Thursday, May 30, 2019

Cover Reveal: MANIPULATE by Pam Godwin

MANIPULATE is book 6
in the DELIVER Series Dark Romance
 Anti-heroes - Sex Trafficking - Cartel
Release Date: Jun 25, 2019



Tula Gomez is in the most ruthless prison in South America.
She only drove to Mexico to help her sister. She did nothing wrong. But her quiet life changed in an instant.

To survive the violent, cartel-controlled prison where men blend with women, she pledges her loyalty to the notorious leader in exchange for the one thing she needs most. Protection.

When she agrees to seduce the suspicious new inmates, Martin Lockwood and Ricky Saldivar, she doesn’t expect to enjoy it. Sure, they’re gorgeous, irresistibly alpha, and insanely talented with their hands and mouths. But they’re the enemy. She can’t fall for them.

Torn between her cartel loyalties and two men who want her as deeply as they want each other, she questions who is manipulating whom. Her search for answers leads to a passionate ménage, a soul-crushing secret, and an impossible choice.



DELIVER SERIES

Each book is a different couple. No cliffhangers. Must be read in order.





DELIVER, Book 1: FREE on all retailers





His name was Joshua Carter. Now it’s whatever she wants it to be. She is a Deliverer. She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price. As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold. Delivering is all she knows. The one thing she can’t deliver is a captive from slavery. Until him. And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her…from herself.


 DELIVER (#1) - FREE 






VANQUISH, Book 2

Her life is like a prison cell. A self-made, to-hell-with-the-free-world existence that locks from the inside. Stop judging. Her agoraphobia doesn’t define her. It simply keeps her safe. He belongs in a prison cell. The 6x8, make-me-your-bitch variety that locks from the outside. But he’s free. To hunt. To take. To break. And he just found a sexy new toy. Capturing her is the easy part. Her fucked-up mind, however, makes him question everything he does next. But he’s a determined bastard. If all goes his way, this will hurt like hell.



 VANQUISH (#2)











DISCLAIM, Book 3


Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city. She will stop at nothing to end them. Even if that means becoming a slave again. Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do. She’s prepared for every complication. Except him. The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart. Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy. Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her? Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?

 DISCLAIM (#3)  







DEVASTATE, Book 4

“What is the price you’re willing to pay?” “Money isn’t an issue.” “I’m not talking about money.” Tate is on the hunt to find his best friend’s sister. Eleven years ago, Lucia Dias was abducted. Presumed dead. He never met her, so why does he care? Some might call his efforts noble, but his motivation is more perverse, bordering on obsession. When he follows a chilling lead to Venezuela’s Kidnap Alley, what he finds is neither a corpse nor a captive. Amid poisonous lies and crippling depravity, the price of love is devastation. And he pays. With his body, his blood, and her life.



DEVASTATE (#4)









TAKE, Book 5

He’s a notorious crime lord, a kidnapper, and an artist. Scarification is his outlet, and he just captured a new canvas. Kate refuses to surrender beneath his blade or the cruelty in his beautiful eyes. But she’s drawn to the man inside the monster. A man who makes her ache with his touch. Who owns her with his kiss. A man who worships her as deeply as he hurts her. She can run, but there’s no escape from a bond carved in scars.



 TAKE (#5)











 
DELIVER #1: Narrated by Teddy Hamilton (Josh) and Abby Crayden (Liv)
VANQUISH #2: Narrated by Ryan West (Van) and Jo Raylan (Amber)
DISCLAIM #3: Narrated by Christian Fox (Matias) and Emma Wilder (Camila)
DEVASTATE #4: Narrated by J.F. Harding (Tate) and Tracy Marks (Lucia)
Books 5-9 TBA

Pam Godwin

 
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

Books by Pam Godwin

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Goodreads Giveaway: Superfan (Brooklyn #3) by Sarina Bowen


Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing woman. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart.

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps. 









EXCERPT


“Would you like a beer?” the cute bartender asks me.

I glance at the pile of mint leaves on his cutting board and hesitate. “Sure,” I say. But the mint looks so fresh and pretty.

“I could make you something different.”

“Beer is great. A cold…”

“—lager,” he finishes. “No glass, no opener.”

When I look up to flash him a smile, my heart does a little somersault. Those kind eyes are smiling at me, too. “Thank you,” I whisper.

“It’s really no problem.” He turns toward the beer cooler. “You’re an easy customer, trust me.”

But I really meant—thank you for remembering. As he leans down to grab a bottle for me, I find myself admiring the strong muscles in his back. Stop it, I admonish myself. It only gets worse when he turns around and places the bottle in front of me. I’ve never seen hands like his. I didn’t even know wrists could look muscular.

Even so. Ogling him is not why I came here. I pull out my keychain opener and remove the cap from my beer.

He discards it, gives me another pleasant smile and then picks up his paring knife again.

I take a sip, wondering when he’s going to mention my show at the Coconut Club. He was there. I saw him.

He separates some mint leaves from their stems and says nothing.

I last about seventeen seconds. “Well?”

“Well?” He looks up. “Sorry?”

“Jesus lord.” I close my eyes and then open them again. This is not going how I’d hoped it would. “What did you think?

“Of…?” His amazing eyes are studying me.

“Forget I asked.” I take a swig of beer.

“Think about what?” He pushes the cutting board aside, and his smile turns knowing.

“My set at the Coconut Club! I saw you holding up that wall in the back. Don’t lie.”

He tips his head back and lets out a sudden laugh. “I’m so busted. I loved your show, but I didn’t expect you to spot me.”

“You loved it so much you weren’t going to say anything?” The sentence sounds crazy to my own ears. I put down the beer. “You know what? Never mind. I’m just being psycho right now. This town is getting into my head.”

“Listen, girly.” He braces both (muscular!) hands on the bar and looks me right in the eye. “I loved it so much that I don’t even know what to say about it. From that moment at the beginning—when you shut that asshole’s maw? To the part where you made a lady cry.” He shakes his head. “I couldn’t look away. And I never wanted it to end.”

I give him a slow blink, just trying to take that in. It’s so much more than I was even hoping to hear.

“Shit, Delilah. If that set doesn’t win you whatever contract you’re looking for, they don’t even deserve you.”

Something warm and unfamiliar settles into the center of my belly. “That might be the nicest thing anyone ever said to me. Which only means you’re still trying to get my phone number.”

He laughs immediately. “Can’t both things be true? Both my musical assessment and my interest in your evening plans?”

“Because you know so much about music.” I flip my hair and take another sip of beer.

“Look. I don’t know shit about music. But I know plenty about talent.” He leans down on a set of forearms I shouldn’t be noticing. “I know that talent sometimes takes a nap at just the wrong moment, but it never stays asleep for long. I also know that luck matters, too. If they don’t give you what you want, it won’t be your fucking fault.”

“Thank you,” I say quietly.

But he’s not done. “I saw something else valuable the other night. You’re good in the clinch. And that counts for double, I swear to God.”

“The clinch?”

“Yeah. You’re not just good at practice.” He pauses, wrinkling up his interesting nose. “What word would a musician use? Okay—you’re not a rehearsal musician. That stage was like your home. Either that or you fake it really well. That’s going to pay your rent someday, I promise.”

“Wow.” It’s like he looked right into my terrified little soul and found the very thing I needed to hear. Those beautiful eyes of his are practically burning me right now, so I have to look away. “Thank you. Really. I really needed that pep talk.”

I make the mistake of looking up at him again, and, for a split second, I see pure yearning. It’s like our souls vibrate at exactly the same frequency. And I have no idea what to do with that.


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Release Day Review: Mine by Courtney Cole


When Tessa Taylor unlocked her husband Ethan’s iPad to discover nude photos from a twenty-six-year-old bombshell named Lindsey, her seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt.

With a hurricane barreling toward Florida and Ethan stuck on a business trip, Tessa finds herself imprisoned in her own home with a choice to make: Does she ride out the storm until she can confront Ethan in person, or does she take matters into her own hands?

Increasingly restless and desperate for revenge, Tessa resolves to act. And when she lures Lindsey over a few hours later, there’s no turning back.

What ensues is a battle of wills between two well-matched opponents, blinded by love for the same man but driven by demons of their own. Like storm-ravaged Florida, neither woman will be the same when the skies clear.

He’s mine. Both wife and mistress would stake their lives on it. But only one of them can be right.

**Told in alternating perspectives and set over the course of a weekend, Mine explores the emotional complexity of infidelity and its aftermath and what happens when those two scorned women finally meet face-to-face.**



What I thought about Mine

Tessa has been cruising through her life, running her successful cosmetic company, taking care of her three teenagers and generally going with the flow of life. Her marriage to Ethan is solid... at least she thinks so until she finds evidence of Ethan's affair.

Shocked, upset and sequestered in her house during a storm, Tessa loses it and manages to get Ethan's girlfriend to come over and handcuff herself to the bed. Really.  Tessa proceeds to grill Lindsey about the relationship she had with Ethan  and it's not pretty. Mine is a story of anger and betrayal and any woman who has gone through this will identify with so much of this story.  I'm not sure how it works for someone who's never experienced this sort of pain.  

Lindsey's story is told in parallel with what is going on in the present. It's a very interesting way of telling the overall story and I really liked the alternating chapters.  It would have been so easy to paint Ethan with broad brush strokes, but giving some page time to Ethan and Lindsey together helped to show how he lived two lives and essentially betrayed both his wife and his lover. But this really isn't a story about him but more a tale of these two women.

Overall, I liked this story. The pace is terrific, drawing in the reader right from the start.  I gobbled it down in a day and while some woman may find this topic triggering, I thought Courtney Cole nailed the shock and betrayal of finding out that the person you trusted isn't the person you thought. So good story, great emotional content.  I did have a few issues with some of the details that were a bit of a stretch of the imagination.  They didn't wreck my enjoyment of the story, but I'm sort of a stickler for details being believable, so that's why I have to give this four and 1/2 stars instead of five.  Your mileage may vary as they say.

An ARC was provided for review. 



About Courtney Cole:
 Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

5 Big Stars to Rockstar Baby (Crescent Cover #6) by Taryn Quinn

 

Snowed in rocker makes unplanned baby with saucy waitress. News at 11.
I could see the tabloids now.
Yeah, I play guitar and sing occasionally. But my main role is as a producer for other musicians.
That's why I came to Crescent Cove—to help rockstar Kellan McGuire with his first solo project.
Not to get stuck in a surprise snowstorm with a smart, funny lass with big brown eyes and a very flexible...body.
The next night, I was on a flight back to LA.
I returned to town months later. To help Kellan. Right.
And to lose myself in Ivy again and again, even when the cops tried to thwart us. (They only temporarily succeeded.)
The next time I come back, ready to fight for my woman, Ivy has a swollen belly.
I’ve spent my life running, and second chances come at a price. But I won’t give up until I’ve made her mine. Forever.
Her and our baby.
Author's Note: Surprise! Producer Rory Ferguson is the first character to cross over from our Oblivion World...but he isn't the last! He doesn't start out as a daddy, but his unexpected baby with Ivy will be his biggest production yet.
Author's note part deux: Rockstar Baby is a romantic comedy with a HEA and no cliffhanger.

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What I thought about Rockstar Baby


 Rory Ferguson happens to get caught in a snow storm on his way to a client consultation and meets Ivy Beck.  They immediately hit it off and spend a no-strings night together. It's hot, hot, hot. So much chemistry.   Ivy and Rory are super duper steamy together.

When a one-nighter turns into a little bit more, both Rory and Ivy are thrown off guard with their feelings.  They are hot in the sack, but there's a realization of something more.Both are a bit skittish about what's happening between them, especially the incredible passion and connection. But with Rory's stay in the Cove very short-term, Ivy must protect her own heart and dreams from the damage Rory could do and I adored everything about her.

This was such a sweet love story. Rory and Ivy are the stars -- their banter is entertaining, their connection a throbbing heart beat.  The pages explode when Ivy and Rory are together and it warmed my heart to see them reach for happiness. Rockstar Baby is very much a feel-good story.
There's also great cameo appearances from other rock stars created by this duo of authors who always deliver with an entertaining story. The Happy Acres scenes were terrific additions to the story.
Rockstar Baby is one this author duo's best. It's definitely going on my favorites for 2019 and will be a comfort read when I need something sexy, steamy and sweet to escape.  Absolutely loved it all.

An ARC was provided for review. 


About the Authors

USA Today bestselling author Cari Quinn likes music and men, so she figured why not write about both? When she's not writing, she's screaming at men's college basketball games on TV, playing her music too loud or causing trouble. Sometimes simultaneously.


USA Today bestselling author Taryn Elliott is obsessed with rock stars, men, and her unending playlists--maximizing these things seemed like a very good idea. When she's not writing, she's losing hours to hot men on TV, and/or a graphic design project. Multitasking is her middle name.


They decided to combine forces and found that hey...this writing deal is even more awesome when you collaborate with your best friend.

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