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Monday, 22 May 2017

BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Beltway Betrayers by Taylor Marsh





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Beltway Betrayers
by Taylor Marsh
Publication date: May 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller


Synopsis:

There’s a secret.
A woman is heard whimpering in a parking garage.
A dark side to the powerfully rich is exposed.
And Alex Gantry is at the center of it all.
After several frightening events that shook Alex’s world, things have settled down.
So it seems…
Elite life coach, Alex Gantry, is enjoying her new life in the Washington, D.C. Beltway.
T.J. Gale, who’s part greenpreneur, part leader of a quick-strike unit of former military and intelligence professionals, has set her heart aflame.
Alex and T.J. are in love.
Enter Jett Spence, a man who once was part of T.J.’s world but who is now an unknown, because no one can tell whose side he’s on.
Two thousand miles away in Hollywood, Alex’s old haunts, the powerful producer Brian Marks is falling apart because he’s lost her. The woman he never thought would leave him is now in the bed of a younger man.
In New York City, T.J.’s ex-wife, Lisa, is looking to get even with the woman she thinks destroyed her marriage. Her vengeful father Davin Dalaney is eager to help because T.J. is no longer willing to ignore his criminal profits.
Brian is intent on getting Alex back.
Lisa wants to make her pay.
And T.J. is attempting to keep her safe.
Alex believes she can take care of herself, but being with T.J. has taught her it’s not always that simple.
From the Washington, D.C. Beltway to Los Angeles, California, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

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“Hey, you were protecting her. She should understand that.”
“Yeah, I thought so too, but guess again. Alex knows how to shoot a gun, and she has been around dangerous men before. She feels like she doesn’t need a man to help her make it through life.”
“Sounds like someone got a real reaming. I feel for you, man.”
“I’m still looking for pieces of my ass; she tore me a new one.”
Malcolm laughed.
“Appreciate the support, buddy,” T.J. said.
“Hey, you know I learned the hard way, too. Cost me the best woman I’ve ever had. I kept the job from her to keep her safe, protected. But she dropped me like a bad memory when she found out that I had lied to her about everything: who I was, where I worked, my entire life. We tried, but she couldn’t get past it.”
“Yeah, and you haven’t had two dates with the same woman since.”
“It’s the work, my man. It’s not conducive to a relationship.”
“Bullshit. It’s us. We’re adrenaline junkies with control issues who need to open our damn eyes and quit treating women differently than we would any man in the same situation.”
“I hear you, but – ”
“No buts, my friend. If Alex had held out on me in a similar situation, afraid to tell me the truth about something, I would have been pissed as hell. You can’t tell me you’d have felt any different,” T.J. said.
“We’re not girls.”
“Yeah, and neither is Alex. She’s a pro who unpacks people’s lives for a living. So being with a man who treats her like a child, now how sexy is that?”
“When you put it like that.”
“We have shit relationships and lousy women in our lives because we don’t trust them like we do men.”
“Hey, Dr. Phil, I think you’ve got something there. You’re suffering from post-divorce stress disorder.”
T.J. started laughing.
“True that, but I’m also making the same mistakes that Phyllis has called me on a thousand times. After dad died, I worried a lot about her. I wasn’t crazy about Ben Cates when he showed up. I let her know it, too. I kept checking up on her and asking details about them, where they were going. When I called and she was in Europe with him, I accused her of being disrespectful of my father for not waiting longer. Shit, she had nursed him through the most awful chemo treatments and innumerable surgeries. She spent years of her life taking care of him.”
“Rough times, man.” He’d been there with T.J.
“I started acting like a man possessed. Phyllis finally had to cut me off for a while, quit talking to me, blocked my calls. And when I showed up in New York at the penthouse, I got into a screaming match with Ben, who wanted no part of it.”
“Alex will come around, just like Phyllis.”
“I sure as hell hope so because everything she said to me is true, though I couldn’t admit it at first. You think you’re evolved, you know, a man who treats women as equals. Then you meet a woman who is the walking embodiment of the term and it stops you dead.”
“We went through the same thing here, remember?”
“Yeah, I do.”
“So, as long as we’re on the subject, what does she know about LSS?”
“That it’s an international environmental company with global security imperatives,” T.J. said.
“Is that on our business cards?”
“Actually, we got into a conversation over it today.”
“Was that before or after you blew her mind over Marks?” Malcolm asked.
“After.”
“You’re a masochist.”

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3x ebook copies of Beltway Betrayers


Taylor Marsh writes smart, arousing romance while deciphering world events. She lives in the Beltway area of Washington D.C.

“Beltway Betrayers,” Book 2 of The Beltway Series, will be out in May 2017 and Book 3 of this series will be out in the fall.

She is a former Broadway performer and beauty queen who was the Relationship Consultant for LA WEEKLY, then the nation’s top alternative newsweekly. Taylor is the author of two traditionally published non-fiction books, “The Hillary Effect,” and her memoir, “The Sexual Education of a Beauty Queen.”

Taylor was profiled in The Washington Post and The New Republic for her coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary season. She became a contributor to The Huffington Post in 2006, and has written for Washington, D.C.’s The Hill, as well as for U.S. News & World Report and for Z√≥calo Public Square in Los Angeles, among others. As a seasoned entertainer, communicator and speaker, Taylor has also been interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera Media Network, The New York Times, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, among other outlets.
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BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Under Her Wings (Sistas #1) by Anne Marie Citro

Have you ever wondered why you're so lucky?
Then you wake up and it's all gone.
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UNDER HER WINGS
Anne Marie Citro
Series: Sistas Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publication Date: August 1, 2016
Wishing for death while living through hell, Gabriella is rescued off the rocks of a Scottish loch at the lowest moment of her life by the hot, humorous Edward and the sexy, staid Liam. The two men nurse the despondent woman back to health while teaching her how to pick up the pieces of her life. Both are captivated by her and vie for her attention.
Friendships are formed and secrets revealed. One man will become her lover, while the other becomes her best friend. Together, they have a past they cannot change, a present they must live through, and a future yet to be discovered. However, every time things appear to settle down for the trio, fate deals another blow, testing their trust and faith in each other and the love they have created.
Gabriella discovers the beauty of Scotland and life anew as she learns that trust is a two-way street that can either strengthen bonds or destroy relationships. Will she accept all that she learns or continue to believe she is betraying the memories she ran from?
Fantastic read!! Loved it from start to finish. ... The book was romantic, sad and funny. It made me laugh and cry. The story kept me intrigued and I just wanted to keep on reading as there was never a dull moment. I highly recommend reading this book.
- Liz Douglas, Amazon Reviewer

5 out of 5 (exceptional)


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I am absolutely floored by how absolutely emotionally beautiful this story is. This story is absolutely incredible from the beginning to the end. It takes a lot in a story to make me tear up but tears were flowing by the end of this story. It’s a very emotionally heavy story but it’s absolutely stunning.  The author did such a great job writing the story.

You’ll laugh, you’ll likely cry, you’ll swoon, and your heart will break. It’s a mixture of absolutely beautifully raw emotions. It’s full of love and laughter. It’s a fun read and a serious read. It’s a story of an absolute tragedy that becomes a beautiful love story. It’s about finding yourself and figuring out what makes you happy. It’s absolute perfection.

I have to admit, this story really took me back to some dark days in my past. It reminded me of a huge loss that I suffered and brought back memories of the attempts and failures at healing. It also reminded me of how important it was to reach deep inside and find yourself and let others be there and let them love you. I think that the author did such a great job writing these scenes. She took great care in describing these scenes and relating to her audience.

Details and descriptions are perfect. They set the scenes for perfect visualization and the ability to disappear into the story. They give you enough detail to visualize what’s going on but leave out just enough detail to allow you to add your own little details. The scenery sounds absolutely beautiful. It makes a girl want to go on a vacation!

I think my absolute favorite part of this book was how strong the bond of family was. It didn’t matter whether they were blood family or not. Family was family and that bond was unbreakable. It was a fierce relationship and a relationship to dream of. I think that message is one of the most important messages that an author can portray to their readers!

If you couldn’t tell, I absolutely adored this book. I adored the writing style, the characters, the descriptions, and details.  There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t enjoy.  The characters were great and had a fierce bond. The details made me want to go on vacation. The author is an amazing writer that can really reach out to their readers and burrow herself into our hearts.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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This book is for the hopeless romantic, who believes everyone should get their happy ending. Even when happiness seems unattainable.
- Amazon Customer, Amazon Reviewer

Other Books by the Author

Don't miss the other books in the Sistas series by Anne Marie Citro.
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LYRICS HEART & SOUL
Series: Sistas Book 2
Can the misfits of society considered substandard and their child/ youth worker teach a broken man that has no heart how to love? Can love and trust be taught? Ryder has what every person strives for yet it isn’t worth having if you have no one to share it with.
"Beautiful Story...A 2017 Summer Beach Read Not To Be Missed! I flew through each chapter and wished it would never end."
- Annette Cosentino, Amazon reviewer
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THICKER THAN BLOOD
Series: Sistas Book 3
Can Caden put aside all of the hurt he suffered because of Dakota while trying to save her life? Dakota could die but she needs answers before she goes. Can she trust the man she thought would always be hers? Fate has a way of making you see the truth.
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About Anne Marie Citro


Author PicAnne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favorite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes.
Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.
Official website: http://annemariecitro.com
Social media links: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Finding Fulfillment (Found by Fate 3) by Lynn Burke



HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
FINDING FULFILLMENT!

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Finding Fulfillment
Found by Fate 3
Erotic Romance
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2017

Keywords: Erotic, Romance, BDSM, Novella, Series, Bondage

Jade Matthews may be young, but she knows what she wants in a man--someone mature and kinky, a man who shares her deepest desires to have her pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen and submissively compliant in the bedroom.
Archer Brennan aches to unleash his dark side on the too-young grocery bagger, with her pert pony tail and glossy lips that makes him yearn for a taste. With an ex-wife and a messy divorce threatening to destroy his pursuit of happiness, he binds himself to one rule -- hands-off Jade's tight body until his divorce settlement is final.
A submissive must obey her Dom, but some rules were meant to be broken, and when one misstep threatens the dominant lawyer's life, will Jade defy Archer's hands-off decree or lose the only man capable of fulfilling all of her dreams?


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I jerked off after my late lunch, thinking I’d be more relaxed and in control once Jade arrived for my…little test. No such damn luck. Nancy rang to let me know Jade had arrived and I instantly went hard. I wanted to tell Nancy to just send her on in, but the gentleman in me wouldn’t allow such an action, hard-on or not.

Standing, I buttoned my suit coat to hide the bulge in my pants and headed for the office door. When I pulled it open, our gazes collided and my attention slid down her neck to where her pulse thrummed. Satisfaction coursed through me.

“Jade,” I smiled, knowing the lust simmering inside of me shone in my eyes. “Come on in.” I stepped back, gesturing her past me and breathing in the scent of snickerdoodles. My hand moved without thought to rest on her lower back as she walked into my office. Her breath caught, and a quick glance up into my face had me jerking my hand away.

Fuck. Can’t touch.

I cleared my throat and shut the door behind her. “You look amazing.”

Pink tinged her cheeks. “Thank you.”

“Why don’t you have a seat on the couch today?” I motioned toward the loveseat beneath my office’s lone window with its upward slanting blinds for privacy.

I sat in my office chair but swiveled to my right to face her.

Jade perched on the couch’s edge, knees together and hands folded on her lap.

I took my time drinking in the sight of her—barely there makeup, hair caressing her shoulders, naked lips, and that dress.

Goddamn, she’d never looked better. The color of her name, the dress wrapped snug around her, the cleavage of her pert breasts barely concealed by the deep V-neck. Stiff nipples, bare legs, and strappy tan heels…and if she followed my thoughts for our meeting, no panties.

My cock strained, hands shook.

Get a grip, man. You’re thirty-five years old, for Christ’s sake, not some teenage jerkoff who can’t control his shit.

“How am I supposed to keep my hands off you?” I murmured, tearing my attention from the darkness between her legs.

Her blush deepened as she shrugged.

I forced myself to settle in my chair. “Sit back, darling. Relax.”

She eased backward into the couch, but tension hitched her shoulders high.

I wanted the test I had in mind to reveal what I hoped it would, but being strung tight would hinder her response to me. “How was your week?”

“Long and boring, same as last week.” She sucked in her lower lip and released it, sending another jolt of lust straight to my cock. “I’ll admit, my nervousness over today probably made it worse.”

“What are you nervous about?”

“The meaning of your note. Your plan.” Her voice escaped as a whisper, and she swallowed. “Wondering if you’ll finally touch me beyond a mere brush of fingers.”

My hand flexed at the thought as my heart picked up pace. “More than anything, I want that exact thing.”

We stared at each other for a few long seconds, the sexual tension thick between us.

I needed to wait until Nancy left. “All in good time,” I finally said, needing to clear my throat. “For now, talk to me. Tell me about your hobbies. What you like to do for fun.”

Jade heaved a deep breath, her breasts rising and drawing my focus downward. Pebbled and begging for my teeth, her nipples pressed tight against the green material covering them.

“Talk to me, Jade,” I encouraged, returning my gaze to her face with a slight smirk which she returned.
A half hour flew by as we chatted, and the inner office ring of my phone startled me. I picked up. “Yes, Nancy?”

“If you don’t mind, I’m going to head out early for the day.”

“That’s fine. I’ll finish up with Miss Matthews here in a few minutes. Would you mind locking the front door on your way out?” I asked as always whenever she left before me.

She agreed and I hung up, turning back to Jade. Her brow furrowed, she played with the ties of her wrap dress.

“Jade.” She glanced up. “Close your eyes for me.”

She obeyed without hesitation, her brow smoothing, and my chest swelled with the trust she showed me.

“I’m going to tell you a story, and I want you to imagine it in your mind. Can you do that for me?”

Her plump lower lip disappeared inside her mouth again as she nodded.

The sound of the front door closing filtered through the blood rushing between my ears.

Time to play.


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4 out of 5 (very good)


In Finding Fulfillment Jade has her chance of happiness. She has watched her friend Tessa find it with Trent and Brody. Sam is more than happy with Jason. Jade is an old-fashioned girl and doesn't want a career. She wants a home, a husband, and children. And it seems that Archer may just be the man to give it to her. He is dealing with his own problems though, and they decide to wait until a better time - teasing and tormenting each other in the process.

This is a hot yet sweet read that is perfect for a sunny afternoon. The pace is fast, but it is a novella. There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading, and I loved how it all seemed to tie in together for Jade and Archer. An excellent addition to the series and definitely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

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Lynn Burke is a full time mother, voracious gardener, and scribbler of spicy romance stories. A country bumpkin turned Bay Stater, she enjoys her chowdah and Dunkin Donuts when not trying to escape the reality of city life.


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Friday, 19 May 2017

REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Urgent Care (Hearts & Health #2) by D.J. Jamison


Length: 61,500 words

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Hearts And Health Series
Heart Trouble (Book #1) 

Bedside Manner (Book #2) 


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Nursing student Xavier James is shocked to run into the first man to ever break his heart while at a gay club. His ex is sexier than ever, but Xavier is not going down that road again ... only, when they end up working together at an urgent-care clinic, his willpower will be tested.

Trent Cavendish made a huge mistake at age 18 when he walked away from his first love. Twelve years later, Trent is rattled when his friend suddenly dies. He takes a hard look at his life, realizing how empty it has become. Determined to re-evaluate his priorities and make amends, he returns to his hometown to win Xavier's forgiveness and maybe even his heart.

Times have changed. Instead of the sweet but tame boyfriend he left behind, he finds a smoking hot man dressed in bits of lace and silk. Trent's good intentions turn to lust, and love isn't far behind. But Xavier is wary. The villain of his memories is proving to be a decent guy, but has he really changed or is Xavier just a new goal to chase?

4 out of 5 (very good)


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This is book three in the series, Hearts and Health, but you don't need to have read the other two. I've only read one.  While previous characters pop up (major brownie points from me on that one!) you don't need to have read their stories for this one to make sense. 

I LOVED book two, Bedside Manner, like warm and fuzzies for days. This one, not so much and I can't for the life of me figure out why!

Its well written, from both men's point of view, and I did enjoy the story, how it all unfolded, and Trent and Xav deal with their history. I liked the epiphany that Trent had, after his friend died, why he came back to town, and why he wanted so badly to reconcile with the only man he ever loved. 

I liked that Xav (which only Trent shortened as such but I'm stealing it!) was reluctant and rightly so. I liked the way they took their time to finally consummate their new relationship. 

I LIKED the book, Trent and Xav and their story. I just didn't LOVE it. And it pains me, deeply, to say that because it really is a good book! 

so, 4 stars

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