Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review & Giveaway: HARD TIME by CF White (Responsible Adult #2)



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Pride (Available Now)
Amazon US | Amazon UK (Available September 5)

Length: 77,855 words
Publisher: Pride Publishing

Responsible Adult Series

Misdemeanor (Book #1): Pride Publishing | Amazon US | Amazon UK


Blurb

Love isn't always responsible.

After Micky O'Neill is remanded in custody for breaching his court order, his already tempestuous relationship with Dan Peters is tested to the limits.

Having to battle their way through a court case that could end with Micky in jail, social workers breaking up the family home, and the return of Micky's deadbeat father, it seems everything is set to destroy their relationship before it even had the chance to start.

With such high stakes involved, not just for Micky but for once-burned, twice-shy Dan, they both have to learn that falling in love isn't always responsible.


Carra's Review

After the way I was pulled in to the first book of this series, Misdemeanor, and the way it left me hanging at the end…I was jumping at the chance to read Hard Time to see what came next.  CF White did not disappoint, and I was catapulted head-on into a story of constant tension and worry, but also smiles, heat, and so much love.  Yes, this story moves along determinedly at its own pace, not letting a single thing be revealed until the author was good and ready for it; but I was entirely absorbed in every single page—even as I was trying to read faster to get to what every reader wants to know…what is Micky’s future?

The journey there will take you through more of Micky and Dan’s relationship development as they both continue to battle their individual insecurities, and they each discover just how committed the other is to their success.  And you know it’s not going to be easy for them with Micky’s freedom hanging in the balance, so that does place a bit of suspense on everything as his fate is drawn out throughout much of the story.  Plus there’s still the lingering issue of Micky’s father—just in case you forgot he’s not quite out of the picture after the first book.  

Micky and Dan do what they do best—get through their daily lives, doing as best they can and forming an ever closer relationship as they become thoroughly entwined in each other’s lives.  Their feelings are blatantly obvious, even if they each may come to doubt them at different points.  And in between it all is the wonderful, eternally happy Flynn.  The lengths that both Micky and Dan will go to so Flynn’s life will be better are unlimited, and it is because of this on Micky’s part that Dan can see past who Micky used to be, and the incredibly selfless man he’s become.

The supporting characters do an amazing job here in Hard Time, from Dan’s parents Cathy and Frank with their unconditional support of their son as well as Micky and Flynn, to Micky’s friend Jason and Dan’s roommate and friend Tamsin, to Micky and Dan’s fellow employees.  They all provide a strong framework both men can count on for help, love, and laughs when it counts the most…and they do it without being overly cheesy or boring.  I was also very glad to see how Dougie’s character was portrayed in this story over the first one; this time around he may still be a little goofy and oblivious, but he’s a really great guy through it all.

The story was pretty emotional, and by the end I confess I did have some tears making themselves known.  Between the constant tension and the emotional ups and downs, Hard Time had me captured from start to finish as I read it through in a single sitting.  You definitely need to read Misdemeanor before starting Hard Time to appreciate exactly where both Micky and Dan came from and how meaningful that makes this story by the end.  And while you won’t get a crazy cliffhanger this time around, there’s a promise at the end of more to come—something I am REALLY looking forward to!


5 stars for Hard Time, and it’s a story I highly recommend to any M/M romance fan (just please read Misdemeanor first!).  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content (mmm…yes, Micky and Dan can be quite the sexy pair!).  And you probably will want some tissues on hand…just sayin’…


Author Bio

Brought up in a relatively small town in Hertfordshire, C F White managed to do what most other residents try to do and fail-leave.

Studying at a West London university, she realised there was a whole city out there waiting to be discovered, so, much like Dick Whittington before her, she never made it back home and still endlessly searches for the streets paved with gold, slowly coming to the realisation they're mostly paved with chewing gum. And the odd bit of graffiti. And those little circles of yellow spray paint where the council point out the pot holes to someone who is supposedly meant to fix them instead of staring at them vacantly whilst holding a polystyrene cup of watered-down coffee.

She eventually moved West to East along that vast District Line and settled for pie and mash, cockles and winkles and a bit of Knees Up Mother Brown to live in the East End of London; securing a job and creating a life, a home and a family.

Having worked in Higher Education for most of her career, a life-altering experience brought pen back to paper after sheíd written stories as a child but never had the confidence to show them to the world. Having embarked on this writing malarkey, C F White cannot stop. So strap in, it's gonna be a bumpy ride...



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Spotlight & Giveaway: YEAR ONE COLLECTION by T.C. Orton

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YEAR ONE COLLECTION
T.C. ORTON
M/M FANTASY/MPREG/CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
RELEASE DATE:  12.28.16

Year One Collection

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The complete first year works of T.C. Orton, who debuted as an author in January 2016.

There are two worlds to follow within these pages...

The first is a world of the paranormal, of Vampires lurking down London alleyways, of Werewolves forming packs outside a college campus, and of Warlocks attending a magical academy in which they learn to harness their powers.

Each of these stories, and characters, co-exist within the same universe. The Omega Moon Universe.

The second world you’ll come across is much like our own, where the only magic you’ll see is that of extraordinary stamina in the bedroom. The Climax Saga is a series of short stories revolving around a college escort named Luke, and a British transfer student named William – who goes by Billy. Their tale is an unconventional one.

Included with this collection -
Seeing Red: Scorched (Vampire/Dark/Romance)
Omega Moon (Mpreg/Murder-Mystery/Shifter)
Warlock Academy: Tomes 1&2 (Dark/Fantasy)
College Climax: Confidential Edition (Climax Saga Book 1) (Contemporary Romance)
Christmas Climax (Climax Saga Book 2) (Contemporary Romance)

SEEING RED: SCORCHED
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EXCERPT

“You don’t have to.” Nicolai seemed to notice my hesitation.

“I want to,” I replied as I began to shift my body down the sheets, my face dropping closer to Nicolai’s to plant another kiss on his lips before my mouth moved to his neck.

I used my tongue to leave a trail of saliva from the tip of his earlobe, down between his pecs and over his hard abs until I was knelt at the foot of the bed with my mouth hovering around the waistline of his jeans as my entire body began to shake with nerves. I wanted this; I really wanted this, but what if I was no good? At least if we were doing everything then I could rely on Nicolai to lead the way, but this required some talent on my part.

Nicolai reached down, undoing the button on his jeans and sliding the zipper down as he used his free hand to ruffle my blonde locks that I just realized might get in the way. I ran a hand through my hair, pushing the strands over my shoulders and hoping that they’d stay put. I reached out, grabbed the tip of Nicolai’s jeans and tugged them down, also bringing his black boxers down with them and causing his thick shaft to spring up in all its glory.

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OMEGA MOON
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EXCERPT

“I keep forgetting you don’t know our ways.”

I got up and went over to him, kneeling between his legs and looking up at his stubble-ridden face.

“Teach me,” I wanted to be a part of this world – of this pack.

Damien stared down at me, he placed the whisky on the golden cart by the chair and dropped his cigarette into it, extinguishing the glowing tip. He reached down, guiding my body up and placed me on his lap as his hands held me steadily. I felt my cheeks fluster, I felt my spine tingle and before I knew it I had his hands buried in my brown locks as his tongue penetrated my lips.

He tasted of smoke and whisky, he smelt sweaty from the long walk we’d taken through the woods earlier and his hair was sticking in all different directions, however, I’d never felt more attracted to him.


 WARLOCK ACADEMY TOME 1
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EXCERPT

Jake roared whilst envisioning William’s face, pinning Alaric’s hands above his head and ramming his c*ck down the man’s throat as he bounced off the headboard.

Jake was kneeling up, his shaft in Alaric’s mouth and his body dripping with sweat. Alaric was fully clothed, somewhere between lying down and sitting against the head of the bed, his skull being bashed by Jake who showed him no mercy with his thick eight-inches.

How long are they going to f*cking keep me in here? Jake wondered as he turned his head towards the marks he’d scratched into his bedroom wall as if he were in prison. Today marked one month and four days since he’d attacked William and whilst his body had managed to heal, he was beginning to lose his mind.

“Jake, your homework!” Alaric pulled away, gasping as a mixture of his saliva and Jake’s pre-cum dribbled down his chin.

The man had only turned up looking for Jake’s assignment, but what was happening between them now had happened at least seven times and whilst Alaric liked to pretend he wasn’t into being used, nothing could stop him from taking Jake’s c*ck on demand. He knew it was wrong, but that just made it feel so right.

“Just give me a pass,” Jake said, reaching down for his shaft and pushing it back inside Alaric’s mouth. “And I told you, don’t f*cking speak!”


WARLOCK ACADEMY TOME 2
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EXCERPT

Soon enough the room was alive with a mixture of sounds. The first was that of the pillars and headboard banging brutally against the wall. The second was the skin-on-skin contact, the result of Sebastian’s balls slapping against Carlos’ smooth skin creating something similar to that of thunderous applause. And the last was Carlos’ moans, which stemmed from a cocktail of pleasure and pain that had him ready to shoot despite not being able to touch his own d*ck.

“I’m so close!” He cried out, but Sebastian wasn’t listening. He wasn’t doing this to make Carlos cum, he was doing it because he needed to unload.


COLLEGE CLIMAX, BK 1
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EXCERPT

Before I knew it, I was at his mercy. My body a ragdoll for him to throw around however he wanted. He bashed against my cheeks, his entire shaft, all of its eight-inches, buried balls-deep in my hole.

He would pull all the way out and wait the briefest of moments until I felt myself tightening again, only to shove his entire length back inside of me and make my eyes water as shooting pains travelled up my spin.

I bit my bottom lip, sinking my nails into the covers and squinted as I tried to cope with the overwhelming feeling of being torn in two. He was an animal in bed, but I knew I could take it. Besides, I had to put on my best show yet since this was being filmed.


CHRISTMAS CLIMAX, BK 2
Climax Saga Cover Bk 2

EXCERPT

The comforting aroma of apples and cinnamon hovered like a gentle, refreshing mist in every dormitory hallway. The warm mugs of mulled wine kept my hands toasty as I slowly made my way from one place to the next. The lack of formalities in every lecture became more and more apparent the further we dove into December. And, despite being in the midst of one of the coldest winters I’d ever experienced, there was a place – and a person – that never failed to turn up the heat.

Luke’s motel room was littered with pizza boxes, takeout menus and clothes. The neon sign outside the window had broken off its hinges, casting its blinking letters across the bed, and the fan in the room next door must’ve been broken because there’d been a humming sound resonating from within for days now. However, regardless of its faults, and its appearance, and the other inhabitants, this place had become a second home filled with fond memories.

And we were in the middle of making more.

“Please…” My eyes watered as I spat my words, and streams of saliva soaked my chin. “Please, Luke…”

My hands were shaking beneath me, grounded in the mattress of Luke’s double bed to keep my body positioned on all fours. I kept trying to make the arch that he so desperately craved, I kept trying to dip my stomach in and push my behind out, but it hurt – it really hurt. How on earth did Luke do this for a living?



AUTHOR BIO

Born January 6th 1993, T. C. resides in the United Kingdom, living with his partner Peter Jones and their dog, Drake.

T. C. has had a passion for supernatural stories from a young age, often scribbling down his latest ideas instead of focusing on whatever task was at hand during the long school days. At the age of twelve, he penned his first romance story featuring himself and the boy he had feelings for set in a fantastical land full of werewolves and wizards. Ever since that day, T. C. has made it his mission to entwine his leading gay protagonists with epic paranormal adventures.

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New Release-Excerpt & Giveaway: ONCE UPON A LADY by Addie Jo Ryleigh


Once Upon a Lady
The Soul Mate Tree Series - Book 8
By: Addie Jo Ryleigh
Releasing August 16, 2017
Soul Mate Publishing


Blurb

Respectable Lady Katherine Baxton, striving to meet the requirements of her station, has become the ultimate dutiful daughter. And now, the Duke of Blackthorn’s betrothed. Far from a love match, Kate is nevertheless determined to do as expected and marry. That all changes the night she panics at her impending future and runs, stumbling upon a private grove, a mysterious tree. . . and a half-naked man.
The youngest son of a viscount widely thought to have purchased his title, Jackson Cooper demonstrates his disdain for the aristocracy by affording himself every luxury available—drinking, wenching, and gambling—while eschewing anything representing the ton. Jackson has little care for his reputation and no desire to marry. His escape from London is all but complete.
Until fate—in the form of a beautiful, mysterious lady—interrupts his plans, enticing him with the very thing he never wanted.

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Kate felt his approach before she saw him. Which wasn’t all that surprising since her body had remained mindful of his presence. Fighting the impulse proved fruitless.

When his tall frame blocked the sun and cast her in shadow, she knew besides giving him a direct cut, she had no escape. If only she hadn’t ventured from her sister’s side. At the time, abandoning Helena had been her singular option since their slow stroll through the gathering had traveled too close to the very man standing beside her. She’d been delaying the inevitable.

Kate was now alone, as she tried to keep her attention on the lawn activities before her, hoping no one would witness what was about to happen.

“Aren’t sprites confined to the trees?” His deep voice washed over her.

She didn’t turn to acknowledge him. “How nice to see you properly dressed for once.”

His chuckle warmed her. “Are you following me?”

An unladylike snort refused to be repressed. “Hardly. You are rather difficult to overlook, being the only unknown face here.”

“That’s not true. You’ve seen my face . . . as well as other, more interesting parts.”

Kate wished she’d listened to her sister and worn a bonnet. Anything to mask the heat flaring in her cheeks.

Thankfully he remained at her side and hadn’t a clear view of her face. “We have not been introduced. I can’t be seen speaking to you.”

“Then let us go where we can't be seen.”

Her heart raced at his boldness. Why was this man so tempting? She was spoken for, though still unofficially. Proper ladies didn’t follow strange men to private locations, regardless of their marital status. “Absolutely not.”

“Even if I have something of yours?”

Blast! Her ring. Given her luck lately, she would have lost it in the grove of all places. Her aunt would toss in her grave knowing Kate had misplaced her gift.

“A true gentleman would return it.”

His deep laugh caused her pulse to flutter. “I’m no gentleman. Or haven’t you heard?”



Author Info

Addie Jo Ryleigh writes historical regency romances that feature rakish heroes and strong feisty heroines. 
Addie Jo has lived in the same cold-winter-hot-summer area of Minnesota her entire life. Sharing in the raising of her three extremely rambunctious boys is her very understanding husband who endured being dubbed “The Duke” by his co-workers. Keeping Addie Jo company while she writes (besides her wonderfully loud children) is her yorkipoo, Bella, who is never far from her side. And recently the newest addition to their family, a black lab named Max.
Addie Jo has always had a love and passion for romance books and became engrossed in historical romance (particularly Regency) soon after graduating from Lurlene McDaniel’s young adult books. Currently, she reads any genre that has a great emotional story that keeps her reading into the early hours of the morning.
Addie Jo has a bachelor degree in accounting and is a financial coordinator when not playing chauffeur for her hockey-playing boys, cuddled up with a good book, or writing her next story.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review & Excerpt: UNDER THE BOARDWALK by Felice Stevens

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Under the Boardwalk an all-new, heart-warming M/M romance by Felice Stevens is available NOW!

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Under the Boardwalk
by Felice Stevens
Publication Date: August 10th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance


Beneath the famous Brooklyn landmark, love is hidden but not denied:

All his life, Alexi Kharpov has dreamed of traveling to unknown exciting places instead of working at his family’s frozen custard stand on the famous Coney Island boardwalk. Every year is the same until a gorgeous man picks a spot in front of his stand to sing, captivating him with his beautiful voice. After two summers of listening, it might finally be the time for him to cross that boardwalk and take a chance.

Opera singer Cameron Maxwell has traveled the world, but the sight of the beautiful man serving custard to tourists touches his heart like nothing ever has before. A summer fling might be exactly what he needs to put his problems out of his mind, but the last thing Cam expects is to want the summer to last forever.

It’s a season of discovery for both men who learn to dig deep within their heads and hearts to decide whether secrets old and new should remain buried, or if love is too important to keep hidden under the boardwalk.

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Excerpt

“I didn’t mean to shut you out before.” Cam faced him and held him around the waist. Their bodies meshed perfectly, and Alexi felt the weight of Cam’s chest and thighs press into his body.

“I hate talking about the past. You can’t change it, so what’s the point of rehashing things? I’m all about the present and the future.”

Cam’s mouth covered his, and Alexi held on to Cam’s hips as their tongues played against each other. He lost touch with the sound of the ocean; all he could hear was the furious pounding of his heart and Cam’s heavy breathing.

“All the time I watched you this summer, thinking you were cute and fun, never once imagining how much I’d like you.”

“I thought about you all summer too.” No longer shy about admitting it, Alexi nuzzled into the crook of Cam’s neck. “I guess it was a good thing we finally decided to say hello.”

“A good thing?” Cam took his face between the palms of his hands, and Alexi’s heart burst with happiness; he tried not to smile but failed.

“I think so, don’t you?”

“Yeah. The best.”

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Carra's Review

One of the main reasons I like this author’s books is the characters.  I know I can count on them to carry the story, and make me feel invested in their lives and relationships.  This does happen again here in Under the Boardwalk, with both Alexi and Cam quickly getting under my skin as I read.

The fact that they’ve both noticed each other from afar—and not just in the present time frame—comes across as sweet with a bit of longing, and when the first move is finally made it was one of those *happy sigh* moments.  The fact that this is novella length though means that things progress pretty quickly between them.  They each have issues to deal with…Alexi not having come out to his family, and Cam with his voice issues…so for me I think a longer story would have given more time to fully explore these while allowing for more relationship development.

Story length aside, there’s still plenty to get readers sweating with Cam and Alexi’s hot intimate scenes.  And there’s enough drama provided by their individual issues to cause a good amount of angst.  The different backgrounds from which Cam and Alexi come from also give the story some great contrast.

For a good, relatively quick read with a nice dose of heat to add to the sweet, Under the Boardwalk will definitely fit the bill.  For me, it’s falling somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 star rating, mostly because I felt like it could use a bit more length to really give Cam and Alexi’s relationship time to grow more.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.



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About Felice

FeliceStevensLogoI have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Review & Giveaway: PEEPSHOW by Clare London (A London Lads Story)



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Length: 16,000 words
Cover: Tibbs Design
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press


Blurb

Ever wanted to spy secretly on other people's lives?

Ken doesn't have a choice: his student summer job is manning the CCTV screens for the new central London shopping mall. But instead of spotting criminals or vandals, he becomes fascinated by a cute waiter from the local bistro who sneaks out to the backyard for his break--and plays sexy to the camera.

Is he an old friend, or just an anonymous exhibitionist? Should Ken be excited by this naughty peepshow, or will people think he's a voyeuristic pervert? Poor Ken's confused and thrilled in turn. It's like living in one of the movies he's studying at university. He knows the man can't see him, yet Ken feels a connection of some kind. It all encourages Ken to continue with his guilt-ridden Waiter Watch.

Ken bears the suspense as long as he can, until a chance meeting and an abortive blind date provide the explanation to the secret assignations. But will this guide Ken to a real-life chance of romance?

First Edition published by Amber Quill Press/Amber Allure, 2013.



Carra's Review

Peepshow is a very quick read (it took me about an hour or so), and is a good choice for something light with a touch of voyeurism.  It also has a hint of second chance to it for a little added intrigue.  

I did like the characters (even if Ken’s friend Robbie could be a bit over-boisterous), and the pretense of the story is what drew me to it in the first place.  It did feel a bit incomplete though, since we actually don’t get to see a lot of the main couple together, nor do we get to see if their relationship winds up being successful.

As for Ken’s Waiter on the CCTV?  I’m on the fence with how he’s gone about getting Ken’s attention.  I keep wavering between creepy, hot, and just plain odd.  But once they get together in person, that kind of faded into the background…but again, that incomplete feeling I got made me wish the story was twice as long as it was so we could get more about these two guys.


If you’re looking for an interesting, quick read and like a bit of voyeurism, be sure to check Peepshow out…it’s meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.



Author Bio

Clare took the pen name London from the city where she lives, loves, and writes. A lone, brave female in a frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home, she juggles her writing with the weekly wash, waiting for the far distant day when she can afford to give up her day job as an accountant. She's written in many genres and across many settings, with novels and short stories published both online and in print. She says she likes variety in her writing while friends say she's just fickle, but as long as both theories spawn good fiction, she's happy. Most of her work features male/male romance and drama with a healthy serving of physical passion, as she enjoys both reading and writing about strong, sympathetic and sexy characters.

Clare currently has several novels sulking at that tricky chapter 3 stage and plenty of other projects in mind . . . she just has to find out where she left them in that frenetic, testosterone-fuelled family home.

All the details and free fiction are available at her website. Visit her today and say hello!





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New Release & Giveaway: OPEN NET by V.L. Locey (Cayuga Cougars #2)



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Length: 54,000 words approx

Cayuga Cougars Series

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Blurb

August Miles has the world on a string professionally.

Augie, as his friends and teammates call the unassuming young goaltender, is on the fast track to the pros. The starting goalie for the Cayuga Cougars, he has a year or two in Cayuga to hone his skills and all his career dreams will have come true. Pity his personal life isn't riding the same high. He's the only one among his group of friends without that special someone to call his own.

Until he meets Salvatore Castenada at a lakeside party. The attraction is white-hot and more than a little wonderfully overwhelming for the romantically inexperienced goalie. August quickly discovers that Sal is everything he's dreamed of in a man: mature, settled, sinfully handsome, and filled with gentle humor. Sal is also HIV positive.

Will Sal's revelation about his status end this budding relationship before it can even begin? Or will the two men be able to handle the challenges life-and a championship run for the Cougars-throws at them?


Author Bio

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.





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