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THE KISS THIEF BY L.J. SHEN

 

 

THE KISS THIEF BY L.J. SHEN

Release Date: January 9th

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Review by Paula:

I started this book with only reading the blurb it definitely intrigued me. I’m so glad this was the book I started with for the new year. Now this book is very unique, intense, heartbreaking and did I say intense!

Francesca is a sheltered 19 year old I would call princess more than anything. Francesca dream is for

Angelo to kiss her but one night everything changes. Wolfe is one alpha man determined for vengeance. Two world collide and form a hate strong enough you can feel it just reading the words. But what happens when that hate becomes love? I have to say I think this is Lj Shens best book yet. Lj Shen brings you into there world so much I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished even then I wanted to read it again. Oh and Wolfe he’s mine for the new year ~ 5 Stars!

 

 

 

 

Blurb
They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

 

 

 

 

Excerpt
“Are you sure you’re on my card?” I turned to the man with a polite yet distant smile. I was still disoriented from the exchange with Angelo when the stranger pulled me against his hard body and pressed a possessive hand lower than socially acceptable on my back, a second from groping my butt.

“Answer me,” I hissed.

“My bid on your card was the highest,” he replied dryly.

“The bids are undisclosed. You don’t know how much other people have paid,” I kept my lips pursed to keep myself from yelling.

“I know it’s nowhere near the realm of what this dance is worth.”

Un-freaking-believable.

We began to waltz around the room as other couples were not only spinning and mingling but also stealing envious glances at us. Naked, raw ogles that told me that whomever the blonde he’d come to the masquerade with was, she wasn’t his wife. And that I might have been all the rage in The Outfit, but the rude man was in high demand, too.

I was stiff and cold in his arms, but he didn’t seem to notice—or mind. He knew how to waltz better than most men, but he was technical, and lacked warmth and Angelo’s playfulness.

“Nemesis.” He took me by surprise, his rapacious gaze stripping me bare. “Distributing glee and dealing misery. Seems at odds with the submissive girl who entertained Bishop and his horsey wife at the table.”

I choked on my own saliva. Did he just call the governor’s wife horsey? And me submissive? I looked away, ignoring the addictive scent of his cologne, and the way his marble body felt against mine.

“Nemesis is my spirit animal. She was the one to lure Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection and died of vanity. Pride is a terrible illness.” I flashed him a taunting smirk.

“Some of us could use catching it.” He bared his straight white teeth.

“Arrogance is a disease. Compassion is the cure. Most gods didn’t like Nemesis, but that’s because she had a backbone.”

“Do you?” He arched a dark eyebrow.

“Do I…?” I blinked, the courteous grin on my face crumpling. He was even ruder when we were alone.

“Have a backbone,” he provided. He stared at me so boldly and intimately, it felt like he breathed fire into my soul. I wanted to step out of his touch and jump into a pool full of ice.

“Of course, I do,” I responded, my spine stiffening. “What’s with the manners? Were you raised by wild coyotes?”

“Give me an example,” he said, ignoring my quip. I was beginning to draw away from him, but he jerked me back into his arms. The glitzy ballroom distorted into a backdrop, and even though I was starting to notice that the man behind the demi-mask was unusually beautiful, the ugliness of his behavior was the only thing that stood out.

I am a warrior and a lady…and a sane person who can deal with this horrid man.

“I really like Angelo Bandini.” I dropped my voice, slicing my gaze from his eyes and toward the table where Angelo’s family had been seated. My father was sitting a few seats away, staring at us coldly, surrounded by Made Men who chatted away.

“And see, in my family, we have a tradition dating back ten generations. Prior to her wedding, a Rossi bride is to open a wooden chest—carved and made by a witch who lived in my ancestors’ Italian village—and read three notes written to her by the last Rossi girl to marry. It’s kind of a good luck charm mixed with a talisman and a bit of fortunetelling. I stole the chest tonight and opened one of the notes, all so I could rush fate. It said that tonight I was going to be kissed by the love of my life, and well…” I drew my lower lip into my mouth and sucked it, peering under my eyelashes at Angelo’s empty seat. The man stared at me stoically, as though I was a foreign film he couldn’t understand. “I’m going to kiss him tonight.”

“That’s your backbone?”

“When I have an ambition, I go for it.”

A conceited frown crinkled his mask, as if to say I was a complete and utter moron. I looked him straight in the eye. My father taught me that the best way to deal with men like him was to confront, not run. Because, this man? He’d chase.

 

 

 

 

About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

 

 

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Awakening the Bear by Catherine Vale

 
Title: Awakening the Bear
Author: Catherine Vale
Genre: Paranormal Romance
 
Blurb:
When his beast awakens, all hell will break loose.
Homicide Detective, Ben Walker thinks he’s seen it all. That is, until a murder investigation sets him on the wrong side of the Stonewall Gang. Then he finds himself pinned down in an alley, fighting for his life.
When he awakens, he is a very different man. In fact, he’s hardly a man at all. A beast lurks beneath his surface, desperate to come out and play. Before too long, he finds himself drawn into a world where the lines between myth and reality are blurred.
But there’s one thing Ben knows for certain. The mysterious redheaded beauty that shows up at his door isn’t your everyday woman. She’s a rogue were-bear, a wild shifter, and one of the most intriguing creatures he’s ever laid eyes on. There’s just one thing standing in his way. And it smells like murder.
If you love riveting storytelling, sensual alpha shifters, and paranormal romance that never quits, then you’ll love Awakening the Bear.
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling author Catherine Vale writes urban fantasy stories of magic and mayhem and paranormal romance.
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THE COACHING HOURS by Sara Ney

 

 

 

THERE ARE NO DOUCHEBAGS IN THIS STORY.

Well, there are, but they’re not who this story is about.

This story is about me—the coach’s daughter.

When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university’s take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie—living with my father would be temporary, and he’d make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone.

Wrong on both counts.

ASSHOLES ALWAYS COME OUT OF THE WOODWORK WHEN THE STAKES ARE HIGH.

A bet is placed, and I’m on the table. After one humiliating night and too much alcohol, I find the last nice guy on campus. And when he offers to rent me his spare bedroom, I go all in. It’s time for the nice guy to finish first.

Midnight chats and spilling my problems turn to lingering touches. Lingering touches turn to more.

And the ultimate good guy has the potential do more damage than any douchebags ever could.

 

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Review by Susan:

I’ve read all the books in this series and have to say this one is my favorite, it’s amazing! This book has a different feel to it than the previous ones, it’s a sweet, witty, friends to lovers story with a few surprises thrown in. I loved both the H/h, she is a sassy, feisty girl who goes after what she wants, he is a super sweet Alpha male who has a plan but one look at the h and that goes out the window! also the slow burn between them was delicious! I’m sad that this is the end of the series, I might have shed a tear or two but I’m also excited to see what fabulous-ness this author comes up with next.  5 Stars!

 

 

 

She perks up. “Wait, you’ve never had a back massage?”

“No?”

“Ever?”

“Nope.”

“Well, what the hell? How can I, in good conscience, lie here letting you rub my back when you’ve never had anyone rub yours?” She scoots over, pointing to the mattress. “Lie on your stomach, I’ll do you first.”

I wave my hands in front of me in protest. The last thing I need is her warm hands roaming my body. “No, no, you don’t have to. It’s not a big deal.”

“Are you crazy? Back massages are the best—like, better than an orgasm. You’re first, so lie down.”

“And you call me the bossy one?”

“Quit stalling and get on the bed.”

Obediently, I climb to the middle of my bed in nothing but a pair of gym shorts, legs hanging off the side. Next to me, the mattress dips, Anabelle on her knees, approaching my side.

A finger glides down my spine. “It will be easier for me to do this if I’m sitting on you. Hope that’s okay.”

“Is that the approved method?”

“No, but my arms will get tired if I have to lean over you the whole time.”

“Do whatever then, I don’t care.”

I stiffen when Anabelle swings one leg over my body, straddling my ass. Warm palms at my lower back.

“You’re so tense. Try to relax,” she coos, making it worse. “Tilt your head to the side, that’s it.”

I hear the lotion bottle snap open. Click closed. My roommate’s palms rubbing together, warming it up. “Sorry, I don’t have any actual massage oil. This will have to do.”

When her hands make contact with my back, I almost groan it feels so fucking good. Warm. Smooth. Pressure in all the right places, pushing gently into my muscles.

Slowly.

Slower still, caressing along my shoulders, thumbs and fingers working together to soothe the burning on my right side.

“Doesn’t this feel great?” Her soft voice cuts into the silence. “You’re loosening up. That’s good.”

I feel her leaning as her hands move up and down my spine until they stop, hovering at the base of my neck. Thumbs stroking the skin below my hairline, back and forth.

Kneading.

Her torso dips, hands maneuvering my arms, placing them at my sides. Palms slide up and down my biceps.

For several minutes, she rubs my arms and shoulders. Then she skims down my ribcage unhurriedly, in no rush, making little humming sounds inside her throat.

I know I’m not imagining the feather-light way her hands drift down my spine. I remain still, letting her touch me, basking in it.

Remain still when her lips kiss the tender spot of my shoulder where it meets my neck, nose nuzzling behind my ear, her breasts rubbing against my back and what the fuck was that all about? What does she think she’s doing, trying to drive me insane?

 

 

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

 

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Mended by J.L. Drake

Title: Mended

Series: Broken Trilogy #3

Author: J.L. Drake

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 2, 2015

 

Blurb

 

Savannah
takes control…
Tired of all the lies and deception, Savannah Miller must learn to face life on
her own. As she seeks to find out who she really is, she still is still
burdened with the fallout from past traumas that left her broken.Her fragile hold on her new life slowly gives her the confidence to move ahead.
What she really needs is right in front of her—Cole Logan is patiently waiting
for the right moment to prove his love.

But her past isn’t finished with her yet…

Are Savannah’s strength and Cole’s love enough to vanquish the shadows, or will
those who mean them harm succeed in preventing the mending of their shattered
souls?


Review by Paula:

What a emotional ride. Perfect end to Cole and Savannah’s story. In this book Savannah is determined to figure out who she is without Cole. But will Savannah need Cole to even figure out herself? Drama and twist and turn series finally ends with a amazing ended that made there story perfect.  4 Stars

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Author Bio

Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova
Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her
husband and two children.
When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her
family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice
in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of
Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her
writing.
An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often
found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.
She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has
enjoyed writing them.

 

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Shattered by J.L. Drake

 

Title: Shattered
Series: Broken Trilogy #2

Author: J.L. Drake

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 12, 2015

 

Blurb

 

After witnessing the murder of her lover and the heartbreaking loss of their unborn child, Savannah wants to end it all.

Then she is given a second chance at love.

Sadly, even when life hands you second chances it doesn’t always follow that things will work out the way you want them to.

Some lies can just be too painful to move on from.

What’s worse than being Broken?

Shattered..


Review by Paula:
Shattered is the perfect name for this book because it shattered my heart! Cole and Savannah’s story breaks you with every book and this is only the second book! I wanted to scream at both characters thru out reading this book so many lies, so many secrets. I understood where both were coming from but it drove me crazy! The author makes you feel Savannah thru her eyes while reading and I had to stop and just cry my eyes out and breathe. A amazing book that I can’t wait to read the whole series! 5 Stars

 

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Author Bio

Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova
Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her
husband and two children.
When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her
family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice
in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of
Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her
writing.
An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often
found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.
She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has
enjoyed writing them.

 

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Broken by J.L. Drake

 

 

 

Title: Broken
Series: Broken Trilogy #1

Author: J.L. Drake

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC

Release Date: March 2, 2015
Blurb

 

My name is Savannah Miller.
My father is the mayor of New York. One day after my twenty-seventh birthday I was grabbed from behind. A cloth sack was quickly pulled over my head, and I was taken from everything I’d ever known.
I was beaten, starved, treated like an animal, and forced to live in a room with no windows. With no sense of time and no dignity left I finally gave up hope and made a promise to myself to end it all. Unfortunately, it was going to be a slow process.
Then one night an elite group of US Army soldiers came to my rescue. I was brought to a safe house and given two options:
One—Stay under their protection and follow their rules or…
Two—Leave and be guaranteed to be returned to the savages within a week.
I chose option one.
As I work with a therapist and begin processing my hellish ordeal things slowly begin to surface. With the help of new friends and a potential new love I fight to get my life back and make choices that will forever alter my future.
This is my story…


Review by Paula
Very intense ,suspenseful book that had me turning the pages wanting more. Savannah Miller is the daughter to the Mayor of NY. Savannah gets captured and tortured. A group of Army soldiers rescues Savannah but gives her two options. Which Savannah ends up taking option 1 and everything seems like it’s finally going better than BAM everything falls apart again. So many lies and secrets and twist and turns. A great series for anyone who loves lots of drama and cringe worthy parts. 4 broken stars

 

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Author Bio

Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova
Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her
husband and two children.
When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her
family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice
in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of
Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her
writing.
An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often
found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.
She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has
enjoyed writing them.

 

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Malentendido by Mara White

Malentiendido (Misunderstood)

by Mara White
Publication Date: July 22, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Taboo, Romance

Purchase: Amazon

Whatever force made Lucky, either God or the Universe, wrapped him so tightly around my heart that sometimes I’m suffocating.

Biologically, we are made of too many similar parts, yet our chemistry is like a meteor shower, raining bright sparks of light into the dark night.

But it’s not our biology or chemistry that worries me the most, it’s the physics of our love that goes against the cosmos.

Review by Paula:

This is the continued story of Maldeamores it’s dual POV we get to see how Lucky feels and why he’s trying to protect Belen. Then we see how Belen has tried to go on with her life but Lucky will always will be the one. Two people heartbroken and need each other to live but can they truly be with each other without not thinking it’s nasty?  I loved this taboo story it proves ya never know who you could truly fall in love with. 5 Stars

 

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Maldeamores (Lovesick)

by Mara White
Publication Date: June 22, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Taboo, Romance

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Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family.

About Mara White

Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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