HONEY by Sommer Marsden

Blurb:

 A dark secret keeps Bishop Kelly unattached and closed off. She has only one persistent friend, and now she’s moving away from him. 

Running her online fitness group from a borrowed professor’s home in Constantine Falls, New York, seems like any other life decision. There’s no one to consult and no one who has her back. Life is what it is – a solo gig. 

Bishop isn’t expecting a strange local, Finn “Honey” Sinclair, to jump start her memories, her  desire, and her heart. He has his own intense history that haunts him. In the heart of this oddly quaint town, Bishop is suddenly learning that even in the midst of unexpected loss, there can be inexplicable gain. 

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains themes of power exchange.  


Amazon: https://amzn.to/316YUaC 

Author Interview 

When did you know you wanted to be an author? 
Right around the time I got my hands on a Winnie the Pooh book and a box of crayons. Don’t worry, I didn’t write in the book. But I did begin spinning my own tales fairly early. I’ve never wanted to be anything else. 

What is your writing process like? 
I tend to write every day unless I’m heavily into edits. I used to write at home and pretty much only at home. Now I find that I work much better out in the world at a café or similar. It’s like sitting down out in the world with my laptop flips a switch that says “now we need to work”. If I’m home I’m constantly thinking of the dishes that could be getting done or laundry that needs folding or a certain little fat wiener dog that needs a walk.  

What do you love most about books? 
I love books because they are instant entertainment. It’s like holding magic in your hands. Someone sat down and created something from nothing but what was in their mind. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is. 

Do you have an all-time favorite novel? 
IT by Stephen King. Scary but true. I lost count, a long time ago, of how many times I’ve read it.  

Who are some of your favorite authors? 
I don’t tend to read in my own genre very often. My brain leans toward creepy and scary things. I read Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, Jennifer McMahon, and recently Jonathan Janz. Though I do love a good Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich. Those are hot and fun. 

What is your favorite genre? 
Horror and thriller/suspense.  

Do you prefer libraries or bookstores? 
That’s like asking cake or cookies. The answer is both! My book acquiring has gotten out of control lately. I’ve made a deal with myself that very large popular authors with enormous followings, I’ll borrow their books. That leaves me free to buy and support smaller up and coming authors. At the moment, it works for me. 

What genres do you write in? 
I write erotic romance and have recently added horror back to my genres. I write that under a different name lest a reader go looking for hot and sexy and find dark and scary instead.  

Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing? 
I’m a pantser through and through. I tend to have a beginning, an end, and maybe a little tiny idea of the middle. Then I plunk my butt down and go for it. 

Where do you find inspiration? 
Everywhere. Music is a big one. I get some of my best ideas while running with music being piped into my head. If a song inspires an idea I tend to play it on a loop. It’s a very good thing no one can hear it but me, I guess. It would probably drive them crazy when I’m truly cultivating an idea. I play it over and over and over… 

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where you go? 
Scotland and England. Probably, Hawaii as well. Those are the only places I’ve truly ever wanted to go through the bother of flying to see. Otherwise, I am very much a road trip kind of girl. 

Do you have a favorite vacation spot? 
On the road with my boyfriend hitting thrift stores. We wander, buy weird things, hunt for good gluten free food (I’m Celiac) and have fun. It’s the best ‘vacation spot’ there is. 

Would you rather do the spanking or be spanked? 
That’s easy. Be spanked.  

What do you like to collect? 
Vintage horror paperbacks, odd retro items, dishes—I have a real dish problem. Pyrex, Fire King, Glasbake. All of it!  

Do you have any hobbies? 
I haunt thrift stores with my guy and run a few vintage shops online. We also love to hunt down used book stores and get lost looking at books. 

Chocolate or vanilla? 
Chocolate.  

Tea or coffee? 
Yes! I used to be a tried and true coffee girl. I haven’t given it up, I’ve just added tea recently. I have coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon.  

Favorite color? 
Gray. Gray is my black.  

If your mood was a song right now, what would be playing? 
Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie.  

Tell us about your most adventurous experience. 
I took off for California when I was 16 with $35 in my pocket and didn’t return home until I was 18. I learned a lot about myself being out in the world with nothing. 

What was the hardest part about writing Honey? 
How long it took me to write. I’m used to writing a book in 6-8 weeks. I think Honey took me 6-8 months. It was my first book after the death of my husband in late 2014 and what worked for me as a writer before did not work for me as a writer after. I had to find my new work rhythm, commitment, and voice. I found it, but I get frustrated easily. When you’re used to flying through something and you can’t, it can be infuriating.  

How much research do you typically do on a novel? 
It depends on the novel. I tend to write very normal people. Which requires very little research other than eavesdropping and people watching. I’m guilty of both. 

Five Fun Facts   

  1. I have a very old wiener dog who thinks he runs the house because he does. 
  2. I am an exercise fanatic. Like…for real. I run (poorly) and do all kinds of crazy workouts. It’s what keeps me sane. Sorta. 
  3. Crazy hair don’t care. It’s often weird colors and I often ‘style it’ by sleeping on it. I haven’t owned a hair dryer in 20 years. 
  4. My bedroom has a wall of heads. Don’t worry. They’re not real. They’re plaster, metal, wood, even fabric. All kinds of animals. Including a stuffed shark. 
  5. I loathe high heels and threw them all away years ago. I basically have Converse, flip flops, or boots on. Period.  

About the Author 
Sommer Marsden is a professional dirty word writer, gluten free baker, amateur runner, fat wiener dog walker, expert procrastinator. Sommer lives in Baltimore with her boyfriend, The Bearded Giant, an eclectic collection of kids, and the previously mentioned fat wiener dog. 

Called “…one of the top storytellers in the erotica genre” (Violet Blue) and “Unapologetic” (Alison Tyler), she’s the author of over thirty novels including, Go Slow, Honey, Restless Spirit, Wanderlust, and The Mighty Quinn

Visit her website here: 
https://sommermarsden.blogspot.com

MAGGIE’S MATCH by Kat Carrington

Interviews and Excerpt

Meet a new author, her characters and read an exciting excerpt from the book!

Blurb: 

Maggie Maxwell is part of a tiny community that has become like family to her, until her landlady’s grandson comes to town with the idea that she is out to scam his grandmother. Sparks fly high between Maggie and the handsome Carter Beauchamp. 

Maggie discovers that Carter won’t hesitate to act when she takes a risk that could be dangerous to her, and this sets off new sparks of attraction between the two. 

But Carter is struggling with his feelings for Maggie and can’t decide what he wants. When someone begins to tamper with her business and home, the risk to her wellbeing escalates quickly. Maggie is abducted by a mysterious stranger, and Carter races to rescue her, but will it be too late for the two of them? 


Publisher’s Note: This steamy romantic mystery contains elements of power exchange.  

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2QAUXG9 

Author Interview 
When did you know you wanted to be an author? 
I began reading as a young child. By the time I was in school I was devouring the fiction that was available in the school library. When I ran out of fiction, I moved to biographies, which I found fascinating. At the same time, I found myself sitting at my dad’s big desk and writing stories for hours at a time. But by the time I reached high school, I had stopped writing, although I never stopped reading.    

Later in life, I realized that there were many times that I still wrote. There were newsletters that I assisted with, press releases, posts on social media. One day I realized that there was a story rattling around in my brain and I sat down to put it in print. And so Maggie’s Match was born. It is my very first book and I am on a very exciting journey now, thanks to Blushing Books. 


What is your writing process like? 
My writing process is very spontaneous. I’m retired, so my time is my own. Often I find myself lying in bed in that place between awake and asleep and find myself half dreaming about my current characters and story. That’s when ideas and interactions begin to take form. I often get up early in the morning with my husband still sleeping and the house quiet and type away on my laptop. 


Where do you find inspiration? 
Maggie’s Match contains a lot of experiences that are right out of my own life. I have a love for cooking and baking and spent years horseback riding. The people I meet inspire me and the books I read inspire me. There is an endless storybook out there to be watched and enjoyed and, sometimes, to be put into a book. 


Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing? 
I like to do a very basic outline, just to keep myself from getting too scattered and to remind myself of where I wanted to go when I began the story. 


Tea or coffee? 
Definitely coffee! 


Favorite color?   
Green 

Character Interview Maggie’s Match 
Interview with Maggie Maxwell 

How did you meet the man who turned your life upside down? 
I met Carter when he came to town because he heard that I had gone into business in Boone, Indiana, where his grandmother lives. His grandmother, GG, gave me the opportunity to rent my bakery from her and begin the life I had always wanted, in a small town, with good people who became a family to me. Carter believed that I was there to scam his grandmother. I had never even met this man and he was convinced that I was some kind of evil thief! 

So you and Carter didn’t get along with each other? 
No! Don’t get me wrong, he obviously loved GG and it was nice, the way he was with his grandmother, but he was absolutely obnoxious to me. I love GG too, and it was completely unfair of him to behave that way toward me. 

And yet you found yourself strongly attracted to him?   
Yes, it was the strangest thing. Carter has a way of pushing people around when he doesn’t like what they’re doing and he seemed to love pushing me. And yet, when he got the angriest was when he thought I was doing something that was risky for me, that put me in danger. It was so odd. And then he actually threatened to spank me if I did it again! I’m a grown woman and he was threatening to spank me like a child. 

But did he have reason to? Were you behaving like a child?   
Well, I guess he had a point. After I thought about it, he was right about my being careless. And that was just as infuriating, realizing that he was right. 

So what happened when the attraction grew stronger? 
Oh! Carter….well, Carter kissed me and it was like my legs just turned to jelly. It was after he spanked me and I just could have melted right into him. It was the strangest experience I ever had. 

What’s the best thing about Carter? 
The way he looks out for the people he loves. 

Interview with Carter Beauchamp 

How did you meet Maggie? 
I heard about her setting up business in Boone and I came to check her out. My grandmother was responsible for giving her a start in business and I know how big my grandmother’s heart is. It wouldn’t be hard for some sweet talking gold digger to take advantage of her.  

Did you find that happening when you got to Boone? 
Well, I couldn’t be sure. I did a background check on Maggie and she was a complete blank until she went to college. After that, things looked okay but what kind of person just appears out of nowhere with no past? I told her I’d be watching her and if I found out she was using my Gran, she was going to regret it. 

What did your grandmother think of that? 
She got pretty pissed about it, especially when she found out I had done the background check. But I wasn’t about to back off until I knew the truth about Maggie Maxwell. 

But then you and Maggie started a relationship? 
I’m still not sure exactly how that happened. She could do some really dumb things and I wasn’t about to let her get herself in trouble. Gran loved her and so I was stuck looking out for her. So I warmed her butt for her when she put herself in a scary situation and afterward she looked at me with those big green eyes. Next thing I knew I was kissing her. What is it with crying women? Then you have to take care of them. 

So what’s the best thing about Maggie? 
Maggie is just…she’s feisty and funny and sweet and smart. She’s just Maggie. Oh, and she’s drop dead gorgeous! 


A Note From the Author 
This is my very first book and my characters are really dear to my heart. They do things I love to do myself and live a lifestyle that I’d love to live. My next book will take place in Boone as well, as more characters come to town and more relationships bloom.  

5 Fun Facts about Kat Carrington 

  1. Lived in Indiana all her life until retiring in the South a few years ago. 
  2. Loves to cook so much that she participates in a monthly cooking club. 
  3. Would rather read than watch TV or movies anytime! 
  4. Loves horses and dogs. 
  5. Greatest joy is her kids and grandkids. 

Excerpt from Maggie’s Match 

Maggie puzzled over the mystery of the missing baking powder until she got so busy in the kitchen that is slipped from her mind. She put in a long day, forgetting to turn her sign to Closed that afternoon. She had her case stocked with sweet treats for the next day, her sandwich fixings ready and in the big refrigerator, and only one pot of soup still simmering when she heard the little bells on her door jingle. 

“I’ll be right there,” she called out, wiping her hands on a towel and glancing at the with surprise at the clock. 

“I’m sorry,” she was saying as she walked out to the counter. “I actually closed quite a while ago, but what can I help you with?” 

Carter said sharply, “What time do you close?” 

“Oh, Carter.” She flushed. “Well, usually at three. I was just so busy I lost track of time.” 

“So you’ve been working back there for hours with your door still unlocked and your sign still saying you’re open?” 

“Well, yes, but everyone knows I close after lunch.” 

Carter looked impatient. “Anybody could have walked right in here. What’s wrong with you?” 

Maggie snapped, “Yes, and look who did. Carter Beauchamp. Is there anything I can help you with?” 

“Yes, you can use your head. Just because this is a little town and everybody knows everybody doesn’t mean that something bad can’t happen. There are a lot of strangers who pass through here, especially during tourist season.” 

Maggie knew he was right and it made her angry. “Well, what do you care? You’ve made it clear that you’re not happy that I’m here.” 

Coolly, he said, “I don’t. But my gran does, and I do care about her. And as long as I’m here, let’s talk about that. Exactly what are you up to here in Boone? You’ve been assistant chef in an upscale restaurant. Why would you want to come to this little place and run a tiny little bakery with no future?” 

“That’s none of your business! And how do you know I was an assistant chef?” 

“I checked your background. There’s not a whole lot of information there. You just sort of pop up out of nowhere, working your way up in the restaurant trade. Do you have some kind of a grand plan in the works here?” 

Maggie’s eyes flashed. “What are you talking about? What kind of grand plan could I have?” 

Carter leaned forward and put his finger under her chin, lifting her face to his. “The kind of plan where poor little Maggie Maxwell gets herself taken under the wing of my gran. Did she look like prime pickings for you when you wandered into town? Single, no family around, owns businesses and the biggest house in town?” 

Maggie gasped and jerked away from him. “How dare you? That’s a filthy thing to say!” 

Carter’s voice was steel. “That’s a filthy thing to do. And don’t think I’m going to stand by and let it happen. If that’s your game, you might as well pack it up and get on down the road.” 

Speechless with rage, Maggie swung her hand at his face, only to have him catch her wrist in a steely grip. 

“You don’t want to do that, little girl,” he drawled. “Try it again and I’ll turn you over my knee and give you something to think about.” 

“You wouldn’t dare,” Maggie said. 

“Don’t try me. Right now, it sounds like a real good idea.” 

“Let go of me and get out of my shop.” Maggie drew herself up haughtily. 

He let her wrist go. “Gladly. But understand this. I’m going to be here indefinitely, and I’m watching you. You’d better mind what you do. And your soup is boiling over.” 

“What? Oh, crap!” Maggie rushed to the kitchen. When she finished dealing with the mess on the stove, Carter was gone. She stalked to the door, where she found her sign already turned to Closed. She locked the door and pulled the shade, muttering darkly to herself. 

Maggie’s fingers brushed her chin, where his fingers had held her. Her stomach fluttered a little as she felt heat low in her belly. Her legs had actually gone weak when he had threatened to spank her! Confused, she tried to push all thoughts of Carter Beauchamp out of her head. She finished cleaning up and headed for home. 

About the Author 
Hi, I’m Kat. I’m a new author, even though I have been writing various things for most of my life. Writing for business or on social media has always just been a normal part of my life. One day, looking for something different to do, I began a story. I picked it up and put it down many times for several months. As the characters developed and the plot formed, I soon needed to follow it through to the end. That was how Maggie’s Match was born. 

I was born and raised in the Midwest and I wrote about things that I knew. The people around me have always been varied and interesting and they are a rich source of inspiration for writing. The idea of writing my stories and sharing them is so much fun for me, it has quickly become much more than just something different to do. A Strong Man’s Hand is my very first book series but the world of writing has just begun.  

CRAZY ON YOU (Bliss Brothers #4) by Amelia Wilde

5 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I’ve enjoyed this series but Charlie and Leta just blew me away.


*Swoon* just goddamn *swoon*. I thought Charlie’s book would be fun, maybe a crazy girl who turned his life upside down, but I never imagined it would make me cry. I’m a sucker for a second-chance romance, but only when the writing is good too. This book. THIS. BOOK. was so full of feels, so emotive, so…. so perfect. 

It’s on the shorter end of the novel spectrum but Crazy on You cut through all the usual fluff and filler, dragging us straight into a maelstrom of feelings and emotions and tossing your heart around as though it were in a tumble drier. On completion it left me adrift, a wreck floating on a turbulent sea, yet having loved every second of reading it.


Charlie is Mr Uptight, Upright and Organised, Leta follows ‘signs’ that the universe sends her. This pair shouldn’t work but they do, bringing the very best out of each other. Who would ever have guessed just what a dirty, bossy guy Charlie is.

Their story was believable and they were very likeable and ‘real’ characters. And then when we find out why Leta’s aunt bought the house – that shredded what little was left of my heart. Thank goodness Ms Wilde has such a talent at putting all the pieces back together again!

I highly recommend this if you like second-chance stories, well written romance or just a full of feels book.


She’s my polar opposite. My fooled-me-once. My heartbreaker.
And now she’s back in town.

The last time I saw Leta Quinn, she was driving away from me, breaking the speed limit in our residential neighborhood off-the-wall artist girlfriend and love of my life was headed for California.

The universe gave her a sign, so she went.

I don’t believe in signs. I believe in working hard at the Bliss Resort. I believe in solving the mystery that’s ruining our finances. And I believe in never, ever thinking about Leta.

It’s all going according to plan until she tackles me on the sidewalk.

It’s not a sign. It’s coincidental torture that the great love of my life is moving in down the street.

Because one look at her has me wanting the impossible: 
a happily ever after.

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DELINQUENT by Ally Vance

Title: Delinquent

Series: Cavalieri Della Morte

Author: Ally Vance

Genre: Romantic Suspense Novella

Release Date: May 30, 2019

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Blurb:
Seth Galahad

Reckless rule-breaker with a taste for violence.
It’s what I’ve been called time and again.
Carving my way through the names I’ve been given, I’ll rise through the ranks.
Collecting your blood as payment for your debts
I’m young, I’m hungry, and I won’t be stopped.
I take what I want, when I want. Nothing can hold me back.
The cross on my back speaks of a past I know nothing about.
The history of my family drenched in mystery.

Leeann Mallory
My brother’s string of gambling debts has raged out of control.
An insurmountable sum that he’s racked up over time.
Out of money and out of luck, he did something unthinkable.
Playing with my life in a game of chance, he lost.
My brother did nothing to prevent me from being taken.
The debt collector came in the night, and he snatched me from my bed.
Debts must be cleared, and I’m going to be the one to pay it.
The question is will it be in blood? Or will it be with my heart

**This is a standalone novella within the series**

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Review – 3 stars

Delinquent is a well written, fast paced and exciting romantic suspense. Both main characters had depth and strong personalities, and the chemistry between them was spectacular.
In a very ‘it’s me not you‘ way, I just didn’t quite connect with the book. It might have been my mood, it might have been something else. There is nothing I can point at as a reason why I didn’t really love it, indeed on a ‘tick the box’ level it really should have worked for me.
So whilst it didn’t wow me, I know that this will appeal to and be enjoyed by many readers. So for that reason I do still recommend that you try it for yourself.

Author Bio

Ally is an International Bestselling Author who writes in the Dark Romance genre, and also poetry, she is willing to expand into other genres if the inspiration takes her. Ally has been writing since she was a teenager, and studied Professional Writing at college. It has been a long time dream of hers to finally become a published author. She finally achieved this in 2018 with her Bestselling debut book, Flower in the Dark.  Ally also co-writes with her close friend Michelle Brown under the pen name Ally Michelle. Ally lives in Kent, in the United Kingdom with her husband and stepson.

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THE SACRED OMEGAS: DECEMBER by Merel Pierce

5 shining gold stars for this debut novel
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This is one amazing debut novel.

Calling all M/f omegaverse lovers!  The Sacred Omegas – December is an absolutely fantastic story and one you really should read. The majority of the plot is set within a small number of rooms/buildings, so we don’t get to experience much of the outside world. However some very good world building at the start of the story helped set the scene, along with conversations, memories and the dynamic between characters. 


I found the mafia/omegaverse blend to be both intriguing and captivating, the two aspects worked really well together. Along with both of these was a lots of steam and an excellent romantic suspense element. These all wove together to produce a well written and engaging story, one that easily held my attention both with it’s interesting plot as well as it’s good pace.


December and Nikolai totally made this book work for me. I loved both characters; December with her strength, fortitude and tenacity and Nikolai with his dominance, perseverance and tenderness. Whilst Nikolai is not a man to be trifled with, and though he made some mistakes with December at first, he was an alpha hero in every sense of the word. In general he treated December with respect, displaying a level of empathy not always found in his dynamic. 


December experiences some harrowing times during this book, just be aware that there are potential triggers around sexual assault. However these scenes involve secondary characters, rather than the hero, so whilst this is a dark romance it isn’t at the very blackest end of the spectrum. I have to admit that I had been lulled into a false sense of security, given Nikolai’s almost gentle treatment of December, so these passages really did knock me sideways. What further impressed me was the very genuine feelings that plagued December afterwards. She wasn’t miraculously ‘cured’ nor was she gagging for her alpha within minutes of being rescued. The lasting effects of her trauma and her responses to them felt very real.



The connection between Nikolai and December was very convincingly portrayed. The passion between them was incredibly hot but, more than that, I believed in their emotions too. It was only too easy to accept their feelings for one another.


*** Whilst this followed the general ‘rules’ of omegaverse works, it still had a fresh and fairly unique feel to it too. If you’re unfamiliar with the world, this book reads very much like a contemporary romance, but where the alpha and omega release pheromones that the other can scent. The omega will have heats and produce slick (lubrication) in response to growls from the alpha male. The alpha male produces a knot at the base of his penis, much like dogs and wolves do, that ties him to the omega. They DO NOT ‘shift’ or change into wolves/animals, they are more like modified humans.

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BLURB

In a desperate bid to find relief from a mysterious illness, December steals from the most dangerous crime syndicate in the city. Her botched burglary attempt leaves her at the mercy of the Bratva and its leader Nikolai Petrovski, and after an incident with one of his men lands her in the hospital, the horrible truth is revealed.

Nikolai wants to punish the tiny female who wreaked havoc in his holding pens, but after catching the scent of the girl his enforcer almost strangled to death, instinct prompts him to alter his course. When doctors confirm what was believed to be a sickly beta woman is actually a chemically sterilized omega, a plan to secure himself an heir becomes his first priority.

When December awakes, it is Nikolai himself who breaks the devastating news. The faulty device that the state implanted in her when it deemed her unworthy of breeding has been removed, and she will soon experience her first true heat as an omega. December owed a debt, and she’d pay with her body, or her life.

But what would happen when the alpha Nikolai discovered just how valuable a prize he’d caught? Would he honor the terms of their arrangement once he realized she was one of “The Sacred Omegas”?


-“Ms. Pierce has made her own niche in this genre. This story made me feel everything. I wanted to throw something, cry, laugh and claim my hubby throughout the story. Sometimes at the same time. “

Goodreads reviewer. 

-“I loved this mafia-meets-omegaverse romance, and I enjoyed the blend of fantasy and Bratva worlds. It was complex, with a lot of characters all having a part to play in this action-packed book.”

Goodreads reviewer


This is a Dark Omegaverse Fantasy Novel. Omegaverse often features themes of noncon, dubcon, power exchange, and more. If you enjoy these tropes, please continue. If you don’t, this book may not be for you. 



*****WARNING*****
This book is set in a world where criminal regimes reign. There will be strong language, violence, and scenes of assault that may trigger some readers. You may cringe, you may cry, you may rage, but I promise, if you can bear to fight through that darkness, light and a HEA wait for you on the other side. PROCEED WITH CAUTION. You have been warned. 

BLACK SWAN (The Kingmaker Saga #3) by London Miller

FIVE+ STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


I adore Karina, I’m slowly forgiving Uilleam (though he still has a long way to go yet) and I am desperate for this pair to find everlasting happiness.


I have to wonder way, way back in the past, when Ms Miller wrote Red, the first book in the Den of Mercenaries series, if she had this entire story arc in mind. The imagination, planning and the painstaking recording of details needed to make this series work, to have it blend so seamlessly with the Den series of books, leaves me in absolute awe. Her talent for story telling is second to none. 


This book, THIS. BOOK. It held me spellbound. It broke my heart. It shredded my soul. It made me ache and despair for the two lost and wounded individuals within its pages. At times it had me on the very edge of my seat, the tension so very palpable that my heart was racing, my hands were clenched tight and I couldn’t read quickly enough. Other times I gazed on in wonder at the sheer audacity of the plans and schemes. Mesmerised with how the intrigue was like a tightly ravelled ball of string wound just perfectly, so that the slightest tug on a loose end saw it unravel before my very eyes.


The fact that I’ve already witnessed so much of this story through the eyes of other characters didn’t matter a jot. Every line brought something new. Each paragraph held meaning, gave context and revealed secrets that I hadn’t even known existed before that moment. I actually had to put this book aside a couple of times just to let my brain process everything I had read. I had to give myself time to recover from the depth of emotion this stirred within me. Allow myself space to soak in the sheer brilliance of the story. I also needed to try and eek the story out for as long as possible because I just knew I’d go into a massive book hangover upon completing this. 


In the aforementioned DoM series, I really didn’t care for Karina. In the first two books of The Kingmaker Saga we see the woman she was before betrayal, pain and misery shaped her into Belladonna. That this agony befell her, ultimately, at the hands of the man whom she loved with all her heart provided me with a very different perspective of the character. Karina is a woman who only ever saw the good in others, a woman who cares too much and too deeply for her own good, especially when it comes to Uilleam Runeheart.


Whilst not an easy man to always like, mainly due to his arrogance and high handed manner, Uilleam did win me over both in the Den books as well as the first book of the Kingmaker saga. However much he loved Karina, despite how the situation broke his heart, there was never anyone more to blame for events than himself. Yet despite this, despite knowing he is selfish, despite knowing he is manipulative and despite knowing he doesn’t always care enough about the innocents caught up in his schemes, he is slowly worming his way back into my heart.


I simply can’t begin to guess how this story will proceed. I do know that it is a series that you will happily read again and again, each time noticing another little facet, hint or clue that you missed on previous reads. If you love romantic suspense, if you love a well written story, if you enjoy books that involve your mind, heart and soul then this is for you. It needs to be read after the first two books, White Rabbit: The Rise and White Rabbit: The Fall. You might possibly also want to read the Den of Mercenaries books, which this series overlaps with, it isn’t strictly necessary but they are also incredibly well written stories too.

Bravo London Miller!

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS


BLURB

In the blink of an eye, Karina Ashworth lost everything.

But in the pits of her despair, she finds a new purpose—a reason to keep living.

Uilleam Runehart might have shown her how ruthless he could be, but she’s no longer the girl he once knew.

No longer innocent and blind to the cruelties of the world, she’s now a woman fueled by vengeance and fury. And by the time she finishes with him, an empire will fall.

His actions have consequences, and she would be his reckoning.

From Romantic Suspense Author, London Miller, comes the third installment in the Kingmaker Saga following a woman with nothing to lose and the man who will never see her coming.

🖤 Book One: http://geni.us/WRTheRise
🖤 Book Two: http://geni.us/WRTheFall
🖤 Book Three: http://geni.us/BlackSwanAmzn

THE IMMORTAL TRIALS SERIES by Ainsley Shay

I recently read both books number 4 and 5, and since the final book concluded the series I decided to post my reviews for all five instalments.

My overall rating for the series is 4 stars, which equates to; I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

ECHOES TO ASHES

A young adult paranormal urban fantasy blend, with well written characters and a captivating story line.

Having read and enjoyed The Statues Trilogy I knew I enjoyed this author’s work. I was also very intrigued by the blurb for the book. 

I love stories where the fae/immortals/gods are walking around on Earth, with most humans totally unaware of the truth. I really enjoyed how the author steadily world builds in this book, introducing new characters and information in a way that neither overwhelms nor gives you too little to work with. This book was very much scene setting for the rest of the story, we spent a lot of time discovering some unexpected truths, both about Everly but also about Veil Rock.

Written in first person and completely from Everly’s point of view we, as the reader, quickly get to know this not quite girl but not yet woman really well. There are quite a few other characters to also keep track of, some of these are clearly friends, some very much enemies, whilst others could be either. The people she can trust don’t know enough to really help her, whilst those who know everything are the very ones who might want to cause her harm.

I’m was intrigued by the whole story and determined then and there that I would be continuing with it.

Blurb

I would have sworn I was just a normal girl. But, I was wrong. And it could cost me my life.

When I’m sent to finish my last semester of high school in the peculiar town of Veil Rock, I thought that would be punishment enough. But when mysterious vampires, shifters, and witches come to seek me out, there’s no escaping the clutches of this new hell.

They believe I am powerful enough to be their ultimate sacrifice to break a binding curse, and they will stop at nothing until they claim me as their own.

I laughed at the absurd idea until unexplained and magical things began to happen to me. Now, unable to gain control of my newfound powers, I’m forced to rely on the very ones who plan to sacrifice me to keep their immortality.

As my world breaks apart into a thousand pieces, it’s flight or fight. Since I’m not one to run away, the only thing left to do is decide who I can trust and who is manipulating me as I try to unearth ancient secrets that may save my life.

My name is Everly Shade, and I’m not ready to die.


*Echoes to Ashes is the first in this YA paranormal mystery series. Expect romance, magic, and twisting plots that will have you guessing to the very last book.*

Purchase Links
Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DF22GW8/
Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07DF22GW8

ASHES AND SHADOWS

The story gets better and better

Ashes and Shadows picks up pretty much where book #1 ended, and continues the story of magic, mystery and mayhem. It continues to be written first person and just from Everly’s pov.

Ainsley Shay spins excellent magical tales but in a modern day setting, merging the two worlds into one massively entertaining read.

Everly is discovering more and more things, both about herself and about the immortal beings who are so very interested in her. There are a few new people to meet in this book, along with some surprising discoveries to be made and increasing threats to face. 

I did find that I was having to remind myself that Everly is only a teenager, particularly at those times when she seemed very trusting of the wrong people. Personally I wouldn’t trust any of them, but I guess in order to get the answers she needs, Everly has to trust someone.

The writing is executed well, making the story easy to follow and understand. The pace was nicely balanced, holding your attention without moving too quickly, and there were plenty of twists and turns in the plot. Characters clearly have their own motivations, only revealing information to Everly when it suits them. They often leave her in ignorance and then get offended by her unwitting actions!

I flew through this, devouring each word, page and chapter whilst being totally riveted by the story. I am massively looking forward to reading the final book and discovering the truth hidden behind all the smoke and mirrors that the immortals dazzle our heroine with.

Blurb

Magic paints a target on Everly’s back, and her hunters won’t stop until she belongs to them…

As Everly attempts to control her powers, everything else in Veil Rock comes unhinged. Now, there’s a new a gift over-riding all of her senses, and its insatiable need to be fed drowns out everything else.

There’s only one person who can help her overcome the magic’s hunger. He’s more than happy to oblige… but he’s the last person Everly wants to turn to. Especially about this.

But, she may be left with no other choice as more supernaturals begin to realize how unique her powers are. The white witches are the only ones who know exactly what Everly is capable of, and they will do whatever it takes to keep that secret sacred.


Even if that means Everly’s death.


The CW’s Supernatural collides with LJ Smith’s Vampire Diaries in the thrilling series of The Immortal Trials.


Purchase Links
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GHB5MKW/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07GHB5MKW/

SHADOWS IN BLOOD

I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed third instalment of The Immortal Trials.

We’re half way through the story now and whilst there are still a lot of unknowns and secrets galore, I did feel as though plot strands were starting to tie together. Whilst I still have NO idea of how the story will progress, strangely enough I did feel as though we made significant headway in this book and am now beginning to build a much clearer picture in my head. 

It might just be me but this felt as though it had better pace and flow than book 2. That’s not to suggest book 2 was a bad read, rather that this is an even better one! We don’t see as much of Cameron, Mina and Raiden in this one, though there are quite a few other characters to meet and place into the story. There are also some surprises and plot twists added into the mix.

In the second half of the book Everly eventually felt like she was taking charge of events. I do like that she acts like a girl of 17 and not as though she were an adult, but time’s a ticking and there are A LOT of powerful people plotting her demise! I loved how the story progressed and can’t wait to see where the next book will take us.

Blurb

Time is running out, and there’s no room left for mistakes.



The date of the ritual has been decided, and Everly has thirty-five days until she becomes the immortal’s sacrifice.

When shocking news comes in the way a sacred one, her entire world shifts. Everything she’s ever known may have been a lie.

But, Everly’s hope blossoms when she discovers a vital piece to the deadly mystery she’s trapped in. She must find a way to endure the never-ending horrors that continue to haunt her.

Especially if she plans to survive.

Purchase Links
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HYWBSY6/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07HYWBSY6/

BLOOD AND CURSE

Wow, things are certainly hotting up for Everly.

There was so much happening in this penultimate book that my head was left spinning. The pacing was perfect, holding me riveted from start to finish and I found myself finishing the story before I realised I was anywhere near the end.

Everly finally seems to be making headway in her struggles with both the immortals and The White Ones. In fact there are so many immortals in this story that it can be difficult to keep track of who is who. Thankfully the author drops gentle reminders into the story to aid with this.

The story flowed really well, the writing is engaging and the characters inspire genuine emotion, both positive and negative. I love how we can never be quite sure of who to trust and sorting truth from lies and subterfuge has my mind imagining all sorts of ways the story may progress.

I’m jumping straight into reading the final book right now. I can’t wait to find out how the amazing adventure draws to a conclusion. Not to mention finding answers to all those questions still flying around my brain!

Blurb

The Creator of all immortals has left his lair.

His reason for paying a visit to Veil Rock is just… the need to know if Everly Shade is indeed the one creation that was never meant to be born. Knowing that she could ruin everything he has ever created, he must see to it that she is dealt with before the Hunter’s Moon.

Everly can no more prepare for the warlock’s arrival than if she was going to Hell itself. Still in possession of the grimoire, she searches through powerful spells she hopes will keep her alive long enough to save the ones she loves.

As her power to wield magic intensifies, she can no longer hide in the shadows. When the White Ones come for her, the only protection from their mental assaults is her own power. They don’t fight fair, the fight for what’s theirs. But, Everly belongs to no one.

Through her growing strength, Everly refuses to let murder, blood lust, or ancient magic keep her from what’s rightfully hers, the freedom to live.

Purchase Links
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LBS3RH8/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07LBS3RH8/

CURSE TO RUIN

A thrilling conclusion to a wonderful series.

One of my favourite things about this series has been seeing how Everly has grown and matured throughout the story.  Curse to Ruin showcased this aspect really well, she still felt like the same person but she was making more reasoned decisions. The plot is incredibly busy but the pace allows you to follow it quite easily. There were so many unexpected twists and turns too, you just couldn’t predict what would happen next!

The writing, as always, was of a high standard with a flowing and easy to read style. I found myself flying through the book, quite simply it held my attention from start to finish, even when I wasn’t able to be reading, it was still in my thoughts. I adored the very sweet romantic element that we saw in this book, it wasn’t excessive but it just added something special IMO.

There were only two aspects of the book that could have been even better for me. Personally I would have liked Everly’s parents to have a larger role in this book, their inclusion almost felt pointless. I also felt the ‘sacrifice’ scene was rather rushed, the resolution felt too quick and easy. However this is a YA book when all is said and done, so a violent battle scene would have been inappropriate.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and would highly recommend it to those who enjoy paranormal stories and YA adventures. The series is suitable for teens through to adults, it has a very mild amount of romance.

Blurb

Embracing death may be the only way to survive.

Trapped in her own body, Everly has been put under a spell to imitate death. With only ten days until the Hunter’s Moon, Dragan is now her eyes and ears to ensure she comes out of it alive. With both, the White Ones and his own immortal family, breathing threats and curses in their direction, Dragan turns to an unlikely source for help.

In the middle of the ocean, at Veil Rock, the ritual is set. Every immortal is on edge waiting to see if their curse will finally be lifted. Their hope falters when Saphira shows up to claim her daughter, Everly, to use her for the only thing she was created to do… abolish the immortals who never should have been.

When Everly is viciously ripped out of her death-like embrace, she’ll be forced to choose which side she’s willing to die for.

Purchase Links
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07P1Y699Y/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07P1Y699Y/

TORIAN by Eden Summers

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Genre: Standalone Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 25, 2019


 BLURB 

He’s my nemesis.
My tormentor.
A notorious criminal with a smoldering smile to mask the devil hidden beneath.
 
Conniving. Threatening. Brutal.
He stalks me from the shadows.
Makes me itch to place him behind bars.
 
But he has an offer I can’t refuse.
A major risk with the perfect reward.
 
I can’t let down my guard.
Can’t be tempted to trust him.
 
Not even when I begin to understand his corrupt ways.
 
Because the only face the devil shows is the one he wants you to see.
And all I’m seeing is hunger.
 
 
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AUTHOR BIO

Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm.
She lives in Australia with a young family who are well aware she’s circling the drain of insanity.
Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.
 
 
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LUCY (Virgin Vampire #3) by S Cinders

4 Stars – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

These books are just getting better and better!

Whilst Lucy could be read as a stand alone, there is a wonderful overarching story line that runs through out the series. I would recommend reading the previous two books first, as that would ensure you get the best reading experience possible. The books are fast paced, steamy, RH/menage, vampire romances with a side order of humour and a garnish of adventure. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Lucy, Marcus and Henry’s story, it provided a very fun and pleasant afternoon’s reading. This trio have one heck of a lot of chemistry that will really heat up your e-reader. This is perfectly balanced by an action-packed, adventure filled plot. The length of the book means that we don’t get a massive amount of depth to the characters BUT it really doesn’t matter. They are still very likeable and totally draw you into the story.

This is a set of books I am only to happy to recommend, particularly if you enjoy NA paranormal romance. I really do love the series and can’t wait for Lola’s book.

Blurb
A MENAGE VAMPIRE ROMANCE 

Raised in the caves, Lucy was taken as a baby and hidden away from those that massacred her family. 

But due to a spell that went wrong, she learns that she not only has two sisters, but she is a twin. 

Now Lucy has to decide if she wants to fight in a war that was not of her choosing. 

Not only that, but she has growing feelings for Henry. Which makes life terribly uncomfortable when she’s already in love with Marcus, Henry’s brother. 

This is the third instalment of the Virgin Vampire series. Each story features a different sister’s journey on her way to love. 

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R7RZZ3V/
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07R7RZZ3V

ELLA (Lycan Mating Games #3) by S Cinders

4 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


The Lycan Mating Games books are set in a world where paranormal beings secretly live amongst humans. Ella is the third book in this interlinked series.

Ella is one action packed, roller coaster of a conclusion to Ella and James’ story.

Full of steam, adventure, mystery and peril this book had me gripped from start to finish.  Ella needs to be read after James, (Book 2 of the Lycan Mating Games). Both are enhanced by reading the first book, Finn, a book that is very much worth reading in it’s own right too.

Whilst the story mainly focuses on James and Ella, we do also get chapters from Clarence and Jesse’s point of views too. The book is first person, but very clear labelling of chapters makes it easy to keep track of viewpoints. I also found that it helped me to really get an understanding of the different characters, along with their motivations and feelings.

The story flows smoothly, S Cinders has a very easy to read style of writing that captures your imagination and easily holds your attention. Her characters are very easy to like and, magical abilities notwithstanding, they are also believable in their emotions and reactions.

Whilst this book completed James and Ella’s part of the story, there were a few mysteries thrown in towards the end that have already hooked me into wanting to read the next book. This is a series I would recommend to those who love steaming hot paranormal/shifter romances and those who enjoy paranormal adventure stories. The heat levels and language do make this an adult read.

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S1Q93DQ
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07S1Q93DQ

Blurb

In the blink of an eye, James’ world turned upside down. Now he must travel into the past to find Jessie, who has disturbed the fabric of time, and put everything back to rights. But he won’t be going alone. With Ella at his side, he will bargain with the Fairy Court, meet the family members they never knew existed, and walk the halls of the infamous academy where the Lycan Mating Games began.

Can they, once and for all, put the USLUF behind them? Or is this only the beginning?Welcome to Lycan Mating Games 3: Ella. 


Publisher’s Note: This steamy sci-fi action romance contains very graphic scenes. If this is offensive to you, please do not read it.

Excerpt

“Your mother and I have decided that it is high time you married. We need to know that the succession to the throne is secure.”
I choked on my orange juice, trying not to gape at my father, Oberon, the King of the Fae.
I wiped my mouth with a napkin. “You can’t be serious.”
My mother, Titania, raised a brow. “We have allowed you to run wild for far too long. It has brought you into a touch of melancholy that I cannot like.”
My heart began to thump. “I am not ready for marriage!”
“You have been in your adult years for centuries, Jessie,” Oberon admonished. “It’s not as if you would be a child bride.”
Titania frowned. “You have been with us for nearly a month now, and all you’ve done is mope about the castle. It is high time you did something with your life and stopped moping over that Lycan.”

Five Fun Facts

  1. When I first started writing Lycan it was on the Radish app. I had no idea that it would garner over 400k reads on that app alone.
  2. Mike was one of my least favorite characters at first. I had to dig deep to see why he acted so cocky and rude. I suppose with Dr. Rinwald as a step-father, he had plenty of internal angst.
  3. Shelly seems to be have left out from finding her one and only, but here is a little secret… her time is coming.
  4. Lycan’s didn’t use to age. That is something that only started happening in recent years.
  5. There are seven planned books in the series, possibly more!