Saturday, May 2, 2015

Title: The Tornado
Author: Missy Blue
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A once gifted ballet dancer chained to the demons of her past, Jewel is broken and can no longer dance, her dream torn away from her. Determined to not lie down and die, she takes up the fight, disguising herself as a man, and dares to enter... The Tornado’s testosterone-fueled boxing gym. 

An ex-Marine turned MMA fighter, living in the shadow of his tragic past, Asher “The Tornado” Prince only wants to keep his head in the game, turning any man who enters the ring into dust. His temper is hotter than a branding iron, keeping everyone at arm’s length for good reason. He is all tattooed muscle, blood, sweat, and anyone who dares to cross his path, he’ll leave them in tears. 

But one night is all it takes. One look is all it takes. Two broken souls find love in the unlikeliest of places. 

Jewel wants out of her dark world, and she faces the fight of her life to get there. But she won’t do it alone. When Asher discovers that the skinny little kid who comes to his gym every night is a beautiful young woman, nobody will dare touch her again. They call him The Tornado, and Jewel finds out fast why he lives up to his hard-hitting, bone-crunching name. But when he proves to be the tornado to her demons, he also becomes the shelter to her storm. 

And in the end, he will give up his dream, only so that he can… save hers. 

Author Note: MATURE CONTENT 18+ Past descriptions of abuse, but nothing graphic. The Tornado is a new adult, mma fighter, sports romance novel. Asher is a possessive alpha-male but with a HEART OF GOLD (No alpha-hole). NO CHEATING. No annoying EX drama. NO CLIFFHANGER. STANDALONE. HEA. Full Length: 100k words. Written in first person and from both POV. Previously titled Dances with Monsters.

The Tornado begins when Jewel gets caught at the MMA a gym dressing as a guy. She doesn't want them to know she's a female, and after an altercation with one of the guys, she knows her cover is blown. Jewel thinks that's the end of that, but The Tornado aka MMA's champion and owner of the gym Asher finds her and tells her to come back. He is determined to make sure she will be okay, and that nothing bad will happen to her again. He finds something about her intriguing, not to mention she's drop dead beautiful. Asher can't stay away, and Jewel is pulled into his web. These two have a lot of issues to work through before they could ever be together though. 

I really enjoyed this story. I loved the whole plot line. It had me hooked right from the start, and I couldn't put it down. I also really loved the hero and heroine. The hero was an alpha male with a huge heart, and very sweet to the heroine. And the heroine while scared at times, was determined to be strong. I really admired both of them. 

That being said I really didn't care much for how clingy the heroine was to her family. That just bugged me at times. I felt like they treated her as a teenager when she's an adult. Other then that I really enjoyed the story. 


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Title: Blind Luck
Series: Team Red #6
Author: T. Hammond
Rating: 

What happens in Reno should stay in Reno. Unfortunately, Red has never learned to keep a secret. 

Teresa March and the Team Red detail are off to Nevada to help authorities solve a series of escalating violent crimes. Assault, robbery, rape, and most recently – murder, spreading from Tahoe's rugged lakeside trails to Reno's desert recreation areas. Tensions and altitudes are high. 

David remains in Spokane at Marcia's bedside, and Bastian is on the East Coast completing PreClan software installations. Both men worry about Teresa as she and Red close in on the vicious gang cutting a bloody swath of terror through the Sierra Mountains.


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Blind Luck begins with Bas on the East Coast for work, and Teresa fixing to leave for Reno to see if she and Red can help out on a case that the FBI and local cops are working on. This case is pretty crazy, and all of the officers and agents don't seem to agree on Team Red, but they have to take a chance to get results. Meanwhile, Teresa is busy dealing with her issues, and being away from Bas. But she stands up really well through out the whole book. 

This one was a great addition to the Team Red series. I adored it! I loved all of the Bas and Teresa parts. And of course Red and Teresa as well. I loved the whole plot line, especially getting to see more of Teresa and Red work together. And I totally adored the end, even though it was kind of a cliffhanger ended just not a bad one. I really enjoyed this one, and am super excited to read the next one! 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

safehaven-release

SAFE HAVEN by Lauren Hawkeye is available now, but just for a limited time only! All proceeds go to Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes Research, so make sure you grab SAFE HAVEN now!

safe haven brenda (1)About SAFE HAVEN:

A fresh start... 

It's been three years since Serena King learned to say no--no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want, well, everything. 

A new guy... 

Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark haired badass who goes slow... deliciously slow. And despite the iron will that has gotten her through the last few years, Serena finds herself unable to ignore the heat that sizzles between them whenever they're together. 

A dark past... 

Serena never thought she could be involved in a relationship, but Alex makes her long for things she thought were out of her reach forever. When he finds out her secret... when he finds out what she did to keep herself sane... will he still want her, or he will treat her just like everyone else? 

And Alex has secrets of his own. 

**This book was previously released as Love Me For Me by Lauren Hawkeye/ Kate Laurens. It has been rewritten and features new scenes.** 

Don’t forget to check out SWEET TALK, SWEET DREAMS and SWEET SEDUCTION, three limited edition collections from Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research, as well as LOVE THAT!, Brenda Novak's new cookbook with Jan Coad... read and help the fight against diabetes!

Excerpt

“I’m Alex.” He didn’t let go of my fingers, and I was acutely aware of the heat pulsing from his into mine. “Um. Hi.” I wanted to smack myself. I was so socially inept. Kaylee had gotten all the charm in our dorm room. “You don’t want to drink that. Trust me.” He took the cup from my hand and set it on a nearby table. He had to lean in close for me to hear him, and when he did I smelled shaving foam, soap, and the faintest hint of cologne. "Maybe I wanted it." The flash of irritation I felt was burned away in a blast of heat when his eyes strayed to my breasts, outlined in the fitted tank top. He did it so quickly that I almost missed it... and rather than being offended I felt myself responding, licking my suddenly dry lips. The feeling I'd had when we'd studied at Daily Grind... I was right. He was attracted to me. There was no question that I felt the same way. "That's almost pure booze. You drink that entire cup and you won't even remember your own name." His stare was so intense that my mouth went dry. I ran my tongue over my lips to moisten it, and his eyes followed the gesture. "It doesn't taste like booze. It tastes like sugar." The artificial sweetness still coated my tongue. "It's vodka with an insane amount of juice crystals. It's mixed with the specific purpose of getting girls drunk." He raised an eyebrow at me. "You didn't think it was that strong, did you? This frat has it down to a science." "Oh." I should have been more concerned about the fact that I'd been sips away from losing control, but when he looked at me like that, I couldn't think. “Um... are you part of this frat?" “No.” He snorted with derision, then shook his head. “All they do is party.” “You’re at a party.” I arched an eyebrow, taking a careful sip of my drink. In return he cast me one of those devastating smiles. “Only because I thought you might be here.” Oh my God. My stomach did a slow roll, sending adrenaline coursing through my body. “Dance?" Startled by the request, I looked quickly over at Kaylee. She was giving me a very unsubtle thumbs up, and with only that to bolster my courage, I nodded before I could over-think it. Lacing his fingers through mine, he led me through the crush of people dancing to a song that seemed to be an ode to the plastic cups that everyone was drinking from. He smiled at me when we found a space and he turned to face me. He kept his hold on my hand, but his other came to rest gently on the indentation of my waist. I had to swallow my gasp at the light press on my skin. I'd been touched plenty, but never like this.  

About with Lauren Hawkeye

Lauren Hawkeye/ Lauren Jameson never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though when she looks back, it’s easy to see that she’s the only one who is surprised. Always “the kid who read all the time”, Lauren made up stories about her favorite characters once she’d finished a book… and once spent an entire year narrating her own life internally. No, really. But where she was just plain odd before publication, now she can at least claim to have an artistic temperament.

Lauren lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, toddler, pit bull and idiot cat, though they do not live in an igloo, nor do they drive a dogsled. In her nonexistent spare time Lauren can be found knitting (her husband claims that her snobby yarn collection is exorbitant), reading anything she can get her hands on, or sweating her way through spin class. She loves to hear from her readers!

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