New Release: The Red, by @TiffanyReisz

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Never make a promise you don’t intend to keep…

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother’s art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it’s in the red. She soon realizes she has no choice but to sell it.

Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting…but surely her mother didn’t mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red…

The Red is a standalone novel of erotic fantasy from Tiffany Reisz, international bestselling author of The Bourbon Thief and the Original Sinners series.

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About the Author:

Tiffany Reisz is the author of the internationally bestselling and award-winning Original Sinners series for Mira Books (Harlequin/Mills & Boon). Tiffany’s books inhabit a sexy shadowy world where romance, erotica and literature meet and do immoral and possibly illegal things to each other. She describes her genre as “literary friction,” a term she stole from her main character, who gets in trouble almost as often as the author herself. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. If she couldn’t write, she would die.

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$0.99 SALE: Tell me a Story, by @TamaraLush

Today until Wednesday (June 7th) you can grab the complete Tell Me a Story collection by Tamara Lush on sale. It was a originally a 5 part serial, but now you can grab it as a fully collected ebook and it’s only $0.99 for a few more days! What a deal?

I first heard about Tamara on a recent Smart Bitches podcast episode, and I’m glad I found her work. A recommendation from the women who run Smart Bitches is enough for me, but if you need more of a push, I’m halfway through the first installment of this serial now and really enjoying it. Can’t wait to see where it goes after this.

Now you’d probably like to know more about the book and where to get it, right? Well, continue on in this post to find out. Happy reading!

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A flirtatious reading of erotica blossoms into something deep and tender in the steamy Florida heat…

Pages turn and sparks fly when Emma, a bookstore owner and writer, meets a mysterious wealthy developer named Caleb at a literary event in Orlando. Daringly, she shares with him a reading of her erotica. Soon both of them are feeling the effects … and Emma’s wondering what kind of lover is underneath Caleb’s expensive suit. Soon the couple are spending every available moment together. Can she trust him with her life as she does with her body? Or will the prickly walls built during her harsh past keep them apart?

And what happens when their idyllic relationship faces the ultimate test?

This is the story of Emma and Caleb’s journey.

Tell Me a Story: The Complete Novel is a modern-day fairy tale of lust, love and temptation, and also of marriage, memory and destiny.

This is the boxed set of all FIVE e-book episodes: Tell Me a Story, Tell Me a Desire, Tell Me a Lie, Tell Me a Secret and Tell Me a Truth.

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About the Author:

Tamara Lush was born in California and raised in Vermont. She graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in journalism. For her entire adult life, she’s worked as a reporter and is currently an award-winning correspondent in Florida with The Associated Press. She lives with her Italian husband and two bad dogs near the beach.

She was recently chosen as one of 24 writers for the Amtrak Residency program, and in 2017, she’ll be riding trains and writing romance novels.

Her most recent novel, a five-episode serial called TELL ME A STORY, has “an engaging voice, sexy heroes and heroines and a wry sense of humor,” according to New York Times bestselling author Beth Kery.

Tamara is a fan of vintage pulp fiction book covers, Sinatra-era jazz, 1980s fashion, tropical chill, kombucha, gin, tonic, beaches, iPhone photography, Art Deco, telenovelas, coloring books, street art, coconut anything, strong coffee and newspapers.

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#Review: Erotic Writer Seeks Men, by @HeatherKinnane

erotic-writer-seeks-menTitle: Erotic Writer Seeks Men
Author: Heather Kinnane
Rating: 4/5 stars

Erotic author, Samantha Fox is one of those shy quiet types you need to look out for. Though publicly she still blushes at the faintest sexual innuendo, privately she likes to get all her darkest fantasies down on paper. She’s published one of her steamy novels, but a fear of being discovered led her to tone down the good bits, turning a hot erotic story into mediocre titillation.

Now with a sex life to match her pitiful writing, she’s come up with a grand idea of how to improve both—an ad in the local paper. “Fem. Erotic Author seeks men for experience, experimentation, and inspiration for erotic works.”

At first the whole idea seems to be a complete failure, but then she meets Richard, Jarred and Oliver. Suddenly the stories are flowing again, and Samantha’s love life is busier than it’s ever been.(description from Goodreads)

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It’s not often that a story involving a character who is an author (especially one who writes within the same genre of the story) is anything but an awkward glimpse into  the writing life. With Kinnane’s story Erotic Writer Seeks Men, she’s surprised me by writing about an author without making me roll my eyes or cringe when reading about some authory things.

That isn’t the only reason I enjoyed reading this story. The author was able to take what sounds like an interesting premise and back it up with some great scenes and a developed story. While I felt some of it was a bit rushed, and could have benefited from some expansion, overall by the end I was left wanting to read more about Samantha Fox’s story with these men and her writing.

It was a fun, quick read. It was sexy at times, but didn’t forget that it also had a story to tell. I’m glad I got to read Kinnane’s story and will be checking out more of her work in the future.

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About the Author:

Heather Kinnane writes in multiple genres, though it is her romantic fantasy, and erotic stories that have found publication.

While she’s been traditionally published (both A Faery Dream and A Faery Union were originally published by now defunct Australian publisher Steam eReads, and Erotic Writer Seeks Men is published by UK Publisher Luminosity Publishing), she’s now delving into the exciting and challenging world of self-publication, starting with the re-release of A Faery Dream and A Faery Union, with many other stories due for revision and publication over the coming year.

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#Review: Dark Room, by @HeidiJoVT & @LPDover

dark-roomTitle: Dark Room (Society X #1)
Author: Heidi McLaughlin & L.P. Dover

Rating: 5/5 stars

“The rules of Society X are simple . . . break them and you’re out.

Rule #1 – No names
It doesn’t matter if you want to know, it’s forbidden.

Rule #2 – No exchanging numbers
It doesn’t matter if you want to call, it’s forbidden.

Rule #3 – Everything is to remain strictly anonymous.
It doesn’t matter if you want to tell, it’s forbidden.

The Dark Room is the only place you can live out your fantasies and no one will ever know it’s you.

For Parker, what started out as a business transaction has turned into an addiction.

For Mia, it’s been a chance to discover who she truly is.

What happens in the dark will have you begging for more . . . (description from Goodreads)

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A few months back I read Forever My Girl, a novel by Heidi McLaughlin. She’s one of the authors of Dark Room. The other, L.P. Dover, I’ve never read. But now that I’ve read this joint effort, I will want to check out Dover’s solo work, along with more of McLaughlin’s.

I don’t read many romances as sex-driven as Dark Room is. Normally, when a novel has too much sex in it, it turns me off of the story being told. For this book, it was never out of place, never too much, and never too often. Each scene of this nature drove the plot forward in the only way that the story could have been written. I’m was pleasantly surprised by this.

All of the characters in this book, main and secondary, were very fleshed out and I even enjoyed reading Mia’s douche of an ex. Along with the characters, these authors knew how to bring you into the setting. Whether is was inside Society X or an office, I could see each place and see the characters in the scene.

This book had some themes I enjoy in other books and other themes I’ve never quite gotten into before. Somehow, even the ones present in Dark Room that I’m not a fan of, I really liked. When authors can make that happen, they’re definitely ones to keep an eye on.

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About the McLaughlin:

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

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About the Dover:

NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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#NewRelease: Sex, Love, and Rock n’ Roll, by Scott MacKenzie

Over the years you’ve known me to share books from Karina Halle. You may recall my reviews for Darkhouse and The Devil’s Metal. But I’m not here to share on of her books today. I’m here for something a bit more of a surprise, but a good surprise.

The book I want you all to know about today is by Scott MacKenzie, Karina’s husband. And it sounds like a great one. Be sure to check this one out. I’m also going to link to a future release co-written by both Scott and Karina. That’s one I’m going to be looking forward to as well. Find out about both below!

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A STANDALONE FULL-LENGTH EROTIC ROMANCE – NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART

Enigmatic, wealthy and wickedly handsome, Jack Willow is more than just a talented musician.
He’s a man with a sordid past.
And a man of many dark secrets.
When he meets a seemingly innocent girl by the name of Leah, he pulls her into a secret sexual world, a world that will both test their limits and bring them together.
But Leah is not who she seems.
Neither is Jack.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains the POV of a very abrasive male protagonist. There are RAW and explicit scenes of sexual nature, including dubious consent, menage, BDSM-style situations, coarse language, etc and this book is NOT intended for sensitive readers. It gets DARK, it gets weird. There is a lot of crazy sexual scenes. As dark and twisted as this tale is though, it still is a love story. IF you can handle all of that, read on!

Special Note: The first half of this book was previously published as “House of Sin” by pen name Vince Stark. It has since been re-edited and is now combined with the second half to make Sex, Love and Rock n’ Roll.

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And if you’d like more from Scott, here’s a link to pre-order ROCKED UP, co-written with Karina Halle

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About the Author:

Born in Montreal and raised in rural Ontario, Scott Mackenzie has worn many different hats in his life, from bartending to working as a heavy duty mechanic for the railway, to owning and operating a take-out restaurant. He finally settled down out West, where he lives on an island with his author wife and their dog. Scott can be found exploring the gulf islands on his sailboat, playing and recording music in his studio, or on a hike, thinking about his next book.

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#Review: The Grizzly Bear’s Heiress, by Lila Jean

The Grizzly Bear's HeiressTitle: The Grizzly Bear’s Heiress (Billionaire Security Shifters)
Author: Lila Jean
Rating: 4/5 stars

“For the shifters working at Grizzly Bodyguards & Security, every day is life and death.

Good girls don’t date shifters. That’s what Isabelle Hart’s billionaire father says, anyway. But after an attempted kidnapping nearly lands her ransomed in the back of a van, her father is breaking all his own rules to keep her safe. Now a muscled bear shifter is watching over her until the issue is resolved, and she can’t keep her eyes off of him. With her life on the line and no end in sight, Isabelle’s tempted to break whatever rule comes between her and Ryker Edwards… even if it means her father following through on his threat to disown her.

Ever since his best friend Zane Bradley saved his life ten years ago, Ryker Edwards has used his skills as a grizzly bear shifter to complete nearly six hundred missions and protect the wealthy elite keeping Zane’s company afloat. But when Zane calls him in on his day off, Ryker is floored to discover he’s been assigned a new mission: protect a curvy heiress from armed kidnappers. Right then and there, his bear chooses her as its mate. There’s only one problem: she’s off limits. As Ryker fends off attack after attack, Isabelle’s kidnappers get desperate. They call in help from a dangerous source that wants Zane and his entire clan buried six feet under. When the kidnapper’s identity is revealed, Ryker realizes his devotion for Isabelle may have made her nothing but bait in a sinister war between shifters.

CONTENT WARNING: This is a stand-alone grizzly bear shifter romance. It contains smoking hot shifters, lip-bitingly delicious love scenes, naughty language, and a dash of violence to spice things up. Intended for mature audiences.

This novel has an HEA, with NO cliffhanger.” (description from Goodreads.)

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What I liked most about this book is that there were a few more details to help the world building. Some readers might not care as much. Many other readers will probably have read more shifter books and they already know how everything works. Either way, Jean gives just enough detail into how shifters become shifters and some of the attitude humans have toward them in this book. She also does this without beating the reader over the head. It’s just slipped in there, how it should be. There’s nothing mind-blowing, but it builds the world more. It satisfies my curiosity.

Another thing I enjoyed was the action. Compared to the first book, this book is filled with action. While the ending may have been a bit shorter than expected, the rest of the action leading up to the final conflict kept me turning pages. This along with the characters continuing to develop throughout the book made it a great read overall.

Knowing the character who’ll be the focus of the third book, I can’t wait for it to be released. I have no doubt it’ll be just as fun of a read as this one was. It might be even more exciting. We’ll have to see.
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About the Author:

Lila JeanLila Jean lives and breathes sexy shifter romances. Six-pack abs and powerful alphas are her specialty, and these growly alphas answer only to the curvy women they love. Her heroines are pistols with a penchant for the wild side of shifter life — after all, a lady needs a lot of sass to handle a shifter lover. No swooning damsels here.

Armed with curvaceous hips of her own, Lila Jean played with her fair share of alpha males before finally settling down with one of her own in a tiny town deep in the mountains. Equipped with an arsenal of dragons, grizzlies, and big cats, Lila devotes her time to creating the absolute best stories for her readers.

All her novels are in a single, massive universe. Buckle in for a wild ride of the sexiest, grizzliest, most gorgeous men you’ll find in the shifter romance genre today.

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#Review: The Mountain Lion’s Secretary, by Lila Jean

The Mountain Lion's SecretaryTitle: The Mountain Lion’s Secretary (Billionaire Security Shifters, #1)
Author: Lila Jean

Rating: 4/5 stars

“For the shifters at Grizzly Bodyguards & Security, every day is life and death.

Mara Warren is desperate. With no job, a room in her parents’ basement, and a mountain of debt right out of college, she takes the first job she can find: as secretary for the elusive billionaire, Zane Bradley. But her new boss is so much more than she bargained for. With his solid body, sexy-as-hell handguns, and the delicious stubble on his jaw, he’s too good to be true. He says he wants her, but Mara has been hurt before. With her already shattered heart on the line, Mara battles between protecting what little self-esteem she has left and letting herself fall head-first into the arms of the most dangerous man in town.

A rugged mountain lion shifter with a knack for sensing danger, Zane Bradley uses the company name as a decoy to hide his inner animal—and to preserve the privacy his animal demands. As if keeping his company running and his shifter employees in line isn’t enough, Zane’s lion is desperately craving a mate… and it wants Mara Warren. But Zane’s billion-dollar empire is threatened when he catches the scent of the werewolf that killed his brother. The murderer has come back to take out the last surviving Bradley brother, and Mara has no idea she just walked right into the line of fire.

CONTENT WARNING: This is a stand-alone mountain lion shifter romance. It contains smoking hot shifters, lip-bitingly delicious love scenes, naughty language, and a dash of violence to spice things up. Intended for mature audiences.

This is novel has a HEA with NO cliffhanger.” (description from Goodreads.)

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When those words from above are strung together in a sentence, sometimes my eyes roll. I want to be perfectly honest with that. But I think my days of eye rolling are over. (That’s a lesson in judging too fast. Even as open minded as I am, I have my flaws.) One of the things that made me like the book was the balance between the more intimate scenes and the plot not getting bogged down by them. I’ve read books that had too much sex in them for their own good. This isn’t one of them. And it’s well-written and helps in building the relationship between the two main characters.

Those two characters are also part of why I enjoyed the book. This is a short book, so there’s not much room to have developed the characters, but with the space available, the author didn’t lack in too many areas. I was able to get to know Zane and Mara. I was also able to see them grow together romantically and on their own.

There was also some action, which should be expected when you have humans changing into dangerous animals. One of the animals in particular intrigues me and I hope to see that one focused on in future books in the series. It doesn’t quite fit into our modern world (or the “real world” in general), so I’d like to see how Jean expands on her minor world building and maybe shows how they’re possible. (I’m being vague because it’s fun and could ruin the fun if I told you the animal.)

Would I read more books from Lila Jean? That’s a very strong yes. I’m also wanting to explore the shifter romance genre more. Now to find where to start while I wait for more from Jean.
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About the Author:

Lila JeanLila Jean lives and breathes sexy shifter romances. Six-pack abs and powerful alphas are her specialty, and these growly alphas answer only to the curvy women they love. Her heroines are pistols with a penchant for the wild side of shifter life — after all, a lady needs a lot of sass to handle a shifter lover. No swooning damsels here.

Armed with curvaceous hips of her own, Lila Jean played with her fair share of alpha males before finally settling down with one of her own in a tiny town deep in the mountains. Equipped with an arsenal of dragons, grizzlies, and big cats, Lila devotes her time to creating the absolute best stories for her readers.

All her novels are in a single, massive universe. Buckle in for a wild ride of the sexiest, grizzliest, most gorgeous men you’ll find in the shifter romance genre today.

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