Authors Taproom Presents: Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall; Spotlight, Review & #Giveaway

Title: Night Unbound 
Series: Immortal Guardians #5
Author: Dianne Duvall
Format: eBook/Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Publication: September 2nd 2014 by Zebra
ISBN: 1420129805
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Rating:  4 1/2 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Authors Taproom and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

 

My Thoughts:

Lisette d’Alençon is a Guardian and she seems to have a constant shadow. Zach is someone who is in a lot of pain. He has had to deal with a lot from Others but Lisette seems to ground him. Lisette has a great friend in Tracy but watch out because she’s a scene stealer. Another scene stealer is Ethan. He’s someone that knows Lisette very well. And all this scene stealing is one reason that this is a great read.

 Even though this book is part of a series, and characters from previous books make an appearance, you could read this as a stand-alone. I don’t think you will get lost. But I hope that you will feel the need to read this series in order so that you will understand more about all the characters. The author shows the amount of pressure that all our characters are under. Most importantly, don’t think you can finish this book in just one day – there’s just so much to process and it’s not a book to rush.

There are lots of twists and turns that will keep you riveted. I had a hard time putting this book down because I didn’t want to miss anything and I just couldn’t find the perfect place to stop. Lisette is strong both in the physical sense and in her mind – she stands by her convictions. Zach also needs to be strong but he has moments of tenderness which is nice to see. And yes, they do have some love scenes together.

Dianne also makes me jealous – I would love to have some of the character’s powers especially if their enemies actually did exist. But with those powers comes a lot of responsibility and as you read you will see what that entails. It takes a very strong person to handle that kind of pressure and be able to sleep “at night”. Yet they still have time to show another person that they want to spend some quality time together – they are not defined by what they must do to keep us humans safe. And with all that, the reader can still have an ending that will have you smiling.

 

 
Darkness Dawns
Immortal Guardians Book 1
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Favorite Quote:  “You stabbed me in the ass?”—Bastien

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts . . . where passion can last forever, if you’re willing to pay the price . . .

Once, Sarah Bingham’s biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she’s landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control . . . 

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible — when it mean forfeiting the world she’s always known, and the life he would do anything to protect.

 
 
Night Reigns
Immortal Guardians Book 2
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Favorite Quote:  “What did you think I’d do?  Ask her if I could braid her hair after we gave each other facials and painted each other’s toenails?”—Marcus

Dianne Duvall portrays a world of temptation, loyalty, and heartbreak . . . a world where danger and desire walk hand in hand . . .

Ami isn’t much for trusting strangers. She has a hard time trusting anyone. But she’s no coward, and she’s no pushover in the protection department either. So when she comes across a mysterious warrior taking on eight deranged vampires on his own, she doesn’t hesitate to save his bacon. Of course, that was before she realized what one little rescue would get her into . . .

Marcus Grayden has been an immortal protector of humanity for eight hundred years, and at the moment he’s not interested in backup. From the moment Ami arrives in his life, he can’t deny that she’s strong, smart, and extremely skilled at watching his back. But she’s also destroying his protective solitude and stirring desires he can’t bear to awaken. After all, whatever her secrets — how can she defeat death itself?

 
 
Phantom Shadows
Immortal Guardians Book 3
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Favorite Quote:  “All right.  All right.  Settle down.  We’re all glad Sarah stabbed Bastien in the ass.”—Seth

Dianne Duvall lures readers into a world of romance and suspense, where love can mean the difference between life and death . . .

Dr. Melanie Lipton is no stranger to the supernatural. She knows immortals better than they know themselves, right down to their stubborn little genes. So although a handsome rogue immortal seems suspicious to her colleagues, Sebastien Newcombe intrigues Melanie. His history is checkered, his scars are impressive, and his ideas are daring. But it’s not his ideas that have Melanie fighting off surges of desire . . . 

Bastien is used to being the bad guy. In fact, he can’t remember the last time he had an ally he could trust. But Melanie is different — and under her calm, professional exterior he senses a passion beyond anything in his centuries of experience. Giving in to temptation is out of the question — he can’t put her in danger. But she isn’t asking him . . . 



In Still Darkness 
Immortal Guardians Book 3.5
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Favorite Quote:  “Is this going to get weird?  Like kinky weird?”—John

Originally published in “Predatory” – “In Dianne Duvall s world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost especially to the heart might be higher “

It s not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d Alencon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can t seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist

Jenna never imagined she d end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity.



Darkness Rises
Immortal Guardians Book 4
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Favorite Quote:  “Great.  There goes our security deposit.”—Sean

Dianne Duvall returns to the world of the Immortal Guardians, where danger — and desire — make every decision count . . .

Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her “special abilities” aren’t much, but the plan is simple — she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it’s bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He’s a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. 

Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years — long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can’t stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she’s exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He’ll have to accept Krysta’s help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher . . .

 
 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of St. Thomas, where she studied fiction writing, playwriting, and poetry writing. Darkness Dawns, the first book in her Immortal Guardians paranormal romance series, was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and for Best Paranormal Romance – Vampire by The Romance Reviews. It was also deemed a Top Pick by The Romance Reviews and a Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Night Reigns, the second book in the series, was nominated for Best Best Book of 2011 – Paranormal Romance by The Romance Reviews and declared an “utterly addictive” Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. Phantom Shadows, the third book in the series, has been declared a Top Pick by both The Romance Reviews and Night Owl Reviews. Her Immortal Guardians novella In Still Darkness was released in the Predatory anthology on May 7, 2013, and has received many fabulous reviews. Darkness Rises, the fourth book in the series, hit the USA Today Bestseller list, has been nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Vampire Romance by RT Book Reviews and was deemed a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick.

Dianne has also completed two not-yet-published paranormal romance novels that are prequels to Darkness Dawns. A Sorceress of His Own is a medieval romance with paranormal elements that won awards in the Lone Star, Where the Magic Begins, Southern Heat, Picture This, Book of Your Heart and Suzannah national writing competitions. Rendezvous With Yesterday is a time travel romance and won second place in the Picture This writing contest.

In addition to writing romance, Dianne has completed a one-act play (comedy) and teamed up with an award-wining screenwriter to write a spec script for a new situation comedy. Several of her poems have also been published in anthologies.

When she isn’t writing, Dianne is very active in the independent film industry and once even appeared on screen as a machete-weilding maniac not unlike the vampires she so loves to create in her novels.

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Risking It All
by JM Stewart
Series: A Morgan Family Romance, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Berkley Intermix
Release Date: September 16, 2014

 

 

Love requires a leap of faith…

She’s everything he wants…

For years, Kyle Morgan has hidden his true feelings from the gorgeous girl next door that he grew up loving and protecting. But when she shows up at his apartment in the middle of the night, desperately needing comfort and support, his iron will begins to waver…

…and the only thing he can’t bear to lose.

Kyle was always the big brother Cecelia Anton never had, but suddenly her goofy best friend has become a sexy man she can’t keep her thoughts—or hands—off of. As their deep connection melts into uncontrollable desire, Ceci is willing to put it all on the line for a shot at true love. Only Kyle is keeping a terrible secret about Ceci’s past that could destroy not only their lifelong friendship but their happily-ever-after…

For a moment, she stared, her eyes searching his, then she straightened her shoulders. “Why’d you kiss me?”

Panic curled through him, sending his pulse pounding into his rib cage. Damn. Why hadn’t he expected her to ask that? But he couldn’t answer it. To do so would be tempting fate. An intense need for distance seized him. Half afraid he’d lose his mind and do something else he’d regret, like pull her into his arms and show her why he’d kissed her, he shot to his feet.

He flashed her a smile he knew had to look as phony as it felt. “Headache’s better. Thanks.”

He didn’t wait for a response but strode toward the yard.

“I need to know, Kyle.”

His answer sat on the tip of his tongue, but the voice of reason sounded in his head. Don’t say it. Whatever you do, do not say it. Just keep walking.

Her soft footsteps sounded behind him. “You can’t just do something like that and walk away and expect me not to question it. You blow hot and cold, do you know that? I know desire when I see it, yet you just keep walking away.”

“Ever think maybe I wanted to kiss you?” The words left his mouth on a hoarse whisper, and God help him, a desperate need to see her eyes seized him. He turned to find her directly behind him. She stared for a fraction of a second too long, heat and curiosity blazed in her eyes. A heartbeat later, a light blush stole into her cheeks, but she didn’t move, didn’t say a word.

Everything inside of him ground to a halt, his mind twisting off in another direction. I’ll be damned. If ever he needed a confirmation, there it was. Whatever had happened between them was definitely not one-sided.

 

 

 

 

 

JM is the author of passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons, and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession.

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DRC Promotions Presents: Review Tour of Just Stay by Michelle Abbott

 

Title: Just Stay
Author: Michelle Abbott
Genre:  New Adult Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 16, 2014
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Rating:  4 1/2 Stars
The last place Pia wants to be is on a
family vacation in a sleepy Cornish village. She’s anticipating two
weeks of mind-numbing boredom. Then she meets Trey, a local boy. He’s absolutely
gorgeous. The trouble is — he knows it. He’s arrogant and egotistical,
and Pia intends to avoid him at all costs. But Trey is not the kind of guy who
gives up easily. When he sets his sights on Pia, her resistance is futile. It’s
just a holiday romance, some light-hearted fun, right? But one of them is
about to discover that still waters do, indeed, run deep. When what lurks
beneath the surface finally erupts, the consequences may prove to be catastrophic.
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This story is told in the first person by both main characters and the setting is in Cornwall.

Pia Hamilton is on vacation with her family. Reading her first experience has me remembering my own family vacations. And you may find that you start remembering your time when you started noticing boys during your own family outings. As I watch Pia’s family vacation progress, I’ll have to add a trip “across the pond” to my bucket list. I’d love to experience a vacation and have this book with me to re-read while I’m there.

I loved how the author didn’t let the reader know Trey Baker’s name right away. I think you’ll love it too. This is a story that shows you can’t always assume you know a person by what they look like or even by what they say – it’s what you get to know about what they’re like on the inside. And misunderstandings can become frustrating.

This is a book that brought a smile to my face. But our author also includes family issues that will make you frown. I’m glad that Trey had his own first person moments because his was an interesting story that only he could tell. He has family issues that I can commiserate with. It can be a lonely life and getting help when there’s no money can be frustrating. Some of what he’s going through may even resonate with you. It will also make you sad – so have plenty of tissues handy as you get toward the end.

This story shows the frustration, a child just wanting love, and asks the question “is what we do enough?” There’s no way, as a reader, that you can’t feel the emotions that come off the pages. Things may seem dark but you just have to have faith that the sun will come out – it might not right away but at some point it will. The reader will even forget that Trey is actually a young man just coming out of his teenage years – it’s a lot of pressure for one so young. Our ending is very poignant that may bring you to tears even while you may be smiling. To me this has an HFN ending with a big hope for the HEA. This is a book that shouldn’t be missed.

 

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Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates
describing herself in 3rd person.

She’s a self-published author who loves to
write new adult romance about heroes who begin as the underdog and are
protective of their girl.
She’s an avid reader of romance, is
addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most
healthy eating and drinking habits :-) She spends way too much time online when
she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a
couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually
finish in time to wear for her funeral :-)
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He stops outside a single storey, whitewashed cottage, and pulls a set of keys out of his jeans pocket. I notice there’s an old blue car parked in the driveway, I guess we’re driving to another town to eat. He’s probably stopping off to pick up his car keys. That’s good, I’d rather go somewhere more lively. He’s standing in the doorway, smiling at me. He gestures for me to go in. “I’ll wait out here for you,” I tell him.

“Why would you want to stand out there all night?”

“I’m only waiting here while you get your car keys,” I say, frowning at him.

He leans against the door frame and folds his arms across his chest. “Pia, I asked you to have dinner with me, I didn’t say I was taking you OUT to dinner.”

I gape at him, my mouth open. What an asshole. I got dressed up for nothing. I starved myself all day for this, which is my own stupid fault, I should have known better. I take a deep breath. “I see. So what delights do I have to look forward to? A frozen microwave meal? Or maybe you’re going to treat me to a take-out.”

He grins, and my hand itches to slap it off his face.

“Do you think I’d give you a frozen ready meal? You might be surprised,” he says.

I snort. “I’m already surprised. I’m surprised I agreed to this date. I’m surprised that I’m even surprised, that you aren’t bothering to take me out.”

He busts up laughing, a deep, throaty laugh, that makes his shoulders shake. His laugh is infectious and his whole face lights up, it’s attractive and it annoys the heck out of me that I think so. He finally stops laughing and gazes at me, his eyes sparkling. “You’re adorable.” He grabs my hand and pulls me inside. My heel catches on the door frame; I lurch forward, and slam into his chest.

I can feel his heartbeat beneath my palms, he smells of spices. I shiver as he strokes his fingertips down my bare arms. This is so embarrassing, I’m sure my face is the colour of a tomato. Why did I wear these stupid heels? “I’m sorry, I tripped,” I mutter, as I finally pluck up the courage to look up at him.

He cocks his head to the side and smirks. “As much as I enjoy you throwing yourself at me, Precious, you might want to wait until after dinner.” Arrgh. I shove him away and step backwards, giving him my most furious glare. As he brushes past me to close the door, he glances down at my feet. “How do you even walk in those things?” His gaze slowly travels up my body, and my skin heats up, as if his eyes were lasers. His hand reaches for me; I hold my breath and stiffen, unsure of where his touch will land. He ruffles my hair. “You’re still tiny, even when you’re wearing stepladders, aren’t you, Pee Aitch.”

I frown at him. “Pee aitch?”

He nods his head. “Yeah, Pia Hamilton, that’s your name, right?”

My mouth forms a thin line. “What’s your surname?”

His eyes sparkle. “Baker.”

I fold my arms across my chest. “Trey Baker.”

He smiles. “Yeah, that’s right.”

I raise an eyebrow. “Tee Bee, as in, tuberculosis, a nasty disease that you want to get rid of.”

He nibbles at his lip and then busts up laughing. “It’s no use trying to charm me with sweet talk, Precious.” He kicks off his flip flops, leaving them on the hallway floor, then he glances down at my feet again. “Take those things off, before you break your neck.”

 

 

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RBTL Presents Review & #Giveaway Blog Tour: Black Moon by F.M. Sherrill & Becca C. Smith

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Black MoonTitle: Black Moon
Author/Authors: F.M. Sherrill & Becca C Smith
Series: Black Moon Saga
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Red Frog Publishing
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print
Rating:  4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Read Between the Lines Blog Tour and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Blurb/Synopsis:

Shea Harper is forced to stay in boring, hot and dry Phoenix, Arizona for college. But once she meets the enigmatic yet positively egocentric Lucian, Shea’s life changes forever.

She finds out that she comes from a long line of descendants called Vessels. In her soul is the key to destroying an ancient prison protecting the world from darkness itself: Lucian’s father.

Up until now, Lucian has captured every descendant except Shea. With her powers awakening, all vampires want to drag her down to the pit. But Lucian is territorial. She’s the first female Vessel… and he’s convinced she belongs to him.

Saucy and tauntingly surprising, Black Moon captures the struggle between burning alive with desire and castrating the heart. This is a love story that will drain you dry.

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My Thoughts:

This story is told in the first person.

Shea Harper has started her college experience – my experience never even came close to hers. She has a best bud, Aidan O’Connell, going to the same school. You will find it interesting how this story plays out. This is a story that makes you question almost everything you read – what to believe and what not to.

Lucian is not who Aidan and Shea think he is. He has an agenda that involves Shea and someone named Adnachiel. I found that he had an interesting sense of our lives as humans. Also interesting is his thoughts of life and chess. The reader may also question his humanity. No speed-reading with this book otherwise you may miss something I didn’t see coming.

If you get queasy easily, you may not want to eat as you read this good book – some scenes may be considered graphic but if you love horror movies then this might be considered tame. This is listed as a YA/Teen read and if you are looking for a book for your teen to read, you just might want to read it yourself first. An older teen, I would think that would be fine but only you can decide what you deem appropriate material for your child to read.

Our authors have not written a simple college story. This one has a paranormal twist that has shades of romance to it. For me, I found it was more about the different kinds of love for our three main characters. But love isn’t a genre so that may be why the romance listing – yes there are hints of sex but it was the good versus evil that held my attention. And because those lines seemed blurred this is what kept me reading – I just couldn’t figure out what was up with Aidan and Lucian. Us humans are naturally inquisitive and love to problem solve. This isn’t a religious book but some things are referenced in the book – you’ll just have to read the book in order to find out for yourself.

This is a book that’s different from others that I’ve read and surprisingly I found it to be an interesting read. There were times that I could almost feel the pain that the scene invoked but it wasn’t too gross that I couldn’t get through it – but there were a couple of times where I had to cringe. And when the ending came I felt like I was left up in the air. Then you realize that this is the first book of a series so it will be interesting to see if the next book just picks up where this one left off.

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Faith

Aren’t author’s bios boring? I always wanted to read one that went something like this:

F.M. Sherrill: recent citizen of earth. Plans on ruling the planet once she gets over the common cold. Or, F.M. Sherrill: time traveler. Decided to alter the space-time continuum by writing a novel, thus changing history slightly, which will eventually lead to the rise of a new human species.

But here it is. F.M. Sherrill is a novelist, A.K.A. an avid bullshitter; that’s why she lives in L.A. She’s been writing for as long as her ancient mind can remember, devouring tales like an anemic vampire roaming the streets in hot pink heels, always thirsty for more. When she’s not writing, she’s making steampunk weapons, sewing giant plant-eater Mario plushes, making costumes for some film bloke or cosplayer, and sculpting/casting movie prop replicas while gardening in her urban apartment. Her favorite tools? A soldering iron, a blowtorch, a band saw, a sonic screwdriver, a replicator and an active imagination.

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Becca C. Smith received her Film degree from Full Sail University and has worked in the Film and Television industry for most of her adult life. In 2010 Becca published her first novel, Riser followed by the sequel, Reaper, in 2011, and the finale, Ripper in 2013. In 2012 Becca wrote the children’s novel Alexis Tappendorf and the Search for Beale’s Treasure. She is also the co-author of the teen graphic novel Ghost Whisperer: The Haunted. Most recently Becca released Atlas, the first book in a new urban fantasy series. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Stephan and their two cats Jack and Duke.

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Perusing Princesses Presents: Positive and Negativity by D. D. Lorenzo; Book Blitz & #Giveaway

 

When Opposites Attract… 

Aria Cole and Declan Sinclair are as opposite as positive is to negative. They have one thing in common; their love of being near the ocean. 

When Aria escapes to a beach house to heal after a devastating loss she comes face to face with an interesting man. 

Declan Sinclair has traveled the world. He uses his body as well as his mind in the fast paced Modeling industry. As he ages in a profession that favors youth, Declan retreats to his home at the beach to form a strategy for the future. His interest is piqued by a solitary woman who sits daily within his view. 

Can Aria see through her sorrow to accept the kindness of a handsome stranger? 

Will Declan decelerate his fast paced life to enjoy the company of a blue eyed girl? 

Would evil in the heart of a narcissistic rival threaten a seed before it’s sown? 

The account of the story of Aria and Declan challenges us to solve an interesting riddle: Can Positive results be propelled as a result of a Negative circumstance? 

Declan and Aria explosively chronicle the positive and negative aspects of the emotions that affect us all…

 

 

                               

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Author Biography
DD Lorenzo challenges her readers through her “Depth of Emotions” series. Her novels reach deep into the heart of readers and challenges them through the emotions of her characters.

DD currently resides in Maryland, “The Land of Pleasant Living”. She met “MM”, the love of her life, in high school. Together, they have an eclectic, crazy and amazing family. When she isn’t writing, she is rooting for the Baltimore Ravens or the Baltimore Orioles. Her favorite pastimes include long lunches with good friends, and spending time with the people in her life. Riding in her husband’s classic Mustang to the Eastern Shore is a particular favorite!

“Positive/Negativity” lays the groundwork for the series, and is the first in the “Depth of Emotion” books. It is the only one with a cliffhanger (she promises!) and concludes with Book two, “Selective/Memory”. She has planned five books for the series. Books three, four and five are individual stories of characters introduced in Book one.
DD is currently writing “Here/Now”, Carter’s story, which is Book 3 in the series, planned for release 2014. The remaining two books, “Same/Difference” and “Beauty is a Bitch” are planned for 2015.

 

 

 

 

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RBTL Presents: One Week by Zoey Derrick; Review & #Giveaway

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One Week
Title: One Week
Author: Zoey Derrick
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: BBW/BDSM/Erotic Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 29 2014
Edition: eBook & Paperback
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Read Between the Lines Blog Tour and the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”.

Blurb/Synopsis:

ONE WEEK is all it will take…

A week in Las Vegas and she will feel better about herself. At least that is what Dacotah Miller is hoping will be the case.

Left at the altar, heartbroken and ashamed, Dacotah takes the opportunity offered by her girlfriends – the chance to get away. The opportunity to escape her mundane life in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin.

But what Dacotah doesn’t know is that lurking in Las Vegas is the chance of a lifetime, a dream come true, in the form of Derek Hunter.

Derek, in town on business, can’t seem to focus on his purpose once Dacotah walks into his field of vision.   She beautiful and just what he needs to cure his desire for a good woman in his bed. Only she presents a challenge to him unlike anything he’s ever experienced before.

Dacotah will be wrapped up in a whirlwind of unexpected events that will force her to make a decision, life changing choice. Does she get on the plane back to boring Wisconsin and wonder what might have been? Or will she step on board a private jet that promises to take her on a journey she will never forget?

***** Content Warning *****

This book contains explicit sex, language and an indecent proposal from a billionaire. Story contains strong BDSM themed scenes and is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.

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2014-06-20 10.49.19Best Selling Author Zoey Derrick comes from Glendale, Arizona. She was once a mortgage underwriter by day and is now a paranormal, romance and erotica novelist full-time. She writes stories as hot as the desert sun itself. It is this passion that drips off of her work, bringing excitement to anyone who enjoys a good and sensual love story.

Not only does she aim to take her readers on an erotic dance that lasts the night, it allows her to empty her mind of stories we all wish were true.
 Her stories are hopeful yet true to life, skillfully avoiding melodrama and the unrealistic, bringing her gripping Erotica only closer to the heart of those that dare dipping into it.

The intimacy of her fantasies that she shares with her readers is thrilling and encouraging, climactic yet full of suspense. She is a loving mistress, up for anything, of which any reader is doomed to return to again and again.

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My Thoughts:  

This story is told in the first person.

Dacotah “Cotah” Miller is in Vegas trying to forget and it doesn’t take her long to start enjoying what the city has to offer. If you’ve been there before then you know the fun that she and her friends are having. If you’ve never been, like me, this just may give you enough incentive to see what that town has to offer – especially for the single crowd. And make sure to take this book with you. Now, most if not all of us won’t have the type of experiences as these three ladies but isn’t it nice to dream – especially if a really great looking guy is involved.

Derek Hunter has a proposition for Cotah that she finds hard to refuse. Their attraction to each other is combustible. This author’s story is a really hot read that is not for the shy but if you are why not give this a try – what a great way to get over that shyness. The reader will get a sense of something not being quite right about Derek. And between figuring him out and wondering what’s going to happen between him and Cotah will have you hooked on this story.

One subject this author covers is self-image – you can be sexy no matter your size as long as you believe in yourself. Our author doesn’t create a relationship that’s all hearts ‘n flowers right out of the gate – I don’t think this story would be so believable if she had. She also doesn’t make each scene graphic so that some things can be left to the reader’s imagination. Yes, there are some BDSM scenes but nothing that will turn you off.

You will see a lot of emotions play across the pages of this book and you will be able to see them all play out on the screen in your mind. It’s a story of pushing personal boundaries – are you willing to push yours. Most of the book is done from Dacotah’s perspective and then the author pulls a last minute switch – loved it. It grabbed my attention and just may grab yours as well.

In one scene, Derek asks Cotah a question and I have to ask how you would answer were you in her shoes? This book is a stand-alone but I found that readers may want to know more about some friends of Derek’s named Tristan and Cami. If you are interested in reading their story, and you haven’t already, please check out Chasing Love’s Wings. I can’t wait to see what Zoey has in store for her readers next.

Excerpt:

“Why do you call me Orion?” he asks, genuine curiosity in his voice and I can see that he’s trying to turn an extremely tense situation into something more personal.

I swallow, “uhm…”

“I won’t laugh,” he says, his voice is soft, but I can see a light in his eyes that tells me that might not be the case.

I decide that I have nothing to lose at this point and go for it. “When I first saw you, in the mall, you reminded me of a hunter. Focused and driven to find its prey. Which you’ve only further proven by your actions since then.” I give him a half smile.

“Okay, so where does Orion come from?”

“Orion, the star constellation is also known as The Hunter.”

As I suspected, he starts to laugh, but there is a nervous energy ringing louder than his laugh. He sobers quickly and stares at me, intensity in his eyes, just like the hunter I’ve deemed him to be. “You’re right, I am a hunter, in many ways. I have my sight on my prey and I am so close to having her in my grasp.”

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Dark Hope
by HD Smith
Series: Devil’s Assistant, #1
Genre: Mainstream Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Wild Fey, LLC (Indie Author)

Cover DesignerRobin Ludwig Design

Release Date: Original (old publisher) March 3rd 2014

New (Indie/Self Published) July 24th 2014

 

Loving a demon isn’t the end of the world—losing him is.

Claire, the Devil’s assistant, knows very little about the world she was dropped into five years ago, when she inherited her mother’s unpaid debt to the Demon King. She certainly didn’t expect to be a contender for the Fallen Queen’s throne, a target for the Druid King’s mafia, or a suspect in the murder of Junior, the Devil’s oldest hell spawn.

In a last ditch effort to save her life and get out of her deal with the Devil, she sets out to solve Junior’s murder only to be taken prisoner by the four most dangerous immortal hell spawn alive.

Not to be out done, the Pagan Queen Mab, claims Claire for entering her realm uninvited. She has an old debt to settle with her brother the Devil. Taking Claire from him after losing her years ago is just icing on the cake.

Will Claire win her freedom, and save herself from the Devil? Or be trapped by Mab forever?

 

 

 

HD Smith has been writing as a hobby for over ten years. DARK HOPE is her first full length novel. She has previously published two middle grade novellas in ebook format. She is a software developer by day, working for an awesome cruise line in Celebration, FL.

HD grew up in South Carolina, but has called the Sunshine State home since 1997. She has Computer Science degrees from Clemson University (BS) and Florida Institute of Technology (MS). Her other hobbies include painting and screen printing. She enjoys creating t- shirts inspired by the places in her books. For more information, visit HD’s website at http://www.hdsmithauthor.com/.