BLOG TOUR: HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE by Tessa Marie

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Title:  HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE
Series: N/A
Author:  Tessa Marie
Publish Date:   09.30.14
Publisher:  Tessa Marie
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  16+ adult themes (no sexual content)
Received from:  Ashley Blevins, P.A. (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.27.14

Goodreads link: HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE

Description from the publisher:

Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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MY REVIEW

5 crowns – LOVED it – entertaining and well-crafted

5 crowns – LOVED it – entertaining and well-crafted

Dean is 17 and has been on the streets for two years. His day is busy with plans for survival – food, hoping for a cot for the night, and spending time in the library for warmth and a bathroom. A shower is a coveted treat. Anna is also 17, a latch-key kid living with a mother who is never there. She is determined to make good grades and get into an Ivy League college. Community service is on her to-do lists because it is needed for the acceptance committees. She has no plans to actually become involved in the lives of any of those she is helping. Slowly, Dean and Anna become friends. They get closer to one another, but when the realities of Dean’s world crash through, he pushes her away. Is there a way for them to move forward and face the future together?

This is not just Anna’s story; nor is it just Dean’s story. It is their story. It is a story of acceptance, realism, and optimism. It is also a story of finding your limitations and knowing when to ask for help. It is a story of realizing that help and charity are two very different things and both are needed and appropriate at times. Anna and Dean have both closed themselves off from the world.   Their backgrounds are so similar, except for one small variance that made all of the difference in how they lived.

I could not put this book down. This was definitely one of those “leave me alone. I’m reading” kind of days. I didn’t have to get lost in this world, because it is our world. You can look in any city in this country and find a Dean and/or Anna. I loved the theme of optimistic hope with a firm grasp on reality that this story provided.

As far as I could find, this is the first full-length novel presented by Ms. Marie. I look forward to reading more from this wonderful new author!

Grammar/editing: A – near perfect

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REVIEW: QUEEN OF SWORDS by Nina Mason

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Title:  THE QUEEN OF SWORDS
Series: Tarot #1 – hopefully!
Author:  Nina Mason
Publish Date:   03.22.14
Publisher:  Vamptasy Publishing
Category /Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18 + due to sexual content
Received from:  Nina Mason (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.26.14

Goodreads link: THE QUEEN OF SWORDS

Description from the publisher:

How can she be his soul mate if he doesn’t have a soul?

The Queen of Swords, a paranormal tale of undying love, tells the story of a white witch who returns every hundred years to reunite with her soul mate–a Celtic vampire who’s been earthbound by a dark wizard’s curse. Will she find a way for them to be together this time around?

Back cover blurb:

When Graham Logan draws the Queen of Swords, he knows he’s about to meet the love of his life. For the third time. But surrendering his heart will mean risking her life…or making her what he is–two things his beliefs won’t allow him to do.

Graham rages at God: Why give her back only to take her again?

Cat Fingal, the third incarnation of Graham’s other half, won’t let him slip away so easily. A white witch, she casts a spell to summon him—for answers, among other things.

Graham has other problems, too. Like the seductress who wants him for herself and the dark wizard who cursed him and killed Cat the first two times.

Will she find a way to save him this time around?

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MY REVIEW - TARTAN

5 crowns – LOVED it – entertaining and well-crafted

5 crowns – LOVED it – entertaining and well-crafted

Is this a series? That question is still undecided. I hope so!

In Tarot cards, the Queen of Swords is analytical and wise. In the past position of your spread, it means that you made good decisions based on the information you had.

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To Graham Logan, it means that his “Cat” has returned. His soul-mate has once again been reincarnated and he must choose between loving her for a short time knowing that it will lead to her death by his enemies or leaving her before she recognizes him as her twin flame. Cat Fingal is not so easily deterred. She is a (good) witch determined to fight for her true love in this incarnation. Can she save him from the curse of the dark wizard fixated on claiming Graham’s soul…the same dark wizard who has already killed her twice in his efforts to get to Graham?

You all know by now that I love paranormal romance. I adore this story! Another reviewer said this one was “as sinfully seductive as chocolate…” I can find no better words.   There were vampires, fae, ghosts, and witches. The love between Graham and Cat transcends time and is scorchingly lustful. The supporting characters do just that – helping to move the story along while adding spice and flavor. I did a lot of the reading during my exercise time on the treadmill – I walked longer than usual because I just did not want to stop reading! Ms. Mason even includes some snippets of poetry from Robert Burns, a personal favorite of mine. I was so inspired, that I made the new headers you see here in this review, using my own family’s tartan. (Armstrong Proud! Invictus maneo “I remain unvanquished.”)

Ms. Mason, thank you for the fantasy escape from normal, the mini-vacation to Scotland, and the mini history lessons that were more than fun. You have a new fan following you and eager to read not only The Tin Man (later this week), but your promised Knights of Avalon series coming next year.

Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors

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Other Books from this Author:

  • The Tin Man

The Knights of Avalon Series:

  1. Starry Knight (coming 2015)
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REVIEW: A JUSTIFIED KILL by MaryLynn Bast

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Title:  A JUSTIFIED KILL
Series:  Heart of a Wolf
Author:  MaryLynn Bast
Publish Date:   06.07.12
Publisher:  Werewolf Tails Publishing
Category:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  MaryLynn Bast (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.18.14

Goodreads Link: A JUSTIFIED KILL

Description from the publisher:

Amber will go to any lengths to avoid the werewolf council who hunts her – even leaving behind the one person she cares for the most. Traveling across the US, she avoids other packs and remains on the run by working in backwoods bars.

Always alone, she never gets involved. One day she overhears a conversation by one of the bars patrons. With her senses on high alert, Amber cannot ignore the warning signs. Following the man to his campsite, she finds out why.

Amber must decide if she can allow herself to be drawn in to rescue the person being held hostage. Or should she stick by her rules of not getting involved? With the impending first shift to werewolf, her bloodlust will take over. Can she go against her personal rule of not killing a human, and if so, would it be A Justified Kill?

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MY REVIEW

5 crowns – LOVED it – entertaining and well-crafted

5 crowns – LOVED it – entertaining and well-crafted

This is the second book in the Heart of the Wolf series. The events of this book happen before those in NO REMORSE, so they do not need to be read in order.

Before she reunited with Blake, Amber was alone for more than ten years. She knew she was a werewolf, but had not changed. She was traveling from town to town, taking jobs in bars, never getting close to anyone, never staying long lest she be discovered by the Council. Knowing her time was finally near; she was prepared for her first change. Then she overheard a conversation that worried her. Did she dare, to be held in the blood lust to be unleashed during her first change while near an innocent victim, while pursuing her justified kill?

I think I love Amber a little more after reading this story. She has to be tough because of the life she is living. She never allows herself to become in other people’s lives. She doesn’t allow herself friends of any degree. Then, when the chips are down and there is an innocent in jeopardy, her true self comes forward. She risks herself and exposure in order to help someone in need. Shouldn’t we all be a bit more like that? Take a chance and see the good that can come of it! Ms. Bast has created characters that I love and villains that remind of the days of my youth – the bad guys wear black hats – or in this case, they are greasy, gross, and smelly.

Once again, no cliff hanger, so this book could be read as a stand-alone. I absolutely will not miss the rest of the series. Love it! The editing was improved this time.

Grammar/editing: B – a few small errors

Other books in the series:

  1. No Remorse
  2. A Justified Kill
  3. Werewolf Bound
  4. Escaping Dominance
  5. Veiled Secrets
  6. Realm of Secrets
  7. On the Run

Other Books from this Author:

  • One Bite to Passion
  • Steamy Fairy Tales

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COVER REVEAL – UNCOVER ME by Chelle Bliss

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Title:  UNCOVER ME
Series: Men of Inked #4
Author:  Chelle Bliss
Publish Date:  TBD (Early November 2014)
Publisher:  Chelle Bliss
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Received from:  Chelle Bliss (in exchange for an honest review)
Recommended for:  18+ due to explicit sexual content
Goodreads link: UNCOVER ME
 

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  4. Resist Me
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REVIEW – JUST BREATHE by Chelle C. Craze

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Title:  JUST BREATHE
Series: Blue #1
Author:  Chelle C. Craze
Publish Date:   08..14
Publisher:  Chelle C. Craze
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Chelle C. Craze (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 08.20.14

Goodreads link: JUST BREATHE

Description from the publisher:

Life is full of the unexpected. At times, the only thing you can do is just breathe.

For twenty-four year old Cassandra Anderson, life hasn’t been easy. Haunted daily by her own demons and memories of the past, she suffers from panic attacks and questionable anal-retentiveness. The motto she lives by is “Trust no one. Fear nothing.”

Bartender Lucas Daniels comes into her life like a whirlwind. Hot enough to melt wax, he is tantalizing, sometimes overbearing, and quite possibly one of her weaknesses. Lucas, having secrets of his own, understands pain all too well.

Only time can tell what the future holds for them. Will Lucas cause Cass to question everything? Will she be drawn to him or will they end in resentment?

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MY REVIEW

4 CROWN

This is book one in the Blue Series. The do need to be read in order.

Cass’ life has been anything but easy and coping with the memories often leaves her breathless. Lucas just may be the natural resuscitation she needs, if he can bury his own demons first.

One of my favorite quotes: If it’s true that every person has a theoretical devil and an angel perched on their shoulders persuading them to make decisions, it’s safe to assume my angel is on vacation, and the subconscious devil is open for business. (Included with permission from the author.)

I love reading first releases from new authors, especially when I am lucky enough to pair up with one with raw, natural talent and an unique writing style. Ms. Craze’s writing is poetic prose. I think it is amazing to find literary care in the fast-paced, fast-food mentality that is so common in America today. It is imaginative. It is intelligent. It is not the same-old, same-old. Thank God for a distinctive voice in today’s world of literature. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

The Blue series:

  1. Just Breathe
  2. Waiting to Breathe (not yet released)

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REVIEW – A SLAVE TO THE FANTASY by Rebecca Lee

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Title:  A SLAVE TO THE FANTASY
Series: A Slave to the Fantasy #1
Author:  Rebecca Lee
Publish Date:   08.21.14
Publisher:  Rebecca Lee
Category /Genre:  Erotic Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Rebecca Lee (in exchange for an honest review)
Date completed: 09.16.14

Goodreads link: A SLAVE TO THE FANTASY

Description from the publisher:

Dare to explore the illicit and dangerous power of seduction and sexual obsession in this erotic romance mystery set in exotic locales.

Renowned dating expert Samuel Roberts is respected and revered by his thousands of male students who know nothing of his double life. For years he has futilely pursued and pined for a secret online lover thousands of miles away. Seeking closure, the successful and handsome American travels under cover to the Philippines to come face to face with his internet obsession: a gorgeous and mysterious peasant girl named Tanya Carasco.

Soon, their affair reaches the highs of torrid sexual obsession and the lows of murderous betrayal.

Just as Roberts has finally emerged from the darkness of a private hell of pornography addiction and lifelong failure with women, he falls deeper for Tanya and deeper into her mysterious life.

His struggle for answers in a strange and dangerous land brings him steadily closer to even darker secrets. Secrets his obsessive devotion to a young beautiful girl won’t allow him to grasp.

Who is Tanya Carasco?

The reality rips at the soul of any man who dares to follow temptation and be her lover. The reality threatens the life of any man who dares for more.

MY REVIEW

3 crowns – Better than average – glad I read it

3 crowns – Better than average – glad I read it

 This is the first book in the Fantasy series. They do need to be read in order.

Samuel Roberts was a late-bloomer sexually. He was too timid and awkward with live women for years, relying instead on pornography to find his releases. One day, he discovered a truth about dating, quit chasing and they’ll be more interested. He has developed this into philosophy of living that has brought him great success in love and business. After four years as an online affair, Roberts has decided to travel to meet his Filipino lady, Tanya. Meeting her is the highlight of his love life and is about to become the low point of his entire life.

This is a story ripped from the headlines and turned around. We have heard the stories of the pretty American girls who have gone on vacation and are victimized, never to be seen again. What happens when it is a man on vacation and he is duped into the role of patsy?

At first I thought it was going to be a series of short stories, because the events in chapter two happen before the events in chapter one… The out-of-order telling is effective in affecting the disjointed feelings that Roberts has flowing through him after his whirlwind meeting with Tanya. I alternately hate and like Roberts. He’s a misogynist with a victim’s attitude, but he’s an American being treated poorly just because he is an American and that gets my hackles up!

Ms. Lee has offered me the second book in the series and I jumped at the chance. What has happened to Roberts? Who is Tanya?

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

A Slave to the Fantasy series:

  1. A Slave to the Fantasy
  2. (not yet named)

Other Books from this Author:

  • The City Is a Rising Tide
  • Bobcat and Other Stories
  • The Naughty Kittens First Halloween

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BLOG TOUR – STORM MISTRESS by Brandy L. Rivers

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Title:  STORM MISTRESS
Series: Others of Seattle #2
Author:  Brandy L. Rivers
Publish Date:   09.15.14
Publisher:  Brandy L. Rivers
Category:  Paranormal Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content and violence
Received from:  Brandy L. Rivers (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour arranged by: My Family’s Heart Book Reviews and Tours
Date completed: 09.15.14

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Goodreads link: STORM MISTRESS

Description from the publisher:

Nothing is as it seems…

Everything Isadora Starling wants is right there in front of her, but Toryn is off limits. He’s her best friend. She’s been denying her heart all these years, afraid to lose him.

Toryn Flame has a long past full of secrets. None of which he can share with Isadora, the only person who truly matters to him. She’s the one woman who has never shown a hint of lust toward him, but even if she did, pursuing her is forbidden.

That all changes when the family Isa doesn’t know decides it’s time to reveal who and what she is. After Isa’s recent attack, their motives are unclear.

His only goal is protecting Isa. Toryn will do everything in his power to keep her safe, including going against orders from his king.

Toryn’s only fear is losing Isa’s trust. Once the truth is revealed, can she forgive him for years of misdirection and omissions? Can she come to terms with a world she doesn’t want or know?

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MY REVIEW

4 CROWN

This is the second book in the Others of Seattle series, but it does stand alone.

Isa, Toryn, and Mike were all introduced in NIGHT’S EMBRACE. Find out why Mike’s relationship with Isa just isn’t working out.

Isadora /Isa’s whole world is about to change. When the family she doesn’t even know decides it is time for a reunion, she finds herself feeling like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole. The only person she can trust is her long-time friend (and lust fantasy), Toryn. Toryn has always been her protector and confidante, while denying his own lust for her. He knows the family secrets. He knows their agenda. When she is attacked, he risks everything to continue to protect her. Will his secrets and past drive her away?

It is no secret that I love paranormal romance. Ms. Rivers provides us with all of the witches, dragons, and fairies we could wish. This epic story of love and lust is filled with intrigue, romance, and magic. I found myself holding my breath more than once. For the time that I was reading this, I was alternately Isa and then Toryn and wanting them both to get all that they wished for themselves and for each other.

The only complaint I had with this book was the number of names – and most characters had two or three different names used interchangeably. Because of this, I would have to pause in my reading to mentally shuffle through the “who is whom” cards in my brain. Perhaps a list of characters should be included as a second appendix.

Mike’s story (not yet titled) will be next in this series. I am looking forward to it. He deserves his HEA!

Grammar/editing: ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

Also by Brandy L. Rivers

  • Heart on Fire

Others of Edenton series:

  1. New Beginnings

In Too Deep (Prequel)

Shadows Fall (Book 1.5)

  1. Shadows of the Past

Fated Love (novella 2.5)

  1. Falling into Place
  2. Breaking Free
  3. Mending Scars (coming Winter 2014)

Others of Seattle series:

  1. Nights Embrace
  2. Storm Mistress

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Brandy L Rivers is the author of the Others of Edenton Series. There are more Others of Edenton in the works. She is also working on the Others of Seattle series.

As an avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. She has a file full of manuscripts she plans to edit and put out there eventually.

She lives in Western Washington with her husband and three kids, where she is already working on future stories in the series.

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Pounding music flowed over Isadora Starling as she walked into her bar, Shenanigans. Only one thing was on her mind, finding someone who would take her home and rock her world. She was smoking hot and she knew it.

Taking note of every man whose head turned in her direction, she emphasized the already-seductive sway of her hips as she sashayed to the bar with purpose. As usual, her eyes kept drifting back to the only man in the place who made her mouth water. Unfortunately, her best friend was not on the menu.

She slid into a booth and turned toward her business partner, Lana, one of the few women she truly trusted.

Lana’s molten silver eyes landed on her. A smirk twisted her lips. “Back so soon?”

Isa lifted a shoulder in a shrug before stating, “I’m on a mission.”

Perusing the sultry make-up and her come-ravish-me outfit, Lana snorted. “I can see that. What are you drinking?”

“Double Grey Goose, straight up.”

“One of those nights?” There was a grimace on her face.

Isa responded with a one fingered salute before turning back to the crowd with the intention of finding a man.

Lana cut in with, “I still think you should drag him home and get each other out of your systems.”

By him, she meant Isa’s best friend, Toryn Flame. More than gorgeous, he was fucking beautiful, masculine perfection. His dazzling blue topaz eyes were lined in guyliner, not that his eyes needed any help attracting attention with his ten-mile long lashes. Silky black hair was teased up in a sexy tousle calling to her fingers. The man was a sex god, in snug leather pants and half-buttoned black silk shirt open far enough to display his sculpted chest and the beginning of washboard abs.

Forbidden, though she had a never-ending supply of fantasies starring Toryn. The current was her craving to lick every ridge of muscle on her way down to the golden zipper straining over an impressive bulge she wished she could ignore.

They were firmly stuck in the friend zone. He didn’t see her that way, and despite the fact he was sensuality walking, she wasn’t supposed to want him.

Frustrated, she turned back to Lana with a cold stare. “Have you forgotten he prefers men? Last time I checked,” she looked down and shook her tits for emphasis, “I have all the wrong parts. Besides, he’s my friend, my best friend and he,” she glanced back to watch Toryn tongue-fuck his boytoy, “is all over his man, Leon.”

One scarlet brow rose in challenge. “Bullshit, I’ve seen him take women home.”

“Please, when was the last time? Tiffany? And that rare occurrence was over a year ago.”

Lana’s mouth dropped open, “Oh my god, you are fucking blind, Isadora. He’s only with Leon to distract himself from you.” With a glare, Lana slid the vodka to her.

Isa would give anything for that to be the truth. Forcing the desperate sentiment from her mind, she took the shot in a single gulp, causing Lana to grimace.

Driving her point home, Isa nodded back to the two hottest men in the place. “Toryn is with Leon. Has been for nearly two months, which is some kind of record for him.”

Actually, they had been dating exactly seven weeks, which was damn near a miracle. Aside from Leon, he hadn’t been with a single person more than twice since she’d met him nearly ten years ago. Somehow his lack of commitment made her want him all the more. She always loved a challenge, and secretly wished she could be the one to snare him permanently.

Of course, if she told Lana she was counting the days Toryn stayed with Leon, it would prove her point. A point Isa was going to deny until her desire finally died.

With a devilish smirk, Lana shrugged. “He’d dump him for you in a heartbeat.”

A glance back at Toryn easily reminded her how wrong Lana was. Toryn was grinding his hips into Leon who was hungrily kissing down Toryn’s throat. They were too hot and heavy for their public display of sexual chemistry to merely be a distraction.

“Then why is he taking Leon home tonight? And don’t tell me he’s not. Do you see them?” Isadora pointed back at them with a wicked grin. It was a gorgeous sight.

Licking her lips and watching like every other woman, and most of the men, in the nearly anything goes bar, she nodded. “Oh, I do, but you don’t see the way he looks at you. Like he’s making love to you with his eyes. When you aren’t watching Toryn, he always stares at you.”

Lana filled the shot glass.

In all the years they’d been friends, Toryn had never made a move, so Lana was wrong, very depressingly wrong. Isa slammed back the second dose and glared back at Lana. “You’re full of shit. Pour me another.”

“I’m not. I still say you’re fucking blind,” Lana taunted as she refilled the glass. “If he wasn’t so hung up on you, I would make a move on him.”

That hurt.

Wait… what? Hung up on me? Yeah, might need to have her committed.

Isa took another glance at Toryn and Leon, then grinned at Lana. “If you can pry him from Leon, he’s all yours.”

Thankfully, Lana changed the subject. “Where’s Mike?”

Well-intentioned, maybe, but her new topic wasn’t much better. Isa downed the third shot before answering, “Don’t know. Don’t care. Of course it would be a hell of a lot easier to get laid if he were around.” He was her favorite fallback romp in the sack.

“You torture that poor man. If you’d let him, he’d fall in love with you.”

Which was exactly the reason she hadn’t called and was attempting to avoid him… though in desperate times…

Mentally shaking herself, she quipped, “We don’t work as a couple. Sure, explosive in bed, awesome on the dance floor, but that is where our good chemistry ends. We would drive each other batshit crazy—and I’m not talking about the scorch the sheets way—in a matter of days. Not to mention the fact Roxy hates my fucking guts.”

“Only because you’re stringing her brother along. Plus, she has a valid point. I’m still convinced you fell for Toryn years ago. Like two seconds after you met him.”

She was right, but Isa wasn’t going there. “Go to hell.”

“Only when you join me.”

Isa slid the empty glass at Lana and batted her lashes. “Anyone I should consider?”

With an accusatory glare, she answered, “Plenty of them. Except, don’t take the hot blond home.” She glanced down at the end of the bar for about the hundredth time since Isa sat down.

All Isa saw was the healthy fall of shiny blond hair, way too long and perfect to be on any man’s head.

“I don’t go for blonds.” Isa smirked before turning toward the crowd. Of its own accord, her gaze landed on Toryn, who winked at her.

Lana pulled her back to reality with bite in her tone. “Knowing you, you’ll take him home to spite me.”

Isa spun back around, her hands landing on the counter as her eyes narrowed. “I would not. When was the last time?”

Her eyes narrowed to slits. “Last week, when you took Reese home.”

“Oh,” she shrugged sheepishly, “that hardly counts. You didn’t warn me beforehand. If you had simply told me, I would have found someone else.” It was the truth, Isa never meant to hurt anyone, and especially not her friends. There had been plenty of other options. She honestly hadn’t realized Lana was interested.

“Why don’t I believe you?” she muttered. The question stung. Of course, her payback sucked. Lana turned around and hired the guy the very next day, even after Isa begged her not to.

“I’m not selfish, Lana. I wouldn’t do that to you,” she whined.

“Hmph,” Lana didn’t look convinced, but a smirk formed as she looked over Isa’s shoulder.

Isa fought back a smile as she felt Toryn’s approach. He had a presence she could feel and as much as she hated her weakness, it felt good to have him close. Toryn leaned his long hard body against hers.

Lana grinned as if her point was made.

One corner of Isa’s mouth lifted. “I would be more worried about Toryn taking Blondy home.”

“Bitch,” she gasped.

“Grey Goose?” Toryn licked his full lips as his brow cocked. “One of those nights, Isa?”

Her eyes nearly rolled out of her head, “Okay, everyone stop! I had a long day, and I’m horny as hell. It’s not like I’m driving home. No more judging. Just let me find a man for the night.”

The guy sitting next to her turned with a smile that chilled her blood. His deep blue eyes seemed wrong, his skin too pale, almost blue. She’d seen him before, but couldn’t place where.

Isa glared back. “Not you.”

Amusement danced through his eyes as they dropped to his drink with a chuckle.

Toryn grinned at Lana. “Two Loves and one is for my sweet Isadora.” His eyes held a mischievous sparkle.

Isa snorted. “Is that so?”

“Don’t argue,” he purred in a way that made her want to scratch her nails down his back while riding him into the night.

With a groan, she smiled back at Lana and tossed down enough cash to cover her vodka and the Loves, plus a generous tip. “Where’s Leon?”

Avoiding answering, Toryn quickly finished the drink and placed his empty glass with a purposeful thunk on the counter. “Let’s dance.”

She let the question slide and followed his lead after finishing her cocktail.

Maybe she had a bit too much, too fast, because the world tilted. Still, she managed to walk straight.

“Leon won’t be jealous?”

“Nope, he plans to join us soon.” She could feel his eyes caress down her body and back up. “He told me to tell you that you’re on fire tonight.”

“He always says that.”

He pulled her close and his lips grazed over her ear. “Only because it’s true.”

The warmth of his breath and rumble of his voice only heightened the ache between her legs. Such a damned tease. And if he didn’t do it with everyone, she might think he really felt something for her.

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PINK LACE

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