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Teaser Tuesday (#65)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it.  All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Shades of Darkness by A.R. Kahler
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“I had run to boarding school to escape myself. But I couldn’t escape who I was or what I’d done, no matter how fast or far I ran.

The crows were just a reminder of that. They wanted back in.

My past wasn’t done with me.

Not yet.”

#2:

“I think you should do it,” she said. “Fall hard and fast and don’t think twice about getting hurt. Life’s short, Kaira. Life’s way too short. You gotta take the good when you can and that boy is about as good as it gets.”

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{Review} Everything He Wants: Lies by Jenna Fox


38732484Everything He Wants: Lies by Jenna Fox

ebook, Published June 6th 2018

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

Me. He’d chosen me.
Not a rich girl. Or a pretty girl.
But me…
A girl with a bleak future. A girl with a tragic past.
Sloane Rothchild, New York City’s most eligible billionaire bachelor, could’ve picked a beautiful and educated girl to be his new assistant. But he wanted me. And all I had to do was show him I could obey.
Be a good girl. Be his dirty girl. But if I didn’t obey… I’d get the whip. Spankings. Chains…
Oh, why did the dirty and forbidden things he wanted to do to me send tingles through all the right places?
So, I fell hard and fast for him. I bared my body to him. My heart. My soul.
But there was another side of Mr. Rothchild—a side he didn’t warn me about. A side I had to find out about on my own… His other half. His dark and mysterious twin, Cain.
Cain was like me—scarred and damaged. We immediately connected. He understood my needs. But after all, shouldn’t my heart belong to the man who’d given me the opportunity of a lifetime?
Each brother had taken a piece of me. One man had torn my heart out, and the other had used my body. But only one truly owned me. And only one man had swept me up in a current of lust and need…
Only one had tangled me in his web of lies and deceit.
Megan and Sloane’s “relationship” continues to hit new lows. Between Sloane’s love for alcohol (seriously, it reads like he could rival any alcoholic in unit intake), Megan’s insecurity and their shared trust issues, you got the perfect recipe for disaster. Luckily, Sloane’s identical twin brother, Cain, is waiting around every corner in the hopes that Megan will choose him, so they can skip off into the sunset together.Nobody told me there would be danger. Nobody told me I might fear for my life.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

You’ll definitely have to read the first book to understand this one. I read both books back-to-back, this one was just… not as exciting for me… Definitely didn’t like it as much as the first one. Honestly both ‘books’ could have been combined.

This book starts off where the first one ends, and Megan and Sloane’s “relationship” continues to hit new lows.

Sloane’s twin bother, Cain, set’s Megan up, when a business meeting goes as wrong as possible, and Megan’s consent for use of Sloane’s signature finds its way to a dotted line it really shouldn’t be on. And from there everything goes south. Sloane kicks Megan out. Out of the company. Out of his bed. Out of the house. Megan tries to claim her innocence, but her drunken boss and lover won’t hear of it. So, what does Megan do? She leaves with Cain, who seems to think he has her ‘best interests’ in mind.  Megan is very naive and Cain is quite persuasive. And they end up having sex…. I mean, nothing says healthy mind like having rebound/revenge sex with your ex’s identical twin.

Theses two books were VERY short, and I really wish they were combined … and the plot, the characters lacks depth, emotion and development… It was still a really good two-part book . It’s such a bumpy, intense, story and I absolutely loved it! I will definitely be reading more of Jenna Fox’s books

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~Author Bio~

Jenna FoxJenna Fox is an award winning, #1 bestselling author residing in the United States. Stories always feature a mysterious alpha male with unexpected twists to shock the reader. She believes in HFN and HEA endings, although not always in a romantic or conventional way.

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{Review} Everything He Wants: Obedience by Jenna Fox


37650545Everything He Wants: Obedience by Jenna Fox 

ebook, Published June 6th 2018

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Me. He’d chosen me.
Not a rich girl. Or a pretty girl.
But me…
A girl with a bleak future. A girl with a tragic past.
Sloane Rothchild, New York City’s most eligible billionaire bachelor, could’ve picked a beautiful and educated girl to be his new assistant. But he wanted me. And all I had to do was show him I could obey.
Be a good girl. Be his dirty girl. But if I didn’t obey…
I’d get the whip. Spankings. Chains…
Oh, why did the dirty and forbidden things he wanted to do to me send tingles through all the right places?
So, I fell hard and fast for him. I bared my body to him. My heart. My soul.
But there was another side of Mr. Rothchild—a side he didn’t warn me about.
A side I had to find out about on my own… His other half. His dark and mysterious twin, Cain.
Cain was like me—scarred and damaged. We immediately connected. He understood my needs. But after all, shouldn’t my heart belong to the man who’d given me the opportunity of a lifetime?
Each brother had taken a piece of me. One man had torn my heart out, and the other had used my body. But only one truly owned me. And only one man had swept me up in a current of lust and need…
Only one had tangled me in his web of lies and deceit.
Nobody told me there would be danger. Nobody told me I might fear for my life.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

I read this in one sitting. Its a fairly short read tbh. Obedience was a great read, not at all what I expected. This is one hot and steamy read with a few twists included! This is the first book by this author but it certainly won’t be my last!

Sloane Rothchild is a billionaire bachelor who runs Rothchild Investments. He has had his eye on one of his employees (Megan Walters) to make her become his personal assistant but she must promise to be obedient at all costs. It doesn’t take long for them to become closer than just work colleagues. Their relationship is not that simple, Megan doesn’t know where she stands with her boss and what he wants with their relationship, when Sloane’s twin brother Cain comes into the picture and makes it clear that he too wants a piece of her but completely different reasons than what Sloane does, things start to get intense and his view for the family business is a lot different to what Sloane wants.

This book was juicy, hot and steamy. The cliff hanger though!! I highly recommend giving this book a chance.

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~Author Bio~

Jenna FoxJenna Fox is an award winning, #1 bestselling author residing in the United States. Stories always feature a mysterious alpha male with unexpected twists to shock the reader. She believes in HFN and HEA endings, although not always in a romantic or conventional way.

Amazon |Website | Goodreads

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Book Blitz ~ Blood & Magic Volume 1 by Danielle Annett: Excerpt + Giveaway!


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Blood & Magic Volume 1 by Danielle Annett

(Blood & Magic #1 & 2)

Publication date: June 28th 2018

Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

A pyrokinetic, a dangerous new enemy, an imminent war.

Mercenary Aria Naveed is going to have her hands full.

Throw in a shifter or two and sh** is about to get serious!

Grab Blood and Magic Volume One. Books one and two in the exciting new urban fantasy series by USA Today Bestselling author Danielle Annett

What’s inside

CURSED BY FIRE: BOOK ONE

Blood is going to spill …

I just hope it won’t be mine.

After two weeks of searching, I found the seven-year-old I’d been hired to find too late. His body broken and discarded. Dead.

My boss doesn’t want me to hunt down his killers. It’s too dangerous.

But the Pacific Northwest Pack steps in, hiring me to bring the bastards to justice.

Turns out the kid was half shifter. And shifters don’t abandon their own.

In a search that takes me through the maze of shifter hierarchy and the depths of the paranormal underworld, these killers underestimate how determined I am to mete out their punishment. Vigilante justice is the only kind these people understand.

Yes, blood will spill. And I’m determined it will be theirs.

KISSED BY FIRE: BOOK TWO

New Rule: If it has sharp teeth, don’t trust it.

Getting bit hurts like hell.

As Friend of the Pack, I should be untouchable, protected by the most influential group in the Pacific Northwest. But someone is unleashing rogue vampires to hunt me down, and I’m determined to find out why.

But on my hunt for answers, the unimaginable happens. Bound to one of the most influential power players, I must tread carefully.

Paranormal politics are at play.

And I refuse to be anyone’s puppet.

If you like C.N. Crawford, K.F. Breene, Dannika Dark, and Ilona Andrews, you will LOVE the Blood and Magic series. Click BUY NOW to jump into the Aria’s adventure TODAY!

“Breakneck pacing, a strong fierce heroine, and a twist at every corner.” — CHERRY ADAIR, New York Times Bestselling Author

“I personally am a Kate Daniels fan, and I loved this series.” — Amazon Reviewer

Goodreads | Amazon

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~Excerpt~

Mike noisily cleared his throat, “UH, hey, Ari…”

“God, I hope whoever they send isn’t a complete moron. If I’m going to be stuck with a Pack partner, the least they can do is give me someone competent.”

Mike noisily cleared his throat again.

“What?” I looked up from my desk and scowled at the tall man standing just inside the office, casually leaning against the doorframe. He had tousled brown hair and steely gray eyes. High cheekbones and a strong jaw formed his face and a hint of stubble dusted his jawline. It was not enough to appear unkempt, but just enough to give a roguish impression. Dressed in black jeans, a black tee, and a black leather jacket, he oozed tall, dark, and handsome with deadly intent.

I shoved my notebook into the top drawer of my desk. Shit.

“That would be this furball right here,” James said, an arrogant grin lifting the corner of his mouth.

I let my head fall to the surface of my desk, then for good measure, I none too gently knocked my forehead on its smooth surface, one, two, three times. Dammit, I couldn’t believe I’d just called him a freaking furball!

My cheeks warmed, and I heat crept up my neck.

On the upside, at least my partner was someone I actually knew and trusted to watch my back.

“You all done with the show?” he asked. I lifted my head and glared at him, then dropped my head to the desktop once more before sitting up and rubbing the sting away.

“Yeah, I’m done.” This wasn’t going to be as bad as I’d expected. James Shields was a wolf and having him as my partner was going to make this gig a lot more tolerable than I’d expected.

“So you’re my partner?”

James nodded. “Yeah, I’m your partner.” He sauntered into the room, his eyes scanning the articles pinned to the exposed brick walls. “Think you can play nice for once?”

“Hey!” I admonished. “I’m always nice to you.”

He snorted and wandered farther into the room, his gaze now locked on mine.

He moved with a confident and carefree grace.

If he weren’t the closest thing I had to a best friend, I’d be drooling like the rest of society when he walked into a room.

“Sure, you are. You ready to get reckless?” His lips curved to one side, and his eyes pulled me out of my seat.

I smiled. He knew me all too well.

“Absolutely.”

I grabbed my messenger bag and followed James out of the office, aware of Mike’s disapproving gaze following my every step.

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~Author Bio~

Danielle Annett is an Author, Designer, Photographer, Mommy, Wife, and everything in between. She’s often told she wears too many hats. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sign up and get notified when Danielle has a new release: subscribepage.com/y7i0o9
And if you like talking books, join her private facebook group 

Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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~Giveaway~

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

$25 Amazon gift card

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{Review} Heartless by Marissa Meyer


34567499Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Paperback, 480 pages

Published May 1st 2018 by Square Fish (first published November 8th 2016)

Goodreads

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland–the infamous Queen of Hearts–she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

~Review~

I loved this one so much. Omg. Marissa Meyer has become one of my favourite authors and after reading this one, oh my! I’m excited to read more of her books.

I have to admit, I have never read Alice in Wonderland in its entirety. I’ve watched the movies, of course. The beginning of this book surprised me with its frothiness. There is a lot of baking in this book, and the beginning was the equivalent of a strawberry cream puff, it was so lighthearted that the gradual darkening and the development of Catherine almost sneaks up on you.

“She stared at the girl in the mirror, the one who looked as though she had never known a smile. Even as she had the thought, her reflection’s lips curled upward, revealing a delirious grin beneath her sullen eyes.”

Heartless is a well-done and well-written retelling of Alice in Wonderland.

Catherine was on many levels, one of the most relatable characters I’ve ever read about. All she wants is to open up a bakery with her best friend Mary Anne. Baking pastries and delicacies is where her heart belongs. However, her parents want her to seize such silly dreams and focus on other acts for young women such as herself. That includes marrying the King of Hearts. Even though that is not what she wants, Catherine wants her parents disappointment even less. Catherine’s parents are infuriating people. Not once do they stop to ask her if she is happy. Not once do they stop and consider that this might not be what she wants. Her mother, is biggest nightmare of them all. Refusing to speak of anything other than her future wedding and queenly status, she hurts Catherine with her words. She often chastised her for eating too much or even considering having another bite.

“Her husband? Her one and only? Her partner through life’s trials and joys?
She would be queen, and queens … queens did not open bakeries with their best friends. Queens did not gossip with half-invisible cats. Queens did not have dreams of yellow-eyed boys and wake up with lemon trees over their beds.”

I loved Heartless! I liked that it was a retelling of the Queen of Hearts and not about Alice. What made me love this more was that Marissa included so many characters and aspects of the original retelling.

I highly recommend it!

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Marissa Meyer

~Author Bio~

Marissa Meyer lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband and three cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, color-coordinating her bookshelf…), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a kid, something she doesn’t intend  to grow out of. She may or may not be a cyborg. Cinder, her first novel debuted on the New York Times Bestsellers list

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Book Blitz ~ Heart of the Colossus by Nicole Grotepas: Excerpt + Giveaway!


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Heart of the Colossus by Nicole Grotepas

(A Holly Drake Job Book, #3)

Publication date: July 12th 2018

Genres: Adult, Science Fiction, Steampunk

Save them all or die trying.

Holly Drake and her team have seen the evil lurking behind everything the Shadow Coalition does. The last time they plunged into the heart of the shadow empire, they could only rescue one. Now they’re going back for the rest. The crew is ready and willing to put everything on the line. They have a plan, they have the means, this is the job they were born to do.

But time and space are stacked against them.

The mission is a logistical nightmare. How can Holly and her crew save an entire fleet of children? The answer: whatever it takes. Co-opting fuel tankers, recruiting explosives experts, hiring pilots, and revisiting mysterious specters from the past. Some things are too painful, even for Holly Drake, but when it comes to freeing the innocent, not even the ugliest mistakes from her past will hold her back.

Is this the mission that will unveil the true nature of the Heart at the center of the Shadow Coalition? She’s seen the hands, just who is the heart?

Goodreads | Amazon

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~Excerpt~

“I don’t know how you guys talked me into this, again,” Charly Stout said, her voice coming over the comms into Holly’s earpiece. “Last time was a bust. Nearly died. And yet, here I am, again, floating outside the ship in space, my life balanced on the brink.”

“You love danger, that’s why,” Holly Drake said from inside the ship. She was safe and snug, seated next to Trip Taurus, a Centau and the pilot of the Space Cruiser Olavia Apollo. Charly Stout, a human, and Odeon Starlight, a Druiviin, waited outside the ship, clipped in on the underside, out of sight of the Fuel Depot security cameras. There they waited for Shiro Oahu’s distraction to work.

“At least this time I am with you, Charly. You’re not alone.” Odeon said.

“Aw man, Odeon. You know you always pull through, for everyone, always,” Charly laughed. “Thanks bro.”

“If we weren’t parked for the fill, you’d be in here, Odeon,” Holly joked. “I’m barely getting through this without my fix.” The panic attacks about being in space still afflicted her. She could feel the darkness of fear creeping at the edge of her mind, clawing at her sanity. She glanced at Trip who sat silently beside her, watching the instruments on her control panels. The Centau’s head was tilted to the side, the pilot goggles balanced on her forehead, her beautiful pale brown skin contrasting with the white, blue, and orange of her pilot jumpsuit.

“He’s mine this time, Holly. Sorry girl!”

Trip interrupted their banter. “The tank is half full. I hope Shiro is almost ready.”

“Shiro, you in position?” Holly asked, touching her earpiece. The fueling station filled the viewsceen in front of them. Most of what they saw was the giant mechanical arm that pulled in Trip’s ship and kept it secure as the fueling umbilical connected with the ship and filled it with aether. But beyond that there was the central portion of the station where the workers stayed. Inside the station there were a bar, a restaurant, and the people to man those and a few other amenities for commercial ships like Trip’s.

“Nearly there, Ms. Drake,” Shiro said quietly over the comms.

“This is going to cost you, you know?” Trip said, turning to glance at Holly before looking back at the instrument panel.

“We’re going to pay for this fill up, yes,” Holly said. “Don’t worry about it, Trip. You’re practically on the crew at this point.”

“Am I?” Trip asked, leaning back and studying Holly with her bright eyes.

“Don’t get too excited about it. You’re mostly in, maybe still enjoying your trial period.” Holly gave her a measuring glance.

Trip pulled her gaze away from Holly, a smirk touching the edge of her lips like she was disgusted with Holly’s antics. “Just a few minutes more, then she’s full.”

“Everyone be ready,” Holly said.

“In position,” Shiro whispered.

“Ready,” Charly said, followed by Odeon’s affirmation that he too was ready.

There was silence on the comms and in the bridge of the SC Olavia Apollo. Holly could hear the stifled breathing of her crew as everyone waited for the fueling to finish. There was a sound through the ship as the fuel delivery system finished and the umbilical disengaged.

“She’s done,” Trip said.

“Go.”

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~Author Bio~

I’m passionate about human rights, animal rights, and living life with no regrets. I love how becoming a parent has deepened my devotion to making the world a better place. I do that best by crafting stories that attempt to answer hard questions–the ones I think about most–while also being entertaining and fun. I live in a landscape that reminds me of my place in the universe, under an endless sky and towering mountains that are older than human memory, and I love it here.

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~Giveaway~

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL)

$50 Amazon Giftcard
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{Review} Stripped by Tarrah Anders


35754990Stripped by Tarrah Anders

Kindle Edition, 138 pages

Published November 7th 2017 by Tarrah Anders

Goodreads

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

Acceptance. Trust. Confidence.

Malcolm and I met in an unfortunate way, and he has pushed himself into my life. When my drunk best friend invites him to her wedding as my date, I reluctantly give him a chance. I’m giving US a chance and I’m pleasantly surprised.
Now I need to learn how to accept that he takes his clothes off for women. I need to trust that he’s not wanting to take any of them home. And I need to build the confidence when the green-eyed monster of jealousy rears its evil head.

~Review~

*a copy was provided by NetGalley*

Ooo this was something! This is my first Tarrah Anders book, and I could not put it down, I read it in like 2hrs! I really enjoyed it. There was so much more to this book. It was different.

Malcolm is a dancer, not just a stripper. He is also a trainer at the gym. His goal is to become a business owner as well as behind the scenes of his work. He gets into a car accident, and his real story begins. He is quickly falling for the lady that has refused his charm and his good looks. Now he must prove worthy and try to get the girl.

Rebeckha is strong in her business sense. She is not dating as her work goal is far more important. She works for property management and loves it. One night she gets hit by a truck at a stop light. The driver is gorgeous and she must fight the urge to go out with him. Her trust is challenged, as she begins to fall for Malcolm. Can she trust him enough? Can she believe in herself to fall for Malcolm? Only reading the book can answer those questions.

Malcolm and Rebeckha have so much chemistry. From the unusual meeting to the sexy lap dances to the very sweet ending. Beck’s had to go through what I think every woman and/or man does when they date a dancer.

I loved this quick read, the pacing was great and I loved the humor. These two were made for each other. Once I started I couldn’t put it down until I was done. Tarrah Anders has once again pulled me right in with her writing.

I really hope this isn’t the end of Rebeckah and Malcolm – I would love to see how their story continues!  The two of them together make for an unforgettable story! This is definitely a must read! I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Tarrah AndersMeet Tarrah. She’s a contemporary romancer who is all about the feels, with the twists of sexy mixed in between. She’s been writing since before she can remember. Writing was always a passion, that was kept it under wraps, stayed on the backburner and never vocalized or followed through with my desire to be a writer, until she read a horrible book and thought: ‘I could do better than that!’ She kept her writing romance from her husband for nearly two years, but finally told him because… royalties and taxes. Now, he lovingly helps with ‘research’ and uses him for his amazing Photoshop skills for her covers.
She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, but living in beautiful San Diego with her own little family while working during the day as a social worker working with the homeless. She is a hardcore San Francisco Giants fan and anything dealing with cupcakes and Zombies.

Her writing style is that she tries to keep on earth. She tries her best to not be too unrealistic with her characters, what they do and how they live. She wants her books to be relatable and not to create too many eye rolls, when a character starts calling his love interest baby after knowing her for 5 minutes.
She has written and self-published 4 books and one novella. They’re all dual point of view aside from the novella. She is currently working on several pieces but focusing on two mainly. Thematically, the novels are friends to lovers, random hook-ups and office romances mixed with a whole lot of fun in the middle.

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