Monday, February 27, 2017

To Catch Her (The Lords of Miami) - Alice K Wayne - Blog Tour


The Lords of Miami: To Catch Her

by Alice K. Wayne

Release Date: February 24th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

The Lords of Miami: To Catch Her, an all-new contemporary romance by Alice K. Wayne is now available!!

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Book one of the Brothers Ramírez

Tomás Ramírez was the youngest son of his organized crime family, and the only smear they carried on their perfect lineage. He was brazen, defiant, and shamelessly sexual, with a sadistic streak that left me lying awake at night wondering what he would do to me, or my body, next. He was the type of man that made me hate him while I clung to him.

Oh… and did I mention he’s blackmailing me?

Mikayla Jones was a sweet, quirky girl, with a dirty past, trying to make her way alone in the world. She was doing just fine in her warm bed of lies, until I came along and burned it all to hell, making her face the truth and confront her demons.

“Why?” you might ask… because I’m in love with the silly little girl, and I won’t stop until she’s mine.

4 Stars

To Catch Her is a good introduction the Ramirez, an organised crime family. It's quite different to the mafia novels that I have read but just as compelling.

Tomás is the youngest of the three Ramirez brothers. Santiago is the oldest and the most responsible. Mateo is in the middle, quite laid back and popular with the ladies. Tomás is considered to be the least responsible. He was the rebel teenager and still a troublemaker in some ways.

Mikayla comes from a very poor background. Since losing her father, she has been fending for herself with her mother being in a permanent haze of drunkenness. She puts herself through college by camming to pay her fees. She is now a successful journalist who doesn’t tolerate criminals.

Tomás manages his family advertising company and when he advertises a job vacancy for an assistant, Mikayla doesn't hesitate to apply. She sees this as the ideal opportunity to look into the criminal activities with the prospect of exposing the organisation. Tomás plays along with her and little does she know that he has a card up his sleeves. One that he intends to use shamelessly! Mikayla now finds herself at a disadvantage but has no choice at this stage.

She is soon tangled up in the things that she despises the most. When there is a turn of events concerning her best friend Quentin, she finds herself questioning her principles. The law is not always what it appears to be. She has this love hate relationship with Tomás but the chemistry between them is off the charts. They have some really hot sexual interludes and other feelings start to creep in. The thing is that Tomás is keeping a secret from Mikayla. A secret which could change everything.

The story revolves mainly revolves around Tomás and Mikayla but there are some very good insights into the characters of the other brothers and the family dynamics. A very close knitted family who looks after its own. They are all different but delightful. I absolutely loved the interactions between Tomás and Mykayla. Seeing them together is frustrating and good fun at the same time.

It's a romantic novel with high family values but be warned, there are some upsetting aspects. It's an addictive storyline which ends on a cliffhanger and I would love to see what happens next.

I was kindly issued with a complimentary eARC and the views expressed are my personal opinion.


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About the Author

Alice K. Wayne is a paranormal romance/ erotica writer straight out of the Motor City.

From a young age books became her favorite escape, and that love eventually turned to writing as well.

Alice loves traveling, is a self proclaimed foodie, sushi addict, selfie Queen, and like all good Detroiters, is completely obsessed with Red Wings hockey.

If you like thick books with twists, turns, depth, and LOTS of steamy scenes these books are for you!


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Worth of Waste (#2 DeLuca Duet) Bethany-Kris

Author                        Bethany-Kris 
Publication Date      6 February 2017 
Genre                         Adult Contemporary 
                                    Mystery Romance 

DeLuca Duet, Part Two 

The Chicago Mob is the same as it has always been—violent, greedy, and excessive. The Outfit families have turned their backs when they were needed the most one too many times, but Dino DeLuca didn’t expect anything different. 

His whole life has been lived for the Outfit—for his family. 

He has a whole new set of reasons to live and fight now. 

Karen Martin makes Dino change all the rules. 

He’s finally ready to show everyone just how much waste is truly worth in the mafia, and just how far one will go for freedom from it all. 

He’s learned these lessons well. 

Too well. 

Author’s Note: The DeLuca Duet is a standalone duet with a HEA ending that can be read independently.

After the way things turned out in Damian's and Lily's story, I didn't think that there would be such an outstanding story about Dino. A pleasant surprise and a beautiful conclusion. 

Dino can't do much about the situation that he is in right now, but that's not to say that he can't make plans for the future. He has enough time on his hands. 

He has only seen uncle Ben once in eighteen months but now it's business as usual. The difference is that he has a reason to live. A reason to get away from the life that was forced upon him. First he has to make sure that his siblings can have the lives that they deserve.

Karen remains her understanding self and has blossomed with the changes in her life. Her relationship with Dino has strengthened despite the difficulties and uncertainties of their future. Dino is prepared to do anything to break free from the life of misery and cruelty to have a proper family life. Will his plans come to fruition? 

This final episode of the DeLuca story is well thought through. It gives a different perspective about being in the mob and the meaning of true family values, despite all the violence. Where there is a will, there is a way and Dino has what it takes! 

I have enjoyed this duet as much as I did the rest of the series and will be looking out for more of this author's work.

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three very young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, a snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time.

"Put your pen to paper and bleed ..." 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Angels' Judgement - Nalini Singh

Author                       Nalini Singh
Publication Date     6 December 2012
Genre                         Paranormal Thriller Romance 

Warrior angels, vampire hunters, and angels gone bad heat up this altogether sizzling paranormal alternate universe, from the bestselling author Nalini Singh.

Angels' Judgement is the compelling story of passion, love and danger in the Guild Hunter world. Sara and Deacon are Guild Hunters, their life's work is catching and capturing - or killing - rogue angels. It's dangerous work and sometimes life or death decisions must be made in a moment. And when a judgement has to be made, should love be allowed to get in the way . . . ?

Guild Hunter is one of my favourite series and I although familiar with Sara and Deacon, I didn't know quite how they met. This novella answers my questions. 

Sara is one of the best hunters and now that the director is going in retirement, she has the opportunity to replace him. She is very popular with her colleagues who all think that she is ideal for the job. 

Whilst on a hunt for a runaway vampire, she meets Deacon who appeares to know all about her. He helps her out with this mission but he is there for another reason. When he introduces himself to Sara, she is surprised as she had always thought that he was a myth! There is a good reason for him being who he is. 

Deacon then reveals that she is to help him with another mission. Not a pleasant one as it could involve one of her own. They are both attracted to each other and give in to their desires, knowing that they can't be involved if Sara is to become the new director. Besides, he is a loner and being in the limelight is a definite no no. 

They go through with their investigations, facing various dangerous situations along the way. Neither of them wants to part when the mission is over. Can they find a way to pursue a relationship? 

This is a short, compact and comprehensive read. I like the concept. It's a beautiful love story with danger, action and suspense. I am glad that I picked this up as I am now aware of Sara's and Deacon's back story. A whirlwind romance.

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waste of Worth (#1 DeLuca Duet) Bethany-Kris

Author                       Bethany-Kris 
Publication Date      9 January 2017 
Genre                         Adult Contemporary 
                                    Thriller Romance

DeLuca Duet, Part One

Ask anyone and they will all say the same thing about just who Dino DeLuca is. A criminal, the son of a traitor, and a mafia Capo who can’t be trusted. His past has shaped his life, creating demons he can’t escape from that live in his mind day and night. 

He is all too aware of just how people see him. 

Closed off. 

He doesn’t care—keeping people out means no one can get close enough to hurt him again, and he already has one too many monsters with their claws stuck in his back that he’s still fighting off. His walls are so high, no one is climbing over them. Or so he thinks … 

Karen came into his life like a spring shower, her light shining through the darkness and making him see something other than the hell that surrounded him for so long. She doesn’t know who he is or what he has done to become the man he is today. If he can help it, she’ll never know, and his monsters will never hurt her. 

She sees his differences as beauty. 
She never asks for more. 
She is perfect. 

The problem with happiness for Dino DeLuca is that his monsters don’t mind taking away what makes him happy. After all, what isn’t given cannot be kept. 

These lessons will be the hardest he has ever learned. 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The DeLuca Duet is a two book tale following the same couple through their journey. It is a standalone Duet that can be read independently with a HEA ending. 

Having come across Dino in a previous instalment of the DeLuca family, it's a real bonus to get to read his story. 

Dino is the oldest brother to Theo and Lily. They have been raised by their uncle Ben who is the most despicable character. 

Karen is a photographer but there isn't enough business to generate the income that she requires to pay her bills. She has to find alternatives. 

Dino bumps into Karen during one of his regular visits to his mother's grave. Being always on the guarded side, he has difficulties in communicating. Not so for Karen, she takes a shine to him and introduces herself. They meet again but Dino doesn't get close to anyone, therfore does his best to avoid her. Then they meet again by chance and start working together. Dino is drawn to her sunny personality but getting too close is dangerous. She is not famiglia and Dino can't have anything that isn't given to him. If he does, it's taken away from him in the most hurtful manner. 

Ben has brought him up with brute force and control. A control he doesn't have any intention to relinquish. If Dino goes against him, he doesn't hesitate to "punish" him. Punishments which leave him emotionally and physically scarred. His whole life is a nightmare and he grins and bears it to protect his siblings. Something that Ben has no qualms about using against him. Nevertheless, he starts a relationship with Karen. A secret affair. 

Karen gives him some news to which he reacts badly. When he realises that he should explain his behaviour, something happens to stop him. He doesn't get a chance to get to her and doesn't even know if she is aware of what's happened to him. He finds out why this situation has come about and somehow, this gives him a determination that he wouldn't have dared to contemplate in the past. He now has another reason, besides protecting his siblings. Karen. 

Dino's story is incredible. It's heartbreaking. His life has been lonely and depressing but he is good at his job. Karen is very understanding and doesn't probe him for answers. She brings light to his dark and for the first time in his life, he knows the meaning of being loved. It ends on a cliffhanger where he is once again robbed of happiness. I am glad that I don't have to wait to see what happens next as the sequel has already been released and I can't wait to pick it up.

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something ... when she can find the time. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Damage Control (#2 Dirty Money) Lisa Renee Jones

Author                       Lisa Renee Jones 
Publication Date     21 February 2017 
Genre                        Adult Contemporary 
                                    Thriller Romance 

Wall Street meets the Sons of Anarchy in Damage Control, the smoldering, scorching next novel in the explosively sexy Dirty Money series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

The only thing more dangerous than a dark secret is a damaged heart…
Shane Brandon has been pushed to the brink, torn between his corrupt family and his explosive, all-consuming desire for Emily Stevens, who he now knows is not who, and what, she seems. Has he trusted the wrong person? Will she, not his brother Derek, be the ultimate destruction of his family Empire.
Emily tries to run from Shane, but he will stop her, confront her, force her to reveal all – one hot touch and kiss, at a time, under every intimate detail of who this woman is, and what she wants, is exposed. But as he tears away the dangers of the unknowns with the woman in his bed, and in his heart, The Martina Cartel, has set their sites on his company, his family, and the one piece of leverage they believe he won’t gamble with: Emily.

The continuation to Hard Rules of the Dirty Money series picks up right where it left off in book one. No reprieve! Fast and furious. Romantic. Thrilling. Nail bitingly suspenseful. 

Shane is still struggling with the family "game" that his father has initiated. His brother Derek plays dirty and sleeps with the enemy to give him the advantage of winning this game!

Emily is still holding on to her secrets which puts doubts about her in Shane's head. He is not prepared to give in so easily though! 

When Shane insists on the truth from Emily, everything takes a turn for the worse. She is torn as telling the truth might put Shane in danger. Something that she is not prepared to allow. Shane is persistent and when she eventually opens up, the unravelling of her secrets comes as a total surprise. She is in danger herself and Shane will do anything to protect her. 

Whilst their relationship continues to blossom, they have to face one obstacle after another. Knowing who to trust besides the obvious ones is near impossible. It would appear that everyone has ulterior motives. Money and control are the driving forces. 

Some of the mysteries are unravelled but only to raise more questions. This instalment is full of lies, betrayal and deceit. Those who are loyal are few and far between. The suspense is killing. The love and passion between Shane and Emily is so intense that it's palpable.

Damage control demanded my attention and held me captive throughout. I couldn't wait to get to the end and yet when I got there, I wanted more. Bad Deeds, the next instalment can't get here quick enough but I am sure that the wait will be more than worthwhile! 

I was kindly issued with a complimentary eARC via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion. 

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“You make me remember I need to be good and right in my choices.”
“Do you ever question doing what is good and right?”
“There have been times when I felt like my hand was forced.”
“When you were a lawyer?”
“No,” I say. “I manipulated the law, as does every attorney, but I never broke it. I’m talking about when I’m with my family.”
“Did you go where they lead?”
“Not so far.”
“That sounds like you might.”
“I don’t want to be them.”
“You aren’t them. You don’t have to be them.”
“I know that,” I say. “But you just keep telling me so I don’t forget.” Her legs hit the bed frame and she grips my arms.
I lean into a kiss and she pulls back, her hand pressing on my chest. “Wait. Now it’s my turn to say talk to me. Are you okay?”
“Death happened. The one thing I can’t control. It’s not the night to push me to stop protecting you. Not tonight. Can you do that?”
“Yes. We can.”
“We,” I repeat, “and that word sounds as good on my tongue as I know you’re going to taste. I’m going to make love to you properly. The way I plan to many times in our future.” I reach down and untie her robe, letting it fall open; my fingers sliding underneath just far enough to tease her nipples. They pucker beneath my touch, and her lashes flutter, settling on her cheeks. “But when it’s over, I’m going to fuck you hard and fast again.”
I tug gently on her nipples and she bites her lips. “Look at me,” I order gently.
She opens her eyes, and there is desire in their depths, but there are shadows there too,. I do not think she intends for me to see doubt or uncertainty that wasn’t there before. That I do not like or wish to know ever again. I want it gone. Now. Tomorrow. Forever. I reach up and rip the silk tie from her robe, wrapping it around my hand, before I reach up and caress the robe off her shoulder, letting it tumble to the ground.
“Give me your hands,” I order, but it’s really a question: Does she still trust me?
She studies me for several beats, her eyes narrowing ever so slightly, and I do not know what she sees in mine, but she offers me her hands. I wrap the silk around her wrists then lean in close to her, my cheek against her cheek, my body touching her nowhere else. “Now you’re at my mercy.”
“Yes,” she agrees. “I am.”
“How do you feel about that?”
My lips curve with the answer that is every bit the combination of sweet sexy honesty I’ve come to expect from her. “I’m going to make you warmer.”
I go still with that question, which on the surface is innocent, but I wonder if it truly is or if it’s about those shadows in her eyes. “I promise,” I say. “And you know, I never—”
“Make a promise you don’t keep.”
“Exactly,” I say, and her reference to my previous words tells me that I am not the only one on a mission of trust, and I intend to deserve hers.
I bring my hands to just above her shoulders, letting them lightly touch her before beginning a slow caress downward. She makes a soft little sound that has my cock thickening and my blood running hot, but I won’t rush this. My lips follow, tracing a line down one of her arms, then the other. I lean and caress my lips over hers, a feather light touch that teases me, if not her.
I take her hands in mine, pressing them behind her head. “Hold them there, for me, so I can see all of you. Understand?”
“You intend to tease me incessantly,” she says, without so much as a hint of hesitation. “Yes. I understand.”
I wrap my arm around her waist and pull her naked body against me, my free hand on hers above her head, our mouths a breath apart. “I intend to lick every part of you, and then do it again, so yes. If that’s the definition of incessant teasing, then yes. I am going to tease you incessantly.” I close my mouth down on hers, my tongue licking into her mouth, a deep, hungry tasting I force myself to end far too quickly. “That was the beginning. Should I could continue?”
“Yes. Please.”
“Please,” I say. “I like that.”

Other Books in the Series 

Hard Rules - Book one (available now) 

Bad Deeds (book three) - 8/8/17

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series. Suzanne Todd (producer of Alice in Wonderland) on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara’s character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy – a modern girl we all can identify with.

In addition to the success of Lisa’s INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin’s Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women’s Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

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