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Synopsis

Amalie Whitfield is the picture of a blushing bride during her wedding reception–but for all the wrong reasons. Instead of proclaiming his undying love, her husband can be heard, by Amalie and their guests, getting off with someone else. She has every reason to freak out, and in a moment of insanity, she throws herself at the first hot-blooded male she sees. But he’s not interested in becoming her revenge screw.

Mortified and desperate to escape the post-wedding drama, Amalie decides to go on her honeymoon alone, only to find the man who rejected her also heading to the same tiny island for work. But this time he isn’t holding back. She should know better than to sleep with someone she knows, but she can’t seem to resist him.

They might agree that what happens on the island should stay on the island, but neither one can deny that their attraction is more than just physical.

Filled with hilariously scandalous situations and enough sexual chemistry to power an airplane from New York City to the South Pacific, Hooking Up is the next standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Helena Hunting, the New York Times bestselling author of the Pucked series and Shacking Up.

My Review of Hooking Up

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Front cover, Hooking Up, by Helena HuntingHooking Up is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. It’s the best kind of dirty fun you can have with your clothes on. The erotic scenes between Amalie and her mystery man will electrify your e-reader; I swear my iPad Kindle app started sizzling from the moment Amalie and Mr. X connected in the proverbial biblical sense.

This standalone sequel to Shacking Up continues the story of Amalie and Armstrong – a match truly made in hell – with an outrageous beginning that turns Amalie’s comfortable world upside down. If you hated Armstrong in Shacking Up, you will wish for his untimely demise by the time Hooking Up is over.

The scenes that follow the “unfortunate event” at their wedding are over-the-top, completely crazy, and utterly hilarious. But the rest of Hooking Up offers more than you might expect. The back story of each character, the soulmate-worthy connection that builds between Amalie and her “Hottie Hookup” is deeply erotic, but also deeply emotional. Helena strikes just the right balance between comedy and drama as the story continues, and for that reason, I think it surpasses Shacking Up as a new favorite – a book I’ll definitely re-read.

There is a lot of sex and a lot of dirty-talk between the beginning and the end – so if that makes you uncomfortable, this may not be the book for you. But for me, it made perfect sense and didn’t detract from the story. The erotic scenes are truly some of the best I’ve ever read, not only from Helena Hunting, but from other contemporary romance authors as well. They bring the heat – but they also bring deep passion, longing, belonging, and empowerment that leads to a satisfying sense of intimacy – the very thing that both primary characters are missing in their lives. I got so attached, so quickly, I read Hooking Up in one sitting.

If you want a perfect read for a chilly fall weekend, with a balance of outrageous humor and angst, with two unforgettable characters, grab your favorite beverage and indulge in this dirty, sexy treat today.

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DELUDE, a new romantic suspense novella from Jacob Chance: Release Blitz & Review

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Release Date: March 2nd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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She wasn’t part of my original plan for revenge, but one glance at her and
I was entranced. I followed her for weeks, observing her habits. I’ve been
in her apartment numerous times, learning anything and everything I can
about her. She’s become an obsession and I’ll do whatever it takes to make
her mine.

It’s only a matter of time before I have her where I want her…

on her knees and at my mercy.

Soon, there will be no secrets between us.

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Excerpt

Sobs fill the silence of the room. “Dad, leave mom alone,” I shout, pushing
on his chest and shoving him back a couple of feet. Like a tenacious pit
bull after a chew toy – this fucker just keeps coming.

Each time he comes back harder, finally snaking by me. Gripping her upper
arm in his meaty fist, he digs his fingers deep into her skin, and uses his
other arm to block me.

Cries from the pain and the fear he instills mix with the stench of alcohol
emanating from his body. His other hand goes to her neck, gripping under
her chin. The shriek piercing my ears is cut off when he squeezes.

Her face changes color.

Red. Then purple. Finally, heading into the blue family. Blue’s always been
my favorite color, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen this exact shade before.
It’s the color of sadness and the ocean of tears my mom has cried over this
asshole.

Everything happens fast. Her eyes open wide and bulge as the pressure of
his fingers increases.

She can’t breathe and I’m paralyzed standing behind him, watching it
happen.

Transfixed with fascination, I stare. Her eyes lock on me, her love shining
through the agony she’s experiencing. The terror and pleading in her eyes
fades to acceptance.

She knows this time she’s going to die.

Tears flow uncontrolled down her cheeks and a sense of relief washes over
me.

This is the last time he’ll ever make her cry.


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Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a
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A writer of erotic romance, DELUDE is his latest release.

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My Review of DELUDE

***** 5 of 5 stars *****

Having read all of Jacob’s previous releases (Quake, Quiver, Delve, and Tied), I was immediately intrigued by the premise of Delude; a story centered around Zack Weston, a villain from the previous novellas. Zack presents as a stalker on a vengeance crusade against Kyle McKenzie, a former police officer who owns a private security firm. I wasn’t sure if Delude would once again portray Zack at his criminal worst, or if the time had come for Zack’s redemption; but either way, I knew it would be an engaging read from beginning to end. I was not disappointed.

Finally, all of Zack’s secrets are revealed, including his tragic childhood and the incident that drove him to seek revenge against Kyle and others around him. At first, we see the cold, calculating, manipulative side of Zack, and fear for the safety and sanity of his current obsession – Lana, a slightly broken heroine with a traumatic history, who’s relocated to Boston to escape her past and ended up working with Kyle at KD Investigations. As the story continues, and he becomes more involved with Lana, he begins to question the criminal actions of his past; to gain insight, and to feel remorse. But is it enough to make the reader want him to find redemption? For diehard romance fans, it most certainly is.

Although it’s difficult to trust Zack’s intentions early in the story, and a shadow mistrust lingers even at the mid-point, Jacob brings a previously unseen humanity and vulnerability to the character that will win readers over by the end. Zack proves himself not only capable of confronting his demons, but of making amends and seeking the help he needs to heal. Lana gives him a sense of purpose, a desire to be worthy, and a reason to change. In trying to help her overcome a tragic loss, his healing begins. Their journey together is not only passionately erotic; it’s deeply emotional and very fulfilling. It will also keep you guessing until the very end.

I enjoyed Delude and recommend it for those who love redemptive romances. It works well as a standalone, but I found it especially satisfying after reading the first four novellas in the series. They are quick, easy reads with twists and turns that will hook you and hold your interest – so do yourself a favor and read them in order if you can.

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Blackwood, a new erotic thriller by Celia Aaron – Release Day Review

 

 

 
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I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.

Author’s Note: This is a mystery/suspense romance with violence and explicit sex. Trigger warning.
“You can’t keep me here,” I said with far more bravado than I felt. “I refuse to be held prisoner by a psycho in need of a shower and shave.”

He laughed, this time the sound rich and sultry. It reverberated inside my chest. Something about it reminded me of the forest, the way the sunrise warmed it but couldn’t quite reach its dark heart.

“You don’t like my beard?” He sat next to me, much closer this time.

My pulse ratcheted up, and I took in a quick breath.

“Well?” He grinned and took my wrist.

I tried to pull it away, but his grip was like an iron shackle. He eased the back of my hand down his cheek. “Not so bad, is it?”

It wasn’t. Not exactly soft, it felt thick and masculine. Rich. “What are you doing?” I leaned back until I pressed up against the headboard.

He moved closer, his woodsy scent a mix of smoke and soap. Maybe he didn’t need a shower after all. I didn’t turn away, not even when his lips were only inches from mine.

“I just wanted to see.” His eyes flickered to my lips.

“You’re about to see what a vicious head butt looks like.” My rapid pulse infected my voice, making it quaver.

“Yeah?” He squeezed my wrist harder. “I don’t believe you.”

“Fuck you.” I stared into his eyes, searching the stormy irises for some way to solve the enigma of Garrett Blackwood.

 

He smirked again, just the slightest quirk of his lips, then leaned back and released my wrist. The air cooled between us, and goose bumps rose along my bare arms.

 

 

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 My Review of Blackwood

 

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastically sexy and suspenseful thrill ride! You’ll fall in love with the enigmatic, darkly dangerous, dirty-talking alpha hero, Garrett Blackwood; and his smart, spunky, tenacious antagonist, Elise. Blackwood delivers a breathtaking, erotic storyline full of sexual tension and psychic suspense, with unforgettable imagery and vivid, heart-stopping action that will devour you. It will warm you up with all the feels, then chill you to the bone as suspicion swirls around Garrett and his role in the mysterious disappearances near his family’s estate. I was hooked from beginning to end, fearing the worst, hoping for the best — and Celia didn’t disappoint.

I discovered this author early in 2016 with her darkly addictive Acquisition series. I’ve devoured every book she’s released since, and already look forward to whatever she’s working on now. Whether you love touchy-feely-funny romance or the darkest of the dark, Celia Aaron writes skillfully, fearlessly, and passionately, with stories and characters you won’t soon forget. One-click Blackwood today and see what I mean. You can thank me later.

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Praise for Blackwood

“Celia Aaron took me to a dark place and left me craving more.
Blackwood is a daring, edgy, erotic thriller that still managed to be tender in all the right places.” – NYT Bestselling Author, Alexa Riley

“Ahhh! I loved this book.” – NYT Bestselling Author, Pam Godwin

“Celia Aaron grabs you by the throat in this mysterious and sexy thrill ride of an adventure! The twists and turns will leave you guessing but begging for more. I devoured this book in one sitting. Blackwood will leave you breathless when it unwillingly lets you out on the other side!” – K. Webster

“Such an incredible book! The passion, the suspense, everything is wrapped up so nicely in this book.” –Jenika Snow

“While Celia Aaron continues to blow readers away with her ability to mix up genres and produce original storylines, it’s her ability to push boundaries through the written word that makes her writing fresh and leaves readers feeling satisfied. Filled with adrenaline, suspense and perfected debauchery, Blackwood reunites Celia Aaron and her readers with their first love; all that is dark dirty, and depraved.” – Beaute de Livres

“Blackwood is a stand-alone thriller/dark romance that will take you on one unforgettable ride. Full of complex characters, an intriguing plot, and one seriously alluring hero, it is an absolute must read for dark romance fans.” – SueBee, top Goodreads reviewer

“Blackwood sunk its claws into me, pulling me close, and demanding my attention. It was a phenomenal novel filled with suspense, danger, spanking hot chemistry, and sweet and sultry loving. A haunting and sizzling escape to remember.” – EscapeNBooks

“The chemistry between Elise and Garret is freaking hot, the witty banter between them kept a smile of my face and the secrets they hold keeps that mystery that had me turning pages just to get to the answers. This is a 5 star must read!” – Books, Wine, & Lots of Time

“Calling it now: Blackwood is one of the best reads of 2017, and yes, we are only a few days into the new year!” – BeautyFull Books

“A great book that keeps you on the edge till the very end. A must read! 5/5 stars!” – Sweet and Spicy Reads

“Five stars are not enough for this book, it needs 100 stars.” – Dirty South Books

“Whether you love touchy-feely-funny romance or the darkest of the dark, Celia Aaron writes skillfully, fearlessly, and passionately, with stories and characters you won’t soon forget.” – Passionate Reads & Reviews

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Meet Brady Luck…

hard luck coverSlugger. Hot shot. MVP.

I’ve been called it all.

I was the real deal, baby.

The diamond was my battlefield.

Women were the victory celebration.

My “Lucky” streak was a given.

On and off the field.

 

 

 

Then I slept with the wrong woman,

And she cursed me.

Literally.

Turned my game upside-down,

In the ballpark…and bedroom.

Now my team is paying the price.

 

My last hope is Cali Jones,

A smart and sexy physician assistant.

Her Midas touch may fix my swing,

Repair my equipment.

But will it be enough to cure my hard luck?

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“Come on, Cali, baby.” Oh great, here comes the sweet talk. “Just a quickie. No one will notice.”

He places a finger under my chin and I look up at him. Blue eyes twinkling, blond hair a sexy mess, a deadly smirk on a killer jawline—yeah, I’m shit at saying no to that.

“Okay,” I agree, but hold up three fingers. “You have three minutes.”

“Two,” he starts to undo his belt and the bulge at his crotch tells me two minutes might be enough. “Take off your panties, but leave everything else on.”

“I can’t believe we are doing this. Fucking in the Lincoln Bedroom is probably against the law or something.” I pull down my panties and Brady stuffs them in his pocket.

“I’ll give them back later. Now, get on the bed,” he says while whipping out his nine inches, and I grin knowing they are all mine.

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“What do you want?” I breathe.

“I want you in my bed,” Brady murmurs back, as his fingers trail along my cheek, then he pulls the covers off me with a snap of his wrist.

“Brady, what are you doing?” I bring one hand up to my chest.

“Taking you to my bed,” he growls while lifting me up and throwing me over his shoulder Viking-style. “I hope you’re ready to be fucked senseless,” he says as we walk out of my bedroom and down the hallway toward his suite.

“Yes,” I say while exhaling. He’s taken my breath away and I can hardly speak.

“Good,” he responds on a growl, “because I plan on keeping you up all night.”

I close my eyes at the thought of opening myself up to him—all those glorious nine inches. I can’t wait.

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Teaser with quote from Hard Luck by Liv MorrisI toss my bag onto the back floorboard and climb in after it. The second I’m in the car, an arm grabs me and pulls me to the backseat.

“What the fuck?” I gasp, and look up to see Brady holding on to me.

“Hey, baby,” he says, pulling me into his lap, which I end up straddling. And as usual, he’s as hard as a rock.

“You planned this, didn’t you?” I kiss the smile off his face knowing this was his idea to get me alone before the game.

“I wanted a quickie on the way to the studio. The limo is closed off and Stuart is none the wiser.”

“Problem is, Stuart is too wise. He’ll know you’re fucking me.” I continue to kiss his jawline and begin to take off his belt buckle. “We better hurry.”

“Fuck yeah,” he whistles as he pulls my dress down to reveal a shear lace strapless bra. He pulls my breasts out of each cup and sucks a nipple into his eager mouth.

“Turn up the radio. You know how I love to scream.” I think Brady’s nine inches has flipped my nympho switch. I’ve never come on dick alone until him.

I ease off Brady’s lap and take his cock into my mouth. We only have a few minutes before we arrive at the studio and I can’t disappoint my favorite appendage.

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ABOUT LIV MORRIS

 

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USA Today bestselling author, Liv Morris, was raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. She now resides on the rock known as St. Croix, USVI with her first and hopefully last husband. After relocating twelve times during his corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experience to her writing.

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Sweetest Mistake, by Amy Olle – Book Review

 Title: Sweetest Mistake
Author: Amy Olle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: A Nolan Brothers Novel, Book 2
Release Date: April 16, 2016
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When these two opposites attract, mistakes will be made. Lots of mistakes. Big, long, hard mistakes. Over and over, and over again…
When Emily Cole’s suitcase explodes on a crowded airport baggage claim in her new hometown, sexy cop Luke Nolan is the first to pick up her most intimate items, including her 7.5-inch, 20-speed, hot pink battery-operated-boyfriend!
In town to run the Winslow Inn on the picturesque island in Lake Michigan, Emily is determined to put her bed-and-breakfast in the small town’s spotlight—while also keeping herself well out of it. But her sexy nemesis is bent on getting her into trouble, and when her impulsive retaliation to his teasing lands her in the local jail, Emily is ready to shove her tormentor into the lake… or the nearest bed.
Luke has one job—to keep the quiet, sleepy island town quiet and sleepy. No drama. No surprises. No tragedies. Never again. But the strawberry-blonde with the porn star mouth and interesting luggage turns his life upside down from the moment she sets foot on the island, and what began as a distraction from his memories of That Day, quickly turns into something more. Trouble is, Luke doesn’t want more with Emily—she’s not his type. She’s the opposite of his type. Until his brother Noah’s wedding, when bridesmaid Emily shows up with a sexy new look and their sweet tease escalates to a scorching hot hook-up that makes him forget why he was resisting the shy stutterer in the first place.
Getting involved with her would be a huge mistake, though it just might turn out to be the sweetest mistake of his life.

Book Review …

Sweetest Mistake (Nolan Brothers, #2)Sweetest Mistake by Amy Olle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“When these two opposites attract, mistakes will be made. Lots of mistakes. Big, long, hard mistakes. Over and over, and over again…”

The first line of the synopsis snagged me – and the rest of the book made me fall in love. If you’ve ever had one of those relationships where your brain told you to brace yourself, but your heart told you to give it all you’ve got, you will be able to relate to this ‘reluctant love’ story. But if, like me, you are a true romantic at heart, you hang on for dear life and hope for a happy ending. As expected, there are some painful, tearful moments along the way. But they add a poignant touch to balance the self-deprecating humor that Amy Olle has woven throughout the story, and when you think all hope is lost, the true strength of the characters emerges in an ending that might make you weep with joy.

Emily is painfully shy, awkward, a bit of a klutz, and so full of social anxiety that your heart twists for her- repeatedly. Reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and the insanely cruel childhood rejection of her father, she’s an expert at feeling bad about herself, without any help from the rest of an often-cruel world. She has a stutter that only gets worse as her stress increases. She’s not a tall, willowy size 2, or even a size 8 for that matter. Like many other women, she compares herself to others, and comes up painfully short. She bemoans her lack of a ‘thigh gap’ – something many of us can easily appreciate. One failed relationship in college counts among her lengthy list of perceived failures, and reinforces her father’s belief that no decent man would ever want her. Months after her mother has passed, Emily decides to move to the isolated island in the Great Lakes where she has fond memories – and her cousin, Mina – determined to put the past behind her.

So as you might expect, the first person she sees at the airport brings a painful memory along with him. Luke Nolan, is gorgeous, successful, confident and self-assured — all the things she isn’t, and all of the things she believes she can never be. When he finds her scrambling amidst a mountain of personal belongings scattered across the baggage carousel, he helps her collect herself – and she allows herself a brief glimmer of hope. When he climbs into a car driven by a feminine bombshell, her hopes are not only dashed, she starts to question her decision to move there, resolving to avoid him at all costs.

Avoiding him is not an option. But worse, what she doesn’t know is that he’s a burdened, broken man, angry at himself, full of his own sense of guilt and unworthiness. He thrives on shallow, short-term, superficial relationships. And whiskey. And he is determined not to let anyone – especially someone he finds to be as pure and genuine as Emily – get close enough to see who he really is.

Neither can deny their attraction, but both are determined to put limits on their relationship. Until they can’t. Until they are each forced to face the one thing they can’t run away from. Their sweetest mistake. I leave it to you to find out what it is … and to fall in love with this story – and this series – for yourself.

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Marry Screw Kill, by Liv Morris: Blog Tour & Review

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Marry Screw Kill, by Liv Morris, is Topping the Charts….

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There are two men in my life. I’m marrying one, want to screw the brains out of another, and by the time this story is over you may want to kill someone.

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A NO CHEATING standalone you need to read sitting down.

An Excerpt from Marry Screw Kill …

“Harlow, Harlow,” he murmurs in reverence, as if my previous profession of love has brought him to his knees.

He takes my hand and brings it to his lips. His gentle kisses make me drift to a memory from a couple hours ago when Sin’s lips brushed over my knuckles. I felt everything then. My senses hummed. Now, I feel nothing.

I try to ease my hand from his, but his grip holds me in place. “Do you have any idea how long I’ve wanted to hear you say these words?” He places another kiss on my hand. “I forgive you for tonight.”

I do need his forgiveness, because his lips aren’t the ones I want on me. The ones I want belong to the man driving the car behind us. The fact that he’s James’ nephew makes me feel even more ashamed. What is wrong with me?

“You say you love me, but I need you to show me your love. Erase what I saw.” He releases my hand and I can guess what he wants: sex. It’s how he communicates.

“Unzip your dress and remove your bra,” he instructs, his voice rough.

I don’t want to upset him more, so I work myself out of my dress and bra. The air conditioning blows across my bare breasts and my nipples harden. I’m tempted to cover them with my hands, but he wouldn’t approve, so they stay at my sides.

Eyeing my exposed body, he licks his lips, pleased with what he sees. He reaches over to touch the side of my breast, cupping it with his hand. His thumb finds my nipple and strokes over it, pinching it hard. I inhale a sharp breath at the assaulting sensation.

“You’re utter perfection. Feel how hard you make me.” His fingers leave my breast and grip my hand. Placing my hand over his bulging erection and curling my fingers around him, I close my eyes.

“Now, unzip my pants and put me in your hot mouth.”

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Liv Morris is a USA Today bestselling author for a good reason: her stories are simply stunning – and Marry Screw Kill (MSK) is no exception. In fact, it’s exceptional to the point that it’s hard to describe.  It’s edgy. It’s dark. It’s angsty. It’s a suspenseful psychological thriller that evolves into a powerful love story. It’s a coming of age story of a vulnerable young woman who discovers true love in the most unlikely of places. The love and passion she discovers empowers her, strengthens her, and allows her to break free of a deeply toxic relationship with a powerful and intimidating “lover.”  The characters are complex and very well-written. The story captures you from the first paragraph and keeps you hanging on every word until the end, hoping for a happy-ever-after all the way — fearing that it won’t happen as it should. I will tell you there is NO cliffhanger, and there is a surprise near the end that you can’t anticipate. It’s totally worth every suspenseful moment.

We all know that life can change, irreversibly, in an instant. Such is the case with the story’s young heroine, Harlow Masters. Arriving late one evening at the modest home she shares with her mother, she finds herself caught up in a horrific event – so traumatizing that after witnessing it, she loses consciousness. When she wakes up, her life changes again, in ways she could never have expected. She meets a man – Dr. James Elliott – who is determined to make her his own; to share her burden and heal her suffering. Or so she thinks.

She couldn’t be more wrong. But the longer she stays with him, the more she realizes there is truly evil behind his mask of affection. He has dark intentions. Taking advantage of her youth, innocence, and vulnerability, he slowly gains ultimate control over her. She is trapped in a life she never expected, never wanted, and has no idea if she has the power or the will to escape. She is engaged to a monster. Cut off from her best and only close friend, without a family, she senses the danger she’s in, but she rationalizes it, she doubts her own ability to make decisions … and ultimately, she resigns herself to her new fate.

Enter Sinclair Elliot, nephew of her fiancé, a young medical student who comes to visit when his uncle arranges a prestigious clerkship at The Clinic, a premier medical center in Rochester, NY.  Sinclair is immediately taken with Harlow, and it doesn’t take him long to see through his uncle’s dark, twisted soul. He realizes the danger that Harlow is in if she stays to become his wife – and takes it upon himself to help her see it for herself.

Harlow feels an immediate attraction – and deep connection – to the gentle, gorgeous Sinclair. She allows him to see her vulnerability – she can’t help but feel the contrast between his protectiveness and her fiancé’s greedy, jealous, narcissistic possessiveness. She knows she can’t have Sinclair, regardless of what her heart tells her. But he gives her hope. He ignites her strength, releases her inner resilience. With Sinclair and her best friend, Emma, Harlow finally sees a way out. But it’s treacherous, at best.

Sinclair seems too good to be true. Does the apple fall far enough from the tree that he could be truly different than his uncle? Could his care, concern, and affection be true – or is it another ruse? Can she trust him with her life, or will he lead her down another dark path, perhaps worse than before?  If and when she does escape from James, can she remain on her own, back in a broken-down apartment, barely making ends meet, always looking over her shoulder in fear that she’ll be found?

You’ll have to read this compelling story for yourself, and I recommend that you order it today. It will shock and surprise you, but it will also inspire you. In real life, “Marry Screw Kill” is a game. In MSK, it’s a dangerous one, well worth the emotional journey.

 

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About Liv Morris …

liv morris bioUSA Today bestselling author, Liv Morris, was raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. She now resides on the rock known as St. Croix, USVI with her first and hopefully last husband. After relocating twelve times during his corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experience to her writing.

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The Librarian Principle: A Good Reason to Go Back to School

My Rating:  4.5 Sexy Stars           

 Genre: Erotic Romance, Humor, Women’s Fiction, Adult Contemporary Romance

Cover photo, The Librarian Principle, an Erotic Romance Novel by Helena HuntingSynopsis

Annaliese Harper knows that one tiny mistake can jeopardize a career before it’s even begun. Letting your boss find the extensive collection of porn on your personal laptop is one way. Sleeping with him is another. Liese manages to do both.

As the new librarian at a prestigious small-town private high school, Liese is drawn to her sexy, charismatic principal, Ryder Whitehall—an attraction she refuses to acknowledge given their relationship and her recent liberation from a delusional ex-boyfriend.

Liese is certain Ryder’s flirtation is the product of her sex-deprived imagination—until he discovers her digital porn stash during working hours and demands a private meeting. Behind closed doors, their attraction explodes into a dangerous, passionate affair that not only threatens their jobs and reputations, but most of all, their hearts.

Review

Simply put, I loved this book because it was exactly what I was looking for:  a relaxing, easy read with lovable, quirky characters; quick, clever, sexy yet tender dialogue; a healthy degree of suspense (without emotional gut-wringing); and very tastefully written – yet electrifying- sexual content.  The chemistry between Liese and Ryder is palpable from page one, and builds to a very satisfying “climax” (pun intended). Each lead character has an element of ‘history’, not to mention a substantial amount of personal and professional risk, that holds them back; but their destiny is sealed from the beginning, and they know it.

What’s not to love? Nothing. Nothing at all. It is a charming, deeply satisfying read that should be on your TBR list for a day when you want a nice story that will wrap itself around your heart.  If there was one thing I could change? I wanted more of these delightfully engaging characters, their back-story, and maybe just a hint more suspense with “the ex”. I am looking forward to reading other books by Helena Hunting – the ones already written and the ones yet to come.  Very highly recommended.

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A sensual photo with a quote“I’m sorry, sir.” Liese uncrossed her legs, smoothing her skirt over her thighs. He followed the movement with his eyes. She prayed he wasn’t propositioning her as a means to sink the final nail into the coffin of her career, but that the months of pretending the attraction between them didn’t exist had finally come to an end. “I’m not sure I understand.” God, she hoped they were done pretending.

“You’re an intelligent woman, Liese. I’m sure you can figure it out.”

She remained silent, trying to ascertain her position. Tucking her chin in, she looked up at him demurely. “So, to paraphrase,” she began in a conspiratorial whisper, “you’d like to have dinner with me so I can tell you about my masturbation habits? Would that be accurate, sir?”

Ryder’s eyes widened, evidently not expecting her to be quite so forthright. “When you put it that way—”

“It sounds inappropriate?”

“Everything that’s happened between us today has been inappropriate.”

“But—”

Ryder raised his hand to cut her off. “Don’t misunderstand me. While I am very aware this is a dangerous path to take, I seem to have lost my ability to give a fuck. And after finding this—” He rose from the chair, gesturing to the laptop. “—I admit I would like to procure several of the other items available on this site. But I have to assume some may already be in your possession, rendering such purchases unnecessary. Again, we could discuss the items you do have as well, if you’d like.”

Liese blinked dumbly at him.

“Sorry, I ramble when I get excited. Of course, you already know that.” He leaned forward, his hands flat on the desk, the tick below his left eye belying his nervousness.

“I really don’t know what to say,” Liese replied. Her initial response was to jump at the opportunity, considering she’d been thinking about doing that very thing for ages. But the potential repercussions gave her pause. “Do you often proposition women this way?”

“Do you often doctor pornographic images of your superiors?” he shot back.

Liese rose from her chair, her eyes narrowed as she processed his body language. “Are you trying to blackmail me into fucking you?”

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“You have no idea how much trouble you’re in.” His tone held none of the subversive humor that typically colored their private exchanges.

She swallowed thickly as he stopped in front of her. Even at his most relaxed, she found his presence intimidating, but the way he loomed over her now made her weak in the knees. The notion their relationship could be anything more than professional should never have entered her mind, no matter the temptation.

“I can explain.” Her eyes darted around the room in search of an escape she knew didn’t exist.

“Your office. Now,” he ordered, grabbing her laptop in one hand and her wrist with the other.

Even though she was horrified, his warm fingers wrapped around her wrist thrilled her. The pull she fought ignited, flashing across her skin like fire. And then she remembered this might be the end of her career. He propelled her into the library office and dropped the laptop on her desk. He released her wrist and shut the door, turning the lock.

“Do you have any idea—” His eyes blazed, the words cut short as he tugged at his tie. Liese watched nervously as he paced the room, his head down, fingers gripping the back of his neck, jaw working as he ground his teeth together. She couldn’t begin to imagine what he would do if he saw some of the other images she’d saved.

He gestured to the laptop. “What the hell was that?”

Liese jumped, a squeaky sound came out of her, and she clapped a hand over her mouth. Ryder rarely raised his voice.

It would be in her best interest not to reveal that her best friend had created a series of photoshopped pictures of the two of them in compromising positions. She also thought it wise not to say anything about the folder she’d created to store them, or how they fed her unhealthy infatuation with him. Or how they functioned as her primary source of masturbatory material.

“It was mostly a joke,” she mumbled.

“Do you think this is funny?” He looked incredulous as he towered over her, but his voice was smooth silk. Livid though he was, the tension between them pulsed like shock waves through the air.

“Not particularly, no,” Liese replied, refusing to look away for fear of appearing weak, or guilty. If she could maintain a facade of self-righteous indignation, maybe he wouldn’t touch her laptop again. In her peripheral vision, Liese noted the way his hands continued to clench and unclench at his sides.

“Where did that picture come from? Are there more?”

Much to her dismay, his palm settled on the laptop.

“I really wouldn’t—”

Ryder ignored her half-made request and flipped it open. It only took a few seconds for the screen to flicker to life and the advertisement to pop up. The gif played in a loop, the vigorous pumping continuing endlessly.

Liese sighed. “I don’t think there’s a way to explain this without it sounding incredibly bad.”

She buried her face in her hands and wished she could disappear as Ryder began to inspect the advertisement. Liese peeked through her fingers to watch him lean forward, hands splayed on either side of the laptop. Ryder squinted at the image, and then looked her over. His eyes moved down her body and back up, tracking her with an expression that bordered on predatory. Satisfied fascination knotted Liese’s stomach as the change took place: the undeniable draw she’d kept in check all this time echoed in his eyes. Some invisible line had been crossed, and Liese doubted she’d be able to return to the safety of the other side—the side where she pretended the attraction was all in her head.

“Please tell me that’s not you.” A note of aggression lent a sharp and bitter tang to the words. His fingers flexed against the desk, the tips turning white with pressure.

“It’s not my body,” Liese whispered, shaking her head.

“You’re quite sure about that?”

“It’s photoshopped.”

“Is that so?” He quirked an eyebrow, relief relaxed the tense line of his jaw. Ryder inspected the scene, apparently no longer fazed by the naked, gyrating bodies now that he knew she hadn’t made a porno and pasted his head on her previous partner. Ryder minimized the picture, allowing a series of folders to pop up on the screen.

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