Archive | December 2013

Review- Two Bears for Christmas by Tianna Xander

Tabitha’s convinced she should have stayed home. She’s doubly convinced of that when her boss attacks her in the restroom at the office Christmas party, but she also finds there really are gentlemen in the world when two handsome Scots come to her rescue.

When Roddy and Ewan enter the local pub for a drink, they don’t expect to see the woman of their dreams. Saving her from a self-proclaimed interoffice lothario is only the icing on the cake.

Cara’s Review
What could be better than finding an attractive man at a bar, with a sexy Scottish accent? Finding two of them of course! Tabitha manages to find herself in a bit of a tight spot, when her boss attempts to rape her at the company holiday party. Luckily, Ewan and Roddy happen to catch site of her being taken by Carl (her boss) into the bathroom. The two sexy men race to her rescue, and beat the day lights out of her boss while they are at it.

The two polar bear shifters, Ewan and Roddy, realize their deepest desire when they spot Tabitha at the bar- they are able to recognize her as their mate. Now they just have to convince her of the fact. And that convincing takes place in a bed…

I enjoy Ms. Xanders’ work, and was surprised when I realized this was book three of the Highland Bears series. Totally missed the first two, a situation I plan on remedying immediately! While pretty standard shifter fare, Ms. Xanders always manages to write some incredibly erotic scenes- always makes a book interesting! Tabitha, the heroine of the tale, has a poor self-image being a size eighteen she views herself as fat and unattractive, and has difficulty trusting that these two men really have any feelings for her.

I would recommend this book to all shifter fans (but only if they like sex scenes); and anyone who is a plus size gal and dreams of finding her perfect mate. May we all be so lucky!

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What a way to ring in the New Year! Tamara

2014 couldn’t have had a better start for me. I have a new release, we are hosting our first blog hop (and it’s awesome) And my book A Special Kind of Love has been chosen by Satin Sheets Reviews as a Reviewers Favorite book of 2013!


Christmas came early this year. Chase found the gift of his dreams… the girl next door. Will she make his Christmas dreams come true?
Samantha Cross went out in search of a one night stand to celebrate her thirtieth birthday. She found more than she was looking for, when her sexy cowboy turned out to be her new neighbor, and seven years younger than her too.
Chase Ryan was looking for the one. He found her and she disappeared on him into the night. When he shows up at her door with an apple pie, the fun begins.
Samantha may run, but he is Chasing Love.

Samantha had tossed and turned all night. Of all the stupid things she could have done since coming to Juniper Hills, sleeping with her neighbor had to top the list. She stumbled to the kitchen, rubbing her tired eyes, only the smell of coffee wafting from the coffee maker kept her feet moving. Grabbing a mug from the cabinet she poured a cup and brought it to her face, inhaling the enticing scent.
She took a tiny sip and the hot liquid manna soothed her frazzled nerves. The sun was blazing through the front windows and she decided to enjoy her coffee on the front porch. When she opened the door to step outside she was shocked to find a beautiful bouquet of wildflowers laying on her doormat—Queen Ann’s lace, purple thistle, Black-eyed Susans and wild lilies, tied together with a big pink bow.
Curious, Samantha picked up the flowers and found a small white note tucked inside.
Wild flowers for a wild beauty. I hope they brighten your day as much as a smile from you would brighten mine.
Your sexy Cowboy
A smile snuck across her face, but she quickly squashed her joy. Shaking her head no, she had already told Chase this wasn’t happening. She wasn’t going out with him… But, he is a sexy cowboy. Oh man, she was in so much trouble.
She took the flowers inside and searched for a vase to put them in. Where did I put the vases? Oh yeah, in the cabinet above the refrigerator, because she didn’t figure she’d need to reach them very often. With a snicker, she thought, she may have to rethink that decision.
She kept a small stepstool in the kitchen, because kitchen cabinets are not made for short people, and she dragged it over to the fridge to retrieve a vase. Samantha found a beautiful cut glass vase that had belonged to her grandmother. She filled the leaded glass with water and the flowers, and then added an aspirin to keep the flowers fresh. She placed the bouquet in the center of the kitchen table and stepped back to admire them.
The riot of colors and the heavenly smell brightened the room. Samantha grabbed a pen and a pad of paper from the junk drawer and headed back to the front porch to finish her coffee with a lilt in her step that hadn’t been there before.
Now, to make her list. She had at least a hundred things to do before her grand opening in two weeks. The contractor had told her on the phone last night that they would be completely finished with the renovations today. Her deliveries were starting tomorrow, so she would have to be at the shop all week, waiting on trucks and putting up inventory.
A second work room was all set up in the back of Cross’ Christmas Dreams, so that Samantha could work on her ornaments during lulls in business at the shop. It had a huge plate glass window that looked out into the showroom, so that she could see customers come in and the customers could watch her making the ornaments if they were interested. Today she would start transferring half of her supplies over to the new workspace.
Draining the last sip from her cup, she rose from the loveseat and went inside to dress. She stopped at the coffee maker for a quick refill, taking the cup with her into the bedroom. Work clothes were the order of the day. It was bound to be a hot one, so Samantha chose a pair of cut off jean shorts and a bright purple tank top. She slipped on a pair of Crocs and hustled to her workroom.

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New Years Eve Blog Hop – What are you looking forward to in the New Year?

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Welcome to the first Annual Smile Somebody Loves You New Years Eve Blog Hop. This is our first time hosting a blog hop and we are so thrilled with the participation! We started SSLY in 2013, so what better way to kick off the New Year then with a new adventure! We have over 40 participating blogs, all giving away some awesome prizes. Please visit everyone and meet these wonderful women and men. They are terrific and you may find a new “favorite” author among them!

Grand prize, which will be chosen from the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page will include: a $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winners choice) SSLY Key Chain, a signed copy of Bohemian Grove by T.M. Williams, an E-book of Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer, e-book Scorned (LeKrista Scott, Vampire Hunted) by Tyffani Clark Kemp, paperback copy of Summertime by Christina Cole, a signed copy of Mail Order Brides of the West: Trudy by Debra Holland, a Godiva Chocolate basket, courtesy of Morgan Wyatt and an awesome prize, a 30 minute tarot card reading via Skype or telephone by author Shauna Aura Knight!(I wish I could win this one!)

What are you looking forward to in 2014?


First I’d like to say that 2013 was a wonderful year! I had three books published by Secret Cravings Publishing, Joined their editing team, Beverly and I started the Smile Somebody love You blog. There are several things I look forward to in the New year. Personally, my younger daughter Cat Hoffa will graduate from the University of Tennessee this year. She is an Art/Education major and her Senior show is in February. It will be a wonderful event, with 3 of her fellow art students, food, drink and some amazing art work! Second, My oldest daughter and her family are getting there first home. I am both happy and sad at this turn of events; happy because I remember the thrill of getting my first house, but sad because I will no longer have 24/7 access to my grandsons! LOL

Professionally, I have the third book in the Circle R Ranch series, Fetching Love releasing in May. A military romance, Changing Tides in the works, that I think will be my first full length novel and who knows what else my muse will concoct!

For my portion of the New Years Eve Hop giveaway I have an e-copy of my newest release.

chasingloveChasing Love

In celebration of her thirtieth birthday, Samantha Cross goes out in search of a one night stand. She finds more than she was looking for. A sexy cowboy who rocks her world. But, when he turns out to be her new neighbor, and seven years younger than her, Samantha is terrified that her reputation and new business will both be ruined. How could she be so stupid?

Chase Ryan was looking for the one. He found her and then she disappeared into the night. When fate brings him to her door, with his mother on his arm and holding an apple pie, the fun begins.

Samantha may run, but he is Chasing Love.

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notes from Beverly:
“A fast paced and entertaining novella Chasing Love is well worth the time! Each book of Tamara’s is better than the last!”– Beverly Ovalle – So go read it! It released Christmas Day!

My favorite so far of Tamara’s is A Special Kind of Love. Full of emotions from angst to love, it will draw you in and leave you sighing with happiness at the conclusion. (It’s a romance I’m not giving out anything anyone would be surprised at!)

What are you looking forward to in 2014?


Amazing! I am looking forward to getting the year right for the first few months! I swear I’ll still be writing 2013 until April or May. Hopefully not until December!

I am looking forward to my daughter starting school this fall. She took a hiatus after graduating HS but has finally decided what she wants to do so has signed up at the local tech school. Yay!

The most fervent thing I am looking forward to is my son staying safe. He’s a Marine and will be in the Middle East for the whole of 2014. So what I really am looking forward to is 2015 when he’ll be home. He’s safer where he is now than his last deployment, but that part of the world is in constant turmoil and well, just watch the news. He enjoys the Marines and has signed up for a second enlistment. So the main thing I want for 2014 is for it to go by at the speed of light!

I am also looking forward to Las Vegas LOL! I plan on going in July and October. Once to play 😀 and the second time my DH and I are planning on renewing our vows for our 25th wedding anniversary. Okay, so more play!

Professionally. Hmmm. I already have a couple in the works. My Military Romance Saint Nicholas will be out in February from Secret Cravings Publishing. My story Touched by the Sandman will see the light of day, already contracted through Boroughs Publishing Group. So two at a minimum this year to be published.

I am working on a second story for my wood nymphs. Another short entitled Willow’s Cry. I have a line up I plan on getting done! I am working on A Dragon’s Treasure. More hot shape shifters! I also have at least two that have been running through my head that are spinoffs of Saint Nicholas, but I would like to finish what I currently am writing! I am hip deep in a dystopian dragon shifter novel that I started during NaNo.

So let’s see: Saint Nicholas, Touched by the Sandman, Willow’s Cry, A Dragons’ Treasure, Stealing Hope. Hmm. With two contracted a good beginning for 2014.

Note from Tamara: I will also be in Las Vegas in July, we are going to RNC and it is going to be a HELL of a party! I also pray for Nick and all our soldiers to come home safe! Love you guys!

Dragons Mate_finalcoverDragons’ Mate
by Beverly Ovalle

They had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?

Today Annie’s dragons will shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome—and true love.

For our blog giveaway, along with Tamara’s, I will be giving away an e-copy of Dragons’ Mate. If the winner has read that, then Lightning Strike. (I only mention that because I’ve already had it happen!)

Follow the links below for lots of fabulous giveaways and awesome authors and blogs!

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Title – Christmas Fantasy
Author – Siren Allen
Genre – Erotic Paranormal Romance
Publication Date – 12/9/13
Length (Pages/# Words) – 44k
Publisher – Entranced Publishing



Book Blurb/Synopsis –
One bite was all it took.

It’s that time of year again. Alyssa Blakely is busy writing in her fantasy diary, filling it with all her forbidden, sexual fantasies. The star: her very sexy boss, Devin Jordan. Too bad for her, he’s never given her a second glance.

Or so she thought…

After a steamy kiss under the mistletoe and a night of wild sex, Alyssa has the bite to prove just how wrong she was.

Devin Jordan has found his mate. The only problem: she’s human. He’s not. Can he prove to her that his inner beast can be both naughty and nice? Or will her fear of the unknown keep him from claiming her?



Christmas Fantasy Excerpt

Devin took a deep, calming breath. Alyssa was off limits. Even if she were single and interested in him, he still couldn’t have her. It was too risky. She made him feel things he wasn’t used to. He didn’t know if he could handle touching her without hurting her.

Hurting Alyssa was something he would never do. He would just have to endure her presence. He would take pleasure in the shy smiles she cast his way every now and again. He would enjoy the laughs they shared while working late some evenings. He would maintain the professional relationship they had, even though he yearned for a taste of her.

Devin turned and placed his back against the window. He stared at the door that separated him from the woman he desired. A piece of metal and space was all that separated his body from hers. It would only take a couple of strides for him to reach the door.

One pull on the door knob and he could send it flying across the room. Then he would be face to face with the one woman in this world that made him wish he wasn’t a beast with a conscience. If he had no conscience, he would take her, now, against his desk, against her desk, against the wall, on every damn hard surface in this building.

He would make sure she enjoyed it. He would make sure he pleased her so thoroughly that she wouldn’t even think of leaving him, even when she found out that he was not the man he pretended to be. Devin sighed, but that would never happen. Because though he was a beast, he did indeed have a conscience
That conscience kept her safe from him… for now.


Title – Christmas Confusion
Series – Bailey’s chaotic life
Author – Monica Garry-Allen
Genre – New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Publication Date – 12/08/13
Length (Pages/# Words) – 44,580
Publisher – Front Porch Romance
Cover Artist – Monica Garry-Allen


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Book Blurb/Synopsis –
Can two people be any more confused than Bailey and Max?

Bailey Cooper is very much attracted to her neighbor Max Davis. Unfortunately for Bailey, Greg – Max’s lover is slowly becoming one of Bailey’s best friends. Bailey’s emotions are torn; she adores Greg’s friendship while at the same time she craves Max’s touch. What is a girl to do when she ‘thinks’ the man she’s in love with is in love with someone else?

Max Davis and his baby brother Greg Davis are co-owners of the apartment building they live in. Max has fallen for his tenant, Bailey, but she avoids and ignores all of his advances. Max becomes suspicious of the friendship blooming between Greg and Bailey. He believes Bailey has a crush on his brother but Max wants Bailey all to himself. Now he has to think of ways to keep Bailey and Greg apart.

Will a holiday weekend full of chaos, confusion and a little bit of charm finally get Bailey and Max on the right track? Or will a few innocent caresses lead to more Christmas confusion?




Christmas Confusion Excerpt

Max scooted back on the couch, he reached toward Bailey, eyes straying to her legs. Even though she wore jeans, he still pictured her legs bare, like they were when she jumped on his counter.

Her eyes widened as his hand came closer and closer. Max leaned forward, stretching his arm even closer to her body, he ached to touch her. His fingertips itched for a chance to slide down her body. As he moved closer, he heard her inhale deeply and he couldn’t escape the erotic images that flowed through his mind. Oh, the sounds I could cause her to make, if she would give me the chance.

Max continued edging forward, until his fingers wrapped around what he was reaching for. He picked the remote control up and moved back to his side of the couch. His hand shook slightly. Bailey exhaled. The sound sent chills over his body. Max pointed the remote at the television and pressed play.

He cleared his throat. “Do you want to start from the beginning or do you want me to find the last scene you watched?”

Max waited on her to answer but all he heard was the sound of her breathing. He kept his eyes straight forward, fearing the sight of her chest rising and falling would be his downfall. She took so long to answer that he forgot what his question was.

“Whatever you want,” she whispered, and his gut clenched. Max pressed pause.

What was his question? For the life of him, he couldn’t remember what he’d asked her. But her answer ‘whatever you want’ was the answer he craved. A thousand questions raced through his head, ‘Bailey, what do you want me to do to you with my tongue?’ Her answer of ‘whatever you want’ would be perfect for that question. ‘Bailey, what do you want me to do to you with my hands?’ Whatever you want would be the perfect answer to that question. But none of those were the question she was answering. What had he asked her?

“Or we could just watch television,” she said. “We don’t have to watch the movie, I know it’s a chick flick and you may not like it.”

Oh yeah, the movie. “No, no, we can watch the movie.” Get it together, Max.

“Okay,” Bailey smiled and snuggled further into the comforter. His comforter, the one he would sleep under later on tonight. The comforter that would have her sweet scent on it until he decided to wash it, if he decided to wash it. Get it together, now, Max.

Max cleared his throat again. He felt like his t-shirt was getting tighter, choking him. Max found it hard to swallow. “We can just watch it from the beginning. How long is this movie anyway?” he asked her.

“It’s a short movie, about an hour long.”

He would have an hour in her company, an hour with her sitting within arms-reach of him, an hour of sweet torture and he would enjoy every minute of it.

“Can I have a little cover?” he asked her.

“Sure, here.” Bailey leaned forward pushing some of the comforter his way.

“Thanks,” Max told her, before draping the cover over his legs and pressing play. The first scene of the movie came on. Bailey’s eyes were glued to the television screen. Making good use of his peripheral vision, Max watched her from the corner of his eyes.

He loved watching her smile at the funny scenes and tear up at the sadder ones. Emotion after emotion flitted across her face as she watched the movie. He wondered what kind of emotions he would draw from her if she was underneath him. Would she be as passionate in the bedroom as she was outside of it? Max had a feeling she would be.


Title – Lily’s Naughty Christmas
Series – Secrets of Country Club Circle
Author – Siren Allen
Genre – Erotica
Publication Date – 12/09/13
Length (Pages/# Words) – 14,409 words
Publisher – Secret Cravings Publishing


Book Blurb/Synopsis –
Twas the night before Christmas and Lily Parks has every intention of having her name on Santa’s naughty list.

Tired of her good girl image, Lily Parks is determined to let her wildest fantasies free, even if it is just for one night. She plans a night of seduction – the only thing missing is her ex-husband Charles and his lover, Paul. She wants them both and she knows just how to get them.

Charles Henderson is surprised when he receives a call from his ex-wife inviting him and his partner to Christmas dinner, but he can’t deny that her threesome idea is the greatest Christmas present ever. After one night of ecstasy with the two people he loves, he’s determined to make this arrangement permanent.
Can the three of them make this love triangle work, or will jealousy destroy the attraction they all feel for one another?




Lily’s Naughty Christmas Excerpt

“Can you lock the door behind you?” she called to them over her shoulder. She heard the lock click. Time for the games to begin.

“Where are the other chairs?” Charles asked when he entered the kitchen.

“There are only three of us tonight, so we only need three chairs,” Lily told him. He raised his eyebrow but said nothing as he sat in the chair across from her.

“Can you pour me a glass of champagne before you sit down, Paul?” Lily asked her ex-husband’s lover.

Paul was in the middle of sitting down beside Charles when Lily popped her question. He froze, looking from Charles to Lily.

“Uh, sure,” Paul said. “You want some more, buddy?”

“Yeah, whatever,” Charles responded.

Lily smiled. Charles was uncomfortable, she liked that. “If you want something stronger I have vodka in the cabinet. You forgot to take it with you when you left.”

Paul filled her glass with champagne then sat down. Charles stood up and walked over to the cabinet, pulling a bottle of Grey Goose out. He filled his wine glass with the clear liquid. Lily smiled as he drank it down with one gulp then refilled the glass. At this rate he would be drunk before they even began.

Lily stood up and walked over to the stove. “Let me serve you two.”

Behind her both men coughed, choking on their beverages. Lily took the lid off the pot containing the dressing.

“It smells good Lily, thanks for having us over.” Charles voice sounded a bit strained but not strained enough.

“You’re welcome.” Lily walked over to her ex and bent over him to pick up his plate. Her breasts were right in his face, her ass right in Paul’s face. She picked up the plate and took it to the counter and began filling it with dressing, turkey, greens and candied yams.

She carried Charles his plate. “Enjoy,” she whispered before picking up Paul’s plate and filling it. When she was done serving both men she returned to her seat and began to drink from her glass.

“You’re not going to eat?” Charles asked around a mouthful of food.

Soon his mouth would be full of her. Lily shivered, and both men stopped eating. They stared at her.

“If I don’t watch this figure, no one will,” Lily told them. She took another sip of her drink, enjoying the way she had them squirming in their seats.

This whole seduction thing was easier than she thought. Lily licked her lips. Paul swallowed. Charles stared down into his plate. If Lily wanted a threesome she was going to have to make the first move.

“You two should hurry up with your dinner, I have a present for the two of you in my bedroom.”

Lily stood up. She pushed her chair under the table and grabbed her glass.

“I’ll be waiting,” she whispered before she turned and sashayed away. Her whole body trembled with nervousness. She’d done her part, she’d put the offer on the table. It was now up to them to pick it up and run with it.

Lily walked upstairs to her room. She sat her glass on her nightstand and pulled her dress over her head. She had to wiggle a bit to get the tight-fitting garment off. Lily put her dress back on a hanger and hung it in the closet. She sat on her bed and resumed sipping her drink. All she could do now was wait for them to join her.



Siren Allen is a writer and lover of all things erotic and romantic. She resides in southern Mississippi where she writes steamy romances that are guaranteed to make you blush. When she’s not listening to the characters in her head and jotting down their adventures, she’s busy working as a Clinical Laboratory Technician.

Her weekends are spent writing and having sleep-over’s for her wonderful nieces and nephews. She loves to travel, preferably with her husband, so he can do all of the driving. She enjoys time with her family, who are just as silly as she is. She doesn’t have any children…yet! Her hobbies are reading, writing and shopping, though she hates trying on clothing. If she wasn’t a writer or a Laboratory Professional, she swears she would be a Secret Agent. But that’s the beauty of being a writer; you can create your own world and be whoever you want to be. In her imaginary world she is Queen and her siblings are her minions.




Monica Garry-Allen has loved reading for as long as she can remember. As a child her mother always purchased books for her at her school’s book fair. Back then her favorite book was The Little Mermaid. Now days she reads and tells stories to her nieces and nephews during her weekend sleepovers. Monica is a full time Clinical Laboratory Scientist. When she is not working in the lab she’s writing humorous love stories and steamy romances. She recently married the man of her dreams, Dempsey Allen, who motivates her to be the best writer she can be. She has a loving family who supports her one hundred percent and friends who can’t wait to read her next story. She resides in the southern part of Mississippi where she enjoys shopping, reading, writing and spending time with her family.



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Review – Jaded by Viola Grace

Jayd has been a judge since the moment she entered the imperium. After her training, she was assigned to travel from world to world, hearing capital cases and watching over the sentences from fines to executions. Her companions include a sentient ship named Harry and whatever executioner is assigned to her. The executioners never last long.

Truanic is her newest executioner and not only is he the man for the job, he is also the man for her. She just has to make the first move.

Cara’s Review
I thoroughly enjoyed the novella, “Jaded,” especially the beginning where we get to see how Jayd Gonzalez (Judge Drex) came to space- not as a Volunteer, but as a medical case. Jayd, or Judge Drex, developed a pretty awesome ability after she went out of her way to save an alien on Earth. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and she is now a mix of Terran and Ontex species.

Judge Drex uses her acquired psychic abilities, as well as her inborn sense of justice, to officiate cases around the Galaxy. She requires an Executioner to accompany her, to mete out justice if necessary. Unfortunately, she seems to burn through them in a rather alarming rate. Her newest Executioner, Truanic or Ex-Hess, appeals to her mind and her body. Of course, she can’t get involved with her Executioner, right? Ah-hem.

This is another excellent installment in the Terran Tales saga. Each book is stand alone, so don’t worry if you haven’t read any others! There is excitement, intrigue, court cases, vacation get aways, Guardians, and a talking ship involved that will keep you greatly entertained. This one will definitely go in my “re-read” pile.
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Review- Courting the Phoenix by Viola Grace

Elly has known she was going to become the phoenix for twelve years. She just didn’t want it to happen quite yet.

When she meets Terric in person for the first time, there is no going back. Her transformation is underway. Her body is becoming fire and there is nothing she can do to stop it.

Terric has been looking for the phoenix since he felt the first stirrings of her power in the world around him. When he meets Elly and they dance, he knows that she is the one he has been waiting for, but his patience is running out.

She demands a proper courtship, and he complies. After all, how long had he already waited?

Cara’s Review
While followers of the Nexus Universe knew that the Phoenix was coming into her own, we were unsure of her identity- as was a very unhappy dragon, Terric. However, in “Courting the Phoenix” the Dragon and Phoenix finally meet. Elilinora Dyanhart was an air mage, living with her mother and sister, trying to make ends meet while her controlling, out of the picture father, kept them under his thumbs by taking their money over and over again. When she first glanced the Black dragon, Terric her Phoenix potential ignited.

Courting the Dragon is a tale of two powerful beings, truly meant for one another coming together. Of course, the world attempted interference- as change is always met with fear and doomsayers. However, when Eli’s ready to embrace who she truly is sparks fly. She is not going to let a whole Society block her from her Happily Ever After!

Familiar faces pop up in the book, characters of the Nexus Universe coming out in droves to see this monumental occasion. It’s nice to see characters from the past, and know they are all doing well! This book is a nice quick read, and I’d recommend it to all who have enjoyed the Nexus Chronicles, and anyone looking to read about the epic meeting of the Phoenix and the Dragon, after all, it only happens once every couple of centuries!
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Book Spotlight – The Right Kind of Love – Roxy Wilson

Roxy1The Right Kind of Love
by Roxy Wilson

New Yorker Sloane Saunders has just about given up on love. She’s thirty-something and very single. A magazine article jolts her from her malaise and motivates her to do something she’s never tried before: online dating, and is the website of choice.
Attending his brother’s bachelor party was the wake-up call Blake Morrison needed. Memories of a passionate relationship from his past drive him to return to claim his woman. Sloane. Despite the sizzling chemistry between them, it’s not as easy as he thought. With a family crisis and Sloane’s preconceived notions about love and relationships getting in the way, can Blake convince Sloane they have the right kind of love and that a love like theirs can last?

“Why am I doing this, again?”
Sloane stared at the matchmaking website. It promised to make falling in love easy. Then why was her chest so tight? Why did she feel like Atlas, with the weight of the heavens on her shoulders? Were these signs that her foray into online dating could turn out to be one of the horror stories she’d heard on the news? With her luck she’d end up meeting a catfish who created a false identity and made a complete fool of her. Not in a million years would she have believed she would resort to this.
Do I really need to do this? Is it worth the risk? No. Maybe I shouldn’t bother. I should just be content living alone, and using my Hitachi Magic Wand when I feel the need for some adventure in the bedroom.
“You know what?” Sloane moved the cursor to the Log Out icon. “Maybe this isn’t such a good idea after all.” Just when she was about to click on the icon, Harper’s words came swimming up to the surface of her consciousness—Open yourself up to new possibilities, and maybe, just maybe, you might get your happily-ever-after.
Sloane lifted her eyes toward the ceiling. “Harper, you’re not even here, and you’re messing with my head.” She looked at the monitor and saw she had a million questions to answer before she completed her profile.
She inhaled a deep breath. “Okay, here goes.”
The questionnaire was exasperating. She couldn’t believe it went so far as to ask her to select what she’d do if she won the state lottery. How about all of the above? Sheesh. Sloane used the Eeny meeny miny moe rhyme to choose an answer, since all of the above wasn’t one of the options.
Twenty minutes later, Sloane completed the online form and paid the subscription fee. She took her shower and was just about to wrap the bath towel around her body, when she heard the doorbell. She wasn’t in the mood for visitors. Not when she needed to get ready to head out in a few minutes. The NHL games attracted large crowds, so everyone knew how important it was to arrive there early to get the coveted seats. Whoever was outside continued to press the doorbell, making Sloane more and more irritated by the second.
“Enough already, I’m coming,” Sloane muttered. She dried her skin briskly. Who could possibly be disturbing her peace this early on a Sunday morning? Don’t people understand the concept of weekends? It’s Sunday, for crying out loud. She rushed to her drawer and grabbed some clothing, along with her under-things. It didn’t seem as if Sloane could put her clothes on fast enough for her impatient, unwelcome guest.
By the time Sloane reached the hallway, the shrill sounds of the doorbell seemed to touch the most sensitive part of her nerves. She barely restrained herself from shoving her fist into her mouth to prevent herself from screaming. Sloane opened the door, not too gently. Belatedly, she thought how foolish it was to not check the peephole before opening the door. When she saw the man standing before her, her last-minute fear vanished.
The first thing that caught her attention was the width of his shoulders. It was one of the things about a man’s physique that got her going. Sloane believed only other full-figured women would understand the rare delight she felt in the moment, to be standing next to a man with such broad shoulders. Sloane was sure she would feel protected, and oh-so-delicate, if he wrapped his arms around her. It was a sensation she didn’t often enjoy with the opposite sex. It would feel so good to be an elf, a dainty little thing, needing protection, in his presence. Sloane mentally shook herself out of the fixation on the man’s shoulders, and allowed her eyes to track upwards.
“What the—” Her voice trailed off as she peered into cyan-blue eyes. She felt like her eyes were going to pop out of her head, as she looked into the all-too-familiar crooked, dimpled smile of the man who’d haunted her naughtiest dreams for ages.

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As a graduate with a degree in Education, she writes blogs which help readers to think critically about and appreciate poetry. In July, 2012, however, she decided to delve into the world of writing romance stories.
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