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Excerpt from Loved by the Beast (Alcyran Chronicles #3) by Anya Summers w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @anyabsummers #PNR #paranormalromance

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Anna has plans for her life. This fall, she will be heading off to medical school, well on her way to becoming a doctor. But first, she and her besties head to Ireland to celebrate.

Nowhere did her future plans even include serious dating, let alone becoming mated to a man who can turn into a freaking beast with wings. Nor did she reckon with being sucked through a portal onto another planet while on her way home from a great night out.

Yet from the very first time her new mate touches her, Anna wonders if this could be the real deal – as in: the big L. The only problem is, her mate says his kind do not love; they protect, they pleasure, and they provide. Can Anna really kiss goodbye to all her plans for the future, and agree to spend the rest of her existence without love?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy paranormal romance, while the third in the Alcyran Chronicles series, can be read and enjoyed as a standalone.

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D’Vorak launched himself off the rooftop, took to the air, and sniffed the wind. He soared like a ghostly specter, blending in with the night. On the streets below, the people never glanced up as he glided above. Perhaps that was why they didn’t know their world was dying. They were too involved with what was right in front of them to view the larger picture.

Working with Rhiannon was risky. He understood the perils of trusting the Clovis wench. However, she had promised that if he succeeded in this task, she would sever his people’s ties with the Clovis. That must happen before the truth of the Gūla was discovered—the truth they had kept hidden, the weapons they had forged.

All he had to do was find the three women and take them to his planet. Three particular women whom Rhiannon indicated were descended from the original line of Clovis. Earth had been the home world for the Clovis before they discovered the wormhole to Destruna, another realm, another world where they weren’t persecuted and fled this one. The ancient lore of the Gūla described the first arrival of the Clovis on Destruna. At that time, the tribes had been primitive, living in thatch huts. It was the Clovis who taught them to build, to write, to read.

It was during that time, the true wealth of the Gūla was discovered. Warlords seized the mines filled with lunar crystals. When put together, they glowed, and were a power source unlike anything else on Destruna.

And from that power source they had created weapons capable of bringing down a Dráo, and protecting their realm. But the weapons created were too potent if they fell into the wrong hands. He shuddered at the thought of the Clovis with them. Queen Mona was already a power hungry wench with immense resources; she didn’t need more at her disposal.

His nose caught a whiff of sweetness on the breeze. The potency and flavor reminded him of dragonsbane wine. Being surrounded by the foreign stench, his beast wanted to roll around in the familiar scent.

Dang, this book is hot.  Seriously.  But just understand that it needs to be for Anna and D’Vorak to work its important.  I know, normally I don’t read the really hot stuff that much anymore but Ms. Summers is fast becoming a go-to author for me when I want it hot, emotional and having a wonderful, but hard-fought HEA.  Did I mention this book is hot?  It has BDSM elements in it so be forewarned.  I enjoyed getting to know Anna and D’Vorak.

No one writes a true Alpha hero like Ms. Summers.  At least for me.  There were times that I really wanted to hit him for his heavy-handedness with Anna but at the same time, it worked for me.  Anna was no slouch in the giving department but again, Ms. Summers can have D’Vorak do something that was really sweet and it redeemed it for me.  I also liked that D’Vorak was a gargoyle-like creature.  I love that creature in paranormal and not too many authors try to tackle it in their writing.  Plus, the dragons in this one are not nice.  Did I also mention that there are witches, spells, and an alien aspect to the book, too?  This book had a lot going on but it kept my interest from the beginning page and I didn’t want it to end.

Anna has no clue what is happening when she is pulled into the portal but I liked her spunk to her situation.  She did not want to fall in love with D’Vorak at all.  This is NOT a love at first sight.  These two had a lot to work out between them, even if the sex is hot.  Anna has forgiveness in heart, willing to compromise and refuses to settle.  She won’t hand over her friends to anyone.  At times, I really thought that it wouldn’t work out between them but Ms. Summers knows just how much to torture her readers and then pulls them back in.  Did I mention that I love Ms. Summers writing?

The book is full of wonderful world-building, an exciting plot, and breathtaking pacing.  It is full of adventure, thrills and fascinating characters.  I didn’t read the first two books in the series and I was never lost.  Ms. Summers does a great job of letting the reader know what is going on.  There were still a few things that I didn’t quite feel where finished so I hope that there is another book in the series.

Again, I really, really loved this book and Ms. Summers.  You will, too, if you give it a chance.

About the Author:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. (http://www.maggiemaegallagher.com/) A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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#Review of Kill Shot (Spies R Us #2) by Amber Malloy w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #romanticsuspense

Kill Shot

by Amber Malloy

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GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Invited to speak for the United Nations, International Attorney Ashe Marcille is on the fast track. However, everything changes when she finds her law partner dead. Left with no option but to abandon her hard-earned career, she goes on the run.

Walker Knight, owner of a high-tech security firm, left the spy games years ago. A former agent for J8, he had no intention of returning to that life until the agency calls in one last favor. It should have been an easy job—pick up then drop off a lawyer with no questions asked. But, best laid plans…

Attracted to the attorney from the minute he laid eyes on her, Walker sets out to solve her case. Until he can figure out who wants her dead, he’ll have to keep her close…very close. 

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Excerpt One:

O’Brien’s, the Midtown Manhattan pub, aired the NBA playoffs on every television in the bar. Walker Knight ordered another round of Jameson for his boys. His crew—younger than him by at least ten years—congratulated each other on a job well done.

“To the best security team this side of the Pacific.” He lifted his drink for a toast.

“Come on, boss. We thought you were going to say ‘in the world’,” a newbie joked.

“That’s a tall order. It’ll take more than one job together for that.” Walker wanted to celebrate, just not to the level of wasted. His crew had no problem staying up all night, but he needed to catch some zzzs. “Next round’s on me.”

They’d spent eighteen hours on a plane to the Middle East. In three short days the team had taken down a faction of a religious sect named Glory’s Soldiers. Pleased with their quick extermination of the zealots, WLK Security’s oil clients had provided them with a major bonus.

As he was signaling for the bartender to settle their tab, a newbie squeezed in beside him.

“What’s next?” the rookie asked.

With a total of three partners—two from his school days and one silent—they ran a private security firm. Walker led their missions and could always tell the adrenaline junkies from the dedicated worker bees.

“Give it a couple of days,” he lied. Walker honestly didn’t think he would see the guy again. The kid’s jumpy nature grated on his nerves.

The bar cheered at the Knicks’ three-point basket at the buzzer. After signing the credit receipt, he chucked deuces to his crew. Dead on his feet, Walker headed for the exit. He couldn’t wait for his head to hit the pillow.

As his phone vibrated in his pants, he fought the urge to ignore it, but habit forced him to fish it out of his pocket.

“Walker,” he answered.

“Well, if it isn’t my Knight in shining armor,” the woman cooed.

Walker stopped in his tracks. That voice was straight out of his past. A form of Neverland—not all bad, but not one he wanted to deal with.

A shoulder check from a drunk blonde got him back into gear. She winked on her way past, and he smiled in return but offered nothing more. “Thought I would never hear from you again. How did you crawl your way back from the dead, Eden Morgan?” he said.

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You know when you read a new to me author and you keep thinking why haven’t I read her before?  Yep, that’s me with Ms. Malloy.  That said, there were a couple of things that kinda nagged me but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.  In fact, I really want to read the first book in the series and the set up for the third book is awesome.

Here a few things that nagged me:

  1.  Instalove/instalust between Ashe and Walker.  At times, I can suspend it when it comes to romantic suspense/thrillers because of the intense action and the situations that the couple is usually thrown in.  Unfortunately, for me, it didn’t work for me.
  2.  At times, I felt like I was missing pages of the book.  It was like it just stopped in places and then picked up later on with me stretching my head trying to fill in the gaps.
  3.  There is a plot thread revolving around Walker that I didn’t feel like was finished.  I kinda missed Tom and the Cape.
  4.  A couple of the J8 agents I really, really just didn’t connect with at all.  In fact, I kinda disliked them.  Not Vann or Lola.  Loved them.

Things that I absolutely LOVED:

  1.  Ashe!  She is no shrinking violet.  We don’t get her full backstory until about midway through the book but it sure does explain a lot of the beginning and her responses to what is happening to her.  In fact, her connection to someone in the book…I about fell out of my chair.  I NEVER saw that coming and it was a great way to show some real, honest conflict between Ashe and his former employer.
  2. Walker is a bad*ss.  He would do anything for Ashe.  He knew to get involved with her was a mistake considering how a relationship ended before but he kept going forward regardless.
  3. Walker and Tank taking down their owners.  You just have to read it and I loved it.  Brilliant writing and a great plot thread.  The Barbie Doll wives were hilarious, too.
  4.  There are a couple of different plot threads in the book but trust me, it will all make sense in the end.  They are all part of the bigger picture and I love how Ms. Malloy was able to weave it all together in the end.  Bravo.  I got lost a couple of times but in the end, it was so worth it.
  5.  The overall plot of the book was AWESOME.  Very relevant to the times and I won’t go into right now.  Like I said before, there are a couple of threads and it would definitely spoil the book for you.  Let’s just say that I have never read a book with that kind of plot before and it made me think about some things.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book.  Ms. Malloy’s pacing is perfect.  She knew exactly when to speed it up and then slow it down.  There are smexy times so be forewarned.  I look forward to Lola and Connor’s book next.  Should be a doozy. 

 

 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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Excerpt & #Review of Bittersweet Alliance (Donahue Cousins #3) by Kathleen Rowland w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #RomanticSuspense

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Will a snap decision change their lives forever?

Bizarre kidnappings stun the Big Island of Hawaii, pulling Danker Donahue back into the game and forcing him to partner with Jolene Kualoha, the woman who left him seven years ago when his DNA showed up in paternity lawsuit. The prejudice-motivated hate crimes are the wildest anyone has ever seen. Victims are being poisoned then released once the ransoms are paid, many losing their lives.

In the shadow of Jolene’s success as a helicopter pilot, a troubled woman develops a fixation on Jolene and imitates her appearance. Matters turn dark when the copycat is shot dead. Was Jolene the target? Threats mount when she barely survives an accident after her brake cables are severed.

When these crimes threaten her sanity, Jolene is forced to trust the one person she thought she’d lost forever, Danker. Instantly, sparks fly between them, and as much as she wants to rekindle their relationship, she must protect her heart.

An old enemy, Seamus McGinn, breaks out of a maximum-security prison and invites Danker to a meet-up. Surprisingly, the kidnapper joins forces with McGinn along with his sick fans. McGinn trumpets his ‘murders by ice pick’, and it’s up to Danker to stop him. The whole island is on edge with a live feed from the maniac’s website.

In a stolen moment, Jolene shows him hope, and he makes a snap decision that will change their lives forever. Will he make it back to show her?

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Older didn’t mean wiser. All this time Jolene had dreaded running into him, sometimes dressing in expectation of it. If she did see him again, she wanted to look good. Today she looked like crap, but what did it matter? Danker’s reason for being on the Big Island had nothing to do with her, not in a personal way. Tomorrow they’d meet at the FBI field office to collaborate on a serial kidnapping case. She’d wear a sleeveless linen dress, open-toed pumps, and bring the accordion file full of notes and newspaper clippings she’d gathered.

The perpetrator targeted wealthy Hawaiians with social capital, the kind of people seen on television or featured in newspapers when they donated money to charities. The latest missing person, Pua Iona, owned Iona Hawaiian Rugs and was an acquaintance of hers. Not that they shared the same social strata, but they’d volunteered together at an artisans’ market to boost Hawaiian crafts. After Pua went missing and fit the criminal’s modus operandi, Mayor Billy Kim, frustrated with police progress, contacted Jolene’s former boss from California, FBI Agent Gary Guhleman, cowboyish in dress but wise in judgement.

Guhleman didn’t need to tell her Hawaiians resisted outside intrusions. “You know everyone,” he’d said. “Witnesses will share what they know.” The agent and his wife had retired, rather semi-retired, here in Kona. Soon after she and Guhleman had spoken, he called in Danker Donahue to consult. “You remember him, right?”

“Gosh, let me think.” She and Danker went hot and heavy after the Long Beach case that ended with the arrest of mobster Seamus McGinn.

 

What can I say about this absolutely delightful romantic thriller?  Plenty.  This book caught me by surprise.  You have the second chance romance between Danker and Jolene, intense thriller elements and a plot that I just fell in love with.  I know, the plot sounds awful and it was but it made sense to me.  I admit that some of the scenes were somewhat gruesome but again, they made sense.  You needed to see what these people are capable of doing and why.

Danker and Jolene are NOT wounded people.  In other words, that don’t need saving.  They are well-written characters that have been through some tough times before and came out stronger in the end.  It was fun watching these two come back together.  In fact, most of their dialogue was hilarious.  I know, I know, I shouldn’t say that but at times, I really had to chuckle.  Both were honest with each other from the beginning of the book.  It was refreshing to read a book where the characters were that well written and I cared about them from the get-go.

The action/thriller elements are breathtaking.  In fact, I kept thinking that is Jolene didn’t have bad luck, she would have no luck at all.  Talk about being a walking target.  The scene where she asking for a cookie is hilarious but also serious.  I won’t go any further about everything that Jolene goes through but again…just bad luck.  Lucky, Danker doesn’t treat her like a wounded child but an adult and she doesn’t fight him on it.

Overall, I loved this book.  I really need to read Grady’s book.  He is mentioned in the book and he sounds very interesting to me.  Ms. Rowland is a new to me author but I will be looking at her backlist to find more gems like this one.  If you are looking for a romantic thriller/suspense with characters that act like real grownups and gripping action, then look no further.  Just be forewarned…some of the scenes are a bit squeamish.

About the Author:

Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write!

Kathleen is an in-house author at Tirgearr Publishing. Her Irish-American Donahue Cousins series includes Deadly Alliance, Unholy Alliance, and Bittersweet Alliance.

What reviewers say about Kathleen Rowland

Windward Whisperings–Kathleen Rowland spins a creative story with romance, passion and suspense making it an adventure hard to put down. The banter she creates between the two lovers is spine-tingling robust in this keeper of a read. ~ http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/windwardwhisperingsrowland.htm

Deeds of Deceit— Circled by the bloodthirsty and untrusting, you learn to appreciate the few allies you have. Deeds of Deceit is an excellent addition to any thriller assortment. ~ http://www.midwestbookreview.com/sbw/mar_12.htm

A Key to all that Glitters is a mesmerizing love story that vibrates with love and suspense. ~ http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/05/key-to-all-that-glitters-by-kathleen.html

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