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Author Showcase – TL Reeve

Did you hear the spectacular news? 
TL Reeve has a new book coming out!
Scroll down for the unveiling of the fantastically designed book cover, blurb, and a teasing excerpt to wet your whistle. 
(Sorry, TL had no purchase links readily available for me at this time.) 

Sabine Babineaux, daughter to the mayor of New Orleans and waitress at The Three Princesses bar, has her life upended after a late night at work. Kidnapped, Sabine is determined to escape, but once she’s free her fight has only just begun.

Stuart Renwick and Kyle Novak, detectives with New Orleans police department, are assigned a kidnapping case with multiple victims. However, when one of the missing women, Sabine Babineaux, is practically dropped in their lap, everything they know about being detectives is tossed by the wayside.
Now, in a race against time to find out who the kidnapper is, and prevent anyone else being snatched, Sabine, Stuart, and Kyle must work together.
Sparks fly, between the three of them, but will it be their downfall?
With someone watching them, tragedy strikes when they least expect it. Will Sabine survive long enough to explore her feelings for both detectives? Or will Stuart and Kyle fall at the hand of her kidnapper?







   The cab came to a stop
some time later and she sat up. The world spun on its axis. The sound of bees
buzzing filled her ears as she broke out in a cold sweat and she began to shake
violently. Sabine tried in vain to make her body cooperate with her, but it was
a no go. Her brain was muddled and nothing made sense anymore. Not even her
body would oblige her and move. “Where am I?” Sabine whispered, licking her
lips.

“The
lady is right here,” the cabbie said, opening the door. “She bleeding and
wearing next to nothing.”
A thread of embarrassment slid through
her,
but as quickly as it was there, it was gone. “Help me,” she croaked. The world
around her was slowly floating away.
No
matter how much she tried to keep her eyes open, she couldn’t gather the
strength needed to do so.
“I…can’t…go…back.” Unconsciousness, blissful yet scary, drifted
around her, cradling her into a void of nothingness.
“No you
don’t, sweetheart.” A gruff voice called to her, drawing her out of the
darkness. “Come back to us.”
Sabine’s
eyes fluttered open, then shut again. She didn’t want to open her eyes. The
darkness was safe.  It was comfortable
there. There was no pain. No cages. Freedom lurked in the darkness.
“Ambulance
is on the way,” another male said. His voice was an octave higher than the
penetrating baritone of the first man. “It’s our kidnapping victim.”
Congratulations, you win the booby prize.
“Yeah
it is,” person one said. “When did you say that ambulance would be here?” In
the distance she could hear the warble of noise. Finally she could sleep. “Hey
now.” The man’s rough palm patted her cheek. “Wake up, sweetheart. Stay with
us.”
Sabine
groaned and turned away from him.
“They’re
both through and throughs, Stuart, and she’s lost a good amount of blood.”
So man
one did have a name. Stuart. His name was both sexy and bold, invoking
delicious images of the man holding her hand. When did he take my hand? How come I can’t remember how I got here?
“Damn
it,” he cursed. “If they don’t hurry their asses up, we’re going to lose our
victim. Call them back Kyle and tell them to double time it.”
Kyle. His name was just as
delectable as Stuart’s. I wonder what he
looks like.
A part of her was using anything she could think of to stay
right there, even though she could feel the darkness surrounding her.
Sabine
groaned as she was jostled around. The prick of a needle in her arm caused her
to whimper. “Stop.” With a weak gesture she tried to push them away and a hand
appeared in hers, squeezing it.
“You
gave me a scare girl,” Stuart said close to her ear. “Stay with Kyle and I.
Don’t try going anywhere again.” What was
he talking about?
“Is she ready?”
“Yes,
we’re loading her up now. Are you following?”
Sabine
half listened to the conversation around her, trying to stay with Stuart like
he asked her to do.
“I’m
riding with you. My partner will give you the escort.” The soft cushion she lay
on lifted up momentarily, jostling her around, then slid into something. In no
time they were rolling. “Sabine, we’re going to get you fixed up. I promise.”
She
muttered something and a sharp burning sensation raced up her arm, then
everything inside of her mellowed out, relaxing her completely. Oh hell yeah, that’s the good stuff.
Instead of fighting the darkness she went with it. It was light and peaceful.
The pain that radiated through her whole body relented and she could finally
breathe without feeling as though her chest was being squeezed to death. Just a little nap and then I’ll tell them
everything.
The heavy darkness wrapped its tendrils around her and she fell
into the deepest sleep she’d had in weeks.

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Review of “Son of No One” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

Original Publication Date: September 02, 2014



It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.

Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?



~~~~ Review ~~~~

It’s been a while since I have thoroughly enjoyed a Dark-Hunter novel. I’ll admit, her last couple have faltered (IMHO). But this one……totally – absolutely – no doubt about it – ROCKED!
Josette soothing a dragon with baby talk ——> cute as hell.
The body swapping sections ——> I snorted several times. Man, I want to speak more on this but I’ll refrain. You must read it for yourself. Trust me, you will be howling with laughter. 
Oh lets not forget Thorn is featured in this story and in a mega way. Yeah people, SK dropped hints about him and I can’t wait for him to get his own story. 


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

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Review of “Ultimate Sins” – Lora Leigh (Warning: Spoilers Included!!)

A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Ex-Marine Crowe Callahan has only had one obsession in life: Amelia Sorenson. She is the only one who has ever gotten under his skin. However, she is also the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy: a man who has sought to destroy the Callahans for generations in order to further his own nefarious agenda. 

A DANGEROUS FATE
When Amelia put herself on Crowe’s side and in Crowe’s bed, she became her father’s enemy as well. When Wayne Sorenson escapes capture, both Amelia and Crowe know it is only a matter of time before he resurfaces to exact his revenge. Now Crowe will claim Amelia in order to bait a killer and end things once and for all. But can he protect the woman he can’t seem to live without from one of the deadliest enemies he has ever known? And will he survive if he can’t? in Ultimate Sins.

 

 
 
 
~~ Review ~~  (Warning: Spoilers Included!!) 
 
Lora Leigh can write a love/sex scene. I mean, I’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would refute that claim. However, I needed/wanted the scale of sex to storyline tipped more in favor of the plot. In my estimation, the story encompassed about 85-90% sex. Now for most people, this wouldn’t be a problem. However for me, I was hoping the percentage would be cut by 30 points. I was highly anticipating Wayne’s downfall and felt let down. 
 
Only one other thing bugged me enough to discuss. Crowe “suspected” Amelia was pregnant based off her departure and the lack of paper trail no investigator, not even he, could find. 
 
Ok, granted he returned many years after the pregnancy but if you are like me, your body changes after the birth of a child – regardless if the baby is premature or not. For her not to have any physical signs of ever giving birth is remarkable. Ok maybe she worked out like crazy (not noted in book) and had a tight ass stomach (don’t recall mentioned). Maybe she didn’t have a single stretch mark (now that’s plausible for sure). 
 
But, I’m still not buying it. But anyways……enough about that! 
 
Time to move onto happy thoughts…….
 
Since I believe all reviews should have positive remarks in them, I will discuss points that stood out to me. 
 
My heart broke as Thea retold the night Kimmy was born. I felt every bit of the pain and anguish Lora was trying to portray to us readers. I was drawn in; caring for imaginary characters who suddenly appeared so damn real. BRAVO LORA! 
 
As for Kimmy, I love that firecracker. She is going to be a handful for many years to come. Poor Crowe. 🙂
 
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 

 

 

Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
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Review of “No Limits” – Lori Foster

A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he’s never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series!

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He’s also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she’s older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather’s legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette’s scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he’ll break all the rules to do it…


Review

I’m so thrilled Lori created this spin-off series centered around the rec center/fighters.

As with the Fighter series, there is plenty of action – yet the in ring action is not the primary focus of this series. 

Cannon, the doll that he is, is still the ever loving “Saint”. He helps out anyone in need and the person who needs him the most is Yvette. In and out of the bedroom! 

I adored their love story and was surprised who was the true villain. It was a curveball but I like curveballs. Don’t you?

And for the supporting cast featured in the story – aka the fighters/trainers at the center – I can’t wait to read their tales. 

Next up? I’m thinking/hoping for Armie and Rissy. But then again, I’ll be happy with Denver/Cherry or whomever Lori pairs with Vanity. Really, I’m not picky. I simply want MORE!!!!! 

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



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Review of “Breathe Into Me” – Sara Fawkes

How did my life get so broken? It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker ex-boyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.

And then she meets Everett, whose presence changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider to her small community, in town for the summer housesitting one of the grand mansions off the Mississippi coast. When he saves her in a bar one night, she’s grateful but wary of his intentions. Lacey doesn’t trust most men in her life, but for reasons Lacey can’t understand, Everett is completely captivated by her. He’s determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. As she works with him to free herself, Lacey desperately yearns to trust him, to move on and perhaps start fresh.

But what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her about himself was a lie?


~~Review~~

While standing in the book section of my local store, I scanned the available books and decided whether I should pick up a ‘tried and true’ author or take a chance on a newbie. Based off the cover and summary, I decided to read a new author. 

Her storyline is absolutely relatable to….everyone. Who hasn’t know someone who’s been knocked down repeatedly, been knocked down themselves, but kept on fighting? 

When, in this day and age, do we not hear about cyber bullying in the news — in our own backyard?

Even though this story will touch many hearts, I still gave it 3.5 stars because the pace was slower than I like in my story and at times I found myself losing interest. 

Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2
Purchase Links: Kindle  / Amazon – Print

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Review of “How to Handle a Heartbreaker” – Marie Harte

Series: McCauley Brothers
Book 2 in series
Genre: Contemporary
Format: eBook, Print

Brody Singer took one look at Abby Dunn and fell in instant lust. Abby looks a lot like a woman he once knew, one who died years ago. But is his attraction merely a holdover from a secret crush from long ago? But Abby’s definitely someone different. She’s a lot shier, a lot sexier, and despite her attempts to dissuade his interest, mesmerizing.

Abby isn’t having it. She’s still trying to put her last disastrous relationship behind her and overcome the flaws her ex so kindly pointed out. She’s too short, too plump, too boring, too blah. But somehow Brody isn’t getting the picture that someone as handsome and built as he is should be with a woman far prettier. It doesn’t help that when writing her steamy books, she keeps casting Brody as the hero.

Only Abby can write her own ending. She just has to decide which version to keep: the one where she shows Brody she’s a woman worth keeping and he’s a man worth loving? Or the one where she settles for a rough draft of a life, alone and safe from ever getting hurt again?

 
 
Review
 
I absolutely, positively agree with the message of this story —– Blood doesn’t make you a family. No, the people who care about you, are there for you through thick and thin, those are your family. Also, there is more to being a parent that sharing some DNA. Brody might not be a McCauley by birth but he is a McCauley nonetheless. 
 
 

 

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

Purchase Links: Kindle / Print

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