Review: Adored

Adored Adored by Lexi Blake

4.75 out of 5 Licks

Masters and Mercenaries, Book 8.5

A man who gave up on love

Mitch Bradford is an intimidating man. In his professional life, he has a reputation for demolishing his opponents in the courtroom. At the exclusive BDSM club Sanctum, he prefers disciplining pretty submissives with no strings attached. In his line of work, there’s no time for a healthy relationship. After a few failed attempts, he knows he’s not good for any woman—especially not his best friend’s sister.

A woman who always gets what she wants

Laurel Daley knows what she wants, and her sights are set on Mitch. He’s smart and sexy, and it doesn’t matter that he’s a few years older and has a couple of bitter ex-wives. Watching him in action at work and at play, she knows he just needs a little polish to make some woman the perfect lover. She intends to be that woman, but first she has to show him how good it could be.

A killer lurking in the shadows

Assigned to work together on an important case, Mitch and Laurel are confronted with the perfect opportunity to explore their mutual desire. Night after night of being close breaks down Mitch’s defenses. The more he sees of Laurel, the more he knows he wants her. Unfortunately, someone else has their eyes on Laurel and they have murder in mind.

These short novellas are at their best when you feel like you have just finished an epic novel, and Lexi is the master of them. She is able to weave a tale that has you in its grasp until you get to the end. The world around you stops existing, and you live for the story alone.  Like the full-length novels in the Maters and Mercenaries series, Adored is bloody brilliant.  But honestly I haven’t read anything by her that I haven’t loved. I’d even read dino porn, if she wrote it… hehehe

There are some men so broken by their past that you want to fight for them and knock them on the head all at the same time. Mitch is one of the worst of that category.  Not only has he never had a successful relationship with a woman, but his parents caused so much hurt to him as well.  He wants Laurel with every fiber of his being, but he doesn’t think he is young or good enough for her. Fate just might force his hand though.

Laurel may be a submissive, but she is no pushover. She is feisty, and willing to give Mitch the fight of his life to get their HEA. She is truly a woman I would love to have as a great friend. She fits in well with the other women in this series. I love that Lexi always writes these strong women. Often times when you hear the label submissive, people think weak willed. That is so far from the truth, and these women show it big time.

I highly recommend this story and the rest of the Masters and Mercenaries series. You will not be disappointed with a single one. Hope y’all enjoy them as much as I have.

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Blitz and CONTEST: All Of Me by Jennifer Bernard

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ALL OF ME
Love Between the Bases #1
Jennifer Bernard
Releasing May 26th, 2015
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Jennifer Bernard, the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen series, scores another homerun with a brand-new series about sexy, single baseball players.

Playing for the Kilby Catfish is hotshot pitcher Caleb Hart’s last chance to salvage his career after a major league meltdown. But the day of his opener with the minor league team, Caleb strikes out with the gorgeous woman who is delivering a petition to run the unruly Catfish out of town. Now to stay in the lineup, Caleb will need to score big with the feisty brunette he can’t keep out of his thoughts.

After the nasty lies Sadie Merritt’s rich ex-boyfriend spread about her all over town, she’s lucky to have a job at all. She can’t afford to screw it up by falling for the player who is supposed to be helping her change the image of the fun-loving Catfish. But that’s easier said than done when Caleb’s voice alone is enough to make her pulse race. And when he surprises her with a mind-blowing kiss, she knows there’s no turning back.

 
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Caleb made her lose her head, plain and simple.

Sadie rested her forehead against his chest, amazed all over again by the firmness of his toughened muscles. The heat of his body contrasted with the cool water in the most heavenly way. “Maybe I didn’t think this all the way through.”

“Are you telling me a dumb baseball player got the better of a brilliant future law student? Nah.” He bent his head so he could nuzzle her hair. “You smell nice. Like water lilies.”

She smelled hot man, mixed with lake water and sun-baked mesquite. Somehow they’d drifted away from the gravelly edge, so the stench of mud wasn’t as prominent. She felt so dreamy and secure, held tight in Caleb’s arms as they floated aimlessly in the lake. He grinned down at her, the light reflected off the lake water turning his eyes a soft, clear blue. Sun glinted in his hair, spangled with crystal drops of water. He really was a remarkably beautiful man. Everything seemed to still while she soaked in the details of his powerful physique, his rawboned handsomeness, the flash of vulnerability in his eyes.

She could really lose herself in him. Completely and utterly. Never before had she felt anything close to that.

“Dream on,” she told him, and flipped out of his arms. She dove under the surface, letting the slide of water through her hair and across her body wash away the effects of that alarming moment.

She’d always loved to swim, and it took only a few moments to put distance between herself and Caleb. But he wasn’t a professional athlete for nothing, and within moments he was splashing in her wake.

Shrieking with breathless laughter, she flung herself backward, as if onto a watery couch. He grabbed an ankle, and she flipped to her stomach, kicking hard. But it was no use; she felt herself being inexorably pulled toward him, his wonderfully big hands reeling her in.

And then there she was, snuggled against his chest again. It rose and fell with his rapid breaths. “There, that’s better,” he said with satisfaction, the words rumbling against her ear. “I kinda like this whole fishing thing.”

“No fair, I got distracted,” she protested, turning her body in the circle of his arms so she could see his face. Water streamed from his hair, down his neck to his wide shoulders. His eyelashes clung together, so his eyes looked bluer than ever. “I’d forgotten how much I love swimming in this lake.”

“It’s starting to grow on me too. Or at least something is.”

She giggled, and then, as a grin split his face, started laughing. As he watched her something shifted in his expression. His goofy smile vanished, replaced by an intent, hungry look. His head lowered, eyes glittering. The rest of the world receded, so only his face remained, coming closer and closer to hers, his mouth reaching for her …

Oh wow. He was going to kiss her.

And then he was kissing her. His lips burned against hers, sending pure shock throughout her body. Kisses didn’t feel like that. They didn’t turn your lips to fire, they didn’t liquefy your lungs so you could barely breathe. They didn’t make you dizzy.

She pulled away with a gasp, still in his embrace, their faces close enough so she felt his quickened breathing. Caleb looked just as stunned as she felt, his eyes gone dark and gray as a hurricane. For a long moment the two of them just stared at each other, poised on the edge of the unknown. Water lapped against her hips, and a breath of air kissed her shoulder. Everywhere her body touched Caleb’s, heat seared.

And then they were on each other again. He seemed to consume her, exploring her mouth with long sweeps of his tongue that left sparkling trails of heat in their wake. He tasted so wonderful, like summer days, like fireflies and bicycling down dusty back roads, like every time she’d laid on her back in a meadow and dreamed about the future.

Little whimpers rose from her throat. She pulled her mouth from his, her cheek brushing across his stubbly chin, its roughness sending more shocks through her. His grip loosened and she slid down his body until she stood on the lake bottom, pressed against him from head to toe. The huge bulge in his briefs made her feel a little faint.

“Sweet Jesus,” he whispered as she nibbled on his jaw. She couldn’t help it; she wanted to eat him up. “You’re making me crazy. We can’t do this here.”

“Shh.” She didn’t want to talk. She wanted this all-consuming, crazy conflagration that she’d never even imagined before. Tugging at his shoulders, she rose on tiptoe, brushing her lips against his again. With a heartfelt groan, he gave in.

 

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Jennifer Bernard is the USA Today bestselling author of the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriels series. She is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to … well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

 

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Review: Leaving At Noon

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5 out of 5 Licks

Sunday Night Dinner Club, Book 4

Theo and Zoey Hughes have got it all. The ideal marriage, a gorgeous house, brilliant jobs and a steadfast group of friends. So why is everything falling apart at the seams?

Zoey loves her husband, but recently she’s stopped liking him—and if their fights are any indication, Theo’s feeling the same way. The future that once glowed bright before them has lost its shine.

There’s no choice. Zoey has to walk away. She needs to take a break from her marriage before it implodes, leaving nothing but fragments of their once-perfect life together.

Letting Zoey close the door behind her is the hardest thing Theo’s ever had to do. Now he’s faced with a choice: watch his wife leave him and everything they’ve built together, or go after her and remind her why they fell in love in the first place.

Warning: When a hot-blooded alpha male decides he wants his wife back, you better believe nothing is going to stop him. And if he has to seduce her to succeed, well, let’s just say his blood isn’t the only thing that’s gonna be hot about this story.

There are some reviews that are harder to write than others. This is one of the harder ones, because I loved the book so much. There is something about Jess Dee’s writing that just seizes hold of your heart. This book in particular does that exceptionally well. While I enjoy reading about new love a lot, there is just something extra special reading about a couple fighting for their love and relationship. Relationships are not all about hearts and flowers they take work to make it last, and we, as people tend to forget in the daily grind of our lives. 

Zoey and Theo are one of those perfect couples we all look up to. So when their friends of the Diner Club start to see issues between them it rocks the whole group. Zoey is truly at her wit’s end with the gaping hole between her and Theo. She is tired of their only communication being fighting. She is leaving to save them, but will she break Theo in that process.

Theo’s whole world crumbled when she walked out the door. Every thing around him is suffering. He is in the dark as to when they went from perfect to crumbling, so he is going to fight for them, even if he has to fight Zoe herself. Theo has my heart big time. Not every man would fight so hard in the face of all that comes at him. Only a true love could survive these kinds of issues.

The thing I love most about these types of books is how much I learn from them. It is easy to throw in the towel when times get rough, but we end up with so much more if we fight for each other. I highly recommend this book and series, each book in this series is a must read!

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Review: Uniform Fetish Manlove Edition

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3.5 out of 5 Licks

Does the sight of a cop’s badge—or his handcuffs—make your pulse race? Do you drive by your local firehouse just to catch a glimpse of your favorite fireman? Ever peek in the cockpit just to check out the captain? 

If you agree the only thing sexier than a man in uniform is a man out of uniform, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve handpicked an assortment of sizzling hot, uniformed heroes to satisfy your uniform fetish. 

Be Warned: m/m sex

 9 AUTHOR MANLOVE ANTHOLOGY 

Rain and Promises by Elizabeth Monvey 

Fine Dining by Nicola Cameron 

The Layover by Gale Stanley 

Scars by James Cox 

A Walk on the Wild Side by Pelaam 

Real Life Role Play by Tamsin Baker 

Mile High Rebound by L.D. Blakeley 

The British Are Coming by Lilith Duvalier 

Fired Up by Lucy Felthouse

This collection of Uniform Fetish novellas has some good quick reads for when you are on a lunch break. I am a huge fan of the Male/Male genre, so I was really excited by this concept of an all M/M anthology. The title has you thinking that they would all be military, but included are police officers, medics, and firemen. All types I’d love to get out of uniform… hehehe

I’m not going to go through each book and give a description; because they are all so short it would be hard not to spoil them. But I do have to say that the novella Scars really took a hold of my heart. I almost wish it were a full novel. Those two men seemed to have a much bigger story besides their finding each other again.  They are both broken by the wars they have fought , and I wanted to see them become whole together. Again I say this is a good read for when you are in the mood for some man-love! I recommend y’all check it out. :)

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Release Blitz and Contest: Falling For His Best Friend

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He’s going above and beyond the call of duty…

Avery Yeung’s biological clock just went off early. Thanks to her family’s medical history, she’s running out of time to get knocked up. And the only guy within donating distance? Her overprotective-and irritatingly hot-best friend. So clearly she needs an anonymous donor…

Anonymous donor? Over Sheriff Drew Flannery’s dead body. While daddyhood will never be in the cards for a man with his past, Drew won’t let Avery shop for a “popsicle pop.” He’ll do what’s right for his best friend by doing his best friend. But only if they do it properly.

But there’s nothing “proper” about it. Between the bed, the kitchen counter, and against his squad car, Avery and Drew are having the hottest sex ever. They can’t get enough of it-or each other. And without knowing it, they’ve crossed the one line that could ruin their friendship forever…

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She ran her fingers over his chest, enjoying his well-defined pecs. Drew was in killer shape, and his upper body could seriously fill out a T-shirt. She leaned down and flicked his nipple with her tongue, before moving further south.

His breathing changed as she hovered over the waistband of his sweats, saving her from the debate of if she was really going to make a move on him while he was sleeping. “You going to stop there?”

She looked up to find his eyes open. Stop? Not a chance. “I’m considering.”

“Keep it up and I might have to jump you instead.”

No way was she missing this chance. “Shh. It’s my turn to drive things tonight.”

She hooked his waistband and pulled it down over his hips, the sight of his cock temporarily stealing her breath.

She’d seen him naked a few times, but the impact only seemed to be growing instead of decreasing like it should. Nothing about this was going like it should, from the sex to the forbidden emotions welling up in her chest. She didn’t want to think about that, though.

Not now, maybe not ever.

The only thing she did want occupying her headspace was how good it felt to touch him. She slid down a little further to get comfortable and then gave his cock a slow stroke. Truth be told, she could play with him all night, but she didn’t think his patience would hold for that kind of treatment unless he was tied down.

An idea for later maybe…

She licked up the underside of his cock, earning a hissed breath. Emboldened, she took him in her mouth, as deep as she could manage, mirroring the slow stroke she’d just done with her hand. Drew cursed, his hands spasming in her hair.

Power beat through her. She could drive him out of his mind like this, with just her mouth and her hands. It would be the easiest thing in the world. She moved to shallower strokes, using her tongue to swirl around the head of his cock.

“Avery, I—” She met his gaze as she licked him, and Drew cursed again, louder. “Holy fuck. Come here.”

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New York Times & USA TODAY Bestselling Author

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

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

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

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

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Guest Post: Dorothy F. Shaw

I’d like to start by expressing my gratitude to Kitty for letting me take up some space on her awesome Smutty Kitty site. Kitty, you’re a gem, and I’m honored to know you! So, a big THANK YOU to you, and when I see you I’ll give you a tight boobie mashing hug!

Kitty asked me to do a character interview…because apparently she loves them. Well, the kitty gets what she wants, right? You got it!

Now, some authors might not find this “breaking the 4th wall” thing an easy task, but not me. And I’ll tell you why. Not too long ago, when I was first writing—or trying to write—I was also a teensy-weensy bit obsessed with twitter. I may not have been able to get a story from my head and onto the damn page, but I sure did have a lot of characters running around my brain. My solution to dealing with this was to create twitter accounts for them. I had at least 4 separate twitter accounts, each one belonging to a character in my head. And we wonder why they say writers are schizophrenics with an outlet? Yeah, this might be partly why. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I still have those accounts, though I don’t use them anymore…except maybe one.

Needless to say, interview one of my characters? Psshaw…no problem.

My newest release, Unworthy Heart, came out May 5th. This book…oh dear, there’s a whole story behind this book, but that’s for another time—

Here’s a little bit about the book…

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Unworthy Heart, book 1 in The Donnellys series.

Opposites not only attract, sometimes they spontaneously combust.

Ryan Donnelly’s past relationship may have failed, but he’s determined to make single fatherhood and his career a resounding success. He’s got his eye on the top of the ladder at an L.A. marketing firm when his gaze snags on co-worker Maiya Rossini.

She’s a feisty, witty, tattooed redhead who’s nowhere near his type, but she pushes every one of his hot buttons.

Maiya clawed her way out of her dysfunctional, trailer-park childhood to earn a college degree and establish a promising career. Her future dreams are big, bright and packed with full-throttle fun, but when it comes to matters of the heart and men—especially stuffy corporate types like Ryan—her past slams on the emotional brakes.

In the office and in the bedroom, Maiya and Ryan rub each other in all the right ways. Though Maiya is everything Ryan didn’t know he wanted, he’s got his work cut out for him convincing her she’s worthy of love—or the bright light she’s brought to his life could slip through his fingers.

Warning: Contains a lot of graphic, yummy sex. To those prone to lock their bedroom doors, fair warning. In this book, there are no doors, only windows. With no curtains. For those who aren’t afraid to keep their eyes wide open: Enjoy the show!

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Now that we’re oriented, let’s get on with the interview, shall we? Yes! Today we’re going to talk to Maiya, and honestly I have no idea what I’m going to ask, and more over, I have no idea how she’s going to answer.

Here goes…

Q: Tell me, Maiya, what was your impression of Ryan when you were first working with him?

A: Ryan was a pain in my ass. LOL Hands down, no questions asked, pain in my freaking ass! But his voice was really sexy. Gah, the jerk reeled me in: hook, line and sinker! I didn’t even see it coming.

Q: Tell me about the significance of the song “Nobody’s Girl” by Bonnie Raitt?

A: Ugh, that damn song. Killing me. That song was me. Was. It’s about a girl who never lets anyone in. Ever. She belongs to no one but herself. And it’s a choice she makes, but it’s a lonely one. When a person grows up like I did? It kinda fucks them up—makes them afraid to let anyone too close because they don’t want to be hurt. When I hear it now, I’m glad I don’t live or feel like that anymore.

Q: Many people have asked me if you’re me simply because: red hair, tattoos, corporate job, etc. How alike do you think we really are?

A: Aside from the red hair, tattoos and working in a corporate environment? We’re nothing alike. You got issues, chica! For real, I mean, think about it, you have people like me running around your head, like all the time. And your mom wasn’t a drunk…so that’s a big one right there. I dunno, I guess if I really think about it, in a way we are alike. We both clawed our way from our own versions of hell, and I got out with issues and so did you. We just have different ones. So, that was clear, right? LOL As clear as mud.

Q: What was your most serious relationship, you know, before Ryan?

A: Easy. I hadn’t had one. I mean, yeah, sure, I had boyfriends ahh-plenty, but no one I loved. No one I wanted to sleep next to, or pick up after. Or listen to snore at night…wait, I’m off topic. You got me, right? ;-P

Q: So, do you see marriage in your future? Kids?

A: Dorothy, if I told you that then I’d have to kill you. Come on, chica…how ‘bout we tell everyone what your favorite author J.R. Ward says? KEEP READING! Heh!

Q: Let’s talk tats…as you know I have a few myself, so which ones of yours are significant?

A: They’re all significant. They’re part of my life’s journey, and the way I saw my life. I think I want some new stuff soon…running out of real estate though! The flowers represent life and living it in bright color. The day of the dead girl, she wears her mask. I used to wear one too, but only because there were parts of me too raw to be exposed to the air. Now, she’s just a part of where I came from and what I survived.

Q: Do you prefer to be the Alpha in a relationship?

A: Hahahahahahahaha! Oh, hell. Didn’t expect that one. Whew! Let’s see…the answer to that question, before Mr. Pretty-Corporate-Boy, was a solid, yes. Now? Let’s just say, Ryan changed the whole game. Don’t get me wrong, outside of the bedroom I’m still bitchy and pushy and snarky…but in the bedroom? Ahem…he’s got the reins. And let’s just say, that works for me.

Q: Why red?

A: Better question is, why not red? Red suits me, as well as the blonde and black in it. And I know you get it—yours is just as bright!

Q: Do you miss freak night and the mosh pits?

A: Hell fucking yes I miss it! Talk about a damn stress reliever. And you know, you’d think in LA I’d be able to find something similar, but there’s nothing like that club in Vegas. I’ll have to talk Ryan into a visit!

Q: Lastly, what song best describes you now?

A: This is a really hard one, Dorothy. Seriously, chica, that’s like…hmm. Okay, I think…”Ready to Lose” by Ingrid Michaelson. Of course you didn’t have that one on my playlist for the book, but I think it fits now. Or at least fits me and Ryan the best.

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Review and Contest: Midnight Ride

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Midnight Ride Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson

4 out of 5 Licks

Midnight Cowboys #1

One bucking bronco…

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours…

One hard-working widow…

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her… 

One midnight ride they’ll never forget…

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken…

I always enjoy Cat Johnson’s work.  She writes some seriously sexy cowboys and I never miss a chance to read her books so of course I jumped at the chance to read Midnight Ride.  The first meeting between Janie and Tyler was pretty amusing.  Tyler is young and seems like he’s been enjoying the ladies.  He didn’t really come across as a that big of a playboy to me, but apparently Janie has him pegged as one so she’s decided that she shouldn’t mess around with him.  Couple that with his age and she puts him firmly in the no category.  The book moved a little slow for me.  It took literally half the book for them to finally move forward toward a relationship and then she refused to go out in public with him.  It made me like her a little less.  I understand worrying about the age difference, but it felt like many times she didn’t care at all about how she was making him feel.  Eventually things do work themselves out and we get a happy ending.  All in all I still enjoyed the story.  The sex between these two is pretty spectacular too.  The definitely heat up the sheets.    

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Cat Johnson writes contemporary romance in genres including military and western. Known for her unique marketing and research techniques, she has sponsored pro bull riders, owns a collection of camouflage and western footwear for book signings, and a fair number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. For more visit CatJohnson.net

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Review: Wild With You

WILD WITH YOU red type cover Wild With You by Sara Jane Stone

3 out of 5 Licks

One night with a hero is just what she needs. But more spells trouble . . .

Dr. Katherine “Kat” Arnold left Oregon and never looked back at the town that failed her as a child. But when a new patient from Independence Falls joins her clinical trial, she returns determined to show everyone in her hometown how she has thrived—including her high school crush.

Brody Summers saves people. For years, he looked out for his younger siblings and ran the family business. Now he works search and rescue. After a failed mission, Brody plans to take an evening off. When a blonde city girl knocks him off his feet, he refuses to walk away from desire. But it doesn’t take long for Brody to realize the past is returning to haunt him—and it goes back farther than one wild night.

The last thing Kat wants is a reason to extend her stay in Independence Falls. But she can’t escape the memory of Brody’s wicked touch. As their passion heats up, Brody wonders if he’s falling for the one woman who doesn’t need rescuing.

I think you can tell from my previous reviews that I have really enjoyed the Independence Falls series.  I’m sad to see the series come to an end.  I’m hopeful that Sara will bring us more series like this in the future.  My reading tastes are all over the board when it comes to romance and this is what I would consider on the tamer/sweet end of the spectrum.  The sex is definitely hot though.  Brody is known as the good, dependable guy but clearly he likes his bedroom play kinky.  I always love running into kink in my books so this was a welcome find.  Kat and Brody heat up the sheets quickly and then dive right into awkward territory when he finds out she deceived him.  That did taint my view of Kat a bit, she came across a bit unlikable for me at times.  Her inner monologue went through her past so often that I grew a bit tired of it though.  I did have a lot of fun going through the building of the relationship between these two.  With this being the last in the series I feel like an epilogue would have been a nice way to wrap everything up.  We aren’t left hanging by any means, but I just wanted more of a final ending for all of the couples in the series.       

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Guest Post: Sara Jane Stone

 Today little kittens Sara Jane Stone has come by to talk about her writing process.  I absolutely love her Independence Falls series.  I’ll have a review of Wild With You tomorrow.  ;)

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I’m crazy about Facebook parties. Answering readers’ questions, introducing them to my work, hosting giveaways—I love interacting with readers. At a recent party, a number of readers asked about my writing process. I’m fascinated by the tidbits other authors share on social media. How many words do they write each day? Where do their ideas come from? (Jill Shalvis has the best answer to this question—a warehouse in Toledo :) )

When one of my favorite bloggers (who has supported the Independence Falls series from the beginning—thanks Kitty Kelly!) invited me to be her guest, I decided to share a write a brief behind the scenes look at my process.

Wild. Chaotic. Fun.

Those three words sum up how I write. I’ve tried setting daily word count goals, but it never works. As soon as I create a plan, one of my preschoolers stays home sick for a day. So I write whenever I can, taking a day here and there for a writer’s retreat.

My writer’s retreats are like heaven. I leave my wonderful, supportive husband with the kids and go to a quiet place without Internet for the day. I write for eight, ten, sometimes twenty-four hours straight, pausing only to order take-out. And I love every minute I spend with my characters.

The rest of the time, I scribble bits of dialog while cooking dinner. I’ve seen other authors post pictures of their picture-perfect writing view on Facebook. My view includes a lazy cat and a room full of Legos I plan to pick up after I write just one more scene.

I sit down to write a new story with a one to three page summary. Beyond that, I follow the characters, making it up as I go. Some scenes only take a few hours to write, while others take days. But even with deadlines looming, I’m always having fun crafting the story.

As for my ideas, they come from the people around me, news articles, and other books. Sometimes my wonderful agent will mention a popular trope and an idea will spring to mind. Often while I’m writing one story, an idea for another appears seemingly out of nowhere.

And I owe all of my readers a huge thank you for spending time in my worlds and  with my characters. I love this wild, chaotic, and fun process. And as soon as I type those last words, I can’t wait to share my story with readers (after many, many edits :) ).

Happy Reading! And if you have a question, please leave a comment here or find me on Facebook. I’m always happy to chat with readers!

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Synopsis

One night with a hero is just what she needs. But more spells trouble . . .

Dr. Katherine “Kat” Arnold left Oregon and never looked back at the town that failed her as a child. But when a new patient from Independence Falls joins her clinical trail, she returns determined forward to show everyone in her hometown how she has thrived—including her high school crush.

Brody Summers saves people. For years, he looked out for his younger siblings and ran the family business. Now, he works search and rescue. After a failed mission, Brody plans to take a night off. When a blonde city-girl knocks him off his feet, he refuses to walk away from desire. But it doesn’t take long for Brody to realize the past is returning to haunt him—and it goes back further than one wild night.

The last thing Kat wants is a reason to extend her stay in Independence Falls. But she can’t escape the memory of Brody’s wicked touch. As their passion heats up, Brody wonders if he’s falling for the one woman who doesn’t need rescuing.

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Additional books in this series

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Book One: Caught in the Act

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Falling for his rivals’ little sister could cost him everything …

For Liam Trulane, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers’ life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.

Only problem?

His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie’s family business. And after Liam’s relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can reach an understanding. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make her his.

After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce him, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she’ll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback may come at too high a price …

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No touching allowed …

After serving her country, Georgia Trulane craves adventure—and sex. She’s set her sights on her brother’s best friend—now her boss, since she took a temporary job as his nephew’s live-in nanny. Only problem? Eric refuses to touch her. That doesn’t stop Georgia from seducing him. But an earth-shattering encounter leaves her fully exposed, body and soul.

Eric has a long list of reasons to steer clear of the woman he has wanted for as long as he can remember. For one, he refuses to be her next thrill ride. When he claims her, it will be for good. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls. But will it be enough to conquer their obstacles?

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Book Three: Independence FallsHero By Night

Synopsis

He was nobody’s hero until he landed in the wrong bed …

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed …

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can’t touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he’s the hero Lena needs night and day … forever.

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Author Bio
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at http://www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.

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Review and Contest: Twisted

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TWISTEDTwisted by Cynthia Eden

5 out of 5 Licks

In the second seductive Lost novel from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden, an obsessed Last Option Search Team agent goes looking for trouble—and finds her in the Big Easy.

Dean Bannon comes to New Orleans for one reason only: to track down a missing sixteen-year-old girl. That’s before he meets the drop-dead gorgeous con artist who makes him want to lose his legendary control.

With her past, Emma Castille doesn’t claim to be psychic. She just notices things other people don’t. Like the fear in a runaway’s eyes-or the pain in an ex-FBI agent’s heart. Her chemistry with Dean is blistering, but Emma follows her passion . . . not someone else’s orders.

Then a madman breaks into Emma’s home and leaves a twisted message: “You’re next.” Now Dean refuses to let her out of his sight until he pries every last secret from her full, sexy lips. And suddenly Emma’s aching to give him everything he wants.

Another hit for Cynthia Eden!  I have come to love Cynthia’s dark heroes.  I can’t wait to see where she will take her characters and she has yet to disappoint me. I even found myself wondering multiple times if Dean really was the bad guy.  Of course he’s not though.  Once we learn a little more about the past it was pretty clear to me who the killer was, but I still wasn’t sure where Cynthia would take us.  This is definitely a twisted tale weaving two unlikely people together.  In one respect I never wanted the book to end, but I found myself devouring every page to see what happens.  As much as I loved the developing relationship between Dean and Emma, Jax totally stole the show.  I am ecstatic that his book is next!  I’m not sure how I am going to wait until the end of October to read Shattered.  I’m glad I have a warranty on my iPad because I’m pretty sure it’s going to catch fire when I read it!     

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Award-winning author CYNTHIA EDEN writes dark tales of paranormal romance and romantic suspense. She is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller. Cynthia is also a two-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over thirty novels and novellas. Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

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