Reveal: One to Save by Tia Louise

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ONE TO SAVE (One to Hold, #6)
(Derek & Melissa)
By Tia Louise
Coming March 26, 2015! #SaveDerek
Cover Design by Steven Novak
Photography by Lauren Perry, Perrywinkle Photography
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Some threats come at you as friendly fire.

Some threats take away everything.

Family won’t let you go down without a fight.

The Secret isn’t as secure as Derek’s team originally thought it was, and a person on the inside of Alexander-Knight is set on exposing him, breaking him, and taking away all he holds dear.

Refusing to let anyone suffer for his crimes, Derek takes matters into his own hands. He’s exposed, he’s defenseless, but his friends are determined to save him. 

 A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

 

 

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One to Save
©Tia Louise
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Chapter 1: Secrets

Melissa

In the cool darkness of the semi-crowded bar, I study the glass in front of me and consider my journey, how many steps I’ve taken in the last two years, how far I’ve come. Memories of my old life fade like smoke in a glass. The shame that held me so tightly now dances at the edges of my mind like the whisper of a bad dream, a flicker of shadows that no longer make sense in my world.

Young women in shiny slip dresses twist and laugh on the dance floor, but instead of resentment, my lips curl into a smile. My old self—cynical, bitter, defeated—is a memory I have to work hard to recall. These days I could dance all night with them, but I’d rather spend my energy engaged in other activities.

The slim glass holds a pale amber liquid, and I can’t resist taking a sip. An involuntary wince pinches my eyes as I put it down. Seven and seven. Refreshing citrus dragged down by the heavy undertone of whiskey. So gross.

Sliding my palms over my thighs, I realize my outfit isn’t much different from those of the girls on the dance floor. The deep red silk is fitted at my waist, and drapes loosely over my torso. My long dark hair is swept over one shoulder revealing a thin spaghetti strap. I lightly touch the delicate gold chain around my neck leading to the floating heart pendant that sits between my collarbones, and light glances off the thick gold cuff on my wrist.

Unlike that night, I’m alone. My best friend Elaine is miles away with her new husband, most likely indulging in that blissful honeymoon period of early marriage. Make that, most certainly indulging. I know those two well.

No, I came by myself to the bar in Princeton after finishing my business with a client in town. My infant son is in Wilmington, spending the weekend with his grandmother. Studying my hands, I admire the deep blue sapphire ring on my finger, but I have no wedding band.

At thirty-two, I’m an unmarried mother of a beautiful little boy, and I wouldn’t change a thing… Yet. The tiny silver scar at my hairline reminds me of what a bad marriage looks like, and with my successful marketing business and the gorgeous cottage at the beach I own, I’m satisfied with my life. Calm, not desperate. I’ll take my next steps deliberately, with confidence.

All these thoughts preoccupy my mind when I blink up and catch him watching me from across the square-shaped bar. Blue eyes, strikingly blue because of the way they stand out beneath his dark brow, coupled with collar-length thick dark hair.

He’s massive, at least six-two, and elegantly dressed with a thick stainless watch on his wrist. I can spot his type a mile away—rich, powerful, accustomed to getting what he wants. I can’t deny the hum his gaze sets off under my skin. I know what he wants.

Catching my lip in my teeth to stop my grin, I also know what I want, and it’s no coincidence I happened to look up at that exact moment to meet his stare. Still, I’ll make him work for it.

He starts to move, his eyes never leaving mine. I don’t look away either. Thick cords of muscle ripple beneath the thin black sweater he wears as he glides past the oblivious patrons talking and laughing. Some are more animated than others, waving their arms and putting their drinks in peril.

Yellow lights hidden in the recesses above the bar illuminate rows of liquor bottles in all colors and shapes. Glasses hanging upside down above also catch the flickering light. It’s a raucous atmosphere, but this man and I are in our own secret place of longing and desire.

As he rounds the final corner, and I see him in full, my breath quickens. My eyes drift from his broad shoulders to his narrow waist, grey slacks and black shoes, then back up just as he reaches me. A close beard shadows his face, and the muscles low in my pelvis tighten at the thought of how it feels brushing the soft skin of my inner thighs…

#SaveDerek #March26

 

 ONE TO HOLD SERIES
One to Hold (Derek & Melissa), 2013
One to Keep (Patrick & Elaine), 2014
One to Protect (Derek & Melissa), 2014
One to Love (Kenny & Slayde), 2014
One to Leave (Stuart & Mariska), Dec. 29, 2014
One to Save (Derek & Melissa), coming March 26, 2015!
One to Chase (Amy & Marcus), coming May 2015!

 

 

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Tia Louise is the Amazon and International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

From “Readers’ Choice” nominations, to picking up USA Today “Happily Ever After” nods, to winning a 2014 “Lady Boner Award” (LOL!), nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the USA with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations…

 

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Chat Review: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie

We are back with another chat review and this time around we are talking about FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movie. This film has been one of the most anticipated films of the year and the Black Heart Reviews team watched it together on Friday in Seattle, home of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele. So, keep on reading to see what we thought of this highly anticipated film. 
Okay ladies, describe FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movie in three words.
Ali: Oh! Umm… Well.
Debbie: An Irish Christian?
Thessa: Sexy. Anticlimactic. Twilight.
Prior to watching the movie, did you have any expectations, and did the actors and filmmakers meet those expectations?
Thessa: Since Fifty means a lot to me, I did have high
expectations. Having seen the trailer multiple times, the anticipation
grew and grew. Plus, I was traveling to Seattle to watch it with some of
my book friends, so my eagerness was at an all-time high. But after
seeing the movie the first time, everything just felt…meh; I didn’t
like it as much as I wanted to. After the second viewing, it did get
better slightly better. Maybe it was the hype wearing down or maybe it
was because my expectations were severely lessened, but the movie was a
bit better the second time around.
Ali: I went into the movie with no expectations. I wasn’t
a huge fan of the books and was attending the movie more as just a
girls night out. I tried to keep an open mind about it. That being
said, some things I surprising liked a lot (Dakota, for one), while
others woefully bummed me out.
Thessa: I agree. Dakota was surprisingly good as Ana. I hated
when she got cast, but she did a good job overall. Though towards the
end she did start to annoy me.
Debbie: I honestly don’t know what or if I had expectations
before I watched this film. I wasn’t that enthusiastic about Jamie
Dornan playing Christian (he just wasn’t the Christian that I had
imagined), and I was still on the fence about Dakota Johnson playing
Anastasia. But after watching the countless promo pictures and trailers,
I did have hope that the actors, producers, and director could pull it
off because it would be nice to see all the books come to life. Now that
I’ve seen the film…..I feel like you Thessa….it was just Meh. The film
definitely had some very good parts (Hello Red Room scenes!!), and some
scenes that just felt weird and awkward. I think all the book blogger
hype got me a little more excited to see the film, but after watching
it, I really don’t see what all the “OMG! The film was AMAZING!” love
came from. The movie wasn’t absolutely terrible, but I honestly thought it would have been better after reading all the reviews from the book world. If I wasn’t a fan of the series or hadn’t read any of the
books, I think I would have been really confused and thought WTF is
going on with these people. 
One of the highly asked questions about this film was whether Jamie Dornan or Dakota Johnson lived up to the book characters. What did you think of their portrayal of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele?
Ali: I was pretty leery
about Jamie Dornan as CG, from the start. When the trailers came out I
was even more so. Maybe because I had been watching him in the BBC
series, where he speaks in his native tongue. After seeing the movie,
he just didn’t do it for me. EXCEPT, during the sex scenes. When he
didn’t have to talk…he was sexy as hell. I believed him as Christian
in the Red Room.
I really disliked Ana in the books. She just is
not my type of heroine. However, Dakota made her more playful, less
naive. Which made her more likeable. I came out of the viewing almost
an Ana fan.

Debbie: Totally agree with you Ali. I think Jamie excelled in the place where Christian was most comfortable with, the Red Room of Pain. When Jamie was in that Red Room, he embodied Christian Grey. He totally worked those worn denim jeans and handled all the sexy times really well. When he’s in that element, I totally understood why fans were fan girling over him. When he was outside of that Red Room….dear lawd did he need help. I think my biggest gripe about his performance was his accent. There were times when you could totally tell that he was trying REALLY hard to mark his accent, and other times when that ish totally just came out. Most notably when he was asking Taylor to have the car meet them at the TAHRR-mac. And the “it’s cause he’s Irish” excuse won’t fly with me because there are plenty of British/Irish/Australian actors who can pull off an American accent really well. Parts where his accent was evident should have been reshot or the producers should have asked he work with a speech coach to fix that.
Dakota was a totally pleasant surprise. I know a lot of the fans of the book were really weary of her playing Ana, but I think she carried that movie. Dakota totally nailed Ana’s innocence and naivety, and brought another element to the character that was missing in the books, a personality! Ana on screen didn’t come off as whiny as book Ana, and I loved how Ana on screen was playful and cute. 
I think from here on out, I won’t be worried about Dakota’s portrayal of Ana. Jamie’s is one that I will be most worried about, especially with the second film. He really needs to work on that American accent of his, and try to not come off as uncomfortable when he’s acting with Dakota outside of the Red Room. Fifty Shades Darker is my favorite book in the series and there are some heavy scenes that I will need Jamie to pull off.

Thessa:  OMG!! You two hit the nail right on the head! Jamie didn’t need to talk, like at all, as far as I was concerned. And MAN!! Did he work those denim jeans.
And
you’re right. Dakota did a good job at portraying Ana, and I am more
worried about Jamie in the second book. Hiding his accent seemed like a
tough task for him and it made him look more robotic.
Now
we all know they cut out A LOT of scenes from the book, but what they
showed was VERY SEXY. What made them really SEXY for me was Jamie
Dornan. Two of my favorite scenes from the movie were sex scenes: The
“I’ll show you how nice it is to know me” scene and the Beyoncé scene.
People who saw the movie will know exactly what I mean and those who
haven’t seen the movie, will know exactly what I mean
These two particular scenes, Jamie Dornan was Christian Grey –
dominant, controlling and fucking downright sexy. Fuck! He was sexy.
After the movie, several girls mentioned it having a Twilight feel. What were your thoughts on that?
Thessa: Excellent question! And OMG! YES! Definitely a
Twilight feel. I knew from the beginning that this is a Twilight fanfic,
but it wasn’t apparent in the book. However when I was watching the
movie, all I noticed were how so many scenes were similar to Twilight: ~
The relationship with Ana & her mother, especially those phone
conversations
~ The walk in the woods (which was NOT in the book)…he revealed how
how got into BDSM, like Edward and he being a Vampire…I was seriously
waiting for him to sparkle!
~ Christian’s piano playing.
~ And Especially the “I can’t stay away from you.” “You need to stay
away from me.” “I’m no good for you.” He’s a bad guy with a big
secret…we get it.
Debbie: I noticed the Twilight homage instantaneously, and it
was really off putting. I know this series started off as Twilight fan
fiction, but adding or mimicking the Twilight films was really a big
turn-off for me. From parts of the score, to when they panned the
Seattle skyline, it was all a little too Twilight-ish. There’s also that
one scene that scene on the woods that felt a little too Edward and
Bella for me. I think that’s the part Thessa thought Christian would
start sparkling. I honestly cringed during that part. Like, set yourself
apart from that franchise, please.
Thessa: YES! Thank you, Debbie!! It was filmed way too much like Twilight. Why did they think this was a good idea?
Debbie: Christian playing the piano didn’t bother me, it was
the score that sounded too much like that song Edward played. Like, find
a different sounding song, please.
Ali: Honestly, while reading the book I didn’t get much of any kind of Twilight feels. But I have to agree with everything you’ve both said here.  It did REALLY pay homage to Twilight and that’s just kind of bothersome.  I don’t know anyone who thinks the Twilight movies were excellent moments in cinema history, so why make such evident correlation? I really hope they cut that shit out of the next movies.  It takes away from the modern and adult feel of FSOG.
Thessa: Agreed! I hope they go a different direction,
stylistically speaking. Especially since book two was my favorite of the
three. I will always love the books and Christian will always be my
favorite Hero/Dom, but this movie did nothing for me, except seeing
Jamie shirtless, denim clad and barefoot…oh! And seeing his thrusting
ass didn’t hurt either.
I’m sure everyone is dying to know, what did you think of the sex scenes? 

Ali: I,
personally, think the sex scenes were pretty amazing. It brought the
scenes in the book to life. Added a whole new layer of feeling to them.

Thessa: Two
of my favorite scenes in the movie were sex related. I think I
mentioned them in question three: The “I’ll show you how nice it is to
know me” scene and the Beyoncé scene….YES, Ma’am!!!! *smirks*

Debbie: I
think the filmmakers did a really excellent job with the sex scenes.
They were all extremely hot and sensual without it being too raunchy.
Jamie and Dakota get an A+ from me.

Ali: Exactly! Except…maybe a little less nipple could have happened.

Debbie: The
Red Room scene where Haunted or Crazy in Love was playing was my favorite. And when
Christian had Ana tied to her bed and flipped her over and SPANKED her ass…..OMFG I almost
lost my shit.
Totally agree, Ali. Less Ana nipples and more Jamie thrusting is needed for the second film. 

Ali: The Red Room was beyond anything I could have imagined. It was my favorite part of the movie.

Thessa: GAH!!! LOVED those scenes!! Although could you imagine being Jamie’s wife? Damn! Borderline soft-porn.

Ali: Yeah, I’m in agreement with the idea of her never seeing this movie.

Takes a strong person to see your hubby like that.


Debbie:  Can someone make a compilation with nothing but the red room sex scenes?


Thessa: No kidding!!


Debbie: I’d watch that over and over again.


Thessa: And the “Nice to know me” scene please!! That’s where he unbuttons his pants and flips her over!! Can’t miss that!!

Yea. I’m replaying that in my head and I want to freeze frame on the unbuttoning of the pants. Fuck. He’s hot.



Ali: Jamie can spank me anytime…fuck.


Debbie: That needs to be a GIF. The flipping over and spanking & unbuttoning the pants.


Thessa: *sigh* YES a Gif would do nicely, too.


Ali: Hahaha, perverts…the lot of us.
If you could make any suggestions to the actors, producers, or director for the next film, what would they be?
Debbie: Jamie needs to improve his American accent!
Ali: AGREE! Hard limit!
Debbie: And not be so stiff and robotic during the other scenes.
Thessa: Fuck. That’s a tough question. Smart editing! Do not watch Twilight: New Moon and think…”Yea, I’ll recreate that!” 
And definitely make Jamie less Robotic.


Ali:  Word.
I think with the next books, the movies will improve because there is more substance in the books themselves.

Book one is a bunch of set up, now we need meat. Jamie’s preferably.


Thessa: And if they have to film “submissive Christian” a
billion times, they better nail that scene or I will be livid! That was
my favorite scene in book two.


Debbie: In the books (and this is solely my opinion and interpretation), Christian is very intense and broody but still exudes emotion. On film, I just felt like Jamie was devoid of emotion and made for some awkward scenes. 

I get that book Christian was closed off but Jamie’s interpretation just ended up looking too stiff. 



Ali: Agree Thessa. It’s a very important scene to get just right. 


Debbie: I will burn Escala down if they don’t nail the Submissive Christian part!


Thessa: And BTW….the emails in the movie were non
existing!! NO SHOUTY CAPTIALS??!!! What the fuck. Totally ruined the
character and relationship build up, ya know?


Debbie:  Yeah! The emails were one of my favorite parts and they hardly showed any of that.

Thessa: They were my favorite part of the books, too!! And they kiboshed it.

HUGE thanks to our girl Thessa, who flew up from San Francisco to not only watch with us in Seattle but to chat / rant / gush and bitch!


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Review: Dirty Deeds by Karina Halle

As a flight
attendant, Alana Bernal has had her share of suitors. She’s also had more than
her fair share of tragedy within her messed-up family. But what she hasn’t had
is love. Real, rip-your-heart-out, tear-your-clothes-off, all-consuming love.
At least
that was the case until she met an American tourist, Derek Conway, a ripped
ex-soldier with steely eyes and a commanding presence.
What started
as a chance encounter between the two in Puerto Vallarta, a weekend full of hot
sex and mindless passion, has led to something more.
Something
deadly.
Because
Derek isn’t the type of man to fall in love. He’s not a man who sticks around.
And he’s definitely
not in Mexico on vacation.
Derek is a
mercenary, a killer-for-hire, a man who does the ugly jobs for the highest
bidder.

Unfortunately
for Alana and Derek, the highest bidder has the power to destroy whatever
worlds they have created for themselves.
The highest
bidder can destroy everything.
This is a
romantic suspense book, #2 in the Dirty Angels trilogy but can be read as a
standalone novel*
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Dirty Deeds accomplished things for me that I never expected, all while keeping me bouncing my leg in anticipation, holding my breath in fear and maybe clenching my thighs in sexual excitement at times.  
Alana lives a fairly normal life considering she’s the sister of a powerful drug cartel leader, The King of Mexico himself, Javier.  You remember him from The Artist Trilogy, yes? Alana has escaped the attentions of rival cartels until now.  And now that the guns are trained on her, trusting in anyone is difficult, even the man saving her life. The man she’s falling in love with.

Derek is militant and cold, for good reason. Seeing the only person you love gunned down just feet from you will do that to a person.  He sees a second chance in Alana, a chance at redemption. The chance to save someone…finally.  As long as lies don’t get in the way, but in this life, they always do.
Here is what surprised me most about Dirty Deeds.  My complete change in feelings about these characters.  While you can absolutely read Dirty Deeds as a stand alone, I promise you really can, the characters have all popped up in other books.  So I went in with predetermined feelings on them.  
For instance, I loved Javier. Even when he was completely evil.  He disappointed me in DD though, maybe the first time he’s ever done that.  Derek was someone I was fairly indifferent about before, but I ADORE him now.  There was another really large shift too but in the effort of keeping this non-spoilery, I will seal my lips on that.

I did not, however, have a formed opinion on Alana before reading DD.  Gotta say, I kinda dug her. She has spunk, she’s brave but not completely stupid about it. She’s in an impossible situation but seems eager to just try to live some life…even if it is to end soon.
Overall thoughts:  Dirty Deeds is a fast paced, exciting romp through part of the world I came to love in The Artist Trilogy. It isn’t always sweet, it isn’t always pleasant, it isn’t always dark and dangerous.  But it is enough of all of those things to keep you reading to the end.

From the USA Today Bestselling author of Love, in English
and The Artists Trilogy, comes a dark romance about a good girl and a very,
very bad man. It’s a deliciously twisted take on forbidden love, set among the
drug cartels of hot, steamy Mexico and is not for the faint of heart. It
contains explicit sex, violence, abuse, drug use, bad language and sexy
Mexicans. You have been warned…

For Luisa Chavez, a twenty-three year old former beauty
queen, a better life has always been just out of her reach. Sure, she’s had men
at her feet since she was a young teenager but she’s never had the one thing
she’s craved – security. Having grown up in near poverty, her waitressing job
in Cabo San Lucas can barely let her take care of herself, let alone her ailing
parents. Every day is another unwanted advance, every day is a struggle to
survive.
When Salvador Reyes, the depraved leader of a major Mexican
cartel, takes an interest in her, Luisa is presented with an opportunity she
can’t afford to pass up. She’ll become Salvador’s wife and exchange her freedom
and body for a life of riches – riches she can bestow upon her deserving
parents. But Luisa quickly finds out that even the finest wines and jewels
can’t undo the ugliness in her marriage, nor the never-ending violence that
threatens her every move.
Soon, Luisa is looking for an escape, a way out of the
carefully controlled life she’s leading. She finally gets her wish in the worst
way possible.
As it is, being the wife of Salvador makes her an ideal
target for rival cartels and there’s one particular man who needs Luisa as part
of his cartel’s expansion. One particular man whose quest for power has
destroyed lives, slit throats and gotten him out of an American prison. One
particular man who will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants.
That man is Javier Bernal. And he wants Luisa. He wants to
take her, keep her, ruin her.
Unless she ruins him first.
Some men were born to create empires, some women were meant
to be queen.
**Dirty Angels is the first standalone novel in the Dirty
Angels Trilogy, in which all books feature or involve different characters. The
character of Javier Bernal is from The Artists Trilogy, and while reading TAT
is recommended if you want additional insight into this twisted character, it
is not required.**

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With her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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Release: Bayonet Scars Box Set by JC Emery

THIS IS THE END OF THE BEGINNING…

The only thing stronger than the bond of Forsaken’s brotherhood is the strength of the women who fight for their hearts.

In Ride we fell in love with Ryan despite our better judgment and cheered Alex on in her relentless pursuit of his heart. In Thrash we hurt for Nic as she struggled to trust Duke and let him love her. In Rev we saw Grady as both an intense lover and a flawed man trying to be a good father. In Crush we were consumed by the volatility of first love with Jeremy and Cheyenne.

Now, in Vow we see the product of Ryan’s love as he searches for something that Alex may not be ready to give– yet.

For a limited time the first half of the Bayonet Scars series is together with Ride, Thrash, Rev, Crush, and Vow plus Where Souls Spoil & Hearts Rot, an exclusive guide to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and the Bayonet Scars universe.

Love is never more riveting than when it’s Forsaken.

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Death comes in Armani. Salvation comes in leather.

Principessa to the Mancuso crime family, Alexandra knows a thing or two about living outside the bounds of the law. Suffocated by the future her father has laid out for her, she makes a choice she can’t take back, changing the entire trajectory of her life.

Thrust into the dark and dangerous world of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club for her own protection, Alex finds herself faced with the last thing she needs right now: the man of her dreams. He’s sex in leather, the devil incarnate, and one hell of a kisser. But he’s also off-limits. Ryan Stone can be her friend, but he’s forbidden to be her lover.

Third-generation Forsaken, Ryan knows nothing other than life on two wheels, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. He enjoys the many privileges that come with the patch, and the only laws he recognizes are the ones set-forth by his club. That is, until who he wants more than anything isn’t allowed on the back of his bike —or in his bed. Balancing his desire for her body, and need to keep her safe, Ryan tries to keep Alex at a distance. Finally having made a choice for herself, she’s done hearing the word “no” and will push boundaries even Ryan himself doesn’t dare cross.

Love is never more tempting than when it’s forbidden.

Loneliness suffocates the heart. Acceptance breaks down walls.

As a Lost Girl to the Forsaken Motorcycle Club, Nicole Whelan knows how to party. She’s not cut-out for relationships and her life is way too complicated for anything more than casual encounters. But one night when she falls into Duke’s bed at the clubhouse, he sees something in her that he can’t let go of—no matter how many times she tries to run.

Having been left to raise her teenage brother, Jeremy, she’s already got her hands full and isn’t looking for anymore complications. But Duke’s just watched his best friend fall for the only girl he couldn’t have, and then almost lose her so shortly after, shaking him to his core. Faced with his own loneliness, he’s more determined than ever to break down Nic’s walls and show her that he can be good for her; but he’s got a bad track record and she’s got a bad temper. Changing his ways isn’t easy when he’s not sure what he’s even changing for.

The violence and turmoil are at an all-time high, and Forsaken is in a vulnerable place when a twist of fate breathes new life into the club. It’s a much-needed beacon of hope for the embattled biker family, even if everyone’s not exactly on board. With Duke and Nic’s relationship already on shaky ground, and something even more important at stake, the Forsaken Motorcycle Club will fight like hell to keep their family together and whole.

Love is never more precious than when it’s new.

With the looming threat from the Mancuso Crime Family, the
Forsaken Motorcycle Club is preparing for a war that could destroy them. Grady,
the club’s Sergeant-at-Arms, knows that love makes you weak, and he has zero
interest in adding to his liabilities– especially now. He’s already got his
teenage daughter who keeps him on his toes and a beef within the club that
could fracture his relationship with a fellow brother for good.

For Holly Mercer, her life is finally getting on track and the last thing she
wants is trouble from her hometown’s resident outlaws. Keeping her nose clean
is easier said than done, when suddenly she finds herself embroiled in club
business. Holly might like the idea of being with a real-life bad boy, but even
being in the same room with tough-as-nails Grady flusters her.

When Holly inadvertently finds herself on Mancuso’s radar, she has two choices:
trust that Grady will protect her, or continue to refuse the club’s help. Both
roads are dangerous, but only one has the chance to damage her beyond repair.

Love is never more dangerous than when it can destroy you.

Young love is always perfect. Until it’s not.


Cheyenne Grady is a total daddy’s girl to her bad-ass father, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Forsaken Motorcycle Club. She’s funny, and kind, and she just wants that deep, earth-shattering love like her dad has with her school secretary, Holly. But Cheyenne’s been looking in the wrong direction, because the only good that can come from the way she looks at Jeremy Whelan is a lesson in heartbreak.

Jeremy always wanted to prospect for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club and wear the same patch as his father. When a life-long dream becomes reality, Jeremy realizes that the outlaw lifestyle is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it easy on relationships. He wants to be a good man, but temptation is everywhere.

Cheyenne is beautiful, and strong, and exactly what Jeremy could have forever. As long as he doesn’t screw it up.

Love is never more powerful than the first time.

HE REFUSES TO GIVE IN. SHE REFUSES TO GIVE IT UP.

Alexandra Mancuso knows all about regrets. She talked to the wrong person and started a war that’s ravaged her newly adopted motorcycle club family and threatens to cost Alex her life. Now, she’s cautious with the commitments she makes.

Ryan Stone, road captain for the Forsaken Motorcycle Club regrets nothing—except putting Cub in danger one time too many. The Forsaken Motorcycle Club has a plan to end the war with the Mancuso crime family and they need everyone’s head in the game. But Ryan can’t focus on the club when he’s so distracted by a certain reckless brunette. She gives him everything except for what he really wants.

Today, he refuses to take no for an answer and maybe, just maybe, this time Alex won’t be able to stand her ground.
True love always defies the odds.


 

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As a child, JC was fascinated by things that went bump in
the night. As they say, some things never change. Now, as an adult, she divides
her time between the sexy law men, mythical creatures, and kick-ass heroines
that live inside her head and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in English. JC is
a San Francisco Bay Area native, but has also called both Texas and Louisiana
home. These days she rocks her flip flops year round in Northern California and
can’t imagine a climate more beautiful.

JC writes adult, new adult, and young adult fiction. She dabbles in many
different genres including science fiction, horror, chick lit, and murder
mysteries, yet she is most enthralled by supernatural stories– and everything
has at least a splash of romance.


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Review: Rebel by Callie Hart

Series: Dead Man’s Ink #1
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Publisher: Callie Hart
Genre: NA/ Dark Romance
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★ ½
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Sophia

Sometimes,
you don’t mean to become another person. Sometimes the choice is made
for you, and pretending is the only thing that keeps you going. When
Alexis Romera is taken and her kidnappers find her fake ID in her purse,
she must become Sophia in order to keep her family safe. Revealing her
real identity to the man she’s sold to would be easy enough, but can she
trust him? Hell bent on revenging the murder of his uncle, Rebel
doesn’t seem all that interested in playing things safe.
In fact, nothing about the secretive, dark and brooding MC president seems safe at all.

Rebel

What
do you do when the man who raised you is murdered, and the only witness
is kidnapped girl who’s being sold as a sex slave? You buy her, of
course. As president to the most powerful motorcycle club in America,
Rebel isn’t lacking in power. There are strings the man can pull, and
entire criminal organisations and corporate businesses alike would fall
to their knees. However, along with such power comes intense interest.
The DEA have their eye fixed solely on the MC…and they’re just waiting
for Rebel to trip up.
Getting Sophia to testify is the only way
to bring the Los Oscuros cartel down. The beautiful, dark haired, dark
eyed woman is belligerent and uncooperative and unlikely to bend to his
will, but Rebel has a few tricks up his sleeve to make her
compliant–he’ll charm her until she’s bending over backwards to please
him.
Of course, falling for her might cause a few hiccups along the way…

Rebel was not the book I expected.  Being that this is spin off of the Blood & Roses series, I had a general idea of what this story might entail.  I was wrong. And I’m so totally okay with that.
Rebel is not as raw or as gritty of a tale as you might expect.  While the story takes place in the periphery of a very unpleasant world, it barely touches this part of Rebel and Alexis’ story.
If you’ve read Hart’s Blood & Roses, you know a small portion of how this story starts. Alexis finds her life uprooted by a murder and a kidnap.  What we were never privy to is how she ended up from skin trade kidnap victim to the woman a powerful MC president would risk everything for.
We still don’t know the full story, but Hart gives a great understanding of how it all started.  Honestly, I’m thankful that she didn’t rush this story.  Hart lets both Rebel and Alexis / Sophia, slowly accept the situation they are in.  The trust has time to build, it’s not based on volatile emotions caused by extreme situations.
Sophia is much smarter than I gave her credit for in previous titles.  I was never a real fan of hers. I am now.  The deeper understanding of her gives some much needed clarification to actions that baffled me.  I actually really like her, she has much more moxie than I would have ever expected. I loved that despite her precarious situation, she pitched shit back. She wouldn’t just lie down and take whatever came along.
Rebel was absolutely nothing like what I thought.  His edges are so much more … soft.  He has this persona to keep up and he does that really well, but underneath all that he’s really a tender dude. Who knew?
If you have not read the Blood & Roses series, no worries, you can pick up Rebel and start there. It’s really a prequel to B&R anyway.  You won’t be lost or missing anything.
Once again, Hart has surprised me with the story she told. Yet, completely held up my expectations when it comes to her writing, she has a wonderful way of showing the story rather than just telling it.


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Review: Fetish Fair by Erzabet Bishop

Release Date: July 6, 2014
Publisher: SilkWords LLC
Genre: Erotica / Choose Your Own Adventure
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating:
Kari’s BFF tricks her
into attending a fetish expo, promptly losing her as they arrive. She
can find her friend or maybe, just maybe find the secret to her own
heart’s desires? Only a choice can open the door. If she dares.

SilkWords
LLC is the go-to source for interactive women’s fiction. Blurring the
line between fiction and gaming, SilkWords.com offers high quality
romance and erotica that allows individual readers to choose how stories
proceed. Two formats are available: branched fiction (“pick your path”)
and linear stories that are produced with reader participation. Future
phases will focus on development of a SilkWords community by adding more
levels of interactivity for both authors and readers. SilkWords is a
place for smart, busy, adventurous women to unwind and have fun.

Did you ever read those Choose Your Own Adventure books growing up? I did, I loved them. I liked being able to make a choice and have the actions of that choice reflected in the story. I also enjoyed that I could read through a few more times to get a different experience. Seeing an erotica version of this…well, I was excited.


A couple of years ago I read an adult chose your own adventure book. It was with zombies.  It was called Infected by James Schannep. It was great, we read it as a family – debating the different options.  It had some world build and some character development and was a real story, where your choices matter and you learn the best way to survive.


 

Unfortunately, Fetish Fair lacked those key items.

I read through a handful of different story variations in all of about an hour.  It’s an extremely simply told lack-luster adventure.  I didn’t feel any connection or excitement from this book. At all.  It should have been fun, it’s a BDSM convention, after all.  But it wasn’t… It was entirely to basic. I went here, he spanked me, he stuck his cock in, I came, the end.



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Makeup Monday #2: Fifty Shades of Grey from Make Up Forever

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you know that the movie adaptation of E.L. James best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, will be hitting movie theaters around the world on Friday. Millions of women will be making their way to their local theaters to finally see the damaged but enigmatic Christian Grey come to life. So, it was only fitting that we dedicate this week’s Makeup Monday post to Fifty Shades of Grey.
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When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

While Anastasia Steele doesn’t wear much makeup in Fifty Shades of Grey, book lovers and makeup junkies alike can try to lure their own Christian Grey with a glossy pouty lip or a seductive smokey eye. Back in December, Make up Forever launched four sexy, limited-edition sets in anticipation of the movie’s release on February 13. 

There are two lip trios, a blush palette, and a lip and eye set that fans of the series can pick-up to add to their makeup collection. The lip and eye set comes with a special keepsake box that can be used to hide your favorite toys…makeup related or not 😉  [View Full Collection Here]
I decided to pick-up one of the lip trios and blush set since I’m a bit of a hoarder for all kinds of lip and blush products. The Tease Me lip trio in Passionate comes with three full-sized lip products which includes:

         – Aqua Lip lip pencil in Matte Raspberry 10C
         – Aqua Rouge liquid lipstick in Limited Edition Shade #50 + a clear gloss
         – Lab Shine lip gloss in D4 Shimmering Grenadine

The lip pencil acts as a great base for the lipstick or can be worn on its own. The Aqua Rouge liquid lipstick dries to a matte finish and lasts FOREVER on the lips. It can be a bit drying if worn alone, so I always make sure I moisturize before applying the lipstick or dab a bit of the clear lipgloss that comes with it. The Lab Shine lipgloss is adds a very nice hint of color to your lips, and if you like shiny lipgloss with a bit of glitter, then this product is for you. I’m not a huge fan of glittery lipgloss but this one is really comfortable to wear and the glitter doesn’t feel gritty.
With the Desire Me Blush Trio, you can create your own look of desire with three shades of cheek color. This cheeky set contains: 
         
          – Artist Shadow blush in I-526, I-808, S-748 

          – Travel Precision blush brush in 150
          – Exclusive keepsake pouch

The highlight and pink cheek color are actually full-sized Make Up Forever Artist Shadows, which means you can use them on your cheeks or as eyeshadows. While the coral blush color looks a bit intimidating, when applied with a soft hand it actually gives your cheeks a nice flush of color, like you’ve been spending a bit of time in the Red Room of Pain *wink, wink*  I actually like mixing the pink and coral color to get a nice pinky/peach color. The brush included in the set is very good quality for a travel size but it just wasn’t not big enough of a blush brush. It works great with the highlighter though.
My only “complaint” about the whole collection is that I wish the actual makeup items were packaged with the Fifty Shades of Grey packaging (like how MAC Cosmetics does their special edition collections). Aside from the special velvet bag or the keepsake box that comes with the lip and eye set, the items look like regular Make Up Forever makeup. Other than that, these all great quality makeup like with the rest of the Make Up Forever range. These are limited-edition items, so would like to add these items to your makeup collection, make sure you pick them up now before they are gone forever. 

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