12 December 2018

It’s really hard to save a guy’s life when he keeps running from you. You might be asking yourself why I’m waving an inflatable penis in the air and screaming at the top of my lungs. If I took time to explain, Declan Moss would get hit by a bus. Let me back up. I didn’t ask for this. I was perfectly happy—and perfectly sane—before I was tasked with keeping Declan Moss alive. It was a thankless job until the moment that my panties dropped and his delicious smirk found his way in between my thighs. Hello, toe-curling ecstasy. Goodbye, professional boundaries. And suddenly, there’s a new danger to avoid: the falling of my heart. 
(3.5 stars)
This was a quirky and cute story. I liked it, but I had a hard time connecting with these characters. I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator wasn't my cup of tea. I felt that she had  a clipped william shatner kind of voice pattern that kept me distracted from the story. I think that maybe I'd have enjoyed the story a little more if I'd read the book, instead of listening to it. This was my first book by this author, and I've seen a couple more that I've heard are absolutely amazing, so I am not done with her yet. I did like her writing style, and I laughed a couple times, which keeps me looking forward to more. This story, unfortunately wasn't right for me. My missing stars are due to the narrator choice, and the fact that I didn't connect to the story as much as I'd hoped I would. I would, however suggest this story to a couple friends of mine that I know would absolutely love it! 
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“911. What is your emergency?”
Every night, Zara Llewelyn picks up the phone and assists people in distress. House fires. Assault. Motor vehicle accidents. Home invasions...
Between the hours of six and two, she is the answer to a thousand cries for help. But when the payphone outside Zara’s apartment building mysteriously begins ringing night after night, the very last thing she wants to do is pick it up. And yet, she can’t seem to help herself...
Pasha Rivin’s trying to outrun fate. He’s been running from it for years now, but escape isn’t in his cards. As the oldest son of the oldest Roma family in the country, he’s not just a member of a proud and fiercely traditional clan. He is their reluctant king...and now he’s expected to find a wife.
The fiery redhead that shows up on his doorstep, following a trail of breadcrumbs, hunting for a missing little boy, is the last person Pasha’s mother has in mind, however. She’s an outsider, an intruder, and as far as his family are concerned, she’s not welcome on their land, let alone in their king’s bed.
Pasha has never allowed his destiny to stand in the way of what he wants, however. And he’s never wanted anything more than he wants the girl with the burning red hair.
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Zara Llewelyn picked up the phone and learned a secret.
Falling in love has never been so dangerous...
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
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11 December 2018

Every wrongdoing warrants a consequence. In my case, I've decided to settle the score with death. 
Especially when, what brought this on, what stirred up my crazy, was the vicious attack on an innocent young girl. 
Worse, one that ended in her death.
Years, I've been plotting to take out the men I used to call my brothers.
The men who double-crossed me by brutally murdering my sister.
I want revenge. I need it. Crave it. It's in my blood.
I planned to stop at nothing. No matter, if I conflicted pain on another woman. 
After all, it was her brother who killed my sister. I figured, why not make him suffer the same way I have.
One tiny glimpse of her changes everything. 
Or does it?
Maybe, just maybe, the little siren I wanted to harm is going to single-handedly slaughter me instead.
Lies. Deceit.
Manipulation.
Gotta love a tangled web of warranted deception.
He was her happily ever after, until he wasn’t. 
When Mathew left, he took every dream they ever had together with him. Devastated and alone, Tabitha is forced to abandon the future she’s always dreamed of having, with the only boy she’s ever loved. She never imagined that she would have to start over at nineteen, before her life really began. As she suffers from a broken heart, Tabby must now face a brand new future completely on her own. 
She was his sister’s best friend. 
Brandon has been in love with Tabby for as long as he can remember. He never stood a chance before, because she’s always been in love with someone else. He’s been stuck on the sidelines for years, but that’s all about to change. She may not realize it yet, but she needs him. And he’s always needed her. 
Sometimes love isn’t a choice when fate decides. 
EXCERPT
Mathew 
First day of preschool 
“Why can’t I stay home with you?” I whine at my mom from the back seat of her car. 
“Because I said so, Matty.” Mom sounds annoyed, but I don’t care. I’m not happy either. She woke me up and made me change out of my Optimus Prime pajamas to put on itchy stiff clothes and shoes that make my feet heavy. 
I always get pancakes with chocolate chips for breakfast. Dad makes the best, but Mom’s are okay. I told her that, too, but she still made me eat cold cereal instead. She said we didn’t have time for pancakes, because I had to go to school. She never made me go to school before. 
Mom says going to school is exciting. That I’m a big boy now. It doesn’t feel exciting, but rather like I’m being punished. Mom only tells me I’m being a big boy when she wants me to do something I don’t really want to do. 
Mom pulls the car into a parking lot in front of a pink building with flowers painted all over it. I hate pink, and flowers are for girls. A big lady in a purple dress is standing outside the door. Her smile is too big for her face and her hair is short like my dad’s. Ladies aren’t supposed to have short hair. Short hair is for boys. I don’t like her. I don’t like pink buildings. I don’t like wearing heavy, clunky shoes with laces that keep coming untied and try to trip me. I want pancakes that have chocolate chips inside them. I want my Optimus Prime Pajamas. This is not exciting. This is punishment. Being a big boy sucks. 
My mom opens her door and walks over to open mine. She starts to unbuckle my car seat. Big boys don’t sit in car seats. My butt still fits in my seat, which means my mom is wrong. 
“Okay, Matty, it’s time to go in and meet your teacher, make new friends.” She helps me climb out of my seat, grabs my new backpack, and we walk up to the crazy purple lady with boy hair. 
“Welcome! Welcome! Who do we have here?” The lady in the purple dress squats down and brings her face level with mine. 
Her breath is hot on my face, and it smells bad. 
I’m not staying. 
I try to back away, but Mom tightens her grip on my hand and stops me from getting very far. 
“This is Mathew. He’s a little nervous about his first day,” Mom lies with a laugh. 
The lady laughs too, then turns her horrible breath back to me. “Hello, Mathew, my name is Mrs. Mitchy, and I think we are going to be the best of friends.” 
I’d rather not do that at all. 
Mom and Mrs. Mitchy talk for a really long time, then my mom leaves, and Mrs. Mitchy makes me follow her inside. The inside looks better than the outside does, but I’m still going to leave. The first chance I get, I’m making a run for it. The inside is every color, and there are toys everywhere. There are toys for both boys and girls. I was worried they were going to make me play with dolls, like my cousin Kailee always makes me do when we are at her house. 
I spot some blocks in the corner, and some of the anger about my mom leaving me here evaporates. I walk over and play with the blocks. They are heavier than the blocks I have at my house, but they are bigger too. They are all the same boring color, not all the colors like mine are, but that’s okay. 
“Wanna be my friend?” 
A boy stands over me. I continue to play with my blocks and choose not to talk to him. 
“My name is Steve. Do you like dinosaurs?” This kid is annoying. 
“I like dinosaurs sometimes.” 
His face splits into a grin and he sits down next to me. “Wanna play dinosaurs with me? You can be a T-rex, and I’ll be a raptor, because raptors are my favorites!” 
“No.” 
“Okay. Can I play blocks with you?” 
“No,” I say again. 
“Why not?” He frowns. 
“Because I don’t want to be your friend, and I want you to go away.” 
He scrunches up like he’s about to cry, but I don’t have to worry about if he’s gonna tell on me or not, because at that very moment I look up and see her. 
Mrs. Mitchy is talking to a pretty lady with long brown hair in a white dress with blue flowers all over it. The pretty lady is smiling and hugging a little girl to her side. The little girl has beautiful brown hair like her mom. She’s in a fluffy pink dress, and she has matching pink bows in her hair. I guess pink isn’t so bad if she likes to wear it. She isn’t smiling like her mom. She’s hiding behind her mom’s dress. She looks like she wants to run away too. 
I don’t want her to run away. 
I stand up and leave the blocks and the annoying dinosaur boy. I walk up to the brown-haired girl and her mom. She sees me getting closer, because I can see her eyes pinned on me. She has pretty blue eyes. Blue is my favorite color. I walk all the way up to her, and she stops hiding behind her mom’s dress. 
“Hi, my name is Mathew. What’s your name?” 
She looks down and mumbles something I don’t hear. Her mom and Mrs. Mitchy stop talking and watch us. 
“This is Tabitha,” her mom answers for her as she gently nudges her forward. 
“Are you scared?” I ask her. 
She shakes her head. 
“Then why are you sad?” 
“I don’t want my mommy to leave,” she whispers back but keeps her eyes cast down. 
“My mom left me here too.” 
She looks up. “She did?” 
“Yep,” I say in my big boy voice. “Do you want to play blocks with me, Tabitha?” 
She smiles and nods. I reach out and grab her hand in mine. Mrs. Mitchy and her mom are smiling down at us. Her mom’s eyes glisten with tears, but she’s smiling. Tabitha and I walk toward the blocks. Steve isn’t there anymore, and I’m glad because I don’t want to share her with anyone. I let go of her hand once we’re both sitting on the floor with the blocks 
Preschool isn’t so bad now. I don’t even care my mom left, or that I had to eat cold cereal instead of pancakes. I don’t even care that Mrs. Mitchy has a boy haircut. 
Because Tabitha is here, and I love Tabitha.
What do you do when the hand which held you becomes the touch you crave?
I’ve loved her for twenty years.
She’s a rare beauty luring with a dangerous high.
And I’m addicted.
I can’t get enough.
There is only one problem.
She is married to my father.
He’s an abusive asshole, destroying her down to the very root.
He won’t get another chance.
I’ll beat him to it.
And steal his precious drug—my princess—my Poppy.
DARK. MANY TRIGGERS. HEA.
No prerequisite reading required.
Completely standalone.
STARTER BOOK.
A game between friends... 
RUBY
Just friends.
That's all we are,
All we ever were.
But when I finally let myself go,
Let myself really feel,
The only thing I want is him.
Despite how opinionated, frustrating, and charming he is,
We're only friends.
He's my player number two.
But lately, we're powering up,
Trying for more,
And playing this game just might destroy us for good.
LINK
She deserves better,
Better than the game-less douche who gets to have her. 
She's strong, feisty, and so damn smart. 
Too smart--if you ask me. 
And now, I'm amped up for more,
Ready to play this game,
With no "game over" in sight. 
** This book can be read and understood as a standalone but does contain minor spoilers for the first two books in the series. ** 
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I loved this freaking book!! I knew I would going in, but i didn't expect it to be my favorite of the series so far! these characters deliver, and this story is explosive with added surprises throughout. I didn't want it to end!! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I HIGHLY ORDER YOU TO READ THIS BOOK!!
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GAME ALL NIGHT Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Lauren Helms
“You ready to meet my people?” I ask. 
“Ready as I’ll ever be,” he shrugs.
Yay, he seems really into this. Wonderful. 
I grab his hand and lead him to the back room. When we enter, I notice that the table I just vacated is deep in conversation. As we walk to the table, I can’t shake the feeling of being watched. But no one at the table even notices us yet. As we approach, I hear them talking about the publishing house courting Dex about a book deal. 
“Hey guys.” I get their attention. Morgan and Gia have big smiles on their faces. Dex and Simon on the other hand are assessing the newcomer. 
“This is Mason,” I go around the table and introduce him. Before I’m done with introductions, Bernie pops in between the guys and introduces herself too. 
“So, you’re the sports guy,” Dex says, assessing. 
Mason laughs it off, “I am. You’re one of the video gamers, I take it?” 
“Sure am.” Dex still doesn’t ease his slightly scrutinizing demeanor. They make small talk for a bit. The girls trying to lead the conversation away from the tension the guys are throwing out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered. I suspect this is exactly how my own brother would act right now. But while they are just meeting him, Mason and I aren’t new. I’ve been dating him for a while. It’s not like I don’t know him. 
Simon excuses himself to get some refills for the table and as soon as they return, Link appears at the table. He doesn’t sit though, he stands. I could swear he’s puffing out his chest. 
“I’m Link. You are?” he shoves his hand out for a shake.
Mason slowly takes a drink before making eye contact with him, making Link wait as he lowers his cup to the table, and grasp his hand. 
“Mason. Ruby’s boyfriend.” 
Link brings his other hand around and slaps Mason’s back, “Ah. Well it’s great to finally meet ya, Mace. I’ve heard almost nothing about you!” They drop each other’s hand at the same time I hear someone beside me snort. 
“It’s Mason,” he corrects. 
Link just blows him off, pulls over a stool and starts talking his ear off. I mean, I guess this could have gone worse. Amber, who I didn’t notice before, sits next to Link looking bored out of her mind. Dex and Morgan excused themselves to go chat with their parents. And it seems like the rest of the table are enjoying talking to Mason. 
“So, do you plan on working for ESPN or SportsCenter some day? Like, is your gig with WTSL just a stepping stone or are happy where you are?” Bernie asks. She’s adept at keeping the conversation going. She’s also got mad interviewing skills. 
Mason snaps out a laugh, he looks a bit annoyed with the line of questioning. Which baffles me since he usually loves talking about himself. 
“Well, I have what you call a career. A real job. So yes, I have long-term goals,” he replies. 
“Excuse me?” Link and Simon say in unison. 
“Well, correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you just play video games all day?” he asks.
“Among other things, yes. But I get paid probably three times more doing what I do than you could even imagine. It’s a real fucking job,” Link bites out and damn, he sounds pissed. I’ve never heard him so angry before.
He laughs. Mason actually has the audacity to laugh right in their faces. 
I gulp. I’m afraid to look at anyone but Mason right now. It’s clear that our nice, “getting to know the new boyfriend time” is over. 
“Right,” he drags out the word. “Well, I guess we will just have to agree to disagree then.”
Link growls and I risk a glance his way. But, I’m not prepared for what I see. He’s not staring down Mason with fire coming out of his ears, ready to attack. No. My throat catches at the sight before me. 
I’m absolutely embarrassed. You know when you’re a kid and you do something bad, and instead of your parents saying they are upset with you, they tell you they are disappointed? It makes it so much worse. That’s how I feel right now. 
He’s looking at me with disappointment in his eyes. He holds my attention and I start to say something, to try and fix where this conversation just went. But I stop. He gives a quick jerk of his head. He clears his throat and pushes off of the stool. 
“Well, I think that’s our cue to leave. See ya around, Mace.” Link looks to his left to where Amber is collecting her phone and purse. Somehow she still manages to look bored. He motions a quick goodbye to the entire table, avoiding my gaze entirely. Then he walks away. 
You could cut the tension with a knife when Simon stands and turns on his heel. He stalks towards the table where Morgan and Dex are sitting. Gia shoots me a pleading look as she follows him. Bernie sits stock-still, worry sketched on her face. 
I start to speak, but Mason beats me to it. 
“Well, that went well. They all seem alright, but I’m not sure I like the cocky asshole.”
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When a rugged mountain man rescues a sleeping beauty from the snow, two strangers are flung together to ride out the blizzard of their lives.
He fled society and the walls of conformity.
She ran from a mid-life crisis and the man who’d abandoned her.
What they didn’t know was a perfect storm was brewing that would bring them together.
Under extreme conditions and with their lives on the line, can beast and beauty find shelter in one another’s arms?
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The perfect cozy little winter read. This story is packed with everything you need.. I loved this story. the characters were layered, and relateable. the plot was captivating, and the cover is absolutely adorable!! Is there anything else? I highly recommend this book!!
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Interlude
Hostage
Deeper
Love Broken
Peep Show
Elements of Mischief
She Asked for It
Midnight Blue
Ten Night Stand
The Spark
Deviant
Too Easy
Signed
Afternoon Delights: A Collection of Hot Short Stories
Deep
In Deep
Prisoner
My Torin
Their Stepsister
The Fix