A Conversation with Jamie K. Schmidt, Author of THE QUEEN’S DANCE (The Emerging Queens series–with a giveaway!)

Are you ready for Champ? This dragon stud might be limited on land thanks to being a water dragon but there’s no finer protector for Queen Margery. If you love dragon shifters, don’t miss this newest installment in the Emerging Queens series.

Welcome, Jamie! What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I write contemporary romance in addition to paranormal romance. My “Club Inferno” series made the USA Today Bestseller list with the first book, Heat.
  2. I have a miniature pinscher named Romeo who thinks he’s a cat and a Himalayan mix cat who couldn’t give a fig one way or the other.
  3. I love to travel and like to set stories in places that I’ve been.
  4. I’m addicted to the candy bar called “Nut Goodie.”
  5. My books have steamy, sexy love scenes.

(Frantically Googling “Nut Goodie”. Hmmm…doesn’t look too bad. Heck it’s got chocolate and peanuts…that’s a plus right there…

 

Where did the inspiration for this book come from?

I had a deadline to turn in the third book. ::grin:: Seriously, I liked the idea of a dragon who couldn’t fly (Remy) falling in love with a sky dragon (Margery) and seeing how the two of them could fall in love in the midst of a dangerous investigation. And that’s how The Queen’s Dance came about.

LOL! I like both answers 🙂

 

How long have you been writing, and what (or who) inspired you to start?

I’ve been writing since I’ve been able to hold a pen. My grandfather inspired me to want to tell stories when he would sit me on his lap and tell me “burglar stories” will illustrating them with a note pad. My elementary school librarian Mrs. Zigmont, however, inspired me to publish by assigning my first non-fiction “novel” on Switzerland a Dewey decimal number and putting me in the card catalog. I drew the pictures of the skiers for the book. And she also put my “magazine” on the shelves to be checked out every month that I did a new one.

That is so totally cool. Your own DDC number? (And now the library school student in me is dying to know if the number was a “correct” one or not…but that would show my weird and slightly obsessive side, so I’m not even going to ask.)

 

What are you working on right now? What can readers look for from you in the next year?

I’m working on a high heat novella for Entangled’s new line about two handy men who are looking for a handy woman for a threesome. For this year, I’ve got a few more books coming out after The Queen’s Dance. In July and August, book three and four of my New Adult romance series will be released. Truth Thrills is about a new pastry chef who gets involved with the dominating head chef and Truth Decides is about a photographer who has to choose between her new lover or bailing her old lover out of a jam. Then in November, the first book in vigilante romance series will be out. Necessary Evil introduces a former cop turned vigilante going head-to-head and skin-to-skin with a public defender.

Oh my goodness, you’re busy! (And would that new line be the Scorched one? I just read three of their new novellas, and I’ve got to say I’m liking the line so far… ;))

 

If you had to “sell” your book in a single Tweet, what would you say?

Opposites attract in The Queen’s Dance the 3rd book in USA Today bestseller @jamiekswriter Emerging Queens series. Sexy, Steamy & Fun!

 

Fantastic! Thanks so much, Jamie!

 

About the author: 

Jamie Kleinkauf-Schmidt has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA), serving as the PRO liaison for her local chapter Connecticut Romance Writers of America (CTRWA).

When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry. She sells her handcrafted items at The Dudley Farm during the summer. A voracious reader, Jamie has a Kindle and is not afraid to use it.


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Despite his handicaps outside his natural habitat, water dragon Remy “Champ” Champlain fights to protect Queen Margery from those who plot to quash her damaging news reports by silencing her…forever.

He can never have her, but he’ll protect her with his life.
After newly shifted sky dragon Queen Margery is rescued from smugglers by water dragon Remy Champlain, she debates whether to flesh out the story that nearly got her killed or embrace her royalty and build a court of protectors and studs. Sparks fly between Remy and her. He’d love her to give up her job and settle down…hopefully with him…but he can’t fly and she can’t swim, so their relationship can never get off the ground.

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FBI dragon Reed’s disdain for humans can’t mask the magnetic attraction he has for Carolyn, but when she tells him she’s going to shift into a dragon he thinks she’s crazy. A female hasn’t been hatched, or shape shifted, in over a thousand years. He’s proven wrong after Carolyn shifts and is named the new Queen on the block. When the Cult of Humanity kidnaps Carolyn to sacrifice her, Reed must face his fears—and feelings, racing to save the woman he realizes he can’t live without.


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Viola Pierce has never had particularly great luck with guys. That is, until the day she shifts into a glorious, deadly, three-headed dragon. As it turns out, Viola is a dragon Queen. As a rule, Sergei hates Queens, but the Viola’s beauty and humanity reach something deep within him. When she names him her protector and consort—quite by accident—a heated and unexpected attraction grows. But the dragon court is ruthless…and what doesn’t kill Viola will only make her more dangerous. 


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Release Day and Giveaway! THE DARKEST TORMENT by Gena Showalter (Lords of the Underworld #12)

The Queen of Paranormal Romance, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter, returns with THE DARKEST TORMENT, the eagerly anticipated twelfth novel in her Lords of the Underworld series, available now! Grab your copy today!
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with her most explosive Lords of the Underworld tale to date, about a fierce warrior on the brink of sanity who will stop at nothing to claim the exquisite human with the power to soothe the beast inside him…

Driven to his death by the demon of Distrust, Baden spent centuries in purgatory. Now he’s back, but at what cost? Bound to the king of the underworld, an even darker force, he’s unable to withstand the touch of another…and he’s quickly devolving into a heartless assassin with an uncontrollable temper. Things only get worse when a mission goes awry and he finds himself saddled with a bride—just not his own.

Famed dog trainer Katarina Joelle is forced to marry a monster to protect her loved ones. When she’s taken hostage by the ruthless, beautiful Baden immediately after the ceremony, she’s plunged into a war between two evils—with a protector more dangerous than the monsters he hunts. They are meant to be enemies, but neither can resist the passion burning between them…and all too soon the biggest threat is to her heart.

But as Baden slips deeper into the abyss, she’ll have to teach him to love…or lose him forever.

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THE DARKEST WHISPER
THE DARKEST PASSION
THE DARKEST LIE
THE DARKEST SECRET
THE DARKEST SURRENDER
THE DARKEST SEDUCTION
THE DARKEST CRAVING
THE DARKEST TOUCH

 

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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series–Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles–and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader’s Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she’s appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black–if you ask her about it, she’ll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfan

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New Release Blitz! EVERYWHERE AND EVERY WAY by Jennifer Probst (The Billionaire Builders #1)

Today we are celebrating the release of EVERYWHERE AND EVERY WAY by Jennifer Probst. This is the first in her new series The Billionaire Builders. Check out the links below to grab your copy now! You don’t want to miss this one!

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Hot on the heels of her beloved Marriage to a Billionaire novels, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst nails it with her sexy new series featuring red-hot contractor siblings who give the Property Brothers a run for their money!

Caleb Pierce always dreamed of running the family’s luxury contracting business. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control with his estranged younger brothers. Things grow more complicated when icy home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the brothers’ reputation. Always up for a challenge, Caleb soon discovers he’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks damn enticing in a hard hat.

 

As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business with pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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New Release Book Blitz! FAST LOVE by Zoe Adams (The Billionaires Club series)

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Fast Love by Zoe Adams
Genre: Billionaire Romance, Western Romance
Release: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Book Blitz: May 23, 2016

Indiana Bernstein lives life in the fast lane. She burns through school in a hurry to grow up and become the woman dating the man of her dreams.

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Indiana couldn’t believe he noticed her. It made her dizzy just to be next to this symbol of manliness. Or maybe it was the sweet aroma of the cigar. There could be any reason for her dizziness.

Luckily Richard stopped talking for a moment. He puffed and twisted a cigar. Smoke twirled pleasantly in the night breeze. “Your smile was all I could see in my rearview mirror today. I wish I always had a smiling face ahead of me like that. But it’s your birthday and your night of wishes, isn’t it? All right, well, here is your birthday present from me. I’ll let you drive my car around the block.”

He pulled keys from his pocket and held them up. Nothing ever shone so brightly for Indiana. They were worn out but still glimmered in the moonlight. She couldn’t move or place trust in the promise. Richard put the keys in her hand. He backed away with worlds of charm.

“Come on,” he said.

Indiana’s legs were willed to move. Encouragement from him was rare but always well placed. She got in the car. Richard saw to her comfort with the steering wheel and moved the seat forward until her feet were within proper proximity of the pedals.

He crouched down on his heels and eyed her gravely. “Now this car’s an automatic, so you only have two pedals. Use the same foot for gas as you do for the brakes.”

Indy had already figured all of this out and rolled her eyes. Richard shut the driver’s door with a chuckle. She watched him walk around the hood of the car. He stood out like the finest thing. The grey smoke around him added charm. The black night made everything else drop away. The passenger door creaked when it opened.

“I’ll have to remember to grease this hinge. It might ruin some poor girl’s eardrums. Whew, it’s a good thing I found that out.” Richard looked at her like he had just avoided the biggest catastrophe.

Indiana reminded herself of her youth, but she silently vowed not to act uneducated. She waited for his comfort to be assured.

He rolled down the window and hung the cigar outside of the car. He looked at her expectantly. “Do I have to show you how to drive?” Indiana shook her head and quit staring at the impressive man beside her.

The ignition turned easily. Indiana’s eyes rose appreciatively to the windshield. She had been obsessing about cars her whole racing bred life. The lights were clicked on, and she smoothly reversed into the night. The gas pedal moved slowly and the car responded. She sat back comfortably once she reached a steady speed.

“If I were a judge I would say this isn’t your first time driving a car.” The glowing ember of cigar reflected in the glass, and more whispers of smoke billowed into the air.

“It’s easy,” Indiana said defiantly. “I want to drive like you were driving.” Indiana let her eyes stray from the road for emphasis.

“All right.” He threw the cigar out the window and rubbed his hands together excitedly. “Go ahead and stop the car. Now keep your foot on the brake while you accelerate. When you see the revolutions of the motor get up to three thousand, let off the brakes. You know which one is the RPM gauge, right?”

Indiana nodded excitedly.

“Okay, good.” Richard could command any situation. But his sharp attention to detail, while keeping a relaxed stature, had Indiana ready to please. “Now remember you are guiding the car. Keep your hands loose on the wheel, then it’ll be easier to keep the car straight.”

Indiana pushed her foot down on the gas. The thought of letting go of restraints got her excited. She did what he told her to do. The car popped into sudden speed. A laugh escaped her body. Indiana didn’t know if she had ever had so much fun.

“All right, that’s good, but you don’t need to go over fifty miles an hour.” Indiana slowed to the next stop along the slightly inhabited road.

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Zoe Adams currently resides in Hawaii. She was born to a big family in the center of North America. A family store gave a lot of human interaction and work experience from a very young age.

Her mother gave a love for books, paper, pens, and any other creative mediums. Her father instilled work ethic for making, repairing, or polishing things until they shine. There was a lot of competition in the large family and Zoe learned how to tell a good story with few words.

When not writing she manages vacation rentals in world renowned Lanikai Beach. She can be found on the beach or kayaking with her husband and partner of thirteen years. They have no children but are perfectly content to spoil a dog.

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New Release and Giveaway! PLAY YOUR HEART OUT by Crystal Kaswell (Sinful Serenade #4)

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Play Your Heart Out
by Crystal Kaswell
(Sinful Serenade #4)
Publication date: May 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
He parties like a rockstar.
She’s there to make sure no one finds out…
Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. She is starting a new life on her own. Period. And she’s absolutely staying in Los Angeles, three thousand miles away from the people who expect her to lie for them. It doesn’t matter how lonely she gets on her own, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.
Only she doesn’t have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.
Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess’s rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything… except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn’t matter that his ex slept with his best friend, he needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep his reputation clean. Pete works hard, and parties harder… and the sweet, blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to keep the record company happy.
Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. They’ll lie to the world, but not to each other. Especially not when they’re alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her moaning his name.
Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star’s girlfriend. But Pete shouldn’t play games with a girl who’s been broken before…
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Pete leads me through the lush lobby. The restaurant is off to the left. Its gold signs make it look expensive.

He nods to a guarded pool to the right. “Should we crash?”

“We can’t.”

He slides his arm around my waist, pulling my body into his. “Want to bet?”

“No. I’m sure you can figure something out.”

He leans in to whisper in my ear. “Too bad. Was gonna make my prize eating you out.”

My cheeks flush. He really said those words. It shouldn’t surprise me at this point, but I’m still tingly with anticipation.

He chuckles. “That a problem?”

“No. Just… is that really what you’d want for a prize?”

“Yeah.”

“Uh…” It’s impossible to think.

He presses his palm against my lower back. “Don’t fucking tell me you don’t like it. Been thinking about tasting your cunt for two days straight.”

“Oh.”

“Oh?”

I clear my throat. Okay. I need to get my senses back.

I pull back enough to look into his eyes. They’re earnest. Hell, they’re wide with desire.

“Jess, don’t fucking tell me you don’t like it.” He stares back into my eyes. “I don’t do oral with random hookups and I’ve been going fucking crazy thinking about feeling you come on my face.”

“No. I like it.”

“Good.” His eyes pass over me. “What the fuck are we doing talking then? Let’s go.”

“Here?”

“Yeah.” He nods to a single-stall bathroom in the corner of the lobby.

I’m not ready for public bathroom sex. I take a step backwards so I won’t give into temptation. “You really want to do it?”

“What about I’ve been going fucking crazy thinking about feeling you come on my face was unclear?”

“Uh…”

He pulls me into a kiss. It’s a hell of a kiss. When he releases me, my heart is thudding against my chest. I’m practically dizzy.

There’s no way that’s for show.

Enough talking. I can’t ignore my body’s demands any longer.

I want to come on his face.

I bring my lips to his ear. “I want to… I want you to go down on me.”

His lips curl into a smile. He motions to the bathroom.

I’m not ready for that. Yet. I stare into his gorgeous brown eyes with as much confidence as I can muster. “This is a hotel, isn’t it?”

He nods.

“We can get a room.”

He chuckles. “And do what?”

“Don’t tease me, Steele. You fell asleep on me last night.”

His eyes meet mine. “I’ll get a room, but I’m gonna tease you. Gonna tease you until you’re begging.”

 

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Crystal Kaswell writes steamy new adult and erotic romance books. She loves when flawed characters fall head over heels for each other. Especially if they fall into bed first. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Release Day and Giveaway! BOUND TO SERVE by Julie Castle (Dangerous Liaisons)

We’re celebrating the release of the BOUND TO SERVE by Julie Castle! 

Title: BOUND TO SERVE
Series Name: Dangerous Liaisons
Author Name: Julie Castle
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Entangled IGNITE
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Condor earned his reputation by being Delta Star’s ultimate secret agent. He’s untouchable, unstoppable, and he always nails his targets. But no matter how many times he’s saved the world, he’s a ghost who will never take credit. He works best alone, and to continue to protect his country, he’ll stay alone.
New Delta Star field agent Bridget Jamison is obsessed with capturing Simon Perez, the elusive terrorist responsible for her ex-fiancé’s death. When the Delta Star director hands the case over to Condor, a mesmerizing ghost agent who has the power to make her weak in the knees with one intense look, Bridget agrees to be Condor’s partner so that she’s not dropped from the case and her chance for justice.
Now they’re on a mission to infiltrate a dangerous criminal organization and capture Perez. It’s up to Condor to keep this beautiful, determined agent out of harm’s way, and to keep their explosive passion contained long enough not to risk their cover…and their lives.
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Condor walked back into the body of the Delta Star unmarked jet after conferring with the flight crew in the pilot’s cabin. The agency’s private jet bore no government markings and had filed a false flight plan. The flight to the private island would be a lengthy one and would give him a chance to work with Bridget. Bridget stood by the counter, his backpack open and the Perez file unfolded in her hands. He smiled. She’d fallen right into his trap. Denying her access to the file had been a small test, one she’d failed miserably. He knew she was going to be trouble, and this confirmed it. Given her training, it wasn’t likely that she’d blow their cover after learning what it contained, but it was imperative that she learn to obey him. The instant she sensed his presence, she looked up at him and blushed like a guilty kid caught with her hand in the cookie jar. An instant later, her chin rose defiantly and her emerald eyes narrowed. The look charmed the hell out of him, but it was her unapologetic smile that made his heart skip a beat, while he hardened, throbbing to life. Damn, who was the master here? It was going to be a long night. “So the creep gets his rocks off at a private island compound called the Retreat,” she said softly, then added in a scornful tone, “I’m not a bit surprised.” Her instincts as an agent were sharp, he had to give her that, but he was keeping her in the dark for a reason. Unused to this kind of operation, she might say or do the wrong thing and risk her pretty neck. Given her personal connection to the case, and her need to avenge James Clayton, she wasn’t thinking with her head. She’d want to take over. Hell, she’d already threatened to take over, and it couldn’t be allowed. Not on Condor’s watch.

Bridget clutched the file and tried to gauge Condor’s reaction. She looked at his firm, forbidding expression, and knew without a doubt that she had crossed an invisible line in the sand. He’d ordered her not to peek, and she defied him. Now she had to pay the penalty. Damn the man. She wouldn’t have to resort to subterfuge like this if he’d share the info like a normal agent, but the troubled look in his eye told her to save her breath. He rolled up his sleeves. “Kick off your shoes, take off your jacket and piece, and come here.” He pushed down a jump seat, sat down, and patted his hard lap. She gulped, appalled, and at the same time fascinated as he prepared to punish her. He couldn’t mean to actually take her over his knee like she was a disobedient child. The flight crew might overhear. A look at his amused expression told her that he meant to do just that. “No.” He was a total hunk in a rough-around-the- edges kind of way. Still dressed in his biker leathers, he looked totally indecent and totally devastating. “You did agree to be trained. And I told you it would start immediately.” He arched a brow and said softly, “Unless you want out. Just say the word, and I’ll turn the plane around.”

“No,” she protested. Still, she stood frozen with shock, her pulse racing, her core tightening. If he’d grabbed her and forced her to comply, it would have been so much easier, but that wasn’t his game. He wanted her to come to him, to submit, and damn—part of her wanted to obey, to find out what it was like to let someone else be in control and take care of her.

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Release Day Review! LEARNING CURVES by Cathryn Fox

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by Cathryn Fox

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When he wins a sexy bet, billionaire Linc Blair can’t wait to get Lauren Neill naked. He’s never gone for her type in the past, and he’s pretty certain it has more to do with her buttoned-up hotness than the nagging sense that something is missing from his life. But when he gets a glimpse of the vulnerable woman beneath the conservative, yet oh-so-sexy clothes, it’s a game changer.

Lauren can’t believe she’s spending a few days with one of sexiest, and most annoying men she’s ever met. But she can’t deny the chemistry between them, and for once in her life she’s letting down her guard so she can explore a different side of herself. The side only Linc brings out in her.

Taking it slow, he unleashes her sexuality and it quickly occurs to him that what started out as a bet for him has become something more. With their weekend nearly over, and her ex showing interest in this new confident version of Lauren, Linc will have to risk it all if he wants to win the game of love.

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Definitely hot and steamy–lots of potential here–but everything happened just a little *too* fast to be completely believable; especially given the ending. This is one book that definitely could have been expanded into more–more time passing from start to finish, the hero and heroine spending more time together, and I needed a bit more convincing that Linc was really pining after Lauren for all that time prior to the book’s start. I believe that he’d come to her rescue in front of her ex, sure; a weekend of wild and crazy sex at his beachfront hideaway? Why not? But (view spoiler)

So…a fairly fun, definitely fantasy-inspired read this is. If you’re looking for a fairy tale-type romance with lots of sex, you’ve got it here. Just don’t think too much about the details.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

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Pre-Release Review! DESIRING RED by Kristin Miller (A Dark and Dirty Tale #1)

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by Kristin Miller

Synopsis:

I’m indecisive when it comes to my shoes. Choosing a werewolf mate who’ll be with me until I croak? Pardon me while I take some time to think on it. But a steamy encounter before the final ceremony changes everything.

Reaper, the Omega’s eldest grandson, is fiercely loyal, scorching hot, and built for pleasure. He brings down my defenses, and before I know what’s happening, I succumb to the heat in his touch and the skill of his mouth. I’ve only just met him, but I need him like no other.

As part of my pack duties, I must parade in front of the Alpha, who has first choice of the pre-shifters. Rumors of his dark desires run deep, and I’ve always been intrigued. But the forbidden passion blazing between Reaper and me is too primal to deny. By pack law, Reaper can’t have me until the Alpha makes his choice…but Reaper’s never been one to follow the rules.

 

Review:

The cover makes this one look like a menage, which it’s not–yet–this is the first part in a series (A Dark and Dirty Tale) in which there’s at least one more book coming (Dominating Red). One or more of those could definitely be in Ivy, the main character’s, future, but it doesn’t happen in this one.

What we do have is the beginning of a story–a super fast read; I kept an eye on how much of the book/how much time my Kindle said I had to go and couldn’t figure out how everything could possibly be resolved by then, only to find out that it wasn’t. That was a relief, really, because more is going on here than can reasonably be finished up in way less than 100 pages!

I liked Ivy a lot, though I didn’t quite get why their pack culture demands female pre-shifters choose a mate before their first shift, which is what she’s tasked with doing as the story begins–choose, or the choice will be made for her. Maybe there isn’t more of a reason than it’s just tradition, but I felt like I wanted more justification than that.

It did remind me of one of my favorite Demotivators, though:

Not completely understanding this part of it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the story; I’d just like to comprehend the urgency a little more is all. Is there an actual reason for it?

Anyway…

On the day she has to announce her choice, Ivy encounters not one, but two sexy werewolf men–Reaper, the mysterious, out-for-revenge one who should be alpha but he’s too busy trying to avenge his parents’ death, and his cousin Lukas, the one who’s been made alpha in his place. Both men seem to have a lot going on in their favor; she has some pretty steamy scenes with one, and some maybe even more delicious innuendo-heavy ones with the other.

Meanwhile, the alpha may not be the sensitive, sensual guy he came off as in their initial interview, and Reaper’s got his own agenda going on and claims to have nothing to offer Ivy other than a few hours of sensual bliss. (He gets a good head start on that part in this book, at least, I’ll give him that.) Along with Ivy’s choose-a-life-mate pressures and a pack mystery that Reaper has to solve before he can take off again, it’s clear that this series has its work cut out for it. I’m anxious to see what will happen next–fortunately, book 2’s due out in just a few weeks!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Pre-Release Review! ONLY FOR A NIGHT by Naima Simone (Lick #1)

Only for a Night
by Naima Simone

Synopsis:

Rion Ward fought hard to be free of the Irish mob life. Now, as the co-owner of Boston’s hottest aphrodisiac club, he’s traded crime for the ultimate sexual fantasy. But when the “good girl” from his past walks through Lick’s doors, he discovers that his unconsummated hunger for her never abated.

Widowed for two years from a man who felt that anything besides the missionary position was dirty, Harper Shaw is ready to move on. The first step to feeling alive again is sex. Hot, dirty, black-out-from-orgasm sex. And who better to provide it than the brooding, sexy, tatted bad boy-turned-man she’s known for years?

Rion, however, has one stipulation: He’ll be hers only for one night. One night to explore her every fantasy. One night to push her limits. One night to introduce her to a passion that makes both doubt if it will be enough…

 

Review:

First in a new series (Lick) and from a new line from Entangled coming out 5/30 (Scorched) Only for a Night is a quick, dirty read *and* a former-friends-to-lovers/second-chance-romance story (which, to make under 100 pages to an HEA believable, it really has to be).

There’s a lot of sex. And dirty talk. I liked Harper and Rion, though his “she could do so much better than me so I must give her up for her own good” routine did get a little old after a while–thankfully, more than one character called him on it and he eventually got over himself. Their issues were resolved fairly quickly in the end, though I attribute most of that to the shorter format of the story…it wasn’t outside the realm of believability, it was just pretty fast.

I’m assuming the other two club owners–Rion’s best friends Sasha and Killian–will have other books in the series, and I’m definitely sufficiently interested in their stories to give them a try. If you’re looking for short and hot with sympathetic characters and just a touch of a story, give this one a try.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Giveaway! Win Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six Series Books 1 & 2 (HELL OR HIGH WATER and DEVIL AND THE DEEP)

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Enter to win a finished copy of book one in Julie Ann Walker’s Deep Six series–HELL OR HIGH WATER and an ARC of book two, DEVIL AND THE DEEP below!

About the books:

DEVIL AND THE DEEP (Book 2)
Release Date: July 5, 2016

Cocktail parties, political fundraisers, and charity events are Maddy Powers’ way of life. But the daring man who appropriated her father’s yacht a couple of months ago is still out there, somewhere, and she wants to pay him back for the scorching kiss they shared.

Behind his suave smile and ladykiller eyes, Bran Palladino carries a dark secret that keeps him from pursuing Maddy… even though he can’t get her out of his head. But when Maddy is kidnapped as part of a grand scheme, it’s time to put up or shut up… because Bran can’t live without Maddy now.

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HELL OR HIGH WATER (Book 1):

In a world on the brink…

Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday…

There’s more than one kind of treasure…

The nation’s security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier’s top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there’s more to life than risking hers.

And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea…

Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can’t seem to forget…

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