BOOK BLITZ – The Dirty Ones by J. A. Huss

Title – The Dirty Ones
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication date – December 4th 2018
Genres – Dark Erotic Suspense
ITS_WORKING
Synopsis:

They said write what you know so that’s what I did. I wrote dirty, I wrote erotic, I wrote the truth.
And then they called me a liar. But it’s not me who’s lying, it’s them.
Our story isn’t for everyone. It’s not even for us.
So if you’re looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You’ve got a hold of the wrong book.
This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and “try new things” and then pull it out and decide… #NotForMe.
When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page.
Because I’m making one promise with this book.
Just one.
We are The Dirty Ones and this is our truth.

The Dirty Ones is a brand new dark romance about the secret world of erotica authors.

 

LOVERS

Excerpt:

In my dream we’re dancing. It’s a party, but not one I was ever at with them. Everyone is here. Hayes, Connor, Bennett all wearing tuxes. Me, Camille, Sofia all wearing gowns. They are the gowns we found in the basement room that first night with Louise.

I stop dancing when I realize that. I’m partnered with Bennett for some reason, which is also confusing. So I look around, searching for Connor, then Hayes. Connor has Sofia pushed up against a wall, his hand hidden beneath the long flowing layers of her elaborate skirt. Her head is tilted upward, mouth slightly open. And he’s whispering something in her ear.

I’m jealous, but turned on. So I lead Bennett over to them and take my place next to Sofia against the wall. Someone is kissing me. Bennett, or Connor, or maybe Sofia—but then I realize it’s Hayes. His soft lips caressing the side of my neck. His soft words wrapping around the tender skin of my ear just like Connor’s words wrap around Sofia. “Do you like it?” he asks. “I want you to like it.”

“What are we doing?” I whisper back. “When did this become who we are?”

And Hayes says, “It’s not real, so don’t worry about it.”

But it feels real. Camille is kissing Bennett now, her body pressing up against mine. Her soft, full breasts are bare. Somehow she’s gotten herself naked. And in my dream I laugh at that. Because it’s so typical of Camille to just take off her clothes and be indiscreet.

And then we’re all naked. All twisted together in the sheets of some giant bed. Camille’s bed, I realize. Now we’re at her Christmas party. And there’s butterflies in the air. Clear-winged butterflies like the ones at Connor’s parents anniversary. Dozens of them. No, hundreds of them. Their soft wings flutter around my hot, feverish skin like a summer wind. Making a cool breeze that feels so good.

But it’s not the butterflies. It’s Connor, blowing air across my pussy as his tongue laps against my folds, looking for the sweet spot. And when he hits it, I buck my back.

But Bennett is there, whispering, “This is wrong. This is so fucking wrong.”

And I reply, “Shut up,” because I’m irritated that he’s ruining the feeling of Connor between my legs. “Just shut up.”

And then he and Camille are gone and I get this weird feeling that they’ve left us. They figured it out—this wrongness—and left us.

But Hayes is there, saying, “Shhh, they don’t know anything. Don’t worry.”

But I do worry. Because I want to know what they don’t know. And Hayes is the secret-keeper and he’s close now. So close. “What don’t they know?” I ask him.

But Connor steals the words from my mouth with a kiss and it’s too much. I forget about my questions and how none of this makes sense and say, “It’s just a dream.”

And Sofia is touching me now. She was always so careful when she touched me, afraid she might do it wrong. But I used to tell her, “There’s no wrong way.” And that always made her happy for a little bit.

Which makes me think about her sadness. And her books. Those books she writes. The dark, sexy stories that steal your life away for days, or months, or years. And I say, “When did you change?”

And she just looks at me with her sad, sad smile that’s on her face so often now, I’ve grown used to it. She says, “You know when.”

But I don’t. I don’t really remember anything except that tower. And the book I wrote. And those dresses down in the basement. Why were there dresses in the basement?

“Kiera?”

It makes no sense at all. Why that guy had dresses. Did he have a fetish?

“Kiera?”

But they weren’t dresses, were they? They were costumes.

“Kiera!”

I open my eyes to find Connor on top of me. Holy shit, this is real.

Huss
Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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Shopping for a Baby’s First Christmas – Shopping for a Billionaire #15 by Julia Kent

REVIEW

Heart-warmingly hilarious

Nothing is ever simple or straightforward for Declan and Shannon, why should Ellie’s first Christmas be any different.

Spending Christmas with the in-laws (all of them) is not high on Declan’s list of ideal Christmas’ but Shannon can think of nothing better than being close to her family and relishing in the joys of chaos. Throw in a couple of dogs, a temperamental cat, some old ladies, Declan’s own family and even that may be too much for Shannon to handle.

Marie is back on top form for this festive treat that will bring a smile and a sense of seasonal spirit to even the hardest Grinch.  Anyone for Polyoga?! How about matching stripy PJ’s?  Oh to see next years Christmas card!

A real treat for anyone who loves this series.

Rating 5/5

ARC read courtesy of Julia Kent

Synopsis

My mother wants all her kids and grandkids to spend Christmas Eve at her house and wake up on Christmas morning together.

Sounds reasonable, right?

And it would be.

If it weren’t my mother.

My husband, Declan, is protesting any involvement, though he’s openly intrigued by the idea of claiming his territory by suggesting we have sex in my childhood bed.

And by ‘suggest,’ I mean make a series of really hot offers that make me whimper when I have to say no.

Wait – why am I saying no again?

Mom has turned her house into a Christmas showcase that makes Frankenmuth look like the picked-over clearance rack at Target on December 26. You know those crazy people on Etsy who make felted gnomes out of belly button lint and use … a certain kind of hair… to make thatched roofs on little decorative elf homes?

Those people are saner than my mother.

There is no force of nature stronger — and more emotionally volatile — than a fifty-something grandmother determined to create holiday memories.

Wait a minute. Maybe there is.

My husband. 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42279095-shopping-for-a-baby-s-first-christmas)

High Reward – Point of No Return #2 by Brenna Aubrey

REVIEW

Stunningly beautiful conclusion to this two part series.

Gray Barrett has finally decided to follow her damaged heart and fall in love but can she keep it from being emotionally torn apart by the former playboy, Commander Ryan Tyler.  When Ryan is faced with a hard-hitting decision, he must decide whether to follow his heart or his head, but will his self-worth stand in the way of making the right choice.

Gray is such a sweet girl and all the way through this book I was cheering her corner.  When she was happy, I was happy.  When she was sad, I was sad.  And when she was angry, I was right there with her! What she has had to deal with both now, with Ryan, and in the past, with her parents, has made her an emotional strong individual but when she finally lets go it really is heart-breaking (yes, I did cry!).

Ryan has the weight of the world on his shoulders and believes that he really isn’t good enough for Gray.  I can understand his desire to fly again and the promise he made to Xander but…that stupid proposition he makes to Karen, what was he thinking?! and more’s the point, why was she even considering it?

This book is filled with hunky astronauts and geeky space girls, and as a sci-fi fan I absolutely love the T.V., film and book references that run throughout.   If you enjoyed Gaming the System you will love this series.

High Risk – Point of no return #1

High Reward – Point of no return #2

This is an ARC review courtesy of Brenna Aubrey

Synopsis

He was looking for redemption. Instead, he found her.

After a rocky start, former Navy SEAL-turned-astronaut Ryan “Ty” Tyler and nerdy flight psychologist Gray Barrett discovered they worked well together. Ty managed to tame his playboy reputation, and cautious Gray got her first taste of adventure. They had a good thing going. Until a good thing turned into a smoking hot thing…and that turned into a falling-in-love thing.

Now Ty’s facing an impossible choice. Shake the demons of his past, or give up a future with the only woman he could ever love.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41838836-high-reward?from_search=true)

BOOK BLITZ – High Reward by Brenna Aubrey

Title: High Reward – (Point of No Return #2)

Author: Brenna Aubrey

Publication date: December 6th 2018

Genres: Adult, Romance

High Reward, the second part of Gray Barrett and Ryan
Tyler’s duet, will conclude their story in the Point Of No Return series.

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HIGH REWARD by Brenna Aubrey  ~ Excerpt

Suddenly, I felt a cold sensation on my upper shoulder, just below my neck. I turned, and Ryan was right behind me. “What was that?”

“I think I accidentally spilled frosting on you. Here.” He traced a path along the top of my shoulder toward my neck, and I involuntarily shivered. In response, his other hand came up and cupped my other shoulder and his head dipped down to land right where he’d put the frosting.

Right there. In that spot. He was licking and sucking, getting every last bit as his hands traveled down my arms, clamping around my elbows to hold me still.

“Accidentally, huh?” I rasped, my voice sounding alien to my own ears. Likely it was my aroused voice. And likely he knew exactly what it meant when I talked this way.

He was an expert at turning me on and doing it quickly. Zero to Mach 5 in seconds flat. Probably easier than flying his training jet. My panties were already wet, and my nipples were painfully hard and probably very visible under my thin tank top.

I cleared my throat. “I, uh.” And cleared my throat again. “Have another batch to do.”

Without a word he reached out and turned off the oven. “Let’s hit pause on that little project for now,” he said in that low, gravelly voice of his. His aroused voice. I knew that voice, too, and it usually seemed in perfect sync with the tight squeezing sensation in my belly and lower that screamed for his hands and mouth—and other parts—to ease the tension and bring release.

“You are a wicked, wicked man.”

“This I already know,” he said between more kisses on the back of my neck that sent electric shocks down my spine and wound that tension deep inside me even tighter.

I spun in his arms, and though I could barely reach it, I managed to scoop up my own dollop of frosting from the edge of the metal mixing bowl. He watched me then raised his brow to ask the unspoken question—where are you going to put that?

My answer? I grabbed the hem of his t-shirt and rucked it up, holding it just below his collar, then liberally spread the frosting across his upper abs. Double yum.

He sucked in a quick breath, and that was enough to get me diving right in. “Mmm. What kind of mess do we have here? Better start cleaning up.”

The frosting was sweet, creamy. Delectable, really. Buttercream was delicious. Buttercream slathered across Ryan’s rock-hard abs? Perfection.

Author Bio

Brenna Aubrey is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary romance
stories that centre on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, is currently free on all
platforms. Her books are on over a million e-readers worldwide, have been translated
into German, French and Italian and made into an interactive app game.

Look for the brand new POINT OF NO RETURN series and her extremely popular GAMING THE SYSTEM series.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she
weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lovers heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. She currently resides on the west coast of the US with her husband and children (both human and furry).

Follow Brenna at:

Website – http://www.brennaaubrey.net

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Twitter – https://twitter.com/BrennaAubrey

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Little Girl Lost – DI Robyn Carter #1 by Carol Wyer

REVIEW

Carol Wyer knows how to bring suspense and conceal secrets in this first DI Robyn Carter novel.  An exciting and gripping story that had me hooked from the first page.

Little Girl Lost begins when a young girl is indecently assaulted by her soon-to-be step-brother and the fallout from this incident, along with the tragic events that follow, send the girl on a road of anger and revenge.

When Abigail Thorne starts to receive anonymous letters and phone calls she knows that her secrets may not stay secret for much longer.  But who can she trust?  Is her husband having an affair?  Does she hear voices? Is someone trying to make her crazy? Or is it all in her head?

Whilst on temporary leave and working for her cousin’s PI firm, DI Robyn Carter finds herself embroiled in a missing persons case. When Robyn notices a link between the missing person, a murder, and the unusual incidents happening to Abigail, she must find out how and who connects them.  The truth must be told if the Little Girl Lost is to be found.

This story starts with an harrowing incident and spirals into a world of secrets and suffering.  As the reader, we know who is doing it, we just don’t know who ‘she’ is!  The twists and intrigue associated with this story kept me listening at every opportunity, whilst ideas and thoughts bounced around inside my head as to who the girl actually is.  Very well written, and although it took me a while to get used to the narrator of this audio version, I soon became lost in the story.

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Emma Newman.

Rating 5/5 

Synopsis

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told. 

A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances. 
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir. 
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number? 

But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted. 

Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die … 

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32762388-little-girl-lost)

Taking Turns, Turning Back, His Turn -Turning #1, #2, #3 by J.A. Huss

REVIEW 

WARNING!  Enter this series with extreme caution! High chance of getting burnt on the heat that comes out of these pages! 

The Turning Series revolves around three men – Elias Bricman, Smith Baldwin and Quin Foster – who have been friends for a very long time and have, during that time, found that they enjoy sharing women. Not just sharing them but playing games with them…everything is a game. That is, until it is not. 

Taking Turns finds theses men in a confusing situation when the woman they have spent the last three years with has vanished and someone else is in their place.  Chella believes she knows what she is letting herself in for.  She needs the pleasure and pain that these men can inflict on her.  Quin wants nothing to do with her, Bric doesn’t care either way, and Smith finds that he cannot stay away.   Something draws him to her but what secrets is she hiding? 

Turning Back sees the return of Rochelle, the woman who broke Quin’s heart and left him in a world of pain for a year.  Why has she come back?  Smith wants her to leave  before she hurts his friend all over again, Quin relies on anger to get him through the time ahead, and Bric seems to know more than he is letting on.  With Smith no longer playing can Bric and Quin find a way to bring Rochelle back into the game? 

His Turn is all about Bric. At a loose end he finds a new partner to play games with, Jordan Wells. Jordan introduces him to Nadia, who although is not anything like either Chella or Rochelle, she is more his type.  The only problem is that they both want the same thing – control! Are they all playing the same game or have each got their on set of rules?

I absolutely loved this series from start to finish.  I was a bit unsure, as I’m not overly into the BDSM Club scene books but having read numerous series by this author before I couldn’t not give it a try.  The club is not highly focused on, the stories are more about the main characters and the relationships they have and build together.  The subject of sex and sharing is very open within these books so, if that is not your thing or you are adverse to three/foursomes, then they may not be for you. 

The build up of the characters is fantastic.  I’ll be honest, if I had read His Turn first I would not like Bric’s character at all.  However,  knowing his backstory and having seen the softer side to him in the previous books gave me knowledge of the character that explained why he did what he did. I think may favourite is Smith.  I can just picture him with his two rat dogs and the puppy, he really will make a great father if they ever have the chance 🙂

The end of this series leads nicely onto the next – Jordan’s Game – which I will starting in the New Year! 

Rating 5/5 

Synopsis

Taking Turns – I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.  Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.  Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.  Number Three is mostly reserved.  He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.  It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.  I just didn’t expect to like them. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33192096-taking-turns)

Turning Back – I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.  Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was always there for me… Until he wasn’t.  Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there for me and he never regretted it.  Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself. Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.  And now he might be the only one I have left.  It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been so much more. It could’ve been so much better.  And that’s why I’m turning back. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33867511-turning-back)

His Turn – I look her body up and down as I circle her.
Mine?
I smile a devious, deviant, I’m gonna make you sorry you ever started playing this game with me smile.
And then I take her hand.
I lead her to the elevator.
We go up to my apartment.
I tie her wrists together with rope.
Raise her arms above her head.
And chain her to the ceiling.
It’s my turn. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34818548-his-turn)

Say You’re Sorry – Morgan Dane #1 by Melinda Leigh

REVIEW

Melinda Leigh is starting this new series in a spectacular way.

Morgan Dane, mother of three, and the potential new DA’s assistant finds herself on the other side as she agrees to defend her neighbours son against a murder charge. Enlisting the help of her friend, PI Lance Kruger, the couple set out to find the truth behind the killing and unearth the real murderer.

Morgan Dane is a likeable character who has had a tough time over the past few years.  She is a widow with three small children and has recently returned to Scarlet Falls to live with her grandfather.  Morgan’s sense of justice has always been to ensure that the bad guy is locked away and not let back out on the street, but when the ‘bad guy’ is  a friend and neighbour she is conflicted by her principals.

Morgan and Lance work great together. They have known each other a long time and the connection that they now have is building beyond friendship.

This was an interesting opening to the Morgan Dane series.  The story is exciting and edgy, and the characters are enjoyable to read. Looking forward to finding out what will happen next to Morgan Dane and Lance Kruger.

Rating 4/5

Listened to via Audible. Narrated by Cris Dukehart

Synopsis

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown. Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity—until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

Tessa was the ultimate girl next door, and the community is outraged by her death. But Morgan has known Nick for years and can’t believe he’s guilty, despite the damning evidence stacked against him. She asks her friend Lance Kruger, an ex-cop turned private eye, for help. Taking on the town, the police, and a zealous DA, Morgan and Lance plunge into the investigation, determined to find the real killer. But as they uncover secrets that rock the community, they become targets for the madman hiding in plain sight.

(https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33149088-say-you-re-sorry)