New Release: Priest By Sierra Simone + Giveaway!

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Check out today’s release of Priest by Sierra Simone. ūüôā

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There are many rules a priest can’t break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.

I’ve always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I’m twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.

***Priest is a standalone, full-length novel with an HEA. For mature audiences only.***

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 About the Author Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Amelia Reviews: Raid by Kristen Ashley

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Hanna Boudreaux has lived in the small town of Willow, Colorado all her life. The great-granddaughter of the town matriarch, she’s sweet, cute and quiet.

Too quiet.

Hanna has a moment of epiphany when she realizes her crush for forever, Raiden Ulysses Miller, is not ever going to be hers. She sees her life as narrow and decides to do something about it.

Raiden Miller is the town of Willow’s local hero. An ex-marine with the medal to prove his hero status, he comes home, shrouded in mystery. It takes a while but, eventually, Hanna catches his eye.
But after all these years of Raid and Hanna living in the same town, the question is, why? Is Raid interested in Hanna because she’s sweet and cute? Or does Raid have something else going on?

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Amelia Reviews: Creed by Kristen Ashley

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Way too young, eleven year old Tucker Creed and his six year old neighbor, Sylvie Bissenette, find they have something awful in common. Creed then decides he’s going to do everything in his limited power to shield his Sylvie from her ordeal. So he does and Creed and Sylvie form a bond that grows and blossoms with their ages.

They plot to leave their lives behind, the town they live in that will hold them down and the histories they share that, unless they break free, will bury them. Sylvie goes to their special place, Creed never shows and she doesn’t see him again until it’s too late.

With Creed gone, Sylvie is forced to endure a nightmare and do the unspeakable to end it. To deal, she develops a hard shell with sharp edges that very few can break through. So when Creed again finds his Sylvie, he discovers the girl he loved is locked away and he has to find his way back into her heart without getting shredded in the process.

WARNING: This book is an ADULT EROTIC romance featuring an anti-hero and anti-heroine. This novel also contains explicit erotic scenes. The heroine, especially, in this novel lives life by her own rules with no apologies. Please look at the sample and read the Author’s Note and Warning within the book for more details. If you do not enjoy the sexual situations as described in the warning or characters described as above, this novel may not be for you.

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Amelia Reviews: Knight by Kristen Ashley

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Anya Gage has learned that to get anything good in life, you have to work for it. She has no expectations, no dreams.

Then she finds herself at a party where she doesn’t want to be and she meets Knight.

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone.

Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves of white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays ‚Äď good, normal and clean. But when Anya comes to his nightclub and finds herself in a situation, he knows someone has to look after her, he can‚Äôt fight it anymore and he decides that man will be him.

Knight teaches Anya that, just as with the bad, in life you should also expect the good. And he teaches her this by giving it to her.

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Susi Reviews TouchStone for play by Sydney Jamesson

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Synopsis

Twenty seven year old English teacher Elizabeth Parker is waiting to be found. Like the secrets of her past, her beauty is hidden, concealed behind modest clothes and a gentle nature. Into her secluded world enter two powerful men.

Handsome playboy, Ayden Stone is flawless and as skilled in the bedroom as he is in the boardroom. He has a taste for rare and beautiful things, and he wants to taste her: he’ll do anything to make it happen. Uninitiated in the art of seduction, Beth embarks upon a voyage of sexual awakening, allowing Ayden to steer her towards deep and dangerous waters, unaware of their fateful connection.

From a distance, former boxer Dan Rizler, bides his time but never loses sight of the object of his desire: precious Miss Parker. His tormented soul reaches out to her with merciless hands: he must have her.
This is a modern fairy tale full of romantic moments, music and monstrous encounters. Elizabeth Parker is about to be found but will she be bound by her destiny or by her demon … Continue reading

Neda Reviews: Seduced in The Dark by CJ Roberts

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SYNOPSIS

What is the price of redemption?

Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood.

The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it’s all coming to an end.

Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance?

Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

MY REVIEW

“Some stories aren’t black and white.‚ÄĚ

A few weeks ago I wrote a review for Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts, which you can find here. In my review for Captive I had spoken about a lesson that Ms. Roberts taught me while reading this beautiful and moving novel , that lesson that the world works by¬†moving¬†in shades of grey.¬† One person’s moral outrage is another’s self-righteous indignation and so on.¬† The above quote solidifies this series perfectly.¬† No one in humanity is pure of all sin.¬† We all sin in one way or another, everything can be villainized¬†or justified in its own way.¬† Look at wars for example, we are always told one view-point, that of the winner, the loser’s side is buried¬†and completely forgotten.¬† Don’t get me wrong I am not trying to justify anything at all.¬† All I am saying is that sometimes what we see is not necessarily what is.¬† In the conclusion of the Dark Duets series Ms. Roberts continues to unravel this tale of Caleb and¬†Livvie`s journey into utter darkness and helps bring them into the light.

‚ÄúThe na√Įve girl in me had been bitch-slapped into womanhood.¬† I‚Äôd been razed by pain, grief, loss and suffering, and honed by lust, rage and an acute awareness of my need to survive.‚ÄĚ

Livvie is hands down the best female heroine in a romance actually , not just in a romance book but ever.  Here is a young woman who is submerged in complete and utter darkness and yet keeps all of her vibrancy, her spunk if you will.  It is so easy for a human being to decay and wither when placed in such dark surroundings, but a truly remarkable person is one that never gives up, a person who fights to the bitter end and always blazes in the path of hope and redemption, Livvie is said person.  Livvie never gives up she takes what is available to her and survives.  I know normally in romance novels we are drawn to the male lead.  This could be because these books are a form of escape, we see these charming, beautiful men riding on their horse gallantly to save the day.  What I loved most about this book is that the rescuer is not Caleb but Livvie.  Livvie is the one who wears the armor and rides the white steed and comes barreling to save Caleb.  She is the light at the end of the tunnel if you will.

Seduced in the Dark¬†begins with Livie¬†being interrogated by and FBI agent at a holding facility.¬† Right from the first page I knew that the sequel to a book I loved so much was not going to disappoint, I also felt relieved that Livvie¬†didn’t get sold into sexual slavery.¬† Through Livvie’s interview with Agent Reed we slowly begin to get an understanding of what happened with Caleb after those days where Captive in the Dark ended, and let me just say that I adored book one but I cherish book two in the Dark Duets Series.¬† We begin to understand Caleb, his past, and the choices that lead to his future.

‚ÄúShe kisses my scars and I create new ones for her.‚ÄĚ

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I want to talk about Caleb.  Out of every romance novel I have ever read I had the strongest reaction to this man.  This beautiful, tortured, cruel, soft, scared, violent, and compassionate man.  I know what you all must be thinking, that the adjectives I used are a jumble of contradictions, well in truth that is what Caleb is, a giant oxymoron.  When I first started reading this book I thought that Livvie was a victim and Caleb a monster, then as the story progressed I realized that Caleb was just as much as a victim as Livvie.

‚ÄúIn the dark, my master let down his guard and he was Caleb again.¬† He didn‚Äôt correct me.¬† He didn‚Äôt punish me.¬† He didn‚Äôt push me away emotionally.¬† Caleb was there to hold me until the nightmares passed.¬† He was there to tell me I was beautiful.¬† He was there to tell me I was going to be okay.¬† In the dark, he seduced me.¬† I didn‚Äôt want the seduction to end.‚ÄĚ

Caleb is a creature of shadow, he is not one of light or darkness.  Caleb is so tortured that one cannot help but to feel such pain for him.  I went from wanting to have his head, to feeling such sorrow that his pain became mine.  I was so drawn to the sorrows of this man that it broke me.  It was as if all his suffering became mine and I was drowning in his pain.  I have no idea how Ms. Roberts did this, but it is a testament of her superior talent as an author.  She made me feel so many emotions, this book ruined me and tormented me but only in the best possible way.  I believe Caleb is beautiful and perfect in his imperfections.

‚ÄúYou think you‚Äôre different from men like Caleb. You see everything in black and white, you don‚Äôt care about the whole story; you don‚Äôt care about the gray. Some stories aren‚Äôt black and white, Agent Reed.‚Ä̬†

This line is another one of my favorites.  I think it is so easy for us to not look at every facet of life.  How can we judge when we don`t know what we are judging.  The superficial is not the factual.  After reading The Dark Duets Series I just felt in shock.  Not shock because of the intense subject matter but in shock because Ms. Roberts held a mirror to my face.  She held that mirror high and made me take a look at my personal hypocrisy at how I see the world around me and how as humans we are all so scared to change our mind.  I had a lot of misconceptions about this series, I was one of those people who thought it was something sordid, I am ashamed to admit I judged a book by it`s  cover.  Do not make the same mistake as I did.  There are not many books out there that make you take a step back and evaluate life, love, society, and culture, this book did all of that.  After reading this book I felt like I had been slapped, hugged, and loved.  Above everything else this is a book about love, redemption and salvation.  It is about how humanity has this immense capacity for love even when it suffers untold torture.  This book is a labour of love and as a reader I felt this love in every word.  It was a privilege to read such a brilliant honest and in your face novel.

There are a few  songs that I listened to constantly while reading these novels and I wanted to share them with you here.

Why by Annie Lennox

Teardrop by Massive Attack

Ugly Side by Blue October

Damaged by Plumb

I give Seduced in The Dark 5 stars of perfection.

Neda Reviews: Captive in The Dark by CJ Roberts

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SYNOPSIS

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, na√Įve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

MY REVIEW

‚ÄúThere is a moment, in all my studying of movies and scripts, that I‚Äôd realized something elemental about human beings and why I‚Äôd been attracted to that imaginary world. Each piece of work was attempting to describe the human condition, in all its good, bad and ugly glory. At first, it‚Äôd been an extension of my own life, strangely mirrored in this world of ‚Äėfiction‚Äô. Each story wanted, no‚ÄĒ needed‚ÄĒto reveal a human fragility, a human bondage which tied people to the things they did and to be the person they held in their heads. Those stories were something true and sometimes horrific but people were people and the parts didn‚Äôt just tell the whole story.‚ÄĚ

The above paragraph is it for me.  It perfectly describes this book.  This book that shocked me appalled me riveted me and ultimately made me one of its biggest fans and supporters.

I had heard about Captive in the dark a long time ago now maybe a year or so, but I didn’t read it to its completion¬†until about a few months ago.¬† I started reading it the first time about 5 months ago.¬† I gave a good try I really did, but I just couldn’t do it.¬† I got until the ninth chapter and gave up.¬† The story was too raw, too gritty, and to be honest my first impression was just shock.¬† I couldnt’ get passed how people were saying that it was beautiful and that Caleb was wonderful.¬† All I taught¬†is for Pete’s sake he is a rapist, he trades in human slavery, he is an abuser, what are these people seeing and are we reading the same damn book.¬† Then a really good book friend kept at me to read it, she kept saying yes,¬†it’s dark but Ms. Roberts is an amazing writer and that I should try to read it.¬† So finally I gave up thanks to her and read the book.¬† I decided I was going to have an open mind, I mean I have read some¬† pretty disturbing¬†things¬†in books I could handle this couldn’t I? Well let me tell you this was one of the best decisions I have ever made and Captive in the Dark is one of the best books I read in 2012.

This is not a story for the weak of heart it is a novel about pain, heartache, violence, deceit, turmoil, and struggle.  But it is mostly about a theme that anyone that reads my reviews knows I love it is a book about redemption.

Situations in life are not black and white, things are not fairy tales, people are more imperfect¬†than¬†perfect.¬† It is so easy for us to judge others as being immoral¬†or their actions as repugnant, but who are we to judge others, who are we to know why they take the actions they do and feel what they feel.¬† Does that not make us just as bad?¬† This is something that Ms. Roberts¬†taught me while reading Captive.¬† She¬†taught me an age-old¬†lesson that I find myself forgetting from time to time, this lesson, not everything is black and white, the majority of life is these varying shades of grey.¬† For that Ms.Roberts ‘ I thank you.

‚ÄúThis isn’t a romance.¬† You’re not a damsel in distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you.‚ÄĚ

If you are about typical HEA¬†romance books then do not read this.¬† Because Caleb is not a Prince Charming he isn’t the rich millionaire¬†with charm who brings out the naive girl from her shell.¬† Do not get me wrong I love those books, but this is not that.¬† Caleb is not your typical man who has been hurt in the past and has closed off.¬† Caleb is a man who had such a horrific past that he is a monster, well at least at first that is what you see.¬† You see a man who kidnaps a young girl and uses and abuses her.¬† But here is the thing about Caleb as you continue reading you realize that he is probably¬†one of the most three-dimensional¬†male leads written¬†in a romance.¬† Then again can this be called a romance, I honestly don’t know.¬† Does it have certain romance formulas? Yes it does, but it is so much more.¬† Captive in the Dark is a story about how our past shapes our present, and how our present can be a beacon for our future.¬† This is a book about hope, but in a more realistic sense of the word.¬† It is not about a book that gives you this ideal situation, boy meets girl boy falls in love with girl, they buy¬†a house with a white picket fence and live happily ever after.¬† This is a book about hardship, about loss, struggle.¬† It captures how as humans we all suffer and on occasion that suffering¬†can create demons that forge a great darkness in us.¬† It is a book about loyalty and how it can on occasion suffocate us.¬† But most of all it’s a book about hope.¬† Hope that the darkness can be overshadowed¬†by light and that maybe just maybe the villain can become the hero.

Thank you CJ Roberts.  I know this could not have been an easy book to write.  I know that to put pen to paper to write this took a lot of courage.  I know that the courage is appreciated, buy me and many others.  Thank you for writing a story that is so multilayered that months after reading it I am still reeling at its beauty, complexity and above all else honesty.

I give Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts 5 stars and to be honest if I could I would give it so many more.  Read this book please.  It is so memorable and moving that I feel that no matter what I write in this review I can never do it justice.