Taken by Her Best Friend’s Brother: Complete Box Set (Naughty Neighbors)

25405969

by Cindy Wilder

# OF STARS  5/5                    Genre: romance                      Pages: 154

Overview:

Warning: This story contains content which is intended for readers over the age of 18.

Part 1 –

Rachel was away for her first year in college. She had remained a virgin all through high school and was tired of waiting for the right one to come along.

Brad was her best friend’s brother and two years ahead of her in school. He was tall, muscular, and extremely sexy.

Rachel had a huge crush on Brad when she was younger. He was the one who kissed her for the very first time. When she went to high school, she saw a side of him that she didn’t like. He was arrogant and extremely cocky. Being the star of the team gave him many advantages, and those advantage went straight to his head.

When Brad left for college, Rachel was able to avoid seeing him for two wonderful years. She was thrilled and had no intention of seeing him anytime soon. Home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Rachel hoped she could continue to avoid him.

What if he wouldn’t let that happen?

Would all of her feelings come rushing back, or would she remember who he really was?

When faced with the chance of being with the only guy she ever loved, would she give him her virginity, or would she walk away?

Part 2 –

Rachel left for school before Brad had a chance to see her. She couldn’t face him after their hot encounter the night before. If she got away from him, she knew she would be able to get back to normal and forget about what they had done. That was exactly what she needed.

Brad had other plans. He began to call and text her each night, and she found herself looking forward to their talks.

How was she going to get him out her mind if they kept talking and flirting with each other?

Was he playing games with her, or had he really changed?

One month later, she was going home for Christmas and had no idea what he was going to say or do. Her best friend was his sister, and that made everything so much harder. She didn’t want Karen to find out that she had lost her virginity to him.

When Brad showed up to pick her up at the airport, she knew she was in trouble. He wasn’t going to make the week easy for her.

What would Rachel do when her best friend requested that she go on a double date with her?

How would Brad react?

Would Rachel be able to get through the week and back to school with her heart intact and neither of their families finding out about what happened between them?

Part 3 –

Rachel made it through Christmas and was back at school without either family finding out about her relationship with Brad. It would be three months before she could see him again. She had no idea how she was going to wait that long.

Brad continued to call and text her each day. They couldn’t wait to see each other again.

When something happened that would change her life forever, how did Rachel handle it?

She knew that pushing Brad away was the right thing to do for everyone. It was time for her to think about the future and make sure that he followed his dreams. Rachel knew it wasn’t going to go over well that she wasn’t going home for spring break.

After a long day of work, Rachel answered the door to an unexpected visitor.

How did her best friend react when she found out Rachel’s big secret?

Could Rachel get to Brad before his sister ruined everything?

Part 4 –

Rachel had everything figured out. She was going to raise her baby close to home. Brad was going to follow his football dream.

Reviewed by Tammy:

Yeah I can see this happen a lot. Will they work things out? Will she keep ignoring him? Will there be consequences to their night? Will he go after her?

They talk all the time and meet up again over Christmas break. They reconnect and talk and have a few issues. They have some amazing times.

She gets back to school and learns that she is pregnant instead of calling him and letting him know she decides to push everyone away and try to do it on her own. She doesn’t want to ruin his life she wants him to finish school and follow his football career. She doesn’t give him a choice.

Her bff hunts her down and learns that she is pregnant. She decided to go and tell him. She surprises him and gets the wrong idea. She tries to runaway but he won’t let her. When he finds out he is so happy. They go and confront the family and she is surprised that his father wants to kick the guys but who knocked her up. When her man says thanks dad I am glad you care enough to want to kick my ass since I am the father. He then proposes right there and then.

This was a vey moving and loving story showing that you can make mistakes and jump to conclusions but to keep an open mind.

Advertisements

Broken Love and Forever Bound (Bound Series #1)

Broken Love and Forever Bound

by Layla Stevens

# OF STARS  5/5                    Genre: romance                      Pages: 269

Overview:

Kayla Ashby is bound by her terrifying past, but what haunts her most is her dreams. Can Kayla’s dreams be real? In her dreams, she can fulfill all her erotic desires; she has no boundaries, and can be anyone or anything she wants. She often finds herself with erotic clothing and using a whip and handcuffs.

Kayla has a problem in real life dealing with her demons but at night, while she is sleeping she is no longer the scared little girl she once was. Are her dreams telling her who she really is? And can she break away from her fears to become that person or will she be forever bound by her past?

Her heart is bound to another. She has loved him from the very beginning, but is she worthy of him and his love? Is it possible to overcome all those thoughts and dreams that hold her back and move on? Can Kayla overcome her abandonment issues and discover what it is like to truly love?

Garrett Winters holds his feelings close to his heart. Keeping his true feelings deep inside, hidden from those who surround him, including the one who he wants nothing more than to capture. Lovers come and go, but no one else comes close to doing what they do for each other their bond is immeasurable.

Will fate bring him to his true love or will he forever be bound to finding his heart? When they cross paths again, can their love overcome or will they both be forever, broken?

Reviewed by Tammy:

I received a free ARC copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t know where to start with this story. It is very moving and extremely sad. There is so much abuse and heart ache. The people who should have loved her and taken care of her betrayed her in the worst way. She is sent away. She copes with all her issues but she really isn’t living or surviving. She finally comes back home to confront her demons and move on. She meets back up with her best friends and the man she loves. But will she accept it all and feel she can move on or hide? Will she make the right choices? Will she accept the love she deserves?

Just when you think you know everything the other shoe drops. Now I have to wait to read part 2.

★★ BOOK BLITZ ★★Lesbians On the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam Collection

Lesbians on the loose book blitz

Book Blitz

51pxSz1jhZLBook Title: Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam
Editors: Lori L. Lake and Jessie Chandler
Genre: Lesbian Mystery Anthology
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Goodreads Button with Shadow

Book Blurb

These tales of murder, mayhem, and suspense by some of today’s finest crime writers will keep you up way past your bedtime!

The lesbians on the loose in this collection are an entertaining mix of protagonists: cops, amateur sleuths, a PI, a judge, a bounty hunter, and one very insightful dog. There’s even an intrepid high schooler and a mystery writer.

Despite greed and grief, rage and revenge, secrets and lies, many of the stories feature humor from a variety of characters trying to find their way in a difficult world–cops who’ve seen too much, revenge seekers, and women who want justice for themselves and others.

You won’t regret going on the lam with these terrific writers: Elizabeth Sims, Carsen Taite, SY Thompson, Andi Marquette, Linda M. Vogt, VK Powell, Kate McLachlan, Lori L. Lake, Lynn Ames, Sandra de Helen, Jen Wright, Sue Hardesty, Jessie Chandler, J.M. Redmann, and Katherine V. Forrest

excerpt

Excerpt from The Falcone Matese by Andi Marquette

“Did you hear? One of Mrs. Falcone’s show dogs is missing.” Fred lowered his voice to sound like he was all conspiratorial or something. “Big city problems come to a small town. Next thing you know, we’ll be the center of a missing dog black market.” He was currently going through a Duran Duran phase, as evidenced by his mass of messy hair streaked with blue, black Simon LeBon pants, as he called them, and modish black boots. He wore a deep red button-down shirt and a black skinny tie. The Union Jack took up the bottom half of the tie. His book bag also had a Union Jack on it, along with several pins of bands he liked.

“That’s majorly bogus. Which dog?” Nattie took her biology book and notebook out of her locker. She feigned only passing interest but she thought immediately of Jo, Mrs. Falcone’s daughter, and one of Nattie’s classmates. And also her current crush. She glanced at the lockers next to her to make sure nobody was listening to their conversation. The locker to her right was open and the inside of the door was plastered with various sheets of paper that said “Seniors Kick Ass” and “Class of ’85” in different colors though this was the juniors’ hall. The locker’s owner had a crush on a senior boy.

“Giorgio. But they call him Gigi. The paper said if you see him running around, try calling him with both names.”

“How did it happen?” Nattie asked.

“Cops said somebody broke in.”

Nattie closed the locker door with her foot. “So the dog was stolen.”

“Way.” He twirled his sunglasses in one hand.

Nattie shoved a pen into her back pocket next to her comb. “Who would steal a dog out of somebody’s house?” And in this town, where everybody knew everybody else?

“Therein lies the mystery.” He leaned in, like he was about to share a major secret. “You should totally take the case. Nattie Brew, Detective at Large.”

She laughed. “Oh, right. Because I didn’t get in enough trouble the last time.”

“Since when has that ever stopped you?”

“Since I was totally grounded for a month.”

“This is different. You probably wouldn’t have to break into anything. Plus,” he added with a smirk, “I’m sure you’ll have Jo Falcone’s undying gratitude.” He pretended to swoon.

Nattie’s cheeks flared with heat. “Shut up.”

“Undying gratitude,” he repeated, grinning.

“Fred—”

“Hey, fag. This hall is now for seniors. Not butt ugly faggy juniors.”

Nattie’s stomach clenched. Josh Jacobs was a major dickweed. And always with a few other dickweeds from the football team. Three, today, and they all guffawed at the insult.

Fred gave him an “oh, please” look. “Really? That’s the best you can do?”

Josh’s fake smile disappeared. “Flamer.” He shoved Fred hard, knocking him into the locker next to Nattie’s.

Several other students stopped to watch.

“Takes one to know one,” Fred said..

The crowd uttered a collective “ohhh” in acknowledgement of a good comeback.
Josh reached for him. “Piece of—”

“Leave him alone,” Nattie said. Her voice didn’t sound as scared as she felt. Her knees were shaking.

Josh turned, puzzled, as if it never occurred to him that anybody would say anything. “What?”

“Leave him alone. Go waste somebody else’s time.” Her heart pounded in her ears and she forced herself not to run down the hall.

He glared, his hands clenched into fists. “You a fag, too?”

“Not likely, since ‘fag’ is an insult most often applied to guys. Or, in England, a term used for cigarettes.”

Several students snickered. Josh shifted his glare to the small crowd. The giggles died immediately.

“Is there a problem here?”

Nattie’s knees almost buckled in relief as Mr. Grafton approached from his classroom down the hall.

“No,” Josh said.

Mr. Grafton looked at Nattie.

“Not anymore,” she said.

Fred shook his head.

“All right,” Mr. Grafton said. “Everybody get to class.”

Josh gave Nattie a final glare before he walked away, his posse of teammates right behind him.
Nattie looked at Fred and they stared for a moment before bursting into nervous laughter.

“Major dickweed.” Fred adjusted his bag and smoothed the front of his shirt.

“Are you okay?”

“Yeah. You’re so big and strong,” he teased. “Jo will totally appreciate it.”

Nattie rolled her eyes. “Be careful, okay?”

“I’ll just run and find you. Nobody messes with you ’cause of your dad.” He batted his eyes.

“If that’s what it takes.” She gave his arm a gentle squeeze. Nattie rarely talked about her dad at school, but everybody knew he was with the sheriff’s department. She never talked about her mom, either, who had died when she was a toddler.

“Gotta go,” Fred said. “Catch you later.”

She watched him, since Josh was right down the hall leaning against a locker. But he was busy hanging all over—Nattie stared a few more moments—Pam Howard? Pam was back with that jerkoff? Gag. She checked to make sure Fred had gotten past Josh then went to class.

“Hey, Nattie,” Jo said as Nattie approached the door to the biology classroom. She was leaning against the wall, holding her books in front, flat against her waist. She wore her basic Jo uniform, as Nattie categorized it. Loose jeans pegged at the ankles above her black high top Chucks and a light blue T-shirt rolled up at the sleeves. She also wore a men’s black vest over her shirt, which added to her boyish look but in a good way. She’d started streaking her dark hair blonde in the front, which only made her cuter.

“Hi.” Nattie hoped she sounded calm and cool.

“Got a sec?” Jo pushed off the wall.

“Yeah.” Ohmigod.

Jo stepped away from the doorway and the students filing in. She moved closer and lowered her voice. “My mom’s best show dog was stolen.”

“I know. I heard. I’m really sorry.”

“Um. So, do you think you could help find him? I mean, if you want to. I wouldn’t want you to get in trouble or anything.”

Nattie stared at her.

“I mean, after the last time you solved something, I wasn’t sure I should ask, but you’re really good at finding stuff, so—”

“Yes,” she said, and immediately regretted it, but only a little. Her dad didn’t have to know.

Jo grinned. “Really? Awesome. Could you come over after school today?”

“Uh—” Nattie had never been inside Jo’s house and the thought made her nervous, but giddy, too.

“To see where it happened. The scene of the crime.”

“Oh, yeah.”

“Awesome. Meet me after school by the parking lot.”

Nattie followed her in and took a seat on the opposite side of the room. Jo sat nearer the back, and Nattie wished the order was reversed so she could see her during class. She opened her notebook and started listing potential suspects in Giorgio’s dognapping and possible motives. Jo would have some ideas, too. She shoved the other thoughts she had of Jo out of her mind. This was an investigation, after all.

Meet the Editors

Lori L. Lake – In addition to writing books, Lori teaches fiction writing courses and workshops, most recently for The Oregon Writers Colony and The Golden Crown Literary Society. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is currently at work on a romance, the fifth Gun Series book, an historical anthology, and the first book in a writing guide series called SPARKING CREATIVITY: WORDS OF WISDOM TO INSPIRE YOUR WRITING CRAFT. For more information, see her website at http://www.LoriLLake.com.

Jessie Chandler is the award-winning author of the Shay O’Hanlon Caper series. Her debut novel, Bingo Barge Murder, was a finalist for a Goldie and won the Golden Crown Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. Hide and Snake Murder, the second novel in the series, won a Golden Crown Goldie Award, and an IPPY–Independent Publisher Book Award for LGBT fiction. Hide and Snake Murder and the third in the series, Pickle in the Middle Murder, were both finalists, and Chip Off the Ice Block Murder, the fourth Shay O’Hanlon book, won the LGBT fiction category of the 2014 USA Book Awards. Chip Off the Ice Block Murder was also a finalist in the mystery category of the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards.

Chandler lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her wife and two mutts, Fozzy Bear and Ollie. In the fall and winter, Jessie writes, and spends her summers selling T-shirts and other assorted trinkets to unsuspecting conference and festival goers.

Social Media

websitewebsitetwitterFacebookFacebookGoodreadsGoodreads

Buy the Book

51pxSz1jhZL

amazon usamazon UKB&Nkobo

BEPRectangle

 

The Irresistible Bundle Sale Promo

Irresistable_banner

Blurb:

The Irresistible Bundle includes:

Attraction (Prequel Novella)
Irresistible (Book One)
Desirae and Devon scene
Chelsea scene
Temptation (Book Two)
Yearning (Marco’s Novella, 2.5)
Bikini Wars scene
Reverence (Book Three)
Remiss (Never before released: Valentino’s Novella, 3.5)

**Disclaimer for this series: Contains mature content including F/M/F and M/F/M action…

 

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23496474-the-irresistible-bundle?ac=1
Buy links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1QYq5sR

B&N Nook: http://bit.ly/1KgFNPc
iTunes/iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-irresistible-men-bundle/id937306762?mt=11
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-irresistible-bundle

 

GIVEAWAY
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Irresistible Bundle Cover

SERIES READING ORDER

 

Attraction:

It only takes a moment to feel that spark of attraction…

From the moment Carina Lobos and Jaxon Wright lay eyes on each other they can’t deny the attraction between them.

Irresistible:

What happens when you can no longer resist the irresistible?

Carina Lobos is a freshman in college. She’s beautiful, sexy, and absolutely irresistible to many. Jaxon Wright is a junior, captain of the rowing team, and can have any girl he wants. Their chemistry is undeniable and explosive.

When a sexual encounter goes viral, things spiral out of control. Carina’s officially branded “Jaxon’s best” and for a man-whore that’s saying a lot. Girls sneer at Carina while guys now see her as an easy lay.

As Carina attempts to push Jaxon away, the magnificent owner of Club 69, Valentino DeLuca captures her attention… but Jaxon won’t be dissuaded. While Valentino provides a sexy distraction, Jaxon’s relentless pursuit finally wears her down and they tentatively begin a relationship. Jaxon works to convince Carina that he’s genuine and that he wants the relationship to work. Although he is Mr. Wright he’s all sorts of wrong for Carina.

As great as Jaxon is in bed, Carina isn’t easily willing to give her heart. Can he prove to be too irresistible and ultimately win Carina’s heart, regardless of the competition?

Temptation:

This is Jaxon Wright’s story. Popular senior in college. Math major. Rowing captain. And beloved man-whore… Temptation incarnate.

Jaxon Wright was the King of the Campus… that is until a certain Spanish beauty named Carina Lobos walks into his life and knocks Jaxon down a peg… or two.

A year later and a lot has changed. Carina is a prominent figure in Jaxon’ s life. Their relationship is on an entirely different level. Jaxon has lost his pack of hyenas and they aren’t taking it well. They’re looking to make Carina pay. They’ve been replaced by the Irresistible 8 and the men in their lives.

Can Jaxon avoid the temptation Carina presents? Will Jaxon be able to find happiness with someone who isn’t Carina or will the temptation of what could be sabotage any other possibilities?

Yearning:

From the moment I met Valentino DeLuca I yearned for a love I thought was unattainable.

Marco Soriano fell in love with his best friend.

I’ve lived with the constant ache in my chest. I really have no excuse why I let it fester. I don’t go into relationships seeing the white picket fence with 2.5 kids. I get in, have a good time, and move on. I yearn for something more with Valentino but I don’t allow it to consume me.

For years Marco watched his best friend have relationships with others longing for the day he’d get his chance.

Truth-be-told I was saving myself for the day Valentino finally noticed me as something more than just his closest friend.

But then she came along and changed everything. Marco wanted nothing to do with her and yet she was too tempting to resist. She threatened everything he cherished because Valentino was falling for her.

Reverence:

Diego Lobos is every mother’s dream. He’s handsome, smart, athletic, and well-mannered. Diego attended an Ivy League college and managed to keep a near perfect GPA. Mothers want him as their future son-in-law. Girls swoon at the mere mention of his name. Guys want him to be on their team. Everyone wants to be friends with Diego Lobos.

He’s the guy everyone loves… And rightly so. But is he right for me? Can Diego fill the voids within me? Those vacant spaces that have been dark and empty for so long that I’d forgotten they existed until he stepped into my life… Diego is charismatic, charming, and genuine. He’s sexy without being an arrogant ass.

What more can a girl ask for? In my dark world I need more. I have a need most can’t fill. I demand certain expectations that have guys cupping their balls and running in the other direction. Can Diego be a submissive? Sometimes I think so and other times he just confuses the hell out of me. This particular detail matters though. I can’t ever go back to that time. I can’t ever be under another man’s thumb. I refuse to bend. Yes, I’m broken but I refuse to part with the little bit that’s left of me.

Love me or hate me. I don’t care. But everybody loves Diego… So why would he work so hard to be with someone like me?

Remiss:

“I don’t deserve you but I’ll spend forever trying to prove it.”

Valentino DeLuca spent years trying to decipher his feelings for his best friend, Marco Soriano.

Valentino didn’t notice men. He wasn’t attracted to them. He loved women; specifically his Spanish beauty, Carina Lobos.

But all of that changed when Marco became his anomaly.
 

Irresistable_Available_now

 

Excerpt from Temptation

“I think I’m going to check on our girl” No one missed the edge to Valentino’s voice. There was no saying what Jaxon was attempting backstage with no one cock blocking him. Nicholas nodded; as much as he wanted to object he couldn’t deny doing the same thing if Carina was his. From a business perspective this was perfect but from a personal aspect the end results could be disastrous.

“I’m coming as the buffer” Leticia insisted as she hustled to catch up to Valentino. Although the men were aware of the performances it seemed as if they weren’t thrilled with Jaxon being a member of their ‘special’ partners.

Leticia silently followed Valentino as he stalked towards the private wing. Security gave them a wide berth seeing their boss’s approach. Barely contained violence emanated from the usually calm and collected Italian. Marco was the more aggressive and opinionated one, although no one denied Valentino’s silent but dominating presence. Leticia stared at Valentino’s broad shoulders and muscular back. The man was the kind of Dom that only had to look at you without having to say a word to accomplish something.

“You’re going to knock first” Leticia hesitantly called out as they rounded the corner. “Right?”

“Nope” Valentino stated. He stormed into the dressing room making Leticia cringe as the door slammed against the wall announcing their grand entrance.

Carina looked up with wide eyes as Leticia scurried in behind Valentino. Carina’s startled expression quickly melted away. She smiled broadly as Valentino crossed the room to her.

“I was thinking of wearing this for the fireworks show tonight” Carina stated as if Valentino always stormed into the dressing room after a performance.

“What the hell was that” Jaxon demanded exiting the shower area with only a towel wrapped around his waist. Leticia’s jaw dropped as Jaxon approached Carina. He still hadn’t seen Valentino.

Valentino’s eyes narrowed at Jaxon’s audacity. It was time to make a statement to any and everybody. Valentino slowly rolled up his sleeves while he stared intently at Carina. Jaxon froze realizing they weren’t alone. Leticia’s shallow breaths sounded really loud to her amidst the heavy silence coming from the other side of the room.

Carina licked her lips as she followed Valentino’s strong hands. Her eyes glazed over as Valentino unbuckled his belt and pants. He took his time seeing that he had Carina’s undivided attention. Jaxon was but an accessory in the background.

Leticia wanted to pull away but she couldn’t tear her eyes from Valentino as he pulled his dick out of his pants. She was completely frozen to the spot. Her skin flushed and her womb clenched as she took over Desirae and Andrea’s places as the voyeurs to the unfolding scene. Leticia’s eyes flickered over to Jaxon who stood just as immobile as she was. His blue eyes flashed with fire as Valentino ripped Carina’s scrap of panties away. Leticia’s heart hammered against her ribs; she knew she shouldn’t stay but her feet refused to budge.

Valentino turned Carina around and thrust into her from behind. Carina bent over right in front of her makeup station. Her eyes locked onto Valentino’s through the reflection in the mirror. Jaxon hissed as Carina threw her head back in pleasure oblivious to everyone around her. Valentino pushed Carina’s crochet dress up her back as his pants slid down to his knees.

“Hold on tight” Valentino growled. He pounded into Carina. The sounds of slapping skin echoed in the dressing room.

Leticia’s inner walls pulsated as she watched dominant Valentino. The man had simultaneously dismissed whatever Jaxon thought he’d accomplished onstage while reminding Carina why they were so good together.

“And this is how the alpha male claims his mate” Desirae giggled into Leticia’s ear. Leticia squeaked at the unexpected company. She looked behind her to see Andrea, Sati, and Nicholas join them.

“Hot damn” Sati murmured. “I miss that man’s insatiable appetite.”

“Poor Jaxon” Andrea snickered, “Ignored, with no one to play with.”

“The only reason he’s not storming off” Nicholas chuckled, “Is because tomorrow evening we’ll be at the estate with them featured as the main entertainment.”

“No wonder Valentino is staking his claim” Leticia choked out as Carina screamed Valentino’s name. The group watched in awe as Valentino roared and shuddered through his release.

 

Excerpt from Yearning ~ Marco’s POV

Desirae screaming obscenities gets us out of our seats. We jog over to the game room where Griffin rolls around the floor howling with laughter while Diego tries everything to pry Desirae off his back. Carina just stands next to her mother unfazed by the spectacle.

“You cheating bastard” Desirae shrieks. Yolanda’s horrified expression quickly morphs to humor as no one seems concerned by the attack. “This entire time you and Griffin have been pulling that shit!”

“I told you not to let them team up” Carina snickers. “They play dirty.”

“You should’ve seen her face” Griffin wheezes from the carpet. “She was actually surprised!”

“You mean Desirae actually believed you boys wouldn’t cheat because Yolanda was present” Ignacio chortles. “Des, sweetie, you must realize that for them it’s the thrill of not getting caught. The higher the stakes the bigger the rush”

“Firecracker” I call out over the raucous, “Did you bring any of your arsenal?” She immediately understands what I’m implying. Her eyes grow wide, sizzling with revenge. Desirae rolls off Diego and takes off to a different part of the house.

Diego quickly straightens looking around for his attacker. He blanches at her abrupt departure. Desirae is a violent little thing.

“What do you mean by arsenal” Yolanda warily inquires. Griffin and Diego’s eyes widen as Carina bends over laughing.

“You are so fucked” she crows just as Desirae flies back in the room with a switch in her hands.

“Shit” Griffin squeals before bowling over Diego and taking off to the opposite side of the room.

“Idiots” V mutters loud enough for Ignacio and me to hear.

“Putting $50 that she makes contact with both before they can get past her and out the room.” I smugly state. I have no doubt that Des could beat the snot out of both of them if she really puts her mind to it.

Ignacio’s jaw drops at my statement. Diego climbs the pool table swearing at Griffin about how this was his fault.

“Man up you two pansies” Desirae barks. “Which one of you cream puffs is gonna take it like a man?”

Diego and Griffin points at each other only pissing Desirae further off while making us guffaw with laughter. Ignacio holds his hand out. “I’m betting $50 that she’ll make contact with one but not both. There’s just no way.”

We shake hands as V somberly pats Ignacio on the back. “It’s like taking candy from a toddler.”

“You mean a baby” I correct.

“You aren’t supposed to give candy to a baby but you can a toddler” V indignantly replies.

“But that’s not how the saying goes” I argue.

“Semantics” V waves me off. “Pay attention… it’s about to get really entertaining.”

Diego points at Desirae from the middle of the billiards table. “If you don’t put that thing away I’m going to throw you over my knee and make sure you can’t sit for a week!”

Desirae’s eyes glitter. She straightens her spine but keeps her knees bent. “Diego baby you’re not supposed to be talking dirty to me in front of your parents.”

V chuckles seeing it all unfold before it actually happens. Griffin the moron falls for Desirae’s act. The moment he thinks she’s relaxed enough he takes off. Diego moves forward trying to distract the spitfire enough to debate who she should beat first. But what the two severely underestimate are Desirae’s abilities with any kind of implement such as what she holds in her hand. She flicks her wrist the moment Griffin gets within reach. The crack in the air makes us all flinch. Griffin wails before tripping on his feet and face-planting into the carpet. He rolls away from Des before she can get another shot.

Diego takes advantage of his best friend’s misfortune and jumps off the table. Desirae’s continuous motion makes a full circle wrapping the switch around Diego’s waist. Thwack and a howl are the only sounds heard before Desirae marches back out of the room taking the horrid switch with her.

“And that folks is why you don’t fuck with Des” Carina smugly states. Ignacio gawks for a few minutes before realizing that he owes me money. He mutters oaths of injustice as he hands me the cash. And Griffin and Diego – yeah, they tuck their tails and go soak in a tub of ice.

Ah, first impressions. Gotta love Des for always making things memorable.

 

Excerpt from Reverence ~ Diego’s POV

I stumble into the hallway immediately freezing upon hearing her voice.

“What did I say would happen if you disobeyed me again?” She snaps. My heart races knowing she’s only a few feet away from me. Was she here when Bambi approached me? A wicked smack jolts me. Damn I do not want to be in this dude’s place. Desirae sounds fucking pissed.

“I’m sorry Mistress D” the man stammers. My chuckle’s lost amongst the pleadings and groans coming from the largest room. A behemoth of a man stands by the doorway already shaking his head ‘no’ at me. I roll my eyes at the fucktard. I know I’m not permitted in this room, yet – if ever. But I have to see Desirae in her domain. I need to see what it is that drives her.

“Put him in the cage until he learns his lesson” she barks. I peek around the silent giant and watch as another wall of muscle drags the flailing man into a cage beneath a monstrous bed.

“I’ll do better Mistress D” he continues to plead to deaf ears.

“Understand something” Desirae informs the room of slightly terrified members. “I rule here. I don’t give a shit what your standing is with the club. I don’t care how much you pay in dues. And I certainly don’t give a shit who you are away from this property.”

“Yes Mistress D” the room responds in unison. My dick instantly hardens at the sight of Desirae dominating the entire room. She caresses a wicked looking cane. My balls shrivel a little as she approaches a table. Part of me gawks at her leather ensemble. She’s all tits and ass wrapped up in skin-tight leather. My hands itch to caress the supple material and slowly undress her until I bury myself balls deep into her. But the other part blanches as she switches her cane for a wand. And not just any wand but one meant for electric play.

Desirae is fucking hardcore. Nicholas has her ruling this room not only because she can flick her wrist better than any expert but because she isn’t afraid to use the kind of shit that turns most guys’ balls into raisins. She rules the dark realm and she does it with a sparkle in her eyes and a wicked smile on her face.

“Your bio says you love electric stimulation” her deceptively soothing tone has most of the room breathing a sigh of relief. My body remains stiff; I recognize her body language. Desirae is still tense. Her muscles twitch ready to spring into action. She looms before a man who’s kneeled in the required position. He’s tatted from the neck all the way down to his feet.

“Yes Mistress D” he whispers. Desirae caresses the man with the wand. We collectively hold our breaths expecting him to jump with the contact but nothing happens. I stare at the foot-long device in her hand. Can it really provide enough power to get this man off? And how the hell does someone even discover that they need to be shocked to get their freak on anyway?

A soft buzzing sound hits our ears just as the man’s entire body tenses then jumps at the contact. Desirae glows as the room leans forward to watch her performance. The tatted dude remains perfectly still; only his soft pleasurable moans and the occasional eye rolling lets us know that he’s thoroughly enjoying it.

“Mistress D” his choked voice makes Desirae pause.

“Yes” she purrs shocking him again with the wand before he can continue.

“May I come now?”

She bites her lip tilting her head while observing his flushed skin, ragged breaths, and twitching dick. She really knows how to administer the right amount of pain and pleasure to make someone insane with need. The tatted guy can barely function. I’m envious while somewhat pitying him.

Desirae squats allowing him to get an eyeful of her spectacular tits. I growl unable to refrain from being heard. She stills but doesn’t look back, as if she knows it’s me who made the sound. Instead she places the wand between his dick and nuts pulling it away just as he explodes all over his stomach and chest.

She’s fucking magnificent.

Watching her there; unable to enter the room… This is exactly how I feel in real life too. Desirae is that shining star that’s close enough to touch but too far away to make contact with. She burns hotly and brightly. But something about her makes me aware that for all of her brilliance, a darkness resides in her that threatens to swallow her whole. I’m not sure what it is or if she’d ever let me get close enough to her but I’ll do anything to get the chance… Even if it means I have to get on my knees for her.

 

Excerpt from Remiss ~ Valentino’s POV

Everyone has that defining moment in their lives. That moment that changes everything there afterwards. Nicholas’ happened with Hedonism. His personal and business life permanently changed. Mine? My life changing moment happened under the roof of Club 69. And no… It wasn’t the moment Carina walked through those doors.

No…

It happened in the unlikeliest of situations. One moment I’m enjoying Carina and the girls giving the guys lap dances, of which I thoroughly enjoyed. That was predictable and pleasurable. But when Marco and the guys decided to turn the tables and dance for the girls I bowed out. I wanted to watch knowing it was better for me and the staff that I not get involved.

Marco’s playful like that. Although he’s the general manager the staff knows they can play around with him. With me? It’s always business with a splash of playfulness but nothing that ever oversteps the boundaries. Even during the annual staff party, I never get more than buzzed. My staff has never seen me drunk. I don’t fuck my employees. I’m always onstage.

But one song, one moment, changed everything for me, forever. For years I’ve functioned with “good enough”. I’ve casually dated. I’ve had women fall in love with me. But in this moment the untethered pieces of me come together. Marco straddling Carina; gyrating his hips in her face; Carina watching his every movement with blatant desire. In that moment I don’t get jealous. I’m not bitter. If anything I want to share Carina with Marco. I want him to see why I’m falling for the Spanish Beauty. I want to have a threesome with him and her, but one like I’ve never experienced before. I want to touch him this time. I want to feel his lips wrapped around my dick. I want Carina to finger herself while watching us.

Holy fuck.

“Move on” I bark but I know Brody and the others close by hear the gruffness in my voice. It’s no secret what my sexual preferences are. I would just as willingly watch Marco bury himself balls deep into someone as I would easily pound the hell out of someone while being watched. Why Marco specifically? Because the man can fuck. It doesn’t matter if he’s buried in a guy’s ass or a girl’s pussy. I love to watch him just like I know he enjoys watching me.

The rest of the night I stay by Marco’s side. Carina has her group of friends and she’s having a great time. Her ex is hovering a little too closely but she isn’t giving him the time of day. Marco’s presence grounds me. It’s taken me years to admit that I’m attracted to him. I acknowledge that even if it isn’t out loud because I don’t know what to do with that information. But he’s more than just looks and a big dick. His laugh is contagious. His smile is infectious.

“Do I have a booger hanging out of my nose?” Marco snorts. His chest heaves; he’s trying to play this off but can’t. I’ve been staring at him too long with too much intensity.

“No” I quietly reply. I can’t joke around with him right now. The ground around me has caved in. Everything I ever thought I knew is being questioned. I’ve been adamant for so long. But that dance, their moment, is making me question everything. Marco has never initiated anything with me directly. I’m the reason for that. But what if the tables were turned? Do I have the balls to own up to what I’m feeling? To what I want?

Marco stares back at me in silent wonder. The spark of hope is there. He swallows making his Adam’s apple move up and down. What would it feel like to lick his throat? Would his stubble turn me off or make me burn with need?

“V” He whispers hoarsely. “What’s going on in your head right now?”

Carina’s gaze burns right through me. She watches me watching Marco. She tilts her head curious. I can’t go to her right now. I can’t pull away from him.

“I’m thinking about the possibility…” I admit. His eyes widen. He opens and closes his mouth battling the need to jump in or let me finish. He knows this is bigger than just inviting him to have a threesome with Carina. This is about us.

“Mr. DeLuca” A voice interrupts our moment; my courage to admit what I’m thinking, feeling, deflates. “We have a situation outside that requires your attention.” I sigh with I-don’t-know-what: irritation, relief. They would only pull me outside for one of two situations. One: someone is demanding admittance and refusing to leave. Two: one of my not- so-sober employees is trying to drive home.

“I’ll be right there” I tell him. I look back at Marco. His blank expression twists my stomach. I don’t want to hurt him; I just don’t know what to say. “We’ll talk after, okay?” He nods. I don’t want to leave his side but this is business. I need to figure some shit out before I open my mouth again.

Luckily for me the little vixen is already two steps ahead.

 

Sen profile

About the Author:

Senayda Pierre is a native Floridian who’s always had a passion for music, sports, reading and writing. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and three beautiful daughters.
Senayda is an identical twin. That’s right, sometimes people give her a second glance wondering if she’s the person they know! She’s never seen snow… Swears she’ll live in Hawaii someday… And she intends to travel the world…
Senayda’s had a long love affair with reading and writing. She loved to write short stories and poetry throughout her childhood. Now Senayda’s moved onto novels.

Website: http://senaydapierre.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SenaydaPierre313

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Senayda_Pierre

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7363185.Senayda_Pierre

 

 

 

BETRAYAL (Obsession #2)

3

Synopsis:

“I gave you one chance, Anna. A chance to run and never look back. That’s all you had to do. Run and keep your goddamn head down, yet here we are and it’s not just you in the firing line anymore. You better pray that nothing bad happens to my brother, because this time I’ll be taking you down with me.”

Running was the only option that Anna Jameson was given. To up and leave everything that she had ever known and put it all behind her. That was the toughest decision that she’d ever made, and she made it… But was it all worth it?

As soon as her anxiety and fear began to slowly ebb away, she could see a faint light at the end of the dark and horrific tunnel that she had found herself in… That light was the dark, sexy and demanding Jensen Blake. A man who played on her every emotion and a man who she swore she would avoid at all costs.

Nobody can run forever and the past is about to catch up with her. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, how many more people will suffer at the hand of Anna’s hidden past?

Danger, fear and betrayal decide to make an unwelcome appearance and it looks like they’re about to become her new best friends. 

~ Add it to Goodreads

  

TEASERS:

 

~ Other books by S.M Phillips:

 

Obsession (Obsession #1)

Synopsis:

 Obsession knows no bounds…


Anna Jameson can’t wait to escape the hell hole that her cousin has left her in. Desperate to escape her past, the idea of moving to stay with Holly whilst she got her head together sounded like the perfect plan… Until Holly upped and left, leaving Anna to pick up the mess that she left behind.

Jensen Blake knows what he wants and will not be told otherwise. Obedience and control are what he knows best. With demons of his own, he has spent most of his adult life traveling from place to place the moment things started to become predictable.

When Jensen and Anna are pushed together, an instant dislike simmers between them. Anna hates bad boys. She has witnessed enough of them to last her a lifetime.

The sexual attraction between them is evident but will that only make things harder for them both to handle?

Add to Goodreads

BUY LINKS:

*Amazon U.K *Amazon U.S *iBooks *Kobo *Nook

 
Escape Down Under (Down Under #1)

Synopsis:

For Jess Townsend, life is about to get complicated.

Following on from her split with Josh two months ago, Jess has thrown herself into her work full throttle, making sure that the one good thing in her life remains the same.

Suddenly she is called into an important meeting at work. Absolutely petrified that she is about to lose her job, she does the only thing she knows how. Panic on the inside and walk through it with her head held high on the outside.

Jess soon discovers she is being offered a once in a lifetime opportunity, but will she take it?

After dealing with an ex who can’t let go and a broody mysterious Adonis who won’t accept no for an answer, maybe the opportunity of an escape has arrived at the perfect time.

What does fate have in store and what obstacles will be thrown her way?

Add it to Goodreads

BUY LINKS:

*Amazon U.K *Amazon U.S ~ Free on Kindle Unlimited.

 
Fallen Down Under (Down Under #2)

Synopsis:

“Fuck.” I slam my fist into the desk before me and feel nothing but rage. I need to go after her. I need to explain. “But isn’t this what you wanted?” The voice inside my head whispers. “Isn’t this a nice easy way out?”

Everything Max has done has always been at a cost to others around him. He wasn’t about to make that mistake again. No longer will his selfish ways punish those close to him. Sometimes it’s better to have had and lost than to never have had at all.

Finally after what felt like forever, Jess was getting a glimpse of control over her life again and allowed her defences to come crashing down, only to have what it guarded to be crushed once again. Now, on the other side of the world away from her friends, she doesn’t know what to do.

Should she stay or should she go?

Is it too late or have they both fallen too far into something that is completely out of their depths? 

Add it to Goodreads

BUY LINKS:

*Amazon U.K *Amazon U.S *iBooks *Kobo *Nook

 
Forever Down Under (Down Under #3)

Synopsis:

In the last few months, Jess has been faced with more obstacles than she ever thought possible. Heartbreak, loss and betrayal to name just a few. Will her drama fuelled life finally settle into the happy, care free one that she deserves or is someone hiding and waiting for the perfect opportunity to ruin it all?

Life for Max hasn’t exactly been plain sailing either. Now that he finally has someone in his life that means more to him than anything he has ever known, one thing is for certain, he’s not going to let anyone get in the way of his new found happiness, no matter what the cost.

Demons are released, pasts are exposed and their future together is only what they make of it. 

Add it to Goodreads

BUY LINKS:

*Amazon U.K *Amazon U.S *iBooks *Kobo *Nook

About the author:

Welcome to the crazy and hectic life that is me… A fun, loving mum of one special little boy, girlfriend (I’m sure it should be wife by now!!) and an overall crazy, happy go lucky girl from England.I have always had a passion for reading and writing. Wherever I am, my book reader is never far behind along with a mug of coffee.

I found myself wanting to write from a young age, I have quite a few hidden stories on my computer somewhere, maybe I will have to dig them out and play around with them at some point.
FOLLOW S.M PHILLIPS:

*Facebook *Twitter *Goodreads

The Cross Falls Saga – Southern Suspense Boxed Set

CF Box Set
by Mallory Crowe

fallingsecrets1

FALLING SECRETS CROSS FALLS SAGA PART 1 of 3

When Gabrie gets laid off, she decides to take her ex, Darren, up on his offer to move to Cross Falls Plantation to help him fix up his old family home. This is exactly the fresh start she needs, but when Darren neglects to tell her he has a twin brother, and she accidentally sleeps with Jack, she’s got to decide just how much she wants to tell Darren.

As she spends time in Cross Falls, she realizes she’s no stranger to the small town. Between the waitress that apparently knew her mom and Darren’s dying father who is itching to get Gabrie off his property, it becomes obvious that this isn’t the fresh start she was hoping for.

After Darren takes an unexpected trip out of town and Gabrie is left alone with Jack, she starts exploring the oversized plantation and realizes her roots in the town go deeper than she ever could’ve imagined.

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25205817-falling-secrets

 fallinglies

FALLING TRUTH: CROSS FALLS SAGA PART 2 of 3

Gabrie knows the wise and sensible thing to do is try to fall back in love with her ex, Darren, knowing she never should have let him go. But when his brother, Jack, gets into a car crash caused by his own hard-headedness, she can’t turn her back on him just because of her unhealthy attraction to the bad boy. As much as she wants to feel something, anything, for the ex she should’ve kept in the first place, Gabrie can’t help the constant sizzle and spark that ignites whenever she and Jack are close.

But the night of Jack’s car crash, old feuds in the small town were reignited and if Jack can’t get Gabrie to run for cover, she might never escape Cross Falls.

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25231609-falling-lies

 fallingtruth

FALLING TRUTH: CROSS FALLS SAGA PART 3  of 3

After confirming that Cross Falls and her mother’s murder are intricately connected, Gabrie kicks both of the brothers out of Cross Falls and refuses to let any of the Cross family back into her life until she figures out what they had to do with her mother’s death.

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25410063-falling-truth

BUY LINKS:

 

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cross-falls-saga-southern-suspense-box-set-mallory-crowe/1121969453?ean=2940152158274&itm=1&usri=2940152158274

ITUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id997808610

KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/cross-falls-saga-southern-suspense-box-set

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Falls-Saga-Southern-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00XZXRZRA/ref=la_B00UPFCXLO_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1432661631&sr=1-8

Now you can get all three books in the Cross Falls Saga for only $2.99!

 Author pic

About the Author

Mallory Crowe has lived in Michigan her whole life and has been in love with romance ever since she’d skip to the end of every novel, just to make sure the hero and heroine survived and ended up together. She lives with her husband and three dogs. When she’s not writing, she’s spending too much time in front of the TV, hiking, or working with various animal rescues.

Website: http://www.mallorycrowe.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mallory-Crowe/951370521542490?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/croweink

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13623321.Mallory_Crowe

★★ COVER REVEAL ★★That One Night by Josie Wright

Cover Reveal

amazon-goodreads

Book Title: That One Night (That One Series: Book One)
Author: Josie Wright
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2015
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Goodreads Button with Shadow

Book Blurb

All it takes is just one moment to change the course of your life. For me, it was one perfect night.

I have always had a thing for my brother’s best friend, Ben. When I found him on my parents’ couch, drowning his sorrows in a whiskey bottle, my attempts to comfort him quickly turned into a night of raw and intense passion.

My foolish heart hoped he might feel the same way I do.

But Ben wasn’t there to stay and I woke up the next morning alone with a broken heart.

I attempted to forget the guy with a smile to die for and a touch that sets me on fire.

I thought I was over him.

I thought he was gone forever.

Until, eighteen months later Ben returns and learns my secret. Now, he is hell-bent on winning me back.

He plays dirty.

And he won’t stop until he gets what he wants—me.

But he has secrets of his own.

Secrets that could destroy everything we might have and everything we are.

Teasers
JWThatOneNightTeaser6

JWThatOneNightTeaser1

Meet the Author

Josie Wright has always been a bookworm, spending every free moment with her nose buried in a book. While Josie Wright has always been a bookworm, spending every free moment with her nose buried in a book. While others were out partying, she spent her evenings with Heathcliff, Sydney Carton or Snape. Romance, fantasy, thrillers – you name it, she read it.

Thanks to the Kindle, she finally arrived in the 21St century and discovered the Indie literature world. Josie has been lost to it ever since. With her love for the written word and her promiscuous feelings for countless book boyfriends, the next logical step was to start writing. The voices in her head and her imaginary friends wanted out to play and so she wrote her debut novel “That One Night”, that’s to be released early summer 2015. And the good news is, there are more voices and imaginary friend where Ben and Frankie came from.

Josie is a financial expert by day and a writing junkie by night. The rest of the time she’s a bit of a hippie, a bit of a goth and many things in between. Josie loves to spend time with her husband when she can tear herself away from her book boyfriends. She loves video games, movies, good food and even better music. She’s addicted to chips, long baths and shoes. Oh, and books of course. Definitely books.

Social Media

twitterFacebookGoodreads

cover-reveal

Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

BEPRectangle

★★ BLOG TOUR ★★ Unsurprisingly Complicated by Claudia Burgoa

Un Blog Tour Banner

blog tour

UN Duo

Book Title: Unlike Any Other and Unsurprisingly Complicated
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Goodreads Button with ShadowGoodreads Button with Shadow

Book Blurb

Unlike Any Other

AJ

The name AJ Colthurst may not have any meaning to the public eye, but it should, as I’m the daughter of two famous celebrities. Like any superstar, they crave privacy; so much of it, they built a house in the middle of nowhere for us children. As we grew older, we discovered the lies they built as a fort to protect us from the media, ended up causing emotional damage along the way.

I carry a portion of the guilt on my shoulders; the other part I discovered is the separation of my parents. Their unorthodox ways may have driven me bonkers, but knowing they are no longer together is unacceptable.

That’s why I decided to rattle their cage by reminding at least one of my parents of the past and the reason they belong together. They need to remember why their love is so perfect and why they have to fight to keep it alive. Even if it means I have to dredge up some of my own painful memories along the way.

Gabe

Back in the early eighties, I set myself to succeed in the financial world. The first step had been moving to New York City to become a stockbroker, but things didn’t work out the way I had hoped. Instead, I ended up making movies and by the end of the decade, Gabe Colt had become a famous name. The downside to my career of choice: the paparazzi. In order to protect my family and our privacy, I maintained my family away from the circus. It had been for their own good; a decision we had made before we started our family.

However, those past decisions ended up chasing my entire family away and now I’m trying to put the pieces back together along with my little girl.


Unsurprisingly Complicated

AJ

The lies between my parents and I came to light and now I’m working on a new life for myself. Along the way, I have my trusty superhero, Mason, to lean on when I have a hard time standing or when my crazy ex-boyfriend continues to feel he has a claim on me.

Porter has trouble understanding that there hasn’t been an ‘us’ for more than three years plus all the issues he had brought upon himself. My father was right, drugs do kill. My other concern is the growing feelings I am having regarding Mason. There’s something between us I want to explore but I keep getting mixed signals. Here, I thought that after telling my parents about my lies and having their full support, things wouldn’t be as complicated as they are.

Mason

My parents divorced before I even made my entrance into this world. My father has been obsessed with that love for years while my mother searches for love in all the wrong places. I don’t want a place to call home or a girl I can claim as mine. Except… Ainsley Janine –better known as ‘Nine’—has some special power that makes me question my preferences. The more I try to stay away from her, the more she pulls me closer.

Exploring the possibilities of having something steady in my life isn’t a problem; it’s the long term that worries me. In addition to that, the scumbag she dated years ago keeps popping up everywhere we go. If I could use my license to kill, maybe I can stop worrying about one thing and concentrate on what to do with the green eyed girl who keeps me awake most nights.

excerpt

Unlike Any Other

“So that’s it; bye, bye to the old, hello Twinkie wife?”

His gaze drops and I take it as a yes.

“Where is the big love, the one that happens once in a lifetime? What happened to it? If you lost it like that, then there’s no hope for the rest of us, Dad.”

No wonder my relationship fell apart like it did. The dreamer in me thought back to my sixteen-year-old self when I thought I had found the great love that could withstand everything. I claimed to have what my parents had … almost three years later reality slapped me, no, reality crushed me.

Gabriel doesn’t speak. He has no comeback or comment to what I say. He makes a one-eighty degree turn and stares out at the blue sea.

I don’t count how long he’s immobilized in front of the window, nor do I move. However, after what feels like hours, he extends his hand and curls his fingers toward me. The moment I’m next to him, he puts his arm around my shoulder and hugs me tight, kissing the top of my head.

I hug my dad for the first time in years and my back relaxes.

I’m home.

“You can stay together in the name of love just for so long, AJ,” his voice has lost all the strength, the shield is down.

My body and soul identify with his, we’re defeated, sad and with only so much energy left to continue.

This is one of the traits we share, putting on a brave front while withering inside.

“Lately, I wonder if what we had justified being together for so long.” I hate those words as he lets them out. “Was it real or a fantasy we built and once reality hit we couldn’t keep it together. It hurts, being apart is painful—I won’t lie.”

Really, it hurts? Because there’s a woman outside—pregnant. I want to yell at him, my teeth grind, but I don’t let my anger get the best of me.

Not yet.

“It was mutual, we came to the conclusion that we wanted different things, our lives were going in different directions, and now I’m trying to build something—a new life?”

The uncertainty in his voice is a gift, a speckle of light that gives me hope. The words… well, they sound like a speech they—my parents agreed on giving us. That’s the way they were while growing up, one parental front. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but my money is on him. Gabriel called it off.

This is unfair. My parents drove me insane with their rules. Their crazy ideas and lies to the outside world. However, they are a match made in heaven. They are like milk and cookies, one can’t go without the other.

“This is wrong.” I shake my head. “You can’t finish a once in a lifetime love story like that,” I weakly claim. “Each time you told the story, it didn’t sound as if you made some sacrifices for us. It sounded as if you did it out of love. Am I wrong? Would you like to revise your story?”

He shakes his head.

“You should. Let’s do a play-by-play,” I suggest. “Maybe you can come clean and clear up all the lies you added to it when you told it as we grew up.”

“They weren’t lies,” he defends himself. “Maybe we skipped a few details… not many. We couldn’t disclose everything to our small children.”

“Once upon a time I thought I found what you did, Dad,” my bottom lip quivers, but I continue, “but everything crumbled, and… now I’m a cynic who doesn’t want to feel or believe. You’re proving me right, love is a shitty thing.”

“It isn’t, I can prove you wrong.”

“I’m all ears, Dad.”

 

 

Unlike Any Other

© Claudia Burgoa 2015


Unsurprisingly Complicated

I come out of the shower and head to my closet. The second shower in the past two hours. Our romantic second date was running. Some watch movies, others go to galleries, and a few repeat the dinner scene. We went for a jog. Well, we jogged and chatted at Washington Park Arboretum. A great experience, as we had a regular Mason-Ainsley interaction: work, my plans for the school, why I quit the substitute gigs.

I check myself in the full-size mirror while combing my hair. Today, I’m not trying to impress anyone, not even myself. A white tank top, a black maxi skirt, and a pair of flat sandals will have to serve its purpose. I pull my hair into a bun. Today’s a cleaning house and running errands kind of day. There’s a shopping list on my phone that MJ sent over; those two swear I’m their executive assistant. Maybe later, I can head to the farmers market for some fresh fruit for their place and mine. But before I do any of those, I head to the kitchen to grab a snack. But before I reach the kitchen, the bell rings. I walk to the kitchen and check the monitor above the refrigerator. One of the front porch cameras shows Mason’s grainy face; the other camera, his broad shoulders covered by a dark t-shirt.

“In a minute,” I say pressing the intercom button.

“Forgot something?” I question as I swing the door open.

His eyes sweep over my body, from head to bottom and all the way back. That cocky grin appears, but I only see it for a few seconds as Mason’s lips take possession of mine. It’s only a quick taste that leaves my mouth needing more. “This kissing you whenever I want is better than any video game I’ve ever played.”

“You’re such a geek, Mason Bradley.” My voice comes out dreamy because we both know that video games are one of his passions, and my kisses trump that. “Not that I mind you kissing me senseless, but you left twenty minutes ago saying ‘thank you for the best second date’ and I assumed you called it a day.”

“Date number two is over.” He lifts his arm, and I notice he’s holding a grocery bag. “We’re on date number three, Nine. Breakfast time!” His excited voice resonates through the walls.

My spine straightens, and I tilt my head as I stare into his gray eyes. “Three dates in less than twenty-four hours? That’s cheating the system.” In fact, part of yesterday’s conversation replays in my head. The exact words were, ‘I’m leaving later tonight for a job.’ “What happened to that mission you had last night?” I cross my arms, my eyes become two slits and my foot taps on the floor.

“I delegated.” He lifts a shoulder slightly then slumps his entire back. Not sure if he’s being casual about it or regretting it. “Maybe I wanted to accelerate the process when you mentioned that five date rule. However, after you stopped obsessing with having the perfect date and loosened up, I got to enjoy parts of you I’ve never had before.” He gives me a peck on the lips. “Including the physical portion of a relationship. Today I want to spend more time with you.”

Surprising, yet expected. For a guy who doesn’t believe, he’s wooing with his own style. Yet I’ve always known he’s sweet.

Unsurprisingly Complicated

© Claudia Burgoa 2015

Teasers

UAO-teaser-4 UAO-teaser-2 UAO-teaser-1


UC-teasers-4

UC-teasers-5

UC-teasers-6

Meet the Author

claudia b.Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband—a.k.a. the U.S.—with their offspring to start a new adventure.

She now lives in Colorado working as a CFO for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

Social Media

websitenewsletter signuptwitterFacebooktumblrTSUpinterestinstagramGoogleGoodreads

STREET TEAM

Buy the Book

UN Duo

amazon usamazon UKB&Nsmashwordskobo

Un Blog Tour Button

BEPRectangle

★★ BLOG TOUR ★★ The Closer You Get by Carter Ashby

The Closer You Get Blog Tour Banner

blog tour

tcyg-comp

Book Title: The Closer You Get (A Fidelity Novel)
Author: Carter Ashby
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2015
Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Goodreads Button with Shadow

Book Blurb

If there’s one thing Rye Holcomb hates, it’s small, tight-knit towns with high virtues and zero tolerance for outsiders. Fidelity is just such a town. And Rye is just such an outsider. So when he and his brother, Cash, take jobs in Fidelity, Rye decides not to get too comfortable. Which is why he is avoiding some rather confusing feelings for his new boss, Cora McKay.

Cora was born, raised, and baptized in Fidelity. She owns a thriving construction business, has a close circle of friends, and is the breadwinner for her mother and four sisters. The one thing she lacks is a sex life, something she’s never longed for until now. One conversation with Rye sparks her sexual awakening, and, in spite of his reputation as a man-whore, Cora can’t resist giving in to his advances.

As Rye enjoys initiating his virgin employer, and Cash experiences a relationship with a man for the first time in his life, they begin to think of Fidelity as home. But small towns have brought them trouble in the past, and it appears Fidelity holds trouble for their future. Can their newfound relationships be enough to overcome a past that relentlessly follows them? Can two men who have been burned by love learn to trust again?

excerpt

He took one step toward her, closing the distance between them a little bit. “I’m sorry I hurt you, Cora. I’m sorry for what I did Sunday. That was just really shitty of me, and I got no excuse. But I figured out that I’ve done this to myself. You have every right to think badly of me. I walked into this town figuring it was just like any other town, so I might as well get mine while I could. I already had my mind made up, so when something sweet and amazing came my way, I didn’t have a fucking clue how to handle it.”

Her heart pounded hard in her chest, and she found she couldn’t keep staring into his eyes.

“Cora, when you smiled the first time, you changed my life. I haven’t been able to get you out of my head this whole time. I’ve been praying to God all week that I haven’t messed things up for good.”

Now she felt she could barely breathe.

“Did I? Did I mess things up for good?”

She couldn’t even turn to look at him. He must have sensed it because he touched her chin with the tip of his finger and turned her head toward him. His eyes were so incredibly beautiful and earnest.

She cleared her throat and in a husky voice, asked, “What is it you want with me?”

“Just a chance. Let me prove to you that the guy you’ve known the past month isn’t really who I am. It’s just who I became after giving up on people. I can fix this, Cora.”

She opened her mouth to answer though she didn’t know what to say. Thankfully, the sound of trucks approaching interrupted them. She turned toward the noise. “We should get back—”

He spun her into his arms and pressed his lips to hers as he smoothed her hair off her forehead, leaving his hands to gently cup her face. The urgency and sincerity in his kiss undid her. She fisted her hands in his shirt and held on.

“I want you,” he whispered against her lips. “I’ve never wanted anyone like I want you, Cora.”

Teasers

Biting

dominated

Dimples

now

imagine

Book Trailer

playlist

Inspired By

Follow Carter Ashby’s board The Closer You Get on Pinterest.
Meet the Author Carter Ashby is a hardworking housewife and homeschool mother by day, and a romance reader and writer by night. She lives in rural Missouri with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
Social Mediablognewsletter signuptwitterFacebookpinterestGoodreadsBuy the Book tcyg-comp amazon usamazon UKB&Nkobo