DARE ME AGAIN by Shelly Alexander is LIVE!

Shelly Alexander’s epic romance, DARE ME AGAIN: Angel Fire Falls Book 2 is now available in Kindle, Paperback, AudioBook and MP3 CD!

 
Making dreams come true is a red-hot challenge for two stubborn hearts risking it all on a second chance…

Hot-wired and restless, financial wizard Elliott Remington doesn’t turn down a dare. This time it’s to coordinate a service-dog boot camp for veterans at his family’s resort. Success means a one-way ticket to the West Coast to pursue his dream career. But it comes with a hitch: teaming up with his ex, who vanished on him ten years ago with nothing more than a kiss-off note.

As fiery as her hair and as stubborn as her name, Rebel Tate did what she had to do—for Elliott’s sake and her own. A dog whisperer with a keen sense of survival, she’s lived a tough life. Here she is, back in Angel Fire Falls, doing what she loves, next to a man she’s never forgotten. While the flame between them still smolders, neither is ready to get burned.

For Elliott, trusting Rebel is a gamble. For Rebel, sharing the secrets that sent her running is a risk. Now, while finishing a job that could define both their futures, two hearts are about to collide—and a second chance at true romance could be the greatest dare of all.

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Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF

This is the second book in the Angel Fire Falls series and features the middle son Elliott and can be read as a standalone. I was really looking forward to Elliott’s story and I was not disappointed at all, it went beyond my expectations actually. If you haven’t read the first book Dare Me Once featuring Trace’s story I highly recommend it too.

Elliott, as we knew from the first book Dare Me Once, is a financial whiz and is a top earner in his company back in San Francisco; he took an emergency leave and went back to the island to join his brothers and help out with the flagging family business. He has no plans of staying for long but when his ex-girlfriend who left him a Dear John letter almost ten years ago comes back, will he change his mind and abandon his successful career? There are a few hard-line choices to make and some secrets that need to come out.

Rebel used to live on the island with her alcoholic mother; she was forced to be the adult in the family and grew up too fast. Elliott was her first love but something happened and she upped and left when he was away in college. She is now a dog whisperer and has come back to the island to work temporarily at the Remington Resort. There are so many secrets that lay hidden in the past and is now about to resurface, her biggest fear is that the Remington family may not be able to forgive her, especially Elliott.

Written in dual points of view, this is an epic romance with a lot of heart. The author weaves into Elliott and Rebel’s story, the process of training service dogs with disabled veterans that makes this book truly unique and inspiring. Both are lovable fiery characters and their passion for each other can’t be denied. They have a history and this unplanned reunion is their second chance at love. Rebel and Elliott’s heart-warming romance ticks all the right boxes: great storyline, witty dialogue, a three-legged dog named Bogart, a service dog named Rem/Buddy, Jax and his dragonfly and a wonky-waddling duck all endearing characters that will warm your heart. I couldn’t put this book down and was sad when it ended but I am definitely looking forward to reading about Spence, the youngest Remington brother. I am sure this author has got something wonderful up her sleeve and I cannot wait. This book is a must read!

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Rebel let out a heavy sigh and straightened. She’d wondered how long it would take for shit to get real. Maybe there was a hashtag for that she could use. “Go ahead. Just say it.”He gave her a look that said he had no idea what she was talking about. “Say what?”She crossed her arms. “Whatever’s on your mind. Whatever makes you feel better, because there isn’t just an elephant in the room. There’s an entire herd of elephants, and judging from the sound of your grinding teeth, they’re about to stampede.” She cocked a hip and waited. Waited for the very thing she’d tried to avoid years ago. His disapproval. His disappointment.Regret washed through her. Breaking up with him through a note had been cruel. But at the time, it was her only option. If she’d told him the truth about her circumstances, if she’d told him about the horrible secret she was keeping for her dying mother, she was pretty sure he would’ve given up his scholarship and come home to go to community college on the mainland just to be her support system.That would’ve been the only thing worse than him hating her for leaving him without an explanation.

So it was time to face what she’d done, even if it meant hearing harsh words from the only man she’d ever loved.

Instead, he stewed in silence. She wasn’t sure which was more awful.

His jaw hardened, and his eyes turned icy. Yeah, the silence was much more awful.

“Go on.” She couldn’t stop her foot from tapping nervously against

the cement. “I’m a big girl. I can take it. I’ve been through much worse than a few scathing words from an ex-boyfriend.”

Rem moved to her side.

Elliott studied her, finally drawing in a deep breath. “It’s ancient history. Forget about it. I know I have.”

Oh. Her foot tapping stopped. “Let’s focus on the camp,” he said. “That’s all I care about. Then you and I can go back to our lives.”

She swallowed down the sting in her throat.

She thought he’d ask why, want answers, or just plain tell her off.

She’d been terribly wrong. More than answers, more than having his say, what he obviously needed was for them to go their separate ways. Again.

Something sharp pricked at her heart. Breaking up had been the last thing she’d wanted, but what would a homeless teenager with no prospects have to offer a Wharton grad who was going to have a world of opportunities at his feet? Especially if the truth about what her mother had done ever came to light. So she’d broken up with him and told him to move on without her.

She just hadn’t realized how much it would hurt if she got what she’d asked for, even after all these years.
 

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Love is a risk worth taking in this sizzling romance about secrets and second chances…

Scarlett Devereaux’s life on the Gulf Coast went from riches to rags so scandalously fast that she barely had time to kiss her Jimmy Choos goodbye. Now, with a new alias (Lily Barns), a new budget (tighter than a pair of Spanx), and a new job on the vacation island of Angel Fire Falls, she’s daring to reinvent herself.

Single dad Trace Remington is devoted first and foremost to raising his young son, who has Asperger’s. With flying his floatplane and salvaging his family’s island resort too, he has time for little else. His brothers think he needs a break from his all-work-no-play lifestyle, so they goad him into action. In response to their dare, Trace asks a sexy tourist for her number, only to discover afterward that she’s the resort’s brilliant new hospitality manager.

The sparks of flirtation soon ignite into a flame too hot to ignore. But Lily and Trace both have pasts that threaten to tear them apart. Now, they’ll need to admit their secrets to each other…or risk ending their relationship before it really begins.

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Shelly Alexander is an Amazon Bestseller in multiple categories and a 2014 Golden Heart® finalist. Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and worked in the business world for twenty-five years. With four older brothers, Shelly and her sister watched every Star Trek episode ever made, joined the softball team instead of ballet class, and played with G.I. Joes while the Barbie Corvette stayed tucked in the closet. When she had three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world by reading romance novels and has been hooked ever since. Now, she spends her days writing contemporary romances that are sometimes sweet, sometimes sizzling, and always sassy. She enjoys the arid climate of the beautiful Southwest where she lives with her husband and two toy poodles named Mozart and the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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ESCAPE THE NIGHT by KA Graham is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing K A Graham’s all-new dark contemporary romance,
ESCAPE THE NIGHT
The Sparrow and The Raven Novella

 

The hardest prison to escape is your mind.

My brother was always the smart one. The one people turned to when they needed guidance and comfort. I looked up to him my whole life. He was my best friend. He had his demons, but so did I.

Until the night my wife was taken away from me and my world crumbled to the ground. Where was he then? He became the face of the man that murdered my wife. All I saw was an enemy, no longer my brother.

It took me years to come to terms with my wife’s death and the fact that Dominic really wasn’t to blame.

I never dreamt I’d find love again, but then I met Morgan. She’s crept into my heart, and there was no way to escape, nor do I want to.

Do I continue to live for my deceased wife, or do I finally open myself up for a second chance at love?

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Tyler Barnes what a broken man he became. Unlike whilst reading the prequel to Escape The Night, we saw the former happy and sated side of Tyler Barnes. A man who had demons but had found the sun to his moon, I knew at some point we would crash into the present where his reason for being would be torn from him. When that came, it broke something not just inside Tyler but also in me. This author threw him into a scenario nobody wishes to ever experience first-hand and it was done so well I cannot applaud her enough.

‘I long to live a normal life, whatever that may be, but I’m also scared to death to leave the security of these four walls I’ve become accustomed to. It’s funny how we say prisoners are institutionalised, but what about the crazies like me? We’re the ones who are literally institutionalised.’

Angry at the world and at his big brother Dominic for his perceived wrong doings that fateful night; Tyler is full of rage and darkness. In enters Morgan, the one person currently who can see into Tyler and not just see his current incarnation but who he was and even who he can become. Knowing the path he travels and the fragility of life Morgan becomes the maiden who can soothe the savage beast and soothe him she does.

Escape The Night wasn’t a book of insta-lust or even insta-love, thankfully, this would never have worked when it came down to these two destroyed characters. The book moves through time, jumping forward enough so that there is marked improvement but not at the cost of reader enjoyment or understanding.

The romance is slow burning but is off the charts hot when the crazy smex scenes roll in. Who can forget them, my Kindle got hotter just at the mere thought of the words.

Dominic and Isabella both have page time in this book and how could I forget Miss Raelynn. Bat crazy and as loyal as they come, Raelynn was a favourite of mine in the first book and in this release she just surpasses every thought or expectation I have of her. Everyone needs a Raelynn in their life, just sayin’.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’d go as far as to say I’d happily read it again and again.
Well done Ms. Graham and thank you.

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K.A. Graham grew up in a small town in Oregon. Through the years, her love for writing and poetry, turned into something she had only dreamt of. Writing her own book. She’s faced many obstacles in her life, but the love and devotion of her parents, have always kept her grounded.

She is an avid reader, blogger and does PA work for a few authors, which keeps her quite busy. Hard rock music lover and horror movie buff, with a love and appreciation for tattoos. Her addictions include copious amounts of caffeine, Chinese food and Haribos candy.

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RUTHLESS KING by Maya Hughes is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing Maya Hughes’ all-new second chance enemies-to-lovers romance, RUTHLESS KING!

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My dick never got me in half as much trouble as my heart…

We were high school sweethearts. I was head over heels for her and no one could tell me we weren’t going to last forever. College? Going pro? My family’s money? None of it mattered. She was all I needed.

Then she ripped my heart out. But I’m not going to let that happen again.

She’s back. Invading my life and acting like she was the wronged one. The pain is still there, but I can’t keep my eyes off her. I can’t stop thinking about her and how much was left unsaid between us. Being this close is making me question everything I thought I knew about her.

This time everything will be on my terms. Everything…

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Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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BLOG TOUR ~ MICADEN’S MADNESS by V.F. Mason is now available!

Today we are thrilled to be on tour with V.F. Mason’s all-new romantic suspense, MICADEN’S MADNESS

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If madness has a name…it’s hers.

She is an artist seeking solace.
He is a serial killer seeking vengeance.

She doesn’t remember.
He remembers it all.

She is broken.
He is obsessed.

She wants truth.
He wants revenge.

One of them is guilty.
One of them is innocent.

Both of them want to win.
And for that one of them has to die.

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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF

This is a dark romance that contains some triggers so a bit of warning to the sensitive readers. I must say though that this author is one of the best in this genre and this book got me hooked and emotionally invested in Brochan and Emerald’s tragic story.

When Emerald was seventeen, she spent the summer with her Nona. A privileged girl from a rich family she meets twenty-one-year-old Brochan and fell in love with him. But little did she know that their young love will turn their lives upside down and tear them apart and those around them. Is there hope for these two lovers?

Brochan/Micaden was quite taken with young Emerald and although his status isn’t quite up to Emerald’s family’s standards, he didn’t really care. Young love is all that matters, isn’t it? Brochan’s love turns into hate when he was taken away from Emerald and revenge is his ultimate goal.

“What happens when a victim and persecutor meet in a fight where there’s no hope in sight?
So many possibilities. Roles might shift or they won’t. Strengths might be tested or they aren’t. Emotions can cloud judgments or they can’t. One truth stays the same though. They live in the roles until one of them dies.
Let the game begin, and may the stronger one win.”
 

The passionate connection between Emerald and Brochan will build up your hope and will shatter your heart to pieces. Some events after their separation are quite harrowing, but are integral to the story and will make you understand how Micaden’s character developed into a vengeful monster. This narrative told in the past and present in alternating points of view is a well-written tale of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet but with a much darker side. The appearance of Lachlan and other characters in previous books by the same author is a welcome bonus, too. There are so many angles and layers to this dark story that will leave you emotional and at times, disturbed. This is the third book I’ve read by Mason and it won’t be the last. If you need a book that will fire up your guts and heart and if you are one of those who craves for stories that have more bite than a unicorn’s, then this one is for you.

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“Are you sure about this? There’s no going back.”

Hollow laughter echoes through the space. A familiar hatred settles deep inside me, fed by fury that knows no mercy. “Oh, I’m sure.”

Everyone has to pay for what they’ve done to me.

Especially her.

About the author

V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her momma over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied film-making and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen. Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it. When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.

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TEASING THE PRINCESS by Nana Malone is LIVE!

Today we are delighted to be sharing Nana Malone’s second contemporary romance in the Royals United Duet, TEASING THE PRINCESS

Roone…

She’s gone. Someone took her from me.

I knew I wasn’t supposed to fall in love. But I did it anyway. And now it might have cost my princess – the princess – her life.

I won’t stop until I find her. But when I do, I’ll need to stay away. She won’t survive the scandal. There’s no way I can love her and protect her. I’ll have to choose one.

Jessa…

Apparently, I can’t trust anyone.

I’ve never been in love before. Leave it to me to fall for the wrong guy.

A liar.

Roone Scot cost me a life I loved. So now I’m on a quest I didn’t ask for. One that will lead me to a crown I’m not sure I want.

To a family I didn’t know I needed.

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Picking up from where Royal Tease ended, this installment propels the reader back into the maelstrom that is Roone and Jessa. The cliffhanger at the end of the last one had my jaw on the ground, thanks for that mini panic attack, Ms. Malone. These two are so very similar. The sparks fly continuously. Lies and untold truths surface at the most impossible moments. Those who are supposed to be brethren are not who they appear to be, leaving both the main characters questioning almost everything from the minute they were born.

Jessa, for a considerable amount of this duet, is forced into a defensive stance; reacting more than she would like. Able to defend herself and those she comes to love. I was awestruck with the considerable amount of twists and turns. Almost every event and action created cause to be questioned.

Thankfully the heat and romance were still off the charts. True Nana Malone style, the characters aren’t easily wooed or subdued. Even when they come together it still takes work from both sides to keep the flowers blossoming and the plant healthy.

One particular character questions the rightfulness of their relationship and whether it would be accepted by anyone in a station of power.

“…I think it’s fantastic. You love her. Clearly, she loves you. So why are we even talking about it?”
“Well, okay, if it doesn’t matter to you, it will certainly matter to the Council.”
 

Memories are turned on their head and their true meanings are uncovered for both Roone and Jessa. So many ventriloquists are pulling strings from the backgrounds it made my head begin to spin. As it all was laid out though it made so much more sense. Questions that were asked way back in the beginning of this series are finally answered. Just don’t believe for one minute that all the questions we have are finally answered. That’s not who this author is at all.

Even on uneven footing, Jessa took so many risks to uncover the truth. She was determined and sure, such a strong heroine who also needed tenderness and love, much like most real-life women. Jessa spoke to me, and I empathised with her and her plight on a fundamental level.

‘It was weird being home. It had only been a week, but it felt like a lifetime. Like everything in my life had changed…the things I knew to be true, the things I knew to be me.’ 

I would be remiss and would certainly have poor judgment if I did not mention Ariel. She has been on the page since the very beginning of these duets and I have grown to adore who she is. Sacrifice is not a stranger to this woman and I can certainly see why the author took her in the direction she did.

“Don’t you get it? Those guys in there, they are my family. I don’t want to have to say goodbye to them. I just wanted to slip into the darkness and start a new chapter in my life.” 

I have come to adore these whacky people and their intricate relationships. The checks and minus’ of life; like any family they argue and fight, they will always fight for each other harder than ever.
Thank you, Ms. Malone, for once again outdoing yourself and bringing us yet another wonderful installment from the Winston Isles. Team WI all the way!!

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Roone…

The plan was simple, go undercover, protect my best friend’s little sister. It should have been the easiest assignment of my life.

But Jessa isn’t your usual princess. She’s feisty, and sexy, and stubborn, and gorgeous. Did I mention she hates me? From the moment I carried her over my shoulder out of a bar fight, I’ve been persona non grata.

But the stakes are too high to mess this up. The monarchy is at risk.

Jessa…

I can’t stand Roone Scot.

There I said it. Shoot me.

We go together like lightening and water. His quiet, steady obstinance is going to cost me my job. A job I have worked very hard to keep. No one is messing this up for me. I’ve had enough crazy in my life.

Not to mention the way his eyes track me every time I move, makes me uncomfortable in an I-need-my-batter-operated-boyfriend kind of way.

But even if I wanted him – which I don’t, but if I did – I can’t ever have him. My life is not my own. I’ve known that since birth.

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MEET NANA

USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.

With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

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THE KISS THIEF by L.J. Shen is now LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing by L.J Shen’s all-new contemporary romance,
THE KISS THIEF

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They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

 

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Have you ever read a book that was so so good that when you get to the last word on the last page, you know you need to write the review and you think to yourself, where do I begin!

Francesca Rossi was beautiful, sheltered and protected from the outside world like all good Italian girls. She thought she had her life all mapped out for her. Marry a good Italian boy, have babies and live happily ever after. But that was all about to change…

Wolfe Keaton. Wolf by name, wolf by nature. Commanding, gorgeous and utterly ruthless. I love him already! From an early age, he has been striving for one thing. The downfall of one man. The hatred for this man was buried so deep inside of him that he will use any means to make it happen. Nothing will stand in his way…His name, Arthur Rossi.

He stole her kiss! A kiss that was meant for the man of her dreams, the man she would spend the rest of her life with. Was he sorry? Hell no! It’s all part of his intricate plan to make her his and make those close to her suffer. She was but a pawn in his sadistic game of revenge.

Francesca’s fate was sealed, there was no escape. Her feelings for Wolfe Keaton was of hatred and lust. Yes! Her body betrayed her. Her feelings for him grew as time went on and she could feel his coldness and nonchalant attitude towards her start to thaw. There was so much standing in their way. So many enemies and misunderstandings. Would they get their happy ever after?

I tried to word this review without giving too much away. But I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. How could I possibly do this book justice which by the way, had kept me up all night! The story flowed well in all its intricacies. The feelings, the depths of these characters were splayed out on every page. They may not have known it from the start, but they were a perfect match for each other. She had attitude and sass, she wasn’t that meek Italian girl that everyone took her for. Wolfe may have been cold on the outside but you knew that the love of a good woman would change that. It was circumstance that had made him the way he was.

Last but not least a note for the author. I am a big fan of your work and your work just keeps on getting better. Your style of writing and storytelling astounds me every time and leaves me in awe of your talent. This is one book that will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you for sharing. Bravo, congratulations!

 

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“Are you sure you’re on my card?” I turned to the man with a polite yet distant smile. I was still disoriented from the exchange with Angelo when the stranger pulled me against his hard body and pressed a possessive hand lower than socially acceptable on my back, a second from groping my butt.

“Answer me,” I hissed.

“My bid on your card was the highest,” he replied dryly.

“The bids are undisclosed. You don’t know how much other people have paid,” I kept my lips pursed to keep myself from yelling.

“I know it’s nowhere near the realm of what this dance is worth.”

Un-freaking-believable.

We began to waltz around the room as other couples were not only spinning and mingling but also stealing envious glances at us. Naked, raw ogles that told me that whomever the blonde he’d come to the masquerade with was, she wasn’t his wife. And that I might have been all the rage in The Outfit, but the rude man was in high demand, too.

I was stiff and cold in his arms, but he didn’t seem to notice—or mind. He knew how to waltz better than most men, but he was technical, and lacked warmth and Angelo’s playfulness.

“Nemesis.” He took me by surprise, his rapacious gaze stripping me bare. “Distributing glee and dealing misery. Seems at odds with the submissive girl who entertained Bishop and his horsey wife at the table.”

I choked on my own saliva. Did he just call the governor’s wife horsey? And me submissive? I looked away, ignoring the addictive scent of his cologne, and the way his marble body felt against mine.

“Nemesis is my spirit animal. She was the one to lure Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection and died of vanity. Pride is a terrible illness.” I flashed him a taunting smirk.

“Some of us could use catching it.” He bared his straight white teeth.

“Arrogance is a disease. Compassion is the cure. Most gods didn’t like Nemesis, but that’s because she had a backbone.”

“Do you?” He arched a dark eyebrow.

“Do I…?” I blinked, the courteous grin on my face crumpling. He was even ruder when we were alone.

“Have a backbone,” he provided. He stared at me so boldly and intimately, it felt like he breathed fire into my soul. I wanted to step out of his touch and jump into a pool full of ice.

“Of course, I do,” I responded, my spine stiffening. “What’s with the manners? Were you raised by wild coyotes?”

“Give me an example,” he said, ignoring my quip. I was beginning to draw away from him, but he jerked me back into his arms. The glitzy ballroom distorted into a backdrop, and even though I was starting to notice that the man behind the demi-mask was unusually beautiful, the ugliness of his behavior was the only thing that stood out.

I am a warrior and a lady…and a sane person who can deal with this horrid man.

“I really like Angelo Bandini.” I dropped my voice, slicing my gaze from his eyes and toward the table where Angelo’s family had been seated. My father was sitting a few seats away, staring at us coldly, surrounded by Made Men who chatted away.

“And see, in my family, we have a tradition dating back ten generations. Prior to her wedding, a Rossi bride is to open a wooden chest—carved and made by a witch who lived in my ancestors’ Italian village—and read three notes written to her by the last Rossi girl to marry. It’s kind of a good luck charm mixed with a talisman and a bit of fortunetelling. I stole the chest tonight and opened one of the notes, all so I could rush fate. It said that tonight I was going to be kissed by the love of my life, and well…” I drew my lower lip into my mouth and sucked it, peering under my eyelashes at Angelo’s empty seat. The man stared at me stoically, as though I was a foreign film he couldn’t understand. “I’m going to kiss him tonight.”

“That’s your backbone?”

“When I have an ambition, I go for it.”

A conceited frown crinkled his mask, as if to say I was a complete and utter moron. I looked him straight in the eye. My father taught me that the best way to deal with men like him was to confront, not run. Because, this man? He’d chase.

 

 

MEET L.J. 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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BLOG TOUR ~ THE KISS THIEF by L.J. Shen

Today we are thrilled to be on tour with L.J Shen’s all-new enemies-to-lovers romance,
THE KISS THIEF

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They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

 

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Have you ever read a book that was so so good that when you get to the last word on the last page, you know you need to write the review and you think to yourself, where do I begin!

Francesca Rossi was beautiful, sheltered and protected from the outside world like all good Italian girls. She thought she had her life all mapped out for her. Marry a good Italian boy, have babies and live happily ever after. But that was all about to change…

Wolfe Keaton. Wolf by name, wolf by nature. Commanding, gorgeous and utterly ruthless. I love him already! From an early age, he has been striving for one thing. The downfall of one man. The hatred for this man was buried so deep inside of him that he will use any means to make it happen. Nothing will stand in his way…His name, Arthur Rossi.

He stole her kiss! A kiss that was meant for the man of her dreams, the man she would spend the rest of her life with. Was he sorry? Hell no! It’s all part of his intricate plan to make her his and make those close to her suffer. She was but a pawn in his sadistic game of revenge.

Francesca’s fate was sealed, there was no escape. Her feelings for Wolfe Keaton was of hatred and lust. Yes! Her body betrayed her. Her feelings for him grew as time went on and she could feel his coldness and nonchalant attitude towards her start to thaw. There was so much standing in their way. So many enemies and misunderstandings. Would they get their happy ever after?

I tried to word this review without giving too much away. But I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. How could I possibly do this book justice which by the way, had kept me up all night! The story flowed well in all its intricacies. The feelings, the depths of these characters were splayed out on every page. They may not have known it from the start, but they were a perfect match for each other. She had attitude and sass, she wasn’t that meek Italian girl that everyone took her for. Wolfe may have been cold on the outside but you knew that the love of a good woman would change that. It was circumstance that had made him the way he was.

Last but not least a note for the author. I am a big fan of your work and your work just keeps on getting better. Your style of writing and storytelling astounds me every time and leaves me in awe of your talent. This is one book that will stay with me for a very long time. Thank you for sharing. Bravo, congratulations!

 

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“Are you sure you’re on my card?” I turned to the man with a polite yet distant smile. I was still disoriented from the exchange with Angelo when the stranger pulled me against his hard body and pressed a possessive hand lower than socially acceptable on my back, a second from groping my butt.

“Answer me,” I hissed.

“My bid on your card was the highest,” he replied dryly.

“The bids are undisclosed. You don’t know how much other people have paid,” I kept my lips pursed to keep myself from yelling.

“I know it’s nowhere near the realm of what this dance is worth.”

Un-freaking-believable.

We began to waltz around the room as other couples were not only spinning and mingling but also stealing envious glances at us. Naked, raw ogles that told me that whomever the blonde he’d come to the masquerade with was, she wasn’t his wife. And that I might have been all the rage in The Outfit, but the rude man was in high demand, too.

I was stiff and cold in his arms, but he didn’t seem to notice—or mind. He knew how to waltz better than most men, but he was technical, and lacked warmth and Angelo’s playfulness.

“Nemesis.” He took me by surprise, his rapacious gaze stripping me bare. “Distributing glee and dealing misery. Seems at odds with the submissive girl who entertained Bishop and his horsey wife at the table.”

I choked on my own saliva. Did he just call the governor’s wife horsey? And me submissive? I looked away, ignoring the addictive scent of his cologne, and the way his marble body felt against mine.

“Nemesis is my spirit animal. She was the one to lure Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection and died of vanity. Pride is a terrible illness.” I flashed him a taunting smirk.

“Some of us could use catching it.” He bared his straight white teeth.

“Arrogance is a disease. Compassion is the cure. Most gods didn’t like Nemesis, but that’s because she had a backbone.”

“Do you?” He arched a dark eyebrow.

“Do I…?” I blinked, the courteous grin on my face crumpling. He was even ruder when we were alone.

“Have a backbone,” he provided. He stared at me so boldly and intimately, it felt like he breathed fire into my soul. I wanted to step out of his touch and jump into a pool full of ice.

“Of course, I do,” I responded, my spine stiffening. “What’s with the manners? Were you raised by wild coyotes?”

“Give me an example,” he said, ignoring my quip. I was beginning to draw away from him, but he jerked me back into his arms. The glitzy ballroom distorted into a backdrop, and even though I was starting to notice that the man behind the demi-mask was unusually beautiful, the ugliness of his behavior was the only thing that stood out.

I am a warrior and a lady…and a sane person who can deal with this horrid man.

“I really like Angelo Bandini.” I dropped my voice, slicing my gaze from his eyes and toward the table where Angelo’s family had been seated. My father was sitting a few seats away, staring at us coldly, surrounded by Made Men who chatted away.

“And see, in my family, we have a tradition dating back ten generations. Prior to her wedding, a Rossi bride is to open a wooden chest—carved and made by a witch who lived in my ancestors’ Italian village—and read three notes written to her by the last Rossi girl to marry. It’s kind of a good luck charm mixed with a talisman and a bit of fortunetelling. I stole the chest tonight and opened one of the notes, all so I could rush fate. It said that tonight I was going to be kissed by the love of my life, and well…” I drew my lower lip into my mouth and sucked it, peering under my eyelashes at Angelo’s empty seat. The man stared at me stoically, as though I was a foreign film he couldn’t understand. “I’m going to kiss him tonight.”

“That’s your backbone?”

“When I have an ambition, I go for it.”

A conceited frown crinkled his mask, as if to say I was a complete and utter moron. I looked him straight in the eye. My father taught me that the best way to deal with men like him was to confront, not run. Because, this man? He’d chase.

 

 

MEET L.J. 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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