Monday, February 29, 2016

Upon a Midnight Dream (London Fairy Tales #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

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A Regency retelling of Sleeping Beauty... 

"I release you..." were the last words Rosalind remembered before her world went black. Stefan, the future duke of Montmouth, no doubt thought his words were welcomed but he couldn't have been more wrong. Oh, he was handsome as a pagan Norse god, but that was unimportant when her life as well as those of her family hung in the balance. 

With less than six weeks left, Rosalind has stopped believing in the fairy tale, the prince on the white horse, and the stolen kiss that would awaken her from her worst nightmares. Resigned to her fate, she waits for the inevitable curse to run it’s course. 

"We must marry at once!" Stefan declared, fully expecting Rosalind to be delighted that he had come to save her, but he was sorely mistaken. Rosalind was no simpering docile female; she was a fiery temptress with a stubborn streak only matched by his horse, Samson. Insulting, infuriating, intoxicating and alluring enough to drive a man mad. Stefan found himself thankful for the curse that required him marry her, thankful for the betrothal contract he had so recently tried to release her from...With the fortitude of a sailor shipwrecked, abandoned, and a solider warring for his life Stefan decides to lay siege to the greatest prize, Rosalind's heart.


Upon a Midnight Dream was such a fun read. I can be kind of picky with my old timey romances, but this one was so much fun I just didn't care. Such a great read. The story was completely ridiculous in a way that I love so much. 

Rosalind has been promised to wed the heir of Montmouth. She also suffers from sleeping spells. She thought she was getting better, but then she falls asleep right when she meets Stefan, the new man she is to marry. Stefan who has recently come back to town. Stefan who his family believed dead as he was shipwrecked. Stefan who releases her from her marriage contract. 

Once they both decide to not honor the wedding contract bad things start happening. There is an old wives tale that there is a curse if the two families are not kept connected. If they do not marry before the end of the year all of their family members shall perish. Both of their fathers have already passed away, Stefan's brother is not doing well, it is just not looking good. And Rosalind has been sent off to die alone, her family hoping that if they stay separated from her the curse will not affect them. Finally it seems the only thing left to do is for them to get married so Stefan sets out at once to do just that. 

Oh Stefan was fun. Rosalind is not going to just marry him because of the curse. She wants to marry for love. She wants to be wooed. She wants romance and oh, poor Stefan. He just is not very good in the romance department. He tries, but Rosalind is just too beautiful. Whenever he is around her he cannot think straight. It was so much fun watching him try to win her over. Really ridiculous in all the best of ways. It made me laugh time and time again. I loved reading this story. Rosalind and Stefan were just perfect together. 

Also I did really like that even though they were both super attracted to each other Stefan refused to do anything but kiss Rose before they were married. Oh the conversations and situations Stefan gets himself into were just hilarious. I loved it. He just isn't sure what he is doing, how to win Rose's heart, but boy does he try. She doesn't always see it as such and tries to steal her heart against him, but it just doesn't work. She can't help but fall for the barbarian. It was really cute. Highly recommend this read as it is just plain fun. I can't wait to read more in this series. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Death of a Rock Star (The Boy in the Band #0.5) by N.J. Frost

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This book is intended for a mature audience 18+ 
It contains strong language, sex and references to drug use.

“Troubled rock star Jamie Grimes was found dead at his London home earlier today.” 

So there you have it. Jamie is dead… and it's no surprise. 
A victim of his addictions - his love of drugs and his love for her.

Sylvie Smith isn’t just any girl. 
She was my best friend’s girl. 
No, not just his girl, she was his downfall. 
She’s the last woman on earth I should want, 
but the instant I set eyes on her I know. 
She will be my downfall too… 

Thrown together in the aftermath of Jamie’s death, Blake and Sylvie's worlds are set to collide. Are they a disaster waiting to happen or an epic love story about to begin? 

Find out in this prequel novella to THE BOY IN THE BAND. 


Death of a Rock Star was an okay read. I guess I should preface this by saying I am not really into rock star romances. I don't really like famous people in my stories so I was wanting to read this prequel novella before diving into the full length book, The Boy in the Band. Just to see if it would be my thing or not. 

This short story started off not so good for me. I just didn't like Sylvie at all, I didn't know enough about her to feel for her or even understand why she would be the way she was. And Blake? He made even less sense to me. As soon as he saw Sylvie he turned into this almost stalker obsessed with her and I have no idea why. She apparently is so beautiful men folk cannot help themselves and are just gaga over her instantly. Odd. So he was not good for me in the beginning. Sylvie was his best friend Jamie's girlfriend, the girlfriend who untimely was Jamie's downfall. The girlfriend who cheated on Jamie all the time as she apparently can't not sleep with every guy she comes across, but Jamie loved her and that sent him into a downward spiral that lead to his death. Yeah. 

So I was reading and just eh on the whole thing. Blake finally starts to try and pull himself together, not be so obsessed with her. He also plays in a band, but he doesn't want to go big time like his bandmates. And Sylvie? Well she just gets on with it and sleeps with rock stars and does her thing. It was just...not my favorite but not the worst either. It's just not my thing really. But then I read the sneak peak at The Boy in the Band and it made me really curious to see what happens next. Sylvie seemed to be different than the girl I had just read about, not as like maybe I wouldn't hate her. And Blake? I loved his hatred for Sylvie that he is using to try and hide how much he wants her. So maybe I will give the full story a try. See how everything works out for these two. 

Overall this was just an okay read. Really I wish we would have learned more about Jamie and Sylvie's relationship. Seen why he would have taken his life and what actually happened. Maybe that is in the next book. We shall see.

Rating: ★ ★

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Magic Kiss (Hope Falls #11) by Melanie Shawn

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He’d lost his best friend… 
Logan Dorsey left the military and his job as an undercover detective, but he still couldn’t shake the nightmares that haunted him. The only thing that had ever silenced the horrors for the chiseled former Marine was the one woman that was untouchable for so many reason… 

She’d lost her husband… 
Emma Locke wrote romantic stories for a living despite the fact that her happily-ever-after had been taken away years ago. The gorgeous, blue-eyed, twenty-six year old widow and single mom had nothing in her life to connect her with the love and heat she needed to write about. Nothing to inspire that kind of passion...except the one man that was off limits. 

They say time heals all wounds, but can it also be enough to grow new love? 


I really enjoy this Hope Falls series, love most every book in it, but I was hesitant to start reading Magic Kiss. Not sure why, but the synopsis sounded just so so to me. I put it off for a little bit, but I should have known I would end up loving it and just read it straight away. Logan and Emma are so cute together! I loved them and their little family they created. 

Logan's and his best friend were both in the military. Only his best friend never made it home like Logan did. His friends one wish was for him to look after his wife and son. So Logan has been trying to, only he can't get Emma out of his mind. He wants her, and not in the way his friend probably intended. He thinks about her way too often and so he tries to stay away. He knows he can never have her like that, never be with her, but he can't help wanting her all the same. He moves to Hope Falls to be closer to his brother and suddenly invested again father and to try and figure things out. He likes the small town, but he has a photographic memory so he is having a hard time re-connecting with his father. After all he remembers every horrible thing his father has ever said about him and his brothers. 

Emma lost her husband a few years ago and since then she has been devoted to raising her son. She also write romance novels, but lately she just hasn't been able to get the words out. She is lost for inspiration. She hasn't been with anyone since her husband and the one man she keeps thinking about, Logan, is off limits. She is not sure what to do, but she needs to try and figure it out so she can give her son everything he wants/needs. 

When Emma's son, Drew, shows up on Logan's doorstep (his godfather) things get interesting. Drew wants to learn more about his dad. Know what he was like and he figured Logan was the one who could tell him. He tries to talk about him with his mom, but it is just not the same. So he runs off when he is supposed to be in camp and shows up at Logan's house. 

Of course then Emma has to come and pick him up, only they end up staying so she can work uninterrupted and Drew can have some fun this summer with some kids he has become friends with. It was so much fun watching Logan and Emma try not to act on their attraction. Oh, I loved it! Of course they cannot live in the same house together and have nothing happen. There is just too much there between them. I really enjoyed how the author handled everything with the deceased husband/friend. It was hard at first to switch viewing the other as off limits and to not feel bad about what they were doing, but of course in the end they are just meant to be. Such a cute, fun, hot read. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt

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A blackly comic campus satire combined with a heart-breaking family mystery, The Falling Sky brilliantly mixes fiction and astronomy into a fascinating, compelling, and moving narrative.

Jeanette is a young, solitary post-doctoral researcher who has dedicated her life to studying astronomy. Struggling to compete in a prestigious university department dominated by egos and incompetents, and caught in a cycle of brief and unsatisfying affairs, she travels to a mountaintop observatory in Chile to focus on her research. There Jeanette stumbles upon evidence that will challenge the fundamentals of the universe, drawing her into conflict with her colleagues and the scientific establishment, but also casting her back to the tragic loss that defined her childhood.

As the implications of her discovery gather momentum, and her relationships spiral out of control, Jeanette's own grip on reality is threatened, finally forcing her to confront the hidden past. This bittersweet debut novel blends black comedy, heartbreaking tragedy, and fascinatingly accessible science, in an intricate and beautiful examination of one woman's disintegration and journey to redemption.


The Falling Sky was...blah. I am finding it hard to have any feelings towards this book. It was just there. I read words, but it wasn't anything. This is the story of Jeanette and she is so...missing. It is like she is not even in the story even though it is about her. She just seems to be floating along not doing much, not being able to connect with other people, just in this strange world. She was so odd. 

I did like the "then" chapters at first. Jeanette's sister died when she was young and those chapters at first were really interesting. I loved the way she described her world, how her parents were kind of shut down, how she made up stories for where her sister was and all of that. It was really interesting to read, but the "now" chapters were...she is still detached from like everything. She has relationships with people, but I don't even know if she really has them or not. They are non existent in her world so much so that it was just like she is in a fog and I am trying to figure out the story without being able to see everything. I did not enjoy it, but it also just left me feeling ambivalent towards Jeanette. It's hard to even put into word my thoughts since I am just like "meh" when I think of the story. She was kind of like mist - there, but not a substantial thing.

The one thing I will say that I didn't like is all the astronomy in the story. I don't know enough about it to know why her findings would be a big deal and why they would contradict a well known theory. The book does say well this is what it is, this is what it should be, so that means this theory might be wrong, but I don't know enough to make that jump myself. I don't even know what redshifts are so...The book tells you what things mean in the general context, but not what they actually are so if you are like me and know basically nothing about astronomy you won't get it. The first half of the book was especially astronomy heavy and I just skimmed through a lot since I don't know what they were talking about really. Maybe if I could have connected with Jeanette I wouldn't have minded not knowing all of the astronomy, but since I didn't I wanted something to fill that void. 

So yeah. This book is just blah. It is odd as normally I have some feelings towards the story, but this one I just don't. It just is. It exists. It is nothing. Odd. 

Rating: ★ ★

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Release Day: Because of Lucy by Lisa Swallow

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Because of Lucy is now available! This is a new edition that has been fully revised and expanded into a full-length novel! Because of Lucy is the first book in the 'Butterfly Days' series and you can get it now exclusively through Amazon Unlimited, or for .99¢ for a very limited time!

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"In life, there are some people you have to lose in order to find yourself."

Ness’s parents have planned her life but Ness is determined to control her own future. She leaves home and moves to Leeds with childhood friend, Abby, and shocks her parents by turning down a place at medical school to take a job in a call-centre.

Ness meets Evan, a student friend of Abby’s, and isn’t impressed. He’s drunk, arrogant and rarely spends the night without a girl in his bed. But unlike most guys she meets Evan quotes poetry and can hold a conversation, forcing Ness to change her opinion.

Evan is struggling to escape too and throws himself into the student lifestyle to hide from the past following him. In Ness, Evan finds somebody who shares the need to walk away from what people expect him to be.

But Evan can’t hide from his past forever and when Lucy appears she threatens his new relationship with Ness. Ness is unsure she can deal with the effect Lucy has on Evan, and makes a new decision about her future.

When everything falls apart and their new lives and relationship don't go as planned, Ness and Evan are both faced with difficult choices. All because of Lucy.

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About the Author:

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. She is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2001. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband, three children, and Weimaraner, Tilly, who often makes appearances on Lisa’s social media.

Lisa’s first publication was a moving poem about the rain, followed by a suspenseful story about shoes. Following these successes at nine years old there was a long gap in her writing career, until she published her first book in 2013.

In the past, Lisa worked as an English teacher in France, as an advertising copywriter in England, and ran her own business in Australia. Now she spends her days with imaginary rock stars.

She lived in Europe as a child and also travelled when she left university. This has given Lisa stories which would sound far-fetched if she wrote them down, and maybe one day she will. These days, Lisa is happy in her writing cave, under Tilly’s supervision.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Reaper of Stone (Reaper of Stone #1) by Mark Gelineau & Joe King

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A Lady is dead. Her noble line ended. And the King’s Reaper has come to reclaim her land and her home. In the marches of Aedaron, only one thing is for certain. All keeps of the old world must fall. 

Elinor struggles to find her place in the new world. She once dreamed of great things. Of becoming a hero in the ways of the old world. But now she is a Reaper. And her duty is clear. Destroy the old. Herald the new.


A Reaper of Stone was a surprisingly good read. Especially since it is so short. I didn't realize it was a novella when I started, but that didn't really effect the story. 

I was really surprised that a fantasy novel could be such a good read with so few pages. Normally I would have imagined that you need a longer story to be able to set up the world and everything, but somehow this one just worked. You get the information you need about the world and the people organically and it was a good read. 

Elinor is a Reaper. She is in charge or swearing in the new ruler of a land, only when she gets there to do just that some issues arise. She wants to do the right thing, but it just doesn't look like that will be possible. The bad guys, the bullies, usually get what they want. 

Overall I really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read, but had a lot of cool elements. I look forward to reading the next chapter once it is released. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Release Day: Soulless by T.M. Frazier

Woohoo! It is finally here! Soulless is live!! The wait is finally over!

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Prior books in the series (click the title to go to my review):

King Available on
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Tyrant Available on
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Lawless Available on
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About the Author:

T.M. Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and young daughter. When she's not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading, and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. has a beach in it!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Lucky Kiss (Hope Falls #12) by Melanie Shawn

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Lucas “Lucky” Dorsey was at the top of his game in the world of MMA, and his nickname…well, let’s just say the ladies couldn’t get enough of the tattooed bad boy. But then…he met her… 

As the first female firefighter in the Hope Falls Fire Department, Deanna Bishop was focused on making a fresh start in her new town. She was ready to put out fires with the rest of the boys, but the beauty with emerald eyes was never ready for the fire he’d started in her heart… 

She brought him back to life, and he wanted more. He filled her with passion, and she wanted to run. Will Deanna be able to open her heart and let someone fight for her? Will Lucky be able to prove that a Lucky Kiss could lead to more than just that… 


I love these Hope Falls books. Almost all of them have characters I just love and stories I can't put down. Lucky Kiss was no different. It was such a great read. 

Lucky is an MMA fighter. He has been training his whole life to beat this one competitor, and now that he has....he doesn't know what to do. MMA just isn't as important to him now. And, more worryingly, he doesn't seem to be interested in women either. Women always came first for him. He was always sleeping with the most beautiful girls then moving on to the next one. He was never that serious, never wanted to settle down, but that is just not working for him now. He moved to Hope Falls to be closer to his family, to his dad and brothers, and hoping to figure out what is wrong with him. Hoping to get that fire back that he once had. 

Deanna is a firefighter. She is tough and looks out for herself. She doesn't need anyone else and she doesn't trust others easily. Her parents are not very good. Her mom was heartbroken when her father left, she used Deanna to help her own career, she was always on Deanna about how she looked and such. It just wasn't good. But her dad? That was even worse. She saw how athletes are. She spent a summer with her dad and she saw him and his teammates just go through the ladies and such. She told herself she won't date an athlete again, especially after a disastrous first boyfriend. 

When Lucky and Deanna meet it was really cute. Deanna is trying to find Lucky the dog, and Lucky is annoyed that some girl is trying to track him down. They keep running into each other and they are both interested, but trying to stay away. Neither of them need the distraction right now. Of course that doesn't work. They decide to try and be together, but keep things casual. Just one day at a time. Oh it was sweet. They were great together. 

Overall this was a really great read. I loved seeing Lucky and Deanna figure everything out. I loved that when Lucky found her then that was it for him. He was all in and was just amazing. If you have read and enjoyed the other books in this series you won't want to miss this one. If this is your first venture into Hope Falls it will be a good one. I just really enjoy these stories. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh

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Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation" - the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion - and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities - or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.


Slave to Sensation was an alright read. A light, fluff read. Something that was entertaining and good for when you just want something quick and easy to read. 

I really enjoyed a lot of the ideas in Slave to Sensation, but the author didn't always do much with those ideas. I like the world in which it takes place and that the world building didn't detract from the story. It was just there when needed, but didn't feel like we stopped in our tracks to detail everything out. It was just very interesting. 

Sascha is a Psy, someone who is not supposed to feel any emotions. Only she does. She is curious about the world around her, but she has to try and hide that at all costs. If she slips up she will be sent to "rehabilitation" which is worse than death for her. She has seen what happens there. She knows what she would become and she doesn't want it. She can't even escape if she waned to. She, and all of the Psy, are link together on the Psynet. She needs to be linked in to survive so she doesn't have a lot of options besides hide what she really is. 

Lucas is a changeling. He and the other changeling clans are trying to find a killer. A Psy is kidnapping and killing changeling women and no one is doing anything about it. They decide to partner with the Psy on a building project to try and get an in. To try and find the killer. They get partnered with Sascha and right away Lucas is curious about her. She doesn't seem like the typical Psy, cold and unfeeling. And his animal side really likes her as well. 

Lucas and Sascha were sweet together. She has basically no experience with any of this, she is terrified of being found out, but she is also drawn to Lucas. She has been told her whole life that she has no powers, that she is weak and worthless, and she believes that. Only, with the help of Lucas, she realizes that she does have powers, just powers that the Psy don't consider valuable anymore.

Through the whole book there were things that happened that I liked the ideas, only not always the execution. Like the dreams that Sascha and Lucas would have with each other. I thought for sure that they would be used later for something. That Sascha would reach out to him that way for some reason, but no. It was just thrown in there in the beginning to have some sexy time before the characters are really ready for that in real life. And the dreams themselves were a bit...not quite how I would imagine that going for someone who has never been able to touch another person in that way before. Good idea, I just didn't like the execution that much. Things like that. Good ideas, but not always useful to the story.

Overall this was a good read. Light and fun. I enjoyed the bond between Sascha and Lucas, I liked how it was insta attraction that slowly turned to more, I liked the whole Psynet and Psy/Changeling world, I liked how Lucas' animal side was dealt with, I just enjoyed most of the ideas presented in this book. While reading it did remind me of a "classic" romance novel. The way it was written was like the books that would have been shelved under romance at the bookstore when I worked there. Back before we had a billion categories. A good, light read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Red & Wolfe, Part 4 by Ella James

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Return to Rabbit Island for the heart-pounding conclusion to Red and Wolfe's story. Don't forget your extra panties - but this time, you might also want to bring your gun. 


Red & Wolfe, Part 4 is the last part of the Red & Wolfe novella series. It was probably my favorite part. It was a bit more intense dealing with everything that is happening and Wolfe dealing with his past, and it was fun. 

This last section was not so much about the sexy times, but about Wolfe dealing with everything that is happening. Trying to keep Red safe and figure out how to do that with everything that happened with Cookie coming back. It was more intense than the other ones and I was just reading as quickly as I could to see what would happen. 

Overall this series was a fun read. Sure Red was annoying at times, she didn't always make sense to me, but it was enjoyable. It felt kind of like the authors first foray into bdsm writing. It wasn't as intense that way as the later dark, erotic fairy tales from her. It was like bdsm light. I could be wrong about that, but the sexy time just wasn't as intense in that way as I was expecting. A good read, but feels like the author was just getting her feet wet. Really if you enjoyed this series I highly recommend Hansel as a erotic fairy tale taken a step farther.

Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2

Friday, February 19, 2016

Red & Wolfe, Part 3 by Ella James

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Return to Rabbit Island with Red & the illusive Rafe for the hottest serial installment so far. I'd bring at least two pairs of extra panties if I were you.


Yes, Red & Wolfe, Part 3 had more sexy times in it. It was fun, but Red was starting to get on my nerves by the end of this short bit. It was just...she finds out some things and then was just all over the place. It was a bit..I just wanted her to stop, think, maybe ask him her questions, see what happens. It just bugged me a little bit. Still a fun read, but at least see what he says before going all crazy all over the place. 

Wolfe is still intrigued by Red, still wants her to stay for a bit, but Red starts having second thoughts. Does she really know who he is? Has he done what others have said he has? Fun, but not as good as the prior parts. Oh well, I still am eager to see what happens next, especially with the way this one ended!!

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Red & Wolfe, Part 2 by Ella James

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Return to Rabbit Island for the erotic second installment of Red & Wolfe, the sensual story of exiled playboy James Wolfe and writer Sarah "Red" Ryder. This is an erotic fairy tale inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. 


Red & Wolfe, Part 2 was another quick, fun, hot read. Yes, Red is a bit stupid still (who goes out into the ocean when it is dark when you are not familiar with the area? The tides? Anything?), but I enjoyed it. 

This story starts off with a bang, and then Red realizing that she is a bit out of control and that is not like her. She doesn't know what is going on and needs to get some distance from Wolfe. She goes to explore her grandmothers place by herself since she needs some space. 

Wolfe is still intrigued by Red. He likes her and wants her to stay. At least for a bit. Though this ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, a bit of ah! What is going to happen next?!? scenario. I know Red is going to inadvetantly cause Wolfe some trouble, but how much is not clear. On to part 3!

Rating: ★★★1/2

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Red & Wolfe, Part 1 by Ella James

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When Sarah "Red" Ryder loses her job as an art critic for a Boston newspaper, she's brokenhearted. Worse than that? She's broke. Her boyfriend recently left her - for a tatted-up hottie with a dick - so she's stuck paying her hefty apartment rent alone. After two months unemployed, there's no money left. With no immediate family to turn to, Red reaches out to her estranged grandmother, a reclusive writer living on an island off the coast of Charleston. Several days later, Red receives $30,000 and an invitation to visit.

James Wolfe is not Red's grandmother. But he beckons her. Red has the ability to give him something he needs. He won't take "no" for an answer, and he doesn't mind screwing her over. He lost his conscience six years ago, when he was tried for the murder of his wife. Since then, life is about him - and the paintings he does under the mysterious pseudonym "W." 

Wolfe needs the island to keep painting. To live his life away from prying eyes. To keep up the anonymity of "W." 

Once he sees Red, he finds that he needs her, too. And Wolfe will have her. Any way he can.


Red & Wolfe, Part 1 was a fun read. This first part is a really quick read and just setting up everything. It was not completely believable (really who sees a random $30,000 in their bank account and just thinks sweet! Let's go spend some money?), but I was just looking for a hot, fun read. 

Things do heat up towards the end of this short chapter, so I am really looking forward to part 2. It should be even hotter! Just what I am looking for in this story. So what has happened thus far? Well Red is broke, lost her job, about to lose her apartment, just not in a good place. She finally breaks down and writes her grandmother and she replies "come", so Red goes. 

Wolfe is a recluse living on the island where Red's grandmother has lived for years. He hardly ever leaves, doesn't want anyone to know where he is and that he is the artist "W". He just wants to be left alone to do what he wants. Only he needs Red to help him get what he wants and he will do whatever he needs to to secure his future. Alright on to part 2!

Rating: ★★★1/2

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Graffiti in Love (Love & Lawbreakers #1) by G.G. Andrew

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KaveMan is a London graffiti artist--world famous, wealthy, brilliantly creative. And Laurel Xavier hates him. 

Laurel, a laid-off city planner, is bitter from compromising her dreams and still losing her sensible job. So when she gets a glimpse of the mysterious KaveMan, whose dream is apparently painting others' property in her hometown of New Haven, she's determined to find him, unmask him, and ruin his so-called career--even if it means losing some shoes and self-respect in the process. 

But why does chasing KaveMan make her feel more alive than she's felt in years? 

KaveMan isn't used to sharing his real self, let alone his real name. But when he's caught by Laurel Xavier, he starts to realize the one woman he yearns to whisper his secrets to is someone who would scream his identity from the highest rooftop. That would mean the end of his work, his passion. It can't ever happen. 

Unfortunately, he bloody well can't seem to stay away from her.


Graffiti in Love was such a fun, sweet read! I loved it! KaveMan and Laurel are so great together. I just...I just really enjoyed this story. 

Laurel has been having a bit of a rough go of it of late. She lost her job, her boyfriend, she just has a lot going on. This is not good since she is always trying to be the perfect daughter since her sister messes up so much. She should have her life together by now, be settled down, just be everything her parents want. She is not a fan of KaveMan. She is not happy that he decided to grace their city with some of his so called artwork. She is a very strict, stick to the rules kind of person. Only she has this repressed artistic side as well. Her backyard, her plant, oh it sounded wonderful. She created this beautiful world that no one else will see. She loves landscape design, she started studying it in college, but it never went anywhere since her parents told her it wouldn't be a stable option for her. 

Now KaveMan is like the exact opposite. He is free and draws outside the lines. I love love loved how he sees the world. From that first time when he was really young and got in trouble at school for not sticking to the paper to now he just sees the world in a way that makes me jealous. He sees what is there, what no one else sees. It was beautiful just reading about his world. The way he talks about how he sees everything, about color, just about it all was spectacular. Like dark vines curling up and around things or someones hair is like seagrass swaying in the water and stuff like that. So much cool stuff. When he is happy his art just flows out of him. I loved how he has such a direct connection with people and different colors and emotions. With the world and how he sees it. When he is heartbroken him thinking that he will be done with these reds and greens soon, that blues and yellows and oranges are what will help save him. It was just...I loved it. I loved his world. I think I could have just read a book of him describing the world as he see and been perfectly happy. 

Now KaveMan is very secretive about his identity. That is part of the whole street art thing. He could get in trouble for what he does, plus he doesn't want people to know it is him doing it. Only one person knows the real him and his street art person, and that is his sister. When Laurel realizes that she has seen KaveMan, that he was there at one of her lectures, she is determined to figure out who he is and unmask him. She was super crazy in the beginning. And I loved it. I was reading her just like man, what is wrong with you? But at the same time just waiting to see what she would do next. Some of the stuff she does? Oh it made me laugh. KaveMan is just such a sweet guy. He is drawn to Laurel even if she is trying to unmask him. They have this awkward start, but I loved them together. Sure they are both trying to change the other person, he is trying to get her to draw outside the lines more and she is trying to get him to only draw inside the line, but it works. Oh Laurel and her odd attempts to convert KaveMan. She was pretty funny to read. 

Through it all they just grow closer. It was a really sweet story. I can't wait to read the next book and read Laurel's sister Kim's story. It should be fun!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

Monday, February 15, 2016

Time's Adversary by J.G. McGovern

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When Andrew Vaughan dies in his hospital bed, surrounded by his family, he is a man at total peace with the world . . . until he wakes up again.

Vaughan has been resurrected by Eyelight Industries, a 22nd century megacorporation with no guiding principle except profit. He is offered a second life in an android body, on the condition that he take over as CEO of the company.

In the year 2118, virtually everyone is hooked up to Eyelight, a system that began as a search engine and social network but which now controls almost every aspect of human life. A growing religious organisation called the Church of Sagacity opposes the technology, encouraging its followers to disconnect, to throw off the shackles of digital oppression.

To keep his new life, the new CEO must overthrow the Church. But he keeps hearing the same phrase, over and over again: You are the enemy of Time!


*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

I had a really hard time reading Time's Adversary. I just couldn't get into it and kept putting it aside and picking up something else to read. It just was not the book for me. 

This story is about a guy who died, but his consciousness was put into an android so that he can try and stop this mega church from somehow disconnecting people from Eyelight, this system that pretty much controls everything now. The Eyelight company brought him back because apparently there were no evil people in the future that would be able to pull off taking down the church. I thought the premise sounded interesting, and I was curious to see what was really going on, but the way the story was written just didn't work for me. I didn't feel like any of the characters were real people (or androids). They just felt very flat and I was told their characteristics, like Vaughn being this ruthless person who only cares about himself. The story kept telling me that, but he didn't read like that. I guess that goes back to the characters not feeling real. Since he just felt off to me, I was never able to connect with him or any of them. I just couldn't get engaged with the story.

The other main issue I had? Everything happened almost instantly. It was like the one guy was supposed to infiltrate the church. His wife got one of the church members to be his new assistant so he could build a relationship and have an in. Only he just says something random about the church to her one time and she invites him to go to the church with her and check it out. Then he thinks how he would like to sleep with her, but no he couldn't because he has weird germ issues or something, but then two seconds later they are having an affair and he is in love with her and it was just kind of a mess. I didn't understand how any of it happened since it just was. Suddenly he was super religious, suddenly he was questioning everything, suddenly he realized this and that. The story needed more development. It needed more of the people actually figuring things out or trying to do things, not just well Mr. X should now be in the church so he is in the church with no real transition. He just is. It didn't work for me. 

One last thing that I didn't enjoy - how everything was just explained in these big chunks of text. In the beginning I thought okay, if I just get through the setup of this world and everything it will get better, but it didn't really. Partly because the above mentioned unrealistic, paper cut out feeling characters, partly because of the above mentioned instantaneous plot points, and partly because if something needed explained it wasn't worked into the story really. It was just like someone saying what is happening? Oh here let me tell you. So we are doing x, y and z. Oh thanks. The whole ending was like that. Like we need to know what is happening now so here is a data dump of what is really going on. Like when villains tell all of their plans to the captured hero. The story wasn't engaging me enough to care so they were just big chunks of text that didn't work for me.  

By the end I was just skimming to try and finish the book. There were some good elements to the story, some things I enjoyed, like the daughter of time and some of the strange stuff that happens (burning men and whatnot), but it just wasn't executed well.

Rating: ★ ★

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Cover Reveal: The Player & The Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

  The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid coming March 2016!! Add to your Goodreads to-read list   here



Lucy Fitzpatrick doesn’t like rugby.

As the little sister of Ireland’s most infamous rugby player, Lucy can’t seem to escape the championship-sized shadow cast by her big brother, or her mother’s frequent attempts to micromanage her future. Her rainbow hair is as free-spirited as her quest for inner peace, yet overbearing expectations keep bringing her down. And when she’s down, her compulsive little problem lands her in seriously big trouble.

Sean Cassidy is a cold-hearted brute… or so he’s been told. Frequently. By everyone. 

His blonde locks, baby blues, and rock hard bod make ladies the world over drool with desire. As the rugby world’s second most infamous player, he should be basking in his success. But Sean has never been content settling for second place, and his frequent confrontations with Lucy’s big brother leave him cold. And when he’s cold, his compulsive little problem lands him in the lap of Lucy Fitzpatrick.

Sean has a problem only Lucy can solve. Lucy has a problem only Sean can fix. The solution seems obvious: you scratch my back, and I’ll bail you out of jail. But when their business arrangement unexpectedly leaves Sean scorching hot and Lucy on the precipice of inner peace, can they convince the world—and Lucy’s big brother in particular—that this is the real deal? 

Either way, both the Player and the Pixie are about to teach each other some pretty monumental lessons about family, life, but most importantly, love.

About the Authors

L.H. Cosway:
L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favorite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. 

 She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

Penny Reid:
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing). 

 By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Find Me (Donovan Family #3) by Margaret Watson

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After witnessing the murder of an FBI agent in a parking garage late one night, Lizzy Monroe meets with the FBI and agrees to work with a sketch artist. But on her way out of the office, she comes face to face with the killer – another FBI agent. She knows from experience what happens when a criminal is a member of law enforcement – cops protect their own. So when the killer shows up at her door later that morning, she knows she has no choice but to run. 

From the moment he sees her, Mac Donovan is intrigued by – and in lust with – their beautiful witness. After Lizzy disappears, he spends his free time tracking her down. When he finally finds her on a remote island in the San Juans, their chemistry is explosive and the sex is even hotter. But he's hiding his identity from her. What will happen when she discovers who he really is? Will she be able to forgive his betrayal? Or will the killer find them first? 

Warning: Contains explicit sex and graphic language. 


*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

Find Me started off so promising. I had read the first chapter beforehand and it hooked me. I wanted to read more and was excited to see what would happen. Lizzy accidentally sees the murder of an FBI agent, only when she goes to the FBI office to give her statement she realizes the killer is another FBI agent! She has had some bad experiences with the police in the past, she knows they stick up for their own, so she is not sure what she should do. Can she really go to the FBI and tell them one of their own did it? Will they believe her? And who can she trust? She doesn't know who all might be involved.

Lizzy doesn't think the FBI will believe her if she does go to them. After all they didn't do anything in the past when she needed them. After someone tries to break into her apartment she decides to run to Seattle where she has a friend who has property on a remote island in the San Juan's. Somewhere where no one can find her. She needs to try and keep herself safe. 

After Lizzy runs Mac can't let the case go. He was instantly attracted to her and is worried that his attraction made him miss something. Maybe she is involved with the killer. Maybe she helped do it. Who knows, but he has to find her. He won't rest until he does.

Now up until this point I was good with the story. I was enjoying it even though some of the conversations were a bit...not realistic for me. It was just a fun read. But once Mac finds Lizzy, once he washes up on the shore of her island during a bad storm, then things just spiraled way out of control for me. Then it turned into like this constant sexy time or thinking about sexy time thing. It was not good. The things the people thought, said and did didn't make sense most of the time.

Mac is passed out when Lizzy finds him, with hypothermia, so she knows she needs to heat him up. She puts him in front of the fire and starts taking off all of his clothes. Skin to skin contact is needed to get him warm. Fine, no problem there, but there was the first iffy part for me. When she takes off his boxers she ogles him and thinks I wonder what it would look like when he wasn't freezing to death. How big would it be? Stuff like that. Um...okay...then she forgets to put on her survival suit to go get more firewood and gets a bit of hypothermia herself (so how cold is it there that going out into the rain needs a) a survival suit and b) can make it so you can get hypothermia that quickly?? It didn't seem quite right to me, especially not in the Pacific Northwest there, but I never spent a whole year on the islands so maybe...). So of course she needs the skin to skin contact with mystery guy just as much as he needs it.

So when Mac wakes up with a naked lady, thinks we must have had sex even though he doesn't remember that, and without knowing who she is, without even really looking at her, thinks how he has to be in her or he will die or something. Lizzy was the same way - she needs this mystery guy or she will she will just not be able to go on...No, just no. So they have sexy time and it was really not sexy. And then it just went on from there. Lots of sexy time, lots of Lizzy being afraid of what will happen and wanting to run (especially when she finds out who Mac is), just lots of stuff that didn't read as realistic. Like the airport just shuts down because of the crazy storm that had had them trapped on the island. It was just...I don't know. I didn't seem believable. That was the biggest issue, nothing seemed real.

It was sad as I was really enjoying the first part. I don't know what happened, but it just fell off the rails for me once these two met up. The end was also a bit too simple, too easy, not what I wanted. I didn't even really get that yes! We caught the bad guys! moment. It was more like oh, that's it? Oh well. This is obviously not the book for me.

Rating: ★ ★

Friday, February 12, 2016

Cover Reveal: Jackson's Trust (Fourth Down #1) by Violet Duke - Cover reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway

Coming March 8th! A new series by Violet Duke
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New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke kicks off her sizzling-hot new Fourth Down series with a friends-to-lovers romance between a no-strings-attached sports analyst and the hottest damn tomboy he’s ever met. 

It’s no secret that sports analyst Jackson Gray doesn’t do relationships. What is a secret, however, is the reason why. Jackson’s life is . . . complicated. And it doesn’t help that his current hands-off “friendship” is with the cute-as-hell new sideline reporter he’s assigned to train. Turns out, not only is the woman damn sweet, she also knows as much about football as he does. Like it or not though, Jackson has to remind himself that sex is the only thing he has to offer . . . until now. 

Leila Hart’s fast-growing friendship with Jackson is something she’d never risk, no matter how unbelievably seductive the reward. Becoming an NFL sportscaster has always been the goal, and thanks to Jackson’s fierce support and mentoring, it all finally seems within reach. Problem is, a girl can only take so much of that sexy-as- sin voice whispering dirty, filthy football stats in her ear before she loses all self- control. A workplace romance with Jackson is a disaster waiting to happen, especially for someone with big dreams . . . and secrets of her own. 

Advance praise for Jackson’s Trust 
“I totally love this hotter side of Violet Duke. You still get the same sweet, emotional story but with a little bit of extra sizzle. Jackson’s Trust is a must-read novel.”—New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett


At first glance, Jackson looked like any other ridiculously handsome former athlete. But the second glance was when it became obvious the man was complex, more than simply handsome. 

He was deep. 

Everything about him made you realize there was much more beneath the surface. 

If you made it that far, that is. Leila didn’t blame a woman for getting lost in surface appearances for quite a while because good lord, what a surface it was. 

He had a hard-to-miss All-American athletic build that almost couldn’t be contained in the swanky NFL-after-party-worthy sports jacket he was wearing. His locked and loaded guns for arms framed a spectacularly broad chest and carved abs his shirt had actually molded to for one particularly memorable few seconds. All in all, it was the sort of physique that very likely inspired the first ad campaign with male models lifting the hem of their T-shirts up like it was a perfectly normal occurrence. 

And above his shoulders? Jesus. She would’ve pegged him as having been sculpted rather than born based on that etched jawline and the ruggedly sexy lines along the muscular column of his neck. 

Meanwhile, his casual product-free ash brown hair was the unassuming variety you expected to find on the guy next door. The kind that looked like he’d just sprinted over from a jog on the beach and shoved his hand through it right before a candidly perfect black-and-white model photo shoot. 

Really though, the most distracting of his long list of magnetic qualities was his ability to just stand there without feeling the need to say more than a few words. Never before would she have put “quiet” in the same category as “sexy.” But on this man, it so very much was. 

His composed, confident presence was almost deafening. And if she had to hazard a guess, she’d estimate that those hypnotic hazel eyes of his, with that touch of buried sadness, could likely charm the panties off of an unsuspecting woman even at ten yards away. 

Yowza. Make that twenty. 

The dangerous weapons in question were now locked on her own eyes. 

And if her body’s immediate reaction to that were any reliable warning, she wondered if she’d ever get any normal breathing done at work. 

Honestly, if she weren’t so darn curious about this whole “Weatherman” nickname— which appeared fitting if Jackson had been able to predict the Viper’s two-touchdown win from position stats alone—Leila would already have made a heartfelt request to her new boss to pair her up with a mentor that was far less attractive. 

Or at the least, someone who didn’t call her “sunshine.” 

. . . In a low, darkly seductive rumble that didn’t belong in remotely the same category as mortal male voices. 

Mentally, she braced herself when she felt him lean over, just a bit, to utter in a low voice only she could hear, “While I’d love nothing more than to stay right here and figure out what blush-inspiring thoughts you’ve been thinking about for the past few minutes, unfortunately, I have to get going.” 

Before she could even attempt to contradict, or be offended by, the remark, he met her narrowed gaze with a searing hot promise, twined around a dare. “I’ll see you first thing in the morning, sunshine. Bright and early.” His eyes dropped down to her still-heated cheeks in a gentle caress. “We can discuss the Viper’s conference championship win that Lloyd mentioned,” he added quietly, as if knowing exactly which hot buttons to press to turn her imagination on. Literally and figuratively. “Only if you’re interested, that is.” 

With his closeness affecting her ability to think about anything other than how good his voice sounded in her ear, she simply nodded, choosing to ignore how deeply her answer could get tangled in that broad net he’d just cast with that last statement. 

Not that any sort of admission of her being “interested” could be any worse than the wildly imaginative, mildly panic-worthy daydream she was currently having. 

Which starred him discussing football stats with her in that mesmerizing 1-900 voice of his. 

Holy crap. 

Her knees buckled. 

No judging. To each woman, her own version of dirty talk. 

About the Author:

NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romances filled with strong, unique heroines and memorably romantic heroes. With just under a million books sold to date, since becoming an author in 2013, Violet has appeared on the USA Today bestseller list thirteen times and the NYT bestseller list three times, with the additional honor of charting in the Top 10 across the major eretailers both in the U.S. and internationally. Her fans, who she just adores to pieces, affectionately call her books sweet & sexy 'laugh & cry' love stories.

When she's not feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking impossible-to-be- duplicated 'special edition' dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. A born and raised island girl, she spends her days in Hawai'i chasing after her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband (their ringleader).

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Soulless (King #4) by T.M. Frazier

So who is super excited for Soulless to be released?? I know I am. I have been waiting for this since I finished Lawless and man it is going to be amazing!! If you haven't read this series yet, or at least Lawless, you really should. Then you will be ready to go on Feb 23rd when Soulless will finally be live!! I cannot wait to finish reading Bear and Thia's story!! Keep reading for a sneak peek and pre-order now so you will be ready to go.

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"I'll deal with you when we get back to the house," Bear snapped, his words loaded with so many different meanings I trembled with both fear and anticipation. 

"You're going to deal with me?" I asked. "How are you going to deal with me?" My attitude and confidence faded with each word until the last was merely a whisper. 

"Yes, DEAL with you," Bear warned, suddenly pausing to take in my appearance. Slowly, from top to bottom, like he’d only just realized I was standing there. His eyelids hung heavy over his sapphire blues as he licked my body with his eyes, drinking me in like he was thirsty.     

No, not thirsty. 


When he licked his lips I could have sworn he was about to eat me alive.  I tingled all over.  The awareness of him in such close proximity after so long washed over me.  Angry or not, my body didn’t care.  I didn’t care.  I wanted to reach out and touch his face, reassure him that he had no reason to be angry, but part of me liked that I could draw that kind of reaction from him.  He came alive when he was pissed, and something inside me loved that he became this primal possessive beast out to remind me who it was I belonged to.   

 Bear clenched his jaw and the muscles in his neck tensed and strained. He looked as if he were ready to either kill or fuck.  All I knew was that, one way or another, I was about to be devoured.  

I pressed my thighs together, trying to manage the pulsing between my legs, but the contact only ignited it further. Bear chuckled and glanced down to where my ankles were crossed. He closed the gap between us in two short strides, taking me off guard. I stumbled backward, tripping over a lose rock in the road. he reached out and roughly grabbed my arm before I could fall, pulling me flush into his hard chest. His warm skin radiated through my thin dress. I bit my lip, suppressing a moan. My legs grew weaker and weaker as he lowered his head, inching closer and closer, until I was sure his lips were going to meet mine, when without warning he released my arm and spun away. "Get in the fucking truck, Ti," he called back to me.  

I stood there, unable to move, and trying to catch my breath while he headed over to King’s truck like that moment never passed between us. When he noticed I wasn’t behind him he growled and stalked back over to me. He grabbed me by the waist, his fingers digging into my skin.  He lifted me up, my short dress bunching up over my butt cheeks and slung me over his shoulder like I was a rolled up rug.


He slapped my ass with his open palm. Hard. The bite of the smack stung where I was sure he’d left his mark. He tossed me into the truck with a caveman grunt and slammed the door behind me. 

I was confused as all hell.  

I was so angry. 

I was also elated. 

I was in lust so hard that I was in physical pain. 

I was really fucking angry. 

I was head over heels in love. 


Prior books in the series (click the title to go to my review):

King Available on
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Tyrant Available on
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Lawless Available on
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About the Author:

T.M. Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and young daughter. When she's not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading, and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. has a beach in it!

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