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Romance for Review: Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange

Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.

But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence.

Everything is once again going according to plan—until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal. Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?

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Praise for MOON OVER ALCATRAZ:

“Emotional and heart wrenching.” ~ CV36, 5 stars

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Romance for Review: Tempt Fortune by Hebby Roman

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage, Angelina Herrera flees from Cuba to Key West to start a new life and build her own business. But when her past catches up with her, she realizes the only way she can avoid the arranged marriage is to marry another … in name only.

Drawn to the fiercely independent beauty Angelina, Cuban revolutionary, Alejandro Estava marries her. Though outwardly he agrees to the platonic relationship because of his secret past, he cannot deny his powerful desire to possess her completely.

But tempestuous forces more powerful than the hurricane descending on their island home unleashes their mutual passion while threatening their yearning for a lifelong bond.

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Praise for TEMPT FORTUNE:

“A classic romance story, set in an interesting time and place.” ~ CV36, 3 stars

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Mystery/Thriller Romance for Review: Happily Never After by Bess George

After being shot in a brutal attack outside her office, no-nonsense Assistant District Attorney Kelsey Brackston suffers from PTSD, panic attacks that won’t allow her return to work. In need of a fresh start, she heads to California to accept a job from her brother. All seems to be going well until the past comes hunting. Someone wants to kill her—again.

Former SWAT officer Bode Taggert doesn’t want to feel anything for anyone after a split-second decision caused the death of an innocent woman and nearly ruined his life. He’s pulled himself out of the bottle and has one last chance to be a cop again—the only thing he’s ever wanted. When Kelsey asks for his help hunting down a stalker, he resists, knowing the sizzling attraction he feels for her could jeopardize his focus.

Kelsey’s determination to put the past behind her and move on with her life is the one thing that he can’t resist, and despite his intention to remain uninvolved, Bode falls for the sexy lawyer. While he and the police are focused on catching the stalker, however, Kelsey vanishes. With his career—and his heart—on the line, Bode will stop at nothing to find her. But will their newfound faith in each other be enough to save the day? Or will the demons from their pasts destroy them both?

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Praise for HAPPILY NEVER AFTER:

“Whole lot of sparks and intrigue and unexpected surprises…” ~ DivaC, 4 stars

“Crazy intense…I loved it!” ~ mskind81, 5 stars

“Romance with a twist…great romance…” ~ CV36, 4 stars

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Paranormal Historical Romance for Review: Highland Tides by Anna Markland

Charlotte Tremayne is an independent eighteenth century woman, a clandestine novelist, creator of a famous adventure hero. She has little sympathy for the defeated Jacobites who languish in her uncle’s cells after Culloden, but her interest is piqued by tales of a prisoner who claims to be from the fifteenth century. His far-fetched story might provide material for her next novel.

Braden Ogilvie drowns in 1436 and wakes up in a jail cell accused of Jacobite sympathies. He comes to realize he has been transported more than three hundred years into the future. Drawn to the woman who eventually believes his story, he must nevertheless return to his own time to establish the innocence of his sister accused of a crime she didn’t commit. If he leaves, will he ever find his way back to Charlotte?

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Praise for HIGHLAND TIDES:

“Couldn’t put it down!” ~ jodietwhite, 4 stars

“Kept me guessing! Wonderful!” ~ catlover1984, 5 stars

“Well written story that draws you in with its plots and characters.” ~ jennred720, 4 stars

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Romantic Mystery/Thriller for Review: Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell

Romantic Suspense that takes the reader on a non-stop thrill ride! Set on the beautiful Amalfi Coast of Italy.

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.

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Praise for WHERE LEMONS BLOOM:

“Great story! …Captured me from the start.” ~ CV36, 5 stars

“Definite Bestseller. From start to finish, the plot was well executed and the characters well portrayed…A book I had to finish, sacrificing sleep.” ~ Samaraa Nisha Nair, 5 stars

“Beautiful setting and a story that keeps your attention.” ~ mg16, 5 stars

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New Adult Romance for Review: Simpatico: They Will Never Tear Us Apart by Dermot Davis

Nothing prepared Fiona for the powerful feelings that overwhelmed her upon meeting the brooding and mysterious Andrew. When they decide to run away to escape her father’s influence the stakes get higher and potentially fatal for both of them. As a member of The Order of The Wise Serpents, Fiona’s father has connections and influence that extend across all levels and social strata of society. The lovers soon find themselves balanced precipitously between danger and desire.

Intensely romantic and extremely suspenseful, Simpatico captures the struggle between defying the dictates of what others want for us and following the innate urgings of our own hearts and souls. This is a love story that takes no prisoners.

Multi award-winning author Dermot Davis writes a contemporary love story where relentless tension builds to a riveting crescendo. A thrilling and realistic tale of passion and suspense, anyone who has ever been in love will empathize with Andrew and Fiona as, against all odds, they do everything in their power to never be torn apart.

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Praise for SIMPATICO:

“Exhaustingly Great Read with a Surprising End.” ~ JSDaniMine, 4 stars

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Mystery and Thriller for Review: The Dying Dance by Ricardo M Fleshman

“How do we reconcile the beauty in death?”

The Dying Dance is the story of retired New Orleans Police Detective turned Private Investigator Moses Andre Byone, self proclaimed skeptic who uncovers an underworld of voodoo, dark magic and betrayal in the shadows of the human heart as he searches to understand the death of a wealthy white lawyer from Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. On his journey to solve the case Mose discovers a mysterious silver box that may hold the secrets to the darker human behaviors of greed, lust and power. He must find a way to not only protect himself, but also his beautiful young Creole ward, Lisette St. Germain, lest they meet with their own gruesome end.

Filled with a wonderful cast of complex and unforgettable characters set against the alluring, grimy but mysterious backdrop of 1970’s New Orleans, the story is sure to thrill and entertain as Mose searches to discover the truth of The Dying Dance.

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Erotic Romance for Review: Layers by TL Alexander

Alexia Keith, self-proclaimed nerd and potty-mouth, is a beautiful, scotch drinking, complicated mess. In other words, she has issues, and the last thing she needs is her boss, Jaxson Ryan, CEO of Ryan Acquisitions, messing with her issues. She finds him “hard” and even harder to resist, but she must, he’s off limits.

One of New York’s most eligible bachelors, Jaxson Ryan, is the poster boy for the tall, hot, conceited self-proclaimed manwhores. The only thing he wants is Ryan’s Risk Manager, Alexia Keith.

What happens, when a man with a bedpost-notching waiting list, a man who thought he had it all, wants the only woman he can’t have?

The Layer Series is written for adults, by an adult (this is questionable). In contains adult language, and adults doing adult stuff like, hot sex and drinking scotch. It’s written for those who like to laugh and maybe shed a tear or two.

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Praise for LAYERS:

“Absolutely amazing.” ~ polishgirl75, 5 stars

“Layers was a really great book that will capture your attention from start to finish. This was one book that had me laughing out loud at times…” ~ ladyunicorn61, 5 stars

“Enjoyable…well written, character driven story.” ~ annmarnie1022, 4 stars

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Romantic Sci-Fi/Fantasy for Review: Rebellion by Sabine Priestley

Ria Montori is no stranger to kicking ass. Despite her petite size, she’s a former Sandarian military officer currently serving the Cavacent clan and adjusting to life on a strange planet called Earth. She has no time to search for her psi-mate, the one being who could bring her pleasure beyond any mere physical intimacy. Which doesn’t explain why she’s bonding with a Curzan native who just killed a government official.

Ty Sordina hates Ria’s kind. The Sandarians enslaved his people and murdered his parents in front him when he was a child. He has sought revenge ever since, and nothing will get in his way. Especially not a feisty redhead who challenges his every instinct and calls to his psi like no other.

But there is a war coming. And the two beings who want nothing to do with each other hold the fate of an entire planet in the heat of their undeniable desire…

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Praise for REBELLION:

“Good follow-up to Alien Attachments…” ~ dmmcconn, 4 star review

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Science Fiction Fantasy Romance for Review: Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestley

Will their love be strong enough to keep them alive and get them back to Earth?

Finding one’s psi-mate is something every Sandarian hopes for, but when Ian Cavacent accidentally starts the bonding process with the Earthling, Dani, he has to fight his desire with every ounce of his being. If the process is completed, it means both political and financial suicide for Ian and his family.

A natural klutz, Dani somehow always manages to land on her feet and win her mixed martial arts matches. At home on Cat Island, her balance is thrown when bazillionaire Ian takes notice. Unfortunately some Torog aliens also take notice, sending her life spiraling out of control and into Ian’s arms. But Dani isn’t the type of woman to let alien voodoo decide her future or her mate…no matter how gorgeous the man is or how much pleasure he gives her.

For centuries the Cavacents have mined Earth for a precious element, carnium, while protecting the planet from other alien species. Thanks to the Torogs, Dani and Ian must flee to Sandaria. As Dani learns to use her newfound psi powers, the empire crumbles around them.

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Praise for Alien Attachments:

“Great Science Fiction Romance!” ~ dmmcconn

“Keeps you on the edge of your seat!” ~ lorettalynn

“Surprising good book that had a great plot, engaging characters and conversation” ~ malo

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