Book Review: ‘Wanted by the Alpha’ by Laxmi Hariharan

Title: Wanted by the Alpha (Knotted Omega Book 0.5)

Published: 7th August 2019

Publisher: 13 Suns

Author: Laxmi Hariharan

 

Blurb:

She belongs to me… 

Just a glimpse and I know she was MINE.
She isn’t like any other omega I’ve met,
I hadn’t anticipated this need for her.
I should have stayed away…
Yet, I can’t leave without her.
There’s a twisted, yearning, full of fear and anger inside me. For her…
No one can stop me, from breaking her
From making her mine…
She belongs to me…

This is the 15,000-word prequel to the Knotted Omega Series.

 

Review:

This short prequel is more about setting the players in motion for the main story to begin.

Starts as it means to go on with one hell of a sex dream. Let’s see if Zeus can make it a reality by finding his dream Omega. Seems he’s not the only one dreaming of the other, Lucy is just as linked in her dreams with him. Connected even before they met.

Zeus is an Alpha with a purpose, to kill his bastard of a father. Once done he will then become the General of London. Not pleased with just one title though as he wants to unite Scotland with England. Just has to go through a few people to do it.

Lucy and her sister are in a bit of a bind. Seems to barter a truce they are the terms granted. They know they are Omegas but want to choose who they want, not to be sold off to the highest bidder their father can get for them. Stories of an Alpha in Scotland giving Omegas the choice to which Alpha they bed when the heat cycle strikes leads to a plan of escape.

Can these twos journeys get them to cross paths to what – or rather who – they really want? With tensions running high from all sides and dangers following it’s anyone’s guess to how their stories will play out.

Interesting introduction to the characters but feel it could have been a little longer to get inside their heads a bit more – though this will come with the rest of the series. This is more about setting the scene and putting the players into their places for the journey to continue. Who to trust will be key to getting people to where they need to go.

3.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Just a Fling’ by A.K. Evans

Title: Just a Fling
Series: Road Trip Romance #4
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Blurb

Stella Woods has just quit her job. And there’s nothing like a little vacation at her sister’s Floridian mansion to contemplate her future. Unfortunately, Stella’s brother-in-law mixed up her arrival date and has already offered the pool house to his best friend.

Brooks Larsen wasn’t looking for anything but a good time when he came to visit his old college friend. Only, he hadn’t expected his buddy would have a gorgeous woman waiting for him—in nothing but a towel—just minutes after he arrives.

Realizing things could be worse, Stella agrees to make the best of a bad situation. As the days go by, Brooks and Stella can’t fight their budding attraction.

And when the end of their time together approaches, the pair are left frustrated. He thinks she’s the one. She wishes he wanted more.

But neither shares their feelings.

Because this was only supposed to be just a fling.

 

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Author Bio

A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business). Following a brief stint in the insurance and financial services industry, Evans realized the career was not for her and went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business. She even drove the shop’s race cars! Looking for more personal fulfillment after eleven years in the automotive industry, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.

While Andrea continues to help administratively with her husband’s businesses, she spends most of her time writing and homeschooling her two boys. When she finds scraps of spare time, Evans enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).

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Release Tour: ‘Flawless Foundations’ by Lauren Helms

Release Tour for Flawless Foundations by Lauren Helms
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Born from money, Levi was destined to take over the family business. Emmy has always had a crush on her bestie’s big brother, but she hadn’t planned on shaking things up. When a kiss turns into more and a secret is being kept, can they build flawless foundations? Readers will fall in love with this best friend sibling romance from Lauren Helms. The 425 Madison series is back with season two and FLAWLESS FOUNDATIONS is now live!

 

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LEVI

 

It’s no secret I was born from money. And I’m destined to take over the family business, King Cosmetics when my father retires.

At least that was the plan.

Until my father decided to impose some stupid rule about being married before I take the reigns. Everything I’ve worked for hangs in the balance and the future of the company is in jeopardy without a King behind the controls.

I never considered Becca part of the plan for taking over, but when one kiss leads to so much more, I can’t help but wonder if she’s the answer to my problem.

 

 

BECCA

 

There are two things I love – my beauty blog and Levi King.

Coming from the same social circle has given me ample opportunity to crush on the next generation of King Cosmetics, but he made it clear a long time ago that I would never be anything more than “like family” to him.

Feeling the need for some serious changes in my life, I start shaking things up.

It wasn’t part of my plan to kiss Levi, but one kiss could never be enough. When that kiss turns into a relationship and I find out that Levi’s been keeping a secret, I begin to question if our love affair was too good to be true.

 

Excerpt 

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“Em, is there anything at Envirogal open? I don’t know, maybe in research and development?

Or even the finance department? Maybe it’s time to put my degrees to use?”

She pops out her bottom lip. “I really don’t think we have any openings that would fit what you’re looking for or would enjoy. But I will definitely talk to HR on Monday.” I deflate a little at her response. Damn it. She was a great resource in the field I would want to work in since I clearly have to work.

“Oh, you should talk to Levi. King Cos is always hiring. They are just so much bigger than Envirogal. I’m sure he’d be able to find you a great job!” She’s all excited about the prospect, she’s also completely unaware of my distaste for her brother, Levi King.

Well, if she is aware, she does a great job of ignoring it. Just the thought of her tall, slender, dark-haired, brown-eyed brother makes me twitchy. Then, of course, my next thought goes to the fact that he now lives just down the hall. Which means at any time, he could just show up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that Emmy’s relationship with her brother is stronger than ever. She deserves it since she has some of the worst parents, but I was as happy as a clam not seeing Levi on a regular basis.

I’ve known Levi King since I was a freckle-faced, braces-wearing preteen. We’ve always gotten along but were never friends. With him being two years older than us and seeing him being a nice big brother to Emmy, instead of an asshole like a lot of the other brothers in our social circle, I had it bad. My crush on him grew pretty quickly way back then. Unfortunately for me, that crush never really faded, but instead grew as the years went by. That is, until college.

It all ended one night in my Sophomore year. Emmy and I visited him at Harvard one weekend. He was a senior and surprisingly welcomed a visit from his sister. He took us out with a few of his friends to their local hang out and, well, let’s just say I had a lot to drink. I decided with my liquid courage that I’d flirt a little. He flirted back, to my surprise and extreme excitement. Toward the end of the night, I thought I was actually getting somewhere. So, when I finally kissed him, I was in heaven. Until he pushed me away and told me I was drunk, and he’d never take advantage of a woman under the influence. Okay, so I can commend that. But drunk me just kept pushing until he delivered his final blow. “Becca, you’re like a sister to me, nothing can ever happen between us.”

 

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“Boyfriend Maintenance is a charming little faux romance story that comes brimming with loads of emotion and steam. This unlikely pairing strike up a deal that leads them in a direction neither saw coming, and boy was it fun to watch them try and resist the sparks, and unexpected chemistry.” —RedsRomanceReviews on Boyfriend Maintenance

 
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About Lauren

Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft.

Lauren Helms has forever been an avid reader from the beginning. After starting a book review website, that catapulted her fully into the book world, she knew that something was missing. Lauren decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. While working for a video game strategy guide publisher, she decided to mix what she knew best–video games and romance. She decided to take the plunge and joined NaNoWrimo and a month later, she had her first draft.

 

 


About the 425 Madison Series
 
 

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one’s favs. Back for season two is Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a warm welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway!

Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC.

Make sure to follow the 425 Madison Avenue Facebook page for more on release dates, cover reveals and author spotlights. For exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and news subscribe to our 425 Madison newsletter!

 

Check out the Season One and get caught up today! You can read all nine books for FREE with Kindle Unlimited ➝ https://rebrand.ly/425MadisonAmz

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Release Blitz: ‘Surrendering to Him’ by Hope Jones

Title: Surrendering to Him
Author: Hope Jones
Publisher: Boom Factory Publishing LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 5, 2020

 

Blurb

She’s an investigative journalist with a heartbreaking past. He’s the badass PI who has her in his sights.

When Phoebe Danvers’s job lands her in danger, local badass and ex-FBI agent turned PI Huxley Carson steps in to save her. The only problem with that is she doesn’t want to be saved. She wants to be left alone to focus on work. Unfortunately, Huxley is determined to help, so she settles on keeping him at arm’s length—something he’s determined not to let her do.

What Phoebe doesn’t know is Huxley has been interested in her for years but never had a way in until now. With the push and pull of their new relationship and danger drawing closer, Phoebe begins to wonder if it’s time to surrender to the man consuming her soul.

Or is it already too late?

 

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Author Bio

Hope Jones is the wife of her very own alpha male and the mother of four beautiful daughters. She lives in a small town in South Carolina, but was born in Brunswick, GA. She’s always had a love for reading, even at a young age thrillers always interested her. As she got older, romance mixed with some thriller/suspense became her obsession.

If you can’t find Hope glued to her Kindle, you’ll usually find her chasing her girls around, running her hectic household, and plotting stories for the alpha men that have taken over her mind.

 

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Publisher

Aurora Rose Reynolds and her husband, Sedaka Reynolds, created Boom Factory Publishing to use their experiences to expand and promote upcoming and existing indie authors.

With over five years in the industry, and millions of books sold worldwide, we know what it takes to become a successful author and we will use this knowledge to take our authors to the next level.

“As a successful hybrid author in this ever evolving industry, I know that you’re only as successful as the team that is promoting you!” – Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Author Interview: ‘Cherokee Summer’ by Susan Antony

About the Book:

When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John’s friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I work in an IT department for a hospital by day. I’m a hipshaker and writer by night, an artist whenever possible, and an Internet addict. My first novel was called “More Trouble for Me.” I was about ten years old and it was complete with thirty penciled pages. In junior high I moved on to screenplays for movies of which I would star. My parents worried about me because I spent so much time alone in my room. I never told them I was writing. I’m sure they’d have been relieved, but I wanted to keep it a secret. Later on, life got in the way and I buried both my writing and acting dreams. I’d nearly forgotten about them entirely when decades later, while purging cutter, I came across my first novel and was inspired to realize my childhood dream.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Between working a fulltime job, dancing two to three nights a week, caring for my teenaged son and two naughty but adorable Cairn Terriers, I squeeze in writing whenever possible. Sometimes that means on a lunch hour or in bed late at night.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My inspiration comes from places I’ve visited or elements of my life experiences which I twist and meld into fiction. Sometimes both.

For instance, my novel Cherokee Summer was born while visiting the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. My stay prompted a memory of a serious crush I had on a Native American classmate when I was a ‘tween. For the next year I imagined what might have happened had we been older. Once the story came to me, I opened my ever-present laptop and started writing.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

My characters come to me when I’m driving or taking long walks. I play with them in my head for a year or two before I open my laptop. By the time I am ready to write the whole novel has been constructed in my imagination. However, that is not the end-all. Sometimes when I am writing my characters take on a life of their own, hijack the story, and lead me in a different direction.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write YA. I love the genre. Young adults love, hate, and play hard in an arena where the world shines new and the future burns wide open. When I’m writing or reading YA, if I dig deep inside, I can recapture those intense, wonderful, and sometimes painful feelings and immerse myself in that world once again through the character’s lives. If adults were as positive and pliable in their thinking as teens, the world would be a kinder and gentler place.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I have some actors in mind, but I prefer not to say. I like the reader to create their own picture.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read whenever possible. I love so many writers it wouldn’t be fair to just name a few.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

While I usually read YA or Chicklit, I am currently reading Billy Idol’s autobiography. He was my eighties dream boyfriend.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Egads, another favorite. Even my favorite color changes depending on the circumstances. I like so many books. I can’t possibly choose.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Practice, practice, practice and never give up. If you haven’t already, build an online presence today and nurture it. Only a minute number of authors become overnight successes. There are general rules to writing such as the infamous “show and don’t tell.” Take online writing classes. If you study the rules and apply them, you will have a better chance of achieving publication. Join critique groups. Listen to your critics and evaluate the information provided. Take what you like and trash the rest. Though, always keep your mind open and learn to take constructive criticism. My harshest critic helped me the most. After I finished crying over my bruised ego, I realized he was one-hundred percent right. Had I not listened to him, I might not be published today.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Susan-Antony/e/B07N31L812

Twitter: @susanantonycs

Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/SusanAntonyCS/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

About the Author:

Susan Antony is an IT by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an internet addict. She lives in the sunny south with her teenage son and two Cairn Terriers. Cherokee Summer placed first in the Missouri Romance Writers of America “Gateway to the Best” contest.

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