Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January in Atlantis by Alyssa Day - Book Blitz







January in Atlantis
Alyssa Day
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

When Poseidon’s elite warriors gear up to train a new generation of fighters, they have no idea that Atlantean Queen Riley has secretly taken on a new role: Matchmaker. By the end of the year, she plans to find soul mates for all twelve of Atlantis’s fiercest warriors . . .

. . . whether they like it or not.

Twelve all-new adventures in the hotly anticipated world of Poseidon’s Warriors, coming once a month from New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day. These books are sexy, romantic, and wickedly addictive —welcome to 2018! And welcome to: A Year in Atlantis








Author Bio


Alyssa Day is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels filled with kissing, laughter, mystery and magic.  Alyssa’s paranormal series include the Poseidon’s Warriors and Cardinal Witches paranormal romances and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries paranormal mysteries.  Her many awards include Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award for outstanding romance fiction, and the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance novel of 2012.  Her books have been translated into a zillion languages, but she’s still holding out for Klingon.

You can hang out with her on Facebook and Twitter where she talks about her rescue dogs and her future pug ranch, and her blog, where she talks openly about her struggles with depression and hosts Mental Health Check In Fridays (www.alyssaday.com/blog).

She currently lives somewhere near an ocean with her Navy Guy husband, two kids, and any number of rescue dogs.





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Shadow of the Swan (#3 The Novels of Ravenwood) Judith Sterling - Book Blitz






Shadow of the Swan
Judith Sterling
(The Novels of Ravenwood #3)
Publication date: January 31st 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance

Lady Constance de Bret was determined to be a nun, until shadows from the past eclipsed her present. Marriage is the safest option, but she insists on a spiritual union, in which physical intimacy is forbidden. 

Not so easy with a bridegroom who wields unparalleled charm! But a long-buried secret could taint his affection and cloak her in shadow forever.

Back from the Crusades, Sir Robert le Donjon craves a home of his own and children to inherit it. From the moment he meets Constance, he feels a mysterious bond between them. When she’s threatened, he vows to protect her and agrees to the spiritual marriage, with the hope of one day persuading her to enjoy a “real” one. She captivates him but opens old wounds and challenges everything he thought he believed.

Two souls in need of healing. Two hearts destined to beat as one.





EXCERPT

Robert turned to Constance but said nothing.

After a moment, she met his gaze. “Why do you stare at me?”

He grinned. “On the morrow, I want to show you something.”

“What?”

“You’ll see.”

Her eyes narrowed. “Why won’t you tell me?”

“’Tis a surprise.”

“I don’t like surprises.”

“Neither do I, on the whole. But you’ll like this one.” He reached toward his belt.

She stepped back. “What are you doing?”

“Undressing.” He set his belt on the table.

Her stomach dropped. “Why?”

“Aren’t you the suspicious one?” He pulled off his boots. “’Tis customary to doff one’s clothes at bedtime.”

She whirled around, turning her back on him. “I slept fully clothed at the nunnery.” 

She stared hard at the stone wall.

“I hate to state the obvious, but this isn’t a nunnery.”

“Well, how do you sleep?”

“Naked, of course.”

Heat flooded her cheeks and forehead. “Is that necessary?”

“I could wear my breeches.”

She sighed. Whew!

“On one condition.” His tone was loaded with meaning beyond her grasp.

What condition? What does he want from me?

She turned to face him. Apart from his calf-length breeches, he was nude. Her gaze locked onto his chest.

Sculpted by combat. Scarred by war. 

Covered with black hair.

“Any objection?” His voice was soft, deep.

She forced her gaze to his eyes. They looked darker now. Was it a trick of the light?

He’s waiting for an answer. Say something! 

“No.”

“Good.”

“How did you undress so fast?”

“The battlefield teaches one to do everything fast.” His eyes sparkled. “Well, not everything.”

Did her heart still beat? She couldn’t tell. 

His tone was so suggestive.

“You blush, my lady.”

Her hands flew to her cheeks. “And whose fault is that?”

He gave her a rueful smile. “Mine. But if we’re to be friends, I have to speak honestly.”

“About sexual matters?”

“About all matters. Can you live with that?”

She hesitated, then gave him a nod. “I can. And in that vein, what is the condition you proposed?”

“Right. If I’m to smother myself with added linen—”

“Breeches, Sir Robert. They’re just breeches.”

He cocked an eyebrow. “So say you. But if I do that, you must sleep in your chemise only.”

Her jaw dropped. Then she frowned. 

“Why?”

“For the sake of comfort.”

“I’m comfortable clad.”

He looked down, and his fingers seized the tie to his breeches. “Fine. If you’d rather I drop my—”

“Stop!” She grumbled. “Very well. I’ll sleep in my chemise.”

He smiled. “I’ll go lie in bed and shut my eyes, if you’d like.”

“I would like.”

“Do you prefer one side of the bed to the other?”

She shrugged. “It matters not.”

“Then I lay claim to the left.”

As soon as the bed creaked beneath his weight, she removed her headdress. Then she disrobed as quickly as she could and scurried to the bed.

“Why such haste?” he asked as she slid beneath the covers.

“My feet are cold.”

“Mine are warm. You’re welcome to—”

“No, Sir Robert. I’ll warm up soon enough.”

Author Bio


Judith Sterling's love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Flight of the Raven, Soul of the Wolf, and Shadow of the Swan are part of her medieval romance series, The Novels of Ravenwood. The Cauldron Stirred is the first book in her YA paranormal fantasy series, Guardians of Erin. Written under Judith Marshall, her nonfiction books--My Conversations with Angels and Past Lives, Present Stories--have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.





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The Trouble with Unicorns (#1 Team Unicorn Talia) D T Dyllin Cover Reveal







The Trouble with Unicorns
D.T. Dyllin
(Team Unicorn Talia, #1)
Publication date: April 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal , Romance

Part-time demon tracker, full-time optimist …

Talia White does what comes naturally to a Unicorn: Balances the scales between light and dark with hefty doses of love and joy.

Faced with a string of high profile demon possessions, Talia is determined to do her job, despite the fact that she finds herself strapped with a brooding dragon warrior as her new guardian.

That’s the trouble with Unicorns … they’ll get their way one way or another, even if they have to get a little stabby to accomplish their goals.




Author Bio



D.T. Dyllin is a bestselling author who writes paranormal, sci-fi, and contemporary romance. Basically, anything with a love story is her kryptonite. Her obsession with affairs-of-the-heart is what first drove her to begin twisting her own tales of scorching romance.

D.T. was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Black & Gold for life, baby!) She now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, and two spoiled German Shepherds.





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Dragon Blessed (An Immortal Dragons Novel) Ophelia Bell - Cover Reveal






Dragon Blessed
Ophelia Bell
(An Immortal Dragons Novel)
Publication date: March 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Dragon-blessed twins Neela and Naaz have waited nearly three thousand years for their chance to awaken their fated dragon mates. On the brink of a war with the enemy who enslaved them, their commander finally sends them to do just that.

But the twins’ mission isn’t called “Operation Wildcard” for no reason. These dragons are unique. Zorion and Asha are the children of the Immortal Blue named Belah; Zorion was sired by none other than The Void himself, and Asha is the product of Belah’s ancient union with the dragons’ former enemy who is now their most powerful champion in the war. 

These dragons’ powers are unknown, and Neela and Naaz will be the humans to reveal them and recruit them for their cause.

But their true enemy is ever watchful, and when Neela makes a risky decision to reveal her new lover’s powers, things go wrong. It will take nothing short of immortal dragon fire to set things right, and neither twin will emerge quite the same.




Author Bio



Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren't apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don't mind being with a woman who's in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.

Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Scot, My Surrender (#4 Lords of Essex) Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan


Author 
Amalie Howard 

Publication Date 
29 January 2201 

Genre 
HiHistoric Romance


SCOTLAND, 1819

Brandt Montgomery Pierce is a bastard—and proud of it. Raised by the Duke of Bradburne, Brandt enjoys an uncommon life of privilege. Despite the mystery surrounding his birth, he has wealth and opportunity, and wants nothing more. Especially not a wife.

Lady Sorcha Maclaren, the fiery and scarred daughter of Laird Maclaren, the Duke of Dunrannoch, is desperate to avoid marriage to a loathsome marquess at any cost...even if it means risking a kiss with a handsome stranger at a Scottish border festival.

But after an innocent kiss turns into a scandalously public embrace, Sorcha and Brandt get more than they bargained for—a swift trip to the altar. When danger chases them into the Highlands, and deceit threatens to tear them apart, their only hope will be to surrender...to each other.









This series has been a delight to read, and My Scot, My Surrender is so much more.

Brant is a charming Stable Master with a mysterious past. His passion for horses takes him to the Highlands in persuit of a special horse.

Sorcha is the daughter of a Highlands Duke and her daring personality led to an accident which has marked her for life from a very young age. She is courageous, but there is one thing that she is afraid of.

Brant attends a fair with the aim of purchasing a horse and whilst watching a fighting contest, he is intrigued by the winner. Contrary to his belief, the winner has the most beautiful blue eyes and he is completely mesmerised. There is a scuffle in regards to the contest and he goes to the rescue. Sorcha takes this opportunity to make a public scene, hoping that she can get out of the thing that she dreads the most. Unfortunately, like Brant she enjoys it a little too much! Brant is anti marriage, but in this instance, he can't resist striking a bargain to get the thing that he covets the most. It should be a win win situation. They both get what they want and carry on as normal. Before they know it, danger appears and they are on the run, but wherever they go danger is not far behind.

It's a fascinating story where they are both conflicted about their feelings. Brant receives the surprise of his life when he uncovers his true identity. For the first time, Sorcha feels like someone actually sees past her scars. The development of their romance is a fairy tale. It's a spellbinding story about true love overcoming any obstacle. Brant and Sorcha are is a match made in heaven. A dangerous and cruel journey with the most beautiful conclusion.

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






AMALIE HOWARD is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, VOYA, School Library Journal, and Booklist, including WaterfellThe Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national IPPY silver medalist and Children’s Moonbeam Award winner. She is also the co-author of My Rogue, My Ruin in the historical romance series, the Lords of Essex. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.










Angie is the author of several young adult and middle grade books, and now, adult historical romance.

A lover of history, period dramas, romance, and all things BBC, she has a number of bookshelves stuffed with paperback novels by her favorite authors — Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Hoyt, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Lisa Kleypas, Sabrina Jeffries, and so many more.

MY ROGUE, MY RUIN is the first book in her new Lords of Essex series, co-written with her good friend and fellow author, Amalie Howard.

Angie lives in New Hampshire with her husband, their three daughters, and a menagerie of pets. When she isn’t writing, she’s either reading, running, cooking, shuttling her kids to school, dance, and gymnastics, or — if she’s lucky — sleeping.


















Should've Been You (#3 Man Enough) Nicole McLaughlin


Author 
Nicole McLaughlin 

Publication Date
30 January 2018 

Genre 
Adult Contemporary Romance 




Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!

National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.

Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.

However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love?









Should've Been You is about three childhood friends and how the manipulation of a ten year old impacts on the their lives for years to come.

Jase is from an abusive household and joined the army as an escape. Now that he is back, all he wants is a quiet life raising cattles. 

Becca is the twin sister to Hannah. They don't have much in common with the exceptions of family and Jase.

Growing up, Jase and Hannah spent most of their time together whilst Becca was on the outside. They are now in their thirties and this remains the case. Becca has given up on her crush on Jase and is moving forward. Out of the blue, one evening Hannah has an announcement which throws both Jase and Becca. This gets them talking to each other, and they discover that they have been living with a misunderstanding that originated from a childhood lie. The reason for their behaviour towards one another is a revelation that neither of them expects. Well, it's all in the past and they can look to the future. There is one problem though, Becca has commitments of her own. There is no denying the sparks between them, but can they change the current situation?

I like the storyline, but the relationship between Jase and Hannah is somewhat convoluted. Her possessiveness and selfishness have caused some damage and she appears to be oblivious as long as she is the centre of attention. She partly redeems herself with her reasons for her insecurities. Becca lives a lie just because that's what one does at that age! She is responsible in her professional life, but acts as teenager in her personal life. Jase is the sensible and down to earth one, out of these three characters. The way everything falls into place at the end is a welcome conclusion. 

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






Nicole wrote her first full length book (6 pages) about the birth of her baby sister, when she was eight years old. She only finished it because her mother bribed her with a Rick Astley cassette tape. Sad, but true. Now her characters are what keep her writing and her subject matter has gotten a little bit deeper and  a lot more romantic. She resides in a small town outside of Kansas City with her husband and three sons. When she isn’t writing, she’s a wedding and portrait photographer, loves to cook, and watch historical dramas or documentaries.

Represented by Sarah E. Younger at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency.










Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf - Cover Reveal



Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf Cover Reveal

In a new series Publishers Weekly has listed as “one of the most anticipated YA's of 2018”, we're excited to share the cover for Bring Me Their Hearts! NYT bestselling author Sara Wolf delivers a fast-paced, gritty fantasy sure to thrill fans of Holly Black, Sabba Tahir, and Sarah J. Maas.


About the book

Zera is a Heartless—the immortal, unaging soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum: if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy Zera’s heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him—every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him—until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.


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Entangled Publishing https://entangledpublishing.com/bring-me-their-hearts.html

Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07232WZBF

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iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bring-me-their-hearts/id1237042410

Kobo
https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bring-me-their-hearts

Goodreads Link  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35144326-bring-me-their-hearts


Release Date: June 5th, 2018

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About Sara Wolf

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.





True Storm (#3 True Born Trilogy) L E Sterling - Cover Reveal


Let us know what you think of the cover for True Storm 

(True Born Trilogy, #3) 

by L.E. Sterling, 

which releases May 1, 2018!



This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled Teen.


About True Storm


If you can't beat them, change them...


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About L.E. Sterling


L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature - where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt - inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.








Monday, January 29, 2018

What the Valley Knows by Heather Christie - Excerpt Tour






What The Valley Knows
Heather Christie
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. 

She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.




Excerpt 

Molly smiled, blushing, tongue-tied. She felt stupid because she could see that they were the cool kids, and she wanted them to like her. 

“What’s your name?” Legs casually hooked his hands together and straightened his elbows so that his triceps contracted. 

“I’m Molly.” Her cheeks flushed again as she tucked her book into her pack and stood. 

“Pretty name—” Legs nodded towards her book. “And smart. AP English? My sister has to read the same book.” 

“We’re having a party Friday night at the quarry,” Tank said. “There might not be much to drink,” Shady said. 

Legs smiled—the kind of smile that was used to getting whatever it wanted—and said, “I’d be happy to take you. Introduce you to everybody. Everybody who’s anybody, that is.” 

She hesitated, her fingers tightening around the railing. They watched her. 

“What’s your number?” Legs reached for the phone that was tucked into his white compression pants. “I’ll text you about the party.” 

“Um . . . I have to ask my mom.” Oh my god! What a stupid thing to say! 

“She has to ask her mom,” Legs said, perplexed. They all looked dumfounded for a moment. But Legs said, “Sure. Okay. So can I have your number?” 

“Sure,” said Molly, and then she told him. 

Shady dropped his sunglasses over his eyes. “We’re meeting in the stadium parking lot around eight to ride up together.” 

Tank pointed across the street. “Behind the school, that’s where the stadium is.” 

“No shit, Sherlock.” Legs winked at her. 

“Don’t mind these dummies!” He laughed and ran his hand through his spiky hair. 

“Move it.” He whacked Shady on the back. 

“Hope you can come.” Tank smiled.

“I’ll try.”

“Keep the booze part on the down low,” Shady said. “I mean, don’t tell your mom.”

“No. No, I won’t.” Molly couldn’t help but grin.

They picked up their gear and walked away, their voices fading. Halfway across the fairgrounds, Legs turned around and waved with a big smile. Molly waved in return. The guys passed through the shade of the trees and back into the sunlight. 

They stopped on the curb, their silhouettes distinct against the school. 

She was invited to a party.

Maybe she should go. Stop being the shy girl.

Maybe she’d make some friends, then she wouldn’t have to lie to her mom anymore.

Molly picked up her bag and stepped into the sun. She raised her hand over her brow and squinted into the brightness. 

The school’s plywood windows looked as if they had double-winked at her. The eyes seemed frozen mid-wink, uncertain whether to open all the way or shut completely. 

People reinvented themselves all the time, right?

Maybe she could be somebody different here.

Maybe she could even forgive herself about what happened to her dad.
Maybe. 

Author Bio


Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she's back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Follow her blog at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.






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Baby Girl by CM Stunich - Excerpt Tour






Baby Girl
C.M. Stunich
Publication date: January 29th 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Suspense

He died that night, alone, in the rain, in the dark, the boy that called me baby girl.

I was only seventeen; we were going to be together forever.

On his way to pick me up for prom, he swerved. I’ll never know what made him do it, what killed the boy I’d loved my whole life. With roses clutched in his hand, he bled out in icy wetness all alone.

His best friend is here though, and I’m pretty sure he loves me.

But after the accident, I left for a year and didn’t look back.

Now I’m back in town and my heart is like shattered glass.

Do I pick up the pieces and risk getting cut? And do I let another boy call me baby girl?



Excerpt 

~emotional~

“What?” I whisper, because we both know what he just said.

Just like he did at the funeral.
Baby Girl.
Baby Girl.

The words that trigger me more than anything … Baby fucking Girl.

Jerking away from Phoenix's arms, I stumble and fall from the porch, knees sinking into the mud. My breath chokes out of me as I scramble up, Phoenix's fingers curling around my arm and jerking me back around to face him.

Rain plasters his hair to his forehead, the same way it did to Codrick's when he was lying dead on the road.

“Ey girl, listen to me!” Phoenix is shouting, but I try to pull away from him anyway. 

He's strong, but so am I. I've spent the last four hundred and twelve days working out every spare second I can get.

We end up tussling, falling into the mud and rolling around until Phoenix literally pins me to the ground.

“I'm not letting you drive away like this!” he screams, my muscles straining as I struggle to pull my arms from his grip. “No way, no how am I letting you go, me.” 

Phoenix yanks me to my feet and picks me up, tossing me over his shoulder.

I kick and flail, pushing myself off his muscular back and biting him.

That's how pissed off I am.

Except … his skin tastes good, musky and sweet at the same time. There's a hint of that mint soap my mother makes, a bit of sweat, the icy drench of rain.

Phoenix growls beneath me, a rumbling beast of hard muscles and tattoos, and then sets me down on the porch.

His girlfriend is still standing there in an oversized pink t-shirt, big blonde curls frothing around her face.

As soon as Phoenix lets go of me, I shove past her and she makes a sound as I smear mud across her perfect arm. Heading through the narrow living room, I push open the door on the far end that used to lead outside and to the outhouse.

Freshman year of high school, my dad came out here and built the Benoits a bathroom with a toilet, sink, tub, and shower. Hell, it's nicer than the one at our own house. My dad never does anything in half-measures. He takes fucking pride in his work.

I slip inside and slam the door behind me, locking it and stripping off all my muddy clothes. Rinsing them as best I can in the sink, I turn on the hot heat of the shower and climb under it, sitting down on the ground with my arms wrapped around my knees.

A few minutes later, after the bathroom is shrouded with steam, I stand back up and open the little window on my left, letting the cool night suck some of the heat from the air. It feels so good to stand like that, hot water scalding my flesh while freezing cold air fills my lungs.

“You hit like a tank and bite like a snake,” Phoenix mumbles, making me jump. I jerk back part of the curtain to glare at him, standing there with a black tank on, like he's got something to hide underneath it. 

“I don' remember sweet Embry being so damn feisty.” He pauses and looks me straight in the face, making me acutely aware of my nakedness. My nipples harden to points and I swallow the sudden lump in my throat.

I haven't seen the man in four hundred and twelve days.

He has a girlfriend standing right outside this door.

And …

“What the fuck are you doing in here? I locked the door for a reason. Get out.”

“First off, you know I can pick a lock like nobody else, me. Second, this might be the only moment I get to talk some sense into you. You trapped in dere unless you want me to see you naked.”

Phoenix smiles, but the expression is tight, haunted, far away.

He's so fucked-up.

Author Bio


C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.

She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.

Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.





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