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Rose doesn’t know why she survived the accident and everyone else was dead.
It was horrible. And she hasn’t been able to cry since. Even at the graveyard where she was now.
And then she looked over a few rows and saw a guy standing in front of a grave marker of his own. He looked too sad for someone that good looking.
She came over to see if she could console him, help him somehow. His name was Tom, and he had the most amazing eyes she’d ever seen.
But something was different about him, something that would haunt even her.
It was Father’s Day. They were all still dead, and I was again dry-eyed over their grave.
I came this way every year, for the past few, as it was also my birthday. Such as it was.
Growing older just meant more sadness for me.
Father, Mother, and younger sister all passed that night. Horrific car accident. All decapitated or crushed instantly, head on collision with another car, that seemed to come out of nowhere.
I was the only one remaining.
And I couldn’t even cry anymore.
Of course my heart ached. But it was almost the dull, screeching tear of some massive pump whose bearings were failing and overheated from lack of grease. The greece of kindness, of human love.
Why was I still here? What reason did I have for existing? I didn’t know. All I knew was that I kept going from day to day, month in, month out, and then showed up back here again – once a year.
Graveyards are funny things. Why they exist is such a morbid concept. Small and huge monuments erected to incite the memory of the fallen. Like it was the old Japanese ancestor worship. But just because they weren’t remembered after a few centruries, didn’t mean the ache went away. Only the persons who had the ache. To their own plot of earth and monument – or not.
People visited. And opened up that ache fresh to the sting of memory once again, like a wound opened to the air. Painful, abrupt. The ache continuing long after the bandage was re-applied.
Like that guy over there, a few rows over. Downcast young face. Blue jeans, black sweater jacket, high-top basketball sneakers. And that cute brown hair, those nice cheekbones. Why did he come here? Did it ever help him move on – or was he like me, a magnet for more punishment?
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“Well, Sis, how did this year go for you – wherever you are?” I visited my sister every chance I got, knowing that it wasn’t really her. She was long gone, only some ashes remained now. Buried under ground somewhere near that stone.
She was the only one who had left, and the rest of us carried on. Somehow.
So I came to talk to her, tell her all the things I’d learned in college, of the people I’d met, of the charities I worked for in her memory. Just to live her life as well as mine.
But it never seemed to help. That stone just sat there and looked back at me. It wasn’t alive, neither was she, so what was the use.
“Hey.” A girl came to stand beside me. I’d seen her earlier, a couple of rows over. “I just thought that I should come talk to you. Of course you can’t see or hear me, but you looked like you could use some comfort. Some people feel that. And it feels good giving it, at least to me.” She was wearing dark brown slacks and with thick off-white shawl collar sweater and sensible flats. Her blond hair center-parted and naturally curled in long waves. A looker for sure.
“Who says I can’t hear or see you?” I asked, looking directly at her.
Our only job is to find Rook and protect Misty. But I don’t have the skills my friends do to protect the woman I love.
Rook has threatened Misty. We sent his Queen on the run and she nearly killed Casey on her way out. I’m not a computer genius or a cop. I’m an artist and I was a military medic. I don’t have the skills to do anything except help Casey heal and just be moral support while my friends do what I can’t. I feel helpless and powerless to protect Misty.
Rook can’t get to us in Andre’s compound. He hits us where he can. He wants to get to Casey and Misty through me. He starts by trashing my tattoo shop with his queen. Everything I worked for is in ruin and my partner, Badger, is losing money because Rook decided to come at me. I thought my shop was the last of it. I should have been more vigilant in protecting those I love.
Rook takes his game even further and totally guts me with his next move. I’ll never fully recover and if he’s willing to go that far, I don’t want to think about what he will do to Misty if he gets his hands on her
Dangerous Chess-A Contemporary Reverse Harem Series Fugitive (Misty) Her Cop (Casey) Her Artist (Aiden) Her Guard (Gareth) Her Knight (Andre) The Rook Takes Their Queen
This book is the 3rd in the Dangerous Chess series and ends with everything all up in the air. This book is not a standalone in the series. The characters and unusual reverse harem situation is hard to understand without having read the previous 2 books. Character names are thrown out and previous situations mentioned, but never explained, causing the book to turn into sex scenes surrounding a lot of discussion about people and situations that don’t make sense.
>Misty has agreed to a relationship with 4 roommates. Her character is less human and more like a robot. All she wants to do is sleep and sooth each of the men. She is up for whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want. Her personality never comes through. The reactions of the men all seem like they are only tolerating the situation because they benefit from it. These reactions are not based in love, causing this story to be erotic, but not at all romantic.
>The mystery involves unknown characters from previous stories. More about the bad guys is discovered, but more secrets remain. The mystery is always discussed after the action has taken place, slowing the pace of the book.
>I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving this book 4 stars. The story is novella length. If all of the parts of this series were in one complete book, I feel the story would be better.
An unlikely young hero. An incredible destiny.
Eva has never swung a sword. She’s never flown through the open sky on a gryphon or dreamed of being a hero. She’s content with a quiet life — two feet firmly on the ground, working in her foster-father’s forge. But that’s all about to change.
When Eva discovers a young thief hiding in her woodshed with a stolen gryphon egg, the shy, timid girl is forced to leave everything she’s ever known to become Windsworn — elite warriors who ride fierce gryphons into battle. As she struggles to learn the ways of the Windsworn, Eva finds herself caught in a plot to destroy the gryphon riders and plunge the kingdom into war, a plot that somehow involves her deceased parents.
In the face of growing danger, can Eva conquer her fears and unravel the secrets of her past in time to save the Windsworn?
Fans of Eragon, Harry Potter and the Dragonriders of Pern will love this fast-paced coming of age fantasy, set in a world of majestic gryphons and ancient magic.
Interested? Read it!
I love fantasy and mystery. This story was filled with it. And on top of that gryphons and a castle built in the side of the mountain. Awesome. Based in medieval times it’s definitely a fantasy world of castles and mystical creatures.
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A fantasy loosely based on the historical setting of the Netherlands and western Germany.
Johanna is the daughter of a rich merchant in the kingdom of Saarland. As an only child and without a mother, she has grown up with notions, such as that she wants to take over her father’s river trade business in her own name. Courtesy of her eastern mother, she has an unusual ability. She sees things in willow wood: whenever she touches wood, it shows her what has happened around the tree or wooden object. Any kind of magic is not common in Saardam, and the Church of the Triune, which rapidly gains influence in the city, forbids it.
While she goes to church, Johanna also maintains a loose network of magic-enabled people. One of those people is Loesie, a farmer’s daughter from out of town.
One day, Loesie comes to town after having been struck mute by magic. She carries a basket made from willow twigs that tells Johanna that a group of bandits with demons is about to attack the city.
But there is no non-magical proof, so she can’t tell anyone or she’d be branded a witch. The time of witch-burnings was not that long ago.
Never mind that the army is still approaching, and there are increasing signs that Saardam’s embattled royal family might have done something that has angered magical forces in the east. Add to this that the royal family seems to have fallen out with the city’s nobility, and that the recent death of the crown princess has left the family with only one heir: the mysterious prince whom no one has seen for years and who has suddenly returned home.
At the annual ball, Johanna’s father has brokered a dance for her with the prince. Johanna just wants to warn people of the impending attack.
Johanna is very strong willed. She has her own way of thinking and doesn’t mind not following what is expected of her. She also has a secret, one that would be consis|red magic and evil. But because of this, she discovers her town is coming under attack and the cause coming from a very unlikely source. How can she warn the town without actually revealing what she can do?
This is a good storyline. Reminds of the city of Salem and witches in the 1800’s. Of course, who wouldn’t love an independent want spirit like Johanna. I always love reading stories with strong female characters. The authors writing, at times, was a little a slow, too descriptive and dragged. Seemed slow and fast paced. Great story for a start, but hate cliffhangers. I gave this a four star read.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from
Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
She’s loved him forever. But he wants her for just one night.
Aurora Willis has loved Nathan since she was a teenager. But he barely noticed her. Now twenty-two and still a virgin, Aurora is desperate to ditch her hopeless feelings for him and finally find true love of her own.
Billionaire Nathaniel Travers is riding high on fame, glory, and more female attention than he wants. He left Aurora behind in his past years ago. But when an accident leaves him helpless, she’s the only person he can turn to.
Just when Aurora is about to leap into a new love, Nathan comes crashing back into her life, stoking all the fire buried inside her. And he’s been keeping a secret of his own, but it has nothing to do with love.
Is Aurora ready to sacrifice her heart, her future, everything to be his for just one night?
STANDALONE Contemporary Romance | London Billionaires Book 1
A destiny she won’t accept. A choice she must make.
Sofia must mate with Kris and birth a race superior to humans, but she cannot accept her fate. Can she create her own destiny?
This 10,000 words novelette is an inspiration story for the Many Lives Series
Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts
Review: First, the disclaimer: this is a novella that does not tell a complete story. I have not read any of the other novels in the Many Lives series, but I understand that this is a prequel novella. As a result, it is assumed that the reader knows what happens next in the action and, as someone who has not read the novel(s) for which this is a prequel, I was left a little disappointed. However, the writing is good and I found the story very interesting, regardless of the fact that I only had part of the action. This is a story of destiny and what happens when you fight your destiny. Sofia had very definite plans for herself and her future, and those plans were threatened when her grandmother told Sofia about Sofia’s destiny. However, in novels of this type, one always runs into trouble when one scoffs at, and ignores, one’s destiny, and that happens to Sofia. I am very interested in finding out what happens next and I did truly enjoy the world that the author has created.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
Short Read – 90 minutes (43 pages)
What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You.
What You Don’t Remember Can Get You Killed.
He looked into her eyes – and forgot everything about himself.
He’d done something that night, but couldn’t remember.
And she had left him like that. Until she returned as a Homeland Security agent to save him from two cops who wanted him for questioning.
Now on the run, in disguise, his memory wasn’t returning very fast. Josh depended on this mysterious Rosa to get and keep him out of harm’s way as they travelled out of L.A. and into remote backroads of Southern California.
There’s something about her Josh doesn’t understand, or just doesn’t remember. Yet.
A paranormal action-mystery with empaths, government agencies, and psi-powers.
To solve their situation, Josh will have to recover his lost memories. The secret is in her eyes…
– – – –
I looked into her eyes and my soul was gone.
Like I never existed in my own body. Or more like I had a different one, now.
I could feel her arms, her legs, the silky smoothness of where she shaved and where she didn’t. Medium height, brown hair, blue eyes – I knew these from looking at her from the outside. But from the inside out, your eyes didn’t have color, your hair only showed in a mirror or when you grew it long enough to pull out in front where you could see it. And you hardly felt hair growing where it shouldn’t unless you felt it for yourself.
I put my new hands around and over my new body to feel the textures, the curves. Alabaster white skin, like I’d never been out in the sun. A smooth rump, going up past dimples into a curved indent above the spine. Ribs, just below the skin, as my lungs expanded and contracted by their efforts.
And higher, to cup my own new breasts.
“Hey, watch it!” A voice came in, the hands dropped, arms straightened, fists clenched.
“Buddy, we’re in this together, for now, so keep it clean.” That voice was obviously in command.
“Who are you? What am I doing here?” I asked.
“I’m Rosa. This is my body and you are a visitor.” The voice named Rosa was tough, but as smooth as her hips that I could still feel through our knuckles.
“But what am I doing here?” I repeated.
“You’re a volunteer. Simple. You asked to be here.” Rosa replied.
“No. You’re kidding. This is slavery, this is…” My own voice halted.
Rosa turned to look at my own body. All 6 foot, 4 inches of it. Sandy hair, broad shoulders, tanned dark by the sun. Except those parts that never saw daylight. I was naked as the day I was born. And had a blank look on my face until I didn’t. Then I winked back at me, with a wry smile. That “me” then turned and walked over to the chair where I’d left my clothes. Denim pants, chambray shirt, scuffed leather boots, and a frayed and faded blue ball cap with a seed company logo on it.
…I was trapped in someone else’s body in a room that wasn’t also borrowed. Probably paid by the hour. But how long I would be in this body was another question. My ride that I came with had just left for parts unknown…
Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts
Review: I really liked the premise of this novella. I kind of wish that Rosa had explained the science behind how she ended up sharing her body with Joshua, but having her just as confused as the reader made sense with the narrative, so I was willing to go with it. Rather than the last chapter being a montage, I would have truly enjoyed it being fully-fleshed out and allow this novella to become a true novel. The writing was well-done, and I am very interested in reading more by this author, especially if the other outings are more fully-fleshed out stories. There are some adult situations, so I would only recommend the novella to adult readers.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
‘Written in very clear and beautiful prose, JM Lawler’s novel is both inspiring and entertaining. This is one of the finest books I have read on women’s issues, a book with characters that are real.’
When do you risk everything for love?
Aaliya Reiner is made of strong stuff. But when her mother passes on, she seems to lose her grip on life. Things don’t seem to get better with her sister, Maddalena, who’s estranged and enjoying the benefits that come in a marriage of power and opulence.
Aaliya takes refuge in a passionate and hidden love affair, hoping to fill the void left by her mother’s death.
But desire can be deadly and the kingdom of Traegos is becoming a dangerous place. When the dark storm of politics and power begins to blow, choice and chance collide leaving Aaliya with only one option left to survive.
The River and the Ravages is a gripping story of identity and freedom: who we are seen to be versus who we believe ourselves to be, and the ways in which we will risk everything for love.
For mature readers only.
This story is good. The characters develop fast and draw the reader right in. The way things start it just grabs the reader and keeps you wanting to read more and not put it down. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys some political intrigue with their romance. Warning this is for mature readers with sexual situations.
I’m giving this book 4 hearts
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from
Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Dark shadows & exposed secrets . . .
Can you avoid the burn?
Name: Derek Masterson
Code Name: ONYX
Alias: Shadow Master
Classification: Tier 1, Class D
Derek is obsessed with Harleigh Quinlan.
It doesn’t help that he’s been assigned as her guardian, a job he never guessed would bring him face to face with his darkest enemy. Haunted by a tragic and brutal past and forced to confront his own demons, Derek must find a way to protect the woman who’s become his entire world and seek answers to the nightmares that plague his nights. As vengeance burns within his veins, will Derek become consumed by the flames?
Be sure to read the companion novel Harleigh , available now!
The SINNERS SYNDICATE is a sidekick companion series to the VOLATILE VIXENS. Every superhero . . . and villain needs a sidekick, but be warned these men aren’t your average alpha males and they don’t accept anything second best.
THE VOLATILE VIXEN SERIES is a compelling and dark paranormal romance about a unique group of individuals that join forces in order to defeat a sinister master Collective. Obsessed with female villains, the Volatile Vixens explore their dark and twisted personas, dangerous lives, and sensual hunger in a world where reality mixes with fantasy with disastrous – and often humorous – results. Let a new series of mayhem, dark secrets & lies, villains & heroes, seductive eroticism, and thrilling adventure begin!
*** This is NOT FAN FICTION but a totally UNIQUE & ORIGINAL STORY ***
* AUTHOR’S NOTE: May contain triggers, recommended 18+ *
VOLATILE VIXENS (In PROCESS):
Book 1: Harleigh
Book 2: Ivey
Book 3: Kat
Book 4: Harleigh Part 2
Book 5: TBA
SINNERS SYNDICATE Volatile Vixen Sidekick Series (In PROCESS):
Book 1 – Onyx
Book 2 – Blaze
Book 3 – Chaos
Book 4 – TBA
THE COLLECTIVE Volatile Vixen Master Series (In PROCESS):
Book 1 – Joker
Book 2 – TBA
Nikki Landis: Dark Alpha Romance
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Book review – Onyx
>This book is the 1st in the Sinners Syndicate series and ends with all the story lines up in the air. Onyx, Dev and Harleigh grew up in a school that doubled as a scientific center to genetically engineer human children. The kids were abused and tortured. Harleigh has blacked out this time in her life. At the age of 25, the latent abilities genetically engineered in them start to become active. The scientists then send out hunters to capture the students once again. I was unclear as to why the students were let loose in the first place. If someone rescued them, why did the children not know what was done to them?
>The son of the head scientist, Viktor, has an obsession with Harleigh. References to a comic book universe are referenced a lot. Readers without any knowledge of said universe and all of its characters will be lost. Harleigh is protected and loved by Onyx. The love scenes are hot, but Harleigh is constantly left alone and taken by the hunters. One time Harleigh is taken for 3 days and then released without reason. Harleigh feels an attraction to Viktor due to her memories of him being manipulated, but why she would act on those feeling after being held hostage and having her life threatened is never explained.
>I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am giving this story 3 stars. The characters are interesting, but the plot makes no sense. The battle scenes with each character’s abilities are cool, but even the battles end with the hunters just disappearing, without any explanation.
“So which danger are you, grandmother? Wolves? Snow? Hunger? Or something other?”
“Something other, my dear.”
Classic Russian fairy tales are reimagined in this subversive collection of stories set in the matriarchal world of Zem’. Precursors to the award-winning novels of “The Zemnian Series,” these stories, part fantasy, part literary fiction, present a world where women are powerful rulers, warriors, and workers of magic, but nature is more powerful still. For fans of “The Mists of Avalon” and other female-oriented fantasy, as well as metaphysical/visionary writing.
Short stories are always fun to read! These are interesting and involving. Mystical and mysterious. A world is created that resembles our own and yet does not. Perhaps it resembles the dark underbelly no one will admit exists?
The writer has created a matriarchal society with powers that are both interesting and intimidating at the same time. The characters are well fleshed even for such a limited space. As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock I had to give four full hearts for the creativity shown by this author. The glimpse into the world of Zem has definitely given me a taste for more!