Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Review: Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

 Title: Stepbrother Dearest
Author: Penelope Ward
Source: Purchased


You’re not supposed to want the one who torments you.

When my stepbrother, Elec, came to live with us my senior year, I wasn’t prepared for how much of a jerk he’d be.

I hated that he took it out on me because he didn’t want to be here.
I hated that he brought girls from our high school back to his room.
But what I hated the most was the unwanted way my body reacted to him.

At first, I thought all he had going for him were his rock-hard tattooed abs and chiseled face. Then, things started changing between us, and it all came to a head one night.

Just as quickly as he’d come into my life, he was gone back to California.

It had been years since I’d seen Elec.

When tragedy struck our family, I’d have to face him again.

And holy hell, the teenager who made me crazy was now a man that drove me insane.

I had a feeling my heart was about to get broken again.

Stepbrother Dearest is a standalone novel.

**Contains graphic sexual content and harsh language. It is only appropriate for adult readers age 18+


Stepbrother Dearest is a book that I just had to buy after reading all of the rave reviews. The forbidden aspect also helped to spark my interest in this book. However, this romance only works for me because these two characters didn't grow up together and they are not blood related.

Greta is a great character. She is fairly innocent and nice – almost too nice. She kind of reminds me of myself in ways. Elec is a bit of a jerk, but his antics to get under Greta's skin were pretty funny.

After a lot of fighting and sexual tension, these two finally gave into temptation knowing they may never see each other again. The problem is, they ended up falling for each other.

7 years and one tragedy later, they end up meeting again. Elec is in a serious relationship and it's all kinds of awkward. The fighting and sexual tension come back into play, and the book is hard to put down.

These two have a really steamy romance going on and I really enjoyed the book. There were just a couple of things that bothered me a little...

      1. Elec's autobiography that he wrote was a little boring. I mean, I liked reading some of the story from his perspective, but a lot of it was word-for-word storyline that we had already read.
      2. It wrapped up a little too quickly for me.

Overall, it's a good story and if you're a fan of forbidden romances – then I definitely recommend this book!

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review: Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Title: Archer's Voice
Author: Mia Sheridan
Source: Purchased


When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.


Archer's Voice is a stand-alone book by Mia Sheridan. This is a beautiful love story about two people fighting their own internal battles. The heroine, Bree, spontaneously leaves her home to get away from life. She finds a lakeside cottage in Maine to rent, but doesn't know how long she will stay. Soon after arriving in this small town, she runs into a mysterious man. He has a long, unkempt beard (and hair) – and he doesn't speak – but yet Bree feels instantly drawn to him.

Archer has lived a horrible, lonely life. Not only that, he was shot in the neck as a child and cannot speak. He is a hermit and barely leaves his house. He isn't able to communicate with anyone in town, so all the residents don't really have anything to do with him. Bree is the first person to barge into his life wanting to know more about him.

I thought Bree was a little too forward and pushy with him in the beginning. Yet, I think he needed that because his walls were built up so high and he wasn't letting anyone in. She gradually chipped down those walls until she got to know what a wonderful person Archer is. Both of these characters are wonderful in their own way. Also, Bree already knew sign language because her father was deaf – so things just worked out perfectly.

Archer has lived such an odd lifestyle for so long, that there were so many things he hadn't experienced. He hadn't experienced affection since he was a little boy, so a relationship with a woman was hard for him. He was definitely inexperienced in that category, but it was fun seeing him try new things. This book is definitely steamy and will make you swoon. I loved seeing all the great changes that Bree brings out in Archer. He definitely grows as a person. These two are just perfect for each other. If you love romances, this book is a must read!

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Free eBooks!

**Note - I have no idea how long these will remain free **

Title: Promisis (Syrenka #1)
Author: Amber Garr

Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.

When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiance, would make a wonderful husband except that she's been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.

A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan's life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape.
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 Title: Bound (Dark Reflections #1)
Author: Dean Murray
The only thing worse than having no family at all, is having a family that is out to hurt you. That would all be bad enough for a normal 17-year-old, but it's even worse for Alec Graves. A shape shifter's pack, his family, is the only thing stopping the other preternatural creatures out there from killing them.

Alec's pack isn't just neglectful, he's pretty sure that his father wants him dead. Alec is about to be sent to the front lines of a war between his people and everything else that goes bump in the night. His only chance of survival is to convince everyone around him that he's the perfect soldier, but there are lines that Alec won't cross, not for any price.

Publisher's Note: Dean Murray's ongoing Reflection Series has been a stunning success with hundreds of thousands of copies in circulation, and a rich, complex world where choices—right or wrong—have real, profound consequences. Unsatisfied with the restrictions imposed on him by writing inside of the conventional series structure, Dean has returned to Sanctuary and the characters so many fans have fallen in love with.

Bound is the first in Dean's new Dark Reflections novels, an alternate timeline set in the same world and featuring many of the same characters, but with a profoundly different backstory.
Readers new to Dean Murray's writing can start with Bound in the Dark Reflections Series or Broken in the Reflections Series.
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  My Paper Heart (My Paper Heart #1)
Author: Magan Vernon
There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.
Now to appease her parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique store in tiny Elsbury, Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.

As Libby's feelings for Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she may not survive Blaine's reluctance to say the 'L' word. When Blaine finally commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t come too late.

**This book does contain some mild language and sexual content. It is meant for upper YA readers**
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  Title: Arouse (Spiral of Bliss #1)
Author: Nina Lane
"One day I'm going to touch you in a thousand different ways and show you how to touch me," he said. And he did.

Struggling with a tormented past, undergraduate Olivia Winter once led a practical but isolated life. Then she met Professor Dean West, a brilliant scholar of medieval history who melted Liv's inhibitions and taught her the meaning of both love and erotic pleasure. But after three years of a blissful, lusty marriage, Liv and Dean now face a crisis that threatens everything they believe about each other. And when dark secrets and temptations rise to the surface, the fallout might break them apart forever.
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  Title: Crush (Crush #1)
Author: Lacey Weatherford
Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.
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  Title: Chasing Nikki (Chasing Nikki #1)
Author: Lacey Weatherford
A broken heart.
A troubled past.
An unexpected romance that changes everything.
Will love and trust be enough to overcome the ultimate test?

Chase Walker used to be a good kid--charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn't notice time slipping away until he's arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase's mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won't give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she's more than a pretty face--she's a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki's life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she's taught him? Will it be enough?
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  Title: The Trouble with Spells (Of Witches and Warlocks #1)
Author: Lacey Weatherford
Portia Mullins had always lived the life of a normal teenager, up until her sixteenth birthday. She is then informed by her grandma that she is actually a witch who is a descendant of a long line of witches and warlocks. After overcoming her disbelief she finds that being a member of the coven comes with one great perk in the form of the school's handsome bad boy, Vance Mangum. Vance and Portia have an immediate connection as a budding romance begins, only to be threatened by turbulent skies on the horizon as Vance's checkered past rears its ugly head to haunt them. Portia is forced to use her untried powers in defense of everything she loves in a desperate attempt to hold on to the one thing that really matters in her life. 
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  Title: Magnificence (Gwarda Warriors #1)
Author: Madison Thorne Grey
Arturro and Isobel had the kind of love that lasts forever....In the fantasy realm above, known as Vehaven, a heartfelt action of a god inspires the creation of a new race of warriors.....And a love which was lost long ago alters the destinies of many…
Wharick, the leader of a new race of green-eyed warriors finds more than beasts and gypsies to battle when he discovers his stubborn, beautiful mate in the midst of a dark forest he is now to call home.
Born with the same binds around his wrists as his Gwarda brethren, he is the chosen leader: the Gwardian. He must unite and lead the new race of cursed warriors who now live in the black forest of Surchin. He fights with the fire of a god; he kills the roaming beasts, battles the darkness, strives only to fulfill the purpose he is constantly beckoned by the gods to achieve. However, his priorities are altered the day he hears the voice of his Destoul, his soul’s destiny. She is in the forest and she is wounded. He will stop at nothing to find her, possess her, and kill whoever dares to harm what belongs to him.
As regenerated souls find each other once again..
Keirah and her younger druid sisters are all marked with a gem as it magically appears embedded in their bodies. Now they find themselves without parents and forced to live with strangers. They soon flee from the fires of their new home into the forests that hold the most vile, the Karpartha gypsies, and the god of death’s minions, known as Kravens. They are held captive, victimized, and then separated.
Keirah begins her journey to find her beloved sisters and, while doing so, finds the destiny of her heart. She is instantly struck by the intense attraction between the Gwardian and her. Being raised fiercely independent, she struggles to admit her need and desire for the Gwarda male, because in doing so, it threatens to destroy the shields she has built up to protect her heart.

The Gwarda Warriors series
Had Keirah and her sisters known what was set in motion the day their stones appeared and how personally they would be affected by it, they would have still fought the darkness, still battled for what belonged to them. Anguish had fallen upon their people as darkness encompassed their land, but through the darkness there came light.
The new race of warriors would be their hope, their salvation, their loves’ destiny. But they too could be tainted. They too could be seduced by the black forces they had been created to fight against. If measuring by this earthly realm’s time then it’s been years but in the unseen realm above known as Vehaven, it has been but a moment.
Love knew no bounds, knew no limitations. It looked beyond the unseen realm and reached in for a taste, for a moment of regenerated happiness, and in that moment fate was altered and the destinies of many were changed.
Their land, their Northbrook, they discovered, was a very magical place...
Note: Magnificence is an adult fantasy/paranormal romance
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  Title: Wicked Sense (Singularity #1)
Author: Fabio Bueno
Witches inhabit our world, organized in covens and hiding behind a shroud of secrecy—the Veil.

Skye’s London coven sends her to Seattle’s Greenwood High to find the Singularity, an unusually gifted witch who may break the Veil and trigger a dangerous new era of witch-hunting. Things get complicated when Skye meets a charming new classmate, Drake. Skye’s job becomes even trickier when she clashes with Jane, an intimidating rival witch.

Drake falls for the mysterious Skye, but odd accidents, potion mix-ups, and the occasional brush with death kind of get in the way of romance. Once he discovers Skye is a witch, he goes to war for her, even though his only weapons are a nice set of abs and a sharp sense of humor.

Fighting off wicked Jane and the other dark forces hell-bent on seizing the Singularity's immense power, Skye and Drake will risk everything to save the covens.

Going on a date has never been harder.
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 Title: Give Me Love
Author: Kate McCarthy

Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet, she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band, including her two best friends guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.

Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie's best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she's determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn't fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared's path and he has decided it's the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that 'consults' in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who's determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he's so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart...and her life?
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Hard to Come By - by Laura Kaye

 Title: Hard to Come By (Hard Ink #3)
Author: Laura Kaye
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review


Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…


Hard to Come By is the third book in the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye. This book is about Derek – who is just an all around great guy. He is a hero, saving a teammate and losing his leg in the process. He also has never had a family or anyone to love him. Instead of being moody and sulking about his life, he has the best sense of humor about everything.

Derek falls for a beautiful woman named Emilie when he tries to get information out of her about her brother. Emilie's brother is a very dangerous man. Derek is unsure of Emilie's participation in her brother's criminal activity.

Emilie is a great character. She is both strong and compassionate. Emilie knows that her brother came home from the military a changed man – but she doesn't realize just what all he is involved in. She is very much a family-oriented person, so going behind her brother's back to get help is hard for her.

You definitely need to start with book #1 in this series – you just can't read these out of order. The main storyline slowly unfolds throughout all these books, and it's getting really exciting. This book has a good balance of action, suspense, and romance. Things get very hot and steamy between Derek and Emilie. The side of Derek that you see in the bedroom is a lot different than the side of him that everyone else gets to see.

The author has done a great job of writing these characters and the storyline. I can't wait to see how it all ends. I'm really looking forward to Beckett's story!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

 Title: Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Source: Purchased


This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.


Finding Cinderella is #2.5 in the Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover. This novella can be read as a standalone because it's based on background characters from the other two books. However, you may enjoy it a little more if you read the other 2 books first. Sky and Holder make appearances in this novella, which was nice to see.

This story is from the point of view of Daniel – Holder's best friend. He has an encounter in the dark with a girl he feels very connected to. They never see each others faces though, and then she leaves. He's never felt that way around a girl before, and wants to find her. Time goes by without any luck with his search for her, so he tries to move on. And then he meets Six...

Daniel and Six are awesome together. They had immediate chemistry and I love their banter. There's a lot of romance and humor in this novella that I loved. I normally don't give novellas 5 stars. I just don't think that there is enough time for characters to get to know each other. I will give an exception on this novella though. When I was about ¾ of the way through the book, I was thinking that I would possibly give it 4 stars – and then the twist happened. I totally wasn't expecting it and it brought in so much emotion to the book and pulled me in so deeply that I can't help but to give it 5 stars. The only thing that could have made this book better, would be for it to be a full length novel. I just wanted to keep reading more about these characters.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

 Title: Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Source: Purchased


In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.

In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.


Losing Hope is the second book in the Hopeless series. It's mostly the same story, only told from Holder's point of view. There are some extras though – like Holder dealing with the death of his sister before Sky comes along. These extras are what kept this book from getting boring for me.

If you read the first book, then you already know what's going to happen in this book. It's funny though, how different characters seem when you read from different perspectives. In Sky's book, Holder seemed a little creepy and stalkerish. Sky seemed like a nice, normal character to me. In Holder's book, you get to see just how sensitive he is. Also, from his point of view I almost thought that Sky seemed a little b*tchy in the beginning.

I've read other reviews, and I totally understand where other readers are coming from when they complain about Sky and Holder's sexual encounters. It seems very strange. However, I believe that all victims of sexual abuse handle it in different ways.

The story of Sky and Holder is amazing and I gave the first book 5 stars. I'm going to have to give this one 4 stars just because half of it is stuff we've already read, so it wasn't as exciting. There is no more mystery. It was very well written though, and I'm looking forward to Finding Cinderella – the novella that revolves around Sky and Holder's friends Daniel and Six.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cover Reveal: Hard To Be Good by Laura Kaye

Laura Kaye's dark romantic suspense series, The Hard Ink Series, keeps readers on the edge of their seat. Today, we are thrilled to share with you the cover for the upcoming novella, HARD TO BE GOOD. But that's not all we have! Check out the cover for the next novel in the series, HARD TO LET GO. We can't wait for you to get your hands on the next two Hard Ink men, Jeremy and Beckett. Without further ado...

Check out the beautiful cover for HARD TO BE GOOD!

ABOUT HARD TO BE GOOD: Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever. Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way. With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good…

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ABOUT HARD TO LET GO: Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey. A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers' Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger's gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he's also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat's brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett's sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies' crosshairs. Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

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Praise for the Hard Ink Series: For Hard As You Can: "TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!" ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine "Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" ~San Francisco Book Review For Hard As It Gets: "Edgy, sexy and full of suspense!  A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward "Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review "Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist 

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ABOUT LAURA KAYE: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a 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. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.