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Blog Tour: Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul

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Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…

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Grady had had enough of the bullshit. Too many people were dropping in, and he was tired of being the only one who didn’t know the whole story. He needed to jump-start the explanations, and the best way to do that was to go for the throat.

He lifted his chin and locked gazes with Cappy. He held up his fingers and started counting. “Cappy, Wraith, Talon, Romeo, Magician. Not your typical Christian names. Add to that Sandra’s confession that she’s a former sniper and Lethal Fuzzball Boy’s acclamation of her world-famous skill before she ‘died’ and became Jesus with her resurrection . . . I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re the Commanding Officer of this clandestine team, right? Trained with them in Kansas and now lead everyone on missions? Tell me, does the company you work for start with a big C?”

Cappy stiffened, and the reserved expression on his face eclipsed into a thundercloud. “What. The. Fuck?”

“Here we go,” Romeo muttered, but everyone heard due to the sudden silence at the man’s bellow. Even the sun seemed to pause its ascent in the sky for a moment. “Someone had better start talking,” Cappy demanded in his gruff voice. “And, yes, I mean you, Wraith.” He spread his weight over his feet and slapped his hands on his hips.

Sandra lifted her chin and met the CO’s incensed stare. If her arm hadn’t been touching his, he wouldn’t have known that a tremor raced through her before she opened her mouth. “I made the decision to fill Grady in on details I thought he should know. Especially after an assassin took shots at his head earlier this evening.”

“Granger,” Talon inserted, crossing his arms.

Cappy’s eyes flashed and his jaw hardened. He dipped his chin once as if to acknowledge Talon’s contribution and began to pace. “So, despite the oaths you took, you decided to compromise this team by talking to an outsider?”

“Yes.”

“And what else does he know?”

Grady hated being talked around. “Not nearly enough,” he stated bluntly, not caring that Sandra now gripped his arm as if to warn him to back off. Grady had this guy’s number. He was completely lethal, no doubt, but he also seemed to be levelheaded and fair. Time to test that theory. “For example, why do you all act like Sandra’s a ghost? Why would a confessed sniper be insinuating herself into my company as an Operations Manager? Why was a gunman shooting at us earlier? Why did Calvin and Hobbes here”—he pointed to Talon and Romeo—“decide it’s better to break in than knock on the door?”

My review:

Exchange of Fire by P.A. DePaul is the first in her new SBG series. It quickly drew me in and had me wanting to fight along with Sandra, aka Wraith, and Grady. There is not much backstory given on before the novel started and as such I, for one, would dearly love a prequel novella. It would have been sweet to watch Sandra and Grady dance around their feelings as they worked out how they felt about each other. I do however, feel that they went from unsaid feelings to tearing each other’s clothes off awfully quick which is something that I personally don’t like in a book. The dangerous action parts were well written and took more of the lead in the story than the romance which is part of why I’m not sure about the Sandra/Grady pairing. Heat of the moment hormones aren’t necessarily what makes a long term relationship work although this particular deadly pair might just work in the long run because of their previous attraction.


We are introduced to an overwhelming number of new characters as is normal in a first in the series book. Unfortunately, it was a bit difficult to keep track of who was who and on which side they were on. On the other hand, I still can not wait to learn more about everyone’s backstory and to hopefully see each of them earn their own happy endings. Despite the number of negatives I would still definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes the romantic-action type of genre.

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P.A. DePaul is a multi-genre romance author including paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense. She originally hails from Carroll County and Baltimore County, Maryland, but also lived in Macon and Warner Robins, Georgia. She currently resides in a beautiful community just outside Philadelphia. Exchange of Fire is the first novel in the SBG series with the second novel, Shadow of Doubt, releasing April 2015

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Review: Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson

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In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.

When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.

 

My review:

Steampunk, war, and thrilling intrigue are just a few elements that make up the novel Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson. For me this was not the usual steampunk that I enjoy, however, it is still a great read and definitely a new flavor of the genre that I enjoy so much. The novel centers around our anti-hero and smuggler Jacob. Jacob is ruled by his love for the almighty coil (this dystopian world’s monetary unit). However, things begin to change for him after he gets caught in a deal gone bad and thrown into a prison cell with Whistler. He struggles to find a balance between his old life as a coil hungry smuggler and a new one as a somewhat unwilling participant in the Resistance movement. Whistler, as one of the Last (the last human children born before the demons took over) has the biggest influence over Jacob and has become his new moral compass and companion. I can’t wait to see what further adventures Jacob and the gang have in book two of the series, Lifemaker. According to the information at the back of this book it is due out March, 2015.

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Blog Tour: One Dom To Love by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, & Isabella LaPearl

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Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.

Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?

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About Author

SHAYLA BLACK

You know what they say about curiosity and the cat…but if you still want to know, read below.

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 40 sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances produced via traditional, small press, independent, and audio publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla’s books have been translated in about a dozen languages. She has also received or been nominated for The Passionate Plume, The Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. RT Bookclub has twice nominated her for Best Erotic Romance of the year, as well as awarded her several Top Picks, and a KISS Hero Award.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every new book.

JENNA JACOB

Bestselling Author Jenna Jacob’s erotic romance comes from the heart of submission. With over twenty years experience in the dynamics of the BDSM lifestyle, Jenna strives to portray Dominance and submission with a passionate and comprehensive voice. Her stories will make you laugh, cry, and may leave you with a better understanding of the fulfillment found in the BDSM power exchange.

A married mom of four grown children, Jenna and her husband lives in Kansas. Her passions include her family, reading, camping, cooking, music, and riding Harleys. She loves to make people laugh with her outgoing and warped sense of humor. If you’re looking for hot romance with a kinky twist, pick up one of Jenna’s books

ISABELLA LAPEARL

My name is Isabella and I am a new Author of Erotic Fiction. I have recently published two short stories, one a stand-alone “Connexions” and the other is the first book in a series called The Quickening and is entitled “Scandalous.” The next two in the series, will be coming out in 2013 and are called “Momentum” and “Geminus” respectively.

December 4th 2012 was a WOW day of biblical proportions for me personally. My first novel was published, entitled “One Dom to Love” co-written by Best Selling New York Times Author, Shayla Black and by Author Jenna Jacob. I can’t even begin to express how privileged and thrilled I was to work with both these wonderful, incredible women, and how proud I am to call them friends. “One Dom to Love” is the first book in The Doms of her Life series and for those chomping at the bit already after finishing this book, you’ll be delighted to know that Book 2 is currently being written.

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Unexpected Gifts by Elena Aitken

 

 

 

Unexpected Gifts: (The Steamy Version)

by Elena Aitken
Genre: Holiday Romance
 
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Let it snow with a hot, sexy contemporary romance!
Cozy up to the Castle Mountain Lodge in the middle of the remote Canadian Rockies for Unexpected Gifts.

 

Christmas represents everything Andi Williams is supposed to have, and doesn’t. Running away to a remote mountain lodge in the Canadian Rockies sounds like the perfect way to escape, until a mix-up finds her sharing a villa with sexy, rough around the edges, Colin Hartford.

 

Colin’s determination to enjoy the holiday he’s missed for the last five years sweeps Andi into a season of joy that she’s not sure she’s ready for. Can Andi open herself up to everything the holidays have to offer…including love?

My Review: This story comes in two versions a sweet version and a steamy.

For this review I will be talking about the sweet version, however, at the time of my writing both are currently free on Amazon.

Snow angels, hot cocoa, Christmas carols, and every other thing you can think of for a traditional Christmas is what Colin is yearns for.

Andi is trying to escape from Christmas altogether. Their story is what happens when the two are thrown together after a hotel room mix up.

I very much enjoyed the sweetness of this holiday romance. The Castle Mountain Lodge Romance series looks to be something that I will be able to read, enjoy and recommend to all of my friends. Castle Mountain Lodge is itself a very magical place and one I would love to visit. It sets a lush backdrop to Colin and Andi’s story. I won’t go any further so as not sure share any spoilers. If you love holiday romance this one is for you!

 

 

 

~A hot, contemporary romance~
 
 
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Like a lot of my readers, I’m a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance! There’s nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book. I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book.

 

As well as contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women’s fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I’m always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what’s next!

 

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Please sign up for my newsletter at http://www.elenaaitken.com (link on website) so you can stay up to date on my latest releases. Plus there’s a link to an exclusive free short story!

 

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The Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South review

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”― Franklin D. Roosevelt. This is the essence of who Claire Erinn is and the Queen she is becoming. At 16 years of age Claire Erinn must deal with the suspicious death of her father and take her place as the first female ruler of Keldaren. Immediately following her father’s death there are already factions, in and out of the kingdom, vying to usurp her power. Said factions assume that her youth means she’s naive of the political power plays that exist in the court of royalty. The day of her coronation the Dragon Knights appear with her father’s sword and an offer to train her as a Dragon Knight. This is a pivotal point in now Queen Claire’s development as the new ruler of Keldaren. The training she receives from the Knight’s as well as the dragon she partners with are instrumental in the evolution of her leadership abilities. Surprising both herself and her enemies she proves she is a force to be reckoned with.

At 434 pages The Queen of Steel and Fire is an epic fantasy worthy of the genre. This story has layers and as each layer is slowly, and carefully removed more of South’s world and machina behind are revealed. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres to read, I love being swept into a world full of a magic, dragons, and strong characters.  I absolutely adored both the novel as well as South’s writing. He is already adept at building a believable and full, richly detailed world. South includes a map which makes it easy to see the world. He is well on his way to becoming an excellent writer and I look forward to seeing his storycraft continue to develop.

 

A ginormous thank you to South for achieving an ending that is not a cliffhanger while still making me want to immediately pick up book two of the series. I deeply appreciate this skill.

 

If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited you can currently read this novel for free. I received a free copy of the Queen of Steel and Fire by Steven South in exchange for an honest review.

 

About the Author: I’m originally from Minnesota, but I now live in Wisconsin with my wife Stephanie, and our two very spoiled guinea pigs. I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. I love to read, and I also really enjoy traveling and exploring different countries.

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Cover Reveal: Payback is Sweet by Kristy Centeno

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Series: Love Gamble Series #1

Author: Kristy Centeno

Audience: New Adult

Genre: Romance

Formats: E-Book

Publisher: Blushing Book Publications

Editor: Staci Taylor

Expected Date of Publishing: August 21, 2014

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Janessa Rowe is a twenty one year old college girl with little respect for other people. She’s a rich, spoiled brat of a girl who gets her kicks out of humiliating others. When she discovers that her boyfriend of three years has in fact engaged in a physical relationship with someone else, Janessa will stop at nothing to get a little payback. Even if that means using her new rival’s disgruntled fiancée to get what she wants.

Dakota Blackwater is everything Janessa is not. He’s kind, sweet, gentle, and a stand-up guy all in all, but when his girlfriend’s betrayal hurts more than his pride, he agrees to take part in a plan that will test both their self-restraints and their feelings for one another.

Problems arise, however, when Janessa’s interest for Dakota shifts from being a pawn to achieve her ultimate goal, to potential lover. After having her heart broken in the past, the last thing she wants is to get involved in matters of the heart, but how can she follow through with her plan when the more time she spends with Dakota, the less she cares about getting payback? Sooner rather than later they are forced to confront the reality that their game has slowly transformed into something else and that what seemed like a scheme to exact revenge, now comprises both their hearts in ways neither of them anticipated.

 

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clip_image005As a child, she used to lose herself in an imaginary world by the means of a good book. Now that she’s all grown up, Kristy gets to create her own fictional realms and make them come to life in ways that most readers might not expect.

She’s always had a passion for writing but never had the opportunity do so until now. After trying out numerous options, she realized that writing was what she loved the most so when she found herself with some free time on her hands, she decided to pursue her passion. As it turned out, her very active imagination helped her achieve her goals of creating believable plots with some ordinary, and some not so ordinary characters that helped the stories move along in one way or another.

As she keeps moving along in achieving her dreams of becoming a published author, she divides her time in between her five children and her very understanding husband.

 

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Books to Light Your Fire – http://bookstolightyourfire.blogspot.com
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Lindsey Gray ~ Author and Reviewer – http://lindsey-gray.blogspot.com
Mommy’s Late Night Book-up – http://mommyslatenightbookup.blogspot.com/
Coffee Books & Art – http://sarityahalomi.blogspot.com/
A Book Junky’s Obsession – http://abookjunkysobsession.com/
Bound 2 Escape – http://www.bound2escape.com
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom – http://bookyramblingsofaneuroticmom.blogspot.co.uk/
Angee’s After Thoughts – http://www.angeesafterthoughts.com
Blushing Divas Book Reviews – http://www.blushingdivasbookreviews.com
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Clarissa Wild’s Blog – http://clarissawild.blogspot.com
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