Elizabeth has always been the shy, quiet cousin - the one who is bordering on becoming the type to be a spinster and agrophobic. That is until one day while holidaying with her cousin April , she is kidnapped and mistaken for her cousin. Elizabeth aka Lizzie finds herself locked in the old Jefferson Plantation which is said to be haunted along with a guy called Adam. The pair start to pick up clues in order to survive the night and find themselves the following day possessed of sorts. Turns out that for three weeks of each year , a curse is set in motion and the people of that generation in the bloodlines -descendants are possesed by the past - the people of 1905 when the incident took place. This time around Lizzie however is possessed by Josephine and Adam is Braden and of course the Callahans are their descendants. It doesn't make sense though as Lizzie has no lineage or ancestral link to Josephine or does she ? I had hoped that we would have read more into Lizzie's past as it was glanced upon but not really delved as deep as the rest of the cast which was a shame since she is a vital part of the story. As the book flashes back to the July/August of 1905 and to the present time , can Lizzie and Braden break the curse or will the past hold tight onto them and bring them to the year 1905 ? The way the book went I was hoping as it did look like it would be one book and have a conclusion, however the last page leaves the story hanging on a major cliffhanger and now readers we have to wait for Book #2 which maybe we might just get the chance to discover more about Lizzie's true background and who she really is ? If you love Southern Gothic Novels and the Paranormal then check out Intertwined by Jenn Marie as you will not be disappointed with the twists and turns it presents.
In a world where a lot of the books follow the same sort of formula, sometimes you feel that you are reading the same book over and over again. However in that mix, you sometimes get a book that stands out and is written not in a different way but the story captures you and you find you can't put it down and after you finish that book you go "WOW' that was awesome and you want to share the title with the rest of the world, for me that was Louise Bay's new title "King of Wall Street".
Max King has worked his way up in the world of global finance and is the best , everyone wants to work for him and for Harper Jayne, this is not only her dream job working for Mr. King but also a way that she can go "stick it" to her father as out of all his children, she is the only girl and the only one he hasn't offered a job to within his firm. Working as a researcher for Max King is her open door to a good career and it would be perfect if her boss wasn't such a jerk. To Harper Jaybe, her new boss is anything bit a dream as he is a tyrant in the office and simply quite rude. At least she only has to put up with him at work or so she thought, when she discovers one workout morning that she also shares the same apartment complex as Max King. Can her life get any worse ?
As the book goes along though, we get to catch a glimpse of the nicer side of Max as it turns out he is a father to a teenager and has a family of females. When Harper and Amanda befriend , it starts out to be a great friendship and it looks like there is some matchmaking in the works too between Max and Harper as sparks and yes - the good kind start flying.
Can Harper learn to love both parts of Max King - Tyrant boss and Loving Dad or will she find it difficult to keep her emotions in check when Tyrant boss starts to overrule their relationship at work ? Find out in this awesome new book by Louise Bay
Review: Little Sister - Book #3 Pieter Vos Series - David Hewson - May 2016
Every now and again, I love my mystery and serial killer novels but I like them to be captivating and have a great storyline otherwise I have no interest as if they can't grab me then I put them back and when it comes to this genre, I find I am quite fussy. Little Sister by David Hewson had a great blurb and I was intrigued to read it as another favourite of mine to read in this genre is when the children have committed the crime as it makes it more fascinating without sounding like a psychopath. In Little Sister it introduces us to two girls Kim and Mia who are the remaining two of their family left as ten years ago, their mother/father and sister as they were triplets were murdered. Kim and Mia decided to take revenge into their own hands and kill the person they thought was responsible for their deaths. The girls 11 years old at the time were sent to a juvie mental institution where they have been patients until now. Since the girls have aged out and the doctors agree they are no longer a risk to the society, they are being let out into the "real world". Turns out though that in the "real world" they are not in for sanctuary as now that the girls are out and can tell the actual truth of what happened that night,someone is cleaning house and harming everyone involved and of course who better to frame than the two girls who already have murder on their rap sheets. I have to admit, I did find the storylines good but once it became a massive and I mean massive conspiracy, the book started to lose my interest but I kept reading hoping to come to the truth and discover what really happened that night with Kim and Mia . When we finally did get the answers, I have to admit I was a little disappointed in the ending especially when the truth was revealed about the final moments of Kim and Mia's family. This was the first of David Hewson's books I had read and I have to say that though I did enjoy it , unless there is another captivating blurb he won't be one of my go-to authors for mystery and serial killer novels.
by Bethany-KrisDonati Bloodlines #3Publication Date: September 6, 2016Genres: Adult, Mafia Romance, Contemporary, Romance
Emma DonatiSome days, it felt like Emma had just imagined it all. Like maybe everything she had been with Calisto was just a dream. Emma knew it was crazy—it was impossible to forget what she had shared with Calisto Donati. All their love, the stolen moments, their foulness together, and the beauty underneath it all were real. They were real. But he didn’t know. He didn’t know any of it. And little by little, with every day that passed her by, Emma found she was losing those pieces that reminded her they had existed once. Just like the rosary. All too soon, Emma knew … there would be nothing left.Calisto DonatiEmma hadn’t given him a choice. Her, not him. Yeah, that’s what Calisto was going to keep telling himself. He refused to feed into the strange curiosity he had about Emma Donati. It had been building from the moment he’d first seen her face after he’d awakened. He wouldn’t admit that for longer than he cared to admit, he thought there was more behind her false smile, polite words, and the distance she put between her and him—that there might be more to them. He couldn’t. Except … he was feeding into it. Calisto just wasn’t sure what it was. But tonight he was going to find out. Whether she wanted to tell him or not.
***The final Bloodlines novel.
“Please, just wait a moment,” Father Day begged. “Talk to me a little while longer. Let me help you, Calisto.”The priest grabbed Calisto’s arm in an attempt to stop him. It barely fazed him at all when he shrugged the man off and continued storming down the aisle.“You’re too angry, Calisto!”Words were meaningless.Unimportant, even.In his current state—so enraged, confused, and hurting—he didn’t hear them.Calisto didn’t want to.“Don’t you remember the last time you were this angry?” the priest called after him.He did, but it didn’t make a difference.Calisto flew out of the church and into damp air. He cut through the rain, ignoring the splattering droplets falling from the black sky.Maybe he shouldn’t have ignored it.Weren’t black skies omens of sorts?Before long, Calisto was inside his car and driving down the interstate. Toward where, he didn’t know. But driving felt good—damn good.He pressed the pedal harder.He gripped the wheel tighter.Faster, until the engine roared and gears protested on the last shift.Rain blurred the windshield, but Calisto’s focus was far beyond the squiggly lines running down the glass before the wipers swiped them away. There was so much agony in his heart, and something akin to betrayal sewing itself into the very marrow of his bones.Somehow, he just knew …He had done this to himself.His car flew past vehicle after vehicle on the interstate. He couldn’t even find it in himself to give a shit about the speed limit, or that he could feel the car loosing traction under his control.Tires slipped.He hit the pedal harder, and kept the car straight.Driving was his one sense of freedom.Wasn’t that what he said?Wasn’t that what he told—Calisto’s gaze caught sight of a black SUV in his rear-view mirror, bringing him out of the hell that was his mind. For a moment, he didn’t begrudge the reprieve it afforded him.But it was a mistake to look.The second he stared into the rear-view mirror, high beams flashed on from the SUV behind him, blinding his vision instantly. He was driving far too fast for someone to be following him as closely as that vehicle currently was.It wasn’t accidental, he realized.It was purposeful.Calisto’s reaction time was off just by a fraction of a breath as he regained focus on the road ahead of him. Suddenly, it seemed like the dark interstate was empty, but for his car and that SUV just inches from his bumper.He missed his exit because of the distraction.“Shit,” he muttered.Another one was coming, but not for another ten miles or so.His right hand itched to leave the wheel, wanting to reach out to the side and grab his phone, and make just one call to the only person who mattered to him.He didn’t dare loosen his grip.Even the stars were hiding in the sky.He glanced into the mirror again, careful to avoid the direct glare of the high beams, and quickly noted how the SUV swerved to the left as if they were going to pass him. There was no room to pass with him being in the left lane as it was. But the action of the SUV swerving was enough to make Calisto react out of nothing but instinct as he forced his own car to the right.Maybe it was a little bit of hope, too.Hope that whoever was behind him was no one he knew. Hope that whoever it was might be just another angry, stupid fool like him that was driving too fast on a rainy, dark night.Calisto’s hope didn’t last long.He felt the tires slip on the slick pavement as he slid into the right-side lane. There was no stopping the unmistakable twist of the rear-end when his car began to slide sideways. No matter how hard he pushed the pedal or straightened the wheel to bring his car out of the beginning of a tailspin, he couldn’t do it.He had already lost control.Suddenly, time slowed.It seemed appropriate.Calisto had just a few seconds of suspended breath and waiting to reflect over his time and choices. There was no flash of life before his eyes—just the knowledge that he had been a part of this world once, and that in itself was a mark left behind.But he was still sorry.It was the sight of black to his left that made Calisto turn his head. His car was almost halfway turned as the SUV came to pass at his side.Hope left as the passenger window rolled down. Through the squiggly lines of water running down his window, Calisto could only see black staring back at him.Black and a flash of brushed silver.The plume of light was instant, and shocking. In the background, he caught a glimpse of the profile of the person shooting at him, but he was already reacting.Calisto jerked the wheel of his car at the same time, forcing his car into a harder, faster spin that would probably turn his car over. He heard the bullet shatter glass a second before the roof of his car met pavement.He wasn’t buckled in.His shoulder hit the door, his leg crunched under a snapping wheel, and his head hit metal.Calisto’s night turned even blacker.
CALISTO AND EMMA AREN'T STAR-CROSSED. THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE. READ WHERE IT ALL STARTED IN THE FIRST 2 BOOKS IN THE DONATI BLOODLINES SERIES!
Synopsis: Calisto DonatiShe was just a woman. That’s what Calisto wanted to tell himself; that’s what he wanted to believe. Emma was nothing more than a woman. There were other women for him to want. To obsess over. It couldn’t be Emma Sorrento. Not for Calisto. She was taken. She was claimed. She was not his. In a few days, Calisto would hand her off, and that would be that. He wondered why it wouldn’t be that easy to let her go. What good had saving her done? He had simply taken her from one monster to give her to another.Emma SorrentoEmma slid on her mask. All someone would need to do was look close enough to see what was really beneath the sheer falseness of her smile. At the other end of the table, Emma found her lies staring her right in the face. He smirked. And winked. Calisto Donati was her worst mistake, her greatest shame, and the one thing she still wanted more than anything. Emma could still feel him all over her, long after his touch and kiss was gone. In thirty days, her entire world had changed—he had changed her. Emma had a feeling that if she played another game with Calisto, she would surely lose. She had already lost once. Wasn’t it enough? WARNING: The first two books in the Donati Bloodlines Trilogy end on a cliffhanger, the third is a HEA.
Synopsis: Calisto DonatiCalisto had never been a fan of pain, but he found it provided a certain relief. It was a high that couldn’t compete with anything else he experienced. That was why he fought bare-knuckled, why he drove fast, despite knowing he might crash, and why he still enjoyed looking at Emma Donati—no matter her current status. Pain felt good. He might have been a fool for doing so, but as long as he got what he wanted from it, he didn’t really care. When he fought, he was given release. When he drove, he was given freedom. When he looked at Emma, he was given memories. All of them brought a certain level of pain. All three might kill him someday. Calisto glanced at Emma, taking her in again when she didn’t know he was looking. He realized then that only one might actually be worth dying for. Emma DonatiEmma kept her gaze on the book in her lap, pretending like there wasn’t an argument going on across the room. She had become terribly good at acting like she didn’t hear. Calisto watched her out of the corner of his eye while he argued on with Affonso.She was too focused on Calisto to care about their fight. His anger. The tightness of his jaw. Searing soul-black eyes. The two men were not the same. They might have shared blood, but their hearts were entirely different. One man never let her out of his sight when he was nearby. The other acted like she didn’t exist. This was what it was like, she realized, to be in love with someone she couldn’t have. Calisto Donati would never be hers.This wasn’t a fairy tale that would end happily. They weren’t star-crossed. They were impossible.
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here:http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD
From the NYT Bestselling author of BIG ROCK and MISTER O, comes two brand new, hot and hilarious standalone romantic comedies…
FULL PACKAGE and JOY STICK!
Readers will find witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments in these side-splitting romantic comedies, mixed with the dirty-talking, gifted heroes we’ve come to love from Lauren Blakely! FULL PACKAGE is set to release on January 9, 2017, and JOY STICK is coming your way in May 2017! Check out these fantastic covers designed by Helen Williams with photography by Rob Lang.
From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…
I’ve been told I have quite a gift.
Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing....
Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.
Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.
Surprise—neither one of us sleeps.
And even though we agree to return to roomies-without-benefits, I quickly realize I want more than someone to split the utilities with. Now all I want is to spend every night—and every day—with my gorgeous roommate.
Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.
What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?
Pre-Order FULL PACKAGE (Releasing January 9, 2016)
Let’s be honest, ladies. A good man is a lot like the perfect car. You want a hot body, an engine that purrs, and superior performance under the hood. You probably also crave a ride that can go all night long.
I’m at your service. Come and ride on my Joy Stick…
That's what I like to say to the ladies. Or I would if I were total pig. It's far too easy in this world to strut around like a peacock when you’ve got all these other features in your favor. But just like the custom cars I build with class and sophistication, that’s how I treat my women.
Don’t worry. I absolutely do my best work dirty…both in the shop, and between the sheets. Work and play — that’s what my life has been, and I f&*king love it. I’m completely, 100% driven. Until one woman comes along and throws a wrench in my plans. The one woman I should absolutely, positively never take for a joy ride.
Now that's all I want to do with her…she’s so far off-limits, but that’s exactly where I want to go with her.
Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that's full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With ten New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than fifty times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone romantic comedies like BIG ROCK and MISTER O, which were both instant New York Times Bestsellers. In the fall she'll release WELL HUNG, another romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter: laurenblakely.com/newsletter.
I was lost, a little girl with big dreams in her eyes.
I was insecure, not knowing if I was capable of chasing them.
And then I met him.
He never let me doubt.
He didn’t let me second guess.
I’d never known a soul like his.
Believing, encouraging, loving.
But above everything else,
Paul Macione had found me.
I only hoped I could keep him.
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Makenzie Smith is an independent writer residing in Louisiana. She is obsessed with books, fantasy, and her daughter. If she isn't indulging in one of her infatuations, she is daydreaming. Contact her, she'd love to hear from you.