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~ REVIEW: Escape by Ella Col ~


A promise is a promise. Deathbed promises are just as binding as regular promises, I suppose. This nagging little thought haunts me as I prepare to marry Phinn. That’s when I decide to run.

I run as far away as the road takes me. Unbeknownst to me, I am about to run into my destiny.


From the moment I see Gabby Roman, I know that we are destined to be together. Something inside of me tells me that she is about to turn my world upside down and inside out. All of the sudden, everything I thought I wanted is irrelevant, including becoming sheriff.

Gabby is the talk of the town. My town has a ‘No outsiders allowed’ mentality. They don’t want anyone trying to rock the boat and change up the control they have in this town. They run the show.

I’m an insider by default. They will always accept me. However, they will not accept Gabby. Do I give up my life, livelihood, and family for the girl of my dreams?


I’m living a nightmare. I’ve come to the unfortunate realization that if you weren’t born and raised here you will never fit in. Trust me, I’ve tried. You are prejudged, even though you’ve never been given the time of day.

I’m struggling to find where I fit in. The only thing that does seem to fit is Ty. If only I were strong enough to take it. If only he could see that this town is ripping me and ‘us’ apart.

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christie review 4 starsWhat a great escape! Ella Col’s book is a bit of a switch than her other books. The characters are somewhat older and more mature, and I loved it! The book hooked me from the very beginning and kept me under its spell until the last page was finished.

Gabby has literally driven away from her old life and her fiancé…on her wedding day! She has driven for hours and is exhausted when Ty, a small town sheriff’s deputy, pulls her over for driving erratically. Instead of putting her in jail, he persuades her to stay in the spare room of his house until she decides what her next step is going to be. Sparks fly between the two almost instantly. They try to keep their relationship platonic since she is running from a relationship, and he is running for sheriff. But, how long can they ignore their feelings? Some of the people in town, like Ty’s grandfather and ex, want to make sure these two never get together! Will they be able to keep them apart?

I liked Ty and Gabby as individuals, but I loved them as a couple. Ty was sexy but had the heart of a teddy bear. While I liked Ty, Gabby was my favorite. Ella wrote her in a way that she just jumped off the pages. I felt like I was in the town with her. Gabby has a special place in my heart, and she is a character I won’t soon forget!

Ella also did a great job of describing the small town. I really felt like I was a part of the community, but I was team Gabby all the way! Col really did her research on small town living. I spent 10 years in a small town. When reading Escape, I felt like I was back in that small town, from the way people knew everyone else’s business to people being suspicious of newcomers. However, I will say most of the people allowed Gabby into their hearts at some point in the book.

I have been fortunate to read Ella’s books from the very first one. And, I tell her with each one she gets better. Escape is no exception! No matter what book I am reading by her, she has a common theme of a strong female character, and Gabby is no exception. She is, perhaps, my favorite character from all of her books! Like Gabby, Ella has a special place in my heart. If you love your characters with filled with beauty (both inside and out), then do yourself a favor and open your heart to Gabby. She will make you forget real life if even for a little while!

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Abou the author
Wow…that’s all a girl can say. July of 2013 I decided to hit publish on a little story called Save. Little did I know what would happen next. I started to get reviews…fan mail…Facebook and Twitter requests. To say I was floored is an understatement. All of the sudden I was thrown into the world of a dream I always had…to be a writer. I’m attending book signings. And, I’m autographing my books. It’s surreal. Really. I’m so touched by the welcoming response. More than anything, I am humbled by the thought that you…yes you…downloaded my work and liked it. Sure, I can’t please everyone. That being said, the fact that you enjoyed my story/stories means so much more to me. I wish I could hang out with each and every one of you and make you understand what this all means to me. For now…I will say ‘Thank you’. And, I will do my best to keep knocking out books as long as you keep reading them.

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~ No Way Out (Hawks MC Series #4) by Lila Rose Release Blitz ~

Title: No Way Out

Author: Lila Rose
Series: Hawks MC Series, Book 4
Genre: Fiction/Humorous/Romance/Erotica 
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Release Date: March 23rd

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Trapped in a marriage since the age of twenty-one, Malinda May is finally free. Having lost her biker husband, she is determined to keep her two teenage children as far away from the MC lifestyle as possible, a lifestyle which has brought her nothing but heartache and fear. Life is never that simple. Relentless in their mission to prove to Malinda that not all bikers are bad, the Hawks’ women are determined to support Malinda and her family, whether she wants it or not. In her struggle to keep her distance, Malinda soon battles her desire to keep her family safe or relent and begin to trust the MC.
Tired of women and their mind games, Declan Stoke knows women are only good for keeping his bed warm for a night. Having once thought he’d found the one, he’s no longer willing to put his heart on the line. Even when faced with the temptation of a wounded, sexy woman, he steers clear…well, tries to.
Malinda and Stoke find themselves at an impasse, one seemingly impossible to navigate through. With trouble brewing, life is going to get complicated, and for Malinda, she’s trapped with no way out.

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~ Twisted Lies (Dirty Secrets #1) by Sedona Venez Book Blitz + Giveaway ~


Twisted Lies
by Sedona Venez
Dirty Secrets 1
Publication Date: September 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Erotic, Fiction, Novella,Romance, Serial, Short Story, Suspense

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SynopsisIt was sick and sordid, and I couldn’t tell what this really was. I only knew when I was around him, he suffocated me with his twisted lies and dirty secrets, only to cruelly resuscitate me—and shamefully, I loved it.

How far do the lies go?

After working her way up, Sinthia Michaels has finally hit it big in the glamorous fashion industry. Young and beautiful, she has it all – a celeb lifestyle, a gorgeous Manhattan townhouse, and a highly anticipated couture fashion line.

The need for revenge

Core McKay, former kingpin of New York City’s organized crime, is now a wealthy and legitimate businessman. However, when Core sets his sights on a corrupt politician, his need for revenge leads him to Sin’s up-and-coming fashion empire.

Trapped in the middle

Weaving together his twisted lies and dirty secrets, Core entangles Sin in his web of deceit. When the backstabbing fashion world, the vicious political arena, and the ruthless criminal underworld converge, Sin becomes trapped in the middle and struggles to fight her way out.

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This is a pseudonym for T.L. Clarke.

Acclaimed author Sedona Venez grew up in New York. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a backup dancer gig based on her awesome Zumba dancing skills. She is the author of the Credence Curse series (Breaking the Storm, When Lightning Strikes, Reason to Love). She is also the author of the popular Valkyries:Soaring Raven series.

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~ Two Princes (Sanctuary Sons MC #1) by Victoria Danann Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

TwoPrincesBannerTwo Princes
by Victoria Danann
Sanctuary Sons MC #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance


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SynopsisTwo brothers, one a player, one a playboy, are on a collision course with destiny and a woman who thought she won a prize when she was allowed a look inside the Sons of Sanctuary MC.

Brigid Roan is a graduate student at the University of Texas. She had no trouble getting her thesis approved, but finding a Hill Country motorcycle club willing to give her access to their lifestyle was looking impossible. Then she got a lead. A friend of a friend had a cousin with family ties to The Sons of Sanctuary.

What Brigid wanted was information to prove a proposition. The last thing she had in mind was falling for one of the members of the club. Especially since she was a feminist academic out to prove that motorcycle clubs are organized according to the same structure as primitive tribal society.

Brash Fornight was standing in line at the H.E.B. Market when his world tipped on its axis. While waiting his turn to check out, his gaze had wandered to the magazine display and settled on the new issue of “NOW”. The image on the cover, although GQ’d up in an insanely urbane way, was… him.

After reading the article, Brash threw some stuff in a duffle and left his only home, a room at The Sons of Sanctuary clubhouse, with a vague explanation about needing a couple of days away. He left his truck at the Austin airport and caught a plane for New York, on a mission to find a mysterious guy walking around with his face.

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USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Victoria Danann, is making her debut into Contemporary Romance with releases in May and June 2015, after taking the world of PNR by storm.

Her Knights of Black Swan series won BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES TWO YEARS IN A ROW (2013, 2014). Reviewers Choice Awards, The Paranormal Romance Guild.

Victoria’s paranormal romances come with uniquely fresh perspectives on “imaginary” creatures, characters, and themes. She adds a dash of scifi, a flourish of fantasy, enough humor to make you laugh out loud, and enough steam to make you squirm in your chair. Her heroines are independent femmes with flaws and minds of their own whether they are aliens, witches, demonologists, psychics, past life therapists, or financial analysts from Dallas. Her heroes are hot and hunky, but they also have brains, character, and good manners – usually – whether they be elves, demons, berserkers, werewolves, or vampires.

The first book of the Knights of Black Swan Paranormal Romance Series, My Familiar Stranger, was nominated for Best Paranormal Romance of 2012 by both Reviewers’ Choice and Readers’ Choice Awards. All of her books have opened on the Amazon Best Sellers list and earned Night Owl Reviews TOP PICK awards. Many have appeared on Listopia BOOK OF THE MONTH as #1 across all genres.

For books published in 2013, Black Swan won three awards. 1. Best Paranormal Romance Series 2. Best Paranormal Romance Novel – A SUMMONER’S TALE 3. Best Vampire~Shifter Novel – MOONLIGHT. In 2014, Solomon’s Sieve won Best Vampire Novel.

If you’re interested in Victoria personally, she is also a classically trained musician who defected to Classic Rock music. Until 2013 she was the utility player for Houston’s Roadhouse band, which means she played rhythm guitar, keyboards, sang back ups and female leads. Her band covered everything (note for note) from Styx to Led Zepellin to Rush.

She lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her husband and a very smart, mostly black German Shepherd dog.

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