.”

All the character development is nothing less than sublime. The editing impeccable. Believe it or not, the one issue I had with this book was in its finality. I truly think this couple deserved a less bitter-sweet ending in all its realistic perfection, and even though I tried my hardest to have a change of heart, I cried for more. Saying that, and after having had a few hours to recuperate, I have to respect Jade’s wishes and Torrin’s complaisance to them. Ms Williams, this is the first novel I have read by you and I will read it again and again. Hopefully with Rachel, my sister-in-arms who is dying to read it, will find comfort in my outstretched hand. So looking forward to reading more works by you. Bravismo!

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

 

 

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I feel something swirl at my ankle, then it grabs me. I’m sucked under instantly as the undercurrent slams me to the ocean bottom and tumbles me around. It’s happened before, so I don’t panic. I know that once it’s done with me, it will let me go. Once it’s twirled me around a few times, it will leave me alone.

I can feel it starting to lose momentum when two arms brace around me and break me free. When we pop through the surface, Torrin spins me around, terror drawing up his expression.

“Are you okay?” He holds me with one hand, inspecting me with the other like he’s going to find an elbow or organ missing.

I’m totally wet. I feel ocean water draining out of my ears and nose. My hair feels like a cyclone just had its way with it, and I know my skin’s red and blotchy from the sand exfoliation treatment I just received free of charge.

I laugh. This is what alive feels like. I remember.

It’s adrenaline pulsing so hard in my veins they feel about to burst. It’s feelings that twist my stomach into knots. It’s feeling so cold my body goes numb and so attracted to someone my body feels the opposite of numb.

This is it. Living. I can almost feel the blood warm in my veins as it starts to run again.

“Why are you laughing?” Torrin’s face flashes with relief when he sees I’m okay, but he doesn’t let go of me.

On the beach, my parents slowly make their way back to the beach blankets once they’ve seen I’m okay.

“That was fun.” I rub my stomach because it hurts. From the laughter. I’d forgotten stomachs could hurt from laughing.

“Fun? Not my idea of fun.”

I wipe the water from my face and find just as much sand pasted to it. “What’s your idea of fun then?”

Torrin’s still shaking his head when he suddenly shouts, “This!”

He pulls me under the water with him. He lets me go right away, but I don’t want him to. I don’t want him to ever let go.

           I splash him when he resurfaces a few feet away. “Did you just dunk me?”

           He splashes back. “I just did.”

           “You’ve heard of payback, right?” I move a little closer, ignoring the way I can feel my parents watching us from the beach.

           “I’ve heard of it. Not really a big fan though.”

           When I lunge at him and try to knock him under, he’s clearly bracing for it because all I do is smash into him. My wet body against his, our arms tangled together, our faces too close to not be aware of where each other’s mouths are . . .

           “What’s this payback thing again?” He’s practically gloating, so I come at it from a different angle.

           My eyes drop to his mouth and stay there until his lips part from his breaths coming faster. When my hand curves against the side of his face, sweeping down the line of his jaw, I feel his chest moving hard against mine. His arms tangle tighter behind me because I’m slipping through them. When that doesn’t work, he hoists me higher, and his arms form a net beneath my backside.

           I need to clear my head before I can’t remember what I’m doing.

           My eyes lift to his and hold there. When he blinks, a drop of water rolls off his eyelashes. My hand slides lower until my thumb is touching the corner of his mouth.

           “Torrin?” I whisper, my mouth lowering.

           “Yeah?” His voice is rough, coming from low in his throat.

           I move my mouth just outside his ear. “This . . . is . . .”—I burst free of his hold and slide his legs out from beneath him with my foot—“payback!”

           He goes down with a surprised shout and an explosive splash. I’m laughing again, and so is he when he pops his head above the water.

“Well played, Childs.”

           “Thank you very much,” I say with a bow, hoping he can’t see right through me the way I feel he can sometimes.

If he does, he’ll know. He’ll know I would have rather kissed him. I would rather still be kissing him. He’ll know that while I’m content to put most of the past behind me, there’s one part I want to pack and bring with me to the future.

           Him.

           I think he might see it though, because I think I might see it in him too.

The sun catches his eyes just right when he looks at me. “You always had a way of taking the ground right out from beneath me.”

 

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Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

 

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

 

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                                      BLOG TOUR                                A THOUSAND BOY KISSES by TILLIE COLE

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Title: A Thousand Boy Kisses

Author: Tillie Cole

Genre: Young Adult

Release Date: 15th March, 2016

 

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One kiss lasts a moment.

But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.

One girl.

A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.

A bond that neither time nor distance can break.

A bond that will last forever.

Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken two years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.

Standalone Young Adult Tearjerker Romance.

 

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reviewed by donna elsegood

 

Lost. For. Words. Spellbound! Ms Cole hasn’t just squeezed my heart; she’s provoked sentiments so strong that the inevitable had to happen. And without me even realising it! Ugly cries, sniffles and everything which accompanies one when in such a state despair, only seemed to make me want to turn the pages faster than I could actually read. Storyteller par excellence, the author’s character development is nothing like I have experienced in a long long time. I couldn’t help but fall head of heels for these two beautiful youngsters going through their young life’s trials and tribulations, and I’m absolutely sure that any potential reader will feel exactly the same as I did. The intensity of their story sucked me in from the first written word, the option of putting it down until the last one was not an option. Never have I regretted the sleepless night I had.

The journey which this story takes you on is nothing less than amazing. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy and an unbreakable bond is born. Wow! Poppy and Rune’s relationship literally humbled me, their contrasting personalities… beyond perfect. Told in such a way, I felt like I was there by their sides conjuring up so many visions of their hideaway, their escape in surroundings of abounding beauty. Cherry blossom, trees and breath-taking scenery was the perfect scenario to watch them grow up, become young adults. What a pleasure, how heartbreaking.

The secondary characters are more than loveable and more tears were shed when someone so very dear to Poppy’s heart finds peace. Believe you me, I can’t say how much I loved this person’s advice to her. But all the advice in the world won’t prepare either of them for the future. Promises, desires and pure love…will it be enough?

There is no doubt whatsoever that this incredible story deserves five massive blossoming stars. I highly recommend this young adult tale which shows love, makes all of us sit back and weigh up everything in life that cannot be taken for granted. But saying that, I would like to mention that although this book is aimed at YA, it can be read by all ages. Tillie, what more can I say than this. You have outdone yourself, you have stirred all my emotions, you have broken me and whether or not you put me together will remain to be seen!

 

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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big city.

After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.

Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.

Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.

When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.

 

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                             RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                                  HAVOC by NINA LEVINE

 

Havoc (Storm MC #8) by Nina Levine

Genre: MC Romance

Cover Designer: Romantic Book Affairs

Release Date: March 8, 2016

While this is the eighth book in the series it has been written as a stand-alone so new-to-the-series readers can read and enjoy it without having read the other books.

 

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Meet Havoc…

I was happy doing my own thing.

No connections.

No demands.

No problems.

Just me, my club and a whole lot of dirty work to take care of.

She never wanted a biker.

She wanted stability and I gave up on that years ago.

We tried to fight it.

Neither of us wanted it.

But she calms my fury and I show her a man who accepts every part of her.

Now we’re trying to figure out how to be together.

Because when the need for each other is this strong, to deny it will only cause complete havoc.

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Reviewed by Claire Rose on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever

Rated Five Loving Stars

 

There is not one I thing I don’t love about Nina’s books. All pure alpha biker men, this one is no exception and became my favourite biker read. Even though this novel is a standalone, the events take place after book four in this series.

I have to say while reading this that I did think that it would be another dark and dangerous man who meets another woman with her walls up…with a past. Well, I was totally wrong! Both have baggage but it’s mainly to do with our sexy biker. There were times my heart was breaking for this poor man, then I wanted to slap a certain person for doing what they did. I can certainly understand why he chose to lead the life he now does. I’d be lying if I said my emotions weren’t involved in this novel because there were. I laughed, I got angry, my eyes had tears, my heart was pounding. I even found myself saying, oh no, please don’t go back there. However, I sighed with relief at the end.

Havoc is a dirty mouthed, closed off biker who has a dark and violent side to him. He has become a nomad for his MC club after events tore him apart. He now lives for the open road and won’t open his heart up or let anyone get close to him. He still helps out at the club and does the stuff no-one else can and believe me, he’s more than capable of doing it. So my man meets a young woman at a bar. Despite the fact that she’s like no other, he still refuses to open up believing one night will be enough. Yet we all know one night is never enough for our bikers! Family problems and his club wanting him to stay doesn’t distract him from getting her out of his head.

I loved Carla’s strong-will and the way she says it as she sees it; nevertheless, I worried about her approach to solving a personal problem. Dulling the pain, she starts knocking back the shots. She’s also the sister of a club brother which is only going to complicate matters more. After one night with Havoc, she can’t seem to get him out of her head, either. Carla sees that there is a dangerous side to him and agrees to a relationship of sorts without feelings and emotions being involved. But as we all well know, it never works out that way. Carla’s brother finds out about the two and isn’t happy about it. He warns her, no… he tells her to end it as Havoc is a no good man. Her life is taking a downfall and she doesn’t know what she’s doing. So when Havoc asks her to go with him, she excepts on a few conditions which he has no option but to conform to.

Do they encounter troubles and problems? Yes! Does he realise he is not on his own, that he does have family? Can Havoc open his heart? Many unanswered questions that will only be revealed by reading this fabulous book which I highly recommend.

“Why won’t you let me in?”
“Why the fuck do you want in?”

I rate this book five loving stars. Well done Nina, I can’t wait for more from you.

 


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As I stepped through the bathroom doorway however, I found her. She was in the bath, plugged into her music with her eyes closed and her head resting on the edge of the bath.

I stopped and leaned against the wall with my arms folded across my chest. Watching her, my gaze travelled the length of her body. In the short time I’d known her, my appreciation of her body had grown. Where small tits hadn’t turned me on a month ago, I couldn’t get enough of hers.

Never letting me down, my dick grew hard while I took in her beauty.

“Fuck,” I muttered under my breath as I contemplated the wisdom of fucking her again.

I wanted to.

Hell, I fucking needed to.

She’s a brother’s sister for fuck’s sake.

I’d spent the last few hours going over and over that fact in my mind. My decision had been to head back to the motel, sleep on the couch and never taste her pussy again.

I hadn’t factored in having her naked body on display the minute I returned.

Shit.

“How long are you going to stand there staring at me?” she asked as she cracked an eye open to look at me.

“Until you get out and let me fuck you.” Both her eyes had opened and I pinned my gaze to hers, not letting her go.

Her eyebrows lifted. “I thought you were done with me.”

“Turns out I’m not.”

She stood and reached for her towel before stepping out. Continuing to hold my gaze, she slowly dried herself off.

Teasing the fuck out of my dick.

I fought the desire to reach out and rip the towel from her hands. My carefully constructed self-control was being tested and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I caved and took what I wanted.

Finally – finally – she finished drying off and closed the distance between us. “What if I’m done with you?” I knew she was full of shit by the breathless tone she used and the way her body leaned just that little bit too close to mine. It was like she was trying to hold herself back, but her body had a mind of its own and couldn’t stay away.

I lifted a brow. “Are you?”

“I should be. After the way you’ve been treating me, I really should be.” Still all breathy.

Still in this with me.

I unfolded my arms so I could curl my hand around her neck. Gripping her there, I said, “Yeah, you should be, but you’re not.”

I feel the same way.

With our faces so close that her breaths whispered across my skin, we stared at each other for a long time. The still air in the tiny bathroom consumed our apprehension piece by piece until all that was left was an unrelenting need to satisfy our hunger.

At the first sign of her softening, I tightened my hold on her neck and pulled her mouth to mine. She didn’t hesitate and a second later our bodies pressed together as hard as our mouths did.

The smell of her arousal overwhelmed me and I let her neck go so I could slide my hands around her ass and lift her. Turning, I held her up against the wall and groaned as she wrapped her legs around me. The urge to drive my cock as hard and fast as I could into her sweet cunt threatened to take over as the only thought in my mind, and I took a moment to work through that and get myself under control.

Resting my forehead against hers, I focused on my breathing while I gave myself a talking to.

Focus.

You’ve got this.

You’ve fucking done this enough times to know how to control yourself.

But I hadn’t.

I’d never fucked a woman like Carla.

Had never been with a woman who stole my control the way she did.

She invaded every fucking sense of mine until I didn’t know right from wrong, up from down, red from fucking blue.

“Havoc.”

My head snapped up and I found her staring at me.

Unsure.

“Are you okay?” she asked, lines creasing her forehead as she tilted her head, frowning at me.

I stepped back and let her go. “I need to slow this shit down.”

She stood naked in front of me with an expression on her face that seemed to be half confusion and half frustration. “What does that mean?”

I wasn’t sure I even knew.

“It means I want you sitting cross legged in the middle of the bed waiting for me while I take a minute,” I bit out. My head was so damn full I thought it might actually explode.

Too many thoughts.

Too many fucking feelings.

I jerked my chin at her and snapped, “Go.”

Her eyes widened a fraction and I pushed my breaths out while waiting for her to submit. When she didn’t, I growled, “Carla, I need you to go and sit on the bed. Now.”

“I’m giving you five minutes to get your head back in this. I’m all for bossy and shit, but I draw a line at whatever the fuck you call what you’ve got going on at the moment. Barking orders at me is a whole lot fucking different than dominating me.” With that, she stalked out of the bathroom.

Thank fuck.





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ESCAPE WITH AN ALPHA

Dreamer.

Coffee Lover.

Gypsy at heart.

USA Today Bestselling author who writes about alpha men & the women they love.

When I’m not creating with words you will find me planning my next getaway, visiting somewhere new in the world, having a long conversation over coffee and cake with a friend, creating with paper or curled up with a good book and chocolate.

I love Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Pink, Florida Georgia Line, Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, Lady Antebellum and pretty much any singer/band that is country or rock.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve. Weaving words together has always been a form of therapy for me especially during my harder times. These days I’m proud that my words help others just as much as they help me.

 

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                                    COVER REVEAL                                  Teach Me To Live by Alannah Carbonneau

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Title: Teach Me To Live

Author: Alannah Carbonneau

Genre: New Adult Romantic Drama

Release Date: 13th April, 2016

 

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All I can do is wish for one more day to fall in love with you.

Madison Avery is the poster child for obedience. Ruled by anxiety and fear, she never expected Austin Weir. Everything about the tattooed, blue-eyed boy shatters every well-configured law in the Avery household.

Teaching Madison to live, Austin breaks through the prison of her anxiety. They spend the summer taking chances, making memories, and falling in love.

But love has no comprehension of time. It doesn’t fade when summer bleeds into fall and time ends. Love, like life, must continue.

Madison learns that love doesn’t exist within time. It is endless and unfading and heartbreaking.

But one lesson is learned: love is living without regret.

Love is life.

 

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About Alannah Carbonneau

I live in Alberta, Canada, where the weather is forever changing (without warning). I am engaged to be married in August 2015 to my high school sweetheart and love of my life. There are no children in my life as of right now, but we do have a handful of rambunctious cats (four) and a testy, rescued Shepard/Husky, who take up a lot of my time.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve adored the written word. English was always my favorite class and that may be biased because I can’t count to save my life, so math was a horror! I remember the very first novel I ever read, Shocking Pink by Erica Spindler. It was the most interesting of the covers on my mom’s bookshelf (probably because it was pink) and I was way too young to be reading that novel. But I fell in love. From there, I read almost everything from V.C. Andrews.

My writing started out as poetry, which then evolved to songs, and later into novels. I was never one for the short stories as I found it too difficult to pack everything I imagined into something so small. I now have multiple novels published independently. I write both novels for young adults and novels for adults – all romance.

Despite my favorite younger reading material, I now adore writing and reading all things romance.

For more details, please visit my website.

 

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If you love a dirty talking, alpha biker this bestselling series is one you should check out today!

Nina Levine will be releasing the next book in the series on the 8th March, so now is the perfect time to get started with the Storm men.

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Havoc will be out on the 8th March.

While this is the eight book in the series it has been written as a stand alone so new-to-the-series readers can read and enjoy it without having read the other books.

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As I stepped through the bathroom doorway however, I found her. She was in the bath, plugged into her music with her eyes closed and her head resting on the edge of the bath.

I stopped and leaned against the wall with my arms folded across my chest. Watching her, my gaze travelled the length of her body. In the short time I’d known her, my appreciation of her body had grown. Where small tits hadn’t turned me on a month ago, I couldn’t get enough of hers.

Never letting me down, my dick grew hard while I took in her beauty.

“Fuck,” I muttered under my breath as I contemplated the wisdom of fucking her again.

I wanted to.

Hell, I fucking needed to.

She’s a brother’s sister for fuck’s sake.

I’d spent the last few hours going over and over that fact in my mind. My decision had been to head back to the motel, sleep on the couch and never taste her pussy again.

I hadn’t factored in having her naked body on display the minute I returned.

Shit.

“How long are you going to stand there staring at me?” she asked as she cracked an eye open to look at me.

“Until you get out and let me fuck you.” Both her eyes had opened and I pinned my gaze to hers, not letting her go.

Her eyebrows lifted. “I thought you were done with me.”

“Turns out I’m not.”

She stood and reached for her towel before stepping out. Continuing to hold my gaze, she slowly dried herself off.

Teasing the fuck out of my dick.

I fought the desire to reach out and rip the towel from her hands. My carefully constructed self-control was being tested and I knew it wouldn’t be long until I caved and took what I wanted.

Finally – finally – she finished drying off and closed the distance between us. “What if I’m done with you?” I knew she was full of shit by the breathless tone she used and the way her body leaned just that little bit too close to mine. It was like she was trying to hold herself back, but her body had a mind of its own and couldn’t stay away.

I lifted a brow. “Are you?”

“I should be. After the way you’ve been treating me, I really should be.” Still all breathy.

Still in this with me.

I unfolded my arms so I could curl my hand around her neck. Gripping her there, I said, “Yeah, you should be, but you’re not.”

I feel the same way.

With our faces so close that her breaths whispered across my skin, we stared at each other for a long time. The still air in the tiny bathroom consumed our apprehension piece by piece until all that was left was an unrelenting need to satisfy our hunger.

At the first sign of her softening, I tightened my hold on her neck and pulled her mouth to mine. She didn’t hesitate and a second later our bodies pressed together as hard as our mouths did.

The smell of her arousal overwhelmed me and I let her neck go so I could slide my hands around her ass and lift her. Turning, I held her up against the wall and groaned as she wrapped her legs around me. The urge to drive my cock as hard and fast as I could into her sweet cunt threatened to take over as the only thought in my mind, and I took a moment to work through that and get myself under control.

Resting my forehead against hers, I focused on my breathing while I gave myself a talking to.

Focus.

You’ve got this.

You’ve fucking done this enough times to know how to control yourself.

But I hadn’t.

I’d never fucked a woman like Carla.

Had never been with a woman who stole my control the way she did.

She invaded every fucking sense of mine until I didn’t know right from wrong, up from down, red from fucking blue.

“Havoc.”

My head snapped up and I found her staring at me.

Unsure.

“Are you okay?” she asked, lines creasing her forehead as she tilted her head, frowning at me.

I stepped back and let her go. “I need to slow this shit down.”

She stood naked in front of me with an expression on her face that seemed to be half confusion and half frustration. “What does that mean?”

I wasn’t sure I even knew.

“It means I want you sitting cross legged in the middle of the bed waiting for me while I take a minute,” I bit out. My head was so damn full I thought it might actually explode.

Too many thoughts.

Too many fucking feelings.

I jerked my chin at her and snapped, “Go.”

Her eyes widened a fraction and I pushed my breaths out while waiting for her to submit. When she didn’t, I growled, “Carla, I need you to go and sit on the bed. Now.”

“I’m giving you five minutes to get your head back in this. I’m all for bossy and shit, but I draw a line at whatever the fuck you call what you’ve got going on at the moment. Barking orders at me is a whole lot fucking different than dominating me.” With that, she stalked out of the bathroom.

Thank fuck.

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ABOUT NINA

Dreamer.
Coffee Lover.
Gypsy at heart.

USA Today Bestselling author who writes about alpha men & the women they love.

When I’m not creating with words you will find me planning my next getaway, visiting somewhere new in the world, having a long conversation over coffee and cake with a friend, creating with paper or curled up with a good book and chocolate.

I love Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Pink, Florida Georgia Line, Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, Lady Antebellum and pretty much any singer/band that is country or rock.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve. Weaving words together has always been a form of therapy for me especially during my harder times. These days I’m proud that my words help others just as much as they help me.

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Title: US

Series: Him #2

Authors: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Release Date: 8th March, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age: New Adult

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they? When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Warning: contains sexual situations, a vibrating chair, long-distance sexytimes and proof that hockey players look hot in any shade of green.

 

EXCERPT

At long last, I’m twenty paces away, then ten. Then I’m opening our door. “Hey babe!” I call out like I always do. “I made it.” I drag my duffel over the threshold, then toss my suit coat on top, abandoning these things beside the door, because all I need now is a kiss.

Only then do I notice that our apartment smells amazing. Jamie has cooked dinner for me. Again. He is the perfect man, I swear to God.

“Hey!” he calls, emerging from the hallway leading to our bedroom. He’s wearing jeans and nothing else except—and this is unusual—a beard. “Do I know you?” He gives me a sexy smile.

“I was going to ask the same thing.” I’m staring at the sandy-blond beard. Jamie has always been clean-shaven. I mean—we’ve known each other since before facial hair. He looks different. Older, maybe.

And hot as blazes. Seriously, I can’t wait to feel that beard against my face, and maybe my balls… Jesus. The blood is already rushing south, and I’ve been home fifteen seconds.

And yet I’m just stuck there in the middle of the room for a moment, because even though it’s been eight months since Jamie and I started up together, I’m still a little stunned at my own good fortune. “Hi,” I say again, stupidly.

He walks forward, his easy gait so familiar that my heart breaks a little bit. He puts his hands on my traps and squeezes the muscle there. “Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”

“Promise?” I ask, and it comes out like gravel. He’s close enough now that I can smell the ocean scent of his shampoo and the beer he drank while he waited for me.

“If I ever get a winning lottery ticket and a day off, I’ll do it,” he says. “Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”

Now I’m measuring the distance to our sofa and counting the layers of clothes I’ll need to remove in the next ninety seconds.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever 5 ★ Review by Rachel McEwan & Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

** Arc provided by authors in exchange for an honest review **

 

We were absolutely thrilled when we heard Jamie and Wes were getting another book! The first book in their story, ‘Him’, was one of our all-time favourite m/m reads of 2015, so when we were offered the opportunity to read and review, we jumped at the chance yearning for more. This books picks up five months into their new life; hence, you really must read these books in order. Just like the first book, we inhaled the continuation of their lives in Toronto and couldn’t get enough of this special couple starting off their careers in their much loved sport; hockey! We did admit to being a little nervous when starting this read because when we left Jamie and Wes, they were in a good place. So what happens to them in this book? Hmm…that would be telling, wouldn’t it! However, what we will tell you is this. There are no-holds-barred telling you the experiences of what gay men encounter in a sport which is mainly dominated by men.

“Can’t I stay in my happy place?”
“Wasn’t I just in your happy place?”

Wes is starting his rookie year with his new team and desperately wants to make a name for himself but for all the right reasons. By that we mean his talent at the game he loves. There are two things in world that mean the world to Wes. Hockey and Jamie. He never in a million years thought he’d land the guy of his dreams. Let’s face it, his chances were not great, the fact that Jamie was only into the ladies, too! As far as he is concerned, he’s living the dream. What he didn’t anticipate was having to live a lie which doesn’t sit well with either of them. This is when things start to take a turn down a road neither of them is expecting.

“If I ever doubted his love for me, I’m an idiot”

Jamie! Wow, what a guy! We adored him. In fact, given the choice of having to choose between them…we’d have to say, no way, can’t do it! He’s also found where his talents lie; not actually playing hockey like Wes but teaching young kids and he’s really great at it. Both of their jobs involve a great deal of travel which conflicts greatly with the life they want to live together. Like any relationship starting out anew, there are teething problems and also their individual responsibilities to other people in relation to their jobs which is okay but when you add in secrets into the mix, well that’s when the cracks begin to show.

“Don’t go away for so long. If you do that again, I’m going to have to sneak into your hotel room on the road.”
“Promise?”
“If I ever get a day off, I’d do it. Hotel sex after a game? Sounds hot.”

The supporting characters in this book are definitely worthy of a mention. You get more of Jamie’s loving and very supportive family who absolutely adore their son’s choice in partner and who can blame them! What’s not to love about Wes! You also get to meet Wes’ team mates who we absolutely fell in love with. Especially one of them. Blake, is a breath of fresh air and some of his dialogue was hysterical! Let’s just say we don’t think we’ll look at sheep in the same way ever again! Or even the horrendously bright green shirt worn by one of the characters which he took great pleasure out of mocking and was to become a symbol of friendship regardless of the make!

“You didn’t tell me he had a headache!”
“I didn’t know!”
“What kind of nurse are you?”
“The kind that plays hockey!”

Told in first person from both protagonists’ point of view is our downfall. We are absolute suckers for this kind of structural writing. Add an excellent and touching dialogue, narrative flow and well-constructed storyline… how can one not read it in sitting? We did! Making the huge mistake of starting it late one evening, we didn’t want to stop until the very last page was read. Yeah, we literally consumed them up with an insatiable gusto and finally finished when dawn broke! Nevertheless, our synchronisation wasn’t exactly on par. One of us had to the ask ‘the question’ as to whether Wes and Jamie would have their happy ending or not. Never one to let on, it was kindly refused. And if you want to know the outcome of a romance second to none, you’ll have to one-click! What we did feel strongly about was after reading the last chapter. The lack of epilogue. It was as if these two authors whose writing talents and teamwork which we consider to be second to none, have gone out of their way to tease us even more! We have to underline, nooo…highlight a couple of points here. Jamie’s sister, Jess, and Blake whose sense of humour and compassion overrides all the sad events have to be revealed. Please! We really did have good vibrations from these two wonderful characters. And despite Wes and Jamie leaving us grinning from ear to ear most of the time, and apart from wanting to jump in to our Kindles and having a serious chat with two these guys when the complications outweigh common sense, we need more about these adorable guys who stole our hearts.

As you can imagine while reading our review, awarding five stars is nothing less than merited. We hope to be able to read many books by these two authors who have enchanted us, brought tears to our eyes, made us crack up and stirred our emotions with such ease. Bravo to you ladies!

“If being queer means skating like Ryan Wesley, I’m going to have to encourage the rest of my players to give it a whirl.”

 

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MEET THE AUTHORS

Sarina Bowen writes steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

The Ivy Years is her bestselling series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. Click here for The Ivy Years  updates.

For lovers of angsty snowboarding heroes, Sarina also writes the Gravity series! Coming in From the Cold features a downhill ski racer and one of the most unique plot conflicts in contemporary romance today. Falling From the Sky is book #2, about a freestyle snowboarder who nearly loses his life in the halfpipe.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, eight chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

 

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle writes romantic suspense and erotic contemporary romance for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

 

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MALEDICTION: Rise of the Crimson Confessions

(Crimson Confessions #1)

Author: J.D. Lexx

Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense

Cover Designer: Blondie’s Custom Book Covers

Release Date: March, 20th

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Synopsis

Some devote a lifetime to the endless pursuit of love. Others spend even longer trying to outrun it. Between the shimmering lights of Paris and New Orleans’ commercialized sin, author J.D. Lexx embarks on his latest hunt. Once content to walk blindly in the light, these days he prowls a different world, one of shadow and sensuality where flesh yields to the probing hungers of fantasy. Driven by painful reminders of opportunity left unseized, he roams, tirelessly seeking the next in a growing collection of Crimson Confessions.

Yet these tales of conquest and seduction which have brought such notoriety are merely bait for a more transcendent prey. The one he truly stalks is infinitely more elusive, and lethal in her charms. To win her over, and write the happy ending to this unfinished story, an infamous collector of secrets must now lay his own bare for all to see. Chasing a trail of enticing exploits stretching from Sin City to Prague, every stop leads him back to the beginning…and one step closer to her.

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International attorney, award-winning journalist and last of a modest raconteur bloodline, J.D. Lexx has been a storyteller for most of his life and a student of humanity for even longer. Perhaps it’s no wonder that he takes such pleasure in the subtle tease of the written word, in kindling curiosity with every shared tale, then daring the imagination to continue on beyond The End.

A traveler by nature, Lexx spends most of his time between the frenzied streets of New York and the slower pace of New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. When not exploring the sensual psyche through his writing, he can usually be found honing his skills in the kitchen or working alongside charitable organizations to promote literacy and tolerance— two causes not only reflected in his work, but forever dear to his heart.

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