Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Tour for Unintentional by MK Harkins (Review & GIVEAWAY)


I'm obsessed with rock star romances and am therefore excited to introduce you to Unintentional by MK Harkins.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this sexy and emotionally intense book, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $50 bookstore GC too!

Cade, the gorgeous song man, has every reason to steer clear of commitment and train his soulful eyes, killer dimples, and sexy voice on every beauty swaying to his band. So why is it that he finds himself truly, deeply and unintentionally, fixed on the one woman who is not so easily swept away?
The sequel to Intentional, the debut romantic novel by MK Harkins, Unintentional is the heart-racing new work that follows the tangled thread of Cade in the aftermath of his heartbreak in losing the one woman he thought was his soul mate. After taking a hiatus from his job as an engineer, as well as his role in the band as lead singer, Cade reemerges in the Seattle music scene. Enter Laurel, the tenacious and determined music agent. Laurel is determined to sign him, no matter how clearly reluctant he is. Though they try to resist one another romantically, the magnetism is as immediate as it is powerful.
Unintentional offers readers an intricate, riveting story about the fraught paces of love, while also offering strains of heartwarming humor. With rich detail, authentic characters, and plenty of blood-pumping romance, Unintentional is a moving and multilayered look at how love can slip through our fingers, only to be pulled back again at the most surprising, stirring moments.

EXCERPT:

I’ve never understood how Scott, and especially Ayden, can do the whole “one night stand” thing. In college maybe, but they’re too old to still be doing that shit. But I guess some people never outgrow it.
“You know that’s not the way I roll, Scott. Never has, never will be.”
Scott grins and says, “I had to give it a try. I could never understand why a guy like you, with women literally throwing themselves at you, doesn’t take advantage of that shit.”  
Scott can be so dense at times. “You’ve just said the operable word. Advantage. I don’t take advantage of girls, Scott. Anyway, they’re just wrapped up in the fantasy of a singer in a band. It’s not me they really like. It’s just who they think I am, some bad boy rocker with tattoos. They don’t know I just like to hang out on the weekends and watch sports like everyone else.”
Scott laughs. “So true! You are a boring bastard. You should give them a chance though. Maybe one of them will like football?”  
“Have you seen the girls at the bar? I have yet to see one who looks even remotely interested in anything other than a good party and having fun. I don’t want a party girl, you know that, Scott. Besides, I tried that coping technique after Jennifer, remember?”
I remember it all too well. I walked in to find my then girlfriend, Jennifer, having a little too much fun with her college math tutor. It was our senior year in college, and I was devastated.
I spent the next year escaping into the beds of whatever girl was available, hoping Jennifer would notice. She never did.
“How about one of those chicks at your engineering firm? They should be boring enough for you.”
“Too boring. Mattie was it for me,” I state unequivocally.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Not having read Ms. Harkins previous book I had no idea what to expect with this new release but as I'm obsessed with rock star romances I dove right in and immediately became immersed in a delightfully sexy yet heartbreaking story full of intense emotions and witty, rapid-fire dialogue.  With headstrong main characters and memorable secondary ones this story was a quick yet immensely satisfying read that has me panting for more.

With a quick and nicely integrated opening sequence that addresses what happened to Cade in the previous book readers are introduced to a loving and charming man who oozes sex appeal but who's at a crossroads in his life torn between a regular career or chasing the dream of musical stardom.  Fate has him meeting the woman of his dreams but just when he thinks he's ready to commit tragedy occurs and he spirals into a self-imposed darkness full of loneliness that he drags himself out of courtesy of the beautiful spitfire that wants to sign his band.  He never expected to feel alive again but she turns his emotions upside down and they undergo a merry chase full of unrelenting sexual tension, crackling banter, and steamy encounters.  Cade is easy to fall in love with as he's charming and romantic, not to mention all those sexy bad boy vibes he gives off with his tats.  I ached when he ached and cheered when Laurel brought that spark of life back to him and he left an indelible mark on me.

Laurel was there the night tragedy befell Cade and she's been intrigued by him ever since.  She desperately wants to sign his band as she can see how talented they are but it's not going to be easy as Cade is full of contradictory emotions.  She finds him sexy but equally infuriating and from their first awkward, but truly hilarious introduction, he leads her on a sexually frustrating chase to signing her contract.  Laurel is a wonderful leading lady who's strong-willed and not afraid to go after what she wants.  She values loyalty and commitment and from the moment Cade kisses her she knows her life will never be calm again.  She may seem like a staid and prudish woman but Cade brings out her wild side as seen through their electrically charged dialogue and their intense sexual tension and encounters.  Laurel gave to Cade as good as she got and watching their battle of the sexes was exhilarating.

Along with a great main couple was a wonderful supporting cast of characters, particularly Laurel's assistant Sophie.  Sophie's childhood was one of abuse and neglect which has her doubting the meaning of love but there's still flashes of her having a romantic heart and in her own subtle ways she made a great matchmaker for Cade and Laurel.  She's extremely loyal making Laurel see the truth of things and is always there to bring some unexpected humor.  She's a ball of energy and I look forward to her having her own HEA as she definitely deserves it.  Cade's bandmates make a memorable impression as well as each ooze sex appeal and have distinct personalities that will bring something to every reader.  Scott, in particular, took the lead as he was there to force Cade to come back to the land of the living.  He too is charming and sexy but a bit of a player.  His interactions with Sophie left a lasting impression and have me curious where this might lead.  From its delightful banter, to its engaging characters, to the emotional roller coaster ride Ms. Harkins puts us through I found this the perfect read and highly recommend it to those who want to enjoy the thrill ride!

My rating for this is an A+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

MK Harkins is the author of the romantic novel Intentional. An avid reader, she began writing fiction when she ran out of reading selections on her Kindle. Her new novel, Unintentional, is a sequel to her first work and is based on the life of the character Cade. A business owner, Harkins spends her free time traveling, watching movies, reading voraciously, in addition to creating her own fiction. The author currently lives in Mercer Island, Washington.

WEBSITE:  www.mkharkins.com
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mk-harkins/534181436623433
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Book Spotlight for Cowboy Boots and Inconspicuous Motives by Natalie Acres

Those looking for a super sexy and suspenseful read will be drawn to this eighth book in her Cowboy Boots series.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Cowboy Boots and Inconspicuous Motives by Natalie Acres and then add it to your bookshelf.......

Brock Donovans enemies found his weak spot.
Sydney Donovan is her husband’s whole world. Now his enemies know what it will take to bring one powerful man to his very knees.
She put an entire organization at risk.
Sydney’s need for independence places her in enormous danger. Now, the Underground Unit teams are facing an unknown enemy in order to save her life.
He is fully prepared to meet their demands.
Sydney understands what’s at stake. The authority’s enemies have banded together and they want Brock to trade his life for hers.
His adversaries will attack from all sides.
Operatives from around the country join Brock’s rescue effort, but as the identities of the Donovan's rivals are revealed, Brock realizes there’s more at risk than Sydney’s safety. The Underground Unit operatives have bounties on their heads and at the going rate, it won’t be long before the danger moves close enough to destroy the operatives and all they hold dear.

EXCERPT:

Brock Donovan clenched his fists until his knuckles popped. He dug his fingernails into his palms. Droplets of blood trickled down his wrists. A bead of sweat slowly ran from his brow to his chin. He’d never known such rage. At the same time, he’d never experienced such outright pain.
He was furious, but unable to strike out at the ones who’d angered him. He wanted revenge, but before he could call upon the Underground Unit for a retaliation mission, he had a more important task at hand.
He needed to hold it together long enough to find out where his enemies were holding the love of his life, his submissive woman, his beautiful wife.
Specifics, damn you! I’ll do whatever you ask. I’ll pay millions. I’ll trade my life for hers. Just tell me what you want! Name your price!”
His brother Jett leaned over the table. He kept his head down, his gaze glued to the phone. Riley paced behind them, muttering the same thing over and over again. “How could this have happened?”
Brock tried to shut out Riley’s broken tone. It was difficult enough to concentrate without worrying about the added voiced regrets from Riley and Jett or their repetitive death threats.
In order to kill an enemy, a man had to know who and what they were facing and as Brock listened closely to the orders barked from the other end, one thought kept going through his mind. He had no idea who they were dealing with. The Underground Unit operatives had infuriated many men, taken down cartels and key players in the mob, but who was stupid enough to go after one of their women? Who would abduct his cherished Sydney?
“Get a piece of paper, Donovan.”
“Go ahead.” The phone call was recorded. He didn’t need to scribble down instructions. He’d replay this conversation again and again. Still, he needed to keep his cool. He wanted to buy time and allow for opportunity on the chance they could later pick up background noises or faint dialects in the recordings.
The caller made a foolish error when he didn’t try to disguise his voice. With technological advancements and the tools they had at their disposal, if this guy had a criminal record or had ever given a statement, Brock would find out. He’d know who he was dealing with before the end of the hour. Still, it wouldn’t change one heart-wrenching fact. They’d failed to keep Sydney safe.
The fellow on the other end of the phone made his foolish, but nonetheless calculated, demands. “Are you still with me, Donovan?”
“I’m here.”
“The silence is defeating as much as deafening. Isn’t it?” His evil laughter rang out with the question. “You seem devastated, Donovan. Surely you and your brothers aren’t surprised. When you dabble in this sort of business, you expect casualties.”
Dabble? At this point, Brock wished dabbling covered it. Unfortunately, the Underground Unit had recently been credited for bringing down some of the most dangerous crime organizations of their time.
“Since we’re only amateurs here, let Sydney go. And if you let her go now, we can avoid future‘casualties’ as you say. I’ll let you walk away without a scratch and I won’t come after you with the force of ten thousand men. You can walk away with your life and I walk away with my wife. Deal?”
The man bellowed his laughter. “Youll let me?” He snorted. “The only thing you’ll let me do now, Donovan, is this—you will willingly give me your head instead of Sydney’s. Sound like a fair trade to you?”
Jett glanced up and shook his head sharply. Brock easily read what his brother wanted to say but couldn’t.
Brock’s voice gave everything away. His enemies had struck below the belt and brought a man and his family to their very knees.
From the beginning, Brock had feared this day might come. Every night before he went to sleep, he kissed his lovely submissive wife goodnight and prayed for her safekeeping. Still, even with the everyday dangers he and his teams faced, he’d allowed himself too much comfort. He’d begun to think of his homes as safe havens, too guarded and protected for a security breach.
As the perpetrator on the other end of the line gave specific instructions, Brock cursed himself for loving a woman, for endangering Sydney by loving her too much to let her go.
He hated himself for his vulnerability, for falling in love with an innocent young woman who deserved far more than any man in his position would ever be able to give her. Now, she was a bargaining chip. Their enemies had found the Donovan weak spot, the crown jewel they couldn’t afford to lose.

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PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts (Ménage Romance) 
Cowboy Boots and Unfinished Business (Ménage Romance)
Cowboy Boots and Unsettled Debts (Ménage Romance)
Cowboy Boots and Unadulterated Pleasures (Ménage Romance)
Cowboy Boots and Inexpressible Longing (M/F Romance) 
Cowboy Boots and Uncensored Behavior (Ménage Romance)
Cowboy Boots and Inconceivable Arrangements (M/F Romance)
Cowboy Boots and Inconspicuous Motives (M/F Romance)

AUTHOR INFO:

Natalie Acres is an international bestselling author with several past #1 Bookstrand bestsellers including Sex Games, Cowboy Boots and Untamed Hearts, and Sex Camp. An East Tennessee author writing in several genres, Natalie and her husband enjoy attending writing events and music festivals. With a full roster of forthcoming books, Natalie gives frequent updates via social media.  She invites readers to follow her on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NatalieAcres or visit her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NatalieAcresAuthor.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Tour for Symphony of Light Series by Renea Mason (GIVEAWAY)


We're starting the week off with an emotionally intense paranormal read about a love that spans centuries.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of the Symphony of Light series by Renea Mason and fill out the form below for the chance to win an amazing paranormal lovers book/swag pack full of print books from some of my favorite authors as well as fun swag too!

Impostors’ Kiss
Symphony of Light Prequel
One night of sexual pleasure could teach a lesson in love.
Cyril is weary from weeks of traveling the Scottish moors, but his luck takes a turn when he rescues a battered and broken child. To express his gratitude, the boy’s father offers Cyril a night of carnal indulgence with his eldest daughter. Cyril graciously accepts, looking forward to a night of sexual release to ease the loneliness of his travels.
But what the supernatural sex god and deliverer of souls doesn’t expect is to be taught a lesson in love from the young and beautiful Celestine.
In a night of passion, two lost spirits find solace in an impostor’s kiss: one longing for a love that doesn’t yet exist, the other drowning in pain and guilt over love lost. Neither is what they seem…but what they learn will change them forever…


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Symphony of Light and Winter
Symphony of Light, Book 1
One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.
Fundraiser Linden Hill has a knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.
But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…


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Between the Waters
Symphony of Light, Book 2
Magic is no match for love…
Trapped somewhere between life and death, demigod Cyril has lost the ability to communicate with his love. But not before giving her valuable lessons in magic, as well as his blessing to move on without him.
Coming to terms with Cyril’s absence isn’t easy, but Linden is doing her best to honor his wishes. Until she receives an unusual request from Moreaux, an estranged member of Cyril’s family. Bizarre things are going on with Mary, the former housekeeper, and Linden can’t let them go. But when her investigation leads to a mistake that nearly costs her life, Cyril’s best friend, Overton, steps in and violates a promise he made centuries before to bring her back from the dead.
Gratitude turns to comfort, comfort turns to desire, and desire leads Linden to a shocking revelation. In her charge to uncover the truth behind Mary and Moreaux, she discovers a spell she can’t undo without leaving wounds on her heart, wounds she knows will never heal…


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AUTHOR INFO:

Renea Mason writes steamy romances to help even out the estrogen to testosterone imbalance caused by living in a house full of men.
When she isn't putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and three loving but needy cats.
Her debut novel, Symphony of Light and Winter, finished second for Best New Paranormal Series of 2013 in Paranormal Cravings' Battle of the Books and received a third place award for Best New Paranormal Romance of 2013 in The Paranormal Romance Guild's Reviewers Choice Awards.
Symphony of Light and Winter also received Second Place Award in the Erotica/Romantica category for the Write Touch Contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Romance Writers - Romance Writers of America Chapter.
It’s currently a finalist for Best First Book in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award sponsored by the First Coast Romance Writers - Romance Writers of America Chapter. Winners will be announced in July 2014.
It is also a finalist in the Paranormal category for the Passionate Plume Contest sponsored by the national special interest chapter of the Romance Writers of America - Passionate Ink.


WEBSITE:  http://reneamason.com/
FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/ReneaMasonAuthor
TWITTER:  https://twitter.com/ReneaMason1
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review of Hunter Betrayed by Nancy Corrigan


Tainted from birth, Harley lives a life cloaked in darkness and temptation. She resists the lure of her evil legacy by holding the memory of her ghostly savior close. Every night without him is agony. She fantasizes about him and yearns for his body, but he’s not the protector or lover she’s envisioned. He’s a Hunter bred to eliminate her kind. He’s also her only hope of salvation.
Calan, the leader of the Wild Hunt, was created to protect mankind from the Unseelie Court. For a millennium, he’s sacrificed to ensure the horrid creatures remain in the Underworld, but his strength wanes. He must rely on his enemy’s daughter to save him, but he doesn’t expect the intensity of their lust or love. Her touch calms his wild nature and ignites his carnal desires. He’ll risk all to save her, but doing so forces him to make the ultimate sacrifice, one that’ll damn him to suffer forever in his own living hell.

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With this first book in her Wild Hunt series Ms. Corrigan has crafted a sensual and action-packed read with an intriguing mythos of good and evil.  In this world it's the Huntsmen, the Devil's offspring, who protect humanity from bloodthirsty fairies.  It's an exhilarating ride full of erotic encounters and unexpected heroes where all is not as it seems.  When these two worlds collide in the name of love great sacrifices will have to be made before the Huntsmen are driven insane and the barrier falls destroying all humanity.

Long ago the Huntsmen shouldered the unrelenting pain of a curse created by Daum, a powerful fairy, in order to save humanity.  Since then they're slowly going insane from the pain with their only hope of survival in the hands of a remaining fairy struggling against the darkness eating at her.  Harley was a very sheltered child, kept hidden from the world by a mother who was cold to her.  The only person to love and protect her is her human brother Ian who has tried to keep her safe since she went on the run the night the rest of their family was slaughtered.  Other than Ian, Harley has been a loner since that night with her only comfort coming from the memory of a sensual man who came to her the night she ran begging for her help and telling her how to survive.  It's been many years, with many people killed who she befriended, but she's finally back and in saving her mystery man her life will never be the same.  Calan is his name and he gives his love and support to help her fight the evil coursing through her.  She's immediately drawn to him and only in his presence does she feel safe and in control.  Their relationship quickly evolves in numerous hot and heavy interludes and both ultimately make the most heartbreaking decisions to save humanity and those they love.  Early on Harley appeared bratty but life on the run hardened her in some ways but she still refused to give in to her dark side.  Being with Calan saw a weight lifted off her and though sharing her feelings wasn't easy for her, especially with a crazed and obsessed fairy constantly wanting to claim her and killing those close to her, she made the effort for the strong and sturdy Calan.

Calan is the leader of the Huntsmen and feels guilty for what befell his siblings.  He's tried to carry most of their pain and the hope he placed in Harley is the only thing that's kept him going.  When she finally comes to him he's immediately drawn to her.  He's honest in what he wants from her but isn't shy in unleashing a sexual onslaught as he wants her for his mate not only to save her but because he's come to love her for her strength and caring nature.  He's a bit Alpha in his dealings with her but explains the reasoning behind everything he does so she feels a part of the action.  Calan is an honorable man who's also struggling to keep his darkness at bay, which is common for his kind, and needs Harley to keep him for giving into his rage too.  There's a romantic and sensual give and take between them that makes for a powerful pairing.  Seeing this made their sacrifices late in the story especially heartbreaking and showed the true power of love.

Along with these two larger than life main characters comes a slew of memorable secondary characters that helped propel the action and set up storylines for the future.  Along with Calan we got a glimpse of his brother Rhys with his tell it like it is nature and his sister Tegan who's been unlucky in love in the past but who's new love is now closer than ever.  Harley's devoted and noble brother Ian goes through big changes throughout this story in his battle against evil alongside Calan.  Ian's been having dreams of a woman in unrelenting pain who he's inexplicably drawn to and whose identity is hinted at if you put the clues together.  Ian's friend Trevor also has a part in this fight and though he seems a bit of a horndog he's good in a fight and seems willing to take the plunge fully into the dark and dangerous world of the Huntsmen.  The action scenes and romance are nicely balanced in this story with each being vividly detailed.  The story had a fast pace to it and had a good flow that kept me on the edge of my seat.  The look we get of the Devil turns preconceived notions upside down as he's actually a kind-hearted father and makes this story even more original.  Once the final page was turned this story was a delightful and exhilarating start to an exciting new paranormal series and I look forward to the next battle and the sacrifices yet to come!

My rating for this is an A+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Tour for Never Fall For a Warlock by Marilyn Vix (GIVEAWAY)


I was lucky to come across the fun and sexy paranormal read Never Marry a Warlock by Marilyn Vix last year and since then have been counting down until the second installment in the Beware of Warlocks series.  The wait is now over and today I'm giving you a glimpse of Never Fall for a Warlock.  You also have the opportunity to win a $10 Starbucks GC, a keychain, a bookmark, and ebooks too!

Never Marry A Warlock
Beware Of Warlocks Novelette, #1
Catherine walks in on her husband in bed with her best friend. What is a woman to do? It helps that she is a witch. Unfortunately, so is her husband. Before you can say spell battle, Catherine high tails it up the coast of California to clear her head. Lucky for her, she finds an Aussie hitchhiker. She's going to have to face her husband in the awaiting spell battle. Can she have a little fun with her new found boy toy, or will he get scorched in the foreplay?

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Never Fall For A Warlock
Beware of Warlock Series, #2
Catherine has taken a chance on love. Another warlock has turned up in her life. Can she handle the new Aussie, Jeff? Or is there something better around the corner? Confused between her husband cheating and a new flavor of warlock, Catherine runs out to find other options in the town famous for luck, Las Vegas. She runs straight into an exotic dancer named Liam. Irish, gorgeous, and James Bond flavored, he might be the answer to her no warlock plan. But Liam might be the forbidden fruit that could lead Catherine down a dangerous path. Will she run back to Jeff before it’s too late?

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AUTHOR INFO:

Marilyn Vix is an Indie Romance novelist working on different romance novel projects. Having had experience with other Indie books, Marilyn is trying her hand at her secret passion, romance writing. It is a grand experiment, armed with editor and laptop, that will progress over the next few months. Dappling in Time Travel and Paranormal Romances, Marilyn is going to see where her passion takes her. Hopefully the Top Bestsellers lists.

WEBSITE:  http://www.marilynvix.com
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Book Review of Crave by Bonnie Bliss


A deal was made centuries ago.
The deal was for the first born in each generation. 
The soul of that woman was owned from birth by the ultimate beast. The Devil.
Elizabeth Cromwell knew growing up that she was different. The day her parents failing business suddenly took a turn for the better in an economy where it shouldn’t have. She was told of her fate. She was owned by the Devil. From the day of her birth she had no future. 
It was his.
Unwilling to give into the rough seductions of the ultimate evil—she ran. Living in a convent in the secluded town of Neive, Italy, with only the aid of faceless man over the computer—she hides. 
Until the day he finds her.
Sex. Lies. Betrayal. 
The fight for her Soul and future begins now. 

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When you first look at the cover to Crave you assume you'll be getting a typical romance with a suave man going after the woman he wants, and to some extent that's exactly what you get.  As you keep turning the pages though you end up with a VERY DARK read full of one sexual encounter after the other.... almost too much at times.  Ms. Bliss immerses you in a dangerous world of unrelenting sexual tension and edge of your seat anticipation as the young but strong willed Elizabeth fights for her soul and her future as it was traded away centuries ago to gain wealth.  Generation after generation has seen the Devil, Asmodeus, claiming first born daughters as his sexual playthings.  Unlike others before her Elizabeth isn't willing to go to Hell easily and has been running and hiding since she came of age.  Unfortunately time has run out and Asmodeus unleashes a heady sexual arsenal to get her to become his.  As her family is enjoying their promised wealth she has no one to count on but a mysterious stranger she met online who is equally desperate to save her.  Elizabeth is fascinated by Jared and readers will be too as he's earnest and smart and appears to have her best interests at heart.  We, and Elizabeth, knows nothing about him but by the end of the story she's left with no options but to rely on him to keep her safe in a pulse-pounding conclusion that ends in a cliffhanger.

This is an intense read from start to finish and some readers may be offended by nuns and priests participating in orgies but as the Devil's puppets no one is as they seem which further isolates Elizabeth.  Elizabeth fights him as hard as she can but he uses her own body against her in sexual dreams both day and night that are wearing her down and have her questioning her sanity.  Asmodeus is a very sexy creature but his evil is palpable as he switches from charming to scary in the blink of an eye.  He enjoys and admires her fighting spirit and starts to see their connection as love which brought out an interesting side to him and will be intriguing to see evolve.  While reading this story I was reminded of Rosemary's Baby and the claustrophobic fears that movie engendered as Ms. Bliss has crafted a vividly detailed world full of intense emotions.  As the first installment in The Devil and the Diamond series readers are immediately dragged into a dark, gritty, and highly sexualized world that leaves you on the edge of your seat waiting for more.  Numerous questions remain and I'm greatly anticipating what comes next....

My rating for this is a B-

*I got this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Tour for Brought to His Knees Box Set (GIVEAWAY)


Who doesn't love a strong and sexy hero?!?  With the Brought to His Knees box set you'll get a steamy collection of stories and a drool-worthy assortment of heroes that will give you all sorts of pleasant dreams!  Keep reading to get a glimpse of what this box set offers, and an especially in-depth look at A.M. Griffin's contribution, and the fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 Amazon GC and lots of ebooks too!

The Alpha male. Strong. In control. Letting no one and nothing rule him…until he meets the one, and all bets are off. The world tilts, the bed rocks, and suddenly that tough guy finds himself Brought to His Knees—in more ways than one.
This collection of ten hot to erotic novellas and one short erotic novel will take you on journeys of lust, love, and adventure, leave you breathless and quite possibly in need of a cold shower.
Enter with anticipation. Finish satisfied…
Welcome to the world of men brought to their knees by love! This STEAMY collection by acclaimed erotic romance authors will test their heroes to their limits! Read on for more about this steamy set by A.M. GriffinAmy RuttanAnya RichardsCynthia D'AlbaDanicAvetFelice FoxJennifer KaceyLynne SilverSabrina YorkSayde Grace and Tina Donahue.
A.M. Griffin’s steamy edition to the multi-author box-set Brought To His Knees is titled Dark Wolf Enterprises. Dark Wolf Enterprises is not only the title of her novella, but also the name of a wolf-shifter finance company. Welcome to A.M. Griffin’s paranormal world, baby! This debut story takes you into a world of rich, hot and sexy wolf-shifters who need the help of a human accountant to find an embezzler in their mix. Where’s the intrigue you ask? Throw in murder, naked bodies and imprinting and we have ourselves a fast-paced story.
Here is a teaser featuring Kristof and Trudy’s first meet. Kristof wasn’t planning on imprinting on anyone, most of all a human. He plan’s on finishing his business with her and sending her on her merry way. LOL. Yeah right.
Dark Wolf Enterprises
A.M Griffin
Murder, mayhem and imprinting with a hot wolf shifter… And they say being an accountant is boring.
The big break Trudi Hollander’s small accounting firm needs has finally arrived, but unfortunately it comes with murder, mayhem and Kristof Farkas, a man she just can’t seem to resist. Even worse, Kristof is the CFO of Dark Wolf Enterprises—the one person who can pull the plug on the job that will take her company to the next level.
And then there are the assassins who can jump from three stories up and still be able to run away…
Kristof has no intention of giving in to his inner wolf and claiming Trudi. She’s human. Too fragile to withstand being a shifter’s mate. But the need to protect her is stronger than his resolve, and his desire is more powerful yet. He’ll fight with everything he has to keep her safe, both from those who would hurt her, and from himself.
EXCERPT:
Kristof’s knees buckled and his vision clouded. His head swam and his stomach lurched.
Lajos reached out to hold him upright, his grasp was the only thing keeping Kristof from falling flat on his face.
He shook his head, trying to regain focus. But nothing seemed to penetrate through to his thoughts except for her. He wanted her with every resolve in his body. Every nerve seemed to fire just for her. His heart beat just for her. His hands longed to hold her.
Oh, shit…did I just…imprint?
He looked up again. She stared at him with an open mouth—one he wanted to smother with kisses.
A wave of euphoria careened through him. His wolf sent him flashes of pictures of him and her together. If he was uncertain before, he’d just gotten his confirmation.
He had found his mate.
A human mate.
“Are you okay man?” Lajos asked, concern filling his voice. “Did what I think happen just happen?”
Kristof regained his footing and shook Lajos off. “I’m fine.”
Lajos raised his brow. “Wow. That was intense. I’ve never witnessed an imprint—”
“Lajos,” Kristof said, interrupting him.
Lajos snapped his mouth shut, but shook his head in disbelief.
“Were you hurt?” Gertrude looked Kristof up and down, as if inspecting him for obvious injuries.
“No harm done,” he said to her.
“So you recognize these men?” an officer asked.
She looked at Kristof and frowned. “Yes, well, no,” she struggled to say. She closed her eyes and shook her head. Kristof didn’t know what type of effect imprinting would have on a human—or if she’d feel anything at all. He’d never witnessed a human-shifter imprinting in his lifetime. For all he knew, she was genuinely a confused woman.
“I’ve never met them before, but we had a business meeting,” she said, her words slurring slightly.
Kristof and Lajos exchanged looks. If he wasn’t sure before, he definitely was now. She was experiencing the effects of an imprint.
“I guess you boys are okay for now. We’ll need to get a statement from everyone.”
Lajos growled at the term “boy”. Neither of them had been boys for quite some time now. When the officers had been boys, he and Lajos had been firmly in their adulthoods.
She opened her eyes and locked on to his. “I-I’m so sorry for kneeing you before. I thought you were one of them. I didn’t mean to hurt you.”
His ego took a blow but his wolf didn’t seem to mind. He got the feeling his wolf would’ve liked for her to rub it and make him feel all better.
“I recovered.”
AUTHOR INFO:

A. M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies. ARC for new books are here. Sign up for my newsletter to receive info and giveaways.
Building Bridges
Amy Ruttan
A vet tech and a lone wolf rancher ride out a sudden storm, but can they weather the emotions they stir up in each other...
Vet tech Molly has the hots for new rancher William, even though he’s ornery and a bit of a lone wolf. She’s willing to take a chance and enjoy a stolen moment of passion in his arms, but she’s having doubts about leaving everything she knows behind to follow her dream.
William has saved up for years to finally get his grandfather’s ranch up and running again. Escaping into the foothills of Alberta is a good place to hide from the ghosts of his past. All he wants is to be left alone, but that’s kind of hard when a sexy vet tech seems to be always around.
After a sudden storm during an Indian summer forces them indoors, the temperature inside the cabin begins to rise. William helps Molly see that her dream is worth pursuing while she shows him maybe he doesn’t have to be alone after all. As the temperature plummets William gives Molly one ride she’ll never forget.
Three Strikes
Anya Richards
Two lonely men. One secret affair. Irresistible passion that will push them both to the breaking point, and beyond.
A knife attack left ex-Jamaican Posse member Vincent Williams scarred and also made him re-evaluate his life. He’s out of the gang and also the closet but lonely, yet to meet a man who’s interested in more than a one-and-done, a brief sexual encounter.
Because of his career as a police officer, Sergeant Kyle Pictou is afraid of coming out. Normally he doesn’t get involved with anyone close to home, but something about Vincent compels him to take a chance. It’s just sex, after all. Yet, as desire evolves into friendship and seemingly boundless passion, it’s Kyle who’s left wanting more—though he knows he can’t have it.
A Cowboy’s Seduction
Cynthia D’Alba
One exhausted cowboy + One uptight account x A tropical resort = A hot seduction. But who is seducing whom?
Brock Wade has raised his brothers and sister since their parents’ deaths fourteen years ago. All work and no vacation can make a cowboy a tad grumpy, or at least that’s what his family and crew believe. Brock wants to spend the two weeks before Christmas working as usual. Instead he’s forced by his siblings to take a vacation to the Sand Castle Resort…a vacation he doesn’t want to a Caribbean resort he’s never heard of. He’s sure he’ll be miserable the whole time.
Natalie Diamond is dreaming of getting out of icy Memphis and down to her parents’ oceanfront condo for a couple of weeks of rest and warmth. When her parents accept an out-of-town invitation, she’s sure she’ll be stuck at home watching it sleet and snow. But instead of leaving Natalie shivering, her parents send her on an all-expense paid trip to the Sand Castle Resort.
A casual friendship over drinks rapidly evolves into a hot seduction, which is great until feelings get involved. When vacation is over, Brock and Natalie are forced to make the difficult decision to walk away or see where life might lead them.
But falling in love in two weeks isn’t possible. Right?
Born to Sin
Danica Avet
A tomboy in love makes a desperate attempt to seduce her best friend and succeeds beyond her wildest dreams. But this Alpha male isn’t easily tamed and has secrets that could very well tear them apart.
Just another one of the guys. That’s how Taylor Guillory has always been treated in her hometown of Grand Terre, Louisiana. And for the most part she never minded until Sinclair “Sin” Rivas opened up shop in town. With his dangerous eyes and legendary sex god status, Sin is so far out of her league, but that doesn’t stop Taylor from falling in love with the impossible man, or doing something so daring and unlike her for the chance to be with him.
Knowing he’s no good for her, Sin has stayed far away from Taylor since the day she walked into his shop, but when the little spitfire propositions him in the middle of the bar, there’s no way he’ll be able to walk away from the temptation. But his one-night only rule when it comes to women is challenged by the pleasure they experience, making him think that he might be a one-woman man after all.
But Sin has secrets that could very well destroy anything they forge together. Can a man born of sin find redemption in the arms of a woman just as tough as any man?
The Sound of Your Name
Felice Fox
Their silent erotic encounters change his luck and awaken his soul, but secrets and cowboy superstitions can only keep them apart.
Ellie Donovan couldn’t care less about pro bull riders, until she’s sent out on the circuit to do a story about them forModern Luxury magazine. She’d done many things to get a great story, but pimping herself out to a cowboy who thinks she’s the only thing keeping him on track for the gold buckle isn’t one of them. Being sexy Brody’s good luck charm isn’t exactly a hardship—until she discovers she doesn’t want it to end.
Brody Cameron can’t help bowing to cowboy superstition on the night he should have lost his spot on the pro circuit, when a secret tryst with a pretty stranger changed his luck, and his heart, forever. Caught between the love he wants and the money his family needs, Brody can’t share the truth with Ellie and risk losing his shot at the big money.
But when Cameron family secrets are exposed, and a jealous rival threatens to tear them apart, can Ellie and Brody break their silence without breaking each other’s hearts?
Beneath the Pages
Jennifer Kacey
One wicked night with her did nothing but whet his appetite. Now he’ll settle for nothing less than her complete submission.
Acacia owns and runs Fame, one of the hottest celebrity magazines in the country. She survives on convincing the rich and famous to reveal things they would normally do anything to keep hidden. She lives, eats and breathes the magazine. Day in and day out. She has no life, nothing to keep in the dark. Nothing but the night she gave herself over to the one man she never should have wanted.
Radigan, the most sought after actor in Hollywood, wants her again, and won’t take no for an answer. He had her for one night. Several hours of the best sex of his entire life, but she was gone the next morning before the sun had fully risen. His attempts to contact her have gone unanswered. Everything he’s tried so far has been a miserable failure. But he finally knows what to do to slip beneath the pages of her heart.
This time he’s playing for keeps and the exclusive rights to her body, heart and soul.
Cruising for Love
Lynne Silver
A vacation cruise comes with surprises—like the BDSM theme and her high school love, the one man she can’t resist.
When Andi Greene heads out on a cruise, she’s pumped for a fun week of sun bathing and chilling with her best friend. Little does she know her best friend has a number of surprises in store. The first is the cruise’s theme of bondage and domination. The other? Ship’s doctor Jonah Coleman, Andi’s first love, her high school boyfriend—the boy she thought she’d marry before he moved across the country and eventually dropped her cold. But there’s nothing cold about their reunion. Instead sparks fly, and Andi’s relaxing cruise seems set to turn into a week of hot loving.
Jonah can’t believe he’s getting a second chance with Andi—a grown-up Andi who might need more than he knows how to give. But he’s willing to put everything on the line to find out if the heat between them is just the remnants of teenage love or something more. And even though he has to let her go again, he’s determined this time she’ll never forget him.
Whipped
Sabrina York
A scalding attraction. An irresistible passion. A pity she’s the one woman he can never have…
Dane Coulter is mourning the loss of his best friend, fellow Special Ops buddy, Cody. Oh, Cody didn’t die. It’s worse. He’s getting married. Cody is, in Dane’s opinion, whipped.
Dane swears he will never suffer the same fate. But when he meets a woman who can take all his dominant loving and beg for more, he realizes he may have met his match. It’s a damn shame she’s the one woman in the world hisman-code deems untouchable…his best friend’s sister.
Chief Sin
Sayde Grace
A taste of Sin isn’t enough. Instead she wants all of him, including the heart she once broke.
Mavis Tanem has the world at her feet. She’s young, wealthy, and independent, yet none of that means anything. All she cares about is vengeance. Destroying her father. There’s no place in her life for softness—for love. Yet one missing brother brings her back to where it all started, and back to Bowie Sinet, the man she broke.
The devil was back in Tanem, Texas and Bowie is ready for the smart-mouthed and sexy as hell woman who’d torn his heart to pieces. As sheriff he’s used his handcuffs for a lot, but what he wants to do with them and Mavis might just be against the law, in more ways than one.
A single night is too much and yet not enough for either of them. They both know it’s too late to change the past, but maybe together they can exorcise the ghosts that haunt them, and find some peace.
Make Me Surrender
Tina Donahue
When it comes to two of the hottest guys in town, she has a proposition…to win their attention, passion, hearts.
For over a year, Mercy’s had her eye on Travis and Dutch, two of the hottest guys on the Oregon coast. Dark and dangerously virile, Travis owns a saloon that caters to bikers. Dutch looks like one, right down to his impressive tats, and operates a motorcycle repair shop on the premises.
When a position opens in the saloon’s kitchen, Mercy sees a way to be near these sinfully sexy men, wanting the job and lodging, her cabin snuggled between theirs.
Travis isn’t so sure about having Mercy nearby. She’s deliciously curvy, but too nice. He’s into temporary fun. To Dutch, forever is a dirty word.
Imagine their surprise when sweet little Mercy encourages wild nights of carnal pleasure with a dash of bondage and spanking…followed by friendship and tenderness.
Before she’s through, these tough guys won’t know what hit them.

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