New Release and Giveaway! HIS FAKE ALIEN FIANCEE by Patricia Eimer (Out of this World #2)


His Fake Alien Fiancee
by Patricia Eimer
Out of this World #2
Publication Date: February 6, 2017
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select Otherworld, Standalone, Sci-Fi, Romance, Funny, Fake Relationship

Synopsis:

Princess Perripraxis not only has to find a fiancé—and fast—she’s got to find one who doesn’t mind that her “no makeup” face has green and purple scales. Otherwise, Daddy Dearest has plans that don’t include Perri’s compliance. Candidate Number One: Her sexy human best friend, Brandt.

Bartender Brandt Turner didn’t need all those years in the army to teach him never to leave a man behind. Or an alien princess in need of a pretend fiancé. If she needs someone to play the lovesick fool to convince her dad to let her stay on Earth, well then, he’ll let the world think Cupid finally took him out.

But Perri’s father has no intention of playing nice—and he’s not above cruel and unusual alien torture to make things go his way. But Brandt is willing to complete the mission…however far he has to go.

Excerpt:

He lifted his head slightly and nudged hers back with his cheek, intending to kiss her forehead. To be tender. To be a friend.

But her lips were there and they looked like strawberries against her green skin and he knew even as her eyes widened and connected with his that this was a bad idea.

He brought his lips down on top of hers and he found that he didn’t care. Didn’t care that she was the princess of a galactic empire. That his best friend was in love with her sister. That she was green. That they were friends. That he’d promised himself he wasn’t going to get involved with someone he actually cared about.

Didn’t even care that the taste of her lips against his made him feel like he was falling off a cliff and into a serious pile of shit.

They both shifted, moving so they were facing, and he brought his hands up to cradle her face with his left while he wrapped his right around her waist, hoisting her off her own stool and into his lap.

She had her fingers entwined in his hair and was kissing him like he was her only source of air.

The tip of her tongue licked against his mouth, and he began to kiss back, chasing her into her own mouth. He tightened his grip on her, pressing their chests together, and he fought the urge to shift his hips into her, to maneuver them onto the top of his bar.

They were friends and they’d had too much to drink and she was upset and this was the last thing either of them needed.

She grabbed the front of his shirt right above the top button and jerked downward, ripping the shirt apart and sending buttons flying.

Right, then. He kept a tight grip on her hips so she didn’t fall off his lap and brought his other hand down to start fumbling with the knot that held her sheet-toga-ceremonial robe thing closed.

She let go of his shirt and started squirming, pulling the hem up, refusing to let go of his lips, and he tried his best to help her get the thing off over her head.

“Wait.” He broke his lips away from hers and wrapped his arms around her waist, hoisting her up as he stood and dropped her onto the bar, pulling the material off over her head, trying not to drool because how had he not realized that she’d been going commando under that sheet?

“Brandt.” She grabbed the sides of his dress shirt and pulled him close again, pressing their lips together, and suddenly his sweet little Perri had gotten forceful. “Didn’t you just tell me I’d been on Earth six months and I needed to go ahead and have sex already?”

“Well.” He wasn’t sure what to say. He’d been with a lot of women who liked it a lot of different ways. But he’d never been quite as turned on as he was right this very second with the little woman in front of him handling him like a rag doll.

“Yes?”

“And that it should be with someone who didn’t freak out when they found out I was green?”

“Uh-huh?” He studied her, some weird mixture of turned on and really fucking intimidated.

“That leaves three possibilities. Anderson Fox is not interested in having sex with a female. Mattias is in love with my sister. And then there’s you. Ding ding ding, Brandt Turner, you are a winner. Now take me upstairs and take my earth virginity already.”

“Um…” he muttered once before she managed to press their lips together again, and all he could think was, “Sure.

Okay. Best to give the lady what she wants.”

“Now,” she growled.

And to think, he’d thought she was the mild-mannered alien princess in the lot.

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ABOUT PATRICIA EIMER

Patricia Eimer is a suburban mom who has days where she feels like she’s barely hanging on. She currently lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her two wonderful kids and a husband that learned the gourmet art of frozen pizzas to give her more time to write. When she’s not writing—or shuttling her children to a hundred different places a day– she can be found trying to cook (and sometimes blowing up hard boiled eggs), reading and arguing with her dogs about plot points. Most days the Beagle wins but the Dalmatian is in close second and her mastiff puppy is making a break for the inside. Patricia meanwhile is a longshot fourth.

When she’s not writing she can be found on Facebook, at her website (www.patriciaeimer.com) or blogging about her attempts at cooking and her complete inability to craft as a contributor to the Suburban Flail Blog (www.suburbanflail.com). She is also a connoseiur of really bad science jokes.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! DALIR’S SALVATION by Nina Crespo (The Song #3)

Nina Crespo is celebrating the upcoming release of  DALIR’S SALVATION: The Song! She’s sharing special sneak peek excerpts and offering prizes. Don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter for exclusive excerpts and special giveaways in celebration of the third book in this sexy alpha male series.

 

About DALIR’S SALVATION:

Ari is looking to live a normal life. But after she hits her head, normal is no longer an option. A mysterious, rugged man appears, whom only she can see…each night he fulfills her fantasies and leavers her begging for more. She’s sure he’s a figment of her imagination – until she finds o, to truly be with him, Ari will have to embrace the parts of herself she’s been desperately keeping at bay. Dalir’s been burned by love before, yet he can’t resist Ari’s beauty and charm. And all it takes is one kiss to spark nights of passion. But there’s danger on the horizon that only Dalir and his friends in the band Thane’s Redemption can deal with. And the longer he stays with Ari, the greater the peril to them both. Will the two of them be strong enough to fight for their newfound love – and their lives?

 

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About THANE’S REDEMPTION:

The one night she’ll want to remember, she’ll be forced to forget.

It’s been almost a year since Celine’s fiancé’s death and she’s still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…

Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane’s Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?…

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About REID’S DELIVERANCE:

Lauren isn’t looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane’s Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues–and Reid’s secret life as a time-traveling covert agent–makes any chance for a relationship impossible.

When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety–and directly onto Lauren’s doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid’s memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission–including the woman he loves?

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New Release Review and Giveaway: QUEEN OF WANDS by Katee Robert (Sanctify #2)

 Book two in the series–out now!

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Queen of Wands
by:  Katee Robert
Release Date: 6/24/14
Genre: SciFi Romance

Book Synopsis:

When Jenny O’Keirna gets a chance to slip her older brother’s leash, she jumps at it, even if it means playing babysitter to a too-smart-for-his-own-good inventor. She’s not expecting the attraction that sparks between them—or that Sanctify is just as desperate to take him for their own.

Never in Mac Flannery’s wildest dreams did he imagine Jenny would be the one sent for him. He sees beyond the mad grin the sister of Hansarda’s new king presents to the world, and that combination of vulnerability and wicked humor is a siren call he can’t resist.

But Sanctify is always three steps ahead of them. On the run—and unable to keep their hands off each other—Jenny and Mac devise an insane plan: kidnap the leader of Sanctify, and stop this war once and for all. Unfortunately, they’ve just played right into his hands…

 

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Review:

I knew before I finished book one in this series, Queen of Swords, that I would be reading book two ASAP. One, it would continue a story set in a world that I found fascinating, and two it would be Jenny’s story. Jenny was such an awesome secondary character in book one; I’d be hard pressed to find another one so deserving of her own book in my recent reading history.

So…it’s safe to say I went into this one with some pretty high expectations. They were met…to an extent.

Queen of Wands still has the snarky, say-anything-to-anyone Jenny that we saw in book one, only now we’re seeing the uncertaintly behind the snark. I loved the glimpses into her psyche and seeing just how much like her older brother Boone she really is. Her conflicted emotions about her father, who we never really got to see before his death in book one, really gave a lot of insight into her character.

Mac too was a great character. He’s the geeky-yet-hot guy we’re all secretly attracted to–in my mind, he was a lot like Bruce Banner as played by Mark Ruffalo:

(see how I picked a scientist-y pic? So. Hot. Yet still appropriate here.) He’s had a crush from afar on Jenny even though they’ve never met, which was totally cute.

They were totally cute. But somehow, it didn’t all exactly work for me.

I still have a lot of the same world questions as I had after finishing the first book, though I’ve just decided to go with it in this series. I’m not going to “get” everything, and I’ll be okay with that. Some of the more sci-fi-ish bits I just kind of read over quickly; obviously there’s a reason why I don’t read a lot of science fiction. (It starts with an “s” and ends in “cience”. Makes my brain hurt if I focus on it too long.) Jenny and Mac’s realtionship? I didn’t totally love it. They were cute, and they had chemistry, but it felt like the “I love you”s (even though yes, they will wisely put off the actual words for quite some time) came a bit too quickly. Even given the stress of their situation, it seemed too much too soon.

However, there is a HUGE surprise at the end of this one that totally guarantees I’ll be sticking around for book three. I’m still enjoying this series; even though this one wasn’t quite as strong as book one, it still made for a nice escape.

Plus, these characters are just fun.

Rating: 3 3/4 stars / B– (yes, I’m totally making those ratings up. It deserves more than a 3 1/2 and C+. Deal.)

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

Author Bio:

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way–as it often does–and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time–when not lost in Far Reach worlds–playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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New Release Review and Giveaway: QUEEN OF SWORDS by Katee Robert (A Sanctify novel)

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Queen of Swords by Katee Robert

Queen of Swords
by: Katee Robert

 

Synopsis:

When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she’s supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn’t matter if the ship’s commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don’t lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them…and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.

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Review:

I don’t read a lot of science fiction books, mainly because they tend to bog the reader down in all that science. Give me the story and enough information to “get” it, and I’m good. Katee Robert’s first full-length installment of her Sanctify series, The Queen of Swords, definitely lands full-on on the show rather than tell side of the spectrum here. It’s just bursting with story, peopled with fantastic (in both senses of the word–they are both great and very different) characters, and the action and drama are all there. And the chemistry between Ophelia and Boone? Awesome.

I’ll admit, I did at times feel as if I needed a teensy little cheat sheet. I’m still not entirely sure what makes a “sans shower” different from what I engage in on a daily basis, for example. At first I thought perhaps it used something other than water, but that was disproved about halfway through the book when one character went to take one and the other fantasized about the water running down their body while they did so…hmmm.

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Sorry. Picturing that myself, for just a moment. Niiiice.

Alien people populate the world of the novel, and though we are told their species name, we only get the barest of details about what they’re actually like. For the most part I didn’t mind too much–since it is so easy to load up a sci-fi novel with too much description and exhaustive detail–but this one was so bare bones in that respect that I almost felt as if I were coming in on the middle of an established series where everyone else of course knew exactly what made a Abura-Sumashi quite so Abura-Sumashi-ish, while I was all “Abura-what?  Who?” Really, for the most part I just ran with it, mildly surprised to find out a character had tusks, fur, or green skin when it was mentioned almost off-handedly, but occasionally it did have me scratching my head.

I realized when I reached the end that there is a prequel novella–The High Priestessabout Ophelia’s parents–which I immediately picked up (99 cents, or at least it was at the time of writing this), though I suspect that especially with it being a novella it’s not going to have a lot of specific world-building detail either. (It will, however, tell us how two people who are supposed to be mortal enemies in that world get together in the first place, and I will be reading it ASAP.)

I loved the tarot aspect of the story–it’s made me more determined than ever to finally dig out my Tarot of Jane Austen book and cards this summer, just for fun–and the little drawings at the beginning of each chapter are a nice touch.

Hands down, though, it’s the characters that really make the story shine. I adored Ophelia and Boone, and hope they play a prominent role in the rest of the series. I was very happy to see that book two (Queen of Wands) will be Boone’s sister Jenny’s story, because she was great in this book. Cole, Boone’s copilot and good friend, was also a very strong character…though he’s covered in fur, apparently. It does sound lovely, however–all soft and rippling and brindled. It also provides excellent camouflage at one point, which was handy. 😉

Overall, I enjoyed this book quite a bit and will definitely be picking up book two when it’s available.  I’m giving it four stars and a A-, mainly because it did leave me with questions about the universe they’re in and the fact that the pacing at the end is a tad on the quick side, but on the whole this is one series I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy the heck out of.

Rating : 4 stars / A-

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

 

Author Bio:

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way–as it often does–and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time–when not lost in Far Reach worlds–playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

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Release Day with Giveaways! Entangled Edge’s Break Out (by Nina Croft) and Heart of the Incubus (Rosalie Lario) are out!

Today I’m happy to be featuring Edge’s December releases!!

Edge, a digital-first single-title romance line from Entangled Publishing, takes its lead from their popular Select imprint but gives its novels an edge in the marketplace by bringing great stories to readers at reasonable prices in a quick-and-easy way. Whether sexy or sweet, traditional romance or love and lust with a women’s fiction bent, at the center of every Edge book is heart. From Urban Fantasy to Contemporary Romance to Science Fiction Romance, Edge has a book for all romance readers—and right at their fingertips! As they say, all’s fair in love and war. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

 

Break Out by Nina Croft

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The year is 3048, Earth is no longer habitable, and man has fled to the stars where they’ve discovered the secret of immortality—Meridian. Unfortunately, the radioactive mineral is exorbitantly expensive and only available to a select few. A new class comprised of the super rich and immortal soon evolves. The Collective, as they’re called, rule the universe.

Two-thousand-year-old Ricardo Sanchez, vampire and rogue pilot of the space cruiser, El Cazador, can’t resist two things: gorgeous women and impossible jobs. When beautiful Skylar Rossaria approaches him to break a prisoner out of the Collective’s maximum security prison on Trakis One, Rico jumps at the chance. Being hunted by the Collective has never been so dangerous—or so fun.

 

Heart of the Incubus by Rosalie Lario

Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it’s not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined.

 

 

 

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway!: Breeder by Cara Bristol

Day One of NaNoWriMo has me super busy–in the meantime, here’s a new release spotlight from Cara Bristol. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end!

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Breeder

Genre: erotic science fiction romance, domestic discipline erotic romance

Release Date: October 15, 2013

 

Blurb:

To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

Warning: Breeder contains M/F and M/M sexual practices and domestic discipline.

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Excerpt:

They had halted under a portico, its roof supported by two massive stone pillars. Builders had constructed the lower portion of the main structure from gray Parseon marble, the top half from an opaque reflective material. In keeping with Parseon culture, which valued function over beauty, the edifice formed a square, its corners and walls plumb, with not a single stone misaligned nor a single adornment to soften the starkness except for veins meandering through the marble in an unruly way.

“My domicile,” Alpha announced.

A massive wooden door opened, and a tall man emerged.

Corren, she presumed, and studied him from beneath her lashes.

If not for his insignia and his brown uniform, he could have been mistaken for an alpha. Corded muscles bulged in his arms and rippled across his chest. His hair was of some medium shade, cropped short like an Alpha rather than chin length like a typical beta. He spared her not a glance but focused on the Commander.

Alpha alighted from the conveyance, and the two men embraced in a Bridge of Amity, a sign denoting friendship or a truce, depending on the situation. The Commander clasped Corren’s bare right shoulder, and the beta touched Alpha’s left uniform-covered one, their arms forming a link between them. She studied the two men and redacted her impression of Corren as alpha-like. Next to the Commander, he dwindled in stature and comportment. He stood almost a head shorter, his shoulders were narrower, his musculature puny, his bearing common. But who could compare to Alpha?

Kianiko?” Alpha asked, in the Parseon greeting used with familiars.

“I am well,” the beta responded. “Kianiko?

“Excellent. The ride offered a pleasant diversion.”

They broke apart, and Corren retreated. He continued to ignore Omra but eyed the beasts and the sheen of sweat glistening on their coats. “I do not understand why you travel this way. But as you will. I shall have the stable keeper unbridle the animals and tend to their needs.” He paused. “Tell me about the female.”

“She is unbred.”

Corren arched his eyebrows.

Dak yanked up her shift, nudged her legs apart, and flicked at the ring between her legs. The sun felt hot against her exposed sex, the finger that brushed against her warmer still.

Alpha was focused on her, his head bent, so he did not catch the animosity that flashed in Corren’s gaze, but Omra did. She swallowed.

“A fortuitous find for you,” Corren said. Equanimity filled his eyes now.

The Commander let her smock fall. “And for you. She will serve your physical needs when you require release.”

“Thank you.” Corren nodded, but he did not sound at all grateful or appreciative, not to Omra’s ears anyway. “Now I understand why a courier delivered female uniforms this morning. I almost sent them back to the vendor, thinking it an error, but decided to check with you.”

“The articles came? Good. That was fast.”

“You are Alpha,” Corren commented drily. The familiarity Alpha allowed his beta heightened Omra’s respect for the Commander. Secure in his status, he did not dominate for the show of it.

“Indeed.” Alpha’s mouth twitched as he exchanged a glance with his beta. He beckoned to her. “Come.”

Omra scooted to the edge of the seat and jumped to the ground. She stumbled and would have fallen on the stone entry walk except that Alpha caught her elbow and steadied her. “This is my beta, Corren,” he informed her. “You remember what we talked about.”

Obey. She nodded in comprehension.

To Corren he said, “Her name is Omra.”

The beta tightened his lips.

Alpha arched an eyebrow. “You find her lacking?”

“May I speak freely?”

The Commander nodded. “Your opinion is worthy.”

“She appears scrawny and weak bodied, and I predict she will be unable to bear the rigors of domestic labors, let alone produce your progeny.” He sniffed.

Dak blinked. “You sound almost jealous.”

Author Bio:
Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol has been writing since she could put a pen to paper, and she has written everything from mainstream long and short fiction to nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles. She sold her first erotic romance in 2009 and never looked back. Now multi-published, she has nine erotic romances and two anthologies to her name. The author of the popular Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series, Cara writes spanking fiction most often, but her published works also include contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. Breeder is her first science fiction novel, which she is considering making into a series.

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Book Review and New Release: Wish Upon a Star by Michelle McLean

 

Title: Wish Upon a Star
Author: Michelle McLean
Genre: paranormal/sci fi romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 120
Format read: ebook
Rating: C

I don’t read a lot of zombie-related fiction; for the most part I leave that to Mini Moe #1; but Warm Bodies is sitting in my TBR pile–I’ve heard good things. Something about this one spoke to me, though, so I decided to request it. It’s a novella and Halloween is coming, so I thought, why not?

Ceri McKinley has brought her young daughter Skye to Pleasure Island, one of Las Vegas’s hottest locations. She’s already feeling nervous, because her ex, Russell Saxton, owner of both Pleasure Island and research facility Saxton Technologies, has been showing more interest in Skye lately and she’s worried about what that might mean. Russell’s a powerful man, and in Ceri’s own words has “mad-scientist-criminal mastermind tendencies and total moral and ethical ineptitude.” Before meeting up with her ex, however, Ceri encounters someone she wants to see even less–Jason Crickett, the man who had left her at the altar eight years earlier.

Jason’s come to see Russell too–to convince him to release Jason’s dead brother’s body to his family so they can give him a decent burial. He enlists Ceri’s reluctant help, and the two are soon thrown into a series of events that quickly spirals out of control. Their love should have died years ago–but can Jason and Ceri survive the next two hours?

The action scenes in this novella read like a crazy rollercoaster ride. Human cyborgs, zombies, bitter exes with armed lackeys–this story has them all, complete with the threat of total destruction via military bombing–and the clock is ticking! To say it keeps you on the edge of your seat is an understatement.

I like couples-with-a-history stories, and given the space limitations in a novella, couples with a prior relationship often feature prominently in them. Bring on the angst and drama! This story definitely delivers on it, though a bit too much of it is revealed through Ceri’s internal dialogue, which definitely leans toward the melodramatic. Between it and the long stretches of bordering-on-soliloquy internal and external dialogue, readers are left with a bit of a “feast or famine” feeling. Over-the-top action! Long internal monologue. More action! Scene where Ceri reveals every single detail of her past eight years to Jason in a few short pages. More balance was definitely needed.

For all that was going on here–or maybe because of it–parts of the resolution feel rushed. Larger-than-life antagonists are quickly dispatched. (I kept waiting for one of them in particular to show up later on, surviving against all odds much like the Twinkies in the Chevy Silverado Superbowl commercial. It didn’t happen.) Seemingly insurmountable relationship hurdles suddenly smooth out. Ceri and Jason go from haven’t-spoken-in-years to HEA in less than twenty-four hours; even during a possible zombie apocalypse, it’s a bit much.

In a nutshell: an entertaining read, but too uneven to be altogether satisfying. C.

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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