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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Release Blitz: USE ME by Kimberly Knight!


Today we have the release blitz for USE ME by Kimberly Knight! Check it out and get your copy today!

Title: USE ME Author: Kimberly Knight Genre: Contemporary Romance Release: February 20

Synopsis

Rhys Cole's life has always revolved around hockey. Growing up, he knew he'd play in the National Hockey League, but when his dream of being drafted didn't happen, he chose the next best thing: becoming a hockey sportscaster for a local sports station. But just like in sports, you win some, you lose some. When Rhys discovers his girlfriend cheating with a stranger in his bed, he walks to the local bar down the street to let off some steam. After moving her way up the journalism field by covering stories in extreme weather conditions and working late hours, Ashtyn Valor is now the lead anchor for the nightly news. Finally settled into her career, Ashtyn is ready to take the next step in life with her boyfriend. But when he unexpectedly breaks up with her, Ashtyn decides to numb the pain with alcohol at the closest bar. Rhys and Ashtyn both expected an evening of alcohol to mask the pain of that October night. What they didn't expect was meeting someone who could shield them from the darkness of their heartaches. Or that their pasts would dangerously intertwine … When obsession becomes dangerous, Ashtyn turns to Rhys for safety. But how safe are they really? The game of love always goes on. And their game was just beginning.

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Excerpt

“Sucks your game was canceled tonight.” “Yeah, but if it hadn’t been,” he said as we began to walk in the direction of my condo, “I wouldn’t have walked in on my cheating girlfriend, and I wouldn’t have met you.” I could feel the heat hit my cheeks. “This is true, but I wish we would have met under different circumstances.” “I don’t,” he stated. “Then I wouldn’t have gotten to be your fake boyfriend for a few hours.” I laughed. “Thank you again for that.” “Anytime, Cupcake.” “Cupcake?” I laughed. “Yeah.” “Why cupcake?” “Because I want to lick and eat you.”

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About Kimberly Knight

Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling Author that lives in the mountains near a lake with her loving husband and spoiled cat, Precious. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her favorite reality TV shows, watching the San Francisco Giants win World Series and the San Jose Sharks kick butt. She's also a two time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter that's made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans. Now that she lives near a lake, she plans on working on her tan and doing more outdoor stuff like watching hot guys waterski. However, the bulk of her time is dedicated to writing and reading romance and erotic fiction.
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: ON HIS KNEES by Laura Kaye!



My Review: I'm not sure I have enough words for this book. I don't read a lot of m/m romance, but I love Laura Kaye and the Blasphemy series, so I wasn't going to pass up the chance to read the new one, even if it's not something I'd normally pick up. And I'm so, so glad I did. I inhaled this book. It was so deep and sexy, and I need more.

Alex and Jamie's story was just so incredibly beautiful. Not only was it fascinating to watch Jamie come to terms with what he didn't realize he needed, but to see Alex open himself up to something real.. Sigh. And, no spoilers... but readers, I almost cried when Jamie was kneeling near the end. I wish I could give specifics, but I guess you'll just have to read it and find out what I'm talking about!

Cover Lovin': How hot is that?!

Recommendation: Each Blasphemy book can be read as a stand-alone - but you'll want more, trust me.

Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars (5/5)! This was so emotional, and so hot. I love the Blasphemy series, and each one just gets better than the last!


Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~  

Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…

Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

   

About ON HIS KNEES (Blasphemy #5):

Getting on his knees makes him question everything…and want even more…

Another failed relationship has lawyer Jamie Fielding confronting the truth—he’ll never be satisfied with any woman until he admits what he needs…to submit and to be used—hard. When a friend invites him to the exclusive Blasphemy club, Jamie is stunned to find everything he ever wanted—in the fierce, ruthless hands of a man.

Psychiatrist Alex McGarry will play with anyone who craves his rough brand of domination, but what he really wants is to settle down. Which makes the submissive male he meets at his club a bad idea—the man might be hot as hell but he’s also new to everything Alex has to offer. Except that doesn’t keep them from coming together again and again, sating every one of their darkest desires.

Master Alex sets Jamie’s whole world on fire and makes him question everything—and that’s good. Because Alex won’t tolerate hiding what they have for long and he wants much more than just having Jamie on his knees...

 

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Don’t miss the previous standalone books in the Blasphemy Series!

Hard to Serve #.5

Bound to Submit #1 – FREE EVERYWHERE!

Mastering Her Senses #2

Eyes on You #3

Theirs to Take #4

On His Knees #5

   
Laura Kaye’s ON HIS KNEES – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
February 14th
Books According to Abby – Review & Excerpt
Edgy Reviews – Review
NallaReads – Review & Excerpt
OMGReads – Review & Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review & Excerpt
Shh Mom's Reading® – Review & Excerpt
February 15th
Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt
East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt
Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm – Review & Excerpt
Only One More Page – Review & Excerpt
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt
February 16th
Bookaliciousbabes blog – Review & Excerpt
Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt
GraveTells – Review & Excerpt
JordansBookReviews – Excerpt
Kitty's Book Spot! – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt
Sip Read Love – Review
February 17th
BFD Book Blog – Review
KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt
Nadine's Obsessed with Books – Review & Excerpt
Smokin' Hot Reads Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Book Boyfriend Addict – Review & Excerpt
Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt
February 18th
All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
Bobo's Book Bank – Review
I Love Books – Excerpt
Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt
Renee Entress's Blog – Review & Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books – Review
February 19th
Literary Gossip – Excerpt
Novel Addiction – Review
Obsessive Reading Disorder – Review & Excerpt
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
The Book Hammock – Review & Excerpt
February 20th
Joandisalovebooks – Review
Msquared Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt
February 21st
Amo's Book Corner – Review
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review & Excerpt
Lost in Love Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Spoons, Hooks, and Books – Review & Excerpt
The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt
February 22nd
Girls With Books – Excerpt
I'm A Sweet And Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt
The Reading Cafe – Review & Excerpt
Treat Yourself with Books – Review & Excerpt
Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt
February 23rd
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Love Drug Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Lovinghotbooks – Review & Excerpt
RentasticReads – Review
Tanya the book obsessed momma – Review & Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review
    About Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.        

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review: DROPPING IN by Carrie Quest

 

Today, we have the blog tour for Carrie Quest’s DROPPING IN! Check it—and the free prequel—out today and grab your copy!

My Review: A book involving a wanna-be writer falling for her best friend's older brother? I'm sold! So we started off right, and it just got better from there. I was grinning like a loon as soon as Natalie caught Ben getting ready to... ahem, shower, and it just got better from there. I loved all the little touches - the cute little surprises they would leave each other, the fun jokes.. just the general sense of humor of this novel. And I appreciated how well the author seamlessly moved from the fun to the dramatic. 

I didn't want to put this down. It was a great read, and I'd highly recommend it for those who love the best-friends-older-brother/little-sister's-best-friend romance trope. And heck, I recommend it to contemporary romance lovers in general! It was fun to watch these two fall in love, and I can't wait to see what else this author comes up with. And I want to see Natalie's novel in real life!

Cover Lovin': Those abs! Someone pass me a fan!

Recommendation: No prior knowledge necessary.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)! A great read. I loved Ben, and these two deserve their perfect happily ever after!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~


Title: Dropping In

Series: A Snow-Crossed Lovers Novel

Release Date: February 8th

About Dropping In:

Natalie Berensen has one short summer to ace her writing class and convince her parents she’s not a hopeless screw-up. No more changing her major once a month, taking time off to travel, or random friends-with-benefits. She doesn’t have time for distractions or hook-ups, not even if her longtime crush is in town for the summer and living in her basement. Who cares if he’s a snowboarding god with six pack abs and a hashtag devoted to his apparently magical penis? She’s not interested. Until she is. Ben Easton’s focus and self-discipline is legendary. He’s built a career as a professional snowboarder by training harder than anyone else on the mountain and steering clear of anything that doesn’t take him one step closer to his goal: Olympic gold. Then his best friend crashes in the half-pipe and Ben drops everything to take care of him. No more training. No more competitions. No more snowboarding. It’s over. He’s back in Boulder to help with Adam’s rehab, not fool around with his little sister’s best friend, no matter how much he loves her laugh or the way her ass looks when she walks up the stairs. There’s no way in hell he’s going anywhere near Natalie. Until he does. Contains: a grumpy guard cat with a taste for blood, discussions of Ents as phallic symbols, and plenty of sexy times.

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Title: Bailing Out

Series: A Snow-Crossed Lovers Novella

About Bailing Out:

Gabriel Power came to Sochi with two goals: win a medal and track down his ex-girlfriend so he can finally explain the truth about the scandal that came between them. Once that’s done, he’s going to disappear. Snowboarding’s bad boy is tired of the phony photo ops set up by his media mogul father. Getting hounded by reporters and pretending to date supermodels while running errands for Power News cost him the only girl he’s ever loved, and now it’s time to walk away. Quitting his father will be easy. Bailing on snowboarding will be slightly harder. Getting Belle to forgive him may be impossible, but he has to try. Isabelle Garland’s Olympic dream died the night a drunk driver plowed into her car and crushed her leg. Sochi was supposed to be her moment of glory, but instead she’s limping around the Village trying to dodge the snowboarder who broke her heart and avoid the interviews her pushy sister-slash-manager insists are vital for building her brand. Belle doesn’t want a brand, she wants a life. Preferably one far away from the rude reporters who keep trying to get America’s Skating Sweetheart to cry on camera by asking how it feels when your entire life is snatched away in an instant. (Spoiler: it feels like s***. Also, she’s more snark than sweet these days.) When she runs into Gabe in the basement of her hotel, Belle’s first instinct is to flee. Too bad they’re trapped in a freezing storage room together with no way out and only their chemistry to keep them warm…
 

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Title: Wiping Out

Series: A Snow-Crossed Lovers Novel

Release Date: March 8th

About Wiping Out:

Piper Easton is a fixer. As a teenager she took over running the house when her mom got sick, and when her snowboarder brother was injured, she found the top knee guru in town and finagled a same-day appointment. She’s got an exclusive internship lined up in Europe and she’ll be leaving as soon as she watches her brother Ben win a gold medal. She just has to clean up one last mess: the way her stupid heart jumps whenever her ex-boyfriend appears. She and Adam are friends now, that’s it. That’s all they can ever be. But maybe a few benefits aren’t out of the question. Just until their trip to the Olympics finishes and they both go their separate ways. Surely the problem will be fixed by then. Adam Westlake had two true loves: snowboarding and Piper Easton. He lost them both and now he’s broken. The scars from where they cut his skull open are no longer visible, but the traumatic brain injury means it isn’t safe for him to ride again and he hasn’t spoken to Piper in eighteen months. Not since he got out of the hospital and fled Colorado, terrified he wouldn’t be able to resist strapping on his board when the snow started falling. He’s been chasing summer around the world ever since, until a lucrative offer to report on the Olympics brings him home to face all the temptations he left behind. He might be able to summon the willpower to stay off the mountain, but Piper? She’s irresistible. Contains: sex as an Olympic sport, dirty dancing while wearing eye goggles, ninety-nine penis balloons, and a blowjob rudely interrupted by a devil in feline form.

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Carrie grew up in Vermont, spent her college years in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, and now lives in New Zealand with her husband, two smallish children, and a gaggle of very badly behaved animals. She writes love stories that will make you laugh and reads enough romance to swoon on the regular.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: MIDNIGHT VALENTINE by J.T. Geissinger!

My Review: This woman, guys. I think she delights in breaking my heart and making me cry. She likes to hurt me! But I love every second of it, because she makes all the pain worth it. Her stories are always so deep, so emotional, and so, so beautiful. 

This was un-put-downable, 100%. I had to take some time to breathe after I finished this book because it just hit me that hard. This author has a gift for story telling, and this book is probably the best example to date. The characters are so genuine, the story is so beautiful. I cannot recommend this book, and this author, highly enough. She's one of my absolute favorites, and all her books are keeper-shelf worthy. Not only is this book a perfect example of her amazingness, but it's something everyone, EVERYONE, should read!

Cover Lovin': Two thumbs up!

Recommendation: Keep some tissues handy.

Final Rating: FIVE out of FIVE stars (5/5)! Be prepared to have your heart broken and then mended - that's J.T. Geissinger's way!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~


About MIDNIGHT VALENTINE

True love never dies.
Megan and Cassidy were childhood sweethearts who thought they would be together forever. Fate had other plans. Soon after they were married, Cass’s life was tragically cut short. Still grieving her soul mate five years later, Megan moves to the small town of Seaside, Oregon, hoping to rebuild her life.
Her first night there, she meets the town recluse, Theo. Withdrawn, guarded, and mysteriously silent since a terrible accident left him scarred, Theo takes an instant and inexplicable dislike to Megan. But as their paths cross again and again, Megan becomes convinced there’s more to Theo than meets the eye.
When she discovers the reason for his silence, his nightmares, and especially his pointed dislike, Megan becomes convinced of something far more astonishing.
Is a second chance at a once-in-a-lifetime love possible, or is a broken heart the cruelest kind of liar?
 
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About J.T. Geissinger

A former headhunter, J.T. Geissinger is the author of more than a dozen novels in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. She is the recipient of the Prism Award for Best First Book, the Golden Quill Award for Best Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and is a two-time finalist for the RITA® Award from the Romance Writers of America®. Her work has also finaled in the Booksellers’ Best, National Readers’ Choice, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. Join her Facebook reader’s group, Geissinger’s Gang, to take part in weekly Wine Wednesday live chats and giveaways, find out more information about works in progress, have access to exclusive excerpts and contests, and get advance reader copies of her upcoming releases. Website | Newsletter | Facebook | Geissinger's Gang | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram

Series Blitz: THE DARCY BROTHERS by Alix Nichols!

Today we have the sales blitz for THE DARCY BROTHERS BOX SET by Alix Nichols. I’m excited to share this fantastic contemporary romance set with you—grab your copy today!

Title: THE DARCY BROTHERS BOX SET

Author: Alix Nichols

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Darcy Brothers Box Set:

A fake marriage, an office hook-up and a lost email... turn the lives of 3 French aristocrat siblings upside down in this sexy rom-com bundle. Over 700 pages of family secrets, unexpected twists and breathtaking romance. Follow stuck-up Sebastian, bad-boy Raphael and vengeful Noah as each meets his match where he least expects to, and falls madly in love!   BOOK 1: FIND YOU IN PARIS What does it take to fall in love with your enemy? a) His private jet. b) His six-pack abs. c) His unsuspected charm. WARNING: Just like in Pride and Prejudice that inspired this book, expect to find one rich and handsome Mr. Darcy and one feisty girl who can't stand him. Unlike Pride and Prejudice, this enemies-to-lovers romance also contains artful nude photos of said Mr. Darcy, a fake marriage, and nights of wild passion in Paris. BOOK 2: RAPHAEL'S FLING One bookish assistant. One cocky CEO. One Christmas party that changes everything... GUARANTEED: Belly laughs, hot love scenes, a secret baby and a happy ending for this lust-to-love romance. You'll stay up late to finish this book! BOOK 3: THE PERFECT CATCH When brooding goalie Noah meets perky realtor Sophie, sparks fly hot and fast... BEWARE: A dangerously endearing dog, meddling parents, eccentric neighbors, and a crumbling French chateau.

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Guest Post: Alix and Mr Darcy

Me and Mr. Darcy   Full disclosure: I’ve been in love with Mr. Darcy since I was twenty   And not in a casual yeah-he’s-cool kind of way.   I’m a devotee.   I’ve read Pride and Prejudice three times, including the wonderfully helpful annotated edition by David M. Shapard, which explains every period detail that can be explained. I also own a copy of every Pride and Prejudice TV series and movie ever made, and I have watched each of them at least twice. Six times in the case of the 1995 BBC mini-series, of which I own three copies. (What if one won’t play when I need it? What if the second won’t play either?)   Finally, I’m the creator of the Ultimate and Authoritative Darcy Hotness Chart. You can check it out here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/386324474268007114/.   Before you do, can you guess who’s my Darcy #1?   Colin Firth from the BBC mini-series, of course! The Incomparable, the Forever Young, the One and Only.   In light of the above, it’s only natural that I wrote a romance inspired by Pride and Prejudice. It’s titled Find You in Paris, and its hero is called Mr. Darcy. Actually, his real name is Count Sebastian d’Arcy du Grand-Thouars de Saint-Maurice.   You see, all my contemporary romances are set in modern-day France. Hence, my Mr. Darcy is French. He resides in Paris (when he’s not in his ancestral château in Burgundy). He’s rich, tall, dark, and brooding – and oh-so-hot.   Just like the guy on the cover of the book.   The heroine, Diane Petit, is a cashier and amateur photographer. Diane is as independent, feisty, and witty as Elizabeth Bennet. And, she’s just as prejudiced against Sebastian as Jane Austen’s Lizzy is against Fitzwilliam Darcy.   Sebastian has two brothers, Raphael and Noah Darcy. Each of them got his own love story and a happily-ever-after.   The Darcy Brothers box set includes all three novels.   I hope you enjoy it!

About Alix Nichols:

Alix Nichols is an unapologetic caffeine addict and a longtime fan of Mr. Darcy, especially in his Colin Firth incarnation. She is a USA Today bestselling (April and June 2017) and Kindle Scout winning (December 2015) author of sexy romance novels that readers describe as yummylicious. According to Romantic Times, her books "will keep you hanging off the edge of your seat”. Kirkus Reviews claims they “deliver pure pleasure”. At the age of six, Alix released her first romance. It featured highly creative spelling on a dozen pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper. Decades later, she still writes. Her spelling has improved (somewhat), and her books have topped the Amazon charts around the world. She lives in France with her family and their almost-human dog.  

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Excerpt: BEYOND DANGER by Kat Martin!

Today I have a fantastic excerpt from Beyond Danger to share! Many thanks to Kat for providing us with an awesome snippet of her new book! Find buy links and more info below!



Beyond Danger
Pleasant Hill, Texas

Beau could hardly believe it.  His father was sixty years old!  The girl sitting across from him in a booth at the Pleasant Hill Café looked like a teenager.  A very pregnant teenager.
“Everything’s going to be okay, Missy,” Beau Reese said.  “You don’t have to worry about anything from now on.  I’ll make sure everything is taken care of from here on out.”
“He bought me presents,” the girl said, dabbing a Kleenex against the tears in her blue eyes.  “He told me how pretty I was, how much he liked being with me.  I thought he loved me.”
Fat chance of that, Beau thought.  His dad had never loved anyone but himself.  True, his father, a former Texas state senator, was still a handsome man, one who stayed in shape and looked twenty years younger.  Didn’t make the situation any better. 
“How old are you, Missy?”
“Nineteen.”
At least she was over the age of consent.  That was something, not much.
Beau shoved a hand through his wavy black hair and took a steadying breath.  He thought of the DNA test folded up and tucked into the pocket of his shirt.  He had always wanted a baby brother or sister.  Now at the age of thirty five, he was finally going to have one.
Beau felt a surge of protectiveness toward the young woman carrying his father’s child. 
He looked over to where she sat hunched over next to her mother on the opposite side of the pink vinyl booth.  “Everybody makes mistakes, Missy.  You picked the wrong guy, that’s all.  Doesn’t mean you won’t have a great kid.”
For the first time since he’d arrived, Missy managed a tentative smile.  “Thank you for saying that.”
Beau returned the smile.  “I’m going to have a baby sister.  I promise she won’t have to worry about a thing from the day she’s born into this world.”  Hell, he was worth more than half a billion dollars.  He would see the child had everything she ever wanted.
When Missy’s lips trembled, her mother scooted out of the booth.  “I think she’s had enough for today.  This is all very hard on her and I don’t want her getting overly tired.”  Josie reached for her daughter’s hand.  “Let’s go home, honey.  You’ll feel better after a nap.”
Beau got up, too, leaned over and brushed a kiss on Missy’s cheek.  “You both have my number.  If you need anything, call me.  Okay?”
Missy swallowed.  “Okay.” 
“Thank you, Beau,” Josie said.  “I should have called you sooner.  I should have known you’d help us.”
“I’ll have my assistant send you a check right away.  You’ll have money to take care of expenses and buy the things you need.  After that, I’ll have a draft sent to Missy every month.”
Josie’s eyes teared up.  “I didn’t know how I was going to manage the bills all by myself.  Thank you again, Beau.”
He just nodded.  “Keep me up to date on her condition.”
“I will,” Josie said.   
Beau watched the women head for the door, the bell ringing as Josie shoved it open and she and Missy walked out of the café. 
Leaving money on the table for his coffee, he followed the women out the door, his temper slowing climbing toward the boiling point, as it had been after he’d first received Josie’s call. 
His father should be the one handling Missy’s pregnancy.  He’d had months to step up and do the right thing.  Beau figured he never would.
As he crossed the sidewalk and opened the door of his dark blue Ferrari, his temper cranked up another notch.  By the time the car was roaring along the road to his father’s house, his fury was simmering, bubbling just below the surface.
Unconsciously his foot pressed harder on the gas, urging the car down the two-lane road at well over eighty miles an hour.  With too many tickets in Howler County already, he forced himself to slow down. 
Making the turn into Country Club Estates, he jammed on the brakes and the car slid to a stop in front of the house.  The white, two-story home he’d been raised in oozed Southern charm, the row of columns out front mimicking an old-style plantation.
Climbing out of the Ferrari, one of his favorite vehicles, he pounded up the front steps and crossed the porch.  The housekeeper had Mondays and Tuesdays off so he used his key to let himself into the entry.
On this chilly, end-of-January day, the ceiling fans, usually rotating throughout the five-thousand square-foot residence, hadn’t been turned on, leaving the interior strangely silent, the air oddly dense.  The ticking of the ornate grandfather clock in the living room seemed louder than it usually did.
“Dad!  It’s Beau!  Where are you?”  When he didn’t get an answer, he strode down the hall toward the study.  He had phoned his father on the way over.  Though he’d done his best to keep the anger out of his voice, he wasn’t sure he had succeeded.   Maybe his father had left to avoid him.
“Dad!”  Still no answer.  Beau continued down the hall, his footsteps echoing in the quiet.  As he reached the study, he noticed the door standing slightly ajar.  Steeling himself for the confrontation ahead, he clamped down on his temper, rapped firmly, then shoved the door open.
His father wasn’t sitting at the big rosewood desk or in his favorite overstuffed chair next to the fireplace.  Beau started to turn away when an odd gurgling sound sent the hairs up on the back of his neck. 
“Dad!”  At the opposite end of the desk, Beau spotted a prone figure lying on the floor in a spreading pool of blood.  “Dad!”  His father’s eyes were closed, his face as gray as ash.  The handle of a letter opener protruded from the middle of his chest. 
Beau raced to his father’s side.  “Dad!”  Blood oozed from the wound in his chest and streamed onto the hardwood floor.  He had to stop the bleeding and he had to do it now!
He hesitated, praying he wouldn’t make it worse, then with no other option, grabbed the handle of the letter opener, jerked it out, gripped the front of his dad’s white shirt and ripped it open. 
“Oh, my God!  What are you--” 
Beau glanced up.  “Call 9-1-1!  Hurry, he’s been stabbed!  Hurry!”
The woman, a shapely brunette named Cassidy Jones, his father’s recently hired personal assistant, didn’t pause, just pulled her cell out of her pocket and hurriedly punched in the number.  He heard her rattle off the address, give the dispatcher the name of the victim and said he had been stabbed.
Beau’s hand shook as he checked for a pulse, found none.  The wound was catastrophic, a stab wound straight to the heart.  No way could his father survive it. 
Cassidy ended the call, ran over and knelt on the floor beside him. 
“Here, use this to seal the hole.”  She seemed amazingly in control as she handed him a credit card then ran to the wet bar and grabbed a towel, folded it into a pad, rushed back and handed it over.  Beau pressed the towel over the credit card on top of the hole, all the while knowing his father was already dead or within moments of dying. 
He checked again for a pulse.  Shook his head, feeling an unexpected rush of grief.  “His heart isn’t beating.  Whoever stabbed him knew exactly where to bury the blade.”  And compressions would only make it worse. 
Cassidy reached down to check for herself, pressing her fingers in exactly the right spot on the side of his father’s neck.  She had to know it was hopeless, just as he did, must have known Stewart Reese was dead.
“I’m sorry,” she said. 
Beau studied his father’s face.  Pain had turned his usually handsome features haggard and slack, nothing like the athletic older man who kept himself so fit and trim. 
Sorrow slid through him, making his chest clamp down.  Or maybe it was sadness for the kind of man his father was, the kind who had wound up the victim of a killer. 
“Just hold on,” Cassidy said to him.  “The ambulance should be here any minute.”
His mind went blank until the sound of a siren sliced into his conscious.  Cassidy hurried off to let the EMTs into the house and a few moments later they appeared in the study. 
“You need to give us some room, Mr. Reese,” one of them said gently, a skinny kid who looked like he knew what he was doing. 
Beau backed away and Cassidy followed.  He felt her eyes on him, assessing him with speculation--or was it suspicion?
It didn’t take long for the EMTs to have his father loaded onto a gurney and rolling down the hall, back outside to the ambulance.  Beau strode along behind them, Cassidy trailing in his wake. 
It occurred to him that she could be the killer.  But somehow the timing seemed wrong and her reaction seemed genuine.  The thought slid away.
As he climbed into the ambulance and sat down beside his dad, he flicked a last glance at the house.  If Cassidy Jones hadn’t done it, who had?  Had the killer still been inside when Beau arrived?  How had he escaped?  What was his motive?
The ambulance roared down the road, sirens wailing, blowing through intersections, weaving in and out between cars, careening around corners.  All the way to the hospital Beau held his father’s hand.  It was the closest he had ever felt to his dad. 
The ambulance turned again and Pleasant Hill Memorial loomed ahead.  The vehicle slammed to a stop in front of the emergency entrance and the back doors banged open.
After what seemed an eternity but was only a very few minutes, Beau’s father, Stewart Beaumont Reese, was pronounced Dead On Arrival. 
Beau’s throat closed up.  There were times as a boy he had wished his father dead, but that had been years ago.   
Now his dad was gone and Beau wanted answers.  He vowed whatever it took, for no matter how long, he wouldn’t stop until he found the man who had murdered his father.

Beyond Danger is Beau’s story.  Mega-rich, black-haired, and blue-eyed, Beau is gorgeous to look at, and flashy.  He was an amateur race car driver, sort of a Texas Paul Newman, before he left the racing circuit.  Beau loves fast cars and fast women.  
   He is also wanted for murder. 
   That’s where private investigator, Cassidy Jones, comes in.  She’s smart and she’s no pushover, exactly the woman for Beau.  Best of all, she’s determined to prove his innocence.  

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin brings page-turning suspense to a tale of secrets and passions turned deadly . . .
 
Texas mogul Beau Reese is furious. All six feet three obscenely wealthy, good-looking inches of him. His sixty-year-old father, Stewart, a former state senator no less, has impregnated a teenager. Barely able to contain his anger, Beau is in for another surprise. It appears that Stewart has moved an entirely different woman into the house . . .
 
Beau assumes that stunning Cassidy Jones is his father’s mistress. At least she’s of age. But those concerns take a sudden backseat when he finds Stewart in a pool of blood on the floor of his study—and Cassidy walks in to find Beau with his hand on the murder weapon.
 
The shocks just keep coming. Someone was following Stewart, and Cassidy is the detective hired to find out who and why. Now she’ll have to find his killer instead. Her gut tells her it wasn’t Beau. And Beau’s instincts tell him it wasn’t Cassidy. Determined to track down the truth, they form an uneasy alliance—one that will bring them closer to each other—closer to danger and beyond . . .

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: THE COACHING HOURS by Sara Ney!

    My Review: I finally got a chance to check out Sara Ney! This series has been so highly recommended by my goodreads friends, and I jumped at the chance to read this. Sure, I started with book four, but if this is what they are all like.. then books one through three are high up on my buy list!

This was the sweetest friends to lovers story. I'm guessing the douchebag term comes from the previous books, because Eliot is definitely not a douchebag.. though, there are definitely some jerks in this book. But Eliot and Ana are the sweetest, and I love their friendship that leads to more. So perfect!

Cover Lovin': Works wonderfully with the rest of the series. 

Recommendation: This can be read as a stand alone.

Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5)!! Fantastic read - get your copy today!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda, Novel Addiction ~!~


   
THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY. Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about. This story is about me—the coach’s daughter. When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university's take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he'd make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone. Wrong on both counts. ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH. A bet is placed, and I'm on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first. Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more. And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.  

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    She perks up. “Wait, you’ve never had a back massage?”   “No?”   “Ever?”   “Nope.”   “Well, what the hell? How can I, in good conscience, lie here letting you rub my back when you’ve never had anyone rub yours?” She scoots over, pointing to the mattress. “Lie on your stomach, I’ll do you first.”   I wave my hands in front of me in protest. The last thing I need is her warm hands roaming my body. “No, no, you don’t have to. It’s not a big deal.”   “Are you crazy? Back massages are the best—like, better than an orgasm. You’re first, so lie down.”   “And you call me the bossy one?”   “Quit stalling and get on the bed.”   Obediently, I climb to the middle of my bed in nothing but a pair of gym shorts, legs hanging off the side. Next to me, the mattress dips, Anabelle on her knees, approaching my side.   A finger glides down my spine. “It will be easier for me to do this if I’m sitting on you. Hope that’s okay.”   “Is that the approved method?”   “No, but my arms will get tired if I have to lean over you the whole time.”   “Do whatever then, I don’t care.”   I stiffen when Anabelle swings one leg over my body, straddling my ass. Warm palms at my lower back.   “You’re so tense. Try to relax,” she coos, making it worse. “Tilt your head to the side, that’s it.”   I hear the lotion bottle snap open. Click closed. My roommate’s palms rubbing together, warming it up. “Sorry, I don’t have any actual massage oil. This will have to do.”   When her hands make contact with my back, I almost groan it feels so fucking good. Warm. Smooth. Pressure in all the right places, pushing gently into my muscles.   Slowly.   Slower still, caressing along my shoulders, thumbs and fingers working together to soothe the burning on my right side.   “Doesn’t this feel great?” Her soft voice cuts into the silence. “You’re loosening up. That’s good.”   I feel her leaning as her hands move up and down my spine until they stop, hovering at the base of my neck. Thumbs stroking the skin below my hairline, back and forth.   Kneading.   Her torso dips, hands maneuvering my arms, placing them at my sides. Palms slide up and down my biceps.   For several minutes, she rubs my arms and shoulders. Then she skims down my ribcage unhurriedly, in no rush, making little humming sounds inside her throat.   I know I’m not imagining the feather-light way her hands drift down my spine. I remain still, letting her touch me, basking in it.   Remain still when her lips kiss the tender spot of my shoulder where it meets my neck, nose nuzzling behind my ear, her breasts rubbing against my back and what the fuck was that all about? What does she think she’s doing, trying to drive me insane?           Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British. She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter | Website

Disclaimer: I received a copy in exchange for a review.