Spotlight & Gift Card GiveAway: Temptation in a Bottle

TempationInABottle_300dpiTemptation in a Bottle
In a Bottle Book 2
Shona Husk
Genre: paranormal romance
ISBN: 9780992423902
Word Count: 22000
Cover Artist: Helen Katsinis
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Book Description:

His only wish is to be free…

For centuries Gage has existed only to fulfill the most intimate desires of the woman who holds his bottle. Now Gage has a wish of his own—to be a real man and a have a real life even though he knows it’s an impossible dream. This time he plans to take his bottle and break it just to see what will happen.

Paramedic Sasha Watts has seen the damage falling in love does to people and she has no intention of being another of Cupid’s victims. She accidentally frees Gage without knowing what he is. After one kiss he walks away and she never expects to see him again, but the goddess Inanna has other ideas.

As punishment for breaking his bottle she erases Gage’s memory of everything but Sasha. Only Sasha can give him the life he longs for and only Gage can be the man she’s always dreamed of, but first she’ll have to open her heart and he’ll have to finish the job Inanna gave him. If he fails, he’ll cease to exist.

Excerpt:

Gage let out a breath and sucked in the cool night air as Sasha walked away. He wanted to follow but held his ground, resisting the burning in his blood to hold on to the woman who’d set him free and started the spell with a kiss. How long until it ended?

Around him, the noise of the party continued. Above him, the stars were dull pinpricks. They’d been so bright the first time he’d been summoned from his bottle. At least they were familiar—even though they were in different patterns. Despite the flood of information, he was still reeling from being brought out of the quiet bottle and thrust into a party. Noise and confusion had overwhelmed him. All he’d understood was the goddess-born compulsion to get on the bull and hold on.

He refocused on his surroundings. The machine in the middle of the yard was throwing people off like the wild animal it was supposed to be. This was definitely his strangest appearance. It topped the Venetian masquerade ball, and that had been a very odd affair with too many wishes to fulfill and too many desires to be sated.

By the time the mechanical bull had thrown him off, he’d gotten a handle on where he was and who he was supposed to be doing. Sasha. He was the man she was craving. The need to be with her and fulfilling her unspoken wish thrummed in his blood. He closed his eyes for a moment and let the new desires swirl around him.

This summoning didn’t seem too different from when he’d played a knight for a lonely Lady waiting for husband to return from a Crusade. Honor, respect and doing the right thing. He flexed his fingers. A few hundred years ago, he would’ve enjoyed playing the part.

His problem was he was tired of bit parts, even if they lasted for months. He wanted everything—or nothing. He’d heard rumors of other Inanu who’d broken the spell and been freed from their bottle to become human. He couldn’t be the man Sasha desired, or needed, not if he was going to find his own destiny. Yet his gaze searched her out in the crowd, and his feet wanted to take him to her. His body responded without thought. The need to do what he’d been released for wouldn’t leave him and would only grow worse the longer he stalled. Fighting the will of a goddess was difficult, but not impossible.

He pulled a drink—beer, a thought filled in—out of the ice. Ice. These people must be rich to be bringing that in for a party. New information corrected him as the goddess Inanna filled his head with what he needed to know. Ice was commonplace. Every house had ice.

He glanced around. Prohibition was obviously over, since everyone was drinking freely. He twisted off the cap and took a cautious sip. As the alcohol slid down his throat, he relaxed. Beer was much better cold than it was warm. Over the years, he’d learned to be cautious with food and drink. It was never what he expected or was used to, and he never ate anything unless Inanna explained what it was and filled his head with the facts. He’d learned that the hard way. Goat testicles. Delicacy, Inanna’s arse.

Now Sasha, she was a delicacy. His gaze was drawn to her by the magic that gave him life. Her short blond hair was spiked and she wore a tight pink top and a knee-length black skirt that swirled around her legs when she walked.

Gage’s hand strayed to his necklace. A tiny silver hourglass hung from a chain and rested against his chest. The green sand that timed his stay was barely moving. He had plenty of time. Although he’d made that mistake last time he was released—he’d given in to desire and dallied too long. When he’d fulfilled her needs, he’d been sucked back in to the bottle before he could gain his freedom. Not this time. He wouldn’t let it get that far with Sasha.

About the Author:

Shona HuskThree time ARRA finalist Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Sourcebooks.

You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com
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Spotlight & GiveAway: BURDENED BY DESIRE

BurdenedByDesire_w8020_med BURDENED BY DESIRE
Elemental Sisters, #2
Publisher: 
The Wild Rose Press.
Worldwide release: January 31, 2014.

Jocelyn, an Elemental, is stuck between the mortal and immortal worlds, yet not quite a part of either. Her power over the elements of the Earth won’t evolve until she meets her mate. Before then she’s an easy prey and a coveted possession for the Malums Inmortalis who wish to conquer the world.

Alpha werewolf, Landon, has been living with the knowledge his fated female, the one woman created for him, is just beyond his reach. For months he’s forsaken her, refusing to accept his mate because she can never grant him a much-needed heir for his nearly extinct pack.

Despite his decision Landon finds himself drawn to Jocelyn and when an attempt is made on her life, he realizes his destiny lies with her. Can they overcome the long-held prejudices of his kind and defeat their enemies in time to find what the future holds?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JL Sheppard picJ.L. Sheppard was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she still lives with her husband.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.

It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was published in January of 2013.

Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Spotlight & GiveAway: No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It

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No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It
Series: 
Grayslake, #1
Published
: 01-2014
ISBN: 9781311709158
Word Count: 68000
Genre(s): BBW, Heterosexual, Paranormal Romance
Publication Date:  January 4, 2014

The first day of Mia’s new life in Grayslake, Georgia is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and—oh—there’s a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub’s uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there’s a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her. Yum. Of course, he has to ruin things by trying to take the cub out of her hands. Ha! The cub is hers… No ifs, ands, or bears about it.

Werebear Ty can’t seem to get the curvaceous, delectable Mia to understand that, even if she is one-quarter werebear, she isn’t keeping the cub. Ty is the Grayslake Itan, the clan’s leader, and the little werebear is going home with him… Unless it isn’t. It’s her smile. If she’d stop smiling and being gorgeous, his inner-bear would support him and Ty would get his way. But the beast wants to make their woman happy, so it’s perfectly content to let her do as she pleases. Then things change. Threats arise, danger comes close, and Ty demands she return to his den. No ifs, ands, or mates about that.

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About the Author:

Celia Kyle PicCelia Kyle is a paranormal erotic romance author and would like to rule the world and become a ninja. As a fallback, she’s working on her writing career and giving readers stories that touch their hearts and *ahem* other places.

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SHIFTER SEDUCTION BOX SET BOOK BLAST & GiveAway

Shifter Seduction Box Set

SHIFTER SEDUCTION Box Set
Eve Langlais,  Mandy Harbin, Tressie Lockwood , S. K. Yule, Crymsyn Hart, LeTeisha Newton
Genre: 
Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 569 pages
Publisher: Amira Press
Publication Date: January 14, 2014
ASIN: B00HV4B3E0

Defying Pack Law – Eve Langlais
Dana fled her pack and their laws to live on her terms, but the price of defiance was her happiness. Could it be that now older and wiser, she can accept the Lycan menage way of life? Or will jealousy and fear send her running again?

Surrounded by Pleasure – Mandy Harbin
Attorney Krista Owens hopes to lose some inhibitions and maybe, finally, her virginity. Little does she know that the men she’ll be staying with are mountain lion shifters whose instinct to mate with any available woman can turn deadly–or that the moment Toby Woods sees her, his feral side will stop at nothing to have her.

Juneau Heat – Tressie Lockwood
Shiya’s been chatting up Birk Rider online and agrees to meet him in face-to-face in Juneau, Alaska. When Birk suggests a threesome with her taking on him and his buddy Kotori Munro, she can’t say no to the sexy bear shifters, even if her family of hunters wants them dead.

Lycan Lover – S. K. Yule
A party turns deadly, and Karen is stalked into the dark night. Ancient lycan, Anthony, saves her, and an instant, undeniable chemistry ignites between them. But will the fire last after Karen sustains a bite from a rogue, and she finds out Anthony is something she thought only existed in horror stories?
Three Fur All – Crymsyn Hart
October has escaped her kidnappers only to run into the arms of two very sexy wolves. The more Mika and Elliot fight their growing attraction to her, the more they desire to show October a howling good time. Together they will risk everything to save the woman they love before everything explodes around them.

Theirs to Claim – LeTeisha Newton
Zelina thought she was sworn off dating–until she woke up between a naked set of twins. Rion and Quin are determined to prove that Zelina is their mate in any way they can. If that means keeping her in bed–under them, over them, or between them–so be it.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

LeTeisha Newton

LeTeisha NewtonNational Bestselling author LeTeisha Newton is the author of a plethora of novels ranging from hot Interracial Erotica, Paranormal biters, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy genres. She’s known for her extensive knowledge of shifter cultures, even outside of the generic werewolves and vampires, crazy world-building, and making shapeshifters feel like they are living right next door.That has led to her being dubbed the Shifter Queen. Some of her series include the best-selling Claimed and Taken Series.

Blog: http://leteisha.wordpress.com
Website: http://theshifterqueen.weebly.com
Twitter: @LeTeishaNewton
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MANDY HARBIN:

Mandy HarbinMandy Harbin is the author of several books across multiple romance genres that range from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. Her books include the award winning Darkest Sin, an erotic romantic suspense and first in the new Darkest series. Mandy also continues to work on her Possession series, which explores BDSM elements with Digital Possession being the series starter, and the ever popular Woods Family series, which began with the best seller Surrounded by Woods. She lives in a small Arkansas town with her family and can be reached via:

Website: http://www.mandyharbin.com/
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EVE LANGLAIS

eve langlaisHello, my name is Eve. I’m a stay at home mom who works as a webmistress/customer service rep. In between juggling my three kids, hubby, and housework, I write romance–usually with werewolves or aliens lol.
Born in British Columbia, as a military brat, I have lived a little bit everywhere–Quebec, New Brunswick, Labrador, Virginia (USA) and finally, Ontario. My family and I currently live just outside Ottawa.
I love to write, and while I don’t always know what my mind is going to come up with next, I can promise it will be fun, probably humorous and most of all romantic, because I love a HEA.

Website: http://evelanglais.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eve.langlais.98
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EveLanglais
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3431194.Eve_Langlais

 

Crymsyn Hart

crymsyn heart picCrymsyn Hart’s worlds are filled with luscious vampires, gorgeous gods, quirky witches, and everything else that goes bump in the night. Hell, there is even a delicious cheesecake god floating around, but if I were you I wouldn’t eat his brownie cheesecake.

Crymsyn worked as a psychic for many years in Boston while attending Emerson College. She graduated with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing. Crymsyn shares her life with a small zoo, two playful puppies and her hubby Mark. If you come after dark, you’re more then likely to find her snuggled up with a gory horror movie, or a bloody vampire movie.

Crymsyn has a collection of Living Dead Dolls and five bookshelves overflowing with books. Of course there’s always room for more.

Website: http://www.ravynhart.com
FB: http://www/facebook.com/crymsynhart
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/crymsynhart
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Tresse Lockwood:

Tressie LockwoodTressie Lockwood graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has always loved books and enjoys writing about heroines who are overcoming the trials of life. She writes straight from her heart, reaching out to those who find it hard to be completely themselves no matter what anyone else thinks. Her favorite sub-genre in romance is paranormal, specifically shape-shifters. Can’t get enough of them! Tressie lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her two sons, one dog, and one cat.

Website: www.tressielockwood.com
Blog: www.tressielockwood.blogspot.com
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 S. K. Yule:

skyuleI live in a very small town of 150 people in Central Illinois with my husband and my dogs (which are my furry kids). I have been writing now for about four years. I have written paranormal romance, werewolf romance, demon romance, contemporary romance, historical romance menage, and erotic novellas.

My favorite month is October, and I love anything spooky, paranormal, supernatural, unnatural . . . well, you get the idea.

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SHIFTER SEDUCTION Book Blast – 1/20 – 2/02
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1/26 For the Love of Bookends
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1/26 Vampires, Werewolves, & Fairies, Oh My
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1/28 Booker Like a Hooker
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1/29 Book Monster Reviews
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1/30 Crazy Four Books
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1/31 Fang Freakin’ Tastic Reviews
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1/31 Miscellaneous Thoughts of a Bookaholic
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2/1 Book Lovin’ Mamas
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2/1 Dirty Girl Romance
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2/1 Paranormal Romance and Beyond
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2/1 Wicked Readings by Tawania
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2/2 Dalene’s Book Reviews
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2/2 deal sharing aunt
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2/11 Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
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2/18 In Shadows
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Spotlight & $50 G.C. GiveAway with a complete Sentinel Short Story from Alexandra Ivy

Born in BloodBORN IN BLOOD
The Sentinels, Book #1
Publisher:  Zebra
Publication Date:  December 31, 2013
ISBN-13:  978-1-4201-2514-6

In a stunning new series, Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels—humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain. . .

In The Heart Of Darkness

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. Beautiful erotic dancer, murdered at home, no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro–one of the dead-channelling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desparate measures.

Lies The Kiss Of Death

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line. . .literally.

AVAILABLE 12/31/14
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ABOUT ALEXANDRA:

Alexandra Ivy PicAlexandra Ivy is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guardians of Eternity series, the Immortal Rogues series and the Sentinels.

Alexandra graduated from Truman University with a degree in theatre before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than stage. She currently lives in Missouri with her extraordinarily patient husband and teenage sons.

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A SENTINEL LOVE STORY
By
Alexandra Ivy
ENTIRE STORY
Parts One – Ten

It was the twenty guns pointed at Jayne Burnelli’s head that convinced her that this was a very bad, truly terrible idea.

Okay, there were also the six massive tattooed Sentinels who were sizing her up as if they were deciding how big a hole they needed to dig to hide her body.

Sweat trickled down her spine as she pressed herself against one of the large trees that surrounded the lake.

Dammit.  She’d known that it was going to be difficult to sneak into Valhalla.  Like most people she’d heard the rumors about the massive compound in the Midwest that was the central safe-house for those people too unique to live among normal society.

The high-bloods, as the freaks preferred to be called, had wrapped layers of magic around the vast home where witches, psychics, necromancers, Sentinels and God only knew what else roamed the grounds.

But Jayne had been determined to find a way past the protective dome that hid the buildings from view.

What choice did she have?  Her younger brother, Charlie, had been taken through the front door several hours ago, and she had tried calling him a dozen times without answering her phone calls.  How could she know he was settling in?

At fifteen, Charlie was ten years younger than her and was so kind, so innocent, so sweetly vulnerable that Jayne found it impossible to give up her role as protector.   She’d been doing it since he his talents started to manifest.

Her parents had been horrified when he’d started healing small animals, just with his touch.  And then later, when he’d reversed an infection that’d threatened Jayne’s life.  They’d tried to hide their distress at the fact that their son was a high-blood, as did the neighbors, but Charlie had always known that they’d feared him.   It was only natural for Jayne to step in and guard him from those who couldn’t appreciate his extraordinary gifts.

Which was the only reason she hadn’t slammed the door in Anton Valik’s face the first time he’d shown up, claiming he was a representative from Valhalla.  He was a part of some mysterious order that tracked down high-bloods and he promised there was a place for Charlie where he would be surrounded by people who were like him.

Over the next month Anton had been a regular visitor to her small apartment on the outskirts of Boston, his exotic beauty making her forget how to breath as he’d gently put Charlie through a series of tests and, at the same time, earning his trust.  Eventually he’d invited Charlie to travel to Valhalla where he could learn how to control his powers.

Jayne couldn’t deny her brother the opportunity to fulfill his destiny.  Even if it ripped out her heart to have him taken away.  So she’d dutifully brought him to Valhalla and watched him walk away.  But she couldn’t leave.  Not until she was absolutely, positive they would treat him well.

It’d seemed perfectly reasonable until she found herself facing certain death.

Now she struggled to keep her knees from buckling in abject terror.

If she was going to face the firing line, she was going to do it on her feet.

Then, without warning, the crowd of Sentinels parted and a tall, man strolled toward her.

Anton Valik.

Her heart slammed against her ribs at the sight of the painfully beautiful high-blood.  It wasn’t just his shoulder-length, dark hair that framed his finely chiseled face that sent electric jolts of awareness through her.  Or the pale eyes that shimmered like silver in the moonlight.   Or even the hard, utterly lickable body that was shown to advantage beneath the thin, v-neck sweater and black silk slacks.

It was the way he looked at her as if he were seeing straight to her soul.

At the moment, his disconcerting silver gaze was locked on her pale face as he came to a halt directly in front of her.  Instantly Jayne could catch the scent of clean, male body and some delicious cologne that made her think of hot tropical nights and even hotter sex.

Oh…damn.

Now was not the time to indulge in her very X-rated fantasies of Anton Valik.

“Looking for me, sweetheart?” he murmured, his husky voice rubbing over her skin like a physical caress.  “I knew you couldn’t stay away.”

A portion of her terror was replaced by embarrassment at the snorts of laughter from the watching soldiers.

Okay, she was in the wrong, but he didn’t have to make her sound like a crazed stalker.

“Actually, I was looking for the Justice League,” she mocked, waving a hand toward the gathered men.  “And I found them.  Well, except for Aqua Man.  I assume he’s in the lake.”

She swiftly regretted her taunting words as a prickle of heat filled the air.  Shit.  When would she learn to keep her big mouth shut?  It was the reason she’d recently been laid off from the law office.  Then again, she wasn’t going to tolerate sexual harassment, even if it did cost her a job.

A mysterious smile curved Anton’s lips as he lifted his hand.  There was a short, startled pause before the lethal warriors silently melted back into the night.

Jayne released her breath on a low hiss, deeply relieved she wasn’t about to be fed to the wolves.  Or in this case…the Sentinels.

But her relief was cut short as Anton took another step forward, his sexual potency a gravitational force that threatened to suck her under.

No man should be so freaking gorgeous.

He reached to tuck a stray curl behind her ear.  “You didn’t really think you could sneak past our defenses, did you?”

She hunched a shoulder, deeply regretting her brown hair that was pulled in a ponytail and the predictable dark eyes that came with her Italian heritage.   She wasn’t ugly.  She was…plain.  Ordinary.  Just once she wished she could be the sort of woman that made a man like Anton look at her as if she were more than an unwelcome intruder.

“Only a place that has something to hide goes to such insane efforts to keep people out,” she accused, trying to remind herself why she was there.

This was all about Charlie.

Wasn’t it?

“We have nothing to hide, but a great deal to protect,” he countered, his gaze skimming down to land on her mouth, lingering there as if he was considering what it would feel like to kiss her.  She shivered.  Yes, please.   His fingers moved to stroke over her heated cheek.  “It’s amazing how many norms assume we’re savage mutants who are a threat to the world.”

Her mouth went dry.  She’d been desperately aware of Anton since he’d arrived on her doorstep.  Now she struggled not to make an idiot of herself.

No throwing yourself at the sumptuous, edible male

“I don’t think you’re a threat to the world,” she muttered.

His thumb traced her bottom lip.  “But you don’t trust us.”

“You have my brother.”

“We don’t have him,” he protested, his voice oddly absent.  As if his thoughts were distracted.  “Charlie came here of his own free will, as you well know.”

He wasn’t the only one distracted.  Jayne struggled to breathe as he explored her face with the tips of his fingers.

What was he doing?  Was it a high-blood thing?

She tried to pretend the light caress wasn’t sending tingles of arousal pulsing through her body.

“It’s true he agreed to come to Valhalla.”  Jayne was forced to halt and clear her throat.  “But that doesn’t mean he’s happy here.”

He traced the shell of her ear.  Jayne swallowed her groan.

“If you’re worried why didn’t you go to the front entrance and ask to see him,” he demanded.

“Because I couldn’t be certain he could speak freely.”

The silver eyes abruptly narrowed.  “Ah.  Do you suspect torture or mind control?”

“Don’t mock me,” she muttered, telling herself to pull away.

Of course she didn’t.  The pleasure of his touch was like an addiction that she had no intention of resisting.

God.  How long had it been since she’d been attracted to a man?  It felt like years.  And never, ever had she’d ever encountered one that had captivated her with a single glance.

“Do you know what I think?”  His fingers skimmed down the length of her neck, a satisfied smile curving his lips as they found the pulse that thundered at the base of her throat.

Damn.  He knew exactly what he was doing to her.  The realization gave her the strength to knock away his hand, a scowl marring her brow.

“Do I have a choice?” she growled, frustration humming through her tense body.

“I think you had to sneak in because Charlie didn’t want to see you.”

She stiffened, still raw from the fear that he might actually be right.

“Charlie loves me.”

The starkly beautiful features abruptly softened, the silver gaze peering deep into her eyes.

“Of course he does, but he’s fifteen years old and he’s a boy.”

Her scowled deepened.  “What’s that supposed to mean?”

“He’s tired of being smothered by his older sister.”

Anton watched the flash of temper darken Jayne’s eyes with an unexplainable fascination.  As always, he was shocked by his intensity of his reaction to this female.

It’d happened the second he’d caught sight of her.  She’d opened her front door and he felt his desire to possess her hit him like a physical blow.

If it hadn’t been so raw, so all-consuming, he might have tried to squash the unexpected bonding.  He was a man who’d always enjoyed his independence.  His position as a Searcher meant that he traveled the world seeking out high-bloods, ensuring they weren’t a danger to themselves or others.  It gave him the opportunity to enjoy pleasures from a wide variety of locations.

Food, culture…women.

He happily indulged all his senses.

Until last month when he arrived in Boston and Jayne Burnelli had exploded his world.

Her chin tilted to an adorably militant angle.  Jayne would never be a push-over.  She was intelligent, opinionated, and fiercely loyal,

The sort of woman who would never allow him to dominate her.

And he found her strength as sexy as hell.

“I don’t smother him.”

“Of course you do.”  He held up a hand as her eyes narrowed with fury.  “Don’t get me wrong.  It was an admirable when he was young.  Very few high-bloods are blessed with a family who can accept a freak.”

“Charlie isn’t a freak.”

“I’m well aware that Charlie is a talented healer who will be a welcomed member of Valhalla,” he assured her, understanding that it was hard for her to accept that the child she’d devoted her life to protecting was now safe and able to stand on his own.  But for both Charlie and Jayne’s sake, she needed to give him the space to become his own man.  “I’m also aware he’s excited to have a measure of independence and wouldn’t be particularly eager to meet with his overprotective sister mere hours after he managed to untie the apron strings.”

Pain flashed through her beautiful eyes the precise shade of melted chocolate.   They perfectly matched the satin brown hair she kept pulled away from her perfect oval face that was more striking than beautiful.

Dressed in a pair of faded jeans and a casual sweatshirt, she barely looked legal.  Thankfully, he’d already known she was twenty five before arriving in Boston.  Otherwise he might have retreated back to Valhalla and had a Sentinel beat some sense into him.

“I just need to know he’s okay,” she husked.

Anton reached to wrap his hand around her nape, gently urging her toward him.  He knew he was pushing against her boundaries, but dammit, he was tired of waiting.

He’d traveled to Boston a dozen times over the past month.  He’d left her his personal phone number.  He’d even gone to her ex-boss’s house after learning of his harassment to promise him a slow, painful castration if he so much as glanced at Jayne again.  Okay, she didn’t know that part and never would.  But still she’d kept him at a distance.

And that was…unacceptable.

“He’s fine,” he murmured, his thumb stroking the tense muscle that ran down the side of her neck.  “And already making friends.”

She shivered, allowing him to tug her close enough her breasts were brushing his chest.

“You’ve seen him?”

Their gazes meshed, a savage hunger pulsing between them.  “Of course,” his voice was thick…jagged.  “I promised you I wouldn’t let anything happen to him.  You can trust me.”

“I…” she bit her lip, making him swallow a groan.  He wanted to be nibbling that lush, sexy mouth.  “I do trust you,” she forced herself to admit, sucking in a deep breath.  “I suppose I leave—”

“Do you know the penalty of trespassing on Valhalla lands?” he abruptly interrupted.

She was talking about leaving.

No.  Not gonna happen.

“Do you plan on throwing me in the dungeons?”

A slow, wicked smile curved his lips.  The only place she was going was his bed.  The sooner the better.

“That depends,” he murmured, wrapping an arm around her waist.  The light brush of her breasts against his chest was sending shockwaves of need through his body.

He wanted to strip off her sweatshirt and cup the lush beauty of her breasts.  To kiss her smooth golden skin from head to toe.  To crawl between her legs and taste her sweet honey.

Her eyes dilated, almost as if she could read his wicked thoughts.  “Depends on what?”

“Whether you tell me the truth,” he said.

“The truth about what?”

He reached to tug the scrunchy from her hair, delighting in the tumble of dark satin that fell past her shoulders.

“Why you came here.”

Jayne sucked in a shaky breath, clearly struggling to keep track of the conversation.  Good.  He wanted her in his thrall.  So hot and hungry for his touch she couldn’t speak.

“Is that a trick question?” she managed to rasp.

“Charlie was your excuse,” he murmured, his head slowly lowering.

She trembled, her body soft and pliant as he pressed her against his hard body.  “What are you implying?”

His lips brushed delicately over her mouth.  Pleasure zinged through him.  Christ.  She tasted of rich, dark chocolate and female temptation.

“That you came to see me.”

“You…”  She struggled to speak, her hands landing against his chest.  “Are an arrogant ass.”

“Not arrogant.”  He used his tongue to trace her bottom lip.  He’d fantasized about this delicious, sexy mouth a dozen times over the past month.  Now he found it was just as soft and silky as he’d dreamed.  “Hopeful,” he admitted with blunt honesty.

Jayne was trying to be offended.

After all, Anton had just implied that she’d driven a thousand miles, and then risked her life to sneak into Valhalla, just to catch sight of him.  And the fact she suspected he was right should only have increased her annoyance.

Instead she was drowning in the intoxicating pleasure of being held against his hard, utterly male body.

Or at least until he whispered those fateful words against her lips.

Her heart thundered as she tilted back her head to meet his astonishing silver gaze.  “What did you say?”

His mouth twisted with rueful smile.  “Don’t act surprised, sweetheart.  I did a piss-poor job of hiding my interest in you.”

She shook her head.  “You never said anything.”

“Did I have to?”  He nipped her lower lip.  “Surely you knew that once Charlie had been approved to enter Valhalla there was no need for me to visit your home?”

Her heart stuttered to a halt before surging back into gear, racing at a frantic pace.  Was it possible that this beautiful, completely unattainable male had truly noticed her as more than Charlie’s older sister?

“You said you wanted to make sure we felt comfortable with Charlie’s upcoming move,” she breathed, her voice husky with the emotions she’d suppressed for the past four weeks.

“I wanted…”  A slow, lingering kiss.  “You.”

“Oh.”

“Oh?”  He lifted his head to study her with a piercing gaze.  “That’s all you have to say?”

She held his gaze, too terrified to admit how deeply she needed him.

“What do you want from me?”

“I’ve told you.”  His expression was somber, his eyes revealing a hint of vulnerability that she’d never expected to glimpse.  “The truth.”

The truth.

Such simple words that made her entire body tremble with fear.

“Okay, I did hope I might see you tonight,” she managed to admit, knowing he needed to hear the words.

His pride would never allow him to pursue her if he thought she truly wasn’t interested.

He frowned, hearing the reluctance in her voice.  “Does it bother you that I’m a high-blood?”

She was shaking her head before he could finish speaking, her hands lifting to frame his beautiful face.

“Of course not,” she assured him, horrified he’d misread her own insecurities.  “The only thing that bothers me is the fear I might not see you again.”

The confession hung in the air, then with a choked groan, Anton had her wrapped in a grip that squeezed the air from her lungs as his lips claimed hers in a kiss that demanded utter surrender.

Incandescent pleasure exploded through Jayne as she wrapped her arms around his neck, her fingers thrusting into the thick satin of his hair.

Oh…hell.

It was even better than she’d dreamed.

Jayne lost track of time as she reveled in Anton’s heated passion, her stomach muscles clenching as she felt the unmistakable thrust of his arousal.  It was the distant sound of a hooting owl that at last brought them back to reality.

Lifting his head, Anton studied her with a brooding gaze.  “Not that I don’t appreciate you’re creative approach in trying to sneak past our barriers, but I left my number for you.  Why didn’t you just call?”

She blushed.  “Why didn’t you?”

His thumb brushed her lips still throbbing from his kisses.  “I knew you would come.”

She arched a brow.  “You think you’re so irresistible?”

“If not me, then Charlie would eventually lure you into my web,” he murmured.

“Web?”  She sucked in a deep breath, savoring his heady male scent.  “That’s an interesting choice of words.”

“A web doesn’t release its prey.”  His arms tightened as she gave a small shiver.  “Are you afraid?”

“Never of you,” she assured him, knowing that it would take time to get used to the powerful emotions that thundered through her.

He held her gaze.  “You’ll stay?”

She didn’t hesitate.  “For how long?”

A smile that made her heart stop curled his lips.  “Eternity sounds about right.”

“Eternity.”  She went on pulled his head down, not even close to being done with his delicious kisses.  “That does sound right.”

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Spotlight: InHappily Ever After

InHappily Ever After

Kim DeSalvo

Inhappily Ever AfterGenre: Contemporary Romance
Page count: 589
Word count: 204,710
Cover Model: Jennifer Blocker
Photo by Digital Northern Exposures

 Book Description:

The secret is out, and Dylan is ready to go public with their relationship in a big way. Thanks to the Penelope Valentine scandal, however, it’s much bigger than Tia ever anticipated. She’s the mystery woman everyone’s talking about, and once her identity is revealed, she must step out of her old life and learn to embrace her new celebrity and everything that comes with it. She becomes a media darling overnight, but there are still those who would begrudge her happiness…

Lexi is at first relieved that she no longer has to bear the burden of keeping Dylan’s identity to herself, but soon discovers that having it out in the open only creates more complications. Ryan, her fiancé, feels blindsided by her deception, and is struggling to maintain his own identity in the long shadow cast by Dylan Miller. Then there’s Bo Collins; the drummer for InHap who feels more for her than he’s at first willing to admit. With all the misunderstandings, deceptions, and lies, can Lexi ever hope to find her own InHap*pily ever after?

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The first of this series Incidental Happenstance is one of my top 10 reads.. My review-> here.

Exerpt:

“This is going to be the year of us, Tia, and it’s just the beginning of a lifetime together.” He raked his hands through his hair, and reached into the pocket of his jacket, his gaze never faltering. “The next time the tabloids print a headline that says ‘Engaged,’ I want it to have an exclamation point and a picture of us under it.” He pulled his hand from his pocket, and Tia saw the gold-embossed black box that he held and she inhaled on a gasp, unconsciously bringing her hand to her heart as Dylan dropped to one knee.

“I worship you, Tia Hastings. Life without you would have no meaning, and you would make me the happiest man on earth if you would be my wife.” He opened the box, but Tia couldn’t take her eyes off of his and all the sentiment she saw there. “Please. Say you’ll marry me.”

A flood of emotion washed over her in an instant, and in that moment, she knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that she was the luckiest woman in the world. “Yes,” she croaked, then louder, “Yes!” Her voice dropped to a whisper as she fought tears of joy. “With every cell in my body, yes. Oh Dylan…” She held out a very shaky hand and looked down as he slipped the ring onto the third finger of her left hand. He kissed the ring and her hand before standing up and pulling her into his arms. Their kiss was sweet and tender, and the fireworks in the distance seemed just for them.

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About the author:

kim desalvoKim has been a writer all her life, penning her first “novel” in a spiral notebook when she was 14. She wrote mostly for the love of language, but the encouragement and support of friends and family prompted her to publish her first book in 2012.

Her debut novel, Incidental Happenstance, became an Amazon best-seller within three months of its release. InHap*pily Ever After is a sequel, and picks up right where the first book left off.

An elementary teacher by day, Kim is also an avid reader, a nature lover, and has a weakness for travel. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and Bonnie, her furry mutt.

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Email: kimdesalvobooks@gmail.com

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SERIES SPOTLIGHT:  Love’s Second Chance Series

reprieveReprieve
Love’s Second Chance, Book 1

It’s been a year since Sophie lost her husband and daughter in a car wreck but time hasn’t healed her wounds. A desperate choice leads her to Trevor, the handsome stranger who saves her life and leaves her wanting more than just a few steamy kisses.

Trevor is content living the fast-paced life of a successful NYC entrepreneur. The last kind of complication he needs is a troubled woman like Sophie. But he’s immediately drawn to her even if his bachelor instincts scream for him to run.

As Sophie struggles to fight her growing feelings for Trevor, she’s torn between her past and the future. Somehow, she has to find the strength to finally let go and move on with a man who is everything she never thought she wanted.

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Love’s Second Chance, Book 2

After a wild weekend of passion on a business trip, Claire discovers she’s pregnant with her boss’s baby. It wouldn’t be such a big deal—if Logan wasn’t the world’s most arrogant jerk. She decides to keep the pregnancy a secret, even if it means losing her job.

It doesn’t take long for Logan to realize what’s going on and he isn’t happy Claire tried to hide the truth. To make matters worse, he and Claire can’t seem to agree on anything other than the insane attraction that keeps sparking between them. One minute they can’t stand to be in the same room and the next, they can’t keep their hands to themselves.

Even as their mutual attraction heats up, both are determined to guard their hearts. Claire can’t make sense of Logan’s hot-then-cold personality and Logan wants more from Claire than she’s willing to give. Just when they begin meeting each other halfway, outside interference threatens to tear them apart forever.

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Love’s Second Chance, Book 3

Wynne Carter’s one-night-stand with Hollywood bad boy Derek Shaw resulted in life-changing consequences in the form of her precious daughter. Years later, she isn’t prepared to face him or his questions when he returns to her small town seeking answers.

With his acting career on hiatus thanks to his wild past, discovering he has a daughter is reason enough for Derek to stick around. Spending timing with her mom isn’t too shabby either, and soon he can’t keep Wynne or her long legs off his mind.

Wynne knows a man like Derek is made for sin, not happily-ever-afters, but resisting him proves pretty darn impossible. For a while, it looks as if the unlikely pairing of the single mom and the heartthrob might make it after all. Until Hollywood wants its leading man back, and their new relationship threatens to fall apart forever.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Scarlett scottAward-winning author Scarlett Scott writes contemporary and historical romance with heat, heart and happily ever afters. Having graduated from swiping her older sister’s romance novels to read in secret, she now crafts love stories of her own with a good dose of sizzle and an equal amount of humor. She lives in the Pennsylvania countryside with her Canadian husband and is a proud mom to their adorable but occasionally evil dog with a penchant for eating everything he shouldn’t.

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