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RELEASE BLITZ – COMBUST by K. BROMBERG

Combust, an all new sexy and emotional standalone by K. Bromberg is Available NOW!

 

From New York Times Bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes the second standalone book in the Everyday Heroes series. Just how hot will firefighter Grady Malone turn up the heat?

Songwriter Dylan McCoy has been burned.

By her boyfriend she found in her bed . . . with someone else.

By the contract she signed that obligates her to work with him until the songs for his new album are complete.

By her agent when she asked Dylan to keep their breakup on the down-low.

When she finds herself in Sunnyville, she refuses to let her new roommate burn her too. Still . . . a rebound has never looked so good.

That’s her first thought when she sees firefighter Grady Malone.
Sexy. Charismatic. Unapologetic. He’s a man who carries his own scars—the ones on his back, the survivor’s guilt on his soul, and the fear in his heart.

When an unexpected visitor puts their roommate status to the test, will their undeniable attraction burn out, or will they both take a chance and play with fire?

 

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

This is a stand-alone contemporary romance and the second book to the Everyday Heroes series featuring the second Malone brother. The first book in the series was about Grant, a police officer. Well, this book didn’t disappoint me at all. How can one resist Grady Malone, the hot and brooding fire-fighter with his pet pig Petunia? Still recovering from the horrific fire that killed his best friend Drew, Grady barely survived, now scarred for life and his nights are filled with nightmares. This hero is still wrapped up in guilt when he couldn’t save his friend.

Dylan, a talented songwriter who found her rock star boyfriend, Jett Kroger with another woman on her own bed felt betrayed, ran away to lick her wounds and ended up as Grady’s roommate. What I like about Dylan is that she is just like us mere mortals, with weight issues. She is not your typical gorgeous and drop dead love interest, she has “mermaid” thighs and a little bit chubby. But she is also resilient and strong.

This well written romance shows two people who think they are flawed, two beautiful individuals who are slightly broken from their past but they heal each other’s pain. Is it enough though for them to continue their journey towards each other? Grady’s character is a strong individual but also afraid to risk his happiness. He is a man of substance but is so emotionally scarred and needs to get over his guilt.

“We all have scars. Some are visible. Some aren’t. In the end, they represent the fact that you’re stronger now than whatever tried to hurt you.” 

Grady and Dylan started as roommates and from there their friendship turned to love but their psychological scars are the biggest stumbling blocks to their future together. I love this author’s style of writing, very well paced, her characters are fantastic and so are the friends and family around them.

“Because love is rarely pretty. It’s messy. It’s complicated. It’s often ugly, but that’s how you know when it’s right. Pretty doesn’t last. It’s the things you have to work at that make the reward that much sweeter.” 

This romantic tale is definitely worth a lazy afternoon read, emotional, heartbreaking and heart-warming. I can’t wait to read Grayson’s story next! I highly recommend this book.

 

EXCERPT

Preoccupied with a text on my phone from my agent, I walk into the kitchen and suck in a breath when I come face to back with Grady. He’s standing with his hand on the refrigerator door, head leaned inside, and his back fully exposed to me. It’s broad and strong and scarred immeasurably.

I stare.

I can’t help it. The marks are a dizzying array of dark and light and ridged and smooth. And they’re undeniably burns. Goosebumps chase over my skin as I imagine the pain he must have endured when he got those. I think of his habit of wearing unbuttoned shirts but never going shirtless and the hint of scars just visible above his collar that I never could have imagined led to this roadmap to hell on his back.

A part of me instinctively wants to reach out to touch them, bring some kind of comfort. It sounds ridiculous, even to me, but that doesn’t abate the urge.

“Not pretty, huh? Get a good look while you can.” His voice is gruff as his spine stiffens and body stills, emotion woven through the words.

“Thank God not all of you is pretty. I was beginning to feel majorly insecure having to live with perfection like you,” I say off the cuff, trying to make this situation less awkward. My attempt to settle the sudden tension sparking in the air around us.

“Perfection?” he asks as he turns to face me with a smile that masks the emotion swirling in his eyes.

“Yeah. You have scars. I have mermaid thighs.”

“Mermaid thighs?” He laughs. “What in the world are you talking about?”

“Thighs that touch from the top all the way to my knees.” I shrug as if it doesn’t bug me, as if I’m not highlighting one of the insults Tara threw at me. It’s a whole lot easier to make fun of myself so long as it puts him at ease.

“Do you ever give yourself a break?”

Do you?” I ask the question, sparking a silent battle of wills as we stare at each other and wonder what to say next about the other’s insecurities. Coming up empty, I shift gears. “I think there is some type of rule about how many abs are fair for a guy to have when the rest of us are just struggling to find one of them.”

His smile rings more genuine as he steps toward me, and I step back, my hips leaning against the counter now.

“Is that so?” His voice lowers as his eyes flick to my lips and then back up. “I’m sure you have some under your shirt there.”

Why does the simple action make it seem so hard to swallow?

He takes another step.

“What are you building outside?”

“A playroom.”

A nervous chuckle falls from my lips as I think of all of the versions of playrooms I’ve read about in my romance books. My cheeks stain red as I imagine Grady with a flogger in one hand standing beside a St. Andrew’s Cross.

“A playroom?”

“Yeah.” He takes a step closer so we’re breathing the same air, his voice husky enough to cause every part of my body to grow alert. “A playroom. You know . . . a pool table. Foosball. A real man cave.”

I exhale a shaky sigh, suddenly more than aware that he’s so close, shirtless, sweaty, and smelling like sun and soap mixed together. But it’s his eyes that make my thoughts falter. There’s an intensity to them I don’t expect from the perpetually cheerful Grady Malone.

“Ah, that kind of playroom . . .” But my words trail off as he steps even closer and braces his hands on the counter on either side of me. I can hear his intake of breath. The music floating in from outside. The pound of my pulse in my ears.

“Hey, Dyl?”

“Yes?” Our eyes hold, my lips fall lax.

“I need you to open up.”

What?” I question as his hand brushes against my hip and his fingers pull on the drawer handle I’m standing in front of.

“I need the bottle opener. You’re standing in front of the drawer it’s in.” His lips spread into a full-fledged grin as I scramble away from the counter and, of course, run smack dab into the hardness, all six foot plus of him.

And then I rebound off him again in a flustered state that has him laughing and me stuttering. “Sorry. I wasn’t—I didn’t . . .” His arms hold on to my biceps to steady me, which prompts me to look up and meet his eyes.

“We need to stop meeting like this,” he murmurs, the heat of his breath hitting my lips.

“We do.” Brilliant, Dylan. Freaking brilliant response. “I’ve gotta . . . I’ve gotta get back to . . . to writing.”

About K. Bromberg

HeadShot ColorNew York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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Newest collection of books in the Drazen World, a Kindle Worlds exclusive is AVAILABLE TODAY!

New York Time Bestselling Romance Author CD Reiss introduces the newest collection of books in the Drazen World, a Kindle Worlds exclusive, by some very talented writers—AVAILABLE TODAY!

From an alternate timeline starring Monica as a 19th century Parisian laundress seduced by Moulin Rouge owner Jonathan, to a story about an art thief out to nab a Drazen painting via seduction, each of these little bites are available to read for free in Kindle Unlimited.

Don’t worry: if you don’t have a Kindle Unlimited membership, each book is only $1.99 — and each one is so, so tasty.

BROKEN by BREE DAHLIA
Broken by Bree Dahlia

I’m broken.

Beaten. Desensitized. Subhuman…

This is my nightmare, and I’ll decide when I want to wake up.

Deacon Bruce claims he can help me, and it’ll only take one night. He offers to use my pain to heal my pain.

Break me to fix me. It will be his pleasure. My textbooks have a name for people like him.

But who am I to judge? He wants to hurt me. And I’m going to let him.

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UNRAVELED by DELANEY FOSTER
Unraveled by Delaney Foster

Independent. Focused. Driven.

As a doctor doing charity work in the heart of South Africa, Grace Matthews is determined to make a difference.

Confident. Powerful. Intense.

Deacon Bruce is a force of nature. Because he has to be. As a lead photojournalist, it’s how he keeps his men alive.

A wounded man. A compassionate doctor. And a chance meeting that makes their two worlds collide.

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GIRL IN BATH by CC HEYWOOD
Girl in Bath by CC Heywood

She would have Paris at her feet. 
He would have her at his.

Paris, 1889: in Montmartre, new investors have promised the most glittering stage Paris has ever seen. Only steps away, Monica Fauconnier, a twenty-four-year-old laundress, is determined to change her drab life.

When she meets Jonathan Derassen, an alluring owner of the Moulin Rouge, he can make her a star. But, in a world where stars are courtesans, he’d rather make her his…

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HEART by JM KELLEY
Heart by JM Kelley

Brad Thorensen left the small town in Texas he grew up in fourteen years ago, leaving behind the only girl he’s ever loved. Now he’s a rock-star cardiologist in the heart of LA with everything a man could ever want.

Small town girl Sarah Thorensen could never forget him. She always knew she married the wrong brother, but she built a simple life for her and her daughter, despite her broken heart.

Then tragedy forces Sarah to reveal her deepest secret…

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ANOTHER LOST ANGEL by KAYTI McGEE
Another Lost Angel by Kayti McGee

Everyone wants something.

And everything has a price.

Mine is high, but I always get you what you want.

My newest job is stealing a painting from Jonathan Drazen.

It should have been so easy.

All I have to do is seduce his art dealer, Hank Jaydee.

But he wants something too. Me.

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Fall by K Nilsson

Carrie was on a journey of self-discovery and healing
When one day, a predator returned from her past,
Someone she didn’t remember
Someone who stole her childhood
And replaced her memories with nightmares.
Someone who took her as a pawn for revenge
He lured her like a lamb to slaughter
To pay for the sins of another.
Torture and pain was the currency,
He planned for retribution
Her only salvation was a heartbeat away.

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THE AWAKENING by MILANA RAZIEL
The Awakening by Milana Raziel

Ireland 1967.
So sheltered. Innocent.
Men waged war over the likes of her. The kind of woman a man would blacken his soul for.
I should know.
I did.
He was worldly. Forbidden.
He burned brighter than the sun but lived in the shadows.
The kind of man who could tempt a woman to ruin…
Experience Declan and Eileen Drazen in a whole new light.

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EXCERPT BLITZ ~ FOLLOW ME BACK by A.L. JACKSON

Follow Me Back

The next seductive, unforgettable stand-alone romance in the FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Coming February 5th

 

“This is why I read romance.” – Lauren Rowe, USA Today and International Bestselling Author

The next seductive, unforgettable stand-alone romance in the FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Kale Bryant. Arrogant. Gorgeous. Commanding.

This ER doctor is married to his job. His only vice is one-night stands and short-lived flings. He learned a long time ago loving someone isn’t worth the risk.

Harley Hope Masterson. Beautiful. Brave. Sweet.

The owner of a small coffee shop knows what it’s like to struggle. Embroiled in a bitter divorce, she’s threatened with losing everything.

When Kale accepts a new position down the street from Hope’s shop, he begins to question every wall he’s built around his heart.

He wants her in a way he hasn’t wanted anyone.

One touch is fire.

One kiss, and he’s spinning out of control.

But taking her won’t come without consequences.

Hope is in for the fight of her life. One neither of them saw coming.

Now Kale must decide if loving her is worth risking it all.

She will fight with everything she has.

But sometimes even hope needs a hero . . .

 

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EXCERPT

 

I watched him stride across the café toward the door, hating the way everything tightened when he did.

His or mine, I wasn’t sure.

But it was there.

Heavy.

Pressing on my heart.

I couldn’t stop from watching him through the big windows as he started down the sidewalk, the man a scorching silhouette in the blaze of the day.

But he didn’t climb into his car that was parked at the curb.

He began to pace.

A pace that looked like indecision and turmoil.

Back and forth right on the other side of the window.

His head tilted back toward the sky, as if it might hold an answer, before he set his coffee and the lollipops down on one of the open tables, dug in his pocket, and pulled out his phone.

“You’re an idiot,” Jenna hissed from beside me. “That guy likes you, and he’s literally the hottest thing to ever walk through that door. And he bought All. The. Lollipops.”

Maybe that was part of the problem.

“I don’t get simple,” was my response.

“What if he doesn’t want simple?”

I would have answered her, told her that in the end, everyone did. They always took the easy way out when the going got tough. Except the café phone rang. I moved for it, thankful for the distraction, something to keep my feet from rounding the counter and running after him.

Because what the hell would that accomplish?

I lifted the receiver from the wall and pressed it to my ear. “A Drop of Hope. How can I help you?”

“Go out with me.” His gravelly voice echoed through the line.

A surprised sound whispered from my lips, and Kale was suddenly at the window, his face pressed to the glass, hand shading his eyes so he could see inside. His other hand was holding his cell to his ear. “Go out with me, Hope. Just dinner. Because I can’t fucking stop thinking about you. Couldn’t after I saw you the first time at Olive’s on Friday night. It only got worse after I saw you here Monday morning. I don’t know what it is about you . . . but there’s something that makes me want to figure it out.”

My breaths were hard pants, my heart a jackhammer in my chest. “My life’s complicated, Kale.”

“And I’m offering you a night away from it. Don’t you at least deserve that?”

I wanted to beg him, what then? What happened if I fell for that smirk and that smile and those tender eyes?

Fast and hard?

I could already feel myself slipping. My heart tipping his direction.

What happened if Dane found out?

What then?

But I was so tired of that man controlling every aspect of my life, even after I’d made the decision to cut him from it.

Jenna was suddenly in my face, gripping my wrist, her voice a hard, demanding whisper. “You tell him yes, Harley Hope. Don’t you dare hang up that phone without telling him yes. You deserve something just for you. Just for you.”

Indecision swarmed, questions and worries and want.

But it was the feeling balled in my stomach that trembled the floor beneath my feet.

The urge to reach out and touch on the beauty and tenderness that swam in his eyes. To discover if it was real.

The throb of desire that begged, a whisper in my ear that goaded—just one touch.

The hidden need to feel those hands skating my flesh.

I guessed I’d thought I’d never crave that again, my life fulfilled, my spirit content in knowing I was living for what was right.

Jenna squeezed tighter, my bossy best friend mouthing the word as she angled her head with the demand. “Say yes.”

It was at the same second Kale fisted his hand against the window, his forehead rocking against it, his own words a petition. “Come on, Hope. Say yes. I promise you, you won’t regret it.”

A hint of playfulness came out on the last, but it didn’t matter, because I was agreeing.

“Yes,” I murmured, wanting to feel something good even though I wasn’t so much a fool that I didn’t know I was making a mistake. That in the end, it wouldn’t hurt.

Because it already felt as if this mattered.

As if he mattered.

“Okay. One night. Just dinner,” I reiterated.

He breathed out in what sounded like relief. “Just dinner.”

As if anything could ever be as simple as that.

 

 

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 A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~ WE WERE ONE by ELIZABETH REYES

Title: We Were One (Looking Glass alternate POV)

Author: Elizabeth Reyes

Genre: NA/Romance suspense/Romantic thriller

Release Date: January 29, 2018

 

 

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
~Oscar Wilde~
Adoration is not profound enough a word to express the depth of my love for her. From the moment she walked into my life and set my heart and soul on fire, not a day’s gone by that she hasn’t plagued my every thought.

We were each other’s completion. She was everything I wasn’t–the sigh to my roar, the virtue to my sin, the cure to my wounds.

We Were One.

Until the unthinkable happened.

That I’ve survived such a tragedy without having completely lost it, is a mystery in itself. But as my mind starts to blur the lines between reality and my delusional heart, I begin to question everything, including my sanity.

And then the real mystery begins . . .

Looking Glass #2
Nico’s story

 

 

 

As I usually did when I first arrived at the lake, I parked and lit up a smoke so I could stake the place out by myself for a little while first. I’d heard about and seen enough of the twins now to know they were getting popular with the boys. Not in a bad way, but from what Nolan told me, even the quieter seemingly shyer one of the two had just as many admirers as the more outgoing one. But I’d yet to, nor did I plan to, socialize with either—ever.

 “Did it hurt?”

 I should’ve known right then those deep blue eyes that close, coupled with that sweet voice, would be the end of me. It was one of the twins—but unlike most of the folk in town, I knew exactly which one—stood before me, staring at my arm curiously.

 Trying not to get too sucked into her intoxicatingly playful eyes, I looked away from them as our eyes met and I glanced down at what she was staring at instead. I couldn’t help smirking. She was asking about my latest tattoo.

 “A little,” I said, not making too much of it, then glanced back at her. Smiling at those curious eyes just couldn’t be helped, so I did as I continued to indulge. “But it’s the best kind of pain there is. The kind that hurts so good.”

 I knew flirting with her was a risk, but I could see the way she was looking at me—the way most girls did when I took them in so unabashedly, making no secret of my dirty thoughts.

 She was younger than most girls I normally hung out with. I figured a few more risqué comments from me might have her red as a beet and walking away as she should.

 “That thing between your legs,” she said, making me stop mid-drag of my cigarette, and my brows jumped at attention. “It just keeps getting bigger.”

 Coughing what little smoke I’d inhaled, I proceeded to make an ass of myself nearly choking then laughing until I was finally able to speak. “What?”

 

 

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Award winning and USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer to her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel Forever Mine (Moreno Brothers #1) in 2010 she has now published 27 titles and is fast at work on the next. The excitement her books have garnered has far exceeded her wildest dreams. It is with as much excitement that she’ll continue to put out books related to her established series as well as introduce brand new ones very soon.

 

 

 

We Were One is the second in the Looking Glass series. It’s an alternate POV to the first in the story.

Girl In The Mirror

 

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But you’re getting a whole new story in Nico’s prospective. Elizabeth made sure she gave her readers a whole new look at Maddie and Nico.

 

 

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We Were One
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RELEASE DAY ~ UNDEFEATED by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

 

UNDEFEATED
Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick’s all-new contemporary romance is LIVE!

 

 

 

 

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A powerful contemporary romance set in the fast-moving world of international rugby.

When your world crashes down
When they all say you’re out
When your body is broken
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.
Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.
Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.
Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?

 

4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

I was quite impressed by this contemporary sports romance written by two authors, their first collaboration. I have read a fair enough share of sports romance but this is a cut above the rest mainly because even though written in third person which isn’t my favourite style, it is narrated in a way that gives the reader a lot of information about rugby but not to the point where it puts me to sleep or make my eyes glaze over.

Dr. Anna Scott, an American sports psychologist just moved to the UK to escape a scandal and make a fresh start. Her previous relationship was a disaster. She just opened her new business and can’t afford to make a failure of herself. A driven and strong independent woman who needs to validate herself to her parents, she’s carrying a lot of baggage and getting involved with one of her patients doesn’t seem like the best way to do it. Is she willing to sacrifice love over career?

Nick Renshaw, who has rugby running through his veins ever since he was a young boy, is the star of the rugby league and on the verge of realizing his dream when recruited to one of the top premier leagues in rugby. But when things seem too perfect, everything falls apart including his relationship with his fiancée. Scandal on top of another scandal plagued his career and personal life. Will he be able to rise above this trials and tribulations?

This is a well written tale of two people who underwent a lot of highs and lows, success and failure, sadness and joy, both with each other and when they were involved with other people. I feel for Anna and Nick’s pain when their secret relationship imploded. When you think everything is finally smooth sailing, another test to their relationship comes along. However, these two are resilient and strong, they are a formidable pair.

“When your world crashes down… When they all say you’re out…When your mind is broken… I will rise…I will return… And I will be undefeated.”

I love the authors’ style of writing. It is fast paced and it gripped me right from the first page I just couldn’t put it down.  I felt like I was there in the stadium during the World Cup final. I felt the passion, the adrenaline, the anxiety and the euphoria it was almost like watching a movie in my mind. It is this style of writing: the technical details of the sport, that special feeling of sharing the experience that sets this book apart from the rest of the stories I’ve read of the same genre. I have never been a big sports fan, although when push comes to shove I’d rather watch a rugby match than a football match. I am totally gob-smacked that not once did I skim through some pages of this book, I savoured all the words and thoroughly enjoyed all pages of this story! 

 

 

 

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Stuart Reardon

 

Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs.  He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.

 

 

Jane Harvey-Berrick

 

I enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.
It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.
 

 

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BLOG TOUR ~ MIDNIGHT BLUE by L.J. SHEN

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Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is available NOW!

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Midnight Blue

Author: LJ Shen

Release Date: January 21st

Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs.

Model: Nolan Zarlin

 

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It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.

The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

Then he took my heart.

Then he took my all.

Excerpt:

Nat’s words came back and haunted me like a bad haircut from the eighties. An irrational need to check the goods took over me. It wasn’t like he minded. According to the rumors, his dick had seen more cameras than Kendall Jenner. Slowly—so painfully slowly—my eyes drifted down his sinewy body. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Whatever I had in mind, though, didn’t come close to the real thing. Thick, long but not atrocious. With thin veins running through its length.
“Nice view?” he groaned, tucking his junk back into his briefs. His profile was glorious. Strong jaw, pouty lips, eyes like sex…
My eyes snapped up when I realized he was talking to me. “I wasn’t…”
“Looking? Yes, you were. Next time take a picture. It lasts longer.” He rolled his zipper upward and flushed the toilet with the toe of his boot. He turned around and squirted soap into his palm, washing his hands almost violently—rubbing between each finger and scratching his knuckles like he wanted to shed his own skin. When he was done, he looked around for a towel.
I cleared my throat, scrambling to regain my wits. “Longer than the glimpse or longer than your performance?”
Casually—so unbearably casually—he wiped his wet hands over my purple dress. I gasped, moving sideways. It looked like he was about to open the door and get out, but before I had the chance to yell at him for using me as a human towel, he slammed me against the wall, bracing both his arms above my head and pinning me to my spot. I let out a shriek of surprise at the sudden proximity.
Alex Winslow is touching me. Willingly, my surprisingly pitiful brain squealed.
Heat rolled off his body, making my back arch and my breath catch in my throat.
“Let’s make one thing clear—I could fuck you to a point of numbness without even breaking a sweat if I wanted to. Now, careful, New Girl. If you don’t keep your distance from me, I think I just might.”

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

Shen hasn’t held back and delivered a passionate bittersweet story overflowing with emotions. The male protagonist’s hardwired personality took a little getting used to and to be quite honest, his lack of finesse, his obnoxiousness and sarcasm made me want to jump into the book and give him a good talking to…most of the time! Although I could carry on citing negative adjectives to describe him, I won’t. You see, when a character such as he brings out all those feels, not only does my inquiring mind want to know more about the whys and wherefores, but my curiosity also wanted to know if he had at least one good bone in his body. More important; would I be able to change how I felt about this rockstar with a huge chip on his shoulder.

Despite not being a huge fan of this genre, Alex Winslow Brit to core, (chapeau to the author for pulling off the lingo), mesmerized me. He has just about all the traits I look for in an antihero! His musical talent is indisputable, his hang ups were towards the end of the story, comprehensible! But how he would run rings around the heroine, manipulate her feelings, frustrated the pants of me!

I didn’t like Indie Bellamy. I loved her. This young gal’s naivety screamed off the pages and all I could think of was what the hell had she let herself in for. The world she’d chosen to encroach upon for reasons to be revealed wasn’t hers to be in and although it had a time limit, her sadness for doing what she had to do became mine. While reading, I felt as if she was going to be consumed by people who couldn’t have cared less for her. The question is, was I wrong in my assumptions!

Two opposites are thrown together. They don’t like each other, both of them have to knuckle down and get on with the job neither are happy about. When Indie turns out to be more than Alex could have ever imagined, things take a turn…for the better or worse you may ask yourselves! That folks, is or you to discover. What I can say is I thought their rocky relationship was unmendable, especially when presented with a twist and a half I never saw coming. How they go about it with so much interference from third parties is a story in itself. Narrated in past tense from a dual point of view which in my book, makes for easy reading, the author certainly had me fooled in a story that’s dynamite waiting to be ignited!

In the beginning, I had trouble getting my head around all the names of the band members, the PR, the manager and the entourage per se. Once I’d got everyone in the picture, it was plain sailing. There are moments in this book when I had to come up for air. Crushing scenarios literally did me in. I cried, shouted and my Kindle is only in one piece because no Kindle, no reading lol!  

The author has outdone herself with certain facts, helping me understand how a person’s self-control can be affected by a harsh social issue, and how easy it is to full into its trap again and again. Alex finding inspiration from the least unexpected source, him jotting down his thoughts and songs and where he wrote them, was an absolute joy to read. Outstanding banter, quirky responses and the ending…goodness me, I sobbed like a baby. If it were ever possible, Shen’s writing seems to get better and better, her protagonists’ story is a must read not to be taken lightly. Bravo!  

About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.
Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.
She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.
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Love & Ink by JD Hawkins

Release Date: February 21st

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I’m a world famous tattoo artist with a six month waiting list. Everybody’s begging me to put my ink on them. I’m the hottest shit in L.A., and can get any girl I want. So the last thing I expect is for Ash Carter to walk into my shop and blow me off.

I’ve spent the last seven years screwing half the women in the northern hemisphere, but nobody could come close to the girl I left behind. Ash was my world. But in order to protect her, I had to let her go. It was the biggest mistake of my life. And now I’ll do anything to get her back.

It’s been seven years since we last spoke. Seven long years of trying to ignore the memory of her skin, her eyes, her incredible confidence. She is everything I remember. Still stubborn and feisty and sexy as hell. They say you should forgive and forget. But Ash can never forget what I did. And I can never forgive myself.

She’s left a permanent mark on my heart.

But even if she takes me back, will we be able to overcome the past? Will we be able to move forward towards our future?

About the Author:

JD Hawkins writes erotic romance with modern-classic alpha males and strong, independant women. He currently lives with his wife in Los Angeles, CA. He loves to travel and has lived in many places, including New York City, India and Thailand. When he isn’t writing, JD enjoys surfing, training in Mixed Martial Arts, reading and taking naps. He’s always loved making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.

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