Review & Giveaway: IN A BADGER WAY (The Honey Badger Chronicles) by Shelly Laurenston

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IN A BADGER WAY (The Honey Badger Chronicles, Book 2) by Shelly Laurenston

Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

96C75B18-6DAA-4023-9595-1549239F912DPetite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. But she’s not terrified of pandas. She loves pandas.

Which means that whether Shen wants her to or not, she simply won’t stop cuddling him. He isn’t some stuffed Giant Panda, ya know! He is a Giant Panda shifter. He deserves respect and personal space. Something that little hybrid is completely ignoring.

But Stevie has a way of finding trouble. Like going undercover to take down a scientist experimenting on other shifters. For what, Shen doesn’t want to know, but they’d better find out. And fast. Stevie might be the least violent of the honey badger sisters, but she’s the most dangerous to Shen’s peace of mind. Because she has absolutely no idea how much trouble they’re in . . . or just how damn adorable she is.

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Donna 5 Stars

What a fantastic ride! Those MacKilligan sisters, plus all the other shifters we love, are giving Shen a ride for his life. How can you not love the calm, loveable Panda? That is…until he’s riled. I admit – I didn’t see him as a romantic lead…heck…I didn’t see Stevie in that role either. Boy was I wrong. They are both kinda goofy, Shen was always the side-kick, Stevie the strange stressed one, and they are now surrounded by mayhem (by that I mean family AND those that would do them harm). Yet each kicked ass and had me heated up with their smoldering romance.

Laurenston is a gifted storyteller. The intensity of the read remains even when nothing momentous is going on. There is no ho-hum, no rest or relaxation in her books….just pure entertainment page after page. I had a blast reading this and I’m thinking Stevie and Shen are my new favorite couple. For now.

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

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Buy Links

Kindle | Paperback

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✦The Honey Badgers Chronicles by Shelly Laurenston✦
✦Book 1: HOT AND BADGERED ➢ Kindle | Review 5 Stars
✦Book 2: IN A BADGER WAY ➢ Kindle

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The Honey Badger Series is a spin-off of Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Series. Here’s the series link and a link to a blog post with some of our favorite quotes.

The Pride Series by Shelly Laurenston
Amazon Series Link: https://amzn.to/2unBuRM
Blog Post Fav Quotes: http://bit.ly/2Ggy4BY

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Giveaway

Paperback Copy (ARC) of HOT AND BADGERED by Shelly Laurenston

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Winner will be selected Monday (4/1) by 6PM EST. Reading in Pajamas is responsible for this giveaway. ARC Paperback was provided to Reading in Pajamas by Kensington.

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About the Author

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info about Shelly’s books go to www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com

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Gaius Domitus from G. A. Aiken’s Dragon Kin Series, Feel the Burn. He is powerful, intelligent and sexy with a dry humor that makes me laugh. Most of all…he is confident enough to appreciate his female’s strength and abilities. He has it all! -Donna

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DRAGON KIN SERIES BY G.A. AIKEN ~ READING ORDER
✦1: Dragon Actually ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1iumaRv
✦ “A Tale of Two Dragons” Novella (now included in Dragon Actually re-issue) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1dcPfm4 | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NO
✦2: About a Dragon ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17sVKQJ
✦3: What a Dragon Should Know ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/18CVng6
✦4: Last Dragon Standing ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1cqQM8Y
✦ “Dragon On Top” from Supernatural ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17xp5Hz
✦5: The Dragon Who Loved Me ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1adZY8X
✦6: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17sVuRM
✦ A Tale of Two Dragons ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1dcPfm4 | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NO
✦7: Light My Fire ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1EXIfql | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1Mi
✦8: Feel the Burn ➢ Kindle https://amzn.to/2TJDpbH | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-3r3
✦9: Bring the Heat ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/2nWg3zY | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-9As
*Part of the series as a prequel “Can’t Get Enough” by Shelly Laurenston from Everlasting Bad Boys ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/16m85mG

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Reid Griffith from Marie Harte’s The Whole Package. He has a tough as nails exterior but still isn’t afraid to let his vulnerabilities show through. His witty banter and love of family (accepting of their frustrating flaws), would put me at ease….and I’ll also add his smoking sexiness. Yumm. -Donna

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Sexy billionaire Sloane is one of my picks because he not only protects and takes care of his woman he teachers her to take care of and protect herself. Plus did I mention he’s an ex-UFC fighter? Yum! -Cori

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Adam Black! The Dark Fairy! He sacrifices everything when he falls for his woman. I love him! -Cori

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Review: HOT AND BADGERED (The Honey Badgers) by Shelly Laurenston

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HOT AND BADGERED (The Honey Badgers) by Shelly Laurenston

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

253669B5-291F-46DC-904D-0A91A2916523It’s not every day that a beautiful naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn’s hotel balcony. Definitely they don’t usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she’s gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she’s a honey badger shifter, it’s too late.

Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors. Or maybe Charlie Taylor-MacKilligan is just pissed that her useless father is trying to get them all killed again, and won’t even tell her how. Protecting her little sisters has always been her job, and she’s not about to let some pesky giant grizzly protection specialist with a network of every shifter in Manhattan get in her way. Wait. He’s trying to help? Why would he want to do that? He’s cute enough that she just might let him tag along—that is, if he can keep up . . .

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Donna 5 Stars

I enjoyed the story and the crazy sisters. At first I wasn’t sure how I liked them overshadowing the established hard-assed characters I’ve grown to love…but it was fun. Though fewer in number, the MacKilligan girls reminded me a bit of the Jean-Louis Parker family with less histrionics. Not to say they don’t have their share, it’s just tempered with a few tender and understanding bears. This promises to be a fun spin-off series full of sexy mayhem.

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

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Buy Links

Kindle | Amazon Paperback

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The Honey Badger Series is a spin-off of Shelly Laurenston’s Pride Series. Here’s the series link and a link to a blog post with some of our favorite quotes.

The Pride Series by Shelly Laurenston
Amazon Series Link: https://amzn.to/2unBuRM
Blog Post Fav Quotes: http://bit.ly/2Ggy4BY

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About the Author

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info about Shelly’s books go to www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com

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Review: HOWL FOR IT by Shelly Laurenston & Cynthia Eden

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HOWL FOR IT by Shelly Laurenston & Cynthia Eden

Mass Market Paperback Release: January 30, 2018

Publication Date: August 28, 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

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Like A Wolf With A Bone Shelly Laurenston

Quiet little Darla Lewis couldn’t be happier when the most-feared member of the South’s rowdiest pack kidnaps her. A girl gets real tired of being overprotected by her own shifter family, and there’s nothing like an oh-so-big bad wolf to start a pack feud, unleash her instincts–and have her surrender however and whenever she wants. . .

Wed Or Dead Cynthia Eden

Gage Ryder knew his human bride had a wild side. But spending their honeymoon night on the run from hunters out to finish him and his pack is sure not the kind of fun he was looking forward to. No problem–Gage will do whatever it takes to lay bare Kayla’s secrets and find the truth. If he can keep from being captured by his own seductive game. . .

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Donna 5 Stars

I’m so glad they are re-releasing this book. I read it in 2012, and this reminded me how much I liked it. Shelly Laurenston’s “Like a Wolf with A Bone” is such a fun story about Eggie and Darla. The scene and personalities are set right from the beginning, taking me along for the sexy and romantic ride. If you’ve read the Pride series, this is a fun story about the infamous Eggie. If you haven’t read the series, it’s a perfect novella to get you hooked. The humor made me giggle, the romance made me swoon, and the drama made me excited. I love her shifter books! Cynthia Eden’s “Wed or Dead” Is more dramatic. This short story is about Kayla and Gage, human and shifter, trying to find common ground through their burning lust. A Suspenseful drama full of hot sex. It’s a hard segue from the first novella to the second, but I was able to shift gears. I enjoyed them both!

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

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Buy Links

Kindle | Mass Market Paperback

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About the Author

SHELLY LAURENSTON

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info about Shelly’s books go to www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com

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CYNTHIA EDEN

Cynthia Eden is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.

Never miss a release from Cynthia Eden! Sign up for her newsletter at http://www.cynthiaeden.com/. You can also visit her Facebook page for her latest updates: http://www.facebook.com/cynthiaedenfanpage.

Cynthia writes dark tales of romantic suspense and sexy paranormal romance novels. She is a three-time finalist for the RITA® award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over seventy novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies including hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.

Review: BRING THE HEAT (Dragon Kin) by G.A. Aiken

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BRING THE HEAT (Dragon Kin) by G.A. Aiken

Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

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I, Aidan the Divine, am, well divine. My name was given to me by the Dragon Queen herself! I’m a delight! Cheerful. Charming. And a mighty warrior who is extremely handsome with a very large and well-hidden hoard of gold. I am also royal born, despite the fact that most in my family are horrendous beings that don’t deserve to live. And yet, Branwen the Awful—a low-born, no less—either tells me to shut up or, worse, ignores me completely.

SHE SAYS…

I’ll admit, I ignore Aidan the Divine because it annoys him. A lot. But, we have so much to do right now, I can’t worry about why he keeps staring at me, or why he always sits so close, or why he keeps looking at me like he’s thinking about kissing me. We have our nations to save and no time for such bloody foolishness…no matter how good Aidan looks or how long his spiked tail is. Because if we’re going to win this war before it destroys everything we love, we’ll have to face our enemies together, side by side and without distractions. But if we make it out alive, who knows what the future will hold…

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Donna review 4.5 stars

I loved this chaotic ride with the dragons and the trouble that is always present. All I could do was hang on and enjoy the madcap mayhem. It isn’t a sweet romance, or even a hot one – but rather a fun one, because Brannie had her usual brassiness, which was well matched with Aiden’s patience. Sadly, they didn’t have a lot of time alone, it was usually filled with enemies and their crazy families; but that is what makes it a Dragon Kin novel. I admit that a part of me misses the more “one on one” romances of the first books, but once in this world, it’s hard to let go. Another fun addition to the series.

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

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Buy Links

Kindle | Amazon Paperback

Amazon Series Link 

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Dragon Kin by G A Aiken reading order

DRAGON KIN SERIES BY G.A. AIKEN ~ READING ORDER
✦1: Dragon Actually ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1iumaRv
✦ “A Tale of Two Dragons” Novella (now included in Dragon Actually re-issue) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1dcPfm4 | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NO
✦2: About a Dragon ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17sVKQJ
✦3: What a Dragon Should Know ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/18CVng6
✦4: Last Dragon Standing ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1cqQM8Y
✦ “Dragon On Top” from Supernatural ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17xp5Hz
✦5: The Dragon Who Loved Me ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1adZY8X
✦6: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17sVuRM
A Tale of Two Dragons ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1dcPfm4 | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NO
✦7: Light My Fire ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1EXIfql | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1Mi
✦8: Feel the Burn ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1EXIfql | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-3r3

*Part of the series as a prequel “Can’t Get Enough” by Shelly Laurenston from Everlasting Bad Boys ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/16m85mG | Amazon Paperback http://amzn.to/19SHZrV

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About the author

Originally from Long Island, New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Writing as Shelly Laurenston, she is also the creator of the wickedly funny Pride series for Brava. For more info about G.A. Aiken’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, go to http://www.gaaiken.com.

Author Links: Website | GoodReads | Shelly Laureson’s Website

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Review: THE UNYIELDING (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston

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THE UNYIELDING (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

Synopsis

IMG_7303Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…

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Donna review 4.5 stars

I truly enjoyed this installment in the Call of Crows! The rapid-fire dialogue and action was so much fun. I wasn’t sure I would warm up to Erin at first, but she is a hoot! She vocalized all those little responses that most of us keep in our heads. Thankfully she had Stieg to keep her in line….right…poor guy had his hands full. There wasn’t a lot of romance going on, but it didn’t matter. It was a fun fast ride that I hated to see end. Laurenston sure has a way with the pithy comments and entertaining action.

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

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Excerpt

READ AN EXCERPT: http://shellylaurenston.com/the-unyielding-excerpt/

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Buy Links

Kindle | Amazon Paperback

Amazon Series Link

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✦The Call of the Crows Series by Shelly Laurenston✦
✦Book 1: The UnleashingKindle | Review 4.5 Stars
✦Book 2: The UndoingKindle | Review 5 Stars
✦Book 3: The UnyieldingKindle

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Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series.

For more info about Shelly’s books go to www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com.

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Review: The Undoing (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston

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The Undoing (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: March 29, 2016

Synopsis

imageNo one would ever accuse Jace Berisha of having an easy life–considering her husband…you know…killed her. But that was then! Now she fights for mighty Viking gods with the spectacular and vicious Crows.

But things are turning very bad, very quickly because a vengeful, ancient goddess has come into the world with just one thing on her mind–ending it. And the only way they can hope to stop her is if the Crows join forces with their one-time enemies, the Protectors. A Viking Clan created to do nothing but kill every Crow they see.

Thankfully, Protector Ski Eriksen is a peace loving kind of guy. Because the woman he is desperately trying to get close to is the beautiful and not-very-chatty Jace. Battling Nordic clans? Unkillable goddesses? Jace’s mean-spirited dog? None of these things would ever get in the way of a true Viking!

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Donna 5 Stars

I loved Jace so much. I could relate to her need to be by herself and give in to her introvert self, and even her berserker anger struck a chord. Then you put Ski and his brother Protectors in the mix and I was a goner. I enjoyed how the Protectors were different than the Crows or the Ravens yet fun in their own way, thus a unique way to contribute to the world surrounding the Crows. Ms. Laurenston didn’t go “over the top” in the antics but tempered the humor with some exciting god-induced danger and sexy romance. It’s one of those books that I couldn’t read fast enough and then was sad that it ended.

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

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Excerpt

READ AN EXCERPT: http://shellylaurenston.com/the-undoing-excerpt/

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Buy Links

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

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BOOK 1 INFORMATION:

The Unleashing (The Call of the Crows) by Shelly Laurenston
Review 4.5 Stars http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2es | Kindle http://amzn.to/1FD60W9

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Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series.

For more info about Shelly’s books go to http://www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to http://www.gaaiken.com

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Romance Books We Can’t Wait to Release (from March 2016)

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I was checking my release list yesterday and there are so many great books releasing this year so I thought we should do a quick post and include a list for y’all. Check it out and if you have a favorite releasing this year feel free to comment and tell us. These are just the books we can’t wait to get in our greedy little hands. -Cori

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FROM MARCH to OCTOBER 2016

✦SINNER’S CREED by Kim Jones (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 03/01/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1NMLsdr | Amazon PBK $14.47 http://amzn.to/1NMLy4J

✦A COVERT AFFAIR (A Deadly Ops Novel) by Katie Reus (Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 03/01/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1NMLPVj | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1TiEWPd

✦Phoenix Reborn: An Alpha Pack Novella by J.D. Tyler (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/15/16) ➢ Kindle $2.99 http://amzn.to/20Qaroa

✦Dark Promises: A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/15/16) ➢ Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/20QaAbk | Amazon HBK $18.37 http://amzn.to/20Qaws1

✦Wild Things: Shifters Unbound by Jennifer Ashley (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/22/16) ➢ Kindle $0.99 http://amzn.to/1OXPbsP

✦Scorched by Darkness (Dragons of Eternity Book 2) by Alexandra Ivy (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/22/16) ➢ Kindle $3.99 http://amzn.to/1SH1fBI

✦The Undoing (Call Of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/29/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/20QaFM6 | Amazon PBK $10.78 http://amzn.to/1SY0YZn

✦The Sweetest Burn (A Broken Destiny Novel) by Jeaniene Frost (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/29/16) ➢ Kindle $6.99 http://amzn.to/1PhArnq | Amazon PBK $6.13 http://amzn.to/1mo8GPE

✦The Angel Wore Fangs: A Deadly Angels Novel by Sandra Hill (5 Stars) (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 03/31/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1PhAFL6 | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1PhAAXO

✦The Beast: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward (PNR) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ BLOG POST ► http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2Kl | Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/1KX7Jsj | Amazon HBK $18.56 http://amzn.to/1eZVP2k | Kobo $13.99 http://bit.ly/1UvfAik | iBooks http://apple.co/1MTDing | Book Depository (Hardback) $25.06 http://bit.ly/1Mc3FDg | B&N $18.56 / $13.99 http://bit.ly/1O42sjE

✦One With You by Sylvia Day (Releasing 04/05/16)
►YouTube Sylvia Day Announcement: https://youtu.be/KikiQ7WrbDQ
►Read Excerpt: http://www.sylviaday.com/books/one-with-you/#excerpt
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✦Take Me Home Tonight (A Rock Star Romance Novel) by Erika Kelly (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Cover Reveal: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2Wo | Kindle http://amzn.to/1JFMAN3 | Amazon PBK http://amzn.to/1JFMGUW | B&N http://bit.ly/1NR1dDq | Kobo http://bit.ly/1KW4koo

✦BRAVE ENOUGH (“Tall, Dark and Dangerous”) by M. Leighton (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1PhAX4T | Amazon PBK $12.96 http://amzn.to/1QnEiNr

✦WHITE TIGER: A Shifters Unbound Novel by Jennifer Ashley (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1PhBi7w | Amazon PBK $6.13 http://amzn.to/1QnECMc

✦Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle (5 Stars) (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $3.82 http://amzn.to/1P4yEFa | Amazon PBK $5.99 http://amzn.to/1PhB8Nx

✦Invision: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Science Fiction/ Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Young Adult) (Releasing 04/05/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1KeSLyQ | Amazon HBK $16.91 http://amzn.to/20YDBl8 | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1KeSz2r
(Note: This is not romance but I’m including it on our list because she’s a favorite author. I read the series because it’s linked to her Dark-Hunter series and it’s great)

✦The Player (The Game Maker Series, Book 3) by Kresley Cole (Erotica/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/12/16) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1OoF1fR

✦Bounty (Colorado Mountain Series Book 7) by Kristen Ashley (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/18/16) ➢ Kindle $3.99 http://amzn.to/1KGeLNJ | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1KGeOJh

✦Ride Hard: A Raven Riders Novel by Laura Kaye (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 04/26/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1PhBWlF | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1mo9ZOq

✦Last Mile: A Vicious Cycle Novel, Book 3 by Katie Ashley (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 05/03/16) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1MhgsB1 | Amazon PBK http://amzn.to/1Op3ENs | B&N http://bit.ly/1jeEq8v | Kobo http://bit.ly/1G0TWiM | iBooks http://apple.co/1WQfdAd

✦BIG EASY TEMPTATION: The Perfect Gentlemen Series by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 05/03/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1moadoU | Amazon PBK $12.96 http://amzn.to/1moahFe

✦The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld) by Gena Showalter (PNR) (Releasing 05/31/16) ➢ Kindle $6.49 http://amzn.to/1LIlgDi | Amazon HBK http://amzn.to/1OQ2L0C | Kobo $6.49 http://bit.ly/1Px37Lf | iBooks http://apple.co/1jRCLpL | Book Depository HBK http://bit.ly/1M3RrJ5 | B&N not available yet | Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1QOWgKo | Amazon Series link: http://amzn.to/1LB5575

✦Blood Lust (The Sentinels) by Alexandra Ivy (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 05/31/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1QnFPDf | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1KEc1Wb | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1SH0TuO

✦Wicked Burn (Realm Enforcers Book 3) by Rebecca Zanetti (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 6/07/16) ➢ Kindle $5.99 http://amzn.to/1QUpW9X | Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/1KEdjkb

✦Fan the Flames (Search and Rescue) by Katie Ruggle (Romantic Suspense) (Releasing 6/07/16) ➢ Kindle $3.82 http://amzn.to/1SH25hR | Amazon PBK $6.99 http://amzn.to/1SH25hR | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1QUqjBr

✦ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR (Psy/ Changelings) by Nalini Singh (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 6/14/16) ➢ Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/1QUqtsG | Amazon HBK $22.95 http://amzn.to/1QUqnRU

✦Born of Legend (The League: Nemesis Rising) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Science Fiction/ Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 06/21/16) ➢ Kindle $14.99 http://amzn.to/1o8xFYY | Amazon HBK $21.79 http://amzn.to/1o8xHQG | Amazon Series Link: http://amzn.to/1ytVx7S
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✦REAPER’S FIRE by Joanna Wylde (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 06/28/16) ➢
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✦SHADOW RIDER (The Shadow Series, Book 1) by Christine Feehan (Romantic Suspense) (Releasing 6/28/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1QUqzAy | Amazon PBK $6.79 http://amzn.to/1QUqSv4

✦ADDICTED: An Outlaw Novel by Elle Kennedy (Science Fiction Romance) (Releasing 6/28/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1KEeeRJ | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1SH35Te

✦FALLING IN DEEPER (Wicked Lovers Series) by Shayla Black (Erotica/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 7/05/16) ➢ Kindle $9.99 http://amzn.to/1QUrktk | Amazon PBK $14.40 http://amzn.to/1QUre53

✦THE ANGEL’S SHARE: A Bourbon Kings Novel by J. R. Ward (Releasing 7/26/16) ➢ Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Y3uf4a

✦Fearless (Rescue Squad Book 2) by Kimberly Kincaid (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 07/26/16) ➢ Kindle $5.84 http://amzn.to/1ZF2ZiK | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1ZF2Yex

✦Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $14.99 http://amzn.to/1o4C7qZ | Amazon HBK $21.79 http://amzn.to/1o8wxVd | Amazon Series Link http://amzn.to/1o8x5KW | Reading Order Lists: http://wp.me/P3d0RZ-AF

✦DARE TO STAY (The Sons of Steel Row) by Jen McLaughlin (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1Mn0nKS | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1VcPQcH

✦DARK CAROUSEL (A Carpathian Novel) by Christine Feehan (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $13.99 http://amzn.to/1QintHH | Amazon HBK $20.94 http://amzn.to/1Qino6O

✦Gone Too Deep (Search and Rescue) Katie Ruggle (Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 08/02/16) ➢ Kindle $4.99 http://amzn.to/1LiJlm3 | Amazon PBK $6.99 http://amzn.to/1TIGnKf

✦Guardian’s Mate: A Shifters Unbound Novel by Jennifer Ashley (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 09/06/16) ➢ Kindle $7.99 http://amzn.to/1QinRWB | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1QinX0x

✦LOVING YOU EASY by Roni Loren (Erotica/ Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 09/06/16) ➢ Kindle $11.99 http://amzn.to/1Qio2kO | Amazon PBK http://amzn.to/1TIGQMA

✦WAKE A SLEEPING TIGER by Lora Leigh (Paranormal Romance) (Releasing 10/04/16) ➢ Kindle $12.99 http://amzn.to/1LiKlGT | Amazon HBK $23.40 http://amzn.to/1TIGS7a

✦DOWN SHIFT: A Driven Novel by K. Bromberg (Contemporary Romance) (Releasing 10/11/16) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/21xgpe7 | Amazon PBK $7.99 http://amzn.to/1TIGZ2C

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Feel the Burn (Dragon Kin) by G.A. Aiken

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Feel the Burn (Dragon Kin) by G.A. Aiken

Publication Date: November 24, 2015

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

Feel the Burn by G A Aiken CoverWar makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

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Donna review 4.5 stars

This story managed to pull about every one of our favorite characters in at some point and then introduced some new ones to join in on the mayhem. And mayhem it was. Their nemesis is gathering strength and there is danger at every turn….like normal. Sadly, the characters seemed a little ‘cold’ to me this time. It lacked chemistry between the couples, including Kachka and Gaius. I had a hard time warming up to Kachka. That was my only complaint on the story because in true fashion, Aiken had me laughing out loud and smiling when she showed that my favorite characters had not changed a bit. I can’t wait for the next book and the insanity to continue.

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

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Excerpt

Gaius walked into the palace that now belonged to him and his twin. The original palace, the one his cousin Vateria and her father, Overlord Thracius, had ruled from, had been torn down. It had been partially destroyed during his sister Aggie’s rescue; then Gaius and a few chosen dragon friends had ripped apart the rest of it. He would never let that palace stand, no matter how many of his kin had lived and ruled there. Not after his sister had been held captive in that place by the bitch Vateria. They had been raised with their cousin Vateria, but from the beginning they’d never been close with her. Never trusted her. Definitely never liked her. And then, when their father was murdered by his own brother, Gaius had made it his goal to one day challenge Thracius for the throne. But, when he was old enough—and strong enough— to make that challenge, that’s when Vateria, always so very smart, had captured Aggie and held her hostage in the old palace. She knew it was the one way to control Gaius. To “keep him in his place,” as she liked to say. It had worked, too. And Aggie had been in a tolerable situation, as she was still royal born and niece of Thracius. But then Thracius went to war with the Southlanders, taking on the Dragon Queen, leaving his bitch daughter alone with Aggie. For five long, painful years.
Aggie refused to talk about what had happened, but some nights she woke up screaming. Some nights she didn’t sleep at all.
And yes, Gaius blamed himself, although he knew Aggie never did. But how could he not blame himself? His poor, weak, defenseless sister trapped in the web of that evil—
“You!” Aggie gripped Gaius’s throat, causing him to gag before yanking him into another room. “Excuse us, Lætitia,” she told their aunt before slamming the door in Lætitia’s stunned face.
“What have you done?” his sister demanded.
“That’s vague.”
“There are Mì-runach in our throne room. Why?”
“Mì-runach?” Warriors who answered to absolutely no one but the Dragon Queen herself? “Are you sure?”
“Of course I’m sure. Now why are they here?”
“I don’t . . . oh.” Gaius cringed. “Oh.”
“What have you done?”
“I had your best interests at heart.”
“You idiot,” Aggie sighed out just as Lætitia knocked on the door and quickly entered.
She closed the door, turned to her niece and nephew, and announced, “There are peasants in your throne room. Southland peasants!”
“They’re Mì-runach,” Aggie told her and gestured to Gaius. “That this idiot requested.”
“Gaius!”
“I did not request them.”
“Then what did you do?” his sister demanded.
“I requested help from the Dragon Queen, but . . .”
“But?”
“But I thought she’d send Cadwaladrs.” The Cadwaladrs were a Southland clan of Low Born dragons trained from hatching in the ways of war and defense of the Dragon Queen’s territories. They might not be respected, but they were greatly feared. And with reason.
“Why would you want those pit dogs here any more than you’d want the Mì-runach?”
“You need protection.”
Aggie suddenly stood tall, her spine straight, her long steel-colored hair reaching down her back in intricate braids and curls. She looked amazingly regal, which was how she always looked when she was getting defensive. “Why would I need protection?”
“Because he’s going off on a fool’s errand, that’s why.”
Gaius briefly closed his eyes. “Lætitia,” he sighed.
“What? I’m not lying. Tell me I’m lying,” she ordered. “Tell me.”
If Lætitia hoped to get Aggie on her side, she’d just failed because now the twins were giggling. Like they used to when they were hatchlings.
“The two of you! I swear by the gods.”
Aggie cleared her throat. “Aunt Lætitia, could you excuse us?”
“You’re sending me back out there? With those plebeians?”
“Or you could just go to your room. But you need to go . . . you know . . . away.”
Lætitia snatched the door open, gazed back at her niece and nephew. “Hmmph!” she snapped before walking out, making sure she slammed the door in the process.
“Mind telling me what’s going on?” Aggie asked. “You know I hate when Lætitia knows more than me. It gives her way too much enjoyment. And we both know that I can’t allow that.”

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Dragon Kin by G A Aiken reading order

DRAGON KIN SERIES BY G.A. AIKEN ~ READING ORDER
✦1: Dragon Actually ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1iumaRv
✦ “A Tale of Two Dragons” Novella (now included in Dragon Actually re-issue) ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1dcPfm4 | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NO
✦2: About a Dragon ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17sVKQJ
✦3: What a Dragon Should Know ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/18CVng6
✦4: Last Dragon Standing ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1cqQM8Y
✦ “Dragon On Top” from Supernatural ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17xp5Hz
✦5: The Dragon Who Loved Me ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1adZY8X
✦6: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/17sVuRM
A Tale of Two Dragons ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1dcPfm4 | Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NO
✦7: Light My Fire ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1EXIfql | Review 5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1Mi
✦8: Feel the Burn ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/1EXIfql

*Part of the series as a prequel “Can’t Get Enough” by Shelly Laurenston from Everlasting Bad Boys ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/16m85mG | Amazon Paperback http://amzn.to/19SHZrV

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About the author

Originally from Long Island, New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should be. Writing as Shelly Laurenston, she is also the creator of the wickedly funny Pride series for Brava. For more info about G.A. Aiken’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons, go to http://www.gaaiken.com.

Author Links: Website | GoodReads | Shelly Laureson’s Website

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Wolf with Benefits (Pride Series) by Shelly Laurenston

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Wolf with Benefits
Pride # 8
By: Shelly Laurenston

Publication Date: June 30, 2015

Genre: Paranormal Romance

5 STARS

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There’s nothing like a good ol’ boy wolf. And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…

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Book 8 in the Pride series introduces Toni and her huge strange family of jackals and although at first it seemed a bit too hectic, it soon fell into a steady rhythm. That had to do with Ricky, one of the Reed boys that I have grown to love due to his quiet patience. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a Reed and full of the sarcastic humor that keeps you chuckling but he knows what he wants and is willing to quietly worm his way into her life. While it still hit all the marks, it isn’t as romantic as some of the others due to the story. The chaos and snarky humor was fast paced and full of all the beloved characters that are the hallmark of this series. This was the third time I’ve read the book and it won’t be the last.

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

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IMG_0032 “Are you my daddy?”
Ricky Lee Reed, originally of Smithtown, Tennessee, and only replanted to New York City a few years back, gawked at the child who’d asked him the question for a mere moment before he turned his attention to the adult female who held the child.
He’d admit it wasn’t a question he expected to get, you know, ever. For a bunch of reasons, too, but mostly because he didn’t know this woman. He wasn’t one of those guys who nailed so many females he forgot their faces or names. So then . . . why was this child asking him this question? And even stranger, why was the female raising her brows and suddenly asking, “Well . . . are you?”
Wait. Wouldn’t she know? Shouldn’t she? Good Lord, this city. Maybe he’d never get used to living here. Ever. It was surprisingly safer than life in Smithtown, Tennessee, but it  as weirder. Maybe because there were way more full-humans in Manhattan—he’d found full-humans were much stranger than shifters—and Smithtown was filled with shifters. Wolves, mostly. A few bears on the outskirts too old and big for the Pack to bother trying to make move. But all those wolves in one place with enough ’shine to take down the Russian army meant there was a lot more danger around those hills of his hometown than there ever could be on the mean streets of this city. No matter what the movies said. And yet life in Manhattan could be so strange in comparison to what he’d left behind.
He’d only come over to this bench inside the giant Sports Center, home to all of New York’s shifter-run sports teams, so he could chat with the pretty female sitting there. Perhaps get her number. She was real cute, probably because of all that curly hair. Most of the females in his Pack had straight hair, but this one had blondish-brown hair with lots of black streaks that was just kind of a curly mess. Just these wild, soft curls that nearly covered her eyes and reached to her shoulders. Yeah. He liked her hair. And the fact that she was a jackal didn’t mean much to him. She was still canine, like him, and he wasn’t looking for his mate. Just a few dates, maybe a little fun . . .
Fun. Not fatherhood.
“No,” he finally told them both. “I’m not your daddy.”
The female hugged the boy on her lap and kissed his forehead. “Sorry, Denny. Maybe we’ll find your daddy someday.”
Now Southern politeness would dictate that Ricky Lee should just leave this whole thing alone. Not ask questions, not suggest that maybe she should keep better track of her past lovers. But he just couldn’t bring himself to walk away. He was too curious.
She glanced at him. “Oh . . . are you still here?”
Before he could ask why he couldn’t keep sitting on this bench, without being glared at, several more children walked up to the female. A teenager with her big brown eyes glued to her cell phone, a young boy, and a toddler female holding the boy’s hand. They surrounded the She-jackal, the toddler trying to push the boy Denny aside so she could take his place on their mother’s lap.
That sure was a lot of pups for such a young female.
“Who are you talking to?” the jackal demanded of the teenager. Wait. Was she old enough to have a teenager?
“No one.”
“That’s a lot of typing for no one.”
Sighing dramatically as only teenagers managed to do, the girl asked, “Do we have to hang around here much longer?”
“I’m not leaving until I get what I want,” the eldest boy said with a lot of confidence for what looked to be only a nine- or ten-year-old. “So suck it up already.”
“I’ve got shit to do, you little brat.”
“More toe shoes to buy? More positions to contort your body into until you hit thirty or so and have to resign yourself to the fact your career is over? If you want to call it a career.”
The teenager almost had her hands around her brother’s throat—and he knew they were all siblings, no one else could annoy a body like a sibling—when the She-jackal snapped, “Leave him alone!”
“You always protect him.”
“Perhaps that’s because I actually have talent bestowed upon me by the gods, which is better than mere genetics that allowed my legs to grow impossibly long.”
“I hate you,” the teenager hissed at her brother.
“I live for hatred,” the boy replied. “It rejuvenates my creative fire.” It was a really strange thing for a young boy to say. Really strange. But even stranger was when he glanced over at Ricky and abruptly asked, “Are you our daddy?”
And before Ricky could say in no uncertain terms, “Absolutely not,” the doors that led to the main training rink burst open and Ricky’s hockey-playing brother, Reece Lee, flew through them.
Ricky instinctively grabbed the child in the most danger— the toddler—and moved. The She-jackal still had the boy on her lap, so she quickly stood, her arms tight around him. But she also jumped to the side, using her body to shove the older boy and his teenage sister away.
As an impromptu team, they seemed to have perfect timing as Ricky’s younger brother rammed into the wooden bench they’d been sitting on, completely destroying it in the process. Ricky didn’t bother to rush to Reece Lee’s help, though. He knew better. A few seconds later, a seven-one, nearly four hundred- pound hybrid barreled through those rink doors and stalked over to Reece.
The hybrid grabbed Reece by his training jersey and lifted him up, only to slam him back down again. Reece bared his fangs and started to fight back, claws out. It wasn’t a pretty fight, like one of those choreographed ones you’d see in an action movie. Instead it was more like watching a couple of pit bulls go at it in someone’s yard.
“Are you just going to stand there?” the She-jackal demanded, her glare on Ricky.
“That was my plan.”
“But I saw you with the smaller one earlier,” she said over the snarling, growling, and roaring. “You know him.”
“Barely.”
Her eyes narrowed. “You’re brothers, aren’t you?”
“According to my momma, but I still want DNA tests to prove it.”
The older boy tried to shoot past the She-jackal toward the fight, but the teenager grabbed the back of his T-shirt and held on.
“Are you insane?” the teenager demanded of her brother.
“Toni promised me I’d get to meet him!”
“I promised I’d try,” the She-jackal shot back. Huh. The kid called her “Toni.” Not “Mom” or “Mommy.” Then it hit Ricky . . . these weren’t her kids. At least not all of them. They were her brothers and sisters.
The teenager caught hold of her younger brother by the back of his neck, the extra flesh every canine predator child had there giving her a better collar than some strip of leather. “Toni’s not about to let you get in the middle of a predator fight.”
“But—”
“I keep telling you, Kyle,” the She-jackal reminded him, “we’re scavengers. Wait until the vultures arrive. Then you can go over and maybe get a little lunch.”
When Ricky raised a brow, the She-jackal only smirked and gave a small shrug.
Deciding not to ask too many questions, Ricky focused on his brother and the hybrid—who was a damn talented hockey player—that had Reece on his back, big bear-lion hand around the wolf’s throat.
Reece was putting up a good fight, though. Desperately trying to get the crazed hybrid off him. Too bad it wasn’t working.
After landing a few blows to the hybrid’s face, Reece glared at Ricky. “You going to do somethin’?” he squeaked out.
“Didn’t you tell me yesterday to stay out of your business?” Ricky asked, grinning.
“Son of a—”
“Hey,” Ricky cut in. “There are pups here. Gotta watch your mouth.”
The She-jackal sighed. “Seriously?” she demanded. “I mean . . . seriously?”
“What?”
“He’s getting the holy hell beaten out of him by a man whose hair just suddenly grew.”
“That’s his mighty mane. Only comes out when he’s really mad.”
“And you’re comfortable with him basically pummeling your brother?” Ricky thought on that, but he must have taken too long to answer because the She-jackal handed off the boy in her arms to the teenager.
“It’s like I have to take care of everything,” she snapped at Ricky before walking around to the two fighting males and yelled over the roaring, “Excuse me, Mister . . . uh . . .” She glanced back at the oldest boy, Kyle.
“Novikov,” Kyle prompted.
“Right. Mr. Novikov? Mr. Novikov!” The hybrid stopped, his hand still gripping Reece’s throat, his massive body still pinning the wolf to the ground. Slowly, he looked up at the jackal, mane nearly covering glowering blue eyes.
“Hi.” She pressed her hand to her chest. “I’m Antonella Jean-Louis Parker. Toni for short. That’s Toni with an ‘i,’ not a ‘y.’ Anyway, Ulrich Van Holtz may have mentioned that I was going to stop by today. And this is Kyle.” She snapped her fingers and the boy quickly moved to her side. “Kyle really wants your autograph and although I’m sorry to interrupt your . . .wolf-pummeling, I am on a bit of a schedule.” She tapped the sturdy-looking diving watch on her wrist. “So is there any way we could speed this up? Maybe you could assault the wolf later? Kyle would really appreciate it.”
The boy grinned. “I would!”
The hybrid studied the jackal for several long seconds before he nodded. “Schedules, I understand.” Then he looked down at Reece and roared in his face, “Schedules! Learn the concept!”
He released his grip on Reece and got to his mighty big feet. By the time Novikov stood, his mane had lessened considerably, something the She-jackal noticed, her eyes narrowing a bit. The hybrid faced her, his back now to Reece. That’s when he mule-kicked him, sending Ricky’s brother flying until he slammed into one of the many pillars around the building.
Ricky cringed. He sure bet that hurt.
“What do you want me to sign?”
“Get the shirt, Kyle.” The boy took off his backpack and quickly dug out a hockey jersey and a permanent marker. Based on the jersey’s colors it looked like it was from the Washington shifter hockey team. A team that the hybrid had once belonged to. That guy had belonged to a lot of teams, and to this day many of his past teammates still hated him.
The boy handed over the shirt and marker to the hybrid. As Novikov signed, he asked the boy, “So do you play hockey?”
“No, sir.”
“Really? How come?”
“Because I plan to use my brilliance for something real and important, not something petty like sports.”
The She-jackal cringed, her head dropping while Novikov’s head snapped up.
“Sorry?”
“See, what I like about what you do,” the boy explained, his hands accenting each word, his voice intense, “is the raw rage and violence. I can use that in my work. And while you’ll probably be forgotten soon after you retire, which is the way of you athletic types whose happiest years are usually when you’re in high school”—he glanced back at his teenage sister and she rewarded him with the one-finger salute—“my legacy will live on for centuries. People will study my work, copy it. My work will start a new art movement, a new wave of creativity born out of blood and violence and rage. And you . . . you, Mr. Novikov, will be my David.”
“David?”
“Like Michelangelo’s David? But instead my piece will be called Jean-Louis Parker’s Novikov, and it will be the greatest art anyone has ever seen. And you . . . you, Mr. Novikov, will be my muse.”
The hybrid blinked and then finally asked exactly what Ricky was thinking. “How old are you?”
“Eleven. But I don’t allow my age to hold me back from my future. Only those weak of mind do that.”
Novikov sighed and handed the signed shirt back to the boy. “I wish I could say you disgust me, but I understand you more than you’ll ever realize, kid. So go forth and kick ass.”
“I will. Thank you!”
He nodded at the boy, then the jackal. “Ma’am,” he said before he started back toward the rink.
But that’s when the kid threw out, “And is there a chance I can sketch you naked?”
Novikov stopped walking, his entire body jerking a bit. The She-jackal’s eyes popped open wide at the child’s question, her hand slapping across his mouth and yanking him against her body as Novikov faced them.
“He’s just kidding,” she quickly said before Novikov could ask. “He’s just kidding.”
The boy struggled against the jackal, his muffled words sounding like, “No, I’m not!” But the jackal didn’t release her grip, merely smiled. “And thanks for the autograph.”
Novikov nodded, grunted, and walked back to the rink, the big doors slamming behind him.
That’s when she released the boy, and using the hand not still holding the youngest brother, spun Kyle around so he faced her.
“Have you lost your mind?”
“It was just a question. He should feel privileged. The greatest artist ever known found his physique worthy of my precious attention. He should be bowing at my feet for such an honor.”
The She-jackal stared at him for several seconds before announcing, “You’re an idiot. And if you ever do that again, or I find out from someone else that you did it again, I’m going to kick your ass from here all the way back to Washington.”
“Yeah, but—”
“Do you understand me?”
“As a matter of fact, I don’t—”
She grabbed the boy by the back of his neck and yanked him up with one hand. He dangled a good four feet off the ground, his gaze locked with the She-jackal’s. “Do you understand, Kyle?” she asked again.
“Yes, ma’am.”
“Good.”
She released him and shoved the signed shirt back into his hands once he landed on firm ground.
The teenager sighed. “Can we just go already?”
“We have to see Ric first. Here. Take Dennis.”
The jackal handed off the youngest boy before turning to stare at Ricky. He gazed back. Smiled.
After a few moments of that, she asked, “Are you going to give her back to me?”
That’s when Ricky realized he still held the little pup he’d pulled out of the way of Novikov’s rage.
“Oh. Sorry about that.” Ricky handed the pup over. She’d fallen asleep with her head on his shoulder, her fist shoved in her mouth. She whined a little as the transfer was made, but settled back to sleep once the jackal had her.
“Thank you,” the She-jackal said, and gave him a small smile.
It was the smile that did it, more than the politeness.
“You know,” Ricky began, “if you’re not busy tonight—”
Pointing at Ricky with her cell phone, the teen asked, “Are you our daddy?”
Disgusted, Ricky stated to the jackal, “Woman, there has to be an easier way for you to get rid of a man.”
“Perhaps, but I’ve found that there’s nothing quicker. “She winked at him, then gestured behind him with her chin. “And you may want to check on your brother—he’s still bleeding.”
“Yeah. I think Novikov nicked an artery . . . again.”
She stopped, glanced back at him. But with a little snortlaugh, she walked off without another word.

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Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info about Shelly’s books go to http://www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com

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