Perilous Trust: #1 in a Romantic, Suspenseful FBI Series by Barbara Freethy

About Perilous Trust

front cover, Perilous Trust by Barbara FreethyIn PERILOUS TRUST, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy brings you the first book in a new romantic suspense series! OFF THE GRID: An FBI Series offers five breath-stealing books filled with action-packed plot, heart-stopping romance, and page-turning suspense.

It was one dark night that brought Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker together. They were two tortured souls, looking for escape, and they weren’t supposed to see each other ever again…

Four years later, Sophie’s FBI father, who is also Damon’s mentor, is killed in a suspicious car crash after leaving Sophie a cryptic message to trust no one from the agency. When Damon shows up looking for her, she isn’t sure if he’s friend or enemy, but she knows he could easily rip apart what is left of her heart.

The last thing Damon wants is to get involved with Sophie again. It was hard enough to walk away the first time. But she’s in trouble, her father’s reputation is under attack, and the lives of his fellow agents are at stake if there’s a traitor in their midst.

When someone starts shooting at them, they have no choice but to go on the run and off the grid. Everyone in their world becomes a suspect. They want to uncover the truth, but will it turn out to be the last thing they expect? Proving her father’s innocence might just cost them their hearts…and their lives…

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Review

Perilous Trust was my first introduction to NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a tightly written, well-structured, suspenseful second-chance romance, with well-developed characters, an undercurrent of sadness with a touch of regret, and intense sexual chemistry. It hooked me from the climactic first scene and kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. I read it in less than a day, and the tight pacing had everything to do with that. It was an easy read, suspenseful enough to keep me guessing but not so anxiety-producing that I had to stop to take a breath (or dread turning the page).

Both principal characters–Damon Wolfe, an ex-military FBI agent, and Sophie Parker, the daughter of Damon’s mentor–are smart, strong, and resourceful, willing to risk everything to expose the mole (or moles) in the FBI that led to her father’s tragic death. Their shared history, forged through a common bond with a now-deceased friend, ended too soon, leaving them with some serious unfinished business. Their unanswered questions hang in the air between them, but exploring them is essential to developing the level of intimacy and the trust they will need to survive their race against a ruthless team of unknown assailants.

The secondary characters, primarily two trusted FBI colleagues from Damon’s days in Quantico, are introduced here to support the discovery of the conspiracy that could bring them all down; but they also pave the way for development as principal characters in future installments of the series. They are nuanced and prime for further development as the series continues.

The only drawback for me was the delayed introduction of the primary villain. I found it a bit “too convenient,” and consequently, the end came together a bit too quickly (and felt a little too easy). It seems rushed, especially after the build-up of other evidence in the case. And, while the sexual attraction between Damon and Sophie was steamy, when they finally gave into temptation, their sensual encounters felt a little flat for me.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this story and felt deeply for all of its characters. I love crime dramas, so romantic suspense is my favorite go-to genre. I gravitate to darker, breath-taking, heart-pounding romantic thrillers; but to be honest, this well-crafted story was a respite for me. It was suspenseful without being terrifying, which made it a perfect, relatively light weekend read and a perfect start to a series I’m eager to read and certain to enjoy.

An Excerpt from Perilous Trust

“Why did you run away from your apartment, your friends, your father’s coworkers? Why did you just disappear, Sophie?” Damon asked.

“Because someone killed my dad.”

“It’s possible it was an accident.”

“You don’t believe that any more than I do.”

“Maybe not, but I think something specific spooked you.”

“You mean like the two men I saw going into my apartment building?”

“You saw the men who broke into your apartment?” he asked in surprise.

“I don’t know if they were the ones, but they could have been.”

“What did they look like?”

“Law enforcement, maybe—I don’t know.”

Damon stared back at her, and she could see him running through her words in his head. “Why would you be afraid of law enforcement when your father is FBI?”

“Gut instinct,” she lied, knowing she wouldn’t have been afraid at all if her father hadn’t told her to be. “And it looks like I was right to run. If I’d gone to my apartment, who knows what would have happened?”

His lips drew into a hard line. “Look, Sophie, I want to help you.”

“Why? Why on earth would you want to help me?”

His gaze darkened, and the air sizzled between them as they found themselves back in a place probably neither of them wanted to revisit, but they were there all the same.

“We’re not friends,” she said quickly, needing to break the tension. “We’re not anything. We haven’t seen each other in four years. Why do you care where I am, what I’m doing? Is it because of loyalty to my dad? That has to be it, right? Nothing else could have made you drive all the way up here.”

“I should have called you after that night,” he said.

“I’m not looking for an apology.”

“Aren’t you?”

“No. Maybe. No,” she said, hating to sound so uncertain. “None of that is important now. I have bigger problems.”

“Then let’s talk about now,” he said, relief in his eyes as he changed the subject. “I respected your father. He was a mentor to me. I owe him for that, and I know that he would want me to help you. He trusted me, and I hope you can trust me, too.”

“I don’t know if my father trusted you,” she said, shaking her head.

Surprise and anger flared in his eyes. “Why would you say that?”

“Because he told me not to trust anyone from the bureau, and since you’re an agent, that includes you. Please, just go. Just leave me alone,” she pleaded, desperate to get him out of the cabin before she did something even more stupid—like start to trust him. “I’ll disappear. I’ll go somewhere no one else knows about. You don’t have to worry about me. You’ve done your duty. You came after me. You did that for my dad. Now do something for me—leave me alone. You’ve managed it for four years. You can keep going.”

His mouth tightened. “I’m not leaving you alone. You won’t be safe. You can’t get help from a friend, because you’ll put them in danger, and even if you are very careful, you’ll make a mistake. You don’t know how to stay off the radar, but I do. You’re going to have to trust someone at some point. You’re going to have to put your anger aside and let it be me.”

Before she could answer, she was suddenly hit with a shower of glass from the nearby window.

What the hell had just happened?

Another pane blew out, and something whizzed by her ear.

Damon grabbed her arm and pulled down as a third window exploded.

Someone was shooting at her!

 

Meet Barbara Freethy

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 60 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women’s fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened Fog City Publishing in 2011 and has since sold over 7 million books! Twenty-three of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists, including one title, SUMMER SECRETS, which hit #1 on the NYT. In 2014 Barbara was named the Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of all time! She was also the first Indie writer to sell over a million books on Barnes and Noble.

Known for her emotional and compelling stories of love, family, romance and suspense, Barbara is a six-time finalist and two-time winner in the Romance Writers of America acclaimed RITA contest for her novels DANIEL’S GIFT and THE WAY BACK HOME.

For more information, visit her website at www.barbarafreethy.com

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Release Boost: PENALTY, a Sexy Football Romance by Jacob Chance

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PENALTY

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Sports Romance

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Release Date: May 12, 2017

About PENALTY

He’s the bad boy quarterback of Boston University’s football team. As the son of a former NFL player, he’s showered with attention and praise twenty-four-seven. One flash of his smile and all the girls fall at his feet – or should I say to their knees?

And then there’s me.

Brady Lincoln is the last person I want attention from. He’s the kind of guy my father warned me about. His play on the field is legendary and his play with the ladies, even more so. I’ve managed to stay off his radar until recently.

What happens when the cocky quarterback breaks all the rules to win my heart?

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MY REVIEW OF PENALTY

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

PENALTY is a sweet, steamy new adult sports romance by Jacob Chance, who shows us his lighter side with this tender and heartwarming story. As usual, Jacob brings the heat, making Penalty a sexy, fun, easy read without suspense or over-the-top drama. It’s a coming of age story for the heroine, Harlow; and a coming-to-maturity story for its cocky quarterback hero, Brady Lincoln.

Brady is intrigued by Harlow’s unpretentious innocence and her resistance to his usual charms. Harlow is overwhelmed by Brady’s attention, certain that pursuing a relationship with him would leave her heartbroken. After all, Brady is a “player” in every sense of the word: amazing on the football field and legendary in the bedroom. He enjoys a life of excess without commitment; Harlow is his opposite, a quiet, studious young woman who longs for stability and security. As they say, opposites attract; and it’s powerful, undeniable attraction that ultimately leads Harlow to give Brady a chance at romance.

Naturally, there’s a twist. Jacob is famous for tossing in plot twists you never see coming, and Penalty is no different; it’s a sharp punch to the gut that will leave you reeling for a bit. I’m still shaking my head over it, and also over the fact that when the twist is revealed, Harlow’s reaction is utterly over-the-top. Alas, no spoilers here, you need to read Penalty for yourself to see how everything works out for this unlikely but loveable couple.

If you enjoy quick and easy, fun and sexy sports romance, with minimal drama, limited suspense, but lots of emotion, don’t miss this latest release by one of my favorite new authors.

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AUTHOR BIO

Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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Book Review: Strawberry Kisses (Rocky Harbor #2) by Marianne Rice: A Beautiful Story of Healing Hearts

ABOUT STRAWBERRY KISSES…

Rachael Riley is back home in Rocky Harbor, but she’s not the same woman she once was.

After being rescued from an abusive relationship, Rachael is nothing more than a shadow of her true self. The only place she manages to find some degree of comfort is in the kitchen, hiding behind her apron as she continues to shut everyone out. Her foster sister knows that the real Rachael has been broken and reaches out by signing her up for self-defense classes with the hope of getting her outgoing, confident and nosey older sister back.

Jake Morgan has done more than his time and is finally free of his past…

Teaching self-defense is Jake’s way of giving back, compensating for what has been taken away from him years ago. He’s well aware that most women in his class have a backstory and avoids getting emotionally involved by keeping his distance—until a beautiful, blue-eyed woman walks in. Jake is instantly drawn to Rachael and sees the inner confidence she tries to hide behind her blonde bangs and hunched shoulders.

Wanting to know the story hidden behind those blue eyes, Jake sets out to break down every barrier Rachael has built…

As Jake helps Rachael find the strength she once had, a secret of his past is revealed and threatens to ruin the safety they have found in each other. There’s more connecting them than just their mutual attraction. Once their pasts finally collide, revealing a devastating truth, Jake’s feelings and commitment toward Rachael is put to the ultimate test.

There is no guarantee when it comes to love, but sometimes all a broken heart needs to heal is sweet strawberry kisses…

BOOK REVIEW

Strawberry KissesStrawberry Kisses by Marianne Rice
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Strawberry Kisses is the second standalone in the Rocky Harbor Series. Like book one (Staying Grounded), it’s a heartwarming (and sometimes heartbreaking) story; the emotional journey of two damaged souls desperate to feel whole again.

Rachael Riley is silently dealing with the haunting aftermath of an abusive relationship and years of estrangement from her adoptive family. Having returned to Rocky Harbor a shadow of her former self, she longs to regain the confidence she desperately needs to declare her independence from the past and turn her passion for baking into a self-sustaining business.

Jake Morgan, Rachael’s new self-defense instructor, is struggling to atone for the rebellious, irresponsible actions in his past; actions which led to a prison stint in the aftermath of a devastating family tragedy. With the end of his parole in sight, he’s eager to put the past behind him. But, unfortunately, he’s forced to face the consequences of it every single day; and as such, he can neither allow himself to forgive or forget.

The last thing Rachael wants is another relationship, but she finds it impossible to resist her attraction to Jake. Jake understands her reluctance, but his need for her is too powerful to ignore. Sparks fly, walls go up, but meddling family and friends intervene, encouraging them to take a chance with each other. So they do. And it’s joyful. Until it isn’t.

Just as Rachael is ready to let go of her demons and allow herself to fall in love, her past comes back to haunt her in a tragic twist that will tear your heart — and their relationship — apart. I cried, more than once, but fortunately, I know that the author loves to write happy-ever-afters. Once I picked myself up off the floor, my sense of hope was restored, and I was rewarded with a perfect conclusion, along with an intriguing set-up for the next book in the series. And if the first two books are any indication, it will be another inspiring story based on a family I’ve grown to love.

Marianne tackles difficult subjects with remarkable ease, blending humor, wisdom, and tenderness that instills a sense of hope for that happy ever after. She perfectly describes the beauty of small-town coastal Maine, an idyllic backdrop for the healing message of her stories. Although I’m not a huge fan of third-person POV, it works well in this series, allowing deeper insights into each character. The only thing missing for me – and it’s simply a personal preference – is some spicy sex. It’s implied, but the curtain closes before the real action begins, and I find that a teeny bit frustrating. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of heat and the promise of more, behind those closed doors.

If you love redemptive love stories with humor, heart and a healthy dose of heat, pick up Strawberry Kisses today.

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ABOUT MARIANNE RICE

Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines are smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always, always, find everlasting love. When she’s not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there’s time, relaxing with fancy drinks and romance books. Connect with her on Facebook or visit her website at http://www.mariannerice.com/

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TIED, a new novella in the DELVE series by Jacob Chance: Tour & Review

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TIED

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Jacob Chance

Genre: Erotica/Romance

Release Date: December 15th

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SYNOPSIS

Seven years is a long time to wait to be with the person you know you were meant to be with. My patience has reached its limit. Kenna McKenzie needs to be
mine forever and I’m not waiting any longer. Fate has thrown too many obstacles in our path already. The sooner I permanently tie her to me, the
better…then I can tie her to the bed for a wedding night I’ll make sure she never forgets.

Join Derek, Kenna and all their friends for a wild and thrilling wedding weekend in Sin City. What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but you
never know who might be there… watching.

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EXCERPT

I can’t stand here any longer; I must get closer. I need to feel the heat of her body in front of me and smell her exotic scent. It’s some enticing
combination of sweet and spicy all at the same time. Cinnamon and sugar. I bet her pussy tastes like that too. When my tongue dips inside her for the first
time, her unique and complex flavor will be better than anything I’ve ever tasted before.

Her eyes drift closed as she gets lost in the song playing. Her back is to Kenna and Janny and there are other couples dancing between them. I amble
forward, hoping no one will notice me, and ease in behind her, matching my movements to hers. I gently place my hands on her hips and lean down close to
whisper in her ear, “Don’t turn around.” She startles at first, but when I gently squeeze her hip she nods to let me know she’s going to follow my
instructions. “I want you to roll that sweet little ass of yours all over my cock while we dance. I want you to feel every thick inch of how hard watching
you has made me.” I pull her back against me, my cock lined up with the center of her ass. “Do you feel that?” My whisper is hoarse in her ear and she
shivers in reaction and then nods her head. I wrap an arm around her waist and let the other one slide up and down along the subtle curve of her hip while
we move as one to the song playing.

“Walk forward to the back corner,” I command. She hesitates and then shakes her head. “We’re in Sin City, precious. This is a judgement free zone and the
perfect opportunity for you to do something like this. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” I persuade her. “Take a chance – have some fun.”

I place both of my hands on her hips and gently urge her forward. She takes small steps in her sexy heels until we’re in the corner, facing the back wall.
“Are you wet now?” I nuzzle my nose along the curve of her ear. “Are your juices dripping out along your slit?” She nods, and my fingers skim down over her
hip to tease her silky thigh at the bottom of her dress.

Our hips are still moving in tandem and the motion of her curvy little ass against my cock has me ready to burst. I clench my teeth and take a deep breath.
Control is paramount for me in all things. She’s the first person, the first thing, who’s tested me to this degree.

“I want to make you come,” I whisper in her ear. She doesn’t react. “Tell me I can push my fingers in your slippery little cunt and make you explode.” The
sexiest little moan expels from her lips. “No one will see what we’re doing. It’s just you and me, precious girl.”

“Yes, please.” Her voice is breathy in anticipation of what I’m about to do. I can barely fucking breathe as I think of what her slick, little pussy is
going to feel like squeezing my fingers.

MEET JACOB

Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of erotic romance, TIED is his latest release and is a DELVE novella.

Jacob plans on writing many more sexy, suspenseful stories and to branch out to other genres.

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MY REVIEW…

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

TIED is another sexy, intriguing read from the DELVE series by author Jacob Chance, and the follow-up novella that concludes Derek & Kenna’s love story. It also sets up the next suspenseful chapter in the stalker subplot involving the creepy Zack and his target, Lana; AND the next romance, between Josh and Elle, enemies-about-to-turn-lovers. It’s a lot to pack into a short book, but Jacob manages it effortlessly, and his fans especially enjoy following his well-crafted characters.

As always, TIED is a hot bundle of passionate, erotic sex, but also humor, tenderness, and enough suspense to keep you hooked for the next novella in the series. Las Vegas is the perfect setting for Derek & Kenna’s wedding, which is full of sweet and sexy surprises. It’s also a prime stalking opportunity for Zack, who is slowly but surely seducing his next victim. Thinking they are finally free of him, Kyle and Janny are unaware that he’s locked his eyes on their lonely, vulnerable friend, Lana, ingratiating himself as her neighbor while planning his next move.

This series needs to be read in order, at least beginning with DELVE, if not all the way back to Jacob’s first novella duet, QUAKE and QUIVER. It’s worth it to start at the very beginning, because you don’t want to miss the development of this cast of great characters, and you’ll enjoy the continuity from book to book. They are quick, concisely written, fast-paced reads, too. So indulge yourself before the next one comes along.

Congratulations, Jacob, on another quick, sexy, suspenseful ride, this time to Vegas and back.

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Date Me, a Sexy Romance Novella by Logan Chance

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Date Me

A Sex Me Novella

By Logan Chance

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Release Date: November 15th

ABOUT DATE ME…

Front Cover, Date Me, by Logan ChanceErik Murphy has everything figured out, or so he thinks.

His ex is getting married. He needs a date.

Two meddling sisters and One dating app later, Erik finds himself in a whirlwind of online dating.

Will he be able to find a date in time? Will he find something more instead?

Kayla MacPhearson thinks her best friend Belinda Hittle, an extreme introvert, needs to spice up her dating life. Kayla hooks her up on a dating app and sits back to watch the sparks fly.

What happens when it all doesn’t go as planned? Will these two find love?

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MY REVIEW

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re in the mood for a short, sexy, easy read without a lot of angst – but with plenty of heat, heart and humor – look no further. Date Me, #1 of the Sex Me series by author Logan Chance, is a great choice. The author’s easy-reading, straightforward writing style will draw you in, the characters will win you over, the story will make you laugh, swoon, hope and keep turning the pages to discover a winning ending for all concerned.

Erik, the sexy pilot of a private jet service, has a dilemma. He’s sworn off women after having his heart broken by “the one.” But now, “the one” has invited him to her wedding, his family is pressuring him to break his dry spell and bring a date, and his sisters won’t take no for an answer. They toss him into the deep end by signing him up on a dating app, and the story unfolds from there. Suddenly, he has not only one woman, but two — who happen to be best friends — and the plot thickens. After a few hilarious — albeit frustrating — twists and turns, Erik is more confused than ever. Does he pursue the sweet, bright, sensitive woman that he likes, but isn’t attracted to? Or does he try to win over the woman who takes his breath away? You can’t have it all…can you?

As it turns out, the choice is anything but easy when he discovers another well-intentioned but disappointing deception — one he can’t easily forgive or forget.

With the wedding date bearing down, Erik is left to make sense of what’s happened, and make a decision: should he take a risk on a relationship that might disillusion him again? Or should he walk away and play it safe? I suggest you find out for yourself by reading Date Me today. I’m looking forward to the next installment of this series, and hope we see more of these intriguing characters in the books yet to come.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Logan Chance enjoys the simple things in life. Star Wars, music, and pretty girls. Always in trouble at school, he was made to copy the dictionary while the others played. This began his word fascination.

With a love of words he then realized he loved stringing those same words together to create stories to inspire all.

From Boston, and relocated to Florida, he lives out his days writing, reading, and avoiding the beach.

Not afraid to tell it how it is, Logan is definitely a man of his own.

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Book Review: Constellation, Book 1 of a Romantic Trilogy by Jennifer Locklear

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Constellation

by Jennifer Locklear

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 20

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Synopsis

She’s intelligent, beautiful, and emotionally numb.
He’s older, sophisticated, and harboring secrets.

Up-and-coming executive, Kathleen Brighton is ready to launch her family’s firm into the next level of success. Polished and professional on the outside, Kathleen’s personal life is a source of constant struggle and letdown. But after one night alone with Jack Evans, her sexy new colleague, her life takes a turn toward erotic intensity.

Torn between her instinct to guard herself and her irresistible desire for Jack, Kathleen has only known heartache. And when she finds herself in the middle of a shattering personal crisis, she must trust fragile and uncertain bonds to survive. Will Kathleen conquer the demons of her past to find a future worth fighting for?

 

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Book Review: 4 Stars

I absolutely love the premise, and the promise, of Constellation. Jennifer Locklear has set up a sexy, suspenseful story; a story of two broken people, two broken families, and the torturous journey they undertake with the hope of becoming whole. The characters are well-developed and complex. The relationship between Jack Evans and his daughter, Heide, is so touching and emotional that it feels undeniably real. The stress between Jack and his ex is palpable. The sexual relationship between Jack and Kathleen is scorching hot, but also tender and needy in all the right places. Their love seems deep and meaningful, but then…it isn’t. Or, if it is, we won’t find out until the next book in the series, or in the worst case scenario, not until their trilogy ends. The cliffhanger leaves that outcome squarely up for grabs, with no guarantee of a HEA. I have faith that Jennifer will deliver one, but these compelling characters will have to work for it.

There is a lot to love about Constellation. The author’s description of the settings, the storyline arc, and the plot twists are well-written. The suspense gradually builds, then peaks and explodes, evoking every imaginable emotion, right up to the end, which comes sooner than I’d expected, or I’d hoped. I deliberately didn’t read any reviews before taking the plunge into the book, and for that reason, I didn’t see the cliffhanger coming. While I usually don’t mind cliffhangers, this one left me feeling uneasy and more than a little uncomfortable. I know it’s a sign of a good read when you wake up thinking about the story in the middle of the night — but it didn’t feel good. I was left with a sense of hopelessness for the three characters I’d come to love: Jack, Kathleen, and Heide. There were hints along the way about the secrets Jack is hiding from Kathleen; there is one character, Ryan, whose role is yet to become clear; and without more information, I felt confused about the direction of the story.

I have to say that I loved Kathleen’s generous, loving side, but she frustrated the daylights out of me with her insecure, impulsive over-reactions and her inability to make good decisions when it mattered most. As in many broken families navigating choppy waters, Heide was set adrift in a sea of adult problems. It broke my heart and made me resentful of the three adults in her life who let her down. It’s real, it’s relatable, but it’s painful to witness and it nagged at me long after I closed the book.

As a solo debut novel, Jennifer Locklear has proven her story-telling ability with an engaging, emotional read that promises even more suspense as the story continues to unfold. The sequel can’t come soon enough for me, and I will definitely pre-order as soon as it’s available. If you can handle an emotional family-centered drama with moments of breath-taking romance, unexpected twists and the promise of more to come, don’t let the cliffhanger deter you from starting this series today.

About the Author

Jennifer

Jennifer Locklear lives in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. She married her high school sweetheart, Morgan, in 1995. She is the mother of two children, a son and daughter.

Jennifer enjoyed creative writing as an adolescent, but set aside her favorite hobby to concentrate on college studies, career and family. In 2010, she rediscovered her passion for writing when her husband recruited her to edit his own stories. They co-authored and published their debut novel, Exposure, in 2014.

Since 2000, Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization. She has been a contributing reviewer for the “Bookish Temptations” book blog and is a founding moderator of “Argyle Empire,” an approved fan site for author Sylvain Reynard.
She also enjoys participating in charitable activities, both locally and online.

Constellation is Jennifer’s first solo novel.

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DELVE, a NEW erotic romance/suspense novella from Jacob Chance

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DELVE

By Jacob Chance

Release Date: October 20th

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About DELVE

He was my brother’s best friend and seven years older than me.

He was a tatted up bad boy, indulging in one night stands like they were going out of style.

So why did I want to tear his clothes off every time we got within five feet of each other?

She was only eighteen years old when we met for the first time.

She was a good girl who avoided guys like me, but that didn’t stop me from picturing all the things I wanted to do to her-to do with her. She was too young though, and my best friend’s baby sister. I couldn’t let things go where I wanted. I couldn’t touch her-couldn’t taint her with my darkness. I knew it could never happen. It would never happen  …  but it did.

A B&W photo of a couple kissing, with a quote from DELVE, by Jacob Cjance

An Excerpt from DELVE

Book Cover, DELVE, by Jacob Chance      He’s Lucifer in the flesh with those deep brown eyes and dark-as-sin hair. My eyes move down, taking in the close-shaved beard hiding the contours of his chiseled jawline, before continuing on to his full lips. I carefully study their masculine shape. I can still remember what those lips felt like on mine; even though I’ve done everything I can to forget. I wish I could erase the memory of how he gripped the back of my hair tight in his fist and tugged me forward until our lips were just a whisper of a breath apart.

“Is this what you want?” he’d asked. I could feel his warm breath on my mouth before he’d softly brushed his lips against mine. “Do you want to see how close to the fire you can be without getting burned, little girl?”

I tried to pull away, incensed at being called little girl. I wasn’t a girl. I was a twenty-one- year-old woman; perfectly capable of knowing what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I knew which heading kissing him fell under – insanity.

He was my brother’s best friend.

He was seven years older than me.

He was a pig when it came to casual sex; indulging in one-night stands like they were going out of style.

That alone should have been enough to repulse me, but for some odd reason, it didn’t. It only made me wonder what kind of things he would do to me. I was smart enough to recognize that those three things combined were a recipe for disaster. The wreckage left over would be the pieces of my heart, and I couldn’t put myself out there for him on the off chance that he wouldn’t break me. My heart was damaged enough already.

He’d held my head in place as he’d swooped in, taking my lips in a kiss so hot I felt like I was going to burn up in flames. His tongue had plundered my mouth, punishing me for pulling away, for trying to resist him. He showed me who was in control with that kiss. He showed me I wouldn’t ever truly get away from him, and I hated him for that. I hated him for ruining other guys for me; but most of all I hated him for what he’d said when he pulled away from me.

“Stick to kissing those boys at school. Men want a woman in their arms, not a little girl.” He looked at me with such disdain, I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole. I wanted to disappear, go someplace where his painful words couldn’t hurt me anymore. Where my memory could be wiped clean of Derek Santiago and his handsome face.

That kiss is still the hottest one I’ve ever had to this day, but I still despise him for the cruel words he callously threw at me. Those words tore me apart and made me second guess myself. It took me a long time to realize what he said wasn’t motivated by me at all. It was the result of him despising himself.

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Photo of a shirtless man in jeans with a quote from DELVE by Jacob Chance

About Jacob Chance

Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of erotic romance, DELVE is his third release and is the follow up to QUAKE and QUIVER (Book 2 in the QUAKE Duet.)

Jacob plans on writing many more sexy, suspenseful stories and to branch out to other genres.

Jacob’s Other Books…

QUAKE

QUIVER

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Teaser quote with a photo of a couple in a passionate embrace, from DELVE, by Jacob Chance

My Review of DELVE

4.5 stars…

Jacob Chance is truly starting to hit his stride as an erotic romance-suspense author, and it shows in DELVE, his latest novella and a spin-off from his debut duet, QUAKE and QUIVER. Although it may easily be read as a standalone, I think readers will enjoy it even more if they read the first two novellas in the series and see all three of the main characters as their relationships emerge and deepen. If you decide to read DELVE first, plan to download the first two books immediately after – otherwise your curiosity will get the best of you. And…you will want MORE of the scorching hot combination of erotic romance and spine-tingling suspense that grabs and holds you from beginning to end.

As the synopsis indicates, Derek (Kyle’s business partner and a rugged alpha bad-boy) and Kenna, Kyle’s younger sister, have been not-so-quietly obsessed with each other for years, taunting each other at every opportunity while trying to hide their explosive attraction. Derek believes that acting on his feelings for Kenna will ruin his relationship with his best friend; Kenna believes that Derek is an arrogant tease, unattainable. So they wait…and tease…and get closer…and back off, time and time again.

The “baiting game” continues to the breaking point and beyond; and when they find they can’t hold back anymore, it’s every bit as fiery as you can imagine. Then, as usual, Jacob throws in a suspenseful sub-plot, resurrecting a villain from QUIVER and taking readers to the edge of their seats, plotting vengeance that could destroy them all.

The tension builds, and just when you think the wolf is finally at the door….Jacob twists the plot again, sending the story off in another direction — one that is sure to be continued in the next installment of the series.

If you enjoy bad-boy alphas, “forbidden” attraction, scorching hot erotic encounters and an undercurrent of danger, packed into a story you can devour in one sitting, you will love DELVE. Congratulations, Jacob, on another engaging, sexy story – and don’t make us wait too long for the sequel.