Book Blitz: The Alchemist and an Amaretto (The Guild Codex: Spellbound Book 5) by Annette Marie

The Alchemist and an Amaretto 
by Annette Marie 
(The Guild Codex: Spellbound #5) 
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication date: October 11th 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy


Book Synopsis:

As a guild bartender, I can handle pretty much anything—mages, sorcerers, witches, the occasional demon. But show me anything family-related and I’d rather run for the hills. It doesn’t even have to be my family.

So I have no idea why I thought spending the holidays with Aaron’s mom and pop was a good idea.

Meeting his famous parents is already terrifying enough, but I’ve got a bigger problem. Students of his family’s renowned mage academy are being attacked on the grounds—and somehow no one has seen a single assailant? Unexplained tracks litter the nearby woods, rumors of forbidden alchemy are circulating the campus…and Ezra has been acting strangely since we arrived.

Something deadly is brewing in the shadow of Sinclair Academy, and the longer we take to uncover it, the more dangerous it becomes. But no matter the risk, we’ll protect the students.

And Aaron’s parents too, I suppose. If we have to. 


Ezra stopped, hands on his hips as he surveyed the lazy slope that swept up to the towering manor. “All right. Time for our final sprint.” 

I snorted. “Yeah, uh-huh.” 

“I’m serious. We always finish our workouts with something competitive.” 

Like competitive pushups. I shivered at the reminder. 

“This is the starting line. That tree is the finish. First one there wins.” 

“What’s the prize?” I folded my arms, eyeing the distance. Not that far but not twenty yards either. “You, Aaron, and Kai always bet something.” 

He rubbed the hint of shadow along his jaw. “Winner’s choice, I guess.” 

Ooh, I liked the sound of that. Grinning, I got into a starting position. “You’re on.” 

He took the same position. Clearing his throat, he deepened his voice to mimic a sports announcer. “On your mark. Get set. G—” 

“What’s that?” I gasped, pointing behind him. 

He snapped around to look—and I launched into a mad sprint, arms pumping. Ezra swore and took off after me, but I had a head start. I would reach the finish first and totally win this. 

Right as I drew level with the target tree, hands caught my waist. Ezra swept me off the ground, still running—an impossible feat if not for his inhuman strength. He stopped just past the tree, laughing too hard to hold me up. My back slid down his chest and my feet landed in the grass. 

“I can’t believe I fell for that,” he said breathlessly. “You’re such a cheater.” 

Whirling to face him, I smirked. “I was manufacturing a combat advantage, not cheating. Kai’s been teaching me.” 

“A race isn’t combat.” 

“Maybe I was running for my life.” 

“From me?” He arched a playful eyebrow. “Does that mean you don’t like being chased?” 

“Depends who’s doing the chasing,” I shot back teasingly. 

“Oh? So is it the chase you prefer, or the catch?” 

I tossed my hair with pretend haughtiness. “You think you could catch me?” 

“Pretty sure I already did.” 

My heart did a crazy tumble through my chest and a grin stretched my mouth. I couldn’t hold it back any more than I could stop the blush heating my cheeks. 

“Well,” I began dramatically, spreading my arms as I stepped backward, “do I look—” 

My heel caught on a tree root hidden in the grass. Squealing, I pitched over, arms wind-milling. My back hit the ground, the air punched from my chest, and I blinked dazedly at the overcast sky. 

Damn it. 

Ezra’s face appeared above mine. He crouched at my side, his expression drawn into grave concern. “Tori, are you still with me?” 

I choked on a laugh and whispered, “Ezra? Is that you?” 

“I’m here.” He took my hand and patted it gently. “Just hang in there.” 

I fluttered my fingers. “Everything is growing dark.” 

“Go toward the light, Tori.” 

My eyebrows quirked. “Shouldn’t I go away from the light?” 

“It doesn’t have the same ring,” he decided. “You’ll have to go toward the light.” 

“Toward the light it is.” I waited a moment. “Now what?” 

He took my hands and folded them on my chest in the classic body-in-casket pose—and I lost it. Cackling with laughter, I sat up and checked the grass stain on my elbow. 

“Next time, I’ll make you laugh first,” I promised. 

He grinned as he stood. “You can try.”


Giveaway ends October 24th.

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Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.


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Book Blitz: Grayton Beach Dreams (Love Along Hwy 30A Series: Book 5) by Melissa Chambers

Grayton Beach Dreams 
by Melissa Chambers 
(Love Along Hwy 30A series, #5) 
Publication date: October 15th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Book Synopsis:

Having spent his college years and early twenties faithful to his sweetheart who ultimately dumped him for his brother, Jesse Kirby will never again be anyone’s fool. He’s been making up for lost time by sampling every woman he missed out on. But as thirty approaches, the revolving door to his bedroom isn’t doing it for him anymore. When he meets the altruistic Cassidy Anderson, he realizes it’s time to make some meaning out of his life. Sure, she may only be interested in him for his body and his literary tattoos, but he will make her see him for the man he now knows he can be.

Cassidy Anderson has always lived her life to serve others and dated stable men her own age or older with the same goals in mind. As she considers an offer from one of those stable men, twenty-nine-year-old bartender Jesse Kirby sets his sights on her, giving her options she doesn’t need to consider. It’s been so long since Cassidy has experienced a body and a libido like his that she isn’t sure if she can pass him up. But just for a taste, because a relationship like theirs could only be headed for heartbreak. 


“You didn’t want to bring a date?” he asked her.

“I’m not dating anyone,” she said, flipping a page on her magazine.

“Yeah, I’m not either. Well, there is this one girl I keep bumping into, but she’s not really interested. I mean,” he leaned in close, “we had this one incredible night together, but she’s made it clear since then that she has no interest in moving things forward, which is really a shame, because there’s so much I still want to know about her.”

Heat filled Cassidy’s chest and ran up through her neck, her stomach buzzing. 


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Rise of the Dragon (The Legend Series: Book 5) by Kylie Stewart

Rise of the Dragon: Book #5 (The Legend Series) by [Stewart, Kylie]

4 Stars

Publisher: KCS Publishing

Date of publication: June 6th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Series: The Legend Series

Set in Stone—Book 1 (review here)

The Duke’s Curse—Book 2 (review here)

Resurrection—Book 3 (review here)

Return to Avalon—Book 4

Rise of the Dragon—Book 5

Where you can find Rise of the Dragon: Amazon | BookBub

Book Synopsis:

Alexandria is now The Duchess of Avalon, Arthur’s wife and rightful queen. Love declared, promised kept, and title won. Her victory, however fleeting, will cost her dearly.

Avalon now faces the full force of what Mordred has planned for him and his knights. But what he doesn’t know is that one among them has a secret.

Will the person in hiding prove to be friend, enemy, or something else entirely?

And what happens when a ghost from the past resurfaces not as a friend, but as mortal enemy?

Rise of the Dragon is book five of The Legend Series based off of the Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

First Line:

Cold wind sent violent shivers down my spine as I climbed the craggy rocks.

Rise of the Dragon by Kylie C. Stewart

My Review:

I was disappointed when I saw that I had missed a book in this series. The Legend series needs to be read in order. Stress needs. Even missing one book will confuse someone. And in this case, I was left wondering what the heck happened in book 4.

Even though I missed a book in the series; it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of reading Rise of the Dragon. This book was fantastic to read.

The plotline for Rise of the Dragon was fast-moving. There were times where I had to reread parts of chapters because I felt I missed something. There was also a little lag towards the end of the book. But it was nothing that took away from the story.

I loved Alexandria in this book. She was the perfect Queen for Arthur. She also didn’t put up with anything from anyone. I loved how when Arthur went missing; she took over. And her connection with Guinevere was terrific. It wasn’t what I was expecting!!

I also loved Arthur in this book. He went to battle with Mordred knowing that he could be held captive or killed. He was a husband and a father above everything else, and it showed. Even when Mordred captured Arthur and was torturing him, Arthur still tried to reach him.

I did feel bad for Mordred, which is weird because I spent much of this series not liking him. But, there was a massive twist in his story that I didn’t see coming. Looking back, it made sense. It also made me a little mad. Even thinking about it gets me angry.

There was a twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. I thought it was great because it tied another famous work to this story. I can’t wait to read the next book and see where the author is going to take it.

The end of Rise of the Dragon was exciting. There was the twist that I mentioned. There was also another twist that took me by surprise. I can’t wait to see what will happen with that.

I would give Rise of the Dragon an Adult rating. There is sex. There is language. There is violence. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread Rise of the Dragon. I would recommend it to family and friends.

**I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

Book Blitz: Submitting to Two Doms (Cowboy Doms: Book 5) by BJ Wayne

Submitting to Two Doms 
by BJ Wane 
(Cowboy Doms, #5) 
Published by: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: September 9th 2019
Genres: Adult, Romance

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It was meant to be an affair…

After Kelsey Hammond was assaulted, her former FBI foster parent’s pleaded with her to spend a few weeks with their friends in Montana while they investigated the incident. Since she would do anything for them, she grudgingly agreed, wondering how she would pass the time on a ranch in the middle of nowhere without going stir crazy. As soon as she caught sight of her two hosts, Greg Young and Devin Fisher, she decided what better way to take her mind off her troubles than with an affair with one of them.

Ex-FBI agents, Greg and Devin, vowed never to get personally involved with another woman under their protection after their last case ended in tragedy. When their former boss asked for their help, the two best friends butt heads over how to answer them. Between the insecurity reflected in Kelsey’s blue eyes, the desperation behind her flirtations and discovering her submissive side, both men found themselves succumbing to the petite blonde.

While Kelsey basked in the dominant attention of both her cowboys, she continued to insist she couldn’t wait to get back to her life in Philadelphia. It wasn’t until the threat against her was verified that the truth came out about her past and a few disturbing mishaps occurred that Greg and Devin had to consider one of their guests was there to harm the woman they’d both grown to care for. It took the guys saving her life, freeing her to return home for Kelsey to realize home really was where the heart was and hers was in Montana with her two cowboys.

This is book five in the Cowboy Doms series, but reads as a standalone.


If possible, Devin would slam the sliding back door shut as he followed his soon-to-be ex-friend and partner outside.  He was so annoyed with Greg for answering Jordan McAllister’s call he didn’t even spare an appreciative glance toward the two young women enjoying the bubbling hot tub.  The nip in the air, a hint fall was sneaking up on them fast, did nothing to cool down his hot temper.

“I’ll have to discuss it with…”

“No,” he interrupted Greg, refusing to hear what favor their ex-government boss wanted from them. 

Greg glared at him but his annoyance didn’t come through his smooth reply.  “Yeah, you heard right, but if I agree, he can just ignore her. I need to think about it.  I’ll call you back in the morning.” He ended the call, leaned against the rail and crossed his arms.  Looking toward the hot tub, he stated with polite firmness, “Give us a few minutes, please.”

“Sure, Master Greg.”  Mindy, a regular at the club, and her friend, an attractive redhead Devin didn’t know, both stood and stepped out of the heated water.

Devin snatched two towels off the bench and tossed them over to them, the water sluicing down their naked bodies distracting him for a moment.  He might be pissed, but he wasn’t brain dead. He waited until the door closed behind their towel-wrapped forms before rounding on Greg again, who still lounged against the rail, giving him that look, the calm under the surface but annoyed mien Devin knew only too well.

“We retired early for a reason,” he reminded Greg, moving to stand next to him, facing the night-shrouded trees several feet from the deck as he leaned his forearms on the post.  “We swore we were done, and agreed to start over without looking back, without regrets.”

“And yet the regrets are still there.”  Greg sighed and ran one hand through his wavy reddish/brown hair.  “You recall the foster kid Jordan and Theresa took in, the young girl they talked about?”

“No.”  But of course, he did.  He remembered way too much of his years as an agent.  Jordan had once shown him a school picture of the cute blonde whose large blue eyes dominated a small face.  

“Stubborn ass.  Anyway, she’s in need of a safe place to hang for a while after an attack at a job site. They’re asking us to take her in until they know what’s going on, if she was the target or just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Devin shook his head.  “No. They can find someone else.”

“It’ll only be for a few weeks,” Greg persisted.  “And we’re about as far off the grid from Philadelphia as you can get.”

Pushing off the rail, he leveled an angry glare toward his best friend.  “No, and God damn it, you know why.” He turned and took two steps toward the doors, intending that to be the end of it since he refused to go down that road again.

Greg’s next words halted him with his hand on the knob.  “I’m thinking of saying yes.”

Devin looked back and replied coolly, “You do that, but leave me out of it.”


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Book Blitz: No More Bad Dates (High Team: Book 1) (Cozy Cottage Cafe: Book 5) by Kate O’Keeffe

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No More Bad Dates 
by Kate O’Keeffe (High Team #1) (Cozy Cottage Café, #5)
Publication date: September 5th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “The perfect fun-filled escape from reality. Kate O’Keeffe at her delightful best!”- Whitney Dineen, bestselling author of Relatively Normal

Three friends form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones – weirdos and jerks need not apply.

Twenty-five-year-old Sophie McCarthy’s career is virtually nonexistent, her family expects her to “do something important” with her life, and she’s totally sick of dating the wrong guys: the self-absorbed, the arrogant, the borderline criminally insane.

After she’s unceremoniously dumped during the vows at her boss’s wedding, she and her two equally disappointed-in-love best friends agree to help each other find decent guys to date. Together, they form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones–weirdos and jerks need not apply.

When Sophie’s roommate Jason Christie–a.k.a. doctor-in-training and serial nurse-dater–joins the pact, he vows to weed out the bad ones for her. But with his rejection of every guy Sophie meets, she begins to wonder if he’s got an ulterior motive. And anyway, why does she always have so much more fun with Jason than with the guys she’s actually trying to date?

While desperately seeking her “happy for now,” could Sophie stumble into her “happily ever after?”

High Tea is a spin-off of Kate O’Keeffe’s bestselling Cozy Cottage Café series. Escape to New Zealand in this fun, feel-good chick lit series!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “I love this book! If you want a novel you won’t be able to put down and will leave you with a smile on your face after you finish it, this is a great choice! So sweet and romantic!” – Annabelle Costa, bestselling author of My Perfect Ex-Boyfriend


I love weddings. The emotion, the vows, the optimism, the dress. All of it. I know I’m a total romantic, and about a gazillion marriages end in divorce every year, but I don’t care. When I watch a happy couple show the world their love, tears well in my eyes and my heart expands because in that moment, something utterly magical happens.

What more can I say? I love weddings, pure and simple.

Or at least I did until the thing happened.

Picture this. I’m at a beautiful, emotional, swept-up-in-it-all type of wedding. I’m sitting on an uncomfortably hard wooden pew, the scent in the air a heady mixture of flowers and polished wood. The late-afternoon light filters through the ornate stained glass windows, illuminating the beautiful bride and her handsome groom.

So far, so wonderful.

As I watch the bride, dressed in the most beautiful vintage fifties wedding dress I’ve seen—nipped in at the waist, showing off all her curves to (classy) perfection—her Norse god-like husband-to-be reaches out and takes her hands in his. They gaze at one another, their faces alight with a love so real, I can almost reach out and touch it.

Which I don’t, of course. That would be weird.

Instead, I turn and smile at my boyfriend, my hand over my heart. Andrew glances at me briefly before he returns his attention to the vows.

“Bailey. I love you more than I could ever imagine loving anyone. You are my life, my soul. Reflected in your eyes, I am a better man. Thank you.” Ryan’s voice, a.k.a. the voice of Thor, the Norse god, cracks with emotion, and half the congregation—all the women and probably most of the men, although I bet they would never admit it—reach for their tissues.

I open my clutch and pull out a Kleenex. I dab at my eyes and glance once more at Andrew. Noticing his brows knitted together, I smile, embarrassed. “What Ryan said?” I whisper, my voice trembling. “So, so perfect.”

“Yeah, it was all right, I guess. If you go in for that sort of crap,” Andrew replies, crinkling his nose with distaste.

Crap? What does he mean, crap?

I open my mouth to ask, but now isn’t the time. Bailey has begun her own vows, her voice so heavy with emotion, I’m amazed any of us can make out a single word. I think she’s saying something about Ryan being her best friend, and how he’s helped her become the vermin she is. No, wait. That would be how he’s helped her become the woman she is. Yes, that sounds much more appropriate and wedding-y.

The problem is, I’m so busy trying to work out what’s going on with my boyfriend, I’ve lost all focus on the ceremony unfolding before my eyes. Sure, I know he’s not the most romantic of souls, but even a rugby-playing, one-of-the-guys, rugged type like Andrew can see how much these two love each other, right? I mean, he’s not a freaking robot.

I nudge him in the ribs. “You okay?”

“Yup. Fine.” His words are clipped, and he keeps his eyes trained on the couple at the altar.

And then it hits me. I know what’s going on here! He’s being swept away by the beauty of it all, too, only he wants to appear all manly and stoic. He’s pretending to be grumpy to cover it up. Guys pull dumb stuff like that all the time. I should know; I’ve dated a few.

A few too many, actually.

I lean closer to him and place my hand on his. “I think it’s wonderful. They love each other so much.”

Andrew harrumphs in response.

I pat his hand knowingly. “It’s okay, honey. I know you feel it, too.” I settle back into my seat, prepared once more to be tangled up in the love emanating from the soon-to-be-wed couple, when I notice a girl in the aisle opposite us turn and smile. She’s wearing an eye-catching red dress that leaves little to the imagination. It’s totally inappropriate for a wedding, in my opinion, but she’s rocking it, that’s for sure. I smile back at her and wonder how I know her. Maybe she’s a customer at the Cozy Cottage Café? I’ve worked there for a few years now, and I often see our regulars out and about in the city.

Her face flushes and she looks away.


And then it happens again.

“Who’s she?” I whisper to Andrew.


“The girl in the red dress. She keeps smiling at me, and I can’t think who she is.”

“Oh, err . . . Cindy, I think? Or Sandy? Something like that. We met her at that karaoke bar you love so much,” Andrew replies.

“Jojo’s? Really? I don’t remember.” I give his hand another squeeze and return my attention to the wedding.

“—the power invested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife,” the priest exclaims. “You may kiss!”

As Bailey and Ryan do precisely that, the congregation erupts into applause. Swept up in the sheer romance of the moment, I go out on a limb. Not because I’m “there” with Andrew yet exactly, more because, well, we could be. Some day. I put my hand on his arm and whisper, “Who knows? Maybe, one day, we’ll fall in love like them?”

He whips his head in my direction, and I pull back in shock. “We’ll do what?”

Less sure now, I reply, “Fall in love . . .?”

Yeah, I’m persisting with the lunacy. What can I do? I’m committed. I need to follow through. But really, is it such an outrageous idea my boyfriend could fall in love with me?

“Some day?” His brows knit together, almost forming a perfect mono-brow. It’s not a great look, I’ve got to say.

“Well, not now. Obviously,” I say hastily in a weak attempt to backtrack. “We’ve only been dating for a couple of months. But some day. You know, in the future.” When all he does is gawp at me, those brows of his threatening to meet permanently in the middle, I add, “In the distant future, far, far away, when little green men rule the Earth and we have robots to do the dishes.”

Little green men? Robots? Dishes? What the heck am I talking about?


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Kate is excited to announce her new series High Tea! It’s a spin-off from the bestselling Cozy Cottage Café series, and Book 1 is currently on pre-order, due to be released on September 5th, 2019!

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Book Blitz: Prison Princess (Harem Station: Book 5) by J.A. Huss and K.C. Cross

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Prison Princess: Sci-Fi Alien Romance 
by J.A. Huss, K.C. Cross 
(Harem Station, #5) 
Publication date: August 19th 2019
Genres: Sci-fi Alien Romance

Book Synopsis:


Valor joined up with Tray after Beauty’s sacrifice because he knew Luck was destined to be with Princess Nyleena. There was no room in that relationship for a third wheel. But when he teamed up with Tray he had no idea that he’d be the third wheel in that partnership too. 

Tray has been keeping ALCOR’s secrets since the day he arrived on Harem Station. Not just one or two… ALL of them. But he’s also been keeping one of his own.

His secret is a girl. Not a Cygnian girl. An Akeelian girl. A beautiful, mysterious, scheming secret girl that Tray has been in love with ever since she first turned up in his Pleasure Prison virtual reality asking him for help.

Except she’s not virtual.

She’s real.

She’s in danger.

And before Valor came along all he wanted to do was break her out of her prison and keep her for himself.

But now… he might have to learn to share.

Prison Princess is an erotic MMF ménage featuring double-endowed alien men, a girl who shouldn’t exist in a virtual Paradise, a love-struck sentient ship, two all-powerful AI’s willing to fight for her, and an entire book about LEARNING TO SHARE *wink-wink*.

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I kiss her. Hard. My body blocks her in, pressing her against the wall so there’s no possibility of escape. My knee slips between her legs and then I kick her feet open. My cock grows harder against the soft skin of her inner thigh and I can’t wait to be inside her.

My fingers slip up into her hair and I pull it until she gasps and lets out a small squeak that will surely make me insane if she does it again. “Did you fuck him?” I ask.

“No,” she says softly. “But I wanted to.”

I laugh. And then I kiss her again. “Fuck, I’ve missed you,” I say, thinking about how warm her mouth will be on my cock.

She smiles, still kissing me back. Coy and teasing now, she says, “I really did want to fuck him. But he’s your brother and that’s kind of gross.”

“Not my real brother,” I say, nibbling at her neck. I want to eat her up. “And he might be interested.” I stop nibbling and pull back just a little. “But we can talk about that later. Right now you’re just mine and I’m not willing to share.”

My other hand squeezes her breast and I hold her there. My little captive. My secret prisoner. Staring into her dark eyes as she looks up at me with longing.

No one has ever looked at me this way. Only Brigit.

“I love you,” I say.

“Doesn’t seem like it,” she quips. “You left me for several eternities this time. I’m not happy. You need to make it up to me.”

“Do I?”

She nods, shyly. Trying not to smile.

I twirl her around, push her face up against the hut wall, and bite her shoulder as my cock slips between her legs. “Like this?” I ask, my fingers already playing with her ass.

“Like that,” she whimpers back. “Right now.”

“Better get yourself wet, princess. And you better do it quick. Because I’m not in the mood to wait and I don’t care if it hurts.”


“Hurry up,” Tray says. “Put your fingers between your legs and get wet.”

I don’t need to get wet. I’m already there. But I’m not going to ruin his good time and I like the dirty talk. I’ve been waiting lifetimes for this moment.

When I reach between my legs he presses his hips against my ass, letting me know he’s impatient to be inside me. I close my eyes and play with my clit with two fingers while the other two gather up the warm pool of slickness. His cock bumps into my hand and I reach further between my legs and jerk on him. He leans back, one hand gripping my hipbone so tight, I’ll have a bruise later.

I don’t care.

We don’t always do it rough. Tray is actually a very gentle lover when he wants to be. But when he returns to me like this—especially after such a long time—our instincts are to be animals. To fuck. Not love. Love comes later. We have all the time in the world for gentleness.

Right now I want it hard.

“I want you in my ass,” I say. “Now.”

He doesn’t ask me questions. There’s no second-guessing. There’s no double-checking to see if I’m ready for him.

His cock pushes inside my ass with force. I gasp, then bite my lip because it does hurt. My hands slap against the hut wall and I grimace, clenching my jaw as he enters me further.

I stiffen with the sudden pain, but then he’s whispering in my ear. “I love you. Relax. Let me take you hard. I’ll make it feel good.”

And just to prove it, his hand slides over my hip and down my front, his fingers strumming my clit as he continues to force himself inside me.

I close my eyes and all the cares and worries I’ve been carrying since he last left just disappear. That’s enough to relax the muscles fighting against his full penetration of me, and then… I moan. But it’s that magic moment when he’s fully inside and there’s no pain at all. It’s just pure pleasure.

His chest is flat against my back, his mouth kissing my neck, whispering dirty things in my ear. “I like your tight ass, Brigit,” he says. “Your pussy gets wet for me, doesn’t it? You love this, don’t you?”

I do, but he’s not looking for an affirmation. He’s just saying this stuff to turn me on. And it does.

“Fuck me,” I whisper back. “Just fuck me.”


Akeelian cocks are no joke. They are huge. I mean, I don’t have much experience with small dicks because I’ve only ever been with Tray. But I saw plenty of naked men in my old virtual world and their cocks never looked anything like Tray’s.

Maybe he’s embellishing because this is a virtual. And I guess Valor could be embellishing too, but… it doesn’t matter. This is the only reality I know.

My only point is—Valor’s cock is so big it chokes me before it even reaches my throat.

“That’s it,” Tray encourages. “Take him as deep as you can, Brigit. He loves it. Look at him. Look up at his eyes.”

I do. I can’t wait to follow this order. Because I want to look. I want to see him moan when he comes.

Valor is looking at me the same way Tray was just looking at me.

With lust.

He’s breathing erratically and I take that as a sign to keep going. Tray’s hand covers mine and we both jerk and tug on Valor’s dick as I attempt to swallow him whole, my lips sealed against the skin of his shaft.

I want Valor to touch me. He’s got one hand on Tray’s shoulder, gripping it hard so the flesh around Valor’s fingers blanches white.

Valor’s other hand is on his head. Grabbing a fistful of his own hair. Like his mind is being blown instead of his dick. Like he might need to hold on to it.

I smile around his cock and he closes his eyes for a long blink before smiling back.

“Come,” Tray says, speaking to Valor. “I want to see that second cock of yours. Pull it out for me. Choke her with it.”


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Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

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Excerpt: Midnight’s End (The Fae Games: Book 5) by Jill Ramsower


Sorceress, enchantress, deceiver, murderer—I’ve been called all those and more, some that might make you blush. Lucky for me, I couldn’t care less what people think about me. I’ve had my sights set on one thing for the last thousand years, and that’s all that matters. I’ll do whatever it takes to find the cauldron, even if it means taking on a partner. They call him a knight in shining armor. For me, he’s my golden ticket. He fell into my lap, quite literally, and now he’s going to help me get what I want.

I don’t play particularly well with others, but he’s the best shot I’ve got, so I’ll hop on that train and hope it gets me where I need to go. He thinks he’s going to crack my shell and see what’s on the inside, like maybe there’s a warm gooey center to make up for the hard exterior. He’s in for a world of disappointment. Everything soft and delicate about me became rough and hardened a long time ago. I’m Morgan Le Fay, and I’m the villain in this story.


An hour later, after we had eaten a meager supper and cleaned up for the night, we laid down next to the fallen log. At my insistence, he positioned himself closest to the log. The moment I lowered myself to the ground, Knight yanked me back against his large frame. 

“Knight, this isn’t a good idea. I told you I’m not going to run. I couldn’t even if I wanted to. I’m exhausted,” I argued as I attempted to pull free of his hold.

“This has nothing to do with you running,” he replied mid-yawn. “It’s going to be cool out here in the open. Just relax, it’s not a long-term commitment. We’re staying warm out in the woods at night.” 

I hated to admit it, but he made sense. I stopped struggling and forced myself to lie back against him. “You say that, but people grow attached rather quickly,” I grumbled.

“And what part bothers you more—the possibility I’ll become hopelessly addicted to your sweet charms or the other way around?”

His ability to zero in on my precise fear unsettled me, but there was no way I was going to tell him how right he’d been. 

“My concern is all on your behalf, Rin Tin Tin. The last thing I need to deal with is overgrown puppy love.” I forced playful bravado into my voice to conceal my unease. Knight may have been teasing, but his question struck closer to home than he realized. 

Love inevitably led to loss, and I’d had enough loss in my life to last a thousand lifetimes.


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