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CABR Top Pick, Interview & Giveaway: “The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts #3)” by Kele Moon

Mar 27

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Review: Kele Moon practically ripped my heart out (before putting it back together with duct tape) in part one of THE ENFORCER. I have faith that it will heal properly when part two comes out in a few months; Enforcer’s Revenge (Untamed Hearts #4)

If I thought I was invested in all of the main characters from their first appearance in the BATTERED HEARTS series but I was wrong. This book…took me places. It had me crying, laughing and cheering as Valentino “Tino” Moretti and his siblings did what they had to do to not only survive the abuse they each suffered but to find pockets of joy and love which made life worth living.

I strongly advise that once you’ve gotten your copy of THE ENFORCER, clear your schedule. It. Is. That. Riveting! 🙂

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Click below to read the rest of my review, my interview with Kele, an excerpt from THE ENFORCER and a link to the rafflecopter giveaway 🙂

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(CABR Top Pick) Review & $100 Amazon G.C. Giveaway: “The Slayer” by Kele Moon

Apr 11

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Review: Kele Moon has outdone herself in THE SLAYER (Untamed Hearts #2), and that’s saying a lot because THE VIPER (Untamed Hearts #1) built on the powerful story lines, strong characters, raw emotions and hot sex we’ve come to know in the Battered Hearts series.

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Beyond The Page & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway: “The Last Straw” by Nia Simone

Sep 19

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 Blurb:

Ally Tobin left New York after one too many bad dates, determined to rebuild a stable life and career as a private investigator in Silicon Valley. But when the man she knew as one name walks into her office with another, will her curiosity once again lead her to risk her heart?

The last thing Special Agent Jared Green needs is “security risk” stamped on the resume of his latest undercover identity. Especially by the woman his job forced him to leave in New York without any explanation. She may threaten his cover, but it’s his heart on the line.

He’s good at playing a part. She’s good at catching a fake. Can they trust enough to give love another chance?

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(This is Nia Simone’s debut novel. It’s FREE on Amazon this week only, as part of her blog tour)

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY below

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Beyond The Page & $50 American Express G.C. Giveaway: “Unscrupulous (The Manhattanites #2)” by Avery Aster

Aug 9

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Celebrate the release of Avery Aster‘s erotic romance, UNSCRUPULOUS (The Manhattanites #2), by entering two giveaways here on CABR 🙂

On CABR – an eBook of UNSCRUPULOUS

Tour-wide – a $50 American Express gift card & other prizes

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Unscrupulous

by Avery Aster

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Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Tone: dirty, sarcastic, and witty

Heat Level: scorching

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Publishing Date: August 14, 2013

Series, #: 2 The Manhattanites

Format: ebook

Words: 78,000

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Book 2 in The Manhattanites series

Content Warning: due to graphic sex scenes, strong language, suggestive themes, mature humor, and just about everything your friends ever told you not to do–including getting vajazzled, this novel is for adults only.

At thirty-three, Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executives’ careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.

Stunning, tantalizing and perverse, Taddy Brill captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.

The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. Before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself.

A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Falling Into You” and “Falling Into Us” by Jasinda Wilder

Aug 7

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I have a very special guest on CABR today – Jasinda Wilder  😀

She’s the author of the fantastic New Adult (NA) books, Falling Into You and Falling Into Us.

Trust me when I say these are great reads.

Even if first-person narrative ins’t your usual style, you will fall in love with the characters in these books.

What’s more, Jasinda is giving away trade size paperbacks of FIY and FIU (one each) to two lucky winners on CABR 😀

Note: You must have a US mailing address to be eligible.

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What inspired you to write the “Falling Into” series? 

Well, Falling Into You was initially inspired by real life events. A student of mine lost her boyfriend in a tragic accident much like the one described in chapter 4 of FIY. I originally intended that to be a standalone book. I had zero intention of ever writing a sequel, and i was vocal about that from the very beginning. I just couldn’t–and wouldn’t–put Nell and Colt through any more drama.

They’d been through enough, and another book would just be too much, for me, and for them. But, in the months following the release of FIY, there was such widespread demand for more story, that I knew I had to come up with something. Falling Into Us was my compromise. It let me accomplish several things. I tried to give my amazing and ravenous fans the epilogue and HEA for Nell and Colt that they’d been demanding, while allowing me to tell a fresh new story with new characters and new events.

 

Tell us about book 1, “Falling Into You

It’s not really book 1 and book 2, except in that they’re loosely a series. They’re not chronologically subsequent. Falling Into You is about a girl, Nell, who falls in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle.

There’s a horrible accident when Nell and Kyle are 18, and Kyle is killed. His loss is devastating for Nell, and she doesn’t know how to cope with the pain and the loss, and she goes through hell on her way to healing.

Part of that process is discovering love in a very unlikely place: Kyle’s estranged older brother, Colton, who has been through his own version of hell. Together, they heal each other and learn that sometimes love chooses you, rather the other way around.

 

Falling Into Us coverWhat is book 2, “Falling Into Us“, about?

Falling Into Us is a parallel book to the original. It begins simultaneously, following the lives of Nell’s best friend, Becca, and Kyle’s best friend, Jason.

We follow Becca and Jason through their lives, experiencing first love through their eyes and watching them deal with the loss of Kyle and Nell’s struggle with that event. Becca and Jason both have their own drama to deal with, ranging from domestic abuse to stuttering and everything in between.

 

Songs play an integral role in both books, particularly book 1. Did the songs inspire certain scenes or while writing, did particular songs come to mind?

The music is part of the books. Certain scenes are obviously paired with certain songs, and in those cases the music in inextricably interwoven with the scene. They occurred together, rather than one inspiring the other or vice versa.

 

What is your favourite scene from “Falling Into You” and from “Falling Into Us”?

It’s really hard to pick a favorite scene. That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. Every scene is my favorite. I could list top favorite scenes by category, meaning favorite emotional scene, favorite sex scene, etc, but that would take up a billion pages.

One of my favorite scenes from Falling Into You is in chapter 8, where Colt forces Nell to face her pain once and for all.

EXCERPT:

As if she’s struggling with every fiber of her being not to sob, teeth clenched. I can almost see her rocking back and forth, or curled into a fetal position.

I’m through the door and cradling her in my arms in the space of three heartbeats. She fits on my lap, against my chest, in my arms so perfectly. She’s shuddering, trembling, every muscle flexed. I brush her hair back with my fingers, cup her cheek, feel the tension in her jaw. The noise is coming from deep inside her, dragged up from the bottom of her soul. It breaks my heart. Wrecks me.

“Nell. Look at me.” I tip her chin up, and she jerks away, burrows against my chest, as if she wants to climb between my ribs and nestle in the spaces between my heart and my lungs. “Okay, fine. Don’t look at me. But listen.”

She shakes her head, and her fingers grip my bicep so hard I’ll have bruises later. She’s crazy strong.

“It’s not okay,” I tell her. This gets her attention; it’s not what she was expecting. “You don’t have to be okay.”

“What do you want from me?” Her voice is ragged, desperate.

“I want you to let yourself be broken. Let yourself hurt.”

She shakes her head again. “I can’t. If I let it out, it’ll never stop.”

“Yes, it will.”

“No, it won’t. It won’t. There’s too much.” She judders, sucks in a fast breath, and shakes her head in a fierce denial. “It’ll never stop coming out, and I’ll be empty.”

She tries to climb off me, and I let her. She tumbles off the bed, falls to her hands and knees on the floor, scrambles away, and stumbles into the bathroom. I hear her vomit, retch, and stifle a sob. I move to stand in the doorway and watch her. She’s got her forearm gripped in clawed fingers, squeezing so hard trickles of blood drip where nails meet flesh.

Pain to replace pain.

I step in front of her, take her chin in my hand, and force her to look at me. She closes her eyes, jerks away. The sight of her blood makes me panic. I can’t watch her hurt herself. I wrestle with her hand, but she won’t let go, and if I force her, she’ll only hurt herself worse.

I need to know what’s driving this girl. What’s devouring her.

“Tell me.” I whisper the words to her, rough and raw in the unlit bathroom, gray dawn filtering through dirty glass.

“He’s dead.”

“That’s not enough.”

“It’s everything.”

I sigh deeply, glare at the top of her head. She feels it, finally looks up at me with red-laced eyes. Sad, haunted, angry eyes.

“Don’t fucking lie to me, Nell.” The words are grating and too harsh. I regret them, but keep going. “Tell me.”

“No!” She shoves me back so hard I stumble.

I love this scene because it really shows Nell’s desperation, and Colt’s willingness to do whatever it takes to get past her walls. They’re both so vulnerable in this scene, and we can’t help but love them for it.

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A scene I really love from Falling Into Us is from chapter 15.

I love this scene for similar reasons as the previous excerpt. Becca’s desperation is palpable. You can feel it. You can see her with her phone, trying to find some scrap of memory of her brother to hold on to, and you just break for her. And you love Jason for the compassionate way he helps her through it.

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I would speak to her, some normal interaction such as asking her if she knew where my watch was; she would walk away silently and return with the watch rather than telling me. “Yes” or “no” questions would be answered with a shake or nod of her head. Sometimes she would simply not answer. She would stare at me almost blankly, as if she hadn’t heard me.

I never once found her writing in her journal.

Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore. I found her sitting on our bed, knees drawn up, Kleenex in one hand, her phone in the other. She was scrolling through her pictures frantically, her thumb swiping across the screen over and over again, and with each photograph she bypassed, her features grew more and more panicked.

I sank onto the bed beside her, sitting cross-legged with my hands on her knees. “Becca? Are you looking for a specific picture?” She nodded without looking at me. “Which one?”

She then did something I’d never seen her do: She signed. I’d heard her say once that when she was really young she used sign language if she couldn’t express herself in verbal speech, but she’d abandoned the use of sign language by fourth grade.

I didn’t know sign language, not even the alphabet. She’d formed an “L” with her right hand, starting near her forehead and drawing it downward to her right hand, which was held as if pointing at me, or a number one.

“I don’t…I don’t know sign language, baby.”

She just shook her head and kept scrolling. I tried to take the phone from her, but she jerked away from me, turning in place so she was facing away. I watched over her shoulder as she scrolled, picture after picture blurring past on the screen, snapped selfies, pics of her and me, her and Nell, random things. Then she reached the end of her photo album on the cell phone, the image bouncing but not swiping. She swiped at it repeatedly, as if unable to comprehend that it was the last picture. She moaned, a high-pitched whine in her throat, and slammed the phone down on the bed, but then immediately picked it up and tapped the blue and white Facebook icon, brought up her photo album in the Facebook app and began the process of frantically swiping through the pictures.

“Becca, honey, talk to me. What are you looking for?” She made the same sign, over and over again, L-shaped right hand brought down from her forehead to her pointing left hand. “I don’t know what that means, Beck. Please, talk to me. Please.”

She shook her head and kept going through her Facebook pictures. When she reached the end of those, she whimpered through clenched teeth and pressed the phone screen to her face, shoulders shaking. Then, with a burst of inspiration, she logged back into Facebook and brought up Kate’s profile page and found her pictures.

That’s when it registered. “Ben? You’re looking for pictures of Ben?” She nodded, rocking in place in time with her scrolling thumb.

Kate had taken down every single picture of Ben from her page. There wasn’t one, not a single photograph of Ben. Becca screamed out loud and threw the phone across the room, where it smashed against the wall, putting a hole in the drywall and cracking the screen.

I gathered her in my arms and pulled her against my chest. She thrashed in my grip, screaming, pounding on my chest hard enough to cause pain.

“I-I-I-I doh-don’t-don’t n-n-n-nnnn…don’t remem-mem-mem…remember what he luh-luh-luh-looks like. I don’t r-r-r-rem-rem-remember!” She shook in my arms, trembling violently.

That was the most she’d spoken in more than a week.

“We’ll find you a picture of him, okay? I’m sure your parents have one. We’ll get one. I’ll go there right now, if you want.”

“Everyone’s forgotten hi-hi-him,” she whispered. “Eev-eev-even Kate…and m-m-mmmm-me. Everyone. He’s guh-guh-gone, like he never w-w-wwww-wuh-was.”

“You remember him, honey. You do. You remember what he was like. You remember who he was.” I had her wrapped tightly in my arms, and she’d stilled, barely breathing now. “When my grandpa died, I had this same fear. I loved Grandpa so much. He was Mom’s dad, and he was my favorite person in the whole world. He lived up north, between Grayling and the Mackinaw Bridge. He had, like, twenty acres. He had horses and dirt bikes and all this awesome stuff. I’d go up there for weeks at a time during the summers, and he’d let me do whatever I wanted. We’d go hunting and fishing and four-wheeling, and I’d stay up till midnight every night. Then one day he died. All of a sudden, just gone. He had a heart attack and died, just like that. I cried for days. Dad kicked the shit out of me for crying, but I didn’t care. I loved Grandpa, and he was gone. Then, like a month after he’d died, I had this panic attack. I couldn’t remember what he looked like. I thought it meant I didn’t love him, or that I’d forgotten about him. It was the only time Dad was anything like helpful. He told me you have to forget what they look like. Otherwise, you can’t learn to live without them. Forgetting is your brain’s way of telling you it’s time to try and move on. Not forget who they were, just…keep living.”

 What’s next for you? 

Well, Stripped is available for preorder now, and will be live August 16. I’m excited about that one. My husband Jack has a book coming out in September, and we have a two-part series planned after that. We have titles planned to keep us writing halfway through 2014. We aren’t slowing down anytime soon.

 

TRIVIA

 

Favourite snack while writing?

Cheez-Its

 

If you could spend the day with anyone in history, who would it be and why?

That’s a hard one. I’d love to spend the day with someone like Jane Austen or Emily Bronte. Those women were groundbreaking authors. They smashed the barrier that had long kept female writers out of the public sphere, and it’s to them, and others like Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot and Mary Shelly, that I and my peers owe our careers to. Without their daring to write and publish their books despite convention and tradition, I wouldn’t be where I am.

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I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way. Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him. 

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go. 

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Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle’s older brother Colton for the first time at the funeral.

They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle’s death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt and regret.

He knows he shouldn’t get involved, but he can’t help himself. Trust doesn’t come easily for either of them, and they both have demons. Together, they learn the purpose of pain and the meaning of healing, and the importance of forgiveness.

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A stand alone, parallel novel to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Falling Into You.
THE STORY YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW…
When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn’t the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle’s death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.
THE STORY YOU NEVER IMAGINED…
Becca de Rosa is Nell’s best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca’s own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.
Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell’s best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime.
THE HEARTACHE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…

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newheadshot1ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.

You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.

 

CONTACT THE AUTHOR:

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Her Wish, His Command” by Malia Mallory

Jun 10

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Thank you Sasha for hosting me today! I’m very excited to talk about my newest release Her Wish, His Command.

Welcome back to CABR, Malia 🙂

 

What’s HWHC all about?

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Her Wish, His Command is the third book in the Dominating BDSM Billionaires Series. The heroine, Anna, has been infatuated with her co-worker Jonah Granger for years. She finally gets the opportunity to pursue a relationship with him, but they have a few obstacles in their way.

 

Jonah is the brother of Marcus Granger, who was the hero in the first two books in the series. His Need, Her Desire (Book 1) is currently free at most online retailers.

 

His Desire, Her Surrender (Book 2) hit bestseller lists in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. I’m currently working on the fourth book His Passion, Her Temptation. Look for it in July.

 

 

His_Desire_Her_Surrender_600x900HWHC is the third book in the Dominating BDSM Billionaires Series. Can these books stand-alone?

I think so. Book 1 and 2 both focus on the relationship between Tabitha and Marcus. Book 1 ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, but I think you can read it alone. Book 2 wraps up the relationship between Marcus and Tabitha.

Book 3 focuses on Anna and Jonah and the romance storyline for them is completed.

 

 

 

 

HPHT coverBook 4, His Passion, Her Temptation, focuses on Monica, the sister of Marcus and Jonah.

There is, however, a thread of corporate espionage that runs through all the books. This situation is not completely resolved until book 4.

So basically, the romance aspects are complete but there are some threads about the business that keep going.

 

Did Tabitha or Marcus surprise you in book 2?

I think I was surprised by Tabitha’s courage and strength. Choosing to enter into a D/s relationship is a very big decision and she doesn’t take it lightly.

 

HWHC coverDid you struggle to write a particular scene in Her Wish, His Command? Tell us about it.

I struggled with many scenes. However, one that sticks out is when Anna tries to explain to Jonah about her preferences. He doesn’t know that she likes to be dominated on occasion. Here is a portion of their conversation.

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The time had come. After gathering her courage all day, she couldn’t put off the conversation any longer. She wanted to let Jonah know about her sexual interests. The suspense of not knowing how he would react weighed on her. If it turned him off, she’d rather know now.

Anna swallowed her worry. “Jonah?”

“Yes?” His attention remained on his papers.

She joined him at the table. “There’s something I’ve been meaning to discuss with you.”

“Yeah? Okay.” He didn’t look up.

Anna pursed her lips, her impatience growing. “Jonah, I need your attention for this.”

He stopped and looked up. “Sure.”

Anna took a deep breath. “You know the other day when we spent the evening at your apartment?”

“I certainly do.” His eyes gleamed with sensual interest.

Anna tapped her finger on the tabletop. “Okay. Well. At times, you were … forceful.”

“Did that bother you?”

“Oh no. Quite the opposite. I liked it. A lot.” Anna plunged ahead. “In fact, it’s kind of a thing of mine.”

Jonah scratched his chin, rasping against the growing stubble. “A thing?”

Anna tucked her hair behind her ear. “You know. A preference. When you take charge, it turns me on.”

Jonah leaned back in his chair. “So you like an assertive partner.”

“Maybe more than assertive. Dominant.”

Jonah’s eyes narrowed just a bit. “Dominant. Do you mean you want to be submissive?” As usual, Jonah zeroed in on the point.

 

Will you be attending any book conventions or signings this year?

Unfortunately, no. I hope that in the future I might be able to do something like this.

 

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Spa or Beach vacation?

Spa!

 

Favorite type of book to escape reality with?

A romance of course! Lately, I’ve been rereading many of my favorite historical romances.

 

If you could be anyone for a day, who would you be and why?

I thought about this question for quite a while. There are many things I’d like to experience that I never will. However, I think I’ll stick with what I have. The troubles you know are better than the troubles you don’t, right?

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HWHC coverHer Wish, His Command blurb:

Doctor Anna Foster may just get what she wants: sexy fellow researcher Jonah Granger. She’s been in love with him for years, but Jonah has always been more interested in work at his family’s business, Granger Pharma, than romance. Now that they’ve admitted their attraction, Anna may even be able to tell him what she really wants: to submit to him.

But Granger Pharma faces a hostile takeover. Sensitive data and samples are missing from Anna and Jonah’s lab; it may be corporate espionage. Everyone is under suspicion and, and they’re even beginning to question each other. Anna must discover the truth if she’s going to save both her job and her relationship with the man she dreams of serving.

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Jonah sipped from his cup. “This coffee is better than usual. What did you do?”

“I washed out the pot and filter?” Anna laughed and threw her braid back over her shoulder. Wasn’t playing with hair supposed to be a flirty thing to do? She glanced into Jonah’s eyes and saw his pupils dilate ever so slightly.

Jonah placed his cup on the counter. “I usually just dump the old coffee.”

Anna reached to top him off, making sure she grazed him again. She turned and put the coffee pot back in its place. Her hip bumped him.

“Anna?” he asked in a deep, questioning tone.

“Yes?” She paused. “Jonah?” She drew his name out on her tongue.

His eyes locked with hers. “What’s this about?”

Anna broke eye contact as his scrutiny became too intense. “What’s what about?”

“This.” He gestured toward her. “Is this about yesterday?”

Anna wasn’t sure where to go with her plan. “Yesterday?” She feared her manner gave the impression of stupid instead of coy.

“Yes, yesterday. We had a moment, for lack of a better term. Is this some game?”

Anna straightened. “Game? What is that supposed to mean?” Her voice lost its teasing edge.

“It means that either you are trying to needle me or maybe … maybe you want something?”

Anna frowned. “Those are the only two explanations?”

Jonah considered for an instant. “Anna, you’re not interested in me, are you?”

Anna thumped her mug on the counter. “Of course not.” Color rose in her face.

“Anna, about yesterday. I didn’t mean to be unprofessional.” His apologetic manner unnerved her.

“You were not unprofessional,” Anna bit out. What a disaster. Was he going to say something kind? Anna didn’t think she could bear the embarrassment.

Jonah took her hand lightly in his. Her hand trembled, and Anna was sure he felt it. “Are you afraid?” He looked into her eyes. “Or aroused?”

Anna swayed as his calloused thumb stroked her palm. The lab seemed to shrink, the walls gathering close around them.

He tugged on her hand, bringing to his lips. He nipped her fingertip.

Anna struggled to remain impassive as her blood surged. She sensed she hadn’t fooled Jonah with her imperfect façade of calm.

A predatory masculine smile crossed his face. “I see.” He sucked her fingertip into his mouth.

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Malia Mallory’s bio:

Malia Mallory lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She’s been working with words since alphabet blocks rolled into her crib, not only writing her own work but copy editing and proofreading the work of others. She has loved to read about relationships since she first sneaked off with her mother’s Harlequin.

Malia Mallory is the best-selling author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released the Mia’s Cop Craving series and Santa’s Backdoor Baby. Malia’s books have hit the bestselling erotica lists at both Amazon and iTunes. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, Smashwords and AllRomance Books.

For a free copy of B is for Beach from The ABCs of Erotica, head to her website and sign up for the newsletter at http://www.maliamallory.com/Join_My_Mailing_List.php.

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MaliaMalloryIcon-1Connect with Malia Mallory

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/@MaliaMallory

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/MaliaMallory

Blog – http://abcsoferotica.wordpress.com/

Web Page – http://www.maliamallory.com

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Make Me Sweat” by Avril Ashton

Apr 8

Erotic romance author, Avril Ashton, has taken over CABR for the day.

She’s talking about writing, reviews AND giving away a copy of her book, MAKE ME SWEAT 😀

There’s an R-rated excerpt below too.

ANSWER the RAFFLECOPTER question in the COMMENTS section, and be sure to complete the 2 other entries to increase your chances of winning 🙂

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A Little Bit Selfish?

As an author who puts my work out there, I love getting feedback; from readers, from other authors, from established review sites. It’s a validation, all the more so if it’s a great review. I like it, I smile and then I move on. There are the bad ones, too. Then the downright messed up opinions of people who lambaste you, your craft, your choices. They go in, they go hard and they make it personal.

Okay…

It takes a certain kind of strength to take a breath, to shrug and move on. I can. I do. Some not so much. I can understand why they won’t or can’t understand why someone would go out their way to personally hit below the belt.

If you’re not familiar with me and my work, I write erotic romance, both hetero and GLBT. I leave nothing on the cutting room floor. I close no doors when it comes to the bedroom action and I go all out with mine. I do take it there…and beyond. It’s what I love to read, it’s what gets the creative juices flowing and it’s my preference. My books aren’t for the soft and pink. In my featured book, MAKE ME SWEAT, I include some things I’d never taken on before that point. That got me some pretty screwy emails, some telling me I’d gone too far. That I was writing porn.

I read those emails. Smiled. Then deleted them and moved on. Next.

That’s me and I think there’s nothing anyone can tell me, call me that I haven’t already told/called myself. Took that power away. There are those who aren’t as hard-assed as me, who haven’t yet figured out those opinions can’t dictate how you live your life or in this case, what you write.

You have to be a certain kind of selfish to be an author, I think. A certain kind of bold enough to say the harsh truth. That “this is what I do. This is what makes me happy. It’s my job, I love it. It’s mine. Not yours. I do it for me. Not for you.”

Sure they’d gasp and clutch at their pearls. You can’t possibly mean that. After all, you write and if you want to be successful at it, people need to buy and read. We’d love that. Really. Buy it. Read it. Give your opinions. We’d love all that. What we can’t allow is to be torn down, made to doubt ourselves enough that we’d want to quit, give it all up because of harsh words.

Everyone will not love the genres/themes I write. Hell, many won’t like it. I’m cool with that. I’m cool with bad reviews and harsh words. Many aren’t me. They throw their hands up and want to surrender. There has to be a point where we put our chin up and say back off, I do what pleases me. I’d love it if you all worshipped my books, hung on to every word I write. That won’t happen. I accept that.

Just as you’ll have to accept I write for me. First and foremost. It pleases me. I’m not much into pleasing all…just one. Works for me.

 

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Make Me Sweat coverSynopsis of MAKE ME BURN (Bringing the Heat, book 1):

Charged with planting a listening device in the office of a dangerous nightclub owner, Ever Marcille accepts an invite from her target to indulge in some naughty play. She didn’t count on their mutual, insatiable need, or the many ways his closely guarded secrets are intertwined with hers.

Undercover federal agent Simon Dakin has one thing on his mind, catching the arms dealer known as Ghost. That’s until he spies the mysterious woman at his bar. Time after time she comes in, teasing his senses. Starring in his fantasies. He promises himself one night with her in his arms, but a single taste isn’t possible. He’s hooked.

Even as their secrets intrude, Dak and Ever succumb to their desires. But time is running out. Secrets past and present must be revealed. Can their new-found feelings survive the many blows, or is this over before it even begins?

 

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AUTHOR’S BIO:

A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a tolerant Spousal Equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing plot points of Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother

Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.

Addicted to cake, the ID Channel and the UFC, Avril writes Erotic and GLBT Romance for Ellora’s CaveEvernight PublishingeXtasy BooksSecret Cravings Publishing and Total-e-Bound.

Visit: http://www.avrilashton.com

Friend Avril on: http://www.facebook.com/writeravrilashton

http://www.twitter.com/#!/AvrilAsh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4623203.Avril_Ashton

 

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R-rated excerpt from MAKE ME SWEAT: 

 

“What do you want from me, Mr. Dakota?”

“You know who I am?” Dak removed his jacket and flung it on to the couch at the far side of the room.

Her eyes followed the movement. “Everyone knows who Ian Dakota is, but you haven’t answered my question.” She tilted her head, staring at him with green eyes. “What do you want?”

“You.”

She laughed. The low, husky sound hardened his cock and moistened the tip. Dak bit back a groan. Shit.

“Do you think I’m for sale, Mr. Dakota?” She asked the question like one would ask the time of day.

“Not at all,” he rushed to assure her. “I just think you want me as much as I want you.”

She blinked, a low sweep of long lashes, and got to her feet. “You think so, huh?” At the window, she stared down at the street. Dak caressed her smooth back with his gaze. He salivated for a taste of her creamy skin and those gorgeous tattoos.

Eyes glued to the activity on the street below, she asked, “If I told you to make me come right now using only your fingers, what would you say?”

His cock jerked. “Take off your dress.”

The black, backless number pooled at her ankles, circling the gold heels. Dak watched, mouth dry, cock aching, as she pushed her front onto the window. Palms flat against the glass, she widened her stance.

A step forward brought him to her, his front inches from her back. He smoothed a trembling hand from the nape of her neck to the twin dimples above her ass, then traced the flight of the stars etched there.

She sighed and leaned into his touch. Dak wanted to kiss her skin, lick those stars with his tongue, he wanted to taste her. Hell he wanted. Period. Instead, he forced his galloping pulse to calm, forced his breath to steady. Forced his need to wait.

Something he’d never done.

He circled the curve of her ass with one hand, the other he brought around to cup a heavy breast, thumbing the nipple. A moan rose from her. She bowed her head.

“Tell me your name.” He pulled a nipple and slid a finger down the crack of her ass. She panted. “Tell me.”

“Ever. My name’s Ever.”

Ever Marcille, to be precise. He put his lips to her ear and trailed his hand from her breast to her flat stomach. “Ever, I want to hear you scream.”

“Yeah?” Her body trembled. “You and me both.”

 

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Beyond The Sun” by Sandra Bischoff

Apr 5

 

Paranormal romance fans, I’d like to introduce you to debut author, Sandra Bischoff   🙂

Read on to find out how you could WIN her book, BEYOND THE SUN, from Bayou Brew Publishing.
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Sandra, tell us about your debut novel, BEYOND THE SUN, in 120 characters or less. 

BEYOND THE SUN is a Paranormal Romance loosely based on Camelot full of murder, mayhem and of course romance.

I understand BTS evolved from a short story you posted on a social networking site. How did you make the leap from there to published novelist?

It did not happen overnight. This book took me over a year to write the first time. I think I revised it over a dozen times until it was finally picked up by Bayou Brew Publishing. The whole process lasted about seven years.

Kudos to you on sticking with it Sandra  🙂

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Did you struggle to write a particular scene? Why? 

I can’t remember any one scene being a struggle. Scenes that involved fighting or hand to hand combat usually take me longer to write only because I have to actually go through the motions to see or feel how it would play out.

Here’s an example:

The creak of leather allowed him to pinpoint the location of his intruder. Jared slowly wrapped his fingers around the wooden staff resting on the floor before him and waited.

Come to Papa, asshole.

The air in the room stirred. Jared smirked as a leather duster slid into view on the floor in front of him. His attacker was trying to throw him off. Did they honestly think he would fall for such a lame trick…again? He took nothing for what it seemed when dealing with vampires. No, Jared relied on his honed senses to keep his head on his shoulders when faced with a fight.

A breeze brushed over his arms. He brought his weapon up on his left side, blocking his attacker’s strike. The wooden staffs cracked together. Jared swung around, keeping their weapons locked together until he fell into a ready stance.

The vampire backed up a step and twirled the staff at his side. He circled around slowly, just out of striking distance. Jared kept a wary eye trained on the male; the pointed end of his staff aimed at his assailant’s chest.

Before he could blink, the vamp advanced and drove him back. Jared met each advancing blow with a block. He sensed the wall at his back and launched to the side, rolling away before he was cornered. He made a full sweep of the floor with his staff, catching his opponent’s foot and knocking him onto the ground. Taking advantage of the momentary lapse, Jared grabbed the other man’s weapon, breaking his hold and pinning him to the floor.

“Yield.” Jared towered over the vampire and leaned into the staff on his attacker’s neck.

His assailant let out a raspy laugh. He grabbed Jared’s leg and pulled it out from under him. He landed on his ass. The staff clattered to the ground. The vamp spun away from him, but not before giving Jared a knock on the back of the head with his staff. Snarling, Jared retrieved his weapon and prepared for the next attack.

If you were offered a TV or movie deal, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?

I would definitely go with a movie deal. Since I’ve only done one book so far, I don’t see a TV series coming from this particular book on its own.

Casting for me is a piece of cake, Mike Vogel is my Jared, always has been, Alexandra would be Jaime Murray, Zephyr is Oliver Martinez, Abs definitely is Agnes Brukner, Semiramis is Juliana Margulies, and last but not least, Lance Du Lace would be cast as Jensen Ackles.

I’m liking those choices 🙂

 

checklist image(Image from – For the Love of Writing blog)

 

TRIVIA

 

Pantser or plotter?

Plotter

 

Chocolate or fruits?

Chocolate

 

Ideal getaway?

Hawaii

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Author John Jakes. I have so many questions that revolve around his North and South book series. I’d love to know the reasoning behind why he ended it the way he did. It’s my favorite historical series ever.

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beyond-the-sun coverSynopsis: Fifteen years ago Jared Bonatelli had it all. The youngest son of one of the founding families in the Conservatorship of The Dark Order he lived a life you only thought existed in novels and nightmares. He had just graduated from Oxford University and became engaged to his childhood sweetheart when he lost it all in one violent act.

The very next day he found himself shipped off to New Orleans with only the money in his pocket and whatever he could fit in one suitcase. Since that night he has suffered reliving his fiancé’s murder repeatedly in his dreams. It isn’t until he finds himself summoned back to New York for an emergency meeting of the Conservatorship that the comfortable world he lives in begins to crumble around him.

Alexandra Toscano has been searching for the one assignment that could catapult her journalistic career. When her editor Gene O’Hanlon drops a manila folder in her lap, Alex is immediately skeptical. At first glance the information he hands her seems like a publicity piece that is till she comes across an article he wrote some fifteen years ago about Vampires murdering a young woman in Central Park.

She is ready to laugh it off as a work of fiction until he points out he was an eye witness to the whole thing. But that wasn’t all. The girl’s boyfriend was a member of a prominent Italian family who vanished the very next day.

Now as Alex begins to dig deeper into Jared’s life she begins to question her own past. Could the answer she seeks be found in the glowing eyes of the one person she is sworn to expose? Or will they both find themselves torn apart by a world Beyond the Sun?

 

CONTACT Sandra Bischoff:

http://sandibischoff.webs.com

http://sbischoff.wordpress.com

http://www.BayouBrewPublishing.com

http://www.Facebook.com/AuthorSandiBischoff

And on Twitter at @SandiBischoff

 

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Battered Hearts” series by Kele Moon

Apr 4

Star Crossed coverKele Moon is on CABR today!

(Can you tell I’m excited? LOL)

Kele is here to tell us about her erotic contemporary romance series, BATTERED HEARTS, from Loose Id.

If you enjoy passionate romance filled with obstacles the h/H DO overcome, and featuring some seriously hot Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, then this is the series for you. 🙂

TWO lucky visitors to CABR will each win a book in the series, so be sure to POST A COMMENT and complete the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY.

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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about your BATTERED HEARTS series.

The Battered Hearts books are about a group of MMA tough guys and the women who love them. Steamy. Emotional. Exciting.

How does that work? But then of course, after 5 fun tales of UFC fighters LOL! Then there will be Nova. . . Who doesn’t fit into a box and conforms to no one 😀

 

What inspired you to write these amazing, strong characters who’ve each suffered in their own way?

I like fighters. There’s something very compelling about men who go into a cage to get beat up every day and then come back asking for more.

I enjoy exploring what drives certain people to do and be certain things and the world of MMA was a wide open playing field for someone like me who loves tortured heroes 😀

 

Did you struggle to write a particular scene in book 1 or 2? Or would this question apply to Wyatt’s book, which is still a WIP?

Actually, the Romeo and Jules’s first date scene from STAR CROSSED was very difficult. I didn’t realize until I started writing it that I had never written a sex scene where the two characters had just met. . . All my stories up until that point had been friends to lovers stories in one way or another.

I thought I would NEVER finish that date/sex scene!! And funny enough I get a lot of positive feedback on it. . . LOL! Which is nice considering how much time I spent ripping my hair out over it.

Excerpt from STAR CROSSED:

She huffed indignantly as he pushed the door open. “I’m talking to you.”

“I heard you.”

“You genuinely disappointed me.” She sounded stricken as she followed behind him. “I thought you were different from the fellas I’m used to, but it turns out you’re the same and—” Romeo pushed the door closed behind her, and Jules turned when it clicked shut. “What’re you doing?”

Romeo stepped into her personal space and then leaned forward to breathe her in. The perfume she wore was dark and seductive rather than sweet and floral like most women wore. Jesus, this woman even smelled perfect.

When Romeo moved to kiss her, she turned her head petulantly. Her breathing was shallow, her body tense, but she obviously wasn’t inclined to give in—yet.

He bent down and whispered against the smooth line of her throat, “I didn’t pay for dinner to be a chauvinist. I did it because I enjoyed your company, and I felt like you were worth it. Is that so bad?”

Jules appeared unmoved by his impassioned plea. “You think you’re charming.”

“Sometimes,” Romeo admitted, a smile tugging at his lips. “But it’s still the truth. I wanna kiss you, Juliet. Look at me.”

“No.” Jules’s voice was a low rasp, sounding like the denial hurt. “Maybe this is a mistake. I thought about it while I was walking up here. This is all wrong and—”

She was going to be stubborn, so Romeo took the initiative and cupped her face in both his large hands. He forced her to turn to him and studied her stunning features for one breathless moment. Her body tightened defensively, but she didn’t fight him as only the sound of their labored breathing filled the air. Jules’s eyes were wide, her cheeks more flushed than ever. Then she licked her full, lush bottom lip in a quick swipe of anticipation.

That was all the invitation he needed.

Romeo leaned down and kissed her before she got a chance to think about things any more than she already had. Jules moaned in response and arched into him. Her lips parted to his, soft and hungry for more. Romeo knew he was already too far gone as he deepened the kiss and greedily took what she was offering.

Has the response to this series surprised you in any way? 

It has! Pleasantly so . . . It was a series I started on a whim when I had an idea about a big, badass fighter and a piece of pie. LOL!

But it’s grown out into something I’m really excited to be writing. . . I especially love the spin on the mafia boys Chuito, Tino and Nova whose stories are going to make up the backend of the series!

 

Defying the Odds coverIf you were offered a TV or movie deal for BATTERED HEARTS, which would you choose? Who would play your characters?

I would probably choose TV just because I know how the story is going to unfold in the long run. . . Too much for movies. . . Though I wouldn’t mind see Star Crossed on the big screen.

I don’t usually have actual actors in mind when I write. . . But for this series I have found a few that match.

Clay looks a lot like Joe Manganiello in my mind, which is funny because he is Italian. I know a lot of people think of Romeo when they see him, but I dunno, that’s just how I always pictured Clay.

And hands down, Chris Hemsworth as Wyatt. I saw a picture of him once with short hair, wearing flannel and I was like. . . OMG! It’s Wyatt!!

Here’s some of the pics from that shoot. . . What’d you think? Wyatt?

http://www.mikethefanboy.com/chris-hemsworth-talks-about-getting-all-buff-and-working-out-in-the-new-mens-health-magazine-may-2011/

Other than that. . . I’m still looking 😀 And I’m always open to suggestions!

 

TRIVIA

Kele Moon pic


Pantser or plotter?

100% Pantser!

 

Dogs or cats?

I like both. . . I own neither. I have my hands full with three kids. LOL!

 

 

Chocolate or fruits?

Chocolate.

 

Ideal getaway?

The beach!! Doesn’t even matter where. . . I grew up on an island. The ocean feeds my soul.

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

It’s a three way tie between my favorite authors Pat Conroy, JK Rowling and Rick Riordan 😀

 

Thanks for stopping by Kele.  🙂  

I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing you. Loved the actors you’ve selected to play the men and women in BATTERED HEARTS.

Hopefully we really do get to see your books brought to life one day 🙂

 

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Review: “Beyond Eden (Eden book 1)” by Kele Moon

Mar 30

Beyond Eden cover

STAR-4

 

 

Review: Kele Moon’s debut novel leaves quite an impression. 404 pages long, this is not a quick read but it is a good one.

Although BEYOND EDEN lacked detail when it came to most of the BDSM pain scenes between Paul and Danny, you do get to see the full evolution of Eden’s renewed relationship with her two childhood best friends.

This was a departure for me. I’ve never read a ménage à trois like this before, with such dark themes and where there are two couples that become one about half-way through the story.

That being said, Ms Moon does a great job pulling you into the bonds between Eden and Paul, then Paul and Danny, Eden and Danny, ending with the rocky road to love amongst all three.

Paul’s fiancee, Trisha, is a true piece of work! I wonder if she will appear in a future book? Boy would that be a reveal of hidden, deeply-buried desires. If anyone can make this cold lady appealing, Ms Moon can. 🙂

I mention Trisha because Paul’s impending marriage to this “vanilla sex” woman has put a severe strain on his secret relationship with Danny, the man who loves him as he is but who can’t express that because thanks to Paul’s domineering, career-military father, being gay is just plain wrong.

Sadly we don’t get to see Paul interacting with his family, not even in a key scene near the end but what saves BEYOND EDEN is Ms Moon’s ability to fill you in through her characters’ conversations and recollections.

The reference to, but lack of interaction with, Paul’s family, plus the limited interaction with Eden’s family and the lack of detail when Danny and Paul engaged in fire play, are the reasons why I struggled when rating this book.

Ultimately, Ms Moon does a great job of bringing Eden, Paul and Danny closer together on an emotional and physical level, with details of a key BDSM scene in the latter half of the book which convinced me to give it 4 stars.

A significant reason for this came in the last quarter of BEYOND EDEN. Man-of-his-word that Paul is, he refuses to cut ties with Trisha and his domineering father, so Eden and Danny make a painful decision.

They find their own version of HEA and I was left wandering if Paul being part of their lives would require a sequel. But no…Paul finally, finally, allows himself to feel more than physical pain and sexual release, thus paving the way for him to seek his own version of heaven – a fully-committed relationship with his two dominant partners, Danny and Eden. (Eden may dominate Paul but she in turn is submissive to Danny).

Yup, this is NOT your average dominant-submissive story, which is what makes it special. BEYOND EDEN is not for everyone. You’re likely to either love it or hate it but you won’t walk away feeling bored nor are you likely to ever forget Eden, Paul and Danny. 🙂

 

Beyond Eden coverTitle: Beyond Eden

Series: Eden, book 1

Author: Kele Moon

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Publication date: September 2010

Blurb: Three lifelong friends find themselves tangled in a web of love, pain and dangerous secrets in this erotic Garden of Eden tale.

Tall, dark and handsome Danny Carlow has always gotten whatever he wants except for the two he wants more than anything–his best friends, lovers Paul and Eve.

Determined, he waits like a snake in the grass, poised for the right moment to offer them a temptation too delicious to resist.

Artist Eve Everton makes the painful decision to leave her true love Paul for the siren call of New York City. Ten years later, with her life in shambles, she returns. When Paul’s waiting arms aren’t available, Eve falls for Danny’s charm and finds herself a willing accomplice in the dangerous games Danny plays.

Former college football star Paul Mattling is now a successful attorney with a bright future ahead of him. But behind those brilliant blue eyes are secret desires for a taste of the forbidden. Will he play it safe or give in to Danny and Eve and bite the apple?

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Filed Under: Erotic Romance, Reviews
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