ARC Review: Heat Of The Moment by Robin Kaye

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Heat Of The Moment

By Robin Kaye



Cameron O’Leary, a 4th generation firefighter turned arson investigator, thinks he’s the luckiest man in the world—after a year of sickness in the family, everyone’s finally on the mend, and his life can go back to its even keel. But even though Cameron has moved to Boston to be there for his family, some sort of live-in nurse is still necessary, given the demands of his job.

Erin Crosby is financing her master’s thesis in social work by acting as a home health care nurse. Working for Cameron seems like the perfect gig—low key, plenty of time to work on her thesis, and the patient is lovely. She might never have lived with a man before—she’s never found anyone she cared about that much, had barely even considered it—but Cameron is easy to live with, and an easy friendship blooms between them.

But it gets harder and harder for Cameron to keep his hands off of his charming employee—and for Erin to remember that she hasn’t really moved into Cameron’s life.

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4 star

Tracey’s Review

Welcoming Erin Crosby into his home is proving tougher than Cam O’Leary expected. Because, from the minute that she first showed up at his door to take care of his daughter, Janie, Cam hasn’t stopped thinking about Erin, and all the different ways that he’d like to get to know her. Unfortunately for him, none of them fit into the roles of employer and employee.

Erin hasn’t had a lot of success with men, always finding ways to make short work of relationships, because, in her experience, men never stick around anyway. Focusing on taking care of Janie is turning out to be a tricker task than she’d anticipated, because she wasn’t counting on Janie’s oh-so-sexy dad, Cam. Keeping things strictly professional just got a lot harder.

HEAT OF THE MOMENT is a sexy little novella, and enjoyable, too. The awareness between Erin and Cam fairly jumps off the page, as they navigate their growing desire for each other while doing their best to avoid it. Janie’s health is pretty much all that Cam has focused on for the past couple of years, so when Erin shows up and begins making him feel things that he hasn’t in a very long while, he’s adamant that they will keep things professional. Of course, the best laid plans, and all that…

This book gets a thumbs-up from me. The attraction between Cam and Erin is immediate, and sets the tone for the entire read. The addition of a quirky and entertaining cast of supporting characters makes the story seem more real, like this could be our own family, friends, self, we’re reading about. Robin Kaye has written an entertaining and steamy story filled with imminently likeable people, and I enjoyed every minute of it. If things happened fairly quickly, well, hey, wouldn’t it be nice if real life worked that way? I look forward to reading more by Robin, and would love to see a story featuring Cam’s brothers, Adam and Butch.

Author Bio:

Robin KayeRobin Kaye was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge next door to her Sicilian grandparents. Living with an extended family that’s a cross between Gilligan’s Island and The Sopranos, minus the desert isle and illegal activities, explains both her comedic timing and the cast of quirky characters in her books.


She’s lived in half a dozen states from Idaho to Florida, but the romance of Brooklyn has never left her heart. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a three-legged cat with attitude.

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Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin- The Archer Brothers Series- Book 1

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Here With Me

The Archer Brothers- Book 1

By Heidin McLaughlin



Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.

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“Evan, sometimes love has an odd way of working around pain.”

I lean forward and look her square in the eye. “What about my pain? What about my agony? Who’s going to nurse my heartbreak? How come these weren’t thoughts going through either of their heads when they started betraying me like this? How come he wasn’t scouring the ends of the earth looking for me? Someone knew we were alive out there and no one came.”

She picks up her pen and scribbles on her notepad. I don’t even care what she’s writing. I just want to be done so I can go drown my sorrows at Magoo’s. At least my favorite bartender is still working, Slick Rick. Thank God some things never change.

“Do you feel like Ryley betrayed you?”

“Yes.” My words sting, but they’re the truth.


6 star

Michel’s Review

Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin is the first book in her new series. This series is called The Archer Brothers. Being a huge Heidi McLaughlin fan, I had to one click this book the moment it went live. I devoured the book and am experiencing the ultimate reading hangover.

Wow! Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin is her best book yet. The writing was superb! Heidi reached deep within the realm of emotions and executed them flawlessly throughout the book. The reader instantly becomes invested in the characters and feels every emotion they are experiencing. The characters are larger than life and jump off the pages. The secondary characters are an all-star supporting cast that completely makes this story surreal. The plot has been intricately woven into a book that reaches far beyond a second chance romance. Heidi adds suspense, drama, and an impossible love triangle. She adds the important elements that make these characters lives become even more real. Their families, their friends, and their support networks validate their lives. What holds all these characters together and makes them work harder to accept the unacceptable is a young boy. The five year old son that loves unconditionally. The book is written from duel POV ‘s. It flashes from past to present. The reader gets a strong sense of what brought this young couple together. They share their young love, their passion for one another, and their growth as a couple. We see them grow from teenagers to mature adults. We see their strengths and weaknesses. The one thing the reader can count on is their love for another. It is unquestionable. Their love is not the problem, it is their lives in the present, and their futures. There are difficult choices to make. Not only will these choices determine the future, they will destroy the fragile lives they have built. There is no winner. Each person will walk away hurt in some way.

Evan Archer was a Navy Seal. His last assignment should have been easy. An in and out. That mission stretched into six long years. When his team is finally able to come home they are in for a complete surprise. There are no welcoming committees, no military personal, and no transports home. Why? Because they are dead! They have been dead and buried for over five years. The lives they once had are gone. Their loved ones have moved on in life. Imagine the shock.

The only thing Evan wants is to return home to the love of his life and meet his son face to face. Riley Clarke has held his heart since he was a teenager. Imagine his shock when he finally meets up with Riley and she is not happy to see him. Imagine finding out that she is now engaged to another man. Imagine finding out that man is your twin brother. Imagine your son calling that man daddy.

Riley Clarke lost the love of her life when Evan was killed in action. She has spent the last six years moving on from that devastating loss. She had to give birth to her son alone. She has watched him grow alone. The only thing that held her together was the support of her family and Evan’s twin brother Nate. The two of them have mourned together, supported each other, and built a strong friendship that led to a loving relationship. When the man that owned her heart rises up from the grave she is once again devastated. She is angry with the world. She feels powerless and out of control. How can she choose between the man that owned her heart and the man that brought her heart back to life. Any choice she makes will destroy one of these men. Any choice she makes is going to forever break their brotherly bonds. It is going to destroy them all.

On top of all the emotional turmoil are the underlying facts about the mission. Clearly something went wrong. As the story unfolds it will raise many more questions.

I loved all the characters in this book. I am definitely rooting for Evan. I loved how he not only loved Riley as a teenager and grown woman, but how he respected her feelings and emotions at all times. He is truly a very good man. The readers did not get know much about Nate in the present times. We got to know him through memories and passages of the present. I think we will get to know his character in the next book. I think he is going to be more complex than we are anticipating.

This book ended on an emotional cliffhanger. It left the readers with so many questions. It also left the readers wanting to know Nate’s POV. I cannot wait for the next book, Choose Me by Heidi McLaughlin. I need it now!



Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.

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Review: 6 STAR Reviews for Insidious by Aleatha Romig- Tales From The Dark Side Series- Book 1

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Tales From The Darkside

Release Date : October 21, 2014


By Aleatha Romig


Dark desires…Deadly secrets…Devious deceptions…Nothing is exactly as it seems in INSIDIOUS, the new erotic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author ALEATHA ROMIG!

When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks…

“Let’s start with you calling me Stewart. Formalities seem unnecessary.”

Stewart Harrington is rich, gorgeous, and one of the most powerful men in Miami. He always gets what he wants. Anything is available to him for the right price.

Even me.

Being the wife of a mogul comes with all the perks, but being Mrs. Stewart Harrington comes with a few special requirements. I’ve learned to keep a part of myself locked away as my husband watches me submit to his needs. But the more he demands of me, the more beguiled he becomes and that’s to my advantage. So I keep fulfilling his fantasies and following his rules because he doesn’t know that what he’s playing is really my game. And winning is everything, right?

INSIDIOUS is a stand-alone novel and the first Tales from the Dark Side title by ALEATHA ROMIG.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. **

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6 star

Robin’s Review

Aleatha Romig has a new series. It’s called Tales from the Dark Side. Romig explains we should expect each tale to be a dark erotic thriller – each with its own unique story, world and characters. If you have read her Consequences series, you are acquainted with Romig’s style of writing. Layers, layers and more layers. Mystery. Clues. Plotline twists. I’ve come to expect nothing less than a mind-blowing reading experience with each novel written by Aleatha Romig. And I have really been anticipating a fresh, new story from this author!

The debut novel of the Tales from the Dark Side series is titled Insidious. I admit that I was intrigued with the synopsis. One of the most powerful men in Miami, Stewart Harrington, is married to his nemesis, and he doesn’t even know it. Stewart is wealthy, demanding and has peculiar requirements which he expects Victoria to satisfy. She plays her role well, submits to his needs, all the while biding her time as he plays into her game. After reading Insidious, I know without a doubt in my mind that the plot should not be spoiled. Insidious is just one of those novels that needs to be experienced!

Here is what I can share. There is so much more to this story than you can possibly imagine! The plot of Insidious unfolds in layers. The writing keeps you guessing, questioning and wanting more information. The writing is also clever and witty, even humorous at times! The entire novel is written in true Aleatha Romig fashion. Early ratings are extremely high. It’s really no wonder because Insidious is just a creative and brilliant story! If you can handle reading stories that are dark and edgy, put Insidious down on your list of novels to read. I am giving Insidious one of Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews rare 6-star ratings!

6 star


Michel’s Review

Insidious by Aleatha Romig is the first book in the new Tales From The Dark Side series. Each book in this series is a stand alone novel with completely different characters, complex plots, and intricate elements that will take the reader on complex psychological journey. These books are fully intended to engage the readers completely. With each passage weaving a tale that changes the readers reactions as the novels progress. In the end the reader will be left contemplating the entire book, the characters motivations, actions, and results of those actions. These books will engage the reader’s imagination and will bring out the ‘Dark’ side of their psyche to create their own ending.
For a writer to pull off this kind of novel is quite difficult. It requires creating characters that the reader can fully embrace and feel some kind of connection to. It requires creating a world that the characters can fit into with ease in throughout every passage. The continuous plot twists and turns have to be delivered in the right moment that will keep the readers from becoming confused. The twists have to be shocking enough for the reader to react without getting frustrated with the book altogether. The writer has to add an entertaining quality to the story to keep the readers engaged. There has to be the right amount of angst, humor, astonishment, and credibility to create the perfect balance. Finally the writer must give the characters very real personalities and portray their emotions so that the reader is experiencing the same emotions. It takes a very talented author to write this kind of novel. That author is Aleatha Romig. Her writing is brilliant. She delivers a story that leaves the reader astonished and dumbfounded. Her writing is pure PERFECTION!
I cannot say too much about the plot for Insidious. It is a book that the reader must experience personally. I will say that the plot twist and turns kept me on the edge of my seat. There were no moments of predictability. All of the characters throughout this book were both good and bad. Aleatha showed both sides of their persona. There was no hero or heroine to save the day. It is up to the characters to resolve the story in whatever manner possible. The possibilities were endless.
Insidious is going to create crazy reader reactions. I foresee many reader discussion groups, social media threads, and author stalking. Readers are going to be deliberating the ending for quite some time. The thing is , no matter how much deliberating is done, in the end it is up the individual reader to create their own ending.
Aleatha Romig….you are a twisted genius! Thank you for writing a book that completely screwed with my mind in a very good way.
Read Insidious! It will not disappoint!



About Aleatha Romig

aleatha414Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they’ve raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

INSIDIOUS is Aleatha’s seventh novel. It is her first time to delve into the world of erotic thrillers. The Consequences Series, her first series has been categorized as psychological thriller and dark romance. With INSIDIOUS, Aleatha took the twists and turns of CONSEQUENCES and turned up the heat.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011, by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the years in CONVICTED that previously were only mentioned, as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released May 20, 2014.

INSIDIOUS, the first released book from TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE was released in October of 2014. TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE will be a series of standalone, dark, erotic thrillers guaranteed to take you on a wild, hot, and dark ride. Each novel in the series will be independent of the next. The characters from one book will never be revisited. Instead, Aleatha leaves it up to her readers to imagine how each story ends while remembering it is the journey that is the most fun.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.

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Review: Stars In Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely-Wrapped Up In Love-Book 2

Stars in Their Eyes

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WARNING: The hero in this book is not an asshole. He is hot, charming, smart, funny, ripped, gorgeous, respectful and completely panty-melting. Please proceed.

A sexy and swoony new adult romance…

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be’s corset, she’ll need more than her camera and smarts, she’ll need help from her biggest rival–hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He’s the last person Jess should trust, but he’s her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing – to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he’s scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn’t have ulterior motives…

But there’s no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess’ new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone’s acting and no one’s playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

**Stars in Their Eyes is the start of the sexy, swoony and scandalous new adult series Wrapped Up in Love, which is a spin-off of the NYT and USA Today Bestselling Caught Up in Love series. You don’t need to have read Caught Up in Love to follow this new series, but you’ll likely enjoy those books!**

5 star

Tracey’s Review

Los Angeles. Land of sun, fun, and stars. There are celebrities everywhee you look, and Jess Leighton can’t get enough of them. As a member of the paparrazi, she’s always angling to be the first on the scene, getting the pictures of the rich and famous that everyone wants to see.

William Harrigan may have been born in the UK, but there’s nowhere he’d rather be than in sunny L.A. Unfortunately for him, time’s running out, and his time in the Golden State may soon be at an end.

Jess will do whatever it takes to be the top celebrity photographer. After all, med school isn’t cheap, and good pictures pay well. When William shows up working for Jess’ boss, she figures that it’s always better to keep prospective enemies close, and begins spending time with him.

Firstly, William. Oh, my goodness, Hot British Guy. Swoon-worthy doesn’t even begin to cover it. He’s the brother of Matthew Harrigan, first introduced to us as Jane Black’s love interest in FAR TOO TEMPTING. Well, like Matthew before him, William is sex on a stick. The man is British, for goodness’ sake, and he speaks five languages. Let me tell you, if I get a Hot British Guy speaking sexy Italian to me while in the throes of passion, game over. And Jess, against her better judgment, begins to feel exactly the same way. Matthew is not only sexy, he’s nice. And snarky and smart, and just fun to be around. For a woman as controlled as Jess is, he’s just what she needs to let loose a bit, and feel free to be herself.

I really admire that Lauren addresses important topics in this book. In a place like L.A., where appearance is everything and looks make or break the person, dealing with personal demons that hinge on control is so timely. And trying to guess which celebrities Lauren is sending up makes for some fun guesswork while reading.

STARS IN OUR EYES joins the ranks of favorites, but it’s sort of like picking a favorite child. This one shines, but you really have to read all of Lauren’s books to see just how special they all are. Five swoony, sexy, romantic stars.


Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Review: Fight For Her Vol. 2 by JJ Knight- Book 2 in Fight For Her Saga- Uncaged Love Series – Book 7

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Fight For Her Vol. 2

Book 2 in Fight For Her Saga

Book 7 in Uncaged Love Series


By JJ Knight


Only one person in the world could get me and Maddie back together.

Our little girl.

But just when I feel like we’ve got it made, I lose an MMA fight, a big one. I take a blow that might have killed anyone else.

For a while, we don’t even know if I’ll be able to fight again.

But the bone-crunching footage goes viral, and the world is calling for a rematch.

Surely one more fight will be enough. The money means Maddie and I can make a new start.

But my old enemies have noticed my sudden fame. And they want to make sure my career, and maybe even my life, goes nowhere.

Whether I fight them in the cage or in the street, this time I have everything to lose.

FIGHT FOR HER #2 is the second part of a four-part series on Parker and Maddie.

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5 star

Michel’s Review

JJ Knight is the queen of serial romance. She combines an explosive romance, suspense, and the ultimate cliffhanger. With each installment in the serial, she quickly concludes the major cliffhanger from the previous installment and starts escalating a new twist in the plot. The volume is fast paced, entertaining, and keeps the reader glued to the pages. Her characters are well developed and very easy to like.

Fight For Her Vol. 2 eased the readers minds when we saw that Parker was okay after his last fight. Although he had some medical issues, it was not enough to keep him out of the cage.

After losing the fight, Parker is really questioning his MMA career. Maddie is not on board with his career. His fighting credentials are on the west coast and far away from his family. His reputation as a fighter has plummeted to rock bottom. Everything he has worked so hard to achieve is ruined by one defeat in the cage. Or is it?

A video of the fight goes viral and soon fans a screaming for a rematch. This could be the fight of his career. This could be the one fight that puts him in the big leagues. He will have to choose between Maddie and his career.

Parker and Maddie find a way to work through the issues of his career and their future. Things are finally looking positive for their relationship, family, and careers. Things are starting to work. It seems perfect until Parker’s past sins come back to haunt them in a very threatening and dangerous way. You know what comes next. Cliffhanger!

I can’t wait for Fight For Her Vol. 3! It will be released on November 7, 2014.


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Fight For Her Vol. 3 will release on November 7, 2014


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About JJ Knight:

8830637-it-is-punching-bag-exercises-in-cellarJJ KNIGHT is currently releasing BLUE SHOES, a follow-up to her popular REVENGE series.

New reader? You can start with BLUE SHOES #1, or with REVENGE #1. Both series are set at Morris Music and follow the same characters.

Also available: UNCAGED LOVE. New readers start with UNCAGED LOVE #1. This series features Colt, a pro MMA fighter, and Jo, the girl he rescues. This series is close to JJ’s heart, and she’s taken a number of bruises and sore muscles with a personal trainer to research the roles.

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ARC Review: Down and Dirty by Crystal Green- Rough and Tumble Series- Book 2

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Down and Dirty

Rough and Tumble Series- Book 2

By Crystal Green



On the outskirts of Sin City there’s a rough and tumble saloon where the women who are brave enough to enter can mingle with men that are equally magnetic and dangerous. And in this town, no one’s afraid to get a little dirty…

Billionaire playboy Bennett Hughes’ black sheep reputation is well-earned, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting the respect of his family—even if it means tracking down his brother’s gold-digging one-night-stand to earn it. But when Ben finds his intended target to be the opposite of what he expected, his chance at redemption ends in an accidental quickie marriage.

Despite her history, ex-showgirl Liz Palazzo believes in love at first sight, something she thought she experienced with Ben. Determined to put her party-girl reputation behind her, Liz vows to be the best wife ever—even if her husband seems set on keeping their union a marriage of convenience.

But as the sparks fly and their connection grows, Ben starts to wonder if Liz might be the one person who can make him a better man—or if the former bad girl just wants him for his money…

Includes a preview of Rough and Tumble.

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4 star

Michel’s Review

ARC provided by Publishe, via NetGalley , for a fair and honest review.

Down and Dirty by Crystal Green, book two in the Rough and Tumble series was an entertaining and delightful read. The romance was sizzling hot. The story was fast paced, entertaining, and sexy.

Ben Hughes is the black sheep of his family. He wants to get in good graces with his family and earn their respect. To accomplish this he has to track down his brother’s gold digging one night stand. What he finds is more than he bargained for and is definitely not going to earn him brownie points with his family.

What happens next will delight the readers. Ben has a heart of gold that has been guarded for too long. Liz has a problem with falling in love instantly. When the real deal happens, she will be knocked for a loop. The chemistry between Liz and Ben is explosive. Is it lust or love?

I would recommend this book to readers looking for a light hearted and fun romance.

Author Bio:


crystal greenPseudonym for Chris Marie Green and Christine Cody

A long time ago, in a land far, far away (Milwaukee , WI , St. Luke’s Hospital), Chris Marie Green (also writing as Crystal Green) joined the world. While moving to Southern California, Kentucky , then back to California , she amused herself by writing poetry and short stories featuring the ultimate Alpha males–Superman and Indiana Jones. Later, after graduating with a B.A. in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo , Chris decided to become a professional writer.

While she wrote, Chris worked as an eighth-grade teacher, but resigned in 2002 to pursue writing full time. Her critique partners, Sheri WhiteFeather and Judy Duarte are instrumental in her endeavors. Without these talented authors, writing would be a lonely road.

Chris is pumped about her Vampire Babylon series for Ace, which is best described as “noir fantasy-mysteries” featuring a vamp hunter. The first five books, NIGHT RISING, MIDNIGHT REIGN, BREAK OF DAWN (which compose the first trilogy), plus A DROP OF RED and THE PATH OF RAZORS (the first two books in the second trilogy) have already been released. The sixth, DEEP IN THE WOODS, will be on shelves on March 2, 2010. A Vampire Babylon-related novella was released in an anthology entitled FIRST BLOOD. (Note: The Vampire Babylon series uses trilogy arcs to tell one basic story, much like the way JK Rowling used seven books that didn’t solve every plot thread book-by-book to tell Harry Potter’s story. While each individual novel focuses on a central mystery that’s solved by the end, the three books together build character and mythology arcs/mysteries until everything culminates in the third book. Each trilogy repeats this pattern.)

Chris is also writes Silhouette Special Editions (“home and hearth” tales of redemption and community) and Harlequin Blazes (steamy fantasies), and whenever she can, she travels, including backpacking trips in Europe and road trips in America . She also enjoys yoga, hiking, and way too much movie-watching.

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Review: The Protector by J. Evans-The Arrangement- Part 1

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The Protector

The Arrangement World- Serial- Part 1

By J. Evans (aka Jessie Evans)


A New Story by J. Evans from the world of H.M. WARD’S THE ARRANGEMENT via KINDLE WORLDS.

**This book features appearances by Sean Ferro**

She’ll never be able to go home again…

Aidan Blake’s years in the Marines prepared him for a career as a private detective. They didn’t prepare him to hunt down the woman he sheltered from bullies back in high school. But Sean Ferro needs beautiful Astor Greer’s help to save his fiancee’s life and what Ferro wants, Ferro gets.

But soon it becomes clear Ferro isn’t the only one hunting the sexy, self-assured woman Aidan’s high school crush has become and that Aidan’s feelings for Astor are far from a thing of the past. Now Aidan will have to make a choice–honor his promise to a dangerous man or risk everything to protect the woman he was meant to love.

This novella can be read as a stand alone story even if not familiar with H.M. Ward’s bestselling serial.



5 star

Tracey’s Review

Astor Greer’s world changes in an instant. Someone is looking for her, and they’re willing to do pretty much anything to get to her. Forced to run from life as she knew it, Astor leaves the safety of home and family, looking over her shoulder for unknown pursuers. When Aidan Blake, Astor’s high school crush, shows up, she isn’t sure whether he is friend or enemy. Aidan, hired by infamous businessman Sean Ferro to find Astor, can’t fight the feelings that he’s harbored for her for seven long years, and pursuer becomes protector.

Now, if another author said that they were writing a companion novella to H.M. Ward’s THE ARRANGEMENT series, I might read it. But, when J. Evans writes something, well, there’s no question, I’m on it. And, as usual, she does not disappoint. This short little story was as hot, sexy, and action-packed as I’ve come to expect from J. Evans, and I loved every bit of it, from the opening scene to the very last word in the epilogue. Whether you’ve previously read H.M. Ward or not, I’m telling you to grab this jewel and get reading; you will not be disappointed.

Author Bio
About Jessie Evans writing as J. Evans

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read.

She’s married to the man of her dreams, and together they’re raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more.

When she’s not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.

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