Cover reveal: Scandalous by L.J Shen

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is coming September 29th!

Scandalous by LJ Shen
Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

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They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain.
When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.
When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three.
I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable.
And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.
And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Beast by A.Zavarelli


This was my first book by the incredible A.Zavarelli (whom I got to meet in Berlin! Also got to meet the model from the cover. Eeek!) and I’m a little sad I waited this long! If you don’t like taboo and dark then this one is most definitely not for you. It plays with themes of revenge, abuse, stockholm syndrome and has very strong, questionable sexual themes.

That said, I freaking loved it!

Beast was angsty, twisted, dark as hell and you knew reading it that you should be repulsed or even disgusted but instead she sucked you in and made you want this taboo pairing to work.  I devoured this in one night, I couldn’t get enough of Javi, Belle and their brutal relationship. I had a serious book hangover after this one, my mind was left reeling and I sat whispering ‘fuck’ several times before I finally put the damn thing down.

I think I’m a little desensitized when it comes to dark and taboo, a lot of what I read is classed as that but to me it doesn’t seem very dark. Beast was different. This was pitch black dark. Fumbling around on the ground trying to find your courage kind of dark.

So if you like deviant and depraved, go and buy Beast now!

 

Cracked Smile by Amanda Williams

This was a short and sweet horror story about a creepy asf doll and the things it gets up to.  It’s told from the point of view of Britney, a 12 year old who has this strong sibling rivalry with her younger sister. So naturally when things start happening in their new house, specifically targeting her sister, Britney gets the blame. The storyline is a little predictable if you like horror and I would have liked a few more ‘incidents’ before the end.

I think if you liked Goosebumps you might like this, it is aimed at a younger audience but it makes for a refreshing change of pace if you’re looking for something different. There are a few editing issues and I think I would have liked it to be a little longer, but it works as it is.

 

Chapter Reveal – Absinthe by Winter Renshaw

 

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Prologue

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“You wanted to see me, Principal Hawthorne?”
I know that voice. I’d know it anywhere.
Glancing up from my desk, I find a girl in skintight athletic leggings and a low-cut tank top standing in my office doorway, her full lips wrapped around a shiny sucker and a familiar electric jade gaze trained on me.
It’s her.
The woman I spent most of all summer chatting with under the anonymous veil of a dating app—one in specifically meant for adults seeking connections but not commitment. I purchased a stock photo for seven dollars, chose a pseudonym, Kerouac, and messaged a woman by the name of Absinthe who quoted Hemingway in her bio when everyone else quoted Nickelback and John Legend.
Fuck.
Me.
“You must be Halston.” My skin is on fire. I stand, smooth my tie, and point to the seat across from me. I never knew her name, but I’d know that voice anywhere. I can’t even count how many times I came to the sound of her breathy rasp describing all the wicked things she’d do to me if we ever met, reading me excerpts from Rebecca. “Take a seat.”
She takes her time pulling the sucker from her mouth before strutting to my guest chair, lowering herself, cleavage first, and crossing her long legs. The tiniest hint of a smirk claims her mouth, but if she knows it’s me, she’s sure as hell not acting like it.
“You want to tell me what happened with Mrs. Rossi?” I ask, returning to my seat and folding my hands on my desk.
I may be a lot of things; overconfident prick, allergic to commitment, red-blooded American man …
But I’m a professional first.
“Mrs. Rossi and I had an argument,” Halston says. “We were discussing the theme of The Great Gatsby, and she was trying to say that it was about chasing the elusive American dream. I told her she missed the entire fucking point of one of the greatest pieces of literature in existence.” She takes another suck of her candy before continuing, then points it in my direction. “The real theme has to do with manipulation and dishonesty, Principal Hawthorne. Everyone in that book was a fucking liar, most of all Jay, and in the end, he got what he deserved. They all did.”
My cock strains against the fabric of my pants. It’s her voice. It’s her goddamned sex-on-fire voice that’s doing this to me. That and her on point dissection of classic American literature. Sexy, intelligent, outspoken. Three elusive qualities I’ve yet to find in another human being. Until her. And knowing that now, I couldn’t even have her if I wanted her, isn’t doing me any favors. If I don’t compose myself, I’m going to be hard as a fucking rock.
“Language,” I say. The room is growing hotter now, but I keep a stern, undeterred presence.
She rolls her eyes. “I’m an adult, Principal Hawthorne. I can say words like fuck.”
“Not in my office, you can’t.” I exhale. “And not in class either. That’s why Mrs. Rossi sent you here.”
“The jackass behind me was drawing swastikas on his notebook, but I get sent down here for saying ‘fuck.’” Her head shakes.
“I’ll discuss that with Mrs. Rossi privately.” I scribble a note to myself and shove it aside.
“You’re really young for a principal.” Her charged gaze drags the length of me. “Did you just graduate from college or something?”
Six years of school and two years of teaching place me in the budding stages of a career shaping and educating the minds of tomorrow’s leaders, but I refuse to dignify her question with a response.
“My age is irrelevant,” I say.
“Age is everything.” She twirls a strand of pale hair around her finger, her lips curling up in the corners. The cute-and-coy shtick must work on everyone else, but it’s not going to work on me. Not here anyway. And not anymore.
“I said my age is irrelevant.”
“Am I the first student you’ve ever had to discipline?” She sits up, crossing and uncrossing her legs with the provocative charm of a 1940s pin up. “Wait, are you going to discipline me?”
I take mental notes for her file.
–       Challenges authority
–       Difficulty conducting herself appropriately
–       Possible boundary issues
“I’m not going to punish you, Halston. Consider this a verbal warning.” I release a hard breath through my nose as I study her, refusing to allow my eyes to drift to the soft swell of her breasts casually peeking out of her top. Knowing her so intimately over the phone, and being in her presence knowing she’s completely off limits, makes it difficult to maintain my unshaken demeanor. “From now on, I’d like you to refrain from using curse words while on school grounds. It’s disruptive to the other students who are here to actually glean something from their high school education.”
“I don’t know.” Her lips bunch at the corner, and she fights a devilish grin. “I mean, I can try, but ‘fuck’ is one of my favorite words in the English language. What if I can’t stop saying it? Then what?”
“Then we’ll worry about that when the time comes,” I say.
“You could always bend me over your knee and spank me.” She rises, wrapping her lips around the sucker before plucking it out of her mouth with a wet pop. “Or maybe you could fuck my brains out and break my heart.”
“Excuse me?” My skin heats, but I refuse to let her see that she’s having any kind of effect on me.
“You’re him,” she says, as if it’s some ace she’s been keeping up her sleeve this entire time. “You’re Kerouac.”
I’m at an extraordinary loss for words, trying to wrap my head around all the ways this could go very fucking wrong for me.

 

Coming August 8th

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Bully by Penelope Douglas


The last couple of weeks have been filled with book quality. Lots of amazing reads that I couldn’t put down and Penelope Douglas never disappoints.

Jared and Tate used to be besties, hanging out in a tree, sneaking into each others rooms kind of besties but three years ago something changed. Since then Jared hates Tate and he uses every opportunity to remind her of that. At the beginning of the book we see Tate just taking his bullying, but then she goes to France for a year and comes back fighting fit. She isn’t going to take his crap anymore and then the games begin.

The push and pull between Jared and Tate is palpable, it’s electric and it’s well written books like this that keep me hooked on the love-hate dynamic. The sex scenes were ridiculously steamy, like toe curling, need a fan or a bucket of ice kind of steamy and I wouldn’t expect anything less from Pen Douglas (I read Corrupt first so that sauna scene had me prepared for the raunchiness).

The side characters helped to keep this plot tight and brilliantly interwoven. So much drama going on which kept it fast paced and I loved Madoc, he is someone I definitely want to read more of!

 

COVER REVEAL: CONFLICTED BY ALICE LA ROUX & M.S.L.R

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Title – Conflicted

Authors – Alice La Roux & M.S.L.R

Release date– June 24th

Cover designer – Emma Louise

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Synopsis:

Kaleb loves Serena. Serena loves Kaleb.

But what about Sean and Jen?

Three years ago Kaleb and Serena ended their affair, trying to make everyone else happy.

Now Kaleb is back in town and this time he’s determined to stay. He knows what he wants and he isn’t backing down, even if it means playing dirty. Can this couple move past the secrets and lies to find their second chance?

However, they aren’t the only ones hiding something. In this sexy workplace romance, nothing is ever just black and white. It’s messy, complicated… conflicted.

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About the Authors:

Alice La Roux

Alice La Roux is a dirty minded, mouthy Welsh author with an English literature degree who is still trying to find her genre while dabbling in erotica, fantasy and horror. She’s a bookworm who reads anything and everything and is addicted to social media. Find her on Twitter  or see random pictures of her dog and wine over on Instagram @AliceLaRoux. Feel free to add her on Facebook, she doesn’t bite…much.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AliLaRoux

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M.S.L.R

M.S. L.R., lived in Los Angeles, California for eight years, then moved to Arkansas and has been living there ever since.  She graduated Springdale High School in 2007. Currently, she has a full time office job and has two boys that keep her busy when she’s not at work or writing romance stories.

She loves to read, write, read and write!

Author M.S. L.R. has also published under Stefany Rattles.

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COVER REVEAL: ANGEL BY C.A.BELL

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ANGEL by C.A.BELL – COMING JUNE 16TH 2017

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What lies behind the door to Chateau Rouge is all that Angel knows – sex, drugs, abuse, and treachery. But when Felix, an artist from England, enters into her tiny world, he opens her eyes to what life could really be, and now, Angel wants out. There’s just one problem. There’s no way on earth the owner, Grand Papa, will ever let her leave Chateau Rouge. She is his. His possession. His whore. His Angel.

Angel has a choice to make. Does she finally stand up to the man who has taken so much from her? Or does she give up true love through fear of what lies outside the walls of Chateau Rouge – freedom.

 

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BOOK INFO

Genre: Erotic Romance/Thriller with elements of BDSM
Length: Novel – 55k
Book Type – Standalone
Release Date: June 16th 2017

WARNING: THIS BOOK CONTAINS RAPE, DRUG USE, VIOLENCE, EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, AND GRAPHIC SEX SCENE

About C.A.Bell

C.A.Bell was born and raised on the outskirts of London, England, but for the past four years has resided in the west midlands where she married and made a home.

She is author to numerous erotic fiction stories, including The Architect, Nancy’s Curse, Femme Fatale: The Agency, The Shame Train, and many more.
As well as putting together her own collections of short stories and poetry, she is also a contributor to many anthologies and online magazines. 

C.A’s Social Links

Website – http://cbellatrix.wixsite.com/cabell

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Twitter – @cbellatrix09

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Blog – http://bellbookanderotica.wixsite.com/bbae

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Dazed by Maria Macdonald

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Dazed by Maria Macdonald is a New Adult book with a college setting. It centres around Laura, a girl whose past means that she she struggles with being social. She doesn’t like many people, she can’t trust them and she builds walls around herself to try and keep from getting hurt. Since she doesn’t care what people think, she’s true to herself and is a unique character. I love her cartoon t-shirts and quick comebacks.

But when the Reigns’ twins transfer to her school, things are about to get shaken up. As if the school’s Queen B didn’t already hate her enough, things get complicated when both Tarrant and Caden want Laura. But this isn’t your typical love triangle – welcome to a world of sassy comebacks, lingering looks and twists galore. And if she wasn’t already outside her comfort zone, these brothers will push her into the social limelight and Laura will finally have to start taking down her wall- brick by brick.

It’s an emotional, angsty read with relationships that are so interwoven and complicated that it makes a great read. The cover is stunning and I really can’t wait to read more about this group of friends!

 

Ruckus by L.J.Shen

Holy crap. What can I say about this next installment in The Hotholes series?

Read it. Read it now. Yep, that about covers it.

I enjoyed Tyed, Blood To Dust and Sparrow. I adored Defy and fucking loved Vicious. Those alpha assholes claimed a part of my heart. But I seriously have no words for Ruckus. I’ve been suffering from the biggest book hangover ever! Dean was amazing! And Rosie together with Dean? Wow!!

Rosie LeBlanc knows that Dean Cole is no good. He dated her sister. He’s a drunk. He’s a Hothole. And she’s sick, dying even…but he makes her feel so alive. How do you resist the light when all that surrounds you is darkness? He makes her want to reach for the stars.

There are a million reasons why they shouldn’t be together, why they can’t, but when Dean is the only one who doesn’t suffocate her and when he rescues her from her overbearing parents she realises that this Hothole is more than just a rich Jock.

Typical of Shen there are angsty moments, twists galore and a storyline that will keep you enraptured. Try and put it down without finishing it first – you won’t be able to it’s that good. It’s a sexy, sinful read that I devoured and loved.