Beyond Addiction by Kit Rocha

Oh how I love the Beyond series. I find myself waiting for each installment with bated breath, I’m so gone over the O’Kane men.
Bree and Donna (the authors, if you didn’t know by now Kit Rocha is actually two lovely ladies writing together) are doing such fabulous job with these books, they just keep getting better. And I dare anyone to disagree *glares around*.

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She’s fought like hell to leave the past behind.

Trix changed her name and her life when she got clean four years ago. Now, she has a new family and a job she loves—tending bar and dancing at the Broken Circle. As an O’Kane, she’s happy, untouchable. Until a nightmare from her old life tears her away from her home and drags her back to Hell—also known as Sector Five.

He’s still living—and dying—in it.

Losing Trix was the kick in the head Finn needed to get sober, but working as an enforcer for a man he hates is slowly crushing his soul. The only thing that keeps him going is his determination to destroy Sector Five from the inside. Then Trix comes back into his life—alive, in danger—and nothing else matters.

Getting her home could be a suicide mission. The only thing deadlier is the old spark that flares to life between them. Soon, Finn and Trix are battling the one addiction neither of them ever managed to kick—each other. And it could cost them everything.

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Oh yeah, Finn. Is. Awesome. If it weren’t for Bren he’s probably be my favorite new O’Kane. Even though his induction into the O’Kane gang takes a little while, he’s one in my eyes from the very beginning.

See, Finn is originally from Sector Five, and he’s known Tracy when she was one of the sector leader’s girls. One of his drugged and hopelessly mistreated addicted girls. He was in love with her and when she died he never forgave himself.

And then Trix is kidnapped right from under Zan’s fingers and brought back to Sector Five after escaping it with her teeth years before. When Finn sees her, yet again under his boss’s hands, he acts, and they flee.

Finn is basically spends his days trying to atone for Trix’s fate. He’s gorgeous, scarred, hurting and desperately in love with her still.

Trix is blossoming in Sector Four. She came out of her shell when the O’Kanes took her under their wing. She confident, shining and determined. She’s stubborn as hell and will not be dragged back to being the helpless girl she was in her early days at the sector after her escape.

Finn and Trix’s story is incredibly emotional, very action packed and the sub-plots are very surprising. Not so much now that I’m thinking about them, since obviously we’re all very sharp after we know all the details *wink*.

Finn’s transition into an O’Kane is everything but simple, and since Trix is sticking by him it affects her as well. But O’Kanes will be O’Kanes and for Trix they all try. I did enjoy his journey into the O’Kane men fold, the way he earned their trust.

We get our fare share of the other males, I got a little too little Bren – since there’s never enough – and we get one hell of a great story.

I feel like this is a very superficial review, but I can’t bring myself to actually say much for fear of ruining the story for you guys.

My rating: 5

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** Thank you, Bree and Donna for the advance copy. It was wonderful, as always.

Seducing Lauren by Kristen Proby

I had the first book in this series down for reading since it came out. I was lazy. I was procrastinating. I can only assume because authors keep releasing books like there’s no tomorrow and I can’t keep up with that and life.

But then Seducing Lauren was offered on NetGalley so I decided it’s time. And I read Loving Cara.

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In the second book in the Love Under the Big Sky series from this USA TODAY bestselling author of the With Me in Seattle series, life in Montana gets spicy when a woman and her divorce lawyer sign off the papers—and sign on to love.

Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?

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I’ll be honest, I was hoping for Jillian and Zack’s story next, but I can’t say I was disappointed. Ty and Lauren are fantastically matched.

Ty, the fearsome lawyer that was part of Seth’s reeducation process is an absolute sweetheart. He is motivated, passionate, protective, smart, freakin’ hot and even with his childhood secret (uh uh uh… not telling) he’s definitely a good boyfriend material.

Lauren (Lo) is the gorgeous, smart divorcé that used to hang around with Misty the bitch and her crew. Lo’s still having trouble with her ex husband and seeks her attorney out, to only stumble upon Ty. Believe it or not – he refuses her! But he has a good reason for doing that.

The other characters, all of which we know from Loving Cara are fantastic. Probey created a close knit of friends who actually make up a family. Lauren gets a new group of girlfriends, a few great men have her back, and one hell of a dreamy Ty to love her with everything he is.

Lo and Ty’s story is passionate to say the least. It’s complex and is gradually layered which create different angles of observation; on love, on life, on relationships (outside romantic ones!) and on some difficult social issues. Yes, there are some difficult parts in it, and my cold heart shed some tears. I love every author who manages to write emotional scenes. It shows how great their writing is.

I now know Jill and Zack’s story is next and I can’t wait for it. I’m pretty sure we’re going to go on a wild ride. And we’ll get more Seth – I love kids in romance novels.

My rating: 4.5star

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Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

Claiming His Fate by Ellis Leigh

“But when he turned my way and met my stare, my knees nearly buckled. One look into those sky-colored eyes and my body responded.”

You can imagine yourself just how her body responded. Or, you know… read the book. (links at the bottom)

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Rebel Lynch has spent two hundred years searching for balance between his human side and his inner wolf. As a den President of The Feral Breed Motorcycle Club, a lack of control over the beast within isn’t just a pain in the tail, it’s a death sentence. One served by his club brothers: the judges, jury, and executioners of the wolf-shifting community.

At Amnesia Gentlemen’s Club, customers and staff check their real-world identities at the door. Charlotte, one of the club’s best waitresses, ditched her legit career in corporate IT because she needs the kind of income those pesky IRS folks can’t track. When the smart-mouthed bombshell pulls a gig serving a private party, she expects nothing more than a few extra tips. That is until dirty-talking Rebel Lynch strolls into the room looking like sin incarnate, flashing motorcycle club colors, and blasting Charlotte’s expectations about work, life, and love straight to hell.

One glance at Charlotte and Rebel knows she’s his fated mate. But a wolf shifter is attacking women at the club, threatening Charlotte’s life, and putting the entire shifter community at risk of exposure. Rebel and his Feral Breed MC brothers must find the crazed shifter before he strikes again. If Rebel can’t uncover the new monster in their midst—and learn to rein in the protective instincts of a fully mated Alpha—his future with Charlotte will be dead on arrival.

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Wolf shifters, guys. Wolf. Shifters. Need I say more?

I’ve known Ellis Leigh’s writing for a while, so that wasn’t a concern. Her writing is fantastic. With fantasy series setting up the world is key. I think Leigh got it spot on, and I’m sure throughout the next installments we’ll get more and more details on how things work.

See, in the Feral Breed Motorcycle Club there are two types of shifters: those who were born that way and those who were turned. Their belief is that their inner wolf behaves differently. One thing is for certain, though – when they meet their Mate, everything else becomes irrelevant. They live for her, they breath for her and all they (and their wolf) will want to do is be with her.

In Claiming His Fate Abraham Rebel Lynch, a president of his own wolf shifters den that is also a motorcycle club (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?????), is leading them to a club in efforts of learning the identity of a rogue shifter who’s claiming human sacrifices.

Cherry is a waitress in a Milwaukee strip club, and when a group of men arrives for a party she is forced to “upgrade” her role from waitress to, well, a whore. She is actually a very good computer IT but was forced to find a better paying job so she could support her little brother after their parents died.

You can guess the rest, right? Only you can’t really – because Ellis Leigh twists tradition and makes it all very modern and enlightening, and everything Rebel thought is put up to a test and if he passes it, well… it will all work out. Leigh weaves this short story very carefully and touches every facet beautifully. Oh, and did I mention Leigh’s writing is filthily delicious? Because it is.

I can’t wait for the next installment where Gates meets his mate. Should be epic.

My rating: 5

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Ellis Leigh is the alter ego of contemporary romance author Kristin Leigh Elliston. Where Kristin likes her heroes with blue jeans and work boots, Ellis prefers something a little more magical.

A storyteller from the time she could talk, Kristin grew up amongst family legends of hauntings, psychics, and love spanning decades. Those stories didn’t always have the happiest of endings, so they inspired her to write about real life, real love, and the difficulties therein. From farmers to werewolves, store clerks to witches—if there’s love to be found, she’ll write about it. Kristin lives in the Chicago area with her husband, daughters, and a giant dog who hogs the bed.

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Release Day Launch: Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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We are ridiculously excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s OPPOSITION! OPPOSITION is a young adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen and the fifth book in her LUX Series!

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

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I still stared at Daemon, completely aware that everyone else except him was watching me. Closely. But why wouldn’t he look at me? A razor-sharp panic clawed at my insides. No. Thiscouldn’t be happening. No way.
My body was moving before I even knew what I was doing.

From the corner of my eye, I saw Dee shake her head and one of the Luxen males step forward, but I was propelled by an inherent need to prove that my worst fears were not coming true.

After all, he’d healed me, but then I thought of what Dee had said, of how Dee had behaved with me. What if Daemon was like her? Turned into something so foreign and cold? He would’ve healed me just to make sure he was okay.

I still didn’t stop.
 Please, I thought over and over again. Please. Please. Please. On shaky legs, I crossed the long room, and even thoughDaemon hadn’t seemed to even acknowledge my existence, I walked right up to him, my hands trembling as I placed them on his chest.

“Daemon?” I whispered, voice thick.

His head whipped around, and he was suddenly staring down at me. Our gazes collided once more, and for a second I saw something so raw, so painful in those beautiful eyes. And then his large hands wrapped around my upper arms. The contact seared through the shirt I wore, branding my skin, and I thought—I expected—that he would pull me against him, that he would embrace me, and even though nothing would be all right, it would be better.

Daemon’s hands spasmed around my arms, and I sucked in an unsteady breath.

His eyes flashed an intense green as he physically lifted me away from him, setting me back down a good foot back.

I stared at him, something deep in my chest cracking. “Daemon?”

He said nothing as he let go, one finger at a time, it seemed, and his hands slid off my arms. He stepped back, returning his attention to the man behind the desk.

“So . . . awkward,” murmured the redhead, smirking.

I was rooted to the spot in which I stood, the sting of rejection burning through my skin, shredding my insides like I was nothing more than papier-mâché.

“I think someone was expecting more of a reunion,” the Luxen male behind the desk said, his voice ringing with amusement. “What do you think, Daemon?”

One shoulder rose in a negligent shrug. “I don’t think anything.”

My mouth opened, but there were no words. His voice, his tone, wasn’t like his sister’s, but like it had been when we first met. He used to speak to me with barely leashed annoyance, where a thin veil of tolerance dripped from every word.The rift in my chest deepened.
For the hundredth time since the Luxen arrived, SergeantDasher’s warning came back to me. What side would Daemon and his family stand on? A shudder worked its way down my spine. I wrapped my arms around myself, unable to truly process what had just happened.

“And you?” the man asked. When no one answered, he tried again. “Katy?”

I was forced to look at him, and I wanted to shrink back from his stare. “What?” I was beyond caring that my voice broke on that one word.

The man smiled as he walked around the desk. My gaze flickered over to Daemon as he shifted, drawing the attention of the beautiful redhead. “Were you expecting a more personal greeting?” he asked. “Perhaps something more intimate?”

I had no idea how to answer. I felt like I’d fallen into the rabbit hole, and warnings were firing off left and right. Something primal inside me recognized that I was surrounded by predators.

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Author Photo# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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We will be giving away a Lux Series Basket with Lux themed jewelry, a signed set of the Lux Series and a $50 gift card to a retailer of the winner’s choice (Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or Indiebound).

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