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June 2017

Release Blitz ~ Blue Velvet (UltraViolence Book Two) ~ by Natalie Bennett

Title: Blue Velvet
Series: UltraViolence Book Two
Author: Natalie Bennett
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Release Date: June 28, 2017

Blue Velvet
-An illicit drug taken by vein.




And bloodshed.

This is their happily ever after.


Blue Velvet is book two of two in the UltraViolence duet. This is a full-length novel.

->Trigger warning(s)<-
Gore, dub/non-consent, violence, lots of sex, lots of F-bombs, and death.
This will have a non-traditional HEA. 😉


A Woman & Her Books “BlueVelvet is a fast paced, thrilling, hot read.”


Between the Bookends “It had twists and turns that will leave your head spinning.”

Natalie Bennett has always been an avid fan of all things dark and twisted, so it only made sense for her to write what she loves. She brings to life unapologetic antiheroes you love to hate and strong heroines who refuse to be broken.Natalie writes Dark and Twisty Erotica with romantic elements. She doesn’t censor her writing and let’s her stories tell themselves. If you pick up one of her books expecting a typical HEA, you won’t find one.

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Review ~ Rodeo Cowboy ~ by Teresa Gabelman


Rodeo Romance 


Teresa Gabelman

My Rating:  4

Cover:  4

Publication:  June 22nd 2017

Read:  June 1st 2017

Kindle Edition:  87 pages


POV:  Third-person perspective (mostly by heroine)

Genres:  Romance


Jake McCabe had one rule. Never date a client. Trisha Summers had a new rule. Never date a man again. Rules were meant to be broken.



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My Review:

Rodeo RomanceRodeo Romance by Teresa Gabelman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars to Rodeo Romance by Teresa Gabelman.

Jake and Trisha…….

Why is it that all the sweetest romances are so short?

Rodeo Romance was an adorable, short, sexy story of love and trust.

Jake McCabe, a former rodeo cowboy, now spends his days working on the family dude ranch. Jake is smitten as soon as he lays eyes on ranch guest, Trisha Summers. Unfortunately, he does not mess around with ranch guests. At least he never has before. Not surprisingly, Jake finds it difficult to keep his distance when it comes to Trisha. Especially after working alongside each other everyday.

Trisha is trying to enjoy her time on the ranch despite it not being the fancy resort her friend believed it was. It turns out a vacation at a working ranch, where you are actually working, is just what Trisha needed. She is trying to forget a past relationship with an abusive ex. Fortunately that becomes easy to do when all she can think about is a certain sexy cowboy.

Although Rodeo Romance is a very short, predictable read with low angst, Jake and Trish do have a couple of hurdles they need to get over in order to find their HEA. There is a sweet ending alongside an even sweeter grand gesture by Jake.

This is the second book I read by this author, both recently, and I look forward to reading more.

This is my honest and unbiased review.

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Review ~ Beauty In Winter (Beauty #4) ~ by Alexa Riley


Beauty In Winter (Beauty #4)


Alexa Riley

My Rating:  4

Cover:  5

Publication:  April 20th 2017

Read:  June 2nd 2017

POV:  First-person dual perspectives


Series:  Beauty Series (Multi Author)


Fiona Lamb has lost everything, and her only option is to work for a reclusive billionaire to get back the one thing that’s most important to her.

Reid Gold has been cursed. He’s the alpha shifter, but he’s unable to change into his wolf and lead his pack. But one scent of his mate and everything changes.

Warning: This beauty and the beast-inspired story is quick, filthy, and over-the-top alpha. Hold on to your Kindles because Reid’s inner beast finally gets to come out and play.



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My Review:

Beauty in Winter (Beauty, #4)Beauty in Winter by Alexa Riley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars to Beauty In Winter (Beauty #4) by Alexa Riley.

Fiona and Reid…….

What an adorable story this was! Once again we are gifted with a short, sexy, erotic tale featuring a sweet innocent heroine and an over-the-top possessive, alpha hero.

As good as the story was, it had the potential to be awesome if only it were longer. I loved the trope of beauty meets beast. And the premise of this story had an additional twist of paranormal. Who doesn’t love a sexy, alpha wolf shifter?

If you read the blurb, which I assume you have, you already know that Reid is cursed. What you don’t know is that he has isolated himself away from his pack. Only when the curse is broken can Reid take his rightful place and lead his pack. This is what he believes.

Fiona is the key to Reid’s happiness. In all the ways that matter she was made for him. Since this book is so short, only 60 pages, I won’t say anything more. I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for you.

I will say, however, that I really liked it. Yes it was classic AR style with an over-the-top hero. Yes it was cheesy but those are just some of the aspects I love in AR books the most.

Beauty In Winter is book four in this multi-author series inspired by the story of “Beauty and the Beast.” I hope to read the other books in this series as well.

This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Release Blitz ~ Fate (Killarny Brothers) ~ by Gisele ST. Claire


Title: Fate 
Author: Gisele St. Claire 
Genre: Romance 
PeteThe Killarny Estate is getting ready for the Waters Derby. I
still remember little Sara Waters and how she’d grabbed and kissed me
in the barn on the Waters property when she was 10 years old. The last
time I’d seen her I’d been with my ex-wife, Kelly. The only good thing
out of that marriage had been my 12-year-old daughter. I haven’t had a
solid relationship since.
When Sara shows up at the ranch to tell me that her dad isn’t letting the Killarny’s enter the derby, that we’re doing
illegal, well let’s just say, I didn’t take it very well. There’s no
way in hell we’re not going, and no way in hell I can stay away from
that hot, little body.


My father’s instructions were
clear – tell the Killarny’s they can’t race. Our families have history
and I refuse to tell them over the phone, so I’ll drive to the Estate to
tell them in person. But Pete Killarny refuses to accept my dad’s
decision. Who am I supposed to believe: the father who’s cared for me
all my life or the hot cowboy I’ve loved since I was 10 years old?

If fantasies involving hay lofts give you a thrill, along with the thought of a family of HOT brothers, read on…




If you’re into quick, hot and sexy erotica romance with a twist then you’ve found the right gal!
 I love staying up late and watching my characters come to life on paper.



Release Blitz ~ Dark Master ~ by Shana Vanterpool

Title: Dark Master 
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: Erotic BDSM Romance 



Master was dark, dark, dark.
His touch.
His love.
His anger.
And soon, so was I.
Miya Reemond fell in love without knowing who Jaxon Damon really was. When she finds out that he’s a dominant in the alluring and dangerous world of BDSM, she wants nothing more than to be his submissive. Clouded by lust and obsession, she falls head first into the intoxicating and erotic lifestyle. She soon learns that love isn’t easy, especially when it relies on her submission. Jax doesn’t know or do love, he only understands pain. Miya immediately turns his world upside down. She wants his heart, his good. But there isn’t any good left in him to give her.
Love doesn’t exist in his world.
She’s never had it.
Will they embrace the darkness, or will it swallow them both?
Book one in the Dark Masters Series is an erotic and sordid look into the tempting world of sexual dominance, submission, and love.
**This is an erotic BDSM romance. Not intended for readers under 18. Contains dark sexual content and a taboo romance.**
“We’ll go change your address tomorrow. Make it official. Make us official. We’re really doing this?” There was a question in his voice, a fear in his heart. “What happens when I tell you my secret, Miya? What happens when I want you more than life? And I tell you my secret and you can’t look at me any longer without seeing a victim? What happens to us?” He grabbed up my face. “What happens to me if there is no you?”
I wondered if thinking of our pasts reminded him that I did not in fact know his, and he knew mine. But all that had done for me was make me yearn for him more. He was my happy place. “Jaxon, do you know what I want all day and all night?”
“What?” His thumbs stroked my cheeks, the soft warm pads of his fingers sending tingles down my spine.
“You. I want you, Jaxon. I’ve never wanted anything in my life until I met you. I’m not going to hurt you. I’m not going to leave you. I won’t ever see a victim and I won’t ever want anything but you. You have to trust me, my dark master, the same way I have to trust you.”
He sighed, letting me go and heading into the house. “Trust is not something I understand.”



Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.


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Release Blitz ~ Breathe In ~ by Michelle Bellon

Title: Breathe In
Author: Michelle Bellon
Genre: Thriller/Suspense
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Breathe in, breathe out. This mantra gets Tessa Benson through the day.

The man she loves walks all over her, and she just wants to get by without her heart shattering to pieces. If she could find her voice, she’d scream.

Everything changes in one night, when she’s snatched from the streets and tied to a bed, a camera set up to capture her dying moment. And the person who paid to watch her die…is still out there somewhere.

Tessa prowls dark neighborhoods in a quest for justice, but she doesn’t find the killer. Not until they strike again…in the place Tessa is least expecting, and where it hurts worst.

Standing closer than I want to be, I can’t stop my muscles from trembling. He sneers down at me. His teeth are crooked. His jaw is wide. His skin is covered in acne, and I’m sure he takes steroids on a regular basis to gain his bulk. His scent is heavy with sweat. It mixes inextricably with the smell of frying pork. 

He holds a finger in front of his face in warning. “Do not play with me, little girl.” He gives the rope another jerk. “Do you understand me?”

“Y-y-yes,” I whimper. 

“Good. Now let me explain a few things. You see that camera over there?”
When I don’t take my gaze from his to look toward the camera, he moves faster than I can react and clutches my chin in his large hand, his thumb and forefinger digging into the flesh of my jaw. My lips pucker out. He jerks my head to the right so that I’m facing the camera. He points to it with his other hand. “There. Do you see it now?”

Face still in his grasp, I nod adamantly to show I’m listening now. This man is frightening beyond measure.

His thumb and fingers squeeze harder. “Good. That camera will watch you day and night. You hear me?”

I nod, unable to suppress the incessant whimpering that bubbles from my core.

“You will not go near it. You will do as you’re told. Or I will hurt you. You got it?”

I nod.

He releases my chin and slaps me across the face. My head snaps hard to the left and my right cheek flashes hot where his palm connected. Instant tears stream down my face. He grabs my chin again and hauls me upright. 

“Answer me when I ask you a question. Understand?”
“Yes, yes.” 
“You and that camera right there are going to make me a lot of money. Do you understand?”
I don’t understand at all. I’m afraid to. “Yes.” I nod over and over again.


“Good. Now sit your ass down.”

Before I can do as I’m told, he gives me a shove. I topple onto the bed. Unable to catch myself with my hands behind my back, I fall to my side, then scramble to sit upright. 

He gives me a look of disgust before walking out the door and slamming it behind him. 
Defeated and scared beyond words, I’m paralyzed. I need to escape, but I fear this man’s wrath if he catches me. I bite my lip and earnestly try to fight back the tears. But they are relentless and gush forth anyway. I give in and let them come. Racking sobs engulf my body. I look toward the camera, no longer innocuous. It stares at me menacingly, my only witness.

What will it see?
Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her four quirky and beautiful children. She loves coffee, Superman, rollercoasters, and has an addiction to chapstick.

She works as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. As a multi-genre author, she has written in the categories of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won four literary awards. You can visit Michelle’s website at


Release ~ Soul Redeemed (Sons of Wrath #4) ~ by Keri Lake

Title: Soul Redeemed
Series: Sons of Wrath #4
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2017

Being half incubus sucks sometimes. Sure, the sex is great, but getting hounded by females gets old pretty fast. Especially when the only one Calix cares about has gone missing, propelling him into a downward spiral of depression and abstinence.

Trapped by a wannabe mad scientist inside a nightmare of her own, Ava longs to be free, even if it means going back to the only male she regrets having betrayed. All she needs is a single opportunity to lead the way.

Calix should hate Ava for the way she deceived him and his brothers. Yet, when she shows up looking like she’s been through a hell of her own, the sweet relief over her return battles the bitter sting of her betrayal, and Calix can’t bring himself to turn her away. Not to mention, an incubus who’s starved himself of sex for too long is a detriment to everyone—including his brothers—and the way Ava commands his body is exactly the release he needs.

Unfortunately, thanks to the lunatic who held her captive, she’s now a walking death trap to any male that tries to bed her. But danger is closing in, placing Ava’s life in jeopardy, and if Calix doesn’t find a way to control his virile urges, he might just be her deadliest threat.

Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees. When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing). She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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Review ~ Badcock Tour ~ by Christine Besze

One of the best books I’ve read this year!


Badcock Tour (Book One The Badcock Series)


Christine Besze

Publication:  June 27th 2017

Read:  June 19th 2017

Rating:  5

Cover:  4

POV:  First-person perspective (told mostly by Darcie)


Series:  The Badcock Series


Working in the Adult Entertainment Industry, Darcie’s used to being surrounded by dicks all day. She’s just tired of dating them.

Three friends. Too many drinks. A terribly awesome idea.

A girl can be played so many times before she snaps. Enough is enough. Time to turn the tables.

This summer, the playees become the players. And brace yourself. Sh*t’s about to get weird.

***WARNING*** If you do not have a twisted sense of humor, a dirty mind, enjoy getting laid, enjoy a laugh or five, and aren’t into women who swear like drunken sailors then this book isn’t for you. Derail, derail this cocktrain now.



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My Review:

Badcock TourBadcock Tour by Christine Besze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! Y’all are in for a real treat! 5 Stars to Badcock Tour by Christine Besze.

Badcock Tour is an outrageously funny and steamy book! The author has crossed many boundaries and I was impressed with the outcome of her hard work. There are many holy s**t and Oh-my-God moments throughout this whole book. The truth is I can’t remember another book that had me laughing so hard.

So you must be wondering…
Is this book romcom?
Is this book erotica?
Is there suspense?

Yes to all the above!

If you’re wondering how there can be comedy AND suspense in the same book……Christine Besze has done exactly that! If you don’t read this book, you are missing out on a unique reading experience.

Darcie, Lisa, and Jodi have been best friends since childhood. But they are actually so much more than that. Their love and loyalty to each other is first and foremost, sincere. These ladies will do anything for each other, and have. In this brilliantly written book, you’ll experience those loyalties first hand.

After the latest relationship fail, Darcie has had enough. She is angry and more than a little disappointed in herself for not seeing what was right in front of her. Along with Lisa and Jodi, they decide to treat themselves to a vacation of sorts. The Badcock Tour. These girls are going to loose whatever inhibitions they have left. There aren’t many, lol. I loved how they were not afraid of anything or anyone. Their journey becomes more that a wild ride. Although all three ladies are primary characters, this is Darcie’s story.

While Darcie, Lisa, and Jodi are primarily out for a good time and nothing more, there is some suspense thrown their way with a few twists and turns added as well as a few emotional moments.

I’m so damn happy I got to read this fantastic book! Please take my advice and add this book to your TBRs. Badcock Tour is undeniably outrageous but I know you’ll love it. The next book in this series can’t come fast enough! I apologize if my review is not detailed or descriptive enough, but I didn’t want to spoil one single aspect of this story.

*This is my honest and unbiased review.

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About The Author

Christine Besze


Christine Besze is a writer, reader, mother, wife, and lover of all things wine. She lives in her own world of crazy most days, because the voices inside her head hold some great conversation. When she does have to come back to reality and act like an actual grown-up, she spends her time with her handsome hubby Z, their two gorgeous gingers and their mini-herd of German Shepherds. Born in sunny Southern California, she recently made the big leap with her family to the East Coast and couldn’t be happier. You’ll still find her in flip-flops—with a full glass of wine—all year round.

Review ~ Joy Ride ~ by Lauren Blakely


Joy Ride 


Lauren Blakely

My Rating:  5

Cover:  4

Publication:  May 1st 2017

Read:  June 6th 2017

Genres:  Romance, Romantic Comedy

POV:  First-person single perspective (Hero)



Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like your dream car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood…for the best joy ride of your life.
I’m at your service. Ready to go all night long, and I couldn’t be happier living the one-night stand lifestyle. But then a wildly sexy brunette appears in my life and throws a wrench in all my plans. She’s fiery, she’s talented, she’s gorgeous, and I’d really like to know what makes her engine hum. Henley also happens to be my biggest rival, and now we’re forced to work together every day on the most important project of my career. Spending all that time with her ought to be easy, but the trouble is I can’t quite figure out if she wants to kick me in the lug nuts or beg me to give her a good, hard fuel injection. Until one night that question is answered on the hood of a sports car when she calls out my name three times. And we can’t seem to put on the brakes.
If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?
If sleeping with the enemy is a bad idea, how much more dangerous would it be to fall in love with her?
JOY RIDE is a sexy, dirty standalone written from the guy’s POV!



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My Review:

Joy RideJoy Ride by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars to Joy Ride by Lauren Blakely.

Max and Henley…….

Lauren Blakely’s characters just warm my heart, make me smile and sometimes (more often than not) laugh. Her books are filled with everything I love. Let me add Lauren has some of the sexiest covers! 😉

This story features Max Summers who we met in Full Package, which was Max’s brother Chase’s book. I loved Chase and Max is just as scrumptious. He is sexy, big, strong, successful and hot damn, he can make an engine purr! (pun intended)

Max owns his own custom auto detailing shop. He builds custom cars for wealthy clients. He is the best in the industry.

Actually, Max will soon realize he has some healthy competition.

Henley is young, spirited and gorgeous. She is also extremely talented when it comes to building and customizing cars. She even apprenticed with Max at one time. Unfortunately, they parted ways less than amicably.

When Henley returns to NY several years later; older and even more talented, Max can’t help but notice. In fact he tries not to.

I absolutely loved this book! I loved watching Max and Henley’s relationship change from enemies to professional to something so much more.

Max took his time with coming to terms over his growing/changing feelings for Henley. However, once he knew what he wanted, he ran after it and held on tight. Gosh, he made me so giddy. 🙂

Henley was an amazing heroine. She has a strong, independent personality and was also sassy and beautiful. Henley had a softer, vulnerable side to her as well. Considerate, kind and loyal are other words I would use to describe her. Let’s not forget witty.

Lauren Blakely has a unique way of creating memorable and lovable characters. I always feel strong connections to her books. When her characters fall in love, they fall hard! They are not perfect, they make mistakes but they own up to them! I could go on forever using an infinite number of adjectives to describe how much I love her books but you should experience them for yourself.

Max Summers….I hated to turn the last page! I hope we’ll get a glimpse of what he’s up to in another one of Lauren’s interconnected novels.

My review is honest and unbiased and written with a smile…..

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About the Author:

Lauren Blakely

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A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 80 times, and she’s sold more than 2 million books. In June she’ll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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