Hot New Sh!t: July 26, 2016

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Need something new to read? Want to know some of the HOT NEW SH!T hitting bookstore this week? Check out our short guide for some of today’s new releases…

The Angels Share - JR Ward

#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward delivers the second novel in her Bourbon Kings series—a sweeping saga of a Southern dynasty struggling to maintain a façade of privilege and prosperity, while secrets and indiscretions threaten its very foundation…
 
In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society—just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder…
 
No one is above suspicion—especially the eldest Bradford son, Edward. The bad blood between him and his father is known far and wide, and he is aware that he could be named a suspect. As the investigation into the death intensifies, he keeps himself busy at the bottom of a bottle—as well as with his former horse trainer’s daughter. Meanwhile, the family’s financial future lies in the perfectly manicured hands of a business rival, a woman who wants Edward all to herself.
 
Everything has consequences; everybody has secrets. And few can be trusted. Then, at the very brink of the family’s demise, someone thought lost to them forever returns to the fold. Maxwell Bradford has come home. But is he a savior…or the worst of all the sinners?

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broken prince

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

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Where the Wild Things Bit - Molly Harper

In Molly Harper’s witty new paranormal romance, a rare-book expert is delivering a package to Half Moon Hollow when her plane goes down, and a sexy vampire comes to her rescue. He’s clearly got ulterior motives, but does he want to date her…or devour her?

Delivering a rare book to a valued customer is definitely part of mild-mannered archivist Anna Whitfield’s job description. You know what isn’t? Protecting her precious cargo from mid-flight theft by the very pilot who is flying her to Half-Moon Hollow…while trying to appear as unappetizing as possible to the only other passenger, a vampire. Undead bookstore owner Jane Jameson could be waiting a very long time for her book. Possibly forever.

Fortunately, Anna’s dashing fanged companion Finn Palmeroy helps her fend off the attack, but not before their plane crash lands in the forest hundreds of miles from civilization. Great, now she’s stranded with a priceless tome and a rakish vampire whose bedtime is fast approaching. Why does everyone want this book so badly, anyway? Anna just wants to get it to Jane before Finn decides to turn her into dinner—or sweep her off her feet. Okay, the second option is really tempting. But they’re not out of the woods yet…

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City of Demons - Richelle Mead

Seduction is Georgina Kincaid’s weapon—and elixir—of choice. The Seattle-based shape-shifting succubus is used to getting what she wants, when she wants. Until she falls for a mere mortal…

Georgina is finally, irrevocably in love, and she doesn’t care who knows it. There’s just one problem. If she and her boyfriend, Seth Mortensen, succumb to their all-consuming desire, the consequences will be dire: Seth will be destroyed. Of course, no one cares about their struggle to keep their hands to themselves, especially not Georgina’s archdemon boss, who is sending her to L.A. to sit on a demon-run tribunal. An immortal has been murdered—and the high court is determined to find the killer and set an example…

Bribery, corruption, murder—the three demons on trial will stop at nothing to avoid a guilty verdict. But all the dark magic zipping through the atmosphere must be going to Georgina’s head, because suddenly she suspects that Seth is up to no good. Now she can’t help but wonder how far she’d be willing to go to make sure she doesn’t lose the love of her immortal life…

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Burn - Elisabeth Grace

Love is just a word until someone enters your life and gives it meaning. 

The stunning conclusion to the Duplicity Duet from USA Today Bestselling Author Elisabeth Grace.

“No”

One word.
Two letters.

But those two letters changed everything.

It was impossible to predict the impact I would have on the life of the only woman I’d ever truly loved. No way to know that I would result in her ruin.
I’d suffer for eternity with the knowledge that it was me who brought devastation to her doorstep.

Though I deserved the anguish I felt, to see her suffer was unacceptable.

I would fix this.

Somehow I would prove to her that I wasn’t the monster she thought I was.

Even if it meant becoming a monster in order to make that happen.

Book Links:  Kindle  |  Paperback

Dont Let Go - Jaci Burton

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Love After All and the Play-By-Play novels, running from the past isn’t nearly as satisfying as facing the future…

Brady Conners is hardly the settling type, but when tragedy strikes in his family, he has no choice but to return home to Hope, Oklahoma. Setting up shop to work on custom motorcycles and pass the time, Brady has no intention of letting anyone get close—until he meets Megan.

Pastry shop owner Megan Lee is drawn to quiet, brooding Brady. Their connection is undeniable, and it quickly develops from physical attraction into something much stronger. But with Brady putting up barriers, Megan is afraid to truly open her heart—unless she can convince him to let go of the past…

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Dirty Work

From Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert comes a smoldering STANDALONE enemies to lovers romance.

Reagan
I hate him. Jude Titan is everything that’s wrong with the male sex: cocky, domineering and loaded with swagger. Oh, and did I mention he’s a Republican? Yeah, the guy’s so conservative he leans to the right when walking. And lucky me, I’m running against him for Senate. But I’ve got plenty of fight in me. A golden boy war hero opponent with a smile that leaves melted panties in its wake? Bring. It. On.

Jude
Damn, she’s sexy. Reagan Preston intrigues me from the moment I lay eyes on her. And speaking of laying…I want between those thighs. But I want to make her burn for me first. Every debate and stolen moment is foreplay for us. She claims she hates me, but her body tells a different story. I plan to win this election, but I also want to win the sharp, fiery Democrat who captures my attention like no woman ever has.Politics is filthy, just like all the things I want to do to Reagan Preston.

Book Links:  Kindle  |  Paperback

Scorch - Liliana hart

Shane MacKenzie’s life has been turned upside down. He’s lost his command, his identity, and his will to live. He’s a dead man walking, and the only thing that makes waking up in the morning worthwhile is knowing he’ll come head to head with the one woman who gets his blood moving. 

Doctor Lacy Shaw spent years as a medic on the battlefield. She’s seen things that can never be erased from her memory, and when Declan MacKenzie gives her the opportunity to work for MacKenzie Security, she decides any job has to be better for the body and soul than watching soldiers die in a war zone. That’s until she meets Shane MacKenzie and realizes she’s never fought so hard for one person to live.

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Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa James

Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa JamesMy American Duchess by Eloisa James
Published by Avon January 26, 2016
Genres: Romance, Historical Romance
Pages: 432
Format: Audio
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Narrator: Kate Reading
Length: 12 hours 13 minutes
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The arrogant Duke of Trent intends to marry a well-bred Englishwoman. The last woman he would ever consider marrying is the adventuresome Merry Pelford - an American heiress who has infamously jilted two fiancés.

But after one provocative encounter with the captivating Merry, Trent desires her more than any woman he has ever met. He is determined to have her as his wife, no matter what it takes. And Trent is a man who always gets what he wants.

The problem is, Merry is already betrothed, and the former runaway bride has vowed to make it all the way to the altar. As honor clashes with irresistible passion, Trent realizes the stakes are higher than anyone could have imagined. In his battle to save Merry and win her heart, one thing becomes clear: All is fair in love and war.

Last year, at RT, Debbie and I sat in on a panel that featured Eloisa James. Neither of us had read her but we were both quite impressed with her. She was poised and charming and funny. After the panel we both decided we liked her being on our radar. While I didn’t get a chance to read anything by her that year, I happily accepted an ARC from Avon for My American Duchess when it became available.  However, I suck at keeping a reading schedule and only just recently was able to get to this January release. I decided to download the audio and go between that and the ebook.

Best decision I’ve made in quite some time.

Let’s start with the narrator Kate Reading. She was simply great. There is a reason she narrates for the likes of Anne Rice, Brandon Sanderson, Patricia Cornwall and Robert Jordan. She does a wonderful job.

Now let’s talk about the story.

Merry is an American with a healthy fortune who is spending the season in London, looking for a husband. She’s found one in the attractive, polished package of a Duke’s second son. Right off the bat, I loved Merry. She’s a bit brash for London society, she speaks her mind, is smart and witty, but also a bit of a hopeless romantic. As evident by the fact that she’s run away from two previous fiances.

Trent is instantly enamored with Merry and after his first short encounter with her, decides he wants her as his wife. Not for romantic love, something he adamantly does not believe in, but for the mere fact that Merry is a woman who he can respect, who can challenge him and who he could see helping him run home and life. The problem is, Trent is the current Duke and Merry is engaged to his very slightly younger twin brother.

I adored Trent and the steps he took to save Merry from his fortune hunting brother, though they were quite extreme for this day and age. But getting the woman is only half the battle. Merry, being a romantic, will eventually want the storybook love and Trent will struggle with that greatly.

What I loved most about My American Duchess was that the story is almost two stories in one. You have the struggle with Merry being engaged to someone she doesn’t truly love and the resolution to that before you actually get to the real love story between her and Trent.  It was a fun and refreshing plot line.

Outside of the actual plot was James’ wonderful writing style. She showed all of the same things in her story as she did to me in person. Poise, charm and humor. The pacing was spot on and the balance between romance, humor and emotion was – in a word – perfect.

I’ll absolutely be back for more of her titles!

About Eloisa James

New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa’s very first book that she “found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar”; later People Magazine raved that “romance writing does not get much better than this.” Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers’ Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists.

After graduating from Harvard University, Eloisa got an M.Phil. from Oxford University, a Ph.D. from Yale and eventually became a Shakespeare professor, publishing an academic book with Oxford University Press. Currently she is an associate professor and head of the Creative Writing program at Fordham University in New York City. Her “double life” is a source of fascination to the media and her readers. In her professorial guise, she’s written a New York Times op-ed defending romance, as well as articles published everywhere from women’s magazines such as More to writers’ journals such as the Romance Writers’ Report.

Eloisa…on her double life:

When I’m not writing novels, I’m a Shakespeare professor. It’s rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I’ll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. It’s like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.

When I rip off my power suit, whether it’s academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in Fool For Love threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of life.

So I’m a writer, a professor, a mother – and a wife. My husband Alessandro is Italian, born in Florence. We spend the lazy summer months with his mother and sister in Italy. It always strikes me as a huge irony that as a romance writer I find myself married to a knight, a cavaliere, as you say in Italian.

One more thing…I’m a friend. I have girlfriends who are writers and girlfriends who are Shakespeare professors. And I have girlfriends who are romance readers. In fact, we have something of a community going on my website. Please stop by and join the conversation on my readers’ pages.


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Review: Moore to Love by Faith Andrews

Review:  Moore to Love by Faith AndrewsMoore to Love July 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 264
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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I used to imagine that life would be easier, more enjoyable, if I were tall, blond, and supermodel thin. But real life—like the average, every day woman—is full of curves and imperfections, and many opportunities to learn that it’s not the number on the scale that measures the capacity of your heart.

After years of struggling with poor self esteem and too many crash diets to count, I finally got wise—and hired a trainer. With an enthusiastic push from my brother’s fiancé and more motivation than a Joel Osteen sermon, I, Madeline “Leni” Moore, am ready to ditch the oh-woe-is-me act.

That is, until I smack head-on into a tree and collide with him. Lane Sheffield is the guy you drool over from afar. One look at him the first day on the runner’s track, and my panties are up in flames. He’s out of my league. Slim, sleek, and athletic to my plump, dull, and unfit. Lane has no reason to like me, but to my utter shock . . . he does and this newfound attention from the opposite sex has me all sorts of baffled.

What starts out as a healthy journey to lose some of the extra me, turns into a quest to find my true self. Will the need to fit in and finally have someone to call my own lead me to my weight loss goal or my happiness goal? I've focused so long on being skinny, what will it take for me to learn the ultimate lesson—that beauty is only skin deep?

This was my first Faith Andrews book! I was equal parts excited, yet hesitant, after reading the blurb. I LOVE stories with bigger women, or women with body insecurities – but I hate when that becomes the entire plot… Or when the character doesn’t have ANY confidence in herself, at all. When they’re whiney and self-loathing, the story becomes exhausting.

Thankfully, in Moore To Love, that didn’t happen. At least not with her.

Moore To Love focuses on main character Leni. She’s a fluffier gal living in NYC, and when her brother gets engaged, she decides to hire trainers and lose some weight and gain self-confidence. During her daily running, she spies a hot dude who ends up saving the day after she quite literally runs into a tree and knocks herself out.

From there, a friendship sparks and so does a romance. This is a very cutesy, surface read. Almost on the verge of a fluffy romance (which, there’s nothing wrong with that, just not my personal preference typically.) I was expecting to hate Leni, but she ended up being my favorite. She had her insecurities, but they weren’t overdone. She was actually very realistically written, and I could relate to her A LOT.

My biggest problem was with the “alpha.” Lane on the surface seems to be everything you want in the hero. Hot. Athletic. Great job. Kind and caring and sweet. But… he ended up being what I was afraid of Leni becoming – whiney and so full of self-loathing that he annoyed me. Now, I’m not saying men can’t have insecurities or imperfections, but he was lacking confidence in buckets worth.

And when both characters are full of self-doubt, it kind of takes over the story and the plot and your whole focus is on them feeling sorry for themselves rather than anything else.

I think if a few things were different with the characters, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.  There was a ton of “pep” talks between Leni and her friends, making them a bit redundant and overdone…but I really enjoyed the supporting characters, and wouldn read from her again in the future.

If you don’t mind a non-super-alpha alpha, and love lighter romances, you’ll probably really enjoy Moore to Love.

*2.5-3 stars*

 

 


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Review: Moonshot by Alessandra Torre

Review: Moonshot by Alessandra TorreMoonshot by Alessandra Torre
July 14, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 413
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Love, Chloe
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Baseball isn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase... he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.

I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.

Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my world broke apart

Ahhhhh.   If you know anything about me, you know at least these three things:  I’m obsessed with goats, spicy Cheetos, and Alessandra Torre.

Seriously.  That woman is a freaking phenomenal writer.  No one writes sex like she does, plus her suspenseful stories are completely engaging and unique.

So when I found out she was writing a sports romance, I about pissed myself with excitement (I’ve had two kids.  It happens.)

Moonshot is a book that spans YEARS…. it’s a journey.  The heroine Ty is 17 and a ball girl for the Yankees.  Her mom passed away when she was young, and so it’s just been her and her dad, the team, and the road.  Then comes Chase – a young, sexy, cocky and confident star and Ty is told to stay away.  Keep far, far away from him, or else.

Well, that doesn’t happen.  He’s an adult, a professional ball player, and she’s just a young woman… they shouldn’t talk.  They definitely shouldn’t become friends.  Or kiss.  Or sneak around and fall in love.  But that’s the thing about young love, there usually isn’t any sense to it, it’s wild and reckless and at times…devastating.

Things happen and they’re ripped apart.  Years and years pass, and they’ve both moved on.  Or so they think.

Throw in marriages, murders and secrets… and you’ve got quite the twisted web that each character is trying to navigate.  But when people’s lives are quite literally on the line, how can any decision be the right one?  If your love could destroy a team’s season and also be the reason behind an innocent death, how far would you push it?

This book can be described in many ways:  suspenseful, erotic, a second-chance romance, angsty, a thriller, forbidden, mysterious, funny…and hot.  I seriously do not have enough adjectives to describes all the feels you will feel when reading Moonshot.  It not only encompasses many genres, but it has amazing characters and a thrilling plot that sucks you up and spits you out at the end feeling completely wrecked and equally as satisfied.

Alessandra knocked this out of the park, and I really freaking hope she writes more sports romances. 

 

 

About Alessandra Torre

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written eleven novels, five of which have become #1 Erotic Bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense series.

From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.


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Review : Pokebutt Go: Pounded By ‘Em All by Chuck TinglePokebutt Go: Pounded By 'Em All Genres: Erotica, M/M Erotica
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Torbit is worried. After witnessing a slew of dazed roaming men and women buried in their phones, he’s beginning to think that this might be the start of a terrifying zombie film. Upon further investigation, however, Torbit realizes that they are all playing a hot new mobile game, Pokebutt Go.

Curious to see what all of the fuss is about, Torbit plugs in and sets out to capture a nearby Pokebutt within his own balls, but when he arrives at the location of this rare beast, Torbit suddenly realizes that he might have bitten off more than he can chew.

Now face-to-face with a handsome yellow bigfoot named Peebaroo, who sports a zig-zag tail, Torbit realizes that the only way to catch this majestic creature… is within the depths of his own butt.

This erotic tale is 4,000 words of sizzling human on gay Pokebutt action, including anal, blowjobs, rough sex, cream pies, and digital monster love.

Yes.  The title is correct.  This is a review of Chuck Tingle‘s newest release, “Pokebutt Go: Pounded By ‘Em All.”

I am a fan of Mr. Tingle.

There…I said it.  I ain’t ashamed of it either.  Chuck Tingle is THE MAN.  And you have to give him credit, the second there is anything new going on or being talked about, within minutes I swear he releases a book about it.  Chuck Tingle is in “the know” of what’s what in society.

And he’s actually a really good writer.  Shocking, I know.. but he really is.  He does have talent, no matter how weird or insane the actually book is, the writing is witty and, well, entertaining.  And what else do you want out of a book other than entertainment?

Okay, so Pokebutt Go.  It’s obviously based on the huge craze of Pokémon Go.  The book starts out with the main character having NO effing clue what’s going on.  He leaves work and people are everywhere, the streets and even parking garages are packed with people staring at their phones and totally clueless to what’s going on in the world around them.  People are going crazy, and this guy is at first annoyed, but then that morphs into curiosity.

“It’s a way of life!” the man counters.  “There’s a Buttmander somewhere in this park and I need to get pounded by it!”
“Get pounded by it?” I question.
“In the butt!” the man yells.

So Torbit, the main character, finally decides he’s going to start this interesting butt-pounding adventure.  Because, if everyone else is doing it, why not him?   And wouldn’t you know, the very first creature he encounters?  It’s love at first fucking Pokebutt sight!  *swoon!*

“I am absolutely drunk with lust, willing to do anything and everything that this handsome bigfoot would like.”

If that doesn’t make your heart swoon, I bet this will.

“Fuck me,” I demand.  “Fuck me like the bad little Pokebutt trainer that I am!”  My body can barely contain his girth, but I do my best at trying to allow his enormous rod a peaceful passage into the depths of my rectum, with mixed results.

I’m legit dying.  Torbit and Peebaroo’s love story continues.  They have lots of dirty, dirty love making and their love continues to grow with each penetration.  I mean minute.

“I’m gonna be honest, I know that you’re the first Peebaroo I’ve been pounded by, but there’s something about you that makes me feel like this is more than just a game.”
The yellow bigfoot nods.  “I feel it, too.”

*Que the violin.  The fireworks.  The ‘awwwws’.*

Come on, if a man can’t find love with a giant, yellow Bigfoot…WHO CAN?

And, at the end – the fabulous and amazing Chuck Tingle leaves us with this line that is so fucking deep, you’ll read it five times and wonder at this amazement.

“I guess that’s what happens when you’re on the search for pounds, whether its in the realm of some game or in your daily life.  The world is full of surprises, hidden gems around every corner just waiting for someone excited enough to come and discover them.”

Let that sink in a minute.  Deep. As. Fuck.

 

 


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Review: Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole

Review: Deep Redemption by Tillie ColeDeep Redemption by Tillie Cole
Published by Tillie Cole July 12th, 2016
Genres: Dark, Dark Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also in this series: Souls Unfractured
Also by this author: Souls Unfractured

ONLY THROUGH BLOOD CAN THE DEEPEST REDEMPTION BE FOUND…

He was born to ascend.
He was destined to lead.
He was never meant to fail.

Prophet Cain lies broken and defeated on the floor of his cell. A cell he has been thrown into by the one person who was supposed to stand by his side until the end. His flesh and blood, his only companion. His beloved twin brother.
Cain has sacrificed everything for his people. He left the safety and security of his life of study to infiltrate the infamous Hades Hangmen. He lived with them, rode with them, and then betrayed them. All in the name of a faith he can now feel slipping away from him. Like everything else he once held dear…

But then his isolation is broken. Another prisoner is brought to the cell next to his. A woman fighting her own demons and fears. A woman who Cain understands needs him, as he needs her.

As the connection between them grows, so does Cain’s resolve. He will right the wrongs he has done. He will atone for the evil acts carried out in his name. He will save the one he loves…
… Even if the battle takes him to the gates of hell itself.

ALL HAIL THE PROPHET! 

What the fuck did I just read?! Like did all of that really happen?! Did my eyes just digest all the words Tillie spilt on these pages, pages that I adore might I add. (No surprise there I am sure!) Now at that the risk of sounding like a broken record I am going to say Deep Redemption was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, let’s be real here, all of TC’s books rank high on my list but this one even more so as book three in the Hades Hangmen Series ,Unfractured Souls, left a big gaping hole in my heart! *cue the dramatics*

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We all know the ending of that and I will refrain from elaborating for anyone who hasn’t yet read this MC series or maybe just hasn’t yet read book 3.  I’m not sure I would call it a cliffhanger but it definitely left a lot of doors open for speculation.

So how did I really feel… Confused, infuriated, happy, REALLY HAPPY, REALLY SAD, and then complete, basically I felt all of it.  Which is expected of course but still my emotions could not control themselves with this book, they raged and literally made me lose my mind.  So many revelations for so many characters, so much growth and set backs in said characters.  All the complexities are what make this series one of my all time faves!

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Now remember all those emotions from above, well I’m going to try and base my review off of those to keep this as SPOILER FREE as possible. Here we go in order:

  1. Confused- I know I’m supposed to hate Rider/ Cain but I didn’t I mean I finally understood him and it helped me to see him in a different perspective. Granted its not like I hated him to begin with but I was mad at him. Bottom line I love him, not in the way I love Styx but he repented in a way I couldn’t imagine him doing if he wasn’t truly sorry or remorseful.
  2. Infuriated- I will forever HATE Judah, I mean all caps shouting and shit hate him! Fuck him! Sadistic-pedophile prick and that little whore Sarai, no just no, I mean since Souls Unfractured I’ve wanted to gut that little cult freak my damn self.  This covers nothing of the infuriation I feel but know there’s more reason but remember I’m trying to stay spoiler free and shit.
  3. Happy- Finally things were changing paths and I loved it, there was a little weight lifted from my heart for these characters. Enter Harmony, God I love her with something fierce.  I truly believe she is Rider/Cain’s redemption.  But more than that she brought a fresh view she was strong and held her ground (not that I didn’t love the others, cause Mae is my best friend) she fought so hard that she demanded her respect but not just for herself she stood for Rider when no one else would.
  4. REALLY SAD- Sad fucking piercing ugly girl crying sad. Just unleashed no fucking way hurt all the way down to my soul and then back up again sad. I wish I could say exactly what made me sad and basically vomit in my own mouth.  Only two other books have soiled me from the inside like that creating rage then seeping into sadness for the unfairness of the situation.
  5. Complete- Now a lot happened from my above sad but this is thing, all the things, I never finish a book from Tillie and think I wish there were more or this feels unresolved. I feel whole like all the small details are there and every conflict has reached a resolution, well all the ones that needed to be resolved at least until the next book. Like all the trials I have been put through by the hands of TC have all been part of a bigger picture a puzzle piece locking into place.

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After reading through this I’ve realized this is over 600 words of me just just ranting and I sort of apologize for that but I mean really this puts us four books in now so if you are already a Hangmen fan you get the gist.  If you are completely new to this series hopefully my emotions will want to help provoke some of your own, and I would highly recommend it seeing as the first four books are .99 each! 

It Ain’t Me, Babe – Amazon US: http://amzn.to/29T14Ce

Heart Recaptured- Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2alcNrv

Souls Unfractured – Amazon US: http://amzn.to/29T06pV


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Review: His Royal Secret by Lilah Pace

Review: His Royal Secret by Lilah PaceHis Royal Secret by Lilah Pace
Series: His Royal Secret #1
Published by Berkley July 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: Asking For It
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James, the handsome, cosmopolitan Prince of Wales, is used to being in the public eye. But he's keeping a king-sized secret...James, next in line for the throne, is gay.

He’s been able to hide his sexual orientation with the help of his best friend and beard, Lady Cassandra. Sometimes he feels like a coward for not coming out, but he daren’t risk losing the crown. If he did, the succession would fall on his deeply troubled younger sister, Princess Amelia. To protect her, James is willing to live a lie.

While on holiday, he meets Benjamin Dahan—a rugged international reporter with a globe-trotting, unattached life—who catches far more than James's eye. And when Ben is transferred to London, it seems fate may finally be smiling on James.

But what began as a torrid fling grows into something far more intimate and powerful. Soon James will have decide who he is, what he wants from life and love, and what he’s willing to sacrifice for the truth...

I was pretty excited to see a new title pop up from the elusive Lilah Pace. It being a male/male romance in a British royalty setting only made it more appealing.

Prince James is a closeted gay man. He’s next in line for the thrown, second only to an ailing king. Gay marriage is new to the country and unheard of in the royal family. Great Britain has many political ties to countries who still very much look down upon homosexuals, and if he forfeits the crown – it would go to his younger sister who has far more deep seeded issues.  James does not have the freedom of living his life with the freedom he craves.

Ben, a respected journalist, doesn’t do relationships. He’s not looking for the ties that bind, he’s looking for the next exiting place to set down his suitcase for a few years. An unexpected encounter with the Prince starts a relationship that benefits them both.  No ties, no expectations of a future. Just clandestine sexual encounters for mutual fulfillment.

Until those pesky things called feelings get in the way, as they do.  But love or not, it’s not a simple thing for the Prince to come out…or stay closeted.

All of that sounds like it could be exiting, yes? I agree. Except the book really wasn’t all that exciting. It keeps a slow and steady pace from start to finish. There were a few well placed, steamy sex scenes – but those weren’t even enough to keep my nose buried in the book.

If you, like me, were a big fan of the Asking for It series, I’d caution you not to expect His Royal Secret to be as explicit. It’s not. In fact, there is quite a bit of more fade to black scenes. I don’t oppose those, so that’s not where my lack of interest stems. I actually think those worked well with the type of people James and Ben are.  Neither of them is all that explicit of a character. 

I think my issues with the book come more from the lack of emotion from either James or Ben. James is in an impossible situation but he felt very two dimensional throughout it all. And Ben, well, he’s got some mysterious ex-lover that seems to cause him strife but it too lacked depth.

This one just wasn’t my cup of tea.

About Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace is a pseudonym for a New York Times bestselling author, so she can’t give away too much about herself here, but she has lived everywhere from Italy to the United Kingdom before putting down roots in the American South.

She’s addicted to Diet Coke, loves her dog, and daydreams about several British movie stars (though usually no more than two at a time).

And while it took her a long while to get up the courage to write books, now she hopes she’ll never stop.


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