Monday, August 21, 2017

Review: Thousands - Pepper Winters

Thousands (Dollar #4)
by Pepper Winters
Published: August 15, 2017
Genre: Dark, Romance

“Love had been stolen from me for reasons entirely my fault. But then a miracle happened, and Pim gave me something I thought was lost forever. She gave me a love I’d earned. Love that ruined me. Love that made me hopelessly hers…”

Once upon a time, I didn’t think I’d ever be normal.
Now, I’m talking and trusting, and it’s all thanks to Elder.
He gave me my life back, and I gave him my heart, but love stories like ours are never simple.
I did something to protect him.
He did something to survive me.
We screwed up.
And now, it’s no longer just about us.
It’s about safety, sanctuary, and sin.

Review
5 Stars

Pim is embracing the world around her, her mind is slowly untangled from the web it was captured in and with it comes her voice. Pim knows she loves Elder, but her love is dangerous for him and she knows she keeps him from focusing. She makes a choice, to protect them both, to find herself and release him of his redemption duties. Only, their choices don't guarantee their safety whether they are together or apart and some sin must be embraced to survive the storm.

"She was the one making me hurt. But she could also be the one to make me better."

Thousands is the most character driven novel in the Dollar series, each character boasts a list of complexities that makes the dual POV all the more interesting. Their chemistry is a blazing fire, but the inferno only fuels the push and pull between them. Their connection, the world they live in, is built upon lies and apologies, trust and healing, and love in the midst of terror. I love that Pepper Winters gave so much thought to consequences and that the characters repeatedly thought through their actions and dealt with the consequences so magnificently. For every turn in the novel, something came of it, and it pushed it all forward, giving readers what we had hoped for from the very beginning. Pim really comes into her own and Elder's masque breaks down, revealing his realities and making both Pim and the reader fall even harder. Only, the stakes are higher in Thousands, and with each reassurance that everything will be okay Pepper Winters weaves a story that can only end in dangerous temptation and war.

"My promise was my life. And I'd just given it to Elder, wrapped in a bow, gifted in a box, willingly donated with my heart."

"You say it's a pleasure, yet you look at me like it's a curse." 

Now that ending, that was the most perfect twist. I can hate it, I can wish for a different ending, but Pepper Winters has upped the game, the drama previously was just a rolling crescendo and this is its peak. It makes me want Millions that much more, it makes me desperate to know Pim and Elder's fates, to know that their fight for one another has not all been for naught. I knew something was coming, from the very beginning, but I could have never predicted this.

"I loved how inhuman he was, how barbaric and consumed."

The Dollar series by Pepper Winters is one of those dark, contemporary romances that you have to read to understand. From the depths of hell to the sparkling world of redemption, every facet of emotion is studied, every nuance of the character's personalities and body languages is broken down, and every link that drives and divides relationship is a subject of discussion. The world Pepper Winters has created is magical and complex, so easily pictured with her descriptive writing, and the character driven story line feels so real that I can't believe it isn't taking place right now.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Excerpt: Vanquished - LeTeisha Newton

Vanquished
by LeTeisha Newton 
Publication Date: August 14, 2017 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks
If I should die before I wake…
Then my soul is Caesar’s to take.
He pulls up down, he lifts me up.
And then he leaves me in the muck.
If should fall before I fly…
Then they know it was the fault of mine.
He taught me better, he led the way.
I just didn’t know how to stay.
And if I should not gain his heart…
Fuck that, he made me this way.
Curled my thoughts and twisted me.
He belongs to me, forever.



Excerpt
“Is she at least okay?” Caesar asked.
I started at the sound of his voice. The soft quality I didn’t recognize. Sean looked up at me, but I shook my head. I didn’t want to come close. I didn’t want to see Caesar as anything more than a monster. But at the hard set of Sean’s features I knew he wouldn’t let me fade into obscurity.
“Ask her yourself,” he said, looking straight at me.
Caesar turned his head and blinked bleary, blood-shot eyes at me. “Ashy Lashy?” His brow furrowed as he pointed at me with the neck of the bottle. “Come here, baby.”
Baby.
I was on my feet before I could stop myself, drawn by the look in his eyes, the fear of the day, and seeing so much blood. He bled, for me. On shaky legs I approached the bed, but stopped when the bed hit my thighs.
“Not close enough,” he sang with a lopsided grin.
“You don’t need to be jostled,” Sean argued.
“Shut up. You’re starting to sound like my mother and—”
His words cut off and he grit his teeth with a moan. Tears. The monster could cry. Tears filled his eyes and he tried to blink them away, but they wouldn’t go anywhere. They fell from his eyes and left trails in the dirt and grime on his face. Sean grabbed a washcloth and wiped Caesar’s face, but it didn’t stop.
“Fuck this hurts. I’m going to kill that doctor when he gets here. Are you okay?” Caesar asked. 
I nodded.
“Come here and lay down next to me,” he ordered.
“You’re hurt,” I told him.
“Yeah? Looks worse than it is.”
He gestured with the bottle but I shook my head. He narrowed his eyes at me and struggled to sit up. Blood leaked from his wound as he forced his weight against Sean’s restraining hand.
“Stop it, man. You’re going to do more damage,” Sean yelled.
“Come. Here. Ash.”
Caesar didn’t give a shit about his wound, the pain, or Sean as he threw the bottle and it crashed against the opposite wall. I leapt back as he reached for my hand.
“You get your ass in this bed, where you fucking belong,” Caesar roared.
I looked to Sean for help. Jostling him would hurt him. I couldn’t. I didn’t want to do this. I didn’t want to see more than I had. I wanted to cling to what I knew. What I understood. But Caesar, beautiful, cruel Caesar reached for me anyway. Bellowed his pain, but never stopped coming. I backed all the way up to the wall and my legs gave out under me. I hit the floor in an ungraceful tangle.
“Ash.”
There. The way he said my name. A warning and a prayer. Soft and hard. A demand and an entreaty. I closed my eyes and covered my ears to block him out. But in the darkness behind my lids he stood in the pale light, his gun in hand, and I watched him crumple. His jacket had a singed rupture in it, right over the soft spot in his shoulder, and he went to his knees. Sean yelled, but the noise was too loud. Too loud. In the rage of noise, Caesar reached me, pulled me into his arms and pried the guard’s fingers from my hair. He pressed my face into his chest and took back his gun. He fired and moved, grunted and roared, but never stopped protecting me. Never stopped shielding me from the sights around us. His scent wrapped around me, his hard chest against my face, and I wrapped my arms tighter around my legs. 
“I’m not going anywhere, Ash.”
Real. His voice was real in my ear and I forced my eyes open. He’d come to me, kneeling on the ground at my feet, blood sliding to the side of his stomach, and Sean at his back, pressing the dressing against his chest. Worry and anger warred on his face, but he couldn’t stop Caesar when he wanted to do something. 
“You should be in bed,” I told him.
“You’re not there,” he whispered, and passed out in my arms.

About LeTeisha Newton
Writing professionally since 2008, LeTeisha Newton’s love of romance novels began long before it should have. After spending years sneaking reads from her grandmother’s stash, she finally decided to pen her own tales. As many will do during their youth, she bounced from fantasy, urban literature, mainstream, interracial, paranormal, heterosexual, and LGBT works until she finally rested in contemporary romance. LeTeisha is all about deep angst and angry heroes who take a bit more loving to smooth their rough edges. Love comes in many sizes, shapes, and colors, as well as with—or without—absolute beauty and fairy tale sweetness. She writes the darker tales because life is hard … but love is harder.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Cuffed - K. Bromberg

WE ARE EXCITED TO BRING YOU THE COVER FOR CUFFED BY NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR K. BROMBERG RELEASING ON OCTOBER 23!

 Design: Helen WilliamsPhotographer: Wander Aguiar

      From the New York Times bestselling author, K. Bromberg, comes a new series about three brothers, the job that calls them, and the women who challenge them.
“I hate you. I never want to see you again.”
Grant Malone is not the reason I moved back to Sunnyville—at least that’s what I tell myself. Yet, those parting words I said to him back in third grade, ring in my ears every time a townsperson brings up one of the Malone boys. I thought time had healed my wounds. I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for how I felt when I finally saw him again. Twenty years does a lot to turn a boy into a man. One who hits all my buttons—sexy, funny, attractive, and a police officer. But Grant is off limits because he knows too much about my past. But I’m drawn to him. That damn uniform of his doesn’t hurt either. It’ll be my downfall. I know it. What’s one night of sex going to hurt . . . right? *** I’ve always loved Emmy Reeves. That’s why I’m shocked to see her all these years later. The shy girl I once knew is all grown up. Adventurous and full of life, she owns my heart now, just as much as she did back then. Convincing her of that is a whole different story. I’ll give her the one night she asks for—like that’s a hardship—but when it comes to letting her walk away after, she has another thing coming. There’s no way in hell I’m letting her go this time without a fight.
PRE - ORDER NOW
HeadShot Color
New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love. A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow. Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times. In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written. She loves to hear from her readers so make sure you check her out on social media or sign up for her newsletter to stay up to date on all her latest releases and sales HERE

Release Blitz: Toying With Her - Prescott Lane

SBPRBanner-TWH-RB

toyingwithher
Toying with Her by Prescott Lane 
Release Date: August 17th 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

No one said finding love was easy, but when you invented the world’s best selling vibrator, it’s near impossible. Yep, that’s right. That little toy hidden in your bedside table is my brain child. It’s aptly named Woman on Top. And you know what they say . . . it’s lonely at the top.
So I’m headed home to my Southern roots. It’s supposed to be an extended Summer vacation — nothing more. But Rorke Weston has other plans for me. Plans that not only involve me being on top, but also underneath him.
It’s been said you never forget your first. For me, that’s definitely true. No night has ever lived up to the one I spent with Rorke.
He’s turned into quite a man. Tan from the Southern sun, and stubborn as the day is long. And there’s nothing sweeter than the swipe of his tongue.
Rorke wants his chance. The one we never had. But that was a long time ago. When I still believed in Prince Charming and Happily Ever Afters. Even ten years later, I feel a pull. And it’s not simply Rorke yanking down my panties.
Do second chances really happen? Or is my heart simply toying with me?
TWH-AN

Read Today!

(only 99¢ for a Limited Time)
Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/G7qAFh
Release Blitz

About the Author:

PrescottLanePrescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She's got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.

Connect with the Author:

Twitter: @prescottlane1

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pre-Order Blitz: Drawn to Him

 Drawn To Him 
☆ A Romance Collection 
☆ Featuring Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Authors 

Website

There are some men who make you helpless.

You know the kind. They steal the breath from your lungs and make your heart beat a little faster with a single look. You can’t stop staring, but the moment they pin those gorgeous eyes on you, you’re done for.




The kind that’s too hard to resist.



This is a collection of men just like that.


Handsome, confident and all for you.
Amazon
IBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Release Alert Sign Up 
© Carlene Inspired. Made with love by The Dutch Lady Designs.