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Entering the kitchen, I find Chris leaning on the marble countertop by the coffeepot, shirtless and in his pajama bottoms, the long strands of his blond hair a wild, sexy mess I’m pretty sure I created last night.
He glances up from the paper he’s reading, then picks up his coffee cup. “Morning, Ms. McMillan.”
“Morning, Mr. Merit,” I reply, grinning as I join him.
He offers me his coffee cup and I happily accept it, taking a drink of the perfectly flavored coffee and creamer. Sharing a cup with Chris has this sexy, intimate feel to it that always does funny things to my belly.
“Your last day as a free woman,” he comments.
“Why? Are you planning to tie me up sometime soon?”
He covers my hands on his cup. “Is that an objection, or wishful thinking?” He tilts the cup and drinks, his eyes never leaving mine.
“I plead the Fifth. It’s more fun that way.”
“That it is,” he agrees, but a sigh follows. “I wish I could do the same, but you’d better look at the newspaper.” He sets the cup on the counter, then hands me the Arts section of the local paper.
Dread fills me as I read the headline: “Acclaimed Artist and Philanthropist Chris Merit to wed Sara McMillan on Valentine’s Day in Star-studded Event in Sonoma.” I set it down. “We went to so much trouble to get the press off our backs before the wedding, and now they’ve found us! I knew when all these famous people showed up on the guest list, it was going to turn into a zoo.”
“Walker Security anticipated the press, and they’re staffed and ready for it. It’ll be fine. We’ll be shielded.”
Nerves the size of birds, not butterflies, attack my stomach.
“We should have eloped.”
“We still can. Let’s do it. Now. Today.”
“We can’t elope,” I say, sounding appalled, as if he’d suggested it, not me. “People who respect you are coming a long way to see us. And Katie has planned this for months.”
“Baby, we can do whatever we want. This is our day.”
“No. We can’t. Not this far into this. Which reminds me— you can’t stay here tonight. It’s bad luck to see the bride the night before the wedding.”
“I told you how I feel about that. We make our own luck.”
He kisses me. “I’m staying here tonight, and I’m fucking you like I won’t see you ever again, just to be sure you walk down that aisle.”
“If you’re waiting for me at the end of that aisle, I’ll be there. And if you’re staying here tonight, we can use separate bedrooms.”
“Does today count as part of that eve-of-the-wedding rule?”
He scoops me up and I yelp. “What are you doing?”
“I’m a renegade, baby. Let’s go break the rules.”
RELEASE DATE: February 2nd
Passion. Mystery. It all collides in the breathtaking conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Inside Out series, ALL OF ME.
He’s rich and famous, his past dark, but so is hers. Can they save each other? Or will the darkness tear them apart?
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If I Were You (bk 1)
Being Me (bk 2)
Revealing Us (bk 3)
His Secrets (bk 3.1)
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
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Author Spotlight ~ Al Daltrey
Men and women see the world differently, as do dominants and submissives. A Condo With Two Views is told from two perspectives: Jack’s and Chloe’s. Jack is a loving and protective… husband, but with a kinky penchant for sharing his willing wife. Chloe is smart and strikingly beautiful, and obeys every command from her husband, no matter how perverse. Each gives their view of the story: one where Chloe must submit to a grungy caretaker, a sexy lesbian couple, an evil developer, an older sadist, and the list goes on. But, what happens when she’s pushed too far? Is the deep love of a husband and wife more powerful than the bond of a dominant and submissive? What will win out, love or bdsm?*This story contains STRONG BDSM. While fully consensual, it includes submission, dominance, sadism and masochism. Please do NOT buy or read this if you are offended by graphic sexual descriptions including sexual violence. All characters are aged 25+, and it is recommended for an adult audience ONLY (aged 21+). This story is pure fiction and the author does not condone any violent behavior.
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Genre: Dark Erotica BDSM
Abby stood nervously before her Master in the classic submissive pose: fully nude, legs apart, wrists placed behind her back; deeply ashamed of her evident arousal. Worse, she had to recount in exact detail the proceedings of her last whipping. The whipping had been severe; as was the case with most of the clients she was commissioned to serve. Most of these clients were men, some were women, on occasion a couple, or even a group. Nevertheless her body reacted like that of a wanton whore as she retold of the sadistic punishments and extreme sexual use inflicted upon her body.
How far would her Master push her with these ‘tests’? How far would Abigail go? How many times could she stand before him blushing; yet with that unmistakable tingle? Their relationship was surely headed for a collision course. Or was it?
*This story contains STRONG BDSM. While fully consensual, it includes submission, dominance, sadism and masochism. Please do NOT buy or read this if you are offended by graphic sexual descriptions including sexual violence. All characters are aged 25+, and it is recommended for an adult audience ONLY (aged 21+). This story is pure fiction and the author does not condone any violent behavior.
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Here’s a little sneak peek into ALL OF ME!
Only minutes later, we pull up to the gate of our home on Foch Avenue, and Chris rolls down his window and keys in the entry code.
Our home. I’ll never get tired of those words, and I’m finally starting to get used to using them. But what really hits me in this moment is that no matter how out of his mind with grief and guilt Chris might be, I don’t feel insecure. I don’t believe he has any intention of shutting me out, as he did in the face of tragedy in the past. No matter what we have to endure, no matter how ugly life might get, my place will always be with Chris. And he needs that security as much as I do. He needs to know that no matter how bad things get, I’m not going anywhere.
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She’s everything he’s never wanted. He’s everything she’s never known.
Scott Cole is a force to be reckoned with. As Vice President of the Storm Motorcycle Club he carries out his duties with a ruthless determination. He moves through life with a clear agenda – protect his club and his family at all costs.
He is intense.
He is loyal.
He is fierce.
He doesn’t give his love easily, but when he does, he loves fiercely. Settling down, however, has never been part of his plan.
Harlow James is a country girl who has never met a biker in her life. She is also done with men. In her experience all they ever do is lie, cheat or steal. When she meets Scott Cole she knows he is heartbreak on legs.
He is confident.
He is sexy.
He is bossy.
She knows she must fight her growing attraction to this complex man in order to guard her heart. When his world crashes into hers and danger comes calling, Scott’s fierce desire to protect kicks in and Harlow realises that she might just have found a man worth taking a risk on.
Forever is a long time and takes a lot of hard work.
For twelve years, Madison and J’s love story has been wild and uncontrollable. Their road to love has been full of breathtaking highs and devastating lows. Finally, they’ve found each other again and have both sworn that this time it will be forever.
Theirs is an everlasting love.
Or, is it?
Can forever be an impossible dream when two people are as headstrong as these two? Or will the deep love they have for each other win out and give them the forever they’ve fought hard for?
He doesn’t do relationships. Neither does she. But they can’t fight the attraction any longer…
Nash Walker hides the demons that consume his soul. He buries them deep and distracts himself with sex. Anything to avoid facing a past full of heartbreak and regret; anything to numb the pain that he struggles with daily.
Velvet Carr has spent years fighting her demons. It’s a fight she’s winning. That is, until Nash crashes his way into her life and into her heart.
It started out as a bit of harmless fun between friends; it wasn’t meant to get complicated for either of them. But when two broken souls come together and arouse unwanted feelings in each other, complicated is what happens.
Can Nash and Velvet help heal each other and revive the love in their lives that they’ve both been refusing to allow in for years? Or will they let their demons ruin any chance they may have at happiness?
BLOOD WILL BE SHED…
The ghosts of Donovan “Blade” Brookes’ life are closing in on him.
Hardened by an abusive childhood and haunted by the murder of his fiancé, Blade struggles against the dark forces threatening to consume him. When he helps Layla Reed in her hour of need, he has no idea she will be the light to his darkness. As they spend more time together, he is powerless to fight his desire for her. Powerless to fight his need for her. However, as his feelings deepen, he pushes her away, reluctant to drag her into his world. With enemies coming at him from all directions, Storm MC needing his help to fight off a rival, and his father still causing him grief, Blade needs the love of a good woman now more than ever. Can Layla push Blade to the edge and get him to admit to both of them what he wants? Or will the darkness pull him under once and for all?
Bobby Baker is a man with new lease on life.
He is engaged to his high school sweetheart, and he is bonding with the fourteen year old son he wasn’t aware of a little less than a year ago.
But there’s more. The love of his life is pregnant with their second child. This time, he’ll be there to witness the birth of one of his children instead of missing out on it.
Or will he?
Belle unexpectedly goes into labor a month early while Bobby is coming off a mission half a world away. Will he be able to make it home in time for the birth of his second child?
Or will he miss this delivery, too?
The nurse slowly side-stepped from the room’s doorway over to me, keeping her wary gaze on the woman who was screeching like a banshee on the bed. “Sir, should I call a priest in to perform an exorcism?”
I turned my head to consider the nervous nurse’s suggestion. Short of Belle turning her head three hundred sixty degrees and vomiting green shit, I had to admit she was sort of acting like a demonically possessed hellion.
Movement out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. I managed to grab the nurse’s shoulder, forcing her to duck down with me as the object flew over our heads, hit the wall with a bang, and then clattered to the floor.
Hesitantly, I looked over at the now still projectile to see what it was and shuddered. Belle’s bedpan. Sweet mother of God, the woman really was possessed.
“Hey! Assholes! Stop gossiping like little girls and get over here and get this kid out of me!” Her eyes were blazing with pain and fury, her blonde hair was a messy halo around her head, and she didn’t have a lick of make-up on. She looked like she had marched through war and back.
She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, though.
And temporarily fuck-nuts crazy, too.
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Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid. K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away….
K. C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.
Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…
BLP Review ~ Tracy
I kinda stumbled across Bully just after it was released and decided to give it a read… I’m SO glad I did.
The series, IMHO, has just gotten better and better as we’ve moved along and read all of the characters stories.
I have to admit that being in my mid 40s, normally a book with a cast in the age range that the Fall Away peeps are in wouldn’t be one of my first choice reads….. BUT when it comes to Penelope Douglas and this series, it’s a different matter entirely. I put down another MUST READ to get started on Jaxon and KC’s story as I’ve been itching to get my hands on Falling Away since I finished Rival. I’m delighted, but not surprised, that it’s more than met my expectations.
Jax and KC are both broken, lost and in need of an anchor but they have so much front and such a need to hide their pain and past that you’d never know what’s going on in their heads. The story was really great – the snark and interactions between J & KC were fun, sharp and entertaining, the attraction they were both fighting was palpable and then the sex…. hells teeth, the sex was nigh on explosive..
I was in knots at times as to what was gonna happen and will say that at one point I really did feel sick, this feeling just sat in the pit of my stomach and I was worried that Jaxon was gonna mess things up hugely and need a serious beating (round the head with a big stick!!) – you’ll know which part I mean when you get to it I’m sure!!
As ever, I cried – quite a bit – jeez, I can’t believe I forgot that you need to stock up on tissues when reading a Fall Away book…. lol….
The story grabbed me from the prologue. As you read, the characters come alive ~ they are engaging, believable and (with the exception of a feck-up here and there) very likeable! Their story isn’t light and it’s no fairytale – both have had to go through a load of crap growing up and it’s shaped them and made them who they are. Neither is perfect, but, if they can make things work they are perfect together…
We meet up with Jared & Tate and Madoc & Fallon as well as family and friends and see how things are going for them and how life is treating them… Gods, therein lies another tale….
Finally we got a wee sneak peek at Aflame (book 4 in the series where we go back to the first couple we met, Jared & Tate…) I’m starting to stock pile tissues now ‘cos I’ve got a feeling we’re gonna need a shedload for their next book!!!!
If you’ve read the Fall Away series so far, Falling Away is a must read. If you haven’t given the books a go, do it – they really are worth it!!!
About the Author
Penelope Douglas is a writer living in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers BULLY and UNTIL YOU, and the USA TODAY Bestseller, RIVAL.
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The Photographer Trilogy by Sarah Robinson
He takes a picture of every woman he kills.
She takes nothing from anyone.
Kate Jackson is a woman haunted by her past with no direction in life, and surviving only on her close relationship with her sister, Annie. Until she meets charming lawyer, Derrick Kane.
Just when she thinks she might have found the key to learning how to live again, maybe even how to love, The Photographer rips it all away from her with one click of his camera.
Somehow she survived, determined to rise above the trauma life has dealt her. Yet, she doesn’t get away that easy, The Photographer isn’t done with her yet.
The infamous serial killer begins dropping menacing hints at every turn.
Reminding Kate that he owns her. That he broke her body.
The small, quiet life that Kate Jackson had built for herself is over. Pulverized by the twisted workings of the notorious serial killer and the agony of being betrayed by the one man she had trusted her heart to. Trust had never come easily to her, yet she had given it to Derrick. And he destroyed her with it.
Kate is a fighter and refusing to allow a sadistic killer to take everything from her yet again, she delves into the police investigation targeting The Photographer and finally revealing his true identity. Kate is fighting for justice while fighting to reclaim the man she loves, and somehow learn to trust him again.
But when an innocent life is on the line, the cost of justice could be more than love can afford. Kate quickly learns that finding the face behind the mask, doesn’t make you safe.
Monsters are only uglier in the light of day.
**Please note that there is no cliffhanger at the end of this series and everything is fully wrapped up. This box set also includes a never before read, deleted scene about The Photographer’s childhood.
DISCLAIMER: Due to violent and dark subject matter, this story is intended for readers over the age of 18 years old.
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All About Sarah Robinson
Sarah Robinson is the four-time Amazon Bestselling Romance and Crime Thriller Author of the contemporary Rockstar romance series Sand & Clay, as well as the very popular romantic suspense trilogy, The Photographer Trilogy. All of her novels have reached Amazon’s Bestseller Rank in Crime, Crime, Thriller, Contemporary Romance, and/or Romantic Suspense.
In regards to future publications, she is with the Seymour Literary Agency and has recently been contracted by Loveswept, a Random House Penguin imprint, to begin a new contemporary romance series in late 2015 about an Irish family living in the Bronx of alpha male, MMA fighters who own a gym called Legends.
Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in criminal psychology. She is newly married to a local police officer, Justin, who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiasts as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.
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Keela Daley is stressed out with nightmares and memories from her past, they are haunting her. She has no time to dwell on them as she is moving out of her dog box sized apartment and into her first house with her fiancé. Moving house is a dreaded task, and Keela would love nothing more than for things to go quietly and smoothly, but when you’re engaged to a Slater brother, nothing goes quietly or smoothly. Nothing.
Alec Slater loves his woman. He also loves playing games and surprising her. Picking moving day to do both, turns out to be a failure of epic proportions. Alec wants to make it up to Keela for his mistakes, but as the day goes on, and things go from bad to worse, he doesn’t know if living with him is something she wants anymore.
What started out as a simple day of packing and moving house turns into the day from Hell. Unwanted house guests. Business propositions. Alcohol. Pregnancy tests. Panic attacks. Fighting. Arguing. Sex, and everything else that is crazy and represents the name Slater. Keela has a choice to make, and not one she will make lightly.
Keela adores Alec, and what Keela adores, Keela cherishes.
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About the Author
Mina Holt is an avid romance reader about to take the plunge and publish her first sweet, sexy novel. She loves kittens, hearts, flowers, and the occasional spanking. She lives in Seattle, but her heart belongs to the Rockies.
HIS TO CLAIM
by OPAL CAREW
What if you could have everything you’ve always wanted, but it cost you the life you’ve always known?
Rafe Ranier was my boss and secret crush. A rock musician by night and head of a billion dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to leave my secure life behind to discover who I really was.I never expected Rafe to follow me.Now I’m on the road with his band, Savage Kiss, and all my secret fantasies are coming true. But I fear I’ve made a huge mistake, because if I get any more attached to a man I can never truly have, my heart will be broken beyond all repair.
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BLP REVIEW – Rebecca
‘His to Claim’ left me lukewarm at best, ‘Swing’ by Opal Carew is an old erotica favourite of mine and some of her previous work is excellent, however, I reviewed ‘Riding Steele’ some weeks back and I was disappointed – unfortunately this one is, in my opinion, the same and I doubt I will return to this author again.
What if you could have everything you’ve always wanted, but it cost you the life you’ve always known?
Rafe Ranier was my boss and secret crush. A rock musician by night and head of a billion dollar empire by day, Rafe could have any woman he wanted. But I was just the shy secretary he never noticed. For years I obsessed over him, until I finally realized I had to walk away. I needed to leave my secure life behind to discover who I really was.
I never expected Rafe to follow me.
Now I’m on the road with his band, Savage Kiss, and all my secret fantasies are coming true. But I fear I’ve made a huge mistake, because if I get any more attached to a man I can never truly have, my heart will be broken beyond all repair.
So here’s the thing; Billionaire plus poor pretty girl is usually one story, Rock God and pretty poor girl another and both incredibly popular in the romance/erotica genre so combine the two and should be a double whammy winner, Yes?
There were so many issues with these characters and storyline that I was frustrated and fed up when I finished, actually wondering why I just hadn’t put it aside and marked it as DNF.
Rafe is his name, Storm is his Rock God persona, so why does Melanie swap between the two names all the bloody time even when he’s not performing? It was beyond annoying, slightly confusing and juvenile.
The believability factor is stretched for me to accept that a successful band can have a member who hops in and out of the tour at the drop of a hat as he feels like it, even disregarding that any successful musician has usually put in years of time, effort, blood sweat and tears. Also, is any billionaire businessman with an empire likely to have time for both? Even with a brother sharing the empire, I’m just not buying it.
Melanie is described as the shy secretary who has obsessed over Rafe for years so leaves her job to escape the man she can’t have. When he asks her why she left she tells him she wants more time to herself to pursue her dreams. None of this rings true for me. A shy secretary would not turn into a woman who either can’t keep her pants on or doesn’t wear any at all, kisses other guys while supposedly started something with her “obsession” for years (Rafe) and next is having a foursome with 3 men, nope, even the good girl discovering her bad self didn’t make me warm to or believe this.
And for somebody who wants to pursue her dreams, was apparently focused and organised in her secretary role, she makes no real effort to do this – instead waiting around until others suggest and help her. A weak woman who I could happily bitch slap.
And so to the sex, which usually from this author would redeem the book a little, as it did in ‘Riding Steele’, however it was just ‘meh’. Tepid, boring, predictable and I ceased to care.
So for me this book just didn’t work on any level: characters that were too shallow, a story and world that was unbelievable and no amazing sex to make it worth putting up with the rest for. Disappointing.
I cannot finish this review and be honest without also commenting on the price. I am yet again disgusted that any publisher believes $8.89 for a 288 page ebook is acceptable because no way no how is that a reasonable price. J R Ward’s ‘The King’ (Blackdagger #12) is 673 pages for $5.99 and that’s a prime example of value for money. ‘His to Claim’ unfortunately was not from a quality or price perspective.
Opal Carew is the author of over a dozen romance stories in which she makes offerings of hope, success, and love to her readers. Opal loves crystals, dragons, feathers, cats, pink hair, the occult, Manga artwork, and all that glitters. She earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and spent 15 years as a software analyst before turning to her passions as a writer. Opal lives with her husband and two teen-aged sons in Ontario, Canada.