Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Woman Who Couldnt Scream by Christina Dodd

The Woman Who Couldn't Scream
by Christina Dodd

This story from the Virtue Falls series is a true
page turner. Even if you have never read a
Christina Dodd book or anything from the series.
If you have, you will recognize some things.
But anyone can definitely enjoy this story filled
with mystery and fabulous characters.
Kateri has recently been elected sheriff of interesting
small town, Virtue Falls. You would think being sheriff
of a small nowhere town like this, it would be quiet and
easy going. But nay nay. It is anything but.

There is so much to Kateri. Her boyfriend is an
intriguing mystery as well. Beginning with his
name, Stag. Yes. Stag. It fits him.
Her sister, Lillith, shows up.
Immediately making more troubles for Kateri.
And then the title character, Merida.
Christina Dodd has brought together an
unforgettable ever changing town.
How often do you read about a
stuffed raven being used as a weapon?
Review by Lisa Hutson 


Monday, March 5, 2018

Susan's Review of No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

No Earls Allowed

Book 2 in the Survivors Series by Shana Galen
Available March 6th

Lady Juliana, daughter of the Earl of St. Maur, needs all the help she can get. She's running a ramshackle orphanage, London's worst slumlord has illicit designs on her, and her father has suddenly become determined to marry her off.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Unfortunately for both of them, the scandal that ensues from their mutual attraction is going to lead them a merry dance...

Read more at : No Earls Allowed

A rain storm has awakened Lady Juliana and she finds her unwanted protector, Neil Wraxall, awake and keeping watch over the orphanage.

     “Perhaps I should keep you company. How am I to sleep when you sit up and keep watch?”

      He blew out a breath and raked his hands through his hair, pausing to hold his head in his hands and shake it. “Why can’t you be one of those biddable females? Why don’t you do as you’re told or, better yet, stay in your room?” He looked up at her. “You shouldn’t be in here with me, alone, and in only your night clothes. Aren’t you concerned about propriety and your reputation and all the other rot you females hold so high?”

     “Why can’t you be one of those charming gentlemen who allows a lady to help him so she can return to her room and observe propriety?”

      “Because I’m not!” He stood and stalked toward her. “I’m a soldier, and I’ll always be a soldier. I don’t need help or company. I will do my duty until you come to your senses and return home.”
But he knew as well as she that she could not return home. Perhaps he felt the same anguish she did, the same tearing of loyalties. He loomed over her, and though she refused to step back and show her trepidation, she did lower her voice. “I thought you sold your commission. You are no longer a soldier. Is it possible you are here because you want to be here, not out of duty? Perhaps you are coming to care for the children too.”

     He laughed, a bitter laugh that made her shiver. “If you mean do I pity them, you have it correct. I pity them and every bastard ever born.”

     She stiffened. Why must he behave this way? Why could he not see that the circumstances of his birth did not define him? “Then go home. I don’t want your misplaced sense of honor.”
His fists clenched and his jaw tightened. If he’d been another man, she might have been frightened, but she knew he would never hurt her. “I will not leave you until you do,” he said through clenched teeth
    “Then at least sleep.”

    “Go back to bed.”

    “Why won’t you sleep?”

    “Good God, woman! You are every bit as stubborn as they say.”

     She put her hands on her hips. “I prefer the term ‘persistent.’” She bit her lip. “Is it Slag? Is that why you won’t sleep? You think he will come here tonight?”

     He closed his eyes as though in surrender. “No.” His voice sounded weary and ragged. “No. It’s not Slag or the rain or a sense of duty. It’s here.” He tapped on his head. “Here is where the problem lies. You see, my brainbox remains firmly entrenched in battle, and I’d rather not wake the whole building with my shouts and screams. Is that answer enough for you?” He turned his back on her, staring into the fire.

     Julia pressed her hands over her mouth. “Oh, Mr. Wraxall.” She reached for him—to do what she was not certain—but he moved out of her reach.

    “I don’t want your pity.” One hand went to the back of his neck. “God, but I need a drink. I’m too damn sober, and everything is too damn sharp and clear.”

    “I might have some wine in the kitchen—”

     He held his hand up to stay her flight. “If I want a drink, I can procure it myself. If I can’t go a few days without a bottle of Blue Ruin, then I’m a sadder case than even Rafe makes me out to be.”

    “Who is Rafe?”

     He turned to look at her, seeming almost surprised she was still in the room. “Go to bed, Lady Juliana, before I say or do something else I regret.”

     “You’ve done nothing to regret, Mr. Wraxall. I am glad you confided in me. If you have nightmares, why not try some warm milk ? My governess used to—”

     The look he gave her made her close her mouth. “Do you think these are the stuff warm milk will cure? These aren’t mere whimsy. I relive battles and ambushes and slaughter in my dreams. My mind doesn’t conjure these horrors. The blood and the carnage were quite real.”

     “And you wake screaming?” she asked, her voice barely more than a whisper.

     “I’m not the ideal houseguest.”

     “Certainly you don’t have these dreams every night.”

     “No, but I’d rather not risk it tonight.”

     Julia stepped back, startled at his abrupt answer. “Why—”

     “Go to bed, my lady.” He turned his back on her, and she almost marched out of the room and back to her own chamber. Let him stay awake all night. He deserved his exhaustion if this was how he showed gratitude. But she didn’t leave. Her feet stood rooted in place, her hands clenched tightly at her sides.

     “Of course you won’t go,” he said. “I should have had more success if I asked you to stay.” He glanced at her over his shoulder. She lifted her chin, refusing to back down.

      “If you don’t want to sleep, that is fine, but I will stay and keep you company. It’s the least I can do when—” She broke off.

       He rounded on her. “When I am the only thing keeping Slag from coming in here and doing whatever the hell he likes to you?”

     “I don’t want to talk about him tonight.”

     “We are both speaking of things we would rather not, it seems.” He stalked toward her, forcing her to back up until she was flush against the wall beside the door. “But understand this. I will never allow Slag to touch you. Never. I will do whatever is necessary to protect you from him, from your soft heart, and even from me.”

     “You?” she breathed. She could barely say the words. Her heart pounded and her lungs struggled to take in air. He was so close, his eyes so blue, his body so large and so warm and so close.

     “Yes, me. At the moment, I have a tenuous hold on my control at best. Leave before I do something we will both regret. The very thing we both wanted in the carriage.”

      “What is that?” she asked, her breath catching in her throat.

      His eyes blazed, and she realized she had challenged him yet again. Before she could take the words back or even flee the room, Wraxall put both hands on the wall behind her, effectively pinning her in. Taking another step closer, his body pressed against hers with a delicious warmth that made her realize exactly how cold she’d been before he’d touched her.

     “I have wanted to kiss you since the first time I saw you.” His finger traced her cheek. “You had flour here.” He trailed to her chin, the pad of his finger burning a path along her skin. “Porridge here.” He looked down, his finger flitting down her neck with a slowness that made her tremble. “And your dress…”

     Julia closed her eyes. She was so warm that if he touched her body, she feared she might spark and flare like a newly lit candle. But his hand stopped at the vee of her robe.

    “I looked a mess,” she whispered.

    “You looked irresistible.”
Shana Galen is the bestselling author of fast-paced adventurous Regency historicals, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Booklist says, "Galen expertly entwines espionage-flavored intrigue with sizzling passion," and RT Bookreviews calls her "a grand mistress of the action/adventure subgenre." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making. Shana loves to hear from readers, so send her an email or see what she's up to daily on Facebook and Twitter.

Major Neil Wraxall’s life is turned upside down when his father asks him for a favor. Neil has been tasked with what seems like an easy mission; his father has asked him to persuade Lady Juliana St Maur to return home. The Earl of St Maur is tired of his daughter spending time at St Dismas orphanage and has decided that she should marry. Neil realizes that Lady Juliana is overwhelmed when he walks into the orphanage; he smells burning bread, sees that the oatmeal has boiled over on the stove, notices three rats are running around the kitchen and notices Julia’s ball gown is splattered with flour and oatmeal. The cook has quit and twelve hungry boys need their breakfast. Neil realizes that this rescue mission is not going to be as easy as he thought.

The chemistry between Neil and Julia was apparent in the first chapter of the book. Neil takes a military approach to the orphanage. He notices that the doors and windows don’t lock properly, the roof leaks and the kitchen and bedrooms are a mess. He decides that the boys need structure and soon has them cleaning the kitchen and their rooms. But, that approach doesn’t work so well with Lady Juliana! Juliana is clearly out of her element but, she is determined to stay at the orphanage with the boys. Loved how the couple’s romance progressed and that they worked together to keep the boys home.

I enjoyed that Shana Galen chose to make No Earls Allowed a character driven romance. This choice changed the book from a good to an excellent read. Her descriptive prose enables her to weave in social commentary throughout the storyline. There is a dark undertone present in the plot but, the novel’s focus is positive. The fabulous characters and the dialogue and the well -paced plot drew me in to the novel. The secondary characters added warmth and depth to the story line. The characters and the witty dialogue reminded me of Ms. Galen’s Jewels of the Ton series which I adored. The novel’s conclusion was perfectly written as Ms. Galen balances the elements of suspense, trust and romance in the last few chapters.

No Earls Allowed features a romance between an unlikely pair; a former military hero with a complicated past and a stubborn heiress—their journey towards happiness makes for a delightful read with all the feels!

Reviewed by Susan Gorman

ARC provided by the Publisher.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Susan's Review of My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden

What happens at the infamous Vega Club . . .
Sophie Campbell is determined to be mistress of her own fate. Surviving on her skill at cards, she never risks what she can’t afford to lose. Yet when the Duke of Ware proposes a scandalous wager that’s too extravagant to refuse, she can’t resist. If she wins, she’ll get five thousand pounds, enough to secure her independence forever.
Stays at the Vega Club . . .
Jack Lindeville, Duke of Ware, tells himself he’s at the Vega Club merely to save his reckless brother from losing everything, but he knows it’s a lie. He can’t keep his eyes off Sophie, and to get her he breaks his ironclad rule against gambling. If he wins, he wants her—for a week.
Until now.
A week with Jack could ruin what’s left of Sophie’s reputation. It might even cost her her heart. But when it comes to love, all bets are off . . .

About the Book

My Once And Future Duke
by Caroline Linden
The Wagers of Sin
Historical Romance
Avon Books
Publication Date
February 27, 2018
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Tour Wide Giveaway

To celebrate the release of MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE, we’re giving away five paperback sets of WHAT A WOMAN NEEDS and WHAT A GENTLEMAN WANTS by Caroline Linden!
GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  Open to US shipping addresses only. Five winners will each receive a paperback set of What a Woman Needs and What a Gentleman Wants by Caroline Linden.  This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Avon Romance. Giveaway ends 3/9/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Avon Romance will send the winning copies out to the winner directly. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address.  Duplicates will be deleted.  CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

About Caroline Linden

Caroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England.

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Sophie Campbell is a smart, beautiful woman who supports herself by gambling. Her ability to calculate the odds combined with her ability to know when walk away from a game or a challenge has served her well. Jack Lindeville, the Duke of Ware, arrives at the Vega Club to pay his brother Philip’s substantial marker. He is captivated when he sees a woman in a crimson dress playing cards with his brother’s friends. Jack doesn’t see her face but, he acknowledges that something about her intrigues him.

Philip returns to the Vega club and insists that Sophie gamble with him. Sophie chooses the complicated game of hazard, figuring Philip would tire of the quick dice game. Sophie knew that hazard was a fool’s game—too many rules and the odds were too high. She was trouncing Philip until the Duke of Ware entered the room and stopped the game. Jack and Philip almost come to blows over Philip’s refusal to stop gambling. Sophie throws caution to the wind and accepts the Duke’s challenge to play hazard with him. Sophie’s reckless choice pushes the storyline in a new direction. Even though she knows she should walk away, Sophie accepts a final round of hazard with a 5,000 pound payout. Jack tells Sophie he desires a week of her time if he wins---which he does. Jack orders his coachman to take them to Alwyn, his country home.

At first, Caroline Linden’s decision to have Jack challenge Sophie to gamble with him seems out of character for him. Was he trying to teach Philip a lesson? Jack takes his responsibilities seriously. Has his desire for Sophie overruled his common sense? The challenge and its outcome drew me into the story and I read it in one sitting.

Caroline Linden’s descriptive writing style and the dialogue between the characters shines during Sophie and Jack’s stay at Alwyn. The author does a fabulous job creating sexual tension between the characters as they explore the country house. I loved the scene when Jack asks Sophie to play the piano for him. As Jack listens and watches Sophie play, he observes that the music piece means something to her. When Sophie leaves the room in tears, Jack realizes he has upset her. The banter between Sophie and Jack as they explore the attics is well done; they get into a detailed discussion of love and marriage. Jack’s desire for Sophie is apparent as the couple rummage through the attic—will he act upon it?

I have been waiting for the Duke of Ware’s story as he has appeared in several of the author’s novels. I had pictured him as a serious man. I was surprised when Jack made the bet with Sophie, it seemed so out of character. I enjoyed getting to know Jack and seeing him fall head over heels for Sophie. Love brought out the best in Jack. Setting the story at a gambling club provides a unique storyline opportunity; it allows the couple to meet and enables Jack to make a decision based on desire, not facts and figures. I adore Caroline Linden’s writing style. Jack and Sophie’s sensuous love scenes are perfectly written—filled with desire, passion and emotion. My Once and Future Duke has all the feels—it’s an exquisitely told deeply passionate story with fabulous characters and their journey proves that love is worth the gamble!

Reviewed by Susan Gorman
ARC provided by publisher

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen

by Shana Galen

And now moving on in the Survivors Series.

Lady Juliana is determined to make a safe
and successful place of this Sunnybrooke
Home for Boys. At all costs. These boys need
her. They need a safe place to live and grow
and become men. But it is the 'costs' part that
is making it so very difficult for her.

Major Neil Wraxall has been enlisted to convince
Juliana that she must return home. She must let
someone else manage the home for boys.
Major Wraxall believes he can easily

solve this problem. And make everyone happy
at the same time.  But then, he does not know
how much Juliana has invested herself in
the home and the boys.
Wraxall finds out very quickly that this is not
going to be resolved as he had hoped.

No Earls Allowed is a sweet story of romance
unexpected. Generosity of the soul.
Strength of spirit. We all must decide what
matters most to us. And if we are very lucky,
that person will make their way into your
life. The person that will show you that 
you are worthy. You are worthy of love.

Shana Galen has written a deeply
emotional story. With very unusual and
unique characters.

Review written by Lisa Hutson
I got my copy from NetGalley

About No Earls Allowed......
It is not necessary to have read Third Son's a Charm
(But you should! You would like it!)

There are funny parts as well as critters.
It's a great story if you are feeling sorry for
yourself for some reason. Reading it will
lift your spirits.

My favorite character may have been
Juliana. Stubborn. Motherly. Generous.

If you have any questions about No Earls Allowed or
Shana Galen and her books in general, please
ask in the comments.

To read Lisa's review of Third Son's A Charm click here!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Susan's Review of One Fine Day by Cindy Kirk

Abigail Fine learned early in life it’s hard to get ahead when you start with nothing. She hoped serving as a surrogate would allow her to not only help a friend, but jump-start living her own dreams.

Jonah Rollins always considered himself a loyal friend and an honorable man. Until he made a decision that destroyed a long-standing friendship and eventually, his marriage.

When life threw her a curveball, Abby did the only thing she knew how: the right thing. Her life might look a whole lot different than she imagined, but she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Now, five years later, the past has come calling. Life’s presented Abby with an even bigger challenge: one that will test her capacity to forgive . . . or force her to close her heart forever. But Abby and Jonah just might discover that there are no bounds to how wide her heart can open or how deep his love can run.

Have you ever read a book that you thought about for days after you finished it?

One Fine Day is a book about friendship, broken promises and a mother’s love for her child. These themes resonated with me and I read Abby and Jonah’s story in one day. Abby and Jonah are given a once in a life time chance for a do over— an opportunity to come to terms with their past and move ahead.

The prologue draws the reader into the story immediately. Abby Fine agreed to be a surrogate for her childhood friend Jonah Rollins and his wife Veronica. Complications with the pregnancy are discovered; the Rollins’ decide to walk away from their special needs child. Abby is determined to continue with the pregnancy. This decision impacts every aspect of Abby’s life—she is cut off financially and emotionally from the entire Rollins family—she is on her own.

Five years later, Abby is running the Inn at Hazel Green which she inherited from distant relative. She and her daughter Eva Grace are part of the tight- knit Hazel Green community. Eva Grace captured my heart. She reminded me of a doll—blue eyes and curly blond hair. Eva Grace has big personality and her enthusiasm for life jumps off the pages! Abby’s devotion and patience with her daughter shines through in each page of this novel.

Cindy Kirk’s descriptive writing style enables the reader to connect to Abby. I could hear the joy in Abby’s voice when she talked about her child and feel the hurt when she reminisced about Eva Grace’s surgeries. My heart broke when Abby’s thoughts brought her back to the day that Eva Grace was born. Frightened and alone, she reached out to Jonah. I felt her pain and severe disappointment –Jonah never responded to her phone call or her text. I understood Abby’s desire to raise Eva Grace and provide a happy safe life for her. Abby has been there every day for child—through many painful surgeries and sleepless nights. Jonah’s monthly letters to Eva Grace and Abby and the support money he sent in the letters provided a connection between Abby and Jonah. The fact that Abby didn’t read the letters but saved them intrigued me – why did she keep them?

Abby’s ability to put her child’s best interests first and to forgive are tested when Jonah becomes the new police officer of Hazel Green. Her inner strength is tested when Jonah makes it clear that he has moved to Hazel Green to get to know his child and repair his relationship with Abby. Jonah mentions that he wrote to Abby that he had accepted the position in Hazel Green and that he was divorced. He is amazed when Abby tells him that she has not opened his letters.

Cindy Kirk uses the backstory technique to provide insight into both Abby and Jonah’s history. Jonah’s backstory is woven into the story and it allowed the reader to gain perspective on his choices, his situation. Loved the scenes when Jonah explains to Abby what factors led him to side with his wife. This revelation is important as it gave insight into Jonah’s situation and his decision making. The author subtly introduces the idea that not all choices are black and white and that life experiences impact the choices you make. My favorite scene in the book is when Abby decides to read each one of Jonah’s letters—this decision opens her heart towards forgiveness.

One Fine Day has all the feels; it’s an emotional story which tugs at your heart from the first page. The characters are honest and the dialogue is superb—and Eva Grace will capture your heart. The themes of loss, forgiveness and love are told with compassion and humor.

Reviewed by Susan Gorman

ARC provided by the publisher

Friday, February 23, 2018

Susan's Review of Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster

"Welcome to the Whiskeys series, where all the men are larger 
than life and sexy as sin!" - RT Book Reviews

The Whiskey's series
Melissa Foster
Releasing February 21, 2018
World Literary Press

A captivating new sexy standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

Don't miss the other Whiskey's series titles

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and new adult romance with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented–perfect beach reads for contemporary romance lovers who enjoy reading about wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines.

Who is Bullet Whiskey?

Bullet Whiskey is an enigma. At first, he appears to be a big, tattooed, tough biker dude with a dark, moody personality. Through his actions, it’s obvious that he cares for his family and friends deeply. A Special Forces veteran, Bullet has experienced life and death first hand and he has kept these dark experiences to himself. He struggles with PTSD flashbacks, guilt and believes he is weak. Melissa Foster creates the perfect back story for Bullet and it drew me into the novel. Bullet’s demeanor shouts out—stay away from me…until he meets Finlay Wilson. The perfectly paced opposites attract romance between the couple captivated me.

I really liked Finlay. After her father’s death, she has returned home to start a catering business. Finlay is hired by the Whiskey’s to renovate their kitchen and revamp their bar menu. Finlay is a breath of fresh air at Whiskey’s—she quickly wins everyone over with her smile, cookies and appetizers. She has an open heart and cares for people. And I loved how she fought her attraction to Bullet and that she was afraid of his big dog, his motorcycle and didn’t really understand his connection to the Dark Nights club. Bullet’s patience is tested throughout this story— as he copes with Finlay’s fears and ultimately his own.

Loved the author’s use of imagery and color throughout the novel. Bullet is dark and angry while Finlay dresses in pink, frilly dresses and exudes happiness. Finlay is drawn to Bullet’s tattooed body but at first the animals, words and darkness conveyed by the images scare her. As Finlay and Bullet’s relationship develops she figures out that Bullet’s tattoos tell his story. One of the most poignant scenes occurs towards the end of the novel when Finlay traces the names of Bullet’s fallen brothers on his chest—it brought me to tears.

Bullet and Finlay have experienced tragic loss. Their passion enables them to understand each other on a much deeper level. Melissa Foster is known for her strong male characters. Bullet is a perfect example of a dark alpha male. With the character of Finlay, Ms. Foster is able to bring light, joy and happiness to the brooding Bullet. Finlay brings Bullet peace. The conclusion to this novel is fabulous—heartbreaking, funny and oh so romantic. The grand gesture at the end of the novel was a tear jerker!

Reviewed By Susan Gorman

ARC provided by the publisher

“Do you want to go out with me, Finlay? Or are you playing some sort of game?”

“I don’t know,” she said honestly, throwing her hands up, frustrated with her own confusion. “Yes…Wait, no. Yes…”

He cocked his head with a perplexed expression.

“I’m sorry! I’m really confused. You mess with my head. Or rather, you’ve been messing with my head since the wedding. But that’s not your fault. And now I’m rambling, but I want to be honest with you. The truth is, I’m curious about you. Maybe more than curious,” she said, moving around him so she could pace. “But I don’t know what you expect from women, and I don’t know anything about your biker lifestyle. I don’t think I’m a biker girl. But I don’t really know that. I do know I’m probably not like the women you’re used to, and motorcycles scare me. And sometimes you scare me. Not you, you, but the idea of you, because I’m not sure who you really are. But you also turn me on, which makes it all even more confusing.”

A slow grin spread across his face.

“See? That smile makes my stomach go all sorts of crazy.”

“Call me nuts, but I think that’s a good thing, Fins.”

The endearment also made her insides flutter. But none of that came close to the worries welling up inside her right that second as the big, confident caretaker to all around him stood looking at her like he was hanging on her every word, and the truth came tumbling out. “I haven’t been with a lot of guys, and like I said, I don’t know what you expect. You’re all power and”—she tried to use her hands to emphasize her thoughts, but she ended up looking like she was imitating a bear, with claws extended—“sexuality, like you’re ready to swoop in and devour me. But I’m not sure I can handle being devoured, because it’s been so long since I’ve even kissed a guy that I might have…”

He stepped closer as slow as could be and placed a hand on her hip. She was mesmerized by his gentle approach and the touch of his hand as he brushed her hair over her shoulder, holding her gaze so intensely, she couldn’t speak. His hand slid softly to the nape of her neck, then into her hair, until his long fingers cradled the back of her head. His other arm circled her waist, holding her against him.

“Forgotten how…” she whispered.

He gave her plenty of time to pull away, to tell him no, but her voice was silenced by the throbbing of her heart, the wanting in her head. As he lowered his face toward hers, she went up on her toes, bracing for a fierce, possessive kiss. But his mouth came gently down over hers, drawing a breathy sigh. His lips were warm and soft, his hands hard and hot, and her body was a vibrating mess. His beard scratched her cheeks, sending swirls of desire spiraling through her core. He pressed her tighter against him, angled her head and kissed her harder. His tongue swept across the seam of her lips, and she surrendered to his masterful seduction. His whole body beat against her like a pulse, bringing a surge of lust from some forgotten place inside her. He took the kiss deeper, tasting every dip and swell of her mouth, and a heady sound rumbled in the back of his throat. And oh, how she loved that! She’d never been kissed so thoroughly, been wanted so desperately. She never imagined that the man who was forward motion personified could harness that power and deliver it with such all-consuming passion. She couldn’t resist lifting higher on her toes, clawing at his shoulder, trying to taste more of his sweet and sinful desire. He was right there with her, gripping her waist as he lifted her off her feet, holding her against his hard frame, her legs dangling off the ground as he kissed her breathless.

She was so lost in the slide of their tongues, the purely male, utterly unique taste of him, time failed to exist. They could have been kissing for hours, maybe even days. By the time her feet touched the ground, her noodle legs refused to work. But they didn’t need to. Bullet was still holding her tight, kissing her softer now, his scratchy beard trailing after his lips across her jaw, all the way to her ear.

His warm breath seeped into her skin as he whispered, “I think you remember how to kiss just fine. Go out with me, lollipop. You don’t have to be a biker girl. Just be my girl.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe - Audible version

The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
by Jennifer Kincheloe
Audible version
The story set in 1908 Los Angeles. A different time. 
But women were finding their voice and their life plans.
Anna Blanc might have been one of those women.
Anna is fearless and clever and unstoppable.
She has a faith that is just planted in her
Anna doesn't even think about it. She just lives it.

 Anna is police matron on the LAPD. She has a clever
mind and she out does the men on cases. They do not 
appreciate her. Well, except for Detective Joe Singer.
He knows how smart she is. How capable. How shrewd.
And he is tortured with how sexy she is. Along with
the rest of the LAPD.
Anna and Joe work together, begrudgingly, to solve
this very important case. She feels as though she
owes a debt to a long time friend. They both are
trying to stop an all out war between races in LA.

Jennifer Kincheloe has written another Anna Blanc tale
that has it all. Humor. Drama. Surprise. Life lessons.
Family. Romance. Anna will never fail to shock you.
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk is narrated by the
wonderful Moira Quirk. Ms Quirk is genius with her voice.
She is perfect for this story. While she is exactly right
for Anna Blanc, she does a great job for everyone in the
story. I was so glad to hear her doing this second
Anna Blanc story.

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Review by Lisa Hutson