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~ REVIEW: Down the Shore: A Rock and Roll Romantic Comedy by T. Torrest ~

index.3SynopsisDOWN THE SHORE A rock-and-roll romantic comedy. Livia Chadwick is a photographer by day and a self-proclaimed rock slut by night. Her dating life is a lackluster parade of evasive jerks and her boss is an unrelenting nightmare of a human being. What else can a girl do but rent a beach house with her girlfriends And blow off a little steam every weekend? But hey, she’s from Jersey. Barhopping down the shore all season is sort of mandatory. All is going according to plan… until she meets Jack. Jack Tanner is a contractor-turned-musician in a small-town cover band suddenly thrust into the limelight. He’s already had enough of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and groupies have never been his thing. Then again… there’s a gorgeous brunette in the audience tonight, checking him out with the most incredible green eyes he’s ever seen. She’s looking for a fling. He’s looking for forever. It’s gonna be one helluva summer. Set in the summer of 1995, DOWN THE SHORE takes the reader on a tour through some of the Jersey shore’s hottest hot spots over one, sleepless, flannel-clad summer. It’s a look back to a time when the music was groundbreaking, the rock clubs were king, and bar bands ruled the world. ***Not recommended for anyone under the age of 18, and/or any readers who are slut-shamers, guido sympathizers, beach haters or anti-music. Other people who should walk away from this book immediately: Readers who have sticks up their butts about offensive language, those who don’t like detailed sex scenes in their stories, idiots who think “Jersey Shore” has anything to do with actual New Jerseyans, and anyone who can’t appreciate the mother-effing nineties.

*** READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: Light, sexy, funny, romantic, and nostalgic.

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“But maybe everything in this world starts out rough around the edges and just needs someone to love it in order to make it truly beautiful. Maybe the most lasting things are so sturdy because they’ve been tested and restructured, tempered, and reinforced…”

 Down The Shore is summed up in that quote. It’s a journey of two people who are imperfect and rough around the edges who have gone through relationships that don’t last, but when they finally come together, it’s a thing of beauty and sturdy because it’s been tested and restructured into something lasting. It’s the story of Livia, a talented photographer, who goes through men at warp speed, especially rock musicians. All that changes when she meets up and coming rock star, Jack. She’s looking for something temporary, and he’s looking for something lasting. She wants to get him to bed like yesterday, and he wants to wait. So, he proposes that they have 10 dates before having sex. He’s hoping in that time she will want to take a chance with him. It’s truly a journey filled with laughter, almost unbearable sexual chemistry, and tears! I was hooked from the very first page.

As usual, Torrest pulls you into a story by making her characters so likeable that you feel like you are their friend. No one can seem to tame Livia, and it’s a freakin’ treat to see Jack try. They bring out the best and worst in each other that you just can’t help but get caught up in them. I loved Livia’s transformation; she is in her early 20’s, not sure what she wants out of life and stuck in a job she hates. Because of her relationship with Jack, she grows up and decides what she wants. And Jack, oh my goodness…this man is HOT! And, I love the fact that he loves music, but he doesn’t need to be famous to make his life complete. In addition to falling in love with Livia and Jack, I fell in love with their friends and family. I am crossing my fingers that Torrest will write some books about them!

As usual, Torrest’s trademark humor keeps you flying through the pages. Her ability to transport you back in time never ceases to amaze me. It made me smile remembering my youth in the 1990’s which is the time that this book takes place. If you love a good romance with some naughtiness mixed in and unforgettable characters, then read this book and take a trip back in time to see what made the 1990’s such an awesome time!!!!

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Title : Six YearsAuthor : Stephanie Witter

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Release Day : June 9thCategory and genre : New Adult Contemporary RomanceNovel length : over 100.000 words.
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They hadn’t seen each other in six years.
She’d always had a crush on him.
He’d only ever seen her like a little sister.
And now…he’s back.
 
 
Brooklyn
 
I thought that he was a part of a distant past. I thought I didn’t feel anything for him now, but I was not so sure anymore. Having him back in my life, for however long it was, was making me see things differently. So many things had changed in the last six years and somehow I’d lost myself and forgotten all about my dreams.
 
My home life was still a mess, my personal life was nothing to boast about and when I see how successful he is, how everything he’d always wanted came true, I couldn’t help but feel lacking in a lot of ways. But he’s back and he needed me. I knew I was the only one who understood that part of his life, the only one he’s willing to share it with. My heart is still beating too hard and too fast for him and this time around, I was as much an adult as he was.
Having a six year age gap didn’t mean shit.
 
 
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Being back in Riverdale was harder than I thought. I’d turned my back on that life, but there had always been that one girl in my head. Little B. Now she’s nothing like the twelve year old girl I’d last seen. She’s a young woman, gorgeous and sexy. I couldn’t stay away. There’s something drawing me to her and it goes beyond my need to reconnect with her, to have her back in my life and fill the hollow part of my chest. But I couldn’t forget the little girl she had been; I shouldn’t forget the little girl she used to be.
 
Growing up with a junkie mother and nobody else, my neighbor, Brooklyn, had been my only happy place. I had taken care of her, and when I had left, I had to leave behind a huge part of me. I couldn’t do it again. I needed her. Once again, she’s the only person I want in my life, but I wasn’t sure if it was for all the right reasons.
 
Were there too many obstacles in the way?
 
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“I won’t push you away.”
His Adam’s apple jumped once and a smile brightened his face. My eyes landed on his pierced lower lip and a wave of lust punched me low in my belly. I cleared my throat, feeling uncomfortable with the pictures my brain conjured.
He came closer, erasing the little space separating us. I could feel the washed away denim of his blue jeans and his firm thigh underneath against my bare leg. I wanted to close my eyes and revel in his presence, in the feel of his body against me, but I didn’t. I kept my eyes open as he leaned into me and wrapped his arms around me. The lean muscles in his arms flexed, his bare and hot skin brushing mine. I felt naked in my tank top as his bare arms were doing things to me I never thought possible.
“Relax, Brooklyn. It’s just me,” he said in my ear, his thin lips and loop tracing the words against the sensitive skin of my ear. I never realized before how an ear could be so erogenous. I couldn’t believe it. I was in Nolan’s arms six years after he left. He was here, in my bedroom.
I took a deep breath and the smell of his clean clothes and the scent that was only him, assaulted me. I was taken back to six years ago, before I had to face the loneliness that was my life. Before I lost my best friend. But right now, I wanted to stay in his arms without thinking about his departure or the future. I wrapped my arms around his narrow waist and balled his t-shirt in my fists.
He relaxed against me and ran a hand up and down my back, avoiding the small of my back that was bared by my tank top which had ridden up. “It feels different,” he said, pulling away. He nibbled on the loop in his lower lip.
I nodded and smiled weakly. Losing the heat and weight of his arms around me made me feel depressed. I missed that kind of attention, of touch. Mike and all the guys before him never hugged me just because they cared about me. If they hugged me it was with the purpose to have me naked minutes later and while I was all for it, it was also difficult when you had nobody to give you a real, warm hug. I’d forgotten what comfort felt like.
“It’s different. We’re both adults now.”

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“I’d never been able to leave him in my life, and it wouldn’t start now, even if it broke my heart.”

Unique and beautiful friends to lovers story. Brooklyn and Nolan have known each other since childhood. The two have never known love and acceptance until they meet each other. It doesn’t matter that six years separate them. She adores and looks up to him, and he gives her a sense of protection she has never known. But, Nolan knows he has to leave, or he will end up like his mother. When he leaves her with a note, she is devastated. As he is out making his mark on the world, she just settles in life. She shares a home with her unfeeling parents and moves from man to man. When Nolan finally returns six years later, neither are prepared for the upheaval their lives are thrown into. She never got over the crush she had on Nolan, and he isn’t anticipating the beautiful young woman she has become. As they reconnect, they are facing feelings they have never truly felt before. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that conspire to keep them apart?

This isn’t your typical friends to lovers story since Brooklyn is so young, and there is six-year age difference. I could really empathize with Brooklyn’s feelings. What woman can’t remember the thrilling and confusing feelings of having a crush on an older guy? The progression and emotions in the change of their relationship is very realistic. Nolan really does have conflicting and confusing feelings. He has only seen Brooklyn as a little sister and seeing her in a sexual way throws him into a tailspin. They don’t just automatically fall into a relationship; it takes time.

Witter did a phenomenal job in her character development, especially with Brooklyn. She takes a young girl who has known nothing but pain and rejection and turned her into a loyal and loving character which makes readers loyal and loving to her. She had such a capacity for forgiveness. She was loyal and loved others despite their faults and imperfections. I loved Nolan, but the story really belongs to Brooklyn in my opinion.

I have been a fan of Witter’s from the very beginning of her foray into writing, and she continually grows with each book she writes. Six Years is my favorite from her so far. I suggest reading if you love a book that begins in pain and darkness but ends with love, joy, and light!


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Stephanie Witter is a French dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she started reading in English when she couldn’t wait any longer for Harry Potter to be translated in French. After a while, reading wasn’t enough. She started writing Young Adult and New Adult Contemporary novels and PATCH UP is her first New Adult Contemporary novel.
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~ Dirty Bad Savage by Jade West Release Blitz ~

Title: Dirty Bad Savage 

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Genre: Erotic Romance, BDSM 

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They say Callum Jackson’s a savage.
No home. No prospects. No self-restraint.
He’s red-flagged on my system, a grade-1 aggression risk, totally off limits for a woman like me.
But the rules don’t allow for my dangerous games; they don’t bend for my twisted desires.
Callum Jackson is the most beautiful beast. 
A beast I can’t stop thinking about, can’t stop wanting, can’t stop hunting…
…I just pray to God this beast bites.
Sophia Harding runs a tight ship. She may work in the dregs of housing association slums, but her patch is on the way up. 
Anti-social behaviour is down, employment is on the rise, and she’s even been shortlisted for estate manager of the year.
It’s looking good. Really good. Until Callum Jackson completes his jail time and lands right back on her doorstep.
She could do without a guy like him on her books: a failure of the system and a pain in the fucking ass.
She should tick the boxes, do her job and keep her distance – that’s what the handbook says. The handbook says no one-on-one contact, no at-risk situations, no direct confrontation of any kind.
But the handbook doesn’t know of her craving for hardcore submission.
The handbook has no fucking idea how she yearns to unleash Jackson at club Explicit, where his savage can really run wild.
The handbook doesn’t know shit…
 
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Jade West is a contemporary erotic author, real life submissive, and former sex chat-line operator, who is plenty used to getting people all steamed up with her dirty mouth. Her debut release, Dirty Bad Wrong, smashed into the Amazon top 100 in February 2015, and the next standalone in the Dirty Bad series, Dirty Bad Savage, releases June 9th.
 
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~ Heartfelt Lies (Undone #2) by Kristy Love Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway ~

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Title: Heartfelt Lies (Undone #2)

Author: Kristy Love

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 8, 2015

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Loving Cassie was effortless.
She was a thirst I couldn’t quench.

She was everything I needed, but nothing I deserved.
I failed her more times than I could count.

I lied relentlessly.
And she always forgave me.

Until she couldn’t.

Maybe I deserved to be left behind.

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Jax swept me off my feet with his disheveled hair and his easy smile.
I loved him fiercely.
He made me believe in the fairytale.

Then the walls crumbled around me.
The lies never ended.
I left him behind. I had no choice.
I mourned the loss of him.

But I moved on.
I created a new life,
Now, I was marrying someone else.

Where do we go now that he’s back?

 

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“Jax,” I breathed. I reached behind me, grasping for the door handle to my backseat. When it opened, I pulled his face away from my chest. His lips were red from thoroughly kissing me. His chest was heaving and his eyes were glazed. I smiled and tugged on his hand. I climbed inside my car, lying back on the seat. He crawled on top of me and shut the door behind him. Without pause, he helped me out of my light jacket and tossed it in the front. He pulled my shirt over my head and went back to attacking my breasts. I wrapped my arms around him and ran them over his back. He had never been skin and bones, but now he had more definition. He wasn’t too bulky, there was just enough there that my arousal kicked up another five notches.

I pulled on his shirt, whipping it over his head. He smirked at me, taking my bra off.

“Cassie,” he said, his voice reverent and so full of want that it almost hurt to hear it. “Fuck. I never thought I’d be able to touch you, kiss you again. Now that I started, I’m not sure I can ever stop.”

“Don’t stop. Don’t ever stop.”

He leaned down and pulled a nipple into his mouth. I cried out. His hand slid down my abdomen, my muscles twitching as he moved over them. He popped the button of my jeans and slid down the zipper before slipping his hand inside. He traced his finger over my panties. He groaned.

“Fuck, Cassie.” His whole body went still and stiff, his head buried in my neck. “I think I’m going to die. Right here, right now. If I wake up tomorrow and this was a dream, I don’t think I can go on with life.”

“It’s not a dream, Jax. I’m here, with you.”

He regarded me and the pain in his eyes caused my heart to squeeze painfully. It seemed as though he was about to say something, but instead, he devoured my lips and slipped a finger inside me. I arched my back, ripping my lips away from his. The sensation, the feeling, it was so much. Too much.

“God, you feel so good.” He buried his face in my neck again and kissed, licked, nibbled it. My mouth was wide open, as were my eyes, as he moved his fingers inside me magically. I couldn’t think about anything but the feel of his fingers and the way he was playing my body like a guitar. He still knew exactly how to touch me in such a way that, before long, my hips were bucking against his and I screamed out his name.

He slipped his hand out of my jeans, moving up to brush my hair out of my face. He studied my face as though he’d never see it again. My mind was still coming back down to Earth as he helped me put my bra and shirt back on. Before I knew it, he was sitting next to me, pulling his shirt on. He kissed my lips, long and passionate and so amazingly. I wanted his hands on me again, even though they’d been gone only been a few minutes.

“I don’t want to leave you, Cassie, but if I don’t leave now, we’re never leaving this parking lot,” he said, then pressed a kiss to my forehead.

I wrapped my arms around his neck, kissing him. I never wanted this feeling to end.

daniell review 4 starsWhen the story begins, Jax is at the church trying to stop Cassie from marrying another man.  Even though they have spent the last 5 years apart, Jax still loves her and hopes to make amends but Cassie has already moved on with her life and that doesn’t include the man who broke her heart so recklessly.  I was immediately drawn into the story of how these two got to this point in their lives. 

Jax and Cassie had a romantic beginning, he happened to be dining in the restaurant where she worked as a waitress. He left his number and a sweet message on the back of his receipt   Cassie had been through some difficult times and was hesitant to return to the dating scene but Jax won her over with his charm and willingness to take things slow.  The relationship between these two was so sweet and filled with love…until it wasn’t.  Their relationship became nothing but lies and all of the other things that go along with addiction. 
Can Jax and Cassie ever find their way back to each other and the love they once had? Or has to much happened to ever be forgiven?
This story goes from the present time back to the past as well as being told from both POVs.  It was important for the back story to be told, however there were times I wished it would stay in the present time.  It was easy to love both of the main characters, even when they were making poor decisions.  This was a beautiful story of second chance love, full of angst and heartbreak but also the power of forgiveness and true love.  Kristy Love did an excellent job of portraying how things really are in the world of addiction and recovery.  This is the second book in the Undone series but can be read as a standalone.

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Kristy Love

From the time she was old enough to form words into sentences, Kristy Love has been writing stories. She attended La Roche College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing. When she’s not writing, Kristy can be found with her nose stuck in a book or spending time with her family and friends.

She lives with her husband and two girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Title: Chasing Each Other (Chasing, #2)

Author: J.D. Rivera

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: July 7, 2015

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SynopsisMirandaÉ

I was always the life of the party, the happy one.

Until Preston killed my soul.

When he came into my life, he destroyed me. I was a shell of my former self, pretending to be fine while wishing I wouldn’t wake up the next day. I never dreamed my best friend would come back into my life…and bring Brad Nicholson with her.

I never dreamed the homicide detective with the cocky attitude could show me my worth again. He could show me that my life could be amazing every day.

Until the day he found out about my past with Preston. Then, I was sure he’d see the real Miranda and ditch me for good.

BradÉ

From a young age, I made a decision.

I knew what I wanted to do with my life and from that point on, my work molded me. Everything became routine. Casual. Until Mackenzie walked into my life, bringing her best friend, Miranda, with her.

From the first moment I saw Miranda, I knew she could be someone special. I didnÕt have time for relationships, but she was different. She was a piece of the puzzle that could be missing. But she was broken, I could see that. And all I wanted to do was turn her into the girl I knew she really was beneath her perfectly placed mask.

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The sweetness of beginnings can bind two hearts together forever. The beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota is about to see another such beginning. A wedding of a couple whose love is as unrestrained as a winter snowstorm. Suspicions can be conquered and truths can be proven. Memories can be made and dreams can be broken. Forever doesn’t always mean ‘easy’.

In an ordinary moment, a life can be altered irrevocably. The Johnson family is set adrift in a sea of turmoil as the unthinkable happens and their father, Travis Johnson is injured. A pillar of their family is fighting for his life and suddenly, the everyday, petty things don’t seem to matter anymore. Lacey Johnson is now the guide that must pull everyone else back on track. It is her wisdom that guides two hearts to the point of no return.

 

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Maybe it was over before it really had a chance to begin. She hoped that her parents would understand why they were separating in less than a year of marriage. This certainly wasn’t what she had in mind at all. The gold and brown flowered recliner was a welcome respite. She sat down gingerly and adjusted the little pillow for her lower back. Closing her eyes as she sat back and rested her head on the padding, Lacey tried to calm her pounding heart. Her stomach was tight and her lower back was aching profoundly.

She heard the floor creak before she heard his voice.

“I’m sorry, Lace. I can’t leave.”

She didn’t open her eyes. She didn’t want to see what a mess he was and hope that she could somehow clean him up. It wasn’t her job. Besides that, Travis had always been the level-headed one and she the emotional one. The tables had somehow been turned and she could say definitely that she disliked it vehemently.

“I am sure I can go stay with my parents or Janell.” Lacey didn’t want to get out of the chair.

“No.”

“Well I admit it isn’t ideal, but that way I won’t be alone.” Lacey continued, ignoring the rise in his voice.

“You’re not alone.”

“I am, but this little one will make its debut soon. I’ll be sure to send you pictures.”

She was baiting him. Still she kept her head leaning against the chair and her eyes firmly closed.

“Like hell you will!” Travis was all attention now and she could hear his steps as he moved across the floor. “That child is mine.”

The thickness of the energy in the room could be cut with a knife. She could hear him panting and wondered how his head was feeling this morning.

“It is mine too. I’ve been too sick to move. I’ve been so dizzy that I faint. I’ve been on an emotional roller coaster and I’ve spent the last five days feeling like I’m doing this alone. I can’t go on this way. If you aren’t in this with me, I’m out.” Her voice rose in octaves that had to have his head splitting. When she opened her eyes to the silence, she found him only a couple feet away looking at her seriously.

“You can’t leave me.” The command she knew was coming, but hoping he could back it up. Alone the words sounded weak and pleading.

“I can.” Lacey shifted in the chair, feeling peculiar to say the least. “I know what Rip meant to you and I’m sorry for what happened. The drinking and anger has to stop or you’ll lose me too.” She stared into his blue eyes and saw the fear clouded by the hangover.

“I know. It will. Please don’t leave me.” He went to his knees in front of the chair. His hands clasped together and his face contorted in contrition.

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A.C. Wilson lives in Abilene, Kansas with her husband, two sons, and their chocolate lab. She loves to be outdoors, playing with her boys and absolutely loves to write.

The Black Hills Series came from her mother’s idea to use Hot Springs, South Dakota as a home town for the Johnson family. Everything about the Black Hills is enchantingly rugged and of course, there are cowboys!

Check out her young adult contemporary romantic series.

 

Black Hills Angel (Book 1),

Black Hills Blessing (Book 2),

Black Hills Rebel (Book 3),

Black Hills Secrets (Book 4) and Black
Hills Forever (Book 5 coming Summer 2015).

 

Four novellas will also accompany this series as Black Hills Seasons presents the
stories of the supporting characters that readers have requested.

Watch for them in late 2015 or early 2016.

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Title: HOLD ME (Twist Me, #3)

Author: Anna Zaires

A Dark Erotic Novel

Release Date: June 9, 2015

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Captor and captive. Lovers. Soul mates.

We’re all that and more.

We thought we were past the worst of it. We thought we finally had a chance.

We thought wrong.

We’re Nora and Julian, and this is our story.

 

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“What did you dream about?” I ask softly. “Was it Beth?”

“No.” She shakes her head, and I see that her breathing is beginning to return to normal. Her voice, however, still holds echoes of horror as she says hoarsely, “It was you this time. Majid was cutting out your eyes, and I couldn’t stop him . . .”

I try not to react, but it’s impossible. Her words hurl me back to that cold, windowless room, to the nauseating sensations I’ve been trying to forget for the past several days. My head begins to throb with remembered agony, my half-healed eye socket burning with emptiness once again. I feel blood and other fluids dripping down my face, and my stomach heaves at the recollection. I’m no stranger to pain, or even to torture—my father believed that his son should be able to withstand anything—but losing my eye had been by far the most excruciating experience of my life.

Physically, at least.

Emotionally, Nora’s appearance in that room probably holds that honor.

It takes all of my willpower to wrench my thoughts back to the present, away from the mind-numbing terror of seeing her dragged in by Majid’s men. “You did stop him, Nora.” It kills me to admit this, but if it weren’t for her bravery, I would probably be decomposing in some dumpster in Tajikistan. “You came for me, and you saved me.”

I still have trouble believing that she did that—that she voluntarily placed herself in the hands of psychotic terrorists to save my life. She didn’t do it out of some naive conviction that they wouldn’t harm her. No, my pet knew exactly what they were capable of, and she still had the courage to act.

I owe my life to the girl I abducted, and I don’t quite know how to deal with that.

“Why did you do it?” I ask, stroking the edge of her lower lip with my thumb. Deep down, I know, but I want to hear her admit it.

She gazes at me, her eyes filled with shadows from her dream. “Because I can’t survive without you,” she says quietly. “You know that, Julian. You wanted me to love you, and I do. I love you so much that I would walk through hell for you.”

I take in her words with greedy, shameless pleasure. I can’t get enough of her love. I can’t get enough of her. I wanted her initially because of her resemblance to Maria, but my childhood friend had never evoked even a fraction of emotions Nora makes me feel. My affection for Maria had been innocent and pure, just like Maria herself.

My feelings for Nora are anything but.

“Listen to me, my pet . . .” My hand leaves her face to rest on her shoulder. “I need you to promise me that you will never do something like that again. I’m obviously glad to be alive, but I would sooner have died than had you in that kind of danger. You are never to risk your life for me again. Do you understand me?”

The nod she gives me is faint, almost imperceptible, and I see a mutinous gleam in her eyes. She doesn’t want to make me mad, so she’s not disagreeing, but I have a strong suspicion she’s going to do what she thinks is right regardless of what she says right now.

This obviously calls for more heavy-handed measures.

“Good,” I say silkily. “Because next time—if there is ever a next time—I will kill anyone who helps you against my orders . . . and I will do it slowly and painfully. Do you understand me, Nora? If anyone so much as endangers a hair on your head, whether it’s to save me or for any other reason, that person will die a very unpleasant death. Do I make myself clear?”

“Yes.” She looks pale now, her lips pressed together as if to contain a protest. She’s angry with me now, but she’s also scared. Not for herself—she’s beyond that fear now—but for others. My pet knows I mean what I say.

She knows I’m a conscienceless killer with only one weakness.

Her.

 

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Twist Me_1600x2400Kidnapped. Taken to a private island.

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely.

Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful – a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

My captor is an enigma. I don’t know who he is or why he took me. There is a darkness inside him – a darkness that scares me even as it draws me in.

My name is Nora Leston, and this is my story.

 

 

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Abducted at eighteen. Held captive for 15 months.

It reads like one of those headlines. And yes, I did it. I stole her. Nora, with her long dark hair and silky skin. She’s my weakness, my obsession.

I’m not a good man. I never pretended to be one. She can love me, but she can’t change me.

I can, however, change her.

My name is Julian Esguerra, and Nora is mine to keep.

 

 

Abou the author

anna zaires

Anna Zaires fell in love with books at the age of five, when her grandmother taught her to read. She wrote her first story shortly thereafter. Since then, she has always lived partially in a fantasy world where the only limits were those of her imagination. Currently residing in Florida, Anna is happily married to Dima Zales (a science fiction and fantasy author) and closely collaborates with him on all their works.

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics, Anna spent eight years on Wall Street analyzing stocks and writing research reports. In 2013, she became a full-time author, pursuing her lifelong dream of writing romance novels.

Dima Zales is the love of her life and a huge inspiration in all aspects of her writing. Every book Anna writes is a product of their unique collaborative process.

In addition to reading and writing, Anna enjoys drinking tea (coconut oolong, anyone?), watching addictive TV shows, and discussing book ideas during long walks with her amazing husband.

She loves hearing from her readers, so please don’t hesitate to contact her through her website or connect with her on Facebook, where she hangs out way too often. Also, please visit her husband and collaborator, Dima Zales, at www.dimazales.com and check out their fantasy & science fiction books.

 

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