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Interview with author Calinda B.

Today we have author, Calinda B. swinging by for an interview and to share her Wicked series with us. She’s also offering a $20 amazon gift card to one lucky commenter!

Calinda B was told early on that she should be a writer. She heard frequent praise for her writing, as well as her sense of humor. Scoffing at such admonitions and praise, she went on to pursue her life of adventure, chock full of the things that make up a well-rounded adventurous life: music (yup, she was a singer in a rock and roll band), dance (even performed hip hop in Russia), rock climbing (ever hung from a rock wall a few stories up? Yikes!), fire walking (taught high-ranking Moscow fire officials how to walk the coals), kayaking, scuba diving (she’s in love with sharks), travel, and falling in love again and again.

For more information on Calinda, check out her website.

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.


Thank you Calinda for stopping by to chat with us! Now before we roll into the questions do you mind just telling our readers a little bit about your Wicked series?

The Wicked series is a set of super steamy paranormal romantic adventures. The characters have the same goals as many of us – manifest passionate love, experience greater pleasure, make the world a better place, become a better person – only they find themselves dealing with all sorts of twists in the process. Take Chérie, the young woman from Walla Walla, WA who is the main heroine of the series. She sees herself as a simple, awkward, tongue-tied girl. Who knew that she channels the force of the universe through her body and can do amazing things when she gets turned on? Not only that, she learns that she can trip-hop through galaxies with her lover, stepping on stars, zooming through star-dust and brilliant colors. Her boyfriend Cam, Mr. Here and Now, has to deal with a star dreamling, a vicious creature from another planet that wants to kill him. Every character has to deal with some big issue to get to their goal. Thing is, they never imagined the kinds of obstacles that will get in their way.

 

Where did the Wicked series come from? What sparked the idea for you?

I’ve always been intrigued by individuals who experienced abuse, sexual insults or addiction and yet healed from these insults, ending up with fascinating, fulfilling lives. What is it that allows a person to cultivate joy and passion out of the ashes of a life that appears tragic? And what if, as an added twist, the characters were immersed in paranormal realities? I decided to write such a series.

 

Is there is Wicked #4 or perhaps a new project in the works? And if so can you give us a sneak peak?

Oh, I am really excited about A Wicked Ending: Book IV in the Wicked Series! The book features free-spirited, voluptuous Zuri Davidson and her crush on the big, beefy Manoko Wikaira-Williams, a 6’4” Spirit Tracker. When their friends Cam and Chérie embark on a scuba diving adventure, they find a dead wolf pinned to the rock wall 100’ deep. It is speared to the wall in a ritualistic manner, with streaming red silk ribbons, undulating like kelp from the stakes. They bring it topside and the mystery unfolds. Turns out everyone – Cam, Chérie, Zuri, the whale whisperer Kai, his wife Cassie, and Manoko – all play a part in getting to the bottom of this strange finding. There’s mystery, intrigue, sizzling hot passion and even more wicked madness from the villains as all speed toward their goal of finding love and happiness. Here’s a little taste of Zuri to whet your appetite:

Zuri rolled her head side to side against one of the burgundy pillows, as if her skull was undulating in a calm sea. A tangle of her long, mahogany hair flowed like a piece of kelp along the silky surface.

“Mmm…” Let’s stop with these foolish thoughts. Her cheek drifted over a piece of rabbit fur. With fluttering eyelids, she twined her fingers through the creamy strands. “Mmm…” She guided it along her porcelain neck…traced it along her buttery breasts. “Mmm…” This was better. Much better than wallowing in what she could not have…wasn’t sure she genuinely wanted.

The image of a tattoo-covered, caramel-skinned Manoko Wikaira-Williams bobbed to the surface of her awareness like a buried treasure released from the sea floor. Hey there, big guy. A smile stretched across her face. The memory of sitting up all night with Manoko in that freaky spirit-tracking ritual many moons ago stirred liquid heat between her legs. Now he was hot. What happened to him? She hadn’t seen him in a while, not since Cam and Cherie had air-hopped north to Alaska. She was sure he shared their attraction, but…whatever. She was too stoned to care about much of anything.

Fondling her naked body with the furry hide, she jerked, startled when something akin to cool plastic dropped onto her belly. Bolting upright, she shrieked, gaping at a shiny, red-eyed, black-bodied insect. The thing was as large as her hand. Its numerous legs crawled up her goose bump peppered skin. It fixated its multi-faceted, crystalline, red eyes at her. A ripple of revulsion ran up her spine. She screamed and batted at her tummy, hands fluttering madly. “We don’t have bugs like this in Seattle!” she cried, flailing her arms madly at the waxy body. The insect jack-knifed its outer shell and whizzed to the top of the twenty foot ceiling. “Damn it. Get down here, you disgusting thing, you!”

She stared up to where she’d seen the insect disappear. A tiny red glow appeared where the insect had landed. I must be more stoned than I thought.

She dashed into the kitchen and returned with insect spray. She unsheathed the nozzle and began to spray furiously in the cicada’s direction. The toxic fumes merely floated ineffectually to the luxurious tiled floor, making her cough and her eyes water. Crap. Double crap. Her gaze drifted back towards the ceiling. Red smoke was now streaming down from the rafters. She jerked in surprise. The red smoke streamed down and swirled around her head, causing a feeling of dark disturbance in her brain. It felt both hypnotic and horrid. Once more, she gasped. The plumes of smoke streamed around her torso like a silken ribbon, making her stomach convulse, and then wound around her legs and moved away from her. She felt as if she were encased in cement with a fog screen around her brain. What am I going to do? As if she were peering in from across the street, her dark blue eyes watched, mesmerized, as the smoke headed towards the entrance to her sleek apartment and undulated underneath the door jamb.

 

Since you write erotic romance, would you say that is your favorite genre? 

It is indeed. I like to read a good, nail-biting mystery now and then, or a fantasy mind-warp, but I always wander back toward the steam. I love the writing of JR Ward, Jacqueline Carey and Karen Marie Moning – those authors keep it hot AND interesting!

 
Our blog is called Book Sniffers Anonymous after all. So I must ask, are you a book sniffer? 

Now that’s an interesting question. I do like the smell of fresh new paperback books, if that’s what you’re asking, it’s true. Technology, however, in the form of Kindles, Nooks and other reader devices, has no discernible smell. The feel is hard plastic. You can’t dog-ear a page in a Kindle. Many scents and textures are lacking. I wonder if we’ll be missing essential ingredients to a good read as our world evolves into the rigid manufactured reality of techno-reading.

 
Since we always finish our reviews with a favorite part/quote, what’s your favorite part/quote from the latest Wicked novel, Wicked Whispering? 

Here’s my favorite quote segment, uttered by Kai Williams after he’d accepted and embraced his abilities:

“I think there’s no real life purpose. I don’t think we’re supposed to do anything as much as we’re supposed to be something, in a state of perpetual evolution. Like those tendrils all around us. I don’t think they’re doing anything. I think they just are. I think humans get all tripped up assigning meaning to their lives and meaning to their abilities and shit like that.”

 

Guest Post: One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye

We’re so excited to have Laura Kaye, author of the Hero series, here with us today. She’s talking about the incredible bond between the two leading men in her Hero series. She’s also offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of One Night with a Hero, the latest book in the Hero series.

Voted Breakout Author of the Year in the 2011 GraveTells Readers’ Choice Awards, Laura is the bestselling and award-winning author of over a half-dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. A published non-fiction author, Laura’s work as an historian and training as an archaeologist help her create vivid and accurate portrayals of other times and places. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian
(Lux, #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled
Published: May 8, 2012
Genre: YA
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Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

 

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Sunday Wrap-Up #5

Sunday Wrap Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up during the week. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, Bought, Borrowed & Bagged and Stacking the Shelves.


If you’ve not noticed, BSA got a makeover! My lovely co-blogger Marissa, made up the header featuring an anonymous young lady. I’ve got to say that I love the change! I’m currently in the process of having t-shirts made with the logo. Yes… I love it THAT much 🙂

Last week on the blog…
On Dublin Street by Samantha Young (Review)
The Recruit by Monica McCarty (Review)
Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan (Review & Giveaway)
Forever Werewolf by Michelle Hauf (Review)
Rogue Hunter: Inquest by Kevis Hendrickson (Spotlight & Giveaway)
Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse (Review)

This week on the blog…
Hidden Gates by D.T Dyllin (Cover Reveal)
One Night with a Hero (Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway)
The Wicked Series by Calinda B. (Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway)
$200 Have It Your Way (Giveaway)
Men of the Military Blog Hop (Giveaway)

For Review…

On Dublin Street
By: Samantha Young

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

 Rescue My Heart
(Animal Magnetism, #3)
By: Jill Shalvis

After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.

Holly Reid learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.

For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.

One Night with a Hero
(The Hero, #2)
By: Laura Kaye
He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?

 Her Miracle Man
By: Nikki Duncan
A last wish brings them together. Only love can keep them there.

Children’s hospital administrator Ryland Davids was attracted to event planner Jennalyn James the moment he saw her. He thought there would be plenty of time to get to know her—until her younger sister, Sabrina, was admitted with complications from traumatic brain injury.

When Jennalyn comes face to face with Ryland at a charity event, the pain comes rushing back, threatening to shatter her everything’s-fine façade. It doesn’t help that the lump in her throat is mostly her heart, leaping in response to his touch.

Despite her reluctance to return to the scene of her grief, she fulfills Sabrina’s final request to plan a series of Christmas events for the kids. Over the course of A Month of Miracles, Ryland and Jennalyn discover there’s the light of hope at the end of grief’s dark tunnel. But it may not be enough to heal her broken heart.

Volition
(Volition, #1)
By: Shawn Kirsten Maravel

Charlotte Rush would be the first to admit that her life is no rollercoaster ride. Her days are laced with ordinary and at times boring monotony. But with a heart that finds itself frequently broken she’s happy to say that she’s content.

When her friends convince her to spend the night out at a club to let loose and maybe even find a guy, she finally admits that her life might be missing something.

No sooner does she let go of her inhibitions does she find herself waking up in a dark hotel room in the presence of Joel, a man who carries mystery in his eyes and familiarity in his smile. Against reason Charlotte decides to trust him based solely on one thing. Somehow, she is sure that she knows him.

In a race against time to find answers and to solve the crime committed against her Charlotte finds herself falling for him. However, with nothing but mystery surrounding him she can’t even be sure that he’s the hero at all. While knowing all of the right things to say he still manages to tell her nothing. As a battle is waged over the innocence of her cryptic stranger, Charlotte discovers that much greater danger awaits her. And the mysteries behind who and what Joel is will lead Charlotte to discover that heaven and earth are not so far apart.

Severance
(Volition, #2)
By: Shawn Kirsten Maravel
Severance is the bone-chilling, adrenaline-filled sequel to Volition. Charlotte finds herself hoping against reason that her life couldn’t really have taken the devastating turn that it has. With Joel still dangerously out of the picture, and no signs that he may ever come back, she finds herself up against an even more dangerous threat. A sexy and cunning threat that is bound to tear what she has always known to be her reality down for good.

When things finally start to look up, another curve-ball is thrown her way, promising to give her what she’d hoped for since meeting Joel, an answer it seems that came a little too late. What Charlotte thought she’d once known to be the truth filters through her fingers, leaving her to believe that her world and the afterworld are much more tangled than she’d originally expected. She comes to find that love and lust are no longer the sole deciders of her fate, but revenge. A lifetime of secrets unfold and Charlotte discovers that Joel hasn’t been the only one watching over her all of these years.

Won…
The Heat of His Kiss
By: Kastil Eavenshade

When Mandy Weaver witnesses her fae brethren Justin find his beloved and life mate, her own eternal time clock ticks down to the last seconds. She hasn’t many moon cycles left before her choice to return to the heavens where she belongs is ripped away.

All because of a curse bestowed by Aphrodite and carried out by her son Eros. But Mandy can’t settle for the first man who charms her out of her clothes. If it’s not true love, she will be forced to live among the humans forever with an insatiable need for intimate contact every full moon.

To make matters worse Eros—the god responsible for damning her kind to the moral world—wants her for his own. Can she resist the man who caused her exile or submit to his charms?

  Offside
(The Barker Triplets, #1)
By: Juliana Stone
When hockey phenom Billie-Jo Barker returns home and decides to play in the local Friday night hockey league, all hell breaks loose. Not because Billie’s talent is in question, but because Billie is a woman. And though these are modern times, some of the local guys still have a problem letting a girl into their ‘men’s club.’

Soon, Billie is at the center of a small town battle of the sexes, with everyone choosing sides. Her sisters. The townsfolk. Her friends. And yet, the only person whose opinion she cares about doesn’t seem to care much at all. Logan Forest, the man who broke her heart when she was eighteen and the man she now shares the bench with every Friday night.

She’s got a lot to prove and though Billie Jo Barker scores on the ice, will this girl ever score with the man of her dreams?

Bought…
Catching Jordan
(Hundred Oaks, #1)
By: Miranda Kenneally
What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Greeen moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Scorch
(Croak, #2)
By: Gina Damico
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?

For Giveaway…

My mom went to Gina’s book signing when in she stopped in town and had a couple of extra books signed for an upcoming giveaway. My mom is awesome!

Croak
(Croak, #1)
By: Gina Damico

Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice – or is it vengeance? – whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

Scorch
(Croak, #2)
By: Gina Damico
Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?

What books did you get this week?

Review: Rockoholic by C.J. Skuse

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Spotlight: Rogue Hunter: Inquest by Kevis Hendrickson

Today we are going to do something a little different. We’re going to spotlight a new book that’s just come out. Rogue Hunter: Inquest is a sci-fi novel that sounds amazing! Kevis has been kind enough to offer a copy of his new book to one lucky reader! Now before you start scrolling down to read the synopsis, I want you to scroll past it to the video I’ve added and listen to the theme song while you read the synopsis. Yes, it’s a strange request, but trust me, it’s pretty cool.

Rogue Hunter: Inquest
(Rogue Hunter, #1)
By: Kevis Hendrickson
Publisher: Self-published
Published: Nov. 1, 2012
Genre: Science Fiction

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LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.

Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.

Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depends on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.

Kevis Hendrickson is an aspiring filmmaker, musician, songwriter, novelist, poet, and illustrator. He has penned three full-length novels, one novella, one epic poem, and eight short stories and plans to become a best selling author in the future.

For more information on Kevis, check out his website.

You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter.

Kevis is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a copy of his new novel Inquest!

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Review: Forever Werewolf by Michelle Hauf

Forever Werewolf
(Forever Werewolf / Moon Kissed)
By: Michelle Hauf
Publisher: Harlequin
Published: Sept. 18, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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Alexis Conner, princess of the Alpine pack and pureblood werewolf, hides a painful secret-she has never shifted. If she can’t shift, she can’t mate, and so Lexi resigned herself to a lifetime of loneliness. But then a stranger arrives, and Lexi senses that her world will never be the same….

A massive avalanche might be to blame for Trystan Hawkes getting stuck at Castle Wulfsiege, but after one look at Lexi, Trystan is not about to leave. Lexi is strong, smart and incredibly sexy. Not that it matters. Tryst is an omega-the fabled lone wolf. Even more damning is his mixed vampire heritage.

Lexi knows that the vampire blood running through Tryst’s veins makes him off-limits, but what if he’s the one man who can rouse her inner wolf?

My thoughts…
Since this is two separate stories, this deserves two separate reviews.

First up we have Forever Werewolf which is about Tryst who is a lone wolf and doesn’t belong to any packs and Alexis who is the princess of her pack. Each are hiding a huge secret. Tryst is actually half vampire and Alexis has never been able to shift. These two are immediately attracted to each other and find themselves going against her father’s wishes to see each other.

I thought the story started off strong but it quickly lost it’s sizzle with me. The characters seemed to have instantly fallen in love. I mean, Tryst was only at Castle Wulfsiege for like a week and they are all of a sudden madly in love ready to go against their family and take on the world. Now I could understand if their wolves found a mate in the other one, leaving the human side to play catch up but nope, all systems were a go right from the start. Aside for that though, it was a good story.

The second story is about Bella who when out for a run ends up getting chased by a group of vampires. In her frenzied state to escape she stumbles into Severo, who saves her from the vampires. Except she may have gained herself another threat when he starts making advances towards her. Pretty soon, Bella is stuck with a werewolf for a bodyguard who is clearly not going to leave her be anytime soon.

Sadly, this story flopped for me as well. I will say that I enjoyed it better than the first one but I still couldn’t seem to connect with the characters. Bella is terrified of being raped by Severo since he was quite aggressive with her the night he saved her. However, she ends up having sex with him. I just don’t understand how you can go from fear of rape to doing the horizontal tango with said person. Also, she claims that she loves him after 3 days! The word “love” was thrown around way too much. Everyone kept calling each other “lover”. Not only as a term of endearment when speaking with one another but as introductions. Instead of “this is my girlfriend”, it’s, “this is my lover”. It was just too much for me.

I did find the story to be interesting and the fact that the author included werewolf sex… which I’ve never seen in a book before, earned the author bonus points. Granted it was basically a werewolf coming out of the woods, bending her over and then her waking up the next morning… it was still different. But sadly the originality of that small piece couldn’t help redeem the book for me. I just couldn’t get over the insta-love.

Favorite quote…
“This is all happening, so fast. I’ve only known you a few days.”

-My thoughts exactly…

 

Review: Wild Encounter by Nikki Logan


Wild Encounter
By: Nikki Logan
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Published: Sept. 9, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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A wildlife release mission in Africa turns deadly when the convoy is hijacked by smugglers, and veterinarian Clare Delaney is taken hostage. Terrified for her life and her animals, the intrepid Clare establishes a rapport with the man she believes is the criminals’ leader, and reluctantly finds herself under his protection…and falling hard for the enigmatic man.

Alpha-to-the-max Simon deVries sees right through his sexy captive’s attempt to seduce her way to freedom. So when their simmering attraction flares into true passion, it takes them both by surprise. Now he’s torn between completing his secret mission and letting her escape without telling her his true identity. He knows if he lets her go, he will be risking his career, his life…and his heart.

 
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Review: The Recruit by Monica McCarty

The Recruit
(Highland Guard, #6)
By: Monica McCarty
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Published: Oct. 30, 2012
Genre: Historical Romance
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Scotland’s King Robert the Bruce is retaking his kingdom from the invading English. To win, he’ll need all the grit and courage of his elite band of warriors, the Highland Guard, men who fight without fear and love without limits.
 
Fiery, aggressive, and bold, Kenneth Sutherland is a true champion—skilled with any weapon and driven to win. Now Kenneth is ready for his greatest challenge: joining Robert the Bruce’s secret army to fight among the elite. Kenneth’s best chance to attain that honor is by winning the Highland Games. Focused and prepared for victory, he is caught off guard by a lovely wisp of a woman—and a stolen moment of wicked seduction. Her innocent arousal and her shameless hunger fire his blood. He will win his place in the guard—and in Mary of Mar’s bed.

The ruggedly handsome hero-in-the-making stirs a heart that should know better. Mary vows that her surrender will be sport only—no promises, no heartbreak, just one night of incredible passion. Nothing, she swears, will persuade her to give up her hard-wrought independence and put her fate in the hands of another powerful man. But with every gentle touch and heart-pounding kiss, Kenneth makes her want more. Now Mary wants his heart. But is this determined champion willing to surrender everything for love?

 

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Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

On Dublin Street
By: Samantha Young
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: Oct. 17, 2012
Genre: New Adult
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Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare…

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

 

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