Audree Edwards has loved Gavin Montgomery since she was a little girl, but her older brother Clint made it clear that Audree was off limits. Audree however, wasn’t taking no for an answer and made it clear to Gavin she wanted him.
Gavin, not having the best family life, bolted as soon as he could after high school. Audree knew she couldn’t have all of Gavin and settled for the bit of him she could hold on to. When they are both finally ready to admit they want more, Audree thinks Gavin has done the unthinkable.
Will Gavin be able to tell Audree he’s ready to pursue a future?
Will Audree see the truth about Gavin before it is too late?
Will Audree and Gavin finally give in tell each other how they feel and what they want?
“Gavin and I are not together.” Audree cringed when she said it.
“Oh, well, I thought … the way he was looking at you and the way he was dancing with you, I …”
“Gavin has never asked me to be his…” Well, anything, she thought sadly. As she moved her eyes away from Scotty, she saw Eva riding toward them from over Scotty’s shoulder.
“I got the impression that….”
“Gavin has made it quite clear we cannot be together,” she interrupted, almost too quietly for him to hear, but she knew he had.
“Are you okay with that? I’d like to take you out sometime.” He took out his cell phone. “Put in your number and I’ll call you and ask you out properly.” He held the phone out, almost like a dare. He watched her as she looked over his shoulder at Eva then saw as Gavin appeared next to her. Audree took the phone from his hand, pushed the buttons, and handed him back the phone just as the two horses and their riders arrived at their side.
~Meet the Author~
Jennifer is a devoted wife and mother to two rambunctious children that love keeping her on her toes. Her “real” job as a paralegal occupies the time she would rather be using to write, read, chat with her many author and blogger friends, or hang out with her family watching movies. Any free moment she has is devoted to helping spread the word for her indie author friends who lovingly call her ‘the ninja’ or writing her newest story.
Jennifer has been writing since she was young. She has always been an avid reader. She always has her nose in a book and carries her Kindle everywhere. Now she plans to follow her dream and be on the other side of the pages and share her passion for writing with readers.
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I Won’t Give Up on You
(Book 2, Black Hollywood Duology)
Genre: Erotic Suspense
Release: APRIL 16, 2014
Sabrina’s dreams are slipping away in the wake of the shooting. She’s lost trying to cope with the new reality of her life. Can Caston help her see that the scars on the outside haven’t changed who she is on the inside?
Caston’s true past comes to light, bringing his present crashing down around him. In a life full of betrayal, how will Caston cope when the truth is revealed? Can Sabrina be the constant Caston needs to help him make the life changing decisions he needs to in order to move on?
When the web of lies is torn apart, who will be left standing? Will the right person take the fall?
Follow Caston and Sabrina through the aftermath and find out what happens when they each vow I Won’t Give Up on You.
*PLEASE NOTE* This book is for 18 years and older. This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable. Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.
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I feel her presence before she wraps her arms around me, pulling me into her lap, the warmth of her arms around me, providing the solace I desperately need. I turn my face into her chest, inhaling another deep breath. We sit on the sand, letting the rain continue to soak us to the bone. She tightens her embrace and strokes my back, lightly kissing my temple.
“Cass,” she whispers lightly, “baby, I’m here for you. I’m not going anywhere.”
She tightens her embrace, and I look up into her hazel eyes. She leans forward and kisses me gently.
“I love you, Sabrina.”
“I love you too, Caston.” Her eyes twinkle and she smiles. She looks a little pale.
I capture her mouth in mine, sweeping my tongue along her bottom lip, nibbling lightly. We start to deepen the kiss as another large lightning bolt strikes. Sabrina jumps back out of our embrace, clutching her chest. I chuckle as she gives me a look that makes me smirk.
“This storm is getting bad, Cass. Let’s go back to the house.”
“Little bit longer, okay? I just can’t go back in there yet.”
She nods as she let me wrap her in my arms this time. Sabrina strokes the hair on the back of my neck, allowing me time to regain my composure.
~Meet the Author~
I am a mommy of two, wife to an amazing man, and full time employee. Life is crazy and busy! I started writing again for a group of women I met last year. They brought back the passion for writing I haven’t seen since high school. Starting this process was tedious and nerve-wracking, but my amazing ladies and my fabulous husband have inspired me to take my love for writing to the next step.
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Have I Told You
(Book 1, Black Hollywood Duology)
Genre: Erotic Suspense
LOVE, LEX (The Undergrad Years #1)
by AVERY ASTER
Contemporary New Adult Romance/Coming Of Age
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This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.
Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right?
—Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.
The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult. Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog at:AveryAster.com
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The bike rolled into the garage and stopped. Ford pushed a button, and the garage lights came on as the door closed. Kicking the stand, he got to his feet and cut the engine.
Mindful of where I sat, he lifted his leg and got off the bike. When he removed his helmet, I noticed his eyes weren’t as dark as before. They had hints of hazel in them. His brow furrowed into a straight line when he caught me staring at him.
Quickly, I looked down at the bike and reached up to take my helmet off.
“Allow me.” His big hands came under my chin. He tilted my jaw upward. “Such a beautiful face, Lex. I like looking at you.”
I’d heard the “pretty face but” backhanded compliment my entire life. I waited for him to say, “But your body could use some work.” Or my personal favorite, “It’s a shame you forgot to take care of the rest of you.”
Ford didn’t say anything of the sort. He studied me just as he did back in the jail, from head to toe. I’m so uncomfortable. Not because of anything he’s doing, but because usually that is when men, and sometimes women, stop looking at me all together.
He unfastened my chinstrap and teased, “Let’s see if your hair has static.”
Trying to stand, I laughed nervously.
“Stay seated.” He removed my helmet and placed both his and mine behind me. He swung my right leg to the left side of the bike, framing my body with his. He cupped my face in his hands.
Hot cop fantasy? Heck no. This was real. He was going to…
Ford licked his bottom lip. His facial features strained, becoming serious. The tip of his nose touched mine. I smelled mint when he exhaled. “No roommate. Yup, I live alone.” Then he kissed me.
My head fell back into his grip.
With determination, he tongued me, deeply, clockwise, oh yes even his flippin’ tongue was strong and precise, just like the way he weaved his bike through traffic.
Enthusiastically he unbuttoned the straps on my overalls and then without even looking, still lip-to-lip, he worked the closure on the left side then the right. The denim flaps fell to the front and the back.
“Stand for a sec.” Ford lifted me up in the air as if I were a weightless feather. He planted both my feet on the ground, and then he shanked the overalls to my ankles.
“Ford—” Before I could finish whatever I was going to say, he lifted up my shirt and swiftly placed me back on the motorcycle. Worried I’d fall, I dug my back into the seat, reached for each handlebar, pulling myself up as I gasped and garbled some words.
He slid his fingers through the purple waistband on my underwear.
My entire body stood to attention.
“I want you naked so I can admire your body, and fuck you, on my bike.”
Air, I needed to breath. Afraid I might pass out, I inhaled through my nostrils and wrapped my arms around his shoulders. “Umm, Ford,” I whispered when he came in to kiss me again.
What the heck was I going to say? “Excuse me, but as hawt as this whole bike thing sounds, my Lady V and I would be more comfortable on a bed, sofa, or even the floor.” I felt as if I might knock the bike over any second now.
“Nervous?” Ford sensed my apprehension.
“Very,” I replied without thinking.
“I told you not to be.” He repositioned himself holding my legs over his right shoulder.
The panties came off. Then he lifted one leg and rested it on his other shoulder. Leaning down, his hands scooped under my back and unfastened my bra. No directions necessary. This dude could do this undressing thing, in the dark.
“But Ford, ya see, I’m—”
That tongue of magic. Thick and velvety, warm and wetter than the spot between my legs, Ford slipped back into my mouth. This time he rotated counterclockwise.
Dang. Ford is an Olympic kisser. For round two, I braced myself in his arms.
Legs spread wide, my ass still sat on the bike.
~Meet the Author~
I’m a thirty-something New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it’s juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.
My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I’ll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.
Paperback Copy of Love, Lex:
Releasing June 1, 2014
You know how it ends, now see how it all began…
“It doesn’t matter how many women have touched this body, only one woman has ever touched this soul.”
Ryan Pierce doesn’t come from much, doesn’t ask for much, and doesn’t expect much. And he’s come to accept that, until, Alana Remington. Alana is the girl who struck the match that lit his world on fire. She’s the girl who opened his eyes to more. Who made him believe that just because you have nothing, doesn’t mean you are nothing. And he loves her fiercely for it. But, just because you come together, doesn’t mean you stay together. One fateful decision rips Ryan and Alana apart and neither of them are ever the same again.
For five years he’s regretted that decision, but the deep seeded anger, shame and resentment has kept him from reaching out. And over those five years, a series of moments have spun Ryan’s world in a direction he never saw coming. A world ruled by endless nights, infinite women and the name Jack the Stripper. A world, unbeknownst to him, that may just let two severed hearts collide.
“Do you trust me?”
“Of course not, I just met you.”
“Then how about giving me the benefit of the doubt?”
She raises an eyebrow at me, and before I give her a chance to respond I slam the shot then pull her face to mine. And as my mouth covers hers, heat rapidly spreads through my body. She’s momentarily stunned. Her body is rigid against me, but then she relaxes, parts her lips and lets the tart liquid slide into her mouth.
I can’t believe I just did that.
I can’t believe she just let me.
After she swallows, she lets her lips linger, sucking up the taste of the sweet shot, causing my nervous system to shift into hyper-drive. We break apart slowly, but I refuse to let go of the nape of her neck. She just stares up at me with these enthralling eyes I know I’ll never be able to resist.
“Do you always break the rules?” she asks.
“No, not usually, but you seem to make me want to do crazy things.”
“Was that crazy?”
“Let’s do it again and find out.”
I lick my lower lip, tasting the sweet remnants of her lip gloss before I drop another shot. I pause for just a beat before lean down and press my mouth back to hers and let the alcohol flow between us. I flick my tongue against her teeth right before I pull away. I shouldn’t like this so much, but I do. I like the way she looks, the way she feels, they way she smells. There’s something about her, something ventilating; like she oxygenates the atmosphere.
I catch the cool beats to a song I recognize pumping though the air. “Do you want to dance?” I ask her.
“You can dance?”
“There’s only one thing I can do better.” I smirk.
Alana cocks her eye brow suggestively.
“Draw.” I fire back. “The only thing I can do better is draw. Dirty girl.” I tease as I grab her hand and lead her out to the dance floor knowing Mac will look after our drinks.
Once we find a comfortable spot, I start to move to the smooth rhythm, leaving a little room between us so it doesn’t feel like I’m forcing myself on her. Drake sings coolly about hot love and affection as we move in sync to the beat, our bodies brushing and grazing as the music plays on, then finally coming together in a comfortable unison. I wrap one hand around her waist as I roll my hips into hers, pressing our bodies as close as they can possibly get. Alana runs her hands up my chest and hooks her arms lightly around my neck keeping tempo with the music. She moves lithely against me, inducing my heart, thoughts, and pulse to race. Fuck, I’m drowning in want for this girl. I slide my hands up under her shirt and caress the smooth, soft skin of her lower back as she nuzzles her face into my neck, her warm breath skating across my collarbone, making me instantly hard.
She lifts her head and meets my stare, which I know is filled with lust and unrepentantly wanton. She bites her lower lip, our bodies still jiving to the slow seductive music. In a brazen move, I slip my hand up the back of her bare thigh and cup her ass cheek under the hem of her short shorts. She gasps as I work my fingers against her, massaging the fleshy part of her bottom. I’m absolutely aching being this close to her, touching her, stroking her, grinding against her.
“Are you sure drawing is the only thing you can do better?” she pants in my ear.
~Meet the Author~
Marissa Carmel has loved writing ever since a young age. She has a duel degree in History and Political Science, but took as many creative writing classes in college as she could. She spent most of her twenties bartending, which is where she met her husband and a multitude of interesting people. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s hanging out with her family, experimenting in her kitchen or doing yoga on the living room floor.
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Intercepting Love by L.P. Dover
(Second Chances #5)
Publication date: May 25th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Both have what she wants … but only one has what she needs.
Working with professional athletes and helping them recover from their injuries has always been Kate Townsend’s dream, but after an accident left her scarred and heartbroken years ago she refuses to let what happened in her past happen again. Staying focused is the key, as well as not letting her feelings interfere with her job … no matter the circumstances. All of that is easier said than done when not only one, but two men crave her healing touch, igniting every single desire she’s denied herself for so long.
Cooper Davis, NFL’s star quarterback and most eligible bachelor, packs up and leaves his home to move across the states to the East Coast after an injury results in the embarrassing trade to another team. Bitter from the pain, he deals with his problems through drugs and alcohol—almost ruining his football career—until he meets the one woman who makes him want to feel; the same woman who refuses to give up on him no matter how many times he screws up. He has to have her, and he’s not going to stop until he makes her his. Especially, now that someone else threatens to take her away.
Motocross champion and local bad boy Luke Collins never takes no for an answer. For the past four months he’s used his charms to get what he wants, and now he’s so close to getting the girl of his dreams … if she’ll give in just once. One time is all he needs, and he’s never been known to fail, but he’s also never had to fight for a woman’s affections. Only one man will win their way into Kate’s heart, but which one will intercept the other and take what they want? Which one will she choose?
~Meet the Author~
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Where you can find L.P. Dover
Blog - http://www.lpdover.blogspot.com/
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MJ Carnal lives in Lexington, South Carolina with her husband, gorgeous daughter and two loving and super furry dogs. She spends her days in the world of neurosurgery but her nights in a world she creates on paper. When she isn’t writing, you can find her watching episodes of The Walking Dead with her hubby, having tea parties with Princess Caroline, Singing karaoke for anyone that will listen and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. The Moretti Novels are her first published works.
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Lucky Morgan has had her share of heartbreak. She is devastated when her boyfriend dumps her after sleeping with him and she vows to herself that she won’t be used again. She decides that the next guy she dates and sleeps with, will be her one true love.
Zane Beaumont is the mysterious and snooty guy that comes into her diner every Friday night with a different girl. He’s the type of guy she’s learned to avoid: carefree, fast, handsome, rich, and sarcastic. Unfortunately, she can’t stop thinking about the devilish gleam in his eyes.
When Lucky’s car breaks down one night after a party, it is Zane who comes to her rescue. As Zane attempts to sweep Lucky off of her feet, she soon realizes that nothing is as it seems and that Zane may very well be the guy for whom she changes the rules. That is until she meets Braydon.
~Meet the Author~
J. S. Cooper is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is a true romantic that is in love with love. The J. S. stands for Jaimie Suzi. She just thought J. S. sounded cooler! J. S. was born in London, England and moved to the States at age 17. She studied history in college and then went to law school and then decided to follow her writing dreams. J. S. writes ‘New Adult’ contemporary romance books because that is what she also loves to read.
Available Books: The Last Boyfriend, The Last Husband, Before Lucky, The Other Side of Love, Zane & Lucky’s First Christmas, Crazy Beautiful Love, Scarred, and Healed.
Upcoming books: Finding My Prince Charming, If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers), Everlasting Sin, The Rebel Next Door and Hot Prof.
Velaney Wills knows about that all too well.
Weak, powerless, and fearing the one person who has hurt her the most…can she overcome the barriers to move forward?
Being saved by a muscled Godsend was never on her agenda, but when firefighter, Eric Reilley comes into her life unexpectedly, everything changes.
Velaney has never felt loved or cared for, and her past prevents her from letting anyone in. Eric manages to break down her walls—despite the repercussions that come for them afterwards.
They have an undeniable spark—something she has never felt before, but will it be enough? Can love overcome all obstacles? Can they save each other to protect their love or will her past shatter everything she never knew she needed…?
**Spark is for mature audiences only – strong language, explicit sexual content, and sexual abuse are apparent.**
~Meet the Author~
When her best friend, Cole has his two friends from back home move in with him she begins to think she has met her match with Jaxon Riley. Jax is the perfect mixture of tattooed muscle and a sweet-talking mouth. With “hand” written notes, a voice that exudes sex and knowing just how to get under her skin, Jaxon learns how to break all the rules. But will he just end up breaking her heart anyway?
New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – recommended for ages 18 and up.
~Meet the Author~
I’m a wanderer, an adventurer, a traveler.
I want to see it all. I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.
“She travels the world & home is always in her heart.”
Lately if I’m not traveling or chasing a toddler, I’m writing. Which is weird because I hated writing in college. Oh wait, that’s because that was boring. Who really wants to sit there and cite all your sources into APA format? Not this girl. Writing for yourself is enjoyable and cathartic. Please try it. Then tell me about because I love indie authors.
I’m a Texas girl living in Southern California, who misses living in Europe!
Desire and temptation smolder before she succumbs to her darkest fantasies with the captivating stranger. She doesn’t expect to see him again after an explosive one-night stand leaves her breathless and craving more, but just like lightning in the darkness, he shows up in her life at the most unpredictable moments.
A sensual game of cat and mouse ensues before the attraction between them reaches a fever pitch—the magnetism combustible, the sexual tension nearly unbearable—and Kat finally abandons inhibition and explores the cunning, selfish, and sexual side of a world she’s never known.
They have the perfect non-relationship—passion-fueled nights with no strings attached—until life gets real and the past and present collide in a dangerous storm of lust and obsession.
~Meet the Author~
Ever since her parents passed away in a tragic car accident, Eden Cross has been living a quiet, stable and predictable life in inner Sydney – the total opposite of her carefree, relaxed, happy-go-lucky past. Her parents passing and the fact she’s an only child meant Eden was left with her best friend, Jules and Matt, her boyfriend of three years as her only family. That was until she discovered something about Matt that would turn her life upside down. Eden leaves Sydney in a hurry and begins an adventure that takes her across four Australian states before she lands in Pine Creek, Northern Territory.
Jackson Henley has lived in Pine Creek his entire life. He runs a massive cattle and cropping station with his twin brother, Jeremy, which they inherited when their parents retired. He’s had a bad experience with relationships courtesy of The Bitch – Dannika, so lately he’s preferred to play the field. That is, until he comes face to face with the stunning brunette beauty who’s behind the bar at the Cow and Calf. The problem is, she won’t tell him her name, she won’t give him the time of day, and she won’t give him a chance to prove himself.
What’s it going to take for Eden to give Jackson a chance? Does he have the patience to even bother fighting for her? How will he handle the competition?
In the end, will Jackson have what it takes to convince Eden to start living again, instead of just existing?
~Meet the Author~
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For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle…her ex-husband. When problems start causing her to fear her new life, and memories that are better left forgotten start rushing to the surface the last thing she needs is a ghost from her past to come knocking on her door.
Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn’t sure he wanted to now. He’s carried his anger for so long he isn’t sure he can just turn it off, but when he is faced with protecting her and an unexpected desire to have her again, life gets a little more complicated.
How will Axel and Isabelle deal when all their cards are put on the table and everything they thought was true blows up in their faces?
~Meet the Author~
Today is the first day of Quinton Carter’s new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She’s the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he’s not ready yet.
Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova’s life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life’s dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova’s heart?
“I have to tell you something else, but it’s not good—it’s bad.” Before I can chicken out, I hurry and sputter, “Someone gave me a bag of meth today and I have it underneath my mattress.” As soon as I say it, I wonder why the hell I thought this was a good idea, throwing this on her. I need to stop relying on her so much—need to stand on my own two feet.
I’m about to hang up, because really it’s the only choice, but then she says, “Did you do any of it?”
“No.” My voice shakes as I grip the side of the mattress and battle to breathe evenly.
“Do you want to?” she asks calmly.
“Yes.” My voice is full of desperation.
“Are you… are you going to?” There’s a hint of worry in her tone.
“I’m not sure,” I admit. “I want to, but I also want to throw it away.”
“Then throw it away,” she says, as if it’s the easiest thing in the world to do.
“I don’t think I can.” My hands quiver just at the thought of it and I rest my forehead on the mattress, still on my knees “It feels fucking impossible.”
“Yes, you can.” She sounds so certain and I have no idea how she’s doing it—managing to sound so calm when I know she can’t be. “Just take it and dump it down the toilet. You can do this. I know you can.”
“You have too much faith in me,” I say, slipping my fingers between the bed and the mattress, fighting the urge to hang up on her and turn to what’s only inches away from my fingertips.
“No, I have the right amount,” she replies. “Now let me know when you have it and you’re headed to the bathroom. And don’t hang up on me.” It’s like she can read my mind.
I sit there forever, going back and forth with what I want and need to do. At one point I grab the bag of crystal and put it back. Then pull it out again and open it, staring at the white crystals so close I can almost taste them. But I can also hear Nova breathing on the other end. Soft and full of concern. Acting calm, when I’m sure she’s freaking out. I want to throw them away just for her, but I have to wonder if it’s possible to care for someone so much that I’d give this up. Do I care for her that much?
After a lot of deliberating, I come to one simple answer.
Yes. I care about her that much.
I get to my feet and make my way to the bathroom, not speaking. Then I lift up the toilet seat and, shutting my eyes, I tip the bag over, pour the contents into the water, and flush them down.
“Did you do it?” Nova asks at the sound of the flushing.
I press my lips together, resting back against the bathroom wall, realizing how sweaty I am and how much I’m gasping for air. “I did.”
“See, I knew you could do it,” she says with relief in her voice. “I knew you’d do the right thing.”
The right thing? Is that what I just did? Sometimes it feels like it is, but there are other times when it feels like what I’m doing is so wrong and disrespectful to Lexi. But through the right and wrong, there’s always one thing that gives me hope and that’s Nova. She’s what keeps me going.
~Meet the Author~
Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
Juggling two jobs and mounting bills, Audrey Hoffinger decides that she doesn’t have time for a boyfriend, but contemplates a friends with benefits situation. After placing a personal ad, she meets Mike Kowalski, a local cop,former Marine. He infuriates her from the first time they meet. He’s pushy, overprotective, and has absolutely no concept of personal space or privacy. He drives her crazy! But as he makes her blood boil, he also makes her hazy with desire. Audrey can sense that there’s more to Mike than meets the eye. Curiosity and desire draw Audrey to him like a moth to a flame. Resisting him becomes harder by the day. But maybe, just maybe, Michael is exactly what she needs.
Walking into her apartment, she immediately took Baron out, and then headed for her filing cabinet. Audrey collected her bills that were due that week. Since July Fourth had been a bust at the diner, she didn’t have enough money to pay her bills in full. Audrey called to make partial payments over the phone. Some payment was better than nothing.
Audrey sat on the couch, petting Baron while she listened to her account balance.
“You have a two hundred dollar credit to this account. No payment is due.”
Audrey sat up straight on her couch. “What!”
She pressed the button to speak to a customer representative. Surely, this must be a mistake.
Audrey sat there puzzled while petting Baron and listening to the waiting music that the company played. Finally, a woman answered.
“Hi, yes, there must be a problem with my account. There’s no way that there could be a credit to the account,” Audrey explained.
“No, there’s no error,” the woman informed her. “The account was paid by ebanking two days ago by a Michael Kowalski.”
“Thank you,” she seethed into the phone.
Audrey called all of the companies, and everyone had a credit, even bills she had paid already that month. He had paid every single bill.
When she hung up on the last customer service representative after affirming Mike had paid them, she threw her cell across the room in frustration.
By the time the men arrived at the diner, Audrey was ready for war. Michael tried to kiss her hello, but she refused.
“Get over here for a kiss,” he demanded.
She shook her head in defiance. “I was trying to pay my bills today. Curiously, I found out that they were already paid. Actually, every one of my bills had a credit to the account. You wouldn’t know anything about that now, would you?”
Michael’s lips pressed tightly together.
She slammed her hands down on the table. “I cannot believe you!”
Audrey was fuming, seeing red.
“What’s the problem? You didn’t have enough money this week to cover the bills. I stole you from work to spend time with us. I needed you yesterday, and you came without complaint. So, I helped you out with a problem of yours. That’s what friends do, they help each other. Don’t they?”
“How did you know that I didn’t have enough money to cover my bills?” she asked.
His lips pressed firmly together again.
“You went into my bank account…again? How did you even get my bills to know what needed to be paid?”
“Your lock is one of the easiest that I’ve ever picked. You need better security. You don’t even have a dead bolt!”
“The only one I needed better security from is you!” She slapped her hands back down on the counter.
“Lower your voice,” he growled.
“Or what?” she countered.
He leaned across the table towards her. “Or I’ll throw you over my shoulder, carry you out, and fuck the fight right out of you. You’ll be a mewling kitten in my arms without any memory of why you were angry in the first place.”
The threat in his eyes felt very real to her. She gasped at his words, unsure if she wanted to slap him…or rip his clothes off.
Audrey decided to err on the side of caution and take a step back. Just when she thought she had the upper hand, somehow he always turned the tables on her, leaving her hazy and gasping for air.
No! He would not win this fight.
She started gloating from her impending victory as her eyes narrowed. “So, that was your big move, huh? After telling me you wanted me, you thought you could pay off my bills and I’d jump into your bed a minute later. I already told you, Mike, I can’t be bought.” She sighed loudly. “I’m a little disappointed. I expected a little more originality from you.”
His eyes looked wild. Audrey stood frozen in place, because she honestly didn’t know what he was about to do. The thought thrilled her and terrified her in equal measure. Her heat pounded like a gazelle caught in a lion’s gaze, knowing that in moments her life would be over. But, she couldn’t look away from the beautiful predator.
“Don’t you ever compare me to men who are only interested in you for sex again! That’s your first and final warning.”
Audrey had gained back some of her confidence.
“Why not?” she sneered.
“Because I’m in love with you. That’s the difference between me and those other jackasses. They don’t give a damn about you whereas I’d do anything for you.”
“Don’t say that!” She shouted, pointing her finger at him. “Don’t you throw those words around to win a fight!”
“I know exactly what those words mean.” The tone of his voice left no room for argument. “You want an apology for what I did? Then you better apologize to me.”
“Excuse me? Why would I need to apologize to you?”
“You’re angry because you don’t want to admit that you needed me. But, you should apologize because you made me need you, and you have no plans on fixing that. It’s cruel to make a man need you without ever being there for him in all the ways that he needs you to be.”
She stood there wide eyed, staring at him. He had done it; he had somehow turned this all back around on her. Michael had broken into her home, took her bills, paid them without her consent, and then didn’t tell her about it. But, somehow she was in the wrong. Part of her hated him in that moment; the other part deeply admired him. Audrey had a razor sharp tongue. It was necessary to always keep people away. But, Michael gave as good as he got.
“You want an apology from me?” she spat. “Don’t hold your breath.”
As soon as she stalked off, she noticed all of the other police officers sitting there with a front row seat to their fight. She also saw all of the other customers sitting in the packed diner, some glancing at her curiously. Damn him. He was always sucking her into his atmosphere with those blazing eyes, making her forget about the rest of the world.
She had to work on that…immediately.
~Meet the Author~
I live in NJ with my husband, daughter, dog, and beta fish. I love going out with my daughter on the weekends, drink a pot of coffee a day, and hate wearing make-up. I love finding new book boyfriends, and I love writing down the stories that pop into my head. But, most of all…I love hearing from you!
~Other Books by S.L. Siwik~
Title: Love and Repair Series Box Set
Author: Chelsea Camaron
Release Date: April 13, 2014
The Love and Repair series is a set of novellas that will take you on a journey through the ups and downs life can throw at you. Each of these five different couples will take you on a ride full of twists and turns that only love can repair.
The journey begins with our beloved, Dina, in Crash and Burn. This is a story of loss, a story of overcoming, and moving forward. Dina is learning how to continue living after the devastating loss of both of her parents. Michael comes along and slowly pulls her into a dark and lonely world with him. Can she see the light again and work her way out before he hurts her worse?
Broken, battered, lost, and ashamed, Dina pulls her life together once again. This time she’s gun shy to give into her attraction so easily. Ryder Davenport has waited patiently for Dina to feel strong again. He’s stood back, in the shadows, observing the damage a man can do to a woman’s mind, body, and spirit. He changes his playboy ways, all in hopes of being the one to claim Dina’s heart. Restore My Heart is a story of rebuilding, learning to trust again, and the ability to love again. Can Dina find it in her to love and trust a man again?
In the first two books we meet Maggie. Following her early days with Brayden in Crash and Burn we learn these two have a strong sexual attraction to one another. We watch them have what is seemingly a strong and beautiful relationship for four years in Restore My Heart. They are the couple to set your standard to. Maggie is ready to commit her life to Brayden. In Salvaged, we learn, Brayden has secrets. Big secrets. Life changing secrets. He has messed up, and left Maggie to deal with the aftermath of his many mistakes. This is a journey of forgiveness and unconditional love. Can Brayden face his demons and fix himself? Can Maggie forgive his transgressions and accept his struggles as her own? Can their relationship be Salvaged?
Jake, an Army Reservist, works hard, plays hard, and loves hard. When Jake is not serving his country as a soldier, he works for Ryder. He’s been with his one love for nine years. He’s happy, he’s comfortable. Never one that has considered marriage, he’s thrown off by his own thoughts on his future with Kenna. Every little girl dreams of the day she wears the gown, says the vows, and dances with her Daddy. Kenna is no different. Jake has been up front with her, marriage is off the table. Watching their closest friends have what she wants so desperately, a crack forms in their once solid foundation. This is a story of commitment, communication, and lifelong love. Can they sort through Jake’s past? Can Kenna give up her childhood dreams and settle for the life she has with Jake? Will they find a way to move Full Throttle into their future together or does it all fall apart?
All along the way, things seem Beyond Repair for Tiffany and Harrison. A spoiled, southern belle, Tiffany doesn’t know how to be anything more than the country club snob her father raised her to be. Love is blind, Harrison doesn’t see beyond the façade Tiffany puts on. When she spouts off at the mouth, all is lost. Harrison moves to Charlotte and begins his life. Two years pass, he’s in an arrangement with Sophia. He’s settled, and he’s content. Tiffany comes with heavy news for Harrison and his family. Her presence stirs old memories. They’ve had no closure. Sophia, unable to give her heart to Harrison, feels there is unfinished business between her lover and his ex. Knowing she can’t give him what he wants, she lets him go. This is a journey of understanding, unconditional love, support, and friendship. Can Tiffany and Harrison rebuild once he’s free? Are things really Beyond Repair for these two?
Sophia’s life has been Stalled for the last fourteen years. When her heart’s deepest desire shows up unexpectedly at her door, will she be able to let love come and repair the hurt and betrayal from her past?
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~Meet the Author~
Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.
Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.
Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.
When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.
She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.
Dancing with Desire by Kasey Millstead
The rules are clear:
No sex with the patrons.
Dance like no one’s watching.
Fuck them with your eyes.
Make love to them with your moves.
But, no sex with the patrons. Ever.
Why is it, when someone tells you not to do something…or someone…you immediately want to do what they told you not to?
In Ana’s case, that someone is Ethan Faulkner. Rich, sexy and confident, and a patron of the exclusive gentleman’s club where she works as a dancer.
Will Ana play by the rules, or will Ethan have her Dancing with Desire?
Sins of the Flesh by Adriane Leigh
She walked into his church wounded and seeking solace, what she didn’t expect to find was temptation so sharp and sweet under one snow-white collar.
Their relationship was never innocent.
From the beginning, their attraction was combustible; the magnetism all-consuming; the sexual tension explosive, begging them to succumb to their dark desire in . . . sins of the flesh.
Duty of Care by Lisa Edward
For Toni Masters, moving from a small country town to the city, to pursue her nursing career, is a dream come true. But her first day on North Ward is not what she had hoped for.
Toni’s first patient encounter is with twenty-six year old Michael Davidson, or Harley as he is known to his friends. Harley is difficult and miserable being stuck in a hospital bed, and only seems happy when he has the nurses running in circles. But all Harley’s efforts to antagonize the new nurse, only make Toni push back and give as good as she gets.
A mutual respect is born along with a growing attraction, and Toni vows to do all she can to make Harley’s stay in North Ward as comfortable as possible.
But how far will Toni take her duty of care?
Her Secret Service by Liv Morris
When a hot Secret Service agent meets a beautiful nymphomaniac, rules are broken.
Cammie Douglas is a spoiled and promiscuous beauty who’s completely out of control. She attends Southern Methodist University where her life revolves around finding her next hook-up. Her father, Senator Anthony Douglas is a candidate for President and fears his “little” girl’s latest public scandal could damage his campaign. He bribes Secret Service agent Jude Warner into watching Cammie and hopefully reining in her careless behavior.
Jude is dark and handsome, the silent-type, trained to live a life of control and regiment. When he meets Cammie, Jude fights a raw sexual attraction to her making his life both heaven and hell. Naughty Cammie is determined to have him join her on the wild side by playing a game of sexual seduction. Can Jude resist his desire to possess Cammie? Or will he sacrifice everything he stands for to be with her?
Burning Desire by Vicki Green
A young eighteen year old Riley Morris has been in a nursing program for almost a year now but little did she know she would soon be living in a mansion with Parker Wright, a thirty five year old sexy man and taking care of his dying bedridden wife. Parker has made it no secret to Riley of his desire for her once she moves in but she’s trying not to give in to her own desire for him with the guilt of situation that has her there but can she? Will she?
What Mother Doesn’t Know by Nikki Worrell
Gabriella Tuttle is a 19 year old girl who works for her step-father’s construction company. She lives at home with her mother and step-father, Sofia and Rick Jameson. They were a happy family until 2 years ago when Sofia fell in with the wrong crowd in an effort to recapture her youth.
At the age of 37, Rick has had enough. He’s done with Sofia’s abusive behavior. He’s done watching her lying around the house, strung out on the drug of the week. But he is not willing to leave Gabriella alone with her. As wrong as he knows it is, Rick has had an unhealthy attraction to his step-daughter from the time she started high school.
Now that Gabby’s an adult, and Rick’s ready to get Sofia out of his life, dare he make the move to become something other than a step-father to Gabby? His mind isn’t so sure, but his body has been ready for years.
The Taste of Mr. Davenport by Jessica Ingro
Carter Davenport has watched his daughter’s best friend Claire come out of her shell over the last two years. And what has been exposed has him more than intrigued. He’d like nothing more than to peel back her layers and devour what’s underneath, but Claire is officially off limits to him.
When Claire Reynolds met Elisa Davenport during her first year of college, she never dreamed she’d one day find herself having an illicit affair with Elisa’s unbelievably sexy father. Now that she’s had a mouthwatering sample, she wants more. After all, one taste is never enough…
One promising summer vacation leads to stolen glances, erotic touches and steamy encounters neither can forget. Like all things taboo, will their relationship have an expiration date? Or will Claire show Carter they are more than just a forbidden romance?
Wicked, Wicked, Wicked Witch, by Penny Reid
Maleficent Taylor has a problem, she’s a witch who is infatuated with a prince. She’s not a real witch, but she does play one at the largest theme park in the world. This prince, however, is strictly off limits and he has been since their families clashed eight years ago, ending with her parents divorced and her brother in jail. In life and in the movies, the beautiful princess always ends up with the handsome prince, and the witch always loses. But, much to Maleficent’s dismay and surprise, fate has thrown them together in a rainstorm, and everyone knows what happens when a witch gets wet.
~Review of Dancing With Desire by Kasey Millstead~
I Liked It
Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review.
Dancing With Desire is Kasey Millstead’s novella for the Forbidden Fruit Volume II collection. This novella is HOT HOT HOT!!! I am not sure what other words besides erotic and hot to use for this one.
Dancing with Desire follows Ana who is a dancer and only has 3 simple rules to follow at her club, all of that is great until Ethan shows up and turns her world upside down. She’s instantly attracted to him, but is moving forward on this attraction worth losing her job over?
Things escalate quickly between these two and she can’t keep her mind off of him, and apparently he can’t keep his mind off of her either. Except there is a twist, and that twist is kind of f’d up but in the end is pretty hot.
If you’re looking for a hot, steamy, erotic quick read, make sure to pick up the Forbidden Fruit II Collection and read Dancing With Desire. If all the other books in this series are anything like this one, you’ll be extremely pleased.
Make sure to add this one to your TBR list today, and great job Kasey on an amazing read!