Review: Three Times Lucky

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Ménage by Monday by Louisa Bacio
Playtime by Dorothy F. Shaw
Darkest Dreams by Solera Winters
Made for Two by Kim Carmichael
A Perfect Fit by Sascha Illyvich
Lucky Three & His Reward by Chelle

2.5 out of 5 Licks

This box set just didn’t pull me in.  The shorter the book the less opportunity to build your characters, make the reader like them, and want to see them happy.  Some of the stories were all over the board for me.  There were plot lines that showed up and then never went anywhere.  A couple of the stories just didn’t feel well developed for me.  The premises were interesting enough but the stories just fell a little short.  Playtime by Dorothy F. Shaw was my favorite of the bunch followed by Menage by Monday by Louisa Bacio.  Playtime was extremely hot and filled with sex. I would have liked to seen more story development but the relationship between the girls really did shine through.  Menage by Monday had some slow moments, but I wanted to see the characters make it together.  Louisa did a good job making me care about the three friends.

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KittyKelly   

 

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Cover Reveals: Madison Girls

That’s right today we have TWO cover reveals!  Mari Carr is re-releasing two of her old back list titles and they have beautiful new covers.  Valerie Tibbs made these beauts.  She also made my blog logo and header.  She is so freaking awesome!  Check them out and tell us what you think.  

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Kiss Me, Kate – coming December 28

Blindsided when her husband skips town with another woman, Kate is forced to move in with her sister. Desperate to get out of Jill’s apartment, Kate jumps at the chance to help Rick and Wes, DEA agents whose latest case finds them in urgent need of a house-sitter while they’re off on assignment.
As the months pass, a stronger Kate emerges. She develops an email friendship with Rick, and it isn’t long before they secretly begin starring in each other’s lust-filled fantasies. Problem is, after her failed marriage, Kate only wants a physical relationship. She’s terrified of losing her heart—which is exactly what Rick intends to capture upon his return.
They reach a compromise. One that involves explosive, no-strings sex–for now. Rick patiently deflects her fears and slakes her passion while keeping his darker, dominant needs in check, afraid of scaring his innocent lover. But unbeknownst to Rick, Kate has a few untapped fantasies of her own.
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Three Reasons Why – coming December 28

Wes wants Jill in every possible way a man can want a woman. But she’s resisting. Hard. When he learns she needs a handyman for her diner, he decides fate is smiling upon him—until Jill offers three reasons why they can’t be together. Always up for a challenge, Wes decides to prove her ridiculous reasons unsound, one by one.
Jill knows her reasons are total bull, but she’s sticking by them, come hell or high water. Unfortunately, Wes is extremely persuasive. Especially in bed. If the sex gets any hotter they’ll likely burn down the town. Before long, Jill’s reasons begin falling away as fast as her clothing whenever Wes is around.
But Jill knows exactly what Wes wants for his future, and she’s just prolonging the inevitable heartbreak. The real reason she can’t give herself to Wes, can’t allow herself to love him, can only lead to pain—the kind from which neither may ever recover.
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Audio Review: Nailed To The Wall

Nailedtothewall Nailed To The Wall by Jayne Rylon

4 out of 5 Licks

The crew is back and they’re dirtier than ever.

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Five sexy men with a penchant for love and lust in any variation have formed a crew. They work hard and play harder—together. Though their partnership began in construction, renovating houses and selling them for a mint, they’ve formed a bond around their shared goal to provide women, and each other, with the ultimate sexual experience.

Over the past year, as each member discovered his soul mate—or two—they expanded the reach of their circle, lighting up their nights along with their souls. Monogamous relationships and the desire to start families threaten to put their libertine revelry on the back burner. Will the passion that bonded them fade away? How will the new crew wives cope with the complex relationship the men will always cherish and crave?

Determined to prove they stand by their men, the women decide it’s time to flex some muscle and give the crew a dose of girl power. They collude to take the guys as their horny hostages, using some big guns: boudoir photos, a pillow fight and a calculated foray into partner swapping. But will they have the guts to go through with their plans?

Warning: By Book Five in this series, fans will attest that anything goes in the crew. Be prepared for ménage in every flavor—m/f, f/f, mfm, fmf, and more—along with a slew of that’s what he said jokes. No throwing tomatoes at the author, please!

The Powertools Series was the first thing I read from Jayne Rylon way back when I started reading again.  What a way to dive into the dirty book arena!  This series is full of every kind of position and combination you can imagine!  As always Gregory Salinas is wonderful to listen to.  We are entering the colder months here in the US and his voice added to Jayne’s words will definitely heat you up!  Now that all the couples are together we get to see how their relationships are progressing.  To get a real feel for everyone you really need to read the first four in the series.  Sadly the first four aren’t narrated by Greg but they are available in audio if you prefer to listen rather than read.  The ladies lead the pack in this book starting with a sexy boudoir photo shoot for their men full of that’s what he/she said jokes. And then the sexin starts.  There are lots of sex scenes in this one.  We’ve already read about all the relationships so now it’s time for the crew to work on the group dynamics.  I love series books and it’s always hard for me to let go of the characters once they’ve found their match (or matches in some cases) so this was a great chance to visit the crew again.  I can’t wait to listen to the next in the series and wrap up an emotional chapter in the crews lives.    

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KittyKelly   

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Review: Hot Ink Anthology

hotink_200 Hot Ink Anthology by Carrie Ann Ryan, Cari Quinn, and Sidney Bristol

4 out of 5 Licks

Forever Ink by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan

A Montgomery Ink Novella

The idea of a May-December romance has never looked so hot when it comes to broody lawyer, Morgan and sizzling tattoo artist, Callie. Between conniving family members, blondes with too much time on their hands, and their own misgivings, trust in the bedroom and out of it won’t come easy.

Takedown by USA Today Bestselling Author Cari Quinn

A Tapped Out Bonus Novella

After honorably discharged Navy SEAL Liam Walsh discovers his estranged brother, Slater, is living platonically with Abby, the only woman Liam ever loved, he vows to remind her of their scorching history. But Abby has changed since Liam left, and he only has one long weekend to stake his claim…

Bound Memories by Sidney Bristol

A Bayou Bound Novella

Kit Carson is back in his home town to do more than promote his latest reality TV win on Tattoo King. He’s returned to win over the woman who kinked up his world, but Renee LeBlanc isn’t the girl he remembers. Ten years can go in a blink of an eye and he won’t let her walk away from him again.

Overall I enjoyed this anthology.  My favorite of the bunch was Bound Memories.  I’ve really grown to love Sidney’s characters and she does a good job sucking me into the story and making me want the characters to have a happy ever after.  I liked that Kit wasn’t your typical super muscular hero.  He doesn’t have an 8-pack and he’s sporting a beard and I loved him for that.  I occasionally read about female characters who aren’t perfect but I don’t know if I’ve ever read about the opposite.  I also liked that even though Kit was on a successful TV show he wasn’t rich even after winning the show.  There are so many rich folks stories out there right now that I’m starting to get a bit tired of them.  It’s nice to be able to have the money for anything but it’s more real for me when they have to work a day job to make ends meet-guess it’s more like my life. lol  

I enjoyed Carrie and Cari’s stories as well.  Forever Ink is all about the rich older man/younger woman troupe.  For an older man I was a little surprised at how much he still bowed down to his mother.  He did eventually grow a pair (they were always there just ask Callie she’s knows), but it took a while for him to use them.  Callie was a lot of fun.  She is very much a free spirit who marches to the beat of her own drum.  She is a super likable character.  Tapped Out was just okay for me.  I really didn’t connect with Liam or Abby.  It all felt a little unnatural and forced to me.  

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KittyKelly  

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Review: Giving Off Sparks

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4 out of 5 Licks

Resisting a gorgeous firefighter bent on seduction could prove the ultimate challenge.

Firefighter Rob McConnell doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets Sierra Lawson and his common sense goes up in flames. The woman sets his heart alight the instant he meets her, and he could swear the feeling is mutual. But Sierra has one rule that makes a relationship between them unworkable—she doesn’t date firefighters. Still, Rob thinks the spark between them deserves an opportunity to grow and he’ll use every seductive talent he has to convince Sierra to take a chance on love.

Sierra doesn’t believe in taking chances. Her late fiancé took them on the job as a cop and wound up dead. Knowing she can’t go through that kind of heartache again, Sierra vows never to date another man in a dangerous profession. But when hunky firefighter Rob bursts into her life, her list of rules looks set to burn up like dry kindling. The man is temptation personified. An affair seems inevitable.

Guarding her heart? Impossible.

We first meet Rob in Burning Up.  I’m always sad when a story starts with a threesome and someone winds up left out in the end so I was happy to see Rob get his woman. In Burning Up Rob came across as fairly naive, but in Giving Off Sparks he is a changed man.  He knows what he wants and goes straight after it.  Once Rob sees Sierra that’s the end of it, he has to have her.  After Sierra lost her fiance she is too scared to really let herself love again.  She has a hard time fighting her attraction to Rob.  She decides to let go and be with him, but only allows herself to be with him for short time. This was a short and sweet story-plenty of heat too though!  I really enjoyed seeing Rob get a happy ending (in more ways than one!).  I hope Sami plans on writing more in this series.  

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KittyKelly

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Review: No Matter What

NoMatterWhat No Matter What by Erin Nicholas

4 out of 5 Licks

The best doesn’t come cheap…and this time it could cost him his heart.

Handsome billionaire Adam Steele is good. Good at getting his way. If nothing else, money always works—until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match.

Feisty physical therapist Jaden Monroe has never met a man quite like Adam. She’s not sure if it’s his I’m–in–charge attitude or the heat in his eyes when he looks at her, but she finds herself wanting to say yes to anything he asks. Like when he asks her to help his daughter walk again. Of course, the million dollars he offers—just enough to finish the pediatric rehab wing Jaden has been working for and dreaming of—is hard to say no to as well.

But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As she and Adam fight their attraction, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart.

This book has been previously published and has been expanded from its original release.

Warning: Contains heated arguments that erupt only slightly more often than hot kissing, a new perspective on kitchen appliances, and sizzling sex occurring everywhere BUT the bedroom (though they eventually make it there).

One of the more popular tropes right now is the billionaire/millionaire love story and this one definitely falls into that category.  I’ve started to get a little tired of the premise, but Erin does a good job keeping it fresh with the addition of a teenage daughter who lost a portion of her leg.  Adam hired Jaden to help his daughter walk again, he wasn’t expecting to fall for her-we all know where this is going right?  Of course they fall in love, but not without some issues along the way.  I liked the teenage daughter.  Her attitude and surliness kept things interesting and made it feel real.  It wouldn’t have worked as well if she was super cooperative.  lol  Adam does something stupid (we all knew it was bound to happen at some point) and then makes a big gesture to try to make it right.  This one is more sweet than sexy overall.  Don’t get me wrong the chemistry between these two was huge, but the main focus of this one wasn’t how hot they burned up the sheets.  I am very excited for the next installment of this series.  I’m glad Erin decided to write more because I really need to see Tony find some happiness. 

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KittyKelly

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Review: A Santini In Love

santini A Santini in Love by Melissa Schroeder

4 out of 5 Licks

She was the last woman standing.

Madison Baker was born and bred to be a Marine. When a roadside bomb ends her first deployment—not to mention her career—she is left to pick up the pieces of what is left of her life. She’s returned to Oceanside to regroup and move on. It doesn’t mean she’s ready for a relationship, even if a particular Santini has different plans.

Love happens when you least expect it.

When he first met Madison back at the Academy, Dante Santini is sure the woman was put on the earth to irritate him. She’s prickly and mouthy. She always thinks she’s right. Worse—she almost always is. She hasn’t really changed over the years. One disagreement ends up with them lip locked and very nearly falling into bed, Dante discovers he might need to rethink his first impression.

When Madison is convinced she witnesses a murder, the only person who believes her is Dante. Together, they sift through the meager evidence, trying to unearth the secrets someone is trying to hide. Neither one of them expecting it would draw them closer—or that a killer is hell bent on making sure those secrets stay buried.

The Santini’s are back!! I love a good military romance and Mel writes some great ones.  I don’t see very many female military heroines so it’s always refreshing when one pops up.  Madison is living with PTSD and working hard to maintain as normal of a life as she can.  She’s changed a lot since Dante saw her last and now he’s determined to make her his.   Dante believes in her when she isn’t sure she believes in herself anymore.  Dante turns out to be quite the sweetheart and refuses to let Madison doubt herself or her instincts.  I loved seeing these two find each other again and fall hard.  Something about seeing a Santini fall is extra awesome! They fall so hard and so completely, it is always so much fun to read.  

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KittyKelly 

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Review: Rocky Mountain Romance

RockyMountainRomance Rocky Mountain Romance by Vivan Arend

4 out of 5 Licks

Six Pack Ranch Book 7

Second chances are the sweetest—and the hottest.

It took a spectacularly embarrassing break-up to knock Steve Moonshine Coleman off his lazy butt. In the ten months since that night, he’s changed his ways. Now that Melody’s back in town, it’s time for this sweet-talking cowboy to convince her to get back in the saddle with him.

A return to her veterinary position in Rocky Mountain House was always in the cards for Melody Langley. Getting back together with Steve? Never part of the plan. He had lots of potential but zero ambition, and there’s no way she’ll accept anything less than a man who can keep up with her, in and out of bed.

But the new-and-improved cowboy is impossible to resist, so Melody issues a challenge. Three months to prove he’s reformed. Three months of Steve orchestrating one sexual indulgence after another—wicked distractions from the old boys’ club Melody faces at work and Steve’s growing responsibilities.

He’s got one shot to prove with more than words what’s in his heart and soul.

Warning: Fifty percent less angst, twice as much filthy-talking, dirty-daring cowboy. Get ready for a whole lot of make-your-knees-weak wooing from a man intent on proving he’s got what it takes, and the woman ready to push him way past his limits.

I LOVE VIVIAN AREND!!!!! Ok now that we have that out of the way.  I’m so happy to be back with the Coleman crew.  It is impossible for me to let this family go and thankfully it must be just as hard for Viv cause she keeps on giving us more.  In Rocky Mountain Romance we get to know another one of the Coleman cousins. Steve clearly pissed off Melody, but he’s ready to own up to his mistakes and win her back.  It’s really hard not to like the version of Steve we meet in this book, but there are some not so great glimpses into his past that make you understand why Melody wasn’t willing to stay with him.  These two are supper hot when they get naked together and Steve loves trying to find new things to do with her.  There were some times when I got frustrated with Melody and thought she was being to hard on Steve.  What’s a relationship without a little self manufactured drama though.  lol  All in all Viv has given us another great addition to the Six Pack series.  I always think that the current book is my new favorite, but then I read the next one and it takes the top spot.  I can’t wait for the next book!

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Release Day Blitz: Cherished by Lexi Blake‏

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Synopsis

A doctor living a double life

By day, Dr. Will Daley is one of Dallas’s most eligible bachelors, but every night he dons his leathers as one of Sanctum’s most desired Doms. He’s sworn off looking for a long-term relationship but is captivated by the club’s newest member, Bridget Slaten, even though they couldn’t be more different. She comes from a world of privilege and he was raised in poverty. When he discovers she needs a date to her sister’s wedding, he makes certain he’s literally the only man for the job.

A woman no longer willing to live in the shadows

For most of her life, Bridget hid herself behind her laptop. She can write romantic, sensuous lives for her characters but not herself. Having Master Will as her date to the wedding is a thrilling prospect but he has a special request. He wants her to accept two weeks of his services as a Dom, a lover, and expert in BDSM, and that is an offer she can’t refuse. Their sexual chemistry is undeniable, but it’s in the tender moments that Bridget realizes she’s falling for a man who might never trust her with his heart.

A love strong enough to cherish

Together in paradise for a week, Will realizes he can’t imagine his life without Bridget. As the wedding approaches, ghosts from their past come back to haunt them and threaten to ruin the peace they’ve found. With everything exposed, they will have to risk it all to claim the love that can set them both free.

“I thought you were staying for dinner.” He moved in, taking up all the space. This close, she could see that he had a five-o’clock shadow across his perfect jaw. She was a sucker for a square jaw. Damn it. Even his ears were hot. She kind of wanted to lick them to see if he was ticklish there.

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Excerpt

“I think that’s a bad idea.”

“Because I’m not looking for anything serious?” Will asked. “Does everything have to be serious? Do you go into every relationship looking to get married?”

“No. I don’t think about getting married much.” Her parents’ marriage was so bad she often couldn’t stomach the idea. “But I’m getting too old to do the one-night stand thing.”

He moved in closer and she nearly forgot to breathe. He smelled so good. Clean and masculine. Sandalwood. He’d likely washed with it. All over. A vision of him soaping that body made her mouth water. “I didn’t say anything about one-night stands. I said maybe you shouldn’t take every relationship so seriously. Bridget, I want to spend time with you.”

And her nipples were hard. Yeah, they wanted to spend time with him, but her brain was still in charge. “My sister’s getting married in Hawaii.”

Oh, her brain was a traitor, too.

He loomed over her, his body inches away. His lips curled up in the sexiest grin. “Really? That sounds like fun. When is that happening?”

He was going to kiss her. His lips were going to touch hers and she had the sudden and deep fear that she wouldn’t be the same afterward. Still, she couldn’t quite seem to move, couldn’t get the will worked up to step back. She only managed to run her tongue across her lips to make sure they weren’t bone dry. “Soon. Next week.”

He sighed, his hands finding her shoulders. “Oh, I guess you’re going to be out of town then. I was hoping to see you while I was on vacation next week.”

She was mesmerized by his eyes. This close, she could see how green they were. His hands moved to her neck. “You could come with me. I need a date.”

Now she was kind of happy everyone else had turned her down. It seemed right to ask him, good to be here with him.

There was the sound of a phone ringing.

He shook his head as his hands sank into her hair. The way he was taking his time did something for her. The men she’d been with before had all just gone for it and would likely have already been pawing her boobs by now, but Will was moving with languid seduction. It was like a dance. “You need a date?”

The only thing pulling her out of the sensual haze was that stupid phone. Who had a landline these days? “I do. Shouldn’t you get that?”

His nose touched hers as his fingers ran along her scalp, sending pleasurable shivers through her body. “Don’t worry about it. The hospital requires I keep a house phone. And a pager. And a cell. If it’s really important, they’ll page me. This is more fun than answering the phone, don’t you think? Bridget, you know I won’t be able to keep my hands off you if we go to Hawaii together.”

She didn’t want him to. She was fairly certain she was going to fall into bed with him in the next ten minutes. Maybe he was right. Maybe she took everything too seriously and she should have some fun for once in her life. Maybe she could handle it. “Will?”

His mouth hovered right over hers, and there was no way to mistake the satisfaction coming off him. He wanted her. God, he really wanted her. “Yes, Bridget?”

“Do you want to come to Hawaii with me? We could have fun.”

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The Dom Who Loved Me (Masters & Mercenaries Book 1)

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The Men In The Golden Cuffs (Masters & Mercenaries Book 2)

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A Dom Is Forever (Masters & Mercenaries Book 3)

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On Her Master’s Secret Service (Masters & Mercenaries Book 4)

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Sanctum (Masters & Mercenaries Book 4.5)

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Love And Let Die (Masters & Mercenaries Book 5)

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Unconditional (Masters & Mercenaries Book 5.5)

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Dungeon Royale (Masters & Mercenaries Book 6)

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1001 Dark Nights (Masters & Mercenaries Book 6.5)

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Author Bio

Lexi Blake

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are four more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess and Their Virgin Hostage. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Secretary, is coming to Amazon this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first five novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master’s Secret Service, and Love and Let Die are available now, along with a novella titled Sanctum. The sixth novel, Dungeon Royale, is coming in February of 2014 along with two new novellas, Unconditional, releasing in January of 2014 and Dungeon Games, coming in May of 2014.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first two books, Steal the Light and Steal the Day are available now on Amazon. Book 3 in the series, Steal the Moon, is coming in January of 2014.

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For more information about her books, her appearances and her wacky life visit her Facebook page (http://goo.gl/q2IHnJ) or her website (http://www.lexiblake.net).

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Last Hero Standing Book Blitz

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Eleven authors have donated their work to a box set of novellas to raise money for the medical expenses of a colleague stricken with breast cancer. The LAST HERO STANDING box set, which is set to release on Oct. 28, features 11 novels and novellas for only 99 cents, including a bonus short story from New York Times bestseller Dianna Love. All the proceeds from sales of the box set will go toward the medical expenses of USA Today bestselling author Pamela Clare, who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past April and has been unable to work since then.

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LAST HERO STANDING BOX SET

Enjoy 11 emotional stories – 2000 pages filled with all types of heroes from small town to international action-adventure who earn and protect those they love. Over 360 reviews with a 4.5 star rating!!!

PLEASE NOTE: This box set will be available for ONE MONTH ONLY, and all proceeds go directly to the medical fund for box set author Pamela Clare, who is in the midst of her own battle with breast cancer. Everyone who touched this project donated their time and stories. Please help us help her by treating yourself and your friends to a box set full of great stories!

New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love

KISS THE ENEMY, a Slye Temp novel

“It seems with each book, this series gets better…”

New York Times Bestseller Cynthia Eden

FIRST TASTE OF DARKNESS, a novella

“Plenty of passion to fan yourself but also enough love…to make you swoon.” –So Many Reads

New York Times Bestseller Elisabeth Naughton

FIRST EXPOSURE, an Aegis Security prequel novella

“This series is off to an explosive start.”

New York Times Bestseller Joan Swan

SINFUL DECEPTION, a Renegades novel

“Another fast-paced, action-packed, sexy Covert Affairs story!”

New York Times Bestseller Bonnie Vanak

TAKEN BY THE ALPHA WOLF, a novella

“Highly recommend to anyone who likes steamy, sexy novels.”

USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare

FIRST STRIKE, an I-Team novella

“If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, you must read Pamela Clare!”

USA Today Bestseller Mary Buckham

INVISIBLE FEARS, an Invisible Recruits novel

“The powerful descriptive ability this author displays raises the bar for Urban Fantasy!”

USA Today Bestseller Adrienne Giordano

THE EVASION, a Justifiable Cause Novella

“Adrienne Giordano delivers everything romantic suspense readers want…”

USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson

NIGHTFALL, A Vampire Romance Novel

“…an edge of your seat series.”

Award-Winning Author Stephanie Rowe

ICE, an Alaska Heat novel

“ICE delivers pulse-pounding chills and hot romance!”

Award-winning Author Tracey Devlyn

LATYMER, a Nexus novella

“Powerful…and gripping.”

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Excerpt:

ICE – Stephanie Rowe

Kaylie’s hands were shaking as she rifled through her bag, searching for her yoga pants. She needed the low-slung black ones with a light pink stripe down the side. The cuffs were frayed from too many wearings to the grocery store late at night for comfort food, and they were her go-to clothes when she couldn’t cope. Like now.

She couldn’t find them.

“Come on!” Kaylie grabbed her other suitcase and dug through it, but they weren’t there. “Stupid pants! I can’t—” A sob caught at her throat and she pressed her palms to her eyes, trying to stifle the swell of grief. “Sara—”

Her voice was a raw moan of pain, and she sank to the thick shag carpet. She bent over as waves of pain, of loneliness, of utter grief shackled her. For her parents, her brother, her family and now Sara—

Dear God, she was all alone.

“Dammit, Kaylie! Get up!” she chided herself. She wrenched herself to her feet. “I can do this.” She grabbed a pair of jeans and a silk blouse off the top of her bag and turned toward the bathroom. One step at a time. A shower would make her feel better.

She walked into the tiny bathroom, barely noticing the heavy wood door as she stepped inside and flicked the light switch. Two bare light bulbs flared over her head, showing a rustic bathroom with an ancient footed tub and a raw wood vanity with a battered porcelain sink. A tiny round window was on her right. It was small enough to keep out the worst of the cold, but big enough to let in some light and breeze in the summer.

She was in Alaska, for sure. God, what was she doing here?

Kaylie tossed the clean clothes on the sink and unzipped her jacket, dropping it on the floor. She tugged all her layers off, including the light blue sweater that had felt so safe

this morning when she’d put it on. She stared grimly at her black lace bra, so utterly feminine, exactly the kind of bra that her mother had always considered frivolous and completely impractical. Which it was. Which was why that was the only style Kaylie ever wore.

She should never have come to Alaska. She didn’t belong here. She couldn’t handle this. Kaylie gripped the edge of the sink. Her hands dug into the wood as she fought against the urge to curl into a ball and cry.

After a minute, Kaylie lifted her head and looked at herself in the mirror. Her eyes were wide and scared, with dark circles beneath. Her hair was tangled and flattened from her wool hat. There was dirt caked on her cheeks.

Kaylie rubbed her hand over her chin, and the streaks of mud didn’t come off.

She tried again, then realized she had smudges all over her neck. She turned on the water, and wet her hands…and saw her hands were covered as well.

Stunned, Kaylie stared as the water ran over her hands, turning pink as it swirled in the basin.

Not dirt.

Sara’s blood.

“Oh, God.” Kaylie grabbed a bar of soap and began to scrub her hands. But the blood was dried, stuck to her skin. “Get off!” She rubbed frantically, but the blackened crust wouldn’t come off. Her lungs constricted and she couldn’t breathe. “I can’t—”

The door slammed open, and Cort stood behind her, wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

The tears burst free at the sight of Cort, and Kaylie held up her hands to him. “I can’t get it off—”

“I got it.” Cort took her hands and held them under the water, his grip warm and strong. “Take a deep breath, Kaylie. It’s okay.”

“It’s not. It won’t be.” She leaned her head against his shoulder, closing her eyes as he washed her hands roughly and efficiently. His muscles flexed beneath her cheek, his skin hot through his shirt. Warm. Alive. “Sara’s dead,” she whispered. “My parents. My brother. They’re all gone. The blood—” Sobs broke free again, and she couldn’t stop the trembling.

“I know. I know, babe.” He pulled her hands out from under the water and grabbed a washcloth. He turned her toward him and began to wash her face and neck.

His eyes were troubled, his mouth grim. But his hands were gentle where he touched her, gently holding her face still while he scrubbed. His gaze flicked toward hers, and he held contact for a moment, making her want to fall into those brown depths and forget everything. To simply disappear into the energy that was him. “You have to let them go,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do to bring them back—”

“No.” A deep ache pounded at Kaylie’s chest and her legs felt like they were too weak to support her. “I can’t. Did you see Sara? And Jackson? His throat—” She bent over, clutching her stomach. “I—”

Cort’s arms were suddenly around her, warm and strong, pulling her against his solid body. Kaylie fell into him, the sobs coming hard, the memories—

“I know.” Cort’s whisper was soft, his hand in her hair, crushing her against him. “It sucks. Goddamn, it sucks.”

Kaylie heard his grief in the raw tone of his voice and realized his body was shaking as well. She looked up and saw a rim of red around his eyes, shadows in the hollows of his whiskered cheeks. “You know,” she whispered, knowing with absolute certainty that he did. He understood the grief consuming her.

“Yeah.” He cupped her face, staring down at her, his grip so tight it was almost as desperate as she felt. She could feel his heart beating against her nearly bare breasts, the rise of his chest as he breathed, the heat of his body warming the deathly chill from hers.

For the first time in forever, she suddenly didn’t feel quite as alone.

In her suffering, she had company. Someone who knew. Who understood. Who shared her pain. It had been so long since the dark cavern surrounding her heart had lessened, since she hadn’t felt consumed by the loneliness, but with Cort holding her…there was a flicker of light in the darkness trying to take her. “Cort—”

He cleared his throat. “I gotta go check the chili.” He dropped his hands from her face and stood up to go, pulling away from her.

Without his touch, the air felt cold and the anguish returned full force. Kaylie caught his arm. “Don’t go—” She stopped, not sure what to say, what to ask for. All she knew was that she didn’t want him to leave, and she didn’t want him to stop holding her.

Cort turned back to her, and a muscle ticked in his cheek.

For a moment, they simply stared at each other. She raised her arms. “Hold me,” she whispered. “Please.”

He hesitated for a second, and then his hand snaked out and he shackled her wrist. He yanked once, and she tumbled into him. Their bodies smacked hard as he caught her around the waist, his hands hot on her bare back.

She threw her arms around his neck and sagged into him. He wrapped his arms around her, holding her tightly against him. With only her bra and his T-shirt between them, the heat of his body was like a furnace, numbing her pain. His name slipped out in a whisper, and she pressed her cheek against his chest. She focused on his masculine scent. She took solace in the feel of another human’s touch, in the safety of being held in arms powerful enough to ward off the grief trying to overtake her.

His hand tunneled in her hair, and he buried his face in the curve of her neck, his body shaking against hers.

“Cort—” She started to lift her head to look at him, to see if he was crying, but he tightened his grip on her head, forcing her face back to his chest, refusing to allow her to look at him.

Keeping her out.

Isolating her.

She realized he wasn’t a partner in her grief. She was alone, still alone, always alone.

All the anguish came cascading back. Raw loneliness surged again, and she shoved away from him as sobs tore at her throat. She couldn’t deal with being held by him when the sense of intimacy was nothing but an illusion. “Leave me alone.”

Kaylie whirled away from him, keeping her head ducked. She didn’t want to look at him. She needed space to find her equilibrium again and rebuild her foundation.

“Damn it, Kaylie.” Cort grabbed her arm and spun her back toward him.

She held up her hands to block him, her vision blurred by the tears streaming down her face. “Don’t—”

His arms snapped around her and he hauled her against him even as she fought his grip. “No! Leave me alone—”

His mouth descended on hers.

Not a gentle kiss.

A kiss of desperation and grief and need. Of the need to control something. Of raw human passion for life, for death, for the touch of another human being.

And it broke her.

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Author Extras :

1. How has cancer touched you personally?

My father died of cancer when I was 24, three weeks before my wedding. He was one of the most amazing people ever, and he died because, despite his being sick for a year, his doctors didn’t diagnose the cancer until it the very end, when it was too late. Every day I wish he was still here. Cancer is a grueling disease emotionally and financially, and I wish I could eradicate it from the world.

2. Why did you participate in the LAST HERO STANDING fundraiser for fellow author Pamela Clare?

Being worried about finances is debilitating on its own, but when you’re fighting for your life, the added weight of financial strain can rob you of those last shreds of energy and hope you need for healing. I really wanted to support Pamela, both as an author and as a person, to enable her to focus solely on healing herself, and not on worrying about how she was going to pay for treatments or support herself financially. She is an incredible woman who brightens the world around her with her courage,

her love, and her books, and I wanted to do anything I could to help her in her battle.

Stephanie Rowe

Author Bio:

Four-time RITA® Award nominee and Golden Heart® Award winner, Stephanie Rowe, is a nationally bestselling author. She has published more than forty novels, including her bestselling paranormal and vampire romances, her gripping Alaska Heat romantic suspense series, and her passionate Ever After contemporary series. Learn more about Stephanie and her books at http://www.stephanierowe.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StephanieRoweBooks, on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/StephanieRowe2/, and on Twitter at StephanieRowe2.

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