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Hot Seal, April’s Fool
by Becca Jameson
Release Date: Available Now
I am typically not a fan of second chance romances where the main characters had a long separation caused by something that a simple conversation could have resolved. That being noted, I still did enjoy “Hot Seal, April’s Fool” by Becca Jameson. This book is part of the ‘SEALs in Paradise’ multi-author series. Each book in this series is a stand-alone, although secondary characters appear in each story who were the lead or secondary characters in other books. All the books in the series can be read in any order.
Cole and April were devoted high school sweethearts with plans for a life together, even though he was going to join the Navy. And then instead of proposing like she thought he would, he just disappeared, and she never heard from him again. A decade later when his father dies and Cole has to briefly return to the small town where he grew up, he can’t resist following his heart and trying to rekindle a relationship with April. I don’t want to give more away, but I will say that when the reason he left without even a goodbye is revealed, I would’ve liked to reach into the book and shake him. April’s mother gives her some advice that actually helped me feel much more kindly about his character.
This story is laden with corrupt politicians and police, major drama in Cole’s family, small-town gossip, sweet memories, hot moments, and reminders that the heart wants what it wants. Cole and April never really stopped loving each other. His sincere determination to win her back and be with her forever, and her resolve to protect her heart from the risk of further devastation, make this an emotional and compelling story.
Ten years ago, he left her with no explanation. Now he’s back, and the sparks burn just as hot as they did in high school.
April might have been young, but she knew what love was. She and Cole were inseparable, voted most likely to marry. And then he vanished on the night she expected him to propose.
Joining the Navy had always been Cole’s plan. He’d intended to carry on a long-distance romance with his high school sweetheart. Nothing could ever come between them…until it did.
In this second chance, small-town romance the past collides with the present as Cole fights to save his family’s business and earn back the trust of the only woman he’s ever loved. Losing her a second time—for good—is out of the question.
by Piper Stone
Release Date: Available Now
“King’s Hostage” is a tumultuous story that really did grab my attention and hold onto it. Michael is a merciless mafia widower responsible for raising his 2 young children while upholding his obligations to the Family. Daniella is an innocent, kind-hearted schoolteacher who ends up caught in situation she never caused or expected. She ends up in the custody of Michael and totally at his mercy as each of them try to figure out who can be trusted and who is an enemy.
There is non-stop action in the story. Be aware that their initial sexual encounter is not really consensual even though she is attracted to him. The high-stakes, high-pressure situation that they are in leads to a quickly developing relationship between Michael and Daniella. As the story goes on, each of them finds aspects of their own personality that they didn’t even realize existed. There are some D/s elements to the story, but nothing overly outrageous, and it fits with their personalities.
The secondary characters are great, especially his children and the family dog. The HEA is hard won, although in some ways it comes about almost too quickly when latter part of the story does escalate. Overall, I enjoyed the story and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
A King takes what he wants. He wants me.
When my life was threatened, Michael King didn’t just take matters into his own hands.
He took me.
When he carried me off it was partly to protect me, but mostly it was because he wanted me.
I didn’t choose to go with him, but it wasn’t up to me. That’s why I’m naked, wet, and sore in an opulent Swiss chalet with my bottom still burning from the belt of the infuriatingly sexy mafia boss who brought me here, punished me when I fought him, and then savagely made me his.
We’ll return when things are safe in New Orleans, but I won’t be going back to my old home.
I belong to him now, and he plans to keep me.
About Weston Parker:
Top 150 Amazon Best Selling Author Piper Stone writes dark, dangerous and delicious romance with rugged alpha heroes and strong heroines. She writes in several genres including mafia, science fiction, western and paranormal, with every story pulling you into a twisted mystery.
When she’s not writing, you can find her enjoying time with her family, including her beloved Golden Retrievers; Indiana Jones, Magnum PI and Remington Steele.
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Mightier than the Sword
by Ashe Barker
Release Date: Available Now
Ashe Barker consistently writes books that are unique, and “Mightier than the Sword” is very much an unusual story. When I saw the blurb for the story, I was immediately intrigued by a tale set around the momentous creation of the Magna Carta. One of my ancestors was among the 25 barons who actually signed the document, and the era and circumstances around the creation and signing of the document have always interested me. I was curious to see how see author would treat the complex factual story around the fictional story.
Jocelyn is a young woman raised very unconventionally for the time in which she lives. Not only is she literate, which itself was a rarity for anyone, she is also very highly educated. As such, she has to disguise herself as a young man of the cloth who labors as a scribe within the walls of the religious order in which she lives. When she and her talent as a scribe are pulled into the dangerous political dynamics of the time, even her life is at stake. Sir Richard is a man of honor who wants to do the right thing, and is the captain at arms for a nobleman trusted by both the King and the barons. The intentions of the cruel King and the demands of his own conscience (and the nobleman who he serves) do not mesh well together. Richard’s assignment with regard to “Brother” Jocelyn puts those parts of his personality in stark conflict. Add to the mix his attraction to the religious man who turns out to be an unusual woman, and the intense circumstances surrounding King John and the Magna Carta, and it’s all very ripe for drama.
There is a little bit of intense passion in the story, and some moments of humor. There are some twists and turns, and a surprise at the end of that may cause you to reach for a tissue or two. I thought the main and secondary characters in the book were interesting and well-developed. The story was entertaining and well-written, and it definitely held my interest throughout.
The fate of a nation hangs in the balance. Charged with a momentous task, the whole of England is relying on him. Richard d’Aigle will not contemplate failure, but what will be the true nature of the challenge before him?
Jocelyn of Kirkstall is a woman born centuries ahead of her time. Educated and intelligent, her learning and skilled penmanship will be vital in curbing the excesses of a cruel monarch who will stop at nothing to prevent her completing her task. Can her powerful Eagleheart warrior knight protect her when the king sends his deadly assassins on a murderous mission – to ensure Magna Carta never sees the light of day.
If you enjoy sensual historical romance set against the glorious backdrop of a cornerstone of English history, you will not want to miss Mightier Than The Sword. This latest page-turner from Ashe Barker charts the turbulent love story of an unworldly but fiercely intelligent young woman and the powerful knight determined to have her for his own.
This book was previously published by Wolfbane Publishing under the title Wolfeheart. It is re-released under the new title with some minor edits.
This book is intended for mature audiences, over the age of 18.
About Ashe Barker
USA Today best selling author Ashe Barker is multi-published and regularly hits the Amazon best seller lists in erotic romance, BDSM and historical. She has been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. Ashe still loves reading, the hotter the better. But now she has a good excuse for her guilty pleasure – research.
To find out more about Ashe, visit her website, www.ashebarker.com
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Ashe tends to draw on her own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to her plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.
Ashe lives in the wilds of West Yorkshire where she enjoys drinking Earl Grey tea, walking the Bronte moors and listening to Bon Jovi – loud.
Ashe has over eighty titles on general release, with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and several more in the pipeline. Most of her books feature BDSM. She writes explicit stories, always hot, but they offer far more than just sizzling sex. Ashe likes to read about complex characters, and compelling plots, so that’s what she writes too. Strong, demanding Doms are a given, often paired with new submissives who have a lot to learn.
Ashe has a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keeps thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from her.
The Sun Rising
by John Donne
(Excerpted from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/john-donne)
The English writer and Anglican cleric John Donne is considered now to be the preeminent metaphysical poet of his time. He was born in 1572 to Roman Catholic parents, when practicing that religion was illegal in England. His work is distinguished by its emotional and sonic intensity and its capacity to plumb the paradoxes of faith, human and divine love, and the possibility of salvation. Donne often employs conceits, or extended metaphors, to yoke together “heterogenous ideas,” in the words of Samuel Johnson, thus generating the powerful ambiguity for which his work is famous. After a resurgence in his popularity in the early 20th century, Donne’s standing as a great English poet, and one of the greatest writers of English prose, is now assured.