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Misguided by Max Henry Available Now & Review

 
 
Title: Misguided
Series: Fallen Aces MC Book 5
Author: Max Henry
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2017
 
Only by losing my freedom, did I realize I was never free at all.

 
My father, the president of the Fallen Aces MC, sent me away to save me from a cold-blooded fate handed down by a tyrannical drug lord. Now, over a year later, my brother has come to take me home.
 
Only it doesn’t feel like home anymore.
 
I’m lost, wandering familiar yet foreign halls as I try to work out what my purpose is in this club. What can I offer the people who sacrificed so much to save me? I need a guiding light, something to get me on the right path. Or someone.
 
Someone like him.
 
A cocky, playful ladies man, Dog is nothing like what I thought I’d ever need. But as he strips the colors from his back, and reveals the true brilliance of the ones below, I can’t help but fall in love with the overbearing yet guarded man.
 
He’s guaranteed to break my heart, yet here I stand with it in my hands, offering him all I have left.
 
All that I am.
 
Maybe I’m not supposed to survive after all?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Just amazing you don't want to miss one clicking this fantastic read." - Brandy Roberts

 
"Misguided is a beautiful love story, even if MC Romance is not your thing, this is a love story you have to read." - Tersia Eloff
 
"Love Max Henry love, love her style of writing. This book will keep you flipping pages simply because you need to know what happens!!" - Linda Diamond

This was and enjoyable love story that features Dog & Mel.This is was not your typical MC story where there was a lot of drama and violence with dirty talking dangerous dominate men which I love.This story concentrated more on the couple themselves than what going on in the club although we are still privy about what going on in the club its more of a backdrop.
 
This is the second story I have read in this series so far and I have to say that I need to start at the beginning and  bring myself up to speed as I have only read the last two books.And I have to say I am a little bit lost of whats going on .For me this is the type of series that should be read in order as the books come out.
 
Mel is been in hiding from the Drug Cartel and now that its safe she has come back into the fold of the MC.She has arrived a totally different person than when she left.
 
Dog on the other hand is pretty much the same man she left behind.As the story unfolds we see more of the real Dog and not just the loser man-whore but a sensitive guy.
 
I alway pick a favorite character and mine this time around is going to be Dog/Koen. Why? I chose him because we saw so much growth from him throughout the story.We saw him express himself and open up and he let us get to know him (Koen) part of him not Dog the club member.He said it himself  when he is in his club and surrounded by members he acts totally different.What I loved most  about him is that he has acknowledged this and is working toward changing but a lot of his issues stem from his problems with his family members and how he feels about them.I loved that he was willing to change and new he had to change if he wanted a chance with  Mel.
 
I loved that he saw himself as being two different people where he only needed to be one just by acknowledging his faults and working on fixing them.But, in reality he wanted to be Koen all the time not Dog who made one bad choice after another.I admired him so much for wanting to be a better man for himself and his women.
 
 
Mel and Dog made the perfect couple .They were both dealing with issues which by being together help them sort through them .Just what the other needed along with guidance and just someone to love and believe in.
 
Mel I loved her from the start as she changed so much while away and she is having a hard time feeling like she belonged.I have to say that she was really a strong character to deal the things she was dealt with when she came back to the club.You felt her emotions and pain of  the turn her life has now taken but also as she struggles to find herself once again.Who is she now and what is her purpose ?
 
We enjoyed this story as it was a very emotional ride for both Mel and Dog who found love,happiness,forgiveness and healing and only change for the better.We loved being on the journey with them.
 
I love when you read a story and you can connect with the characters that you read about and I was able to do that with this couple as you could not help but wish for both of them to be happy whether it was together or separate.
 
 
Looking forward to reading more of this MC series.
 
4 stars from us
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Max is the author of dark, and highly emotional romance. Her Butcher Boys series is centered around a group of ex-street kids who have teamed up with an indebted motorcycle club to take down a notorious drug lord. And her new series, the Fallen Aces MC, is a spin-off from this dark and dangerous world. Her writing has been described as 'gripping', and 'addictive', taking you on an 'emotional roller coaster ride'. Originally born and bred in New Zealand, Max now resides with her family in beautiful and sunny Queensland, Australia. Life with two young children can be hectic at times, and although she may not write as often as she would like, Max wouldn't change a thing. When she's not engrossed in her dark and twisted fictional worlds, she can be found enjoying the outdoors while 4wd-ing with her family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Blog Tour for Heartbreak Highway: From Here to Forever by Harper Whitmore

 
 
 
Title: Heartbreak Highway: From Here to Forever - Box Set 1
Author: Harper Whitmore
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: July 17, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
Henry Newman's last wish was for his grandson Marshall, and caregiver Eva, to scatter his ashes in California.
 

The road trip, from Kure Beach, North Carolina, across the country, would be a journey of self-discovery for Marshall and Eva, that Henry hoped would bring them together with a love he knew they were destined to discover.

 

Marshall's girlfriend Simone had plans of her own. Would Henry's gift, to the one's he cared for most, ultimately fail?

 

An emotional roller coaster that unfolds over the course of Heartbreak Highway, as places, people and revelations change their search for love, with more twists than the road traveled.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Romantic books, movies, music, and people who love life, feed my soul and inspire me to create the characters in my books that I'd love to meet in my life. And when I'm not writing, I like to hit the gym, the beach, and travel to the many beautiful places that are in an abundance in this wonderful world we live.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Blog Tour & Giveaway for COURTING THE CORPORAL by Heather McCorkle

 
COURTING THE CORPORAL
 
 
by Heather McCorkle
Genre: Historical Romance 


Pub Date: 6/27/17

 

May the road rise up to meet you . . .
 
 
The Civil War has ended, but for Corporal Patrick “Rick” Fergusson the battle rages on. Still haunted by what he witnessed on the battlefield, the earnest Irishman is heading west, seeking only to be free of the past. His services are in high demand; wealthy East Coasters in need of escort clamor to join him on the journey. But one client, a beautiful lady named Cat, disturbs Rick’s newfound equilibrium.
 
High society widow Catriona O’Brian is anxious to get to California, even if it means traveling with the handsome corporal who seems to dislike her so. Cat no longer seeks marriage; she has pinned all her hopes on making it to the west coast and starting her own winery. Between the elements, wild animals, and hostile natives, however, everything seems to be conspiring against her. Time and again, Rick comes to her rescue. And soon, the independent lass discovers that her biggest obstacle may be the longing of her own traitorous heart . . .
 
 
 
 
Heather McCorkle is an award-winning author of paranormal, steampunk, and historical fiction. When she is not writing, editing, or designing book covers and websites, she can be found on the slopes, the hiking trails, or on horseback. As a native Oregonian, she enjoy the outdoors nearly as much as the worlds she creates on the pages. No need to travel to the Great Northwest though; connect to her instead on her blog and her many social networking sites. You can also find her the first Monday night of every month at 6:00 pm Pacific Time on the #WritersRoad chat on Twitter, which she co-created and moderates. Entertaining readers and uncovering stories and points of view that haven't been covered are two of her greatest passions. For more info please visit heathermccorkle.com.
 
 
 
 
Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
 
 
 
 
 

Blog Tour for The Submissive Muse By Tiffany N. York

 
 
 
Title: The Submissive Muse 
Author: Tiffany N. York 
Genre: Erotic Romance 
Release Date: July 14, 2017 
Cover Designer: Lawson Craighill of Blushing Books
 
 
 
One man’s misfortune is another man’s destiny. Elizabeth Wolfe’s husband, John, had been everything to her—protector, provider, administer of pain. Still devastated, one year after his death, she decides to take her own life, but her plan is interrupted when she discovers an unconscious stranger in her barn. Devan Carthy and John Wolfe agreed to an arrangement before he died—Devan is to seek out Elizabeth, exactly one year from his death, and bring joy to her life again, in exchange for a sizeable sum of money. What begins as a friendship between a grieving widow and a mercurial artist blossoms into love as Devan reawakens her desire for living. His erratic mood swings and her need for pleasure and pain threaten their relationship, but it’s John Wolfe’s hold over them that may ultimately tear them apart. Publisher's Disclaimer: This dramatic love story contains graphic sexual scenes, as well as discipline. If either of these offend you, please do not buy the book.
 
 
 
A slow, sultry blues number filled the room. "Come here." His tone had turned suddenly serious.
She was no stranger to slow dancing, having danced with John at many formal events, so when he took her in his arms, they were able to move effortlessly together. She arched her back at one point, enjoying the feeling of fluidity in her body, and when she straightened up, he pulled her tightly to him, his warm breath tickling her neck. She kept her head next to his, breathing in his smell, a potent mix of soap and musk. With his beard against her cheek and his body pressed against hers, she became lost in the moment. Lost, when he gently ran his lips along her bare shoulder. Lost, when he murmured her name with desperate yearning in his voice. Lost, when he grew hard.
They barely moved to the music. Only their hips swayed, his erection straining against the seam of his pants, causing a hunger inside her that had been absent for so long. A hunger she thought she'd never feel again.
"Liz, look at me," he whispered.
When she did, he lowered his face to hers, their lips almost touching. He hesitated. And when she didn't move, he pressed his mouth to hers, softly at first, and then he deepened the kiss when he felt her respond.
A moan escaped her and before she knew it, her hands were tangled in his hair. Their tongues teased and stroked and begged each other for more until Elizabeth felt the sharp pinch of her necklace digging into her skin. A painful reminder of John. She broke the kiss and pushed him away, leaving him with a dazed expression.
"I can't do this. I'm sorry."
Taking the coward's way out, she left Devan standing alone and ran up the stairs to her bedroom. The last sound she heard was of shattering glass.
 
 
He wants her. She’s off limits. That’s the deal. But once the deal is fulfilled, all bets are off.
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Can a mercurial artist bring color and passion back to a grieving widow's world?
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Sometimes what brings a couple together can be the very thing that tears them apart.
 
 
https://youtu.be/-O-nEe2QwP0
 
 
Tiffany N. York lives in Southern California with her spirited son, diva Chihuahua, an ever-changing number of cats, and two tone-deaf parakeets. She writes fiction to escape reality. Her two romantic comedies, The Accidental Cougar, and The Meatball Mistress are available on Amazon. The Submissive Muse, an erotic romance will be out July 14, 2017. Visit her on social media.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Book Review for Bound By Desire by Ryan Michele

 
 
Title: Bound by Desire
Series: Ravage MC Bound #2
Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Cover Design by Cassy Roop at Pink Ink Designs
Models: Zack Salaun & Kali Feline
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
 
 
 
Have you ever wanted something so badly it consumes you?
 
There is a fine line between needs and wants.
 
Deke Gavelson has wanted his Ravage cut for as long as he can remember. He’s earned it. He was born to be in this club. He’s not afraid to fight for his place, either. 
 
Then she barreled into his world, and Deke suddenly desires something more than his rag and winning the next round. 
 
Rylie Hollister has lived through hell and back. Each event makes her the strong, independent woman she is today. Until a bitter underground fighter threatens to turn her plans upside down.
These two are bound by their desires, but oh, how that changes when his intensity meets her passion.
Yet another winner in this totally awesome series.I have loved each and every one of these stories that have been in this series so far and this ended up being yet another keeper.

I loved the story from beginning to end. Rylie and Deke were amazing characters both had some many similarities that they made the perfect couple .The chemistry was explosive and sexy as hell.


I alway pick a favorite character and and mine is going to be Rylie although Deke is right up there but Rylie tip the scales for me.I loved how she was a survivor ,tough as nails,sexy ,smart,and just one bada** chick.I loved the backbone she had and admired her for becoming such a strong women to survive.I loved that her crappy childhood didn't totally destroy her and how she wasn't afraid to take the chance to love a be love.She turned out to be my favorite character once she went toe to toe with Princess aka Harlow Cruz.If any of you have ready this series princess is deadly and scary as hell so this was a defeat in itself.(smiles)


One of the things that I admired about Ravage is that their all about family and protecting their women and children as they are the most precious things in the lives next to their brothers .That being said I was surprised that Deke had been living separately from his family for 4 years.Although his father GT was part of the reason why he left it was not all of it.You understand later on the real reason why he left but after reading and getting to know Deke better I realized that he was so much like his father.


I really loved getting to know Deke he was such a terror when he was a child I was proud to see that man that he had grown up to be.I found him to be sensitive,kind,loving,a sense of humor and one who loves with his whole heart and possessive of all of those he holds dear.Sexy and dangerous and a hottie to boot!A swoon worthy character for sure and had you wishing you were in Rylie's position a time or too!

 (grins)

Rylie reminded me a lot of princess and that she would be the perfect mate for Deke. She is strong enough to handle the lifestyle she was capable of protecting her man and would never give it a second thought to protect him no matter what the outcome.


This story was filled with tons of family drama surrounding them.A new threat to the Ravage families children.Not only that their are a lot of secrets surfacing and when they are learned omg ! Is it going to be a war or and all out bloodbath?

The whole time I am soaking up all these secrets my first thought is I hope Princess isn't the one to find out about them first.

I love the story from cover to cover and did not put the book down until It was finished .Rylie and Deke are the type of characters that you could go on and on about as there was just so many things I loved about both of them.I loved seeing that after so many years and their kids are grown up that GT and Cruz are more in love with their wives then ever.


This was one hot read !Deke and Rylie just smoldered together!Burn baby burn!


5 stars from us can't wait until the next book in this series comes out.


Personal Note :This is a series that I never get tired of re-reading over and over again and this author is definatley one of my top favorite MC authors.



 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Ryan Michele found her passion in making fictional characters come to life. She loves being in an imaginative world where anything is possible and has a knack for special twists readers don’t see coming.
 
She writes MC, Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, New Adult, Inspirational, and many more romances. And whether it’s bikers, wolf shifters, mafia, or beyond, Ryan spends her time making sure her heroes are strong and her heroines match them at every turn.
 
When she isn’t writing, Ryan is a mom and wife living in rural Illinois and reading by her pond in the warm sun.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Book Review for Hunted by Elizabeth Naughton

 
   
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  • Hunted by Elizabeth Naughton
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  • File Size: 312 KB
  • Print Length: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated (June 27, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • ASIN: B01MRWZPW7
  • Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Gene: Paranormal
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From New York Times Bestselling author Elisabeth Naughton, comes HUNTED,a new novella in her Eternal Guardians Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!


ABOUT HUNTED:

Erebus – Dark in every sense of the word, a skilled and lethal warrior, and sinfully sexy by design.

Since the dawn of modern man, Erebus was Hades’ secret weapon in the war between the immortal realms. Until Hades lost the minor god in a bet to his older brother Zeus. For the last hundred years, Erebus has trained Zeus’s Siren warriors in warfare and the sexual arts. But he’s never stopped longing for freedom. For a life filled with choice. And lately, he also longs for one Siren who entranced him during their steamy seduction sessions. A nymph he quickly became obsessed with and who was ripped from his grasp when her seduction training was complete. One he’s just learned Zeus has marked for death because she failed the last Siren test.

Before Erebus can intercede on the nymph’s behalf, she escapes Olympus and flees into the human realm. In a fit of rage, Zeus commands Erebus to hunt her down and kill her. Erebus sees his opportunity to finally go after what he wants, but he’s torn. Freedom means nothing if the Siren at the center of his fantasies doesn’t truly crave him back. Because defying the gods will unleash the fury of Olympus, and if he chooses her over his duty, whether she joins him in exile or not, the hunter will become the hunted.

 

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Let's start off by saying that this is a first time read for us by this author and that we really enjoy our first read by them.

Erebus and Seraphine are in and impossible situation.Erebus is tasked to securing Sera and returning her to Zeus after she flee's.That is going to be a problem for Erebus as they have a past and he has unresolved feeling for her.


What a story it was action packed from  beginning to end.There was always something going on you were kind of living on the edge with them.The chemistry between these was amazing and hot as hell.


Sera I found her to sexy ,strong will, smart a surviver and very clever.


Erebus was protective,dangerous,immortal,a god, and sinfully sexy.I loved how he was willing to give up his life to see Sera protected and safe from her enemies.



I loved the story as it was very engaging as we learned a lot about both characters as well as a few very dangerous secrets coming to life.


I loved that Sera was brave enough and strong enough to save both of them .These two

 were destined to be together and I am so glad that they found the happiness they both deserved.

I love it when you can connect with the

 characters that you read about and I was able to do that with a cast of characters as I loved them from the onset so we already new we were going to love this story.When you are dealing with deities and gods you know your in for one hell of a ride as they are dangerous and lethal and without conscious.

A sexy read with intrigue mystery and love as well as a touch of erotica thrown into the mix with some scorching sex scenes.


We loved this novella are are looking forward to reading other books in this series as well as the authors other works.




5 stars from us





                   
   
 
   
ABOUT ELISABETH NAUGHTON

 Elisabeth Naughton is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. From Elisabeth: “I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time. “Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories. “My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.”  

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway When We Swing by Kyla Ross

 
 
Title: When We Swing
Author: Kyla Ross
Genre: Erotic Thriller
Release Date: August 15, 2017 
 
 
 

Friends have a way of breaking a person out of their comfort zone . . .

 
Mark has always felt like an outsider. Growing up, being bullied and teased, he doubted his life would ever get better. Then he meets his new college roommate, Blain Prazzel. 
 
Blain is the opposite of Mark, popular and oozing a sex appeal women can’t resist. Mark would kill to live in Blain’s world and gets his chance when Blain invites him and their roommate, John Motley, to a party.
 
After college, they go into business together and quickly become an overnight success. But when they each find their mates; their friendship is put to the test. 
 
Will these women interfere with their bond or will they find a new adventure awaits each of them? Where darkness and light sing their own forbidden melody of taboo? Where words, when spoken, have the power to change their lives forever?
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
Chapter 1- Mark
 
The after-work sun crept between the mountain peaks coating the road in a golden glaze. Aching for a stretch, Mark shifted his shoulders. The hour-and-a-half drive sure needed to end soon.
 
Casey leaned forward, dabbing her lips in fire-red lipstick with the help of the sun visor's mirror. With steady hands and a still face, she was like an artist sculpting a masterpiece on an airplane experiencing life-threatening turbulence. Mark didn't even have to look at her to know. He'd spent most of the last ten years staring.
 
Mark, or Mr. Introvert as they called him in college, preferred staying in the background. Growing up, he seldom had friends, but his parents were never around much to notice. Mrs. Lane was a pediatric nurse and Mr. Lane was a traveling photographer. With no siblings, very few acquaintances, and more bullies than he could count, Mark was a loner and preferred it that way. But when he hung out with Blain Prazzel and John Motley, his perception of sociality twisted.
 
It was Fall 2004, Mark faltered over his suitcases through the door of the dorm room. Oak framed twin beds lined three walls. Next to each was a personal walk-in closet. Oak desks stood in the center, propped against each other, back to back with two on either side. Wooden seats were pushed up against each desk and a bulky TV sat atop one of the desks.
 
Mark's brow drooped at the whooshing of running water booming behind a closed door to the right. He sighed. The bed propped against the window had a leather duffel bag stretched across it and an open laptop propped on a plump pillow. Royal blue sports sandals sat beneath the footboard.
 
Mark inched over to the bed diagonal of the taken one and dumped his backpack, laptop case, and a suitcase. Pressing his palm against the mattress, he frowned. Even a mattress pad wouldn't grant him a good night's sleep. Cutting his eyes away, a ball of frustration clogged his throat. Sharing his space, an uncomfortable one at that, demolished the worth of the full ride provided by his scholarship.
 
The bathroom door slung open and out came a tall, olive toned, gray-eyed preppy dude. His collared polo and khaki shorts reminded Mark of the things he'd brought along.
 
Great, and this asshole may take my clothes. He’d been sure he was done with bullies as he strolled across the stage, kissing grade school and its sour memories goodbye.
 
"Hi, I'm Blain." Blain's husky tone shook as he patted his hands dry on the front of his shorts and extended one to Mark.
 
Mark dropped a brow and stared.
 
"Shy, huh?" Blain chuckled and flopped down on his bed, running his fingers through his thick, dark hair. "So, where you from?"
 
"Here," Mark replied.
 
"Me too!" Blain said. His baritone timbre and flashy smile took Mark back to the jocks and pretty boys: the ones he wished he could be. But he was too shy to give it a go and always found himself doing their homework or eating their fists when they were in a bad mood. God. And I have to share a room with this guy?
 
With the faintest smile, Mark said, "Cool."
 
"Hey." Blain dug his elbows into his knees as he moved up to the edge of his bed. "There's a party going on tonight at one of the frat houses. I heard there was gonna be some nice ass there. Coming with?"
 
Mark sat tongue-tied for a few seconds. Was this guy inviting him to a party? To hang out with fraternity guys? And girls? Pretty college girls? Mark shook his head.
 
"Oh, come on. Why not?"
 
"Because I have to study." It was bogus rolling off his tongue. Mark was more than prepared for classes that didn't start for another day or so. Some courses he could pass with his eyes closed.
 
"What's your major?"
 
"Accounting."
 
Slapping his chest, Blain spread a toothy grin and said, "Me too! Wow. I didn't take you for the nerdy type. A baseball player, but not a nerd."
 
Mark smirked. "Yeah? Me either." A baseball player? Though he'd hiked and jogged religiously, no one had ever taken Mark for a baseball player.
 
"Yeah, well, my dad owns an accounting firm, so I don't have a choice but to prepare to take over when he retires. He's been preaching about networking and building a team. Ya' know, bull shit."
 
Mark raised a brow and cocked his head at the guy. "Really?"
 
"Yeah, man. If you want or if you're still around this summer, I can get you in there for an internship."
 
Mark's eyes went wide. "Um, sure."
 
"But only if you come to this party with me."
 
Shit. Mark frowned. He hated being cornered or manipulated. But if this kook was telling the truth, he'd benefit. And if Blain was lying, Mark knew where to find him. Huffing and clearing his throat, he said, "Fine."
 
After several hours of unpacking and listening to Blain chatter on about the different races and smells of women he'd had or wanted, Mark was relieved when it was time to head out. But another guy, this one tanned with a brawny chest and tall with sky blue eyes, barged in with a sack across his back while they were checking for wallets and phones. Though his luggage reminded Mark of someone homeless, his baseball cap, jeans and t- shirt were fresh and crispy.
 
"Hey man, I'm Blain." Blain extended a hand.
 
The tall guy groped it with his open palm and nodded. Gravelly, he said, "John."
 
"Me and Mark, over here, are going to a party. Wanna come? Supposed to be more than enough to look at."
 
"I'll come, sure. As long as there are drinks." His deep voice cracked a little. "What time you guys leaving?"
 
"Whenever you're ready." Blain flopped down on his bed and Mark did the same.
 
After tossing his sack on the bare mattress across from Mark's, John peered in the body mirror, turned his face cheek to cheek, then said, "Alright, let's go."
 
Bits and pieces of that night still made Mark blush. Flashes of bong smoke, bare tits, and the stench of alcoholic vomit stuck with him. Bulbous street lights flashed from either side of the stony pathway. Evergreen canopies and morning dew clung to the air. The bitterness of vodka and pale ale swirled around Mark's tongue. Stomping on, with the help of his new-found buddies, Mark was overwhelmed with joy, a rolling gut, and slurred words.
 
"We got you," Blain grunted, hoisting one of Mark's arms up as it tried sliding off his shoulder.
 
"No. Ugh. I love you guys. I never―" Snatching his arms from Blain and John's shoulders, Mark bent at the waist and fell to his knees. Heaving, liquid spewed up his throat, dousing the ground and coating the backs of his hands.
 
"Are you sure you're a drinker, dude?" John asked through breaks of his explosive laughter.
 
"Come on, we gotcha," Blain said, grasping Mark's shoulder. John did the same. They dragged Mark to his bed, caring enough to flip his sandals off, and pull a sheet over his limp body.
 
Though he'd sworn off alcohol and parties after that night, Mark continually found himself a part of Blain's escapades. He and John dragged Mark to parties and clubs on and off campus. One party just so happened to be a rush they'd tricked him into, leading to the trio's pledging. They'd study names, mottos, and missions. They were bruised and battered with holey, wooden paddles, tossed around like rag dolls, and caught open-handed slaps and thumping fists to the chest. Aches, bruises and sleepless nights were the norm for a few months. Mark had never cried so much in his life. But Blain and John pulled him through, forcing him into the clutches of the big brothers night after night, with them at his side. Of the ten guys they started with, only four, the trio and Kyle, made it through. But things only got wilder from there.
 
Especially when they went up to the cabin.
 
Blain had always had the keys, leading Mark, and everyone else on campus, to believe he had owned it before he officially inherited it. There were many parties and hazing events that took place in that private piece of wilderness. Back then, it offered the typical fraternity guys a chance to live the social dream. They'd party all day, winning praise from their peers and, in some cases, professors.
 
As they'd gotten older, cabin visits adopted a twist in agenda. It was more about just going fishing and spending time with your closest friends and, in Blain's case especially, kids. Still, Mark didn't mind driving up. There was something about the wilderness that relaxed his muscles and banished day to day migraines. He loved the sound of the birds playing around in the tree canopies as his boots crushed the gravel and greenery on his lone hiking ventures. Taking in the view of the surrounding mountain ranges and sucking in the breeze that lingered along Lake Tahoe was refreshing. But mostly, he loved the solidarity.
 
After Mr. Prazzel’s fatal heart attack, the certified public accounting firm and cabin was left to Blain. This came as no surprise. Mark, Blain, and John interned there every summer during college, as promised. After the massive restructuring, Blain became managing partner, John became partner, and Mark was financial comptroller.
 
Mark couldn't be happier with the arrangement. He was comfortable with silently laughing in the background, egging the guys on and tolerating their antics. He was much better at calming John's explosive temper or covering for Blain when whoever he was dating became curious about his infidelity. They made Mark into the man he was, and he owed them everything, with loyalty being at the top of the list.
 
"I'm so excited we're doing this," Casey said, continuing with her eyeliner.
 
Mark cringed as he glared at the alpine curvature that played with the horizon, protecting them from the sun. His heart thumped at his chest as the night he'd met her played over in his mind, burning his heart for the fiftieth time.
 
That night, the frat house was crawling with wannabes and drunken girls. Alternative rock blasted, vibrating the walls, threatening to bring the colonial down on its foundation. Mark turned a beer can up, barreling through it and crushing it on the pale wall. Straightening his back and puffing his chest out, he smiled. The dim living room was crowded. They'd moved the furniture so there was nothing but the waist high stereo and the creaky oak floor. And praise from peers. Lots and lots of praise.
 
"Ah! Mark, Mark, Mark! We made it!" Blain screamed over the jeers of Kyle and John. His bald head glimmered in the dim lights.
 
John cuffed Mark's peach-fuzzed crown, reminding him of what they'd lost for social acceptance. "Mark, we fucking did it!" Teary eyed, he cuffed Mark's neck and shook him. "We fucking did it!"
 
"God damn right!" Kyle agreed. Though he had shed about fifty pounds over the last two months, his cheeks still jiggled as much as his gut. His tinted head shone from the laser lights that bounced off table-dancing girls. Mark smirked. Screaming old heads cheered the girls on as they hoped to get lucky while they were back in town. It must've taken a lot to convince their wives to let them come back to town to beat the shit out of their new little brothers.
 
Mark shook himself loose of the huddle. He shuddered. The fresh welts from the beating were raw on his rump. But pride and elation made the bruises a minor hindrance. Feeling the cool beer trickle through him, he said, "I gotta hit the head."
 
"Hurry back, dude," John slurred. "We gotta do more shots and Lilian brought us a cake."
 
Mark nodded and squeezed through the crowd and a freshman tripped over his shoe. "Shit, dude! I'm so sorry!" the guy said, his eyes wide and tone shaken.
 
Mark smiled, clasped the guy's shoulder and yelled, "Blain, John, Kyle, this asshole scoffed my shoe! What should I do?"
 
The brothers at once replied, "Upside down kegger!" Girls screamed and laughed as John and Blain pushed through the crowd, took the freshman by his legs and arms, and carried him over to the corner. Mark laughed and headed for the only bathroom, but he was stopped by a line that swallowed the staircase.
 
Scoffing, he pushed through a group of stumbling girls, making his way to the whining screen door. Outside, he burrowed through smokers. Some were preaching about a government conspiracy and how college was a rip-off. Others were whistling and yelling at a group of girls coming up the walkway. The old Mark would've waited for them to the clear the stairs before proceeding. But his knees were starting to shake and his stomach felt tight. So, he pushed forward.
 
Most of the girls cleared his way, but one grazed his side with her shoulder.
 
"Oh!" She chuckled while catching her footing, "I'm sorry."
 
"God, Casey! Come on. We're already late," a blonde whined, before slamming the screen shut.
 
"You're fine," Mark said. He stared, trapped in her sapphire gaze. For a second, he thought he'd pissed himself as his belly loosen and knees seized. His cheeks burned.
 
"Wait, this is your party, right? Congratulations." She smiled, flicking her shoulder-length, dark curls, and batting long eyelashes that just barely shielded her glimmering baby blues.
 
He'd never been so stuck on someone's beauty and sultry voice. He didn't want this to pass. He couldn't let her pass. Of the many girls Blain and John tried setting Mark up with to lose his virginity, this was it. She was it. He wanted to suck her plump lips and kiss the mole on her left cheek. How would Blain handle this? he thought.
 
"I'm Mark," he said, wanting to kick himself for having a tremoring throat. He'd just endured the ass whipping of a lifetime. His dark, egg-yolk-stained, sweaty, long sleeved shirt, holey jeans, and raw rump were proof of a job well done. The celebration that went on behind him solidified it, too. But he couldn't bring himself to be smooth enough to get a girl. Have you learned nothing? He yelled to himself.
 
Before he could turn around and run off, she said, "I'm Casey. Well, some of the people here call me Marilyn but I resent that." She giggled. "I've seen you around. You're a tutor, right? And on the dean's list? You're pretty smart." It tickled him inside, making him ache the way he did when Blain made he and John watch lesbian porn. Casey was the first girl to compliment his brains, not his newfound status or his friendship with the guys.
 
"Thanks." He cursed himself for lacking the cleverness to woo her back.
 
"Are you leaving?" she asked.
 
"Uh, no. I'm going for a walk. This is a little overwhelming," he said, trying his best to smile through a lie.
 
"Can I come?"
 
He winced at her. What? With me? No way this is real, he thought. "Isn't your friend―"
 
"She'll be OK. Honestly, I didn't want to stay here long. She wanted me to come with her so she wouldn't feel like a Blain groupie. Whoever that is." She rolled her eyes.
 
Mark snickered. Blain had probably fucked half the freshman class by now. "He's my buddy and brother. This is our party." She smiled and shrugged. Which was strange. Mark hadn't met a girl on, or off, campus who resisted Blain's charm. So, he went on. "Sure, you can come with me," he said. But his bladder was ready to burst, along with other things. Quickly, he decided to use his perks of belonging to a house now by pushing through to the front of the line to pee. "Do you want me to grab you a drink and meet here in about five minutes?"
 
"Sure. I'll go tell Shelly that I'm leaving."
 
"OK." He smiled as his heart thudded.
 
All the noise around him fell on empty ears. He was deafened by her glow, her sweet perfume, and her smiling eyes. And she wanted to walk with him. She wanted to talk to him. And soon after, he found out she wanted to be with him. And he wanted nothing more than to have her.
 
Day in and day out, they'd spent every night together. Between classes, they discussed number theory and conspiracies, law, and sports. Casey was an intelligent, outgoing soul, and as charismatic as Blain. Well, she had to be. Being a pre-law then law school graduate granted such an attitude. But most of all, she allowed Mark to be himself. Not the sarcastic frat boy who tortured freshman, but the dorky, shy kid that grew up as a loner.
 
"Mark?" Casey asked, returning the makeup back to her purse and him back to their current reality.
 
Though her eyes burned the side of his face, Mark didn't answer. Instead, he concentrated on the asphalt that disappeared underneath the SUV. Oak trees along the foot of the range provided a persistent evergreen stain in his left peripheral.
 
Casey's stare, voice, and presence were too much for him--still. His chest got tight and his heart sank to the pit of his stomach. Every day for the last couple months, he'd wake on the couch alone with tears in his eyes, rage in heart, and that evening replaying in his mind.
 
That evening, he'd found her sobbing in their dim bedroom. After comforting her (sort of), she revealed the thing that weighed on her shoulders.
 
"I slept with Sean," she blubbered. Time froze and Mark's heart skipped a few beats as his body went numb. He couldn't speak or cry. Not even faint. He only stared as she begged for forgiveness through glassy red eyes.
 
Mark knew Sean from the corporate Christmas parties Casey had been dragging him to for years. They'd talk about professional football before Mark excused himself and disappeared at the open bar. Sean wasn't a half-bad looking guy either. Taut, tan, with dark hair and eyes. Opposite of Mark's pale, lanky figure, short, platinum-blond hair, and blue eyes.
 
Sean. What a fucking douche bag.
 
Though Casey claimed it happened once, Mark couldn't shake that nagging feeling that she was lying. She worked with Sean. He was her paralegal for God's sake.
 
Since her confession, Casey had been more attentive than ever. The way her eyes shimmered with hope and optimism made Mark grimace. He wasn't sure if it was her attempt at getting sex from him or if she genuinely felt sorry for what she'd done.
 
But it didn't matter. He'd been too repulsed to touch or even look her in the eye. There was no telling what they'd say about him--or worse, her.
 
"Mark, if you don't want to do this, we don't have to." Her voice became stern.
 
Instead of replying, he read the jade sign off to the right: Carnelian Bay, California. Their destination.
 
"Mark?" When he didn't respond, she slapped her thighs. Huffing, she said, "I thought we agreed we would at least pretend to be in a good place with our marriage while we try this."
 
Casey was frowning. He didn't have to look at her to know.
 
"Well, what do you want me to say?" He began, cracking a half, cynical smile. "The way I see it, if we are in a good place, we wouldn't have to come up here for such a disgusting, ugh, thing." 
 
"People who are in healthy relationships do this. We agreed we were going to at least try it." She smiled, now rubbing the back of Mark's neck.
 
Once again, those lasers peered through his flesh down into his soul, but he bit his tongue, gulping down an insult that would've sent her over the edge.
 
"Look, Mark," she went on, "I thought we were trying to get past that by doing new things. We both agreed that swinging may help our sex life. I mean you rarely―" She stopped. Casey hated complaints. She only liked solutions; a motto that she preached daily to Mark who, himself, was a realist. "You know what? No. This'll be fun and you'll enjoy yourself. Besides, you brought it up to me so. . ."
 
She was right. One night, a few weeks ago, she'd invited him out to dinner. After four bottles of red, he'd brought it up to her as a joke he shared with Blain and John. Then the swing, spearheaded by Blain, was being planned.
 
I'm making a two-hour drive into the mountains with you. Obviously, we're doing this.
 
"Mark, let's just stick to our plan--do this for the month and go from there. OK?" She ran her fingertips over his shoulder and down his polo sleeve.
 
The tautness of her glare made Mark want to flinch. How could something so sexy nauseate him? Finally, he flashed Casey a smile, a weak attempt at being reassuring.
 
Casey was so sure their perverted misadventures would tame the heap of garbage known as their marriage. He chuckled inside, anticipating it all blowing up in her face.
 
To keep the peace at home, Mark often pretended to be kind when he couldn't avoid her or when they weren't fighting. He did have his moments of doubt, when a piece of him wanted to leave the couch and cuddle in bed. But a bigger piece wanted to be a million miles away from her. He resented his bleeding heart as much as the sleepless nights.
 
But his buddies were so sure this would work, so sure that this would save him from despair and anger. That things would go back to the way they were, only better. So, he stretched his half-smile full and said, "I know."
 
Casey planted her lips on Mark's cheek, stealing a kiss. The warmth from her aura sent chills up his spine.
 
Mark slowed to turn left onto a single lane road as they continued up the mountainside. They passed several vacation homes in a variety of styles before approaching a hidden driveway off to the right side of the road.
 
He pulled into the narrow asphalt driveway that was paved with bull pine, buckwheat, and large shrubs for a mile on either side. Blain's father was keen on privacy, so it didn't surprise Mark that he bought a massive piece of mountainside land only for a mile of it to be woodlands and a tar driveway.
 
There were beds of pink and purple Musk flowers and purple columbine along the last few feet of the driveway, breaking the dreary brown and green foliage that made up the scenery from the road. The end of the asphalt wrapped around the cabin and merged back into itself, leading back to the road. It was a nightmare getting out whenever there were parties going on. But it birthed a love of 4X4 off-road antics for the guys.
 
The two-story Bavarian chalet sat ahead, nuzzled up against a wall of oak trees that broke around the back, offering a serene view of the crystal blue lake and the mountain range that towered over it in the distance. Thick chunks of gray stone made up the outer walls and each window was hidden under honey wood awnings that matched the door and porch. It looked like it belonged in an eighteenth-century English town.
 
The pine and oak trees that led the way up the driveway riddled most of the land, making it nearly impossible for the sun's rays to make their way in to destroy the shade. Only nearly. Shimmering sunlight danced on the brown shingles and wherever it could sneak through. Small animals scurried about, veering in and out of the flower beds, darting back into the dimness of the woods.
 
At the front of the house, on the dirt yard, sat a black jeep.
 
"Oh, it looks like Roxie and uh..." Casey snapped her fingers, as if trying desperately to remember who Mark's best friend was. "Blain," she blurted, "...are already here."
 
Mark flicked his eyes. He hated when she acted petty over Blain. She always complained about how his arrogance made her want to slap the spit out of his mouth. But Mark thought Blain's pompous attitude was entertaining. Mark tried to get her to see that too. But he gave up when he decided he didn't care about what she thought about anything anymore.
 
 
They climbed the wooden steps and the arched Victorian door flung open. Roxie appeared, wielding a bottle of white wine and a big smile.
 
 
 
 
Kyla Ross is a horror, thriller, and dark fiction writer from Detroit, Michigan. She posts suspense and horror flash fiction on her blog at kyrobooks.com and is the author of a gruesome, suspenseful short story series titled A Trinity of Wicked Tales and an erotic thriller novel titled When We Swing—An Erotic Thriller. Kyla’s extreme horror novel, Hotel Holly, will be released fall 2017.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SEDUCING MR. SYKES
 
 
by Maggie Robinson
Genre: Historical Romance


Pub Date: 6/20/17

 


In Maggie Robinson’s sparkling new series, the quaint village in Gloucestershire is where the wayward sons and daughters of Great Britain’s finest families come for some R&R—and good old-fashioned “rehab.” But sometimes they find much more…
 
No one at Puddling-on-the-Wold ever expected to see Sarah Marchmain enter through its doors. But after the legendary Lady’s eleventh-hour rejection of the man she was slated to marry, she was sent here to restore her reputation . . . and change her mind. It amused Sadie that her father, a duke, would use the last of his funds to lock her up in this fancy facility—she couldn’t be happier to be away from her loathsome family and have some time to herself. The last thing she needs is more romantic distraction…
As a local baronet’s son, Tristan Sykes is all too familiar with the spoiled, socialite residents of the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation—no matter how real their problems may be. But all that changes when he encounters Sadie, a brave and brazen beauty who wants nothing more than to escape the life that’s been prescribed for her. If only Tristan could find a way to convince the Puddling powers-that-be that Sadie is unfit for release, he’d have a chance to explore the intense attraction that simmers between them—and prove himself fit to make her his bride…
 
 
 
 
Maggie Robinson didn’t know she wanted to write until she woke up in the middle of the night once really annoyed with her husband. Instead of smothering him with a pillow, she decided to get up and write—to create the perfect man—at least on a computer screen. Only to discover that fictional males can be just as resistant to direction as her husband. The upside is that she’s finally using her English degree and is still married to her original, imperfect hero. Since she’s imperfect, too, that makes them a perfect match. Until her midnight keyboarding, she had been a teacher, librarian, newspaper reporter, administrative assistant to two non-profits, community volunteer, and mother of four in seven different states. Now Maggie can call herself a romance writer in Maine. There’s nothing she likes better than writing about people who make mistakes, but don’t let the mistakes make them.
 
 
 
 
 
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The Sacred Hearts MC Book 1
by A.J. Downey
 
Genre: Adult MC Romance
 

She’s Shattered…

Ashton Granger is a perfect wife to her husband. She has to be, if she’s not, he will find a way to correct any perceived imperfections. Such is life, and so it has been for a very long time, eroding Ashton’s sense of self, cracking her sense of worth until she lays in a million pieces on the side of a stretch of lonely highway.

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Ethan “Trigger man” Howard is the Sergeant of Arms for The Sacred Hearts Motor Cycle club. After several tours as a Marine Corps sniper overseas, he’s seen and done enough damage for a man three times his age. He’s out. Done. So over it, and home to nurse his wounds, physical, emotional and psychological with the help of his MC brothers. Now he simply deals with the scars that life handed him.
Was it more than just luck for he and Ashton both that he was the only other soul traveling that isolated stretch of highway that night?
 
 
 
A.J. Downey is a born and raised Seattle, WA Native. She finds inspiration from her surroundings, through the people she meets and likely as a byproduct of way too much caffeine. 
 


She has lived many places and done many things though mostly through her own imagination... An avid reader all of her life it's now her turn to try and give back a little, entertaining as she has been entertained. She lives in a small house in a small neighborhood with a larger than life fiancé and one cat.

 
 
 
 
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