Friday, January 31, 2014

Wake Up Successful by S.J. Scott Review

Title: Wake Up Successful
Author: S.J. Scott
Genre: Self-Help
Pages: 68
Price: $0.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

In "Wake Up Successful" you'll learn how to live every day like it's your last. No longer will you stumble out of bed and waste the first few hours. Instead, you'll learn how to start the day by creating energy and harnessing this power to focus on ONE breakthrough goal that will make a difference in your life.

A morning routine is simple and effective. It's easy to tailor to your unique circumstances and goals. And, best of all, it's tested. Inside this book, you'll discover the proven strategies to help you get the most out of those precious first few hours.

Review:

I love S.J. Scott's work. I love that he writes self-help books that are not only easy to follow, but easy to incorporate into your daily life. He also gives wonderful examples of how to get started. Wake Up Successful gave me so many great ideas on how to make the most out of my mornings. As a writer, I plan to use that hour to work on my fiction and love that Scott provided a number of great ideas for making that happen. If you're looking to better your life, read this book!

WANTED ACROSS TIME by Eugenia Riley

WANTED ACROSS TIME by Eugenia Riley
$3.99

Bounty hunter Sam Noble always gets his woman . . . even if he has to travel across time to find her.

Annie Dillon’s fondest hope is to transform a Texas ghost town into a tourist mecca. But she arrives in Deadend to find her town, and her finances, in a shambles. Then a sudden, violent whirlwind howls through the town, sweeping in a tall, wickedly handsome cowboy.

Colorado bounty hunter Sam Noble is here in Texas to nab a notorious female desperado. Waving an ancient-looking wanted poster in Annie’s face, Sam insists she is “Rotten Rosie” Dillon—an Old West outlaw who just happens to be Annie’s great-great-grandmother! Hushing her protests, Sam grabs Annie and carries her off on horseback . . . and across time.

Annie is flabbergasted. Who is this loco stranger who has kidnapped her? Why is he saying they are now living in the year 1885? And why is he claiming she is her own ancestor, “Wanted Dead or Alive” for murder? Worse yet, Sam refuses to believe he has arrested the wrong woman, and is determined to take Annie off to justice, and a certain hanging, in Central City. In order to gain her freedom, Annie knows she must win Sam’s trust and find the “real” Rosie. But will the potent chemistry she and Sam are feeling sweep them up into a sensual whirlwind neither will want to escape?

WANTED ACROSS TIME is a jewel of a western time-travel romance from the author of BUSHWHACKED BRIDE and BUSHWHACKED GROOM. It is filled with sexy escapades, Indian lore, and the true spirit of the Wild West.

Excerpt:

She’s stuck in Deadend, Texas, in the present. But the past is about to crash in on her...

Annie was about to leave the saloon when the wind began to roar even more savagely; she cried out in fear as the front doors blasted open and a chair sailed across the room toward her. She dashed out of the missile's path and covered her face with her forearms as all around her timbers began to rattle and shriek and glass shattered; she feared a tornado was brewing.
Was this what old Windfoot had meant by "the whirlwind"? Indeed, the wind now roared so violently that chairs and even tables were sailing about like so many matchsticks!
Annie staggered across the room, gripped the front door handles, and tried to push them closed. Standing there trembling, boot heels dug into the floor and body lashed by the wind, she felt as if she were wrestling a demon. After several moments of frustrating struggle, she gave up and retreated, dodging flying debris as she dived behind the bar, where she cowered as the terrible howling and crashing continued.
Then a large bulky object thudded onto her back, prompting her to cry out in fear and pain. Shoving the item away, she saw that the portrait of the naked beauty had landed on top of her. The hussy was still smirking, mocking her.
Damn it, not even her hiding spot was safe!
Annie struggled to her feet. Whirling toward the wall to dodge a rusty beer can hurtling toward her, she suddenly found herself face-to-face with an ancient-looking wanted poster that had been concealed behind the painting.
What in hell . . . ! With a gasp, Annie recognized the picture on the poster as that of her own great-great-grandmother, the ancestor she'd been thinking of mere seconds earlier, a woman whose face was so much like her own. What on earth was going on?
Annie's ancestor was glowering back, her pretty features fearsomely set, her long hair in pigtails. Wide-eyed, Annie read the caption: "Wanted, Dead or Alive, for Murder and Other Crimes Most Foul: Rotten Rosie Dillon."
"Rotten Rosie!" Annie cried.
She was appalled, not sure what to make of the wanted poster, which was yellowed and curled, and did appear quite old and authentic. But the notice made no sense: Her great-great-grandmother had been a grand lady, never an outlaw or a murderess! And why was she looking at the amazing wanted poster mere seconds after thinking about Rosanna?
Before Annie could further contemplate the mystery, she was distracted by a banging behind her. She spun about just as the saloon doors crashed against the wall and a huge, ruggedly handsome man strode in. The very sight of him put a shiver down her spine.
The stranger was dressed in old-fashioned buckskins and wore a large round brown hat with a snakeskin band and an eagle feather at the back. He sported dark, collar-length hair and a short, scruffy beard. He held a Winchester rifle in one hand and a crumpled piece of paper in the other. The wind whipped his buckskins about a massive, hard-muscled frame that oozed menace. A huge Colt was strapped to one sinewy thigh, a long knife to the other.
And his eyes! Even from across the room, Annie could tell they were dark and ruthless. That merciless gaze was fixed on her with riveting intensity; the man radiated an aura of danger and raw sensuality that staggered her on a deep, elemental level.
There was something almost savage about his visage, and she wondered if he might be part Indian. Indeed, he appeared as if he had materialized from another time or had been lost in the wilderness for ages. Could he be a rancher from the area? If so, that would explain the rifle. But his manner of dress was so bizarre!
As the wind quieted a bit, he spoke in a deep, charged voice. "Step out from 'round that bar, sister. Slow like." He pointed his rifle toward her.
Annie gulped. Although it wasn't that unusual to see a man with a rifle in these parts, having it pointed at her was another matter altogether! Nonetheless, she lifted her chin, stepped forward, and faced the newcomer with bravado. "Well, hello, mister. Who are you? And hasn't anyone told you it's a federal offense to possess eagle feathers?"
Appearing less than amused, the man uncrumpled and held up the piece of paper; Annie was astounded to see was a newer-looking copy of the very wanted poster she'd just spotted hanging above the bar!
"This you, lady?"
"No, of course not—that's my great-great-grandmother," Annie retorted.
The stranger laughed and shoved the poster into his coat pocket. "Well, that's an original story if I ever heard one. Come on, sister, let's go. My grandpappy always said you gotta reap what you sow. You broke the law and I'm hauling you in. I've come a long way to find you, and it's time for us to head out."
Annie's mouth fell open as feelings of unreality swamped her. "Head out? Where?"
"To Central, Colorado, to bring you to justice."
"To Colorado? To justice? Are you out of your mind? Why, that's the craziest—"
Annie stopped cold as the man lifted his rifle, threw the lever, and chambered a round. "All right, lady, enough palavering. Get your butt moving out the saloon doors. You're wanted dead or alive, and it makes no nevermind to me which way you go."
Annie's heart galloped with fear. Oh, God, this nutcase was serious! Clearly he was prepared to kill her if she didn't cooperate. What kind of lunatic was he? She observed the deadly determination in his stance, his eyes, the rifle in his huge, tanned hands. Although she'd been trained in self-defense, she knew a no-win situation when she saw one, and realized her only recourse was to humor this maniac.
Cautiously she moved toward him ...

Copyright © 1997 by Eugenia Riley Essenmacher

Cover Reveal: Falling for Bentley by Shawnte Borris

Falling for Bentley by Shawnte Borris

Just when Bentley Knight thought life was only about football and women, a Hail Mary pass comes at him, changing everything.

Bentley returns home after his father is badly injured and can no longer maintain the family farm, leaving behind a promising college football career. Forced to grow up faster than he wants, Bentley struggles with the responsibility of being a good example to his younger brother, on and off the football field, and pleasing his frustrated, demanding father. Just when he reaches his limit of complications, in walks a beautiful blond angel, endangering the delicate balance he’s finally found in his new life.

When mistakes of his past threaten to derail his future, will Bentley be man enough win the heart of the girl he once ridiculed in high school, who just happens to be the woman of his dreams?

 Teaser:

This has not been edited and may certainly change before publication. I hope that you all enjoy a little of Bentley!

One eye barely open, I glanced around the room, desperate for it to stop spinning. There’s a faint moan beside me, and when I carefully turned my head towards it, I saw brunette hair splayed across the pillow and down the back of a naked chick. My eyes slowly move down to the small of her back—my favorite part of a woman’s body.

I stopped when I recognized the Celtic tattoo and quickly lifted the sheet to see if I had my briefs on, I did. I slowly sat up to look for any evidence of last night’s shit show. No condom…no wrapper, thank God. Lube and a vibrator? What the hell?

“What are you doing?” giggled Amanda as her cold claws rubbed my back. I tried to straighten out of her grip. “Baby relax, let’s finish what we started last night,” She whispered in my ear before kissing the side of my neck.

“Did we?”

“No, you passed out before the party really got started. I had to use my vibrator to finish the job.”

“Uh, sorry about that.” I pulled her hands off me.

“Why don’t you make it up to me, Bentley? Like the good ol’ days, back in high school. I miss this.” she growled, grabbing my dick.

I shot out of the bed and scrambled for my pants.

“Where are you going?” Amanda grabbed my shirt and threw it over herself.

“I...ah…I need to go.” I stuttered, trying to put my shoes on without falling flat on my face.

“Bentley.” Amanda whined, throwing my shirt at me.

Bang-Bang-Bang, “Bentley get your ass up. We gotta go.” Curtis yelled.

“Thank Christ.” I mumbled under my breath as I pulled my shirt over my head.

“That’s it? You’re going to leave me like this, wet and wanting you? Needing you to fill me?” moaned Amanda.

“Sorry, Amanda, but I gotta go. Curtis and I already made plans.” I opened the door and looked at my best friend.

“Bentley Knight before you walk out that door, you better think long and hard. There will not be a third time.”

“There shouldn’t have been a second,” I toss over my shoulder and ducked just in time to miss a glass as it shattered on the wall in front of me. I closed the door and looked over to Curtis, laughing his ass off. “Let’s get the fuck out of here.”

Lazar's Target (Jack Lazar Series) by Kevin Sterling

Lazar's Target (Jack Lazar Series) by Kevin Sterling
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"James Bond Meets Fifty Shades of Grey"

Immerse yourself in the world class novels that combine action, mystery & suspense with tantalizing and tastefully written erotica. You’ll find all your sensibilities roused at once with Kevin Sterling’s ultra-sexy, action-packed Jack Lazar Series.

In this fourth action-packed thriller, Jack travels to Denmark for a business venture, but what seems to be a textbook transaction turns into a nightmare after he gets involved with Katarina, a vivacious Danish girl who apparently lacks a moral compass, not to mention an off button. After naively believing their liaison was just a random encounter, Jack discovers she’s connected to his business deal, and there’s a dangerous political group with skin in the game, too.

Katarina makes a convincing case of being a victim, not part of the conspiracy, but can Jack really trust her?

The firestorm gets out of control as Jack digs deeper, unearths the convoluted plot behind it all, and discovers that innocent people are being heartlessly killed. He’s not only horrified by the reason why it’s happening, but how it’s being done, and there appears to be no way to stop it from occurring again.

Then the scheme’s real objective emerges, launching Jack into action with intelligence operatives to prevent it. But that’s not so easy with assassins on Jack’s tail, forcing him to struggle for survival while trying to prevent Katarina from getting caught in the crossfire.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Demon of Synar by Donna McDonald Review

Title: The Demon of Synar
Series: Forced to Serve
Author: Donna McDonald
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Pages: 220
Price: FREE
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Being captain of his own rescue ship is the life Liam Synar has always dreamed of living. Being master of a hereditary demon is not. Coveting Malachi's power, his exiled evil brother hunts him, wanting to capture the demon that Liam's life mate now unknowingly hosts. Putting Malachi inside Ania two years ago had been an act to save her when she almost died saving his. If only the demon hadn't killed again.

Review:

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a science fiction fan. However, melding romance and science fiction together seemed more appealing to me. The Demon of Synar is the first science fiction romance I've ever read and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I found myself getting wrapped up in the story and bummed when it came to an end. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Promise Me by Mona Ingram Review

Title: Promise Me
Author: Mona Ingram
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 122
Price: $3.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Combat Hospital - Kandahar Airfield

What are the odds? Karen Hughes, an ER nurse, travels half way around the world only to meet someone from the other side of town. Brian Calder, a medevac helicopter pilot, breezes into her life like a refreshing ocean spray. Both from Vancouver Island, they find that they share much in common, and soon become an "item" in the closely knit medical community of KAF. Karen's tour of duty is up in a few weeks, and Brian will follow shortly, but now that he has so much to lose, he becomes concerned for his safety. He's been carrying his grandmother's ring, and uses his considerable charm to convince Karen that she she should take it with her and give it to his grandmother when she returns home.

Join Karen on a heartbreaking and ultimately satisfying journey as she searches for love from the heat and grit of Kandahar to the cool mountains and endless beaches of Vancouver Island.

Review:

Mona Ingram has the ability to create some of the sexiest and some of the sweetest romances. Promise Me is an incredibly sweet romance that is perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. It was truly a feel-good romance that hopeless romantics, like myself, are going to love. If you love women's fiction and heart-felt romance, grab this one.

Earth's Requiem (Earth Reclaimed) by Ann Gimpel Review

Title: Earth's Requiem
Series: Earth Reclaimed, Book 1
Author: Ann Gimpel
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 305
Price: $5.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Resilient, kickass, and determined, Aislinn's walled herself off from anything that might make her feel again. Until a wolf picks her for a bond mate and a Celtic god rises out of legend to claim her for his own.

Aislinn Lenear lost her anthropologist father high in the Bolivian Andes. Her mother, crazy with grief that muted her magic, was marched into a radioactive vortex by alien creatures and killed. Three years later, stripped of every illusion that ever comforted her, twenty-two year old Aislinn is one resilient, kickass woman with a take no prisoners attitude. In a world turned upside down, where virtually nothing familiar is left, she’s conscripted to fight the dark gods responsible for her father’s death. Battling the dark on her own terms, Aislinn walls herself off from anything that might make her feel again.

Fionn MacCumhaill, Celtic god of wisdom, protection, and divination has been laying low since the dark gods stormed Earth. He and his fellow Celts decided to wait them out. After all, three years is nothing compared to their long lives. On a clear winter day, Aislinn walks into his life and suddenly all bets are off. Awed by her courage, he stakes his claim to her and to an Earth he's willing to fight for.

Aislinn’s not so easily convinced. Fionn’s one gorgeous man, but she has a world to save. Emotional entanglements will only get in her way. Letting a wolf into her life was hard. Letting love in may well prove impossible.

Review:

Captivating, fast-paced, and incredibly kickass. Earth's Requiem by Ann Gimpel is what I look for when reading urban fantasy. From the first page, I was pulled into the story and didn't want to put it down. Not only is this story incredible, but those of you that always complain books are too short are going to love this one, which is around 100,000 words. Oh, and if you love a bit of sex appeal in your urban fantasies, you're going to LOVE this book.

Texas Hold 'Em (Hotter in Texas) by Christie Craig

Texas Hold 'Em (Hotter in Texas) by Christie Craig
$6.84

"Hold onto your Stetsons . . . A thrill ride of hunky heroes, hilarious high jinks, and heartwarming romance."
-Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author on Only in Texas

A HOTTER IN TEXAS NOVEL

The last thing veterinarian Leah Reece needs is a man in her life. They're nothing but trouble-and not even the fun kind. But when her apartment is broken into and Leah suspects Rafael, her dangerous half-brother, of foul play, she can't deny she could use a little help. She just never expected that help would come with twinkling blue eyes and a sexy smile...

All PI Austin Brook wants is to nail Rafael DeLuna, the man who framed him for murder. He'll do anything for information-even lie about his identity to charm Leah, DeLuna's half-sister. But her sweet dimples and fiery spirit soon make her more than just his only lead. Leah becomes his every desire. As Austin closes in on DeLuna, it's clear he won't go down without a fight. Now the only way Austin can protect Leah is to reveal all of his secrets and risk losing her for good.

Dragon Maid (Dragon Lore) by Ann Gimpel

Dragon Maid (Dragon Lore) by Ann Gimpel
$4.99

Jonathan Shea is a software engineer. When pressed, he admits to being a closet witch, but he’s always been a shade ambivalent about his magic—until a dragon shows up in Inverness, and then all bets are off. Along with others in his coven, Jonathan is both charmed and captivated by the creature fresh out of legend.

Britta is a dragon shifter. Dragged from the Middle Ages by the Celtic gods, she and her dragon prepare for a battle to save Earth. The first human she lays eyes on in modern times is Jonathan. There’s something about him. She can’t quite pinpoint it, but he has way more magic than any witch she’s ever come across before. Aside from magic, Jonathan is drop dead gorgeous. For the first time ever, Britta questions the wisdom of remaining a maid.

Surrounded by dragon shifters, Celtic gods, Selkies, and a heaping portion of magic, Jonathan comes into his own fast. Good thing, too, because fell creatures have targeted him, Britta, and the dragons. In the midst of chaos, he finds passion so poignant and love so heartbreakingly tender, it will change his life forever.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wake Up Successful by S.J. Scott - $0.99 Goodie!

Wake Up Successful - How to Increase Your Energy and Achieve Any Goal with a Morning Routine by S.J. Scott
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DISCOVER:: Why Successful People Get More Things Done Before 9 A.M.

Having trouble achieving your goals? The reason most people aren't successful is they fail to follow a day-by-day strategy. Instead they start each day, "hoping" they will have enough time to take action on their goals.

If you closely examine the world's most successful people you'd see they start each day in an energized state, ready to accomplish any goal. What's their secret? The *one thing* they do differently is they prioritize each day so the most important task is completed first. Put simply, successful people have morning routines that help them feel energized and ready to focus on their most important goal.

START TODAY:: Live Each Day Like It's Your Last

In "Wake Up Successful" you'll learn how to live every day like it's your last. No longer will you stumble out of bed and waste the first few hours. Instead, you'll learn how to start the day by creating energy and harnessing this power to focus on ONE breakthrough goal that will make a difference in your life.

A morning routine is simple and effective. It's easy to tailor to your unique circumstances and goals. And, best of all, it's tested. Inside this book, you'll discover the proven strategies to help you get the most out of those precious first few hours.

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    Use 25 tips to get a full night's rest

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    Use 15 examples to find your perfect daily goal activity

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Inside Out- A Second Chances Novella by Heather D'Agostino

Inside Out- A Second Chances Novella by Heather D'Agostino
$0.99

He was the ultimate playboy, she the queen of one-night stands. What happens when the two meet?
Try as they might, Colin Simon and Amy Andrews can’t seem to stay away from one another. Their undeniable chemistry and past relationships have them spending their days lusting after each another and their nights hot and bothered.
How long will it be before one of them gives in to their desires and crosses that imaginary line?
Brought together by chance, kept together by desire…

This book is intended for an adult audience. It contains profanity and sexual situations and may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.



Blogging From the Heart: A Romance Novella by Mona Ingram

Blogging From the Heart: A Romance Novella by Mona Ingram
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NOTE: this book was previously released as Between a Jock and a Hard Place.

Even though she's surrounded by hockey-crazed family and friends, Claire doesn't follow the Vancouver Canucks. Her brother has played hockey all of his life and has a promising career in the minors, but that's as far as her interest goes. So when she meets a large, handsome man with a broken nose she doesn't recognize him as a key player for the Canucks.

Jack is intrigued with the notion of getting to know a woman who doesn't know who he is; someone who isn't attracted to him because of his fame.

When Claire's brother Cam is injured in a hockey game, she offers to blog anonymously for a local newspaper about the hot-button topic violence in hockey, unaware that Jack will be presenting the opposing view.

Meanwhile, the attraction grows between Claire and Jack, but can they survive the inevitable clash as they discover each other's true identity?

Blogging From the Heart is a novella-length Sweet Romance, at slightly over 25,000 words.

Excerpt from Blogging From the Heart

Set-up: Claire’s twin brother, a hockey player, has been injured in a game and she has agreed to blog about violence in hockey for a local Vancouver newspaper.

Her opening salvo was critical. She may not be an experienced writer, but she knew that she had to grab the reader’s attention with her first sentence. With a groan of frustration she got up and walked to the window. The sun had burned off the morning mist and the ocean glittered with reflected sunshine. Maybe what she needed was a walk to clear her head. Just a short walk along the seawall and then she’d come back inspired and make a fresh start.
It was sunny but cool. She pulled on a turtle neck sweater, a pair of sweats and a fleece jacket. Her oldest, most comfortable walkers completed the outfit.
It seemed as though half the population of the West End had decided on a walk, but that didn’t surprise her. Vancouverites knew enough to take advantage of days like this. Who knew when the next one would come around? The constant hum of traffic faded into the background as she made her way along the seawall, past the yacht basin. Seagulls swirled overhead, their cries blending with the clink of rigging against metal masts. She smiled and walked closer to the railing. If Zoey were here, she’d be on her case for checking out the boats instead of the men jogging past. She glanced out of the corner of her eye. Especially that one. She couldn’t see his face very well, hidden as it was by a hoodie, but he was tall, broad-shouldered, and moved like an athlete.
Forget it, she told herself as he jogged past. I’m not interested in him or any other man.
So why had her heart ratcheted up at the sight of him?
You’re pathetic she told herself and pushed away from the railing to continue her walk.
She didn’t see it coming...literally. One moment she was walking along, trying to focus on the blog and the next she was sprawled on the pavement.
The biker stopped, but remained on his bike. “Hey, you should watch where you’re going,” he said angrily.
Me? Look who’s talking. You’re not supposed to be riding a bike along here.” She pulled herself up into a sitting position. “There are bike lanes for people like you.”
Get a life, bitch.” He pushed off and rode away.
Claire shook her head in disbelief. “Stupid ass,” she muttered.
May I offer you a hand, or would that make me a stupid ass too?”
She looked up to see the man in the black hoodie. He had his hand out but it was his face she was drawn to. How could someone be so appealing when their nose had obviously been broken? His smile was dazzling. “Come on” he said, wiggling his fingers. “At least let me help you up.”
She placed her hand in his and a jolt of electricity zinged through her body. The sensation was so unexpected she didn’t even notice the pain in her ankle. That is, until she put her weight on it and almost collapsed. He caught her in his arms and looked down into her eyes, his expression a mixture of surprise and concern.
You’re hurt,” he said, still holding her.
Claire wanted to tell him that if he kissed her, she was pretty sure the pain would disappear. Instead, she pulled back and put her weight on her good foot. “I must have fallen on it” she said, somewhat breathlessly, “but it’s not all that bad.” She looked back toward her apartment building; she could see a slice of it between the other buildings. “I can put my weight on it if I try.”
Let me take you home,” he said, supporting her easily. “My car is over there in the parking lot.”
She frowned. “Isn’t that a private lot?”
He grinned. “Yes. Lucky for us, huh?” He kept an arm around her waist and they made their way to his SUV, where he fussed over her, settling her in the passenger seat.
He’d pushed back the hood of his sweatshirt and when he walked in front of the vehicle, the sun caught his hair. So black it was almost blue, it covered his head in curls and her fingers tensed as she imagined herself touching it. He looked up as though he knew she’d been studying him and their gazes met though the windshield. Rough stubble covered his cheeks and she discovered that his eyes, which she’d originally thought were black, were a dark blue. She didn’t think she’d ever seen anyone with eyes that colour.
He got into the vehicle and turned to her. “Do you have to go right home?”
No, I thought I’d go dancing.” The words were out before she could stop them. What was the matter with her? “Sorry,” she muttered. “I don’t know what made me say that.”
He didn’t seem to mind. “I’m just relieved that we don’t have to go dancing,” he said with a wry smile. “But if your ankle really isn’t too bad I thought maybe we could go for a coffee.” He looked into her eyes and her stomach did a little flip. “Or a tea, perhaps. We could drive up to Prospect Point and grab some takeout then continue around the park.”
Was he crazy to think she’d go off with him? She couldn’t possibly.
Okay,” she said. “I’d like that.”
He smiled and pulled out. Traffic through the park was busy as usual and they were swept along. A few minutes later he pulled into the parking lot at Prospect Point. “What can I get you?” he asked.
A tea, I think. Two milk, no sugar. And something to nibble on if they have anything small. Chocolate chip cookie or something like that.” She dug in her purse. “I’d like to pay, if you don’t mind.”
He gave her an odd look. “No way.”
She gave in gracefully. “Shall I limp over to one of those tables?”
He glanced at the outdoor tables. “I’d rather stop farther along. There are a couple of picnic tables overlooking the water.” He lifted his shoulders. “If you don’t mind, that is.”
I guess that’s okay.” She studied him as he made his way to the counter. The line-up moved quickly, and she noticed him chatting to several people as he waited. One woman seemed to be taking his picture with her husband, and then he took their picture. And then another couple got in on the act. Pictures were being taken all around. He came back bearing a cardboard tray with two cups and a couple of snacks.
Were those people taking your picture?” she asked.
He coloured. “You saw that, did you? I offered to take one of them together and then everybody was taking everyone else. They were Swedes, I think. They’re polite people.” He handed her the tray. “No cookies, I’m afraid. But I got you a Rice Krispie square and a package of Twinkies.”
My favourites,” she said. “Do I have to share?”
Not really” he said, “although I am rather partial to Twinkies and there are two in the package.”
Claire fell silent as they drove around the knob of land that was Stanley Park. His actions were vaguely reminiscent of Harrison’s. He’d never wanted to go where there were crowds of people. It wasn’t until later that she’d realized that he didn’t want to be seen by anyone who knew his wife.
Penny for your thoughts.”
Startled out of her reverie, she turned to face him. She couldn’t ask him point blank...could she?
I was just wondering if you’re married.” Might as well get it over with.
Me?” A horrified look spread over his face. “Definitely not!”
The reply was so emphatic it had to be the truth. She smiled to herself. “I apologize for asking such a personal question, but when you said you didn’t want to stay at Prospect Point it reminded me of someone.” She lowered her head. “Wow, I’ve really dug myself a hole, haven’t I?”
She could feel him looking at her but he remained silent.
I had a bad experience with a married man. He never wanted to go anywhere if he thought he might run into people.” She looked out the window. “I can’t believe I just told you that.”
He nodded. “I can see how something like that would make you cautious, but no, I can assure you I’m not married.” He pulled off into a small parking lot. “See that picnic table over there?” He pointed to a table sheltered by a thick hedge, but with a view of the ocean. “Do you think you can make it that far? I’ll carry the drinks over and come back for you.” He didn’t wait for her reply but took the tray from her and walked it over to the table.
Okay now, we’ll take this part nice and easy.” He helped her from the vehicle and they made their way to the table. “Sit sideways and put your leg up on the bench,” he commanded. “I want to take a look at that ankle.”
Claire was mortified by the condition of her old shoes, but she raised her leg.
Can’t see much,” he muttered. “Do you mind if I take off your shoe?”
She went to pull back, but he had a firm hold on her calf. “I really should have a look.”
She watched his hands as he rotated her foot gently back and forth. They were large as befitted a man of his size. And yet they were gentle as he prodded around her ankle. “Sore?”
A bit, but not as bad as it was.”
He slipped her shoe back on, pulled up her sock and tied her shoe laces. His hair shone in the sunshine and she wanted to reach out and touch it.
His hand lingered for a moment. “Do you have to stand up when you work?”
No, I’m a graphic designer. I work from home.”
His eyes lit up. “My kid sister’s a graphic designer. She works for a magazine in Toronto.” He got up from the bench and moved around to the other side of the table. “My name’s John, by the way.” He popped the lid on his tea and took a sip, watching her over the rim.
I’m Claire.”
He’d positioned her so that she looked out over the ocean. Container ships dotted the horizon. “I don’t know what it is about the ocean, but I love it.”
Me, too.” He turned and looked out, then turned back to her. “I grew up in Saskatchewan, so living out here is a real treat.”
The way you were talking with all those people at the coffee place I thought maybe you’d grown up around here.”
He retreated into himself for a moment and then shrugged. “Just friendly chit chat.”
There was something about the way he spoke, but she couldn’t quite put her finger on it. “Here,” she said, pushing the Twinkies across the table. “You have the Twinkies and I’ll have the Rice Krispie square. That is unless you’d like to share.”
His eyes danced. “Sharing’s good.”
She tore the sticky treat in half and accepted one of the Twinkies. “So, John. What made you move from Saskatchewan to Vancouver?”
Work.” He took a large bite of Twinkie.
What kind of work?”
He swallowed, and washed it down with a gulp of tea. “I sell sporting equipment.”
Do you like it?”
I do, except for all the travel.”
So you travel a lot?” She stopped abruptly. “You know, I’m beginning to sound like I’m at one of those speed dating things.”
Is that what this is?” He raised an eyebrow in challenge. “A date?”
No, not at all.” Now she was getting flustered. “Listen, I’m not usually this nosy, trust me. Do you think I could blame it on the ankle?”
There was that smile again. “You could try.” He raised his cup and took a smaller sip this time. “How about you? Are you from around here?”
Oh yeah. I’m a Vancouver girl. Grew up in West Vancouver.”
Family?”
I have a twin brother.” Her thoughts turned to Cam, who’d been discharged from hospital yesterday. He’d agreed to spend a week with their parents but she knew he wouldn’t last much longer than that. He’d been living on his own too long and was set in his bachelor ways.
A twin. Wow. Is it true what they say? Do you like the same things?”
She thought for a moment before replying. “We have the same quirky sense of humour, and we’re both a little stubborn, but I don’t share his main passion.”
And what’s that?”
Hockey.”
He pulled back as though personally offended. “You don’t like hockey?”
You see?” She edged forward on the bench. “That’s exactly what I’ve been up against my whole life. My brother was skating as soon as he could walk and my Dad was one of those hockey parents who supported him every inch of the way. He loves the sport. It’s the main topic of conversation in our house all year round.”
She was coming dangerously close to spilling the beans about Cam, and his injury. But she couldn’t risk anyone connecting her with the blog...not if she was to maintain her anonymity.
So you hate the game? Do you ever watch?”
I didn’t say I hate it. I’m just up to here with it.” She tapped herself under the chin. “Although I have been known to go to sports bars once in a while. With my girlfriend and her fiancĂ©, not on my own.” She paused. “But even then, I don’t watch. Do you ever go to sports bars?”
He looked amused. “No.” It came out slowly.
She leaned forward again. “Did you know that even the women dress up in those ridiculous Canucks shirts? As a matter of fact I’ve heard that they sell as many to women as they do to the men.”
He seemed to be trying not to smile. “Yes, I’ve heard that too.”
They were both silent for a few moments. It felt comfortable, sitting here with him in the sunshine. She wished it could go on forever.
Claire was the first to break the silence. “Could I ask you something?”
He nodded. She liked the fact that he didn’t always need to speak.
Do you think there’s too much violence in hockey?”
Something shifted behind his eyes. “That’s a hot topic right now.” He looked into his cup, tossed out the remaining liquid and crumpled it in one large hand. “Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s one clear-cut answer. To lump every situation together under the umbrella of violence doesn’t do justice to the individual cases.”
She snorted. “That sounds like some sort of a slick, prepared statement.”
Was that a flash of anger in his eyes? He placed both forearms on the table. “I will admit I’ve thought a lot about it. After all, I am closely connected with the industry.” His gaze held hers. “I’ll tell you what’s violent. A little over a week ago, a young player from the minor leagues suffered a late hit. The latest news is that he’ll be out for the rest of the year. Now I call that violent.”
Claire sucked in a breath of air but he didn’t seem to notice. He was on a roll.
Hockey is a physical game; that’s all there is to it. There are body checks, and there is fighting. The players egg each other on with what they call ‘trash talk’ and fights are inevitable, sometimes even planned. If you’d watch a game you’d see the fans come alive when there’s a fight. Even the players seem to approve. During a fight you’ll see both teams standing up pounding their sticks against the boards.” He sat back, seemed to deflate a little. “That’s the reality of the game. I’m not saying I approve, but that’s the way it is.”
But not all of the players fight. Tony was saying the other night that Daniel and Henrik hardly ever fight. Why is that?”
He looked exasperated. “Because the Sedins are too valuable. We... The Canucks, that is, can’t afford to have them out of the line-up. That’s why teams hire defencemen with muscle. There’s always at least one ‘enforcer’ on a hockey team. Hit our top scorers, we’ll hit you back harder. That sort of thing.”
Claire considered his words. “I suppose I knew that, but it’s never been explained to me quite that well. Not that you’ve changed my mind about the fighting. I still don’t like that part of the game.”
Who’s Tony?” He was toying with the scrunched-up cup.
Huh?” the abrupt change of topic startled her. “Oh, Tony. That’s Zoey’s fiancĂ©.”
He nodded. “And Zoey is your friend?” One side of his mouth hiked up. “I like to keep the line-up straight in my head.”
Yes, she’s my friend.” Claire was relieved to see him smile. “So how did you get that broken nose?”
He fingered the break. “You’re going to love this. Hockey.” He held up a hand before she could say anything. “I ran into my best buddy’s stick.” He touched it again and he smiled, reliving the moment. “I can still hear the sound it made. Anyway, my parents were away and I insisted that it wasn’t too bad, that I could tape it up myself.” He grinned. “Well, you can see what a great job I did.”
Claire tilted her head to one side. “I dunno. I kind of like it.”
Sure you do.”
Yeah, I do,” she said, suddenly breathless. She made a show of looking at her watch. “Guess I’d better get home. I have work to do. I just went out for a quick walk to clear my head.” She was babbling, but couldn’t seem to stop.
Before we leave could I ask you a question?” He grinned. “Since we’re telling our life stories.”
Is that what we’re doing?” She wished he wasn’t so damned good looking; he had her at a disadvantage. “You can ask. I’m not sure if I’ll answer.”
He acknowledged by raising his eyebrows. “I was wondering about that married man.”
She looked at him for a long time before she decided to answer. She’d brought it up, after all.
It’s embarrassing.” She couldn’t meet his eyes. “I didn’t know he was married when I first met him. He told me a couple of weeks later, but he also told me a pack of lies.”
Seems to me he’s the one who should be embarrassed, not you.”
She shot him a quick glance, and then looked away again. “No, I’m embarrassed because I believed him when he told me he was getting a divorce. It’s only the oldest line in the world, but I swallowed it.” She ran her fingernail up and down the Styrofoam cup, making a pattern of ridges. “When I saw him with his wife and realized that they were still very much together I thought I’d never be able to trust a man again.” She looked into his eyes. “It’s been hard.”


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cupid's Mistake by Chantilly White Review

Title: Cupid's Mistake
Author: Chantilly White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 124
Price: $2.99
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Party-girl Allison Kelly has it all--great friends, a flourishing business, and an active sex life. She's beautiful, busy and blissfully fulfilled, with no time or inclination for a relationship. Sure, she suffers the occasional twinge of loneliness. Who doesn't? But if her latest boy-toy is unavailable, there's always another one at her friend's dating service, Cupid's Cavalry.

Life has been anything but a party for Benjamin Turner. Orphaned at fifteen, widowed at twenty-three, he traveled the world on self-imposed exile, but he couldn't outrun the loneliness eating away his soul. Finally home again, he's dedicated to serious endeavors--ending world hunger, providing clean water--not partying. But he's also ready to give life and love another chance. It's Cupid's Cavalry to the rescue. Maybe.

He's looking for stability. She wants a good time. Will Cupid's arrow find its mark this Valentine's Day, or will their pairing prove to be Cupid's biggest mistake?
Review:

I'll admit that at first I really couldn't stand the main character. However, it worked out perfectly. Allison is such a stark contrast to Ben that the story wouldn't be the same if Allison had been any other way. This was a fast-paced read that is the perfect light romance during these cold winter months. If you love contemporary romance, there's a good chance you'll enjoy Cupid's Mistake by Chantilly White.

Murder Takes The Cake (Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries) by Gayle Trent

Murder Takes The Cake (Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries) by Gayle Trent
$7.69

A routine cake delivery becomes a culinary nightmare when a small-town baker discovers her first client’s dead body in this irresistible new mystery series. It’ll take more than a little sugar to convince folks Daphne Martin’s freshly baked spice cake was not to blame for the mysterious death of town gossip Yodel Watson. Getting her new cake decorating business, Daphne’s Delectable Cakes, off the ground is hard enough now that Daphne’s moved back to her southern Virginia hometown, but orders have been even slower since she found Yodel’s body. She soon realizes, however, that just about everybody in town had a reason to poison the cantankerous busybody, from the philandering pet shop owner, to Yodel’s church potluck nemesis, to the Save-A-Buck’s cranky produce manager-turned-bagger. Now, to help prove she’s no confectionary killer, Daphne recruits her old flame, Ben Jacobs, editor of the local newspaper, and quickly stirs up a long-hidden family scandal that just might hold the secret ingredient she needs to solve the case. All she’s got to do is roll up her sleeves and get her hands a little dirty before the real culprit decides that taking sweet revenge on Daphne will be icing on the cake.

Starlet's Web (The Starlet Series, #1) by Carla J. Hanna

Starlet's Web (The Starlet Series, #1) by Carla J. Hanna
$2.99

FROM AWARD WINNING AUTHOR CARLA J. HANNA

Love. Lies. Acting. Hollywood entangles talented teen actress.
Liana Marie Michael writes her first memoir, Starlet's Web, as she deals with the consequences of being a teen actor, torn between mixed-messages from Hollywood's focus on being sexy. She talks in monologues and thinks in scripts as do her entertainment industry-consumed peers. Her love-interest, student athlete Manuel Biro, provides an alternative perspective. But as truths are revealed, what is real is in question.
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I'm actress Liana Marie Michael. I won an Oscar at 17 but whatever. Really. Celebrity is what it is: marketing a product. I'm part of a tight-knit group of kids of celebrities. I keep to myself and don't complain about my life. I've been happy until lately.

Evan dumping me leveled me. Matthew shocked me. I knew he couldn't hurt me with my bodyguard so near, but his eyes...so I have trust issues. Dating super-hot Byron didn't help clear the confusion either. I'm torn between going to church on Sunday and making a living from pop culture.

But experience builds perspective. My days of shutting up needed to end. First, I told Manuel. Then I told my mom. It turned out awesome until I learned the truth.

Now I'm screwed. Totally. Let's face it: Hollywood's web entangles everyone.

Winner of the January 21, 2013 IBD Award!

---Genres: YA contemporary romance, teen love and romance, young adult, coming of age fiction, new adult fiction, edgy inspirational romance, multicultural romance. Contains premarital sex and mild swearing.

An Aria for Nick (Song of Suspense) by Hallee Bridgeman

An Aria for Nick (Song of Suspense) by Hallee Bridgeman
$4.99

The Only Man who can Save her Life
Has been Dead for a Decade...

Raised in a loving home, Aria Suarez dreamed of becoming a professional pianist happily married to her high school crush. After the only boy who ever caught her eye dies a hero's death and her wrist is shattered along with her future plans, she turns her brilliant musical mind to nuclear engineering and solving mysteries of science.

Abandoned to an abusive father at five, Nick Williams grew up dreaming of escape; of enlisting in the Army and leaving his wretched life behind; of proving himself worthy of the girl he loves. But the crucible of combat offers only the escape of death.

A decade later, Aria uncovers a nuclear plot that threatens the heart of our very nation. Sinister forces surround and threaten her when, out of nowhere, the man who reportedly died so many years before returns as if from the grave — intent on protecting her.

Has God finally joined them together?

Or is Aria doomed to mourn Nick twice?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Snowmen In Paradise (Book 2 Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries) by Kathi Daley Review

Title: Snowmen in Paradise
Series: Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Mysteries, Book 2
Author: Kathi Daley
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Pages: 284
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

Winter Carnival comes to Serenity and with it Tj finds her schedule busier than ever. Not only is her ski and snowboard team heavily involved in demonstrations and local competitions, but her rag tag choir is about to debut in their first live performance. To make matters even more complicated Maude and Mille are in town for their wedding to Abe and Andy, and someone has killed Travis Davidson, a favorite town son, world-class snowboarder, and Olympic hopeful. Tj is determined not to get involved in the subsequent investigation until she finds out that the prime suspect in his murder is Chelsea Hanson, high school boyfriend Hunter Hanson’s sister. Although there is no shortage of Sereninites with a grudge against the hometown hero, even Tj has to admit that there is good cause to suspect Chelsea of the murder. Everyone saw Chelsea and Travis arguing just an hour prior to the discovery of his bloodied body. Everyone saw Chelsea storm off in the same direction in which Travis left the scene of the argument. The murder weapon turns out to be Chelsea’s ice axe, the same one she’d used just that afternoon for the ice climbing competition. To make matters worse Chelsea has no alibi for the time of Travis’ death. In spite of the fact that everything points to Chelsea Tj knows she couldn’t have done it. Balancing bridesmaid duties, Winter Carnival obligations, and show choir duty, with after-hours investigation, Tj sets out to prove Sheriff Boggs wrong.

Review:

I love Kathi Daley's work and was so excited to finally read Book 2 in the Tj Jensen series. I'll admit that I had a bit of trouble getting into this book, but once the book picked up, I couldn't put it down and read most of the book in one afternoon. While I do like the Zoe Donovan series better, the Tj Jensen series is an enjoyable series with great characters and endings that you never see coming. Snowmen in Paradise is a wonderful winter read that you'll love unwinding with and leaves you hanging, waiting for what will happen between Tj and Dylan. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Embrace: Fated Saga, Book 3 by Rachel Humphrey-D'aigle Review

Title: Embrace
Series: Fated Saga, Book 3
Author: Rachel Humphrey-D'aigle
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 196
Price: $2.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

A magical destiny to embrace in this enchanted third installment in the Fated Saga.

In the land of the Goblin King, magic is strictly forbidden! Nevertheless, this does not stop Colin Jacoby from using the Magicante as a smoke screen while he searches for his missing dream girl, Catrina Flummer.

At the same time, his mind reading twin sister, Meghan, is mortified to learn she will be working alongside the Svoda’s newest Initiate, Ivan Crane, on a quest for Juliska Blackwell. She knows their journey will be fraught with peril, but also feels confident that Ivan and Meghan will work well together, as Firemancer and Initiate… to retrieve something the Goblin King has stolen. Moreover, if this stolen item is not recovered, the magical world will once again be on the verge of doom.

Through extenuating circumstances, Colin, Meghan and Ivan, along with a few more unexpected guests, journey into the magical realm of the Goblins only to make a forced retreat, with the entire Goblin army following in their wake!

Can they make it back in time to sound the warning? Will they be able to dethrone the Goblin King?

A new magical power just might make it possible for one of the twins. But will this new power also be their undoing? Leading them down a dark path where the only outcome is death!

Review:

This isn't one of those series that gets more and more boring with each release. Each book in the Fated Saga is better than the last. What I really love is the true fantasy elements. Take the Goblin King, for example. This is what fantasy is all about. The author has created such a well-developed cast of characters and storyline that it's impossible not to become fully immersed when reading each book. You'll quickly wonder where the day went when you finally come up for a breather.

Lost in New Falls (Lost in Love Series) by Cherie Marks - $0.99 Goodie!

Lost in New Falls (Lost in Love Series) by Cherie Marks
$0.99

Twenty-eight-year-old Kate Delaney left New Falls, Tennessee, heartbroken but determined to be a successful screenwriter. She’s spent the last ten years in LA, but is back in town, fifty pounds lighter, California hotter, and she’s written The End on a screenplay, which is movie magic in the making. Just one problem—a nerve-nuking thief runs-off with her laptop, attached USB back-up, and the contents of her underwear drawer—and as if that wasn’t enough, the heartbreaker from ten years ago just walked through the door with a sheriff’s badge and looking more hormone-carbonating than ever.

Quentin Taylor likes the new and improved Kate, but to be honest, his feelings aren’t new. When a teen-aged Kate bloomed, her older brother Reese established a no-look, no-touch, no-anything else rule. Quentin figured it was the anything else that worried him most. Attractive then, now she was irresistible, and he needed to know one thing. Was touching her still off-limits?

Despite a meddling, matchmaking mother, a gossiping dispatcher/receptionist with an obsession for orange, and a small-town burglar who steals thimble collections, garden tools, and underwear, Quentin and Kate search for her missing script and try not to fall for each other as they get Lost in New Falls.

Suckers Go To Hell Book # 4 (San Francisco Vampires) by Jessica McBrayer Review

Title: Suckers Go to Hell
Series: San Francisco Vampires, Book 4
Author: Jessica McBrayer
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 78
Price: $0.99
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

What do you wear to a Holiday dinner party in Hell with your in-laws? When the Vampire Hannah falls in love with Diel, a hot Demon, things warm up in more ways than one. Her Life-mate’s parents, insist on meeting Hannah, so it’s off to Hell they’re bound. First Lily, Hannah’s BFF and a fashionista, takes the Goth girl in hand. Who knew she had legs? Everyone is stunned and ambiguous about the new look, a designer babe Ganja Girl. Of course you can’t go to Hell for the Holidays without your Hell Hound and you probably need to bring a devastatingly handsome Djinn friend, to get your back, just in case the in-laws aren’t as friendly as they claim to be. Hannah’s new duds aren’t the only surprises in store in this humorous paranormal Christmas tale.

Review:

I absolutely LOVE this entire series, but the books about Hannah are my favorite. This book did not disappoint. It was impossible to put down and such a fun read. Jessica McBrayer is an amazing paranormal romance author that I highly recommend checking out. Trust me, you'll love this series!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Air Singer (The Cantors) by K. Huber Review

Title: The Air Singer
Series: The Cantors, Book 1
Author: K. Huber
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 250
Price: $2.99 or FREE for Prime Members
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

She must learn to control her element. He must learn to control his desire.
A paranormal romance unlike any other...

Tally Chambers is content with her quiet, undemanding life. She works as a tarot reader during the day and plays open mics at night. Her simple utopia is shattered when the attractive Roland Stokes sits at her table. She is elated at his sudden interest in her, but soon discovers his true motivation.

Roland reveals that she is the Air Singer, one of four people in this generation who can control the elements. He is her paladin, sent to protect her from those who would cause her harm.

Tally is quickly thrown into a battle between two ancient societies. The Cadence want to protect her. The Spina want to kill her. All over a power she never asked for.

Review:

An interesting and unique storyline and an amazing debut novel. The Air Singer by K. Huber is unlike anything I've ever read before and is such an enjoyable read. I loved the opening scene where Tally gets pissed and rains down hell on her cheating boyfriend. The book is just a fun read that you're going to enjoy it if you love paranormal romance or urban fantasy novels. This author is extremely talented and I can't wait to see more from her.

Dating a Cougar (Never Too Late Series) by Donna McDonald Review

Title: Dating a Cougar
Series: Never Too Late Series
Author: Donna McDonald
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Pages: 282
Price: FREE
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Book Synopsis:

After several decades of looking for true love and never finding it, aging model and lingerie designer, Alexa Ranger, has finally given up the search. A couple years ago, she got tired of the game completely and just stopped dating. Now friends and family keep her mostly content, so it’s shocking at 50 yrs old to find herself suddenly wanting a sex life again. It’s even more shocking to be attracted to a much younger man this time. She definitely thinks medically retired Marine, Casey Carter is sexy, but can’t get passed their twelve year age difference to even consider a fling. Not that it matters anyway, anything resembling a normal dating relationship is totally out of the question because Casey is related to and living with her daughter’s boyfriend. The very last thing Alexa needs is yet another talk-show worthy drama in her already complicated life, no matter how amazing Casey’s kisses make her feel.

Review:

Dating a Cougar by Donna McDonald is a fun read that pulls you in from the first page. While it's intended for an audience older than myself, I still found it an enjoyable read. I think every woman over the age of 29 can identify with getting older. McDonald explores the issues of getting older, while also having fun with the idea. Those that enjoy romantic comedies that are sexy and incorporate good friendships are going to enjoy this book.

To Love a Highland Dragon (Dragon Lore) by Ann Gimpel

To Love a Highland Dragon (Dragon Lore) by Ann Gimpel
$4.99


A modern day psychiatrist and a dragon shifter stranded in time can't escape their destiny, no matter how unlikely it seems.


In a cave deep beneath Inverness, a dragon shifter stirs and wakens. The cave is the same and his hoard intact, yet Lachlan senses something amiss. Taking his human form, he ventures above ground with ancient memories flooding him. But nothing is the same. His castle has been replaced by ungainly row houses. Men aren’t wearing plaids, and women scarcely wear anything at all.

In Inverness for a year on a psychiatry fellowship, Dr. Maggie Hibbins watches an oddly dressed man pick his way out of a heather and gorse thicket. Even though it runs counter to her better judgment, she teases him about his strange attire. He looks so lost—and so unbelievably handsome —she takes him to a pub for a meal, to a barbershop, and then home. Along the way the hard-to-accept truth sinks in: he has to be a refugee from another era.

Never a risk-taker, Maggie finds her carefully constructed life changed forever. Swept up in an ancient prophecy that links her to Lachlan and his dragon, she must push the edges of the impossible to save both the present and her heart.

The Demon Of Synar (Forced To Serve) by Donna McDonald - FREEBIE!

The Demon Of Synar (Science Fiction Romance) (Forced To Serve) by Donna McDonald
FREE

Being captain of his own rescue ship is the life Liam Synar has always dreamed of living. Being master of a hereditary demon is not. Coveting Malachi's power, his exiled evil brother hunts him, wanting to capture the demon that Liam's life mate now unknowingly hosts. Putting Malachi inside Ania two years ago had been an act to save her when she almost died saving his. If only the demon hadn't killed again.

Excerpt:

Watching her now, his body clamored to go to her. Demon or not, he still wanted Ania Looren with the same raging need he had felt the first time. And now he wanted her even more desperately after all the time they’d been apart. Shades of Kellnor, why couldn’t he have realized this was going to happen two years ago?
Ania stopped moving when she felt Synar’s thoughts. “You didn’t figure it out two years ago because you only allowed yourself to think of one option, which was staying away. You accuse me of hiding truths, but you lied about coming back for me. That’s why I filed the mating dissolution form. I no longer wished to be at the mercy of your indecisive mind that changes like the shifting winds of Terlon.”
Synar went to the wall rack, picked out a defense staff matching hers, and walked to the mat. “Fine. You think you know my intentions and true feelings. Make me leave you alone.”
“I am Khalsa. It is easily done.” Ania sliced the air around her, following the staff with a sweeping glare.
“I disagree. Eventually, I will figure out how to appease you, Ania. Maybe I do deserve some of your wrath, but I won’t fall at your feet as quickly as Gwen. If you defeat me fairly, I’ll heed your demands. If I win, you must agree to forgive me.”
“You can’t defeat me, Synar. Have you ever won a fight with Dorian?”
“Dorian isn’t here. And he isn’t you,” Synar said sharply, smiling at Ania’s confidence. He was now getting excited at the prospect of getting his hands on her. “Dorian says I’m getting closer to defeating him. He says I’m faster than I used to be. After centuries of not fighting, you’re way out of practice. I figure that gives me a fair chance.”
Ania snorted. “How can you talk about being fair? You tricked me into your bed the first time with promises of affection and declarations of need that would have wooed any female. I still don’t know why I agreed.”
Synar’s answer was to smile wickedly at her confession. Her body shivered in response. A frisson of awareness zipped along her nerve endings, and what followed was so unfamiliar Ania almost didn’t recognize how aroused she suddenly was. The feeling was so disconcerting that it felt like illness to her.
“I remember our first bonding time like it happened only moments ago. I was just as desperate for you then as I am right now,” Synar said quietly, never taking his eyes from her.
Her life force pushed and pressed against every cell until Ania spun her defense staff to create a wider distance between them. Seeing him retreat was a reminder to her body not to betray her to this male. It was also a reminder to Synar that she wasn’t receptive to his words, no matter what she was feeling.
“Speak with Dorian. He can help you get some physical relief,” Ania instructed, lifting her chin.
“So can you,” Synar said, smiling again because he could see she was distressed. Beyond that though was more—much more. And he wanted to know what it was.

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