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Boldly daring. This book goes there in every way. Creative, suspenseful plot. Complicated characters. Steamy sex. Steamy sex. (Yeah, I know, it was so hot it deserved to be mentioned twice!) Highly recommend. ~ Zoe Blake, USA Today & International Bestselling Author

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I take you.
To honor and obey.
Till death do us part.
This is my solemn vow.

I am caught in the madness of a deep obsession. Stolen away to become his perfect and dutiful wife.
Trapped in a twisted and dark courtship. Forced and trained in the wifely duties of an obedient bride.
I am his.
Captive ever after…

***Captive Vow is a dark romantic thriller. If you don’t like a sprinkle of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a sip of my cocktail.

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About the Author:

Alta Hensley is a USA TODAY bestselling erotic romance author who has had #1 top-selling books in dark, contemporary, BDSM, erotic science fiction, humor, suspense and historical. She writes the hot, dark, and dirty romance.

Being a multi-published author in the romance genre, Alta is known for her dark, gritty alpha heroes, sometimes sweet love stories, hot eroticism, and engaging tales of the constant struggle between dominance and submission.

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                               EXCERPT REVEAL                                                         STRONG ENOUGH                                         by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

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Strong Enough, an all-new sexy standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow and David Romanov is coming June 19th!

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Strong Enough

by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Publication Date: June 19, 2017

 

I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real between us.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

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Figuring I’d had enough booze to blunt his effect on me, I rolled up the sleeves of my black button-down shirt and moved next to him. “I’ll help you.”

“Okay.”

I caught him trying to not to look at my wrists and forearms, and it made me smile. How does it feel to want someone and have to hide it? “You wash, I’ll dry?”

“Sounds good.”

We worked in silence, shoulder to shoulder, and I found myself increasingly—and disturbingly—pleased at the thought of him being attracted to me and being forced to conceal it. It was fucking horrible of me to take pleasure in his discomfort, but I liked being secretly wanted. Being illicitly desired. Being the object of his covert glances and maybe even his darkest, dirtiest thoughts. I let our arms touch more than necessary, as thrilled by the physical contact as I was by the thought of what it might be doing to him.

For there is no man who does not sin.

My dick started to get hard, clearly unbothered by the whiskey that was breaking down my inhibitions, pushing past all my defenses, and letting my imagination run wild.

What’s in that gorgeous head of yours, Maxim? What’s behind those cobalt eyes? What would you do to me, if I let you? What would you let me do to you?

“Carolyn is so nice,” he said, handing me the last serving dish left to be dried.

What? He was thinking about Carolyn right now? He wasn’t supposed to be thinking about Carolyn—I was, goddammit!

But I wasn’t. “Yeah.”

He turned off the water. Rested his wet hands on the edge of the sink. “I didn’t realize you had a girlfriend.”

And I heard it in his voice—the slightest edge of jealousy, so faint I might never have noticed it had I not been so hyperaware of everything about him right now. I fucking loved it.

“She’s not my girlfriend.”

“Oh.” Now there was confusion. “I guess I misunderstood.”

“She wants to be my girlfriend.”

Silence.

Of course there was silence. Maxim would never ask what the problem was. But I wanted to tell him. I wanted him to know. I wanted to share the impossible longing I felt with one person who might understand it.

“The problem is me.”

He was completely still. Before I could stop myself, I covered his right hand with my left. “Sometimes I don’t know what I want.”

He yanked his hand from beneath mine and we faced each other.

For the first time tonight, I looked him right in the eye. Nothing around us existed for me anymore. I heard only his breath. Smelled only his skin. Saw only his guarded expression.

I had to have him.

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About Melanie:

Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters.

Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.

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For David Romanov, STRONG ENOUGH is to a great extent autobiographical. Born in Russia and raised in Europe, he landed in the United States at the age of 24, where he learned a lot about cultural differences between East and West. David firmly believes in ‘The One’ and learning through love. When he isn’t traveling or educating Melanie in Russian culture, he enjoys books and the company of his husband and dog in Los Angeles.

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                            RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                                 TORRID by NIKKI SLOANE

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PRAISE FOR TORRID:

“Hold my gun because I need some alone time after reading this! Nikki Sloane creates yet another stirring romance full of heat and mayhem to stir your soul. Five dark and panting stars for Vasilije and Oksana!” – USA Today bestselling author, Sierra Simone

“Scorching hot, darkly complex, and deliciously dirty, Torrid is one of the best mafia books I’ve read all year!” – NYT Bestselling Author, Anna Zaires

“Dark, edgy, and so deliciously dirty. Torrid is insanely good!”- USA Today Bestselling Author, Natasha Knight

“Definitely judge a book by its cover on this one! Nikki Sloane delivered a story that lives up to the amazing cover and beyond. So sinfully hot that I couldn’t stop reading. Dark, dirty and delicious. I want more from this author now.” – USA Today Bestselling Author, Alta Hensley

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Blurb:

Vasilije Markovic is the prince of the Serbian mafia and one of the most powerful men in Chicago. His smile may be razor sharp, but he’s crueler than the devil.

I’m playing a dangerous game and betting my life I’m going to win. I pretend to be his pawn. I do as he says and move where he tells me, letting him think he’s in control as I position myself for revenge.

Every turn brings us closer. His grin doesn’t seem as evil when we’re alone. Behind closed doors, I welcome his unrelenting and vicious personality. He’s confessed all his secrets, but I’m holding one back and it’s a game changer.

If I survive the board, this pawn turns into a queen. I become the most powerful player and send all the other pieces running. To get what I want, I must make sacrifices, but am I willing to draw the line at him?

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★ ★ ★ ★  

Reviewed by Klaire Sutherland on behalf of KFF

I hadn’t realised that Torrid was book two of the Sordid series, it made no difference as this felt like a I was reading a standalone. The first book is about the brother Luka, in hindsight I probably should have read it first, but the author managed to give enough information on his story so I didn’t feel like I had missed anything, nor really spoilt the first book in any great detail should I decide to go on to read it. I’ve read Nikki Sloane only once previously, quite some time ago, I wasn’t familiar with her writing style and it was like reading a new author. The cover is attention grabbing, crisp and clear and I like it is kept in black and white.

Initially I was drawn in by the blurb, the theme is one of my favourite genres to read. I’m always looking for a unique twist to the story, something that sets the book apart, and while I believe the author has tried this, I don’t think it read so far differently from other books. I liked the musical theme running through the story and this lent for a little bit of difference but otherwise – this was an okay read for me.

I struggled with the beginning; the prologue and the first few chapters. I felt the author was trying a little too hard with her analogies, it made for some reading issues for me. To me analogies should roll off the tongue, sound natural, but I came across a couple that read in a complex manner which meant the flow of the story didn’t run as smoothly as I would have liked, and I had to re-read a paragraph or two for them to sound better. There was also the repetition of a few words, which by the end of the book had me gritting my teeth. There are more words to use than evil and cruel, I would have liked to have seen these two words used less. As for Nikki Sloane’s writing style, once I was comfortably in the story I did enjoy it, easy enough to read and had a decent amount of depth a reader can relate to.

Character wise, Torrid gives you an alpha bad boy that the ladies love to love – Vasilije Markovic. Oh yeah, this guy is a law unto himself, and a total asshole of seismic proportions. He doesn’t care about very much except the idea of blood and revenge, and a little bit of filthy, detached sex. He’s not a man one falls in love with. He rattles about his big, old house, plotting and plotting, and is quite rude in all the wrong ways. Vasilije is a well written character, there’s no disputing that, but I wonder if the author intentionally made him seem like a boy playing at a man. That’s the overriding impression I got from him, some of his actions were immature and churlish but fitted him to a tee in all honesty. He comes across sometimes as intimidating, with a foreboding manner but I think the overuse of the words previously mentioned spoilt the characteristics trying to be conveyed. Oksana had a heart of stone, seemingly complimenting Vasilije and egging him on in his worst moments. She had her own story which quietly unravels in the background until it’s too hard to hide. I didn’t think her big reveal was all that amazing but it suited where it landed in the story. Together these characters are a formidable force and Oksana ultimately wins her reward two-fold when the empire falls.

There’s some kink in here for the readers that like that kind of thing, some very good action scenes too. The suspense angle felt diluted in places but there is still enough to keep a reader guessing a while and wondering what’s on the horizon. In terms of a dark read, for someone like me it was gritty in places but not stomach curdling, the dark elements are tame in comparison with some other books of the same genre. I think this was a four-star read once I got over the hump at the beginning. I’d recommend it, especially if you want something fluid and fast paced with a lot steam thrown in.

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About the Author:

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

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                                  RELEASE BLITZ                                         I Knew You Were Trouble by Lauren Layne

 

Title: I Knew You Were Trouble

An Oxford Novel

Author: Lauren Layne

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 13th June, 2017

 

 

 

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New York City’s hottest bachelors are stirring up trouble in this fun, flirty Oxford Novel, as a love triangle forces a feisty beauty to choose between winning back Mr. Right or giving in to Mr. Wrong.

Taylor Carr has it all—a sleek job in advertising, a stunning Manhattan apartment, and the perfect man to share it with: Bradley Calloway. Even after Bradley dumps her for a co-worker on move-in day, Taylor isn’t worried. She’ll get her man eventually. In the meantime, she needs a new roommate. Enter Nick Ballantine, career bartender, freelance writer—and longtime pain in Taylor’s ass. Sexy in a permanent five-o’clock-shadow kind of way, Nick knows how to push Taylor’s buttons, as if he could see right through to the real her.

Nick’s always trying to fix people, and nobody could use a good fixing more than Taylor. Sure, she’s gorgeous, with mesmerizing silver eyes, but it’s her vulnerability that kills him. Now that they’re shacking up together, the chemistry is out of control. Soon they’re putting every part of their two-bedroom apartment to good use. Then Taylor’s ex comes crawling back to her, and Nick figures she’ll jump at the chance to go back to her old life—unless he fights for the best thing that ever happened to him.

 

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

The mere fact that I pulled an all-nighter just goes to show how much I liked this standalone in the Oxford series. And even though the narrative is in third person past tense…not a favourite storytelling technique of mine, I still couldn’t put it down. I really liked the way the author began the book. Substituting the prologue for a flashback and then how back months led up to the first chapter was more than original. This writing strategy put me in the female protagonist’s story and of course, learning how she felt about her new surroundings and who she’d be working with helped give the book that office ambience. But I’ll get back to that later, for now I have to say how much I liked the author’s character development and although the premise of the story is not new (shacking up novels are noticeably trendy at the moment), I was kept glued to the pages. I’ve read a couple of her books, one of them being in this standalone series; however, this one has something that really stands out, the banter.

“Taylor here wants to share her original crown molding with someone.”

“Yes, it seems I unexpectedly have a free bedroom and more rent than I can afford. If either of you knows anyone looking for a roommate. . . “

Two people who cannot tolerate each other have an awful lot to say to each other when they’re together! It’s a cat and mouse game which could have easily run out of steam and worn the reader out, but fortunately this wasn’t the case. Even though I found the build up a tinsy-winsy slow, the author literally took me where she wanted pacing the story to a climax worth waiting for. If there was one thing that irritated me, it was at the beginning of the story when the usage of the adverb / adjective ‘far’ in its conjunctive form kept popping up. I think with the help of a thesaurus, this could have easily been avoided. Still, this setback didn’t spoil Taylor Carr, Nick Ballantine and I have to say it but please don’t get the wrong idea, Bradley Calloway’s story. I wouldn’t have mentioned Bradley but he plays an important part in what is by no means a love triangle, more like a hate triangle with a difference. It’s a bit like you can’t have your cake and eat it too, which gives that added touch of interest to the main protagonists’ story.

“I already have enough going on in my life without adding in the effort of not getting arrested for killing you.”

“Too much going on. . . like what, Carr, you’re thriving love life?”

Nick’s lovable. He’s also drop-dead gorgeous and more important, a real do-gooder. So why Taylor gets his hackles up is an interesting concept because she’s not who he thinks she is. She’s tough on the outside and a real softy on the inside. Like me, he just had to see that part of her and I’m quite sure half our problem was solved in one very touching scene. If I were saddened to see her in such a state, Nick was even worse than me. But we both came round slowly. How could we not? Taylor’s feisty, quick-witted and can stand up for herself. That’s the way she’s been taught, never to show others her weaknesses. What makes her one of those book characters you know you’re never going to forget quickly or if at all, are those very weaknesses. The author’s character development is exceptionally good, but she’s gone to town with Taylor’s traits.

“Taylor’s complicated?”

“Hell yes,”

“All women are complicated,”

“True,”

I didn’t care for Bradley. And I’m very happy to say Nick didn’t either. In fact, no one in the office cared for him. An office where I might add, gossip thrives to such an extent that nothing is sacred. Yet I couldn’t help feeling a tad sorry for him. He knows what he’s done, how he did it was abominable and he still thinks he can do no wrong. Yep, dear ol’ Brad certainly rattled my cage, the sly so-and-so.

“I think . . . I made a mistake, and -”

“Which time?”

So let’s get back to Nick. I was cheering for him throughout the read. I had high hopes for him and I’d be damned if I can tell you whether he triumphed or not because I really would put my foot in it. You see, we’re talking about two people constantly clashing and who don’t want to back down. Little does Taylor know though. Nick has more experience with the ways of women than she’d ever bargain for and it’s not what you’re thinking. Ms Layne’s construed some engaging secondary characters who entertained me no end with their office banter, bitching, yes men do bitch, and comebacks in some really good laugh out loud scenarios. I can’t say how pleased I was to see Taylor with a four-legged friend; nonetheless, the reasons behind her having a pet weren’t exactly sad, just heart-warming. And the twist; blinkin’ marvellous, no way was I prepared for it! Maybe it’s me being greedy but I thought the ending lacked detail. I’m not saying I didn’t like it, I did, I just wanted more. This read is light on angst, so easy to read, realistic and so unputdownable. Bravo Ms Layne!   

 

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About the Author

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to Manhattan to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

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