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NEW RELEASE ~ Gone With the Ghost (Murder By Design #1) by Erin McCarthy


Gone With the Ghost
(Murder By Design, book 1)
by Erin McCarthy

Date of Publication: May 23, 2017


Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Which contrary to national opinion is not their hometown of Cleveland. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.

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About Erin McCarthy

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.

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BLOG TOUR ~ Falling for the #JerkNextDoor by Theda Monroe

Falling for the #JerkNextDoor
by Theda Monroe

Publication Date: April 27, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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A sex-starved journalist finds herself in the love jail. Will she cop a plea?

Zelda Sullivan is a successful news journalist living with PTSD. The disorder causes her to have agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder, which makes her hide herself away from the world.

Santiago Ryan recently moved to Zelda’s small town from Ireland to work as a cop. He’s Zelda’s neighbor, and someone she loathes because he turns her life into a noisy nightmare with his antics next door. Unknown to Santiago, Zelda tweets about him using the hashtag #JerkNextDoor.

When Zelda’s boss assigns her a big story that involves working with the local police department, it’s a career offer that Zelda can’t turn down, even if that means being forced to work outside of her safety zone.

In time Zelda discovers there’s a lot more to the tall, dark, and handsome Santiago than meets the eye. He knows how to handle her curves and helps bring out a long-suppressed boldness in her.


About Theda Monroe

Theda Monroe is the pen name of two writers who love romance. Each brings their own fresh and fun take to the romance genre.

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COVER REVEAL ~ A Dragon’s Treasure by Beverly Ovalle

A Dragon’s Treasure

by Beverly Ovalle

coming June 16th, 2017


Kai has been hunting for his mate for a very long time. Drawn to a singular place on earth, filled with treasures, he still seeks the greatest treasure of them all. His mate.

Fleeing danger, Connie runs into the arms of destiny, but she has plans already, and a Dragon mate is not on the agenda.

Kai has waited centuries for Connie, and he will claim his mate. Patience may not be a Dragon’s virtue, but he always gets his treasure.

Sparks fly in this humorous erotic tale of mating and mayhem.


Connie’s eyes widened. “Ellen, this isn’t another one of your men, is it?” she whispered. A stirring of jealousy nudged her at the thought.

A peal of laughter came from Ellen, while Breccan growled. “No, of course not. This is my foreman, Kai. Kai, this is my cousin Connie.”

Hi.” Connie smiled appreciatively at Kai, her heart beating erratically. “Ellen, do you have all the good looking men in town on your place?” The jealousy gone, she could feel his pull. So not what she needed right now.

Hello.” Kai grinned at Connie. “So, this is where you were heading?” He came over and leaned down, grabbing her hand, lifting it to his mouth. His lips were soft, lightning streaked through her body at the touch of his lips against her skin. Connie wanted to drown in the sensation, a shiver spreading across her body.

Connie tugged her hand from his and nodded. “I decided to come visit Ellen. I needed to get away from the city for a bit.” A shadow passed over her face. Seeing it, Kai gazed intently into her eyes. All the men reacted, their spines straightening and eyes sharpening, all looking at Connie.

Kai pulled Connie into his body, wrapping his steely arms around her. “What’s wrong? What are you scared of?”

Connie gasped and wriggled away. Her nipples tightened beneath her thin robe and pajamas. She wouldn’t look down. She didn’t want to know if they were obvious.

Nothing. Well, something. I can’t talk about it yet. I don’t really know how to explain it.” She shook her head, frustrated that he’d known she hid something. Ignoring her haywire hormones that thought being wrapped around him perfectly fine, she plopped back down in her chair. “Let me get it straight. I already asked Ellen to give me a couple of days. You guys are just going to have to wait also.”

You can explain it now.” Hands on his hips, every inch of Kai demanded an answer.

Connie glared up into Kai’s eyes. “Well excuse me, Mr. Bossy Pants. Since I don’t know you, you have no say in what I do or don’t do.” Who did he think he was? He had no right to question her. None. “I’m going to get dressed.” Connie flounced up, moving to avoid touching Kai. Gah, even his name was sexy.


Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.

Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.

An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.

A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.

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RELEASE BLITZ ~ Tank (Moonshine Task Force #2) by Laramie Briscoe

Title: Tank
Series: Moonshine Task Force #2
Author: Laramie Briscoe


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 2, 2017

Life isn’t promised, love isn’t easy, and relationships aren’t always clean, but everyone has their soulmate who is willing to forgive when it would be better to forget.
Trevor “Tank” Trumbolt

I never thought in the blink of an eye my life could change, but it did. Cresting a hill driving to my favorite fishing spot, I was hit head-on by a teenager with no regard for anyone’s life but his own. The recovery process has been hard, painful, and damn near beating me down.

The bright spot? Blaze.
Surviving the wreck has given me a second chance to make a life with her. Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to rejoin the Moonshine Task Force again has brought my world into focus. It’s made me realize what’s important.
Blaze. Stella. My brothers. My sister.
The ego that ran Blaze away before isn’t here any longer. What’s left is a man who’s holding his heart in his hands and a burning hope that once I’m healed she’ll still be around.
Daphne “Blaze” Coleman
There’s only been one person in the world who’s accepted me for who I am – from the fiery red of my hair and vibrant tattoos covering parts of my body to the smartness of my mouth and my desire to be matched in the bedroom.
That man is Trevor Trumbolt. When he asked me to give up my job as an EMT because he saw the dangers I face one scary afternoon, it spelled the end for us.
Now that he’s been injured, he needs my help and my love. I’ll give it all freely, but in the end I’m gonna need him to understand one thing about relationships. The give and take, love and sadness, pleasure and pain is a two-way street. He’s either in this with me or he’s not, but at the end of the day, I won’t let him boss me around.
If there’s anything that can handle the steel of a tank – it’s the heat of a blaze.

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I really loved Renegade so it was always gonna be hard in my mind to top but Tank gave a good fight.

The second book in the Moonshine Task Force series was a different kind of read and story.
Trevor and Blaze had a relationship and due to Tank’s protectiveness of his gal, that fell apart after an incident that took place in the first book.
Tank continues from the accident Trevor had near the end of Renegade and it guides us from him being found in the truck, through his recovery and the re-connection between him and Blaze.

This pair loved each other even when apart so that is never an issue, their story is about learning to be a couple, trusting that things will be good (and bad), letting the one you love breathe and do the things they love, even if the worry about them is overwhelming at times!

Great to catch up with Ryan & Whit and seeing how things were going for them.

Hot, steamy, sweet, a little sad (and at one point I wanted to slap Trevor for his idiot thinking that he could make Blaze jealous) Tank was a good read and I enjoyed it.

I can’t wait for the 3rd book now that we’ve had a wee teaser of what’s to come in Havoc’s story!!
Tank gets 4*



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Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.

Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.

When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau. 

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NEW RELEASE ~ Delicate Lies (The Stonewater Series #2) by Josephine Brierley


Delicate Lies
The Stonewater series #2
by Josephine Brierley

Dylan McGrath lives his life with the guilt he forces upon himself on a daily basis.

His narcissistic mother failed him constantly—her selfish expectations ruined him, leading him to an existence that was void of the love and nurturing that a parent should offer unreservedly.
Instead his life is marred with death, feeling loss of a great magnitude, drugs and alcohol his faith.
Relationships are not something he enters into freely, real intimacy not something he is capable of. The one night stands ease the pain.

Enter Zoe Garretson. Dirty mind, potty mouth and the kindest soul.
One woman who is willing to look his demons right in the eye, and face them head on. She reminded him of every good day he’d lived, though they were few.
Zoe becomes lost in Dylan, the kind of lost that can make you feel found. She yearns to show him that love is the ultimate high. Show him how a definitive kiss could open his heart and lighten his darkness. She longs to remind him of the magic that exists in life.

Could he open his heart to someone that is willing to give hers with no limitations at all?

One great lie, two big hearted people, three lingering weeks.


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Delicate Love (The Stonewater series #1)

Life has dealt some heavy blows to Mackenzie Tillar. Bullied as a child, and no one to turn to, the one person, who was meant to protect her, to raise her, and surround her with unconditional love, had let her down. Kenzie learnt to deal with life in her own promiscuous way. Until that one fateful night when she’d met Sam, now she was contemplating breaking the very rules she had instigated.

For Samuel Edwards, being orphaned at a very young age meant that he found his own way in life. He lives it as he pleases, no room for relationships, no belief in love. It was never a part of his life. He’d never craved it, and never missed it. Until one night when he meets his match with Kenzie, she has the same rules, same fears.

They are both void of love, both not even looking for anything else.
Fate brings them together, and thirty-six questions ignite a spark in them both.
Could thirty-six questions lead to love? It was an experiment worth exploring.

Now they are playing a game, a game that suggests more, but is it more than they have bargained for?

** This book is Part 1 in a series, but is a stand-alone. There is no cliffhanger.
**This book contains some sexual content and disturbing situations. Over 18 years recommended.’

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BLP REVIEW of Delicate Love

I have to say that I was captivated by this story from the off.. The book was well written, the characters very likable, the premise was interesting, the connection between our leading couple was obvious and believable from the get go and the slow build to their friendship/relationship/whatever-you-want-to-call-it kept me engaged throughout. I didn’t want to put my kindle down, even when I had to….

Samuel Edwards is on a weekend trip with some buddies with the aim of getting away from work and having some fun. Mackenzie Tillar is moving back to her hometown and is on an overnight stop when she heads to a bar for a few drinks. Neither do relationships and they don’t believe in love. A one night stand is all they are looking for when they fall into their shared night at the beginning of the book but fate has a very different idea in mind for this pair.

I loved the 36 questions. Both characters had had a rough time growing up, each experiencing their own share of heartbreak and loss that shaped their lives and gave them the thoughts and beliefs that they had when they first met. Finding out more about both Sam and Mackenzie through the answers to the questions and the thoughts they both had every time they ran into each other as well as the spark, attraction and feelings these meetings brought out led to an fantastic read.

The story takes place over a number of months and though it was a relatively short period of time, things didn’t feel rushed. There was a slow burn to their friendship and an intense insight into the other that isn’t usually found until you’ve known a person for a while. During the time that they are getting to know each other there are a few hitches that make it seem as if any chance of them becoming more than friends could be knocked on the head – trust, faith and belief are in short supply at points and things happen that are quite unexpected that have an impact, both good and bad, on the couple..

This book would have been a 5* (rather than 4.5*) for me but for Mackenzie’s attitude and reluctance to take a chance on Sam even when it’s obvious he is looking for something more and is serious about her. Don’t get me wrong, I got that things had been difficult for her but I just wished she’d have been more willing to let go of the past a little quicker; however, that didn’t detract from my love of the story or how much I liked her character overall.

There was a good supporting cast made up of Sam and Mackenzie’s friends and family. Some real characters in there and I’m guessing that these guys and gals are gonna be featured as heavily in future books.

This is the first book by Jo Brierley that I’ve read (but I know that it’s definitely gonna be a reread for me going forward) and I’m looking forward to more in this series already! If you haven’t yet picked up this fab read, do it now – you won’t be disappointed.

~ Tracy xx

About the Author

Salty hair, sandy toes, lips too often sipping on white wine, I’m a Bali addict.

Now living on my favourite island, you can usually find me sitting at my favourite table, writing, people watching or gazing at the amazing ocean. Chillidog, our rescue pup, is usually at my feet or running amuck on the beach. I enjoy nothing more than a chilled Pinot Grigio and some sexy Luke Bryan tunes in the background.

Hubby and I sold everything and ran away from the kids….it’s ok they’re old enough to look after themselves! Now, I want to share with you my love of Bali, its people and their culture, and also entice you with my romantic reads. They are steamy, sexy and fun, filled with real-life tales and characters that you’ll fall in love with.

My writing journey began after I was diagnosed and successfully treated for Breast Cancer in 2012. It was my way of sharing my story after so many women had asked what I’d endured. Along with real facts, there is a fictional tale of love. A young woman finding her way, and discovering she can be loved despite the scars that mark her body.

With moderate success, and constant encouragement I have continued to write.

In 2015, Delicate Love, was released with the follow on Delicate Lies to be released 30th May 2017. The Stonewater Series will comprise of four books, each a standalone in their own right. Delicate Lust and Delicate Life are to follow. My characters have their faults, but the love they find is real.

Also in 2017, I’m hoping to work on a children’s book titled The Adventures of Chillidog.

Chillidog is a Bali dog who stumbled into our restaurant one night and is now one of the most spoilt dogs in Bali. We are both lucky to have found each other, a real character. He’s adventures will surely be entertaining and I can’t wait to share.

Living in Bali is a life long dream for us, we pinch ourselves everyday. If you’re ever visiting Sanur drop in and say hi, you’ll find our restaurant ‘Stiff Chilli’ on Semawang beach in Sanur, Bali.

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REVIEW ~ A Barbarian Bonding (The Instinct series #2) by Marie Harte

A Barbarian Bonding
by Marie Harte


Release Date: May 16, 2017

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Mandy Jacobs sought a job on planet Ussed because it took her far from her problems on Earth. Her goal has been simple—keep a low profile. Not that easy to do when two larger-than-life barbarians are keeping an eye on her. Avoidance seems like her best plan of action…until danger from her past comes calling. Soon on the run from an old enemy, a new enemy, and hunky warriors with a crazy notion to claim her, she’s running out of options.

Zhen and Lore have bonded, but they’re in need of female to complete them. When they see Mandy, they know. She’s the one. But the stubborn human female needs some persuading. And some saving, since she’s got humans and a rival clan after her. With time not on their side, Zhen and Lore must convince Mandy that she belongs with them. And that if she’ll let herself, she’ll find acceptance in the arms of not just one, but two barbarians who have nothing but love to give.

A M/M/F bisexual, menage romance. 

About the Series

In the future, Earth isn’t the only inhabitable planet anymore. The resort on planet Ussed is a tourist attraction known far and wide throughout the galaxies. It’s a pleasure haven, home of beautiful people, flora, fauna, and fascinating vistas–the most intriguing being the barbarians who work as security for the resort. There’s a treaty keeping the tourists and the natives separate. Until the barbarians realize the women of Earth might just be worth breaking a few treaties for.


Had they called her smart? Mandy drew back inside the administrative building, hoping she hadn’t been spotted. Smart? Ha. Mandy considered herself beyond stupid, considering she shouldn’t still be on the planet, let alone allow herself to be constantly distracted by the sexy barbarians. So much for keeping a low profile.

In the year she’d been at the resort, she’d done her best to fit in. She’d discouraged attention, kept to herself, mostly, and had fended off her more serious pursuers with the silent treatment. Most of her fellow workers at the resort treated her kindly—she was in charge of handing out pay after all—and left her alone.

Yet it seemed like every time she turned around lately, someone had been leaving presents on her doorstep. A flower, a sweet meat, some small gift. She knew the barbarians were to blame, because she’d spotted Lore dropping off a flower once. That and they constantly watched her. On shift or off, she forever felt their gazes on her, like a weight that seduced instead of frightened.

Lord knew, she should have been terrorized. Both males stood a good head and a half taller than her slight five foot three. They had plenty of golden muscle exposed by naught but loincloths, boots, and those animal hide arm-guards that covered them from wrist to elbow. Both possessed long, black hair kept out of their eyes by warrior braids at their temples.

And the feature that truly stunned her, their golden eyes. A golden center in the middle of a white orb. She’d seen plenty of barbarians in her time on the planet, but the only one who’d had an eye color not gold was Lore. One of his eyes was green, the other barbarian gold.

The very first time she’d spotted the pair, she’d stared, entranced. For some reason, the two recent transfers mesmerized her. They weren’t all that different from the others who’d worked security, but she’d sensed Zhen and Lore to be more dangerous. Thus her campaign of avoidance.

What did she get for staying out of their way? Presents. And those looks, the heated glances, as if they’d seen her naked and relished the fact. She’d never given them any hint she was receptive to their gestures, yet they didn’t seem to care.


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A Civilized Mating (book #1)

If one barbarian is lethal, two are even more dangerous…in bed

Earther Skye Jones arrives to rescue her friend from a kidnapping, knowing she’ll be throwing away her chances of a dream job on planet Ussed. But with her skills, she doesn’t anticipate being captured by a group of the lethal barbarians. Or that she’ll fall for the sexy squad leader. If that weren’t bad enough, she’s brought back to their encampment, where she meets their clan leader, yet another hulking warrior that sets her blood afire.

When the mating instinct takes over, Skye finds herself with not just one, but two bed partners. Her life isn’t meant to be lived among the uncivilized. Or is it? Before she can decide what she wants, the choice is taken out of her hands by an enemy clan. And if she’s not careful, she’ll lose a lot more than a stubborn heart.

A M/M/F bisexual, menage romance. 

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A Warrior’s Claiming (Book #3)
– out June 20th

Arghet doesn’t know what to make of the new addition to the clan. Skehl is huge, an indomitable warrior with a berserker’s power.
Once part of a hated enemy clan, he’s watched carefully. Somehow Arghet finds himself having to look after the beast. He has more important things to do than care for a troubled male. He’s doing his best to track down the strange female who stole his kill not long ago. 

But when he finally finds her, Arghet learns he’s no longer the hunter, but the hunted. And that Skehl is much more than the quiet, subdued warrior he once seemed…

Find an exclusive excerpt from A Warrior’s Claiming on Marie’s website


Whenever I need a break from contemporary romance I know that one of my favourite ‘go-to’ authors will always hit the spot, and as ever, Marie Harte has done the trick!

Paranormal and sci-fi romance are my all time fave reads, though unfortunately I’ve not been in the genre all that much of late… Marie has soothed my craving and brought me right back into my comfort zone with a really great read in A Barbarian Bonding – book 2 in The Instinct series

I loved reading about Mandy, Zhen & Lore.
Mandy has had a less than stellar life so she has fled to Ussed to try and live life her own way, what she wasn’t expecting was an attraction to not one but two hulking barbarians. Mandy has some secrets that she has managed to keep hidden so far but the more she’s around the mated males the more one of her secrets in particular threatens to come out. I got her concerns and hesitation given her past but lordy, I could have shaken her a time or two to make her see what was in front of her face!!

Lore and Zhen have been together, both as friends and as much more for some time but they are in need or their third, and when they spot Mandy at the planets resort, they both know that she is the one for them. However, knowing that she is human and that they cannot just spirit her away, the set about trying to win her affection and eventually her commitment and love.

I love Marie’s imagery and descriptions of the far flung plants and worlds that she builds for us in her books. The affection, caring and love that she weaves between her characters is palpable and her sex scenes are hot and heady (in more ways than one! lol 😉 ) I really enjoyed the fact that the guys were already in a serious place and mated before they met Mandy and that even through the turmoil and events they face during the story that threaten their future with their third, their relationship stood the pace.

I’m going back to reread book 1 in the series A Civilized Mating before the third book A WARRIOR’S CLAIMING is released on the 20th of this month!

A solid 4.5* read and one I’d recommend to all sci-fi and PNR lovers.

About the Author:mh3-cropped200

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, MARIE HARTE is a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after.
Award-winning author Marie  has been writing professionally since 2005. She’s both a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author and has written over 100 books and counting. Marie writes books with heat, humor, and character. She writes independently and for several publishers, to include Sourcebooks and Samhain. Though currently writing contemporary romance, she also writes paranormal and romantic suspense. Before turning to writing full-time, she earned a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and spent several years in the United States Marine Corps as a communications officer.


The Facts According to Marie:

  • I’m a mood reader. If I read a book with a bad ending, it throws me into a funk for days.
  • If it’s paranormal, I’m digging it.
  • I majored in English and have yet to read Jane Austen. Seriously. *I hang my head in shame*
  • I’m naturally lazy but perform best under deadlines.
  • I’ve fired a 9mm pistol, a Squad Automatic Weapon, an M16A2 rifle, an M203 grenade launcher, and have thrown live grenades. And I loved it!
  • Grammar is my rock. I respect those who know when to use their, there, and they’re correctly.
  • I’m definitely a night owl.
  • Long live the Oxford comma.
  • I love books. I’ll read until they bury me, and then I’ll haunt libraries.
  • I can’t write to music or television. I need perfect quiet.


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COVER REVEAL ~ Ride Or Die by Cee Cee Riley


Ride or Die #1

A Devil’s Highwaymen MC novel

‘We would blow up this world and create something beautiful in its ruins’

Jesse & Laney 1985


We were each survivors of our upbringing: lost, unloved and afraid. But like moths to a flame, we couldn’t stay apart.

We loved.

We lost.

We fought.

We cried.

And then we shattered each other’s hearts.

Jesse was a hard man: a biker outlaw for the Devil’s Highwaymen MC. I was Laney: the daughter of a dead mother and a father that didn’t know or want me.

We were doomed right from the start.

But this was our romance.

And this was our disaster.

And hopefully, this would be our second chance.

Ride or Die #1

A Devils’ Highwaymen MC Novel
© Copyright Claire C. Riley 2017


1985 – Jesse

We both looked up as the door to the clubhouse opened and Gauge walked in, followed closely by his daughter, Laney. Casa nudged me almost making me fall over and then he burst into laughter as I almost spilt my beer down myself. God-damn fucking idiot.

“Pussy whipped and you ain’t even got any yet,” he laughed harder.

“Fuck off.”

“Too many offers to fuck bitches to find time to fuck myself, brother,” he snorted.

“Offers from your mama!” I bit out.

Casa stopped laughing and scowled at me. “That shits just disrespectful.”

“That’s what your mama said, you pussy!” I flashed him a grin and strutted over to where Laney was. Pretty sure he called me something, but I drown his voice out in favour of taking in Laney’s beautiful figure. She was wearing something different than her usual denim cut-offs and tee tonight—a lacy, white, figure-hugging dress that skimmed her golden thighs. Course, she still wore her little black ankle boots. Her hair was up on top of her head in one of those weird knot things that women wore, and I had the urge to reach over and let it down. Not that the look didn’t suit her, it did, anything would fucking suit her, but there was something about the way her dark hair sashayed over her back that always turned me on.

“Keep an eye on her tonight, Jesse, she’s feelin’ particularly bitchy,” Gauge said, patting me on the shoulder.

“Go fuck a cow!” Laney snapped back.



Gauge looked between us both and shook his head before walking away, grumbling something under his breath. Things were not getting any easier between them, if anything, they were getting worse. Little did Gauge know that soon enough Laney wouldn’t be his problem, but mine. I smiled at the thought.

 “I hate him,” she said, still watching after him.

“Ain’t no secret about that,” I grinned.

Her cheeks flushed pink at the sight of me and I could tell she was restraining herself from smiling. She brushed her hands down her dress nervously and I watched appreciatively. God-damn she looked beautiful. Could only imagine what she would feel like wrapped around me—at least for now.

“You wanna beer?” I asked and she nodded and smiled again. Beautiful. Fucking beautiful.

We headed to the bar and Rose popped open a beer and slid it over as we got close. “Looking real pretty tonight, Laney.”

Laney blushed and looked down at herself, and this time there was no mistaking that she was trying to hold back a smile. “Thanks, Rose, just something I threw on, nothing special.”

“Really? Well, darlin’ you scrub up good, ain’t that right, Jesse?”

Both women turned to look at me and I had to hold back on my eagerness to reply. “Don’t think I’ve ever seen Laney look anything but good,” I said, looking between the two women.

Rose’s eyes sparked with mischievousness. “Well, that goes without saying,” she replied.

Laney picked up her beer and cleared her throat loudly before taking a swig, and I could barely tear my gaze away from her damp lips wrapped around the end of the bottle. I shifted uncomfortably, needing to rearrange my junk but thinking better of it. Pussy-whipped before I’d even gotten any. Casa’ was fucking right.

I turned to Laney, “You wanna’ go for a walk?”

“Sure,” she replied, tucking a loose piece of hair behind her ears. Christ on a bike, even her ears were beautiful. “See you later, Rose,” Laney said as I placed my hand on the bottom of her back and started to guide her away.

“You two kids have fun,” Rose called back and I shot her a look.

We headed outside, away from the noise and the crowds, and into the cool September evening air. The sun was setting, casting an orange glow over everything and little insects were buzzing around. I walked us over to the trees to the left of the clubhouse, intending on sitting down at one of the small picnic tables we’d set up earlier this year, but when we got there Laney reached down and took my hand before leading us further away and out of sight.

Her hand in mine felt like fuckin’ heaven. Her grip both soft yet strong. And god-damn, being this close to her I could smell whatever shampoo she used and I’ll be damned if she didn’t smell like strawberries. Strawberries and cream, god damn. My jeans grew tighter, and while still holding my beer, I reached down and rearranged myself.

Laney slowed to a stop and turned back to face me, her tongue darting out to lick her pink lips.

“Thought we could use some privacy,” she said, her voice a soft breath.

I smiled, knowing exactly why she wanted privacy. My girl was trying to seduce me. I must have been the luckiest fucking man in the world, right now, and I’ll be damned if I wasn’t going to drag this out and then make her scream my name afterwards.

“Yeah?” I said, taking a swig of my beer. “What for?” Her cheeks flushed red, and I wondered if the rest of her would be as pink as her cheeks. Damn hope so.

She let go of my hand and took a swig of her own beer. “Gauge watches my every move,” she said after a hesitant moment. Thought she was going to bottle it for a minute there. I grinned.

“Man knows what his brothers are like,” I replied.



“And what are they like?” she asked, testing the waters. She took another drink, and I could barely speak for a second when a drop of beer slid down off her bottom lip and she licked it away. My blood rushed away from my brain and to a different part of my body altogether.

I cleared my throat. “Horny motherfuckers, all of them.”

“All of them?” she asked, one eyebrow lifted questioningly, a small smile on her mouth.

“Every. Last. One,” I replied.


Coming June 27th 2017

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Claire C. Riley is a USA Today and International bestselling author. She is also a bestselling British horror writer and an Amazon top 100 bestseller.

Claire writes on the darker side of fiction, dipping her pen into genres such as post-apocalyptic, dystopia, thrillers, and even some horror. She writes characters that are realistic, and kills them without mercy.

She also writes under the soon to be released pen name of Cee Cee Riley, where she will be writing in the romance and post-apocalyptic romance genres.

Claire lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and three daughters.

She believes in cupcakes, rum and bathroom rap battles are the solution to most of life’s problems.


Author of:

 Odium The Dead Saga Series

Odium Origins Series

Limerence (The Obsession Series)

Out of the Dark Series,

Twisted Magic,

Co-authored books with Madeline Sheehan:

Thicker than Blood,

Beneath Blood & Bone,

& Shut Up & Kiss me,

And soon to be released by Cee Cee Riley:

The Ride or Die #1 A Devil’s Highwaymen MC novel

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