Another great read for us from Lexi Blake.The more I read her books the more that I fall in love with each and everyone of them.
I always pick a favorite character that I love more than the others and this time around mine is going to be Shelby.
Why? So many reasons she was intelligent,patient,kind,smart,protective,had a sense of humor was driven but most of all she was just a loving and giving person who always put others first .She cared about their needs and wants before her own.I loved the chemistry she had with Drew as their was always sexual tension between the two of them right from their first meeting even before they were together.Their sexual encounters were super hot as well as sensual.I loved how she was always making bargains with Drew in order to turn things in her favor but all along just playing along as she wanted the same things Drew did.
Sneaky little vixen!
Drew on the other hand was the total opposite of Shelby.I found him to be more of an a*ss most of the time,protective of his siblings,dangerous,powerful,smart sexy as sin, just really sex on a stick.As the story progressed I thought that he was less as an a** and more just socially awkward in dealing with women and messy feelings.I felt that he was lonely not necessarily unhappy just that he needed someone to love and care about him be and be a equal partner for him and give him hell when he needed a shove.I loved how he always thought about is brothers and sisters happiness before his own.He was so protective of them god help the person trying to hurt them.
Shelby and Drew made an awesome team when it came to trying to prove that his mother murdered his father now that Drew knows that she is alive and gunning for him and his family yet again.
This story had so much going on to keep your interest.And we loved it from cover to cover.We dealt with the ups and downs with Drew's ongoing relationship with Shelby as he messes up time and time again as he just isn't good and the relationship thing.The twists and turns the story took the surprises that popped up.I loved the siblings and their spouses and all their different personalities that added humor to the story that had you laughing out loud. Big Tag made me laugh more than once. Defiantly a consent favorite of mine throughout the series.Loved how strong the women were in this story whether they carried the name Gates,Lawless,or Taggart. This for me is the type of story that you could go on and on on about the things that you loved most about it and definitely goes into the keeper pile where I am sure that I will read time and time again.
Looking forward to reading the rest in this series as well.
If you still have any doubts how to +Shelf your books on BookLikes the following guest post should dispel all your doubts. Worry not, read on and keep on shelving! You can also get back to the previous bookshelf posts anytime:
A guest post by Jenn from Murder by Death
BookLikes has asked if I would talk about the Advanced Shelving Options window, and how to get the most use out of it. Most things on BookLikes can be accessed via at least 2 different paths and the Advanced Shelving window is no different.
The first, less obvious way, but very useful if you use your shelves as your command center, is through the list view of your bookshelves. If you’re unfamiliar with the list view, or on how to set which columns you see, check out this quick tutorial. It’s not step-by-step, but it should get you where you need to be.
To access the Advanced Shelf Options from the list view of your bookshelves, you need to make the ‘date read’ column visible; once you see it, you can click on 'add date':
The second way to access the Advanced shelf features is the most accessible, as you can reach it from every book cover on BookLikes, no matter where you’re at on the site: if you see a book you want to put on your shelves, click the book cover and when the book’s popup window comes up, use the +Shelf button (if you’re on a book page, the +Shelf button is already there, just under the book cover image).
Off topic, but important to note: If your green button says something different, that means you’ve already shelved the book:
Read: You’ve already marked this book as Read.
Currently Reading: Um, yeah, I’m sure you know you’re already reading the book.
Planning to Read: At some point you’ve marked your interest in reading this book (along with about 1,000 others if you’re like most of us).
On Shelf: This is the one most likely to cause confusion. If you’ve put the book on one of your custom exclusive shelves, but not marked it as Read, Currently Reading, or Planning to Read, the button will just say On Shelf.
This can also happen if you’ve removed the book from all your shelves but not actually deleted it from your shelves. This is easy to check from here: click on the button (On Shelf) and scroll down your list of shelves; if there aren’t any checkmarks, you have a floating book with no sense of shelf, wafting about in the ether. If you want to keep it, choose a shelf for it to live on; if you want to exorcise it from your shelves for good, give it a home anyway, then go to your shelves and use ‘delete book’, or the ‘X’ at the far right end of your shelves in list view.
Whichever path you choose, you’ll get the Advanced Shelves popup window. Here’s the bare basic version of this window, for a book that has no status and no shelves:
We’ll get into each feature in detail, but as you can see there are options to mark a book Read, Currently Reading, or Planning to Read, a link to add it to shelves, and/or exclusive statuses, followed by the option to express your feelings, mark the book for your wishlist, as a favourite and/or private, and add a private note. But there’s a lot more that you can do from this window, depending on the book’s status.
If you’ve already marked a book Planning to Read, what you see in the Advanced Reading window isn’t any different to the above, except that the 'Planning to Read' button is green. So, we’ll start with the Currently Reading Advanced Shelf:
Take a moment to check out the differences. I’ve labeled some of them, but from top to bottom, left to right, here’s a detailed list of what you can do from here:
If you click on the cover thumbnail, you’ll be taken to the book’s page on BookLikes. Clicking this link will load the book page in a new tab, so you won’t lose any changes you might have made. The popup window will remain open in it’s browser tab, waiting for you to come back.
If you click on the Title of the book, you’ll be taken to the book’s page on BookLikes. BUT clicking on the title will load the book page in your current tab, so if you’ve made changes in the Advanced shelf options already, DON’T CLICK THE TITLE - you’ll lose your changes and have to start again.
Clicking on the Author’s name will take you to the author’s BookLikes page. This link will also load in the current tab, so the same warning applies here - don’t click this link if you’ve made changes in the advanced options window unless you like doing things twice. ;-)
The Book page link is another link to the BookLikes book page and it, like the cover, loads in a new tab so it’s safe to click this link if you need to check something and come back.
You can change the book’s Big Three statuses on the next line: clicking any of the Read, Currently Reading, or Planning to Read tabs will change the book’s status, and that button will turn green. Depending on which tab you select, the options directly underneath the tabs may change.
Note: If you’ve read the book once but want to read it again, you can change the status to either Currently Reading, or Planning to Read without losing your read dates (assuming you’ve recorded dates).
If the book is marked as Currently Reading, as above, you’ll see a place to enter the date you started reading and, optionally, a place you can enter how many pages you’ve read so far. Notice it says: “I’ve read/listened to: ___ out of ___," with a pull-down menu right after. This is a built-in over-ride; if your shelved book’s page numbers don’t accurately match the book you have in hand, you can adjust it here. The text field takes pages or minutes (for audiobooks). The drop down menu allows you to choose pages, percentage (for ebooks), or minutes and is used in the Currently Reading widgets on your blog and dashboard. This allows you to make sure your progress is tracked as accurately as possible (although BL can’t do anything about all the filler at the end of some ebooks).
The next section is for shelving - you can see in the graphic above that I’ve already shelved this book on two shelves: Books about Books and History. If I want to change the shelves the book is on, or add it to more shelves, I can click on ‘Edit Shelves’ (or ‘Edit Exclusive Shelves’ - they both open the same view) and see this:
(Yours, of course, will list your shelves, not mine.)
Notice the two fields at the top of each list - you can add new shelves here by entering the new shelf name, and clicking ‘enter’ or ‘return’.
What is an exclusive shelf? The easiest way to describe an exclusive shelf, I think, is this: An exclusive shelf, or shelves, are for the books you never intend to read. For example:
• dictionaries or encyclopaedias
• gift ideas for other people
These are the type of books you might want to track using shelves, but not track using the Read, Currently Reading or Planning to Read statuses. Creating exclusive shelves allows you to do that.
The next line of options includes some possibly overlooked features that let you add an additional level of organisation, and a little personality, to your shelving. You can share your feelings about the book using the dropdown menu to choose an emoticon that comes closest to your thoughts (alas, there is no ‘meh’ emoticon). And then, to the right of this menu, are three checkbox options:
Wishlist - This creates a very exclusive shelf that you can use to keep track of those books you’d like to someday own or borrow. I say ‘very’ because it’s one of the shelves you cannot edit, like the Big 3 statuses. Use it as a shopping list for yourself, or list those gorgeous but pricey books and share the list with someone looking for gift ideas. ;-)
Favorite - Another very exclusive shelf, this one creates a list of those books you adore; maybe they’re part of your personal literary canon, or the books you’d take in the mythical deserted island scenario, or maybe they’re the books you think everyone should read at least once.
Private - The ultimate very exclusive shelf, this checkbox allows you to shelve books secretly and invisibly, useful if you’ve discovered your mom is following you or found your blog online, and you’d really rather her not know about the racy stuff you read. If you have books you’d just rather keep to yourself, mark them as ‘private’ and nobody can see them on your shelves except you (and whoever else has access to your BL account password).
Note about Private status: It marks the book private so it cannot be seen by anyone else from your shelves; if you create a post about a private book, or write a review of it, that’s going to be visible to all. Posts cannot be marked private (and by extension, neither can reviews).
Speaking of privacy and your books, the next bit is the part where you keep private book notes. If you click on 'Add Private Note' you’ll see:
… and you can write any notes to yourself about the book (or feeding the cats). These notes are ALWAYS private; they are not visible to anyone but yourself.
Last but most importantly are the Save buttons. When you’ve finished making changes to your shelving, you have three options: You can decide to click ‘Cancel’, which undoes the changes you’ve made since you’ve opened this Advanced Options window. You can click ‘Save’ which saves your changes and takes you back to whatever page you were on when you accessed the Advanced Options, or you can click ‘Save and write a review’, which saves your changes and immediately opens the 'Create Post' page.
Note that this does not work quite the same way as the ‘Update’ function does on your dashboard: it will not automatically populate the title bar with “Reading Progress: I’ve read x of x pages”.
And that’s everything you can do with the Advanced Shelf Options… or is it? I honestly can’t believe how long this post is, but if you’ve made it this far, wait! there’s more!
If you use the Advance Shelf window to mark a book as 'Read' there will be even more options. Mark a book as Read, and your window will look like this:
(The screenshot is cut off at the bottom because it ran off my screen.)
We’ll just cover the new stuff: Once a book is read, you can rate it from the Advance Shelf window; hover over the stars to select anything from 1/2 to 5 stars. When you see the rating you want, just click your mouse or trackpad to save it. If you accidentally clicked before you meant to, or changed your mind, click ‘remove rating’ to clear the stars and start again.
Note: Rating your book from this window and then clicking ‘Save and write a review’ will copy your rating over to the Create New Post page, and automatically mark your post as a review.
The next section is mostly self explanatory - you can set your reading dates. Start date and begin date, and both are optional, but note that you must have a finished date set for the book to be recorded in your yearly reading stats and reading challenge (if you’re participating).
If you re-read, and many of us do, and you’d like to record those re-read dates, just click ‘add new date’ to get another set of date selectors. If you’ve hit ‘add a new date’ by accident, clicking ‘remove dates’ makes them go away.
I think that’s everything. If you’re taking advantage of BookLikes powerful shelving features, the Advance Shelf window really is command central in so many ways. Hopefully if you’ve made it all the way to the end of this post, you’ve picked up a handy hint or three that will make using BookLikes easier and more enjoyable. If I’ve managed to confuse you, please do not hesitate to tell me so –or ask any questions– in the comments below and I or the BookLikes team will endeavor to clarify.
Thank you Jenn! <3
Lilith Carson was a normal girl whose parents died suddenly. She moves to a different state with her aunt, and she cuts herself off from everyone. Until one day, when her crush appears beside her in the library. From there, they fall in love, fast and hard.
Lilith finds out that when she turns eighteen, she will transform into a Vampire-Witch hybrid. When a vampire conceives a female, that female already has a mate chosen for her. When Lilith was conceived, there was a mistake. Her world is turned upside down when she must choose between two guys she barely knows.
Lilith has chosen the guy of her dreams and has settled into a life that she thinks is perfect. But nothing is ever as it seems. She will soon face the ultimate betrayal by someone she loves deeply.
Jessica started writing when she was 10 years old. She started out writing poetry which has been published in several Poetry Society books as well as on the Internet. She won the Publisher’s Choice Award for her poem A Lost Soul. She has always had an addiction to reading which is what lead her to become an author. Her debut book is Corruption of the Heart.
I fell for my brother’s best friend when I was just a kid. He broke my heart one unforgettable night at a frat house party. Now he’s back and ready for another shot. There’s just one problem. I’m damaged goods.I’m a demon… on and off the football field.. The only thing I like more than scoring touchdowns is scoring with the ladies. When my best friend’s little sister begs me to take her virginity, I’m not surprised. Erica has had a crush on me since she was an awkward fourteen-year-old. So I do what any man would.I reject her.Fast-forward five years and Erica has blossomed into one irresistible woman. Too bad she still hates my guts. Convincing her to give me another chance might be the hardest play I’ve ever had to execute. But I’m willing to give it the old college try.I’m a fool… for falling for Dante. He stole the playbook to my heart when I was just a kid, and has been running defense with his ever since.I offered him everything. My heart. My soul. My body. His rejection propelled me into a world where my innocence was the price for admission.Now I’m running scared. From my past. From my present. From the feelings that Dante stirs up every time he’s around. It’s only a matter of time before I trip and fall into the arms of the only man I’ve ever loved. But will the fall come at a premium my heart can’t afford?Falling for Dante is a full-length, second-chance romance. It contains steamy scenes with a ton of heat and strong language intended for mature audiences.Drowning in Talon and Faking It with Damian occur before Falling for Dante. All three can be read as standalone novels. Falling for Dante does contain some spoilers for Faking It.
“I didn’t pick her. I picked you.”His words were like a tuning fork and my body was humming. With his bottom lip tugged between his teeth, he patted the spot next to him. I considered bolting, because I was completely out of my element. I had to remind myself that I came to California for a reason. And attending the Stanford homecoming game had only been the excuse.I slumped down beside him and caught a whiff of Ivory soap and the heady scent I’d associated with masculinity ever since Dante had breezed into my life four years ago. His hand dropped to my shoulder and I tried to shift away, but he pulled me closer with a gentle squeeze.“Did you enjoy the game?”“Yeah. You played really well. But you don’t need me to tell you that.” Watching Dante dominate the football field, front row in a stadium filled with captivated fans had been nothing short of a spiritual experience.His full, sensual lips lifted into a broad smile. “Maybe you’re the only one I want to impress.”“Please. You have screaming fans and scouts to impress. I can’t imagine I register high up on your list.”“If I had a list, you’d be the only one on it.”Was he drunk? I perused his face for the truth. In all the years we’d known each other, Dante had never flirted so openly. Putting my plan into action might be easier than I had anticipated. I grabbed the red cup out of his hand and downed the lukewarm beer before he could stop me.“Babe, slow down. I don’t want you to get sick.”“You’re as bad as my brother. I’m not a child anymore.”“No. You. Are. Not,” Dante said, his eyes caressing every inch of my body. My face warmed under his inspection.“Are you flirting with me?”A low rumble vibrated up his chest, and he threw his head back to laugh. I wanted to trail my tongue up his neck and across the stubble peppering his chin. Would it tickle or scrape my tongue raw?“And if I am?”“Then you must have a death wish,” I said, only half-joking.He reached over and rubbed a strand of my hair between two fingers. My breath caught in my throat. He wasn’t even touching me, but liquid, hot lust boiled between my legs. “I’m not scared of your big bad brother.”“Well, you seem to be the only one. Every guy here is avoiding me like I have the plague and not one person is willing to give me a drink.”“Come on, let’s get you a beer,” Dante said as he pulled me to my feet.“Really?”“Sure.”Something told me I was going to need all the liquid courage I could get, and I trailed after him, his firm hand wrapped around mine.
Author Bio:First introduced to the genre by her grandmother, DJ Hunnam is an author with a true love for great romance novels. After reading hundreds of them over the last twenty years, she finally decided to put pen to paper and craft her own. She loves to write about strong heroines who fall in love with sexy heroes, while tackling real-world problems.When she isn't writing, you might find her curled up with a book, chasing her two wild sons, or pursuing her own HEA with her husband of ten years. She's a sucker for dark chocolate, a good bottle of Malbec, and a sexy six-pack.
Women come and go from my bed but they’ll never have my heart.There’s only one girl I’m committed to and that’s my six-year-old daughter.Every dirty deal I make is to secure a good future for her.When I find Natalie in the back of my truck ready to die fighting, everything gets flipped upside down.I saved her life and took her home. Her stay was supposed to be temporary but I don’t want her to leave.I want to feel her soft, sweet body writhing underneath me, begging for more and never stopping.But what’s really got my head spinning?My daughter wants a mother.
I escaped Hell only to run right into the arms of another demon.But Solomon says he won’t hurt me, not in that way.He’ll keep them from finding me, but can I trust him?He’s just another criminal working with the one who captured me.I feel ruined from what I’ve been through but somehow, he makes my body come alive again.He reminds me what pleasure feels like and I can’t get enough.I’m beyond torn in multiple directions but that’s not the most confusing part.How can a tattooed, muscle-bound criminal also be such a caring, devoted father?
Down and Dirty is a full-length standalone bad boy romance in my Small Town Bad Boy series. Absolutely no cliffhangers and guaranteed HEA!
Author Bio:Get Her Soldier, a military bad boy novella for FREE when you sign up for emails at: http://www.subscribepage.com/hersoldierAnnette Fields is a soft-spoken California girl with a big and filthy imagination. She's always daydreaming about her next hot bad boy story to share with you, her readers!Aside from writing fiery hot romance and lounging in the equally hot California sun, Annette loves coffee, gin, and her bad boy husband.
They may be refugees but Andie Sorenson never chose to flee when government forces abduct her to the “safety” of a military-operated compound. Caught in an ugly civil war no one understands, she’s now a number, a uniform, her future reduced to three stale meals a day with the strangers who share her fate. She’s nothing, no one—until a random act of compassion and an electric smile turn her prison into a refuge.It’s his eyes, his heart, his beautiful soul drowning in an ocean of secrets. Lance Corporal Kaleb Novelli is an enigma, but with each plunge through another layer, Andie finds herself captured in a way she never imagined. She knows they have no future. They can’t even have a present, but that doesn’t stop her heart from committing to a man she can never have. The only one she trusts in this battle of lies and manipulation.But they’ve found their paradise in hell, and she can’t shake the feeling that Kaleb Novelli is not just a player. He’s the game.
Author Bio:I’m a writer, musician, and cat lover. I also have an alternative music obsession. Seriously, it's a real problem.I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write Love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other.I like to eradicate barriers, refusing to be confined by the laws of physics or limitations of reality. I will befriend a vast population of possibilities and introduce them in ways that might surprise you.
Kaci agreed to the most important question of her life.And then she had her fiancé taken hostage.
He played her game and trained for battle.And now he is completely unprepared to lose.
Loving her once, Sal fell for her eccentric, wild pixie. She used her abilities—aiming her target to get revenge—but Kaci stumbled into a dangerous love, putting Sal through a gut-wrenching hell.Can Sal ever forgive her sins of the past?With the questions on the table, one inescapable truth looms before their relationship. His calculating mind and intimidating body built for the greater good, leaving Sal changed. No longer the curious submissive boy of the past, his new outlook is one of defiance, kink, and control.Will Kaci embrace the changes – or – is the end closer than she ever imagined?
There is nothing he can do—No praying on his knees for forgivenessNo bargaining with the devil to save their relationshipIn this heartbreaking battle, Sal will lose.
In the fourth and final book of The Story of Salvatore, Sal Raniero begs to reverse the clock as reality leaks into his perfect bubble. With his love of the fetish world shoved to the backburner, he learns not only the meaning of love, but how precious time is.
The war begins when Sal rages into Sugargrove—Nothing safe from his wrathNothing sacred in his path…including the Hope he longed to keep.
Author Bio:Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.Storyteller.KAILEE REESE SAMUELS has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.Creativity is the way to change.
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Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.
Author Bio:Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.