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8.31.2016

New Release: An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert [Giveaway]


When a no strings attached arrangement turns into something more, Cillian O’Malley and Olivia Rashidi must overcome the family ties that bind them. Fans of Jackie Ashenden’s Make You Mine and Kresley Cole’s The Master, will devour the super steamy and fast paced third book, An Indecent Proposal in the wildly popular O’ Malley series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Greed. Ambition. Violence. Those are the "values" Olivia Rashidi learned from her Russian mob family-and the values she must leave behind for the sake of her daughter. When she meets Cillian O'Malley, she recognizes the red flag of his family name . . . yet she still can't stop herself from seeing the smoldering, tortured man. To save her family, Olivia sets out to discover Cillian's own secrets, but the real revelation is how fast-and how hard-she's falling for him.

Plagued by a violent past, Cillian is more vulnerable than anyone realizes. Anyone except Olivia, whose beauty, compassion, and pride have him at "hello," even if she's more inclined to say good-bye to an O'Malley. While his proposal of sex with no strings seems simple, what he feels for her isn't, especially after he learns that she belongs to a rival crime family. Cillian knows that there is no escape from the life, but Olivia may be worth trying and dying for . . .

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Excerpt:

Which only served to make her feel more awkward. Olivia threw up her hands. “I don’t know how to do this.”
“Do what?”
“This.” She motioned between the two of them. “This isn’t normal.”
He laughed again, quieter this time. “What does normal look like?” When she would have balked, he held out his hand. “Sit down. You’re making me twitchy with all the pacing. I’m not laughing at you. I’m laughing at the absurdity of this entire situation. So humor me and tell me what normal looks like.”
She didn’t know. That was the problem. Olivia wasn’t sure she’d recognize normal if it hit her in the face. But she wasn’t quite willing to share with Cillian exactly how messed up her childhood had been, outstanding chemistry or not. She inched closer to the bed and perched on the edge, but even with three feet between them, she felt like a lightning rod to his storm, full of vibrating energy and impending boom. She pulled at the edge of her T-shirt. “You know—we’d meet somewhere normal.”
“We met at a bar.”
“Most relationships don’t start in a bar.” She realized what she said and shoved to her feet. “Strike that. I didn’t mean relationship. I just…” Not sure what she was trying to say, she charged on. “Maybe a coffee shop. You’d be behind me in line and say something witty, and I’d laugh and you’d spend the next ten minutes charming me until I gave you my number.”
She was almost afraid to look at him and see his expression. His silence said it all. “That’s stupid, isn’t it?”
“No, not at all. It sounds nice.”
Olivia faced him. “You’re humoring me.”
“Sit down.” He waited for her to obey before he spoke again. “I’m not. It does sound nice.” He carefully leaned back against the headboard. “So I charm your number out of you, huh? I must be pretty charming.”
She shot him a look. “In this scenario, yes.”
Cillian laughed. “Then I’d call you.”
She edged over to sit on the other side of the mattress against the headboard. It was such a silly thing they were doing, but after how intense the rest of the night had been, maybe silly was exactly what they both needed. “A call instead of a text? I must have made an impression.”
“More like I was determined to make the right impression. Texts are lazy, and you can’t get a good read on someone that way. So I’d call.”
She hadn’t spent much time dating…well, ever, really…but even she knew that was different from the norm. “I’d think you were a freak for calling, but I’d answer because I was intrigued.”
“We’d talk for a while, feeling each other out.”
“More like me trying to figure out if you’re a psycho.”
He grinned. “Or that. I’d say all the things a normal guy would say. You’d be reassured that I wasn’t likely to chloroform you and chain you up in my torture-slash-sex dungeon.”
“That’s…comforting.”
“It would be, yes.”
She laughed softly. “We’d set up a date at the end of the call.”
“Somewhere nice and public and nonthreatening.”
“Now you’re getting the idea.” She stared at the ceiling, part of her kind of weirded out at how well the conversation was flowing with him playing along. “Dinner, no movie. Movies are for people who are too intimidated by the thought of first-date conversation that they chicken out.”
“The conversation would be titillating.”
“You think so?” She rolled onto her side to face him, finding that he’d done the same. His bandage was a vivid reminder of why they were there in the first place. Olivia frowned. “How’re you feeling?”
“That’s not part of the game.” He yawned. “So we’d drink pretentious wine that neither one of us liked and order things that we could barely pronounce and, at the end of it, we’d sheepishly admit that we didn’t like either the drinks or the food, and we’d go find a food truck and laugh at ourselves.”
It was an attractive picture he painted. Normal and kind of sweet and something she’d never have the option of doing. She made a face. “Instead, you wander into my bar because your family’s territory encompasses it and we have a quick fuck in the alley.” She should regret it. She knew she should. There were thousands of dating books and columns out there advising women to withhold sex until they had some sort of commitment.
Except she didn’t regret a damn thing.


About Katee Robert:


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube




8.26.2016

Weekend Reading [08/26-08/28] :: Stuck in Limbo + Review Catchups



And so the weekend begins...

As August winds down I've found myself in a weird personal life limbo. The kind that begs a fast forward button so you can move past the waiting.

The upside to being stuck waiting for things to change is that it has given me time to dump a lot of energy into review catch-up. I have a goal right now to get reviews done for every title I received on NetGalley that has been archived. By the end of the month. It's pretty daunting but I'm down to only 7 left. One I only half-read so I hope to finish it and one got archived before I read it so I don't think I can review it without buying it or borrowing it from the library but I'm doing well. I had almost 20 unreviewed archived books so I figured it was time to tackle them. Of course, I have 16 others to finish and review or just review that haven't been archived. I actually read a lot more than I write and talk about here and on Goodreads.

This weekend I'll be finishing Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas) by Zoraida Cordova. I've been really eager to read it since seeing Cordova on a panel about diversity at RT. Barring nothing big happens to make me not like it it's going to get a positive review. It's been really enjoyable so far. I'll also be starting on The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I confess, it's a title I hesitated to accept but between the pretty cover and my love of futuristic stuff... I caved. But it's long and I've seen some pretty negative reviews already. Wish me luck!

What are YOU reading this weekend? If you're in the mood for graphic novels or non-fiction I've reviewed quite a bit over on The Rhialist in recent weeks. Have a fab weekend! -- Rhi

8.25.2016

Preorder the Alpha Beta Omega Box Set & enter to win!


10 Sizzling Shifter Stories From Today’s Hottest, Bestselling Authors
On PreOrder Now – Alpha Beta Omega: A Shifter Box Set



Release Date: September 13, 2016

Alpha Beta Omega: A Shifter Box Set 
Anthology Authors: Lia Davis, K.N. Lee, Marissa Dobson, Beth Caudill, Misha Carver, Xandra James, Laxmi Hariharan, Bethany Shaw, Nicole Morgan, Lily Marie

From today’s hottest USA Today and Bestselling authors comes a collection of 10 novellas, featuring hot alpha, beta, and omega shifters. If you like tigers, bears, wolves, and more you’ll love this box set. Each story is either a first in a series or a stand-alone novella.

AND it’s only on sale for a limited time so be sure to grab while it’s available. #99cents
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

What’s inside: 

A Tiger’s Claim by Lia Davis 
As the Alpha’s only daughter Shayna Andrews has always been treated like a rare gem, protected like royalty, and she’s suffocating. Her longing to be independent has driven her to sneak out one evening after dinner. After relishing in being able to run free without an escort, she finds herself face-to-face with the enemy, miles from home, and nearly loses her life until a lone wolf comes to her aid. But when he discovers she wears the enemy’s brand, things will go from bad to worse.

The Scarlett Legacy by K.N. Lee 
Wizards. Shifters. Sexy mobsters with magic.

8.24.2016

Let's talk favorite YA Retellings! [+ Giveaway!]

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Get Back-to-School Ready with this YA Retellings Blog Blast!

Recently, we asked several Entangled TEEN authors of YA Retellings the following question, "What book or story would you like to see updated for the young adult market?", and where possible, we've shared their responses below with you!

Review: Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne

Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Urban Fantasy, Supernatural
Print/Digital/Audio (112 pages, SUBTERRANEAN)
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells itand furthermore, he knows he can handle it. When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it's part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren't too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it's up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy! Engaging the services of his faithful Druid, Oberon must travel throughout Oregon and Washington to question a man with a huge salami, thwart the plans of diabolical squirrels, and avoid, at all costs, a fight with a great big bear. But if he's going to solve the case of the Purloined Poodle, Oberon will have to recruit the help of a Boston terrier named Starbuck, survive the vegetables in a hipster pot pie, and firmly refuse to be distracted by fire hydrants and rabbits hiding in the rose bushes. At the end of the day, will it be a sad bowl of dry kibble for the world's finest hound detective, or will everything be coming up sirloins? The Purloined Poodle is another exciting novella entry in Kevin Hearne's New York Times best-selling Iron Druid series.
Author Site: website

Even cat lovers will like this one. (5 stars)

Waiting for new IDC novels is hard. Fortunately, author Kevin Hearne, is not only wonderful at engaging with his fans, he can write fantastic IDC short stories for fans to nibble on. I never read the blurbs for Hearne's books so I wasn't sure what to expect from The Purloined Poodle. What was delivered was even more awesome than I could have anticipated—Oberon dominates this kidnapping and murder mystery.

For a short story this felt pretty story rich and made me chuckle a lot. Oberon fans are sure to delight in his desire to be Sherlock Holmes. Short and lighter than most IDC stuff but a terrific diversion to entertain while one waits for the next novel I thoroughly loved it and recommend to all fans.

8.23.2016

Review: Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi

Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
Notes: I received an audio review copy from the author for review.
Historical Romance, Special Needs
Digital/Print/Audio (423 pages)
Jesse Best is a simple man with simple ambitions, his own dog, his own gun and a woman. Althea Winsloe is a young widow. All she wants is to give her son a better childhood than her own. But a young woman sitting on a prime piece of farmland is bound to draw attention from envious neighbors and swains on every side. Interfering relatives and the confession of an illicit kiss force her to make her choice of a new husband by Christmas Day. Chock full of Ozarks vocabulary, mountain culture and characters that you are sure you know, Simple Jess is a unique and beloved romance novel that no reader should miss. (Narrated by Kevin Clay)
Author Site: website

An unexpected romance gem I solidly recommend! (5 stars)

I'm not much of a historical romance reader. On the surface this book is pretty much the opposite of what I read and review. When I perused NPR's 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances in search of a gem or two that I might like it was the one that stood out. I'm an advocate for diversity in romance but it's still very rare to find characters with mental handicaps. Since it was so well reviewed I felt quite confident that Jesse was going to be treated as a person with the same dreams and desires as any man. I took the plunge and this book blew me away.

I listened to it on audio and at times the narrator was so good he was annoying but he brought the Ozarks and Marrying Stone to life. Morsi is a phenomenal writer. Not one word ever feels extraneous or like filler. The characters are vibrant, lively, and felt like they were real people, not caricatures. The plot is a bit of a classic, I could easily see this made into a Hallmark movie. Althea is impressively strong and flawed but someone with a good heart. Jesse may have ruined all future romance novel heroes for me. He's such a good man and so deserving of the love he finds.

If you're looking for an engrossing, heart-felt romance that is pretty unique please do yourself a solid and read Simple Jess. Even though it's not a book I would have ever found on my own it would make my own top 100 for it's beautiful contributions to the romance genre.

Blog Tour: QUANTUM by Jess Anastasi [Excerpt]

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Today we have the blog tour for Quantum by Jess Anastasi! Check it out and grab your copy of this great new romance today!


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Someone wants Captain Admiral Zander Graydon dead. Like yesterday. Zander's convinced his attractive assistant knows more than she's willing to say, and if he can stop running long enough, he'll find out exactly what she's hiding. Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros is determined to keep her CO safe. Before she tips her hand, however, Mae has to figure out if the alluring man she's protecting is the real Captain Admiral Graydon. Or an alien shape-shifting imposter.

On the run and no one to trust…not even each other.

Captain Admiral Zander Graydon has seen a lot of action, but almost getting killed three times in one day is pushing it. Only the company of his new assistant, Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros, makes things a little easier to swallow. Except the delectable Lieutenant Marshal Petros is hiding a number of secrets, and her presence might have something to do with the continued attempts on his life.

It's no accident Lieutenant Marshal Mae Petros finds herself in the firing line alongside the charming but very off-limits Captain Admiral Graydon. She's taken the job as the admiral's assistant to determine if a shape-shifting alien has killed the CO and assumed his form. Whether the admiral is human or not, Mae finds herself getting way too close to him as they run for their lives.

Military to the core, Mae and Zander will have to overcome their suspicions of each other to work together, when they realize the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
  Get your copy of QUANTUM today:

Excerpt:

Graydon looked up and met her gaze. In that one glance, she saw everything she shouldn’t want, everything she knew she couldn’t have with this man. He stepped closer to her, making her breaths too shallow.
This was totally irrational. Things had become too complicated, unclear out here where they were stuck with each other and couldn’t gain perspective. What would they do when they got back to reality, when the question of whether or not he was even human rammed right into her?
But as his large, slightly roughened palm stroked over her lower leg, she couldn’t believe that he was anything but human.
There was a good chance she was going to regret this. But as he let go of her calf and came closer, she couldn’t think of anything except that it would be totally worth it.
For once, she wanted to think of nothing—not her promise to Rian, not the certainty that if UAFA or the IPC found out what she was doing here she’d think herself lucky for only getting sent to Erebus, nor the truth that it’d been too long since she’d let anyone get close to her and it was easier to always be detached. God, how she wanted to think
of nothing and simply feel.
Rain started falling faster, chattering on the surface of the water around them, a cool contrast to the warm springs.
He shifted closer and finally, finally, his chest brushed her breasts, making the ache within her deepen.
“This is a bad idea,” she managed to get out, even though she’d apparently forgotten how to breathe.
“I know. It’s probably the worst idea I’ve ever had.” He reached up and cupped her face, the water from his hands tracking down her neck and making her shiver.
“Then we shouldn’t.” Her words weren’t much more than a whisper as he leaned down toward her.
“No, we definitely shouldn’t,” he murmured a split second before his mouth landed on hers.
Unlike their last kiss, this one wasn’t filled with frustration and confusion. The near-combustible heat was definitely still there, but this time they came together in a harmony instead of furious discordance.
She reached up to frame his face, the two days’ worth of whiskers on his cheeks pricking her palms. His hands splayed across her lower back, and she pushed herself closer to him, winding her arms around his shoulders to anchor herself to him. The kiss deepened, became a little wilder, and his tongue sliding into her mouth dragged a moan from deep within her soul.

About the author:

Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, a good book on a rainy day, and probably spends too much time watching too many TV shows. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia, with her very supportive husband, three daughters, two hyper-active border collie dogs, and one cat who thinks he’s one of the kids.

  Connect with Jess
 Author Website: www.jessanastasi.com Author Blog: www.jessanastasi.blogspot.com Author Twitter: @JessAnastasi Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jess-Anastasi-Author-Page-129441077081452/  


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8.17.2016

Review: I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Notes: ARC received via Edelweiss.
Release Date: October 18th, 2016
Young Adult, Romance
Digital/Print (352 pages, BALZER + BRAY)
Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to MIT, and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends, Spencer and Gabe, have been the targets of horrific bullying.
So Bea uses her math skills to come up with the Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming student body president, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use the Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win her boyfriend back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.
Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As the Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?
Author Site: website

Too problematic to earn a rec from me. (2 stars)

The whole concept of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is controversial. Do a little Googling and you're going to quickly realize what a sexist term it is. So I thought this book might be an enjoyable commentary on that sexism and the problem with it. Alas, it isn't.

I'm usually the champion and defender of unlikable heroines but this time I just can't make myself do it. I liked the idea of this book but once I had it in my hands and started to read I quickly realized I hated Bea. Sadly, my hatred of Bea got worse and worse to the point I almost stopped reading and went with a DNF. To put it quite bluntly... Bea is a horrible person. The way she treats her friends, her boyfriend/ex-boyfriend, her stepmother and parents, and especially Toile, just disgusted me. She's arrogant and the way she uses her friends was totally cringe inducing. If the novel has resolved with a feeling that Bea had truly grown or learned from what she did I might have liked it but I just wasn't feeling it.

While I won't encourage anyone to steer clear of INYMPDG—problematic books deserve to be read—I definitely will not be recommending it. It just left me with too strong of a negative feeling.



8.16.2016

Review: Roller Girl by Vanessa North

Roller Girl by Vanessa North
Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Contemporary Romance, Lesbian, Transgender
Digital/Print (154 pages, RIPTIDE)
Recently divorced Tina Durham is trying to be self-sufficient, but her personal-training career is floundering, her closest friends are swept up in new relationships, and her washing machine has just flooded her kitchen. It’s enough to make a girl cry.
Instead, she calls a plumbing service, and Joanne “Joe Mama” Delario comes to the rescue. Joe is sweet, funny, and good at fixing things. She also sees something special in Tina and invites her to try out for the roller derby team she coaches.
Derby offers Tina an outlet for her frustrations, a chance to excel, and the female friendships she’s never had before. And as Tina starts to thrive at derby, the tension between her and Joe cranks up. Despite their player/coach relationship, they give in to their mutual attraction. Sex in secret is hot, but Tina can’t help but want more.
With work still on the rocks and her relationship in the closet, Tina is forced to reevaluate her life. Can she be content with a secret lover? Or with being dependent on someone else again? It’s time for Tina to tackle her fears, both on and off the track.
The Lake Lovelace stories can be read in any order -- jump in wherever you'd like!
Author Site: website

A fantastic blend of plot and characterization. (4 stars)

I've been wanting to read more lesbian romance for quite a while so when I saw Roller Girl was by Vanessa North—an author I had met and casually chatted with a few times at RT—I thought it was a great place to start. 

As you can imagine this was a book with very complicated and complex relationships. I really liked the characters and the plot but I found that the first person narrative didn't work for me (I'm not a fan of first person in romances anyway). I don't want to be weird about it but this was the first time I'd read a trans character in an adult romance. While I can't speak for the accuracy of the representation I liked that it never felt like it was treated as something unusual or different, it just felt... well, like it was just part of Tina's identity, not all of who she was. 

Roller Girl is a great story and the strong friendships between the women of the derby team added a really endearing element as Tina became part of the team. I do think it's worth noting that at times this felt more like a story about a woman finding her tribe than a romance. Tina goes through a lot of person growth beyond the romance. I enjoyed Roller Girl very much and if I can find more lesbian romances with such rich female friendships interwoven I am so there. I will definitely be looking at North's backlist too.



8.15.2016

Release Day: MIDNIGHT SOUL by Kristin Ashley [Excerpt + Giveaway]

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MIDNIGHT SOUL is here! This amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect. MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series. Be sure you check out the excerpt and giveaway below and order the final novel in this amazing series today!

8.12.2016

Weekend Reading [08/12-08/14] :: Pretend this is a clever post title...


It's that time again folks—get your happy dance on because the weekend is here! How was your week? I had a wild one myself...

We've had a lot of bad storms this summer and this week we had one of the worst yet. Heavy rain, high winds, and hail that damaged a lot of trees and plants in our area. And I finally took the kitten to get spayed. You'd think she'd be down for some resting post-surgery but instead she's either persistently cuddling me or pinging off the walls. Trying to keep her from being her usual very active self is proving quite the challenge. I managed to see the new Ghostbusters finally (I enjoyed it so much!) and Suicide Squad (also a fun flick). I am so sad that Ghostbusters did so poorly that the studio nixed a sequel.

In other news I've been working on The Rhialist graphics wise. It's been in dire need and I just found myself in a place where I was inspired. Considering how fleeting inspiration can be I jumped on it. I still have much to do but I'm feeling good about the work I put in this week. If you ever wonder what I write about beyond books be sure and check it out.

This weekend looks like it's going to be a laid back one—knock on wood!—so I hope to clobber a couple of books. I've been a little more into my non-fic reads the past few days but we'll see. I started A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet this week. I wasn't quite in a fantasy romance mood but I have been looking forward to reading it so I figured why not. I'm also working on Dominating Red by Kristin Miller. It took me a while to be ready to read the 2nd and 3rd parts of the serial and I was finally ready for some dirty reading. lol

What's on your reading plate this weekend? I'm seeing lots of buzz on Jay Kristoff's Nevernight! If you're reading it or have finished it tell me what you're loving about it. Reading something else? Well, tell me about that instead. May your weekend be wonderful! -- Rhi

P.S. -- If you haven't done so yet... watch the Rogue One movie trailer!





Spotlight: SAVING HER ANGEL by Missy Jane [Excerpt]



Eleanor has loved her boss Cam from afar for years, but now he wants to retire and send her away. Tearing her heart out would have been kinder.

Archangel Camael must never fall for a woman. If he does, he’ll lose his angelic powers, and he will age like a human. Protecting humans from evil is paramount and has meant periodically reinventing his identity to avoid rousing suspicion. But as his desire grows for his secretary, Eleanor, duty feels more like a burden, because he can’t imagine starting a new life without her.

He can never fall in love.

A force of evil is wreaking havoc and Cam and his Archangel brothers scramble to determine and thwart the cause. The key lies in Eleanor’s tormenting memories, but if they push her too hard, she might snap. Cam must walk the delicate line between protecting Eleanor, appeasing his brothers, and saving the world.


Closing down her thoughts, she tried to push him away but he wouldn’t budge.
Instead, he rested his hands on her hips. “Elle, calm down.”
“Elle?”
His handsome grin nearly melted her on the spot. “Yeah. I like it. It’s short and sweet. Like you.”
She pushed at him again. “I’m not that short.”
His grin widened, momentarily dropping her IQ.
“Nah, not too short. You’re pretty perfect.” 
“Yeah right.”
With a stiffening of his shoulders, his amusement faded and he cupped one side of her face. “Hey, don’t be down on yourself. I’m being honest.”
“You barely notice me on a good day. If I’m so pretty and perfect and wonderful, why haven’t you mentioned it in the past four years?”
He closed his eyes and sighed then rested his forehead against hers. “I’m so sorry. I can’t believe it took me so long to even realize that was happening.” He straightened. “But now that I know, it shouldn’t  happen again. Especially now that my feelings for you have changed, grown into something…more.” He looked her over again and the heat in his eyes couldn’t be mistaken. “I really see you now, Elle. I see and I want to touch.”
Moving painfully slow, he cupped her face in both hands and brushed his lips against hers once, twice. Then he licked the seam of her lips and a sigh slipped from her mouth, granting him entrance as her eyes closed and her heart raced. They kissed.
It was no simple meeting of the mouths. It was ecstasy and every fantasy she’d ever had since meeting Cam. He sucked on her lips and slid his tongue into her mouth as she moaned into his. Strong hands squeezed her waist before moving up, beneath her shirt and onto bare skin. A shiver ran down her spine, and he pulled her against him. Hard chest to soft breasts had her shivering again. 
“Cam…oh God, Cam.”
“Yes, Elle. I’ve got you.”
He ran his lips down her jaw to her neck then suckled, and her nipples peaked in expectation.
“Damn you taste good,” he whispered. 
The only response possible was a soul-deep sigh as he nibbled on her neck, moving from one side to the other in a lightly stinging caress. Trying to ground herself in the storm, she clutched his shoulders for dear life. The warmth beneath her palms had her moving them over his broad shoulders, down his strong arms, and over his back. His muscles clenched beneath her touch, empowering her and giving her the courage to continue touching him in a way she’d often dreamed. He cupped her breasts in both hands and she gasped.
“So beautiful. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to notice.”
Pick up your copy of Saving Her Angel: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

About the author:

Missy Jane is the alter ego of a married mother of four who was born and raised in Texas. She spends most of her time lost in worlds of her own making, alternately loving and hating such creatures as vampires, shape-shifters, sexy Archangels, and gargoyles (to name a few). When not writing, she spends her time reading, taking photos of her beautiful daughters and training her husband to believe she's always right. 

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8.10.2016

Who gets dunked? Find out in the #EPSummerCarnival!


Welcome to the Embrace Dunk Tank where we’re talking about book boyfriends and wet t-shirts! Jennifer Blackwood, Shae Ross, Stacy Wise, Marnee Blake, Jus Accardo, and Rebecca Yarros are all sharing their favorite book boyfriends that they would L-O-V-E to see in the dunk tank. Check out the video below, and let us know: Who would you add to the list?


Unethical by Jennifer Blackwood, on sale for just 99¢!


About the Book:

Love burns hotter the second time around…

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels’s family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind—her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother’s death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn’t forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.

As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.

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Pretty Smart Girls Lace Up by Shae Ross, on sale for just 99¢!


About the Book:

Let the games begin…

Team Ryan
Ryan Rose and her fellow Spartans are finalists in a high-profile entrepreneurial competition. They’re competing for life-changing money and for their futures. They have a solid plan to win. All they need to do is trounce the competition: rich frat boys from an archrival university. Easy, right?
Team Jett
Jett Trebuchet’s first mistake was not realizing that Ryan and her friends were the competition. His second was expressing his unabashed confidence in his team’s ability to win. After all, everyone knows the only thing MSU does better than U of M is produce beautiful, easy women…oh, and he almost forgot to say “dumb.” And boy, does his team pay for that one.
Game On
As each side tries to game the other, something else seems to be getting in the way—attraction. Now Ryan and Jett must keep their teams from getting distracted by the opposite sex…and each other. All is not fair in love and war when it comes to winning this game.

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Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise, on sale for just 99¢!


About the Book:

Falling for him wasn’t in the plans…

Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood’s hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she’s reluctantly working as Jack’s personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.

Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she’s not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she’d be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.

But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss’s easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

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Altered by Marnee Blake


About the Book:

When “normal” ends, survival begins…

Blue Michaels doesn’t know who to trust. She wakes in her sleepy little town to discover everyone is dead—well, almost everyone. U.S. Army Specialist Seth Campbell is alive, and a handful of her friends survived. But they’re different—each of them has powers they didn’t have when they went to bed.

Oh, and someone wants them dead.

It’s going to take all of their gifts if they are going to survive until they can figure out what to do. Blue wants to believe Seth has their best interests at heart. That he really does want to take care of them and get them to safety. God knows she can’t stop thinking about him.
But, can she trust him with their lives…and her heart?

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Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo


About the Book:

If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

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Hallowed Ground by Rebecca Yarros


About the Book:

There are some debts you can’t repay…

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl’s dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he has yearned for since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they’ve fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her schooling at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they’re moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn’t temper Ember’s fear, and if there’s one thing she’s learned from her father’s death, it’s that there are some obstacles even love can’t conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.

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