Review: The Thirteenth Pillar by J.L. O’Faolain

Title: The Thirteenth Pillar
Author: J.L. O’Faolain
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Series: Section Thirteen Case Files, #2
Publication Date: November 28th 2011
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Paranormal/Fantasty, Romance, Adult 18+
Length: 270 pages

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Tuulois MacColewyn’s simple life performing dirty jobs for fey hiding in New York City has died a quick death. Consulting for the NYPD on a case involving child abductions, losing a friend, laying siege to a stronghold at the end of Broadway, and being chased through a hospital by animated scarecrows combined to make last month hell. This month is shaping up to be much worse.

Yet, it’s not all bad. Cole has a new place to live, a steady-paying job working for the NYPD, and the heart of Inspector Joss Vallimun, head of Section Thirteen and, incidentally, Cole’s new boss.

Section Thirteen is understaffed and overworked, trying to solve every supernatural crime in New York, including a series of grisly child murders and evidence that local fey are being enslaved. When Vallimun is gravely injured just as the investigation reaches a fever pitch while a snowstorm blankets the city, Cole will need all the help he can get to have any hope of salvaging this month at all.

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Hunk Du Jour Series by Cari Quinn ~ SSS Giveaway BlogHop

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Book 1 of the Hunk De Jour Series

Thirty-eight-year-old divorcee Holly Burrows has had enough of battery-operated love. Prompted by an ad left at her law office, she investigates Hunk Du Jour, a website designed to foster "adult connections". After weeks of sexy emails and phone calls with surf hunk Kent, she’s ready to test their chemistry in person. But first she has to get through lunch with her colleague Alex, a man with a brain as agile as his body.

When their consultation ends with a bang, she barely remembers the man she’d lined up for dessert. Now she thinks she’s juggling two hot young guys. How can she choose between her two gorgeous cubs… and why do they remind her of each other?

Excerpt ~

 

His hair brushed his collar, messily kempt in its own wayward style. She doubted he’d seen a barber in quite a while. She also doubted Alex was the type of man who’d wince if she yanked his hair too hard during sex.

That sealed it for her, and placed the cherry red lipstick kiss on the envelope. After her sexually anemic ex-husband, she deserved a young stud. And hell, she’d make sure the young stud got a lil’ something out of the deal, too.

"It is."

After the waitress took Alex’s card, she rose, sure she seemed more confident than she felt. Her poker face had held her in good stead before, and it would now, too.

She’d simply act as if she were a sexy, voracious older woman who expected her every sexual demand to be met, and he’d never guess differently. He’d never guess her toes were curled in her sedate pumps, or that the back of her neck had already dampened, despite the air conditioning.

He’d never guess, and she would never tell.

She slid her hand down the strap of her bag. Coquettishly, she hoped. "Your place or mine?"

Alex stared up at her. There could be no debating the hue of his eyes now, a pure, rich green. Her heart skipped, much to her chagrin, but she couldn’t help it.

Had a man ever looked at her in quite that way before? As if he’d assessed every inch of her, and she’d come up a winner in every category?

What a heady feeling. And scary as hell.

He signed the credit card slip when it was presented to him and thanked the waitress. Then he stood beside her, drawing her gaze up to his sculpted jaw and the sexy cleft in his chin. He was taller than her five-ten by a good four inches. Maybe five.

Another huge plus. There weren’t a lot of guys who made her feel small—okay, smaller—but Alex did.

Of course, she’d taken note of his height in the office. Not the only thing she’d noticed. He also filled out a pair of well-cut trousers quite nicely. But she’d pretended not to notice, just as she pretended now to be unmoved by the heat of his hand as he touched her arm. Just that single contact, his fingers on her wrist, tightened her nipples to painful nubs.

Come to Mama.

"Let’s go to your place. I want to see where you live." His gaze skipped over her face and continued down over her discreetly displayed cleavage in a way that was more proprietary than proper. "Where you sleep."

When his fingers crept under the sleeve of her jacket and brushed her thrumming pulse, she gave him a flirty smile. She so could do this. In fact, if she didn’t take full advantage of this experience, she’d kick herself for the rest of her days.

"Where I won’t be sleeping tonight," she said softly.

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Ex Appeal

Book 2 of the Hunk De Jour Series

As the webmistress for one of the Northeast’s hottest dating sites, Hunk Du Jour, Jenny Talbot is no stranger to reading the applications of potential clients. But when the latest application that crosses her inbox belongs to Ty Randall, the guy she broke up with a mere twenty-seven days ago, she does a double take.

Reading what Ty wants in bed not only gets Jenny hot, it also makes her rethink ending their relationship. All she longed for was a little more spice in the bedroom—okay, a lot more—but he let her go without an argument. Faced with the possibility that Ty may really be moving on, getting her ex back becomes more appealing than ever. But will revealing exactly what she needs allow Jenny to finally experience ultimate pleasure or will she drive away the man she loves for good?  

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Tasty Tuesday's w/ BLOOD BOUND

Tasty Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by authors Tempeste O’Riley and Carrie Ann Ryan. Anyone can play as long as you have a WIP or Published Manuscript to tease wit.

Tasty Tuesday

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Today I’m sharing a little bit from Blood Bound, book 2 of the House Millar series. 

One Stubborn human and one reluctant vampire . . .
And an over-protective interloper?…

What my eyes finally settled on was as curious as it was unexpected. There was a man, a male vampire. He was about six-six. Straight, long dark hair pulled back in a ponytail with jade green eyes and a fierce snarl ripping from his throat. He was not moving forward, but he was also not dropping his attack stance. He looked as if he would’ve happily destroyed me but of all peculiar things, it seemed he wanted to kill me over having drunk from Declán? Lost! My poor brain was so broken . . .

“Who the hell are you and what do you mean attacking me in my territory? I would suggest you be very careful with your answer if you plan to still be in existence this time tomorrow.” I could hear the seething blood rage in my voice again but couldn’t seem to care right then. He was attacking us, trying to take me away from Declán! Somewhere in the deepest recesses of my mind I noted his eyes yet that detail only made this all the more confusing.

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How many ways can a hearts true love be shared? After poisoning, near death attacks, consummated passions, and possible insanity visit Anya, Nicholas, and Declán they embark on their future. Or at least they try to. Jealousy can be a pain, in more ways than one.

Can Anya protect her lovers, find peace within herself, and lead the House Millar? With her loves and guards, Nicholas and Declán, she sets out to do just that. If only life, eternal life, were that easy.

Come take a walk with our loving family and witness the strange turns and twists as life, love, and passions collide with greed, politics, and evil.

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Compass Brothers Series by Jayne Rylon ~ SSS Giveaway BlogHop

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All roads lead home when that’s where you’ve left your heart.

Northern Exposure

Compass Brothers, Book 1

Silas Compton always had his eye on Lucy, the veterinarian’s daughter. He was even content to wait for the girl of his dreams to grow up before getting anywhere near her with his family’s double-edged legacy.

Waiting around led to fooling around with his best friend—and an impulsive eruption of desire that Lucy’s innocent eyes weren’t meant to see. Figuring Compton Pass wasn’t big enough for either the three of them or the pain he’d caused, Silas let loose his tightly reined wanderlust and headed for Alaska.

Ten years later, when an oil rig accident sends him home, he braces himself for the reopening of old wounds. Instead he finds himself in the care—and welcoming arms—of Lucy and Colby, whose marriage has plenty of room for the man they both still love. And forgive with all their hearts.

As things start to unravel at Compass Ranch, Silas must dig deep for the strength to assume his rightful place in the Compton family…and lay the foundation for a future with his lovers. If he can forgive himself.

Product Warnings

This book is overflowing with sexy cowboys who like to saddle up and ride each other as well as the woman of their dreams. The likelihood of becoming addicted to their ranch family is high. With three more stories yet to come, beware. You won’t be able to read just one!

Southern Comfort,

Compass Brother, Book 2

Seth has traveled south and made a name for himself as a foreman on one of the most prosperous ranches in the country. As he learns best practices, he is able to give his father and brother—Compton Pass’s new head rancher—some tips and tricks for success. The one thorn in his side in his Texas home is Jody Kirkland, the daughter of his boss. She’s a sassy, smart-talking redhead who constantly raises his temper and his libido. Before long, Seth has her hogtied in his cabin and in his bed and they embark on an affair hot enough to scorch the barn stalls.

Eastern Ambitions

Compass Brothers, Book 3

He’s lost everything. Can he win her heart?

Sam Compton never liked getting his hands dirty, at least not on Compass Ranch. Armed with a business degree, he’s about to become the youngest VP at an illustrious Wall Street investment firm. Until his partner in an office romance turns into an ultra-refined snake in the grass.

Staggering from the punch of betrayal, another blow threatens to level him. His father is dying. He races home to lend his brain to his brothers’ backs at the ranch, and finds something he never expected. A sophisticated yet playful woman who stimulates his mind…and parts below the belt.

Compass Ranch gave Cindi Middleton’s wounded soul everything it needs: a home, acceptance, and respect—not to mention unlimited sex—from the ranch’s sexy cowboys. Despite their instant and intense sparks, Sam’s defection to the bright city lights she left behind is a big red flag. She’s been there, done that—burned the T-shirt.

Yet the heat of their attraction brings them circling back to each other’s arms…until a certain snake reappears, threatening to endanger the acquisition of the one thing Sam has realized is truly priceless.

Western Ties

Compass Brothers, Book 4

Sawyer Compton is the last of his brothers to get away. For Sawyer, freedom presents itself in the shape of a Coast Guard uniform. He enlists and enjoys a life on the west coast—beaches, surfing, and sunshine. One of the best parts of his new life is the fact he can explore and enjoy is darker sexual tastes without fear of exposure. One night while hanging out at his favorite sex club, he runs into little Leah Hollister from back home. When another Dom comes on a bit too strong, Sawyer steps in, more than willing to make Leah’s fantasies come true. Unfortunately, Leah’s reality is Compton Pass and suddenly Sawyer’s forced to decide between freedom and home.

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Jayne Rylon’s stories usually begin as a daydream in an endless business meeting. Her writing acts as a creative counterpoint to her straightlaced corporate existence. She lives in Ohio with two cats and her husband who both inspires her fantasies and supports her careers. When she can escape her office, she loves to travel the world, avoid speeding tickets in her beloved Sky and, of course, read.

Jayne is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), the Central Ohio Fiction Writers (COFW) and Passionate Ink.

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{eBook Tour} Review: VAMPIRE IN DISTRESS by Dale Mayer & Giveaway

 

Title: Vampire in Distress
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #2
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Note: This is Book 2 in the Family Blood Ties series and picks up exactly where Book I left off.

When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.

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{eBook Tour} Review: VAMPIRE IN DENIAL by Dale Mayer & Giveaway

 

Title: Vampire in Denial
Author: Dale Mayer 
Publisher: Valley Publishing 
Series: Family Blood Ties, #1 
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words 
Source: CBLS

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Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

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{eBook Tour} Interview with Danica Avet, Author of PRIMAL SONG + Excerpt!

Title: Primal Song
Author: Danica Avet 
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave 
Series: Cajun Heat, #1
Genre: Paranormal, Shifter, Romance
Length:  139 pages
Source: BTS
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Deputy Daisy Picou is not impressed when Ram Reinhardt prowls into town all rock star swagger and big cat ego. She’s been burned by a lion before and has no intention of playing the fool twice. But with one scorching glance the mating frenzy ignites and passion trumps reason. An intense first encounter levels Daisy’s reservations—and most of her living room. And she’s not so sure she minds.

Ram Reinhardt has burned through and brushed aside just about every adrenaline-inducing thrill life’s thrown at him. But Daisy sets the gold standard for a premium rush. Her combative personality should turn him off, but every time they fight they end up in bed, or on the floor, or against a wall—and the sex is always more combustible than the time before. He’s not about to give that up. Ever.

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{eBook Tour} Interview with Dale Mayer, Author of the Family Blood Ties series

Please welcome Dale Mayer to the House Millar. She has managed to sneak away from her demanding characters for a little while and stopped by to let us pick her brain a bit, lol.

Where were you born and where do you call home?

I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and currently call the beautiful Okanagan home.

What or who inspired you to write?  And how long have you been writing?

I never had a specific inspiration to start this journey, but always had the thought in the back of my mind to start writing. I’ve now been writing for a decade!

If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?

They talk now! They constantly tell me their stories and berate me when I don’t get it quite right.

Which character speaks the loudest, to you? Do any of them clamour to be heard over the others?

They tend to scream. I have several that sit on my shoulder and nag me to death.

Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you? Or do you have to coax them out of your characters?

My characters create the most twisted plots anyone could imagine. And they freely order me to do their bidding 🙂

Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?

No. I’m careful to keep reality and fiction a long ways apart.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I’m a pantser. So if opening a blank page and pouring out 90k plus length books is a style – then that’s mine!

It is a style! Glad to meet a fellow pantser 😉
How did you come up with the title?

The titles almost always come to me early on the writing. I can’t say that’s an area that causes me any trouble. Now revising on the other hand…

Do you have plans for a new book?  Is this book part of a series?

This is part of a series and book 3 is a nugget in my head, but not as yet developed enough to consider writing. My plate is a little too full to add another project at the moment.

Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?

Buried in books! I’m seeing the start of the avalanche now. It could be a major event down the road. I never seem to run out of ideas, although I understand that’s a possibility, and would expect to have another 20 plus books out by then!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hmmm. Maybe the Caribbean. I love the ocean and the beaches.  Not so fond of cold winters, unless I get to snowboard and ski my time away!

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

I prefer paperbooks but love the convenience of ebooks.

Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?

Both! I am published in nonfiction as a traditional publisher and chose to go the Indie route with my fiction.

What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller ?

Characters that grab a hold of the reader and won’t let go. Plots that are fast paced and keep the reader turning the pages are next and to top it off, there needs to be great writing!

Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?

Nope. I’d like to ‘block’ my characters sometimes though!

Have you ever read a book more than once?

Lots of my books on my shelves are ‘keeper’ books and I go in stages of rereading my old favorites.

What book are you currently reading and in what format (ebook/ paperback/ hardcover)?

I’m currently rereading my Jayne Ann Krentz collection.
Do you have any advice for other writers?

Cats or dogs?

Cat

White wine or red?

White!

Coffee or tea?

Dark, black and preferably espresso styled java!

Favourite food?

Any edible, sigh.

Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Chocolate!

Laptop or desktop for writing?

Laptop

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?

Anywhere and any time!

One of your favourite quotes –

Go Big Or Go Home – and I have no idea who said that first!

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Title: Vampire in Denial
Author: Dale Mayer 
Publisher: Valley Publishing 
Series: Family Blood Ties, #1 
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words 
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Blood doesn’t just make her who she is…it also makes her what she is.

Like being a sixteen-year-old vampire isn’t hard enough, Tessa’s throwback human genes make her an outcast among her relatives. But try as she might, she can’t get a handle on the vampire lifestyle and all the…blood.

Turning her back on the vamp world, she embraces the human teenage lifestyle–high school, peer pressure and finding a boyfriend. Jared manages to stir something in her blood. He’s smart and fun and oh, so cute. But Tessa’s dream of a having the perfect boyfriend turns into a nightmare when vampires attack the movie theatre and kidnap her date.

Once again, Tessa finds herself torn between the human world and the vampire one. Will blood own out? Can she make peace with who she is as well as what?

Title: Vampire in Distress
Author: Dale Mayer
Publisher: Valley Publishing
Series: Family Blood Ties, #2
Genre: Paranormal, YA, Action, Adventure, Mystery / Thriller, Romance
Length: 68k words
Source: CBLS

Buy: Amazon

Note: This is Book 2 in the Family Blood Ties series and picks up exactly where Book I left off.

When Tessa rallies friends and family to find her missing date, they uncover a secret…and start a war that causes ripples in all aspects of their lives.

A vampire with throwback human genes. Sixteen-year-old Tessa finds more than just her friend in this journey…she also finds herself in need of rescue … Imprisoned, she has to find a way to escape and reunite with her family before this war takes out those she loves.

The youngest of his ancient line. Eighteen-year-old Cody descends from flyer vampires wants Tessa back at his side where she belongs – even as he struggles with conflicting emotions about his best friend’s kid sister…

A human determined to protect his people. Seventeen year-old Jared thought his life was over then he finds out that his rescuers are vampires…how can he trust them? And then he finds out the truth about Tessa…and that she’s been taken, too…

Three brave souls struggle as war breaks out around them…a war that shows them no mercy.

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Psychic Vision Series

Tuesday’s Child
Hide’n Go Seek
Maddy’s Floor

Single Title Romantic Suspense/Thrillers

Touched by Death – out now!

Novellas

It’s a Dog’s Life (Romantic Comedy)

Young Adult Books

Dangerous Designs – Book I
Deadly Designs – Book 2 – out soon!
Vampire in Denial – Book I of Blood Ties
Vampire in Distress – Book 2 of Blood Ties
Gem Stone Mystery Series- out soon!
In Cassie’s Corner- out soon

Non-Fiction Books

Career Essentials: The Resume
Career Essentials: The Cover Letter
Career Essentials: The Interview
Career Essentials: 3 in 1

Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for Tuesday’s Child, Hide’n Go Seek, her romantic suspense novels that was one of the final four in the Kensington Brava/Romantic Times contest this last year. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in several different genres. To go with her fiction, she also writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system. She has recently published her Career Essentials Series. All her books are available in print format as well.

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REVIEWS:

5 stars! Original YA vampire story.
“Vampire in Denial by Dale Mayer is a delightfully different addition to the teen vamp paranormal genre. Can’t wait for the sequel.” (Charlotte)

5 stars! Do love.
“This is the first book I’ve read from Dale Mayer and I’m sure going to be reading more because this is my new favorite vampire romance book since Twilight!” (PrincessZelda))

5 stars! Another exciting series from Dale Mayer
“Oh, book! You were so FUN! I was getting all tense and worried about how poor Tessa was going to prove herself and it was exciting and I desperately wanted her to realize that her tangled up feelings about a certain someone were not all brotherly. But, but…why did you leave me hanging on such a cliffhanger?!?! I MUST KNOW what’s going to happen to her!

In most ways, Tessa is an average teenage girl. Her parents don’t really understand her, she feels like she’s caught between two worlds and she’s not sure if the boy she likes likes her back. The fact that she’s a vampire who’s literally caught between two worlds doesn’t change any of that. Her parents really don’t have a clue how hard it is for her, a genetic throwback, and no one in her family understands that how the full-blood vampires treat her like a stupid little girl.

All in all, this was a fun, fast read with a girl who definitely came into her own as the story progressed. I thought Cody and his slow revelations about Tessa were adorable. I like how her mother rose up to defend Tessa once things were brought to her attention. I like that Tessa wasn’t willing to abandon a friend, even if he was "only human".

I can only guess as to where the next book in this story is heading but I’m DYING to read it now. DYING, Dale Mayer. DYING!” (Kelly Rubidoux)

4 Stars! Exciting first installment in a new YA vampire series!
“This book managed to stand out amongst the plethora of vampire novels out there. I liked how vampires had different abilities and how some of them, like Tessa, seemed more human than vampire (i.e. could be out in the daylight, didn’t crave blood). It added a bunch of new dimensions to the world and I’m liking where the series is going.

This really was a great read. I was entirely able to relate with Tessa and enjoyed watching her change throughout the story. Just a warning, the author leaves us with one heck of a cliffhanger, so I can only hope that the next book comes out soon!” (Jamie “Bookerella”)

5✯ Review: CHASE IN SHADOW by Amy Lane

Title: Chase in Shadow
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: Feb 23rd 2012
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance, Adult 18+
Length: 320 pages

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Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future.

Nobody knows the real Chase.

Chase Summers has a razor blade to his wrist and the smell of his lover’s goodbye clinging to his skin. He has a door in his heart so frightening he’d rather die than open it, and the lies he’s used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster.

Chase has one chance for true love and salvation. He may have met Tommy Halloran in the world of gay-for-pay—where the number of lovers doesn’t matter as long as the come-shot’s good—but if he wants the healing that Tommy’s love has to offer, he’ll need the courage to leave the shadows for the sunlight. That may be too much to ask from a man who’s spent his entire life hiding his true self. Chase knows all too well that the only things thriving in a heart’s darkness are the bitter personal demons that love to watch us bleed.

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Private Property by Leah Braemel ~ SSS #Giveaway #BlogHop

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There’s nothing casual about this caper.

Book 1 of the Hauberk Protection Series

Jodi Tyler has loved and lost too many times to believe in happily ever after. That’s what makes her no-strings affair with her boss so perfect—his power in bed matches his respect for her independence. Still, when he surprises her with a ménage for her birthday, her secret thrill wars with a nagging thought: Why would he so casually share her with another man?

Even though Mark Rodriguez holds Jodi at arm’s length from his heart, her self-confidence is a turn-on he can’t resist. Inviting old college buddy and future business partner Sam into their bed for one night was supposed to set free her wildest fantasy. Instead he finds the tables turned, forced to watch while Sam brings her to the height of ecstasy.

Now, Mark’s not so sure he wants to share his treasure…

Character Bios:

Whether she’s skydiving or safecracking, Jodi Tyler is an adrenaline junkie. But beneath that tough girl exterior, Jodi’s hiding a soft side, one that’s been hurt too many times in the past. She’s thrown herself into becoming the best in her company at breaking into an estate to check its security. Now if she could just find a way to guard the walls around her heart that her boss Mark Rodriguez is slowly dismantling.

Mark Rodriguez loves a challenge. The challenge of running his own business, of protecting his clients, and of having fun with the ladies without getting entangled in unnecessary drama. He’s not averse inviting his best friend Sam Watson into the bedroom to help him please his lovers.

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Like most authors, Leah’s always had stories revolving around in her head, talking to her late at night. College, marriage and raising a family had her pushing them aside until a conversation with her eldest son about how he needed to follow his dreams was thrown back at her. One year later Leah was thrilled to get her first contract for her sizzling romance Private Property from Samhain Publishing. In January 2010, the reviewers at The Romance Studio nominated Private Property for a CAPA award for "Best Erotic Romance." Leah was also nominated in the "Best Erotic Romance Author" category. Reviewers have since awarded her books numerous Top Pick and Recommended Reads designations along with another CAPA nomination for Deliberate Deceptions as "Best Contemporary Romance of 2011."

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