Release Launch: OVER THE LINE: On the Run Novel by Lisa Desrochers

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OVER THE LINE: On the Run Novel by Lisa Desrochers

Publication Date: April 19, 2016

Genre: Romantic Suspense/ New Adult

Synopsis

imageThe USA Today bestselling author of Outside the Lines once again explores love on the edge in an explosive new romance about obsession, betrayal, and a killer attraction.

Lee Delgado never planned on falling in love with the irresistible Oliver Savoca, son of a Chicago crime lord. Considering that their families are rivals, she knew it could never work. And now that both their fathers have been nabbed on racketeering charges, any real chance at a future with the man she loves has been shot to hell. But a greater blow is yet to come.

Not only does Lee learn that a contract is out on her life, she has reason to believe that Oliver is behind the devastating betrayal. Now she’s working closely—very closely—with Federal Agent Sean Callahan to help bring her man down. But however she’s come to feel about Callahan, Lee is still deeply, hopelessly, unabashedly in love with Oliver.

Where that fearless love takes Lee next is beyond her control—but the risk is worth every beat of her heart.

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Excerpt

I want Lee to know, no matter where she goes, I will find her.

At the thought of her betrayal, rage rises up and wraps like an iron cloak around my heart, threatening to crush any bit of humanity left there. I close my eyes and hold my breath until it passes.

And I see her as she was before everything that came after—that first day of business law class at Kellogg, nearly two years ago.

She was starting her first year. I was in my second. I was already seated near Angela Bagglio, who I had a passing interest in due to her loose family ties to the Delgado organization. Her brother was a wiseguy wannabe, little more than a glorified gofer within the Delgado machine. But I’d discovered, sometimes it was the smallest details that led to the largest victories.

When Lee Delgado sashayed into the classroom, I’d like to say I was unaffected. I’d like to believe I was in complete control of everything that happened then and after.

But I’d be kidding myself.

Her bright hazel eyes surveyed the room, and when they caught for a second as they passed over me, I felt a shift in gravity itself. There were times reading nuances in expressions and actions was all that came between me and a slug in my head. That hitch in her perusal of the room left no doubt she was aware who I was.

From that second on, I was helpless to take my eyes off her.

Her sandy brown waves cascaded over the shoulders of her cream-colored silk blouse to an open collar that hung loose, revealing a hint of cleavage. Her burgundy pencil skirt hugged the round curves of her hips and ass and ended above the knee, giving me a glimpse of a pair of toned thighs and calves. She had a killer body and knew it. I had to respect a woman who knew her strengths and wasn’t afraid to use them to her advantage.

She took a seat in my row, but on the opposite side of the classroom. I was barely coherent when the professor started lecturing. I couldn’t tell you the first thing he said.

As she listened, she lifted a hand and combed through her waves with her fingers, separating out a strand and twirling it around her finger. A rush shuddered from my tailbone up my spine to my brain, and even though I had no clue why, that was the moment I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stay away.

The rest, as they say, is history.

If she thinks she can hide from me, she’s got another thing coming.

Mob controlled gambling has always been a huge racket, with better payouts because we don’t pay taxes like the legal betting sites. Back in the day, bookies were involved and actual cash changed hands. Now nearly everything is electronic. Bets are collected directly from our clients’ online accounts and payouts are distributed back into them. Payout is calculated after each event based on outcome versus the spread. It’s one of the parts of my job that I truly enjoy. I’m always in the program, tweaking and modifying. But, suddenly, the week before Christmas, two days after Lee and I returned from our weekend in Aspen, I noticed the spread didn’t factor anymore and our payouts went through the roof. I thought maybe I’d screwed something up and tried to get into the program to check it. Ended up throwing my laptop against the wall when my pass code wouldn’t get me in.

It took me the next two days, and the fact that Lee wasn’t answering my texts or calls, to put together what had happened. Though I’m not sure exactly how she managed it, I know it had to have been her who hacked into my program and changed the payout ratios. I’ve looked at it from every angle and there are no other feasible possibilities. And it makes sense. I had an ulterior motive when we started hooking up, and I had no doubt she had one of her own. But as we got deeper into each other, things shifted and I lost focus. I let down my guard and gave her too much, and she took advantage of the opening.

I knew I wouldn’t be seeing her over the holidays because her siblings were all coming back to the family home in Wilmette, just outside of Chicago, for Christmas. It took me another day to decide I had no choice but to go there.

But when I got to the house, the place was swarming with cops and Feds, and yellow police tape was strung across the pillars at the front door. The reports the next day said it was believed the Delgados had fled to Europe after a “gangland style attack” on their home.

The online gambling leg of our business has been bleeding cash at the rate of nearly a hundred grand a month since Lee fucked with the program. Every month it gets worse as word spreads of our big payouts. The guy who designed and encrypted the program is dead; a casualty of my father’s wrath when he made the mistake of telling Victor he’d corrected a system glitch that had cost us a couple hundred grand over the first year of implementation. I’ve done everything I can to break Lee’s pass code, but considering the illegal nature of the account, and the fact that I couldn’t enlist anyone who might report back to Victor what happened, my resources to resolve the issue have been severely limited.

So I put my time and energy into another avenue. Finding Lee.

Like everyone else in Chicago, I assumed that my father was responsible for the contract on Lee and her family. I talked to his guys. Tried to see if any of them had a bead on the Delgados’ location. I couldn’t find anyone who was even looking.

So, as much as I dreaded it, I went straight to the source.

I was dead to my father. He’d made that clear. But that day, for the first time since I’d crossed him, Victor looked at me with pride in his eyes when he asked, “You purchase that special delivery for our friends up in Wilmette?”

And that’s when I knew it wasn’t us. It’s also when I knew I was a dead man unless I could find a way out of this mess on my own.

So I looked harder for Lee, dug a little deeper into the Delgado family tree. I didn’t find her, but I managed to stumble on some other useful information during my search. And then, finally, the stroke of luck that led me here: Rob showing up in Chicago.

I’ve been able to keep everything under the rug since she left, but underground betting has always been the Savoca business’s bread and butter. If Victor or anyone else in the organization discovers the hemorrhage of cash that our gambling ring has become, it’s my head my loving pop will want on a spike.

I told the guys I had some personal business in Vegas; gave Al a direct order to park his ass at my apartment and not to move until I got back. I took a flight to Vegas, and from there, traveled to Florida on an ID I pinched off of a guy we rolled in Little Italy for not making book. He’s dead now, courtesy of Al, so he won’t be divulging my alter ego to anyone.

My family doesn’t know this particular alias. They’d have a hard time tracking me. Once I find Lee, things should move pretty fast. But I have to find her first.

So here I am.

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gentleman is helping his woman to get her shoes on

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About the Author

Lisa Desrochers is the author of the USA Today bestselling A Little Too Far series and the YA Personal Demons trilogy. She lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places and then take her by surprise. Connect with her online at www.lisadwrites.com, on her blog at lisadesrochers.blogspot.com, on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LisaDesrochersAuthor.

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Spotlight, Review & Giveaway: Unexpected Rush (Play-By-Play Series) by Jaci Burton

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Unexpected Rush (Play-By-Play Series) by Jaci Burton

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

imageIn the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of All Wound Up, a football hot shot and his best friend’s sister are breaking all the rules.

All the Right Moves

For Barrett Cassidy, playing defense for the Tampa Hawks is a dream come true. And now he may have discovered his dream woman. Harmony Evans, once the sweet, gawky teenage sister of his best friend and teammate has grown into a smart, gorgeous woman with moves he finds hard to resist. But he knows he can’t get involved with his best friend’s sister—it’s guy code.

Harmony has always gone after what she wants with single-minded determination, from her independence to her education to her career in interior design. She never expected her youthful crush on Barrett to develop into something deeper. And she’s not about to let some ridiculous man rules or her brother stand in her way.

When the chemistry is this combustible, lines tend to get crossed. And when Barrett and Harmony’s secret gets out, it just might be game over…

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Donna 4 stars

This Play-by-Play novel was filled with hot football players and their large loud families. I loved them all immediately and how it made you feel like you were a part of them. I also liked that it didn’t get bogged down in football jargon but had enough references that you remembered who and what they were. It was fun, the romance was super-hot and I liked the happily-ever-after. There was some repetitive paragraphs but that didn’t take away from the overall story. Ms. Burton made a fun group of people and I am looking forward to the next one to find their love.

*Review copy provided by Pengiun in exchange for an honest review.

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Excerpt

Check out the beginning of Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton. https://s2.netgalley.com/catalog/excerpt/78911

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Buy Links

Kindle | Amazon PBK | B&N | BAM | iBooks

Amazon Series Link

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Giveaway

One set of print editions of Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series! Books 1 through 11 to one lucky winner – open internationally!

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About the Author Jaci Burton Bio PicAfter spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, New York Times and USA Today Bestelling Author Jaci Burton is happy to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. She has written over forty-five novels and is contracted to write ten more. Jaci has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business that she is thrilled not to be using in the corporate environment anymore. She grew up in Missouri but migrated to California, where she lived for thirteen years, but now makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband and five dogs. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer and she and her husband are avid Harley riders.

Jaci writes in multiple genres, from erotic romance to romantic suspense to contemporary romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and has been nominated for the award four times. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times.

Social Media Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Review: Ask Me Why Anthology by Jodi Thomas, Marie Force, Shirley Jump, Virginia Kantra

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Ask Me Why Anthology by Jodi Thomas, Marie Force, Shirley Jump, Virginia Kantra

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Genre: Contemporary Romance

imageimage An anthology of all-new novellas in the Green Mountain, Harmony, Southern Belle Book Club, and Dare Island series.

From four of the hottest, New York Times bestselling stars in contemporary romance, a quartet of all-new novellas filled with first kisses, first dances, and taking a chance on happily-ever-after. Includes Midnight Bet by Jodi Thomas, You’ll Be Mine by Marie Force, Wrapped Around Your Finger by Shirley Jump, and Dare by Virginia Kantra.

image Four feel-good romances perfect for summer reading.

MIDNIGHT BET by Jodi Thomas was full of mystery and danger but the dry humor offset it perfectly. Rick and Trace had a nice romance going but Lizzie and Doc stole the show for me. A nice addition to the Harmony Series.

YOU’LL BE MINE by Marie Force is a steamy romance set around Will and Cam’s wedding. I can’t wait to read more about Cam’s dad. Fans of the Green Mountain series will enjoy this peek into their big day and those who haven’t read it will find it fun and light.

WRAPPED AROUND YOUR FINGER by Shirley Jump is a fun story about taking chances even if they scare you. I loved Nick and also how Maggie came to her senses with the help of the Southern Belle Book Club.

CAROLINA HEART by Virginia Kantra is an all-around sweet romance that shows that hopes and dreams can come true even when you think you’re too busy. It is a nice addition to the Dare Island series.

This anthology is the perfect chance for readers to get their story-fix from a favorite author or find a new one to be added to their to-be-read list.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than forty contemporary romances, including the Green Mountain series. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband, two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie.

Jodi Thomas is the New York Times bestselling author of the Harmony series. She lives in Amarillo, Texas.

Shirley Jump is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweetheart Sisters novels and the new Southern Belle Book Club series.

A four-time Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, Virginia Kantra is the winner of numerous writing awards, including the Golden Heart, Holt Medallion, Maggie Award of Excellence and two National Readers’ Choice Awards. She’s the author of the North Carolina-based Dare Island romances.

AUTHOR LINKS: Jodi Thomas Website; Jodi Thomas Twitter; Jodi Thomas Facebook; Marie Force Website; Marie Force Twitter; Marie Force Facebook; Shirley Jump’s Website; Virginia Kantra’s Website; Virginia Kantra’s Facebook

Cover Reveal/ New Series: BLOOD KISS: The Black Dagger Legacy Series by J.R. Ward

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BLOOD KISS

The Black Dagger Legacy Series

by J.R. Ward

 

Releasing December 1, 2015

 

PRE-ORDER

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SYNOPSIS

Release date: December 1, 2015 | Series: Black Dagger Legacy (Book 1)

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Goodreads Message: http://bit.ly/1CdXeqK

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Message from J.R. Ward on Goodreads

“I miss the Brothers.

The original ones. We’re talkin’ the ones who started it all.

Z.

V.

Butch.

Rhage.

Wrath.

Tohr.

Phury.

Rehv.

Etc.

I miss that scene, in DARK LOVER, when Fritz kindly asks the Brothers, if they’re going to bloody the human, please take him outside.

I miss Sox hats and grey Goose, Tums and Tootsie Rolls, Biggie Smalls in the Escalade, and Wrath putting a dagger into the wall next to Hollywood’s head.

As much as I LOVE the BDB series where it is now, and as much as I’m psyched to keep writing it and will continue to do so, I miss the good ol’ days.

The issue is that the nature of a series is that it must continue to grow, and change, or it dies. The Black Dagger Brotherhood books started off with the original Brothers, but after their meet-and-greets with their shellans were told, by definition, they had to background it in subsequent books: With a world as big as the BDB one, you have to train your “camera lens” in a controlled manner, or you run the risk of a given story bleeding out for too much extraneous stuff.

(Something I’ve been tagged with doing from time to time, and it’s certainly a fair point.)

So when my boss (my editor) and I were chewing on things last spring, I told her… hey, I got this idea.

I have a lot of ideas. She’s used to this.

I described to her a new series, where the BDB training center is reopened to a new cast of recruits, and THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS teach these FNUGs wassup. In the process of the new recruits falling in love and getting into a sh*t ton of trouble, THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS could be shown with their shellans, their Brothers, their people in the mansion, in a more prominent way than I’m able to do in the BDB books.

Paperback, yo. Not hardcover. Traditional PNR, just like DARK LOVER was in the old days.

Sex. Lot of sex.

As in, you might need your BBQ tongs. Maybe a flame retardant suit.

Maybe a fire truck on standby out in your front yard.

My boss, who’s brilliant, was like, wow, that really doesn’t suck. (Okay, that’s paraphrasing.)

So… we have the first of the Black Dagger Legacy books, BLOOD KISS, coming out this December.

Now, let me say this: the ORIGINAL BROTHERS are still going to show up in the BDB books. Hell, yeah! And from time to time, a BDB book is going to be about them and their mate if there’s a big thing going on in their lives (think THE KING.) I am NOT taking a step away from the Brothers at all- if anything, I’m bringing them further to the forefront with the Black Dagger Legacy books.

But I miss my boys 😦 I want to show you where they’re at. I want to take you back to them- in their new roles as… well, role models and teachers.

Before you ask, yes, they will still be colossal a&&holes- I mean, let’s be clear. Things haven’t changed THAT much. (As an aside, Doc Jess and I were talking the other day, and she was like, I’m so impressed with your ability to be offensive with your heroes. LOLOLOLOL)

This is not to say that the Black Dagger Legacy books will solely be about the Brothers, however. The book will have a lot of the Brothers in them, but the Legacy books will feature a main romance between a couple, and the Brothers will help that along.

eHarmony the BDB way.

Jeez, I gotta be insane for signing up for this. Can you imagine V offering dating advice? “Well, sh*t, just get her some black candles and dog collar, true? Then order her to pop up her ***** **** * * ******* * * * ************** At that point, you’re going to want to inform her, that you’ll tell her when she can beg.”

Great. Really looking forward to this.

*sigh*

Anywho, the first Brother who’s up?

A certain cop. From Boston. Who’s going to have his hands full with the new recruits- two of whom you’ll meet in THE SHADOWS.

A cover reveal is coming soon- but I couldn’t sit on BLOOD KISS any longer!!!!

Gahd, I suck at keeping secrets. But come on now, don’t lie. You’ve missed those leathers, those sh*tkickers… that golf cart… the Pit.

V nakey in the shower.

Don’t lie.

I know I have!

Happy Reading, and thank you for all your support, J.R. “

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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J.R. Ward is the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of vampire books. She is a winner of the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best Paranormal Romance and is a multiple RITA nominee. A graduate of Smith College, she was a double major in History and Art History with a medieval concentration in both and she still longs at times for a return to those days sitting in dark lecture halls, looking at slides of old triptychs and reliquaries. Prior to becoming a full time writer, she was a corporate attorney, serving for many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching sites. Her idea of absolute heaven is a day filled with nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot and the Brothers, of course.

SOCIAL MEDIA: WebsiteFacebookTwitter

NEW SERIES ALERT: BLOOD KISS: The Black Dagger Legacy Series by J.R. Ward

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BLOOD KISS: The Black Dagger Legacy Series

by J.R. Ward

Releasing December 1, 2015

 

PRE-ORDER

Kindle $7.99: http://amzn.to/1BlQjuG
Amazon PBK $7.19: http://amzn.to/1NXGNbe
Kobo $7.99: http://bit.ly/1HUkrD9
iBooks $7.99: http://apple.co/1BIx5nN
B&N not available yet

SYNOPSIS

Release date: December 1, 2015 | Series: Black Dagger Legacy (Book 1)

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated–and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Goodreads Message: http://bit.ly/1CdXeqK

Message from J.R. Ward on Goodreads

“I miss the Brothers.

The original ones. We’re talkin’ the ones who started it all.

Z.

V.

Butch.

Rhage.

Wrath.

Tohr.

Phury.

Rehv.

Etc.

I miss that scene, in DARK LOVER, when Fritz kindly asks the Brothers, if they’re going to bloody the human, please take him outside.

I miss Sox hats and grey Goose, Tums and Tootsie Rolls, Biggie Smalls in the Escalade, and Wrath putting a dagger into the wall next to Hollywood’s head.

As much as I LOVE the BDB series where it is now, and as much as I’m psyched to keep writing it and will continue to do so, I miss the good ol’ days.

The issue is that the nature of a series is that it must continue to grow, and change, or it dies. The Black Dagger Brotherhood books started off with the original Brothers, but after their meet-and-greets with their shellans were told, by definition, they had to background it in subsequent books: With a world as big as the BDB one, you have to train your “camera lens” in a controlled manner, or you run the risk of a given story bleeding out for too much extraneous stuff.

(Something I’ve been tagged with doing from time to time, and it’s certainly a fair point.)

So when my boss (my editor) and I were chewing on things last spring, I told her… hey, I got this idea.

I have a lot of ideas. She’s used to this.

I described to her a new series, where the BDB training center is reopened to a new cast of recruits, and THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS teach these FNUGs wassup. In the process of the new recruits falling in love and getting into a sh*t ton of trouble, THE ORIGINAL BROTHERS could be shown with their shellans, their Brothers, their people in the mansion, in a more prominent way than I’m able to do in the BDB books.

Paperback, yo. Not hardcover. Traditional PNR, just like DARK LOVER was in the old days.

Sex. Lot of sex.

As in, you might need your BBQ tongs. Maybe a flame retardant suit.

Maybe a fire truck on standby out in your front yard.

My boss, who’s brilliant, was like, wow, that really doesn’t suck. (Okay, that’s paraphrasing.)

So… we have the first of the Black Dagger Legacy books, BLOOD KISS, coming out this December.

Now, let me say this: the ORIGINAL BROTHERS are still going to show up in the BDB books. Hell, yeah! And from time to time, a BDB book is going to be about them and their mate if there’s a big thing going on in their lives (think THE KING.) I am NOT taking a step away from the Brothers at all- if anything, I’m bringing them further to the forefront with the Black Dagger Legacy books.

But I miss my boys 😦 I want to show you where they’re at. I want to take you back to them- in their new roles as… well, role models and teachers.

Before you ask, yes, they will still be colossal a&&holes- I mean, let’s be clear. Things haven’t changed THAT much. (As an aside, Doc Jess and I were talking the other day, and she was like, I’m so impressed with your ability to be offensive with your heroes. LOLOLOLOL)

This is not to say that the Black Dagger Legacy books will solely be about the Brothers, however. The book will have a lot of the Brothers in them, but the Legacy books will feature a main romance between a couple, and the Brothers will help that along.

eHarmony the BDB way.

Jeez, I gotta be insane for signing up for this. Can you imagine V offering dating advice? “Well, sh*t, just get her some black candles and dog collar, true? Then order her to pop up her ***** **** * * ******* * * * ************** At that point, you’re going to want to inform her, that you’ll tell her when she can beg.”

Great. Really looking forward to this.

*sigh*

Anywho, the first Brother who’s up?

A certain cop. From Boston. Who’s going to have his hands full with the new recruits- two of whom you’ll meet in THE SHADOWS.

A cover reveal is coming soon- but I couldn’t sit on BLOOD KISS any longer!!!!

Gahd, I suck at keeping secrets. But come on now, don’t lie. You’ve missed those leathers, those sh*tkickers… that golf cart… the Pit.

V nakey in the shower.

Don’t lie.

I know I have!

Happy Reading, and thank you for all your support, J.R. “

REVIEW: Holiday on Ice (A Play-By-Play Novella) by Jaci Burton

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Holiday on Ice (A Play-By-Play Novella) by Jaci Burton
Publication Date: November 18, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.

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This was an enjoyable quick read full of hot steamy romance. Stella and Trick made a great pair. Each of them respected the other’s career commitment and treasured the time they could spend together. I enjoyed watching their relationship blossom with the pitfalls and warm moments. I will also add that it was a perfect length for a novella and never seemed rushed.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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After spending too many years to count in the high stress business world, New York Times and USA Today Bestelling Author Jaci Burton is happy to be living her dream of writing passionate romance. She has written over forty-five novels and is contracted to write ten more. Jaci has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business that she is thrilled not to be using in the corporate environment anymore. She grew up in Missouri but migrated to California, where she lived for thirteen years, but now makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband and five dogs. She enjoys being outdoors in the summer and she and her husband are avid Harley riders.

Jaci writes in multiple genres, from erotic romance to romantic suspense to contemporary romance. She has won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and has been nominated for the award four times. She has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best and National Reader’s Choice Awards, and has won The Romance Studio’s CAPA Award four times.

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Website: http://www.jaciburton.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jaci-Burton/143671592352390
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jaciburton

SCAVENGER HUNT: Excerpt & Giveaway – Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde

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Today is day 4 of #ReapersStand Scavenger Hunt! All three of us at Reading in Pajamas are completely obsessed with this series! Reaper’s Stand is the fourth book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club and each book can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend reading them all. Our review is scheduled for October 10th and we’ll have a giveaway for y’all with that post too. I loved this book. Picnic is so yummy and the ultimate alpha male! Reaper’s Stand will be on my 2014 Favorites list and it’s my new favorite in the series. Picnic beat out Horse in my opinion;) Check out the exclusive excerpt below for a taste of Reaper’s Stand and enter the Rafflecopter. Be sure to go to each blog participating in the scavenger hunt to read the full excerpt. /Cori

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As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

London is independent, and she likes it that way. Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?

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Exclusive Excerpt – Reading in Pajamas
Reaper’s Stand by Joanna Wylde

“I hate you!” Jess snarled.
“For fuck’s sake,” Hayes said, his voice annoyed. “Get your ass out here, you little shit. I don’t have time for this and neither does London.”
“Screw you. I’m an adult. I can do whatever I want, and I want to stay here with Banks.”
The young man holding the door—presumably Banks—gave an incredulous snort. Hayes didn’t do anything, but somehow the air changed. Darkened. Jessica had made a very serious mistake and suddenly I felt scared for her. I reached over, catching his arm without thinking, my fingers curling into his warm skin as I whispered, “Please . . .”
Hayes glanced down at my hand, then caught my gaze, holding it captive.
“You owe me,” he said. “Because that little bitch doesn’t talk to me like that, you got it? Never again.”
He turned his attention back to Jess, whose face had started to reflect some concern. Maybe she was finally realizing this wasn’t a game?
“You get your ass out here and apologize to your cousin,” Hayes said, his voice so quiet and low I felt it all the way down my spine. “Then go downstairs and get in her car. You’re gonna drive home and you’re never coming out here again. You do, I’ll teach you a lesson you won’t forget—and don’t think for a second that smiling and flashing your tits will make a difference. I’ve seen it all before. We clear?”
Jessica nodded, eyes wide. She stepped out of the room, moving instinctively to stand behind me, as far from the Reapers’ president as she could get without making an obvious break for freedom.
“I’m ready to leave now, Loni,” she said quietly.
“Okay. Let’s get out of here.”
I turned to leave, but Hayes’s voice cut like the slash of a whip.
“Stop.”
We turned back slowly. His stare flayed me, stripping through my defenses, and I realized he was much, much angrier with Jessica than I’d realized. Somewhere down in the depths of my brainstem the monkey screamed in fear, absolutely convinced a predator was about to eat us.
“Banks will take her down,” he said. “You and I aren’t done.”
The boy stepped out of the room quickly, pulling on his Reapers vest before catching Jessica’s arm and dragging her down the hallway. If you’d seen them from a distance, you’d almost believe they were a young couple holding hands . . . In reality, he was more like a guard escorting a prisoner.
“Thank you very much for helping me,” I told Hayes once they were gone, forcing myself to breathe slowly and steadily. Show no fear. “What did you want to talk about?”
“I want you at my place on Monday at three,” he said.
“We can work you into my schedule,” I said slowly. “But I don’t have my calendar with me. Can I get in touch with you tomorrow, when I’m not so tired?”
Definitely the best idea. Maybe I’d even find a way out of this, because I knew darned well going to his house by myself wouldn’t be safe. Not after seeing him like this—if anything, the man was more dangerous than all the rumors combined. He smiled at me wolfishly.

Want to read more? Tomorrow morning at 8AM EST this excerpt will continue on Books Unhinged – http://wp.me/p490gx-25y

Are you just joining the hunt? Head back to Love to Read for Fun to start from the beginning.
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Joanna Wylde is a New York Times bestselling author and creator of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series. She currently lives in Idaho.

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Reaper’s Stand Scavenger Hunt Schedule
MONDAY
Love to Read for Fun – http://lovetoreadforfun.com/2014/09/reapers-stand-scavenger-hunt.html
Smut Book Club – http://smutbookclub.com/reapers-stand-scavenger-hunt/
Rock Stars of Romance – http://www.therockstarsofromance.com/6/post/2014/04/scavenger-hunt-excerpt-reveal-reapers-stand-by-joanna-wilde.html

TUESDAY
Angie and Jessica’s Dreamy Reads – http://www.angieandjessicasdreamyreads.com/2014/09/reapers-stand-scavenger-hunt.html
Jacqueline’s Reads – http://jacquelinesreads.blogspot.com/2014/09/reapers-stand-by-joanna-wylde-scavenger.html

WEDNESDAY
Sinfully Sexy – http://sinfullysexybooks.blogspot.com/2014/09/reapers-stand-by-joanna-wilde-scavenger.html
Three Chicks and Their Books – http://www.threechicksandtheirbooks.com/2014/09/scavenger-hunt-reapers-stand-by-joanna.html

THURSDAY
Guilty Pleasures – http://www.guiltypleasuresbookreviews.com/?p=32453
Reading in Pajamas – http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1AB

FRIDAY
Books Unhinged – Friday, 9/19 – http://wp.me/p490gx-25y
No BS Book Reviews – Friday, 9/19 – http://nobsbookreviews.com/reapers-stand-scavenger-hunt/

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SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: In His Sights: A Sugarland Blue Novel, Book 3 by Jo Davis

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In His Sights: A Sugarland Blue Novel, Book 3 by Jo Davis
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars

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From the author of Hot Pursuit and the Firefighters of Station Five novels…

When a dangerous criminal targets those whom Sugarland detective Chris Ford holds dear, nothing will stop him from hunting down his man.…

Chris is one the best and brightest at the Sugarland PD, but lately a mysterious illness has him struggling to get through the day. When his symptoms land him in the care of brilliant and sexy Dr. Robyn Lassiter, Chris realizes that he is the latest victim in a rash of mysterious poisonings in the area—most of them fatal. Figuring out who’s causing the fatal outbreak has become a very personal—and deadly—race against time.

Despite battling her own personal demons and painful past, Dr. Robyn Lassiter can’t fight her attraction to her new patient. But as she struggles to help Chris track down the sick mind behind the deaths, she’s not only at risk of losing her heart but of falling headlong into a lethal plot that could take her life.…

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I enjoyed this novel and how Ms. Davis wove the hot romance in with the mysterious threat surrounding them. It was also refreshing to see two destined lovers open to the possibilities and not fighting the attraction with every breath. They made a great couple and did I mention their romance was hot? All the characters are believable and it’s clear they share a closeness and comradery that is common among emergency personnel. All in all, a very fun read that kept me guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to the next visit to Sugarland Blue and the hot guys that work there.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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National Bestselling author Jo Davis is best known for her popular Firefighters of Station Five series written as Jo Davis, and her dark, sexy paranormal series Alpha Pack, written as J.D. Tyler. PRIMAL LAW, the first book in her Alpha Pack series, is the winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award in Paranormal. She’s also been a multiple finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, a finalist for the Bookseller’s Best Award, has captured the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit, and has been a two-time nominee for the Australian Romance Readers Award in romantic suspense.

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Spotlight & Review: Dark Blood (Carpathian Novel, Book 26) by Christine Feehan

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Dark Blood (Carpathian Novel, Book 26) by Christine Feehan
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4.5 Stars

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The fates of a warrior reborn and a seductive Dragonseeker are irrevocably entwined in the new Carpathian novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, “the queen of paranormal romance” (J. R. Ward).

At long last you are truly back with us…

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth…

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…

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Another exciting trip into the Carpathian world where danger and passion keep you gripped in its web. The love story between Zev and Branislava was hot and sensual like we’ve come to expect in this series. I loved that she is a strong alpha in her own right and that Zev not only appreciates that but loves it. A perfect match in all ways where they give and take as the situation demands. My only complaint is that it got a bit bogged down in the intricate parts of magic and spells. Thankfully it more than made up for that with the finale. I couldn’t read fast enough and heaven help anyone that tried to interrupt me. I won’t give anything away but am excited at the possible subject material for future books.

Note: Dark Blood is book #26 in the Dark Series and book #3 of the new Dark Trilogy.

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.

She is pleased to have made numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Bookscan, B. Daltons, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Waldenbooks, Ingrams, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club, Washington Post, and Walmart. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including being a nominee for the RWA’s RITA. She has received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including large print, palm pilot, e-book, and hardcover. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller’s List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers’ conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences.

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Website: http://www.christinefeehan.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Christine-Feehan/96476197597
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCFeehan
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6268.Christine_Feehan#

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SERIES INFORMATION:
Dark Blood is book #26 in the Dark Series and book #3 of the new Dark Trilogy.

Link to Series Reading Order and Buy Links:
http://www.christinefeehan.com/dark_series/index.php
BOOK #1: DARK PRINCE
BOOK #2: DARK DESIRE
BOOK #3: DARK GOLD
BOOK #4: DARK MAGIC
BOOK #5: DARK CHALLENGE
BOOK #6: DARK FIRE
BOOK #7: DARK DREAM
BOOK #8: DARK LEGEND
BOOK #9: DARK GUARDIAN
BOOK #10: DARK SYMPHONY
BOOK #11: DARK DESCENT
BOOK #12: DARK MELODY
BOOK #13: DARK DESTINY
BOOK #14: DARK HUNGER
BOOK #15: DARK SECRET
BOOK #16: DARK DEMON
BOOK #17: DARK CELEBRATION
BOOK #18: DARK POSSESSION
BOOK #19: DARK CURSE
BOOK #20: DARK SLAYER
BOOK #21: DARK PERIL
BOOK #22: DARK PREDATOR
BOOK #23: DARK STORM
BOOK #24: DARK LYCAN (September, 2013)
BOOK #25: DARK WOLF (January, 2014)
BOOK #26: DARK BLOOD (September, 2014)

SPOTLIGHT, Review & Giveaway: Love Bites by Angela Knight

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Love Bites by Angela Knight
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading In Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars

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The New York Times bestselling author explores her most daring side yet in three tales of seductive vampires and the women who love them.

In the brand-new “Oath of Service,” Angela Knight introduces the Doms of the Round Table and a kinky circle of pleasure, pain, and power as she returns to her “sexy as hell” (Heroes and Heartbreakers) Mageverse world for a new twist on the Arthurian legend.

Morgana le Fay finally gets what’s coming to her in this novel-length story. After a fight with a dragon goes wrong, Morgana takes an Oath of Service to Percival, vampire Knight of the Round Table. Percival and his partners, Cador and Marrok, decide to give Morgana a taste of bondages and submission she’ll never forget. What they don’t know is that the lovely witch is keeping secrets that could destroy them all. To make matters worse, the dragon is plotting a deadly revenge….

In “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a beautiful vampire and her two vamp lovers lock horns with a wizard with the ugly habit of refusing to take no for an answer. When he casts a spell on Beau and Decker, Amanda finds herself the object of both men’s lust. She’s had some yummy threesome fantasies along the same lines, but since the men hate each other, she figured it was never going to happen. But when it does, things get a lot more kinky than Amanda expects.

In “The Bloodslave,” Angela Knight’s classic “must read…highly erotic” (*The Best Reviews) novella, a female mercenary comes under fire during a hunt. The beautiful, virginal, and very human Verica is captured by three hungry alpha vampires driven deliriously feral by her purity. But they desire more than her warm blood. They want her body, leaving Verica more vulnerable than ever before—and loving every minute of it.

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Wow! I loved this book and the many places it took me. This was my first taste of the Mageverse and it won’t be my last. Oath of Service was a BDSM fest woven nicely in with the fantasy world of dragons, vampires and magic. I liked the camaraderie of the characters and how they have fought to protect humans through the centuries. And the romance was flaming hot.

Be Careful What You Wish For was a fun short story of vampires on a mission. The fact that they fell into a ménage situation that was a bit swoon-worthy. Fun and quick and oh so hot.

The Bloodslave had me worried since I don’t go for futuristic novels but it didn’t take long for this short story to make me a believer. This was a BDSM based also and kept the flames stoked.

All in all, a very hot and steamy book aimed for the stout hearted. I loved it!

*Review copy provided by Berkley/NAL in exchange for an honest review.

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Love Bites – Excerpt for Reading in Pajamas

It seemed the murdering werewolf had arrived. Now they just had to kill the furry bastard…
Except…
Morgana frowned in puzzlement. She knew the feel of werewolf magic from painful experience.Claws raked across her skin as the wolves closed in, their eyes glowing orange with bloodlust…
The taste of this creature’s power was different, much stronger than anything she’d felt before from any other wolf. An oily tsunami of malice and magic that was both alien and all too familiar.
“That’s not a werewolf,” Percival said over the mission link, echoing the thought that had made her heart skip in dread. “That’s a dragon.”
“Oh,” Morrak groaned, “we’re so fucked.”
They were both right. Heart pounding, Morgana started toward the club’s entrance, hoping to intercept the killer.
The creature who strode into the bar a moment later didn’t look like a murderous shape-shifting dragon. He was just tall enough to draw a woman’s eye in a crowd, lean and muscular as an Olympic swimmer in a well-cut gray suit that suggested its wearer had both money and taste. Morgana could see how an unwary woman might follow him to her death, deceived by his smoldering GQ looks and artfully tousled black hair.
But the gaze he swept over the crowd was so intensely predatory, so cruel, that Morgana found herself jolting toward him, desperate to divert him before he picked out some mortal woman to victimize.
“Morgana, watch your cover,” Percival murmured through their enchanted mission rings.
She caught herself, camouflaging her alarm with a seductive smile and her best hip-rolling, leggy stride. As she sauntered over, the dragon’s gaze flicked to meet hers, piercingly blue and cold enough to inflict frostbite. The creature smiled, his lips taking on a sensual curve. “Why, hello,” he purred, his voice deep and rumbling as he extended his hand.
Quickly reinforcing her magical shields, Morgana reached to accept the offered handshake, even as she prepared a spell blast. “And hello to you. I…”
Inhumanly powerful fingers clamped around hers hard enough to grind bone on bone. A wave of psychic force rolled from his hand to hers, blasting through her attempt to shield as if it were tissue paper. The dragon’s attack slammed into her mind hard enough to buckle her knees.
“Morgana!” Percival’s furious mental bark sounded distant as she fought to shake off the dragon’s attack.
Though her thoughts felt swathed in cotton, she realized she was lucky she’d shielded, even if the psychic barrier hadn’t protected her completely. Otherwise I’d be dead now.
Blinking at the spots that filled her vision, she caught herself against a barstool. Marrok appeared at her elbow to slide an arm around her waist. “Are you all right?” the big knight demanded, lifting her to her feet and steadying her when she swayed. His tone sharpened. “Morgana?”
“I’m fine.” Scanning the crowd, Morgana realized the dragon was nowhere to be seen. Neither were Percival and Cador. Oh, hell, she must have lost consciousness, or damned close to it. “Where’s the team?”
“Tracking our scaly friend through the club, trying to make sure he doesn’t kidnap anybody. He headed for the scene rooms as you went down. Percival told me to make sure you were okay.” His dark gaze searched her features, his worry evident. “Are you?”
“I’m fine, dammit. Where did they go?”
“This way.” Marrok turned and bulled through the crowd, half-carrying her as the other patrons stumbled back from his overwhelming strength.
The last of the fog from the dragon’s attack lifted, and she realized just how bad the situation was. If they weren’t damned careful—and lucky—everyone in Club Penitent could end up dead. Especially if the bastard shifted.
Forty feet of dragon in the middle of a nightclub was a prescription for tragedy.
Another thing: if somebody got cell phone video of an honest-to-Lord of the Rings dragon and posted it to Facebook, the paranormal cat would be out of the bag. Discovering magic actually existed would change human society in ways no one could predict.
Morgana shuddered. She’d been through witch hunts before. She had no desire to experience the twenty-first century version.
We have got to lure him outside if we want to get this clusterfuck back under control.
Luckily, Morgana could shift too. She’d been practicing draconian combat techniques with both Kel and her lover, Soren. She was reasonably sure she could handle herself in a fight with the dragon— if she could lure him away from the club and its potential hostages.
What would be preferable was if she could enlist Kel and Soren’s help. Both shifters were veterans of draconic combat who’d be far more capable of taking out the killer than she was.
And they don’t have to worry about losing control.
Though Soren might have to worry about the political implications. True, Cachamwri, the elemental the Dragonkind worshipped as a god, had let it be known he would no longer tolerate his people treating the Magekind as enemies. Unfortunately, that still didn’t mean Soren could take the Magekind’s side against another dragon, not without proof the creature actually was the serial killer who’d been eating women. Soren would probably do it anyway, but the political repercussions could be highly unpleasantfor him. There were still a great many dragons who hated humans, just on general principles. Morgana didn’t want to put her lover in that position unless she had absolutely no choice.
Fortunately her other option was a Knight of the Round Table; Morgana could definitely call on Kel. Arthur had made the big shape-shifter one of his elite knights after Kel helped save the Magekind from a demonic magic user. And he was literally the Round Table’s biggest big gun. Morgana had an ugly feeling she was going to need him.
Unfortunately, she soon learned she wasn’t going to get him, at least not right away.
“Nineva and I are butt-deep in a firefight, Morgana,” Kel informed her via their enchanted iPhoneswhen she reached him minutes later. Somewhere nearby, someone fired what sounded like an AK-47 in a thunderous rolling volley. “Bloody terrorists. Look, can you keep the dragon occupied for a half-hour or so?” Something went WHOMP, followed by the sound of debris raining down on the ground. Kel swore.“Nineva, grab that kid before someone shoots her! Morg, if Nineva and I can get these childrenevacuated, I should be able to come roast the monster for you. Just keep him busy until I get there.”
Morgana’s heart sank as Kel cut the link, presumably so he could concentrate on rescuing the school full of hostages he and his wife were trying to save.
Normally, she’d stack her team up against any other three Knights of the Round Table, including Lancelot, Galahad and Arthur himself. But skilled as they were, leading Percival, Marrok and Cador against a dragon could well get them all killed. Vampires could take a hell of a lot of damage, but not the kind of injuries inflicted by a fire-breathing lizard the size of Air Force One.
She’d be damned if she’d put them in that position. Especially not Percival.
“Morgana, Marrok, where the fuck are you?” Percival demanded through the mission link.
“Coming. Where are you?”
“Alley behind the club. When we caught up with him, we found the bastard had put some kind of spell on two girls. He gated off with them. His tone turned grim. “But before he left, he threatened to eat them.”

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Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name.

In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before editor Cindy Hwang discovered her work there and asked her if she’d be interested in writing for Berkley. Not being an idiot, Angela said yes.

Whatever success she has enjoyed, she attributes to the marvelous editors she’s had over the years. David Anthony Kraft and Dwight Zimmerman at Comics Interview taught her the nuts and bolts of fiction writing. Alexandria Kendall of Red Sage discovered her talent for romance writing and encouraged her to believe in herself. And she will be forever grateful to Berkley editor Cindy Hwang, who has been unfailingly supportive.

Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

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