Book Review: Debt by Nina G. Jones

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5 murdered Stars

Love. It takes all shapes and forms. And is written about every single day, from every single angle, from every single perspective. It’s at the heart of almost every book I read. It always manifests differently in individuals both in life and circumstances, but it’s always there. In one way or another it’s always there. It’s what we’re all looking for. That flash of epiphany when you feel something click into place with another human being. When you feel thoroughly seen and understood by your beloved. The passion that races through your nervous system at the realization that THIS one is different. It all boils down to love, one way or another.

And revenge is an equally potent motivator. After all, hate is a feeling too.

Meet Tax Draconi. This man is savage, cruel, impossibly tender and ridiculously fucking sexy. There is no good reason why anyone should like this character. None. But I did. From the very first moment we met him, I fell head over heels in love with how feral he is. How he owns a room even when he’s lurking in its shadows. How easily he fits such everyday things like jogging into the grander scheme of his psychopathic nature. Tax is truly larger than life.

Especially when he’s standing next to Mia Tibbett. If Tax is walking, talking darkness, she is the light. It shines from her so unapologetically that you can’t help but fall in love with her as well. She could have easily swung into sticky sweet, but instead she’s smart, sassy and authentic. She meets Tax’s darkness in such a fearless way; so ready and willing to meet this man exactly where he is and that takes an incredible amount of courage.

Debt is aptly named as the subject of what balances the scales is laced throughout the entire book. Nina G. Jones explores every possible meaning of what it is to even the playing field through the lens of love. And every single character’s scales are out of whack for one reason or another. Every single character has sustained some monumental loss that leaves them on uneven ground, looking constantly for that which will bring everything back into synch. Unfortunately, life is not fond of the even keel. It likes to keep people thrown off balance, because that’s when we make the most interesting choices.

And Nina G. Jones is the queen author of writing interesting choices. When I first picked up this book, I fully expected it to be dark and one hell of a ride. What I did not expect was the story and the characters to so completely crawl under my skin and wring every possible emotional response from me. There were moments of brilliant snark that made me laugh out loud. There were moments that left me gasping from the heat or the suspense. And there were many moments that left me on the edge of unabashed sobbing because of the deep emotional ties I had built to these characters. This story absolutely, 100% murdered me. And I’ve never been happier to be laying in a chalk outline.

Put down all of your preconceived notions about what this book might be. Jump in willing to be swept away on a breakneck current hell bent for crazy and enjoy the scenery on the way. This book will make your heart beat faster. This book will make you wet. This book will make you growl and squeal and snort. But mostly, this book might just take you unawares as it teaches you something new about what love can look like when you’re least expecting it.

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Release Day: Debt by Nina G. Jones

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Title: DEBT

Author: Nina G. Jones

Genre: Erotic Suspense

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Cover Model: BJ Gaddour

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Synopsis

I don’t know what I was thinking when I hired someone to attack me. Maybe I was bored, or lonely, or there was a void so deep inside of me that I needed something explosive to fill it.

It was supposed to be safe. A thrill. A way to break through the monotony of everyday life. It was an illusion of danger that I could walk away from as soon as it was over.

Except that it wasn’t. Because I had been in danger long before I ever invited it into my life.

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My mission is almost complete. The bubbling boil of vengeance that heats my blood might finally simmer.

She is the last piece of the puzzle. Once I destroy her, everyone who ever hurt me will have paid their debt.

It was supposed to be quick and easy, but as soon as I met her it got complicated.

Very complicated.

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She kicks off her shoes and pulls off her sweater, and I admire the curves of her body in her white tank top and tight jeans. Her tits are perfect, full but still perky, and right now her nipples are hard, poking right through the thin material of her tank. Her ass is round and tight. Her body has changed over the years, filling out in all the right places. My dick throbs thinking about the things I would do to her.

Now if this bitch would just go to the bedroom, I could get started. Her living room window faces the main street and she will scream. Her bedroom, on the other hand, is towards the back of the house and faces the backyard. Wrestling on a bed is much quieter than in a living room full of lamps and bookshelves filled with random bullshit. How many fucking knickknacks does one human being require? Is that a porcelain cat? Honestly, I’m putting her out of her misery. She should thank me.

Anyway, I want to take my time with her, so I need to wait just a little bit longer. Shit, I’ve already waited fourteen years.

I cannot believe this shit, she’s turning on her stereo.

What is this godforsaken tripe she’s listening to? Of course, fucking Backstreet Boys.

I can’t help but smile a little when she dances. She’s so carefree right now. She thinks she’s safe.

But she doesn’t understand that tonight is the night she dies.

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Nina G. Jones is the author of the Strapped Series and Gorgeous Rotten Scoundrel.
Her next novel, DEBT, is slated to be released in December 2014.
Nina currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her husband and two fur babies. She will work for chocolate cake.
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Cover Reveal: Violets and Violence by Morgan Parker

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Book Title: Violets & Violence
Author: Morgan Parker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Violet has magical talent. She can levitate, walk through glass, and be in two places at one time. What happens when Violet discovers true magic in the arms of a new man?

Luke Kemble enjoys the luxury of having Violet, all of her magic and all of her beauty, all to himself. What happens to Luke’s illusion of reality when he and the love of his life are threatened by another man, a dangerous one that holds grudges and anger?

Carter Borden never fully recovered from the heartbreak of his ex-wife leaving him. What happens to a damaged man who begins to believe in magic once again?

Follow two men — Luke and Carter — as they learn the one truth about Violet’s magic (that it’s an only an illusion) and the one truth about her love (that it’s not).

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As the author of the best-selling mystery romance, Surviving Goodbye, Morgan Parker has written several novels under this pen name. In 2012 and 2013, when he self-published Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters: 2, respectively, he was absolutely floored that anyone would want to read his stories. So he wrote non friction, an unconventional love story. That love story earned Mr. Parker a tremendous amount of attention and at the insistence of his readers, he followed it with Hope (a novella) and Sick Day. All three of those stories have spent time on Amazon best-seller lists. Currently, he is preparing Violets & Violence for publication in late-2014.

When not writing, Morgan likes to spend time gathering writing material from his two young children, reading and napping where he discovered the Type II Sleep State, which is the topic for his 2015 release, Anna Graham.

Morgan interacts regularly with his readers and friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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Book Review: Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

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4.5 heart melting Stars

I’ve written about family before. About how family is a choice. And it comes in all shapes, sizes and forms. And that at the end of the day, blood often has very little to do with what ends up being your real family. The family we choose for ourselves has everything to do with unconditional love, honesty, respect and the continual choice to keep showing up for whatever your family needs.

Poughkeepsie is about family in the truest sense of the word. It’s about people that never should have found each other, coming together to form the closest knit group of people I’ve read about in a very long time. A group of people where everyone has a job, a place and purpose. From being the protector to being the very heart and soul that keeps thumping its way towards weaving that bond through their very DNA.

Livia and Kyle McHugh are sisters. They are so very, very different on the outside. Livia is studious, centered and driven. Kyle is colorful, vivid and loud. Livia takes care of everyone around her out of reflex. Kyle not only follows the beat of her own drummer, but constantly wails on the entire drum set, changing up the rhythm to suit her fancy on any given day. They compliment each other so beautifully and produce some of the sweetest, funniest interactions I’ve seen on the page in a very long time.

Beckett Taylor, Cole Bridge and Blake Hartt are brothers of the most unconventional methods. Landing in the same foster home together, they chose each other as more than siblings when the system thrust them together to walk through hell arm in arm and see each other safely through. Beckett is brash, dangerous and ridiculously funny. Cole is quiet and soulful. Blake is fragile and nurturing. Again, these three compliment each other so beautifully as they’ve forged their way in this world that can be so very, very cold to those who choose to live outside the box.

Eve Hartt is brutal, stunningly gorgeous and a stone cold killer. Tragedy took her warmth and her heart and not only encased it in ice, but took away her will to ever chip those pieces of herself free again. She sets herself on a terrible mission that ends up incredible complicated in ways she never could have foreseen.

Debra Anastasia has written these six characters in such a way that not only do I want to know them in real life, I’m pretty sure I’m going to run into them turning a corner one day. This book is real, honest and inspiringly three dimensional in its telling and progression. Her characters make mistakes, they laugh, they drink, they fight and they love with every single cell in their bodies. They are extraordinary in everything they do and their story is heart meltingly authentic in its pain and triumph. This book is terrifically well balanced between deeply emotional interactions, tremendously funny tension breakers and soul liberating epiphanies.

While the course of this book takes less than a year, it has a decidedly epic feel to the depth and breadth of the storytelling. When you pick this book up, be ready for a journey that will take you from safe and sound to the brink of heartbreak and back again. When you pick up this book, be ready for your definition of family to be forever changed for the better. When you pick up this book, be ready to be whisked away on the backs of these extraordinary characters and their intense stories. When you pick up this book, be ready to be touched in a way that happens seldomly.

Cover Reveal: Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters 2 by Morgan Parker

 
 
Author:  Morgan
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Genre: Contemporary (Romance)
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Synopsis TE: Katie discovers
an unlocked iPhone in the back seat of a taxi. But instead of turning it in to
the driver as lost, she decides to keep it for herself.
Outside of the usual clutter you would expect to find on
a smartphone, what captures Katie’s interest is the single conversation she
finds on the phone’s secure text messaging service, a three-month dialogue
between a woman with an uncertain past named Christine and a single, eligible
man named Jake.

From Strangers to Soulmates in 90 Days

What starts out as a message intended for someone else
ends up being the beginning of a relationship more powerful than anything
Christine or Jake have ever experienced.

But nothing ever turns out to be as good as it initially
seems and their histories slowly reveal details and past lovers that threaten
to derail their humble quest for love.

Forgotten In The Back Seat of a New York City Taxi

Can Christine and Jake overcome the seemingly
insurmountable obstacles, doubts and secrets that endanger their love?

If so, why would such a relationship get forgotten in
the back seat of a New York City taxi?

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Follow Katie as she reads through the 3 months of
conversations that form The Christine + Jake Affair and provide the foundation
for the Textual Encounters Trilogy.

 
 
Synopsis TE2: Having found a
white iPhone in the back of a New York City cab, Katie orchestrates a
“chance” meeting with Jake, the man of her dreams. Knowing more than
she lets on, Katie develops a relationship with Jake that ultimately gets
captured in text form. And those texts are passed along to the woman that just
lost Jake’s baby.
As the follow up to Textual Encounters, Textual
Encounters: 2 follows Jake’s second attempt at finding love… this time with a
more manipulative younger woman who will stop at nothing to get what she wants

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Cover Reveal: Four Days by Dannika Dark

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By Dannika Dark

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Ivy believes every life must have balance, and during the past year, she’s found harmony living with the Weston pack. When an evil spirit from her past threatens her wolf, it sets off a chain reaction of events that alters the course of her destiny.
Lorenzo Church is a powerful, wealthy Packmaster who rules his pack through intimidation and order. He has vowed to never love a woman because love can destroy an empire. But chaos is fast approaching in the form of a Shifter named Ivy—a Native American, like him, who has invaded his dreams since the moment they met. She is spirited, wise, and unattainable.
In an unexpected turn of events, Ivy must choose whether or not to let go of the one person she has always loved. Lorenzo discovers the root of her courage but will never win her as his mate unless he learns to listen to his heart.
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“Call me Enzo.”
I turned to look at him and his eyes fell to my lips. “It’s not respectful to address a Packmaster so informally.”
He pinched his chin thoughtfully. “Only business associates call me Church.”
“Then I’ll call you Lorenzo.”
Lorenzo reached over and gently tugged the end of my braid. “Is something wrong with Enzo?”
“Do you want to be compared to a flashy piece of machinery that’s fast, loud, and unattainable?”
He put his hands back on the wheel and throttled the engine. “I can be compared to anything with stamina.”
“Mechanical things require too much attention to keep going on their own. How much attention do you require?”
“Sweet Ivy, what a wicked tongue you have.”
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This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here’s what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I’m a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70’s to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I’m not writing (which is all the time), I’m hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don’t like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I’m not sure which).
Throughout my life, I’ve had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my “head stories” that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down – creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It’s almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I’m a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I’ve had a few people ask), but I think it’s wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don’t like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it’s what I love to do.
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Review: Hot-Blooded by Kendall Grey

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5 holy, holy Stars

Darkness is a central theme in a lot of books written these days. Darkness evident in people, the world, our very souls and breaths. There is a lot to be said for stories written about people who confront their darkness and overcome it. For love, for children, for the sake of choosing the light. Everyday people turned warrior, launching themselves into battle with the amorphous shadows lurking in doorways and memories. Amazing stories come from these wars waged; stories that can teach you something about yourself and even sometimes provide a needed catalyst to fire your own first shot.

Hot-Blooded is not about the choice between light and dark. It’s about characters that already embody the dark and relish in it. Own it. Allow it to seep into their pores, straighten their spines and infuse them with an entirely different kind of power. There are no gentle breezes sifting through tendrils of your hair in this book. There are gale force winds grabbing handfuls of your hair by the root, wrenching your head back and forcing you to stare straight into the ancient eyes of raw, all-consuming authority.

Keahilani Alana channels her volcano namesake in everything she does. She is precise and intimidating and always threatening to spew forth destruction. She has power coursing through her very veins and she wields that power with unflinching determination all in order to protect ‘ohana. Family. Ohana is everything. A belief passed from mother to daughter and transformed into a battle cry of deafening proportions.

Blake Morgan is a hired gun for one of the biggest drug lords in the Hawaii islands. Set forth to find the latest upstart threatening his boss’ pipeline, he crashes headlong into Keahilani and in her, finds the true meaning of fire. Once a ruthless killer willing to sleep with any woman who was reasonably clean and willing to spread her legs for him, he finds in Kea more than a mirror, but a lens through which to find focus and meaning where before there was just the daily grind.

Keahilani and Blake’s relationship provides context for a story that erupts with no warning pretty much from the first page. A multi-layered story set at a breakneck pace so punishing that I had to remind myself to breathe several times while reading it. A story rife with such intensity that each chapter may as well have ended with the crack of a whip, splitting and peeling back not only my expectations and foregone conclusions, but my very flesh, exposing me to the thundering heartbeat at the core of this book.

Kendall Grey has written a book that gave me chills in the face of its sheer power and audacity. Her writing style pulls no punches; her characters kidnapped me at knifepoint. And at the end, all I could do was stare back at the words and beg them to never end. To say that I was swept away by this story isn’t entirely true. Because that implies some sort of romance or rose petal lined liaison. This story is brutal and fierce and laced through with a mythology come to life.

Don’t pick up this book expecting to find redemption. Don’t pick up this book expecting some epic battle between wrong and right. Pick up this book because the darkness inherent in this story deserves to be heard. Pick up this book because it’s so incredibly well written you will see the world differently having read it. Pick up this book because you want to be haunted.