Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer – Promo

Dead Radiance by T.G. Ayer – Promo


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Evolved Publishing brings you a Norse Mythology adventure, “Dead Radiance (a Valkyrie Novel – Book 1),” by T.G. Ayer. (YA Paranormal Fantasy) ~~~~~~~~~~ “
…That day I knew for sure. I’d lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe.
I finally knew what the glow meant.
I was a freak and Joshua was going to die….” ~~~~~~~~~~
Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras—Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead.
The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible, actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human.
Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

Excerpt:

“That day I knew for sure. I’d lost control of my tears then. They fell in huge, mocking drops. I stared at Joshua through those bitter tears, my heart missing beats as I tried to remember to breathe. I finally knew what the glow meant. I was a freak and Joshua was going to die.” Bryn Halbrook had always seen the glow. But it is only when her best friend dies that she discovers the meaning of those beautiful golden auras – Death. Alone, lost in the foster system, she struggles to understand who she is and why she was cursed with the ability to see the soon-to-be-dead. The new foster kid, Aidan, isn’t helping any. Mr. Perfect seems to fit in no matter what, making her feel even more pathetic. But when his affections turn to her, Bryn finds him hard to resist. Impossible actually. A mystery himself, Aidan disappears, leaving behind a broken heart and a mysterious book that suggests Bryn might not be entirely human. Bryn stands at the threshold of a journey of discovery. Will destiny help her find herself, find her purpose and her place in a world in which she’d never belonged?

BIO:profile3

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognize that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practice given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other’s loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

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A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles – Giveaway/Interview/Promo

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Blurb

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

A few questions for Charles:

“How much research did you have to do on the punk scene?

Quite a bit actually. During the years in question, I was already a parent, living a very different life than either Crank or Julia, so I spent a lot of time reading up on how the music scene in Boston developed, watching documentaries on the Punk scene, learning about new music.

Probably the most difficult part was something which ended up making it into the book, even if only as a reference… for many many years homeless teenagers, punks, hung out in what is known as the Pit in Harvard Square. In a lot of ways it was one of the safest possible places for a homeless teenager: the cops sort of had an understanding and watched out for them. But in 2001 a would-be gang moved in and tried to force the teenagers to become pickpockets.  When one of the girls resisted, they raped and murdered her. It was impossible for me to write this story, with these characters where they were located, without addressing that. Absolutely heartbreaking story.

Have you ever protested a war?

 

I was a tank crewman during the 1991 Gulf War, which I’ve written about pretty extensively (this blog post kind of covers some of my thoughts on that: http://www.sheehanmiles.com/2012/04/25/revisiting-an-old-topic-what-does-it-feel-like-to-kill/).

It had a huge impact on who I am, my thoughts, my beliefs.  In 2002 I co-founded Veterans for Common Sense, which was a group focused on a careful, reasoned response to the September 11 attacks, and which opposed an invasion of Iraq.

The setting for Julia and Crank’s first meeting isn’t really an accident: I was a speaker at that first huge protest against invading Iraq, and I chose that as the location for them. The antiwar movement isn’t in any way central to this book, but it’s part of the backdrop and timing.

How difficult has it been for you to break into the new genre of Older Young Adult?”

That’s a tough question to answer. Honestly, I never expected the kind of success Just Remember to Breathe had, and virtually all of that was a result of word of mouth. It’s really been wonderful.

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December 16
My Fiction Nook
Romance Book Craze

December 17
My Secret Romance
Rumor Has It
The Book Asylum

December 18
Simply Ali
Deea’s Journel

December 19
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December 20
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December 21
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December 22
I Love Indie Books
JM Harrison

December 23
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December 24
Love, Laughter, Friends
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Unforgiving Ghosts by Candy Ann Little – Blog Barrage w/ Giveaway

Unforgiving Ghosts by Candy Ann Little – Blog Barrage w/ Giveaway


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Giveaway Info:  Prize is 10 eBook copies of UNFORGIVING GHOSTS (1 each to 10 winners). Contest is tour-wide and open internationally. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Ends Dec 25.  Rafflecopter Link is at the bottom of the post.  Good luck.

 

 

Unforgiving Ghosts

by Candy-Ann Little

Published September 14, 2012 by Kingdom Kastle Publishing

Contemporary Inspirational Romance

Heat Level: Sensual

Word Count: 100,000

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Blurb:

As Megan Black tries to outrun the memories of her past, she soon learns that you can’t run away from trouble. Can she find peace in God and faith to choose the right path? Or will chasing ghosts cause an unforgiving heart that only leads to destruction?

Excerpt #2:

The roar of the ocean called like a lullaby. With anticipation building, her feet traveled faster and faster until she broke into a trot, then a run, then a sprint. She followed the intriguing sound, and moments later stood face to face with the magnificent Pacific Ocean.

The blue-green water extended out as far as she could see, and the bright blue sky stretched over the ocean like a blanket. The setting sun looked like a giant orange ball that could be tossed on the white caps of the waves. Megan’s eyes widened in amazement at the spectacular sight. The view was more breathtaking than any picture she’d ever seen. Closing her eyes she inhaled the salty mist that stung her face, while a cool breeze played with her hair.

Absorbing the sights and sounds for several minutes, Megan felt transported a world away from the monotonous farm fields of Illinois. The waves lapping against the shore beckoned like an invitation. Slipping her shoes off , she tentatively walked to the edge of the shore, she squealed as the cold water washed over her bare feet. As the tide receded, a strange sucking sensation tickled her feet. Feeling as carefree as a child she ran along the shore jumping over each wave that crashed on the beach.

Breathless and exhausted, she found a soft spot to sit and rest while watching the sunset. Burrowing her numb toes into the faintly warm sand, she watched as the bright ball aligned itself on the horizon where the water and sky met.

For the first time Megan observed the presence of other people and felt a little embarrassed as she wondered if anyone had noticed her hopping and skipping along the shore.

“Beautiful, isn’t it?” A voice interrupted her thoughts, disturbing her.

“Yes, it is.” A tall, thin man, clad in jeans and a blue polo shirt towered over her. She looked around to see where this handsome stranger had come from, and spotted a small group a little ways down the beach. They were lying on blankets, with rock and roll music blaring from an iPod and speakers. “I’ve never seen anything so beautiful,” she added.

“I have.” His brown eyes admired the child-like image she presented. The setting sun cast an amber glow that made her look angelic.

“What?”

“You.” He sat down next to her.

“Do you get a lot of women with that line?”

He shrugged. “A few.”

Megan looked skeptical. “You can’t come up with something more original?”

“That is original.”

“Oh, and next you’ll be asking me if I come here often.”

His thick, blond brows shot up in amusement. Not only beautiful, she has fire too. “Well, do you?”

“No, this is my first time at the beach.” His intense stare made her feel uneasy, so she turned her attention back to the sunset.

“I’d say it’s my first time too, but I’ve lived here my whole life.” Looking at the blazing display he sighed, “This is my favorite spot in the whole world.”

“I can see why.”

He studied her pointed profile for a few minutes, and finally asked, “So what’s a lovely girl like you doing in a place like this?” His laughter echoed off the ocean.

“Watching the sunset.” The indifference in her tone strongly contrasted the way his boyish smile made her melt. She desperately tried not to be taken in by his charm. However, it had been a long time since anyone looked at her like that.

“Can I buy you dinner?” He decided to take the direct approach.

Megan studied the stranger with sun kissed blond hair and bright brown eyes. It would be nice to make a friend, she thought. But, the last thing she needed was another complication in her life. “No, thank you.”

A gust of wind whipped some tendrils of hair lose. Without hesitation, he gently tucked them behind her ear, reluctantly pulling his hand away from the soft, silky strands.

A shiver tingled down her back. From his touch or the wind? She couldn’t tell, and couldn’t give in to this attraction. “Before we get to the cliché ‘your place or mine’, I should be going.” She stood, brushing off the sand.

He jumped up, trying to think of something to alleviate her apprehension. “Can I at least buy you a drink?”

“No, thank you.” Megan almost felt tempted to give in. “I’ve had a long day and I’m really tired.”

“You wouldn’t have to go far. We have a cooler right over there.” He pointed to the group she’d spotted earlier.

“I don’t drink, anyway.”

“We have sodas.”

“You’re persistent, aren’t you?”

“Persistence is my middle name.” He flashed a brazen smile. His perfectly straight teeth gleaming against tanned skin.

“And ‘no’ is mine.”

His smile faded but he couldn’t give up that easily. “Oh, come on – what will one drink hurt?”

Her patience wore thin. Going out with him would be a mistake. She’d made enough of those lately. “Look, mister. I don’t want to have dinner or drinks with you. So please leave me alone.”

His brown eyes darkened. “You’re tired? Is that the best excuse you can come up with?”

She didn’t want to fight, having done enough of that in Illinois too. This stranger may be handsome but his forceful personality seemed to push all the wrong buttons. “Look, I don’t know what your problem is but……”

“My problem?” he erupted. “I don’t have a problem. You’re the one with a problem.”

“Yes…my problem is you!” Megan poked his chest. “I came to the beach to be alone. I’m not a trophy to be picked up by some shallow playboy.”

“Playboy!” He tried to sound offended, however, couldn’t deny it. He hadn’t been serious about a girl in years but resented her throwing it in his face. “Well, aren’t you Miss Conceited,” he fumed. “You’re not the only pretty girl in town. I can find any number of women waiting to go out with me. And they won’t be as frigid as you.”

“Since you seem to have a harem following you, I won’t be missed.” Picking up her shoes she stomped away.

He absently raked his hand through his wind-tousled hair, bewilderedly staring after her. No woman had ever given him such a cold shoulder. “Ice queen,” he muttered and joined his friends.

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Candy-Ann Little grew up in a small town in Ohio. She now resides in Michigan with her husband and two adult kids. When she’s not busy writing she enjoys helping with church activities – especially working with children – reading, cooking and baking.

 

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Two Spirit Ranch by Jamie Stryker – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway

Two Spirit Ranch by Jamie Stryker – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway


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Giveaway Info:  Prize is 10 eBook copies of “Two Spirit Ranch”Contest is tour-wide and open internationally. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Ends Dec 19.  Rafflecopter link is at the bottom of the post.  Good Luck!

Two Spirit Ranch: A Romance

by Jaime Stryker

Published by Chances Press, LLC

Published on January 18, 2012

Contemporary Romance (Transgender Heroine)

Heat Level: Sensual

Length: 142 pages

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Blurb:

In this groundbreaking romance novel, Terri Lawson, an alluring young attorney, has it all. She’s on the fast-track at her firm, widely recognized for her pro bono work, and has a handsome suitor, who she’s sure has marriage on his mind. But when her boyfriend abruptly calls off their relationship and her favorite uncle passes away, she suddenly find herself losing all that was important to her.

Not sure where to turn next, Terri heads off for a trip to small town Clearview, Montana to explore the sprawling ranch her uncle left her. It’s there that Terri while speeding down the highway has a run in with the ruggedly handsome sheriff, Jake Collins. As the two find their mutual attraction too strong to deny, Terri, who had only planned to be in town a few days, finds herself wondering if she can risk opening her heart again and sharing a secret from her past with Jake…Terri was once Terrence.

Debut novelist Jaime Stryker presents not only a romance with a transgendered heroine but a tale of true love and acceptance.

Excerpt:

For some odd reason, Terri had always noticed the little things when her life seemingly had begun to spiral out of control.  Tonight, for one, it was the vastness of the summer Montana night sky.  The stars twinkled in a way they never could in the artificial light drenched Manhattan skies.  Here, in “Big Sky Country,” the stars appeared to stretch out forever bathing the night in what should be an intoxicatingly romantic sight.  The grasshoppers chirped quietly in the background, and a slight crisp breeze blew through the air, ruffling her soft sun yellow skirt and the caramel colored curls that highlighted her face.

She remembered how her Uncle Bud had described his Montana ranch home as a slice of heaven you can’t buy in any store—even in New York City.  Terri had thought him to be crazy for leaving the bustling, opportunity-filled life of the Big Apple for one smack in the middle of what amounted to little more than a village.

“Sometimes you just need to shake things up, do the unexpected, and challenge yourself,” Uncle Bud had said at their tearful goodbye before giving a teenage Terri a big hug and hopping into his over packed VW Beetle.

Now older and the proverbial wiser, she had a better idea of what he meant, but now she feared it might be too late for her just when she’d finally…

“Terri, aren’t you going to say something?” she heard Jake say as he stood behind her.

Handsome, wonderful Jake.  She could smell his clean masculine scent wafting through the air, and without needing to turn around she could see his fit, muscular form in his sheriff’s office uniform.  Strong, sensitive Jake. She should have been honest with him right at the get-go.  But it had been the fear of this moment right here that had her act against her better judgment, her lawyer instincts of laying out the evidence right at the beginning.  No surprises later.  Let the jury know what’s at hand from the start.  That’s the way you win people over.

But she had never intended to want to win anybody over in this small town.  She only wanted to get away from her life in the Big Apple and to feel closer to her Uncle Bud after his passing.  She never imagined she would get wrapped up into life here…let alone into someone here.

Finally, she turned around to face Jake, eye to eye, just as she did the jurors in all of her cases.  She’d lay out the case for why she felt, whether it had been right or wrong, to keep silent about her past. She kept quiet, even though she could look into his deep chestnut brown eyes and see this relationship obviously went beyond the point of anything casual for Jake, which is what made this so hard, so messy and so emotional.

Even though she had gotten the chance to know him, to see him, over the past few days, the mere sight of him still took her breath away as no man ever did before.  Over six foot three inches tall and built of a solid wall of muscle, Jake had a commanding presence.  But one look in his eyes and she saw him as the protector he was.  He took the ethics and oath of his sheriff’s badge seriously.  His midnight dark wavy hair and eternal five o’clock shadow just added to an already smoldering specimen of masculinity. And this man stood before her waiting for a response from her.

“Your cousin, Carl, spoke to you didn’t he?” she said at last breaking the silence, averting her eyes, feeling vulnerable under his steely gaze.  “You know, don’t you?”

“I do,” Jake said, holding his uniform hat by his side, forever the perfect gentleman even when he perhaps had a good reason not to be anymore.  “What I want to know is why you didn’t tell me?  You had every chance.  Do you know how it felt to have Carl be the one to tell me?”

Jake paused, and he appeared to be struggling for the words to express himself. She knew he had never been in quite the same situation before, not out here in small town Montana.  She had learned to give people time to process things when needed which had been something she had never been good at in her younger years.  If people didn’t accept her, Terri simply moved on. But this was different. He was different, or so she thought. She didn’t want to run away from him. Her instinct was quite the opposite. She wanted him to hold her in his strong arms and protect her even more. But she wasn’t sure how he felt about the situation, about her.

“How did it make you feel?” she asked, the words barely escaping her throat.

“Betrayed,” he said finally, the words cutting into her heart like a sharp knife into butter.  “I don’t pretend to understand everything…yet.  I may be a small town sheriff but didn’t you respect me enough to tell the truth?  But I would have rather heard it from you first hand.  Don’t you think I deserved at least that, Terri?  Don’t you? Didn’t I deserve some respect after all we’ve been through?”

“You do,” she admitted.  ““I don’t know how I could have handled anything here without you, Jake. I needed you.  I was afraid…”

“Of?”

“What do you mean of?” she said, suddenly sounding defensive.  “You must know how it scared me to tell you…especially after we…made love.  You must know how it scared me to tell you. But then I wanted to tell you the next morning…but you were gone. I felt so abandoned.”

Jake felt a twinge of guilt upon hearing the word abandoned.

“I just never thought things would go this far, Jake,” she admitted.  “And last night happened. It was special to me. I don’t know how you feel but I’ll always remember it…”

“Well, the jury’s still out,” he said, searching for additional words to adequately express how he felt.  “I’m not sure where all this is going. But here we are.”

She took a deep breath and asked the one question she feared knowing the answer to the most, “Does knowing everything change the way you feel?”

He turned to face her, his dark eyes an enigma, and Terri searched his countenance for the answer that would change her life forever.

Review:

Wow, just wow.  I will admit that this was my first transgender romance and I really didn’t know what to expect.  What I got was a beautiful romance between two people who are destined to be together.  Two spirits, one ranch and a lifetime of acceptance.  Yes, acceptance of one’s fate, destiny and gender.

You will not be hit over the head with all the descriptions of the transition nor the life that Terri had before but you will get glimpses of what she went through and still going through in her life today.  Terri is a lawyer in New York City when she hears of the one family that supported her during her transition has passed away.  The kicker, he gave her his ranch in Montana.  After her boyfriend breaks up with her, she decides to go to Montana for a break.  She never expected to find a romance, acceptance and a place that calms her.

Jake is the local sheriff.  Growing up working on the ranch he heard about Uncle Bud’s nephew but never his niece.  So imagine his surprise when the speeding car he stopped was Uncle Bud’s niece.  Jake was still in mourning over his finance’s death, he wasn’t ready to fall in love again.  Jake is such a great guy that any woman would love to be with but he wasn’t interested.  He always was trying to make sense of his Crow lineage.

*sigh* I just wasn’t ready the range of emotions that I felt while I was reading this story and now two days later still feeling them only intensify.  I can’t imagine what a transgender goes through in their life before, during and after the transition.  I felt like Jamie captured the emotions and difficulties that Terri had and continued to have in her life.  Jake was a godsend for Terri but in the end it was Terri that helped Jake in the end.

I highly recommend Two Spirit Ranch to anyone.  The intimacy is behind closed doors but the real treat for me was getting to know two characters that I connected with, loved and accepted.  You will too.

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Text Appeal by Lexi Ryan – Review/Excerpt/Giveaway

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TextAppeal-BarrageBannerGiveaway Info:  Prize is a $25 GC for Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Contest is tour-wide and open internationally. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. Ends Dec 15.  Link is at the bottom of the post.

Text Appeal

by Lexi Ryan

Self-Published/Indie

Contemporary Romance

Contains Comedic Elements

Heat Level: Steamy

Length: 245 pages

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Blurb:

Charlie ‘The Devil’ Singleton is the face of professional poker. Notorious for playing cards and women, Charlie’s ready to change his ways, and the surprisingly sexy texts he’s getting from Riley are making him bet everything…on her.

Riley Carter is nothing like the hotel heiresses who make the news. A girl who’s determined to run her father’s hotel empire can’t share many traits with women who fill the gossip rags. But ‘The Devil’ has a way of tempting even the best behaved girls.

When Riley discovers the naughty messages on her cell have been coming from Charlie, not her would-be fiancé, she falls into a hot affair with the last man she expected. But consorting with the notorious bad boy puts her hard-won reputation on the line. Is Charlie worth more to her than a little TEXT APPEAL?

Reviews:

“Text Appeal is smart, sexy, filled with great writing and memorable dialogue, and features characters you won’t easily forget.”Barnes & Noble’s LOVE ROCKS Indie Review column

“Readers will find themselves cheering for Riley and Charlie both. Lexi Ryan writes her dialogue with wit, humor, a bit of sarcasm, and throws in some wonderful chemistry!” –InD’Tale Magazine

“Ms. Ryan’s story is fun and flirty. Text Appeal won’t disappoint!”–Storm Goddess Book Reviews

Excerpt #1:

“I had a fantastic time tonight,” Chaz said, brushing a lock of hair from Riley’s face.

She leaned against the stairwell wall outside her apartment, and his dark eyes met hers. Nice eyes—warm and comforting. But her mind drifted to a different set of eyes. Icy blue and dangerous eyes.

“It was nice,” she murmured.

Stop thinking about Charlie! Maybe she was thinking about him because they had the same name: Charles. Charles Singleton and Charles Spencer—if her brain linked them, that was perfectly understandable, nothing to feel guilty about.

Chaz also looked a little like Charlie. They were both tall with dark hair and nice builds. She smiled at Chaz and gave him an appraising look. His body was good. It was…fine. But he looked about as much like Charlie as a veggie burger looked like the real, juicy thing. Sure, there were similarities, and at a quick glance one could be mistaken for the other. But the truth was, each promised an entirely different kind of experience.

“You keep looking at me like that and I won’t make it home tonight,” Chaz said with a smile.

“I’m just thinking about how much I enjoy being with you.”

He leaned in for a kiss and she tilted her chin up and opened her mouth to him.

She wished his hint that he might stay over stirred something more in her. The truth was, Chaz wasn’t a very exciting lover. He was practical and didn’t stray off course. He was…efficient.

Charlie Singleton might make a girl wonder what he would do with his mouth, but this was Chaz. Chaz was kind. Honest. The kind of man you could be proud of. The kind of man you marry and want to father your children. He was successful and stable and . . .

He put his thumb under her chin and slipped his tongue into her mouth, tasting of mineral water and juicy fruit, and Riley thought, He’s lower in cholesterol.

Review:

One question for you?  Name me a woman that doesn’t love lingerie?  Even with my well endowed self, nothing beats a good bra for every day and then the “sexy, you know you won’t wear it for long” bra and panties?  As a old boyfriend told me once when a man picks out lingerie, he drops it on the floor.  If it looks good on the floor, then they buy it.  Seriously.  Well, women buy sexy lingerie for her partner.  Yes, can it be uncomfy, itchy and pinch?  You bet, but who cares?  Its going on the floor soon anyway.  I could instantly relate to Riley in that respect.   All business during the day but take the suit off and WOW!

As a former “poker widow” many of the scenes with Charlie, I completely understood.  I know all about poker, the rules, the tournaments and yes, my husband still watches the World Poker Tour on ESPN.  Charlie came to Vegas for his one chance to win big again and there pops up Riley at the mall trying on lingerie.  Still wanting her, he can’t believe it when he finds out about her life now.  Dating a schmuck, next in line for the GM position but still a very desirable sexy woman.  He knows that he should be concentrating on the tournament but after a few texts, he can’t forget about her.

The use of texting in a book has been done before.  Also the whole misunderstanding troupe, too.  Ms. Ryan mashes them up and what happens is a layered, complex story about two people that know that real life is messy, ugly and sometimes not fair.  Change is scary and the ability to want to change is even more terrifying.  I liked that the author didn’t wrap up everything in two pages either.  Charlie and Riley had to grow within themselves and then with each other.  Seeing the changes in themselves, it filtered out to other aspects of their lives and to me, that’s excellent writing.

This is a fun, flirty, sexy story about two people that I came to care very deeply for and cheered for their HEA.  I highly recommend it.

BTW, you do not need to know the poker lingo…just saying.  🙂


About the Author:   TextAppeal-AuthorPhoto

Author of both contemporary and paranormal romance, Lexi Ryan writes smart, spunky stories that sizzle. She enjoys reading, sunshine, a good glass of wine, and rare trips to the beach with her husband and children.

Lexi lives in Indiana where she divides her time between her family, her writing, and her job as an English professor. You can find her at her website: lexiryan.com

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