Tami Veldura – En Memoriam (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

En Memoriam by Tami Veldura

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Paul has seen Victor before, he just can’t remember where. The rush of fear in his stomach when Victor glances his way is familiar. Paul knows the slant of his smile. There’s nothing safe here, but when Victor offers to meet over coffee, Paul is swayed by this sense of knowing. Victor’s touch feels like an old lover. His hands have been here before.

Paul is sure he once learned something Victor is trying to hide. His hair stands on end whenever Victor gives him attention, like his body reacting to danger that his mind can’t recall. He’s not sure uncovering more is a good idea but he craves what Victor might give him.

Paul wants to know why he longs for Victor’s voice. He dreams about conversations they’ve never had. He desires a darkness he’s never seen before. They met only once, but this longing is too intense. Victor is keeping secrets, Paul just can’t remember them.

Expanded from Mile High Vampire, a reader favorite flash story previously published in the collection Fanged. En Memoriam stands alone.

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J.A. Huss – Profile

Profile by J.A. Huss

Series: Social Media #5
Source: Personal Library
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.



Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back. 



Sometimes not even a prince can save you.

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Lisa Henry & Heidi Belleau – Bliss (Review & Excerpt)

Bliss by Lisa Henry & Heidi Belleau

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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

They’re always happy.

Rory James has worked hard all his life to become a citizen of the idyllic city-state of Beulah. Like every other kid born in the neighboring country of Tophet, he’s heard the stories: No crime or pollution. A house and food for everyone. It’s perfect, and Rory is finally getting a piece of it.

So is Tate Patterson. He’s from Tophet, too, but he’s not a legal immigrant; he snuck in as a thief. A city without crime seems like an easy score, until he crashes into Rory during a getaway and is arrested for assaulting a citizen. Instead of jail, Tate is enrolled in Beulah’s Rehabilitation through Restitution program. By living with and serving his victim for seven years, Tate will learn the human face of his crimes.

If it seems too good to be true, that’s because it is. Tate is fitted with a behavior-modifying chip that leaves him unable to disobey orders—any orders, no matter how dehumanizing. Worse, the chip prevents him from telling Rory, the one man in all of Beulah who might care about him, the truth: in a country without prisons, Tate is locked inside his own mind.

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Houston Havens – Sinful Surrender (Review, Excerpt, & Interview)

Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens

Series: Psychic Menage #1
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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

On the run, branded a traitor by her government, Fay Avalon has to depend on three brothers for shelter. Sinful Surrender is Book 1 of Houston Havens’ new romance series, Psychic Ménage. Why be tempted by one man’s seduction when you can be loved by three? Top psychic spy Fay Avalon saw too much on her latest mind traveling mission and is now on the run from her post-catastrophic dystopian government, searching for the truth and proof. She escapes but is shot down, landing in the arms of the enemy.

In Drakker and Arlo’s world, women are so rare the men have accepted a polyandrous lifestyle. When the brothers stumble upon Fay unconscious in the wreckage of an aircraft, they are immediately attracted to her. Arlo wants to keep her, but Drakker knows they can’t. They must take her to their brother Logan Abán, leader of their people.

Logan struggles with trusting anyone, even himself. When a beautiful, intelligent, and intriguing woman falls into their laps, his denied desires for intimacy challenge his need to trust the spy. He’s frustrated by romantic Arlo’s claims of her innocence. Even when pragmatic and dominating Drakker defends her as well, Logan refuses to trust his gut.

Can one woman satisfy the diverse desires of three men? Will Logan’s fears be realized by betrayal? Is Fay to be sentenced to death as a spy, suffer a fate worse than death by being returned to her government as a traitor, or will she find a new life and love as the wife of three sexy brothers?

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Travis Luedke – The Nightlife San Antonio (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

The Nightlife San Antonio by Travis Luedke

Series: The Nightlife (Stand Alone)
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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Vampires, Mafia & Mayhem: The Nightlife San Antonio is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

All she wanted was to escape the police. All he wanted was to get laid. They both got more than they bargained for.

EMT on call, Adrian Faulkner resuscitates a beautiful woman after a Mexican mafia shootout. He can’t explain why he picks her up in the hospital parking lot three days later and then ducks the San Antonio police and the Feds. Well, the hot sex might have something to do with it.

She needed to hide. With no memory of even her name, she didn’t know from who. She only knew she wasn’t safe.

Adrian soon learns she is much more than a damsel in distress, and he’s stuck with her. It isn’t long before the past she cannot remember begins to catch up with them both…

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Patricia A. Knight – Hers to Claim (Review & Giveaway)

Hers to Claim by Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia #4
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A prince from the Nyth Uchel mountains … a healer from the Oshtech desert …

Scornfully rejected by her desert lover and uncertain of her place in the world, Adonia traveled a perilous road to the fabled mountain-city of Nyth Uchel. She came to heal the sick and dying, but in the arms of highborn prince, Hel, Adonia found the answer to saving herself.

Descended from nobility, once great kings of Verdantia, Hel willingly bore the burden of his dying city and its people on his shoulders. Watching helplessly as a malingering evil attacked the very soil under his feet, he crushed his pride to summon help. He’d been staggered to discover the answer to saving his city and perhaps all Verdantia might lie behind a heavy fall of chocolate hair and shy brown eyes.

As their entire planet faces an encroaching black death, two seemingly disparate individuals forge a partnership of love and sacrifice that will alter their future forever. All of Verdantia will be tested.

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Absolutely splendid.
A fantastic addition to the Verdantia Series!


(Mild Spoilers if you haven’t read the previous books in the series)

The fourth book brought back all of the characters we’ve come to love from this series – Ram & Steffiana play a huge role, and Hel’s bickering with Ram was a particularly delightful aspect of the book:

“Bring it on, dickless wonder […] Your wife inspires more fear in me. You aren’t half the man she is.”

In addition, all three members of the Royal Tetriarch are featured heavily. Even Eric and Sophi pop up for a few scenes – so basically, everyone but Tok had a few moments to catch the reader up on life after their book.

Speaking of cameos and awesomeness – Patricia A. Knight included a feature I’d not seen before (but appreciated the wisdom of) a live-linked Easter egg embedded in the dialogue. Doral whispers something in Ari’s ear… The reader clicks the link (and is asked to sign up for Patricia A. Knight’s newsletter) and the page reveals the secret whispered.

Was it an epic secret? Nah.
Was it amusing? Sure.
Was it a genius marketing ploy? Absolutely.

I did a full breakdown of the intricacies of this high-fantasy Sci-Fi world in My review for Hers to Command. Rather than rehashing all of that, I’ll simply encourage you to catch up with that post.

However, I want to remind you of one important fact: The Planet Verdantia is sentient; She has feelings, and interacts with her population. That interaction occurs when certain Verdantians have sex… Crazy, sweaty, kinky, burn-up-the sheets sex…


All this awesome sex helps the planet flourish – it keeps the lights on, makes the crops grow, and it powers the shields which protect the Verdantia from outside forces…

Only Verdantians with a specific set of genetic markers are capable of performing the sexual rites, and they were systematically slaughtered during the war with the Haarb. Only a handful of Magistras survived the decimation of Verdantia… It was assumed that all of the female survivors (who are of age) had already been paired up…

Turns out, we were wrong.

ADONIA

What will I be at the end of this journey? Someone different I suspect.

We met Adonia in Hers to Choose. She is a warrior and a healer who traveled with Sophi’s deadly First Arrows. She was raised with a loathing of the high-bred Verdantians who performed rites. Toward the end of her time in the desert with Eric and Sophi, she discovered she had much to learn about Verdantian Magicks.

She began to travel with Sophi and Eric as they made their way across the planet. She suffered nearly irreparable heartache when her betrothed, Klaran, cast her off – telling her that she wasn’t feminine enough and that he used her in order join the service of Ducca DeStoria.


She obviously needed to get away from Klaran, so she fled to Sylvan Mintoth and began advanced study in the healing Rites. She hoped to become a more proficient healer despite the fact that her common Oshtesh genetics would never allow her to actually attempt the sexual rites. She was keeping to herself and watching over Queen Fleur (who is pregnant with her fourth child) when a scraggly, smelly, fur-covered nobleman storms into the throne-room.

HEL

“You are a light for my dark soul – a gift from our Great Mother…”

Though the Haarb have been eradicated, Verdantia is still under attack. A mysterious force threatens the planet on the metaphysical plane – a darkness has descended across the remote regions of the planet. We’re talking poisoned soil, plagues, mutants, and zombies… The kingdom of Nyth Uchel has taken the blunt force of this attack, and Prince DeHelios has come to Sylvan Mintoth to beg for help.

He has lost his wife,
his young children,
his friends,
and has little hope left.

He needs the Tetriarch to provide him with a healer and brite-weed to combat the illness which has claimed the lives of so many. He needs a magistra to return to Nyth Uchel with him and perform the Great Rite if there is any hope of restoring light to the darkness which has enveloped his kingdom…

The Tetriarch agree to part with copious amounts of healing herbs and with their beloved medica Adonia, but there are no magistras left on Verdantia…

Hel leaves Sylvan Mintoth with a heavy heart – with no magistra his hopes of saving his city are nearly nonexistent. He must put all his faith in a healer who has little faith in herself… The road to Nyth Uchel is long and treacherous, the Tetriarch insist that Ram and Steffiana accompany Hel and Adonia on their journey…

Along the way they will face mutants, evil soul-sucking ghouls, and a steadily encroaching winter. They attempt to decipher the riddles of rambling mystics and soon learn that Adonia is not precisely what she seems…

Verdantia works in mysterious ways, and the group has a great deal to prepare for if they hope to succeed in the coming war against an intangible enemy…

There was a lot going on in this installment:
We learn more about the history of Verdantia, and of the first Tetriarc.
a few riddles,
lots of action,
symbiotic cephalopods,
a particularly kinky Prince,
some hilarious alpha-male bickering,
and an epic battle for Verdantia herself!

Another exciting feature:
Patricia A. Knight has included a glossary of terms with pronunciation to assist the reader with acclimating to this richly detailed Sci-Fi world.

The only drawback:
I’ve grown quite fond of the bad-ass female main characters in this series, but Adonia had a nasty habit of putting herself down and generally believing that she was unworthy despite all evidence to the contrary… That being said, her attainment of self-worth was a good source for character progression…

Overall, it was another fabulous installment of the Verdantia Series, and I’ll be the first in line for book five when Patricia A. Knight blesses us with one!

***I was provided an ARC of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review***

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Alessandra Torre – Black Lies

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

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My rating: 6 of 5 stars

Brant:
Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.

Lee:
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.

Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.

If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

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Patricia A. Knight – Hers to Cherish

Hers to Cherish by Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia #3
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Who would’ve thought a rogue nobleman and a secret agent tied in shibari knots would be so instrumental in saving a world from sexual slavery.

For disgraced nobleman and accused murderer, Ramsey DeKieran, a pardon is an unobtainable fantasy. When the High Lord of Verdantia offers the prize, Ram knows there’ll be a catch. He accepts the impossible mission – the off-world rescue of a Verdantian noblewoman, one of the last of her kind. The one bright spot: Elite mercenary, Steffania Rickard, is ordered undercover to help DeKieran – posing as his sexual submissive.

For Steffania, assisting the dominating Ramsey on this insane mission will be challenge enough. The damn rogue trips all her triggers – good and bad. But infinitely worse, on the planet, Vxloncia, she must submit as Ram’s sex slave, and there’s no faking it. Bent at his knee, serving his every command, Steffania doubts her carefully hidden desires will remain concealed.

Their mission takes on new urgency when they unmask a heinous program of enslavement, long cloaked in secrecy. Together they must find a way to overcome their initial animosity and recover a woman vital to the future of their race.

In the maelstrom of sex, savagery, domination and submission, they will need all their wits and strength to survive – but the battle for their hearts is lost – to one another.

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Absolutely Stunning: Sexy Sci-Fi with suspense and submission…

(Mild Spoilers if you haven’t read Hers to Command & Hers to Choose)

The man fed every carnal fantasy she possessed. He sat her lustful appetites before an array of the finest delicacies, ordered them to feast, then commanded, “Don’t swallow.”

This book was a major departure from the previous books in the series, and the payoff was outstanding!

We traveled far from the sentient planet Verdantia in this installment, and were treated with all of the high tech Science-Fiction possibilities Patricia A. Knight can imagine…

Two characters we’ve met before in this series must pair up to rescue Lady Alessa DeAlbero from the clutches of the infamous slaver Vecon Narr…

RAMSEY DeKIERAN

“If I am successful, you have Lady DeAlbero, if unsuccessful, my dead body, and all it costs you is a piece of paper.”

Ramsey is a disgraced Verdantian, stripped of his title and honor, forced to work as a mercenary in the grittiest parts of his home world. In Hers to Choose he made the honorable decision to free Sophi and fight beside Eric against the Haarb.

His actions redeemed him in the eyes of Sophi, and brought his unparalleled skills to the attention of the Tetriarch. He is apprehended by the Blue Daggers and taken to Sylvan Mintoth for an audience with Ari & Doral.

Ram is presented with an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for a Royal Pardon, he will go undercover on Vxloncia, where all women are subservient. The entire planet engages in D/s as a social mechanism for the repression of females.

Ramsey has never been off world before, he’s accustomed to the simple existence of Verdantia, and will need a Blue Dagger to accompany him as back up and to offer mastery of the technological advances of the foreign planet. Out of spite, he chooses the no-nonsense Captain of the Blue Daggers Steffania Rickard to accompany him on his mission…

STEFFANIA RICKARD

She was no helpless female – never had been. She was death clothed in a body of female allure and fiercely proud of it.
But in sex, she needed surrender. She craved a man strong enough to take the control out of her hands.

The idea of submitting to the sexual thrall of Ramsey DeKieran is no hardship to Steffiana… Pretending to be a docile non-entity who cowers at her Masters feet is deplorable… The thought that she could quite possibly loose her heart to DeKieran is terrifying… The knowledge that her failure to be the perfect submissive could compromise their entire mission, keeps everything in perspective…

They must work together in perfect balance to accomplish their mission.

Vxloncia is notorious for it’s brutality and decadence – Ramsey will be competing in a Gladiator competition. If he wins, he will be invited to the compound of the man thought to hold Lady DeAlbero as a slave. Loss of the game also means loss of his life, but Ram and Steffania quickly discover that danger is just as grate outside the arena.

There are several darker elements at work in this book: Sexual Slavery & Mind Control are at top of the list of egregious acts committed by Vecon Narr, and we’re not spared any of the violent graphic details… So consider that carefully before you decide to read this book. If you can handle a little violence with your graphic sex, you’ll be richly rewarded.

This book was fucking awesome!
We had a brand new planet with a new social structure and physical environment, several new characters (which I hope to meet again), and I loved all of the imaginative technological advancements, especially a particularly kinky bit of nanotechnology…

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Shay Savage – Bastian’s Storm

Bastian’s Storm by Shay Savage

Series: Surviving Raine #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most.

But not all nightmares can be driven away.

When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time.

Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot.

A guy named Evan Arden.

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Abigail Roux – Cross & Crown

Cross & Crown (Sidewinder, #2)Cross & Crown by Abigail Roux

Series: Sidewinder #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

When Nick O’Flaherty arrives at the scene of a double homicide to find he has a witness to the crime, he thinks it’s his lucky day. But when he realizes his witness is suffering from amnesia and can’t even remember his own name, Nick wishes he’d gone with his gut and put in for vacation time.

Then Nick’s boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he’s dubbed “JD” is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD’s identity.

Trying to determine whether JD is friend or foe as they investigate the crime puts them on the trail of a much older mystery. When multiple attempts are made on their lives, Nick is forced to turn to old enemies and new allies to solve a centuries-old crime before he and Kelly get added to the history books.

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