Jun 30, 2015

*Book Blitz* X-Treme Boys The Series by Kay Manis

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Title: X-Treme Boys: The Series (Books 1-4)
Author: Kay Manis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 16, 2015
 
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All four books of the X-Treme Boys series in one box set.
SKATER BOY, Book 1
For 25 year old attorney, Hindley Hagen, life is all about staying one step ahead of the game. Avoiding surprises and keeping people at a distance is the only way she has to protect herself from the painful scars of her past.
 
When she is offered a new position at her prestigious Austin law firm as sports agent for pro skateboarder, Rory Gregor, she’s ready for the new challenge, but completely unprepared for the man who captures her heart. Suddenly, Hindley is thrust into a world where protecting all their secrets could cost her everything—her family, her career, maybe even her life.
 
Professional skateboarder and X Games royalty, Rory Gregor knows what it’s like to be at the top. But after years of bad decisions and one-night-stands, he’s working hard for a comeback he never anticipated. Hiring a new agent may be what his team thinks he needs to rebuild his career, but what if it costs him his heart in the process? Just when he thinks he’s posed for success, secrets from his past threaten to ruin his chance for gold and a new love. In a sport where trust means everything, this time it may not be enough.
 
MY SKATER BOY, Book 2
Hindley Hagen has worked hard to give X Games golden boy Rory Gregor the comeback he deserves. This time the skateboarding legend has won more than just a gold medal, he’s captured her heart.
 
But now she’s trapped, caught in the snare of a man playing a deadly game. She must choose — protect the one man who’s made her come alive for the first time in her life, or risk losing everything she’s worked hard for, including him. To save them both, Hindley must do the unthinkable. But protecting him means her own demons may surface, and from that there is no recovery.
 
Trust isn’t something that comes naturally to Rory Gregor. Even his own professional achievements as an X Games multi-gold medalist can’t wash away a childhood filled with abuse. But with Hindley Hagen by his side, he’s skating better than ever and finally feels worthy of the success he’s attained.
As their need to protect one another grows to escalating heights with deadly consequences, will Hindley and Rory find the future together they deserve? Or will they discover that the one thing threatening to destroy them both is actually each other?
 
MOTO BOY, Book 3
Welcome back Dana Di Grazio. You fell in love with her in SKATER BOY. Now it’s time to tell her story.
 
Dana is fearless and feisty, but struggling to find her purpose in life. Hiding behind a hardened exterior, she’s erected walls to protect herself from the devastating losses of her past. When thrust into the role of caretaker for pro motocross rider, Peter Fontenot, her fortitude is threatened and she fears he might be the one man to finally break down her walls.
 
When an unexpected accident forces X Games champion, Peter Fontenot to rely on a foul-mouthed, Italian spitfire, he’s surprised to find himself drawn to someone so crass and ill-suited. Suddenly, Peter must rethink the expectations of his well-planned life. Dana is the one thing he doesn’t want, but she may be the only thing he can’t live without.
 
MY MOTO BOY, Book 4
Dana Di Grazio has overcome emotional and physical pain all her life. But when the man she’s finally given her heart to walks out of her life after learning all her secrets, she’s left feeling abandoned and alone, unworthy of love.
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About The Author
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Kay Manis is a native of Austin, Texas—the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
When not writing or researching, you’ll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or taking a quick nap.
Kay’s biggest goals in writing are to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she’s done that for you then she says she’ll always consider herself a success.
Please feel free to contact Kay at www.kaymanis.com
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Jun 29, 2015

*Release Blitz* Be My Temptation (The Crawford Brothers Book #2) by Rachel Brookes

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Title: Be My Temptation
Series: Book 2 of The Crawford Brothers (can be read as a standalone).
Author: Rachel Brookes
Release Date: June 29th 2015

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One night connected them. One decision separated them. One craving tempted them.
 
Ashlyn Hart was done with men, or at least those outside of her books. After stupidly falling for the charms of her cheating ex and having her heart broken yet again, she decided to create a new life. One that involved a career change, a new wardrobe, and the possibility of moving abroad. There was just one hurdle: the confident, stubborn and insanely-tempting Josh Crawford.
 
Josh Crawford hid behind the cliché bachelor lifestyle and a never-ending parade of women. He knew the game and played it well, but the night he tasted perfection four years ago never left him. Back then, he made a spur of the moment decision, one that he has battled with ever since. But beneath the playboy façade was a yearning that wouldn’t disappear. A craving for the only woman who could bring him to his knees: Ashlyn Hart.
 
Two weeks changes everything. One night unravels the deepest of desires. A simple taste unleashes memories that can’t be tamed. When the girl who dreams of a happily ever after collides with the guy who lives the ultimate cliffhanger, what ending awaits them? Will fear overshadow love? Will the past play hindrance to the future, or will temptation conquer it all?
 
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Rachel Brookes is the author of The Breathe Series and The Crawford Brothers and lives on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She spends her days writing stories that contain a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and delicious men to season. She is crazy for The Walking Dead, a fan of long island iced teas, a cupcake creator and a lover of book boyfriends. Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sleep has become non-existent and more often than not she can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. When she steps away from her laptop, you’ll find her reading, people watching, taking photos and planning her next big adventure. She is also obsessed with social media, so come say hi.
 

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Jun 28, 2015

*Review* Ride Me Hard (Devil's Host MC #1)



When a big scary biker shows up at Jimmy's Diner fifteen minutes before the end of my shift, covered in tattoos and looking at me like I'm on the menu, I should flip the open sign to closed. But I don't, because I'm too used to doing what I've been told. Too used to working and struggling and surviving to do anything different. A closed sign wouldn't stop him anyway. He's here to collect a debt. And I'm the only one left to pay.
 
Author's Note: Ride Me Hard is part one in the Devil's Host MC serial.
 

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.

Confession time – I went into Ride Me Hard not the biggest fan of MC (Motorcycle Club) stories. I’ve read a few but never found one that I strongly connected with. Well let me tell you Ride Me Hard has me donning a MC choir robe and singing their praises. Consider me a convert. Now for the story...

Star isn’t just down on her luck, her luck is all tapped out. Counting down the seconds until her shift at Jimmy’s dinner ends for the night, Star knows the moment Noah steps through the door he’s bringing a world of trouble with him.  Noah is the Enforcer for the Devil’s Host and he’s at Jimmy’s to collect a debt. A debt that he’d be willing to accept Star in lieu of.

What I Loved: Ride Me Hard is a hot but beautifully written snapshot of two people who know first hand that fairy tales aren't real coming together and embracing momentary happiness where they can find it. Star and Noah are gritty and real in their take on the world and the give and take they have with each other (as in Noah takes and Star is happy to give). Ride Me Hard is a captivating start to a new serial and I am more than excited to see where Star and Noah's ride takes them.

What I Didn’t Love: For a serial Ride Me Hard is pretty solid. The only thing that would have made this a 5 star read for me would be a little more insight into Star’s life before Noah walked into the dinner. Because this is the first in a serial I didn't need a complete picture but a few snippets to understand what in life would cause Star to hitch her wagon to Noah would have been helpful.

Favorite Quotes:

“I shouldn’t trust him. I should scream and run and break my ankle trying to get away. Instead I turn my face into his palm like a kitten looking to be petted.”

“I feel ruined and perfect. Powerful, desperate and spent. I feel everything at once.”


Ride Me Hard is part one of the 5 part Devil’s Host MC Serial and is followed by Break Me In. My review for Break Me In will be posted soon but I can share it was as good if not better than Ride Me Hard. Author Shari Slade is releasing each of the five parts on a monthly basis so they whole series will be wrapped up by September, so as an added bonus there won't be a long wait between episodes.

Happy reading.

Jun 26, 2015

*Release Blitz* THE EMANCIPATION OF LOVE (Monster, #2) by Mary Palmerin

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Title: THE EMANCIPATION OF LOVE (Monster, #2)
Author: Mary E. Palmerin
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Release Date: June 26, 2015
 
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Blurb
I am a monster. A sexual deviant. A gorger for pain. I am Worthless William Welch.
 
But I am hers…
 
Ten years since Welch has seen Gwendolyn he finds himself in Portland, the same city they were supposed to live together; just two bloody lovers against the ghastly ways of the world. But that isn’t how their story would pan out and Welch troubles himself everyday with memoirs of the only one that will have his heart.
 
His sweet, sweet girl. Fiery Gwendolyn is gone and he is alone with nothing to occupy him except memories.
 
As he tries to grasp onto the recollections while simultaneously forgetting the pain he was bathed in for so long, he searches for a woman that will give him the agony he so desperately craves. You know what they say… be careful what you wish for.
 
As Welch pushes an unlikely woman to the brink, he is surprised at her eagerness as she gives him what he longs for. Punishment, pain, and pleasure. He becomes enveloped by the demons of his past, the torment of his current, and the ghost in his mind that he refuses to part from.
 
Reverted back to the dysfunctional little boy who obeys, Welch finds himself in a disastrous cycle while the edge of goodness is within reach. Will it be too late for him to find love before he breaks himself down to a point of no return?
 
**Graphic content warning including sexual degradation, emotional abuse, adult situations, and unconventional sexual practices that are intended for mature audiences only. Not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen. Reader discretion is highly advised.***

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Monsters. They don’t hide in your nightmares. They steal you away from the good life and prevent you from living your dreams.
 
That’s where 17-year-old Gwendolyn Fitzpatrick found herself; surrounded by wicked fiends after everything she thought she had was gone in the blink of an eye. She was shuffled away with one bag of memories miles away to a pair of foster parents that hardly had her best interests at hand. Forced to obey and listen to her caregiver’s commands, Gwendolyn buries her old self and focuses on the pain to become one of them. A monster herself to seek vengeance. While yearning for her teeming point to come, Gwendolyn starts to connect with another 17-year-old foster boy living with her who calls himself Welch. Just when Gwendolyn starts to feel faith splice its way through the venom of pain, the connection she has with Welch is put in jeopardy as the harshness gets worse with each passing day. Will the two tattered spirits make it out alive?  

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Mary E. Palmerin is 27 years old and resides in Indiana. She is married, has two small boys and usually has her nose in a good book when she isn't writing. She has been writing since she was a young girl, scribbling fairy tales down on notebook paper, creating poetry through her teen years, and many shorts in between, all of which she has kept. Mary enjoys telling tales that are both raw and real, seeing it as a gift to be able to evoke various emotions from her readers.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, anything outdoors, relaxing by the pool with a good piece of literature, red wine, coffee, tattoos, and HEA!

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Jun 25, 2015

*Release Blitz* Broken Lullabies by Nicole Simone

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Title: Broken Lullabies (Love Of A Rockstar #2)
Author: Nicole Simone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2015
 
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His eyes as black as the the devils tongue
His melodic voice more tempting than a siren’s call

Three years ago, Camille Barker was held at knife point but her attacker wasn't the one who haunted her dreams. No, it was the man that stood a-washed in the yellow glow of the street light, his stare observant but heedless. A witness to the senseless act. The venom that dripped from his twisted lips saved Camille's life and set her soul ablaze. Reemerging from the ashes, she set upon the well worn path her parent’s always dreamed she would take.

That is until rock n roller, Matthew Lee, shows her that you can only bask in the sun so long before the monsters come out to play.
 
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My attention quickly got diverted when a bell chimed over the front door and my eyes lifted.
No.
Panic roared to life. There were a million coffee shops dotting the city streets of Seattle and he came here. Why did I have such bad luck? Sliding my novel in front of my face, I slunk down into the chair as if that would render me invisible.
Do not look over here
Do not look over here
I begged silently for reprieve. Heavy footsteps thumped against the floor, drawing closer. When they stopped, my heart did as well. The scent of Chanel Number Five confused my senses.
"Camille?"
Matthew stood next to my table dressed in a pair of dark washed jeans and a button up shirt, opened at the collar. The glasses he normally wore were gone, and I much preferred he’d worn them. His stormy grey eyes were discomfiting.
"You smell like a woman," I blurted in greeting.
A Cheshire cat-like smile spread across his face. "Is that so?"
I met his smile with a scowl. The way he talked, in questions, dancing around whatever secrets he held up his sleeve, made want to slap him -- hard.

"Yes, that’s so."
Without asking if he could sit down, Matthew pulled out a chair and folded himself into the seat. Stretching out his long legs, he crossed his ankles and leaned back.
My eyes rolled. "Please get comfortable. Stay a while," I said sarcastically.
Another powerful hit of perfume made my head ache. With nobody behind me, my chair scooted a safe two inches away from him. I wished the windows were open though. Matthew's odd choice of deodorant was stinking up the place.
His eyebrows bunched together. "Is it that bad?"

"It's as if you rolled in a vat of flowers."
"I took a shower after."
"After?"
Matthew smirked. After sex -- that's what he was hinting. Envy stabbed me in the solar plexus but I quickly batted it away. It's not like I wanted to tie Matthew to the bedposts and have my wicked way with him.
"You’re disgusting," I remarked.
"Why? Sex is perfectly healthy and natural." His pupils darkened. "Not to mention fun. Don't you find it fun, Camille?"
 
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Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, penÕs character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey. She loves hearing from her readers and can be reached at authornicolesimone@gmail.com
 
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*Release Blitz* Spin Me Round by Elle Carmichael

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Author: Elle Carmichael
Genre: Erotica(LGBT)
Release Date: June 25th



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Garnet Delaware is one of LA’s best DJs, although her fight to the top has been far from easy. Life was tough after leaving home at sixteen, but she’s shed sweat and tears to earn the respect of the music industry and is now content in the arms of her girlfriend, Lena. When Garnet is offered the opportunity of a lifetime —performing at music festivals around the country in her breakout tour— she can’t wait to take the next step. However, she’s not looking forward to leaving Lena behind, even if the separation is only temporary.

NFL bad boy Wesley Black has disgraced himself, throwing away his football career. Now he is determined to get back on track to prove he has his life under control. And despite the fact that his dreams have been flushed down the toilet, he wants to redeem himself by helping Garnet achieve hers. But his desire for Garnet grows, so when the tour that he’s managing ends, Wes isn’t ready to let her slip away so easily.

Plans are not always set in stone. An unexpected turn almost ruins Garnet’s career, and the person she most despises wants to help her find her way back. Turns out, the truth has a way of unlocking secrets that can either make Garnet stronger or destroy everything she’s worked so hard to build.

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Elle Carmichael lives near the beach with her better half. When Elle is not writing she loves to read, go hiking, and when time permits camp out under the stars. Elle loves to meet new people, experience new things, and discover secret holiday spots.


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Fans of scorching hot erotica are not going to want to miss Spin Me Round, an LGBT series about a hot up-and-coming DJ torn between her female lover and a male promoter with a shady past.

What I Loved: To say Spin Me Round is hot would be an understatement. These books had my blood pumping and blushing to the point me husband kept asking me "What are you reading?" Leads Wes and Garnet are gritty, real, and possess an energy that helps them jump off the page. I adored the message that the gender of who you love doesn't matter, it's the soul of the person you love that does.

What I Didn't Love: There's a clear history between Garnet and Wes and each book hints at it. I need a little more insight. The story is building on their relationship in the present but a couple of flashbacks to the past could have helped the build.

Favorite Quotes:

Book 1 - "His gaze drills into me. What I see behind his eyes is startling - a look I struggle to make sense of, but it's full of intent, desire, and control. The latter has me taking a step back... only a small step... because I don't like to back down."

Book 2 - "She has no idea how fucking unbelievably talented she is. And I'm going to help her tap that talent and reach her potential to be the star she deserves. Like a man possessed, I'm on a mission to help her succeed. Driven. Determined. Devoted."

Book 3 - "Whether you're with a girl or a guy, your heart will know love because of who that person is inside, not because they're a certain sex. You respect them for who they are, not what they are. We're all the same, baby. Black or white, gay or straight. It doesn't matter."

The Spin Me Round  books are addictive, once I finished one I was ready to jump into the next. I need to see more of these characters and I highly recommend giving the Spin Me Round series a chance.

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Jun 23, 2015

*SPOTLIGHT* Altered State by Ella Dominguez



An erotic psychological thriller. Stand-alone novel.
 
Warning: Contains detailed sexual encounters & profanity. Intended for readers aged 18+.
 
Beauty lies in the truth.
 
A wife with a thirst for revenge desperately trying to save her marriage while hiding in the shadows of her memories... A woman with questionable intentions, a sketchy past and a taste for unavailable men... A husband in love with his wife, a man mesmerized by his mistress, a willing hostage caught between two obsessive women.
 
A murderer, a liar and a cheater. You think you know which one is which, but nothing is as it seems. 
 
After all, everyone wears a mask. Some are just better at hiding the truth than others.
 
Lies will be exposed. Truths revealed. Blood shed. All in the name of something far more potent than love and much more toxic.
 
 
 
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Altered State was my first read by author Ella Dominguez and let me just say - MIND BLOWN. Raw with edges that will leave you checking yourself for cuts, Altered State is the ultimate brain melt. An intense erotic psychological thriller that kept me guessing, Altered State is unlike anything I've ever read. When I finished reading I actually had to ask myself "What the hell was that?" Kudos to Dominguez for this rare gem. 
 
Typically when I write a review I give a little overview of the story and then breakdown what I loved and what I didn't love. I'm going to skip that format because there is absolutely no way to break down Altered State like that and not ruin it's various twists and turns. The three main characters - Miranda, Shelby, Zeke - are flawed and completely real. I in turns felt disgust, empathy, anger, and sympathy for each other them. Victims seamlessly become villains, villains become heroes.  
 
Favorite Quotes: 
 
"Now that I know where that woman hides herself, or rather, flaunts herself, I can put my plan of attack into motion. Beguile. Befriend. Betray."
 
"The one who stood by, helpless to do anything when the who slaughtered our parents in front of us and stole our innocence forever."
 
"I lied. I cheated. I hurt her. Now someone is dead. All because of my love for her."
 
Altered State is not for the faint of heart and touches on adultery, prostitution, addiction, and mental health issues. The issues raise a lot of questions but if you hang in to the very end of Altered State, everything will be addressed. Altered State threw me for one hell of a loop and for that it gets 5 stars and secures a spot on my favorite reads of 2015 list.
 
Happy reading. 
 

A full-time mom and healthcare worker, Ella was born and raised in a sexually repressed, strict Christian household in the bible belt of the USA. This upbringing and repression contributed to her wicked imagination and writing has been her only outlet for her sexual fantasies. Finally at the ripe and sexually primed age of forty, she mustered up enough courage to share her naughty thoughts and put pen to paper. I sincerely hope to find her niche in writing erotica in all forms, be it romance or paranormal.
 
“I don't consider myself an author. I consider myself an avid reader above all else, and someone who simply writes the stories that the characters in my head tell me to.” - Ella Dominguez
 

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*New Release & Review* Safe At Last (Slow Burn #3) by Maya Banks


The third book in the beloved #1 bestselling author’s sexy, romantic suspense Slow Burn series…
 
They say young love doesn’t last, but a girl from the wrong side of the tracks with unique abilities and the hometown golden boy were determined to defy the odds. For Zack Covington, Anna-Grace—his “Gracie”—was the one. Until one night forever alters the course of their future, when a devastated Gracie disappears without a trace, leaving Zack to agonize over what happened to the girl he loved. As the years pass, his desperate efforts to find her uncovered nothing.
 
Now working for Devereaux Security, he stumbles across a painting featuring a special place only he and Gracie would know. The image is too perfectly rendered for it to be coincidence. His Gracie must be alive. When he finally tracks her down, he is shocked—and heart-broken—to discover the wounded shell of the girl he once knew and still loves. Her psychic gifts are gone, and worse, she believes he betrayed her all those years ago.
 
Zack has enemies, and once his weakness is discovered, Gracie becomes a target for revenge. He’ll have to save her before he can earn her trust and her love. And he vows they’ll never be torn apart again.
 
 

 
 
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Lost first loves dealing with horrific past tragedy, a looming menace threatening their future and the security of those around them - Safe At Last comes of the gate swinging and doesn't let up until the very last page. If you're already a fan of the Slow Burn series you'll be excited about the latest installment. If you're new to the series Safe At Last may just be the book to get you to give the series a chance.
 
Deveraux Security Agent Zack Covington has made of career of keeping people safe but every person he saves cannot resurrect the one soul seemingly lost to him forever, his first love Gracie. When Gracie disappeared without a trace a piece of Zack died. Just as he vows to start over and leave the past in the past, Zack stumbles across a painting of a spot that only he and his girl would know. As Zack confronts the girl he lost he realizes that the woman in her place is haunted with brutal ghosts. Can Zack find out the truth of what happened to his true love or will a new villain take her before all questions can be answered?
 
What I Loved: Once I jumped into Safe At Last I couldn't put it down. In turns a heartbreaking tale of overcoming life altering loss and also an edge of your seat thriller, Safe At Last is a rarity that I'm not 100% sure how to categorize. And oddly, I'm really ok with that. Not all good stories need to fit in neat little packages. Told from both Zack and Gracie's perspectives, the story builds a slow creep of dread into a full on panic that had me reading through my fingers in the final chapters. I love a story that can keep me guessing and keep my blood pumping.
 
What I Didn't Love: The Slow Burn books are more thriller than romance so please don't go into the story expecting insta-love and tons of bedroom shenanigans.There is a lot of dark in Safe At Last and I think a few more scenes of Zack and his Gracie getting to rediscover happiness and each other would have provided a little more balance to the overall heaviness of the story.
 
Favorite Quotes:
 
"Maybe forgiveness wasn't for the person who'd committed a sin against her. Perhaps forgiveness was really for her, enabling her to move on, free of the weight and oppression so many years of anger had caused."
 
"You holding me up. Never letting me fall. Always protecting me from the world."
 
"My heart, soul, body, and mind. I never gave to anyone else what was yours to keep."
 
Overall I think fans of romantic suspense will really enjoy Safe At Last. I know I did.
 
The Slow Burn series will continue with book four focusing on tough as nails operative Eliza, who played a very important role in Safe At Last. Eliza has a fire and edge to her that has me eager to see what's in store for her next.
 
Happy reading.
 
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