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New Release!!! After Care (A Romance for the Over 40) by L.B. Dunbar & 5 +++ Stars!!!! FREAKING AWESOME!!!!

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What do you get when you cross a breast cancer survivor with a sexy, mature man….

After Care

A romance for the over 40.

L.B. Dunbar



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Breast cancer survivor Edie Williams is ready to live.

Divorced. Mother of two.

She’s planned the vacation of a lifetime for a reboot,

only to encounter an awakening adventure—Tommy Carrigan.

Manager of the band Collision, Tommy Carrigan has his plate full.

Independent. Carefree.

He’s on an annual holiday with his band family,

when the unexpected happens—Edie Williams.

Love might be just what the doctor prescribed,

but can it survive the world of rock-n-roll?

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OMG!!!! WHAT A READ! I have yet another top read of 2018 and an all-time favorite! L.B. Dunbar has proven that love can be just as passionate and sexy in your 40’s as it is in your 20’s and 30’s.

Edie has traveled to Hawaii with her daughter, Masie, 18, and son, Caleb, 22, as a new beginning. She is trying to figure out who she is after surviving breast cancer and a divorce. A chance meeting at a swimming pool will forever change her and make her believe in happy endings again!

Tommy is the band manager for his niece’s husband. He is on the road constantly and always busy with the guys in the band. He has no time or desire for a romance. That all changes when he lays eyes on Edie. He will reconsider everything he thought he knew about romance!

The chemistry between these two is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!! Edie and Tommy showed me that earth-shattering passion isn’t just for those in their 20’s. These two will definitely cause your temperature to rise.

Oh Lord, Tommy!!! He just proves that a man can be sexy at any age.

“He wasn’t a young man, but all male. There was a certain sexiness about an older man, one no longer lean with a six pack, but firm, with a rounded chest and tight abdominal muscles.”

It wasn’t just his sex appeal that grabbed ahold of my heart…nope…he had a whole lot of good stuff going on inside of him. Edie was interested in knowing all of him. She knew he was strong and had a good heart. He did everything for his niece, Ivy, and the band.

“He had a strong heart to keep theirs happy. He did everything for the band, everything for Ivy. Tommy Carrigan had a solid, outer shell, but I wanted to know more about what lay underneath.”

Edie has to be one of my all-time favorite female heroines. Yes, I said heroine. She is indeed a warrior, and she not only fought for her life but also fought to find herself again. She was a wife and a mother. She never envisioned spending her time after Masie leaves for college alone. She didn’t want to be alone; she wanted someone to tell her things would be alright when she wasn’t sure. She wanted someone to love her. She deserved it, and Tommy was lucky to find someone who loved him for who he was as a person, not anyone else.

As with all of Dunbar’s books, it isn’t just the steam or sexiness that makes up the story but the emotions and the characters’ relationships with one another. I loved the relationship Edie was able to have with the boys in the band, even Gage, but most especially with Ivy. Their bond was so special. She understood what Ivy was experiencing as a mother. She understood that many times our identities as mothers overshadows everything else, and before we know it, we sometimes lose our own as we help our children find theirs.
Both Edie and Tommy wanted to be seen as just as themselves. That is what drew them to each other. They didn’t see the “other stuff,” just each other.

“I understood his need to be seen for him—a man. It reminded me of me. I didn’t want to be viewed as a divorcee, or a mother of two, or a breast cancer survivor. I just wanted to be recognized as an independent woman—one who wanted to be loved and was willing to give love in return.”

Dunbar does have some little gems hidden within the pages of the book. There are some questions about Tommy’s past and what secrets he may be hiding. Plus, the way she describes Hawaii makes me want to pack my clothes and hop on a plane right now!!!!! And, if you have read her previous books, she gives us a tiny glimpse of one of my favorite places and one of my favorite couples.

Dunbar has proven time and time again what an amazing talent she is. She can write paranormal, contemporary, and dark romance. She can take the legendary Knights of the Round Table and make them into modern rock gods. Now, she has completely turned the genre of steamy, contemporary romance and turned it on its head making it all her own!!!!!



If you enjoyed The Sex Education of M.E., you’ll love After Care, another romance for the over-forty from L.B. Dunbar. Continue the adventure previously published in Love Notes, the newsletter of L.B. Dunbar.

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Deliverance (NYC Doms Book 1) by Jane Henry Cover Reveal





He’s bred to protect.

Tobias Creed likes things done his way, and he likes his women ready to submit. No strings attached. Until the night he meets the one woman who challenges him, practically begging to be taken over his knee.

As a single mom to a child with special needs, Diana McAdams does things her way. She’s in control and doesn’t have time for love. Happily-ever-afters aren’t for her.

Then she meets the man who demands her submission…





Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry. When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.



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We are so thrilled to reveal the cover for GETTING SCHOOLED by Emma Chase, a brand new standalone releasing on audible February 27th and everywhere else June 26th!



Head of the class…

Garrett Daniels has this whole life thing figured out.

The cocky, charismatic former high school star quarterback is an idolized football coach and “cool” teacher in the hometown where he’s not just a golden boy — he’s platinum. He has good friends, a great house on the lake, and the best damn sidekick a man could ask for: Snoopy, the albino beagle.

Then…Callie Carpenter comes home.

And knocks him right on his tight end zone.

Back to school…

Callie has a pretty sweet life herself…on the other side of the country. But circumstances — that she’d prefer to never speak of again — have brought her back home, helping out her parents and substitute teaching at her old high school.

Now she’s facing bickering, raging hormones, constant gossip, awkward weirdness, and drama galore…and that’s just the teachers.

Just like old times…

When Garrett offers to show his former high school sweetheart the secrets of his winning teacher ways, Callie jumps at the chance – and then has to stop herself from jumping him.

Good friends are all they can ever be.

Or…these teachers just might end up getting schooled — hard — by love.

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Don’t Be Afraid by C.A. Harms Release Blitz



Title: Don’t Be Afraid
Author: C.A. Harms
Genre: Second Chance Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Have you ever looked at someone and just knew,
knew that they were placed in your life for a reason?
The one person that would be not only your best friend,
but your absolute everything.
That’s how I felt the first time I saw him.
That one day when a few little words changed our entire
lives forever…
Don’t be
Afraid, he said.
Life can change so quickly.
One moment you can be smiling and feeling as if you’re
walking on clouds and the next, everything you love, everything you treasure
crumbles at your feet.
I told him to fight, I told him I needed him.
We needed him.
But there are just some fights that can’t be won…
He was my angel then, and he’s still my angel now.
In a way, I believe he’s still looking out for us, giving us
a future.
Sometimes it’s as if I can still feel his presence,
guiding us and keeping us safe.
So, I won’t be Afraid.
I’ll live. I’ll fight.
It’s what he would have wanted.
I’ll do it for him…


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I buried my body beneath the covers and curled around his warmth. With my head rested just where he’d wanted it, I closed my eyes tight and willed the tears away. Doing my best to hide the emptiness consuming me, I concentrated on breathing evenly.
“Always loved you right like this,” he confessed. “Your body so close to mine it feels like we’re the same person.” 
I took deep breaths as I thought of all the reasons life was so damn unfair.
“Loved burying my face in your hair, just breathing you in.”
Those were the words most girls dreamed of hearing, and they made our love feel more solid and concrete. But hearing them now was like a slow form of torture, because they were tearing the small amount of control I had left in me to pieces.
“You were made just for me, Sawyer Cooper,” he whispered sleepily. “I truly believe that.”
I squeeze my eyes shut tighter as I curled into him closer.
“Forever my girl.”
Tears rolled along my cheeks as I did all I could to wipe them away before he noticed. I was thankful sleep had taken him over and he was oblivious to the shattering of my soul.



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C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. She hasn’t always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently she has taken on a new liking and now is a full blown Romance novel addict.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. You will always find her with her kindle or paperback in hand as it is her favorite pass time.

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That Sexy Stranger Release Day Promotion by Nadia Lee and Review








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A sweet and sexy standalone romantic comedy!

The Romans had carpe diem; I have carpe David.

You know what’s frustrating about the love of my life? He thinks he’s in love with someone else…and has been dating her for five years! I know, right?

Then they suddenly break up. And he and I are on the same business trip. My chance to convince him we’re meant to be!

Except when I go to his suite in my sexiest lingerie and with my sexiest toys, David’s gone. Instead, there’s some guy who thinks I’m the evening’s professional entertainment.

As if!

Walking out of the room should’ve been the end of it…

…until that man, Luke, shows up again, ostensibly to return something I left behind. (A sex toy…a very very dirty one…)

…and refuses to go away because we apparently have “chemistry.” And okay, he’s admittedly hot, but there’s more to a relationship than chemistry, right…?

What have I done to deserve this?


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Light, funny read that helped bring me out of my book funk. 
When Sammi finds out that David, friend/coworker, has broken up with his long-term girlfriend, she feels it is finally time to make her feelings known. While away on a business trip, Sammi decides to it’s take to make her move and waits for him in his hotel room in just lingerie – only it’s not David that shows up!! It’s some sexy as sin stranger that thinks Sammi is for hire. Sammi escapes with what little dignity she has left and hopes to never see him again.  However, fate has other ideas!
When she keeps running into Luke, that sexy stranger, it is harder for Sammi to deny the spark she feels for him but she has had her heart and mind set on David. Which man will win Sammi’s heart? Read this fantastic rom-com and find out!!
That Sexy Stranger is the second standalone book in the Sweet Darlings, Inc series. The characters are very likeable and funny and the banter between them is hilarious at times. I hadn’t read the first book in this series but didn’t feel lost in any way. I will definitely check out other books in this series as the writing was great and it was easy to lose myself in the story and just enjoy a light-hearted read. If you are looking for something with just a little angst and a lot of hotness, then look no further! 






New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nadia Lee writes sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

Currently, she shares a condo overlooking a small river and sakura trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.


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Signed by Marni Mann Blog Tour with Excerpt & Review


Signed by Marni Mann

Release Date: January 22nd, 2018

Genre: Erotic Romance


A one-night stand with James Ryne, the hottest actress in LA, was a night I’d never forget…

James: I can’t stop thinking about you.

Brett: I didn’t know America’s sweetheart was such a dirty girl.

James: It gets better.

Brett: You’re too young for me.

James: Eighteen’s the age of consent.

Brett: The things I want to do to you right now…

James: Are you ever going to tell me who you really are?

Brett: The best you’ve ever had. That’s all you need to know.

James: When are you coming back to LA?

Brett: Next week—and you’d better not be wearing panties.

Brett: What the hell did I just watch?

James: Oh my God, Brett! It’s going viral!

James: My life is ruined. My career. My reputation.

James: Are you there?

James: Will you let me explain?

James: Brett?

Brett: Forget everything I said before. Forget us.

I tried to forget her…until she walked into my office, begging to get signed.


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Her body was leaning into mine, shivering from the air-conditioning vent blowing right above her. I pointed the air in the opposite direction, and my other hand went into her hair, pulling her face toward mine.

“A couple of miles,” I hissed against her lips, parting them for me.

The cranberry juice she’d mixed with her vodka tasted so fucking sweet on her tongue. If she gave me any more of it, I was going to shred her dress right here, dip my face between her legs, and lick her cunt.

Fuck, I couldn’t wait to taste that pussy and see if it was as sweet as the juice.

This driver needed to step on it.

I wasn’t a patient man.

As if she sensed that, she pulled back just a little, and I bit into her bottom lip, holding it, tugging it, before I said, “I’m going to fucking devour you.” Finally releasing her, I turned my attention to her neck, smelling, kissing, gnawing the skin that led to her ear.

“Oh my God,” she groaned, and she tried to slide her fingers through the slots between the buttons of my shirt.

She went lower, brushing back and forth across my cock, and that was when I shackled her wrists in my hand.

“Please,” she whined.

“You’re going to get it all fucking night; don’t you worry.”

We pulled into the front of my high-rise and came to a stop, and I opened the back door.

“I’ve got it, sir,” the driver said.

“I’m good,” I replied, sliding James into my arms and carrying her out.

The doorman didn’t greet me by name, a sign that he was new, but held the door open for us, and I took us through the lobby and into the elevator.

James’s tongue traced the outline of my ear as I pressed the button for my floor and settled us against the back wall.

“Make it hurry,” she breathed.

My thoughts were the same.

When we got to my floor, I rushed us down the short hallway and waved my fob over the reader. It clicked as it unlocked, and I brought us into the bedroom, setting James on her feet right by the bed.

I stood in front of her and said, “Turn around.”

I waited until her back faced me, and then I kissed across it while I lowered the zipper at the same time. She turned again when I was done, and she let the dress fall to the floor.

The only thing she wore now was the pair of black heels.

No bra, no panties.

I leaned back to admire her body. She had tits that were no bigger than my palms, nipples that were small and hard, and a bare pussy with the sweetest fucking clit at the top.

“Jesus Christ,” I moaned. She went to take the heels off, and I said, “Hell no. Keep them on.”

I looped my finger into the Windsor knot and pulled it loose. Before I had it off, James fisted both ends of my tie and used them to pull me toward her. The movement caused my lips to slam against hers, and the tie slithered down my chest, followed by the buttons from my shirt that she had torn apart.

She wanted my cock.

She was getting my tongue first.




James is wise beyond her 18 years. She grew up in front of the camera and is quickly becoming the top actress in Hollywood. She also recently went through her first heartbreak in the public’s eye. One evening, she is out with her best friend when she meets a man, Brett, who is the first one since her break up to make her feel desirable again. With the sparks blazing between her and Brett is so intense, she can’t help but agree to go home with him.  

As an agent for the who’s who of Hollywood, Brett knows James’ age but has always found her incredibly attractive. Since he’s only in town on business, he allows himself to pursue her for one night only. No regrets, no strings. When he returns to Miami, thousands of miles from LA and James, Brett finds it difficult to cut ties with James when she reaches out to him. However, things quickly turn from hot to not for the pair when James is caught up in a very public scandal. Can Brett help her redeem herself personally and professionally? 

This book was a great read! I wasn’t sure how James’ character would be with her young age but she was very mature for 18 so the age difference between her and Brett wasn’t a factor for me. I follow the gossip of Hollywood so this book plays out the way I could see things going in real life for the rich and famous. The smoking hot chemistry between Brett and James was captured very well by the author. Great story about friendship, love and the stress of being in the film industry and all that comes with it. This story is told from both Brett and James’ POV which made the story that much more whole for me. If you like a great story with lots of sexiness, you don’t want to miss this one! 


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Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

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Devil in Tartan (The Highland Grooms Book 4) by Julia London Teaser Blitz



From New York Times bestselling author Julia London, comes DEVIL IN TARTAN—the fourth novel in her Highland Grooms Series!

DEVIL IN TARTAN releases on February 20, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!




Lottie Livingstone bears the weight of an island on her shoulders. Under threat of losing their home, she and her clan take to the seas to sell a shipload of illegal whiskey. When an attack leaves them vulnerable, she transforms from a maiden daughter to a clever warrior. For survival, she orchestrates the siege of a rival’s ship and now holds the devilish Scottish captain Aulay Mackenzie under her command.

Tied, captive and forced to watch a stunning siren commandeer the Mackenzie ship, Aulay burns with the desire to seize control—of the ship and Lottie. He has resigned himself to a life of solitude on the open seas, but her beauty tantalizes him like nothing has before. As authorities and enemies close in, he is torn between surrendering her to justice and defending her from assailants. He’ll lose her forever, unless he’s willing to sacrifice the unimaginable…



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Julia London is the New York Times and USA TODAY best-selling author of more than thirty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical romance series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch and The Perfect Homecoming. She has over 100,000+ Facebook followers, is the recipient of the RT Book Reviews for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. You can visit her website She lives in Austin, Texas.





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Good Girls Say Yes by Penny Wylder Blog Tour with Excerpt & Review



GOOD GIRLS SAY YES by Penny Wylder is LIVE!!

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He promises he’ll have me on my knees in three days.

When I found out my friend is getting married, I was happy for her. But I had no idea who she was marrying.

Apparently he’s a Dom. So are all of his friends. I’m learning a LOT about her lifestyle, now that I’m in the middle of her wedding.

That’s how I met him.

He’s calm and cold and hotter than hell. He also thinks he knows everything about women.

Thanks to a little liquid courage, I give him a piece of my mind.

I tell him not every girl wants to be conquered by an alpha male – especially one who thinks too highly of his own skills in bed.

He offers me a bet. If he can get me to do whatever he says, after just three days with him, then I’ll have to spend a month as his “good girl” submissive. If he can’t, he gives me $100,000.

It’s a stupid bet, but it’s win-win for me. I get to prove him wrong and walk away with 100 grand? Sign me up.

But I don’t know what I’m walking into.

I don’t know what he’s capable of.

I don’t know how easy it’ll be for him to get me on my knees… begging him to just do whatever he wants.

Telling him that I’m a good girl.

And screaming the word yes, yes, yes!

This is a standalone FULL LENGTH NOVEL with a HEA and NO cheating!

Penny Wylder writes just that– wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they’re a little dirty, so if you’re looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!









“Hands above your head.” His tone doesn’t leave any room for argument, and I raise my hands. Matthew catches them, crossing them at the wrists and holding them captive in one hand. He’s strong—I might as well be wearing handcuffs for all that I’d be able to pull away from him, and my heart beats a little bit faster at the thought. He said to say ‘Red’ if I’m uncomfortable, but I’m not yet, even if my body instinctually recognizes danger.

“If we had more than fifteen minutes,” he says softly, “there are lots of things that I could do to show you what this life is about. But right now, it’s simple. Submission isn’t about me holding you down for sex, or about you becoming a doormat. It’s about trust, and offering something to one another. At the most basic level, you offer me power over you in exchange for pleasure, and I offer you freedom from having to make every decision.”

The most basic level, he said. What are the other levels? But now he’s kissing me and I can’t think because I’m once again on fire. Hot arousal rolls through me like a wave, and I moan, unable to help myself. Matthew simply chuckles against my lips and deepens the kiss, as if he knew that I would react this way.

I want more of him. More, more, more is the chant in my brain, and I try to move, to pull him closer, but I can’t. Shock and frustration hit me as I remember that I can’t move my arms. He has them pinned against the wall and all I can do is let him kiss me. My breath goes short in my chest, and I realize that he’s made me wet again. Damn him for being such a good kisser, because that’s all it is. I’m turned on from the kiss, and not from the fact that he’s restricting my movement.

He pulls away for a moment. “Spread your legs.”

I do.






This book is H-O-T!!!

When Emma attends her college friend’s wedding, she didn’t realize that it was going to be a bit unconventional. She didn’t know that her friend was living in a fully Dom/sub relationship until it was time for the “collar” part of the ceremony. She also didn’t expect to meet Matthew, another Dom, who wanted to make a bet with her to prove that she was also a sub at heart.

Emma is attracted to Matthew and a bit curious about the lifestyle so she agrees to the bet. But she has no idea exactly what she is signing up for or how it will affect her. Will Emma win the bet and prove that she is no one’s submissive or did she just need the right Dom to show her a different side of herself?

Penny Wylder does not disappoint with this story!! It has been a very long time since I read a BDSM story and I was unsure if I would enjoy it anymore but it was great!! The chemistry between Emma and Matthew was off the charts hot and I had to fan myself more than once while reading this book! Both Emma and Matthew were likeable characters and the story behind all the hot sex was fantastic! If you enjoy a hot story with a bit of kink involved, definitely check out this book!!







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Under the Stars by Tia Louise Blog Tour with Excerpt & 5-Star Review!!!


Under the Stars, the stunning conclusion of the thrilling, white-hot second-chance Bright Lights Duet from USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise is available NOW!


Under the Stars

All around us was darkness and night…

I’m not a hero. I’m a survivor.

I had one way out, and I took it.

Now all I want is peace,

A place to pick up the pieces and start over.

But she wants justice.

Names on a list, faces in the crowd.

I vowed to help her, but it’s taking us back to the demons.

Until he appeared.

I thought he died in the fight.

I was wrong.

He’s here.

Stronger, more powerful… Sexier.

And dangerous.

The boy I loved is now the one man we have to fear most.

When he tried to save me, he had no power.

Now everything has changed, and he’ll never stop until I’m his.


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We stop walking and turn to face the emerald waters. The briny air pushes her hair back and around her shoulders. Tendrils spin around my face, and the inescapable sorrow filters through my chest.

“I can’t do this anymore.”

“Yes, you can.” Her voice is flat, and she bends to put Pierre on the dry sand. “I’m going up. How much longer will you be out here? Celeste is making Quiche Lorraine for breakfast.”

Another sigh. “I’ll be up in a bit. I’m finishing my exercise.”

“Don’t stay out too long or I’ll eat all the food! Come, Pierre!”

I watch her run up the tall staircase, her little dog at her heels, thinking of the reasons she has to run. I remember her as a small girl on the street, in the dark alley behind the theater. She was thin and starving and hunched in the corner waiting to die.

She was so malnourished, I thought she was younger than her actual age, which was twelve. I remember carrying her inside and fighting with Rosa. I remember Rosa boxing my ears and telling me the first time that kid cried, she’d throw us both in the alley with the rats. I remember the terror I felt that night and Molly falling asleep so quietly with her head on my chest.

She needed me. She loved me, and I loved her fiercely in return.

I remember her running around the theater, a sweet and innocent kid never suspecting the hawk was circling above, watching her, closing in to steal her soul and warp her future. I’ll never forgive myself for what happened to her. I’ll never forgive myself for not being there to protect her.

A flash of pain moves through my stomach, and I remember someone saying the same words to me not so long ago…

Walking to the edge of the water, I look out at the surf, at the waves rushing in and out. I think about how nothing bad can happen here. The sins of the past are far, far away from this beautiful place.

Only it’s a lie.

The sins of the past are never far away.

We carry them with us in our hearts wherever we go.

No matter how far we run, we can never outrun ourselves.

Tears are in my eyes, and I blink them away. My emotions are so close to the surface these days. I squat and wrap my arms around my knees, holding my insides together and wishing…

My wishes never come true.

“Lara!” A strong male voice cuts through the breeze.

For a moment I don’t believe it. It’s a wish caught on the wind and carried away out to sea.

“Lara!” It’s louder this time, closer.

Nervous anticipation floods my chest. I stand and look up and over my shoulder. The staircase where Molly descended is empty. The one ahead of it is empty as well.

Was it a dream?

Another shout, and I realize it’s coming from behind me. Turning, I see a tall figure jogging down the steps. He’s alone, and he’s moving fast. I look around, and no one is here. I have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.

My heart alternates between beating out of my chest and dying. I’m back on that train, seeing him for the first time out of the blue, completely caught off-guard, alternately panicking and rejoicing… He’s alive!

He’s wearing faded jeans and a plain white t-shirt. His caramel hair is a little longer, but not much. It moves in the breeze as he approaches me.

He’s strong and pure and gorgeous as ever, and the way we touched, our glorious reunion is stronger and hotter in my memory than the sun climbing higher in the sky.

I want to cry. I want to sing. I want to hold him…

But now everything has changed.



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OMG!!! What a ride Tia Louise just took me on, filled with action, suspense, love, and some steamy romance!!! I thought the first book of the duet was outstanding, but she blew this one completely out of the water.

I don’t want to go into much detail because I would never want to spoil a thing for readers. Quite some time has passed since the ending of the first book, but it starts out with a bang and with a few surprises. Mark is bound and determined to not let Lara out of his grasp again. You have to love a man with that kind of tenacity. A great deal of this book involves suspense and a quest for vengeance. I thought Lara was a tough cookie in book 1, but she amazed me even more in this book. I liked the fact that Louise continued to build and strengthen the love between Mark and Lara. She also gave her readers a more in-depth look into Molly. She was a major player in this book.

This duet is a completely different type of second chance romance! As in book 1, there is darkness and pain, but Louise also gave us light, joy, hope, and second chances. If you are looking for something different, I highly recommend reading these two books! The icing on the cake…the ENDING! OMG!!! I can’t wait to see what is next.



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Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “One to Hold” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.

She loves all the books (as long as they have romance), all the chocolate (as long as it’s dark), strong coffee and sparkling wine.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.

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Romance · Romantic Suspense

Gold (Dangerous Games Book 3) by Adele Huxley Release Blitz

Gold by Adele Huxley is LIVE!

Title: Gold

Author: Adele Huxley

Publication Date: Jan 30 2018

Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs

Genre: Action-Adventure, Mystery, Suspense


Perfect if you love: Hate-to-love, sarcasm, adrenaline action, unpredictable twists, complex relationships, the Olympics, and romance series!


Ending: Happily For Now (Series concludes in Platinum – Dangerous Games 4)

A fight for survival


Ambushed. Attacked. Kidnapped. Penny, Phoenix, and the others are held hostage in a freezing barn. Their chances of escape are slim, slimmer still if Penny can’t figure out who she can trust. 


Penny didn’t come to the Unity Games to make friends, yet the ambush back at the Lodge stung to the core. Unwilling to blow her cover, she’s ready to put some distance between her and Phoenix’s accusing eyes. Figures he’d be the one the kidnappers tie her to. 


Phoenix isn’t having a good week. Heartbroken, scared, and now held hostage. Their only hope of getting out alive is intrinsically tied to trust. Can he believe her? Can she let him in? Will they break through their issues before the kidnapping turns deadly?

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Adele Huxley writes romantic suspense, thrillers, and lots of other things that make your heart race. With a BA in creative writing, Adele has been writing her entire life. She loves to travel, has lived in several countries and states, and splits her time between the US and the UK.


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