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Friday, July 3, 2020

Award Winning Books!

Good Morning Friends!

I cannot believe another month has slipped by! I'm so darn busy writing and looking after my family and friends, that time has a way of racing to the finish line each day. If only there was a magic formula for slowing things down, but that magic is only available to immortals and creatures that go bump in the night at this time in history!

But I am humbled and pleased to announce that an event occurred this month that has never happened to me before. I blew me quite away! My writing won an award. One of my cozy novels won Best Mystery! Movies, Moonlight & Magic!



The novel, put out by Totally Bound Publishing, is available here: Buy Now!

Blurb:


Book two in the Manitoba Tea & Tarot Mysteries series

Charm McCall can solve a small-town murder, but can she figure out how to stop a man-stealing interloper?

A movie production company has come to town…and so has an old family friend of the town’s sexy new Mountie, Ace Collins. His “old pal” turns out to be a scheming long-legged blonde who throws Charm right off her game. Even Auntie T.J. playing the bagpipes down Main Street to drive the trespasser away doesn’t work.

Between catering for the world’s hungriest film crew, trying to solve the murder of the unit accountant who hired her and dealing with her new magical gifts, Charm’s a tad busy. But too bad, because she’s soon facing off against a bigger threat when more people become ill with suspected poisoning—and her own sister’s in the crosshairs. Charm’s left wondering if even Agatha Christie could have seen this one coming
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But with so much working against them—including the whole town being dead set against them consummating their relationship—do Charm and Ace stand a chance?

Until next month, wishing you and yours bright, shiny days!

Hugs, January Bain
Storyteller 


Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Release - Jerks Like Us (Like Us #3) by BLMorticia #gayromance #interracial #kpopstar #enemiestolovers

Hello everyone.

My latest book under BLMorticia released on Tuesday. Is anyone here into KPOP? Well, if you are my newest features a KPOP star who's being targeted by someone. Can his new manager resist his allure and save him from harm?

Kao doesn’t follow rules, he makes them. Can Brody fight the KPOP star’s allure and protect him from harm?

Kao has always wanted to dance to the beat of his own drum. Although he was successful with the band, he opted to leave his home country in search of superstardom. Performing was all he ever wanted to do, but it could be done without the rigorous schedule. Besides, how can you find a boyfriend while practicing for countless hours? You can’t which is why Kao has spent most of his adult life alone.

Brody is done being a cop, so he took a high paying gig at a security agency. Now instead of chasing criminals, he keeps fanboys and girls away from the world’s biggest stars. Without the pressure of his life being on the line, he could easily lose concentration. Especially when the client is someone who pushes all of his buttons.

A threat has been made against Kao and he needs a bodyguard. Brody is hired for a long term stint that takes him abroad. This is plenty of time for the two men to get close, but will their actions prove to be fatal for Kao?

Falling in love could be a nail in Kao’s coffin.

Jerks Like Us features a KPOP star with weird kinks and a bodyguard who tries to save him from himself. This story includes an opposites attract, slight age gap, and hot romance with a swoony happy ever after ending.

Jerks Like Us is part of the "Like Us" collection. All books are standalone, with it's only connection being the supporting characters.

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Excerpt

Chapter One


Los Angeles, California USA
“Kao? Would you like something to eat? You didn’t come down for breakfast.”
Kao sighed aloud, knowing he needed to get his own place. Despite him being in another part of his folk’s five bedroom mansion, Momma Ming still treated Kao as if they lived in Ulsan.
They even had an intercom system installed to communicate while in other parts of the house.  Talk about high tech. At least with that his older parents wouldn’t have to make useless trips.
Kao pressed the intercom button. “No thanks, Mom.”
“Okay, son. Let me know if you change your mind.” Kao’s mom sounded so happy. She was truly over the moon to have her baby boy home. After all, he was an only child.
Kao had reminded them they were in the prime of their older years, not having to worry about money another day in their lives. They’d bought real estate. His father owned a golf club in Santa Monica because he couldn’t stand sitting at home. He’d encouraged them to see the world like he’d done, but they refused, saying they’d rather live their lives through him.
Although Kao didn’t mind that, he had to caution them about the space in his head. He’d been fucked up since I-Juice, a member of YUNGLIF, had committed suicide almost three years ago.  Then Kao was drafted into military, trying to hide the fact he was gay, while doing his service for his beloved country. Keeping his head down and mouth shut was how he survived, but the internal scars were still visible. Many times, he wanted to follow down I-Juice’s path, but Kao wished for more, so he trudged on, not allowing the dark thoughts to consume him.
Talking with his parents helped him greatly. Because he’d moved them out of South Korea for protection, they could only talk through the phone, but it was enough to get him through. It stopped him from picking up a weapon or a bottle of alcohol.
Kao would be forever grateful for his parents, which was why despite not having his own space, he put up with them spoiling him. Many South Korean youth did not have a family like his who accepted him being gay. He remembered telling them at age twenty-four, after partying with I-Juice the night prior. He’d gotten very drunk and was in a near accident that made his life flash before his eyes.
During a facetime chat, Kao’s eyes were full of tears, just knowing his parents would shame and disown him. Instead they told Kao they loved him no matter who he chose to be with. That gave him the strength to carry on and finish his music contract.
Kao would need it to talk with Executive Won of the band’s company, WRL entertainment. When they came to him to re-sign with SK4, he held out, saying he wanted the chance to think it over after military service.
Kao’s mother and father supported him through that decision and every other that Kao had made in his life.
Kao considered himself lucky in every sense of the word.
Even the bad press coming out of South Korea didn’t totally bring him down. SK4 fans, who were called Skids, left rude comments on his social media accounts. Not all of them were hurtful, but it was enough to give the block button a workout. He’d pushed it so many times, his fingers began to hurt. While most supported Kao, others delighted in calling him a traitor for leaving the band and his country as well as coming out. Good thing Kao didn’t use drinking as a release, because all the pressure would have driven him to the nearest bar.
Despite that, Kao was excited for the future. He’d be meeting with his team to discuss the release of his first solo R&B album. Although he was Korean, he didn’t want to be associated with KPOP anymore. It had been good to him, but he was grown up and ready to move forward.
Just as he finished blocking a couple more crazy people, Kao’s phone rang. He checked the caller identification and smiled when his manager Lawrence Lau’s name popped up. “Hey Lawrence.” Kao said dryly. He’d called Kao nonstop since the plane touched down.
“Kao, baby.” Lawrence said, sounding a little too cheerful. The American born South Korean claimed to be one of Kao’s biggest fans, picking up catch phrases and antics of the land easily. He also knew American music trends like the back of his hand, which would prove key to Kao’s success.
“Can we meet for lunch? I’ve got some promotions I want to discuss with you. I’ve got a ton of appearances lined up, too. Gotta make sure it all fits into your schedule.”
Kao groaned, knowing it was necessary. Everyone wanted to know why he left a super successful band like SK4 to go solo. Not that Kao minded answering those questions, but they immediately led to the hosts using his sexuality as reason for his departure. Although it was part of it, no one knew of the demons and insecurities that still plagued him.
“Kao?”
“Yeah? Oh shit, sorry. Yeah, we can. Where at?”
“How about Moon Fei?”
“That works. I’ll have to reserve a rideshare first since you won’t pick me up and I still don’t have my car.” Kao had recently reached out to a specialty car maker to build a fancy automobile. He had every intention on spending a good portion of cash on things he’d always wanted but couldn’t buy for whatever reason. Transportation, his own home, were just a couple of things on his list.  
Kao was aware all the money he’d earned during his KPOP stint couldn’t be spent without him going destitute, but he was determined to make an impact with it in one way or another.
Lawrence mumbled something inaudible. “I’d come pick you up but traffic from my house to yours would be murder.”
Riighht.” Kao sat up straight and stretched his arms over his head. “No worries. I’ve got no problem grabbing an Uber.” He got up from bed and ran his hand through his newly cut locks. Kao had wanted to grow it out longer, but he was so used to the KPOP way of getting it cut once it became a certain length.
“Long hair is for girls,” Kao’s stylist always told him. “You don’t want to be mistaken for a woman, do you?” Little did the lady know, he didn’t mind in the slightest. They wore makeup, light colors, and most of them were very slight. Why the hell would it matter? KPOP fans liked their bands to be pretty.
“Kao? Did you drift on me again?”
“Yeah, sorry.” Kao shook his head out of the fog. Those memories of being under WRL’s control would stay with him for quite a while. It was that or the military higher ups he’d continue to have nightmares about.
“Kao. If you need to talk, you know you can tap me at any time.”
Kao smiled. He’d been organizing this record with Lawrence for months and despite petty arguments, they became friends. Lawrence was also gay, so that helped immensely. If he weren’t already married, Kao would make a play for his manager, but the guy had been off the market for quite a while.
“Thanks, man. I’ll keep that in mind. Let me go get ready for our meeting. Say, in the next hour?”
“Yeah that’s cool. I’ll see you then. Peace.”
Kao snorted. “Peace.” He pressed the disconnect button and swiped the screen to the left to bring up the rideshare app. He put in the address for Moon Fei and confirmed pick up time. About thirty-five minutes, which would give him enough time to change into something formal. Moon Fei was upscale and didn’t allow you in with jeans or gym shoes. Since Kao was wearing jogging pants and a t-shirt, he’d have to change.
Just as Kao was about to put down his phone, it beeped, indicating he had a text message. He tapped it.

“YOU WILL REGRET LEAVING SK4! MARK MY WORDS!”

“Ugh, fucking assholes!” Kao blocked the sender. He might have to change his number because he’d been getting a few texts and calls from unknowns or private lines.  
While a part of him assumed it was probably a sasaeng, another part wondered who else might have his information. Was he being watched? Was it someone from America or South Korea? Who knew, but with him about to make his first appearance as a solo artist, he couldn’t let his guard down. 


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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

New Release Tangled Dreams by Janet Lane Walters #MFRWAuthor #BWLAuthor #Romance


Tangled Dreams (Moon Child Book 7)

Two reasons bring Cancer heroine Janine Rhodes to Fern Lake. The first is the Masters and Doctors program at the nearby university. The second is a letter from a dying woman. Since the courses she takes are weekend ones, she finds a job for the Grantlans a writer and a nurse practitioner caring for their toddler niece they recently adopted. While here, she is able to observe the son she gave up for adoption eight years ago and his attorney father. She is content just to watch until tragedy strikes.

When Virgo Nate Quinn learns about his son’s medical condition, he can barely hold on. Just a year ago, he lost his wife to cancer. His adopted son has become his entire family. When the doctor asks him about the child’s birth parents, he has no idea. He agreed to the adoption but only signed papers and took no other part in the process. Now he needs to locate two people.

Excerpt:

On an impulse, before heading to Pediatrics, she stopped in the gift shop. On a table she saw a selection of books for children. One titled Escape Affinities Book interested her. She read a bit and wondered if the reading level was right for an eight year old.  Would Davey like the story? Hints of magical powers fascinated her. The book was part of a series. She purchased the volume and wrote a note inside.
With the book in hand, she rode the elevator to the fourth floor and stopped at the nurses’ station. One of the women waved. “We’ve a new admission. Davey Quinn, room 401. He might be perfect for your study. I can give you his father’s contact information. Mr. Quinn should be here soon.” She paused. “Man was a wreck. He filled out papers and left in a rush.”
“I’ll wait, I guess.” Janine said. No sense asking for details. Because of the HIPPA regulations, the nurse couldn’t say much. Janine turned away. What now?
When the nurses became busy, she walked down the hall and stopped at the room. She glanced inside. Davey sat against the pillows staring at the television. She tapped on the door. “Are you Davey Quinn?”
“Yes.” He met her gaze.
Janine swallowed. His eyes were the same shade of blue as hers. His blond hair was a shade darker. A vise gripped her heart. All she could do was stare.
“You okay?” he asked.
She smiled. “Do you mind if I visit for a few minutes?” She didn’t want to leave. If his father’s arrived while she was here, so be it.
“Sure.” He flicked off the television. “Boring here.”
“I brought a book you might enjoy.”
He grinned. “I like to read. I’m in the advanced class at school.” He took the book. “Wow, it’s big.”



Then he learns the identity of his son’s birth mother and knows she has been in the periphery of life. He acts rashly and then must find a way to make amends, especially when he learns more about her.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SNSD with Vicki Batman - A Totally Random Day - Reminiscing

Totally random today. I'm on vacay and yes, I could have scheduled a post, but forgot to do that. Sigh. The crazy world we live in.

But I had a thought the other day which reached back to when I was a kid. A woman had posted when her family had extra veggies, she would load her wagon and sell the goodies, despite being embarrassed.

I got embarrassed so easily when I was a kid. I'd like to blame my mother who said often, "Don't do that. Don't say that. Et cetera." Perhaps I felt I was always making a mistake and was called out. 

Then I remembered two things I did to raise money. 

#1 - My sisters and I made old fashioned potholders. Like these hook and loop (?): 

We went door-to-door in our suburban neighborhood and sold them. If I say for how little, I'd embarrass myself. We did sell a few. Back then, the loops were cotton, but somewhere in time, the nylon ones became into vogue. I still prefer the sturdy cotton ones. 

#2 - In grade school days, I was a Camp Fire Girls. (For those who don't know, the organization resembled Girl Scouts. Camp Fire was big in my elementary school.) Each fall, the members would sell boxes of chocolates. (Again, I won't say the amount.) I think one kind was a mint melty confection and the other was nut clusters. Won't swear to that. I went door-to-door, said my spiel, and secretly prayed someone behind the door took pity on me and would buy a box. Honestly, I don't remember being very successful at selling. I remember being embarrassed. That whole rejection thingy.

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The good news: I mostly grew out of the embarrassing situations. I learned to prepare myself and not take things so personally. And how to roll my eyes behind my mother's back when she said, "Don't."

Were you a shy kid?

Summertime. Lemonade. Hammock. Good book. Life is good.


Included are:

Bug Stuff ~ An accountant unites with his co-worker to exterminate a pesky adversary.
Just Desserts ~ A political dinner gone disastrous brings together a reluctant attendee and her handsome seat-mate.
With This Ring ~ When a wife forgets the all-important little black dress, the evening turns into something utterly unforgettable.
Good Girls Finish First ~ When men friends are challenged to fix breakfast if they lose a race, one woman leads the pack and discovers finishing first can lead to romance.
Ouch ~ Who knew a yoga class would be so dangerous...and romantic?
Man Theory ~ When a geeky co-worker espouses his theory on love, a friend risks her heart.
Tommy and the Teacher ~ A young boy steals from the school’s book fair causing interesting possibilities to arise.
Absolutely Positively Lost ~ Helping a map-challenged young man find his way is truly serendipitous.
The Little Birdie Who ~ A new town, a new friend, a new beginning. Who would have thought a little bird could bring two people together?
Check Her Out ~ It’s a sticky situation, especially between a store manager and Auntie Caren when her nephew must pay for the gum he stole.
This Is Not Working ~ One of those days at a new job when nothing is going right, and then the boss steps in.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Riley's Rescue now available for Preorder!

Riley's Rescue
Last Chance #6
by Lexi Post

Army veteran, Riley O’Hare, is a loner for a reason—it’s safe, and it keeps her sane. After calling animal welfare on her last boss, she accepted the position of a ranch hand for the Last Chance Ranch. But things have become almost too comfortable. The only reason she’s stayed so long is she works alone…a lot.

Garrett Walker is a former Hot Shot, part of a special breed of firefighters who battle wildfires. At loose ends, he becomes the rescue horse hauler for Last Chance Ranch. When he meets the tough, distant Riley, he finds his usual aptitude for sizing up a person is completely useless. Either she’s as odd as she appears or her layers run deep.


It’s only after a freak accident throws them into close proximity for days that he uncovers all there is to know about her, inadvertently revealing his own weakness. A need to keep her in his life grows too strong to ignore. Their occupational scars may be impossible to overcome, but he was a Hot Shot for a reason. Jumping into fires has been his specialty…and his downfall.

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About Lexi

Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of romance inspired by the classics. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi's first love is romance novels so she married her two first loves, romance and the classics. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides a sensuous experience with a “whole lotta story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.




Sunday, June 28, 2020

Get Ready to be Stolen & Seduced! #PreOrder #AlienRomance

This is a busy summer filled with shifters and aliens! Two of my favorites! 

Not only do I have a jaguar shifter paranormal romance releasing with Midsummer Night Shifts: A Limited Edition Summer Shifter Romance Collection next month, but then quickly following in August, aliens arrive with Stolen and Seduced: A Limited Edtion Collection of Alien Abduction Romances

Get your e-readers ready! It's going to be a hot summer!


These sexy aliens will stop at nothing to claim their mates - 
including abducting them!

When hot, hunky aliens need to find a mate, they know right where to look: Earth. But let's face it, not all Earth girls are easy. We prefer our guys - even our alien guys - to put in some serious effort. Good thing human men make it easy for them.

Don't miss your chance to binge-read this burning-hot collection of alien abduction-turned-seduction tales by New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors.

Fans of Grace Goodwin, Ruby Dixon, Linnea Sinclair, Laurann Dohner, and Evangeline Anderson will adore this collection of over 25 short alien abduction romances.


Featuring stories by:

Christine Pope, Skye MacKinnon, Sabine Kane, Ashlyn Hawkes, Jade Waltz, 
Lucee Joie, Emma Cole, Piper Fox, Sadie Marks, Ella Maven, Emma Alisyn, 
Margo Bond Collins, Maggie Alabaster, Cass Alex, Ashley Amy, Quirah Casey, 
Libby Campbell, Tiegan Clyne, Alyssa Daring, Luna Jade, Meghyn King, 
Neveah Lux-Syn, Michelle Mcloughney, E.J. Powell, Eva Priest, C.L. Riley, 
Ava Ross, Tricia Schneider, Aria Starling, Dany Stone, Lexi Velvet, Star Wing, 
Luna Wren, Edeline Wrigh




About the Author

Tricia Schneider is a full-time dreamer who writes all kinds of romance. From werewolves and witches to pirates and Regency lords, she escapes into sensual stories where happily-ever-after is a guarantee.

When she's not hard at work typing away on her laptop, she's riding shotgun in a '67 Impala while keeping her eyes open for a madman in a big, blue box.

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Friday, June 26, 2020


Wolf Ranch: Feral 
By Renee Rose and Vanessa Vale



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FERAL
Pack Rule #3: The alpha must mate.
The stronger the alpha, the greater the danger.
Moon madness could claim me any time now.
I’ve looked all over the continent, gone to mating games, but I still haven’t found the she-wolf meant to be mine. I’ve already become too feral in bed.
I’m not safe—not for random females. Especially not the one who just moved into the ranch next door. She’s way too tempting. And I’m way too dangerous.
I have to stay away. I don’t dare get near her.
Because I would die before I ever let anything harm the little human.
Including me.

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USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR RENEE ROSE loves a dominant, dirty-talking alpha hero! She's sold over a million copies of steamy romance with varying levels of kink. Her books have been featured in USA Today's Happily Ever After and Popsugar. Named Eroticon USA's Next Top Erotic Author in 2013, she has also won Spunky and Sassy's Favorite Sci-Fi and Anthology author, The Romance Reviews Best Historical Romance, and Spanking Romance Reviews' Best Sci-fi, Paranormal, Historical, Erotic, Ageplay and favorite couple and author. She's hit the USA Today list five times with various anthologies.

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Feral Excerpts

EXCERPT
“What are you doing up here?” She knelt by a decent sized hole in the shingles. It hadn’t been ripped off from the rain the night before, but maybe from the storms a few weeks ago, when one of our trees fell through the barn during Boyd’s and Audrey’s wedding reception.
“What the fuck are you doing up here?”
She waved the hammer she held in her left hand. “Fixing a leak.”
“The only way to fix it is put on a new roof.”
“Not happening.” She was squatting down, and she shifted slightly to face me. At least she had on jeans and sturdy leather boots. I wouldn’t have to punish her for wearing something stupid like flip flops. “I found a few shingles in the old barn. I’m giving it a patch for now.”
“I’m not arguing with you about what you’re doing, I’m arguing at the fact that you are doing it. It’s dangerous as fuck up here. You could have slipped off, and no one would have known.”
Her back stiffened, and her eyes narrowed. Her breathing picked up, and I couldn’t miss the way her breasts rose and fell beneath her white tank top. Or the fact that her skin had a sheen of perspiration or that I could scent that tang of sweat along with her sweet essence. She had on more clothes than I’d ever seen her in, but she was still stunning. And now she was as pissed as me. It was obvious she didn’t like to be told what to do. In a situation like this, thirty feet up? Too fucking bad.
“You’re not my keeper,” she practically growled, which made my wolf want to growl right back.
“It sure as fuck isn’t Markle,” I countered.
Her eyes narrowed, and her cheeks flushed. “It isn’t you.”
“It sure is, angel. Give me that hammer, and we’ll get this patched. Then you’re getting your hot little ass off this roof.”
“I can patch it just fine, thank you.” Her sass was supposed to piss me off. It only made me hard. Made me ache to sink balls deep inside her. But not up here on a fucking roof.
“You have two minutes to finish.” I didn’t move, just glared. Waited. My issue wasn’t with her ability to fix the roof—she could do the job. Once she was down though, I was going to destroy that ladder so she couldn’t get up here again.
She huffed, then slid one of the rectangular roofing sheets into place, hammered it along the top side. She did two more, covering the damaged area.
I held out my hand for the hammer. With a frown, she handed it to me.
“I’ll go down first. You follow. Then we’ll discuss your punishment.”
Her mouth fell open, and one brow lifted, but I stood and went to the ladder. She hadn’t moved.
“Punishment?”
I tipped my chin. “Bad girls get punished.”
It was a loaded statement, especially given to someone who was far from submissive. I’d had women run scared… literally and figuratively, at my aggressive ways. With sex, I liked it rough. Wild. Lately, I’d avoided women because I felt almost… feral with the need to take. To dominate. To fuck hard and long. I didn’t want Natalie to be afraid of me, but I needed to know how far she’d go with me. As my mate, I knew she wouldn’t be all vanilla and missionary. I’d seen the damn dildo. But how far would she go?
“Are you serious?”
If there was a button on Natalie labeled Fucking Pissed, I just pushed it. Except her nipples popped through her tank top, telling me how much she loved the idea.
“Did you seriously get on the roof alone?” I countered. “One of the ranch hands does something like this, he’d be shoveling manure for a month. You’ll only get your ass spanked.”
She was still squatting down on the roof, but I couldn’t miss the way she squirmed. “And you think you’re the guy to do it?”
I tilted my head to the side, drinking in the sight of her. Feisty. Aroused. Pretending to be invincible. “Course, it’s not punishment if you like it. We’ll go with Plan B.”
Her lips stretched into a grin. “Catch me if you can.”

 EXCERPT


Rob had gone still the moment I came close, like a predator preparing to pounce. His gaze was locked on mine, and the intensity in his eyes was no longer frustration. It was heat. “Oh, angel.” His voice was soft and low. He stepped forward, closing the distance between us. “My plans for you have nothing to do with your land.”
“Then I guess it has more to do with what you saw earlier?” I cocked my head, letting my lips curve at the edges.
His gaze raked down to the peaks of my nipples through the thin robe, then to the hem, which ended far above my knees.
He pressed his hand against his dick, which visibly ran down the inside of his thigh. Oh damn. Was that all for me? I was pretty sure my eyes widened. I knew my lips parted. He was as huge as I remembered.
A smirk formed on his mouth when he observed my reaction to his rather noticeable interest.
“And what I heard.” The roughness of his voice had smoothed into dark velvet. “I won’t ever forget the way you sound and how you look when you’re getting fucked. It’s a good thing it was a toy you were playing with because if it was some other guy and his dick was in you, I’d have to kill him. Tell me, angel, did you finish after I left?”
In the porch light, his eyes took on an uncanny glow.
Slowly, I shook my head. “No. You killed the mood.” If I didn’t sound so breathless, my words might’ve been the wet blanket I intended.
Oh, who was I kidding? I did want to ride this cocky cowboy. I’d been denying it all day. Yes, it was crazy to have the hots for the guy who broke into my house. Usually, I arrested someone who did that. But I wasn’t a DEA agent with Rob. I was just a woman who had needs. There wasn’t anything wrong with having them scratched by him.
“Good.” The syllable came out as pure satisfaction.
“Good?” I put my hands on my hips, which had the unfortunate effect of loosening the sash on my robe and parting the V at my chest.
Rob groaned, staring at the exposed curves like a starved man. “Yeah, good,” he rumbled. “The next time you come it will be beneath me.”
“Oh really?” I shot out, but my mouth stretched into a reluctant grin. My bare pussy slickened, moisture leaking onto my inner thighs at how bossy he was. I didn’t like bossy men. They annoyed me. But Rob? I loved it although I wasn’t going to let him know that.
His nostrils flared, and his eyes did that trick of glowing again—almost yellow instead of brown. He stepped even closer, gripping the sides of my robe at my chest. I caught his hands, unsure whether he was going to close or open it. I was unsure which action I wanted.
“Uh huh,” he murmured in a smooth-as-whisky tone. “Real dick. Bigger than your dildo. Guaranteed to please.” He lowered his head, and I found myself tilting my chin to let him brush his lips across mine.
For someone so fierce, he slid his mouth over mine slowly once. Again. Then his tongue swept between my lips, and my arms looped around his neck. With all of his pent-up energy, he was actually gentle.
Until he wasn’t. He backed me against the wall beside the door and pinned my body with his, deepening the kiss until I forgot all about Jett Markle, or the job, or even what my name was supposed to be.
It was just him and me. His lips on mine. His large, hard body caging me in, the rock-solid bulge of his cock pressing into my belly. I could feel every hard, hot inch of him. Unlike Jett, Rob smelled good. Like hard work and hot man. I couldn’t explain it, but it called to me. I craved it, wanted to breathe him in all the time. When he eased back, rubbing his lips like he was still tasting me, his lids were at half-mast.
“Think about my offer,” he rumbled and released my robe. He set his hat back on his head. I had no idea how he’d done all that with his hat in one hand, but he had.
I drew in a shaky breath, my pussy clenching. “I will.” The words wobbled as they came out.
Rob backed away, tipping his hat before he walked into the darkness.
As I pushed into the house, my legs trembled. And it wasn’t from fear.
Damn.
Maybe I should’ve invited him in because the ache I’d felt for him before was nothing compared to this. One taste of Rob Wolf, and I was hooked. I was a DEA agent, but he was my drug. And I wanted more.


Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020

I enjoyed the chemistry, angst, and passion between Willow Johnson and an Alpha, Rob Wolf.  The story is the third in the series by a dynamic writing duo of Renee Rose and Vanessa Vale.  The story does not end on a cliffhanger and has that coveted happily ever after ending.  Best of all, it is a series, so we know then we will have many more books to come because at the end has the title of book four---Savage.

The story will have bits of pieces of Rob’s siblings and their mates, but this story focuses on Rob, his role as Alpha, and his need to find a mate---but she needs to be a shifter---not a human mate, like both of his brothers have found.  Not only does Rob need a shifter mate, but he also has issues within his pack, a troublemaker or two that he must deal with.  He is waiting for Fate to send him “the one,” and when he meets the new neighbor, Natalie Sheffield, his wolf takes notice----but no, this can’t be---she is human.

“I met my mate, and she wasn’t just cute, she was hot.  Passionate.  Spirited.  Feisty.”

The story isn’t all it seems, it has plenty of mystery, suspense, angst, and lies by omission.  Sometimes, secrets must be held, when it is your job----Natalie/Willow is in just that position.  Posing as the new neighbor, Natalie Sheffield, while working undercover surveillance as the DEA agent she is.  Oh my, when Rob Wolf and Willow meet, there is chemistry.  What he thought to be a rescue isn’t as he thinks---but this feisty girl doesn’t back down---and neither does he.  It doesn’t take long for these two to get together, and sizzling hot sex is on the table, along with a spanking that reeves both of them up.

“One taste of Rob Wolf and I was hooked.  I was a DEA agent, but he was my drug.  And I wanted more.”

“Ready, angel?  You’re going to love your punishment.  And so am I.”

The plot of this story kept the pages turning with two people who are naturally drawn towards each other.  Rob is under pressure from some of the older pack members to take a mate, an alpha she-wolf, going as far as to invite another pack to bring one for a visit.  But Rob’s wolf has his own plans—and it is to mate with Natalie/Willow.  What will happen when Rob learns that Willow has been an imposter, posing as their former neighbor’s niece, Natalie?  How can he, as Alpha, mate with anything less than another wolf shifter? Will fate disrupt the pack? By others interfering? Or will fate have its own plans?

“I might be a mate to Rob, but I was one hundred percent a lie.”

“It was fate, then wasn’t it” she murmured.  “You and I? Can’t argue with fate, can I?”

I would never reveal a plot twist and will say, WOW, I loved it, and yes, things have a delightful way of working out---call it FATE.  The heart wants what the heart wants---and sometimes, a wolf won’t accept anything less than its mate.

“We’d been two lost souls that fate brought together.  Made us whole in each other.”


I look forward to the next story in the series---Savage will be coming soon.  “Pack Rule #4: Guard your pups with your life.”