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Review: The Shrinemaiden by Annie Eppa

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4.5 out of 5

This was smoking HOT!!!  Seriously, one of the hottest books I’ve ever read.  I don’t often read the fantasy genre, but the synopsis for The Shrinemaiden had me intrigued so I decided to give it a whirl when Ms. Eppa kindly offered a copy to read and review.  I don’t care who you are, or what genre of smut you like to read, if you like smut that is more than just soft porn on paper, this is a must-have in anyone’s collection.  I was so hot and bothered throughout, I almost missed the story itself, but that would have been a shame because it was equally incredible.

The plot was a clever take on Queen Elizabeth’s Court lies and intrigue, and I also got a feel of a Roman Empire style thrown in.  Every single time I thought I had it all figured out, another curveball was thrown, and I found myself sitting up and thinking, ooh, tell me more!  I had a great admiration for Adelai’s character, not only a highly sensual woman, but also one sharp cookie able to hold her own in a world filled with treachery and danger.  Thornton was the definition of a sex on a stick alpha male, but was so much more than just brawn.  Nothing better than an old school military man, mmmm.

I’m dying for the next in the series, The Slavemaiden.  Kinlee and General Falen are introduced here, I loved them, and I think that one is going to be just as hot as this was, but we have to wait until Feb/Mar 2014 (whimper).  It’s already in my TBR, and I will be begging Annie Eppa to let me review.

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Adelai has known only one home – that of the Temple of Inne-annah, Goddess of Lust and Love. As a shrinemaiden, she was raised to be a graceful, high-society courtesan catering only to the rich and powerful, for a price.

On the eve of her auction, however, Adelai discovers treachery at play between two of the most powerful kingdoms in the land, and that she had become a pawn in a political game where the stakes are high, and one wrong move will mean war. The choices Adelai will make shall take her from gilded manors and fancy balls to a cruel king’s royal court, where secrets lurk and loyalty is an illusion. In the end, Adelai must use all the skills she’s learned both inside the bedroom and out of it to triumph against the men who want her, the men who would seek to possess her – and to win the man who loves her, against all odds.

The Shrinemaiden is the first of the Maidens trilogy, which takes place in the dark kingdom of Sarcopia, but remains a standalone.

Warning: explicit scenes, dubcon situations, sexy alpha males and some bdsm.

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Annie has two great loves in her life – traveling the world, and writing. She panders to both by working as a freelance photojournalist, where she is sent all over the world to write and photograph awesome people and cute animals (and sometimes even the not-so-cute ones). She’s been on four continents, and hopes to add more countries to her ever-growing list. Due to her job, she has made many countries her home – Sweden, China, Brazil, the Philippines, Canada – and shuffles among these whenever she needs to.

Her debut novel, The Shrinemaiden, is an erotic fantasy set in a strange world of intrigue and bedroom politics. It is a standalone book that also manages to be the first in a series, and is due out in late 2013.

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When her beloved kingdom of Highrolfe falls, spirited Kinlee finds herself a captured slave, sold at auction to General Connor ‘The Wolf’ Falen, the man responsible for her country’s defeat.

Beaten but unbowed, Kinlee has one last card to play: a secret she must keep hidden from her new master, lest it dooms everyone that she holds dear. Though bound and helpless, she has sworn never to surrender to her frightening, intriguingly sensuous owner. But the Wolf has other plans….

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Cover Reveal- Lies Interrupted & Re-release of Love Interrupted by AJ Warner

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Having a second chance at your once in a lifetime love doesn’t necessarily mean things will go the way you plan. Logan Brookes and Andrew Eastin thought they had found true happiness; that their lives were finally coming together. Their relationship was no stranger to trials and tribulations, but nothing could have prepared them for the troubles they had yet to experience.
After overcoming her fears only to lose the love of her life again, Logan faced a bitter reality. Finally accepting that she could not change things that were out of her hands, she resolved there was one thing that she could control—her own life, and her own acceptance.
Andrew couldn’t imagine living without Logan. He never dreamed she would turn to another man. Losing her to someone else was one thing, but losing her completely would send him spiraling out of control. When fate intervenes and paths are rerouted, Andrew is faced with unimaginable decisions.
A love interrupted only led to betrayal and more lies, and lies destroy people. Unless, you destroy the lies.
Andrew takes it upon himself to fight for the only thing that has ever mattered in his life. Logan. He would come up against his own family if he had to in order to protect her and her unborn child. If he has anything to say about it, nothing will prevent Andrew and Logan from breaking free, being together, and interrupting the lies that threaten to end them both.
You still have time to read Book 1 of the Interrupted Series…
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Logan Brooks and Andrew Eastin shared a once in a lifetime love. After losing her parents and overcoming many obstacles, she could not handle the possibility of losing him, too. She loved him enough to walk away, for both of their sakes.

As tragedy strikes again, Logan is on a downward spiral. Andrew knows she needs protection from herself, and he needs to love her through it, even if only from a distance.

When fate intervenes and allows them a second chance at love, will Logan and Andrew risk it? The Attraction is undeniable. The sexual tension, relentless. She is everything he has ever wanted. He sweeps her off her feet, renewing all that was lost.

Andrew promised her forever, but can words ever be enough? Can love prevail when life has different plans—bringing on more pain and emotions than imaginable? When lies and deceit corrupt the one thing sacred to them, plans will be ruined, promises will be broken, and hearts will be shattered.

What happens when the unknown threatens all of their dreams? Will Logan and Andrew survive their love, interrupted?

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A.J. was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. Four years ago, she relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and four wonderful children, Hayden (15), Jacob (13), Riley (11), and Isaiah (10).
A.J. is passionate about working with people with disabilities, and has a long time love of working with munchkins. She currently owns and operates a childcare facility in North Central Texas.
When she is not busy breaking up fights about who is mom’s favorite, or who ate the last bowl of Fruity Pebbles, A.J. enjoys reading and writing. She also likes chatting and laughing with her book club friends. Love Interrupted is her first book and she is currently working on her second and third novels.
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Review: Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon

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4 out of 5

I needed this book in the worst way! SO many books with the same tired storylines. SO many books that spend too much time telling and not showing a story. SO many books that blend with other books until you’re not sure if you read it or not or if you even want to. If you’ve been feeling the book doldrums like I have, then you will enjoy Must Love Otters. This book is chock full of smart, witty, and absurdly funny dialogue. The characters were equally great. The story was refreshingly real and sweet.

Eliza Gordon (which is a pen name, but we’re gonna talk like she’s real) is a girl I would like to have a drink with. I laughed so much while reading this book. And nodded my head in agreement with Hollie’s ramblings and thoughts. I devoured this book in an afternoon and now my sides hurt from laughing and my heart has grown in size within my chest over a story about a girl who has been afraid to really live and then she goes on a trip that changes her life. Along the way she meets hot guys, makes ridiculous decisions that land her in more than one unfortunate but hilarious situation and ultimately finds herself and her happily ever after. If Eliza Gordon writes another book, I will be reading it. And if Eliza is even half as awesome as Hollie, I hope I get the chance to buy her that drink some day. Must Love Otters is absolutely worth reading. You cannot read this book and be in a pissy mood. Won’t work. It’s crisp writing with relatable characters and wickedly funny. Plus, there’s a happily ever after. Who could ask for more?

 

lorraine

4.5 out of 5

Must Love Otters was so freaking funny!  I was laughing through almost the whole book.  Eliza Gordon did a great job of putting you inside of Hollie’s head, and there were moments that I thought she was channeling me because I know that I have some of the same crazy reactions to the type of messy situations she found herself in.  Loved Concierge Ryan, he’s a really sexy goofball and probably the only male capable of rescuing Hollie from herself and doing it with a straight face…well, most of the time.  Aside from all the laughs, Must Love Otters gave me the warm fuzzies, and had a very satisfying HEA.  This is a must-read for when you are in the mood for something fun to read!

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Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

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Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway- Storm by Nina Levine

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3.5 out 5

The first half of Storm, I thought this was going to go into my take or leave pile.  There was a lot of build up that had potential to go in numerous directions and I didn’t want to get my hopes up that it would go the way of drama and angst that I have come to expect from an MC novel.  The second half of Storm made up for any of my concerns that the plot would fizzle out.  The story took some cool twists and I realized what I had originally thought of as a slow lead in was vital background to the plot.

Madison and J: very hot together.  I kept picturing that is yelling and throwing things at each other, one slaps the other, and then they grab each other and start kissing each other.  Well, in Madison and J’ case, they have hot sex against the wall.   This combo is done quite often, but also just as often misses the mark.  Nina Levine nailed it.

A well done debut from Nina Levine and well worth a read if you are an MC fanatic.  Looks like this is going to be the first in a series that is going into my TBR.  I even wouldn’t mind if she did a prequel novella to give a little more to Madison and J’s history that led to the beginning of this.  I would tell you to ignore the cover though.  It’s a beautiful drawing that would actually look great in a frame on my wall, but it’s a little Rebel Without A Cause, not that that is a bad thing, just not the best fit here.

mandy

4 out of 5

Bravo. Another debut author with amazing storytelling skills.  And she writes about hot bikers! Nina Levine’s debut novel, Storm, is the first book in the Storm MC series and I look forward to seeing where she takes the club and its members. This first book brought Madison, the club president’s daughter home for protection from club dealings and the love story that plays out is not an easy one. Madison and J have real communication issues and a history that is not pretty or full of hearts and flowers. Their love story is filled with fights, heartbreak and death. Madison has a tough time handling things but as time progresses; we see her character do a lot of growing. J is the typical hot biker with alpha tendencies, but he has a sweet side for Madison. The rest of the cast are real and interesting enough that I have a couple players that I hope to see in future installments- Madison’s BFF and club member, Nash, are just a couple. And Scott, Madison’s brother, should also be in that list. And Blade. Oh, who am I kidding, I want more from Nina Levine and the Storm MC.

Nina Levine has a wonderful writing style and I love that her characters, regardless of being rough and gritty bikers or old ladies, speak with a semblance of intelligence. I enjoy swearing and I have the dirty mouth to prove it, but I appreciate that Nina didn’t write about another MC with an array of legit businesses and an inability to speak above a fifth grade vocabulary. This book is smart and the characters are more mature (late twenties, early thirties). But don’t let me discount the Storm MC bikers.  They’re bikers through and through and the book has its share of swearing and plenty of bloodshed. Storm is well written, perfectly paced, and loaded with super hot sex scenes.  I guess what I’m trying to get across is that you should read Storm. It’s a must read.

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Life can be a bitch but love can get you through any storm.
 
Madison Cole’s family is the Storm Motorcycle Club. Her father is the President and her brother is the VP. She grew up surrounded by bikers, crime and violence. Two years ago she walked away from her family and the world they live in. Her soul was shattered, her heart was broken and she had an addiction she couldn’t shake. She picked up the pieces and put herself back together. Now her family wants her back. The club is being threatened and they send a club member to return her home to safety; the one person that could destroy everything she has worked so hard to build.
 
Jason Reilly has sacrificed a lot for the motorcycle club he calls family. Two years ago he made the biggest sacrifice of all; he gave up the woman he loved for them. Now he is being sent to bring her back and he is conflicted. He thought he was over her but discovers their connection is as strong as ever. Their love was all-consuming, passionate and fiery. It was also their undoing and he doesn’t know if either of them is strong enough to battle the demons that ripped them apart, to find love again. 
 
Madison and Jason are brought back together by a force out of their control; one that pushes them to a breaking point. Can they overcome their past and discover a love worth fighting for or will the harsh reality of their world finally and completely break them both?
 
 
 
 
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I grabbed my purse and headed outside to go and buy lunch.
J was on the phone, but saw me come outside and signalled for me to wait.
“I’m going to buy lunch, J.  And I only get an hour so I don’t have time to wait for you,” I said, tersely.  He kept talking and scowled at me.  I turned and started to walk away from him, towards the cafe where I always bought lunch.I could hear him muttering something into the phone and then he must have ended his call because he went silent. Then, he barked,“Madison!”
The last thingI wanted to do was stop for him, but there was something in his tone; a ‘don’t fuck with me’ command.  So I stopped, and turned around to look at him.  Oh, my.  He was shitty. He stalked to where I was and got in my face. 
“Why the fuck do you have to be so difficult about this?” He was fuming. Well, I could see him, and raise him in his anger.
“Maybe it has something to do with the way Scott has gone about this.  And the fact that he sent you!”
He flinched.  It was only for a second, and most people wouldn’t have even noticed it. But I knew J, and I saw it.  It
surprised the fuck out of me. 
“Well then, it looks like we’ve got some shit to sort out, babe, because I’m not going anywhere.”
“I don’t want to sort shit out with you.  That ship sailed two fucking years ago, J,” I spat.
He gripped my arm, pulling me closer, “No, it fucking didn’t,” he growled, eyes blazing, “And you can’t deny there’s still something here.I feel it and I know you feel it too.”
I laughed.  No, actually, I cackled.  “You wanna fuck, J?  I can feel that, and, yeah, if you wanna go there, I’m all for it.  But don’t mistake my desire for your cock for anything else.”
 
 
 
 
 
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Nina Levine is an Aussie writer who writes stories about hot, alpha men and the tough, independent women they love. You won’t find any whiny, spineless women in Nina’s books and you certainly won’t find weak men. 

A warning though, you will find hot, dirty sex, lots of swearing, occasional violent encounters and men and women who live fast and love hard.

Nina’s debut book Storm will be releasing in November 2013. It is based around the Storm Motorcycle Club and is the first book in an MC series.
 
 
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Book Blitz: Shards of my Heart by Nicole Andrews Moore

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When I took the vows for better or worse, I meant them. Then I started to wonder if there was a limit as to how much worse I was supposed to endure. Am I supposed to stay if worse means that me and my daughter are in danger? What if the worse was because of a mental illness? When is enough simply too much?

This is a different kind of love story. Read Nina’s journals for a tale of hope, strength of spirit, and unconditional love.
 
 
 
Nicole has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past twelve years and now…she lives in secrecy in another state.
  Her journey of elf-discovery and recovery has barely begun and she faces it with her head held high, her shoulders back, a smile on her face, and hope in her heart. Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others. 

For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Three down! (Eleven to go?)

In May, Nicki started the blog Stories and Swag to promote authors. Several months later, she started Stories and Swag Tours, a blog tour company offering cover reveals, release blitzes, release parties on Facebook, and blog tours. In addition, she started Dominatrix Publishing, a boutique publishing company, to help other authors achieve publishing success.

Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. In addition, she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers. 

Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks.
 

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