#BookBlitz: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @shanannigans81 #Excerpt #Giveaway

I’m super excited to share this post with you, I was a beta reader for Father Figure and the author James Cudney is a very good friend. I can tell you that this book is outstanding and from the outset weaves a web of mystery which is laced with romance, drama and suspense. My review is coming soon but in the mean time don’t miss out on this fantastic novel!

 

Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

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Excerpt

As Amalia leaned in toward Carter expecting him to reach for it with his hand, a devilish gleam in his eyes appeared. “You’re not gonna try to pull me in, are you?” She suppressed a wary giggle deep in her gut. Or maybe it was excitement. She wasn’t sure.

 

 

“Did you want to come in the water with me?”

 

 

Amalia pulled her bottom lip inside her mouth, running her top teeth over it, contemplating how to respond. “I don’t have a swimsuit.” She lifted her hand in his direction, her fingers still nimbly holding a small piece of the sandwich. “Here, take it.”

 

 

Carter raised himself a few inches higher and brought his mouth to her impatiently waiting fingers. His full lips gently sealed the temporarily open gap between them. Amalia’s hand, uncertain what he was doing, twitched. Carter reached up with his right arm while his other held his body against the dock. He enveloped her hand with his, steadying her fingers near his lips as he slipped the morsel in his mouth. Swallowing the length of her index finger and thumb, he pulled back with delicate ease. When he reached the tip of her fingers, he paused and immersed himself in her eyes. “You taste delicious.” Carter blinked in slow motion for what could have been thirty seconds but had barely been two or three.

 

 

“You mean the sandwich does.” Amalia traced her finger against the soft patch of skin above his chin. His face was as smooth as her own flesh. A shiver meandered the curves of her dampening back.

 

 

“If you say so.” Carter pulled himself fully out of the water landing near the other side of the dock. Barely two feet separated them, but he was careful not to drip any water on her a second time.

 

As he laid across the wooden planks dropping a handful of chips in his mouth, Amalia’s eyes lingered on his torso noticing not a single spot of hair on his chest or stomach. But Carter didn’t have a stomach. He had a set of eight curved ridges that spanned the distance from his sternum to the top of his black trunks, a solid washboard of muscle. His dark swimsuit highlighted a sharp contrast to his golden skin leaving her increasingly curious about what lurked beneath the trunks. She’d noticed other guys without their shirts, but none resembled Carter. Her hand quivered at the thought of his body nestled against hers. Amalia closed her eyes, then forced herself to look away, certain she shouldn’t extend the reach of her fingers to his flesh.

 

 

“How’s the water?” She stared in the opposite direction fumbling with the button on her blouse. The heat had begun to break down her barriers. Amalia considered taking off her shoes and dipping her feet into the lake. There wasn’t any danger in showing…

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About James J. Cudney

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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

Author Links

Blog: https://thisismytruthnow.com

Author Website: https://jamesjcudney.com

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TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Mystery | Suspense | Romance
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 415
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#ReleaseBlitz: Devros by Echo Hart @EchoHartAuthor

I am so excited to be a part of this release blitz for Devros by Echo Hart I will be reviewing this book very soon, I’m a bit backlogged at the moment but I promise to get it to you soon, in the meantime check it out and pick yourself a copy up!

 

 

Description

Life…
We are born and raised with values to the best of our parents’ abilities, so that one day we can be set free in the world as respectable and contributing members of society.
If we are lucky, we flourish and find our happily ever after; The one person who tilts our world on its axis. The person we hope to spend our life with, to start a family with, and pass on to them what our parents instilled in us.
Ten years ago, I fell madly in love.
It was toxic.
It was forbidden.
It was wrong.
I did the right thing; I walked away.
Because I, Laney O’Neil, am a good person…
Then why have I spent the last nine years wishing I didn’t do the right thing? Why do I still crave his touch and dream of the way he set me on fire?
Simple, because the power he had over my body was like nothing I’ve ever had again since him.
I want his brand of toxic.
I want forbidden.
I want wrong.
I want him.
So much for being a good person, huh?

 

 

 

 

About Echo Hart

Echo Hart lived most of her life in NJ, but now resides in MI with her husband of 20 years and two beautiful daughters ages 19 and 11.
She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys camping, outings to the beach, anything chocolate and is a huge coffee addict; however, her true passion lies within the pages of a romance novel.

Echo Hart has always dreamed of one day writing her own book, and after going from an avid reader, to starting her own book blog. She is now making her dream a reality with the release of her third romance novel, Devros.

Here are all the places you can follow Echo…..

FB AUTHOR PAGE – https://www.facebook.com/EchoHartAuthor/
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TWITTER – https://twitter.com/EchoHartAuthor
INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/echo_hart_author/
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16287914.Echo_Hart

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SNAPCHAT – Username: echohartauthor https://www.snapchat.com/add/echohartauthor
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SPOTIFY – https://open.spotify.com/…/…/playlist/6eBSRYccZyekl9MvizVoF8
WEBSITE – www.echohartauthor.com

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TitleDevros
Series: Embedded Duet #1
Author: Echo Hart
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 149
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link redirects to preferred retailer)

#BlogTour: Callan by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

I’ve gone back to orange which can only mean one thing, Callan is in the house again! Huge thanks to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Tours for having me be part of this blog tour, and well all of the events related to this book launch. I’m a huge fan of Sybil Bartel’s and it’s been such a pleasure to be involved with everything to do with Callan finishing up with this blog tour and the chance to review this fantastic book.

If you need catching up on the Uncompromising series here are links to my reviews so far…but all Sybil Bartel’s work perfectly as standalone’s I read these all out of order (very unusual for me) and had no issues at all:

So are you ready to get a taste of Callan? I certainly am…

Description

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found my stepsister.

*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*

The Uncompromising Series:

TALON

NEIL

ANDRÉ

BENNETT

CALLAN

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Review

Callan is quite a bit different from Sybil Bartel’s other novels, while he is all alpha male he’s also naive and quite unsure of himself. Quite a hard character to get right I would guess but as with every character she writes Sybil Bartel doesn’t miss a beat. Combining his alpha traits with those more innocent traits to create a man that we just can’t help but to fall head over heels in love with.

If you’ve been following the books you will know we met Callan, as Hero, in André, the cult member who helped protect Kendall. I fell for him a little bit (OK a lot) in that book and was so pleased when I found out Sybil was writing a book about him. But to get those nuances right, a man who has known nothing but the cult he grew up in now navigating the real world, and falling in love. Damn…my heart was choking me all the way through this one.

Then there is Emily, his angel, who thinks of herself as an ugly duckling but all he see’s is absolute perfection. Except she’s his step-sister. And damn, just like that we have ourselves a forbidden romance with two of the sweetest most deserving people I’ve ever read. It was inevitible they would have to come together they couldn’t do anything else.

This went against everything we expect from Sybil Bartel, the language was toned down, it was a slow burn and the characters were far more innocent and naive than we normally see but god dammit it worked perfectly. I cried like a baby, I rooted for these two like I haven’t rooted for a book couple in ages and I WANT Callan’s form of Alpha in my life already!

It also dawned on me as I was reading that this group of people, have the worst bloody luck on the planet, when you look at what happens to each set of characters in each book they are plagued with bad luck beyond belief. It made me feel incredibly sorry for them…Sybil give them a break already!

Another winner from Sybil Bartel, I don’t think this lady could write a bad book if she tried.

Thank you to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read this early and give my honest opinion. I have already bought myself a copy so I can just read it for the rest of my life!

About Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Author links:

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Title: Callan
Series: Uncompromising #5
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: Romance | Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 26 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
Pages: 176
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link will direct you to preferred supplier)

#BookBlitz: Callan by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel @XpressoTours #Excerpt

You will notice I’ve dropped my normal purple in favour of orange again. This can only mean one thing, Callan is in the house! Huge thanks to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Tours for having me be part of this Book Blitz.

I am so excited about this book which was released on Monday and I am also on the tour, my stop is tomorrow and I cannot wait to review this book for you guys, honestly I didn’t need to read it to tell you it is fantastic, I’ve had it on pre-order for FOREVER and this is a book that I know will absolutely blow your minds. Sybil Bartel is one of my favourite authors in this genre and I am thrilled to be able to support her with this new release! You will also have to excuse me while you read this post because I’m going to sit back here and swoon at the cover.

If you need catching up on the Uncompromising series here are links to my reviews so far:

Description

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found my stepsister.

*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*

The Uncompromising Series:

TALON

NEIL

ANDRÉ

BENNETT

CALLAN

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Excerpt

She stepped back and turned to leave.

 

 

Suddenly, I was starved for human interaction. Not just any interaction, but female interaction. Two years was probably too long to go without speaking unless absolutely necessary, but it hadn’t felt lonely, not until this unexpected female smiled at me. “What is your name?”

 

 

Denim shorts hugging her womanly curves, showing off tanned legs, she paused and looked over her shoulder. Her brown hair cascaded down her back, the soft waves reaching almost to her waist. “Are you hitting on me?”

 

 

I frowned. “Hitting on you?”

 

 

“Right, okay, um, sorry.” Her cheeks flushed beautifully. “Of course you weren’t. You’re….” Her hand fluttered in the air gracefully as her gaze dropped to my chest. She gave a small, shy laugh and met my eyes again. “I’m just going to stop talking now. Have a good day.”

 

 

“I would never hit you.” The thought was abhorrent.

 

 

She stopped. “No, I meant….” Her head cocked to the side, and she looked at me curiously. “Never mind. Are you from around here?”

 

 

“Yes.” The compound was close enough.

 

 

She kept looking at me, but not in the usual way females on the compound looked at me. Almost six and half feet, blond hair, blue eyes, I knew I was attractive to the opposite sex, but this woman was not looking at me like she merely wanted my seed.

 

 

Mesmerized by her, I gave her a name I had never said out loud. “I am Callan.” The six letters strung together on a birth certificate I had never seen sounded as foreign as my voice.

 

 

Wide and pure, her smile came naturally and without motive. “I’m Emily. Nice to meet you, Callan.”

 

 

I had never met a female outside the compound gates. “You are beautiful.” And she was. Like the saplings in spring, she was new and fresh and full of promise.

 

 

Heat instantly colored her cheeks, and she looked away.

 

 

I frowned. “Did I say something wrong?”

About Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

Author links:

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Title: Callan
Series: Uncompromising #5
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: Romance | Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 26 March 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 176
Buy: Books2Read (Universal link will direct you to preferred supplier)

#Review: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson @ILA121209

Description

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

Review

This book is told through three stories, Khloe who owns a flower store, and Connie and Gabby who are customers of Khloe’s. Each woman is at different stages of their life, and each woman is looking for love in different ways.

Khloe is consumed by running her store, it’s gathering success and she loves bringing joy to people in the form of flowers. When she meets a man over her store counter she mistakes his advances for a business meeting.

Connie has never had a boyfriend, after being in a terrible accident as a young child she has never fully gained self-confidence and now sends flowers to herself at work because she is afraid of being seen as a loser for being single and wants to gain acceptance from the spiteful women she works with.

Gabby is a widow and feels like it may be time to dip her toe back in the water so joins a dating site.

The book is light-hearted and moves reasonably quickly. There were a few issues for me. It’s called Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop so for me I expected the story to be shaped around the flower cards, but very few of them were mentioned. Not a huge issue I just got to the end of the book and felt the title didn’t really make much sense to the way the story shaped out.

I felt like some situations could have been played out for more chick-lit humour. Such as Gabby joining a dating site. The first response she gets is the person she ends up dating. Now I don’t know about the rest of you but my experience of dating sites was not that perfect. I think it would have been funnier and more realistic to have her wade through a few weirdos first.

I felt Connie’s situation was really over the top, do people really do what she was doing? Wouldn’t someone who had been through what she had been through have had therapy to help them deal with a lot of the issues she’d had? I struggled to believe that as a child she had been completely neglected and left to deal with all of her trauma which had then turned her into a completely unconfident and neurotic adult.

Khloe though I enjoyed, I understood her situation I believed her reaction to situations, although I found Derek a bit of an idiot for lying to her. I think I would have preferred just a solo story with just the two of them.

I didn’t dislike this book but I spent a fair amount of time frustrated with some of the reactions, decisions that were being made. There was also an uncertainty on how far to take the sex scenes, some of them crept close to being graphic and then cut off, others stayed strictly PG. I think authors need to decide which avenue they want to go down then stick with it. I have no issue reading PG books that don’t show sex, equally, as you all know, I love full graphic sex. But this 50/50 not sure where it’s going thing is awkward and uncomfortable for everybody.

I have to thank Isabella Louise Anderson and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tour for the eARC so that I can honestly review this.

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TitleCard’s From Khloe’s Flower Shop
Series: N/A
Author: Isabella Louise Anderson
Genre: Chick Lit | Romance | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 March 2017
Review Format: eBook
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Pages: 290
Buy: Books2Read (Universal Link Redirects To Your Preferred Store)

#BlogTour: Five Fathers by Kate Morgan @XpressoTours #Excerpt

I’m really looking forward to reading this, I’ve had it on pre-order for months and was really hoping to get a review to you today but there was an issue with the ARC’s so I haven’t been able to. BUT I do have a sexy excerpt which I hope that you will enjoy and I will get a review to you ASAP once my pre-order comes through. You can follow the tour at Xpresso Book Tours. This is a standalone reverse harem novel and Kate Morgan’s debut release!

Description

Sin or piety.

Those are the two things I’m choosing between when I walk up those stone steps and into the church. Heaven or hell. Pain or pleasure. But sometimes, pleasure brings more hurt than pain.

I’ve learned my lesson the hard way and that’s why I’m doing this, giving up everything I know and love for a whole new life. A life dedicated to something, someone, other than myself.

The thing is, sometimes fate has other ideas.

Out of all the churches in town, I picked this one. This building with its vaulted ceilings and stained glass and all its secrets.

This building that houses them.

My five worst sins.

My five most awesome pleasures.

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Excerpt

“Mrs. Carroll,” Hawke says, setting me down suddenly and grabbing the edges of my shirt.  He jerks it back into place and covers up all my bits.

 

 

 

“Father Dell used to … set a box outside this door to collect donations for the homeless,” the woman said, staring, not at the giant man in the body armor and guns, but at me.  Me!

 

 

 

I try to move, but Hawke tightens his grip, the muscles in his arm bulging and tensing like steel.  I can hardly even breathe.  But having that big, solid form behind me is… exhilarating.  Hawke smells like leather and musk and man.

 

 

 

“Yes, well, that’s an excellent idea,” he grumbles as I stand there like the typical mob-daughter that I am.  Here is a person, unconnected to all of this shit, and I’m not screaming or calling out for help.  Because back home, all that would do is get the old woman killed.

 

 

 

At least, that’s what my father would do.

 

 

 

“We’ll … look into that,” he continues, reaching past me with a big hand, and slamming the door closed in the old woman’s face.

 

 

 

“Your cover is fucked,” I breathe, but Hawke just grunts and lets go of me before putting his hands on my shoulders and turning me around to face him.  His eyes bore into mine as I swallow past the lump in my throat.  I look up, up, up at him and wonder if this is the moment where it all ends.

 

 

“So, are you going to kill me now?”

 

 

 

“Kill you?” Hawke asks with a long exhale.

 

 

“Not exactly.”

 

 

 

He steps back and gives me a look, propping his hands on his hips.

 

 

 

“Not … exactly?” I choke out as our gazes meet and a hot thrill takes over my body.

 

 

 

“You have two choices here, Natalia: let us take you to the nunnery … or stay here.”

 

 

 

“And if you do go to the nunnery,” Arsen says, grinning maniacally, “you best be careful.  We have agents there, too.  And they’ll be watching.”

 

 

 

“Agents?” I ask as Hawke looks me straight in the face.

 

 

 

“If you stay here, you also have two choices,” Hawke continues.  “Wait us out until we finish what we came here to do … or let me teach you.”

 

 

 

“Teach … me?” I ask as Hawke sucks in a breath.

 

 

 

“Dude, are you serious?” Colt asks, storming over to us and looking between me and Hawke like he’s crazy.  “Just let her go, man!”

 

 

 

“I can’t let her go!’ Hawke roars, and my skin erupts in goose bumps.

 

 

“I can’t let her go now.”

 

 

 

“She doesn’t know anything,” Colt says, sounding exasperated.

 

 

“Let her walk, man.”

 

 

 

“She knows enough,” Hawke responds with a sigh.

 

 

“And she’s his daughter.  I … can’t let her go.”

 

 

He stares at me, and I imagine that in a different scenario, hearing those words–I can’t let her go–would be a breathtaking experience.

 

 

 

“So … my choices are go to the nunnery or … you really are going to kill me?”

 

 

 

“You can stay here until we’re finished with our mission.  And then we’ll let you go.  But, if you stay, consider signing on with us. After that life you’ve led, you’d be a perfect candidate.”

 

 

 

“This is ridiculous!” Colt shouts, throwing up his hands and pacing a short, wild rut in the floor.  “You can’t hire her.”

 

 

 

“She’s perfect,” Arsen says, slinking up behind Hawke and taking a seat on the edge of the table.  “With all the shit she must know.”

 

 

 

“I’m willing to hire you to be a part of my team,” Hawke says, “but you’ll have to be willing to work.”

 

 

 

“Work for … what?” I ask and he gives me a tight smile.

 

 

 

“If you joined our team, your life would change forever.  I’ll give you a rundown, and if you think you’re up for it … we’d love to have you.”

 

 

 

“Hear that?” Arsen smirks.  “We’d love to have you.

 

 

 

Blinking at the group of men in front of me, I have a bad, bad feeling about this.

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TitleFive Fathers
Series: N/A
Author: Kate Morgan
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance | Reverse Harem
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Publication Date: 23 March 2018
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#CoverReveal: Callan by Sybil Bartel @SybilBartel @XpressoTours

You will notice I’ve dropped my normal purple in favour of orange for this one. Firstly orange is my favourite colour, secondly, this cover is just too good to not have coordinated the whole post to match! Huge thanks to Sybil Bartel and Xpresso Tours for having me be part of this Cover Reveal.

I am so excited about this cover. Sybil Bartel’s covers always bowl me over and are among some of my favourite all-time, and Callan definitely is a cover you want to be staring at!

I’m so pleased to introduce this cover which features model, Jordan Wheeler, looking very Callan like (if you’ve been following the series you’ll know we’ve briefly met Callan already *wink wink*. The image cones from the talented FuriousFotog.

If you need catching up on the Uncompromising series here are links to my reviews so far:

So are you ready to get a taste of Callan? I certainly am…

Description

Callan

I was trained to be a hunter. Growing up in the nation’s most infamous, violent cult, my job was simple. Track. Kill. Survive.

And that’s what I did… until our leader threatened to kill his own daughter.

Refusing to watch another senseless murder, I did what I was trained to do. I took his life. Then I claimed his land, and set every member free, including her. I only had one goal left. Find the sister I was told was dead.

But being a hunter in the woods is a far cry from tracking a woman in Miami Beach.

I didn’t find my sister.

I found my stepsister.

*CALLAN is the fifth standalone book in the Uncompromising Series. You do not have to read the books in this series in order, but if you prefer to read them in the order written, The Uncompromising Series is listed below.*

The Uncompromising Series:

TALON

NEIL

ANDRÉ

BENNETT
CALLAN

About Sybil Bartel

Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never rely on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

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Title: Callan
Series: Uncompromising #5
Author: Sybil Bartel
Genre: Romance | Adult | Contemporary
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 28 March 2018
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Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 176
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