Saturday, January 20, 2018

Book Blitz: Alien Alphas Collection

Alien Alphas: Twenty-Three Naughty Sci-Fi Romance Novellas 

Publication date:
January 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction

Fierce warriors. 
Savage barbarians. 
Powerful warlords. 
All ready to claim their mates. 
Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that’s sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night. 
Featured authors: Cari Silverwood, Cynthia Sax, Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Addison Cain, Kallista Dane, Maren Smith, Ava Sinclair, Sue Lyndon, Emily Tilton, Ashe Barker, Korey Mae Johnson, Grace Goodwin, Ivy Barrett, Jane Henry, Jaye Peaches, Katie Douglas, Lili Zander, Loki Renard, Maria Monroe, Megan Michaels, Myra Danvers, Sara Fields, and Sophie Kisker

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Claiming His Virgin by Grace Goodwin:

My marked mate, Helen from Earth, was everything I imagined but never expected to have. I knew from watching her that her laughter came easily and her eyes were a unique combination of green and gold I’d never seen before. I longed to have her look at me and know me. Know exactly who claimed her. Who mastered her body.

I longed to have those eyes focused on me not just in pleasure, but with love. Affection. Desire. But those were a fool’s dreams. Those thoughts did not belong to a scarred warrior like me.

Perhaps if I could seduce her, bring her enough pleasure, she would learn to tolerate my appearance. It was the best I could hope for, but that hope burned and twisted inside me like hot knives. Wanting her was painful, but it was an agony I refused to give up.


Review: A Gentleman's Bidding by Jean Wilde

Title: A Gentleman's Bidding
Author: Jean Wilde
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: Scarlet Salon (Book One)
Publisher: Self-published
Format: ebook via Author
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisMiss Emily Price is in desperate need of funds. With her family estate mortgaged and her young brother not yet of age, it falls to her to save her family from financial ruin. What is a lady with no title or connections to do? Auction her virginity at one of London’s most notorious brothels. 

Heir to a baronetcy, James Hughes has always been caught between two worlds. His fortune and education help him pass for a member of the ton but his career as an engineer and his family ties stop him from actually becoming one. Quiet and serious-minded, he knows he needs to marry into the peerage for his sake, as well as, his family’s. But when he finds himself by chance at an auction in London’s infamous Scarlet Salon he throws his ambitions to the wind to bed the lovely Miss Price.

It doesn’t take long for Emily to lose her heart to her dry-humoured, generous benefactor. But when their affair goes public in one of the most scandalous newspapers in town, Emily must decide if she must cast her feelings aside and leave James to pursue his societal ambitions, and James must decide if family and duty are worth giving up the chance of love. 

Scandal, manipulation and ambition hinder the lovers’ path to happiness. Only they can decide if love is worth fighting for.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Love found in the most unconventional of ways...

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When the family's financial problems lead Emily to a renowned brothel, she has a proposition she's sure the madame won't be able to refuse. An auction to sell her virginity to the highest bidder. And while Emily knows this will leave her future and reputation in tatters, she is determined to follow through and pay back their mounting debt.

The last thing James expected to do while accompanying a friend to a brothel was to place a bid on a complete stranger. And to win. Taking the prize is pure pleasure and offering the woman a place as his mistress is another easy decision. Remembering that their arrangement is only temporary is much harder to do.

But while the couple may have sparks in bed together, their story hits the local gossip rags and society isn't as forgiving to their scandalous ways. Meanwhile, Emily's best friend finds herself being pursued by a moneylender who will do anything to win her heart. Despite scheming debutantes, judgmental parents, and a vicious journalist, both couples will have to decide if their love is worth fighting for.

I've never read anything by this author before, but I was intrigued by the book's description. A woman willing to give up her chances of marriage in order to pull her family's estate from the ruins? I can admire that. And an auction for a lady's virginity usually means there is some naughty fun on the way. Oh, and the gorgeous book cover helped sway me too.

One thing that surprised me about this book was that there are two couples here, instead of just one. We have our main pair, brought together by the auction. And then we have the other couple who, while being secondary characters, still get their story told in a nice way. I can't say I really preferred one over the other. Emily and James' relationship was sweet and romantic, while Annabeth and Edward had a more tense and steamy affair. Both were entertaining.

The plot seemed fairly straightforward, according to the blurb: man wins a woman's virginity and they fall for each other. But it actually was more complicated than it appeared. There are a lot of characters and even the secondary ones get a good dose of attention. Due to heavy head-hopping, we see things from quite literally every character's point-of-view. This can be beneficial, at times, but it is often hard to tell exactly whose thoughts we are listening to.

Which leads me to my reason for deducting a star. The trouble I had with the book was in the writing style. The POV changed so abruptly that it caught me off guard more than once. Also, this could do with a good scrub by a solid editor. I wouldn't change any of the plot or the dialogue, really. I would just fix the head-hopping issues and grammar problems (repeating words in the same sentence, etc.). These things usually get better with more writing experience so there is definite hope for improvement as the series goes on.

In closing...
I'm curious to see if Isabelle will be the next courtesan to find love. Four suns!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Review: Forbidden Forest & Forest Fire by Tenaya Jayne

Title: Forbidden Forest
Author: Tenaya Jayne
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/Adult
Series: Legends of Regia (Book One)
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisBorn in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.

Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia's laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war. 

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he's ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn't matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Loved this book!

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There was a lot to like about this book. I flew through it in a single evening, staying up way past my bedtime to finish it because I just didn't want to put it down. I was immediately drawn into the story from the first page. I've read the first book of the spin-off series so I knew a little bit about this pair from that. Still, it didn't ruin my reading experience at all. If anything, it made me anxious to see this couple come together.

We see things from several perspectives here. Sometimes the POV does head-hop between the characters but it's always in a separate paragraph and easy enough to follow along with. We see everything happening too. From the bad guys who are plotting against the crown to the lowly messenger caught up in the scandal, we get a good picture of every angle. Sort of like watching a movie, we bounce back and forth around the world.

The couple were pretty awesome characters. Each had their cute little quirks and I think I chuckled several times at Syrus and his childlike fascination with human items. His eating cereal and rice krispy treats was hilarious. And they were evenly matched as far as their personalities were concerned. They kept each other on their toes and fought well together. I definitely enjoyed the chapters with these two in it much more than the others without them.

I think the plot is fairly easy to understand, even though there are a lot of characters to contend with. Even the villains may be playing two sides, so you have to pay attention to really get the whole story. And you do have more than one bad guy to loathe. In fact, I have several people on my villain hit list. I won't say who but one of them does bite it here. Made me smile.

My only gripe is the ending, but that can be said about any book with a brutal cliffhanger, which this one does have. This is a romance but the couple's story isn't over with at the end of this installment. I've just started the next book, unable to wait to find out how the pair find their way back to each other. Should be fun!

In closing...
Reading the second book now. I have to see what happens next. Five suns!

Title: Forest Fire
Author: Tenaya Jayne
Genre/Age: Fantasy Romance/Adult
Series: Legends of Regia (Book Two)
Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing
Format: ebook via KindleUnlimited
Rating: ✺✺✺
SynopsisBanished to Earth. Hunted by the queen's assassins. Forest must fight to find a way back to Regia. Lonely and brokenhearted, she waits for Syrus to break through her banishment. Syrus lives his days in anguish, trapped in a portal that goes nowhere. Separated by galaxies, Forest and Syrus' spiritual connection strains to the breaking point. 

As Regia's civil war ravages the land and the balance of power tips, the world will learn it's the Rune-dy pulling the strings. Forest must face the horrifying truth of her father's identity and how her very existence is rooted in one of the Rune-dy's darkest secrets. 

Fighting to find her place in Regia's new world order, Forest is desperate to keep her past hidden, while Leith threatens to taint her name forever. Forest must attain her freedom through retribution and wage war inside her very soul. Will she be able to accept the gift Syrus offers, or will one mistake separate them forever?

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

Forest finds her place in the world...

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Stuck in the human realm, Forest has taken up her old job of slaying vampires. But there's really one sucker that she wants to take out the most. The man who enslaved her and has escaped her in the past. Just when she thinks she has him cornered, something happens in Regia and everything begins to change.

Syrus has been isolated inside a portal for months, desperate to get out and find Forest. When the events in Regia begin to turn in his favor, he is finally reunited with his mate. However, there are new obstacles in their way as they each try to decide what kind of future they want. Not to mention, there is still the threat of the vampire who Forest was marked by. And who will be the new leader in Regia when all is said and done?

Well, this sure was a wild and crazy roller coaster. Not necessarily for the best, though. I really enjoyed the highs here, when our pair were reunited and the few moments we get to see them truly happy. But the lows were pretty devastating and left me questioning how much more of the tug-of-war I could take with these two. I still enjoyed the story, overall, but I did get frustrated a few times.

In the first book of the series, I loved Forest. She was a strong and independent character with a wicked sense of humor. I really enjoyed reading the scenes with her and Syrus. And she was the same person at the start of this book as well. Then somewhere along the way, she lost touch with herself and I lost the spark that I had for her. While I can appreciate a character losing her way, it was almost like the author wrote a different person into this book.

I can't complain about the entire thing, though. Forest is only one part of this book and Syrus picked up where she let me down. He grew throughout the book, facing his demons and trying to fight for the woman he loved. He never questioned their bond, even when he was still confused about his own future and place in the royal family. He stuck by Forest, at times when I'm not sure she really deserved it.

The plot is more complex in this story. We see more of the political side here and learn about Forest's father and his plan for the future. While I'm still not sure how he could just invent a new title for a supreme-ish ruler, I did grow to like the guy. We also have a few interesting secondary characters, some old and some new. And I did feel some serious pride in my boy Syrus when he got his revenge on a certain someone I won't name.

This isn't the last book of the series and from what I can tell it isn't nearly the end of this couple's journey. However, this does give the pair a satisfying end if you were to stop reading at this point. And I probably will. I'm not a fan of long and drawn out storylines where couples are constantly separated. We had that already in these two books and I just don't want to see any more of it. So I will end it here and pretend that our couple go happily into the sunset together.

In closing...
I'm still looking forward to the next installment of the spin-off series, though. Four suns!

Excerpt & Tour: Night Shift by Carey Decevito

Title: Night Shift (Night Shade 2) 
Author: Carey Decevito 
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance/ Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: January 9, 2018 
Cover Designer: Clarise Tan of CT Cover Creations 

A serial killer…

A past that haunts no matter how much the distance…

Which one will strike first?

Eighteen deaths over eight years has left Shane Peters itching to find his mark. The death that started it all ensured his obsession with the murderer who had turned his life into a living hell, leaving him to raise a newborn daughter on his own.

Starting over wasn’t the easiest thing, but Emberlyn Roth had managed by shear grit and the skin of her teeth. It’s too bad one can’t outrun their past.

A protector of the wronged, Shane is torn between his duty as a detective for the Jacksonville PD and a quest to find himself some peace. Red tape binds his capabilities and moonlighting as an investigator for Nightshade Securities has him feeling stretched thin. Late nights on the streets and his sense of duty keeps him from being the father he wants to be. Throw onto his already rickety house of cards, an attraction to the mysterious Emberlyn, the lead he’s got on the murderer he’s been hunting for nearly a decade, and threats his woman is receiving by an unsavory character from her past, and he’s seriously tempted to take Dalton Kipper’s offer to join his team in a permanent basis.

Rules have a place, but when you’re faced with losing the one that means most to you, lines can become blurred. With the fate of his family’s future hanging in the balance, he’s ready to risk it all.

The man’s gaze was intense. “Is everything all right?”
“Why wouldn’t it be?” I asked him.
“You seemed a little tweaked this morning. I saw you on your front step.”
He made to approach me, which caused me to back up, right into the side of his desk, knocking a slew of papers and the file they’d been tucked into on the floor.
Hurrying to my knees, I started rallying everything up in a pile when I felt Shane kneeling next to me.
“Let me. You shouldn’t–”
I took a closer look at the shots of random pieces and froze, studying them.
“What? What is it?” he asked. “Do those look familiar?”
“They just remind me of something I once wanted to try and never have,” I told him. “A photographic mosaic.”
His body went rigid. “A what?”
“A photographic mosaic…or photomosaic,” I explained. “It’s when you take different images of the same size and compile them together to make a larger picture. Kind of like a puzzle, because each image has to be in the right color scheme to make the larger image true.”
“You’re shitting me, right?” he asked.
“Well, no,” I said, then inquired further. “How many pieces do you have?”
He shrugged his shoulders. “I’d have to pull my files for the last eight years to know for sure. Do you know how to do these photo…”
“Mosaics?” I supplied. He nodded. “I’ve been wanting to try. Most people do these on computers these days, but I’ve seen them done by hand in a few galleries I’ve visited since I moved here.” I studied the photos closer, then moved to inspect the next one in the pile in my hands, and gasped, dropping everything I held onto the floor.
“Emberlyn,” I heard Shane say, but I was too busy processing the shock of what I saw. “Ember,” he tried again.
“Shane! Ember! Dessert’s ready!” Nora called out, but I couldn’t respond, closing my eyes to try and imagine something beautiful to replace the horror I’d just seen.
“Give us a minute, Mom. We’ll be right in.” I felt his hand grab my chin, gently tilting my head until we were face-to-face. “Look at me, Emberlyn. Look at me right now!”
That worked.
My eyes snapped open, and I realized I wasn’t breathing; the dark spots slowly clouding my peripheral vision.
“Breathe, sweetheart. Breathe with me.” Shane put a hand of mine on his chest, covering it with one of his as his other remained at my chin.
“T-that’s the woman…” I swallowed the bile in my throat. “She was found dead in…Oh God!”
“Don’t talk. Just breathe, baby.”
Something in me snapped, and my body jerked, filling with cold dread and even chillier memories. “Don’t call me that!”
Shane’s grip on me retracted as if I’d touched him with a cattle prod. “I’m sorry.”
“Don’t call me that,” I repeated at a whisper. “It’s what he used to call me.”
That’s when I realized I’d said too much.
Jumping to my feet, I backed toward the front of the house, stuttering, “I-I have to go.”
I shook my head, swallowing what I knew would be my dinner coming up to greet me again. I didn’t want to be here when it did. “I’m sorry. Tell your mom and Rosie thank you.”
Turning, I rushed out of the Peters’ residence as if my hair was on fire, barely making it to my front bushes before my stomach revolted, turning the wonderful dinner that Shane had put together into plant fertilizer.
What I didn’t expect were the steel bands that would come to wrap around me while I sobbed.

Born and raised in small town Northern Ontario, Canada, Carey Decevito has always had a penchant for reading and writing.

More than a decade later, with weeks of sleepless nights, where exhaustion settled into her everyday existence, she finally gave in and put pen to paper (more like fingers to keyboard!) She submitted to the dreams that plagued her. And the rest, as they say, is history!

A member of the RWA, Carey enjoys spending time with family and friends, the outdoors, travelling, and playing tourist in Canada's National Capital region. When life gets crazy, this contemporary erotic romance author seeks respite through her writing and reading. If all else fails, she knows there’s never a dull moment with her two daughters, her goofy husband, and cat who she swears is out to get her.

She is the author of both The Broken Men Chronicles and Nightshade series.