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Dark Desires by Claire Marta
With her teammates from Scotland Yard in tow Jasmine, must attempt to discover the murderer’s identity.
But will things go to plan? Sex dungeons, submissive human pets, and sexy dominant males are a lot for a rookie to cope with.
Especially when Eric is the last person she expects to see…
Requested to assist with the hunt for a vicious serial killer by an old friend, Eric is left speechless to find Jasmine offering herself up as food. The attraction between them is burning as red hot as before, and his lust for the feisty female is just as deep.
More disturbing, his emotions which he normally has leashed, once more slip in her presence. Yet this time they feel different. Darker, primal, and savage yet Eric cannot explain why. The insidious pull of the other predators around him is also more than a sweet temptation he finds himself unable to resist.
Combining forces, Jasmine and Eric must play the parts of Master and submissive.
But nothing is as it seems.
Can they work out who the killer is in a household full of deception and secrets before it is too late? Or will a price be paid in blood….
*** 18 & over only. Contains sexual scenes, light BDSM, sex and some violence. ***
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Angel by Sebastian Michael review#
Posted by mindygrindstaff
“A delight to read. So delicate, casually cruel, wickedly funny and wildly alluring.”
– Stephen Fry
Damion is a boy so beautiful that everybody falls in love with him. This, his greatest advantage in life, gradually turns into his heaviest burden and so as he reaches adulthood, Damion, in an act half wanton, half heroic, destroys what for most people – but not for him – has come to define his essence. – A classic tale of a young man in search of his destiny.
Damion is the most beautiful boy in the world. He can have anything or anyone he wants. His life from the outside seems perfect but is it? He’s always wanted to be seen for more than just his beauty. He feels he’s more than just a beautiful face, he knows he’s more but no one try to go deeper. When he makes a split second decision he may get his wish.
This book makes you think are we really doing justice to the way we treat beautiful people ? Even though the first part of the book was kind of slow I’m glad I hung in as a second-half half moved very quickly, and the ending WOW! I have to say the ending was worth the read. I really enjoyed this fascinating look into the life of a boy that was so beautiful that nobody looked beyond the surface.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts
Judas and Jezabel:the tales of a New York nanny by C.Y. Brown review#
Posted by mindygrindstaff
This is a story about lust, greed, and betrayal. C.Y. Brown agreed to move from Brooklyn, New York to New Jersey with a wealthy young couple and their baby. Never in her wildest dreams did she expect the couple to use her and the baby as pawns for their own greed and self gratification.
A long and nasty divorce, involving multiple lawyers, psychologists, family secrets and continuous lies by the couple. The husband tries to hold on to his money and the wife tries to grasp as much of the money as she can. What lies ahead for Carol and a young innocent child, trapped in the psychological game of cat and mouse?
An in depth look into the life of a nanny who gives up her life to care for a wealthy couples young child.
The mother Sharon is a cold hearted crazy gold digger who decides to divorce the father Connor who is a workaholic. Poor Carol the nanny and the child Cindy are trapped in the middle. The depths the parents stoop to for money and control of Cindy, and I call it control not custody for a reason, is deplorable. Poor Carol is used too, asked by Sharon to lie for her and lied to by Connor, it’s disgusting. The way this family implodes is wild.
I really enjoyed this honest look into what is supposed to be a fairy tale life. The author tells it all the good, the bad, and the ugly with an honesty that is refreshing in this world of sensationalized media.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts
On Top of The World by David Lamb #Review
2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book Awards. FROM THE FUNNY AND NATURALLY BRILLIANT DAVID LAMB, award-winning playwright of the New York Times celebrated play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Dickens’ classic tale that perfectly combines humor and romance in a story re-imagined for our digital, consumerist age. This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you’ve come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is music’s biggest superstar, with one hundred million albums sold, fifteen million devoted YouTube subscribers, two and a half million Facebook likes, and twenty-five million fanatical Twitter followers known as Scroojites. Belle, is a legal shark who gulps down her opposition voraciously and whose beauty and stunning figure causes traffic accidents as she zips through the sidewalks of Manhattan stylishly adorned and taking no prisoners. They never imagined being music’s most powerful couple, but that’s exactly what happened when Belle fell head over heels and gave the Coke-bottle glasses wearing, plaid and stripe attired, scrawny, biggest nerd on her college campus the ultimate makeover, turning him into a fashion impresario whose style sets trends from Milan to NY Fashion Week and who can be seen courtside at the NBA Finals sporting a perfectly-fitted cashmere suit. Then it happens. Belle realizes too late that she’s created a chart-topping monster as Scrooje’s ego explodes and he starts acting a fool. Now, it’s been three years since they ve spoken. But tonight at Hollywood s biggest red carpet event, with the whole world watching, they’ll be given a second chance. Will Scrooje listen to the ghostly-advice of Marley, his best friend since the fourth grade, who at the time of his untimely drowning at his Brazilian poolside birthday bash was as big a star as Scrooje? Will Scrooje finally do right by his number one artist, Cratchit, a genius comedian, who Scrooje invariably rip offs every chance he gets? And with twenty-five million viewers tuned in will Scrooje finally shed his ego, jeopardize his image and declare his love for Belle, the one he betrayed and let slip away? Second chances don’t often come around. Will Belle even give him a chance? Mixing heart, soul, bling and romance in a fresh, original satire about race, class and celebrity worship Lamb establishes himself as one of the most talented and amazing writers today. And leaves no doubt that the Pacific Book Awards chose wisely when they selected It’s Good To Be King as the year’s Best Fiction.
I read. A lot. Through my college career as an English major, I read a lot of classic literature. As a Librarian, I help connect readers to works that suit their interests. As a reader, I absolutely love when entertaining stories pay homage to classic works, especially when the author stays true to the source material. David Lamb’s On Top of the World draws heavily from the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, which is one of my all-time faves. Mr. Lamb puts his own spin on the story by bringing it to the modern era and making Scrooge (spelled “Scrooje”) a big-shot music producer with a habit of taking advantage of the musicians in his stable. Like Dickens’ Scrooge, Scrooje is visited by his deceased partner, Marley, who warns Scrooje about the impending visit from three spirits.
What earned the book a four out of five rating was the back-and-forth narrators. Every time the narrator changed, it took me a paragraph or two to realize that it had switched, and to whom. The “voices” of the characters was just not strong enough, for me, to be able to more readily determine who was narrating. Beyond that, the story was very entertaining and there is very little in the book that is inappropriate for younger audiences. I would say that it would be best enjoyed by readers 16+.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
At The Heart of Stone by Roxanne D. Howard #Review
Dreams are the perfect shelter for our fantasies, safe havens to step inside without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a mysterious Irish lover, who knows what she wants, and gives her exactly what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as ideal, as her long-term relationship with Charles, her controlling fiancé, has hit a dry spell.
When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral right in the middle of a high-stakes corporate merger, she heads back to face the demons from her past. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her dream lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her fantasies and right into her life, and the powerful connection they share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the bitterness of being betrayed by Charles and his jealousy, Niall soon stirs Lark’s awareness of the superficiality of her existence and reawakens not only her sexuality, but her soul.
Whilst in the middle of a huge business deal Lark receives devastating news and has to return home immediately. While there not only does she have to face her demons from the past but she also meets the man of her dreams literally.
Niall is an estate attorney helping to settle the will of a dear friend when his world is turned upside down. The daughter of his late friend has come home and she makes him remember what it feels like to be alive. The only problem is when her fiancé turns up.
This is one of the best romance novels I have read for a long time and I found myself stating up way too late to finish it. Lark is a woman who has lost her way, she thinks she has it all but when she meets Niall everything changes. I loved the development of Lark from a woman stuck in a rut to a strong, independent woman in control. The relationship between Lark and Niall is passionate yet sensual and the sex scenes are very well written.
Niall is what every male lead should be strong, caring and passionate. He is very well developed and I felt as if I knew him by the end of the book. I also love an Irish accent.
Roxanne Howard does a fantastic job of engaging you from the start and you cannot put it down. The plot is beautifully written with some great twists that kept me totally engrossed until the last word.
This is a great romance with a fresh plot line. There are hot sex scenes, out of the blue twists and a HEA what else could anyone want. I will happily recommend this book and I’ll be looking out for future releases.
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A Devilish Slumber by Shereen Vedam #Review
BEAUTY AWOKE, AND THEN THE TROUBLE BEGAN . . .
Since dealing with the death of her sister, and her abandonment by Sir Phillip Jones—the man who professed to love her—Lady Roselyn Ravenstock has lived as if sleepwalking. Mired in grief, she sequestered herself in her home, avoiding all callers. Then she meets Mrs. Helen Beaumont, and Rose starts to come to life . . . until Helen is murdered. But this time, Rose isn’t going back to sleep. Vowing to avenge her friend, Rose dons a costume and goes out into the night looking for a killer.
Sir Phillip, the Regent’s favored spy, returns from war determined to win back the woman he was forced to leave three years ago. But when he witnesses Rose covered in blood, racing from a brutal scene while gripping the murder weapon, he goes on a desperate mission to unravel what he hopes is a case of mistaken identity.
The investigation leads Rose into a world of enchantment, where people can reshape their features, fires are begun with a snap of fingers, and objects move of their own accord. But the real magic is the blazing attraction that is re-awakened between her and Phillip.
Will Rose ever get her happily ever after? Possibly. But first, she’ll have to convince Phillip of her innocence—before the killer strikes again. . . .
This is the first book in the Rue Alliance series and ends in an HEA. This book is set in Victorian London. Every unmarried woman must travel with a chaperone. Men have a lot more freedom than women. Rose lost her beloved sister, Eve, and uncle to an accident 3 years prior. Her beau at the time, Phillip, was actually an officer trying to capture Eve and the uncle in a sting. Phillip was kept away from Rose through many different circumstances and unable to really explain that his feelings for Rose were real.
>Rose becomes somewhat of a recluse, until a woman makes her acquaintance. This woman mysteriously writes to Phillip for help and when he goes to the warehouse to meet her, he sees Rose running with a bloody knife and the woman dead by a knife wound. The paranormal enters in to the story as it is revealed that Rose and Eve can shift their features. Rose goes undercover to help in the investigation as a man and ends up working with Phillip. I enjoyed seeing Victorian London through a male perspective. Even though their manners were much more formal in public, in private the men still act like men, betting on when women will give in to temptation, gambling, loose behavior and the like.
>The story is a fun mystery with a paranormal twist. The plot wasn’t too hard to figure out, but seeing how Phillip will figure it all out was fun. Rose and her alter ego, Ben were fun to watch. I especially like Ben’s interactions with Phillip and how Phillip was confused as to why Ben reminded him of Rose. The friends that Rose discovers all have very interesting traits and personalities that will make for great future stories.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. Nothing was specifically described, but there was enough implied to make the romance shine. I give the book 5 stars.
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The Illumante by Alexa Andrea von Speyer
It is said that the continued existence of the world, rests on the backs of thirty-six Righteous people, whose role in life is to justify the purpose of humankind in the eyes of God. For the sake of these thirty-six,
God preserves the world even if the rest of humanity has degenerated to the level of total barbarism. This widely held belief is spoken about quite extensively. It appears in the Kabbalah, dozens of novels and even Deepak Chopra in his Lords of Light, speaks of the thirty-six. The author calls them The Illuminates.
The Illuminate, is a novel which brings the reader to the life of Valeria, a Nine Year Old girl chosen to be one of the Illuminates. We learn that every thirty years, twelve new Illuminates are chosen to maintain thirty-six Illuminates at all times. They are given the code to man. The novel follows Valeria’s passage as she garners universal knowledge taught to her by a series of Archangels and ultimately she becomes an Illuminate.
Valeria and the reader discover that man is born with a pre-set color code, each different. Color is nature; colors occupy our world. Green trees, red flowers, orange sunsets, brown soil, blue water and so on. We all live within the same spectrum of colors and we are all predisposed to specific colors, as it rules our personal lives.
Illuminates see the colors emanating from man and the code allows Illuminates to decipher a person through that radiating color. They then discern the entire personality, character and individuality of that being.
Valeria is visiting her aunt Madeleine for the summer. Madeleine is a successful novelist who after a divorce, moved to small, yet very well-to-do sea-side community. Valeria is accompanied on her journeys’ to the Archangels by Oliver, Madeleine’s astral-travelling Papillion dog, who becomes Valeria’s guide and confidant.
The novel opens with Oliver introducing himself, Madeleine and Valeria to the reader. The story unfolds as Valeria is introduced to townsfolk, meets kids her age and takes sailing lessons. Valeria bonds strongly with her compassionate and loving aunt. Aunt Madeline, a person devoted to staying single, falls in love with Flavio, a well to-do and very charming Italian restauranteur.
Valeria carries a secret that brings on waves of panic and dread, when she thinks about it. Valeria’s parents are on a European trip; with the hopes their marriage can be saved. Valeria’s secret impacts the entire family structure.
Each night during sleep, Valeria’s subconscious mind travels to a realm occupied by Archangels. Oliver, who can speak in this higher state of perception, brings her to the Chamber of Knowledge. Here Valeria meets Archangels who are associated with a specific color in our spectrum.
Valeria is given great detail about the make-up of a human who is drawn to a particular color. She learns of that human’s needs, qualities, preferences, fears and Godliness. She is given the code. After a series of lessons, she is taken to heaven where she and eleven other humans along with their animal guides meet.
Here she learns why she was chosen and it is here, all twelve are elevated to Illuminates in the presence of all the Archangels of Colors. She learns of her destiny to help man know of its self and is returned to our world, to assume an Illuminate’s function.
I have come across many different types of novels in my life: predictable, interesting, funny, romantic, mysterious, not so interesting, etc. Nevertheless, I haven’t quite come across with a book as unique as The Illuminate: The Essential Color Authority for Life. I must say the novel is indeed unusual because the opening is done by none other than a puppy, the friend and companion of our darling little heroine, Valeria. He also tells the ending of the book and I must confess I didn’t see that coming. Regarding the main topic, it isn’t something quite new. There are series in TV about chosen ones that would appear when the world needs them the most and would save Earth somehow. In this case, there is a very deep mix between religion and color. The main idea of the novel is that there are 32 selected beings that would justify the purpose of humankind to God. Therefore, he will preserve the planet even though humans had become sinful. I must confess this confused me because the way it is written makes you think that Earth was saved just because they existed. I would have imagined that they would try to change humanity somehow but that wasn’t the case. Half of these 32 are young and the other are adults because every thirty something years 12 are born so there are 32, always. I ignore if there is a deep meaning behind the number or if it is based on the color theory which the book seems to surround itself into.
Basically, every person has a certain color patron which define you. Every life has a color from the green of the grass to orange sunset. So, does humans and the Illuminate, these 32 chosen ones, are trained by archangels to decipher these color codes. The color, as the title suggest, plays a very big part in the novel. In fact, almost every chapter of the book has a color as title. Now, going back to the plot. I can say it is both, predictable and unpredictable at the same time. I was expecting some training to save humanity and yes, I got it, to some point. Nevertheless, the aunt of the girl, her love interest and even the dog play a huge part in the novel. I think that it focus a little too much in daily things and the reader tends to get trapped in monotony every once in a while. Leaving that aside, is a sweet story with a heroine that will grow immensely as she tries learn a little more of her role as an Illuminate and interact with her family.
I would recommend this novel for people that are into unique readings that have a hint of existentialism, art, self-growth, and religious touches.
Reviewer of Romance Authors That Rock
Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger by Eden Hudson
Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger
A Jubal Van Zandt Novel
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Cyber Punk
Publisher: Shadow Alley Press Inc.
Date of Publication: October 14, 2016
Number of pages: Approx. 265
Word Count: 50,000
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Narcissist, sociopath, and shameless backstabber Jubal Van Zandt is the best damn thief in the history of the Revived Earth…and he won’t shut up about it.
But not everybody in the swampy, soggy, feudal future approves of Jubal’s vocation. The Guild—the religious fanatics who helped rebuild civilization after the collapse—in particular are waiting for their opportunity to slip the noose around his neck.
Which is why when the renowned Guild knight Carina Xiao—a.k.a. the Bloodslinger—contacts Jubal about an off-the-books job that violates Guild Law, he’s too intrigued to say no. He is the best damn thief in the history of the Revived Earth, after all.
Part bizarro ecopunk, part outworld thriller, part odd-couple roadtrip, Jubal Van Zandt and the Revenge of the Bloodslinger is a 150% futurepunk quest for blood and betrayal across the Revived Earth.
‘m an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
Carina’s father was murdered. She is on a quest to kill the person that killed him. She hires Jubal Van Zandt to help her find his killer.
Jubal Van Zandt is the best man for the job, if you can get past the way he acts and treats people. He is rude and disrespectful. Carina has a scar on her face and he constantly makes fun of her because of it. His treatment of her doesn’t change as the book progresses. Once you get into the book you start to understand him more and know why he asks the way he does.
About the Author:
I am invincible. I am a mutant. I have 3 hearts and was born with no eyes. I had eyes implanted later. I didn’t have hands, either, just stumps. When my eyes were implanted they asked if I would like hands as well and I said, “Yes, I’ll take those,” and pointed with my stump. But sometimes I’m a hellbender peeking out from under a rock. When it rains, I live in a music box.
But I’m also a tattoo-addict, coffee-junkie, drummer, and aspiring skateboarder. Jesus actually is my homeboy.
10 ebook copies
The Night Shift by Suki Selborne #Review
Tiger shifter medic Isabel Prowse, MD knows you never invite a vampire into your war zone field hospital—or your bed. But when the Fall full moon lights up her corner of the desert, mysterious stranger Louis isn’t the only one losing control.
A vampire stealing her blood supplies? Dr Isabel should kick his ass. Only Louis is so freaking hot, he makes her heart skip a beat. And the more she gets to know the dark, brooding stranger, the more she finds herself…. kinda liking him. Ew.
When Louis starts helping out at her emergency medical facility, Isabel finds herself questioning everything. She’s so hot for him, it’s crazy. But he’s a two-hundred-year-old vampire! Tiger shifters don’t date vampires… do they?
Louis must have cast some vampire magic on her, right? Surely she couldn’t really be falling for a bloodthirsty killer?
As the full moon approaches, desperate Isabel hunts for an old magic spell to help her. But things don’t quite go according to plan.
THE NIGHT SHIFT is a standalone tiger shifter and vampire paranormal romance story with steamy love scenes, no cheating and a guaranteed HEA!
I was given an advanced copy of book and I have chosen to review it. That being said let’s get on with the review.
Isobel Prowse, tiger shifter and doctor with Shifter Medics International is stationed 8n a war zone for six months. She left Denver Colorado in hopes that her stalker, werewolf Milo Craven, would forget his idea that they are “fated mates.” The idea was good but her stalker followed her.
Duke Louis de l’Anceny of Versailles is a vampire and has been since the Revolutionary War. He’s different from most vampires, he doesn’t like to kill, that’s why he’s in a war zone, to feed off the dying.
Izzy finds him in the supply tent drinking blood from the medical supply. He tries to explain what he’s doing but she won’t listen to him, her opinion of vampires is pretty low, she calls him “a blood sucking fiend”. When her human nurse is hurt in a bomb blast Louis volunteers to help her in the hospital. She starts to warm up to him and when he gets caught in her room they have to pretend he’s her fiance to stay out of trouble.
Can a vampire and a tiger shifter be “fated mates?” Can Izzy convince Louis to go home with her or will she lose the only man she’s ever wanted to keep? Mix a hot sexy vampire, a stalkng werewolf and a tiger shifter together and you get a really good, fast paced, well written paranormal romance that I couldn’t put down.
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 pounding hearts.
A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both
Ripley Malone is returning to Perth in triumph. A principal ballet dancer in a production that has critics raving, he is an unqualified success, and all the small-minded people that made his life hell can kiss his lycra-covered ass. But behind the makeup and the glitter and the costumes, Ripley is beginning to tire, tire of the competition, the drive, the endless parade of meaningless lovers.
For Pierce Lovell, joining the Navy was a way out of rural Victoria, but becoming a submariner comes with its own set of challenges. The close living quarters and long months away are awkward enough without adding any extra tension around his sexuality. The fear is probably in his head, but he isn’t taking any chances with his career. He gets by on anonymous one-night-stands every time they come to shore and keeps his heart well-shielded. But one night with Ripley opens the tantalising possibility of more.
Through a mistake Ripley is injured. He can’t dance. His wings are clipped and he crashes down and hits the earth hard. Pierce knows their affair can’t possibly end in anything but heartache, but he can’t stay away. As Ripley heals and reassesses his life, he is determined not to make the same mistakes again. That means letting someone see the vulnerable side of him. But vulnerability for Pierce could cost him everything
Ripley Malone is a ballet dancer who returns to his hometown in triumph.
Pierce Lovell joins the navy to get out of his rural hometown.
Ripley is tired of the parade of meaningless lovers.
Pierce gets by on anonymous one night stands.
A one night stand leaves Pierce wanting more.
When Ripley gets hurt and can’t dance he decides to take a chance and let Pierce into his life and heart.
Is this the start of a life full of love or the end of it all?
Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 5 sweet hearts.