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REVIEW: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye

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Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–   which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s   the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

 

Eden’s Review
5 STARS

I loved Nick Rixey.
Totally fell in love with Shane McCallan.
But Easy… Good. God.

I was so hoping Easy and Jenna would get a story after the way he took care of her in Hard As You Can. She needed someone strong to hold onto while she put her pieces back together, and poor Easy, he needed someone to need him to keep him holding on.

One of my favorite things about this series is that the heroines aren’t perfect, flawless, waif-like females. One of my biggest complaints in some romances are that I finish the book believing the hero deserved someone stronger–that the heroine didn’t deserve him. But Ms Kaye does a fabulous job making these women broken and yet strong, and for all of Jenna’s issues, she was PERFECT for Easy. She didn’t wallow in her issues, she didn’t feel sorry for herself, and when she decided to get over it, she worked at it until she was. And when Easy needed HER, this big, stronger-than-hell soldier, she gave him the strength he needed. I LOVE THIS. 

I admit, I’m a total sucker for tough heroes who are broken inside, but Easy didn’t just make me fall in love with him. He broke my heart, made me cry for him, and made me clutch my Kindle in a desperate grip until I KNEW he was going to get the peace and woman he so deserved. Which is why I loved this story so much–there was no doubt in my head that Jenna deserved this amazing man. And his surprise for her at the end….yeah, I teared up.

All of the books in this series so far have focused on these soldiers picking up the pieces after an op gone wrong overseas. Rixey and Shane both had issues over how that op turned out, issues that ripped them up and tore them apart. But Easy, Easy was looking for a way out, and Ms Kaye did a wonderful job showing the suffering of our vets, how deep that suffering goes, and putting numbers and faces to it. If this giant, amazingly strong man can see no way out, it shines a light on just how broken our soldiers are. I loved Ms Kaye’s stories before, but I have a whole new respect for her now.

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REVIEW: Stone: At Your Service by Rie Warren

Stone    Hell on wheels meets Hell in high heels.

Bad boy mechanic Josh Stone likes to get his hands dirty any way he can—the filthier, the better. Ever since his wife walked out on him and their young son, he’s only had room in his heart for two loves: the kid and cars.

Roped into playing his best buddy’s gay boyfriend during a romance writers convention, the player meets the girl who’s gonna rock his world. Leelee Songchild. Shy, bashful, beautiful Leelee who blushes at the drop of a hat yet writes hardcore smut to rival Josh’s backlist of Penthouse Forum.

The only problem is his hands are tied. Josh can’t stab his old friend/fake lover in the back even though all he wants to do is take luscious Leelee to bed, and maybe, love her. When the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose. Too bad romance is just for books.

WARNING: Uncompromisingly hot sex, hilarious hijinks, and heartfelt romance—STONE is a triple threat.

Eden’s Review: 5 STARS

First off, I want to say I’m a huge fan of Rie Warren’s writing style. Her ability to tell a story, engage the reader’s emotions and flat-out charm the pants off you is amazing.

Now. I loved this story. I LOVED Stone. I loved Leelee. I loooooved them together. And Stone and Nicky’s relationship? Stone and Nicky and JJ? Amazing.

I admit this story wasn’t perfect. Neither were In His Command and Jingle Bell Rock. But ask me what the flaws were and I couldn’t tell you because all I remember from those stories were the characters. I read IHC almost a year ago, and still think about Blondie and Big Man occasionally. To me, as a reader, that’s what I want. Engage my heart. Make me care. Make me remember these characters forever.

Stone and Leelee weren’t the best couple ever, they were flawed, but the way Stone loved her…HOLY. HAWTNESS. Don’t even get me started on the sex. All. The. Sex. (Keep a fan at hand. Seriously.)

One of my biggest hang ups with some romances is I walk away not believing the heroine deserved her hero. Leelee didn’t have to fight for Stone. She didn’t have to battle a dragon for him. But she was possessive and lovely, sacrificing herself when needed, and I loved–loved–that  she didn’t beat him over the head with his mistakes, and she came back to him. He’d made his last stand, and I love that she came to her senses and found him.

All in all, this was a flawed, imperfect, lovely, steamy hot love story between two people who genuinely loved each other and wanted the best for each other. And I love that.

OH! And don’t forget to read the teaser chapter for Nicky’s story at the end. Goodness, I’m psyched for that one.

Pre-order Stone: At Your Service: http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Your-Service-Carolina-Boys-ebook/dp/B00MRPKWAY/ref=sr_1_8?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1408748736&sr=1-8&keywords=Stone%2C+At+your+service

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COVER REVEAL! Hellish Haven by L.K. Below

Hellish Haven Information

 

Title: Hellish Haven

Genre: Dystopian Multicultural Romance

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp., Lyrical Press Imprint

Release Date: November 17, 2014

 

Synopsis:

Two lives. Two realities. But only one truth.

The Senator reigns all-powerful in a manifested picture-perfect world. No worries. No wars. Only the unspoken threat of oblivion if you step a toe out of line. On the other side of the divide, the rebels face a debilitating war against an invulnerable robotic army. Every day is a struggle to earn back their freedoms. Freedom to feel. Freedom of speech. Freedom of thought.

Sergeant Grant Baker is pivotal to the war effort. But ever since his wife’s abduction, he’s been walking around in as much of a daze as the Senator’s brainwashed citizens. Then Eva reappears—without memories of him or their son. And he’s willing to do anything to keep her. Even if it means jeopardizing the war.

Eva doesn’t know which side to believe. Her predictable life as a single nurse, or the man claiming to be her husband. All she knows is she needs to discover how to end the war, quickly. If she doesn’t choose sides soon, she may lose the man—and the life—she never knew she wanted.

 

 

Bio:

L.K. Below grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, where her only peek into the wide world was through books. She’s been a bookworm ever since she learned to read, and loves any book with characters and worlds she can lose herself in. She wrote Hellish Haven to take one of her favorite classic books, George Orwell’s 1984, into the modern day…or, in this case, near future. She writes as obsessively as she reads and likes to Tweet about both at @LBelowtheauthor.

 

Find her online at www.lbelow.net.

Publisher website: www.kensingtonbooks.com

L.K.’s author page on publisher website: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/author.aspx/29525

 

 

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SPOTLIGHT: Devoted to the Bear by T.S. Joyce

DevotedCover  Devoted to the Bear

  By T. S. Joyce

  Genre: Paranormal Romance

  Length: 100 pages

  Book 2 in the Bear Valley Shifters series

 

Blurb:

In the riveting second book in the Bear Valley Shifters series, Hannah Michaels must find her way among the bear shifters she’s promised to help Benson Riker lead. And he’s going to show her just how hot being mated to the alpha can be.

 

When a chance encounter from her past shows her she is still being hunted by the man she put behind bars, she must decide whether to put her new clan in jeopardy by seeking sanctuary, or to strike out on her own and save herself.

 

Weathering treacherous enemies, blurred loyalty lines and heart pounding first love, Hannah will strive to prove her devotion to Riker and his bear shifters. If she can walk the fine line between surviving her new clan’s primal sides and the vengeful humans of her past, she just might find her place in Bear Valley.

 

A Hot Bear Shifter Romance.

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Devoted-Bear-Valley-Shifters-Book-ebook/dp/B00LZXYZK2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405964420&sr=8-1&keywords=Devoted+to+the+bear

 

 

Author Bio:

As a writer of hot shifter romances, T.S. Joyce is devoted to telling stories readers can connect with on a heart level. A native of Texas, she’s spent a good deal of time in the wilderness of her family’s land, which has given her a wealth of experience to draw from when writing stories.

 

Author Links

Website: http://tsjoycewrites.wordpress.com

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SPOTLIGHT and EXCERPT: The Witness and The Bear by T.S. Joyce

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By T. S. Joyce

Genre: Paranormal Romance/Shifter Romance

Length: 115 pages

 

Blurb:

Hannah Michaels is on the run, and the protection detail assigned to her case have her wondering who, or what, she’s trusting her life with. After testifying against a criminal with a long reach, her days are numbered if her handler, Jeremy, can’t find a safe place for her. Out of options and with nowhere to go, she’s dropped off in the Big Horn Mountains of Montana with a duffle bag of her belongings and little explanation.

Jeremy swears she’ll be safe in this wilderness sanctuary, but when she meets Benson Riker, leader of the bear shifter clan of Big Horn Valley, she doesn’t feel safe at all. In fact, the man is just about as feral as they come.

In a bout of epically bad timing, she accidentally vies to be mated to the alpha, and no matter how much she tries to escape the competition for Riker’s affection, he is having none of it. He cites upholding clan law as his reasons for wanting her to stay, but the hungry look in his eyes says it’s more personal than that.

Weathering deep secrets and danger from all sides, she’ll have to decide if Riker is the shifter who deserves her heart.

 

A Hot Bear Shifter Romance.

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Witness-Bear-Werebear-Shifter-Romance-ebook/dp/B00LI485VI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1404413323&sr=8-3&keywords=T.+S.+Joyce

 

 

Author Bio:

A writer of hot shifter romances, T.S. Joyce is devoted to telling stories readers can connect with on a heart level. A Texas native, she’s spent a good deal of time in the wilderness of her family’s land, which has given her a wealth of experience to draw from when writing stories. For more information about Joyce and her work, visit http://tsjoycewrites.wordpress.com.

 

Author Links

Website: http://tsjoycewrites.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/32535692-t-s-joyce

 

 

EXCERPT

 

Riker’s fingers brushed Hannah’s cheek and he rested his forehead against hers. The sigh he gave sounded of relief, not frustration. “Can I tell you a secret?” His hands cupped her neck, gently massaged the tense knots there.

She reached up and encircled his wrists in her hands, wanting to hold his touch longer. Her stomach clenched and sang with neediness she hadn’t ever known, but she’d made the right choice. “Tell me anything. I’m good with secrets.”

Leaning forward until his lips brushed her ear, he whispered, “I wish it was like that for me too.”

She eased back, searched the sadness that swam in his gray gaze. “It can be.”

A slight shake of his head denied that sex could have anything to do with feelings. “Not for me.”

She sucked air into her lungs until they hurt, then blew it out. “Shit.” He had to stop saying things like that if she was going to toe the edge of the chaos that enveloped this place.

“I wish we’d met somewhere else,” he rumbled. Hooking a finger under her chin, he lifted until she was caught in his gaze. Slowly, he leaned forward until his lips touched hers.

She melted. Sagging under the gentle caress of his mouth, he caught her waist and followed her down to sit beside her on the plush mattress. His tongue brushed the seam of her lips and she opened for him, invited him to taste her.

No kiss she’d ever had could touch this one, and she sighed as her fingertips roamed the smooth skin of his chest and stomach. A low rumble sounded in his throat, making her drunk with lust. Wrapping her arms tightly around his neck, she hooked a leg over and straddled him so she could feel his skin against hers. His hand, warm and strong, slid up her ribcage until he cupped the fullness of her breast. Groaning, she dipped her head backward as his lips made a warm trail down her throat. He rocked his hips once and she arched into him.

“Hannah,” he murmured.

“Riker,” she breathed.

“Hannah,” he said against her neck. “Woman, you told me no.” He eased back, hunger burning in his gaze. “I only meant to kiss you goodnight.”

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