New Year, New Favorite Reads – Coming in 2016 (Part 1) …

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Favorite Authors, Favorite Books on the Way 

I’m starting the year on Cloud Nine of Reader’s Heaven with some new favorites by a few of the best contemporary romance authors I know. Hyperbole? Maybe – but it’s sincere. Some of these I’ve read, some I’m currently reading, and the rest are sizzling on my Kindle waiting to be savored. And the best part? It’s not even a complete list – it’s only the beginning. Read along with me in 2016 and discover some new favorites of your own.

Authors & Bloggers – If you have some new releases coming that aren’t on my list yet — please call them out in the comments, or email me at [email protected], and I’ll feature them the next time around!

January & February Releases 

AbruptionJanuary 2nd:  ABRUPTION, by Riley Mackensie

I’m absolutely in love with this story, by favorite authors Riley Mackensie. I received the ARC and it’s my first “official” read of 2016. I’ll be posting a review tomorrow – but in the meantime, don’t wait — one-click it today. If you love sweet, sexy, highly emotional romance novels with unforgettable characters – but especially if you love medical heroes & heroines — these authors, and this book, will NEVER disappoint.

Synopsis:

Everyone has a plan. Dr. Guy Hunter secures his dream fellowship with a beautiful free spirit by his side. Two unexpected blue lines don’t even shake his resolve—he is on his way to having it all. Until he isn’t. Abruption: a sudden breaking off Jules Chiappetti loves her boisterous over-involved Italian family but is determined to pave her own way. An MBA and boardroom job is her ticket out. Until it isn’t. Abruption: an unexpected event Four years later, Guy is consumed by the challenges of being a single father, still struggling with the aftermath that derailed his life and left his son with special needs. He doesn’t realize his world went dark the same day his wife’s did, until Jules, his son’s new nurse, shows him the light.

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Favorite author Emma Chase is releasing the third and final installment of her Legal Briefs series, APPEALED, on January 19th. I’ve read the ARC and it’s a perfect Appealedending to a great collection of steamy, tender, often hilarious stories about a group of attorneys that practice in Washington, DC. In true Emma Chase style, each hero is a keeper, and Brent Mason is no exception…he meets his match in Appealed, and his journey from player to lover to partner is well worth experiencing. Each book in the series may be read as a standalone, so read them in any order you like, although I think the stories build especially well when read in order. Review to follow on release day.

Synopsis:

When Brent Mason looks at Kennedy Randolph, he doesn’t see the awkward, sweet girl who grew up next door. He sees a self-assured, stunning woman…who wants to crush the most intimate – and prized – parts of his anatomy beneath the heels of her Christian Louboutins.
Brent has never let the loss of his leg in a childhood accident affect his ability to lead a fulfilling life. He sets high goals–and then he reaches them.
And now he has his sights set on Kennedy.
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When Kennedy looks at Brent Mason, all she sees is the selfish, Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue-worthy teenager who humiliated her in high school to join the popular crowd. A crowd that made those years a living hell.
She’s not a lovesick social outcast anymore – she’s a DC prosecutor with a long winning streak behind her. Brent is the opposing attorney in her next case and she thinks it’s time to put him through a little hell of his own.
But things aren’t exactly working out that way.
Because every fiery exchange has her wondering if he’s as passionate in the bedroom as he is in the courtroom. Each argument and objection only makes him want her more. In the end, Brent and Kennedy may just find themselves in love…or in contempt of court.
APPEALED is a sexy, humorous romance about first crushes, second chances and the final verdict of the heart.

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Photo of the cover of Pucked Over, by Helena HuntingJanuary 24th:  PUCKED OVER, by Helena Hunting (Pucked, #3)

Grab a glass of wine, crawl between the sheets and warm up your winter nights with the latest installment of the PUCKED series, by Helena Hunting. This hockey-themed series of romantic comedies is at the top of everyone’s list, with some of the most outrageous – and drop-dead sexy, snarky characters you’ll ever meet. Again, you can read these out of order, but to really enjoy them, start at book one and don’t stop until you’re panting for the next in the series. Forever Pucked is coming later this spring!

Synopsis: 

Lily LeBlanc isn’t versed in the art of casual sex, but after seven years in an on-again, off-again relationship, she’s definitely willing to give it a shot. And who better to try it with than her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend? What could possibly go wrong? Nothing at all.

NHL player, Randy Ballistic, lives up to his last name on the ice and in the bedroom. His best friend and teammate has recently given up the puck bunnies and traded them in for a real girlfriend. And she just happens to have a seriously feisty, extra-hot best friend on the rebound. Randy’s more than happy to be Lily’s spring board back into the dating scene.

Casual sex is only casual until those pesky things called emotions get involved. Once that happens, someone’s bound to gets pucked over.    Buy it on Amazon |  Add it to Goodreads

February 11th:  THE SCORE, by Elle Kennedy (Off Campus, #3)The Score

The Off-Campus series continues with THE SCORE, another sexy, funny, sweet new adult sports romance featuring hot hockey players, by Elle Kennedy. Each may be read as a standalone, so start anywhere, but don’t miss a single one. If you love relatable characters, a little bit of angst, a lot of humor, and some steamy, sexy college boys … look no further. I’ve got the ARC, and am loving the story. Will be posting a review closer to its release date. Stay tuned.

Synopsis:

He knows how to score, on and off the ice …

Allie Hayes is in crisis mode. With graduation looming, she still doesn’t have the first clue about what she’s going to do after college. To make matters worse, she’s nursing a broken heart thanks to the end of her longtime relationship. Wild rebound sex is definitely not the solution to her problems, but gorgeous hockey star Dean Di-Laurentis is impossible to resist. Just once, though, because even if her future is uncertain, it sure as heck won’t include the king of one-night stands.

It’ll take more than flashy moves to win her over …

Dean always gets what he wants. Girls, grades, girls, recognition,girls…he’s a ladies man, all right, and he’s yet to meet a woman who’s immune to his charms. Until Allie. For one night, the feisty blonde rocked his entire world—and now she wants to befriends? Nope. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Dean is in full-on pursuit, but when life-rocking changes strike, he starts to wonder if maybe it’s time to stop focusing on scoring…and shoot for love.

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Photo of the cover of The Shadow, by Sylvain ReynardFebruary 2nd:  THE SHADOW (Florentine Series #2) by Sylvain Reynard

Sylvain Reynard is, hands-down, one of my top 3 favorite authors of all time. I can’t shorten the list to just one author, because all three of my favorites are so very different in their approach to storytelling that it seems unfair to say one is better than the others. The Florentine Series builds on the beauty of his infamous Gabriel series and takes it to an entirely new level, blending art, history, literature, music, poetry, mythology and romance exquisitely with the mystery and breath-taking suspense of the paranormal. Truly a unique and unforgettable combination. I have the ARC for The Shadow, and have read just enough to know that I won’t be able to put it down when I finally have the time to savor it. It’s not just a book, it’s an experience.  The final installment of the series is underway, and SR reports that he is already working on his next collection. I’d order it TODAY if I could.

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel trilogy comes the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Raven, a sensual novel set in Florence featuring the dangerously intoxicating coupling of Raven and William…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret, or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

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Later in 2016 … a few to keep your eye on:

Us, by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy 

The highly anticipated sequel to their best-selling M/M sports-themed romance, HIM.

Cover Photo -HIM, Sarina Bowen/Elle Kennedy

 

 

 

Marry Screw Kill, by Liv Morris

I have been an avid fan of Liv since I read her Touch of Tantra series. I’ve re-read it more times than I care to admit, lest I be labeled a certified Liv stalker. But if you love alpha billionaires and the kick-ass heroines that make them see the light of day … do not miss this explosively erotic and tenderly passionate story. Trust me on this.

A Sneak Peek at M-S-K:

There are two men in my life.
I’m marrying one, want to screw the brains out of another, and by the time this love story is complete, you may want to kill me.
Marry Screw Kill
The choices are still pending…

Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Roman CrazyYou’ll have to wait a while, but it will be totally worth it. Releases on my birthday – September 13, 2016!

A delicious, sexy, laugh-out-loud modern romance about a newly single woman and her journey to find love again, from New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton and debut author Nina Bocci.

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new againromance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

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And last but not least … MY most anticipated release of 2016 … this time it’s personal.

Photo of images from Where Angels Sleep, by Paula Radell

Yes, my own first novel, Where Angels Sleep – a dark but inspirational romance about a young doctor who had, and lost, it all – and finds himself left with a choice between life and death.

Cover Design by the amazingly talented Fiona Jayde, of  Fiona Jayde Media (cover reveal pending later in the year)

Banner photo by my amazingly talented daughter, Sarah Nicole Thomas, owner of Modern Scribe Photography, Virginia Beach, VA.

Stay tuned … Goodreads and Author Website pending with exclusive sneak peeks & more.

 

Bennett, by Seraphina Donavan (Bourbon & Blood #1) – Coming Soon! Pre-Order Now!

Bennett (Bourbon & Blood, Book 1)

Author: Seraphina Donavan

Release date: January 14th

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Synopsis

Mia Darcy plays by the rules, and her Daddy, Samuel, for better or worse has made them all. She takes care of her ailing mother, she manages PR for the family’s distillery, Fire Creek. And every day she quietly resents the fact that he stepped in and kept her from being with the one man she loved… a man who still lives there in their small town of Fontaine, Kentucky and who haunts her every minute of the day, waking or asleep.

Bennett Hayes has loved Mia his whole life, and for one brief moment, when they were young and full of hope, it seemed like even the long history of bad blood between their families wasn’t enough to keep them apart. But he’d been wrong. Mia never showed the night they were supposed to run away together and when he confronted her about it, she broke his heart.

But fate and circumstance throw them together again and the fire that raged between them at eighteen is even hotter now. The burn is inevitable. But there are forces at play, people on the periphery of their lives whose agenda goes far beyond just keeping them apart… they will stop at nothing to keep their secrets, even if it means murder.

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About Seraphina

Seraphina Donavan is a hopeless romantic with a wicked & oh-so-dirty mind! Those things, combined with her love of writing, prompted her to take the leap and transform those fantasies into written words on a page. As a curvy girl herself, Seraphina has made it a point to celebrate those women with delicious curves with her work through writing and the hot men who love them.

She currently has 18 published books and one anthology and is working on many more..

Living in Central Kentucky, Seraphina spends her time rescuing stray animals, working for a non-profit agency and dreaming of becoming a best-selling author. She lives in a home that has more character than working parts and enjoys spending time with her fur babies. Feel free to contact her with any questions or thoughts on your mind.. She loves connecting with her readers & hearing from anyone!

If you’d like to see more information about Seraphina’s books, events and appearances or to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website: www.seraphinadonavan.com.    And …. follow Seraphina’s Facebook Page

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Book Review: Mastered, by Maya Banks

Photo of the cover of Mastered, by Maya Banks


Mastered
by Maya Banks

Series: The Enforcers, #1

Genre: Erotic Romance, Suspense

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Breathless Trilogy comes Mastered, the first novel in the Enforcers series—a bold new direction in erotic romance that explores the games men and women play, and the price they’re willing to pay for pleasure.

What he wants, he takes with no remorse or guilt.

She stood out in his club like a gem, unspoiled and untouched. A lamb among wolves, she clearly didn’t belong. Drawn to her innocence he watched as she was surrounded by men who saw what he did—but no one but him could touch her. He summoned her to his private quarters. He sensed her fear. He also recognized the desire in her eyes. And he knew she wouldn’t leave before he possessed her. She had no need to know his secrets. Not until he had her under his complete and utter control.

What he wants, she isn’t sure she can give him.

The moment he told her want he wanted, she couldn’t resist. Instinct told her to run, but her heart said stay and walk the fine line between pleasure and pain. Though she wasn’t sure she could ever completely surrender, the primal part of her wanted to try, even knowing this man could break her in ways she never imagined. Because once he possessed her, he owned her and it would be too late to turn back. She can only pray that he doesn’t destroy her in the end.

My Review

   

 

Mastered is a suspenseful, often angsty read – simultaneously erotic, dark, edgy and mysterious – with an ultimate alpha, Donovan Drake, in the role of the ‘antihero.’ Donovan is a dangerous man, surrounded by a cadre of other dangerous men. We know very little about him, only that he owns and tightly manages a successful club by night – and deals in unsavory, shadowy businesses on the side. He’s enormously powerful, successful, drop-dead sexy, and dominant in every way. People fear him, and they should. That is, until he meets Evangeline … and his defenses collapse like a paper tent in the wind. That’s where the story begins, and it’s the conflict that keeps the tension running from beginning to end.

Evangeline has led a sheltered life, only moving to the city when she’s forced to find a job that will support the rest of her family and keep the bill collectors at bay. She works hard at a dead-end waitressing job, barely making ends meet, living in a tiny, dingy apartment with her best friends. Damaged by a disastrous, emotionally abusive relationship with her one and only serious boyfriend, Eddie, she’s turned her back on any hope of a social life, until ‘the girls’ convince her to go out one more time, just to show him what he’s missing. Like a fish out of water, she uses a VIP pass to gain entrance into Drake’s club, to see and be seen – only to be humiliated again, in the worst possible way. But not before she catches the eye of the enigmatic alpha himself.

In the blink of an eye, Evangeline is completely captivated and consumed by her attraction to Donovan, a man like no one she’s encountered before. She knows he’s dangerous — she knows better than to give in to his dark and powerful charisma — but, of course, she does it anyway. For some unfathomable reason, she trusts him, and despite her reluctance to accept his attention – not to mention his ‘offer’ of the kind of relationship she could never have imagined – she can’t walk away. She has no idea what to expect – but for once, she is willing to take the risk of giving herself to this man, body, mind, soul – and, ultimately, heart.

Over the next several weeks, Evangeline is led to explore her deepest – and sometimes darkest desires, experiencing passions and expressing a raw, unrestrained sexuality that thrills her beyond description. She eagerly surrenders to his every demand, and delights in doing so, despite her inexperience and trepidation over their relationship. Drawn by her beauty, honesty, and innocence, Drake unexpectedly finds himself falling deeply in love with Evangeline – a love that could prove dangerous for them both, in ways she can’t possibly imagine. Their relationship is powerfully erotic, but is deeply flawed by secrecy and deception, as Drake is forced to come to terms with who and what he really is – and how vulnerable he’s become with Evangeline in his life.

Is it completely plausible? No. Does it work? For me, yes. Fiction doesn’t have to be plausible. It just has to be absorbing – and I was completely drawn into this story from beginning to end.

Although I don’t usually look at other reviews before I write my own, I made an exception in this case. And while I agree with some of the criticism leveled at some elements of the story, I couldn’t help but love it. Sure, their “inta-trust, insta-love” is entirely unlikely. Yes, Evangeline can be weak and whiny, and she’s definitely too trusting and vulnerable for her own good. Yes, Drake transforms himself in record time – but not completely. And yes, you can predict that a downfall is coming, and when it does, it’s hardly surprising to see this house of cards fall apart. But how it falls is intense, shocking and painful. And then it ends in a cliffhanger that will rip the rug right out from under you.

It’s rare for a book to make me cry these days – and I was surprised this one did; but sure enough, near the end, my heart broke for this powerful dominant man and the woman who stole his heart right out from under him. After such a build-up, there was bound to be a fall … and when it happened, it hurt worse than I’d imagined. So, Maya – please bring on the sequel – I have to believe in a happy ever after for these two, whatever it takes.

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Book Review: Hard To Forget, by Bella Jewel (Alpha’s Heart, #3)

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Hard to Forget by Bella Jewel

Series: Alpha’s Heart, #3

Genre: Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

Delaney, a professional bodyguard, has spent years trying to prove herself in a male dominated industry. Now she’s facing her greatest challenge yet.

Bad boy billionaire Jax Shields has made plenty of enemies on his climb to the top, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time has put his life at risk. Now he’s putting his life in the hands of Delaney and her team. He demands the best in everything, and he doesn’t think she has what it takes to protect him. He’s also made it clear he’d rather have her on her back then covering his. Will Delaney be able to prove herself to the most arrogant—and devastatingly handsome—man she’s ever met?

Hard To Forget is a full-length standalone romance with a HEA

My Review

       

An irresistible attraction. A passionate connection. A potentially fatal combination. If you like kick-ass heroines, alpha heroes and happy-ever-afters, this is the series for you. Bella Jewel delivers a solid, action-packed, suspenseful, steamy and satisfying read in ‘Hard To Forget,’ #3 in her Alpha’s Heart series.

Delaney is a strong woman, living a life she’s always dreamed of. She’s a bodyguard, tackling her new career with meaning, passion and determination. As a woman in a man’s world – and a relative newcomer to the elite Thorpe Security team – she has to work twice as hard to prove herself worthy of the “big” assignments, competing with her brawny male counterparts who taunt her at every opportunity. She has to appear confident and defiant – an act of sheer will, since underneath it all, she’s consumed with self-doubt and the fear of failure. It’s very relatable and a great set-up for the story that follows.

When Delaney finally qualifies for her first major protection assignment, her client, “Jax,” aka Jackson Shields, comes on like a misogynistic jerk. Knowing this is her one and maybe only chance to prove her critics wrong, she faces him head-on. The results are, among other things, hilarious. And obviously, she gets the job.

Delaney is bright, honest, and charmingly snarky. Her character is a great mixture of intensity, integrity, tenderness, humor, inner strength and resilience. She is consistently true to herself, to her company, her co-workers, and her assignment. With her career on the line and no one other than her boss in her corner, she has to learn to let go, be aware, trust her instincts, and act — regardless of the possible consequences. You want her to kick ass – and she does – sometimes for the best, and sometimes not.

Jax is a powerful man, a true alpha, who craves control and the freedom it brings. Unfortunately, his life has been turned inside out after an unfortunate encounter with the wrong people. He is in imminent danger, something he can’t predict or control. He’s vulnerable – something he hates. To admit that he needs protection from an unseen enemy is an affront to him; but to be forced to depend on a woman to ward off the bad guys is utterly unbearable. Unfortunately, like it or not, he has to accept Delaney, to learn to trust her, and he resents it with every fiber of his alpha self. If you enjoy stories with a love-hate angle and palpable erotic tension, the fiery relationship that follows will satisfy your every craving.

There is precious little time for Laney to falter – and no room for failure. Her attraction to Jax is irresistible – but could be deadly for them both. Distraction is dangerous – and as the thugs close in, Jax is not the only one in danger – everyone who protects him is a target. And let’s not forget that a romantic relationship with Jax could derail, if not end, her promising new career. Getting caught in a compromising situation with him is the last thing she can afford – but, as it turns out, it’s a risk she’s willing to take, and Jax makes it impossible for her to say no. I doubt if any woman could.

You can see it all coming, but you can’t stop it, so you might as well enjoy it. Once the action starts, it feels like an avalanche, playing with your mind as well as your emotions. The principal and supporting characters are believable and relatable – you can feel their tension, their anger, their desperation, and their fear. The situation is plausible – any one of us could find ourselves caught up in a random act that changes our lives. We weigh the risks and possible consequences of decisions every day – even if they aren’t as life-threatening as these. With a relatable premise; intense, erotic, potentially dangerous, forbidden romance; and a suspenseful build-up to an explosive finale, Hard To Forget is seriously entertaining and a lively escape that will keep you guessing along the way.

I found it a bit sluggish in the beginning, and I felt a bit let-down at the end, but all in all I recommend this series and this author for adventurous, alpha-loving readers who enjoy suspense without cliffhangers, and a guaranteed HEA. I’m looking forward to the next book in this intriguing series.

 

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Book Review: I Am Atlas, by Ella Emerson

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I Am Atlas by Ella Emerson

Series: Playing God, #1

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense

My Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis

Powerful, wealthy, wildly handsome Atlas has it all: successful company, stunning penthouse, and all the women and fun he could want. But when he meets the brilliant, graceful and mesmerizing Gwen, he is thunderstruck and wants to go to great lengths to have her, even if it means breaking his own rules and baring his secret soul.

When his livelihood is threatened by a competing rival, he must prepare for a corporate battle. But, with Gwen at his side he knows he will not lose.

But, what if she isn’t who he thought she was? What if nothing is as it seems?
Will Atlas lose everything?

How far is one man willing to go for the woman he loves?

This is a standalone novel, which can be read by itself. It is part of the PLAYING GOD series and some of the characters will appear in JUST AN ECHO releasing soon.

18+, Not suitable for persons under the age of 18. STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, MATURE CONTENT, and STRONG LANGUAGE.

My Review

   

I Am Atlas is a contemporary romantic suspense novel that will leave you guessing long after the story ends…and that’s a good thing, if you’re ready for something different to end your year – or begin a new one.

Gwen Medina’s life can best be described as a sort of comfortable complacency. Living with her long-term boyfriend Matthew in a one-bedroom apartment, she finds herself longing for the life she’s always dreamed of – a life full of passion and adventure, with a happy marriage and all the other trappings of success. There’s nothing truly wrong, but something’s missing. Is it passion? Purpose? Commitment? She doesn’t know – and she can’t find the will to bring her fears out into the open. Unfortunately, a sense of complacency – and the reluctance to face it – comes with a price. As you might expect, in a matter of a few short hours everything changes. The world she’s come to expect comes crashing down, and the life she took for granted is swept away -leaving her confused, suddenly hopeless and alone.

Fast forward a few weeks to a gala fundraising event where Gwen meets Atlas, a devastatingly handsome, sexy billionaire and the enigmatic owner of Chimera, Inc., a powerful military technology firm. Dubbed one of the most eligible bachelors in the world, Atlas seems to have it all. In fact, he’s absolutely certain he’s at the top of his game, untouchable, without a care in the world. He loves the life he’s built for himself – the wealth, the power, the fame, the notoriety. He’s fearless. He’s so sure of himself that he isn’t aware of the one thing that’s missing: someone to share it with, a woman who isn’t in it for the fame, the money, or his empire. Until Gwen walks into his life and his world irrevocably tips on its axis.

Their attraction is immediate and intense. Atlas is caught completely off guard, irresistibly drawn to this uniquely beautiful, graceful young woman the moment she enters his line of sight. She is nearly instantly overcome by the power that rolls off of him in waves, consuming everything in its path.Within the next 24 hours, Gwen finds herself caught up in a new life, far from Matthew and their shared past, swept up in the spell of this powerful man’s world. As soon as Atlas learns that she lost her job when the company she worked for went under, he hires her to manage the marketing campaign for what promises to be his company’s crowning achievement – a new technology that will change the future for his military clients. And, despite his rule against fraternization, he can’t deny his feelings for Gwen … so inevitably, she becomes embedded not only in his life, but in his very soul. They are as powerful in the bedroom as in the boardroom. He’s never felt more in command of his life. She’s never felt success so close within her grasp. Their future is full of passion and promise.It’s almost too good to be true.

And therein lies the real story.

From the prologue to the epilogue, there are hints that there is much more to story than it would superficially appear. There is depth of meaning that isn’t immediately apparent. It’s more than a powerful romance – it’s a cautionary tale. And that’s what makes I Am Atlas unique among other current billionaire-themed romance novels.You can feel the build-up, but you’ll never predict the fall.

If you enjoy stories that keep you guessing, that mess with your mind and your emotions, I Am Atlas may be just the book you’re looking for. The characters are well-developed enough that you think you know exactly where the story is going – but believe me, you don’t. You know just enough about them to trust them all – but you can’t. The suspense ratchets up with every twist until you are so far down the rabbit hole you can’t put it down.

That being said, there were a few problems with the story that are worth mentioning. There is a rapid shift in POV at the very beginning that felt abrupt and initially confused me. I think the story would have been even more powerful in either third person or in alternating points of view; but that’s a personal preference for stories with this level of complexity. I also found some of the phrasing awkward throughout – which probably got my attention because I edit for a living. Finally, I felt a bit let down by the ending; not so much in the outcome, but there were a few scenes at the end that just felt out of place. I can see why they were there, but they didn’t move the story forward. It’s impossible to explain without spoilers, so I offer it merely as food for thought when you get there.

Altogether, I Am Atlas is an intriguing beginning to a new series – one that is aptly named ‘Playing God.’ You’ll have to read it to see what I mean. It wasn’t at all what I expected based on the title and the synopsis, but it was a truly compelling read, and I can honestly say that I look forward to more erotic, suspenseful stories from Ella Emerson as the series continues.

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My Kind of Wonderful, by Jill Shalvis – A New Release!

Teaser from My Kind of Wonderful, by Jill Shalvis

 

UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE…

Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she’s determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn’t realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn’t want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn’t the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she’s not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family’s resort, Hud thinks he’s seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he’s been missing far too long. Now he’ll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

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Reviewers Say…

This book was everything I look for in a Jill Shalvis novel and more… by AllRomanceReader

My Kind of Wonderful by Juls Colorado

Great book. Love the family dynamic and humor that is a large part of the book. Hero is tall, dark, gorgeous, sweet and gentle. Heroine is sweet and gentle with a feisty side that is brought out by the hero. The chemistry between the two is evident at their first meeting and their passion grows stronger throughout the book. Good mix of humor while also dealing with serious topics. Love the descriptive writing and passionate love scenes.

Perfect Winter Read… by Sweet Jenny’s

Perfect story for a winter’s day!!
Loved curling up and enjoying another Jill Shalvis book.
My Mom gave me my first book from this author, and she is now one that I look for regularly.

About Jill Shalvis…

photo of author Jill ShalvisNew York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Synopsis

The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else.

What now?

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

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Synopsis

He can’t have her. And he can’t tell anyone why.

Ski racer Dane “Danger” Hollister does not do relationships, though he keeps his reason a secret. The real-life curse he’s inherited from his mother will eventually cost him everything: his place on the Olympic ski team, his endorsement income, and his ability to fly downhill at top speed.

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About the Author

Photo of author Sarina BowenSarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

The Ivy Years is her college hockey series. Centered around the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college, The Year We Fell Down began breaking hearts in March, 2014. There are three novels and a novella in the series so far. See http://www.sarinabowen.com/TheIvyYears for updates.

HIM is a bestselling sexy, sporty hockey LGBT novel co-written with Elle Kennedy.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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