Saturday, 31 May 2014

Book: All American Wolf by Adriana Hunter

I received a copy of All American Wolf from Netgalley in exchange for my review as a part of the Fated Mates box set.

Serena acts out of character when she takes Brody back to her home after a night drinking, but when she wakes she finds herself instantly distracted by the discovery of a dead body. Throwing herself into the case along with her partner, Mike, she meets Wes Callahan, who introduces her to the idea that a shifter may be guilty of the crime. But when Callahan introduces the possibility of Brody being guilty Serena can't help but doubt what is going on. Being attracted to both of the men only confuses her further, but despite that Serena is determined to crack this case.

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Her Royal Protector by Alexandra Sellers

I received a copy of Her Royal Protector in exchange for my review.

Aly was always told by her father that she was ugly, and that she wasn't worth as much as her other more beautiful sisters. Though her father is now out of her life, in prison, he still haunts her. Where most men seem to look past Aly, Sheik Arif can't help but see the beauty in her, and not only that, but to be attracted to her in a way that he has never been attracted to a woman before. When Aly's trip around the gulf islands is altered drastically, Arif insists on going with her, for purely professional reasons of course. But can the two of them focus solely on the turtles and not on each other?

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Queen of Swords by Katee Robert

I received a copy of Queen of Swords in exchange for my review.

Ophelia is a rarity, a living Diviner. Her species have been hunted down and killed by Sanctify, just for being different. Boone's brother is the heir to the planet, and has sent him to look into his new concubine, Ophelia. Instead of the meek and placid women that his brother normally goes for, Boone can't help but notice Ophelia's fire. Against their better judgement they spend the night together, but soon after Boone realises that he can't let his brother have Ophelia, and that has nothing to do with him wanting protect people in general but more to do with wanting to protect her...

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Book: Vampire's Hunger by Cynthia Garner

I received a copy of Vampire's Hunger from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Kimber is a necromancer, and six months ago a reanimation went wrong and the doctor got bitten, starting the zombie apocalypse. Now living in an apartment with her best friend Nathalie, a fey warrior and sometimes Duncan, the brooding second in command vampire who she's always been attracted to but has only ever kissed once. Duncan is determined to protect Kimber, even if that means against his queen, and he's just as determined to get her in his bed, though that at least is on her terms.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: How to Seduce a Band Geek by Cassie Mae

I received a copy of How to Seduce a Band Geek, book 2 of the How To series, in exchange for my review.

Sierra learnt from her big sister Zoe not to pretend to be who she isn't, but taking that advice led to a reputation, and not one that gets her anything good. And Sierra has an eye on a boy; Levi. To Sierra it seems that Levi gets on with everybody, and that he is the only boy in school who doesn't really have a clique...except that he does. With the help of Levi's sister, Brea, she learns more about him, only to figure out that she wants him to tell her of his own free will. But with all the stuff going on at home, Levi doesn't want to let anyone in, even if that means Sierra too.

Blog Tour & Giveaway: How to Date a Nerd by Cassie Mae

I received a copy of How to Date a Nerd, book 1 of the How To series, in exchange for my review.

Zoe has everything, popularity, hot boys and crazy nights. But she has a secret, at heart she is a total nerd, and not only that, but she is in love with the guy next door, the guy known as King of the Nerds at school. Zoe has a war going in inside her, the popular Zoe vs the Nerd Zoe, and its only spending time around Zak that makes her think about it more. After getting too drunk one night she finds herself in Zak's arms, and the journey to embrace her inner nerd truly begins.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Book: Lady of Gaia by Tricia Ballad

I received a copy of Lady of Gaia, a companion novella to The Cycle of Oreveille, in exchange for my review.

Kathleen is being forced into a marriage that she doesn't want to the town drunkard. Taking a walk in the woods on the morning of her wedding she encounters Adreil, a Fae, and asks him to take her away from the village and to Faeland. He agrees and the pair fall in love, having a happy marriage and child for 5 years until Kathleen's father crosses over and steals her back.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Book: Undeniable by Alicia Roberts & Ashley Simone

I received a copy of Undeniable from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Allie graduated in accounting but can't find a job so works in a diner, one day an attractive man with the most amazing eyes she's seen walks into the diner. Meeting him weeks later in a bar, she discovers that his name is Zac, and for the first time ever she invites someone upstairs with her but he refuses. Weeks pass and Allie finds an advert on a dating site for someone that looks like her for an evening. With her brother in a lot of trouble, can she really pass the money over? And what if it is Zac and there is more to it than just the money?

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Book: A Night with the Bride by Kate McKinley

I received a copy of A Night with the Bride from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Gabriella and her friends are all unattached at one of the ton's parties and through boredom, Gabriella takes a dare to get the broody Duke of Somerset to kiss her. Though Nicholas overheard the dare, he is still drawn to Gabriella, and they both soon forget that it was just a kiss that was dared for...and that a scandal could damage both of their reputations.

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Blog Tour: Missing Lily by Annette K Larse

I received a copy of Missing Lily, the sequel to Just Ella, in exchange for my review.

The youngest of the seven Princesses, Lylin never thought that who she would marry would matter, as she would never be Queen. Now 18 she has to face the fact that she might be, particularly when she discovers that her remaining unmarried sister, Lorraina, doesn't want to be Queen. When out riding she is set upon by bandits, and is left without her escort, which leads her to the house of Lord Fallon. While there she goes by the name Lily, not sure of her safety at first and then not wanting to be treated differently, particularly by the handsome Lord of the Manor, Rhys. Once home Lylin discovers that her sister has asked for an arranged marriage, and when the man shows up, it leaves her heart broken.

Release Day & Giveaway: One Hot Night by Daisy Mae Jones

About the Book

Due to content of an adult nature, One Hot Night is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. 

Brie isn't normally the kind of girl to go home with someone after a night out, but it has been a while since she went home with anybody. When she runs into the incredibly sexy Drew, Brie can't help being attracted to him, and ends up at his flat in positions she hadn't even thought about. 


This is the start of Brie and Drew's Bedroom Adventures.


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About the Author

Daisy Mae Jones started writing when she couldn't decide what to read...and maybe about some of her own experiences. In her twenties, she is still discovering who she is and where she wants to be...which is partly where Brie's Adventures come in!

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Blog Tour: Purgatory by Cassandra Carr

I received a copy of Purgatory, book 3 of The Payment Series, in exchange for my review.

Having served her year's sentence in Jared's house, and under Jared's rules, Catrina sets out on her own. With a new job and a new apartment, all Catrina has to do is avoid spending unnecessarily and to get her life back on track. But old habits are hard to break, and Catrina can't help but spend, arguing that her purchases are necessary. After her apartment gets flooded she runs into Jared again, and he has a thing or two to say about her spending.

Blog Tour: Possessed by Cassandra Carr

I received a copy of Possessed, book 2 of The Payment Series, in exchange for my review.

Having signed a contract with DMA in order to repay her debt, Catrina starts her year's service with Jared. At first she is horrified at the things she has to do for Jared and his friends, and even sometimes for strangers. But other times she feels a strange tenderness coming from him which isn't in line with the discipline he gives.

Blog Tour: Prized by Cassandra Carr

I received a copy of Prized, book 1 of the Payment Series in exchange for my review.

Catrina has got herself into an extremely large amount of debt, and is about to default on it all. Not knowing what to do she takes the advice of her friend, Meghan. This takes her to an agency for which she will belong to a benefactor for a year in order to clear it. But first she undergoes two weeks of 'training' with a man that she comes to hate.

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It's Clean Out Your E-Reader time again! Though this time the rules have changed and just about ANY book counts...which is definitely exciting though I don't suspect I'll be reading many books that I didn't get for free anyway. The challenge runs between June 21st and September 5 which is about 2 months and 2 weeks...or 76 days apparently...so I'll go in line with my Goodreads Challenge and go with a goal of 76 books (or a book a day). I may revise this is I get a month in and have read 50 (Has happened before!)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Book: Dead in Bed by Bailey Simms

I received a copy of Dead in Bed in exchange for my review. It is made up of 7 serial episodes, Fifty Shades of Gangrene, Stiff, Going Down Six Feet Under, Don't Catch the Plague, Whetted Appetites and Sick (Episode 1, Fifty Shades of Gangrene was reviewed separately).

After waking up in a motel room with no idea what happened, Ashley finds that her town has been put on lock down and a strange plague has taken over. With her best friend, Morgan, sick, and her own family wary of her, her only support is coming from her brother-in-law, Ian, and his rogue doctor friend, Chris, who are both determined to help people that test positive for the plague. Already on the wanted list, Ashley uses her newly found confidence to help as many people as she can, but even so she still has to stay alive.

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Giveaway: Sabrina Lacey's Hearts Series

Sabrina Lacey is giving away all THREE of the books in her Hearts series! I've read one and two (with plans on reading three very soon!) and they are brilliant! You should check them out!

What You Can Win! 

AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ALL THREE 'HEART SERIES' NOVELLAS. - Throbbing hearts (1), Reaching Hearts (2), Crushing Hearts (3), together!

"This is definitely one of those times I curse the series gods for not having part 2 readily available. I want more, I need more." - SMUTandBONBONS.COM on THROBBING HEARTS

"Romance authors have a real tendency to turn a one night stand into a love story. Which was definitely not the case in Throbbing Hearts... really want to know what happens next." - TRIPS DOWN IMAGINATION ROAD Book Blog

"It’s amazing what broken hearts and betrayals can do to good people. " - BOOK FREAK on THROBBING HEARTS

"Literally, I’m all in the story. I’ve finished a chapter and swipe my screen to get “The End of Part 2”. I think an exaggerated cry left my mouth amidst the realization I again have to wait. Kudos to Lacey for creating an enticing tale." - SMUTandBONBONS.COM on REACHING HEARTS


* Add all three to your to-read lists. *

HEARTS SERIES: Throbbing Hearts (part 1), Reaching Hearts (part 2), Crushing Hearts (part 3 - just released May 12)
Part 4 coming soon!

Erotic romance. Recommended for 17+ due to mature language and adult situations. 

No fluffy romance here, these are real, suspenseful, page-turning rides.

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Reaching Hearts

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Book: Charming the Alpha by Liliana Rhodes

I received a copy of Charming the Alpha from Netgalley in exchange for my review as a part of the Fated Mates box set.

Having been brought up by her mother and grandmother, Hannah doesn't know what to think about werewolves, including whether they truly exist. But one night, after visiting with her dead grandmother, Hannah runs into a werewolf and can't help but feel a thrill of attraction towards him. But things aren't as simple as that, not only does Hannah have to discover just who Caleb is, but as the Alpha of the Rowan pack he has an obligation to solve the murders and disappearances of shifters near his territory. On top of that Hannah's mother isn't telling her the whole truth about her past, and there seems to be a little thing about a family curse.

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

I received a copy of The Only Boy in exchange for my review.

Since the disease took hold there have been no men, meaning that Mary has been brought up in Section One surrounded solely by women. When a new girl arrives, Mary is instantly drawn to her, and can't explain the pull that she feels towards Taylor. But Taylor has a secret; he's a boy. Doing his best to stay undercover, he can't help but want to be near Mary, and breaks all kinds of rules doing so. When Taylor is discovered Mary runs after him, only to find that life doesn't always take the turns that they want it to.

Blitz: Pen & Kink

3-Some Welcome to Pen and Kink's first event!  We hope you are excited as we are to bring you premier, high quality erotica at Indie Prices.  Below you'll find information about all three books and a great giveaway, put together especially for you.  First a little about Pen and Kink!

About Pen and Kink!

Pen & Kink
We are a committed writer collective focused on promoting quality erotica of all predilections, from steamy romance to the more transgressive and taboo topics and everything in-between. At Pen & Kink you will find books you can trust will be of the highest quality that contain so much heat your ereader might just melt in your hands. Check us out at Pen and Kink and follow along, we promise, it's going to be one hell of a ride.

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Renovating A Heart by Deanndra Hall

In the next installment in the Love Under Construction series, it's the story of two people with backgrounds so sad and difficult that it's unlikely they can move past them. But when pasts become the present and threaten a life, can they put aside their fears in order to survive? Revisit Louisville, Kentucky, and the friends and members of the Walters family. You've watch Nikki and Tony fall in love, and seen Vic and Laura face their demons while coming together forever. See what' next - join us on May 19th and see if Steve McCoy can find a way to heal while Kelly Markham asks for what she needs and gets a lot more. Enjoy!

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RUN by River Harlequinn

Abused, neglected and the absolute bottom of the pile, the runt of her family, even below her half-breed father, Lea suddenly discovers she's to be given in marriage to a werewolf family from her mother's home town. But she hasn't even managed to turn for the first time yet, and if she doesn't, they'll slaughter her.
Her father can't oppose the marriage, but he can give his daughter a fighting chance, and forces her mother to take her home for the fire ritual at Beltaine.  If she manages to turn then, perhaps she will survive and claim what's rightfully hers.  All she wants to do is run..... Buy it now at http://riverharlequinn.com/buy-run

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Protecting Portia by Pavarti K Tyler

Jackson Grady met the love of his life. Unfortunately, he was running drugs for a pimp named Sasha at the time, who asked him to keep an eye on their new acquisition from Russia, the bedraggled beauty named Portia. She touched his heart and forced him to confront the kind of man he'd become.
Now, Portia and Jackson both work at The Sugar House. He continuously looks out for her, and longs for her with his every breath, but knows he is unworthy of such an angel. What will Portia do to win not only the heart, but also the body, of the man she loves?
Welcome to the world of The Sugar House, and the men and women who will fulfill your every fantasy. But can they find a way to fulfill their own?
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Book: Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling

I received a copy of Prom Impossible in exchange for my review.

Cassidy wants the perfect senior year. And the perfect prom date, which would be Michael, the boy that she thinks is her soul mate, but Michael hasn't been paying attention to her and she has to come up with a plan, and that is where Jasper comes in. Jasper is one of the most popular boys in school and in exchange for Cassidy writing his English papers he agrees to date her and make Michael jealous. But muddying the waters is the guy that Cassidy met over the summer at Adventure camp, Zeke, the guy that she thinks she hates, or maybe just likes as a friend, or maybe makes her insides go all fuzzy...

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Book: Secrets of the Unaltered by Leti Del Mar

I received a copy of Secrets of the Unaltered, book 2 of the Confederation Chronicles, in exchange for my review.

Having gone to the capital of the Confederation in order to find out about the enhanced soldiers they found in the woods, Flynn and Rose find life more difficult in the capital than anywhere else. Flynn has gone to work for a Botanist, who seems to do a lot more than just create flowers in the necessary colours, whereas Rose has returned to working at her father's hospital, and begins to study to become a doctor. Overtaken by her need to impress her father, Rose loses sight of both Flynn and their mission.

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Friday, 16 May 2014

Book: Forever in Love by Nadia Lee

I received a copy of Forever in Love in exchange for my review.

Catherine Fairchild's life has fallen apart around her, her marriage wasn't legal and her in-laws blame her for the funds missing from the family company. Even knowing she isn't guilty, her life so far has meant that Catherine still feels bad about it, and worse than that she feels alone. When her father's old friend, Salazar, asks her to go up to a small town and scope out his son from a mistress, Catherine takes the opportunity, little expecting that Blaine won't just be a person she runs into, but rather someone that will change her life forever.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Cover Reveal: Ambrosia by Sarah Daltry

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 Ambrosia (coming June 6) 

A Flowering novella by Sarah Daltry

Four years. One night that was supposed to be an escape turned into four years. And now, four years is about to turn into forever. 

Lily was never anything special. A perfect girl from a perfect world living an empty life. She was lost, thinking she knew who she was and what she wanted. She thought she knew love, but then there was a boy. 

Jack has been through Hell. Watching his mother die - at his father’s hands - will never leave him. He had given up on living a life, figuring he would drink himself to death, if he didn’t give in to all the voices telling him to kill himself first. And then there was a girl who smelled like strawberries. 

Two years have passed since Orange Blossom. Jack and Lily are only months away from their wedding and their journey is about to come to an end. Join them in the final title in the Flowering series, a story of growing up, of finding yourself, and of “blooming.”
   

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Excerpt:  

savethedateAfter driving for two hours and a three hour seminar session, I’m exhausted. I take out my cell to text Jack and ask if he wants to order dinner tonight, because there is no way I even have the energy to go through a drive-thru. I notice as I look at my phone that I have twenty-six texts. That’s right – twenty-six. All sent between nine this morning and noon. All from my mother. They grow increasingly frantic, as if texts just shoot directly into my brain and notify me that she has something “very important” to ask me. I wish I had never given her my number. More, I wish I had never taught her how to text, because she seems to think it’s the same thing as actually speaking, and then she gets agitated when I don’t reply. 

The last one she sent is incoherent. Just a lot of random letters and punctuation. I would worry that something was actually wrong, but my dad and Jon didn’t text. If something had happened, they would have as well. Instead, it’s just endless streams of urgency from my mother. I leave my stuff in the library and go back outside to call her. She answers almost immediately. 

“I have been trying to reach you all morning,” she says. 

“I had class.” 

“But I texted you.” 

“Right, but I still had class.” 

“Okay, well, two things. First, we need to confirm the DJ. Have you done that yet? Did you meet with him? Do you know what time he’s setting up?” 

“I’ll call him when I get off the phone with you. Sorry. It slipped my mind.” 

There is a lengthy pause. She’s trying. I keep telling myself that, because it keeps me sane. A few years ago, I would have gotten quite the tirade about forgetting to call the DJ. Instead, she’s practicing deep breathing, which she learned about in yoga. My existence has led her to yoga. 

“I promise. I’ll call,” I tell her. 

“Okay. The second thing is that your father wants to put down a deposit for your honeymoon this week. Gail has been checking in and we don’t have an answer for her, so you have to pick something. I don’t like having to keep making Gail wait.” Gail is the travel agent my parents use. Everyone in my parents’ life is a long-lost friend; there is no such thing as Expedia. 

“Can I let you know tomorrow?” 

“I suppose, but haven’t you talked about it?” she asks. 

“We have, but Jack feels silly taking your money. Maybe we’ll just do a weekend away at the Cape or something.” 

The deep breathing resumes. People in my mother’s life don’t do weekends away at the Cape; they own houses there.

 
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About Sarah Daltry

Sarah Daltry is a girl who writes books. The books are in all genres, because Sarah’s not so great at committing to things. She’s happily married and she and her husband live with their cats in New England. Sarah is painfully shy and, if you are able to find her, she is probably in a corner, hiding. She has also written the urban fantasy romance, Bitter Fruits; the YA gamer geek comedy, Backward Compatible; the literary reimagining, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock; historical erotica, The Quiver of a Kiss; and a variety of erotica and short stories.

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Book: Cursed by Nicole Camden

I received a copy of Cursed from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

Once more Lille has found herself running away from Max and the feelings that he has evoked, this time because she allowed him to take control. With the increased fame of the Fetish Box, Lille is finding herself the recipient of calls, visitors and other attempts to gain her attention, the realisation that there is only one man that she wants that attention from is Max scares her. Meanwhile Max is battling for the courage to do something about the fact that all he can think about is Lille, and her father has tried to be in contact once more...

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Book: The Third Wheel by Ioana Visan

I received a copy of The Third Wheel, book 3.5 in The Impaler Legacy, in exchange for my review.

Having rid the world of the New Breed vampires, Jesse and Liana have gone away to Morocco, but so has Max. When he acts strange and they catch sight of him in the flower market, the couple follow him, to discover that he is meeting a woman...

This is a short story that takes place after the final book of The Impaler Legacy; Order Restored.

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Book: Order Restored by Ioana Visan

I received a copy of Order Restored, book 3 of The Impaler Legacy, in exchange for my review.

With Jesse kidnapped, Liana has had a compulsion put on her by Max in order for her not to be clouded by the love she feels for him when making decisions that affect her people. But something went wrong and Liana still feels but is unable to show it. Finding him, she makes a deal to try and save him and as many other people as she can, but the leaders of the New Breed Vampire faction, and the New Breed creators, have other ideas and they want Liana's blood to perform those ideas.

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Book: Frozen Fury by Paloma Beck

I received a copy of Frozen Fury, book 5 of the Seven Sin Sisters series, in exchange for my review.

Gage is frustrated to be assigned to a routine patrol at a lab until he shoots someone that he thought was an intruder but turned out to be Amelia Sinster, a scientist at the lab and his mate. Completely devastated about the fact that he shot his mate, what Gage didn't count on was the anger that Amelia would feel towards him for it. Struggling with her anger, and on top of that they discover that Amelia's sister, Sadie, is missing.

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: With Zombies by Michael F Stewart

I received a copy of With Zombies, book 3 of the Assured Destruction series, in exchange for my review.

Jan's life has fallen apart around her, having been kicked off the police force, her mother in the hospital and her school threatening to kick her out. And yet she still has to keep the family business, Assured Destruction, alive and well or they will lose it. Also trying to figure out the reasons why the network around her is going so slowly, Jan has her hands full. Figuring out everything leads to consequences that even Jan can't escape from, and risks more than just the family business.

Release Day: Forever in Love by Nadia Lee

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Forever in Love Series: Hearts on the Line, #5 Publication Date: May 12, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Catherine Fairchild fakes being perfect by keeping everyone at arm's length. But her billionaire CEO husband's bigamy shatters the illusory life she's built, and vengeful in-laws want to send her to jail for embezzling from the failing family business. Desperate, she accepts an offer from a powerful friend: help him reconcile with his illegitimate son in return for protection. How hard can it be to dazzle a small town guy?
Small town bar owner Blaine Davis has zero interest in claiming his fifty million dollar trust fund or joining the family of a father he barely knows. He can never forgive his womanizing father for seducing his mother or forget the cruelty his father's high-society wife inflicted on them. Catherine comes from the same rich and entitled background, but he starts to fall for her anyway. Can their fragile bond survive when the true reason for her presence in his idyllic little town is revealed and Blaine's old wounds are re-opened?
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Blaine was frowning as he came down the stairs from his third-floor apartment to the first floor where his bar and restaurant was located. He would’ve been down sooner, but Salazar’s damn lawyer had called again. Fifty millionMrDavisCan you ignore that?Like any amount of money could make up for the way Ceinlys Pryce had humiliated his mother. She wanted to be a bitch to him, fine. But not to his mother. And Salazar hadn’t done a thing about it. A man who couldn’t bother to stand up for the mother of his child didn’t deserve to be a father. If he hadn’t had a business to run, Blaine might have shot the shit with the lawyer just to run up her billable hours. She sounded expensive. He hoped she charged at least a hundred bucks a call. It was still early, so only a few seats were occupied. But later, the place would be packed. A playoff game was on tonight, and the bar had four giant flat-screen TVs—one for each wall. His best friend and bar manager Rick Shelton lifted his chin at the sight of him, and Blaine nodded in return. Gel spiked Rick’s sandy hair, and gold studs in his ears sparkled as he moved around behind the bar. A black turtleneck and a pair of old jeans completed his work ensemble. “Studs?” Blaine said. “Didn’t you say they were lame?” Rick cocked an eye at one of the waitresses. “Janey thinks they’re hot.” Blaine made a whip-snapping sound, and Rick flipped him the bird. He chuckled, then frowned at the sight of Irene at the counter, nursing a beer. “Hey, Irene, what’re you doing here? Didn’t you have to get the Blue House ready for somebody?” “I’m done,” she said in that gravelly voice of hers. She still puffed cigarettes, just not as much as she used to. Not even losing a chain-smoking husband to lung cancer had made her quit. “What? You get fired?” “Nothin’ like that. The new tenant said I could go early. She’s a real looker, yes she is. If I was just little bit younger…” A wistful sigh escaped her thin lips. “I remember how I looked when I was that age. Woulda given her a run for her money.” Blaine smiled. Irene said that about every woman. “Did you offer to make her one of your killer steak burritos?” She made them for anybody who stayed at the Blue House as a “welcome to town” dinner. “Offered, but she said no. Wanted eat out and meet the folks around here.” Huh. That was interesting. Rick came over and set a plate with a cheeseburger and fries on the counter in front of Irene. “Maybe she’d like to try our specialty.” “I dunno.” Irene finished her beer and signaled for another. “Honestly, she don’t look like the bacon-cheeseburger type. A little too skinny.” She started nibbling on the butter and garlic fries. “A woman’s gotta keep some meat on her.” “Amen,” Rick said and went away with her empty glass. “Poor girl is all bones. At least her car’s nice.” Irene’s gaze grew speculative. “So what you up to, Blaine? Word is you’re getting an awful lot of fancy letters from people in California.” Aw jeez. Not even mail was secret in Cooter’s Bluff. “It’s junk mail,” Blaine said. “Somehow they got my name.” “What do they want you to buy?” It’s not exactly like that—they want to buy me. He shrugged. “Nothin’ I’m interested in.” Irene shook her head. “That danged junk mail. Such a waste of paper.” “Hopefully a waste of their money, too.” The door to his bar opened, and a woman walked in. Blaine glanced in that direction and did an honest-to-god double-take. Conversation around the place petered out as people started to notice her. Curly hair fell over her shoulders like a dark waterfall, framing whiskey-colored eyes and lips that he found it hard to look away from. A black leather coat was belted at the waist, revealing an hourglass body that belonged on a pinup poster girl. She was so flawless in appearance, the symmetry of her features so perfect, that she almost didn’t look real. It was like god had taken the most beautiful woman in the world and then made her a little better. It had to be Irene’s new tenant. Blaine knew every good-looking woman within fifty miles, and he had never seen this one before. He had the most absurd desire to touch her, even as his brain warned him it would be a terrible idea. A woman this beautiful was always bad news. An exterior that nice usually hid something nasty underneath. Janey walked up to her. “Would you like a table, ma’am?” An instant of frown crossed the stranger’s face. “A seat at the counter’s fine. Thank you.” “That’s her,” Irene said, swallowing a bite of her burger. “Catherine.” Blaine rolled the name on his tongue. It was as regal as the woman. “Hey, Catherine,” Irene called out, waving. Catherine’s eyes zeroed in on her, then moved to Blaine. The impact of her gaze hit him like a boxer’s punch. She made her way across the bar, seemingly oblivious to the stares she was getting, and took the stool next to Irene. “I thought you’d go home.” “Would have, normally, but I figured I’d treat myself. This here is Blaine. He owns the place.” Catherine tilted her head and gave him a soft smile that revealed teeth as perfect as the rest of her. “Catherine. A pleasure.” Her voice reminded Blaine of finely aged bourbon. “The pleasure’s mine. Welcome.” “I’d like to see a menu if you don’t mind,” she said. He handed her one. “Where are you from? California?” Something about her accent made him think of the golden state. She regarded him over the menu for a moment. “No. I was born in Savannah.”
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nadia_lee_smBilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.
 She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she's not writing the sexy contemporary romance series Hearts on the Line featuring hot, protective and possessive billionaire alpha heroes, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.