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The Girl of His Dreams by Janet Nissenson

Belatedly aware that he was practically jogging through the spacious hotel grounds en route to the elevators, Jordan forced himself to slow his almost frantic pace down to a reasonable stroll. He kept Aubrey’s hand grasped firmly in his, not daring to slide his arm around her waist or shoulders right now, or touch any other part of her delectable body. He was far too aroused, far too aware of her, and anything more intimate than holding hands would likely cause him to lose complete control, and not give a damn who might witness such an event.
After she’d shocked him speechless with that teasing little kiss, and then inquiring provocatively what came next, Jordan had somewhat clumsily jumped into action. He’d beckoned the waiter over impatiently, motioning for the guest check at the same time, signing it without even bothering to glance at the total. He had surged to his feet, banging his knee against the table as he did so, but hadn’t even winced at the pain as he strode around to Aubrey’s side of the table. In two quick, jerky motions, he had pulled her chair out and helped her to her feet, barely giving her a moment to hastily grab her clutch bag. He offered up a silent thanks that she wasn’t wearing stilettos, thus allowing her to keep up with him as he hustled her out of the restaurant.
“Is this a race or something?” she asked teasingly, tugging on his coat sleeve with her free hand. “Because if I’d known we were going to run off our dinner, I would have worn my Adidas. Not, of course, that Jenna would have actually let me leave the house with them on.”
“Sorry,” he replied sheepishly, then tucked her hand in the crook of his elbow. “I’m, uh, usually not this – well, let’s call it impatient, shall we?” He gave into temptation then and slipped an arm around her narrow waist, pulling her close against him as he murmured in her ear, “Having you in my bed tonight is pretty much all I’ve been able to think about since I saw you emerging from the water, so I’ll apologize right now for my lack of finesse.”
Aubrey shook her glossy blonde head. “Don’t apologize,” she insisted, reaching up to place a gentle kiss on his cheek. “And I don’t want finesse. I just want you to be you. The real you, not the smooth talking player that you probably like everyone to think you are. Okay?”
That brief, innocent little peck on the check still managed to arouse him nearly to the breaking point, and he could no longer resist sliding a hand to the back of her head, holding it still for his hungry, demanding kiss. When her lips parted in surrender, he didn’t hesitate to thrust his tongue inside her warm, sweet mouth, kissing her with such intensity that she began to whimper beneath the firm pressure of his mouth on hers.
Jordan lifted his lips from hers reluctantly, paying no heed to anyone who might have just witnessed that fiery kiss. Aubrey’s eyes were half-shut, her pretty mouth trembling and looking slightly bruised. His hand slid to her waist, giving it a squeeze as he murmured in her ear, “Was that real enough for you, darlin’?”
She nodded, clutching his leanly muscled forearm for support. “Yeah,” she replied shakily. “That’s – that’s what I meant, all right.”
He pulled her flush against his side again as they reached the elevators. “Well, then, it’s about to really get real. Let’s head up to my room, okay?”


The Girl of His Dreams by Janet Nissenson
May 21, 2018 by BookBaby
GR * AMZ * BN * K * GP

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Welcome to Thirsty Thursday! Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome our guest bartender, Sierra Brave, today!

Thirsty Thursday With Sierra Brave

The Horse Mountain Shifter series is filled with sexy cowboys with a powerful hunger for beautiful curvy ladies. Abram Banks, from Real Cowboys Love Cats, is no exception. He works hard on his family’s ranch and when he meets Maddie, he falls even harder. What would a guy like Abram drink? Whiskey, of course. So how about a Cowboy Cocktail? Two parts of your favorite whiskey and one part cream shaken together with cracked ice and then strained into a chilled, old fashion glass, and you’re ready to enjoy.

Check out: Real Cowboys Love Cats by Sierra Brave

Having grown up isolated from other shifters, Abram’s not completely comfortable in his own skin. Nevertheless, after the death of his beloved human mother, he relocated to Horse Mountain to reconnect with his father’s side of the family. Love was the furthermost thing from his mind until he met Maddie.

When Maddie meets Abram, she’s smitten but doesn’t see much of a future. A man, who doesn’t like cats, should be a deal breaker for a mountain lion shifter like her. Yet every time he’s near, her body goes crazy. Could he possibly be her fated mate?

Real Cowboys Love Cats is a smoking hot, standalone big, beautiful woman + cowboy/shifter romance. HEA with no cliffhangers and no cheating!

Content Notes: This story contains graphic sexual language and scenes.

Excerpt:

Suddenly, the light disappeared, leaving Abram in the dark. He froze in place. “Maddie?” As an image of her injured flashed in his mind, a gnawing sensation plagued his belly. His heart raced as adrenaline flooded his body. He reached out in front of him, feeling around in the dark. “Are you okay?” He took slow, cautious steps as he continued to call for her.
Something grabbed him and he gasped while whipping around, lunging in the dark. Whatever had a hold of him moved quickly and dodged his attack. He pivoted and reached out to capture the rolling shadows.
A flash of light blinded him, and he blinked until his eyes adjusted and focused on Maddie’s smirking face. As she snickered, his jaw dropped.
“That shit wasn’t funny.” His nostrils flared.
She glanced at him and then looked down, drawing his attention to where his hands were. He was clutching one of her forearms while pinning her to the wall with his palm compressing one of her breasts.
“Oh, crap.” He snatched his large mitt back and released her. “That was an accident.”
While holding the flashlight in her fist, she stretched her opposite arm up and clutched the back of his neck, pushing up on her tip toes as she pressed her lips to his. His heart galloped and he grabbed her around the waist, lifting her as he pushed into the kiss.
Her body warmed him as her breasts flattened against his chest. Her softness comforted him, beckoned him. She tilted her head and parted her lips, and he plunged his tongue into the hot, waiting cavern, exploring as he tasted her.
As she broke the kiss, they both panted while clinging to each other. “Mmm, not bad.”

Author Bio:

Sierra Brave is a multi-published author of smoking hot romance. She writes across genres, dabbling in a little bit of everything, including ménage and BDSM. Her love of erotic fiction started in her last year of high school when she first read the sensual classic, Fanny Hill. She felt so naughty yet liberated with her copy tucked away in her book bag and hopes her work will have the same delicious effect on her readers.
Visit Sierra Brave: Website


Real Cowboys Love Cats by Sierra Brave
April 24, 2018 by Passion’s Paramour Press
GR * AMZ * BN * K * GP

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Rose Marshall died on Sparrow Hill Road in 1952. Dressed in her green prom dress, out looking for a date who never picked her up, she is run off the road by Bobby Cross. Now she haunts North America, guiding lost souls home. She’s been called the Girl in the Green Silk Gown, the Phantom Prom Date, the Woman in the Diner, and the Ghost of Sparrow Hill Road. She’s really a hitchhiking psychopomp, bound to highways and truck-stops and roadside diners, who tastes death in the air and saves the lives she can while also helping the newly dead souls find their way into the twilight. Rose will forever be stuck in the guise of a 16-year-old, but isn’t innocent anymore.

This is the first book in the Ghost Roads series, first published in 2014, reissued and with a new cover now that the second book, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown,  is set to be released in July. Jumping back and forth through time, Sparrow Hill Road introduces readers to Rose Marshall. I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect when I started reading as the beginning meanders around a bit. Rose talks about her small town life in Buckley Township, Michigan and the night she died. But there is also quite a bit of page time spent wandering the ghost roads with her as she hitches rides and tries hard to guide those travelers away from the death that is awaiting them up the road. Some times she succeeds and sometimes she fails, but all the while her legend grows and evolves.

I hadn’t realized when I picked this book up that it was originally put out as a serial, but it makes sense. Once the reader gets through the introductions and ghost stories and is finally comfortable with the world Rose inhabits, the main plot starts to take shape. Rose is still being chased by the man who killed her, Bobby Cross, and is determined to end his reign of terror. Her journey will take her across the country looking for help and then back home again. She never gives up, but always remains aware that he is the one who could end her existence for good. And even though she would have preferred to experience life beyond the age of sixteen, she’s gotten used to the life she does have. She takes her comforts where she can. Milkshakes at the Last Chance Diner and small talk with her bestie Emma. Borrowed coats that give her the ability to be corporal for a short time and freely given truck stop food that tastes like heaven. She may still look like a girl of sixteen, but she’s grown much wiser in the years since her death. She’ll need help in her quest, and fortunately for her, she’s made friends throughout her travels.

Seanan McGuire weaves stories I love to read. She’s so imaginative and original. I knew I would enjoy Sparrow Hill Road as soon as Rose introduced herself and started to tell her story in the first chapter. This book leaves off in a way that keeps the reader guessing, but gives them just enough closure to be able to wait for what comes next. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series when it releases in July. Final Grade-B

Favorite Quote:

I have never wanted to punch a highway in the face as badly as I do right now.


Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire
May 6, 2018 by Daw
GR * AMZ * BN * K * GP

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Hello, my name is Tori, I’m twenty one years old, and I’ve just released my third book, The Skeleton Lady. The Skeleton Lady is a romantic suspense about a high school senior named Oliver and his best friend, Kayte. The two are neighbors and have always secretly had a crush on each other, but have never had the strength to admit their feelings. When they are kidnapped by The Skeleton Lady, the two must survive the torment of their captor and try to escape, but will the power of love be strong enough to help them make it out alive?

Let’s Get To Know Tori L Wilson
Q: What are the top five books that have influenced your career?

A: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, and The Day I Swapped by Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman have been big influences on my writing. I really like books with darker themes and darker romances, and I’ve always loved these books, even as a child.

Q: What fictional character would you punch if the face if you thought you could get away with it without going to jail?

A: I think I would punch Jesse from my first book, Broken Souls, in the face because he was a major antagonist in the story and really hurt the main character, Alexander. I’ve always been very sympathetic towards Alexander because he was the first character I created, so anytime he was hurt I would actually become upset.

Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?

A: My favorite thing about being an author is actually turning my ideas and feelings into stories and seeing that story come to life and have a book cover. It’s really rewarding to have my ideas become a reality. My least favorite thing is having to edit and type the book and trying to promote my books, because these tasks can be very monotonous and take a long time to complete.

About The Skeleton Lady by Tori L Wilson

Blurb

Oliver Adams and Kayte Westin have been best friends since the first grade, when Kayte stood up against Oliver’s bully, earning his undying loyalty. The two are neighbors and are now attending their small town of Adairsville, Georgia’s local high school together, counting down the days until summer vacation. Oliver and Kayte both have feelings for one another besides simply friendship, however neither of them have been able to summon the strength required to confess their true feelings. One day, when the two friends are walking home together after school, they hear a chilling scream from a nearby alley. Kayte rushes to investigate the noise and Oliver follows behind her, making sure Kayte doesn’t get into any trouble. As they come to the alley, Oliver and Kayte notice something strange- there is no one around, and the alley is completely desolate. Suddenly, everything goes black and Oliver and Kayte awake in separate rooms, chained to old beds and surrounded by concrete walls, floors, and ceilings. The Skeleton Lady, a terrifying woman with brilliant red eyes and an extremely thin, skeleton-like figure, has captured the two friends. The Skeleton Lady, along with her sidekicks,

Sally and Button, torment the two friends, giving them new names and makeovers, slowly turning them into her own creations, dragging them further and further away from humanity and into her own sick and twisted world of selfishness and pain. All of this changes, however, when on Oliver’s birthday, the Skeleton Lady allows him to see Kayte for the first time since they were kidnapped. Having all but forgotten their previous lives, it takes the two a moment before they even recognize each other. Once their memories come flooding back and they finally confess their attraction for one another, Oliver and Kayte realize they must escape The Skeleton Lady’s lair. Driven by their love for each other, the two must use their mental and physical strength to escape the clutches of their captors. Will their love be enough to break the grasp of their tormentor’s clutches, or will they die trying? Find out in this exciting tale filled with twists and turns at every corner.

Exclusive Excerpt

My, dear, you look awful,” the Skeleton Lady says, walking into the room with a look of mock pity on her face. “Thanks,” I say, looking at her with as much hatred on my face as I can manage in my current state. The Skeleton Lady shakes her head and clucks her tongue, walking towards me. “My dear, Allison, that is not the attitude of a proper young lady,” she says, swinging her hand backwards and then slapping me with it as hard as she can. “AAHHHH!” I cry out in pain as new welts quickly begin to form on my already pain-stricken face. “A young lady does not scream,” she says calmly, slapping me again. I clench my teeth tightly and my eyes water from the pain. “Now be a good girl and say you’re sorry,” she says, moving so that her terrifying, snow white face is just inches from mine.

I take the opportunity to spit in her face. “Fine,” she says, wiping the spit off of her face. “I was just trying to help you,” she says, standing up straight again. “Help me how?” I say, teeth clenched. “Well, Oliver will never love you the way you are now.” “Oliver?” “Yes. I’ve been studying the two of you for… quite a while now. I see how you look at him, the love that’s shining in your eyes… but you’re too rough around the edges, my dear. Oliver has always liked sweet, beautiful girls, soft and demure. The fact of the matter, Kayte, is that you are ugly. Your features are too sharp and you’re too outspoken. Really, I’m only trying to help you.”

“Oliver,” I mumble, suddenly thinking of him. I remember his shaggy brown hair his mom used to beg him to cut, his deep olive green eyes, his long nose that’s somehow still cute, his thin lips I always wanted to kiss… Then I think of myself. I think about how rough and brash and pushy I am, how short and ugly my hair is, how I don’t look like the girls in the magazines and how Oliver has never looked at me the way he looks at the other girls- the pretty smiling girls who aren’t broken down, fighting a war inside their head…

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote from The Skeleton Lady is:

I close my eyes and somehow, on the cold, dark floor, I fall asleep thinking of Kayte’s smiling face in the warm, golden sunlight. Somehow, in this desolate place filled with hopelessness, I am happy.

The Skeleton Lady by Tori L Wilson
04/15/2018 – Books To Go Now
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WHAT I READ IN APRIL:

I kind of started out the month in a book funk. Big book funk, but Has from The Bookpushers recc’ed this awesome prison planet sci/fi romance series on Twitter and my book funk is officially over. Yay for Twitter recs!

Enticed by the Corsair by Ruby Dixon – AMZ 

No one likes a rebellious captive.

I learned that the hard way. I’ve been abducted from earth and cruelly tormented for my fighting spirit until I learned that the only thing that would keep me safe is to be sweet and calm and agreeable. It’s what keeps me alive.

When I’m rescued by space pirates, they tell me I’m safe. I’m told I can be myself again, get as angry as I want, laugh and cry and scream all I need. I don’t believe them, of course. I certainly don’t believe Alyvos, the ‘muscle’ of the pirate ship. Everyone says that he likes nothing more than a good fight, but to me, he’s kind and protective. How can I fear someone who holds me tenderly through the night and has fuzzy skin?

But my pirate wants more from me than I’m ready to give. He wants my fiery spirit…and I’m not sure it’s there anymore.

This is my very favorite Ruby Dixon series. I love it so much. Big, blue space pirates and fearless human women who change their lives for the better.

Guardian by Emmy Chandler – AMZ 

“Choose wisely. Then keep your head down and do what you’re told. Time will pass, and we’ll be back for you.”

Audra Copeland is among dozens of newly convicted felons dropped off on the prison planet Rhodon, where she discovers that the women of zone four have a long-standing arrangement with the men. If they hand over six of the new arrivals, the men won’t raid. And Audra has just been drafted.

She can take her chances on her own, or select a guardian. The deal is simple, if barbaric: sex, in exchange for food and safety from the other two hundred men in zone four. It’s a terrifying proposal. The men are violent, filthy degenerates.

Then Audra sees Tyson at the edge of the crowd. A hulking, scarred figure, the other men call him a savage, but his clothes are clean, and he’s holding a freshly caught rabbit. He can clearly protect what’s his.

As compassionate as he is powerful, Tyson ignites something fierce in Audra, and their connection is white-hot. The problem? Every thirty days, she’ll have to pick a new guardian.

Now that he’s found Audra, Ty has every intention of keeping her for himself. Even if he has to destroy the fragile zone four peace treaty to do it.

As I mentioned above, Has from The Bookpushers mentioned this series on Twitter so I popped over to Amazon to add it to my KU list. I wasn’t going to pick it up quite yet because I’m woefully behind on review books, but before bed I thought I would just open it real quick to see if it’s something I would like. THEN I COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN.

This series is titled Prison Planet, so you know that it’s not going to be a super easy read. This book opens with the heroine being flown down to the planet’s surface and discovering just how awful her sentence will be. Which is just as bad as you can imagine. Apparently there is a truce of sorts between the sector where most of the women live and the sector where men rule. The women change out women monthly for the men to do what they want with and the rest of the sector is left in peace. Audra realizes she is pretty much fucked, and she has drug a young woman named Maci into it as well, thinking she was protecting her by keeping her by her side. Her only choice is to pick someone who can protect them both and hopefully be non violent toward them.

She picks Tyson and he lets it be known he will protect them and doesn’t want anything Audra doesn’t want to give. Lordy, I liked this couple. I liked that Tyson was violent, but not with the Audra and Maci, and that he made decisions, but also knew when it was better for Audra or Maci to lead him. There are sexy, sexy times and an ending that gives our couple the only HEA that they could have had. I liked it.

Hunter by Emmy Chandler – AMZ 

“He wants her released into the enclosure. He wants to hunt her.”

Recaptured during her escape from zone four, Maci Bishop wakes up in the mysterious, heavily fortified zone two, where wealthy citizens come to sate sordid, homicidal appetites by hunting death row inmates in a wooded enclosure. Live on camera, for spectators watching from the Resort.

Maci is rented as a plaything for a guest at the Resort, but when she kills her first customer in self-defense, her life sentence quickly becomes a death sentence. To teach the other women a lesson, the warden throws Maci into the enclosure, to be hunted alongside a vicious death row inmate named Callum.

Though at first he believes the beautiful, half-naked woman is bait intended to lure him out, Callum saves Maci from a brutal death. As they fight their way through the enclosure, taking on hunters, guards, and ruthless robotic hounds, he falls hard for the tiny, clever hellcat and discovers she may just have the skills to get them both out of the enclosure alive.

But Maci won’t abandon the other women to pay for her escape. Not again. She won’t be satisfied until she shuts down the entire Resort: clients, guards, hounds, and all. And there’s no way in hell Callum will let her walk into the lion’s den alone…

Hunter is a 75,000+ word novel set on a planet populated by violent criminals, so expect a gritty story about characters who have to fight to protect each other and their relationship.

So, when I finished the first book, Guardian, I immediately picked up the second book. And believe it or not, I liked it even more. It has all the prison planet craziness of the first book, but adds a layer of intensity by throwing our heroine and hero into an enclosure and having people hunt them like big game animals. BUT, they messed up because as it turns out Maci is sort of a tech wizard and turns their game against them in the most beautiful of ways. She is helped by Callum who, just like Tyson, knows exactly when to step up and when to let Maci do her thing.

There are also lots of super sexy times and GUYS, GUYS, GUYS the ending is AMAZING.

Champion by Emmy Chandler – AMZ 

“Ms. Wolfe, you’re the only woman who’s ever requested the arena.”

Sylvie Wolfe made a bad decision, for a good reason. Now, sentenced to death for her crime, she has only one decision left to make—the method of her execution. Most people pick lethal injection.

Sylvie demands death by combat.

Her choice gets her sent to the prison planet Rhodon, where in zone one, the galaxy’s most dangerous convicted murderers fight to the death on camera in a gladiatorial-style competition that will end with one inmate being declared the champion. And having his—or her—death sentence commuted to life in prison.

Graham Anderson thinks he’s lost his mind when he sees a woman in zone one. He pulls Sylvie into his cell just before lockdown, temporarily shielding her from a throng of monsters intent on laying claim to her. By the time the doors unlock at dawn, he’s made nearly a hundred vicious new enemies and lost his heart to the fiercest, sexiest, most determined woman he’s ever met.

With death looming in the arena and foes aligning against them behind the scenes, Sylvie and Graham must fight for every moment they share. But in the end, there can be only one champion. Which means only one of them can leave the arena alive…

Champion is an 86,000 word novel containing dark and violent scenes that might be disturbing to some readers.

I couldn’t wait to pick this book up after the fabulousness of the first two books and OMG what a treat it was. What could this author come up with to compete with prison planet survivalists and enclosure where they hunt prisoners? Hmmmmm? A female gladiator fighting against an all male sector for her right to be champion and get released from death row.

I know. I know.

It’s as good as you are imagining.

I think my favorite thing about this whole series is how these books focus so much on the women and even though they are in impossible situations, and have very little choices, they still make big decisions and are in charge of their destiny. They choose to be in sexual relationships with their heroes and own their sexuality. They are smart, they are kick ass tough, and they find a way. The heroes are supposed to be anti-heroes, but they really aren’t. Grumpy and violent sure, but also supportive and protective.

There is a novella coming this month a book featuring the heroine from book three’s brother. GIMME!

WHAT’S UP NEXT:

The Worst Best Man by Lucy Score – AMZ 

The bride is a doll. The groom is the perfect gentleman. But the rest of the wedding party? They’re the stuff of nightmares. Rich? Check. Vapid? Double Check. Entitled? Not enough checks in the world. And the Best Man? More like the Worst Man.

But Maid of Honor Franchesca takes her duties seriously. Kidnapped groom? She’s got this. Rude attendees? You just watch her handle them. So a best man with a big attitude and an even bigger…checkbook? Yeah, there’s no way she’s going to let that pretentious, judgmental jackhole ruin her best friend’s wedding. No matter how sexy he is. (Well, that’s the plan anyway…)

Aiden Kilbourn doesn’t do long-term relationships. He’s busy ruling the business world, and has yet to find a woman he can tolerate for longer than a month, two at the outside. Conquering the unconquerable is basically his bread and butter. And he hasn’t met a challenge that he can’t win. But Franchesca Baranski? This smart-mouthed girl from Brooklyn may just be his downfall.

I swear I’m getting to this one this month.

Whisky Chaser by Lucy Score – AMZ 

“I’m afraid my vagina might turn itself inside out if you try to give it another orgasm so soon.” – Scarlett Bodine

Raised by her three overbearing brothers, Scarlett is a hell-raising tomboy with a tool belt. A tornado stirring up trouble everywhere she goes. Her favorite pastimes? Drinking any man under the table and two-stepping. But she has zero interest in love. Scarlett’s only being neighborly when she claims her sexy next-door neighbor as her new pet project.

Devlin is a man at rock bottom. Marriage, political career, five-year plan to Washington, D.C. All destroyed with one well-placed jab. The golden boy is now the black sheep relegated to Bootleg Springs, a tiny West Virginia town with two claims to fame: 1. Moonshine and 2. The cold case disappearance of a teen girl.

Devlin just wants to lick his wounds. But Scarlett has other ideas for his tongue… and the rest of him. She’s determined to bring him back to life, even if getting him back on his feet means never seeing him again. But when an old mystery becomes new news, she’ll need his help to survive the scandal.

A recommendation from Mandi at Smexy Books.

Psychic’s Spell by Ella Summers – AMZ 

In the immortal war between gods and demons, one woman’s past holds the key to humanity’s future.

One year after joining the Legion of Angels in New York City, Leda Pierce returns home to visit her family in Purgatory, a rough and rugged frontier town that borders the plains of monsters. Leda’s family reunion is cut short, however, when her little sisters are captured by supernatural mercenaries.

Together with her angel lover Nero, she sets out to save..

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The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor

“Do you know what these documents are?” McCalpin asked. By the absolute defeated expression on Miss Lawson’s face, he had his answer.

She cleared her throat. “Yes.”

“Did you forge my signature?”

She nodded gently, and a thick wave of dark brown—almost black— hair escaped from her simple chignon.

He regarded her carefully. Their earlier conversation had grown quite heated. What type of woman would dare impersonate him? One who must have spent hours practicing his signature. She had used his identity and his standing in society for her own purposes. Impersonating a noble was a high crime, and she’d done it anyway.

She wasn’t a classic English beauty by any means. She was more exotic in her looks. Her brown eyes sparkled with intelligence. Before he’d shown her the forged withdrawals, he’d found her stalwart confidence intriguing. He’d even found her earlier awkwardness over their second greeting charming.

Through it all, his title or wealth didn’t faze her. She only saw him as a stumbling block. Truth be told, he enjoyed going toe-to-toe with her. The rapier rapier-quick retorts and bold challenges were refreshing.

“How did you get my seal?” he gently asked.

“My father kept all of your uncle’s letters. I found an intact wax seal of the Marquess of McCalpin and took it to a family friend who’s a retired engraver, and he made it for me.” She stared at her clasped hands and refused to look at him. “I kept your first letter of introduction as our new trustee. I used it to practice your signature.”

Her face had turned scarlet red. She was mortified. Instead of pleased that he’d received her confession, McCalpin hated that he made her feel such embarrassment.
However, it was his responsibility to protect the family’s funds.

“Have you used it for anything besides withdrawals from your trust?” he asked.
She stiffened at the question, but managed to stare into his eyes. She shook her head. “Never. I would never harm you or my family. I only did it for my . . .”

What could his little embezzler possibly say to justify her behavior?

“We needed new shears, or I couldn’t finish shearing the sheep. I need to sell that wool to cover our household expenses.” His lips trembled for a moment before she continued. “The estate isn’t profitable.”

He gazed at her in disbelief. “You shear the sheep on the estate?”

“Yes. Hart helps if he’s at Lawson Court, but he travels frequently. Besides, I’m faster than he is and can shear two sheep to his one.” When sShe swallowed, and the movement emphasized her long neck.

He collapsed in his chair and stared at the woman. It was inconceivable what she was claiming. She was the daughter of a well-respected member of the nobility.

“I understand how trite this must sound, but I’m truly sorry I used your identity.” Her eyes dipped to her lap. Whatever she studied must have given her courage since she soon met his gaze. “Lord Burns had control over Lawson Court and was never generous.” She drew a deep breath. “For the past several years, he didn’t see fit to give us much money. When I learned he’d passed, I wrote to you as the successor—”

Buxton entered the room. “I beg your pardon, my lord. Lord and Lady Pembrooke have arrived.”

After a slight nod to the butler, McCalpin’s attention returned to the woman seated in front of him. “Miss Lawson, the hour grows late, and I have other duties that demand my attention. I’ll visit Lawson Court as soon as possible. I trust we’re in agreement that you’re not to write any more requests using my seal.”

“But—”

He wouldn’t let her have a word edgewise. “Immediately, I think it best that you have someone deliver your copy of my seal to me. You’ll find I’m generous to a fault, but I won’t tolerate foolishness or any more of your shenanigans. If you or your family needs something, I invite you to come and seek my advice. I won’t turn down any reasonable requests.”

“Is it possible I could have some money now?” She exhaled as if the weight of the world had been set on her shoulders. “You see I need—”

“From what I’ve learned today, I think it best if any disbursements wait until I have the opportunity to review the estate and learn more about you and your family.” He lowered his voice. “Wouldn’t you agree?”

Her eyes glistened with tears.

Oh God, he’d done it. He’d made her cry.

“Miss Lawson, there’s no harm done,” he said quietly. “The amounts you took were miniscule. When I visit, I’ll see what repairs are required. That’s all I can offer at this point. You shouldn’t spend your money on the estate. Your father wanted you or your husband to have it.”

She nodded once, then stood. Without any farewell, she turned and left the room.
In his twenty-nine years, he’d accumulated his fair share of experiences with women of all ages and personalities. Never once did he ever remember bringing one to tears.

It was something he hoped never to experience again.

He felt lower than the mud in a carriage rut.

 

The Luck of the Bride by Janna MacGregor
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Hello everyone!
My name is Amber Daulton, and I’m celebrating my newest release Arresting Mason. It’s a sexy bad boy romantic suspense sure to make you swoon, and the first book in the Arresting Onyx series. Mason and Mia’s love story took a few years to write (off and on), and I truly hope you love these characters as much as I do.

Let’s Get To Know Amber Daulton

Q: What are the top five books that have influenced your career?

A: I don’t know about my top books, but I can tell you about my top authors. I absolutely love almost anything Lara Adrian, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and Maggie Shayne writes. It was actually Feehan’s book, Dark Secret, that opened me up to paranormal romances.

Q: If you could go back in time before you published your first book, what advice would you give yourself about publishing?

A: I would make myself realize how important marketing and social media accounts are. I know all that now, but back then, I was totally clueless about the amount of eye-straining hours I would have to spend promoting, and not working on my next book.

Q: What’s your favorite AND least favorite thing about being a writer/author?

A: My favorite thing is that I get to create new worlds and live out fantasies I normally wouldn’t be able to experience.
My least favorite would be all the long but necessary edits each story needs. Then again, sometimes editing can be fun, especially when the story takes on a new twist I didn’t think of when writing the first or second draft.

About Arresting Mason by Amber Daulton

Blurb

Once you’re in a prison gang, you’re in it for life. That’s what Mason Harding thought until the boss accepted his resignation. After the State releases him on parole, a sexy divorcée behind the wheel of a car almost ends his life quicker than a shank. His chance encounter with Mia Eddison results in a night of passion, but her brother—his parole officer—catches them together and doesn’t approve.
Mia falls hard for the cocky ex-con, but not because of his chiseled body. She vows to break through his walls and discover his secrets, but never expects those secrets to threaten her life.
When members of an organized crime ring kidnap Mia to force Mason’s return to the gang, he goes up against an old friend to save the woman he loves. Will his sacrifice be enough or will everything fall apart in a blaze of gunfire?

Exclusive Excerpt

They reached her store and he stared at her car parked by the curb. “Harper doesn’t know where you live or anything about you. That means you’re safe for now, but he’ll probably search this area to find us. Stay cautious, okay? Drive your car from now on. Don’t walk anywhere.”
“Why are you avoiding my questions? You can tell me anything.”
“Not this. If you trust me, don’t ask those kinds of questions.” He tightened his fingers around her forearm as she tried to jerk free from his grip. “Listen to me, damn it. You mean a lot to me, but I can’t tell you this. At least not right now. That’s nothing against you. It’s all on me. I just need time to take care of this problem. Okay? I’m fucking stressed, in a shitload of pain, and I don’t need you to hound my ass.” He dropped his hand from her arm and scowled as though he just noticed the dirt and blood on his knuckles. “I’d like to go upstairs to clean up before you take me home. I don’t want Alan to know what happened.”
Mia dug through her purse with shaky hands, so angry she didn’t trust herself to speak.
He took the keys from her before the little pieces of metal slipped between her fingers, and he hugged her despite the grime on his skin and clothes.
Tears clogged her throat. Her mind screamed at her to push away from him, but the strength in his arms enveloped her and stole her will. His heartbeat soothed hers, and she no longer cared about his lies or if filth caked him.
At least not at the moment.
“I never meant for this to happen, Mia. I will fix this.”
“I know, but at what cost?” She pried her face from his chest to stare up at him. “You’re nothing if not determined, but I’m scared and confused. You have answers to my questions, but I won’t hound you for them as you so eloquently stated. I just thought we got past this. I thought you knew I would never insult or condemn you for whatever it is you did.”
“And I thought you knew not to push me too fucking hard.” His deep voice sent shivers of unease down her spine. “I have to keep certain parts of my past to myself.”
“Whatever.” Mia finally pushed against his chest for freedom and stomped to the stairwell door. She waited for him to unlock it and then led the way upstairs.
As he showered, she headed downstairs through the doorway in the dining room, grabbed a T-shirt and a pair of shorts from the sparse collection of menswear she sold, and left the clothes on the bathroom sink as he toweled off. She also gave him a bottle of aspirin and her best liquid foundation to cover his bruises.
They arrived at his apartment a few minutes ahead of schedule but barely spoke on the ride there.
Her brother called Mason every night at ten o’clock on the dot to verify his return home, and he continued to call at various times throughout the night to make sure Mason stayed home. Jim’s supervisor obviously didn’t approve of an ankle monitor to track Mason’s movements, so Jim relied on his cell phone to track him. If they went to Carbondale to visit Mason’s mother, the parole supervisor would then have to authorize a temporary monitor.
She would never forgive her pigheaded brother for these restrictions.
“Call me when you get home. I need to know you arrived safe.” Mason braced his hands on his knees. “Promise me.”
“I will.”
He reached over and kissed her. His lips feathered across hers in simple yearning, not demand or lusty exploration.
Her anger melted away. Damn him. Mason kept her on her toes, knocked her off guard, and hauled her back to her feet to knock her over again. He said he wouldn’t play her like a yo-yo, but damned if he didn’t.

Favorite Quote

My favorite quote from Arresting Mason is:

“You’re a sweet, generous person, and I’ve never had anything so pure. So yeah, I messed up. I’m pretty damn good at pushing away the people I care about.” — from Mason to Mia

Arresting Mason by Amber Daulton
04/30/2018 – The Wild Rose Press
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