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Claimed (The Love Seekers, Book 3) by Maria Vickers Cover Reveal

11 Jun
CLAIMED
Series: Love Seekers, Book 3
Author: Maria Vickers
Release Date: 6/27/2018
Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 
**While this is book 3, it can be read as a standalone.

 

When she was a little girl, Michaela Snow dreamed of a life full of love and adventure, but not all dreams come true. As a widow raising her niece, Lauren, she doesn’t have time to think about what could have been, and she certainly will not allow herself to think about a certain taekwondo instructor with mesmerizing hazel eyes. Meeting Evan was never part of the plan, and now she can’t seem to get rid of him. She doesn’t want him there, however, the more he’s around, the more she finds herself reluctantly trusting him.
Evan Gibson loves his life and his job, but something is missing. After watching his friends find partners to share their lives with, he wants the same thing for himself. One night stands no longer hold the same appeal they did and so far, no woman has been able to measure up to his ideal…until Michaela.
Complications arise, threatening everything. Life is about to change. Will it tear them apart or push them together?
Staking a claim doesn’t always mean forever.

 

Evan

Something told me that I would probably see Grace again, but I thought it would probably have something to do with Bryan and Emma. I never expected her to waltz in here and be related to the woman I couldn’t seem to stop thinking about. I’d also admit that Lauren’s reaction to what Grace said, surprised me a little. I still wanted to know her story, but asking right now would have been rude. Maybe one day in the future when I could get a little closer to Michaela, although, truth be told, I wanted to be a lot closer to her, and so did other parts of my body.

Mentally shaking that train of thought from my head, I answered, “Lauren is doing well. She seems to pick up everything quickly and is learning a lot. She and Mattie are thick as thieves, which could possibly mean trouble for others later on.” I chuckled. “As for me, just teaching and doing my thing. Bryan and Emma are doing well too. They are talking about maybe having a baby, but are looking into all options before they make a decision because of her health. How has everything been going with you? Have you whittled down your bucket list yet?”

“Oh lord, no!” Grace snickered. “It’s still growing and I’m still marking things off. I think the day I stop is the day I die. Besides, I’m having too much fun with it. I just got back from a trip to Mexico. I even climbed the pyramid there.”

I snuck a peek at Michaela. She was smiling down at her grandmother. I liked this expression more than the look of horror she had earlier. “Where are you off to next?” I asked Grace.

“I’ll be here for a while, but I think I want to go to Egypt to see those pyramids.”

“You won’t be able to climb those.”

“No, but seeing them will be enough. Maybe I’ll even ride a camel.”

Throwing back my head, I laughed. There was something about Grace that always put others at ease. You couldn’t help but love the old woman. Knowing she was related to Michaela, well this could be a boon for me. Grace might help me figure out the woman who I couldn’t stop thinking about and who intrigued me to the point of distraction. Michaela kept me at arm’s length, loved her niece fiercely, would only call me sabum, but I know she talked about me to Grace because Grace’s comment about not being told my name told me as much.

“Do that and take a picture for me,” I finally told Grace. My eyes drifted to Michaela once again and I said, “I guess I should go and help the girls.”

I left them standing there, but I overheard Grace say, “He likes you. Man couldn’t keep his eyes off of you and what a man he is.” My cheeks turned pink with embarrassment.

As usual, I tried to block out Michaela as I taught. A distraction would only get me or one of my students hurt, and she was a level one hundred distraction for me. I wanted to hold her, grip her curves, and kiss her luscious lips. Today, when she had licked her lips, I prayed to God no one could see how my dick responded to the small peek of her pink tongue running over her lips, wetting them.

“That’s it for tonight. Bow. For those who are participating in the belt tests next week, make sure you get your forms filled out and bring them with you. Put up the equipment and have a good night.” I dismissed them and as soon as I no longer had a class of students in front of me, my thoughts immediately turned to Michaela. I don’t even know what it was about her. I’d been with women more beautiful, skinnier, model-like, and yet, she was the only one who held my interest more than a passing fancy. I wanted to get to know her, to talk to her, and to learn about her and Lauren.

And that was the other thing. Lauren. In the past, knowing someone had a kid turned me off. Not this time. I knew they were a package deal and I was all right with that. More than all right. Lauren was a good kid, but I got the impression that she’d had a hard life before Michaela. I also got the feeling that Lauren thought eventually her aunt would send her away. I could be wrong, but I rarely was when it came to judging people, which had served me well in the Army. Michaela wanted Lauren. Period.

“Evan, what are you doing right now?” Grace sidled up to me.

“I have another class,” I said. I had a feeling I knew where she was going with this. “Why?”

“What time do you finish tonight?”

I grinned widely. “Tonight is my late night, so I won’t get out of here until close to ten.”

She narrowed her eyes, opened her mouth, and was interrupted before she could get any words out.

“Grandma, stop bugging him,” Michaela chastised.

“Well, if you don’t want to date him, dear, I figured I could,” Grace spoke with a voice filled with sweet innocence. Her tone didn’t match her words and we all knew she was full of shit.

“Grandma!” Michaela snapped, her whole face red with embarrassment.

“Yes, dear?” Grace blinked.

I laughed. “I’m free tomorrow night. I’ll be closing up at seven and would love to take all of you ladies out to dinner,” I offered. This would give me some time with Michaela without pressuring her and would subdue Grace…maybe.

***

Michaela

“I can’t believe you did that,” I snapped at my grandmother when we got back into my car. I was so embarrassed.

“What, dear?” She acted so innocent, but she was the devil in disguise. “It’s only dinner.”

“Only dinner? Only dinner, she says.”

She snickered next to me and Lauren laughed. Twisting my upper body to look into the backseat, I told my niece, “Don’t get suckered into her craziness.”

“You said you loved her as is.” Lauren looked smug with her smile and her dancing eyes.

“I do, but right now I’m questioning her sanity.”

Lauren giggled, a rare sound and one I hoped to hear more of the more she got used to being around me. My eyes drifted to my grandmother, and she had her own smile on her face listening to the melodic giggling of the little girl in the back.

I supposed that even if my grandmother was plotting, I could go along with it if it meant I would hear more of that laughter. Besides, it was only one dinner. I could survive one dinner with a man I found a little sexy, who intrigued me slightly. One dinner…I didn’t know if I could do this.

 
Exposed: Book One of the Love Seekers
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Redeemed: Book Two of the Love Seekers

 

 

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Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing and after she became disabled in 2010, she decided to use writing as her escape. She believes that life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances.
 
From a young age, she has always loved books and even dreamed of being an author when she was younger. Growing up in the Navy, she used to weave tales for her siblings and her friends about anything and everything. And when she wasn’t creating her own stories, she had a book in her hand. They transported her to another world. She hopes that with her books, her readers have the same experience and that they can relate to her characters. 
 
Getting sick changed her life forever, but it also opened doors for her that she thought would always be out of reach.

 

 

 

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Captivated Authors: Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield Release Blitz

11 Jun

 

Title: Captivated
Authors: Tessa Bailey & Eve Dangerfield
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Blurb

Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone…not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.



Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.  



As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?

 

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Tessa Bailey

Secret aspiring comedian Autumn Reynolds is a girl gone…not wild exactly. More like lazy. Since her boyfriend abandoned her in New York City for a bunch of improv groupies she’s had two priorities; sucking the nitrous out of whipped cream cans and making sex comics about her mysterious landlord.

Blake hates people—and sunlight—with good reason. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself lusting after his upstairs tenant, a sunny, Australian people pleaser down on her luck. Turns out his ability to terrify with a single scowl comes with an advantage. Autumn seems to like it. A lot. As evidenced by the prisoner-captive comic Blake was never meant to see.

As they embark on a three-date arrangement the rules are clear; filthy, ground breaking sex, no feelings or commitment required. When chemistry is this strong, though, attachment follows. As Blake and Autumn attempt to negotiate their New York romance, their prior histories and secret dreams come to the foreground. How long can these polar opposites remain Captivated, when all signs point to disaster?

Eve Dangerfield
Eve Dangerfield has loved romance novels since she first started swiping her grandmother’s paperbacks. Now she writes her own sexy tales about complex women and gorgeous-but-slightly-tortured men. Her work has been described as ‘the defibrillator contemporary romance needs right now,’ and not by herself, or even her mum, but by OTHER PEOPLE.


 
Eve lives in Melbourne with her boy, a bunch of semi-dead plants and a rabbit named Billy. When she’s not writing she can be found making a mess.

 

The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper) by Larissa Reinhart Blog Tour with Review

11 Jun

The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper)
by Larissa Reinhart

 

About the Book


The Cupid Caper (A Finley Goodhart Crime Caper)
Crime Caper
New Series
Past Perfect Press (April 24, 2018)
320 Pages

Sassy, Sexy, Southern Suspense

She uses her criminal past to catch crooks. He wants her back. In the grift. And in his life. Can Finley Goodhart convince Lex that doing good is the greatest hustle of all?

Ex-grifter Finley Goodhart may try to stay on the straight and narrow, but walking that thin line becomes wobbly when she believes her friend Penny was murdered. The last thing she wants is to work with her ex-partner (and ex-boyfriend), the brilliant (brilliantly frustrating) British con artist, Lex Leopold. However, when it appears Penny’s demise might be related to an exclusive matchmaking service for millionaires, Fin needs Lex’s help to pull a long con to get the goods on Penny.

Romance is in the air for hustlers, gangsters, and their marks. Unfortunately for Fin and Lex, infiltrating the racket doesn’t make for a match made in heaven. This Valentine swindle could stop their hearts for good.

There is a free prequel for my newsletter subscribers, Pig’n a Poke.

EXCERPT

Wednesdays often brought the college boys to Jello’s Pool Hall. Particularly in the winter. I’d call it cabin fever, except we were in Georgia. Still, too cold to drink on their frat house front porch rocking chairs. Too early in the week to host a party. The non-heathens would be attending Wednesday night church. The good students would be in class or the library.

But the bad boys would bring money to places like Jello’s. Which was why I was there.

And how Lex knew to find me.

I had just racked a fresh round. Satisfied with the smooth lift of the triangle. No balls escaped. Feeling good about the roll of twenties tucked into the front pocket of my jeans. That gratification disappeared upon sensing a male presence behind me. The scent of his aftershave cut through the pervading smell of beer, stale smoke, and old fryer oil. I sniffed once. Recognized the spicy scent of his cologne. Rested the cue stick on the table.

“Wanna make a wager? I’m having a lucky night.” I bent over the table to place the cue ball. Angled the stick. Shot it backward. And turned to face him.

“Hello, love.” Lex grabbed the stick. “Watch yourself. I’d like to remain a baritone, if you don’t mind.”

“Sorry.” I didn’t sound sorry. Didn’t even get close. “Careful where you stand next time. Another town, maybe?”

He pushed the stick away. Grinned. Sidled forward. “Don’t want me too deep in your pocket?”

I rolled my eyes, then studied the man. His thick, sandy hair had been trimmed to maintain an artful dishevelment. Smiling blue eyes. Sensuous lips holding a relaxed smirk. His boy-next-door good looks never revealed anything but indolent charm and false promises. A real ace. Too careful and too practiced to show anything else.

“You look tired,” I said. “Tinge of blue beneath your eyes.”

“Too many lonely nights.”

“I bet.” I took a careful step to the side. Rested my hip against the table. “They have medicine for that, you know.”

“Not the cure I seek. You’re looking fit, though.” His gaze traveled the room. “How’d you do tonight?”

“What do you want, Lex?” My hand reached for the cue ball. I rolled it beneath my palm.

His eyes snapped back to me and told me what I already knew. I narrowed mine. His mouth quirked.

“Relax,” he said. “Gave you my word I’d leave you alone, didn’t I?”

“Your word isn’t worth much. And you just proved it, seeing as how you’re here and all.”

“When have I ever lied to you?”

I gripped the cue ball.

He raised his hand. “Right. But I am here out of the goodness of my heart. Thought I should see you about Penny Forbes.”

“What about Penny?” I frowned. “Are you working together? Not interested.”

“You haven’t heard?” The mask fell. His face tightened and he appeared older, matured. “Fin, we should go somewhere private.”

“Why?” I didn’t like the mask, but I didn’t like what he’d replaced it with either. He looked worried. Lex never worried. The carefree charisma wasn’t just an act. I was the worrier. “You know I’m on the square now. If you and Penny have gotten yourself into a mess, y’all just get yourselves out of it.”

“On the level, but still dodgy enough to plunder these wankers,” he muttered. “Finley, I’m serious. I don’t want to tell you here.”

“You’re never serious.” I turned. Settled the white ball. Chalked the cue tip. Moved to the side and leaned over the table. Sighted the ball. Placed the stick between my thumb and fingers.

Lex leaned over me, close enough for his words to buzz in my ear. “She’s dead, Fin. Penny’s dead.” A hand fell on my shoulder. “I’m sorry. I didn’t want to tell you like this. Finley, come with me.”

I pulled in a breath. Ignored his hand and the clamor ringing between my ears. Gritting my teeth, I lowered my head. Centered my gaze on the space between the second and fourth racked ball. Brought the stick back and let it glide. The break rang. Two solids slammed into the back and corner right pockets.

Lex’s hand shot forward. Caught a stripe as it raced toward the front left. “Sloppy. That’s a scratch.”

“Hey.” I turned, swinging the stick with me.

He caught the stick again, pushed it aside, and grabbed my arm. “Love, did you hear me? I’m sorry. I didn’t want to be the bearer, but God knows I can’t… I had to see you. News like this. I cocked it up.” He shook his head. “ Fin. Are you all right? What can I do, love?”

“Nothing.” I shook my arm free and fixed my eyes to a point on the wall behind him. I hadn’t seen Penny for months. She’d been busy. I’d been hiding. But dead? She was too young—mid-twenties, like me. Car accident? Cripes, I hoped she didn’t get sick. The fatal illnesses I knew that struck Penny’s age bracket weren’t pretty.

I sucked in a deep breath. Let it out. Hated how shaky it sounded. “How’d she die?”

“Let’s talk somewhere else.” He paused. Sighed. “Right. Drug overdose. Heroin, is what I heard.”

My eyes flew to his face. The blue eyes watched me. Soberly, with a hint of pity. I despised that look even more than the worry.

“No way on God’s green earth. Penny’s momma was a junkie. Crooked as she could get, Penny wouldn’t touch a substance stronger than champagne. You heard wrong, Lex.”

He shrugged. “I’m sorry, love.”

 

Christie’s Review

5 STARS

Larissa Reinhart is back with a brand new series, and it definitely looks like this will be a great one!!!

The description for the synopsis is spot on. It’s sexy, sassy, and southern suspense at its best. Reinhart has a way of creating unique and quirky characters, and Lex and Finley are no exception as are all the secondary characters.

I live not too far from Atlanta, so I really liked the setting being in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. It’s always fun to know you have been to some of the locations in a book…at least for me.

This was a great combination of romance and mystery. I loved the element of the “con” and add in the themes of trust, faith, and redemption and you have yourself a great little story. I’m looking forward to reading my next Larissa Reinhart novel.

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About the Author

Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Larissa Reinhart writes humorous mysteries and romantic comedies including the critically acclaimed Maizie Albright Star Detective, Finley Goodhart Crime Capers, and Cherry Tucker Mystery series. Larissa’s a contributor to the 2017 Silver Falchion Reader’s Choice winner, was the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year finalist, 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. Larissa’s family and dog, Biscuit, had been living in Japan, but once again call Georgia home. See them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, LarissaReinhart.com, and join her newsletter for a free short story.

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Redemption (Part 3) by Kate Benson Release Blitz

11 Jun
Title: Redemption Part Three
Author: Kate Benson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Editor: Chasing Sophie Publications
Cover Designer: Dana Leah at Designs by Dana
Publication Date: June 11th, 2018
Blurb:
*This book contains material intended for mature readers*
ISABELLA
One night of passion.
It was meant to remain a memory, one unbridled moment of forbidden bliss.
However, it quickly transformed into so much more.
I wanted something deeper and that’s exactly what he gave me.
I’ve been engulfed into his world of secrets, thrust into the new reality I begged for.
Now, I live him… breathe him… crave him.
I’ve been taught, trained, completely owned by him.
Everything between us has changed.
But will it be enough for Adam?
Will it be enough for me?
ADAM
I swore this line was one I’d never cross with her.
I vowed our relationship, the one we were never supposed to have, would remain untainted.
Untainted by my cravings… my desires… untainted by me.
But things with her are different.
Isabella’s changed everything.
Isabella’s changed me.
She’s given me her submission and, in the process, scaled every wall I’ve built around myself.
Can I shield her from the dark sides of my reality?
And if I can’t, will I be enough to make her stay?
Redemption: Part Three is the multi-POV follow-up to Redemption: Part One and Two, a spin-off from The Promise Series which was previously released in The Vault: A Sinfully Sexy Collection.

Kate Benson was raised in Texas and currently resides in central Florida with her husband and their growing army of fur minions.She learned to read at the age of four and has been hooked ever since. She credits her passion for literature to her mother, her love of story-telling to her father and her unwavering faith in happily-ever-after’s to her husband, Sean.Some of her favorite things include rainy days, loud music, superhero movies, hot tea and of course, lazy afternoons with a great book.To find out more about Kate, her work or to just say hello, she loves hearing from her readers and can be found on social media.

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Redemption: Part One (The Vault Book 1): https://amzn.to/2IPcIwx
Redemption: Part Two (The Vault Book 2): https://amzn.to/2HRBywv
Redemption: Part Three (The  Vault Book 3): https://amzn.to/2IHth1C