Book Review – The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige

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FIXED ON YOU (Book 1)

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out–move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous–the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it. Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

FOUND IN YOU (Book 2)
Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the kind that makes her obsessive and stalker-crazy. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she’s determined to break down the remaining walls between them so they can build a foundation that’s based on more than just amazing sex. Except Hudson’s not the only one with secrets.
With their pasts pulling them into a web of unfounded mistrust, Alayna turns to the one person who knows Hudson the best–Celia, the woman he almost married. Hoping for insight from someone who understands all sides of the story, Alayna forms a bond with Celia that goes too far–revealing things about Hudson that could end their love for good.
This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn’t spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway…

FOREVER WITH YOU (Book 3)
Alayna Withers relationship with Hudson Pierce has tested both her and his ability to trust. They decide that the only way they can move forward together is with open doors and transparency. It won’t be easy for the scarred lovers, but they’re committed to each other more now than ever. Alayna, in particular, has grown through their trials, and has emerged more confident and faithful to the man she loves.
But while the pair is focused on the future, their past shows up again to threaten their fragile bond. Promises that were made are broken, and Alayna learns that Hudson still has very potent secrets–secrets that will tear them both apart. As much as she feels for him, her ability to forgive and forget is tested beyond her limits.
Even though she found the only man who could fix her, a forever with Hudson seems more and more out of reach.

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My Review:

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Hello New Book Boyfriend forever! :) I love you, Hudson Pierce. With as many awesome ratings as this trilogy has, I won’t bog my review down with “he said/she said” but rather the awesomeness of a fantastic journey. It’s heart wrenching, even soul gutting as Laurelin Paige takes you through Alayna Wither’s day to day life with Hudson. I laughed, I cried, I even wanted to throw my Kindle a few times, but in the end, it was worth it. My eyes soaked in every word, greedy for the next. I have a serious book hangover and I’m not inclined to chase it away anytime soon. Okay, a lie. I have to read Hudson now. :) What gift to read and I pleasure to remember. I highly recommend this series–it’s smokin’!!

Book 4 is out!

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This is a full-length companion novel to the NY Times Bestselling Fixed Trilogy. It is not meant to be read as a stand-alone.

“I can easily divide my life into two parts—before her and after.”

Hudson Pierce has led a life few others could even imagine. With money and power at his fingertips, he’s wanted for almost nothing. He’s never experienced love, however, and he’s seen few examples of it in his dysfunctional family. The ridiculous notion of romance has always intrigued him. He’s studied it, controlled it, manipulated it, and has yet to understand it.

Until he meets Alayna Withers.

Now, the games he’s played in his quest for comprehension can finally come to an end. Or are they just beginning?

Told from his point of view, Hudson fills the holes in his love story with Alayna Withers. His past and relationship with his long-time friend Celia is further revealed and light is shed on his actions during his courtship with Alayna.

MUST BE READ AFTER THE FIXED TRILOGY.

Book One: FIXED ON YOU
Book Two: FOUND IN YOU
Book Three: FOREVER WITH YOU
Companion: HUDSON

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The Nysein: Release (Book 2) has Pre-Order!

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Would you like to read about different vampires? Sexy-hot ones? They’re not your average vamps with some gifted abilities. I’m so excited about The Nysein: Release (Book 2) next month. Yeah! My Pre-order links are available.

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Kendra, the Mistress of Water, finds herself sinking within an ocean of heartbreak as Destiny lands her once again on the Isle of Serey. Nothing is going right—from her awareness to the island’s most prominent Nysein womanizer to the desire he shimmies over body. She can’t fight the pull he has on her, but she suspects he’s tipping more than smooth banter with one of her sisters. Jealousy slashes the darkest recesses of her heart, yet she’s tired of waiting for him. Either he’ll give her what she wants, or she’ll finally walk away…

Maxim Korden, seneschal to King Darien, has always loved the female sex. The scent, texture, and visual stimulation of beautiful woman makes him crazy with need. However, he carries a deep secret—one impossible to believe. For nearly one hundred years, he can’t touch a woman without sickness, though one caress upon Kendra’s skin and the sweetest nirvana engulfs him. Fate has tilted a deadly trial against their brief happiness as a sinister force traps his newfound love.

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Hex upon Me – Re-release!

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Hex upon Me

Savannah Deason made her workaholic status a life choice, opting out of anything resembling a relationship. Aside from the occasional hottie, the feisty, sarcastic VP at Merrick Industries enjoys her Gucci dreams with a champagne chaser. A night out on the town lands her hung over in bed with a  tattooed hunk of sin. Her mind can’t accept that he was a luscious hookup and nothing more. He now has a name to go with his sexy face.

Bad boy and mega successful Hexon James Montgomery is anything but normal–and he does it with such casual skill, leaving every woman with damp panties and wishful sighs. He’s the CEO of MK Steel and he has everything, including a piss-poor attitude about women. Meeting Savannah obliterates his single life credo and she challenges his heart, twisting his rotten perception of women into beauty.  As his judgment is tested, his distrust crosses the line.

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The Nysein: Explain the Immortal Stain

vampire-teeth-vampires-2006128-223-158After the Twilight craze (myself included), I liked the idea of a magical vampire. Perhaps a little more extreme, but hey, it’s fiction, so I can go a little wild with my creative license. I chose not to go traditional in my approach, but to embellish the concept on the ‘what would happen if’scenario. Mix in some magic and voila!… a new breed.

In my novel, The Nysein: Salvation, the idea that a devilish magic user (a necromancer) wanted to enhance the existing vampires kicked off the story. Such an action was repulsive to the actual, life-breathing vampires that existed within my novel. It was a shame against their pure race of what I call the “ancients.”

Excerpt from the beginning of the Nysein: Salvation:

The Rage Lotus sat innocently upon the pristine, white pillow, its petals glistening under the cover of the full moon in an undisclosed location. A flower of such caliber only existed within the bowels of Hell, and the power it contained was beyond normal. In fact, if anyone was brazen enough to use it, a sacrifice was required in order to bring about any request in the form of…death. How the Rage Lotus was obtained, no one dared whisper or question, but only one man dared use it.

Part of the actual ceremony in my novel:

Nesta continued to chant under his breath, while the vampire couple arched their backs against the malefic magic. They groaned, their heads turning from side to side as if in deep pain. Then Nesta tilted his face up toward the fiery blue flames, thrusting his hands out to his sides, palms up. As the last of the incantation died on his lips, the blue flames balled up in the middle and shot into the Rage Lotus lying center pentagram. With an ardent hiss, white light twisted with streaks of blue slammed into the vampire couple. An inhuman growl tore out of their throats as they arched off the ground. In the blink of a second, the wind died to eerie calm, the blue flames dissipated…

Keeping the idea simple, yet evil, I allowed one human man to stain the vampire race. Though the Nysein and vampires are essentially brothers, they are vastly different. Magic plays a higher role in the story as the Nysein use their gifts and abilities to live, to war against threats, and most of all… to survive. In my novel, The Nysein: Salvation, Kendra, the Element of Water and a Nysein, uses her ability to help the queen.

Kendra moved closer to the possessed queen and held her hands above her head with the bracelet gleaming. She closed her eyes. With a mysterious incantation, she murmured under her breath and a green glow bathed her whole body in soft light. She swirled in a tornado-like spin and became…water…smooth and weightless…so tranquil and light beyond anything ever seen. The enchanted bracelet floated on the surface of her pool of magical water and then…she threw herself into Jenera, soaking the queen, slipping the bracelet over her wrist. In a startling rush, the mistress of water rematerialized next to the queen and whispered the activating phrase into her ear…

In my upcoming novel, The Nysein: Release (Book 2), Kendra and Maxim get their story. Stay tuned for more excitement from the magical vampires on the Isle of Serey.

Some cool articles on Vampires:

The Science of Vampirism

Vampire on Wikipedia

10 Truly Creepy Vampires from Around the World

Catch me Wilde – A Novella on Amazon – Released

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She’s mysterious, sexy… and a thief to the highest bidder! Through the years, Ivy Tremaine made a hefty sum with her mad-felon skills until one moment of stupidity changed her life. Yet, her estranged husband has a desperate plan. He has… stipulations… terms. He wants her back and he’ll use any method available, even blackmail, but will her past launch their final goodbye?

Carson Wilde eclipsed her every midnight fantasy, shaming her into a sweet surrender.

“Staying means forever, Ivy. My terms, my way.”

Available exclusively on Amazon.

Catch me Wilde is not part of a series–it is a completed erotic novella and not intended for anyone under the age of 18.

Book Review – The Hacker Series by Meredith Wild

 

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I kept seeing this picture appear on all my favorite books sites. Curious, I had to find out about Meredith Wild and the Hacker series. It’s wonderful! For erotic romance lovers, you’ll not want to miss the exciting journey of Erica and Blake. It’s raw and gritty–the kind of story you’ve been dying to read but never found it…until now.


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Hardwired (#1) –  Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling startup. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her presentation.

Billionaire and rumored hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defenses and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to.

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create.

My Review:  Absolutely wonderful. The author has a very beautiful and fluid writing style, a place where she reaches into your emotional bank and takes your breath away. I felt like I was there, seeing everything, experiencing it right along with the characters. I loved, loved, loved Blake. He’s sexy-hot and cocoons Erica with his determination. I love a hero that won’t give up. Bottom line: I’m hooked and can’t wait to read the next book.

Hardpressed (#2) –  In Hardpressed, the highly anticipated second book of the Hacker Series that began with Hardwired, Blake and Erica face threats that put both their love and their lives on the line.

Despite Blake Landon’s controlling ways, the young and wealthy hacker finally won the trust of the woman he loves. Internet entrepreneur Erica Hathaway broke down the walls that kept her from opening her heart and her business to Blake.

Ready to start this new chapter in her life, Erica is determined not to let anything come between them, even if that means giving Blake back some of the control he craves in and out of the bedroom.

But when demons from her past threaten their future, Erica makes a decision that could change their lives forever.

My Review: One of THE best series I’ve read in a long time. It’s scorching and beautifully written. Just when you think you have figured it out, a new surprise renders you speechless.

Hardline (#3) – Software mogul Blake Landon has met his match in headstrong Erica Hathaway. While his controlling nature and her independent spirit continue to battle, Blake has no intention of letting her out of his life again.

Erica has given Blake her trust and her love, determined that they will conquer any challenges together. But when he demands more and tests the boundaries of her commitment, she is forced to face the dark desires he’s kept hidden.

As their bonds grow tighter, their enemies close in. With Erica’s start-up in danger, Blake’s frustration grows as he tries to protect her from those who would ruin her only to get to him. Can their relationship survive when Blake’s enemies cross the line and threaten more than her livelihood?

My Review: AMAZING! Book 3 added another layer of emotional suspense, taking Erica and Blake down a path I wasn’t sure they’d recover from. I was so nervous, I read it in one day because I needed to find out what would happen next. Sexy, hot, sizzling–it’s got it all! Romance, hard decisions and a strong couple fighting for what they believe in. The Hacker series is truly an erotic romance worth reading. It stays with you long after the last page is read. I’ve since learned there are two more books coming and I say, bring it! I can’t wait for more! :)
About the Author:

Meredith Wild is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.  You can find her at www.facebook.com/meredithwild

 

Book Review – Connecting Strangers by Rachel Carrington

Connecting Strangers

Book 1 in the Discovering Emily series by Rachel Carrington – Coming Soon!

 

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Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become. I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.


I had the unique privilege of receiving an ARC – advanced reader’s copy via NetGalley for Rachel Carrington’s new release, Connecting Strangers.

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The story was fast paced with intriguing suspense, including gritty romance and a sexy Sheriff. Rachel Carrington weaves a wonderful novel with Emily running for her life. Thankfully, she runs right into to a breath of fresh air… Adam. I was held captive from the first page and couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the cast of characters, the mystery, and cool twists that will leave you guessing. The romance blossomed hot, full of steamy heat and raw sensuality. The emotional layers this book peels away—leaves you wanting more. I highly recommend!

Publishing date: July 21, 2014

 Mark it down… you won’t want to miss this.

Velvet Exhale – Released

 

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Velvet Exhale 

For Reyna Lourde, running into Noah Alexander again never made her “do-over” list. They dated once, a brief encounter chalked full of unforgettable chemistry, but he walked…all the way down the aisle with her college roommate. Hell, he never even explained why he played her, acting as if it never happened.

Seven years later, Noah is a widower, digging his way out of darkness, and he wants to include Reyna—with no exception. Despite his no bounds approach, he is covered in secrets and lies—the kind of man any woman should walk away from, but no matter how hard she tries to resist him, she can’t. He reaches deep inside her, shaking up her ordinary life, and he gives her an all-access pass to everything, including erotic heaven. However, as she stumbles upon his final grievance, will she be the one to walk away? This time…forever.

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Excerpt:

He was behind me, but I didn’t slow down, not even as I fumbled my keys out of my bag, opening my apartment door. I tried to slam it, but he blocked my attempt and pushed his way in, slamming it forcibly behind him. His face was set in a stubborn line and I rose to the challenge, folding my arms in front of me. Rules and rejection? He could fuck it all. I’m done.

I tilted my chin in defiance. “Thanks for a… blissfully wonderful evening, but there’s the door—no invitation to use it necessary—and sooner, rather than later,” I snapped without a trace of remorse.

Goddammit Reyna!” he exploded, plowing both his hands through his unruly, black hair, and then over his face. His expression fell somewhere between tired and scared. “I’m sorry. Please don’t be angry.” He took a step toward me and I backed away.

I snorted. “It’s a little late for that, Noah. Do us both a favor and make this painless and… leave. Don’t come back. In fact,” I said, reaching for my bag. “Take your phone with you.”

He grabbed me, spinning me around, and my bag fell carelessly to the floor, as he shoved me up against the wall. All the air left my lungs in a rush as I stared wide eyed up into his face.

“Do you think it will be that easy?” Noah ground his hips hard against me, pinning me to the wall. God, he was so hot. It was the most erotic moment of my life. His cock was rock hard in my belly with his breath hitting my face. “I’m not—” he began, heaving as if battling for control. “I’m not rejecting you.”

“Then what the hell would you call tonight?” I seethed. “A strange dating goal? So well fucking achieved.” I shook my head, more than angry. “Let me go! I survived you once, I can do it again.”

His eyes narrowed. “Is that what you think? I wanted you then, Reyna, and I’m certain I want you now.”

“You ditched me, and then dated Sarah. You never breathed a word about us to her. So, don’t lie to me. Don’t act like I mattered to you.” Though angry, I was on fire, gazing up into his wild, menacing blue eyes. My lips tingled with anticipation, burning every nerve ending with a motherload of naked desire, which busted up through the hollow of my stomach making me damp. Heat sizzled sweetly out through my veins, warming me.

Book Review: Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones

Charley Davidson is…drum roll please…

No, wait, let’s introduce the very fine author, Darynda Jones. She is the awesome creator of the Charley Davidson Series. The latest installment released this week, Sixth Grave on the Edge. It’s awesome sauce covered in chocolate and whipped cream. I mean seriously, this series is to DIE for.

Let me break it down for you. PI, Charley Davidson is the ultimate kick-ass chick, who has a floating spirit for a roommate, finds herself in heaps of trouble at any given moment (true story), named her boobs (of which you’ll have to read the book to find out what), and she’s the Grim Reaper…dating the Son of Satan.

Son of Satan you say? Yes. And he has a tattooed map of Hell on his chest, scrumptious lips and can rip your spine out! Ah, Reyes Farrow. Let’s just say, yummy should have been his middle name. But, man, oh, man, when he appears all your girl parts tingle. Just sayin’!!!!

Oh, and did I mention Charley’s love of coffee makes us book bonded? Forever I tell you!

Yep, the story unfolding keeps you guessing, at moments laughing and at other times…heated up. So many surprises await the unsuspecting reader. If you haven’t had the chance, please catch up. Start with First Grave on the Right and keep going.

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Here’s the latest: Sixth Grave on the Edge

Sometimes I wrestle my demons. Sometimes we just snuggle.—Bumper Sticker

Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow—but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it…and then the real fun begins. First, Charley finds a naked corpse riding shotgun in her car. Then, a man loses his soul in a card game. Throw in a Deaf boy who sees dead people, a woman running from mobsters, and a very suspicious Reyes, and things can’t get any worse for Charley. Unless, of course, the Twelve Beasts of Hell are unleashed…Sixth Grave on the Edge is the sixth Charley Davidson novel from bestselling author Darynda Jones.

 Where to buy this gift of 5* hotness:

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Review of Aftermath by Romancing the Book

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Check out the new review of Aftermath from Romancing the Book – “…wickedly naughty read will stay with you long after the last chapter is read.” THANK YOU, Amy! :)

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You are cordially invited to attend…the wedding of Haley Rose Cohen and Jonathan Edward Mercer. Yeah, the wedding that never took place, a notable write off filled with more lies than a politician’s agenda and just as cruel. This is Haley’s hell, her purgatory on earth…as the past and present collide…

Haley Cohen damned Jon Mercer the moment he left her at the altar. He embarrassed her, shamed her, and took what shred of dignity she had left. Reconstructing her life hasn’t been easy, in fact, there are things she’ll never be able to forget. Yet, Jon makes a sudden reappearance in her life, reminding her of all her losses. He’s demanding, irritating and has some kind of nerve sucking her into his drama.

As Jon endures his past sins against Haley, he can’t change what he’s done. He had reasons for leaving–damn good ones. Now, everything he strives to protect is falling apart. No matter his determination, betrayal is in the works, forgiveness desperate, and secrets more than he can stomach. As hell steps up, Jon must fight against the one thing he wants more than anything…Haley’s heart.

Excerpt:

“How much weight have you lost?”

Jolted by Jon’s caustic tone behind me, my chest heaved under the pressure of his censure. Though I needed him, I didn’t need his attitude in my personal business or giving me hell. I flipped him off without looking at him.

He grunted. “I’m fucking serious, Haley. You look like a damned skeleton in those skimpy clothes.”

I shrugged. “Thirty pounds, maybe forty.”

“Goddammit! Why haven’t you taken care of yourself?”

I rolled my eyes, disgusted by his questions and misplaced concern. “Sorry, but what’s it to you? You left me, remember?”

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