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Blog Tour: Review of Payback (Viking Bastards MC #2) by Christina Phillips

“One kiss and he’ll be out of my system.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 182 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Gage…

I don’t fuck girls who work for me, but as soon as Amelia turns those big green eyes on me I know she’s trouble. I can’t keep my hands off her, and the almost-but-not-quite-sex we share in the kitchen is the hottest thing I’ve ever had. Except she calls it quits, before we’ve even started.

Instead of moving on, she’s all I can think about and that’s bad news. I’m breaking all my rules for her, and don’t even care.

Until I find out who she is and what she really wants. She’s after payback, but there’s no way she’s going to get it. No way in hell…

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this book free from Netgalley – Entangled Publishing LLC on behalf of Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.**

Gage Reynold is a member of the Viking Bastards MC.  His family has been part of the club since his Grandfather. The club always comes first. Gage runs a bar called Odin’s and only has one rule. Never sleep with the help. But when a new bartender comes in he cannot keep his eyes or hands off of her. That is until she sets the rules.

Amelia is out for some payback. She is getting her one chance to get close to the MC that killed her father. She only knows the facts that her mother told her ten years ago about her father’s death. Her father treated her like a princess and she just wants the revenge to make her feel better. Working at Odin’s will bring her closer to the man she is after. When she finally meets him and lays her eyes on him something else starts to turn inside of her.

Gage and Amelia are highly attracted to each other instantly. Amelia is starting to forget why she is there and decides she does not want any part of talking down the club. She believes Gage is a good man and their club is not doing anything wrong. When Gage finds out who is snooping around and why he goes into a fit of rage. Amelia is there to set him up and all he was doing was falling in love while it happened.

This is the second book in the Vikings Bastards series. I really enjoyed reading this Gage and Amelia’s story. Even though there is bad blood within their families love always takes a front seat.

Excerpt:

We sit in the back row, and as far as I know that’s for one reason only. The place is half empty, and it’d be too easy to slide my hand under her sweater and play with her gorgeous tits. My dick stirs and I grit my teeth. It can’t be good that I have a permanent hard-on whenever she’s near me.

I watch her from the corner of my eye as she digs into her popcorn. The lights dim and it’s real hard not to sling my arm around her shoulders, but I have the weird feeling she expects me to—just to prove that I can’t keep my word.

She’s only a chick, and the only time my word is everything is when it comes to my brothers. If Amelia wasn’t interested, she wouldn’t be here with me now. We can spend the next ninety minutes making out like a couple of horny teens, and I won’t think any less of myself for breaking my word.

Or I can be a fucking martyr and call her bluff.

When the movie starts, she wriggles in her seat and rests her arm next to mine on the armrest. Is she doing it on purpose? We’re barely touching but it’s like an electric charge zaps through my body.

This is going to be the longest ninety minutes of my life.

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When we finally leave the movies it’s late afternoon and dark, which is a relief. Not that I’d expect to see any of my brothers hanging around, but I guess I’m paranoid. As we reach the bike, Amelia bumps her shoulder against my arm.

“You didn’t fall asleep. I’m impressed.”

I shrug. “I’ve seen worse.” No way will I admit the movie wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. It’s still way too early to take her to a club, but I’m in no hurry to let her go, even if she isn’t going to put out at the end of the night. Guess we could get something to eat.

Before I can figure out whether I’m ready to ask her that, because movies and eating out in one evening is kind of full-on, she takes the helmet and hugs it, like it’s a shield.

“Well, thanks for inviting me. Can you take me back to my car now?”

What the fuck? Is that it?

“Sure.” I’m pissed off and don’t know why. I’ve had some shit ideas in the past, but taking Amelia out has got to be one of the worst. If this is dating, then they can keep it and I’ll stick to my easy no-need-to-think-about-it hookups.

“Only, I need to get home and freshen up before my shift starts at Odin’s.” She pauses for a couple of seconds, as if she’s letting that sink in. Christ, I’ll never understand how chicks’ minds work. “That’s if the offer’s still open?”

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Blog Tour: Review of Kiss Marry Kill (Iron-Clad Security) by Sidney Halston

Less bushy caveman and more trendy bearded badass!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 446 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

Five years ago they fell in love after one whirlwind summer. Now she’s an internationally famous musician and he’s officially out of the military, but when their worlds collide, can they keep things strictly professional? Sweet, thrilling, emotional, and sexy, fall in love with Megan and Jax in USA Today bestseller Sidney Halston’s Kiss Marry Kill.

He’s been chasing a memory . . . It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn’t the man he used to be… but Megan isn’t the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she’s in trouble.

…but now they’re on the run. Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he’ll do anything to protect what’s his.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Megan Cruz made something of herself after meeting a man that told her she can do anything that makes her happy. Now she is a pop star that is on the rise. When you have fame, danger will follow. Megan has a stalker that she is terrified of. When he breaks into her house and Megan is hiding from him she realizes that the threats are real.

Jax Iron’s is a war veteran that now runs a security company. When he sees the new report about Megan he knows that he is going to have to do something to protect her. He knows Megan. He tried to forget her but he can’t.

Jax runs to Megan when he finds out what is going on. He will do anything it takes to protect her. He will do anything except get involved with her. He knows that if he lets his guard down then trouble can find its way in. Keeping his hands off her will be the hardest thing he has ever done. And man is he grumpy about it.

This was a very fun read. Jax and Megan have a past that you learn about early on. When they went their separate ways, they thought they would never see each other again. The chemistry is instant and you feel you are a part of their story. Thank you to the author for keeping me on my toes. You think you know what is going on early in the book, then you are not sure. This is excellent writing and a great book to read.

My Favorite Moment: I enjoyed the trip to the Bahamas. I felt like you got to know the characters a little bit better and the chemistry was intense!

 

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Excerpt:

“I can’t believe I’m here with you. I mean, I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.”

His face softened and there was the ghost of a smile hidden somewhere in his bushy beard.“Still not a question.”

“How long have you been back?”

“Few months.”

“What happened to you? Do you leave again?”

“Got blown up, got discharged, came home, not leaving again.”

It was short, and she needed more information, but knowing he wasn’t going to expand, she moved on. “Okay,” she sing-songed, “are you married?” Then she heard the very familiar and very welcome chuckle of Jackson Irons. It hit her right in the chest. It was her first glimpse of the old Jax.

“No. Not married.”

“Do you want to know if I’m married?” she asked.

“Already know you’re not.” His arms were big and bulky and the way that he leaned into the island made him look impatient.

“Can you sit? You’re making me nervous.”

He pushed off the counter and sat on the chair across from her, the island between them. “What do you do now?” “I co-own Iron-Clad Security here in town. We do all types of security work including  bodyguard, government ops, cyber-security, securing homes.”

She held out her finger and pointed to herself. “I’m pretty sure I’m in the market for some of that.”

“Already on it, Meg.”

“Really? Don’t I have to hire you first, or something? Discuss prices? Sign a contract?”

“You think I’d sit back and wait for a stalker to break in again while we discuss pricing options? Fill out paperwork?”

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Blog Tour: Review of Legally Charming (Ever After Book #1) by Lauren Smith

The man was a waking temptation.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 372 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

THE RIGHT DRESS CAN CATCH THE EYE OF PRINCE CHARMING…

Felicity Hart has one goal: Completing her masters in art. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. She reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween party with her best friend. After sneaking away from the party and falling asleep in an unoccupied room, she wakes to the sexiest pair of eyes she’s ever seen. Eyes that belong to the one man who could turn her well organized world upside down. When he flashes that wicked, panty-melting smile at her the vow to not fall in love seems impossible…

EVERY PRINCE IS LOOKING FOR HIS SLEEPING BEAUTY TO KISS…

Jared Redmond used to be the ultimate bad boy. But now his legal career is taking off and the partners of his firm are trusting him with high-dollar real estate transactions. Jared’s king-size bed is empty. But when he arrives home on Halloween to find a princess sleeping in his bed – his all work and no play attitude goes out the window. There’s nothing he wants more than to explore the hidden desires of this mysterious beauty and show her just how much of a bad boy he really is by fulfilling her every fantasy.

WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES AND COACHES TURN TO PUMPKINS…

Underneath the glitter of this fairy tale romance, Felicity and Jared might have found true love. But the mounting pressure of their real lives takes hold again and Jared and Felicity are pulled further and further apart. Can they find their fairy tale ending or will they be left with the dying embers of what could have been?

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Jared Redmond is a very busy man. Now that he is trusted with high dollar real estate transactions he does not have time for a personal life. When he comes home early one weekend and his brother is having a party at the house he just wants to go to bed. When he gets to his room he finds a woman sleeping in his bed and all he can think to himself is she looks like a princess. Being the gentleman he is he lets her sleep and falls asleep next to her.

Felicity Hart has one goal in life. Complete her masters in art. When she goes to a Halloween party and falls asleep in an unoccupied room she wakes to find the most beautiful eyes staring back at her.

Spending time together has the possibility of falling in love a reality. Both have very demanding schedules and their time together gets shorter and shorter. But when the heart loves someone anything is possible.

I enjoyed this book. I felt like Felicity should of had more confidence in herself. She is one of those girls that doesn’t know how pretty she is and does not feel like she deserves the knight and shining armor of a beautiful man. Overall the story is good and you really fall in love with the characters.

 

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Blog Tour: Review of Hooked (Viking Bastards MC) by Christina Phillips

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“Every girl deserves one bad boy in her past”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 162 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Zach…

I like my sex dirty and disposable. I’m not into commitment or chicks who want more than one night. My brothers and club come first, second and last.

Until she walks into my life. Classy, rich and so out of my league it’s crazy. A week together should get her out of my system, but this good girl is so bad when we’re all alone and I can’t get enough of her.

I don’t do forever, but she’s hooked me so bad I don’t ever want to let her go. Except there’s no way a princess can live in my world and I sure as hell won’t live in hers…

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley via Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Zach is an absolutely no relationship kind of guy. He takes care of his sister and his club will always come first. When Grace walks into the bar to use the phone his thought process will change forever.

Grace is the kind of girl that comes from money and always tries to make her parents proud. Now that she has ended her engagement she is headed to her sister’s house. But not before her car breaks down in a shady part of town. With her head held high she walks right into a biker bar to use the phone and right into Zach’s arms.

This was a good romantic read. A hot headed guy that lives a crazy lifestyle falls for the girl that doesn’t fit into his life at all. With this being an MC book I expected to know more about the club. However, Zach and Grace are really good for each other. When he has to step into her lifestyle he knows that he could never fit into it but is not willing to let Grace go.

My Favorite Part: I think everything that had to do with Zach’s sister made me laugh. She has this brother that the world is scared of but she likes to tell it like it is.

Mindy 4 Star 

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Excerpt:

I pull her close, and she winds her arms around me, which makes me almost forget what I
was about to say. “What you see is what you get with me.”
“Hmm,” she says as though she doesn’t believe a word. “Big, bad, tough guy on the
outside. That’s okay, your secret’s safe with me.”
I snort with laughter. “No secret, Grace.” I like saying her name. “That’s me, inside and
out.”
“If you say so.”
“When I get you home, I’ll prove it to you.”
“Do you live far from here?”
With my arm still wrapped around her, I once again make for the door. “Nah. Just a couple
of blocks. Won’t take long.”
“Can we pick my luggage up first?”
I pause, hand on doorknob. “Luggage?”
“Yes. From my car. You know, toothbrush and…stuff.” Her cheeks are pink and she gives
a little shrug. “If I’m staying the night I need my things.”
“Sure.” My mind fills with the happy vision of Grace in my shower. I pull open the door,
keen to get home and put that particular fantasy into action.
Tension vibrates from her as we walk back into the bar. I swagger across the room,
ignoring the glances from my brothers and friends, and they soon get the message. Instead of
catcalls and jeers, they go back to their business, and Grace gives a relieved sigh as the door
swings shut behind us.
“At least it’s stopped raining.” She lowers her umbrella. “That’s my car, over there.”
I glance across the street and there’s no mistaking which car she’s talking about. It’s a
silver Mercedes coupe, and if I don’t warn my brothers the car’s off-limits, it’ll be picked clean by
morning.
She opens the trunk and takes out an overnight case, then looks at me expectantly, as
though she’s waiting for me to haul out the massive case that takes up the entire space. Is she
leaving home or going on vacation?
It’s none of my business, and I don’t know why the question even enters my head.
“You need all this shit for one night?”
“No, but I need a change of clothes.” She frowns as though something’s just occurred to
her. “Oh, you mean we’re walking to your house? I thought you’d have your car here. It doesn’t
matter, I can make do.”
She goes to shut the trunk, and I hold it open. “I don’t have a car.” Seriously, is she really
that clueless? Her surprised glance tells me that yeah, she really is. I haul her case out and
slam the trunk.
“There’s really no need.” She waves a finger at her case. “I don’t expect you to carry it
along the street. It’s too heavy.”
“The hell it is.” Even if the damn thing were full of bricks I wouldn’t back down now. “You
better have some killer underwear in here as payback.”
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Blog Tour: Review of Enforcer’s Price by Sarah Hawthorne

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“Don’t look at something if you don’t want to hit it.”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 199 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A man looking for redemption 

Colt spent eight months in prison for trusting the wrong woman, nearly bringing down his entire motorcycle club in the process. Now he needs to fix the MC’s cash flow problems or watch the only family he’s ever known fall apart.

Meeting Krista wasn’t part of his mission.

Falling for her could mean his destruction.

A single mom trying to get by 

Krista was ready to leave hooking behind when her ex cleaned out her bank account. Stuck working to provide for her daughter, she protects herself with one rule: never get involved with someone at the club.

Not that she wants to. Sex has become a job, a means to an end.

One night together as an escape 

Krista’s body wakes at Colt’s touch, allowing her to imagine a life after the MC. A future. A happily-ever-after, if only briefly. Krista brings out feelings in Colt he forgot could exist. But just as he begins to trust again, Krista’s truth is revealed—testing the very boundaries of Colt’s jealousy and faith.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Krista is a strong woman that makes the best out of what she has. Being a single mother has limited her options on trying to survive and make money. Krista does tricks for the local MC to bring in extra cash. Her ex is a drug addict that she just cannot seem to get away from. He cleans out her account making life difficult for Krista. Having protection from the club seems to be all that she has.

Colt has made a lot of bad decisions in his life including his choice in girlfriends. Almost bringing his club down in the process he has a lot to make up for. Trying to get a smaller club to patch over will be his test. Meeting Krista happened by chance and now that he has had her on the back of his bike he knows he wants to keep her there.

Colt just happens to be in town to see if a smaller club has what it takes to patch into his club. One look at Krista and the fear in her eyes and he knows that he wants to protect her. He thinks she is just a  bartender for the club but when the truth is revealed can he accept what she has done? Not only is he dealing with unfamiliar feelings he is trying to figure out who the rat is in the club and how to deal with that situation. Not to mention Krista’s crazy ex.

This book gets really intense real quick. This is the authors first book that I know of and this really amazes me. This book is written so well. The characters are strong and independent. The sex is hot, the storyline is intense. I think this one blew me away. I loved it!

Mindy 4 Star 

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“That was good, right?” He propped himself on an elbow. “You know I want you. But
you gotta be up for this as well. All of it. Not just once, but something real.”
I wanted to say yes. I wanted to tell him that we were going to live happily ever after.
Whatever I was doing right now could not continue. I’d lose all the business from the guys and
Becky and I would be broke. But a little fling. I could have that, right? One night where I could
feel wanted, cherished, loved.
I looked into his eyes and whispered, “I want you.”
It was the only thing I could promise right now. I knew he wanted more, but I couldn’t
give him that. I could only give him right now.
His arms went rigid. “No. Not just want, not just now. Tell me this is more than just a
quick fuck for you. Tell me you want more, or I’m
going to stop.” His eyes were steel as they
searched mine.
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Blog Tour: Review of Call to Honor (A SEAL Brotherhood Novel) by Tawny Weber

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He Wanted. She was willing. He was taking.

Genre: Romance, Military

Book Length (Est.): 448 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team’s finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth… 

“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego’s honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger’s path.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Diego is part of a Navy SEAL team that lives and breathes the code of honor. When a mission goes wrong all of their careers and reputations are on the line. When a SEAL wants answers he does what he needs to do to get them. However, this one has a very pretty face and a body that has his on alert.

Harper Maclean is a single mother trying to make a living and forget her past. When she ended up pregnant at a young age she was forced to get an abortion. When she decided to have the baby she created a new life away from her past. Her best friend keeps trying to get her to date and Harper just blows it off. But when a hot new neighbor moves in next door and her son is going away for camp she might just get to explore her options.

Diego is living the suburban lifestyle to get close to a woman that is the ex of one of SEAL members that they believe died in a mission or has betrayed them. The only way that Diego can find out the truth is to get close to Harper and figure out if she knows anything. Once he hears her story he knows deep down that she is an innocent that could just be in danger.

This is a good story. The chemistry is pretty hot between Harper and Diego. However, when she finds out the truth about Diego and feels used she doesn’t take that lightly. Nor the fact that her ex has known where she is all along.

Mindy 4 Star 

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“You’re the best, mister.” The kid had to get his smile from his mother, Diego decided.
Because not once could Diego remember Ramsey’s smile making him want to offer one in
return.
“Diego,” he said after a second, figuring talking was better than standing here on the sidewalk,
grinning like an idiot. “You can call me Diego.”
“Cool. I’m Nathan. I’m seven. I’m gonna be a stuntman when I grow up. Or a veterinarian. I’d
rather be a Jedi warrior, but Mom says we’ll see about that one. She says that about a lot of stuff.
We’ll see. What are you?”
Huh? Was that a question? The kid’s expression said it was, so Diego did a mental replay.
“I’m in security,” he said, using the cover Savino had decided on.
“Bet you’re good at it.” Grabbing the bike by the handles, the kid gave it a good shake, then
grinned when the chain stayed in place. “You’re good at fixing things, too. Maybe you could
teach me to fix some things?”
Diego didn’t have much experience with kids—hell, he didn’t have any experience. Despite that,
he had to figure this one was something special.
Before he could answer him, a delivery truck rumbled its way to a stop in front of the kid’s
house. Something he’d noticed was a regular occurrence. At least once, sometimes twice a day.
“You sure get a lot of deliveries,” he observed, watching a guy in shorts carry a stack of boxes
toward the door.
“Yeah. Mom gets tons of stuff. She decorates for people’s houses. She orders pillows and bowls
and things like that. Sometimes she gets material and things to help her decide colors.”
Convenient. Or it would be if Ramsey were running drugs or stolen goods—that’d be a solid
cover. But unless he’d shipped himself home in an ash can, it probably wasn’t pertinent. Lansky
would claim otherwise, though, so Diego made a note to mention it in his next report.
He caught a flash of something out of the corner of his eye. All it took was a casual glance
toward the house to send him rocking back on his heels.
Damn.
Not even signing for a slew of packages and fending off the flirtations of the delivery guy
were enough to keep Harper Maclean from sending her son a protective frown.
So far his glimpses of her had been at a longer distance than the twenty feet currently
separating them. Her photos didn’t do her justice. He’d known she was a looker, but no way he’d
have thought fully dressed in person could trump that bikini shot, even if that bikini shot had
been kind of blurry.
He’d have been wrong.
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Blog Tour: Review of A Promise Made by Anissa Garcia

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A Promise Made!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 306 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Josh McKenzie may come off as intimidating with his solid build and cold stare, but when trouble calls, Marla quickly learns there is more to the sexy tatted man with the British accent. And if she’s not careful, she can easily lose herself in his gentle touch and soft voice.

A feisty redhead with a mouth that won’t quit, Marla Sullivan knows how to push all of Josh’s buttons, making him want her in the worst way. His biggest hurdle is breaking through her stubborn walls and proving he’s here to stay.

When Marla’s faced with an unknown danger, Josh is forced to reveal his buried past. Promises made and surfaced truths may be the catalyst that brings them together…or pushes them further apart.

Mindy’s Review:

**I received this book on behalf of Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review**

Josh McKenzie is a personal trainer to the Hollywood stars. He takes his training very seriously and expects his clients to do the same. Josh has an interest in a girl that he met through his best friend. However she shows no interest in him at all. When she starts to get into danger he makes a promise to her best friend to protect her. He will do what needs to be done to keep that promise.

Marla Sullivan works for marketing for a firm that she used to enjoy working for. Long days and nights at work leave her exhausted. Marla is a feisty red head that does not sugar coat her feelings. The one thing that helps clear her head is cooking. And she loves to cook.

This was a fun book to read. Marla and Josh do not really get along at the beginning of their story. She feels he is an arrogant health nut that is just like all the other men in the world. But when he is close her body betrays her and aches for him to touch her. When she starts to get some threats and property damage he makes sure that she knows he will protect her.

This is a good read for anyone that enjoys a great love story and a little bit of suspense.

Mindy 4 Star

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Excerpt:

Marla’s form strutted out the door, her long hair flowing down her creamy white shoulders and hourglass frame. That black dress hugged her petite body, and I observed the way her ass moved as she hooked her coat and purse over her arm. Her femininity was alluring. The way she held herself and her delicate skin smelling like cinnamon made me hard. It matched her sizzling mouth that I wanted to suck on and kiss raw.

I lifted myself out of the seat and crossed the room to her as she fumbled to put on her coat. One side hung down and I grabbed it with ease. She jerked away, attempted to escape me as I held it up. Mahogany eyes glared at me. She was on defense, no doubt from Ryan and whatever other idiots had disillusioned her about chivalry and romance. I would prove to her it wasn’t dead.

“Is the date set with Dumbledore?”

Her ruby red colored lips pressed down a smile as she shook her head. “His name’s Gandalf, and he asked me to an early bird dinner at Denny’s.”

Cute. At least she was open to joking with me, if only a bit. But she was also nervous. I could see it reflected in the way she moved, even the way she breathed. “Let me walk you to your car.”

“No, I’m fine.”

She moved at a faster pace and I kept up easily. I wasn’t letting her walk alone at night, especially with the type of men I saw in there. “I’m walking you out.”

“My car’s in the parking garage, they have security cameras.”

She was one tough cookie. Independent, used to doing things on her own, she probably attracted the men who were complete opposite of her. She liked to be in control and so did I. You’d think this would pose some type of problem, but I was attracted to it. I moved closer to her, my mouth near her ear. “You like pushing me away, don’t you?”

She turned her head toward me and rolled her eyes. “Let me guess, you’re one of those alphas who likes to see his woman submit. You want the type of woman who will adore you every night, follow you around all day, and tell others how amazing you are at everything you do.”

“You certainly like pretending you know who I am. Since we met you’ve been nothing but judgmental toward me and only me. Why is that?”

We were riding in the lift, but she didn’t dare give me a glance. Instead she pressed the button to the ground floor, even though it had already been lit up. She pressed at it again, as if it would make it go faster.

“I don’t like guys like you.”

“Guys like me?”

“Yeah. I’ve dated guys like you.”

I couldn’t help but laugh as I rested in the corner against the wall. What to say to a woman who thought she already knew everything about you? I’d give it a go. “So, some idiot who lived in the gym dated and hurt you, and now you think all men who work out are the same?”

“Whether they live in the gym or not, they all end up being the same. They all want a certain type of woman.”

“Which is what?”

The doors finally opened and she scurried out, searching for her keys in her bag. “The easy woman to comply with whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want.”

“That type of woman is boring.”

She turned to her red Toyota Prius and opened the door, throwing her purse in the passenger side and starting her car. “Exactly. Yet they all want it.”

Before she could shut the door, I stepped in front of it and leaned down as she strapped on her seatbelt. “Darling, I’m not afraid of hard work. I know you’re an independent woman, and though most men find that threatening, I find it extremely sexy.”

“You know what I find extremely not sexy? The fact that you find a woman like me to be hard work. Strike one, pal.”  

She threw her hand up holding two fingers, and either she was warning me that I had two chances left, or she shot me the peace sign. I believe it was the latter. Either way, she was not happy. If I wanted to make headway with Red, I was going to have to get some inside help to thaw the icy heart within that fiery woman.

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