Mr. X Release Blitz

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Mr. X
by Clarissa Wild
Publication Date: July 21, 2014 
Genres: ContemporaryDarkEroticaRomance 

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Synopsis: *Author Note: This is not your average romance story. Some people will kill for love.*

He’s come to kill me.

I’m a user and abuser of my own body. In the darkest hour I sold my soul to the devil and now I must pay the price. With his gun to my head I have no choice but to listen and obey, but I refuse to go down easily. Nothing is stronger than the will to survive. My instincts kicked into full gear the second he stepped into my motel room.

Except when I look at him I see my own heart staring back at me. A history tainted by blood.

I don’t know his name, but I know he wants me. To save myself I’ll sacrifice my sanity. My body. My soul. Something tells me the x-shaped scar that marks his eye is the only escape I have. He is Mr. X; the man who comes to claim my life. Can I save myself before he demands my heart?

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, breath depravation, strong language, drugs and alcohol, and graphic violence, which may be considered triggers.

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Excerpt:

“Are you comfortable, little bird?” I ask, walking to the other side of the bed.

“Fuck you.”

“Now, now, I thought I had already established that is not the purpose of this intrusion.”

“Well then what the fuck do you want from me? Are you here to watch me do myself? Are

you here to kill me? Are you going to sit there and wait until I confess my darkest secrets to

you? Or do you want me to do a little dance for you, huh?” she muses. “Because I sure as hell

have no clue why the fuck you are in my room, trying to fucking blow my brains out!”

I laugh and shake my head at her outburst. Grabbing her other hand, I secure it to the

bedpost and tie up her last remaining free limb. Strapping it up nicely until she hisses from the

pain, I say, “None of that.” I wink. “Or maybe all of them.”

“Oh, screw you! I don’t deserve any of this. What have I ever done to you?”

I frown, gazing down upon her. Her eyes speak the truth. “You don’t remember, do you?”

Her eyes widen and her lips part. It takes her a few seconds to answer. “Remember what?”

“Everything.”

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About the Author: Clarissa Wild is the Amazon Bestselling Romance author of FIERCE, a top 200 and top 15 New Adult Romance novel. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire’s Bet series, the Doing It Series and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Irrevocable Release Blitz

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Title: Irrevocable

Author: Skye Callahan

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Release Date: July 14, 2014

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Synopsis

Sometimes when you can’t go back, the only way out is to descend into the darkness. 
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When I woke in that place, I just wanted to survive. But survival came at a cost, for which they demanded my will and body.
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With pain came acceptance. Fully-dependent on the man who claimed me, I learned to appreciate what I had-life and relative safety. 
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I watched him spill blood and tend my injuries. With betrayal came a revelation. 
The only way out was to bring them all down or die trying.
Warning: This isn’t your rainbows and love sonnets kind of romance. This story explores topics of abduction and slavery, and contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and sex.

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Through the haze of sleep, I felt hands on me. Cold and rough. I thought for a fleeting moment that it might have been Kyle.

Then, I remembered our break up.

It had happened weeks ago, but maybe that part was the dream. My memory was fucked and I couldn’t latch onto a thought long enough to ride it out of the fog.

“Did you make a decision?” Kyle asked.

I rolled over and pulled the comforter up to my neck. I had decided that I didn’t want to make a decision—mostly that I didn’t appreciate him trying to force me into a decision when I had told him time after time that I didn’t want him moving into my apartment even after six months together.

“You can barely afford the place anyway since your sister moved out. I don’t get why it’s such a big deal unless you don’t want to be together.”

I did, and yet, the threat of him leaving seemed like a relief….

Hands groped and pulled—rough against my skin and digging into muscle and bone. Too many hands. The bits of memory faded as I tried to retreat from the onslaught. My back pressed into a hard surface beneath me, and my nostrils filled with the smell of musk and damp stale air.

I had no idea where I was, or how I’d gotten there.

I kicked and gasped, trying to get back to the surface where reality lurked. It shimmered in the distance, just out of reach, like the sun on the surface of the water during a dive.

A hand latched onto my hair and held my head back. My eyelids were finally freed from the sticky muck that held me in semi-consciousness, and I opened them to find myself staring up into unfamiliar eyes.

I only held his gaze for a few seconds—if that—but it seemed like it lasted for hours as my brain fought to categorize the details. Its useless attempt to understand what was going on.

The man clutching my hair had vivid green eyes, but they may as well have been black given the emotionless void they displayed. His hair was shaggy, brown with a mix of grey, the same colors that stood out in his unkempt stubble.

As if he needed any help looking rough.

 

About The Author

Skye Callahan is an Ohio-girl who has spent a lifetime chained to the imaginary worlds of the characters who live in her head. Although it was her interest in paranormal that originally inspired her to pick up the pen, she has recently followed her interest in BDSM and dark romance to venture into other realms of fiction. She currently lives with her husband and two ferrets, who keep her plenty busy when she’s not writing or at the day job where she serves as a Jane-of-all-trades in a non-profit business outreach center.

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Cover Reveal: Play (Stage Dive 2) by Kylie Scott

Gotta say I am super excited that this is my first cover reveal and it is for one of my favorite new series. Lick was one of my favorite books of last year and I am pumped for Play to come out on April 1!

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Synopsis:

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK.

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

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Release Day and Giveaway: Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen

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SAVING QUINTON by Jessica Sorensen (February 4, 2014; Forever E-Book; $4.99)

Nova Reed can’t forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She’s determined to find him and help him . . . before it’s too late.

Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he’s done. But there’s one flaw in his plan: Nova isn’t going anywhere . . .

About the author:

Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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Top Books of 2013

So I might be the Queen of procrastinating… I’ve been meaning to write this post for a hot minute but I really never got around to it and now its 2014. These are individual books that I loved this last year. I already did a post of my favorite series from 2013 which you can check out here. There are a couple repeats but thats just because I loved the book that much. I’m also just going to link directly to goodreads so you can add to your shelf if you would like. Like the series list – this is in no particular order.

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Undeniable – Madeline Sheehan

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Reaper’s Property – Joanna Wylde

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Real – Katy Evans

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On Dublin Street – Samantha Young

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Tears of Tess – Pepper Winters

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Addicted to You – Becca and Krista Richie

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Enslaved by the Ocean – Bella Jewel

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Wallbanger – Alice Clayton

So thats it for me. What were some of your favorites for 2013?

Top Books (Series) of 2013

So I am going make to separate lists for my best of 2013; one for book singles that I read in 2013, the other for book series that had at least one new book released this year. I decided to separate these just because its way too hard for me to separate one book from a series as better than the rest unless its god-awful. I know I am probably missing some but these were the first things that came to mind. I’m including a short recap on my thoughts on each series plus the synopsis for book one in each series. That being said, these are my favorites (in no particular order):

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Review: Tender Mercies by Kitty Thomas

Release Date: May 6, 2011

Price: $4.95

From the Publisher:

“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

My thoughts:

I was looking through my to review list and this book caught my eye. I read it over 2 months ago but I remember it being such a mindfuck and out of this world good. I need to read more books by Kitty Thomas that much I know is true.

First off let me say that I think Grace is bat shit crazy for wanting hardcore kink so much that she moves to an island where she has no rights and is a legit sex slave. Um.. no thanks. In her defense, she did talk online to the guy that she moved there for almost a year. He seemed not crazy but of course once she got there the crazy was out in full effect. All I know is as I was reading this I was thinking I would have lost my shit. Some of the things that happen to her are extremely brutal and this book is not for the faint of heart.

Grace is abused by Master Lucas who brought her to the island. Some of the things that he does are unspeakable. Its disgusting. Lucky for Grace she gets sold to Asher. Lucas only does this because he thinks that Asher killed his previous slave and he wants nothing good to happen to Grace. Asher is still reeling from the accidental death of his previous slave and when he sees Grace for the first time he has to have her. He knows that she has been brutal abused, only an animal would bring her to an auction with fresh scars. Most people would be smart enough to have their slave in pristine condition if they want to get top dollar for them. He also afraid for what kind of person would want to buy her with all the scars she has. Grace is afraid for what her new master will be like. Asher has to get her to trust him and to trust himself with another person after his judgement was so wrong last time. It’s a great story of trust and letting the past go.

This is described as a dark erotic novel. It’s definitely dark. There are some erotic moments but it’s not like your traditional erotic novel.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quotes:

“I’m sorry. I thought I could give you the option of freedom. I know it’s the right thing to do. I’ve only had you a day. I shouldn’t be this attached. But I can’t do it. It’s worse that I even offered. You’re never leaving here. I will never free you.”

“Thank you, Master.”
Asher tensed. “For?”
“For giving me the choice long enough to know I didn’t want that burden anymore. And for taking it away before I had to decide.” ”

Excerpt From: Kitty Thomas. “Tender Mercies.” iBooks.

 

Review: Jagged by Kristen Ashley

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Price: $3.79

From the Publisher:

The next novel in Kristen Ashley’s sizzling Colorado Mountain series introduces a new electrifying relationship that turns Carnal, Colorado into a hotbed of action, romance, and suspense.

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

My Thoughts:

I love KA. Seriously, I do. I look forward to anything new that comes out by her. She is not for everyone. Some people get really annoyed with how her male characters speak. Personally, I think it’s endearing and hot. Therefore, I love Kristen Ashley. I was a little concerned when I read the synopsis for this because what kind of hot alpha male goes by Ham? Seriously?! Honestly I got all worked up for nothing. Ham is hot! He also goes by Reece to anyone other than Zara which makes it infinitely more acceptable.

Alright, enough about names, let’s talk about the story. I found the premise of the book very interesting. I don’t think I have read anything like it. So, Ham and Zara met working at the same bar when she was 24 and he was 35. They spent 4 months living and working together and it was the best time of Zara’s life. She understood that one day he would leave because he was a drifter. He never stayed in one place for long. They still kept in contact and would call each other and hook up when he was traveling through. Five years of this…. Five! In Zara’s defense it wasn’t just booty calls. Anytime she needed someone, he would drop everything and come to her. So five years of this and one night Ham calls, Zara decides its time to break it off. Shes been dating this nice guy Greg for a couple of months and she knows that Ham will never give her the relationship she wants.

Zara gets married, then divorced a couple of years later. Her life is in shambles and who comes back? Ham. He refuses to take no for an answer on getting her back on her feet. She eventually gives in and its a rollercoaster ride of emotions after that. So many things happen that can’t talk about. As soon as I would get it together and stop the tears some other crazy shit would happen and the tears were back. There are a lot of touching moments. We find out what happened that pushed Zara and Ham together in the first place. We find out why Ham is so resistant to giving himself to a relationship.

All in all, I really loved this book. It was extremely touching and well written. The only thing I can fault KA for is sometimes she is a little long-winded and books go on longer than I feel they should. Not the case on this one.

 

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars

 

 

Intro post

So I wanted to create this blog because I have been a reading machine in the past year. I’ve really leaned on certain blogs for recommendations in my next read if I had read something that I absolutely love. With the rise of self-published books it’s easy for great books to get lost in the fray and I just want to make sure they get love too.

Currently I have been wrapped up in romance novels and it all started with the 50 shades series. I have a love/hate relationship with those books. They opened up my eyes to a genre of books that I didn’t know existed. Before I read them I just lumped all romance novels together and just assumed they were happily ever afters and boring. I will admit I was wrong. I cannot name the last non romance novel I finished.

Reviewing novels is new to me and I hope that you all will help me find my groove. I’ve tried highlighting passages for books that I’ve read in the past week or so but I’ve been really bad. Ifi hit avoid passage I’m normally too enthralled with what is happening to highlight the important part, you know? But I digress.

This is just a quick intro post but if you have any questions let me know.

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