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Review of “Made for You” and “Held by You” – Cheyenne McCray

Detective Kelley Petrova’s life hasn’t been easy. The one constant in her adult life has been her career and the ability to make a difference in the lives of abused women and children. Having a capable and dedicated partner like Reese McBride, who also doesn’t happen to be one bit hard on the eyes, only makes her job easier and more worthwhile.

That is, until a string of cases go awry leading to injuries for both Kelley and Reese. When a domestic dispute goes bad and Kelley is shot while a woman is murdered, Kelley’s own personal history forces her to push ahead to find the woman’s killer and the kidnapper of the woman’s daughter. Difficult tasks even when not on a forced leave due to her injuries.

Detective Reese McBride knows his partner of two years is tough, smart, determined and for the first time ever is really noticing just how beautiful she is. Perhaps it’s the vulnerability of her injuries, but he’s having trouble denying his attraction. And forget about keeping her on medical leave, she always seems to be one step ahead of him on the case.

As much as he wants to, Reese can’t keep his partner down and soon they’re chasing after more than just a man and the girl he’s kidnapped. Drugs and a human trafficking ring are exposed and soon Kelley and Reese are running out of time.

The love that has developed between Kelley and Reese grows stronger with each day before they are brutally torn apart. Reese must not only find and rescue the little girl, he’s got to save Kelley before it’s too late.

Review!

From beginning to end, this story was action-packed: drug smugglers, kidnappings, car wreck, stand-offs, and not to mention the LOVE scenes. 

All the page turning excitement had me blasting through the book in a couple hours. 

And the ending chapters, yeah, the mushy stuff arose but I liked it. It was a prefect ending to one HELLER good book! 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Much like Cinderella, Hollie Simmons was waiting for her Prince Charming but wondering if her life was meant to be anything but a fairy tale. A kindergarten teacher, Hollie was raised to be a lady by her southern mother who passed away when Hollie was young. After a speedy remarriage by her father and more losses than she can count, Hollie is left alone in the world with only three cold, abusive stepbrothers who, along with their lowlife friend Freddy, are constantly into trouble of the worst kind and with Hollie as an easy mark.

When John McBride, a police lieutenant, saves Hollie from a nasty fall, she thinks perhaps her prince has finally come in the guise of a man she’s always wanted to get to know but was too shy.

John has seen too many cop marriages fail. He’s married to his job and doesn’t have room or the desire to be tied down. Until Hollie. As a cop he’s learned to trust his gut instinct. Perhaps he should have trusted it when told him to approach her long ago. Is he ready for the forever he sees in her eyes?

When Hollie is framed for a murder she did not commit and the key to proving her innocence seems impossible to find, will John be able to locate the shady character who committed the crime before Hollie is put behind bars? Is their love strong enough to withstand such a hardship to find their happy ending?

Review!


Way to go Hollie on being a tough ass chick who doesn’t go down lightly. John might’ve came to her rescue but Hollie proved she could handle her own when push comes to shove. 

Yeah, we women totally rock!!

Only negative comment: It seems lately in the books I’ve been reading, the ladies (in their twenties) are virgins. NOT THAT THERE IS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT BUT, I hope this isn’t the newest reading trend. I kind of prefer women who have more experience and show the men some moves in the sheets – not vice versa. Just sayin’ 🙂


Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Back in Black” & “Man’s Best Friend” (featured in “Tails of Love”) – Lori Foster

SBC president Drew Black is as controversial as they come. But the hot-headed entrepreneur is a perfect match for his popular sports club venture: uncompromising and extreme. Maybe too extreme. With a reputation for saying what he thinks, Drew’s been causing a lot of friction. That’s why someone’s been called in to clean up his image—before he does any permanent damage.

The lucky lady is Gillian Noode, a PR expert who’s smoothed out the rough edges on many a man. But Drew is rougher than anyone she’s ever met, and he refuses to change for any woman, for any reason. To make matters more complicated, Gillian’s starting to like him raw. Now, opposites aren’t only attracting, they’re igniting. But in the rising heat, which one of them will end up on top?

 
Review
I liked the character of Drew except for his repeated use of the word “rack” to describe a lady’s bust. He might’ve had a sailor’s mouth, but he also had a heart of gold. He gave to back to the community and he took great care of his fighters. 
 
As for the wacko in the story, I wasn’t surprised who was behind the bomb threat, hit and run, or the fire at Brett’s place. 
 
Speaking of Brett…. Oh my goodness, he was such a doll. A man whom I’m sure readers will fall in love with, like Audrey. 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤


From Seeing Eye dogs to the cat who cuddles in your lap, animals are there for us in more ways than we can count. Helping us get through the day with a wag of the tail and a tilt of the head, they let us know that someone is on our side—no matter what. They also have an amazing ability to break down barriers between people; bringing families and loved ones closer, and giving strangers an excuse to strike up a conversation. In Tails of Love, each writer draws from her own unique perspective on our loyal friends—exploring the many mysterious ways they bring love into our lives.

 
 
 
Review of “Man’s Best Friend
 
At roughly 30 pages, this story was short and sweet. There was no drama, no real connection to the SBC except for the fact that Erin happened to love a Gary, a fighter for the company. But the story wasn’t intended to be about the cage and the fighters. 
 
See below for the reason why the authors gathered again to create this anthology. 
 

“Ten all-new stories that celebrate our animal friends, by bestselling and award-winning authors. All Author and Agent proceeds from sales of the book will benefit the AAF – Animal Adoption Foundation – a no-kill animal shelter in Hamilton, Ohio.”

 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤

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Review of “My Man, Michael” & “Hart and Soul” (featured in “Double the Heat”) – Lori Foster

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On the verge of a title shot match, fighter Michael “Mallet” Manchester is injured in a car accident. And just as quickly as his career was taking off, it’s over. Then Kayli Raine appears, offering him a second chance at becoming whole. Even though Mallet thinks it’s the pain medication talking, he accepts her challenge. And on an extraordinary journey with Kayli, he’ll get a chance to fight again—to save the woman who has saved him.


  
Review
 
I was highly anticipating reading Mallet’s story because I enjoyed him so much in “Simon Says”. 
 
However, in the first chapter, the book I assumed would be “realistic” turns into a Sci-Fi story. Let me say, I was extremely disappointed.
 
Ok yeah,  I did like the “The Jetsons” features. If you aren’t familiar with this old-time cartoon, you missed out on a classic. I, for one, could get used to a bed that tidies itself. Any meal you want is merely a voice command away. 
 
But again, my mind couldn’t truly and fully enjoy the tale because of the change in genres. 
 
Before anyone asks, NO the back cover on the book didn’t mention time traveling. 
 
Confused by the switcheroo, I went to her site and noted this under the reading order…..
 
 
(February, 2009)
Berkley · ISBN: 978-0425226292 
 
Michael Manchester and Kaylie Raine
Michael aka Mallet is friends with the other fighters from previous books, and made appearances in those books.
This book is a time travel.
 
 
However, when you are in a store, how many of you actually go to an author’s website to read up on a book? We look at the book summary. Nuff said! 



Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)

Score: ❤❤

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With a brand-new novella featuring Hart Winston, whose switch with his identically hot twin brother has landed him in some serious foul play, it’s a safe bet that in the game of love no one is going to follow the rules.

 
 
 
Review of Hart and Soul 

When we were first introduced to Hart and Lisa in “Deuces Wild”, I suspected Lisa was frantically calling Hart to tell him she was pregnant. In “Hart and Soul”, he was under the assumption as well. We were both wrong. I won’t give out spoilers why she was calling but as you can guess, a frantic call is never a good thing. 
 
For a short story, I will say this tale had sex, action, and love. Three things I personally look for in a good book. How about you? 
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤
  

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Review of “Hard to Handle” & “Deuces Wild” (featured in “Double the Pleasure”) – Lori Foster

After Fate deals Supreme Battle Challenge (SBC) fighter Harley Handleman a sucker punch, his uncle secretly hires a pretty life-coach to get Harley back in the ring of life. Anastasia Kelley has actually known Harley for years, but never as well as she’s going to now. Hot for his fighter’s form, she has trouble keeping it professional, especially since Harley doesn’t know she was hired. And when Anastasia turns the tables on him, it’s as if he’s been hit below the belt. But that’s also where his uncontrollable lust for her burns.

 

 
Review
 
I know for a fact I’ve never read a MMA story before. Don’t recall reading one about a life coach either. The combination of the two……fantastico. 
 
Oh, I absolutely – positively adored Barber’s role. He was so funny, charming, sexual charged and irresistible to the eyes/body. My only wish was HE had a full length novel.
 
The only snafu, hiccup in the story had to deal with the fight scene. I’ve watched many MMA fights and I know a single punch can knock a fella out; however, I was hoping it wouldn’t have been in the first couple seconds of the first round. 
 
Other than that minor letdown, good job Foster! 
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
  

 

 

 

New York Times bestselling sensation Lori Foster, USA Today bestselling authors Deirdre Martin and Jacquie D’Alessandro, and Penny McCall come together to deliver four all-new stories of fun and games between friends and lovers in this tantalizing anthology. Included in this spellbinding collection is a brand-new novella featuring Foster’s Winston cousins—sexy twins who use their knock-out mirror-image good looks to switch places and have a little fun with the girls of their dreams.
 
 
 
 
Review of short story – Deuces Wild 
 
Even though Lori does mention SBC and a brother who’s training to fight in the octagon, the story isn’t about him… really. No, it centers around his twin brother, Dex, who’s pretending to be him (Hart) so the family doesn’t know he’s off training in Havoc’s gym.
 
For a short story, this was cute. Dex was adorable and sweet. I thought him buying a cake for his neighbor, turned ladylove, was so very romantic. 
 
Lori did leave me hanging with the whole Lisa/Hart storyline. As I’m writing this, I have no clue who’s the stars of the other books in the series but I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of Hart. 
 
 
Heart rating system
 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤
 
 

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I’m sexy and I know it!

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Review of “Causing Havoc” and “Simon Says” – Lori Foster

 

 

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Sexy, sculpted extreme fighter Dean “Havoc” Connor has knee-melting good looks-and thick skin. But not from his brutal sport’s enclosed rings. Orphaned and torn from his sisters as a boy, he has no family. That is, until he gets a letter revealing how much the once-little girls want him back in Harmony, Kentucky.

To stop his sister from marrying a man as sleazy as he is wealthy, Dean finds himself teaming up with her pretty-but-smart-mouthed friend Eve — who’s heard of “Havoc’s” reputation and doesn’t need some hunk trampling on her heart. Now all Dean has to do is protect his sisters, win Eve over, and expose a devious criminal.

And he thought winning the heavyweight cage fighting belt was hard.

 

Review
 
Many, many times, a friend of mine suggested I should read the creations by L. Foster. Finally my stack of books dwindled down and after a quick trip to the bookstore, I had in my hands the entire fighter series.
 
I must say, I’m pleased with my first taste of Lori. (Gee that sounded way dirtier than I intended.) 

Dean was a such a lovable man. Yeah, a big ole teddy bear who could make you submit, on and off the mat. Yeah folks, I meant that to sound dirty.

I also enjoyed the supporting cast in this story – Gregor, Roger, Eve, Jacki, and Simon…. His brief appearance and the ladies’ reaction to him made me eager to start his story right away. (See thoughts on his story below) 

 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)

Score: ❤❤❤❤

 
 
 
 
 
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Ultimate series, a former MMA fighter returns to the ring while a beautiful investigator watches his every move…
 
With his perfectly chiseled, lava-hot body, Simon Evans, ex-fighter, also has a perfect life—great job, great girl, and more than enough dough. All that changes, though, when he catches his girlfriend cheating. To shake things up, Simon goes full-force back into the ring, ready to take out his rage on his opponents…
 
To make matters worse, the father who walked out on Simon and his mom eons ago wants to be back in the picture. He’s hired his stepdaughter, Dakota, to find Simon. Hot on Simon’s heels, the gutsy P.I. puts love on the back burner. But when attempts are made on Dakota’s life, Simon steps in to protect her, all but putting both their hearts on the line…

 

Brief Impression
 

Ok, Simon is fantastic. No doubt about it. But Dakota…. that girl is badass.

I was mentally cheering when she kicked the living shit out of her ex-abusive husband. Marvin learned the hard way that KARMA IS A BITCH! 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)

Score: ❤❤❤❤

 

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Author Showcase – KE Osborn

 

 

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This book is for mature audiences 18+
It contains explicit language and sexual content.
 
Jenifer Taylor is content with her life, dull and boring as it is. Being absent from the dating scene means she doesn’t have to deal with the major trust issues she has with men that stem from a controlling and aggressive ex-boyfriend and an absentee father. She’s happy being alone, sharing her life with her friends and family. When Jeni starts a typical day in the big city of Mornington Vale, California, it turns from bad to worse when she’s involved in a chain collision on her way to work. Her world changes forever that day because she meets Aiden O’Connell, the billionaire son of Alistair O’Connell, who owns Mornington Vale’s largest financial corporation. Aiden is an up-and-coming young businessman who’s ready to take on the vice presidency of his father’s company. He is the good son, and it’s imperative to Alistair that Aiden succeed and follow in his footsteps. Life for Aiden involves working hard and not much else. After the accident, however, Aiden’s world changes as well. He finds Jeni irresistible and instantly pursues her. With some coaxing, she eventually agrees to a date, and the attraction is mutual. Jeni finds love quickly with Aiden, but trusting him is another issue. When to trust is tested in many different ways but comes to a head when Aiden is investigated for a serious crime. As her trust issues spark, she is forced to go through a journey of self-discovery. She must decide once and for all whether she trusts the man she loves when she’s asked the ultimate question: “Do you trust me?”
 

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Short Excerpt Trust Me?
 

I turn to face him; he puts his other arm around me. We are in the same position as before when the last kiss attempt failed. My arms are tight around his neck, his arms around my waist. I look down. He lifts up my chin so I’m lost in his gaze. His hand goes back to my waist. He swallows; I think he’s as nervous as I am. He tilts his head and leans in … I back away quickly.

“What’s wrong?” he asks, looking hurt.

“Oh, no, it’s not you. I think … I might have garlic breath.”

He laughs and pulls me back to him. “So do I.” He pulls me in tighter, and before I know what’s happening, his lips are on mine. I give in and surrender to him completely.

This feels like one of my fantasies, only way, way better. He holds me tight as one hand moves from my waist to caress my cheek, kissing me softly but sensually. My hands move to the back of his head, and I grab a lock of hair in each hand. He moves our bodies so that I’m against the railing at the edge of the deck. He moves his hand from my waist to hold the rail as I still grasp his hair. The kissing becomes feverishly passionate; his tongue against mine as they intertwine with each other. Our breathing becomes faster and erratic. Our kissing becomes more intimate. We are in perfect sync with each other. I pull him closer to me, our whole bodies touching. My heart is pounding fast and hard. His hand moves from my face to the back of my head, pulling me tight. He moves my hair from the side of my neck, breaks our kiss and kisses my neck slowly and seductively. I sigh and breathe in a stuttering motion. I open my eyes to see the waitress standing there, gawking at us. I stiffen as I see her. He pulls back and looks at me. With my eyes, I gesture toward the waitress. He turns, looks, and lets out a little huff. He leans in towards me.

“Now that’s a first kiss,” he whispers as he grabs my hand and leads me over to the table. I can’t help but smile.

 

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This book is for mature audiences 18+
It contains explicit language and sexual content.
 
In the first book of The Trust Me? Trilogy, Jeni Taylor finds the love of her life, but as the second book begins, she finds herself lost without Aiden O’Connell, who’s been wrongly convicted of embezzlement charges and incarcerated. She must find the strength within to help prove he’s innocent while dealing with other issues. Aiden’s father, Alistair, still taunts her, making life between Jeni and Aiden more difficult, and an unexpected visitor enters their lives, creating havoc and turning it upside down. Jeni’s trust issues return in a major way after an incident leaves her fragile and broken. Aiden and Jeni find themselves going through more trials and tribulations than ever before in this second installment of the Trust Me? Trilogy. In the end, Jeni will be asked the ultimate question: Do you still love me?
 
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Short Excerpt Love Me?
 

       My nerves start to get the better of me, I start to feel nauseous; those darn pesky butterflies attack again. I’m not sure why I’m nervous, whether it’s the shoes making me unstable or whether it’s the memory of our first date, our first touch, or our first kiss that’s making me bashful.

       I turn the corner to see him standing there with a bunch of red roses, in the suit that he changed into earlier, this time with a baby pink tie on. Behind him is that gorgeous waterfall cascading down the cliff with the lush greenery surrounding us. As I take a step closer, I hear music playing. “Thank You for Loving Me” by Bon Jovi. It’s our song. I feel my eyes welling up as all the emotion and love I feel for this man is becoming too much to bear.

       His smile is beaming from ear to ear when I approach. Finally I reach him. He holds out his hand for me to take. I take it, and he pulls me into a tight embrace.

       “This is perfect,” I whisper.

       “Perfection for perfection, my love.” He kisses my cheek, and places the bouquet of flowers on the railing.

 

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In the second book of The Trust Me? Trilogy, Jeni Taylor and Aiden O’Connell seemed to find life challenging, but as the third book begins, we are faced with the idea that maybe they may not get their Happily Ever After. Jeni is broken and confused after a vicious physical and emotional attack, leaving her with no energy to fight for her relationship with Aiden. She’s terrified and feels like the world is against her. Through some tough love and help from an old friend Jeni finally realises how deeply in love with Aiden she is. She asks him to take her back, but when she discovers Aiden is moving to help run a new business acquisition in Tokyo, is it too late?

Alistair’s taunts and abuse toward Jeni worsen, leaving her already broken and fragile state to deteriorate even further. Will Jeni find the strength to pull her life back together? With jealousy over a possible new love and with tensions high, the conclusion to The Trust Me? Trilogy will take you on a rollercoaster ride. The electricity and love between Jeni and Aiden is undeniable. Will they see past all the hurdles and find their way to each other? In the end, Jeni will be asking the ultimate question: Does Aiden know that he really does have all of me?

 
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K E Osborn is the Adelaide based Author of the Trust me? Trilogy, a romance series with love, laughter and plenty of lust!

K E Osborn was born in September 1984 and raised in Adelaide South Australia. She had a love of writing throughout High School but went down a different path to Design instead. It wasn’t until she had a vivid dream about a three car pileup that the characters of her first book came to life.

Aiden and Jeni are the amazing couple from the Trust me? Trilogy and they were born into the world through the imagination of K E Osborn in 2012.

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Review of “Letting Go” – Maya Banks

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her. Dominance. Lonely and searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find is the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years. In love with his best friend’s wife and unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

Review – Book One of Surrender Trilogy


I can’t fathom losing the love of my life. The ache Joss must’ve felt is….incomprehensible. 
I’m not sure, for me, if they could be a second soul mate but for her there was in Dash. 
He did feel a void in her heart and did complete/fill all her sexual desires. How many can say they’ve been this lucky in love twice?
For the first book in this series, I was say I found it more enjoyable than the Breathless series by her. The “apology” scene was touching. The final cemetery scene… moving. I will definitely be checking out the next two books in this series coming later this year. (Check dates below)
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) Score: ❤❤❤❤

Stay Tuned!!!!! 
COMING SOON

MAY 6, 2014




Kylie sees the way Jensen looks at her. The dark promise in his eyes. That rough edge of dominance she knows he possesses. But dominance is the one thing that frightens her above all else. She and her brother barely survived a childhood steeped in violence and abuse. She could never give up total control and submit to a man. Especially a man like Jensen. Could she?


Jensen sees the shadows in Kylie’s eyes. Knows he has to tread very carefully or risk losing any chance he has with her. All he wants is the opportunity to show her that dominance doesn’t equal pain, bondage or discipline. That emotional surrender is the most powerful of all, and that to submit—fully to him—will fulfill the aching void in her heart in a way nothing else ever will.






                                 COMING SOON  – AUGUST 5, 2014

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love.

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Author Showcase & GIVEAWAY CONTEST – Isobelle Cate

 Welcome, Isobelle!
 
 
1.  For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the reader’s a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
 
(Isobelle) Hello! First of all, thank you for having me guest in your blog.
 
For those who don’t know me, I am Isobelle Cate and I write contemporary and paranormal erotic romance.  I live in Manchester, England just beside the park which has been one of my inspirations when writing my books. I started writing when I was still very young but was
only able to pursue my dream of becoming a published writer last year.  My first published novella was under Secret Cravings called Love in Her Dreams while the Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series –
Rapture at Midnight and Forever at Midnight – was published under Beau Coup Publishing. I also write historical fiction and I’ve just released Lakam also under Beau Coup Publishing.
 
 
2.  All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
 
(Isobelle) Wow, this is a tough one. I can’t think at the moment. 😉
 
When this happens I take a break from the computer and clean the house or walk in the park to allow my brain to reboot. If that doesn’t work, I read.
 
 
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
 
(Isobelle) Oh you are so right here! I have a day job where I write a lot of technical reports, quite the opposite of writing erotic romance. When I’m not writing, I still have to clean the house, do the laundry, do the groceries, help with the homework, cook when I can. I’m just fortunate that my husband likes cooking, too.
 
 
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a
secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
 
(Isobelle) When I first told some of my officemates that I had published an erotic romance novella, they were happy for me but you could see it in their faces that they were flabbergasted that tiny me (yup, I’m pretty short), was into writing erotica. My current boss knows that I write and he has been very supportive of my writing. He was impressed that I still had the time to even write at all after putting in a long day at work.
 
 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s
a long list so give us your top ten.
 
(Isobelle) Wow, I have loads! Let’s see…..
 
Paranormal Authors: Donna Grant, Tina Folsom, N.J. Walters
Cowboys: Sable Hunter, Randi Alexander
BDSM: A.N. Roquelaure, Gray Dixon, Katherine Rhodes
Military Romance:  Natasza Waters
Classics: Kahlil Gibran
  
 
6. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
 
(Isobelle) Of course! I’ve just sent the manuscript for the 3rd book in the Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series, Midnight’s Atonement to the publishers for consideration.  I’m now in the middle of
writing the 4th book of the series (no title yet) and putting the finishing touches on the second contemporary romance novel, Be Mine which I am writing with Ms Sable Hunter.
 
I’ve also just recently finished co-authoring Embracing Desires with Author Holly J Gill for Secret Cravings Publishing.
 
I have another paranormal romance series which I am developing but readers will just have to wait for it. 😉
 
 
7. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
 
 
 
(Isobelle) Love in Her Dreams, my contemporary erotic romance novella can be found in the following links:
 
Secret Cravings Publishing http://bit.ly/12Bxg3g
 
The Cynn Cruor Series is in the following order:
 
Rapture at Midnight (Book 1):
 
 
Forever at Midnight (Book 2):
 

Lakam, my historical fiction novel can be found on Amazon:

US http://amzn.to/1dUfj19  / UK http://amzn.to/1dhi0fy

 
8. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
 
(Isobelle) You can contact me via my email: isobellecate@gmail.com
 
My social media links are:
 
9. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
 
(Isobelle) I’d like to thank you both for having me guest in your blog. If your readers would like to get a taste of my kind of writing, they can go to Amazon and read a snippet. I hope you’ll like the story of Alec and Tamsyn in Love in Her Dreams; the stories of Finn and Eirene, Roarke and Deanna for the Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series, and the story of Lakam and Joaquin in Lakam.
 
Thank you very much.
 
 
 
Book 1 in The Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series
 

There is an on-going war between two breeds of immortal warriors who carry human, vampire, and werewolf blood, the Cynn Cruor and the Scatha Cruor. The Cynn Cruor wants to live in harmony with the human race. The Scatha Cruor wants to enslave them. Finn Qualtrough, a Cynn Cruor warrior is on a mission to find Dac Valerian, the leader of the Scatha Cruor responsible for the deaths of many, including his parents. When he pursues three Scatha warriors who can lead him to Dac, he happens upon a woman who awakens a desire within Quinn to claim her as his own.
She is the very essence of his immortal life.

Eirene Spence is an insomniac and a computer genius who loves walking in the park at midnight. She stumbles upon the Scatha Cruor and is almost killed until a handsome stranger rescues her. His touch ignites a hunger inside her that only he can satisfy.

He is her soul.

By some twist of fate, one of Eirene’s clients is Dac Valerian. She is able to tell Finn and the rest of the Cynn Cruor where Dac is hiding. Now Dac wants her dead.

Will Finn be able to keep Eirene alive and at the same time fulfill his mission? Will Eirene’s wish to be part of Finn’s life come true knowing that he is destined for someone else?

 

Excerpt: *Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+*
 

Eirene screamed when she felt a hand—no, a claw—grab her hair. She thought her hair would be pulled right out of her scalp. Her stomach heaved at the stench she smelled underneath the expensive cologne. It smelled of sewage and stale sweat and it was coming from the man’s skin. She shuddered in disgust, her heart fluttering in fear when she felt him sniff her, then lick her nape. His smell was familiar, but she couldn’t quite remember where she’d smelled it before. She struggled, trying to twist around to whack him on the head with her baton, but the hold on her hair was excruciating and she dared not risk moving for fear of literally having her hair torn out by the roots.

“I like the smell and taste of your fear,” the man said, his voice guttural. But before he could do anything more, Eirene heard a feral growl before it launched itself at her attacker, pushing her away.

Eirene didn’t wait to see who or what it was that came to her aid. Instead, she sprinted to where Devon lay. He moaned, moving his head from side to side, but remained unconscious. Eirene looked back at the fray. A man’s figure stood out of the shadows, fighting the men Devon had spoken to earlier, but he looked outgunned. Both men were attacking him simultaneously. She had to do something. Then she remembered the piercing whistle she used to break the glass. She fumbled in her pockets and grabbed it. She pressed down hard on the button. The men snarled, momentarily stopping the brawl.

“Let’s go,” her attacker spoke harshly to his companion, covering their ears as they whizzed out of the office at an unbelievable speed. She turned to look at the man left behind. She released the button and the man fell on all fours.

“Did you have to keep your finger on the button? My ears are killing me,” he growled.
Eirene’s eyes widened, then she frowned in irritation.

“You’re welcome, you ungrateful asshole,” she muttered. Standing up, she left the room to switch on the lights from the fuse box inside the janitorial room. The first thing she saw when she returned was the man’s back as he easily carried Devon to his office and lay him gently on the leather sofa, flushed against the left wall of the office. He straightened up and turned to face her. Her eyes widened.

“You!”

This man was Finn Qualtrough.

Suddenly, everything she hadn’t been able to remember in almost seventy-two hours came back to her in a rush. Air whooshed out of her as though she took a kick in the gut. She walked backwards until she felt the bookshelf behind her. She gripped the lip of a low shelf to keep herself upright. Panic seared through her while she felt something else, something more.
Betrayal.

His midnight blue eyes bored into hers. Even with her body suffused with anger and humiliation, his eyes still sent a message that seared her insides with an aching need. She sucked in her breath at the intense arousal she felt. It made her stomach quiver, her knees weak, and her womanhood throb. His pupils dilated like he knew the effect he had on her. Eirene saw tiny gold flecks appear in his eyes. They sent shafts of desire through her entire being. Even with his body several feet away from hers, she could feel his heat as if he was just a few inches away. She had never met a man who would ignite her body the way he did. Just being near him sent her imagination into overdrive. In her mind’s eye she felt his hands caress her again, shape and cup her breasts before his mouth sucked and worshiped her nipples. That was what had happened in the park. Her mind stung with the memory of her shame. He had rejected her.
Finn took a step toward her.

“Don’t,” she choked. Her throat was so dry, she thought she wouldn’t be able to swallow.

She finally remembered.

Everything.

 

Now that we’ve wet your whistle with the excerpt on “Rapture at Midnight”, how would YOU like to WIN THIS BOOK?

For those who don’t know the drill, I will state them below for you. 

All you have to do is drop the author a note (comment) below and you’re entered to win the prize. Easy peasy!! 

This amazing contest will run from today until Sunday, midnight central time. Monday, Isobelle will post on a comment who was the lucky winner and be in touch with them. 

Now, my question is …..WHO WANTS TO WIN!!!!! 

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Review of “Tangled” – Emma Chase

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Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that’s not really true.

When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can’t live without.

 
 
 
Review
 
While I was out book shopping, I stumbled across this author. I never heard of her before and the back cover (book summary) intrigued me. I thought, “What the heck. Let’s give a new author a try.” 
 
I have mixed feelings on this first installment in the “Drew Evans” series.
 
First, I wasn’t a fan of the narrating writing style. Let me explain what I mean by this. Imagine you are sitting on the couch, watching television and you say aloud…..”Hey I’m sitting here watching Criminal Minds.” Or “I’m taking out the trash.”
 
The author did this often to some degree. Maybe it won’t bother you but it annoyed me. Sorry but true. 
 
Positive aspects of the story – I loved Drew’s shenanigans revolving around winning Kate back. The three piece band that followed her EVERYWHERE was funny as heck. Asking a nun to remind Kate the importance of forgiveness….nice touch. His final act of showing his sincerity about his commitment to her….romantic. 
 
I’m still undecided whether or not I will purchase the rest of the series. If I do, I’ll make sure and write a review letting you know my thoughts on them as well. 
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤
 

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