by Annie Walls, S.L. Jennings, Tia Louise
Also by this author: Tryst

We’ll admit that this idea was completely jacked from a Buzzfeed post where they pulled two sentence horror stories from Reddit. We’ll admit it, we’re not ashamed.  We loved the post and then rounded up a few horror/ paranormal author and asked them to come up with their own.  This is how it turned out.

 

I hear the rescuers calling my name from six feet underground.

My voice gave out an hour ago.  – Tia Louise

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Melissa is a vampire; Derek is a vampire hunter.

When beautiful, sad Melissa Jones flees to New Orleans with her telepathic best friend, she is looking for a cure–not an erotic encounter with a sexy former Marine.

Derek Alexander left the military intending to become a private investigator, but with two powerful shifters as partners and an immunity to vampire glamour, he instead rose to the top in paranormal justice.

At a bar on Bourbon Street, Derek and Melissa cross paths, and their sexual chemistry is off the charts. Acting on their feelings, they are pulled deeper into an affair, but Melissa is hiding, hoping to escape her cruel maker.

It doesn’t take long before the shifters uncover her secret. Still, Derek is determined to confront the Old One and reclaim her mortality–even at the risk of losing his.

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Something ice cold wakes me, but I cannot move or speak.

“Scalpel?” – Annie Walls

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Life for Kansas was perfect until the day the world changed.

She has been hiding out for four years in solitude. It’s the only way to survive. The only way not to draw the living dead. Helping a small group of people, she learns the new world might not be what she assumes. Venturing out of her refuge and comfort zone, she meets Rudy, who helps her find a greater purpose. She realizes that the world has moved on without her. Only it’s not what she expects. Her knowledge of the living dead grows and only makes her more curious as humanity continues to hang on by a thread. While on her search for answers she finds comfort in new friendships and love, but her past seems as if it will haunt her forever.

Kansas takes it upon herself to help other survivors, which would be easy if the famished were the only obstacles.

In a trilogy plot thick with twists and turns, this adult dark fantasy is emotional as much as it is horrifyingly gripping.

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I groggily told my son to go back to bed when I woke up to find him in my room in the middle of the night.

In the morning, it dawned on me that he was still at a sleepover across town. S.L. Jennings

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Love. Sex. Magic.

Before her 20th birthday, Gabriella was pretty much clueless about all three. In love with her best guy friend since the age of 14 and too crass and intimidating for most of the male population of Colorado Springs, love and good sex were virtually a myth.

And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?

Lucky for Gabs, sexy as sin Dorian is more than equipped to help her embrace these new revelations. And while everything about him feels oh so good, she soon learns that there’s more behind his crystal blue eyes, chiseled body and exotic beauty. Something dark, menacing and downright unnatural. Yet Gabs is in way too deep to even try to turn away from him now.

Dark Light, Book 1 of the Dark Light Series, is the raw, emotional story of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery in a world that was not meant for her. And her scorching hot, lip-biting addiction for the man she can’t deny, no matter the cost.

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About Annie Walls

Author of dark fantasy and sub-genres of horror. Voracious Reader and Googler. Lover of dark humor. Horror Buff. Zombie Apocalypse Enthusiast. Loyal Cracked follower. Pinterest Addict. Wife of adoring husband. Mother of a seven year old Bruce Wayne. Cook. Maid. Kisser of boo-boos. Ultimate Time Waster. Perfect Procrastinator. Lolly Gagger. Trubie. Cake Decorator. Tea Drinker. Sculpey Sculptor. Girl Gamer. Perfectionist in the art of Facebook stalking. And now, God help me, a blogger. Oh yeah, and a twitter, twatter, tweeter. Well yeah, I’m one crafty bitch.

About S.L. Jennings

S.L. Jennings is a military wife, mom of three, coffee addict, Willy Wonka enthusiast, and real-life unicorn. She’s also the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Ink and Lies, Taint, Fear of Falling, The Dark Light Series, along with a few other titles that she’s too lazy to type. She’s been with her high school sweetheart for almost 18 years, and he still can’t get her Subway sandwich order right. But he’s cute and brings her vodka, so she keeps him around. They currently reside in Spokane, WA with their three stinky boys and their equally stinky, asshole cat.

The Jennings fam has lived overseas in Germany most of their lives, which is where S.L. penned her very first book, Dark Light. She was having a quarter life crisis, and since she has a background in music and even had a recording contract in her teenage years, writing seemed like a natural progression. Five years later, she’s still at it and still in crisis. Her family doesn’t have the heart to tell her that she’s actually just crazy.

About Tia Louise

Tia Louise is the International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series, and Favorite Erotica Author, Queen of the West Book Bash, 2015.

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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Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley Blog Tour: Q&A + Excerpt + Giveaway

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We are so excited to be participating in Kristen Ashley’s WALK THROUGH FIRE blog tour! Debbie recently posted her review of the latest installment of the Chaos series HERE. We also have a little Q&A with the Queen, Kristen Ashley, and an except for the latest installment in the Chaos series. So stick around, read the Q&A and Excerpt, and then enter the giveaway for a chance to win all the current books in this phenomenal biker romance series. 

Walk Through Fire

The flame never dies . . .

Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

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Kristen Ashley Q&A

  1. What’s the hardest thing about writing a reunion love story? What’s the easiest?

The hardest is experiencing the emotions of the characters’ regret of actions taken that shouldn’t have been or time lost. Being deep in the heads of my heroes and heroines, that can be exhausting and, for my characters, crippling. But I love the familiarity they have, the ability to build on something that already has a foundation rather than having to create the foundation. No insta-love there!

  1. What can you tell us about High and Millie that we won’t find in the book?

High’s fighting a losing battle. Millie might embrace a house where there are coasters in only one room, and the woman can make a mess, but in the end, she’s still tidy (and so is Cleo, Zadie…not so much).

  1. What’s the last book you read?

Natural Law by Joey W. Hill. An erotica story that, bar none, was the best erotica I’ve ever read. Not the easiest, it’s BDSM and there were comfort zones that were stretched for me, but hands down the best. The characters were wonderful and wonderfully well-drawn. The dialogue flowed beautifully. The writing is exceptional and the story was exceptionally well-told. There’s humor. There’s excitement (of more than the sexual variety). There’s deep emotion. The sex was amazing and amazingly described. But it was the way Joey guided her readers through those tough bits—bits that were essential to the story, that she needed us to get through but she handled us and her characters with care, so instead of squirming with unease, you understand precisely what it means to the story—that boggled my mind (in a good way). She has a gift. I immediately downloaded the next in that series and can’t wait to read it.

 

  1. What has been your favorite experience as a writer?

There’s no way to pick just one. This is the best job in the world. The absolute best.

 

 

Walk Through Fire Excerpt

I beeped the locks and had a hand to the handle when I heard, “Lookin’ for me?”

When that deep, coarse voice came at me through the dark, my body became paralyzed, my eyes glued to my hand on the handle.

Then it kept coming at me.

“Bitch, followed you the last forty-​five minutes. Reb got in touch. Told me you hit Scruff’s.” On the next, the voice was nearer. “You’re lookin’ for me. So tell me what the fuck you want so you can quit lookin’ and I can quit lookin’ at you.” Slowly, I turned, my head going back automatically because I felt him close and I knew what close to Logan meant.

I was five-seven.

He was six-​one.

He towered over me, or at least that’s what it always felt like because he wasn’t only tall, he was also a big guy with a big presence.

And right then, it felt like that, especially since his big presence was an angry one.

His face was in shadows, I could barely see it.

But I could feel him.

And I could smell him.

God, I could smell him.

He didn’t wear cologne or aftershave. His scent was all his. And I remembered lying in our bed holding his pillow to me, my face shoved into the sheets, taking him in after I’d made him walk away.

His scent hadn’t changed. Not even a nuance.

Smelling it without warning felt like walking unsuspecting into the street and having a truck slam into you. And that feeling was so strong it was a wonder my body didn’t go careening through the trucks and bikes, slamming into them, shattering every bone.

He moved forward so he was in my space, the smell strengthened and my body tightened to guard against it.

“Woman, after all this time, whatever shit you gotta hand me, fuckin’ do it,” he ordered irately. “You got two seconds to spit it the fuck out. You don’t, you won’t get another chance, and you know I’ll make it that way. So this is your only shot. Take it or get in your fuckin’ car and get your ass outta my world.”

I stared into the shadows of his face, wishing with everything that I could see it.

Apparently, I did this for two seconds because Logan bit out, “Right. See nothin’s changed. Weak. Now get your ass . . .” he dipped his face to mine, “gone.”

And when he did, I got up on my toes and kissed him.

It was totally crazy.

But I also totally couldn’t help it.

He smelled so fucking good.

And he was Logan.

Close. Right there. His face in mine.

He jerked away, muttering a disgusted, “What the fuck?”

But the words or their tone didn’t penetrate.

I smelled him and I’d had a taste.

I was gone.

I lifted both hands to either side of his head, yanked him down to me, and went back in, going for it, giving it my all. Even when his fingers clenched painfully into my hips pushing them back to set me away, I held on tighter and shoved my tongue between his lips.

It touched his, just that, just a touch, and then I cried out into his mouth when I found my back slammed into my SUV.

But it wasn’t his way to get me to let him go.

No.

His head slanted and he forced my tongue out of his mouth when his invaded mine.

And that was when I was gone.

I was already gone but right then there was nothing to me.

Nothing at all.

Except my hands on Logan’s head, his body pressing mine into my car, his smell all around us, his tongue plundering my mouth, all this exploding fire everywhere.

He drove a hand into my hair, twisting it, the pain bristling over my scalp and I cried out into his mouth again even as I arched deeper, pressed closer, willing, like it had always been, to give it all because he was Logan, he got it all.

But also because I knew I’d get it back a hundredfold.

He swayed us forward so his other arm could lock across my back and he kept at my mouth as I rolled way up on my toes, pushing deep, wrapping my arms around his neck, consumed by the kiss and not giving that first fuck.

I was ready to ride it out.

No, I needed to ride it out.

No matter where it went.

He broke away and that was when my hand went into his hair, fisting tight in protest.

“That what you want?” he growled, his voice lower, the abrasion physical, and I shivered with delight.

I wasn’t entirely certain of the question but I answered a breathy, “Yes.”

“That’s what you want,” he repeated, a statement this time, seeking confirmation.

“Yes, Logan.”

He let me go but took my hand, his skin rough against my fingers. The feel of it back after all these years washed through me and I fancied I remembered every time, in quick succession, from the first night we met to the night before I broke it off when he’d taken my hand and guided me somewhere.

Lost in it like I’d always been lost in it, I followed blindly.

Attached to Logan, I’d go anywhere.

Even if we were walking through fire.

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Review: Walk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley + GiveawayWalk Through Fire by Kristen Ashley
Series: Chaos #4
Published by Forever Romance 10/27/2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Ride Steady
Also by this author: At Peace
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The flame never dies . . .

Millie Cross knows what it's like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn't be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie's chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can't ignore. And this time, she won't let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan "High" Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she's just a ghost of her former self. High's intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn't want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie's betrayal, he'll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

If you’ve been following the Chaos MC’s story, then you know that High, along with Arlo, were the two Chaos MC brothers who weren’t initially on board with Tack’s vision of the brotherhood walking away from their criminal endeavors. That friction between Tack and High always made me a little nervous and weary about High, but after everything that went down in Motorcycle Man, and seeing High’s loyalty to the brotherhood, I knew that High would be a brother I wanted to know more about. We now have his story, and lordy, lordy, lordy it was freaking good! I’m going try real hard to not sound like a broken record, but y’all know I love me some Kristen Ashley romances, so I’ll try to keep the hardcore fangirling at bay. 

“Beautiful. So beautiful. And he once was mine. Then I’d let him go. No, I’d pushed him away.”

WALK THROUGH FIRE, the fourth book in the Chaos series, opens with Millie Cross walking into a Chipotle and spotting High – the man she once adored and was deeply in love with – standing in line and having a cell phone conversation about his children. Usually, a trip to Chipotle should bring nothing but good vibes because…burritos! But Millie’s trip to this tasty establishment has her going through a small little freak out, and she instantly runs away from the restaurant before he’s able to spot her. This almost close encounter forces Millie to finally find the courage to confront the man she pushed away twenty years ago. 

“What you did to us fuckin’ destroyed me and I never put the pieces back together.”

If you know anything about these Chaos men, you know that they are badasses that feel greatly. So, even after two decades, marriage, and settling down to have children, High still carries a lot of anger and hurt from his breakup with Millie. When Millie finally finds High at a biker rally to explain why she forced him to leave so many years ago, their reunion is not pretty and will probably make you hate High a little. The man will do and say some things that will make you want to smack him a few times, but it’s quite evident that his actions are nothing but a defense mechanism to mask the insignificance he felt when Millie pushed him away with no explanation. High unleashes all the anger, hurt, and pain he’s felt for the past twenty years by using whatever means necessary to punish and humiliate her. This all leads to some hot-as-fuck rough sex that’s filled with lots of emotion and angst. 

“You love a man, Millie, you believe in him, you take him as he is. You go on his journey with him no matter what happens, even if that means you have to walk through fire.”

Logan and Millie spend most of the first half of WALK THROUGH FIRE breaking down their defenses and finding their way back to each other. The narrative switches between the past and the present where we see how the couple became, witness how deep and passionate their love was, and how they had a few good years before everything was blown to smithereens. I spent the first twenty percent of the book trying to figure out why the hell Millie would end things with High, because even though he was being a complete asshole, it was evident that their past relationship was solid and they had the makings for a lasting relationship. Millie was determined to keep her reason for leaving Logan a secret, but the man is tireless, and eventually forces the truth out of Millie. 

“I’m done walking through fire for you, High! I’m done not because I’m done but because there’s nothing left of me to burn. You have it all. You’ve always had it all! I gave up everything so you could have it all!

While I figured out what Millie’s “secret” was before the reveal, the scene where she finally confesses to Logan still packed a heavy punch. As I woman, I whole heartedly understood why Millie had sentenced herself to a hopeless life filled with loneliness. In true Kristen Ashley form, she dives precisely into the female psyche, and voices every thought, feeling and vulnerability that crosses every single female mind. I was left feeling just as absolutely devastated as these two characters once everything came out. Devastated for Millie because she had lived an empty life, and was only a ghost of her former self for the past twenty years; and devastated for Logan because he had spent twenty years of his life harboring so much hate and anger for a woman who in reality was saving him from not losing his dream.

Logan and Millie spend most of the second half of this story trying to fit their relationship into the lives they had built during the last two decades. While Millie might have lived as a ghost, she’s now a well established party planner with a flourishing business. Logan has to learn all her new nuances while Millie slowly steps back into the life of being an old lady while trying to establish a relationship with Logan’s children. Characters from the previous Chaos novels play a heavy role in Logan and Millie’s story and provide a lot of support and some turmoil in Logan and Millie’s reunion. The conflict between the Chaos MC and local crime boss Benito Valenzuela also escalates in this story and forces Chaos to finally make some moves. These new revelations has me excited and anxious for the next installment of this series. If I my suspicion of who the next book will be about, I am super stocked for it!

“Doin’ anything at your side, no matter how hard it gets, it’s still gonna be a fuckuva lot easier than tryin’ to do anything without you. So, you’re right. It might not be easy. Life is what it is and we’re gonna face shit along the way. But I know what it was like, doin’ that not havin’ you. And I know what it was like doin’ that havin’ you. And I know which way I like better.”

WALK THROUGH FIRE is the kind of second chance romance that will make you believe (if you weren’t already) that it is possible to for love to stand the test of time even if the two characters walk down different paths to find their way back to each other. Logan and Millie’s story if packed full of emotion, a little angst, and a few gut wrenching moments. Like with the rest of her books, Walk Through Fire is all about the decisions and sacrifices people make for love, relationships and family. This book is bound to be another homerun for KA fans and y’all better be ready, cause Logan, Millie and Kristen Ashley will unleash all sorts of feels that will leave you soul sighing. 

 

 

 

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

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Review: Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

Review: Missing Dixie by Caisey QuinnMissing Dixie by Caisey Quinn
Series: Neon Dreams #3
October 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Leaving Amarillo
Also by this author: Leaving Amarillo
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Fighting for redemption…

I've lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I'd ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I'd made one promise-a promise I'd intended to keep. I've broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me even if she can't forgive me?

Learning to move on…

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I've loved him, but at least I won't spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I'm finally beginning to move on when my brother's wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don't know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

After reading Leaving Amarillo, I was extremely anxious for this story.  However, Quinn made us wait. Damn her. 😉

In Leaving Amarillo, Dixie finally gets the courage to throw her feelings for long time friend Gavin, on the table.  She’s been in love with him for as long as she can remember but he’s promised her brother he’d never touch her.  Until one night, when all rules are broken…along with Dixie’s heart.

Gavin walks away from Dixie and her life becomes shrouded in confusion and secrets, all held by Gavin.  Now, they’re forced together for Dixie’s brother’s wedding and the lasting feelings of betrayal and love are forced to the surface again.  Dixie wants answers but is afraid to put her heart on the line, Gavin wants time but is afraid it will cost him Dixie.

It’s always been obvious that Gavin holds his cards close and I speculated on what exactly his secrets were. Some were easy to guess, one…not quite. It was interesting turn and added a pained level to this already cracked relationship.  I could understand his not wanting to share it with Dixie and it made past actions much more tolerable.

While Gavin decides the best course of action to win Dixie’s trust again, Dixie is on a plight to become a stronger person, find herself a little more, take her music in a different direction…all of which change her life, dramatically.

Had Quinn only focused on the healing of Dixie and Gavin’s relationship, Missing Dixie would not have been such a hopeful story.  It would have been just a love story. Instead, it’s a story of courage, commitment, healing, selflessness, family and hope.  I really loved the added side story arc.  It allowed Dixie and Gavin to heal and grow in much more profound ways. 

 

 

About Caisey Quinn

Romance Writer fueled by coffee, music, and love. Bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series.

I love hearing from readers and other writers, and those freaky hybrids like myself! You can email me at caiseyquinn @ gmail (dot) com or follow me on Twitter @CaiseyQuinn. You can find me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCaisey…


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by Scarlett Edwards

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Good morning, lovelies! It’s been a few weeks, but Sunday Brunch is back with a vengeance.  Starting it all up again by chatting with Scarlett Edwards and featuring her new release, Landon, which just went live last Friday.

 

 

If people were thrown in jail for bad habits, what would be your crime?

Writing excessively even on the toilet paper.

 

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Undoing bad deeds.

 

What would your superhero name be?

Why, Landon of course.

 

If you were a stalker, would you be good at it?

Perfect match.

 

You are forced into karaoke – what song do you sing?

Black Hole Sun

 

You are an alien, with your own spaceship – who do you abduct?

My mother

 

Chunky or Creamy

Chunky

 

Godzilla or King Kong

Godzilla

 

Who is your favorite Disney princess?

Ariel

 

We come to your house for dinner, what are we eating?

Proteinated pasta with extra fiber on a side.

 

Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Jonny Depp and my mother

 

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Can one night change your life? I never thought so.

But can one night with the right man change everything?

I am about to find out…

Fearful of exposing the secret she’s been hiding for years, Celeste Adams never lets feelings seep into her relationships with men. But when one sinful night introduces her to a gorgeous stranger she cannot simply forget, her resolve to remain unattached is threatened…

She resists the temptation to seek out more, while forging ahead plans to recreate herself as a graduate student at the University of Chicago. And she does just fine, until that very same stranger waltzes back into her life as the very sexy, and very unattainable…

Professor James Landon.

… Suddenly our lives are thrown together on a collision course of the deepest passions. Neither of us know how far this will lead. How powerful these feelings will become.

Or, that our love is doomed from the very start.

 

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Scarlett Edwards is the alternate pen-name of author E.A. Knight.

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Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Review: Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-MillsDirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills
October 12, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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A scarred fighter.
A girl with rules.
One night of unbridled passion.

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Bennett: she’s smart as a whip, always in control, and lives by a set of carefully crafted rules. She’s learned the hard way that people you love the most always hurt you in the end.

But then she meets Declan Blay, the new neighbor at her apartment complex.

A tattooed British street fighter, he’s the campus bad boy she’s supposed to avoid, but when he saves her from a frat party gone bad, all her rules about sex and love fly out the window.

She gives him one night of unbridled passion, but he longs for more.

With only a cardboard-thin wall separating their bedrooms, he dreams of possessing the vulnerable girl next door forever.

One night. Two damaged hearts. The passion of a lifetime.

*a modern love story inspired by Pride and Prejudice*

Good guy fighter meets damaged girl in need of control. That’s what you get in Dirty English.

Declan, a U.K. born underground fighter with dreams of UFC and gym ownership, is finishing up his college career and has is eyes set on big dreams. He may look like the typical bad boy, but he’s a bit of a romantic at heart, reading classics from the likes of Jane Austen.  Becoming involved with his new neighbor diverts his focus on life, and despite the fact that he knows he’s probably not the right guy for her, he can’t stop thinking about her. Wanting her. Wanting to protect her and maybe just healing her in the process.

 

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Elizabeth is an interesting character. Growing up with a mother more interested in finding her next man than raising her own daughter, she’s learned to depend on herself.  Having her first sexual encounter be so far outside of her control, she’s learned that she can move on with sexual relations in one way only. One night stands, on her very strict terms.  Falling in love means trusting someone who could ultimately break you. She’s done that and won’t do it again.

But the sexy boy next door breaks down those walls bit by bit with his determination to be more to her than just a ‘use it and lose it’ guy.  He worms his way in to her life, as does his twin brother. Forcing her to see that maybe her carefully controlled life can handle something deeper, something real, without shattering her heart.

Madden-Mills has yet to deliver books that don’t grab my attention right off the bat.  She has a way of constructing a story that sucks you in, Dirty English does just that.  She also has a bit of magic with interesting characters, Dirty English has those.  It’s a sweet story that has a little underlying darkness, but that isn’t what takes center stage.

 

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I think I gravitated more towards Declan than I did Elizabeth.  I think I had an easier time relating to where he was coming from.  I liked Elizabeth well enough, though, I only wish she had as much fight to allow her heart to feel as she did in all other aspects of her life.

My only real issue with Dirty English was the lack of big feels. This says something about me as a reader, more than Madden-Mills as an author.  I say that because I’ve always, always, had big feels from her other books and I went into this one expecting something of the same.  Had I gone in without those pre-conceived ideas, I think I would have enjoyed it more.  It’s still a solid read and I think Declan is going to be on a lot of women’s book boyfriend list!

 

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About Ilsa Madden-Mills

New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she’s a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos.

She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education.

When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors. Drop her a line on the contact page.


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Review: Wicked Restless by Ginger Scott

Review: Wicked Restless by Ginger ScottWicked Restless by Ginger Scott
Series: Harper Boys #2
October 20, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Wild Reckless
Also by this author: This is Falling
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Andrew Harper grew up in a house marked by tragedy. His older brother Owen did his best to shelter him, but you can only be protected from life’s pain for so long. Eventually, you end up just feeling numb…and isolated.

Loneliness was the one constant in Andrew’s life. Until one girl, met by chance in a high school hallway, changed everything. Emma Burke was a mystery and all that was beautiful in this world, the only air Andrew ever wanted to breathe. She took the lonely away, and filled it with hope and color, and Andrew would do anything to keep her safe, happy and whole.

But sometimes, what feels good and right is what ends up hurting us the most. And when Andrew and Emma are faced with an impossible decision, Andrew is tested to see just how far he’s willing to go for the girl who owns his heart.

Cuts are deep.

Scars are left behind.

And revenge beckons.

When Andrew finally gets his chance, in college, five years after his first love broke him completely, he finds out old feelings don’t really disappear just because you say you hate someone. The more he tries to avenge all that he believes he lost, the more he uncovers the real story of what happened years before.

Love is wicked. But a restless heart is never satisfied beating on its own. Can Andrew and Emma make it right before it's too late, or will the ties that bind them now destroy their only chance at a future?

Scott produces stories that tighten my chest by making my heart feel bigger than it’s typical shriveled, black self.  Wicked Restless, the second story in the Harper Brothers series, accomplished just that.

Andrew Harper has not had a silver spoon upbringing, anything but. His family has struggled with mental illness, suicide, drugs and crime. He’s been cast aside by the small town he lives in, labeled as trouble, despite never actually being in any. Few see past the sins of his last name. Until Emma.

But Emma’s life has not been easy either and she’s fighting for something much more than just respect. Emma’s trepidation at being open with Andrew about her life and their reckless attraction to one another lead to one mistake that changes the course of Andrew’s life. Turns him into what everyone in town always believed he was.

Andrew and Emma’s teenage love story was so sweet and innocent and all the things you want in a first love story.

The adult Andrew and Emma’s love story was nothing sweet or innocent.

 

 

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Andrew is different. He’s hardened and bitter. I hated the grown Andrew at times and I really had to hold onto the moments that I loved with the younger Andrew.  It wasn’t always easy. Many times I wanted to reach into my kindle, pull him out and throw him through a plate glass window.  However, everything Andrew does, he does with heart. His intentions may be misguided and thriving on years of anger…but he’s passionate, regardless.

Emma is still very cautious and closed off, I really wanted her to be more of a fighter in every part of her life, but quiet and soft is just who she is and it’s what Andrew fell in love with, what he needed in his chaotic life.  She’s the perfect girl for him.

Revenge is a bitter pill to swallow, so is forgiveness, and Wicked Restless is a story with both.

This story is sweet, then sad, then aggravating, then heart wrenching before Scott finally leaves you with a happily ever after. She runs you through the guantlet of emotions.  I actually shed a few tears, which is SO unlike me, but there were some letters written pretty early on in the book and damn, that shit broke my heart.

I always feel satisfied at the end of a Ginger Scott but I’m also always left thinking she is one of the most underrated authors I’ve read. I’m glad I stumbled upon her and I hope you take a chance on her too.

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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of eight young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before and Wild Reckless.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).


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