New Release: Priest By Sierra Simone + Giveaway!

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

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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 – 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’t 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.
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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.”

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.

“The naïve girl in me had been bitch-slapped into womanhood.  I’d been razed by pain, grief, loss and suffering, and honed by lust, rage and an acute awareness of my need to survive.”

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.

“She kisses my scars and I create new ones for her.”

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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.

“In the dark, my master let down his guard and he was Caleb again.  He didn’t correct me.  He didn’t punish me.  He didn’t 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’t want the seduction to end.”

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.

“You think you’re different from men like Caleb. You see everything in black and white, you don’t care about the whole story; you don’t care about the gray. Some stories aren’t black and white, Agent Reed.” 

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, naïve 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

“There is a moment, in all my studying of movies and scripts, that I’d realized something elemental about human beings and why I’d 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’d been an extension of my own life, strangely mirrored in this world of ‘fiction’. Each story wanted, no— needed—to 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’t just tell the whole story.”

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.

“This isn’t a romance.  You’re not a damsel in distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you.”

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.

Neda Reviews: Need by Sherri Hayes

The synopsis:

As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. She knows she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued. The scars from her past haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

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Neda Reviews: The Prince by Tiffany Reisz

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The synopsis:

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer…preferably in bed. That’s always been Kingsley Edge’s strategy with his associate, the notorious New York dominatrix Nora Sutherlin. But with Nora away in Kentucky, now it’s Kingsley’s chance to take her place at the feet of the only man he’s ever wanted — Søren, Nora’s on-again, off-again lover — until a new threat from an old enemy forces him to confront his past. Wes Railey is still the object of Nora’s tamest yet most maddening fantasies, and the one man she can’t forget. He’s young. He’s wonderful. He’s also thoroughbred royalty and she’s in “his” world now. But Nora is no simpering Southern belle, and her dream of fitting into Wesley’s world is perpetually at odds with her dear  Søren’s relentlessly seductive pull. Two worlds of wealth and passion call to her and whichever one Nora chooses, it will be the hardest decision she will ever have to make… unless someone makes it for her….

My review:

Let me start of by saying I am a reader not a writer.  I write reviews as a way of spreading the word of books that I love in hopes that others too find joy in reading them.  That was the whole concept of blogging to me. To be able to share books with people and to spread my love of the written word.  There are a few authors who have a certain effect on me. Their way with words tie me up in knots so tight that I find myself spell-bound by them.  I am going to say that Ms. Reisz is one of those authors.  So I am sitting here with my lap top trying to figure out exactly what it is that I want to say about the third installment in The Original Sinner Series, The Prince.  To be honest with both you and myself, I am stumped but here it goes.

With each book Ms. Reisz’s story just gets better and better that I tell myself, “no way she can top that.”  Then out of no where she releases the next installment of the series and I just sit back and think, “how the hell did she do that?”

In the Siren we got to know Nora.  I believe that book introduced us to this central figure that would be the guiding light in the entire series.  She is the wind that carries the reader in all directions the past, the present, the south, the north, the west, and the east. With each novel Ms. Reisz keeps unraveling her warn of words and renders the reader speechless.

I loved the way the book was separated by 3 sections.  The North Past where we learn much more about the dynamic between Soren and Kingsley.  The North Present where the current story of intrigue and their relationship history and present continues to be explored. The South where once again Nora and Wesley explore their feelings for one another.

The characters that I personally were drawn to in this book were Soren and Kingsley. Soren is beautiful, strong, scary and capable but he seems so sad to me.  I know there are many who love him and others who don’t.  To me Soren is hauntingly beautiful, the more that is revealed about him the more I find myself drawn to him.  I almost found Kingsley and Soren to be kindred in a way.  I have always been team Soren and Nora, and I still am but a part of me wants Kingsley to win too.  I want him to have a happy ending.  I almost want Ms. Reisz to end the series in a polyamorous relationship where everyone wins.  No one loses, they all get a piece of their own heaven, a slice of loves paradise.

In the Prince we are taken further down the Sinners rabbit hole.  Here we begin to learn more and more as secrets of the past begin to have a blaring spotlight blasted on them.  Ms. Reisz once again explores all the seven deadly sins and how they perpetually affect the characters in her novel.  Each character is plagued  by their own demons.  I have seen Ms. Reisz claim that this novel is dark on twitter.  Yes, it is dark, there are parts that just simply hurt to read.  You feel for these characters so much that all of a sudden you forget your own environment and get swept utterly and completely into this world.  But what I find so immensely beautiful in the book as with all the others in this series is that it’s human.  Forget about the BDSM or the Kink, aside from all the steamy scenes or the 8th circle world, this is a book full of beauty.  Ms. Reisz shows how fragile and precious we all are, how simple acts that we may not think anything of has a domino effect a lasting impression if you will.

Nothing in life is perfect, nothing.  Usually romance novels build a world were everything seamlessly falls into place.  What I love about this book is that it shows the human condition.  No man or woman is perfect, they are human and as humans we slip, trip, struggle.  The beauty is in the imperfection in the honesty of the words.

The reasons I love this book.  Spectacular writing, complex interesting characters, examination of the human conditions. Why I think you will love it, because beautiful well written stories will grip you and memorize you body, mind, and soul.

I give The Prince by Tiffany Reisz 5 stars of absolute utter perfection.

Neda Reviews: Leave me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn

The synopsis:

Leather and lace don’t strike sparks. Or do they?

It’s Valentine’s Day, but Macy Rodgers isn’t feeling the love. Aside from a torrid, one-night fling in a backseat a few months back, her love life has been sorely lacking, but fortunately she has devious friends who feel like playing Cupid. Wouldn’t they be shocked to learn that the match they’ve made for her is the same one that steamed up the back of that ’69 GTO…

Seth “Ghost” Warren has just returned to town after an extended absence. Between his grandmother’s failing health, his job as a tattoo artist, his band’s gigs, and a crazy ex that won’t leave him alone, he’s stretched thin. Cautious cowgirl Macy is the last thing he needs thrown into the mix.

She’s all country, he’s all heavy metal—and Macy knows that if anyone can propel her out of her rut, it’s Seth. But when their worlds collide, it’s anyone guess if they’ll survive with their hearts intact.

Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, road trips, troublemaking exes, emotional baggage, and an unconventional but exceptionally hot hero tatted and pierced for your pleasure…

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