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Release Blitz: ‘Edge of Retribution’ by Jacob Chance

Title: Edge of Retribution
Author: Jacob Chance
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 10, 2018

 

Blurb

Landing my dream job has me eagerly looking toward the future. But when I see Nash Garrison after six long years, my world is thrown completely off its axis.

He was my only friend and confidant during the worst days of my life, and I fell hopelessly in love with him. No eighteen year old girl could resist his protective nature and charming grin. I was no exception.

Now, together, we’re about to bring down the man responsible for my parents’ deaths. Revenge has been the driving force fueling every decision I’ve ever made – except for Nash.

What is it about him that sends the most rational parts of my brain into a tailspin? And how do I balance on the edge of retribution without tumbling into heartbreak once more?

 

 

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Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of sports romcoms and romantic suspense, Jacob plans on providing you with many more stories.

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Release Blitz: ‘In Shining Armor’ by Blair Babylon

Title: In Shining Armor
Series: Runaway Princess: Flicka #2
Author: Blair Babylon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 8, 2018

 

Blurb

Flicka won’t allow herself to be terrified.

She’s on the run from her cheating, soon-to-be ex-husband Prince Pierre and his Secret Service, and she doesn’t have a passport, credit cards, or money. She needs to get to Paris to talk to her lawyers about divorcing that bastard.

The only thing standing between her and the cheating prince is Dieter Schwarz, her bodyguard, her protector, and her ex-lover. He’s six feet, four inches of sarcasm, black humor, and rock-hard muscle. A former Swiss mercenary, now he owns and operates Rogue Security—a band of former special operations soldiers, SEALs, hackers, and spies—which will take any dirty covert operation for the right price.

But the Secret Service is tracking her, and even Dieter and the Rogues might not be able to keep her safe from her ex.

And once again, she’s falling in love with Dieter, which might be the most dangerous thing of all.

 

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When Dieter Schwarz dragged himself into Wulfie’s Kensington Palace apartment that fine summer day, his ash blond hair was so short that he must have shaved his head recently, as it was about the same length as his scruffy beard. He had one black eye and scabbed-over scrapes covering half his handsome face, and one of his muscular arms hung in a sling.

His gray eyes held a feral savageness that looked like he would pick up a rare steak, bite into it with his teeth, and rip it apart while he devoured it.

Oddly, Flicka wanted to be the steak.

Dieter dumped his only luggage, a small rucksack, on the floor.

Flicka’s big brother Wulfram looked up from the book he was reading. “Good week?”

“The best,” Dieter answered.

From the growl in Dieter’s voice, Flicka could hear that his body still coursed with adrenaline, even though he must have flown home from wherever on a plane for hours.

He shucked his overshirt and stretched, standing in a tank top in the entryway. The sling on his arm fell aside, and he flinched when he rolled that shoulder to loosen it.

Flicka couldn’t look away from the way Dieter’s round muscles stood out from his arms and shoulders, thick cords and hard bulges that were so different from the sinewy or stocky teenagers she had been living with at Le Rosey. When Dieter moved his arms, stretching out kinks, those muscles flexed and moved under his tanned and sunburned skin. The golden fuzz that covered the top of his chest above his tank top looked soft, and Flicka could think of nothing else but the way it would feel against her palms.

Dieter asked. “How were the royal bodyguards, Wulfram?”

“Adequate,” Wulfram answered.

“I suppose that’s okay.”

Dieter leaned over and picked up his rucksack.

When he did, the muscles under the thin cotton of his tank top stood out in lumps that Flicka could count. His webbed belt kept his black fatigue pants up, she surmised, because his hips were slim. He looked like could have won any athletic event or beaten any other man on Earth in hand-to-hand combat.

Flicka couldn’t breathe.

She longed to walk over to Dieter and touch his arms and his chest. She bet that he was warm to the touch, with all those muscles working right under his skin like that. His skin must be silky, or coarse—yes, coarse—and his hands would probably feel callused and rough on her arms.

A flush ran over her, a warmth that made her feel heavy and weak.

Dieter had his backpack in his large, strong hands, and he was looking right at her. His dark gray eyes settled on her skin, and she could almost feel his gaze. “Good to see you, Durchlauchtig.

Her breath seemed to have leaked out of her lungs, and she had to suck in some air to answer him. “You, too, Lieblingwächter.”

Dieter walked out of the room, stalking like a tiger.

The white album of Flicka’s music school musings slipped from her arms and crashed on the floor.

Wulfram looked up from his book, one eyebrow raised.

Flicka told him, “I’m going to attend the Royal Academy, here in London.”

“Excellent,” Wulfram said, settling back into his book. “You can live here at Kensington with me. Security will be easier with you in London, too.”

Yes, she was counting on it.

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Title: In A Faraway Land
Series: Runaway Princess: Flicka #3
Author: Blair Babylon
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Amy Queau, QDesign
Release Date: June 12, 2018

Blurb

When an actual prince—who has a Secret Service, an army, and real spies—is hunting you down, you run, and you hide IN A FARAWAY LAND.

Flicka von Hannover was a princess, but not anymore, sort of. To hide from her conniving soon-to-be ex-husband and divorce him as soon as possible, she runs to the place specified by her prenuptial agreement, Las Vegas.

She has left everyone and everything behind except Dieter Schwarz, her bodyguard who saved her that terrible night and smuggled her to Paris and now to Nevada. Living with the six-four, ripped, bossy Swiss mercenary is driving her crazy in more ways than one. Every time he comes near her, she wants to rip his clothes off with her teeth.

Her ex knows that she must be in Las Vegas to establish residency to divorce him, and his men are looking for her. When his Secret Service try to kidnap her and Dieter saves her again, the adrenaline and heat of the moment is too much for them to resist.

But her ex knows that she has to file the paperwork to divorce him, and he’ll do anything to stop her, even mounting an assault with his army on the courthouse when she tries to go to court.

It’s an impossible situation, but if anyone can save her, it’s her loyal, hot, ripped, protective, truly maddening bodyguard.

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Blair Babylon is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who used to publish literary fiction. Because professional reviews of her other fiction usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex and too much interesting plot, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, suspenseful romance.

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Release Blitz: ‘Falling Through Darkness’ by Kira Berger

Title: Falling Through Darkness
Author: Kira Berger
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Blurb

One bad decision changed my life irrevocably.

One night shattered it completely.

Moving to another country was supposed to be a fresh start for me, an escape from my past. A way to heal and live my life. I promised them to find happiness. What I wasn’t supposed to find was him. Dark, handsome, and irresistible.

He wasn’t supposed to break through the walls around my heart. But I wasn’t strong enough to resist.

For a minute, I was happy. But the clutches of my past will never let me go. The evil shrouding my past in darkness has finally found me.

I need to fight it—for him and them. Even if that means letting go of the light.

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Chapter One

I stare at the sunrise above the ocean through the tiny plane window next to me. The beautiful orange, red, and golden glow gives me a sense of peace I haven’t felt in a long time. I watch as the sun slowly bathes the world in its warmth, greeting a new day, a new beginning—seemingly giving me a chance to start anew.

While I watch as in the distance a new day breaks, I muse about what lies before me. I have never been afraid of jumping into the unknown—be it studying abroad by myself, traveling the world, or falling in love. But that was the old me—the young, carefree person who’s never been touched by darkness.

Being from a small town in south-east France, moving to the city or even a foreign country is something everyone fantasized about. I’ve lived in London for years, but the dream has been to live in America, the country my mother left behind as a twenty-five-year-old orphan. I just wish the circumstances of why I’m finally moving weren’t so dire.
Leaving Europe behind is freeing, yet scary nonetheless.

The last month has passed by in a blur. Once I realized I couldn’t stay where I was, I reached out to one of my teachers from an exchange year I spent in Chicago who I kept in touch with. It’s been a whirlwind and for once luck was on my side; he had a friend, who’s a high school principal in a Philadelphia suburb, one who was in dire need of an English teacher. Apparently, the previous teacher suddenly moved away due to a family emergency. While it’s sad for her, for me it couldn’t have been more perfect. And after a two-hour Skype interview with Mr. Harris, I accepted the job offer. I left Europe within three weeks.

The sudden descent of the plane brings be me back to the present. Judging from the seat belt sign blinking on, I guess we’re about to land. Finally. While I love flying, I’m ready to be back on solid ground and out of this flying tin can.

Half an hour later, we safely touch down at the international airport in Philadelphia. Going through customs takes forever, like always.

Most of my stuff fits into two suitcases. Everything with emotional value is in them, along with my clothes and important documents. Everything else, I’ve left behind. They don’t matter since the things killing me not to have with me aren’t earthly possessions anyway.

Another lucky break has been finding an apartment which comes furnished. Mr. Harris has been amazing with accommodating me. Not just with finding me a place to stay, but also having the previous English teacher give me her lesson plans for the first couple of months.

Seeing my two cases come around the belt, I move to the front to grab them. Rolling them back to the cart, I heave them onto it, trying to keep the stupid thing from moving away from me. I really wish they’d have a lock on the wheels to make sure they stay immobile.

Ugh.

When I finally manage to get myself organized with my luggage, I’m breathing heavily. Wow, I guess I should start exercising. One day soon, I tell myself my ever-present lie.

I move toward the exit and walk into the sweltering Pennsylvania summer heat. Fucking hell, why did no one tell me the humidity here is this crazy? One step outside and I’m sweating already.

I am looking around for a cab when I hear my name being called, “Alex!”

Startled, I look around, trying to figure out who yelled my name. I’m shocked to see my old professor stand before me with a cheeky grin on his face.

“What are you doing here, Tom?”

Chuckling, he replies, “I was in the area. You know Luna has family out here, so we thought we’d come out to celebrate Labor Day with them.”

I have to snort at this. It’s rather pathetic how bad of a liar he still is. They came out here so that I wouldn’t arrive and be alone my first weekend; the smirk he can’t hide shows this clear as day. I guess it’s their good fortune they have family in Philly and we can all pretend this is why they’re here.

Makes it easier.

“Of course, you do. How is the wife anyway? How come she isn’t part of this welcome committee?”
I smile at the thought of Luna. While Tom is your stereotypical professor with elbow patches and glasses, his wife is the complete opposite. I guess the best way to describe her is free-spirited. Or a hippie. I’m pretty sure she used to have dreads at some point in her past.

They’re both teachers at the University of Illinois. Tom is the head of the education department, while Luna is the head of Women’s Studies. Quite the pair, but it seems to work perfectly. Luna always used to tell me Tom’s the calm to her hurricane.

I am extremely lucky to have met them, no doubt about it. Luna and I developed a friendship during one of her classes that went beyond the classroom. She ended up inviting me to holidays and weekend excursions. I know, it sounds weird, but when you are alone in a different country you welcome a setting that reminds you of your family. Plus, turkey for Thanksgiving at their place was a lot better than eating alone in my dorm room.

“She’s well. She had a meeting with her publisher in New York today. You know for her new book coming out soon?” At my nod, he continues, “Also, she told me to tell you, she’s insisting you come with us to the party tomorrow.” Lifting a hand, he halts any protests he knows are coming. “Don’t even start, you know she’ll just come and force you to join us anyway.”

I sigh, he’s right. There is no way I’ll get out of this one. “Fine.”

“Great. Now get in here and give me a hug. I haven’t seen you in ages! Skype just isn’t the same.” Without waiting for me to move, Tom steps forward and hugs me hard.

“I’m so sorry, girl,” he whispers.

My arms involuntary squeeze him tight. “I’m all right,” I lie.

I move out of his embrace and clear my throat. I don’t do well with emotions. I was never one of those people who can show them easily to begin with, and the last few years only made it worse.

“Welp, shall we go then, driver,” I joke to defuse the emotionally laden situation.

“Yes, ma’am,” he says with a laugh. “Let’s go. My car is this way.” He points straight ahead.
We walk across the street toward a black Jeep Grand Cherokee. Whistling through my teeth, I tease him, “Damn. An SUV. Do you hate our planet that much?”

“Be nice. It’s what they gave us when we arrived. Not even joking, it was the last one left. Luna wasn’t impressed either. She already gave me shit for two hours afterward. Please, spare me.”

“All right, all right, all right,” I give my best Matthew McConaughey impression, causing Tom to laugh out loud, drawing the eye of the people around us.

“Your impersonation skills have not gotten any better over the years.”

I place my hand over my heart in mock hurt. “Hey! Are you saying my practicing was all for naught?”

“Pretty much. I’m surprised you aren’t talking like some posh snob from England anyway. That’s pretty impressive.” The laughter leaving me at his comment is something I haven’t done in months. I’ve lived in England for six years, so it’s not such a stretch to imagine I’d end up with an accent. “Yeah, I worked hard to avoid sounding like a Brit. My mom spent too much time teaching me one accent to lose it.”

After we load my luggage into the trunk, I move to the passenger door, while admiring the interior.

“You know,” I say while getting comfortable, “while I hate the amount of gas this car uses and the deteriorating effect it has on the environment, it’s a really nice one. I love this leather interior—it’s comfortable.”

“That reminds me, have you figured out what you’ll do about a car? You know this is America, not London.” He smirks at me. “You can’t rely on public transport to go anywhere unless you live in the city.”

“Yeah, yeah. I’m aware. I don’t even know how far the apartment is from work, but I have a feeling I’ll need to drag my ass out of bed tomorrow and go lease one.” I sigh, already dreading the experience.

“How about I come with you. The party isn’t until three anyway. We’ll go to a dealership in the area in the morning. How does that sound?”

“Actually, it sounds amazing. Thank you. I was not looking forward to it. I hate car shopping. So, I appreciate the help.” I smile at Tom gratefully. “Even though I will say it wasn’t necessary; I’m grateful you came out this weekend.”

“We’re family, girl. Luna thinks of you as a little sister, especially after what you did for us—for Luna. We’ll never forget it and will never be able to repay you.”

I avert my eyes, looking out the window while trying to blink back the tears. “I did what anyone would have done. All I did was drive Luna to the hospital and sit with her while we waited for you.”

“Alex,” he says with a heavy sigh and places a hand on my arm. “You did a lot more than just sit with her. If not for you, she’d have been alone, sitting on a cold and empty hospital bed mourning the baby we’d just lost, waiting for me to get there. You were her lifeline, telling her funny stories of your brother and all the shenanigans you two got up to. You were there when she needed someone the most.”

I look at him, my chest filling with emotions I’m unused to. It was a mixture of gratitude, love, and… belonging. “Then I’m glad I was there to give her some comfort during a horrible time.” I try to smile, but I know I fail miserably since I can feel my lip wobbling.

“Me too, honey. Me too. And you know, we’re here in case you need to talk about—”

“I don’t,” I interrupt abruptly, my tone sharp. I don’t ever want to talk about what happened. The past is going to stay buried deep in the abyss of my consciousness. “I’m fine. I don’t need to talk about anything. Let the past stay where it belongs.”

He looks at me for a moment. And by the way he’s rolling his lip between his teeth, and the intensity in his eyes, I can tell he’s trying to see behind my mask. I’m not sure what he sees, but thankfully he lets it go.
Shaking his head, he straightens in his seat and turns the ignition. “Can you program your new address into the GPS? I don’t want to end up getting lost in the hills of suburbia.”

Looking at the gadget in front of me, I decide to give it the good ol’ try. I’m sure it can’t be that difficult. “Sure, let’s do this.”

 

Author Bio

Kira Berger is a child of the world with a severe case of wanderlust. She’s lived in both North America and Europe. Currently, she’s living in London and enjoys everything the diverse city has to offer.

She’s always been a dreamer and closet romantic. And after obtaining her MA in English and Publishing, she finally decided to bring the stories floating around in her head and distracting her from real life onto paper.

If she’s not writing or working – which is pretty much most of the time – she can be found reading, traveling all over the world to visit friends, cuddle with her cat, or ride on the back of her horse through the countryside, preferably during the winter months.

 

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Release Blitz: ‘Blood & Secrets’ by Rose Harper

Title: Blood & Secrets: 1
Series: The Calvetti Crime Family #1
Author: Rose Harper
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 1, 2018

 

Blurb

I’m dangerous. Calculated. Bloodthirsty.

The perfect motherfucking trifecta of crazy.

 

The name’s Mateo Calvetti, and Brooklyn belongs to me.

My reach knows no bounds, and I always get what I want.

Including the little gem currently twisting my insides.

 

She’s been promised to me since birth.

Nothing anyone says will change that.

She will be mine, whether she wants it or not.

I’m going to own her. Consume her. Fuck, I may even keep her.

 

Yet, something comes to light I never expected in my wildest dreams.

Blood, secrets, and lies all fall around my feet.

Carina Ricci isn’t what she claims to be.

It appears she’s just as fucked up as me.

 

Come on, baby, let’s make them scream.

Let’s show them what happens when you anger a King and his Queen.

 

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Rose Harper is a mother of two, avid coffee drinker, and thrives on bringing tantalizing, downright shiver inducing books for her readers to devour. She’s a lover of dark, sizzling passion, and mystery filled stories with twists and turns you never see coming, yet leave you wanting more.

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Book Review: ‘Outside the Lines’ by Anne Malcom

Title: Outside the Lines (The Sons of Templar MC Book 2.5)

Published: 12th February 2016

Author: Anne Malcom

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Synopsis:

My life’s not easy. I’ll tell you that now. It’s not neat. I don’t fit into society the way most people expect me to and I don’t color studiously between the lines, outside the lines is where I reside. The fringes of society is where I found my place, with the Sons of Templar MC. The life they lived gave me everything I wanted, and everything I needed. Most importantly, it gave me something I’d been lacking for over a decade—family. A place to belong.

Club girl—that was my title. There were other words for what I was, but I preferred the less derogatory version. Sure, I’d love to be an Old Lady. It’s the dream. But, as someone who escaped into fantasy worlds when life got too much, I knew the difference between dreams and reality. I had resigned myself to the fact, I’d always belong to the club. It didn’t mean I didn’t crave one man in particular to claim me. To put me on the back of his bike and ride off into the sunset with the man who’d captured my heart the first day I saw him—Hansen. The dream where he’d finally see me and make me his, existed strictly in Macy’s world of wonder. Until now. Until somehow my fantasy world and reality world collided and he looks at me in the way I’d dreamt of for a year.

Fairy tales usually had neat and happy endings once the hero and heroine got together. This wasn’t a fairy tale. Hansen wasn’t your traditional hero and I was the furthest you could get from a heroine. I feared my past might dictate my future. That my world outside the lines would go from messy to complete disaster.

 

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book under 200 pages. Sometimes it’s more fun to live just outside the lines. Something Macy has grown to do and Hansen is starting to embrace. From club girl to Old Lady, how will our girl Macy handle the change after the breath-taking kiss that started it all?

Macy isn’t all sunshine and rainbows but she does bring a smile to those she meets. She found a family in the form of the club and felt like it sort of fitted what she needed. She doesn’t get treated any less by the men – well maybe one of them, Hammer – but seems to think this is the life that she is meant to live. She has a darker past that has put her on the path she finds herself on but she wouldn’t change it, especially as it led to Hansen. Now he might be the only guy from the club that she really wants but he seems to stay away, something she can never be too sure about. He likes to send mixed signals, more so when you see his face almost explode when one of the guys asks her to go some place private. It confuses her to no end, as she can never figure him out. It seems change is on the way though as he is about to make a stand. The morning after having fun with one of the brothers you would think she would be feeling satisfied. Not so much after Hansen startles her in the kitchen early the next morning and kisses the life out of her. Just when she thinks that this could mean something he turns and leaves. If that wasn’t confusing enough for the next week the guys at the club give her a wide berth. Thinking this could be their way of pushing her out she panics and can only think of one thing that links the timing – Hansen and his panty dropping kiss.

Hansen is a hard guy to get a feel of to begin with as he likes to keep his emotions close to his chest. You can see he is struggling with what he feels for Macy but doesn’t think to make a move. Then he has the nerve to be pissed off that his brothers get to have her and not him. It all changes after a kiss, one that he had been holding out on for a year. One taste and he knew that she was for him and that from that moment on no other would have her but him. He just forgets to mention this to her first, and then there is the trouble with the Cali Templars and Amy needing to be rescued. So it kind of puts their bubbling heat of passion on hold for the time being. Once they leave though Macy is the first thing on his mind. Once he realizes that this is the life she is happy with, being part of the Templars, he knows he needs to change her role within them. He can feel the tension rising and knows he needs to stake his claim before he loses out. The moment she gets caught up in a bar fight seems to be the best move to kick start him into action.

A hit to the head and Macy might think she is dreaming when she wakes in Hansen’s arms in his bed, with his naked chest and everything, yum all round. He may be asleep but she can’t miss this chance as she has been pining for him for a year. Asleep he may have been but the moment she moves across him and her lips are close his resolve doesn’t last. One kiss and that’s it, he makes it very clear from that moment on she is his and not just as a club girl but as his Old Lady. Something she has longed for but never thought she would become. She might have wanted it but the getting it is a bit harder. When they are in the bubble of passion at his or hers it’s great but her past keeps coming back to cause her trouble in her mind. The transition is hard but Hansen doesn’t see a problem with it. Her past is the past; he just looks for the future. Shame her past is a darker one that comes back to haunt her. Will her new family be there to help or cast her aside?

Jagger was cool and clearly cared for Macy, he knew that she deserved more than what she thought she was worth. Grim was a hardass but you would expect nothing less from the clubs President. Hammer was a bit of a dick but maybe there’s more to him than meets the eye. Arianne was a laugh and clearly in tune with Macy enough to know what she wants and how to help her through things. It was an interesting novella showing a different side to the biker romance. Nothing ever runs smoothly and there are always going to be troubles along the way with this pairing – or with any of the Templar guys that is as they really do love fiercely when they claim you as their own – but sometimes to go outside the lines is more fun.

5 out of 5 stars

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