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Release Blitz: RUIN

Title: Ruin: The Reprise
Series: Black Hearts Still Beat #4
Author: L. A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult Rock Star Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2020
BLURB
Working for America’s hottest rock band should be a dream come true for Phoebe Halstead. 
And it would be, if it wasn’t for lead singer, Levi Hunter.
Tortured… Brooding… Broken. He’s everything she should stay away from.
Unfortunately for Phoebe, she’s exactly the kind of girl Levi needs. The light to his dark. The calm to his storm.
He wants to be worthy of her; she knows he’ll never change.
Everyone knows the greatest love stories end one of two ways:
… with a happily-ever-after or in heartache and ruin.
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EXCERPT
“Why does this feel so right?” She broke the kiss, blinking up at me with her big honey eyes. 

“Because maybe it is. Maybe we just both have to take a chance.” 

“I can’t do it again. I can’t watch someone I…” She stopped herself, letting out a heavy sigh. Part of me was relieved. I didn’t want to ever hear those words. “I’ll never be the most important thing in your life. I deserve that, Levi. I deserve to come first.”
Her honesty shook me to the core. Phoebe had scars. The deep kind. The kind I knew I couldn’t fix. The kind I knew I would only rip open if I pursued this thing with her.
But I couldn’t walk away.
I couldn’t do it.
So long as she was on tour with us, we would continue to go around in circles until one of us cracked. Or I fucked things up for good.
Touching my head to hers, I breathed her in. “I’m not a good guy, Bee, but I’d try to be good for you.”
A shiver ran through her as she swayed gently. She was drunk. Maybe more than I’d first thought.
“Come on,” I said, guiding her toward the bed. “You should get some sleep.”
Phoebe began stripping out of her clothes with haste, as if they were suffocating her. “Stupid shirt,” she groaned as she tried to yank it over her head.
I stood back, smothering the laughter rumbling in my chest. “Need some help?”
Her eyes snapped to mine, glittering in the dark. “I can manage.”
After a couple more failed attempts, I crouched down and nudged her hands away. “Here, let me.” My fingers brushed her bare skin, and she whimpered again.
My dick strained against my jeans, desperate to feel her again. But the next time I was inside her, I wanted Phoebe to know exactly who she was fucking.
I pulled back the cover. “In you go.”
“I can’t believe this happening,” she mumbled. “How embarrassing.” Phoebe buried her face in the pillow.
I made quick work of stripping down to my boxers and climbed in bed beside her. She tried to roll away, putting as much space between us as possible.
But fuck that.
I hooked my arm around Phoebe’s waist and pulled her back against my chest.
“Levi, we can’t snuggle…”
“Why the fuck not?” I tangled my legs with hers, fighting the urge to press my hard length right up against her ass.
“Because I’m your assistant and you’re…” She let out a little huff of frustration.
“It’s okay, honeybee,” the nickname rolled off my tongue as easy as breathing, “you can say it. I’m the best sex you’ve ever had.” I breathed against the shell of her ear.
Her sweet laughter filled the small room. “You’re definitely the biggest ego I’ve ever had.”

MY REVIEW 

“Sometimes you have to lose everything to realize what you had.”

This is one of my favorite series, and I love the boys of Black Hearts Still Beat. Rafe was always my favorite, until I read Levi’s story!!! Levi is a tortured soul, with a freakin messed up upbringing!! He has a hard time controlling his thoughts, they always turn to the negative. We learn a little about him and his addictions from Rafe and Eva’s story, seeing that he’s Rafe’s older brother. But in Ruin we get inside his head, and see what he’s truly battling.

Phoebe (Bee) is a great character and the perfect girl for Levi, or Leviathan. But their road is not easy. They both have pasts and she has a neglectful, but also over protective father… go figure. Plus she’s been through having a boyfriend with addictions and it still haunts her.

I loved Levi and Phoebe‘a story. It’s probably now my favorite!! I also love Letty!! She has been there and been supportive to them all. She can be tough when she needs to be, but she cares about them all. I want to see her have her happy ending too.

We have two more Black Hearts left, Hudson and Damon!! It looks like Hudson’ story is next, and I cannot wait!!!!! L.A. Cotton writes the best series, and the best stories!!! Also the very best characters!!!!

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Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult
novels, L A is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive
stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being
a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her
spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most
likely find L A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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Teaser Reveal: On The Rebound

ON THE REBOUND by L.A. Cotton

Release Date: December 15th!

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Blurb:

They say your first love leaves a mark.

For Calliope James it didn’t only leave a mark, it tore out her heart and left it bleeding on the ground.

He was her best friend.
Her first kiss.
Her everything.

Until one day, he wasn’t.

Zachary Messiah will never forget the girl with eyes the color of whiskey. But he’s not that boy anymore.

Cold.
Cruel.
He’s devoid of emotion.

Their paths were never supposed to cross again. But love doesn’t always play by the rules.

Now he’s the King of Steinbeck University and she’s the new girl on campus … and the pasts they have fought so hard to bury are about to collide.

Only this time, they might not survive the fallout.

About the Author:

Author of over thirty mature young adult and new adult novels, LA COTTON is happiest writing the kind of books she loves to read: addictive stories full of teenage angst, tension, twists and turns.

Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time writer with being a mother/referee to two little people. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find LA immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.

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Book Release & Review: Lyrics & Curses

Title: Lyrics & Curses

Series: Cursed Hearts

Author: Candace Robinson

Release Date: November 11, 2020

Blurb:

Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.

Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.

When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.

*Set in 1985 and full of nostalgia! Perfect for fans of Stranger Things and Pretty in Pink.

Amazon link: www.amazon.com/dp/B08FRQKV5G/

My Review:

Definitely a favorite book of mine! I’ve read it at least 4 “full” times, and I am NOT sick of it!!! I could read it four more times!!! I love this book!!!

First of all, the 80s theme was so cool!!! Being an 80s girl myself I was taken back in time. It was written extremely detailed as far as the 80s setting. Second, the lyrics!!!! All 80s, of course, but I especially love how she wove the lyrics throughout the story and Lark & Auden’s relationship. The paranormal mystery aspects built up as the story went. But as it goes along we are given some background into the characters and where they come from, and how that has shaped who they become. As the paranormal mystery builds up we see Lark and Auden growing closer, through lyrics and through solving the mystery, and they come to find exactly how much they mean to each other. I love it, because this story is the beginning and the foundation of the series. Bring on the next book!!

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Blog Tour: To Reap The Spirit (Dead Dreamer 3)

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Congrats to author Sarah Lampkin on the release if the third installment in her Dead Dreamer series, To Reap the Spirit!

Read on for an author interview, my review, schedule details, and a chance to win a digital collection of all 3 books!

TO REAP THE SPIRIT

To Reap the Spirit

Publication Date: October 20th, 2020

Genre: New Adult/ Urban Fantasy

Sanguis daretur. Ignis invocavit.

The third installment in the haunting Dead Dreamer series.

Somehow Brenna Whit has survived to her junior year at Nephesburg College. Despite all odds, she’s fought against the Gatekeepers and lived. But the battle for the Fade has only just begun.

New pieces have been added to the board.

The Fade opens to the Veil.

And a Shade from the past returns.

With Brenna’s secret out, everyone is after her: dead and living alike. Those from across the sea have come and they’re determined to regain control of their broken faction.

Questions will be answers

Fires will be lit

Chaos will reign

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Author Interview:

Sarah, I’m so excited about the release of your third book release of your Dead Dreamer series, To Reap The Spirit! I’m a big fan of the series, and your writing! So having the honor to interview you is such a privilege!! Let’s get started: 

1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I technically began writing in high school. My stories originally included angels and demons which isn’t surprising considering I was going to a Baptist high school. Thankfully, leaving for college really opened my eyes and helped me grow as a person and a writer.

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Writing can actually take me to a very dark place. Sometimes I can hit a severe depressive episode while writing. But thankfully it doesn’t last long and it’s usually when I get the best chapters. But now that I have my puppers, Emer, it seems like that is happening less and less. Which is hopefully a good thing.

3. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I try to be as original as possible. Personally, I don’t want to do retellings and I hate the idea of taking from someone else. Yes my work is influenced by other cultures and mythologies, but I still tried to rework it all as my own.

4. Do you feel like it’s most important to have A) Strong characters B) Mind-blowing Plot twists or C) Epic settings?

Hmm. That’s a difficult one. You need all three to make a good book. But I’d have to say, in my opinion, strong characters. Without strong characters, who will your readers’ connect to?

5. Do you find it more challenging to write the first book in a series or to write the subsequent novels?

I’d say the most challenging was the first book. I wanted to throw all of the epic plot points into one but that would have been a terrible idea! Now I get to give you all of the fun ideas I’ve had. 

6. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

Just sitting down and writing. I have ADHD so it’s extremely difficult for me to focus. I really need to be in a dark mood to get the writing done. 

7. If you had to describe Brenna Whit in three words, what would those three words be?

Blunt, Stressed, and somewhat mean

8. What do you hope your readers take away from this series?

A strong understanding of nothing is as it seems…and maybe they should go back and read the previous books to find things they missed. As I’ve said before, I wrote everything in a specific order with specific human interactions for a good reason. Nothing is black and white. 

9. Do you have any new series planned, after you finish this one?

Not quite yet. I’m looking at some things here and there, but it’s all in the beginning stages. We’ll have to see! 

10. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

Lynne Ewing was always a favorite of mine as her books were the ones that introduced me to reading in the first place. Other than that, I’d have to point to Lovecract and Maggie Stiefvater. 

11. Where online can readers find you and/or learn more about the Dead Dreamer series?

You can always find me at https://dead-dreamer.com/! From there you can find all of my social medias and even my Patreon! I’ll be putting some behind the scenes and extra Dead Dreamer stuff there sometime soon!

My Review:

I have never read a series where each book gets so much better and better, but The Dead Dreamer series is one of a kind! Lampkin’s research and writing, her character development, and her amazing Dead Dreamer world are so well executed!! This series is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait for the next book!!!

There’s so much I’d love to go on and on about, but I don’t want to give anything away. But this book was fantastic!! It was shocking, with all its unexpected twists and turns. Brenna is one of my favorite characters of any series!!! She is strong, sarcastic, loyal and would die for her friends!!! Watching her character grow through the series has been so awesome!! Damon and Aeria are really great characters too, and I’ve loved seeing their character growth as the series has gone along. They are loyal to Brenna and care about her. The three of them are a tight circle of friends. The Dead Dreamer world has grown and developed in completely unexpected and surprising ways!!

If you haven’t started this series yet, I highly recommend you grab the first book and catch up in time for book four to come out!!!!

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To Dream is to Die (Book #1)

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Eighteen-year-old Brenna Whit is entering college as a freshman and starting to meet new people, but she hides a dark secret. Because of an accident that happened three years ago, her spirit wanders the Fade whenever she falls asleep. It’s something she wants to keep hidden from the world, but when she sees someone watching her in spirit form, she fears the secret’s out. With new friends, possibly new enemies, school, and a new crush, Brenna has too much to worry about for just her freshman year of college.

Perfect for those who enjoy Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatura

To Wake the Dead (Book #2)

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Brenna Whit teeters the line between the living and the dead. Now that she’s back for her sophomore year at Nephesburg College, she’s determined to focus on the waking world. But when her own soul is trying to kill her and a new Dead Dreamer is fighting for power, Brenna is dragged back into the world of the dead.

The Gatekeepers are doing everything they can to restore the power they once held over the town of Nephesburg. With a mysterious set of twins arriving in town to help them prepare, Brenna must decide what’s important: continuing to hide her secret or reveal herself and fight for what she believes is right. The decision could end up leading to a permanent death for Brenna so she must choose wisely.

Classes have begun…
The battlefield is set…
Let the fight for the Fade begin.

About the Author

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A native of Richmond, Virginia, Sarah Lampkin is a 2015 graduate from Lynchburg College [University of Lynchburg] with a master’s degree in English. Since graduation, Sarah now lives in Northern Virginia working in the IT field as a Technical Writer while continuing her research for her graduate school thesis. When she isn’t working, Sarah continues her Celtic mythology research and Gaelic studies, while working on the Dead Dreamer series.

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Entertainingly Nerdy (Review) https://www.entertaininglynerdy.com

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Book Release: Lion (Faeries of OZ)

Title: Lion (Faeries of OZ)

Series: Faeries of OZ

Authors: Candace Robinson & Amber R Duell

Langwidere has an obsessive habit—collecting heads. She wears a new one each day, changing them out like she does her ivory dresses. But Landwidere doesn’t have the one thing she truly wants: complete power over the territories in Oz. When Lion—the once cowardly fae—shows up at her doorstep, he offers her an opportunity to achieve her desires. Will he use the courage the Wizard gave him to help her succeed, or will he betray her in the process?

This is a short story prequel to the Faeries of Oz trilogy.


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My Review:

This is a short little prequel to help you understand Lion & Landwidere before reading the first book in the series. It’s basically a dark romance horror story. It is important in order to understand these characters and their role in Tin. It’s pretty freaky and very descriptive. The authors did a great job at setting up their motives and their relationship with each other, and also their feelings toward Dorothy. It is short, but flows perfectly into Tin. This is already an amazing series and I’ve only read Lion & Tin!! I’m dying for more!!!!

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Book Release: The Celebration Game

Title: The Celebration Game

Series: Campfire Fantasy Tales

Author: Candace Robinson

It was only a game… This dangerous and romantic short story will make you second guess Mardi Gras and escape rooms.

MY REVIEW:

I freakin love this short story!!! I was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing!! The Celebration Game is full of intense suspense, horror and a splash of romance!!! I thought the dialogue was amazing in this book, and the descriptions were so vivid!!! I know it takes place during Mardi Gras, but it’s the perfect creepy story for Halloween or anytime you want to be freaked out!!!

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Blog Tour: Altered Helix

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Welcome to the blog tour for Altered Helix, by Stephanie Hansen. This book is the first installment in a YA/ Paranormal Mystery series, and the lastest release is called Paralleled Bond!

Read on for more info!

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Publication Date: May 19th, 2020

Genre: YA/ Paranormal Mystery/ Novella

Publisher: Hypothesis Books

I didn’t want to take the traditional path. First, I wasn’t ready for college. Second, I was going to live with my best friend, Tiff, and work at the Haunted House. Third, did I mention the hot guy Josh that works there too?

The most exciting thing about Austria’s new job, at a local haunted house, was the fact that the toughest looking people screamed the loudest. But when she meets the boy without a home, Josh, Austria’s life takes intriguing and eventful turns. Up until now, Josh has managed to hang with his Street crowd, but they’re in danger, and so is Austria, the girl Josh recently fell for. The group finds themselves joining forces with previously considered enemies who also now find themselves in danger.

Deeply compassionate and full of twists, Altered Helix captures the struggle of polarized people that must work together for the greater good.

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My Review:

I read all three novellas in this series and LOVED them!! Here is my reviews…

Altered Helix: Novella One

This was so good!! I had a hard time putting it down when I had to. But I read quickly, and not just because it was short, but it grabbed my attention from the very beginning and then I kept wanting to see what happens and what exactly was going on. I was not disappointed, and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book!!!

Stranded Coil: Altered Helix Novella Two

Ahhh…I’m loving this series!!! I just sucked down novella two in the trilogy!! I love how each one is short but packed full of adventure, romance and friendships. The characters are awesome!! With book two I didn’t even put it down, it’s so exciting!! On to the third one!!!

Paralleled Bond: Altered Helix Novella Three

I loved this SciFi Romance Novella Trilogy!!! I laughed, I swooned, I was on the edge of my seat, and I cried. Who would have thought three little books could have had such an impact on my emotions?! I enjoyed every minute of it.

This last novella was very intense and emotional!! It wrapped up the story perfectly!

About the Author

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie Hansen’s short story, Break Time, and poetry has been featured in Mind’s Eye literary magazine. The Kansas Writers Association published her short story, Existing Forces, appointing her as a noted author. She has held a deep passion for writing since early childhood, but a brush with death caused her to allow it to grow. She’s part of an SCBWI critique group in Lawrence, KS and two local book clubs. She attends many writers’ conferences including the Writing Day Workshops, New York Pitch, Penned Con, New Letters, All Write Now, Show Me Writers Master Class, BEA, and Nebraska Writers Guild conference as well as Book Fairs and Comic-Cons. She is a member of the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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Excerpt

Some dangers come barreling at you like a freight train. Others slide right under your nose without being noticed. When I took the job at the haunted house, I never imagined I’d be kidnapped.

As I’m blacking out, it’s my sense of gratitude that brings me peace in my final moments. At least I was able to experience most of my life’s desires before the end.

I’d found the siblings for which I’d yearned while growing up. I’d met someone with whom to share the rest of my life. And perhaps best of all, after many years, I was finally able to see my father again.

Ironic, isn’t it? To find everything I’d ever desired, just before I die. The black spots in my vision grow closer and closer together until they completely consume my sight. I imagine the cut they’ll make in my body when it’s gutted. My breathing becomes shallow. Then, I feel the sharp pressure from the point of the blade against my flesh as it breaks through my skin. My body won’t move. I want to cry out, but my voice fails me.

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REVIEW: Mortal Scream

Title: Mortal Scream

Series: Harbingers Of Death

Authors: L.B. Carter & LeAnn Mason

Release Date: September 8, 2020

Summary:

Don’t get caught. It’s the most important lesson… and I failed.

Living life on the move and under the radar, you’d think I’d know not to scream when witnessing a murder. It should be a no-brainer, but my mouth didn’t get the memo, drawing the cops to the wrong conclusion: me.

And the deaths don’t stop there.

When I foresee the demise of one of the officers, my open trap catches the attention of one of the scariest gangs in the whole prison. But they’re not concerned with me — they want the guard.

They say they’re a supernatural team tasked with overseeing the mortal sentence of convicted criminals… and apparently, I’m just like them. A Harbinger of Death.

I thought getting locked up was the worst my life could get. Lesson learned.

***For fans of Dannika Dark, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Burn Notice comes a gritty NA tale of self-discovery, mysterious pasts, and slow-burn romance with snarky shifters, gorgeous Egyptian gods, and quirky creatures of Greek and Celtic mythology.***

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My Review:

This book hooked me from the very beginning and didn’t let go…I need book two!!

The characters were all super interesting to learn about. I loved the MC. Aria the Banshee, was an awesome character! You couldn’t help but feel for everything she had been through growing up, and all that she was going through in the prison. Her character is who pulled me in and kept me invested. As for the Harbingers of Death team in the prison…they were very interesting characters, but I felt no fondness for them at all. Maybe that was the authors plan in writing the first book.

The writing was really well done. Two writers writing with a similar voice is very enjoyable. And these two authors wrote from one to the next so smoothly, it’s hard to notice, especially if you’re not real familiar with at least one of the author’s work. The dialogue was extremely well played out, which is super important in a character driven book.

I love paranormal & mythology books. So many cool characters, and all of them Harbingers of Death made it even cooler!!! I am really looking forward to the next book in the series and seeing were it goes from here!!!

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Release Blitz: HART OF VENGEANCE by S.B. Alexander








Love is the deadliest enemy of all.
Convicted murderer Denim Hart swears he didn’t kill one of the most notorious gang leaders in Boston. When he’s released, his first order of business is to clear his name. But he has no clue where to begin. The only witness who could help him disappeared before his trial began.
He might not need the witness when the FBI offers him a deal to expunge his record in exchange for his help. But Denim isn’t a snitch, and no way is he interested in helping The Feds take down his older brother. No matter how many times Denim tells them no, he’s caught in the middle with no way out.
Yet, the FBI is the least of his worries. There’s a contract out on his head. Now, his plan to reconnect with the woman who tortured his dreams for the last eight years is thwarted. Under no circumstances can he let her back into his life. Not until it’s safe.
If Jade Kelly doesn’t find a job soon, her next home will be in some dark alley in Boston. It’s critical she doesn’t screw up her interview with one of the most prestigious law firms in the city. Getting the job might be easy, but keeping it quite another, especially when she learns her potential boss, Kelton Maxwell, is representing the one man she never expected to see again—the one man who walked away from her in high school. The same man who’s incarcerated for murder.
As soon as Denim reappears in Jade’s life, she’s unsure if she should run for the hills or run straight into his arms. She could never resist his seductive charm, and she quickly learns it’s not his sexy ass she needs to run from, but the dangerous gang leader who wants her dead.
Hart of Vengeance is a standalone second chance romance. If you love nail-biting suspense, family drama, a bad-boy hero, a story with twists and turns, and set on the dark streets of Boston, then you’ll love Denim and Jade’s HEA story.
This book is suited for mature audiences.


Kelton Maxwell’s jaw dropped to the table when he saw me. But mine hit the fucking floor when my gaze rounded to the woman sitting next to him. Her silky black hair hung wild and free, and her shiny emerald-green eyes stared back at me. Her round tits appeared bigger than I remembered, and those lips were made to tempt any man, gay or straight.

Her red lips curled slightly, making my knees buckle.

What is Jade Kelly doing here?

My high school days came roaring back with a vengeance. The blood rushed south like a river swollen after a violent storm, causing my dick to throb.

Farley practically pushed me toward the table. “Sit your ass down.”

That was probably a good idea since my dick was growing. I stumbled to the lone chair, not taking my eyes off Jade. My heart punched my ribs as hard as Costa had rammed his fists into my face and gut.

“What happened to you?” Kelton’s voice was deep and commanding, but not enough to make me take my eyes off Jade, who looked everywhere but at me.

A halo shined around her, or maybe it was the light spilling in from the window. Either way, she was an angel. My angel. I’d often lain in my bunk at night, thinking of her, wondering if she was married, had kids, and if she still hated me.

I would give anything to know what was going through her head. The last time I’d seen her was a year before I’d gotten arrested. She’d been walking into a restaurant with her friend Mallory in Roxbury. I’d been in the area, making a drop to a client. I’d almost stopped to say hi, but she had seemed happy, and I couldn’t shit on her happiness.

Kelton snapped his fingers. “Did you hear me? When did you get into a fight? And why didn’t you tell me?”

Jade stared at her blank notepad as her mouthwatering chest rose and fell, drawing my attention to her voluptuous breasts.

I dropped into the chair, but my brain wandered down memory lane, flashing through times when she and I had been naked.

Motherfucker.

Getting laid would be icing on a bare cake. I had a strong urge to kick Kelton out of the room until I could fuck Jade senseless.

“You’re not listening.” Kelton tried to get my attention for the third time.

Jade lifted her head and peeked at me through her long lashes. Desire flashed in her bright emerald orbs.

My dick jerked as I swallowed the sand coating the back of my throat.

“Farley, we’re good,” Kelton said.

No, we weren’t. I wasn’t. With Jade in the room, I wouldn’t be able to concentrate.

There goes my parole hearing.

I mentally shook off images of my girl naked. If I couldn’t get those thoughts out of my head, I would jack off and not care that Kelton and Jade were watching me.

Kelton cleared his throat. “Let’s start again. What happened to you? This will not look good at your parole hearing on Friday.”

The connection between Jade and me snapped. “Why did the parole board postpone?”

“It doesn’t matter,” Kelton said. “It’s in three days, and I’m worried about your appearance.”

“I’ll borrow some makeup from one of the gumps.”

A crease formed in between Jade’s eyebrows. The woman was in for a treat if she wanted to hear about the gay men in prison. But she didn’t need to hear about any of that. She was too pure and innocent.

“Denim.” Kelton’s voice hardened. “How do you expect to display good behavior when your face looks like you ran into an eighteen-wheeler? Is any of this going on your record? Again, why didn’t you inform me?”

I interlocked my fingers in front of me. “No. The warden gave me a pass. And what could you have done if you knew? Besides, I’m healing. You should’ve seen me two weeks ago.”

Jade fidgeted with her pen.

The butterflies inside my stomach were having a fucking party.

“So she works for you?” I asked Kelton.

Jade narrowed her eyes in my direction. Her ball-squeezing emerald eyes penetrated me as if she were trying to take a peek into my black soul. “I have a name.” Her knuckles were white as her delicate fingers clenched her pen.

I’d always loved when she got feisty. Her cute nose twitched, and for some reason that drove me insane with wanting to rip off her clothes.

“Since when do you like the law?” I asked Jade. “I thought you wanted to be a teacher?” She’d talked nonstop about teaching elementary school one day.

Kelton opened his leather binder. “We don’t have time for reminiscing. Save that for if you get parole.”

Jade swallowed, her throat working as she poised her pen over paper.

Please write me a love note like you used to do in high school. I’d always gotten off when she slipped me a note in class, particularly when she’d scribbled the words “I want to fuck you.”

Grateful for the barrier of the table, I lowered my cuffed hands to my lap and adjusted my rock-hard cock.

“Dillon will be at your hearing,” Kelton started. “You’re allowed a family member to speak on your behalf. The board will ask you questions like why you think you should be paroled. Do you have living arrangements? How will you manage challenges? What does your future look like? Are you ready to answer those questions?”

After seeing Jade for the first time in years, I was ready to blow this pop stand because, suddenly, I had a newfound goal in mind. Get out. Track down Jade. Rekindle our relationship.

Copyright 2020: S.B. Alexander




My Review:

I love Denim Hart!! ❤️ After reading Dillon Hart’s story I had been dying for his brother, Denim’s. I was not disappointed in the least!!

Denim and Jade’s story is a second-chance romance, with plenty of suspense, mystery, family, emotion and lots of heart (and Harts!)
Duke Hart…I wanted to deck him at the beginning and now I’m just still trying to figure him out. But one thing for sure, I can’t wait for his story!!

If you like romantic suspense with lots of heart, then you need to read The Hart series, three books about three brothers. Each book is a standalone, but tied in with the stories of the one before it. You will fall in love with the Hart brothers!!!!



Bestselling author S.B. Alexander writes young adult and new adult romances that span the sub-categories of coming of age, sports, paranormal, suspense, and military fiction. Her writing is emotional, angsty, and character driven. She’s best known for The Maxwell and The Maxwell Family Saga series.
S.B. or Susan as she likes to be called is a navy veteran, former high school teacher, and former corporate sales executive. She’s a lover of sports, especially baseball, although nowadays you can find her glued to the TV during football season.
When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver to her soul mate of twenty-one years who got a bad deal in life when he was diagnosed with ALS. Her motto: “Life is too short to waste. So live every moment like it’s your last.”






 

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Happy Release Day: Avocado Bliss by Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo

Title: Avocado Bliss
Authors: Candace Robinson & Gerardo Delgadillo
Publication Date: March 27, 2020

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Summary :

Dacre Vinson has spent the majority of his life in quite the predicament—even the surf and his books can’t erase his Type 1 diabetes. But when Dacre’s family moves to a new Mexican town, an eccentric girl obsessed with trees offers him a job on the spot, leading to what could be the perfect distraction from his problems.

Salbatora Tames has one true love, her avocado farm. Her family constantly nudges her to be more social, but Sal much prefers the dirt, the sun, and the solitude. Besides, trees listen better than people do.

For Sal and Dacre, their job won’t stay easy breezy for long, not when an avocado delivery to Palenque, Mexico pops up on their radar. Together, they embark on a road trip across the jungle, where they form a tighter bond. However, as obstacles arise, their new-found troubles may lead to more woes than bliss.

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My Review :

I loved this book!!! It drew so many feelings out of me!!! I absolutely loved BOTH main characters, not to mention some of the side characters. Dacre and Sal both overcame feelings of insecurity, feelings of worry and sadness in their family, and dangers they went through. But through it all they became friends, and then more than friends. It was moving and I admit I got teary eyed more than once.

Robinson & Delgadillo write so well together. Everything flows beautifully and they write such great characters. Bacon Pie was their first book, which I really loved. Now Avocado Bliss was AMAZING!! I think they both love food!!! Lol 😂 I wonder what is in store for their next book?! I hope there will be one!!!

I have to mention the cover!! I really love it, with it’s beautiful colors, the trees, the avocado truck and the silhouette of Dacre and Sal!! BEAUTIFUL!!!

Definitely giving this book 5 Avocados!!!🥑