Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Book Tour for Forbidden Dance by Deanna Roy (Review & GIVEAWAY)


A sheltered young woman finds a connection with a man jaded by the superficiality of fame in this sweet and sexy romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Forbidden Dance by Deanna Roy, along with my impressions of it, and discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Lover's Dance series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a Kindle Fire and 2-$25 Amazon GCs too!

She was hidden from the world. Then he arrived.
An emotional new novel from six-time USA Today bestselling author Deanna Roy...
For four years, I’ve lived in almost total seclusion. Homeschooled, forbidden from social media, seeing no one other than the dancers at Dreamcatcher Academy, where I teach ballet to little girls in wheelchairs.
Then Blitz arrives.
He’s the disgraced host of Dance Blitz, a bawdy reality show where Blitz sleeps with as many dancers as possible while looking for his perfect partner.
At least he was. A few weeks ago, he got kicked off his own show.
He’s at my academy for a publicity stunt, and my wheelchair ballerinas are his ticket back into the public’s good graces.
I intend to hate him and stay as far away as possible. But when he looks at me, I can’t resist. Before I realize what’s happened, we’re sneaking into back rooms, dancing, kissing, planning dates away from the cameras and the wrath of my family.
But I’m afraid. I have a secret at the academy, a small, wonderful, terrible secret, and if I stay with Blitz, the world will find out.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Into the sensual world of dance comes this charming and sexy romance between two very different people.  When a young woman's teenage indiscretion leads to years of isolation and judgments, her chance encounter with a fun and flirty young man jaded by fame and notoriety can only lead to sparks and an unforgettable romance.  Through clandestine encounters and moments teeming with sexual tension this unlikely couple finds their connection put through the wringer as her guilt and shame war with his obligations and desires.

A single choice changed Livia's life in the blink of an eye.  Before that she was care-free, brave, and lived life to the fullest.  That choice was a defining one though and changed her family dynamic from that moment on.  As her parents heaped shame and guilt on her they also took away her choices.  They locked her away from the world, and all the sins they think drove her, to leave her a shell of herself.  Livia's now quiet and full of self-doubts, longing to do something that will make her family proud of her.  Dancing ballet is her one chance to rebel, along with her reason for setting up ballet classes for children in wheelchairs, and it's a time where she shines and is full of life.  Meeting the fun and flirty Blitz Craven also offers her a chance to rebel as they make a connection based on honesty and realism.  Forced into choosing between her family and Blitz, readers will be left on edge waiting for the hard-fought conclusion to play out.  Livia's immensely likable, a kind soul paying a very high price for girlish love.  Her parent's treatment of her was emotionally abusive and had her always on edge but she still tried to make a life for herself despite their oppression.  She was an honest and loyal young woman who wore her heart on her sleeve and I was rooting for her to break out every step of the way.

Blitz came from humble beginnings.  He loved to dance despite his father's mockery of it and turned it into fame because of his charming and sexy attitude. Gaining fame was fun at first but it lost its luster as superficiality and betrayals took over, marring the one thing he loved.  Blitz soon lost himself in that glitzy and highly sexualized world though and came home to find the young man he once was.  Meeting Livia is like a breath of fresh air as she's unaware of his fame and notoriety, incapable of artifice, and he sets out to find his soul with her as his guide.  When contractual obligations force him back into the snake pit will he get lost once again or will he be saved by his unlikely angel?  Blitz was a lovable and charming man despite the callous act that sent him running.  Being with Livia and the other dancers reminded him of his joy of dancing and his demeanor was infectious.  He took his time winning over Livia, pushing her only as far as she was willing to go.  His connection to her was crackling and every scene teeming with sexual tension, but it's not until very late in the story that they fully commit.  Their long distance relationship makes things rocky but it proves their devotion to one another and culminates in a heartwarming and cheer-inducing conclusion that had him proving he was a changed man.

This was a well-paced story with a good flow that captivated me from the first page to the last.  The connection between Blitz and Livia was fun, flirty, and sensual.  I enjoyed her occasional naivete, that belied her increasing inner-strength, and its pairing with his subtle dirty talk and boyishness.  Their differences made them more compelling and highlighted his becoming a better man because of her which endeared him to me.  Surrounding them is an intriguing cast of secondary characters.  From the supportive dancers at the academy to her rigid and judgmental parents these characters added depth and drama to a very satisfying story.  Though there's a definitive conclusion to this romance there's more to come in the lives of this likable couple as her past invades her future, as well as a few other loose ends that need to be tied up. All in all this was a delightful romance with a hero who charmed me, while making me blush, and an admirable heroine finally able to start living.

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Deanna Roy is the six-time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women's fiction.
She is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She has several books on the subject, including her bestseller FOREVER INNOCENT, a romance about a couple whose baby is taken off life support at seven days old.
She has run the website PregnancyLoss.Info for fifteen years, including many large spin-off support groups both online and in person.
To learn about new releases, sign up for her subscriber list HERE. She has regular giveaways in conjunction with major pregnancy loss events.


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Book Cover Reveal for Match Made by Amelie S. Duncan (GIVEAWAY)


Friends to lovers is a favorite theme of mine when it comes to romances and is what brings together a woman with far too many stresses and a man who gives her unwavering support when she needs it most.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Match Made by Amelie S. Duncan, then spend time drooling over this cover until it releases on April 10th!  In honor of this second installment in the Love and Play series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

All over Broadway, my name is up in lights. From New York to London, the words ‘Gemma Sinclair’ are synonymous with up-and-coming fame, and a super-fast rise to success.
Yeah, well, super isn’t how I feel...
Between my deadbeat addict of an ex-boyfriend and the stress of my parents relying on me back home—sometimes I feel like the ground beneath my feet is slipping away.
Until I crossed paths with Knox Callahan, the hot and sexy as hell veteran player for the New York Football Club—and a total player when it comes to women. A year after our disastrous first date, I’m still in no position to have anything to do with a guy like him.
But then right at my lowest, here he comes, riding back into my life and offering me something I’ve been desperately longing for—support. And truth.
And, well, the truth is—now I can’t for the life of me remember why I didn’t want to be a part of his team…


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THE PREVIOUS BOOK IN THE LOVE AND PLAY SERIES...

MATCH FIT (Book #1)
He’s cocky, dirty, and demanding. He’s a walking wet dream.
He’s also mine. Or at least he’s pretending to be...
Brooke
Notorious British bad boy footballer Dylan Pierce is scorching hot...and he knows it.
With a mouth as filthy as his reputation, linking myself with him could ruin my public image.
But showbusiness is all about risk, and as a down-on-my-luck actress, this could be the break my career needs.
Dylan
Brooke Sullivan is my most difficult opponent yet.
Being seen with a good girl like her may give me a chance at Hollywood stardom, but I never expected to crave this feisty redhead.
I can’t lose my focus—I always keep my eye on the ball, I’m always match-fit.
And winning her is the most important game I’ve ever played.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Amélie S. Duncan writes contemporary, erotic romances with a dark edge. Her inspiration comes from many sources including her life experiences and travels. She lives on the West Coast of the United States with her husband.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Book Tour for Hard to Hold by Arell Rivers (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Readers who enjoy hard-fought journeys to HEA will quickly become captivated by the rocky romance of Cole and Rose.  When a cocky rock star falls for his reserved PR agent sparks erupt as they struggle to keep their relationship secret in Hard to Hold by Arell Rivers, which you can learn more about by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of this erotically-charged romance, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in The Hold series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a signed set of all three books in this series too!

Cheer for Rose Morgan—strong, determined and driven—a brilliant publicist who thought she had finally overcome her tragic past when, once again, her life is turned upside down. Rose and Cole’s passionate love story continues in this second full-length novel in The Hold Series.
Distraught by news of Cole’s unexpected marriage, Rose Morgan tries to pick up the pieces of her life, only to be confronted by Cole at every turn. With her PR career in serious jeopardy, Rose can’t escape his orbit and is forced to continue working on his account. Under snowballing pressure, she seeks solace from unlikely sources.
Reeling from the disastrous fallout after his drunken night in Las Vegas, rock star Cole Manchester is a tormented man. He reaches out to Rose, the one woman who has always fixed his mistakes, only to realize that he might have pushed her away forever. Now, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back.
Rose and Cole each must face their deepest fears if their love is to survive. But Cole’s stalker is becoming increasingly unhinged … and dangerous. In the end, Rose and Cole must decide if some things are just too Hard to Hold.

EXCERPT:

… I grab my purse and yank the door open. Of course, one of my nails breaks in the effort, but I’m beyond caring. I just need to escape. I rush past the cubicles toward the elevator. I’m sure no one even noticed that I left, except maybe Kim, who probably feels triumphant.
A heavy hand lands on my arm, abruptly halting my progress toward the lobby and freedom. A deep male voice growls in my ear. “I said stop."
When I look up, angry green eyes bore down into me. Cole glances around and pulls us into an unoccupied office.
“Rose."
I reply through gritted teeth, “Cole."
“We need to talk."
“This isn’t the time or the place."
“I don’t give a fuck.” He runs a hand through his hair. His eyes now register hurt and anger in equal measure. My defenses start to lower, so I work double-time to shore them back up. “Ro, this is killing me."
“You don’t think it’s killing me, too?” Refusing to look back into his eyes, I feign a sudden fascination with my hand, rubbing my broken nail over my index finger. Polish has chipped off that nail, too.
“The photos. Mom. Us. It’s too much."
“Kim can provide an objective eye. Let her help you."
He takes hold of my shoulders. “Fuck, I can’t do that. Everything is so out of whack. I need you."
Refusing to look at him, I close my eyes. Which only intensifies my awareness of him. The heat emanating from his body, the way his fingers tighten and loosen on my shoulders. His musky scent. I could step forward and be in his embrace. It would comfort both of us. But no, he has to go through those photos. I need him to focus on the task at hand.
“Can you please help me with the photos? Nothing more. I just. Can’t. Think.” His large frame shudders.
Julie was a wonderful woman. Those photographs show her love for him. I can’t let him go through this alone.
“Yes,” I whisper, surprising us both.
He wraps me in his embrace. Being surrounded by his arms is heaven. I inhale his intoxicating scent, allowing myself to enjoy being here, my face pressed against his chest, his chin on top of my head.
A few moments pass. I need to stop this. We’re not a couple anymore. The words “Mrs. Starr Manchester” flash before my closed eyes.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)  |  AMAZON (AU)  |  KOBO  |  BN  |  iBOOKS

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

With the jaw-dropping cliffhanger from the previous installment in this series still running through my mind, and weighing down my hopes for a HEA for Cole and Rose, I was eagerly anticipating this book.  From the very first page readers were quickly caught up in the chaos and hurt feelings a single act generated.  As the fall-out from that drunken night takes over the narrative, the love between Cole and Rose is put through the wringer and leaves readers aching for them. Add in the increasingly erratic and desperate measures of a crazed fan and not only is the relationship hanging in the balance but so too are their very lives.

Cole's left frustrated and angry at the start of this story.  He's heartbroken over the assumption he made when seeing Rose with her ex and desperate to undo what alcohol and hurt led him to.  While his PR firm tries to clean-up some of the mess, he sets out to win Rose back by any means necessary.  Seeing Cole so broken made my heart ache.  All along all he's wanted was Rose, but her devotion to her work forced him to keep his feelings hidden.  He steps up his sexual onslaught in this story though, skirting ever closer to letting the world know who he loves.  While he lavishes her with endless love and devotion, along with supportive nudges to start her own firm, he's also trying to keep her safe from his stalker whose attacks are becoming more aggressive.  The time he and Rose spend together is full of decadent delights that burned up my eReader with scorching sexual encounters and lots of dirty talk in and out of the bedroom. There were also quiet moments that showed him with his heart on his sleeve that reminded me of why I fell for him in the first place.  He loved Rose completely, needed her realness in his life as he's tired of the superficiality, and I was frustrated once again by her continuing to keep their relationship hidden.

Just as Rose is ready to take another step forward with Cole what happened in Vegas hits the internet and she's left reeling.  Though she's hurt and tries to stay away from him her heart, as well as his charming and sexy attempts to get her back, drive her to discover the truth.  Trying to protect Cole though leaves her career hanging in the balance, and brings out the cattiness of some of her co-workers, which again has her treating Cole like a dirty little secret.  When she's not stressing over her job readers get to enjoy moments of sweetness balanced with erotically-charged encounters.  Just as Cole's stalker meets her face-to-face though everything implodes in a fiery conclusion that left me gasping.  Rose is a likable heroine tainted by her mother's teachings, teachings that leave her doubting Cole's commitment to her, and desperate to keep a job that she's increasingly becoming unhappy with just to keep making money. She's willing to sell her soul, and put her HEA in jeopardy, to stay with her vile and manipulative boss Greta.  Rose's low self-esteem frustrated me as Cole did nothing to deserve her doubts as she's the one who constantly pushes him into the shadows.  With the life-altering conclusion readers are left with I can only guess at what comes next for her as her HEA is once again snatched away.

This story went on a bit too long in dealing with the Las Vegas fall-out.  It was a bit overly melodramatic as the outcome was obvious from the start.  The time did allow readers to enjoy the scorching and captivating romance between Cole and Rose though as they're connection is crackling.  Though Rose's actions often left me frustrated it was Cole who kept me swooning in a romantic narrative that was nicely balanced with the desperate actions of his stalker who got braver as the story went on.  Her final act certainly left an indelible mark that has me clamoring to get the next book!  Along with a compelling main couple came a very likable cast of secondary characters who find themselves pairing off too.  From the sexy Ozzy and spunky McKenna to Cole's bodyguard falling for a surprising woman.  It all adds up to an exhilarating and scorching thrill ride that once again left me screeching!

My rating for this is a B.

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


HARD TO HOLD PLAYLIST

1. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson ~ Rose Morgan assigns this as a ringtone for a reason.
2. “Cuts Like a Knife” by Bryan Adams ~ Cole Manchester and Ozzy Martinez sing this song in a restaurant.
3. “Don’t Wanna Know” by Maroon 5 ~ I feel this song captures both Rose and Cole’s moods!
4. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten ~ Go, Rose!
5. “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, feat. Kimbra ~ again, Rose and Cole have to go through this.
6. “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga ~ this is Cole and Rose’s lives.
7. “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor, feat. John Legend ~ no one is promised tomorrow.
8. “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran ~ photographs play a big part in Hard to Hold.
9. “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5 ~ beautiful love song for Cole and Rose!
10. Pillowtalk” by Zayn ~ Hard to Hold is a contemporary romance, after all!
11. “Killer Cars” by Radiohead ~ you have to read Hard to Hold to find out!

HERE ARE THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE HOLD SERIES...





NO ONE TO HOLD (Book #1)
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*My previous review of this book HERE.









TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (Book #3)
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AUTHOR INFO:

For as long as I can remember, I have been lost in a book. During my senior year in college, I picked up a Danielle Steel novel … and instantly was hooked on romance.
I started writing my first novel, No One to Hold, because the characters were screaming at me to do so. The story started coming out in my dreams and attacking me in the shower, so I took to the computer to shut them up. But they kept talking.
Born and raised in New Jersey, I have what some may call a “checkered past.” Prior to discovering my passion for writing romance, I practiced law, was a wedding and event planner and even dabbled in marketing. I live with a very supportive husband and two mischievous cats. When not in my writing cave, I can be found making dinner in the crock pot, working out with Shaun T or hitting the beach.
I hope you enjoy my stories about driven men, strong women and the passions that ignite!


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spotlight on The Painter is a Lady by Adriana Kraft


Suspense and romance collide in this tale of a former military man, drawn to the one he always let get away in high school, while on a mission that will soon have both of them in peril.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Painter is a Lady by Adriana Kraft, with its compelling storyline and edge of your seat thrills, then add it to your bookshelf!

Secrets. Trust. Courage. Who will knuckle under first—the war hero? The spirited single mom? Or the former high school bully who still hates them both?
When war hero Michael Jarvis returns to his hometown on the shores of Lake Superior, he doesn’t plan to stay—he’s undercover, investigating a possible sex trafficking ring operating on the Great Lakes. But he does want to sample the pesky girl next door he always turned down—and it wouldn’t hurt if she’d clear up a few mysteries of her own.
Successfully established as an interior house painter, Brenda Tower finally has her act together as a single mom—but it hangs by a thread, a secret she’ll guard with her life. The return of her youthful crush Michael Jarvis threatens to unravel everything.
Jealousy has inflamed Brett Hill’s hatred of Michael and Brenda for as long as he can remember. Revenge will be so sweet—and it will fit in perfectly with his high stakes game.
When the secrets break open, can Michael and Brenda find the courage to trust each other, or will revenge and betrayal triumph?

EXCERPT:

Ignoring the catch in her voice, Brenda asked, “Did you really tell Tommy you’d help him with his pitching?"
Michael’s eyes lit up. “Ah, he remembered. I wasn’t sure he would. I did tell him once that if I moved back here, I might give him some tips."
“Why?"
“Why?"
“Why did you even suggest such a thing? You obviously know the rumors. So does Tommy.” She gulped and curled her fingers into fists. “He thinks you’re his father. He wants you to be his father."
Sitting back in the booth as if she’d slapped him, he eyed her cautiously. “And that’s my fault? I’ve only seen him a few times. When we did have that conversation, he was having a bad day. He’d been ragged on by his peers for throwing like a girl. He’d been crying, for God’s sake. I just stumbled into him near the park as he was coming home from school. He knew who I was. I knew who he was. So we talked. I didn’t think that was a crime."
The pain on Michael’s face made Brenda wince. “I didn’t mean it that way. I doubt you’d do anything to hurt a little boy, but…but Tommy thinks you’re a hero. He’s eager to have you as a friend."
Michael shrugged. “Sounds like the boy is more eager than his mother."
“Damn. Do you have to twist everything I’m trying to say?” She clenched her fingers around the stein she’d hardly touched since sitting down.
“Sorry,” he said softly. “Maybe we could start over. You were going to tell me why you selected me as Tommy’s father. There must’ve been plenty of others to choose from."
“That hurts.” She shook her head. “Don’t apologize. I deserved that. We both know I was quite active sexually before Tommy was born.” She shrugged. “You made the most sense. You weren’t around to protest, and folks in town thought we’d been together off and on since I reached puberty, anyway."
“So much for folks in town."
“Right. Anyway. I wasn’t going to leave that line on the birth certificate blank. You were convenient. You were out of the country. I imagine I thought you might never find out.” She fought back tears, remembering filling out the necessary forms two days after Tommy was born. “And you were my friend."
“I won’t deny that. For all the misery you caused me, there were plenty of times you stood by me when the chips were down. So I was convenient.” Michael raked his fingers through his hair. “You can tell me it’s none of my business, but I have to ask. Do you know who is Tommy’s actual father?"
Brenda gulped for air, nodded, and ignored the tears suddenly brimming in her eyes. “Yes,” she squeaked. “But I won’t tell you."
“I wasn’t asking you to, but at least I know you’re not just protecting Tommy―you’re also protecting his father.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

We are a married couple writing Sizzling Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance for Two, Three, or More. With backgrounds in criminology and counseling, we combine our expertise in the criminal mind, trauma, healing, and human nature with a passion for robust sexuality and life-long vitality.
Our Romantic Suspense line delivers “warmth, blazing hot sex, and well-developed characters” (Romance Junkies Reviews) as our hero and heroine battle outer threats and inner demons to stay alive and fall in love.
We write our Erotic Romance stories to entertain, of course, but most of all we write them because we believe in happy endings for all who fall in love, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or numerical combination.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Tour for Fear Nothing by Amber Malloy (REVIEW)


As a disabled reader I'm drawn to characters I can relate to which is why I'm excited to bring this book into the spotlight today.  Not only that but add in an interracial romance and you have a story that sets itself apart from the crowd which the author discusses here.  With its heroine losing her eyesight, and its sexy and supportive hero, readers will find themselves drawn to this tale of reunited loves.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of Fear Nothing by Amber Malloy, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf!

DIVERSITY IN ROMANCE
Romance books are the ultimate escapism, a tool to be uplifting while allowing the reader to lose themselves in a great story.
In general romance is the bastard child of the book world. It hands down makes the most money, but no one wants to admit they either read or write it. Men who dare to tread into this genre, such as Nicholas Sparks coin their book’s Women’s FictionThis could be considered the first dark smudge against the genre.
The second is the lack of diversity in this field. Whites have the upper hand in romance leads.
Black women read most of everything BBW, WWWM, BWBM, even WWBM but whites are more selective. They don’t read POC leads because they don’t have to.
Black romance was never as broad as white main stream books. Publishing houses figured only a certain type of romance is what Black woman craved, i.e Church, Gansta, or Urban. The cute and homey romance that white women get were simply not in the cards for the rest of us. The problem with that is called stereotyping.
Marketing analytics would point to sales, and so would publisher. However, history has shown us that simply isn’t true. Publishers have what is called category romance, which is a type of story line they would like their authors to follow. It is their tried and true formula that works for them.
Anything outside of the norm just doesn’t get picked up. Nevertheless, famous authors have dispelled this type of book and a box format i.e Zane and E. L. James. These women hit every best seller chart by self-publishing. Considered a one off by industry standards at the time they are now the blue print for erotic romance.
Unfortunately, publishing is much like the movie industry in the argument that no one actually wants to go out on a limb. They would rather stick to what works for them.
When I first started writing I didn’t see much call for interracial works. Thanks, in part to the television show Scandal, Interracial romances have had a little boost.
The pairing with a strong black woman lead and white man seemed foreign to most.
Yet, interracial romance has been around for some time. What would help a lot of author’s is for the genre to catch on with women outside of their race.
Black women read books with white leads wouldn’t it be awesome if white women could do the same?

One psychotic soldier was to blame.
Years ago, Skye Everwood survived a vicious assault, and now, she’s losing her eyesight as she faces her worst nightmare… Her attacker is back to finish what he started.
When the love of her life unexpectedly shows up at her restaurant, she knows it’s not a coincidence. Skye never understood why Bodhi King disappeared after that fateful day. Their plans to get married went up in smoke, just like her dreams to stay in the JAG Core. Unsure if she can trust him with her heart—let alone her life—she searches to find answers to why he left in the first place.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Bodhi King and Skye Everwood were once lovers until a tragic act tore them apart and left her with diminishing eyesight.  At the hands of a psychotic soldier both of their lives were forever altered with one gone into hiding and the other on a path of vengeance.  When their two paths cross again everything finally comes to a head as danger knocks on their front door in a fast-paced tale of second chances and surprising twists and turns.

Bodhi is a man on a mission.  Anger over the damage done to his relationship with Skye has him determined to ruin the finances of the Goodwin family for the heinous act Dane Goodwin committed long ago and part of what brings him to the town where Skye's hiding.  Past hurts quickly fade though as their mutual passions re-ignite during an event that brings to light the illegal and despicable acts of Dane and ultimately culminates in a pulse-pounding HEA.  Bodhi was heartbroken when Skye vanished without a trace and it fueled his vengeance. Finding her again has him scrambling to reclaim her and keep her safe from the danger that just arrived in town.  Vengeance is still alive but he also has plans to help her regain her eyesight.  His acts show a man used to commanding but he's also sweet, sexy, and supportive.  He's an honorable man determined to do what's right and willing to put his life on the line to accomplish that.

Skye's life dramatically changed the night Dane set off an explosion to cover-up his crimes.  It damaged her eyesight and had her father put her into hiding in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  He also took away the love of her life, leaving her with just a seeing eye dog for companionship.  She's gotten caught up in the lives of her new small town, becoming mayor after a questionable death, and become beloved by all.  The return of her former love, along with the threat that arrives in conjunction, puts her life in danger as attacks are blatantly made on her life.  Luckily Bodhi's there beside her every step of the way, keeping her safe and giving her an incentive to repair her eyesight.  Skye's a likable heroine who's made the best of a bad situation with a strong will and no-nonsense attitude.  She's made a place for herself amongst the colorful and mysterious denizens of Glory, Louisiana with exchanges that were funny and heartwarming.  Her interactions with her seeing eye dogs were also charming and made me like her even more.

The issue of Skye's blindness was handled well with a few examples subtly included in the narrative, along with her closeness to her seeing eye dogs that brought a tear to my eye as they reacted to Skye's life being threatened. Though the culmination of her journey wasn't as I wished it to be, it was still  satisfying.  The issue of her and Bodhi having an interracial relationship was not addressed at all which is a shame as I like romances that deal with social issues. Their relationship was a scorching one though that was mostly based in the past.  They quickly reunited in erotically-charged encounters that fell a bit flat though as we didn't get to see the foundation of their relationship begin.  The villain of this story is truly creepy with his blatant craziness and over-the-top demeanor, but the juxtaposition to his kind and caring brother Caine was compelling, and made Dane's mental deficiencies even more obvious.  Caine left me intrigued as he was commanding yet kind, he could do good but was willing to do bad when need be.  I'd love to see more of him as his decision late in the story upended everything.  Other engaging characters can be found amongst the denizens of this charming yet mysterious small town, from outspoken friends to hidden foes.  One final character that I'm drawn to is Jason, the tatted-up gay friend of Bodhi, who's larger than life with his words and deeds. I'd LOVE to see his story told as he was flirty and fun and his time in the story left me clamoring for more.  This story was a bit rough around the edges when it came to the flow as it almost went too fast and jumped from one scene to the next a bit frantically.  That didn't take away from my enjoyment, though it did disappoint me as I had such high hopes from its premise.  Despite that I still enjoyed this thrill ride, became fully immersed in its outcome, and cheered its conclusion.  I'm especially hoping to see more of Jason as he lit up the scenes he was in which is just one reason to recommend this book.

My rating for this is a B-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.
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