The Only Exception by L.J. Stock and Victoria L. James




The Only Exception (A Road to Wonderland Story) 

by L.J. Stock and Victoria L. James 


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๐™Š๐™ช๐™ง ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™– ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง, ๐™—๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™„ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™œ๐™ค.

I’d been pining for her for more than a decade, and thought I’d messed up.
๐™Š๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ข๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฅ.

I went to her, faster than lightning, desperate to taste her kiss.
๐™„ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™๐™ž๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ญ๐™˜๐™š๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ, ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™š๐™–๐™ง ๐™„ ๐™›๐™š๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™™๐™š.

She offered me her trust, and I took it in my hands, desperate to hold on tight.
๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ.

Iโ€™d do anything for her.
๐™ƒ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ข.

I wanted to be in all her fantasies.
๐™ˆ๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™š๐™™ ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ข๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™–๐™ช๐™จ๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™๐™ž๐™ข.

I was born again with her, no longer the recovering addict. No longer a mistake.
๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š.

Together, we learned how to live.
๐™„โ€™๐™™ ๐™˜๐™ง๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™, ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ค ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฌ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ก๐™™.

She made me believe in our story. She made me want to rewrite my own.
๐˜ฝ๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ’๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š…

We forgot to keep our eyes open to the things around us.
๐™’๐™š ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ฎ.

We made mistakes.
๐™๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ข๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™˜๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ, ๐™™๐™š๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™—๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ช๐™จ ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™  ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™€๐™–๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™.

Just when I thought I was winning, I was forced to fight again.
๐™๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™œ๐™๐™ค๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™– ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™„โ€™๐™™ ๐™™๐™ค ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™€๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™’๐™–๐™ก๐™ ๐™š๐™ง.

Those ghosts underestimated my love for Izzy Moffit.
๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ง๐™ž๐™œ๐™๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™จ. ๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง, ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ง๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ.
She had no idea what I was willing to do, who I used to be, and what I was capable of when it came to protecting those I loved. She had no idea the lengths Iโ€™d go to to give her a happy ever after. My girl had no idea at all.
Authors’ Bios
Victoria L. Jamesย is a teenage girl stuck inside a thirty-something-year-oldโ€™s body. A Corona and nacho appreciator with a ridiculous obsession for all things Rocky Balboa, she currently lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two baby boys. Having had a strong passion for words and stories going as far back as she can remember, she credits her love of literature to her Grandma Bess who taught her that you donโ€™t need a lot of money to travel to different worlds, experience new places, and live a thousand lives.
L.J. Stockย has always lived in a world of her own, continuously lost in her imagination. Whether in the forests that backed up to her home in Aberdeen when sheย was only six years old, the unique landscape of Singapore she discovered at eight, or the rolling woodlands that rolled up to Dartmoor during her teen years, there have always been new worlds to explore.
Now an adult living in Houston, Texas, there’s more concrete in the jungle surrounding her, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t stories to tell. She now has too many. When she’s not writing, Louise can be found hanging out with her family, crazy pup, or at the computer lost in her creativity of her successful graphic design business, L.J. Designs.
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5 STARS!The Only Exception continues Izzy and Ethanโ€™s story from previous books called, The Trouble With Izzy and A Fight For Ethan. Before I dove into this one I went back and read those two since I hadn’t previously and I really enjoyed getting the back story of these characters. They truly are breathtaking characters. Victoria L. James and L.J. Stock have never disappointed me and this book was no different.

I love books with dual point of views so that was fun in this book. I always love when I get to hear from each character and can feel the emotions for each of them pouring off the pages. They did a phenomenal job switching back and forth with the view points.

What can I say about Izzy? Well in my opinion she is the symbol of kindness and strength. She stayed true to herself and I really loved that about her. Although she had experienced hurt in her past, she kept on pushing forward and stayed positive throughout. Ethan, well he’s just swoon-worthy. He loves and he loves deeply. These two go together like peanut butter and jelly. They just fit and their chemistry is like no other.

What kind of love story would this be without some bumps in the road though right? These two go through some things and come out the other side for the better. You’ll go through all of the feels with this one and you’ll absolutely love it!

Another 5 Star read by these two lovely authors!

Dare Me by K.L. Shandwick

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Dare Me (Unchained Attraction. Dare Duet)
K.L. Shandwick
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When Sawyer Wild dared a stranger to ask him to kiss her, he had no idea that kiss would leave its mark.

With her estranged husband looking on, a normally shy Billie Collier, the gorgeous older, soon-to-be divorcee, shocked herself and complied.

Leaving the wine bar alone, Sawyer felt they had unfinished business when the memory of their all-to-brief, blistering chemistry had left him with an ache he’d been unable to shake.

Ten months later, an second chance to know Billie unexpectedly fell into his hands and he grabbed it.

Love, be it a slow burn or hard and fast, usually happens when it is least expected. Sawyer accepted love is love and was confident he could smooth most of the bumps on the road, after all the path to true love never runs smooth. However, in Billie’s case accepting that she was enough took a little longer to achieve.ย 
Excerpt โ€“ Dare Me
Copyright: K.L. Shandwick
โ€œDare you,โ€ she said, and a thrill of forbidden yearning mingled with the privilege of her trust to deliver a swift dose of justice to her cheating husband.
The responsibility and the potential danger the circumstance could have provoked only made the act of kissing her in front of him infinitely more potent.
My intention had been to deliver a small tender kiss. A kiss without tongues, nothing more, and for the first few seconds weโ€™d achieved that. At that point I had expected Billie to pull away but when she didnโ€™t, I felt we had both needed more.
Taking her lead, I slid my tongue along the seam of her lips and I felt delighted and surprised when she let me in. For the following few seconds, all thoughts of revenge and her soon to be ex, Logan vanished from my mind as I took what Iโ€™d wanted from her. From that moment the situation changed from me kissing her to us sharing something far more explosive and intimate.
A small โ€œOh,โ€ she breathed. The breathy sound entered my mouth and sunk straight to my cock. She tasted of white wine and warmth, and desire flowed through my veins like warm honey as the sexual chemistry grew between us. Surprisingly for a shy woman, she never held back.
When she grabbed hold of my tie I immediately deepened the kiss. For another few seconds we were almost lost in each other. Remembering where we were, who she was and why Iโ€™d kissed her in the first place, I tore my lips away; even when I knew what we had done had felt different from any other kiss Iโ€™d experienced before.
From the breathless, starry-eyed way she looked at me I had figured she may have felt something similar, but I couldnโ€™t be sure. The circumstances hadnโ€™t allowed for time to reflect.
Afterward her husband had ranted; tried to belittle her even and I took over the conversation, because she was no match for his overbearing arrogance, to suggest the beautiful woman heโ€™d left for another couldnโ€™t attract someone like me. I should be so lucky.
Remembering everything she had told me and being a creative type, I spun him a line about how Billie and I had met. To say he was furious with her was an understatement, but I saw weโ€™d made him think even if he hadnโ€™t believed us.
After heโ€™d gone, I apologized for all I had done, but all I saw in her eyes in return was forgiveness and a tinge of regret. My first thought had been to ask her to meet me again, but I knew I could never do that. Her estranged husband had only left the premises moments before. Hard as it felt, given the circumstances, I knew I had to walk away.
As I made to leave, I remembered I had one final ray of hope left to salvage something of our meeting. It was a business card, which had been made as a joke, and the wording was far from accurate, as to the person that I am. But the number displayed upon it was real. I knew it was a long shot but gave it to her anyway. In that situation it was the only card I felt I had left to play.
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Insatiable by Helen Hardt


Insatiable (Steel Brothers Saga #12)ย 

by New York Times Bestselling author Helen Hardt


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Genre: Contemporary Romanceย  


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Marjorie Steel and Bryce Simpson have finally declared their love for each other, but their chance for happiness is once again yanked out from under them. As Marjorie is forced to confront her demons and find an inner strength to save herself and another, Bryce rushes to solve the puzzles his dead father left behind.


An ominous lawyer, twins with a secret, and a premature birth present new obstacles as the two lovers scramble to escape the conundrum and leave their families in peace, all while their desire for each other becomes more and more insatiable. When an unexpected figure from the past emerges, leaving them both thunderstruck, the mystery deepens even further. 



Itโ€™s a race for healing. 



Itโ€™s a race for love. 



And Marjorie and Bryce are determined to have their happy ending. 


Craving – book 1
#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Helen Hardtโ€™s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasnโ€™t stopped since. In addition to being an award winning author of contemporary and historical romance and erotica, sheโ€™s a mother, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerryโ€™s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.
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My Review- 5 Stars!

Helen Hardt does it again! This series as a whole gets better and better every single book. This book was absolutely no different in that aspect. You can always tell that Helen pours her heart and soul into the pages of her stories. This series in a whole has had so much emotion going on and this installment continued that.

Marjorie and Bryce are so dedicated to one another and care about each other deeply. While they have their struggles with their emotions both of them are fighters and stronger than they give themselves credit for and they fight for their happily ever after.

The Steel family’s life continues to twist and turn with new discoveries, new enemies, and a story of truth that just wants to come out. This family seeks out the truth though and they do discover it. There’s always more that needs to come out and the Steel’s won’t stop until they find it out.

What an emotional addition! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

King of Shadows by Amelia Wilde


Title: King of Shadows
Author: Amelia Wilde
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 27, 2020

Luther Hades has
always been my familyโ€™s sworn enemy. Heโ€™s the opposite of everything we stand
forโ€”ruthless to the core.ย 
Iโ€™m not afraid of
him. Itโ€™s my mother who cowers and hides. All my life, sheโ€™s hidden me from
him. Hidden me from the world. Not anymore.
Iโ€™ve planned my
escape down to the last detail. But two steps outside the safety of my motherโ€™s
house, the devil comes calling. And nobody hears me scream.


Little Sepphie
Anthela doesnโ€™t know sheโ€™s in danger. That her fool of a lover has betrayed
her. That her adorable plan is a death sentence.
She doesnโ€™t know how
men look at her.
And she doesnโ€™t know
the lengths Iโ€™m willing to go to protect her. Sheโ€™ll be safe in my underground
kingdomโ€”even if it kills me.
dirty and dark contemporary retelling of Hades & Persephone. Itโ€™s the
underworld, after all.


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โ€œAre you going to
kill me now?โ€
My men step up
behind her, but she doesnโ€™t dare turn her head. Two of them hook their arms
under Deckerโ€™s and drag him past us, giving us a wide berth. Her eyes follow
his slumped body. The man wonโ€™t shut up. All the groaning, the whiningโ€”fucking
โ€œYou said you would
do anything to save him. That was your bargain. Are you telling me youโ€™d rather
be dead?โ€
A flicker of fear is
chased off her face by a nameless expression, a light flaring in her eyes. She
glances down at Conor, the whites of her eyes glowing in the moonlight. โ€œNo,โ€
she whispers. โ€œI want to live.โ€ย 
I lean in close,
bending down so my lips are level with my ear. Her heart beats hard under my
fingertips. She smells sweet, like roses and sunshine and something unique to
her. It must be the fresh softness of her. Fuck, the things Iโ€™m going to do to
her, dangling her not-boyfriend on a string as if sheโ€™ll ever be anything but
mine. The urge to throw her down into the dirt is so strong it almost overtakes
me, but now that all this has transpired, itโ€™s best for the train to move on.
Iโ€™m no longer interested in dealing with Demeter tonightโ€”not now that I have
her daughter for my very own.
The poor thing.
โ€œWeโ€™ll see how long
that lasts.โ€


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Releasing August 31



Author Bio


Ameliaย Wildeย wrote her first story when she was
six years old, a narrative strongly inspired byย The
Polarย Express.ย When she was nine she wrote her first novel-length
work, all in one paragraph.
Now,ย Ameliaย is all about that love. Her romances feature unique,
independent heroines and alpha heroes whoย are strong of heart and body.
Readers have described her work as โ€œemotional,โ€ โ€œintense,โ€ โ€œphenomenal,โ€
andย โ€œlike a child scribbled with a crayon,โ€ which she takes as the highest


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My Review- 5 Star!

Amelia Wilde did a great job with this retelling of Hades and Persephone. I started this not knowing if it was going to be my cup of tea at all, but let me tell you this was a fantastic read. It was dark and it ends on a cliff hanger. Her details throughout the entire book was just amazing. Hades was just how I pictured, completely ruthless. Persephone was naive, sweet, and innocent. Her mother keeps her hidden away. Now in the grasps of Hades she scratches and claws to find herself.

What a cliffhanger!!


Stolen Soulmate 3D


Title: Stolen Soulmate

Author: Mary Catherine Gebhard

Genre: New Adult Bully Romance

Cover Design: Hang Le

Release Date: February 27, 2020




Thereโ€™s a rule in Crowne Hall: never look a Crowne in the eyes.

It protects us more than them.

I broke it once, the night Grayson Crowne mistook me for his true love and stole my first kiss. Iโ€™ve regretted it every day since.

He hates me.

He torments me.

He wonโ€™t let me go, because that night he whispered a secret against my lips not meant for me. Grayson Crowne, heir to the Crowne empire and notorious playboy prince isโ€ฆ a virgin.

I signed a contract in my heartโ€™s blood as much as ink: help him get back his love, repair what I broke. Give him my body, my soul, my heart, let him use all of me, so when the time comes to marry her, he wonโ€™t need me.

I shouldnโ€™t need him.

But heโ€™s my stolen soulmate, and Iโ€™m at his mercy.






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The ink was barely dry on the pages. I donโ€™t know if I was ready for this. Somehow I felt like I was more of a virgin than Grayson. Nervous, skittish. Heโ€™d warned me when all of this began that the things heโ€™d seen and done would wreck me.

I shouldโ€™ve believed him then.

When I didnโ€™t do anything for a minute, he arched a brow.

Do whatever he says.

I could use my safe word, but a twisted part of meย likedย doing what he told me to do. Liked the rush and the way his eyes hardened. It felt like power, power over one of the most powerful people in the world.

Iโ€™d barely taken a step to him, when he ripped me to him by the small of my waist. His other hand tangled in my hair, yanking my head to the side.

โ€œFuck,โ€ he said, lips at my neck. โ€œWhich part do I eat first.โ€

Delicious tingles spread along my skin at his words. His nose ran along my neck, goosebumps following in his wake. His hands slid from hair, from my waist, along my body, feeling every inch of me, like he couldnโ€™t do it fast enough, before settling back in my hair.

Deliriously, I found the zipper of my dress, but his overtook mine. Stopping me.

โ€œIโ€™m going to ruin your white dress, Snitch. Ruin you. Until youโ€™re all fucked up from me.โ€





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Waiting for my Queen by Georgia Cates (Cover Reveal!)

Waiting for my Queenย 

by Georgia Cates
Releasing March 3rd
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All Iโ€™ve ever wanted was to marry for love.
But girls like me donโ€™t have that luxury.
We are used as pawns in a game we canโ€™t control.
The game? Itโ€™s called Mafia.
I was foolish enough to try to change the rulesโ€ฆ and I lost.
She was promised to me years ago.
And he dared to take her from me.
Dared to touch what was mine.
I put an end to that.
I hope heโ€™s enjoying the view from his dirt room.
My belovedโ€™s killer placed a ruby ring on my finger and called me his queen.
But that red gem symbolizes something different for me.
It represents the blood shed by those I love most.
Hell was empty the day we wed.
Because the devil was standing before me and said โ€œI do.โ€
I saw her as a possession.
A shiny toy I didnโ€™t want other boys to play with.
But sheโ€™s so much more.
Beautiful and brave and strong and broken all at once.
She tastes like everything Iโ€™ve ever wanted.
Hidden and patient.
I wait for the perfect time to seek my revenge.
But slowly, I feel him possessing me.
His heart is full of darknessโ€ฆ and I still want every inch of him.
Hard as I try, I canโ€™t escape loving this beautiful monster.
Iโ€™m waiting patiently because I already know that sheโ€™s mine.
Mine in a way that no one will ever understand.
Even if she hasnโ€™t yet realized it.
For love, Iโ€™d doย anything.
For her, Iโ€™d doย everything.
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Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasnโ€™t looked back yet.

When sheโ€™s not writing, sheโ€™s thinking about writing. When sheโ€™s being domestic, sheโ€™s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

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Reality’s Illusion by Stephie Walls



Title: Reality’s Illusion
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Dark Angsty Romance
Release Date: January 23, 2020
Relationships are ugly, darkโ€”destructive.ย 
They arenโ€™t fairy tales.ย 
No happily ever after neatly wrapped in a shiny bow or sparkling
diamond with a heartfelt engagement.ย 
And in their end, love was nothing but a beautiful lie told
to hide the ugly truth.ย 
This is realityโ€™s illusion.


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Emily asserted herself, testing the waters to see if Iโ€™d let her lead
when she aligned me with the bed and encouraged me to sit. She wiggled her way
between my thighs and forced me to spread them wider to accommodate her frame
when she returned to her knees in front of me. It didnโ€™t take her long to
rectify the damage our conversation had done to my erection when she cupped my
balls and stroked my cock. When my head passed those supple lips, I laid back
in bliss. It was selfish and greedy, but the need to allow a woman to
physically take care of me was all-consuming. My dick in her mouth removed my
ability to think. It wasnโ€™t until I heard the wrapper tearing that I realized
Emily planned to fuck me, not just suck me off.
A lazy smile spread across my face when I tried to sit up, but she pushed
me back.
โ€œJust enjoy, Bastian.โ€
And I did.
She rode me like I was a bull in a damn rodeo, but she didnโ€™t get off in
eight seconds. Her pussy was tight and warm, blissful. Nearing the apex, her
movements got stronger, faster; she was a goddamn pro. My face flushed as my
entire body tensed, my ass clenched, and every thought in my head leftโ€”the
lights went out in my brain. They flicked back on when the body spasms took
over, and I unloaded into the condom. She didnโ€™t stop until I was motionless.
My heart pounded, and by God, Iโ€™d never felt more relaxed and sated. I also had
no clue whether sheโ€™d gotten off or just gotten me off.
Opening my eyes, I found Emily still poised on my dick. But it wasnโ€™t her
face that interested me. I focused on her red tuft of hair and her bright pink,
swollen pussy. I had zero desire to get to know her, to cuddle her, or even
want to see her again.
It was good.
Iโ€™d enjoyed it.
And now I just wanted to leave.
Jesus, I was a self-centered, narcissistic, prick.
When she climbed off, I assumed she went to the bathroom to clean up but
was surprised when she came back with a warm washcloth. Emily removed the
condom from my now-flaccid cock with practiced ease and wiped away the mess
before disposing of the rubber. Out of nowhere, she reappeared with a cold
bottle of water and tossed a throw over the lower half of my body before she
donned a silky robe from behind the door.
She took a seat in the chair in the corner, and I tilted my head to see
her from a different angle. She really was a beautiful woman.
โ€œYouโ€™d look gorgeous on a canvas.โ€
Her demure smile told me she assumed it was the compliment I had intended
it to be. โ€œDo you use models? Your work doesnโ€™t look like still life.โ€
โ€œNo. I donโ€™t, but that doesnโ€™t mean I donโ€™t paint from inspiration. Have
you seen my work?โ€ I wouldnโ€™t have pegged her as the art type. That was a
rather narrow-minded view of someone I knew nothing about, but she just didnโ€™t
give off that vibe.
โ€œIโ€™ve known Ferry for a long time. A person canโ€™t be involved in his life
without knowing those he deems important.โ€ She crossed her legs and put her
hands in her lap. โ€œSo yes, Iโ€™ve seen a lot of your work. Ferry speaks very
highly of your talent. He thought you were great many years ago and was
saddened by your sudden flight from the community.โ€ Emily seemed to search my
expression for something, or maybe she waited for an explanation she wouldnโ€™t
receive. โ€œBut my understanding is since your return, everything about both you
and your painting is completely transformed. I canโ€™t wait to see your latest
work at Le Musรฉe on Friday.โ€
I sat up straight. โ€œAhh, shit. Youโ€™re a collector?โ€ Nervously, I found my
hand in my hair, pulling on it in frustration. This was not a good way to start
the weekend.
โ€œBastian, really, calm down. Iโ€™m a woman who loves sex and art. They canโ€™t be exclusive of each
other, so why pretend like they are. Weโ€™re consenting adults. Iโ€™m thrilled to
have shared pleasure with you as your work has shared with me over the years.โ€
That wasnโ€™t a topic I cared to discuss, and I made a pathetic attempt to
go a different direction. โ€œWhoโ€™s your favorite artist?โ€ I couldnโ€™t get any more
fucking elementary school than that unless I asked her about her favorite
Jesus, I just needed to get the fuck up and leave, go back to my own
room. I didnโ€™t need to have an obligatory conversation just because weโ€™d had
sex that she initiated.
I was a socially awkward moron.
She sat forward, eager to have a conversation. โ€œHmmโ€ฆIโ€™m really into
photography, I love Ansel Adams. Kind of trite, I know, but I have a thing for
clouds. His black and whites just give the sky so much depth. I get lost in
them. But I love Kandinsky, Tarkay, Klimt, Oโ€™Keefe. Itโ€™s all about color for
me, and yes, I realize the idiocy since I love black and white photography.
There are tons of local artists around LA I follow as well. I try to make it a
point to pick up an original piece any time I go on vacation. I frame some of
them, but most stay wrapped in tubes.โ€ She twisted her fingers in front of her
as if she were embarrassed by her tastes or collection. โ€œMy trinkets from my
travels.โ€ Her left shoulder hitched in a bit of a shrug that I found adorable.
She was nervous, and for the first time since weโ€™d met, I had the upper hand.
โ€œAre you involved in the art community for a living?โ€
She sat back, and a sort of sadness washed over her features. โ€œNo. My
husbandโ€™s a very successful businessman. I donโ€™t work.โ€
I spat a mouthful of water across the room. โ€œYour what?โ€ Wiping my lips,
I tried to get a hold on the situation. โ€œDid you say your husband?โ€ I
didnโ€™t do married women, not that I did women period, but never those in a
relationship of any sort.
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Stephie Walls is a lover of wordsโ€”the more poetic the
better. She lives on the outskirts of Greenville, South Carolina in her own
veritable zoo with two dogs, three cats, the Mister, and Magoo (in no
preferential order).
She would live on coffee, books, and Charlie Hunnam if it
were possible, but since itโ€™s not, add in some Chinese food or sushi and sheโ€™s
one happy girl.
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My 5 Star Review!

This one was difficult for me, in a good way. Full of emotion throughout the entire story. Stephie Walls takes us on one powerful journey. Love, pain, heartache, loss, hope, sorrow, I could go on and on with the emotions experienced throughout this book and you’ll experience all of these emotions right along with our characters.

Reality’s Illusion was definitely a book that holds it’s own category. I’ve never read anything like it and it left me utterly speechless as I finished it. Go into this read blind, I promise you that it is so worth it.

Bastian, Nate and Sera will suck you in and captivate you. They’ll put you through the ringer as far as emotions go, but be open to those feelings for it’s a captivating story worth reading.

Exquisite job!


Misadventures with a Firefighter by Julie Morgan






Misadventures with a Firefighterย  





by USA Today Bestselling Author Julie Morgan 








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Cara Murphy is a New York City kindergarten teacher with a bright future and tenure on the horizon, and she wonโ€™t let anythingโ€”any manโ€”distract her. Sheโ€™s had her heart broken before, and she wonโ€™t make that mistake twice. Sheโ€™s got her career to focus on, and being single has many, many advantages.ย 


Noah Hughes is a firefighter with a charred heart who heats up every room he enters, but heโ€ฏlives solely for the happiness of his five-year-old son. When he crosses paths with Cara at a club, sparks fly, and they share a hot night of passion. But that flame is quickly doused during a surprise second encounter.ย  



Continuing to see each other would truly be playing with fire, but Cara and Noah canโ€™t stop. Still, Caraโ€™s career is in jeopardy, and Noahโ€™s heart is locked in guilt. Is there really a chance they could build a love that forever burns bright?ย  






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USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling Author, Julie Morgan, holds a degree in Computer Science and loves science fiction shows and movies. Encouraged by her family, she began writing. Originally from Texas, Julie now resides in Central Florida with her husband and daughter where she is an advocate for Special Needs children and can be found playing games with her daughter when she isnโ€™t lost in another world. For more information please visit her atย 









5 Sizzling Stars!

This book was FIRE!! Misadventures with a Firefighter was my very first read by Julie Morgan and I need more from her ASAP! I seriously love her writing style, I love the steam, but that the story flows beautifully, and I loved these characters.

I don’t like spoilers, so I’m going to keep this pretty vague as far as the storyline goes. Cara meets Noah at a club and these two are drawn to one another from the moment they see each other. Noah is a firefighter for the NYPD and Cara is a teacher. These two wind up having an epic night together and they each want a little more, no strings attached, but more.

We soon find out that more can sometimes catch up to you in the places you least expect them. This very scenario is what brings us our next steamy misadventure to this fantastic series! Can these two let each other go, or will they let their feelings take the lead?

Another 5 Star Misadventure! 



Wings & Roots by Gemma Weir


Wings & Roots by Gemma Weir
The Scions #3
Contemporary upper YA/NA romance
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How do you deal with a life you donโ€™t want and a future youโ€™re terrified of?
Thatโ€™s what Iโ€™ve planned to do for years; run from this narrow world I was born into. Run from the friends I love, but who bind me to the roots I want to leave behind.
Run, towards the anonymity I so desperately crave, to a place where no one knows who I am; where no one cares who my family are.
But something happened that changed all of my plans. My best friend, my sister, fell off her pedestal and hit the ground with a crash.
Now I realise Iโ€™m not as ready as I thought I was to run from this life and these people.
Maybe I need the roots that I thought were holding me back, that were actually just stopping me from floating away.
Iโ€™m a Scion, one of the elite. I was born into this life, but I crave more.
Everything thatโ€™s happened in the last year has shown me that I need my roots, but I want to spread my wings too.
College, boys, adulthood, itโ€™s all calling my name and itโ€™s time to figure out who I am.
My name is Emmy Devereaux and Iโ€™m so much more than just the daughter of the president of The Doomsday Sinners MC.

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Gemma Weir is a half crazed stay at home mom to three kids, one man child and a hell hound. She has lived in the midlands, in the UK her whole life and has wanted to write a book since she was a child. Gemma has a ridiculously dirty mind and loves her book boyfriends to be big, tattooed alpha males. She’s a reader first and foremost and she loves her romance to come with a happy ending and lots of sexy sex.
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Book 1: Hidden (Review) 5 Stars!

This is my first read by Gemma Weir and it certainly will be my first of many to come. Hidden was just so much more than I ever expected it to be! It was so well written, it had such amazing world and character building and you could tell that it was personal to write for this author. Gemma brings attention to what someone is feeling when they go through the very scary moments of dealing with anxiety and since there never is really just one flat feeling that an individual deals with when you suffer from anxiety, I think she did a really beautiful job with getting it on paper.

Nova and Valentine were two very different characters, yet I was just drawn to them both for very different reasons. Nova was the popular girl a descendant of her fathers MC and untouchable. Valentine was a throw away, bouncing from home to home just waiting to graduate and finally be free. Even when I hated Valentine (and trust me there were many moments I truly hated him) I knew that I needed to learn his story. I knew there was so much more to Valentine then just bullying a young woman for the hell of it. A bully romance is never really my thing unless it is well written and my heroine kicks some butt at some point, but Gemma did a beautiful job writing this story. I highly recommend picking it up. Hidden was one of the stories that I have just absolutely devoured and couldn’t wait to see what was next.

Beautiful, beautiful job!



Book 2: Found (Review) 5 Stars!

Valentine and Novaโ€™s tale continues and how the heck did this series get even better?! Seriously, I couldn’t put Found down. We hit such a turning point in the beginning of book 2 and I highly suggest reading the first if you haven’t done so, because you will be lost.

This is the redemption period for Valentine in my opinion. We went from him bullying in book one to full blown character redeeming qualities that I knew had to be there, but still couldn’t pin point when they would happen.

We learn so much about Valentine in this book. We learn about the things he’s been through and why he has acted the way that he has. Nova is such an awesome heroine and we watch her grow in leaps and bounds in this installment to the series.

This installment is exactly what I was looking for!


Book 3: Wings & Roots (Review) 5 Stars!

Wow! I really loved Wings & Roots. I was hoping that I would get to read more about Emmy and this story really put her into perspective for me. I was really rooting for Griffin throughout this story and I am so glad Gemma Weir took this book in the direction she did.

Emmy and Griff are the best friends, they have been close since the day they met. They are now on their way to college and are the next group of the Doomsday Sinner MC. Their lives are far from ordinary, but together they have always conquered anything they needed to.

Even though we saw Emmy drift from the group in the first two books, she starts to swing back and realize she needs her friends just as much as they need her during the second story. By this book as the group decides what colleges they want to attend she realizes she doesn’t want to go far anymore, she just wants to stay with them. They all wind up choosing the same college to stay together and so their journey begins.

There are lots of ups and downs between all the characters in this book and we really watch Emmy struggle and try to find herself. Griff struggles to get her to see he is madly in love with her and always has been. These two have such a rollercoaster story in this book, but at the end everything comes together beautifully. Another 5 star read!

Regretting Gabriel by Anna Brooks

Title: Regretting Gabriel

Series: Reason to Ruin #2

Author: Anna Brooks
Genre: Angsty Rockstar Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2020
He was the bad boy of rock-n-roll; cocky, short-tempered, and the
sexiest man Iโ€™d ever seen. I was just a librarian in a small town. He had no
clue who I was, but I knew everything about him. After all, he was the reason I
moved across the country.
I never thought heโ€™d know my name, let alone whisper it while he held
me tight and made me forget about the agony of my past. He was my protector, my
reason, my calm before the stormโ€ฆ but nothing good lasts forever, and Gabriel
Hunter was no exception.ย 


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My heart has held a
place for him since I was fifteen years old. I never thought Iโ€™d actually be
friends with him, let alone friends who held hands.
When we get to the
library, I unfortunately have to unclasp our fingers so I can get my keys and
open the door. I turn to tell him thank you when he pushes the door open and motions
for me to precede him. โ€œGaโ€”โ€
โ€œGo.โ€ He interrupts
me, and instead of arguing, I go in and turn on the lights. After I set my
purse beneath my desk, I stand fully and twitch at the shock of seeing him so
close. โ€œIโ€™m gonna take off. You done at six?โ€
โ€œYou donโ€™t need to
โ€œCady, baby, I donโ€™t
do anything I donโ€™t want to. So stop telling me what I donโ€™t need when I know
exactly what I want.โ€
My breath freezes in
my throat at the implication.
โ€œSo Iโ€™ll ask again,
are you off at six?โ€
Unable to form a
sentence, I simply nod.
And then he leans
forward, just slightly, and I jump when his hand slides through my hair and his
fingers cradle my head. His lips ever so gently brush against my cheek, and he
glides his hand out of my hair, down my neck, and halfway over my collarbone
before he lifts it again and cups my jaw, then runs his thumb across my lower
lip. โ€œLater, sugar.โ€


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Author Bio
The first time Anna tried to read a
romance novel, her hair caught on fire when she leaned over a candle to sneak a
peek at her momโ€™s Harlequin. She thinks being hit on the head with a shirtless
Fabio until the smoke cleared is what sparked the flame for her love of
Anna was born in Wisconsin, but currently lives in Texas with her husband and
two boys. She writes sexy romance that always has a happy ending and loves
bringing characters back for cameos. Less than six degrees of separation
connects any of her novels.

When sheโ€™s not writing or reading, sheโ€™s watching reruns of her favorite
romcoms, talking to her dog and cat like theyโ€™re human, eating carbs, or
practicing hand lettering.

She loves to hear from readers and can be found on social media as
@annabrooksauth everywhere.


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Book One review- Justifying Jamieย 
5 Star read!
I couldn’t put Justifying Jamie down! There was such a rollercoaster story on these pages and I couldn’t get enough. Mercy and Jamie meet by chance and after a night together they are sent in different directions. Jamie because of tour with his band, and Mercy because her mother gets injured. In the chaos of leaving one another, things happen and these two don’t wind up seeing each other again for quite a long time.

When Mercy and Jamie finally cross paths again there is so much anger in them. There are many things said and things that have been done that you just don’t know if these two characters can come back from. I highly suggest reading this book if you haven’t done so yet and have been thinking about it. This is my first Anna Brooks read and I can’t wait to read book two in this series!

Book Two review- Regretting Gabriel
5 Star read!
What a read! I was absolutely in love with the first book in this series Justifying Jamie and I picked up Regretting Gabriel as soon as it hit my kindle. Let me just say that I could not put this down! This was my first Anna Brooks series and I can honestly say that this is going to be one of my new favorite authors if her other books draw you in the way these do.

I absolutely loved Cady and Gabriel. Gabriel the bad boy rocker with a temper like none other. Cady the stunning librarian with a past that haunts her. She is reluctant to let anyone in and she holds such a deep dark secret that she is very guarded. Gabriel enters her life and knocks that door right on down.

In order for these two to work out, Gabriel must realize that he is not his past and Cady must realize that she is not at fault for hers. These two were so passionate, so loving, and truly care for one another. These two went through such a rollercoaster and came out the other end of it changed.

What an emotional, but beautiful read.