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Title: Viper
Author: Alyson Santos
Release Date: TODAY

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Synopsis:

It’s not easy being the bad guy.

Yeah, that’s a lie. It’s pretty damn simple. You act and you own it. You sell your soul to protect those you love and screw the rest.

It’s the restraint that’s hard. The demons that poke at your trigger, burn in your gut—just waiting for a second of freedom to unleash the fire in your soul.

Call me a villain. Call me whatever helps you sleep at night and feel good about the black and white of love. But watch your back because I don’t care. Until I do.

And then I implode.add-to-goodreads-button

Purchase Links:

*Free with Kindle Unlimited

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This was possibly my most anticipated book of 2017 based on two things. First, Night Shifts Black and Tracing Holland were both spectacular and in my Top Ten for last year. Second, Wes was a completely irredeemable jerk in Tracing Holland (and if you know me at all, you know I love assholes and redemption stories). But honestly, I had no idea it would be this good. I had no clue I could love two characters so completely. I never guessed Wes would absolutely captivate me. And I certainly never expected a three week book hangover. Yeah…never saw that coming. I absolutely, completely, passionately loved everything about Viper

This book was amazing. Alyson Santos does one thing better than anybody else, she tells beautiful, real, character driven stories. She never relies on fake drama or manufactured angst. She takes beautifully flawed characters and lets us take their journey with them. She lets us feel their emotions, revel in their triumphs and wallow in their mistakes. I screamed at Wes when he was stupid and obstinate and self-destructive, I cheered for him when he smart and selfless and protective, I swooned watching him grow the hell up and fall head over heels. Wes somehow, unexpectedly, inexplicably became my very favorite of all of the NSB boys. I adore him passionately.(I never thought Alyson could pull that off.)

But this book is not all about the boy. Hannah is just…Hannah is magnificent. Hannah is fighting her own set of demons, but damn is she one of my favorite female characters. She is fiercely loyal, she is smart and brave and funny and refreshing. Wes is not an easy guy to be with, he has bad judgement and bad vices at times. But Hannah handles it all beautifully, never distracted by the rhetoric, she is steady and compassionate. She is also insecure and unsure and sometimes struggles with making the important decisions. In other words…she’s remarkably human.

This story has so many brilliantly intertwined layers. It’s a ridiculously well crafted and intelligent. And subtle, it’s so beautifully subtle and understated. This is a book that moved me with words and phrases. It got me with quiet gestures and sweet sacrifices, instead of grand gestures and over the top declarations. This book made me feel everything, without making me feel manipulated. I absolutely adored the journey.

I’m having a hard time letting this one go. I couldn’t put it down. I blew off work and sleep to read this book and now, almost three weeks later, I still haven’t read anything else. Every time I think I might start something new, I pick up my kindle and start reading Viper again. You know how it goes, I pick it up to just read one or two of my favorite parts. But my favorites parts are pretty much the entire book and next thing I know, I’m finishing this one all over again. I have to admit, even as I go back and re-read, I’m blown away by the beauty of this story. Friendship and romance, family and forgiveness, first times and second chances, love and passion, regret and redemption….this book has everything. This book IS everything!!

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 Excerpt:

I wake to pounding blood, excruciating pleasure. A wet dream? No, hot pressure controls my body. Dissolves me into my mattress. Oh god. My groan is cut off with a tongue, determined lips. Fingers push down my hips and clench.

“What are you doing?” I gasp. I’m her friend. I need to stop this. I… ah.

“Just this one time, I promise,” she breathes. I feel her nakedness. She didn’t invade my sleep to negotiate.

“Hannah, come on. You’re upset, you—”

“Now’s your chance to say no. Tell me to leave.”

She’s doing everything in her power to make sure I don’t.

My body is trained for this. My brain, not so much. When her mouth attacks me again, reason loses the rest of its weak protests. Some distant siren screams through the background. Regret. Guilt. Pain. But not yet. Tomorrow’s poison. Right now it’s skin and heat and pulsating need as she slides over me.

“What about…”

“Here. Found this. Your place is stocked.” I barely hear the tear of packaging. “Damn, Wes. Are you always ready?”

I know, worst time for irony, but there’s a definite smirk before she consumes me again. Hard this time. Deeper, her own moans make me crazy.

“I want you to own me like the others,” she gasps, and that siren screams, radiates through every cell corrupted in ecstasy.

“You’re not the others, Han. You’re…” There are no dirty words. There are no words at all for this. Just. Her. Hannah Drake. The only woman in the world I should not be fucking.

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Also Available:

Purchase Links:

Night Shifts Black

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Tracing Holland

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Author Bio:

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I’m a writer, musician, and cat lover. I also have an alternative music obsession. Seriously, it’s a real problem.

I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write Love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other.

Author Links:

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Sunniva Dee’s Top Reads of 2016

The Queen of All That Dies & The Queen of Traitors

By Laura Thalassa

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(Available on KU)

Synopsis

In the future, the world is at war.

For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

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Low by Mary Elizabeth

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(Available on KU)

Synopsis

It’s hard living on the wrong side of the tracks.

Lowen Seely has a criminal record to prove it. Determined not to follow in his father’s footsteps, he fights instinct and tries honesty. But hunger becomes painful, and bills are due. Forced to choose between what is right and wrong, the boy from the hood learns abiding by the rules is nearly impossible when corruption is in your blood.

Falling for an outlaw has changed everything.

Poesy Ashby is the definition of ride or die, even when it means turning her back on freedom. The girl from the suburbs gives conformity the middle finger. Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on her love story.

On the run with consequences in the rearview mirror, Lowen and Poesy accept the truth: they are the bad guys.

But can they get away with their crimes?

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The Paper Swan

By Leylah Attar

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Synopsis

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit.
They lie.
For 21 days she held on.
But on Day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death.
Because on Day 22, she realizes that her only way out means certain death for one of the two men she loves.

A haunting tale of passion, loss, and redemption, The Paper Swan is a darkly intense yet heartwarming love story, textured with grit, intrigue, and suspense. Please note: This is NOT a love triangle.

A full-length, standalone novel, intended for mature audiences due to violence, sex and language. Subject matter may be disturbing for some readers.

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Night Shifts Bland & Tracing Holland

by Alyson Santos

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Synopsis

His name is Luke. But nobody knows that. He was an iconic musician before he gave up music. But nobody knows that either. They also don’t know he’s twenty-seven, that he used to have an infectious laugh, and that he’s way too young to be widowed. They certainly don’t know the rest of his tragic story. All they know is that he comes into their café at the same time every morning and stares at the same chair at the same table. They know he’s strange. They know he interrupts their breakfast with a cold blast of air as he hovers in the doorway, mustering the courage to confront a piece of furniture.

No one asks why. No one cares. He’s fine with that. He’s done with life. This isn’t even his story anymore. It’s actually Callie’s, the young writer who sat in his chair one day.

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Sunniva’s list is in no particular order and keep your eyes out for some of these to show up on other lists this week.

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Release Blitz Rocker Shenanigans: Sylvie and Shandor By Sunniva Dee and Alyson Santos

Rocker Shenanigans: Sylvie + Shandor
Alyson Santos & Sunniva Dee
Publication date: December 19th 2016
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance

They rock hard, play hard, and live life freaking hard. So when it comes to love it’s no surprise they screw up just as hard. Join an amusing cast of characters from Sunniva Dee’s and Alyson Santos’ rock star novels as they meet and pursue each other amidst the backstage chaos of their world.

Rocker Shenanigans is a romantic comedy series of novellas that will toss you into the fun, sexy, and hilarious side of rocker life.

Rocker Shenanigans I:
Sylvie Drake is ecstatic when her rock-goddess sister invites her to a charity event in the Bahamas. With a lineup featuring legends like Night Shifts Black, Clown Irruption, and Tracing Holland, how could this weekend not be totally epic?

One word: Shandor.

Smoldering gaze, cocky smile, and passionate hands that dominate a guitar. Everything about this mysterious stranger screams out-of-her-league.

Shandor Xodyar is here to work. And keep his fiery cousin out of trouble with the threat of former flames breathing down their necks. What he didn’t count on is a three-word bombshell disrupting his mission:

Holland’s teen sister.

Unassumingly sexy, raw, and barely legal, there’s no way entertaining the forbidden electricity can end well.

Then again, some ignored warnings are worth the consequences.

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EXCERPT:

SYLVIE

O.M.G.

I swear his eyes grazed mine before they dismissed me because I’m not famous. Not my sister. But gosh, I want to change his mind. Have to.

I do a quick scan to test my conclusions, but no, only the old cougar with the scandalous miniskirt could have been the other recipient of that smoldering message. Maybe she… no. No! I know nothing about that overload of hotness except he doesn’t need a desperate grandmother to feed his ego. Okay, I don’t know that. Sometimes you just have to have faith, right?

I can’t tell if he wants me to approach or stay the hell away, but I don’t have a choice when the paralysis wears off and my bare legs start guiding me toward his loose-cut jeans. Jeans that hide… I blush. I don’t usually worry about what could be going on in a guy’s jeans.

Say something, Sylvie. And not about his pants.

“I like your guitar.” Ugh! WTH?! I might as well have said I liked his subscription to Time Magazine.

He just stares at me for a moment, and I’m praying that slight slip in his expression is because he didn’t hear me.

“Uh, thanks.”

He’s so not grateful for my praise, but I can’t stop now that I have his attention. I find myself rising on my toes, hoping the slim muscles in my toned thighs are making a pretty picture beneath my tiny shredded shorts. Yes, it’s December. It’s also the Bahamas at a resort that promised a buffet of hot rockers. Funny, I suddenly only notice one. And he needs to notice me.

“I’m Sylvie Drake,” I continue, even though I know that means nothing to him. “My sister is Holland Drake.”

I shoot a thumb toward the opposite corner where my dear sibling is… hanging on Luke. If Luke, then Casey. Thank you grade-nine Algebra, and I’m suddenly annoyed I never got that promised text from Holland. Then again, since my attention zeroed in on this inferno, I haven’t noticed much else. My phone could be replacing the moons of Jupiter with all its flashing and I wouldn’t know it.

“Hi, Sylvia.”

“Sylvie.”

His brows knit because that’s what he said, except he didn’t. Still, I don’t know how to correct him with him looking at me like that. Even slanted in confusion, I feel the intensity of those golden embers shaded by dark lashes. Darnit, I’m Sylvia. It’s fine. I can be Sylvia because he’s… my body doesn’t need words as it answers his piercing concentration with all kinds of adult stuff. Holland would kill me if she knew what was going through my head. So much worse than gin and tonics. So much tastier. Tastier? Too adult. The lady with the miniskirt thinks he’s “tasty.” I think he’s… crap. I suck at this. What would Holland say?

“What key are you playing in?”

Both of these authors have books in my Top Five for 2016. Both of these authors write rocker books, by very favorite kind of romance books. So imagine how excited I was to discover that not only were these two amazing authors writing a book together, but they were mashing up three of my favorite fictional rock bands to do it.

This book is just…..hysterical. I didn’t just laugh out loud, I laughed so hard my side hurt. I kept re-reading parts just so I could laugh again. Considering that the books these characters came from were definitely not RomComs, this book was a wonderful surprise. Sylvie is the best kind of funny, she’s not stupid, just…naive and possibly lacking a filter. Shandor is still classic Shandor, serious and a little stoic, so his amusement at Sylvie’s antics is just adorable. For me though, Luke and Holland may have just stolen the comedy show. Those two just cracked me up.

The best surprise is, not only was this book funny….it was pretty hot and so so sweet. I didn’t just laugh, I swooned hard and got hot under the collar and I even shed a tear or two. This story had heart and I believed the characters and the emotions. So happy to get a chance to read this little gem. I really can’t wait for more from these two.

 

Author Bio:

Sunniva Dee:
Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

Sunniva Links:
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Pinterest / Instagram / Tsu.co

Alyson Santos:
I’m a writer, musician, and cat lover. I also have an alternative music obsession. Seriously, it’s a real problem.

I write what needs to come out, whether it’s pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write Love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other.

I like to eradicate barriers, refusing to be confined by the laws of physics or limitations of reality. I will befriend a vast population of possibilities and introduce them in ways that might surprise you.

Links:
Website / Amazon / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Instagram / YouTube

 

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