Monday, September 24, 2018

Browning's Promise by Dorothy Barrett (The Browning Series, #2)

Browning's Promise
by Dorothy Barrett

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Browning Series - Book 2
Publisher: D. Barrett Books (September 2, 2018)
Publication Date: September 2, 2018
Genre: NA Romantic Suspense
Print Length: 336 pages
Available from: Amazon
Browning’s Promise is a suspenseful new adult romance that will keep you up reading late into the night! 

Spoiler warning: It’s also a sequel, so if you haven’t finished the first one, Browning’s Crossing, you might want to get on that before checking out the following blurb. 

Another warning: Browning’s Promise does contain mature sexual content and a lot of dark humor. It also contains hope, love, and a whole lot of heart. Enjoy! – DB 

Korinne Wilkes wakes up in a crazy prison, overseen by an even crazier keeper. It’s the stuff of nightmares, but it’s real. Desperate to escape a madman and determined to return to the boy she made a promise to, she will need to find strength in the extraordinary power of her imagination.

At seventeen years old, Grayson Browning found the love of his life. At eighteen, he lost her. Now, with the help of an odd assortment of newfound friends and reunited family members, he will do everything he can to get Kory back. 

They aren’t giving up on the light in their future.

Even if it is being threatened by the darkness in their past.
Browning's Promise by Dorothy Barrett
(The Browning Series, #2)

Browning's Promise (The Browning Series Book 2)Stop! If you haven’t read BROWNING’S CROSSING you’ll be missing half of the rush of this gut-clenching roller coaster ride! Unlike book one, Dorothy Barrett isn’t starting us off easy, we are at the bottom of the ride which has become a house of horrors for Kory as she is held captive by a crazed monster bent on revenge one minute and a twisted sort of friendship the next.

Through it all, Gray is out there with an unlikely posse doing what the authorities don’t seem to be able to, finding Kory before it is too late. It may take the miracle of Kory’s imagination to set her free, but at what cost? Gray had promised to always protect her and he has failed. Can he live with himself if he fails to rescue her? Kory is living in Hell, a prisoner at the mercy of a madman whose violations can be brutal…but she has the power of a special friend who will be there to the end...

Dorothy Barrett’s BROWNING’S PROMISE is the dark cousin to book one, yet there is still crazy humor at the most unlikely of times, long overdue reunions and a cast of characters that will leave you speechless in their diversity. Ms. Barrett has created a cast of characters and dialogue that breathes “reality” with their flaws, jagged edges and quirks, but she has also given something priceless, determination and love along with a never ending dose of hope!

Highly recommended, darkly addictive reading!

I received a complimentary copy from Dorothy Barrett!


Vows on Ice by S.R. Grey Release Blitz & #Giveaway

Title: Vows on Ice
Series: Boys of Winter #6
Author: S.R. Grey
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: September 24, 2018 Cover Designer: Najla Qamber ONLY $0.99 FOR A LIMITED TIME
Aubrey….
I’m so excited for my wedding that I can’t stop humming “Here Comes the Bride.” Hey, you’d be happy too if you were marrying hockey’s most eligible bachelor, Brent Oliver. Only problem is the universe seems to be conspiring against us, trying to thwart our big day. How else would you explain a missing bridal gown, an unexpected injury, and a slew of other mishaps?
Will this wedding ever even happen?
Brent….
You bet your ass this wedding is going to happen! Nothing will keep me from marrying the woman of my dreams, Aubrey Shelburne. Not even strippers, my unruly nephews, or a broken ankle can stop me. I’m taking my girl to the altar, damn it. And afterward, I plan to show her a whole new meaning to that song she keeps humming.
Let’s just say the bride will definitely be coming! 
Vows on Ice is a hilarious standalone short novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series, featuring all of the couples and an Area 51 appearance!

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"Hilarious and perfectly 'played' sports romance that I devoured in one sitting! I can't wait to read more." - #1 NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken
"The usual Grey crisp writing, lovable heroes that you kinda want to slap, and a heroine that doesn't back down," Resistance on Ice is another fun standalone novel in the bestselling Boys of Winter hockey romance series.” - Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 30 Bestselling Author and a #1 Barnes & Noble Bestselling Author. Check out her newest bestselling Boys of Winter hockey rom-com series. Each is a complete standalone novel, but the characters are interconnected and may pop up anywhere. 
Ms. Grey's novels have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller Lists, including the Top 100 several times. She is also a Top 100 Bestselling Author on iTunes. 
Residing in Pennsylvania, when not writing Ms. Grey can be found reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams. Sometimes all at the same time!
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The Boss by Abigail Owen Blitz and #Giveaway


The Boss
Abigail Owen
(Fire’s Edge #1)
Published by: Entangled: Amara
Publication date: September 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Finn Conleth leads his team of enforcer dragon shifters with an iron fist and a cold heart. Every dragon seeks his destined mate, but the process to turn the woman he once thought was his killed her and devastated him. He will never risk his heart again. His team is his family now. When his body eventually gives out, he’ll leave, living his last days alone.
Delaney Hamilton moved across the country to escape the freak fires that plague her. But when another suspicious fire erupts and rapidly escalates around her, her hopes for a new life go up in smoke. She has no choice but to turn to the mysterious men who come to her aid.
Finn knows the fire is dragon-caused, which puts Delaney’s problems directly in his jurisdiction. No matter how her wounded grey eyes call to every part of him, he refuses to risk her life in the mating process.
Until another dragon threatens to claim Delaney for his own, and Finn has to sacrifice everything to keep her alive…
EXCERPT:
No way was she misinterpreting the need reflecting back at her.
Say it, she silently urged. Too proud to beg out loud. Do something.
“What do you want, Finn?” she repeated.
Please.
He tipped his head down, though his gaze remained on her, but the light in those blue depths shifted, turning from banked need, held ruthlessly in check, to a possessiveness that drew her body into aching awareness.
He pulled lightly on her wrist, drawing her across what had been an impassable chasm of space, until she was flush against his hard body. His other hand came under the fall of her hair to rest against her neck.
She didn’t look away, not even as he lowered his head, his movement agonizingly slow. His mouth only a whisper from hers, he stopped.
“You,” he said. “I want you.”
Finally. She had no idea if she closed the distanced between their lips or if he did. She only knew that she was getting exactly what she wanted.
Sensation forced her eyes closed as the heat of him seeped into her skin, her body flushing with it, swamping her senses. Their tongues tangled, his mouth hard and urgent against hers, like he couldn’t get enough, like he needed to possess her. The speed of her body’s reaction was so fast, so immediate, that she went dizzy with the need, like looking over the edge of a terrifying drop.
She was too out of her element, too out of control, but she didn’t want to stop. She wanted more.
He released her wrist, wrapping his arm around her waist, her softness yielding to his hard body as he held her closer. At the same time, he loosened his grip on her neck, brushing over the sensitive skin at her nape with his fingers.
Shards of electricity zapped from that simple touch directly to her core, which throbbed in response. At the same time, warmth from that touch spread through her on a wave of a feeling akin to total acceptance. Like this was where she was supposed to be. A low moan dragged from her mouth as he lifted her, just enough that it put him in complete control. He slipped a thigh between her legs, then pressed her down.
Holy hell.
Delaney leaned into him, her body softening into his, attuned to what his wicked hands and lips were doing to her even as her heart beat fast has hummingbird’s wings just to be in his arms. She arched into him, moving against him with a moan.
His hand slid under her shirt and he brushed against the sensitive flesh at her waist, his skin warm against hers. Which only made her want more skin.
With eager hands, she tugged at his black t-shirt, breaking their kisses only long enough to pull it over his head. Then she allowed her hands to roam, to feel the rigid strength in his body, loving the heat of him, the bourbon and Coke smell of him.
A shudder shook his body. “I want you.” He paused, then said something else under his breath. Something like, “More than I should let myself.” But then his lips were back on hers, addling her senses and taking over her mind.
A bellow rent the air and jerked Delaney out of the oblivion of pleasure where she floated. She snapped her head up, breaking the kiss to listen. Another sound that she could only classify as a roar broke the stillness.
“What was that?” she asked. Fear, rather than need, had her heart tripping over itself inside her chest. “It sounds like a…wounded animal.”
Finn gave a low rumble that sounded more like a warning growl than anything a human would make, and her heart slammed into high gear. Slowly, dread pulling at her, she turned her head to look directly at him.
To encounter eyes ablaze. Not figuratively. Literally ablaze. Blue flames consumed his irises.
What the hell? Panic spiked inside her, and her breath came out in short, sharp bursts, speeding up as she absorbed what she was seeing.
Adrenaline joined the fear and she shoved his chest. Hard.
She must’ve surprised him, because Finn released her, stumbling back a few paces. She managed to keep her feet under her, then scrambled back, trying not to trip over any rocks in her path.
He held up his hands. “Delaney, don’t—”
She did the only thing she could. She ran.


Author Bio:
Award-winning paranormal romance author, Abigail Owen, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.
No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.
Abigail also writes award-winning contemporary romance under the pen name Kadie Scott. (http://kadie-scott.com)
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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Browning's Crossing by Dorothy Barrett (Browning Series, #1)

Browning's Crossing
by Dorothy Barrett

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Browning Series - Book 1
Publisher: D. Barrett Books (September 2, 2018)
Publication Date: September 2, 2018
Genre: NA Romance
Print Length: 448 pages
Available from: Amazon
Kory Wilkes doesn’t believe in posing. She won’t pretend she didn’t grow up in a trailer park. And there’s no hiding the fact that her old man sleeps in a prison cell. The haters in high school can whisper all they like. Kory knows who her real friends are – even if one of them exists solely in her imagination.

Gray Browning has never stepped foot in a high school. He’s rarely ventured from the secluded Northern California home he shares with his brothers. And his eccentric father hasn’t slept well in years. It’s a quiet world they live in. Until her…

She didn’t plan on running to that fort in the woods. 

He had no idea their paths were about to cross.

Love isn’t a dream. It’s an awakening.
Browning's Crossing by Dorothy Barrett (Browning Series, #1)

Browning's Crossing (The Browning Series Book 1)It all started with a fun game of follow the hot guys in the truck, but for Kory Wilkes, her world was about to be changed in more ways than one, starting with a boy named Gray.

Kory knows who she is, where she came from and where she would like to go, but her attitude didn’t help win her friends at school, not that she needed more than her very best friend and that one special friend she knew always had her back, even if she only existed in her mind…

Dorothy Barrett’s BROWNING’S CROSSING opened with the ups and downs of one girl, with a dark past that haunted her and a quirky zest to do things on the spur of the moment! But something happened that shattered the fragile world she had built around her, but that one moment sent her straight into the arms and heart of Gray, a boy who never set foot in a high school, but had more compassion and maturity than any teen should have. He managed to break through the armor that Kory wore. He got through her snark, her attitude and her wit, and burrowed deep into her very soul, but he couldn’t save her from everything…

I admit it, I loved this book! I loved these characters, how they each arrived at who they are today! Kory has attitude, but she’s also vulnerable. Gray is like a young knight in shining armor who has known the love and support of a family that may not be typical, but is definitely amazing!

Dorothy Barrett hit so many high notes with this tale, I was hooked as two teens take the slow road to love and romance while building an incredible bond. As the book progressed, I spent a lot of time with a smile on my face, and then came the twists…

One of the freshest and finest reads of the year for me as Ms. Barrett deftly shifts this tale into something more, something deeper and something extraordinary! Highly recommended New Adult reading with riveting moments of lightness and dark!

I received a complimentary copy from Dorothy Barrett!

Head Case by Niki Cluff

Head Case
by Niki Cluff

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Evernight Teen (September 12, 2018)
Publication Date: September 12, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 209 pages
Available from: Amazon
Allyson has been in a coma for the last nine months. What’s worse, she can hear everything the doctors say. She knows they’re keeping her in a coma and that she’s at the mercy of the hospital's First-in-Human trial—a VR system implanted in her brain for a second chance at life.

Attached to the VR, Ally discovers worlds unlike home. She can do whatever she wants, but she misses her parents. With help from Harrison, a rabbit-eared boy, they work together to free themselves from Aishwarya, the mad queen of the world. But when Harrison wakes up and doesn’t come for Ally, she’ll split her soul to the brink of death to save herself.
Head Case by Niki Cluff

Head CaseNiki Cluff has done it, again! Fabulous YA reading that is clever, thought-provoking and filled with incredible imagination!

HEAD CASE had me riding a roller coaster of emotions, from sadness to fascinated reading bliss to sadness and finally, to that last page...

Imagine being in a coma for nine months, no recovery in sight, or so the doctor is telling your heartbroken parents. But you know better, because you may not be able to communicate or move, but there is nothing wrong with your hearing and you’ve been privy to a diabolical plot to keep you comatose long enough for you to be given “a second chance at life,” in the virtual reality world. What parent could say no to that?

Ally will soon discover she has done more than fall down the rabbit hole, she has become part of a world where anything can happen and it isn’t always good, because nothing is perfect, not even VR.
What Ally will find is how far she can and will go to free her newfound friends and a boy she once only knew via computer gaming.

Once again, Niki Cluff embodies the persona and voice of teens caught up in a world of virtual reality that is far more deadly than the games they play. Ally is that teen who would do anything for her friends, including die in the real world as she risks her life in VR to save others trapped and powerless in real world comas.

What a ride! Brilliantly drawn characters, a battle of good versus a damaged evil! Wonderful young adult reading that speaks to their age group, as well as their computer savvy!

I received a complimentary ARC edition from Evernight Teen!