Three. This is my number. The sum of reasons why I continue to go on.
One: She needs me.
Two: I have to protect her.
And three: With her, I feel human.
But the weight of a man’s secrets is a thousand pounds on his shoulders. Two thousand more on his chest. Trapping him.
My secrets are slaughtering me.
Fear and regret—of what I’ve done, of whom I’ve become, and of what I’ve let go—are dragging me into a hole, and I can’t claw my way out.
The deeper I sink, the farther I push her away.
The farther she goes, the more my mind spirals. Down into a black abyss. It’s dark here. So damn dark.
She needs to know what I’ve done. I have to tell her. But how can I battle the darkness if I lose my light?
This is what my life is now. I’m a shadow of a man in a scarred body, longing to live again.
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There are a million questions you could ask me that I would have a hard time narrowing down to a single answer like who my favorite band is or what my favorite song is, my favorite movie or the best book I’ve ever read, or which of my kids is my favorite. Picking one would be impossible. But I have one favorite author and the answer has been the same for the last several years….Cheryl McIntyre. She’s my answer, my only answer ever single time….and books like this are the reason. She just always gets it right and Grit is no exception.
Dirty, the first book in this series and an absolute must read BEFORE Grit, was a hard read, amazing and emotional, but hard. It was gut-wrenching and stomach twisting and painful but still very much a love story about surviving and finding what you need when you least expect it and you don’t even know what it is. And Grit picks up right where Dirty leaves off, with Link and Rocky still surviving, still dealing but also trying to heal and trying to do that together.
I love these characters, they are so flawed and so scarred and completely struggling to move forward, but they are also survivors and inherently good people who have seen the very worst the world can dish out. Neither one of them ever expected to be in a relationship and witnessing them stumble their way through it is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
One of the things that sets a Cheryl McIntyre book apart is that ever single thing that happens, ever action and reaction, every event, every thought or feeling a character has makes sense, it’s believable within the context of the story, it`s planned and thought out and done right. It’s just all done right. Her characters stay true to character, there’s growth and change, they adapt and sometimes even surprise you, but at their core they remain the people you fell in love with. Link and Rocky are no exception.
The other thing that sets her books apart is her ability to put you in her characters’ heads, to make you feel what they feel. It’s remarkable really. When Rocky panicked, I panicked, my heart raced and my breathing picked up. When Link got angry, I felt angry, when Rocky cried, I cried. With ever decision they made I was right there with them. I might not have agreed with them, hell I might even have been screaming NO NO NO at my kindle, but I was with them, feeling it, experiencing it. That…that right there is the reason I read books and Cheryl never lets me down.
I loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. And the absolute best part….being there when Link and Rocky get it right, when they finally start to catch a break and when they finally start to heal, it made every painful step worth it. It was the perfect ending to a perfectly f*@ked up love story.
About The Author:
Cheryl McIntyre is the author of the bestselling Sometimes Never series, as well as the Dirty series, Infinitely, Dark Calling, and HARD. She resides in Ohio with her high school sweetheart, their two sons, one daughter, one fur son, and a hamster.
You can follow her author page on Facebook where she lives part time. On Goodreads. On Twitter, though she has not yet mastered the art of tweeting. On Amazon. On tsū. Or on her website. You can also join her newsletter to receive information about new releases and current sales.
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Rachel Brookes is from the east coast of Australia and writes angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, and a bucketload of sexiness. With five novels currently published, she is constantly writing and getting ready to release her next hero and heroine into the world. An avid reader, Rachel can often be found with her kindle in her hand, and getting lost in a happily ever after. She has an unhealthy obsession with The Walking Dead, and social media, and loves hearing from readers at email@example.com.
by Jewel E Ann
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End of Day
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in the sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life.
Four caskets. Two bodies.
Jessica and Jude Day witness their funeral and that of their parents a few yards away from mourning family and friends. Stripped of the only life they’ve ever known, the Days say goodbye to San Francisco forever.
Six months later, two thirty-year-old misfits with elite self-defense skills and penchants for alcohol, sex, and trouble arrive like an earthquake to Peaceful Woods, a retirement community in Omaha, Nebraska, that thrives on rules and gossip. Welcome home, Jackson and Jillian Knight.
Jackson celebrates his new beginning by embracing his job and wiping his cavalier past clean with a temporary oath of celibacy. But Jillian’s past is branded into her soul—the deaths, the insanity, Dr. Luke Jones, and the need to make her lovers bleed. Her chance for redemption comes in the form of a next door neighbor, one Senior Master Sergeant Monaghan. He’s sexy, dangerously alluring, and riddled with emotional issues from years of service. He’s also … So. Damn. Grumpy.
Their mission is simple: Let go, start over, don’t kill anyone, and pray that nobody wakes the dead.
Middle of Knight
The living seek forgiveness. The dead seek revenge.
A first love.
A last breath.
A haunting past.
Armed with a sinful past and an equally sinful body, Jackson Knight absolves his vow of celibacy to pursue Sergeant Monaghan’s unsuspecting—older—housekeeper.
Ryn Middleton, on the cusp of turning forty with a snarky daughter, a killer dog, and an abusive ex-husband, finds Jackson’s advances humorous and unbelievable. After intense negotiations including Vera Wang, Ed Sheeran, and sex four times a day, Ryn accepts Jackson’s marriage proposal on their first date.
What could possibly go wrong?
While struggling to lay claim to the woman of the dreams he never had, Jackson is forced to deal with a grief-stricken Jillian trying to hold on to her past without letting go of her future—the doctor who took her heart and the Sergeant who gave her a new one.
Beyond the hope for light, lies the middle of darkness, the illusion of truth, and a haunting past.
Dawn of Forever
Q & A with Jessica (and Jillian)
Q: Jillian, why do you seem aloof or immune to the opinions of other people?
A: What people think should only shape them, not anyone else. You give away a piece of
yourself to every opinion that you let matter.
Q: So…. wearing panties, a thread-bare tank top, and red rain boots to get the mail is your
neighbors’ problem if it’s offensive, not yours?
Q: Okay, moving on … Why the red rain boots?
A: Why not? I’m a woman. It’s my God-given right to not have to explain everything I do.
Q: Well said, I’m with you on that one. Speaking of things you do, you feel the need to make men bleed before you have sex with them … what goes through your mind as you’re drawing blood?
A: That’s simple. I think, “Let’s see how bad you want to fuck me.”
Q: Do you feel regret after you do it?
A: Every time.
Q: So then why do you keep doing it?
A: The same reason some people get drunk and vomit over and over again. They like the
numbing feel of the alcohol in their blood and it becomes an addiction, a coping mechanism. I
like sex. The blood is my coping mechanism and my need to do it is my addiction.
Q: Luke and AJ are so different. How could you love two men who are so different?
A: Easy. One had my heart. The other showed me I could live—love—without it.
Q: What do you think of Jackson’s attraction to older women? Any idea what that’s about?
A: I think we’re twins, born of the same blood, and missing the “normal” gene. But mainly I think
he’s a geek and maybe he has “mommy” issues.
Q: Let’s try some rapid fire questions here. Just say whatever comes to mind
What is your biggest fear?
A: Being the last one standing.
Q: What is your favorite dream?
A: Being normal.
Q: Favorite sex toy.
Q: Fuck-me heels or leather riding boots?
A: Riding boots.
Q: Most embarrassing moment?
A: My brother walking in on me while I was masturbating.
Q: Do you see a happily-ever-after in your future?
A: I hope so.
Q: Damn Jillian, I’m pretty sure we are all hoping for that. Thanks for your time and your cantor. Maybe we can do in again sometime?
About the Author:
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
Thank you so much Jewel for helping us out with our countdown and most especially for writing these amazing books.
I am so freaking honored and happy and glad that Autumn has taken time to answer our questions.
Thank you so much ! <3
Can you quickly introduce yourself to those who don’t know you yet?
I’m Autumn Grey, mom to two hyperactive kids and the author of the Havoc series. I’m a nurse. I work with Dementia and Alzheimer patients.
When did you know you were meant to write?
I can’t pinpoint exactly when I knew I wanted to write but if I remember correctly, I’ve been writing since I was around 11 years, mostly romance 🙂
What and who were your inspirations for Remington?
I’m a huge fan of single fathers who kick ass at single parenting. I remember a while back, watching Criminal Minds, how much I enjoyed watching Aaron Hotchner interact with his son, and I thought, “oh hey,. I really, really want to write a story featuring a hot single father, who hasn’t given up on finding the right woman. Remington’s looks and physical attributes were inspired by Pedro Soltz. God, I love that man!
For Selene? Who’s your favorite model?
Ah gosh! I really had a problem, finding a model that would do Selene justice. I still do. In my head, she’s about three models combined to create this beautiful and confident, curvy, flawed woman.
Do you have a writing routine?
Not really. Sometimes I don’t have enough time to write, so I’ve learned to just sit down, read the notes I wrote while on the train or during my free time at work, then get down to it.
Do you listen to music while writing?
I tend to listen to classical music when I’m writing. This way I’m not distracted by the lyrics and concentrate on the words in my head.
Do you have a playlist ????
Yes, I have a playlist for every book I write. I usually end up having about 50 songs on my list, but only one or two sum up the mood of the story.
What’s the last book you read and loved?
Fear Me by B.B. Reid
What is the last thing, (event, meme, situation…) that made you laugh out loud?
Something my daughter did. This girl makes my day.
Can you tell us more about your upcoming book?
Fall Back Skyward is a second chance romance between two characters, Cole and Eleanor, who met when they were seventeen when Eleanor moved in next door to Cole, but circumstances forced them apart. Years later, they reunite again, and have to sort through the shit that happened in their lives. Things that tore them apart.
Can you tell us one random thing about you?
I hate onions. Like really hate them. Onions and I have a complicated relationship. I don’t mind them in fried foods, but having them on my pizza is a completely different story altogether.
Are you ready to submit in Subordination by Katie Ashley!
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When Sophie Jameson first became a domme at Club 1740, it was more out of financial necessity than it was for personal pleasure and sexual exploration. But over the years as she rocked her leather corsets and boots while wielding every crop and flogger imaginable, she grew to love the thrill and adulation that her clients brought her. But all along, her path in life and her heart was with a different profession—one she was planning to embark on at the summer’s end.
And then he changed everything. Tall, dark, impossibly built—William was the complete opposite of whatever image a male sub conjured up. After all the subs, Sophie finally felt true lust and desire. Although he was the proud stallion who needed breaking, he became the one to make her break all her rules and let down all her walls.
But it was just supposed to be for that one night, but an accidental encounter days later outside Club 1740’s protected walls had the two seeing each other in a different light—as simply Sophie and William, not Domme and sub. While they should have parted ways, they couldn’t. While they should never have gone back to her place, they did.
And that simple mistake has a serious price for both of them.
Keeping his head bowed, he asked, “Mistress, will you give me the honor of pleasuring you?”
I swept my hands to my hips. “Are you being insubordinate with me?”
“No, mistress. I just wish you would consider my offer.”
“And why is that?”
“Because I want to please you. I want to make you come as hard as you made me.”
“Sorry. The answer is still no,” I replied as I took the rope over to the sink to be disinfected.
When I turned around, surprised filled me at the sight of William on his feet again. His gaze still remained averted from mine. “Look at me,” I commanded.
He raised his eyes to stare at me full on as I walked back over to him. Although he was trying to mask it, I could tell he was hurt by my refusal. “I want you to understand that it’s not you—you didn’t do anything to displease me. I don’t receive pleasure from any of my subs.”
“You should,” he insisted.
Cocking my head at him, I said, “You should remember how to talk to your mistress.”
Instead of appearing apologetic, he took a step forward. “May I at least kiss you?”
As I gazed at his earnest expression, I didn’t see what it could hurt. “Fine. A kiss and then you go on your merry little way.” I poked a finger into his breastbone. “And you tip me well.”
William smiled. “Yes, Mistress.”
I stood toe to toe with William and tilted my chin. “Kiss me,” I instructed.
He dipped his head, and he closed his eyes. At the slight brush of his lips against mine, a shiver of anticipation shot down my spine. I felt like I was thirteen again with a boulder of anxiety in my stomach as the boy I liked kissed me behind our barn. When he deepened the kiss, he brought his arms around me, molding me to him. The kiss was everything—passionate, intimate, and affectionate. It felt like rediscovering a lost emotion—a lost part of me.
Needing more, I sucked his tongue inside my mouth. The moment I gave him the green light, a switch flipped inside William. The reverent way his mouth had worshipped mine was replaced with a desperate conquering. His tongue battled along with mine, sucking, licking, devouring. An ache began to build between my thighs, and I pressed my hips against William’s.
His hand left the small of my back to wrap around my braid. He tugged on it, pulling me back to look at him. “I want to taste every part you, not just your mouth.”
Breathless from our exertions, it took me a moment to find my voice. “I told you I don’t do that.”
“Why should you deny yourself?”
Staring into his handsome face, I wondered the same thing. All these years, I’d never taken any pleasure for myself. There had been subs I’d been attracted to like Owen. Not all of them were interested in reciprocating pleasure, but many were. And I told them all no.
As I stood molded against William’s warm, overpowering body like a second flesh, I didn’t want to argue anymore. I wanted to let go. I was a twenty-four year woman who had pretty much sacrificed her life for work, school, and her family. I couldn’t remember the last time an orgasm hadn’t come from a vibrating device.
Dipping his head, William’s breath was warm against my ear. “Please let me make you come.”
At the thought of what his mouth could do on my pussy, I whispered, “Yes.”
About the Author
Katie Ashley is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Best-Selling author. She lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter, Olivia, and her two very spoiled dogs. She has a slight obsession with Pinterest, The Golden Girls, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Supernatural, Designing Women, and Scooby-Doo.
With a BA in English, a BS in Secondary English Education, and a Masters in Adolescent English Education, she spent 11 1/2 years educating the Youth of America aka teaching MS and HS English until she left to write full time in December 2012.
Generally I tend to avoid the dominant pattern subject, you know it feels so déjà-vu.
This is the first time I read a book about a Domme and submissive.
A woman demanding the submission of her lover and the latter desperate to satisfy the desires and needs of his mistress … Wow, I was immediately captivated by this book.
As much I fell in love with William, with his determination and endearing side, the heroine got on my nerves. I felt like she was too whiny, her fear of being abandoned not enough founded to my taste.
When a man puts as much passion to swoon you, to tell you he wants you for what you are, he wants to and will make sacrifices to be with you, you do not answer him that your relationship is doomed to failure, lowering your arms without a fight.
The originality of the subject matter and the character of William are worth a good 4 star, however the whiny side of the heroine prevents me from giving them.
This will be a good 3.5 stars!
Havoc, Obliterate and Mend by Autumn Grey , together in a box set!
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Two strangers drawn together by fate.
A stalker hell-bent on keeping them apart.
Selene Michaels is determined to never let anyone make her feel inferior again. After a painful divorce, she finds herself in Paris on a working holiday, hopeful that this will be the opportunity she has been waiting for. She intends to have fun and maybe find someone to flirt with; someone who will show her a good time, treat her right. What she does not expect to find is Remington St. Germain and his adorable son, Adrien. Remington is intense, devastatingly hot and a Prince Charming on the outside, but a dirty talking, insatiable devil behind closed doors and not the type to give up on something that he wants. Adrien makes her loss almost bearable. Selene soon realizes that life with Remington is not only interesting, but adventurous and dangerous. Someone is eager to keep Remington and her apart, and will go into great lengths to make sure that happens.
Remington is at a crossroads. He can either let Selene go, forget about her. Or pursue her with determination, just like he does everything else. Otherwise he will be right back where he was before she came into his life. The clock is ticking, and danger looms closer. He will do anything to save the woman who is fast becoming a part of his soul.
Sometimes life gives you a second chance. But what happens when danger threatens that chance?
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Be My December & Be My Temptation (The Crawford Brothers series ) By Rachel Brookes
Be My December
I knew the exact moment I’d become a ‘yes’ girl.
December 16th, a cold winter’s night, four years ago.
The night my innocence was stolen, the night I made the mistake of saying no—a mistake I’d never make again. The dream of a ‘happily ever after’ was now a locked away myth. I promised myself that I’d never return to the place of my worst nightmare, that I’d never let anyone get close, but then again, I never thought I’d meet someone like him. The intense, confident and beautiful Ky Crawford. I had no plans to become someone’s Prince Charming. I couldn’t be. I refused to be. My plan was simple—do whatever it takes to correct my biggest mistake, my one regret that now controlled my life. I was on track. I had plans, but then everything changed when I saw her—the girl in the red jacket, the girl who I was told couldn’t say no. The reserved yet stunning Eden Rivers. A girl who can’t say no. A guy who craves redemption. A chance encounter? It all comes down to this. One question. One month. Be My December?
Be My Temptation
One night connected them.
One decision separated them.
One craving tempted them.
Ashlyn Hart was done with men, or at least those outside of her books. After stupidly falling for the charms of her cheating ex and having her heart broken yet again, she decided to create a new life. One that involved a career change, a new wardrobe, and the possibility of moving abroad. There was just one hurdle: the confident, stubborn and insanely-tempting Josh Crawford. Josh Crawford hid behind the cliché bachelor lifestyle and a never-ending parade of women. He knew the game and played it well, but the night he tasted perfection four years ago never left him. Back then, he made a spur of the moment decision, one that he has battled with ever since. But beneath the playboy façade was a yearning that wouldn’t disappear. A craving for the only woman who could bring him to his knees: Ashlyn Hart. Two weeks changes everything. One night unravels the deepest of desires. A simple taste unleashes memories that can’t be tamed. When the girl who dreams of a happily ever after collides with the guy who lives the ultimate cliffhanger, what ending awaits them? Will fear overshadow love? Will the past play hindrance to the future, or will temptation conquer it all?
I’m soooo glad I read these books.
Both heroines in these books have lived traumatic and disturbing events that lead them to now not trust anyone or even themselves.
Come the brothers.
Like knights in shining armor, cocky and sexy as hell, they will save step by step these women who just needed a little push to blossom.
Those Crawford brothers stole my heart with their alpha and romantic gestures.
They are perfectly flawed and that is exactly why I love them so much.
Let me tell you that those men know how to get what or who they want. And they do it brilliantly.
I’d be happy to be their target. * swoon *
From the start till the end, I was captivated either by the Crawford crew but also by the feisty and sassy female characters.
Those books left me feeling very happy, enthralled and in love.
By Penelope Douglas
My name is Tate. He doesn’t call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he’ll barely even speak to me.
But he still won’t leave me alone.
We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I’ve been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.
But I’m done hiding from him now, and there’s no way in hell I’ll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It’s time to fight back.
I’m not going to let him bully me anymore.
Have you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.
Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.
I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her or anyone else.
So I hurt her. I pushed her away.
But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her…they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.
But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.
Now, when I push, she pushes back.
Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war…
For the two years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.
I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game…
Two years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.
But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me….
Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid.
K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away….
K.C. Carter has always followed the rules—until this year, when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make matters worse, trouble is living right next door.
Jaxon Trent is the worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into his life—except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too close for comfort. As the bond between them grows, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his soul is nearly impossible.…
The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
Everyone wants to be me.
Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.
I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
They all still talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?
But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.
Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.